Friday, 20 November 2015

Top 3 Products for October

I know I'm a little late with this, as we are half way through November, but I've been so busy starting my masters degree I haven't had time for anything else! I've not tried many products this month due to studying hard, but I do have a few that I have been loving.

Nars Velvet matte lip pencil in Damned

I saw this on a make up video by 'Vivianna does Make up' back at the beginning of October and loved the berry colour, so thought I'd treat myself (not that it takes much for me to buy make up!) I love the autumnal shade lipsticks and have never really branched out into the matte sticking mainly to sheer or velvet styles, so thought this was a great way to try it. I really like the lip pencil application as its so much easier to apply, and because it's a pencil you don't need a lip liner as well - which is always a bonus, as it's practically two products in one. The formula is easy to apply and the staying power is excellent, leaving a great stain colour on the lips as it fades. It's not drying as I thought it may be and the pigmentation is amazing. It is my new go to colour for day and night as you can go more natural with the make up and statement lip for the day or vamp it up with a smoky eye for a great evening look. A great versatile piece that I feel can justify the £18 price tag.

Collection illuminating touch foundation

I am a big fan of the illuminating touch concealer (check my previous post here). It's inexpensive and a great product, so I was perusing the beauty aisles in Boots and saw they have brought out a foundation from the same range. I went for cool beige as the porcelain shade looked a little light even for my pasty pale skin. So beware the shades do appear to be on the lighter side and you may want to swatch them first before buying. It is an excellent foundation and I have been using it everyday for work throughout October. It has a light to medium coverage, which you can build up, and gives a more dewy finish, which I prefer to the matte finish as I have dry skin. It isn't drying and wears well throughout the day. It is not the best foundation out there and I would definitely reach for my higher end foundations like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for an evening out - but for everyday it's a great find, especially at the £5.99 bargain price tag!

Phyto Phytokeratine extreme cream

This was in my LookFantastic birthday beauty box back in September. I didn't use it initially as I was pretty happy with my current hair care routine, but found it again at the beginning of October so thought I'd start using it. I wish I had used it sooner, as it has been a game changer as far as my haircare routine goes. It is a leave-in conditioner treatment for dry, damaged hair. You can use it before blow drying as a conditioner treatment and also provides heat protection for up to 220 degrees. I love the fact it offers a two in one product that helps repair your hair but also protects it when blow drying and straightening. I have been using it every time I wash my hair, and it is in excellent condition. I have just ordered another bottle as it has nearly run out and I can't imagine my hair without it at the moment! Not cheap at £26.50 for 100ml, but a little goes a long way and has really helped my dry colour damaged hair find a new lease of life.

That's it for October products and I'm well on my way to discovering new ones for November.

Rachel x

Monday, 26 October 2015

Autumn Primark Haul

I went shopping, again! Oops! I know, I know, I have a problem. But the thing with Primark is  everything is such good value that it's so easy to get carried away (which I did). I can justify this to myself that I've lost some weight (through healthy eating and exercise) and had to get rid of a lot of items from my wardrobe, so I NEEDED to buy a few more bits for Autumn (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

I love the Autumn, and I adore Autumn fashion and Primark is a great place to go to pick up lots of key pieces to see you through, plus the prices are amazing! I went a little bit crazy so here goes:

White cable knit jumper with metal detail

This jumper was actually featured in the most recent edition of Glamour magazine. It is a fab piece for autumn. I love cable knits as they are so comfy and cosy, but the metal detail on this really amps it up and makes it stand out from your usual plain cable knit jumper. I thought I'd wear this with skinny jeans and boots or even a little skirt - as I thought it was really versatile and I will definitely get loads of wear out of it.

Navy and red tartan knit skirt

I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. It is so cute and I love the fact it's made from a fine knit material as this makes it that little bit heavier and is a lovely shape when on (plus it won't be flying up exposing my knickers, Bridget Jones style, on a blustery autumnal day!) Again I thought this would be nice dressed up with a little navy shirt or look smart with a polo neck for a more smart everyday look.

Grey polo neck jumper shirt

I really like this style of top, not only is it a 'two in one' piece so you don't have to layer up, but I think they look smart and are practical at the same time.  It is light weight but being a polo neck would make it perfect for a chilly office on an autumn day. I am a fan of polo neck tops as I hate getting a chill down my neck, so this easily made its way into my basket.

