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Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Glow Look in a Palette

There have been so many beautiful products especially palettes that have come out recently but one that currently stands out is the Beauty Glow Look in a palette from world famous make up artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury. As the name suggests, the products that were inspired by Poppy Delevingne’s wedding look promote that gorgeous glow from the inside out with rose gold and bronze tones that look amazing on every skin type.

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Charlotte Tilbury once said that using her products is like having her ‘sitting on your shoulder when you put on your make up, like I’m holding your hand’. and this genius compact palette really does make you feel like that. Especially as each product is numbered 1 through to 7 and has a short one word description of where the product is going too. There are three gorgeous eye colours, two cheek colours, one that could also be used as a forth eye colour , a highlighter and a bronzer.

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The look is quick and simple and is a look that you can create in only take 5 minutes. It looks very pulled together and is perfect for that everyday vibe. A wash of colour over the whole eye area to brighten the area, Then a dab of the middle colour, which is then also taken under the eye to enhance and lastly for the eyes a smoky colour that just goes in the crease and you can pull this out slightly for a winged effect.

Now for the bronzer which is in the filmstar bronze and glow formula, blend  it well into the hollows of your cheeks, then take the colour under the jaw line, again onto the hollows of your cheeks then onto your forehead blending well into the hair line too. Now for the blushers, start 5 and lightly swish the product over the cheeks. Then pop the lighter and brighter number 6 on the apple of the cheek. The highlighter then goes on the top of the cheeks, just under the outer section of the eye brows, the cupids bow and you can also run it lightly down the length of the nose too.

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I’ve found myself wearing this palette a lot recently. The look you get with the palette fits amazingly with a wash of the matte revolution lippie pillow talk. The touch of nude is a fabulous finishing touch. I’ve also found that the products last really well on the skin too.

Will you be popping down to your nearest Charlotte Tilbury stand to buy this palette or have you already got it? Let me know you thoughts

Happy Shopping

Lifestyle

Living Room Furniture Inspiration

In the past few months I’ve been on a mission to make our home feel, well, more homely. Bit by bit I’ve been transforming each room by buying furniture, plants and accessories keeping a consistent look and feel with a colour scheme and everything!

In particular the living room is really coming along. We recently bought a rug, and some new artwork to hang on the walls, however we’re still missing a few of the items that will be finishing touches in the room we spend the most time in. In fact I read recently that the average person in the UK will spend 17 years of their life on the sofa in their living room!

So I was delighted with Quercus Furniture got in touch and asked me to take a look at their range and see what I thought. I’ve done exactly that and picked out a few pieces that I think might work perfectly in our living room and I wanted to share them with you. Let’s take a look!

Mirror

APPLETON PAINTED WALL MIRROR

We’re lucky that we have a good amount of natural light with big windows by the kitchen and two French windows on the other side of the room. However there is one spot right in front of the sofa where it’s a bit dark. A mirror on the opposite wall would certainly brighten things up by reflecting light in that direction, and this Appleton Painted Wall Mirror would do just nicely. It’s a good size so it would project a lot of light and the white fits our colour scheme. Perfect!

Appleton Painted Wall Mirror – £161

Coffee Table

CUBE OAK MODERN COFFEE TABLE

I’m satisfied with my current coffee table but I’ve had it a good few years now and definitely on the lookout for an upgrade. One of the biggest problems with my current table is that it doesn’t have any storage so can be a bit of a clutter magnet. This lovely wooden Cube Oak Modern Coffee Table looks beautiful but has a shelf to store books, magazines and coasters for when you need them. Our rug would match the colour of this wood perfectly, so I’m keen on this!

Cube Modern Oak Coffee Table – £229

Side Table

BARHAM OAK SMALL HALL TABLE

One of the items high on my shopping list is a side table for either a lamp next to the sofa or for a plant. I’ve been on the lookout for one at the right price for a little while and it’s been tough finding one that fits the room but has a little storage drawer too. This Barham Oak Small Hall Table might do the trick, although I’d probably turn it sideways along the arm of the sofa so that it doesn’t stick out too much. It’s a beauty and could probably live a few different places in either the living room or the hallway, making it a great purchase!

Barham Oak Small Hall Table – £155

Which room in your house are you in doing up at the moment and do you like any of these pieces from Quercus? Tweet me and let me know.

Happy shopping!

*This post is in collaboration with the lovely people over at Quercus Living!

Music

Music Monday: Rita Ora

rs-13647-20131202-ritaora-x1800-1386026084Happy Music Monday! The weather’s been crappy but we found a little bit of sunshine to have a barbeque and enjoy our back garden a little this last weekend. We also played lots of music for a house full of friends and family.

One song that I had a lot of requests for is this raunchy electropop beauty, Our Song sung by Rita Ora. It was  recently written by Ed Sheeran and songwriter and producer Steve Mac.  The song is catchy and fun and it’s set to become one of those hits that you can’t get out of your head. So much so that it’s already become Ora’s 7th top ten single with it recently tipped at number 6 on the UK download charts.

