Until I moved into my own home last year I didn't really give a second thought to hand wash, however now I'm always on the hunt for pretty bottles to sit on my bathroom sink. I'm quite fussy when it comes to scents too, they either need to be sweet or fruity so when I discovered the Carex Fun Edition range I was in my element. The Cola Bottle one is up there as my most loved hand wash, the sweet, fizzy fragrance is surprisingly refreshing. Another reason why I like Carex hand wash so much is the fact that they are so moisturising yet still kill 99.9% of bacteria so I know my hands are squeaky clean, but still super soft too. All Carex products are dermatologically tested by experts to ensure our hands are cleansed & protected.
Recently I went down to the 'Love Carex' event held at Mr Simms Sweet Shop in Liverpool ONE to celebrate the launch of the Fun Edition Love Hearts Hand Wash that hit the stores in June. Obviously I was really excited about the new hand wash as I love all things pink, cute & girly, plus Love Hearts are one of my fave sweeties so it is literally perfect for me!
With the new hand wash being inspired by the retro Love Heart candy hosting the event at Mr Simms was the ideal location. The store was decorated with eye-catching window displays & sweetie displays to create some excitement and to highlight the fun side of Carex. Customers had the opportunity to pose for a photo with the selfie frame & could take home a free bottle of the Love Hearts hand wash if they spent over £3 in store.
The new Fun Edition Love Hearts Hand Wash can be found in Tesco for £1.40 a bottle, will you be picking one up? I know I'll be stocking up, I need an unlimited supply it's so good!
Have you tried any of the Carex Fun Edition products?
It's time to show you all what's been lurking inside my everyday makeup bag throughout the month of August. There are some new products & some all time favourites, rediscovering makeup items is always a good feeling!
The foundation I'm using the most is the L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation that you may recognise from my July Favourites. Another item that featured in my favourites is the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, it's a cream formula & infused with Coconut Water that helps keep skin moisturised. I'm really enjoying the combination of the light coverage foundation & the concealer to give me extra coverage where needed. I've finally got my hands on NARS Orgasm Blush & I only wish I had picked it up sooner. It's such a beautiful warm pink with golden shimmer through it that adds a pop of colour & glow to my cheeks.
A long time favourite is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, that I've been using on & off since I was about 15. I always find myself coming back to this stuff, it's only £4 & is one of the best powders I've tried. Another product that has remained in my makeup bag for what feels like forever is the ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown. I reckon this is always going to be a staple of mine! I have however added another brow product into my routine, the Eyeko Brow Gel* this just ensures my brows don't budge at all, sometimes I end up with half brow by the end of the day otherwise. Another Eyeko item has joined my makeup bag this month, the Eye-Do Mascara*, designed by Alexa Chung herself. The brush on this is insane, which creates big, fluttery lashes for me, love it!
If I've been in an eyeshadow wearing mood I've chosen to use my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, which I'm ashamed to admit has been very neglected. I'm so glad I rediscovered it because I'd somehow forgotten how buttery soft & pigmented UD shadows are, it's such a beautiful taupe toned palette. And, as always I wouldn't be without liquid eyeliner, I've become obsessed with Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner. It's dual ended, with a kohl pencil at one end & the other end being the liquid liner. I mostly use the liquid liner but it's really handy having the kohl option there too if I want a more intense eye look. Wearing lipstick isn't a regular occurrence for me, although I do have an excessive amount of them so I should probably take advantage of my stash more often. On the occasions that I have wanted to wear a lip colour I've gone for Tarte's Creamy Matte Lip Paint in tbt, a neutral shade with mauve undertones.
My bathroom cupboards are overflowing with shampoos, shower gels & scrubs, yet I haven't ever shared a bathroom style post before. I change up haircare products all of the time & I rarely have the same shower gel twice in a row (unless it's Christmas & then I have an endless supply of Snow Fairy) so I thought I'd show you all what I'm currently using.
Let's start with Shampoo & Conditioner, as that is the first thing I reach for when I hop in the shower. The duo I'm using at the moment is the Diamond Dust* range from label.m, a range that has a unique blend that includes real diamonds! My hair is left feeling seriously silky soft & as though it has been washed at a salon when I use these. Before, during & after washing my hair I comb it through using my Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Detangling Hairbrush*, it's an absolute life saviour as my hair always knots up otherwise. It's a must have for us girls with thick, frizzy hair as it helps to keep it manageable when products have been massaged in & turned my locks into a tangled mess!