Mustard fine cable knit dress

This purchase was a little out of my comfort zone. The colour is not something I would normally choose, but I loved it and felt it was very season appropriate - so thought I'd give it a whirl. I really like the style, with the shirt collar detail - again I think this makes it a little smarter, but the knit means its still practical as well. Plus it's so easy just to throw on in the morning and go, always a winning factor with me. They also did this in grey and black, which I may have to go back and sneakily purchase ;-)

Collar detail grey jumper

Again this style is so easy to make you feel a little smarter but without sacrificing the warmth. The detail around the neck is so pretty (also means you don't have to think about jewellery, another time save!) I went safe with the grey as I felt it would go with a lot more but thy did do it in gorgeous autumnal burgundy and green.

Black high neck detail sleeveless blouse

I seem to have a theme in this haul with either neck detail or polo neck items don't I?? Ha, well this also seems to fit that theme as it's both! I really liked the metal detail on the neck and thought it would dress up an outfit easily and would go with absolutely everything. I like the 'Rock Chick' vibe and think I might wear it with my chunky boots and skinny jeans, with a smokey eye!

Burgundy cross front blouse

This is the perfect autumn piece in my eyes! I love the colour and style and think it works well for both day and evening. I've already planned to wear it with my leather skirt and a dark lip (I'm thinking NARS velvet matte lip pencil in damned) on an evening out I'm planning. I think it's the perfect transition piece from summer to autumn.

Black skinny jeans

These are a staple with me and I own loads of different colours. I like this style as they are low rise, which suits the blouses and jumper styles I like to wear. You can never have too many skinny jeans as far as I'm concerned!

Giraffe snuggle pyjamas

OMG, I cannot even describe how soft and snugly these pyjamas are! I bought them on a bit of a whim as I thought they were cute and silly, but I love them so much, they are so comfy and warm for the cool evening. I have told anyone who will listen how amazing they are and have already been back and bought a few more colour varieties in the style. At £7 these are by far my most favourite item I own right now!! I highly recommend them.

Rose gold travel mug

My morning coffee just got better! Rose gold, what could be better!

Maui & Sons dark chocolate coated coconut chips

AMAZING! I am a little obsessed with these and always stock up whenever I nip into Primark. They taste amazing and are a healthy (ish!) alternative to a chocolate bar, but they really do hit the sweet craving spot. They are £1 a bag and I sprinkle them on porridge or ice cream but more often then not eat them straight from the bag. If you love coconut give these a try, you won't regret it!

That's it! phew! I better stay in with my cosy pyjamas for the rest of October to try and avoid spending anymore money!

Have a great day!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

YouTubers Special: New Make-up Mini Haul

I am an avid YouTube watcher. I can easily spend an evening getting lost in the world of blogs, make-up videos, fashion (and of course funny cat videos!). I have been a huge lover of the 'Beauty Gurus' on Youtube and have been subscribed to a lot of them for many years. Two of my favourites are Tanya Burr and Fleur de Force. I have been a fan for years and have used there advice and tips on many occasions. So I was excited when they both had new launches this month of there beauty lines and picked up 3 things from FeelUnique to try.

I have purchased a few of the Lip Glosses and eyelashes for the Tanya Burr line in the past and loved them, but I was most excited to get my hands on her new cheek palettes. They incorporate a bronzer, blush and highlight. I had a similar palette from Nars which I purchased a few years ago and loved so much, but sadly I hit pan on all the products and it went to the great beauty heaven in the sky :-(. I have struggled since to find any similar palette that I like as much. I have bronzers, blushes and highlight separately that I enjoy using but I loved the ease of having everything in one palette. Anyway, ramble over! This Tanya Burr Rosy Flush cheek palette reminds me a lot of my old Nars one and I had to give it a go. I adore it! The colour pay of is amazing on all the products, a little goes along way. The bronzer is perfect on my skin tone, not too muddy or orange and its only got a slight shimmer which I much prefer. The blush is a lovely peach colour (similar to Nars Orgasm) and the highlight is delicate with very fine milled shimmer as opposed to great big piece of glitter you often find in cheaper products. Its a thumbs up from me so far, and at £8 its a complete bargain! I am sure it will sell out fast, so grab it here while you can at FeelUnique.

