I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and that your day was filled with fun, festivities and lots of food! This year I was very lucky with the gifts I've received and so I thought I'd give you a nosey into what beauty products I got, as I'm sure my favourites will be making it onto the blog into the new year.


Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette: After dabbling in a few Chloé fragrances, I still feel that this is my signature perfume. It's a light fruity-floral fragrance with grapefruit-quince, jasmine and white musk notes, it is perfect for spring.

Soap & Glory Love at First Blush: The brand describe this as 'rosy-radiance shimmer powder', but in simpler terms it is a highlighter and blusher packed into one. With four shimmering shades, you can adjust the colour to how you would like it and on Christmas day I applied this to the tops of my cheekbones with my RealTechniques Setting Brush. After a light application, the powder really added subtle definition and radiance to my dull winter skin.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NW13: This foundation should really have a post of its own by now as this is my fourth bottle of the stuff. It seems to be the only foundation that will last all day over my oily skin, leaving a matte finish with a healthy glow at the same time.

Jack Wills Nail Polish Set: Until I unwrapped this present form my Aunt, I didn't even know that Jack Wills had a beauty range. I'm really excited to try out the metallic blue in this set, as it looks a lot like the discontinued Blue on Blue polish by Topshop which I failed to get my hands on.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder in Bronzo: After reading rave reviews about this bronzer, I knew I had to add this to my Christmas list. With two bronze shades to chose from, you can easily build up a bit of golden colour and on top of the logo there is a hint of pink, shimmery highlighter.

Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen: This liner actually came as a freebie with the Solar Powder and Blush, and the felt tip is very easy to control over and on the lash-line. I'm excited to see how this will weigh up to my current favourite liquid liner, L'Oreal's Super Liner. 


Lush Little Snow Fairy Gift-set: This little set contains the Christmas favourite Snow Fairy shower gel and Pink Fun, both of which carry the signature candy scent that Lush is known for. I can't wait to start using this and feel like a little snow fairy myself.

Yankee Candle in Fresh Cut Roses: Rose is one of my favourite fragrances and so I can't wait to light this when I take it back up to uni with me. The scent is really calming and so I'm hoping it'll help me through the hell of third year essays, exams and my dissertation. You can never really go wrong with a Yankee Candle.

No.7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in Translucent: I used to be very loyal to Rimmel's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder, but as each one I purchase keeps breaking after having it for only a week, I knew it was time for a change. One of my housemates recommended this, and so far, so good. The packaging is a lot more secure than Rimmel's, so I'm hoping the extra money will go the extra mile.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler: I'm yet to take this out of its festive packaging as I think its too cute, but I'm excited to try this detangling styler and see if it is worth the hype. As my hair can get extremely knotty, I'm hoping that this will cause my hair less damage than your average comb.

Nicky Clarke desiRED Straighteners: After nearly seven years, my little Remington straighteners called it a day and finally broke when I needed them most. Though these may not be GHDs (*sob*) the packaging boasts a study that 64% of women preferred these, so I will let you know how they get on. They have variable settings for hair thickness and also reach 230 degrees.


L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: If you have read my blog before, you will have seen me rave about this is shower oil a couple of times in How to Prep Your Limbs for Summer and Parisian Purchases, and so after going on about it so much, my family bought me another bottle. This is like liquid gold, and I am yet to try a multitasking shower product that moisturises to the same degree this does.

RealTechniques Powder Brush: One of the best brushes I have ever owned, ever. After losing my RealTechniques Multi-Task brush from the Sam's Picks collection, I popped this onto my Christmas list as a replacement, but the coverage of this brush is x10 better as it is so much thicker.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System: After seeing a dramatic difference in my skin after using the Effaclar Duo + (which I did a short review of here), I wanted to try out the rest of the range. I will be writing a post on this soon and let you know if this really works on my blemishes, clogged pores and marks as much as it promises to.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Shimmer Lotion: A fair few beauty blogs have reviewed the holiday special Glazed Apple Body Lotion saying that the fragrance was amazing and this is definitely the case for the Shimmer Lotion too. The shimmer in this is quite subtle and so would be perfect for moisturising your arms/legs before a night out.

Have you tried any of these products? What beauty bits did you get for Christmas?

Charlotte x

Beauty Bits I Got for Christmas

28 December 2014


I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and that your day was filled with fun, festivities and lots of food! This year I was very lucky with the gifts I've received and so I thought I'd give you a nosey into what beauty products I got, as I'm sure my favourites will be making it onto the blog into the new year.


Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette: After dabbling in a few Chloé fragrances, I still feel that this is my signature perfume. It's a light fruity-floral fragrance with grapefruit-quince, jasmine and white musk notes, it is perfect for spring.

