Friday, 30 September 2016

September Favourites

Oh gaad, September is over! Autumn is here! While most people are probably outside embracing the "fresh" chill in the air in their berry lips and sipping on pumpkin lattes I on the other hand will most probably be hibernating under a duvet for the foreseeable future until summer returns.

With the changes in the weather, my makeup and skincare also changes as my skin needs a lot more moisture. Some of my favourites this month include...

Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes Body Cream - This strawberry & champagne scented body cream was a gift from my sister from America! I've never had any Bath & Body Works products before or anything exclusively from America so I was very excited when she brought it back for me. The scent is so strong on this I usually just wear the body cream in place of a perfume or body spray.

Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy - Developed by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the style of the Rosie for Autograph at M&S collection really reminds me of Charlotte Tilbury packaging - but with a much more affordable price tag! The entire collection is very elegant and I love this sheer, subtle lip pencil for daytime wear.

The Body Shop Down to Earth Eyeshadow Quad - These palettes were launched earlier in the summer and come in five different colour combinations. I chose this neutral grey palette to be used when creating a smokey eye. The pink shimmery shade is also perfect for highlighting the brow bone.

Soap & Glory Body Mist - The original fruity and floral Soap & Glory scent is one of my all-time favourites so I love having it in a handy body spray! I bought it as a set of three containing Mist You Madly, Original Pink and Fruitigo so I leave one in my handbag, one in my bedroom and one in my office drawer so I can smell delicious throughout the day!

Spectrum A01 Brush Up Powder Brush - I am so in love with Spectrum makeup brushes and wish I could get all their collections! If you haven't checked them out yet there are ranges of unicorn-inspired brushes, classic white handled and mermaid-esque styles too.

La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Eyes - An eye cream and a corrector in one, this eye product really reminds me of the Benefit 'Puff Off' eye gel as it has the same metal, slanted applicator for easy application to the eye contour area. It cools and soothes the skin around the eyes as well as brightening to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffy bags.

Rodial Airbrush Concealer - The concealer of all concealers, this little compact is a game changer and is above anything I have tried before. The sleek packaging comes with a mirror so it is ideal for on the go coverage. It is highly pigmented and is more like a camouflage.

Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation - I usually opt for a high-coverage foundation with a matte finish so this foundation was a little different for me but I am so surprised at how much it transformed my skin. This compact comes with a sponge and has a solid to liquid formula to give an even glow quickly and easily. Just one swipe with the sponge makes my skin look flawless! The only negative for me is that you only get 11g of product for £12.99 so it runs out quite quickly!

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask - For an instant radiance boost this mask is ideal for anyone with dull or tired skin. While it isn't actually a peeling mask, it works like a scrub for a new skin effect.

Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser - My skin has become extremely dehydrated recently and no matter how much water I guzzle down my face is still starting to suffer! This moisturiser protects and plumps skin while shielding against environmental damage.

Monday, 26 September 2016

#AsicsSecretGig with JD Sports

Last week I was invited along to a secret gig with JD Sports and ASICS to celebrate the launch of ASICS' new Chameleoid pack. Being the most over-organised person in the world I didn't know what to expect when I headed along to the secret location (revealed on the day of the event as Mangle nightclub in London Fields) without a clue as to what the night had in store or who would be performing!

I met up with Kassie and Katie beforehand and we headed over to the venue, which had been kitted out with amazing lighting, an Asics stage and a timeline of Asics' history. We headed straight for the food and munched on some delicious dumplings then obviously had to make a trip to the photobooth. Then of course I couldn't wait to check out the exciting new trainers!

We met the lovely Haydy, who was there with her boyfriend, and bumped into Elle too. Soon enough it was time for the secret performers to be revealed. The night was hosted by BBC 1Xtra DJ Sian Anderson and saw the likes of Melody Kane and Logan Sama Djing, followed by a performance from grime artist AJ Tracey. Unfortunately I had to head off before the secret artist was revealed - Giggs - but I followed the action live from Twitter and Instagram as I made my way home on the train and the venue was packed out. I felt slightly uncool tucking myself up in bed while everyone was still out partying but it was by the most different Wednesday night I've had in a long time!

