NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Review

With the UK heatwave showing no signs of stopping, it was about time my ghostly pale face matched the rest of my sun kissed body. Last month I went on the hunt for a tinted moisturizer and with so many brands available it was a difficult choice. Eventually after spending way too much time in Space NK I came away with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (I know I’m late to the party, why hadn’t I tried this sooner?)

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I’m always hesitant about splurging on base products as so many break me out/irritate my skin but luckily, after a month of testing out my new purchase, it’s a relief to say that I’ve not had any issues. It’s been the perfect alternative to foundation as it’s much more lightweight which is a godsend for these hot, sweaty days. It does provide slightly less coverage than your average foundation, but that’s exactly what I was looking for this Summer; I don’t know about you but I can’t face packing on a heavy base to sweat it right back off again.

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For those days I need that extra coverage, (which let me tell you my skin is freaking out in this humidity) I use my trusty Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer which blends so well on top of the tinted moisturizer as does the rest of my makeup!

Now I know you’re “supposed” to colour match your base to your jawline/neck and warm up the rest of the face with bronzer, but that just isn’t working for me due to the rest of my body being so dark. So I picked up the shade Medium 1 – St Moritz and it matches the rest of my body perfectly.

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I like to apply the product with my hands, starting in the middle of my face, focusing on my problem areas (for me this is my nose and cheeks) and blending the remainder onto the rest of my face and down onto the neck. I find this technique really works as I’m distributing the product exactly where I want it. It’s also so easy to layer, I like to go in with small amounts and build where I need to. Initially I don’t notice too much of a difference but after about 15mins of letting this absorb into my skin, the results are beautiful and the longer it’s on my face, the better it looks.

3 light layers (pea size amounts) left to melt into the skin with some bronzer & mascara to finish.

My skin is left looking more even and with a tint (just what I wanted). The finish is exactly what it says on the packaging – radiant and natural with a healthy glow. I love that it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on my skin and have no worries about it clogging my pores. Not only does it have the benefit of containing an SPF30/PA +++ but it’s also available in 9 shades, is made without parabens/sulfates and is oil free. I will definitely be picking this up in my Winter shade!

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Affordable Wedding Dresses

This time last year my husband & I cancelled our traditional UK wedding & made the decision to elope to NYC – just the two of us. It was the best decision we ever made and one we will never regret. I remember having just 8 weeks until our special day with no  Bridal dress. We were on a budget, but I wanted to look nice (isn’t that what every bride to be wants?) One year on and with many couples choosing to tie the knot over the Summer months, I thought I’d give any bride to be’s out there some wedding looks for less. Whether you simply don’t have the budget, or just damn right refuse to pay the extortionate prices from bridal stores, these retailers have some great options!

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My dress was from a designer called Ben De Lisi, as were my shoes, both stocked in Debenhams (See Our Wedding Day blog post). I have to admit, Debenhams wasn’t a retailer that was top of my list to look at online; I always thought their stock was aimed at a more mature audience, but I was wrong. My Wedding dress had been there all along waiting for me, so they are definitely worth checking out!

This is one I did order from Debenhams but returned as the beading made the dress feel too heavy to treck around Central Park in. However, it was absolutely stunning and definitely worth trying! 

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Inititally, I picked up this lace detail dress from good ol’ ASOS in the sale for, wait for it….you arn’t even ready…£10!!!!! (arn’t ASOS just the best at selling EVERYTHING?!) and this was the dress I planned on wearing right up until a few days before we flew out to NYC, until… the Ben De Lisi dress from Debenhams came down in price from £200 to £76; it was a sign. Had that dress not been reduced, I would have happily worn this little ASOS number (I even took it to NYC with me for an evening option).

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ASOS no longer have this colour in stock (they do have it in other shades though), however, I have seen the white version on many selling sites such as Ebay and Depop, just search for “ASOS KATE LACE DRESS“.  Sadly I didn’t get round to wearing mine and it still has the tags on. I have thought about selling it but to be honest, it’s such a beautiful dress I feel like I could wear it for our anniversary or another special occasion.

