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A little bit of a different post today, but one I felt I needed to share. If you hadn't guessed, this was something that came to me during a 2am overthinking sesh (don't you just love your own mind?). This is quite a personal topic for me, and something I find quite hard to talk about, but let's say it's a way of self-medicating certain feelings.

Up until recently, I thought I was the only girl in her early (nearly 'mid' eek!) twenties that had never had a 'proper' boyfriend. And by that, I mean a relationship that was exclusively known by all or one that lasted more than a few months. I've spent many years fretting over the possibility of being forever alone, and have tortured myself with the utmost scrutiny. I'm not afraid to say that I've had struggles, mainly with my mental health, but more pertinently with my body. I've never been kind to my body, whether that's physically abusing it, or mistreating it with food; let's just say my relationship with food has never been plain sailing. After years of mind recovery and meticulous analysing into many of my thoughts on why I may remain alone, one thing kept cropping up. Dating. Dating terrifies me. How can anyone want to date someone who can't even look at herself in the mirror without grabbing her rolls and digging her nails in with disgust? How can anyone date someone that is so unsure of herself?

Don't get me wrong, I'm a babe in the kitchen and when I have emotional feelings for someone they mean everything to me, but one thing that stops that fear of dating wall shattering down, is my physical appearance and - if I'm brutally honest with myself - my experience. I'm ashamed to say that the extent of my relations can be counted on one hand. Why am I ashamed of that? Because I feel like I'm the anomaly in my age category. Increasingly seeing friends ticking off their latest tinder date, getting married or settling down with their other halves makes me feel like there is something wrong with me. I'm approaching 25 and I'm too scared to date. What the hell is up with that? What is wrong with me?

I realised lately I wasn't the only one to experience these feelings and I'm sure there are many of you that can also relate one way or another. Well, I guess I'm hoping that's the case. I've been facing a lot of fears lately; from big things like making a huge change (I am terrified of change) to smaller things like going to the dentist after years of putting it off, and so the one remaining fear to overcome is dating. It's so easy for friends and family to say 'just get out there, try it'. Oh boy, I've tried forcing myself. I need to stop that; I need to stop making myself feel a certain way but also start giving myself a chance. I know now it's my mind set that needs to change and I know I've got to work on myself, in many ways.

I recently turned to my good pal Vix, who is the queen of dating. I'm jealous of her for that. The stories she tells make me want to be just like her; confident, beautiful, not afraid to search for love in modernistic ways. Even she has her insecurities - like we all do. At a recent event she held, she taught me something. Probably the most important thing when it comes to dating, and come to think of it, life in general. She taught me to not pile the pressure on. Dating doesn't have to be planning your whole life from the offset; if anything, it's about meeting people - anyone you choose. Getting a free meal is also a bonus... Basically there shouldn't be too much put on dating, not enough to induce the amount of anxiety and fear I do anyway. Just take it as it is and have fun just speaking to people you wouldn't usually approach. As for the appearance thing? Try not to over analyse it. If someone doesn't like you for you, they're not worth your time. Easier said than believed I know, but we've got this. Right?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you're not alone, even if you too feel like you are. We're all different, and for some, dating comes more naturally, and for others, plucking up the courage takes some time.

Too scared to date?!

A little bit of a different post today, but one I felt I needed to share. If you hadn't guessed, this was something that came to me during a 2am overthinking sesh (don't you just love your own mind?). This is quite a personal topic for me, and something I find quite hard to talk about, but let's say it's a way of self-medicating certain feelings.

Up until recently, I thought I was the only girl in her early (nearly 'mid' eek!) twenties that had never had a 'proper' boyfriend. And by that, I mean a relationship that was exclusively known by all or one that lasted more than a few months. I've spent many years fretting over the possibility of being forever alone, and have tortured myself with the utmost scrutiny. I'm not afraid to say that I've had struggles, mainly with my mental health, but more pertinently with my body. I've never been kind to my body, whether that's physically abusing it, or mistreating it with food; let's just say my relationship with food has never been plain sailing. After years of mind recovery and meticulous analysing into many of my thoughts on why I may remain alone, one thing kept cropping up. Dating. Dating terrifies me. How can anyone want to date someone who can't even look at herself in the mirror without grabbing her rolls and digging her nails in with disgust? How can anyone date someone that is so unsure of herself?

