Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit

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Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit
One thing I can never have too many of are makeup brushes. They get used so much and I don't have time to clean them every single day, it's important to have back ups of your favourite brushes. Some of my favourites I use every day are from Real Techniques, so when I saw the new Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit I had to pick it up! I was after some new brushes anyway and I hadn't tried the Miracle Complexion Sponge yet, I couldn't afford not to pick up the Everyday Essentials Kit for only £19.99!

I'm always after new foundation brushes, I use these everyday to try and hide my less than average acne troubled skin! It's so important to use clean brushes, sometimes it's easier just to buy new ones as I can't be dealing with washing brushes every couple of days! I was on the hunt for a new foundation and powder brush when I saw the Everyday Essentials Kit had everything and more. I love my original Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the Expert Face Brush 200 in this set seems to be the bigger, cuter version of it! It's slightly bigger than the original and I love it. The bristles are super soft and firm making it so easy to blend in without leaving streaks. I love the tapered shape, it's the perfect size for all over as well as under the eyes and around the nose etc.
The next brush in this set is one that I've loved for so many years, the Real Techniques Blush Brush 400. This was the first 'proper' blusher brush I bought back in the day and I loved it so much. The shape is perfect for the apples of your cheeks. The brush itself is so soft and fluffy, it makes applying blusher so enjoyable. You can really create a lovely natural even look with this brush. I'm glad to have it back in my collection, in it's new prettier package.
I've been after a new highlight brush for so long. I've ben using the same Real Techniques Setting Brush 403 everyday for the past four years - that's not normal! Finally I got my hands on a new one thanks to this set. This little brush is the perfect size and shape for illuminating your look and applying powder highlight to the cheekbones, under brow, cupids bow and all the little delicate spaces on your face. It's soft and fluffy which makes dusting on powder a dream.
The last brush is the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease 300 brush. Again this is one of my most loved eyeshadow brushes and I'm so glad I have a third one to add to my collection! I love the brush for blending eyeshadow in the crease. It's the perfect size to get in to the crease and fluffy enough to blend shades together with minimal effort.
The last tool in the kit is the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I've always been a brush kind of girl and have been very skeptical about trying sponges. As it came in the kit and was amazing value, I thought this would be the perfect time to try this out. I tried it dry and honestly, I didn't love it. I found it to be hard work to use, it feels like much more effort than a brush and I feel like I had to apply more foundation than usual. I think it's because I do have a lot of blemishes and a lot to cover up. I don't think I would like any sponge to be honest, because of the way my skin is at the moment. I just don't really understand how you could get full coverage with a sponge! I might try using it wet and see if it makes a difference.

Although I wasn't into the Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'm obsessed with these brushes. They have always been my go to everyday brushes anyway, so I'm all over having a new pretty little set of them. I think this set is amazing value at £19.99, that's the same price as just two of these brushes put together. Although I personally don't really like using sponges, I'm really glad I finally got round to trying the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Maybe when my skin is a bit more clear, I may feel differently about the sponge.

The Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit would be the perfect Christmas gift for any makeup lover in your life this year.

Are you a sponge or brush kinda beauty?


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It's beginning to look a lot like Autumn.

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Homesense Autumn Candle Haul Including DW Home Autumn Orchard, DW Home Apple Cider and The Market Gingered Citron.
I'm embarrassed to say it has been a fair few weeks (possibly months!) since I sat down and wrote a blog post, I've kind of forgotten where to start! This seems to happen to me every year, I almost go into some kind of hibernation in the Summer time then I come out all ready to blog again at the start of Autumn. I hope you can all forgive me if anyone is still here to read my posts! I thought I would start my kind of 'comeback' into blogging with one of my favourite posts to write, an Autumn candle haul!
As soon as my Birthday in July is over, I can't help but think about Autumn! I love the start of a new season and Autumn has always felt so magical and cosy to me. I love to welcome in the Autumn season by stocking up on some new Autumn candles. A year or two ago I spent a small fortune importing some Bath & Body Works Autumn goodies in, I bought soooo many I still have untouched candles to this day. Although I do think they were totally worth the money (but I am a bit mad when it comes to unnecessary spending!) I just can't justify the costs this year with a wedding to pay for. I got myself down to Homesense to pick up a few treats.

