MY FAVOURITE GLOWY BASE PRODUCTS

Over the past few months I’ve had so many comments from you guys about how ‘glowy’ my skin has been looking recently! Making time to take good care of my skin helps my complexion to look glowy and radiant but a lot of that luminosity is also down to the products that I wear as the base of makeup looks. For this post I thought I’d share with you some of the products that I’ve been reaching for recently to achieve my glowy look. So let’s glow! (heehee)

In my opinion, the key to a glowing complexion is all about using the right products to prime and prep your skin. The Lancôme ‘La Base Pro’ Hydra Glow Primer is one of my all time fave primers and is my go-to on days when I fancy rocking a dewier look. This stuff not only creates a great base for my makeup, it also helps to brighten my skin and give it a natural look of radiance. The formula contains pearl pigments and rose essence (one of my favourite ingredients/scents) which help to give your skin a boost of hydration throughout the day. Whenever I use this stuff I can almost guarantee that someone will comment on how glowy my makeup looks.

Another one of my go-to primers is the Chanel ‘Le Blanc De Chanel Illuminating Base’. This stuff is uhhhhmazing!! I’m a huge fan girl when it comes to Chanel beauty products and this base doesn’t disappoint. The great thing about this stuff is that the glow is super subtle, but very effective. All I do is warm up a pea size amount of product between my fingers before massaging it onto my skin. Definitely one to try!

Most of you will probably know by now that I’m in love with all things By Terry. I love By Terry products because they’re not only beautiful to look at, they do beautiful things to my face too! The By Terry range of ‘Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serums are absolutely drop dead GORGEOUS! If you’re wondering exactly what it is that the Lumi-Serum does, its basically a super silky serum which helps to colour correct your complexion while giving your skin a natural-looking luminosity. Sometimes I like to mix a teeny weeny drop of this serum into my foundation to give it a boost of radiance but you can also wear it alone to neutralise redness and disguise any dark spots. The Cellularose Lumi-Serums come in several different shades which are designed to combat different problem areas of the skin. ‘Immaculate Light’ works well to control blotchiness and enhance radiance for porcelain complexions, ‘Rose Elixir’ neutralises washed out ashy tones with its pink particles, ‘Apricot Glow’ is a shade designed specifically for fair skin tones and ‘Sunny Flash’ works well to even out darker complexions. Amazing stuff!

The Tatcha ‘Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is a fan favourite between beauty lovers, bloggers and editors alike. I was actually introduced to this mist by my good friend and Beauty Editor at Glamour Magazine, Alex Steinherr and its been a permanent fixture in my makeup bag ever since! There’s no particular way that you should use this product, I just give my skin a lil spritz as and when I feel like I need a boost of hydration. Sometimes I like to spray this mist onto my bare skin before applying any makeup, it just helps to lock some moisture into my face before I start my day, it also gives my complexion a gorgeous, dewy glow. Love it!

The Loreal ‘Lumi Magique Primer’ is a high street base product that lives up to the department store offerings. The formula of this stuff is super lightweight so it sits nicely under your makeup without feeling heavy or greasy. Its lovely and silky and applies with ease, giving the skin a surge of glow! I also like to add a bit of this on the tops of my cheekbones after I finish the rest of my makeup.

Onto glowy foundations now and I just HAVE to mention one of my all time favourite base products from Lancôme which is the Lancôme ‘Miracle Cushion Foundation. If you haven’t tried any of Lancôme’s cushion products (yes they do cushion blushes too!) then I urge you to go out and give them a try right this second. I love this cushion foundation because its so incredibly lightweight (you might have noticed by now that I’m not into full-coverage foundations) and it helps to even out my skin tone without looking cakey or thick. To apply it I lightly press my beauty blender cushion applicator into the product before bouncing onto my skin and blending it out. Once applied, my skin looks instantly glowy. This is a must-have, trust me.

The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow is another of my go-to base products for glowing skin. I pretty much adore every single product from the Charlotte Tilbury collection but for me, this stuff really takes the cake. It’s got a subtle golden hue to it which illuminates your complexion makes you look like you’ve spent an afternoon at the beach. Perfect!

Although the ‘Maestro Glow Foundation’ by Giorgio Armani might look a little daunting, trust me when I say that this stuff is essential if you’re chasing that glow. The Maestro Glow is actually a fluid texture  due to the fact that the formula contains a high concentration of oils. You’d be forgiven for thinking that using this foundation might make your skin look and feel quite oily, but actually the formula helps the product to glide easily onto the face and the oils dry off almost immediately. This is the most glow-inducing foundation I’ve ever tried (I’m convinced this stuff is magic).

The Giorgio Armani ‘Fluid Sheer Illuminator is my go-to highlighter right now, I just can’t get enough! The Fluid Sheer is a multitasking illuminator and perfecter which helps to give my makeup look a boost of radiance. The great thing about this Illuminator is that you can use it as an eyeshadow, blush, bronzer or highlighter and its sheer formula means that the end result is super subtle and natural-looking. I like to dab some of this product onto the tops of my cheekbones and down the length of my nose, but you can really use this baby wherever you like! The Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer is totally versatile and that’s probably what I love the most about it. There are LOADS of shades so definitely check them out.

