Freshly Cosmetics last big launch of the year | gifted

Beauty

One brand that I have been supporting over the past year is Freshly Cosmetics, I have been lucky enough to try out a lot of their products and I am always beyond impressed with them. Their last big launch of the year are three beautiful face masks which I have the pleasure of trying out over the next few weeks.

There is nothing I love more than a face mask, I can talk about my love of them for days, if not months. So when they said they were sending me the set of masks I was pretty excited to see what they were like.

There are three masks which make it ideal for any skin type, I feel like they really do cater for everyone and their skin needs. I really like the sound of all of them and will be using all of them over time.

The smell of each mask is really unique, the smells all really match the names. The energy mask smells like oranges and is very fresh, and the relaxing mask reminds me off eating sweets.

Each mask has a different texture, the relaxing mask and energy mask have a very jelly like thin texture, where as the purifying mask has much more a solid clay texture.

I cant wait to test these all out, head over to my Instagram @toriiitoriii for updates when I use them.

*contains gifted products*

Buying shell jewellery from EBay

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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

 

What’s in my travel makeup bag | ft The Flat Lay Co {gifted}

Beauty

Todays post is all about the make up I am taking with me to Genoa, featuring the beautiful Flat Lay Co makeup bag*. This was sent to me a little while ago and I have been waiting patiently to be able to use it, and I figured this short trip would be perfect. I was a bit sceptical about whether all my make up would fit, but it actually did. This is my second Flat Lay Co bag, they are so handy when it comes to travelling as it’s so easy to lay all your make up out and not worry about getting it on the white hotel bed sheets. 

You can check out their website here or on Asos.

I decided for this trip that I would try and pack light and only take what I am going to use, so I think I have in the main part done so. 

I have picked the Dermalogica Primer* as this is my favourite primer that own right now, it is very similar to Benefit Porefessional, but contains SPF making it perfect for holidays. 

As for foundation I decided to stick with Mac Studio Fix as I know this lasts a long time and also contains SPF making it ideal for sunny weather. A newer concealer I am taking is from Thin Lizzy*, this was sent to me a while back and I was obsessed with thier foudnation, so I’m hoping I will feel the same about the concealer. This concealer is also good for under the eyes and on areas which need more coverage. 

The cream bronzer I am packing is from Primark, it was only £2.50 and I needed a new one as I had run out of my favourite one. Although this one is a little bit too dark for me on a daily basis, I’m hoping that once I’ve tanned it will match my body pretty well. 

To set my face I will be using the MUA Cosmetics loose powder in translucent, I use this on a daily basis and keeps my face looking pretty matte all day long. To bronze I will be using Hoola Bronzer from Benefit as this is my go to holiday bronzer as it’s on the more intense darker side. 

To add some colour to my cheeks I have packed the Zoella x Colourpop brush as this is a really pretty pink shade. And then to finish off my face make up I have chosen Glossier Haloscope in Quartz as my highlighter as this gives a lovely dewy finish. 

For mascara I have chosen to take the Natural Collection waterproof mascara, I chose to go with a waterproof one just so it will last longer in the heat and not sweat off. For my eye shadow I have opted for the Urban Decay Aphrodisiac palette and a Zoella x Colourpop liquid shadow in OG.

To define my brows I have packed my new eye brow hd pencil from Sainsbury’s which I am pretty obsessed with, and Loreal Brow Plumper to set them in place.

Finally, for my lips I have packed YSL 201, MAC Viva Glam 2 and MAC Fashion Legacy as I like to go for a very bold bright lip on holiday.

Trying out Natural Collection Makeup

Beauty

I think we can all fall into the hype of only using certain brands, or brands which we see all over the internet, but recently I’ve started lowering the price point of my makeup, and seeing if the cheaper versions are as good as the more expensive. So today I will be sharing my opinions on Natural Collection which can be bought at Boots, everything in their line is super affordable and everything is under £3. I decided to try out a waterproof mascara, and two highlighters.

