BEAUTY: The forgotten products.

Friday, 29 January 2016

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I'm sure many of you can relate when I say that my collection of makeup includes more products than what the average person has. It's very easy to focus on the newer items in your stash leaving some of your old favourites neglected at the back of the drawer. Am I right? 

Last weekend I decided to get out all my makeup, have a bit of a rearrange, clean/sanitize everything and in the process rediscover some items that I actually forgot that I owned! This is something I highly recommend doing on a regular basis, not only does it keep everything nice,
clean & in order - It's also beneficial bacteria wise, that sounds horrible but you know what I mean! It really makes a difference when you give your palettes a bit of a wipe down though. They look practically new!

To start, we have the Shimmer cube palette from The Body Shop. It's called a palette but to me its just individual shadows stored in a cube really! I digress, it's a beautiful selection of shadows, perfect for an everyday natural eye look. The colours are extrememly pigmented, You can see in the past I used the lightest shade A LOT, however it's now bag in my 'every day' makeup bag and I am making an effort to use some of the other shadows as it would be a shame to them to be neglected! They blend really nicely, so you can create some really lovely looks combining the different shades. The Body shop do offer other shades like blues, purples etc. Definitely a product I recommend checking out.

I haven't used a cream blusher in a while so when I rediscovered this Bobbi Brown pot rougue in Melon I automatically put it into my everyday makeup bag. As you can see it was already well loved so the chances are if I use this enough I will finish it in no time! The pot rouge's are multi tasking creams that can be used both on the cheeks and your lips, however I predominantly use mine on my cheeks! Fresh melon gives me a lovely natural, dewy pop of colour which is great for everyday use.

Finally, despite givng all my attention to my new highlighter mentioned in this post, I dug out this old favourite of mine. Topshop glow highlighter in Gleam. As you can see it was a firm favourite before! pretty inexpensive at £9 for the pot as a little goes a long way, lasting you a long time! The shade gleam provides a lovely golden highlight, I highly recommend this shade over 'Polish'. Swatched polish looks lovely, however when you apply it over other makeup it removes it! Gleam all the way!

Have you rediscovered any products recently?

Much love
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BEAUTY : My simple skincare routine.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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It's been some time since I shared what products I am using for my skincare routine. I do keep things simple and to be honest quite often forget skincare all together and sleep in my makeup. OH NO HOW DARE I?! Lets be honest, sometimes you are already in bed after a Netflix binge, its nearly midnight and you just do not want to move. It happens. It's allowed, Okay! please don't judge.

Lets forget about those days where I do infact ignore my skincare, let's bring things back to order and give you a breakdown of the products I am using (When I remember!) I often swap and change my cleansing method. Previously I opted for the Soap & Glory hot cloth cleanser, however when doing my usual browse of boots I came across the Sanctuary Ultimate Oil Cleanser. It was on offer and worked out cheaper than the S&G one, so I figured I would give it a try. I'm all for oil cleansers, it really does remove all my makeup. To use I will pump the product into my palm  (2 pumps is fine), then massage it into my dry skin. I add a few drops of water and begin to massage again. This then turns a milky colour and continues to  break  down the makeup on my face including stubborn mascara! To remove it I just use a standard flannel soaked in warm water. Nothing fancy! I actually find I prefer flannels to muslin cloths, it's great that you can pick them up in Primark or supermarkets for a couple of quid! I never really have an issue with cleansers, as long as they do the job. I'd love to try a balm one next, maybe the camomile body shop one or if I fancy treating my self Clinique take the day off balm cleanser!

In the mornings when I shower I tend to use a gentle scrub of some kind. In order for my makeup to apply nicely I like to try to make sure I exfoliate my face, getting rid of the dead skin etc.  Oh wouldn't it be nice to be able to treat myself to a microdermabrasion treatment for a bit of a pamper now and again rather than doing this on the daily, I digress I cannot tell you how often I have repurchased this Clean & Clear Exfoliating daily scrub, it's very affordable and effective. It's probably one of the most gentle exfoliating scrubs I have used. I've tried the St Ives ones in the past and they were just a bit too harsh on my skin.

