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I have been aware of Ideal World for a while now but hadn't really explored into what brands it worked with. Ideal World is a shopping channel, I presume very similar to QVC (I don't really watch either but no I probs should 'cus they're all the rave), but recently this lovely little Ideal World Bloggers Box landed on my doorstep and had me feeling very intrigued. Ideal World works with a number of beauty brands and sells them exclusively across its TV channels and website - including the likes of Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden. Now, I am going to be honest and say I hadn't heard of many of the brands I have in my box, but that's great because it means I can explore new brands and hopefully use it as a way to discover new favourites.

I received a great mix of makeup and skincare, which is always fun! One of the brands I had received and heard of is the Makeup Eraser, which is a product that has many feeling sceptical (including myself in the beginning). What I will say is that it 100% works, but I have also had similar products with the same fabric that also work in the same way. I don't know how it gets makeup off, but it does and it does it fairly well. There's just one thing that I can't get on board with - the texture. The feeling of microfibre gives me this weird feeling, almost as if someone is scraping nails down a blackboard; It's just really hard to manoeuvre around your face and doesn't feel particularly nice. But for a quick way to remove makeup, it's a gooden.


The Skinn makeup bag also caught my attention - it's so bright and colourful and I am a sucker for a good quote. This is becoming a firm favourite in the photo props department! I have heard and written about Skinn by Dimitri James before for work, however have never actually tried it myself. There was this gorgeous eyeshadow palette in my box, which has 12 gorgeous shades in it that are right up my street. The palette is called Rosette, so as the name suggests, all pinky nudey hues that I love. The shimmers in this palette are beyond pigmented and so nice to blend - I can see myself using this a lot in upcoming makeup looks. I also received a mascara from the brand, which is pretty decent.

Elizabeth Grant is a brand I have never heard of before, but I now have my hands on its Moisture Stick, which I am presuming is a lip balm. This feels a little cheap to me in terms of packaging, but for chucking in your bag as your everyday lip balm, you can't really go wrong. I also got my hands on the Elizabeth Grant Graceful Angel Bath & Shower Gel, which is pink so obvs I was instantly drawn in. I haven't used this yet because I have so much shower gel, I could probs sell half of it to Boots, but I'm sure it will be lovely when I do as it smells GREAT.

Two products that I am super excited by are the Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect Exfoliating Pads & Solution as I am partial to a bit of acid exfoliating, and the Liquilift Slender Wrap. I am not entirely sure what the latter actually is, but it says it's designed to target inch loss (all over that shit) and improve the appearance of uneven fatty deposits. I am trying to shift a bit of weight at the moment so I think I will try this closer to the time of my Friend's wedding. I'll report back for sure, but as ever, I am sceptical. I also got this light up mirror thing in my box, but sadly it didn't work and the pattern wasn't really very 'me'.

Have you tried any brands/products from Ideal World?

You can watch Ideal World on Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 812

*this post contains PR samples*

Trying new brands // Ideal World Blogger Box

I have been aware of Ideal World for a while now but hadn't really explored into what brands it worked with. Ideal World is a shopping channel, I presume very similar to QVC (I don't really watch either but no I probs should 'cus they're all the rave), but recently this lovely little Ideal World Bloggers Box landed on my doorstep and had me feeling very intrigued. Ideal World works with a number of beauty brands and sells them exclusively across its TV channels and website - including the likes of Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden. Now, I am going to be honest and say I hadn't heard of many of the brands I have in my box, but that's great because it means I can explore new brands and hopefully use it as a way to discover new favourites.

I received a great mix of makeup and skincare, which is always fun! One of the brands I had received and heard of is the Makeup Eraser, which is a product that has many feeling sceptical (including myself in the beginning). What I will say is that it 100% works, but I have also had similar products with the same fabric that also work in the same way. I don't know how it gets makeup off, but it does and it does it fairly well. There's just one thing that I can't get on board with - the texture. The feeling of microfibre gives me this weird feeling, almost as if someone is scraping nails down a blackboard; It's just really hard to manoeuvre around your face and doesn't feel particularly nice. But for a quick way to remove makeup, it's a gooden.


The Skinn makeup bag also caught my attention - it's so bright and colourful and I am a sucker for a good quote. This is becoming a firm favourite in the photo props department! I have heard and written about Skinn by Dimitri James before for work, however have never actually tried it myself. There was this gorgeous eyeshadow palette in my box, which has 12 gorgeous shades in it that are right up my street. The palette is called Rosette, so as the name suggests, all pinky nudey hues that I love. The shimmers in this palette are beyond pigmented and so nice to blend - I can see myself using this a lot in upcoming makeup looks. I also received a mascara from the brand, which is pretty decent.

Elizabeth Grant is a brand I have never heard of before, but I now have my hands on its Moisture Stick, which I am presuming is a lip balm. This feels a little cheap to me in terms of packaging, but for chucking in your bag as your everyday lip balm, you can't really go wrong. I also got my hands on the Elizabeth Grant Graceful Angel Bath & Shower Gel, which is pink so obvs I was instantly drawn in. I haven't used this yet because I have so much shower gel, I could probs sell half of it to Boots, but I'm sure it will be lovely when I do as it smells GREAT.

Two products that I am super excited by are the Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect Exfoliating Pads & Solution as I am partial to a bit of acid exfoliating, and the Liquilift Slender Wrap. I am not entirely sure what the latter actually is, but it says it's designed to target inch loss (all over that shit) and improve the appearance of uneven fatty deposits. I am trying to shift a bit of weight at the moment so I think I will try this closer to the time of my Friend's wedding. I'll report back for sure, but as ever, I am sceptical. I also got this light up mirror thing in my box, but sadly it didn't work and the pattern wasn't really very 'me'.

Have you tried any brands/products from Ideal World?

You can watch Ideal World on Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 812

*this post contains PR samples*
I am not scared of many things, but one thing I am absolutely terrified of (and I’m sure I’m not alone) is the dentist. Ever since I can remember, I have put off going to the dentist. I used to lock my Mum’s car keys in the house to ensure we wouldn’t be able to get there, and every time I did have to go, I would be flooding the ground with tears. I don’t know where this fear came from, and to some it’s seen as irrational, but I just can’t explain it. With this fear comes terrible teeth; I have had so many teeth out and most of them have been filled, and at the age of 25, I know that is terrible. As I have gotten older I now wish I had looked after my teeth more as a kid, because I’ve kissed goodbye to healthy, white teeth. I avoided the dentist for 10 years before my last trip this year, which I am so so ashamed of. I finally plucked up the courage to book an appointment, and thankfully all I needed was one filling and a bloody good clean - I definitely was very lucky in this case and totally shocked. I managed to get through the filling without too many tears and felt proud of myself for making a start at conquering my fear. Now all I needed what white teeth. As a smoker, I know I am never going to get the bright white smile I dream of, but I know I can do everything I can, using all products available, to slightly improve the shade of my teeth. I don’t think my teeth have ever been that naturally white anyway.

So after my recent trip to the dentist I decided to give White Wash Laboratories a go, using its Nano Daily Whitening Kit...


