2017 Favourites: Beauty, Lifestyle, Everything.

It's gonna be a long one guys, but hey, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy, if you want to see all the goodies I have been LOVING this year, everything from makeup, skincare, TV and general lifestyle bits, this is everything I love, all in one post.  

December: Skincare Favourites

Skincare is something I have really been loving this month. The weather is so crappy that I have been really taking advantage of the goodies to make me feel a little more alive. 

Candle Showdown: Is Jo Malone Worth it?

I recently finally purchased my first Jo Malone candle, part of the run up to Christmas was to feature the candle as part of my IG feed, and feature it has *IT'S SO PRETTY* But was it worth it? 

First Impressions: Mario Badescu Skincare

First Impressions: Mario Badescu Skincare

It has been a while since I placed an online skincare order, but when Beauty Bay had their 30% off sale for Black Friday I thought it would be the perfect excuse to pick up a few bits from them to try. 

Mario Badescu is spoken about all the time online, so I thought I would pick up the two items I seem to hear the most about, the Facial Spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater and their drying lotion. 

A Very Yellow Christmas Wishlist

Just in case you missed the memo... I think my favourite colour is yellow. I really like it, the colour of sunshine and happiness. Well, it makes me happy anyway.

Travelling with AJ: Berlin 2017

I apologise in advance, this post is going to be SO picture heavy. But I wanted to be selfish and bombard you all with our best holiday snaps, so here they are! :) 

We stayed at the Novum Select Hotel right next to Checkpoint Charlie, we took the hop on hop off bus EVERYWHERE, (I highly recommend this, its fab) and we lost a hat, found a hat, explored, and I spent two days shouting "AJ come back" FUN! 

But seriously though, it was amazing. I am exhausted, but overall, it was so worth it. Travelling just the two of us was an experience, but one I would do again and again. If you want a post on exactly how that went let me know, but here is our snaps! Hope you enjoy :)

LANAIBLO Hair Dryer Review*

LANAIBLO Hair Dryer Review*

psssst. It has my NAME ON IT! How cool is that? 

I love the colour, the name options, the actual hairdryer... this is an all-around winner to me. I have been loving using this and trying it out. 

Bobbi Brown: Caviar & Rubies Eyeshadow Palette + Swatches

I don't think I have ever seen anything as beautifully perfect as this. Bobbi Brown, you have won my heart with a simply stunning, everyday palette. 

The December Life Update: Christmas Markets, Dog Snowmen and SO MUCH COLLEGE WORK

This month seems to have flown by, simply because I have been SO overwhelmed with college work, seeing Ben as much as possible, and getting ready for Berlin! (I LEAVE TODAY!) So here is this month's update, everything have been up to this month :) 

Happiness Boutique Jewellery*

Is anyone else super excited? I am so ready for it now, bring it on Santa. I know as much as I am ready for Christmas Day mentally, I still haven't finished Christmas shopping. AJ is completely done, but my family - not so much!
Some people are near impossible to buy for, but if you are looking for any last minute recommendation for anyone who loves anything sparkly and beautiful, I highly recommend checking out Happiness Boutique. Their jewellery is so stunning.

Autumn Empties 2017

I love reading an empties post, there is something so satisfying about seeing an empty product - then getting to hear the final thoughts on it. Empties is something I have done since starting the blog, and it isn't something I ever plan on stopping - its refreshing to discuss binning rather than buying - even if I will head out and repurchase lol. So here is the bits I have used up the past few months! 

InStyler GLOSSIE Ceramic Styling Brush*

Say hello to my newest favourite. Ever since this has arrived I haven't used my straighteners. And to me, that is a big deal. I have been a hair straight enthusiast since around 2003, back in the days when you weren't anyone unless your hair was poker straight to within an inch of its life - and you just had to have a pair of GHDs. 

Since then my hair hasn't changed. Simply because my hair is SUPER thick - so curling isn't an option for me, and thanks to all my volume - it just cannot stay naturally straight without looking ridiculous. So for 15 years, I have been a slave to my hair straighteners. 

December: Best Blog Posts

Welcome to the latest addition to my monthly roundup of posts. I thought it would be a good idea to share the posts that have really caught my attention this month - whether they are bigger blogs or smaller ones - it is all about the content. 

So here is the first instalment. The posts I have loved this month. If you want to know how you could be featured, check the final paragraph of this post! :) 

First Impressions: Tropic*

Can we please take a moment to appreciate packaging. The packaging on this is BEAUTIFUL. To the point I cannot bin it, it is still sitting on my window despite my constant use of the items - but packaging aside, the products are beautiful too.

