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My Spring Beauty Wishlist

23 April 2017
Spring to me inspires a fresh start. The days are longer, the sun shows itself a bit more and flowers bloom making everything look a million times better.
Spring always makes me smile. I love to switch things up in spring and try new products, and today I wanted to share with you 10 products I need to try out this season.

spring beauty wishlist

1 L´Occitane Irresistible Almond Collection. I tend to neglect my skin a bit during the winter, but as soon as spring comes along (and more skin is on show) I make it my mission to care for my skin. This year I really want to try the Irresistible Almond Collection from L´Occitane. This gift set looks like the ultimate pampering pack. I am really excited to try it out as it contains almond extracts, that helps to nourish, firm and tone the body. And seeing as bikini season is nearly here, I need all the help I can get. L´Occitane has other amazing Beauty Gift Sets that you can check out.

2 Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation. In spring I do tend to switch up my base for one with lighter coverage. I recently had a makeover in a Charlotte Tilbury boutique were they used the Light Wonder foundation on me. I really loved the finished look, my skin looked flawless and most importantly it looked like skin. I am definitely going to buy this one when my current one runs out.

3 Pore Perfecting Mattifying Kit with Blotting Papers. As the sun comes out I do tend to get a bit oiler around my T-Zone and I always carry around blotting sheets with me. The thing I don’t like about blotting sheets is that they tend to come in rubbish packaging. This kit form Clarins looks amazing. It contains blotting sheets, a mirror and translucent powder. This little kit looks like the ultimate handbag staple.

4 Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel. I have just come back from Mallorca and I have a bit of a tan, which makes me really happy as I do think I look slightly better with a tan. Even though my love for a tan is profound I am totally against damaging your skin in order to get one. That’s why I really want to try the cult favourite Soleil tan de Chanel. I mean, if its been around that long and loved by many it has to be good right?

spring beauty wishlist

5 Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam. Following the tan theme, I have never used fake tan before, I know shocking right? I am slightly scared I will look like an orange streaky umpa lumpa. But I have decided that I need to experiment more and I will definitely try fake tanning. Everyone is falling in love with Bondy Sands tanning range, and I will be trying the foam version as apparently is easier to use. If you have any tips or recommendations, please let me know!

6 Pink Flamingo reusable bubble bar from Lush. I must be the last person on the world to discover the Lush bubble bars.I have tried the cheery blossom bubble bar and fell head over heels for it. Now I really want to try the flamingo one, it looks so cute!

7 Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne. I was gifted the candle version a while ago and I immediately fell in love with the scent. It´s an amazing spring fragrance, its flowery and sweet but not sickly. I have never been the best at describing notes in perfumes, I recommend you check it out in a Jo Malone counter if your looking for a lovely spring scent.

8. Hourglass Illume Sheer Colour Trio. I have been really loving cream products at the moment, and I think this little palette will be amazing to take with me on trips.

9. Zoeva Naturally Yours Palette. It is no secret that I am a massive fan of neutral eyeshadow palettes. I probably have more than I will ever use. This one from Zoeva looks amazing.

10 Niod Flavanone Mud Mask. I really want to try this mask, apparently is one of the best the congestion masks out there. I will let you know if I decide to bite the bullet and test it out.

Let me know what products you are dying to try out this spring.

Whats in my Spring getaway makeup bag

13 April 2017
I’m currently packing my things as I head of to Mallorca tomorrow for an Easter break. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you what makeup products I normally take for a spring/summer get-away when I have to limit myself to hand luggage and liquid restrictions.

spring makeup bag

Minis are my best friend when traveling, but I don’t like taking minis for the sake of it. If I can buy travel size products of my favourite products I do alternatively If I get given free samples or minis of products I like also save them for when I go on holidays. I have been saving this mini Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara for this exact reason, it is one of my favourite mascaras as it is both volumising and lengthening.

spring makeup bag

I always try and use products with travel friendly packages. If for water reason I really want to take a foundation with a glass bottle I normally decant it first.
In this occasion, I will be taking the Dior Diorskin Forever Cushion foundation. The packaging is ideal to travel with, it has a mirror which is really handy for on the go makeup application or touch ups and it has a light to medium coverage which is what I normally prefer when I travel to a sunny destination. It also has SPF 30 which is an added bonus.

I also like taking palettes which are compact but at the same time multitasking. The Charlotte Tilbury Look in a Palette is perfect for traveling. Its sleek and compact and it has a huge mirror inside. I love that it practically has all the powder products I will need. Neutral eye-shadows, a bronzer, a highlight and blush.

charlotte tilbury look in a palette and wonderglow

I will never forget my SPF, it is really important if you want to delay premature signs of ageing. Sometimes we wrongly think that SPF will limit the chances of getting a tan, and when you’re on holiday you need to come back with a tan right? Well that’s not exactly true, SPF will avoid sun damage but your tan will gradually build up without burning or causing damage. My favourite facial SPF is the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 as it doesn’t leave a white cast on the face a sits under makeup beautifully.

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50

The Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow is a must for me. Not only does it come in travel friendly packaging but it gives an amazing glow. I love layering this under my foundation, it also looks incredible on its own if you don’t want to wear makeup but you want a little something on your face. It also applies really well with fingers, no need to carry a brush.

