Boots Glow Skincare

Beauty

Did I need more skincare, no, but because it was pink and looked pretty did I have to buy it, yes! I couldn’t help myself when I saw these products on the Boots website. They are so aesthetically pleasing and if I was a skincare product I would be one of these.

One of the very amazing things about these new products from Boots is the price, looking at them you’d think they would cost a lot more than what they did. But no, they were all £4 each! What a bargain, everything was £4!

One of the main ingredients in all of these products is Niacinamide, which is great for fighting blemishes. I tend to use these products when I am having a bit of a skin outbreak and I know I can trust them to help it out.

The two staples from this range I have been using near enough daily are the Glow Essence and the Glow Eye Cream. I find them both really hydrating and they also smell really great too!

I think this is a really lovely range for Boots to come out with and I love how affordable yet nice the products all are and I think I will definitely be repurchasing these when they run out.

You can check out the range here

Productive things to do on a rainy day at home

Beauty

There is nothing better than staying home on a rainy day, as much as I love just sitting and doing nothing, watching Netflix and just eating, most the time I actually like to keep myself busy.
If I know I’m going to be staying in the whole day I like to make a list of everything I want to achieve, this way I can physically see what I have accomplished and feel 10x better about the day.

Some things I like to add onto my list are:

  • Tidying my room, I love letting my room get messy over the week so when it comes to tidying it up, it’s a greater achievement. I also love being able to rearrange my room, or add in some new home decor bits especially this time of year.
  • Cleaning make up brushes seems like a bit of funny thing to want to do but once you’ve done it you’ll feet great, I tend to do my brushes every 2 weeks on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • Treat your skin, every week I like to do a full on pamper evening after eating dinner. This way I can take my time to do my skincare and give it a proper clean and mask it up.
  • Every so often I find it really useful to go through and tidy all my drawers, whether it be my make up drawers or clothes drawers. You might discover something which you had forgotten about.
  • I like to switch the make up thats in my everyday makeup bag, I go through my make up drawers and pick out products I want to try out or I’d forgotten about.
  • Pick out some products which you want to use over the weeks, these could be new ones, or ones your want to try and use up.
  • Reading blog posts and researching ideas for your own is a great way to gather some inspiration and help develop your blog.
  • I tend to leave all my photography to the weekends because of the lighting, so I spend about an hour to two hours working on photos and creating new content.
  • Plan your next week, decide what you want to do, whether it’s going out and about, or writing a blog post.
  • Spend an hour or two watching your favourite movie or show

Skylar Scent Club | gifted

Beauty

Over the past few months I have been receiving an amazing little subscription of perfume! Perfume is something which I wear every day and I especially like to take it when I go on holiday. Skylar Scent Club is an amazing little club which send out a travel sized roller ball each month. Each month is such a unique scent and perfect for the month, I have been loving the summer scents especially!

What I also love about the scents is the packaging, every bottle just looks so cute and perfect making it a wonderful accessory to keep in your handbag. As you can see I took all three of my bottles on holiday with me because, why not?

I also find that because they are roller balls and not sprays they last so much longer which is great.

You can use my discount code VICTORIAS10 for 10% off your order!

You can check out their website here for yourself https://skylar.com/pages/scent-club-20?utm_source=VICTORIAS

A Spa Break with Bannatynes {gifted}

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At the beginning of the week I had pleasure of venturing down to Hastings, East Sussex for an overnight spa break which was very kindly gifted by Bannatynes.
I decided to take one of my best friends as we had not been on holiday together in a really long time.

When we arrived at the hotel, it was pretty much everything I was expecting. A big country style house set in the middle huge green grounds, it truly felt like we were on holiday.

The spa is located a short 2 minute walk down the driveway, which we headed to straight away after we had checked in and seen our room. The room was extremely spacious and clean and had really quirky features. The highlight for me was the big bath room and bath tub!

In the spa we were given a little tour of the facilities and were made to feel really welcome. We headed straight to the Jacuzzi as it was empty as I wanted to get some photos in there before it got busy, so we timed it perfectly.

After being outside for a while we decided to try out the steam room and the indoor Jacuzzi before heading back to the room to get ready for dinner that evening.

