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- 10/07/15--23:00: _L’oreal True Match ...
- 10/08/15--23:00: _INSIDE HER WARDROBE...
- 10/09/15--23:00: _WEAR LIFE EATS 10.1...
- 10/11/15--23:00: _UPDATED MAKEUP STOR...
- 10/12/15--23:00: _A LITTLE NOTE OF HA...
- 10/13/15--23:00: _HANGING OUT WITH MA...
- 10/14/15--23:00: _INTRODUCING H&M BEAUTY
- 10/15/15--23:00: _I LOVE AUTUMN
- 10/20/15--23:00: _WE SURPRISED HIM!!!
- 10/22/15--02:02: _SOHO FARMHOUSE PHOT...
- 10/22/15--23:00: _BOBBI HAS YOUR DARK...
- 10/26/15--02:04: _CHARLOTTE TILBURY &...
- 10/27/15--00:00: _HOURGLASS AMBIENT L...
- 10/30/15--00:00: _THE CREAMY MATTE LIP
- 11/01/15--23:00: _OCTOBER FAVOURITES
- 11/03/15--02:01: _DISHOOM, LONDON
- 11/03/15--23:00: _NO HALLOWEENING FOR...
- 11/05/15--23:00: _LAURA MERCIER CHRIS...
- 11/08/15--23:00: _CASUAL AUTUMN LOOKBOOK
- 11/09/15--23:00: _THIS TIME OF YEAR…
- 10/07/15--23:00: L’oreal True Match Foundation: New & Improved
- 10/08/15--23:00: INSIDE HER WARDROBE: DEBS
- 10/09/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 10.10.15
- 10/11/15--23:00: UPDATED MAKEUP STORAGE & COLLECTION
- 10/12/15--23:00: A LITTLE NOTE OF HAPPINESS
- 10/13/15--23:00: HANGING OUT WITH MADE IN CHELSEA CAST // WEEKLY VLOG
- 10/14/15--23:00: INTRODUCING H&M BEAUTY
- 10/15/15--23:00: I LOVE AUTUMN
- 10/20/15--23:00: WE SURPRISED HIM!!!
- 10/22/15--02:02: SOHO FARMHOUSE PHOTO DIARY
- 10/22/15--23:00: BOBBI HAS YOUR DARK CIRCLES COVERED
- 10/26/15--02:04: CHARLOTTE TILBURY & H&M BEAUTY HAUL
- 10/27/15--00:00: HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING – THE EDIT
- 10/30/15--00:00: THE CREAMY MATTE LIP
- 11/01/15--23:00: OCTOBER FAVOURITES
- 11/03/15--02:01: DISHOOM, LONDON
- 11/03/15--23:00: NO HALLOWEENING FOR ME // WEEKLY VLOG
- 11/05/15--23:00: LAURA MERCIER CHRISTMAS 2015
- 11/08/15--23:00: CASUAL AUTUMN LOOKBOOK
- 11/09/15--23:00: THIS TIME OF YEAR…
L'oreal True Match has always been one of the best performing drugstore foundations, in my opinion. It's the foundation I go to for medium/full coverage, with lasting power and I'm always confident that'll it look good on camera. The foundation formula hasn't changed in 10 years but customer's requirements have and now people want more from their foundation, they want added skincare benefits. So to celebrate 10 years of True Match foundation L'Oreal have updated and tweaked the formula to suit the modern day customer and I absolutely love it. The original formula, although good, I felt could be a little too heavy. I like a medium/full coverage occasionally but only when it works into the skin, the old formula could sometimes sit on the skin like a mask and it was quite hard to blend in. The new formula has new pigments for a more radiant complexion, oils for a better blend with the skin and improved moisture replenishment for comfort on the skin. I can really feel the difference and it works so much better on my skin. It blends in much better whilst still keeping the coverage, just with a bit of added glow. I'm a happy bunny but I do think that those of you with oilier skin types who relied on this foundation might be disappointed. The slightly chalkiness that may have kept your skin more matte has now gone, so I'm sure some people won't be happy about that. Let me know if you've tried the new formula and what you think? Clearly, I'm a fan.
