LUXURY PRODUCTS WITH AN AFFORDABLE PRICE TAG

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Although I’m a sucker for luxury products, you might have noticed that a lot of the most used (and most loved) items in my beauty collection are actually things that I’ve picked up from the drugstore, or gems that I’ve discovered while doing the weekly grocery shop. Luxury beauty doesn’t always have to mean luxury prices, luckily for us there are TONS of beauty brands out there who are amazing at creating luxe-feeling products without the luxe-looking price tags. I’m always stumbling upon new beauty products that feel just as amazing as some of the more expensive items in my skincare cabinet or haircare drawer. For this blog post I thought I’d tell you guys about some of my favourite affordable beauty products in the stores right now.

Let’s kick things off with one of my all time favourite brands…Burts Bees. The *Burts Bees cleansing oil is one of my favourite affordable cleansers in my collection. It’s one of those products that gives you instant results as soon as you use it; it’s amazing at removing every trace of makeup and always leaves my skin feeling super refreshed afterwards. Another *Burts Bees product that I’ve been obsessed with for YEARS is the *Intense Hydration Treatment Mask. This is one of the best affordable treatments that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried A LOT) and it’s also great if you suffer with sensitivity (like me) because it’s really gentle and nourishing. I can literally feel my skin thanking me whenever I’ve used this treatment, it’s one of the most hydrating affordable masks you’ll try, trust me.

The *Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser is another affordable cleanser in my beauty collection. You can use this cleanser during your morning and night time routine, but since my skin is so sensitive and this stuff gives such a deep cleanse, I tend to use it once a day before I hop in the shower in the evenings, it does a fab job at ridding my skin of ‘the day’ if that makes sense. Another Pixi product that I can’t get enough of is the *Hydrating Milky Mist. For me, mists are one of those products that scream luxury, and this is one of the BEST and most affordable options in my skincare wardrobe. What I love about this mist is that it’s super lightweight. It’s one of those formulas that absorbs into your skin really quickly so you can go ahead and apply your *serum or *day cream without having to wait around for the product to dry. Love both of these!

Of course I couldn’t put this post together without mentioning the *Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. You guys know by now that this stuff is my holy grail and if you don’t…where have you been lol!  I literally couldn’t imagine my skincare routine without this stuff. I always get the bottle that’s targeted for *sensitive skin, but they also do a couple of other versions for *dry, *oily and combination complexions. I’ve been using this cleansing water for years and it’s something that I’ll probably still be using when I’m 90 years old! If you haven’t tried it yet, you MUST!

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned the Mixa Restoring Body Lotion in a fair few favourites videos over the years! My good friend Alessandra recommended that I try this lotion and I haven’t stopped using it since I picked up a bottle! I actually used up all of my Restoring Lotion so I’ve been using the Mixa Soothing Body Lotion for the last couple of weeks. This lotion is perfect for dry and sensitive skin since the formula is enriched with with tons of dreamy ingredients like calming oat milk and nourishing shea butter. Mixa lotions feel super duper silky smooth to apply and leave your body feeling baby soft from morning till’ night. LOVE THESE!! Pick up a bottle next time you’re at the drugstore, you won’t regret it!

Natural products can often be on the pricier end of the spectrum but the Yope natural shower gel is an inexpensive green beauty product that I’ve been using for years. Right now I have the geranium shower gel in my bathroom which I love because it smells sooo fresh and floral with a zingy citrus hit (just the kinda scent I like). This stuff feels so luxurious!

Onto hair stuff now and if you’re looking for some seriously luxury-feeling but totally affordable haircare you neeeeeeed to give the *Ganier Ultimate Blends range a whirl. Honestly I LOVE this stuff and I know that I’ve mentioned the *Garnier Ultimate Blends ‘Honey Treasures’ shampoo & *conditioner a billion times but I simply couldn’t leave them out of this post because they’re truly amazing. The Honey Treasures shampoo and conditioner are actually strength restoring haircare products which means that they’re perfect for you if your hair is dry or damaged. When I started dying my hair I noticed how fragile it started to feel and that’s when I discovered my love for the Honey Treasures range, this shampoo and conditioner really gives my hair the boost of health and resilience that it craves. (P.s. I am also crazy in love with the *Honey Treasures leave-in-mask. I love to use a scoop whenever my hair needs some extra TLC. The definition of luxurious!)

Let’s finish things up with the haircare…of course I had to mention the trusty *Batiste Clean & Classic Dry Shampoo because who doesn’t love this stuff? I honestly do not know what I would do without it, not only does it do an amazing job at making my hair look and feel totally refreshed, it’s also great for adding extra volume and texture into my style. You’ve probably heard me talk about the *Ouai Texturising Spray (which is uhhhhmazing) so many times and I feel like the *Batiste Dry Shampoo is the perfect affordable alternative. To use this stuff I’ll just separate loads of different sections of my hair and spray some dry shampoo into the roots before giving it some extra volume with my fingertips. I’ve used tons of different dry shampoos in the past but Batiste will always be my holy grail.

I hope you guys enjoyed getting the inside scoop on some of my favourite affordable products in my beauty collection! If there’s anything that you think I should know about then please leave me a comment down below and tell me what it is that you recommend. I’m always looking to try new things so I’m excited to hear your suggestions!

  • *Burts Bees Cleansing Oil

    Blended with dreamy coconut oil

  • *Burts Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

    This is everything my dry skin craves

  • *Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist

    A surge of moisture in one spritz

  • *Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser

    Super duper deep cleansing

  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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

  • Yope Geranium Natural Shower Gel

    Adore this scent

  • *Batiste Dry Shampoo

    A life saver for your hair

  • *Garnier 'Honey Treasures' Ultimate Blends Shampoo

    Makes my hair feel super soft

  • *Garnier 'Honey Treasures' Ultimate Blends Conditioner

    Super duper nourishing

  • *Garnier 'Honey Treasures' Ultimate Blends Mask

    Perfect for dry or damaged hair

AN INTRODUCTION TO HAECKLES

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*‘Haeckles’ is a natural fragrance and skincare brand that I’ve been swooning over for years, so a little while back I decided to bite the bullet and pick up some things to try for myself. Their beautiful natural skin, hair and body products are all made from local ingredients and formulated in their clifftop lab just a stones throw away from the store. I’ve heard a ton of people say how amazing their products are so I knew I had to pick some up and see if they were worth the hype. I’m super excited to give these a whirl at bath time.

As a self confessed fragrance and candle addict, the piece from my Haeckles haul that I’m most excited about is this *amazing chalk room diffuser! I’ve never ever seen one of these before but basically the chalk diffuser comes with a little bottle of essential oil which you pour into the brass bowl that the chalk is sitting in. Once you’ve poured 50ml of liquid into the bowl the chalk will slowly begin to absorb the oil and release a scent into your room. As with all Haeckles goodies, the chalk used for this diffuser was gathered from the nearby Kent coast line before being taken into the Haeckles lab. I love finding cool new ways to inject fragrance into my home so I’m totally in love with this magical diffuser!

