Birthday Treats

It was my mum’s birthday last week and I got the entire day off work which was lovely. We had such a great day in Brighton and I wanted to share the day with you all!

IMG_2616We started the day by going out for breakfast. In Brighton, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast because there are some amazing places to get it. We wanted to go to a place called Silo which is in the Lanes, but for some bizarre reason they don’t serve breakfast until 10am there?! Unfortunately, we were on a time limit so we decided to try Silo out another day.

We walked downProcessed with VSCO with hb2 preset a little farther and went to a family favourite: Bill’s. You can always depend on Bill’s to deliver a great meal and experience and they did not disappoint! I got a standard Bill’s Breakfast with extra baked beans and hash browns. Very yummy!

We went back to my parents’ house and my niece, nephew and sister in law came over for birthday cake and presents. It was a lot of fun playing and messing around with the two kids, but my nephew got a bit tired so my sister took him home.

My mum offered to look after my niece for the afternoon, and because it was such a nice day we wanted to take her out somewhere nice. We decided to take her to Steyning, which is a small village in West Sussex.

The coffee shop was, as always, absolutely lovely and because it was such a sunny warm day, it was the first time this year that I’ve gone out without a coat! We had some afternoon tea in the world’s sweetest coffee shop, had a wander around some charity shops and then found ourselves in a little alley way of shops that felt like something out of Hobbiton!

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When we got home, I settled down in front of the TV and wrote a blog post about Temple Spa (which you can find here). I had a couple of hours of down time before we were due to go out for dinner but as always, I managed to laze around and then end up rushing to get ready! Because of this, I wasn’t that happy with my makeup or hair, but I loved my outfit because I kind of looked like an extra from The Breakfast Club or Heathers!

I did a really standard face for dinner, nothing special at all because I didn’t have enough time. Products used: From Rimmel, I used Fix & Perfect primer, Match Perfection Processed with VSCO with f2 presetfoundation, Glam Eyes eyeliner, Scandaleyes mascara, Wake Me Up concealer and Kate Moss lipstick in shade 48. (I didn’t realise until just now how much Rimmel makeup I own and use everyday!) I also used Collection Mosaic bronzer, Essence All About Bronze eyeshadow palette, Savvy eyebrow kit, Essence Soo Glow! highlighter. I set my makeup with Superdrug Vitamin E Refreshing Tone Mist.

I didn’t feel like straightening or curling my hair so I just put it up in a pony tail, but wanted it to be a bit different from my everyday hairstyle so tied some black lace in a bow around the hairband.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetI hadn’t felt well all day so wanted to wear something comfy but still special so went for an old favourite of mine, my black velvet jumpsuit from Topshop that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. I paired this with a super old belt from Urban Outfitters, my denim jacket from Topshop, a sweet clutch/shoulder bag from H&M and instead of heels, I went for my lemon yellow Nike Blazers.

For dinner we went to a popular Brighton restaurant called Chilli Pickle. I’m not crazy about Indian food but it was an absolutely lovely meal. The staff are all very friendly and really know what they’re talking about.

I ordered a peach bellini because I love cocktails with champagne or prosecco in and it was absolutely gorgeous. To start, I got a vegetable samosa topped with chutney and yogurt and pomegranate seeds. My dad and I swapped starters half way through because his duck dumplings were especially yummy and mine was a little bit too spicy for me.

For my main course, I got a seafood green curry. I was a little apprehensive about it because I really can’t handle spice, but it was mild enough for me and was delicious. It reminded me a bit of a Thai green curry. I couldn’t quite deal with the clams in it though… There’s something about food that arrives in a shell that I really can’t be involved in! If you like Indian food, I can’t recommend the Chilli Pickle enough, it’s got a lovely atmosphere and is fairly cheap considering how good the food is.

So, after a long day we all called it a night and went home. My mum had a lovely day and I think a lot of it was down to how much Brighton has to offer for a special day.

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xxxx

Temple Spa Favourites

I’ve been using Temple Spa products since I was about 15 or so, and over the years I’ve built up some firm favourites. Obviously over time my staple products have changed as my skin and needs have changed but I’ve been using the majority of the products in this post for nearly 5 years now! Temple Spa is probably the most high end brand I regularly buy from because I don’t make enough money to splash out on much, but I think skin care is too important to skrimp and save on. I have combination skin, which means it is (annoyingly enough) simultaneously both dry and oily in different areas of my face, so obviously I use products to suit this.

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My mum is a skincare consultant for Temple Spa, and I have to be honest, at first I was a little skeptical about the brand because when you are 15 you don’t want to like anything your mum likes! However I caved in and tried a few products out and haven’t looked back since.

