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Beauty Favourites: May 2020

Spending all my time at home during the last few months meant I didn’t need to purchase any new makeup. Instead, I’ve chosen to make extra time for my beauty routine, as well as using up products I was saving for “best”.

I’ve kept my makeup to a minimum and I’ve been applying a little of the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. It feels light as a feather on my skin yet gives a natural coverage and my complexion a healthy glow. It comes in a powder format and blends into a beautiful creamy consistency using the buffing brush. It’s super quick to apply and kind to your skin.

You know those products that are just so wonderful, you keep them for best? Well that’s what I’d been doing with these beauties from Roger & Gallet I’d received for my birthday. After recent events I’ve decided life’s too short for that, so I’ve been using them for my morning routine to make it feel a little more indulgent.

I’ve really enjoyed using the Rose Mignonnerie Shower Gel, it’s a great way to feel totally energized first thing in the morning. I personally love a light rose fragrance as it fits well with my feminine style. It’s a plant based formula enriched with aloe vera and makes my skin feel soft and hydrated. I have sensitive skin and this is gentle enough that it didn’t cause any irritation and still left my body feeling cleansed.

The Rose Soothing & Nourishing Body Lotion is super luxurious yet has an ultra light texture. It absorbs into your skin quickly, leaving it feeling smooth and silky soft. It contains Almond Milk and Nepal Rose, both are naturally moisturising ingredients and help to hydrate and soothe your skin. It smells absolutely divine, with a sensuous rose aroma of Nepal Rose, Peony and Almond.

I was a huge fan of the original Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, so when I ran out I replaced it with the Rose and Lavender one. It was originally launched as a limited edition in 2012, but it turned out to be incredibly popular that this became a permanent addition to their range.

As with the original Cleanse and Polish, the rich creamy formula gently removes daily grime and make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin beautifully smooth and thoroughly cleansed. I simply massage 1-2 pumps onto dry skin and then remove it with a warm facecloth. I adore the delicate fragrance of pure Damask rose petal and French lavender essential oils, making it feel like a mini facial every time I’ve used it.

Usually I don’t get on well with clay masks, my skin finds them too drying. I recently made a purchase on the Charlotte Tilbury website and got a free mini sample of the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, so I gave it a try to see what all the fuss was about. My reaction was simply “wow”. My skin didn’t feel tight, it felt soft and hydrated, and my complexion looked brighter after just one use. Not getting out of the house was starting to have an affect on my skin so I treated myself to the full sized product and added it to my pamper routine. The ingredients include Vitamin C for brightening, Sweet Almond Oil to help nourish your skin and is rich in Omega 3 and Rosehip Oil to help revitalise the appearance of your complexion.

If you’ve ever had a self tanning disaster you’ll know how frustrating it is, especially after you’ve gone through the effort of preparing and exfoliating your skin and following the guidelines.

I fell in love with Vita Liberata two years ago after trying their tanning mouse, so I was excited to see they’d brought out a tanning mist and decided to give it a go. With the current situation I don’t have any travel plans this year but still wanted that holiday tan, to be honest I’m not one for basking in the sun anyway. The Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mist is super easy to apply and dries in 1-2 minutes for a rich, natural-looking result within 4-6 hours. The beauty of this mist is that you can customise how deep you want your tan the moment it’s dried with a second application. It’s the best one I’ve used so far to achieve either a subtle sun kissed glow or a deep beach bronze, depending on what look I’m after.

What beauty or self care products have you been enjoying lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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Rose Gold LED Travel Mirrors From Luna London

Ever found yourself on holiday and there’s never enough light in the room to apply your makeup? Then there are those times you nip off to the ladies room to top up your powder and lippy, yet it’s so dark and dingy you can hardly see what you’re doing.

Last year I was kindly gifted two LED Illuminating Mirrors from Luna London Ltd and both have made a huge difference when it comes to applying my makeup, no matter where I may be.

This beautiful rose gold LED compact mirror from Luna London Ltd is the perfect size for keeping in your tote bag. It’s available from Amazon for £15.99 and also comes in black. The compact has two mirrors, one is 7x magnification, the other has a battery operated ring light and is large enough to see your whole face in. It’s ideal for checking makeup on the go or popping in your travel bag. I love the warm glow the light gives, which makes it great for selfies too!

 The Luna London Ltd Eclipse LED Mirror is a lot larger and also comes in rose gold. There are 3 light settings, soft warm, neutral white and simulate day, which you can brighten or dim.  It looks super chic and stylish, it’s light enough to use while you’re on your travels and even comes with a soft drawstring bag to protect the mirror against scratches. It’s USB rechargeable so there’s no need to worry about batteries running out if you’re away from home. I absolutely love the Eclipse mirror, just as much as I do their compact mirror. The Eclipse mirror is also available from Amazon and costs £27.99.

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Beauty Favourites For December

Beauty Favourites For December

I wanted to get my Beauty Favourites For December in early this year because the speed this month’s going it will almost be New Year before we know it. I know the lead up to Christmas can be an extremely busy time for some people but I’m sure you’ll be interested in these little gems I’ve been loving for the past month. 