You guys know by now that I’m a total bath person, so when I saw this freaky little bag of seaweed in the store I knew I just HAD to have it! This is basically a *traditional seaweed bath and all you do is pop the bag into your hot bath and leave it in there while you soak. Seaweed is said to be jam packed with natural antioxidants and essential vitamins and has been used for generations to repair skin, help fight signs of ageing and even battle cellulite, arthritis and eczema. What’s great about this is that you can use the seaweed again and again; just leave it to dry and use it within 3 days. P.S. Once you’re done with your seaweed you can also pop it in your garden and use it as a fertiliser! I’m probably going to try sprinkling some in my cactus pots and see what happens! Cool right!?

As someone who suffers with dryness (especially during the winter!) I’m always on the hunt for an exfoliator that will nourish and protect my skin. I picked up one of the *exfoliating seaweed blocks and I’m really excited to see how this works! This is made from a vegetable based, vegan formula and is jam packed with with lovely natural ingredients like coriander seeds and peppercorns which help to scrub away yucky dead cells and keep your skin feeling silky smooth. All you do is use this like you would use a normal bar of soap; moisten the block and massage it onto your skin in gentle, circular motions. A one stop shop to soft, supple skin. I’ll keep you posted on this one…

Of course I couldn’t leave Haeckles without picking up a candle, right? What made me fall in love with the Haeckles candles was the fact that they’re named after the GPS co-ordinates at which the fragrance was captured! Amazing huh!? I had a hard time picking which one to take home since they ALL smelt incredible! I’m really happy with *the one I chose (which smells really woody and earthy) but I also have my eye on the *elderflower scent which apparently smells like sweet elderflower and fresh apple, yum!

One product in the skincare section that I got especially excited about was the *Eco Marine Extract facial cream. This is a soothing, anti-inflammatory formula, rich in omega 3 and strerols. Apparently this stuff is great at reducing the appearance of fine lines (hopefully something I don’t need just yet!) as well as providing TONS of hydration (something I definitely DO need!) I’m excited to give this a go, it looks like it’s going to feel super duper dreamy on my skin.

The last thing I picked up was one of the gorgeous *seaweed and sea lavender lip balms. I’ll be honest, I totally picked this up entirely for the cute golden tub, but I’m also really intrigued by the use of ‘sea lavender’ within the balm. Curious to find out what sea lavender smells like!

I’m super intrigued by all of the products I picked up and I can’t wait to try them out for myself. Do any of these Haeckles goodies tickle your fancy? Let me know in the comments which one you’re intrigued by!

SOME OF THE THINGS I PICKED UP:

  • *Eco Marine Facial Cream

    Packed with dreamy stuff

  • *Chalk Diffuser

    I feel like this might be magic

  • *Seaweed & Sea Lavender Lip Balm

    Kissable lips all year round

  • *Seaweed Bath Soak

    Soft skin here I come

  • *Seaweed Block

    Scrub a dub dub

LET'S TALK ABOUT CLÉ DE PEAU

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I remember when I first started making YouTube videos EVERYONE was raving about the *Clé De Peau Concealer. It was so expensive back then and is STILL sooooo expensive right now, but Clé De Peau was one of those beauty brands that was always on my bucket list to try. Until a few weeks ago I never even knew where I could get my hands on some Clé De Peau goodies, but while I was in the airport I spotted a Clé De Peau counter staring back at me from duty free and I just had to pick up a few bits to try. Of course I made it my mission to grab myself one of the infamous *concealer sticks but I also picked up a *foundation, *powder and *lipstick to try too. I’m so happy I was finally able to get my hands on some stuff from a brand that I’ve been swooning over for years

The stand out product for me has to be the *Radiant Fluid Foundation. It’s prreeeettyy expensive not gonna lie, but I feel like this is such a special product to have in my makeup collection. This is a super duper lightweight base that gives my skin a really natural-looking dewy glow. It’s blended with luxury ingredients like Japanese Pearl which gives the skin a satin smooth finish, Theanine which evens tone and Golden Silk Essence which improves clarity and suppleness. This is a foundation that I’m going to be saving for extra special occasions!

I also picked up one of the *Refining Pressed Powders which I’ve been really enjoying using. What I love about this stuff is that it’s super duper fine and feels incredibly silky on the face. Again, this is great for improving the appearance of uneven skin tone and generally giving the complexion a luminous finish. I’ve been using a little puff to sweep into the product before gently patting it onto my face. This stuff gives my makeup lasting power without feeling too heavy or dry. Love it!

The *Clé De Peau Concealer was the FIRST item on my list so I just had to grab one as soon as I saw it! I would kinda liken it to the *Nars Soft Matte Concealer (which you guys know I’m crazy for) but it’s possibly even dryer than that. I know I might not be making this sound very appealing but actually the dryness of the formula helps it to really stick to your skin and last all day. I usually apply this concealer straight onto my face from the stick and use my fingertips to blend it out. It gets a lot easier to work with and blend once you start patting it into the skin so don’t be alarmed by the dryness at first! I’ve been using this A LOT and I absolutely adore it! I know it’s a major splurge but I’ve always wanted to try this out and I’m so happy I finally did!

You guys know I’m the biggest lipstick fangirl EVER so when I saw the *Clé De Peau Enriched Lip Luminizers staring back at me from the shelf I knew I couldn’t leave without one! I feel like these are the luxury version of the *Surratt Lipsliques which you all know are one of my all time FAVOURITE lipstick formulas. I got mine in the shade ’Sparkling Light Pink’ which looks kinda scary in the packaging but it’s such a sheer, glossy finish and gives my lips gorgeous juicy pink sheen. I think these are around $35 so they’re a great product to choose if you want to get a feel for the brand before committing to something more expensive like the foundation. I’ve fallen in love with these Lip Luminizers!

I’m definitely a Clé De Peau convert but I would say that there are a lot of great dupes out there for these products so you really don’t have to spend a lot to get something that feels almost as luxury as the items that I mentioned. I think I was the most impressed by the *foundation and *concealer so I’m really happy that I bit the bullet and brought these home with me. If you’re looking for some makeup that feels super duper special then *Clé De Peau is definitely worth trying.

  • *Clé De Peau Foundation

    Luminous, silky, DREAMY AF

  • *Clé De Peau Pressed Powder

    A lightweight, silky finish

  • *Clé De Peau Concealer

    Lives up to the hype!

