Love Me Beauty October review

Having re-started my Love Me Beauty subscription back in July I have completely failed to get my subscription box posts out in time, but this month I was adamant I would get round to sharing it. Over the last couple of months, I can't believe what has been on offer, I'm talking beauty products that cost £60 and even around £120 when the beauty box itself only costs £12.99 including postage! I missed out on the MD Perricone Face Finishing Moisturiser Tint last month as I forgot to check-out but I thought it was such an exciting product to see on offer.

Anyway, if you don't already know Love Me Beauty is a monthly beauty subscription box that works differently to others as you get to choose your products from a selection each month. I love choosing as I'm far more likely to use the products in the beauty box. If you do decide to join you can get an extra 30 credits on top of the standard 60 for your first box using the code KRIST2969081.

23 ways you know you're a proper adult

ways you know proper adult

I don't know about you but I'm 25 so most definitely an adult and still feel like a child at times, but there are certain things that really make me realise I am actually an adult, and feel like it too. So, today I thought I would share with you 23 ways you know you're a proper adult.

Introducing Boots Botanics

Boots Botanics

Boots Botanics

I have been wanting to write a post about the Boots Botanics products I was gifted for a while, but with all the ambassador programmes controversy I didn't know whether to publish it. However, as I genuinely do love Botanics products I have decided to go ahead and share with you my honest thoughts.

A New Look Autumn fashion haul try-on

New Look Autumn fashion haul

Okay, so this is a bit of a different post for me, other than a few outfit's of the day here and there I haven't shared much fashion-related content on here. However, I've picked up a couple of Autumn bits that are definitely going to be staples throughout Autumn, and even Winter, so today I thought I would share with you all a mini Autumn fashion haul try-on.

Favourite Autumn makeup picks

Favourite Autumn makeup picks

As the weather transitions into the colder Autumn and Winter months, the makeup I reach for transitions too. I tend to start creating bolder makeup looks and reaching for darker lips. That being said, today I thought I would share with you my current favourite Autumn makeup picks.

A look inside my makeup bag

A look inside my makeup bag

Some people have an entire makeup look in their makeup bag, some people have a few items, I have way too many lip products and a few other items... So, today I thought I would share with you all a peak of what is currently inside my makeup bag.

Scones and tea at the Oak Barn Coffee Lounge, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Oak Barn Coffee Lounge, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Oak Barn, Budleigh, Devon

Back in August Luke and I headed to Exmouth in Devon to see some of Luke's family, and being in Devon, I had to go for some Devonshire scones. Last year Luke's Gran took us to the most amazing place for scones, the Oak Barn Coffee Lounge in Budleigh Salterton, so I had requested that we go back there for a visit during our stay and thought I would do a little blog post about it, as it really is a gem of a place that everyone needs to know about.

End of year goals

End of year goals

End of year goals are something that I have been debating writing about for a while, I like writing them at the end of year, but due to the lack of blogging last year this never happened. Since I changed jobs in January I have had the time to finally focus on my blog again and have been blogging a lot more seriously since the end of February, and I have a few goals I would love to achieve by the end of the year, blog-wise, and in general life. So, here goes.

A Bath and Body Works haul with myMallBox

Bath and Body Works haul with myMallBox

This is a sponsored post

Bath and Body Works is a brand that I have wanted to try for so long, but as they don't ship to the UK I hadn't had the chance to try them previously. This is where a forwarding company comes in and helps make this possible, myMallBox is the forwarding company I used for today's haul.

September favourites

September beauty favourites

It's the end of the month and officially Autumn, which means it's monthly favourites time again. I've been using a lot of the same products throughout September that I've mentioned in my last couple of monthly favourites, so there are only a few products this month.

6 simple ways to increase your Pinterest reach

6 simple ways to increase your Pinterest reach

Over the last couple of months, I have been constantly bookmarking, researching and saving posts I've seen talking all about how Pinterest is such an important method of social media for blogging. For many, it is one of their top referrals for traffic so I decided this was something I really wanted to work on and see if it could make a difference for me too. To my absolute surprise, since implementing a few things my Pinterest reach has increased from under 1k to 32.8k in just under two weeks.

I shared this on Twitter and got such an unexpectedly huge response, so today I thought I would share with you all 6 simple ways to help increase your own Pinterest reach. As you can see below, 1 day later my Pinterest reach increased even more to 38.2k.