Once my hair is squeaky clean I move onto exfoliating my body. I do this around two times a week to keep my skin smooth & flake-free, otherwise I skip this step & grab my shower gel. I have so many body scrubs on the go at the moment but sometimes I want a gentle one, other days my skin is in need of a bit more TLC so a harsher scrub is required. A scrub thats a good happy medium is the LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, a bright blue sea-salt exfoliator. My shower gel of choice is the Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash, a luxuriously soft wash that gives my skin a hit of hydration.
Sometimes before I step out the shower I will use the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan (review) which develops into a light tan, perfect for my pasty complexion. It's a bit of a pain having to stand around for 3 minutes before you can wash it off but I love the glow it provides me with so it's worth the wait!
If I use the St. Tropez Tan then I often skip my moisturiser as it's enriched with sweet Almond oil my skin always feels suitably soft. Again, like my extortionate stash of body scrubs I seem to have a similar amount of body butters & lotions so I change them up depending on my mood! My most used at the moment is the & Other Stories Belleville Bakery Body Souffle which annoyingly I picked up in the sale & can no longer find. I'm so sad it's been discontinued because it's such a lovely lightweight moisturiser it's a dream to use. Oh & the fragrance is to die for if you're a fan of sweet smells!
I've also included the Zoella Le Fizz bar from her latest collection, Sweet Inspirations because if I choose to have a bath I'll often throw in a few squares of this bar. It doesn't add a lot of bubbles to my bath but it makes the water soft & lightly scented, which is nice when you don't want something too overpowering.
Primark is one of my favourite high street stores, with it's fast, affordable fashion what is not to love?
As Autumn is quickly approaching I thought it was about time I shared some of the items I was able to see on display at the Autumn Winter Press Day. There was lots of blush pinks, glitter, rose gold & all of the textures you can imagine, faux fur, embroidered denim & silk to name a few. Primark have always been my go-to shop & now some of these items are starting to arrive in-store I'll be popping in every week to see what I can find!
I was able to take little Lulu Pug along with me to the press day which was the best thing ever, so scroll to the bottom of the post to see her posing away for Primark's Instagram & enjoying her new found fame!
Both of these bags scream Christmas party to me, the rose gold sequins number is seriously pretty & I'm sure I'll be seeing it all over the blogosphere!
Copper rails holding all of the new season collection, so many beautiful pieces I just wish I could have it magically appear in my wardrobe...
These rose gold brushes attracted a lot of attention & got everyone talking! I've actually seen these in store recently & they are super cheap with prices starting at £1. I decided to pick up the rose gold eyelash curlers when I saw those, they're a perfect blog photo prop as well as being useful too of course.
Primark homeware is my weakness. It's so cheap it's easy to transform a room on a budget, I'm a big fan of their cushions, throws & candles, I could spend a fortune. I got a bit overexcited when we reached the homeware section, it was like walking into a bloggers dream. Cacti, pineapples, pugs, pastel colours & copper, a perfect theme!
Pom moms are everywhere & I am absolutely loving this trend! I especially love this fun flamingo print cushion.
Will you be checking out Primarks Autumn Winter collection?
Eyeko is the award-winning go-to brand for eye makeup, so when I was recently asked to meet up with them I jumped at the chance. Having only tried their Mascara & Eyeliner before I was keen to see the other products that Eyeko have to offer. Being a big fan of long lashes & cat flick liner I was excited to have a one-to-one appointment with Eyeko's head makeup artist to discover more about them & take a closer look at the products. Eyeko have recently launched counters in Marks & Spencer Beauty Hall, whenever I'm in M&S I always find myself heading to the beauty department, so I can't wait to see the new stand when I next pop in to Liverpool City Centre.
One thing that is unique to Eyeko is their no-waste squeeze mascara tubes, which is such a genius idea & one that should be rolled out by every brand! The Black Magic Mascara* has a curved brush to lift, curl & add volume to your lashes in just one coat. It has an extreme carbon black finish & a water-resistant, long lasting formula so there is no flaking or smudging.
The Black Magic Eyeliner* is a seriously pigmented liquid liner, it's intense colour pay-off makes it effortless to use & fool-proof with its precision brush tip. The formula features widelash, a tripetide blend to aid lash growth by enhancing both length & volume by up to 3 times. A little trick we were taught by the ladies from Eyeko was that the brush tip is actually removable, it can be turned around to release more liner when you think you're running out. There you go, a handy little makeup hack for you!