This consisted of a whitening Toothbrush, Dental Floss, Toothpaste and Mouth Wash. What I was surprised about was the order in which these products are advised to be used. With these products you’re meant to floss, wash and then brush your teeth, which - I admit - took a bit of getting used to, but in a way, it makes a whole ton of sense. I’m not a massive fan of the taste of these products, I have to be honest, but then again, I am totally fussy when it comes to teeth products. I have been using these products for a good month now and I have really enjoyed using them. Because I am absolutely hopeless, some days I forgot to floss or use the mouthwash, but I’d say I stuck to the routine 80% of the time. I think it’s really hard to notice a difference when you’re looking at yourself, but I have had some comments on my teeth looking whiter, which is always nice. I’m now going to replace the whitening Toothbrush (It says it is made from whitening bristles to remove stains…) with an electric one (dentist’s orders) but I am definitely going to carry on with the rest of it - especially the toothpaste.


I really liked the toothpaste actually; it’s been developed by UK dentists, which Is good to know, and contains a multi-active whitening complex with advanced Enamel Care Technology to help whiten and remineralise teeth. A unique combination of special micro-polishers remove surface stains, while the Enamel Care Technology helps to repair the teeth, reduce sensitivity and also to create a radiant sheen on teeth - just what I need. The floss is also pretty good and is apparently an expanding floss to remove 40% more plaque compared to other flosses - quite interesting actually.

It's really hard to see a difference as the pictures were taken in completely different lights, but I'm going to persevere with it all for sure!

B E F O R E 


A F T E R 
* this post contains PR samples*

On Trial // White Wash Laboratories

I am not scared of many things, but one thing I am absolutely terrified of (and I’m sure I’m not alone) is the dentist. Ever since I can remember, I have put off going to the dentist. I used to lock my Mum’s car keys in the house to ensure we wouldn’t be able to get there, and every time I did have to go, I would be flooding the ground with tears. I don’t know where this fear came from, and to some it’s seen as irrational, but I just can’t explain it. With this fear comes terrible teeth; I have had so many teeth out and most of them have been filled, and at the age of 25, I know that is terrible. As I have gotten older I now wish I had looked after my teeth more as a kid, because I’ve kissed goodbye to healthy, white teeth. I avoided the dentist for 10 years before my last trip this year, which I am so so ashamed of. I finally plucked up the courage to book an appointment, and thankfully all I needed was one filling and a bloody good clean - I definitely was very lucky in this case and totally shocked. I managed to get through the filling without too many tears and felt proud of myself for making a start at conquering my fear. Now all I needed what white teeth. As a smoker, I know I am never going to get the bright white smile I dream of, but I know I can do everything I can, using all products available, to slightly improve the shade of my teeth. I don’t think my teeth have ever been that naturally white anyway.

So after my recent trip to the dentist I decided to give White Wash Laboratories a go, using its Nano Daily Whitening Kit...


This consisted of a whitening Toothbrush, Dental Floss, Toothpaste and Mouth Wash. What I was surprised about was the order in which these products are advised to be used. With these products you’re meant to floss, wash and then brush your teeth, which - I admit - took a bit of getting used to, but in a way, it makes a whole ton of sense. I’m not a massive fan of the taste of these products, I have to be honest, but then again, I am totally fussy when it comes to teeth products. I have been using these products for a good month now and I have really enjoyed using them. Because I am absolutely hopeless, some days I forgot to floss or use the mouthwash, but I’d say I stuck to the routine 80% of the time. I think it’s really hard to notice a difference when you’re looking at yourself, but I have had some comments on my teeth looking whiter, which is always nice. I’m now going to replace the whitening Toothbrush (It says it is made from whitening bristles to remove stains…) with an electric one (dentist’s orders) but I am definitely going to carry on with the rest of it - especially the toothpaste.


I really liked the toothpaste actually; it’s been developed by UK dentists, which Is good to know, and contains a multi-active whitening complex with advanced Enamel Care Technology to help whiten and remineralise teeth. A unique combination of special micro-polishers remove surface stains, while the Enamel Care Technology helps to repair the teeth, reduce sensitivity and also to create a radiant sheen on teeth - just what I need. The floss is also pretty good and is apparently an expanding floss to remove 40% more plaque compared to other flosses - quite interesting actually.

It's really hard to see a difference as the pictures were taken in completely different lights, but I'm going to persevere with it all for sure!

B E F O R E 


A F T E R 
* this post contains PR samples*
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We knew that the Wednesday and Thursday of our trip was going to be sunny (the iPhone is surprisingly accurate) so we smartly planned to do all the things that required good weather on those days. Day three brought some great adventures. First of all we traveled to Roosevelt Island via Cable car, which was a great little excursion. Now, there isn't much to be found at Roosevelt Island, but it was very novel to travel via cable car and briefly catch some views of the city. We took a little walk by the river and enjoyed the serenity of our surroundings. After a little while, we made our way to Central Park, but not before checking out sweetie heaven, AKA Dylan's Candy Bar. I had spotted this sugary sweet haven on Instagram and just knew I had to check it out. If you're a sweetie enthusiast like myself, you'd love this place - It's full to the brim with all sorts of candy as well as cute little knick knacks. Dylan's also stocks ban.do, which is one of my fave stationery brands - woop! I also couldn't pass up the opportunity of buying unicorn-themed sweets (obvs) and getting a pic with the giant Easter bunny, 'cus, well, YOLO. 


The weather was so glorious we just couldn't resist a stroll around Central Park. I hadn't really explored the park before so it was so nice to chill and discover its beauty. Not all those who wander are lost, ey? I honestly loved it here; the landscapes were mesmerising and the people/entertainers just brought so much life to the park. We took a wander to see the carousel, the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, the boat lake and the fountain, which weirdly had no water in it...


While in Central Park, we walked past the zoo, which was quite open considering it was a ticketed thing. I have quite strong views when it comes to zoos and I don't really approve of making animals perform tricks for the joy of human's. That being said, I did catch a glimpse of a very happy (surprisingly) seal who gave a little wave as we walked by. After stopping off for some obligatory photo ops, we realised our feet were KILLING. We had walked quite a way around the park - I knew it was big, but not that big. 


Next on the agenda was something I had been looking forward to since we booked our trip, the Top of the Rock. This was another thing I didn't get to do on my last trip, but my Mum and Sister hadn't done it either so it was great to experience something new together. I can't even explain how I felt here; it was beautiful and gave me all the feels. I just don't think I have ever been blown away by a city view as much as I was up there - it was out of this world. There's just something about being up high, away from the city, looking out on New York that brings so much joy. It helped that the sky was super blue, I must say.


The picture below took a while... but it was worth it (thanks Mum). You know when a photo says a thousand words? I believe this is the photo that does that. My heart truly felt like it belonged to New York in that moment. Bloody cheesy, but very true. 


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Thursday was a very busy day for us, but a very fun-filled one. To give us fuel for lots of walking, we headed straight to Big Daddy's, a quaint 50's style diner that served just what we had been dreaming about all week: PANCAKES. My sister and I knew we had to have at least one blow out breakfast on the trip (we'd eaten pretty decent breakfasts on days prior) and when I found this diner online the night before, I knew it was the one. I had originally planned to indulge in a rather large plate of cookie dough choc chip pancakes, but then I came to realise that my whole trip had been taken over by cookie dough (see previous post) so I opted for plain choc chip instead. These were so good; fluffy, gooey and everything you could hope for in an American pancake. I even ordered bacon on the side, because I don't do an American breakie lightly. My eyes (obvs) were bigger than my belly so I couldn't even finish them...