Before dinner we headed back down to the gardens out the back of the hotel to take some photos, and ordered a cocktail from the bar for some more photos.

The gifted experience included a two course meal, as a really fussy eater I was a little bit concerned about not liking enough of the food, but I can safely say I liked it all. For started I had the watercress soup, followed by chicken in gravy with potatoes and cabbage.

On the second day we woke up nice and early to the sun streaming into our room making it feel like a sauna. We headed down to breakfast, it was buffet style with everything you could of wanted along with made to order specials.

Before driving to Hastings beach we had our treatments in the spa, we both chose to have facials. This was my first facial so I was a little bit anxious about having it as I was just thinking of all the horrible things the person would say about my skin. However, this was not the case. The lady who did the facial was really nice, and I just laid back and relaxed.

Thank you to Bannatynes for giving us this amazing opportunity and allowing us to come and stay!

If you want to get 20% off your own spa break over £200 then you can use my code VICTORIASMART20

Xx

Spring has sprung 🌷 Femme Luxe {gifted}

Beauty

I recieved another little parcel from Femme Luxe, this time I picked out a snake print jacket and a pink oversized knit jumper. 

I love the style of the jacket, it’s really casual and oversized and I think it is the perfect look for a spring day. I don’t own any snake print, so I thought it would be a good addition to my wardrobe. I can see myself styling this with some denim shorts in the summer.

The link to the jacket is  here

This winter I have been loving just wearing an over sized jumper and jeans, and I have been doing the same for work but with trousers so I love this jumper.

It is very oversized and I actually think I could have sized down to have it a bit more form fitting, but I still love it. It is a lot more of a heavier jumper than others I have previously got from Femme Luxe but I love the quality of it.

Positive changes to help with mental wellbeing

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Todays post is all about those little positive changes we all need to make in order to feel better about the day ahead.

Getting up earlier

From now until the Easter holidays I am challenging myself to get up earlier, to have more time to relax before starting my day, to be able to wash my face and have a good breakfast.

Fresh Flowers

I have decided that starting from February payday, I shall buy myself a bunch of flowers each week. I think this will help add a pop of colour to my room, and brighten up my day, and they also look cute in photos.

Grow some plants

Now that spring and summer are approaching, I want to start a little herb potted garden. I plan to buy some basil, mint and anything else Asda stocks and create a little garden, in my garden to grow these plants. These will also be a great addition to drinks and food so that’s an added bonus.

Find a new hobby

I struggle a lot in the winter, but as summer starts approaching I do get a more positive outlook on life, that being said I do find it very tedious finishing work at the same time everyday and then having the whole evening free. I have decided to start baking, my aim was to bake once every weekend, but I also want to bake one night a week too to keep me occupied.

Pamper time

Of course no me time is complete without a pamper session. My aim is to have a full head to toe pamper once a week, more than likely on a Sunday afternoon to get myself ready for work again. Im talking, hair mask, face mask, gel nails and fake tan, the lot.

Starting to scrapbook

Beauty

When I was growing up I always loved to scrapbook and make photo albums of ALL my photos, but along the way I stopped, I stopped being creative and I stopped printing my photos off as I pretty much only needed photos online digitally. This being said I figured towards the end of 2018 I wanted to start scrapbooking and having a place where I could see my photos other than on facebook or instagram.

For Christmas I asked for the HP Sprocket which is a phone printer. It prints out really tiny cute photos which remind me of polaroids. I figured this would be a different way to have my photos displayed, although the paper does work out a little on the expensive side. I also decided to get some photos printed in different sizes from Boots.

I found some really nice scrapbooks from Wilkinsons for only £1.50, so I bought 7 of them! I really love the colours of the front and the size of them are pretty perfect, plenty of room to fit in all my photos.

I then did a bit of Pinterest research and found some other cute scrapbook ideas, I found people using watercolours to make cute colourful backgrounds, so I bought my own from Amazon.



I also liked the idea of using pastel coloured highlighters to add a pop of colour and then write headings over the top.

To add a bit more colour to the pages I found a book full of different patterned paper to create some borders.

