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

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

Maxi dress loving | Lesara

Fashion

A few weeks ago a website called Lesara got in contact and asked if they could send me a whole outfit to feature on my Instagram. Of course I said yes, I picked a dress, sandals and a bag. I originally wanted to create one whole outfit, but they were quickly selling out of everything I wanted to buy so in the end I ended up picking mismatched items so I couldn’t t pair them all together.

I picked this beautiful dress, as soon as I saw it on the site I knew it was the one for me.

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

Everyday Beauty Heroes

Beauty

Today I’m sharing my everyday beauty essentials, these are products which I reach for near enough on a daily basis either when getting ready in the morning or getting ready for bed.

Dry Shampoo

I’m 99% sure dry shampoo or a substitute (talc) features in every girls morning process, if there is one thing I can’t stand it is greasy looking hair. As I use oil in my hair after washing my hair looks greasy by the morning, so dry shampoo is a staple.

Perfume 

Another item I’m sure exists in everyone’s routine is the spritzing of perfume or a body spray, who doesn’t want to smell nice the whole day and receive compliments? My go to perfumes for smelling amazing are Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, this is a fresh floral scent which lingers for the whole day! My second pick is Wanderlust by Michael Kors which is a warm woody smell, this one will be particularly  great for summer!

Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm 

For the past few weeks I have been using the beauty balm as an extra moisturiser over night, I like to apply it to places which needs some extra loving such as under my eyes, around my nose, lips and on my forehead. The smell really reminds me of a spa, which makes it great for applying just before getting into bed as I find it relaxing.

Plum & Ashley Honey & Jojoba Oil Handcream

Hand cream is a fairly new addition to my beauty routine, but I figured I should take care of the skin on my hands as they probably take the most battering from the weather. I have been using this one from Plum & Ashley as I find it really hydrating, it rubs in easily and the smell is not to over powering.

Skin + Earth Face Scrub 

In order to keep my skin looking glowy, fresh and rejuvenated I like to use a face scrub 2 – 3 times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and get the blood pumping. This face scrub from Skin + Earth is all natural and it feels so great on my skin!

Do you have any beauty essentials? Let me know in the comments.

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 

What’s in the box? January Cohorted Box

Beauty

The lovely company Cohorted have sent me a third box to test out and review which is super nice them! I love receiving these boxes as I always know it will be amazing quality and this month has to be my favourite so far! This post is a little late going up as I had no time to take any photos since it arrived as I was away on holiday for two weekends! But now I’m back for a weekend I can finally get cracking with the photos…

I love skincare products, more than make up products I think so this box is a great one this month! It contains mainly facial products, a few body products and one make up product.

Skin Chemist Anti Ageing Charcoal Pore Peeling Mask

First up is my favourite one in the box, it’s the Skin Chemist Anti Ageing Charcoal Pore Peeling Mask. This is exactly what it says on the box, I have used this so much since receiving it, I like to use it every other night to give my skin a little boost. It also feels so good when you feel it off and it feels like it is giving your skin a really good clean as you peel.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

When I saw that this was Sunday Riley product I got a little excited! I’ve seen and heard so many good things about this brand but have never gone out and bought anything myself. I’m really looking forward to trying this out, but as it’s only 30ml I will save this for a holiday as it’s the perfect travel size!

Lancôme Renergie Multi Lift

Next is an anti aging day cream from Lancôme, these are handy little moisturises for travelling or keeping in your handbag just in case you need some extra moisture when your out and about.

Wish Formula The Mask With Centella Honey Fermented Serum

This is a Korean face mask so automatically you know it’s gonna be a good one! The mask is designed to moisture and repair your skin. These type of masks are one of my favourites as they are really easy to apply and they feel really refreshing on your skin.

Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Setting Mist

This little beauty is also a very exciting product as I have never tied anything from Marc Jacobs before! This is the Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist which revives your glow and sets your make up. It hydrates your skin as well as keeping your make up in place all day!

Urban Veda Body Products

And lastly we have three body products from Urban Veda, a body wash, body lotion and body scrub whichall contain a lot of natural ingredients and smell amazing! I can’t wait to use these as they hydrate your skin, help with skin repair, soothe and boost circulation.

If you like the look of this box and want to subscribe head over to their website to check them out Here

Thanks for reading

Victoria xx

Bourjois Influenster Box

Beauty

When this little box turned up on my doorstep I was rather excited, this is the second box I have revived free from Influenster. Influenster is a website (app) where you can review your favourite products and you can get picked to review brands by receiving the products free. This box contains some rather lovely Bourjois goodies which all look amazing!

When I opened the box I really did not expect to see this many products! I have only ever tried on concealer from Bourjois and that was it, now I have had a full chance to try loads! The box contained a foundation, concealer, blusher, mascara and 3 metallic lip creams.

