My Current Bath, Body & Beauty Favourites | Spring 2020

There’s nothing I enjoy more than having a relaxing bath at the end of a long day and using all my favourite products to really take care of myself and unwind. Remember that self care isn’t just for your down days, it’s for everyday too! You can’t pour from an empty cup so make sure you keep yourself well looked after.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food – Banana and Shea (£3.89)

This was recommended to me by a friend of mine and I’ve been obsessed ever since I first smelled it, never mind using it! It honestly smells amazing! The results have been fantastic too. My hair can be very fine and so it tangles so easily. This has really helped me keep things smooth! I brush this through with my fingers and leave it on for about five minutes and it’s as if it’s had a salon wash!

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Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tan Milk (£11.89)

I’ve never been a fan of false tan, I know most people my age love it! I love the results of it but hate the smell of it and the orange hands and the way it goes all scaly when it starts to wash off!

Now I’ve always been super pale and a little bit insecure about it. This moisturiser really has changed that. It’s easy to put on (without getting orange hands), if doesnt go patchy and it’s not ORANGE! It gives you a lovely natural looking glow to the skin keeping you looking fresh and healthy!

It’s also so hydrating, keeping my skin silky smooth!

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Lush Bubble Bar – Rose Jam (£4.95)

Everyone who knows me knows how much of an avid bubble bath fan I am! Every single night I have to have one to help me unwind and relax before I go to sleep. (For about an hour) I received the Rose Jam Bubble Bar from Lush as a birthday gift and I really loved using it! It lasted me about four days (and I have a lot of bubbles) and also made the bath pink and sparkly, whilst making the whole room smell like a Lush store!

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Make Up Revolution False Lashes

If you’re looking for some lashes that are natural enough to wear everyday that don’t break the bank, these from revolution are great. I purchased the Wispy Lashes in no. 4 and I really loved them! I wasn’t a big fan of the glue that they came with so ended up using my own (duo, ofcourse) and they worked great!

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Radox Stress Relief Bubble Bath (£1.20)

Speaking of bubble baths, this is also one of my favourite products as it smells absolutely amazing due to the ingredients of eucalyptus. It’s super relaxing and really helps you wash away any feelings of stress and negativity that may have been building up throughout the day.

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Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£12.00)

I could have easily included every single Liz Earle product I own within this blog post but had to pick my absolute favourite. I can’t see my skin living without this product now as the results have just been amazing! If you’d like to read more about my experience with Liz Earle skincare products, read this post – here.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘The Gloss’ Lipgloss Her Glossiness (£16.00)

This was another birthday gift and I’ve been loving using it so far! It looks a little dark and intimidating in the bottle but once applied it gives a lovely gold finish that I think will be just gorgeous during the summer. You can wear it on its own or on top of another lipstick and it looks fabulous either way. It’s definitely made me want to go out and get some more JSC lipglosses!

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid (£6.00)

This has been a part of my skincare routine for a few months now and so I’m really seeing the benefits on my skin. It’s so much more hydrated and silky soft! I have a whole post about the benefits of hyaluronic acid which you can read – here.

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Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Bling Boss (£16.00)

This palette has been my everyday go to for a while now and I think it will be for months to come! You can read a full review of this palette – here.

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Is Liz Earle Skincare Really Worth Your Money? | Review

We’ve all seen Liz Earle on the shelf – but is it worth the hype? Read my review to find out 💞

Anyone who knows me well enough will know that I am the ultimate skincare fanatic. I’m always trying new things and trying to adapt my routine to find what suits me and my skin the best.

My skin is normal – dry but I do get break outs sometimes so I have to be careful not to use anything that will make them worse.

At night when I’m winding down after a usually very long day, I like to feel relaxed and let all my worries wash away before I settle down for bed.

In the world of skincare, Liz Earle is one of the most sought after brands that has made a large impact on the beauty and skincare industry. It’s distinguished turquoise packaging makes the brand stand out on the shelf – the brand have won many awards and are a cult favourite amongst beauty influencers – but is it worth the hype?

Cleanse and Polish: Hot Cloth Cleanser (£17)

This product is a cream cleanser which deep cleanses the skin and gently exfoliates with the specialised cloth provided. This multi-award winning product suits all skin types which makes it such a staple in so many different people’s skin care routines. You can also use this to remove make up but I personally use a balm (this one) before I use the cleanse and polish.

The ingredients include cocoa butter, eucalyptus (one of my favourite scents in the world!), chamomile and rosemary – a cocktail of relaxing scents perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

The cleanser has made my face feel extra clean and smooth. It gives you that refreshed look that you need first thing in the morning for a little boost. It has completely revamped my skincare routine and my skin as a whole, keeping blemishes down to a minimum and hydrating my skin in ways that I never thought possible! After trying a multitude of products to remove blackheads – nothing quite worked but this product has made them all disappear. I think what makes this product work so well it’s it’s deep cleansing properties to really remove dirt away from the skin and keep it fresh and hydrated.