Don't get me wrong, I'm a babe in the kitchen and when I have emotional feelings for someone they mean everything to me, but one thing that stops that fear of dating wall shattering down, is my physical appearance and - if I'm brutally honest with myself - my experience. I'm ashamed to say that the extent of my relations can be counted on one hand. Why am I ashamed of that? Because I feel like I'm the anomaly in my age category. Increasingly seeing friends ticking off their latest tinder date, getting married or settling down with their other halves makes me feel like there is something wrong with me. I'm approaching 25 and I'm too scared to date. What the hell is up with that? What is wrong with me?

I realised lately I wasn't the only one to experience these feelings and I'm sure there are many of you that can also relate one way or another. Well, I guess I'm hoping that's the case. I've been facing a lot of fears lately; from big things like making a huge change (I am terrified of change) to smaller things like going to the dentist after years of putting it off, and so the one remaining fear to overcome is dating. It's so easy for friends and family to say 'just get out there, try it'. Oh boy, I've tried forcing myself. I need to stop that; I need to stop making myself feel a certain way but also start giving myself a chance. I know now it's my mind set that needs to change and I know I've got to work on myself, in many ways.

I recently turned to my good pal Vix, who is the queen of dating. I'm jealous of her for that. The stories she tells make me want to be just like her; confident, beautiful, not afraid to search for love in modernistic ways. Even she has her insecurities - like we all do. At a recent event she held, she taught me something. Probably the most important thing when it comes to dating, and come to think of it, life in general. She taught me to not pile the pressure on. Dating doesn't have to be planning your whole life from the offset; if anything, it's about meeting people - anyone you choose. Getting a free meal is also a bonus... Basically there shouldn't be too much put on dating, not enough to induce the amount of anxiety and fear I do anyway. Just take it as it is and have fun just speaking to people you wouldn't usually approach. As for the appearance thing? Try not to over analyse it. If someone doesn't like you for you, they're not worth your time. Easier said than believed I know, but we've got this. Right?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you're not alone, even if you too feel like you are. We're all different, and for some, dating comes more naturally, and for others, plucking up the courage takes some time.
Other than make-up and clothes, I have a penchant for pretty, quirky stationery. I mean, who doesn't? Is there really anything better than the smell of a brand new notebook? I fail to believe so. There's just something about new stationery that I have always loved; even back in my school days when getting a new pencil case and pens was the highlight of the year. Back in the day, WH Smith was a store I found myself in often. These days, I'm more prone to the likes of kikki.K or independent stationers online. Seriously, there are so many independent stationery retailers that provide a great quick fix for stationery addicts.

One retailer I adore is Ohh Deer, they offer so many wonderful quirky bits like greeting cards, notebooks, homeware and art prints (I LOVE a good print). Ohh Deer also offers a monthly stationery subscription box called Papergang, which is such a fab idea for those, like me, that love a good stationery haul. The box is a bargain at only £9.95 + P&P a month!

an image of ohh deer papergang subscription box

The Papergang is Ohh Deer's way of 'expressing a deep-rooted obsession with papery goodness', whereby each month members receive a box filled with stationery and other paper products of great cuteness and quality. The product selection varies but will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints.

I was very kindly sent a box, which I believe was the January box. Included was a notebook and wrapping paper in a rather lovely wintery design, in addition to quirky greetings cards (including one from Gemma Correll, whose products I adore), washi tape and a calendar for the forthcoming month (in my case, February).

an image of the ohh deer papergang box
One great thing is that you will never get a repeat box. Each month will be designed with an artist and a theme so all accessories fit nicely together. Almost all product is exclusive to the Papergang for a period of time before it goes on sale in the Ohh Deer shop.

an image of gemma corrèll card in ohh deer papergang box
I think so would make such a great alternative present for someone, especially if the person has a new job, spends a lot of time in an office, or just simply loves stationery. 

*this post contains PR samples*

Ohh Deer, I have this thing for stationery // Joining the Papergang

Other than make-up and clothes, I have a penchant for pretty, quirky stationery. I mean, who doesn't? Is there really anything better than the smell of a brand new notebook? I fail to believe so. There's just something about new stationery that I have always loved; even back in my school days when getting a new pencil case and pens was the highlight of the year. Back in the day, WH Smith was a store I found myself in often. These days, I'm more prone to the likes of kikki.K or independent stationers online. Seriously, there are so many independent stationery retailers that provide a great quick fix for stationery addicts.