It's not easy having a YouTube channel, making and uploading videos so understandably a lot of people don't do it. That doesn't mean that there are loads of people out there who would make great YouTubers, people who have some advice and knowledge to share! So this is why I chose to make a video about my friend Debs.
She deserves a bit of spotlight time and I knew you guys would love hearing from her. So if you want to know a bit more about Debs, her personal style and wardrobe choices, please watch and enjoy!
WEAR // I'm loving the twill a-line skirts at Urban Outfitters at the moment. They come in all different colours and look great with tights, boots and a high necked sweater tucked in. Whether I can pull it off or not, I'm not sure, but I like them nevertheless. LIFE // We finally have the Internet *cheers*. So we can finally set up our TV and watch YouTube and Netflix. I'm not a huge Netflix user so I haven't explored much. We've been told by all our friends to watch Narcos so that's next on the list, but is there anything else you guys recommend watching on Netflix? EATS // I've become a bit obsessed with the Biona Honey Hazlenut Granola. It would be easy to make yourself but for something quick to eat in the morning I've really enjoyed having some of this with yoghurt, honey and some berries. Sometimes I add some bananas for sweetness too! Delicious. Have a great weekend and see you tomorrow morning for a new video!
It's been 8 months since my last makeup storage and collection video and a lot has changed since then. I'm living in a new place that although is my own, there's a lot less space to spread my... well, crap. Have a watch of this video to see my current makeup storage and collection, I'm pretty happy with it!
First of all, can you tell I took these photos when we were in the process of moving?! #paintchippednails
I'll probably be sharing bits and bobs of my wedding planning journey on here and once we're actually married I'm sure I'll be sharing more, but throughout the next year or so I think you'll all start to realise that I'm not the "typical" bride, whatever that may be. I think brides and weddings vary all over the world, but communities are quite tight and where I'm from there seems to be a wedding format you follow... or don't.
Although I've always been excited to get married, or rather be married, the wedding itself has always freaked me out. I love the idea of being surrounded by all my favourite people and just having fun but there's so many of the traditions that just aren't very me and I feel silly doing it they don't mean anything to me. So we're just doing it our way and although I'm sure we'll get some raised eyebrows along the way, we don't want to play a role on our wedding day, we just wanna be us.
So the first tradition I'm swerving is bridesmaids. I'm sure we'll have the little kids do something on the day but adult bridesmaids won't be a thing at our wedding. My girls know who they are and they will still be massively involved with the planning and execution of the day. I just want them to feel comfortable in whatever they're wearing and not feel like they have jobs to do. Out of everyone at the wedding I want my best friends and sisters to be able to let their hair down and have fun. So although I won't have friends and siblings dressed up in matching dresses, I did want to acknowledge them somehow.
I think when a friend gets engaged it's difficult to know how involved they might want you to be, so I found my own little way of telling my besties how much they mean to me and why I want them to be involved somehow.
I bought these little cards from Paperchase and they were perfect. I printed out a photo of me and the other person (a few best girlfriends and my sisters) and paperclipped it to the card. I wrote a huge, long note just saying what they meant to me and it felt great just to be able to tell someone you love them! I washi taped the envelope and sent them off in the post without any heads up. I got lots of "you made me cry" text messages and so I think they went down well!
For me, getting married isn't just about myself and Rich, we'll definitely have lots of family and friends involved in the whole thing. We want it to be casual, informal, fun and personal. So time to get planning I guess! Any tips please send them my way! I'm currently on the hunt for a casual, non-wedding dress type dress that isn't a fortune... it's proving difficult.
In this week's vlog I hang out with the guys from Made in Chelsea and my sister fan girls her heart out...
