Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Battle of the Face Oils

I only recently discovered the wonders of facial oils and have been completely converted. I love using oil on my face instead of a moisturiser a few times a week to give my skin an extra boost and some much needed moisture. I currently have 3 favourite facial oils which I alternate between depending on my needs.

The first facial oil I bought was the Champneys Moisturising Facial Oil, which as you can see, is very well used. I love this oil for everyday use, and often add a drop to my usual moistursier to give an extra bit of moisture. This one is really soothing and simple and smells delicious. It has quite a rich texture so you only need a tiny drop for your face. Therefore, it lasts forever. I have had this bottle for about 2 years now and it is still going!

The second oil I use is the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This is more of an elixir and not as 'oily' as the other two. I often use this before applying a moisturiser as well at night time as I find it is not quite moisturising enough on its own. The oil is described as "a replenishing elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals to visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning." I use this by putting 2-3 drops on my hands then rubbing them together and breathing the smell in deeply before patting it gently into the skin. The natural scent is so relaxing and always helps me to sleep. I would highly recommend it as a weekly treatment for tired or dull skin.

And finally, I have saved the best 'til last. My all time favourite facial oil is the Antipodes Divine Face Oil with Avocado Oil and Rosehip. This is an absolute hero product of mine and works wonders on tired, dull skin. I use this before bed after cleansing my face instead of a moisturiser. I 'push' it into my skin rather than rubbing as this helps it to penetrate further. I always wake up with glowy, soft skin the morning after and my face feels bright and fresh all day. I use this about 2 or 3 times a week or whenever I need a boost.

Have you tried any of these oils? 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Mummy Day

Last Sunday I took my mum up to London for Mothers Day. We hadn't had a day out in London for ages as working up there during the week, the last thing I want to do at the weekend is face the long train journey and hustle and bustle again. However, my mum had been begging me for a while so I thought it was about time. I managed to get some cheap tickets for the West End show- The Commitments which I suprised her with a few days before and then we planned our little day trip around that. 

We decided to go up quite early and make the most of it. As it was a beautiful sunny day we managed to see London at its finest. We originally planned to go straight to The Breakfast Club for brunch as soon as we arrived. However, coming round the corner of the street we soon realised this was an unnobtainable feat....! Forgetting that it was a Sunday morning and prime brunch time, we hadn't anticipated the queue for the infamous brekkie spot. The queue went all the way down the street! We decided it probabaly wasn't worth the wait and went exploring to find elsewhere for a spot of brunch. We were planning on going to our classic
- Pain Le Quotidien, however we noticed a great little bar next to it and decided to give that a try instead. It was a place called Central & Co right opposite Liberty's. Although the decor inside was lovely, we decided to make the most of the British sunshine and sat outside to appreciate it. We had a delicious brunch of Heuvos Rancheros followed by granola and a side of iced coffee. It was absolutely delicious and the perfect breakfast to set us up for the day. We then popped into my favourite place- Ben's Cookies to grab a cheeky snack for the theatre later! 

Next we headed over to Camden. I love Camden in the sunshine, it feels like you are in another country with all the food stalls and amazing smells! We had an explore of the markets and into the Stables, which my Mum had never been to before. We soon lost track of time and rushed back to Leicester Square for our matinee show. 

The Commitments was great with some good sing along songs and lots of dancing at the end! After the show we headed to a bar opposite the theatre for some happy hour mojitos! Me and Mum can't seem to go anywhere without having a mojito...and as it was happy hour 2 4 1,of course we had to have double the amount! A little too much rum later, it was time for food. We decided to go over to Goodge Street area where there is an abundance of food places. We fancied a Pan Asian type food so settled on Dim T, which does the yummiset food. We had quite a large selecton, and of course, eyes bigger then our bellies. After stuffing ourselves, it was time to head home on the long commute. 

All in all, we had another wonderful day out, the perfect Mothers Day and some great quality time with my mum! 

Saturday, 29 March 2014


Today requires me to crack my sunglasses out! There is nothing better than a sunny Saturday chilling in the garden and catching up on some blog posts which is all I have been doing today. As well as having a spring clean of all my makeup and beauty items which I have accumulated too much of recently!