World Duty Free: Holiday To Berlin Wishlist*

One of the best parts of going on holiday is the trip through World Duty Free. I am yet to meet anyone who doesn't get just a little bit excited over the idea of a nose around those discounts. Not to mention the thrill of holiday is enough to make you want to spend all your holiday cash then and there. Who needs to eat when you can spend all your money on makeup right??? Just me? Ok then... 

So I thought I would compile a list in advance for all the bits I will be looking out for next weekend when AJ & I go to Berlin, so here it is, my favourites - the things I will be wanting. 

Case App: Christmas/Customised Phone Cases*

Some people like to live on the edge, go phone case-less like rebels and risk the ever looming disaster of a cracked screen... I am not one of those people, I am firmly in the case and screen protector camp. Call it care, call it anxiety - either way you won't ever see me without a phone case on my phone.

Just thinking about it makes me feel a little ill. Especially with how clumsy I am, my poor phone is bound to get some abuse. 

Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range (AD)

This post is a paid collaboration with Janina

I think everyone is now obsessed with having pearly white teeth - myself included, but I hadn't really thought about doing something to whiten them yet. Sure I have used toothpaste boasting of having whitening properties, but its hard to actually see if it has been working. Needless to say I accepted the challenge from Janina, and I have been loving the process. 

My main concern for teeth whitening is always sensitivity, I have such a fear of ending up with super sensitive teeth - mainly because I do not want to live my life without ice cream. I can happily say my teeth are not sensitive at all after using all of these for 3-4 weeks - even after the 5 day intense treatment! 

A Love Of EVE: The Towels*

The minute I seen Eve I knew I had to try them. A Yellow brand you say? YES! It also helped I was in desperate need for a new mattress (My last one was 15+ Years old)  I have had my mattress now for a month and I cannot imagine ever going back to another one now. 

With my combined love for their mattresses + the yellow aspect I just felt as if I needed to worth with Eve. Now, i'm never condoning begging on twitter, but I totes begged Eve to notice me. Like HEY EVE we are made for one another... and guess what? They agreed! How cool is that? I LOVE when brands recognise bloggers and you end up working with a brand you love already... the best kind of collaborations! 

So very kindly eye sent me across their new addition to their line up - the towels. They come in two standard colours - grey and white and also in two sizes - hand and body. They also sent me one of their blogger exclusives - the dressing gown, which is white with yellow piping.  It is super special to have, and I am guessing very limited, so I promise I won't tell you it's incredible (Even though it kinda is) 

World Duty Free: Benefit Defined & Refined Brows*

World Duty Free: Benefit Defined & Refined Brows*

I think the majority of us would agree that benefit SLAY brows and their packaging, it is one brand that is consistently good when it comes to brow and their taming. So to find a value set like this is fantastic, especially when you save even more money by purchasing from Duty Free.

First Impressions: DHC Skincare*

I felt like I was the only blogger left who hadn't tried DHC skincare. I have seen the iconic cleanser everywhere now, so I couldn't wait to try it out along with the latest addition to their range - the Astaxanthin Collagen. So here is my thoughts and first impressions of them both, after using them for just over 3 weeks! 

November Favourites 2017

I have been loving so so much this month, it has been hard to keep track of any of it, but I have tried, and here is everything I remembered - I hope you enjoy! :)

This post doesn't include my actual birthday as a favourite, but it definitely was. Getting to see Ben, going to Harry Potter - it was incredible, so it definitely has been a favourite, without a doubt. 

November: Skincare Saviours

This month has been all about simple and clean skincare. I have been focussing more on keeping my skin clean and moisturised, as the terrible weather is playing havoc on my breakouts. So as usual I thought I would share with you all my skincare picks for this month. Hope you enjoy, and let me know what has been your saviours for this month in the comments :) 

It's Christmas Time!

It's Christmas time, it feels like its gonna be a good one this year. Don't ask me why, but I am excited! So excited I am gonna start my Christmas theme early - so taaadaaaa Merry Christmas!

World Duty Free: Kenzo Miniatures Collection*

I love trying out new perfume, but it can be such a commitment to buy a 30-100ml bottle then be left with a scent you just aren't 100% keen on - I know I have made this mistake a few times now, and it can be frustrating. 

This little set was made for those of us who want to try out scents before we buy them. The Kenzo minis have 4-5ml each, giving you more than enough of each to see which ones you like for yourself!, no risky purchasing necessary. 

What I also enjoy about this set is the price tag. At £34 for 22ml it is pretty reasonable, giving you the freedom to enjoy a little bit of every scent. The packaging is adorable too! Instead of being in a generic tester tube, they are minis of their larger bottles... SO CUTE! This would make such a beautiful gift or Christmas present too - it is lovely! :)

The Black Friday Anti-Haul (On Brands/Websites)

I wasn't actually planning on doing a Black Friday post - hence the lack of appropriate image. But 100 emails too many, and well, this is what has happened!