I can't believe I have only just got round to trying Homesense candles, with all the hype over the last few years I couldn't help but feel a little giddy on my first Homesense candle spree. The first candle I was drawn to was the DW Home Three Wick Autumn Orchard £7.99. It looks so cosy I was really hoping I would love it and I did! This smells like Christmas in a jar to me, it's very similar to Bath & Body Works Leaves - my all time favourite Autumn/Christmas candle, that I have just ran out of! Autumn Orchard smells spicy and sweet, it reminds me of walking into Hamley's in London at Christmas time. To me it's a mix of sweet cinnamon, spicy clove and vanilla Christmas cookies - Autumn in a jar for only £7.99!
The next candle I loved was the DW Home Two Wick Apple Cider £7.99 I love the Autumn red/burnt orange jar it's so gorgeous. I'm normally a fruity candle kind of person so I love finding a fruity but spicy Autumn scent. I love that this isn't super intense and over powering. When you have a million and one spicy Autumn candles in front of you to try, they can be very overwhelming and maybe a bit over powering. Apple Cider has a subtle warm spicy scent with a hint of fruity apple. I can't wait to try this one.
The last candle I picked up isn't a typical Autumn candle. As I mentioned, it can be a little overwhelming heading into the Autumn candle section, everything started to smell way to strong and spicy to me. I picked up The Market Gingered Citron £6.99 - admittedly I thought it said Gingerbread! This scent is right up my street, I'm obsessed with zesty citrus scents! This smells exactly like the citrus Shake N Vac and I'm kind of obsessed with that smell. This isn't the typical Autumn candle I would normally go for, but I still think this is going to be lovely this time of year. It has a slight ginger hint to it which makes it feel warmer than most fruity citrus candles, making it gorgeous for when the weather gets colder.

I'm so pleased with my little Autumn treats from Homesense and can't wait to pick a few more nearer Christmas time. My home is starting to feel so cosy and festive - I love it!

Have you picked up any Autumn candles this year beauties?

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading
One of my favourite things to do, especially on a Summer holiday is relax by the pool or on the beach and get stuck into a good book. I find it really hard to find the time to read at home - work and everyday life just really gets in the way! Whilst I'm on holiday I can easily get through three or four books. Although I'm not actually going on an abroad Summer holiday this year (Got a wedding to plan!) I still want to find the time to get into some new books. Simon and I have just got back from Brighton, we went for a few days to celebrate my 25th Birthday. We took the week off work and I've really been enjoying having the time to relax in the garden with a book, whilst he works on his motorbike. I want to share with you some of the books I've loved this year and also a couple I want to get through this Summer.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | Sophie Kinsella has been my favourite author since being an adult. I was introduced to her books by my cousin when she lent me the first Shopaholic book. I absolutely fell in love with this series and it was the first 'mature' book I read whilst in my early teens. I've finally made an effort and got myself in to reading again and I couldn't wait to start reading 'My Not So Perfect Life'. These days everyone looks like they have their shit together and are total 'goals' on Insta. Well sometimes it's not all what it seems. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It's full of funny and relatable moments and now I'm so eager to buy all of Sophie Kinsella's books!

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland | When Louise first mentioned she was writing her first book, I admit I felt disappointed she fell in to the whole YouTuber book deal craze. I didn't really pay attention for a while when she talked about writing her book until she really explained the story of a single Mum bringing up her little girl. I had never read a book that involved parenthood or 'single- mum-dom' but realised I absolutely loved watching Louise's vlogs and found her so witty and charming, I preordered the book. I really enjoyed Louise's first novel and found it so funny. Wilde Like Me is a great little read and I've preordered the sequel, Wilde About The Girl.