Here are some other affordable dresses which caught my eye and may be helpful to some of you out there who don’t want to break the bank for your special day.

This Ted Baker dress is in the sale and would be perfect for a simple Ceremony/Registry Office. It’s effortlessly classy yet chic.

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This dress from ASOS would be perfect for a Summer wedding/elopement. So simple and flowy, the tie back wins for me and the fact it’s just £27 is a bargain!!

 

Last years Love Island contestant Olivia Buckland wore this Missguided dress on her recent Hen Do and she rocked it! Definitely for those glamorous bride to be’s out there.

 

The final dress I came across was this beauty from Nastygal. I don’t know about you but I love a side leg slit, it’s such a flattering style. If you’re feeling body confident, teamed with some simple jewellery and a beautiful bouquet of flowers, this dress really could look beautiful for an intimate Ceremony.

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I love that the high street are offering more affordable Bridal dresses. Not everyone wants to blow their budget on a dress they’ll probably only wear for that one day. There are so many alternatives out there and I think all of these dresses would suit a variety of ceremonies! Huge congrats to those of you reading this who will be tying the knot soon or are engaged. I hope this post has helped some of you, I know it would have given me a helping hand this time last year.

Summer Style

With some Summer weddings lined up over the coming months I’ve been trying to find the perfect Wedding guest outfit that isn’t going to make me swelter in this ongoing heatwave we appear to be having here in the UK. I came across this gem from H&M and it’s ticked all the boxes!

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The pastel floral print just screams Summer with the lightweight crêpe fabric making it perfect for these hot, humid Summer days/nights. It’s definitely breezy enough to refrain myself from melting, with a concealed side zip, tiny adjustable straps and a lined top which means I can go braless woo (lets face it, who can be dealing with that extra layer of fabric in this heat)! The lace up detail at the back is a nice touch to such a simple dress. The pleats fall in all the right places and being calf length makes it wedding appropriate!  It’s on the more pricey side for H&M but nothing a cheeky lil online discount code couldn’t handle (I found a 15% off code so keep your eyes peeled online). I will be wearing this next weekend to a Wedding Reception (I’ll be sure to take some photo’s of how I style it).

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My love for tassle earrings hasn’t ended yet. I couldn’t help but pick up 2 more pairs on a recent trip to Matalan and you’d never believe they were just £5 each! The neutral colours mean they go with pretty much every outfit. I particularly love the white mother of pearl discs giving them a more beachy vibe.

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On a recent trip to Cardiff to see Ed Sheeran, I couldn’t help but have a quick wander around the City Centre (you can’t go to Cardiff and not shop!) I was in need of a beach bag for an upcoming holiday and this was everything I wanted & more.

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It’s so simple, yet so statement, with the rope handles being a winner for me! I picked this up in TK Max for just £9.99. What a steal!

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The Primark in Cardiff was SO good! I’m really into the bandana/headband trend atm and wanted to pick up another in paisley print. I love this rust shade which compliments my tan if I do say so myself! They’re great for when you want your mane away from your face, whilst still looking fashionable. (TIP: I’ve also been tying my silk head scarfs into a knot around my bust and creating a lil crop top out of them; teamed with denim shorts on the beach on holiday they make a great alternative cover up!

Last but not least, I was on the hunt for a Summer hat that didn’t drown me (I swear I have the same size pea head as when I was a child!). I am IN LOVE with this straw hat from Primark which looks so much more expensive than it’s price tag of just £5. It’s identical to the Zara one which every blogger/Youtuber seems to have for a fraction of the price!

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What Summer trends are you guys loving right now? I’d love to know!

