JUNE BEAUTY FAVOURITES
It’s been a while since I put together a ‘Favourites’ post for my blog, but since I’ve been obsessed with so many gorgeous things this month I thought it was only right that I put a lil’ something together for June. I’ve been reaching for the same products over the last few weeks, some of them are completely new to me but many are my tried and tested faves! I hope you guys enjoy learning a little bit more about the things that have been floating my boat during the month of June.
First up I just have to talk about the It Cosmetics ‘Your Skin But Better’ CC Cream. I have been literally OBSESSED with this product so I just had to include this in my favourites. What I love the most about this cc cream is that it actually has SPF 50 (yes, 50!) as well as UVA and UVB, so it’s especially great to wear during the Summer months. In terms of coverage, this cc cream is super versatile; I like to wear a light to medium coverage so I’ll just go ahead and apply the product with a damp beauty blender. However if you need something with a bit more coverage then this stuff is great because you’re able to build up the product as much or as little as you need without looking cakey. I’m literally always telling my friends that they need to get their hands on one of these babies, so just trust me when I say that you NEED to try the It Cosmetics CC Cream if you haven’t already.
Another product by It Cosmetics that I’ve been loving is the ‘Brow Power’ Universal Brow Pencil. Now, I have to be honest, I have a real love hate relationship with this pencil, and the reason I have such a relationship with this product is because I only used this a couple of times before the pencil BROKE!! Not only that but I spoke to a couple of other people who had used the Brow Power and they said that theirs also broke pretty much as soon as they used it! Breakages aside, I actually really love this product. I have my pencil in the shade ‘Universal Taupe’ and what’s great about this product is that it’s supposed to work with any skin tone or eyebrow colour! (Amazing right?) I can’t speak for everyone but what I do know is that this shade works perfectly with my brows and I would go as far to say that this is the best eyebrow shade I’ve ever used! So It Cosmetics, if you’re reading this, please do something to stop your brow pencils from breaking because I absolutely love them!
I’m a total By Terry fangirl so I just had to include one of the beautiful By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows in my June favourites. If you’ve never tried the Ombre Blackstar eyeshadows then you’re seriously missing out because I absolutely ADORE these babies. You all know that I hate faffing around and spending hours doing my makeup and what’s great about these cream shadows is that they’re super easy to apply. You can literally just apply the product straight to your eyelid and blend it out with your fingers which is great! I love every single one of the Ombre Blackstar shadows but I’d have to say that my all time favourite shade is Misty Rock which is a beautiful purpley taupe colour. Definitely try these if you’re a fan of stress-free, easy to apply makeup!
Of course it wouldn’t be a favourites if I didn’t mention which fragrance I’ve been loving this month. Recently I’ve been wearing the scent ‘No 4 Bois De Balincourt’ by Maison Louis Marie almost every day and it’s definitely become one of my favourite perfumes within my fragrance collection. To me, this fragrance smells super creamy but it actually has top notes of sandalwood and cedar wood with a nutty undertone and earthy vetiver notes. This scent is sexy and sultry and as you can tell I’m crazy about it! You need this in your life.
You’re probably so sick of hearing me talk about the Nars Soft Matte Concealer but I just couldn’t resist including it in my favourites because I’ve literally been using this stuff non stop! I honestly think this is the best concealer I’ve ever used in my life, I absolutely adore it! What’s great about this concealer is that it’s matte but it doesn’t make my skin look dry or cakey at all. I normally use this stuff to cover up blemishes but I also like to use it under my eyes to get rid of any dark circles and it works a treat on both. It’s honestly so amazing and you should definitely give this stuff a whirl!
Another product that I’ve been using non stop is the RMS Beauty Signature Set. The palette I have is the ‘Pop Collection’ and I absolutely love it! I’m a huge fan of cream products (you’ve probably heard me talk about my RMS Living Luminizer a billion times) and this palette has some of the most gorgeous cream based products that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Within the compact is a bronzer, luminizer and a skin balm, as well as two shades of the multi use lip and cheek colours. I’ve been really enjoying mixing the two shades of lip to cheek products together and applying a light layer to my lips and the apples of my cheeks. This palette is perfect for the days when you don’t feel like wearing makeup but you just want a little something to bring your face to life.
I used the Benefit ‘Hoola’ Bronzer for years but always felt like it was just a liiiiittle too dark for my skin tone, so when I discovered the ‘Hoola Lite’ all of my bronzer dreams came true! If you have pale skin like me then you need to try the Hoola Lite because it’s actually the best bronzer I’ve ever used! Despite the fact that I absolutely hate the packaging (how inconvenient is that box though?) I pretty much use this everyday so that should tell you how much I genuinely love this stuff! This is such a great contour shade for me and it really helps to accentuate the angles of my face (and chisel away last nights pizza, know what I’m sayin’?) while still looking super subtle and giving me a natural looking glow. When I saw this bronzer I knew I would fall in love with it, and I did!
Onto my favourite products now – the lipsticks! This month I’ve been wearing the Nars ‘Orgasm’ lipstick to death and I’m pretty certain I’m not going to get sick of it any time soon. When I opened up the tube I didn’t think I’d actually like this lipstick as much as I do, but once I put it on I realised that I actually loved it! It’s a lovely pinky nude shade but what makes it so amazing is that it has this absolutely beautiful golden shimmer to it. Now, I’m not one for glittery lipsticks, but the shimmer in this shade is so subtle and gives my lips a gorgeous ‘glow from within’ kinda vibe. Two other shades that I just have to mention are by Antipodes. Lately I’ve been obsessed with the shade ‘Piha Beach Tangerine’ which is the perfect summery orange, as well as ‘Remarkably Red’ which is actually not very red (lol) but instead its a beautiful magenta colour. I love these shades but for me the reason why I love Antipodes lipsticks so much is because of the way that they feel on my lips. I love the shape of the bullet and the way that they apply, and the fact that they’re completely natural makes me love them even more! These are my go-to shades as we transition into Summer.