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling | You may know that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I adore the films and watch them multiply times yearly. One thing you may not know, is that I never read the books when I was younger. Not because I didn't want to, but because for some insane reason, my Mum didn't allow me to. My Mum worried that they were 'witchcraft' and had it in her head the if I read the books I would turn into some crazy devil worshipper! Although she didn't let me read the books when I was younger, a few years back I did persuade her to buy my the DVD box set - although she wasn't best please about it, bless her! So I've took it upon myself to read the books. Although I already know the stories and the ending, the books are still as magical as the films and I'm really enjoying reading them. The one thing I love about the films is how detailed they are, so when I read an extra little nugget of magic in the book that isn't included in the film, it's very exciting! I'm trying to read them all before I read the Cursed Child. I've just started The Half Blood Prince and I'm really enjoying it, there's nothing better than the beginning of a Harry Potter book as you know your in for a gripping magical adventure.

New York Actually by Sarah Morgan | I've always loved Sophie Kinsella, I'm always drawn to her humorous, romantic and a little bit naughty light hearted books. So I was on the hunt for something similar and I discovered Sarah Morgan. Sarah Morgan has a ton of 'chick lit' romance books and I was drawn to 'New York Actually' as I'm obsessed with the film Love Actually. I always love films and books set in New York (and of course Sex & The City!) plus there was a cute little Dalmatian on the cover! I've just started this book and I'm really enjoying it so far. We meet Molly, an agony aunt/author/match maker/blogger (my dream career!) who spends her time helping the public with their relationships, but is afraid to have one of her own. Then Daniel a successful New York City divorce lawyer, who's addicted to his career and has intimacy issues himself. I've only read a few chapters but I'm enjoying it so far. This would be a good little read whilst on holiday sitting by the pool!

Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan | This is another book in Sarah's 'From Manhattan With Love Series' just like New York Actually is. I haven't started this yet, but I already know I'm going to love this and I'm sure I'll be picking up the rest of the series. Sleepless In Manhattan follows the story of Paige, who has the perfect New York apartment, the perfect career and amazing friends. She's the girl who has it all, until she find herself packing up her desk. We see her trying to rebuild her life and she realises she was missing one thing from her perfect world, the perfect love story.

I'm so excited to be getting back into reading and I've really enjoyed the books I've read recently. What better time to get into a good book than on your Summer Holiday!? (maybe snuggled up in Autumn time - eeek I can't wait!)

I'd love to know what you've been reading and if you have any recommendations for me?



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High Street Skincare Haul

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High Street Skincare Haul
I've recently been watching Jade Billington on Youtube and I can't get over how gorgeous her skin is. She has such beautiful clear skin, I needed to find out what she uses! I watched a few of her videos and she mentioned some skincare favourites of hers and immediately I was on the Boots website ordering some goodies. You may know that I've been struggling with my skin for a while now. Since I've got older my skin has got worse. I have moderate acne, scaring and oiliness. I've tried so many different brands of skincare but nothing has really made a difference in my acne. I've tried Origins, Liz Earle, ProActive and many more. I thought I would just give a few high street brands a go.

Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

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I've been craving chocolate orange muffins for about a week or so now and couldn't seem to find them anywhere in Tesco, so I thought why don't I bake some! I remember at school they used to have the most delicious chocolate muffins and I was trying to find a recipe similar. I used a recipe from Netmums but tweaked it a little. The recipe is so quick and easy and you get these delicious chocolate orange muffins at the end.

