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

  • Byredo 'Unnamed'

  • 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’

BEACHY HAIR KIT

Beachy hair is one of my all time favourite looks to rock during the Summer months. Not only does it look super cool, it also requires minimal effort (which is probably my favourite thing about it!) Over the past few months I’ve had some comments from you guys asking me which products I use to achieve that effortless ‘surfer babe’ look, so I thought it was about time that I show you which beachy hair products are my faves.

Until a few weeks ago I had never tried any ‘Verb’ products. Over the past few months I’ve heard so many people talking about Verb so I thought it was about time that I give this stuff a try. Verb have tons of different shampoo and conditioner varieties but since I love that ‘beachy hair’ look so much I decided to give their ‘Sea’ shampoo and conditioner a whirl. I’m quite fussy about the kinds of shampoo and conditioner that I use, but I’ve actually ended up falling in love with this stuff! What’s great about their hair products is not only do they do a great job at gently cleansing your hair, but they also work to provide weightless lift (which is something I ALWAYS look for!) and they’re amazing at protecting colour (also something I need). Whenever I’m trying to achieve beachy hair the main thing that I look for is TEXTURE! The Verb Sea shampoo and conditioner have been designed to enhance waves, build volume and create the touchable texture. After using this combo I could really feel the difference in my hair and after drying I could really see it too!

I’m totally obsessed with texturising spray so I just had to give the Verb Sea spray a whirl. One thing that really won me over with this spray is that it’s incredibly light, so it doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy or crunchy. To use it I just sprayed some of the product from the roots to the tips and gently twisted and twirled my hair around my fingers at the same time. Once I’m finished my hair looks super tousled but also really natural. I’m definitely going to be using Verb products more often!

You might have heard me talk about Sachajuan haircare a billion times and that’s because I’ve literally been using this stuff for years! I pretty much love every single kind of shampoo and conditioner by Sachajuan, but the haircare that I reach for the most during the Summer months is from their ‘Ocean Mist’ range. If you’re new to Sachajuan I urge you to try their stuff as soon as you can because they’re actually one of my favourite haircare brands. The Sachajuan Ocean Mist shampoo and conditioner have a texturising formula, so they’re both great products to use if you’re looking for that surfer babe vibe. Not only that but the products contain vegetable proteins which actually work to create volume and boost limp and lifeless hair. Of course if you want the ultimate beachy hair look then make sure you follow up by using the Ocean Mist Texturising Spray which will help to create even more texture. I usually spritz the Ocean Mist Texturising Spray onto damp hair and then dry it off using a diffuser. If you’re feeling lazy, just spray it onto damp hair and leave it to air dry. Easy!

It wouldn’t be a beachy hair post if I didn’t take a minute to mention Ouai! You’ve probably heard me talking about the Ouai Wave Spray quuuiitte a lot and I’d go as far as to say that it’s actually my favourite wave spray of all time! Although I absolutely love the Verb and Sachajuan sprays, the Ouai Wave Spray is definitely my holy grail when it comes to achieving the beachy look that I love. The formula of this spray contains rice protein, which actually helps to add hold, meaning that your tousled locks stick around all day. I usually spray this stuff more towards the tips of my hair, but as with the other sprays you can add a spritz or two to the roots if you want to create extra volume.

If I know I’m going to be applying the Ouai Wave Spray I’ll usually make sure to use the Ouai Volume Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower. The Volume shampoo and conditioner are ‘body boosting’ products, which means that they give your hair lots of bounce as well as making it look and feel thicker. I love using this trio because I feel like they really transform my natural hair. If hair spray is your thang then make sure you try the Ouai Texturizing Spray! This stuff is literally my saviour on the days when my hair is looking limp or lifeless. A spritz or two of this will guarantee that your beachy look lasts from morning ’til night.

You might not know this about me, but I actually LOVE using mousses on my hair. At the moment I’m totally loving the MoroccanOil ‘Beach Wave’ Mousse as well as the Kerastase ‘Densifique’ Densimorphose Mousse. If you’re not a mousse fan, you probably associate using mousse with that awful crunchy hair feeling that you tend to get if you’re not using the right products. What I love about these mousses is that there’s no sign whatsoever of that crunchy effect, but they really help to make your style last all day. My hair can tend to feel quite lifeless and look quite limp, so I like to use a pump of mousse and work it through from the roots to the tips of my hair to give it some oomph! If you want your beachy style to last literally all day then work some of this through towel-dried hair before you give it a blast with the hairdryer. You’ll be a mousse convert I’m sure!

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products! I’m dying to know whether you love them just as much as I do! Let me know if there’s any products that you use to create your beachy hair look. I’m keen to know which ones are your faves!

  • Verb 'Sea' Shampoo

  • Verb 'Sea' Conditioner

  • Verb 'Sea' Spray

  • Sachajuan 'Ocean Mist' Shampoo

    I love this shampoo

  • Sachajuan 'Ocean Mist' Conditioner

    Makes my hair feel amazing

  • Sachajuan 'Ocean Mist' Spray

  • Ouai 'Volume' Shampoo

  • Ouai 'Volume' Conditioner

  • Ouai Wave Spray

  • Moroccan Oil 'Beach Wave' Mousse

SUMMER SKINCARE ESSENTIALS

I’m a huuuuge skincare junkie (no secret there!), so every now and then I like to tell you guys about some of the products that I’m enjoying using during my morning and evening routine. I always like to mix up my skincare with the seasons, so I thought I’d tell you about some of the products that I’m going to be reaching for over the Summer.

First up I’m gonna kick things off by talking about some body skincare that I’ve been loving recently. You’ve probably heard me talk about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare in the past, and lately I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the Aurelia Firm & Replenish Body Serum and the Restorative Cream Body Cleanser. The Body Cleanser is a wonderfully creamy wash which both cleanses and soothes the skin. It’s packed with gorgeous ingredients like Baobab, Hibiscus and Aloe which all help to nourish, protect and heal. Lately I’ve been using this stuff almost every day in the shower; all you do is just lather it onto your wet skin before rinsing it off under the water, it’s gorgeous! After my shower I’ve been reaching for the Aurelia Body Serum which is a super intense, nourishing and lifting treatment. The essential fatty acids, vitamin E and Cocoa Butter within the formula all help to make your skin look and feel firmer, while the scent of essential oils, Mandarin, Lemongrass and Chamomile help to induce a feeling of calm. If you’ve never tried Aurelia Probiotic Skincare then these products are a great place to start. You’ll definitely end up falling in love with the brand.