I picked up this mascara as it was waterproof and I needed a new waterproof one for work, I think the packaging is super cute and I love the design. I wasn’t expecting a lot from it as it’s really cheap and I initially was not very impressed with the brush, I like a more rounder fluffy brush. But I am happy to say that this brush applied the mascara so well, it was really easy to build up and create volume and length without it going clumpy! 

Next up, I saw these highlighter sticks, I LOVE the Glossier Haloscope, so I was hoping I would be able to find a cheap dupe and be happy. This is in the shade Coral Glow, the colour instantly reminds me of Nars Orgasm which is great! I feel like this is much more of a blush shade, rather than a highlighter, but I will experiment more with it as a highlighter in the summer once I have more of a tan. 
The product blends really easy and it’s really easy to build up to create a more vibrant shade. As a highlighter, not really my thing, but as a blush, it’s perfect. 

The second highlighter I picked up was in the shade Rose Glow, this is much more a icy cooler tone, which does remind me of Haloscope! It is much more like a highlighter than the pinky shade, it blends really well and has an amazing sheen to it!

I would say Natural Collection Makeup is worth the money, it’s worth trying to see what products you can switch out and how to save a little bit of money! 

Dermalogica |Skinfluencer {gifted}

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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.

New in: Freshly Cosmetics {gifted}

Beauty

Today I will be sharing a skincare brand that I really love, Freshly Cosmetics. Over the past year they have gifted me so many of their amazing products and so I thought I would share the most recent products from them.

They sent over a beautiful box which contained three of their staples for radiant skin, it contained an oil, eye serum and face serum.
I have started using the oil in my skincare routine nightly and love it, it really hydrates my skin. As it contains oils which help repair the skin, it is working wonders on my scars from spots!
I have also been using the eye serum, I apply this before the oil and allow time to sink in. I find it really refreshing and a great way to give your eye area a little massage before bed.
And lastly, a top up of the radiance serum. This serum comes out blue, and it sits on your face all night working its magic until you wash it off the next day.

And lastly, they have just launched a cleanser which is by far one of the cutest bottles I’ve seen. It smells amazing and is so gentle on your skin, I particularly like using this one in the morning just to refresh my skin.

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.



Pixi Skin treats {gifted}

Beauty

Last week I received this wonderful parcel from Pixi Beauty, again! I still cannot believe I have made it onto their PR list and now receive amazing this like this so often!

Skin care is my absolute favourite thing to try out, especially masks, so the fact that this came with loads of different masks to try out is brilliant.

I have never tried any of the Pixi masks before, but it’s safe to say that on the day I received them, I did some multi masking and tested out a few.

I use their Glow Tonic every night, so I was really happy to see that they do matching sheet masks! And, also really love that I now have 30 pairs of eye masks!

The Peel & Polish will be a new staple in my skincare routine as I can see this helping my skin out, by sorting out the texture along with the Glow Mud Mask.

I cannot wait to test all of these out and start including them in my skincare routine!

Thank you so much Pixi for sending me all of this to try out!

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

Positive changes to help with mental wellbeing

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Todays post is all about those little positive changes we all need to make in order to feel better about the day ahead.

Getting up earlier

From now until the Easter holidays I am challenging myself to get up earlier, to have more time to relax before starting my day, to be able to wash my face and have a good breakfast.

Fresh Flowers

I have decided that starting from February payday, I shall buy myself a bunch of flowers each week. I think this will help add a pop of colour to my room, and brighten up my day, and they also look cute in photos.

Grow some plants

Now that spring and summer are approaching, I want to start a little herb potted garden. I plan to buy some basil, mint and anything else Asda stocks and create a little garden, in my garden to grow these plants. These will also be a great addition to drinks and food so that’s an added bonus.

Find a new hobby

I struggle a lot in the winter, but as summer starts approaching I do get a more positive outlook on life, that being said I do find it very tedious finishing work at the same time everyday and then having the whole evening free. I have decided to start baking, my aim was to bake once every weekend, but I also want to bake one night a week too to keep me occupied.

Pamper time

Of course no me time is complete without a pamper session. My aim is to have a full head to toe pamper once a week, more than likely on a Sunday afternoon to get myself ready for work again. Im talking, hair mask, face mask, gel nails and fake tan, the lot.

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

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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