So you're going wedding dress shopping...

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So you're going wedding dress shopping, 8 tips before you go wedding dress shopping for the first time
It's one of the biggest moments of your life. You've probably been looking forward to and planning this day since you were a little girl. You're going to take you mum, sisters and besties that have been through all the tragic boyfriends and heartbreaks over the years. You're going to all giggle and drink champagne and everyone's going to tell you how beautiful you are in a zillion different dresses. You're going to look like the most perfect, sun kissed goddess, sophisticated but sexy, elegant but charming, sensational but effortless, princess bride there ever was.You're going to know exactly when you've found 'the one' and everyone's going to tear up at the site of how drop dead gorgeous you are...  I hate to break it to you, but it's probably not going to go how you imagined. Finding your perfect wedding dress is one of the biggest and most hyped up moments of your life. The amount of pressure you can feel when shopping for THE dress can very easily spoil the moment (and don't get me started on finding the money to pay for said dress!). As a bride to be, I get it. You want everything to go perfect, but you have to know what you're getting yourself in for. I kind of put off dress shopping for a while due to the expectations of how perfect the experience should be. I've since braved the wedding boutiques and have been on my first outing to get that all important dress of a lifetime. I want to share with you some of my tips that should make shopping for your perfect wedding dress, that little bit easier!

So you're going wedding dress, 8 tips before you go wedding dress shopping for the first time
1. Take a shit ton of screenshots! You may not have a clue what kind of wedding dress you want, don't stress, that's totally normal (you've probably never had to wear a wedding dress before!). The wedding dress industry is soo overwhelming - the thousands of designers, style, fabrics, shapes, sizes... it goes on and on and don't even get me started on the accessories. Where do you even start!? I found the most useful thing to do to narrow down what 'I thought' I would like, was to spend hours searching dresses on instagram, pinterest, google any kind of platform I could find and taking a shit ton of screenshots. You need to do your research. Once you've got a bunch of photos of what you like, you can take this along with you to boutiques and wedding fairs.

2. Figure out where you're going and your budget. Once you have some kind of idea of the kind of dress you like, you can start planning your trip. If you have a budget - stick to it. There's no point going to try on Vera Wang gowns and finding 'the one' knowing you can't get it. Why torture yourself!? Who cares about the designer. No one is going to know the make of your dress, or really care how much it cost. Find a boutique or two within your budget that holds a few designers/styles you would like to try and go from there.

3. Don't bring the whole squad! Once you have your day planned, you need to figure out who's coming. I know, I know it's very tempting to bring your family, you childhood ride or die, your bridesmaids and your work bestie - but too many people, bring too many opinions! Even if you can manage to organise that many people to be available for your special shopping trip, it just isn't worth it. I don't know about you, but I just don't want any added stress when trying to find the dress I'm going to look and feel most breathtaking in. You just don't need all those opinions, it's hard enough trying to form your own. Yes, it's a lovely special moment to have your family or your best friends there, but limit the numbers. You've finally found a dress you kind of like, maybe you love the neckline and finally made some sort of decision - but one of your friends say they preferred the other one! No no no! - this is MY wedding dress, I don't want anyone to tell me that something else is better! Honestly, hearing someone say you look less than perfect in something you love is just not the one. Don't get me started on the opinionated sales assistants...
I adore my family and friends but I would highly recommend just bringing 1-2 people. As much as I value their opinions, I value my own more.  Make time to go by yourself! The next time I go wedding dress shopping, I think I'm going to do it alone. I can't wait to take my time, relax, soak up my own opinions and enjoy the experience - I may even find the one.

4. Create your bridal hair and makeup. If you're anything like myself and are more talented in buying all the makeup than actually applying it like a pro, then you'll probably be hiring your own makeup artist and hair stylist for your big day. Despite this, it's so helpful to get a feel for what you're actually going to look like walking down the isle. If you know you're going to have a hair down moment as you say 'I do', then let your locks down when trying dresses. If you want lashes for days, then get those falsies out before you go shopping. Create your bridal look, there's no point trying to find your dream dress with your hair scrunched up into a messy bun! It's so much easier to find the one if you wear your makeup and hair how you would like it on your wedding day.