Disclaimer: I’m not a skincare guru so this post is just my own opinion on a brand that I love, I know very little about skin care other than that I love this brand!

I’ve been using the same facial exfoliator, Breakfast Smoothie, for as long as I can remember. I’ve been told countless times that you should only exfoliate your face 3 or 4 times a week, but this exfoliator is so gentle and moisturising that I can’t help IMG_2536but use it nearly every day! I’m yet to find another cleanser or exfoliator that makes my super dry skin as smooth and supple as this one. It’s actually intended to be used by people with normal skin, but I’ve found that it really helps keep my often red and spotty skin under control. I also like that the actual exfoliating beads aren’t too harsh, it’s a very gentle exfoliation that smells absolutely heavenly! At £25, this is a little more pricey than I’d usually spend on cosmetics, but a little bit goes a long long way so it lasts for ages which makes it completely worth it in my eyes.

Another staple in my skincare routine is Moisture To Go. I have really dry skin so I need a reallIMG_2546y intensive moisturiser for my face, but most of the time I find that moisturisers for dry skin are too greasy or sticky for everyday use. However, this moisturiser feels almost
like a primer, it’s really lightweight and silky but still makes my face baby smooth. It’s lightweight enough to wear under makeup, but I wouldn’t say it makes my makeup last any longer if I’m honest. I went through 2 other Temple Spa moisturisers before I settled on this one, and I’m so glad I kept trying them out until I found it! This moisturiser is £32.

Something I couldn’t live without is Purification. This face mask is a deep cleaIMG_2543nsing treat and always leaves my skin in tip top condition. I’m not organised enough to use a face mask every week but when my skin is feeling especially neglected I’ll put this on for a good half an hour or so and then wash it off in the shower. I always use this mask the day after I finish a show, because during show week I wear so much makeup and get so tired that my skin ends up looking dull with lots of spots and blackheads, and this mask always saves the day! I also really like that it stays moist whilst it’s on your skin so it doesn’t crack when it’s been on for a while. It clears up blackheads like you wouldn’t believe and when used with Moisture to Go, it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and blemish free. Purification is £25.

I’m not crazy about candles but a couple of Christmases ago I got mini versions of Blue Moon and Cherish the Love in my stocking and absolutely adore them. These aren’t actually for sale anymore but I so wish they were because my little stash is rapidly IMG_2529depletingIMG_2530! I don’t think I have a very heightened sense of smell because I usually can’t smell candles when they’re burning but these candles have a rich enough smell that it actually lingers for a while even after they’ve been blown out. Blue Moon is actually a family favourite, my brother is especially obsessed with it and has gone through what feels like hundreds of these candles! They don’t burn down too quickly and although rich, the smell they give off isn’t overpowering or off putting. The full size candles are £25 each, which is an absolute bargain considering how massive they are!

Temple Spa don’t just make skin care and spa therapy products, they actually have a cosmetic line too. I haven’t dabbled much in their makeup but I have been throIMG_2555ugh countless bottles of their black nail polish! I only ever wear black on my fingernails and therefore have bought from tonnes of brands before, but nothing has ever come close to my love for Temple Spa’s Noir Nail Treat. It is glossy, very pigmented and stays put without chipping for days. It also dries very quickly so double coating doesn’t take long at all. To keep it in place for even longer I use Sorrento, which is a base and top coat. At any given time, I can almost guarantee that I’ll have Cassius (my favourite name of any nail polish ever) on my toenails, which is a stunning dark maroon colour.  Each nail treat is £9.50, which is an absolute steal for such a high end brand!

There are plenty of other products that I love but I wanted to focus on my favourites. I also regularly use Toning Essence, an all natural toner, My Goodness, a lightweight everyday moisturiser, Sugar Buff, a really gentle body scrub (perfect for getting stubborn fake tan off!), Go Figure, an anti-cellulite gel, Duvet, easily the most luxurious body moisturiser I’ve ever used, and Ahhhh!, which is a sooting balm for aching limbs, something I love using after a dance rehearsal or during show week.

I’m sure this won’t be my last Temple Spa blog post because I’m obsessed with this brand! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you’re interesting in trying any of these products then you can find the Temple Spa website here.

Happy birthday Mum! Love you.

xxx

Ps, as you can see here, my Dad loves it too! Hahaha! IMG_2548

 

Review: Makeup Revolution Lipsticks

If you know me, or follow me on any form of social media, you’ll know that I am absolutely obsessed with lipstick. I wear lipstick more often than not, and have become increasing obsessed with wearing bright and unusual shades of lipstick! I recently ordered some Makeup Revolution lipsticks from the Superdrug website after reading about them on a Buzzfeed article and they did not disappoint. I ordered 9 in total (which only cost me £8 all together!) so I’m going to show you each one and review them individually. I bought from 3 different Makeup Revolution collections. I’ve only worn 3 of them so far so these reviews are based on a quick swatch, so I can’t give a review on their longevity or reapplication, but I will probably do this as and when I wear them.

