Trying AVON Products

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

As a beauty lover, I'm quite ashamed to admit that I've never tried any AVON products. They're just a brand that I've never considered before, although I've heard good things about their products, I've never been desperate enough to try a product. However, recently I was given a few products to try and I was really keen to see what they were like. 

I love black eyeliners and have so many from different brands, so they've got to be really good for me to continuing using them. I like how easy this eyeliner from AVON is to apply, it glides onto my waterline really easily and is really comfy to wear. Whilst, I like eyeliners that you don't have to sharpen as it lessens the hassle, I do prefer the feel of an eye pencil, I find them easier to apply and find that they last longer. The True Colour Glimmerstick doesn't last as long as some of the other eyeliners I've tried, but at £6.99, it's a really good eyeliner, definitely one of the best value eyeliners I've tried.

I'm always on the look out for new hair products and so when I saw I'd been given a hair serum, I was super excited to try it. I've never used a hair serum before, but have always been keen to try one. I apply this to towel dried hair and have really noticed a difference in my hair. It looks more healthy and prevents fly aways. Also, it smells really good and is super easy to apply, I'm definitely going to carry on using this as I love it so much.

You're probably looking at the above picture and thinking something along the lines of 'that's a mascara?!' Yup! That was my exact reaction when I first saw it as I thought it looked like a paint brush! I must admit, I was very sceptical as I wasn't sure how easy it would be to apply and what results it would give me. However, after having tried it, I really like it. It's a lot easier to apply than it looks (though I do struggle a bit on my bottom lashes), but it leaves my lashes looking really volumised and lengthened. I have been really impressed. I wouldn't say it replaces any of my old faves, but it's definitely worth a try if you're looking for a cheaper mascara, that's really portable.

I love nail polishes and have an eclectic range, so I was interested to see what a nail polish from AVON  would offer. I really liked the brush as I found it applies the polish really neatly. Also, it's really long lasting, I applied a bottom and top coat and it was still going strong after a week (and that included me cleaning the flat which I always find chips nail polish). I love the shade, it comes out slightly differently to how it looks in the bottle, but the gel finish looks really good and actually looks quite professional. 

Having never tried AVON products before, I now can't believe what I've been missing out on! They're really good quality and such good value for money, I'm definitely going to check out more AVON products as I've been so impressed!

Have you tried any AVON products? I'd love to know your thoughts! 

My Top 3 Concealers

Sunday, 6 August 2017

There are so many concealers available and often it can be overwhelming as to which ones to try. Having tried a few, I’ve finally found 3 that I absolutely love and use on a regular basis, so thought I’d share with you.

I thought I’d get this one out of the way with first because it’s the obvious one. Everyone has at least heard of this concealer, if not tried it. At £4.19 it’s the best value concealer available, not only is it so cheap, it offers the most coverage I’ve ever come across from a drug store concealer. I prefer to use the Light (1) shade for most of the year and then I move onto Medium (2) when I have a bit of colour in the summer. I use it to brighten under my eyes and also cover any blemishes which it’s amazing at doing! The only thing that’s annoying about this concealer is the shade range as it’s so limited. I believe they’ve now extended it to include a cool and warm medium, but I still think they could do with more shades.

This is my most recent concealer purchase. Having seen so many other bloggers / YouTubers raving about it I decided it was worth trying. However, at £8.99 it is a little pricier than Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I really like how creamy this concealer is, if a little freaked out by the spongey applicator! That’s one thing that put me off buying it as I wasn’t sure how hygienic the sponge was, however, I’m glad I got over this as it’s amazing at brightening my eyes. I apply it using the sponge attached and then blend with a beauty blender. I find I only use the Eraser Eye Concealer under my eyes (surprise, surprise!), rather than on any blemishes. I’m not sure if other’s use it elsewhere on their face, but for me I don’t find the coverage as great on spots. Again, the shade range isn’t great I use Light, and there are only 3 other shades so it’s very limited.

This is my favourite high end concealer I’ve ever tried. Again, this is another really creamy concealer and has amazing coverage, it’s great for brightening the dark circles under my eye, but also for covering blemishes. At £19, it’s much pricier than the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer so I tend to only use it at the weekends / nights out, rather than as an everyday concealer. The shade range for the Urban Decay Naked Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is much more comprehensive compared to the other two, so they definitely cater to more skin tones. As with all my concealers I have the lightest one they do which is Fair Neutral and it’s a perfect match. Also, I love the smell of this concealer!

So they’re my top 3 concealers, I know they’re a pretty popular three, but I can’t recommend them enough. What are your favourite concealers? 

Hand Luggage Essentials

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

It's that time of year where everyone is jetting off for some warmer weather elsewhere and panicking over what to pack and what not to bother taking away. There are a few essentials that I always take in my hand luggage, no matter how long the flight is, you always need those few necessities to help get you through it.

