Monday, 16 October 2017

How I'm Keeping My Summer Glow This Season

How I'm Keeping My Summer Glow This Season
There's nothing I love more than holiday skin. It's the kind of skin that glowing, slightly sun-kissed and requires the most minimal make-up. Despite the obvious sun exposure, there's no doubt that my skin feels healthier when I'm exploring somewhere nice and sunny - I think it's a mixture of constant hydration from mists and sun-creams and frequent cleansing due to make-up changes and soaring temperatures. 

I've been back from holiday for two weeks now but I'm desperately clinging on to that summer glow skin so today I thought I'd show you what make-up bits I'm using to keep it up.

Dew The Hoola Bronzer | This product is underrated, seriously. I actually got a sample of this at the beginning of the summer and knew it was a product I had to purchase for during and after my holiday. It's the most user friendly liquid bronzer I've come across and honestly, I can't stop using it. I would say however the colour is a little too warm for the winter months but whilst I'm skill the tiniest bit tanned, I'm going to continue using it. 

Hangover Primer | I can't believe I'd never used this product before and ever since I popped it in my Sephora basket, I haven't been able to stop using it. It leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and smooth and I've been using it with and without make up. Honestly, I don't find it helps my make up last any longer but the way it makes my skin feel outweighs that. Also, it smells delightful.

Radiance Reveal Concealer | I've been using this concealer for a while now and I made sure to include it in my 'Best Holiday Beauty Bits' post for the simple fact that it's brilliant. I use it under my eyes, on my chin and my forehead for a dewy coverage and it really does work wonders when it comes to brightening my complexion. 

Backlight Priming Filter | This is a very new addition to my make-up collection and I didn't believe the hype until I used it for myself. This primer, like the Hangover Primer, works great with or without make up and adds the most dreamy glow even when my face looks a little dull. Sometimes I use this all over the face, sometimes just on the high points of my face - It's so versatile and it's definitely worth trying out if you haven't already. 

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighting Duo | I couldn't wait to get my hands on a little Fenty Beauty when I headed to Sephora and with so much to choose from, I felt that if I was going to purchase anything, it needed to be this. I've been using Lightening Dust on my cheekbones, brow bone and down the nose and Fire Crystal just a tiny bit to finish it off. I like the overall look it gives and I definitely think I'll use Fire Crystal into the winter months.

Dandelion Blush |  Dandelion is a bit of a forgotten favourite of mine. I used it a lot a couple of years ago but it's been stashed at the back of my make-up drawer ever since. I rekindled my love with it recently though and had to pick up this mini box in the airport. It gives the most subtle yet healthy flush of colour and is so brightening on the face. It's hard to go wrong with this shade and definitely one to try if you're just starting out with Benefit blushes. 
I hope you enjoyed reading about the products I've been using to keep my holiday glow and I'd love to know if there are any you'd recommend or love using!

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn

Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn
Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn
Brows can be hard to master and ever since Cara Delevingne and co showed skinny brows the door, we've put down our tweezers and started aiming for those full and natural beauties. Those who know me will know that I'm a huge lover of all things eyebrows - they're practically my pride and joy - so when Debenhams sent me some Benefit products to try out, I couldn't wait to share my tips and tricks to help you perfect your brows this season. One eyebrow lover to the next. 

Ka-Brow*| It was only recently that I started using pomade style products on my eyebrows and so far I'm absolutely loving this one. The formula is more creamy than others I've tried and it's so easy to achieve a natural look with either the brush included or one of your own. I like to use it to create hair like strokes to thicken out my brows. With this product you can go messy or more defined and it's super simple to achieve either. 

3D Brow Tones*| I have to admit, when this product was first released I chose the Gimme Brow instead because I at the time, it seemed more of what I needed. Fast forward to now and I actually really like it. It basically adds highlights to your eyebrows but super subtly - so you're not adding bright blond to dark hairs. I'm a huge fan of the wand that comes with this product. It's spiky and silicone which makes it so much easier to distribute the product as oppose to dense spoolie-type wands. 

Precisely My Brow*| Out of all of the products, this is definitely my most used which I didn't think would be the case. I usually find pencils, especially twist-ups, to be incredibly dry and crumbly but this one glides on like a dream. Also, because it's so fine, it tends to stay sharp so I can always get a clean line. It's perfect if, like me, you like a clean and polished look. 

FoolProof Brow Powder*| I think this brow powder is definitely a love hate product. On one hand, it makes it really easy to create a gradient and natural looking eyebrow but if, like me, you like a clean and polished look, I don't think this would be for you. I did however really like this product for no-make up days, just to give my brows a little fullness. I think it would be perfect for daytime holiday make up so I'll definitely be taking it with me next time I travel. 
What do you think of the Benefit eyebrow range? Do you have a favourite product or one you're dying to try? If you're interested in picking up any of these products, here you can shop the full Benefit Brow collection.

