24 June 2017

The Real Me...

"I am someone who has many different sides to them..."

It's very easy to judge someone based on what you see on the outside isn't it? I know for a fact that many people think I'm this bag and shoe loving snob who lives for the champagne lifestyle....and do you know what? Yes, I do enjoy working hard to be able to live this kind of life and am I going to say I don't enjoy it? absolutely not! Why should you be made to feel guilty for enjoying things that you've worked hard for? (even though society seems to think you should these days!) It's nice to be able afford the handbag that you could only dream of in your early twenties and to know that you got to this point in your life through sheer determination.

What I am saying though, is that it isn't really what makes me tick inside.  Sure, a new pair of shoes is great but it's short lived satisfaction as far as I'm concerned.  It doesn't light a fire inside or give you a long lasting memory to treasure and surely this is what life is all about?

"...satisfaction from the simplest things in life"

I am someone who has many different sides to them and I'm a bit of chameleon, so to speak!  But, if I'm being one hundred percent honest with myself the real me gets satisfaction from the simplest things in life. A mug of hot chocolate before bed and my favourite tv programme under a cosy blanket,  a visit to see my Mum and Dad, music (I could talk to you for hours about how music has helped me though some of the toughest times and every song from every era will always bring back memories -good and bad!) driving at night and of course, being close to the ocean.

"The sea makes me feel at peace...."

The sea makes me feel at peace, I can forget about everything while I listen to the waves crashing and the wind runs through my hair and blows away any worries or cares.  It's my therapy.

The 'different sides to me' is also very reflective in the way I dress.  My mantra is to dress appropriately for the occasion and of course I love getting dolled up just as much as the next female! Who doesn't enjoy putting on a dress and feeling good?!

However, at the heart of me is a surfer chick I mostly left behind in my late teens (I went through a phase at one point of only liking the boys at school who surfed!!!)  My school bag was always a surf brand and I used to cover my exercise books with pictures of the sea and surfers!

Behind the Instagram posts, this surfer chick still exists and what many of you probably don't know is that I actually feel my best when I'm wearing minimal makeup, a vest and hoodie, cut off shorts or ripped jeans and either my converse, flip flops or Ugg's! (not ashamed! I love Ugg boots!!!) I feel comfortable, I feel at ease and I feel happy.

"The importance of being true to yourself...."

As I get older I've embraced the importance of being true to yourself and as a result I've started to let this part of me trickle into my day to day wardrobe.  I care less now if people are going to like what I'm wearing, it really doesn't matter.

The sharp eyed of you will have noticed my love of cut off denim shorts make an appearance into my every day wardrobe and Monica Vinader do some slightly more 'grown up' friendship style bracelets that are smart enough to wear with other outfits.   Over the past couple of years I've definitely been reducing the amount of makeup I wear and I feel more in tune with myself as a result.  I feel more like me.

I'll leave you with this thought.....

Be more like you

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Vest top - Animal - get it HERE

Denim Shorts - GAP 

Trainers - Converse - get them HERE

Bracelets - Monica Vinader - get them HERE

Hoodie - Animal - get them HERE

White Shorts - Animal - get them HERE

Sunglasses - Ray Ban 

Beach Bag - Zara - last season

*Disclaimer - this post contains items gifted to me by Animal


16 June 2017

The Perfect Solution to Holiday Packing with Mintd Box

"It's that time of year again...."

It's that time of year again, we're all jetting off to faraway places in search of some rest, relaxation and a break from our every day lives!

Part of the enjoyment in going away is the process of preparing to go away and of course this includes various clothing purchases (that you probably don't need but seem necessary!) and making sure you have dinky little versions of your favourite toiletries!

Then of course there's the in flight bag,  a very integral part of the packing process!

"Mintd Box have put together a fantastic selection of Premium Travel Beauty Essentials...."

Mintd Box have put together a fantastic selection of premium travel beauty essentials this month, perfect for taking away on holiday with you.

The box contains over £142 worth of items all of which have been chosen to be great to take away with you on holiday and I've been testing them all over the last couple of weeks!

Cleanse by Lauren Napier - 5 Cleansing Wipes (Full Size worth £8.00 from www.netaporter.com)

I don't very often use cleansing wipes at home, but for travelling, particularly when I want to remove my make up on a long haul flight they are absolutely essential.  These remove make up like a dream and smell lovely, perfect for popping in your hand luggage!

Stephie Ann - Anemone Silk Eye Mask (£23 from www.stephieanndesign.com)

As soon as I received this I immediately threw away my very sad and sorry looking Emirates eye mask.  I sometimes try and sleep on the plane but find it very difficult if the cabin is still even dimly lit so an eye mask is a must. 