1./Lip Balm
I often suffer with dry lips and particularly when flying as the atmosphere is so drying. This is a must for me because I literally couldn't last the flight without it, I'm constantly applying lip balm, just to nurse my lips through the flight! My favourite is my trustee Nuxe Reve de Miel, it goes everywhere with me!

Following on from the lip balm, I always like to take a moisturiser for my face as I can find that sometimes my skin suffers when I'm flying. I typically just take a small moisturiser from The Body Shop as they're travel friendly and I know they'll help hydrate my skin.

3./Hand cream
I always carry handream with me and so flying is no different, I hate having dry hands so it goes everywhere with me. Again, I typically use one from The Body Shop as I love the scents and they leave my hands feeling so silky soft.

This is less of a necessity for me and I tend to only take wipes on long haul flights to help refresh my skin. When I have a long flight, I don't like to wear a lot of make up, so often I will take wipes to remove any make up I'm wearing during the flight and to help hydrate my skin.

5./Eye gel 
Similarly, I only take an eye gel for long haul flights as this is when I feel I need it the most. I like to apply an eye gel just before I land to help refresh my eyes and to make me feel more awake! Often I can feel really groggy after a long haul flight and this always shows on my eyes, so an eye gel is vital for making me look more human!

I barely take any journey without my headphones, I love listening to music / podcasts and so flying is no different. Whilst I tend to use earphones on a day to day basis, I find headphones, such as my ones from Sony, so much more comfortable for flying as they don't hurt my ears as much.

I love reading and flying is the perfect time for me to catch up on my book. I find it so relaxing and it's such a good way to pass the time, especially if there's no on board entertainment!

8./Eye mask
I often fall asleep with an eye mask on. I find it really hard to sleep if there's light and this is particularly problematic when I'm flying. Therefore, I often choose to wear an eye mask, to help block out any light and then I'm much more likely to be able to sleep.

9./Hand gel
Anyone that knows me, knows much I love my antibacterial hand gel, it never leaves my side! There are often so many germs on planes, so I always like to have this on me to ensure my hands are clean and to refresh them if they feel a bit grubby from flying.

As I mentioned earlier, I find the atmosphere so drying on planes and it makes me so thirsty as well. I know airplanes can give you water and sell other drinks, but I much prefer just buying my own large water bottle and then I can have a drink whenever I want.

So these are my essentials for why I'm flying. What do you always have on you when you're flying? I'd love to know!

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil | Review

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I've recently fallen in love with the skincare brand Dr Botanicals and have already reviewed their Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil and their Cleanse and Tone Cleanser. I always love trying different products from Dr Botanicals and the latest one I've tried is the Moroccan Rose Superfood  Facial Oil. If you've seen my review of the Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil, you'll know that I was a bit sceptical about using an oil on my face as it feels quite unnatural when I do everything to ensure my skin isn't oily! However, after having had such a positive experience with the Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil, I was keen to see what the Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil from Dr Botanicals offered me.

I'm not the biggest fan of synthetic smelling rose products, but as Dr Botanicals only use natural ingredients and are cruelty free and vegan, I knew that the rose would be totally natural and was sure I'd like it. I love the Dr Botanicals packaging, it just screams natural. There's nothing fake about it and that's the same for the box that the Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil came in.

The Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil contains lots of vitamins and minerals (including Vitamins A, C and Almond Oil) that all work together to renew, rejuvenate and protect the skin. It contains moisturising properties that help to nourish and hydrate the skin. As with the Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil, the Moroccan Rose Facial Oil is really hydrating on the skin and I apply it in the evening after I've cleansed my skin. As it's so nourishing on the skin, I've found that I don't need to apply a moisturiser. The Moroccan Rose Facial Oil leaves my skin looking so clean and glowing, whilst also leaving it hydrated. I'm in love with the scent too, it's so natural and smells just like rose should, rather than synthetic rose scented products that I've previously tried.

If you haven't tried Dr Botanicals products, you really should, I can't recommend them enough. With an ever growing trend towards natural, cruelty free brands Dr Botanicals ticks all the boxes! Have you tried any products from Dr Botanicals? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Milia Removal | My Experience

Monday, 17 July 2017

Milia is probably something that most people aren't aware of, but for me, they led to a huge insecurity about my skin. For those who don't know milia are a group of millium cysts which are small white bumps that typically appear on the cheek or nose. They're caused when keratin (a strong protein) becomes trapped under the skin. I've suffered with them for as long as I can remember and whilst they do go naturally, I found that they never all disappeared and I always had a small group of milia somewhere on my face. One of the easiest and safest ways to remove them is through electrolysis. However, this sounded beyond painful to me and so I put it off for years. Eventually, they were getting me down so much that I opted to go ahead and have electrolysis to remove them.

Once I told people what I was doing, no one could actually see them on my skin, but I knew they were there and continually getting me down as I never had smooth, clear skin. For this procedure, electrolysis involved a hot needle being inserted into the affected area (now you know why I put it off for so long!) and removing the cyst. 