You'll need:
280G of Plain Flour
140G of Caster Sugar
2tsb of Baking Powder
240ml of Milk
2 Eggs
4tsbs of Butter Melted
1/2 a Table Spoon of Vanilla Essence
75 Grams of Chocolate Orange Chunks
1 Orange

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200'C or Gasmark 6. I have a fan oven and preheated it to around 180'c.
2. Whisk all the wet ingredient together. Mix the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla essence. I tweaked this a little by adding in a some juice from one orange, to give the sponge a bit more of a orange flavour! I was a bit worried when I mixed in the butter as I did it whilst it was still hot, I'd suggest waiting until it's cooled down a bit. 
3. Mix in the dry ingredients. The flour, sugar and baking powder. I also added in a zest of an orange to give the muffins more flavour. Don't over work the mixture or make it too smooth.
4. Mix in the orange chocolate chunks!
5. Pour into 12 muffin cases. Or 6 large cases. 
6. Then bake for around 20 minutes.

I found this recipe so easy to follow and the muffins were done before I could even finish the washing up. I really love the orange/vanilla sponge with the orange chocolate it makes them taste so sweet but refreshing at the same time and not too sickly. I did tweak the recipe by adding orange juice and zest and I did find my chocolate sunk a little bit too the bottom on some of the muffins. I'm not sure if this was because I tweaked the recipe or because my chunks were too big. Overall for a first time baking chocolate muffins I found this recipe so simple and the end result delicious!

Have you been baking recently beauties?


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May Beauty Favourites 2018

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May Beauty Favourites 2018 including Clinique, Colourpop & Maybelline
It's been a fair few months since my last favourites post, but this past month I've been using some new products non stop that I absolutely adore. I'm not the kind of person who will just keep churning out favourites post every single month, because honestly I don't switch up my products that often and  I don't want to just give you a rubbish fake favourites post just for the hell of it. I quite like just posting a favourites every few months and show you the beauty products I really have been obsessed with recently.

12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game

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12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game
I for sure have not got my blog photography down (especially the editing side), but one thing I really do enjoy about blog photography is the props! I love adding new little trinkets and additions to photos, they can make all the difference. I want to share with you some of my favourite blog props that can bring your blogging photography game up a level!

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette

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So it's been a good few weeks since my first Colourpop haul and I've managed to try out some of my new goodies. I only bought one palette and I've been wearing it not stop ever since. Today I want to share with you my Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette.

Base: Matter Of Fact, Crease : Straight Up, Blend: Fortnight
I usually stick to my high end eyeshadow palettes because they're usually amazing quality and so soft and gorgeous to blend. I couldn't help but order a palette though whilst I was making my first Colourpop order, as they are just so gorgeous and also very affordable! The Give It To Me Straight palette is just $16 which works out to just over £11 for 12 shades, which is just insane! I normally expect more affordable eyeshadow palettes to be a bit dry and not really have much colour payoff, but thankfully Colourpop has changed everything!
When I first unboxed the palette I couldn't help but think it was absolutely gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a shimmering warm bronze burgundy shade and this is just what my palette dreams are made off! The warm bronze shades are perfect all year round, at first all I could think about was wearing this in Autumn time with the lovely burnt copper and burgundy's, but of course this is perfect for Spring and Summer too thanks to the warmth! The palette has a great mix of matte and shimmering/foil like shades, I really can't wait to experiment more with the mattes. The colour pay off is amazing, I normally expect high street shadows to be hard work but these are something else! I love blending these shades, because the more you blend the more amazing they look. I was expecting some fall out thanks to the high shimmer, but again was very surprised with the great quality and no fall out! The glitter isn't too chunky, in fact it's more metallic so it's perfect for creating a beautiful multi dimensional look without having full on glitter chunks all over your face. My shadow always stays put and doesn't crease when I wear these shades, it's a perfect all rounder. Although there are some very beautiful stand out burgundy and mauve shades in this palette that are probably more suited to an evening look, this is great for day time too. There are some really lovely warm nudes and light metallics that work really well everyday. I can't really think of an occasion where I wouldn't be able to create a perfect look using this palette.

I'm so impressed with my first Colourpop eyeshadow palette, I really cannot fault the quality!
I'm sure I will be making another Colourpop order soon as I just can't get over how affordable and gorgeous their products are.

What else do I need to try from Colourpop beauties?


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