5. Say bye bye to your strappy bra. You want to be able to try on different styles, so you're going to need to wear a strapless bra. This will allow you to get a real feel for each dress, without those dreaded strap marks. Be prepared to say goodbye to the bra all together! You may find a gorgeous strapless dress but your bra pokes out the top - that's probably not the look your were going for. Ask the assistant if you can go braless to get a real idea of what the dress will look like and if it does your boobies any justice! Don't worry, they will have seen all kinds of different sizes and shapes on a weekly basis - it's literally there job to fit you into the dresses and a lot of dresses are designed to make you look gorgeous without a bra in the way.

6. Take a ton of pics in different styles. I found it super helpful to get photos of myself in different dresses. It can be so overwhelming trying dresses on, you don't really know how you feel about a dress in the moment - actually it can be very underwhelming. You expect this big princess moment, but to be honest I didn't know how I felt about a lot of dresses. Having photos of you in every dress can be so helpful to look at later. It can be hard trying to make a decision about your dress of a lifetime and you don't have to make it there and then.

7. Try on the whole shebang. So you've found a dress you kind of like, but you can't quite say yes to the dress yet. Maybe it's missing something. I highly recommend trying on dresses with veils, shoes, belts etc. I didn't think I would be a belt kinda gal, but honestly when I had a particular dress on and the assistant added a dainty little belt and veil - I finally felt like a bride! Small little touches can really change the way you feel about a certain dress.

8. Chill the fuck out and have fun. Stop putting pressure on yourself! You don't have to find the dress a year in advance, you don't need to bring the whole squad and you don't need to find it right away - you don't even need to feel like it's 'the one' the second it's on your body. The more you chill out about it, the more enjoyable the experience will be. Stop trying to please everyone, it's your day and it's your dress. It only matters how you feel about your dress. Your partner loves you no matter what and they are going to think you look drop dead gorgeous in the dress you feel a million dollars in - not the dress your Aunt prefers. Go on as many or as little shopping trips as you like, take who you like and also go alone! You only get this experience once - so enjoy it.



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High End Treat or Sentimental High Street? | Wedding Fragrance

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There's so much to think about when planning a wedding, from your venue and your dress to the smaller things you probably hadn't even thought of before, like what type of button hole you're going to have or the style of place card. Today I need help choosing my fragrance for the day. I'm not sure wether to go with a high end treat or a sentimental high street staple?

For my 25th birthday Simon and I visited Brighton for a few days. I decided to treat myself to a fancy little Jo Malone fragrance. I pushed the boat slightly out and spent the £47 for a 45ml bottle. I chose Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede. It's described as charming and flirtatious thanks to its top note of juicy red apple and the lovely feminine touch of peony. This perfume is beautiful, elegant, seductive, fun and flirty - it's everything and more! As soon as I picked it, I was thinking this could be my wedding perfume! It's so feminine and classy - exactly how you would want to feel on your wedding day. I can't help but think how gorgeous this would be in the getting ready photos too. This could be the perfect wedding fragrance.

I've also been thinking that I should probably use a perfume that's more sentimental. When I first met Simon I used to wear Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy. It's very affordable at only £18 for a 100ml bottle (you can even find it cheaper than that sometimes!).  This has been my all time go to fragrance for years as it's so delicious and fruity but so affordable. Simon and I used to work together and he said he used to love smelling this, as he knew I would be around somewhere. He really likes the sweet fruity scent too. It's kind of turned in to a sentimental fragrance as I used to wear it when we were first seeing each other. This is a much more sexy but sweet scent rather than the sickly sweet original Britney Spears Fantasy perfume, it has always been a trusty staple for me.

I'm not sure which scent I prefer, I love them both. Do I go with a high end treat with the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede or with my sentimental high street Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy?

What would be be your go to wedding perfume beauties?


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Hello 2019!

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2018 was a bit of a sucky year for me in terms of blogging and some personal aspects of my life. I really ran out of momentum and motivation and had a blogging break without meaning to. Once you slip into not being active of social media and not creating content, it can be sooo hard to get back into the swing of things. I love creating content for my blog and YouTube but I just find it so hard to stay motivated with a full time job. I've realised though, I definitely am happiest when I'm actively blogging, so I want to make much more of an effort this year to get back into the swing of things.

What better post to get back into blogging, than a little hello to 2019 and the things I have planned for this year...


Get married. Although there were things in my life that were pretty crap in 2018, it wasn't all bad - I did get engaged and started planning my dream wedding! (and we got 2 adorable kitties). This year in August I get to marry the love of my life and my best friend. We are so excited for this day and we've been spending our time recently (and all of our money - hence the lack of hauls on my blog/youtube!) planning our dream day. It truly is gong to be magical and we cannot wait to be Mr & Mrs Lake. I've been wondering wether to change all of my blog/social media to Corrie Lake, it could be a nice little revamp - what do you think?

