Thursday 30 July 2015

A Peachy Keen NOTD

Maybelline Forever strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in Sunkissed

The Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour range is one of my favourites; beautiful shades - check, super wide brush - check, long lasting formula - check. I have previously raved about the shade Uptown Blue here and now I'm raving about my latest addition, Sunkissed. 

Tuesday 28 July 2015

5 Lighter Formulas for Warmer Weather

As the seasons change, inevitably so do my beauty products to suit. With the generally warmer and more humid weather around (well not all the time, it is England!), my skin becomes more suited to lighter formulas with both makeup and skincare. I've been trying out some new products alongside some old favourites and here's the current line up...


Sunday 26 July 2015

My Completed MAC Eyeshadow Quad

Don't you just love a blog sale?! When I spotted the MAC Nylon Eyeshadow in one back in February, I knew it was the perfect shade to complete my MAC eyeshadow quad. Coincidentally I had my makeup done by a MUA on my hen do the week before and Nylon had gone straight on my wishlist after she used it on the inner corner of my eyes and on my brow bones. 

Thursday 23 July 2015

Scentsational Bodycare

I am a sucker for a good scent and find it can often take a product from hmmmm to oooooh. I have to admit I've even bought products before just based on the scent. Now it's summer and there's a higher chance of more skin being on show, I've been concentrating on bodycare and they all happen to smell darn good.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Disappointing Products #2

Most of the time I like to read lots of reviews of beauty products before making a purchase, but it's inevitable that'll I buy something on impulse or something that just doesn't live up to expectations, despite the research! Being disappointed by something you've spent your cold, hard cash on is not a great feeling; unfortunately this has happened to me a few times now. Here's the disappointing line up...

Sunday 19 July 2015

Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Dry Touch Gel Cream

I am pleased to report that facial SPF is now consistently in my skincare routine and the only time I skip it is if I'm planning to stay in all day. Over the winter I was using a SPF20 cream by the natural brand Jason, but now it's summer I've upped it to SPF50 in the form of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios  XL SPF50+ Dry Touch Gel Cream.

Thursday 16 July 2015

Review: Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

After years of Lush bubble baths, I've only just dipped my toe into the world of Lush skincare, starting with the Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser. 

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Blogging Around Full Time Commitments

For most of us, blogging is a part time hobby that we fit in around our usual full time commitments; whether it's working, studying, raising a family or a mixture of them all. For me it's mainly working - I work Monday to Friday 9-5pm (what a way to make a living...) and blog around this. To be honest it isn't easy, but I do it because blogging is my love and passion and for me, it's worth it. Over the last 3 years I've evolved and developed the way I manage my blogging time, which I'm sharing today - hopefully you will find it helpful if you're struggling with the same sort of situation.

Sunday 12 July 2015

Review: Collection Gorgeous Glow Block and Speedy Blush Stick

Last month Collection released some new cheek products in time for summer; the Gorgeous Glow Block in two shades - Blush and Bronze and Speedy Blush Stick in three shades - Tickled Pink, Cheeky and Pinch Me.

Thursday 9 July 2015

You Beauty Discovery Box July 2015

In honour of summer holidays, this month's You Beauty Discovery Box is dedicated to travel and offers a range of products suitable for your summertime beauty regime. It covers all bases; haircare, skincare, bodycare, makeup and nails. I am so, so happy with my box - it's an absolute cracker!

Tuesday 7 July 2015

What's in my Handbag - The Wedding Edit

Just over a week ago I was Maid of Honour for my beautiful best friend. It was an absolutely amazing wedding day and I'm a little sad now that I have no more weddings scheduled for this year. My handbag for the day was a beautiful ivory lace clutch bag from BHS that matched the shoes that myself and the other bridesmaids wore. (Our dresses were floaty, mid length in a gorgeous peachy colour, with an ivory lace overlay on the top half.) The bag is a good size, though I only just managed to get all my essentials in that I needed wanted! 

Sunday 5 July 2015

A Spritz of Moisture: Hydrating Toners

One skincare step I never miss day or night is a spritz of hydrating toner. I use a hydrating toner after cleansing and exfoliating and also through the day if my skin needs a little pick me up. They're an essential part of restoring the pH balance of the skin, which is upset after cleansing and helps with the absorption of the serum or moisturiser that follows. Plus they're so quick and easy to use, they won't add much time to your existing skincare routine. These are my current hydration helpers.

Thursday 2 July 2015

June Empties #3

June - thank you for bringing the summer! Although I'll be the first to admit that I did say the words "too hot" once... or maybe twice! The end of another month means another empties post; one of my favourite posts to write and to read.
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