Forgotten beauty bits…

Beauty

I have recently just shuffled my room around (again) and had a little tidy and sort through ALL my make up, I find this so satisfying and relaxing especially when you find products that you’ve forgotten about (much like clothes in my wardrobe).
So here are some beauty bits I’ve pulled aside from the main bulk of my collection and kept in acrylic drawers next to my bed so I can’t forget about them… 

I keep all my everyday essesntials in my make up bag, everything I use for work mainly, then if I want a different look that day thats when I’ll head over to my large acrylic drawers where the main bulk of my collection is kept. I have had a look through then and picked out some products which have not had a lot of love recently and need to be used.

Drawer 1

Loreal Infalliable foundation was my absolute favourite until I discovered MAC Studio Sculpt, pretty much all the foundations I own have taken a back seat since I discovered MAC. This foundation is very full coverage and that is not something that I desire anymore, I have accepted the fact I get spots and that sometimes trying to hide them looks a lot worse! ALthough, I love using Pixi Glow Booster with heavier coverage foundations to make them a bit more sheer and glowy so these two together would work a treat! Deffo a combo to try out!

Next I have pretty expensive primer from Figs & Rouge, don’t worry I didn’t buy this one, it was sent to me in a Cohorted Subscription Box. This primer is for brightening skin and illuminating the base, when you apply it you look like Edward Cullen, all shimmery.

Bourjois concealers are my favourite, the only reason I haven’t been reaching for this one is because I have been loving the Healthy Mix concealer as I find it a little lighter and more brightening.

As for lip products, I have been neglecting everyone of them apart from a select few. So I have picked out a few nude shades which I can start wearing on an everyday basis, as I work mainly in the PE department I tend to lean more towards lipbalm rather than colour. I have picked Tanya Burr Cosmetics in Pink Cocoa, Tarte Tartiest Glossy Lip Paint in Obvi and Barry M Matte Me Up in Pose.

Drawer 2

This drawer is basically full of highlighters, can you guess which highlighter I have been using a daily basis instead of these?… Glossier Haloscope, if you have seen, heard of or tried this highlighter then you must, it’s been a real game changer. I have picked out three highlighters which used to be my favourites and I guess in some way they still are when I want an extra glow. First up is Peonies Please by Tanya Burr Cosmetics, this is a really subtle pink glow which can be used as a blush or on your cheek bones to add a warm girly look to your makeup. Next is another pinky shade, Soft & Gentle from MAC, literally just swatching that on my hand left me saying OMG. I really must wear this more! And lastly, Mary Lou-Manizer by The Balm, this is a really intense gold shade.

The one brow product I have picked out to use more of is from Becca Cosmetics, this was also in a Cohorted Box, however this one is a little to dark for so I tend not to reach for it. Although if I can spend a bit of time on my brows I can get this to work for me and when it is applied precisely it does look really good as the pigment and consistency makes it really easy to apply.

Another foundation which has been neglected is by The Ordinary, I bought this on a whim and I have to say I am not overly impressed with it. I find it rather drying, so Pixi Glow Booster comes into play here aswell!

And finally in drawer number 2 is Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer, this has taken a bit of a back seat because I have been less worried about covering up spots and embracing my skin more. This however, is one of the best concealers I have tried, so I would definitely reccomend it!

Drawer 3

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette has been with me now for 2 years and it’s safe to say I do not use it enough, in my opinion this is more a special occassion palette (and well, there are not enough special occasions to wear it), so I am going to try reaching for this more often on a daily basis.

Another product for glowy skin is the Make Up Revolution Liquid Highlighter in the shade Luminous Gold, this is exactly what it says, liquid gold. This creates a really intense gold glow, although I do find you have to work fast blending it as it dries pretty quickly.

Finally, the Urban Decay Naked Flushed is fairly new to my collection so I need to remember that I actually own it now and use it!

So, there you have it, my poor neglected make up items which will hopefully be seeing some action in the coming weeks!

What make up have you just realised you’ve forgotten about?

