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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Week # 34

There hasn't been a weekly favourites for a few weeks as I have been in Lisbon on a family holiday but more on that later this week. Just before I left for Portugal it was my Dad's birthday so I decided to take him to Restaurant Story, which was recently created by the renowned chef Tom Sellors. The food was incredible and I actually wrote a full post on our lunch here

For the rest of the week I caught up with friends, family and went to see my horse. Unfortunately the latter does not happen often as another family are looking after her for me as London rent + a horse = minus money every month!

This week has been the last of the summer holidays and the weather has also definitely decided that it is now Autumn. I can feel my tan wash away with every downpour of rain but I am optimistic for one more week of sunshine! 

On Wednesday I caught up with friends I met in New Zealand and we went to Big Easy in Covent Garden. I absolutely love the Kings Road one and this did not disappoint. I didn't take many photos as the lighting is quite dark but it has a fantastic atmosphere and live band. Each day has a different offer and Wednesday's are as much pulled pork as you can eat, sides and a drink for £16.99. Thursday's are also a winner as you get steak and lobster for the same price! 

On Thursday I went to celebrate a friend's birthday at Zumbura in Clapham Old Town which was a massive disappoint, never go there for the chef's special! This weekend I cooked stuffed pork loin wrapped in parma ham and a chocolate roulade for friends and finished off at the butterfly exhibition and the Natural History Museum today. It was the perfect way to finish the holidays and I am looking forward to catching  with everyone at school tomorrow. 

Photographs (L-R): Butterfly // Just Hatched // Roulade // Liberty Watches // Cutie //  Restaurant Story // Big Easy // Pudding

Posts this week have included: Liberty Knot Tie Watches; Restaurant Story & August Favourites.

As I have been away for so long and this is already a long post I won't finish with my usual list of favourites! 

Hope you all had a good week! 


Saturday, 30 August 2014

August Favourites

These favourites are predominately holiday related as I spent most of the month is Portugal.

This is my favourite body moisturiser for sunny weather, especially if I feel my skin has been in the sunshine for a little too long. It soothes brilliantly, absorbs quickly and keeps my skin soft and hydrated. 

I am a bit of a floozy when it comes to SPF (apart from my beloved La Roche-Posay Tinted Moisturiser 50+ that I use every day on my face - read review here) but this really stood out for me this summer. I am not sure if it made me tan quicker but definitely protected me from the sun rays and left my skin feeling so moisturised. I did not burn once using this even though I was in and out of the pool lots. 

When I first bought this I found it was more shiny than glowing and as the colour is slightly too warm for my natural skin tone it got pushed to the back of my drawer. However, my much loved Laura Mericer Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser has run out so I decided to give this another go. It is much sheerer than the oil free version and I found that with a touch of powder across my T zone this left the most gorgeous finish. I have definitely loved using it this month and I think whilst my tan remains so will this in my every day makeup. 

This chocolatey mousse can be used both as a cream bronzer and as a primer. I find in the summer due to the high SPF I use my face resembles Caspar the Friendly Ghost whilst the rest of my body tans. Therefore this has been an absolute hero product for me. I use it all over to bronze my whole face before I apply a base (although sometimes I leave it just as this) and then I go over and build the colour on any areas I need. Although this is heavily fragranced it does not break my sensitive skin out and leaves a really nice natural but slightly matte finish. This is the perfect summer bronzer that is so easy to use. 

I have raved about this product before here but the reason it is in my monthly favourites is because it can be used anywhere on your face: for blemishes or to lighten dark circles making it the perfect travel all rounder product! 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Restaurant Story

I wanted to take my Dad somewhere special for his birthday to treat him for a change as he is always spoiling us. I asked around friends and Tom Sellors  new restaurant, Restaurant Story was a firm favourite from everyone. The food was incredible and the staff so friendly and helpful it really was the perfect afternoon. I had told them it was my Dad's birthday so on our arrival there was an envelope on our table addressed to my father with a Happy Birthday letter inside signed by Tom Sellors which I thought was a nice touch. You can go for the taster options at lunch but I had heard from friends that you get so many tasty treats that the three course lunch menu for £35 is more than enough. I decided that as it was my Dad's birthday I didn't want to take a camera but the second the food came out I knew I had made a massive mistake! I will definitely have to go back to do the experience justice but I did manage to snap a few pictures so you get the gist! 