If you’re looking for an illuminating fluid that’s the definition of dreamy, then the Chanel ‘Soleil Tan De Chanel Illuminating Fluid’ is the one for you. Much like the Giorgio Armani illuminator, the Chanel Illuminating Fluid is absolute goals. It’s pretty much a jar of liquid gold and feels just as luxurious to apply you would assume. I love this stuff because it’s SO subtle and you all know that natural-looking makeup is my jam. This illuminator gives my skin a beautiful shimmer and a gorgeous, warm glow. I like to save this stuff for the warmer months because the summer sun really makes this illuminator shine. You need this in your life!

So those are just a few of my favourite base products for glowing skin! I’d love to know if you’ve used any of the items that I’ve mentioned or if you have any recommendations of products that I should try! I’m always chasing that glow.

  • Lancome La Base Pro Hydra Glow

  • Le Blanc De Chanel Illuminating Base

  • By Terry Cellular Rose Brightening CC Serum

  • Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

  • Loreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer

  • Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation

  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation

  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter

  • Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

HUGE SPRING DRUGSTORE HAUL!

As part of the second instalment of my Spring Trilogy series (check out the first instalment here!) I decided to film the BIGGEST drugstore haul I’ve ever done! I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the change of season that inspires me to head to the shops and check out what new beauty items are hitting the shelves. For me, its also a time when I like to stock up on some of my everyday necessities to see me through the next few months. As well as taking a trip to some of my all time fave drugstore spots in Canada, the other week I also placed a rather large Boots order and ended up with a pretty huge collection of skincare, haircare and makeup goodies. So many of you guys tell me that you love my drugstore hauls and drugstore favourites videos so I really hope that you enjoy reading and watching my latest drugstore offering. Grab yourself a cup of tea for this one!

From the size of this haul you might have already guessed that shopping at the drugstore is one of my all time favourite things to do. When I first moved to London I remember spending hours upon end browsing the shelves of Boots and Superdrug, in awe of all the amazing things that I’d never heard of or seen before!

Soap & Glory is one of my all time favourite drugstore brands. When I hopped off the plane in London all those years ago, the Soap & Glory ‘Clean On Me’ shower gel was one of the first things that I bought and ever since then the signature super sweet scent has always filled me with a sense of nostalgia. Nowadays I always make sure to stock up on ‘Clean On Me’ whenever I notice my own bottle running empty in the shower. Speaking of showers, I also decided to pick up the L’Oreal Botanicals ‘Geranium Radiance Remedy’ Shampoo and matching Conditioning Balm. I’m always on the hunt for new hair products to try, so when I saw that the Botanicals range promised to revive dull, coloured hair I just had to add these babies to my basket. I’m yet to try them out but I already know that they smell incredddddible so I have no doubt that I’m going to love them!

It wouldn’t be a drugstore haul if I didn’t include some makeup items right? Well, that’s what I told myself as I approached the Revlon aisle (eek)! While back home in Canada I stumbled upon the Revlon counter and let me tell you, your girl couldn’t hold back! Revlon have such a beautiful collection of lip products available and I just couldn’t resist coming home with a couple to add to my ever growing collection (oops). I decided to pick up a few of their ‘Super Lustrous’ lipsticks including the shades ‘Sultry Samba’ which is a stunning hot pink colour and ‘Carnival Spirit’ a beautiful, sheer and shiny orange. From Boots I added a couple of the NYX ‘Away We Glow’ Liquid Highlighters in the shades ‘Crystal Glare’ and ‘Liquid Prism’. I hadn’t heard anyone talk about these NYX highlighters before so I thought that I would give them a whirl and see how they look IRL. I was expecting the formula to be quite harsh and require a lot of blending, but actually the pay off is lovely and subtle so I’ll definitely be using them a lot this season.

The products that I’ve mentioned are just a few of the items that I featured in my Drugstore Haul video, so make sure you head over to my YouTube channel to check it out and see what other goodies I’ve picked up recently. I’d love to know what products you guys would recommend that I try so please leave me a comment down below and tell me what your favourites are! I’ll be back soon with the last instalment of my Spring Trilogy series! Until then, enjoy!

A FEW OF MY DRUGSTORE FAVES:

  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (700ml)

  • L'Oreal Voluminous 'Cobalt Blue' Mascara

  • L'Oreal True Match Blush 'Precious Peach'

  • NYX 'Away We Glow' Liquid Highlighter

  • Real Techniques Arched Powder Brush

'THINK PINK' MAKEUP TUTORIAL

I’m SO excited about publishing this post because this is officially the first post of this year’s Spring Trilogy series! If you’re new to my blog and you don’t know what the Spring Trilogy is, it’s basically something that I started about five years ago where I filmed three Spring filmed videos for my YouTube channel (head on over to my YouTube to keep up with this year’s videos!) So many of you guys have been asking me to put together a Spring Trilogy series again this year and since it seemed to be such a hit I decided that I would put something together to post on my blog too. The first Spring Trilogy instalment of the series is a makeup tutorial and let me tell you, I had so much fun filming and wearing this look! At the moment I’m totally obsessed with pink (you might have seen a post that I published the other week all about some of my favourite pink makeup products) so I thought that it was only right that I showed you guys how to recreate one of my favourite pink makeup looks!

