Thursday, 31 August 2017

August Loves.

I have so many beauty favourites to share with you all this month! There seems to have been an accidental pink theme going on with all my beauty picks for August, but I guess it worked out in the end because everything seems to co-ordinate for the photographs. There's a real mix of everything, from skincare to body care to makeup and nail loves. I've been trialing a lot this month so these picks are the best of the bunch, the real summer stand-outs!

Starting off with skincare, the Magnitone Bare Faced Sonic Cleansing Brush* was featured in this post at the start of August, but I've actually been loving it for several months. It's a more affordable choice for a sonic cleansing facial brush, and it really works at getting my pores feeling incredibly clean so that they can absorb all the lotions and potions that I apply afterwards even better. I highly recommend investing in a sonic face brush if you don't have one already, it's honestly made such a difference in my skincare routine.

Speaking of lotions, I prefer using lightweight whipped moisturisers throughout the warmer months to avoid the greasy, sticky feeling on my face. The Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet has been an absolute treat for this - paired with the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, I have the perfect morning moisturising duo. Both products are very light in texture, and sink into the skin really quickly without any shine or residue. I love the glow boosting factor within the serum, it works beautifully under makeup to enhance a natural sunkissed glow.

At nighttime, I'm always looking for something a little more heavy duty, but not overly so. I placed an order on Glossier about a month ago, and every since the products arrived I've been smitten with all of them. However, my skin nourishing favourite has definitely been the Glossier Original Balm Dotcom which I actually keep in my bag for handy touch ups (say goodbye to chapped lips forever, yayyy). I also love the Glossier Priming Moisturiser for some lighter moisture before bed, but I think I'm going to opt for the rich version next time because I have extremely parched skin and I still need a little extra.

My makeup must have for August has definitely been The Estee Edit Blush in Coy Coral. I honestly think it's one of the most perfect coral shades out there (it's competition being NARS Torrid Blush). The pigmentation is buildable and gorgeous, and you can go as light or as heavy as you want without the product becoming patchy or blotchy over your foundation. The colour itself will work as a perfect transition into Autumn as well - but you'll have to get your hands on it whilst you can because the whole line is going out of stock soon!

Onto more playful colour, the Essie Nailvarnish in S'il Vous Play has been pretty much all I've sported this month (actually, as I'm typing this, I realised I had just replaced it with Essie Chinchilly yesterday, but still). I honestly cannot get enough of how gorgeous the colour and shine is... even my other half is in love with it. The shade itself is a beautiful lavender foil which is incredibly reflective in the light and the wear time is incredible (I think I wore it for a whole week before there was a single chip). Highly recommend.

And last but not least, I purchased the Zoella Beauty Double Creme Body Cream in the sale from Feel Unique last month and I've been slathering it all over myself every night because it smells absolutely divine. If you're a fan of sweet scents, this one would be right up your alley. It absorbs into the skin really well so there's no sticky wait after the shower, but the scent lingers well into the next morning. I'm in love!

What are your August favourites?

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Zoella Jelly & Gelato Collection.

I was so excited when I first saw that Zoe was releasing a new collection last month - and when I saw the theme, I was even more eager to get my hands on some of the products! As I'm usually used to speedy Superdrug delivery, the four weeks shipping to Canada was definitely a bit of a nuisance... but they're here now and I can't wait to talk about them more in this post. 

I've stocked my shower up with the Zoella Beauty Gelato Shower Shake and Gelato Shower Sauce as the perfect shower combination for the summertime. I love using the shower sauce for morning showers when it's hot, but I know the shower shake will be perfect when it gets a little cooler in the Autumn and I need something more moisturising for my skin. The scent is strong but not overpowering, but it's definitely very sweet - the jelly fragrance definitely comes through. I do have to follow up with a good moisturiser after the shower sauce because it can be drying, but I do that anyway so I don't mind too much.

The Zoella Beauty Gelat'eau Body Mist was at the top of my list when I first saw the collection because I've always been such a fan of the scents that Zoe has bought out. This one is definitely no different, it's a really gorgeous summery fragrance that lasts long enough to pick you up in the morning. The packaging is adorable and it definitely is compact enough to keep in your bag for a quick refresh throughout the day. I think it's definitely one of my favourites from what I've tried from the range so far. 

