2019 Goals

Beauty

Happy New Year, today is the first day 2019 so I figured I would start with some goals I want achieve over the next 365 days.

Hit 10k on Instagram

Instagram has been so temperamental over the past year with the changes made to it, it has made growing so much harder, but I’m still persevering on and trying to build it up. I’m currently on 7,600 so I think 10,000 followers is a very realistic goal reach hopefully by halfway through the year.

More Fashion Posts

In 2018 I really got into my fashion photography and grew a lot more comfortable in front of the camera rather than behind. I think some of my favourite photos from last year are of photos of me. In 2019 I want to create more fashion posts, be in front of the camera more and be more comfortable taking photos in random locations.

Get more creative

Over the past few months I feel like my photography style has become more creative, but I want to be even more creative. I want to go out and explore and take photos in new locations, I want to buy more props for flatlays and just create more content.

Grow my blog

I’m pretty sure this was on my list last year, but I definitely did not look after my blog this past year, I really neglected it and focused a lot more on Instagram. So in 2019 I will be posting twice a week (at least) for the whole year!

Cosy days in with Femme Luxe

Fashion

I was so very kindly let loose on the Femme Luxe website and aloud to pick out some dresses, as it is winter I decided to go for more of a cosy vibe.

The first dress is one of my favourites, it’s a gorgeous muted lilac, it just reminds me of cosy winter days all snuggled up watching your favourite. The jumper it’s self is quite thin, I don’t like a really heavy knit as I find them unflattering, but as this one is quite thin it really suits me.

The fit of the jumper dress is pretty much the prefect the length for me, I couldn’t get away with it being any shorter and calling it a dress.

Here is the link the dress

This black and white jumper dress is a really cute addition to my wardrobe, for me it is pretty much the perfect length, any one else over 5ft 3 would be wearing this as more of a jumper. But I think this will look really cute with tights and knee high boots and a big warm coat.

I love that the sleeves are wide and the block colours add a little something to the dress making it stand out.

You can find it here

Next up is this over sized sweatshirt, I own nothing like this nor have I seen anything like this in any other shop. I love the fact it’s a long hoody, which is perfect for cosy days.

You can find similar here

And last but not least we have this beautiful snake print shirt dress, I love the style of this dress as you can either dress it up or dress it down and it still looks good. As animal print is all in right now I figured I may as well jump on the band wagon and get in with the trend.

You can find similar here

Thanks for reading xx

Three Ways I’ve Changed My Skincare Routine

Beauty

1.

The first way I have changed my skincare routine is by adding a cleansing brush, the one I have recently been obsessed with is from Magnitone*. I love using this twice a day to completely cleanse my skin, afterwards my skin feels so soft and refreshed. I have found that this has helped greatly with the texture and tone of my skin, and in the most part any scaring from old spots has started to clear up. 

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Next up, I have found that using a liquid exfoliator has benefited my skin hugely. I have been using three exfoliating products, the first being Pixi Glow Tonic* which is a toner which contain Glycolic Acid which gently exfoliates the skin to leave it glowing. I use this every night after cleansing and masking.
Another product which is great at renewing your skin is The Body Shop Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel, massage this into to a dry face and your left with loads of little clumps which supposedly is dead skin cells. 
And lastly, the Lactic Acid from The Ordinary is a superficial peeling formula, I really find this helps my skin when I am having bad breakouts as it breaks them down and dries them out. 

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Lastly, I have stopped using ‘anti-aging’ moisturisers and started using moisturisers which are more suitable for my skin type, which currently is combination with fair few breakouts. My two top moisturisers for helping my current skin are the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream* and Simple Anti Blemish Moisturiser. These two moisturisers have helped my skin improve a lot as I am giving my skin what it needs currently.

Thanks for reading xx

Winter Beauty Holiday Staples

Beauty

Everyone (including myself) always gets so carried away with holiday staples for the summer, but as I am heading to Bruges next weekend I thought I would share some of my beauty staples I will be taking with me to keep my skin in good condition.

Lip Balm

Lip balm is a necessity no matter what the weather, and my go to is Glossier Balm Dot Com, I find this so thick and hydrating and it either apply it before lipstick so it hydrates my lips or add it after lipstick to create a more glossier effect. 

Red Lip

A red lip is an essential, for this 2 day trip I have packed 3 different shade of red lipstick which may seem a little overboard, but i just love a red lip and want to have options. I just love how a red lip can instantly revive a makeup look and you can go from looking tired and ready for bed to ready for dinner and cocktails.

Hydrating Moisturiser

When travelling it is so important to have a realy good hydrating moisturiser to apply before bed to keep your skin in tip top condition. My absolute favourite for travelling is Glossier Moon Mask, I like to apply this as my evening moisturiser instead of a mask. 