The lunch menu states there will be 'Treats' before your starter but I was not expecting this to be seven courses of the most delicious flavours and combinations. I actually wish I had taken a picture of each treat as we struggled to remember each one by the end. I know there was toasted cod skin with a cod puree; flowers where the center had crystallised oysters; a shrimp inspired oreo biscuit; razor clams with champagne snow; a rabbit sandwich; and sweetcorn four ways which were all incredible. 

 I love tasters like this because it allows me to experience lots of different flavours that I would not normally go for on a menu, such as rabbit, oysters and razor clams. I was a vegetarian for most of my childhood and am still a little squeamish when it comes to meat so this is the perfect way for me to taste new things. 

The starter was Bread and Dripping something I was a little apprehensive about however, it was insanely good. The dripping came out as a candle about 5 minutes before the bread. You were then given warm crusty bread to dip into the melted juices and a tapanade to give an extra hit of flavour.  

The main course was lamb cooked in three ways with roasted vegetables and sheep's yoghurt. It was definitely some of the best lamb I have ever had but the portions are small, in fact it was the same size as a small starter. However, as you get so many treats before and the taste was sublime I couldn't really complain. 

We then had a cheeseboard with an assortment of breads followed by a refreshing palate cleanser of lemon sorbet and white chocolate snow - incredible! 

To finish we had an almond and dill dessert followed by coffee and incredible chocolate tea cakes. 

As I said before the the whole experience was perfect as not only was the food beautifully prepared and presented but the staff were so friendly and helpful. It is not the most attractive setting compared to some of the restaurants near by as it is surrounded by roads but the food and staff definitely make up for it. 

Again I apologise for the lack of photos, I promise next time I will take my camera but the lunch was too good not to share! 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Liberty London Knot Tie Watches

Whenever I wear my Liberty London Knot Tie Watch I always get so many complements as it really can add to an outfit. Mine is the blue patterned watch on the far left of the pictures and it was a Christmas present from my boyfriend a few years ago. I wear it most days alternating between it and my Larsson & Jennings watch (I have the white face, gold detailing and red & white strap FYI!). 

For my sister's 21st I bought her the middle red poppy patterned watch. She has not taken it off since and actually had to ask my Grandma yesterday to hem the edges as it had started to fray! The final blue flowered watch is the one I bought my Mum for Christmas as she was starting to feel jealous whenever we wore ours. I think they are a fantastic present to give someone special and each one is so unique. The different patterns are limited but remain in stock for just under a year before they are changed so it is unlikely you will meet someone with the exact same design as you, which I think it pretty cool! 

You can purchase them from Liberty London for £59.95 which I do not think is terrible for such a gorgeous watch! 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Five Favourite Brushes

Narrowing this down to five was much harder than I though as I do love the EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush for contouring as with one swipe of the NARS Contour Palatte I can get both the contour and highlight in one! Having said that I think these are the five that I use most often and genuinely do not think I could live without. 

1. Real Techniques Blush Brush

I use this brush for powder, bronzer, blush and even contouring as it is the perfect tapered shape for all. The bristles are beautifully soft, it cleans and dries perfectly as do all the Real Technique offerings. An absolute bargain for £9.99 in Boots.

2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush

This is the perfect brush for blending your foundation or any base into your skin to leave you with a flawless finish. There is no surprise that this is such a cult beauty favourite! I only wish it was sold separately as you can only purchase it in the Core Collection for £21.99 in Boots.

3. MAC 217

Another cult and rather obvious inclusion here but this brush is fantastic for blending eyeshadows. I am not sure how it creates such a flawless finish but it does, every time! I am sure that every beauty lover has one of these in their stash! You can buy it from MAC online for £19 - slightly more expensive but definitely worth it.

4. Real Techniques Dome Shadow Brush

I don't actually use this brush for my eyeshadows as I think it is perfect for blending concealer, whether it is a highlighting pen under the eyes or a denser concealer for imperfections it effortlessly buffs the product into the skin. This comes in the Starter Set for £21.99 in Boots.

5. Real Techniques Detailer Brush

I am obsessed with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage palate as it hides even the most stubborn of marks or can be mixed with other concealers and used under the eyes. I absolutely love pin point concealing as I think it is a much more natural way of masking blemishes and this brush is perfect for it. Also if you wanted to be really versatile it could be used for eyeliner or smoking under the eye. You can purchase it in the Core Collection for £21.99.

What are your favourite brushes?


