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I love a highlight, we know this, yet I haven’t jumped on the ‘strobing’ trend. This needs to change and what better way to start? Trying new products. Mary Kay Cosmetics has unveiled its new Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks (£11)*, which at first glance, definitely remind me of the NARS Matte Multiples.

An image of Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks
I am usually the gal that gravitates towards powder highlighters, however I thought for strobing purposes, cream products may work well when thrown into the mix. The Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks are so easy to use, and I mean EASY! Like the Olympic medals, these handy sticks are available in three shades: Gold, which I am not as keen on as this seems to be the less opaque out of the three and not really my shade; Silver, which is an absolutely gorgeous champagne hue perfect for pale complexions; and Bronze, which is definitely one for when you’re keeping the whole make-up look warm.

An image of Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks
The product itself is really creamy and really easy to blend; such a fail proof way of highlighting in either a rush, or on-the-go. Which one would you go for?



An image of Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks Swatches

Get Your Glow On // Mary Kay Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks

I love a highlight, we know this, yet I haven’t jumped on the ‘strobing’ trend. This needs to change and what better way to start? Trying new products. Mary Kay Cosmetics has unveiled its new Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks (£11)*, which at first glance, definitely remind me of the NARS Matte Multiples.

An image of Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks
I am usually the gal that gravitates towards powder highlighters, however I thought for strobing purposes, cream products may work well when thrown into the mix. The Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks are so easy to use, and I mean EASY! Like the Olympic medals, these handy sticks are available in three shades: Gold, which I am not as keen on as this seems to be the less opaque out of the three and not really my shade; Silver, which is an absolutely gorgeous champagne hue perfect for pale complexions; and Bronze, which is definitely one for when you’re keeping the whole make-up look warm.

An image of Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks
The product itself is really creamy and really easy to blend; such a fail proof way of highlighting in either a rush, or on-the-go. Which one would you go for?



An image of Mary Kay Special Edition Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks Swatches

I have addictions to many things, and after food (let’s be honest) it’s candles. I love candles. Like seriously love candles. I have more candles than surfaces in my room and a back-up stash to last me the year, if not longer. I even have a box of festive candles waiting for Christmas to come around again. With this in mind, you can imagine the joy I feel when I discover a new home fragrance brand, and a brand that does body products too? Well that’s just a bonus. I was recently introduced to Lilou et Loïc, a British brand with a clear appreciation of Scandi sensibility. Lilou et Loïc creates fragrances inspired by moments, memories and emotions, offering a diverse collection of bath, body and home fragrance products that are imbued with both luxurious design and damn right invigorating scents. I’ve gotta be honest and say that Lilou et Loïc reeled me in at first with its packaging, because I for one cannot deter my attention away from stripes and powdery colour palettes, but when I had the products in front of me, it was lust all over again.

An image of the Lilou et Loïc Grapefruit & Basil Candle
Obviously, the candles are my favourite. I have the scent Grapefruit and Basil (£40)*, which is quite possibly the best scent the brand could have chosen for me. I love warm citrus scents; Lime Basil and Mandarin is one of my favourites from Jo Malone, and this reminded me of that. It’s said to be a citrus fragrance with a herbaceous twist; whereby the grapefruit note is blended with basil, thyme and peppermint with the addition of warm, woody amber. Mine is the one-wick silver plated candle, which looks absolutely too good to light (the main reason for my candle hoarding), however four wick candles are also available.

An image of the Lilou et Loïc Grapefruit & Basil Candle
When it comes to hand soap, I can be a bit of a snob (unless that is I am tempted with the £1 offer of Carex Cola Bottles or Strawberry Laces). I love luxury hand washes; I don’t know why, but I do. The Lilou et Loïc Hand Wash & Lotion Sets (£55)* are the perfect addition to my bathroom. The products themselves are also lovely and have been formulated to cleanse, moisture and protect hands while improving skin’s elasticity and firmness. Again, there are a number of fragrances to choose from, and the packaging is also on point. I have the Black Amber & Saffron Duo, which is an alluring Middle Eastern scent that combines saffron, exotic woods and black amber.

An image of Lilou et Loïc Hand Wash & Lotion Sets
I highly recommend checking this brand out if you, like me, love trying new home fragrances or if your bathroom needs a spruce with some chic looking soap!

