Thursday, 29 December 2016

Happy Christmas 2016

So, that’s Christmas been and gone for another year.

Did you have a good one? Whatever your thoughts on the meaning of the day itself, I think its a valuable chance to spend time reconnecting with loved ones, and we’ve been enjoying doing just that this year.

Here’s a little look at what we got up to....


Friday, 23 December 2016

Have Makeup Revolution lost the plot??!

Honestly? I think Makeup Revolution may have lost the plot.

I placed a little order back on the 28th November. Not only has it taken almost a month to send, but the customer service I’ve received in the meantime has been shockingly bad.

Ive always been a big fan of the brand, for proving that quality doesn't have to go hand in hand with large price tags.

Although some of the products I've  tried have been a bit hit and miss (I'm yet to try a foundation from them that is any good), there are definitely some gems in there, and the eyeshadow palettes are every bit as good as Mac and Nars.

So even when the occasional product isnt great, Im always willing to try stuff because its so affordable.

When two weeks had passed, and there was no sign of my order and no dispatch email, I wanted an explanation.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

#Project2016 | One Year On

One of the things that really makes me feel old is complaining about how quickly the year's gone, yet here I am.

It's an uncomfortable truth that time seems to speed up dramatically as you get older. There are never enough hours in the day, days in the week, or months in the year. Such is life.

2016 was a pretty major year for me. I was getting to grips with being a first-time mama, renovating a run-down Victorian house into my dream home and I also ended up switching jobs. Life has been pretty full on.

In all of that, especially over the past few months, I feel like I've sort of lost sight of the goals I set myself as part of my #Project2016.

But that's okay. The project was never about creating a stick to beat myself with. It never had strict timescales and do-or-die rules. In fact, I've talked before about why New Year's Resolutions never work, and also learnt about how to set goals that stick.

What I can see is that I've definitely made solid progress on quite a few of my goals. I'm rolling them forward into 2017 and adding a couple of new ones to the list. A quick review of how they went:


Monday, 19 December 2016

Birchbox December 2016 | Review

2016 is rapidly running out the door, so this will be my last beauty box posting of the year. I’ve kept my Birchbox subscription running after the last few months after ducking in and out during the course of the year, and on the whole its been great.

Nothing has impressed me as much as the Tili box, but they are few and far between, and I like treats coming through the post every month!

The December 2016 Birchbox showed up just in time to get the festive spirit flowing, with a mix of respected brands and brand new discoveries. Take a peek inside…


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Soap and Glory | The Whole Glam Lot

Hands up who loves a bit of Soap and Glory?

The beloved and much-imitated brand is a favourite of many - not just for its cute packaging and cheekily named range of products, but for genuinely great products that deliver on their promises.

Waaaaay back when the range first launched, I was unconvinced. I thought it would be all style and no substance. I thought I'd just be paying for the packaging and the hype.

But over time Ive discovered some real gems that have become must-haves in my routine.

Peaches and Clean face wash is an eternal favourite, Supercat eyeliner is one I purchase again and again, and my bag is never without their Sugar Crush hand sanitiser or the Kick Ass Super Blur stick, a recently discovered favourite.

But with such a vast range of products, there are plenty I haven't tried.

And when I saw this absolutely amazing set featured as one of Boots' Star Gift Christmas promotions, I couldn't resist a little self-gifting in amongst all my holiday shopping.

The value, the presentation and the chance to try products from the line I hadn't chosen yet really appealed to me.

For £30, you get a case crammed full of goodies. This would normally be £60 so there's a massive saving.

In fact, if you bought each of the products separately without any 3 for 2 offers, it totals over £80. That's the kind of value where it begins to look like madness not to buy it.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Festive Fun | Intu VIP Winter Event

Cocktails in a box, making your own Christmas jumpers, festive froyos and the chance to catch up with some of my favourite local bloggers?

It could only be another INTU VIP event – and this time it was all about getting into the holiday spirit.

I am literally Mrs Christmas this year. It isn’t Theo’s first Christmas, but in some ways, it feels like it is because he was only three months old last year.

So I’ve been in the festive spirit for quite a while – and last week’s event at Intu Victoria Centre  was the candy cane topping on all that.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

OOTN | Black Out | Mamas & Martinis

What’s your after-dark style like?