Now, some brands are dropping some pretty epic discounts - Beauty Bay, Missguided, Next, BooHoo, Spectrum.... but some brands are epically failing - and well the discounts are appreciated - but it really isn't worth all the banners, the emails, the constant promos.. so I thought I would go through some places just not worth looking through (unless you have a specific item to buy)

I know some of you will be thinking "oh but they don't need to give us discount" - no you are right, but if they are insisting on sending me multiple emails into my inbox advertising it - expect to be slammed for it. Now, instead of telling you what you should buy, here is some places to not bother with.

Elemental Herbology Candle Trio*

Elemental Herbology Candle Trio Review*

Elemental Herbology is one brand I have fallen completely in love with since beginning blogging. I have been very kindly gifted these items, so I thought I would take the time to share them with you. If you would like to see more from Elemental Herbology you can view my last post here

HAIR: InStyler MAX Product Review*

HAIR: InStyler MAX Product Review*

As a blogger we are extremely lucky to be sent products for review, sometimes those products are sent as a surprise, no email, no contact, just TAADAAAA parcel. This was one. 

As a hair maximising, hair volumising, hair curling tool - I was terrified to even try it. I have been "blessed" with ridiculously thick hair. So I avoid EVERYTHING that claims added volume. It's just me looking ridiculous just waiting to happen.  

The November Life Update: Birthday, McCoo's and Personal Statements

This is the post I consider mine. The one I post because #myblogmyrules but some how people seem to enjoy a monthly update on all things me, so why not? 

Here is my once a month personal post, the ones with photos of all things other than makeup and skincare, I hope you enjoy! :) 

First Impressions: Christian Breton Skincare*

Skincare is something I love trying out, so when I am given the chance to try out a different brand I am usually all for it. I recently have been lucky enough to try out Christian Breton skincare, which is a brand I have heard so many good things about, but haven't had the chance to try yet - until now. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit Highlighter

Say hello to the latest highlighters in my collection. Ben was lovely enough to get this for me for my birthday. (You can see my full birthday post here) 

ABH have brought out quite a few glow kits now, but this has been the first one I have really been drawn to. The reason for this is simply the shade range. A generic glow kit contains shades for a medium skin tone, or a shade to suit everyone. Which means not everyone is able to use every shade. Resulting in 1-3 shades which go unused. Which makes me sad. 

This glow kit however is perfect for us paler people, icy undertones always work out better on my skin tone - and I can honestly say all 4 shades are wearable as highlighters for me - because really, who does end up using them as eyeshadows? 

Project Pan 2017 - Update

 I HAVE HIT PAN. On two things too. This is the first time I had ever hit pan on anything other than face powder, so to see it shining though the highlighter was pretty flipping incredible. *happy dance*

So here is my progress on everything so far. With 3 months left I know I won't be finishing much, but its good to see progress - and how much time it actually takes to hit pan on things!

November: New In Beauty (Christmas Edition)

I spend a lot of my time watching Beauty News on youtube, (their channel is so so good), they upload twice a week just discussing new releases, it can be SO addictive. Watching this and Samantha March talk about new releases in her "Will I buy it" series has made me a tad obsessed with keeping up to date on new launches.

Elie Beaumont Richmond Watch in "Lavender Nappa Leather"*

Have you ever seen such a pretty watch. It's so beautiful! Say hello to the Elie Beaumont Richmond, with the marble effect face and lavender strap. I am completely obsessed with the simply oversized style, that just seems to go with every outfit.

5 Subjects Bloggers Cannot Agree On

I like to think us bloggers get on very well most of the time, but there is some subjects which are now known as taboo, you don't bring them up, or its hell, or battle on twitter. Who is right? No one knows!  (I think that no one is right - but hey thats me!) 

New In: Sleek Make Up + Swatches*

New In: Sleek Make Up + Swatches*

Sleek is a brand I used to use all the time as a teenager, I was so obsessed with their eyeshadows back in the mid 2000's. But since then I haven't really tried anything from them - which is shocking really because their items are so good! 

So I was very kindly sent across some of their new range to try out, so I have had such a good few weeks playing around with the bits they sent across! Here is my thoughts on them :)

My 27th Birthday!

