Christmas 2014 Gift Guide

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Yes another gift guide to add to your reading list. They may be a bit repetitive around this time of year in the blogsphere but I do find them really helpful. This year I decided to put one together myself. I know we can all struggle at times to find gifts for our friends & family depending on their interests, I figured it would be pretty helpful to put together a selection of gifts that could help guide you in the right direction  when deciding what to purchase this Christmas for loved ones.

As bloggers I'm 100% certain we all have blogger friends. Whether it be someone you've known for ages or a more recent friendship. We all are pretty clued up on what sort of goodies and treats we like to assist us with maintaining our blogs! Whether it be a quirky notebook, Something to help pretty up our photos or even a particular camera. These are just a few bits that I know I would be happy to receive as a blogger so maybe you will know someone who will like them too. 

For the friend that likes to travel you could go down the practical route or the fun route depending on how serious he or she may take their around the world excursions. What about a smart travel wallet to keep all their documents secure? A travel journal to make note of all their adventures. Or maybe you want to just stick to the travel theme and get gifts you know they will enjoy. 

For the stationery lover you cannot go wrong with a selection of pretty notebooks or some form of novelty writing equipment. Kate Spade offers some lovely stationary - I may of treated myself while in NYC but more on that at a later date. I don't know anyone who doesn't love stationery you can even get cute little stocking stuffers like the Bunny stapler! 

For the Technology and gadget lovers there is a wide range of products out there range from the affordable  phone cases all the way up to the more special gifts like an actual ipad itself! If you have a friend who cant live without their spotify subscription or a co worker constantly glued to their smartphone maybe some of this items would be ideal for them this year. 

For the Inspiring chefs out there, or maybe just the friend who likes to bake on the weekend why not treat them to some new culinary treats! I think the Bourbon biscuit platter would make a great talking point at any dinner party. Christmas isn't complete without some form of cookery book thrown into the mix is it?  

I hope you've found this gift guide helpful. I plan to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done this weekend. I will be organised for once!

Much Love
With so many blogs out there and Youtube channels to explore, you can see why it's easy to fall for the hype when products are splashed across our news feeds. This was the case with the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 107 around this time last year. I bought it.... and unlike many others I hated it. 
I don't really go for a bold dark lip. I've mentioned before I usually go for peachy pinks, so this was way out of my comfort zone. At the time of purchasing I had a different hair colour. Really dark brown... pair that with a dark lip and I felt I looked a bit gothic. Therefore the 107 lipstick got stashed away in a drawer and forgotten about. Fast forward nearly a year and I've dug it out of the depths again to give it a another try.. and the verdict? I love it! 

With my lighter hair colour I am able to wear this lipstick with a little more confidence than before. I also changed the way I apply it, which I feel makes a big difference. This lipstick is quite messy to apply straight from the bullet, so a lip brush is necessary. Instead of packing the colour on so it's quite heavy, I use just enough to ensure I have a good coverage of the berry shade on my lips. Blot with a tissue and then with a light hand, go over it again. This results in the look above. An obvious bold lip without being too striking.  

It just shows that sometimes there are products out there that deserve a second chance. Whether it be a change in hair colour, or perhaps you aren't as religious with your fake tanning regime anymore. Try it again and it may work for you. If it doesnt, pass it on to someone who may appreciate it more or sell in a blog sale.

Are there any products you've revisited & managed to make it work for you?

Much Love, 

It’s around this time of the year that people like to start switching things up a bit. Be it their in their home with the decor, their wardrobe or even their jobs. With this in mind I thought it would be a great time to share with you The Novella Collection from Lacquer lab. Put down your summer shades and say hello to these beautiful A/W hues for the upcoming months.

I was fortunate enough to be sent 3 of the 6 polishes available in the collection.'Lover at the Ritz', an autumnal plum/brown shade, which if I am honest is a standard shade that appears in most A/W collections. However it's always a nice shade to have for this time of year. 'The Wonderous' which has to be my new favourite pinky nude, I love this shade for a simple manicure without the hassle of going French. Finally, 'Pocket full of Jewels' which is a gorgeous gold glitter top coat with a few opalescent flakes thrown in for good measure. This is a great one for when the party season gets into full swing a bit later in the year. 
Other shades in the collection include 'Lady's confession', a deep blood red shade which oozes glamour. 'Cigarillo' which is  classic caramel shade and finally 'Story Teller', a icy blue which just screams winter at me (Or Disneys Frozen!). These Lacquer Lab polishes retail for £9 each which isn't too bad, If you like the look of the whole collection you can order it for £36 making you a bit of a saving. Performance wise, I only had to apply two coats of each shade to get a opaque colour payoff. I add a slick of Sally Hansen Insta Dry on top, however the pollishes do give a nice glossy finish on their own. If you are pressed for time you could always skip the top coat and still be left with a lovley looking manicure. 