I think most people have a go-to thing for their night time ensembles, whether it’s a femme fatale dress or a sequinned clutch that just makes them feel put together.

For me, I love a bit of leather (oh goodness, that sounds so wrong, but you know what I mean….). Leather makes me feel pulled together, smart and a bit edgy. One of my favourite evening outfits for the colder months is always leather trousers.

They’re warm (I am not about freezing on a night out at my advanced age. I even take a coat out with me and everything!) and they look dressed up.


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Drugstore beauty haul | Best in show

Hello my beauties!

I have a bit of a sneaky lunchtime beauty haul to share today. Normally, I’m chained to my desk and lunchtime, and around this time of year I begin to feel like I never see daylight!

So this week I made it my mission to get outside at lunchtime. At the moment, I work in the city centre, so ‘outside’ is more ‘up and down the local high street’ than anything else, and that resulted in some beauty purchases I wanted to share.

I’m actually just about to move jobs and I won’t be based in the city any more so lunchtime shopping will soon be a thing of the past (I would say my bank manager will be pleased, but there’s always online shopping…).

Here’s my drugstore haul. Some items are my must-have repurchases and others are new products. Here’s what I got…


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Birchbox November 2016 | Review

The November Birchbox landed a few weeks back, but I’ve been so busy getting to grips with my new job that I barely looked at it!

I rediscovered it on the kitchen table a few days ago and it was almost like receiving it again, as I’d completely forgotten what was inside.

These boxes just fluctuate so much as to whether the contents are any good – and September’s box left me really underwhelmed, So would November’s get back the magic?

Read on for a peek inside….


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Life, Lately... November 2016

Boom, sometimes life comes at you like a freight train.

Things all seem to happen at once and you find yourself just sort of battling through, without much time to rest and reflect. Then you look up one day and all this time has just evaporated.

That’s kind of where I’m at right now. Life has been accelerating, and the past few months have slipped away before I realised. Blogging has taken quite a backseat because daily life demanded more and more time and when I did get a break I felt so drained, I had no energy left for luxuries like hobbies!

So because I haven’t written anything much in a while – or any of the personal content I really enjoy seeing on blogs I read -  I thought I’d revive the ‘Life, Lately’ posts I used to do a while back and explain what I’ve been up to the past few months…


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Lashes on Fleek |


Anyone who knows me is in no doubt that I'm a complete lash addict. But it's more than just cosmetic. Having a great flutter going on makes a difference to my mood! When I'm wearing lashes, I feel that I need less other makeup because they make a really subtle statement.

I wear natural looking strip lashes most days- I don't get on with permanent lash extensions very well, and I'm so speedy at applying them now, it's quicker than mascara for me!

And I pretty much always shop at It has all the major brands from Ardell to Eyelure to Red Cherry, and over 1000 styles in stock.

Plus, free 1st class delivery and the dispatch is always super quick. They are one of my favourite companies and I've mentioned them quite a few times before, just because I've always been delighted with the service.

So when they contacted me to see if I'd like to review a couple of pairs I jumped at the chance to try something new.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation | Review

Can foundation ever be fun?

It’s one of those essential items that all but the most blessed-with-flawless-skin use, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like the most exciting of cosmetics when there are shimmering eyeshadows and glittering glosses out there to be played with.

For quite a few years, it felt like foundation as a product went a bit quiet. But now? Now, foundation has found its mojo again.

There are tonnes of exciting developments happening, mostly thanks to our friends in South Korea. Korean skincare has become a subject of national interest over the past few years, and they seem to have firmly taken over from the French as the nation we look to for guidance on our skin habits and trends.

There’s just so much to go at. Where else in the world is an eight to ten step night-time skincare routine normal?

In the UK, we place more emphasis on disguising flaws under thick layers of makeup. The Korean approach is to invest far more time, money and effort in getting the canvas right in the first place.

So the cosmetics there are less about concealment and more about enhancement.

Korean products like eye masks, sleeping packs, essences, foot peels and sheet masks have all come into the spotlight in the West recently.

And the latest item making a splash? Cushion foundations.