My Summer Must Haves

So far this Summer I have found so many new things I am loving which are just too good not to share with you guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you will already know I am a little bit obsessed with the straw/basket bag trend. And just to switch things up a little I had to get another one. My excuse is, it’s not as bulky and more of a practical ‘every day Summer bag’. There are so many styles and versions out there but this one in particular from Accessorize caught my eye. The floral embroidered raffia pattern and the brown leather strap definitely drew my attention. It’s the perfect size & such a versatile accessory. I’m already getting so much wear out of it.

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Here I’ve styled it with an all white outfit, because lets face it, Summer is the best time of year to wear white and show off the bronzed goddesses that we are. I think the neutral straw shade compliments the white and breaks up the outfit really well.

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Sliders are everywhere right now! I’m in love with the Dune sandal sliders every blogger seems to have atm but didn’t want to splash out on a pair. Instead, I came across these tan leather effect woven sandal sliders and I can’t stop wearing them. They go with EVERYTHING and I mean everything. I am wearing them to death and think I may have to grab a second pair!

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Linen is everywhere throughout the Summer months. It’s such a light, breezy fabric to throw on on those hot humid days. I was on the hunt for a pair of linen trousers and found the pair pictured above, in Primark for just £10. They look amazing with bodysuits, vest tops, tee’s, pretty much anything goes. These are definitely a staple for my Summer wardrobe!

Lets talk tassle earrings. My mum thinks I’m crazy that I like them. But I really do. I think they spice up a simple outfit and can take you from day to night so easily. Like I said, I wear a lot of white during the Summer season and fancied adding a pop of colour. I opted for these beautiful mustard yellow earrings from Accessorize and I absolutely love them. I’m not usually a jewellery kinda gal but for these I make an exception. I think accessories are such a great way to inject colour into your wardrobe if you don’t have the confidence to wear a bright garment.

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Moving onto beauty/skincare. I promised a review of the Kiehls Spf when I first picked it up so lets just get straight into it – It’s amazing. Regrettably, sunscreen has never been a party of my daily skincare routine until now; I never step out the house without slapping on Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50. After years of putting my face through endless years of sun damage I wanted to try out an Spf that had the best protection for my skin. I did a lot of research into which could be the best one and let me tell you this stuff does the job. I love that it doesn’t interfere with my makeup, hasn’t broke me out, while still containing a whole lotta good ingredients that work to protect my skin from them rays.

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If you’re on the hunt for a good spf and like me had the worry that it could cause breakouts and would feel like you’ve wasted your penny’s (‘cos lets face it, this stuff ain’t cheap, but there’s a reason why), definitely give the Kiehls Spf a try, I highly recommend it. I went into a lot more detail in last Sundays video over on my Youtube Channel so check it out if you want to find out more.

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The final product I thought was worth a mention is Charlotte Tilbury’s Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask. This is basically a lightweight moisturizer that you put on before bed which gives your skin a little more hydration with some anti-aging perks thrown in in addition to a flawless, natural colour payoff by morning. Now this mask isn’t going to mean you’re going to wake up with a dramatically different shade to your skin. This is just a subtle, gradual self-tanner for the face.

I like it but I don’t love it. I personally am after a little more of a deeper tan shade because my body is so tanned and my face is pale, I need something to even it all out which this product just doesn’t give the intensity I perhaps require. That being said, I like the natural tint it is giving me which is why I’m still using it while I find a high street alternative. I apply this every other day, it’s streak free and so easy to use. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re after a subtle sunkissed look.

Why you need a Silk Pillowcase

At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself to take better care of my skin and hair. My mum suggested trying out a Silk pillowcase because she was fed of up my constant moaning about waking up with creases on my face from lying in one position and not to mention my frizzy, uncontrollable mess of hair.

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The only down side is that some Silk fabrics hold onto heat, therefore making you sweat, so I wanted to make sure that I found a good quality Silk, because let me tell you, they don’t come cheap. My husband and I decided to use our John Lewis Wedding gift voucher to make the splurge, plus it was the only place I could find that stocked it in white as most websites only seemed to have Ivory (you can tell we’re getting old when we’re excited about Silk pillowcases…what has married life done to us?!) So, the question is, has it been worth the investment?

