Styling the wooden watch | gifted

Beauty

I was very kindly gifted this beautiful wooden watch from JORD watches, it is so different to anything else I’ve every owned and very unique.

JORD pronounced Yode, make and sell hand crafted watches for men and women made from natural materials. The one I am styling is the Frankie series and can be found below.

https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie-II/women?gO=m

The watch is really comfy to wear and looks great layer over the top of a jumper as it’s still way to cold to not wear sleeves. I was a bit worried it would look a bit too bulky and masculine but I don’t think that’s the case at all, I think it fits in well with my style and compliments the light colours I wear.

If you would like to purchase your own watch you can follow the link below for 20% off your order.

https://www.woodwatches.com/ga/toriiitoriii

The cutest phone cases from CaseApp | gifted

Beauty

Caseapp got in contact and asked if I wanted to try out two of their phone cases, since having my new phone I’ve only bought cases from Ebay, and their just not that great.
I picked two new cases from Caseapp which I absolutely love, they have a huge collection to choose from and they even allow you to customise your case either with your initials or your own photos.

There are two different case styles to choose from, slim and tough. I chose the tough case as I thought my phone could do with a little bit more protection.

The cases are such good quality and last a really long time. I chose to get mine in matte as I preferred the way that looked over the gloss.

They are a wonderful unique gift for anyone who loves their phone, and lets face it who doesn’t.

Check them out here

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The £10 midi dress from Primark you all need

Beauty

This dress is the perfect autumnal piece of clothing, its a midi dress with a slide split from Primark. Not only was it super affordable at £10, it’s super soft! When I initially saw this dress, I liked it, but not enough to get it. So, I ended up going into Primark for the second time in a day to pick it up because I knew I needed it.

The dress is super flattering and I loved the idea of pairing it with a cropped knit over the top to give it the look of a midi skirt.

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}

Travel

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

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Buying shell jewellery from EBay

Beauty

This year the shell seems to be the hot accessory, so I have gone through the whole of Ebay and picked up some of the best things. I have linked everything down below with the prices. I can already tell some of this will be a one wonder wear, like the gold chocker as I reckon it will tarnish, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get a bit more wear out of the other more hard wearing pieces.

Real Sea Shell Dangle Hook Earrings  £3.49

 

Testing the Leighton Denny Tanning range {gifted}

Beauty

I recently just got sent the brand new tanning range from Leighton Denny, I get sent so may tans, and I never really get around to reviewing them, so I have made a conscious effort this month to review these.

My initial impressions are that the products have a really cool and sleek feel to them, they are not overly bulky or huge bottles that you are never going to finish, instead they are the perfect size. I also like the fact that the bottles are black, meaning that no matter how many fake tan accidents you have it wont show and the bottle wont start to look manky and brown. 

I really like that Leighton has bought out a face tan along with body tans. There is a gradual tanner, which is normally my go to keep my tan topped up during the summer months and then an tanning mousse which develops in a few hours. 

My experience

Last night I tested out the mousse and the face tan, this morning when I woke up I looked like I had just nipped over to the Caribbean over night.

Applying the mousse was a really nice experience, the tanning mit that comes with the products had more of a silk feel to it, so the product glided on really smoothly. It did have a guide colour so it was easy to see where you had applied it.

When I woke up in the morning I was very very dark, bordering on the lines of too dark. I panicked and jumped in the shower with a body scrub hoping to undo the bits which had turned really bad. the worse bits, were my hands and feet, which I feel always are the hardest part of your body to tan. But once I was out of the shower and the guide colour had washed away I was looking a lot more bronzed than umpa lompa. I definitely look more brown than orange, but I would say it’s just a little bit outside my comfort zone for the moment, come the summer months when I have a natural tan I think it will look amazing.

The facial tan seems to have a very similar concept to the mousse, it seems to have developed over night and is not a gradual face tan which is what I’ve previously tried from other brands. Once again, I think this will be better suited for me in the summer months with a natural tan. I also like that the moisturiser contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin e so its also a pretty good night cream!

Ways to combat that Sunday night feeling

Beauty

Over the past few months, the typical Sunday night thought of “it’s Monday tomorrow” has been looming over me. I have developed my own coping tactics on Sunday afternoon/evening to help distract me and get me ready for the week ahead.

To start with, I have made Sunday my ‘Pamper Day’. I have a full on pamper, multiple face masks, foot masks, gel nails hair masks and just anything else which I could pamper myself with. As a few of these things are quite practical, I find it quite helpful as it keeps me busy and prevents my mind from wandering.

