September 02, 2015

August Favourites

One more month down and one step closer to The Big C in December - I know we're all thinking it by now! August has seen the end of Summer, Autumnal fashion hitting the shops and most importantly, a host of new beauty favourites for me to chat about! I've definitely made some exciting discoveries this month, from a foundation that I can't stop raving about to a hair care combo that I'm prepared to promote to Holy Grail status - they're just that good. Enjoy!

August 27, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation: An Exciting New Launch

Back in July - which seems like absolutely years ago now, I headed to London for the afternoon for the launch of Charlotte Tilbury's new Magic Foundation*. You may have caught a few snippets on Instagram (I also vlogged the day too which you can see here), but I wanted to wait until the product had actally launched to really spill the beans on just how good this is. Believe me, it's been a hard one to keep in!

While this may not be the first foundation from the brand it's one that's been almost five years in the making, going back and forth between Charlotte herself and the labs in order to perfect the formula until it was exactly what she wanted. Listening to Charlotte talk about this process and what she tries to achieve with all her products is absolutely fascinating and I don't think I've ever met someone so truly enthusiastic about make up and the effect it can have on our confidence.

First of all the coverage really is something to talk about. It's amazing. Whether you're applying with fingers or the specially designed Magic Complexion Brush*, it's a fool proof one for perfect skin without any of the heaviness you might expect from something that looks so flawless. It feels comfortable and sticks around for a long, long time and although the end result is a glowing luminous finish, it sets down to a velvety texture meaning there's no need to powder.

It's just one of those products you know you can trust to work when it's needed, and I've been absolutely obsessed with it since first use! I've also collaborated with Charlotte to create a Pinterest board (hands up, who else is addicted?) for the launch of her Magic Foundation, full of inspiring images, quotes an ladies we both love! Best of all, there's a chance for one of you to win The Gift of Goddess Skin set from the brand and all you have to do is create you're own board following the instructions below. Good luck!

1. Follow Charlotte Tilbury at here
2. Start a new board titled ‘Charlotte Tilbury Magic Skin'
3. Create your own Magic Skin story, inspired by Charlotte’s' Magic Skin Board'
4. Re-pin the launch pin, plus at least three more from the CT Magic Skin board, along with the tag #MagicFoundation
5. Once finished, submit your board URL to

* Gifted PR Samples
This is not a sponsored post.

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August 25, 2015

A Simple Step That Gets Me Up In The Morning

Amongst all of my unfortunate bad habits - being untidy, never volunteering to do the dishes and staying up later than I should, not waking up in the morning is one of the worst. I've been through practically every alarm tone my iPhone has to offer and still have yet to find something that properly rouses me out of my coma-like state of sleep. Then, once I do regain consciousness, the next hour is usually spent staring blankly into space trying to figure out where I am and what I'm supposed to be doing.

Enter the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Oil*. I've had this gathering dust in the back of my bathroom cupboard for months, but as I'm not a particularly big bath taker it's so far gone mostly unused. The smell of this though is enough to get my things working again so I've been pouring a few drops onto the floor of my shower and letting the steam do it's work. The whole room get's filled with the scent of rosemary mingled with sharp grapefruit which does wonders at kicking the sluggishness and getting my brain back into gear!

* Gifted PR Sample

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August 24, 2015

The Date Night: A Red Inspired Get Ready With Me

I've been itching to share this video with you for so long and that moment is finally here! Last weekend Darren and I went on a date with a difference. Instead of just settling for our usual haunts (our local Nando's and cinema), we dressed up in our Sunday best and went to the beautiful and much more elegant Hotel du Vin in Winchester.

I've been working in collaboration with Estée Lauder and Modern Muse Le Rouge* which, from the first sniff I knew was going to become a favourite! The scent is rich and comforting with notes of vanilla and musk melded together with a sweeter edge of rose and raspberry for a juicy afterthought. I absolutely love it and along with the beautiful packaging makes for the perfect Date Night fragrance.

Red as a colour has always appealed to me - hello, have you seen my lipstick collection? and I was inspired by Le Rouge to go all out with an absolutely stunning dress from Coast and red heels to match! Roses are also some of my favourite flowers so a bunch delivered to my door pre-date was a lovely start to the evening. We ordered cocktails, chatted until the restaurant was deserted and had a wonderful evening that I can't wait to repeat again!