Victoria xx

Five Friday Favourites

Beauty

I’m a little late on the January Favourites post so I thought I would just share 5 items I am loving right now…

Glossier Haloscope Highlighter Quartz

I have literally been obsessed with this highlighter, I have worn it EVERY SINGLE DAY! I never thought I would love a cream highlighter as much as Haloscope, it creates a really natural glow to your face making it look like a glow from within. I apply this as the last step in my routine on my cheek bones, cupid bow, brow arch and in the centre of my brows.

Chloe Lewis Lipstick Lady Love

I received this beautiful lipstick from Chloe Wise Beauty and boy, is it good! I didn’t expect to find a lipstick (other than MAC Fashion Legacy) that could last for hours without fading and needing to be reapplied. It is a matte finish and lasts a real long time compared to normal lipsticks.

Indeed Retinal Reface

I was recently sent Retinal Reface by Bux and Bewl to try out, I was a little reluctant to try this as I was really worried that retinal would be to strong for skin and react bad, this however is not the case. I have been using this every night for two weeks and I’m pretty sure I can notice a difference, my skin seems a lot softer and smoother! I also really love the packaging as this makes it super easy to take travelling and not worry about bottles smashing.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Selfie Sculpt

A brow product I have been loving for quite a while now is from Tanya Burr Cosmetics, on days where I want a more defined brow I use this to create the desired look. It applies really well, it doesn’t create really harsh lines and it is really easy to build up colour if wanted. Another great thing about this product is that it is double ended, having a spooly on your eye brow pencil really is a game changer.

Skin + Earth Black Charcoal + Liquorice Face Mask

Finally, the brand Skin + Earth were kind enough to send me a face mask and face scrub to try out. I am a huge mask user so of course this has to make it into my top five, I find this mask so refreshing and kind to my skin as it contains natural ingredients. This has become my favourite mask at the moment and it makes me sad thinking that one day I am going to run out of it!

What products have you been loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.

Victoria 

A magical day in Disney Land Paris

Beauty

Every year for my birthday my best friend and I like to take a little trip, this year’s trip was to Paris and more importantly Disney Land! I had not been to Paris in about 7 and the last time I had been to Disney was in LA in 2011 so it was a long awaited trip!

We flew out to Paris on Friday night straight after work and headed to the hotel which was one stop away from Disney. The next morning we headed to park, much to my disappointment the weather was horrible! I was really looking forward to being about to get amazing photos of the castle with a lovely blue sky, but no, we could barely see the castle when we arrived!

That being said, the photos did look pretty awesome with the castle faded in the background.

Our first ride was Space Mountain, somehow we ended up with the front seats, I was very glad that this ride was mainly in the dark so I couldn’t see! We actually only ended up going on 5 rides which doesn’t seem like a lot but when each queue is roughly an hour it makes sense. Even though it was a weekend in January the park was still so busy!

We went on Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Buzz Lightyear, Tea Cups and Rockin Rollercoaster.

Jumper: Primark Leggings: New Look Hat: Primark

At 5pm the parade down Main Street commenced and it was so magical! I don’t think it matters how old you are, but you just can’t hell get emotional when you hear all the Disney songs and see all the character dancing along.

After the parade we quickly headed to the second park, the studios. We only spent about an hour in this park as we had to queue for the Aerosmith ride, so by the time we finished that ride it was too late to queue for another.

At 7pm we left the park and went to find some dinner, we initially tried to go to Planet Hollywood to eat but the queue was nearly 49 minutes! Instead, we went opposite to a Annette’s Diner which only had a short queue.

After dinner we headed back to the main park ready to watch the fireworks at 9pm.

This was another magical part of the day, the atmosphere is amazing, the effects are brilliant and it’s just an amazing experience that can’t be missed!

So there you have it, 12 hours in Disney Land Paris!

Some tips:

  • Dress for the weather! I did not dress appropriately for January and froze the whole day! Standing in queue is a cold process and you will not warm up!
  • Take snacks for the queues.
  • Print your tickets as soon as you book them!
  • Plan what you want to do/where to go

Thanks for reading

Victoria xx

The cutest cake shop | Peggy Porschen

Beauty

Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed the time relaxing with family and friends and eating your way into a food coma. Today I thought I would share some photos of the gorgeous cake shop that is Peggy Porschen in London.

