Thailand beauty haul.

Thailand beauty haul

If you have read my last two posts then you might have a slight idea that I went to Thailand last month, and visited the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, but, I also picked up a few beauty bits so today I thought I would share with you my Thailand beauty haul. I mainly picked up face sheet masks after getting a tad exciting by the amount available, but I did also pick up one makeup item.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, Thailand.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

You may or may not know, but I am ever so slightly obsessed with elephants. They are my absolute favourite animals, so of course I had to go and see some elephants in real life during my trip to Thailand. However, I'm aware of all the elephant tourism harming them going on so I wanted to ensure I went to somewhere that loved elephants as much as me and let them be themselves. That's when I came across the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a sanctuary designed to literally provide a sanctuary to elephants, and to 'pioneer ethical elephant tourism'.

Today I'm going to share with you all my trip to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. I'll warn you now, I do mention a little about the cruelty elephants sometimes suffer.

Thailand.

Thailand holiday photo diary

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you will probably already know that I went to Thailand just over a month ago. Thailand is a country that I have wanted to visit ever since I was a teenager, so this was literally a dream holiday for me. From the pure blue seas to the scenic views Thailand is a place I can't believe I can now say that I have actually visited, and there's so much more to see there too. So, today I thought I would share with you all some, or more like rather a lot, of photo's with you all from my trip in a little bit of a diary style post.

Mini beauty haul.

mini beauty haul

About a month ago, just after I got back from our holiday in Thailand, I needed a darker foundation or some lightening drops so I headed to Boots. There happened to be some amazing points offers going on including 300 points when you spent over a certain amount, triple points and another points offer so I decided to make the most of it. I stocked up, and also got a couple of extra things, so today I thought I would share with you my mini beauty haul and mini reviews.

GlassesShop.com prescription sunglasses review.

prescription sunglasses

You might not already know this but I'm actually ever so slightly blind. I don't wear glasses 24/7 but they are something I use when I watch TV, go to the cinema or go driving. I am short sighted and I have been wanting a pair of prescription sunglasses for a long time, so when GlassesShop.com approached me asking if I wanted to try a pair of their eyeglasses or sunglasses for review I decided to go for it.

The first thing I did was head to their website, where they have a large amount of various glasses frames for you to choose from. I opted for the Americus Aviator Tortoise sunglasses*.

Pamper routine.

pamper routine

I don't know about you but I love a bit of pampering. Once a week I try to make time to just completely relax and pamper myself, so today I thought I would share with you all my pamper routine.

Love Me Beauty July 2017.

Love me beauty July

I realise it is now August but I finally gave in and re-started my subscription for Love Me Beauty and I had to share the bits I picked up. Love Me Beauty is the only monthly subscription beauty box I have ever been subscribed too, but I did cancel it nearly two years ago now after finding it repetitive. After seeing several months of great products and a new credit system I decided I would try it again.

The bonus of the new credit system also means that you can still get hold of some of the items I mention, as products are now stocked until Love Me Beauty are out of stock of that particular item.

Benefit Brow Zings review.

Benefit Brow Zings review

If you have been reading my blog for a while then you may well be aware of my love for Benefit's Brow Zings. I've spoken about this product many times, including in both of my 2014 and 2015 year favourites. If I was actually blogging regularly last year then I would have probably mentioned Benefit Brow Zings in my 2016 year favourites too. It is fair to say that this product has been a love of mine ever since I first picked it up all those years ago.

July favourites.

July favourites

I can't believe it is going to be August in a few days time, once again I can't believe it's the end of the month. July has been a crazy month, with a dream holiday to Thailand and getting engaged; it has been an incredibly exciting and amazing month. Anyway, it's time for me to share with you all my July favourites.

Lush Southampton exclusive opening party.

Lush Southampton new store

Last Thursday evening I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lush Southampton exclusive opening party, for the long awaited new Lush store in Southampton West Quay. I will tell you a little more in a moment, but the new store is amazing, so much larger, and full of new features and concepts around the store. I already can't wait to go back.

Urban Decay Heat palette review.

Urban Decay Heat palette review
Urban Decay Heat palette review

A palette which has taken the internet by storm is the Urban Decay Heat palette. It is a palette I, and many others couldn't resist, so today I thought I would share with you a review now I have been playing with it for a few weeks.

Lighter makeup picks.

 lighter makeup

With the weather being warmer I find myself reaching for lighter makeup that's easy to wear, long-lasting and that I don't really notice I am actually wearing. That being said, today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite lighter makeup picks.

