Happy Sunday, my loves. I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine!

I don’t think I have ever written a favourites post before so here I am with some easy Sunday reading. I have found myself loving quite a few bits over the last couple of weeks, both new and old so, I’m going to chat my way through and hopefully you discover some different products to test out.

BOBBI BROWN TOUCH UP BRUSH = A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to be invited down to Brighton for the Bobbi Brown #CantLiveWithout masterclass which was such a fun afternoon but that is where I was introduced to the Full Coverage Touch Up Brush. I must say that I am more of a sponge kind of girl and I would never think to apply my foundation or concealer with a brush but I think I’m going to end up eating my words. I have found this brush is particularly good with the Bobbi Brown Corrector as it covers under eye circles, red patches and small blemishes with good coverage. It is perfect for any skin type as it applies evenly and doesn’t leave you feeling cakey! So if you’re on the hunt for a touch up brush, definitely have a look at this one – you’ll love it.

BENEFIT PORE MATTE RESCUE GEL = I have used this for around 2 years now and I’m still absolutely loving it. My skin has always been oily and prone to redness so when searching for a primer I look for something cooling and mattifying and this little beauty does just that. With some primers I have tested out before, I noticed some of the thicker creams would cling to my dry patches and just make my foundation look patchy but as this is a gel consistency it glides on the skin and leaves you feeling hydrated and soothed. Oh and it also smells AMAZING. Definitely test this one out if you have oily skin like me.

BOBBI BROWN POT ROUGE = Back on it with the Bobbi Brown products but this is a definite must have. As a lazy girl who likes to have her makeup done quickly, I love a product that multi-tasks so being able to use Pot Rouge on my cheeks and lips is a dream. Popping in on as a blush once your foundation is set, gives a natural rosy tint, which lasts all day. Using it as a lip shade gives a subtle finish but doesn’t dry out your skin. When wearing some lipsticks, my lips instantly chap and feel sore but Pot Rouge hydrates and I can wear it all day without having the urge to take it off. If you haven’t got this miracle in your makeup bag then treat yourself as its so worth it.

MORPHE 35k PALLETTE = I mean, who doesn’t love a Morphe palette? They’re so affordable compared to other brands but you can still create amazingly pigmented looks. I am such an ammeter when it comes to eye shadow; I usually just pop on a light base and then a bit of glitter as I never seem to be able to pull off a well-executed eye but having a palette where the powders are easy to blend makes life so much easier. The 35K is a winner for me as there is a good colour range and you get a choice of both mattes and glitters to create various day and night time looks. If you’re looking for a palette but you don’t want to spend a bomb then definitely look into Morphe as there are so many to choose from and there is bound to be one just for you!


LOREAL BROW ARTIST PLUMPER = At 15, I made the stupid mistake of overplucking my eyebrows; most of us have been there, right? Thankfully I am happy with how my brows are looking now but I’m still always on the hunt for products that’ll give me a helping hand. I have used Benefit’s Gimme Brow before and I did like it but I wanted to find a cheaper alternative and I believe I have succeeded! I pop on the brow plumper after I have drawn in my brows for more volume but if you want to apply it without any other product then it looks good either way. I only have one little niggle and that is if you apply too much, it can go a bit crispy which feels horrid but as people always say, a little goes a long way.

BENEFIT BAD GIRL LASH MASCARA = I have been a fan of Benefit mascaras for a while now so when my babe Charlotte gave me this for my birthday, I was a very happy girly. When Bad Girl came out, I heard mixed reviews with many saying it was too ‘clumpy’ or it didn’t volumise. I agree with this to an extent but similar to the brow gel, less is most definitely more. If you apply this sparingly then I feel you will see the volumising effects. This is not good mascara if you want to use it for more than a couple of coats but having said that, I love how dark it makes your lashes look and I do like it for a more natural look. 

And now we have come to the end of my first favourites post. I am planning to make this a regular occurrence so keep your eyes peeled for that. I hope you have a lovely rest of this sunny Sunday. Let me know what you’ve been loving this month!


L x
As you’ve probably seen from my relentless spamming of photos on my Instagram, I have just come back from a week up in the Lake District, a place that is very close to my heart! I have been going there on holiday every year since I was a little girl and that won’t be changing anytime soon; it’s definitely my favourite stress free spot.

If you haven’t been before think of luscious green landscapes, vast mountainous areas, endless bird song and a strong sense of serenity. When I’m there all my stress and worries instantly disappear and it’s such a good feeling! Being in an environment where you feel truly content is bliss. If you’re looking for a holiday where you can switch off then the Lake District is for you.

We packed up the car, jumped on the motorway and drove 300 miles to our destination in a quaint village called Elterwater, which is just outside Ambleside. Our holiday was spent strolling around, chilling in the pool and eating some amazing food – pure bliss. There are many reasons why I am already looking forward to my next visit; here are some photos to show you why.

We just had to visit our favourite cafe, Chester’s by the River in Skelwith Bridge. You can’t go to the Lakes without popping in for a coffee and piece of homemade cake. The River Brathay makes for a perfect setting to admire when enjoying your food. Next door to the cafe is the shop where you can buy anything from home furnishings to unique gifts for friends and family – you could even pick up a piece of handcrafted local slate, if you wanted a memento.


