Friday, 30 December 2016

Life | What I Gave For Christmas 2016

So this year I thought I'd show you what I gave my family for Christmas! Now you know how much I love a good what I got for Christmas post, but I thought I'd mix it up a little this year and show you what I gave my loved ones.

So let's start with my Dad. My Dad was incredibly awkward this year and literally the only thing he asked for was an Xbox One Media Remote... While I was in Game I also spotted the pack of the Star Wars Baubles and a pack of Star Wars Ballpoint Pens, and with my Dad being the huge Star Wars fan that he is I knew these would be a safe option. He eventually told me he also wanted the extended version of Suicide Squad, so being the fantastic daughter that I am, I got it for him! Late night shopping is great for those last minute gifts and while in WHSmiths one night I spied both these Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary and The Times Ultimate Supercars books. My Dad isn't a huge drinker, but I'm very aware that Guinness is an ultimate favourite of his, so when I spied this little gift set I grabbed it super quickly. What is Christmas without sweets? Now a local sweet shop where I live created personalised hampers which was my original plan, but when I saw the Star Wars hamper I grabbed it without a second thought. Now the Giorgio Armani Miniatures gift set was originally my main present plan, but it still turned out to be a winner!

Now it totally looks like I left my brother out this Christmas, but he's insanely awkward and difficult to buy for; the stress is unreal. The first thing I bought for him was the David Beckham Instinct gift set because let's be honest it's always a winner. I also managed to grab him a sweet hamper which included a heat reactive Pac-Man mug and I also grabbed him a Bourbon tin; it's an inside family joke don't worry. Again Game provided me with one of the best Christmas gifts I've ever given in my life, these super cute Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Baubles and in WHSmiths I grabbed him the Marvel Rise of the Super Heroes.

Naturally my Mum is always one of the easiest people to buy for; in fact that little cat purse that you see I think I bought her way back in October or November? Another gift I picked up super early for her was this One Line A Day Diary from Wilkos! I also had the Magnolia Weekender Bag for her for a while because I know just how much my Mum loves Magnolia from Marks & Spencer. Now my Mum can actually be quite fussy when it comes to chocolate, but the Thorntons Mint Collection is always a safe bet. For as long as I can remember White Musk has always been what my Mum has worn, so I obviously picked up this White Musk Gift Set for her. For years my Mum has been after a Banana Bread candle, so when I found this one from Bloom Candles I had to grab it for her plus some wax pops in the same scent. My Mum always has one of the calendars with 4 columns to make sure she can fit everything on. Chocolate spoons are such a cute little gift so I just had to get my Mum an After Eight one! What's Christmas without smellies? I had this cute little Bayliss & Harding gift set and also this English Dawn Gardenia Shower Gel for just a couple of small presents.

Now Ryan's presents caused me so much stress, it was unreal. I've known for at least a year or two that I've wanted to have the Leeds posters that he's missing made up for him. How difficult can it be to have a poster made? Turns out it's not easy, you need to find out how big a poster typically is and then you need to make sure the quality and the fit of the poster is just right. Reeses are always a safe bet with Ryan, so naturally, I couldn't resist getting him a couple of packs. Ryan is incredibly particular about what guitar picks he uses, like to the extent that he always has to know where they are so naturally I grabbed him some extra ones! For as long as I've known him Diesel Zero Plus has always been his scent, but he's not had it for a while so I treated him to a new bottle. A little bit of a strange present that was totally bought on a whim but I have seriously been after this for a good couple of years. How To Train Your Dragon is one of Ryan's favourite films, but a lot of the Toothless teddies don't look realistic at all but Build A Bear have got him spot on so I couldn't resist!

Everybody seemed to love their presents this year, so I think I did a good job... Either that or people are just being super polite! I will share a few bits that I got for Christmas on my Instagram and naturally in upcoming posts so keep your eyes peeled. But actually sharing what I gave has been a really nice change!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Beauty | M&S Beauty Advent Calendar Days 18-25

Merry Christmas! So that's it, we've actually reached the last day of my Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar and I have most definitely been treated by all the goodies. So naturally it's time to run through days 18-25 before you carry on with your Christmas day. So before we jump into it... Have a very Merry Christmas, I hope you have a lovely day no matter how you're spending it and naturally I hope you eat all the food!

Day Eighteen - Rituals, The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream 70ml; 200ml retails for £17
Okay, so Rituals is a brand that I've kind of heard of but I've never tried. I'm a sucker for a really good body cream and this one that contains rice milk and cherry blossom sounds like an absolute dream if I'm honest. I'm excited to try this out and I'll definitely let you know my thoughts on this one!