The first face product that I need to mention is the gorgeous Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Cleanser. I’ve mentioned this a number of times across my blog and YouTube channel, but I have to take a minute to talk about it again because I’m actually obsessed with this stuff! The first thing you’ll notice when you use this cleanser is how DELICIOUS it smells! Formulated with kiwi, manuka honey and hibiscus flower, it not only smells good enough to eat, it does a fantastic job at helping you to achieve a clear complexion thanks to the ingredients’ antibacterial and antioxidant powers. The cleanser also contains vinanza grape extract which helps to balance oil production, reduce the appearance of blemishes and ultimately give your skin a natural-looking glow. I’ve been using this stuff for years but over the past few months I’ve found myself falling more and more in love with it. You all know I’m crazy for Antipodes so I urge you to give this one a go!

If you’re on the market for a new face scrub this Summer then I you’ve gotta try the Aveda Botanicals Kinetics Skin Refiner. The Skin Refiner is a creamy, clay-based exfoliating scrub which helps to rid your face of dead skin cells and leave it looking and feeling refreshed. I usually apply something like this around once or twice a week by gently massaging a small amount of the product onto my moist face and neck. It does a great job at deep cleansing the face and unclogging pores. I always feel so refreshed after I’ve used the Skin Refiner.

I LOVE using serums and essences before my daily moisturiser because they really help to provide an added layer of hydration to my skin after cleansing. An essence that I particularly love to use during the Summer time is the Lancôme Énergie de Vie Smoothing & Plumping Pearly Lotion. The reason that I love to use this stuff over the Summer is because it gives my skin a wonderfully natural-looking dewy finish. Formulated with goji berry, lemon balm and vitamin E, this essence leaves my skin feeling instantly plumper, smoother and reawakened. If you’re new to the world of essences make sure you give this one a go, I guarantee you’ll see (and feel) instant results!

A serum that I’ve been loving for years now is the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum by Caudalie. If you have issues with dullness, dryness or uneven skin tone then this is the serum for you; it’s a highly concentrated, oil free formula which helps to improve the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skin tone and boosts radiance.

If like me you suffer with dry and sensitive skin, then you HAVE to try the Healgel Advanced Skin Rescue Formula. Healgel is an advanced skin rescue formula which soothes and repairs stressed skin. What I love the most about this stuff is that it’s sooo kind and gentle on my skin and even helps to banish stubborn scars and eczema. (I’ve tried this cream on my eczema and it helps!!) It reduces irritation, redness and puffiness and helps to speed up the process of skin regeneration. I tend to get a lot of eczema during the Summer because of the heat, so I definitely find myself reaching for this cream A LOT during the warmer months.

If you’ve never heard me mention Tatcha before…WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!? Just kidding…but seriously, I’m literally obsessed with all things Tatcha so of course I had to take a minute to talk about the incredible Tatcha Water Cream. The Water Cream is one of the best moisturisers I’ve ever used; it’s amazing at battling dryness, reducing the appearance of pores and achieving and even skin tone. The cream is packed with powerful Japanese botanicals such as wild rose, leopard lily, green tea, rice and algae. Not only that but within the formula there’s also a tiny touch of 23-karat gold (yes, GOLD!) which helps to give your skin a subtle, shine-free glow. This is one of the more luxurious moisturisers in my bathroom and I LOVE it.

Something that I just HAD to include in my list of summer skincare essentials is the Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defence Primer SPF 50. I’ve spoken about this primer soooo many times and that’s because I absolutely adore this stuff! The Skin Defence Primer is so great because it’s suitable for sensitive skin, can be worn alone or under makeup, and as the SPF would suggest, does a fab job at protecting your skin from the sun. The Maestro UV is incredibly silky and soft to apply and feels wonderfully lightweight under foundation. I tend to reach for this primer all year round, but it’s especially great to use during the summer months.

Onto the masks now (my fave bit) and first up I just have to talk about the incredible Peel & Polish by Pixi. The Peel & Polish is a gentle, skin refining treatment which eliminates dead skin cells and boosts circulation. The formula is jam packed with lactic acid, enzymes and sugar extracts which all help to dissolve dead cells on the face and reveal a super radiant complexion. This is a really great product to use if you need a little bit of glow to bring your face to life.

Most of you will know that I’m completely obsessed with anything rose-scented (shoutout to my fave Fresh Rose Face Mask) so this Express Flower Gel Mask by Sisley is a dream come true. With extracts of rose, iris and white lily, this mask smells INCREDIBLE. Not only that, but the flower extracts and organic sesame within the formula help to give dull and tired skin an intense surge of moisture which leaves it looking glowing and feeling refreshed. What I like about the Flower Gel Mask is that it actually soaks into your skin, so you don’t have to rinse off the product with a wet towel; just tissue off the excess and you’re good to go. Stress-free, just how I like it!

You’ve all heard me talk about the Fresh Rose Face Mask a billion times, so today I thought I’d take a minute to talk about another of my favourite face masks by Fresh – the Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Mask. This is an instant glow face mask which leaves the skin which a healthy looking, natural radiance and a super dreamy smooth texture. 50% of the formula is jam packed with REAL crushed citrus fruits (you can imagine how incredible it smells) including oranges, lemons and clementines which all help to gently refine and smooth the skin. Although it looks like a jelly, the formula is actually paste which exfoliates and works to revitalise dull-looking skin. The Fresh Rose Face Mask will always be my ultimate favourite, but the Vitamin Nectar Mask is a very close second!