One retailer I adore is Ohh Deer, they offer so many wonderful quirky bits like greeting cards, notebooks, homeware and art prints (I LOVE a good print). Ohh Deer also offers a monthly stationery subscription box called Papergang, which is such a fab idea for those, like me, that love a good stationery haul. The box is a bargain at only £9.95 + P&P a month!

an image of ohh deer papergang subscription box

The Papergang is Ohh Deer's way of 'expressing a deep-rooted obsession with papery goodness', whereby each month members receive a box filled with stationery and other paper products of great cuteness and quality. The product selection varies but will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints.

I was very kindly sent a box, which I believe was the January box. Included was a notebook and wrapping paper in a rather lovely wintery design, in addition to quirky greetings cards (including one from Gemma Correll, whose products I adore), washi tape and a calendar for the forthcoming month (in my case, February).

an image of the ohh deer papergang box
One great thing is that you will never get a repeat box. Each month will be designed with an artist and a theme so all accessories fit nicely together. Almost all product is exclusive to the Papergang for a period of time before it goes on sale in the Ohh Deer shop.

an image of gemma corrèll card in ohh deer papergang box
I think so would make such a great alternative present for someone, especially if the person has a new job, spends a lot of time in an office, or just simply loves stationery. 

*this post contains PR samples*
If there’s anything that makes me feel like I've got my shit together, it’s fresh make-up brushes. I’m terrible at cleaning my brushes and have been known to buy new ones due to putting off the big clean for too long (yes, really!). That’s terrible, isn’t it? But I also adore getting new brushes. The new Real Techniques MultiTech collection had my make-up heart beating 10x as fast and the collection really couldn’t have come at a better time.

The new collection has been designed with the same universal cut across the brushes and beauty sponge for detailed applications - great for getting into those hard-to-reach face crevices (oh, what an awful word LOL).

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
The MultiTech collection features eight brushes suitable for use across all facial features: seven brushes and one sponge. The Small Points Set (£30) includes the Point S Brush (all over shadow, concealer, contour lines, highlighter), Point XS Brush (colour correcting, concealer, crease shadow), Point XXS Brush (detailed highlighting, shadow, lip blending) and Point XXXS Brush (brow filling, liner, lip detailing). Other brushes in the collection include the Point L Brush (£16), for focussed face application and blending; Point XL Brush (£18), for full face application and blending; Point XXXL Brush (£18), for neck and body application and blending; and Point Makeup Sponge (£10), for base detail.

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
I also gave one of my brushes a little razzle dazzle while at the event, which I am SO happy with. We all know I love a bit of personalisation. I don’t think I can bring myself to use this one - it may have to remain on my dresser for display purposes. TOO PRETTY. It was also fab to finally meet Sam & Nic - they’re such mega babes!

Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
*this post contains PR samples*

Real Techniques // NEW MultiTech Collection

If there’s anything that makes me feel like I've got my shit together, it’s fresh make-up brushes. I’m terrible at cleaning my brushes and have been known to buy new ones due to putting off the big clean for too long (yes, really!). That’s terrible, isn’t it? But I also adore getting new brushes. The new Real Techniques MultiTech collection had my make-up heart beating 10x as fast and the collection really couldn’t have come at a better time.

The new collection has been designed with the same universal cut across the brushes and beauty sponge for detailed applications - great for getting into those hard-to-reach face crevices (oh, what an awful word LOL).

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
The MultiTech collection features eight brushes suitable for use across all facial features: seven brushes and one sponge. The Small Points Set (£30) includes the Point S Brush (all over shadow, concealer, contour lines, highlighter), Point XS Brush (colour correcting, concealer, crease shadow), Point XXS Brush (detailed highlighting, shadow, lip blending) and Point XXXS Brush (brow filling, liner, lip detailing). Other brushes in the collection include the Point L Brush (£16), for focussed face application and blending; Point XL Brush (£18), for full face application and blending; Point XXXL Brush (£18), for neck and body application and blending; and Point Makeup Sponge (£10), for base detail.

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
I also gave one of my brushes a little razzle dazzle while at the event, which I am SO happy with. We all know I love a bit of personalisation. I don’t think I can bring myself to use this one - it may have to remain on my dresser for display purposes. TOO PRETTY. It was also fab to finally meet Sam & Nic - they’re such mega babes!

Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
*this post contains PR samples*
My lipstick collection is extensive, and I mean extensive; the drawer is over flowing and I have a problem. I believe this statement to be true, yet when the opportunity to revel in new lipsticks presents itself, resisting is not an option. Not only am I a lipstick fiend, I often abuse my lips with matte formulas that leave my lips yearning for water as if they were chopped off and left among the sand of the Sahara. I love a matte lip as much as Kylie Jenner, but I am fond of a moisturised, supple pout too. So, what’s the answer? I reckon all is resolved with the new Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour - all nine shades of ‘em! Yep, you’ve guessed it - it’s a treatment and high matte pigment all packed into one very shiny bullet. Since I got my mitts on these, one has been in my handbag at all times (and you know how many lipsticks hide in there!).

an image of the Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip collection
The new Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour from Zelens is not one that lacks on pigment; the lipstick is very highly pigmented (and I mean HIGHLY with one coat) but has also been infused with a blend of active ingredients to provide treatment benefits. Sounds great, right? There is one minor catch. Puckering up with Zelens will set you back an eye-watering £35 - and before you gasp and fall off your chair - they are worth every penny. One won’t hurt you, come on now! If there was a right time to promote living off of baked beans and potato waffles for a few weeks, this would be it.

Not only do these wash your lips with high-impact, long-wearing colour, the active ingredients help to plump up the volume, reshape contours, reduce the appearance of vertical lines and restore suppleness. It wouldn’t be a Zelens product without the treatment properties now, would it? For those graced with a firm understanding of Science (me, you ask? Basic.), the lipsticks harness key ingredients such as phytoplankton, a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that mimics the activity of retinol through retinoid receptors; tripeptide, to stimulate natural collagen; purslane, which accelerates the wound healing process; retinol ester, a source of vitamin A to promote collagen production while encouraging the lip renewal process; palm, cotton and linseed oils for moisture; and our good old friend hyaluronic acid, need I go on?


an image of Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour
The Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lp Colour can transform our lips with nine different colours: Cinnamon, Deep Red, Merlot, Nude Pink (MY LIPSTICK BAE), Nude Plum, Raisin, Nude Beige, Red and Tea Rose.
An image of Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Treatment SwatchesSwatched top-bottom: Nude Pink, Nude Beige, Deep Red and Merlot
*this post contains PR samples*

Treatment Kisses // Zelens Extreme Velvet Lip

My lipstick collection is extensive, and I mean extensive; the drawer is over flowing and I have a problem. I believe this statement to be true, yet when the opportunity to revel in new lipsticks presents itself, resisting is not an option. Not only am I a lipstick fiend, I often abuse my lips with matte formulas that leave my lips yearning for water as if they were chopped off and left among the sand of the Sahara. I love a matte lip as much as Kylie Jenner, but I am fond of a moisturised, supple pout too. So, what’s the answer? I reckon all is resolved with the new Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour - all nine shades of ‘em! Yep, you’ve guessed it - it’s a treatment and high matte pigment all packed into one very shiny bullet. Since I got my mitts on these, one has been in my handbag at all times (and you know how many lipsticks hide in there!).

an image of the Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip collection
The new Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour from Zelens is not one that lacks on pigment; the lipstick is very highly pigmented (and I mean HIGHLY with one coat) but has also been infused with a blend of active ingredients to provide treatment benefits. Sounds great, right? There is one minor catch. Puckering up with Zelens will set you back an eye-watering £35 - and before you gasp and fall off your chair - they are worth every penny. One won’t hurt you, come on now! If there was a right time to promote living off of baked beans and potato waffles for a few weeks, this would be it.

Not only do these wash your lips with high-impact, long-wearing colour, the active ingredients help to plump up the volume, reshape contours, reduce the appearance of vertical lines and restore suppleness. It wouldn’t be a Zelens product without the treatment properties now, would it? For those graced with a firm understanding of Science (me, you ask? Basic.), the lipsticks harness key ingredients such as phytoplankton, a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that mimics the activity of retinol through retinoid receptors; tripeptide, to stimulate natural collagen; purslane, which accelerates the wound healing process; retinol ester, a source of vitamin A to promote collagen production while encouraging the lip renewal process; palm, cotton and linseed oils for moisture; and our good old friend hyaluronic acid, need I go on?