The Novella Collection is a great allrounder which provides shades for all occasions. It would be a welcome addition to anyones nail polish collection. You've got the shades perfect for everyday wear like The Wonderous, Cigarillo & Lover at the Ritz. Then  if you need to up your game for a particular event, you can opt for some of the more colourful shades with a top coat of Pocket full of Jewels.  

Have you tried any polishes from Lacquer Lab before? 

Much love.
We all have those days where we aren't really sure what to do with ourselves so we delve into our makeup collection & have a little play. I'm no make-up artist so most of the time I just wing it and hope for the best. I recently bought myself a Mac Holiday 2013 set from my local CCO and I really wanted to play around with the colours.

These are just a few of the looks I've created, which I thought I would share with you.

This is a very Autumnal look, which would also be very fitting for halloween. Can I say I was channeling Pumpkin glamour? I used a  mixture of 'Naked', 'Buck' & 'DarkHorse' from the Urban Decay Naked Palette plus the Mac Copper Sparkle Pigment from the set. I think what makes this look in particular is having the copper pigment along the lower lashline. To line the eyes I used Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner along with a mixture of Barry M lash Vegas & Lancome Hypnose mascara. On my lips I have Beauty UK Gloss in Coffee Cake, which is the perfect nude lip and such a bargain at only a few pounds!  

The pigment 'Museum Bronze' is the most pigmented of the bunch, so a little went a long way. I packed the colour all over my lids, Then used a bit of Nars Laguna to blend it out a little along the crease. To deepen it up a bit and create more of a smokey look I added Creep from the Original Naked palette into the outer v and through the crease ever so lightly. Just like the previous look I used the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner  with Lancome Hypnose Mascara. Finally I dug out my Mac lipstick in Lazy Day and lightly applied this to my lips.

 It's probably a bit early for Christmas looks, but I couldn't resist having a little play when I saw the  gorgeous gold glitter pigment staring at me! I knew exactly what I wanted to create using it. I dug out my Nars Ride up to the moon palette for the base of this look.I used the shade Agentina all over the lid, which is a shimmery light gold shade. Followed by Cordura in the outer V and through the crease. Using eyelash glue, I applied the gold glitter pigment over the majority of the lid. Finished off a little bit of Rimmel Scandal Eyes liner and Lancome mascara. I kinda followed this tutorial by Shannon to create this look if I am honest! Finally I used the MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer in Reckless on my lips!

It's quite fun having a play around seeing what different looks you can create. I will admit I tend to stick to the same look on a day to day basis so it was nice to have a play around & create something different. Especially when I didn't have any time restrictions! I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments which is your favourite!

  • Much love, 

Introducing Chroma Stationery

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Notebooks are my thang. When I was at school, I would go on a school trip and return with a notepad and pen EVERYTIME. As a blogger I am always writing lists, jotting down ideas or just doodling while trying to be productive. Today I want to introduce to you a new company that produces personalised notebooks for a really reasonable price. Say hello to Chroma Stationery

The brainchild behind it all is Gabi, after spending too much time looking for a good quality notebook, in the exact colour she wanted, which wouldn't cost the earth, she took matters into her own hands and created Chromas Stationery. The range is all about colour & the way colour effects our emotions. playing host to 20 different options you are bound to find one to suit you. 
Each shade is named after someone important in her life. I chose 'Doris' which is named after her Nan ; Being a fan of the colour lilac it was only fitting! If you look on Chroma's homepage you will see all the names and explanations behind each one.  

Each notebook retails for £7.50, which included in the price you can also have personalised. As you can see I opted to have my post signature put onto the front in Gold. You have the option of either Gold or Silver embossing. Whether it be your initials, your blog name, a slogan or even a logo. You can have it embossed on the front of your notebook. This is why I really wanted to share this brand with you as I know us bloggers do love a bit of personalisation, especially when it comes to our stationery!

When you receive your notebook in the post, it comes gift wrapped up in white tissue paper & a branded sticker holding everything in place. Along with a hand written postcard. This is a really nice touch, as it's always nice to feel like you are getting something special when you order something online! This also works particularly well if you want to buy a Chroma Stationery notebook as a gift for someone and have it delivered directly to their house! With Christmas coming up it could make the perfect gift for a blogging pal, friend or family member!

So what are you waiting for, get onto their website.. workout which colour you are going to go for and get one ordered! Let me know in the comments what colour you would choose & what you would have embossed on the front.