Day Nineteen - Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 30ml; 75ml retails for £18
So I've used the Wonder Overnight Recovery from Percy & Reed which I really enjoyed, so I'm quite looking forward to trying the Wonder Balm from them also. I'm interested to see how this will help with my hair styling compared to the previous product I've tried.

Day Twenty - Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream 15ml; 50ml retails for £22
Another brand I've never really heard of, but when you're product has the words absolute and ultimate in the title you have my attention. I don't really have any specific products that I use for my skin at night, so this will be a welcome addition and I'm really looking forward to seeing if it actually makes a difference to my skin.

Day Twenty One - Pür Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect 10ml; 30ml retails for £24
A primer is always welcome in my life as I wear one on a daily basis to help my makeup look as smooth as possible and last as long as possible without needing to be touched up. However, the primer I'm currently using costs me just £3.99 for the same size. So I am very interested to see if a primer for £24 makes any difference to my makeup at all.

Day Twenty Two - Leighton Denny Expert Nails Mini Crystal Nail File; small size retails for £12.50
My nails are incredibly important to me, you might have noticed. I don't cut my nails instead I just file them down, purely because they're so strong cutting them hurts. I can go through nail files like there is no tomorrow because with my nails they ground down so quickly. So I'm super excited to try out a crystal nail file to see if it truly does make a difference to my nails.

Day Twenty Three - Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum 5ml; 15ml retails for £68
Getting two primers from this calendar is actually quite exciting because I do love a comparison post! I genuinely cannot wait to see how a £68 primer will work and what it does for my skin. Some quick reading about this product tells me that not only does it work as a regular primer but it also works wonders for your skin; I am super excited about this.

Day Twenty Four - Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E Peppermint 4.25g; retails for £3.99
This is actually the lip balm that I am currently using so it was quite nice to receive a second one for backup purposes because I loose lip balms like there is no tomorrow. I use lip balms all the time, I will never not have one on me so I've tested a lot of them. The Burts Bees brand produces some nice lip balms, not necessarily anything I'd shout about.

Day Twenty Five - Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance 10ml; 100ml retails for £55
I love discovering new fragrances, but I'm also a huge creature of habit and I know what I like so I very rarely actually buy a new fragrance. So for me, this is one of the best ways to discover a new fragrance. I've never heard of Shay & Blue or their fragrances, but this one is described as having the notes of berries, narcissus, jasmine and bourbon vanilla which sounds like an absolute dream if you ask me. I'll definitely keep you updated on my thoughts of this fragrance when I start using.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Beauty | M&S Beauty Advent Calendar Days 11-17

So everybody enjoyed me running through the first ten days of the Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar, so I'm going to run through days 11-17 for you! Again, just like last week I haven't tried any of the products yet. So again, it's just first impressions for now.

Day Eleven - Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 15ml; 100ml retails for £38
I haven't heard of a lot of Emma Hardie products, but the few I have heard I've only ever heard good things about. I'm always looking out for a new cleansing balm, to see if I can find something to rival my current cleansing balm so I'm looking forward to trying this out and letting you know what I think.

Day Twelve - Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush; normal size retails for £13
I use powder on a daily basis to set my foundation, and then anywhere I go my powder is thrown into my bag so that I can touch up when I need to. So this is going to be super useful, being able to throw a smaller brush in my bag rather than my big one is going to be a lifesaver.

Day Thirteen - Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream 5ml; 14g retails for £38
So I've never been a huge user of eye creams, I've used them briefly in the past but I've never really stuck with them. Again just like the anti-wrinkle cream I'm not currently 100% convinced but as always I'm going to give it a go and I'll be sure to share my thoughts.

Day Fourteen - Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 30ml; 50ml retails for £17
Such a luxury looking product but also one that confused me as soon as I opened it, because what the hell do I do with it? After a little bit of research, it turns out you can use it on skin and hair. That does make me a little nervous because I'm not a huge fan of oils on my hair and I've never really used oil on my skin; so we'll give it a go and see how it works for me.

Day Fifteen - Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy, Supermodel Smile; retails for £12.50
I'm really intrigued to see how a lipgloss will work in a lip pencil style, so this could possibly be one of the first things I review from this calendar! The colour Supermodel Smile is such a beautiful colour, it's almost a rose pink and it's going to be the perfect everyday colour.

Day Sixteen - Philip Kingsley Elasticizier 40ml; 75ml retails for £17
I won't lie, when I read the word Elasticizer I was convinced this was some form of skin product but when I learnt it was actually a pre-shampoo treatment originally created for Audrey Hepburn I was even more excited. I'm always looking out for new haircare treatments so this will definitely be something I'm eager to start trying.

