July Favourites 2017

Got to love a monthly favourites, right? Good, because I’ve got another one for you today with a bit of everything to share. Bit less of the beauty faves this month I haven’t been overly experimental with my make-up partially due to heat and I’m kind of just using things up at the moment. Here they are, enjoy:

  • Rimmel Insta Duo Contour Stick, £6.99: I picked this up around the time this new range launched but have only really got into using it recently. The reason this is a favourite is because of the bronzer end because it blends SEAMLESSLY. I’m pale and naturally very red, so I’ve been a bit wary of using a cream contour but I really like using this one. I then go over it with my slightly shimmery bronzer and it looks like I have actually been sunkissed! I’m not crazy for the highlighter but do occasionally use it, I tend to stick with Benefit’s ‘High Beam’ though instead, because it’s a bit less of a chunky highlight.
  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion, originally £7.79 but bought on sale for £3.89 from Boots: I know it’s July and the tan should be naturally flowing by now BUT I’m in England and I am very prone to sunburn. So I have been loving this recently and I won’t bore you too much as I spoke about it in my Spring Body Care post so this obviously isn’t a new favourite. It’s an oldie but goldie… literally and I would suggest this for self-tanning disaster prone people like myself!
  • The One Last Memory of Flora Banks, by Emily Barr: This month I’ve read more books than January-June combined mainly because of my Kindle, which I’ve got a post coming about soon! My favourite book I’ve read this month has to be this one because it is similar to ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon- which I absolutely loved. It’s an easy read and I love the style of writing with the repetition of short sentence which makes it a very fast paced book! Definitely would recommend picking this up to read over the summer if you’re into YA.
  • Baking: Bit of a weird one to share but I definitely would say this has been a favourite of July as I tend to be baking something new every week! I’m really enjoying it, it makes me SO happy to see other people enjoying my bakes. I’ve written a whole post about it already this month with my Basic Girls Guide to: Baking so definitely check it out if you want to dabble at a new hobby!
  • Dunkirk: I’m not going to lie I went to see this because Harry was in it and I’m absolutely 100% always supporting anything One Direction do. BUT this film was SO much more than that. It was an extremely poignant film and the feelings you are left with stayed with me for while afterwards. The realness to the film made it very raw and seeing it in the cinema made it completely immersive- I was very on edge! I’m glad Harry was in this film because it MASSIVELY encouraged me to see such an important story that really needed to be told. Whatever your motives are for seeing Dunkirk, it really doesn’t matter just getting to see the story is the most important thing and to witness the complete bravery of people during WW2.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post! Feel free to comment any of your beauty favourites for this month below, because I definitely would like to  change-up my routine soon!

Have a lovely weekend,

Amy

June Favourites 2017

Happy Friday!

I will try not to do the typical ramble about how quickly June has gone… but know that I REALLY can’t believe it is almost July! We’re halfway to Christmas, my FAVOURITE time of the year! Anyway, here are my monthly favourites including a little bit of everything this time:

  • LUSH D’Fluff Shaving Soap, £5.95: Summer= CONSTANT shaving to keep my skin summer-ready. I’ve found this improves the process slightly with the refreshing strawberry scent and
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, £3.99: This was part of my Drugstore Minimal Make-up look and, even more so this June, it has become a real STAPLE. We’ve had a heatwave in the UK at the moment and I CANNOT cope, so this helps to try and save my shiny forehead… it’s a big task but I think this powder gives it a good go.
  • Barry M Passionfruit Gelly Nail Pain, £3.99: I usually have a nail polish favourite and this month is no exception! For me, this is the PERFECT coral shade and pops a tan like crazy. It’s a perfect summer toe shade that co-ordinates well with pretty much all of my outfits and sandals.
  • Bardot Tops: These have definitely been a favourite this month! They make summer clothes more bearable for a body-conscience gal. I find they cover me up but keep me cool- the perfect formula. I’ve found most of my favourites are from New Look, mainly online because in-store I was not as impressed!
  • Love Island: One of my FAVOURITE tv shows has returned this month and I am loving it. I am completely addicted. I’m hoping most of you will already be watching it, but if you haven’t then you really need to give it a try especially if you’re a reality show junkie like me! My favourites at the moment are Marcel and Gabby, but they change daily because the show is so fast-paced and people can instantly become unlikable.

Let me know what’ve you been loving in the comments below!