You can follow Chroma Stationery on Twitter here.

Much love, 


Currently Loving : Plaid & Stripes

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Plaid and stripes wishlist.
 Shirt | Scarf | Top | Dress | Cape | Boots 

If you spend a considerable amount of time browsing boards on pinterest, it's a given that you will start putting together a bit of a wishlist of items you would like. It happens to all of us! After having a look for some A/W style inspiration, it became apparent that combining stripes and plaid was a combination I quite liked! My wardrobe is quite plain at the moment, I went through a phase of only purchasing the basics. Which even though makes everything pretty versatile it means I cant really experiment too much. I've had a little bit of a browse online and found a few items which I think would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe to channel my Plaid & stripes vision!

Plaid and stripes wishlist.

The most popular arrangement seems to be stripes as a base, and then adding the plaid pieces on top when layering. I do love dressing for this time of year over S/S because Layering is my friend! Even  though this would probably be the way I would introduce this style to my wardrobe, it would be interesting to see if  the patterns reversed would work as well.  There's something about this combination that makes the outfits look put together and polished with that hint of laid back effort. 

Are you a fan of the Plaid and Stripes combination?

Much Love, 

Holiday Round up.

Monday, 15 September 2014

For the last two weeks (well it was for 10 nights if you want to be technically correct) I have been away on holiday. I really hope you enjoyed the Blog posts from the guest posters while I was away. Perhaps you even discovered some new bloggers to follow. If you haven't read the posts head, head over to the archives and it will be all the posts for September so far!

For our 'Sunshine Holiday' this year Tom and I went to Sharm El Sheik in Egypt with fellow blogger Charli & her boyfriend Matt. It was just what Tom and I needed, as we had a bit of stress leading up to our departure date with issues arising about our move into our new home and moving out of our flat, but I wont bore you with those details! We stayed at the Reef Oasis Senses Resort in Sharm, which was about a 20 min drive from the airport. Apart from a minor issue with our air con we had a brilliant time. I thought I would do a little round up post and share a few snaps I took on my phone with you. 

 The perks of having short legs. Trousers from here | One of the many pools | Towel Art | Beach! 

 Boat Trip | Legs & Mocktails | Our Resort | Poolside outfit, Dress* from here 

Massive Cacti | Pizza Pringles | Cami from here, Skirt from here | Palm Trees!

More towel art | Giving Snorkling a go | pretty lights | Beautiful Scenery.  

 A Primark outfit | Pizza & Chips, my fave! | More palm Trees | Playsuit* from here

I didn't really take that many photos while we were away, it was definitely a chilled out holiday, where I didn't really want to do too much. A highlight of the holiday would be conquering snorkling as I was adamant that I would not be able to do it. But I faced a fear and managed it, which I am very pleased about. This was also one of the first holidays where I have come back with a tan and didn't get burnt at all. I didn't even go red, I put this down to being sensible with the factors in my suntan lotion plus using the Elemis tan accelerator before we left - Something I will be picking up for future holidays that's for sure.

Technically I am currently homeless so living with my Gran and her partner, so I am not sure how regimented my posting will be for the next couple of months. Hopefully there wont be too much of an affect to my posting, but I thought I would give you the heads up!

Oh and today is my blogs 4th birthday! Happy Birthday blog, and it is also Mine and Toms 8 year anniversary! :-)

Much Love,


Guest Post : What I wore..

Friday, 12 September 2014


Hi everyone, I'm Tor from That's Peachy... great to meet you!
While Leanne is away on holiday she asked if I would like to write a blog post for you and I couldn't resist, I'm such a fan of this blog already so I'm really excited to be featured.

I thought I would share a recent outfit with you all, which is what I wore for a day in town with friends. I love a simplistic/smart look at the moment.
I spotted this Primark trench on someone's Instagram and knew it had to be mine straight away, I love the lilac/grey colour and the cut of it is really classic yet the slits up the sides and the roll up sleeves give it a modern twist... best of all it was only £18, and who doesn't love a bargain like that?!


Dress: Mango
Coat: Primark
Necklace: Primark
Boots: Topshop

My dress is one I couldn't decide on for ages, but now that I have it, I wear it all the time. It's one of those things that looks so much better on than on the hanger! I like anything that has a bit of contrast in texture or pattern and of course I love anything black so really it's my ideal dress, and the fact that it's oversized means even if I'm having a bad day I can just throw it on and it looks good.

With accessories I always go for something big around the neck and not much else and this necklace is one of the biggest I own, I just love a statement. These boots are pretty much attached to my feet 24/7 at the moment, they're super comfy and go with everything.