French skincare and beauty giant Lancome was an early adopter of this trend, with its Teint Idole Ultra Cushion formulation. I was very curious to see what a French interpretation of a Korean product would be like…


Birchbox October 2016 | Review

I'm a little behind the times with my October Birchbox review - to be honest I forgot that I had it! When I opened it, I wasn't that excited by the contents and so it sat on my kitchen table for quite a while!

I think after the huge excitement of ordering my Tili box, it was always bound to be a bit of an anti-climax. Read on to take a peek at what was inside....


Monday, 24 October 2016

QVC Tili Box #2 | Review | The Best Beauty Box Yet?

Phew! When it comes to subscription boxes, it can be hard to keep up.

Sometimes it feels like the format has taken over the world, from beauty to tech gear, food and even boxes that cover your time of the month.

People seem to really like the idea of signing up, and I can’t blame them – getting a little box of loveliness through the front door sure beats piles of bills.

But there are so many beauty boxes now that its hard to know which ones are worth getting. I’ve subscribed, un-subscribed and re-subscribed to several, and although some of the boxes I’ve had have been amazing, others are full of repeat products, stingy samples or unexciting items.

So when I first heard about ‘Tili’, the sub box from shopping tv channel QVC (who incidentally are actually one of the UK’s biggest beauty retailers), I didn’t pay much attention at first. What makes this one any different? I thought. But then I took a closer look and realised that Tili was something different to the rest.

For a start, Tili is only released once a quarter, rather than each month. This box is only the second one they have done. When you sign up, you don’t automatically become a recurring subscriber -  you have to order each one. 

And you can see exactly what will be in the box in advance. True, this does remove the element of surprise but I much prefer seeing the contents and deciding if they are something I would actually use or not.

And I can honestly say that once I saw the super contents, I was way more excited to receive this than I’ve ever felt about a beauty sub box – I couldn’t wait for it to arrive! So it didn’t take anything away from the experience for me.

Tili is £20 which is around double the price of most boxes – but the items are mostly full size and the value is clearly worth it. I would much rather pay £20 for a set of mostly full size products that I want to try than £12 for some hit-and-miss samples.

But what was in the box that tempted me so badly? Take a peek…


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Home Sweet Home | A Peek At Theo's Nursery

When you prepare to welcome a little one, a big milestone moment is getting their nursery ready. It's when it all began to become real for me, watching the room come together and wondering who would be appearing to occupy it.

I realised I had never done a post about it at the time, so here is a belated little peek at Theo’s room.


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm | Review

If you’re switched on to just-under-the-radar skincare brands, you may have heard of Merumaya. Or, to give it the full title Merumaya Integrative Effective Skincare.

Its a based on a philosophy of empowerment, no hype, just great products that deliver. They formulate each product using the full concentration of active ingredients and shy away from claiming miracles happen when you crack open a pot of their face cream.

Instead, they’re all about age-positivity and looking the best you can for you. And everything is manufactured right here in Britain.

Merumaya is a brand with a lot going for it, so when I got the chance to try out one of their star products, the Melting Cleansing Balm, I couldn’t wait to see what it was really like.


Monday, 3 October 2016

Autumn Beauty Haul | Lancome, Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay & More

How is Autumn treating you so far?

I love the season, apart from the darker nights, and I’ve been enjoying the return of jackets, ankle boots and being able to double my work wardrobe with the re-introduction of black tights (tall girl short hemline problems…)

Of course, there’s also the joy of new Autumn beauty launches. I’ve picked up a few brand new products and rediscovered a couple of old favourites over the past few weeks. Take a peek…


OOTD | Frills, Fur and Frolics | Intu Autumn Event

Hi Lovelies!

A very quick post today – after my wonderful evening at the Intu Victoria Centre VIP Autumn Fashion event, I wanted to do an outfit post and show what I wore to the event.

I’ve been enjoying adding a few more new autumnal pieces to my wardrobe and beginning to return to some of my favourite items for the coming season. The Intu event gave me bags of styling inspiration and I’m finally getting excited about clothes again after almost a year post-baby of living in leggings and long t-shirts.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

VIP Autumn Fashion Event | Intu Victoria Centre

Usually, on a Thursday night, I’m most likely to be found slumped motionless in front of Netflix (such is the life of a working mother- beware!), but last Thursday I actually got to do something a lot more exciting when I went along to the brilliant Intu Victoria Centre VIP Autumn Fashion Event.

