Current Favourites. ♥

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Hey lovelies, I adore reading these types of post, and last time I discussed my Current Favourites with you all, you all really enjoyed it, so I thought it was about time I shared my new, and updated Current Favourite beauty, home, fashion and lifestyle items with you all.♥

♥ Oliver Bonas 'Little Things' Trinket Dish - £11 - available here 
If you read my pretty, Rose Gold Homeware Haul, (you can read that here), you'll know I'm obsessed with all things girly, and rose gold homeware at the moment and I made my first Oliver Bonas order recently. I literally wanted to buy every, single item and spend my life savings on their homeware. It's just all, SO pretty. I picked up this cute little trinket dish that is marble, pink and rose gold (omg beauty blogger heaven right?!) it was only £11 and it sits so prettily on my dressing table, I just can't stop admiring it!   

♥ Oliver Bonas Saskia the Cat Ring Holder - £9.50 - available here
I also picked up the adorable, Saskia the Cat Ring Holder which is honestly SO CUTE. I'm actually so much more of a dog person, but the pink, rose gold and white girly detailing had me swooning as soon as I spotted this little beauty. You will probably see it appear in so many of my Instagram and blog photographs as it's become my new favourite blog prop! I can't deal with the cuteness, oh and it makes a pretty good ring holder too! 

♥ Revlon Highlighting Palette 'Rose Glow'* - £9.99 - available here 
Do you peep my new favourite blog props in the background? Told you I'm obsessed! Anyway, onto one of my next current favourites and that is a stunning Revlon Highlighting Palette in 'Rose Glow' - how cute is the name though? This little beauty is a blush and a highlight rolled into one and it is SO perfect for Summer! Upon first use I instantly fell in love with this beautiful palette. It is a dream to apply as it so lightweight, and silky soft to use on your skin. The pigmentation is fantastic, I'm wearing the blush in this selfie on my Instagram page, and you can see after just one application, it has really lovely results. With just one swirl of this onto the apples of my cheeks, I'm instantly given an even, radiant, healthy, summery, golden, rosy glow and I just can't get enough of using this! For just £9.99 it is so affordable too! I really recommend it if you're looking for a new blush/highlighter for Summer.

♥ Yankee Candle - Summer Scoop - £11.99 - available here
Yes, it may be Summer but I'm still a sucker for a good, old lit candle. I adore having new scents and fragrances in my home and with warmer weather obviously brings a variety of new candle scents! One I'm really loving at the moment is the Yankee Candle Summer Scoop candle, not only is it pink (winner), but it is such a gorgeous, summery scent. It reminds me of strawberry ice cream, and is such a sweet scent to have in your home on a hot summers day! It's a very fruity and sweet scent, but that is right up my street. If you haven't tried this one before, it's honestly lush. 

♥ Revlon Nail Enamel x Michelle Keegan Nail Polishes - (from left to right) Passionate*, Pink Nude*  Revlon Red* - £6.49 each - similar shades available here.  

I've been alternating between these three stunning Revlon Enamel nail polishes over the past month and I'm in love with wearing them. I've always been a huge fan of Revlon nail polish, the quality is amazing, they have a wide variety of colours and they last for so long without chipping! This cute selection of polishes were picked out by Michelle Keegan (who is a major babe!) as her favourites, and I have to agree the shades had me falling in love! They're a dream to apply, and boast of a silk protein shield, that makes applying the polishes feel luxurious, smoothing out uneven streaks, brush marks or bubbles. These shades are so complimenting, pigmented and glossy! The brighter shades Passionate and Revlon Red, only need 1-2 coats for full, even coverage and the Pink Nude shade needs 2, as expected with a lighter shade. I can only compare the results after application, as similar to that of a gel manicure, with shine and glossiness out of this world. Best of all these nail polishes can last up to 10 days!!!! And they're not kidding, with the lovely Revlon Top and Base Coat, the nail polishes have always lasted me at least 8 days, without chipping! *squeals, and runs to buy every shade in existence*. If you want chip free, gel like nail polish, you have to try these!