an image of Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Colour
The Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lp Colour can transform our lips with nine different colours: Cinnamon, Deep Red, Merlot, Nude Pink (MY LIPSTICK BAE), Nude Plum, Raisin, Nude Beige, Red and Tea Rose.
An image of Zelens Extreme Velvet Treatment Lip Treatment SwatchesSwatched top-bottom: Nude Pink, Nude Beige, Deep Red and Merlot
*this post contains PR samples*

A few weeks ago, my friend and I ventured out of London to Winchester - which is conveniently located near my home town of Salisbury - to test out the spa at QHotel’s Norton Park location. I had originally expressed interest in this trip following the group's detox package, because my New Year, New Me health intentions were slacking. In a slight misunderstanding on both parts, it turns out that this package was rolled out towards the end of last year and since my trip was booked for much later, the hotel was no longer offering this. It was nice to experience the spa separate to that package, though!


There are a number of QHotels locations, It just as so happened Norton Park was the one in the middle of where my friend and I lived. I knew it wouldn’t be as luxurious as some of the London or northern locations, but I thought - considering it was a 4* hotel - it would still be lovely. On arrival, I was quite surprised at how small it was in terms of facilities - there was a small swimming pool (which was cold) with lounge chairs, one sauna, one steam room and a relaxation room. We checked in and were given a robe and some slippers, but weren’t given a tour of where everything was. I don’t think reception knew I was on a press excursion, which in one way, was a good thing because I could trial the experience as an honest consumer. The amenities were great and served their purpose, but it’s not somewhere you could spend an entire day as you were done with the steam/sauna rooms within an hour.
an image of Norton Park Winchester Reflections Spa
After taking a bit of time to relax, we headed out for our treatment, which was by far the most exciting bit of the whole trip. The spa is supported by ESPA and my therapist was amazing; she was really attentive and listened to what I wanted to achieve out of the treatment. I received a full body exfoliation (very odd experience, but amazing!) followed by a body wrap and scalp massage. After washing off the exfoliation mask by hopping into the shower, I was treated to a very relaxing back massage. It was just what the doctor ordered!

an image of Norton Park Winchester Reflections Spa ESPA treatment room
Following our treatment, we were feeling rather peckish so headed up for lunch. Again, there was no real guidance on where to go so we had to keep asking. The cafe was located on the other side of the hotel and was a standard hotel restaurant with buffet-style food. The food was nice, but quite random, and the staff member serving didn’t seem to know exactly what was in the food when I asked. If you have four different types of fish, you need to know which is which, right? Not that I eat fish, but I was asking for my friend.

It was lovely to get out of London and the treatment totally made the trip, so I left feeling satisfied and relaxed. I think I may have been expecting tonnes of facilities after going to Center Parcs so many times, but it was definitely a relaxing day!


*complimentary experience*

SPA DAY // QHotels, Norton Park in Winchester


A few weeks ago, my friend and I ventured out of London to Winchester - which is conveniently located near my home town of Salisbury - to test out the spa at QHotel’s Norton Park location. I had originally expressed interest in this trip following the group's detox package, because my New Year, New Me health intentions were slacking. In a slight misunderstanding on both parts, it turns out that this package was rolled out towards the end of last year and since my trip was booked for much later, the hotel was no longer offering this. It was nice to experience the spa separate to that package, though!


There are a number of QHotels locations, It just as so happened Norton Park was the one in the middle of where my friend and I lived. I knew it wouldn’t be as luxurious as some of the London or northern locations, but I thought - considering it was a 4* hotel - it would still be lovely. On arrival, I was quite surprised at how small it was in terms of facilities - there was a small swimming pool (which was cold) with lounge chairs, one sauna, one steam room and a relaxation room. We checked in and were given a robe and some slippers, but weren’t given a tour of where everything was. I don’t think reception knew I was on a press excursion, which in one way, was a good thing because I could trial the experience as an honest consumer. The amenities were great and served their purpose, but it’s not somewhere you could spend an entire day as you were done with the steam/sauna rooms within an hour.
an image of Norton Park Winchester Reflections Spa
After taking a bit of time to relax, we headed out for our treatment, which was by far the most exciting bit of the whole trip. The spa is supported by ESPA and my therapist was amazing; she was really attentive and listened to what I wanted to achieve out of the treatment. I received a full body exfoliation (very odd experience, but amazing!) followed by a body wrap and scalp massage. After washing off the exfoliation mask by hopping into the shower, I was treated to a very relaxing back massage. It was just what the doctor ordered!

an image of Norton Park Winchester Reflections Spa ESPA treatment room
Following our treatment, we were feeling rather peckish so headed up for lunch. Again, there was no real guidance on where to go so we had to keep asking. The cafe was located on the other side of the hotel and was a standard hotel restaurant with buffet-style food. The food was nice, but quite random, and the staff member serving didn’t seem to know exactly what was in the food when I asked. If you have four different types of fish, you need to know which is which, right? Not that I eat fish, but I was asking for my friend.