An SPF

Even though its winter it is still highly important to apply an SPF to your face as the sun can still do damage. A lot of the time I incorporate this into my routine by using a Primer or Foundation with SPF in. The primer I use is by Dermalogica SPF 30 and the Foundation is Mac Studio Fix SPF 15.

My new Adexe watch

Beauty

The lovely company Adexe contacted me for a second time to ask if I wanted another watch, it comes in brand new packaging which is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours and how well they work together, as the box of so pretty it means that you can actually have the box out on display to protect your watch when your not wearing it.

As it is autumn now I deceived to switch up my watch style, I decided to go for something a bit darker. This is the style Mac Grande in rose gold, you can find it here.

I love have sleek and stylish the watch is, it can be worn very casually or it would look lovely on a evening out.

My normal watch style if petite, as I always thought the grande would look too big, but I absolutely love it! I think it is such a statement piece and I will get a lot of wear out of it.

Another great thing about Adexe and your new watch is that they provide you with two straps, that way you can switch up your watch look so easily just by changing the straps.

If you want to buy your own make sure you use my discount code VICTORIA15 for 15% off your order.

Testing out a new cleansing brush| BEGlow PURA

Beauty

Skincare is my passion, I love to try anything and everything so when Be Glow got in contact for me to test out their new deep cleansing brush it was a dream come true. 

I’ve only had it a short while but as soon as I took it out the box I fell in love! Its nothing like I’ve used before, I have the Clarisonic Mia, but thats pretty hefty compared to this little dinky device. The device is so small and compact instantly making you love it. I already can tell this is going to be a staple in my cleansing routine and as its so tiny it means it’s perfect for travel!

The brush head is silicone, which is amazing for helping clear up troublesome skin as its so easy to clean and bacteria doesn’t get trapped like it would on a traditional brush. 

The first time I used this brush I didn’t read any instructions, I just tried and tested it on my own. There is only one button to turn it on which makes it really easy and simple to use.

I found that the brush did foam up my cleanser all so well, so I would definitely recommend massing it into your face using the brush so you get a deeper clean. I haven’t decided yet if I like the fact it doesn’t have a timer built in, where as some cleansing brushes time for a minute and switch off, this one doesn’t, meaning that you could get really carried away and be stood ages cleansing your face (but who wouldn’t like that?). 

Over all I think it is such a perfect addition to my skincare routine and I am sure I will be using it for the foreseeable future!

Thanks for reading xx

My top 5 skincare products | Summer

Beauty

Skincare is a huge passion of mine and I am so lucky now to be sent a huge selection from amazing brands, some of which will be featured in this post. Doing my morning and evening skincare is my one of my favourite parts of the day, I just love being able to use all my products and of course try new things out! But today we’re talking about my top 5, these are the ones who have changed the skincare game for me over the past month…

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse

Last month I was contacted by the Dermalogica team and asked to be a #skinfluencer which was totally amazing! I never thought I would be working with such a big brand, and one that does really effective skincare! Even though I love all the products I was sent I have two which really stand out from the rest of my collection, the first being the Pre Cleanse. The pre cleanse is an oil which melts impurities and make up from the skin, it literally gets rid of everything before you use your actual cleanser, it’s a sure way of making sure you are make up free especially before bed!

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

The second product from Dermalogica is the microfoliant, this bottle is full of a powder make from rice which once mixed with water realises papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes which polish the skin. It basically acts as a daily exfoliator, and contains other ingredients to help soothe and balance your skin tone. I love the fact it is in powder form, it’s such a unique idea!

Sanoflore Aqua Magnifica

This toner has fast become my favourite, I use it mornings and night to tone my skin. The smell alone is enough to make me love it, it smells so refreshing and clean which makes my skin feel really lovely afterwards. The toner is designed to release impurities, oxygenate skin, tighten pores and illuminate.

Arkana 360 i-TECH Detox Day

I have been using the Arkana detox mist for a couple of months now, I use it every morning after toner. It is a daily protective face spray, he ingredients help protect against harmful factors in the environment which I think is great especially in the summer when you are out in the sun more or on holiday. I find it really refreshing and my skin loves it!

Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask

Finally I have a favourite face mask of mine, you may see this one advertised all over Facebook (I do), basically it’s a pink face mask so what’s not to love? But it is also great for your skin, it brightens and detoxifies getting rid of spots and stopping spots appearing when used regularly. I also really love the smell of the mask, there’s just something so relaxing about wearing it and being able to smell it too!

