Tuesday, 14 May 2019

What I'm Currently Using On My Hair and Skin

my current haircare and skincare favourites

I have recently changed up a lot of products that I've been using and I am currently using a bundle which I absolutely love! My hair has been in desperate need of some TLC, so I bought a bottle of shampoo and a conditioning treatment mask from the colour goddess range from Bed Head. And oh my god, the smell of these products is gorgeous! The treatment mask contains shea butter and sweet almond oil which smells exactly like caramel! The bathroom and my hair always smell amazing once I've washed my hair. That's another thing... I actually enjoy washing my hair now, haha! This conditioning treatment has really saved my hair, I leave it on for around five minutes after washing my hair and it really does work wonders! My hair is so soft and actually looks in great condition afterwards. 

Soap and Glory is a go-to brand for me. I have been using their righteous body butter for years and will never fault it. I have also been using their hand cream quite frequently too. I have tried and tested so many different hand creams and I always come back to S&Gs hand food and the best thing is that it smells amazing too!

I have been wanting a new eye cream for a while. I've always stuck by the Bobbi Brown eye repair cream which, don't get me wrong, is great! But, I wanted to switch things up a bit and try something different. This caviar eye serum from Skin Chemists* is anti-ageing, which firstly sounds great to me! I have been using this cream every night before bed for the last three weeks and I really have noticed a difference. My under eye area is loads brighter and smoother than it was before. I can't really comment on fine lines as luckily, I don't have them yet.

Another great number from Skin Chemists* is the caviar day moisturiser, which again is anti-ageing. And I am LOVING this. A little really goes a long way with this moisturiser. It easily sinks into the skin without you feeling like you're wearing a mask. It's super lightweight too. Because it's the Caviar range, the products are specially designed to suit dry, oily and combination skin types. It really has done wonders for my combination skin type. I find that throughout the day, my T-zone doesn't get as oily as it used to and that the moisturiser has evened out my skin texture around my chin area. 

Lastly is this caviar serum from Skin Chemists*. I love the overall design of the product, although it was so bloody hard to photograph. The consistency of this serum is great as it doesn't leave a greasy feeling. As I have been using the serum alongside the moisturiser, I can't work out what benefits I've had from what product. But, my skin is definitely a lot firmer, smoother and hydrated.

*This post features products which I was sent for a review. As always, my review and opinions are completely honest and my own.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Handbag Essentials Every Girl Needs

handag essentials

As the better weather is approaching, us girls like to change up our bags. As I prefer smaller bags this time of the year, I have to think about what I'll really need. I can't just throw everything and anything in like I do with my everyday big bag.

Compact Mirror
Obviously a compact mirror is a must have essential, although I have once used the camera on my phone to check for any food stuck in my teeth hahaha. This mirror in particular is from Boux Avenue.

Hand Cream
I always carry hand cream about with me. My hands get so dry in all seasons. Hand food from Soap and Glory is my all time favourite.

Again, lipbalm is another item I carry everywhere with me. You never know when you'll need it. I am currently using the original Vaseline as I just prefer it when my lips are extremely dry, I feel like Vaseline hydrates them a lot quicker than a normal lip balm.

Twist & Spritz*
Because this is a travel size, it is so much smaller and lightweight than carrying around your usual bottle of perfume about. It literally takes seconds to fill up if you're in a rush and want to change your perfume for the day. You can buy this from The Fragrance Shop.

Beauty Scissors*
These are actually nail scissors but I have also used them for trimming my eyebrows too. The scissors are smooth and slightly curved which creates a perfect neat line. They're great for an unexpected broken nail emergency. They come in a clear pouch so they don't mark anything in your bag or get damaged. You can get the Rubis scissors from Look Fantastic.

handbag essentials every girl needs

*This post features products which I was sent for a review. As always, my review and opinions are completely honest and my own.
Sunday, 28 April 2019

A Payday Wishlist

payday wishlist

I am so excited for pay day to come around this month! I feel like all I've been doing these past few months is booking and buying things for the wedding. As I have had my eye on so many things recently, I've decided that I'll actually treat myself this time around. 

How gorgeous are these white Ted Baker heels?! And YES, they're expensive... £139. To be honest, I don't think I've ever spent this much money on a pair of shoes. But, I have been searching high and low for bridal shoes and can't find any that I actually like apart from these. I am still debating whether to give in and buy these or just wait to see if I find anything cheaper. Another pair of shoes I'd love to add to my wardrobe are these wedges from River Island. I loved their wedges last year but I left it waaay too late and they were all sold out by the time I went on holiday. 