While I was in London last week with my best friend we went along to Peggy’s as she had never been before and I love the place! It was so cute and festive with all the pink and white decorations (which go great with my instagram feed) and ofcourse all the yummy cakes they make!

As this was a little Christmas treat we both decided to get a cake and a hot drink, I opted for the Red Velvet Cupcake (which I had last time) and Nicola opted for the Caramel Layer Cake. Ofcourse both were delicious and finished off within minutes, after the mini photo shoot!

Peggy Porschen’s is truely a lovely well run little business which definitely deserves loads of love, so next time your in London head along and try it! And don’t be put of by the queue either, surprisingly it goes down fairly quickly!

And finally, if you visit on a cold winters day don’t let that put you off sitting outside, they give you a blanket to keep warm which is super sweet!

THE PEGGY PORSCHEN PARLOUR
116 Ebury Street, Belgravia,

London SW1W 9QQ

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @toriiitoriii to stay up to date with everything I’m doing, especially as I have a very fun trip planned for the end of January!

Victoria xx

What’s in the box? Cohorted December Box

Beauty

Hello and welcome back to day 16 of blogmas and December! Less than 10 days now until the big day! Today’s blogpost is a review of the Cohorted December box which was kindly gifted to me!

The Cohorted Box always looks so sleek and stylish and it’s such a treat to see what’s inside! I feel like this box could never disappoint, especially considering the box is worth 3 times as much as what you pay for it!

Cargo Emerald City Palette £35

This is the first palette I’ve seen from Cargo, my first impressions are how festive it is! The green is such a beautiful colour, although these really aren’t my shades which makes me really sad! But the names of each shadow is perfect, it made me super happy and nostalgic when I realised they are names after places in Seattle which is one of my favourite cities!

Tarte Tartiest Glossy Lip Paint £21

When I saw this in the box I screamed a little bit with happiness, I have wanted to try anything from Tate for the longest time! This is in the shade Obvi and it’s a really nice warmed toned peachy nude! I love wearing a nude lip for work so this will be perfect!

Eyeko Liquid Liner

This is a really cute compact black liquid eye liner from Eyeko which is a fairly expensive brand so it’s nice to be able to try out a smaller size before buying a full-size. I love the idea and the look of winged liner but I cannot do it for the life of me! I want to be able to, but I just cannot do it! So I probably won’t get much use out of this, although I will have a practice!

Becca Cosmetics Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse £18

Initially when I saw this little pot I thought it was an eye shadow, but no, it’s eye brow mousse! I have been using this non stop since receiving the box and am obsessed with it! This definitely has to be the star of the box! It creates really precise strokes and it’s really easy to build up or have really natural brows! Definitely my favourite product of the box and I will get so much use out of it!

What do you think of this box?

Fancy getting one yourself, click here

Victoria xx

What to do between Christmas and New Year

Beauty

This is the question I’m sure everyone asks and is thinking about, I work in a school so I have the whole of the festive period off, but this means I need to make the most of it and do something every day. But of course, the 4 and a bit days between Christmas ending and NYE we all need some motivation to get up and go somewhere instead of lounging around eating chocolate and left over food whilst watching more Christmas movies. I have come up with some ideas (mainly for myself to look back on and do) of what do on those days where your going stir crazy sat in front of he tv for yet another day.

Go for a walk

Nothing beats going for a wintery walk!

Movie day

Invite your friends around, watch some movies, eat some chocolate and mince pies!

Sale Shopping

If you feel like your ready to battle the sales, then heading into the shops is good idea to get some real bargains!

Visit your closest city

Heading into your nearest city for the final Christmassy vibes before the January blues!

Have a pamper day

Pamper days are my answer for everything, enjoy an afternoon pampering yourself, do a face mask, run a bath and just relax.

Plan your 2018

Plan what you want to do/achieve and where you want to go!