Day Seventeen - REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 15ml; 50ml retails for £28
You know I'll always give a new day cream a go and always let you know what it does for my skin. I've only ever heard good things about REN so again, this is another product I'm really looking forward to trying.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday First | Academy of Colour Liquid Lipstick

Okay, it's official I'm addicted to liquid lipsticks. I need an intervention, someone needs to make me stop buying them. How many more can one girl need?! I'd popped into Morrisons to pick up a few bits and pieces and while innocently walking down an aisle to get to the till to pay this little duo caught my eye. Now for £2 I wasn't going to turn down a new liquid lipstick and accompanying lip liner; you all know how much I loved the little duo kit from Primark!

So overall the colour is a beautiful off brown nude colour, not a colour I'd usually go for again but because it's on the darker side of the nudes it's one I'll definitely wear. The lip liner applied beautifully, it was creamy and glided onto my lips like a dream. There was no pulling or uncomfortable feeling when applying it. The liquid lipstick applied really easily, it's pigmented really nicely and it doesn't apply patchy or unevenly. You do need to give this time to dry down though because at first it looks like a lipgloss, but when it does eventually dry down it's not uncomfortable or drying. The staying power isn't fantastic I have to admit. It takes a while for the lipstick to actually dry down to Matte and then when I ate and drank it was completely pulled from the middle of my lips; which is a really attractive look. So you'll definitely be reapplying this one all day long! My one biggest complaint though; the lip liner is a whole shade darker than the liquid lipstick... So you either have to wear them completely separately or you have to colour in your whole lip before applying the lipstick. Honestly, I've never been more annoyed in my life...

Will I continue to use the Academy of Colour Matte Liquid Lipstick? I'll definitely carry on using both the lipstick and the lip liner, although I'm not sure if I'll be using them together as they're such different shades. The lip liner was so easy and comfortable to apply that I can't not use this again.
Would I repurchase the Academy of Colour Matte Liquid Lipstick? For £2 for this little kit, I will definitely be picking up more of these if I ever see them. Okay so they're not fantastic, but for £2 how much can you really complain?
Would I recommend the Academy of Colour Matte Liquid Lipstick? If you're looking to just get into liquid lipsticks then this will definitely be a great product for you, or if like me you're not fantastic at matching lip liners to lipsticks then these kits definitely do help usually! Again for £2 how much can you really complain?
Overall score out of 5? A 3. Okay so the staying power wasn't the best I've ever tried and the colour shade of the lip liner and lipstick were totally wrong but how much can I complain? The lip liner is one of the best lip liners I've ever used and the liquid lipstick applied so easily and it wasn't messy. It didn't feel or smell like a cheap product, but purely for the staying power it's only a 3.

Have you tried the liquid lipsticks from Academy of Colour? Have you ever tried anything from Academy of Colour? Let me know!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Beauty | M&S Beauty Advent Calendar Days 1-10

So this year I finally jumped on the Beauty Advent Calendar hype, and I went with the Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar purely because after a lot of research it really was the best value for money and hello how cute is the tree shape?! Now, if you follow me on Snapchat then you'll have seen my daily unboxing of my advent calendar but if you don't then I'm about to run through the first 10 days here for you!

Now I haven't tried any of these products yet, I'm being super good and my plan is to save everything until I've opened all the days and then I'll have lots of reviews on my hands! But I can give you my very first impressions right now.

Day One - Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream 50ml; retails for £10
I was super excited when I opened up a Neal's Yard product. Neal's Yard is a brand that I've been wanting to try for such a long time, and if you know me then you'll know that a hand cream is definitely going to be welcomed in my life.

Day Two - Rodial Super Acid X-treme Acid Rush Peel 20ml; 50ml retails for £75
Genuinely one of the scariest sounding products I've ever had in my life. I can't say I know a lot about this product and how it's meant to work, but I do know that peels are meant to be good for the skin. Also for that price I have incredibly high hopes if I'm honest!

Day Three - Filorga Time-Filler 15ml; 50ml retails for £54
If you saw me open this on Snapchat then you'll know I was questioning how much I needed a wrinkle cream at 23, well I've had so many people telling me it's best to start early while I have none. I'm still not convinced, and this might be one that my Mum ends up with.

Day Four - Pixi Brow Tamer 4.5ml; retails for £12
Oh my goodness, the excitement I felt when I opened up a Pixi product in my advent calendar. Pixi are that brand that you never hear a bad word about and I have such a wishlist of their products, and now I finally have one to start my collection!

Day Five - Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil 28ml; 48ml retails for £12.50
This definitely intrigued me and it seems so luxurious. I love the fact that it can be used as a treatment before shampooing, or after for that extra added shine. I'll definitely be using it the first way because I've had too many disasters with adding oil to my hair.

Day Six - Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner Black 1.2g; 2g retails for £12
So felt liners are never usually my favourites, but with this one being skinny I'm holding out a little bit more hope for this one and I won't write it off just yet. I've also never heard of Eyeko as a brand, so I'm definitely interested.