Now that the nights are darker, its acceptable to wear scarves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are popping up of every street corner, most of us are looking forward to some autumn fashion. For me personally, its my favourite season to dress for.

I find summer frankly confusing (especially with the schizophrenic British weather veering from hot sunshine to rain and gale force winds in the space of an afternoon), and the depths of winter often see me sacrificing style to stay warm, but autumn is my kind of season.

I love snuggly jumpers, leather minis and ankle boots. I love furry gilets and long-sleeve dresses and hats. Autumn is my time to shine! So it was brilliant to pop along to the Victoria Centre and see what the coming season has in store for us.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Glossybox September 2016 | Review

This place is becoming beauty box central! After getting tired of repeats and uninteresting products, I cancelled all my box subscriptions a while ago.

But somehow, I’ve ended up back with Birchbox and Glossybox again. Birchbox has definitely been winning so far, and I was all ready to scrap Glossybox – until I got a peek at something in the September box I really wanted to try….

So, would the contents win me over and save the day? Read on for a peek inside September’s box to find out…


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Now You Are One | A Letter to Theo

Now you are one. Its been a year of amazing discovery, endless laughter, sleepless nights, a few tears and a greater love than I knew possible.

Now you are one. And even though one year is not long in this world, you have made an indelible impact in so many lives. You have created acres of hugs, miles of laughs and a bottomless ocean of joy.

Suddenly our horizons have expanded as we look forward to your future and feel in the beat of your heart a world much bigger than our own.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

OOTD | Day To Night Wedding Guest Look | Part 2

Welcome back! So, in the first part of this post, I showed you my wedding guest outfit for the big day of our lovely friends, Phil and Vicky.

As I don’t have too many chances to go out and get dressed up these days, I decided to change my outfit for the evening. Its not often (read: never) we get a baby-free weekend away in a hotel, so it had to be done!

During the day, I had tried to pick an outfit that still reflected my sense of style and made me feel comfortable. But for evening, I wanted to go for something a bit more glamorous and have some fun dancing the night away with all of our friends.

Its very rare that we can all get together these days, as we’re spread out over the country and the world. And of course, now we’re parents, Seb and I normally want to go home early. But not on this night!


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Birchbox September 2016 | Review

As soon as I’ve had one box, another seems to appear!

As you may know, I recently signed back up to both Birchbox and Glossybox – Birchbox for their rather fabulous collaboration with Millie Mackintosh a couple of months ago, and Glossybox for their rather disappointing Rae Feather box. I’m still signed up to both and deciding which one to keep.

At the moment, I have to say that Birchbox is definitely winning the battle! But would the September box keep their run of great boxes going, or would it all come crashing down? Take a peek…


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | Review

Oh my goodness, the hype.

The beauty web absolutely blew up when Urban Decay announced they’d be launching a new, high-coverage, long lasting foundation.

Like many, I was drawn in by the buzz and the stunning packaging, and decided immediately that this was a foundation I needed in my life. 

To me, UD have great form. I love the brand, and their Naked Skin foundation was my holy grail, until Too Faced Born This Way just edged it out. 

But like many people, although I loved the formula, I thought the coverage was very light and I looked forward to something a bit more heavyweight for nights out or bad skin days.

I feel like I’ve literally been waiting months to get my hands on this. 

After having to watch it launch in the US (when will beauty companies learn how infuriating that is? Beauty is global - get with it, cosmetics companies!), it finally came up for sale in the UK. I ordered from the website before it even launched, thinking I would receive it quicker, but the dispatch was frustratingly slow and I could have gotten it quicker going into store.

Anyway, it was finally here. 

Fellow beauty addicts will know the indescribable thrill of unboxing something you’ve been dying to get your hands on for ages. 

But oh, what a towering pedestal of hype this foundation had to live up to. Would it manage to be as good as I dreamed?

Heres the verdict.


Thursday, 1 September 2016

OOTD | Day To Night Wedding Guest Look | Part 1

Dressing for a wedding can be one of the biggest style dilemmas many of us face. Balancing form, function, style and type of occasion can be a headache - and ‘wedding guest outfit inspiration’ is one of the most searched for styles out there!

Its no wonder really - everyone seems to know there are ‘rules’ but not exactly what they are.