♥ Paige Toon - The Last Piece of My Heart Book - £2.99 - available here
I'm really enjoying reading at the moment. Whether it's coming home and chilling in the garden, in the sunshine, listening to music, with a good book in hand, or just before bed as part of my new evening routine, I'm just LOVING reading. I often go through phases of enjoying reading, but I'll always be a little book worm at heart. Nothing pleases me more than getting lost into a good book! I'm currently reading the lovely Paige Toon's new release which is called 'The Last Piece of My Heart' I haven't finished it yet, so no spoilers, pretty please! But I'm really enjoying it so far. I always fall in love with Paige's books, and often finish them within a few days, because they're that good! Every time Paige releases a book, I buy it. She is one of my all time favourite authors, I often read her books on holiday too, as she's a real chick lit author, with page turning storylines, and plots. If you haven't read her stuff before, you're seriously missing out! I totally recommend her novels, they're all amazing, so I don't recommend any in particular as I love them all so much! Just read her stuff, and thank me later. 
♥ Miss Selfridge Pink Scallop Sliders - £18 - available here 
If you read my blog often, or you stalk my Instagram (which you can follow here, btw) you'll know I purchased the red pair of these scallop sliders a while back, and was obsessed with them. So when I noticed that Miss Selfridge had released a bright pink pair, I had to have them ASAP. They're so pretty and comfy to wear, I love the scallop detailing. They add a splash of girliness and colour to any outfit. I'm obsessed! 
 ♥ Bondi Sands Liquid Gold - Self Tanning Dry Oil - £14.99 - available here
I couldn't write this post without mentioning yet another product from my new favourite fake tan brand - Bondi Sands. I'm a relatively new Bondi Sands fan, I tried their Dark Tanning Foam (which is the best fake tan I've ever used, full review here) way back in March and I've been hooked ever since. I cannot wait to try their new Tan Eraser, which sounds amazing! Let me know if you'd like a full review of that. Anywho, I tried the Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil around a month and a half ago to see what all the fuss was about, and I love it. It's the perfect, quick, simple, no fuss tanner, that doesn't require you to wash off the tan, after you've applied, 6 hours later. 

It's a really interesting product. It's oil based, and is incredibly easy to use, you simply spritz out the oil formula, onto your tanning mitt and apply in circular motions until you reach your desired level of tanned goddess. It dries almost instantly, and develops in just 2-3 hours, so you are given much quicker results than the Dark Tanning Foam from the Bondi Sands range. However, what makes me love the Dark Tanning Foam just that little bit more, is the fact that it gives darker results, and lasts that little bit longer. I've been enjoying using this to keep my Dark Tanning Foam application, topped up, if that makes sense, so I tan weekly using my favourite Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam, which lasts until the following week, but to keep me looking super tanned and bronzed, and to make my tan last up to 2 weeks, I simply spritz this in areas that need a little bit of love, and tan and I'm good to go. I really like the coconut scent, it doesn't smell biscuity and it's the perfect tanning product to use alongside my Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam, as it's so simple and fuss free to use. Using this alongside my lovely Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam, allows me to have tanned, bronzed skin for up to two weeks before it starts to fade naturally. It's an amazing brand, if you haven't tried their products, YOU NEED TO. NOW! 

So that is my Current Favourites!
I hope you've enjoyed todays post! 
I'd love to hear what your Current Favourite TV Shows, Beauty/Make Up Products, Clothing, Skincare, Nail Polish, Homeware, whatever you love and adore at the moment...please let me know in the comments! I love hearing everybody's favourites! 

Have a good day!

