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Beauty // April Cath Kidston x Birchbox Review

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed my monthly Birchbox subscription, but as a long-time fan of Cath Kidston I couldn’t not mention this one…. As usual the box include x5 beauty products – Cath Kidston hand cream Model Co Baked Highlighter BB Crean Shaving Cream Brow Gel For me, the two stand-out products from this month’s Birchbox are the Baked Highlighter and the Cath Kidston hand cream. The hand cream makes a new addition to my desk at work as it smells so lovely when applied throughout the day!

Beauty // March Favourites

I don’t know about you, but this year I’ve been waiting for the Easter break and long weekend to creep up on us. Whilst the working weeks seem to fly by, waiting months between time-off work and bank holidays seems to drag. I’ve booked some annual leave for the week after Easter, taking full advantage of the shorter working weeks. As excited as I am to hopefully receive an Easter egg or two, if you’re in the mood for treating yourself to a little shopping splurge or two, here are my New In top picks for March! Tangle Angel Brushes A good quality hairbrush is something we take for granted, but you forget how much you need one until you attempt to brush out the corkscrew curls that you decided to do the night before cos you were bored. Tangle Angel brushes don’t just look good, thanks to the gorge design but this is one sturdy brush. No need to begin cutting this one out your hair! Look Good Feel Better Make Up Brushes If …

Lifestyle // Being a Bad Friend and How To Fix It

Over the past few years, I turned into a real homebody. I find joy in having fresh flowers on my windowsill, spending a Saturday morning cleaning every corner of the house, to try and encourage spring to hurry up and I love to meal plan. Sometimes I worry if I’ve become boring. I’m massively aware that I don’t see or check in with my friends as often as I should and for that I get the guilt. The guilt that I’m a bad friend and should be around more. It doesn’t always have to be going out for drinks or food. Especially as we’re all trying to build up the savings pot for one thing or another…houses, weddings, babies. Sometimes, just catching up with friends, over a pot of tea and having a good gossip and heart-to-heart is all it takes. Especially as I spend so much time preening my home. Why not invite my closest pals over to enjoy it and sit on the newly-hoovered sofa. I mean, it won’t be free from dog …

Life // Is It Embarrassing to Rent in Your 30’s?

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘from the heart’ blog post around here. Without sounding too ‘Dear Diary’ this is one of those topics that I think about often, cos it’s my life. And as we all know, Instagram is the devil for making us feel like we’re not where everyone else in life is up to. Oh and comparison is the thief of joy. I’m nearly 30. Two months away, in fact. And the bf is just one month away. We rent a house. Well, we’re on our second rented property and soon to be third, as our landlord is selling. TBC as no one’s made an offer and we’re saving for a rental deposit. We’ve started viewing houses and whilst we can’t really afford to be picky, some have been less than ideal…. So, is it embarrassing to still be renting, a million miles away from the property ladder and nowhere near a house deposit in the bank? In my relationship, we differ. He wishes we were further along. I think …

Beauty // Maybelline Fit Me Foundation & Concealer

I got a Boots voucher for Christmas and where I’d normally skip down to my nearest Boots faster than you can stay ‘new make up’ this year I’m trying to be sensible so I decided to save it and only use it when I really needed to. Fast forward to the start of March and I’d run out of foundation and concealer. My everyday go-to’s has come to an end and even the old tubes of miss-match foundation knocking around in the bottom of my make up bag have been used. So, off to Boots I went and after spending a while looking at the different brands, shades and coverage options, I went with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation and concealer. I’ll be honest I haven’t seen much hype around this foundation or even recall reading any reviews, but I liked the blurb on how it’s designed for normal to oily skin and it’s a matte foundation. As I’m naturally pale, I wanted something super light and a true match to my skin tone. I’m …