Now let’s take a minute to talk about skincare. The standout product for me this month has been the Tata Harper Clarifying Face Mask. This Mask is great for blemish prone skin so I’ve been using this whenever I feel like my skin needs a deep cleanse. This mask is unique in the sense that it doesn’t dry and that’s something that I really like because I feel like it doesn’t dry my skin out. I love Tata Harper products because they always feel so kind and gentle on my skin. Definitely give this mask a go if your face can tend to be problematic.
About a month ago I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of the Filorga Supreme Regenerating Lotion and I was so excited to give this product a whirl! This product is kind of like a toner but it’s more hydrating which is great for my dry skin. I love using toners or essences before my regular moisturiser and I’ve been using this Supreme Regenerating Lotion during my morning and evening skincare routine for about 3 weeks now. I love this lotion because it feels (and smells) so fresh and light and I’ve really noticed how much my skin has improved since I’ve been using this stuff. I feel like this lotion has been giving my skin the surge of moisture that it craves and I just know I’m going to be using this for many years to come! Love it.
The last product that I want to talk about is the Elemis ‘Aching Muscles’ Super Soak. This soak is honestly the BEST thing ever!! If you’ve been working out and your muscles are aching trust me when I say that adding a dose of the super soak into a nice, warm bath will really help to soothe your aches and pains! I used this for the first time after a workout the other day and let me tell you, I can’t remember the last time I felt so zen! I’m such a bath person so of course I was guaranteed to end up falling in love with the Elemis Super Soak. Give it a go if you’re a bath person like me!
It Cosmetics 'Your Skin But Better' CC Cream
It Cosmetics 'Brow Power' Universal Brow Pencil
By Terry Ombre Backstair Cream Eyeshadow
Maison Louis Marie ‘No 4 Bois De Balincourt’
Nars Soft Matte Concealer
RMS Beauty Signature Set 'Pop Collection'
Nars 'Orgasm' Lipstick
Benefit 'Hoola Lite' Bronzer
Filorga Supreme Regenerating Lotion
Elemis ‘Aching Muscles’ Super Soak
JO MALONE: 'RARE TEAS' COLLECTION
Much like most people these days, I’m completely in lust with all-things Jo Malone. Perfumes, hand creams, candles and diffusers; you name it, I’m obsessed with it. Jo Malone fragrances always feel so luxurious and whenever I strike a match and light the wick on my favourite candle or spritz some of my favourite cologne onto my neck, my mood is instantly lifted. The other week I received a very exciting package in the mail from the lovely team at Jo Malone and I was so in AWE of what was inside that I just had to snap a few pics and show you guys. Jo Malone were kind enough to send me a box containing a miniature set of their stunning collection of ‘Rare Tea’ colognes and I’m in love with every single one of them.
You guys know that I’m crazy about tea, I actually recently implemented a restriction on the amount of cups that I’m allowed to drink per day (I swear my blood is just 100% tea) so when I opened up the gorgeous Jo Malone packaging and saw what lied within the box, I couldn’t believe my eyes! The next best thing to drinking tea is smelling like it, right!? The Rare Tea collection is simply stunning! Inspired by the ancient art of the Tea Master, the collection has been condensed into six rare tea fragrances and each one of them is incredible.
Within the six fragrances are ‘Oolong Tea’, ‘Darjeeling Tea’, ‘Silver Needle Tea‘, ‘Jade Leaf Tea’, Midnight Black Tea and ‘Golden Needle Tea’. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite but the ‘Darjeeling’ cologne is the scent that I’m drawn to the most. The ‘Darjeeling Tea’ fragrance is gorgeously sweet with its notes of juicy apricot, but it also has a lovely floral side to it thanks to the jasmine absolute and zesty freesia within the scent. What makes this cologne even cooler is that it was inspired by the very first buds of Spring arriving in the foothills of the Himalayas where this ancient art originates. Alongside the ‘Darjeeling’ scent I also love the ‘Oolong Tea’ cologne. This cologne has a wonderfully woody scent with a hint of smokiness. Its notes of cocoa and almond help to soften the tobacco undertone. ‘Oolong’ is a great choice for those of you who love something with a bit more depth. If you’re into floral scents, then ‘Darjeeling’ is definitely the one for you.
If you’re a die hard Jo Malone fan then you DEFINITELY need to get your hands on one of these gorgeous Rare Tea Colognes. You can buy them individually or you can get the miniatures set like I have so you can try them all. If you’re a total tea addict like me then I have no doubt that you’ll fall in love with every single one of the scents in this collection. These colognes are definitely on the more pricey side of the spectrum, but the notes within the fragrances are so unique and luxurious and it would be a great gift item. Let me know if you’re keen to try out any of the colognes from the Rare Tea range. If you’ve given any of these scents a whirl then let me know in the comments down below which ones are your favourites! Also let me know what your favourite kind of tea is!
Jo Malone 'Darjeeling Tea' Cologne
Jo Malone 'Jade Leaf Tea' Cologne
Jo Malone 'Midnight Black Tea' Cologne
Jo Malone 'Oolong Tea' Cologne
Jo Malone 'Silver Needle' Tea
IN MY MAKEUP BAG: SURRATT BEAUTY
Surratt Beauty is one of my favourite beauty brands right now and has been ever since I first tried it. It’s the brain child of world renowned NYC makeup artist Troy Surratt and in my opinion, the Surratt collection encapsulates everything that I look for in a beauty brand and more. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is that makes Surratt so special, but every single one of the products that I’ve tried and tested have been both a pleasure to apply and wear. Something that surprises me is that not a lot of people have actually heard of this brand, so for those of you who are new to Surratt let me tell you a little bit about the range and why you won’t find me without a Lipslique or two in my makeup bag.
