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Products I've loved in January

Maybe its the weather, but for some reason my top products of this month are mostly skincare. The winter that makes me really think about my skin and am always on a mission to hydrate it and have a glowing complexion. 
Pixi Glow Tonic- £18.00- I don't need to go into too much detail as a recent post uploaded was all about my new love for exfoliating toners. This one in particular is my favourite. My skin has never looked as good as what it does now and I believe its all down to this product. Might sound pricey to some but it really is so worth it. Read my other post HERE
Lipstick Queen- Medieval- Came in set- This is a great lipstick for a quick pick up or on route from work to dinner or a night out. It's quite sheer but gives your lips a nice bitten look. Would be a perfect lippy for people scared to wear bright reds as you can see this on the lips quite obviously but in a subtle way. Lovely and smooth on applying however hasn't got much staying power. But that doesn'…

In a rush make up choices

One of those mornings when you'd rather stay in bed than get up for work? This is me most mornings and because of extra 5/10 minutes snoozing make up time is shortened. For these situations which I have to admit occur more more at the moment I need a quick routine that won't fail me.
Base: Recently I've been skipping wearing foundation or tinted moisturiser and have just gone for concealer on areas of redness and then lightly powdering all over the face to lock the concealer in. Super quick and effective. I only use this concealer on my face and not my eyes as I find it creases on me. I have so much love for this powder and in desperate need of a new one. 
Brows: As you already know I'm a huge brow lover and as much as I love my Soap and Glory Archery I like to use my old trusty friend, the angled brush and powder. This way I can apply it quickly and roughly and looks quite natural and neat. I use the powder as from day to day I just want to fill them in so they are not…

Food and the West End

So a bit of a different Monday post as spontaneously myself and Tony booked last minute tickets to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical in London Saturday and felt like it would be nice to share my day and my thoughts. It's a musical we've wanted to see for a while now and was on our 2015 to do list. * Sighs as it feels so good to tick something off. Spending a day in London we had to naturally eat at an amazing restaurant too. Heres how my Saturday went:

Food:
I've heard Anna, Lily and Suzie go one about this place so it had to be experiences. Homeslice was the choice for dinner and I am so happy we went. A lovely intimate place with few tables and a nice set of staff, it has such a lovely welcoming feel and obviously.....great food. A 20inch pizza that can be half and half or just one topping, we were in heaven and they were great with allergy help. I had a cheeky glass of wine which comes in a huge bottle, you drink how much you want and they measure it at …

Sunday round up - 4 -

This week has been crazy for me for many reasons. Work has been nuts with observations and so on. The outcome was brilliant so put me in an amazing mood for the rest of the week, and turned out to be an awesome week and weekend. Enjoy my extra long fun week :)

1- My love for soya Starbucks drinks is forever growing, and now they do a caramel sugar free syrup..... my hot chocolates are banging.

2- New Japanese restaurant has opened in the city near where I live and it is amazing. I feel I will no longer have an urge to visit Wagamamas as this is so authentic, yummy and a good price.

3- Last minute tickets purchased for Charlie and the Chocolate factory. I was not disappointed at all. Considering I've wanted to see this for so long my excited was so high half an hour before going in. Review up tomorrow by the way!

4- Having bad skin times? Well this is my new saviour. I love the way this Aesop mask helps to smooth my skin and help eliminate spots and dryness.

5- Yoga with Adriene i…

Fashion Friday - Staple dress

Most girls have a dress they can rely on. A dress that you know will suit many occasions, looks nice with loads of different pairs of shoes, jackets and various make up looks. Well....this is mine. 

Such a simple dress but once on looks so much more. The way it fits is so flattering and being a polka dot pattern is just timeless. The three quarter length sleeves are lovely but can annoy me at times. In the winter I like to wear this with tights, boots a leather jacket and a nice big scarf, but can easily adapt the summer weather just by wearing a cardi and dolly shoes you are good to go for a trip along the seaside. 

Having stumbled across this during a Topshop sale I hope this beauty will last me a while as I have got so much wear out of it I'm hoping it will survive a while more. I might have to start hand washing it as it is slowly shrinking in the wash....even on a 30 wash!! :(

Do you have a staple dress you bust out when all else fails? 

