2019 Favourites: Beauty, Skincare & Lifestyle

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A Lot of Favourites 

Yes, the mug really does have coffee in it. Multitasking. So, I thought I would share everything I have loved this year, everything from the very minimal amount of makeup I have used, the skincare which I have used lots of, and everything else which has caught my eye. 

December Favourites 2019

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How is it the end of another year? 

The last month of the year, so it makes sense to share everything I have been loving the past month... 

Edinburgh Zoo: Lost Worlds #GiantLanterns

A Fun Family Day... 

Such an incredible day out at Edinburgh Zoo with the family - so I thought I would share the snaps. It was pretty incredible! The work and skill which must have gone into it is amazing - a joy to see. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area :) 

Cheesy RomCom Christmas Movies You Just NEED To Watch

Cheesy RomCom Christmas Movies You Just NEED To Watch, hallmark, prime, netflix, films,

Just in case you don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram... I REALLY love Christmas movies. Especially Rom Coms, and ESPECIALLY cheesy ones which make me doubt my single, empowering women status. The movies where boys are tough and girls "change" them. Oh, the shame. BUT,  I just cannot get enough of them - so here are my favourites. For me, there is a tickbox list of cheesy romcom boxes that must be ticked for me to be happiest. The best people at hitting all the right boxes for me is Hallmark - they are the experts on Cheesy Crap Movies. 

Shay & Blue London: Black Tulip*

Shay & Blue London: Black Tulip* perfume, cruelty free, shay and blue, vegan, ethical, tulip, unisex, cheap, good price, 100ml

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I just love Shay & Blue 

I have been in love with my first bottle of Shay & Blue since it arrived back in June, the Blood Oranges scent is incredible - and I have worn it constantly. As Shay & Blue impressed me so much with their first bottle, of course, I was curious to see if their other scents would be as good. Needless to say, they did not disappoint. Their Black Tulip fragrance is just incredible. 

Christmas Gifting With Dermalogica*

Christmas Gifting With Dermalogica*, Barrier Defense Booster*, Rapid Reveal Peel*, Nightly Lip Treatment*, Redness Relief Essence*, Precleanse Balm*, Intensive Moisture Cleanser*, Intensive Moisture Balance* Skin Smoothing Cream*, Daily Microfoliant*, Special Cleansing Gel* Review

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Gifting Your Favourites... 

Dermalogica is just such a cult classic brand now. Known for their incredible quality and perfect results - this is one brand to have in your skincare routine. For every Dermalogica fan, a few goodies will always be appreciated - so I thought I would share with you a few key items to have hidden under the tree for your loved ones.

If you haven't tried Dermalogica yet, you really should! I have been impressed with everything I have tried from them - they have very quickly become a staple to my skincare. So why not check out the range and pop a few key items onto your Santa list - they do travel size and gift packs, perfect to try before a full-size commitment. But regardless, I am sure you won't be disappointed.

L'Occitane Fruity Lipstick Review + Swatches*

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Beautiful Shades & Beautiful Packaging

Oh, I do love lipsticks - and these ones are no exception. Say hello to the L'Occitane Fruity Lipsticks. L'Occitane has launched three new shades for Christmas - perfect for all those holiday parties and perfect as a Christmas gift too. Three classics for every occasion. 

Pixi + Collaborations #PixiPretties Review + SWATCHES*

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Another Incredible Launch From Pixi 

Seriously, who doesn't love a Pixi product now? They are SO nice! I was so excited to see this huge parcel from them - containing a complete mix of goodies to try - all with information about the products in stunning packaging. So I thought I would go through all the products, swatch them all, and tell you my favourites to pick up! 

November Favourites 2019

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ITS CHRISTMASSSSS okay, not yet. But close enough. 

This month has been such a good one, I feel like I have done so much with being back at university and actually having some free time again - so here is everything I have loved this month... 

November Skincare Saviours

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The Skincare Edit.... 

Another month, another skincare edit. I love this time of year, but my skin doesn't. Hello, dry yet oily, spotty yet sore skin. I look like Rudolph with these spots - and not in a cute way. 


Another year, Another Calendar... 

Those of you who have followed me for a while will know my confusion, indecisiveness and hatred of the beauty advent calendars. Part of me loves them, I want them all. But a much bigger part of me cannot bear to part with £100-£300 on items I wouldn't necessarily buy myself. My usual argument is that I would rather spend £200 on things I actually want. 

My Top 5: Body Moisturisers

Hello Autumn/Winter... Hello Dry Skin.

My skin is fine all summer long, then the minute it hits October/November it dries out. Especially on my legs. So I spend ages using a moisturiser to ensure my skin doesn't become a complete flakey, peeling mess. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Review + Swatches

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It's just SO pretty...