Fleur de Force is probably my favourite YouTuber to watch. I love her style and her vlogs. She likes similar styles and make-up to me and I often purchase things she has recommended and am rarely disappointed. I was very excited to try her new lip glosses and the eyelash line she has collaborated with Eyelure on.

I chose the colour 'Starry Night'. It is a beautiful plum colour which is perfect for the Autumn. I adore it. The colour payoff is amazing, its not too sticky but gives an amazing shine and is really comfortable to wear. I have had so many compliments from people when I wear it, and have recommended them to a lot of people to try. I have already place another order for a few more colours as I think they are that good and at £6.99 they are very affordably priced. There are lots of other great looking things in her line, have a look here.

I also purchased the eyelashes in the style 'Fleur loves lashes'. They are half lash false eyelashes, which I much prefer, not only because they are easier to apply (I am terrible at applying false eyelashes, it takes me ages!) but I also much prefer the more subtle yet pretty look that is achieved. These lashes are fabulous, they are light and the band is very thin and makes them look even more natural when applied. They also feel great quality and are competitively priced at £5.25. These are my new go to false lashes and I have already stock piled ready for the upcoming christmas party season!

Thats my little mini review and haul. Hope you enjoyed it! Till next time.

Rachel x

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Top 3 Products for September

It's that time again, another month gone! This year is going to be over before we know it!

I do love Autumn, leaves turning golden brown and crisp (but cold!) days. Plus I adore Autumn fashion - skirts, tights, boots and cosy jumpers before winter kicks in and it's the less flattering array of thick thermals!

It's been a busy month work wise again, but I have managed to try a few new products and have my top 3 to share with you.

TRESemmé Expert Selection runway collection 'Get Sleek' Hairspray

As I mentioned in my last blog (check it out here:, I have been trying a new hairspray this month. I have been converted! It is a truly fabulous hairspray. Holds a style brilliantly but is soft to touch and brushes out easily. The nozzle is slightly different to most hairsprays and acts more like an aerosol deodorant in application, which means you get a more even distribution of product. I would highly recommend trying this product. It's still on offer at Boots, with 3 TRESemmé product for £9. I may have to stock up as this is a great deal as it retails around £5.99!

Cheeky freeze frame make-up setting spray

I got this on a whim when I was making, one of my frequent, ASOS orders. I haven't used a setting spray in a while and I've never heard of this brand before so thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm glad I did. It is a brilliant little product. Having the same consistency of most, more expensive setting sprays, and gives a light mist without drenching your face. On the days I use this (I sometimes forget as I do my makeup at 6.30am most days!) I really notice how much longer my makeup seems to last. This is excellent for me as I can work 12 hour days and like my makeup to have some staying power and this certainly seems to give it an extra boost. I would recommend giving it a try as I found it to be just as good as the Urban Decay setting sprays - sadly it's no longer available to purchase on it's own from ASOS but they do some great sets where it's included. I also may have to try out a few more from the 'Cheeky' range as they are relatively inexpensive and I really like the minimal but cool looking packaging.

Revlon colorburst lip butter in Sugar Plum

This is a re-discovery from last Autumn. I love deep plum lips during these months, but due to work, find that a very bright or deep colour can be a bit much for my everyday look, but I still like to enjoy a darker lip. These Revlon lip butters are amazing! The consistency is so soft and comfortable on the lips, plus you get just the right amount of colour and sheerness, so that it doesn't appear over the top. This colour is the perfect Autumn plum shade, I have a number of lipsticks from the range, but this is by far my favourite - I am so glad I pulled it out of my collection as it's, quite literally, put a big smile on my face. I have also found them on offer at Boots, 3 for the price of 2. I may have to see what new colours they have introduced..... ;-)

Well, that's my top products for another month. Hope you have a great week.

Rachel x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

My Current Haircare Routine

As I mentioned in my last blog, I have been struggling recently with dry, frizzy hair. I think its due to a combination of a damp summer mixed with air conditioned and heated hospital working. I also have to have my hair tied up for work and I think this has caused some damage recently too :-(.
 I have tried a few different product combinations and have finally discovered one that leaves my hair feeling soft, silky and sleek plus seems to have rectified any damage that has occurred.