Thanks so much for reading!
Yay to the week…

Exfoliating toners

Not long ago, I posted about toner and how it didn't really excite me nor did it interest me. But I can happily say that I have found a love for toner....exfoliating toners.
When do I use it? I only use these at night and alternate between the Clearasiland the Pixi glow tonic. I find if I use these twice a day my skin doesn't feel as fresh and doesn't look as fresh looking. I guess it's just me.
What are the benefits? Exfoliating toners contain acid which is actually a better exfoliator than using something with those horrible beads and that, that I've actually found to make my skin feel sore. Using an exfoliating toner also helps with dehydration of the skin. They help your skin lock in moisture which is amazing as our skin goes through so much that drys it out.....central heating, air conditioning, sunbathing, smoking (if you do) and the list goes on.
Do I feel a difference? Yes yes yes! My skin has never felt and looked so good and fresh. I've even had people at w…

My Space.NK wish list

Space.NK is one of my all time favourite luxury beauty stores. It is far too pricey for me to justify spending money there all the time like I do with Boots but every now and again it's so nice. Below are items that are on my current SPACE.NK wish list.

Sarah Chapman overnight facial- £46 -
You hear so many people going on about this product and it just makes me want to try it more and more. The hype is crazy with people saying its the best all in one facial product they have ever tried!! I need to get this in my life.

Diptyque tubereuse coloured scented candle- £55 -
I love a good Diptyque candle, and this one just sounds and smells so lovely. You just can't go wrong with these candles, no matter what the fragrance.

Chantecaille just skin tinted moisturiser- £58 -
Can't remember how many years I have wanted to try this for but I do know that it was way back when Tanya Burr first included it in a video. At such a crazy price for a tinted moisturiser, this is supposed to be lovel…

Sunday round up -3-

Another week gone, and it's consisted of my fav things...most of it anyway.
1- The life of a teacher....One of my new years resolutions was to keep evenings and weekends work free. But that changed as soon as things started to hot up. After Monday I will be back on the resolution band wagon and will have my evenings to myself and the boy.
2- A post I have wanted to write since December. Even though I always bang on about red lipstick and orange red I am such a sucker for pink. Typically girly of me but pink just attracts me. One of my first MAC lipsticks was a pink and ever since my love for them is still strong, but comes in waves of when I reach for them.
3- A day trip out with the other half. A yummy smoothie from M&S and some dividers for my project life, I was a happy bunny. I am desperate to make my project life a piece of art so will be stocking up on supplies and booking fun things to do.
4- Real Techniques brushes are the one!!! You can't go wrong, and because I love …

Lips and cheeks are pretty in pink

I've always been a red or orangey-red kinda girl. If you go through my lip products the majority you will see are those shades. Having said this I do have a little group of pink lip products that I have and seem to have waves of when I'm attracted to use them. It might be the fact I'm lusting for the loveliness of sunshine, warmth and the greenery of spring  but all I know is that I'm loving pink on my lips and cheeks.
Products listed from left to right:
Mac Pink Nouveau is a lipstick I like to wear when I really want to get myself to stand out. I like it on a girlie night out with a dark outfit so my lips really stand out.  Natural collection blush in pink cloudis just so pretty and gives you the perfect pink rosy cheeks that really do look natural and like your not wearing any blush at all.  Collection Cream puff in Cotton Candy lasts forever on your lips! Its such a great price and feels lovely and smooth to apply this is just a dream to wear day and night for a subtle …

So much love for Real Techniques

Real techniques are a very popular brand of makeup tools not just with bloggers, but with a wide variety of women. As they are sold in Boots, I regularly see all generations picking the brushes up, especially on a 3 for 2. You could say that I didn't need to buy anymore brushes? But saying that I think it's always nice to have a few options for each type of brush so it keeps the washing of brushes down. That might sound lazy but it's nice to have a few crease brushes when mixing up eye shades, and as you can see have taken over my brush holder.

But why do we love RT so much? They are reliable. I feel that's the biggest factor of their success. They wash well, apply well, don't loose shape and are affordable and easily accessible. It makes them even more lusted over seeing them being used by the creators themselves on YouTube, you know that they're good if they are using them. Might be a bit bold but I feel I could live with just real techniques brushes (but bein…

Sunday round up -2-

Another week has shot by and before we know it, it will be February....... Sorry, but it had to be said. I had some great feedback from you lovely lot about my first Sunday round up and how much you liked the style of post, so its here again. Hope you enjoy what my week has consisted of.