I have an addiction to candles // Lilou et Loïc

I have addictions to many things, and after food (let’s be honest) it’s candles. I love candles. Like seriously love candles. I have more candles than surfaces in my room and a back-up stash to last me the year, if not longer. I even have a box of festive candles waiting for Christmas to come around again. With this in mind, you can imagine the joy I feel when I discover a new home fragrance brand, and a brand that does body products too? Well that’s just a bonus. I was recently introduced to Lilou et Loïc, a British brand with a clear appreciation of Scandi sensibility. Lilou et Loïc creates fragrances inspired by moments, memories and emotions, offering a diverse collection of bath, body and home fragrance products that are imbued with both luxurious design and damn right invigorating scents. I’ve gotta be honest and say that Lilou et Loïc reeled me in at first with its packaging, because I for one cannot deter my attention away from stripes and powdery colour palettes, but when I had the products in front of me, it was lust all over again.

An image of the Lilou et Loïc Grapefruit & Basil Candle
Obviously, the candles are my favourite. I have the scent Grapefruit and Basil (£40)*, which is quite possibly the best scent the brand could have chosen for me. I love warm citrus scents; Lime Basil and Mandarin is one of my favourites from Jo Malone, and this reminded me of that. It’s said to be a citrus fragrance with a herbaceous twist; whereby the grapefruit note is blended with basil, thyme and peppermint with the addition of warm, woody amber. Mine is the one-wick silver plated candle, which looks absolutely too good to light (the main reason for my candle hoarding), however four wick candles are also available.

An image of the Lilou et Loïc Grapefruit & Basil Candle
When it comes to hand soap, I can be a bit of a snob (unless that is I am tempted with the £1 offer of Carex Cola Bottles or Strawberry Laces). I love luxury hand washes; I don’t know why, but I do. The Lilou et Loïc Hand Wash & Lotion Sets (£55)* are the perfect addition to my bathroom. The products themselves are also lovely and have been formulated to cleanse, moisture and protect hands while improving skin’s elasticity and firmness. Again, there are a number of fragrances to choose from, and the packaging is also on point. I have the Black Amber & Saffron Duo, which is an alluring Middle Eastern scent that combines saffron, exotic woods and black amber.

An image of Lilou et Loïc Hand Wash & Lotion Sets
I highly recommend checking this brand out if you, like me, love trying new home fragrances or if your bathroom needs a spruce with some chic looking soap!

Oh gosh, something amazing happened this week that I honestly wasn't expecting: by some kind of miracle I have been shortlisted for Best Blogging Pro in the Bloggers Blog Awards!! I am still in shock that anyone would vote for my little spot on the interwebs,  and I feel so humbled that anyone would even think to nominate me. I would like to thank each and every one of you that nominated for me, and a massive thank you to Hayley for organising all of this and being the super boss blogging lady that she is - I honestly don't know how she manages it all, it's incredible.

I am up against some AMAZING blogs; some that I have read for years, and others I am glad I have now been introduced to. I have never been nominated for anything before, and although I don't think I will win because the girls I am up against are far better,  it just feels wonderful to be shortlisted. I can't wait to meet everyone at the ceremony in October - train prices depending - but seriously - with all my heart - thank you all so much. Blogging has been a part of my life for years and I still enjoy it so much; sometimes I wish I had more time to put into it, but I do my best with the time I have and love every minute, and it's great others have recognised that. I JUST STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THEY HAVE.

There are some absolutely incredible bloggers nominated in all categories this year so I really urge you to take a look and read through everyones, because their work is inspiring.  If you would like to consider voting for me, you can do so on Hayley's blog here - I would be ever so grateful and it would make my day/year/life <3

If I do win, I will be able to say 'I Beat Meryl', which I suppose isn't hard since she wasn't nominated, but I imagine if she used the internet she probably would be... HA!

#BloggersBlogAwards // A Million Thank Yous!


Oh gosh, something amazing happened this week that I honestly wasn't expecting: by some kind of miracle I have been shortlisted for Best Blogging Pro in the Bloggers Blog Awards!! I am still in shock that anyone would vote for my little spot on the interwebs,  and I feel so humbled that anyone would even think to nominate me. I would like to thank each and every one of you that nominated for me, and a massive thank you to Hayley for organising all of this and being the super boss blogging lady that she is - I honestly don't know how she manages it all, it's incredible.

I am up against some AMAZING blogs; some that I have read for years, and others I am glad I have now been introduced to. I have never been nominated for anything before, and although I don't think I will win because the girls I am up against are far better,  it just feels wonderful to be shortlisted. I can't wait to meet everyone at the ceremony in October - train prices depending - but seriously - with all my heart - thank you all so much. Blogging has been a part of my life for years and I still enjoy it so much; sometimes I wish I had more time to put into it, but I do my best with the time I have and love every minute, and it's great others have recognised that. I JUST STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THEY HAVE.