After breakfast, we got the subway to Williamsburg in Brooklyn for a casual wander and to see what amazing street art we could find. I'm a massive fan of street art and I loved discovering all the different murals. I don't think we went far enough into Williamsburg, but when I go back I think I'll spend much longer exploring all the side streets, or even take a street art tour - I didn't realise that was even a thing until I got back. 


No trip to Williamsburg would be done correctly without a trip to The Bagel Store. Bearing in mind I had just over indulged in pancakes, food wasn't really on the agenda. That didn't mean I couldn't pick one up for later! I surprised myself and opted for a small bagel and kept it plain, but gosh, you should have seen the different types of fillings on offer. WOAH. They looked good, I must admit. Kirsty from Fashion for Lunch inspired me to take the below photo, I just couldn't resist because I am as cliche as they come, init.


After realising it wasn't easy to get from Williamsburg to Dumbo (also in Brooklyn) we rode the subway back into Manhattan to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. I think this was my favourite part of the whole entire trip, I enjoyed the walk SO much and that's coming from a gal who loathes exercise haha. Again, the views were spectacular, the sun was shining and the air appeared fresh - I proceeded to get more lost in this beautiful city. I felt happy in those moments and that's a rare occurrence. 


To finish off the day, we just had to get one more view in - I had to see the city from all areas of course. We made our way back into the city and went to the new One World Observatory / World Trade Centre (also referred to as the Freedom Tower, I believe). Obvs, this wasn't built the last time I was in New York, so it was something I desperately wanted to experience. If you've been to The Sky Garden in London, this is very similar. The views are panoramic and you don't go outside so you can just chill on the windowsill for as long as your heart desires. We got there in time to watch the sun set and it was a great thing to experience. I felt a bit emotional while up there, actually. You can see a time lapse of the sky getting darker in the vlog (end of this post).


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On our last day, the heavens opened and it was pretty much raining non-stop from waking up to getting to the airport. We spent our last day shopping in Times Square; from Sephora (again!) to Forever 21. We ate our last meal of the trip at the Hard Rock Café before heading to Walgreens to do a last minute sweetie loot! I spend all my remaining dollars on candy so expect a 'British girl tries American candy' video very soon! Later on in the afternoon we finished packing and my bloody suitcase was over its weight limit so I had to stash the majority of my shopping in my Sister's suitcase - god only knows how she managed to travel so lightly. The overnight flight back to the UK wasn't the greatest and I could not sleep so once back in the UK I completely crashed. Who knew the jet lag would be so bad for only five hours time difference?

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New York 2017 // Travel Diary Part Two

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We knew that the Wednesday and Thursday of our trip was going to be sunny (the iPhone is surprisingly accurate) so we smartly planned to do all the things that required good weather on those days. Day three brought some great adventures. First of all we traveled to Roosevelt Island via Cable car, which was a great little excursion. Now, there isn't much to be found at Roosevelt Island, but it was very novel to travel via cable car and briefly catch some views of the city. We took a little walk by the river and enjoyed the serenity of our surroundings. After a little while, we made our way to Central Park, but not before checking out sweetie heaven, AKA Dylan's Candy Bar. I had spotted this sugary sweet haven on Instagram and just knew I had to check it out. If you're a sweetie enthusiast like myself, you'd love this place - It's full to the brim with all sorts of candy as well as cute little knick knacks. Dylan's also stocks ban.do, which is one of my fave stationery brands - woop! I also couldn't pass up the opportunity of buying unicorn-themed sweets (obvs) and getting a pic with the giant Easter bunny, 'cus, well, YOLO. 


The weather was so glorious we just couldn't resist a stroll around Central Park. I hadn't really explored the park before so it was so nice to chill and discover its beauty. Not all those who wander are lost, ey? I honestly loved it here; the landscapes were mesmerising and the people/entertainers just brought so much life to the park. We took a wander to see the carousel, the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, the boat lake and the fountain, which weirdly had no water in it...


While in Central Park, we walked past the zoo, which was quite open considering it was a ticketed thing. I have quite strong views when it comes to zoos and I don't really approve of making animals perform tricks for the joy of human's. That being said, I did catch a glimpse of a very happy (surprisingly) seal who gave a little wave as we walked by. After stopping off for some obligatory photo ops, we realised our feet were KILLING. We had walked quite a way around the park - I knew it was big, but not that big. 


Next on the agenda was something I had been looking forward to since we booked our trip, the Top of the Rock. This was another thing I didn't get to do on my last trip, but my Mum and Sister hadn't done it either so it was great to experience something new together. I can't even explain how I felt here; it was beautiful and gave me all the feels. I just don't think I have ever been blown away by a city view as much as I was up there - it was out of this world. There's just something about being up high, away from the city, looking out on New York that brings so much joy. It helped that the sky was super blue, I must say.


The picture below took a while... but it was worth it (thanks Mum). You know when a photo says a thousand words? I believe this is the photo that does that. My heart truly felt like it belonged to New York in that moment. Bloody cheesy, but very true. 


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Thursday was a very busy day for us, but a very fun-filled one. To give us fuel for lots of walking, we headed straight to Big Daddy's, a quaint 50's style diner that served just what we had been dreaming about all week: PANCAKES. My sister and I knew we had to have at least one blow out breakfast on the trip (we'd eaten pretty decent breakfasts on days prior) and when I found this diner online the night before, I knew it was the one. I had originally planned to indulge in a rather large plate of cookie dough choc chip pancakes, but then I came to realise that my whole trip had been taken over by cookie dough (see previous post) so I opted for plain choc chip instead. These were so good; fluffy, gooey and everything you could hope for in an American pancake. I even ordered bacon on the side, because I don't do an American breakie lightly. My eyes (obvs) were bigger than my belly so I couldn't even finish them...


After breakfast, we got the subway to Williamsburg in Brooklyn for a casual wander and to see what amazing street art we could find. I'm a massive fan of street art and I loved discovering all the different murals. I don't think we went far enough into Williamsburg, but when I go back I think I'll spend much longer exploring all the side streets, or even take a street art tour - I didn't realise that was even a thing until I got back. 


No trip to Williamsburg would be done correctly without a trip to The Bagel Store. Bearing in mind I had just over indulged in pancakes, food wasn't really on the agenda. That didn't mean I couldn't pick one up for later! I surprised myself and opted for a small bagel and kept it plain, but gosh, you should have seen the different types of fillings on offer. WOAH. They looked good, I must admit. Kirsty from Fashion for Lunch inspired me to take the below photo, I just couldn't resist because I am as cliche as they come, init.


After realising it wasn't easy to get from Williamsburg to Dumbo (also in Brooklyn) we rode the subway back into Manhattan to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. I think this was my favourite part of the whole entire trip, I enjoyed the walk SO much and that's coming from a gal who loathes exercise haha. Again, the views were spectacular, the sun was shining and the air appeared fresh - I proceeded to get more lost in this beautiful city. I felt happy in those moments and that's a rare occurrence. 