We then took a short stroll back to Elterwater. On the walk itself, you can visit Colwith Force which is definitely worthwhile. There is a bridge that takes you down to the waterfall so you can get up close and personal - it makes for a good photo opportunity too!



We visited Derwentwater later on in the week. It is easily one of my favourite lakes as you can walk  right the way round the waters edge and there is always so much to see, whether that be hundreds of ducks, cruisers setting off or dogs having a good ol' paddle (definitely my favourite thing). 



When our week came to an end, we decided to stop off in Liverpool on the way home which I was very excited about. Liverpool is one of those cities where you can visit time and time again but never get bored - there is always something going on whether that be to do with music, food or fashion. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I am excited to visit again soon to adventure around and find some more amazing spots! 




So there you go, my holiday in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you have any questions about where I visited then please don't hesitate to ask. Have you visited either the Lake District or Liverpool before? 

L x

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As Father’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would put together a little gift guide, as I know how hard it can be to buy for men. If your Dad is anything like mine then he will just say he doesn’t want a gift or the classic answer of “I don’t know” so here is a list of ideas to hopefully inspire you. 

I hope you have found something here that you think your Dad would like. Now you're prepared, you can sit back and relax! How are you going to spoil your Dad this Father's Day?

L x

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So, I have recently had a few questions about my Instastories so I thought I would jump on here and write a quick post. A couple of months ago when flicking through Instagram, I noticed many bloggers had gorgeous layouts and I thought they would’ve taken hours to create on Photoshop but in fact, it’s a lot easier and less time consuming than that as there is an app that does it all for you - its called Unfold and it’s a minimalists dream!

When you open the app, there is a plus sign at the top of the page, which allows you to start creating your story. You can name your piece or leave it blank, whichever you’d prefer. You are now in ‘Edit Mode’ where you can get creative and explore all the templates that are on offer. With the app, you are given the CS1 templates, which are mainly all rectangular but you can also purchase CS2 and FF1 to give you more variety. There are also a range of fonts which you can choose from depending on what type of content you are sharing. 

   
CS1 has an editorial feel where you can merge both image and text to create a narrative. These templates would be perfect for trips away, outfit shots or just showing off your favourite flatlay. CS2 is very similar but you get a wider range of shapes, sizes and layouts with the added choice of changing the background colour from black to white. Both these sets give you many unique ways to display your work but FF1 is an absolute game changer! FF1 templates are inspired by analog photography so you can transform your images into polaroids and film negatives to give your Instastories a retro feel. To begin with I didn’t want to purchase the other templates but I bit the bullet and I don’t regret it at all – they’re so worth it!

   
Once you have finished your masterpiece, you can post them straight from the app, over onto your stories without any problems. This app has definitely helped me to experiment with my stories and push my creative development so if you’re looking to put more time into your Instagram without having to use Photoshop or any other editing programmes then definitely give this app a go – you will love it!

So, that is Unfold in a nutshell! I hope you have felt somewhat inspired by this post and please let me know if you download the app, I’d love to see what you create! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to pop me a message and I will try my best to help. 

Speak soon,

L x


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Oh face masks - so many varieties, brands, skin types and solutions but I have finally found 3 that actually work, can I get an amen?! Before I jump in though, let me just tell you a bit about my nightmare of a face. I have oily to combination skin which is very prone to breakouts so when I am having a particularly bad day, I hop in the bath and smother my face in a mask and prey that I notice a difference in 20 minutes but of course, I am *usually* let down every time. With some masks I have used in the past (and trust me, I've used many), I literally never see a difference and it just feels like a waste of time and money so I decided to stick to testing my favourites over a couple of weeks and these beauties didn't let me down!


Price: £6.95 for 125g, £12.50 for 315g and £19.95 for 600g

I have been using this mask for as long as I can remember but I have fallen in love with it all over again! I don't know about you but I like products that I can feel working and this does just that. As it contains peppermint oil, it gives a light tingle but doesn't feel uncomfortable, instead its incredibly soothing and definitely calms the skin. I like to use this either in the bath or after steaming my face with the Dream Steam tabs as hot water really helps to open pores so you feel the full benefit of the mask. When you're ready to wash it off, there are little evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to give a gentle exfoliation - win win! So, if you're looking for a spot fighter that leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and full of life then give this one a go! 

  


Price: £32

I was impressed with this product as soon as I got it out the box as applying a mask with your fingers can get a little messy but ThisWorks have answered all our skincare prayers! You apply this mask with a charcoal brush applicator, which is on the bottom of the tube; that means no more product getting stuck in your fingernails, hurray! If you live or work in London, you will know all about the air pollution but did you know it can have negative effects on your complexion? This miracle mask gives your skin a deep clean to remove all the polluting particles from your pores. When applying this, similar to the Lush mask, you can really feel it working and drawing out impurities. This mask is on the pricier side but honestly, its so worth it!


Price: £9.99

I have featured this in a couple of my most recent posts but, I just had to talk about it again! I am prone to hormonal spots which are incredibly painful so I have started to pop this on before going to bed and by the time I wake up, the blemish is noticeably smaller and doesn't hurt as much. Of course you can still apply this like a normal mask and then wash off after 10-15 minutes but I have found that it works wonders being used as a spot treatment, give it a try! 

So, there we go. I hope this has helped you in some way and introduced you to some new products, if you hadn't heard of them before. Let me know if you give them ago, I'd love to know what you think!

Speak soon, 

L x

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