Honeymoon. Not only do I get to marry my dream man, but we've also booked a bit of a boujee (for us anyway) trip to Mexico (if you can't go all out on your honeymoon, then when can you!?). Simon and I have been together 4 years and we've never actually gone on a Summer beach holiday, we've only really been to London, Centre Parcs, Disneyland etc together - so kind of exhausting! We can't wait to have 11 days in a tropical paradise in a 5 star adult only resort, soaking up the sun as a newlywed couple. I will probably vlog some of our honeymoon as I would love to have the memories!

Start the process of buying our first home. This ones a bit of a stretch, hence why I say start the process.  Once we have the wedding out of the way, we will have some spare money to put towards our house savings. Hopefully by the end of the year we can start getting some advise from mortgage advisors and be able to buy our own house the following year. We want to own a home so badly and I really feel like unfortunately we can't move on with our life/family until we move. We live in a small 2 bedroom maisonette at the moment that would be too small to start a family and it's too small for me really to get a lot of blogging/YouTube works done. Our second bedroom is full with my wardrobe, laundry, Simon's clothes and desk and our freezer! We would love to start our own family and I know everyone says there's no perfect time - but I'm a big believer in there certainly can be a better time. I want to enjoy raising our children, not be stressed we have no room to even have a push chair!

Be more active on social media including instagram. As I haven't been posting recently on my blog and Youtube, I haven't really been active on social media. I just end up scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and not interacting. I wonder why I feel so lost in this community at the moment - it would help if I actually interacted with people or created content! I especially want to get into Instagram this year. I've never planned content for my Instagram itself, I always just post my new blog posts and maybe a few spur of the moment snaps. Recently I've really loved using Instagram though and I want to make a conscious effort to plan content and have fun on Instagram!

Plan and enjoy creating content again. I really did have a blogging slump in 2018. I think a lot of this could be to do with planning our wedding, as I've mentioned we've been putting every penny into being able to afford to get married and save for a house, it's left zilch for personal treats. I love to blog about new makeup/skincare purchases etc and there just hasn't been a lot of that recently. I need to find a way to blog on a budget and not rely on new purchases as post ideas. I want to put more time in planning my content and enjoy doing so. I think I'm going to start by brainstorming ideas and planning my posts a month at a time. Knowing I have a ton of ideas for my blog, really helps with my motivation and lets me enjoy creating my content. If you have any tips on how you plan your content, I'd love some advise!

Open and Etsy shop. Since we've been planning our wedding, I've been going to Etsy for a lot of the decorations and stationery. I've found so many small shops with gorgeous designs it's inspired me to create my own shop. I would like to design and print foil printed stationery. I've already created a few designs for save the dates, will you be my bridesmaid cards, seating plans etc and I've really been enjoying it. I've also been finding it hard to get the exact table plan design for my own wedding, I would love a copper hanging hoop plan. I've decided I'm going to make it myself and if it goes well, I'd love to add that to my shop too. I'm not too sure what to call my shop yet as I don't want to be restricted to just wedding and prints. Any ideas hit me up beauties! I want to be as prepared and professional as possible before starting my own shop, I'm hoping I can open in the next few months.

I'm very lucky to have an exciting year ahead of me with my wedding and honeymoon and I honestly feel like anything blog/YouTube wise will be an improvement for me this year as apposed to my crappy 2018 effort! I'm excited for 2019 and I'm not going to put pressure on myself with unrealistic blog goals like every other year. I just want to be happy with the content I'm creating and not disappear for a couple of months this year!

I'd love to know what you have planned for 2019 beauties?



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Design.ME Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray

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Design.ME Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray
I'm someone who is normally useless with hair, I either have my hair in a scruffy up do or I straighten it - that's as much effort as I usually put in. I would love to have gorgeous waves and curls everyday but they just drop out of my hair as it's long and thick and I normally just grab the most affordable hairspray available (that usually has a very strong granny scent!). So when Sparkle PR asked if they could send me some products of course I was up for trying the Design.ME Hold.Me Three Ways Hairspray.

