SUNDAZE

Sundaze: a Sunday state of mind, involving feelings of wellbeing, relaxation & happiness – what more could you ask for?💁 After recently being away, meeting new people and chatting about where you’ve travelled from, it has inspired me to travel more. And not only travel abroad more (which if you know me, you know I love it far too much anyway) but travelling into London more often too. When you tell people that London is pretty much your hometown, it’s so funny to see how fascinated they are, I guess in the same way I am if somebody were to tell me they lived in New York, for example – like, it must be so cool to be so close to all of your favourite shops/restaurants/amazing places 24/7, but I guess if you’re from there, you start to take it for granted. This has made me want to travel into the city more, not only to be thankful that I live so near to such a cool place, but to take advantage of all the places I can easily visit in London, which many other people around the world probably dream of going to! Long story short, it just seems silly to live so close to one of the best cities in the world and hardly ever go there. So, I’ve made it a point to start going there more often, maybe just for lunch, some shopping, maybe even for a weekend – especially being up there on a sunny day like today, I just love it! Of course, I went photo crazy.. enjoy 🇬🇧

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Sunday Morning Selfridges

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I took my new Superstars out for the day (thanks Santa🎅)

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Oxford Street

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Mezzah Lounge, Harrods – if you like Lebanese food, you HAVE to go here!

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Meze & cocktails @ Mezzah Lounge😍🍹

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The view from Mezzah Lounge – very Mary Poppins, no?

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Harrods

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Blue sky & Burberry

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Bulgari Hotel bar (see you soon😉)

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Sort that hair out💆

Jeans Topshop

Jumper New Look (Cameo Rose)

Trainers Adidas (exclusive to JD Sports)

Bag Louis Vuitton

Sunglasses Ray-Ban

FACING 2016

Hello hello! Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2016 is treating you well so far 👸 I am super excited for the year ahead! I thought I’d start off with a make-up post, basically just letting you know what I put on my face every day…excluding the eyes and the lips and all that fun stuff, because of course, there’s a whole load of other products for that 😉

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ALWAYS start with primer, for me, that is a must. Having oily/combination skin, I find that skipping this step just results in all make-up sort of melting off my face throughout the day – not cute. This Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing primer (the purple one) is seriously a lifesaver. I think this is the 5th one I have purchased (I wish I was joking) and it really smoothes everything out and creates a poreless, matte base for you to begin your make-up on.

Then, I use 1/2 pumps of my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum gel foundation in shade 53 light beige onto the back of my hand, dot it all over my face, then roughly blend with the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. This foundation is great because it gives me the right amount of glow (YOU KNOW I LOVE THAT GLOW) without actually looking oily – love. I’ve been loving the Sculpting Brush lately too, I assume its meant for contouring/highlighting/SCULPTING things (as the name would suggest) but who even uses brushes where they’re meant to be used in the first place anyway? Not me 🙋 I then bounce over my whole face with my beloved Beauty Blender, aka, my life. If you don’t own one of these little beauties, please go and buy yourself one now and there will be no regrets, I promise!

Next, I go in with MAC Pro Longwear concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, then blend it out with my Beauty Blender – such a perfect little combo. I switch between two shades – I love NW20 for all over coverage and just in general, but NW15 is good for highlighting and brightening up. I keep repurchasing this concealer, I just love it…which reminds me, I should probably stock up like immediately, if not sooner. It’s nearly all gone and I definitely get some sort of weird make-up anxiety if a holy grail product of mine is almost empty – just me, or?

Next, Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter. This product is seriously YUM. I like to apply it directly from the stick, then just use my Beauty Blender over the top – done. If you love glowy skin like I do, just apply it to the usual highlight places – cheekbones, chin, cupid’s bow, nose, brow bone… If you want to love it as much as I do,  you can read all about it my November Favourites post here.

Then, I set my face with the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Pressed Powder – LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It locks your foundation in place and gives a really smooth finish. It also has a yellow tinge to the powder, which helps to brighten up the skin really nicely. *TIP* Apply this powder with the ELF powder brush – a personal favourite of mine – it’s got a flat top so it is perfect for packing on the powder to set the rest of your make-up, without making it look cakey!

