Thursday, 29 January 2015

My Skincare Routine ft. Liz Earle, REN, Kiehl’s & Embryolisse

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After years of trying various skincare products, thinking something is working for me then realising it isn't, switching things up and jumping on bandwagons, I’ve finally found a handful of products which work wonders. Back in May 2014 I was having a lot of trouble with my skin becoming inflamed and very sensitive. It was advised that I may be using too many products that were causing a negative reaction and to cut back. I’ve been using this combination exclusively for months, and combined with my contraceptive pill they calmed my inflamed skin and successfully combat any spots. Of course i still do get hormonal breakouts on my chin, but there's probably not much i can really do about that to be honest.

First up is Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, a cream cleanser which i have been using for many years. I use this with a muslin cloth to remove every scrap of my makeup in the evening and then again for a ‘double cleanse’, while in the morning it refreshes my skin for the day ahead. I’ve found that I don't need to use a daily exfoliator or toner with this, as the cloth does that itself. When I did use Pixi Glow Tonic alongside, it was way too harsh for my skin and caused it to become irritated after a few weeks. Next up is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I love this stuff! I actually use it both morning and evening, 5 drops before bed and 2-3 drops when I wake up. It really helps keep spots at bay while improving the texture and evenness of my skintone. Another bonus is that it lasts absolutely ages! After applying the oil I apply a small amount of Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, which when used over night has me waking up to plumper, smoother and well moisturised skin. When used in the morning, although it takes a while to sink it, it provides a great base for makeup. Finally, I use Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask once every 1-2 weeks to give it a little extra exfoliation.

I’m finally really happy with my skincare routine and don’t plan to change it any time soon.
What skincare products do you use? Have you tried any of the products in my skincare routine?

xox

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Mickey Mouse Moleskine 2015 Diary

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I know that January is almost over but I just had to share my new 2015 diary with you. A pocket diary is an essential item to have in my bag, especially as I work 2 jobs so need to be able to note down my shifts & hours worked so I can keep track. I normally get a cheap week-to-view from Tesco, but as soon as I saw this Mickey Mouse Moleskine beauty on amazon, I knew i had to have it. At £12 it was a little steep for me, especially as it is only an A6 pocket size, but it was 100% worth it. The quality is beautiful and the Disney print adds such a cute touch. It’s perfect for on the go and great for someone like me who only normally has a little bag when I’m out and about. I like that the dates are on the left page while the right hand side has space for any notes or memos for the week. I tend to note down any appointments, YouTube videos/blog posts I have going live that day and my hours worked that week. I’ve also started to add sparkly Disney stickers to any “events”, because why the heck not! The diary also comes with a pocket at the back for papers, a little desk calendar and “I'll be back” clock, which is a cute little addition.

Do you have a Moleskine diary? Do you carry a diary out and about with you?

xox

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Everyday Makeup Staples

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We all have those makeup products which we go back too time and time again. No matter how much I try to switch up my routine, I will always go back to these five products and have done for the past year or so. I just haven’t found anything that works as good and heck, why try and fix something that isn’t broken?

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This has has so much hype in the blogging world over the last few years and with reason. I have yet to find a concealer that performs as well as this does. I’ve worn this is the Florida humidity, the sea air of a cruise ship and pouring down rain, it does not budge! I do wish it was slightly paler, but its easy enough to blend into my skin tone. I will always repurchase this, especially as it’s only £4.19! Bargain.

NARS Laguna Bronzer
I’m a big fan of NARS, and although the brand is at the top end of the price spectrum, Laguna Bronzer has lasted me a long long time. When I say a long time I mean over 2 years. I wear it every single time I put makeup on, just under my cheekbone to give a subtle contour. It blends beautifully, even on my casper-like skin tone, giving my round face a little more definition.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
The Urban Decay Naked palettes have been my staples for years, so when they brought out this smaller travel friendly version I knew I would fall in love from day one. The highlight, light brown and dark brown combination enables me to do my everyday eye shadow look while the black adds a little bit more when I want my eyes to look more “done up”. I would like to try Naked Basics 2, as this first one has 3 “highlight” shades, 2 of which I don't actually use, while the new version has only 2.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
I’ve only ever had one full size Primer Potion since I first started using it back when I was 18 (5 years ago)! It lasts ages and always pops up as a free sample or with the palettes, making it so I’ve never really needed to purchase another one. My current Primer Potion, I got with Sephora points back in summer 2013 I believe, and its still going strong. Granted I don't wear eye shadow everyday, but that's pretty good going really. You’ve probably heard tonnes about UDPP, but for me it stops any eye shadow from creasing on me (apart from cream shadows, those things aren't ever staying put on my eyes). I just wouldn't be without it!