Wedding guest style can be a total minefield. You have a lot of factors at play as a well- venue, weather, type of ceremony. In general, I’m all for fashion rules being made to be broken, but when it comes to someone else’s big day, its about respect.


Monday, 29 August 2016

August Beauty Haul | Spectrum, Nip + Fab, NYX & more

Unusual for me, I know, but I wasn't sure if I'd be doing a beauty haul post this month! Last month I picked up quite a few things and was a bit spendy, so this month has been quieter.

Although I picked up two little bits from Beauty Bay right at the start of the month and then a couple more things when the NYX stand opened at my local Boots store, it didn't seem enough for a post.

But then, I was lucky enough to win a competition on Twitter from Leah of Devoted to Pink and suddenly I had enough goodies for this post! So here is my August beauty haul...


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

#EastMidsMeetUp | Gift Bag Revealed!

So I promised you all a peek into the fabulous goodie bag we all received from the recent East Mids Blog Meet. I was so excited to get such a beautiful gift bag. I didn't peek until the day after the event, and it cheered me up so much after a tough week.

I never take things like that for granted, and I know it must have taken a lot of hard work to organise. 

To me, blog events are all about connecting with like-minded people so to get presents on top is very much the icing on the cake. Let's take a look...


Monday, 22 August 2016

Glossybox Review | August 2016

It's been quite a while since I was into beauty boxes.

When they first became a 'thing' I couldn't get enough of the miniature beauty treats popping through my letterbox each month.

But then products got repeated, the excitement went, and I began to realise I wasn't really using anything. So I cancelled all my subs.

Somehow, I've ended up re-subscribed to both Birchbox and Glossybox. I've had a couple of Birchboxes that have been lovely, and so I was tempted to sign back up to Glossybox as well when I saw they were offering a Rae Feather makeup bag.

This is my first Glossybox for a while, so would the contents make me fall in love again?


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

OOTD | Black Magic | East Mids Blog Meet

What do you wear to meet a bunch of style-conscious bloggers? 

It must be up there as one of the harder clothing dilemmas going! 

Add to the mix that I’m not very body confident as I’m still carrying extra baby weight (okaaaay….its really just my weight at this point!) and I found it extra tough to pick an outfit for the East Mids Meet Up I went to on Saturday at Leicester cocktail bar Manhattan 34.

The answer I found was to turn to my fellow bloggers for inspiration. I’ve never really worn a jumpsuit before, but after seeing Shani wearing one on her blog and looking awesome I thought it would be perfect for this occasion and many others. Suddenly it seemed like something I really needed in my life!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

#EastMidsMeetUp | Blog Meet Survival Guide

What's the best thing about being a blogger? People often assume its the freebies and products sent for review, but actually? Its getting the chance to connect with other people that really care about the things you do. And when you get a good group of like-minded souls together, its magic.

The blogging 'community' (and I use that term lightly) is often maligned as being dreadfully bitchy and competitive, and while there is plenty of that going on, there's a lot more support, collaboration and encouragement than people might think.

I was lucky enough to experience some of that when I went along to the latest East Mids Meet Up over in Leicester. I haven't been to a meet up or any blog events for about a year, so I was a bit nervous.

Here's how the day went and my blog meet survival guide...


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Birchbox August 2016 | Review

This month’s Birchbox turned out to be a Birchbag – perfect for summer!

As someone who has an obsession with collecting little zipped bags and pouches, I was over the moon with this month’s ‘bag’ – and what was inside.

A while back, I was signed up to a couple of different beauty trial boxes but I just got bored with seeing product repeats and I wasn’t really using the stuff, so I cancelled them.

However, I was tempted back to the Birchbox fold by last month’s collab with Millie Mackintosh and I’ve stuck with it to see what August has to offer.

The bag is a light grey scuba material with a brightly coloured zip and pull tab in either orange, neon yellow, pink or the aqua colour that I received. It’s a decent size without being bulky and super-useful as a make-up bag or to use for toiletries if you’re going away.

The bag is something I would quite happily have paid for, so I was really pleased to receive it as part of this month’s selection.

But what was inside?


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Oliver Bonas | Store Launch & Mini Haul

Isn’t it brilliant when a store you’ve always loved comes to your area?