This makeup brand feels very ‘adult’ and what I mean by that is it’s subtle, gorgeous and not too try-hard. Everything is effortless, the finishes are all on point and it makes me feel like I have my shit together when I use it. There’s no other way to describe it!
One day while browsing the makeup at Liberty London I stumbled across the Surratt counter and instantly started chatting all things Surratt with the woman behind the counter. She really had a passion for the brand and helped me choose products that would suit my skin. Although I’m a self-confessed sucker for anything Surratt, I’d have to say that I have a particular weakness for their beautiful collection of ‘Lip Lustres’ (described as lip glosses for grown ups). As with all Surratt products, the formula of the Lip Lustres is deliciously creamy and smooth meaning that they feel super comfortable on your lips. The shades of these babies are ABSOLUTELY stunning and compliment my complexion perfectly. It’s no surprise that I’m completely in love with the nude, rose tinted shades with Au Naturelle, Charmante and Soigné being my ultimate fave.
If you’re particularly eagle-eyed you will probably have heard me mention a Surratt Lipslique on more than one occassion. The Lipsliques are my FAVOURITE product from the entire collection and you won’t find me without one of these babies rolling around at the bottom of my hand bag. If you haven’t heard of the Lipslique before I urge you to pick one up right away. I would go as far as to say that the Lipsliques are one of my favourite beauty pieces of all time (I know, MASSIVE statement!!) and that’s because they pretty much sum up my idea of the perfect lip product. The formula of the Lipsliques is quite sheer, but still pigmented enough to give your lips a gorgeous flush of colour (totally my bag). I love them not only because they come in the most beautiful range of shades, but also because they’re super easy to apply and wear. The angled tip makes applying and reapplying the product super convenient and stress free and because the formula is so nourishing, the Lipslique glides over the lips with ease. You guys know that I’m all about natural looking, stress free makeup and these allow me to amp up my look with a pop of colour that looks gorgeously subtle.
Contour, Blush & Highlighter
I love making my own palettes so I made a little palette with a bronzer, blush and a highlighter and it’s pretty much the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen. Grisaille is the most perfect contour shade because it melts into the skin and creates a really natural looking shadow. It’s impossible to mess this up because it’s very sheer at first but can be built up. I adore the blush in this palette called Parfait which is a gorgeous subtle coral. When I first saw this colour it reminded me of something Marilyn Monroe would wear in the summertime. The highlight shade called Auréole is subtle, yet effective. Such a gorgeous cheek combination that I’ll never get sick of.
Recently I’ve also been reaching for my Grande Pallette which I’ve been working towards filling with a few of my favourite Artistique Eyeshadow shades. As you can see I’ve opted for some of the gorgeous, warm nude tones which I love to pair with one of my nude Lip Lustre shades. I particularly love the copper shade called Cuivre because it really makes my eye colour pop. I also stuck in some neutral browns and beiges called Silky Nude, Bien Cuit and Greige (my most used crease colour). Another eyeshadow related product I really love are the Surratt Smokey Eye Batons! Think of it as a one stop shop to a smokey eye. One side has a liner and the other side has a spongey applicator covered in pigment. I highly recommend the shade Cendres which is an ashy taupe.
You might have noticed that I’ve been working towards thicker, fuller-looking brows (lemme tell you it ain’t easy) and one of the only things that has been making the journey towards my brow goal a little bit easier is the Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pencil. This pencil is perfect for giving my brows the definition that they need while I let them do their thang. As a blondie, it’s really tough to find a brow product that isn’t too dark or too orange, but the Surratt Pencil in the shade ‘Blonde’ works perfectly for my colouring.
Surratt Artistique Eyeshadow
Surratt Lip Lustre 'Au Naturelle'
Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pencil Refil Cartride 'Blonde'
Surratt Artistique Blush
Surratt Lipslique 'Gamine'
Surratt Beauty is a brand that I won’t be falling out of love with any time soon, in fact I’ll probably be adding to my ever-growing collection right after I’ve published this post (oops). If you haven’t tried any Surratt products before then definitely make sure you try some out and let me know what you thought. I’m keen to find out which products are your faves and which shades you just can’t get enough of! Let me know in the comments down below.
A CLOSER LOOK: NARS 'ORGASM'
You’ve probably heard me talk about the NARS ‘Soft Matte Concealer’ a hundred billion times, so I thought that it was about time I let some other NARS products take the limelight for a change. The other week I received a very exciting package in the mail from the lovely team at NARS containing three of the products from their super sexy ‘Orgasm’ range! NARS fanatics will know that the ‘Orgasm’ collection has been on the shelves for quite some time, but now the range has grown with the addition of some very exciting new products!
NARS Orgasm Lipstick
Given the fact that I’m a total lipstick girl, it’s no surprise that the Orgasm Lipstick is my favourite product from the entire NARS ‘Orgasm’ range. You’re probably aware by now that I love rocking a slightly more sheer look on my lips, and the satin finish of this lipstick gives me that subtle flush of colour that I adore. It’s hard to capture the sheer beauty of the lipstick through a lens but the colour is an absolutely gorgeous peachy pink with a sexy (but subtle) gold shimmer. Shimmery lip products are something that I never really tend to wear, but the gold undertone of the Orgasm lipstick gives it a super sultry look and adds some depth to my lips. The formula is really long wearing, hydrating and so comfortable that it barely feels like I’ve got any product on at all! If you’re on the hunt for a sexy summer shade for your lips then definitely give this lipstick a go.