The last product on my list of summer skincare essentials is the Tata Harper Clarifying Mask. I know I’ve spoken about this a TON lately but I just had to mention it again because I’ve literally been obsessed with this mask over the last few months. In case you haven’t heard me talk about it, the Tata Harper Clarifying Mask is a 100% natural, anti-inflammatory cleansing mask. Specifically targeted for those who suffer with problematic or blemish prone skin (although all skin types can use it) the Clarifying Mask helps to eliminate redness, calm breakouts, reduce the appearance of pores and regulate oil production. I wouldn’t say that my skin is particularly problematic (just dry and sensitive!) but I love using this mask whenever I feel like it needs a deep cleanse; it really helps to banish any dirt and grime from my pores and leaves my face feeling incredibly soft and clean from within. This is a great all-rounder kinda product so I would definitely recommend adding a tub of the Tata Harper Clarifying Mask to your skincare collection.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my Summer Skincare Essentials post. I know it was a long one but I wanted to make sure that I included all of the skincare products that I’ve been reaching for lately. If you guys have any skincare recommendations then please let me know in the comments down below! I’m such a skincare junkie so I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting things. Don’t forget that I recently published a post all about my favourite SPF products for Summer so click here to check it out if you haven’t already!

  • Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Restorative Cream Body Cleanser

  • Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Firm & Replenish Body Serum

  • Lancôme Énergie de Vie Smoothing & Plumping Pearly Lotion

  • Aveda Botanical Kinetics Skin Refiner

  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

  • Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer SPF 50

  • Tatcha Water Cream

  • Sisley Paris Express Flower Gel Mask

  • Pixi Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate

  • Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

MY BEACH DAY MAKEUP

This Summer Aslan and I hopped in the car with our gorgeous boy Reggie and headed to one of our all time favourite places; the beach! I LOVE the beach, there’s something about being by the coast and breathing in that fresh sea air that makes me feel content, relaxed and alive all at the same time. I’m the kind of person who relishes the chance to go without makeup, so when we’re at the beach you’ll usually find me completely bare faced aside from a sweep of tinted gel in my brows. Some of you guys have been asking me to show you which makeup products I take with me when we go to the beach, so I thought I’d put a post together to talk about some of my desert island (or beach) essentials!

No matter where we’re going, no matter what we’re doing, I HAVE to have my brows on. The Lancôme Sourcils Styler Brow Mascara is a product that I’ve recently found myself falling more and more in love with. You guys will probably have heard me talk about the Illamasqua Brow Build a billion times, but lately I’ve been feeling the need to mix things up a bit and so I decided to give the Sourcils Styler some love and attention. As a blondie, it’s hard for me to find a brow product that doesn’t look too dark or orange against my complexion, but I feel like this stuff works really well to give my eyebrows the definition that they need without looking too heavy and harsh. I have my styler in the shade 01 Blond which is the perfect colour. When I’m at home I’ll usually spend a bit more time defining my brows with a pencil first (lately I’ve been obsessed with the It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil), but whenever I’m feeling lazy I’ll just add a few sweeps of a gel like the Lancôme Sourcils Styler to thicken and groom. I love this stuff.

I hardly EVER wear makeup when Aslan and I are at the beach house (aside from my brows), but if we ever decide to head to the pub for some dinner I like to put on a little something to make me feel a little more put together. You’ve all heard me talk about the It Cosmetics ‘Your Skin But Better’ CC Cream a hundred million times so I’ll try to refrain from fangirling tooooo much, but basically this is exactly the kind of base product that I reach when I don’t want to wear something too heavy, but still want some coverage. I tend to keep things super simple so I’ll usually sweep on some of my favourite Sisley Phyto-Touche Illusion d’Eté Bronzer. I love wearing this bronzer when we’re at the beach because it gives me a really natural-looking sun kissed glow. This bronzer is actually a gel-powder formula so it feels super lightweight and silky on the skin – just my kinda thing!

For my lashes I’ll usually end up packing one of my favourite Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara’. I love this mascara because it gives my lashes TONS of volume without looking clumpy. I love the shape of the brush and the formula is actually infused with collagen so it helps to thicken, lengthen and curl my lashes. Despite being the ultimate lipstick fangirl I tend to keep things minimal when I’m at the beach. Now that Summer is officially in full swing I’ve found myself reaching for the Fresh Rose Tinted Sugar Lip Treatment again and again. This lip treatment is especially great to use during the warmer months because it’s SPF 15 so it’s guaranteed to protect your lips from the sun’s harmful rays. Not only that but thanks to the moisture-preserving sugar and precious oils within the formula it helps to soothe and nourish lips to keep them looking and feeling silky smooth. I particularly love the rose tinted lip treatment because it gives my lips a gorgeous rosy red tint. This is a really great product for those days when you don’t feel like wearing any makeup but want a subtle pop of colour to bring your face to life.

During the Summer time I tend to stray from my favourite every day nude nails and try something a bit different. I luuuuurve nailberry nail polishes and this beautiful blue one in the shade ‘Hope’ is exactly the kind of colour I like to rock when we’re chilling at the beach. I usually stick to nudes or reds during the Winter but as soon as summer comes along I find myself super into vibrant baby blues like this one. Nailberry Nail Polishes are great because they’re actually ‘breathable’ which means that the formula allows air and moisture to pass through the polish, leaving your nails looking and feeling a million times healthier and more nourished. I’m usually a gel nails kinda girl, but whenever I fancy wearing a normal polish I’ll always reach for a Nailberry shade.

I always keep my makeup super duper simple whenever Aslan and I are at the beach. I hate wearing heavy makeup at the best of times so when I’m chilling by the beach I like to make sure that my skin soaks up as much of that healing seaside air as possible. What are your desert island essentials? What products do you use to achieve that ‘no-makeup-makeup-look?’? Let me know in the comments down below! Also..before I go I just HAVE to take a minute to talk about this beeeeeautiful canvas pouch from Liberty London. Linda Rodin actually sent me this pouch as a thank you for featuring her amazing lipsticks in my Bold Lipstick video! I can’t even begin to explain the level of excitement that I felt when I opened the parcel and saw this beauty laying inside! Thank you so much Linda, it’s beautiful!