I am at the grand old age of 27 so I like to use Eyecream now. I don't have any lines or anything but lets all remember prevention is better than cure - or whatever the saying is! I've been a fan of the Body Shop Vitamin E range for absolutely ages, so trying out their eyecream was going to happen eventually! This one is really hydrating and leaves my undereye area feeling very nourished. At £12 it isn't too damaging to your bank account compared to other brands & so far seems to be doing the trick! Thumbs up from me! Keeping with the Vitamin E range I have been using the Aqua Boost Sorbet. This is the most refreshing product I have ever put on my face.It's extremely cooling so would be great to us in the summer months, but for now I prefer to use this in the evenings and lather it on. My skin always feels really plump and hydrated in the morning like it's had a good ol' drink!

So there you have it, the skincare items I am using when I remember. No fuss, pretty simple. I might occasionally add in other products depending on how my skin is behaving but at the moment a basic routine is working for me.

What products are you using at the moment?
Much love

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Book : What Alice Forgot
Author : Liane Moriarty
Where to buy : Waterstones | Amazon
Rating: 3/5

Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She's newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby.
There's just one problem. All of that was ten years ago . . .
Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade. Now she's a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her. This is her life but not as she knows it.
Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes. Just how much can happen in a decade?
Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?


Alice has bumped her head and lost 10 years of her life. Alice thinks she’s 29 not 39, She doesn’t remember her 3 children,  she can’t remember why her relationship with her sister is a bit strained and definitely doesn’t remember that she’s getting a divorce from Nick. What will she do? What would you do in that situation? Scary right?

Despite getting through this book really quickly (literally a matter of days) it was a bit of a chore. I say this because I felt the story was dragged out a fair bit before getting to the conclusion and I got a bit frustrated! You see, within the first few chapters Alice obviously is going to be coming to terms that she cant remember the last 10 years of her life, which is understandable. But then it carries on.... I feel it took a long time to get answers to the questions she had. You'd think her family would be quick to fill her in but they just aren't, they don't seem to want to help her rediscover the last 10 years of her life that she's forgotten. That  really annoyed me! If it was my relative then I would be doing everything I could to try and help them remember what they forgot.  Why wouldn't you help by giving the answers they want!? Completely baffled!
I think one reason why it felt like it took forever to read was because this book actually covers a lot of different topics. Despite being about memory loss predominately other topics come into play like death, infertility, relationships & euthanasia. This is done quite well through various other characters in the story . We have Alicies sister Elizabeth with her journal entries & her grandmothers blog. I felt Elizabeth’s parts within the book were a good addition and helped understand Alices story a little better, however Frannies blog entries didn’t seem to bring anything extra and I felt weren’t really needed?

Despite me having a moan about the book dragging a bit. I didn't completely hate it. hence the 3.5 rating. This was a nice book to read among all the thrillers I have been reading recently. It's nice to break up the genres a bit! I just wish it hadn't taken so long to get the answers!

Check out the other girls posts to see what they thought about the book Lorna, & Lizzie,  If you'd like to be part of blogger book club then leave a comment and we will be in touch!

Click here to read last months Blogger Book Club review; Techbitch by Lucy Skyes & Jo Piazza

February's book is also by Liane Moriarty, The Husbands Secret.

Much love,
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Were you one of the lucky/unlucky ones that got hit with snow this weekend? Where I live we didn't get any, but going by Instagram, facebook and other social media channels a lot of others did! I'll admit, I was a little disappointed we didn't get any snow as I've been keen to get out there and wear my new wellies from Joules. Usually I go through the same routine each year, before a festival, get in a bit of a panic because I don't have any appropriate footwear to walk around the muddy fields. This year I wont have to worry as I'm prepared months ahead of time!

Joules quite often stock wellies in different prints, but this is the first time I've seen this particular 'snake' style. I wanted black because, well most of my wardrobe is black so why break a habit of a lifetime! However the grey spotted print, pink lining and logo add a little something extra to the style. The grey snake print is actually slightly raised making the detail slightly three dimensional which I like! It's a bit different!

The Nessie Snake Wellington boot is currently in the sale over at Shoetique, along with a couple of other styles like polka dots and a variety of floral styles. So there's something to suit all tastes! I know they do do some really pretty styles. Who'd have thought wellies could be pretty! Lets be honest they aren't exactly the most prettiest shoe are they, that's why opting for  a pair that have a print on is such a  good idea.

Now I have these in my possession I'm ready for whatever snow comes my way and if its not snow....well bring on the rain I guess?

