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You should go to Specsavers | Max & Co

A great pair of glasses can really add so much to your outfit. Such a great accessory that I find can actually compliment a make up look, instead of covering it up. Some girls I've spoken to about glasses and how they feel wearing them have said that they'd never dream of wearing them on a night out or at an occasion. I'm definitely the opposite end. I love to wear my glasses out, kind of like my alter ego. 

I've gone to Specsavers my whole life and have only ever got my eyes tested and bought glasses from them, so when Specsavers asked if I wanted to get some new frames and share my choice with you I jumped at the chance. 




After trying on pair after pair I started going back to these Max and Co frames. Something a little different to any others I own. I love the way they slightly flick on the outer edges and the legs are a lovely baby pink, almost pearlescent effect that makes the black stand out. Of course the quality is spot on and feel very sturdy and comes in a good…

Skincare: The one with the clay mask

Those times when your skin's crying out for some TLC, I like to mix up my skincare routine to try and accommodate its needs. This particular day my skin was tired, dull and felt like blemishes were brewing ready to unleash themselves. With this in mind I pulled out my ultimate favourites for those key things my skin needed help with.
My evening cleanser won't change until someone lets me in on something that's better than the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It does what you need it to do, but does it in a way thats calming yet invigorating, and really does seem to help with regard to dull looking skin. Having combination skin and a very oily T-Zone the cleansing gel also helps to even out my skin and the dry sections are becoming more normal than flakey dry. 
I like to use a deep cleansing mask on a Sunday and Wednesday. Today is a Sunday, and I went for the Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask as my lady time is up and knowing my body I was waiting for the moment when …

December reds for all your party occasions

Its standard to sport a red lip during the month of December to turn an average make up look, into a festive beaut. I've got quite a large collection of reds as its just classic and you can't go wrong, but these are my go to for the range of occasions the party seasons throws at you.

Popping into town red: I don't know about you but this year I'm quite behind with my Christmas shopping and popping into town every now and again is becoming a frequent occurrence. Because of this I need something thats quick and even something I can pop on in my car mirror or as I'm walking to grab a coffee. For this I head for the Revlon balm stain in Rendezvous. So easy to apply and gives a lovely red sheen to the lips. 

Social gathering red: Whether it be for a coffee or for one or two drinks with friends, I always go for something with a bit of pop and something that will stick around whilst sipping on a continuous string of decaf almond lattes. Beet from MAC is one that I love to w…

The Aldi cream I've added to my skincare routine

A bright sunny Sunday morning, 10:05am exactly I turned up at my local Aldi to a que of cars having to fight for a parking space (which is never normally the case). My friend at work had mentioned about Aldis Lacura caviar cream which was being compared to La Prairie which is sold in places like Harrods for £292 for 50ml! Us knowing Aldi it wasn't going to be near that price, and instead was asking for prices around the £7.99 mark. So, back to me setting the scene. By the time I got into Aldi all of the locals had gotten in and had all of the evening creams so I was left stretching over a crowd to get to the left overs. I managed a day cream, peel and intensive sets. This meant that my local Aldi sold out of all of their caviar products in about 15 minutes flat (but don't worry as they are back in stores on 17th December). 



I've been using these products for weeks now and I'm happy to have tried them out but without trying out the expensive one, I can't really compa…

Batiste to the rescue! Just in time for party season

Washing my hair is a chore that I'm most definitely not a fan of and would rather put it off until my hair is super greasy. I like to wash it every three days but depending on going to the gym or evening commitments it can vary. Dry shampoo has always been a staple for me because of how lazy I am with washing my hair and can act as a styling product at the same time, and Batiste is a brand that I've used for years.

As you can see there a vast range (which not all have been included here) and you might be wondering 'What one should you use?'. Well, your standard dry shampoo that comes with different scents (floral, blush ,cherry and bloom) which  come out white and our able to dry out and sign of grease and get your hair looking fresh. I must admit, it took me a little while to get used to the distance to hold the can from your head to prevent turning into a grey haired granny. When you have the nack all is good and you'll end up relying on having a can at home.