I am going to wear this outfit to go to London tomorrow with my mum for Mothers Day. We love a good girly day out in London full of eating, drinking and sightseeing and I am treating her to a theatre show too. We are are going to see The Commitments which I am very excited about- the perfect day out.

These are my new favourite trousers. If you know me you will know I am a big fan of funky trousers and these are the latest addition to my collection. My boyfriend actually chose these for me for Valentines day. He firstly bought me running gear...for Valentine's Day... which I politely rejected so he took them back and got me these instead! Second time lucky. I also bought this little cami top recently which is the most beautiful colour and perfect for a bit of sunshine. I have also received mixed reviews for my funky sunglasses chain. Very granny-ish, but I love it. I am forever loosing my sunglasses or leaving them places, so this chain is both practical and I think it looks pretty cool too. What do you think?
Trousers- River Island
Top- River Island
Shoes -Ebay
Coat- H&M
Sunglasses- Primark
Sunglass Chain- H&M
Watch- Uniform Wares 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Skincare Empties

I have come to that time when all of my favourite beauty products are running out on me all at the same time. A beauty girls worst nightmare! However, as a silver lining to my cloud, this gives me the opportunity to write a little 'empties' post for you about these great products which I have come to the end of and will more than likely be replacing.

So first up is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I actually received this product in the amazing goody bag from the Nottingham Bloggers Meet Up about a year ago now, and being one of those people who likes to finish one product before moving onto the next, I patiently kept this stored away for a while. When I started using it (along with the infamous Cleanse and Polish) it was like a breath of fresh air for my skin. The routine just works wonders and I use this toner every evening as a great wayof finishing off my routine before moisturising. It ensures that my skin is completely clean and fresh before applying more product to it. Shockingly, even after double cleansing I sometimes wipe this one with a cotton wool pad and still find some dirt comes off on the pad. It contains organic aloe vera, as well as calendula, chamomile, cucumber and Vitamin E, all amazing ingredients for soothing and refreshing the skin. I will definitely be re-purchasing this beauty again! 

Secondly, is my all time favourite face tanner, Lancome Flash Bronzer. This is the second bottle of the stuff I have bought and I have already got another one lined up for this ones departure. This stuff really is great and gives your face a subtle natural tan with absolutely no chance of streaks or mess. I use this every once and a while when I tan my body so that I am even and to give my face an extra glow. I don't like using tanning product which say they are for body and face as I think they are two completely different types of skin, so I like having one which is specifically designed for the face. It really is the best one I have ever used and so glad I discovered this gem!

Next is my beautiful little pot of Steamcream. This is the second pot I have got through in about a year. This stuff says it is for face,body and hands, but I just tend to use it on my face as a night cream and occasionaly on my dry hands as I think it is too good for the body! Some people don't like the smell of it, but I love it. I think it smells really comforting and homely. It is just a really nice moisturiser which gives the right amount of moisture without being oily or greasy. I just use this in the evening as I think the smell also helps me relax. I am not sure whether I will be repurchasing this one just yet as I have so many more night creams lined up to use next. But I am sure it will creep back into my routine at some point in the future!

Next is a little gem I have had for a while, the Paw Paw and Honey Organic Balm. If you have never tried Paw Paw balm then you are massively missing out. This is a thing of miracles! I discovered paw paw when I was travelling in Australia as they use it for everything over there. It is amazing on lips, hands, dry skin, cuts, bruises, burns... just about anything you can think of! It really is a miracle balm and I can't get enough of it. After running out of my supplies, I ordered some more online and also decided to try this version with honey in it as well. It is all compeltely organic and certified and does not contain any chemical nasties which are so often found in balms. I mostly use this on my lips as a lip balm but it is also great on small patches of eczema too! I will definitely be repurchasing this, along with the original Lucas Paw Paw ointment! 

Finally, we have an absolute classic, the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I am not suprised this is so well-loved and iconic as it is such a great product! I use this for very similar things as I do the Paw Paw balm and mostly on my lips. I also love using it on my eyelids sometimes to give them a bit of a sheen, or on my eyelashes before bed to moisturise. This mini tube is great for travelling and I take it everywhere with me as it is such a multi-functional product and a great space saver! Like with the Paw Paw, I also use it on dry patches of skin and eczema to give it some more moisture. I will defintely be repurchasing this one too once I have squeezed the very last drop out! 

