Hello you beauts, The past week has been absolutely lush in London. With highs of 34 degrees, I’ve been living it up as much as I can, and hopefully this week will be no different… More
With summer teasing us here in the UK, I’ve booked my next holiday to Dubai!
As a semi-seasoned jet setter (lol I wish!) I’ve teamed up with my blogger babe – Lani Rae all the way from New Zealand to bring you a fashion and beauty series to help you prepare for your summer travels – so make sure you head over to her blog for the fashion segment!
As I have just come back from Thailand, I thought I’d let you in on my top holiday beauty essentials, as I’m sure all you girlies can appreciate how hard it is to decide what beauty faves we should pop in our suitcase, while taking into account that we may get a tan – I mean, do we really need a brand new powder from duty free 3 shades darker? Yes, I hold my hands up, I am guilty of this – never again!
I love the countdown to a holiday for two reasons; it’s a chance for me to escape to an idyllic location, away from the hustle and bustle of London and the stresses of work so I can relax, but, also because I know it’s a great chance to treat my skin to plenty of Vitamin D as well as calm down on the makeup so my skin can breathe and repair itself.
It’s good to note that while on the plane, it’s wise to take off any makeup. Air con on the plane is a MF and completely dries out the skin. So pack makeup wipes and a great moisturiser – I quite like Nuit Polaire, although a night cream, it’s very moisturising without being heavy, and really sinks into the skin – great for a long haul flight.
For the most part of any holiday I go on, I rarely wear much makeup, however, I do have a few beauty essentials I need to let you all in on, so keep reading!
Now I always over pack, no matter where I am going – is this just me?
An absolute essential for me is sun protection. Many people think that black people don’t need sun protection but everyone should protect themselves against UV rays, which is why I love Ultrasun.
Ultrasun have a massive range of sun protection – which I get for the face as well as the body. The formulas are not too heavy either, which is great as no one wants to feel like a grease ball in the sun.
Next up is a CC Cream. Before I went to Thailand I was on a mission to achieve golden shimmery sun kissed skin. It didn’t really work out as planned but on my hunt, I did manage to bag The Body Shop’s new Instaglow CC cream.
I’m surprised at how much I actually loved using this as I’ve never believed in CC creams. However, I found it worked well to give me a more even skin tone, while looking quite natural, perfect for when you plan on lounging around the pool, but don’t want to go completely commando on the face.
In the evening, I mixed the the CC cream with a dot of my usual foundation for fuller coverage, and set with my Bare Minerals powder.
When on holiday a highlight needed to accentuate your sun kissed glow! And it’s easily achieved with the perfect products and the right brush.
I hadn’t found the perfect highlight, before going to Thailand so I used a bunch of products to give me a nice shimmery glow anyway, which became my go to beauty finish.
My next beauty essential has to be a brow pencil. I was talking to one of my blogger compadres, Shannon Kara, and we both agreed that while foundation isn’t a must on holiday, having well-groomed fleeky eyebrows and a nice lip colour is an absolute must. While I was using my MAC eyebrow pencil, during my next getaway I will definitely be packing my magical Benefit brow products – have you read my review?
As I previously said, I like to keep my makeup to minimum and being away in a hot country is the perfect opportunity to show you skin some TLC, so cleansing and moisturising products are much needed essentials. I always pack a charcoal face scrub by Garnier, as the fine exfoliants really get every inch of dirt off my face. I then moisturise my face with a light moisturiser – Drops of Youth from The Body Shop so my skin has a clean base for any products to go on if I choose to put on any makeup.
When on holiday there’s no doubt you’ll probably go out on the town at least once, which is why a nice lippie and an eye shadow palette suitable for every occasion should be part of your beauty essentials. Keep things simple as no one has time to sweat off their whole face – it’s really not a good look, but make it effective. I love packing my Ruby Woo as it screams sophistication and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a red lip?
So there you have it – my holiday essentials. Simple yet effective. What are you beauty essentials? Leave a comment and let me know x
Don’t forget to check my girl – Lani Rae’s collab post all about fashion essentials too!
This is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how…my brow game is now strong with Benefit *dab*
So, last week I went to the Bloggers Hangout event and in the midst of doing my makeup my MAC eyebrow pencil ran out. FFS! Such convenient timing ey!
