2 Sep 2015

Disney World packing and prepping - my Florida holiday essentials


I may have mentioned once or twice... that I'm going to Florida this month!  I've been to Florida and all of the theme parks quite a few times, as it was our favourite family holiday when I was growing up, and this will be my fourth time going back as an adult, and third trip with my boyfriend.  I'm slowing bringing him around to the idea of loving Florida holidays too!

31 Aug 2015

Sunshine, good wine, tasty food and great friends - the perfect cure for a stressful week!


So today's the last day of August, and it's grey and raining outside.  Is summer over already?  I hope not, but if it is, I'm pleased I made the most of the sunny evening on Friday.  It was the perfect time to get the girls round for wine, food and much needed catch up after a really stressful couple of weeks for me.

24 Aug 2015

KIKO power pro nail lacquer in red, camelia and fuchsia - review and swatches


KIKO have recently brought out a new range of nail polishes called Power Pro, which promise a salon quality finish that lasts up to 7 days.  I've never got 7 days out of a nail polish ever, so I decided to put these to the test and wore each colour on my nails until it chipped.

18 Aug 2015

ESQIDO Companion long lasting bond lash glue and little black lashes review


You might have seen that I previously reviewed some of the ESQIDO false eyelashes before in this blog post, but at that time, Esqido didn't make their own glue, so I just used one I already had at home.   Now they've launched the Companion long lasting bond lash glue, they kindly sent it over for me to try out, together with a different pair of lashes, which are called Little black lash.

14 Aug 2015

London food review - Chick'n'Sours, Kingsland Road, Dalston


I can't tell you how many times I've gone for dinner with the best intentions of taking snaps for the blog, but ended up bottling it at the last minute.  I'm one of those paranoid sorts that always thinks everyone else is looking at me, judging what I'm doing, so I get rather self-conscious taking photos out and about.  But... as you can see, I've finally gone and done it!  Until now I've only properly shared one foodie adventure, which was my vist to Street Feast in Lewisham, and that felt a lot easier as it's such a casual market type environment.   Chick'n'sours itself is pretty laid back too really, plus the food is too good to go undocumented!

11 Aug 2015

Summer beauty at Debenhams - YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat, Make Up For EverPlexi-Gloss and Red Herring sunglasses


I was worried summer had already come to an end until we got lucky with the sunshine this weekend, but in any case I still have my holiday to look forward to (30 sleeps!) and I'm off to Florida - the sunshine state!  Amid the manic over-planning of where we'll be going, what we'll be doing and even what we'll be eating every day of our holiday, I'm also finding time to obsess over my holiday wardrobe and makeup selections.  Debenhams have sent me some products from their latest ranges which are perfect for summer, so naturally they'll be going straight into my suitcase! 

First up I have the illuminating Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation from YSL, which has a lovely texture and finish for a summer base.

7 Aug 2015

Scentsy Goldsmith warmer review and Scentsy bars in Yuzu Dragon and Peony Petals


I love candles, and have a collection which borders on ridiculous.  I particularly like to collect ones from Yankee Candle, and Bath & Body Works.  I also love Neom, and have some other expensive candles that are practically just for show and never to be burned! What can I say, I like my house to smell good!

When I heard that my boyfriend's sister-in-law Jen was working with a wax melt home fragrance system called Scentsy, I was instantly intrigued, but wasn't really sure why I'd need a Scentsy warmer when I have so many candles already, plus wax tarts that go into a tealight warmer.  I'm pleased I gave it a try, because now that I've tried Scentsy I totally get it, and already have my second warmer on order!

4 Aug 2015

Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette review and swatches - another must-have neutral palette?


When I want makeup that's difficult to get hold of, the hunt really fuels my need to make it mine.  When that that makeup sells out, a full on obsession ensues.  Cue considering paying well over the odds on eBay, frantically refreshing websites at crazy times of night and setting alarms and reminders in my phone!  The Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette can be a tricky purchase to make, but now I have it in my hands, I can confirm that the chase was totally worth it - it's an absolute stunner.

31 Jul 2015

Models Own Chrome eyeshadow palette review and swatches


Best known for awesome nail polish of course, Models Own occasionally venture into cosmetics too.  Following their recent lipstick and lipgloss launches which were inspired by the hypergel nail polishes, they've now released some new eye palettes which are also linked to their polish lines.  I've been experimenting with the super shiny Models Own Chrome palette, which of course reminds me of the Colour Chrome polish collection of molten metallic shades.  

27 Jul 2015

DIY pedicure tips with the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi


Keeping your feet in an acceptable condition for flip flops and sandals can be such a chore in the summer.  I think it's one of the many reasons that I prefer winter, as you can just hide unsightly hooves in socks and thick black tights! Regularly going for a pedicure can become an expensive habit, and you need to find the time to fit those appointments in too, so having an at-home alternative like the Scholl Velvet Smooth range might be just what you need.  Personally I don't like paying for something I can do myself, like manis and pedis, tanning and waxing - I'd rather spend more money on things like hair cuts and individual lash application that I'd be hopeless at!

24 Jul 2015

Limited edition Blame it on Nars blush palette swatches - exclusive to Selfridges


Would you take a look at this absolute beauty?  Nars really have their packaging on point with this limited edition blush palette - I don't mind their usual plain black or mirrored affairs, but this packaging is a little work of art.  

I shared the Ultimate Lip Pencil set from the same collection in this post after Selfridges very kindly gave me a sneak preview, but it was the Blame it on Nars blush palette that really caught my attention, and I knew I'd need to place a cheeky order as soon as it was released.

