jecca black. sculpt & soften palette

Beauty

I was very kindly sent the new Sculpt and Soften palette from Jecca. They are a brand who does not just aim makeup at females, instead they aim it for anyone which I think is a really great idea. The palette is also vegan and cruelty free.

The sculpt palette contains a cream highlighter which is the perfect shade for me, it is really creamy and light weight and will be perfect for my under eye area.

The contour shade is a lovely rich bronze shade, I use cream bronzers like this everyday anyway so this is the perfect addition to my collection.

I really like how compact the palette is as it will be ideal for travelling.

You can pick up your own palette here

Pixi LOVE

Beauty

You know that moment when you see everyone on Instagram receiving amazing PR packages and you just keep wishing and hoping that one day that might turn up on your doorstep… well it did! I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of Pixi Beauty, and it totally made my weekend receiving all this in one day.

Skincare is my ride or die, I live for it, and when it’s as pretty as this it’s hard not too! I received the WHOLE of the Pixi Beauty Rose range. I had only ever tried the rose toner previous to this so I was 
utterly taken back when I saw that I now owned ALL of this. Not only all of the products, but 
the beautiful travel bag it all came in! I am 100% taking this away with me on every holiday 
from now as it I love it. 
This bag contains everything, from make up wipes, toners, spritz, moisturisers and balms, it is just full of so many gems!
On the same day I also received a box of their new eye shadow palettes and three brushes! The shades are perfect and so pigmented. My favourite palette is the bottom one, containing the warmer shades. i love wearing the middle third row and the left third row down on their own, just for a pop of colour.

Thank you so much Pixi! ❤

Superdrug’s Hot Cloth Cleanser

Beauty

Whilst I was having a browse in Superdrug I came across their own brand of skincare, I’m all up for trying out a cheaper version of more expensive brands so I decided to pick up the hot cloth cleanser which is a dupe for Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser. I have used a sample sized of the Liz Earl in the past, I liked it, but not enough to warrant spending £16 on a product just remove make up.

The Hot Cloth Cleanser from Superdrug was less than £3, I think normally its £6, but there is normally a deal or two on in there.
The cleanser contains kiwi and mulberry to revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone, the coco butter melts into the skin and removes the make up.



I love using this every night to remove my make up, I love the fact you can massage it into your skin and actively see the makeup melting away. I prefer using this to a make up wipe as I find it removes make up a lot more efficiently. Once the formula is massages into your skin, rinse the cloth under warm water and gently wipe away your make up. This cloth is very quick drying which I like as I don’t have to wait hours for it dry so I can pack it away.

So, overall I love this version of hot cloth cleanser, I love the smell, I love how well it removes make up and I love the price. I will definitely be repurchasing a few more bottles of this whilst it is on offer.

The ultimate glow from Pixi Beauty

Beauty

On Christmas Eve this amazing surprise arrived from Pixi Beauty, I had no idea it was on its way and I had no idea that I was even worthy of receiving it! But this package in itself is a great way to finish the year off!

The Pixi Glow Tonic has been my go to toner for a couple of years now, I have experimented with other glycolic timers but I always come back to this one. It’s very gentle on your skin but you can definitely noticed the difference when you use it. I find it very good to use when I am having a bad breakout as exfoliates the skin and dries up my spots.

This is a massive 200ml of the toner, which is also personalised! I have never had a skincare or make or product with my name of it before so this is pretty out of this world. I am beyond grateful for this huge bottle of glorious glow and cannot wait to use it throughout 2019.

I want to say a huge thank you to Pixi Beauty for sending me this xx

My favourite make up products of 2018

Beauty

This post could be full of loads of make up items, but I have been really strict and just chosen products which have been my ultimate ‘go to products’ of last year, the products which I come into 2019 still reaching for.

First up we have the ultimate red lip, this is YSL 201. This is my all time favourite shade to wear, it works for both summer and winter and gives the ultimate ‘made up’ look.

Next is the best eye shadow palette ever created, Urban Decay Naked Heat! I have not stopped using it, every where I go the palette goes too, it’s been on countless holidays and airplanes. The palette contains my absolute favourite shades, the warm tones work for me all year round and I just could not be more in love with a palette if I tried.

Last year was really the year of investing my skincare, one company who’s products has changed the skincare and make up game for me is Dermalogica. I am one of their Skinfluencers, so I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely package of products back the summer which contained the Skin Perfect primer. This is such an amazing primer, it is SPF 15 and creates a really great base for the best of your make up as well as making it last a long time.

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz is my most use highlighter, this is a cream formula so it instantly creates a gorgeous natural glow.

My absolute favourite cream bronzer from Tanya Burr Cosmetics has just been discontinued and I have just ran out it, I have gone through so many of these as I love it so much, it was the perfect shade for me.

I havn’t really been a big CC Cream fan, that was until I was sent one from Erborian. This one creates a really nice natural looking base for when you don’t want to wear a heavy foundation.

My go to blush of the summer was definitely Benefit Galifornia, I literally love using this just for the smell, I could sit and sniff it all day long!

And lastly, two palettes that are both equally as good as each other are the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette and the Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Edit palette. These are both really good versatile palettes perfect for all year round.

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

January Goals

Beauty

I thought I would start a little series on my blog with goals for each month, I figured this would be a good way to give myself things to aim for and try and achieve.

Stop number watching

Number watching on Instagram is my number one thing I seem to have an unhealthy obsession over, I am constantly checking how many likes and followers I have, and I need to stop it! So my aim for January is to decrease it, and not to worry about how many likes photos has, as long as I like the photo I’ve uploaded, who cares?

Plan

As January is a bit of a slow month with regards to getting out and doing stuff, I want to plan blog content and start to plan some trips for their year. That being said I do have a trip to Amsterdam coming up, but I need more!

Scrapbook

I have written a whole blog post about starting to scrapbook and plan on doing a few more whilst I get creative, but I really want to try and stay up to date with my 2019 scrapbook as-well as complete the 2018 one!

Comment more & have captions

Over the past year on Instagram I’ve been so bad at responding to comments and commenting on others peoples posts. So from now on I will respond to all comments on my posts and comment on at least one persons post each day.

I also got into a bad habit of just uploading a photo without saying anything, I’d just use an emoji or a basic title. From January 1st I will actually write something in my caption, be it relevant to the photo or not!

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!

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. 

2.

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. 

3.

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 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