Thanks for reading, Tor xx
products for healthy hair

Hello! Tis Eloise here from Frolics and Fashion, Leanne has kindly let me loose on her blog whilst she's off sipping cocktails and getting a tan I'll no doubt be jealous of on her return. Whilst the rest of us gaze out of our windows at the dull English weather I thought I'd put a few products together that have really been helping my hair recently, whether that be battling damage or frizz these five little beauties have really pulled out the stops to give my hair a bit of a treat.

I'd heard both Zoe and Sarah say good things about this stuff so I thought I'd give it a go. I bought it from Allbeauty (rip cheap smells!) for around £20 and for the size of this pot it was a bit of a bargain! It's basically a deep conditioning treatment that you leave on your hair after shampoo-ing. You know the drill, the longer you leave it on the softer your hair feels. I tend to leave this for around 10 minutes whilst I'm faffing around in the shower, it smells like a minty milkshake and leaves your hair all soft and shiny. It can build up a bit though, so I only slather this on once a week.

It's a bit of a mouthful this one, but in a nutshell it's a heat protection spray for damp hair that you can spritz before styling or before venturing out into the sun. Although I don't have curly hair, whatever's fighting the frizz in this little bottle is amazing. I suppose it's because curly haired folk do tend to suffer from more extreme frizz so this is extra powerful.

I was too poor to shell out on the bumble and bumble version of this so I went for the cheaper option instead. At £7.49 it's a pretty good at it's job - making your hair look effortless and un-styled when intact you've coated it in product. A tip for this one though, don't spray it directly onto your hair as it can weigh it down, just spray a load into your hands then run it through your tresses and viola! Beachy hair.

I've been using this ever since my hair all snapped off thanks to way too much bleaching. You apply it to towel dried ends before styling and it claims to stop those pesky bits of hair snapping off when brushing etc. It's not the nicest smelling of products but it contains a massive amount of protein that really has seemed to help my hair with strength and growth.

I actually prefer this to the standard Moroccanoil as it's lighter and contains less silicones. I've done a full product review of this on my blog here but to cut it down into a little paragraph it's heaven for your hair in a bottle. It'll stop your hair from becoming straw-like and really reduces frizz in damp weather. And as with all Moroccanoil products it smells divine.

Have you used any of these products? What have been your hair saviours recently?


Guest Post : Skincare Additions.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Hi I'm Katy who writes RottenOtter and I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to beauty products. I've put myself on a sort of spending ban in order to try and finish all the products in my beauty stash before buying anything new. I'm mainly trying to focus on getting my perfumes, skin care and bath and body products down to a more reasonable amount. Who needs six cleanser on the go at the same time?! I only have one face and I only wash it twice a day!

I'm making the most progress on my skin care collection and over the past couple of months I've managed to finish ten products. After finishing so many products though I started to notice I was either running out of or missing a few steps to my routine so it didn't take me long to place an order. 

It's taken me a year to repurchase Indeed Labs Hydraluron and I have no idea why it took me so long. Despite having acne prone skin my main problem is dryness thanks to eczema so I always need to apply something extremely moisturising after cleansing. If I use anything too heavy though it will then cause my skin to breakout. It's all a case of trial and error to find the right combination of products but this serum is one of them. It ticks all the boxes for my skin; it feels incredibly light, is moisturising and also prepares the skin for the moisturiser you apply on top. Here's to hoping now that I'm using it again my skin will settle and calm down a bit. 

My second repurchase is Caudalie Make-up Remover Cleansing Water as I had a Caudalie voucher to use on Escentual. Not wanting the voucher to go to waste I ordered this as I didn't really need anything else skin care wise. Although this doesn't match up to Bioderma, it still removes eye make-up really well. Plus the grape scent is nice and refreshing which is always a bonus. 

Onto the two new products and they're both from First Aid Beauty, a brand I am slowly trying all the products from. I first discovered FAB after ordering the Ultra Repair Cream for my eczema and falling in love with it. I then read about the Facial Radiance Pads on Caroline Hirons blog and was intrigued. I've always been interested in trying a chemical exfoliant since Alpha H Liquid Gold made it's rounds on blogs but I have very sensitive skin. They're safe for those with sensitive skin, i.e me, but I am yet to be brave enough to try them in case my skin reacts badly. I think I'll test it out on my forehead first which is the least sensitive part of my face. I bought a gift/trial set which had a small tub of 8 pads to try first so I wasn't wasting too much money if I don't get on with them. Anyone else tried them and have sensitive skin?

