Beauty Essentials Putting A Spring In My Step

Bronze Goddess Estée Lauder 

Spring is in the air...

About bloody time too! After what feels like the longest winter the sun has been a more than welcome sight. Plonk me in a beer garden with some pals and a beer and I'm as happy as Larry. Or, as was the case yesterday, drinks by the beach. I may have been drunk but I was sitting there having a little moment thinking about how beautiful life is and how lucky I am to be here. It's something I'll never take for granted!

It's funny that I get questions and emails about how to dress for winter because I don't even know. I just put on as many layers as possible and hope for the best. It's only because I live in England that my signature style tends to be ankle boots and coats, otherwise I'd be in little summer dresses all day long. I'm sure this is the case for most people but I'm definitely my best self when the weather is warm - I feel like anything is possible, I dress better, I'm (fake) tanned and generally jump from a 4 to a 7. With a little helping hand of course...

The Cruelty-Free, Vegan-Friendly Self Tan

Self Tanning Drops in Dark Isle of Paradise

I try to avoid jumping on every beauty launch bandwagon but this was one I had to join in on. I got the drops as you just add them to your usual moisturiser which appealed to the lazy girl in me. I added about 5-6 drops per limb (you can add 1-12 so I went straight down the middle) and there's no horrid biscuit smell which is always a bonus. It sinks in pretty quickly and doesn't stain your sheets unlike so many others. Best of all I was left with a natural looking colour- see evidence here. Unfortunately it sadly doesn't last for very long. I got about 2 days of this before it faded and I looked a mess which isn't ideal. It's better than other fake tans I've tried but not as good as my one true love. However it works amazingly well for your face! I add 2-3 drops to a serum or moisturiser and it gives such a natural, streak-free glow without fooking up my skin. I apply it roughly every two days and it's doing a fine job of making me look healthier than I feel (the only problem with these beer garden excursions!) 

The Mood-Boosting Make Up

I'm not really one for colour but even I can't resist when it comes in the form of this blue Kiko Nail Lacquer in 518. It looks so great with a tan but it's one that will suit everybody. Blue nails are a bit daunting but this isn't super bright, I think it looks quite chic actually and it's fun for summer. It's only £1 at the moment too! Definitely worth checking out Kiko polishes as they have every colour under the sun and they're the best on both the high street and high end in terms of longevity. 

The lipstick is an old favourite by Rosie for Autograph in Super Model Kiss. I'm surprised Rosie has gotten away with ripping off Charlotte Tilbury so much but I have to say the lipsticks are gorge. This is a slightly orangey-red, a summer update on my usual Chanel red. I've reviewed this before but suffice to say it'll be getting a lot of use over the next few months!

The Summer Scents

A forever summer fave is Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess - literally a heatwave in a bottle, but the nice kind like coconuts and oranges and florals rather than sweaty bus journeys and cut grass. My mama always gets me it too so it's extra special to me! See also Chanel's No5 L'Eau. This was a gift from my grandparents and I stupidly thought I'd lost it months ago but recently I found it again (in its box, on my dressing table.What a silly place to put it!) I'm glad it's back in my life as the citrus and floral notes are definitely putting a spring in my step.

What are your favourite beauty essentials when the sun comes out? 


Embracing Change

Jacket Topshop 
Jeans H&M  

'It's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.'

Well it's not quite April 25th yet but we have been blessed with a hint of Spring and I for one am happy to put my heavier coats into retirement, however brief this might be. I've built up a little collection of jackets (I can't say 'sh*cket' I'm sorry) so they came out to play last week finally, without having to be hidden under at least two more layers. I'm also embracing a wide leg rather than skinny - wild, I know.

So onto outfit numero uno above - these jeans are new from H&M as I had a discount code for my birthday. I ordered an 8 which is a size bigger than I'd usually get and when they arrived I was a bit worried as they looked teeny tiny. They do offer a bit of stretch so I can squeeze into them but if you can I'd order a few sizes to try as we all know how batshit H&M sizing is. It's not you, it's most definitely them.

The White Cropped Wide Leg Trouser

Denim Jacket Topshop
Pink Jacket H&M
Trousers H&M
Black Loafers Office (via my mama's closet)
Suede Loafers Zara (from my mama's closet again, hehe luff you mama!)

These should be a recipe for disaster but so far so good barring a lipstick in the pocket incident. In fact I would call them a 'roaring success.' Again, because they're H&M, they're quite the struggle to get on - they make even me feel like I have a butt (much to my honest delight!) when I'm getting them on but they're worth the time and effort. The denim jacket was bought on the same day as clearly someone forgot what a budget is but as you may tell I have a real thing for these worker-styley jackets - I mean look at the pockets! The collar! I very much fancy it as a shirt also, so it's practically a 2 in 1 piece. The pink jacket is another new in item from H&M, tortoiseshell buttons are another current obsession so obviously I snapped it up as I can't resist this colour either (millenial pink ain't dead, ignore what they say!)

What new trends are you trying for Spring? 


The Time Is Now

Hello, hello. I'd say something like long time no speak but in the grand scheme of things I guess it's not been too long at all. 

But how are ya? You good? I'm alright, I am now anyway. I wasn't for a little bit but I'm in such a happy mood currently and I'm feeling much more like my old self. I thought it'd be nice (and also a way to save £££ on therapy) to get the *feelings* down, even though God knows if anyone still reads an old fashioned blog these days. However I felt like this was only marginally less embarrassing than having a breakdown on YouTube...


To My Valentine's

WELL. It's been a little while, sorry. Uni work and a wobbly brain has got in the way but there's been fun stuff too so it's not all been doom and gloom (although I sent my pals Valentines not realising we were no longer doing this now they have significant others so guess who feels like a loser now!) But it's fine, I bought some new dresses so whatevs. I spoke a bit last year about love  and mainly why you should love yo'self but I thought seeing as it's V*lentine's D*y I'd talk about the amazing gals in my life.

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