Soap & Glory Love at First Blush: The brand describe this as 'rosy-radiance shimmer powder', but in simpler terms it is a highlighter and blusher packed into one. With four shimmering shades, you can adjust the colour to how you would like it and on Christmas day I applied this to the tops of my cheekbones with my RealTechniques Setting Brush. After a light application, the powder really added subtle definition and radiance to my dull winter skin.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NW13: This foundation should really have a post of its own by now as this is my fourth bottle of the stuff. It seems to be the only foundation that will last all day over my oily skin, leaving a matte finish with a healthy glow at the same time.

Jack Wills Nail Polish Set: Until I unwrapped this present form my Aunt, I didn't even know that Jack Wills had a beauty range. I'm really excited to try out the metallic blue in this set, as it looks a lot like the discontinued Blue on Blue polish by Topshop which I failed to get my hands on.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder in Bronzo: After reading rave reviews about this bronzer, I knew I had to add this to my Christmas list. With two bronze shades to chose from, you can easily build up a bit of golden colour and on top of the logo there is a hint of pink, shimmery highlighter.

Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen: This liner actually came as a freebie with the Solar Powder and Blush, and the felt tip is very easy to control over and on the lash-line. I'm excited to see how this will weigh up to my current favourite liquid liner, L'Oreal's Super Liner. 


Lush Little Snow Fairy Gift-set: This little set contains the Christmas favourite Snow Fairy shower gel and Pink Fun, both of which carry the signature candy scent that Lush is known for. I can't wait to start using this and feel like a little snow fairy myself.

Yankee Candle in Fresh Cut Roses: Rose is one of my favourite fragrances and so I can't wait to light this when I take it back up to uni with me. The scent is really calming and so I'm hoping it'll help me through the hell of third year essays, exams and my dissertation. You can never really go wrong with a Yankee Candle.

No.7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in Translucent: I used to be very loyal to Rimmel's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder, but as each one I purchase keeps breaking after having it for only a week, I knew it was time for a change. One of my housemates recommended this, and so far, so good. The packaging is a lot more secure than Rimmel's, so I'm hoping the extra money will go the extra mile.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler: I'm yet to take this out of its festive packaging as I think its too cute, but I'm excited to try this detangling styler and see if it is worth the hype. As my hair can get extremely knotty, I'm hoping that this will cause my hair less damage than your average comb.

Nicky Clarke desiRED Straighteners: After nearly seven years, my little Remington straighteners called it a day and finally broke when I needed them most. Though these may not be GHDs (*sob*) the packaging boasts a study that 64% of women preferred these, so I will let you know how they get on. They have variable settings for hair thickness and also reach 230 degrees.


L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: If you have read my blog before, you will have seen me rave about this is shower oil a couple of times in How to Prep Your Limbs for Summer and Parisian Purchases, and so after going on about it so much, my family bought me another bottle. This is like liquid gold, and I am yet to try a multitasking shower product that moisturises to the same degree this does.

RealTechniques Powder Brush: One of the best brushes I have ever owned, ever. After losing my RealTechniques Multi-Task brush from the Sam's Picks collection, I popped this onto my Christmas list as a replacement, but the coverage of this brush is x10 better as it is so much thicker.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System: After seeing a dramatic difference in my skin after using the Effaclar Duo + (which I did a short review of here), I wanted to try out the rest of the range. I will be writing a post on this soon and let you know if this really works on my blemishes, clogged pores and marks as much as it promises to.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Shimmer Lotion: A fair few beauty blogs have reviewed the holiday special Glazed Apple Body Lotion saying that the fragrance was amazing and this is definitely the case for the Shimmer Lotion too. The shimmer in this is quite subtle and so would be perfect for moisturising your arms/legs before a night out.

Have you tried any of these products? What beauty bits did you get for Christmas?

Charlotte x

So with only 4 days until Christmas Day (may I ask how? This year has gone far too quickly for my liking...) I thought I'd add a bit of last minute christmas cheer to my fingertips with some nail art. If you have been reading my blog you will know I'm not the most gifted in this area (see my festival and Easter inspired attempts) but I thought santa hats would be a cute and not too technical addition to my nails. 

I started off my prepping my nails with the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream by Burt's Bees, which with its citrus scent, smells and feels divine. I was given this as a freebee but when it runs low I will definitely be purchasing it as its waxy finish really works to soften the cuticles and aids polish application. 

