Hey guys! I’m back! Yes, I’m actually blogging after a good few months away. I know, I know, I’m a bad blogger. I’ll get into why I’ve taken a break in another post as it could be a long one. But the short version is basically this: my mental health hasn’t been the best recently and I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to sit down and type blog posts. Truth be told, I lost all passion and motivation. I’ve barely managed to keep on top of my social media feeds of late, let alone anything else. The whole thins has been making me seriously stressed all of a sudden and it’s something I’m currently trying to get under control. A blogging mid-life crisis if you will. 
I’m determined to get back on it starting from now and get that passion for writing back. I’ve just got myself a new laptop (only went a spilt a pint of water on my previous one – school boy error!), shot some new blog imagery and am feeling inspired. If there’s anything specific you’d like me to write about, please let me know in the comments section or tweet / DM me! Anyway, what better way to get back to it than sharing some of my current faves. I’m always getting asked what I use and what my fave beauty items are via Instagram, so I hope you find this useful!

Carita Ideal Hydration Lagoon Cream – I recently had a facial at Rudding Park Spa in Harrogate and the lady used this brand of skincare products. She gave me some mini samples to take away and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this moisturiser. It has what I’d describe as a gel/jelly like consistency and is so refreshing and lightweight on the skin. It almost reminds me of an after sun and even has a similar pale green colouring. The only way I can describe it is super refreshing but also really moisturising. It contains noni extract, a Tahitian fruit known for its revitalising properties and helps to energise the skin and reinforce its natural defence system. The skin is firmer, more supple and radiant.
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body – This product is an absolute GAME CHANGER. I get a lot of questions on Instagram about how I get my skin to look glowy in my photos and this is the secret. Yep, it’s not a natural glow, unfortunately, haha. This is basically a liquid highlight for the skin and when applied it creates such a beautiful golden glow. It’s not shimmery or sparkly which can look really unnatural but instead gives the skin a gorgeous metallic sheen when the light hits it. I literally plaster myself in this stuff before a night out or when I’m shooting photos for Instagram as it makes such a huge difference. Not the cheapest product out there but definitely the best I’ve tried! This mini bottle has lasted me months so I can only imagine how long the full size would last. I’m actually going to purchase the full size this week as I can no longer be without it!

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne – I’m a huge fan of Jo Malone fragrances and if they weren’t so expensive I’d probably wear a different one every day of the week (the dream!). I usually get a new bottle form family or Matt at Christmas as a treat and this year I got the Wood Sage & Sea Salt scent which I’ve totally fallen in love with. It’s a fresh but also woody/earthy scent making it perfect for both day or night. It’s one of those good all round scents! I’m useless at describing fragrance so go give it a sniff next time you’re passing a Jo Malone store.
OGX Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil – Hair oil is a staple in my hair care routine and I never blow dry my hair without slathering the ends in an oil first. As well as protecting the hair from heat and damage, I find it helps make it look ten times smoother and more shiny. I sometimes like to use it between washes too when my hair is starting to look a bit dull – it seems to bring it back to life!
Loving Tan Bronze Body Shimmer – this is my favourite tanning brand, hands down. I’ve been using their products for a year or so now and their dark mousse is just the best for a deep, golden glow. This body shimmer is a more recent discovery but I absolutely love it. It’s perfect when you want to top your tan up before a night out and also give your skin a bit of a glow/shimmer. I often get asked what tan I use on Instagram so here you go – this is my secret to a year round tan! 
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – I decided to buy a new bottle of this after not using it for a few months and I’ve realised just how much I love it. It gives great coverage, has a lovely finish (fairly matte but not drying) and is really long lasting. I’m currently using the shade Punjab which is a perfect match when I’m tanned (from the bottle unfortunately – I need a holiday and some natural glow asap!) and I use the shade Fiji for those ‘I can’t be bothered putting fake tan on’ paler days. Hehe! I also have combination skin and this works really well for me – I don’t find it too oily or drying so it’s a good all rounder I’d say.
Buxom Lip glosses – I can’t even tell you how much I love these glosses. If you want something that’s going to plump your lips, have amazing pigmentation and insane gloss – these are for you. They do feel a bit tingly on the lips because of the plumping action but it’s not an uncomfortable feeling at all. I have one of these in my bag at all times at the moment, I can’t be without them!
Cover FX Custom Blending brush – I got this brush in a goody bag at a Beauty Bay event and it’s become my go-to for applying liquid foundation. It has a really dense bristles (99,000 of them are packed in there apparently) and a slightly rounded top meaning it gets into all the nooks and crannies of your face and blends foundation like an absolute dream.  