I was lucky enough to get a pair of the new Chameleon trainers, which are part of the Gel-Lyte range. The trainers have a new two tone upper mesh which makes the shoe appear to change colour when you move - super cool! They are also made with Asics Gel technology so are soo comfortable to walk in and support my feet.

Thank you JD Sports for an amazing evening!

Photo credits: Vicky Grout and Chazz Adnitt

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Glossybox September 2016

Glossybox September 2016

Glossybox September 2016

I have never bought a Glossybox before as my beauty box of choice is usually Latest in Beauty, but after seeing many good reviews and following them on Twitter I decided I had to make a purchase after sneak previews of the special edition September box kept popping up on my social media feed! This month's box was created in collaboration with the Editor of Red magazine, hence it being a bright shade of red.

There was a sneak preview of one of the items in the box - Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which everyone raves about, so I really wanted to try that out and see what else was inside...

Friday, 16 September 2016

Happy Mexican Independence Day!

Today is Mexican Independence Day, a time for Mexicans to enjoy a fun-filled fiesta packed with fantastic food, music, family and friends.

Mexican cuisine is one of my favourites and next year I will be visiting Mexico for a friend's wedding - so what better way to prepare then with some delicious tacos for dinner!

Santa Maria has very kindly gifted me with some delicious ingredients to make simple and speedy recipes to get into the Mexican spirit! Their range includes fajita seasoning mix, pulled pork dinner kits, taco seasoning mix and more!

The kits make it so easy to add Mexican spices to meat, veg or fish. My favourite is the taco seasoning mix, which combines chilli, cumin and oregano, specially blended to mix with mince. It instantly adds flavour and can be topped up with feta and guacamole.

I can't wait to tuck in to these delicious dishes and get in the Mexican mood!

Monday, 12 September 2016

5 Skincare Items I Couldn’t Be Without - Rhian Westbury

As you may or may not know I am currently on holiday in Cuba! So today's post is from Rhian Westbury all about her holy grail skincare items - a lot of these are favourites of mine too! A huge thank you to Rhian for guest posting for me, be sure to check out her blog!

I am the first the admit that my skincare routine has a lot to be desired. One day I will manage the full works and my skin will look great and then a few days later I’ll get lazy and I’m lucky if I moisturise. There are a few items though that I could not be without for skin pick me ups.

Garnier Micellar Water
This is like a girls best friend and I am yet to find another micellar water which works as well as this (even the more expensive ones). Admittedly I wear quite a lot of makeup on a daily basis and this is the only thing I can find which makes me feel like my skin is clear and makeup free. When I used to use wipes or other forms of makeup remover I’d wake up in the morning with makeup under my eyes as it hadn’t come off properly. Plus it’s great value for money as a large bottle lasts quite a long time.

Pixi Glow Tonic
Exfoliation isn’t something which I remember to do on a daily basis because I’m far too lazy but when ever I used this glow tonic I find that my skin looks clearer and does actually glow. I have quite sensitive skin and this isn’t harsh and unlike some other exfoliation waters it doesn’t dry out my skin.

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
Ever since I bought my first tub of this a year or so ago I have replaced this so many times as it does wonders for my skin. I don’t find exfoliation scrubs tend to be that great but this ocean salt version from Lush is harsh enough on my skin for it to feel like I’m getting rid of the inpurities but not so much that my skin looks red and raw afterwards. Because it is a little harsher than other products you can only use it about once a week which is great for me as I use it when I have a bit more time at the weekend.

Lush Mask of Magnaminty
I am a sucker for anything with a mint scent and this face and body mask is amazing as the scent is so strong that it makes me want to wear it without being too overpowering. I do love sheet masks and quite fixes but I always find my skin feels fresher, clearer and cleaner when I use a proper mask. This doesn’t set too hard which means it doesn’t crack too much when I try to speak or have a drink and it comes off reasonably easy so there’s no scrubbing.