I then applied my trusty Nail Nurse by Rimmel as a base coat, to protect my nails and give a shine to the background that wouldn't have any red of white to cover it. I then used Ciaté's Mistress to create the curved hat shape. The vibrancy and pigmentation of this shade make it a perfect match for Santa, and the formula itself is very glossy and gel-like, which together promise longevity. Ciaté's packaging is the cutest in the nail industry, and the elegantly long 'stiletto' cap ensures you have extra control for a sleeker application. I actually received this as part of Ciaté's Nail Taxi, which was a secret santa present from one of my housemates and it looks like this....


The collection in all is really cute, and would make a great last minute Christmas gift if you are still looking for a beauty related one!

Next for the white, I used my personal favourite Blanc by Essie. As this is the old style packaging of the polish, the brush is a lot thinner than the ones currently on Essie's stands. This made it easy to place a little dot at the top of the hat and subsequent ones along the edge of the nail.

Have you tried any festive nail art on yourself recently? Or have have you tried any of these polishes?

Charlotte x

Nails on Sunday: Christmas Edition

21 December 2014


So with only 4 days until Christmas Day (may I ask how? This year has gone far too quickly for my liking...) I thought I'd add a bit of last minute christmas cheer to my fingertips with some nail art. If you have been reading my blog you will know I'm not the most gifted in this area (see my festival and Easter inspired attempts) but I thought santa hats would be a cute and not too technical addition to my nails. 

I started off my prepping my nails with the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream by Burt's Bees, which with its citrus scent, smells and feels divine. I was given this as a freebee but when it runs low I will definitely be purchasing it as its waxy finish really works to soften the cuticles and aids polish application. 

I then applied my trusty Nail Nurse by Rimmel as a base coat, to protect my nails and give a shine to the background that wouldn't have any red of white to cover it. I then used Ciaté's Mistress to create the curved hat shape. The vibrancy and pigmentation of this shade make it a perfect match for Santa, and the formula itself is very glossy and gel-like, which together promise longevity. Ciaté's packaging is the cutest in the nail industry, and the elegantly long 'stiletto' cap ensures you have extra control for a sleeker application. I actually received this as part of Ciaté's Nail Taxi, which was a secret santa present from one of my housemates and it looks like this....


The collection in all is really cute, and would make a great last minute Christmas gift if you are still looking for a beauty related one!

Next for the white, I used my personal favourite Blanc by Essie. As this is the old style packaging of the polish, the brush is a lot thinner than the ones currently on Essie's stands. This made it easy to place a little dot at the top of the hat and subsequent ones along the edge of the nail.

Have you tried any festive nail art on yourself recently? Or have have you tried any of these polishes?

Charlotte x
So it's been a while since I last posted, but with a holiday in late August, freshers week and settling in to my third year of uni, my blog has managed to take a bit of a back seat. But I am now back, and aim to give you all a weekly dose of beauty and lifestyle.

Benefit recently launched an eyeliner and remover to accompany their They're Real mascara, forming  a mini collection. With excellent promotion, the mascara is now the UK's #1 and the push up gel liner has been written about by seemingly every blogger under the sun. Having now tried and tested every product in the range, I will now break down each of them and determine whether They're Real is worth the hype.

They're Real Mascara - £19.50
It has now been two years since this mascara first launched, and when it did, everyone was talking about it, and at first I was sceptical about the hype. However, my best friend claimed it to be the best mascara she had ever tried, and after reading endless praises for it, I took the plunge earlier this year with a handy ASOS discount (because I felt I couldn't justify spending the full price on a mascara).
My reaction to my first try can be summarised in three words: it didn't disappoint.
The bristles on the plastic wand are perfectly aligned to ensure that application is clump-free and the domed edge makes even the out-corner and smallest of lashes easy to reach. I'd describe the formulation as gel-like, as it is quite wet, which makes for an easy application with no smudging, clumping or drying out. It is also long-wearing, after a few coats you are good to go for the rest of the day (or night), as I have never found the need to reapply this mascara.
Although I don't feel like it makes my lashes look fake (judge for yourself in the pictures below), it definitely adds volume, length, a curl and helps lift my eyelashes. The jet-black, glossy finish, however, could look unnatural on some, but as I have very dark lashes and brows, this has never been a problem for me.
Despite the high price-tag, I would definitely recommend trying this mascara if you haven't done so already. It is definitely worth the hype it has received, I just hope Benefit bring out a waterproof version of this soon.