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Holiday Packing: Makeup

Following on from my last post Holiday Packing: Beauty I thought I would also show which makeup items I will be taking. 

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser - It is no secret how much I adore the Oil Free version of this but it has very sadly run out and when I was organising my makeup I came across this forgotten base. This gives a gorgeous glow to the skin but doesn't offer as much coverage as the oil free version. However I am hoping that with all the Vitamin D my skin will find this perfect! 

Bourjois Cream Bronzing Primer - This was a firm favourite of mine last year  (you can tell by the very battered packaging!) and has I have hit pan on my Laguna Bronzer I decided to take this with me to give skin a natural sun kissed look. It is supposed to be a primer but I have always preferred it as a bronzer! 

Topshop Eye Gleam in Bronzed - Again sorting about my makeup (post here) allowed me to rediscover this gorgeous eyeshadow that can be used on its own for a slightly glittery bronzed look or a perfect base for a more smokey eye. The texture is so buttery and it blends perfectly. I also really like how it wears throughout the day. Read a full review here although I warn you it was my second post ever so thinking of giving an updated one when I am back!  

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage - I go one and on about my love for this but it is just a phenomenal concealer. read full review here

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light - Another much loved and discussed product. Most of the products now have full reviews which I will list below. Full review here

L'Oreal Magique Highlighting Concealer Pen - Perfect for under the eyes. 

Anastasia Brow Wiz - Full review here.  

L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Waterproof Mascara, The perfect mascara for lengthening and it holds a curl all day. The only downfall it is impossible to remove so I will need to buy my favourite eye makeup remover at the airport! 

Maybelline Brow Drama - Full review here. 

My favourite brushes: EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush, Real Techniques Detailer Brush, Real Techniques Dome Shadow Brush, MAC 217, Real Techniques Blush Brush (full reviews on these coming soon!)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Holiday Packing: Beauty

I find packing for holiday a little bit stressful as I am always worrying I will forget that vital item. I know things can easily get replaced but I have gone away before and missed certain things therefore I thought I would show you what I am taking for my two week holiday. I know I am a little late for lots of you but better late than never! 

Click on each item below for the link: 

Dermalogica Hydrating Face Masques - These are perfect for when your skin needs that little bit of TLC when you have been in the sun and the sample sachets are perfect for travelling. 

Dove Hair Therapy Damage Solutions Express Treatment Conditioner - Recently I have become a little obsessed with keeping the condition of my hair. Sun and chlorine are the devil when it comes to glossy, healthy locks so this will be a staple for me over the holiday. It is cheap and makes my hair so soft and shiny after use. 

Soltan Protect & Tan - I do love the P20 Sunscreen as it is completely waterproof and one application really does last all day. However if I am not going to the beach and can stand constant reapplication then this is such a moisturising SPF that really does live up to its name! 

Garnier After Sun - I bought this one as it was on offer, normally I am a Nivea Soft girl but whatever your preference you definitely need something to sooth your sun kissed skin. 

Tresemme Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo - Now that I have a fringe this is a must! I wrote a full review here but this is my favourite dry shampoo as it leaves no white residue and this travel sized option is perfect. 

Charles Worthington Colour Shield Spray - Now I don't colour my hair but a friend recommended this to me as it is a sun and heat protectant that promises to reduce hair breakage by 60%. I was never one to care about my hair as it has always been healthy and straight but recently I have felt a need to preserve this and am looking forward to seeing if this helps with damage control from the sun.  

Mini Bumble & Bumble Salt Spray - The best product for creating beach hair! 

Charles Worthington Hair Elixir - Love this and have been through copious bottle of the stuff. Recently write a full review here.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - Love this cleanser as it does everything it sets out to plus the travel size option is perfect. 

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spray - I use this product every day and my only worry is the travel size won't be enough! 

Simple Eye Cream - I am trying this out but hope to repurchase my Estee Lauder Eye Repair at the airport as I love it. 

Cetaphil Moisturiser - Really excited to try this as you all know how much I adore the cleanser! 

La Roche-Posay Tinted SPF 50+ - I have declare my love for this so many times. Read full review here

Polish choices from Rimmel Salon Pro Collection in Hip Hop New Romantic - it is always nice to have options and I love the formula as they stay chip free for days on my nails! 

Extras: Nail File and Tools, Tweezermans Travel Size, Ted Baker Mini Perfume, Deodorant, Cloth (I am taking more than one), Razor & Nivea SPF Lip Salve.