  • *Clé De Peau Cream Blush

    I really wanna try this

  • *Clé De Peau Lipstick Luminizer

    I got mine in the shade 'Sparkling Pink'

10 FRAGRANCES I'M LOVING RIGHT NOW!

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You’ve probably noticed by now that fragrances are one of my favourite things to collect. I’m one of those people that can’t walk out the door with a spritz of something on my skin, it just doesn’t feel *right*. Much like my makeup and wardrobe, I tend to switch up the scents that I reach for as the seasons change. During Summer I’ll usually gravitate towards the lighter, more floral scents in my collection, but in the winter time I love to wear something heavier, deeper and slightly smoky. I thought I’d put together a post to show you some of the perfumes that I’ve been obsessing over these past few months. I just wish you guys could smell them through the screen!

I count myself lucky to have quite a few Tom Ford fragrances in my collection and although I adore each and every one of them I have to say that the *Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme is the one I love the most. This perfume pretty much screams sexy to me! It’s super heavy and smoky and lasts all day. Noir is a unique blend of bitter orange oil, ginger extract and spice, paired with notes of rose absolute, mandarin and vanilla. This is the kind of scent I’ll usually reach for if I’m heading out for the evening or going to an event, it makes me feel super glam.

Despite the fact that I think this might actually be a man’s fragrance, I’ve been absolutely in love with this perfume ever since I got it a few months back! The top notes of Cannabis Santal are surprisingly citrusy (brazillian orange, bergamot and black plum) and work beautifully with the sweet and smoky bottom notes (patchouli, cannabis, chocolate and vanilla musk). I’ve been really enjoying wearing this, it definitely makes me want to add more Fresh perfumes to my collection. Obsessed!
This fragrance smells as delicious as the name would suggest. *Un Bois Vanille is a dreamy concoction of coconut milk, black vanilla absolute and caramelised benzoin. Usually this kind of fragrance would be waaaay to sweet for me (I like something with a bit of a kick) but the notes of liquorice (YUM!!), bitter almond and myrrh give this perfume its sexy, smoky edge. This is one of the perfumes in my collection that feels super luxurious to wear. I love it!

 

This scent is hard to describe because it’s super light and citrusy but it also has a lot of depth at the same time. Its top notes of fresh grapefruit, pomelo and tangerine work are given an earthy edge with its undertones of cedar, patchouli and nutmeg. I don’t tend to talk about this perfume all that often but it’s actually been a favourite of mine for quite some time.
The top notes of sweet amaretto and nutmeg in this fragrance are mixed with floral notes of ylang ylang and rose. Giving this perfume its deep, earthy undertone are notes of black leather, patchouli and musk. The *Byredo Cuir Obscur is one of my favourite ‘everyday’ fragrances; it’s super wearable and the kind of perfume that has just the right balance of sugar and spice (and all things nice).

The *Diptyque ‘Eau Deulle’ is one of the perfumes in my collection that I reach for A LOT during the winter months. This is one of those fragrances that I find difficult to describe because it’s blended with some really unique notes like bourbon vanilla, earthy rockrose and musky ambroxan, but to sum it up it’s a sweet, warm and sensual fragrance that I always enjoy wearing. 

 

If deep, musky scents are your thang then *‘The Noir 29’ by Le Labo is a fragrance that you’re going to lurrrve just as much as I do. What draws me to Le Labo Noir is that it’s really deep and kinda sexy but surprisingly fresh at the same time. Within the perfume is a combination of light notes such as bergamot, fig leaves and bay leaves, alongside deeper, more woody notes of vetiver, tobacco and musk. P.s. If you look closely you can see that my bottle has my name on it (!!!) If you buy it from the *Le Labo site you can actually get your bottle customised especially for you. I feel like that extra special touch makes it the perfect gift for the holidays!
Much like the Molecule 01 fragrance, the thing that makes *Molecule 02 so special is its unique ability to adapt its scent to each individual. I find the Eccentric Molecules fragrances super hard to describe because it’s kind of impossible to put your finger on the exact notes but I feel like this perfume compliments the natural scent of my skin and I really like that. Compared to Molecule 01, Molecule 02 is a slightly warmer, more nutty scent, making it perfect for the colder months. If you haven’t experienced the Eccentric Molecules fragrances you should definitely try them and see what I’m talking about. There’s something quite magical about Escentric Molecules!

 

My good friend Carrie actually recommended this *Maison Louis Marie perfume to me and I’ve been OBSESSED with it ever since (thanks Carrie!!) What’s unique about this is that it’s actually a perfume oil so I feel like it lasts way longer than your normal ‘spray on’ kinda scent. I feel like this perfume is quite creamy but it also has notes of vetiver, nutmeg and cinnamon which give it that sensual, earthy undertone. I’m completely obsessed with this fragrance and I can’t thank Carrie enough for bringing it into my life! It’s one of my all time favourites. 
Similarly to the Eccentric Molecules perfume, *Glossier ‘You’ is really tough to describe because essentially it smells just like ‘you’. When I heard that Glossier were bringing out a fragrance I kinda expected it to be really sweet (sort of like their ‘birthday cake’ balm dot com) but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it and discovered that it has quite an earthy feel. The top notes of iris root and pink pepper give it a spicy, woody kick and the base notes of ambrox and musk give it a comforting, warm feel. The bright pink bottle doesn’t reflect the scent in any way but I actually really like that. I feel like this perfume has that ‘smells like me but better’ vibe to it. Try it and let me know what you think! I think this one will surprise you.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed learning a little bit about some of my favourite fragrances for Winter. I find it quite tricky to describe scents but hopefully you got the gist! Leave me a comment and tell me what perfume you’re reaching for lately. I’m always so intrigued to know what scent people are wearing!

  • *Tom Ford 'The Noir'

    The definition of sexy

  • *Fresh 'Cannabis Santal' Eau De Parfum

    Base notes of chocolate and vetiver

  • *Serge Kutens 'Un Bois Vanille'

    Sweet dreams

  • *Liquides Imaginaires 'Sancti'

    Super earthy

  • *Byredo Cuir Obscur

    Top notes of sweet amaretto

  • *Diptyque Eau Duelle

    Warm, sweet and sensual

  • *Le Labo 'The Noir 29'

    Woody, smoky & super sexy!

  • *Escentric Molecules '02'

    Smells like you but better

  • *Maison Louis Marie ‘No 4 Bois De Balincourt’

    Lasts all day!

  • *Glossier 'You'

    Surprisingly grown up

CHANEL SPRING SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION

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The other week I received a very exciting email from the lovely team at *Chanel inviting me along to the preview of their brand new *Spring Summer 2018 collection! I’m such a Chanel fangirl (who isn’t!?) so I was super excited to get a sneak peek at the range and check out some new makeup goodies. Lucia Pica is the Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer for Chanel (WOW!!!) and this year’s Spring Summer collection was inspired by her undying love for Naples, Italy. Each product within the collection reflects the vibrant colours of the city and I’m super excited to show you just how stunning the *Neapolis range really is.