I start off by using the John Frieda Luxurious volume touchably full shampoo and conditioner. It is for coloured treated hair as my blonde hair is sadly out of a bottle and not Au Natural. It lathers up brilliantly which I love in a shampoo as I always feel it is cleaned better when you get that luxurious lather. The conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and easily manageable too, I tend to brush the conditioner through with my tangle teaser to make sure it is evenly distributed and this also gets all the knots out without pulling on the hair. It smells great too, not too strong but just a nice subtle floral scent. My hair just seems to love this combination and believe me I have tried a few recently!

After I have slightly towel dried my hair I put on pump of the Mark Hill MiracOILicious moroccan organ oil through the ends (too much at the roots makes my hair a bit flat and causes it to feel greasy quicker). This product was in my recent Top three products of August blog, and I still love it now. It really does seem to leave my hair feeling shiny, soft and silky.

My next step is to use a heat protector. Coloured hair gets damaged much quicker especially when exposed to heat so I never miss this step as not only do I always blow dry my hair but I tend to straighten my hair after washing, otherwise it gets a bit wild the next morning when I try to style it for work. I have been loving the Schwarzkopf got2b guardian angel 220 degrees heat protection. I have used this product on and off for years after seeing Fleur from Fleur De Force rave about it a number of years ago. I have tried others high end end and drug store in-between but I always come back to this one as it really does feel like it protects my hair amazingly.

Once my hair is dry and straightened I like to spritz it with a bit of hairspray just to keep my fringe in place and stop and fly aways. I had been loving the John Frieda continuous control firm hold hairspray, (featured in my Top 3 Products of July blog) which is definitely a brilliant hairspray. However, I was lured into a new purchase by something new and on offer in Boots. Its the TRESemme expert selection runway collection get sleek hairspray. I have been converted! It is a truly fabulous hairspray. It holds brilliantly but is soft to touch and brushes out easily. The nozzle is slightly different to most hairsprays and acts more like an aerosol deodorant in application, which means you get a more even distribution of product. I would highly recommend trying this product (It will probably feature in my September favourites too!).

Once I have got my style in place I'm good to go, with soft, sleek manageable hair. I am loving the result of this product combination and I recommend anyone struggling in the post Summer to Autumn weather with dry, unmanageable hair to give this combination a try.

I find that washing my hair only once to twice a week helps to reduce damage and frizz , so I like to use the Co-Lab Rio dry shampoo between washes to refresh my hair. It really is the best dry shampoo in my opinion and I no matter how many different ones I try I always come back to it. It does not dry my hair out and really does make it appear fresh.

Thats it for today, until next week. Rachel x

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Look Fantastic Birthday Beauty Box

I have always been a big fan of Look Fantastic, and since the launch one year ago have intermittently purchased they're monthly beauty box. I've always been relatively impressed with them as they generally provide a good selection of products. It was with this in mind that I decided to go for the 1st Birthday beauty box for September.

I was expecting great things with it being a birthday box, but if I'm honest was slightly disappointed. The products included are good quality and are all things that I will use, but I was left a little underwhelmed. They're are no make up products which I find a little disappointing, as I would have thought they'd want to showcase pieces from all of the departments that they stock, especially with it being a special edition box. Nether the less the products are all great quality.

Caudalie vinosource

There are 2 Caudalie products in the box this month, both sample sizes. They are the Vinosource S.0.S Thirst Quenching Serum and the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. I have used Caudalie products before and always been impressed with them. I am a big fan of their beauty elixir. These products claim to increase hydration and reduce redness and sensitivity. I have dry skin so am always wiling to try products that aim to hydrate the skin. The weather here in the UK is changing to a lot cooler (not that we've had much of a summer), so will definitely be trying these out this month as my skin may need a little bit of rescuing.

Codage scrubbing cream

This is a brand I have not heard of before, so I am very interested to try this product. Again this is a sample sized product. I have used Philosophy 'micro delivery' peel before, which has a scrub base and loved the results, although found it a little time consuming as you need to use two products. This seems a similar idea, claiming to eliminate dead skin cells and smooth the complexion. I love the feeling you get after exfoliating the skin but always worry it will leave my skin even dryer, so will be interested to see how my skin reacts to this product.