Noticeable missing items: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hairbrush, Hair Bands, Hair Clips, Shampoo & Conditioner as they are all being taken by someone else. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Salad Dressing Recipe

My mum makes an amazing and very simple salad dressing that my friends constantly ask me how to make so I thought I would share it with you. Salads are the perfect summer meal and can be jazzed up with various meats, vegetables or fruits to ensure it never gets boring. Another addition to transform your salad is the dressing and I am not a fan of shop bought offerings as this one is so easy to make and can be altered depending on your mood.

For one person:

1 x lemon
1 x teaspoon of Djion mustard (whole grain is also delicious)
1 x clove of garlic 
1 x large glug of extra virgin olive oil 
salt & pepper

1. In a pestle and mortar add the garlic, salt and pepper and grind it into a pulp. You need to add the salt as it helps to reduce the garlic into a smooth paste. If you do not have a pestle and mortar then you can use the flat side of your knife and squish it until it as paste. 

2. Add in the garlic and lemon juice and mix together. Again if you are without a pestle and mortar then you can shake it in a jar to mix it together. 

3. Add just under half the amount of mixture you have of olive oil and mix again. 

4. Taste. Each dressing will be different as it obviously is very dependant on how sweet or juicy your lemon is and how big your garlic clove is. If you think it is too bitter then add some honey or white wine vinegar. If it is too strong then add some more olive oil. This comes down to personal preference on the day but you should have an excellent dressing that spruces up any salad! 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

My Makeup Storage

 I did not realise how much make up I owned until I began clearing my makeup area and consolidating all the different pots, baskets and drawers into one area. I think the amount of foundations shocked me the most and it has definitely made me not want to buy anymore items until I have ploughed my way through the ones I have. Although having just said that watching this video of Charlotte Tilbury recreating the Victoria Beckham Allure cover made me long after every item used, none of which I own! 

The desk I have is one that used to belong to my great grandfather and has been passed around various bedroom over the years so is full of little pieces of graffiti that have been made by either my brothers or cousins. I am still debating whether to paint it but for now I am going to leave it as it is. 

The plastic trays that hold a lot of my makeup were given to me at a Muji event and I love how easy they are to use. 

All my tools, brushes and lip crayons are kept in either Anthropolgie espresso mugs, an Oliver Bonas mug or an empty candle holder. I have also separated the brushes into those larger ones that are used on the face and the smaller eye or detailer brushes. 

The bowls on top hold my hair clips, cotton pads and the mug has my cotton buds. The blue bowl is from Waitrose and the others are Oliver Bonas. 

 This is the drawer inside my desk and it holds all my palattes, bases and any extras that I no longer use on a daily basis or could not fit in my Muji drawers! 

This Muji drawer holds anything eye related so mascaras, eye liners, eye shadows and brow products. 

The holds anything lip related. 

This has concealers, primers, liquid highlighters and also one powder and blush - not sure how they ended up there! 

This is anything cheek related so contour, blush, bronzer, highlighter. It also has the Barry M Dazzle Dust pots as it was the only drawer with room. I actually found these on my clear out and had completely forgotten amount them! I used to love them in my uni days as they could be used a eyeshadows or if dampened as an eyeliner. 

This doesn't include the makeup that is in my current makeup bag, which looks like this, or products which I will never use as I have popped those in a basket which lives at the bottom of my wardrobe. 

I am very nosey and love posts like this that offer an insight into how people have organised their belongings! 

How do you store your makeup? 


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Four Heatwave Heroes!

1. A Light Base with SPF: 

Garnier Miracle Cream - I have been loving this recently and the light formula is perfect for the hot weather. It offers great hydration without feeling too heavy on the skin and gives a small amount of coverage and as I find my skin is better in the summer this is perfect. The best thing is that it also has SPF 20 so you are protected from the sun rays! It is currently on offer for £8.49 in Boots. Read full review here

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Cream 50+ - When I have a tan the tint on this product is just perfect as it leaves such a natural sheen that balances out your complexion. It has an SPF of 50 and you are UVA as well as UVB protected - perfect for those extremely hot days! It is currently on offer for £11.25 in Boots. Read full review here

2. Waterproof Mascara: 

Bourjois Volume 1 Second Waterproof Mascara - This has been my mascara of choice for months now as I love how dramatic my lashes look after application. Although it is waterproof and so stays put all day it isn't impossible to be removed either.  It is £9.99 in Boots, although there is an offer for 3 for 2 on all Bourjois products at the moment. Read full review here

3. Lipsalve with SPF:

Nivea Sun Protect SPF 30 Waterproof - I find my lips dry out massively in the hot weather and I am really bad at remembering to use a lip salve with SPF. This is a lovely nourishing lip product that keeps them hydrated all day. It is £3.29 in Boots.