You’ve probably heard me rave about my love for the *Chanel Le Vernis a billion times (the shade ‘Beige Beige’ is my absolute FAVOURITE) so it’s no surprise that these beautiful pastel polishes were the first Chanel goodies to catch my eye. Within the Neapolis collection are the shades ‘Nuvola Rosa’ – a delicious baby pink, ‘Verde Pastello’ – a dreamy mint green, ‘Aranci Vibrante’ – a daring vibrant orange, and ‘Giallo Napoli’ – a beautiful bright yellow. I don’t tend to stray from my nude comfort zone too often, but these colours are SO stunning that I think I’m going to have to take a risk and try something different! I’ve got a feeling that mint green is going to be my go-to as soon as the sun makes an appearance. B-e-a-utiful!

I was super excited to discover some new eyeshadow shades in the Neapolis collection. I’m a sucker for their *Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadows because they’re really easy to use, super buildable and stay pretty much perfect from morning til’ night. This one in the shade *‘Verderame’ is new to the range and I’m totally obsessing over that sea green colour…stunning right!? Also new to the collection is the beautiful *Les 9 Ombres Eyeshadow palette which has a whole range of gorgeous shades from shimmering pearly pink, to deep petrol blue. I’m excited to play around with this palette and see what kind of looks I can create!

I wanted to take a second to mention this beautiful *Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade ‘Nero Volcanic’ which is absolutely stunning. I can totally see myself using this along my upper and lower lash lines as a change to my usual brown liner. I’ve also been feeling the urge to rock a soft wing lately and I feel like this liner is just the right tool to create that look! Of course I would finish things off with a couple of coats of the gorgeous *Dimensions De Chanel Mascara for some added va va voom!

I am OBSESSED with the *Chanel Rouge Coco Glosses so I was super excited to discover some new additions to the collection. First up we have the shade ‘Aphrodite’ which is the bright blue tube! On first impressions Aphrodite looks terrifying (anyone else thinking of Joey from Friends when they see this? lol) but it’s actually pretty much colour-less. It’s super sheer but if you apply this on top of something like a true red lipstick it gives it more of a pinkish tone which is cute. Also new to the collection is ‘Sibylla’ which is a pretty pink, ‘Poppea’, a gorgeous red, and the limited edition shade ‘Parthenhope’ which looks like a sheer, shimmering peach kinda shade. Defo try the Rouge Coco Glosses if you haven’t already!

Next up are these beautiful lip to cheek products, but what’s super annoying is I can’t actually find the link to them on the Chanel site! Maybe they’re coming out soon? Basically while I was at the collection preview one of the makeup artists applied a light layer of the light pink shade (on the right) to my lips, cheeks and eyelids and it looked absolutely stunning! The product itself is really creamy and creates a lovely natural-looking flush of colour on the skin. I’m really excited about these so I hope they’re released soon!

The last product I want to tell you guys about is the incredible *Poudre A Lèvres which is an entirely new product to the Chanel collection. This is a lip balm and lip powder duo and I’ve never seen anything like this before! Basically what you do is apply the balm with your finger tips and then use the brush to tap some of the coloured powder onto the centre of the lips before blending it out with the fingertips. I’ve always been really into that effortless lip stain effect (Jeanne Damas slays that look!) and I think this product is going to be amazing at achieving that.

I’m always excited to discover the Chanel collections and I’m really looking forward to playing around with some of these products. Which is your favourite product from the *Neapolis collection? Leave me a comment and tell me know which one you’re swooning over the most!

  • *Chanel Longwear Nail Colour 'Verde Pastello'

    B-e-a-uuuuutiful

  • *Chanel Longwear Nail Colour 'Giallo Napoli'

    This colour makes me happy

  • *Chanel Longwear Cream Shadow 'Verderame'

    Isn't this colour stunning!?

  • *Chanel Les 9 Ombres Palette 'Affresco'

    Summer shadow = sorted

  • *Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner 'Nero Vulcanico'

    The definition of dreamy

  • *Chanel Dimensions De Chanel Mascara

    Lashes for days

  • *Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 'Aphrodite'

    Not as scary as it looks!

  • *Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 'Poppea'

    These glosses are LIFE

  • *Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour

    Pucker up!

  • *Chanel Lip Balm & Powder Duo

    SO excited to try this!!

MARCH BEAUTY FAVES

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I know it feels like just yesterday that I sat down and filmed a favourites video but lately I’ve found myself falling in love with SO many new products that I just couldn’t resist telling you guys all about them! March has been a real skincare month for me but I’ve also discovered a lot of exciting makeup products over the last few weeks and I’m excited to share those with you. Let’s get started!

The first product that I want to take a second to mention is the beeeautiful *Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser. You guys know by now that I’m a huge fan of things like bb and cc creams, so when I found out that one of my all time fave skincare brands (Caudalie!) had released their own tinted moisturiser I was super excited to get my hands on one of my own! What I love about this particular tinted moisturiser is that it’s great at helping me to achieve that ‘barely there’ base that I love to wear. It blends really seamlessly and gives my skin a subtle natural-looking glow. I just knew I was going to love this stuff!

Also on my list of loves for this month are the gorgeous *‘Gen Nude’ Patent Lip Lacquers by Bare Minerals. What I love the most about these glosses is that they smell amazing (like seriously YUM!) but they’re also super wearable, long lasting and comfortable on the lips. They come in a ton of beautiful colours but my faves are definitely ‘Bae’ and ‘Can’t Even’. I feel like these are the perfect, lightweight formula for Spring and I’m excited to experiment with some different shades!

You guys know by now that I’m a little bit in love with Glossier (ok a LOT!) so when I found out that they were releasing their own range of cream eyeshadows (called *Lidstars) I was SHOOK. Like literally Glossier, sign me up and take my money!! What I love the most about these *Lidstar shadows is that they’re soooo easy to apply. I literally just take the applicator, dab a little bit onto my eyelid and then blend it out with my fingertips. I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the shade ‘Cub’ which is a beautiful shimmering pinky gold shade, and I’m also really excited to experiment with the shade ‘Moon’ which is a gorgeous silvery white colour. I’m so happy these Lidstars exist and I would highly recommend that you try them out if you’re as Glossier obsessed as I am!

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to receive the *Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow in the mail *squeals*! You’ve probably heard me talking about the *Filmstar Bronze and Glow Duo before (which I absolutely love!) I only take a teeny weeny amount of the blush onto my brush but even a small dusting helps to give my cheeks a lovely, healthy looking glow. I lurrrrve Charlotte Tilbury and this palette didn’t disappoint!

Of course it wouldn’t be a true favourites post if I didn’t mention a perfume I’ve been loving! This month I’ve been obsessed with a fragrance that I picked up while I was in Paris which is ‘4.1 Le Musc & La Peau’ by Parfumerie Générale. You guys have probably noticed by now that breaking down fragrances isn’t my strong point, but I would describe this as of those perfumes that smells like it could be your natural scent. Whenever I wear this perfume I’m pretty much guaranteed to get complimented on how good I smell, so definitely check it out if you’re into warm, skin-like scents.