5 Make Up Bits I've Been Loving Lately. ♥

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I don't know about you, but I've been really into experimenting a little bit more with my make up lately! I've been trying my best to use more of the lovely make up products that I've already got in my ever growing collection, rather than going out and spending money on make up that I don't need, and have a dupe of at home. Since 'Shopping My Stash', and really appreciating my make up collection, I've fallen in love recently with some old favourites, and some new make up products, that I just had to share with you all, because they're all pretty amazing...♥

♥ Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold 18 Hour Mascara* - £3 - available here 

Ok, so let's talk about this amazing new mascara that I've been obsessed with using lately. I ran out of my favourite Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, and decided to give this little beauty a try recently and I was so blown away! For just £3, this mascara needs to be in every, single one of your make up bags!!! It boasts of incredible lash curl, and up to 18 hours of lasting volume.

The wand is a fully loaded paddle brush, with long bristles on one side, and shorter ones on the opposite side. It keeps my lashes separated, and coats the mascara evenly, with no fuss, or problems and gives them that all important curl I've been lusting over. The formula is great, boasting of micro styling waxes that give extra hold, volume and curl. The texture of the mascara is creamy and wet and it coats the lashes perfectly giving you a dark, black, bold finish that really does last all, day long! It is a buildable mascara that you can keep applying to reach your desired finish, although I'd only recommend applying two coats of this onto your lashes, before it starts to look a tad clumpy. Personally, I find one coat enough to curl, enhance, volumise and lengthen my lashes and I don't feel the need to apply two coats, unless I'm going out in the evening, where I prefer a more dramatic look. I find that this mascara doesn't start to come off throughout the day, it says in place really nicely, and doesn't flake. It's survived the long 12 hour shifts at work, which is witchcraft, as even some high end mascaras don't do that well for me. I'm so impressed with it, and for just £3, I think I've found a really lovely, affordable mascara!
♥ Benefit Galifornia Blush - £24.50 - available here  
♥ Full review here 

I fell in love with this beautiful blush way back in Spring, but after trialling a few new blushes, and falling back in love with my beloved NARS Orgasm blush, I kinda, sorta forgot about this one and it slipped back into my make up drawer. After having a make up clear out, I spotted this little beauty, and fell back in love with the girly, 70's boho chic, inspired,  bright packaging! And once I caught a whiff of the swoon worthy, fruity and vanilla scent, I was hooked. Pigmentation is amazing, with just one swirl of this over the apples of your cheeks, you're given full, natural coverage, but if you prefer a brighter Coral look, this lovely stuff is buildable too, so you can reach your desired level of golden goddess! As with most Benefit products, the blush stays in place all day long, and I simply cannot fault it! I'm so glad I rediscovered this beauty, just in time for the gorgeous, summery weather as this little blush is basically Summer in a box, it gives me a healthy, golden, summery glow and makes me look and feel lovely! Benefit - you guys are amazing. Can we just take a moment to appreciate this blush?!

♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color in 'Pink Cloud*' and 'Tropical*' - £7.99 - available here

If you haven't tried these stunning Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colors - you're seriously, seriously missing out! They're fast becoming my favourite lip products of all time, and I literally want to buy all 15 different shades, I mentioned the shade 'Tropical' in my Top 5 Summer Lipsticks blog post, a couple of weeks ago. I've been reaching for these lovely lip colours so much recently! The formula is super hydrating, and a dream to apply to your lips because of the creamy, smooth, soft, gel texture. It boasts of an ultra hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid! 

 ♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color 'Tropical' - £7.99 - available here 

Tropical (shown above) is a stunning, vibrant, and very bright, pink shade, with purple undertones! It screams all things Summer, and looks so lovely paired with a crisp white t-shirt, lots of bronzer and a good tan! It feels so comfortable and dreamy to wear on hot, summery days! Despite the amazing, hydrating formula, the lipstick is also seriously pigmented, see swatches below for that all important proof.

 ♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color 'Pink Cloud' - £7.99 - available here 

The same goes for 'Pink Cloud' which is a pretty, natural rosy pink shade with complimenting bubblegum pink undertones. Although slightly more on the sheer side, 'Pink Cloud' is still amazingly pigmented and again is really lovely and comfortable to wear on the lips.