My final product is a bit of a strange one. It's the Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery from FAB and I first saw this in Christine's skin care video. You apply this straight after cleansing, so sort of like your toner, by pouring some into your palm and then patting it into your skin a bit like aftershave. It's meant to reduce redness and dryness which is, again, what I struggle with. I'm not completely sure if it is meant to be a toner, more of a serum or a sort of in-between product. I've only been using these for about a week so I'll probably write an update in a month or two on my blog if you're interested in how I get a long with them
Hello! I'm Rebecca-Louise from UK beauty blog Autumn Leaves. I post product reviews, looks, hauls and unique content daily over there, but today I'm here to guest post for the lovely Leanne. She challenged me to narrow my overflowing beauty collection down to just 3 high end and 3 'drugstore' products to recommend to you all, and boy was that tough! But here's the best of the bunch with something for all budgets...

High End: It's no secret over on my blog that my top high end makeup brands are Chanel, Illamasqua and Estee Lauder so I headed straight for those when planning this post. Let's get the most expensive one out of the way... 
Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid SPF 15 in No20 (£34) is a bit of a mouthful, but my goodness is this one product you need in your life. It comes in 6 shades, I'm usually No22 which falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to undertones - No20 was more pink toned meaning it matched a little better than the yellow-toned No10. This lightweight, luminous product instantly perks up my appearance whilst keeping things natural looking and lit-from-within. There's no dewiness or shine, plus it blends beautifully to enhance your own skin tone with just a slight tint. Despite the colour being subtle, this can provide medium coverage without feeling heavy and can also act as a base for another product. I've got combination but dehydrated skin and this doesn't ever emphasise any dry patches or look oily later in the day, just healthy and hydrated. It can totally withstand warmer weather, and applies like a dream whether you use a brush or your fingertips. I can't get enough of this product, and yes it's absolutely worth that price tag.

Bringing it down a notch on those purse strings, we're looking at the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter in 1N Extra Light* (£23.50). This one comes in 8 shades, mine being the lightest which works incredibly well when it comes to illuminating the face. I wear this daily, applying it in an upside down triangle shape under the eyes because it doubles up as a concealer too. This one's yellow-toned so really brightens the area, and also works to enhance where the light naturally hits the face - bridge of the nose, upper cheekbones and brow bones. The brush applicator makes it easy to apply, dispensing product through the bristles with a simple retractable motion. 
Still pricey, but lastly I couldn't go without telling you all about my beloved Illamasqua Lipstick in Glissade* (£18.50) - something I wore in my face of the day post here. This medium fuchsia shade is divine, plus it really helps to make your teeth look whiter thanks to the blue undertone. I always find Illamasqua lipsticks to be highly pigmented and opaque in one swipe which is why I'm happy to splurge a little, but this one stands out from the others that I own. The satin finish beauty is nicely shaped to make applying easy, disguises any dryness, doesn't need a lip liner and lasts for 6+ hours - fading evenly and leaving a non-drying stain behind. 

Drugstore: Moving onto the more affordable for all products... Starting with the drugstore foundation that I fell in love with from first use, MaxFactor All Day Flawless 3-In-1 Foundation in Natural 50* (£10.99, read my full review here) but in brief: the name says it all, flawless
Now I can't apply eyeliner to save my life, well correction: I couldn't apply eyeliner to save my life until the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen in Carbon Black Extreme (£6) came into it. It's got me hooked from its' strong pigmentation, easy to apply nib, long lasting formula and no-transfer finish. It ticks all of the boxes for an eyeliner-newbie and comes in at a really reasonable price too. FYI I wear it in the majority of my IG selfies.

Then finally, one of my most recent blush additions is the ELF Cosmetics Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky* (£3.95) - something I demonstrated using in my recent makeup tutorial video. I've never really been a big fan of baked beauty goods, but this one takes things to a whole new level (I think it's mostly down to the shade I have) but this really adds a glowy-effect to the skin with just a dash of colour. It's so radiant, yet not shimmery in the slightest and can be worn subtly or built up to compliment any makeup look. The mineralised finish reminds of MAC and the pay off is just as good. It's a real bargain, but one not to be overlooked. 

So there you go, my top 3 high end and drugstore make up items. If you had to narrow your collection down to your top 3 what would they be?

Disclaimer: Any items marked with * have been sent to me for the purpose of review.
Big thank you to Leanne for having me here to guest post!
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You may have spotted me around these parts before; I’m Lorna, blogger at Scared Toast and fairly frequent collaborator with Leanne.  My blog is a place for me to indulge in all the things I like, one of which happens to be make up, so when Leanne asked me to guest post while she was away I knew exactly what I’d write about.  If you follow me on YouTube you’ll have seen that I relocated and started filming videos up my make up room and after instagramming a little sneak preview a month or so ago, I figured now was the time to give you a little tour of this space.