4. Powder to keep the shine at bay. 

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light - I use this product every day and absolutely love the finish that it gives. It makes my makeup last all day, blurs imperfections, eliminates unwanted shine and gives your skin a soft glow that looks healthy and natural. Although it is a little pricey at £38 I have barely made a dent in the six months I have been using it.  Read full review here

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder - I do love this powder as it gives such a beautiful flawless finish but the packaging is incredibly fiddly. Considering it is a whopping £42 I do not understand why there is no wheel inside so you can control the amount of loose powder that escapes through the holes. Instead if  you accidentally knock or shake the product you will get a little explosion of white powder every time you open it causing a massive waste. It also means you can't travel with it which is such a shame as it is perfect for not only setting your makeup but topping it up throughout the day due to the hyaluronic acid.  Read full review here, although be warned it was my second post so it is not that detailed! 

A cheaper alternative powder that I love is the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, which is £8.99 in Boots. 

What are your must have products in a heat wave?


Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Those who read my blog regularly or follow me on Twitter or Instagram will know I have a slight obsession with juicing. It all started after Christmas when my boyfriend and I decided to be more healthy and purchased a Philips Viva Collection Juicer for around £75.00. I spent ages looking at reviews but for the money, size (living in a one bedroom London flat does not equal a large kitchen space) and how quickly it can be cleaned this one came out top, although it now seems to be slightly more expensive at £99! I absolutely love this juicer as it takes up little room in my kitchen and dismantles very easily making the washing up time roughly the same as a blender. 

We decided that we wanted to start juicing as we felt that breakfast for us was a bit of a wasted meal in terms of nutrition. We occasionally had porridge with chai seeds and fruit but more often that not it would consist of toast as I am not a huge cereal fan. A friend of ours had a juicer and she swore it improved her skin and helped her loose a few pounds so we thought we would give it a go. I am now utterly hooked and have a juice every single day either for breakfast or as an afternoon snack as they really do fill you up. I have attempted the Jason Vale Juicing Diet but can never last longer than 48 hours before I cave and eat something. Having said this it has given me some great ideas for juicing. If you want to hear more about the benefits then watch some of his videos on youtube as he explains the nutritional value of each fruit or vegetable. 

I thought I would share today the juice I have most mornings, although it obviously does depend what is in my fridge! 

1 x beetroot
1 x apple
2 x carrots
1 chunk of cucumber
1 chunk of ginger 
1 very large handful of spinach

Apart from the ginger which I peel and then slice the other vegetables do not need to be sliced as they all fit easily down the tube at the top, making the process extremely quick and easy. There is no order in which I juice each item although I do like to sandwich the spinach between the juicer items as I read somewhere that it allows more juice to be extracted from the leaves. 

What I love about juicing is the colours which are created! 

Once done you are left with a delicious juice that is full of nutrition and a pint keeps me full until I have a mid morning snack of fruit. If you have a sweet tooth or are new to juicing I would recommend putting two apples in as otherwise it does taste mostly of vegetables! 

The remains of the produce is collected at the bottom of the juicer which you can see in the far right picture. The clips on the side are opened and each item can be washed and the dry leftovers put in the bin. I know this is quite a long post but I thought I would also include a bit about each fruit or vegetable I have used so you can see why they are healthy for us. 

Beetroot: Helps improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, boots stamina, anti inflammatory and helps your body detox. 

Spinach: Full of vitamins, protein, iron and fibre which not only acts as an antioxidant but also helps lower blood pressure and improves mental clarity. 

Ginger: Full of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. It is often used to help with nausea or an upset stomach. Particularly good on a hangover as it boosts your metabolism, stops you feeling sick and makes you feel hungry. 

Apple: High in Vitamin C, A and fibre. They also help to sweeten the juice in a healthy way.

Carrot: High in Vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for your eye sight and the carrots also help to sweeten the juice. 

Cucumber: A natural diuretic and full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your heart.

What do you put in your juice? 