The lip colours smooth into my lips like a dream and the lasting power is insane! You'd think that because of the hydrating, smooth and moisturizing qualities of the formula, that the longevity of the lipstick would be lacking, but don't be fooled, these gorgeous lip colours leave a gorgeous, semi matte stain on your lips for at least 3-4 hours before having to reapply! The finish is beautiful, it's very similar to that of the MAC Cremesheen formula lipsticks, with a glossy finish, that gradually dries into a semi-matte look.

I adore that you can see the shade of the lip colour on the lipstick tubing - it's a really lovely touch! The precision tip also makes application a dream, it's fuss free and top ups on the go are even easier!

The scent of the Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colors remind me of all things Summer, they're fruity, and sweet, with a mango and vanilla fragrance! Honestly, if you only try one product recommendation from me this month, it has to be these beauties! You'll love them, they combine the pigmentation and colour pay off a lipstick, with the comfort, application and hydration of a lipgloss/balm! Major key alert! *DJ Khaled voice*

Swatches from top to bottom: 
Pink Cloud & Tropical 

                   ♥  Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil - £10 - available here 

Ok so I think I've found my holy grail eyebrow product. Hands down, the best I've tried for a really long time and the award goes to Soap & Glory's Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil. I'm sure most of you guys would have tried this over the years, but this is a fairly new product in my collection, now that I've fell in love with it, I'm not sure any other eyebrow product will ever compare to it!! It contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Chamomile extract to help nourish and protect the skin, I mean who doesn't love to condition their brows? Duh? It's also available in two different shades: Love Is Blonde (for blondes) and Brownie Points (for brunettes), although despite being a blonde, I actually use the shade Brownie Points as I prefer it! Such a rebel right?

The product is a double ended pencil, on one end is a feathery ended tint, and on the other end is a defined crayon. The felt tip tint provides the qualities of an eyebrow tint, allowing you to use light, fine strokes to fill in any gaps in your brows, whereas the pencil end can be used to sketch out those fleeky brows and define them.

The product is so simple and easy to use, I can't get enough of it. The results are even better and are incredibly natural and long lasting. If I apply this in my morning, no matter the temperature, whether I'm in a pool, or even if I've had a shower, my brows aren't going anywhere...this product is THAT good. If you haven't tried this, and you want your brows to look amazing all day long, you need to give it a go!

♥ Swatches from left to right: Soap & Glory's Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil. 
Pencil vs Tint 

I hope you've enjoyed todays post lovelies and that you've found something new that you would also really like to try! 

Which product do you like the sound of the most? What are your current favourite make up products?
Have a lovely day!

5 Summer Road Trip Essentials. ♥

Saturday, 15 July 2017

One thing that I adore about Summer is going on a good old Road Trip, when the sun is shining. My fiancé and I try our best to go on a summery, road trip, to a destination we've never been before, every, single summer. There's just something so exciting about jumping in your car, and just driving some place new! It doesn't matter where you're going, near or far, road trips are always a good idea! Today I thought I'd share my Summer Road Trip Essentials with you all, to give you a bit of inspiration if you're planning on going on a little road trip this summer!

♥ A Good Playlist - this goes without saying really. Nothing screams Summer Road Trip more than a good playlist right? Having music that you love playing in the background as you're driving, with the windows rolled down, is just THE BEST. Some of my favourite songs that are added onto my Summer Road Trip Playlist at the moment are - Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts, Justin Bieber - Despacito   Drake- Signs, DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber - I'm the One  :) What are your current favourite Summer songs?

♥ Sunglasses - what would any car journey be without your favourite pair of shades? I make any excuse to purchase a new pair of sunglasses, so of course a Summer Road Trip is the perfect excuse to convince my fiance I need another pair! I love my Rose Gold sunglasses from New Look, they were so affordable yet SO pretty!