NARS Orgasm Blush
I’ve used Orgasm blush for years and although it’s not my favourite NARS blush I *might* be falling back in love with this blush. I’m a sucker for a peachy blush (I find that peach tones really help to warm up my pale complexion) and this NARS ‘Orgasm’ blush is a dream come true. Much like the Orgasm lipstick, the colour of this blush is a super pretty peachy pink with a subtle gold shimmer which helps to add a beautiful soft glow to the skin. What’s also great about this blush is that its ‘universally flattering’, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to look stunning on every skin tone. I can just imagine the gold shimmer really popping in the summer sun!
NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush
I was super excited to try this NARS ‘Orgasm’ liquid blush. I’m totally into the ‘dewy skin’ look recently and this blush gives my cheeks a super gorgeous, radiant glow. If you’re new to liquid blushes then this is a great place to start because the formula is super buildable and easy to apply. A lot of people tend to use a stippling brush or beauty blender to apply their liquid blush, but I actually quite liked to apply the product with my finger tips to really amplify that natural, care-free look. Much like every other product in the NARS ‘Orgasm’ range this blush creates a super sexy vibe (I guess it would with a name like Orgasm, right!?)
These are just three of the products from the NARS ‘Orgasm’ collection. In addition to the lipstick and blushes, you can also get your hands on an Orgasm Lip Gloss, Multi Stick, Nail Polish and Illuminator. This is such a stunning collection and I can’t wait to use this range during the summer months. Let me know what your faves are in the comments down below!
Nars 'Orgasm' Satin Lipstick
Nars 'Orgasm' Blush
Nars 'Orgasm' Liquid Blush
Nars 'Orgasm' Illuminator
Nars 'Orgasm' Multi Stick
AN INTRODUCTION TO: ANTIPODES
When it comes to natural skincare, Antipodes is up there on the list of my favourite brands. In fact Antipodes was the host of one of my very first blogger events when I first started blogging! What’s great about this brand is that they are one of the few certified organic skincare producers in the world, making them a green beauty brand that we can trust. The other week, I was lucky enough to receive a package containing a top-up of some of my most-loved Antipodes products, so I thought I’d put together a post to tell you a little bit more about some of my favourite beauty and skincare items from the collection in case you were interested in trying any out.
Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask
If you’re into face masks as much as I am then you just HAVE to try this Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask. Thanks to the manuka honey within the formula, this mask is deeply moisturising which makes it perfect for someone like me who suffers from dry and sensitive skin. Alongside the hydrating manuka honey is a concoction of vitamin E and avocado oil to nourish, as well as mandarin oil to brighten the complexion. To apply this mask I just spread an even layer over my face and leave it for 15-30 minutes (sometimes longer if my skin is feeling particularly dry) before rinsing it off with warm water. Once I’ve removed the mask my skin feels instantly softer and more supple. This stuff is sooooo dreamy! I especially like to use it if I’m having a few breakouts in areas where my skin is dry.
Antipodes Skin-Brightening Cleanser
Call me crazy but cleansing my skin at the end of the day is something that I really enjoy doing! There’s something about removing the ‘day’ from my face that makes me feel so calm and relaxed. The Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Cleanser is a product that makes my routine even more of an enjoyable experience. Much like many of the other skincare products in the Antipodes range, this high-performance gel cleanser contains manuka honey and grape oil which both have natural antibacterial powers. To use this cleanser I just massage some of the product onto my wet skin before massaging it into my face and neck in upward strokes. It smells like strawberries (love!) and it has a slight foam to it. Once that step is complete I just rinse it off using a soft cloth soaked in warm water. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling super clean and refreshed without drying it out.
Antipodes Manuka Honey Eye Cream
If you’re on the market for a heavy duty eye cream then PLEASE make it your mission to get your hands on the gorgeous Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream. Manuka honey is a natural anti-inflammatory so its great at getting rid of any puffiness under the eyes and making you look more awake and refreshed. The manuka honey is also blended with a luxurious mix of persian silk flower, grape seeds and kiwi which all help to nourish and brighten the skin.
Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream
As well as lusting over the eye cream, I’m also in love with the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream. I love using a richer cream as part of my evening routine and this stuff is a dream come true. The formula is a mix of nourishing avocado pear oil, moisturising manuka honey and purifying sandalwood along with a whole heap of skin-restoring vitamins and antioxidants. I like to apply the Avocado Pear cream all over my face and neck a few hours before I head up to bed. Whenever I use this cream I’m guaranteed to wake up with super soft skin. I’ve used it for years and I still love it!
Antipodes Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum
I love using serums and the Antipodes Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum is one that has stood the test of time in my routine. This serum helps to target pigmentation so its great at reducing the appearance of redness and scars, it also helps to brighten your complexion and restore an even tone. I’ve heard that this serum is particularly great for acne prone and problematic skin, so definitely give this a go if you suffer with either of those things. I love using this serum because it’s so lightweight but so hydrating at the same time. Again…it smells like strawberries!
Back in April I filmed a pink-themed makeup tutorial for my channel and featured one of the beautiful Antipodes lipsticks as my lip product. So many of you commented on how much you loved the lipstick and how much you adored the colour, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about these stunning lipsticks. Something that you might notice about these lipsticks is that the shape of the bullet is so unique! At first I was a little nervous to use one since I wasn’t sure how precise I could get the application, but actually the rounded bullet makes it super easy and stress-free to apply. What I love the most about these lipsticks is that they’re incredibly moisturising and feel so comfortable on my lips but they’re also kind of matte!
