NEW IN: SKINCARE
Every time a new season rolls around I always get super excited to mix things up in my skincare collection. Over the past few weeks I’ve acquired a number of different products so I thought I’d put together a post to tell you guys a little bit about the new items on my bathroom counter.
I’ve been having major issues with my sleeping pattern recently which means that I’ve been fighting a never ending battle with my dark circles. The other week I opened up a bottle of the Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème and all of my dreams came true…this stuff is magic! The Illuminating Eye Crème is a shimmering blend of hydrating aloe juice, shea butter and REAL diamond dust! I like to massage the crème all over my upper and lower lids before applying my makeup but you can also gently press a little of the formula on the top of your concealer for extra glow. This stuff makes me look like I’ve had a solid 12 hour snooze even when I’ve been tossing and turning all night. I swear this is magic, give it a go!
One of the products that I’m most excited to tell you guys about is the Geranium & Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil by Rodin. Most of you will already know by now that I’m completely obsessed with pretty much everything Linda Rodin so it was obvious that I was going to end up falling in love with this luxury face oil as soon as I laid eyes on it. This is definitely one of the more pricier items that I’ve acquired recently (I was actually lucky enough to receive this in the mail) but if you’re looking for something that feels ultra luxurious then it’s definitely worth paying extra for. This face oil is not something that I’m gonna be using in my everyday routine, but every now and then when I fancy treating my skin to something seriously special then this stuff is just the ticket. The treatment is blended with eleven essential extracts which come together to create a formula that hydrates and illuminates the skin like nothing else. Not only that but the gorgeous geranium and orange blossom scent is the definition of dreamy.
I’ve heard so many people talking about the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream lately so I was super excited when I received a tub in the mail! The Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is a tightening and moisturising formula for your butt (although you can totally use it on the rest of your body too!) What I love about this cream is that it’s super duper rich so it’s going to be a great product to use throughout the winter. The formula is a dreamy blend of nourishing cupuaçu butter, açai and coconut oil alongside the native amazonian ingredient guaraná which is known to stimulate circulation. Apparently this cream does an amazing job at minimising cellulite and works hard to firm and tone your body, not only that but its sweet nutty scent is what dreams are made of. I’m yet to try this stuff out but I can’t wait to apply a generous scoop next time I hop out of the bath. Does this mean I can stop doing squats?
You all know by now that I’m the big lover of Pai Skincare and I feel like I’ve tried their toner a long time ago but it’s time to revisit the Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Toner. Like all Pai products, the BioAffinity Toner is specifically targeted to those who suffer with sensitive skin. It’s an alcohol-free soothing and toning lotion which hydrates and restores the skin’s natural PH balance (which helps to even out tone and improve the texture of your skin). To use this toner you just apply a spritz or two onto my cleansed face and neck before following with a serum or moisturiser.
I’m always on the hunt for a new face mask and the Deep Moisture Mask by Clarks Botanicals is one that’s made it’s way into my collection recently. I constantly find myself in a never ending battle with dry skin so this mask feels like it was pretty much made for me. The Deep Moisture Mask is a super duper nourishing skin treatment which hydrates and soothes while restoring the skin’s natural glow. Like all Clarks Botanicals products, this mask is blended with magical Jasmine Absolute which is an essential oil known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating properties. The Jasmine Absolute is mixed with dreamy Japanese Green Tea which come together to form an intense anti-oxidant treatment. I think this mask is gonna be great for the coming seasons as it’s really going to quench and repair my dry skin. I’ve also heard that this is fab for those of you with acne prone complexions. I’m excited to use this over the Fall and Winter!
Another luxury item that I’ve recently acquired is the Moisturising Soft Lotion by La Mer. If you’re a fan of La Mer skincare then you’ll know that every single one of their products is a dream to both apply and wear and the Moisturising Soft Lotion is no exception. Much like the Clarks Botanicals Mask, this lotion has been specifically designed for those who suffer with dryness and sensitivity. The soft lotion feels incredibly silky and weightless and does an amazing job at locking in a layer of moisture that lasts all day. La Mer skincare is particularly pricey but if you’re on the market for a product that feels super special then this is a great item to add to your skincare collection. (I also have the La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel on my wish list!)
You might have noticed that I’ve been having a lil bit of a love affair with Oskia skincare lately so I wanted to finish this post off by telling you guys about one of their products that I’ve fallen in love with over the past few weeks. I’ve been using the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel pretty much non stop recently and another product that I’ve been obsessing over is the Oskia City Life Cleansing Concentrate. The City Life Concentrate is a refreshing and gentle concentrate for environmentally stressed complexions. Basically this concentrate is full of magical ingredients which work hard to rid the skin of nasty pollutants. What’s great about this stuff is that a little goes a long way, I usually apply the concentrate to my cleansed face right before I jump in the shower or hop in the bath. I just take a pea sized amount into the palm of my hand mix it with a few drops of warm water before massaging it into a lather onto my skin. As well as leaving my skin pollutant free it also does a great job at getting rid of any remaining makeup and leaves my face feeling super duper refreshed. The City Life Concentrate is definitely one of the stand out products for me this month and I think you guys will love it just as much as I do.
So those are some of the skincare items that have made their way onto my radar recently. I hope you guys enjoyed discovering these products with me! What’s new in your skincare collection? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you’re obsessing over lately.
Sol de Janeiro Brazillian Bum Bum Cream
I want to bathe in this
Rodin Geranium & Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil
The definition of dreamy
Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Crème
I look awake but I'm not lol
Clarks Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask
Quenches dry complexions
Oskia City Life Cleansing Concentrate
Bye bye pollutants
La Mer Moisturising Soft Lotion
A surge of refreshing moisture
Pai Skincare Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Toner
I'm obsessed with Pai Skincare
Rodin Lavender Body Oil
Super duper soothing
Lancôme Advanced Génefique Sensitive Dual Concentrate
One of my faves over the Summer
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
I've been loving this
MY 'RUNNING LATE' ROUTINE
Out the door in 10 mins or less!