♥ Snacks - what would a road trip be, without your favourite snacks in hand (not whilst driving obviously!) I mean, I adore food and you'll often find me snacking on all sorts of goodies including my current favourite Drumstick Squashies *heart faced emoji*, and can you ever beat Kinder chocolate? I don't think so. So it absolutely makes sense to keep yourself refreshed with your favourite summery drink, and summery snacks whilst on a Summer Road Trip!

♥ Beauty Essentials - I thought I'd include a few of my favourite beauty essentials that I take on a road trip with me, especially for long journeys. I never go far without a few of my beauty must haves!

- So... Body Mists - As soon as I saw these beauties released a few months ago, I knew I had to give them a try myself. My favourite fragrance has to be the Vanilla fragrance, as it's such a sweet, summery scent. So... fragrances are just so nostalgic to me, and remind me of my teenage years. The reason I love taking a body mist with me on a road trip, is because they're so refreshing, and they instantly leave you with the most loveliest scent on warm, summery days! For just £3.99 from Boots, they're a bargain! However they're also often offer for £2, here ... winner!

- The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist - This is a recent purchase of mine, but it's become an absolute staple in my skincare collection. I never knew how refreshing a face mist could feel on a hot, summery day but oh my goodness...I've been missing out! This face mist instantly refreshes my skin, boosts hydration (which is SO needed on a warm day!) and it sets my make up so nicely! It's suitable for all skin types and includes skin loving ingredients including Rose Water, and Vitamin E. As soon as you spritz this gorgeous stuff onto your face, you're instantly given a hydration boost, without any mess or fuss. This is the perfect companion, for clear, hydrated skin on your Summer Road Trip. It is available here for £10 from The Body Shop.

- Benefit Benebalm Lip Balm - This little beauty has been a favourite in my make up bag for years. It's actually a product I reach for daily, because it's so lightweight and wearable. The rose tint, screams all things Summer, it provides the perfect boost of colour whilst adding hydration and moisture to the lips with it's mango butter ingredients. It's also really long lasting, and even if you want to wear just a little bit of make up, this lip tint makes the world of difference! It's on the pricey side at £15.50, however a tube of this lasts me months and it's such good value for money as I use it daily! It is available here

 - I like to take my beloved Simple Facial Wipes, yep call the beauty blogger police, but there's nothing that can cleanse your skin quick enough, without mess or fuss, correct make up mistakes, and leave your skin feeling refreshed on a long journey than good old facial wipes. As long as you don't use them too often, I don't see anything wrong with them, they do the job well in my opinion! They're fairly reasonably priced too at just £3, however they're often on offer in supermarkets like Tesco for just £1.50

♥ Check your car - As lovely as it is to go on a Summer Road trip, and just get in the car and go, it's so important that you make sure your car is safe to use and well prepared for any journey ahead. Warmer weather can really take its toll on your car, damaging both the car and tyres through overheating. Some of the things that I like to do to ensure my car is safe before heading out is:

- Make sure my tyres are free from puncture/wear and tear
- Ensure that my car has enough water
- Ensure that engine oil is fresh
- Check tyre pressure on all tyres, including the spare tyre
- Make sure that all of my lights are working properly
- Check my air con is working correctly!
- Check wiper blades for wear and tear
- Top up my coolant if it's low

These are just some of the basic things that you can do to ensure that your car is well prepared for long journeys in the warm weather. Ensuring that you carry out car checks regularly also helps to prolong your cars life. If you're unsure about how to carry out any of these checks, you could always ask a friend or relative for some help, or check our your local garage for some support. I know it can be quite worrying to go into your local car garage and ask for advice, especially if they charge hefty fees. However if you're local to Dundee, and looking for cheap tyres or affordable car service, I recommend a visit to Fife Autocentre. You can find their website here.

♥ So that's it my Top 5 Summer Road Trip Essentials! I hope you've found this post helpful. If you take one thing from it, please do check your car before heading out and make sure it's safe to use and well prepared for the warm, long journey ahead - it's really important! :) What are your Summer Road Trip Essentials? Are you planning a Road Trip this Summer? 

Have a good day!

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