Charlotte Tilbury ‘First Love’ blush – When it comes to blush, I go through serious phases. I can go months without wearing it and then other times I don’t feel like my makeup routine is complete without it. I’ve been using this Charlotte Tilbury blush in the shade ‘ ‘ recently and I feel like it’s the perfect shade to add another dimension to my skin and gives my makeup a more polished and put together look – if that makes any sense? I think the main thing I dislike about blush is that it can often look very obvious that someone is wearing it – think bright pinks or corals. However, this shade is really lovely – it’s a pale brown toned pink shade and looks super natural on the skin. Definitely one to check out if you’re a bit scared of blush like me!
YSL ‘All Hours’ compact powder foundation – I’m not a big fan of powder foundations and would never use powder over a liquid, ever. I don’t think the coverage is comparable and you don’t get that same dewy glow that a liquid can provide. However, one thing that powder foundations are great for is setting liquid foundation. That may sound like a lotta foundation going on but trust me on this one. If you want your base to look extra flawless, powder foundation has a bit more coverage and longevity than your standard setting powder. I’ve been using this YSL one to set my foundation with  for nights out when I want a super full coverage look and it’s fabulous. As the name All Hours would suggest, it’s really long lasting and keeps my makeup in place the whole night as well as adding a smooth flawless finish.
I hope you enjoyed this little round up of my fave products guys! Please let me know what else you’d like to see from me as I’m always open to suggestions and want to write about the topics you guys are interested in. Feel free to drop me a DM on my social channels any time! PS – all of these items are linked, just click on the name of them to be taken directly to the retailers websites for more info.

As a woman with tiny little eyes, I’m forever grateful for the advent of mascara.  Unfortunately for me, simply coating my lashes with mascara doesn’t always produce the result I want.  I’m pretty sure that I own over 20 tubes of mascara.  Each one of them promised to give me the appearance of false lashes but many failed to deliver.

Over the years, I picked up a few tips to help improve the end result. Some worked well, others, not so much.  But today, I learned a new trick that made an immediate difference.  Best of all, the solution is absolutely free and takes only a second.
This answer that I’ve been waiting for is so easy that I kick myself for not figuring it out sooner.

Most of us have half a dozen or more mascaras in our possession.  The reason for this is because we’re steadily looking for the absolute perfect mascara.  Little did we know that we may already have our holy grail mascara in our possession without even knowing it.

Let me explain.

My top 3 favorite mascaras are:
1. Heroine Make 
2. L’Oreal Telescopic
3. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

I adore these three because each of them has something to offer. I’m addicted to Heroine Make’s long lasting, ultra black formula, but in all honesty, the wand is quite basic.  Telescopic has this tiny little wand that has the ability to find and enhance my tiny lashes.  And Charlotte Tilbury’s mega wand gives me volume like no one else but the formula isn’t all that great.

If only I could combine my favorites into one.  That would be a dream come true.   Today I realized that combining their qualities is actually possible.  All it took was dipping Telescopic‘s wand into Heroine Make’s tube.  The combination of my favorite wand and my perfect formula created magic, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.  My lashes were ultra defined (thank’s to Telescopic’s wand) and very pronounced (shout out Heroine Make’s ultra black pigment). This combination far surpasses all the mascara’s I’ve ever tried.


If you have a mascara with an amazing formula but a so-so wand, it’s ok to experiment to find your perfect combination.  Do a little swapping and see what difference it makes.  This could be a real game changer.

The last thing I need is another lip gloss.  I have dozens of them.  With that said……I’m going to pick up one more.

Why? Because this lip gloss keeps appearing in my life and I’m finally going to take the hint.  Everyone raves about this drugstore gloss and it’s now time for me jump on the bandwagon.
It all began when Kendra Bailey released her full skin reggie video.  I’ve been on a few of her Instagram lives and people were always asking what product she uses on her lips which always appear so naturally hydrated. Imagine my surprise when she revealed that her holy grail lip balm was by a brand we all know and love.

Once the secret was revealed, I filed that piece of information away until later.  Shortly afterward, this image flashed across my Pinterest feed.

After poking around a little in the comments I was bombarded by a bunch of people who praised the wonders of this amazing gloss-balm.

This stuff is AMAZING! it seriously makes your lips feel so good. It has like this cooling effect and it smells so good and it makes my lips look so good. I recommend this 10/10
This stuff is the bomb and smells soooo good! Can be used as lip balm AND a gloss!

I have tried this and it’s definitely a great moisturizer for the lips 👄 through these cold months!
My favorite love it
I stand by this lip gloss its sooo good!
I tried it and I love it! Super moisturizing

Not only is this lip gloss “super moisturizing,” it’s also enriched with SPF.  Warmer days are ahead which means we’ll be spending more time outside.   If you’re like me, you might be making the fatal mistake of layering sunscreen on your face but leaving your lips to fend for themselves.  I have one lip balm enriched with SPF but it does a poor job of hydrating and I barely use it.  Neutrogena Moisture Shine seems like the ultimate solution to all of my woes.

I’m picking some up today.

