Blogging Giveaway

I have been blogging for just over two and a half years, where has time gone? I still can’t believe I’ve actually stuck with it, right from my very first outfit of the day post with just a few lines of waffle. So I thought I’d host a beauty giveaway to celebrate reaching 6k on Twitter and 1K on Instagram (and a long overdue blogging birthday, oops, sorry!).

I wanted to say thank you for supporting me, reading my blog and to those of you who’ve made my day by leaving lovely comments, retweets and interactions. It’s been a huge learning curve for me with so many things I never thought I could achieve, and there’s always been someone in the blogging community who has been able to give me some much needed advice. I’ve had some amazing opportunities and I’ve got to meet so many wonderful people through social media.

I began writing my blog as a hobby for myself, it’s been so reassuring to know there are people out there who not only read my posts but enjoy them too. So thank you, you’re the absolute best! Here’s to the next two and a half years.

Now let’s get on to the good bit!

Blogging Giveaway

Blogging Giveaway

The Prizes:

  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay After Glow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in shade Pillow Talk

This competition has now ended. Thank you to everyone who entered.

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Summer Skincare Favourites

Every season I get a lot more excited to see what new makeup products have been released than I do skincare, I have a slight weakness for highlighters and lipsticks. As a blogger I feel I should be trying new beauty products more than I do, but when I find something I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many skincare items, I know it can’t be good for my skin. However I wanted to talk through some of my current skincare favourites for the summer.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Cleansers

Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup and I’m absolutely loving this one from No7. I’ve repurchased it so many times in the last few years and it’s become my holy grail cleanser. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’m been into town or on the train to London. This  one is gentle and doesn’t cause me any irritation, I just pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Moisturisers

Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – Even during the warmer month I still find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out, especially if I’ve been out in the sun. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day. If I’m going to be having my photo taken for my blog then I’ll make sure to apply Kathleen Skincare Amazing White Illuminating Serum, I have my full review here if you’d like to know why it’s also one of my skincare essentials.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Serum Primer* – I wasn’t too sure about this serum at first as the website states it gives a matte finish, and normally I’m all about the glow. It’s designed to be applied after using a moisturiser, almost like a makeup primer. I’ve used it mainly down the centre of my face and across my forehead, which is an area that tends to get quite shiny and where my foundation needs to be touched up. I’m not sure how it can be both matte and glowing at the same time, but some how it works. My skin didn’t feel dry and tight, plus my makeup stayed put just that little bit longer. I don’t usually believe a beauty product can completely reduce signs of ageing but believe me ladies, if you have any fine lines or wrinkles then you’ll want to try this product. I have a few around my chin and this almost made them disappear, now I’m not just saying that because I was kindly sent this product, if I genuinely love something then I will be totally honest about it. The serum is full of bio-actives, silicone-free and your skin is smoothed, lifted and naturally filled, making it the perfect base to apply makeup.

Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – I started using this about a month ago, applying in both morning and evening. I’ve been really impressed with how incredibly hydrating it is on the delicate skin around the eyes. For years I suffered with dark circles that even the thickest concealer couldn’t hide. This is better than any eye cream I’ve used before, my eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels extremely hydrated and the puffiness has really started to improve. As I’ve gotten older I also worry about fine lines and wrinkles, This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift and reduce any signs of ageing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Weekly Skincare Treats

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil –  I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil really helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a really deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Handbag essentials

The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist – This has been an absolute life saver during the extreme hot weather recently. A quick spritz of this feels so refreshing and also helps to freshen up my makeup. It also comes in different fragrances if you’re not keen on the smell of rose, personally it’s one of my favourite scents.

Dior Lip Glow –  I’ve been wearing the shade 001 a few times just on it’s own for a natural look, It’s a really pretty, pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them, leaves them incredibly soft and looking slightly fuller and plumper. This lip balm is also great for priming my lips to stop them drying out when I’m wearing a matte lipstick.

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream –  One thing I can’t stand is the feeling of dry skin on my hands, I have a hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag too. I’m currently using this one from the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Set as it’s the perfect size to carry with me during the day. The lavender fragrance makes it smell incredibly relaxing, the cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, it’s really nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Body Care

Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7  is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.

Summer Skincare Favourites

 

Summer Skincare Favourites

Tanning

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2 – 3 week Tan Mouse – Now I’m no expert when it comes to fake tanning but I do prefer doing it myself at home instead of going to a salon. I’ve been using this one from Vita Liberata in the shade medium, I have just ordered myself a full size bottle after trying out the mini version. I apply it at night so it develops over night into a gorgeous colour that’s a couple shades darker than my natural skin tone. I find it doesn’t make my skin feel dry like some fake tans have done. It’s completely organic, so you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin and can be used on the face. However, being the sensitive thing I am I’ve been applying a thin layer of Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask all over my face and neck a couple of times a week to give my complexion a holiday look.

I hope you enjoyed having a look into my beauty cabinet and seeing what products I’m using this summer.
Do you switch up your skincare depending on the season? What beauty products are you loving right now?