Let me know if there are any other cute ways to decorate a scrapbook xx

Why I’m ditching foundation |Foundation free make up routine

Beauty

Today’s post is a little bit of a different one, we’re talking about my skin, since I ever started wearing make up back in high school I have always worn foundation, powder and mascara. They were my first ever products I wore, I of course wear loads more now and look a lot more put together. I always felt like I needed to over my skin, my skin has good days and bad days, like everyone’s.

When I was on holiday last week I was tanning, and because I wear sunscreen on my face my face wasn’t matching the rest of my body, this meant it was then having to mix in darkening drops into my foundation in order to match.

Wearing foundation on holiday is just effort, normally it’s so hot you just feel like a melted mess, and why cover up just for a couple of hours in the evening, why not jus the foundation free the whole day.

I am only 6 days into not wearing any foundation, but I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. I am still getting spots, but parts of my face look a lot clearer and the texture looks so much better!

Saying “don’t wear foundation” is easier said than done, you still feel naked with a bare face, that’s where the Isle Of Paradise Tanning Drops come into play. In the evenings I like to mix these with my moisturiser and when I wake up I have a really natural looking tan, there for taking away the main reason I was wearing foundation. I find the drops even put my skin tone and do cover up a lot of old scaring making me more confident.

So now onto the make up I have been wearing and loving for the past week!

I begin with priming my skin because I still want my make up to last a long time and also a lot of primers are smoothing and make your skin look great like this one from Dermalogica.

I still want to add a bit of colour and shape to my face so I use a cream contour stick on my cheeks and on my forehead to add some depth. I love the medium/dark cream contour from Tanya Burr Cosmetics and the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt.

Now onto my favourite discovery, the Arkana I-Tech Glow loose powder, I apply this all over my face to set the the cream bronzer and to create a matte finish. This powder is however not completely matte, it really reminds me of the Hourglass Mineral Veil, it has a slight shimmer to it which gives your face a really natural glow.

I have then been loving using the Sephora bronzer in the shade Caledonia, in the winter this is way to orange for me, but with a tan it works perfectly!

Next up I use a blush, the one I have been using recently is Nars Orgasm as it adds a pop or colour and a glow.

I then finish my face with a sweep of the Pixi Glow on my cheek bones.

I have been keeping my brows pretty natural for a while now and just using L’Oréal Brow Plumper to add a little texture and to keep them in place.

Finally for the eyes I have been using the L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes, this creates really long thick lashes! Lastly I use this gorgeous palette from Memi which has the prettiest warm shades in it perfect for the summer!

Let me know how you feel about not wearing foundation.

Thanks for reading xx

Memi Makeup first impressions

Beauty

Today’s post is all about a new make up brand (well, new to me anyway) they got in contact with me and asked if I wanted to try out some of their products, I love saying yes to skincare brands because I know I will use the products for sure, but I feel like saying yes to make up brands is a lot harder because it’s hard to get something you actually like. That being said, the makeup MeMi sent me are just BEAUTIFUL and I could not be more obsessed with them, especially the eye shadow palette!

This brand is vegan, cruelty free and PETA approved also, so who wouldn’t love their products!

Eye Shadow Palette Creative Control £22

Obviously the eye shadow palette is what I’m drawn to instantly because of he beautiful warm shades!

The shadows are really pigmented and the more shimmery glittery ones are really soft and smoothie, easy to blend out.

Satin Lipstick Climax £12

This lipstick is the perfect reddy nude, it is really soft and creamy and applies really nicely. It’s not drying which is great and feels really hydrating on your lips.

These two products go so well together, lovely warm shades perfect for autumn, however the eye shadow palette has already made itself into my make up bag so I will be wearing it from now on!

Thanks for reading xx

The prettiest lipsticks | Winky Lux

Beauty

A while ago I was sent some new lipsticks from Winky Lux which is a new brand selling in Boots, these have to be some of the prettiest lipsticks I now own! The packaging alone is gorgeous and the actual product is so unique!

I was lucky enough to be sent a lip gloss, lipstick and a lip balm, I decided I would take these on holiday as I though they would make the perfect holiday lip products and they did.