Go ice skating

There are some really gorgeous ice skating rinks around these days, especially in London at the Natural History Museum and Tower of London!

Clean & Sort

Having some free time before the end of the year is a great time to declutter and tidy all your belongings!

Go on a trip

Go for a night away anywhere and explore!

Bake

Find some really yummy things to bake in a cooking book or on Pinterest!

Hope these have given you some ideas of what to do, I will definitely be doing most of these while I’m off work!

Victoria xx

Everyday Makeup Routine

Beauty

As a dedicated makeup hoarder and lover I had to include my current make up look which I have been wearing near enough everyday for work. I will be doing a more festive version soon with red lips and a lot more shimmer so stay tuned for one…

To begin with I primer my face using the Silicone Primer by The Ordinary, this is my second tube of this and has become my favourite primer without a doubt! Whilst my primer is sinking in I like to do my mascara, the mascara I have been loving is the Push Up by Bourjois which was sent to my to try out by Influenster. This mascara is so good at building up volume and creating full dark lashes which really make a statement.

Next up is foundation, of course I have been using Mac Studio Fix as I know this one lasts all day. Once that is all blended in using an oval brush from My Makeup Brush Set (which was very kindly sent to me to try out) I apply a small amount of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer under my eyes using the concealer brush from My Make Up Brush Collection.

I then apply some of the Tanya Burr Cosmetics contour stick in the shade dark on my cheeks and on my forehead.

To set my concealer and foundation I used Rimmel Stay matte which keeps my makeup in place all day and doesn’t look greasy or shiny.

I have then been loving using the Steven Klein palette by Nars, I use a mixture of Laguna and Paloma bronzers to create a really nice shade to add definition and shade to my cheeks and forehead.

I then use the blush shade Dolce Vita from the same palette. As for my highlight I have been obsessed with Glossier Haloscope in the shade Quartz, I apply this on my cheek bones, Cupid’s box and the arch of my eye brows. This creates such a gorgeous natural glow which lasts all day and really makes my make up pop!

Finally to finish up, eye brows. I have been using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Selfie Sculpt brow pencil to create definition followed by Glossier Boy Brow to set them in place.

Do you use any of these products daily? What are your favourites?

Victoria xx

November Favourites

Beauty

Happy DECEMBER!

Blogmas day 1 is here! I am going to publishing a blogpost daily between now and the big day, today’s blogpost is about everything I have been loving in November…

Essence Candle

First up is this huge candle by Essence, picked this up from B&M Bargains for only £3.99 which is super cheap for a candle that big, it really reminds me of the Bath and Body Works ones, which I can’t get a hold off! It actually smells really strong which you wouldn’t expect for a candle that cheap, it makes my room smell so autumnal!

What’s In It For Me?

This scrub has to make it into my favourites purely because of the smell, if you read my blogpost last month about it then you’ll will already know how much I love this!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

At first I was a little unsure about this Cleanser, but my skin has been so good recently and I think it could be down to this Cleanser! It just feels so refreshing and gentle on my skin yet it can remove all my make up! I like to do a double cleanse with it just to make sure all my make up is off. I will definitely be repurchasing another bottle of this!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Nail Polish glitters & gold

This is such a beautiful golden glitter perfect for the festive season, I have been wearing it none stop over the past month on top of burgundy, nude and multiple other colours.

Bourjois Push Up Mascara

I have only just received this mascara in my Bourjois Influenster Box but I have been wearing it constantly! It makes my lashes so dark and Voluminous and makes my lash line really defined!

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz

This was another Glossier item I was a little unsure off when it first arrived but OMG I cannot go a day without it! I apply this on top of all my other make up and it literally makes up face so glowy! I am obsessed!

Glossier Boy Brow

This has been non stop on my eye brows, I initially tried it on its own and it looks great and really makes your brows look full but natural. But I also like applying it to set my brow pencil.

My Makeup Brush Set

I was lucky enough to be sent a whole set of oval make up brushes to test out. So far I have only used the foundation and concealer brush as I was a little unsure about using the others with powder products. The foundation brush is really soft and does a great job at apply foundation without making it look cakey.