Every year I am sucked in by the Hourglass Limited Edition Palette. Every year I want it, and some of the time I end up making the splurge... but this year, I thought I was free from the lust of it all. This year was a copy from last year, with different packaging. HURRAH. I didn't need or want it. Then BAM, turns out they had launched a quad, a blush quad, a blush quad of dreams that I definitely did not need, but I definitely did want. 

Turning 29.

It's My BIRTHDAY (Yesterday). 

It was my birthday yesterday, and I've never felt so "MEH" about one before. The count down to the big THREE ZERO has begun. Ick. and I am not looking forward to it. My birthday was uneventful as always, but I did drink wine and eat a shed load of Indian food. It was definitely the highlight - that and cards from friends and loved ones. 

The Beauty Advent Calendar Anti-Haul 2019

The Anti Haul... 

It's been known for a long time I am not the biggest fan of the Beauty Advent Calendars... I did an anti-haul two years ago, and figured I would do a redo... to see if opinions have changed...

You can view my last one here. 

October Favourites 2019

Another month over, and it's almost my birthday... 

The end of another month. Hopefully, November won't fly by as quick as October, but I doubt it. This month seems to have just gone in a flash!..

October Skincare Saviours

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Back into the Swing of Skincare... 

It's been a while since I have enjoyed skincare this much, and I am so glad I'm taking care of my skin again... my face should start thanking me for it soon right? 

My Top 5: Purifying Masks!

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My skin seems to never want to grow out of its oily teen status, so I thought I would embrace it and take the time to discuss my favourite clarifying masks which help unclog my pores, and minimise that oil production. 

An Autumn Refresh with Fin&Co!*

*Gifted Item
My hair was in desperate need of fixing... 

You know you have waited too long between cuts when your hairdresser tells you. My greys were FAR too long, my colour had faded and my undercut was looking very mullet like. She was horrified by how bad it was, so was I to be fair - Never again will I leave it this long.

Gaston Luga Pråper Bag (In Olive & Black)*

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Finally, a bag that fits my laptop comfortably! 

Gaston Luga is a Swedish brand focusing on the importance of a stylish, sleek design - but with all the practicality and functions of Scandinavian design. Their bags are beautiful. Durable, simple designs across all their bags ensure your purchase will stand the test of time. I love how classic yet pretty they are - making it very difficult to choose from their designs and colour options. 

September Favourites 2019!

I'm still in slow motion mode... 

Posts have been pretty sparse again on here, but I am in the process of getting my mojo back - which is exciting in terms of content! So I thought I would share with you all the things that have made me happy this month... 

5 Autumn Lipstick Shades I'm Excited To Wear!

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I really love this time of year...

Does anyone else get excited to wear those deep berry shades at this time of year? There is something so autumnal about a deep berry lip with a pumpkin spice latte. (Yes, that is my idea of HEAVEN). So, after swatching all of my lipsticks last week - I thought I would share with you the lipsticks I am most excited to wear over the next few months. 

I Need More Time...

In a blogging Slump

Recently, I have been wondering where I belong in the blog world. I've been finding it hard to create content, get people to read the content... and generally just feel a bit 'meh' about it all. Hence the lack of posts. I'm only creating content I am genuinely excited about - so the posts are lacking without a doubt. I just find myself a little lost... 

BBC iPlayer - Making that TV Licence WORTH IT!

At Last....

I feel like the BBC have really upped their game recently in terms of new releases and availability on their online platform - iPlayer. It's as if someone in head office said "Hey, these kids like binge-watching shows on their laptops rather than watching scheduled programming, why don't we add them online?" and taaadaaa, instant improvement. Well done BBC, Well done.

So I thought I would chat through my ultimate favourites and watch list for the streaming service, take full advantage of that TV licence!

I just love Mr Gilbert (From Inbetweeners) aka Ken, aka Greg Davies. He is incredible - especially in this. Completely bonkers programme, but it is so good. Short, quick episodes, which will have you laughing so hard you choke.

Interior Design Masters
I started watching this last week and recognised one of the contestants from high school - what a throwback! But the programme is really good. I love watching spaces change, and this is exactly that!

Homes Under The Hammer
Talking about changing spaces.... this is my guilty pleasure in the morning. Sitting with a cuppa watching this - bliss! I LOVE watching it, watching them change run-down houses into beautiful homes.

I love the kids so much in this show, it's incredible. I love watching these when I am tired, cleaning, or just don't want to give the TV my full attention - I've seen them all,  I love them all, quick and easy.