What are your favourite skincare products at the moment? Xx

The shoes I’m obsessed with right now

Beauty

I was recently contacted by the website Everything5pounds.com and asked if I would like to promote some pieces from their site, I said yes, obviously! Over the summer I have placed a few orders on their site and actually love their shoe collection, especially their sandals more than anything else I had seen online or in shops. So I knew I would be able to find cute things that I could style. Just because it’s “cheap” doesn’t mean it’s a load of rubbish, they stock a lot of really great brands at a really low price. Although none of the shoes I bought were a specific brand, I have bought sandals from there in the past that were from Urban Outfitters. I think that is also a really great aspect of the site, you really don’t know what brand your buying until it turns up, if it’s a less known brand then that’s ok, if it’s a pretty good brand than you’ve got yourself a bargain! Either way, I think of you can find something on there for £5 I think you’ve got yourself a bargain, I sure know I have.

So, they let me pick 4 items and I got to choose from their whole site, I feel like buying clothes is a risky business especially when your not sure on the brands and the sizing, but instead buying shoes is a lot easier. I decided to pick out 4 pairs of shoes, I don’t know why I need 4 pairs, but their all mine now!

As it’s nearing the end of summer I wanted a really cute pair to see out the end of summer and the start or autumn. I have been eyeing up these pink tassel shoes for well over a month now, but I was a bit like “will I actually wear them?”. But as they were going to be free, I decided to bite the bullet and get them!

When I opened the package they were the first ones I pulled out and I knew straight away they were the ones for me! I’ve never had backless style or been one for tassels, but these shoes screamed my name!

They fit so well, I got a size 5 and they feel really comfy. I actually cannot get over how cute they are!

I absolutely love the look of them paired with the £10 Primark dress, I am attending a wedding reception in a couple of weeks time and this is going to be my outfit for sure!

Thanks for reading! Xx

The three tans I’m loving this summer

Beauty

This summer I have really been enjoying faking my tan, I have been sent so many fake tans I figured I would test them all out over the summer and I have found my top 3.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Mousse

I really like this self tanner because it is really easy and really quick to use, much like the other 3. To apply this one you do need a tanning mit, it’s so easy to apply all over your body and you can see an instant change in colour. I wore this one whilst I was still at work and I got so many compliments about it, about how natural it looked!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

The Isle of Paradise drops are super handy for tanning your face, just apply a few drops to your night moisturiser and you’ll wake up to a tanned face. It doesn’t look orange and it doesn’t look fake, it gives you a really natural glow and when I use them I feel like I can get away with no foundation that day. I don’t find that the colour last that long, probably because I exfoliate everyday. You can also mix these into your body moisturisers also.

Norvell Ultra Vivid Gradual Tan

I think out of all the tans I prefer this one, I love that you don’t need to wear a tanning kit to apply it, I love that you can see the colour and you instantly looked tanned and I love that it’s such a big bottle! The colour which develops is also super natural and doesn’t look orange, it looks much more like a natural sun tan, brown rather than umpa lumpa. This one looks a little scary at first when you apply it as it look really dark, but that blends out. Also, I feel like this is the only tan out of the three that does not smell! Even though the others say they don’t smell like self tan, they do!

What are you favourite tans? Xx

Becoming a #skinfluencer for Dermalogica

Beauty

Today’s blog post is pretty exciting because I can say with all the excitement that I am a #skinfluencer for Dermalogica! This is a pretty big deal, quite possibly one of the biggest companies I’ve ever worked with and they sent me an amazing package of skincare goodies to try out!

I am just obsessed with the packaging, so simple yet so chic and tidy looking. I am so grateful so be adding another 5 products to my skincare/makeup routine over the next few months!

The pre cleanse is such a unique idea to include in a skincare line, a lot of people hair assume because you’ve washed your face once or wiped it with a face wipe it’s clean, but the reality is that it isn’t, in fact there is loads of make up still left on your skin. The pre cleanse is an oil which you massage into your skin and it melts away make up and impurities creating a clean base for cleanser.

The special cleansing gel contains mint and lavender to soothe the skin and other ingredients which foam away toxins and debris, basically creating a squeaky clean face ready for the rest of your skincare routine. I really like the fact that it’s not heavily scented and it that it doesn’t contain soap!

This has to be my favourite product of the bunch, the daily microfoliant. This is a powder made from rice extract which when added to wet hands creates a scrub which gently exfoliates your skin to make it brighter whilst calming it. And the best part is, you can use it every day!

The final skincare product is a daily moisturiser, this is a skin smoothing cream, designed to soothe, hydrate, restore suppleness and tone.

I was also sent one make up product, the skin perfecting primer, this is the only one I have yet to try. It smoothes fine lines, brightens and preps the skin ready for make up. From my initial impressions of trying a small bit on my hand, the smell is amazing, and it comes out skin coloured which reminds me of Porefessional by Benefit, however I can see a glow so I am going to try this out tomorrow because I am so intrigued!

Have you tried any Dermalogica? Let me know in the comments! 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