Waking up from a blissful sleep only to realise that you’ve overslept is one of the worst feelings to wake up to on a manic morning. Getting ready for the day with literally no time to spare isn’t something I particularly enjoy doing, but it is something that I seem to have perfected to a fine art. The idea of doing your morning skincare routine, slapping on some makeup and piecing together an outfit that doesn’t look totally crazy in 10 minutes or less might seem like an impossible task, but trust me, it’s *just about* doable!
My all time favourite cleanser to use in the mornings is the Lancôme Comforting Cleansing Milk. I actually usually apply this when I’m IN the shower which saves me an extra few minutes if I’m in a rush. This cleanser is incredible because it just makes your skin look so glowy, I’ve never had such an immediate effect from a cleanser as I have from this one, it’s honestly uhhhhhhmazing. Whenever Lancôme get me ready for an event they always cleanse my skin with the Cleansing Milk and if it’s good enough for the red carpet…it’s good enough for my day to day! You guys know I’m all about the mists so I just have to take a second or two to spray a spritz of the Omorovicza ‘Queen of Hungary’ Mist onto my skin. There’s something about this mist that helps me to de-stress in the mornings so I LOVE to use it when I’m in a rush. The Queen of Hungary Mist has a subtle scent of neroli and rose which is absolutely dreamy, not only that but it does a great job at locking in a layer of moisture on my skin which lasts all day. Love this stuff!
I don’t feel complete until I’ve applied a serum and lately I’ve been reaching for the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum on a daily basis. This serum is great for manic mornings like these because it does an amazing job at making me look AWAKE even if I’m almost falling asleep in my cup of tea! The Vinoperfect Serum is highly concentrated with an ingredient called ‘Viniferine’ which counters sunspots, blemishes and acne scars for a brighter, more radiant complexion (it also feels sooo incredibly silky to apply!) For moisturiser I’ll usually reach for the Garnier Rose Water Day Cream, it’s intensely nourishing but it’s not super heavy on the skin so it absorbs really quickly. Once that’s done I’ll apply a slick of the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm before heading into my office to apply my makeup. Even on days when I literally have 10 minutes to get ready I will never ever skip my skincare routine. I would much rather leave the house without my makeup than leave the house without having cleansed and moisturised my face. If you watch the video you’ll see that I took a couple of minutes to do all these steps but when I’m not filming I can literally do this in about a minute if I have to!
When it comes to makeup I’m always in favour of keeping things simple, ESPECIALLY when I’m in a mad rush to get out of the house as soon as humanly possible. A base product that I’ve been loving recently is the Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra Wear Stick Foundation. I discovered this product when I was in New York with my Lancôme squad and I’ve pretty much been using it everyday since then. I’m not usually such a fan of stick foundations but this one is SO creamy and blends out really easily and quickly which makes it a great product to reach for when I’m running super duper late. I usually just apply the product straight onto my skin before blending it out with a damp beauty blender. I’ve actually been using one of the darker shades of the Teint Idol Stick Foundations to contour the hollows of my cheeks. Again, I’ll literally apply this shade straight onto the areas of my face that I want to sculpt and then pick up my sponge to blend blend blend baby! The Teint Idol Ultra Wear Foundation also comes in cushion form (Lancôme, THANK YOU for answering my prayers) which is also another great product to use on crazy mornings like these! Just grab the applicator, dab it into the cushion foundation and bounce it onto your skin for a lightweight, dewy finish.
To hide the fact that I woke up literally 10 minutes ago (oops) I’ll usually reach for my Glossier Stretch Concealer because it does a great job at making me look like I had a blissful, 12 hour snooze. Since I need to get my makeup done ASAP I won’t spend too much time covering blemishes and redness, instead I save as much time as I can and focus my attention on applying a light layer of concealer underneath my eyes to get rid of any pesky dark circles. I’ve tried a lot of concealers over the years but none of them look quite as glowing and dewy as the Glossier Stretch one does, I love it! Next up I’ll run the It Cosmetics Brow Power through my brows to give them a lil bit of definition and then tidy them up with one of my favourite gels by Chanel. For the eyes I’ll just keep things super simple with a quick sweep of the Tarte ‘Lights Camera Action’ Mascara. This mascara is my go-to when I’m in a rush because you literally only need the teeniest tiniest bit to give your lashes serious volume. To finish things up I usually reach for my stick of Glossier ‘Haloscope’ to give my skin some extra glow. Much like the Teint Idol Stick Foundation, the Glossier Haloscope highlighter is super quick and easy to use because you can just apply it straight onto your skin and blend it out with your fingertips. I feel like the Haloscope helps to give my minimal makeup look a touch of something special. Makeup is DONE and it’s almost time for me to run out the door…
On mornings like these I’m so grateful for all the staple pieces in my wardrobe. There’s nothing worse than standing in front of your closet on a morning like this thinking ‘what the eff am I gonna wear today?’. My go-to ‘in a rush’ outfit is a pair of good-fitting jeans and a simple tee. On this particular day I decided to opt for my favourite Levi ‘Wedgie’ Jeans which go with pretty much everything I own and paired them with a classic stripy long sleeve tee from Next. The other week I picked up this super cool pair of nude leather New Balance trainers which are perfect for busy days like this. You’ve probably noticed by now that I have a little bit of an obsession with coats (oops) and this camel coloured number by the brand Theory is one that I’ve been loving. There are so many classic camel coats out there and I’m always telling people that everyone should have one of these in their wardrobe! (Here’s a link to one I found from Topshop). Getting ready in a rush is made a billion times easier when you have simple staple pieces like these in your collection. All I need to do now is throw on a pair of my most badass ‘don’t talk to me’ sunglasses and I’m ready to face the day!
