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!

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?

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!

Two Tone Denim Jacket

Perfect with a white tee!

Dusty Pink Purse

I have a thing for pink

Metallic Paper Bag Skirt

Cool with ankle boots

Gold Loafers

Gooooooooold!!

Embroidered Sweater

This sweater was made for spring!

Lancome Exfoliating Cream

You NEED this, trust me!

Chinti & Parker Tee

T-shirt dreams

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!

Two Tone Denim Jacket

Perfect with a white tee!

Dusty Pink Purse

I have a thing for pink

Metallic Paper Bag Skirt

Cool with ankle boots

Gold Loafers

Gooooooooold!!

Embroidered Sweater

This sweater was made for spring!

Lancome Exfoliating Cream

You NEED this, trust me!

Chinti & Parker Tee

T-shirt dreams

Stella McCartney Cat Eye Sunnies

The definition of chic

Ganni Cherry Bomb Tee

I'm in LOVE!!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit

Gotta get that glow

Patchwork Jacket

Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen!?

Benefit Galifornia Blush

A summer must-have

Floral Lace Body

Cute with denim

Beauty Blender

Your makeup bag isn't complete without this

Cotton PJ Set

Sweet dreams

A PEEK INSIDE MY MAILBOX

For this post I thought that it would be fun if I put a little something together to talk about some of the beauty related things that I’ve been sent recently. I’m super grateful to everyone and anyone that sends something to my mailbox, so huge thanks to all the brands that have sent me such beautiful products to try and test!
First up in my PO Box were these beautiful skincare items from the Dior Hydra Life range. Dior were kind enough to send me one of their Sorbet Water Essences and a Sorbet Creme, as well as a Micellar Cleansing Water and Pink Clay Mask. I love this whole collection because as you guys may know, I suffer with dry skin on a daily basis, and the purpose of the Hydra Life range is to give your complexion a boost of much-needed hydration. I think my favourite product from the collection would have to be the Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence Serum, this stuff is amazing! It does 3 jobs in 1: it’s super moisturising, but it also has the toning effect of a lotion. Not only that but whenever I use this serum I can see that my face is really glowing, I love it! I’ve also fallen in love with the Pink Clay Mask, it really helps to get rid of any impurities on my face and also works hard to minimise the look of pores. This mask is a pleasure to apply because it’s soft and velvety and feels soothing on my skin. Definitely give these babies a whirl and let me know what you think. 
Can we all just take minute to appreciate how beautiful this blush is!? This gorgeous golden pink Galifornia Blush by Benefit is definitely going to see some use from me this summer. It gives off a lovely natural looking warm glow and I can’t wait to wear this when the sun starts to make a regular appearance here in London. What makes this blush so special is that it smells good enough to eat because it’s actually lightly scented with notes of pink grapefruit and vanilla, a fragrance which amplifies that nostalgic summer feeling even more. Sweep a dusting onto the apples of your cheeks for ultimate beach babe vibes. Get hold of your own Benefit California Blush here.
You guys know that I’m a lover of all things Rose scented, so these babies are right up my street. Lola’s Apothecary kindly sent me one of their gorgeous bath and shower oils as well as one of their body and massage oils. I’m a bath person, so the bath and shower oil is the one that I find most exciting. As soon as I took this bottle out of the box I had an overwhelming urge to jump in the tub right away! I like to splash a few drops of oil into running water right before I get into my bath. Once I’m in I like to shut my eyes and breathe in the fragrance. There’s nothing I find more relaxing than taking a few minutes to escape in a lovely warm bath, especially when the water smells like fresh roses! If you adore rose fragrances just as much as me, then definitely make sure you check out these beauties by Lola’s Apothecary, they will send you straight to rose heaven!