Favourite face masks.

favourite face masks

Face masks are something I love to use in addition to my skincare routine. I try to use one or two a week, and I love the results they provide. I love using different masks for different reasons, so today I thought I would share with you my 3 favourite face masks. 

4 makeup products that make me feel amazing.

makeup that makes me feel amazing

I love makeup, as you might have already guessed, but there are certain products I reach for when I want to feel amazing. This could be for a night out, or a special occasion, or even just because I'm feeling rubbish. So, today I thought I would share with you 4 makeup products that make me feel amazing. 

Even more from NYX.

NYX review

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I quite often mention the brand NYX. They are a budget beauty brand that make amazing quality products, and there is always a new product on my wishlist. I shared my first haul here, and another here, so today I thought I would share with you mini reviews of a few more things I picked up from NYX a few months ago.

9 ways to save money every day.

ways to save money every day

Little things and small purchases can so, so easily add up and mean you don't have that money to save at the end of the month that you might want too. I can be great at both saving and spending, but I'm trying to be good and save. There are a few ways I try to save money every day and today I thought I would share these with you.

Summer fashion wishlist.

Summer fashion wishlist


Now it is July and we are officially well and truly into Summer I thought I would share with you all a wishlist of some of the Summer fashion pieces I have been lusting after, just in case the Sun decides to come back out again. The skies are currently black as I write this post but I've got my fingers and toes crossed. 

LA Girl introduction.

LA Girl review

LA Girl is a budget beauty brand that I haven't heard much about except for one product, their HD Pro Concealer. This is a product I have wanted to try for a little while so a few months back I ordered this and their Pro BB Cream.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit review.

anastasia beverly hills glow kit sun dipped

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits are a product I have seen a lot about around the blogosphere. They are highly rated and well loved, but are they really as good as the hype suggests?

June favourites.

June beauty favourites

So somehow it is the end of the month again, which means it is time for monthly favourites. We have finally had some sun this month, even if it is raining as I write this post, and the Urban Decay Heat palette landed in the pre-launch. This is a product I have been loving but as I've only had it half of the month I didn't think it would be fair to include it, maybe it will be in next month's favourites. Anyway, it's time to shut up and actually share with you my June favourites.

Brunch with @sotonbloggers and the #bloggersball.

Rogues Cafe

Towards the beginning of the month I attended a couple of blogging events for the first time in a while, so today I thought I would share with you all a little bit about those events. I will warn you now that the photos are a mix from my phone and camera, with lighting I'm not used to so are a mix of quality, I hope you don't mind.

6 pink makeup picks.

pink beauty picks

I don't know about you, but at the moment I am completely obsessed with pink. Being a girl who used to hate the colour pink, I don't know what's come over me the last couple of years. That being said, today I thought I would share with you 6 of my favourite pink makeup products.

New Spectrum brush additions.

Spectrum brushes
After loving the Spectrum Marbleous 7 piece eye set brushes I received for Christmas I have been wanting to pick up a few more brushes for a while. A few months back, around March, they had an offer with 20% off so I decided to pick up a few more brushes, and today I thought I would share what I picked up with you and my thoughts. 

The first brush I picked up has to be my absolute favourite from this haul and is the Spectrum A04 Strong Finish brush. It is a medium sized brush designed to be used for either your highlight, bronzer or powder, all for all three. I use it for my highlight and love the intensity it provides. It picks up the perfect amount of product to add that glow to the tops of my cheeks, and anywhere else I fancy. The size of the brush also means it is so easy to blend out my highlight too. 

The Spectrum A05 Precision Blush brush was the next brush I went for, another medium sized brush, but this time designed to create shaded and highlighted cheekbones. I like to use this for applying my blusher and find it works really well. It easily picks up all products I have tried it with, and similarly to the Strong Finish brush it picks up the perfect amount of product. The slanted edge and medium size makes it ever so easy to blend my blusher out, without leaving any harsh lines.

I also picked up the Spectrum B04 Angled Blender brush, an angled brush designed to contour the eyes, which is pretty much what I use it for. I love using this brush to add a second crease colour to my eye which creates a more contoured look. The shape of the brush means it is ever so easy to get in to add the finer details any eye look too, and I find I can easily get into the corners of my eye with this brush. This is also a great multi-tasker brush that blends out any eyeshadows used with ease. 

The Spectrum B06 Tall Tapered Blender brush is the next brush I picked up. This is actually the second tall tapered blender brush I now own, as I kept finding myself using this on darker shades so I thought a second brush would be useful. This is Spectrum's most popular eye blending brush and I can see why, it blends everything with ease. My favourite use for this one is blending out any eyeshadow under my lower lash line, the narrow head of this brush makes this task so easy. 

