24 July 2016

The 2 Moisturisers That You Need This Summer

As a blogger I feel like I'm constantly searching for the ultimate in face and body moisturisers. I have combination to dry skin on my face and very dry skin on my body so I moisturise from head to toe daily. Almost religiously.

In the Summer I like to reach for lighter formulas that absorb quickly whilst remaining hydrating, and in the Winter I tend to go for something typically richer and more indulgent. The two that I have been reaching for daily have fast become my go-to’s in the warmer weather...

Garnier Moisture Bomb Day Cream has become my staple face moisturiser since I picked it up 6 weeks ago. It has more of a lotion like texture than I would normally go for but it blends in like a dream. It sinks in very quickly and doesn't leave any kind of a residue behind that hydrating moisturisers can typically do. The pump bottle is really easy to use and one pump dispenses the perfect amount for your whole face. I've found that this works really well under my makeup too and almost acts like a primer. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I’m out as I can’t imagine not using this now as part of my daily routine. Garnier also do a Night Cream in this line and I’m curious to give that a try too.

I always thought spray on body moisturisers were a bit of  a gimmick until I discovered Palmers Cocoa Butter Rapid Moisture Spray, and now I'm converted. It’s always been a part of my morning routine to apply moisturiser straight out of the shower, but I some mornings, especially in the winter when your feeling the chill it can feel like a chore I could do without. This spray on formula cuts the time and effort down by half! Simply spray all over, then rub in. It dries really quickly too which also saves you that 20 mins wandering around the house in your underwear waiting for your moisturiser to sink in before getting dressed (ladies, we’ve all been there…).

This does have a distant cocoa butter smell which might put some people off. I don’t mind it as I find the scent doesn’t linger for more than 10 minutes or so. This is lightweight yet nourishing and it’s become a part of my morning routine that I don’t actually mind. I have also used this prior to applying my trusty St Tropez (blog post coming soon) and I find it works really well as base for tanning too.

What moisturisers have you been reaching for lately? xoxo

17 July 2016

TAG: What My Boyfriend Thinks My Make-up Is For

As soon as I saw this TAG I knew I had to get my boyfriend Garrad involved. He's incredible tolerant towards my makeup addiction, and I'd say that he's fairly switched on when it comes to my girly tendencies and beauty product ramblings.

I asked him what he thought the following makeup products were used for...

Primer: Isn't it something you put on before you paint? Or you probably apply it before your make up, I'm guessing?

Foundation: Makes your skin look smooth, and not spotty (thanks babes...)

Powder: To fill in the gaps for even looking skin?

Concealer: This one is definitely for hiding spots.

Bronzer: To make your skin look a bit tanned, not orange like an Oompa Lumpa though!

Blusher: To give you rosy cheeks like a clown (laughs).

Highlighter: To brighten up your face?

Mascara: Makes your eyelashes look long and thick.

Eyeshadow: To make your eyes look pretty (Aww!!)

Eye kohl: To start a fire on your eyes?? (Quickly explains it's a form of eyeliner...) To draw around your eyes and make you look like a cat (laughs again...).

Brow pencil: For colouring in your eyebrows.

Lipstick: This makes your lips look a different a colour.

Setting spray: To stop your makeup running?

BB cream: I haven't got a clue on this one?

I was very impressed by how much he knew, he clearly pays more attention to me than I give him credit for! I'd love to try and do the 'Boyfriend Does My Makeup TAG', let me know in the comments if you'd like me to put one together... xoxo

12 July 2016

Here's To The Women Buying Their Own Louboutins...

Disclaimer - This post is a little different to my usual...

It's currently 10:20 on a Monday night and I'm writing this in bed, with my Westie Oscar tucked up next to me. My boyfriend Garrad is at work so I'm currently home alone. I have wanted to write this post for such a long time, but have always struggled to put the right words down that best explain my feelings. Then this evening I came across this picture on Pinterest...

Now sadly this gorgeous girl isn't me, but the words could definitely have come from me. This evening I was reminded through social media that so many women these days live off, or are being 'kept' by their other halves, and it's something that frustrates and angers me in equal measure.

I'm 26 years old and I share a house with my boyfriend, but I'm proud to say that we split everything down the middle from bills, to the house work. We're partners in every sense of the word, so naturally we take a share each.

Before I met Garrad I could be reckless with my money, and I spent a lot of it, and I mean a lot of it! But looking back , I am incredibly proud of how I've spent my money and the choices I've made in life. At 22 I bought my first BMW, a car that every morning when I got in it I couldn't quite believe  it was mine and at 24 I bought my very first pair of Louboutins, I still have them even though I've worn them to death. I love them regardless and I'm still very proud of them.

Side note... Please understand when I say there's a difference between receiving gifts from loved ones, and being 'kept' by your other half. Gift giving is a wonderful thing and I've been fortunate enough to receive some beautiful presents, and nothing makes me happier than treating my family and friends whenever I can too. But being 'kept' is a whole other kettle of fish.

When your other half starts paying for your clothes and shoes, pays for your monthly hair and mani-pedi appointment, your half of the luxury holiday etc, that's being 'kept' and something that I can't stand. Where's the dignity in that? Where's the ability to stand on your own two feet and say you know what, I paid for it, and I did it with my own money!

I'm accepting to the fact that I might get a lot of women disagreeing with me on this one, and that's ok. At the end of the day, each to their own. All I know is that I work damn hard for my paycheck each month, and there's no greater feeling than being able to spend it on whatever the hell I want, because I earned it.

There is a secondary, probably far greater aspect to this aside from the spending, and that's the feel good factor of knowing that all those early mornings, long hours and late nights are worth it. One day you'll look back and realise that you made something of yourself, and you did it for you.