Gentle Face Exfoliator (£12.00)

This product contains a whole lot of moisture through its cocoa butter ingredient. Like Cleanse and Polish, this also contains Eucalyptus which makes it smell great! The smell is even stronger on this one which I personally just can’t get enough of!

To exfoliate, there are very fine jojoba beads killed into the product that gently buff away any dead skin cells that are present on the face to reveal a smooth and radiant complexion that is hiding underneath! I love how gentle it is, meaning I can use it every single day morning and night! It makes my skin super soft and brings out a glow in my skin that I honestly didn’t even know was ever there – I was just using the wrong products!

Instant Skin Boost Tonic (£16.00)

The skin boost tonic gives a refresh to your skin as it brightens its apprentice for a more radiant look. The naturally active ingredients such as aloe Vera, chamomile, cucumber and vitamin E, make your skin look and feel healthier with each use.

The best part of this toner is that it is alcohol free so it’s really gentle on your face. High amounts of alcohol in skin care products just dry out your skin which isn’t the look we’re going for! This toner also includes glycerin which works to keep moisture in your skin to keep your face hydrated.

Skin Repair Light Moisturiser (£22.00)

This moisturiser is curated with a balanced blend of naturally active ingredients such as borage oil, avocado oil and vitamin E. All of these products work together to bring back moisture to the skin leaving it feeling silky smooth. I’ve been really enjoying this as I feel it works great along side the toner. The two go hand and hand to give your skin that ultra silky feel. A little goes a long way with this one too which is always good when looking at the price point. One to two pumps can go round my whole face and neck.

I don’t see myself using any other skincare products after using these ones! They’ve completely changed my skin over the past four months of usage that I don’t ever want to go back to how it was before. My skin was never bad, but now I just feel it has a new lease of life!

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The Blood Lust Palette By Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Review

When you combine red and blue what do you get? Purple! So is only fitting that the third instalment of the Blood series from Jeffree Star Cosmetics is purple. This palette gives a somewhat vampy and gothic feel but in a high end fashion that screams luxury right down to its packaging.

The follow up to the internet breaking conspiracy palette is a gorgeous touch of purple to add to any make up lover’s collection.

JSC are always go hard or go home with their themes with Jeffree Star himself admitting in a recent video that he plans his collections as though he is planning an album.

The Blue Blood palette felt very regal and I feel the purple slots into that realm really well. The palette is made from real velvet and is shaped as a hexagon, which is completely different to anything I’ve personally ever seen before.

In Jeffree Star’s reveal video on his YouTube channel, he said that he created the outer packaging like a bumper around the palette to prevent any breakages during transmission and shipment of the product. Of course you can throw this away to save space, however I think It would be a good idea to keep if you’re planning of travelling with the palette.

The hexagon shaped palette is also complete with a jewellery clasp. I personally love how his packaging has clasps because it means my toddler can’t get into them! (Rip to my JSC alien palette, thanks Leo)

This palette includes some new formulas from the brand in the glittery shades. I’m all about the glitter so was super excited to give these a try.

  • Your Majesty – This is a bone white matte shade. These type of shades are a common feature in Jeffree Star’s palettes, dating right back to the first palette, Beauty Killer. I think they’re very necessary as I love to use them to set my lid everyday!
  • Take The Crown – A lilac shimmer shade.
  • Deviant – A matte lilac, similar to the lilac shade within the Jawbreaker palette but with a slightly different hue.
  • Beauty Sleep – lilac shimmer shade
  • Wet Jewel – This shade is one of the new formulas of glitter and I’ve really loved playing around with this one. I find it works best with your finger, which applies with most shimmer shades as they tend to pick up and transfer a lot better that way. I find if you use a wet brush then the glitter just becomes clumped, and a dry brush simply doesn’t pick it up.
  • Royal Pain – This shade reminds me of Tongue Pop from the Blood Sugar palette but with a more red tint to it than pink. It’s a pink matte shade that I found has worked really well to help blend out some of the darker purples.
  • Dungeon – A very dark purple matte shade, unlike anything is ever used before!
  • Scandal Water – This is a really light lilac matte with a beautiful imprint of a glass over the top. I love when he changes up his stamps to fit with his themes – I think it’s so fun!
  • Sworn Enemy – green glitter, the same formula as Wet Jewel.
  • Pink Magic – another beautiful new glitter formula.
  • Bleeding Heart – a red shimmer with a gorgeous heart and sword imprint.
  • Executioner – a black glitter shade, similar to black rainbow from the beauty killer palette.
  • High King – a warm toned purple with a stunning wand imprint on the pan
  • Vivid Mood – this is a lilac shade that I’ve been loving playing with!
  • Monarchy – this is a cool toned brown matte shade, it’s a bit dark for me but I’ve used it a few times as a starting transition or on the under eye.
  • Blood Queen – to me, this is what the palette is all about! The deep purple and the monarchy imprint.
  • Vile Serpent – this forest green is stunning and unlike anything else in my collection. I also love the snake imprint on this, very Gucci!
  • Betrayal – this is a lovely shimmer lilac that I’ve been using to highlight my inner corner a lot recently!