Has this ever happened to you before? I was literally in a state of panic, how could I go to an event with one eyebrow?! The search began for anything else that could possibly fill in my right brow.
After rummage around my makeup stash, I was sweating my already done makeup off, but I found an alternative – my brow zing palette from Benefit. Hallelujah! I used to use this brow palette years ago, when bold brows started to become a thing, but kinda just discovered other things. I remembered I really liked it as it was so easy to use and I liked that it had both a wax and a powder.
Each brow looked slightly different, but I finished off, sealed my right brow with some hope and concealer and left for the event.
While I was out I knew that I needed another pencil, but of course there wasn’t a MAC store in sight, so I settled on Superdrug where I found a really good eyebrow pencil by L’oreal. I would have never thought to try such a product but I was actually surprised at how good the quality was, plus had a wax pencil on the other end and it was only £5 so I couldn’t go wrong. Or so I thought (btw. I am getting to the Benefit products lol)
I used the pencil about three times, before I had to sharpen it (why isn’t every eyebrow pencil self-sharpening?) When I started sharpening it, I didn’t stop, the pencil kept breaking. I literally had nothing left. Luckily the same day, ASOS (good ole asos) sent me a 20% discount code, and long story short I treated myself to a few Benefit products.
I don’t actually know why I stopped using the Brow Zing eyebrow palette, but this new Benefit eyebrow range has got me hooked again. They just do the most with their packaging and after reading plenty of reviews I decided to take the plunge.
I was a bit dubious with ordering an eyebrow pencil online as I didn’t know what colour to get- there are currently six shades to choose from, but after going back and forth for about an hour I chose- Dark 5 – which was a the perfect shade for me – Not too dark and not too ashy.
I ended up buying 3 cool brow products: Precisely My Brow Pencil, Goof Proof Brow Pencil and Ready Set Brow.
Once they arrived I so excited to open them up. Isn’t the packaging EVERYTHING? I love that they make creating the perfect brow a magical experience through the packaging alone.
Once taken out of the cardboard packaging I was left even more thrilled. The products just looked so pretty and sassy with its sleek silver finish – It left me wanting to do my eyebrows lol.
So far I’ve been really impressed with the quality of each product, although, I’ve never been disappointed with Benefit. My favourite product has to be Precisely My Brow Pencil, which was actually described as a pen on ASOS. I thought I’d prefer the Goof Proof Pencil but this one has a much smaller tip, that lets you create a precise brow shape. I’m so heavy handed so it suits me well as I initially used the Goof Proof, but when I too a step back from the mirror my brows looked way too bold.
After playing around with the two pencils, I would definitely say that the Precisely My Brow Pencil is my new go-to simply because I cant get too carried away with it, plus I think if you’re like me and still get your brows done, it will accentuate the shape more naturally.
However, I would say the Goof Proof Brow Pencil is really nice to use as it has a angled tip, perfect for adding a sharp arch or a fluid curve to the brow. This pencil would be great for me if I’m going out and want to make a strong statement with a cool eye makeup look.
I also feel that the quality of the pencils are so much better for my skin than MAC’s eyebrow pencil. As I’ve got oily skin I feel MAC’s eyebrow pencils creamy consistency makes my eyebrows look shiny. However, although Benefits pencils have a nice consistency which allows them to glide over your brows easily, and when set with the Ready Set Brow gel it lasts all day, without smudging of sliding (even in hot weather)
I’ve never thought to use a brow gel, but after using the Ready Set Brow, I’ve seen the light. The gel is easily and neatly applied using a comb and once applied doesn’t go hard when it dries, which has always been a thought that’s turned me off.
Each pencil was around £18 on ASOS, which is quite steep, especially as MAC’s pencils can be bought for £15, but they can be bought at a cheaper price at QVC. Saying this I feel you get more for your money, as the pencil seems to be longer and you get a spooky at the end of them too – how thoughtful!
If you’re looking for a brow alternative, or wan a give the new Benefit brow range a go, I would highly recommend. Think of it as an investment in your brows lol.
Have you tried this range? What are your thoughts?
Everyone has played Would you rather…? at some point in their life. I’ve always chickened out when it comes to me answering any type of embarrassing question, but as I’ve been seeing this beauty tag doing it’s rounds on the blogs, I thought why not give it a go, some of you guys answers are sooo funny! I’ve loved reading people’s tag, so I hope mine are just as entertaining for ya…
1.Would you rather wear foundation that’s five shades too light or foundation that’s five shades too dark?