They're Real Push-up Liner - £18.50
After the success of the mascara and reading about it on every blog, I was really looking forward to trying out the push-up liner. In my makeover at Benefit's pop-up pub for the world cup, I really liked the way the liner looked on me and luckily the event offered a 10% discount of Benefit's products so I snapped it up.
After constant trial and error, I still can't fully master this liner and despite watching Benefit's tutorials I still can't achieve a perfect flick. I am really disappointed with the way this product has turned out.
The waterproof formula sets very quickly, making it very difficult to correct and remove even the tiniest of mistakes without rubbing for a good ten seconds and leaving a bright red mark around your eye. I have also found that the formula can dry out within the pen and have found clumps to come out of the tube, as well as flaking on the eyelid when I have applied more that one layer on the line. This becomes a problem when wearing the liner over shadow because it appears grey instead of the desired jet-black.
With similar, cheaper alternatives to the gel push-up liner (see Maybelline's Lasting Drama Gel Liner), I do feel that I could have spent this money elsewhere and that Benefit put more thought into the packaging of this product than the formula itself.


They're Real Remover - £14.50
I tried this remover out at the pop-up pub event, and although it worked like a dream I have not purchased it due to its hefty price-tag. As a student, I personally felt that £14.50 was too much to spend on a make-up remover but if you do have a bit of cash to spare and you are curious by this product I would recommend it.
The formulation is creamy and milky, and so feels rather comforting on the skin. What's more it definitely works. I have already mentioned how stubborn the They're Real Liner is, but with a gentle swirl in application, the liner easily lifted off the skin. The remover makes the perfect partner for the liner, and therefore should work wonders on all waterproof eye make-up.

How the range looks on... 
(Apologies for my messy brows)
Have any of you tried out the products from this collection? What do you think of Benefit?
And what liquid eyeliner would you recommend?

Charlotte x

The Verdict on Benefit's They're Real Collection

9 November 2014

So it's been a while since I last posted, but with a holiday in late August, freshers week and settling in to my third year of uni, my blog has managed to take a bit of a back seat. But I am now back, and aim to give you all a weekly dose of beauty and lifestyle.

Benefit recently launched an eyeliner and remover to accompany their They're Real mascara, forming  a mini collection. With excellent promotion, the mascara is now the UK's #1 and the push up gel liner has been written about by seemingly every blogger under the sun. Having now tried and tested every product in the range, I will now break down each of them and determine whether They're Real is worth the hype.

They're Real Mascara - £19.50
It has now been two years since this mascara first launched, and when it did, everyone was talking about it, and at first I was sceptical about the hype. However, my best friend claimed it to be the best mascara she had ever tried, and after reading endless praises for it, I took the plunge earlier this year with a handy ASOS discount (because I felt I couldn't justify spending the full price on a mascara).
My reaction to my first try can be summarised in three words: it didn't disappoint.
The bristles on the plastic wand are perfectly aligned to ensure that application is clump-free and the domed edge makes even the out-corner and smallest of lashes easy to reach. I'd describe the formulation as gel-like, as it is quite wet, which makes for an easy application with no smudging, clumping or drying out. It is also long-wearing, after a few coats you are good to go for the rest of the day (or night), as I have never found the need to reapply this mascara.
Although I don't feel like it makes my lashes look fake (judge for yourself in the pictures below), it definitely adds volume, length, a curl and helps lift my eyelashes. The jet-black, glossy finish, however, could look unnatural on some, but as I have very dark lashes and brows, this has never been a problem for me.
Despite the high price-tag, I would definitely recommend trying this mascara if you haven't done so already. It is definitely worth the hype it has received, I just hope Benefit bring out a waterproof version of this soon.

They're Real Push-up Liner - £18.50
After the success of the mascara and reading about it on every blog, I was really looking forward to trying out the push-up liner. In my makeover at Benefit's pop-up pub for the world cup, I really liked the way the liner looked on me and luckily the event offered a 10% discount of Benefit's products so I snapped it up.
After constant trial and error, I still can't fully master this liner and despite watching Benefit's tutorials I still can't achieve a perfect flick. I am really disappointed with the way this product has turned out.
The waterproof formula sets very quickly, making it very difficult to correct and remove even the tiniest of mistakes without rubbing for a good ten seconds and leaving a bright red mark around your eye. I have also found that the formula can dry out within the pen and have found clumps to come out of the tube, as well as flaking on the eyelid when I have applied more that one layer on the line. This becomes a problem when wearing the liner over shadow because it appears grey instead of the desired jet-black.
With similar, cheaper alternatives to the gel push-up liner (see Maybelline's Lasting Drama Gel Liner), I do feel that I could have spent this money elsewhere and that Benefit put more thought into the packaging of this product than the formula itself.