People said I would see the benefits immediately, but at first I just couldn’t tell a difference. I kept slipping down the pillow, and instantly regretted spending so much on something I thought I wouldn’t use. Fast forward to a couple of weeks later and now I can’t go to bed without it!

Not only do I feel like I’m sleeping in luxury, but the Silk feels so smooth against my skin and hair. My hair no longer feels like it’s getting dragged around when I toss and turn, instead it just glides across the pillow, keeping frizz to a minimum. I love how cooling it feels against my skin, especially convenient for these hot summery nights we’ve been having here in the UK recently.

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The great thing I’ve noticed since changing to a Silk pillowcase is that my night creams no longer get absorbed into the fabric like they did with my standard cotton pillowcase. This is because silk is made up of protein fibres, meaning all the lotions and potions I slap on my face before bed are no longer getting soaked up. And c’mon, who wants to waste all that hard work and dollar trying to keep skin moisturised for it all to get wasted on a pillowcase? Not me. Silk is the way forward let me tell you!

Whilst my skin works overtime during the night; taking it’s time to repair and regenerate, I can now relax with my lavender scented candles and drift off on my luxe silk pillowcase, without the worry of creasing up my face and waking up with hair resembling Marv from Home Alone when he got electrocuted (Google it if you don’t know)! Hallelujah! So if you’re thinking of making the switch to Silk, I say go for it, it definitely has a thumbs up from me!

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L’oreal Elvive Dream Lengths

Do you ever see hair commercials on TV and wonder how the models have such luscious looking locks with not a split end in sight? I definitely do, so when I heard about the new  L’oreal Elvive hair care range ‘Dream Lengths’ claiming to help restore and protect split ends so you don’t need a haircut quite as often, I couldn’t help but add it to my basket.

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My hair is medium to long in length and prone to split ends (definitely due to the fact I avoid a trip to the hairdressers at all costs). I really wish I was one of those people that enjoy having their haircut and soak up what should be relaxing ‘me’ time. But I’m just not that gal. Instead, I sit there staring in the mirror with fear clearly written all across my face, wondering if they’re going to chop too much off, (which, let me tell you, has definitely been the case one too many times!) So you can imagine my joy when I got my hands on the new collection.

The mixture of ingredients including Keratin, Vitamins and Castor Oil sounded like it could transform my limp, lifeless looking hair to somewhat red carpet ready. 

I picked up all four products from the range whilst Boots had an offer on: (The Restoring Shampoo, Detangling Conditioner, Long Hair Mask & No Haircut Cream; the latter is really what sold it to me). To say my expectations were high would be an understatement. 

The first thing I noticed was the scent and the added sparkle, it instantly reminded me of holiday. I’ve been so impressed with the results and highly recommend the Dream Lengths range. Not only does it leave my hair smelling divine, but it looks so much healthier with less visible split ends and feels more nourished and silky smooth! What more could I ask for?

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum Review

Being 28 years young, I knew the day would come when I’d start to notice the unfortunate visible signs of ageing in my skin. My first thought was ‘well it’s all down hill from here, there’s no hope now’ until I popped into my local Boots store where the lovely ladies at the Elizabeth Arden counter gave me a sample of their bestselling serum from the Prevage range.

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The Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum is said to work it’s magic immediately to help reduce signs of visible ageing and overtime to combat environmental damage. There are 2 key ingredients; Idebenone, which works to help support the skin’s natural collagen and Arazine, which soothes the skin whilst still protecting against free radicals and reducing any signs of ageing caused by chronic inflammation. With continued use, the serum is said to significantly reduce the visible appearance of age spots, wrinkles and even deep lines.

So after hearing all of the benefits this serum had to offer and with the hope it would make me look 18 again (gee, the thought that I was 18 ten years ago is scary.. take me back to the days of plump, tight skin) I was intrigued to find out if this bottle of magic was worth the price tag; oh yes, I was pretty gobsmacked to find out this actually retails for a whopping £170…I KNOW!