It smells of lavender and feels so soft and luxurious, I've actually been using this at home too to help me sleep!

Miller Harris - Lumiere Doree Hand Cream (£18.00 from www.johnlewis.com)

Anyone else watch the skin on their hands shrivel up on a flight?! It's crazy how much the aeroplane cabin robs your skin of moisture.  Therefore, I always carry hand cream on a flight and this is such a gorgeous smelling one from Miller Harris.  It sinks in quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy at all.

Aurelia Skincare - Miracle Cleanser With Cloth (Super Deluxe Size £14 from www.aureliaskincare.com)

When I go away I hate carting a full size cleanser with me, you only end up using a tiny bit and usually they are packaged in quite large heavy tubes or bottles.  A mini version is a most welcome addition to my travel bag!

This is a beautiful cleanser (and so it should be, the full size version is £62!) and leaves your skin hydrated, clean and bright and I would actually consider purchasing the full size version!

Rosalena - Goodness & Tonic Face Mist (£27.00 from www.rosalena.co.uk)

I love the little play on words here (gin and tonic,  goodness and tonic, get it?!) and this is a gorgeous smelling, reviving, hydrating face mist.   The other great thing about it is the fact it's multipurpose and can be used as a toner, primer, refresher and re-energiser. 

Face mists are also great for cooling down by the pool or on the beach and I wouldn't be without one on holiday!

Bliss Triple Oxygen - Ultimate Protection UV Moisturiser (£35.00 from www.lookfantastic.com)

You've heard me banging on about including an SPF / UV moisturiser in your daytime skincare regime and here's another great one to try.  This is light, soothing and an absolute necessity if going away.  I've also started to use this at home and it's a great base for makeup and doesn't leave a white 'cast' on the face like some SPF's can.

Smith & Cult - B-Line Eye Pen in Black (£21 from www.netaporter.com)

This is a brand I have a lot of time for! I love their nail polish, the mascara I tried from a past Mintd Box was also exceptional and this eyeliner does not budge for love or money! Therefore it's perfect for hot, sweaty nights on holiday!

The nib is very very fine, resulting in easy-peasy application.  I love this!

So those of you who are perhaps not familiar with Mintd Box they are a relatively new beauty subscription box with a but of a difference to the usual 'same old same old' beauty boxes .  They off only  premium brand products stocked in high-end retailers such as Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols and Space NK and the products are predominately full size so you're getting a great deal

The best part about the Mintd Box is the money saving to be made.  For example, this month's box is worth £142  and you can get it for just £65 (with additional 10% off if you use the code WELCOME17) It ships to the UK, W. Europe, North America and Australia too!


17 May 2017

Day to Night with Harrods X Tom Ford Beauty

"I love to be able to match my makeup and 'look' to what I'm doing...."

When it comes to beauty and fashion, I love to be able to match my makeup and 'look' to what I'm doing....if I'm at work, it's polished and business-appropriate....for the weekends, when I'm chilling out in a hoodie and ripped jeans it's a pared-back, natural make up with beach-waves in my hair..... but for a night out with the girls, we're talking all-out glam and sophistication!

I enjoy being able to create different looks, but me...being me, I am forever in a rush to get ready (I'm the world's worst procrastinator!) so products that are quick to use and can be layered to create different looks are my absolute favourite. 

My love affair with Tom Ford Beauty began many years ago with a lipstick purchase....I remember it well... 'Spanish Pink" and it's still one of my favourites to date.  

"As a luxury brand they always seem to get it right..."

As a luxury beauty brand they always seem to get it right.  The eyeshadow quads are buttery smooth and blend effortlessly.  Their fragrance range is phenomenal for both women and men and don't even get me started on those Lips and Boys mini lipsticks - I can't leave a Tom Ford stand without one these days...my current addiction being 'Addison'

It's so easy to make a natural and minimal 'day' look into something seriously sexy and sultry for the evening without having to spend hours and hours in front of the mirror! 


Cream and Powder Eye Colour in 'Peach'

For sunny days I've really enjoyed using the 'Cream and Powder Eye Colour' in 'Peach'.  It's perfect to  blend quickly onto your eyelid with your finger tips to create such a pretty and effortless colour wash in seconds.  

"....it lasts and lasts!"

The shade would suit all eye colours, it's highly pigmented and the best part is that it lasts and lasts! I paired it with a bronzy skin and highlight, a slick of mascara and a coral-toned lipstick.  It's the perfect 'take away on holiday with you' product.  With a quick spritz of 'Soleil Blanc' (Summer in a bottle!) and you're ready!