Batis…

Three from Lush

Having recently suffered one of the worst allergic reactions to medication I'd ever experienced, I had to lay off the scented products for a week or so. This made me really miss my lush bath and shower times and as soon as I could use them again, my love affair rekindled. These three are just a few of the products I came home with after the Lush winter event that I started using again just the other day and knew these had to be my top three that I share my thoughts on. 
American Cream is a hair conditioner which my hair certainly thanked me for after just one use. I've said this numerous times now, my hairs not in the best condition and after a long time of continuous highlights its pretty dry. The smell reminds me of those hard boiled sweets that have pink and white swirls on as it's a gorgeous strawberries and cream scent. If like me, you can suffer with occasional flakes, then you should give this a try as the sage and lavender help to soothe and calm the scalp. 


Santas B…

It's a Pixi kinda feeling

Using the Pixi Glow Tonic most days for around a year now is something that I'm not looking to replace any time soon. It deserves the hype it gets and if you're yet to try it, it's actually available in large M&S stores. Having this much love for the glow tonic meant only one thing. I had to check out what else they have to offer, and in other words, shopping! 

The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist has been apart of my bedside table beauty group for a little while now. Some days I arrive home from a long day at work and immediately take off my make up, so by the time my Lumie light dims and my book is put to one side, my skin can feel quite dry and tight. I spray a couple of times (three or four lets be real) all over my face and follow with a general anti ageing serum. This especially helps with the colder times we're experiencing right now and gives a nice boost of moisture to the skin. 

I try to use the Glow Peel Pads on a Sunday as a little treat but if my skin needs mor…

Discovering my true relationship with beauty

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has make up free days, in which you lounge in the house watching episode after episode on Netflix (ok that bit might just be me) being very relaxed and chilled. My most recent make up free day actually turned into seven full days and still counting. It seems that my body wasn't keen on a new medication I'd been prescribed which resulted in a full body rash and serious facial swelling, meaning; no make up, no skincare, and no Lush cosmetics baths or showers. Yep, the beauty bloggers cold turkey! 

During this period of isolation (literally only leaving the house for doctor and hospital visits) I've really thought about my relationship with beauty. What it is to me, why do I like to have a strict skincare routine morning and night, why do I apply make up, why do I own ten different red lipsticks and five different mascaras? Now being the seventh day without anything beauty coming near my body, I've found some answers to my question…

A Coppering look

An in your face pop of colour is right up my street whether thats colour on the eyes or the lips, and in this case I went for the eyes. When I go for something that is quite bold I like to have a fuss free base and face make up. A natural look with good brows compliments any bold make up statement you fancy rocking.

For my base I chose the Boujois Healthy Mix as it is basically non traceable once pushed (with my beauty blender) into the skin. Its great to cover small imperfections and does give a lovely glow to the skin. I've been testing out Benefits Air Patrol for some time now and gives such a good prep for shadow. It somehow makes the colour of your eyeshadow more intense and opaque. Good brows are such a 'thing' and to not spend the majority of your make up time on your brows. This Revlon Brow Fantasy is quick to use and is great to have pencil and gel. Mac Peaches seems to go really well with this shadow giving a slight flush of colour. 

Now looking at the item in the …

Bedside beauty revisited

Beauty doesn't just finish when I wash my face and blast through my evening skincare routine, it follows me to bed. I have a few key products I use when in bed and a couple were featured in my last 'night stand' beauty post but theres also a few newbies.


My Lumie light is my evening saviour and swear by it and turn it on at the same time as when I light my Orla Kiely candle which smells lovely and was a TKMaxx find. As standard my This Works deep sleep spray and balm are used the majority of the time. As well as using my Lumie to slowly get myself in sleep mode the This Works products help with that too. The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist is a newbie and even though I haven't had it long, I already feel like it's going to be a staple. I use this more so if I did my evening skincare quite early in the evening and my skin starts to feel dry or in the morning giving it a quick boost. My lips get incredibly dry in the colder months and the EOS lipbalm is my chosen balm right…

How many lipsticks do you carry in your bag?