The foundation has been on my list to try for quite a while, but I’m always hesitant about trying new foundations because I need them to last and hold up throughout the day. I was so presently surprised after trying this one out!

It has really good coverage and blends lovely, it doesn’t even look like you have foundation on which I really like. The bottle says it lasts for 16 hours, but I have only tried it for about 10 hours and I’m pretty impressed with it. I have been wearing it every day for work since receiving it instead of my trusty Mac foundation and don’t plan on switching back any time soon.

They also sent the matching concealer which once again I am really impressed with. I already own the Radiance Reveal concealer and love that, this one lives up to the same high standards!

This mascara is my go to right now, it’s the only one I’ve been using for about 3 weeks! It gives so much volume and length and makes your lashes look like supermodels!

The eye shadow palette is really pretty and I love concept of only have a few shades but I tend to stay away from cool tones, that being said I have worn this once so far and I didn’t totally hate it on me. With a little bit of a warm toned brown added I can make it work for me!

The metallic lip creams are less up my street, I would have much preferred the lipsticks instead because I just won’t get the wear out of these. I may wear the pink one over Christmas but dont hold me to it!

The product itself is really soft and they glide on really easy making for great application.

Have you tried anything from Bourjois?

Victoria xx

Mini Christmas Lush Haul

Beauty

Welcome back again! I’m on a roll with blogging and am loving it again! I finally got around to paying Lush a visit and picking up two Christmas goodies!

Lush is always one of my favourite shops to visit, shopping online just doesn’t to it justice! I love that you can smell it before you see it and that instantly drawers you in and makes you spend spend spend.

Going into Lush can be quite over whelming so it’s best to do your research and figure out what you want before you go. I had been going onto their website weekly trying to make my mind up about what I needed.

I ended up buying the very traditional Snow Fairy shower gel which I get every year, this is the best smelling shower gel in the world! It’s a really mouthwatering smell, and it makes you want to actually just lick the bottle when your using it.

As I love the smell of Snow Fairy so much I knew that I had to buy the Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb, this smells exactly the same! My room also now smells amazing because the smell is so strong it travels! I have never had this bomb before so I’m really looking forward to using on my Christmas Eve pamper night!

What are your favourite things to pick up from Lush?

Victoria

Stocking Filler Ideas

Beauty

This is the one and only gift guide type post I am doing this year, I really have no idea what to buy anyone but I managed to come up with a few items which would easily make really cute stocking fillers.

Personally, I have picked out everything which I would love to receive in a stocking and as I still insist that my mum makes me a stocking I have guided her along the same lines as this guide. Christmas can’t be Christmas without being cosy and warm so I picked out two pair of cute slippers from Primark, these are between £3 and £3.50 so they make the perfect little gift. Going along with a cosy night in, hot chocolate makes for the perfect festive drink and when shopping for all your festive food this may be something you over look yourself! Ofcourse whilst your drinking chocolate you should be eating it aswell, so chocolate makes for perfect little pieces especially to snack on Christmas morning.

Candles are another essential, Yankee Candles especially male for the perfect gift as their small, smell great and look cute! They are also great for when you want a festive smell but don’t want a huge jar candle that takes months to burn.

A cute or festive phone case is great for anyone who likes to switch up their style and maybe try something a little more snazzier for Christmas. I love the rose gold diamond case from Shop Love Cases, this is so sparkly and festive and will add a pop of glam to an outfit. I then have also picked out a really cute Santa case which is from EBay, this is the perfect fun Christmas case!

Gift cards are another really good gift if you don’t really know what to buy, you can buy gift cards for many shops so the possibilities are endless.

Next up I have picked out a few skincare products which make great gifts, what better gift than a pamper product!

I absolutely love the What’s in it for me Body Scrub and I’m sure everyone else will love it too! It’s the smell which makes this product as real staple in my routine and such a lovely product to use as a treat. Another great smelling product is the Bilou Shower Foam, this is a really cute product which smells great and is a little bit more unique than a normal shower gel.

Ofcourse I can’t do a gift guide without my favourite skin care product, face masks. I have picked out two face masks from the brand Janna, these are really great because you can get them to suit the person your buying them for.

A pretty glitter nail polish is always a great gift to receive, my favourite glitters are by Barry M and Tanya Burr Cosmetics. Glittery nail polish is a great way to add a pop is shimmer to your wintery look.

And finally some of my favourite products from Glossier. These are for the true beauty lover, buying anyone a flavour of the Balmdotcom will get you in the good books, all the flavours are lovely and the product is really good! I have also been obsessed with the Milky Jelly Cleanser, this is more on the expensive side of the cleaners but definitely good for a treat.

What’s on your list?

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