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Little Christmas Gift Ideas

I feel like ever since I got home from Ibiza, my life has been a bit of a whirl wind. Christmas has just crept up on me and I am totally not prepared. Like, can I just have another month please? To be fair, I am never really prepared for Christmas, I am usually still buying wrapping paper and sticky tape on Christmas eve. I have only bought one present so far, and even that is not complete. I have bought cards, but still not written any. I feel like my head might genuinely fall off, unbalanced amongst the chaos of this festive time.

I do enjoy it though. The experience of giving gifts and the air of happiness this time of year brings. I prefer the small thoughtful gifts, rather than bundles of extravagance. I love the practical presents. Mince pies and novelty reindeer glasses are my jam. I also use this time of year as an excuse to buy lots of little things, that are totally stocking filler material, but I secretly keep them for myself. In today’s post I thought I would share a few of the little gifts that I have been collecting, all beauty related obviously, products that will guarantee a smile on your loved one’s face.  Continue reading “Little Christmas Gift Ideas”

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Recycling Tips for us Bloggers

As bloggers, some of us are extremely fortunate to receive PR samples. Whether you receive one every 6 months, two a week, or a handful a day, it is such a nice feeling to arrive home to new packages. I still have moments where I cannot believe I am in this position, where upon brands want to work with me and send me their latest product launches.

Who wouldn’t love it feeling like Christmas every day?

There is a tiny little downside to all these parcels folks… the packaging build up.

I took to Twitter to vent my thoughts last week, see what my fellow bloggers had to say on this matter… Continue reading “Recycling Tips for us Bloggers”

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Choosing your Signature Fragrance…

For me fragrance is just as important as my skincare routine. I like to smell good god dammit.

Over the years, my fragrance wardrobe has grown and adapted, just like I have grown as a person. It has evolved to embody my style and attitude. I no longer reach for the perfume of the moment, the one every girl has to own. I no longer pick up just any pretty bottle that sits perfectly on my dressing table. Fragrance has become so much more than, just that.

I love how our senses can force us to take a trip down memory lane, particularly when a smell can remind you of a place or a person. When I wear a fragrance, I want to feel like it is mine, I own it. So that when those around me come across that scent, the signature belongs to me.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Choosing your Signature Fragrance…”

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Sunday Bathtime Rituals

When I lived in Ibiza, unfortunately, I did not have a bath. For me, a bath is super important, so goodness knows how I survived for 7 months with just a shower. Now that I am home, I take every opportunity I can to enjoy my bathtime rituals, especially of a weekend. I just love lying in the hot water, with a fabulous candle and a selection of hair and face masks to play with. Today, I thought I would share with you my current favourite products that are filling up my bathtime this weekend.

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Why Ibiza Stole My Heart

A month has passed since I returned home from Ibiza, where I spent 6 months working as the Digital & Social Media Manager for Ocean Beach Ibiza. One whole month. It still feels like yesterday when I was packing up my Summer life back into 3 giant suitcases, saying my goodbyes to my new friends before heading over to the airport. I still have to pinch myself, did I really live in Ibiza for the last six months? How did that even happen? Saying yes to life, happened. 

I haven’t spoken too much about my time in Ibiza here on my blog, and seeing as I have finally settled into a new routine back in the UK, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on my experiences in Ibiza and share a few with you. Let’s start at the beginning…

I thought I might regret my new job. My new life. I thought it could be a big mistake.

I also thought it would be the best thing that ever happened to my blog and Instagram. I had these epic plans of doubling my following and creating a tonne of video content. HA. This obviously did not happen.

So what did happen in Ibiza? 
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Do I Really Need Make-up Brushes?

A question I get frequently asked:

Do I realllllyyyy need make-up brushes in my life?

Think of make-up like food, just for a moment. Bare with me here.

So you go to a restaurant, and you order finger food. The food you don’t mind picking up with your hands, getting a bit on the sides of your mouth or down your shirt. I’m talking chicken wings, pizza slices, chips… you don’t need knives and forks for this chaps. It’s okay to get stuck right in, hands first. So products like tinted moisturiser, cream blusher, cream eyeshadow. These are the finger food of the make-up world – you don’t need make-up brushes for this.

So when do you need a make-up brush?
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Switching up my Skincare.

There was a downside to living in Ibiza. Only a teeny tiny one.

My skincare routine.

Due to the joys of weight and luggage restrictions, I could only bring out a very select amount of products for the entire Summer. Usually, I mix up my skincare routine on a weekly basis, playing with all the serums and moisturisers in my stash. To be fair, it was refreshing to stick to one skincare routine for such a long period of time, 6 months. But, I’m back now and ready to throw everything I own on my face.

With the majority of my PR samples having been sent to my UK address, I came home to lots of new skincare to test out and add into my skincare routine. Today I thought I would share the ones that I am currently switching into this weekly mix.  Continue reading “Switching up my Skincare.”

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Playing with new Makeup.

Parcels. I came back to a hella lot of parcels on my return home from Ibiza. I lost count, but currently piled up in my office right now is a giant mountain of beauty products that all need photographing, testing and reviewing. I LOVE MY JOB. I thought I would start by testing out my favourite of all beauty products, the make-up. Remember the launch from Benefit Cosmetics, with all the new brow products? Yup. Still not had chance to play with those. The Estee Edit collection? Yeah, all of that is on my desk, and it is killing me not putting my fingers all up in there. So let’s get stuck in shall we? Continue reading “Playing with new Makeup.”

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Halloween | Simple Glitter Skull Make-up Tutorial

Getting into the spirit of Halloween, just before I jet off to Ibiza for the weekend, I thought I would put together a SUPER SIMPLE, Glittery Skull Makeup look! Last year’s Glam Half Skull Make-up Look has had over 1 million impressions on Pinterest with over 12,000 of you pinning it to your boards. It is absolutely crazy to me, knowing that amount of people have seen my face.

Do you have Pinterest too? Follow me here, I’m an addict.

For this look all you really need is black and white face paint, a metallic face paint of your colour of choice (I went for bronze) and a glitter that matches! You can go as crazy as you want with the glitter. I wish I had put more on now, but I was running out of time. I hope you enjoy this look and if you give it a go yourself make sure you tweet me a picture!

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Sukin.

I love those moments, the ones where you discover an entirely new brand and just fall in love with everything they have to offer, everything that they are. Sukin, is an Australian natural skincare brand and I thought I would share with you my experience with the products I have been using for the last couple o’ months.

But first, a little about the brand. Sukin’s tagline is “Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth”. Products range in price from £8-£20. Not at all expensive! The formulations are all completely natural, certified as 100% Carbon Neutral, Cruelty Free and Vegan, as well as being biodegradable and grey water safe. They have over 60 products under their portfolio, which is pretty incredible considering they have only been around since 2007 – all containing  high quality botanical extracts and essential oils, carefully selected to bring out the best in your skin and hair.

 

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