There are some absolutely incredible bloggers nominated in all categories this year so I really urge you to take a look and read through everyones, because their work is inspiring.  If you would like to consider voting for me, you can do so on Hayley's blog here - I would be ever so grateful and it would make my day/year/life <3

If I do win, I will be able to say 'I Beat Meryl', which I suppose isn't hard since she wasn't nominated, but I imagine if she used the internet she probably would be... HA!
I use a lot of high end brands, but I also use a lot of products from the good ol’ drugstore. GOSH is one of my all time favourite budget make-up brands and their collections never fail to excite me. One thing I like about GOSH is that I can trust the products. I say this because more often than not, I find myself reapplying product throughout the day, but with GOSH I find the performance to be outstanding. For AW16 the brand has created a collection, that I must confess isn’t breathtaking in the way of innovation and colours, but it’s reliable and has a raw beauty about it. It would make sense then that the collection was inspired by the Nordic/Danish raw beauty of nature; a barren landscape softened by the sea and the coast’s ever changing expression. Interestingly, the key ingredient - the focal point - is bladderwrack seaweed, which is said to have regenerative properties and contains more than 10 times as many minerals in addition to being protecting, nourishing and moisturising.

an image of GOSH AW16 collection
There are three products in this collection that have really stood out to me over the past month of use, so I thought I would run through those with ya because, well, you need to get your mitts on them don't ya? Yep you do.

Foundation Plus+ (£9.99) - a foundation and concealer in one which provides natural, high coverage with a silky satin finish. I love the look of this on my skin; my complexion emits glow and all imperfections are well disguised. This feels and looks - I believe - like it could be a high end foundation, it’s so lightweight also. The only negative thing I have to say is that I seem to be getting through the bottle quite quickly… I do need quite a bit to cover my face as it’s a little on the thicker side.

Giant Pro Liner (£6.99) - now when I first saw this I thought, bloomin’ heck it’s practically a sharpie. It does look like one though doesn’t it? Or one of those whiteboard pens your teacher used to use in school? I’m not a pro at doing my eyeliner by any stretch of the imagination, but surprisingly, this works quite well. I wouldn’t use this for anything subtle but for a chunky wing it’s great. The shape of the nib almost creates a wedge-type wing for you, which is super handy. The only annoying thing is that it transfers slightly onto the lid if you have a super heavy line and droopy lids like me. Once it fully dried though it was fine.

Lash Sculpting Fibre Mascara (£9.99) - I absolutely ADORE GOSH mascaras; they’re always the perfect type formula and brush for my straight, sparse eyelashes. This works really well at lengthening my lashes, which is probably due to the added fibres that are up to 2mm long and the Tynex brush. I get so many compliments when I wear this, which isn’t bad for someone with no lashes naturally.


Makeup using GOSH Cosmetics
Obviously I am also in love with the new shades of the GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick (£6.99), because as I have rambled and rambled on about before, they are my favourite drugstore lipsticks. The new shades are totes autumnal and really work with every complexion. The only shade I don’t have is the Matt Purple, which I will venture in to get very soon. The rest of the collection comprises the GOSH Contour’N Strobe Kit (£12.99), which contains a highlighter, blusher and two contour shades; Brow Sculpting Fibre Gel (£6.49), available in two colours; and Overnight Primer Oil Essence (£14.49), which bridges the gap between a primer and skincare to optimise the benefits of beauty sleep to prep the skin with moisturised, glowy skin come morning.

GOSH AW16 makeup
How pretty is this make-up on my face though? The only thing I'd say is that the brow fibre gel probably needs pairing with another product if you're after the defined look.

GOSH AW16 makeup
An image of GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick (£6.99) AW16 swatches
Matt Cinnamon, Matt Grape & Matt Cranberry

*this post contains PR samples*

NEW IN // GOSH AW16 Make-up Collection

I use a lot of high end brands, but I also use a lot of products from the good ol’ drugstore. GOSH is one of my all time favourite budget make-up brands and their collections never fail to excite me. One thing I like about GOSH is that I can trust the products. I say this because more often than not, I find myself reapplying product throughout the day, but with GOSH I find the performance to be outstanding. For AW16 the brand has created a collection, that I must confess isn’t breathtaking in the way of innovation and colours, but it’s reliable and has a raw beauty about it. It would make sense then that the collection was inspired by the Nordic/Danish raw beauty of nature; a barren landscape softened by the sea and the coast’s ever changing expression. Interestingly, the key ingredient - the focal point - is bladderwrack seaweed, which is said to have regenerative properties and contains more than 10 times as many minerals in addition to being protecting, nourishing and moisturising.

an image of GOSH AW16 collection
There are three products in this collection that have really stood out to me over the past month of use, so I thought I would run through those with ya because, well, you need to get your mitts on them don't ya? Yep you do.

