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

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

 

Positive changes to help with mental wellbeing

lifestyle

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.

Spring afternoons | {gifted} Femme Luxe Jumpers

Beauty

Just as the nicer weather is coming our way I thought I would share some new jumpers which were sent to me from FemmeLuxe. I got to pick which clothing I wanted to try, and as it turns out, I ended up picking the same jumper but in four different colours.

The first jumper is in a really lovely camel shade, I have never owned anything in this colour before, and I actually really like it. 
The style of these jumpers feels very 70’s to me, especially the camel colour. The material itself is really thick and you can definitely tell it is good quality and will last you until next winter.


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/camel-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber
Next up is an army green shade, I think this is one of my favourite shades, like the camel one, I 
have never owned anything this shade so it’s nice to add it to my wardrobe. 


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/khaki-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber

I decided to try a mustard shade too, I think it goes really well with the tan skirt. I think the 
oversized sleeves as a little something to the jumpers, they make it stand out from other brands and I feel like the are quite flattering.


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/collections/mustard-jumpers/products/mustard-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber
And lastly, this beautiful pink, I did intend on wearing this with black wet
look leggings and going for the ‘cool’ look, but I stupidly picked up my work trousers instead, so pink skirt it was. 


https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/pink-extreme-polo-neck-oversized-jumper-amber

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

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.

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

Lost in the sunflowers

Beauty

How is summer pretty much over, the past 6 weeks of my holidays actually seem like the longest 6 weeks ever, I’ve done so much, had so much fun and really enjoyed my summer.

I am lucky enough to live really close to a sunflower field, so I took a visit (well 2 visits) there to get some snaps before summer disappeared.

The field was huge and there were so many sunflowers which meant it was great for plenty of photo opportunities!

My shorts are originally from New Look but I picked these up from a charity shop for only £3! I have been loving buying bargains, either from car boots or charity shops, it makes shopping so much more interesting and satisfying as you have to search to find the hidden gems.

The top is from Shein.com and was less than £10 and I have got so much wear out of it this summer!

Xx

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

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

The three tans I’m loving this summer

Beauty

This summer I have really been enjoying faking my tan, I have been sent so many fake tans I figured I would test them all out over the summer and I have found my top 3.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Mousse

I really like this self tanner because it is really easy and really quick to use, much like the other 3. To apply this one you do need a tanning mit, it’s so easy to apply all over your body and you can see an instant change in colour. I wore this one whilst I was still at work and I got so many compliments about it, about how natural it looked!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

The Isle of Paradise drops are super handy for tanning your face, just apply a few drops to your night moisturiser and you’ll wake up to a tanned face. It doesn’t look orange and it doesn’t look fake, it gives you a really natural glow and when I use them I feel like I can get away with no foundation that day. I don’t find that the colour last that long, probably because I exfoliate everyday. You can also mix these into your body moisturisers also.

Norvell Ultra Vivid Gradual Tan

I think out of all the tans I prefer this one, I love that you don’t need to wear a tanning kit to apply it, I love that you can see the colour and you instantly looked tanned and I love that it’s such a big bottle! The colour which develops is also super natural and doesn’t look orange, it looks much more like a natural sun tan, brown rather than umpa lumpa. This one looks a little scary at first when you apply it as it look really dark, but that blends out. Also, I feel like this is the only tan out of the three that does not smell! Even though the others say they don’t smell like self tan, they do!

What are you favourite tans? Xx