Revlon Colourburst & Balm Stain Lipsticks
No matter how many lipsticks i try, I will always go back to these Revlon “chubby sticks”. They come in a variety of colours and finishes, are very moisturising and last for hours. I know that I will get a great wear time with a fabulous colour payoff and even when they do start to wear off, the colour stays even. I hate when lipstick fades into a patchy mess. I really have fallen for this “chubby stick” fad. The application is just so much easier than a regular lipstick and I cannot say enough good things about the Revlon offerings.

What are your everyday makeup staples?

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

What Disney Means to Me

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To many who are not in the ‘Disney Fandom’ I am probably that weird ‘Disney Girl’. I collect the merchandise, always talk about it, visit the parks regularly and get excited if anyone mentions it. But, my love goes so much deeper than that. In todays post I want to do something a little different, and tell you about what the Disney brand means to me. Many people love Disney, have fond memories from their childhood, love visiting the theme parks or enjoy the films. I’m not trying to “1-up” anyone or be “oh i love Disney more than you”, but try and express why it means so much to me.

I haven’t always been this obsessed with all things Disney. My family aren't massive Disney Parks people, we went to Walt Disney World once in 2001 but it wasn't a regular thing. My parents pretty much think ‘Disney is for kids’. Sure I always enjoyed it maybe a little bit more than your average person, but on August 11th 2012 something changed. During the Disneyland Paris 20th anniversary, Sky TV ran a deal so that all sky customers got a free day in the park. It just so happened that me and my boyfriend, Craig, were looking to book a Paris trip that year so thought, why not go to Disneyland for the day as well. From the moment I stepped into Disneyland, my heart filled with joy. It wasn't the characters or the rides, it was the atmosphere. The happiness i felt on that day overwhelmed me and inspired me to apply for the Walt Disney World International College Program. Fast forward 3 stressful months and I was accepted. I remember receiving my acceptance email like it was yesterday. I was at work and saw that an email had come through from YummyJobs on my phone. I knew that was it. My heart was pounding and my throat had closed up. As soon as I saw “Congratulations” I literally screamed, running to my co-workers in joy. Between visiting Disneyland and departing for Florida on June 3rd 2013 I became hopelessly in love with the Disney brand. I also made some of the most amazing friends who would be joining me at Disney World. That summer was the best summer of my whole life, with visiting Disneyland Resort after my program being the icing on the cake.

That Disneyland Paris trip and my Disney World summer experience may have re-ignited my love for Disney, but it is the spirit of the company that keeps it going. Yes I love the materialistic and physical aspects of it, I love collecting merchandise abit too much (my poor purse) and must buy every item of clothing with a Disney character on it, but its so so much more than that. Disney isn’t just about cute films and characters. It’s about hopes, dreams, love, friendship, happiness and wishes. It’s about working hard to achieve your goals and knowing that no matter how hard things get, you can still find the courage to keep going. The films, characters, parks; they are all just a reminder to keep smiling and believe in yourself. Disney inspires me, Disney pushes me to keep working hard, and most of all, Disney reminds me that even the strongest of can fall, we just have to pick ourselves back up again. “You may not realise it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you,” – Walt Disney. Walt himself faced so many struggles in his early career, going bankrupt and loosing the rights to Oswald being only two of them. Did he quit? No he did not. He kept trying, kept reaching for his dreams and the result of that is what we can see with the Disney brand today.

Thank you Walt Disney, for creating something truly magical and thank you for inspiring me to always believe in my dreams.