I won’t waffle on too much so I’ll get straight on and give you the run down of my Beauty Favourites for December.

Beauty Favourites For December

Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 

It’s the season to be glittery and glowy. I wish I had a party to go to every night til New Year just so I can wear all these stunning shades in this Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette.  There are 18 creamy, highly pigmented eyeshadows including matte, chrome, pearl and glitter shades. I’d be here all day if I named all the shades but believe me they are stunning. There’s no fall out and the colour lasts extremely well. This would make the perfect gift for any beauty lover. 

Rosie For Autograph Eyeshadow Palette

This is the first time I’ve tried anything from Rosie’s collection and I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous rose gold packaging. I chose the eyeshadow palette called “I Feel Like A Million Dollars” with 4 stunning shades that complement each other beautifully. The soft creamy powders blend together really well to create a natural look for both day and night. It would make a lovely gift or stocking filler for any beauty lover. 

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

 These stunning liquid eyeshadows are are pure glitter heaven in gold and pink tones. The shades are Kitten Karma (champagne with copper glitter), Diamond Dust (silver with multi coloured glitter) and Smokey Storm (Pewter with silver glitter). They’re perfect to use all over your lid for a full on glitter look, and the small sponge makes it easy to dab a small amount in the centre or inner corner of your lid to add hint of sparkle.

Beauty Favourites For December
Beauty Favourites For December

Stila Stay All day Liquid Lipsticks

I’ve constantly been wearing these nude liquid lipsticks for both day and night, they come in a set of 3 shades with a matte dusty rose, shimmery dusty rose and a warm caramel. These lipsticks contain Vitamin E and Avocado Oil and have a soft buttery consistency which makes them feel comfortable on the lips. They’re full coverage and incredibly long lasting. 

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

I’m all about lip oils during the colder months and wanted one with a slight hint of colour. I’ve been using this lip care treatment from Clarins in Shade 9 Red Berry Glam, it’s a very subtle colour but extremely glossy. The colour doesn’t last that long, about 4 hours, but it does make my lips feel super soft. It has quite a heavy texture yet doesn’t feel sticky.

Beauty Favourites For December

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4 Face Palette

I fell in love with this gorgeous Hourglass palette with it’s limited edition pink packaging as soon as I saw it. With 6 stunning shades of metallic powders, ranging from  champagne and rose gold to earthy bronze, giving you a lit from within glow. The shades help to blur out any imperfections and leave you complexion looking more youthful. The bronzer and blush shades give a natural flush of colour and a gorgeous highlighter that’s not in the least bit glittery. 

That’s all of my Beauty Favourites for December. Have you tried any of these amazing products? what have you been loving this month?

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My DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

I don’t know how many times I seen a beautiful Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, only to see how ridiculously expensive it is, especially when I probably only use half the contents? Every year I treat myself to a traditional chocolate advent calendar, it wouldn’t be Christmas without one. Three years ago I bought the Tanya Burr Beauty Advent Calendar. As pretty as the products inside were, I found that things like the glitter eyeliner pens were still sitting in my draw untouched and I ended up giving them away.

Last year, I began my search yet again for the perfect beauty advent calendar and read bloggers reviews but I still wasn’t able to find one that I really loved and thought was worth the money. Adrian quite possible needed ear plugs by that point because he decided to put together one for me.

DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

He searched on Etsy for a set of mini stockings which he could put mini gifts in ready for me to open in the lead up to Christmas. Eventually he found this set of 24 from a company called All Sewn Up By Sophia which comes complete with 24 mini gold pegs and a long piece of string to hand them on.. Luckily we have a chimney breast and the length of the DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar hung perfectly along it.

Adrian then went to the Boots 3 for 2 gifts and choose a selection that were small enough to fit in each stocking. He knows me so well as he found a gorgeous Ted Baker rose gold makeup set containing 12 products and it was on a half price offer at the time. He definitely scored extra brownie points with that one.

I absolutely love my  Homemade Beauty Advent Calendar, not only was I able to use it last year but I’ll be able to recycle it for many years to come. I’m sure if I ever get bored of makeup it can be filled with my favourite chocolates or mini drink bottles.

Do you have an Advent Calendar each year? Is yours a beauty or chocolate one, or do you make up your own version  too?

DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

 

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October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I honestly can’t remember how long it’s been since I wrote a beauty and lifestyle favourites post, I thought it was about time I told you what items I’ve really enjoyed during October. First of all, where has this year disappeared to? It really doesn’t seem a whole 12 months ago since I was sitting here planning my December posts, and here we are 2018 is almost over. Isn’t that scary? To be honest, I kind of lost my way with the whole blogging thing for a few weeks. I felt my posts were getting lost in the huge blogging ocean, partly because I wasn’t promoting myself on social media and I didn’t feel like I had enough new and exciting content. Real life events had taken over the time I would normally have dedicated to my space on the internet.