This above photo was taken just before I had the electrolysis and from this picture, you can see that most of my milia were grouped under my eye and on my cheeks. Although I could cover them with make up, I was always aware of them still as my skin was never totally smooth.

The electrolysis was quite painful, I won't lie, it did bring tears to my eyes, but it only lasted about 10-15 minutes. The more milia you have, the longer the procedure lasts (obviously).

Afterwards, my skin was very red and swollen and looked like I'd been stung by a bee! The above photo was taken immediately after so you can see my skin at its worst. I applied Aloe Vera gel which really helped to calm it down. For 48 hours after the procedure you can't wear make up, which for me, is really hard! Luckily, I'd booked a few days off work and so that's why I decided to do it when I did. That way, I could stay hidden for a couple of days without being seen. Even with the milia removed, I still have a fairly uneven skintone, so like to wear make up to help smooth it out. 

In the following days, scabs started to form where the milia were (sounds super gross) as the skin starts to heal, but essentially I looked like a spotty teenager! Once I was able to wear make up again, it wasn't so bad as it was easy to cover them up.

I applied Bio-Oil twice daily to the scabs to help prevent scaring and to help them heal quickly. The photo above was taken a week later and you can see most of the scabs have cleared up (except that giant one above my lip)! They took just over a week to completely go, though I still have a scar from the one above my lip so am still applying Bio-Oil twice daily to that. 

Now my skin is so much smoother and for the first time in ages, I feel so much more secure about my skin as it looks so much clearer! The above photo was taken last night (exactly a month since the electrolysis). I would recommend electrolysis to anyone who was wanting to get rid of their milia. It's the safest way and whilst it does hurt and leaves your skin looking a little unsightly for a few weeks, it's so worth it in the long run. I would definitely recommend you research beauty therapists before doing so as they should be fully trained to carry out electrolysis. Fortunately, my mum's friend is a beauty therapist and does all of mum's treatments so I knew she'd be amazing, but it's so important you go to a reputable place, because it could easily go wrong!

Apologies for the quality of these photos, I'd started taken them on my phone, so they're not the clearest, but hopefully it gives you an insight into what my skin looked like at each stage. Do you suffer from milia and are you considering treating them? Or have you had electrolysis? I'd love to know!

How to cheer yourself up | My top tips

Thursday, 6 July 2017

We all get a bit down from time to time, whether it's stress related, family related or just simply that time of the month. It's easy to sit and dwell on these feelings, but that's probably the worst thing to do as you start to overthink everything. Lately, I’ve had a few family bits that have left me feeling a bit flat, but using the following tips, I’ve helped to lift this mood.

1./Listen to your favourite music
This is a sure one to put me in a good mood. Ideally I'd blast the music whilst I'm at home and can have a really good dance to shake off all my worries, but often I'm at work and I don't think my colleagues would appreciate me dancing round the office! Instead, I plug in my earphones and put on my favourite tunes which soon cheers me up.

2./Surround yourself with friends and loved ones
Whenever I'm feeling down I always make sure I surround myself with my loved ones because they're sure to cheer me up. Not only that, but I don't think it's good to be on your own when you're feeling low as you just dwell on your feelings, bottling them up and not chatting them through. That's why it's great to have friends and family around to help raise your spirits.

3./Eat well
I think it's always good to try and eat healthily, but when you're feeling down it's so easy to comfort eat in an attempt to cheer yourself up. When I'm feeling low, I try to consciously watch what I eat because comfort eating is never going to cheer me up, if anything it makes me feel worse. Eating healthily will make you feel better in both body and mind (cheesey, but true!) 

I'm not the world biggest fan of exercise, but when you're feeling a bit down exercise is always good for releasing endorphins and making you feel better. When I'm going through a tough patch, I always try and do as much exercise as possible because I know I'll feel better for doing it.

5./Wear your favourite clothes and make up
Whenever I'm feeling down, I always pop on my favourite outfits and do my make up nicely, using some of my favourite products. I find this boosts my confidence and makes me feel loads better. It's amazing how something as simple as clothes and make up can make you feel.

Whilst superficial, these are some of my top tips that I work through when I'm feeling a bit low. What do you like to do to cheer yourself up?

Living with a Partner | 5 things I've learnt

Monday, 3 July 2017

As some of you may know, I moved in with my boyfriend, Émil for the first time 6 months ago. I'd moved out before when I went to university, but moving in with a partner is totally different to living with friends. I've definitely learnt a lot over the past few months which I thought I'd share.

1./Establish your routines
I’m a great lover of routine. I know that’s boring, but it’s true. I had a strict morning routine when I lived at home, so I wasn’t sure how I’d adjust when I moved in with Émil, especially as we only have one shower and need to leave the flat at a similar time. However, we’ve soon fallen into a routine that works for both of us. I always get up first, shower and start getting ready for work, by this time, Émil wakes up and starts getting ready for the day. We always have breakfast together which is nice as we chat about our days ahead. In the evenings, Émil gets in before me and so he may start dinner or do a few chores and then I get home to cook the rest of dinner before eating together and then settling down in front of the TV.