Stacey Dooley Investigates
She is definitely love/hate. But I am definitely in the love category. I love watching her documentaries, how straight to the point she is. It's real, honest. There are so many available online too.

Gavin and Stacey
They are coming back this Christmas. You should watch them all again, for the millionth time, just to remember how amazing it is. 
C A N N O T   W A I T

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
Who remembers this classic? The musical one will forever be my favourite, it was a musical genius. Although watching it now makes me feel VERY old... it hasn't aged well.... 

My To Watch List...
Peaky Blinders
Feels like I'm the only one who hasn't seen this now... 
Better Things
I've heard Lily Pebbles singing this one's praises. I need to check it out for myself! 
Killing Eve
Even my mum has seen this... I need to catch up already. 

On iPlayer, they also have kids shows, typical programmes like Eastenders.. but also FILMS! They really are upping their game... (at last). 


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My Love of House Plants (And Care Instructions)

Sometimes you have to write about something different... 

The love of house plants is REAL. Seriously I am a tad obsessed. My house is a little more jungle than a house. But they just bring so much joy to a room, especially when you have grown them and cared for them. Some of mine have even produced more plants *so cool*. So I thought I would take the time to show you my little collection, hoping to encourage you to try some for yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed. 

August Favourites & Blog Update

A Quick Update...

For the first time in a very long time, I didn't post a Skincare Saviours or a Favourites post on time, I know - TERRIBLE BLOGGER. But life has definitely happened this month - so much that the blog has definitely taken a backseat. Which seems to be a regular occurrence nowadays. So I thought I would take the time to write up a blog post to discuss the things I have loved. Talk through my plans for the blog, and just squeal excitement over the fact that it is now autumn (almost) and I plan on being full of PSLs until November.

NEW!: Pixi Vitamin C Range!

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Say Hello to the new Range! 

Who doesn't love Pixi? Seriously they are SMASHING their releases, I'm yet to find something I haven't loved. This collection is definitely no exception either. Full of incredible new products to try and enjoy - and hopefully have your skin looking and feeling better. 

Vitamin C within skincare is aiming to boost your skin, increase your collagen, plump and create a glow. Ultimately, improving the appearance of texture and imperfections. 

"Vitamin C has potent antioxidant power, promotes healthy collagen production and is known to boost skin luminosity. - Perfect for all skintypes."

Life On Film #6: Holiday Snaps

Summer Holidays in a Campervan! 

I love a local holiday, so this was right up my street! The weather turned out to be perfect, and we had the best time! So here is all the best bits from my old school film camera, snapshots of our 5-day trip, and all the giggles along the way!

July Favourites 2019

Goodbye July. 

This month has been a very non-makeup kind of month.. as in I haven't worn any... it has been too hot, and I've been too busy. I've been rocking my plain face for far too long, so I thought I would be upfront and share the products I have been loving this month... my best bits. 

July's Skincare Saviours

What Skincare Routine? Ooops. 

Anyone else ROASTING? Just me. Oh well... This month's routine reflects my mood, exhausted, hot and unbothered. I need to up my game. 

Why I'm DONE with Instagram Perfection

A word from a shit influencer

I'm 10 weeks into a placement block, I'm exhausted, mentally, emotionally and physically. The very last thing on my mind is my housework, my hair, my eyebrows, clothes - even taking pretty pictures. I have been scraping by on instagram with photos I took a month ago, or simply not posting... 

Dermalogica Age Bright - New Niacinamide Products!*

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Hello Newness from Dermalogica. 

I LOVE niaminicide in skincare, for anyone who suffers with adult acne or spot prone skin I would highly recommend adding some into your routine. Expecially now that my much loved brand Dermalogica has extended their range to encorporate Niaminicide to their line up. 

I was so happy to try out these, they are right up my street, and something I would have looked to purchase myself. So of course I was thrilled when Dermalogica sent these across for me. 

June Favourites 2019

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Is is July already? Almost... 

I feel like I have slept this month away. And I'm not mad about it. All I can think about is how tired I am, so it makes sense the blog has had a back seat this mont...ooops. But here is everything I have loved this month. 

June Skincare Saviours

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This month has gone by in a tired blink. 

Say hello to my skincare usage this month. If I have been awake enough to use any of it. I've been terrible this month - but these are the highlights. 

Reducing Waste and Swapping to Cloth

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, etc. 

I feel we are all now trying to reduce the amount of plastic we are using, for good reasons too. Some changes I had made years ago, others are new. But I thought I would talk through the bits I have been loving - and why I am enjoying them way more than their disposable counterparts. 

I will place links where I can, but overall they have all saved me money changing over too. 