I'm not much of a sporty person so wasn't really intrigued by the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner* at first, as I just didn't think it was a necessary product for me. However when I was told it doesn't budge all day long & is sweat-proof I suddenly became interested! Long lasting products are important for me when I'm doing a full shift at work, I want my makeup to stay in place for as long as possible. Together with the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara* I've got a dream team combination! Both products are 100% Water-Proof, Sweat-Proof & Smudge-Proof, with pitch black pigmentation.
I don't often use Brow Gels as the ones I've tried in the past tend to leave my brows feeling crunchy & nobody likes a crispy brow, well I don't anyway! Eyeko Brow Gel* has a small brush, shaped so it can sweep through the brows without getting the tinted gel anywhere else. It defines each individual hair to achieve a natural look, yet keeps them in place, yay for everlasting eyebrows!
Shadow sticks are my go-to product when I'm short for time but still want to wear a full makeup look. Eyeko's Me & My Shadow Liners* are housed in a dual-ended stick, with one end being the product & the other a handy little brush. I usually smudge shadow sticks with my fingers in an effort to save time but then end up getting the excess product everywhere, so the brush is a life saviour! I can now blend blend blend quickly & easily. The Taupe shade I have pictured above is such a beautiful colour, it glides on & doesn't need a primer either as the Vitamin E enriched pigment adheres to the eyelids.
I bet you're all thinking how on earth are these products removed if they have the super staying power & intense pigmentation? Eyeko have their very own makeup remover, Mascara Off* which are 100% cotton wipes infused with Olive Oil, Aloe Vera & Grapefruit. By holding the wipes over your eyes for 5-10 seconds the ingredients soften the makeup to gently remove all traces of your mascara & eyeliner.
All my new products were given to me in the amazing 'Everything Goes With Black Mascara'* bag, I'm obsessed with the Eyeko eye print & the slogan on the reverse side is so true. It's an ideal size to hold all of my makeup essentials, it will be definitely be coming along with me on my next trip!
Will you be checking out your local M&S Eyeko counter?
Ah ASOS, my bae when it comes to online shopping. Whenever I need a bit of retail therapy I can always count on ASOS to provide exactly what I'm after. Whether thats a cute new dress or the latest trainer trend, ASOS have got my back.
I'm obsessed with the baby pink & mint green Adidas Gazelle's that everyone & their mother seems to have at the moment. I could do with a comfy pair of shoes too so that makes them totally justifiable I reckon! This Young Bohemians Dress is so sweet, I've actually already bought it & confirm it's even nicer in real life. Another purchase I've already made is the Cactus Pjs! I know everyone is loving this set but the purple pair caught my eye with the pastel colours & at £12 in the sale I snapped them up straight away. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to knitwear, especially cardis so when I saw Jodes in this chunky rib number I instantly asked her where she had bought it from. It's so cosy & comfy, I definitely need to invest in it for the upcoming Autumn/Winter months.
Young Bohemians is a new brand to me, but one I am religiously checking out each day on ASOS at the mo! There style is so dreamy & cool, I'm actually gutted this Pom Pom Trim Top is out of stock, it keeps popping back in stock so I'm praying my size becomes available soon. I always buy my flats from ASOS, simply because they're one of the few brands that actually fit my tiny feet. I'm a size 3 but my feet are also really narrow I struggle finding shoes that actually stay on & are comfortable to wear. The Monthly Silver ones are so nice, I love a statement shoe! When I lived in London a few years ago I'd love nipping into Lazy Oaf on Carnaby Street to check out their latest collections, their pieces are so fun & playful. The Oversized Dog Shirt is perfect for a crazy dog lady like me, I love the sketchy style monochrome print. Bomber Jackets have been everrrrywhere recently & I was really undecided on whether to get one or not. I'm not usually a blush pink kinda girl but I'm trying to play around with colour these days & it goes well with my black & white wardrobe!
The Libbie Club is a monthly beauty subscription box in which you receive 3 full sized products for a one-off joining fee of £35. As a Libbie member you try out the products you receive, write a review on them & then hopefully influence your friends & family to give the products a go, meaning you secure next months box.
I have combined both July & August's products in the photo as I didn't have the chance to share July's box. I thought it would be a good idea to show you though as you can see the wide range of full sized products I've received so far. In August's box I received a Nizz Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick, Indeed Labs Nanoblur & Mizon Placenta Ampoule Cream with the boxes focus being on protecting & perfecting your skin for Summer.