Foundation Plus+ (£9.99) - a foundation and concealer in one which provides natural, high coverage with a silky satin finish. I love the look of this on my skin; my complexion emits glow and all imperfections are well disguised. This feels and looks - I believe - like it could be a high end foundation, it’s so lightweight also. The only negative thing I have to say is that I seem to be getting through the bottle quite quickly… I do need quite a bit to cover my face as it’s a little on the thicker side.

Giant Pro Liner (£6.99) - now when I first saw this I thought, bloomin’ heck it’s practically a sharpie. It does look like one though doesn’t it? Or one of those whiteboard pens your teacher used to use in school? I’m not a pro at doing my eyeliner by any stretch of the imagination, but surprisingly, this works quite well. I wouldn’t use this for anything subtle but for a chunky wing it’s great. The shape of the nib almost creates a wedge-type wing for you, which is super handy. The only annoying thing is that it transfers slightly onto the lid if you have a super heavy line and droopy lids like me. Once it fully dried though it was fine.

Lash Sculpting Fibre Mascara (£9.99) - I absolutely ADORE GOSH mascaras; they’re always the perfect type formula and brush for my straight, sparse eyelashes. This works really well at lengthening my lashes, which is probably due to the added fibres that are up to 2mm long and the Tynex brush. I get so many compliments when I wear this, which isn’t bad for someone with no lashes naturally.


Makeup using GOSH Cosmetics
Obviously I am also in love with the new shades of the GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick (£6.99), because as I have rambled and rambled on about before, they are my favourite drugstore lipsticks. The new shades are totes autumnal and really work with every complexion. The only shade I don’t have is the Matt Purple, which I will venture in to get very soon. The rest of the collection comprises the GOSH Contour’N Strobe Kit (£12.99), which contains a highlighter, blusher and two contour shades; Brow Sculpting Fibre Gel (£6.49), available in two colours; and Overnight Primer Oil Essence (£14.49), which bridges the gap between a primer and skincare to optimise the benefits of beauty sleep to prep the skin with moisturised, glowy skin come morning.

GOSH AW16 makeup
How pretty is this make-up on my face though? The only thing I'd say is that the brow fibre gel probably needs pairing with another product if you're after the defined look.

GOSH AW16 makeup
An image of GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick (£6.99) AW16 swatches
Matt Cinnamon, Matt Grape & Matt Cranberry

*this post contains PR samples*
I am so into my fragrances at the moment and brands are just bringing out some lovely scents, which not only make me smell good, but look great on display - win win! Inspired by Jasper Conran’s signature aesthetic. Jasper Conran’s new Eau de Parfum, entitled Nude*, encapsulates Jasper Conran’s refined approach to his fashion lines. Firstly, how pretty is this bottle? Really simple with a weighted clear glass column decorated with a pattern of vertical linear cuts refracting softly coloured tones of light. The scent itself is also really subtle and pretty, offering a heady floral composition with a touch of citrus, which I am often very drawn to. The fragrance opens with head notes of bergamot and grapefruit before leading to a heart of gardenia, orange blossom and magnolia and drying down to a base of orris, amber, musk and wood.

An image of Jasper Conran Nude Fragrance
I have the 100ml EDP, pried at £29.99, however there is also a 40ml available for £19.99, which I think are both really affordable. This would make a great present for ya Mums too, I know mine would love this. You can pick this up really easily in Boots or Debenhams if it sounds up your alley too.

An image of Jasper Conran Nude Fragrance

New Scent // Jasper Conran Nude

I am so into my fragrances at the moment and brands are just bringing out some lovely scents, which not only make me smell good, but look great on display - win win! Inspired by Jasper Conran’s signature aesthetic. Jasper Conran’s new Eau de Parfum, entitled Nude*, encapsulates Jasper Conran’s refined approach to his fashion lines. Firstly, how pretty is this bottle? Really simple with a weighted clear glass column decorated with a pattern of vertical linear cuts refracting softly coloured tones of light. The scent itself is also really subtle and pretty, offering a heady floral composition with a touch of citrus, which I am often very drawn to. The fragrance opens with head notes of bergamot and grapefruit before leading to a heart of gardenia, orange blossom and magnolia and drying down to a base of orris, amber, musk and wood.

An image of Jasper Conran Nude Fragrance
I have the 100ml EDP, pried at £29.99, however there is also a 40ml available for £19.99, which I think are both really affordable. This would make a great present for ya Mums too, I know mine would love this. You can pick this up really easily in Boots or Debenhams if it sounds up your alley too.