I would definitely wear a foundation that’s five shades too dark. I would much more prefer being darker than what I am, than trying to be lighter, plus, I really don’t think anyone would notice – My lipgloss be poppin’ and my melanin on fleek!
2. Have one eyebrow for a week, or apply lipstick to the outside of your lips, clown style for a week?
I actually LOL’d when I saw this question. Let’s be honest, it would be one hell of an embarrassing week if I picked either, but I think I’d rather have one eyebrow. Can you imagine the looks I’d get with lipstick applied outside my already full lips. Nah mate, I’ll pass.
3.Would you rather wear one lip colour for the rest of your life, or wear one hair colour for the rest of your life?
This one’s easy. One hair colour. After all the trouble I’ve had with my hair and trying to colour it, I’d gladly take one even hair tone any day #sadtimes
4.Would you rather have free shopping spree in Boots or have a free shopping spree in MAC?
Is this even a question? Boots! Boots has to be everyone’s choice. They have a diverse range of makeup brands that I can experiment with. Plus, I’m not here for the rudeness you often get in MAC.
5.Would you rather sneeze every time you put on mascara or always have lipstick on your teeth?
Haha. This had me in deep thought. It’s a painful choice but I go for sneeze every time I put on mascara. I have OCD when it comes to mine and others teeth. It’s so cringe when I see things stuck or in other peoples teeth. Like when’s the right time to say – ‘oh, you’ve got something there’ -AWKWARD
6.Would you rather be stuck with the same makeup forever OR be stuck with the same clothes forever?
If I perfect my ideal everyday makeup look, I’d gladly stick with the same makeup forever, but I’m always at a loss for what to wear even when I’m chilling at home, so I’d much rather be able to buy new clothes when I want.
7.Would you rather have your favourite eye shadow palette smash on the floor or have your favourite lipstick discontinued?
I have a serious love for my Tarte In Bloom 2 palette right now and if that broke I’d genuinely be devastated – I recently had a near miss. The palette is too nice (and expensive) for it to just shatter. I’ll rather have my favourite lippie discontinued – there’s a dupe somewhere out there.
8.Would you rather always have your makeup look like it does at the end of the night or do your makeup in bad lighting?
I’ll take a pass on my sweaty, shiny, end of night face and do my makeup in bad lighting. I kinda already do that, my bedroom has very little natural light.
9. If you had $1000 to spend, would rather spend it all on makeup OR on clothes?
Clothes, more specifically a designer bag, which clothes my arm… no?
10.Would you rather shave your eyebrows and never have them OR sharpie them in every day?
Sharpie all the way. Ain’t nobody got time for NO eyebrows. If I got a fine point brown sharpie, I’m sure I could nail light strokes and perfect a fleecy eyebrow
If you liked, I tag you! See you on my next one x
I’m back for the second week with my weekly rundown. It’s been a busy week for me personally with the blog, with work and in the news, and even as I write this, I’m in the midst of my family celebrating my sisters belated birthday – (she’s really milking this 16th birthday business isn’t she!)
So, without further ado, here’s what’s caught caught my eye in the news (I’m done with Brexit btw):
So, sadly a few days ago the world woke up to the terrible news of Instanbul‘s terror attack. I’m really just speechless, as it’s quite scary how frequently these things are happening, but all we can do is send positivity towards Instanbul at the moment.
On to a lighter topic, last week was the BET awards (I still haven’t watched it 🙈) but I HAVE seen bae’s… ugh I mean, Jesse Williams, amazing, heartfelt speech – Check it out!
If you’ve read my post about my lifestyle changes, you would know I’m all about staying happy and laughing at LEAST 5 times a day – so if you’re like me and love Kevin Hart, you’ll appreciate this, if you havent seen it already. – Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson Impersonate Each Other
Lastly, I read a very interesting and quite disturbing article from Broadly, that I thought I’d share with you all – Why cant I consent to sex with my brother?
I hope you all have a great Sunday, and let me know if you’ve found any cool articles for me to add to my reading list too!
Last Saturday I went to my second bloggers hangout event and this time it was even more special than the last – The Bloggers Hangout were celebrating their 3rd birthday – so as you can imagine I was so excited to see what they had in store for us!