 

Items marked with a * have very kindly been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Fashion Mumblr (aka Josie) is one of my favourite YouTubers and has given me loads of inspiration when it comes to beauty and fashion. Many a time have I have gone out and bought an item of skincare because she has featured it in one of her vlogs and I trust her opinion when it comes to putting anything on my skin. Imagine my delight when I saw Josie had teamed up with L’Occitane and put together 5 of her favourite products from their collection, all neatly packaged in a beautiful cream vanity case.

The set contains mini versions of each product and it comes just in time for your summer holiday, and believe me I cannot wait to start using everything. It retails for £25 (worth£35) and is absolutely beautiful. I think Josie has done an amazing job putting together this collection. Even if you’re not going away at the moment, it’s the perfect way to try some of the products before buying a full sized version. I would imagine if you’ve clicked on the title of this post then you’re already a huge fan of Josie, like I am, or you love using L’Occitane.

Let me talk you through the 5 beauty products Josie has chosen for her collaboration with L’Occitane.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Like Josie, I first fell in love with L’Occitane when I was given a set of 5 mini tubes of hand cream for Christmas, my favourite from that set was a rose fragrance one. I was really pleased to find a tube of Lavender Hand Cream inside the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane set as the smell of lavender always makes me feel relaxed. The cream is thick and leaves your hands feeling really soft, it’s the perfect size for popping in your handbag.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I always apply moisturiser to my body after a bath or shower and this Pivoine Flora Body Milk is just perfect. It smells absolutely divine,it absorbs really quickly which is great if you want to get dressed straight away, and it leaves your body feeling silky smooth.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Oh just the thought of using this Almond Shower Oil makes me want to jump right in the shower now, it smells dreamy. The oil changes to a soft foam as you lather it into your body, making the whole experience feel a little more indulgent. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated so it’s ideal if you’ve been out in the sun all day on your holiday.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

As much as I love wearing makeup, I enjoy having a mini pampering session when it comes to taking it all off at the end of the day. The Immortelle Cleansing Oil is a gentle, silky oil that removes every scrap of makeup and dirt, making your skin feel soft and completely nourished. It has a wonderful calming feeling which is just what your skin needs after a day in the sun.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I was so excited to see a mini pot of Immortelle Precious Cream inside this set. It’s literally pure luxury. The last thing I want when I’m away is to neglect my skincare routine so this little pot is perfect to fit in my travel bag. It’s super creamy and leaves the skin feeling silky soft and nourished. Wherever you’re travelling to, this cream will also protect your skin against the environment. What more could you ask for?

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I can honestly say the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Vanity Set is absolutely gorgeous and Josie has chosen 5 amazing products. Even the vanity case is a handy size to use after your holiday, it’s perfect for a weekend break, staying at a friends house or just to keep a few beauty bits in at home. It’s available via their website if you fancy treating yourself just in time for your holiday. Be quick though, before they all sell out.

Have you tried anything from L’Occitane? What beauty product is a must have for you on your holiday?

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Summer Beauty Favourites

As soon as the weather warms up and summer is knocking at the door I cannot wait to change my makeup routine and start wearing lighter, glowy makeup looks. Holidays, BBQs and days out mean I bring out some old favourites and invest in a few new products. I’ve not done an actual makeup routine for ages so I thought I’d let you delve into my makeup bag containing some of the beauty bits I’m using on a daily basis.

I won’t waffle on too much as there are quite a few products to get through.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Base

First up is Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer, I’ve only recently picked this up but it’s already proven it’s worth every penny. I originally bought it to wear alone while on holiday and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It gives my complexion a natural glow either under foundation or on it’s own if I’m having a good skin day. Plus the SPF 15 will protect your skin from sun damage, always a bonus.

Continuing with the glowy look, my current favourite foundation has to be Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. which I love because it’s buildable. I keep it to a light coverage during the day for a natural look and make it slightly heavier for a night out. This is my go to foundation as it’s not drying on my skin and after getting colour matched it just makes me look super flawless.

I’ve mentioned Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer so many times before but this really is one of those products I’d cry if I ever ran out and didn’t have another tube. It’s the perfect shade and it’s not too heavy on the skin but still gives a nice natural coverage for both under the eyes and blemishes. On a good skin day I’ve just been wearing this with the Wonder Glow Primer for a quick five minute, natural base.

If like me you find there are days when even with the best will in world there’s that one area of skin that needs a little helping hand. I’ve been using Technic Corrector Stix, these three shades work wonders when I’ve had  few late nights and my skin has patches of redness and is looking a bit tired.

I’m not one for caking a load of powder over the top of my foundation but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting of Makeup Forever Ultra HD Finishing Powder. I then take my large fluffy brush and using whatever is left on there to gently sweep over the rest of my base  My skin still looks lovely and dewy.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Cheeks

I have so many cheek products that are this summer’s beauty favourites. It’s hard to decide which ones to mention, even though my look varies slightly from day to day, I still love a glowy, dewy look and these five tick all the boxes for me.