Amy

3 Favourite Overnight Products

Happy Friday,

I hope you’ve had a lovely week! Today I wanted to discuss a few of my favourite products that you can use overnight, which is a really easy and carefree way to nourish your skin. I love using overnight products because, if you’re a bit lazy like me, then you don’t really have to think about it you can just stick to these products to see quick results in the morning! Here they are:

  • KIKO Night Balm, approx. £7.90: Unfortunately, I can’t find this on the KIKO website, as I am still using mine from Christmas, so hopefully it is still available! This is rich, nourishing lip balm that aims to repair your lips and replenish moisture. It comes in a little pot but lasts many months before it needs replacing! If you exfoliate your lips before using this then you can see the results even more clearly the following morning.
  • Soap and Glory Heel Genius, £5.50: This might be a bit of an odd one to write about but I’ve continued to use this for a couple of years now and I LOVE it. All you do is put this cream on your feet then put socks on and go to sleep- so simple. It works to help recover any dry skin or blisters on your feet and I think it is a must-have for summer, when we’re doing more walking especially in sandals where our feet are more exposed. Doesn’t have the nicest scent, but if you can get past this then definitely give it a go!
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream, £14: I haven’t been using this for as long as the other two products but I still think it is a product worth giving a try. The Body Shop do offer a Vitamin E overnight mask, which I haven’t tried, but might be a good alternative if you have drier skin. I use this night cream, despite having some oily areas, as it says it is suitable for all skin types and it is a lot richer than other facial moisturisers I have used. It has the texture more like a body butter but it sinks in a lot quicker and doesn’t stain your pillows. Definitely leaves your skin feeling plumper and softer, but a little goes a long way

Hopefully you have found this helpful and might consider giving these products a go! Honestly, when you use all 3 the next morning you feel SO soft and your skin feels much more luxurious, especially after a long day. If the KIKO night balm has been discontinued then I’ll need a new nighttime lip balm- do you know of any alternatives? What are your favourite overnight products?

Amy💖

May Favourites 2017

Hello,

I am so happy May is done, it’s always a bit of a dreary month for me because of exams and revision… two of my least favourite things. These are the main reasons that I haven’t tried many new products or been shopping much! Hopefully that will change from June and I can now shop like crazy in the summer… or just browse online haha! Anyways, here are a few of the different things I have been enjoying throughout May:

  • Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze: I wasn’t completely sure whether to include this because I think it has been discontinued 😦 I bought a while ago, so I probably shouldn’t be using it for much longer haha! This bronzer shapes your face and gives you a natural sunkissed glow- which is what I am after. Looking online I have tried to look for similar bronzers to try and apparently Bobbi Brown does a similar product and so does Revlon, but I haven’t used them myself.
  • Bourjois’ Radiance Reveal Concealer, £7.99: I think this concealer does have some hype surrounding it, so I wanted to give it a go. I actually bought it a couple of months ago but haven’t used it much until this month. For me, this concealer works best under the eyes to disguise those bags… which have been particularly large throughout May! I would definitely recommend this if you want an under eye-concealer, I think it is a bit too brightening on blemishes on my skin though.
  • Soap and Glory’s Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk, £8: This cleanser is one of my favourite skincare products EVER. I am still using my usual skincare routine but use this either when I am feeling lazy, with just moisturiser afterwards, or to cleanse before I start the routine when I have worn make-up. It has quite an immediate effect on the appearance of the skin and really gets cleans out my pores.
  • Louise Pentland’s story times: Obviously Louise doesn’t need any promo or anything, I just wanted to add this because I have really enjoyed her LP story times that she has been posting on her main channel throughout May. These stories actually make me laugh and feel better about my own embarrassing life haha! If you don’t usually enjoy Louise’s content then give these a try, they were a lovely distraction from revision!
  • One Direction’s solo music: These boys are ALWAYS a favourite, whatever the month. BUT this month everything has changed as a lot of them have released more solo material this month. Some highlights are Harry’s album (favourite songs are ‘Kiwi’ and ‘Two Ghosts’), Niall’s new single ‘Slow Hands’ is very catchy and even Liam’s ‘Strip that Down’, which is a different sound to 1D’s usual, has been playing on repeat! I really love all their music and it is very diverse I’m sure you’ll find at least one song you will enjoy!

I hope you have enjoyed reading through my favourites and will consider giving some of them a go! Feel free to comment any of you favourites below or any bronzer recommendations- as my favourite has been discontinued!