Day Seven - Ultrasun Face 30 SPF 25ml; 50ml retails for £20
I wear suncream on my face all year round, you can never have too much protection. Face-specific sun protection is incredibly hard to find, and one specifically for sensitive skin is even better. I'm super excited to try this out and see how it works for my skin.

Day Eight - Alpha-H Liquid Gold 50ml; 100ml retails for £33.50
Seriously, could I have had a more fancy product? Again I'm not really sure what this is meant to do for my skin but I am super excited to try this out. This will probably end up being one of the first products I end up trying and reviewing if I'm honest!

Day Nine - Autograph All-in-one Nail Colour, Cranberry 11ml; retails for £6
Have you ever seen a more festive nail colour? If I'm honest I've not tried anything from Autograph and I've not heard much about them as a brand so I can't say where my expectations lie. I might have to break this one out early for Christmas day.

Day Ten - Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish, Piccadilly Court 10ml; retails for £13
Now Nails Inc I have heard a lot about so I am very excited to try out this nail varnish, especially for how much it retails for if I'm honest. Again, though a super pretty shade for this time of year and definitely for the autumn months.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Friday First | Soap & Glory's Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash


I'm having major skin issues lately; my skin is dry, flaky and just in desperate need of something. As you might have been able to tell lately I've been trying out a few different pieces to add whatever it is that my skin might be missing out to see if I can fix this. However, when at the moment I'm currently super tired and so lazy that I'm collapsing in bed and only taking my makeup off with my micellar water... I think I might have found the cause, just maybe.

Soap & Glory's Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash first of all definitely isn't the shortest or most catchy name if I'm honest. The Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash claims to "smoothes and purifies for super clean, fresh and bright skin" as well as being "complexion-friendly, non-drying, and easy-rinse". One major bonus for me is that the Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash is "formulated for oily/combination skin" which I didn't know when I first picked this up, so that was a nice surprise. The Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash also contains "pigmentation-preventing antioxidants" and works to "rejuvenates, energises and brightens" skin, who doesn't want that (www.boots.com)?

I can definitely say that after using the Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash my face definitely feels cleaner and purified, although let's be honest when you're picking up a face wash that states it has Vitamin C in you probably have high expectations. I can't say I've noticed any major changes in my complexion, although being formulated for oily skin I have noticed my skin looking that little bit brighter and isn't becoming as oily during the day. Does my skin feel rejuvenated? Well, I can't comment or say I've noticed any major changes, maybe when I've made more of a dent in the bottle I might notice this a bit more.

I can definitely say that I haven't noticed the Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash making a huge impact on my dry skin; I'm not sure if this is because I'm suffering so badly lately that a face wash alone isn't going to fix this. Initially after using the Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash my dry skin does disappear and my skin does feel a lot smoother, cleaner and a little bit sorted but that doesn't last forever.

Will I continue to use Soap & Glory's Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash? I'm currently using this as my daily face wash, however, due to my current skin issues I might have to switch back to my trusty face wash that I know will sort out my skin. This isn't anything against this face wash, and once my skin is back to normal I'll be using this on a daily basis once more.
Would I repurchase Soap & Glory's Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash? For £8 for such a huge bottle, this is a great value because you need such little product so I'll definitely be repurchasing it on that front. So far I'm enjoying this face wash, I just wish my skin would also show this. I'll let you know how my skin reacts to it once I sort out this dry skin issue.
Would I recommend Soap & Glory's Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash? Definitely, it's not a harsh face wash and my skin definitely doesn't feel stripped. My skin feels super clean after using this and like I've added something back in. I can't say I'm currently seeing any benefits from the Vitamin C, however as soon as I do I'm sure you'll hear all about it!
Overall score out of 5? A 4. My skin currently isn't playing along, and you wouldn't believe that I love this face wash as much as I do. I'm still waiting to see the bonus of having Vitamin C in a face wash, but what I am seeing and feeling so far I'm enjoying!

Have you tried the Soap & Glory Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash? Do you have any tips or tricks for incredibly dry skin at this time of year? Let me know!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Beauty | Illamasqua Lipstick & Lip Liner

I'm sure you've seen it all over Twitter lately, but TK Maxx have totally stepped up their makeup game recently.. and I mean they have some seriously high-end names in. Let's be honest, when you hear that TK Maxx are now stocking Too Faced and NARS you're basically gonna run to your local TK Maxx to see what they have in; this is exactly what I did. You might have seen on my Snapchat that I managed to pick up these two Illamasqua pieces and a Too Faced eyeliner... A blog post is coming soon, so keep your eye out for it!