I don’t tend to contour much during the summer, I usually take a small fluffy brush and add a little of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. Then using a large fluffy brush I’ll dust the same bronzer all over my face to give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense glow then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which is absolutely gorgeous.

My two all time favourite blushers are Nars in the shade Orgasm and Milani Powder Blush in the shade Blossomtime Rose. They are both pinky golden tones, which really warm up the skin.

The final step to my base is a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, for an extra touch of shimmer, another product I simply cannot live without.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Eyes

There are only two eyeshadow palettes which I’ll be reaching for during the height of summer Last summer’s Naked Heat Palette has to make an appearance again this year, I mean the shades are simply stunning and extremely versatile, you can create so many fun, colourful looks for day or night with this palette. I tend to swap and change which shades I use, they all scream summer but my favourites are Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego. If I’m running short on time then I’ll swipe one of the Maybelline Color Tattoos over the whole of my eye lid using a blending brush. They are brilliant on a hot day and the staying power of these beauties is absolutely incredible in sweltering temperatures.

The second eyeshadow palette I’m totally in love with is Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess. Admittedly I’ve only had this a few weeks but it’s already been used quite a few times and came in my travel bag for a mini break last month. There may only be 4 shades but believe me with these golden bronze colours you can create so many natural, smokey day to night looks. The powder formula is incredibly creamy and long lasting, each shade is highly pigmented and blends beautifully.

I don’t wear eyeliner during the day, if I’m going out in the evening I’ve been wearing a thin line of Flawless Eyeliner* by Flawless Lashes By Loreta close to my upper lash line to add definition. It’s completely budge proof and stays put even in hot weather.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, which coats every single lash, making them look thick and full of volume, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day, no flaky bits drop onto my cheek.

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Lips

Oh have I discovered three gorgeous lip products this year. I’m already a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks and I’ve recently picked up the shade Very Victoria, a beautiful browny nude, which is the perfect colour for every day.

I’ve totally fallen in love with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in the shade Petal. It’s a really pretty, natural pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them and making them look fuller and plumper.

My final lip product for the summer is Dior Lip Glow in the shade 001, a soft pinky tint. I’ve been wearing it alone for a natural look or to prime my lips before applying a matte lip colour. Both the Fresh Lip Tint and Dior Lip Glow leave my lips feeling incredibly soft.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look into my makeup bag and seeing what products I’m using on a daily basis this summer. Most of these came to Norfolk with me, to be honest I hardly wore any makeup at all during the day.

What makeup do you take on your travels?

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Sunkissed Vitamin C Serum

I’m very much into my skincare these days, much more than I used to be. Every morning and evening I make sure I do a full skincare routine, spending at least 10 minutes cleansing, toning and moisturising, however tired I am I make sure I get rid of any of the days makeup and finish off with a serum and night cream that will really benefit my skin over night.

I’ve been using a serum for a number of years and have really noticed a difference in my skin’s texture and appearance. It improved so much that there are some days I go without makeup and know that I won’t have to worry about dry patches or blemishes like I used to. Using a serum has helped with a whole host of skin problems from brightening up my tired skin, to giving it some much needed hydration.
Another area I worry about are the signs of ageing. I know that’s something I can’t stop (oh if only!) but by using a serum it has helped with any fine lines I do have.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been applying Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum which promises to plump and hydrate dull skin, reduce any wrinkles, remove acne, and leave your skin feeling soft and blemish free. I love that it’s 100% natural and not been tested on animals. If that’s not enough to make you want to give it a try, 20% of all purchases go to a a charity for children with mental health problems.

The serums includes Rose Water, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerine and Marine Collagen. So there’s a lot of good stuff inside one tiny bottle and are enough to get me all excited, that’s for sure. I love anything that promises to give me a youthful glow and and believe me, you don’t know how many times I’ve got in a paddy over fine lines around my eyes. I was interested to see if the Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum lived up to my high expectations.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Sadly it didn’t.

Ok, so that’s a bit unfair because it did give my skin a slight radiant glow and I’m definitely all about looking healthy. The website states that you may have a slight reaction during the first week of using the serum. Luckily my skin was fine and there was no signs of irritation, so that’s a bonus. Unfortunately it’s quite a thin runny consistency and my skin felt drier after using it. I think it will be absolutely fine if you have normal skin type, but I have naturally dry skin and need a serum that’s a bit richer. It didn’t improve my skin’s texture or fine lines around my eyes but it certainly didn’t leave it looking as though I’d not used any serum at all. So it’s not all bad.

I love the black and gold packaging, which would look very classy on anyone’s dressing table. The pipet applicator makes it easy to use, simply add 10 to 15 drops onto the palm of your hand and smooth over your face, neck and lips in the morning and evening.

Price wise, at £29.95 I do think it’s a little on the expensive side for a 20ml bottle, considering they recommend you use quite a large amount twice a day. Like I said, it may work wonders on someone else, everyone is different, but sadly it didn’t for me.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum* can be bought from their website if you do fancy giving it a try for yourself.

*This product was kindly sent to me for the purpose of an honest review, all opinions and photos are my own.

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