Lancôme Comforting Cleansing Milk
I love this stuff so much
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Neroli and rose scented
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Gorgeous, radiant skin!
Garnier Skin Active Rose Water Day Cream
Super nourishing and smells delicious
Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm
Smells like ACTUAL caramel
Lancôme Teint Idol Foundation Stick
Practical AND beautiful
Glossier Stretch Concealer
A lightweight, dewy finish
Glow up baby
IT COSMETICS BROW POWER 'UNIVERSAL TAUPE'
Perfect universal colour
Tarte 'Lights, Camera, Action' Mascara
MY BOYFRIEND'S CURRENT SKINCARE
Back at the beginning of 2016 I published a blog post all about my boyfriend’s current skincare routine (throwback to that post here) and judging from the comments that you guys gave me, it seemed to go down a storm. Now, over a year later, Aslan’s daily regime has shifted and evolved just as mine has, so I thought that now would be a good time to put together a post all about his newly updated routine. Before we start, let me just say that every single one of the products that I’m about to show you can be used by the ladies too. Having introduced Aslan to most of the items now sitting in his bathroom cabinet, I can safely say that I also enjoy using every single one of those products just as much as he does. In fact, I’m actually the reason that Aslan’s Tom Ford fragrances seem to go down at an alarming rate (don’t tell him that though). So while the purpose of this post is to share some tips and tricks about my boyfriend’s skincare routine, I’ve also put it together to tell you guys about some products that I might not have mentioned before on my blogpost. Who knows, it might inspire you to add one or two of them to your own skincare collection!
I hope you guys enjoyed getting the inside scoop on Aslan’s favourite skincare products. Like me, he loves to switch up the products that he uses every now and then, so if you enjoyed this post then I’d love to put together an updated version in a few months or so. Let me know if your partner uses any of the products that I’ve mentioned in this blog post or if you’ll be encouraging them to give some a whirl! If you have any skincare recommendations for Aslan or I then please let me know in the comments down below. I’m always excited to hear your suggestions!
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Malin & Goetz Rum Bar Soap
Redken Rough Clay 20
Pai Instant Calm Cleanser
Pai Instant Calm Serum
Pai Instant Calm Day Cream
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau De Parfum
Comme De Garcon Series 3 Incense Kyoto
Tom Ford 'Oud Wood' Body Moisturiser
Dr Hauschka Night Serum
30 HOURS IN NYC WITH LANCÔME
A couple of weeks back I hopped on a plane with my Lancôme family for a whistle stop trip to one of my favourite cities in the world…New York!! Lancôme invited me along to NYC to interview the incredible Lupita Nyong’o (I was SERIOUSLY star struck!) and get the low down on her beauty secrets. Alongside the interview I also had the chance to attend a fancy shmancy Lancôme event with my lovely friend Allana who made my trip feel extra special! We literally spent no more than 30 hours in New York so needless to say that I was pretty exhausted by the time I landed back on UK soil, but I really did have the best time and made some memories that I’ll treasure forever! I actually vlogged the whole trip so defo watch the video if you haven’t already, I’ll be sure to link everything at the bottom of the post. Until then I thought I’d talk you through my NYC outfits and give you a little behind the scenes sneak peek into my super quick trip!
Before the interview with Lupita, I spent the day dashing around the city with my lovely Lancôme family on the hunt for some seriously delicious food (my fave thing to do lol!) I knew we were going to be doing a TON of walking so I made sure to pack my super comfortable silky soft tailored trousers from Mango and paired them with a simple slouchy tee. I’m loving the statement accessories lately so I decided to wear my gorgeous studded brogues by Churches with a pair of badass mesh socks from Darner. To tie everything together I threw on my staple Burberry trench which kept me nice and cozy in the chilly NYC air. We literally hopped from restaurant to restaurant and ended up in ‘Dough’ which is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE donut shops (the dulce de leche donut is the bomb!) Before I knew it it was time to get down to business for my interview with Lupita. I have literally NEVER been so nervous to meet someone! Make sure you watch the vlog to see how it all went, Lupita is every bit as amazing as I thought she would be!
I definitely feel at my comfiest and most ‘me’ in a casual pair of trousers and a comfy tee, but I actually really enjoyed wearing my evening outfit. You might have heard me obsessing over the brand ‘Paloma Wool’ recently so of course I just had to wear something from their new collection for the night. I decided to throw on the Paloma Wool ‘Filipa’ top which is actually a really beautiful forest green colour and you kinda wrap it around your body and tie it up how you like. This top is actually really cropped so it’s not the kind of cut I’d usually opt for, but paired with my high waisted leather skirt I ended up feeling really comfortable. For accessories I kept things simple with a pair of my favourite Nicholas Kirkwood stilettos (unfortunately these are old season but I did find > these < Topshop heels which are kinda similar and look just as badass!) along with my trusty Celine Trio bag. I didn’t intentionally set out to match the background (lol!!) but I’m kinda secretly happy that my outfit ended up blending in with that gorgeous wall of roses!
You all know I like to keep things simple when it comes to my makeup and lately I’ve been loving keeping things extra minimal. The Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra Wear Foundation is my go-to base product whenever I’m attending an event because it’s incredibly long wearing and always gives a super beautiful finish. I recently picked up the Teint Idol Foundation in stick form which ended up being the perfect product to bring along to NYC because it’s just so easy to throw into my luggage and makes the process of touching up my makeup throughout the night a billion times easier to do. Lately I’ve been all about the lashes so of course I reached for my trusty Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara which gives them tons of volume and then tied the whole look together by tidying up my brows with the It Cosmetics ‘Brow Power Pencil’ in the shade ‘Universal Taupe’. I feel like my outfit was quite sultry with the cropped low neck top, sassy leather skirt and badass stilettos, so keeping things simple and fresh with my makeup felt like the right thing to do.