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Scandalous Collection
The first one I tried was the shade Felony. Although I love the idea of a lemony yellow lipstick, and thought it would be a contender for my favourite of the lot, unfortunately I was disappointed with it straight away. The colour was no where near as pigmented as I’ve seen swatched on various reviews and articles, which leads me to believe it needs a primer or under colour to bring out the colour more, something I will probably experiment with in the future. The colour was also uneven which I don’t like, it clung to the drier parts of my lips and barely showed up on other parts. This lipstick is fairly glossy, so the application is quite nice and easy, plus it smells heavenly! Overall I do like it and will probably wear it when I’ve figured out how to make the colour pop more and look more even, however I think I’ll have to have a tan to pull it off as this colour nearly matches my skin tone!

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The second I swatched was Crime. I’m not a pink lipstick kind of girl by nature, but I actually really liked this colour on me! Unlike Felony, the colour was more even but I think it looks less like a lipstick and more like a lip tint. It has a gloss to it so it was easy to apply, and I definitely think it’s a colour I’ll wear when I want to look a bit girly and cute as it’s not TOO pink, a look that doesn’t suit me at all. I do wish it was slightly more pigmented however.

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I then swatched Depraved, a deep lilac colour. I absolutely adore this colour, and it restored my faith in these lipsticks as on me, it looked exactly like the pictures I’ve seen. It was much more even and pigmented than the first two I tried and it’s definitely one I’m going to be using religiously over spring and summer!

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Immoral was a strange one for me. At first I hated it, then I loved it, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Like with Felony, I think this colour needs a primer or base colour to make it truly pop.

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The last lipstick I swatched from the Scandalous collection was Vice, and I am so glad I saved it because it is definitely the best one of the collection! It’s a lot like Crime in that it’s not pigmented enough to be a full on colour, which I liked about this colour because it blends so nicely with my lip colour. I’ve worn this colour a couple of times, and although it looks great on first application, I don’t like how it looks after a few hours and after reapplication. This is the sort of lipstick I’ll probably wear in pictures and videos but not for work or socialising!

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Atomic Collection
The first colour I swatched from this collection was Make Me Magnificent, and it didn’t live up to its name. Of course, when buying lipsticks online you don’t get a true swatch, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this colour. It kind of reminded me of something my sister’s friends would have worn in the early 2000s, it was a metallic purpley colour that has a slight shimmer in it. I’m not crazy about this colour, but knowing me it will probably grow on me and might even end up being my staple lip colour! Like the rest of these lipsticks, it is easy to apply, but unlike the Scandalous collection it doesn’t smell very nice, it has quite a cosmetic smell which I don’t like at all.

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I then swatched Serpent and fell in love with it! By far and away this was my favourite shade, it looks absolutely incredible on and I couldn’t believe how pigmented and rich the colour is. I think it really suits me and makes my eyes look even bluer. I wore this colour to work and it actually lasted a long time without needing to be reapplied and was really easy to do so. I find some lipsticks don’t look as good on second application but this isn’t one of them. I teamed this lip colour with a slicked back hairstyle, thick eyeliner and bold brows.

Vamp collection

I was so excited to swatch lipsticks from the Vamp collection because dark, moody and gothy lipsticks are all right up my alley! I am a self professed black lipstick addict, I have 5 different black lipsticks already and I’m always looking for another, hence why I bought Black Heart. After being impressed with the pigmentation of the darker colours so far, I was expecting big things… However, I was severely disappointed. This lipstick had little pigmentation, and had a strange reddish tint to it. This was probably the least impressive lipstick of the lot, and I was very disappointed!

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The last lipstick I tried was Rebel With a Cause. After Serpent, this was my absolute favourite of the bunch. The colour is absolutely stunning, it is perfectly pigmented and smells lush. I wore this colour on Easter Sunday and it stayed in place for hours, including during a lovely roast dinner! I was so impressed with this colour and it’s quickly wormed its way out of my lipstick makeup bag and into my everyday makeup bag.

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So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed this post, it’s very long but I didn’t want to give a half hearted review. I’ve been writing this post for a long time because I didn’t want to rush it! Let me know if you are thinking of buying any of the lipsticks I’ve reviewed here or if there’s any lipsticks you’d like me to review!

xxx