In my pink-themed makeup tutorial I added a slick of Antipodes lipstick in the colour ‘Dragon Fruit Pink’ which is the most beautiful, vibrant pink that I’ve ever laid my eyes on! For more of an every-day look I’ve been rocking the shade ‘Dusky Sound Pink’ which is exactly the kind of rose-pink tone that I LOVE, but I’ve also been wearing ‘Boom Rock Bronze’ every now and again which is a darker, slightly bronzer take on an everyday nude. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite colour because I’m literally in love with every single one of the shades available. You have to try these lipsticks out if you’re a lipstick junkie like me…they’re unlike anything else I’ve tried!
Antipodes Translucent Powder
As well as receiving a selection of the gorgeous Antipodes lipsticks, I was also lucky enough to get my hands on one of the Antipodes Translucent Powder. You guys know that I hate the feeling of wearing heavy makeup and this powder is so perfect because it is so lightweight and silky that it hardly feels like I have any product on my face at all. Translucent powders are great for setting your makeup and keeping any unwanted shine at bay, this Antipodes powder does a wonderful job at making sure that my base stays looking flawless all day long. To apply my powder I just sweep my Antipodes Kabuki Brush into the product, making sure to tap off any excess before applying. The powder applies so seamlessly and glides over any unwanted blemishes for an even, glowy finish. Love it!
Antipodes Hand & Body Cream
I really love their hand and body creams. My favourite is the one in the pink tube because it smells so summery and is hydrating without being greasy. They’re great for travelling and perfect if you have sensitive skin but also want something a bit more fragrant!
So those are a few of the products that I’ve acquired from Antipodes lately. If you’re new to the brand definitely make sure you try some of the products that I’ve mentioned. There’s something about using an Antipodes product that feels luxurious! Let me know what you think and if you love Antipodes as much as I do!
Antipodes Skin-Brightening Serum
Makes you look super fresh faced!
Antipodes Avocado Pear Night Cream
So dreamy to apply
Antipodes Skin Saviour Balm
Great for dry skin
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Cleanser
Wash wash wash
Antipodes 'Piha Beach Tangerine' Lipstick
Such a beautiful, vibrant orange
Antipodes 'Dragon Fruit Pink' Lipstick
This is one of my ultimate faves!
Antipodes 'Boom Rock Bronze' Lipstick
This one would be great for fall
Antipodes 'South Pacific Coral' Lipstick
I'm totally in love with this
Antipodes 'Dusky Sound Pink' Lipstick
The perfect pink
ON MY ASOS WISHLIST
20% OFF AT ASOS ON 29TH MAY FROM 7AM. USE CODE SWEET AT THE CHECKOUT FOR DISCOUNT!
I don’t know about you, but this shift in seasons has got me all inspired to start adding things to my summer wardrobe. Lately I’ve been obsessing over so many beautiful pieces on the ASOS site that I thought it might be quite fun to put together a ‘wishlist’ type post to show you guys what bits I’m lusting over. Not only that, but ASOS have 20% off EVERYTHING on the 29th of May from 7am! Just make sure you use the code SWEET at the checkout to get your discount! Let me know which pieces you think I should add to my wardrobe!
If you’re up to date with my recent ‘Coloured Basics’ post then you’ll know by now that I’m completely obsessed with body suits. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that I’ve been drooling over this gorgeous off the shoulder striped body suit! I am in LOVE with this body suit so this baby is definitely going to have to come home with me. I’m constantly wearing off the shoulder tops in the summer and I can just imagine tucking this body suit into a pair of super cute black lace shorts and popping on a pair of gladiator sandals. Another off the shoulder top that I’m lusting over is this stunning gingham number. The only thing that I don’t like about off shoulder tops is the fact that they’re constantly either falling down or rising up to my neck! This one looks perfect because the ties on the shoulder will help to keep the whole thing in place. Love these!
When summer time rolls around you’ll usually find me rocking a pair of lightweight trousers or a cute denim skirt. I’m not much of a shorts girl, but I’m on a mission to find a cute pair to wear over the next few months. As soon as I saw these amazing velvet shorts by Weekday I was in love! I never used to like the colour yellow but lately I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it! These shorts look like they’re going to feel super comfortable and keep me nice and cool in the summer sun. These reclaimed rainbow trim trousers aren’t really my style but something about them is making my heart skip a beat! I can totally see myself tucking a simple slouchy tee into the waistband and pairing them with a pair of funky slides.
I love wearing dresses and one pieces in the summer because they make getting ready SO EASY! I hate having to faff around putting an outfit together at the best of times, but when the sun is hot and the air is sticky all I want to do is throw on an outfit and KNOW that I’m going to look cool and put together. Aslan and I are heading to the beach with our wonderful boy Reggie so I’ve been on the hunt for some easy breezy pieces to pack in my suitcase. This super light and airy trapeze sun dress is just the ticket and is exactly the kind of thing that I’ve been looking for! I think I’m also going to have to treat myself to this stunning yellow t-shirt dress to wear during the summer. T-shirt dresses are so comfortable and can so easily be styled up with a cute straw handbag and a pair of oversized sunnies. As for jumpsuits I’m loving this safari-chic cami jumpsuit; I love the way the frilled hems give an otherwise casual piece a bit of an edge.