I’m the biggest fangirl of Sarah Chapman skincare, so I was super duper excited to receive one of the Sarah Chapman Sunday Night Facial sets in my PO Box. If you’ve watched my video all about my favourite beauty treatments in London, you’ll know that a facial at the Sarah Chapman Clinic is one of my all-time favourite ways to spend some ‘me time’. Honestly, the facials at the Sarah Chapman Clinic are like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, so to have the necessary products in my bathroom cabinet is a dream come true! Within this set is one of the Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleansers, a Professional Cleansing Mitt, 3D Moisture Infusion Mask and an Overnight Exfoliating Booster. It comes with instructions showing you how to perform the facial step by step which is really handy. Firstly apply the Ultimate Cleanse by massaging it over your face and eyes, then sweep clean by rinsing your Cleansing Mitt in warm warm water and removing the product. Next up apply a layer of the 3D Moisture Infusion Mask and sit back and relax while this baby works its magic. Follow that with 2 pumps over the Overnight Exfoliating Booster to ensure that you wake up with gorgeously soft, glowing skin. If you haven’t tried any Sarah Chapman products before, this is a really great place to start! Try it for yourself and see.
These colognes are part of the Limited Edition Bloomsbury Set by Jo Malone, and let me tell you, I’m in love. The Bloomsbury collection was inspired by the free spirited artists of the Bloomsbury set and features five nostalgic scents including Whisky and Cedarwood, Blue Hyacinth, Tobacco and Mandarin, Leather and Artemisia and Garden Lillies. They’re all absolutely beautiful scents and it’s hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to choose I would probably say that the Leather and Artemisia scent is the one. On first sniff the fragrance is really fresh and green, but after a while you start to notice the deep leather and amber wood notes within the perfume. These fragrances will definitely make a welcome addition to my perfume collection! Try them for yourself here.
For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered with dry skin and everyday I’m on a mission to inject some moisture into my complexion and give it the boost of hydration that it really needs. When my friend Allana gave me this Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask by Farmacy is exactly what my skin craves, it’s packed with heaps of wonderful natural ingredients including cucumber extract which is rich in Vitamin C and gives a much needed surge of moisture as well as coconut gel which helps to boost your skin’s radiance. To use this mask you place it onto your cleansed face and smooth over the surface. Once the mask is in place you can remove the clear film and leave it to do its magic for 20-25 minutes. After removing the mask you can gently massage any excess formula into my skin. Make sure you give this a go if you suffer from dry skin like me!
As you can tell…I have a thing for sheet masks. These masks from Origins have been formulated to provide the skin with an instant boost of radiance and moisture. They’re packed with natural ingredients including bamboo and flower extracts, meaning that they’re super nourishing and soothing on your complexion. As with all sheet masks, they’re super easy to apply, just unwrap the outer packaging and carefully unfold the mask before smoothing it onto your skin so that it moulds nicely onto your face. It’s recommended that you leave the mask on for 10 minutes, but I tend to leave it on for 20 minutes so that I can be sure that all the goodness has soaked into my skin. Any excuse to sit back with a cup of tea and read a couple more pages of my book is good with me. Origins kindly sent me five varieties of this mask including Violet which helps to soften and calm, Orange Flower to restore a healthy glow, Lavender to de-stress, Jasmine to replenish and Rose to hydrate. You guys might have noticed that I adore anything floral scented, so its no surprise that the Rose is my favourite of them all. Fancy feeling super fresh and fruity? Get your hands on your own Flower Fusion Sheet Mask here.

So those are a few of my favourite things that I received in my mailbox lately. Let me know if you guys enjoyed reading this post and finding out what goodies I’ve been sent. Leave me a comment down below and let me know if you would like to see more of these types of posts from me, I’d love to know what you thought!

New in from Chanel

I’m a huge fan of all things Chanel, so when a parcel arrived in my mailbox full of brand new Chanel beauty products I had hearts in my eyes. I remember buying my first ever Chanel lipstick and being too scared to use it for fear of ruining its sheer beauty. There’s something about Chanel that feels so luxurious and special; the kind of makeup that you save for special occasions and feel like royalty when you use it. To me, using Chanel makeup always feels like such a treat, so I’m so excited to tell you guys about some of the new products that I was lucky enough to receive.