They're Real Remover - £14.50
I tried this remover out at the pop-up pub event, and although it worked like a dream I have not purchased it due to its hefty price-tag. As a student, I personally felt that £14.50 was too much to spend on a make-up remover but if you do have a bit of cash to spare and you are curious by this product I would recommend it.
The formulation is creamy and milky, and so feels rather comforting on the skin. What's more it definitely works. I have already mentioned how stubborn the They're Real Liner is, but with a gentle swirl in application, the liner easily lifted off the skin. The remover makes the perfect partner for the liner, and therefore should work wonders on all waterproof eye make-up.

How the range looks on... 
(Apologies for my messy brows)
Have any of you tried out the products from this collection? What do you think of Benefit?
And what liquid eyeliner would you recommend?

Charlotte x

On a grey Saturday morning in July, myself and Natsumi, headed down to the Angel branch of The Breakfast Club (a chain of little yellow cafés dotted around London inspired by the film). It is tucked away on The Camden Passage, a pretty little pedestrian only street away from the hustle and bustle of Islington. Though we did have to queue a little outside, it was worth the wait - popularity at any eating place means good food. And with cheeky slogans on the café's various blackboards, we were kept entertained. 


Once inside, we were ushered on the sofa benches at the back, meaning we were sat in a great spot for people watching/watching other people's food (I know I can't be the only one that keeps an eye out for what other people have ordered?). Either way, we were sat alongside a collage wall, made in homage to the cult classic film and as a token to the laid back, family feel of the business. Given the fact we were waiting outside for a while, the service was quick and to drink we ordered a pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice (and as it is £3.50 a glass, I would really recommend getting a pitcher). The Breakfast Club also serve special morning cocktails, which from where I was sitting, looked delicious - so next time I go (because there will be a next time) I think I'll be ordering myself one.


Brightly decorated in yellow and orange, the cafe seems to resemble a little spot of sunshine and we didn't have to wait long for our food either....

I ordered The Full Monty, which included bacon, sausage, baked beans, black pudding, home-style fried potatoes, grilled tomato, mushrooms, toasted multigrain bloomer and I chose to have my eggs poached (how do you like your eggs in the morning?). Natsumi opted for The All American Pancakes which came with sausage, streaky bacon, home-style fried potatoes, maple syrup and she chose scrambled eggs. Both of these dishes came to a tenner, and I'm thinking that this may have been the best £10 I have ever spent. For the rest of the day we still felt full from our traditional breakfasts! I definitely recommend visiting any one of their London branches, I think I will be trying out Hoxton or the newly opened one by London Bridge.


Has anyone else been to The Breakfast Club? Where's your favourite place for a spot of brunch?

Charlotte x

Saturday Brunching at The Breakfast Club in Angel

16 August 2014


On a grey Saturday morning in July, myself and Natsumi, headed down to the Angel branch of The Breakfast Club (a chain of little yellow cafés dotted around London inspired by the film). It is tucked away on The Camden Passage, a pretty little pedestrian only street away from the hustle and bustle of Islington. Though we did have to queue a little outside, it was worth the wait - popularity at any eating place means good food. And with cheeky slogans on the café's various blackboards, we were kept entertained. 


Once inside, we were ushered on the sofa benches at the back, meaning we were sat in a great spot for people watching/watching other people's food (I know I can't be the only one that keeps an eye out for what other people have ordered?). Either way, we were sat alongside a collage wall, made in homage to the cult classic film and as a token to the laid back, family feel of the business. Given the fact we were waiting outside for a while, the service was quick and to drink we ordered a pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice (and as it is £3.50 a glass, I would really recommend getting a pitcher). The Breakfast Club also serve special morning cocktails, which from where I was sitting, looked delicious - so next time I go (because there will be a next time) I think I'll be ordering myself one.


Brightly decorated in yellow and orange, the cafe seems to resemble a little spot of sunshine and we didn't have to wait long for our food either....

I ordered The Full Monty, which included bacon, sausage, baked beans, black pudding, home-style fried potatoes, grilled tomato, mushrooms, toasted multigrain bloomer and I chose to have my eggs poached (how do you like your eggs in the morning?). Natsumi opted for The All American Pancakes which came with sausage, streaky bacon, home-style fried potatoes, maple syrup and she chose scrambled eggs. Both of these dishes came to a tenner, and I'm thinking that this may have been the best £10 I have ever spent. For the rest of the day we still felt full from our traditional breakfasts! I definitely recommend visiting any one of their London branches, I think I will be trying out Hoxton or the newly opened one by London Bridge.


Has anyone else been to The Breakfast Club? Where's your favourite place for a spot of brunch?

Charlotte x

I had been wanting to try Lush's Tea Tree Water for a while but didn't get round to buying it until late June. Since then, I have found myself reaching for this handy spray twice daily, and now I'm in need of a refill. 