*This post contains a PR sample


Perfecting Your Brows This Autumn

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

On Changing What I Care About

On Changing What I Care About
I’m currently writing this blog post sitting in bed. It’s 1.20am, I have to be up for work in 6 hours and my girlfriend is currently snoring away next to me. I don’t normally write ‘spur of the moment’ type posts but I just had a few thoughts that I can’t help but share.

It may not seem like the biggest revelation and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but I want to change what I choose to care about.

Here me out.

A bit like the fuck budget from way back in January, I’ve actually just come to a hard realisation about things I want to care more or less about so, naturally, I thought I’d share them with the internet at what is now 1.23am.

I want to start caring more about buying my girlfriend flowers because I know she likes them and it’s not something I do often enough.

I want to stop caring about whether the cats are lying on our ‘good blankets’. We bought a washing machine for a reason.


I want to stop caring about whether my house looks immaculate all the time. Nobody lives in a show home and I need to learn that leaving a piece of fluff on the carpet for a day is perfectly cool.


I want to stop caring about FOMO. When we were on holiday last week, I was sitting by the pool with an ice cold beer thinking ‘why the hell don’t we do this more often?’. Simple answer is because we blow so much money doing pointless shit because we don’t want to miss out.


I want to start caring about what I’m eating again. No fad diets or insane workouts, just eating well where I can.


On the same note, I want to care less about people that judge me for eating a sandwich one day out of five. It’s two pieces of bread, get the fuck over it.


I want to care more about building up my savings but in manageable amounts.


I want to care less about doing unnecessary work to our house. Yes I'd like to replace the carpet in the hall but it's going to be super expensive and there's actually nothing wrong with the carpet anyway.


I want to care more about how I handle situations. So what if the dishwasher isn't empty? 
I actually didn't realise there would be so many things on this list, it really all stemmed from me wanting to buy my other half some flowers for putting up with me being a moody pain in the ass 99.9% of the time. 

It's now 1.47am and I think I'm done so, goodnight X 

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7 Things To Check Out When You're Next In Las Vegas

This post was written before the awful events that took place on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday October 1st. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.
7 Things To Check Out When You're Next In Las Vegas
If you haven't guessed already I'm back from Vegas and I'm not ready to stop talking about it just yet - sorry not sorry. We arrived back on Friday afternoon after the best week and from the second we checked out of the hotel, I haven't been able to stop thinking about sharing these recommendations with you. 

Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub | I'm not much of a club lover these days but I was desperate to check out Voodoo while we were in town. It's located 51 stories up on top of the Rio and offers the most amazing panoramic views of the strip. We actually managed to gain free entry after a hostess was giving out tickets in the casino. Then we drank a little too much and danced the night away to some of the best music. It was so much fun and I'd go back in a heartbeat. 

Slotzilla Zipline | I finally plucked up the courage - with Bethans help - to do the zipline down Fremont Street. Thankfully the upper line was full for the night so we had to settle for the lower line instead (yay). Besides the abrupt stop at the end - which they do actually warn you about - it's so much fun and is a great way to see the old strip. 

Air Bar | I love Air Bar for two reasons, the views and the cocktails. It's on the floor below the Stratosphere observation deck and is such a great bar to enjoy a cocktail or two and actually offers a happy hour in the evening. If you want a relaxing drink in a surprisingly peaceful setting, you need to go here.

Chin Chin | Mother of god this Chinese food was to die for and was exactly what we needed after stepping off the roller-coaster at New York, New York. Our waiter was so helpful recommending different dishes to us according to what we liked and they had the most extensive sushi list I'd ever seen. The portions were absolutely huge so we definitely could have shared two dishes between the three of us but damn, it was beautiful. 

Gordon Ramsay Burger | I have hands down never eaten a burger that tasted as good as the Farm House Burger from here and despite our service being a little rushed, it was a great setting for our last evening in Vegas. It's just inside Planet Hollywood and tables are on a first come first served basis so there can be a bit of a queue. For tables of 3 or more, be sure to see the hostess first instead of waiting in line for 20 minutes like us - she offered us a table for 30 minutes later with no queue. 

Double Barrel Roadhouse | This was our second visit to Double Barrel and just as before, the food and service was amazing. It's outside the Monte Carlo hotel and offers a southern inspired menu with a great atmosphere and even better music. Go there, you'll love it. 

Frozen Cocktails | You can pick up frozen cocktails from pretty much anywhere on the strip and most places offer reusable cups where refills are a discounted price, usually about $10 - They're absolutely worth it! Not only are they perfectly refreshing on a hot day but they also save the awkward wait for drinks in a casino or the high price of liquor from a shop. Pink lemonade and tequila was the BEST flavour. 
There are a million and one things I could recommend to check out in Vegas but you really need to see it for yourself! What's your favourite thing to do in the city or what would you most look forward to?

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