“Walt Disney once said “I hope we never loose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse”. But we know, it was really all started by a man. A man with a dream, and a mouse.”
- Julie Andrews for One Man’s Dream

xox

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

LUSH Sex Bomb Review

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I used to be a pretty big LUSH fan back in the day, but over the past year I’ve just not really had time to indulge, much preferring to jump in and out of the shower as quickly as possible. This past week, I decided to treat myself and use up the last piece of my LUSH stock, a bold move as I’m currently on a spending ban therefore will not be purchasing anything more for a good while. Sex Bomb is one of LUSH’s most popular products and when dropped into the bath creates a girly explosion. Not only does the bomb itself look incredibly feminine, it also turns the water pink and fills the bathroom with the deliciously sweet floral scent of Jasmine. With added Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang, this soothing blend is perfect for those times when you need to kick back and relax. One of the things I’m always nervous about with products like this, is if they leave a greasy residue on my skin. I'm happy to say that with Sex Bomb, this was not the case, it leaving my skin feeling moisturised and smooth.

In all honestly I don’t purchase bath bombs very often as they are pricey for only one use, I much prefer the bubble bars, as they can last me up to 6 baths. As a gift, they are a lovely treat, but for myself, I’d much rather spend my money on something which lasts a little longer and well, I just prefer bubbles. You can pick this Bath Bomb up from any LUSH store or online for £3.35.
What's your favourite LUSH Bath Bomb?

xox

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Monday, 12 January 2015

DKNY Be Delicious

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I don’t tend to review perfumes very often here, mostly because I generally only have 1 on the go but I couldn't not say anything about DKNY Be Delicious. It has to be right up there with Clinique Happy, as one of my favourite scents ever. I’ve sniffed it in store many times, yet this is the first time I've actually owned it and let me tell you right off the bat, it’s going to be an instant repurchase. Not only is the “apple inspired” packaging beautiful, its crisp, juicy aroma literally makes me close my eyes in delight. I am a huge fan of fruity scents but apple has to be my absolute favourite. Be Delicious is described as A tempting fragrance crafted with apple and grapefruit in the top notes for a crisp and quenching burst of sensations, before a heart of lily, rose and violet blossom to life beautifully. In the dry down, sandalwood, amber and musk lend their subtle sensuality. I couldn't think of a more suitable description. Furthermore, in my opinion it’s suitable for both day and night, while the scent sticks around for a long time. Another positive is that it’s not an ‘in your face’ kind of perfume (I hate getting smacked in the face with a wiff of a passerby's strong perfume, especially in the morning).

DNKY Be Delicious is available in many high street stores such as Boots, at around £35 for 30ml, although you can find it considerably cheaper online.
Have you tried any of the DKNY fragrances? What is your favourite scent?

xox

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Disney Cafe by Harrods

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At the beginning of December, me and Craig went down to London to visit the Harry Potter studio tour, so before we headed to our hotel in Watford, we planned to stop by the Disney Cafe for some tea. I’d heard alot about it and was dying to go myself, just to experience it really. Little did I know, Harrods does not allow large bags into the store (we had a tiny suitcase), which meant we had to pay £10 to store our bag. I was not impressed in the slightest. I even tried to argue a little with the guy, to which he said its redeemable against transactions of £50 in store. I didn't want to buy anything! I only wanted to visit the cafe! As we had gone all the way there and i was really looking forward to it, we did begrudgingly pay the £10 but I was actually livid about it. £5 would have been fair enough, but £10 is ridiculous! Way to take advantage Harrods, you money grabbing fiends.

Negativity out of the way, the Disney Cafe itself was lovely. Pricey, but we expected that, having looked at the menu beforehand. The theming was beautiful, with the show being stolen by the ‘Peter Pan Big Ben’ clock in the center while other scenes, such as Cars, were dotted around. Even the dishes had Mickey Mouse on (are these available to buy anywhere? I love them!) Our server was lovely and very attentive, even giving us paper Christmas Mickey hats to wear. We ended up ordering a pot of tea, a Ham and Cheese Crepe for Craig, a Jacket Potato with beans for me and a side of chips. The portion may seem tiny for what it cost, but I was so stuffed that I couldn't finish off the chips. My jacket potato was actually delicious and the beans have to be the best baked beans I have ever tasted. The food came to about £29 with a 12% service charge, so its more of a one-time novelty thing for us. I did really enjoy it though and am so happy that I went.

Have you ever been to the Disney Cafe?

xox

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