2./Establish your roles
When we first moved in, I wanted us to share the chores because I didn’t think it was fair for one person to be left to do it all. We’ve soon fallen into a routine of who does what and whilst these roles aren’t set in stone, it does ensure we get everything done when it needs to.

3./Give each other space
Don’t get me wrong, I love my boyfriend, but sometimes you just need that time to yourself. Émil enjoys gaming and I would hate for him to feel like he couldn’t game because of me. Therefore, he’ll often play on his PS4 in the evening, whilst I catch up on trashy TV that I know he won’t enjoy. Whilst we love spending time together, it’s important we don’t get under each other’s feet as that doesn't make for a happy relationship.

4./Be adaptable
This is definitely one I’ve had to learn. I’m quite stuck in my ways and like things done a certain way. However, for some things, Émil had better or different ways of doing things and I had to adapt my ways and learn that change is okay! Similarly, Émil I’m sure will agree, has adapted to certain things I do. Everyone has different ways of doing things and I think it's important to accept that and be flexible to find a balance that works for both of you.

5./Be honest with each other
All too often, problems can arise from bottling up emotions and not talking about how you feel. I think a key to a successful living arrangement with your partner is to ensure you’re open and honest about anything and everything so you can iron out problems before they escalate. Émil and I have quite an open relationship and ensure we're always honest with each other and this has made living with Émil really easy and enjoyable.

So they're probably the top things I've learnt living with my partner over the past 6 months and hope they're helpful for anyone looking to move out with their partner. Have you recently moved in with the a partner? I'd love to know your tips!

June Favourites

Thursday, 29 June 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly favourites, so I thought I’d bring it back and share a few things that I’ve been loving throughout the month of June. Also, can we just take a moment to realise we’re now over half way through 2017, absolute madness!

If you were following my blog last year, you’ll have seen how in love I was with the Pinita Colada range from The Body Shop (read my full post on it here). Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when I popped into The Body Shop a couple of weeks ago and noticed that they’d bought the Pinita Colada range back this summer. Unfortunately, despite it only being released for a few days, they’d already sold out of the body butter, which is my favourite moisturiser. Instead, I opted to buy the body sorbet. I’ve never used a body sorbet before, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity of using a Pinita Colada product. I’ve been really loving using it this month. Whilst I don’t find it as nourishing as the body butter, I can’t get over the scent of it, it’s just summer in a tube for me, I can’t get enough of it!

I was very kindly given this by The Beauty Analyst after winning it in her giveaway. I often enter giveaways, but rarely win anything so I was so surprised when she messaged to say I had won! I love the Kate Moss lipsticks by Rimmel, so was super excited to try a product from the Kate 15 Year Collection. This is a lovely nude shade with brown undertones which makes for such a gorgeous shade. As with the other Kate Moss lipsticks, it’s super long lasting, plus it smells so good – I love it!


I recently reviewed the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Cleanser and offered a discount code, so if you’re reading this before the end of June, go and order yourself a bottle using my code, you’ll love it (you can find the code and post here). I won’t ramble on about it too much in this post because I did give it a full review, but in a nutshell, I have been loving this cleanser this month. It’s really cleared up my skin and leaves it feeling so fresh and clean, I can’t recommend it enough!

This is another product that I recently reviewed, so again I won’t go into it too much here, but make sure you check out my full review. Having never used fake tan before, I was really nervous about experimenting with it this year. I was recommended Bondi Sands by a number of fellow bloggers and I honestly can’t rate it enough. It’s so easy to apply and doesn’t leave me looking at all patchy, it’s perfect for these warmer months when I don’t want to get my white, pale legs out!


A bit of a random one here, but I’ve been absolutely loving ASOS this month, I think they’ve been absolutely killing it with their summer range this season and I’ve made several purchases throughout June. I’ve always been a fan of ASOS, but I have definitely found myself ordering more from them recently. Their customer service is amazing and much better than other online stores, it’s so easy to browse and order items. I often make a wishlist and then on pay day I splash out and treat myself. The one thing with ASOS though, is I wish they stocked more of each item – things sell out so quickly! I’m tempted to do an ASOS haul on my YouTube Channel – so make sure you’re subscribed to that if you’re not already!

That’s everything I’ve been loving this month, what’s in your June favourites? 

5 Beauty Products I Couldn't Live Without

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

As a beauty lover, I have so many different products that I've lost count of how many I own. Much to my boyfriends dismay, I've taken over his drawers in the bedroom and many of the drawers in the bathroom with all my products. I know it's all materialistic and many of them I really don't need, however, there's a few I genuinely don't think I could live without.  

1./Micellar Water 
I'm not particularly brand loyal for Micellar Water having previously used the Garnier Micellar Water and now using the Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution (full review here). However, I couldn't be without this product. It's so good at removing make up and cleaning my skin, ensuring all impurities are removed. I don't really know what I used to do before Micellar Water was a thing!

