Saturday, 25 October 2014

EVENT: WITCH & MONDRIAN

Staying in a hotel overnight always feels like an absolute luxury to me - big beds, mini bars and room service - what's there not to love?

Last week Witch skincare invited me for dinner and an overnight stay at the brand new Mondrian hotel to celebrate their newest campaign #SwitchToWitch and I took my camera along to photograph the evening!











After arriving at the swanky new hotel on the thames, I checked into my room to find Witch products dotted around, as well as a personalised PJ set which I absolutely love.  I trotted down to dinner with some of my fav bloggers including Lily, Victoria, Leanne & Niomi for a delicious 3 course meal of scallops, lamb wellington & apple pie.
We had the chance to talk to Dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall who explained that skin looks & feels it's worst during the winter compared to any other seasons, which is why we need to switch up our skincare regimes to accommodate this.

After dinner Andrew joined me and we rushed back up to my room to have a pamper!  I changed straight into my pyjamas and used the Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash to take my makeup off,  followed by the Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Wash as I really wanted to try it after hearing such good things at dinner.

I finished with some moisturiser, ordered a peppermint tea and climbed into bed.  #SwitchToWitch is a nice little campaign reminding us to look after our skin all year round and I've now added some Witch products into my daily routine - my favourite is currently the Mattifying Moisturizer (with SPF15) which makes the perfect base for my makeup.

Big thanks to Witch for the evening - I felt like a princess.

Do you switch your skincare regime in the winter? Have you tried Witch products?

xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette Swatches!

DEAR DIARY,

I HAVE A PROBLEM AND CAN'T RESIST URBAN DECAY PALETTES.













If you're a cool-toned, pale gal like myself or enjoy natural taupe eye looks, Naked Basics 2 would be great for you.  It contains 6 neutral shades, most of which are matte apart from Skimp which has a slight shimmer, which work beautifully together to create an easy to wear nude look.

I've been using this daily for the past couple of weeks, with Skimp as a base, Primal into the crease of my eye, Undone smoked out in the outer corner and when a mix of Cover, Primal & Undone under my lower lash line for my signature sultry come-to-bed eyes (lolz).

I love the packaging of this palette, it's sturdy, small enough to fit in my makeup bag, has a good size mirror for applying makeup and perfect for travelling with.  It retails at £22 and I'm now lusting after the original Naked Basics palette as I haven't tried that yet!  Maybe if I do get it I'll do a comparison for you!

Are you a fan of neutral shadow palettes?  Have you got the original Naked Basics?

xxx

Friday, 17 October 2014

REVIEW: Philips Lumea Precision Plus Part #1!

Have you ever heard of a beauty tool that not only removes hair, but also does it painlessly, effortlessly and within minutes?  NOPE?  Well I'm about to embark on an 8 week journey testing out the new Philips Lumea for you guys.









I'm going to be trialling this on every part of my body that is possible - legs, armpits, bikini line and even my face (I always feel anxious that people can see the fine hairs above my lip and my last efforts of removing them resulted in cutting my nose open - got a little too excited with a razor eyebrow trimmer).  It says that 4 fortnightly treatments will leave you with hair free skin for up to 2 months and so I absolutely can't wait to see the results.

There are so many reasons I'm choosing to do the Lumea trial; I hate the time it takes shaving every morning, feeling self conscious about lifting my arms up because of underarm hair, even after shaving and also because the pain of epilation & waxing is sometimes a bit too much.  I've used the Lumea once already and so far pain free and took about 6 mins (for my underarms, bikini line, moustache & bottoms of my legs combined).

I'll be updating y'all on the way with updates via Instagram, Twitter and of course my blog here and I can't wait to share the results - I'm expecting to be as smooth as a dolphin afterwards, and I'm sure Andrew will love me all the more for it - I actually didn't shave my legs for two weeks recently (my excuse is it's autumn) and he hated it so much he wouldn't let my legs touch him in bed whilst sleeping... (don't worry gals, I reminded him that I have to deal with his hairy legs all the time)!

So I hope you join me on my updates!

“Lumea, the secret to beautiful hair free skin, for up to 2 months”
Have you ever tried an IPL hair removal gadget?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Philips via Mode Media. The
opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.

Monday, 13 October 2014

BOOKS: Recently Read

I haven't done a book review in a VERY long time (must be coming up to 2 years now) but that doesn't mean I still don't constantly have my head in books!

At the beginning of the year I set myself a challenge on Goodreads (you can see my account here) to read 24 books this year.  I'm currently reading my 19th book of the year so I think I'm pretty much on schedule.

I find it SO difficult to review books.  I love talking about them (desperately want to start a book club) but find it so difficult to write about them and so instead, I wanted to list a few of my recent favourites in the hope that some of you pick them up and love them as much as I did!

This is my friend Sophie's ladder bookshelf - I LOVE it and want one myself.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This has been my favourite book of the year so far.  I was gripped from the first chapter and felt thoroughly involved and captivating by this story.  It’s a murder mystery, almost detective book set around a mysterious film director; Cordova.  His films are highly disturbing and have been banned from many countries, so much so they’ve developed a cult following.

Cordova’s beautiful 24 year old daughter is found dead in a warehouse and the story follows Scott Magrath, investigative journalist who tries to unravel the mystery of her death.  This book also has interactive elements, which was new to me but completely gripping (I’ve always wanted to be a detective and this made me feel like I was one).  You can download the ‘Night Film’ app which when you see a ‘stamp’ on a page of the book, you can scan it through the app which then gives you an extra piece of evidence or bit of the story you wouldn’t have known otherwise – such as police evidence reports, music, detective notes etc.
Also throughout the book, as well as the general story, are news articles and message board screengrabs which makes the story a little more involving and ‘real’.

I DESPERATELY want to read more books like this so if you know any, please recommend!


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Secret History by Tartt is one of my all time favourite books, and so when Goldfinch was released I was ridiculously excited.  The main character is Theo Decker, a 13 year old boy who survives a horrific ordeal that ends up killing his mother and the story follows him through his life as a man.

It's a really long book (over 770 pages) but I adored the story, fell in love with Theo, despite his imperfections and also discovered a new found interest in antiques and art.  I can't wait to read more of Tartt's work as she is one of my favourite authors.








We Were Liars by E Lockhart
This was one of my most recent reads and it was initially a sentence from the tag line which made me pick it up

"Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE".

I love the thought of the ending involving a twist that you have to promise to keep.  I don't want to say too much about it, apart from that I loved the way it was written, I loved the twist which was totally unexpected and it starts off with a map and family tree which makes any book perfect in my opinion!









Dark Echo by F.G Cottam
I downloaded this on my kindle on a whim and put off reading it for ages, but once I started I wish I had read it sooner!  It's the story of a haunted ship (sounds really lame, despite the fact that I love ghost stories).

It follows Martin Stannard, who's wealthy, successful father buys a boat to ride during retirement but as Martin and his girlfriend discover, the boat has a dark past and was owned by Harry Spalding (a horrific character).  It's quite graphic and dark in places and left me feeling scared and uneasy in some parts (which I love, always enjoy morbid subjects).

I found the ending a little disappointing and you do have to suspend your disbelief in parts but I loved this book and now want to read more ghost stories!



So sorry for all the words!  I really hope some of you read a couple of the books I mentioned here.  I loved them all and hope you enjoy their worlds as much as I did.

Also please leave me comments of your favourite books and if you have any recommendations - I'm always on the look out!

xxxx