An image of Jasper Conran Nude Fragrance

Unfortunately, I’ve not been to many spas in my time, but I have been known to enjoy a few at-home spa-esque treatments, whether that be from a therapist, or creating a space of zen with luxurious products for myself to enjoy. I recently took part in a Twitter chat all about at-home spa beauty with The Good Spa Guide, and I thought it would be nice to talk through how you can recreate a spa at home really easily with some simple steps, accompanied by some really relaxing, spa worthy products. The Good Spa Guide is a website that allows you to search a variety of spas, narrowed down by your location where you can take into consideration their reviews, as well as explore a plethora of spa products and treatments. The Good Spa Guide is also available as a magazine, where you can read about different spas in detail, discover a number of recommended products and get a low down on tons of treatments. They kindly sent all Twitter chat participants a hamper of products to aid the creation of an at-home spa, which I am going to talk you through.

The Good Spa Guide
To kick start the at-home spa scenario, I felt it necessary to begin with scrubbing down my body and removing all the build up of dead skin cells. For this I would recommend the Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub, which is so luxurious you wouldn’t think you could get your hands on it outside of a spa treatment room. What’s great about this scrub is that it contains actual sand from Bora Bora in addition to natural sea salt, coconut and vanilla. Not only does this transport you to a tropical island, but it does a really good job at slogging away at dry skin and prepares your skin for additional spa goodness. Like all my favourite scrubs this is best used on dry skin and the oily texture stops it from feeling too harsh on the skin.

an image of Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub

Now for the fun, rather humorous part: the full on body mud mask. Now, I have only ever used mud masks on my face and didn’t even consider how well it could work on the body as well. The Temple Spa Glorious Mud is a clay that allows you to indulge in a deep cleansing Mediterranean spa experience. Inspired by the brand’s professional spa treatment, Glorious Mud combines a mineral rich blend of mud and kaolin clay with red algae and seaweed to stimulate the metabolism and promote fat burning (YES PLEASE!) It also aids muscle relation and deeply purifies, hydrates and leaves skin feel smooth and glowing!

an image of Temple Spa Glorious Mud
The mud is best applied to the body (it can get messy so make sure you have plenty of space) and then covered with the Temple Spa All Wrapped Up Sauna Suit, which is a full body plastic suit that is designed to maximise the benefits of the mud’s formula. It also prevents you rubbing against anything and transferring mud everywhere. Genius really.

Other than the saunas, steam rooms and heated pools (my favourite kind of spa has a rooftop, like the Bath Spa which I have actually been to and loved), my favourite aspect of a spa is having a number of treatment options available; I love a good treatment, especially a massage. Obviously massaging yourself at home can be a tricky, awkward situation, but after a warm bath I like to get my blood circulating as much as possible, and have found using a body oil like the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Oil a real treat. I tend to pay more attention to my legs as - other than my back - my legs hold tension and ache quite regularly. The scent is so reminiscent of an actual spa - containing a blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper essential oils - and the formula is really nice to work with; sinking into skin quickly and leaving it soft, supple and nourished.

an image of Nimue Skin Exfoliating Enzyme
Now the body has been seen to, it’s time to do a little bit to our faces, starting off with the Nimue Skin Exfoliating Enzyme. This is right up my street because I have always preferred non-scrubby, chemical exfoliators. I usually use AHAs but enzyme-based products are meant to be better for sensitive skin. You just apply, leave for a couple of minutes, massage into skin to reactive and leave for a further few minutes before washing off to reveal brighter, more refined skin.

An image of comfort zone Hydramemory Moisturiser
To complete, I have been using the comfort zone Hydramemory Moisturiser, which I absolutely adore. It’s so cooling and has been my favourite moisturiser to use in this heat we’ve been having. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel at all heavy. This makes my skin feel really great and come morning I still look plumped and hydrated.

The Good Spa Guide
Do you like to recreate some well needed spa time at home? What are your fav products?


*This post contains PR samples*

Relax & Unwind // Creating an at-home spa with Good Spa Guide

Unfortunately, I’ve not been to many spas in my time, but I have been known to enjoy a few at-home spa-esque treatments, whether that be from a therapist, or creating a space of zen with luxurious products for myself to enjoy. I recently took part in a Twitter chat all about at-home spa beauty with The Good Spa Guide, and I thought it would be nice to talk through how you can recreate a spa at home really easily with some simple steps, accompanied by some really relaxing, spa worthy products. The Good Spa Guide is a website that allows you to search a variety of spas, narrowed down by your location where you can take into consideration their reviews, as well as explore a plethora of spa products and treatments. The Good Spa Guide is also available as a magazine, where you can read about different spas in detail, discover a number of recommended products and get a low down on tons of treatments. They kindly sent all Twitter chat participants a hamper of products to aid the creation of an at-home spa, which I am going to talk you through.