Big thank you to my Lancôme family for bringing me along on this trip! I’ve made a ton of amazing memories with Lancôme and I’m so grateful to have had so many incredible opportunities during this journey, I’m excited to see where the next few months takes us. Interviewing Lupita was definitely a career highlight for me and one that I’ll never forget! Definitely make sure you watch the vlog from my trip if you haven’t already. Just be warned…there’s a serious amount of food porn going on in this video lol! Hope you guys enjoyed getting a behind the scenes view of my whistle stop trip to NYC!
Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra Foundation Stick
A dream come true
Benefit 'Hoola Lite' Bronzer
Contour that pizza away
IT COSMETICS BROW POWER 'UNIVERSAL TAUPE'
Perfect universal colour
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
Super duper volumising
By Terry Baume De Rose
I literally use this every single day
NEW IN: FALL MAKEUP
It’s officially Fall here in the UK (brr) and although I’m the biggest Summer baby there’s something about mixing up my makeup drawer for the new season that gets me all kinds of excited. Over the past few weeks I’ve been collecting a handful of different products that I’m excited to use during the coming colder months. Fall weather always gets me excited to incorporate some warm, earthy tones into my makeup wardrobe so I thought I’d talk you through some of the things that are ‘new in’ in my makeup bag.
First up I just have to take a minute to talk about these stunning nail polishes by a brand called ‘J.Hannah’. A few weeks back I received a package in the mail from La Gent and when I opened it up to see these polishes nestled inside I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat; this might just be the most beautiful selection of colours I’ve EVER seen. If you’re as obsessed with jewellery as I am then you might recognise the brand name ‘J. Hannah’ as the brain child of the talented jewellery designer Jess Hannah. Until I received the package I had no idea that Jess had created her own line of carefully-edited nail polishes but now that I’ve discovered them I can’t see myself using anything else on my nails but these beautiful colours.
I’ve always been a little hesitant to wear anything other than nude on my nails and what I love about this collection is that it’s described as being designed for the ‘colour resistant’. Every single one of the eleven colours within the collection has been inspired by artists palettes and natural elements which makes each one of the shades totally unique. For me, these polishes seem so versatile because they’re kinda the perfect mix between being a ‘colour’ and a ‘neutral’ (if that makes any sense!?) and I can totally see myself wearing any one of these shades all year round. It’s almost impossible for me to pick a favourite but I think that the shade ‘Saltillo’ is the colour that pulls on my heart strings the most. Saltillo is a gorgeous terracotta shade which has been inspired by chalky earth, clay and kilns. These J.Hannah polishes are definitely some of the most beautiful nail products I’ve seen and for me, that’s a BIG statement. Check them out and let me know which shade is your favourite.
Colour correcting products aren’t something that I tend to reach for all that often, but when I heard that Lancôme had created their own colour correcting primer in CUSHION form I knew I just had to get my hands on one of these babies. The reason I don’t tend to bother all that much with colour correcting my skin is because I’m all about using products that I can apply quickly and easily before rushing out of the door 10 minutes later. What’s great about the Lancôme Colour Correcting Primer Cushion is that (like all of their cushion products) this stuff is a breeze to apply and means I don’t have to spend ages faffing around in front of the mirror. I picked up a primer in the ‘Peachy Pink’ tone which has been designed to neutralise any dullness and darkness on the skin as well as reducing the appearance of under eye circles. I’ve only used this CC Cushion under my eyes a couple of times but each time I apply it I can really see a huge difference. This stuff does a great job at making me look like I’ve had a solid 12 hour snooze when in reality I’ve hardly slept a peep. Try it!
If you watch my Instagram stories you might have seen me fangirling over an incredible By Terry package that arrived for me in the mail. The Compact Dual Expert Powder in the shade ‘Sun Desire’ was one of the products that I was lucky enough to receive and definitely the one that I got the most excited about. Any regulars to my blog will know that I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to anything By Terry and this powder is no exception. The Dual Expert Powder is a matte and glow dual compact which basically mattifys, highlights and sets your makeup all at the same time…amazing right?! I like to use a kabuki brush to apply the powder all over my t zone and then just sweep any remaining product over the rest of my face but you can also use a foundation brush to achieve a more sculpted look. However you choose to use this powder, the finish is always gorgeously glowing and radiant. I dare you not to fall in love with this one!
I’ve been wanting to try the Charlotte Tilbury Highlight and Contour Wands ever since discovering them a few weeks ago. These wands are part of the Hollywood Beauty collection and if you’re as much of a Charlotte Tilbury fangirl as I am then you’ll know that each and every one of the products in the range are absolutely stunning! Both the Light and Contour Wand are super duper easy to use because you can just apply the wand straight to the areas of your face that you want to highlight and sculpt. The Light Wand is definitely my favourite out of the two thanks to the beautiful rose gold toned formula but they’re both equally as stunning as each other. Whenever I use this combo I feel *kinda* like a Hollywood star…kinda! (P.s. The Contour Wand comes in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark)
I know the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder has been a cult classic since time began but I’ve recently rediscovered my love for this product. I think one of the reasons why this powder is so popular amongst beauty lovers is because it’s sooooo wonderfully lightweight and never looks cakey on the skin. This oil-free powder is great for setting makeup as well as reducing the appearance of any imperfections or fine lines on the face. It’s a cult classic for a reason so definitely give the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder a whirl if you haven’t already.