Much love,
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Even though around December & January you shouldn't really buy anything for yourself I couldn't resist making a few cheeky purchases to update my makeup bag. It had been a while since I had really treated myself to anything new makeup wise. I'd been revisiting my collection and using forgotten products to mix it up a bit. Despite condensing down my collection a lot, I still have more than the average person meaning I've had a fair bit to choose from.

The newest addition to my makeup bag is the NARS All day Luminous weightless foundation, which was actually a gift from Tom for Christmas. I have it in the shade Deauville, which is a perfect match for me. I used the website findation to work out what shade would be best as I don't have any NARS counters nearby. I highly recommend using it if you want to work out what shade you are. First impressions of this foundation is that I love it. A little definitely goes a long way, the coverage is really buildable. I like to use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge to apply it, giving an airbrushed finish. This is my first dip into the world of NARS foundations. Even though I am enjoying using this particular one, I would like to try Sheer Glow in the future as it's raved about by many!

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I've been a subscriber to Jaclyn Hill for a while now. When she announced she was collaborating with BECCA Cosmetics & bringing out a highlighting powder I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. Well Champange Pop wasn't available for a long time, I believe it was on back order at Cult Beauty. So I decided to give Space NK a try instead... well there it was in stock ... take my money! It actually arrived while I was away so I've only been able to play around with it in the last week or so. Well I bladdy love it! It's such a beautiful golden highlight. If you are big on your highlighters & are umming and ahhing about purchasing Champange Pop. Just do it. You wont regret it.

I popped into Sephora while over in Dubai. The prices over there don't work out any cheaper than what I would pay in the UK so I didn't go too crazy. I did however ensure that I made my way to the Kat Von D display to pick up the much loved Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Again having heard many good things about this liner it was a must have. As first impressions go, I did think I picked up a dud the first couple of times I used it, the colour wasn't as black as others had made out it would be, so I felt a bit annoyed. However after a couple more goes the true black came through and now it's perfect. I don't know what went on there! It really does last all day as others have claimed, so I am happy I decided to purchase it.  The other Kat Von D product I decided to treat myself to is the Lock it Concealer, I was tempted by the foundation but as I already had the NARS one I didn't really need another. The Lock It Concealer is quite thick in consistency but it does a brilliant job of covering up any dark circles or blemishes! I bought the lightest shade they had on offer which was Light 18. Which to be honest is just about okay for me, I would have preferred it a little bit lighter but I can make it work!

Overall I am really pleased with the new additions to my makeup bag. Have you tried any of the products I purchased?

Much love,

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Without realising it my TBR pile has grown. I have a few books that I need to make my way through, so I thought if I shared them with you then it may give me that push to finish them quicker! So lets just get stuck in shall we?

THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton
If my memory serves me well, when this book was first released it was high up in the book charts for a while! So I am hoping for a good read. I don't often read books that are based in the past, often opting for more modern storylines which in some cases I can relate to. I'm looking forward to trying something different as this is based in Amsterdam in the 17th Century. Looking online it seems to have mixed reviews, but I'm hoping it will be one I will enjoy personally. It's nothing like anything I have read before, but I am up for a challenge. Perhaps it will make me more inclined to read books based in other time periods and broaden my reading options in the future!

I LET YOU GO by Claire Mackintosh
Thrillers are definitely my favourite genre of book to read at the moment. The blurb  on the back states that if you liked Gone Girl & Girl on the train then you will probably enjoy this psychological thriller, so I am guessing I will enjoy it. A tragic accident occurs in Jennas life, desperate to move on and get away from it all she moves to a remote cottage on the welsh coast.  Despite memories of the accident still at the back of her mind, Jenna can see the light and happiness for the future, unfortunately her past wants to catch up with her and the consequences may not be that great. I haven't even started reading it and I am gripped already! This will possibly be the first book of the bunch that I crack on and start reading to be honest.

EYE CONTACT & KNIFE EDGE by Fergus McNeil.
These are two books which were gifted by Jenny this Christmas in the Secret Santa Book swap arranged by Lorna. Again in the thriller genre, Rober Naysmith is a businessman with a bit of a secret.. He is also a serial killer. Dective Inspector Harland is assigned to the case. The problem is that Naysmith has no motive behind these killings, he choses his victims at random. If you make eye contact with him then you are part of 'the game' and you wont have long to live. Another set of books which I am eager to get reading. I did plan to take these with me to Duabi over Christmas but I was just too busy to even think about reading! Going by other books of this theme there is a high chance I will be hooked on these.  Perhaps the others in the series will feature in a future TBR Pile.