The final brush I picked up was the Spectrum A08 Medium Fluffy Shader brush. I picked this one up as it is a flatter wider brush compared to the Tall Tapered Blender brush, which I thought would be another great blending brush. It is great for this but I haven't actually found myself reaching for this brush anywhere near as much as I thought I would. The brush is also great for applying one shade across the lid and blending it out, but I really don't use it enough. 

Overall I am so glad I picked up a few more brushes from Spectrum and I am really happy with my picks. I love the fact that Spectrum brushes are synthetic and that they all work incredibly well. The Spectrum Marbleous 5 Piece Sculpt Set is next on my wishlist.

Have you tried Spectrum brushes before? What is your favourite makeup brush?


Colourpop haul round 2.

Colourpop haul

Following on from my first ever Colourpop haul, free international shipping on any amount became available, and of course I couldn't resist. I made 6 orders (yes, I have a problem) so ended up picking up quite a bit, so today I thought I would share these with all with you.

4 years on from graduation.

four years on from graduation

4 years on from graduation, and I've only just got the dream job for me, so today I thought I would share with you my experience. I don't know about you, but when I went to university there was a lot expected from me. I was expected to leave university and walk straight into the start of my career, but unfortunately it isn't as simple as that, or it wasn't as simple as that for me. 

The Ordinary haul and first impressions.

The Ordinary introduction

Ever since I first heard about The Ordinary I have been extremely excited, and wanting to pick a few things up. The idea behind The Ordinary is what made me intrigued. All of their products have been created as no thrill products, with the aim to bring proven skincare ingredients at affordable prices. I love this concept, and if this means I can pick up a product with a specific ingredient which works for me at a fraction of the price, how could I say no?

When I heard about the release of their foundations I immediately signed up to the waitlist and decided I would finally pick up a few products. Today I thought I would share what I picked up and my first impressions of those I have been using. I received the products roughly a month now.

Current beauty wishlist.

June beauty wishlist.

After having a bit of a spendy couple of months beauty wise I am trying to be super good, and not buy any beauty products unless I literally have no alternative. That being said, that doesn't mean I'm not tempted, so today I thought I would share with you some of the things at the top of my beauty wishlist.

May beauty favourites.

May beauty favourites

Wow, I can't believe we are now in June and I am here typing up my latest favourites post. Let's just hope June means the sun is here to stay.

Upping my skincare game.

skincare routine

Skincare is an area I have always been incredibly lazy with. I tend to go through phases where I'm really good at following a routine, but this soon seems to disappear into simply micellar water and moisturiser. However, at the end of March I decided I really needed to up my game, and provide my skin with the love it should have and stick to a routine.

With this in mind I purchased a few bits at the end of March, and I have now been solidly using all products continuously, so today I thought I would share with you my current skincare routine and current thoughts.

An outfit of the day at the National Trust Mottisfont.

Mottisfont national trust
Mottisfont Abbey

A couple of weeks ago me and the other half decided to make the most of a sunny day and headed to the National Trust Mottisfont. It actually rained on our journey there, but luckily it brightened up again by the time we arrived. 

Mottisfont Abbey is a beautiful large country house set in gorgeous river side gardens full of blooming flowers, ancient trees, and extremely large areas of lawn. 

Colourpop haul and swatches.

Colourpop haul
colourpop international haul

Ever since Colourpop was formed roughly three years ago I have been wanting to try their products, but I have always resisted the urge. About a month ago I gave in and placed an order of around £40 with free shipping. 

5 products you need for that glowy look.

5 products glowy look

I may be writing this as it pours down with rain outside but it is technically Spring, so as far as I am concerned it is time for all your glowy products to come out. Although, I personally quite like quite a glowy look all year round. So, enough rambling from me, today I have put together a group of 5 products that I think you need to give a try to get that glowy look. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation review.

maybelline fit me matte and poreless

You may have seen me mention the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in my recent favourites post here, but as I have been enjoying the foundation so much I couldn't not write a full review on it and share my thoughts. 

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation is said to mattify and refine pores with blurring micro-powders for poreless looking skin, leaving a natural, seamless finish. 

Primark Sunflower Eye Patches Vs. Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask.

sephora vs primark eye masks

As somebody who suffers from really bad dark eye circles, an eye mask is something I like to treat myself to every now and then. My favourite has always been the Sephora Pomegranate eye mask, but unfortunately that's not the easiest one to get hold of here in the UK. 

A little while ago I spotted Primark had started selling eye patches, so of course I had to give them a try. Today I thought I would share with you a comparison of the eye patches and eye mask.