The last makeup product on my list of favourites for this month is the *Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in the shade ‘Uncensored’. This lip paint is seriously INCREDIBLE…not only because the colour is absolutely stunning, but also because it stays pretty much perfect all.night.long. If you love wearing red lipstick but (like me) you find that it’s a bit of an annoying and high maintenance colour to wear then THIS lip paint is the one for you. Not even kidding, this stuff stayed perfect EVEN after I ate a huge cheeseburger! You need this in your life!

Onto the skincare now and I just have to tell you guys about the amazing *‘Waso’ Fresh Jelly Lotion by Shisedio. I got this a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been using this every other day after my cleanser. To me the formula kinda feels like an essence, so I’ll usually apply this lotion right before my serum and moisturiser. It’s a really lightweight, liquidy texture and it’s incredible at giving my skin an extra surge of hydration. LOVE!

The next two products were recommended to me by my good friend Katie Jane Hughes (the makeup queen!) and I’ve been using them both religiously ever since! First up is the amazing Weleda Skin Food which I’ve actually used before but only ever on my elbows or on dry patches of skin, I’d never even thought to put this on my face! Katie told me to use this on the plane and honestly…I was SO shocked and impressed with the results. This stuff really helped to lock a layer of moisture into my skin and I’ve never stepped off of a plane feeling so refreshed and hydrated in my life! Katie also told me that I needed to get my hands on a pot of the Boundless Solid Oil by 8 Faces and OMG I’m so glad I did! Try it out if you’re curious!

Another skincare product that I’ve been loving is the Guerlain Repairing Honey Gel Mask. This is definitely more of a high end mask, but if you’re looking for something that feels super luxurious then this is the mask for you! I’ve been loving using this after my cleansing mask to really put the moisture back into my skin, it gives me a much-needed surge of hydration and leaves my skin feeling nourished and repaired. Give it a go if you’re a Guerlain fan like me!

A more affordable mask that I’ve been enjoying is the Caudalie ‘Radiance in 10 Minutes’ Glycolic Peel. This is a really gentle mask which makes your skin feel sooooo smooth and gives it a boost of brightness and radiance. I love love love to use this in the mornings because it does a great job at prepping my skin ready for my makeup and also helps to give me that ‘wide awake’ look. I would highly recommend trying this if you’re looking for something that gives your skin a healthy boost!

Last but not least I just had to take a minute to talk about the Fresh Seaberry Revitalising Shampoo and Conditioner. I picked this up while I was in New York and I actually had no idea that Fresh even did haircare!? I bleach my hair A LOT so I’m always on the hunt for haircare products that promise to nourish and protect it. What I love about this shampoo and conditioner combo is that they leave my hair feeling super soft and full of life. The formula of the Seaberry shampoo and conditioner is specifically targeted for colour-treated hair so if you’re a blondie like me then you HAVE to try these out!

So that concludes my beauty favourites for this month. I feel like I’ve fallen in love with some really beautiful products during March so I’m excited to see what new products April might bring with it. What have you guys been loving this month? Leave me a comment down below and let me know what’s been floating your beauty boat this Spring! Also don’t forget to give my video a watch if you want to find out a little bit more about some of the products I’ve mentioned. Hope you enjoy it!

SOME OF THE PRODUCTS I MENTIONED:

  • *Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser

    For that 'barely there' base

  • *Bare Minerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquers

    LOVE the shade names lol

  • *Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Palette

    The perfect combo

  • *Fenty Stunna Lip Paint ‘Uncensored’

    Stayed perfect even after a cheeseburger!

  • *Glossier Lid Star Eyeshadows ‘Cub’

    Simply STUNNING!

  • *Fresh Seaberry Revitalizing Shampoo

    Your hair's new bff

  • *Fresh Seaberry Revitalizing Conditioner

    Hello nourished hair!

  • *Weleda Skin Food

    As amazing as it sounds!

  • *Shisedio ‘Waso’ Fresh Jelly Lotion

    An extra layer of hydration!

  • *Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask

    Can't get enough of this stuff!

NEW IN FROM THE DRUGSTORE!

Last weekend I decided to treat myself to a little bit of a Boots shopping spree. I was despo to pick up some drugstore essentials and I was also hoping to get my hands on some new releases. I think I was a little too early for any new products for Spring (maybe I’ll go back soon?) but I did manage to get my hands on some cute new items to add to my makeup bag. It’s been a while since I filmed a drugstore haul so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show you what’s ‘new in’ in my beauty collection.

A drugstore range that I’m suuuuuuuper excited about is actually the brain child of my bestie Jules Von Hep! If you didn’t already know, Jules is a professional tanner for celebs around the world and he’s just released his very own collection of self-tanning colour correcting products called ‘Isle of Paradise’! A lot of you might know that I’m not usually all that into tanning but I’m really keen to give Jules’ creations a try. I picked up a bottle of the Self Tanning Water (which actually comes in light, medium and dark!) and I think I’m gonna love this because it’s sooooooo lightweight and lovely. The Self Tanning Drops (which you can combine with your everyday moisturiser for a more natural finish) look neat as well as a bottle of Tan Eraser (which helps to remove any excess product.) I’m really excited for Jules and I just know you guys are going to love this collection. Make sure you get your hands on some Isle of Paradise goodies and let me know what you think!

Since I’ve been travelling a lot recently I’ve been on a mission to find more mini versions of things to chuck in my suitcase! Something I just had to throw in my basket was this *adorable mini Wet Brush. I’ve been a huge fan of Wet Brushes for years and as soon as I saw this cute lil yellow one I knew I had to have it! Wet Brushes are amazing at effortlessly removing knots and tangles without damaging your hair or snagging. I also picked up a packet of Oral B 3D White Luxe Floss…(glam!)

Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to the drugstore if I didn’t pick up my all time favourite *Garnier Micellar Water, right?! I was also completely out of hairspray so I decided to kick it old school and pick up a mini bottle of the *L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray to pop in my suitcase. I actually used some of this spray this morning and OHMYGOD the smell got me feeling sooooo nostalgic! It totally took me back to the first time I ever started using hairspray! What I love about this stuff is that it doesn’t leave my hair looking or feeling crispy (lol!) it’s a really lightweight spray and does a great job at keeping my style in place all day.

Onto my favourite part now…THE MAKEUP! First things first let’s take a minute to appreciate our familiar friend…the *Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. If you’re an OG viewer you’ve probably heard me talk about this foundation a billion times over the years so you’ll know just how much I love this stuff. I get the shade 51 ‘Light Vanille’ which is perfect for my skin tone, but what I love the most about this foundation is the texture. It’s actually a gel foundation which means that it glides onto your face so seamlessly and feels sooooo effortless to apply. I’d kind of forgotten just how much I love this stuff so I’m excited to have this back in my life to fall in love with all over again.