  • IT COSMETICS CC CREAM

    I can't stop fangirling over this cc cream

  • BEAUTY BLENDER

    I love applying my cc cream with a damp beauty blender

  • SISLEY BRONZER

    Get that bronze on

  • REAL TECHNIQUES RETRACTABLE BRONZER BRUSH

    Bronze away

  • LANCÔME SOURCILS STYLER BROW MASCARA

    Tame those brows

  • TOO FACED 'BETTER THAN SEX' WATERPROOF MASCARA

    I've gone through a billion of these

  • SURRATT LASH CURLERS

    I can't apply my mascara without curling my lashes

  • FRESH ROSE TINTED SUGAR LIP TREATMENT

    Subtle but beautiful colour

  • NAILBERRY NAIL POLISH

    I love nailberry!

  • LIBERTY LONDON CANVAS POUCH

    These colours are beeeauuutiful

TOP 10 SUMMER LIPSTICKS

I’m such a hoarder when it comes to lipsticks. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the products in my makeup collection, but trust me when I say that lipsticks are my VICE! I love playing around with different lip shades all year round, but there’s definitely something about the Summer sun that inspires me to mix things up and wear some of the more vibrant colours in my lipstick wardrobe. Lately I’ve been rocking a few of my favourite corals and pinks, and since you guys are always asking me what lipstick I’m wearing, I thought I’d put a post together about a few of my favourite shades for Summer.

Corals

For me, a true Summer makeup look isn’t complete without a slick of coral lipstick and the three babies below are my ultimate faves to wear when the sun is shining. First up I just have to talk about the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in the shade ‘Orange Perfecto’. I’m all about wearing a sheer colour on my lips, so of course the oil-infused, high shine formula is right up my street. I think the thing that I love the most about the Rouge Volupté lipstick (aside from the amazing colours) is the way that the product feels on my lips. The texture is incredibly silky and pretty much melts into the lips, it’s deeply hydrating and feels comfortable all day long. If sheer lipsticks are your thang too then you need to try the gorgeous Super Lustrous Lipsticks by Revlon; they’re silky smooth, intensely moisturising and come in both matte and crème finishes. I have a couple of Super Lustrous Lipsticks but the shade ‘Siren’ is my favourite colour for Summer; it’s the perfect mix of orange and red and looks beautiful when I have a little bit of a tan. Of course I couldn’t talk about coral colours without mentioning my favourite Antipodes lipstick in the shade ‘Piha Beach Tangerine’. I’ve been wearing this colour to death ever since the sun started making an appearance here in London, I think this is probably my favourite coral shade that I own right now. You neeeeed to try Antipodes lipsticks if you haven’t already.

Pinks

The Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in the shade ‘Rose Rendez-Vous’ has been a favourite of mine for awhile. I’m not usually a lover of a sparkly lipstick, but the subtle shimmer within the formula of ‘Rose Rendez-Vous’ looks super gorgeous on the lips. It’s a really vibrant pink, but as I chose to go with a sheer finish the colour isn’t quite so harsh, instead it looks super pretty and actually quite subtle. Another Lancôme lippie that I love is the Shine Lover Lipstick in the shade ‘Electrisante’. As the name suggests, these lipsticks have a beautiful glossy finish which feels super lightweight and comfortable on my lips. ‘Electrisante’ is a beautiful bubblegum pink and I feel like it works surprisingly well with my pale complexion. The ultimate pink in my lipstick wardrobe is this stunning lipstick by Linda Rodin in the shade ‘Winks’. I cannot get over how amazing this lipstick is; the colour is intensely vibrant, the formula is suuuuper duper creamy and don’t even get me started on how gorgeous the packaging is!

Nude-ish/Rose

I’m gonna kick things off by talking about one of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury shades, ‘Sexy Sienna’. Whenever anyone asks me which lipstick is my ‘ultimate summer shade’ I pretty much always say Sexy Sienna. This shade is super gorgeous all year round, but I especially love to wear it during the Summer because it’s has a really gorgeous golden coral hue which looks stunning against sun kissed skin; it’s is a super long lasting lipstick with a beautiful creamy, hydrating formula. If you like the golden glow to Sexy Sienna you’re gonna LOVE the unique tone of the Nars ‘Orgasm’ lipstick. Orgasm is a satin finish peachy pink lipstick with a super subtle golden shimmer. Again, I’m not usually a huge lover of sparkly products, but the ‘barely there’ shimmer effect looks super duper pretty. If sparkle isn’t your thang, you need to try the Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in the shade ‘Crosswires’. If ever I can’t decide what shade to wear, Crosswires is usually the one I reach for; it’s a classic pinky rose colour which always looks gorgeous. If you’re a matte lip kinda person then make sure you give the Soap & Glory Matte Lip Crayon in ‘Pretty Muted’ a whirl. I’m more into sheer, satiny lip products, but the formula of this crayon feels so creamy that I ended up falling in love with it. Plus, how beautiful is that pink? *Swoons*

So those are the lipsticks that I’ll be reaching for a lot over the next few months. As much as I love wearing a nude lip, rocking something a vibrant coral or a bubblegum pink is much more fun! Do you guys like to match your lipsticks to the seasons? I’d love to know what your favourite Summer lipsticks are! Although I probably *shouldnt* add any more lip products to my collection, I do love to know what you guys are loving at the moment! Let me know in the comments!

  • YSL Rouge Volupté Shin Lipstick 'Orange Perfecto'

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme 'Siren'

  • Antipodes Lipstick 'Piha Beach Tangerine'

  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick 'Rose Rendez-Vous'

  • Lancôme Shine Lover Lipstick 'Electrisante'

  • Linda Rodin Lip Wardrobe 'Winks'

  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick 'Sexy Sienna'

  • Nars 'Orgasm' Lipstick

  • Mac Cremesheen Lipstick 'Crosswires'

  • Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip 'Pretty Muted'

TRAVELLING LIGHT AS A SKINCARE JUNKIE!