H&M has always been up there with my favourite highstreet stores. Incredible prices and if you're patient enough to browse (and head to the trend section) you can find some amazing quality stuff too. I've never been fussed by their beauty offering though, a few sticky looking lip glosses at the till... it all looked a bit cheap and childish really. So when I vaguely remember hearing something about H&M Beauty a few months ago I didn't really take much notice, but Autumn has come and alongside it the launch of H&M's new beauty range. It's a 700 piece collection that'll have it's own department within the larger H&M stores and it's seriously, seriously impressive. Someone who knows their stuff is definitely behind this range because it's not just about low prices, these products are great quality too. They haven't just launched with some eyeshadow palettes and false eyelashes, there's literally everything you could possibly need. The products are broken down into face, eyes, lips, nails, bath & body, fragrance, hair, tools & brushes, removers & cleanser and makeup bags. Within those categories are all different kinds of products such as foundations, BB creams, concealers, eyeshadow sticks, eyeshadow palettes, eyeshadow cream pots, mascaras, lipsticks, nail polish... the list goes on. The prices seem to sit comfortably aside drugstore brands you'd find in Boots or Superdrug but the quality seems to sit alongside brands like Kiko. The stand out products that I've tried (and I've only tried a handful!) are the cream eyeshadow pots, the single eyeshadows, the lid primer, the bronzer and the lipstick. There are so many other products to try and I can't wait tot go into store and haul my heart out! Have you tried anything from H&M Beauty yet? *UPDATE* I have been into the store since writing this and spent £50 on makeup. Whoops!
I do love Autumn, it's true. I spent last weekend filming snippets of things I like to do during this time of year. I hope you like it!
I love this week's vlog because it's a memory I'll look back on and watch time and time again. I spent the weekend with best friends celebrating a 30th birthday and relaxing to the max! I hope you enjoy the vlog too!
For today's post I thought I'd share with you some photos from a trip I took last week. It was only for one night but I had the best time and I've never been anywhere like it!
Urban Decay took a few of us to Soho Farmhouse to celebrate a new launch, which I'll tell you more about soon! I'd heard of Soho Farmhouse before, I'd even googled weddings there (and then instantly regretted it!) so I was over the moon to go for the night. It feels almost like a little village, it's bigger than I'd imagined and you can be transported around in mint coloured milk floats or bike, as each room comes with two bikes to use whenever you like. I wouldn't even call it a room, it's more like a free standing luxury hut. With windows for walls it means you can wake up surrounded by green countryside and I felt completely calm at all times. You get your own little kitchen, a huge bed, a living room area and a beautiful bathroom filled with my favourite Cowshed products. Did I mention there's an outdoor bath?! Not quite sure about that one.
The rooms are all quite spread out across the land and in the centre is a bar, restaurant, spa and shop. The whole place is filled with cosy open fires to sit around with blankets and because it's Soho House owned the taste in interiors and decor are completely spot on. I feel like the photos say it all, so I'll leave it there. It is pricey, it's somewhere you go for a real treat or even for a honeymoon!
I loved it. What do you think?
When a brand can detach themselves and look at a product from a customer's eyes, change things up when necessary and meet customer's needs? Well that's when a brand is doing things right. Bobbi Brown has always been so observant of their customer's needs and they're not scared to change formulas, packaging and update products when necessary. When I saw their newest edition I literally said "Yes!!" out loud. I've always loved her cream eye correctors and concealers but despite going back to them time and time again there's always been something that stops me using them daily. I tend to prefer using doe-foot applicators and liquid concealers as they're much easier to apply and require minimal effort. So it seems that Bobbi Brown have answered my prayers... the concealer and corrector in serum form with a doe-foot applicator... yes!!! They've called them the Intensive Skin Serum Corrector and Concealer and they're £28 each, so £9 more than the individual cream concealer products are. There are 16 shades available in the corrector depending on your skin tone and type of dark circles and there are 15 concealer shades, so a massive selection. Alongside the launch of the new eye serums they've also released a double ended face brush, on one end my absolute favourite Full Coverage Face brush and on the other the new Touch Up brush which works perfectly for concealer. So now there's no need to take two brushes traveling, this one can do two jobs in one. I love the texture of the eye serums, they're moisturising and slightly slippy which works really well as I tend to get dry under my eyes. The pigmentation of the colour is really strong and in instantly cancels out the dark circles under the eye. The corrector goes on first followed by the concealer, it's a match made in heaven. So will you be trying out the new additions or are you a cream corrector and concealer kinda person? I'm personally a convert, I love the new additions.
If you didn't catch yesterday's haul video, here it is again. I went a bit crazy at the Charlotte Tilbury and in-store at H&M. Wanna see what I picked up?