While in Paris a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to have my makeup done by Elsa, one of the extremely talented makeup artists at Chanel. It’s not often that I get my makeup done by someone else, but when I do I love to let the makeup artist go wild and completely take the reigns. I find it so interesting to see myself through someone else’s eyes and see what kind of look that they think will compliment my features! Elsa did this totally amazing pink eyeshadow look on me which was completely out of this world (I posted a pic on Instagram which you can see here) and made me look like a totally different person! The look was something that I would never normally go for but I loved it so much and found it so fun to wear. For this tutorial I thought I’d try and recreate a more toned down version which is slightly more wearable for everyday.

Pink eyeshadow is something that I would never normally reach for, but since Chanel kindly gave me one of the incredible Eyeshadow Quad’s with the exact same shades that Elsa used to create my look (No 238) I couldn’t resist giving it a whirl myself. After applying my base and tidying up my brows I dabbed a dusting of the lightest pink shade all over my eyelid as well as a teeny weeny wash of colour underneath my eyes. After that I take a little bit of the darker pink onto my brush and swipe that over the top before making sure that it’s all blended in. To add some depth to my eyes I then apply a little swipe of my Mac eyeliner in the shade ‘Teddy’ to my upper lash line before finishing off with a swipe of my favourite Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara.

YOU NEED THESE IN YOUR LIFE!

  • Antipodes Lipstick 'Dragonfruit Pink'

  • Chanel Les 4 Ombres

  • Illamasqua Brow Build 'Rise'

  • NARS Soft Matte Concealer 'Vanilla'

  • IT Cosmetics CC Cream 'Fair'

I never would have thought that a pink eyeshadow could look so subtle and wearable but I actually think it works really well and looks super gorgeous. After adding my blush (my go-to Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil in the shade ‘Rose Limonade’) and highlighter (the RMS Living Lumanizer) I finish off the look with a slick of an Antipodes lipstick in the shade ‘Dragonfruit Pink’. When I first tried this look I was so tempted to stick to my comfort zone and apply a subtle nude lip, but I think that wearing a super vibrant pink actually really compliments the eyeshadow. Not only that but the Antipodes lipsticks are the most incredible matte-looking, balm-feeling formula which works perfectly with the rest of the look.

I’d love to know if any of you guys recreate this look at home! I think that this is a really ‘grown up’ way to wear an all-pink look and although it might seem quite daring it actually looks really pretty and surprisingly subtle. This is definitely one of my favourite makeup looks right now so expect to see me all pinked up for the entire Spring season! As well as being obsessed with all-things pink I’m also completely in love with peach toned makeup products, so definitely let me know in the comments down below if you’d like me to show you how I create a peach version of this look. Definitely make sure you head on over to my YouTube channel to see me apply this look IRL!

Stay tuned for more Spring videos!

LINDA RODIN LIPSTICK WARDROBE

If you’ve never heard of Linda Rodin then you NEED to check her out because she’s pretty much one of the coolest humans to exist on this planet. I’ve been obsessed with her for so long and I’m almost certain that I’ve watched every single interview that Linda has ever done because I really admire her style, her philosophy on life and of course, her beautiful poodle Winks! Linda Rodin has her own collection of cosmetics and the other week whilst watching a video about her on the ‘Into The Gloss’ YouTube channel I felt so inspired to bite the bullet and give some of her products a whirl for myself. Linda has a collection of 5 gorgeous lipsticks and 5 matching liners. The collection is called the ‘Lipstick Wardrobe’ which I think is so fitting because you pretty much have every colour you would ever need in just 5 lipsticks; everything from a beautiful baby pink to a vampy berry shade. I’ve wanted to try these products for SO long so I’m super excited to finally give them a go and tell you guys my first impressions.

The first lip colour that I tried from the collection was the shade ‘So Mod’ which is an absolutely beautiful rosy pink. It comes up a lot paler on my lips than I thought it would and it’s definitely something that I would never normally reach for, however after seeing the finished result I was actually really into it! I feel like this colour works surprisingly well with my pale complexion and just adds something a bit different to a normal, everyday pinky nude. The colour was inspired by the iconic muses of the 60’s including Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy and I can totally sense the 60’s vibe that Linda was going for with ‘So Mod’.

PHOTO: Gabor

1. ‘WINKS’ LIPSTICK & LINER | 2. ‘RED HEDY’ LIPSTICK & LINER | 3. ‘SO MOD’ LIPSTICK & LINER | 4. ‘BILLIE ON THE BIKE’ LIPSTICK & LINER | 5. ‘TOUGH TOMATO’ LIPSTICK & LINER

Although I am in complete awe of every single shade in Linda Rodin’s lipstick collection I do have 3 favourite colours which are ‘Winks’ (a suuuuuuper vibrant pink), ‘Billie on the Bike’ (a delicious berry) and ‘Tough Tomato’ (a beautiful bold orange). Both the lipsticks and the liners have gorgeously smooth and creamy formulas which make them easy to apply and means that they feel wonderfully hydrating and smooth on your lips. One thing I will say is that you should definitely make sure that you use the matching lip liner whenever you’re wearing one of these lipsticks. I know that it can feel like a tonne of effort to apply a liner at times (trust me, I hate spending hours in front of the mirror so I totally get it!) but the liner really helps to lock in the product and ensure that the colour doesn’t smudge or run from your lips. Whenever I wear a lip liner I always notice how much longer the colour lasts on my lips and it makes it look so much more neat and precise.