Shay & Blue London: Blood Oranges

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Summer Perfection in a Bottle

Say hello to Shay & Blue, a brand I hadn't tried up until now... but wow was I excited to. I love fragrances. There is something so lovely about how a fragrance can change your mood, remember happier times or incredible moments. I was excited to see which scent they would send across, and I was not disappointed. 

Let's Talk About Thick Hair + Undercuts (With Fin&Co.)

*In Collaboration with Fin & Co. (Gifted Service, No payment). 
Let's Chat About Hair

Over the past year, my hair and I have been on one hell of a journey. It's been long, it's been short. It's been blonde, brown, red? It's also changed in terms of how I get to wear it. Which has been the main difference to me, and something that ends up on my mind on a daily basis. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Favourites!

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A staple within my routine

I noticed the other day how much of my makeup routine is currently made up of the Clinique Chubby Stick range. So I thought I would share with you all the bits I reach for daily... they are all quick and easy to use, last all day and blend beautifully. 

A Summery SpaceNK Haul (With £15 off £60)

QUICK! SPACENK have their promotion on! 

Who doesn't love a SpaceNK Haul? Without a doubt one of my most used (high end) online retailer. I love the brands they carry along with the promotions they run. I thought I would share with you the bits I have picked up on this promotion - because I always use it as an excuse to treat myself. 

May Skincare Saviours

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May's Skincare Favourites

The end of May! AAAAH. Another month, another line-up. Here is everything I have been loving to use this month on my face. The skincare favourites. 

The Pixi GLOW Range*

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Say Hello to the Expansion of the Pixi Glow Range 

My love for Pixi seems to be never-ending. My whole skincare collection now seems to be a familiar pixi green shade - and I am completely thrilled about it. Pixi very kindly sent across their latest launches to me to try - how exciting! 

Best & Worst TV Show Endings (Goodbye GoT)

The Best Vs The Worst

With the end of two favourite shows this week (Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones) I thought I would share with you shows which have left me in tears - either for good or bad reasons.  Game of Thrones to me was a complete anti-climax. Not bad, not good... just "Meh", rushed almost, just not done overly well... and so many questions left unanswered. It's left me feeling completely deflated since I watched it... is that it?! Seems so. (Until they release 10+ spin-offs). I don't think it fits into their catagory.. which was shocking to me at least. 

The ending of the big TV shows I have been invested in always gives me the fear. The fear of thinking they could ruin it all in an episode - which has been known to happen... so I thought I would go through my best and worst... 

A MakeUp Haul!

A simple Haul 

It's been SUCH a long time since I did a haul on here, so I thought I would do a very old school post and share with you all what I have picked up recently. Purchased with my own money (and a lot of Debenhams points) of course! :) 

3 Favourites Worth The Investment

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Where to Start in High End

High-end skincare can be a scary place to start exploring, especially with the accompanying price tags - so I thought I would share three of my favourites - well worth the investment, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with. 

Clinique Even Better Refresh Foundation Review + Swatches

My new favourite... 

Say hello to Clinique's new foundation launch. I have been loyal to Lancome now for well over a year - so it's been one hell of a surprise to find a foundation I love more than that. For me, finding a foundation that can last all day on my oily t-zone is a game changer. As a glasses wearer too, my nose is forever a problem area. 

Introducing Colour To Your Living Room

A tip from a big colour fan. 

Who doesn't love Mrs Hinch? I love watching her clean her house to perfection. Her home is beautiful, all white, grey and silver. It really is beautiful... but it isn't me. At all. Now that everyone is moving away from the white look - I am seeing more and more people ask for colour home inspiration, so I thought I would share with you all how I incorporate colour into my home without it becoming *too* much... she says with a multicoloured cow and living room... but meh. lol 

Take inspiration from bits, you don't need to embrace it all - well unless you want to! 

Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence*

*Gifted Product 
A new redness toner to try... 

The more I try from Dermalogica the more impressed I am. I love their collection at the moment, and it seems the more I try the more my regular skincare routine seems to be turning white and grey. The redness relief essence is the latest addition to their collection - and they very kindly sent me one over to try out. 

LQ Liquid Health Suppliments: Skin, Hair and Nails*

*This Post Contains a PR Sample 
A little boost... 

I've rarely had any issues with my hair and nails - I have no idea why, but my nails and hair are strong, thick. Good genes I suppose - because my diet is definitely not helped. 

However, my nails have taken one hell of a hit thanks to all the hand washing at the hospital - and the cold weather definitely didn't help matters either. My nails were more claw-like by the end of my first placement, so it was nice to have a little boost to get them back to normal, and I'm really happy to see the results. 

April Favourites 2019

All the Bests... most reached for... 

Here are my most used products for this month, and the things I have loved.. predictable or not.