These glosses are truly gorgeous. The thing I like about the Rouge Coco Glosses is that the formula is ultra-light and non sticky, which means that it barely feels like I have any product on my lips at all. Enriched with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E, the formula is also really kind to your lips and helps to nourish and moisturise throughout the day. I’m not really into glitter glosses, so I’ll probably give the shimmery shades to someone that I know will love and wear them. However the shade ‘Douceur’ (the gorgeous peachy, coral colour) is absolutely beautiful and works perfectly with my pale complexion. I have a feeling that Douceur will look perfect paired with sunkissed skin during the summer months.

Another thing that I like about these glosses is the dual sided applicator because it really helps me to get an even coverage. I like to use the rounded side of the applicator for my top lip because it helps me to get a really precise finish on my cupids bow and the curved side of the applicator for my bottom lip. I like to wear one of these glosses on its own but you can also layer it over a lipstick to add depth and shine to your colour.

How cute is this compact!? I couldn’t resist snapping a pic as soon as I saw it! This is the Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony and I have to say it’s gorgeous! This compact contains four shades of product which you can either mix together and use as one or apply individually. Personally I like to sweep my brush over all four shades and apply to my cheeks for a super gorgeous radiant effect. After I’ve applied my blush I’ll use the lightest shade as a highlighter and dust it onto the tops of my cheekbones and under the arch of my eyebrows, doing this gives a really natural finish and a subtle luminosity which I love! You guys know I’m all about that glow.
Ok guys, I’m in love with these shades. This eyeshadow palette is ideal for when I’m on the go because it has all the shades I need; two medium tones, a darker shadow to sculpt and the lightest shade to highlight. I’m really into warm, gold tones so these four shades are everything I could ever wish for. Gorgeous!
This blush is beautiful The powder itself is super silky and soft and really helps to soften my makeup look by giving me a natural looking glow. It’s totally buildable so I tend to apply a light dusting and see what it looks like, if I feel like I need a bit more colour I’ll sweep my brush back into the product and dust my cheeks again.

I’m a huge lover of lip crayons and that’s because I find this kind of product super easy to apply. I’m all about stress-free makeup and pretty much adore any product that saves me time and effort in front of the mirror. The Chanel Le Rouge Crayons do exactly that. These crayons are wonderful; they’re great to keep in your handbag and apply the go because they’re so simple to use. They’re retractable so they’re ideal for when you’re going to be out and about all day; there’s no stress when topping up your lip colour, just a swipe and you’re good to go.

The crayons come in a huge array of beautiful shades, everything from a gorgeous deep berry colour to the perfect summery coral and subtle nude. Lately I’ve been loving the shade ‘Cassis’ because its the perfect winter shade and works well when I’m wearing a darker outfit. If you’re all about no-stress makeup then definitely check out the Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleurs, I love these babies!

In my opinion you can never have too many Chanel nail polishes in your collection! There’s something about a simple slick of something Chanel that makes me feel like the epitome of chic and these Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours are no exception. How gorgeous are these colours? It’s rare that you’ll find me with anything other than nude or red polish on my nails but these babies have already tempted me to stray away from my usual colour choices. The formula of these polishes has been newly renovated so that it improves the quality and strength of your nails which is perfect for me since my nails can tend to get quite brittle.

If I had to pick a favourite product out of all the beautiful Chanel pieces that I’ve acquired recently I’d probably say the Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony is the one I love the most! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these Chanel products. Which ones are your favourites?

MY BAFTA WEEKEND

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the BAFTA’s with Lancôme and I felt like a princess the entire time! It’s not often that I get to glam up and spend hours getting ready, which is why it was so fun for me! BAFTA weekend consists of lots of activities leading up to a pre-party on Saturday night at Kensington Palace (no biggie) and then the actual BAFTA ceremony is on Sunday evening. Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post if you’d like to see exactly what I got up to!