To finish off the day, we just had to get one more view in - I had to see the city from all areas of course. We made our way back into the city and went to the new One World Observatory / World Trade Centre (also referred to as the Freedom Tower, I believe). Obvs, this wasn't built the last time I was in New York, so it was something I desperately wanted to experience. If you've been to The Sky Garden in London, this is very similar. The views are panoramic and you don't go outside so you can just chill on the windowsill for as long as your heart desires. We got there in time to watch the sun set and it was a great thing to experience. I felt a bit emotional while up there, actually. You can see a time lapse of the sky getting darker in the vlog (end of this post).


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On our last day, the heavens opened and it was pretty much raining non-stop from waking up to getting to the airport. We spent our last day shopping in Times Square; from Sephora (again!) to Forever 21. We ate our last meal of the trip at the Hard Rock Café before heading to Walgreens to do a last minute sweetie loot! I spend all my remaining dollars on candy so expect a 'British girl tries American candy' video very soon! Later on in the afternoon we finished packing and my bloody suitcase was over its weight limit so I had to stash the majority of my shopping in my Sister's suitcase - god only knows how she managed to travel so lightly. The overnight flight back to the UK wasn't the greatest and I could not sleep so once back in the UK I completely crashed. Who knew the jet lag would be so bad for only five hours time difference?

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Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothing you can't do. Now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you

I have just got back from a little over five days in New York and I am feeling sad. I love it in New York, it makes me feel something that London has never done and I already miss it; I just want to go back constantly. This was my second trip to the big apple and the best one yet. I relished in many new discoveries and went on tonnes of adventures that I didn't take on my first trip. My first trip (four and a half years ago) was mainly a shopping trip, one where I was dragged from trainer shop to trainer shop doing the stuff the person I was with wanted to do. It was full of obligatory touristy shenanigans and I missed out on a lot of things I had wanted to do. I wasn't bold enough at the time to go off on my own, I think that was the problem. This time, it was a trip for me; a chance for me to do those things and really explore the city that made me feel so much happiness and hope. I travelled with my Mum and my Sister, whose birthday trip I hi-jacked, but it was lovely. On top of a few tourist excursions (gotta get those views in), I ventured out to surrounding areas to really get a snippet of real New York life. It was bloody great. I thought I would share with you some of the highlights; places I went and food I ate (which, let's be honest, made up most of the trip).

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After staying in a hostel the last time I visited the city, I knew this time I wanted to stay somewhere nice and slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. I stumbled across this gorgeous boutique hotel and prayed my Mum and Sister approved of my choice. The hotel I fell in love with (after realising staying at the W was not an option haha) was The Renwick, which is now part of the Hilton Curio collective of New York hotels. Located on the east side of Midtown, very close to The Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station, the hotel consists of 17 floors and - although not central - was a great location, especially for subways. It was a short 10-15 minute walk into Times Square and super close to the shops on 5th avenue. There weren't a huge amount of eateries around, but what we did find were great. There was even a Starbucks right opposite, which was great for breakfast and for when I craved a good ol' English breakfast tea. 



The Renwick is very much a luxurious destination evoking the spirit of the creative minds who once lived and worked there. Once home to artists’ studios and intellectuals like John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Renwick Hotel has been reimagined as residential, loft-style rooms and artistic common areas. Guest rooms are spacious and stylish enclaves with easels and paint, writing paper and ink, while the walls are adorned with artistic illustrations. Everything is very modern, which was what I wanted. Sadly, even though we requested a higher floor, our room was on the 5th floor so we weren't overlooking the Empire State like some of the other rooms did, but it was clean and comfortable - the beds especially. Oh, and the bathroom was literal goals - I loved it. We got this hotel at a very reasonable price through Expedia and the staff were also super lovely. Overall, a great stay. 

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I'm counting my proper full day as my first day, even though technically we arrived late Sunday afternoon, we didn't get up to much apart from a little wander into Times Square and a trip to Shake Shack at Grand Central Station for food before bed - we were absolutely shattered. On Monday, I ventured out on my own and got the bus to Woodbury Common, which is near New Jersey. The premise of my shopping trip was to purchase my first ever designer handbag, which I found in Kate Spade YAY. It's not a Gucci, CHANEL or Wang but I love it. Woodbury Common (I am assuming) is a lot like Bicester Village here in the UK; filled with designer shops offering their goods at slashed prices. It took us just over an hour to get there and it was so quiet once I arrived. I must have gone on a good day as it was the least stressful shopping trip I have ever been on. The majority of the stores were designer brands so do bear that in mind. However, nestled among the big guns was Converse and American Eagle so I treated myself to some new white leather trainers (cost me like $30, bargs!) and two pairs of Jeans because AEO jeans are the best jeans ever, especially if you're short and curvy like moi.  I also popped into Magnolia Bakery for a cheeky cupcake, obvs.


A tip for you though is to buy your bus ticket on Groupon as you save quite a bit. It's usually $40+ depending on the company you go with and I got mine for $25 plus a free savings passport (basically a book of coupons that you can use on top of the store discounts). It was a little bit confusing trying to find the correct desk at Port Authority to exchange my Groupon for a real ticket, but I found it in the end. Well worth the time if you want to save some dollar and head out of Manhattan.

After being completely shopped out (well my purse not me) I headed back to the city to meet my Mum and Sister for dinner. We ended up going to Ellen's Stardust Diner, which was quite possibly one of my favourite nights of the whole trip. It's a pretty basic, traditional American diner but the staff - all upcoming Broadway stars - sing and perform while working, it was insane but amazing! I really urge you to watch part one of my Vlog because you can see snippets on there. It's such a feel good vibe, I had lots of fun!


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Our second day In New York was pretty miserable weather wise. It pretty much rained all day but that didn’t intervene too much with us exploring. Our original plan was to get the Staten Island Ferry (which is free) to see the Statue of Liberty, but after being informed that it was a three hour round trip and one where you didn’t get that close to Lady Liberty, we decided against it. Instead, we were quickly persuaded in taking an express ride (about an hour) to the statue and back. In the pouring rain, it really didn’t take much for a sales rep to convince us that was the best thing to do. Luckily the majority of the boat was sheltered, except of course when I wanted to get some good pics at the front. Despite it being a gloomy day, seeing Lady Liberty was great fun.

When we got off the boat we were a little cold and wet so my Mum decided to head back to the hotel while my Sister came with me to run some errands - errands meaning shopping and food, OBVS. First off we headed to Glossier, which is an amazing US beauty brand that I’m sure you’ve seen floating around Instagram. It is the pinnacle of many flat lays as the packaging is D R E A M Y. I picked up a couple of things but am very pleased to hear it is coming to the UK in the Summer because I didn’t pick up everything I had wanted.