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Weekly Favourites # 33

This week I have hit the gym hard as I have frozen my membership for August because I am in Portugal for two weeks of it. I stayed at home for a bit at the start of the week and saw my lovely friend Lottie and her gorgeous boy William who it just the cutest toddler ever. He behaves impeccably and is always so smiley and happy. We had a lovely lunch outside before taking him to the park to play on the swings and slides. On Wednesday I saw my university friends who are visiting from Hong Kong. I hadn't realised how much I had missed them until I saw them and my sides hurt the next day from laughing so much! 

On Thursday I went and saw the gorgeous London Kat's new flat which she has decorated so beautifully. I was particularly envious of her office and beauty space! On Friday I had a chilled evening with friends, take out and films. Perfect really.

Next week is going to be very busy with lots of family events as it is my Dad's birthday and then we leave for Portugal very early on Saturday morning so I imagine this will be my last Weekly Favourites for a while as I want to enjoy my holiday and not stress too much about my blog - plus I have no idea how good the wifi will be so I am not taking my laptop! 

Photographs: William // Catching up with friends // The tortoise finished the strawberries! // Lunch with London Kat // Do I have enough foundations? // Water with a few extras // Had these at the RA and my Mum managed to recreate them: Apple, Poppy & Pumpkin Seed Cupcakes // Stripes and Sunflowers.

Posts this week have included: Spiralizer: Perfect for those who want to eat more vegetablesFabulous Fabletics Gym Kit Offer  July Favourites

Favourite Post: I have loved Deliciously Ella's blog since it very first began and it has recently has a new design. I love the new layout but I love her delicious water recipe even more. Just add lemon, mint, cucumber and frozen blueberries to your water and keep it in the fridge. I really struggle with drinking water but this makes me drink litres of the stuff! 

Hope you have all had a good week too! 


July Favourites

I always love reading these posts to see what products are most loved and why before adding them to my very long wish list. So I thought I would start sharing with you the products I have been using non-stop this month! 

1. Garnier Miracle Skin Cream  - Full review here

I cannot stop raving about this light weight base. It is perfect both under makeup if you want to add a bit of glow to your complexion or I have been using it as my base this month as it offers just a hint of colour whilst keeping my skin feeling hydrated all day. It has SPF 20 as well making it perfect for these warmer days as well as an abundance of other ingredients that promise to firm and smooth your skin, combat ageing and dark circles.  You can buy it in Boots for £8.66 at the moment instead of the normal £12.99.

2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - Full review here

One of the reasons I can wear such a light weight coverage during the day is because my skin is looking really good at the moment - although now I have mentioned this is will clearly have a mini tantrum tomorrow! I think this has to do with my diet, more sunshine and less stress as I am on school holidays but I also believe a lot of it is down to this cleanser. It was actually recommended to a family friend by her doctor as she suffers from really bad acne and it completely cleared her skin up. Although it markets itself for dry sensitive skin  (you can find it in the Pharmacy section of Boots nears the eczema treatments) my combination complexion has loved it. I use only this now morning and night and love it so much that my Emma Hardie Moranga Cleansing Balm is now collecting dust at the back of my cupboard. For £7.99 in Boots you really cannot go wrong. 

3. Origins GinZing Moisturiser - Full review here

The delightful fresh orange smell of this product is just insane and something I look forward to applying every morning. It has a light gel consistency that absorbs quickly into your skin leaving it feeling hydrated. I have gone through countless tubs of the stuff and I am gutted that this morning I scraped out the final remains. You can buy it from Origins for £23.

4. L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer Pen. 

I am not usually that fussy when it comes to highlighting concealer pens but this has really stood out for me this month. It adds the perfect amount coverage and highlight making it perfect for under the eyes and my chin area which does have a small amount of pigmentation. If I have had a bad night sleep then I simply mix it with my much loved Laura Mercier Camouflage Concealer to give it that extra oomph! You can purchase it in Boots for £8.49.

5. Clinique Chubby Stick in 08 Woppin' Watermelon.

I got this free in this months issue of Glamour Magazine and have used it every day since. It has a very sheer lightweight formula that adds a hint of colour to your lips. It is a very moisturising formula that remind me of many lip balms that I own. The colour lasts a surprisingly long time but as it is so easy to use you don't need a mirror to top up! I love that this is a mini version so can fir easily into my makeup bag or the zip compartment of my normal bag. I am so glad I hunted this down but I do think at £17 it is very pricey as there is only a subtle colour pay off. You can purchase it here from Clinique.

What have you loved this month?

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