Disco Kitten Gloss

Have you ever seen something so glittery and pink! This is a major throwback to the 90s lip product, back to your childhood days! Unfortunately this is the one product I have yet to actually wear because I haven’t felt brave enough to rock a glitter lip! It is really pigmented and so glittery!

Lip Velour in the shade Heart

Pretty much all year round red is my go to lip shade, I love a red lip so finding new ones to add to my collection is just great. I think a really unique thing about the Winky Lux products is the size, they are much small and more compact than a tradition lipstick. This makes it so much easier to stick in your handbag and be able to use on the go. I wore this one night on holiday and found the lipstick was really easy to apply, it was really creamy and blended well, I’m sure it would of lasted a long time but I had to take off before I ate or I would of looked like a clown!

Winky Lux Glimmer Balm

I LOVE this balm so much! Basically I fell in love with the packaging, because how can you not, plus how beautiful is it on the inside! This is a colour changing lip balm which I believe changes shades on different people due to the ph levels on your lips. This is so easy to wear and just chuck on if your just spending the day at the pool or beach and want a bit of colour but not a full on lipstick. Even though it looks really glittery I didn’t find it came out to glittery on my lips which is good because I don’t want to look like a disco ball!

Thanks for reading xx

Happy Mail Club | Subscription Box

Beauty

Today’s blogpost is all about a new subscription box which is about to make any stationary lovers out there very happy! I was contacted by the company Happy Mail Club asking if I wanted to get a sneak preview of their new subscription box which launches on the 1st July!

With a lot of subscription boxes they come in huge boxes, if your not in to answer the door to the post man then you don’t get your box, but they service comes in a letter box sized card box which can easily be posted through your door so it’s ready and waiting for you.

In the box you get some pretty cute things, I love really cute quirky cards but I would rarely ever buy them for myself so it’s really nice to have them as a treat. My personal favourite is the crazy plant lady card, this is the perfect wall print, so this will definitely not be used as a card.

There is also a little quote on a piece of card “no rain no flowers”, again this is really cute to stick up on a wall on your desk. I know I will be using these two in photos for Instagram.

Along with the cards and prints there is also a decently sized piece of wrapping paper with a cute print.

You also get a cute birthday card, a pencil, washy tape and a pink lemonade tea!

This box is £12.50 plus £1.50 postage. If you fancy string your hands on the next box launched on the 1st of July then click here

Thanks for reading, let me know if you decide to suncribe!

Xx

Summer Ready Bodycare

Beauty

Happy Summer!

Im sure were all at the point now where we just want a constant bit of sunshine in our lives and I’m getting pretty fed up with trying really hard to get a natural tan and then it fading from the lack of sun!

Today I am sharing my summer body care essentials which I am currently using to keep my body feeling good and sun kissed even in the cloudy British weather.

First up in the shower I have been loving the Nivea Love Sunshine shower gel, this was gifted to me as part of an ad I did for Nivea over on my Instagram, but I loved the smell of it so much I went and bought myself a back up and one for my mum. This really does smell just like summer and suncream and brings back so many memories from summer holidays. 

I have also been fake tanning quite a lot recently so I don’t look like an unhealthy ghost whilst I’m at work in shorts, so in order to get a nice even I have been loving using two scrubs. The first is a Zoella scrub which is really bitty and so exfoliating, I love the fact that this is really solid as it feels like it is getting rid of any dead skin and freshening my skin right up. And the second is a new scrub from What’s in it for me, this literally smells amazing! This one is the opposite of the Zoella one though, it is much more liquidy which makes it more of a wash than an actually scrub in my eyes.

When I get out the shower before I tan I like to add some moisturiser to dry bits like my knees and ankles so I don’t get any dodgy bits when the tan dries. The moisturiser I have been using lately is the Wondrous Whip by Zoella.

Finally for my body, the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Tan, this leaves instant colour but develops to a darker colour over a few hours. I do find that with this one I do need to shower the next day I order to get rid of the excess tan. I made the mistake of not shower the day after applying this and going to a trampoline park and my sweat was orange, luckily no one else noticed!

And finally in order to smell like summer I spritz myself in Summer Sun from Next which smells like summer in a bottle!

What are your go to summer bits?

Thanks for reading xx