I happened to be talking to a friend and she asked me what I hoped to gain from blogging. Was I purely writing for myself, other people or to be liked? I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with myself, and the last option was a definite no as over the years I’ve learnt you can’t please everyone. Taking that time off gave me the space I needed to breathe, and the fear of almost losing my blog a few days ago gave me the kick up the backside I needed to feel inspired again.

One thing I have really enjoyed recently is a trip to Sandringham House, The Queen’s country home in North Norfolk. It has the most amazing gardens and woods where you can walk round, it’s filled with beautiful flowers and statues. If you don’t fancy walking all that way, there’s even a shuttle that will drive you round to take in all the wonderful sights. I even had a picnic on The Queen’s lawn, I’m sure she won’t mind. I had to have my photo taken outside York Cottage, which is on the other side of the lower lake at Sandringham and will be the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I did wonder if Harry and Megan were in one of the upstairs rooms measuring up for nursery furniture, but no, there wasn’t any sign of them. Oh well, maybe next time. You may like to read what else we got up to on our visit to Sandringham House.

The Walking Dead has also returned to our screens, I bloomin love that show. Season 9 has definitely come back with a bang, I can’t believe one of my favourite characters is leaving, no spoilers but his last scenes will be aired in the UK on Monday 5th November and I shall be inconsolable and sobbing into a pile of soggy tissues.

I suppose I should move on to some beauty products I’ve loved using this month. You know what it’s like, that gorgeous item of makeup arrives, beautifully wrapped and you want to delve straight in and start using it. But you can’t as you want to take a million photos and there’s just no time, the pile is building up on that chair in the corner of your room. Yeah, that was me. I don’t know, do people prefer to see something in pristine condition, or would you rather see a product that’s well used and covered in a layer of excess powder?

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I’ve been obsessed with Bobbi Brown Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette, the shades are absolutely beautiful and there’s one for just about every natural day look you’d want to create. If I’m in a rush I’ve been swiping Nude all over and Tan on the lid and lower lash line. It’s a good size palette with 10 different colour eyeshadows in a mix  of matt and shimmer, there’s also a decent mirror, just in case you want to take it on your travels. The powders feel creamy soft and blend in beautifully.

I didn’t think I’d ever get as excited about a foundation as I have with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I love a moisturising base and this one is super creamy, almost as though you were applying a rich face cream. It’s a full coverage foundation but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on my skin and really evens out my complexion. I find it easy to blend over my skin using a damp beauty sponge and shade 4.5 matches perfectly for a really flawless base. It contains Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ageing, leaving your skin looking smooth and plumper. Concentrated mushroom extract helps to firm, tighten pores and thoroughly hydrated. I’ve been using this with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and if you’d like to know my thoughts on it I’ll leave a full review here.

I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but it really is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, it 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.

To keep it all in place I’ll been applying Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder, it feels incredibly smooth and doesn’t clump up on any dry patches. I’m not one for layering loads of powder all over my face but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting. I just use a large fluffy brush and gently sweep over those areas. This powder doesn’t look dry, my skin still looks dewy, which I really like.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

 

Now we’re well and truly out of the summer months I still want to have a sunkissed glow to my complexion. I’ve been using one of my old favourites, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess which gives a subtle hint of colour and looks super natural.  I use a large fluffy brush to achieve that all over holiday look, then a smaller one to blend it into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. It give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

I’ve rediscovered how much I love Pixi Rose Flash Balm Skin Booster to prime my skin before makeup and applying a thicker layer twice a week which acts as a mask, you just leave it on for about five minutes and gently wipe it away. It contains rose extract and rose flower water, these are incredibly gentle on my skin, The balm is oil free and glides on beautifully without leaving any greasy residue, making my skin feel ultra soft and hydrated. It’s a great multi-purpose product that’s the perfect compact size for popping in your overnight bag.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

The Glossier Balm Dotcom is an all purpose balm that can be used on dry lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs some TLC, perfect for this time of year. It comes in 6 different flavours, from Original to Coconut. Naturally I went for the Rose one. The balm has quite a thick consistency, I’ve been applying it to my lips every evening as part of my night time skincare routine and it’s really nourished my dry lips, they feel super soft the following day. I’ll also be using this on a minimal makeup day, when I want a hint of colour on my lips but can’t be bothered with lipstick. The tube is also a handy little size to carry in your bag through the day.

Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

Another box set I’ve been watching again is Sex and the City, I enjoyed even more this time round. The fashion, the friendships between the four women and of course the “will they, won’t they” relationship between Carrie and BIg. I’d love to be like Carrie and whip open my laptop with every “last night I got to thinking” moment. I’m certainly not a talented writer like her but there’s always hope. For now I shall just be inspired by the many fashion choices she makes, My friend treated me to a name necklace in the same style Carrie wears, it is a very early Christmas present but I love wearing it. My friend also bought me the Love key ring like the one that was given to Carrie in the first film.

What beauty and lifestyle things have you been loving during the last month? Have you been anywhere exciting or watched any good shows on TV?

 

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