Bliss fabulous foaming facial wash

This is another sample sized product, which would be great to use for traveling. Bliss is a brand that I have heard off but never used any products from them before. I have wanted to try them but they are expensive and I have never heard enough good things about them to take the plunge, so I am excited to see what this is like. It says it's a 2 in 1 cleanser and exfoliator, that removes makeup while gently exfoliating the skin. I'll be interested to see if it really does remove all my make up as I usually have to either use a cleansing oil or balm before a facial wash to ensure that all my make up is removed.

TanWorx Tan Maintainer

This is the only product I probably won't use for what it is intended for. I don't tan (pasty white skin remember!) and I don't have a tan to extend so its not something that I will fully be able to see any results from. I will however probably use it as a moisturiser, as it is made by Monu skincare which I have used their 'skin perfector' moisturiser before and really liked the formulation.

Professional Sebastian shampoo and conditioner

I like the fact you got both the shampoo and conditioner, as I hate it when you just get one or the other as I am a firm believer in using the same shampoo and conditioner combo (not necessarily because they are always better but because my OCD likes me to use the same products!) Again these are sample sizes. I received the strengthen and repair shampoo and conditioner. My hair at the moment is going through a dry, frizzy stage so I am looking forward to trying these and seeing if they can fix my frizz. I have used Sebastian products before and the shine define flexible hairsprays is one of the best I have ever used, I just can't justify the price tag to repurchase it as it is not a cheap brand to buy from.

Phyto Phytokeratine extreme conditioner

This is the only full sized product in the box (at least I think it's full size, if not it is definitely a deluxe sample size). It is a leave in conditioner treatment for dry, damaged hair. You can use it before blow drying as a conditioner treatment and it also provides heat protection for up to 220 degrees. I like the idea of a two in one product that helps repair my hair but also protects it when I blow dry and straighten my hair. I have used Phyto's repair creams before and found them to be brilliant for dry, frizzy hair, so I am pretty sure I am going to really like this product.

That's it for what I received in this months beauty box. It was very skin care and hair care heavy, which isn't a bad thing as I am always wanting to try out new beauty products of any kind, but I am disappointed that they did not mix things up a little more. I did also received a few vouchers worth around £40, for money off different products which was a nice addition as well this month, plus you get 20% of any of the full sized products of the samples received in the box if you want to purchase them after trying them out.

I think next time I get the urge to splurge on a beauty box I will try a different beauty box to Look Fantastic, but they are definitely up they're for one of the best beauty boxes on the market, especially as they don't charge a monthly subscription service or postage. If you fancy giving this box a try they are still available to order from Look Fantastic.

Until next time, Rachel x

Monday, 7 September 2015

Top 3 Products for August

It's the end of the month again! We haven't had much of a summer but I am so excited for Autumn. It is my favourite season, I love it when the leaves start turning and the berry colours which all start popping up around this time of year.

Anyway, back to my top products for August. I have had a fairly quiet month, been really busy at work but I have still had time to find some products I love.

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

My hair has been feeling a bit dried out this month, I have been going to the gym a bit more and the humidity combined with this seems to have an adverse reaction on my hair! I picked this up on a whim as it was on offer in Boots (you know how much I love an offer!) I use it after I have washed my hair before drying and styling and it feels amazing! I only use one pump to make sure I don't overload, but a little goes a long long way. It makes my hair feel soft, silky and manageable, which has been brilliant after the gym, especially with the increase washing of hair washing that this incurs! I have used Moroccan Oil before and I think this is a great alternative at a fraction of the price, a great drug store find in my eyes and one I intend to keep using.