I’d been trying to make the sample last for as long as possible, using it once or twice a day after cleansing and before moisturizing and it lasted 3 weeks. So after 3 weeks of putting it to the test here’s what I thought.

After several uses I noticed a total difference to the texture of my skin. It’s truly never felt so smooth. It made applying makeup so easy; my foundation glided on like a dream. It felt like the serum almost acted as a primer.

The serum itself is yellow in colour and appeared to give my skin a healthy golden glow.
As for helping to reduce signs of ageing, I definitely felt like it did something. My skin had never looked so radiant! My husband even said “wow what have you done to your face, it looks so smooth and tanned” .. I’ll take that!

I have a deep line next to my eye from being in hospital for a prolonged period of time and laying on the same side. It really gets me down so I was hoping the serum would help to reduce the appearance of it, which it did, ever so slightly, but I feel like if I continued using it it could help reduce it’s visibility even more.

Would I buy this again? Only if I won the lottery or received it as a gift! I personally just don’t think I could justify spending that amount of money on a beauty/skincare product, even if it did make my skin look the best it’s ever looked.

2018 Spring/Summer Trends

With the UK embracing this weeks heatwave, I thought it was only right to dedicate this post to my current favourite Spring/Summer trends and after a bit of an online splurge, I’ve found some great versatile pieces which I can’t wait to wear throughout the season.

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If you didn’t notice already, then where have you been hiding, but straw bags are everywhere this Spring! They come in all shapes and sizes and have pretty much become everyone’s new favourite arm accessory. I’ve definitely jumped on the fashionable picnic bag bandwagon!

I certainly didn’t want to break the bank for a trend that may not be in next Summer so I was extremely happy when I spotted this one from Topshop, retailing at just £27 (unfortunately it did sell out pretty quickly so I’ve linked a similar version here). This bag evokes coastal vibes to me and adds a boho twist to any outfit. I’ve already had so much wear out of it and can’t wait to take this on an upcoming Summer vacay. Not only is it the perfect size to fit my necessities in but the circular shape adds a quirky dimension to a style which I love!

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Is Summer even Summer if you don’t have a broderie anglaise item in your wardrobe? There’s something about broderie anglaise that takes me back to my childhood. It’s a simple, timeless style that looks so expensive and is a staple for my Spring/Summer wardrobe every year. What appears to be a dress, is actually a playsuit from Zara and I am in love. I have been wearing this non stop, and even picked it up in navy too. On cooler days I throw on a black leather jacket or an over-sized denim jacket, grab some white pumps and I’m good to go. It’s such an easy, classic piece to style and is a must have!

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Usually I opt for a very neutral palette, but I thought I’d add a pop of colour into my wardrobe this season and with pastel blue being a big trend this Spring/Summer I thought I’d spice up my outfits a little.

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This dress was the perfect choice to add colour without being too statement. The white  ditsy floral print helps tone down the fact that I’m wearing a colour I normally wouldn’t. The tortoise shell buttons are huge this season and I love that they run down the front of the dress; I choose to unbutton some from the bottom to show a bit more leg (why not embrace that summer tan and get a bit of leg out!) Teamed with some white pumps and an over-sized denim jacket I love how feminine, yet still casual this outfit is. Praying for a good Summer so I can get the wear out of this little number.

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Is there a better way to show off your tan than wearing a fresh crisp white dress? I don’t think so. This is an Asos own brand linen dress with tortoise shell buttons; which I don’t know about you but I’ve been seeing a lot of recently! I feel like as soon as an item has this style of button sewn on, it immediately becomes so much more chic and expensive looking. I can safely say I will be living in this dress. The lightweight linen fabric makes feels so comfortable and can we appreciate that it has pockets…yes pockets (dresses with pockets are always a winner in my eyes)! Teamed with my Topshop straw bag, the tones really compliment each other.

