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.