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, I've written about them here and here. I also bit the bullet and recently bought the trio of powders after the hype eventually died down and now I know what all the fuss was about when it was first released. I tend to use all three powders together for a cheekbone glow and I love it. If you still haven't tried one of these powders you may wonder what all the fuss is about, but seriously they are amazing. They feel really light on the skin and most of them (minus a few shimmery ones) give such a natural glow that I haven't found with any other product. So clearly Hourglass are aware of their popularity and are giving the palette loving people want they want. Let me introduce you to The Edit, the palette of dreams which is planned to be released in November just in time for Christmas (or available now on Sephora). The palette features three of their ambient lighting powders, two of their blushers and one of their new bronzers. So I think the question is, if like me, you have two of the single powders, two of the blushers and the trio palette, do you really need this palette too? Well I think Hourglass have picked the shades so well that the answer might actually be yes. Only one of the powders from the trio palette are the new one, Dim Light, a gorgeous, glowy warm peach powder. Next to Dim Light is Iridescent Light which is a bit too pink and shimmery for me and Diffused Light which is by far my favourite powder. They've picked the blusher shades well with Mood Exposure, my absolute favourite for a neutral, plum blush and Luminous Flush which I don't yet have which is a brighter pink. They've also added one of their new bronzers, Luminous Bronze Light, but personally I'm not hugely fond of the shimmer in the bronzers. So two out of six I wouldn't have picked myself but the other four are all great. We visited an Hourglass shop in LA where you can customise your own palette so hopefully they'll bring that over here soon, fingers crossed. Until then, this palette is beautiful and it really is a great edit. It'll set you back £65 and will be out here in November at Liberty, Net-a-Porter, Space NK, Urban Retreat and select John Lewis. Will you be adding it to your christmas wish list?
When it comes to a bold lip I rarely go with any other formula but matte. For me it's just a visual taste, I'm personally not a huge fan of glossy reds, so I tend to stick with mattes. Maybelline recently released their Creamy Matte lipsticks which really caught my attention in Boots, so I picked up 'Siren in Scarlett' but struggled to find 'Divine Wine', the shade I really wanted. Out of the six shades available those were the only two that stood out for me as I struggle to wear coral and pinks and the nude was too brown for me. The idea is simple, a matte that won't dry out your lips and drive you mad when you wear it. It's a horrible feeling which is why I no longer wear the Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipsticks, they're just far too drying. The Maybelline Creamy Mattes are exactly as they're described, they glide onto the lips and feel velvety soft and very lightweight. The only downfall with having something so creamy is although the look is matte, it doesn't set quite like a traditional matte lipstick. The edge can blur and smudge if it's touched and I don't think it would last through a meal as well as a normal matte lipstick would. But if it's texture and comfort you're after, this a really approachable, easy to wear matte lip and you forget you're even wearing it.
It's the end of the month and the beginning of November. How has that come around so quick?! Before we launch into the Christmas period, here's a roundup of the beauty and non-beauty stuff I've been loving over the past month.
Sundays for most people is a day of rest, time to clean the flat, slob out on the sofa watching old Friends episodes... maybe going out for a Sunday roast if you have the energy but for Rich and I, we like to explore London. After a very brief dinner at Dishoom about a month ago I was intrigued to go back and do it properly and Rich had never been so one Sunday we went along to the King's Cross branch to check it out. It's not that new but I was put off from visiting for a while due to it's long queue reputation. London restaurants have a bad habit of making people queue just to make them look busier. There are four branches around London now but the one in King's Cross is huge so I can't imagine waiting time could ever really be that long, unless they close one of the floors, just because they can. The good thing is if you do have to wait in line they often hand out hot chai or fresh mint tea so it's not too bad. I feel like us Brits sort of ruined Indian food with our takeaway habits and it's hard to find a great indian restaurant that doesn't leave you feeling bloated and a bit greasy. I think Dishoom is the first restaurant I've tried in London that has reinvented Indian food in a whole new way and I love it. It's a really interesting way of doing Indian food that I've never experienced and it's based on "The Old Irani Cafes of Bombay" that attracted all different kinds of diners, from business men to labourers, couples and students. They very much encourage sharing which is a great way to do it so that you get to try all different dishes. I'd recommend asking your waiter for advice and letting them know what kinds of things you like and dislike. They recommenced 2/3 dishes each and let me warn you, a lot of the dishes are really spicy! You can check out the menu here. The decor is industrial and modern but also incorporates old family portraits and traditional signage which makes it feel authentic and personal. I haven't been for breakfast yet but I've heard it's amazing so I'll be doing that asap. Have you been to Dishoom yet? Let me know what you think and if there are any dishes you recommend. Can't wait to go back!