21 Jul 2015

Sunday Riley Luna night oil review - is it worth the money?


Now and again one of those products comes along that you just can't escape.  Everyone's talking about it, and inevitably, I get swept up in the hype.  Usually I'm pretty happy to try out most things to see for myself, but when it's an £85 night oil, it's not such an easy decision!  The Sunday Riley brand in general is one that's drawn a lot of attention from bloggers, and I'd considered a few of their products in the past, before leaving them to languish on my wish list a little longer due to their higher price points, but something about Luna really got me hooked.  

16 Jul 2015

Xen-Tan Dark Lotion and Face Tanner Luxe review and giveaway


Fake tanning is something I fall in love with again every summer – I always forget how great it is to have a gorgeous tan and how much better you can look and feel once you have a lovely bronze glow.  I forget because I’m not one of those people who can be bothered to keep up their tanning routine all year round – I envy those that do, but I’m just too lazy!  I generally get the tanning bug around May when the sun has started shining and flip flop and bare leg season is starting up.  

Oddly enough, the time I’m most into fake tanning is right before I go on my summer holiday!  I always go away quite late in the year, so I fake my glow right up until September, and then I really turn up the tan right before I go away, because I hate looking all pale and pasty that first day at the beach or by the pool.  Having a tan makes me feel much more confident in my swimwear as I think it makes you look a bit slimmer and more toned, and can help hide cellulite and other imperfections that we’d rather not highlight! 

13 Jul 2015

New from Kiehl's - Daily Reviving Concentrate review


Kiehl's has become one of my most trusted skincare brands, in particular I love the Ultra Facial Cream (I'm on my fourth tub!) and Midnight Recovery Oil.  I think one of the reasons is that Kiehl's is a brand that doesn't rely on gimmicks, crazy packaging or clever marketing tricks - the brand is all about the science, research, and ingredients which really work.  I love popping along to Kiehl's launches because everyone is so passionate about the brand, and I always come away having learnt something new about how our skin works from Kiehl's dermatologist, Dr Geyer.  

The latest launch from Kiehl's will have Midnight Recovery Concentrate fans jumping up and down, because it's a similar oil that's been developed for daytime use.  It's called Daily Reviving Concentrate and it's designed to fight daily skin stresses and fatigue, helping to prevent your skin from looking tired and haggered by 5pm! Over time the concentrate combats dullness, dehydration and rough texture - all of which I'm certainly keen on, as it's not just fine lines that can make us look older, it's the all round appearance of the skin.  

9 Jul 2015

Maybelline haul - the new Master Sculpt contour and highlight powder - review and swatches


I have the new Maybelline master sculpt contouring duo to play with, so I thought I'd also show you what I've picked up from Maybelline lately, as all of these things are fast becoming favourites in my makeup collection.  I've been meaning to try to Instant anti-age eraser eye concealer for ages, but the lightest shade is almost always out of stick, but I finally found it.  I also picked up two of the Color Drama lip pencils which are frequently compared to Nars velvet matte lip pencils.

6 Jul 2015

Lemon drizzle blueberry loaf cake recipe


I get stuck in a bit of a rut of making the same old cakes, which is why I've not shared a baking post here in a long old while.  It's not a terrible prediciment to be in, there's still cake involved albeit repetitive, but I decided I needed to broaden my baking skills and try something new.  Somehow a 'cake Thursday' situation has evolved at work where a group of us take it in turns to bring in cake (or cheeseboards and other goodness!) once a week - homemade or whatever you like.  For my turn I thought I'd shun my trusty cupcake and basic chocolate sandwich recipes and finally unwrap the loaf tin I've had lurking in my cupbord for a few years...

3 Jul 2015

Nivea Sun protect and bronze sun protection range review


With the UK heatwave going strong, it seems like just the right time to talk about the Nivea protect and bronze sun care range.  Nivea sent me a selection of their products to try out, although I'm already familiar with some of their sun care, as Nivea is the brand I usually opt for when browsing the aisles of Boots ahead of my summer holiday each year.  I think I usually go for these because Nivea's a brand I know and trust, and because they usually have great buy one get one free deals!

1 Jul 2015

Vichy Pureté Thermale fresh cleasnsing gel and cleansing micellar oil review


I've been trying out two cleansers from the new Vichy Pureté Thermale range which is designed to combat the negative effects of pollution and hard water.  They're both brilliant products, especially for using in summer as they have an amazing almost sun creme like scent, and the cleansing gel especially, feels to refreshing and cool on the skin.  

29 Jun 2015

Slurp milkshakes, eat cookies and lose weight? Win an Exante Sam Bailey 4 week diet pack and try it yourself!


I've written about diets a few times on this blog, but each experience has usually been pretty short lived as I'm generally rubbish at sticking to eating plans, and have zero willpower!  At this point, I tend to avoid gimmicky fad diets, because I just know what I'm like and that they won't suit me.  What seems to be more realistic for me personally, is a bit of a combination of changes, which don't feel totally restrictive, and still allow me to enjoy eating out - which is usually the main killer for any diet that I try!  

24 Jun 2015

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette review and swatches


Oooooh look at all those pretty colours!  The Affirmation palette from Makeup Revolution contains 32 gorgeous shades that so wearable, that I just couldn't wait to get stuck in.  The shade choice here is almost overwhelming, and yet the palette will only set you back £8!