Monday, 5 October 2015

Lazy Monday Mornings...

After 13 consecutive days at work I am so so glad to be sat in my big squishy bed with my two little puga's! I have been completely rushed off my feet as well as dealing with some really horrible bouts of anxiety, I'm exhausted & run down so today is all about a bit of rest & relaxation! One thing I absolutely love to do when I'm having some chill time is to open my MacBook, log into Blogger & type away. I find it really therapeutic & it's so enjoyable, especially when I see the end result & receive lovely comments to read. I've been looking through my Instagram photos so thought it would be nice to re-cap on everything thats been going on recently, like I've said before in previous posts I love to document my life so that one day I can look back on it, which is why I should really get into vlogging! It also made me realise I haven't shared any photos from our trip to Brighton, I'll be sure to do that asap but be prepared for pug spam! 

Theres a little Autumnal theme running through my photos, which makes me so happy. I know everyone seems to be banging on about how much they love this time of year, but I really do! Everything is so cosy, with lots of candles lit & fairy lights on, blankets to wrap up in on the sofa whilst drinking a big mug of hot chocolate, what's not to love? All the leaves are starting to fall now too, littering the ground with the most colourful display & creating that satisfying crunch when you step on them, it makes dog walking all the more fun! I couldn't resist snapping a photo of Lulu & my feet standing amongst the pretty array of Autumnal leaves & I'm sure there will be many more of those to come. Apart from appreciating Autumn, I've been busy at work turning the into a festive dream. All of the Christmas decorations are out now & I've built Christmas trees, arranged table displays & basically been like a little elf spreading Christmas cheer throughout the store! I am SO excited!! Only 11 Mondays left before the big day itself...

How was your weekend?

L x

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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Antipodes Organic Skincare

In celebration of Organic Beauty Week I have been trying out some new skincare bits from the Organic skincare brand Antipodes. Antipodes are an award-winning certified organic & vegetarian brand that offer a range of skincare, body care & makeup. Having already used their Resurrect Facial Toner in the past I jumped at the chance to welcome some more of their products into my skincare regime. Before talking about each of the products I want to mention the packaging, something I often forget to do when I'm reviewing beauty products but I can't go any further without giving it some appreciation! The green floral wallpaper style is really pretty yet represents what Antipodes are all about, natural & organic. I make sure to pop each item back into their cardboard box & sit them neatly on my dresser because I love it so much.
Starting with the Grapeseed Butter Cleanser* (£24.99) as this is the first product I use out of the three it makes sense to begin with it! This cleanser is different from any I've used before as it's a balmy consistency, hence it being titled a 'butter cleanser'. I use the little spatula it came with to scoop up a small amount and then massage it into my skin. It melts quite quickly into an oil and the small grape seeds also melt down but provide that extra bit of exfoliation too. It has a really relaxing aroma which is why I especially love using it a night before I go to bed, the lavender & blue chamomile is calming & also helps to soothe my skin. It smells so so good, sometimes I just go & sniff the pot if I'm feeling stressed, is that weird? *hands over eyes monkey emoji*
After my skin is feeling clean & refreshed I apply the Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum* (£34.00). Using a serum is a recent addition to my skincare routine, I always knew I should be using one but never got round to finding one to use so when the lovely PR lady recommended it to me I couldn't say no! The Worship serum is packed with ingredients that aim to keep skin youthful by protecting skin cells against early ageing. It feels a little drying on my skin as it soaks in but its nothing a bit of moisturiser can't fix! 
And last but certainly not least I finish off my skincare by applying the Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream* (£26.99). It's a lovely thin moisturiser that contains Manuka Flower, Sweet Almond and pure organic Avocado oil. The Manuka Flower ingredient is able to aid healing thanks to it's antibacterial & protective properties & as my skin has been particularly bad recently I'm so pleased to see my blemish scars fading away! Avocado Oil is nutrient rich meaning it helps keep skin healthy as it is able to transform tired, stressed looking skin into a fresh complexion. The moisturiser sinks in quickly & leaves my skin ready for me to apply my makeup, which I have to say applies beautifully. The best thing about this product though has to be the fragrance, Sweet Almond & Vanilla Pod, I'm a sucker for anything Vanilla scented!