Another product that I absolutely love is definitely the Zoella Beauty Body Pudding Body Cream. I'm all about gorgeously scented, hydrating moisturisers and this one is incredibly light which makes it ideal for summer. I hate the feeling of sticky, rich body butters when it's hot and humid already, so this has been my absolute go-to for post shower skin hydration. It's very lightly whipped and melts into skin without leaving any residue - I just wish that it came in a larger tub!

This was my first real venture into Zoella's beauty range and I'm loving this collection so much that I really want to try more! I'd love any recommendations that you might have in the comments.

Have you tried anything from this collection?

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Trying Out The Estee Edit.

I was browsing Sephora last week and when I came over to the Estee Lauder display, I noticed that a lot of the Estee Edit line was mark reduced. Of course, I was incredibly surprised as the entire range received really outstanding reviews on so many blog posts and in lots of YouTube videos when it first launched last year! There were still a few gorgeous pieces left on display and I heard that Sephora will continue to stock the line until late this year, so I thought I would buy a few pieces and review them anyway because they're just so beautiful.

I actually found The Edgiest Kohl Smudgestick in Black Viper in my makeup collection from long ago. I just hadn't had the chance to use it! However, for the purposes of this blog post, I finally cracked it open last week and I've been trying it out for the last few days to see how it wears. Honestly - I love it. It really doesn't move (so you're going to need an oil based makeup remover to take this one off), but it gives the smudgiest, sultriest black liner look that I've probably ever seen. I wish I could find a Sephora that stocked some more shades! 

The blushes are probably the prettiest products in the whole collection, with a super soft, blendable pigment that wears beautifully (and evenly) throughout the day. It's sheer at first but very easily buildable. I chose the shades Purr Pink and Coy Coral, and they're both stunning summer shades that will transition into Autumn with the simple switch of a lip colour. I'm in love! Definitely some of the best blushes I own in my ever expanding blusher drawer.

I also picked up two lipsticks - one from the 'Barest' collection, and one from the 'Mattified' collection. A lot of the lipsticks were out of stock but I found The Barest Lipcolour in Bare Beige which is definitely my kind of every-day lipstick. You don't even need a mirror to apply these, they're subtle and add a hint of shine and colour without being too obvious. I love that this shade is more of a honey-toned nude rather than the usual brown-based lipsticks I reach for more often (see below!). 

Speaking of brown-toned lipsticks, I managed to find my favourite shade from the entire Estee Edit lipstick line in the bottom drawer where no one looks! It's The Mattified Lipstick in On Point, a reddish brown that is wearable but still statement as an everyday lip shade. I love how this looks with winged liner and lots of mascara, and I know this will be a top-shelf favourite throughout September when the leaves start changing colour.

Have you tried anything from the line?
I highly recommend getting some of the collection whilst you can!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Six On-Trend Beauty Staples.

There have been a handful of beauty essentials that I've been reaching for again and again over the past few months, and they've made themselves a very comfortable seat in my beauty routines! I was using them (as usual) yesterday, and it got me thinking of a new post idea - the 'trendy' beauty products that have quickly become staples for me. Here they are...

A sonic cleansing tool.
This has been more of a recent addition to my skincare routine, but I've been using mine so much since I ventured into the world of sonic cleansing! There are lots of options out there, but my favourites are the Magnitone Barefaced Cleansing Brush* for at-home use, and the Foreo Luna Play for travel cleansing. They really help keep my skin stay extra clean and allow the lotions and potions that I apply afterwards to sink in farrrr better than if I use my hands. I've written a more in-depth review of my cleansing routine here.

High quality makeup brushes.
My second essential has definitely been my set of Zoeva eye brushes. They're super on trend because they're rose gold, but when you buy the set, they become really affordable too - especially when you work out cost per brush! I love the different looks that I'm able to create with this set, they're incredibly high quality and I know that they'll last me a really long time. They look absolutely gorgeous too, which is always a nice bonus!

Cream blushers.
When summer rolls around, and it's all lazy days in the sunshine, I like to keep my makeup as light as possible for fear of it sliding off anyway (not wasting any makeup for that, thank you sun). I still want to look put together and I've found that usually, cream products seem to be the best way to go for me. I've been loving the H&M Cream Blushers because not only are the super affordable, they're also well pigmented and very easy to blend into the skin. I hate it when blushers look obvious and are impossible to blend, but I've never really had this problem when it comes to creamier formulas. Definitely a summer staple for me!