It’s no secret that the weather here in London can be extremely unpredictable, so despite the fact that I’ve just strolled down to the ice cream store in the blazing sunshine, tomorrow could be a whole other story. I’m a total coats and jackets kinda girl, so I’m always on the hunt for something cute to wear on those cold, wet days here in the UK. Lately I’ve been looking for a super lightweight jacket to throw on whenever Aslan and I take Reggie for a walk, so this hooded pull-on jacket is perfect! When we go out for walks I tend to throw on the closest thing I can find (if you’ve seen my #fashun posts on my Instagram Stories you’ll know what I’m talking about) so keeping a cute little waterproof (ish?) jacket on the coat hook by his lead is ideal! Lately I’ve been wearing my green utility-style jacket to death and had so many comments from you guys saying how much you love it! Definitely check this one out by French Connection if you’re on the hunt for something similar.
Is it just me that thinks that the shoes section on the ASOS site is the best section? I swear they have an endless amount of options! It was hard to narrow down my faves, but I’m totally obsessing over these pairs down below. I’m so happy that sandal weather has rolled around once again here in London and I don’t have to feel so bad for ordering a couple of cute pairs to wear over the next few months! I looove these beautiful rope platform sandals by Whistles. They’re definitely one of the more pricer pairs on the ASOS site but the good thing about spending a little bit more money on a quality pair of leather sandals is that you know that they’ll last for many summers to come. For rainy days I’ve got my eyes on these Adidas tubular trainers; they look super comfy and that colour is gorgeous!
ASOS have some super cute accessories online right now and these five down below particularly caught my eye! I couldn’t resist mentioning this beautiful pastel striped straw bag because it’s just SO darn cute! It’s so summery and the perfect accessory to wear on beach days because it looks big enough to throw a towel and a pair of flip flops into. I’ve been drooling over this pink Fujifilm Instax Camera for as long as I can remember so I think it’s about time I made the most of this 20% discount and finally added it to my basket. What do you think?
For some reason I often find myself forgetting about the ‘Beauty’ section on the ASOS site, then whenever I re-disover it I end up having to add so many things to my basket! ASOS have some really great brands on their site so I have no idea why I don’t shop here for my makeup, skincare and haircare supplies more often! With summer fast approaching I’m going to make the most of the 20% discount and stock up on my all time FAVE texturising hair spray by Ouai. I think most of you will probably know by now that I’m suuuuper obsessed with this stuff and I can’t express enough how much I love the effect that this spray gives my hair! A spritz of this texturising spray gives my tresses a gorgeous natural beachy look which I just adore! If you’re on the market for a new hair styling tool then definitely check out the GHD Creative Curl Styling Wand. I’ve had my eye on this wand for a while so I think I’m going to just HAVE to make a purchase…
Those are some of the pieces that are currently on my wishlist! Let me know if you’ve got your eyes on any of the things that I’ve mentioned! Also let me know if you liked this kind of post, I’d love to know whether it’s something that you would like to see from me again. Don’t forget to use the code SWEET at the checkout to get your 20% off at ASOS!
OBSESSED WITH THESE!
OFF SHOULDER STRIPED BODY
OFF SHOULDER GINGHAM TOP
DISTRESSED DENIM SKIRT
WEEKDAY VELVET SHORTS
CAMI FRILL HEM JUMPSUIT
CURRENTLY OBSESSING OVER: IT COSMETICS
Something you may not know is that lately I’ve been absolutely OBSESSED with It Cosmetics. Until now, It Cosmetics products were only available to those of you in the US, but now the brand is coming to London and has landed in store and online at Selfridges! *woop woop* It Cosmetics is a brand that was developed by a former news anchor and sufferer of Rosacea. She tried loads of products on the market but eventually gave up and decided to start her own brand of high performance products.
Your Skin But Better CC Cream
I’m a huge fan of CC Creams so obviously the It Cosmetics ‘Your Skin But Better’ Colour Correcting Cream is right up my street. What I love about CC Creams is that they give my skin just the right amount of coverage without feeling heavy or cakey on my skin. I’d say this is probably the highest coverage I’ve found in a CC cream, but you can sheer it out by using a damp Beauty Blender. The shade “Fair” is the perfect shade for but it also comes in other shades. If ever there’s a time when I know that I’ll need to be wearing my make up all day long I always reach for my It Cosmetics CC Cream because it’s so long wearing and stays pretty much flawless from dusk till’ dawn. Because its so lightweight (but with a decent amount of coverage) it’s really the perfect product. What’s great about CC Creams is that they’re so buildable, so if you’re having a bad skin day then you can just layer up on the areas that you feel need a little more TLC. I’m a bit picky about base products so trust me when I say that this is one of the best CC Creams on the market, for real. Major thumbs up from me! Oh and it has SPF 50!
Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
If you’re in the market for a pressed powder then definitely make sure you check out the It Cosmetics ‘Bye Bye Pores’ Pressed Powder. This powder is a dream come true; it’s super lightweight, feels wonderfully silky and gives my skin a flawless, air bushed finish. I like to sweep my Wand Ball Powder Brush into the product before applying over my forehead, nose and chin. A light dusting of this powder helps my makeup to stay in place all day and keeps any unwanted shine at bay. This powder is a universal translucent shade so it works with every skin tone. Perfect!
Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer
I have to admit that lately I haven’t been sleeping that well so I find that I’m really needing a decent amount of concealer under my eyes. I have the lightest shade which has a bit of a pink undertone which actually works really well at camouflaging those dark circles. It’s extremely pigmented and a lot heaver than I’m used to but it works! They have a special Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush that I’ve become weirdly obsessed with. I love that it has lids on each side so it doesn’t get messy in my makeup bag.