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A mix of safari shorts and an embroidered corset which to me screams mermaid vibes, definitely shouldn’t mix but somehow I just love this outfit. After watching HelloOctober’s recent haul on Youtube, I loved the corset top she tried on which I’d previously been eyeing up on Topshop. The top looked so good on her that I thought I’d give it try and it didn’t disappoint.

It’s definitely a more ‘out there’ piece for me, but I love it nonetheless. It’s so easy to dress up or down and I love the intricate embroidery detailing, it’s unlike anything else I’ve seen on the high street. I’ve been wearing it with black trousers and black court heels for evening drinks , with distressed denim shorts for festivals/parties or as shown in the photo for a bbq with family.

Shorts with a paper-bag waist are an essential for me year after year. The way they cinch you in at the waist is so flattering and the elasticated waist band definitely hides that food baby from all those ice creams you’ve been eating on holiday. These are essentially safari shorts with a feminine twist and the neutral sand shade just makes it so versatile to style!

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Bag of the Season

Straw and wooden style bags are a big hit this Spring/Summer and if you don’t want to pay the price tag of the Cult Gaia Ark Bamboo Bag that everyone is talking about, then I have found the perfect designer alternative.

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This chic half circle bag, handmade from Bamboo, just screams French Riviera vibes and for just £28.99 from a fantastic eBay seller, I couldn’t say no.

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The Cult Gaia Ark Bag has been seen on many celebs, including the beautiful Jessica Alba but I just couldn’t justify the price and when I came across Katelavie’s Instagram feed I  just loved how she styled the bag. I instantly wanted to recreate a similar look and I’m so happy I managed to get my hands on the bag of the season at a fraction of the price.

 

I have a Wedding coming up in Cyprus toward the end of the year and it will make the perfect clutch to go with my outfit!

I love how versatile and statement this bag is. I’ve been teaming it with white culotte trousers and a simple floral cami top; adding this bag just makes any outfit effortlessly stylish. 

 

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This bag is also available in a variety of shades. I opted for the natural beige but I’m tempted to get it in the white too as I already know this is going to be a staple in my wardrobe. The neutral shade also makes it versatile enough to be teamed with pretty much any outfit, from a flowy beach dress on those summer vacay’s to a simple tee and jeans for lunch with the girls. This is a bag that goes with everything and is perfect for any occasion.

Not only is the bag a delight to look at, it’s also lightweight and roomy enough to carry everything I need. It comes in 2 sizes; I chose to go with the small and it’s the perfect size to fit my necessities in. 

It’s different to any bag I’ve ever owned and I can’t wait for the sun to start shining so I can start wearing it. It really is an eye catcher!

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Another way I’ve chosen to style the bag is by popping a satin paisley print scarf around the handle and tied into a bow.  This gives the bag a more boho, casual vibe and I’m 100% down for that look.

 

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2018 Skincare Routine

Over the years I have experimented with many skincare brands, but for the past few years I have been using the same products and skincare routine and it has been working wonders for my skin.

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I’ve indulged in my fair share of high end skincare products mainly because I’m a sucker for the beautiful packaging, but over the years I’ve always gone back to my Boots Simply Sensitive Face Cleansing Lotion which I use both in the morning and at night. I love the simplicity of this product, it’s not overloaded with ingredients but does contain aloe vera which feels so soothing on the skin. I apply with just my fingers in the morning, and a cotton pad in the evening. It’s so quick and easy and within minutes my skin is left feeling soft and refreshed.

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You may or may not have heard about the moisturiser loved amongst many celebrities from Kate Beckinsale to Joanna Lumley. Astral Cream is known to keep skin looking plump and hydrated, I have used this since a course of acne treatment left my skin looking and feeling dry and lifeless. I use this day and night. It is a very rich moisturiser that takes a fair while to sink in but smells like a dream and feels so nourishing on the skin.

I feel like this is a very Marmite product, you either love or hate it. I love it and definitely feel like it needs more recognition. Astral Cream has been used through the generations of my family, once used by my Gran who had the most beautiful and youthful skin, my mum also swears by this stuff and now I’ve hopped on the bandwagon.