All in all I’m completely in love with this entire collection and I’m so glad that I tried all 5 of the shades. Linda has definitely inspired me to be more confident with my makeup and rock a bold lip every now and again. What I love about these lipsticks is that although they’re super vibrant, they actually feel really versatile and I could see myself wearing any of these colours on a day-to-day basis rather than just saving them for a special occasion. If you want to see me try these bold colours on IRL then definitely make sure you head on over to my YouTube channel to watch me apply these babies for the first time! Let me know if you’ll be rocking any of the Linda Rodin lipsticks and liners, I know I will!

  • Linda Rodin 'Winks' Lipstick

  • Linda Rodin 'Tough Tomato' Lipstick

  • Linda Rodin 'So Mod' Lipstick

  • Linda Rodin 'Red Hedy' Lipstick

  • Linda Rodin 'Billie On The Bike' Lipstick

  • Linda Rodin 'Winks' Liner

  • Linda Rodin 'Tough Tomato' Liner

  • Linda Rodin 'So Mod' Liner

  • Linda Rodin 'Red Hedy' Liner

  • Linda Rodin 'Billie On The Bike' Liner

PRETTY IN PINK

Lately I’ve found myself obsessing over all things pink. Despite not being a girly girl, I’ve always loved pink, but it’s kind of reaching new heights lately. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it’s a bunch of beautiful flowers, a cute little bowl for the kitchen or a gorgeous rose tinted lipstick, if it’s pink, I want it! Maybe its something to do with the fact that Spring is starting to make an appearance here in London, or maybe its just a phase that I’m going through. Whatever the reason, I’m certain that my love for all-things-pink isn’t going to go away any time soon. That’s why for this blog post I decided to show you a few of my favourite beauty items that happen to be pink. Enjoy!

A pink lip has always been (and will forever be) one of my favourite looks to wear, and this YSL lipstick in the shade ‘Fuchsia Stiletto’ definitely takes the biscuit (how British am I!?). I love adding a slick of this gorgeously pigmented colour to a subtle makeup look, it adds something super special and fresh to an otherwise natural looking face. The formula is really nourishing, surprisingly moisturising and feels like a real treat to apply. Feeling brave? Give this one a go!
This roll-on perfume by Diptyque smells absolutely heavenly, Geranium Odorata is without a doubt one of my most favourite scents from the Diptyque collection. If floral is your thang, this perfume is the one for you. Geranium Odorata is super fresh, clean and crisp smelling, with a gorgeous mix of Bergamot, Pink Peppercorn, Geranium Bourbon and Rose Geranium. This perfume will always remind me of summer because I tend to reach for it during the warmer months, the smell reminds me of blossom and flower-filled gardens, so it seems only right to wear this baby during my favourite seasons. I love roll on perfumes because they’re so easy to chuck into the bottom of a handbag or stow away in a jacket pocket. I’m a real sucker for fragrance so I like to make sure that my perfume doesn’t fade too much while I’m out and about. Roll on products make it even easier for me to top up my scent throughout the day which is perfect for me. All I do is roll a little perfume onto my wrists, neck and collar bones and I’m ready to go. Give this perfume a go if you’re a fan of floral!
This Zelens Lip Glaze is a product that I’ve been reaching for more and more lately, I just love this stuff! It’s perfect for I’m feeling lazy and don’t have the patience to pop on a lip liner or carefully apply my lipstick, all I do is take out the wand and swipe it evenly over my lips. The formula is of this lip glaze contains collagen so it really helps to give your lips a boost of volume and give them a gorgeously plump look with a subtle hint of colour. The Zelens Lip Glaze is also infused with green shiso leaves which help to protect your lips from the damaging effects of the environment (perfect for any of you guys that live in the city like me!). It’s not super pigmented which is nice for those more natural days. Get yours here.
A good nude is my go-to colour for my nails; it’s classic, minimal and looks good with pretty much every outfit. Although it’s rare that you’ll find me with anything else but nude (or red) on my nails, sometimes when the mood strikes I love to apply a slick of something gorgeously bright and daring. I love this Nailberry Nail Polish in the shade ‘In Love’, it’s such a delicious-looking candy coloured pink and I just can’t get enough of it! This polish adds something cute to every outfit and I love it! I pair it my classic camel coat, a crisp white shirt, washed denim jeans and some tan boots and I’m good to go. Paint away with your own Nailberry Polish.
You guys know by now that I’m the world’s biggest fangirl when it comes to By Terry products. I’m pretty much in love with everything By Terry and the Baume De Rose Hand Cream is no exception. This hand cream is my saviour! I’ve been fighting a constant battle with my dry skin since I can remember and when winter rolls around my hands are the first things to notice the bitterly cold air. The formula is surprisingly light given how intensely nourishing it feels on my hands. With a delicious concoction of rose butter, rose flower essential wax and rosehip oil, this hand cream leaves my skin feeling smooth and regenerated, not to mention that much like all the other products in the By Terry range, it smells absolutely wonderful! You NEED this in your life! Get your mitts on this gorgeous hand cream here.
I absolutely adore this compact cushion blush by Lancôme (I have an entire post about these coming soon)! I love this stuff because it’s so buildable, the cushion applicator means that you have great control over how much product you want to apply to your face and how intense you want the finished look to be. It’s super easy to apply, just dab the cushion applicator (or a brush or your fingers) into the product, bounce onto your cheeks and voila! On first impressions the colour can look a bit daunting, but trust me when I say that this blush gives off a really natural, dewy look. Add some colour with your own Lancôme Cushion Blush.