Your Most Beautiful You Palette
The It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Palette is something that was completely new to me. I love palettes like these because they’re great for popping in your hand bag and reapplying throughout the day; I love knowing that I have everything I need in one compact! I had a play with this palette as soon as I finished taking these photos and let me tell you, I’m in love! What I love about this palette is that it gives my skin a gorgeous, warm glow which looks super natural. The Heavenly Luxe Angled Radiance Brush is perfect for the job; just sweep some of the bronzer onto the areas of your face that the sun would naturally hit and dust some blush onto the apples of your cheeks before adding some of the luminizer to the tops of your cheekbones. This is such a great palette because it does 3 jobs in one compact. Love this!
I was super excited to try this mascara because it just looked like the type of simple wand I love! Not too big, not too small but it definitely packs a punch. I don’t wear too much eyeshadow or liner these days so my mascara is crucial to define my eye area. I’m not sure if it’s a superhero but it’s pretty damn good. I’ll report back on this one once I’ve had a chance to use it a bit longer!
Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Lately I’m all about the brows so of course I had to take some time to talk about the ‘Brow Power’ Universal Eyebrow Pencil. I usually only buy brow products in blonde shades, so the universal colour of this pencil was a little daunting to me. This pencil is supposed to work on everyone which I found hard to believe at first! After giving this baby a whirl I realised that the colour actually worked for me and looked super natural! If you’re a blondie like me then I would definitely recommend applying softer strokes to create a lighter, more natural look. Once I’ve added some depth to my brows I go in with my spooley to neaten them up and add some structure.
If you’re here in the UK then definitely make sure you keep your eyes peeled for It Cosmetics at Selfridges!
THESE ARE MY FAVE IT COSMETICS PRODUCTS:
IT COSMETICS 'YOUR FACE BUT BETTER' CC CREAM
A wonderfully light formula
IT COSMETICS 'BYE BYE UNDER EYE' CONCEALER
IT COSMETICS 'BYE BYE PORES' PRESSED POWDER
IT COSMETICS 'SUPER HERO' MASCARA
IT COSMETICS 'BRONZER, LUMUNIZER & BLUSH' PALETTE
OPI NAILS: FIJI COLLECTION
When it comes to choosing a nail polish, I tend to reach for a classic nude rather than something super vibrant. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE wearing a bright colour on my nails, but I usually like to play it safe and choose something muted so that I can be sure that my mani won’t clash with whichever outfit I choose to wear. That being said, when Summer rolls around and sandal weather makes its debut here in the UK, I love to step out of my comfort zone and make a statement with my nail colour. The other week I received the most beautiful gift bag from O.P.I containing all 12 of the colours in their brand new ‘Fiji’ collection and all of my nail polish dreams came true.
I’m pretty sure anyone who’s tried an O.P.I nail polish before will agree with me when I say that O.P.I are one of the best nail care brands on the market. I remember saving up my money as a kid and buying my very first OPI shade (a bright pink). The formula is long lasting, applies easily and stays pretty much flawless all week. Not only that but in my opinion, O.P.I have one of the biggest selections of colours that I’ve ever seen and each and every one of them is absolutely gorgeous. The Fiji collection was inspired by the vibrant colours of the unspoiled natural landscape of the islands within the country of Fiji. Whenever I’m wearing one of these colours on my nails all I have to do is close my eyes and I can *almost* picture myself lying on the beach listening to the sound of the waves underneath a swaying palm tree…*almost*….
The collection features the 12 shades in Nail Lacquer and Infinite Shine formulas along with salon-only GelColor. I have the Nail Lacquer formula so I just applied a couple of coats onto my nails before finishing off with a top coat. The Infinite Shine Formulas follow a three step system which means you should apply a coat of the Infinite Shine Primer (a product which primes the nails, creates a grip for the colour and prevents staining) before painting two coats of colour onto your nails, then finishing with a coat of the Infinite Shine Gloss (a gel-polymer top coat which cures in natural light). Following either process will ensure that your nail colour stays in tip top condition for as long as possible.
As soon as these nail polishes arrived on my doorstep I couldn’t resist dropping everything to give one of the gorgeous colours a whirl for myself. Blue is one of my fave colours, so I was instantly drawn to the shade ‘Suzi Without a Paddle’ which is an absolutely beautiful pastel mint-blue, I just love wearing this sort of shade in the summer months! I also can’t wait to try the shade ‘Polly Want a Lacquer’ which is a super pretty pastel purple, along with ‘Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon’ which is a super cute baby pink colour. I can’t wait for sandal season to come around so that I can show off my super cute pedi!
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon'
Cute baby pink
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Do You Sea What I Sea?'
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Exotic Birds Don't Tweet'
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Living On The Bula-Vard'
Perfect sassy red
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Suzi Without A Paddle'
Defo my fave
O.P.I Nail Polish 'No Tan Lines'
I love this colour!
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Two Timing The Zones'
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Super Trop-i-cal-fiji-istic'
Deep blue sea
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Polly Want A Lacqeur?'
O.P.I Nail Polish 'Is That A Spear In Your Pocket?'
Gorgeous tropical teal
All 12 of the shades within the O.P.I Fiji collection are absolutely STUNNING and I can’t wait to try every single one of them. Let me know in the comments down below if you’ll be rocking any of these colours over the Summer, I’d love to know which ones you’re lusting over! If you’re new to O.P.I nail polishes then these vibrant colours are a great place to start your love affair. Give them a go and let me know what you think!