This might feel like a bit of a strange one, but I genuinely couldn't live without Sudocrem. If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know how much I rave about this stuff! It's perfect for healing spots quickly, bringing them to a head and helping to clear them up. I've spoken about this in more detail in my Sudocrem - The Best Skincare Product? post so I won't go on about it too much here, but yes, definitely couldn't live without it!

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this on my blog before and following on from the Sudocrem, I apply Bio-Oil once the spot has healed over, but has still left a mark. Whenever I have spots, I always find I'm left with scarring (probably because I'm really bad at picking spots!), but Bio-Oil is great at reducing the scarring and returning my skin back to it's normal form - I love it. 

In general, I couldn't live without facial moisuriser, if I was only allowed one skincare product it would have to be this. However, I'm particularly a fan of this one from The Body Shop because it's so nourishing and hydrating which always leave my skin silky soft, I can't beat it! 

This is another product that I've raved about many times on my blog. For me, lip balm is my safety blanket, it goes everywhere with me. This one from Nuxe is by far the best lip balm I've ever used, it's so good at healing dry lips. I ran out of it a few weeks ago and hadn't had the chance to buy a new one, so had to revert to another brand and it just wasn't the same. The Nuxe Reve de Miel is a firm favourite of mine.

What beauty products can you not live without?

Summer Holiday Wishlist

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summer is well and truly here, which means it's time to start planning what I need to buy for my summer holiday! I'm not going away until a bit later this year, so I have plenty of time to stock up, as normally my holiday comes around too quickly and I'm not prepared. Here's a few things that are on my wishlist this year.

No holiday would be complete without a camera and this LUMIX GH5 is definitely the Best CSC Camera that I've come across. It's perfect for holidays because it's compact, meaning that it's easy to carry around with you to ensure you don't miss any photo opportunities whilst away. Not only that, but it films in 4K and takes photos in 6K - ideal for providing the best holiday photos. I love taking photos whilst away as the scenery is always so beautiful and the sky is always so blue, I just know this camera will take such beautiful photos and capture all my memories to relive after the holiday is over.  

These glasses are just stunning. I've never invested in a pair of sunglasses, instead always buying cheaper ones that break after a few months, but I've recently fallen in love with these from Dior. I really like reflected glasses and these are just stunning in the copper shade too. They'd be perfect for my summer holiday!

I love Longchamp bags and already have the Le Pliage Tote Bag which is the best handbag I've had. It's so spacious and is great for everyday use. Therefore, when I saw this Jeremy Scott Travel bag on the Longchamp website, I knew it would be perfect for my holiday. I think it would be great to chuck beach towels in and other essentials that are needed when away. Plus, I love the unique design - it's super cute for summer.

I've wanted a pair of Birkenstocks for as long as I can remember. They look so super comfy and look ideal to throw on before heading out exploring / heading to the beach. I like to explore the local area whilst away and simple flip flops aren't always very sturdy, so these Birkenstocks would be perfect. 

I'm absolutely loving these really quirky inflatables at the moment, they seem so much fun! This Watermelon one on ASOS looks perfect for lounging around on in the pool. Definitely on the pricey side for an inflatable, but you can't put a price on fun! 

Okay, this is probably the most impractical swimsuit I've ever seen, but it's also one of the prettiest. I'm pretty sure it would be really hot and not too sure how the sequins would look when wet, but you can't deny it's a beautiful swimsuit. 

I really like this sundress. I'm all about light, airy dresses whilst away. I love being able to throw them on to head to the beach / out exploring as they cover you up without making you feel super hot. I hate clothes that cling to you when it's hot, so this dress looks like just the thing I'm after. 

When I'm away, I love going out for dinner and getting dressed up in pretty summer dresses and this bag seems like the perfect accessory. It's such a beautiful colour and I think it would go with a lot of my summer dresses. I don't like to take too much out with me, so this would be ideal for my phone, keys and money etc. 

There's my summer holiday wishlist. Definitely some pricier options, but you've got to aim high right? What's on your summer holiday wishlist? I'd love to know.

(this is a paid for post, but all views are my own)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

*DISCLAIMER this post contains NO SPOILERS*

Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood. I read all the books (twice!) and have seen the films more times than I care to count. Also, I've been to the Harry Potter studios, which you can read all about here! When J.K Rowling published the last book, I was really sad as there would be no more Harry Potter stories for me to get lost in. However, at least the films were still ongoing, but then they finished and I thought there'd never be anything new for me to enjoy from the world of Harry Potter, but I was wrong.

When Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first hit the headlines, I couldn't quite believe it - a sequel to Harry Potter?! However, it seemed impossible to get tickets and I remember thinking that it was only going to be on for a short amount of time, so resigned myself to the fact that I'd never go. Anyway, much to my delight, they released more tickets in the summer of 2016. One morning, my colleagues and I all sat anxiously waiting for the tickets to go on sale. Once they did, I remember I was stuck in a queue of about 50,000 people, I had no chance! Luckily, one of my colleagues got through and I was able to get tickets, but not until June 2017 which seemed so far away!