Catch up with this week's vlog and what I've been up to!
Every year Laura Mercier absolutely kill it with the best beauty gift sets and this year they've done it again. I'm going to start by saying I'm not personally a fan of the animal print theme this year, it feels a bit old fashioned but nevertheless the products inside are great. For the full selection, check out the Space NK website but for now let me talk you though a few of the gift sets on offer. Kiss of Colour Lip Glace Collection - link This set comes with 5 of their high-shine, plumping and moisturising lip glosses. It's a nice choice of colours as there's a nude/brown, a couple of soft pinks, a coral and a red. Glam to Go Cheek, Eye & Lip Travel Case - link This little thing is deceiving. It's small, but opens up to reveal a large mirror, a small pink shimmer lipgloss and the opens up to the side to reveal a blusher, a bronzer and 4 very wearable brown eyeshadows. This would be the perfect gift for the girl that does her makeup on the move. Blush & Glow Radiant Face Trio - link This is a beautiful palette that also comes with a really nice, soft brush. There are three powder products inside, a subtle champagne highlight, a light bronzer and a mineralised, swirled blusher/bronzer hybrid. I think the size of the products are decent and all three could work for a day or night look. Stroke of Genius Luxe Brush Collection - link For me, a brush set is the perfect Christmas gift. I love makeup brushes and there something so special about receiving your own little collection. This one comes with three eye brushes and three face brushes and they're all incredibly soft and with a travel sized handle. They all come housed in a beautiful brown textured case. Sweet Temptations Ambre Vanilla Luxe Body Collection - link This is a huge gift and I actually think for the price you get a lot for your money. The scent of the products are too sweet for me personally but I know it's a really popular Christmas gift each year. The set is really large and come in a box with four products inside. There's a body wash, honey bath, body cream and eau de toilette. It also comes with the cutest little wooden spoon for your bubble bath. The other Laura Mercier gifts worth checking out are the Daring by Day Eye & Check Colour Palette and the Sleek & Chic Eye Colour Palette. So basically, Laura Mercier has Christmas covered. Seen anything you like?
Although I wouldn't class myself as someone who is particularly trendy or stylish, I try to make a lookbook every season just to show you guys what clothes I'm currently loving. My priority is always comfort, so you won't catch me in uncomfortable shoes and bare legs in the colder months, but I like to dress to flatter my body shape. I hope you like this video!
There's always a shift in my personal beauty department this time of year... did I really just call it a beauty department? Let's go with it. The matte eyeshadows make an appearance, the deeper burgundies come out to play and everything just gets a bit more intense. In the warmer months I'm really aware of the bright daylight showing shimmer on my skin or revealing just a bit too much makeup so I tend to keep things quite low key. But in Autumn I like to experiment more with my makeup, amp up the intensity and put a bold lip with a bold eye, why not eh!? One beauty product that always makes a seasonal come back is the Eccentric Molecule, Molecule 01 perfume. It's the most unique fragrance that you can't really smell on yourself but other people will go wild for it. It's warm, not at all sweet and well, sexy... that's the best way I can describe it. I love the Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipsticks and the two I'm wearing most at the moment are Love Liberty and Bond Girl. Although they look identical in the bullet they are a little different once applied. Love Liberty is a brighter, plum/berry shade and Bond Girl is a more natural mauve/brown shade. Both are gorgeous and great for this time of the year. We all know I love the Viseart Matte eyeshadow palette but I've recently also been using the Tarte Tartelette palette which is an all matte palette. There are 12 matte shades ranging from very light base shades to subtle crease colours and then deeper matte purples and browns. The overall feel is neutral in tone and very wearable. When the eyes and lips become more intense I still like the bronze up but usually don't add any kind of pink blusher. The Burberry Earthy Blush is great for adding just little something without having to add any pink tones to the face. It's subtle, matte and looks great on pale skin tones. So those are my Autumn (but nearly Winter) favourites. Are you using any of these? Let me know what you like to use at this time of the year...