A spendy high-end haul.

high end haul

Yes, yes, I may have gone a bit spendy the last couple of months so I am now on a spending ban, well other than Colourpop having free international shipping so a few small orders to avoid customs may have been made... Hmm. It was my birthday in March... Anyways, enough of my ramblings, today I'm here to share with you the new high-end bits I have picked up over the last couple of months.

urban decay electric palette

The first product was actually one I managed to persuade my boyfriend to pick me up, as I spotted that we could get it for just over £20, and is the Urban Decay Electric palette. I've been really enjoying creating brighter looks lately so thought this would be the perfect addition. It has such good reviews and it is so pigmented, I can't wait to play around with this some more. 

too faced natural eyes matte palette

The Too Faced 'Natural Eyes' palette in matte was the next thing I picked up, the complete opposite, but something which has been on my wishlist for a while now. The only matte eyeshadows I really had weren't all that pigmented so a matte palette is something I have been after for a while, and I'm so glad I got this one. My favourite shades so far are strapless and honey butter.

mac fruity juicy fruit a la la

I also picked up one more palette (I have a problem) because I couldn't resist the packaging of the new MAC limited edition Fruity Juicy line. I went for the eyeshadow palette in Fruit A La La, a very pink toned palette with a couple of lighter shades thrown in too. I haven't played around with this one too much yet but the swatches really impressed me.

anastasis beverly hills glow kit sundipped nars illuminator

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped is another beauty product I have been lusting after for a while now. For some reason I don't own that many highlighters and I really wanted something a little more intense so I thought this would be a great product to give a go. The only shade I can't get away with using as a highlighter is bronzed, but I think this would be great as an eyeshadow. The pigmentation is incredibly impressive, and on first impressions I have been seriously loving this. 

Keeping on the glowy side of things I also picked up an old favourite of mine, the NARS Liquid Illuminator in the shade orgasm. I love mixing this one in with my foundation to add a more glowy, slightly bronzed look. It is too dark to use as a highlighter for my extremely pale skin but I'm not planning on using it for that so I'm okay with that.

estee lauder double wear light MAC melba

A foundation that I have been tempted by since its release is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, of which I got a sample a couple of months back and fell in love with and had to purchase the full size. I've always liked the sound of the original foundation but I tend to go for lighter foundations so this one is perfect for me, medium coverage and long-lasting. I talked about it in my monthly favourites here.

Along with the palette at the beginning of this post I also picked up a MAC Powder Blusher in the shade melba, a gorgeous soft coral with peach tones to it. This is a matte finish that lasts incredibly well and just adds that perfect flush of colour to the skin. It is the first blusher I have tried from MAC, but I am seriously impressed. 

jour lip topper mac stila

The last three, or technically 7 things, I picked up involve 6 lip products. I couldn't resist the Jouer Limited Edition Lip Topper in the shade rose gold. This is a gorgeous rose gold lip topper, as the name suggests, which you can apply on its own or on top of your lip colour. I find this really plumps up my lips and just transforms my lips into something a little different. I love it. 

As you may have already seen, I also picked up the MAC Look in a Box Kit in Be Sensational. This kit contains 5 mini lipsticks in a variety of shades and finishes, and also includes the famous velvet teddy. I don't own too many MAC lipsticks so thought this would be a great way to try a few more.

The last product I picked up was another glitter one, it is the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow (yes, the name is really that long), in the shade bronzed bell. I picked this up with 20% off, but I would happily pay full price as the product is amazing. The liquid eyeshadow blends with ease, and again just adds that something extra to your look. It lasts incredibly well too.

And that's the end of my high-end haul, I can't wait to play around with everything some more. What have you picked up recently? Have you tried anything from I picked up?
 


April favourites.

april 2017 beauty favourites

I haven't written a favourites post in such a long time, but now I've got back to blogging regularly again I wanted to share with you all my April favourites. I can't believe we are now in May, how crazy is that? Anyway, let's get onto the favourites.

MAC Look in a Box: Be Sensational review.

mac look in a box

MAC lipsticks are something I always want, but I actually only owned 4 prior to this order, so I thought this collection would be my perfect way to try out a few more shades. The MAC Look in a Box is a limited edition collection with a variation of sets from 5 mini lipsticks like I got in this set to a full face of products. I've got the MAC Look in a Box: Be Sensational. 

My makeup storage.

ikea dressing table

Having had only one drawer for my makeup collection, whilst my makeup collection was ever expanding, I found my makeup so unorganised and annoying to access. However, the other week I finally brought the bloggers favourite, the Ikea Alex, and I am so much happier with how much more organised everything is. So, today I thought I would share you how I organise my makeup collection.