Belif Aqua Bomb Moisturiser
I have reasonably dry skin so always find it hard to get a moisturiser which has quite enough moisture within it to stop the dry patches on my face. Since using this reasonably regularly the dry patches predominately around my nose have all but disappeared and my skin feels a lot smoother and less grey than it did before I started using it. I bought this from Sephora in the US so I’m hoping it isn’t too hard to get over here when it comes to replacing it.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

What I'm Packing For Cuba

This week I am setting off on my travels for a holiday to Cuba! Besides feeling slightly unprepared (it has come around so quickly!) I am also incredibly excited. Here are some of the essentials I am taking with me,,,

One of the things I'm particularly excited about taking with me is this Dock & Bay travel towel. I was kindly given it in my goodie bag at a recent fitness event and love it! It packs away into this handy pouch so is perfect for travelling. For the flight, I'll be taking my Illuminage eye mask to look after my eyes as well as a travel pillow and earplugs. Oh and of course I'll be reading my travel guide during the flight for last minute tips and recommendations....

The air conditioning on aeroplanes causes havoc for my skin so I will be refreshing it straight away with this travel sheet mask pack from Timeless Truth. It is a three-in-one pack containing a make-up remover, deep cleanser and a fibre moisturising mask. I will also be packing a Rodial Pink Diamond sheet mask to perk up my skin pre-flight on the way home!

I will be cutting back on makeup and opting for Korres Wild Rose CC Cream for a light coverage while nourishing my skin. We are also travelling during a really humid season so Caudalie's grape water spray will be going everywhere with me to keep me cool! I have a huge stock of mini toiletries in my beauty stash and am currently loving these travel-sized products from Balance Me. The restore and replenish face cream will be ideal. I also recently discovered Wash Wizard wash sponges - they have soap and Aloe Vera built in so there is no need to carry shower gel separately! Just add a little water and squeeze to activate the foam.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Going on you get the fear?

Holidays are generally a relaxing time but for some it can be a stress or last minute panic, especially if you can’t switch off while away.

First there is there is the holiday prep; ensuring you have plenty of sun cream, packed for the right weather, got your flights, hotel and airport transfer booked. Then there is the worry on the way to the airport – have I got my passport? What did I forget to pack? And finally there is one thing we are all guilty of thinking about while we are on holiday – work. Constantly checking emails or worrying about the amount of work I will have to do when I get back is probably one of my worst holiday habits.

Most of us go on holiday to get away from the stresses of home but typically we can’t stop thinking about home while we’re away either! Ever stepped out the door and as soon as you get in the car suddenly thought ‘Did I leave my straightener on?’, ‘I hope I remembered to switch the oven off’, ‘I think I forgot to close the bathroom window...’ the list goes on.

Well I’ve come up with a few tips to allow you to have a stress-free holiday...

  1. Write a checklist before hand – Make a list of all the things you will need to pack and a pre-holiday to do list. I usually keep this in a separate notebook so I can add to it in the lead up to my holiday and scribble down any thoughts to stop me worrying about them. That way I don’t forget anything when it comes to packing!
  2. Do your research and get recommendations from friends – Hearing from friends about their experiences of destinations I haven’t visited before definitely helps me to feel more prepared and reassured. Next week I am off to Cuba and am slightly worried about the lack of planning I’ve done, but reading blog posts about it and speaking to other people who have been there makes me feel a bit more prepared.
  3. Turn off WiFi while away – Unless you really need it of course, but I think holidays are a perfect opportunity to escape and switch off. Avoid checking emails or looking at Facebook every five minutes and you will spend a lot more time taking in the sights and experiences around you.
  4. Invest in a good book – This may seem like an obvious one but unless I get really stuck in with a gripping book I can easily get distracted and not feel motivated to read. I recently read Elizabeth is Missing, which I couldn’t put down, and I’m currently reading The Stylist by Rosie Nixon
  5. Put your mind at ease – Get a neighbour to keep an eye on your home or invest in Smart Homes by Panasonic. It monitors and protects your property and can even switch appliances on and off from your smartphone or tablet. 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Lord & Berry Contour Palette

Contouring can be a real time-consuming aspect of doing your makeup and its something I previously didn't have a clue of how to do. Lord & Berry's Contouring Palette (£25.00) makes the application process a breeze - with six different shades and a handy step by step guide to point out exactly what goes where!

Highlighter, bronzer, concealer, contour cream and blushers help subtly define the face.
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