Have you tried anything from Antipodes?

L x

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Rimmel Favourites

Rimmel were the first brand I dabbled with when I started using makeup, the Stay Matte foundation being my go-to base & the double ended mascara that seems to have disappeared off the shelves. Since I've developed my passion for beauty products, Rimmel have always stuck around in my makeup bag, they're great value yet still retain quality & theres always something new to try too!

I've now steered away from what I believed to be my 'holy grail' foundation aged 16 & opted for Match Perfection as my most-loved Rimmel base. I've done a full review on it but I will just touch on why I love it. It's a perfect match (lol) for my skintone, I always struggle finding shades light enough for me, but Light Porcelain is just right. The consistency is thin but still provides good coverage without feeling too heavy. Another base product I've pretty much always used is the Stay Matte Powder, priced at only £3.99 I never hesitate when it comes to re-purchasing this! 

As I said above, I used to be a big fan of the double ended mascara, one end being white which claimed to thicken up your lashes & the other end being the colour used to define them, either black or brown. I think it was the novelty of being able to coat my lashes in a white 'primer' style product & then cover them over with the actual mascara! At the moment I'm using the Wonder'full Mascara, it contains Argan Oil which conditions your eyelashes - I would never have even considered but eyelashes deserve to be looked after too! The Wonder'full mascara has a really light texture, it doesn't clump up at all & the soft brush bristles grip on to the lashes providing the right amount of product.

One of the most well known lip products in the blogosphere has got to be Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick - 107. I absolutely love a berry lip, especially now the seasons are changing & everywhere is beginning to look Autumnal! Although these lipsticks have a matte finish they aren't drying or uncomfortable to wear as they have been designed to be a 'velvet matte'. It means you can apply them without having to drag them across your lips & you don't need to worry about getting chapped lips from wearing it either! I actually have quite a few Rimmel lipsticks in my makeup collection, theres a good choice of shades & finishes available and they're also inexpensive too. Whenever I feel like treating myself to a new lip product, I always head to the Rimmel stands first! Another favourite of mine is also a Kate Moss lipstick, this time from the Lasting Finish range though & in the Shade 03. This is a bit of a different one for me, as it's a neutral, nude kinda colour which isn't something I opt for a lot. It's good to try something new though & I'm actually really glad to have found a lipstick I can wear everyday.

What are your favourite Rimmel products?

L x 

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Friday, 11 September 2015

My Beauty Travel Bag

So I'm currently whizzing down the motorway on my way to Brighton for a mini holiday with the pugs, two friends & their two pugs (pug holiday!!) & I decided to be organised for once by taking photos of all the beauty bits I've packed in my toiletry travel bag. I've also got a Makeup Travel Bag post planned too so keep an eye out for that in the next couple of days!

I don't know about you but I like to be surrounded by all of my favourite things when I'm away from home, it makes me feel less uneasy about being in a new place. I also really like buying mini versions of my most loved beauty items if possible, if not I will decant products into travel friendly sized bottles & pots. 
I've been really good at keeping to my skincare routine recently so I wanted to make sure I'd be able to continue this. I try to save up mini magazine freebies etc for times like this, I knew my little Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish would come in handy soon! It's my all time favourite cleanser, it works well on my skin & I know I can rely on it which is ideal when you're away from home.. nobody wants to have an allergic reaction on holiday! I'm also pretty fussy with haircare products as my hair is quite unmanageable I need good quality shampoo & conditioner that can keep it in decent condition so the MoroccanOil Travel Kit is perfect. I swear by using MoroccanOil after every hair wash to keep moisture locked in.

Pocket sized perfumes are also much more of a safe option to travel with rather than lugging big bottles around that could easily get damaged. As much as I'd love to take my full sized perfumes, theres really no need to as it's not like I'll use an entire bottle in a couple of days! I have a few different Marc Jacob Minis so I've packed two incase I feel like wearing a different perfume I've got options.
Obviously I pack the necessities like my toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant but they aren't as fun to photograph & it's pretty obvious everyone takes those things! (:

What essentials do you pack when you're off on holiday?

L x

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