With this beautiful combination I now forever have the classic red lip, and every girl needs that in her life! When I paid £4.99 for the lipliner that should have been £16 and £5.99 for the lipstick that should have been £19.50 I was never going to turn these beauties down. Although as you can see in the swatches they don't totally match up, when you have them together on the lip you really can't tell and they really pair up perfectly for that retro look. Maybe with a few nights coming up for the Christmas season I'll be throwing this on into a selfie or two!

The lipliner is beautiful and absolutely glides onto your lips like butter, there is absolutely no pulling on my lips at all and the pigmentation is absolutely insane. Naturally, as I would when creating the classic red lip instead of just lining my lip I use my liner to colour in my entire lip; this way I have a more stable base for my colour. When it came to the lipstick I was actually quite disappointed; I really struggled to actually get it on and I really had to pull it across my lips to get it to apply in the end short strokes was the only way to go. At first, I wondered if it was to do with my whole lip being coloured in, so I tried it again with the just the outer of my lip being lined but the lipstick applied in exactly the same way. Now I'm a girl who had not only new makeup to play with, but high-end makeup to play with so just imagine my disappointed with the lipstick when I've only ever heard good things about Illamasqua.

I haven't been put off for life! I'm going to persevere with the lipstick and see if applying it with a brush makes it any easier to apply. I'm also so in love with the lipliner I genuinely want one in every colour!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday First | Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

It's another skincare review! This week I've finally had a chance to try the sister product to the moisturiser that I use on a daily basis; the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask! I can't say I've ever been a big user of tissue masks, but then I've also never been a huge user of face masks; I have them and I use them but oh the mess. I can't really say why I've never used tissue masks more, probably because they're cold, they feel weird and they've only recently become easier to get your hands on.

Garnier's Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask "intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance" as just like the Moisture Bomb moisturiser it's "enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum". In just 15 minutes the Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask "acts like a hydration wrap that continuously diffuses all the effectiveness of the serum intensely hydrating your skin" that "quenches and comforts skin instantly", as well as providing a weeks worth of hydration within a single use (www.garnier.co.uk).

Well I can safely say my skin definitely did feel quenched, comforted and hydrated while I was using the mask. Like every other tissue mask I've used before the Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask was incredibly cold and felt really weird on the skin; but unlike tissue masks I've used in the past it didn't try to slide down my face and the coldness disappeared quite quickly. When I removed the tissue mask I was left with a moisture layer to my skin which you have two options; you can either remove it with a cotton pad or lightly massage it into the skin. I naturally went for the second option, with how dry my skin has been lately I'm not skipping any chance of extra moisture!

The smell is exactly like the Moisture Bomb moisturiser, the pomegranate scent really does come through and I'm still not sure if I like it or not. However I can say that I noticed that my skin definitely felt a lot better straight away after using it and looked noticeably more hydrated and smoother. As for the week claims? I think these actually stood up, I've only just started to notice really bad patches of dryness around my nose again and it's been around a week since I used this mask!

Would I repurchase Garnier's Moisture Bomb Tissue Bomb? I wasn't initially sold due to the price, I wasn't expecting miracles if I'm honest. However given how soft and hydrated my skin looked immediately after using the mask and given how the weeks worth of moisture actually stood up I think I'll have to stock up on a few of these for those times when I need some emergency moisture for my skin!
Would I recommend Garnier's Moisture Bomb Tissue Bomb? If you're looking for a different way to inject some moisture into your skin routine without spending a lot then this could definitely be an option. We all know I have combination skin and I've had no issues with the Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask and my skin or any spots appearing. If like me in the winter the cold air completely dries out your skin then these could potentially be your winter saviour!
Overall score out of 5? A 4. I'm still not 100% sold on the price if I'm honest; for one in a pack I think they're a little expensive when you can definitely pick up tissue masks for a lot cheaper. I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about the Moisture Bomb scent in general. However I absolutely loved the results I saw instantly and I loved how my skin looked the week following it's use, so I'll definitely be stocking up on a few of these regardless!

Have you tried Garnier's Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks? Have you tried a similar tissue mask? Do you prefer traditional face masks or tissue masks? Let me know!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Life | Goodbye November

Dear November,

What a photo heavy month you are! It actually looks like I have a life and I do something with my spare time!

As well as my usual work routine you've clearly been the month of Snapchat filters, in fact I have been incredibly active on Snapchat this month... So sorry if I've irritated you with that this month! You've also been the month of photogenic lunches, Christmas drinks and Christmas cups.. I've been for a few more Christmas drink dates but nothing is quite as photengic as a Starbucks red Christmas cup.

Obviously November you were the month for Fantastic Beasts, so the Potterhead within me got to be out in full swing once more. My rota fell so I could go to the midnight showing so I was down there in all my excitement and then later that day I was dragging myself to town on such little sleep to pick up the screenplay, have you seen a more beautiful book?!

