Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Holy Grail Beauty Products

I love putting together fashion and travel posts, but in my personal life I really love make up. I spend an awful lot of money on trying new products, watching YouTube tutorials or reviews and keeping an eye out for the latest thing. I've mentioned a couple of times on here that I really try to buy cruelty free products where I can but sometimes it's not that easy, as so many beauty brands are owned by big corporations who sell to China. Sadly American and European brands who sell to China have to test on animals by law. I've included my current holy grail products and I'm sure you'll notice that they're mainly cruelty free apart from a few. 

First up is a new favourite from Kat Von D, the Tattoo Liner, it's one of her most popular products and I can totally see why! It lasts all day, it's simple to use and comes off so easily. What's more, her products are all vegan and cruelty free. Following on a similar theme, I recently picked up some new eyeliners from Stila in two gorgeous shades (blue fin & lion fish). When I was a teenager I used to wear eyeliner in my waterline everyday and loved it but I stopped when I started university. I'm really glad I've found these two liners as I love the way it looks, plus they have a slight sparkle! Speaking of sparkle, I need to talk about the Tom Ford creme colour in the shade Sphinx. At first I hated it, I was really annoyed as it's not a cheap product and I quickly put it to one side. However one day I picked it back up and randomly dabbed it on top of an eye shadow and realised that it was actually beautiful, it's a golden pink duo-chrome colour and works beautifully with warm neutral eye-shadows, now I adore it!

My all time favourite perfume Chloe's Signature Eau De Parfum, but Marc Jacob's Splash in the scent Rain is a very close second. It's perfect for Sprig/Summer as it's so light and smells like Watermelons! I've also been testing out everyone's favourite perfume, Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf and I absolutely love it, I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about initially but it wears really well and lasts all day.

One of my new years resolutions was to take better care of my skin, I've been trying to invest in some higher quality products and get rid of make-up wipes once and for all. I've been a fan of Maskeraide sheet masks for a while, you can easily pick them up at M&S and my favourite  mask is the Beauty Restore, plus the packaging is super cute. For when I'm having a bad skin day (which seems to be a lot recently) I love using The Body Shop Himalayan charcoal mask, it really helps to clear up my skin plus it leaves it feeling really clean. I've had the mask for about 7 months and I use it at least twice a month and there's still plenty left, so you definitely get good value for money. The Body Shop always have amazing deals online too, I've never bought anything online full price!

If you have any cruelty free recommendations I'd love to hear them!

Shop my beauty favourites below:

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My postcard to Leeds

Less than a year ago I'd never been to Leeds once in my life, since last September I've been three times.  My little sister packed up her room in the Autumn of 2016 and moved there to start her life at university. My sister and I are very close, so I try to see her when I can and I'm pretty glad she's moved to Leeds. There's so much to do and it's not difficult to get to from London (Storm Doris permitting). I'm working on a city guide as I get to know the area better but I do have a few places I would recommend.

The shopping in Leeds is VERY good, plus all of the shops are located within some pretty amazing buildings. The Corn Exchange is great for gifts and discovering smaller independent businesses, Victoria Quarter has lots of well known high street boutiques and is just so beautiful. Victoria Gate is quite new and very shiny, there's a great Cath Kidston and John Lewis inside. Last but not least, I couldn't forget about Trinity Leeds, filled with restaurants, all your favourite shops and even a cinema! If you're hungry pop into Trinity Kitchen, a food court with plenty of delicious food stalls/companies to try and there's even a photobooth!

Other things to do include grabbing pizza from Dough Boys and listening to live music at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, a really fun place to hang out with friends. Roxy lanes is Leeds answer to All Star Lanes, an independent bowling alley playing great music and they serve delicious looking food. If you fancy venturing futher out, catch a movie at the Cottage Road cinema, a really old fashioned cinema offering fairly cheap tickets. My sister and I had a slightly hysterical experience in there and I'd definitely go again, plus your tickets come out like old fairground 'admit one' tickets, so sweet!

Victoria Quarter
Belgrave Music Hall & CanteenBelgrave Music Hall & Canteen
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
Victoria Gate
Trinity Leeds KitchenTrinity Leeds Kitchen
The Corn Exchange

Monday, 27 February 2017

A bee-utiful dress

After what felt like possibly the longest day ever, I finally got to visit my sister in Leeds last week. I unfortunately got caught up in storm Doris and was stuck on a train for around 7 hours, my journey was originally only meant to take 2! So the following morning I made up for lost time and got ready for the day, went shopping, had lunch, shot a blog post, went bowling and then went for dinner. It's fair to say I packed a lot into one day. 

I picked up this dress in Zara during my shopping spree, along with a super cute gingham mini dress. I really love that gingham is a big trend  this season, I've worn it for years thanks to my obsession with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz as a child. I'll be sure to buy lots of gingham things before the trend disapears again. Zara has some really great pieces in this season, I'd really recommend going in and trying lots of things on. There were so many cute summery dresses and playsuits but I had to remind myself that I do not need add anything else to my already bulging wardrobe and chest of drawers, apart from the two dresses I've just mentioned of course...! 

Zara Bee Dress