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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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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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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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Sk:n Skincare


Sk:n are not only a skincare brand but they also have their own clinics up & down the Country which offer a wide range of treatments, such as Acne Treatment, Tattoo Removal & Laser Hair Removal. The clinics feature state of the art equipment, meaning any treatment you receive is done with the most up-to date technique. I've been trying out a couple of their skincare products, but I'd love to take a trip to a clinic one day for various reasons!
The Facial Exfoliating Cleanser for Normal Skin* (£26.00) is a creamy cleanser, with a  similar consistency to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. The difference with this cleanser is that it contains Glycolic Acid & Glycerin which exfoliates the skin that bit further by helping to remove dead skin cells & clear pores. I find it very effective at cleansing my skin, it feels gentle yet manages to break down makeup ensuring it's left clean & refreshed. 

The second product I've been using is the Anti-Ageing Age-Delaying Cream for Younger Skin* (£33.75) I've been keen to incorporate an Anti-Ageing moisturiser into my skincare routine ever since I read that you are never too young to start protecting your skin from ageing. I'm 23 & already fine lines have started to appear across my forehead & around my eyes (early signs of crows feet!? eek!) & whilst everyone I mention it to denies it, I'm very aware of them! Obviously I can't see any overnight results from using this but it's reassuring knowing I am taking a step to (hopefully) preserve my skin, I guess only time will tell! The moisturiser contains Vitamin A which helps to regulate cell turnover which is vital to keep your skin looking healthy, younger & fresh. It also has Shea Butter in it which explains why my skin always feels so soft & hydrated after I've applied it. 

Have you tried any products from sk:n?

L x

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Happy 6th Birthday Lulu Pug

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UK blogger, Pug party, pug birthday party, UK Pug
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Little Lulu turned 6 years old on August 21st, so of course the party hats came out & peanut butter cupcakes were baked! I didn't take as many photos as I did at Tilly's 2nd Birthday Teaparty but I still couldn't resist sharing a few cute snaps. It was a lot harder to photograph two pugs together & get them to both keep their hats on, so I'm kinda proud I even got one decent shot! 
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UK blogger, Pug party, pug birthday party, UK Pug
UK blogger, Pug party, pug birthday party, UK Pug
They had so much fun eating their pupcakes, Tilly is supposed to be on a diet but I couldn't leave her out! I didn't take any photos of them eating them because I was just laughing at them so much whilst they gobbled them up. Pugs really are the funniest little dogs! Next year I want to throw each of the girls a party where I invite all of their Pug friends, our house isn't complete for lots of guests yet so we celebrated as a family of 4 instead! Lulu was completely spoilt with clothes, treats & toys, just what she deserves! <3

L x

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August Favourites

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Is anyone else really excited now that September has rolled around it's officially Autumn, or is that just me!? I love how cozy Autumn/Winter is, I'm not a Summer person at all really, give me blankets, candles & hot chocolates over bikinis & ice lollies any day! 

So what beauty products did I love the most during August?

First up is Zoella's Foam Sweet Foam Shower Gel, I like the light fragrance & the pretty pink pearlescent formula, plus it leaves me feeling squeaky clean. I also LOVE the Scrubbing Me Softly Body Scrub but silly me forgot to grab that out of the shower for these photographs. 

Washi Tape is another favourite of mine, I've been using it to hold up artwork until I get round to buying frames but I think I'll end up keeping some of them taped to the wall. These 3 are a little set from Oliver Bonas, a shop that I am obsessed with if you didn't already know that! 

I get very dry skin around my nails so I've been making more of a conscious effort to give them a bit of TLC by using Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. It smells absolutely divine, like Sherbet Lemon sweeties, the scent hangs around for ages too! It has really helped to soften up my cuticles & dry skin, I'm no longer ashamed of the state of my nails. 

I recently had blonde put through my hair which has since turned quite brassy which I was really unhappy with until I remembered I used to use Purple Shampoo when I had my hair ombre'd a few years ago! PROVOKE Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo has lifted the brassy, harsh tones from my hair & brightened up the colour. It's so cheap too, you can't really go wrong - although I have heard if you leave it on too long or use it regularly you can end up with purple hair but thats never happened to me! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade is my latest makeup obsession, it's finally helped me to achieve eyebrows I'm happy with & thats a big deal for me! I suffer from wonky eyebrows & I know they say eyebrows are 'Sisters not Twins' but I feel like mine are noticeably uneven & that makes me really self conscious. I have the shade Medium Brown which is a perfect match for me, all I do is load my MAC 266 with a small amount of product & apply gentle strokes throughout my brows. They look so much more natural, I'm not really a fan of the bold, overdrawn brows anymore, it just doesn't suit me! 

My last favourite is the L'Oreal True Match Concealer in the shade Vanilla, I happened to pick this up on a whim as my local Boots was out of stock of Collection's Lasting Perfection! When I went to use it my heart sank a little as it looked too dark but I tried it anyway & it is orangey on my skin tone but it's really good at hiding the blue tones I have around my eyes. It blends in easily & you can't tell it's the wrong shade for me once I go over it with my foundation brush! 

Thats it for my August Favourites, what are yours!?

L x

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A Homeware Wishlist

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At the moment we are swamped with DIY so I haven't been buying nice things like cushions, candles & copper accessories, instead we have been spending our money on boring but important things like an alarm system for the house & metal paint to restore our cast iron fireplace with... I have to admit it is pretty fun seeing our house transforming into a home & I find it really satisfying seeing the rooms coming together. We still haven't got anywhere near as much done as I had hoped we would have by now but August was a busy month with a Christening & Engagement party to attend plus we did a 500 mile round trip to collect Lulu Pug & I've been working loads of overtime it's just been non stop! The main project we have at the moment is finishing all the gloss work in both the living & dining areas, plus finish painting the dining room walls, & then finally getting the TV mounted onto the wall. Our to do list is never ending but I love what we have achieved so far & I can't wait to be able to photograph rooms once they are finished to share with you all!

I've given myself a little (big) goal of getting the living & dining areas pretty much complete by the end of October so that we can throw a housewarming party before it's too late! Looking at interior inspiration on Pinterest & window shopping online has made me feel motivated to try & achieve it. I really want to get original style cupboards & shelving built into the alcoves in the living room (see here!) so I need to get some quotes for that & I really need to decide on a coffee table, plus some little end tables to go next to the sofa. I'm also tempted to pick up two more Eames style chairs for our dining table, we currently have four white ones but I'm thinking of getting a couple in teal to add some colour to the room. 

Whats your favourite item on my wishlist?
L x

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