Design.Me Hold.Me Three Ways is the perfect hairspray for all occasions. It's a unique adjustable hairspray that gives you the option for a light, medium or high hold. Having the choice is just a lifesaver. If you're like me and you normally just go for a straight look or you just want to keep your natural waves in place, the light option is perfect. Of course there are going to be times where you want a stronger hold (especially with all the Christmas and New Years parties coming up) and you can use the same hairspray for a party look too!
First off, I love the packing how cute is the baby pink!? It has a lovely soft feel to the bottle too, that makes the bottle so lovely to hold and use. The adjustable nozzle at the top is super easy to use all you need to do is switch the nozzle to your desired finish. I first tried the light hold on an everyday straight hair look. The hairspray itself is lovely and soft and has a light fragrance that isn't overpowering like many other sprays on the market! The hairspray made my hair feel soft and shiny and kept my hair straight and smooth all day long. I love that you have the lighter option, so your hair still has the natural movement in it, whilst keeping the flyaways at bay!
I decided to try the medium hold when I lightly curled my hair to go wedding dress shopping. Of course on my big day I'm going to step away from the straight hair, I would love some soft curls and I wanted to see what the dresses would look like whilst I had my hair done this way. I switched to the medium hold, to keep my curls in place. Again this keeps your hair lovely and smooth, but it also helps add a bit of volume and lift to your hair which was perfect for my soft curly look. This was the perfect day to try out what this hairspray could really do, as it was pretty much stormy in the UK! My hair had to battle the wind and spitting rain whilst we found the bridal shop from the carpark! Normally I would look like a drowned rat within 2 seconds of being out in that kind of weather, but honestly my hair still had it's loose curls in. I'm so happy I used this hairspray, as I managed to try on wedding dresses with a cute hairstyle, rather than a wet frizzy look.
I haven't got round to trying the high hold yet as it's more for up do's and tight curls, which is a rarity for me, but I have no doubt this would do the job. The Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray also offers UV protection to help decrease sun damage on your gorgeous locks. I love how smooth this feels on my hair, there's not a crispy or crunchy hair in sight!

I love that this has made me put more effort into my hair and create some cute curled looks and also perfect my high ponytail. This really is THE perfect all rounder for any kind of hair style and for any occasion, wether you're just wanting to tame your baby hairs or wether you're getting ready on your wedding day and needing to hold those tight curls all day long. Not to mention how cute this looks on your dressing table!

I'm so impressed with the Design.ME Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray and love that it's made me take more pride into my hair, I really want to try more products from them too. I have my eyes on the Puff.Me Volumising Powder Mist and the Fab.ME Hair Moisturising Mist.

Have your tried anything from Design.ME beauties?



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Yankee Candle 12 Christmas Memories Votive Collection | Candle Of The Month

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Yankee Candle 12 Christmas Memories Votive Collection
With less than a week left until Christmas, I wanted to share with you the little festive candle set that has seen me right through December! Recently I went shopping with Jazz and we spent over an hour in the Yankee Candle shop! (you can see this vlog on my YouTube channel). They had so many delicious Christmas scents we just couldn't make up our mind, until I found the Yankee Candle 12 Votive Christmas Memories Gift Set. 

We went into Yankee Candle to pick up some gifts for Christmas, as well as a little treat for ourselves. We loved this little votive gift set so much we both bought one and I bought one as a gift for someone too. This is the perfect set for the festive period as you have 12 gorgeous festive votives at such an affordable price. I managed to pick this up in the sale for around £10.50, that's just under 90p per votive! Unfortunately I can't find it on the Yankee website at the moment but I have found it on Candles Direct for under £15. Each votive lasts up to 15 hours. I like to use these 2 or 3 times for a few hours a day before switching out the fragrance. I love using votives as you get to try so many more different scents, without wasting a large candle. If you're like me and like to celebrate early, you only have a couple months where you can really utilise your Christmas scents. Getting a few votives or a gift set is the perfect way to do festive candles! This is the one Christmas set I actually adore all the scents!

Cherries On Snow | Sweet fruity cherry
Red Berry Cedar | Red currants and warm cedar wood
Christmas Thyme | Citrus lemongrass
Candy Cane Lane | Sweet mint with a touch of warm cookies and vanilla icing
White Christmas | Woodsy evergreens with a warm sweet hint
Balsam Cedar | Aromatic cedar wood and juniper berry
Bubbly Pomegranate | a mix of delicious juicy berries and citrus
Christmas Eve | A warm hearth, sugared plums and candied fruits
Red Apple Wreath | Sweet apples, cinnamon, walnuts and maple
Christmas Cookie | Warm rich vanilla sugar cookies
Christmas Memories | Festive warm sweet spice 
Holiday Lights | Feminine jasmine and praline

My favourite scents are Cherries On Snow, Red Berry Cedar, Candy Cane Lane, Bubbly Pomegranate and Christmas Thyme.