I also picked up one of the teeny weeny *Real Techniques Mini Face Brushes to apply my foundation with (seriously the best brush ever!) and decided to try out the *L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Concealer Pomade. Since getting it home I’ve realised that I picked totally the wrong shade for my skin tone which is super annoying, but I think if I went back and got a lighter version I’d probably really like it!

Of course I couldn’t visit the makeup section of Boots without trying out a new lip product so I decided to give one of the *L’Oréal Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks a whirl. I chose the shade ‘642’ which is a really beautiful pinky nude. I adore this colour and I also love the way the formula feels on my lips. I was surprised by just how nourishing it felt and it gives my lips a gorgeous shine (hence the name!) I just know I’m going to be reaching for this shade a lot during the Spring! I also picked up a couple of the *L’Oréal Paris Eye Paints which I’m really excited to try! I decided to treat myself to the shades *‘306 Nudist’ which is a great everyday brown shade, and *‘101 Eternal White’ which is a beeeeeautiful shimmering silvery white. The formula of these eye paints is silky smooth and I feel like they’re going to be really buildable. I’m a huge lover of cream shadows so I can tell I’m going to be using these A LOT.

I decided to try a couple of products by Cerave (no idea how you pronounce that!) and I’m really excited to see what I think of them. I picked up a bottle of the *hydrating cleanser, as well as one of the *moisturising lotions. I tend to be a little sceptical about straying from my favourite drugstore skincare products (as I have VERY sensitive, dry skin) but since these have been approved by the National Eczema Association I think they’re actually going to be really gentle. I’ll let you know how I get on!

I couldn’t leave the store without treating myself to a big bag of *Magnesium Flakes! If you know me, you’ll know I take quiiiiiite a lot of baths and my favourite things to sprinkle into my bath water are magnesium flakes! Magnesium is great for soothing aching muscles and bones so I love to treat myself to a couple of handfuls whenever I’ve been to the gym. All you do is add a cup or two of the flakes into your running water and then sit back and soak soak soak! If you’re a bath person you need these in your life!

So I hope you guys enjoyed getting a little peek into my Boots bag! Like I said I was kinda hoping to discover some new releases in the drugstore but I think I was probably a little too early! Maybe I’ll head back in the Spring and see if there are any new goodies on the shelves. What are your favourite products from the drug store? Is there anything that you think I’d love to try? Leave me a comment and let me know!

THE PRODUCTS I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT!

  • Isle of Paradise Colour Correcting Tanning Products!

    So proud of Jules!!

  • *Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

    Excited to give this a whirl

  • *L'Oréal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick '642'

    My go-to colour for Spring!

  • *L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

    A classic in my haircare collection!

  • *Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

    Still love it after all these years

CURRENT BEAUTY FAVOURITES!

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Wanna know what products I’ve been obsessed with this month? Grab yourself a seat, pour a cup of tea and let me tell you all about them…(P.S. stay tuned at the end of the post to watch my beauty faves video!)

Before I kick things off with the skincare I just wanted to take a minute to mention a haircare product that I’ve been obsessed with recently. If you watched my latest hair tutorial then you’ll have spotted me using the amazing *Sam McKnight ‘Cool Girl’ Texturising Mist to achieve my go-to messy curls. I have a couple of other Sam McKnight products in my haircare drawer, but lately the texturising mist is the bottle that I’ve been reaching for the most. It’s a really lightweight ‘barely there’ spray which helps to give my hair a little texture and grit. It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy like some of the other texturising sprays that I’ve tried, it just helps me to achieve that undone ‘effortless’ look that I LOVE! (It also smells great!!)

Onto skincare now and the stand out product for me this month has to be the *Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser. Enriched with Hungarian Moor Mud, this gentle cleanser helps to neutralise damaging free radicals and protect my face against pollution. Despite being almost clay-like, this cleanser is actually really gentle thanks to its dreamy concoction of lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus oils which soothe and refresh the skin. I’ve been really enjoying using this stuff as my third (yes, THIRD!) cleanse and honestly my skin has never felt sooooo clean.

Alongside the Omorovicza Cleanser, I’ve also been loving my bottle of *Fresh ‘Black Tea Kombucha’ Facial Treatment Essence to rid my skin of harmful pollutants, and my tub of *Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream to give my face a surge of much-needed moisture. And yes…I’m still obsessed with Mixa! This month I’ve been particularly enjoying the *Cica Repair Lotion which does an amazing job at nourishing my dry skin. I always look forward to using this whenever I step out of the tub or shower! It’s a dream to apply and smells almost good enough to eat…(it’s also super affordable!)

Something that was new to my skincare collection this month is the Gallinée Cleansing Bar. This is actually a soap-free soap…interesting, right? What’s great about this stuff is that it’s gentle enough to use on your body AND your face, and does a great job at soothing the skin while cleansing at the same time. It’s packed with probiotics which do an amazing job at fighting bad bacteria, alongside lactic acid which is known for its hydrating and softening properties. I’ve been really enjoying it!

I have an on/off kinda relationship with sheet masks. Sometimes I’m into them…sometimes I’m not, but this month I’ve been absolutely obsessed! Over the past few weeks I’ve been switching between the *Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (which is suuuuper hydrating AND affordable) and the *Lancôme Advanced Génefique Melting Mask (which is a more luxury option). I only tried the Melting Mask the other week but it’s already one of my favourites! Once removing the mask (I left mine on for about 30 minutes) I just massaged any excess product into my skin. Afterwards my face felt really soft and full of moisture! I love both of these!

Onto the makeup now and one of the products that I’ve been reaching for the most is the *Revlon Cream Eyeshadow in the shade ‘710’. You might have heard me talk about my favourite cream shadow by Charlotte Tilbury in the shade *‘Bette’ and I think the reason that I love this Revlon shadow is because it’s actually a really great, slightly more affordable version of that. It’s one of those products that works for both day and night because it’s super buildable and REALLY easy to apply. For lashes I’ve been loving the *La Roche-Posay Masacara in the shade ‘Respectissime’ because it gives me ultimate volume and length that lasts all day! For the face I’ve been reaching for my *Lancôme Dual Powder Foundation which I like to use to set my makeup for the day.

Lately I’ve found myself reaching for my *Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in the shade ‘First Love’ pretty much all the time. This blush gives my finished makeup look a really natural-looking pop of colour with a glowy finish. I love it! Lips wise I’m still obsessed with the *Dior Lip Glow Pomade, it’s great for those ‘no makeup’ makeup days because it adds a subtle tint to your natural lip colour. My number one makeup product for this month though HAS to be the *Fenty Gloss because it’s simply stunning! I’ve been really enjoying pairing mine with my favourite *Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in the shade ‘Incognito’. I feel like I’m going to be wearing this combo for the rest of the year!