I’m going to be spending a lot of time travelling over the Summer (Aslan and I are road tripping around British Columbia next week!) so I need to be able to travel as light as I possibly can. As a skincare junkie, travelling light is something that doesn’t come all that easy to me. The idea of spending weeks away from my favourite masks and essences doesn’t exactly make me want to jump for joy, so this Summer I’ve made it my mission to get myself super duper organised and find a way to bring all of my fave skincare products along with me without the extra kilos in my suitcase! A couple of weeks back I filmed a video all about the tips and tricks that I’ve been using to pack light with my skincare. Since so many of you guys told me how much you enjoyed the video I thought I’d put together a little something for my blog too. For any of you skincare junkies who thought that ‘travelling light’ was an impossible task…just you wait! I’m about to blow your mind!

A couple of weeks back I spent my evening scouring Amazon for some cute containers for all of my lotions and potions and I actually found some really cute stuff! First up I found this handy pink pouch which may look quite small but it’s actually deceivingly roomy! There’s some mesh pockets within the wash bag which means that you can create categories for all of your skincare stuff, I split mine into sections for face, body, treatments and extras. Not only that but it also comes with a cute little wallet which is ideal for keeping things like hair bands and bobby pins inside. Sticking to the theme, I picked up a set of pretty pink containers which came in super useful. Within the set you get 2 flip cap bottles, 1 spray bottle (great for decanting your face mists into!), 1 pump bottle and 2 little jars (perfect for lip balms!). I also picked up another set of acrylic containers and got quiiiite down and dirty with a label maker LOL! It’s no secret that I’m quite high maintenance when it comes to my skincare but it actually felt really freeing to have all of my beauty products in one pouch! I can totally see myself travelling like this with my skincare for future trips. I actually cannot believe how many products I managed to take with me!

First up I decanted my favourite Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Cleanser into one of the cute little pink pump bottles. I love the Juliet Cleanser because it feels so light and refreshing on my face and it’s packed with gorgeous ingredients like New Zealand Kiwi Super Fruit and Manuka Honey. I just feel like this is the perfect cleanser for Summer so I just had to find a way to bring this baby away with me. I couldn’t resist making use of the spray bottle in my container set so I decided to bring the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist along for the ride. I love using mists all year round but especially in the Summer time since they’re so hydrating and help to give me a refreshing boost during the hot weather. For my day cream I brought my favourite Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti Stress Moisturising Rich Cream which is fab because it really helps to hydrate my dry skin and it also has SPF 30. I love this stuff!

You all know that I’m such a face mask girl, so of course I had to save some room in my wash bag to bring along some of my favourite skincare treatments. The Fresh Rose Face Mask is one of the masks that I use the most during the Summer because it’s so light and refreshing and really helps to give my skin the surge of hydration that it craves. I also made it my mission to bring an exfoliating mask (I chose the Pai AHA Mask for this) as well as a deep cleansing treatment (the Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask). I still had some room left in my wash bag so I stuffed in some of my favourite sheet masks like the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask and the Minon Amino Moist Mask as well as some extras such as the Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Patches which help to banish my dark circles and illuminate the area around my eyes.

The products that I’ve mentioned in this blog post are only a few of the skincare items that I brought along with me to the beach! As you can see in the pic above I packed TONS of my favourite skincare products, so definitely make sure you watch the video below to see what else I managed to fit in my cute pink wash bag! Let me know if you’re a skincare junkie, I’d love to know whether I’ve inspired you to travel light on your Summer holidays! Also if you have any tips or tricks for packing light then please let me know in the comments down below. I had way too much fun decanting all of my products into their containers so I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for some more unique ways to travel with my skincare.

SOME OF THE PRODUCTS I PACKED & TOOLS I USED!

  • Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Cleanser

    Wash wash wash

  • Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

    Neroli and rose scented

  • Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Rich Cream

    Perfect for dry skin

  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

    Gives your skin a surge of hydration

  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

    I simply can't take my makeup off without it!

  • Cute Pink Wash Bag Pouch

    Deceivingly spacious!

  • Tube Wringer

    Avoid waste at all costs!

  • Pink Containers

    Super duper handy

  • Acrylic Containers

    Decant to your hearts content

  • Label Maker

    I had way too much fun with this

EMPORIO ARMANI FRAGRANCE LAUNCH IN MILAN (SPONSORED)

Back at the beginning of June, Aslan and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days exploring the beautiful city of Milan with Emporio Armani. We were whisked off to Italy to celebrate the launch of the new Emporio Armani his & her fragrance collection which actually launches TODAY! We were literally only in Milan for about 36 hours, but we’ve both agreed that we’d love to go back and really experience what Milan has to offer. We had a lot of fun exploring some of the city though and it was soooo lovely to get the chance to soak up a few days of glorious Italian sunshine and learn a little more about the story behind the beautiful Together Stronger fragrances! (Not to mention get my fix of delicious gelato!)

We stayed at the Armani Hotel which was absolutely INSANE! If you’ve watched the vlog from our trip you’ll know that our room was suuuper duper beautiful and had theeeee most incredible bathroom I’ve ever seen! We had a couple of hours to ourselves to recuperate from our day of travelling before we got all glammed up to head out to the fragrance launch event.

Our last day in Milan was SO much fun! We only had until 4pm in the afternoon to explore the city so we definitely didn’t have enough time to explore all of the wonderful things that Milan has to offer, but we tried our best to fit as much into those few hours as we possibly could! Our first stop was the iconic ‘Duomo’ which was even more beautiful than we could have imagined. We managed to make it to the very top of the Duomo and were rewarded with an absolutely stunning panoramic view of the city. While we were admiring the view we had the chance to learn a bit more about the new Emporio Armani fragrances. The perfect Italian setting to do so, right?

The fragrances are all about luuuuurve (heehee) and the idea behind them is that the two scents come together to form a story of unconditional love and strength. There is a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ version of the Together Stronger fragrances so both Aslan and I were excited to try them out. The Men’s fragrance is called ‘Stronger With You’ and it has a super sexy spicy scent to it which I absolutely LOVE (Aslan loves it too!) The fragrance has top notes of cardamom, pink pepper and violet leaves (this is what gives it the spicy kick!) with a subtle undertone of smoky vanilla and sugar coated chestnut. Sounds good enough to eat right? I love it when Aslan wears a spicy scent and this one is really gorgeous.

