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

Xx

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

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

Porto Travel Diary

Travel

Last month I jetted off to Porto, Portugal for a couple of days of sunshine before the winter hits.

Day 1

We arrived late in the afternoon so we headed down to the waterfront and to the bridge to take some quick photos before heading to Hard Rock Cafe for dinner.

Day 2

We purchased a tourist bus 2 day ticket to find our way around the city, we did both loops this morning and spotted my favourite ice cream shop “Amorino” to get the flower ice cream from.

We then headed up to the top of the bridge to take some photos over looking the water and the city.

Day 3

On the final day we headed over to the furthest point on the bus which was to the beaches, we took a long walk back walking along the coastline which was beautiful.

We then found the most “beautiful fast food restaurant in the world”, the McDonald’s Imperial for a pretty classic shot outside it.

And finally before heading back to the hotel to pick up our luggage to go home we found “Porto Chips” which does chips/crisps on a stick which tasted pretty good!

Lastly, I really wanted to recreate this photo I saw on Instagram, surprisingly it wasn’t as hard to do as it looks!

Thanks for reading xx

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.

The perfect autumnal outfit

Beauty

It’s autumn!

I can’t believe summer is over already and we’re now well and truly in autumn, the nights are creeping in sooner and the temperatures dropping. But all of that means… being cosy, wearing cosy clothing and having cosy evenings. My first blog post for autumn is all about this perfect autumnal outfit.

Every thing I am wearing for today’s post is from last year apart from the cosiest, cutest cream/jumper from Femme Luxe (Click here to go to their website ).

I was very kindly able to pick out a few items from their site in order to create some really lovely autumnal looks, however the other 2 jumpers I chose do not fit me, but at least one does and that is all that matters!

As soon as I felt this jumper I knew it was a keeper, it is one of the softest jumpers I have in my wardrobe right now and that makes it perfect for autumn and winter. The jumper is also 30% wool which means it’s super warm anyway without having to layer too much on top or underneath.

I love the oversized sleeves and how cropped it is, this makes it so easy to wear with high waisted skirts.

You can purchase the jumper here

I find the fit of this jumper really flattering, it’s the perfect cropped length to wear with skirts and the over sized arms make it super cosy! This is definitely a new staple in my wardrobe and I know I will get a lot of wear out of this over autumn and winter! I’m not normally a white jumper kind of girl (because I normally spill anything and everything down me) but I love the look of this one so much!

A huge thank you to Femme Luxe for sending me it!

Check out my Instagram @toriiitoriii to stay up to date with what I’m up too 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

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

The prettiest lipsticks | Winky Lux

Beauty

A while ago I was sent some new lipsticks from Winky Lux which is a new brand selling in Boots, these have to be some of the prettiest lipsticks I now own! The packaging alone is gorgeous and the actual product is so unique!

I was lucky enough to be sent a lip gloss, lipstick and a lip balm, I decided I would take these on holiday as I though they would make the perfect holiday lip products and they did.

Disco Kitten Gloss

Have you ever seen something so glittery and pink! This is a major throwback to the 90s lip product, back to your childhood days! Unfortunately this is the one product I have yet to actually wear because I haven’t felt brave enough to rock a glitter lip! It is really pigmented and so glittery!

Lip Velour in the shade Heart

Pretty much all year round red is my go to lip shade, I love a red lip so finding new ones to add to my collection is just great. I think a really unique thing about the Winky Lux products is the size, they are much small and more compact than a tradition lipstick. This makes it so much easier to stick in your handbag and be able to use on the go. I wore this one night on holiday and found the lipstick was really easy to apply, it was really creamy and blended well, I’m sure it would of lasted a long time but I had to take off before I ate or I would of looked like a clown!

Winky Lux Glimmer Balm

I LOVE this balm so much! Basically I fell in love with the packaging, because how can you not, plus how beautiful is it on the inside! This is a colour changing lip balm which I believe changes shades on different people due to the ph levels on your lips. This is so easy to wear and just chuck on if your just spending the day at the pool or beach and want a bit of colour but not a full on lipstick. Even though it looks really glittery I didn’t find it came out to glittery on my lips which is good because I don’t want to look like a disco ball!

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