Origins Clear Improvements - Active charcoal mask

I think the gym and humidity has had the same effect on my skin as it has on my hair, as it's felt a bit dull and dry. I love the Origins overnight moisture mask, but felt I needed a bit extra now and again, so thought I'd try another of their products in the hope it would have the same effect, and it did! I've been using this once or twice a week dependant on how my skins feeling (and how much time I have) and it really has made a big difference. I have had less break outs and my skin has been looking glowy and fresh. It is a bit messy to use as it is very thick and obviously black in colour, so make sure you don't use it near anything white (a mistake I made initially, but it does wash out easily), it dries relatively quickly and washes off easily. I am really impressed with this product, another 5 star from Origins and I will definitely be on the look out for more Origins products to try as we go into Autumn and Winter to keep my skin in great condition.

Seventeen Falsiefeye HD Mascara

I saw a review on this ages ago by Wayne Goss (Goss Makeup Artist on YouTube) but never got round to trying it out. He raved about how amazing it was for a drug store mascara at lengthening lashes and giving great volume. I wanted to try a new mascara as I often like to switch about, as I think I have a bit of a mascara addiction. I was browsing in Boots where they had an offer on Seventeen products, so thought I would give it a go. It is AMAZING! Not only does it give great length but it lasts all day at work without flaking. I am obsessed with it (and even went and bought it in brown as well). If you are after an affordable drug store mascara that it brilliant, I recommend giving this a try! A five star product at an affordable price, thanks Wayne!

That's it for another month of top products! Looking forward to Autumn and seeing what September has to bring.

Rachel x

Saturday, 22 August 2015

First Impressions

Forgive me for I have sinned, I have been spending again! Oops! I have recently purchased a few new products and wanted to give you my first impressions of them.

Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour 7 days in Hot Salsa

I love my nails being painted but unfortunately due to working in a hospital can't wear nail polish, so it's a big treat for me to paint my nails. I generally only do it when I've got a few days off, so I often like to treat myself to a new polish when I get the opportunity. I like bright colours especially in the summer months, so I chose this bright coral red. I always like to use a base coat as well as a top coat so was intrigued to see how this promise of 7 day colour worked out. I loved the colour instantly. I don't know what I do with my nail but whatever I do I always manage to chip them almost instantly, even with base and top coat! I was impressed with the formula and the large brush meant it was easy to paint both hands, even the right which is always a bit tricky. It lasted a good 48hrs without chipping, which for me is pretty good! It definitely isn't 7 day wear for me but a much gentler person would probably get a good few days out of it. So far I am impressed and would try some more colours in the range.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

This is often described by beauty bloggers as a cult product, so I thought I'd see how I found it. It's a brilliant price at under £5, so I was hoping I would love it as it is a lot cheaper than my usual Nars concealer. And I really liked it! The consistency is lovely and thick and blend excellently with my beauty blender, and lasts all day. The colour 1 Fair was perfect for my porcelain skin, but they only have 3 colours in the range, so I would think it wouldn't be great for everybody's skin tone. I don't think it gave as much cover as the Nars concealer but it is definitely great for every day make up, but I think for an evening out I would opt for a more heavy duty concealer. For the price though it will definitely be a new staple in my everyday beauty bag.

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner in black

I know I'm a bit late on the bandwagon for this product but my old L'Oréal eyeliner had dried up so I needed to purchase a new one. I had heard great reviews for this product and I love the mascara from the They're real! range so decided to give it a whirl. The product is a gel-like formula and you twist up to dispense. The angle of the nib is suppose to push your eyelashes down and out of the way to allow ease of use. I found it a bit tricky to get used to, either too much or not enough came out and when it did you have to work really fast with it as it sets really quickly and it won't budge! After some perseverence though (and a bit of choice language in frustration!) I managed to get the hang of it and when I did the pay off was quite impressive! The line was jet black and stayed like that all day long, no fading or sliding down my eye, I loved it. It is pricey and I don't think I'd use it everyday as you need time to make sure you get it right but it would be a great one for a cat flick you want to stay put on a day or night out. They also have just released three colours in the range, a brown, purple and blue. I have my eye on the purple, so just watch this space... :-)

Eyelure Brow Crayon in Blonde

I generally use a brow powder to fill in my eyebrows but decided to try a pencil to make more space in my make up bag and maybe speed up my morning routine. I went for this one purely because it was on offer in Superdrug and I thought as Eyelure specialise in a smaller range of product it might be a good buy. Sadly I was disappointed with this product. The colour pay off is poor and to get a good amount of product you have to press really hard and even then the colour is poor. I don't think it will be replacing my brow powder, but I will continue to persevere with the product and see if I can make it work.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua beige 20