Something you may not realise is that Ed Sheeran also sings backing vocals on this song too, if you listen carefully you can pick out his voice.

Tweet me and let me know your thoughts on the song and the video.

Happy Listening!

Beauty Lifestyle

June Favourites 2017

Monthly favourites are some of the best blog posts to write mainly because I get to talk about my most loved products that I’ve been using, rediscovering and enjoyed using through out that month. This month there’s only been a few products but I think there’s a great selection.

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I recently went to Ibiza for my birthday with my husband. It was beautifully hot and the island is gorgeous so when I saw this picture on a painters stall I just had to have it to bring home and as it reminded me of our time there and how much I want to go back.

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First up product wise is the Chanel correcteur perfection – this concealer is gorgeous. It lasts a long time, it blends incredibly and it sits on your skin like a silky veil. It mixes well with other products and concealers too. I currently have a little bit of a tan so I’ve been mixing it with my Mac Pro Longwear concealer as that’s a little darker. I will always keep coming back to this one as it’s one of those products you just don’t forget.

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Yves Saint Lauren Glow Shot is an intense liquid highlighter and it’s perfect for the hot Summer days. They have three tones but I’ve been enjoying using the colour sunrise. It’s a pink highlighter that gives an amazing glow. It’s subtle yet beautiful.

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Charlotte Tilbury products are so gorgeous, especially the Uptown Girl palette that I received from my husband for my birthday recently. It’s ultra luxe with 4 very pigmented colours. Perfect for the hotter weather if you want that subtle smoky day look that you can build on for the evening teamed with a little lippie in pillow talk.  All the colours have a little bit of sparkle in them especially the pink and they really do last. I can see that this palette will be a keeper and it’s made me want to buy more of the Charlotte Tilbury products.

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The Clinique Moisture Surge – Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate looks like it might just be a  little bit of a gimmick but when I started using this I released it was anything but. I have really dehydrated skin that needs moisturizing products. I’ve been using the Clarins hydrate day/night moisture creams and using these in combination have really done wonders. After cleansing, I pop a thin layer of the concentrate all over my face and leave it to sink in before putting on my moisturiser. It then gives a great base for make up.

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Last but not least is this stunning primer from The Ordinary. I recently went to a fab event with Deciem and Really Ree and there was plenty of raving about this product . The High – Adherence Silocone Primer smoothes, hydrates and blurs using advanced adapting silicones. It’s a great base that makes concealers, foundations etc look amazing. Use a really thin layer to get the best results.

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Have you been loving any of these products or will you be popping down your nearest shop to get any? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Shopping!

 

Music

Music Monday – Syn Cole

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Happy music Monday! I had a busy and exciting weekend, full of relaxing, shopping and dinner with friends. This week looks busy too, so I’m going to be listening to relaxing music to keep me chilled out and feeling good.

I’ve been playing a lot of Kygo recently, the kind of music that takes me back to holidays on hot beaches sipping cocktails and unwinding. One of my favourite Kygo tracks is his remix of Syn Cole’s Miami 82, and while I was casually browsing Youtube I came across some of Syn Cole’s own tracks, which lead me to dig a bit deeper and find out more.

Syn Cole is a young Estonian producer and DJ who has worked with EDM heavyweights such as Martin Garrix and Avicii. While those artists aren’t my favourite, I did find myself really liking Syn Cole’s track Feel Good – a bouncy pop track with good vibes and a catchy rhythm. I love the video, a short love story which I’m not ashamed to admit gave me immense feels and fits the song perfectly if you ask me.

Take a listen to the track below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

Fashion

Perfect Lacey Spanx Underwear!

Spanx is a name that you might had heard thrown around quite a lot in the past few years. The company have long had fans such as Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba to name but a few. What’s all the fuss about though I hear you ask? It really is amazing underwear that does two things. It holds you in at all the right places and give you a little bit of extra confidence that we all need some times too. With the material that it’s made from, Spanx also does a great job at hiding the dreaded VPL and help clothes fit in the right way.

In fact the Spanx story is that back in 2000 American founder Sara Blakely was getting ready for a special event and realised that she didn’t have the right undergarments to make her white trousers do the talking. With not much time to spare she cut the legs off a pair of tights, and it turns out that this actually did the job and the rest as they say is history.

The thing with Spanx is that they’re also synonymous with Bridget Jones type pants so they’re not known for looking all that pretty – until now. Spanx just got sexy with this lacy number. I’ve been trying this set out in the past few weeks, they include the Undie-tectable black lace cheeky panty and the pillow cup signature push up plunge bra. They’re both beautifully soft, fit perfectly which in turn smooths out my lumps and bumps making me feel great. Bonus! I’d definitely try more products and did you know they also do mens products too.

Spanx are available to buy from most department stores, Asos, Amazon, UKLingerie as well a the Spanx  site. Have you tried Spanx and will you be popping down to your local department store to try them out? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Shopping!

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Music

Music Monday – Jessica Domingo

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Happy Music Monday! If you’re anything like me then you might spend a lot of time on Youtube, more than regular TV or catchup. Vloggers are the next generation of celebrities and so many young artists and musicians are able to showcase their talents and kickstart their careers without needing managers, agents or record labels to get them off the ground.