So those are just a few of my favourite pink items from my beauty drawer. I’d love to know if you guys have any recommendations of pink products that I should try! Let me know in the comments down below if you do. My obsession with this beautiful colour isn’t going to go away any time soon, I’ve been lusting over so many gorgeous pink clothes, bags and shoes too! I’ve had a number of pink items lingering in my shopping baskets for a few weeks and now that spring is making its appearance I think it’s the perfect time to bite the bullet and add these pieces to my wardrobe. If any of you guys are just as pink mad as I am, here’s a few of the bits that I’ve been lusting over recently. *Warning* you will want EVERYTHING!

  • By Terry Baume De Rose Hand Cream

  • Diptyque 'Geranium Odorata' Roll On Perfume

  • Lancome Cushion Blush 'Splash Coral'

  • Nailberry Nail Polish 'In Love'

  • Zelens Lip Glaze 'Rose'

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CHANEL

A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to be asked by Chanel (yes, THE Chanel), to attend a once in a lifetime trip to Paris with two of my blogger baes, Amelia and Victoria. Chanel invited us along on an adventure to check out their stunning Beauty Boutique and take us on the most amazing tour around Coco Chanel’s apartment (OMG!!) I also had the chance to get my makeup done by one of the Chanel makeup artists (she does Kirsten Stewart’s makeup *fangirls*) who made me look like a totally different human with a daring dark pink look which I adored! (You can check out the finished results here!)

While sitting here writing this post, I’ve realised that I’m actually lost for words when it comes to trying to sum up just how amazing Coco Chanel’s apartment really is. Walking up the beautiful spiral stairs and through the front door into the apartment was one of the most surreal moments of my life! I really tried to imagine her walking through the space and entertaining inside. Every room was the epitome of chic; every corner adorned with the most beautiful and ornate gold accessories. Amelia, Victoria and I were pretty much speechless throughout the entire tour, we were just desperate to try and take as much in as we could and store it in our memory banks for the rest of our lives!

Although I found it hard to contain my excitement throughout the entire tour, arguably my favourite part of the experience was getting to immerse myself into Coco’s office space. What I loved about this room is that it was filled with tonnes of beautiful deep red toned books which reflected an iconic shade of Chanel lipstick that she created. I also discovered that Coco was a fellow Leo which was represented by the beautiful gold lions in almost every room. I’m making it my personal mission to leo-ify my house (what a Leo thing to do!). It was incredible to see such an intimate insight into one of the world’s most notorious designers in history!

As you might have guessed from my collection, Chanel is one of my favourite beauty brands. Personally, nothing makes me feel quite as special as finishing off makeup look with a slick of Chanel lipstick. My favourite shade is ‘Boy’ which is a nude that makes me feel like a million dollars and I’m confident that I’m not the only makeup lover that feels this way. There’s something about the Chanel collection that feels so luxurious, as if it should be saved for special occasions to add to that extra special feeling even more.

I’m a huge fangirl of anything Chanel but lately I’ve been super into the new Rouge Coco Glosses, which we were introduced to on the trip. I’m such a ‘gloss’ kinda girl, but only if they’re non-sticky! I can assure you that these glosses are going to be an all-time favourite for me. They feel like a silky, moisturising balm and they come in the most gorgeous shades. 714 ‘Caresse’ is my ultimate though, it’s a beautiful terracotta nude shade which is right up my street. I’m also a massive fan of the Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs which are a collection of easy-to-apply lip crayons that come in THE most gorgeous selection of shades ever!

Of course I’m a fan of pretty much everything from the Chanel makeup collection and as a self-confessed hoarder of fragrances, the classic Chanel perfumes are some of my most treasured in my stash. The infamous No 5 L’eau is of course one of my go-to’s thanks to its fresh, floral scent which sums up everything I look for in a fragrance. It’s a lot younger than the original and definitely more wearable for me.

You might also have heard me mention the Chanel Blue Serum once or twice and that’s because it has been a permanent fixture in my skincare collection for quite some time. As someone who suffers with dry, sensitive skin, the soothing and hydrating properties of the Blue Serum make this stuff my skin’s saviour. I religiously apply a pea sized amount of this serum to my skin every morning and night after cleansing.

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my amazing trip to Paris with Chanel, as well as learning a little more about my favourite Chanel makeup and skincare products. Huge thanks to the wonderful team and Chanel for bringing me along on this adventure and making so many special memories!

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss

  • Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick

  • Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur

  • Chanel No5

  • Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte

  • Chanel No22

  • Chanel Les 4 Ombres

  • Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

  • Chanel Blue Serum

  • Chanel Coco Code

HERE’S WHAT I WORE:

  • Ganni Cherry Bomb Tee

  • Ganni Pinstripe Pants

  • Common Projects Sneakers

  • M.I.H Frayed Jeans

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Necklace

Last week I was lucky enough to hop on a flight to Italy with Fresh to learn more about where they source the very special Umbrian Clay they use in their skincare products. We were also the first people to see the limited edition new collaboration with Rometti Ceramics. As someone who already uses the Umbrian Clay Mask at least once a week I was especially curious to learn more about the development of the products as well as how Fresh discovered this very special clay. Lev and Alina are the founders of Fresh and were also the hosts of the trip, which was very special because we could learn directly from them and ask them any questions we had. Lev and Alina are some of the most generous and genuinely great people to be around, so it was great to spend time with them in such a beautiful setting.