I really loved playing around with this palette as soon as it’s arrived. It really reinvigorated my adoration for make up which I feel can get lost in the everyday. I say this all the tome but I think it’s really important to step away from what you’re used to and just have fun every once in a while!

I created a purple cut crease on the lid and for the clouds I used some of the lilac shades and then the whiteish shade I adore, Your Majesty. On my lips I placed the shade Wet Jewel over a Soap and Glory lip gloss and J love the shine it gave me! I also used that shade as highlighter too.

I filmed the creation of this make up look for my YouTube channel! You can watch the video here.

Thank you so much for reading today. Let me know if you’re thinking of picking this palette up!

You can purchase it HERE (uk) and HERE (usa)

The Best Books To Read To Your Two Year Old | World Book Day

In honour of world book day, I’ve listed my favourite books to read to and with my two year old. I’ve always been such an advocate of investing time into reading to your children, it’s so important! I’ve read to Leo since he was a newborn and now he loves books. He could sit at ‘read’ his books for hours and he loves our bedtime stories!

The Snail and The Whale – Julia Donaldson

This is one of Leo’s current favourite books so I thought I’d start with this one. He loves all the pictures in it and the rhyming element to the story. It’s got a beautiful message that no matter how big or small you may feel, you can still make an impact when it counts.

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A Sick Day For Amos McGee – Phillip C Stead

We’ve loved this one since he was just a few months old. The message of friendship and good karma is beautiful!

Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney

This book is a great one to read just before bed. For our bedtime stories, I like to fill him with love and positivity before he drifts off to dream land.

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

Hi could we not include one of the best children’s books ever written? This classic from Julia Donaldson will remain within our favourites for many years to come.

The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson

The follow up to the Gruffalo, we love this one!

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees

This story has a beautiful message which shows that everyone is different and everyone learns at their own pace! It also rhymes lovely.

Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freeman and Ben Cort

Aliens love underpants is a book that always gets us giggling!

Goodnight Digger – Michelle Robinson and Nick East

We love to read this one just before he goes to sleep as our bedtime story, it’s a very relaxing book for little ones. Since he is a car and digger fanatic also, this one always seems to go down a treat!

A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson

Another Julia Donaldson classic, this one gets us laughing but has a lovely message to appreciate what you have.

Pop Up Dinosaurs – Fiona Watt

Pop up books are so much fun for a day time read, toddlers always love an interactive story!

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

This is a classic story. We have the lift the flap version which he loves! It’s always lovely to get him involved in the reading of the story, even if he can’t read the words just yet!

The Lorax – Dr Seuss

This one is another repeat from last years post but with good reason! The story shows us the importance of loving and respecting our environment and the consequences if we don’t.

The Dinosaur Department Store – Lily Murray and Richard Merritt

This book is fairly new to our collection but we’ve really enjoyed it so far. The quirky illustrations and beautifully written narratives make great, fun reading!

We also love the Large Family books and of course anything Peppa Pig. I could go on all day but these are my top favourites. I hope this helps anyone who is looking for new books to read to their toddler – I know how repetitive it can feel sometimes!

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Karl Lagerfeld X L’Oreal Paris Collection | Beauty Review

Late last year, L’Oreal Paris released a beautiful collection in partnership with the late fashion mogul, Karl Largerfeld. Karl was arguably one of the worlds biggest and most influential creators within the world of fashion, so what happens when someone like Karl collaborates with a world wide beauty brand? Let’s find out.

The beauty collection was a project that was initiated before his unfortunate death in February 2019. Karl sketched the initial designs which was then finished by his talented team before it’s release during fashion week in September 2019. It consists of a nine pan eyeshadow palette, highlighter, eyeliners, mascara and lipsticks.

Packaging

The packaging of these products was designed by Karl Lagerfield with his iconic monochromatic styling to give a tough of elegance to the designs. The style boasts a rock chic feel with a touch of Parisian vibes and of course it screams class, as does everything Karl has an influence on.