We’re Ikea junkies in this house, and the bulk of the furniture here is Sweden’s finest. Over in the corner I’ve got a Kallax cube which houses all of my haircare products and my Muji drawers to keep the make up that I’m currently using nice and tidy. On the top I’ve gone a bit decorative, with jars for cotton buds and pads, and a vase to store nail varnishes in a more artistic style.


Moving over to the dressing ‘table’ itself…well, it’s more of a shelf unit mounted to the wall.  After having a traditional table for a few years I decided to go for the Ekby Alex with a mirror resting on a Ribba picture ledge above.  The Ekby Alex is fairly long, but not particularly wide which means the amount of clutter I can spread across it is limited.  The drawers are quite shallow too; I use one for skincare bits and the other for brushes.  I’ve got old Glossy Box lids to keep them both tidy.  Yes, lids.  I was fairly shocked to find that they weren’t even deep enough for the boxes themselves, but actually this way suits me quite well.


Another thing I love about my new set up is that everything’s to hand.  My make up stash sits underneath the Ekby Alex in a white Helmer unit, where it’s perfectly organised and things are easy to find in a hurry.
After going from a make up room where everything was spread out and not particularly easy to get to, I really appreciate my more compact and organised space.  I like the fairly industrious look and think it makes a nice contrast to the shabby chic influence I was going for before.  And the best part….it’s all dirt cheap!  The componants of my dressing room were pretty bargainous, and even added up probably don’t come to more than some dressing tables can be.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of one of my favourite rooms in the house, and I hope I’ve shown that, with a little bit of creativity, there are a few more options than just the norm when it comes to designing your ideal make up space!
If you’d like to keep up to date with my thoughts and musings on life then head over to Scared Toast and hit follow!  

As Leanne is currently away sunning herself on holiday, I’m here to write a guest post and keep you guys entertained while she has a well-deserved break. I’m Emily and I usually write about beauty, style, lifestyle and the occasional travel piece over at

As you may know, Leanne is away so I thought I’d write a holiday related piece and run through my hand-luggage beauty essentials! I’ve been on a few flights this year so I feel like I’ve got my in-flight health and beauty down to a tee. It can sometimes be hard to remember everything you need in your hand-luggage and make sure that it meets the airline’s requirements, so keep this post handy for any autumn trips or bookmark it for next summer!


Keeping up with your skincare routine can be pretty tricky on holiday as it is, what with the change in lifestyle and timings, let alone your flight skincare and making sure every liquid is the correct size. I tend to keep things simple and take along some facewipes – I can hear some of you coiling in disgust right now but stick with me - it’s so much easier than finding 100ml bottles of your favourite cleanser and toner, then having to carry that and all the related products around too! Also, you can sit in your chair and remove your makeup rather than having to take a trip to the tiny loo and risk the wobbly walk up the aisle. However, I do take a little face mist along with me too. I love this The Body Shop Vitamin E spray, it can be used to set makeup or as a refreshing, moisturising spray too. You can spray it directly onto your face but I like to use it with cotton pads on a flight, to avoid spraying the person next to me too!

General healthcare:

People often overlook looking after their eyes on flights, but with the recycled air going round and round it can often be very drying. I’m a contact lens wearer so always have a travel size bottle of solution (100ml), lens holder and a spare pair of lenses handy. Even when not wearing my lenses my eyes become really dry, so I take a bottle of moisturising eye drops on the flight with me. Use these at the start of a short flight and throughout the duration of a long haul flight, especially before and after sleeping.

A toothbrush and small toothpaste are essential on longer flights – need I say any more really? Pop these in your bag to make sure you feel fresh when you arrive at the other end.

Something not pictured and not necessarily essential on the flight itself, but definitely in the run up to your flight, vitamins. Due to the recycled air going around the cabin, a lot of people find they become ill after a flight as germs are easily spread. You really don’t want to spend the first half of your holiday with a stinking cold, so stock up and make sure your body is prepared to fight the germs before hand.

Hair and makeup:

A couple of hair bobbles and grips will be handy on longer flights, plus keeping your hair off your face when that plane door opens onto the hot runway and you’re thrown into the heat is always good.