We decided to walk from Glossier to Cookie DŌ NYC (LITERALLY WHERE COOKIE DOUGH DREAMS COME TRUE), which is somewhere I spotted on social media before my trip. I just knew I had to go there ‘cus I love cookie dough. I am that girl that removes all the cookie dough from her Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and leaves the rest. The shop really is incredible - totes my vibe as there was pink everywhere. I opted for a tub of cake batter and original cookie dough with sprinkles. I also bought another tub of some other flavours, Fluffer Nutter (peanut butter, marshmallow etc) being my fav. I spent $17 on cookie dough. Let’s just let that sink in. If you do go, prepare to queue across the street until it’s your turn to enter as the shop is quite small. We only waited 20 mins though, which I didn’t think was too bad.



After getting the subway back to our hotel, we chilled for a bit and freshened up before heading out for dinner. My Sister and I had said when we were planning our trip, that we had wanted to go to a place that did really good, authentic Mac & Cheese. After some researching, I stumbled upon S’MAC, which let me just say, did not disappoint. This place is a takeaway-like place that is super affordable, but super yummy. If you want good Mac & Cheese, S’MAC is the place.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for part two as it will feature some of my favourite days EVER. 

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New York 2017 // Travel Diary Part One



Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothing you can't do. Now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you

I have just got back from a little over five days in New York and I am feeling sad. I love it in New York, it makes me feel something that London has never done and I already miss it; I just want to go back constantly. This was my second trip to the big apple and the best one yet. I relished in many new discoveries and went on tonnes of adventures that I didn't take on my first trip. My first trip (four and a half years ago) was mainly a shopping trip, one where I was dragged from trainer shop to trainer shop doing the stuff the person I was with wanted to do. It was full of obligatory touristy shenanigans and I missed out on a lot of things I had wanted to do. I wasn't bold enough at the time to go off on my own, I think that was the problem. This time, it was a trip for me; a chance for me to do those things and really explore the city that made me feel so much happiness and hope. I travelled with my Mum and my Sister, whose birthday trip I hi-jacked, but it was lovely. On top of a few tourist excursions (gotta get those views in), I ventured out to surrounding areas to really get a snippet of real New York life. It was bloody great. I thought I would share with you some of the highlights; places I went and food I ate (which, let's be honest, made up most of the trip).

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After staying in a hostel the last time I visited the city, I knew this time I wanted to stay somewhere nice and slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. I stumbled across this gorgeous boutique hotel and prayed my Mum and Sister approved of my choice. The hotel I fell in love with (after realising staying at the W was not an option haha) was The Renwick, which is now part of the Hilton Curio collective of New York hotels. Located on the east side of Midtown, very close to The Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station, the hotel consists of 17 floors and - although not central - was a great location, especially for subways. It was a short 10-15 minute walk into Times Square and super close to the shops on 5th avenue. There weren't a huge amount of eateries around, but what we did find were great. There was even a Starbucks right opposite, which was great for breakfast and for when I craved a good ol' English breakfast tea. 



The Renwick is very much a luxurious destination evoking the spirit of the creative minds who once lived and worked there. Once home to artists’ studios and intellectuals like John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Renwick Hotel has been reimagined as residential, loft-style rooms and artistic common areas. Guest rooms are spacious and stylish enclaves with easels and paint, writing paper and ink, while the walls are adorned with artistic illustrations. Everything is very modern, which was what I wanted. Sadly, even though we requested a higher floor, our room was on the 5th floor so we weren't overlooking the Empire State like some of the other rooms did, but it was clean and comfortable - the beds especially. Oh, and the bathroom was literal goals - I loved it. We got this hotel at a very reasonable price through Expedia and the staff were also super lovely. Overall, a great stay. 

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I'm counting my proper full day as my first day, even though technically we arrived late Sunday afternoon, we didn't get up to much apart from a little wander into Times Square and a trip to Shake Shack at Grand Central Station for food before bed - we were absolutely shattered. On Monday, I ventured out on my own and got the bus to Woodbury Common, which is near New Jersey. The premise of my shopping trip was to purchase my first ever designer handbag, which I found in Kate Spade YAY. It's not a Gucci, CHANEL or Wang but I love it. Woodbury Common (I am assuming) is a lot like Bicester Village here in the UK; filled with designer shops offering their goods at slashed prices. It took us just over an hour to get there and it was so quiet once I arrived. I must have gone on a good day as it was the least stressful shopping trip I have ever been on. The majority of the stores were designer brands so do bear that in mind. However, nestled among the big guns was Converse and American Eagle so I treated myself to some new white leather trainers (cost me like $30, bargs!) and two pairs of Jeans because AEO jeans are the best jeans ever, especially if you're short and curvy like moi.  I also popped into Magnolia Bakery for a cheeky cupcake, obvs.


A tip for you though is to buy your bus ticket on Groupon as you save quite a bit. It's usually $40+ depending on the company you go with and I got mine for $25 plus a free savings passport (basically a book of coupons that you can use on top of the store discounts). It was a little bit confusing trying to find the correct desk at Port Authority to exchange my Groupon for a real ticket, but I found it in the end. Well worth the time if you want to save some dollar and head out of Manhattan.

After being completely shopped out (well my purse not me) I headed back to the city to meet my Mum and Sister for dinner. We ended up going to Ellen's Stardust Diner, which was quite possibly one of my favourite nights of the whole trip. It's a pretty basic, traditional American diner but the staff - all upcoming Broadway stars - sing and perform while working, it was insane but amazing! I really urge you to watch part one of my Vlog because you can see snippets on there. It's such a feel good vibe, I had lots of fun!


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Our second day In New York was pretty miserable weather wise. It pretty much rained all day but that didn’t intervene too much with us exploring. Our original plan was to get the Staten Island Ferry (which is free) to see the Statue of Liberty, but after being informed that it was a three hour round trip and one where you didn’t get that close to Lady Liberty, we decided against it. Instead, we were quickly persuaded in taking an express ride (about an hour) to the statue and back. In the pouring rain, it really didn’t take much for a sales rep to convince us that was the best thing to do. Luckily the majority of the boat was sheltered, except of course when I wanted to get some good pics at the front. Despite it being a gloomy day, seeing Lady Liberty was great fun.

When we got off the boat we were a little cold and wet so my Mum decided to head back to the hotel while my Sister came with me to run some errands - errands meaning shopping and food, OBVS. First off we headed to Glossier, which is an amazing US beauty brand that I’m sure you’ve seen floating around Instagram. It is the pinnacle of many flat lays as the packaging is D R E A M Y. I picked up a couple of things but am very pleased to hear it is coming to the UK in the Summer because I didn’t pick up everything I had wanted.

We decided to walk from Glossier to Cookie DŌ NYC (LITERALLY WHERE COOKIE DOUGH DREAMS COME TRUE), which is somewhere I spotted on social media before my trip. I just knew I had to go there ‘cus I love cookie dough. I am that girl that removes all the cookie dough from her Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and leaves the rest. The shop really is incredible - totes my vibe as there was pink everywhere. I opted for a tub of cake batter and original cookie dough with sprinkles. I also bought another tub of some other flavours, Fluffer Nutter (peanut butter, marshmallow etc) being my fav. I spent $17 on cookie dough. Let’s just let that sink in. If you do go, prepare to queue across the street until it’s your turn to enter as the shop is quite small. We only waited 20 mins though, which I didn’t think was too bad.