An introduction to Malée

Malee review

Malée is a brand I hadn't actually heard of until quite recently when I was given the opportunity to try a few of their products. Having a look at all their products and the gorgeous packaging I fell in love immediately, and couldn't wait to give the products a try.

Malée is a brand inspired by "the rich landscapes, alluring scents and ancient wisdom of Africa." All of their products are created as luxury products that consist of 100% natural active ingredients, and the formulas of all of their products are also scientifically proven to heal, protect and pamper your skin.

High-end beauty picks worth the splurge

High-end beauty picks worth the splurge

High-end makeup is something I didn't use to have very much of at all, but over the past few years I have started to pick up a few bits and I now own quite a few high-end products. When I am purchasing a more expensive makeup item I want it to work and tend to read a lot of reviews before purchasing, to try to avoid wasting my money. Obviously there a few products that don't live up to my expectations but today I thought I would share with you some high-end beauty picks that I think are totally worth the splurge.

Urban Decay Electric palette review

Urban Decay Electric palette review

Urban Decay Electric palette review

An eyeshadow palette which I have been meaning to write a blog post about for the longest time is the Urban Decay Electric palette. It is a super bright palette full of amazing shades and one that I have been playing around with since May, so today I thought I would share with you a review. 

Favourite beauty picks for dry skin

Beauty picks for dry skin

As the weather is changing and getting colder by the day my skin is really struggling. I have combination skin but at the moment it is leaning very much towards the drier side of combination, so today I thought I would share with you all my favourite beauty picks that I always reach for to help with my dry skin. 

September high-end beauty wishlist

High-end beauty wishlist

It's been a few months since I last shared a beauty wishlist post with you, but my wishlist is overflowing, so today I thought I would share with you some of the high-end beauty products at the top of my wishlist currently.

Smoothskin Bare review.

Smoothskin Bare IPL review
Have you ever thought about using IPL, and dreamed about being hair-free? And, do you hate shaving? If any of these are true for you, like they are for me, then I may have a device that you really, really need to check out. 

5 makeup palettes I couldn't live without

5 makeup palettes I couldn't live without

A couple of years ago I wrote a post talking all about my top 3 eyeshadow palettes, but as much as I still love these eyeshadow palettes, my ultimate favourites have changed slightly. There are a few newer palettes that I don't think I could live without now, so today I thought I would share with you 5 makeup palettes I couldn't live without.

How to create the perfect cosy evening in

how create cosy evening in

As much as I am a Summers girl and desperately hoping for more sun, the evenings are starting to get darker and we are getting ever closer to Autumn. On the upside, this means lots of crispy leaves fallen from trees, fresh Autumn air and cosy evenings. That being said, today I thought I would share with you some tips on how to create the prefect cosy evening in.

My daily makeup routine

daily makeup routine

I like to play around with creating different makeup looks, especially eye makeup looks, but on a typical work morning this doesn't always tend to happen. I'm the least morning person ever and I like my sleep, so today I thought I would share with you my daily makeup routine for those working days.

Vospers, Woolston Southampton review.

vospers woolston southampton

Since the opening of West Quay South in Southampton we have had so much choice for food from multiple restaurants, but there have also been quite a few restaurants opening outside of the city centre too. A recent addition is Vospers, which is based in the Centenary Plaza, a restaurant brought to you by the founders of Mettricks.

A group of us were lucky enough to be invited down last month for a complimentary meal and cocktail masterclass.

August favourites.

August beauty favourites

Once again it is somehow time for monthly favourites; this month has been another busy month for us, amazing, but busy, and by the looks of things so far September is going to be crazy busy too. I'm currently writing this post on our way back from Devon after a couple of days there... But anyway it's time to get on with August favourites.

Accessorising with Happiness Boutique.

happiness boutique

Jewellery is something I adore and love to add to my outfits to add a little something extra. Recently Happiness Boutique reached out offering me the chance to pick something up from their website to try. Having a look at all the beautiful pieces they sell I really couldn't say no, they offer gorgeous pieces at low prices and even offer free international shipping.

Colourpop haul round 3.

colourpop haul

If you have been reading my blog over the last 6 months, or following my Instagram, then you might be aware that I'm slightly addicted to Colourpop, I mean completely addicted! Ever since I finally gave in and made my first order back in April I have been so impressed by the brand and all of their products, especially considering the prices. That being said I made another haul, and today I am going to share with you my latest haul.

Empties lately.


It has been such a long time since I've done an empties post, but I love reading and writing them so I thought it was about time I shared some of the products I have used up recently with you all.

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 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. 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 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.