However, the next thing I knew, it was 10th June 2017 and we were finally off to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. For those who don't know, it's essentially two plays - it's split into two parts and you buy tickets for both. We saw the first part as the matinee and then the second part as the evening performance. Going into the show, I had no idea of the story. Part of me had purposefully avoided any spoilers, but also there's a massive secrecy surrounding the play with their tagline #keepthesecrets, on badges and the tickets. That's part of the reason why I started my post with the disclaimer of no spoilers, because I really believe everyone should be able to go in and enjoy it without having any idea what's going to happen.

What I will say though, is that it's an amazing show! Whilst I was super excited to finally see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, part of me was unsure how much I'd enjoy spending a whole day in the theatre. Don't get me wrong I love seeing shows, but I'm easily distracted! However, I needn't have worried as the time went crazily quickly. The story picks up from the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and then moves swiftly into a new story line. Without giving anything away, the production of this show is outstanding, it genuinely looks like magic is being performed in front of your very eyes, I couldn't get over it! The acting was also incredible. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to believe the characters, having seen the film actors portray them for so long, but their acting instantly drew me in. I genuinely think it's the best play I've ever seen. It was so gripping and I felt fully immersed in the world of Harry Potter again, something which I truly love.

I know they've recently released more tickets, but I think they've sold out too. If you ever have the chance to see this play, you HAVE to go! I genuinely can't recommend it enough, it's simply amazing! 

Have you seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone | Review

Sunday, 11 June 2017

I recently tried and reviewed the Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil and absolutely loved it, so I was really excited when I was given the chance to try their Cleanse & Tone Cleanser. For those who don't know, Dr Botanicals is a cruelty free, vegan brand who only use natural ingredients. For me this is becoming increasingly important when I'm thinking about what products to apply to my skin, so I'm always on the lookout for ethical brands to incorporate into my skincare routine.

Having removed my make up in the evening, I then cleanse my face. I must admit, I'm not very good at using a toner because I'm a little lazy when it comes to skincare and as I'm often really tired just before bed, I like to use as few steps as possible in my skincare routine. Therefore, the Cleanse & Tone Cleanser from Dr Botanicals is absolutely perfect for me as it combines two steps into one!

What do I think of the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Cleanser?
So far, I've been really impressed. I've been using it daily for a couple of weeks and have really noticed how healthy my skin is looking. It's infused with essential oils and Elderflower extract to restore the PH balance in your skin, helping to prevent oiliness or dryness. Also, it heals and smooths inflamed, irritated skin, whilst wiping away dirt and impurities for fresh and hydrated skin. The pump makes it super easy to apply and it's a cream cleanser which is definitely my favourite type of cleanser. It's not heavily scented which I like as I'm not a massive fan of putting really fragrant cleansers on my face (it makes me worried about the ingredients inside!) This has quickly become part of my daily skincare routine and I've found myself reaching for this way more than other cleansers I own. Once I've removed my make up, I apply this onto my damp face massaging it in, in a circular motion before rinsing it off and then applying my Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil.

The Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Cleanser feels so light and refreshing to apply to my skin and always leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean. I haven't experienced any breakouts since using it and have really noticed how healthy my skin looks. I love how radiant Dr Botanicals products leave my skin, you can really notice the difference when using natural products.

As with all their products, the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Cleanser is a little on the pricey side and is priced at £64.90. However, they've very kindly given me a discount code for all my readers. You just need to enter 'BLONDEBLOG at the checkout and you can get the Cleanse & Tone product for just £19.99! This is such an amazing offer and I really think you get a lot for your money with this cleanser, I'm 100% going to stock up on it because I've really fallen in love with it. However, you need to be quick as the code is only valid until the end of June!

Have you tried the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Cleanser? I'd love to know your thoughts! 

Bondi Sands | Review

Thursday, 8 June 2017

As a very fair, pale, blonde girl I barely tan. Going on holiday once a year gives me a touch of colour, but nothing more. Therefore, you’d think I’d be super knowledgeable about fake tan in an attempt to add some colour to my skin, but you’d be wrong. Until a couple of months ago, I’d never bought fake tan. A couple of times, I’d stood staring aimlessly at the fake tan shelves hoping that I’d somehow know which one to buy or which one would be most suitable for my skin, but unfortunately, I remained clueless. However, this year I’m not going away until later in the year so knew I couldn’t go through the whole of summer without a tan, so thought it was time to invest in some fake tan. I asked my lovely Twitter followers for some advice on the best brands and products and Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam came out top.

As a fake tanning newbie, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on any product in case it all went wrong and I ended up wasting all my money, therefore at £14.99 Bondi Sands sounded like the best brand for me to try. Even after I’d bought it, I waited a good few weeks before I first used it as I was still so scared. Again, I reached out on Twitter for everyone’s hints and tips and eventually plucked up the courage to fake tan for the very first time.

