30 June 2015

World of Duty Free Exclusives

World of Duty Free

As many of us will be going on or summer holidays soon I wanted to share with you some World of Duty Free exclusives you can pick up before you travel. I'm one of those people that love airports, I love having a few hours to mooch around the various beauty counters picking up some tax free make-up and generally just perusing endless perfumes, make up and skincare prodcuts. 

The first is the Hawaii OPI set which contains 6 miniature polishes in really summery shades. I love the bright orange shade called Go with the Lava Flow as I think this will look so beautiful on tanned toes covered in sand.

The second set that I love is the stunning trio lipstick set from YSL. The set contains 3 full sized Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks in the shades- No.1 Le Rouge a super bright red, No.13 Le Orange a stunning, bright orange coral shade and No.27 Fuchsia Innocent, a vibrant pink. I couldn't think of a better lipstick set to buy for a summer holiday as all 3 shades are so bright and would look beautiful with a tan. I think my favourite shade from the set is Le Orange because I think it's a shade that anyone could pull off. 

Normally these cost £26 and this trio costs £59.35, which is pricey but good value for money for 3 YSL lipsticks. They have a moisturising satin finish and apply really beautifully on the lips. 

Are you planning any holidays this summer? I'd love to know what you pick up from World of Duty Free

29 June 2015

Elizabeth Arden Lipsticks

Elizabeth Arden make-up is somewhat of a new discovery for me, I've always been familiar and a big fan of there skincare but I've never really tried their make-up. In an effort to change this I've recently been trying out some of their Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipsticks which come in the cutest door like packaging. Firstly the formula of these lipsticks are so buttery and moisturising that it almost feels like you're just applying lip balm. I have 5 shades:  Pretty Pink, Tropicoral, Pink Punch, Wild Berry and Red Door Red

Pretty Pink is the shade I wear the most as it's a beautiful nude shade with a hint of peach and pink. This is my current go to every day shade and is one of those shades that you can apply without a mirror. Red Door Red is the classic bright red shade and is a very iconic colour for Elizabeth Arden, especially in the door packaging. 

Even though these are super moisturising they also pack in so much pigment, especially the brighter shades. Red Door Red and Wild Berry look so beautiful on the lips as they're so vibrant but also look really smooth. I do love matte lipsticks but sometimes it's nice to wear a bright lip in a moisturising formula as they don't dry the lips out. 


25 June 2015

Jo Malone Bath & Body

Jo Malone Bath and Body

If you're a fan of Jo Malone you'll know that they recommend laying their perfumes to find your perfect scent combination. Well Jo Malone also do bath and body products so you can start layering from the shower, to you moisturiser ending with your fragrance. If you don't want to mix scents then you could also try using the moisturiser or shower gel in your chosen scent as it will make your perfume last all day. 

I have the hand and body lotion in Red Roses scent, which is perfect if you like slightly thiner moisturisers because it's not as thick as the body creams. It smells absolutely beautiful on the skin and goes really nicely with Peony and Blush Suede, which is my all time favourite Jo Malone scent. 

As of the 1st of July all of the packing of all the bath and body products will be rebranded with beautiful frosted stripes, which I think look particularly beautiful with any of the coloured products. Along with the rebrand there will be new products added to the range- a bath oil, shower oil and body scrub. The bath oil will be in one of my favourite scents, Nectarine Blossom and Honey, the shower oil will be Lime Basil and Mandarin and the Body Scrub is in Geranium and Walnut. The bath oil packaging is my personal favourite as I think the square glass bottles look beyond beautiful and classic on the side of any bath.


24 June 2015

Royal Ascot- Betting And Bubbles

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Last week I attended Ladies Day at Royal Ascot with Sky Bet for a day of bubbles and betting. All going well I've got a Get Ready With Me video coming up on my YouTube but I thought I'd run through what I choose to wear on the day in a separate post.