You can browse the full range of TOM FORD Eye Make-up on Harrods Online 


"...something more glamoruous..."

So as the sun goes down and you're getting ready to go out for the evening it's time to switch this day-time look up for something more glamorous.....

I started with adding the glitter powder shadow from the top of the 'Cream and Powder Eye Colour' and then smoking out the eye using a darker shadow and lots of bronzy eyeliner, making sure it was smudged out for a sultry and sexy look.  In addition to this I added more mascara and contoured my face and added a slightly darker lipstick and a gloss.  Simple!.....and took me less than ten minutes! 

Next....I turned those tousled beach waves into a straight, sleek style and put on a little black dress and some killer heels!

"...the perfect evening scent"

As a final touch I doused myself in Tom Ford 'Black Orchid' which in my opinion is the perfect evening scent.  It's seductive, intoxicating and creamy and has top notes that include black truffle, blackcurrant and citrus.  Middle notes incorporating orchid, gardenia and jasmine and finally dark chocolate, vanilla and sandalwood base notes.   I defy anyone not to love this!  

Some of my favourite scents are from Tom Ford and this is no exception!  Browse the full range of TOM FORD fragrance at Harrods Online. 

I have ordered many a beauty product from Harrods Online over the past few years (being based in Cardiff unfortunately I don't always have easy access to some of my favourite brands sadly!) but have always received impeccable service from Harrods.  The whole process of ordering online is simple  and your products arrive quickly and beautifully packaged and I can't recommend them enough. 

Do you have your eye on anything from Tom Ford Beauty? Let me know if you pick something up! 

As always, thank you for reading x

* Disclaimer - this post contains some products that were gifted to me by Harrods and Tom Ford Beauty, all views however are my own and I was not paid for this post. 


25 April 2017

My Favourite Mintd Box To Date... The Upkeep

Our skin is constantly changing...

Do you ever feel as though your skin has a mind of it's own?! Sometimes mine can feel really dry and  dehydrated, sometimes I get terrible breakouts and other days I can look at my skin and think 'yep, it's looking pretty good!' (these days are usually followed up with a horrendous spot appearing out of nowhere - anyone else feel like they jinx themselves when you even think that your skin is looking good!?!)

The fact of the matter is, our skin is constantly changing and sometimes we need to use products that will assist with these changes.  Mintd Box have put together a perfect selection of products to help with the upkeep of your ever changing skin....and it's my favourite box to date! 

APA - Lip Loofah

Full Size (Worth £16 from www.netaporter.com)

I'm a twice a day, morning and evening lip balm addict but even so, sometimes my lips can get a little dry and flaky from time to time due to heating or air conditioning.  I tried this and instantly loved it, it smells divine and leaves your lips really smooth and moisturised and I probably shouldn't say this but it tastes as good as it smells too! I'm including this lip scrub in my routine whenever my lips need a bit of TLC! 

Rosalena - Beauty & The Beast Face Oil

Full Size (Worth £42 from www.rosalena.co.uk)

Fun fact....I used to be terrified of using oils on my face as part of my skincare routine....now I can't do without them, although I do tend to favour using them in the evening as opposed to before my makeup routine in the morning.  In this case though, for the process of testing I thought I'd try this out   in the morning and the evening and I'm pleased to say that it's such a quickly absorbed oil that it sits fine on the face underneath make up and doesn't leave a horrible greasy residue like some oils do.  Full of antioxidants this oil leaves my skin really hydrated and plump and I love the iridescent bottle!

Sunday Riley - Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner

Deluxe Size (£18.46 full size is £48 from www.spacenk.com)

My skin definitely sits in the 'combination and acne-prone' category, in fact I think I had less breakouts when I was in my teens! On reading the description of this product I immediately knew I was going to like it.  It seemed to answer all my skincare problems i.e. it mattifies, reduces pore size, soothes, reduces signs of redness and calms the skin.  It also has antibacterial properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions.  I've been using it just in the morning after cleansing and before moisturiser and I'm really enjoying the results. It's a green gel type liquid that sort of melts into the skin on contact. The smell is quite strong but not unpleasant and smells fresh.  I'm a big fan! 

Skyn Iceland - Brightening Eye Serum

Full Size (£30 from www.marksandspencer.com)

My under-eye area concerns me and this is because it's one of the first places to show the signs of ageing.  I've been wearing an eye cream since my early twenties and really do feel it's an area worth investing.  It's also the area of the face which suffers the most if I'm tired or unwell.  