One artist who managed to do exactly that is Jessica Domingo, a singer songwriter from Seattle Washington who began uploading videos of her practicing her favourite songs. Her first video was a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking Bout You” and had millions of views, and from there she uploaded covers from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Gwen Stefani and Sade. Fast forward a couple of years and she’s a touring artist with her second EP Moonplay making waves on Spotify and yes, Youtube.

I’ve picked out her track Echoes, a light and emotional piano ballad that really shows off her beautiful voice. It’s got me going back through her earlier experimental releases and I’m loving what I’m hearing so far!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

Lifestyle

Ibiza old town photo book!

My husband and I recently went to Ibiza for a few days for my birthday. Just a short 2 hour plane journey and we were met with the scorching hot weather and gorgeous surroundings of the Balearic Islands. It’s really something.

Ibiza is well known for it’s huge lively clubs that are scattered all over the island, with House and techno parties that run till dawn at Hi Ibiza, Pacha, Amnesia, Ushuaia and more. There are also incredible sun sets on the west side of the island where cheers can be heard as the sun disappears behind the famous rock Es Vedra. Ibiza is also known for it’s beautiful Old town or Dalt Vila which over looks the harbour on the south side of the island. It’s the quieter part with windy streets, independent shops and amazing gelato.

This part of the island is a wonderful outdoor museum that has the Ibizan castle and fort – Castell de Eivissa at the heart of it. It gives a fantastic insight into the islands history and I spent the afternoon exploring and took plenty of pictures as I made my way to the top.

It was hot but we took lots of breaks in the pretty cafes and restaurants along the way.  Tweet me and let me know what you think to the pictures and if you’ve also been to this beautiful island.

Happy travelling!

 

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Music

Music Monday – Jagara

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend full of fun and music. This weekend I had a good catchup with several new albums and some new releases from artists that haven’t previously been on my radar.

I wanted to share one of the best new releases I heard this week by a band called Jagara. From London, they’re three sisters Jane, Ruth and Cat, and the NME recently described their sound as “soulful slices of pining pop sung with a melodic and heartbroken conviction.”

I’m hooked on their debut track Real Love, which is a moody synth anti-ballad which reminds me a little bit of The XX and Jessie Ware. The video is brilliant too, it fits the tone of the song and I’m a big fan of the retro sporty outfits! “It portrays the feeling when you’ve outgrown a relationship and want something deeper, but you’re in that static moment before you come back to life again” say the band.

Check it out below and Tweet me and let me know what you think of the track!

Happy listening!

Beauty

May Favourites 2017!

My favourites post is one of my best loved posts to write ever month and I’ve been loving quite a few products in the month of May so here’s my May favourites.

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Firstly I have to mention the gorgeous peony rose that accompanies every product. They were a beautiful find in Waitress and they make everything they’re near look amazing including my living room where they’re sitting. They’re a flower I love to see throughout June and as you know flowers always make me happy.

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Next up is this bright blue Yankee Candle from their Summer collection Viva Havana – I took an instant liking to this set just based on the name as I love anything Cuba based. I didn’t have to try very hard though because the scents are just delicious and the colours are so vibrant and really did remind me of the shades that adorn this fantastic city. This will be a collection that I’ll keep going back to.

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Tanya Burr products can be a little hit and miss for me with application but one of my favourite lipsticks is  Pink cocoa, a beautiful nude and I’ve almost used up my second purchase. When I saw this gorgeous rose gold inspired paradise palette exclusive to Superdrug I had to have it. There’s one matt shade that makes for a fab base or socket colour, and three sparkly shades that over the lids really do suit everyone. I’ve been using it since I bought it and it’s becoming a staple.

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Jo Malone recently brought out this beautiful Limited Edition citrus fragrance called Star Magnolia. It’s supposed to remind you of being in Covent Garden in the early morning calm and strangely it does. It has top notes of fresh mouth watering lemon, mid/heart notes of soft floral Star Magnolia blossom and base notes of warm, creamy sandalwood. It’s a really subtle Summery fragrance and I love it.

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This new lippie – Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Colour in the colour Rose Clair is fun, bright, easy to use and it lasts a long time too. It’s a colour I keep coming back to when getting a little more dressed up. It maybe expensive but it’s so worth it.

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Barry M recently celebrated 35 years. They’ve recently brought out lots of new colours and one that I had m eye on was Pink Lemonade. It’s a beautiful light pink that’s in the hi-shine collection and it really does look like gel nail polish although I have to keep adjusting the base/top coats to make it last longer with my nails. I’ve been wearing this a lot even on my toes for most of the month- it’s one I’ll keep coming back too.

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Everyone hates cleaning their brushes but this Real Techniques brush cleansing palette makes it all the more easier and even a little fun too. The bigger the brush, the bigger and closer together the bobbles. I use it with a little brush cleaner from Real Techniques too an the brushes are cleaned in record time.

Have you used any of the products in my favourites? What have you been loving this month, let me know in the comments below.

Happy Shopping!

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