Tea tree seems to have endless skin benefits as it is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic, meaning that it will keep spot-causing bacteria at bay. This particular formula also contains grapefruit and juniperberry extract, which leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean and refreshed instantly. These ingredients are also anti-inflammatory, and therefore help to reduce the appearance of redness on the skin, whether that be due to spots or a pinky complexion. Having seen a massive improvement in my skin's condition after using this product, I really would recommend it to others and say that it is worth the little buzz it's creating on the beauty blogophere. 

However, the formula isn't the only aspect of this product that is floating my boat - I also love the packaging. Having the water as a spray, means that you can directly spritz the formula onto your face, before swiping cotton wool over it to remove any remaining traces of cleanser or make-up, or just leave the water to soak in. The second method proved to be a saviour when I was away at T in the Park, and was a hit amongst my friends in the tent, since face-washing facilities are quite minimal at festivals. 

Toning is generally a step that is easy to forget about and leave out of skincare routines, but as it can help tighten pores, cleanse the face further, target blemishes and even gently exfoliate skin, toner should definitely find a place in everyone's bathroom cabinet. Having oily and spot prone skin, this has helped sweep away excess oil and reduced the appearance of my blemishes and red areas, and this is why it is currently my favourite skincare product. 

Has anyone else tried this toner? And do you think toning is worth your time? 

New Beauty Favourite: Lush's Tea Tree Water

9 August 2014


I had been wanting to try Lush's Tea Tree Water for a while but didn't get round to buying it until late June. Since then, I have found myself reaching for this handy spray twice daily, and now I'm in need of a refill. 

Tea tree seems to have endless skin benefits as it is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic, meaning that it will keep spot-causing bacteria at bay. This particular formula also contains grapefruit and juniperberry extract, which leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean and refreshed instantly. These ingredients are also anti-inflammatory, and therefore help to reduce the appearance of redness on the skin, whether that be due to spots or a pinky complexion. Having seen a massive improvement in my skin's condition after using this product, I really would recommend it to others and say that it is worth the little buzz it's creating on the beauty blogophere. 

However, the formula isn't the only aspect of this product that is floating my boat - I also love the packaging. Having the water as a spray, means that you can directly spritz the formula onto your face, before swiping cotton wool over it to remove any remaining traces of cleanser or make-up, or just leave the water to soak in. The second method proved to be a saviour when I was away at T in the Park, and was a hit amongst my friends in the tent, since face-washing facilities are quite minimal at festivals. 

Toning is generally a step that is easy to forget about and leave out of skincare routines, but as it can help tighten pores, cleanse the face further, target blemishes and even gently exfoliate skin, toner should definitely find a place in everyone's bathroom cabinet. Having oily and spot prone skin, this has helped sweep away excess oil and reduced the appearance of my blemishes and red areas, and this is why it is currently my favourite skincare product. 

Has anyone else tried this toner? And do you think toning is worth your time? 


To celebrate their 150th birthday, John Lewis have opened up a roof garden on top of their Oxford Street store. Kitted out with deck chairs, fake grass, plants and a tee-pee - all you need is good weather to make this the perfect shopping/lunch break in central London. John Lewis have collaborated with Joe and the Juice, who have opened up a pop-up store up there and are offering a selection of their usual menu. The garden and café will be open until the 31st of August, so I'd strongly recommend visiting before it closes!

I'm lucky enough to be interning really close to Oxford Circus, so a couple of weeks ago in my lunch-break, Katya (who you may recognise from my Sushisamba blog post) and I headed up the six floors for a quick sandwich and juice. Luckily, the sun was shining, which meant the garden looked extra pretty that day.

Juice: Hangover Heaven
To eat I opted for Joe's Club sandwich (made up of chicken, tomato and avocado) and Katya went for the Avocado sandwich (which was filled with avocado, mozzarella and tomato). The bread used for the sandwiches was brown, toasted and tasty - sorry for not taking a picture of it, turns out I was too hungry to stop and think about this post before gobbling it down (oops). But I did manage to take a picture of the freshly pressed juice called Hangover Heaven that both of us went for, which is a blend of apple, elderflower and mint. I really recommend this delicious blend even if you haven't been drinking the night before!

Back to the venue, along the front edge of the garden, expect lovely views of the city. It seemed like a real treat to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street below, which looked funny from that high up. It's not often that you get to see the rooftops of London, so I'd thought I'd share the rare, tranquil view on here.

Though it was a really short lunchtime visit, it was a lovely place for a bite to eat and a catch up. I'll definitely be heading back before the summer is over and the garden closes!