First up is the Mizon Placenta Ampoule Cream, a hydrating & anti-ageing cream. I have to admit the word 'Placenta' threw me off a little but after reading up on it I was relieved to see its not animal but in fact nutrient-rich plant placenta. It's used to promote skin regeneration as well as help to hide any existing lines. The Hyaluronic Acid & Trehalose help your skin to absorb & retain moisture, so my skin has been feeling super soft recently!
Next is the Indeed Labs Nanoblur, I've been using this straight after moisturising my skin as a primer for my makeup to sit on. It has similar properties to the Mizon Cream but rather than hydrating skin it aims to smooth out the complexion & reduce the size of pores. I absolutely love this stuff, after applying it my pores are dramatically smaller in size & my skin looks & feels a lot fresher. It gives my skin a flawless appearance, giving me a much needed confidence boost.
Finally, the third item in the box is the Nizz Lustre Lipstick, a beautifully soft lip product, with perfect application & a lovely creamy finish. The blend of fair trade butter, oils & waxes that they are made from nourish & protect the lips, so not only are you getting a lip colour but a lip balm too. Mocha Nude is a perfect everyday shade for me, it's highly pigmented meaning the colour pay-off is achievable in one application. These lipsticks are extremely high quality as they are vegetarian, hypo-allergenic & paraben-free - natural products are always a winner in my eyes!
FarFetch is an online Fashion, Beauty & Kidswear website that stocks products from 400 independent boutiques around the globe. Each boutique is distinctive in it's own way, allowing FarFetch as a marketplace to bring you everything from emerging or niche designers, to big-name brands & luxe labels. It's a place to shop for pieces you won't find anywhere else online, making it a one-of-a-kind way to shop. When shopping with FarFetch each item is handpicked from the boutique & sent straight to your door, or alternatively you are able to Click & Collect at a boutique located nearby.
I had the opportunity to visit one of the boutiques, Lali Shop, in South West London & share my experience with you all on my blog. Lali Shop is run by designer and aesthete Nelli Turner, a lady who I found to be very inspiring to talk with. Nelli has captured her own personal style & reflected this in her boutique, creating a unique space for her customers. As soon as my Sister & I stepped inside the store we fell in love with everything about it. It's very different from a typical luxury fashion boutique, with a Bauhaus vibe it is not only a shop but an eclectic art gallery too.
Nelli was kind enough to introduce me to the designers she has carefully selected to stock in her shop, such as Peter Jensen, Bella Freud, Maria Black & Ancient Greek Sandals. I absolutely love the simplicity yet chic style of the Ancient Greek Sandals, I especially loved the Leopard print pair. Each label sold in Lali is very in keeping with the boutiques style, unique, experimental & exciting.
I was able to try out some of the new Season pieces, which was a real treat for me having never worn anything luxury before. My favourite item was the Peter Jensen dress pictured below, it's so different from anything that I would usually wear but I was happy to have stepped out of my comfort zone & tried something different for once.
Lali Shop is located at 101 Golbourne Road & is open 10-6 Tuesday through to Saturday & 11-5 on a Sunday.
One thing I love to treat myself & our home to is a bouquet of fresh flowers every week. The colours they bring to the room are so uplifting & they breathe life into our very white house. It's my way of adding pops of colour, here, there & everywhere without it being too permanent. It's always so lovely to walk into a room & be greeted by beautiful blooms along with their fresh fragrance.
Whenever it's time to pick up a bunch of pretties I can always rely on Aldi or Asda to fulfil my floral needs. They both stock such a huge range & I never normally have to part with too many pennies either. Aldi was my absolute hero when Peony Season arrived, it's one of my favourite times of the year & I was able to have Peonies for £3 a bunch so I was a happy girl! Now Peony Season is over, my go to choice of flowers are sweetheart roses or a spray of Gypsophila.
I tend to use old Coffee Jars as vases as they're a decent size to hold a small bouquet in. Otherwise I will use my trusty IKEA ENSIDIG vase which is perfect for housing larger bouquets. In celebration of British Flower Week Four Walls have put together a Pinterest Inspired post with loads of ideas on how to display flowers if you're looking for something a bit different. I love the idea of hollowing out a Pineapple to host a bunch of flowers, so fun!