LIAR LIAR by M. J. Arlidge
This is actually the fourth book of a Crime Thriller series I started in 2014. I think very similar in style to the Fergus McNeil books mentioned above, (hence why I am sure I will enjoy them) Throughout the  series of books by M J Arlidge, we've followed Detective Insector Grace solve the cases that have been thrown at her, this book will be no different. I cant really say too much as its a book deep within the series, so if it's something you think you may enjoy I suggest picking up the first in the series Eeny Meeny and give it a go.

ONE DAY by David Nicholls.
This is a book that has been raved and raved about, it even got turned into a film. I read US by David Nicholls for book club, but wasn't too much of a fan, so you are probably wondering why I chose to pick this up. Well it was on the Donation shelf in my local Tesco so I got this practically brand new copy for £1. It would have been rude to leave it there, plus I've been informed by Lorna that One day is much better than 'Us' and I thought I would give it a chance. I believe the plot of this book focuses on what happens between Emma & Dexter. They meet on the night of their university graduation, however after that night they have to go their separate ways. One Day looks at what each of them are getting up to on the anniversary of that date each year, whether it be together or separately I am assuming! I'm looking forward to reading it and finding out what all the hype is about!

So that's my TBR pile, have you read any of these? Do you have any books lying around waiting for you to pick up and start reading? I you fancy finding out what I thought about some of the previous books I've read then head on over to this blog post.

Much love,
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New year, New me, all that jazz. Some of you may have decided that 2016 is THE YEAR for you when it comes to blogging. After the excitement of the Christmas season and probably a rather manic New year you may find yourself needed a little bit of a kick to get those creative juices flowing and start creating content. 
Never fear, I've put together a selection of blog post ideas for you to help get you on your way, sit back, grab your new notebook and use some of the following ideas as inspiration.... 

1. 2016 Resolutions.
2. A day in the life.
3. Places you would like to visit. 
4. A round up of your favourite bloggers
5. Gift Guides for that season. 
6. Share your favourite recipe 
7. Review something you recently purchased. 
8. Share an outfit post. 
9. Talk about the current book you are reading. 
10. The story of why you started your blog. 
11. Write a colour themed blog post. 
12. Try something different and out of your comfort zone
13. Share a playlist of some kind. 
14. Current go to hair products you are using.
15. Put together a list of books you'd recommend reading.
16. Share your life experiences. 
17. Do a Q&A post. 
18. Talk about the programs you use to edit your blog photos. 
19. Share a DIY Project. 
20. Talk about Seasonal trends in Beauty/Fashion
21. Share your collections (Perfume/makeup/shoes/bags)
22. Do a home/apartment/room tour. 
23. A monthly instagram round up. 
24. If you could take 5 items to a desert Island, what would they be.
25. Share your home decor inspiration 
26. Put together your ultimate beauty wishlist. 
27.Your Wardrobe essentials.
28. Where do you blog? Share your blogging set up. 
29. Take part in a 30 day challenge 
30. A round up of your favourite Instagrammers.
31. Interview another blogger who are part of your niche. 
32. Share your blogging process, from ideas, taking the images, to writing the post. 
33. Recreate a celebrity's makeup/outfit
34. Visit somewhere new and post a photo diary of your time there. 
35. Advice you would give your younger self. 
36. What do you keep on your bedside table?
37. Discuss blog tips that have helped/worked for you. 
38. Makeup tutorials
39. A week in outfits post round up. 
40. Share your current daily makeup routine.
41. Talk about what's been inspiring you lately. 
42. Share your favourite youtubers to watch. 
43. What's your favourite/most worn item in your wardrobe. 
44. Create a top 5 or Top 10 list on a subject of your choice. 
45. Share the contents of your handbag. 
46. Make a list of goal you'd like to achieve for the season. 
47. 10 things no one knows about you - Let your readers get to know you a bit better. 
48. A round up of your favourite Pinterest users to follow. 
49. Share your blogging essentials.
50.  Recommend other bloggers you feel your readers would also like.

I hope this has been helpful! If you enjoyed this post, please share via social media or 'pin' it on Pinterest!