I recently attended a Dove event around colour confidence where Stylist Alex Longmore matched which colours work best with my skin tone and hair and she suggested pastel and nudes worked perfectly for me. With this in mind I opted for an old cream Issa dress with wrap detail in the middle which I love as I think it looks really flattering. I had planned on wearing my friend Tara's black hat but it would appear I have a rather small head so bought this last minute fascinator from Accessorize at the station about 30 mins before our train! My bag is from Ted Baker and I think the peachy orange tones work really well with the nude dress. Then finally I wore my most comfortable gladiator style shoes from Zara. And trust me, when you go to Ascot you want to opt for comfort as you're on your feet all day. 

I went to the races with my lovely friend Josie, who took these pictures for me and we had such a fun day winning some money and sitting in the sunshine all day! If you've never been to the races I'd definitely recommend going, it's such a fun day out especially if the sun is shining! 


23 June 2015

Festival Beauty Essentials

It is officially festival season, and with Glastonbury kicking off at the end of this week I've put together my festival beauty essential kit.

Starting with hair I couldn't live without my Colab dry shampoo on a normal week let alone a few days at a festival. This is the best dry shampoo I've come across and it's my absolute must have product. Along with this I also couldn't live without my Tangle Teezer and I love my little gold compact one because it easily fits in my bag when I'm out and about. 

Make Up wise I would definitely recommend taking a high SPF for the face as it's likely you'll be in the sun all day, and my favourite is the Clarins UV Plus SPF 50. Along with this I would also pack my Tarte 12-hour amazonian clay foundation because it lasts all day, which is exactly what you want for a festival, but it's also matte! To save on space I would pack a bronzer that also has a huge mirror and my current go to is the Tom Ford Brozing Powder because the mirror is huge but I also love the powder in shade Gold Dust. 

In terms of lip products I would pack a natural lip colour and also a bright colour. I've picked the Clinique Lip Pops because they're super small and compact but also feel quite moisturising on the lips.

As you don't really have access to many sinks when camping I always take face wipes with me to take my make-up off. I really don't like using face wipes because they generally leave my skin feeling striped but if I have to take one pack it would be the Ole Henriksen Nurture Me wipes as they smell like oranges.Then deodorant goes without saying and my go to all time favourite is Dove Invisible Dry because it doesn’t leave white marks and smalls really fresh all day.

Random products I would take are the a portable charger, because I'm addicted to social media and can't really be without my phone. I have the Anker portable charger, which I love because it's tiny and really light. Then hand sanatiser goes without saying and sunglasses. 

For fun items I think these gold trasfer tattoos from Seekers of Sun are so cool and then I would pack a this Kiko coloured liner to jazz up my make-up.

22 June 2015

Light Summer Foundations

Light Foundations

As soon as summer comes around I ditch the heavy foundations and opt for a lighter base. This generally makes my skin feel like it can breath a little more and makes me feel less sticky and hot throughout the day. I've recently been absolutely loving the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Finish Foundation because it's gives a good amount of coverage but feels so lightweight and natural, which is exactly what you want in the summer. Another light foundation I love is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation as again this is so light (as the name suggests) but also gives the most beautiful glow to the skin. This definitely isn't a matte foundation but I would recommend this if you love glowing and luminous skin. 

Moving on to super light products that are more correcting with a tiny bit of coverage. I have been using the Nuxe DD Cream all month under my foundation as it warms up my skin really beautifully but also contains SPF 30 so is perfect for the summer. I can also see this product working really well on holiday because it gives a tiny amount of coverage. A product similar to this is the Caudlie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser as is gives a tiny bit of coverage whilst also protecting with SPF20. I would recommend only getting the light shade in this though unless you do have darker skin as the dark shade is really very dark.

If you look for a uber light base in the summer then the only product you will need is the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydration Gel. This is an incredibly light base that looks like your skin but better. It's almost meant to increase your skins hydration but 215% in one week.  

17 June 2015

Mint Nail Polishes

Mint Nail Polisj

I've recently been wearing so much colour on my nails and on shades that I just can't get enough of lately are milky, cream mints. I think this shade suits everyone and looks especially nice with a tan. 