For years now, I’ve been a massive fan of Oliver Bonas, a beautiful design-led boutique department store that sells homewares, fashion, accessories, stationary and lots of gorgeous gifty bits. Whenever I was down in London, it would always be top of the must-visit list.

In between, I occasionally shopped with them online, but its really one of those shops where I find it better to have the in-store browsing experience, as you stumble across so many little treasures.

Imagine my excitement when I found out an Oliver Bonas store was landing – not just in the city nearest to me, but it the town where I live!  Pleased does not begin to cover it - Its practically my corner shop!


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Lacura Caviar Illuminate Creams and 3 Minute Peel Mask | Review

‘Is this £7 cream nearly as good as a £292 equivalent?’. It’s those sort of headlines that make me want to go out and snatch a product off the shelves, so I was really keen to try the Lacura Caviar Illuminate range as soon as I saw it.

Lacura is a brand I don’t know all that well, but a lot of its products seem to garner amazing PR. Its sold out of Aldi stores, which seem to be taking over at the moment, and so I suspect we’ll be seeing more and more of it as well.

One opened near to me not so long ago, and this was one of the first things I wanted to get my hands on.

I’m all for ‘democratic skincare’. I don’t think great formulations should have to cost the earth, especially when you factor in the buying power of the mass-market brands and the profits they generate to pour back into research. In fact, my very favourite skincare product ever is from No7.

But  for just £7, I did have my doubts about how good this could be. So I picked up a jar each of the Day Cream, Night Cream and 3 Minute Peel Mask to try. Here’s what I found…

Monday, 25 July 2016

July Beauty Haul | Nars, GHD, Too Faced, Mac & More

Its another month, so there's been more hauling to show you! I love to see what other people are buying and what products are trending, so please link me to any hauls you’ve done recently and Ill take a look.

This month, I got my hands on a cult buy for cheeks, some premium beauty tools, the most useful eye palette ever and more...


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Six ways to make false lashes look natural ft. ESQIDO

How do you make false lashes look natural?

Lots of us want a gorgeous, full flutter, but applying lashes to look naturally perfect is definitely an art. 

Although falsies have boomed in popularity over the past few years, it still seems that lots of us still struggle to apply them seamlessly and give our eyes that wow factor for a special occasion.

As someone that wears lashes almost every day (hey, its cheaper than a facelift and can have just as dramatic an effect), I like to think Ive learnt a thing or two along the way.

Undoubtedly the most important is to pick the right lashes to wear and when my favourite brand of falsies, Esqido, asked me if I’d like to try some of their new styles I was super excited. 

So I thought I’d do a review of their new styles and then share my top five tips for making false lashes look natural.


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Birchbox x Millie Mackintosh July 2016 | Review

Hands up who’d like a never ending summer?

Well, we aren’t likely to get one in tis country, and apart from the odd sunshiny day, so far Britain’s summer has been dark, damp and chilly.

So what better way to inject a little summer cheer into your life than a box full of beauty treats?


Sunday, 10 July 2016

OOTD | Girls Night Out | Monochrome Cold Shoulder

Now that Theo has started sleeping through the night and also getting himself to sleep rather than me having to feed him, the evenings feel so much longer.

Having some kind of social life is a hell of a lot easier and I think all of us are much more cheerful!

So this Friday I was actually able to go out for drinks and a catch up with my dear friend Katie, Theo’s godmother.


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Mehron Célèbre Pro HD Foundation | Review

Love her or hate her, when it comes to beauty products, everything Kylie Jenner touches turns to gold. 

For a vapid teenager, she has done a pretty good job of popularising some of the major cosmetic trends of the last few years, from matte overlined lips to stiletto nails. 

Of course, having the money to pay for the best glam squad in the US helps, so I'm always interested to know about products and techniques used by the artists that work with her. 

In particular, I love that flawless skin finish that seems to be a hallmark of all the sisters so when I saw Hrush Achemyan - an MUA who often works with her and has featured in her Youtube vids - raving about a foundation that can be yours for just £8?! Well, I was all over that. 

The foundation in question is Mehron Célèbre Pro HD, a cream formulation that's actually stage makeup. Would it be suitable for everyday life? I put it to the test…


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Home Sweet Home | Our Family Bathroom Makeover

And now for something a little different...