So those are all the things I’ve been reaching for during January. Definitely make sure you watch my video if you want to hear me talk about them in a little more detail. I’d love to know what you guys have been loving this month! Leave me a comment down below and tell me what’s been floating your beauty boat over the past few weeks! Also don’t forget that I always leave all the links to the products at the bottom of this post. Happy shopping!

  • *Sam McKnight 'Cool Girl' Texture Mist

    Obsessed with this stuff!

  • *Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser

    Cleans the day away

  • *Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

    Love love love Fresh

  • *Glossier Lidstar Cream Eyeshadow

    These are seriously to die for

  • *Gallinée Soap

    Soap free soap!

  • *Mixa Cica Repair Body Lotion

    Bye bye dry skin!

  • *Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

    Hello hydration!

  • *Lancôme Genefique Hydrogel Melting Mask

    Super fun to use

  • *Revlon Cream Eyeshadow (710)

    Buildable colour

  • *Lancôme Powder Foundation

    So lightweight

  • *La Roche-Posay Masacara ‘Respectissime’

    Hello volume!

  • *Charlotte Tilbury Blush ‘First Love’ Blush

    Natural pop of colour

  • *Dior Lip Glow Pomade

    Glossy glossy glossy

  • *Fenty Gloss

    What did I do before Fenty!?

  • *Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner 'Incognito'

    This + fenty gloss = goals

MY HAIR STYLING ROUTINE

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A lot of you guys are always asking me how I do my hair, so the other morning I sat down in front of my camera and showed you exactly what products and tools I use to achieve my go-to style. My favourite way to wear my hair is that effortless messy/wavy/beachy look and it’s something that I feel like I’ve finally got a handle on! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t claim to be a hair expert in any way, shape or form, but if bed head hair is your thang (like it is mine) then I’ve got you covered.

I thought I’d kick things off by talking you through some of the shampoo and conditioners that are currently sitting in my shower! I tend to have a lot of different products in my shower at any one time because I just love trying new stuff. The products that I used this morning (as I’m typing this!) were the *Redken ‘All Soft’ shampoo and *conditioner. This is a combo that I’ve been using for YEARS and that’s because it’s always been amazing at nourishing my dry hair. Lately I’ve also been reaching for my *Pureology ‘Hydrate’ shampoo and *conditioner which you’ve probably heard me talk about a million times. This duo smells incredible because they both have a really nice minty fresh scent which kinda makes your scalp feel all tingly after you use it (in a good way lol). Again, these babies are great for those of you who suffer with dry or damaged hair.

If you watched my latest vlog then it’s probably no surprise to you that I just have to take a minute to mention the gorgeous *Garnier Ultimate Blends Argan Richness shampoo and *conditioner. I’ve used the Garnier Ultimate Blends range A LOT over the years and my favourite has always been the *Honey Treasures duo. I didn’t think anything could ever win my heart like the Honey Treasures range but ever since I discovered the Argan collection I’ve been obsessed! The Argan Richness shampoo and conditioner is formulated with a blend of argan oil and almond cream which are both amazing at intensely nourishing and softening the hair. I’ve really enjoyed using this combo lately. (They also smell insanely delicious!) Watch my vlog if you want to discover part of the process that goes into making this collection!

Once I’ve hopped out of the shower the first product that I always reach for is the *Mane ’n Tail Detangler. This stuff does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin and to use it I just spray it all over my hair (making sure to get underneath the different layers). I try not to overdo it with the detangler because sometimes if you use too much it can make your hair feel a little heavy or greasy, but a light layer does just the trick. Once I’ve sprayed that on I’ll reach for my trusty *Tangle Teezer (don’t know what I’d do without that thing!) and gently brush it through. I know a lot of people are quite afraid of mousse but once I’ve brushed through my hair I’ll take a little of my favourite *Densimorphose Mousse by Kerastase and run it through from the root to the tip. Don’t be daunted by the word ‘mousse’, this stuff is really lightweight and just helps to give your style some volume and staying power!

Once I’m all moussed up I’ll go ahead and dry my hair – I use the *Dyson Supersonic which is literally life changing. Once dry, I’ll gently run my fingers through it before clipping up the top section with…you guessed it…da clip. Sometimes I’ll leave my hair straight but typically I like to add a few curls for some va va voom. Before curling (with my fave *Hershesons curling wand) I like to apply a light spritz of the *Ouai Soft Hair Spray to give it some texture and grip. Make sure you watch my video if you want to see exactly how I curl my hair, but basically once I’m done with the wand I’ll reach for my bottle of *Sam McKnight ‘Cool Girl’ Texture Mist and spray it through before messing it up with my fingertips. The last step in my process is to take a little bit of the *Ouai Matte Pomade and run it through my hair to smooth any fly aways.

Let me know if you guys found this useful! Definitely make sure you watch the tutorial down below if you want to see me do this process step by step IRL. Also if you guys have any product recommendations that you think I might like then I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know what you think I should use!

MY ULTIMATE HAIR WARDROBE:

  • *Redken 'All Soft' Shampoo

    Great for dry hair!

  • *Redken 'All Soft' Conditioner

    Nourishes and softens

  • *Pureology 'Hydrate' Shampoo

    Protects coloured hair

  • *Pureology 'Hydrate' Conditioner

    Super duper nourishing

  • *Garnier Argan Richness Shampoo

    Scrub a dub dub

  • *Garnier Argan Richness Conditioner

    Silky soft hair here I come!

  • *kerastase densifie densimorphose mousse

    My all time fave mousse

  • *Ouai Soft Hair Spray

    Creates texture!

  • *Ouai Hair Pomade

    Style it up

  • *Sam McKnight 'Cool Girl' Texture Mist

    Obsessed with this stuff!

DISCOVERING ARGAN OIL WITH GARNIER

Last week my lovely Garnier family whisked me away on an incredible trip to Agadir, Morocco to discover the origins of their magical argan oil. I’ve only ever been to Marrakech in Morocco so I was really looking forward to exploring a different area of the country. What makes Agadir so special is that it’s one of only two areas in the world where argan trees are found to grow naturally! This particular area of Morocco provides the argan trees with the specific climate and soil conditions that they require to grow and thrive. Garnier brought me along on the trip to celebrate the release of their brand new Argan Richness collection which is part of the (amazing) Ultimate Blends range. I was so excited to get a glimpse into the process that goes into producing the products and meet the people that make it all happen!

If like me you’re a fan of the Garnier Ultimate Blends range (seriously my favourite affordable haircare collection!) then you will know just how nourishing the formula of the shampoo and conditioner really is. The Honey Treasures shampoo and conditioner have been my go-to at bath time for a while now, but since trying the Argan Richness range I *think* I’ve just found my new favourites!