Shopping wise you've been a great month for myself; I managed to treat myself to the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar, I finally got my hands on those Primark boots I'd been lusting after and TKMaxx have really stepped up their high end makeup game so how could I resist picking up some pieces?!

I ended the month by going to finally see my boyfriend preform live with his band, which turned into some self confessed girlfriend promotion which then turned into a night out in which I've genuinely never felt so hungover in my life.. Seriously, even nuggets didn't fix this hangover...

So you've been a busy month for me November, thank you for making me look like I finally do something other than work. I've finally started my Christmas shopping as well so I'm now not totally unprepared!

Next time we speak I'll be looking back on the entire year which is a little bit scary, but let's hope December doesn't run away from me.

Beka. xo

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Life | Lowercase Coffee Shop

I love finding new places to eat, but I always feel like I'm cheating on an old favourite.. Me and Mum recently discovered Lowercase Coffee Shop in the town where we live and I can honestly say that I'm in love. I've been in to Lowercase quite a few times with my Grandma but we've only ever popped in for a drink but the other week me and my Mum fancied something different for lunch so we thought we'd give it a go.

The first time we popped in both my Mum and me went for the soup of the day which happened to be broccoli and stilton which was absolutely beautiful and was served with a savoury scone; which is a fabulous idea and I'd never think about having a savoury scone with soup! The next time we popped in it was a totally miserable day so I opted for a toasted sandwich, because lets be honest it's my total comfort food on a miserable day.

We haven't yet attempted the huge cakes that they offer just yet, purely because the food is just so incredible and has always filled us up so far! Maybe one day we just need to pop in for just a drink and some cake... Lowercase is such a comfortable little coffee shop we can always spend so much longer in there than originally planned because the atmosphere is just so lovely! The one danger with Lowercase is that it's hidden away in the back of The Alphabet Gift Shop, which is such a beautiful shop my bank account is always in great danger... Maybe I'll do a post on some of the goodies I've picked up from there one day!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Friday First | Rimmel The Only 1




So apparently ever since Rimmel released their Only 1 Matte Lipsticks these little tubes have been like gold dust! I cannot tell you just how many Boots and Superdrugs I had to visit to find one that hadn't completely sold out or that at least had a decent selection of colours left. When I finally managed to find some I can't say I was blown away by the colour selection so I picked up the shades 610 High Flyer and 810 The Matte Factor.

Rimmel's Only 1 Matte Lipstick claims to be "the only 1 matte lipstick that wont let you down" by being "bold matte colour with supreme comfort, moisture and staying power". Rimmel's Only 1 Matte Lipstick is "high coverage, full impact colour and a flawless finish in just one stroke" which promises that the "wow colour you see on the bullet will be the one on your lips"; a pretty bold claim to make if you ask me! Rimmel continue to go on to claim that "the lightweight colour and the comfort will stay true for hours and hours", "so supremely comfortable and moisturising it goes on like a dream. A whole new sensorial experience, you'll just want to keep applying it" (www.boots.com).

Some pretty big claims to make, so lets see how the Only 1 Lipsticks actually stood up to them. Let's start with the colour that's in the bullet will be the high coverage full impact colour on your lips.. Well they're not wrong with that. It's definitely a high coverage lipstick; one stroke gives such intense colour to the lips and you really only need a second coat of both colours to just make the colour more bold and totally opaque. The Matte Factor definitely is the colour you see in the tube, however I'd say High Flyer is more of a lighter colour on the lip than it looks in the bullet; it's definitely closer to the coloured strip on the tube. These are incredibly comfortable lipsticks; they apply insanely easily, they literally just glide on and you just forget you're wearing them so easily. They're not the fastest drying lipsticks, but by the time I'm ready and finally leaving the house it's definitely dried down to matte. These aren't drying, they don't crack and they stay so, so well. These went at least 4 hours before even showing a single sign of any need to touch them up!

I'm not 100% sold on the packaging; I can't quite put my finger on what it is but there's something about it I'm not sure on. I do really like the coloured strip at the bottom to show what colour is in the tube though, that's a nice little touch. These have the typical Rimmel lipstick scent which disappears as soon as the lipstick dries down, so if you're not overly keen on that scent I'd maybe avoid these lipsticks.