Buy this sequin top! Here’s the skirt to match!

Here’s what I wore to the pre-party…lots and lots of sequins! I wanted to wear something fun and a little more interesting than my usual outfits (jeans and t-shirts everyday). I absolutely love sequins and to be completely covered in them was so much fun. I got so many compliments on this outfit and I felt fantastic!

I also amped up my makeup with a dark smokey eye and loads of loads of mascara! I was in complete awe when the makeup artist used the Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara on me. It was genuinely better than false lashes…if you like big lashes you need this in your life! I also decided to rock a bold red lip because I wanted to try out the new ~matte~ Juicy Shakers which will be launching next month! I was so impressed by how long lasting it was. Even after an evening of talking, laughing and having dinner it stayed put! More on those later though…

Also, how stunning is that wall of roses?

Buy this red dress here.

For the red carpet evening I decided to wear a red floor length gown. I was slightly panicked because the day before this event I still hadn’t figured out what to wear but luckily my ASOS order came through! As soon as I put it on I felt comfortable and confident in it. I was also really lucky that the length was perfect because I’m quite short and long dresses usually drag on the floor. I wore my favourite black heels and the black Chloe Drew bag, which held my camera, makeup and anything else I thought I’d need. I’m not a huge fan of clutch bags so I thought this would be perfect to use for more glam events like this one, but I can also use it in my regular life.

I decided to go quite natural on the makeup with the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation, which is matte but also has a glow to it to create a flawless base. A bit of bronzer, eyebrows and loads of mascara and that was pretty much it! Oh and I also wore the Lancôme Shine Lover Lipstick in the shade 218! Such a classic shade.

Huge thank you to my Lancôme family for bringing me along and allowing me to have such a fantastic experience. It was truly unforgettable!

BARE MINERALS X INGRID NILSEN

Most of you are probably familiar with my friend Ingrid Nilsen, she is the definition of BAE and continues to be a badass boss in everything she does. Not to mention the fact that she’s an all-round wonderful human being and a real GEM to have in my life! I wanted to put together a blog post all about something that Ingrid has been working so hard on for quite a while now and I’m so excited to tell you guys all about it! Ingrid has partnered with bareMinerals to bring us a collection of three of her most favourite illuminating bareMinerals products. The collection is GORGEOUS and contains everything you’ll ever need to create the perfect glowing base for any makeup look.

The collection includes one of the Original Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundations, a limited edition Invisible Glow Highlighter, a limited edition Beautiful Finish Brush and of course this cute makeup bag-Ingrid picked some real gems! They’re all wonderful in their own right and when you use them together they create the perfect base for whatever makeup look you’re going for.

You guys know that I’m all about that glow, so this limited edition Invisible Glow Highlighter is perfect for me! Ingrid developed this product in a shade that is guaranteed to flatter all skin tones, so don’t fret if you’re wondering whether this highlighter will work with your skin. I’m a bit of a highlighter hoarder and this one is definitely going to be a permanent fixture in my collection.I use a brush to pick up some of the product before sweeping it over the tops of my cheekbones, I also like to dab some under the arch of my eyebrows, on the tip of my nose and in my cupids bow. This stuff is gorgeous, you need it in your life!
This foundation is simply gorgeous! I hardly ever reach for a mineral foundation these days, but using this reminded me why I used to wear mineral makeup religiously. It’s designed to give your skin a flawless coverage with a super lightweight, bare skin feel (which as you guys know, I LOVE). What I really like about this foundation is that it’s super buildable and although it looks like a powder it actually feels like a cream on your skin, so you can build it up without looking super cakey. It’s enriched with SPF 15 which helps to shield your skin from the sun’s rays and prevents any damage from becoming visible on your face. This stuff is super easy to apply, all I do is pick up some of the product onto a brush and tap off any excess before buffing it into my skin. I like to start from the centre of my face and work my way outwards in circular motions. This foundation gives my skin a subtle coverage and a natural looking glow. I love it!
First of all, can we just talk about how super cute this brush is? I wish you guys could feel the bristles through the screen because it’s pretty much the softest brush I’ve ever felt, it’s beautiful! The Beautiful Finish Brush has been designed to fit perfectly into the Bare Minerals Original Foundation lids so its the ideal tool to use to apply your Broad Spectrum Foundation. Whenever I use this brush I actually notice a difference in the way the foundation looks on my skin, its wide handle means that it’s easy to control and allows you to get a really even application.