Budge-proof eyeliner.
Speaking of heat-proof makeup, a budge-proof eyeliner has always been a must in my makeup bag and recently I've been utterly obsessed with two. One is the Topshop Magic Liner - it's really easy to apply and lasts all day in the heat without smudging. My second favourite is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - hands down the best liner I've ever used in my life. A little more expensive but so totally worth it. I've been through about six tubes.

The brown-toned lip liner.
Again, keeping with the natural tones, I love nude lips in the summer. There's something so je ne sais quoi about a perfectly understated lip and Topshop Beestung does that for me. The formula is creamy, so you can wear it on its own if you want, but it's just the most stunning sixties lip that reminds me of voluminous hair and cat-eyed sunglasses whenever I wear it.

Metallic manicures.
One of my absolute favourites this season. So trendy, and soooo pretty. Essie does it best with their new nail polish in S'il Vous Play. It's the most stunning lavender foil with a stunning metallic finish that catches the sunlight and sparkles all day long. I can't stop staring at my nails when I wear it and that's a good sign for telling you that it's the perfect shade.

What are your beauty staples?


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Three Summer Essie Picks.

I've been all over anything bright and colourful this season, particularly when it comes to purples and pinks with metallic details. Essie has always been a huge favourite nail polish brand for me - I love how affordable but high quality the shades are, and the selection to choose from is endless! In today's post, I thought I'd share the three polishes that I've been reaching for the most this season...

Soft lilacs seem to flatter practically every skintone and Essie has so many different varieties of this shade. My favourite for summer has been Sittin' Pretty, a creamy baby purple with pink undertones. On it's own, it's absolutely beautiful, but it also pairs gorgeously with the two others that I've been loving as well!

To add some metallic into the mix, Essie recently bought out a new summer collection inspired by Paris. The range includes six stunning shades, but my favourite is by far S'il Vous Play - a lavender pink foil with a smooth finish. This lasts beautifully  all week and seems to be so versatile despite being a statement shade. I'm totally obsessed.

Last but by no means least, if you love richer colours, Essie's B'aha Moment is the most stunning pomegranate pink which is the perfect transition from summer to the early days of Autumn. This is the newest addition to my Essie collection, but I know that I'll be wearing it lots near the end of August and beginning of September when the leaves start to change!

What are your favourite polish picks this summer?


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Turning 22.

So if you've read any of my social media posts lately, you'll know about the massive changes in my life. Things have been incredibly hectic lately, and sometimes I find myself wishing for a day to relax and not have a stress in the world. As I type this, I'm sitting in a gorgeous hotel room in Ottawa, whilst my husband finalizes the paperwork for our move to this city in September. 

However, this week I also turn 22. I saw Jodie's post last month after her birthday, and I thought it was such a lovely idea. In the post, she shared 22 lessons that she had learned over the past 22 years and I thought it would be interesting for me to do the same. So much has happened (particularly recently) that makes this such a great chance for reflection, and what better way to do that than share it on here?!

1. Know what makes you happy and do more of whatever that is.
2. Smile a lot. It brightens other people's day as well as your own.
3. It's a good thing to be inquisitive. Have lots of questions.
4. Learning how to be a morning person can really change your perspective on life.
5. Take care of your body.
6. Be aware of your surroundings. There's so much to take in.
7. Take care of your mental health too. This is just as important as your physical self.
8. Being smart is a good thing.
9. Drink  LOTS of water. The more, the better.
10. Exercise isn't that bad once you get used to it. 
11. A good pair of heels can be the best confidence boosters on a bad day.
12. Make time for your loved ones, no matter how busy life gets.
13. Write more. There's nothing better than writing or receiving a handwritten note.
14. Plan important things in advance. Don't leave it until the last minute.
15. Learning to drive is a game changer. It gives you so much freedom.
16. Be open-minded.
17. A good skincare regime is far more important than a good makeup regime.
18. Coffee is the perfect remedy for practically anything.
19. Life isn't a race, so don't treat it like one.
20. Getting a good nights sleep makes such a difference.
21. Be proud of your achievements.
22. Work as hard as you can with everything you set out to do. 

I hope you're all enjoying a lovely start to August!


Thursday, 3 August 2017

My Cleansing Routine.

