September 29, 2015

My Go-To Budget Friendly Make Up Look

I always find people's everyday make up routines an interesting one - reaching for on something a daily basis without even thinking about it really is the mark of a great product, and as I've recently been going for a few more budget friendly options when getting ready in the morning I thought I'd go all out and make my latest update on an everyday look an entirely drugstore one!

September 08, 2015

What I Picked Up From The US

So this one has been a long time coming! Back in July (has it really been that long!?) I spent a week in California and took full advantage of the U.S. beauty shopping situation. From practically living in Sephora to the brands that we just can't get on this side of the pond I certainly did my bit for the economy! Considering I bought an almost obscene amount I thought I'd wait a while to show you what I picked up so I had a proper chance to test everything out and give you my thoughts, little did I know that we'd end up with a twenty-six minute beauty haul though.. oops!

September 03, 2015

A Lazy Girl's Guide to Tanning

Apart from the one glorious day of sunshine we had a few weekends back where I successfully burnt my shoulders to a crisp (cut out dresses are not to be trusted) I'd be willing to bet that the warm weather won't be making an appearance again until next year now. Sadly, I've remained the same pasty hue all Summer long, thanks to my skin's refusal to become the bronzed godess I want it to be while also keeping on top of SPF application. Faking it has become a whole lot easier these days though and it's an option I'll always pick over risking my skin in the Sun, so I though I'd share my 'so-simple-its-barely-a-routine' tanning routine with you today!

As far as fake tan and I go, it's taken many years of orange patches, mistakes and tears to get it right and find the products that work well for me. First of all, my absolute Holy Grail tan in the mix; St Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse. The Lazy Girl's dream. Just pop this all over for an hour to three - depending on how dark you want to be, rinse off and go. The thing I hate most about fake tan is having to sleep in it (my poor white bed sheets will back me up here) and the Express Tan eliminates this altogether. The colour, as always with St Tropez, is just the right balance between warm toned and olive so there's never any orange nightmares with this one.

For top ups, I've been reaching for the In Shower Gradual Tanner*, also from St Tropez. This product really is a revelation, and one that I'm still trying to get my head around. You pop into the shower, wet your skin and then apply a layer of this thick lotion all over. Leave for three minutes (I find playing some music is essential for timing this!) and then rinse away and pat dry. There's no guide colour left on the skin, no sticky texture and a few hours later you will have magically developed a golden sheen. The formula is definitely gradual, so if you're using this one alone it might take a few days to get a deeper colour, but it's the perfect product for topping up inbetween!

Usually I leave my face alone and compensate with extra bronzer, but on the occasion I want to go make up free without worrying about matching my skin to my neck, I use the Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser For Face* (I'm also a fan of the version for body!). On it's own this works well as a light weight moisturiser and after a few uses adds a touch of colour to my complexion. So far this has yet to break me out once - a big factor to think about when choosing a facial tanner, so it's one I know I can rely on for some subtle warmth underneath my make up!

* Gifted PR Samples

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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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