Co Lab Dry Shampoo

I’m back to to my old favourite, Co Lab dry shampoo in the scent Tropical. I love these dry shampoos as they don’t leave white marks in your hair, I always used to forget that I had sprayed them in and walk out with grey hair, but that doesn’t happen with these ones!

Did you see any of your favourites here?

Victoria xx

Back to Mac | What I’m taking back to Mac

Beauty


If your a lipstick junkie/hoarder then you know how bad it gets when you have hundreds of lipsticks but you realistically only reach for the same couple. 

Mac have a great program called ‘back to Mac’ where you can return any 6 products/packaging and get a free lipstick of your choice! 

My closest Mac store is in my airport, and I have contacted Mac and they have said that I can exchang my products there for a lipstick, so hopefully on Sunday when I am there it will happen! 


I have 5 lipsticks and 1 liquid lipstick which I am exchanging, and these are all for different reasons. 


On the left is Impassioned, this was actually the first ever Mac lipstick I ever bought! I even remember the day, I was in Manchester with my friends. This lipstick is a really nice shade, and I obviously thought I would get a lot of wear out of it it in the summer, but I havnt. It’s also a pretty battered lipstick, the lipstick itself grinds against the packaging and doesn’t look nice. 

In the middle is another broken lipstick, I have no idea how this one got like this but it did and it’s a real shame because it’s one of my favourite nudes. It is in the shade Twig.

And on the right is Saint Germain, I bought this because I thought it would be great in the summer with a tan. But I actually don’t like it, in the packaging it looks a lovely shade but it doesn’t suit me.


On the left is the liquid in the shade High Drama, I bought this last year and literally have not used it and when I have tried to it just looks awful! It’s so patchy and hard to apply and keep on and is just not worth the effort! 

In the middle is Snob, this is most probally the one I would most like to keep out of all them but I needed to make up 6 so it didn’t make the cut of staying. But for me, it’s just a little to pink and I like either red or nude. 

And lastly is Heroine, this was a great idea when I bought it and it was a long time ago when I would actually wear something like this, but now, it’s not for me! 


Top to bottom 

Heroine,  Snob, Impassioned,  Twig Saint, Germain,  High Drama

If you want to see what lipstick I end up getting on Sunday then be sure to follow my Instagram account @toriiitoriii 

Victoria xx 

Full body pamper routine 

Beauty

Today I am sharing my favourite pamper products and what I like to do to treat myself. I tend to only do a full on pamper routine like this before a special occasion like a holiday so this doesn’t happen every week! 

Face

For my face I have just picked out 3 essentials, I do a pretty intense skincare routine daily and there will be a post on that shortly. But for now here are the products I’ve picked for anpamper rouitne. The Philosophy Microdelivery exfoliating face wash is such a pamper product in my eyes, it’s so soft and gentle and leaves my skin feeling great! 

Of course a pamper routine isn’t a really a pamper routine unless there is a face mask involved. I have picked the Soap and Glory De-Clog mask out of my collection as it is really fun to use and really does feel like it’s pulling all the dirt out of your skin! 

And then add loads of hydration back into my skin I like to do a hydrating sheet mask, my favourites are the Garnier masks as I know I can always rely on them! 

Body 

No pamper routine is complete without a shower (or a bath), I love using the Whats in it for me Body cleanser which was kindly gifted to me. This smells so fresh and invigorating and adds a pop of summer into my autumnal routine. It also contains so many good ingredients that keep your skin in tip top condition.

Next up, a body scrub! I have been wanting to try out a coffee scrub for the longest time so when this one from Bean Body arrived in the #lfbeautybox I was so happy! As of yet I have not used it, but I will Post a mini review over on my Instagram when I use it! @toriiitoriii

And to finish up treating my body I have been loving using the Zoella Beauty Body Pudding. What I love most about this moisturiser is the little little beads which pop and add even more goodness into your skin! 