I like to get everything ready for the morning, I get my lunch ready, my bag ready and get out my outfit so it is ready and I’m not left faffing around when it gets to 8am.

I also find that having a clean room is also great, I tidy up, pack everything away and make sure everything is organised. I find organising very therapeutic so this is great when I am feeling on the stressed/anxious side of things.

I also like to make sure I’ve got something good to watch to wind down at the end of the afternoon evening. I am a Youtube addict so that can keep me occupied for hours, but I also find watching a series can be pretty good. I do find it hard to get fully invested in shows, so when I find one I like it do tend to binge watch, my go to show at the moment is The Purge!

Zoella x Colourpop Makeup Collection

Beauty

When I saw the launch of this collaboration, I was going to buy anything, but as the day went on I decided I NEEDED just a few things from it, so I went ahead and ordered it as it was free shipping to the UK.

I really only picked up things I knew I would use, I really loved the look of the palette, but it was nothing different to other palettes I already owned, so I refrained, along with the red lipstick (which I massively regret not buying).

I chose the blush, as I don’t own a lot of blushes, a liquid eyeshadow as I don’y own any! and finally a liquid matte lipstick as I wanted to try the formula out. My total came to $25 which I don’t think is a bad price for three really good quality products. 

I have had the liquid matte lipsticks a few years ago, and I wasn’t that impressed with them, I found them to be really drying and they peeled off my lips. But as Zoe always raves about them, and she has created her own shade I figured they had changed the formula, and they have. I chose the shade @me, this is a pinky nude, pretty much my perfect everyday lip. 

The blush is absolutely beautiful, the packaging is really cute and its such a nice big size. The shade is also a really good match for me for my everyday makeup.   

Dermalogica |Skinfluencer {gifted}

Beauty

As a Dermalogica ‘Skinfluencer’ I am so lucky to receive amazing skincare which actually works on with my skin. I happened to upload an instagram story saying how I’d ran out of the Daily Microfoliant and Dermalogica messaged saying they would send me a new one, along with everything I received in my initial parcel.

I love using Dermalogica so much, I truly feel it is one of the only brands which actively helps my skin and prevents breakouts. I do use other skincare, but in the evenings I religiously stick to the Pre Cleanse, Cleanser and Microfoliant and I this has really helped.

Their primer is actually my favourite primer of all time, I used to love Benefit Porefessional, but the Dermalogica one has the same texture, but contains SPF, therefore making it a little bit better dare I say.

Dermalogica have also just released their new Prisma Protect SPF 30 daily moisturiser which seems amazing, I have yet to try it out as I am saving it for my summer holiday as I like to be bougie on holiday with expensive brands.

Assome! Bum Toner {gifted}

Beauty

I was recently contacted by the brand ASSOME! and asked if I wanted to try out their Ultrasonic Massager, I decided it would be a good idea with a few holidays coming up, and there was no harm in trying.

They claim “ASSOME! Ultrasonic Massager. It combines 3 cutting edge technologies – LED, radiofrequency and ultrasonic waves to fight cellulite and help lift and firm your booty in the comfort of your home”

So I am super excited to give it a go over the next three months and report back.

The kit retails for around £150, as it’s quite pricey I’m expecting to see results! I am going to use the device 3 times a week for the next three months, I have a ‘before’ photo so I can compare it at the end of the three months.

The kit comes with a gel, and 3 different serums (although I seem to have got a double of one). The kit online says this is a “one month supply”, so I am intrigued to see that after I’ve used up all the products will the device still be as effective?

So I shall see you back here in three months time and let you know how I got on!

New Hair Products | ESALON {gifted}

Beauty

I have recently just been gifted all these lovely hair products, as someone who refuses to spend money on their hair and would much rather spend money on skincare, I really am excited to give these a go.

At £13 a bottle for the shampoo and conditioner I can definitely say this is the most luxury product my hair has had, and probably will have.

My hair is pretty ok most the time, but occasionally it does get a bit dry, so the moisture shampoo and conditioner will be great for locking in the moisture, especially in the hotter months.

I am a huge lover of leave in conditioner, this one provides moisture and stops frizz all day long, another product perfect for the summer. Along with the leave in conditioner, I was also sent some hair oil, I love oil in the summer, when I’m on holiday and I’m doing minimal hair styling, it works so perfectly to tame my hair and make it look healthy.

You can check out their website here to get products suitable to your hair.