I'm fortunate enough to have a good job with a fantastic company and I pride myself on my work ethic (that I 100% got from my Mum). I firmly believe that my hard work and ambition has got me to where I am today. I am by no means as the top of my game, and I have a hell of a long way to go, but I'll get there, and it's lovely knowing that Garrad supports me and is proud of me. I love looking up to women like Michelle Mone, and Karren Brady who worked there butts off to get where they are today, they're partners supported them along the way, but certainly didn't put them there.

So ladies, I guess what I'm trying to say is go out there and grab the world with both hands! Get the career you've always dreamed of and never let anyone have the audacity to say they're 'keeping' you. Anything is obtainable if you're willing to work for it... In short buy your own Louboutins... One day you'll thank me for it... xoxo

** All images courtesy of Pinterest

10 July 2016

Sunday Walkies

I'm a firm believer that Sunday's were made for doing whatever your heart desires. My boyfriend Garrad and I love making the most of the nicer weather so we have started heading out early (ish) on a Sunday morning for a walk with our Westie, Oscar. I feel like it does us the world of good after sitting in our offices all week, plus Oscar loves it more than life itself I think!

This past Sunday we headed out to Margam Country Park which is located close to Port Talbot in South Wales. Entry to the grounds is free although there is a small charge for parking. 

Margam Park was once owned by the Mansel Talbot family and is now owned and administered by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. There are three notable buildings within the park, Margam Abbey, a Cistercian monastery; Margam Castle, a neo-Gothic country house that was once the seat of the Mansel Talbot family; and an18th-century Orangery.

We arrived at about 11 and there was only a few other cars in the car park. The weather was gorgeous and I was looking forward to soaking up a bit of Vitamin D. We decided to walk anti-clockwise around the estate and head up to the small animal farm. Along the way we found loads of hand-crafted instruments made out of wood and piping. We had loads of fun with these as adults so these would definitely be a fab distraction if you had younger children too.

It's about a half mile walk from the car park up to the small animal farm, the ground would be suitable for prams or wheelchairs and Oscar was in heaven in all the open space. I think we wore him out within the first half an hour to be honest!

Dogs are allowed within the farm as long as they're kept on a lead. Oscar had never experienced so many different animals before and so he found it fascinating.

I fell in love with the cream Silky Chickens, they were absolutely adorable. If we had a bigger garden I'd love to keep a few chickens for fresh eggs.

Oscar was having a great time trying to make friends... I think he was more interested than they were to be honest though.

There's also a small 'steam' train that circulates around the park. Kids would absolutely love this and it ran every 15 minutes throughout the day. Unfortunately Oscar wasn't allowed on so we gave this one a miss this time round.

Family Photo op... Say cheese :D

I genuinely thought this was a real cow from afar which Garrad found hilarious.
(This is by far my favourite photo of the day.)

As we headed out of the farm we carried on up towards the lake and the main house, before dropping down into the Orangery. The Orangery and surrounding grounds were absolutely stunning and would make for a breath-taking summer wedding location.

The old monastery ruins are situated nearby and were gorgeous in the sunshine. I bet they could be proper spooky in the dark though!

We had an absolutely fabulous time around Margam Country Park and we will be definitely be returning soon. This would make a fantastic day out for younger children too. As it's free to enter it makes for an affordable day out for the whole family, which is always a good thing.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend, please leave me a comment with your Sunday recommendations, we love discovering new places to explore... xoxo

04 July 2016

L'Oreal Infallible 24Hour Matte Foundation: The Review

It's no secret that I love makeup, but if I was restricted to only buying one makeup item, I would always pick a foundation. I have around 5 different ones currently on rotation and I'm constantly on the lookout for new ones to try.

I had a seen a lot of bloggers ravig about the L'Oreal Infallible 24Hour Matte Foundation when it came out about a year ago and as usual, I'm late to the party in trying it. When I spotted it in my local Boots for only £7.99 I knew I had to give it a go.

I was impressed with the shade range and I picked mine up in shade no.10 Porcelain. As many of you know, I'm naturally very fair but this is a fab match for me. It has a slight pinky undertone than I wouldn't usually go for, but it actually works really well at cancelling out any blue tones in my skin.

I love the neat diagram on the back of the tube that lets you know what to expect from the foundation. This would be so handy on higher priced foundations as sometimes you really don't know what to expect, unless you've researched it to hell and read a million blogger reviews before purchasing... #Guilty.

The foundation claims to have a medium texture which I would agree with and it has an almost mousse like consistency that I really like. It also claims to have high coverage and a matte finish. Yes, I would definitely agree with the matte finish, but I've found that I can only get it to a medium coverage on myself.

To be honest this foundation applies like a dream and looks flawless on me, but unfortunately only for the first hour or so. After that I've found it clings to my dry patches like no other :( ... (Combination skin sucks!)

I have been applying it in dots all over my face with my fingers, then blending it in with a damp beauty blender. I find this has been giving me the most even coverage. I have tried applying it with, and without a primer but it doesn't seem to make too much difference to the overall longevity of the foundation.

At £7.99 it's very reasonably priced for a drugstore foundation and you get 35ml of product in the tube. I love tube foundations as they're so easy to work with and have minimal mess. The tube nozzle is also really thin which is great for squeezing out precise amounts.

I think this foundation would work even better on oily skin types where there wouldn't be the dry patches to cling too. I will continue to wear this to work as it's a good, staple everyday foundation. I'm going to test it out with different primers too to see if that makes a difference with my cakeyness, I'll keep you updated.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Infallible 24Hour Matte Foundation yet? I'd love to know what you thought of it xoxo
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