It was lovely to get out of London and the treatment totally made the trip, so I left feeling satisfied and relaxed. I think I may have been expecting tonnes of facilities after going to Center Parcs so many times, but it was definitely a relaxing day!


*complimentary experience*

If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you’ll know I have a slight (OK, maybe a slight understatement) obsession with lip products; I just cannot get enough of ‘em. Benefit Cosmetics has recently launched its new they’re Real! Double the Lip and I’ve been giving them a whirl. A little (ok, a lot!) of lipstick never hurts, right? I was lucky enough to receive all eight shades of the new lippy and I have been like a kid in a sweetshop swatching them all.

The Benefit they’re Real! Double the Lip is the latest product within the they’re Real! Line; first we had the mascara, then the eyeliners and now the whole shebang with the lips. Maybe there will be a they’re Real! brow product coming, who knows? If there is, you heard it here first ;). The whole idea behind the they’re Real! Double the Lip is that it acts as a lipstick and lip liner in one. Pretty genius, right?

An image of Benefit they’re Real! Double the Lip & swatchesThis latest Benefit launch definitely had me feeling all kinds of lippy, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them, that was certain. Are they the best lipsticks I have ever used? Not really, however, I must say I am loving using them, primarily for their ease. These are super easy to use. You get the darker liner shade on the tip of the teardrop bullet and the main lip colour underneath - simply pivoting depending on whether you’re applying on your top or bottom lip. For someone with small lips (filler needed please!!), I thought I would have great trouble trying to wear these, and in places it is harder to get definition, but overall not at all bad to use.

Benefit they’re Real! Double the Lip all eight shades
My only qualm is that sometimes I struggle getting the liner to sit right on the outline of my lips, and sometimes it’s hard to see definition. The positive of this is that the colours blend well together and the outline is not harsh in the slightest (no 90s lip here gals). I am not sure if I have achieved the fuller, sexier pout that the they’re Real! Double the Lip promises, but I have definitely been gravitating towards them everyday. They pack a punch with pigment and are super moisturising on the lip - genuinely, an all-round nice product!

Swatches of the Benefit they're Real! Double The Lip; Criminally Coral, Nude Scandal, Lusty Rose, Juicy Berry, Pink Thrills, Fuchsia Fever, Flame Game and Revved-Up Red
Shades left to right: Criminally Coral, Nude Scandal, Lusty Rose, Juicy Berry, Pink Thrills, Fuchsia Fever, Flame Game and Revved-Up Red

*this post contains PR samples*

Benefit They're Real! Double The Lip // With Swatches

If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you’ll know I have a slight (OK, maybe a slight understatement) obsession with lip products; I just cannot get enough of ‘em. Benefit Cosmetics has recently launched its new they’re Real! Double the Lip and I’ve been giving them a whirl. A little (ok, a lot!) of lipstick never hurts, right? I was lucky enough to receive all eight shades of the new lippy and I have been like a kid in a sweetshop swatching them all.

The Benefit they’re Real! Double the Lip is the latest product within the they’re Real! Line; first we had the mascara, then the eyeliners and now the whole shebang with the lips. Maybe there will be a they’re Real! brow product coming, who knows? If there is, you heard it here first ;). The whole idea behind the they’re Real! Double the Lip is that it acts as a lipstick and lip liner in one. Pretty genius, right?

An image of Benefit they’re Real! Double the Lip & swatchesThis latest Benefit launch definitely had me feeling all kinds of lippy, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them, that was certain. Are they the best lipsticks I have ever used? Not really, however, I must say I am loving using them, primarily for their ease. These are super easy to use. You get the darker liner shade on the tip of the teardrop bullet and the main lip colour underneath - simply pivoting depending on whether you’re applying on your top or bottom lip. For someone with small lips (filler needed please!!), I thought I would have great trouble trying to wear these, and in places it is harder to get definition, but overall not at all bad to use.