On the first day we headed to Asissi, Italy where we went on a guided tour of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Asissi. After that we headed to the Nun Spa and Museum which was such a treat! We had a few hours to spend in the hot tub and sauna before having a glorious facial using Fresh products. I was very relaxed!

On day two we were taken to the quarry where the Umbrian clay is sourced and we also got to see inside the factory that turns the clay from dirt onto the ground to a useable ingredient for skincare. I especially love that the factory uses only water from the creek beside the factory when producing the final product.

Umbrian Clay has been the basis of therapeutic treatments for centuries and is one of the earliest known cosmetic ingredients. Umbria was home to the ancient Etruscans and first Romans, and the discovery of white clay tablets inside the 6th century BC tombs of the Etruscans suggests that the clay possessed mystical meaning for this ancient civilization.

If you’ve never tried the Fresh Umbrian Clay products before I honestly can’t recommend them enough. I have very dry skin, so using clay masks is usually a bit of a no-no for me…until I discovered Umbrian Clay. It has a high-mineral content that works to help balance, purify, and clarify the complexion. I didn’t realise this, but Lev told us that they did loads of research about different types of clay and this was the only one that doesn’t completely dry out the skin and leave it feeling desperate for moisture. It’s suitable for all skin types and is genuinely my favourite clay mask I’ve ever used. Other ingredients in the mask include Sandalwood oil which is known for its astringent properties and helps to calm the skin, Chamomile flower and lavender water are notable for their soothing properties and Olive leaf extract helps to promote suppleness and is known to protect against free radicals.

I was also introduced to the Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar which is 100% clay and is great to use on the face as well as the body. I’ve started using this in the shower and I think it’s great.

On the last and final day in Italy we were taken to Rometti Ceramics to finally see the collaboration with Fresh. They teamed up to create a little ‘house’ for the Umbrian Clay mask and we learned about the entire process of making this beautiful and bespoke jar. Rometti was founded in 1927 where local artists create handmade objects using clay pulled from a local quarry that dates back to Roman times. Rometti’s limited-edition design for Fresh features an Etruscan figure in homage to the clay’s origins. This woman, chosen to represent beauty, is updated with a modern silhouette and set against a bold geometric pattern. And while Rometti is usually known for stark colours, the packaging features a soft, earthy palette inspired by the Umbrian landscape.

 

Vic and I excited to go truffle hunting!

Huge thank you to Fresh for bringing me along on this dream trip! I had such a fantastic time (despite losing my voice) and made memories that will last a lifetime!

The Limited-Edition Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask (£52) will be available in May 2017 at Fresh boutiques, Harrods and fresh.com/uk.

Check out the rest of the Fresh Umbrian Clay range here. 

WATCH MY VLOG FROM THIS TRIP!

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Exfoliant

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask To Go

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Treat

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion

HARVEY NICHOLS: THE WELLNESS EDIT

Harvey Nichols is one of my favourite department stores in London because it has a unique selection and it has something for everyone. It’s still a busy place, but it’s not quite as hectic as some of the Oxford Circus area department stores which makes for a more leisurely shopping experience. Anyway, Harvey Nichols has launched a new beauty lounge at the flagship store which offers an edit of express services and hand picked products. I haven’t had a chance to pop down yet, but the next spare chance I get I’ll be heading over for a few treatments. Check it out here.

Photo courtesy of HarveyNichols.com

Photo courtesy of HarveyNichols.com

To celebrate the launch of the new lounge they have created something called The Wellness Edit which is a selection of luxury beauty and wellbeing products. Here’s a look at some of them!

I’m a bit of a self-confessed hoarder when it comes to fragrances and this perfume by Karen Walker is a welcome addition to my ever-growing collection. Runaway is quite a spicy, exotic fragrance with a deep, smoky undertone so it’s probably the kind of perfume that I’d save for evenings. Give this one a go if you’re a fan of woody perfumes.
I’ve never been one to stick to a daily routine of taking vitamins or supplements, but I know loads of people who swear by them. This particular supplement provides 5 BILLION probiotic bacteria (I don’t know about you, but that thought makes me feel slightly uneasy!?), which help to regulate your blood cholesterol, support your immune system and improve your resistance to allergies. This probiotic also encourages your gut to absorb loads of healthy nutrients alongside helping to support weight management and improve the appearance of your skin. Maybe I should give it a try?
I’ve been a fan of all things ‘This Works’ for quite some time, so when I discovered the ‘This Works’ Stress Check Beathe In oil in my box of Harvey Nichs goodies I was so excited! The Stress Check Breathe In is a calming blend of fragrant oils which you can apply to your pulse points to reduce tension and anxiety.  The thing that I love the most about ‘This Works’ products is that every single item from their collection smells absolutely wonderful and really does help to soothe your senses and calm your mind. This therapeutic treatment contains a beautiful blend of Lavender Oil which helps to reduce tensions and insomnia, Eucalyptus to fight fatigue and Frankincense to boost your immune system. Usually I like to roll a little of the formula onto my pulse points, however you can also roll it into a tissue or into your hands before inhaling.
This White Ginger Contouring Oil by Sisley is absolutely dreamy. I’m not going to lie, this stuff is particularly pricey but its definitely one of those products that feels like the definition of luxury to wear and apply. This oil has been designed to immediately sooth sensations of discomfort and restores lightness and tone to the legs. The formula contains White Ginger which helps to combat fatigue, Essential Oils of Rosemary and Litsea Cubebe to tone, Gelidivum Extract to remodel and Shea oil to enhance. It’s said to be slimming, firming and contouring and leave a silky veil on the skin. Something that I love about this oil is that it doesn’t leave a greasy residue and I don’t have to dance about in my underwear for an hour while waiting for the formula to soak into my skin; it’s super hydrating and nourishing but allows me to dress quickly after I’ve applied it. This oil isn’t something that I’ll be using as part of my daily routine, but it’s certainly a product that I’ll be saving for special occasions. Check it out if you’re curious!
In my Harvey Nichs Wellness Edit parcel I was lucky enough to receive a scented candle by Sophie James. ‘The Fan’ candle has a wonderfully light, fresh and floral fragrance which is thanks to its beautiful blend of Lemon, Grapefruit and Bergamot notes. I’m usually a fan of scents that are slightly deeper and more smoky than this, but something about that clean, citrus aroma has got me hooked. I have a feeling that this fresh and fruity candle is going to work perfectly as we transition into Spring.