I usually take my whole makeup bag onto the flight, but if I don’t for some reason then a few of my miniature essentials are popped into my handbag instead. A base product like Benefit’s Porefessional should be enough to even out your skin before leaving the flight, paired with a concealer to cover any dark circles from jet lag – I love Benefit’s Boi-ing for this! Then a slick of mascara should be enough to make you look ready to face the world after flying. Benefit do great miniatures in their sets so I’m always carrying them around. I constantly use lip balm through the flight too, as like my eyes my lips can become very dry. Dr Lipp is a great brand, such a moisturising product! 

As well as beauty essentials, there are the usual non-beauty essentials too. Make sure you’ve got a good book or magazine to keep you occupied. An iPod to listen to some music and distract you from the noisy plane plus an eyemask and ear plugs to help you get some sleep on the later and longer flights! Don’t forget to pack some sunglasses and suncream for the other end, especially if you’re off to a hot destination.

What are your essential hand-luggage items when flying?


Budget Beauty : Where to buy.

Friday, 22 August 2014

With so many beauty blogs existing in the blogsphere, we all tend to have a ever growing wishlist of products or brands we would like to try. On occasion though, our bank balance doesn't allow this, so we will go without. Save for it or maybe even pop it on a birthday list. Having said that, there are a couple of places you can look online for specific beauty discounts, I'm always having a look on these sites so I thought it was fair to share my thoughts on them. 

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Now I will admit, it is a bit hit and miss with the ASOS Beauty sale, however pair the savings you make with a discount code and you could be on to a winner. There currently isn't too much on offer in their up to 35% off sale, however I did manage to pick out some bits. If you like a tan, there are a few fake bake products discounted along with this Instant tan from Xen Tan.  I find sales like this are a great time to think ahead and plan for birthdays or maybe even Christmas. Gift sets like this one from Fake bake would be a fab set to give someone who likes to stay bronzed all year around! ASOS always seems to have various nail polishes from OPI, Nails Inc and Models Own in their sale, so it's worth having a look to see if they have any shades you are lusting after, or ones you have struggled to get your hands on. 

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I find Fragrance Direct is the Tkmaxx of the online Beauty shopping. You have to rummage a bit to find some good deals. Which is slightly annoying, but if you persist & have the time to spare you could come across some really good deals. You can get a few 'drugstore' bits on there for cheaper than you would in Boots or Superdrug. This Revlon cream blush is down to £3.99 & the Max Factor Mascara has a huge £7 saving on it. I find that Fragrance Direct is a good site to get some decent skincare deals, I was surprised to see a few products from the Body shop on there along with the popular brand Elemis - There's quite a lot on offer. Well worth the time spent searching in my opinion. 

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All Beauty (formerly Cheap Smells) is my go to website if I want to get hair products and perfumes. They have some amazing savings on particular brands. The Macadamia Oil brand has a lot of fantastic deals including the Healing oil spray which is down to £9.49 instead of £23.50. There also a lot of TIGI products on the site at really good discounted prices so they are worth a look. Along with the more high end perfumes, I love to have a look on All Beauty for the cheaper - dear I say it Celebrity perfumes because you can get them for a pretty decent price. I'll admit I like the Britney Spears Fantasy perfume & if i can save myself £23 when purchasing it, then why wouldn't I pop it in my online basket? It's definitely a site you want to check out if you are thinking about getting a new scent or want to treat hair to a bit of TLC. 

There are also the more obvious places like checkout out department store sales, I know House of Fraser currently have a sale on, along with Debenhams.  Beauty Bay and Feel Unique are also hosting sales at the moment.

Use the Discount code SIZZLE15 for 15% off your order at Look Fantastic 

Much Love, 


I wanted to feature a DIY during my budget beauty series, and as the franks coffee scrub seems to be making its rounds in the blogsphere I thought it would be rather apt to share with you a cheaper DIY alternative. 

So why are coffee scrubs so good for you? Well a main reason why people like to use coffee in their beauty regime is because it helps with cellulite.The caffine in ground coffee helps stimulate the toxins that cause cellulite under our skin. It has the effect of dialating blood vessels which in turn tones and tightens. So by using coffee in a scrub and introducing it into our regular beauty regime, it helps remove that build up. Your cellulite wont vanish completely straight away but you will see an improvement. 

There are many variations of scrub recipes online, I went for the most simple and cheap option using just two ingredients. Ground coffee & Coconut oil. If I had a bit of vanilla essence I would have thrown that in for a yummy scented scrub, however as we are midway through packing to move I couldn't locate it. 

To create 10 ice cube sized scrubs you will need to use..

8 table spoons of Coconut Oil (In liquid form, not solid)
3 table spoons of Ground Coffee. 
An Ice Cube Tray
A freezer. 