The ‘hers’ fragrance, ‘Because It’s You’, is much lighter and fresher than ‘Stronger With You’ thanks to its notes of ripe raspberry and neroli. I’m not usually into such light fragrances, but I think that the reason I love this one so much is because the undertones of vanilla and musk help to give it a deeper, more woody feel. We ended up falling in love with each of the scents and how they smelt on each other’s skin so we’ll definitely be using these! I’m also known to wear of Aslan’s fragrances from time to time and since I feel like the ‘Stronger With You’ perfume is more of my kinda thing you can bet I’ll be stealing a spritz or two from time to time….(don’t tell him!)

The idea behind the fragrances is that they come together to form an equal strength; one light and feminine with its elegant, sparkling scent, and one gorgeously masculine thanks to its sensual, spicy and smoky scent. They compliment each other and work together stronger. I love the whole idea behind this campaign and these beautiful fragrances!

Later on Aslan and I headed off in search of some lunch and found ourselves in the incredible ‘Bar Luce’ restaurant. Bar Luce was designed by WES ANDERSON HIMSELF so of course stepping into the cafe is like walking into the set of a Wes Anderson film. Whenever I’m in Italy I make it my absolute mission to get (at least) one gelato and let me tell you, the gelato that I had in Bar Luce was one of the best! I’ve never had a chocolate ice cream that tasted so…chocolatey!? Anyway, it was incredible and rounded off the trip perfectly!

Although 36 hours is definitely not enough time to explore such a beautiful city, Aslan and I definitely got a taste of what Milan is all about and we can’t wait to go back and explore some more. We’ve both agreed that we need to make it our mission to visit again some time soon. Thanks so much to the amazing team at Armani for bringing us along and inviting us to celebrate the launch of the new Emporio Armani fragrances. The fragrances launch TODAY on the 19th of July so click here to get your own Emporio Armani Stronger with You or Because it’s You fragrances. Make sure you go and catch up on our vlog to see what else we got up to on our whistle stop tour of Milan! *Warning* you will have serious gelato envy…

SHOP THE POST!

  • EMPORIO ARMANI 'STRONGER WITH YOU' FRAGRANCE

    Fragrance for him

  • EMPORIO ARMANI 'BECAUSE IT'S YOU' FRAGRANCE

    Fragrance for her

  • Jeepers Peepers Yellow Sunglasses

    I can't stop wearing these

  • Céline Trio Bag

    I love this classic red

  • SHORT SLEEVE WHITE SHIRT

    Staple piece

ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHTERS

A few weeks back I put together a post all about the base products that I use to achieve my ‘glowy skin’ look. So many of you told me how much you loved that post so I thought that it might be fun to show you some of the highlighters that I use to get that extra dewy effect. Like pretty much everyone else on the planet right now, I’m totally OBSESSED with illuminators (seriously, what did we do without them!?) and what’s great is that there are so many stunning products out there! I thought I’d tell you a little bit about some of the highlighters that I personally use in my collection.

I’m gonna start things off by talking about a powder product that I’ve been using since it was released and that’s the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze and Glow’ palette. As with all Charlotte Tilbury makeup, this palette is STUNNING from the packaging to the product. Within the palette comes a highlighter and a bronzer, and the palette itself is available in fair/medium (the one I have) and medium/dark. You can use a brush to apply this product but I really like the way that it looks when I apply it with my finger tips. All I do is dab my finger lightly into the powder and bounce the product onto the areas that I want to illuminate.

Next up I have to take a second to talk about the NYX ‘Away We Glow’ Liquid Highlighter. Highlighters are generally an item in my makeup bag that I like to spend a little more on, and that’s not for any particular reason other than I’d never really found a drugstore highlighter that worked for me…until now! A couple of months back I filmed a huuuuuge drugstore haul video where I mentioned these amazing NYX highlighters and I’ve been using mine non stop ever since! Not only do I love these liquid illuminators because they’re SO affordable (£8!) but they’re also genuinely lovely to apply and wear. These are great to keep with you while you’re on the go because they require minimal effort (my fave kinda product!). I literally just dab a little bit of the formula onto the back of my hand before working it onto the tops of my cheekbones, and under the arch of my eyebrows.

I’m all about wearing a super subtle highlighter (so subtle that you can barely tell it’s there unless it catches the right light!) and these NYX ones are great because they’re so lightweight. If you’re into a bolder highlight then these are also ideal because it’s really easy to build up the product without it looking cakey. I have the shades ‘Moon Beam’ and ‘Liquid Prism’ and I love them both. I feel like Liquid Prism will be the highlighter that I reach for during the Summer months because it has that beautiful apricot tone to it and I think it’ll look super gorgeous on my sun kissed skin. These are truly stunning and if you’re kinda new to the world of highlighters then they’re a great place to start.

You’ve probably heard a billion people talking about the Glossier ‘Haloscope and that’s because it’s genuinely out of this world! I’m a huge fangirl when it comes to Glossier products anyway so I knew the Haloscope was going to be incredible, but I kind of underestimated JUST how incredible it would be! What I love about Glossier is that their products really allow me to create that super natural ‘barely there’ look that I love, and this highlighter is the perfect example of that. Haloscope is a ‘dewy’ effect highlighter so a swoop of product on the top of your cheekbones really helps to give your skin a super gorgeous ‘glow from within’ kinda vibe. What’s crazy is that the outer ring of the product is actually infused with real crystals and the formula is also totally dreamy because of the coconut and sweet almond oil within the highlight. It’s so easy to use because you can literally glide the product directly onto your face (no need for brushes or blenders unless you really want to). I usually just swoop it on and blend the product out with my fingertips. It’s truly stunning!