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit nervous to try out these bee venom micro-sting patches by Rodial. Call me crazy, but I’m not sure that I’m completely comfortable with applying something to my face which promises to inject my skin with ‘venom’. To apply, just remove each patch from its protective film and position carefully onto the face (recommended areas to apply are on smile lines, crow’s feed, under eyes or over forehead creases), firmly press the patch onto the skin and remove the plastic sheet. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes depending on how much treatment you need. After using the patches regularly you should start to notice that your skin looks plumper and smoother and any visible crow’s feet, smile or frown lines will have started to vanish. Just make sure that you steer clear from these patches if you have any allergies to bee stings and patch testing prior to use is highly recommended! I’m always wiling to try something new, but I don’t think I’m quite the target demographic for this product so maybe I’ll convince my mom to be the guinea pig! Hee hee!

Let me know if you’ve been to the new Harvey Nichol’s space! Do any of these products sound interesting to you?

  • Karen Walker 'Runaway' Perfume

  • Potion London 'Probiotic Capsules'

  • This Works Stress Check Breathe In

  • Sisley White Ginger Contouring Oil For Legs

  • Sophie James 'The Fan' Scented Candle

  • 111 Skin Micro Mask

  • Rodial Bee Venom Micro-Sting Patches

  • This Works Pillow Spray

  • Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask

  • Kiki Health Magnesium Oil Spray

LOLA JAMES HARPER: CANDLES, PERFUMES & HOME FRAGRANCE

I’m obsessed with anything that makes my home smell special, so Lola James Harper thought that they would send me a handful of their beautiful products to test and try. Something that I really admire about the Lola James Harper range is that every single one of their candles, perfumes and home fragrances is inspired by memories of founder Rami Mekdachi’s favourite places, people and things. Even though the fragrances are obviously very personal to the Rami, there’s still something within each scent that feels nostalgic to me. Rami is a professional perfumer by trade and that’s something that really translates in his gorgeous range of candles and sprays. It’s clear that he really understands how imperative scent is in igniting some of our forgotten memories. Lola James Harper is slightly high on the pricey spectrum, but if scent is something that is really important to you, then these pieces are definitely worth checking out.

Within the parcel I was lucky enough to receive two of the Lola James Harper Eau De Toilette’s and I adore them both! I’m quite picky when it comes to fragrances, so the fact that I have been wearing these on alternate days shows how much I really do love them. I was gifted a bottle of the fragrance ‘No 27 Do What You Love With the People You Love’ as well as a bottle of ‘No 23 Everything Will Come Together’. The names are simply fantastic aren’t they!? These scents are completely different from each other, but both equally beautiful in their own right. On first impressions the notes of Iris, Rose, Vanilla and (perhaps most interestingly) Carrot, make No 27 appear super light and floral but the subtle hint of Patchouli gives it a lovely musky feel. No 23 is the woodier scent out of the two, with notes of Oakmoss, Vetiver, Bergamot, Neroli and Chilli. So many of the perfumes by Lola James Harper contain notes that I think are rare and unique and that’s something that I really love about this range!

As well as becoming the proud owner to two of the Lola James Harper Perfumes, I’m super excited to be able to add two of their beautiful candles to my collection. The team kindly sent me one of the ‘No 1 – TV Basement of Jonet’ candles alongside a ‘No 16 – The Woody Office of Daddy’. I love both of these and as soon as I lit them my whole office was full of their luxurious-smelling scents; they’re super fragranced so you only need to have them lit for a short amount of time to notice the smell drifting around your house. No 1 is inspired by Rami’s friend Jonet’s basement in her house. Apparently her basement used to smell of old leather couches, dusty carpets and wooden furniture, so this is translated into the candle with notes of Patchouli and Sandalwood.

No 16 is inspired by Rami’s father’s office; a place which smelled of old books, pencils, paper and wooden tools and Rami uses notes of Mahogany and Sandalwood to reflect that. It’s super deep, smoky and mysterious, so if you’re into smoky scents then this candle is the one for you.