I swear by my all time fave Bondi Sands tan, but I was actually recommended this certain tan lotion from Rosi on Instagram. Her tan has been looking flawless recently and she had mentioned that she uses bBold tan, which I've never even heard of! For only £14.95, I will definitely be giving this a go. After trying the Nars all day luminous weightless foundation, I really want to give the Estee Lauder double wear a whirl! I've realised that paying a little bit extra for a foundation does pay off. 

As for my hair, it has been needing some hella TLC at the moment. I don't know why but it feels so damaged and dry. LUSH is always a winner with their products. So I found a treatment and a conditioner - what more will my hair want?! 

What's on your pay day wishlist this month? Let me know if you've tried the bBold tan too!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Wedding Haul #1 - What I've Bought So Far + Update

wedding haul

Considering our wedding is still 17 months away, Liam and I have been insanely organised for it. Since my last wedding planning post, we have booked our videographer, hired a donut van, a photobooth, a fairy light backdrop, a chocolate fountain etc, transport and sent out save the dates! We have also bought so many little d├ęcor bits for the venue. I love watching wedding haul videos on YouTube so I thought I'd write about our purchases on the blog. 

wedding haul blog post

I have always wanted personalised hangers for the bride squad. After searching the internet high and low, I found these ones on Etsy for such a reasonably good price at £4.99 each. I actually contacted the seller asking if she did package prices for bulk buys and luckily she did! I think these hangers are lovely for the girls to keep after the wedding too.

After being told there was a really good wedding section in Home Bargains, I of course popped in there on my day off work to have a nosey. I found this cards box which only cost around £3. It's actually a pop up box, it's so easy to put up and it's such a great size too! Another place I have been popping in recently is Hobbycraft. We have actually bought quite a few things from Hobbycraft including this wedding sign and Mr & Mrs table sign. You can hang them up which is what we'll do with the wedding ceremony sign but we'll probably have the Mr & Mrs sign just sitting on the top table in front of us.

wedding haul blog

what ive bought for my wedding

the range haul

homeware haul

wedding decor haul

The petals, table diamante confetti and the bride & groom chair signs are all from The Range. We're going to put the petals down either side of the aisle. These bride and groom chair signs look so pretty hanging on the back of chairs. I definitely want a photo of me and Liam sitting on our chairs with those signs hanging on the back of them on the day. 

After buying the bridesmaids champagne flutes, I realised I didn't actually get one for myself *face palm emoji.* So I hopped back onto Etsy and bought mine for £2.75 and it actually got delivered really quickly. This wishing jar from Hobbycraft was the first thing we bought when we were newly engaged. I can't remember how much it was but it was on sale at the time. I just thought that it was such a cute idea of leaving little messages as well as having a guestbook.

wedding decor haul blog

wedding decor

personalised wedding guestbook

I had seen a blogger mention this guestbook on their blog and it's been bugging me for days because I cannot remember who it was. It's real leather and I just loved the style of it. I paid around £40 for it from a shop called Oh So Cherished on, which I don't think is too bad. 
However, I am now freaking out about the guestbook. There are so many pages and the pages themselves are so big! I just know the majority of people are going to write all on one page and there are going to be so many blank pages left in the book. I have been googling so many different ideas of what else the guests could do with it. Seriously though, the guestbook should be the least of my worries.

ikea haul

ikea homeware haul

Hooray!! We have finally found our white lanterns for our centerpieces. We saw some in The Range which were £11 but we didn't want to spend that per lantern. So when we went to Essex, I drove to the IKEA down Lakeside and we found these lanterns for £7 each. So we wiped out half the shelf by taking the lanterns haha. We were so happy that we finally found some! My mother in law wanted to do our centrepieces, so she's going to get some white and pink flowers with those firefly lights and make them look all pretty.

Whilst we were in IKEA, I saw these little jam jars. I think they came in a pack of three and they were quite cheap. My original idea was to have them in front of the lanterns with the LED candle inside with a few flowers coming out of them. But when we got home and set them out, they didn't look right with the lantern. So we're now going to use them as sweet jars and put them on the tables instead.

That is all we've bought for our wedding for now. No doubt there will be a few more wedding hauls coming up. We could go on forever buying stuff haha.