My all time favourite mint shade is Pistachio Drage from the L'Oreal Colour Riche range. It's such a stunning shade, applies really thick and actually has a hint of white in it. For a more blue-toned mint I love Mint For Life from Maybelline Colour Stay range, I also love the formula of these polishes as they last forever. The Models Own Apple Pie polish is absolutely stunning and is a bit more of a greeny mint shade and actually smells like apples. Lastly, is 'Do You Harajuku?' from Morgan Taylor that chips like a mother but I adore the colour so much that I had to include it. It's got a very subtle shimmer running through it that looks so beautiful in certain lights. 


16 June 2015

Copper and Gold Homeware

Copper and gold homeware

I absolutely love homeware and interiors, I'm constantly perusing homeware sites but have come to the stage where I can't fit anymore candles, vases or anything else in my flat. So to get my interior fix I thought I'd put together a little wish list of things that I would buy if I had space!

This is mainly a copper and gold wishlist because I absolutely love homeware in those shades. As I made this wishlist in an app and most of the products are either sold out or available in other countries I thought I'd just tell you a few of my favourite places to pick up homeware. H&M home do the most amazing affordable items and probably very similar to what I included in this post. I also love Anthropologie, Oliver Bonas, IKEA, TK Maxx, Etsy and if you're ever in Brighton head to Berts as it has so many things similar to Anthropologie but so much cheaper. 


15 June 2015

My Favourite Concealers

The best concealers

I'm really building up quite a collection of concealers that I'm loving at the moment and I thought I'd share with you my favourite picks and why they made the cut. I'll start with the lightest and work my way to products that gives the heaviest coverage. Recently I've been loving the Este√® Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter, it's similar to Touch√® Eclat in that it gives radiance and light under the eyes. When I bought this the woman on the counter said she would probably wear this underneath another concealer however I think this is fine on it's on and gives a nice amount of coverage. 

The Clarins Instant Concealer is another light coverage concealer that gives a nice amount of radiance under the eyes. This is a product that I really like to take out an about with me as it's really good for touch ups throughout the day. Another product I use both as a concealer and then a touch up on the go if the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer. It's really creamy and sits really nicely both under the eyes and all over the skin.

For products that give a little more coverage I have one afforable option and one middle ground. The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is an old favourite and one you've probably seen on many blogs. It gives a really good amount of coverage and is really creamy.  I know some people find this quite drying but I've never had a problem. Lastly is the Mac Studio Finish Concealer, which is just amazing at covering up dark circles, blemishes and just generally anything you want to cover on your face. I find that if you warm it up between your fingers first it blends out really nicely. 

12 June 2015

Summer Facial SPF Suncreams

I like to try and wear SPF all year round but when it comes to summer I really try to up the level of SPF I use. I think wearing SPF on your face is so important to protect from UVA rays but also pollution. Living in London I like to wear SPF 30-50 on my face to protect from both pollution and sunburn. Finding a product containing high SPF for the face that doesn't feel too chalky, heavy or sticky can be difficult so I thought I'd share with you a few of my favourites. 

The one I've already used the most this years is the Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF 50 Day Cream. I love this product because it doesn't smell of anything, is really lightweight and doesn't feel sticky or greasy on the skin. 

If you're looking for a face SPF that is packed with protection the I'd recommend the Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Triple Defence Shield Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++. It contains advanced technology to give triple defence (as the name suggests) against oxidation, stress from the sun, pollution and infrared-A exposure. It contains the most powerful anti-oxidant available and helps to repair existing sun damage. Despite having a huge list of skin protecting ingredients it also feels lovely and light on the skin.

The Radical Skin Perfecting SPF 30 Sunscreen is perfect for the summer as it's matte so doesn't leave any greasy residue what so ever and sits really well under make up. It also contains a product that covers the skin really beautifully and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. 

Lastly is the facial SPF I used last year and it's the La Roche Posey Athelios Face Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50. I would say after discovering other facial SPF's this is now my least favourite as it has a bit of an odd smell but it is the more affordable facial SPF from the list. Like all the others it's very light but I'd definitely recommend having a sniff of it before buying as it's not the nicest of scents. 