The Good Spa Guide
To kick start the at-home spa scenario, I felt it necessary to begin with scrubbing down my body and removing all the build up of dead skin cells. For this I would recommend the Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub, which is so luxurious you wouldn’t think you could get your hands on it outside of a spa treatment room. What’s great about this scrub is that it contains actual sand from Bora Bora in addition to natural sea salt, coconut and vanilla. Not only does this transport you to a tropical island, but it does a really good job at slogging away at dry skin and prepares your skin for additional spa goodness. Like all my favourite scrubs this is best used on dry skin and the oily texture stops it from feeling too harsh on the skin.

an image of Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub

Now for the fun, rather humorous part: the full on body mud mask. Now, I have only ever used mud masks on my face and didn’t even consider how well it could work on the body as well. The Temple Spa Glorious Mud is a clay that allows you to indulge in a deep cleansing Mediterranean spa experience. Inspired by the brand’s professional spa treatment, Glorious Mud combines a mineral rich blend of mud and kaolin clay with red algae and seaweed to stimulate the metabolism and promote fat burning (YES PLEASE!) It also aids muscle relation and deeply purifies, hydrates and leaves skin feel smooth and glowing!

an image of Temple Spa Glorious Mud
The mud is best applied to the body (it can get messy so make sure you have plenty of space) and then covered with the Temple Spa All Wrapped Up Sauna Suit, which is a full body plastic suit that is designed to maximise the benefits of the mud’s formula. It also prevents you rubbing against anything and transferring mud everywhere. Genius really.

Other than the saunas, steam rooms and heated pools (my favourite kind of spa has a rooftop, like the Bath Spa which I have actually been to and loved), my favourite aspect of a spa is having a number of treatment options available; I love a good treatment, especially a massage. Obviously massaging yourself at home can be a tricky, awkward situation, but after a warm bath I like to get my blood circulating as much as possible, and have found using a body oil like the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Oil a real treat. I tend to pay more attention to my legs as - other than my back - my legs hold tension and ache quite regularly. The scent is so reminiscent of an actual spa - containing a blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper essential oils - and the formula is really nice to work with; sinking into skin quickly and leaving it soft, supple and nourished.

an image of Nimue Skin Exfoliating Enzyme
Now the body has been seen to, it’s time to do a little bit to our faces, starting off with the Nimue Skin Exfoliating Enzyme. This is right up my street because I have always preferred non-scrubby, chemical exfoliators. I usually use AHAs but enzyme-based products are meant to be better for sensitive skin. You just apply, leave for a couple of minutes, massage into skin to reactive and leave for a further few minutes before washing off to reveal brighter, more refined skin.

An image of comfort zone Hydramemory Moisturiser
To complete, I have been using the comfort zone Hydramemory Moisturiser, which I absolutely adore. It’s so cooling and has been my favourite moisturiser to use in this heat we’ve been having. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel at all heavy. This makes my skin feel really great and come morning I still look plumped and hydrated.

The Good Spa Guide
Do you like to recreate some well needed spa time at home? What are your fav products?


*This post contains PR samples*
There’s something about possessing Burberry make-up that makes me feel a little giddy inside; a slice of luxury in my make-up bag that makes doing my face in the morning way less of a chore. I was kindly sent a few bits to try out from the Burberry Beauty range and thought I’d use it as an excuse to do a full face (well near enough) of Burberry make-up look. I squealed with glee when unboxing all these products, and I am sure you will agree with me that they are intensely alluring.

an image of burberry beauty products
I have been a real lover of the Burberry Fresh Glow fluid, which I have had for a while now, and I used that all over my face for a ‘lit from within’ glow. This was a great base for the Burberry Cashmere Foundation (£35), which I have in the shade Porcelain, the perfect shade for my pallor that offers a long-lasting matte finish that is inspired by the softness of Burberry cashmere. I really love this product for when I have a long day ahead of me, or want more coverage. Although the foundation is high coverage, the formula is surprisingly lightweight and includes additional SPF20.

Not featured in the look is the Fresh Glow B.B. Cream (£30). I have never really been a fan of BB, CC or tinted moisturiser products, but the promise of this moisturising, protecting and enhancing my skin for a healthy-looking glow piqued my interest. Sadly, even in the lightest shade (Fair), it was a bit too dark for my skin. It did feel lovely on the skin though, and it would be great for those more natural skin days. I’ll try this again when I have a bit of fake tan on!

