Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Powdered Face Mask: Chic Chiq Review

When I want to kick back and unwind, my routine is always much the same; good snacks, a good tv show to watch and last but not least - a good face mask.



Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a few new ones to try from the lovely people at Chic Chiq, who produces Ayurveda inspired cosmetics. Ayurveda, which translates to “the science of life” in Sanskrit, originated in India thousands of years ago and is one of the world’s oldest types of medicine. It focuses on the mind and body connection and it's basic rules in terms of beauty care, which Chiq Chic follow, are simple; cleansing, nourishing and moisturising.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

A Super Duper Sunday | Astonishing Premiere with Southampton Bloggers and P&O Cruises*

I fell in love with cruising when I enjoyed my first one a couple of years ago, so I was ecstatic when I received an invitation to join Southampton Bloggers to board P&O Cruises' Britannia to enjoy a very special premiere of the entertainment team's upcoming show, Astonishing. The fact it is produced by TV presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern and fellow performer Jonny Wilkes, only served to make me more excited!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Essentials for Summer*

The UK has been blessed with some seriously good weather lately and I am certainly not complaining. When the sun is out, my mood is instantly lifted, sense of adventure rejuvenated and my mind is whirring with activities I want to do and trips I want to embark on while its wonderfully warm outside.



When summer comes around, there are a few things I can’t do without. Aside from BBQs in the garden and Mr Whippy ice creams by the seaside, that is.

First on my essentials list, is suncream.

I have very pale skin so I always opt for factor 50+. At the moment, I’ve been using Eucerin suncream for some time now and find that they’re products aren’t as sticky as other brands I’ve used.

I particularly like the Sun Fluid Mattifying Face cream. I had never used a separate suncream for my face before this one, but I’ve definitely noticed the benefit. It has been specifically formulated to be non-greasy, so it doesn’t leave your skin really oily after putting it on.

When I’m tanned (fake, not real, obviously), I tend to wear much less makeup and I use this in place of any foundation. It doesn’t claim to have any concealing properties, but I really think it improves my complexion.

The most important thing, however, is that my skin is protected. This can be bought from a variety of stockist but is currently reduced at Feel Unique!



Next up is a good deodorant. When I’m running around all over the place, I definitely want something I can rely on.

I’ve been using the Nivea Dry Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant lately. Billed as their most powerful protection against sweat and body odour, it's been designed to give you 48 hour protection. It has a really light but fresh fragrance and it does leave me feeling confident that I needn't worry about nasty sweat patches! 

The issue I do find I have with spray deodorants sometimes is that you end up more irritating white marks when you dress after use. With this one, I spray it slightly further away; the bottle recommends 15 cm but I leave it a bit further than that. I then leave it to dry a little before putting my clothes on. 

The other thing I really like is that the product is in a handy travel size so it can be slipped into your handbag so you can have it whenever you need it. If you've had a particularly overactive day and you just want to freshen up a little, you have it right there to grab. 

A summer perfume. I discovered Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez a little while ago. I wasn't sure at first on this one, but I really grew to like it and I have developed a bit of a new found love of floral fragrances as a result and I think they are a great option for the warmer weather. I know that there are a few other Narcison Rodriguez fragrances and after giving this one a whirl, I really want to try those now too!



Something I want in my makeup bag all year round, but just as much in summer, is a lip balm. My current favourite is the Glossier Balm Dot Com, which I have in rose. I love how smooth it leaves my lips feeling and that it doubles up and can be used for dry skin too. I am eyeing up the birthday one next, maybe for my own birthday, which is only a couple of months away now! How are we nearly in August..?

That aside, my next requirement is a good mani/pedi! When sandal weather is upon us, I always want my toes nails to be looking tip top. Since I’ve got engaged, I’ve also developed a new found dedication to keeping my manicure perfect too.

At the moment, my favourite polishes are from Essie. The Gel Setter top coat is one of the best I’ve used and it works as well with other brand polishes, as it does with Essie shades. At the moment, I am really loving floral shades - Saltwater Happy is my top colour right now. 