After getting the subway back to our hotel, we chilled for a bit and freshened up before heading out for dinner. My Sister and I had said when we were planning our trip, that we had wanted to go to a place that did really good, authentic Mac & Cheese. After some researching, I stumbled upon S’MAC, which let me just say, did not disappoint. This place is a takeaway-like place that is super affordable, but super yummy. If you want good Mac & Cheese, S’MAC is the place.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for part two as it will feature some of my favourite days EVER. 

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I am not afraid to admit - and actually, I have admitted this before - that I am absolutely crap at doing my nails. Absolutely terrible. I’ve never had good nails anyway, but painting them has always been a troublesome task and as for my cuticles, well - they’re in an awful state. It seems almost weird that I have a whole drawer dedicated to nail polishes when they barely see the light of day, but if I have anything done to my nails, it’s a gel manicure. I used to get acrylics until I realised they made the condition ten times worse, but gels, I kinda love having done. I recently had iridescent unicorn nails done and now I’m obsessed - deffo need to get me some of that magical powder.

As a lover of gel manicures, but also as a very poor person who cannot afford the upkeep, I was delighted to receive my very own at-home Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails. I have had at-home kits before but they all came with a teeny-tiny lamp, this one however, comes with a big one (36W UV) - just like the ones you’d find in salons. I have never been so excited to actually have decent looking nails (well as decent as they can look) and be able to switch them up as much as I want to. Classy Nails have a huge array of colours to choose from, so many in fact that I couldn’t choose. I received three from my very long list (which I am obvs going to have to complete in the near future) and they’re all perfect shades (priced at £5.95). Natural Hesian is a great everyday nudey mushroom colour, I Lilac It is a gorge lilac (to match my hair, obvs) and Moody Mulberry is a deep red, ‘cus you just gotta have a red haven’t ya?

Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails
Achieving a gel manicure is so easy with this set; it literally takes 15/20 mins and the best thing? No smudging! I love the fact you can then get on with your day and not worry about ruining your mani before you’ve even stepped outside. That’s what I hate most about normal polish because I am super impatient and - in all honesty - don’t have a lot of time dedicated to upping my nail game. This Starter Gel Nails Kit comes with everything you could possible need: nail files, top coats, remover, foil remover pads, nail tools, literally everything. It only costs £56 too, which I think is a bargain; that’s basically two or three trips to the salon. I have had this on for nearly two weeks and apart from a little bit of peeling (from my terrible application may I add) it’s going strong. Just be careful not to apply it too heavy so that it spreads off of the nail onto the skin because it will just lift. I need to practice more I think…

an image of Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails natural hessian
Have you thought about investing in an at-home gel nails kit? The only negative for me is finding somewhere to bloody put it ‘cus I basically live in a shed. No, I’m kidding, but my room isn’t exactly accommodating to my beauty stash.


Strong Nail Game // Classy Nails Gel Manicure Kit

I am not afraid to admit - and actually, I have admitted this before - that I am absolutely crap at doing my nails. Absolutely terrible. I’ve never had good nails anyway, but painting them has always been a troublesome task and as for my cuticles, well - they’re in an awful state. It seems almost weird that I have a whole drawer dedicated to nail polishes when they barely see the light of day, but if I have anything done to my nails, it’s a gel manicure. I used to get acrylics until I realised they made the condition ten times worse, but gels, I kinda love having done. I recently had iridescent unicorn nails done and now I’m obsessed - deffo need to get me some of that magical powder.

As a lover of gel manicures, but also as a very poor person who cannot afford the upkeep, I was delighted to receive my very own at-home Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails. I have had at-home kits before but they all came with a teeny-tiny lamp, this one however, comes with a big one (36W UV) - just like the ones you’d find in salons. I have never been so excited to actually have decent looking nails (well as decent as they can look) and be able to switch them up as much as I want to. Classy Nails have a huge array of colours to choose from, so many in fact that I couldn’t choose. I received three from my very long list (which I am obvs going to have to complete in the near future) and they’re all perfect shades (priced at £5.95). Natural Hesian is a great everyday nudey mushroom colour, I Lilac It is a gorge lilac (to match my hair, obvs) and Moody Mulberry is a deep red, ‘cus you just gotta have a red haven’t ya?

Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails
Achieving a gel manicure is so easy with this set; it literally takes 15/20 mins and the best thing? No smudging! I love the fact you can then get on with your day and not worry about ruining your mani before you’ve even stepped outside. That’s what I hate most about normal polish because I am super impatient and - in all honesty - don’t have a lot of time dedicated to upping my nail game. This Starter Gel Nails Kit comes with everything you could possible need: nail files, top coats, remover, foil remover pads, nail tools, literally everything. It only costs £56 too, which I think is a bargain; that’s basically two or three trips to the salon. I have had this on for nearly two weeks and apart from a little bit of peeling (from my terrible application may I add) it’s going strong. Just be careful not to apply it too heavy so that it spreads off of the nail onto the skin because it will just lift. I need to practice more I think…

an image of Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails natural hessian
Have you thought about investing in an at-home gel nails kit? The only negative for me is finding somewhere to bloody put it ‘cus I basically live in a shed. No, I’m kidding, but my room isn’t exactly accommodating to my beauty stash.


I was converted to the beautyblender a long time ago, but I am still totally obsessed with it; it’s a game changer when applying foundation and nothing quite beats it. I have tried many makeup sponges but nothing comes remotely close to the original beautyblender; you could say it’s an ongoing love affair and I have no intention of halting it anytime soon.

I am still surprised when people tell me they can’t get on with a blender, but more often than not, they’re not using it damp - USE IT DAMP PEOPLE, IT’S INCRED. The latest launch from beautyblender is the all.about.face kit, which I must admit, made me squeal when I unboxed it. With this nifty little kit, complexion perfection is 100% achievable. With this kit, you can literally wave goodbye to patchy foundation and welcome #complexiongoals in little to no time.

an image of the all.about.face by beautyblender kit
Whether you’re a novice in makeup or totes a pro, the starter kit is going to meet all your beauty needs. This limited edition set includes a beautyblender in three sizes: the original beautyblender, which helps you apply foundation, powder, bb cream and any other complexion product flawlessly (I’m talking Beyoncé-level flawless); beauty.blusher, for the application of cream and powder blush; and the cutest sponge you ever did see: the micro.mini, for laser-sharp focused contouring, highlighting, concealing and colour correcting. The latter is ideal for blending concealer under the eyes, let me tell you.

an image of different sized beauty blenders
And what’s better is that the kit also comes with a diddy blendercleanser solid to keep your beautyblenders clean and pristine. YOU NEED IT, OK? It’s priced at £35, which is fab when the original is £16 on its own. You can nab the beautyblender all.about.face starter kit at beautybay.com, cultbeauty.co.uk and selfridges.com.

*this post contains PR samples*


Ace That Base // all.about.face by beautyblender

I was converted to the beautyblender a long time ago, but I am still totally obsessed with it; it’s a game changer when applying foundation and nothing quite beats it. I have tried many makeup sponges but nothing comes remotely close to the original beautyblender; you could say it’s an ongoing love affair and I have no intention of halting it anytime soon.