Last but not least on my face, I set my Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter with a powder highlighter – Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop. I’m not going to bore you with the gory details of my actual love affair with this product, but if you’ve been around on my blog for a while, you’ll know it was a favourite of mine back in September which you can read about here and is definitely still a favourite now! *TIP* Use any small highlight, or even fluffy eyeshadow brush, to apply this – I’ve been loving the Real Techniques Setting Brush lately – to get a precise application, then you can always blend it out slightly to diffuse the highlight if need be.

I hope you enjoyed reading about all the fun stuff I put on my face every morning, this set of products have been working wonders for me lately! Although, if you follow me on Instagram *check it out here* you would have seen that I posted a picture of some new goodies I picked up in Sephora when I was out of the country! I am in the process of trying all my new bits out, so if I have any new favourites I will be sure to share them on here.

*TIP* I’ve been set in my ways for so many years of how I do my make-up: face, eyes, then lips. Like what other way would you even do it right? But lately, I’ve been starting with my eyes – shadows, liner, mascara, lashes, brows – THEN moving onto my skin, and I’m actually really loving the results! If you haven’t tried this, give it a go. It’s a little weird to get used to but I think it’s a lot easier to do your make-up and you actually end up with a better end result, in my opinion!

Thanks for reading, links for everything mentioned will be below, and again, Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is just as sassy as you are 💁💅

Smashbox Primer

Bourjois Foundation

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Pink Beauty Blender

MAC concealer

Benefit highlighter

Soap & Glory powder

ELF Powder brush

Becca x Jaclyn Hill highlighter

Real Techniques Setting Brush

Candle

Alexa Chung book

Notebook – Louboutin

Make-up tray – Victoria’s Secret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAMPAGNE AND SUPERCARS

Kicking my week off to an exciting start, as Porsche have launched their new all turbo engined range of 911s, which officially go on sale this Saturday. My sneak preview included being ultimately pampered with lots of champagne and mini desserts which were amazing, of course – although if you know me well, I do not require any encouragement, whether that be in the form of alcohol or food, when it comes to making purchases 😉 A very big thank you to Porsche Centre Hatfield for a lovely evening! P.S. Don’t forget to send a few of those champagne flutes over to me, they were to die for!

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WHAT I’VE BEEN LOVING IN NOVEMBER

IT’S DECEMBER?! I know people always joke around and say that it’ll be Christmas again soon, but seriously, it will be 😂💁 Anyway, the end of one month and the start of the next obviously calls for a monthly favourites post where I basically just waffle on about what I’ve been loving! So let’s go.

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Let’s start off with organisation, aka my life. This Kate Spade diary is a life saver for an organisation freak like myself and allows me to keep everything in check, I seriously don’t know what I’d do without it! Plus, it’s super pretty. It is actually a 17-month diary, which started in August of this year and ends in December 2016. Considering the amount of time I spend on my laptop, you’d think I’d do it all on there but it confuses me so much and with things like dates and lists and birthdays and holidays I would rather just write it all down. So if you’re anything like me – you need this Kate Spade diary in your life. Oh, and did I mention that Kate Spade actually has a whole range of stationery bits which you can get here? I seriously need it all.

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Next up, beauty. Who doesn’t love make-up and skincare? These four products have been getting me through November, so I couldn’t not include them in my favourites…

1) Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask – this stuff is seriously wow. I actually discovered it online and it retails for about £7/8 on Amazon which is such a good deal, because this pot is literally the size of my head. The product itself is a really finely milled brown/grey powder which sort of smells like mud, and you mix it with apple cider vinegar or water. You don’t need loads, but you mix it all together and let it sit on your face for about 15-20 minutes. It hardens to the point where it actually sort of hurts to move your face, and when you wash it off your face is like BRIGHT red. Don’t be scared – just slap loads of moisturiser on and leave your skin to do it’s thing overnight, but I seriously feel like this mask just gets all the nasty stuff out of your face! Any blemishes I have on my skin prior to using this are definitely less angry after I’ve finished using it.

2) Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter – I have been LOVING this highlighter. I use it on my face every single day to strobe and highlight my skin and it just works wonders. I am a big fan of glowy skin, not only in the summer but also in the winter, as it makes you look super healthy instead of having a dull complexion, probably due to the British weather at the moment!

3) MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick – at long last, I have jumped on the Velvet Teddy band wagon, and safe to say I have not been disappointed! The online beauty hype for this lipstick is definitely worth it, as it’s just the perfect shade of nude and stays on for so long. It doesn’t dry my lips out either like many other lipsticks do, which I’m super relieved about! All over a very lovely lipstick, perfect to pair with any look.

4) Body brushing – obsessed. I have grown up my whole life with my mum swearing by body brushing, so I guess it’s only natural for me to swear by it too! I like to do this before I go to bed, it makes your skin so soft and glowing. It also has a load of benefits to do with your circulatory system and lymphatic drainage.

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Next, fragrance!

1) This Zara Oriental perfume is seriously yummy. It was sort of an impulse buy as I was waiting in the queue but we all know I’m a sucker for an impulse buy, so I couldn’t resist. It has a spicy, caramel latte sort of vibe which I’m loving. If you’re passing Zara definitely go in and give it a smell, you’ll know what I’m talking about…

2) This Capri Blue candle is just ugh omg. Again, I’m rubbish at explaining smells but it is amazing and leaves my room smelling fab. I picked it up from Anthropologie on King’s Road, in Chelsea. The shop is so beautiful, I love Anthropologie itself but I’m pretty sure this is the nicest store of it I’ve visited. It’s location is beautiful anyway but inside is exactly what you’d expect, very chic and vintage – classic Anthropologie – it was seriously to die for. Oh and did I mention the actual LOOK of this candle? We all know if something has a pretty name/pretty packaging, I’ll probably buy it, even if I hate the product itself 😂 Anyway, the actual candle on the outside is all opal, and I FREAKING LOVE OPALS. The lid is super cute too, it’s got that brass/copper/rose gold thing going on with all paisley designs engraved on top. Love it.

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Thanks for reading, and congrats if you made it this far (I have chatterbox issues) 🎉🎉🎉 Hope you are kicking December off to a good start!

Diary Kate Spade

Clay Mask Amazon

Watt’s Up highlighter Benefit

Velvet Teddy lipstick MAC

Body brush The Body Shop

Perfume Zara

Candle Anthropologie

SWEATER & LEATHER WEATHER

It’s got so chilly the past few weeks and this outfit has been the perfect solution for me on those days where it’s cold outside but not cold enough to wear layers and layers of coats and jumpers – not quite yet, anyway. This jumper contains wool so its lovely and cosy but still quite thin, and with the cut-off sleeves, it doesn’t make you too hot and stuffy at the same time. These leather-look jeans are honestly so comfy, I’ve been loving them, along with my snakeskin shoes which I live in!

Jumper New Look

Jeans New Look

Shoes New Look

COMFY AUTUMN CHIC

Hey hey beauties! Just a short but sweet outfit post today. One of the things I live in during Autumn/Winter is neutral jumpers and skirts with a statement necklace of some sort to spice it up a bit. This cape is amazing, I pretty much haven’t taken it off since I got it! It’s great for me considering I’m cold quite a lot of the time, so it’s lovely and cosy but can also make any outfit look instantly chic – love it! Last but not least – these boots. Can you even? Because I can’t.

ENJOY!

Jumper New Look

Skirt New Look

Cape New Look

Necklace New Look

Boots New Look

LOUIS VUITTON SERIES 3 EXHIBITION

As some of you may have seen on my Instagram yesterday, I went to the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition! Being a huge lover of the brand I really wanted to go there before it finishes on the 18th and see what it was all about! It was based around the inspiration of the Fall 2015 collection by Nicolas Ghesquière (creative director of the brand). It was really cool and there were loads of rooms with different things to see! If you can get to 180 The Strand to see it any time this weekend I would highly recommend it…

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Have a good weekend!