Much love,
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CHRISTMAS GIFT GOLD GLITTER

As you may be aware I am part of a little blogger book club. Back in November Lorna from Lorna Literally came up with the idea of arranging a little Secret Santa style book swap with fellow members and other book bloggers within the community for Christmas.

I thought it was a good idea, so after passing on information of my favourite genres and what I liked to read, I waited to be informed who I would be buying for. Unlike the conventional Secret Santa, where you have no idea who is buying for you. we were paired up instead.  Matched up based on our likes when it came to authors and genres with a limit of £10 to spend. I think this was a good way to approach it as it meant you would both be on a similar wave length when it came to buying the gift, which hopefully would result in you both enjoying the books you would receive.

I was paired up with Jenny from Life is Full of Books, having similar tastes in genres I was looking forward to receiving my gift from her! Jenny sent my gifts in a gorgeous gold glitter box, she really got into the festive spirit. Inside I found 3 gifts wrapped up ( I may have been an eager beaver and opened them without thinking to take a photo first!) First a cute little Christmas tree decoration which she hit the nail on the head with when it came to the style. We have a few rustic looking decorations for our tree so it fits in well with the others! I was lucky enough to get two books from Jenny which I was really happy about as I was only really expecting to get one! As Jenny and I are both fans of the crime/thriller genre she had sent me two books from one of her favourite authors; Fergus McNeil.

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Reading the blurbs of each book has made me excited to get stuck in and give them a read. I think they will be ones I will enjoy for sure. I love a good crime book, I always try to work out 'whodunnit' before the plot reveals itself! It's like a mini challenge! Jenny has picked really well, I would say these would be books I would pick out for myself if I was looking for a new book series to try. After having a stalk of her good reads profile and a read through her reviews on her blog, we were definitely well suited to be paired up for this Secret Santa book swap! Well Done Lorna! I just hope she likes what I got her!

Have you taken part in any secret santa gift swaps this year?

Much love,

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LIFE : Looking forward to 2016

Sunday, 3 January 2016

2016 MARBLE DIARY

It’s time for the obligatory welcoming in the new year blog post! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, spending time with family and friends making lots of memories!
As usual, we all tend to use the start of the new year to set ourselves goals and have a think about things we would like to achieve for the next year. I usually mentally make a note of these things. However this year I have decided to put pen to paper so to speak and document it here, on my blog. By doing so I think it will help me stick to trying to achieve those goals as I will need to revisit them at the end of 2016 & share with you how successful I have been!
So lets get straight to it....
1.       Read more : I started getting back into my reading around spring time last year. I joined a blogger book club and downloaded the goodreads app to keep track of my progress. If you have the app you will know you can set yourself a reading challenge for the year. As I know I go through phases of reading I have set myself a goal of 30 books to read within 2016 which I believe is doable.
2.       Travel : I think this is something that a lot of people have on their lists, this year I would like to go on a few city breaks, in particular I would love to go to Amsterdam at some point. Germany at Christmas to visit the markets and possibly fit in a visit to Dublin. – A place I have been before (It’s where Tom and I got engaged!) but I was poorly at the time so I’d love to revisit when I’m less miserable!  
3.       Save, Save, Save : Another which is probably on a lot of peoples lists. Less of the frivolous spending and more putting it aside. Whether it be for a rainy day, a luxe treat or something more serious and ‘grown up’. I want to be able to look back and feel proud about the figures I manage to save by the end of 2016.
4.        Keep blogging frequently : If you remember I went on a bit of a hiatus for a bit at the start of 2015, and I don’t particularly want that to happen again (Unless some real life events arise which will mean I really cannot blog!) I feel I am doing a pretty good job at blogging frequently at the moment so I would love for that to continue. This year I would also like to incorporate more lifestyle blogging within my posts, a little like an online diary.
5.       Take up regular exercise : An obvious resolution made by 99.9% off the human population. I did dabble with running around September/ October time and I did enjoy it. I need to get back into the swing of things. Even if it’s only a couple of days a week, I would like to make sure I become a little more active in 2016! (If I lose a bit of weight in the process then that’s just a bonus!)
I think I will leave it there with the goals for 2016. I’ve left it quite generic I know, however I want to do that because it makes it a lot more attainable for me. Perhaps I’ll do seasonal goals which will be more specific, like visiting certain people, going to specific places, doing certain things. But for an overall look at the year ahead I would like to try to achieve these 5!
Have you set yourself any goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments!
Much love.
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