10 June 2015

How To Look Tanned Without Fake Tanning

Fake Tan For The Face

Summer is officially here, well it was at the weekend and with London getting a little bit hotter as the days go on I've realised I really need to ditch my white ghostly Winter complexion and get a summer glow. I've got a few products that I love for quickly getting summer skin without the use of fake tan or sunbathing. These are all products that I apply to my skin either before foundation or mixed with my foundation and they really help to warm up the complexion. 

My go to product to warm up my complexion last year was the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion and these come in a whole range of colours so that you can add in some colour or just give you skin a healthy luminous look. Similar to this is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, which is a beautiful silky product that works really well either as a base before foundation or mixed together. 

A foundation/skin perfecting hybrid I've been loving is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation as this gives the most beautiful glow to the skin. I also find that even though this is quite a light foundation is leaves the skin looking really quite flawless.

Lastly is the This Works Energy Bank Sunflash that is used to warn up your base for when your face is lighter than you body. The reason I've added in this product is because along with warming up your skin it also gives a dose of Vitamin C, Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid to brighten and wake up your skin. 


9 June 2015

Schwarzkopf Got2Be Haircare

Schwarzkopf Got2Be Haircare

I think you can get some amazing haircare from the drug store and recently I've been absolutely loving products from Schwarzkopf. I've been trying out some products from their new ranges and I'm been genuinely impressed with the effects they've had on my hair and how budget friendly they are.

The Mind Blowing range is aimed at cutting down the time you spend drying and styling your hair and essentially limiting the amount of damage caused to you hair from heated styling products. It's not a miracle but it's did noticeably decrease the amount of time I spent drying my hair. There is a Dry Styling Spay or a Quick Shape Mousse you can use of wet hair. I prefer the mousse as I like adding a bit of volume to my hair and this product does that without leaving your hair crispy. Then there is a Fast Dry Hairspray which can be used on dry hair before styling. The products also contain heat protectant so you only need to use one product on your hair which I love.

The other range I've been trying is 10 in 1 styling treatment from the All Star range and this is by far my favoruite product I've tried in a long time. As the name suggests it does 10 things with one pump and when it comes to hair the less products I can use the better. This is meant to add shine, fullness, thickness, smoothness, suppleness, anti-frizz, anti-humidity, protection and shape. It comes out as a cream and I tend to use one pump which covers all of my hair before I blow dry.

The reason I love this product is because it's easy to use and actually works. It makes my hair feel soft and look shiny whilst also keeping the volume. If this can prevent and frizz during the summer it may reach holy grail status. 

You can pick up the Schwarzkopf Got2Be range from Boots both online and in store.

8 June 2015


The latest addition to the Charlotte Tilbury family is the Eyes to Mesmerise collection, which are super easy to work with cream eye shadows. The texture of these eye shadows is very whipped and light and they're insanely pigmented, you only need to slightly dab your finger in the pot to cover your whole eye. The first time I tried these they didn't seem to work for me, the colour was quite dull compared to when I swatched it on my hand, but I think the trick is to dab the product on instead of blending. Then once the base layer is set they're really easy to build up for a more intense look and I also read that if you use a wet brush the colour payoff is even more intense.  

I have the shades Bette Davis and Mona Lisa. Bette is is beautiful amber gold shade the looks so stunning on the lids and would look so beautiful with bronzed glowing skin. Mona Lisa is more of a dark brown bronzed shadow and works really well all over the lid but also on the lower lash line and in the crease. 

If I were to recommend one of the shades from the range it would definitely be Bette Davis as it's nothing like anything I own and looks so intense on the lids. 

You can pick up the whole Eyes to Mesmerise range online or in store at Selfridges for £22 each.


5 June 2015


Sunday Riley Skincare

Sunday Riley is one of those brands that I've lusted after ever since it landed in Space NK. It's a huge favourite at many of the high end fashion shows at fashion week with many models having an entire Sunday Riley facial before they hit the runway. You know if designers are using it on super models before their shows it damn good stuff. 