Benefit they’re Real! Double the Lip all eight shades
My only qualm is that sometimes I struggle getting the liner to sit right on the outline of my lips, and sometimes it’s hard to see definition. The positive of this is that the colours blend well together and the outline is not harsh in the slightest (no 90s lip here gals). I am not sure if I have achieved the fuller, sexier pout that the they’re Real! Double the Lip promises, but I have definitely been gravitating towards them everyday. They pack a punch with pigment and are super moisturising on the lip - genuinely, an all-round nice product!

Swatches of the Benefit they're Real! Double The Lip; Criminally Coral, Nude Scandal, Lusty Rose, Juicy Berry, Pink Thrills, Fuchsia Fever, Flame Game and Revved-Up Red
Shades left to right: Criminally Coral, Nude Scandal, Lusty Rose, Juicy Berry, Pink Thrills, Fuchsia Fever, Flame Game and Revved-Up Red

*this post contains PR samples*
So last Thursday, my friend and I decided to do a little late night shopping on Oxford Street. Surprisingly, it’s not a bad night to go shopping and my hatred for the street is never as strong on a weekday evening. I wasn’t meant to buy anything except one jumper - I had allowed myself that for this month, but then I walked past LUSH. I don’t think I need to go into detail on what happened next, apart from the fact that I was hypnotised by the LUSH scent - no, really, it’s like a drug, I swear! Obvs I went in...

I had missed out on LUSH at Christmas, which makes me sad because at this point of the year I am meant to have a basket full of bath treats to see me through the year.This needed rectifying and I thought it would be a great time to stock up on a few goodies from the LUSH Valentine’s Day Collection. I had seen on Instagram that the LUSH Unicorn Horn was back, so that was it really, the mind was made up because anyone who knows me knows I can’t say no to a majestic unicorn horn! I didn’t go crazy, because, well, I am poor, but I did get a couple of bits that will perk me up come February 14th.

An image of the 2017 Valentine's Day collection

In addition to the LUSH Unicorn Horn, I also picked up the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (smells AMAZING of cocoa butter and orange oil), Kiss Me Quick Business Wash Card (super intriguing - watch my haul video!) and Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt.

However your Valentine’s Day pans out, you can always count on LUSH.



LUSH Haul // Valentine's Day Collection

So last Thursday, my friend and I decided to do a little late night shopping on Oxford Street. Surprisingly, it’s not a bad night to go shopping and my hatred for the street is never as strong on a weekday evening. I wasn’t meant to buy anything except one jumper - I had allowed myself that for this month, but then I walked past LUSH. I don’t think I need to go into detail on what happened next, apart from the fact that I was hypnotised by the LUSH scent - no, really, it’s like a drug, I swear! Obvs I went in...

I had missed out on LUSH at Christmas, which makes me sad because at this point of the year I am meant to have a basket full of bath treats to see me through the year.This needed rectifying and I thought it would be a great time to stock up on a few goodies from the LUSH Valentine’s Day Collection. I had seen on Instagram that the LUSH Unicorn Horn was back, so that was it really, the mind was made up because anyone who knows me knows I can’t say no to a majestic unicorn horn! I didn’t go crazy, because, well, I am poor, but I did get a couple of bits that will perk me up come February 14th.

An image of the 2017 Valentine's Day collection

In addition to the LUSH Unicorn Horn, I also picked up the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (smells AMAZING of cocoa butter and orange oil), Kiss Me Quick Business Wash Card (super intriguing - watch my haul video!) and Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt.

However your Valentine’s Day pans out, you can always count on LUSH.



If you watched my latest YouTube video, you’ll know that I hoard many lipsticks within the pockets of my handbag, and out of those lipsticks, not one is a bright shade. Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore a bright lip. I am quite fond of a seductive red or a playful pop of purple or pink, but the majority of the lipsticks I reach for on a daily basis are nudes, to some extent anyway. Those shades inspired this blog post, in which I have decided to show you five of my favourite ‘everyday’ lipsticks; those lipsticks that demand little commitment. in fact, these lipstick shades require no lipliner, or even a mirror (a basic level of blind lipstick application required, obvs).

an image of five nude lipsticks
001: Rimmel The One Lipstick in ‘Trendsetter’ - an affordable beige nude that mixes well with your natural lip colour to look a teensy bit rosy. The only downside, every so slightly, is the scent. Deffo your lips but better.