Has anyone else visited this roof garden? Or are there any other Joe and the Juice fans out there?

Lunch at Joe and the Juice's Summer Pop-up on Oxford Street

3 August 2014 The John Lewis Partnership, 278-306 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1C 1DX, UK


To celebrate their 150th birthday, John Lewis have opened up a roof garden on top of their Oxford Street store. Kitted out with deck chairs, fake grass, plants and a tee-pee - all you need is good weather to make this the perfect shopping/lunch break in central London. John Lewis have collaborated with Joe and the Juice, who have opened up a pop-up store up there and are offering a selection of their usual menu. The garden and café will be open until the 31st of August, so I'd strongly recommend visiting before it closes!

I'm lucky enough to be interning really close to Oxford Circus, so a couple of weeks ago in my lunch-break, Katya (who you may recognise from my Sushisamba blog post) and I headed up the six floors for a quick sandwich and juice. Luckily, the sun was shining, which meant the garden looked extra pretty that day.

Juice: Hangover Heaven
To eat I opted for Joe's Club sandwich (made up of chicken, tomato and avocado) and Katya went for the Avocado sandwich (which was filled with avocado, mozzarella and tomato). The bread used for the sandwiches was brown, toasted and tasty - sorry for not taking a picture of it, turns out I was too hungry to stop and think about this post before gobbling it down (oops). But I did manage to take a picture of the freshly pressed juice called Hangover Heaven that both of us went for, which is a blend of apple, elderflower and mint. I really recommend this delicious blend even if you haven't been drinking the night before!

Back to the venue, along the front edge of the garden, expect lovely views of the city. It seemed like a real treat to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street below, which looked funny from that high up. It's not often that you get to see the rooftops of London, so I'd thought I'd share the rare, tranquil view on here.

Though it was a really short lunchtime visit, it was a lovely place for a bite to eat and a catch up. I'll definitely be heading back before the summer is over and the garden closes!

Has anyone else visited this roof garden? Or are there any other Joe and the Juice fans out there?

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to T in the Park (a Scottish based music festival for those of you that don’t know) and I loved it. It was the first camping music festival I have been to, and I remembered reading somewhere that white nails are a great festival trend. This is because the white varnish catches the UV light found in music tents or off stages, and glows a bluey hue in the dark. I thought this was a great trick and really wanted to try it out myself, but I decided to jazz it up a little by adding a glitter polish over the top. 

The white I chose is the much-raved-about Blanc by Essie. I knew white would be quite a difficult colour to pull off, so this is why I opted for a pricier polish than normal. My mum actually bought this polish for me as a birthday present, but ordering it online (from god knows where) it has turned out to be the older design of brush that Essie no longer sell. The brush in my polish is a lot narrower than those currently on sale, so I did find the varnish a bit more difficult to apply. To avoid streaks in the pale polish, I applied three quite thick coats and I feel that the finish was nice overall. 

The glitter polish was also a birthday present from Grace (who also has a beauty blog here) and is Butter London’s Lovely Jubbly (such a cute name!). The polish is very opaque and because I wanted the white to show through the sparkles, I painted on a really thing coat over the top. The shade is predominantly purple, but it is also composed of red, blue and magenta micro-glitter making it very detailed and pretty polish. The only down-side to Butter London though, are their prices. However, they offer beautiful shades and something you would not find as part of cheaper nail stall - I feel that with these you pay that little bit extra for great quality, so I think it's worth the splurge once in a while. 

The base and top coat I used to seal the deal (haha) was Rimmel's Nail Nurse. I really enjoy using this top/base coat, as I feel it has protected my nails from discolouring and makes my polish last much longer than it would alone. I've not been the biggest user of base and top coat nail polishes in recent years (big mistake), but I would strongly recommend this as I believe it does what it says on the tin/label. 

Has anyone tried any of these polishes? And what is your favourite nail look for a festival? 

The Festival Edit: NOTD

28 July 2014


Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to T in the Park (a Scottish based music festival for those of you that don’t know) and I loved it. It was the first camping music festival I have been to, and I remembered reading somewhere that white nails are a great festival trend. This is because the white varnish catches the UV light found in music tents or off stages, and glows a bluey hue in the dark. I thought this was a great trick and really wanted to try it out myself, but I decided to jazz it up a little by adding a glitter polish over the top. 

The white I chose is the much-raved-about Blanc by Essie. I knew white would be quite a difficult colour to pull off, so this is why I opted for a pricier polish than normal. My mum actually bought this polish for me as a birthday present, but ordering it online (from god knows where) it has turned out to be the older design of brush that Essie no longer sell. The brush in my polish is a lot narrower than those currently on sale, so I did find the varnish a bit more difficult to apply. To avoid streaks in the pale polish, I applied three quite thick coats and I feel that the finish was nice overall. 