Mix 3 parts Coconut oil with the coffee and add it to your use cube tray. 
Using the remainder of the oil, top up each cube so you end up with a layer of coconut oil on the top/bottom. 
Place the tray in the freezer for an hour or so... the mixture will set and you will be able to use it!! 

It is probably best to keep the scrub cubes in the freezer until you need to use them. Just take one with you into the bath/shower. Warm it up between your palms, or under warm running water. Then proceed to use the scrub on your desired areas! If you would prefer not to use them in cube form you can always use the mixture straight after you mix it all together. A little less convenient but works just as well. 

Will you be trying out this DIY? 

Much love, 

I cannot tell you the amount of times I have been out and about, broken a nail and had nothing with me to sort it, this happens a lot at work or on holiday. I also tend to forget to pack tweezers with me when I go away which not only means I cannot tame my eyebrows, it effects my false eyelash application too! Tweezers really do aid the application of false lashes! 

When I saw this adorable little manicure set in Primark for a mere £2 I just had to purchase it. Firstly LOOK at the chevron print. So pretty. They did have other floral designs but this one grabbed my attention, and I felt would go with more things as I am not THAT big into florals. The case is rather sturdy and fastens with a clasp, I would say if you are heading to primark to get one of these do test the clasp out before you buy AND check all the items are inside, yes there were some without the tools in them! Inside you get the standard items, some nail scissors & clippers.Tweezers, They aren't the sharpest, but will do in an emergency! A nail file & a cuticle pusher. 

This may not be a necessity as we probably all have these items  separately in our beauty stash anyway, however I think its a handy little set to buy for only a couple of quid. Keep it in your bag, take it with you on holiday. Leave it in your desk at work. It's just nice to know that if you need it, it's there. 

Much Love, 


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Rules of the blog sale:

Postage is £3.00 & will be sent 2nd Class. - I can only post on Saturdays.
Leave a comment if you want something, plus your paypal address. 
First come first serve basis. 
Products were either purchased by my self or were GWP (Gift with Purchase) 

CK single Shadow - Evolved | Bourjois shadows in #54 Brown, Colour Intense Black & Pink Shimmer £1.50 each

Stila In the Moment palette - Top row used for one look. Bottom row untouched £12.00 PENDING

Topshop Liquid Luminator used x2 £3.00
Laura Mercier Lipstick 'Brigette' New in box £7.00
Illamasqua Lipstick 'Scandal'  Usage shown £5.00
Topshop Lipstick 'Saint' Swatched £4.00
Mac Snob Lipstick 'Usage Shown £4.00 SOLD

Superico Facial Oil - 99% left £12.00
Trilogy Rosehip Oil - 99% Left £12.00 SOLD
Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray NEW £2.00
Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion NEW £2.00
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant NEW £5.00 SOLD

(Rose gold packaging) Elizabeth Arden Bronze powder 'Soft Radiance' NEW £7.00 PENDING
Stila Custom Color Blush in Bronze NEW £5.00
Estee Lauder LE Heatwave Highlighter - Usage shown £15.00 PENDING

Ted Baker Lip Crayon Tin - All swatched once £4.00

Every now and again I’m sure you like to splash out on a nice new pair of shoes, spending that little bit extra for a special occasion. When this sort of situation arises, I often find myself searching a bit further than the usual New Look or Topshop pair, opting for a pricer brand... well they are going to be special occasion shoes! This however in the long run can become rather pricey. I do have a bit of a soft spot for Kurt Geiger, Carvela and MissKG Shoes.  There’s such a good variety that you are bound to find something suitable, however the price tag on some pairs does put me off slightly. Imagine my delight when I discovered a website full of discounted shoes from these brands and more! is operated by Kurt Geiger, providing shoppers with the much coveted brands but at a lower discounted price.  Winner Winner. 

Shoeaholics discounts kurt geiger shoes.

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Not only does the site offer heels, trainers, boots and flats at a discounted rate. There’s also the odd extra accessory like Sunglasses, purses, handbags and even the odd bit of jewellery. The site is well worth a browse if you fancy treating yourself without the guilt. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that some of the prices on the site may still be a little more than you would regularly spend on one pair of shoes, but if you look at the original price you know you are getting a saving for a good quality pair of shoes . Lets be honest they will probably last a lot longer than the £15 pair of heels you picked up in Primark.

When i have logged onto the site in the past you get a pop up asking you to join their mailing list, if you do so you can get a 10% off code to use on your order. Making even more of a saving.

Currently all shoes are £39 or less. With some pairs totaling over £100 RRP this is such a good deal.
Obviously stock is limited and you may not be able to get the shoes you want in your size, however do browse the site because there are SO MANY STYLES available!

Happy shopping! :-)

Much love,