“A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out”

Karl Lagerfeld

Eyeshadow Palette

The colour scheme represents a classic Karl rock chic vibe with a perfect balance of neutral shades and bolder hues. The disappointing thing is that the Karl imprint rubs off after one swatch – I was hoping it would stay on! But it seems it’s only on the top layer. The shades are really good quality for a drug store price point, they blend nicely together and have a lot of pigment.

I think with this palette you can create quite a few different looks that can take you from day to night. The muave and pink shades are definitely my favourites, however the silver shade is really lovely too.

Swatches done onto my arm with a dry clean finger.

Highlighter

I managed to get hold of the lovely highlighter that was brought out as part of this collection. It is a two part highlighter with a darker shade in the centre and a lighter shade surrounding.

The highlight is a lovely gold that gives a beautiful glow to the skin. It’s very buildable as well do if you wanted an extreme highlight (like I always do) you can build it up. I think the darker shade is a little too dark for me so I will be sticking to the lighter one, however for the summer months when I’m a little more bronzed I think it would be just enough if mixed with the lighter one.

The darker shade could of course be used as an eyeshadow also, there’s no rules within make up!

Lipsticks

I got two beautiful shades from this collection which are Kultured and Karasmatic. The formulation of these lipsticks is very moisturising which leaves a satin and hydrating look to the lips. I almost always go for liquid lipsticks but I think it’s nice to go back to basics every now and then and have a classic lipstick. They glide on with ease and last a few hours before any retouching is needed. I’ve been wearing these with a lip liner to give the fuller lip effect and it works great with them.

I also love the shade names on these lipsticks with the K to the beginning of them, I think it gives the shades a very personal touch.

The lipsticks also have a lovely scent to them, they smell a little like lovehearts sweets!

“Fashion is a game that has to be played seriously”

Karl Lagerfeld

Final Thoughts

I think it’s fantastic that a brand like L’Oreal collaborate with big fashion houses to give us all a chance to experience the luxury at a drugstore price point. The collection is at great quality and you can tell that a lot of thought has went into the products. For many collaborations you can almost tell someone has just put their name to it – but this one you can really feel the time and effort that has went into each product and that reflects in the quality of each item.

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The Best Of NYX Cosmetics | My Top Picks

All my top picks from @nyxcosmetics 💞

NYX is one of those brands that bridges the gap between high end and drug store as their pricing and quality can fit all needs. Prices start from £2.99 and range all the way up to £24.99 so it is a very inclusive brand. I think it’s a brand that can be used no matter what your make up needs or skill sets are, from a regular make up user to a big shot make up artist and that’s why I believe the brand is so successful and popular.

This post marks a new series starting on my blog where I share my top picks from beauty brands from drug store to high street all the way up to high end!

Can’t Stop, Wont Stop Concealer (£8.00)

This concealer is great as it is so long lasting with a great coverage but without drying out your skin or looking cakey.

I love to use this in a light shade to highlight my under eyes and forehead, however more recently I’ve been loving this in a deeper shade to use to contour my face.

I dot this concealer around my forehead and cheek bones to contour, before blending out with a brush and setting in place with a bronzer. I feel like this a great concealer for anyone whether you’re a beginner or a professional make up artist. It’s a very creamy product that can be used in a multitude of different ways depending on your preference and it will last all day long without transferring.

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Matte Bronzer (£8.00)

I’m always on the hunt for a good bronzer as I love to have defined cheekbones and add some colour to my very pale complexion! This bronzer is definitely one of my favourites as the colour is perfect for me and it blends out really well without using too much product of becoming patchy when it’s layered.

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Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7.00)

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I’ve used NYX setting spray for years now off and on and it’s something I always find myself going back to. For such a low price point it works really well and always keeps my make up set in place for the whole day and night whilst keeping a matte finish on my face. It also comes in a few different finishes but matte has always been my favourite.

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Lip Products

NYX lip liners are a fantastic product with a lovely creamy formula in a huge variety of different shades. I also love the soft matte lip creams (£6) for the sane reason of the huge variety of shades but also because they last for hours and are really hydrating. A lot of matte lip products can dry out your lips, especially in the colder months but I’ve never found this problem with these ones.

Another lip product from NYX that I reccomend is their gorgeous collection of butter gloss’. They have superb high shine that are bound to male a statement to any make up look.

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Micro Brow Pencil (£9.00)

I’ve always loved brow pencils with a very thin applicator and always used either Benefit Precicley My Brow or Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz. I find that this Micro Brow Pencil is an amazing dupe of those two products for less than half the price. It lasts just as long as applies just as lovely.

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What are your favourite NYX products? Be sure to let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading as always x