Hope you have a lovely June,

Amy💖

April Favourites 2017

April is one of my favourite months of the year, I can’t believe how quickly it has gone! I wanted to share a couple of my current favourite things that I have either found or re-discovered throughout the month. I have added a couple of general favourites too including a Netflix find and a Easter baking favourite.  Here they are:

  • Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, £27: I’ve been pondering about this product for a while because I don’t usually spend that much money on make-up AND I don’t wear foundation much. BUT, it was a birthday present to myself… which is totally fine, right?! Anyway, I think it looks the most natural on my skin compared with other foundations I have tried. Initially I used a brush but I definitely preferred the finish with my Real Technique Complexion Sponge. It covers my spots but still looks natural, which is exactly what I was looking for! I think I need to test it a few more times to fully recommend this, but so far so good.
  • Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1, £8: I’ve found it difficult to find a good eyebrow product because there seems to be SO many options- pomade, powder or pencils?! I have no idea, but I remember hearing that Soap and Glory had some good ones to try. I went for one which is simply a pencil and a brush- I use the shade ‘Brownie Points’. My eyebrows are quite thick so I just needed something simple to fill any sparse areas and add some shape. I really like this because it is easy to use- for an eyebrow newbie- and it looks natural!
  • Barry M Gelly Nail Paint, in the shade Blueberry, £3.99: Barry M Nail Paints are some of my ALL TIME favourites, especially the Gelly range. They are super shiny, even without a top coat, and they can be long lasting. Blueberry is surprisingly a very wearable blue shade, that is perfect for spring but is not too pastel.
  • Netflix Series, Riverdale: I almost want to say that this is my FAVOURITE Netflix series… and PLL obviously! There are currently 11 episodes out from series one and new ones are released on Fridays. It is very PLL-esque, focusing around a teenage murder and the impact on the town as they search for the murderer. It stars Cole Spouse, Cody from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody… if this doesn’t make you want to watch then I don’t know what will!
  • Easter Chocolate Bark: I love baking, especially during seasonal holidays! I tried a couple of different recipes this year- all from Jane’s Patisserie a lovely baking blog. My favourite one I tried was ‘Easter Chocolate Bark’ because it was easy but tasted delicious! You can completely make it your own, I decorated it using another favourite of mine- Cadbury’s Creme Eggs!

I hope you’ve had a lovely April, what have been your favourite products?

Amy💖

Blushing about… Lush

Hello,

Recently, I visited the Lush Oxford Street store and it re-ignited my love for EVERYTHING Lush. My favourite time for Lush is during Christmas but there are hidden treasures in their everyday collection too. I have tried to narrow it down to my top 5 Lush products of ALL time… Or at least just for now! Here they are:

  • The Comforter Bubble Bar, £4.95- This is probably one of the best value Lush products because you can get about 4 baths out of it. I love the bubblegum pink it leaves the water, as well as creating lots of bubbles. The smell is mainly blackcurrant fruit pastilles and is one of the few sweet scents in their permanent collection. It’s not my favourite scent ever, but it is pleasant and not as strong as the Comforter shower cream.
  • Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melts, £2.25 – I LOVE the bath oils at Lush, but they don’t seem to get much hype online. This one is my favourite because of the smell, which is very sweet like Snow Fairy. It makes the bath more luxurious and moisturises your skin, as well as influencing the colour of the bath water. Other bath melts I would recommend are the ‘Floating Island’ one which is white chocolate scented; ‘Razzle Dazzle’ a raspberry, pink melt and an exclusive Oxford Street and LushKitchen one called ‘Monsieur Gustave’- a very pretty purple one.
  • Cupcake Face Mask, £7.25- I haven’t used this for a couple of months, since starting my new skincare routine, but I use to very regularly. It is specifically designed for spot-prone, oily, teenage skin- just like mine! The smell is very chocolatey and it can be messy washing it off BUT overall your skin does feel cleaner and fresher afterwards. The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ Lush face mask is nice too, but it was too gentle for my troublesome skin.
  • Popcorn Lip Scrub, £5.75- When I was younger I had the ‘Bubblegum’ one but mainly just liked it because it was BRIGHT pink, you could lick it off your lips and it was SO sweet. Also I’m sure it was a lot cheaper! Since then my sister gave me the Popcorn one, which I actually use rather than eat. I think it actually works to exfoliate your lips, obviously it isn’t an essential product but I enjoy using it and it does make my lips feel fresher
  • Snow Fairy Christmas collection– I couldn’t do my top favourites without mentioning these Christmas lovelies, that I look forward to using again every year. This range contains all my favourites including the ‘Candy Mountain’ bubble bar and the ‘Father Christmas’ bath bomb which carry the perfectly, sweet scent. Obviously the shower gel is a winner too, I’m one of those people that buys the big bottles to last me the next year! I just love it- always a winner every year.