Back when the liquid lipstick craze appeared on the scene, I wanted in.  These colors were bold, had a high color payoff and looked great on women of color.  The first chance I got, I placed an order for a bunch of matte lipsticks from Colour Pop.

My first impression was that liquid lipsticks were phenomenal!  But, they had one drawback.  The final look was flat and left me with dry looking lips.  Soon thereafter, my liquid lipsticks were neglected for more hydrating options.  If only there was a way enjoy the bold look of matte lip color without the negative side effects.
As time when on,  I’m positive that beauty brands wised up and reformulated their products. But what about all the unused tubes currently collecting dust?

I think I’ve stumbled on a solution that turns my matte liquid lipsticks into ultra hydrating formulas.

The idea stems from a product that’s been floating around on Instagram. It’s a “dry oil” meant to be applied prior to makeup application for a dewy base.

Here’s a glimpse

I wanted to learn more so I checked out their product description online.   You can imagine how excited I was to learn that I already had access to their main ingredient (rosehip oil).  But the kicker happened when I scanned the usage instructions and saw the recommendation to apply a couple drops to the lips before applying lipstick.

Immediately, the imaginary lightbulb above my head turned on.  I rushed over to my stash of beauty products and searched for those long lost liquid lipsticks.  But, instead of reaching for rosehip, I decided to try something different.  I keep my trusty bottle of squalane oil front and center because this product can do no wrong.  I’m honestly going to purchase a larger quantity so I can cover every square inch of my body in this universal moisturizer.

But I digress…

The experiment began with me swiping a tiny bit of squalane oil on my lips.  I pressed them together to allow the nourishing goodness to better penetrate.  Then came the big moment. I grabbed a tube of Color Pop’s TooLips and prayed for the best.  The color glided on wonderfully.  There was no compromise in the color payoff.  My lips looked great!

**I added less oil than you see in the video**

Best of all, they felt ah-may-zing!  So hydrated and so soft.  And it didn’t look like I was wearing oil underneath my lipstick.  The final outcome looked natural, not too glossy, not too matte.  It was perfect.  I’ll be honest with you,  I probably gave up some of the long-lasting qualities of the original formula for this boost of hydration, but I don’t care.  It’s better than rocking dry painted lips all day.

I can always play around with using less oil. A little goes a long way.  And, did I mention how thankful I was for the reminder to incorporate natural oils into my winter makeup routine.  How could I forget that?! Instead of spending $40.00 on an illuminating foundation, why not make your own?

You guys know that whenever someone reveals their beauty secrets, I’m all over it.  Today, I’ve stumbled on a wonderful gem.  Super model, Jasmine Tookes, recently uploaded a video of her entire night out makeup look.

Jasmine is such a beauty inspiration because she rocks very wearable makeup.  Her end goal is simply to create a flawless finish.  Isn’t that what we all want?

If you’re dying to know Jasmine’s holy grail foundation, what she applies before makeup for a natural glow and the Charlotte Tilburry lip color that’s an absolute must have, keep reading.
The short video features Jasmine doing her own makeup for a night out.  Since the footage is sped up, we don’t get to see her explain each individual step.  Fortunately, the products are clearly visible so  we can easily identify them.

Step 1 of the process begins as Jas rubs a little oil onto her skin prior to applying foundation.  I’m assuming that she’s already applied moisturizer and the oil is the final step to seal it all in while adding some luminance.  Noni Glow Face Oil is a blend of various carrier oils and extracts.  It’s rich in antioxidants and claims to nourish while promoting an even skin tone.  One of the ingredients is rosehip, which we all know can help brighten skin over time.  If you haven’t experimented with wearing a little oil under makeup, maybe this weekend is the time to give it a try.

Next, Jasmine reached for her holy grail foundation that’s been a staple of hers for years, Giorgio Armani Silk Foundation.  You’ve heard me talk about this foundation before, it’s one of my favorites.  So many celebrities have claimed this as their absolute favorite.  Yes, it’s a little pricier than others, but if you’re looking for a smooth, natural finish, you don’t have to look any further.

After concealing, Jas executes her contouring routine with the help for FENTY Beauty’s Match Stix. To add a bit of richness to her skin, Jasmine dusts her face with Bobbi Brown’s Bronzer.  This summer, while vacationing in the lovely country of Belize, I often admired my skin in the mirror while putting on makeup.  I had this amazing glow thanks to a newly acquired tan.  At that moment, I promised myself to pick up a decent bronzer when I returned home.  Thanks to a timely reminder from Jasmine, I’ve picked up Tawny Brown bronzing powder. Someone in the reviews said that this powder can also double as a blush.  I look forward to experimenting.

She completes the look with a lipstick that has been on my wish list since forever.  I almost forgot how perfect Charlotte Tilburry’s Birkin Brown was as an every day lip color.  Jasmine shows us just how effortlessly this color looks on brown skin.  But don’t take my word for it, check it out.