Sunday, 29 October 2017

Current Skincare Staples

Current Staple Skincare Products
Over the past year, I've really been trying to take care of my skin and listen to what it needs. Just roll with me. My skin is normal/combination and I know that when first delving into the world of skincare, it's easy to take all the products that sound life-changing and slather them over your face which is not always good.

With blogging and just generally being inquisitive, I tend to trial a lot of different products. Some new discoveries I've come to absolutely love but in some cases, products haven't agreed with my skin and I've really paid the price for it. So, even though I'm having fun trying out new things, I've been thinking about the products I go back to time and time again because they're such staples for my skin and I know my skin loves them.

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Toner | I've been using this toner at night since I mentioned it back in my Boots haul last spring. I picked it up the Dry and Sensitive formula because after cleansing, my skin can get a little dry. I love the consistency of this and a little bit goes a long way. It effortlessly removes traces of make-up and glides across the skin so nicely. It also doesn't irritate my skin at all, something that tends to happen with other toners. This one will be a repurchase for a long time. 

Cleanse and Polish | I go back to Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish time and time again and recommend it to anyone that hasn't tried it before. I use it if I've got a full face of make up on or even first thing in the morning. It leaves my skin feeling squeeky clean without stripping it of it's natural oils and making it feel irritated. My skin feels completely refreshed after using this and I'd never be without a bottle of it in my bathroom cupboard.

Balm Dot Com | If you've seen my Glossier haul you'll know that this is a recent addition to my beauty collection but one that I know I'll repurchase as soon as I'm out. This balm is ridiculously smooth and melts as soon as you put it on your lips. It seems to keep them hydrated for just as long as my Eight Hour Cream and is a great size to throw in any purse or bag. It's definitely a new staple for me. 

Triple Active Night Cream | Just like the Fine Flowers toner, I've been using this night cream since last spring and I love it. It hydrates my skin without making it greasy and is the only night cream I've tried that doesn't make my skin tingle after using cleanser and toner beforehand. It's such a nice, thick consistency and the pots last me for what seems like forever - I've even got my other half hooked on it. Along side this, I also use the day cream formula every morning. 

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | I discovered this product when I first decided to try out The Ordinary range and I finally understood why it's forever sold out. This works wonders on my red, blemish prone skin by exfoliating the walls of pores (so I read) for visible skin clarity. In a nut shell, it reduces redness, banishes existing blemishes and helps them to stay at bay. A winner in my eyes. 

There you have it, my current skincare staples. What are yours?

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

What I Picked Up From Glossier And My Thoughts So Far

Thoughts On Glossier
It's hard to believe that it was only two weeks yesterday that beauty fanatics across the country lost their shit after Glossier ~finally~ started shipping to little ol' Great Britain. Not going to lie, I was one of them. I sat down at my desk and by 9.04 my order was placed - All that was left to do was wait. 

After seeing what felt like 32457 reviews, hauls and unboxings, my order was finally available to collect last Sunday. I really wanted to get to know these products before sharing my thoughts with you so I left this post on my to-do list for about a week but now I've gathered my findings and I'm ready, so here we go.

Milky Jelly Cleanser | This cleanser is so lovely that I actually get really excited every time I get to use it. Exactly as it's name suggests, it's a milky colour with a jelly consistency and it feels so damn good on your cheeks. It has a really subtle rose scent and left my skin feeling super soft. I do think that this cleanser is best used on a face with no-to-minimal makeup only because I didn't feel my skin was 100% clean when I used it to take off my foundation. Bare in mind, I'm quite fussy when it comes to cleansers - I love trying new ones but it takes a lot for me to convert. 

Priming Moisturiser | After using this initially, I thought this was going to be my new holy grail moisturiser - I'm a big lover of the Too Faced Hangover primer so I thought this might allow me to skip a step in my routine, doubling up as both. I found the formula to be non-greasy and it doesn't make my skin oily throughout the day. For me, the only drawback to this product is that it isn't hydrating enough for my skin during these cold months when it tends to be dryer than usual. Great news is Glossier offer a richer option so I think I might sample that until the spring.

Balm Dot Com | As a serial lover of all things balm and beautiful, this is a nice little addition to my collection. For the past week, I've been using it in place of my Eight Hour Cream which, if you've read my blog before, you'll know I absolutely swear by, and it's been a nice little change. It's a smooth texture and isn't greasy or sticky and is definitely something I'll be keeping in my handbag. I'd be very interested to try one of the flavours next time, I've heard they're to die for. 

Cloud Paint | I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I love this and like the cleanser, I get really excited to use it. It's a beautiful pink berry shade and I've been using it mostly for a flush on my cheeks on a minimal makeup day or as a lip tint. It's so easy to blend which surprised me after having bad experiences with cream blushes in the past. I can't wait to put some other shades on my next order and if you're looking for a run down of pretty much every shade, Lily from Pint Sized Beauty has you covered. 
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on Glossier after using some of their much loved products this past week. Did you pick anything up? If not, what's on your wishlist?


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!



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 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 makeup days, just to give my brows a little fullness. I think it would be perfect for daytime holiday makeup 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.

Products marked with an * are PR samples. This post may contain affiliate links.

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 


6 Things You Must Try 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 Try 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 - mostly foodie but some fun - 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. 

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 places I could recommend to check out in Vegas but you really need to go and see them yourself! What's your favourite thing to do in the city or what would you most look forward to?

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