I really fancied trying a new foundation. I love my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in the winter months as it gives a brilliant coverage and blends brilliantly but it is too heavy for summer - I have struggled with a summer foundation I liked. I have tried BB creams but haven't been impressed with any of them and some of the light weight drug store foundations just don't last on my skin. So I read about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and decided to bite the bullet and pay the price and try it. OMG I LOVE IT! It really does give you that 'your skin but better' feel. It blends amazingly and I've even used my fingers a couple of times and have loved the results. A little also goes a very long way, which means it should last me the rest of the summer and autumn too! I haven't broken out and it lasts all day with a lovely dewy finish which is brilliant on my dry skin. First impression are love at first use!

Until next time x

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Birthday Shoes and Burgers!

I celebrated a BIG birthday earlier this year (the big 3-0!) and I asked for a special pair of shoes to celebrated the momentous occasion. I have wanted a pair of Christian Louboutins since I saw Sarah Jessica Parker wear them for her wedding, who doesn't want to be like 'Carrie' from Sex in the City! That shiny red lacquered sole is just amazing and so synonymous with style, I knew that they were shoes for me.

Even for a big birthday there is no way I could ever afford some myself, but I was very lucky that my wonderful friends gave me vouchers for Selfridges and my very kind Dad offered to make up the difference as long as he could come with me to buy them. Alas due to busy schedules and timing we have not been able to make the all important trip to Selfridges, until now!!

We decided to make a little day of it and have lunch out as well, just to make it a bit more special! So off we trouped Dad, Karl and myself - Manchester was the destination of choice and Selfridges was the first stop upon arrival. I practically ran up the escalator I was that excited. I knew that I wanted a plain, black court shoe. Something simple and classic that I could wear with most outfits and that would stay in style for years to come.

The little Louboutin corner was absolutely stunning, very luxurious with very friendly staff. I was like a kid in a sweet shop! I could have tried every pair on (and probably would have given half a chance) but I refrained and looked for a classic style.

After much prancing up and down the luxurious red carpet of the Louboutin concession in a few different styles, feeling every inch a Park Avenue Princess, I chose the 'Sophia Regina' pumps in patent black. I didn't want suede as it can easily get water damaged and I thought the patent looked a bit more glamorous than the matte black. The 'Sophia Regina' pumps have an 85mm apostrophe heel with a round toe featuring a subtle cut out in on the front, which makes them just a little bit different and updates the classic pump, while still retaining the classic style. I LOVE them!

I have worn them, only once and I can tell you hitting the pavement with those shiny red soles was one of the scariest moments ever, but these shoes were made for wearing and I'll be damned if I'm going to leave them sat in a box! I can report that they were (surprisingly) comfortable, they fit superbly and did not rub one bit! I had sore feet by the end of the evening but I think that was more because I rarely wear heels (I live in crocs at work) and the balls of my feet always hurt whenever I wear heels for a long period. I was very impressed with the comfort and style and will cherish them for the rest of my life. Thankfully when you buy a pair they give you the contact information about a cobblers in London who specialise in hand re-painting the soles to revive them once they have been worn a few times.

To celebrate the momentous occasion we went for dinner. I'd just like to mention the little burger bar we went to as it was Fab! It is called Filthy Cow, and is on Tibb Lane in Manchester, which is just stones throw from the Arndale centre. I don't know Manchester very well and we stumbled across this in our post purchase hungry haze. It has a great hip feel to it, with exposed brick and woodwork and the food was AMAZING! I had the 'Filthy Bird' which was a buttermilk southern fried chicken, homemade slaw and chipotle mayo, along with the tastiest onion rings i've ever eaten. I washed it all down with a salted caramel milkshake, which was heaven in a cup. Karl and Dad had burgers and fries and both reported that they were super tasty. I would highly recommend if your out shopping in Manchester or fancy a pre-drinks meal. It is tasty and fresh fast food that will definitely tingle your tastebuds! Check ti out at

That was my amazing birthday treat day and one I will never forget, after all its not ever day a girl gets shiny new Louboutins! I am one very happy and very lucky lady :-)