What did I think of Bondi Sands Tanning Foam?

It’s super easy to apply. I use a mitt and just rub it into my skin in a circular motion like I do a moisturiser and it goes into my skin really well. Every time I’ve used it, I’ve made sure I’ve exfoliated my skin beforehand which makes the application much easier.

Fake Tan is renowned for not having the best of fragrances and this was something that I'd prepared myself for. However, the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam has a really nice coconut scent to it when you apply it, which always gets me in the mood for summer. Having said that, I do find once it's drying it doesn't hold the coconut scent and instead changes to that more 'biscuity' scent that fake tan is known for, which isn't the best.  

Bondi Sands recommend that you leave the tan on for a minimum of one hour and a maximum of six hours before washing off. I must admit, that due to the smell and the unfamiliarity with wearing fake tan, I haven't been able to wear it for more than an hour, instead choosing to wash it off after an hour. Despite this, I've seen really good results. As we're not quite in the height of summer, I didn't want a full on tan, instead I just wanted a hint of colour to take the edge off of my super pale skin. I found that leaving the tan on for an hour and then washing it off, provided me with the glow I was after. Not only that, but it lasted a good few days and faded evenly which meant I didn't have to stand in the shower scrubbing it off. The longer you leave it, the darker the tan is and I think this would definitely last longer too, so I'm excited to try that once we hit the peak of summer.

As I already mentioned, the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam is only £14.99, which is such a good price! Admittedly, there are cheaper brands out there, but I'm always a little worried about how good the quality is. Also, there are many other brands that are a lot more expensive and whilst I've never tried another brand, I do think Bondi Sands is really good value for money.

Would I recommend Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam?
Yes, definitely! Whilst I have nothing else to compare it to, I do think it is a really good fake tan. If I can I use it successfully and I'm clueless when it comes to fake tan, then anyone can use it!

Have you tried Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam? I'd love to know your thoughts! Also if you want to share any fake tanning tips with me, I'd love to hear them, I'm still really new to this world!

Thanks Dad

Sunday, 4 June 2017

With Father’s Day fast approaching, I always reflect on the good times I’ve had with my Dad. I’m very lucky because my parents are still together and I grew up in a very loving environment. My Dad has always been very supportive of all the decisions I’ve made and helped support me through university, which without him, I would have found very hard to do. I was recently contacted by the Car People who as part of their 'Thanks Dad' campaign are encouraging people to reflect on their favourite car journey with their Dad. Whilst I’ve had many car journeys with my Dad over the years, I think the trips to and from university are some of the most memorable.

Dad drove me to university on my very first day and picked my up on my very last (with many trips in between!) Going to university in Norwich meant it was about a 2.5-3 hour journey back home to London, which I did countless times over my 3 years at university. However, there’s one car journey that particularly stands out in my mind and is most definitely my favourite journey we shared together.

It was the end of the first term of my second year at university and my Mum was turning 50 on 13th December, which was just before term ended. I’d apologised to my Mum that I wouldn’t be able to spend her actual birthday with her as I had my last week of lectures, but little did she know, behind her back, my Dad and I were planning her a surprise. I’d asked Dad if he wouldn’t mind taking the day off work to come and pick me up from university. I often got the train home, but as it was the end of term and I had about a month off, I had a lot of stuff to take with me! Anyway, he kindly agreed to come and pick me up, keeping it a surprise from Mum (he even briefed his secretary to tell my Mum he was in a meeting should she call!) He arrived to pick me up and it was so lovely to see him. I always missed my parents when I was at university, so it was lovely to be greeted by them at the end of term. Dad and I packed up the car and began our journey back to London. It was such a fun journey, we were chatting about how my term had gone and were both excited to see my Mum's reaction when we got home. Dad always put CDs on when we travelled home, often a new artist he’d discovered and wanted to share with me. I don’t think he realises how much I enjoyed those journeys with him. Once home, I rang the doorbell and to my Mum's utter surprise, there I stood. She was in complete shock and had no idea that Dad and I had been planning this for weeks. It was so lovely for my Dad and I to be in on a little secret that we knew Mum would love. I’ll never forget the look on her face, it was such a special moment, which without my Dad, I’d never have been able to do.

So thanks Dad. I don’t think I tell you often enough how much you mean to me and how grateful I am for everything you’ve done for me over the years. Happy Father’s day, you deserve nothing but the best.

What’s your favourite car journey with your dad? I’d love to know! 

Arbonne RE9 Advanced | Review

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

My skincare routine is something that I need to work on. Leading quite a busy lifestyle, it's the first thing that slips. Whilst I cleanse and moisturise in the evenings, I rarely do much else with my skin. For me, this seems to work, but as I'm getting older (sob!) I know it's something I need to take the time to do. I was recently contacted by Becky who is a health and wellness consultant for the brand Arbonne and she asked me if I wanted to try some of their skincare range. She told me it was Vegan and cruelty free, so I was instantly interested. This is something I'm definitely keen to incorporate into my skincare regime as all too often brands are using products that's are harmful to animals, which is never okay. 