Since testing out a few pieces from the Lola James Harper range I’ve felt compelled to add a few more to my fragrance and candle collection. At the moment I have my eye on a couple of the home sprays, in particular ‘No 5 – The White Coffee on Teta’s Balcony’ and ‘No 8 – The Red Garden of Tata and Jeddo’. No 5 sounds super fresh with its notes of orange blossom and honey (right up my street) while No 8 is fragranced with notes of exotic plants, oakmoss and carrot. I was so impressed by the pieces that I received from the Lola James Harper range and I know they’ll become some of my all time favourites. Let me know if you give any of the candles, perfumes or home fragrances a try. I’m curious to know what your favourite fragrances are!

  • Lola James Harper No 27 Eau De Toilette

  • Lola James Harper No 23 Eau De Toilette

  • Lola James Harper 'TV Basement of Jonet' Candle

  • Lola James Harper 'Woody Office of Daddy' Candle

  • Lola James Harper No 8 'The Red Garden of Tata & Jeddo' Home Spray

OLIVER BONAS BATH & BODY COLLECTION

I don’t know about you, but Oliver Bonas is a shop that I find myself falling more and more in love with every time I stumble upon their website or step inside one of their stores. Oliver Bonas has been my go-to destination for gifts and token gestures for my friends and family for quite some time, but recently I received a beautiful package from them which opened my eyes to all the other wonderful bits and pieces that they have to offer. Their gorgeous new bath and body collection is truly beautiful (and at a great price point) and I’m so excited to share them with you. I wish that you guys could smell each one through the screen, but for now you’ll have to take my word for it and believe me when I say that every single one of the items that I’m about to mention smells INCREDIBLE. They’re super fragrant (but not too strong that they end up giving you a headache) and whenever I use something from this range the scent always makes me feel so calm and relaxed. Let me tell you about a few of my favourite products from the collection.

I’ve been a bath person for as long as I can remember, so it’s no surprise that the Grapefruit and Rosemary Bath Salts have quickly become my favourite product from the new collection. These salts not only smell heavenly, they also look absolutely beautiful! They’re probably the biggest bath salts I’ve ever seen and mixed in with the crystals are tiny delicate petals which make your bath look picture perfect. These salts feel super special and luxurious so I’ve been making sure that I don’t use them too often and save them for my “special baths”. All I do is sprinkle a small handful of the salts into the warm running water of my bath and make sure that the crystals have completely dissolved before stepping in. Something that makes these salts extra special is that they have an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to flush out any nasties from my pores. If you’re a bath person like me, make sure you give these a try!

Alongside a sprinkle of salts, I love to use a couple of splashes of scented oil in my bath. I love using oils in my bath because it adds something that feels super luxurious to the warm water, not only that, but using something that’s scented really helps to make me feel calm and relaxed. This Patchouli and Cedarwood bath oil is just the ticket. I like to add four or five drops into the running water before I get in. The beautiful sweet patchouli and cedarwood scent helps to ease my body and mind and leaves my skin feeling packed with moisture. If you’re new to bath oils, this is a great place to start!

Dry skin is something that I suffer with on a daily basis, so I’m always on the look out for the right lotions and potions that will help to make my skin look and feel silky smooth. Oliver Bonas kindly sent me one of their Grapefruit and Rosemary body creams, along with a pot of their Geranium and Sage hand cream. Both of these creams are super duper nourishing and as with everything from the new collection, they smell good enough to eat. The Grapefruit and Rosemary body cream is blended with shea and cocoa butters to make a formula that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and protected. This cream is gorgeously whipped and rich, so I like to use it as part of my evening routine to help my skin to recover from the harsh effects of the day. The Geranium and Sage hand cream is also quite heavy, so I tend to reach for this before I turn out the light at bed time. Whenever I’ve used this stuff before going to sleep my hands will always feel gorgeously soft come morning.

Speaking of dry skin, an exfoliating scrub is something that I make sure to always keep at arms reach during one of my spa nights. I love massaging scrubs into my skin while I’m in the bath, there’s something so satisfying about washing the granules away from my body and noticing how my dry patches have vanished in an instant. I’m quite fussy when it comes to scrubs because although I suffer with dryness, my skin is also quite sensitive, so it’s important for me to use a scrub that works but is also super gentle and nourishing. The Geranium and Sage sugar scrub is perfect for me, the granules are lovely and soft and really soak into my skin leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed. It contains heaps of nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil (one of my favourites), sunflower oil and fennel oil, along with natural sugars to create a sweet, earthy scrub. I’m in love with this stuff!

Those are just a few of the products from the beautiful Oliver Bonas bath and body collection. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the pieces that I’ve mentioned, I’d love to know if you think that they smell as scrumptious as I do! All this talk of bath time has me dying to go and spend an evening switching off in the tub and I hope that it’s inspired you to do the same. Enjoy!

  • Oliver Bonas Patchouli & Cedarwood Bath Oil

  • Oliver Bonas Geranium & Sage Hand Cream

  • Oliver Bonas Patchouli & Cedarwood Hand Wash

  • Oliver Bonas Geranium & Sage Sugar Body Scrub

  • Oliver Bonas Grapefruit & Rosemary Bath Salts