What I love most about these events is meeting bloggers that I talk to on Twitter, it just makes the blogging thing seem a little more real lol.
Anyway, Laura from LauraLivingLife and I headed to the venue held in a small gallery in Charing Cross. We could spot it a mile off… bloggers, nice vibes, plus with the weather being so nice and London Pride taking place, it was definitely looking to be a chilled and friendly atmosphere.
Once we got in we were greeted with so many brands, a little overwhelmed (and flushed) we decided to start from downstairs and work our way up.
The first thing we set our eyes on was food… more specifically sweets!
Oh Crumbs! offered a range of lovely marshmallows, that I literally wolfed down as I was feeling a bit heady from the night before (why do i do this to myself?)
Next was Pink Parcel. I’ve heard of this brand before, but never really known what it offered, except the obvious (a monthly subscription that comes in time for your monthly period), however, it’s so much more than what it says on the tin… or the parcel 😎
Pink Parcel gives us ladies a chance to indulge and somewhat enjoy our monthly cycles, with cool treats that they put inside each box. Each parcel contains tea to help with cramps, a sweet treat to indulge in when the cravings come, a range of beauty products and of course pads and tampons.
Pink Parcel, also gave us the chance to make our own personalised box too – check mine out!
That was it for downstairs, so we made our way all the way up (if you know, you know!)
Regenerate greeted us first and honestly was the brand I was most pleased about coming into contact with.
When I was younger I was obsessed with my teeth, I just wanted them to be straight and clean, which is why I longed for braces and brushed them 3 times a day (I was such a nerd). Now, I know it probably wasn’t the most sensible thing to do, as too much brushing can wear away enamel, promoting sensitivity, which is something I suffer with now.
Luckily for me Regenerate is a toothpaste that repairs enamel, reversing damaging effects.
Sold in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Boots and many more beauty retailers I knew the was a brand I could trust (as well as doing my own research).
Regenerate was kind enough to give us two treats – one Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste & an Enamel Science Boosting Serum Kit, which should be used one a month.
I’ve only used the toothpaste once so far, so cannot give a in depth review, but I’m pleased with how it left me feeling so far… have you tried these products?
The venue was boiling and my makeup was literally sliding off my face, so I was parched. Luckily there was a cool drinks brand called Cocktail Mania, serving alcoholic slushies (not that I needed anymore alcohol) – let me tell you their Mango Crazy was lush – check them out, they’re based in Old Kent Road and do everything from slushies to milkshakes, looking to be a great summer hangout spot!
Mingling in a bit further, I found the cutest store – Sass and Belle. I must be the only person who has never heard of this brand before, but it’s right up my street. They sell ‘the little things in life’ – cups, frames, notebooks..just those little pretty things, you and I could never say no to. Plus they have a store in Clapham Common which is literally 30 mins away – they can add another customer to their fan base!
The Blogger Hangout Summer event/ 3rd birthday was a blast, and I had a good time with my girl laura even though I was hanging and my feet were burning lol – who told me to wear heels?!
If you went to The Bloggers Hangout, let me know how you found it, and your most favourite brand discovery x
Hi again lovelies,
Can you believe we’ve started the second half of the year already? FFS… and still no sun – drop me out and take me on holiday already! 😖 😫
It’s already been over 2 weeks since I landed back in the UK after my lovely little getaway to Thailand and to celebrate / mourn a wonderful time away in the sun, I thought I’d do a ‘fun’ post about what 10 things I experienced as a tourist and world traveller.
- STARING – This has got to be one of my biggest pet peeves. Just so rude, yet so inevitable, especially when you travel anywhere outside of London. Whenever I travel abroad I get look, whether it be because of my black skin or my ‘unusual’ hair, I’ll get the polite stare – the one where they smile and stop one I’ve acknowledged it, or the more annoyingly – yes, I am staring at you because you are hella different and I don’t know how to take you -stare. Either way it grinds my gears.
- PAPARAZZI– Yes, I’ve been stalked my paparazzi… and by paparazzi I mean Chinese tourists following me to get the perfect shot. To be fair this has only happened to me in Thailand, but, it was very weird, to say the least. I’m almost positive you’ll see a meme of me on Instagram soon with a couple of Chinese people.
- BONJOUR – Is it me, or can a black person on holiday not be British?! No one ever thinks my boyfriend and I are British. We, do however, get spoken to in French or more understandably – American accents. Very bizarre.