I am still surprised when people tell me they can’t get on with a blender, but more often than not, they’re not using it damp - USE IT DAMP PEOPLE, IT’S INCRED. The latest launch from beautyblender is the all.about.face kit, which I must admit, made me squeal when I unboxed it. With this nifty little kit, complexion perfection is 100% achievable. With this kit, you can literally wave goodbye to patchy foundation and welcome #complexiongoals in little to no time.

an image of the all.about.face by beautyblender kit
Whether you’re a novice in makeup or totes a pro, the starter kit is going to meet all your beauty needs. This limited edition set includes a beautyblender in three sizes: the original beautyblender, which helps you apply foundation, powder, bb cream and any other complexion product flawlessly (I’m talking Beyoncé-level flawless); beauty.blusher, for the application of cream and powder blush; and the cutest sponge you ever did see: the micro.mini, for laser-sharp focused contouring, highlighting, concealing and colour correcting. The latter is ideal for blending concealer under the eyes, let me tell you.

an image of different sized beauty blenders
And what’s better is that the kit also comes with a diddy blendercleanser solid to keep your beautyblenders clean and pristine. YOU NEED IT, OK? It’s priced at £35, which is fab when the original is £16 on its own. You can nab the beautyblender all.about.face starter kit at beautybay.com, cultbeauty.co.uk and selfridges.com.

*this post contains PR samples*


As a girl who is partial to a bit of bleach and a lot of colour (as I have previously mentioned on this blog, I cannot remember the true colour of my natural hair) my hair constantly needs TLC. I am often asked how I keep my hair in good condition considering it's rather, well, purple. The truth is, there is very rarely a time when I stick to the same haircare routine; I am forever swapping the products I use and will try anything in the hope it will make it feel healthier. It doesn’t always look healthy, vibrant and shiny, though. In fact, just the other day (seen here) it was looking as close to straw as it has done in a while; completely malnourished and appearing rather worse for wear. It gets like this when it needs colouring, and weirdly, it’s the most shiniest and healthiest after it has had a dose of conditioning colour - it’s hard to believe but the purple I use is so moisturising (I mainly use Colour Freedom if you’re wondering). See how healthy my hair looks on my Twitter profile pic!

Anyway, to the point of this post. Lately, I have been trying a new Shampoo and Conditioner from new-to-the-UK brand, syoss. This brand is super affordable, with each of their products costing just £2.50. I believe the premise of this brand is to offer the same quality and care that you would get from salon products at home, with products available exclusively at Tesco nationwide. There are a few different ranges for different hair types, but the one I have been using targets damaged hair specifically. The syoss SALONPLEX Hair Renaissance targets chemically treated and mechanically stressed hair with the professional SALONPLEX technology restoring millions of broken hair bonds in the hair matrix every day for reconstructed hair that looks reborn.


an image of the syoss salonplex haircare range
The best out of the range, for me, is the Shampoo. It lathers up really nicely without drying out the hair and feels like it has given the hair a deep clean. What I love about this is that my hair feels so light post-use as well as clean and moisturised. The formula recreates millions of broken hair bonds and refills the hair from inside while sealing and protecting the hair fibre. For just a couple of pounds, this is well worth the try. The Conditioner isn’t as moisturising as I’d like it to be (unless I use loads) but it does work at detangling and making the hair easier to manage. Both these smell amazing too, which is always up there on my list of expectations for good haircare.

To accompany these products, I have been using the Recreator Serum, which instantly restores for super smooth hair. I use this like a leave-in conditioner/detangler on towel dried hair and I can’t tell you how much it makes brushing much easier (with my Wet Brush, obvs).

What haircare products are you loving at the moment?

NEW IN // syoss SALONPLEX haircare

As a girl who is partial to a bit of bleach and a lot of colour (as I have previously mentioned on this blog, I cannot remember the true colour of my natural hair) my hair constantly needs TLC. I am often asked how I keep my hair in good condition considering it's rather, well, purple. The truth is, there is very rarely a time when I stick to the same haircare routine; I am forever swapping the products I use and will try anything in the hope it will make it feel healthier. It doesn’t always look healthy, vibrant and shiny, though. In fact, just the other day (seen here) it was looking as close to straw as it has done in a while; completely malnourished and appearing rather worse for wear. It gets like this when it needs colouring, and weirdly, it’s the most shiniest and healthiest after it has had a dose of conditioning colour - it’s hard to believe but the purple I use is so moisturising (I mainly use Colour Freedom if you’re wondering). See how healthy my hair looks on my Twitter profile pic!

Anyway, to the point of this post. Lately, I have been trying a new Shampoo and Conditioner from new-to-the-UK brand, syoss. This brand is super affordable, with each of their products costing just £2.50. I believe the premise of this brand is to offer the same quality and care that you would get from salon products at home, with products available exclusively at Tesco nationwide. There are a few different ranges for different hair types, but the one I have been using targets damaged hair specifically. The syoss SALONPLEX Hair Renaissance targets chemically treated and mechanically stressed hair with the professional SALONPLEX technology restoring millions of broken hair bonds in the hair matrix every day for reconstructed hair that looks reborn.


an image of the syoss salonplex haircare range
The best out of the range, for me, is the Shampoo. It lathers up really nicely without drying out the hair and feels like it has given the hair a deep clean. What I love about this is that my hair feels so light post-use as well as clean and moisturised. The formula recreates millions of broken hair bonds and refills the hair from inside while sealing and protecting the hair fibre. For just a couple of pounds, this is well worth the try. The Conditioner isn’t as moisturising as I’d like it to be (unless I use loads) but it does work at detangling and making the hair easier to manage. Both these smell amazing too, which is always up there on my list of expectations for good haircare.

To accompany these products, I have been using the Recreator Serum, which instantly restores for super smooth hair. I use this like a leave-in conditioner/detangler on towel dried hair and I can’t tell you how much it makes brushing much easier (with my Wet Brush, obvs).

What haircare products are you loving at the moment?
I think I have mentioned a fair few times that GOSH is well up there on my list of favourite drugstore makeup brands. I’m not going to lie and say that my whole makeup stash is drugstore because it features many high-end products, but of the drugstore makeup brands in my stash, GOSH makes up a large percentage; it’s just so affordable for the quality it offers. Whenever a new GOSH collection drops, I am first to add all products to my never ending makeup list. GOSH really reps the drugstore, and its latest range hasn’t deterred its place.

The collection is vast; there are so many amazing products to be discovered, but if I were to sit and talk about every single one, I think the post would reach dissertation standards. I’m sure that many of these products will work their way into other posts, Instagram photos and YouTube videos, but for now, I am going to talk about my favourites...

an image of GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
For the new season, GOSH has taken a nature approach; shifting its view to the ‘Urban Nature’ landscape. Intrigued? I was too. The brand has sought out inspiration from the greening of cities, environment-friendly buildings and architects’ efforts to replicate nature to streamline energy use and optimise resources. As in previous collections, GOSH has honed in on a new hero Nordic ingredient and for SS17 that ingredient is the dandelion flower.

The new line-up includes new shades across many hero GOSH products, in addition to some new innovations. The new shades of EYE EXPRESSION, £8.99, (4-in-1 eyeshadow palette) tap into the earthy theme; offering three new shades - BackToNature, ThunderStorm (pictured) and UrbanNature. Each palette holds one eyeshadow with a highlight effect and three matte shades, which each offer a creamy, pigmented texture. I love this palette for natural days, especially because you could quite literally apply without a mirror and still look put together (maybe I need to put that to the test, eh?)

GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
A product I have been reaching for on the daily is the CCC - Contour, Cover, Conceal stick, £9.99, which is available in concealer shades Light, Medium, Dark and Very Dark, as well as Highlight Vanilla and Highlight Golden (shimmery cream highlighters). These products make it super easy to sculpt, conceal and highlight without the need for ten million products - nice and simple, I likey.

In terms of blush, LUMIDROPS, £8.99, is one of my favourite products that GOSH has ever launched - especially during the spring and summer. These remind me of the Daniel Sandler liquid blushers and offer a great, professional feeling formula. There are two new shades for this season: Rose Blush and Coral Blush, the latter being the one I have managed to get my mitts on. GOSH LUMIDROPS provide the cheeks with a refreshed look, luminosity and glow and are super lightweight with light reflecting pigments infused.

an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips
The hero products, for me, are always the lipsticks. I LOVE GOSH lipsticks - my collection is huge and forever growing. For the upcoming season, GOSH has treated us to five new shades of its Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt, £7.99. I actually only have one of these, which I am yet to try because my attention was well and truly diverted to the new GOSH Liquid Matte Lips, £8.99. HOLY CRAP, I was so excited when I saw these; not that I need any more liquid lipsticks…another eight won't hurt, though, right? ENABLE ME PEOPLE.

Liquid Matte Lips states it provides a matte finish, combined with an intense colour payoff. The eight new shades are infused with LIPerfection, which hydrates and increases the microcirculation of the lips - sounds good ey! Now, I so wanted to fall in love with these to the extent of not wanting to wear anything else, but sadly that didn’t happen. Don't get me wrong, I do really like them; the formula feels so nice on the lips, but I wouldn’t say they’re 100% matte. I have tried many liquid lipstick formulas, and the true matte ones just can’t get away with not being drying. Y’know when you wear a matte liquid lipstick you generally can’t rub your lips together? Well, with these you can - you can rub your lips together as if it were a creamy satin formula. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they feel super creamy and hydrating, but I wouldn’t say they were to the level of matte that you would expect. With this in mind, they don’t last as long as other liquid lipsticks I have tried. Liquid Matte Lips is still a lovely product, but the formula is very different to what you would imagine it to be. In contrast, the pigment is brilliant, the colour selection is ace and the formula is super easy to apply. I guess it depends on what you’re after, doesn’t it? These are great, but I don’t think they emulate the likes of Kylie Jenner, Colourpop or even the latest Barry M matte lipsticks in the formula. You can see swatches below!
an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips swatches
There are so many other fab products in the collection so if you wanna see some of these in action (more than mentioned here) check out this video of mine where I spoke about many of the new releases and whacked them all on my face!



*this post contains PR samples*

NEW IN // GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection

I think I have mentioned a fair few times that GOSH is well up there on my list of favourite drugstore makeup brands. I’m not going to lie and say that my whole makeup stash is drugstore because it features many high-end products, but of the drugstore makeup brands in my stash, GOSH makes up a large percentage; it’s just so affordable for the quality it offers. Whenever a new GOSH collection drops, I am first to add all products to my never ending makeup list. GOSH really reps the drugstore, and its latest range hasn’t deterred its place.

The collection is vast; there are so many amazing products to be discovered, but if I were to sit and talk about every single one, I think the post would reach dissertation standards. I’m sure that many of these products will work their way into other posts, Instagram photos and YouTube videos, but for now, I am going to talk about my favourites...

an image of GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
For the new season, GOSH has taken a nature approach; shifting its view to the ‘Urban Nature’ landscape. Intrigued? I was too. The brand has sought out inspiration from the greening of cities, environment-friendly buildings and architects’ efforts to replicate nature to streamline energy use and optimise resources. As in previous collections, GOSH has honed in on a new hero Nordic ingredient and for SS17 that ingredient is the dandelion flower.

The new line-up includes new shades across many hero GOSH products, in addition to some new innovations. The new shades of EYE EXPRESSION, £8.99, (4-in-1 eyeshadow palette) tap into the earthy theme; offering three new shades - BackToNature, ThunderStorm (pictured) and UrbanNature. Each palette holds one eyeshadow with a highlight effect and three matte shades, which each offer a creamy, pigmented texture. I love this palette for natural days, especially because you could quite literally apply without a mirror and still look put together (maybe I need to put that to the test, eh?)

GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
A product I have been reaching for on the daily is the CCC - Contour, Cover, Conceal stick, £9.99, which is available in concealer shades Light, Medium, Dark and Very Dark, as well as Highlight Vanilla and Highlight Golden (shimmery cream highlighters). These products make it super easy to sculpt, conceal and highlight without the need for ten million products - nice and simple, I likey.

In terms of blush, LUMIDROPS, £8.99, is one of my favourite products that GOSH has ever launched - especially during the spring and summer. These remind me of the Daniel Sandler liquid blushers and offer a great, professional feeling formula. There are two new shades for this season: Rose Blush and Coral Blush, the latter being the one I have managed to get my mitts on. GOSH LUMIDROPS provide the cheeks with a refreshed look, luminosity and glow and are super lightweight with light reflecting pigments infused.

an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips
The hero products, for me, are always the lipsticks. I LOVE GOSH lipsticks - my collection is huge and forever growing. For the upcoming season, GOSH has treated us to five new shades of its Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt, £7.99. I actually only have one of these, which I am yet to try because my attention was well and truly diverted to the new GOSH Liquid Matte Lips, £8.99. HOLY CRAP, I was so excited when I saw these; not that I need any more liquid lipsticks…another eight won't hurt, though, right? ENABLE ME PEOPLE.

Liquid Matte Lips states it provides a matte finish, combined with an intense colour payoff. The eight new shades are infused with LIPerfection, which hydrates and increases the microcirculation of the lips - sounds good ey! Now, I so wanted to fall in love with these to the extent of not wanting to wear anything else, but sadly that didn’t happen. Don't get me wrong, I do really like them; the formula feels so nice on the lips, but I wouldn’t say they’re 100% matte. I have tried many liquid lipstick formulas, and the true matte ones just can’t get away with not being drying. Y’know when you wear a matte liquid lipstick you generally can’t rub your lips together? Well, with these you can - you can rub your lips together as if it were a creamy satin formula. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they feel super creamy and hydrating, but I wouldn’t say they were to the level of matte that you would expect. With this in mind, they don’t last as long as other liquid lipsticks I have tried. Liquid Matte Lips is still a lovely product, but the formula is very different to what you would imagine it to be. In contrast, the pigment is brilliant, the colour selection is ace and the formula is super easy to apply. I guess it depends on what you’re after, doesn’t it? These are great, but I don’t think they emulate the likes of Kylie Jenner, Colourpop or even the latest Barry M matte lipsticks in the formula. You can see swatches below!
an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips swatches
There are so many other fab products in the collection so if you wanna see some of these in action (more than mentioned here) check out this video of mine where I spoke about many of the new releases and whacked them all on my face!



*this post contains PR samples*

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