Will I continue to use Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipsticks? I'll definitely continue to use the two colours I've got; I think I'll get a lot more use of out High Flyer than I will The Matte Factor if I'm honest, but that's because I've got so many dark lipsticks that I'm preferring at the minute and ironically The Matte Factor is actually on the lighter berry side!
Would I repurchase Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipsticks? I'm not entirely sure. I like these lipsticks; I think for a drugstore matte lipstick they're great, they aren't drying, the colour pay off is great and the staying power is incredible. However, the colour selection in the Matte range isn't fantastic and there aren't any other colours that I have my eye on so I won't be hunting any other colours down.. There's a good chance I'll end up repurchasing High Flyer though because I love that colour!
Would I recommend Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipsticks? I think I would. For a matte lipstick the formula of this is great. They are definitely so moisturising and glide on without a care in the world, the staying power is insane and the colour payoff is something else. For a matte lipstick they aren't drying at all which I know is something a lot of people look for in a matte lipstick, so this is definitely going to be a selling point.
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I love the lipsticks themselves, those I cannot knock. However the range itself isn't fantastic; it doesn't have the best colour selection so you might be a little bit stuck for choice.

Have you tried Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipsticks? What do you think to the colour selection? Do you have any matte lipsticks that you prefer? Let me know!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Beauty | Weleda Skin Food


Lets be honest, send me a notebook when sending me an item out to review then you're instantly on to a winner with me.. Just look how cute that notebook is!

You all know how much I love a good hand cream; firstly I'm a nurse so I'm forever washing my hands so protecting my skin is a must for me, my nails mean far too much to me so I'll protect them in anyway that I can, and also with this colder weather I'm forever applying a hand cream till I'm hurting my hands from applying it so much.

However, Weleda's Skin Food* is something else; it's a multi purpose cream for dry skin so you can use it on your hands, face, elbows, feet or wherever you might need a little something extra! Skin Food is enriched with chamomile, viola tricolor, and calendula which are all included in a thick base of oils and beeswax which everyone knows are heaven to the skin!

Now as much as I'm loving skin food for my hands, it really does take a lot of working into the skin because it's so thick. As well as having to really work it in, it doesn't sink in straight away so you can't do anything straight away; so although Skin Food isn't the best to just throw in my bag for when I'm on the go, it is something I really like to use a really thick layer of just before I go to bed to really let it sink in overnight. I quite like the scent, for me the beeswax is the main scent that really comes through and this is a scent that I really enjoy. I haven't yet used it on any other areas, but keep your eye on my social media because I'll definitely keep you updated!

*I was sent this product for free in return for a review. I have not been paid for this post in anyway, all opinions remain my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Friday First | Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed


So lately I've been having some major skin issues and I've needed some real TLC! Nothing I've been trying seems to have been working and my usual routine is keeping things ticking over, but nothing seems to have been touching those really painful, deep, angry face demons. I've always only ever heard good things about the No Clogs Allowed mask from Soap & Glory so I grabbed it while I was in Boots the other week and basically prayed for a miracle.

Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed is a face mask that "is perfect for weekly use", designed "strategically for oily/combination skin" and is perfect for use "one areas prone to blackhead build-up... more often as a deep-oil-emulsifying, detoxifying face mask and all-round scrubby wonder!" Working to "deep clean and melt away pore-plugging sebum" No Clogs Allowed also "softens keratinised skin cells to prevent breakouts and blemishes".  No Clogs Allowed is a self heating face mask which "uses heat to emulsify stubborn pore-plugging grease" and "changes colour when fully activated on the face" (www.boots.com).

So I personally found that the self heating element of No Clogs Allowed starts as soon as I apply it to my skin; I also can't really say it lasts. Which isn't really a problem but it's also slightly disappointing too. So the instructions are pretty simply; massage the mask onto your skin then just wet your hands and scrub the mask until it turns from white to blue all over. Like I've already said as soon as I start to massage the mask on the self heating element is there but also I can definitely feel the scrub working it's magic. However, I can definitely say that no matter how many times I have tried I cannot get this mask to turn blue. I kind of end up with blue streaks across my face but the mask stays white.. What am I doing wrong? I'm also loving that I only have to leave it on for 5 minutes! I have noticed that for the next day or two after using this mask when I apply anything to my face everything tingles which I'm pretty sure isn't totally normal but it's an interesting feeling! But my face does feel totally smooth and soft like a baby's butt after using this mask and I have noticed the pores on my nose are looking a hell of a lot better, so it's all worth it!

Will I continue to use Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed? Using a mask on a weekly basis is always something I've struggled to do, but for some reason I'm able to stick to it with this one. It might have something to do with the fact that you leave it for 5 minutes, it doesn't get tight and you wash it off? I literally stick this on, jump in the shower and wash it off. There also isn't the whole mess that you usually have with face masks which is quite nice.
Would I repurchase Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed? I think I will. Definitely not for the self heating element however, that disappears quite quickly. But my skin does feel a lot better after using this. I'm still suffering from a few really deep face demons lately, but I think they might be stress related so nothing is going to fix those.
Would I recommend Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed? I would. If you're on the hunt for a easy use, no mess face mask this is the one you're looking for. It gives my skin a really good clean and sort out on a weekly basis without leaving it feeling completely stripped which is a total bonus. Also you don't have to use that much either, so for £11.50 it's going to last me and I'm going to get my use.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. The self heating element is there, but it disappears so quickly... By the time I've applied it all over my face and scrubbed it to make it blue the heating feeling is totally gone. But my skin feels a lot better after using it, so I can totally overlook that bit of it.