002: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in ‘Matt Rose’ - probably my most worn as this colour just makes me go weak at the lips. These matte lipsticks are creamy on application, not drying and last a great length of time. This is very similar to ABH Soft Lilac and Jeffree Star Doll Parts if you’re after a liquid alternative.

003: Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in ‘Vintage Rose’ - oh holy mother of lipsticks, aren’t the American brand great? This is such an easy shade to whip out of your bag and apply on the go. It’s a lovely mauve pink hue that you just can’t fault. Super creamy and comfortable to wear and great pigment for one of the neutral shades.

an image of nude lipsticks for everyday wear
004: MAC Cosmetics Velvet Teddy - everyone’s favourite nude I am sure, but I love this for those ‘nude’ days when I need less pink and more brown. This isn’t as creamy as some I have, but it’s easy and comfortable to wear, which is great. What I like about this is that it feels very autumnal, offering a brick red/orange undertone. I never in my wildest dreams thought this kind of lipstick would suit my paler, but somehow it works. What makes this easy? It fades rather than going patchy.

005: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in ‘Stoned Rose’ - another shade I didn’t think would suit my English rose skin, but how wrong I was. I was so glad to be wrong because this is one of my most used ‘everyday’ lipsticks. This is more on the darker side than some of the others but it’s a lovely warm, almost terracotta rose brown that somehow just works. Let’s all bow down to the Tilbury.

an image of five nude lipsticks for everyday pale skin

Trendsetter, Matt Rose, Vintage Rose, Velvet Teddy and Stoned Rose swatches
Trendsetter, Matt Rose, Vintage Rose, Velvet Teddy and Stoned Rose

Get Nude! // Five Everyday Lipsticks

If you watched my latest YouTube video, you’ll know that I hoard many lipsticks within the pockets of my handbag, and out of those lipsticks, not one is a bright shade. Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore a bright lip. I am quite fond of a seductive red or a playful pop of purple or pink, but the majority of the lipsticks I reach for on a daily basis are nudes, to some extent anyway. Those shades inspired this blog post, in which I have decided to show you five of my favourite ‘everyday’ lipsticks; those lipsticks that demand little commitment. in fact, these lipstick shades require no lipliner, or even a mirror (a basic level of blind lipstick application required, obvs).

an image of five nude lipsticks
001: Rimmel The One Lipstick in ‘Trendsetter’ - an affordable beige nude that mixes well with your natural lip colour to look a teensy bit rosy. The only downside, every so slightly, is the scent. Deffo your lips but better.

002: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in ‘Matt Rose’ - probably my most worn as this colour just makes me go weak at the lips. These matte lipsticks are creamy on application, not drying and last a great length of time. This is very similar to ABH Soft Lilac and Jeffree Star Doll Parts if you’re after a liquid alternative.

003: Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in ‘Vintage Rose’ - oh holy mother of lipsticks, aren’t the American brand great? This is such an easy shade to whip out of your bag and apply on the go. It’s a lovely mauve pink hue that you just can’t fault. Super creamy and comfortable to wear and great pigment for one of the neutral shades.

an image of nude lipsticks for everyday wear
004: MAC Cosmetics Velvet Teddy - everyone’s favourite nude I am sure, but I love this for those ‘nude’ days when I need less pink and more brown. This isn’t as creamy as some I have, but it’s easy and comfortable to wear, which is great. What I like about this is that it feels very autumnal, offering a brick red/orange undertone. I never in my wildest dreams thought this kind of lipstick would suit my paler, but somehow it works. What makes this easy? It fades rather than going patchy.

005: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in ‘Stoned Rose’ - another shade I didn’t think would suit my English rose skin, but how wrong I was. I was so glad to be wrong because this is one of my most used ‘everyday’ lipsticks. This is more on the darker side than some of the others but it’s a lovely warm, almost terracotta rose brown that somehow just works. Let’s all bow down to the Tilbury.

an image of five nude lipsticks for everyday pale skin

Trendsetter, Matt Rose, Vintage Rose, Velvet Teddy and Stoned Rose swatches
Trendsetter, Matt Rose, Vintage Rose, Velvet Teddy and Stoned Rose

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