As well as flowers I'm a big fan of Cacti, wherever you look in my house you'll spot a mini Cactus. I'd love to invest in a huge one eventually, but wow they are crazy prices, my mini trio of IKEA cactuses will do for now!
If I ever fancy a real splurge on flowers then I head straight to Bloom & Wild, a company that deliver fresh flowers straight through your letterbox. It's a really convenient way to purchase flowers from the comfort of your sofa & they usually arrive next day, carefully handpicked & ready to be arranged. I recently attended an Etsy Event that hosted a Bloom & Wild workshop where I was able to put together my own Posy collection. Aptly named 'The Posy Party' the box includes 5 miniature bottles & a selection of wildflowers to be displayed wherever takes your fancy. I ended up with 9 posies as my friends brought theirs back to my house & we ended up placing them below my TV to spruce up the mantelpiece. They would look so pretty on their own though too, dotted around your home to add a little decoration.
If you're looking for more home inspiration have a look at Four Walls, there are some lovely reads on there, I've bookmarked the site for future reference!
Are you a fan of flowers in the home?
- Thank you to Four Walls for sponsoring this post -
My favourites are pretty minimal this month, it's been a busy one not giving me much chance to try anything new really.
My lovely friend, Becca, gifted me the Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer which recently launched as part of their Fall 2016 collection! I have the shade 'Fair' which is a perfect match for me & my pale complexion. It blends beautifully, instantly hiding my imperfections & dark circles providing me with flawless coverage.
The L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation has not left my face in the whole of July (obviously I've removed it before bedtime though...) it's everything I look for in a base product & more. Cushion Foundations are pretty new to the market but most people seem to be loving them & I certainly do. You literally tap your makeup brush into the 'cushion' which is a sponge filled with product & apply it to your face. The formula is very light but extremely buildable so you can easily achieve the coverage you desire.
Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Cream has been my go-to moisturiser of the month. It's light, sinks in quickly & has a lovely sweet Vanilla & Almond fragrance. I'm also obsessed with the packaging, so simple yet really attractive looking - especially in blog photos ;)
Tartelette Tease Clay Palette is another gift from Becca, aren't I a lucky girl! It houses six dreamy eyeshadows, ranging from a light pink to a plum with a couple of shimmer shades as well as matte ones. It's the perfect palette to pop in your travel bag as it's pocket sized & contains enough pretty shades to create a look for every occasion.
It's a well known fact that I'm pretty damn lazy when it comes to moisturising my body. I mean I wish I wasn't but when I've just hopped out of the shower the last thing I want to be doing is freezing my butt off whilst I rub moisturiser everywhere. I received the Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion in my July Libbie Box (I'll be popping up a post soon!) & I've actually become a big fan of moisturising thanks to this. It is such a refreshing lotion that as soon as I apply it I want to keep on applying it, I can't get enough of the fresh Lemongrass fragrance & the way it makes my skin feel revitalised.
And, finally I have been loving my Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers from good ol' Primark. At only £1 they're a huge bargain & an Instagrammable bargain at that! These work a treat & give my lashes a perfect curl.
I love doing these posts at the beginning of each month as it gives me something to check back on whenever I hit a bit of a slump. It's good for me to set a few goals that I hope to achieve because otherwise I tend to slack & tell myself I can do it tomorrow instead.
One - Be more creative. You may know from Twitter/Instagram that I've been hanging out with Becca & Jodes this week, they've been staying at mine & seeing them both work so hard on their content has really inspired me to get going again. This afternoon I had a huge photo session with them & absolutely loved working around other creative people. It was such fun to bounce ideas off each other & see what the outcome was!
Two - Look after myself. I've been feeling very low about my appearance for a long, long time & I'm so fed up of feeling this way. I am desperate to get my teeth fixed so that I can smile with confidence, it's been on my mind for years but I never get round to booking a consultation because I'm so ashamed of the state of them. I also could do with changing my diet, not in a drastic way but less sugar & perhaps a bit more exercise would probably make a difference to my energy levels.
Three - Read a new book. Reading is one of my favourite pastimes & I definitely need to take more time out to curl up with a book. I have a huge stash of unread books that I need to work my way through!
Four - Finish our bedroom. It's so close to being complete now it just needs a few final touches & then I'll be happy. I'm having a little makeup station built into the alcove this weekend & our floors could do with another layer of paint. Our bedroom is even better than I imagined it to be so I can't wait for it to all be done, I might even do a bedroom tour if anyone wants to see!