One of the main reasons I love this moisturiser is because it’s simple, it’s not packed full of ingredients, it just does what a mosituriser should do; deliver extra moisture to hydrate the skin. I’ve tried so many moisturisers which contain so many perfumes and ingredients which just leaves my skin irrtitated. I’ve found the more simple I keep my skincare routine, the calmer my skin is. So if like me you struggle with dry skin and you’re in the market for a new moisturiser, this is definitely worth a try!

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I exfoliate approximately once, sometimes twice a week depending on how much makeup I have worn and literally swear by The Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads. After cleansing I massage this into my skin, wash away with warm water and then splash with cold water to close my pores before moisturing. It’s gentle on the skin just like it says in the title. It smells so delicious I could just eat it up! This is very much a creamy exfoliator that helps eliminate the dead skin cells and impurities. Every time I use this, I feel like my skin has had a deep clean. My skin noticeably looks smoother, pores are less prominent and the overall texture of my skin looks and feels much softer. I even used this on the morning of my Wedding Day because I knew my makeup would apply so much better after exfoliating. I love this so much I even got their body exfoliator which I’ve also been loving.

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I had struggled for far too long trying to find something that could remove my eye makeup without leaving my eyes feeling itchy, red and sore until I came across Boots eye makeup remover pads. They come in a handy little pot making it great for travelling! They are basically a pot of 40 makeup wipes for your eyes. They are fragrance free and remove every single trace of my eye make-up within seconds. The only thing I have found is that it claims to remove water proof mascara and on the very rare occasion that I do wear it, I do struggle to get it all off with these. But I don’t wear waterproof mascara all that often so these are perfect for me!

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I’ve been using the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for about a year now and I love how moisturising this is around the eye area. It makes applying under eye concealer so much easier after using this and it must be good if my husband thinks I haven’t noticed him using it! For such a small pot this is actually lasting me a fair while! The only thing is I do think it is slightly over priced, so if you have any other eye cream suggestions please do let me know as I think I’d like to try something more for anti-ageing, y’know now I’m nearing the end of my 20’s this girl gotta prevent those wrinkles!

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Now that Spring is here I’ve dipped back into my Clarins HydraQuench Cream for days where I need a little more moisture. I love the Clarins Hydraquench range, I always find myself adding these products into my skincare routine during Spring/Summer to add a little more moisture into the skin which is much needed after a day in the sun! I also find their Hydrquench range leaves a cool, calming sensation on my skin, making it the perfect addition to my spring/summer skincare. I love the luxe packaging of this moisturiser; there’s just something about a glass container that makes me feel like I’m really spoiling myself with a product.

I tend to use this as a day cream as although it is for normal-dry skin, it is a lightweight formula. This cream also has the added benefit of containing Hyaloronic Acid! I’m not sure if you can still buy this exact cream anymore as Clarins have updated their Hydraquench range, though I think they may have just changed their packaging and added SPF so I will link their new cream which looks pretty much the same as this one.

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For those days where I feel like a bit more of a pamper and my skin needs some extra tlc, I like to use a face mask. The Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask is one of my favourites. It is a very creamy texture, just what you’d expect from the name and contains Katafray Bark Extract which aids in restoring the skin’s ideal moisture balance. I apply with my fingers all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for around 5 to 10 minutes, rinsing away with warm water. I remove any excess with a wet cotton pad. My skin instantly feels soft and hydrated. I like to use this once a week and my skin definitely thanks me for it!

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The one thing missing from my regime is spf. I know I know, it’s so bad! I’ve tried heaps and all of them seem to break me out. If anyone has any good suggestions please let me know I’d be forever grateful!

Oh and FYI the ESPA Diffuser in the photograph is THE most amazing scent in my bathroom! I received it for my birthday and it’s pretty much ran out so I need to invest in another (the only thing is they are quite pricey, but they smell heavenly).