If you can get your hands on this set then I'd highly recommend picking it up as all of the scents are delicious and perfect for this time of year, but not too spicy and festive that they can't be used after Christmas.


What's your favourite candle scent this month beauties?


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The Acne Diaries | Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask

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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask
If you watch my YouTube videos or you've read any of my other skincare blog posts, you'll know I definitely struggle with my skin. Ever since I've been an adult I've had the worst skin and so much acne and scarring. I've tried soooo many different brands of skincare from high street to high end and if I'm being completely and truly honest, nothing has helped. I honestly don't know why my skin is so horrendous, my diet isn't that bad - it's not perfect, but it's not as if I sit around eating pizza all day long. I always use nice skincare, I drink tons of water, I NEVER go to sleep with my makeup on and I wash my make up brushes regularly. I've honestly lost hope in ever having nice clear skin which is so sad, as I'm probably going to be worrying about my skin on my wedding day. I would love to actually go to a dermatologist, but I just can't afford that whilst planning a wedding and saving for a house! So all I can do is try out different skincare at home. My skin is probably the thing I'm most conscious about, so it's taken a lot to actually post up close and personal photos of my skin. I just think I need to actually track my skin and if any of the products I try actually work! So I think I'm going to start a new little series on my blog of before and after photo's after using new skincare products.

I've always used different skincare regimes like Proactive, Liz Earle, Clinique, Origins, La Roche Posay and so many others, but honestly I've never really seen a difference. I decided to try something different and saw the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask. The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask uses LED light therapy used by dermatologist to treat acne. Now I don't know about the science of how this works, but I was willing to try something that dermatologists have been using for years, at home for a fraction of the price! You're supposed to wear this daily for just ten minutes and you should start seeing results after a week, but are recommended to use this for about 12 weeks to really notice a difference. The mask comes with a little activator that allows 30 uses. So once you've used all 30 uses, you have to then go and buy a new activator. Which seems a bit cheeky to me as essentially, this is just a remote to turn the lights on - but we'll get on to that later!
When I first used this I was expecting to feel something, but as it is just LED lights you really don't feel a thing on your skin at all. I love that it's chemical free as you know you're not putting anything on your skin that may irritate it. I actually really enjoyed wearing this for ten minutes out of my day. I found it easy to use and easy to wear (Simon found it very amusing as it does make you look like a storm trooper!). I usually just wear this as I'm watching YouTube. You can even use this multiple times a day but I decided I would wear this once a day as suggested.
Although I found the mask easy to wear and fit into my routine, I did notice the lights irritated my eyes whilst using it in the dark sometimes. I feel like they could have made more of an effort protecting your eyes, but this hasn't stopped me using this at all. I didn't notice a drastic improvement in my skin, until I actually looked at the before and after photo's!
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask Before & After
Obviously the lighting is different in these photos, but I can really tell a difference in my skin. It's not a miracle worker after 30 days for me, but it really has reduced my acne and the redness! Before this post, I was going to chuck this in the pile with my tried and tested but no results products, but I'm so impressed! This mask has gave me so much hope that with continual use, I may be able to improve my skin. As much as I'm really impressed with the mask, love using it and actually kind of enjoy wearing it - I was not impressed with the thought of having to buy a £14.99 applicator every 30 days just to turn the LED lights on, on the £40 mask I already own. Since I decided actually I am going to continue to use this mask, I decided to see if there was a way to make this more affordable. I managed to find a few hacks on YouTube so you can use the original applicator whenever you want! Now I'm not a DIY kind of person, so I did get Simon to do this for me. It only took him 10-15 minutes and now my mask turns on anytime I plug the applicator in. So I highly recommended researching this if you don't feel like wasting £15 a month when you don't need to. Now I can use the mask whenever I want, I've been using this twice a day and I can't wait to see if it will improve my skin even further!

Of course my skin is nowhere near clear, so I'm always open to try new products for my acne. I would love to know if you have any tips for me!

Have you tried the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask Beauties?


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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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