Ok guys, can we just take a second to appreciate the sheer beauty of this eyeshadow palette by Marc Jacobs? *Swoons* The other day I was lucky enough to receive some of the amaaazing Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palettes and couldn’t believe my luck as soon as I saw them. The ‘Glambition’ palette is by far my favourite thanks to those stunning warm nude and pink tones. Even though I’m not usually a big fan of glitter shadows I’m totally obsessed with that beautiful shimmering gold. I’ve only used this palette a couple of times because it feels too special to use on an everyday basis! I’m waiting for an event to come along where I can rock a gold glittery lid with a touch of my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wand on the tops of my cheekbones. How stunning would that be!?
The Fresh Sugar Caramel Hydrating Balm is one of my favourite lip products that I’ve acquired recently. If you love the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment as much as I do then you’re pretty much guaranteed to adore the Caramel Balm just the same. Since snapping these photos I’ve used this balm LOADS so trust me when I say that it really does do a great job at nourishing and protecting the lips. However what I really need to mention is just how INSANELY DELICIOUS this stuff actually smells. Don’t get me wrong, every single Fresh product that I own smells beautiful, but as soon as I opened up the lid I couldn’t believe just how incredible the scent is! This balm smells like ACTUAL caramel!! You’re gonna love it!
Since I’m a sucker for a beautiful lipstick I thought I’d save the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick until last. I have a couple of Giorgio Armani lipsticks in my collection but recently I got this one in the shade ‘100 Smile’ and fell head over heels. If you’re like me and you love wearing something sheer on your lips then you NEED to try these. The Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks apply like a balm, look like a lipstick but shine like a gloss and although it might seem like an odd formulation, the finished result looks (and feels) stunning. The shade ‘Smile’ is quite a rosy-toned nude and it’s one of those shades that I would wear every single day. Since it’s officially Fall here in the UK I’m really keen to add one of the gorgeous plum shades to my collection. Let me know which shade is your fave!
J Hannah Nail Polish
Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion
Colour correcting primer
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush Contouring
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Highlight Wand
Get your glam on
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Contour Wand
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow 'Glambition'
Dreams can come true
Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm
Smells like ACTUAL caramel
FRESH ROSE TINTED SUGAR LIP TREATMENT
Subtle but beautiful colour
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick
CURRENTLY LOVING: L'OCCITANE ALMOND PRODUCTS
First up I just have to take a minute to talk about the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. What I love about this oil is that it feels sooooo luxurious to use. When the product comes into contact with wet skin it immediately transforms into a super soft foam and you start to smell that deliciously rich, almond fragrance. I’m a sucker for products which have a nutty scent so for me, this shower oil is my idea of heaven. Oils are a really great product to use if you suffer with dryness because they’re great at nourishing your skin and locking in that moisture. I try to use an oil at least once a week or whenever I have an extra few minutes to spend in the shower. Another thing that makes me love this stuff even more is that a little really does go a long way, all you need is a small amount in the palm of your hand because you can work it into that lovely lather. I often use this as a shaving oil!
If you’re as much of a fan of the Almond Shower Oil as I am then you can bet you’re gonna end up falling in love with the L’Occitane Almond Delicious Paste too! As some of you might know, I suffer with dryness and sensitivity, so exfoliators are a product that really help to improve the look and feel of my skin. This paste does a fab job at eliminating any dead cells and improving the overall texture of my skin, but the natural ingredients also mean that it’s wonderfully gentle on my skin too. The paste is a concoction of almond butter and almond oil and it’s also infused with sugar crystals and almond shells. I like to save this exfoliator for my at home ‘spa nights’ and usually spend about 5 minutes gently rubbing the product in circular motions all over my body. I love the scent, so I like to leave the product to soak in for a few minutes before rinsing it away. Sounds over the top, but this stuff makes me feel like a whole new woman…!
Onto moisturisers now and I want to take a second to tell you guys about the L’Occitane Almond Refining Concentrate because I swear this product might be magic. The Refining Concentrate has been designed to improve the appearance of cellulite and smooth the skin as well as working towards firming and toning the body. Sounds amazing, right? If you’re in the market for a nourishing hand cream then definitely give the L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hand Cream a whirl. I’m quite fussy when it comes to hand creams but I’ve ended up falling in love with this formula; it’s non greasy, super duper nourishing and as with all the products from the L’Occitane almond range, it smells absolutely delicious!
If you’re as obsessed with nutty scents as I am then I just know you’re gonna love everything from the L’Occitane almond range. Every single L’Occitane product that I’ve used feels super luxurious so they’re great if you’re looking to treat yourself to something special. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products out!
L'OCCITANE ALMOND MILK CONCENTRATE
L'OCCITANE ALMOND MILK HAND CREAM
L'OCCITANE ALMOND DELICIOUS PASTE
L'OCCITANE ALMOND SHOWER OIL
L'OCCITANE ALMOND MILK REFINING CONCENTRATE
As you can probably tell, Glossier has been a stand out brand for me this month. Much like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I’m completely obsessed with every single one of their products. Most of you will know by now that ‘no makeup’ makeup is my favourite kind of look to wear so of course I’ve ended up falling in love with the Glossier Skin Tints. The Skin Tints are great for those days when you don’t feel like wearing any makeup but you still want a little bit of coverage to even out the skin tone and make you look a little more awake. I would say that the Skin Tints feel even *lighter* than a tinted moisturiser, so if full coverage foundation is your thang then you’re probably not going to love these, but in general they give your skin a beautiful dewy finish which looks super natural. I’ve been really enjoying dabbing some of my Glossier Cloud Paint over the top of my Skin Tint to really enhance the dewiness and give my cheeks a healthy-looking flush of colour. If you’re new to the world of cream blushes these are a really great place to start because you can build them up as much or as little as you want. Lately I’ve been wearing the shade ‘Haze’ but I also love ‘Beam’ which gives my skin a peachy glow.