You've heard of the crazy cat lady, well say hello to the crazy lipstick lady who can't stop carrying a handful of lipsticks in my handbag on a daily basis. To justify this extra baggage I like to carry around, I keep in mind those days when you have last minute change of plans, an impromptu dinner out or you just fancy a pop of colour to get you through the food shop. 
For this post I just dived into my bag and these were the culprits that were filling up my make up bag. All five lipsticks I feel will be my most used this winter.
1: Charlotte Tilbury 'Red Carpet Red' has featured on the blog already and with that you can tell it's a good egg. Long lasting, easy to apply (but requires a mirror), and is such a nice classic red that looks great against pale skin. 2: Lipstick Queen "Medieval' is sheer and more of a tint than a lipstick really. This is definitely my go to quick slap something on my face colour and no need for a mirror and is super creamy and just…

Spending a wintery evening with Lush

When an email from Lush arrived into my inbox I instantly said yes (to myself) even before knowing what the email was asking of me. Autumn / winter is my favourite time of year and tend to shop more at Lush due to the increased amount of baths I have when the weather changes, so when I scrolled down the email where in bold it said, 'Preview of winter collection' I was a super excited.
A nice small group of bloggers from my local area were asked to come along and were greeted with bucks fizz and snacks and had a bit of a low down on what to expect from the evening. We were then left to explore, with a member of staff on each product area we were given demos and learnt all about Lush as a company, and the background of individual products. 




To start the evening myself and Harriet moved swiftly to the FUN section of the store to start building our snowman. Fun can be used for literally anything from shampoo, bubble bath and to even wash your clothes (I know I was shocked when we we…

Nanokeratin refining shampoo and mask: making my hair manageable

Knotty, damaged and very dry best describes my hair. Long have I wanted soft to the touch hair that my fingers can just glide through with ease. So when these landed through my door, I couldn't wait to try them out and see if they could work their magic.

The normal shampoos I use are either the Catwalk Oatmeal one or a trusted Herbal Essence which might not be the best, but they work well with my hair and its condition. I find that some shampoos can make my hair quite greasy quickly and tend to only wear it down for one day and they its up in the standard pineapple hairstyle we all sport. The shampoo is nice, although after washing it out it sort of felt that it had dried my hair out (if that even makes sense). It didn't lather up much compared to other shampoos and was tough to get the amount from the sachet to cover all of my long locks, but overall was good in terms of application. 

Normally I'm not a huge fan of using masks because, if I'm honest I'm lazy. I want…

A beauty bloggers haul

A recent trip to a Fenwick beauty event and a shopping day in London, meant that a few beauty purchases were made. The majority of things I h'd been longing for for a while and when I'm in my happy shopping frame of mind I tend to work through my wish list and this is what happens. 
First stop was the Fenwick Canterbury beauty event. They've got quite a nice range of different brands however need to bring in some more like Charlotte Tilbury (I really hope it happens). I went straight over to Benefit as recently Lisa Potter-Dixons YouTube has been on repeat for me and have noticed a number of Benefit products creeping onto my list. I'd seen a few reviews of Air Patrol and wasn't convinced until I saw a quick demo on Instagram and was amazed with the sort of base it created ready for eyeshadow. They're Real is a Benefit product I'll never not have in my make up collection, in black, and in blue. Blue mascara takes me back to the 90s and I used to wear it in my…

Brunch at Vintage Salt

The amazing thing with social media is that it can make you want something, do something or go somewhere in a matter of seconds. Whether it's a brand or a blogger word gets out in the blink of an eye and I for one go straight ahead and add it in my diary. Vintage Salt was brought to my attention through the endless amounts of bloggers attending events there or just going to food and Instagramming what they had. I knew I had to go because the food just looked amazing, especially the deserts!

The begin your Vintage Salt experience a private lift takes you up to the roof of Selfridges. Themed from the word dot it really does feel like an experience and not just a bog standard restaurant. The waitress that greeted us at the entrance was so polite and friendly (add was sporting some great eyeshadow blending). We were taken to our seats and straight away was given a bottle of water to refresh before making our big decision. 

A brunch meal is so easy for me to choose. As soon as I spy avoc…