Of course I have to take a second to mention the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer! If you’re into cream based products like I am then you definitely need to give the Living Luminizer a go! If the ‘barely there’ look is your thang then this is the highlighter for you because the Living Luminizer is actually an ‘ultra sheer’ product with a translucent finish. Never fear, the product does actually show up on your face, but it’s just incredibly subtle and looks super modern. Again, this is such an easy product to use because you can literally just swirl your finger lightly into the product and dab it onto your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. Another thing that I love about this highlighter is that it’s so versatile! I hate wearing makeup at the weekends but sometimes I’ll just dab a thin layer of the product onto my eyelids and above my lips to bring my face to life. I actually love the way that the highlighter looks on my eyelids with just a slick of mascara. It’s gorgeous.

Last but not least I need to take a second to tell you guys about the stunning ‘Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator’ by Marc Jacobs. Much like the Glossier ‘Haloscope’ the Glow Stick is super easy to use; you can use a brush to apply this highlighter or you can just swipe it straight onto your face. I’m such a fan of stress-free makeup so for me, the easy application of this baby is one of the reasons why I love it so much! Not only that, but the colour of the illuminator itself is absolutely beautiful, I just feel like this colour has so much depth to it and when it catches the light you can really see all the different tones within it. Another thing that makes this highlight so great is that it’s suitable for both warm and cool complexions because it uses a balanced mix of pearly gold and silver pigments. Marc Jacobs makeup products are absolutely gorgeous and the Glow Stick is a fab example.

I’m completely obsessed with dewy skin right now so if you guys have any suggestions of highlighters that I should try then definitely let me know in the comments down below! If I had to choose a favourite I would probably say that the RMS Beauty ‘Living Luminizer’ is the highlighter that I love the most. The Living Luminizer is just so versatile and I absolutely adore the way that it looks when I apply it to my lips and eyelids as well. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable then I urge you to try one of the NYX ‘Away We Glow’ Liquid Highlighters; with so many gorgeous shades available you’re guaranteed to find something that works with beautifully with your skin tone. Let me know which ones are your faves!

  • Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow'

  • NYX 'Away We Glow' Liquid Highlighter

  • Glossier 'Haloscope'

  • RMS Beauty 'Living Luminizer'

  • Marc Jacobs 'Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator'

MY FAVOURITE SPF PRODUCTS

Since Summer is finally upon us, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to put together a little post about some of my favourite SPF products. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take good care of your skin, and making sure to protect your face and body with a good quality SPF is a vital step. When the sun is high up in the sky it’s so important to protect yourself from its harmful rays. Here are a couple of the SPF products that I find myself reaching for.

First off I have to start by mentioning the Avène Au Thermale Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+. I would go as far as to say that this is my all time favourite SPF product, and that’s because it feels like it was tailored specifically for my skin! This sunscreen has been formulated to protect hypersensitive skin (unfortunately something I suffer from) and is the perfect solution for people with light and fair skin tones. Since my skin is so sensitive, it can often be hard for me to find a sunscreen that not only protects my skin, but is also kind and gentle on it too. This stuff is great because it always leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and nourished, and does a fantastic job at protecting me from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Although this is fab for my sensitive skin, the Avène Au Thermale SPF is a great all-round product and does a wonderful job at protecting all skin types from the sun’s harmful rays. Within the formula is a concoction of Pre-Tocopheryl (powerful antioxidant which protects skin cells from free radicals), the infamous Avène Thermal Spring Water (which soothes and nourishes the skin) as well as Cucurbita Pepo Extract (which gives the skin a matte finish). I pretty much use this stuff throughout the summer and I know that I’ll be using it for years to come too.

You might have noticed that I’m obsessed with every single La Mer product to exist, so of course I had to take a minute to mention the amazing La Mer ‘Reparative Sun Lotion’. As with all La Mer products, this sun lotion is a lot more pricey than your average drugstore SPF, but if you’re looking for a sun lotion that not only does a fab job at protecting your skin, but also feels super special and luxurious, then this is the product for you! What I love about this La Mer lotion is that the formula feels like silk. It’s such a lightweight fluid formula but trust me when I say that it really packs a punch. It does a great job at protecting against potentially damaging light while also preventing the appearance of future discolourations. This is a great choice if you have any scars or marks on your body that need protecting.

As with the Avène sun lotion, the La Roch-Posay SPF is perfect for those of you who have fair and sensitive skin like me. What I love about this sun screen is that its fragrance free, so it feels super kind and gentle on my skin. It’s perfect to use to prevent the appearance of sun-induced dark spots as it has a high PPD factor (PPD stands for Persistent Pigment Darkening). I tend to apply this stuff regularly and take special care to re-apply if I’m jumping in and out of the pool throughout the day. I love it!

If you love the La Mer Reparative Sun Lotion for the body, then you’re pretty much guaranteed to love the La Mer Reparative Face Sun Lotion too. Of course this lotion does a great job at protecting my skin, but another reason why I love this stuff is because it also gives my skin a gorgeous natural-looking glow. The formula is infused with anti-ageing ingredients which make my skin feel nourished and look super radiant.

I try not to wear too much makeup during the summer months, but if ever there’s an occasion when I know I’m going to be wearing a full face, I’ll always reach for the Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defence Primer. This stuff is amazing to wear under makeup because it doubles up as a primer. Much like the La Mer Reparative Face Sun Lotion, the formula of the Defence Primer feels silky smooth and applies with ease. Although this SPF is amazing under your makeup, you can also wear this primer alone. It’s suitable for all skin types (even the most sensitive skin) and does a great job at protecting your face from harmful UVs. It’s fantastic and I even gave a bottle to my boyfriend to use!

If facial mists are your thing then you NEED to try the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Multi Protecting Hydrating Mist. I’m a total sucker for a mist, so when I discovered it I fell in love. Before heading out for the day I tend to use something like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF or the Maestro UV Defence Primer as my base, but I’ll usually carry around a bottle of the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Multi Protecting Hydrating Mist to spritz throughout the day. If I know I have a busy day ahead then this stuff is great to throw into the bottom of my bag because re-applying is so easy and stress-free to do. It’s super hydrating and protects the skin from daily issues such as dehydration, pollution and harmful UV rays. This is a great all rounder and it’s super affordable so definitely give this one a go!