The Clinique ‘Take The Day Off’ Cleansing Balm has been a cult classic for quite some time but I’ve only recently re-discovered my love for it. I have super duper sensitive skin so it can be tough for me to find a cleanser that doesn’t irritate my skin or dry it out completely. This Clinique cleansing balm is amazing because it leaves my skin feeling baby soft and fresher than ever. The balm is easy peasy to apply; just take some of the product in your hand and warm it up between your fingertips before massaging it onto dry skin. Once my makeup has dissolved I’ll take a cotton pad and wipe some of my Garnier Micellar Water over my face, eyes and lips to make there’s not a single speck of makeup left on my skin. Lately I’ve also been obsessed with the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask. Not only did I end up falling in love with this mask because it’s BRIGHT PURPLE (I legit look like an alien with it on) but also because it does an incredible job at illuminating my complexion and giving my skin a natural-looking glow. Any Tatcha fans out there I urge you to try the Violet C Mask, it’s amazing!
I’ve been reaching for the Pureology ‘Hydrating’ Shampoo and Conditioner pretty much every time I’m in the shower lately. I’ve used Pureology products ever since I started dying my hair because they do a great job at gently cleansing and nourishing your tresses without stripping the colour in any way. Another reason why I love this shampoo and conditioner so much is because they smell INCREDIBLE! The scent is super fresh and kinda minty thanks to the blend of bergamot, ylang ylang and patchouli. My hair tends to look and feel quite flat during the warmer weather I’ve been reaching for my Aveda Thickening Tonic pretty much every day this Summer. All I do is just spray some of the tonic into the roots of my hair before massaging it in. I was kind of sceptical about this stuff before I used it but trust me when I say that it actually does work! A couple of pumps leaves my hair feeling thicker and helps my style to last all day. This stuff really packed a punch!
Onto body care now and first up I have to mention the ‘Restoring Body Lotion’ by a brand called Mixa. I picked up a bottle of this lotion after my wonderful friend Alex Steinherr told me how much she loved it and since then I’ve been using it every day! What I love the most about this lotion is that it absorbs super quickly so I can slather it onto my skin in the morning and get dressed pretty much immediately! This stuff is nice and lightweight but it’s also super nourishing so I think it’s going to be a great lotion to reach for during the winter months too. A fragrance that I’ve been obsessed with this Summer is called ‘Skin’ by the brand ‘Clean Reserve’. I find it so hard to describe perfumes in a way that actually does them any justice (lol) but I love this one because it smells quite neutral and fresh and kinda just enhances the natural scent of your skin. Sounds weird I know but trust me when I say that this perfume is super stunning and actually really unique. What’s cool about the brand ‘Clean’ is that their ingredients are responsibly sourced and their manufacturing and packaging is eco-conscious. I’m so happy to have discovered this brand and I’m confident you guys will love their stuff just as much as I do. Give my August Faves video a watch to see what else I’ve been swooning over this month!
HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I MENTIONED!
Lancôme Teint Idol Foundation Stick
Practical AND beautiful
Charlotte Tilbury Highlight Wand
Glossier Skin Tint
Perfect if you love a 'barely there' look
Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm
Amazing at dissolving makeup!
Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask
I just love this colour!
Pureology 'Hydrate' Shampoo
Protects coloured hair
Pureology 'Hydrate' Conditioner
Super duper nourishing
Aveda Thickening Tonic
This stuff works a treat!
Mixa Restoring Body Lotion
Gives skin a serious moisture surge
Clean Reserve 'Skin'
A welcome addition to my collection
PROTECT YOUR COLOUR
As a blondie, I’m constantly finding myself in a never ending battle to keep my hair in good condition. I LOVE the way my hair looks when it’s blonde, but years of dying is definitely starting to take its toll. Ever since I started dying my hair I’ve been on a mission to find the perfect products to keep my coloured locks looking and feeling their best. There are so many amazing colour targeting products out there so I thought I’d tell you about some of my favourites that I’ve discovered over the years.
Ever since I started colouring my hair Pureology shampoo and conditioners have been a constant in my haircare routine. Pureology products are all designed specifically to protect, restore and nourish colour-treated hair. Not only that, but their 100% vegan formulas are made with sustainably sourced natural plant extracts and absolutely no ‘nasties’ which makes this stuff even better. The Pureology ‘Strength Cure’ shampoo which is great if your hair is looking and feeling a bit worse for wear. Being a blondie, I often notice how dry and brittle my hair feels, so I like to use something like the Strength Cure to bring it back to life and give it some va va voom. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, the Strength Cure collection formulas are scented with peach, vanilla, lavender and honey…yum.
Alongside the Strength Cure range, I also love using the shampoo and conditioner from the Pureology Fullfyl collection. As the name suggests, the Fullfyl products are designed to make your hair look and feel thicker and fuller. As well as working to protect and restore colour-treated hair, the plant protein in the Fullfyl range wraps around each strand of hair to densify and strengthen. Often my hair can feel weak and look limp, so I like to mix things up every now and again by using the Fullfyl shampoo and conditioner to give it a healthy boost. Much like the Strength Cure collection, these babies smell equally as delicious thanks to the blend of tropical fruit, white floral and vanilla. Whenever anyone asks me what products they should use to protect and nourish their coloured hair I always point them in the direction of Pureology. Defo give this stuff a go if your coloured hair is feeling (and looking) a little lack lustre.