From left to right:


1- My first fashion post all on my new boots that Santa was kind enough to get me. I love them both equally and it upsets me that I can't wear them more during the week because of work, but weekends I can't get them off my feet. Go check the post out HERE !

2- Having to cut out dairy from my diet I often have to buy vegan food. It was hard to get used to as it does taste different, especially the sheese (cheese) but its not something I can ignore so its my life now. These chocolate bars are the best vegan chocolate ever. It actually tastes like Nutella, no joke. If you ever see them in a health food or whole food shop defo pick one up and have a taste (or buy HERE) . Do you th…

Fashion Friday -2- Roll neck

I hear so many mixed opinions about roll necks. A bit like marmite, either loving them or hating them. I am one of the ones that loves them. Anything that can keep you that little bit warmer are a-ok with me. 


I bought this one the end of last year from Topshop (<- link to a similar one) and still can't get enough of it. Goes with so much, jeans, skirts, underneath a sleeveless jumper or over the top of a dress I can't stop wearing it. This Topshop one isn't that thick which I like as layering with it is easy and can be taken places as a jumper to just throw on. I am yet to invest in a big thick one......hmmmm snug.

Do you like roll necks? Are they on your shopping list?
Thanks for reading! xoxo

REN Clarifying toner

In a previous post I mentioned that I'm not much of a toner fan, I don't get excited over them and don't look forward to new releases of them and so on. I picked this up when my Liz Earle toner finished, as I was in Marks and Spencer  strolling with the mother I spotted this and bought it as I had seen it around before and love REN products anyway. 
I started using this during a breakout and this was the only new product in my routine that had changed at the time and have to say that my break out started to clear up very quickly after using this in the evening, my redness had already reduced in the morning. It might be a coincidence but I would like to believe that it's the product. To me a toner is a toner and that is how I will always see them however if you suffer with any sort of acne/spot issues this could help you! I get hormonal breakouts and will be happy knowing now I have something to help and am prepared by using this which will hopefully help to keep it a lo…

Skincare empties

It's a new year and I needed to clear out my stash of empty containers. I tend to go through skincare products quicker than make up as I have a larger variety of make up so takes me a little longer to use up a whole product. Over a few months I have collected some empty containers having used up the product. As you can see I have an all time favourite included.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic- £13.25-  I have actually used up a lot more than just the one bottle of this lovely stuff. I'm not really that into toners if that makes sense. They don't get me excited or anything but are a step that I always take in my morning and evening skincare routine. I normally stock up on cleanse and polish in a set which you normally get this with it, so it makes sense to use it up. It does leave my skin fresh and soft and is especially great in the morning as it really does wake your skin up. Alcohol free your skin doesn't feel drying at all and is actually quite moistured. 
Garnier …

Sunday round up -1-

A new year and a new -Thats-just-me post. I felt my Sunday post needed to be something easy to read, a little lifestyle esc post and all that jazz so have started doing a Sunday round up of my week. I warn you now, as a full time school teacher I don't get to do much/have a life during the week so the majority of my Sunday chats will be food and more food. If you are an Instagram user (please go follow me). Having said this one of my new years resolutions with my boyfriend is to DO more, so hopefully this will change how my week is.

So from left to right:
1- Went to Bluewater shopping centre to shop the sales and was more excited about trying a new flavour Bubbleology, white peach if your interested. And it was so good!!!
2- Had a lovely mexican lunch in Cafe des Amis. A favourite place for Orlando Bloom to eat, yes ladies you heard that right.
3- The new release of the Real Techniques Bold Metal collection. I need me some of that for sure but have heard that there's crazy waiting…

Fashion Friday -1- Boots

If I'm not wearing Converse then I'm wearing Vans, story of my 2014 life. I had got into a habit of ditching all my other shoes and just wore trainers the whole time. It was time I changed my ways and my old shoes are going and new ones are coming in. Say hello to my new boot friends to see me through 2015 and beyond. 

Topshop Mine boots- £80-:
I've needed a new pair of nice high boots for a couple of years (since I bought my ambush boots) and hadn't found any that stepped up to the mark until these. The gold detailing brought my attention and lust for these as it gives them a bit of a luxe look, very designer esc. They may look high but I assure you when you have them on it doesn't feel high because of the slight wedge, and they are so light and comfy. I will be keeping these for occasions and evenings out as I don't do well with any heel that I have to wear for a long time. 




Russell and Bromley Berkley boots- £195-:
A nice flat pair of boots for those wondering a…