If you watched some of my Instagram stories last month, you might have seen that I was very kindly sent the Magnitone Barefaced Facial Cleansing Brush* and Magnitone WipeOut Microfibre Cleansing Cloths* to try out and review. I was incredibly excited when they arrived, and so I've been trying them out a lot over the past three weeks to put them to the test and see if they work. Investing in skincare is something that is very close to my heart - I've had a lot of trouble with my skin over the years so I'm always looking for tools and products that work best for me to avoid any more issues. I thought the best way to showcase the products was to share my whole routine, and give you an idea of how I like to use them to keep my skin clean and fresh from day to night.

I've been starting my routine with some cotton pads saturated in the Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my eye makeup, followed by warm water and the Magnitone Wipe Out Cleansing Cloths* to remove the rest of my makeup. The cloths don't require any other cleanser, they just need to be damp and moved in circular motions across the face to work their magic! What makes them even better is the fact that they can be washed up to 1000x per cloth, and so they last a really long time. They're excellent for travel too, so I know I'll be taking them with me on any summer holidays.

Once all my makeup is off my face, I squeeze a little of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel onto my fingertips and lightly dot that across my face. Then comes the Magnitone Barefaced Sonic Facial Brush*, which I dampen and slowly move across my face on the first setting until the tool beeps to tell me to switch areas. The timer beeps every twenty seconds so that you can cleanse all areas of your face equally, and there are two settings to choose from. The brush itself comes with a cute little bag and charging cord, and just like the cleansing cloths, it is extremely small and travel friendly! 

After I've finished this step, I follow up with the rest of my skincare routine. Immediately after cleansing, I find that my skin more readily accepts the products I apply afterwards, and all the nourishing ingredients are able to completely absorb. On most nights, I follow up with a toner like The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution for a more glow boosting appearance in the morning. If I'm feeling like I need a little extra hydration and care, I love using different facial oils in my routine. Recently, the Pixi Nourishing Face Oil* has been product of choice - it smells incredible and really sinks into the skin with the tiniest drop going a really long way. 

In terms of moisturizer, I've been trying out a sample of the Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer and I have to say - I think I need the full size! Like the facial oil, it smells divine and applies smoothly - but the best part is how hydrated my skin feels in the morning. Overall, I'm in love with the facial brush and it's now become a key step in my cleansing routine - it's an investment I think is totally worth it for healthy, glowing skin.  

Have you tried anything from Magnitone London?


*items kindly gifted by Magnitone London

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August Goals.

July has probably been the most manic month for me and I think August is going to be the same! There's a lot going on (and it's my birthday month), so I'm excited to share my goals for the next few weeks:

1. Find a new house.
Some of you might know that I'm moving again this autumn - all the way across Canada to the capital! Ottawa seems like a beautiful place to live and the first part of August is going to be spent searching for the perfect place to move into. When this post is uploaded, I'll be there already on the house hunt so everything is ready for the official move later this year.

2. Try out some new beauty buys.
This one is an exciting one! I've ordered quite a few new bits recently (you might have seen some of them on Instagram) and I definitely want to try them all this month. There's several bits from Zoella's new beauty range, the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, some Glossier picks... so much goodness that I want to try and then review up on the blog for y'all. With Canada mail not being nearly as fast as what I'm used to in the UK, I'm having to wait a little longer for everything to be delivered but when they do arrive, I'll be right on it.

3. Job hunting.
With the move comes a new career, and for me, it means totally launching myself into finding a job that works for me. I graduated last month and I'm now looking for a job in PR (how very blogger of me). I'm hoping that the move to Ottawa will help with this as it's the capital and it should have some firms that have entry level positions into the field. The move isn't until the autumn, but I want to look around and see what is out there so that I'm well prepared for when I am able to apply. 

4. Use the gym.
I've always wanted to be healthier and fitter but, like many, my motivation only lasts so long before crumbling into non-existence. I definitely want to make more of an effort this month in working out more and improving my fitness level. It's quite appalling at the moment, especially after indulging all of July, so I think I'm ready to make a change.

5. Drink more water.
Ever since the lead up to the wedding I feel like I've been neglecting water. I'm so used to drinking it all the time and I actually really miss it! Now that I have my desk set up I can keep a large bottle on the side to remind me to keep drinking it as I work. Actually, let me take a sip now...

What are your goals for August?

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