Beauty // Three Haircare Product Faves

I’ve spoken before about my haircare routine and how I have a short bob and managing it, without ending up a frizzy mess is a daily struggle. So when I discover new products that do the trick and keep my hair straight, under control and not something that looks like Hagrid hair, I can’t wait to share them! Whilst some people tend to remain brand loyal to their tried and tested haircare brands, I’m a fan of switching things up and trialling new products to keep my hair looking it’s best. Especially as we reach that awkward slight-grow out stage but you’re not ready to commit to the hairdresser chair just yet…. Eco Cosmetics Hair Mousse and Hair Spray* This brand has been making a lot of noise on social media lately and I keep spotting their products popping up in amazing flat lay’s on Insta. When the team got in touch and asked if I fancy putting them to the test, I couldn’t say no.l The brand is super fun and cruelty-free, which is always a …

Beauty // Superdrug B Clay Face masks

I’m sure we’ve all spotted the hype around face masks and clay masks in particular over the last 12 months ago. Whilst the variety of green and grey masks have intrigued me, I’ve been yet to try them. Until the B Beautiful team from Superdrug got in touch… The B range is available in Superdrug and stocks make up, skincare and men’s grooming products. I also didn’t know until reading up on the brand that it’s vegan, cruelty free and targeted the skin care products at different ages so you can shop and experience the brand at any age, from your 20s to your 60s and your using the right products that you need to look after your skin. The most popular masks on the market have to be L’oreal. But, I didn’t fancy splashing out on something I didn’t know would work for my skin. The B Beautiful masks are designed to – Purify The skin Provide hydration Get rid of toxins The small sample size masks good enough for about 3 masks per …

Beauty // Protocol The Lift XL

Skincare is one of my favourite topics to feature on the blog because there’s no greater feeling than getting home from work, changing into your pj’s, taking your make up off and slathering your skin in varying bottles of moisturiser, night cream and serums. Well, it’s my fave, anyway. So, when the lovely team at Protocol got in touch asking if I’d like to trial and review their latest product launch, I was all for it. I hadn’t heard of the brand before but the product intrigued me. Described as a collagen-based serum, I was eager to get my hands on the product and see how it faired in comparison to the rest of my skincare collection. 4 Week Trial I like to test new products out over time to see how my skin reacts and if I notice any difference. As it’s quite an all-rounder product and has the promise of fast results in less than 8 hours (meaning your skin can have a visible difference in the same time of an average night’s …

Beauty // Lola Make Up Red Lipstick Review

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack, Coco Chanel I am such a red lipstick girl. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve been blonde, a redhead or a brunette. A red lipstick is the classic colour that you bring out for all the right occasions – date night, job interviews, Christmas parties. It’s fun, playful, sexy and shows you’re not afraid to play with colour. And whilst I’ve worked my way through the different reds – girls, we all remember purchasing our first Ruby Woo for MAC, snapping up on the Rimmel Kate Moss shades and then over the years, I’m sure we all retreat to our tried and tested. Well, I thought I had mine. Until Lola Make Up turned up on the doorstep and switched up the game. Matte red? Tick. Long-lasting? Tick. Comfortable to wear? Tick. Enter, the game changer. This is the first piece I’ve tried from Lola Make Up. Up until now, they’re a brand I’ve spotted on Instagram and shown some virtual love too, but I was yet to …

Beauty // 5 Ways to Restore Damaged Hair, Skin and Nails

The winter weather and short days can leave you feeling sluggish, and often your hair, skin and nails will begin to suffer. Some simple tips and tricks will have you looking and feeling your best again in no time at all – carry on reading to find out more! Stay hydrated We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water, but we often don’t end up doing it. Make sure to get your 8 glasses a day, and swap out fizzy drinks or sugary beverages for a glass of water. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel in no time! To make it more interesting, try flavouring your water with cucumber or apple slices, or even citrus fruits. Eat healthy fats Healthy fats are essential for health, and can give your hair and skin a helping hand too. Omega 3 fatty acids not only contribute to normal brain function and a healthy heart, but more and more research points to the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3. This may benefit both skin and joints. …