An image of Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Rose 01
For my cheeks I used the Lip & Cheek Bloom in Rose 01 (£24), which provides a rather gorgeous petal-soft wash of colour. The formula is slightly mousse-like and blends seamlessly into the skin (I just use my fingers). It’s also really moisturising and smoothes skin when applied. The ideal product if you are a natural English Rose like me.

an image of burberry beauty
Now, the [first] FUN PART: The eyes, obvs. These were the products that had me the most excited. The two products that I have work in harmony together; honestly they are the most ideal pairing! The Burberry Eye Colour Contour (£23) is a handy little stick eyeshadow that helps to shape and sculpt the eye. I have the shade Rosewood (YES PLL APPROVED!), which is a stunning browny pinky mauve shade. I used this in my crease, while using the Burberry Eye Colour Cream (£25) in Dusky Mauve on my lid. I’m definitely getting more of these because their pigment and staying power is INCRED. So easy to blend out and no creasing, which I find sometimes tricky with cream shadows. The formula is so lightweight and creamy; it can also be used as a liner - I used it to line my lower lash line. The only annoying thing with the Eye Colour Contour is that mine has come out somehow so the product falls into the lid. It’s still usable though once I put it back in the right side.

An image of Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Dusky Mauve
The second bit of fun obvs comes with the lips. We all know I have a lipstick obsession, which is crazy for someone who has only one pair of lips… I stand up, I confess, my name is Jemma and I am a lipstick addict. In my look I used the Burberry Full Kisses (£24) in Lilac, which is my new obsession. I LOVE these lipsticks; they’re easy to use – especially for outlining your lips - and provide a bold, long-lasting colour. I also have the shade Cherry Blossom and the standard Burberry Kisses Lipstick (£25) in Nude Pink, which is a really hydrating, comfortable formula for every day.

An image of a Burberry make-up look
Below: Burberry Full Kisses in Cherry Blossom
An image of Burberry Full Kisses in Cherry Blossom
Below: Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink
An image of Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink*this post contains PR samples*

Make-up Look // Burberry Beauty

There’s something about possessing Burberry make-up that makes me feel a little giddy inside; a slice of luxury in my make-up bag that makes doing my face in the morning way less of a chore. I was kindly sent a few bits to try out from the Burberry Beauty range and thought I’d use it as an excuse to do a full face (well near enough) of Burberry make-up look. I squealed with glee when unboxing all these products, and I am sure you will agree with me that they are intensely alluring.

an image of burberry beauty products
I have been a real lover of the Burberry Fresh Glow fluid, which I have had for a while now, and I used that all over my face for a ‘lit from within’ glow. This was a great base for the Burberry Cashmere Foundation (£35), which I have in the shade Porcelain, the perfect shade for my pallor that offers a long-lasting matte finish that is inspired by the softness of Burberry cashmere. I really love this product for when I have a long day ahead of me, or want more coverage. Although the foundation is high coverage, the formula is surprisingly lightweight and includes additional SPF20.

Not featured in the look is the Fresh Glow B.B. Cream (£30). I have never really been a fan of BB, CC or tinted moisturiser products, but the promise of this moisturising, protecting and enhancing my skin for a healthy-looking glow piqued my interest. Sadly, even in the lightest shade (Fair), it was a bit too dark for my skin. It did feel lovely on the skin though, and it would be great for those more natural skin days. I’ll try this again when I have a bit of fake tan on!

An image of Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Rose 01
For my cheeks I used the Lip & Cheek Bloom in Rose 01 (£24), which provides a rather gorgeous petal-soft wash of colour. The formula is slightly mousse-like and blends seamlessly into the skin (I just use my fingers). It’s also really moisturising and smoothes skin when applied. The ideal product if you are a natural English Rose like me.

an image of burberry beauty
Now, the [first] FUN PART: The eyes, obvs. These were the products that had me the most excited. The two products that I have work in harmony together; honestly they are the most ideal pairing! The Burberry Eye Colour Contour (£23) is a handy little stick eyeshadow that helps to shape and sculpt the eye. I have the shade Rosewood (YES PLL APPROVED!), which is a stunning browny pinky mauve shade. I used this in my crease, while using the Burberry Eye Colour Cream (£25) in Dusky Mauve on my lid. I’m definitely getting more of these because their pigment and staying power is INCRED. So easy to blend out and no creasing, which I find sometimes tricky with cream shadows. The formula is so lightweight and creamy; it can also be used as a liner - I used it to line my lower lash line. The only annoying thing with the Eye Colour Contour is that mine has come out somehow so the product falls into the lid. It’s still usable though once I put it back in the right side.