When the parcel arrived, I was super excited to see that I'd been sent the full Arbonne RE9 Advanced range which included:
  • Smoothing Facial Cleanser
  • Regenerating Toner
  • Intensive Renewal Serum
  • Corrective Cream
  • Restorative Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
  • Extra Moisture Restorative Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
  • Night Repair Cream
Fortunately for me, the products also came with comprehensive instructions and what order to use the products in which I definitely needed! The Arbonne RE9 Advanced range contains Vitamin C and sustainable orange stem cells with anti ageing qualities. The orange stem cells help improve the appearance of skin radiance, elasticity and firmness which help provide truly healthy looking skin.    

What did I think of the Arbonne RE9 Advance range?
I loved it! I really enjoyed following a strict skincare routine and the products definitely helped my skin to feel clean, hydrated and nourished. I'm always a little apprehensive about trying new skincare brands because I'm worried that they're going to cause an outbreak of spots, which I don't need. However, I definitely didn't find this with the Arbonne RE9 Advanced range. As I was sent samples of the products, I only used them on 3-4 occasions so I didn't get to see the long term effects. Despite this, on their website Arbonne have before and after results from some of their customers and you can definitely see how effective the products are. Therefore, I'm sure I'd see these effects on my skin, should I use them for a prolonged amount of time. 

The products didn't feel at all heavy on my skin, which is often the case with some brands. They're lightly scented which is always a plus because if the scent is too strong, it's really off putting and I don't enjoy using it on my skin.

The Arbonne  RE9 Advanced range is a little on the pricier side. The whole range costs £299, but that does include 6 products. Having never heard much about the brand Arbonne, I'm now definitely intrigued to know more. They have a range of products, not just skincare, so it's definitely worth checking them out!

Have you used any products from Arbonne? I'd love to know your thoughts! 

Favourite Products Under £10

Sunday, 28 May 2017

As an avid beauty lover, I can often find I spend a lot of money on make up and whilst I do love high end make up, sometimes it's good to look for more cheaper alternatives to help the money go further! There's so many good options from the drugstore brands, so I thought I'd share with you my favourite products under £10.

I recently reviewed this on my blog and having never tried any high end colour correctors, I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, I’ve really fallen in love with this product from Sleek, I apply it before my foundation to help even out my skin tone. I can definitely notice a difference in my skin when I use this.

Okay, I'm sneaking this one in because it's 99p more than the £10 limit, but it's so good, I couldn't not include it! This foundation has featured on my blog so many times and it’s no secret it’s a firm favourite of mine. It’s such a long lasting and high coverage foundation, I’ve been recommending it to everyone. Also, they have shades that cater so well for pale skin, which is always a plus in my eyes. All this for only £10.99, what’s not to love?

This has been a staple in my make up bag for as long as I can remember. Since discovering it, I haven’t tried any other face powders as this is so good! I have both the 001 Transparent shade (for when I just want to set my make up) and 004 Sandstorm for when I want to add some colour to my skin. This helps make up to stay in place and is so ridiculously cheap, I don’t think I’ll ever find a powder as good as this!

I don’t know a blogger who hasn’t tried this. It’s probably the best value make up product on the market. It’s a really high coverage foundation, that is great at concealing and is really easy to blend. I like to use the lightest shade ‘Fair’ in the Winter and as I start to get a bit of colour in the Summer, I move to 2 ‘Medium Cool’. If you haven’t tried this concealer, you have to! It’s too good not to!

This eyeshadow palette is a perfect dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, but at £4.00 it’s a much, much cheaper option! Whilst the shades are really pigmented, they’re not as long lasting (unless you use a primer), but given the price difference, I definitely think it’s worth it.

The Supercat Eyeliner is my favourite liquid liner I’ve ever tried, to me it’s fool proof for doing winged eyeliner (and trust me, I am a fool when it comes to winged eyeliner!) It has a felt tip like nib, which is perfect for helping with precision. Also, it’s very long lasting and one application in the morning will stay in place all day.

I love all the Rimmel lipsticks, but particularly the Kate Moss ones. I think this is my favourite shade because it’s quite out of my comfort, but is such a beautiful shade. The Rimmel lipsticks are really long lasting and pigmented, they’re just as good as their more high end counterparts.

This is definitely in the higher end of the £10 limit, but at £9.50 it just sneaks in! I fell in love with this lip balm last year and haven’t looked back since. Lip balm is my comfort blanket and I don’t go anywhere without it. Whilst a little on the pricier side, I love this lip balm as it’s so nourishing and has nursed my lips through the cold months.

So they're my top products under £10. It just shows that there are cheaper ways to buy and enjoy make up, it's not always about the high end brands. I'd love to know what your favourite products under £10 are, let me know in the comments below. 

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