Make sure you get your hands on one of these gorgeous limited edition makeup sets! I absolutely love each and every one of the products that Ingrid has chosen to include in the collection and I know that you will too. Let me know which of the three products is your favourite by commenting down below. Huge congratulations to Ingrid for working so hard and launching this amazing collection!

Pick up your own Ingrid Nilsen x bareMinerals kit here!

GLOSSYBOX X LA MER

This month Glossybox have teamed up with number one luxury skincare brand, La Mer, to bring us one of their most luxurious beauty boxes to date. La Mer is a beauty brand that I fall more and more in love with each time I use one of their beautiful products. I will warn you, their stuff is exceptionally pricey, but their products are like nothing else on the market. Every time I indulge in using some of their gorgeous skincare I’m reminded why I love it; every item is the epitome of luxury and applying their magical formulas feels like a real treat. If you’re keen to get this limited edition box it will set you back £35 if you’re an existing Glossybox subscriber and £40 if you’re a non-subscriber. This limited edition La Mer package is worth a pricey £118, so you’re most definitely getting your money’s worth (and more) when you have one of these babies delivered to your door. This Glossybox features six of La Mer’s most legendary beauty products and I unashamedly fangirl over every single one of them. If you’re new to La Mer this Glossybox is a great place to kick off your love affair with this beautiful brand. Let me tell you a little bit more about the products that you’ll get if you decide to claim one of these boxes for yourself.
Lately I’ve been really into using serums because my skin has been so dry and this stuff is an absolute dream to apply. To use this serum just apply a small amount of product onto your fingertips and massage into your face and neck after cleansing. This stuff is intensely moisturising and makes my skin feel super awake and refreshed. I tend to follow this step with a moisturiser but you can just use the serum on its own if you wish. The formula of this serum is a magical concoction of green, red and brown algae which nourish and hydrate the skin, as well as lime tea concentrate which helps to make your complexion look healthy and radiant.
You guys know that masks are my thang so its no surprise that this baby was one of my favourite products in the La Mer Glossybox. The Intensive Revitalising Mask is a product that I tend to save for special occasions, its not something that I use every week (that would get very expensive!) but I like to apply this mask on special Sunday spa nights as a well deserved treat for my skin. This mask is designed to energise, plump and protect, and trust me when I say that it really does exactly what it says on the tin. The ingredients within this formula help to protect the skin from the signs of fatigue, stress and pollution. Its incredibly hydrating and gives my skin exactly what it craves. I like to apply a generous layer of product to my face and sit back and relax while the mask does its magic. After removing with a warm, wet face cloth I guarantee that your skin will feel noticeably softer and more supple. This stuff is amazing!