Skyn are a brand that I've tried quite a few products from and I've been super impressed every time and although I've only been using this Serum for a couple of weeks, I'm already starting to see some small effects and I expect, with prolonged use this will improve further.  I feel like my under eye area is smoother and and feels slightly firmer.   Another winner from skyn!

Potion London - The Beauty Formula

Full Size (Worth £25 from www.harveynichols.com) 

Here's another interesting fact for you.  I've been taking hair, skin and nail supplements for well over a year now and I strongly believe they make a difference.  My hair seems to grow faster and thicker, my nails also grow a lot faster and my skin, although still a little problematic seems to get less breakouts and looks smoother.  So when I noticed that there was a new brand of supplement to try in this month's box I was really pleased.  

In addition to the usual benefits of a beauty supplement I've also noticed that this one can help prevent acne and can control skin disorders such as eczema and I do suffer from this when I'm feeling stressed! 

It's too early to really notice the effects of using this particular brand however I've been doing a bit of research online and this is brand a lot of people rave about!  

So those of you who are perhaps not familiar with Mintd Box they are a relatively new beauty subscription box with a but of a difference to the usual 'same old same old' beauty boxes .  They off only  premium brand products stocked in high-end retailers such as Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols and Space NK and the products are predominately full size so you're getting a great deal (the face oil alone in this months box is worth £42!!) 

The best part about the Mintd Box is the money saving to be made.  For example, this month's box is worth £131 and you can get it for just £65 (with additional 10% off if you use the code WELCOME17) It ships to the UK, W. Europe, North America and Australia)



16 April 2017

The Secret Is Out....Niod Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8%

"....I can credit my 'glowy' skin to this entirely!"

So many of you have asked in the last few weeks what I'm doing different with my skin and why it all of a sudden looks so 'glowy' and radiant? Now I have been exercising a lot more, limiting the alcohol and upping my water intake however I don't think this has effected the skin on my face a great deal (put it this way, it still looks perpetually grey and dull when I wake up in the morning!!). 

But..... there has been a new product I've been testing over the last few weeks and I can credit my glowy skin to this entirely!

It's the Niod Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8%  and I'm about to make a bold statement here (and also save you about £40!!) Its better than the By Terry CC Serum that the whole world is raving about.  There, I've said it and now let me tell you why it's better.....

Well putting the very blatant money saving aspect aside I actually prefer this product for a number of reasons, despite the fact that the dropper is a tad annoying! I can live with that though! :)

"Adds a subtle tan and glow to the face and doesn't look at all orange..."

It's a serum textured product that works in very much the same way as the original Photography Fluid (so that's blurring out imperfections, balancing light absorption effects, gives you radiance in real life and in photos....you know, that sort of shiz!)

This new 'tan' version also contains a naturally based caramel tone that adds a subtle tan and glow to the face and doesn't look at all orange (unlike the ByTerry that does have a tendency to leave a bit of an orange hue sometimes if you're a bit pale) 

Due to the consistency and the colour, I would imagine that this would work well for all skin tones and it contains a hue corrector that gets rid of any yellow or redness. 

"...gets rid of any yellow or redness"

A few other things worth mentioning are that it's oil free for those of you worried about it causing an oil slick on your face! Fear not! and something I'm becoming more increasingly conscious of is the fact it's also vegan and cruelty free :)

Another major plus point it has over the ByTerry CC Serum is that it's scent-free..... the ByTerry one smells dis-gust-ing!!!!!!!

How do I use it?

I pop a drop on my forehead, each cheek and chin and then use a dense brush to buff it into my skin.  If I'm just popping to the gym or going out to walk the dog, I'll just leave it at that or if I'm doing a full face of make up I'll then go in with concealer under my eyes perhaps a little around my t-zone and set with a bit of bareMinerals barePro powder foundation.  I then go in with bronzer, blush and the rest of my make up.   This gives a nice natural radiant look and I'm really enjoying letting my skin breathe at the moment.  The Niod Photography Fluid Tan really helps to even out skin tone without the need for a heavy liquid foundation. 

You could also mix it with the original Photography Fluid, something I've not tried yet but definitely will when we get to those hot Summer days where I just want to  G L O W!!

Or it can be mixed into a liquid foundation if you're still looking for that gorgeous glow with a bit more of your usual coverage.  I think this would work really well and I'm definitely going to try this on a bad skin day (and I've probably cursed myself into one of those by writing this!!!) 

So there we have it, the secret's out! Let me know if you purchase a bottle and what you think!

Thank you for reading x

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