An image of Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Dusky Mauve
The second bit of fun obvs comes with the lips. We all know I have a lipstick obsession, which is crazy for someone who has only one pair of lips… I stand up, I confess, my name is Jemma and I am a lipstick addict. In my look I used the Burberry Full Kisses (£24) in Lilac, which is my new obsession. I LOVE these lipsticks; they’re easy to use – especially for outlining your lips - and provide a bold, long-lasting colour. I also have the shade Cherry Blossom and the standard Burberry Kisses Lipstick (£25) in Nude Pink, which is a really hydrating, comfortable formula for every day.

An image of a Burberry make-up look
Below: Burberry Full Kisses in Cherry Blossom
An image of Burberry Full Kisses in Cherry Blossom
Below: Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink
An image of Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink*this post contains PR samples*
Spectrum Collections is fast becoming one of the most popular make-up brush brands in the UK and coveted by tons of beauty enthusiasts worldwide. The brand has certainly made waves in the bloggersphere over the course of the past couple of years, and you can see why. The brushes are aesthetically very pretty, but the quality of the brushes - for the price - are also incredible. Not only that, they’re totes vegan and cruelty free too!

A few weeks ago I gleefully attended an event for Spectrum, which showcased what was to come from the brand for AW16. The room of the launch resembled a mermaid’s lair, and I felt right at home as a self-declared merbabe. The Bombshell by Spectrum AW16 Collection was the prime focus, with the displays bringing nothing but joy to everyone there. There were also mermaid-inspired treats from Unhampered Girls, such as cookies, clam macarons and glittered chocolate pretzels to tantalise the taste buds (which obviously I couldn’t refuse) and the amazing illustrator DOM & INK was there turning everyone into their inner mermaid on paper. Sadly I missed out on this, as the queue was similar to the length or 10 mermaid tails.

An image of The Bombshell by Spectrum AW16 Collection
What was special about this event was that the two owners (who are sisters) of the brand were there, one of which I got to meet. She resembled a real life mermaid and was so so lovely. She greeted me personally - recognising people from Twitter - which was so personable and refreshing; just like the brand itself. I 100% support Spectrum Collections and its products, and I now have quite the growing collection.

We were lucky enough to receive four brushes from the 12 that will be available in the range, launching in September. When launched, the brushes will be available as part of a set that is housed in a pink holographic shell shaped case or similar styled pouch, both ideal for traveling. I have been using the slanted buffer brush for my foundation and have loved it; definitely one of my favourites because the densely packed bristles really do provide a flawless base. The contour brush is also a fab one too and is suitable for cream, liquid & powder formulas to help build a killer contour, or equally, a naturally defined look.

The Bombshell by Spectrum AW16 Collection

Mermazing Brushes // The Bombshell by Spectrum

Spectrum Collections is fast becoming one of the most popular make-up brush brands in the UK and coveted by tons of beauty enthusiasts worldwide. The brand has certainly made waves in the bloggersphere over the course of the past couple of years, and you can see why. The brushes are aesthetically very pretty, but the quality of the brushes - for the price - are also incredible. Not only that, they’re totes vegan and cruelty free too!

A few weeks ago I gleefully attended an event for Spectrum, which showcased what was to come from the brand for AW16. The room of the launch resembled a mermaid’s lair, and I felt right at home as a self-declared merbabe. The Bombshell by Spectrum AW16 Collection was the prime focus, with the displays bringing nothing but joy to everyone there. There were also mermaid-inspired treats from Unhampered Girls, such as cookies, clam macarons and glittered chocolate pretzels to tantalise the taste buds (which obviously I couldn’t refuse) and the amazing illustrator DOM & INK was there turning everyone into their inner mermaid on paper. Sadly I missed out on this, as the queue was similar to the length or 10 mermaid tails.

An image of The Bombshell by Spectrum AW16 Collection
What was special about this event was that the two owners (who are sisters) of the brand were there, one of which I got to meet. She resembled a real life mermaid and was so so lovely. She greeted me personally - recognising people from Twitter - which was so personable and refreshing; just like the brand itself. I 100% support Spectrum Collections and its products, and I now have quite the growing collection.

We were lucky enough to receive four brushes from the 12 that will be available in the range, launching in September. When launched, the brushes will be available as part of a set that is housed in a pink holographic shell shaped case or similar styled pouch, both ideal for traveling. I have been using the slanted buffer brush for my foundation and have loved it; definitely one of my favourites because the densely packed bristles really do provide a flawless base. The contour brush is also a fab one too and is suitable for cream, liquid & powder formulas to help build a killer contour, or equally, a naturally defined look.

The Bombshell by Spectrum AW16 Collection

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