This is one of my favourite discoveries of last year so when I saw the mini version in this Glossybox I almost jumped for joy! The La Mer Treatment Lotion is described as ‘liquid energy’; designed to visibly awaken your complexion, improve texture and even tone. As with all La Mer products, the Treatment Lotion is absolutely beautiful and gives my skin a subtle look of radiance that lasts all day. To use this lotion just dab a few drops onto your fingertips and press it into your skin before moisturising. I have been so impressed by the effects of this lotion that it has become an essential in my skincare routine. It may look like a simple lotion but this stuff packs a punch! Give this a try and let me know what you think!
If you’re into eye creams, the La Mer Eye Concentrate is a product that you need in your life. My go-to eye cream has always been the Pai Gentle Eye Cream, but I like to use the Eye Concentrate by La Mer when I’m in need of an extra boost. I don’t tend to use an eye cream every day of the week (due to laziness), but if I’ve woken up with particularly dark circles and feel like I need something to make me look and feel a bit more alert, I’ll reach for the Eye Concentrate. This product really helps to minimise the look of my dark circles and gives my skin a subtle luminosity. I’ll take a pea sized amount of product onto my finger and gently sweep it onto my eye area to banish any signs of stress or fatigue. It’s really great at making me look like I’ve had a solid 12 hour sleep which makes this stuff a winner in my book!
I love Micellar waters so much, so I’m excited to try this! When removing my makeup I tend to use a cream cleanser as the first step to my routine, once that’s done I’ll dab a couple of drops of the micellar water onto a cotton pad before gently sweeping over my face, eyes, lips and neck. I repeat this until my cotton pad comes away clean and any remaining makeup or dirt from my face has vanished. I’m saving this little guy a spot in my travel makeup bag so I will report back!
Is it possible to fall in love with a moisturiser? If it is, then I’ve fallen head over heels. The Crème De La Mer Moisturising Cream is without a doubt an iconic La Mer product. If you’re new to this brand I’d highly suggest that your first La Mer purchase be this moisturiser. With an abundance of magical ingredients from the sea, the Crème De La Mer totally transforms the way my skin looks and feels. After a short while of use you will start to notice that your complexion looks healthier and more radiant. Not only that but it works to minimise the look of pores, blemishes and fine lines while soothing and moisturising your skin. I can see a noticeable improvement in my complexion whenever I’ve used this stuff, it’s wonderful. All I do is take a small amount of product into my hands and warm it up between my fingers until it becomes translucent, then I press and massage it gently into my skin. I really take the time to relish using this product because it feels super luxurious, it’s so dreamy!
Definitely make sure you get your hands on a limited edition La Mer Glossybox, I guarantee you’ll end up falling in love with every single one of the beautiful products within your box! These Glossyboxes are set to sell out FAST so make sure you beat the crowds and grab one for yourself here. Let me know which of the La Mer products was your favourite by commenting down below. I’m excited to hear what you guys think!