- THE DREADED CHAT UP– I’ve travelled alone before, which has just given men the reason to try and woo me. How lucky am I 😒? Yeah I know I have nice lips thanks, anything else?
What has been the worst chat up line you’ve received on holiday?
- OVER PACKING – Ughh can us ladies ever get it right? For some reason, every time I go away, I have the most bags and the biggest suitcase, yet never wear more than half of what I pack. Nothing seems too short when you’re modelling it in front of the mirror #firstworldproblems
- MAKEUP – After deciding what the best CC, BB or DD cream to pack you’ll need another holiday. As much as I hate to admit it, is there any point of makeup on holiday?
- ‘TAXI?’ – If you’ve been to Thailand then you must’ve experienced getting this question on every corner. When I travel, I love to explore and just submerge myself in the whole experience. I know this isn’t how everyone likes to do things, but I’ve got two legs for a reason – ditch the taxi, let’s walk!
- The Sh@!*– Never have I ever caught the shits like when I went to Thailand. If you’re going abroad this summer, make sure you take a pack of Imodium and paracetamol, you won’t regret it.
- ‘YOUR SKIN IS SO BEAUTIFUL!’ – It may sound big headed but I get this a LOT – kinda like my hair. Followed by a soft stroke of my skin. It’s quite flattering to be honest.
- THE OTHER COUPLE – I havent quite decided if I like making couple friends abroad or not, it’s quite a commitment, to make, what happens if you want to break free? Too much hassle, I’ll just stick to the boyf.
This post brought back way too many memories lol. There’s so many more experiences that I haven’t even touched on, but you get the idea. Have you experienced any of these, or any others, I would love to know your travel experiences, so let me know!
This weekend my sister celebrated her 16th birthday (I’m actually getting old 😖 😫). After a busy week for both of us – with her going to her leavers prom and me getting wasted on Friday after a LONG week at work, we decided to be ladies who brunch.
I’ve always headed to Battersea Rise when I’m on the lookout for cool eateries, no matter if i’m feeling in the mood for American style pancakes, a tasty fry up or want to try something new, I know it’s a foodies safe – haven.
This time we decided on brunch at Côte Brasserie, a cute understated restaurant situated on the corner of Webbs Road.
Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, Côte Brasserie offers all-day dining, serving authentic French classics as well as British faves made from great quality and fresh ingredients.
With an empty stomach and breakfast on our minds, we arrived just before last orders were taken – 1pm on weekends and 12pm on weekdays.
The interior was very minimalistic and sophisticated, complemented by rich burgundy and grey hues for a light yet moody atmosphere, perfect if you want to escape the outside world for a few hours, and if you’ve got a tender headache and need a calm atmosphere to co-operate lol.
The staff were all very friendly and accommodating, so we got the drinks in…tea! Am I the only one to think that tea always tastes better in a tea pot? I can just never get it right at home.
The breakfast menu had quite a small selection but covered all the bases, but after scanning the menu I ended up getting an Full English Breakfast – very adventurous, I know – but after such a busy weekend I just needed ALL the food!
What I loved is that I got to pick what type of eggs I wanted, normally cafes give you the choice between fried and scrambled, but this time I went for poached…ooh lala! My order also came with the option to choose what bread I wanted to be toasted.
My sister ended up going for the more brunchy and picturesque option of Eggs Royale -which looked amazing. After about a 20 minute wait, our food was served.
The portions were just right, but, of course we couldn’t go to a brasserie without trying something even remotely french, so we ordered a pain au chocolate and a croissant which were served warm, making them melt in the mouth. No one likes a hard pastry.
Côte Brasserie was the ideal choice for Sunday brunch, especially if you don’t feel like queuing up for The Breakfast Club, which is a more popular choice a few doors away but had a waiting time of 2 hours 😐.
The staff’s attention to detail and overall customer care was 💯 , and the food was not only delicious but also very affordable with our bill coming in at under £30, they also offer a gluten free menu, great if you want to brunch with friends who have different eating requirements.
For me this restaurant was definitely one of the best I’ve been to for breakfast/brunch and an overall great experience, so I would rate it a solid 9/10!
Looking for somewhere to brunch? Try Côte Brasserie.
N.B. – To avoid disappointment, I would advise to book a table in advance as it got quite busy, while we were eating.
See you on my next post x