So those are a few of my go-to SPF products. I’d love to know if you guys have any recommendations of products that I should try. I’m going to be travelling quite a bit over the summer so I need to make sure I’m stocked up on sun lotions for the next few months. Let me know in the comments down below if you have any suggestions!

  • Avène Au Thermale Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+

    Smooth over the body

  • La Mer ‘Reparative Sun Lotion’

    Feels super duper special

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Face Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+

    Nourishes sensitive skin

  • Giorgio Armani Maestro UV Skin Defence Primer

    Gorgeous under makeup

  • Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Multi Protecting Hydrating Mist

    The definition of refreshing

EXPLORING SHANGHAI WITH LANCÔME

A couple of weeks ago I hopped on a plane with my Lancôme family for a whistle stop trip to beautiful Shanghai! Lancôme asked me to go along to check out their incredible ‘Declaring Happiness’ exhibition which was curated in celebration of their brand new Lancôme store which is opening in Shanghai. I was joined by the lovely Victoria from In The Frow as well as tons of other beautiful bloggers from around the world. Until this trip I’d actually never visited China before, and since it was one of the countries that I’ve been dying to visit since FOREVER I was so excited to join the team and spend a few days exploring some of what it had to offer.

We arrived into Shanghai airport on Tuesday evening and I had a few hours to recover from my 12 hour flight (yes, 12 hours!!) before we headed off first thing Wednesday morning to get our first taste of the country’s culture. As soon as we stepped out of the hotel doors Victoria and I were whisked off in one of the super cool Lancôme sidecars (make sure you watch the vlog to see me getting way too excited whizzing around Shanghai) for a quick tour of the city before being dropped off at our first destination – Yong Foo Elite.

HERE'S MY OUTFIT!

  • Re-Worked 'Hanes' Tee

    I could wear this every single day

  • Mango Sequin Sandals

    Some glitz in my life

  • CROCHET MIDI DRESS

    Cool and comfy

  • DITA CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

    The ultimate cat eye sunnies

  • Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

    Super duper roomy!

As soon as I stepped out of the sidecar I just COULD NOT believe my eyes! Yong Foo Elite is housed in the most incredible 1930’s villa and is surrounded by one of the most gorgeous gardens I’ve ever laid my eyes on! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side, but even with the rumbling clouds and drizzle the garden was truly magical. The house was surrounded by giant magnolia trees and streams filled with lily pads. I’m such a plant lady so of course the garden had me all heart eyed.

Lancôme had so many activities planned for us to try which meant that I actually got to try Tai Chi! If you follow me on Insta stories you would have seen me trying my hardest to nail the moves and keep up with the instructor while looking as ‘zen’ as I possibly could. Tai Chi is actually waaaay harder than it looks but I actually really enjoyed it! I also got to keep the outfit (score!!) so you can bet I’m going to be lounging around the house looking like a Tai Chi pro very soon…

After exploring the gardens we were whisked off to a secret location within the grounds. We arrived in this teeny tiny room where the Lancôme team unveiled the incredible Lancôme Advanced Génefique Sensitive and told us all about what makes this serum is so magical. It feels super special, from the moment you open your bottle the whole experience is incredibly dramatic. To activate your serum you basically twist the cap which releases this beautiful blue liquid into the bottle. You then shake it up and voila! Once activated, you should use your serum everyday on a cleansed face as the first step of your skincare routine. It feels incredibly luxurious to apply and is great for sensitive skin, troubled skin and skin that just needs a bit of a boost! It was such an experience to witness how the serum works it’s magic, you have to try this stuff. Oh and once you activate the serum you have to use it up within 2 months as the ingredients are fresh and active!

That evening we got the chance to take a peek around the incredible ‘Declaring Happiness’ exhibition which was organised by the Lancôme team. You guys know that even before I started working with the brand, I’ve always been such a Lancôme fan, so it was amazing to wander around the exhibition and see all of my favourite products in such a beautiful setting. Luckily for us we were allowed a sneak preview of the space before the event started, but later on that night we got all glammed up and returned to join in on the party. Make sure you watch the vlog to see what we got up to!

We spent our last day in the city exploring some of Shanghai’s best tourist destinations. Our first day was so busy that it was nice to take things a bit slower and really get an idea of what Shanghai is all about. We started our day at the top of the Shanghai tower which was absolutely INSANE!! I’ll insert a photo of the view down below but unfortunately it was so cloudy that we couldn’t really see much through the windows. Hopefully you get the gist though! On a sunny day I bet the view is breath taking.

After leaving the Shanghai tower we headed to the place that I was most excited for – the Yu Garden. Call me crazy but gardens are one of my favourite places to explore when I’m in another country, I just love to see how the plants and trees differ from what we have here in the UK and back home in Canada – it’s fascinating to me! The Yu Garden was absolutely beautiful and definitely fulfilled all my fantasies about traditional Chinese gardens! The whole place felt so atmospheric and it was such an incredible experience to be walking through an area which has so much history behind it. If you’re visiting Shanghai definitely make sure you make time in your schedule to visit the Yu Garden.

THIS IS WHAT I WORE!

  • HUNTER YELLOW UMBRELLA

    Cuuuute!

  • FLORAL WRAP DRESS

    Into the dress & tee look lately

  • BASIC WHITE TEE

    The perfect staple piece

  • JIMMY CHOO STUDDED MULES

    I'm in love

  • CULT GAIA GAIAS ARK BAG

    Love this Mother of Pearl style

Although we were only in Shanghai for a matter of days, I had the most incredible time and it’s definitely one of my favourite memories from this year so far. Thanks so much to my Lancôme family for putting so much hard work into organising not only the trip, but the Declaring Happiness exhibition. Don’t forget to catch up on my vlog from the trip if you haven’t already, I had an absolute blast!

ALSO FEATURED IN THE POST:

  • MORPHO & LUNA PYJAMA SET

    I wish I could wear these 24/7

  • Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick

    I love the formula of these lipsticks

  • Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum

    You need to try this

  • Lancôme Rénergie Multi Lift Ultra Fluid

    A light and silky fluid

  • Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Crème Riche

    A rich firming day cream