I know I have said it a million times but Benefit really does make the perfect mini highlighters. I am really in to liquid highlighters. I love the dewy finish it gives, it also lasts longer and doesn’t leave a powdery finish. When going to a warm destination liquid highlighters are always my first pick. On this occasion I will be taking with me Benefit’s High Beam.

charlotte tilbury pillow talk dior addict lip sugar scrub

What are your perfect makeup products to travel with?

New: Kiehl´s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

9 April 2017
It’s no big secret that I am a huge fan of the Kiehl’s midnight recovery range. The face oil and eye cream are two staples in my night time skin care routine. I have repurchased them time and time again and will continue doing so in the future.

Kiehl´s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

It’s only natural that my excitement grew when I found out that the midnight recovery range was expanding and introducing a cleansing oil. I have been meaning to try cleansing oils for a while now but I never saw one that stud out enough for me to try it out, that is, until a saw the Kiehl’s one of course.

I mean, I was so desperate to try it out that I even went into a Kiehl’s store and asked if they could sell me a bottle even though the product wouldn’t launch in the UK for another week. Thankfully the sales assistant that I spoke to was so nice she let me buy it.

The formula is extremely light weight and easy to spread. You apply it on dry skin and massage it all over the face, two small pumps is enough. You will start to see how the makeup is lifting away and melting. You’ll end up looking like a panda but you just then need to simply rinse it out with water and you are done.

It doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight nor dry and it also doesn’t leave a weird oily residue on the skin.

Kiehl´s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

I like this oil because it’s really gentle on the skin, there is no rubbing or pulling needed, therefore your skin won’t suffer or age faster. It is also mineral oil free which is always a plus and it has the same soothing botanical scent and the Midnight recovery face oil, perfect to help you unwind after a busy day.

Are you a fan of cleansing oils? Let me know which are your favourite

Top 5: March Edition

6 April 2017
It’s incredible how quickly time goes by, it seems it was only yesterday when I was planning Christmas themed content and know I’m writing my march favourites.

march favourites spring lilies

I like to keep these posts short but sweet and only feature products I have really enjoyed. During the month of March these were the products I kept reaching for constantly:

The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow is an amazing palette, not only is the packaging stunning but the bronzer and the highlight are a match made in heaven. The bronzer does a great job at warming up the complexion and the shade is a good match for my skin. I also really enjoy using the golden bronzer from this palette, I think it will look even better once I get a tan.

Charlotte tilbury bronze and glow

Dior lip sugar scrub. I fell in love with this product from the first application. The sugar particles do a great job at exfoliating the lips and instantly dissolve leaving a hydrating stain on the lips. There is no oily residue and there is no need to wipe it off. It’s just the best product to use to prep your lips.

Dior lip sugar scrub

The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Pillow Talk is just the perfect lipstick to wear when you don’t want to look like your wearing too much makeup. The formula glides smoothly on the lips and the bullet smells like vanilla, my favourite lipstick scent. It isn’t the most long-lasting  lipstick I have ever tried, but at least it fades evenly and doesn’t leave a weird stain on the lips.

charlotte tilbury pillow talk

Jo Malone Peony and blush suede candle is my new candle obsession. All the candles I own pale in comparison. I just love the soft sweet scent it delivers. It takes me to my happy place every time I burn it.

Jo Malone Peony and blush suede candle

NYX blotting sheets. I have been getting a bit shinny lately and I find it really uncomfortable. I have been reaching a lot for these blotting sheets. I don’t love the packaging as sometimes whilst trying to grab a sheet you end up taking 4. But besides that, it does the job and its very affordable.

What products have you been loving in March?

Transitioning into Spring: Makeup Edit

2 April 2017
It is finally starting to look like spring in the UK. The days are longer and the sun is finally shinning. This time of year I always tend to pack away my chunky sweaters and monochrome clothes and take out much lighter and colourful ones. I’m pretty basic during autumn/winter but absolutely love colour the rest of the year.

spring makeup

I also tend to change my makeup game a bit.

First I stop relying on my foundation´s SPF and crack out the sun cream.
My favourite at the moment is the Kiehl´s ultra light daily UV defence. I really like the consistency and the fact that it doesn’t leave a white cast on the face. It sinks in pretty quickly into the skin without it being to heavy or sticky.

kiehls ultra light daily uv defense

During this time, I also tend to wear lighter foundations. I feel that with the sunshine, heavier and cakey foundations tend to show more therefore I normally opt for a skin like foundation that even out my skin tone. I have been liking the DiorCushion Forever foundation. It evens out the skin tone while letting your skin look like skin.

dior forever cushion foundation

I also like my makeup to look fresh and dewy, I recently started using CharlotteTilbury´s Wonder Glow and I’m quite enjoying it. I layer it under foundation and it gives a subtle golden glow.

charlotte tilbury wonder glow

Adding to the glow I really enjoy using liquid highlighters, but more so in spring and summer. I just feel that powder products tend to be quite visible under natural light therefore I like substituting it for liquid highlighters that also add a touch of dewiness to the skin. My favourite at the moment are the HighBeam and Sun Beam from Benefit.

high beam and sun beam from benefit

Lastly I also tend to switch matte lipsticks for those with a bit more sheen or a light gloss. I think it looks amazing in the warmer months.

lancome cushion blush subtil

What beauty products do you normally add to your beauty routine during spring?