The Argan Richness range is specifically formulated for very dry, unruly hair and I’m really grateful to have this stuff sitting proudly in my bathroom. Ever since I started dying my hair blonde it’s felt SO dry and I find myself constantly hunting for the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo to bring my tresses back to life! Argan is an amazing remedy for dry or damaged hair because it’s super rich in antioxidants and FULL of vitamin E. Within the Argan Richness collection is a nutritious creamy shampoo, a detangling conditioner and my fave…a deep nourishing hair mask! Alongside this trio there’s also a no-rinse protective styling balm (watch my vlog if you wanna see how I used this!) which helps to give the hair a velvety soft touch and makes it easier to manage. I used this foursome throughout my time in Morocco and I really noticed a positive difference in the way my hair looked and felt.

Garnier’s argan oil is processed by six women’s cooperatives. This basically means that Garnier employ roughly 600 women and give them fair wages which enables them to support their families. This is great because there really aren’t many opportunities for women to get jobs in this particular area of Morocco. Among the six cooperatives is the Women Agricultural Coopérative Toudarte in Douar Aksmour, Agadir, who we went to visit on the second day of our trip. Women working in the argan oil cooperatives are guaranteed equitable wages, which improve their own lives as well as the lives of their families and communities. The cooperatives provide the women with better working conditions and greater independence. Not only that but it is mandatory for the women of the cooperative to take part in two hours literacy lessons per day and gives them greater access to healthcare; both of which enable them to take more control over their future.

It took us around two hours to reach the village of Aksmour from our hotel and the drive was incredible! We drove along the most beautiful stretch of coastline before winding our way up into the mountains and along to the cooperative in the argan forest. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by the women of the Coopérative Toudarte who greeted us with a beautiful song and dance! I actually felt really emotional when the women started singing! They were so excited to see us and proud to show us what they do. Super special.

After our welcome we were treated to a glass of delicious Moroccan mint tea (seriously that stuff is INCREDIBLE) and some delicious sweet treats like coconut macaroons and buttery biscuits. We sat down and listened to a short speech by Fatima Ihihi who is the President of the Toudarte Coopérative and a native of the Akhsmou village. Fatima shared her story with us and it was so inspiring to hear her passion and enthusiasm for the cooperative. She told us about how she had always dreamed of setting up a women’s cooperative to produce argan oil but faced difficulties due to the resistance of the local population. After years of perseverance, Fatima succeeded in assembling a small group of women and together they worked to set up the Coopérative Toudarte. Now, the cooperative is one of the biggest and most successful suppliers of argan oil in the region. It was amazing to hear Fatima’s story first hand!

After Fatima’s speech we headed out to see the argan trees for ourselves. The trees grow argan fruits which are kinda squidgy like a date or a prune. When ripe (usually around July/August time) the fruit falls from the tree and is left to dry on the ground for around four months before being manually collected. Once the pulp has dried it is removed to reveal the argan nuts. To avoid any waste, leftover fruit is given to the animals in the village to eat.

The next step to create the argan oil is to crack the nut by hand. This is a time consuming and labor intensive process and I was absolutely in awe of how fast (yet meticulous) these women were at this part! There’s a real knack to cracking the nut and you have to hit it in *just* the right spot in order to get a nice, clean break on the shell. I actually got the chance to have a go at cracking the nut myself and it was SO hard (watch the vlog if you wanna see me fail lol)!! It can take up to a day for the women to extract a basket full of argan nuts which blows my mind because it took me about 10 minutes to crack just one! Each nut contains two kernels which are collected into baskets ready for the next step.

After collecting, the kernels are sorted by hand. The best kernels (which are determined by their colour and shape) are selected to produce the highest quality oil. The kernels are mechanically pressed into a liquid which is left to rest and filtered. The result of this whole process is argan oil ready to be blended into the Garnier products! It was SO cool to see this process and to know that it would eventually end up in a bottle of Ultimate Blends!

What’s also great about this whole process is that none of the argan fruit goes to waste. Garnier also use the cracked kernels in many of their other beauty products (not just the Ultimate Blends range!); the kernels are crushed and used in scrubs because they make the perfect natural exfoliators! Scrub a dub dub.

I had such an amazing day at the Coopérative Toudarte and I can’t even begin to explain how special it felt to not only see the work that goes into making the argan oil, but to meet the women who make it happen too! These women are so proud and happy to be a part of this cooperative and I’m really grateful that I got to spend a day in their shoes. This opportunity has changed a lot of women’s lives and it’s amazing to see.

Alongside our visit to the Coopérative Toudarte, we also had the chance to enjoy some moments of pure relaxation back at our beautiful Riad (a traditional moroccan house/hotel). I think everyone who lives in the UK will agree with me when I say that cold, wet January’s are THE WORST so it was amazing to get the chance to spend a couple of days soaking up some much needed sunshine.

  • Brown Leather Jacket

    A great staple piece!

  • Vince Mules

    Matchy matchy

  • Levis Grey Jeans

    My most worn pair!

  • Classic Brown Belt

    I couldn't live without mine

  • Comfy Grey Tee

    This is my go to right now

  • Basket Bag

    Essential for Summer!

  • Oversized Sunnies

    These are cute

  • Garnier Sensitive Advanced SPF

    Protect protect protect!

  • Clear Invisibobbles

    I swear by these for pony tail days!

  • Daisy London Chakra Bracelet

    I wear mine every single day!

I was also super happy to have my bae Alex by my side for this trip! She is the coolest chick EVER and I’m always super excited to travel with her. Thanks Garnier for reuniting us in Morocco, it was awesome!

On our last morning Garnier organised for us to visit the traditional Moroccan Hammam which was pure bliss. A Hammam is basically a treatment where someone bathes you and scrubs you and kinda massages you at the same time. Essentially it was just what I needed before the long flight home back to London! We were also treated to a blow dry in the hotel using the beautiful Argan Richness range which left me feeling super swish!

  • Weekday Textured Bikini Top

    Love this bikini!

  • Weekday Textured High Waist Bikini Bottom

    So comfortable!

  • Round Basket Bag

    I'm in love with this

  • Oversized Sunnies

    These are cute

  • Ouai Wave Spray

    Beachy vibes

  • Ouai Texturising Spray

    I'm in love

  • Gorgeous Red Dress

    Affordable show stopper!

  • Comfy Strappy Sandals

    The perfect height for me!

  • Simple Black Jumpsuit

    Love how this ties in at the waist

  • Basket Bag

    Essential for Summer!

Big thank you to my wonderful Garnier family for bringing me along on this trip and giving me a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the amazing women at the Coopérative Toudarte. It’s so great to see how these women sustainably source the natural ingredients that go into Garnier products. I vlogged the whole trip so make sure you watch the video below if you want to see what I got up to while we were out there! The Argan Richness range is available from Boots here.

  • Garnier Argan Richness Control Cream

    Makes hair super manageable

  • *Garnier Argan Richness Shampoo

    Scrub a dub dub

  • Cute Basket Bag

    Pop your hair goodies in here!

  • *Garnier Argan Richness Conditioner

    Silky soft hair here I come!

  • Garnier Argan Richness Hair Mask

    My FAVE!!