Teeth 

Carbon Coco is the newest addition to my pamper routine as I was kindly gifted this! I still have yet to use it, but I’m sure it will be great as I’ve seen so many good reviews on it! Let me know if you want me to document my results! 


Hands & Hair 

For en extra little treat, especially in the colder months it’s good to take care of your hands as they are normally the body part which is out in the horrible weather. I have picked out the Skimono hand mask to use followed by Soap and Glory Hand Food to make my hands extra soft. 

And to finish, a hair oil from Forest & Shore! A hair oil has been a staple for me since the summer and so I use this one from Forest & Shore after every wash. It smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling so soft and managable! 

What products do you use for your pamper routine? 

Victoria xx 

Fall Makeup Routine 

Beauty

Today’s post is all about my fall makeup routine that I have been doing for the past couple of weeks. 

My fall makeup routine starts off with my favourite primer from The Ordinary, I just love the way this feels on my skin and how long it makes my make up last! For my foundation I have gone a shade lighter so I’m now in the shade NC15 which is a perfect match. I then conceal under my eyes using the Rimmel Wale Me Up Concealer. This is brightening and so it’s perfect for those dull autumn days. And then to add a bit of colour into my face and some shape I use the cream bronzer from Seventeen. I use this on my forehead and on my cheeks. 

On my cheeks I have been using Nars Laguna Bronzer which adds the slightest bit of shimmer to brighten your face up followed by the blush Dolce Vita which is a deeper toned blush perfect for autumn days. Finally on my cheeks I have been using a dusting of the Peonies Please from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. This is super pigmented and so you only need one swipe along your cheek bones. 

On my eye lashes I have been using Loreal Lash Superstar which is a double ended Mascara so you can build up loads of volume and length. 

As for the eyes, I wanted something really autumnal and bold so I picked the red shimmer shade from the MUA Cosmetics palette. It’s really pigmented, long lasting and looks great on! I then used a Colour Pop shadow in the shade Cornelius in the outer corner to blend it all together. 

And for my brows I have been loving using the powder from the Elf Brow kit, it’s the perfect shade for me (medium) and it’s really easy to work with to create natural look brows. Then of course I set using Loreal Brow Plumper. 

Finally, lips! To add a little bit of colour I like to use the Blackberry Coulis lip balm from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. And then to add even more colour the shade Amourous by Mac is a great shade for autumn! 

What’s your go to make up for autumn? 

Victoria 

Autumn Lip Picks 

Beauty

Welcome back, today’s post is all about my autumn lip picks! I have gone throw my collection and picked out the lipsticks which I think scream fall! 

I have picked out a real variety from the typical dark berries to the dark nudes. 

The three lipsticks across the top are pretty much my staples for autumn time. On the left is Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria, this is a less typical fall shade, but is very ideal for wearing to work as it’s still a dark nudey brown. In the middle is the prettiest shade, Charlotte by Nars! I need to wear this a lot more this year as it’s such a gorgeous dark plumy red shade perfect for adding a pop of autumn to your make up. And on the right is another work autumnal shade, Pink Cocoa from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. 

I have picked out two Colour Pop shades, on the left is Saturday and in the middle is Avenue. I really love the shades of these, but I don’t get along very well when wearing them, they flake off half my lips and look awful! Please let me know if there is a way to make these stay put, because I have so many and can’t use them! I then have two Mac lipsticks in the shades Whirl and Amourous. Whirl is definitely the more typical brown woodland shade where as Amourous has a hint of purple and berry shades. I have then also picked out a Mac liquid lipstick in the shade High Drama, this screams autumn and is the perfect dark lip! I also really love he formula of the Mac liquid lipsticks as they last for so long! 

I have also picked out a Revlon Liquid Lip Colour in the shade Addiction, this is really creamy and longlasting. And finally I have two soft matte lip creams from NYX, these are in the shades Transylvania and Copenhagen. To be honest I won’t be getting much wear out of these as they are really old and dried up but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them! 

After wiring this post I’ve realised how many autumnal lipsticks I need to start wearing! I’m sure I will pack quite a few of them to take away with me on my next holiday! 

Victoria xx