Have you tried Soap & Glory's No Clogs Allowed? Have you tried anything similar? Let me know!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Life | Wax Melts


Candles are 100% my thing, if you know me then you'll know just how my collection continues to grow and how I have a really unhealthy habit of buying more candles quicker than I can burn them.

Something that is definitely making my autumn and is definitely going to take me into those Winter nights and days is my Glade Wax Melt Warmer and all my wax melt. I've never been a huge lover of wax melts; I've heard all the horror stories of the wax melts and tealights, and my Mum herself has had a bad experience so I've always stayed well away. This is why the new electric style wax melt warmers are perfect; plug them in, pop on a wax melt and you're good to go!

Naturally I picked up some Glade's own wax melts, but I've also got some of the Air Wick Life Scents, I've got some cheap wax melts I found in home bargains, naturally I have quite a few of Yankee Candle's wax melts and I'm currently loving a wax pop from Bloom Candles!

The perfect thing about wax melts is you don't have to worry too much about leaving them unattended, the warmer looks more like an ornament which is helpful and for some reason they're also just as comforting for an autumn and winter night! Of course there is something super comforting about a flickering candle, but wax melts are currently my new favourite thing.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Friday First | PS... Make Me Matte!




I've been hovering over trying Primark's beauty range for absolutely ages but I could never quite decide what colour lipsticks I wanted to pick up and I just always ended up walking away. However Primark got me in the way they always do; while queuing up to pay for my items I saw this cute little Make Me Matte gift set for £2.50 and I genuinely couldn't resist!

I'd love to be able to write my normal review where I'm able to compare what the product is meant to do and then what it actually did.. Yeah I can't do that; I've literally got no information about the Primark Matte Lipstick or Lip Pencil. I can't even tell you what colour I've even picked up for if I ever wanted to repurchase either of them! Cause that's not annoying in the slightest Primark...

It's a total risk picking up a kit like this cause I could never be 100% sure of the colour and when I applied it I definitely knew it was never a colour I'd normally go for. It was such a paler, pinkier nude than I'd usually go for but the longer I wore it for the more it grew on me. I'd never usually feel the need to use a lipliner with a lip colour this pale but obviously with it being included I gave it a go. I originally planned to use the pencil to colour in my whole lip to give me a solid base, but I found the pencil to pull slightly on my lips and with the lip pencil being the perfect my lips but better shade for me there was no need. The lipstick was incredibly creamy and applied so smoothly. The scent definitely reminded me of a mixture between Revlon lip products and NYX lip products; with that whole vanilla, sweet scent. Application was smooth and colour wasn't patchy, and the colour dried down to being matte pretty quickly without being drying on the lips. In fact this wasn't drying on the lips at all, I forgot I had it on for most of the day.

I purposely wore this the day I knew we'd be going out for lunch so I could put the lipstick fully to the test through eating and drinking. Despite being a matte lipstick this really does transfer, my teacup had the perfect nude lip print on it all day long. It seemed to hold up pretty well during eating, until I got to cake. As usual it wore away from the middle of my lips first, and then it really started to fade from the edges of my lips. With it being such a perfect nude shade it wasn't as obvious and you could easily get away without having to reapply it if you didn't want to.

Will I continue to use the Make Me Matte kit? It's definitely not the colour I'd go for at this time of year normally, but it's nice to have a nude and more subtle option for those days or nights where I don't want a bold, berry or dark lip. I'll definitely get the use out of the lipstick definitely, the lipliner I'm not so sure.
Would I repurchase the Make Me Matte kit? Definitely. Firstly because I literally have no idea what colour I've bought so it's the only way for me to know for sure which colour I'll have. But if Primark can do other colours in these kits that would be great. There also going to make great little stocking fillers!
Would I recommend the Make Me Matte kit? Yes! If like me you're absolutely useless at pairing lipsticks with the right lipliner then this will be your life saviour! Also, Primark's lipsticks are incredibly creamy and soft and really more people should try them.
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I'm incredibly annoyed that Primark couldn't even put a name on the lipstick or lipliner so I can't go and repurchase them when I've used them up. The lipstick is incredible; I love the texture, scent and feel. The wear is pretty decent and the colour is starting to grow on me.

Have you tried any lipsticks from Primark? Have you tried any other makeup from Primark? Are you a fan of lip kits? Let me know!