Saying I was spoilt this year for my Birthday is the understatement of the century, I honestly cannot believe how lucky I have been - and a huge part of that was down to Ben. So I thought I would go over what I got up to for my birthday weekend, what I got, and what we did! :) 

Laura Geller: First Impressions*

I LOVE trying out new beauty brands, and Laura Geller is one brand that I was yet to try until now - so exciting! :) 

Her range is known for the beautiful baked gelato swirl illuminators, I mean how stunning are they? The perfect pan, such a stunning presentation. She does have a full range to go alongside her highlighters, blush, correctors, lipsticks - you name it. So it was lovely to try out the cult classic along with something a bit different.

Turning 27

It's official. When you are reading this I will be the grand age of 27. 

To celebrate my birthday I drove 411 miles down south to Ben's house for the weekend, needless to say I am being spoilt rotten by him as usual, he is so lovely - and way too kind to me! So I thought I would leave this post until the night before, sit on his couch (with a glass of wine) and decide what the content will be, and to be honest I think it is simply going to be 27 facts and opinions, meaningful or otherwise - that I have picked up on over the years. 

Anti-Haul: Beauty Advent Calendars....

I am sure this is gonna cause I riot, because I seem to be the only person on planet earth who doesn't like Advent Calendars - but alas, I thought I would talk through them anyway, and give you my reasoning for why I just cannot bear to splash the cash on any of them, and my thought process on purchasing them! 

Roxanne Campbell Autumn/Winter Nail Varnish Collection*

Sometimes a range just completely *gets* me, and I love autumn/winter shades. This collection from Roxanne Campbell is just complete Autumn goals, and I am all for that. 

They very kindly sent me them to try out and take pretty pictures of - I'm pretty happy with the results - they're so beautiful! 

Too Faced Melted Latex Lipsticks + Swatches*

I love trying out new lipstick formula, and this one is completely unique. The formula is definitely more lipgloss like - but the pigmentation is more lipstick. A unique hybrid between the two. 

October Favourites 2017

2.5 years of blogging and I still love reading and writing a monthly favourite. So no attempt at me stopping anytime soon, sorry guys! So here is the bits I have been loving this month! :)

October: Skincare Saviours

I'm so shocked it is the end of October already. What is going on? Here is my skincare favourites, my routine this month. New and old additions I am enjoying. Mini Reviews - I hope you enjoy :)

Philips Satinelle Prestige Wet & Dry Epilator*

Philips Satinelle Prestige Wet & Dry Epilator*

6 weeks ago I heard the word "Epilator" and would flinch. Early teen throwbacks of my Mum's torture device was something I wasn't up for reliving... until I was given this option. In steps the ultra luxe Philips Satinelle Prestige Wet & Dry Epilator. I mean look how flipping beautiful it is. Surely something this beautiful couldn't be painful? I was up for the task.

Vichy Staple Products (You Need in your Routine)

Vichy has a special place in my heart now, they were the first brand to ever contact me. Back in April 2016. It feels so long ago now, especially in blog terms - I feel like I have moved on so far from then, but at the same time my thoughts and feelings of their line up haven't changed at all.

They recently contacted me once more to top up my Dermablend stash, and to try out their new powder compact foundation. They also included a skincare goodie to try too!

World Duty Free: NARS #JetSetter Set (Orgasm Collection)*

I think I was the only blogger on planet earth to not own the NARS blush in "Orgasm" - yes that is really its name. Now lets all giggle at the "Multiple Orgasm" *giggles* Anyway - I swear it has its own cult following - and now I finally have the opportunity to try it out - the long awaited testing.

Back To Lush: Recycling Scheme + Mini Reviews

Back To Lush: Recycling Scheme + Mini Reviews

Did you know if you take 5 tubs of lush back you get a free fresh face mask? It's a definite perk of being a lush fanatic. I thought I would share with you what items I have used up, a mini review, and the new mask! :) 

World Duty Free: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick Trio*

World Duty Free: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick Trio*

SO BEAUTIFUL. I love a lipstick set, hell I love a lipstick. They have to be my favourite makeup item. But this lipstick set is just complete goals, I mean look. Perfection in a photo.

World Duty Free has to be the best place to do MakeUp shopping - without a doubt - it's almost more fun than going on the holiday itself - and I know I save up before I leave just to splash out on something exciting! (Or is this just me? - oops!)

They contacted me a few weeks ago now and very kindly sent over some exclusive bits for me to try out. This Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick Trio was one of them, it is such a cute set to pick up on your way to somewhere sunny - and then be able to use when you are home too!

Apple Watch Series 3 + Cellular Practical Review

Apple Watch Series 3 + Cellular Practical Review

I've had my apple watch now for 4 weeks, and now that the novelty has worn off - I thought it would be the best time to write a full post on it! So I hope you enjoy, something outside the usual beauty related content, but I hoped it would be something that would be interesting - as I have had quite a few questions on it.