I haven't really tackled home decor on the blog before, even though it's definitely a subject I have a lot of interest in (as you can see from my Pinterest!).

In November 2014, we moved into a house that is a bit of a 'project' and we've been slowly renovating it ever since, although things got a bit slowed down by the arrival of our son last year.

Apart from the huge bare brick fireplace in the sitting room, the bathroom was the first thing I wanted to get rid of, but we've only just finished it.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Beauty Haul June 2016 | Zoeva, Smith & Cult and more...

Hi dolls! Today Ive got a little beauty haul to share.

I didn't buy huge amounts this month, but I'm quite excited by what I did get so there will definitely be a few longer reviews happening soon. Lets dive in…


Life, Lately | June 2016

Hello dolls. Well, its been literally a year since I posted one of these ‘Life Update’ kind of posts -  I haven’t done one since I was pregnant!

But they are always the posts I am most drawn to on other people’s blogs - I love a little window into the life of people I read about - so Ive decided to resurrect them!


Monday, 27 June 2016

House of Lashes Mini Haul

Welcome to lash addict anonymous. My name is Sarah...and I am a false flutter junkie. Nothing raises my spirits more than a good pair of lashes, so today I'm sharing the mini haul I did from specialists House of Lashes, all the way from the good old US of A.

I first clocked their wares on Instagram, where I fell deeply in love with this amazing lash storage case. I wanted it, I needed it, I had to have it! You know the feeling.

Alongside the case, I also ordered a couple of pairs of lashes (but of course) and some mini adhesives. Here are my thoughts…


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Carmen Cordless Mini Hair Straighteners | Review

Could you live without your hair straighteners? I know I couldn't! 

Whether it's classic poker straight, beach waves or curls I rely on mine to keep my locks styled and smoothed.

I remember the bad old days when straighteners had metal plates and weren't all that great and I also remember vividly the first time I tried GHDs and what a revelation it was. I was hooked and I haven't really looked back since. I just don't feel right if I haven't used them.

So the idea of a cordless mini pair that can be easily popped into a bag or used to cut down on luggage when you go away was something I really liked. But would they turn out to be any good?

Saturday, 18 June 2016

#30DMC | Day 6 | Neutral Face

Oh dear. I almost fell at the first hurdle with my #30daymakeupchallenge and I am struggling to keep up with it.

I'm still determined to do all the days, but I've accepted it might take me a while! 

So, today is Day 6, Neutral Face. I was always going to love this one! Neutral is definitely one of my favourite make-up looks. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

#Project2016 | Six Months In

So, six months into 2016. That’s gone fast, right?

It seemed timely now to re-evaluate the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year for my #Project2016 series. 

I’ll be totally honest, I know I’ve neglected some of them dreadfully. But there’s still time to get back on track, and that’s what I’ll do.

I shared posts on why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work, how to set goals that stick, how to find motivation and even what my personal goals for 2016 were. Now it's time to face the music and look at what I need to work harder on.

Theo at 9 months

Although I frequently mention my baby son Theo on here, and you’’ll see his cheeky face peeking out of my Instagram, I haven’t done a proper update about him for quite a while.

I'm not sure who agreed to let time go so fast, but he’s nine months old now and quite a lot has changed since I wrote an open letter to him on his half-birthday.

His little personality is really blossoming at the moment, and he’s turning out to be excellent company (not that I'm biased or anything!).


Monday, 13 June 2016

OOTD | Floral & Sparkle | Family Garden Party


The Queen isn't the only one celebrating her 90th birthday this year! 

It's also my Nana's 90th birthday, so a whole crowd of my Dad's side of the family gathered in Lincolnshire to celebrate with a garden party.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil | Review

When did we become all about brows? I remember when I (shamefully) never filled mine in not so many years ago, but now its the one thing I can't forgo doing, even when its just a BB-cream-and-a -topknot kind of day. 

They are an absolute essential, so I'm always keen to try new products that promise to tame my arches.

Benefit Cosmetics are well know as brow gurus, so an offering from them always has to be investigated. 

They recently launched their brand new Goof Proof Brow Pencil. Now, I like to think I'm an old hand at making the most of my eyebrows, but I still have days where they just will not go right, and that always ruins my mood. 

Would this new pencil spell the end of bad brow days? Read on to find out...
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