Sunday, December 31

5 step winter skincare routine

Merry Christmas!

I hope you had a lovely day and got to spend time with the ones you love, and eat until you physically cannot eat anymore - cue the Gaviscon ads on TV this week.

This time of year can wreck havoc on my skin, not just from the dip in my diet but also the weather. Everyone is different, but my skin is most sensitive to the cold.

I'd say that Winter is the worst season of the year for skin, but it's probably on par with Summer and UV damage. Either way - here is a routine that I have found to remedy the harsh effects of this chilly time of year.

Thursday, September 28

Balloon Above The Clouds #NationalPoetryDay


It won't be everyone's cup of tea, or perhaps anyone's - but it's 'poetry'. A blub of words from me to a page, in some semblance of an order. More feeling than thought, and more ideas than words. Perhaps it will inspire you to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and get something out.

Monday, September 25

Housewarming Party: Bunting, Baking & Brothers

To celebrate our new gaff, we threw a housewarming party. And by we, I mean me. Because boys do not do preparation. Or understand the importance of the perfect bunting height. Or balloon distribution. Or just care, at all, about party trivia.

Thursday, August 31

Life With Lemon | Puppy Update

Today is Lemon's 3-month birthday.

We have had her for 32 days, and my life, house and wardrobe has been blown apart.

Thursday, August 24

Interior Design: Dressing Room Inspo

bookcase with artwork
I love everything about this. Credit: Greenhouse Interiors

I recently bought and moved into my first home - and I love it!

The first month I was so excited when it came to designing my dressing room; I had a million ideas, painted swatches on the wall, and had so many tabs open on my computer with links to furniture my laptop almost blew up.

Sunday, February 12

LOVE: L is for Little Pink Box

Happy Valentine's!

Whether you celebrate self-love or shared love, both romantics and beauty lovers will love February's GlossyBox.

This is the second month that I have received a box, as I started my subscription as a 2017 resolution to pamper myself more.

January's 'Edible Edit' was heavily skin-focussed, so I postponed my post until I'd tried to products out properly to give an accurate review - so watch out for that, there are some great products that I now swear by!

Wednesday, January 18

Valentine's lips: The Kiss

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Okay so whether or not Valentine's Day is your cup of tea - this is a little routine I tried out for soft, plump lips, guaranteed to get you some sugar...

This winter I've found that my lips have been constantly dry, and it doesn't matter how much I moisturise, any time I've tried to wear lipstick it has looked awful. Which is such a shame because I love darker shades this time of year!

So the other day I was just so happened to pop into Lush...

Right okay, so it wasn't an accident. I went to Lush.

I was going to buy one of their sugar scrubs as I'd heard good things about the 'Mint Julips' one in particular, but then I saw 'The Kiss'.

The only way I can describe the smell is that it's like the sweetheart sweets. Cute!

I tried it out when I got home over the sink - it's pretty messy - and you can lick off the sugar afterwards if you want, as the little red lovehearts are also edible.

I loved the packaging as well, on the lid it says 'Giving some sugar? Make sure you get some in return' and they tell you to 'seductively' lick the sugar off  your lips. Cheeky.

Anyway - it worked really well, I didn't have to scrub hard, so it wasn't sore at all. And they left my lips so so soft. So I'd definitely recommend grabbing one soon as I don't know if they're a limited edition thing - but they have other flavours as well if they do so don't panic,

Then after I'd exfoliated my lips I used this...

I want bigger lips. Pure and simple. So aside from overdrawing with lipstick, I'm trying safe cosmetic ways to get a plumper pout. So I tried this 'Pillow Plump' lipgloss from Soap & Glory from the Sexy Mother Pucker range.

Again, I am a sucker for packaging. I love the Soap & Glory style, but haven't really tried many of their products.

This was meant to be the most extreme of the lip plumping products they offered, as it's the 'XXL'.

I applied a generous coating after I'd exfoliated, and aside from around ten minutes of intense tingling and a nice sheen on my lips. It really didn't do much else for me. It was around £10 so not a huge waste of money, but in hindsight I would have much rather spent that on another Urban Decay Vice lipstick.

I think if there was a difference then it was very, very small. Maybe this is just on my lips though, and I know that it's not going to actually dramatically give me the same effect as something like lip injections, for example.

However I really didn't notice any change at all.

Give it a go if you like!

By no means am I saying it won't work on anybody. And it's a lovely lip gloss on its own. But in terms of being the 'XXL' plumping lip gloss I was quite disappointed.

The tingling is very noticeable though, so I thought at first that I was on to a winner. Oh well!

So instead of this, to moisturise your lips after exfoliation I would recommend sticking to a lip butter or trusty Vaseline.

Let me know if you've tried any lip plumping products that are the real deal!


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Friday, January 13

A few of my favourite things: January go-to's

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I just had a major clear out. I went through all my makeup and divided it into 'out of date', 'never used', 'addicted to'.

Unfortunately there was a large amount 'out of date'.

I read an article recently and apparently you're meant to replace makeup pretty frequently, more than you might realise!
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