Men’s Lifestyle // Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Ok, so the 14th February is fast approaching and I’ll admit, I’ve always been one of those girls who think it’s a date designed for gals. Flowers, chocolates and a cheesy AF card as easy to buy for a girl, but shopping for a guy? Whole. New. Ball Game. I’m lucky enough to have a bf who’s all about equality…which means he’s expecting a new XBox game on V Day and a variety of other gifts, like it’s Christmas Day. Which, I’m kind of not about. Enter, Gifts Online 4 U. A website, designed to make shopping your Valentine (or Galentine) that much easier. All without having to brave The Shops. Perf. So what should you buy your guy for V Day, that says ‘I love you bae’ without being too cringe and resulting in #boydonegood on Insta come February 14th… Gift Ideas Aftershave. Easy, necessary and with loads to choose from, it’s not something you can go too wrong with. Over the years I’ve splashed out on super expensive bottles of the smelly stuff that …

Beauty // Epionce Lite Refresh Peel Review

I’m sure you’re quite aware that I’m into skincare and I enjoy discovering and trialling new skincare products on the regular. But, when it comes to having treatments and caring for my skin – both old and new, I’m not quite as up to date. When I was younger I had a terrible bout of acne and saw a dermatologist when I was in my early teens, but since my mid-twenties, my skin has been pretty plain sailing, settling down into being relatively normal skin with the odd hormonal spot every now and again. So, when Pharmaesthetics in Ormskirk got in touch inviting me along to trial the Epionce Lite Refresh Peel, I was intrigued to say the least! Designed to hydrate, exfoliate and clear pores, the non-abrasive treatment was not as scary as a full peel, but my skin definitely felt the difference and was in need of some TLC. Results Photo on the left – Before the treatment Top right – Directly after the treatment Bottom right – seven days later None of the …

Beauty // Winter Skincare Solutions

Is anyone else just waiting for January to end so we can start to countdown to Spring and the hope that brighter mornings, light nights and we’ll no longer need our big coat every time we leave the house? The miserable weather and wind and rain that doesn’t seem to letting up and my skin isn’t thanking me for it. However, the poor weather means I’m investing heavily in my skincare routine, which let’s face it, is nothing new for me. Whenever I receive an email asking if I’d like to try a new product, I get extremely excited cos I adore skincare and discovering new products that add some much needed moisture back into my skin. So, I thought I’d share my winter edit of products that I’m currently loving… Skincare Heroes Australian Bodycare Anytime Balm This is a hero product if I ever saw one! Designed to be used on rough or tough patches of skin, it’s been a godsend over the past few weeks. It smells very minty, quite like Vicks and …

Beauty // New Products & My Take on Bloggers Working with Brands

One of the ‘perks’ if you will of being a blogger is you have a valid reason to try new beauty brands and products regularly. On my Christmas list this year you could have put money on finding my favourite perfume brand, YSL Black Opium and ‘new make up’ as a standard request. I love sharing new products on my blog and searching on Pinterest for photo and flat lay inspo as I genuinely love this hobby of mine and sharing my thoughts with you all. There’s so much talk at the moment surrounding bloggers working with brands and how these relationships/collaborations should work and my humble opinion is bloggers and influencers should of course, be pitching to brands. I work as an outreach & PR executive within a digital marketing agency, which means I have a variety of brands on my client portfolio and run blogger outreach campaigns for the majority. As a third-party to brands, it’s our job to educate our clients on how partnerships with bloggers actually work. Payment is still seen …

Beauty // Four Fave Burgundy Make Up Products

I haven’t shared any new additions to my make up bag for a while, so here we go with a new beauty post of the products I’m loving at the moment. Burgundy is the perfect wintery shade and whilst we normally reserve it for December, I’m putting this handful of products to work well into the New Year too. Billion Dollar Brows First up I wanna talk about this dark blonde brow product from Billion Dollar Brow. I hadn’t heard of the product before they kindly got in touch, but I’m impressed. It has an easy to use applicator brush and it’s not too dark for my very light blonde brows, thank god. NYX Butter Gloss I’m such a fangirl over NYX lip products. The consistency, the variety of colours and the many collections just have me at hello. This lip gloss is from the Butter Gloss collection and oh my word, it does what it says on the tin. Easy to wear and long-lasting, this gloss is in a brown-nude shade and I love …