I’ve gone through tons of bottles of Sachajuan products in the past and since dying my hair I’ve fallen in love Sachajuan Colour Protect shampoo and conditioner. What’s great about this range is that the formula is super gentle on the hair so it’s perfect for preventing colour fade. We all know that coloured hair is especially prone to split ends and this range is so amazing because it actually does a fab job at minimising split ends and smoothing any damage. I always notice how healthy my hair feels after I’ve used the Sachajuan Colour Protect shampoo and conditioner. I love Sachajuan so make sure you check out their stuff if you haven’t already.
Lastly I just have to take a minute to mention the Color Full range by Rahua. Like all the other products I’ve mentioned, the Color Full shampoo and conditioner are colour preserving formulas which do a great job at maintaining the pigmentation of coloured and highlighted hair. The products themselves work hard to push the dye deep into the hair shaft which helps to keep your colour looking super vibrant. You guys know I’m all about the leave in treatments and for the past few months I’ve been obsessed with the Rahua Color Full hair mask. As well as helping to preserve my colour by encapsulating the pigment, the hair mask also makes my hair feel incredibly soft and look noticeably more radiant! With extracts of hibiscus, gardenia oil and lavender essence, this mask smells absolutely incredible! I love using this trio and I can’t recommend Rahua enough!
Let me know if you’ve given any of these products a try on your colour-treated hair. I’d love to know what you thought of them! I think I’d have to say that the Pureology Strength Cure shampoo and conditioner are my favourite colour-targeting hair products; they’re amazing at improving the overall condition of my hair as well as making it look heaps healthier and more radiant. Let me know which ones are your faves!
Pureology Serious Colour Care Strength Cure Shampoo
Gives my hair its oomph!
Pureology Serious Colour Care Strength Cure Conditioner
Smells like peach, vanilla & honey!!
Pureology Serious Colour Care Fullfyl Shampoo
Densifies and strengthens
Pureology Serious Colour Care Fullfyl Conditioner
Brings hair back to life!
Sachajuan Colour Protect Shampoo
You need some Sachajuan in your life
Sachajuan Colour Protect Conditioner
Scents of hibiscus and lavender essence
Rahua Color Full Shampoo
Treat those tresses
Rahua Color Full Conditioner
For super soft hair
Rahua Color Full Hair Mask
Glossifying hair mask packed with hibiscus
Your hair's new bff
COLOURED EYESHADOWS: MY PICKS
A few months back the idea of wearing coloured eyeshadow was something that pretty much terrified me. If you’re a 90’s kid like me, you’ll probably associate coloured eyeshadow with those awkward early teenage years that you’d rather forget about. For me, wearing a vibrant colour on my eyes was my go-to look for school and birthday parties with friends (cringe), and until a few months ago that’s where I thought it would stay. If you’ve read my ‘June Beauty Favourites’ post, you’ll know that lately I’ve been obsessed with wearing a particular By Terry shadow on my lids (Misty Rock if you’re interested), and it was actually this product that inspired me to mix up my usual everyday nude shadow and try something a little bit different.
Although the idea of wearing a coloured shadow might seem completely daunting, trust me when I say that opting for a vibrant colour over an everyday nude shade can actually look super chic. Don’t get me wrong, you’re probably not going to catch me rocking a crazy electric blue colour regularly, but a subtle and well-blended (blending is v important here) coloured lid is one of my favourite looks for this summer. Dior have some really amazing eyeshadow palettes on the market at the moment and I’ve been really enjoying mixing some of their shades into my makeup looks. Their ‘5 Couleur’ palettes are perfect for achieving a gorgeous tonal look, as each of the shades within the compact are guaranteed to work well together. I’ve only recently acquired a couple of these palettes but as you can probably see from the pics, I’ve been using my finger to mix a couple of the colours into my looks.
While Aslan and I were in Japan, I went a little makeup (and skincare, and stationery) crazy! I picked up tons of cute stuff, but arguably two of my favourite items from my haul were these cute little eyeshadows by a brand called ‘Addiction’. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to find the exact shades for you guys (they literally have every colour under the sun available though) but basically I picked up a beautiful vibrant bubblegum pink colour alongside a gorgeous metallic silver. I didn’t think that these shadows would be my kinda thing since they’re super shimmery, but they actually look stunning once they’re blended out on my eyelids. If you’ve seen my ‘Think Pink’ makeup tutorial you’ll know that I’ve been going crazy for an all-over pink makeup look, and the beautiful bubblegum shade is exactly the kind of thing I tend to reach for when I’m recreating that style.
When it comes to drugstore shadows, most of you will probably know by now that I’m obsessed with the L’Oreal ‘Infallible’ Eyeshadows. What I love about these shadows is that they feel super luxurious to apply and tend to blend out a lot easier than most powder shadows do. I have quite a few of these shadows but lately I’ve been rocking the shades ‘Silver Sky’ and ‘Sultry Smoke’. I tend to apply a really thin layer of the product with my fingertips to achieve a slightly more subtle look. If you love these Infallible Eyeshadows then you should also try the Maybelline ‘Colour Tattoo’ 24 Hour Eyeshadows. The ‘Colour Tattoo’ shadows are a cream based formula which come in quite a few shades. They’re crease resistant, ultra long wearing and come in some really stunning colours. They’re affordable too so they’re a great one to go for if you just want to test the coloured waters.
I hope that this post has inspired you guys to be brave and try something a little bit different with your eyeshadow colour. For years I stuck to the same nude shades but with so many beautiful, vibrant colours out there to choose from, why shouldn’t we step out of our comfort zones and give them a go? Let me know if you’ve been wearing coloured eyeshadows, I’d love to know what your favourite shades and palettes are. I’m always on the lookout for something new to try!
P.S. Here’s a pic of me rocking a super cool pink eyeshadow look while in Paris with Chanel! Elsa, one of the Chanel makeup artists, created this look using one of the stunning Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palettes and I LOVED it so much! This makeup look was actually what inspired me to start being a bit more daring with my shadow and I’ve been hooked ever since!