The glitter polish was also a birthday present from Grace (who also has a beauty blog here) and is Butter London’s Lovely Jubbly (such a cute name!). The polish is very opaque and because I wanted the white to show through the sparkles, I painted on a really thing coat over the top. The shade is predominantly purple, but it is also composed of red, blue and magenta micro-glitter making it very detailed and pretty polish. The only down-side to Butter London though, are their prices. However, they offer beautiful shades and something you would not find as part of cheaper nail stall - I feel that with these you pay that little bit extra for great quality, so I think it's worth the splurge once in a while. 

The base and top coat I used to seal the deal (haha) was Rimmel's Nail Nurse. I really enjoy using this top/base coat, as I feel it has protected my nails from discolouring and makes my polish last much longer than it would alone. I've not been the biggest user of base and top coat nail polishes in recent years (big mistake), but I would strongly recommend this as I believe it does what it says on the tin/label. 

Has anyone tried any of these polishes? And what is your favourite nail look for a festival? 
*Warning* this post contains pink, pink and more pink *

The Saturday before last me and my friend Natsumi headed down to Convent Garden (Drury Lane to be precise), to visit the pub that Benefit Cosmetics have taken over for a month to celebrate the World Cup. I had read about it on a couple of blogs, and Natsumi had seen a clip of it on YouTube, and mutually we decided we had to go.

Appropriate flags on the tables, as Belgium were platting Argentina that day!

Benefit have completely revamped the first floor of the Princess of Wales, to create a girly haven for those wanting to watch both the World Cup and Wimbledon. Although both these tournaments are now over, due to its massive popularity, Benefit have decided to keep the pub open for another month after its original closing date of the 13th of July. When we visited it was the day of the women's finals at Wimbledon and to celebrate the pub served up free strawberries and cream.

Alongside this, they have come up with three signature cocktails and two chicken burgers as well as some other nibbles and sharing platters. So we strolled up to the bar to order our Rasp-Bene Mojitos, which as you can probably guess is Benefit's spin on a raspberry mojito and these were served in pretty jam-jar-like glasses. At £7.50 its not the cheapest cocktail I've had, but it was a beauty special occasion and it is the price you would normally expect anywhere in London.

My company for the day

As everything was just so pretty, every second seemed like a photo opportunity! Oh and I've forgotten to mention, alongside the food and drink, Benefit also offer free makeovers and Brow treatments at Gabbi's Head. Instead of asking for money, they suggest you to donate to the charity Refuge which  offers support for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst sipping on our cocktails, Natsumi and I put our names down for the makeovers, but as a large hen party was visiting at the time we had quite a long wait. In the meantime, we grew peckish and so we ordered The Italian Burger to share.


Gabbi's Head | A Visit to Benefit's Pop-up World Cup Pub

16 July 2014

*Warning* this post contains pink, pink and more pink *

The Saturday before last me and my friend Natsumi headed down to Convent Garden (Drury Lane to be precise), to visit the pub that Benefit Cosmetics have taken over for a month to celebrate the World Cup. I had read about it on a couple of blogs, and Natsumi had seen a clip of it on YouTube, and mutually we decided we had to go.

Appropriate flags on the tables, as Belgium were platting Argentina that day!

Benefit have completely revamped the first floor of the Princess of Wales, to create a girly haven for those wanting to watch both the World Cup and Wimbledon. Although both these tournaments are now over, due to its massive popularity, Benefit have decided to keep the pub open for another month after its original closing date of the 13th of July. When we visited it was the day of the women's finals at Wimbledon and to celebrate the pub served up free strawberries and cream.

Alongside this, they have come up with three signature cocktails and two chicken burgers as well as some other nibbles and sharing platters. So we strolled up to the bar to order our Rasp-Bene Mojitos, which as you can probably guess is Benefit's spin on a raspberry mojito and these were served in pretty jam-jar-like glasses. At £7.50 its not the cheapest cocktail I've had, but it was a beauty special occasion and it is the price you would normally expect anywhere in London.

My company for the day

As everything was just so pretty, every second seemed like a photo opportunity! Oh and I've forgotten to mention, alongside the food and drink, Benefit also offer free makeovers and Brow treatments at Gabbi's Head. Instead of asking for money, they suggest you to donate to the charity Refuge which  offers support for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst sipping on our cocktails, Natsumi and I put our names down for the makeovers, but as a large hen party was visiting at the time we had quite a long wait. In the meantime, we grew peckish and so we ordered The Italian Burger to share.


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