Obviously my mermaid nail file is a must too!


  
Last, but my no means least, is a good book. My new year mission was to make sure I read at least one new book a month and so far I’m more than on track with that. I always feel like I get so much more reading done in the summer. I love switching off in the afternoon in the sunshine with a good book - which is pretty good because I have a tonne of them piling up to be read now. Here's hoping I find the time to make a big dent in them over the next couple of months. 

Talking of books I have read though, that does not include this one, so please fold off on any spoilers!


What are you reading right now? I am always in the market for recommendations because, can you ever have too many books... seriously..?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nivea Body Mousse: Launch Event and Review


If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I am a big fan of Nivea so I was thrilled, of course, when they invited me (and my friend Lilly) to attend their recent even to celebrate the launch of the new Body Mousses.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

HOT HIGHLIGHTERS I AM SERIOUSLY RATING

Can you ever own too many highlighters?

If you answered 'yes' to that question, well then this might not be the right post for you. If you uttered a resounding 'NO', then you'll want to keep on scrolling. For reference when I say 'highlighter', I AM talking about the makeup kind although, it's fair to say that I do also have a bit of an obsession with stationery, so you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

I have two new additions to my makeup collection, both of which are products that I have been meaning to grab for myself for a while and - spoiler alert - I am pretty pleased with them.




First up is the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powder...



Until recently, all I had tried from Tanya's range of products was some lip glosses and a lipstick, which I did really love but seem to have lost. I had heard good things about her highlighters though and the fact that one was named 'Champagne Sorbet' had me sold pretty much immediately.

The other thing that really drew me in was Tanya herself. Her skin always looks absolutely flawless and her makeup looks effortlessly glam without being over the top. If she was using this product, I wanted to be using it too.

On first look, the powder is a textured and shimmy rose gold, packaged in a square plastic metallic case which is perfect makeup bag size. Perfect.

When applied, you are left with this gorgeous shimmer with very subtle flecks of glitter, which catch the light perfectly. I opt for this more if I am doing a daytime makeup look, because it blends well to give me a really beautiful natural glow. That said, it is really easy to build up so it is very versatile.

This powder is priced at just £3.99, which is so affordable.



Next, the Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette...



When it comes to highlighting products, I am a big fan of Sleek. The first one I tried was the one included in their contour kit which, a couple of years later, I still use all the time.

This palette burst onto the scene to many rave reviews and so naturally, I was excited to try it out myself. It contains two baked powders, a cream highlighter and silky shimmer powder. I really like that they have combined three different things, so that there is something for everyone. It's also handily packaged in a case complete with mirror and brush, so it is perfect to travel with.

The powders are so pigmented and you can switch them up depending on the kind of glow you're going for. 'Hemisphere', appears quite pink in the pan but, when applied comes out as a glimmering white shade. 'Equinox' gives a warmer shimmer and 'Subsolar' is a bit lighter, but perfect for my skin tone and leaves me with the most beautiful sheen. Easily my favourite of the bunch.

The combination of the powder, over the top of 'Ecliptic' which is the glorious cream highlighter, really gives the wow factor!

From left to right: Champagne Sorbet from the Tanya Burr palette, Hemisphere, Equinox, Ecliptic and Subsolar from the Solstice palette.

Both of the highlighters I have featured here cost less than £10, which I think is incredible for the quality that you receive with the products. The Tanya Burr one is just £3.99 while the Sleek palette costs a very reasonable £9.99. Personally, I have never felt the need to go high end with my highlighters when the high street make them this good.

Have you tried either before? I would love to hear whether you agree with my thoughts...
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT SINCE BECOMING A HOMEOWNER

On Saturday, it was one year since we bought our house. 365 days since we collected our keys and officially became homeowners. The time has flown by and I can’t quite believe we’ve hit our anniversary in our little abode already. 



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Friday, April 06, 2018

4 New Nivea Products I’ve Been Using Lately

As brands go Nivea are pretty reliable, so I’m always keen to try out their latest products. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to receive a handful of goodies from them, so I thought I would put together a little roundup post about what I have been using - and how I liked them.


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