Dior '5 Couleur' Eyeshadow Palette
Create a beautiful tonal look
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow 'Silver Sky'
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow 'Sultry Smoke'
Sexy smoky eye
Maybelline 'Color Tattoo' 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Lasts all day!
SIX SUMMER SCENTS
It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to fragrances. I know loads of people who only ever wear one scent, but with so many beautiful perfumes out there I find it hard to stick to just the one! I find it so much more fun to mix up my fragrances and smell completely different everyday! I tend to chop and change my perfumes with the seasons; during the Winter months I’ll usually opt for something spicy and warm, but during the Summer I like to wear a spritz of something delicate and floral. I get a lot of comments from you guys asking me to talk about some of the fragrances in my collection, so I thought I’d put together a post about some of my fave perfumes for Summer. I find it super hard to write about perfumes in a way that does them justice but I promise to try my hardest to describe them as accurately as I can!
First up I have to talk about ‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ which is one of the fragrances in the Replica collection by Maison Margiela. For me, this fragrance smells like ACTUAL Summer! Lazy Sunday Morning is a floral fragrance with notes of pear, iris, rose absolute, orange flower and Indian patchouli oil to name but a few. Although you’ll find these sorts of notes in tons of other perfumes, I’ve never smelt anything quite like this one. It’s warm, clean and luxurious. This is my ultimate Summer fragrance for sure. (P.s. It also comes in a rollerball version which is super handy for on the go!)
Chanel fragrances aren’t something I tend to talk about all that often but No5 L’Eau (the lighter version called L’eau) is without doubt one of my favourite perfumes in my collection and it’s also one that I reach for tons during the Summer. On first impressions No5 L’Eau has a crisp, citrus edge to it which is thanks to the notes of lemon, mandarin and orange, but once this perfume has settled into the skin you can really start to smell the delicate floral scents of rose, jasmine and ylang ylang. Like every other Chanel fragrance, No5 L’Eau is a really modern take on the classic No. 5 which always turns heads (and noses).
If you’re as obsessed with rose scents as I am then you neeeed to try the Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau Eau De Parfum because I guarantee after a spritz or two of this you’ll smell like an actual English rose garden. For me, the Diptyque L’Ombre is the ultimate floral fragrance in my collection; its notes of delicate Bulgarian Rose and sweet Blackcurrant come together with a woody base note to create something out of this world. Diptyque have such a stunning collection of fragrances to their name, but for me, this one really steals the show. It’s fresh, fruity and floral. I LOVE it.
Most of you have probably come to realise that I’m a big fangirl when it comes to Tom Ford fragrances. One of my all time favourites is ‘Mandarino Di Amalfi’ which was concocted to capture the true essence of the Italian coastline. If you’re looking for a scent which SCREAMS Summer then Mandarino Di Amalfi is the one for you. Whenever I wear this perfume I can almost hear the waves crashing against the rocks and feel the sand between my toes…almost. It has a fresh and zingy citrus punch to it thanks to its notes of grapefruit and lemon which work perfectly with its deep base notes of vetiver, amber and musk. I’m really bad at describing scents but try to imagine laying on an idyllic Italian beach while sipping a mojito under a lemon tree…THAT’S how Mandarino Di Amalfi smells. Sounds good right?
Most of you know by now that I’m a liiiiittle bit obsessed with Linda Rodin and her incredible cosmetic collection, so when a parcel arrived in my mail with the Rodin ‘Olio Lusso’ 3 Eau De Toilette nestled inside, my excitement levels hit the roof. This perfume is BEAUTIFUL. The fragrance itself is a classic spicy geranium scent (right up my street) with notes of jasmine grandiflora, ylang ylang and orris. On first sniff you’re hit by the delicate floral scent, but sniff a little deeper and you’ll start to smell the deep base notes of patchouli and santal which give it it’s gorgeous musky edge. This is a really grown up scent and something that I tend to save for special occasions. It’s completely unique and the gorgeous floral notes make it perfect for Summer. Love it!
‘Untitled’ by Byredo is one of my favourite Byredo scents thanks to its unusual notes of pink pepper, gin, moss, pine and evergreen trees. Although none of those notes really scream ‘Summer’ to me, there’s something about that earthy, green scent that makes wearing this perfume in the sunshine seem ever more fitting. What’s cool about ‘Untitled’ is that it was actually left nameless so that the wearer can choose a name that they believe captures the true essence of the scent. If you purchase a bottle of this perfume it actually comes with a set of alphabet stickers so that you can emblazon your own chosen name upon it. Cool right?! Other Byredo scents that I love for Summer are ‘Rose of No Man’s Land’ which has notes of raspberry blossom and turkish rose petals, as well as ‘Gypsy Water’ which has notes of lemon, incense and sandalwood. I pretty much adore every scent by Byredo but ‘Untitled’ stands out as a favourite for me.
I hope I managed to describe these gorgeous fragrances in a way that did them some justice! Let me know if you enjoyed this post, maybe I could make this a seasonal thing…what do you think? I’m completely obsessed with discovering new perfumes so definitely leave me a comment and let me know if there are any scents that you think I need to try!
SHOP THE POST! (PLUS A COUPLE MORE SCENTS THAT I'M LOVING RIGHT NOW!)
Chanel No5 L'eau Eau De Toilette
Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau
Maison Margiela 'Replica' Lazy Sunday Morning
Tom Ford 'Mandarino Di Amalfi'
Rodin Olio Lusso '3'
4711 Original Eau De Cologne
Tom Ford 'Santal Blush'
Diptyque 'Geranium Odorata'
Maison Louis Marie ‘No 4 Bois De Balincourt’