The first product I tried from the range was the Ceramic Slip Cleanser, which is actually the most affordable product from the brand at £35. It's a gel based foaming clay cleanser that is rich in Vitamin C and essential oils to give the skin a real boost and pick me up. I normally really do not like foaming cleansers but this is only a mildly foaming cleanser. I would say that it leaves the skin feeling a little bit tight but nothing too harsh, I guess it's essentially like a mild clay mask. It aims to minimise pores and give a flawless complexion whilst stimulating collagen and circulation. The french green clay is the ingredient that tightens pores and removes impurities whilst Vitamin C boosts radiance, black pepper improves stimulation, jasmine soothes and frankincesnse tones. I find that the morning after I use this my skin just looks... well better. Everything looks a little tighter and I have a lovely glow to my skin and so far this hasn't given me any redness or dry spots.  

Another product I've been loving is the Start Over Active Eye Treatment, which for an eye cream is absolutely huge. It costs £65 but when you think you use the smallest amount of eye cream the actual cost per use is similar to cheaper products. It has a gel like texture and corrects dark circles, reduces puffy eyes and damaged skin. It contains a whole host of skin loving ingredients including Vitamin C, Licorice, Algae, and Yeast Extract which all slow down the aging process and repair any damage. 

As you can probably tell I'm somewhat of a fan of Sunday Riley and the next product on my list is the Luna facial oil, which is meant to be incredible. 

You can view the entire Sunday Riley range on both Cult Beauty or Space NK.


3 June 2015


I've recently been raving non stop about the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish cleanser and if like me you're completely in love with it then you're going to love their trio limited edition pack they're selling for their 20th anniversary. The set contains 3 completely new cleansers in the scents Rose and Lavender, Grapefruit and Patchouli, and Orange Flower and Chamomile. All three cleansers come in the beautiful blue tin with two muslin cloths.   
I've mentioned before that I'd recommend Cleanse and Polish to anyone as it really is one of the most gentle cleansers I've used. It feels very nourishing and moisturing and removes make up really easily. I was quite hesitant to try to new scented cleansers as I thought they would break me out or cause dry spots on my skin but so far I've noticed no change in my skin from when I use the original one. 

The Cleanse and Polish Trio costs £35, which I actually don't think is such good value for money as you get 3 100ml cleansers and normally the original would cost around £20. 

2 June 2015

Tips On Growing Your Instagram

Tips on getting more Instagram followers

Regular Posting- The key to growing anything whether it be your blog, YouTube or Instagram is posting regularly so that you keep appearing on peoples timelines. The more people that like and comment on yours photos the more chance you have of other users finding you.

Getting Regrammed- It's no secret that getting regrammed by someone which thousands of followers is the quickest way to grow you account. In order to get noticed you need to make sure you tag and mention every brand that features in your photo and use relevant hashtags.  

Commenting is another quick way to get your profile seen by lots of different people. By regularly commenting on accounts similar to yours means that their followers will probably also like your feed and follow you.

Peak Times- I would say the best times to post on Instagram are 9am, 12pm and between 6-7pm. These are the times that most people are on social media and it means you're more likely to get noticed and get more likes.

Flat Lays- Finally I want to talk about Flat Lays as these are images that I love to post and love seeing on Instagram. I also find that other people love these and they get the most love from both brands and followers.

1 June 2015


Jo Loves Shot Candle

Last week I got to meet the one and only Jo Malone where I learnt all about her brand Jo Loves and more importantly the her new Shot Candle. Jo has spent the last 3 years developing the genius idea of the Shot Candle, which lauched earlier last week. The idea is that the customer is taken on a creative experience in which they can customise their own candle by picking 2 bespoke scents, which when they melt into one another create a completely unique and personal fragrance. 

To create the candle each customer has a one to one consultation where they choose from a menu of scents. You first choose from the base scent menu and this will be what the main body of the candle is made from then you choose the scent of the 'shot', which fits into the base.

For my candle I choose Tahitan Gardenia and Petitgrain, which once the two scents have melted together produce a really rich and deep floral scent. Other scents to picks from are Mint Mojito, Fig Trees, mango and many more so you really can get super creative. 

The Shot Candle experience can be found at the Jo Loves Studio in Belgravia and costs £75. 
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