La Mer is available to purchase at Net-A-Porter, John Lewis, Selfridges, Bloomingdales and other department stores.

CURRENT SKINCARE LOVES

I don’t know about you but I hate wearing makeup when I’m at home. There’s something about being in my own four walls with a full face that makes me feel so uncomfortable. Not only that, but I hate wearing ‘normal’ clothes when I’m at home too. Chances are if you knock on my door after 5pm, I’ll be wandering around in my pjs with a freshly cleansed face. The process removing of my makeup is something that I actually really enjoy too. I like to view my skincare routine as if it’s a spa treatment; for me there’s something so therapeutic about getting in from a long day and waving goodbye to the dirt and grime from the day. My cleansing time is my time and I relish every minute of it. For this post I wanted to show you a few of the items that I’ve really been enjoying recently; the ones that have made my daily skincare routine all the more pleasurable and the ones that help to make my skin not only look and feel tip top, but help to give me a little bit of zen in my life at the same time. I love these products and I know that you will too!

You guys know I’m super into cleansers so when I heard about the Pixi Double Cleanse by Caroline Hirons I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. One side of this 2 in 1 jar contains a solid cleansing oil, while the other side houses a cleansing cream. Although using a double step cleanser might seem as if it’s adding more time to your night time cleansing routine, I find that this product is so efficient in breaking down and removing any make up and dirt from my face that it actually speeds things up because it removes every last speck of makeup. It’s super easy to use; all I do is apply a coin size amount of the solid cleansing oil onto dry skin, massage it into my skin and then remove the product with a warm, wet facecloth. Once that’s done I scoop a little of the cleansing cream into my hands and massage that all over my face before once again removing the product with my facecloth. I love this stuff because it WORKS, it leaves my skin feeling soooo soft and it lasts for absolutely ages because a little goes long way. Try it out here, I guarantee you’ll love it.
If you’ve watched my ‘Top 5 Beauty Treatments in London’ video you’ll know that the Sarah Chapman clinic does the most AMAZING facials, and trust me when I say that every Sarah Chapman product that I’ve ever used has been the same level of incredible. The Overnight Exfoliating Booster has been a fixture in my bathroom cabinet for quite a while and I can’t see that changing any time soon. I suffer from dry skin, so exfoliating my face is something that I take the time to do a couple of times a week and this exfoliating booster works wonders. This product helps to clear clogged pores, even out blemish marks, soften the appearance of wrinkles and generally makes your skin look smoother and more radiant (what more could you want?). The formula is packed with retinol, lactic acid and willow bark which all help to speed up your skin’s natural renewal process. All I do is apply a small amount of the exfoliating booster onto my cleansed skin before bed and allow it to dry and work its magic overnight. It’s one of the more expensive products in my collection, but it’s totally worth it! Get yours here.
Lately I’ve found myself getting really into serums and the Chanel Blue Serum is a product that I’ve been enjoying a lot. There are four areas of the world that are known as ‘blue zones’ – these are the zones in which the population tend to live better and longer lives. The Chanel Blue Serum is called such because its formula includes 3 essential natural ingredients from the blue zones of the world; green coffee from Costa Rica, olives from Sardinia and lentisk from Greece. These ingredients have been chosen for their revitalising and antioxidant properties and brought together to combine the most gorgeously sublime serum ever! Whenever I use this serum my skin feels instantaneously refreshed and rejuvenated. The formula is also super lightweight so it doesn’t leave a greasy residue or feel heavy under my makeup. Lately I’ve been applying this every morning to my cleansed skin. Again, it’s one of the more expensive products in my bathroom, but it’s also one of the best. Try it for yourself and see if you agree!
You all know by now that I’m a huge fan of any Liz Earle product (check out my Glowing Skin Routine to see what I mean!) and I’d go as far to say that the Superskin Moisturiser is up there with some of my favourites. This product is gorgeously rich and luxurious and feels like an absolute treat to apply! It’s rich in Omega 3 which helps to prevent moisture loss and is packed with vitamin E and pomegranate extract which protect the skin from environment damage (perfect for me in the smoggy London air!) It’s incredibly soothing on my sensitive lil’ face and helps to protect my skin from the harsh, cold weather! Give it a go if you haven’t already.
I LOVE face mists, and when I stumbled upon this Brightening Botanical Essence by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare I knew that together we would be a match made in heaven! I love this stuff because it’s so versatile and easy to use throughout the day. You can either spritz some of this essence onto cleansed skin as part of your morning and evening skincare routine, or use it throughout the day to give your skin a boost and refresh your makeup. Whenever I use this mist it instantly makes me feel brighter and gives me an energy kick that I didn’t know I needed and lets not forget that it smells beautiful! This is a must have, trust me! Get yours here.
The skin around my eyes has always been super sensitive and for years I struggled to find an eye cream that didn’t irritate that area, but then I discovered this Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Gel Eye Cream and my problems were solved! This product is really soothing and nourishing and gives my skin a huge boost of hydration. The cream is super gentle but incredibly efficient, it absorbs quickly and helps to reduce puffiness and other signs of fatigue. I can really tell when I’ve used some of this product because it makes me look so alert and awake (even when I really don’t feel like it). This product is my saviour! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Have you tried any of the products that I’ve mentioned in this post? If so, which ones are your favourites? I’d love to know! I’m always looking for new skincare products to try, so if you have any recommendations that you think I will love then please let me know by leaving me a comment down below, I can’t wait to hear what you guys are loving!