I haven’t included a bath bomb in my top 5 because I prefer the Bath melts with the Bubble bars AND it was difficult to choose just one. I would probably choose ‘Intergalactic’ or ‘Roller’ (a new find!) both make the bath water very pretty.

There are SO many Lush products and I’m always looking to try new products. I’d love to try some of their haircare or body products, but there are so many options. Let me know your Lush products, I would love to try them!

Happy pampering,

Amy💖

Blushing about… Skincare

Hello,

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make my skincare game strong. I wanted to have proper steps in place, instead of just washing my face and using a facemask every so often. Being a teenager, my skin has got ISSUES. I won’t lie, my face is spotty and can get very rosy- hence the blushing. I’ve had this desire to fix it on and off throughout the years, but I had no idea what I was doing or what I needed.

Initially, I just watched skincare routines online to give me some advice on what products I needed to be looking for. My main aim with my skincare routine is to target the spots and redness, on a bit of a budget. I mean I didn’t want to go full blown everything on the cheap, because I’ve tried that before, but I DEFINITELY didn’t want to go for Sunday Riley… a girl can dream. Anyway, I eventually stumbled upon The Body Shop which I had never considered for anything other than their body butters.

I trawled through their website until I decided upon the Tea Tree range, there were other options too. This was ideally designed for spot-prone, oily skin- perfect! To determine what products I needed from the range to use I spoke to a skincare specialist on their website via a live chat. I asked all my questions and they recommended the products in order to kit out my new regime. These are the products I have used and some thoughts on them, bare in mind I have been using them since January so these are my views after 4months of using them:

1. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash £6: This is one of the cleaner option available from this range and I’ve found it definitely works to clear the skin. However, it is not my favourite product because it doesn’t lather fully and is difficult to really work into the whole face- maybe I’m using it wrong? Or maybe I need to try the foaming cleaner from this range. If I have worn make-up that day then I cleanse before this step to focus on taking off the products, so I cannot say how this product does with that. To remove my make up I use the Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk which is much creamier and easy to apply.

2. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner £6: This is probably my favourite product so far. I find it really refreshing and the next morning when you wake up you can see the skin tone evening out much more.

3. Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask £8.50: This is slightly more expensive but you only have to use it once to twice a week, so lasts a long time. It is an exfoliant and I use it best as a face mask which I massage into the skin and leave for around 20minutes before washing off. Honestly, I forget about this step a lot but I am trying to remember! It has a very strong tea tree scent (Duh!), just a warning though it makes my eyes really sting.

4. Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution £13: I got this in a set for Christmas, so it was the first product I tested. It was weird using an oily product to try and combat my excessively oily face but it seems to be working. This is the target serum that makes this routine aimed at fighting spots. So far it does keep away those large spots that seem to takeover my face, but hasn’t eliminated the smaller bumpier ones.

5. Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion £9.50: This is the day moisturiser that was suggested to me by the advisor on The Body Shop live chat feature. I do like it and it was a step I was fooled into avoiding previously- with a fear it would increase my oiliness. However, I think it makes a difference in hydrating my skin and making it appear plumper.

6. Tea Tree Night Lotion £10: Apparently your skin needs more moisture at night so this is like an advanced version of the day moisturiser. I like it, but it doesn’t really feel much different from the day one.

My final thoughts are that I love that all the steps are working towards the same aims and that they all create one routine. Whereas, in the past I used lots of different brands at once which all claimed to do different things at once. Since using it I would say that I have actually experienced some dryness on my face, which it a surprise! I think I might have to change some products, but they do have many different ranges so I could just try a different moisturiser. Overall though my skin has improved, it is clearer with a more even skin tone and I have had less ‘obvious’ breakouts. Also, the advice on their website is useful for complete newbies like me who really had no idea!

Hopefully, this has given you some tips if you’re looking to develop or change your own skincare routine. I think The Body Shop skincare can get overlooked, especially on the highstreet, with Boots selling such a wide range. This is just my experience so far, I think the main thing I have learnt is not to expect overnight miracles from these products- consistency is key.

Let me know what other products I should try and if you’ve tried anything from the The Body Shop skincare!

Amy💖