TATCHA: CHERRY BLOSSOM LIP CONTOUR TRIO
As you can tell I’m carrying Japanese Cherry Blossom season through to my blog with Tatcha’s limited edition Cherry Blossom Lip Collection. I feel so guilty posting this one a bit late because one of the items is sold out, but I thought it was still worth talking about while there were a couple left to grab online! I love Tatcha so much and since visiting Japan and getting a sense for the beauty culture I love it even more. Most people are familiar with Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Mist, but they have some other gorgeous products that deserve the same recognition. Let me know if you’d like me to do a post showing you some of my favourite Tatcha products! The Tatcha Cherry Blossom Lip Collection features a Cherry Blossom Lip Balm, A Lip Liner and of course the gorgeous Cherry Blossom Silk Lipstick. They really are cherry blossom mad in Japan or as they’re called in Japanese, Sakura. I actually met a pink parrot in Japan named Sakura who said “konichiwa!”, but I digress.
Tatcha Cherry Blossom Silk Lipstick
I was first introduced to the Tatcha Silk Lipsticks when I tried their other shade called Kyoto. This particular red shade is very distinctive and is used to paint shrines and landmarks all over Japan. It is believed that this hue brings happiness, protection and good luck. It’s such a gorgeous lipstick and I was in awe when I saw the shape of it-so stunning! This light pink shade is equally as gorgeous and great for everyday. Definitely snap it up before it’s sold out!
Tatcha Cherry Blossom Lip Balm
I also love lip balms so I was very excited to see the Cherry Blossom Lip Balm-so cute! If you can’t manage to get your hands on this one be sure to check out Tatcha’s Gold Spun Lip Balm! It looks amazing.
All in all it’s a super cute collection and is keeping my love for Japan alive in my makeup bag! Let me know what you think of it!
Have you tried anything from Tatcha? What are your favourite products?
Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist
Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm
Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick
Tatcha The Deep Polish
TOM FORD: 2017 SUMMER SOLEIL
You might have noticed by now that I’m a total fangirl when it comes to all-things Tom Ford. Tom Ford is without a doubt, one of my all time favourite beauty brands, everything from the packaging to the products themselves is absolutely stunning. The prices are definitely steeper than your average cosmetics brand, but Tom Ford isn’t your average cosmetics brand. Last week Tom Ford kindly sent me a number of their products from the gorgeous new 2017 Summer Soleil range and I just had to snap some photos and tell you guys a bit more about what you can expect from the collection.
If you’re like me and you love a subtle tint of colour on your lips then you need these Tom Ford ‘Clutch-Size Lip Balms‘ in your life. On first impressions, I was a little daunted by the rounded bullet, but since giving them a whirl I’ve come to realise that the shape actually helps to make applying the product easy and stress-free. What I love about these balms is that they’re super sheer but they give your lips a gorgeous, subtle wash of colour. The balms themselves are incredibly moisturising and glide onto the lips leaving a deliciously juicy colour. It’s hard for me to pick a shade as my favourite, but if I had to choose I would have to say that the colour L’Odissea is the one I love the most. L’Odissea is a stunning orangey coral colour which is exactly the kind of shade that I like to rock during the summer months. You all know I’m all about simple, natural-looking makeup, so these clutch-sized balms are everything I could ever wish for and more. So tiny and cute!
I’m never going to be someone who sits down in front of the mirror for hours perfecting my makeup (I’m way too lazy for that) so contouring has never been something that I’ve had the patience to do first thing in the morning. For me, this Soleil Contouring Compact gives new meaning to the contouring trend and gives me everything I need to create that sculpted look with minimal effort. The palette contains three new summer shades including a blush, highlighter and bronzer and every single one of them is absolutely STUNNING. I was sent the palette in the shade ‘Soleil Afterglow’ which works beautifully with my skin tone. The vibrant pink gives my cheeks a flush of colour, the bronzer works to mimic that summery sun kissed vibe that I adore, while the highlighter helps to give my skin a look of luminosity. The Tom Ford Soleil Bronzing Brush is an incredibly soft retractable kabuki brush which is great for tossing in your handbag. This palette is simply beautiful and I can’t wait to rock a super natural contoured look during the summer months!
I adore Tom Ford fragrances (Aslan and I absolutely adore every single one of the Tom Ford perfumes and you can often find us at the counter trying different ones on) so when Tom Ford sent me a few of their ‘All-Over Body Sprays’ to try I had hearts in my eyes. I was lucky enough to receive a spray in the scents ‘Costa Azzurra’, ‘Neroli Portofino’ and ‘Mandarino Di Amalfi’. The great thing about Tom Ford fragrances is that the majority of them are unisex (I’ve been known to steal a spritz or two from Aslan’s collection from time to time). Aslan’s favourite fragrance from the entire Tom Ford collection is ‘Neroli Portofino’ which is a scent that’s inspired by the Italian Riviera. Neroli Portofino is quite a spicy but fresh scent with its notes of Tuscan Neroli, Italian Bergamot and Lavender. I love that scent just as much as Aslan does. There are four different fragrances of the All-Over Body Sprays so try them out and let me know which one is your fave!
The Tom Ford 2017 Summer Soleil collection is truly stunning. Everything from the packaging to the products is absolutely beautiful and totally perfect for the upcoming summer months. I’m a total lipstick girl so for me the Lip Balms are definitely the product that excites me the most. Let know in the comments down below and tell me which of the products you can’t wait to rock this summer.
PS-I need to try that cream shadow compact thing down below! How stunning!?
Tom Ford Clutch-Size Lip Balm
A subtle tint on your lips
Tom Ford Soleil Bronzing Brush
For a sunkissed look
Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact
Everything you need
Tom Ford Bronzing Gel
Get that summer glow
Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Colour
Ultra pigmented gorgeousness!
Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Body Spray
Scents of salty beaches and driftwood
Tom Ford Fleur De Portofino Body Spray
Notes of lemon, violet, jasmine and honey
Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi Body Spray
Notes of jasmine, orange blossom and thyme
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Spray
Citrus oils, floral notes and amber undertones
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil
A beautiful summery scent