So there you have it, my round up of my current empties which I am very sad have seen their last days! Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? 

Monday, 17 March 2014


Hi All! Another outfit post for you today featuring my bargainous £7 jacket that I got in the January sales and have only just got round to wearing (note to self- have a wardrobe clear out and stop buying clothes!) I am loving wearing black and white at the moment combined with a bright coloured lipstick. The lighting isn't great to show it in these photos, but I am actually wearing a bright purple lipstick.

I wore this outfit for a family meal the other night, before the weather got scorching hot and everyone cracked out their shorts and flip flops...! The recent lovely sunshine has got me so excited for summer and to dust off my summer wardrobe. I know it won't last long, and it will probably be snowing by next week, but we can all dream can't we?!

Necklace-Estella Bartlett

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Laurens Way Darker Than Dark Tan

You may have seen that I recently attended the launch party for the Laurens Way Darker Than Dark Tan (read about it here). At the end of the fabulous party, we were all given a very generous goody bag containing lots of products including the brand new Darker Than Dark Self Tan. I had heard some great things about the Lauren's Way tanning products so was excited to give this one a go, as I am constantly on the quest for the best fake tan around!

As well as the tan, we were also given the Body Polish and Moisturiser so I decided to use the whole routine to get the full effect. I began with the polish in the shower. This had a really nice consistency and wasn't too harsh and left my skin feeling really smooth and soft afterwards. However, the smell was really peculiar and reminded me a bit of milk which I thought was a bit strange. But it did the job and left a great base for the tan. I then moisturised the the Prep and Mantain Moisturiser which again didn't have much of a strong scent, which I actually quite like in a moisturiser as heavily scented things don't tend to agree with my skin. The moisturiser was really creamy and nourishing and I used it all over my body, paying special attention to the knees and elbows! 

It was then time to tan! The first thing I noticed about the tan when applying was the smell-it had no smell! An absolute miracle in the tanning world! After leaving it overnight to do its work I woke up and still didn't smell! This is a first for me as most of the tans I have used in the past have left me smelling awful in the morning and left a lingering smell on my pyjamas and bed sheets until washed. So it was amazing to not have that tell-tale scent following me. As well as the wonderful smell suprise, the tan was really easy to apply and blended perfectly. Because it is a spray mist, it does tend to go everywhere when spritzing but I managed to spray it straight into my mit without making too much mess in my all-white bathroom! Once applied onto the skin it immediately gives a really nice colour which wasn't orange or 'fake' looking at all.

I was a bit nervous of using this as I am naturally very pale so shouldn't really use a tan called 'darker than dark'!! However, it really wasn't as dark as I was expecting and it gave me a really natural colour which looked like I'd just come back from holiday. The tan also lasted for about a week after only one application! However, by the end of the week I was turning into one of those scaly, peeling monsters and was a bit emabarrassed to show off my bare arms in public! However, all in all, I am very impressed with this tan and it defintely gives one of the best colours I have ever tried. Combined with the fact it doesn't make you smell of gone-off biscuits, I would have to say this is one of my favourites! 

Have you tried this tan? What do you think of it? 

Saturday, 8 March 2014


What a beautiful spring-like morning it is! I think this is one of my favourite times of the year when it is bright sunshine but also crisp outside and all the flowers are coming out. It really does get me excited for summer! Here is an outfit I am wearing today featuring my new furry jacket I got from H&M the other day. My boyfriend has actually banned me from buying furry things now as I have bought way too much recently and my wardrobe is soon going to start looking like a zoo! Anyway, I love this jacket as it is the perfect transitional piece to take me from winter to spring as it is not too heavy and perfect for the sunny but chilly days. Although I do feel slightly like a bear in it!

I am off to London today to stay with the boyfriend, before going to the X factor tour tomorrow which I won tickets for from the lovely Sophie from Pocockins! I am beyond excited, as X Factor is my ultimate guilty pleasure! Then I am meeting up with my best girlfriends from uni for a long overdue catch up and reunion now we are all living our serpate lives all over the country. I can't wait for a weekend full of gossiping, partying and eating. All the ingredients of a perfect weekend! 

Coat- H&M
Jumpsuit- Topshop
Watch- Uniform Wares
Rings- Vintage, Topshop and Primark