Skincare Must-Haves For Glowing Skin During Winter

The weather has well and truly turned in the UK now and the bitterly cold air has really taken its toll on my skin. Therefore, I have been trying my best to combat my dry skin this Winter through formulating a super thirst-quenching skin care routine. 
Firstly, comes cleanser and for me removing my make up properly is a big deal so I try and double cleanse on a daily basis to get rid of any product build up in my pores and just get my skin feeling really nourished and clean. My two faves at the moment are my trusty Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm  and my Super Facialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. Both of which are great at really thoroughly deep cleaning while still leaving my face feeling soft and not at all tight or dry. I particularly love using the Vitamin C+ Cleansing oil in the morning before make up as I feel like it really brightens and creates a beautifully smooth base for make up.
I then sweep across my Pixi Glow Tonic (How amazing is this 500ml bottle by …

A £3 Dupe for Jo Malone's £90 Colonge?!

Jo Malone has become such a sought after brand and it's no wonder when their scents are so beautiful and are really unique but the same can't be said for the accompanying price tag. At £90 for an 100ml bottle this truly is a luxury product that the average Joe would have to think long and hard about investing in. In comes Primark with their new range of fragrances, a little too similar to Jo Malone's cult combinations, not that I am complaining in the slightest. As I own the original Pomegranate Noir myself I was desperate to try Primark's version (Pomegranate and Black Tea) to see how well they compared and I was really shocked with how similar they are! At £3 I didn't have crazily high expectations but my hopes were exceeded tenfold.

Even down to the description Primark has used for this is a definite copy at JM "Known at Primark HQ as the scent ‘equivalent of a daring red dress’, Pomegranate & Black Tea is your new spicy and sophisticated date night pe…

7 Reasons You Need The Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette In Your Life

The internet has been going wild recently for this bad boy and with it just being released in the UK on beauty bay for a crazy £37 for 35 shadows, I knew I had to get my hands on it and test it out for myself! And WOW it didn't disappoint. I must say that although I follow Jaclyn and really appreciate how hard she works and how good she is at what she does, she isn't my favourite influencer and I sometimes find her lack of humbleness gets on my nerves. However, that is besides the point and my focus for this post is solely on how beaut this palette is. So onto the 10 reasons you NEED this in your life: 1) It has every shade you could possibly need for so many different eye looks 2) Each shade is so pigmented  3) Despite being so cheap the quality of the shadows is near perfection and they blend together like a dream 4) There is a great range of shimmers and mattes so whatever look you are going for you are bound to find the perfect shades to compliment each other 5) The palet…

Where I've Been

After a phenomenal gap year, travelling around Europe and Canada I have found myself settled back in education, studying for a degree in English language whilst living away from home in a student flat of 7 other humans who I have got to know very well in the last couple of months.  With this being my first post in way over a year, SORRY! I felt it was necessary to fill in the missing pieces from my last 15 months of being MIA. 
So straight out of Sixth Form I began a 0-hour contracted job at my local airport in World Duty Free, a job with an abundance of perks (including an insane staff discount programme to keep my make up cravings at bay) but also one too many cons (4am starts, constant targets, pressure from management and often lack of work). However, the pay was good and I needed to save for my desire to travel the world in my year of freedom. 
When March 2017 came around 2 of my dearest friends and I took off looking like tortoises, with the contents of our life for the next mo…

Beauty or just bad taste? Have brands crossed the line?

This is a piece of writing I wrote for A level English language coursework. I wanted to put it onto my blog as I felt I wanted to almost open a discussion about whether people agree with this text or not. I'd be really interested in finding out about what people think regarding this topic. Thank you in advance. Son x

Nowadays sex seems to be everywhere. People are no longer shocked at seeing a virtually naked woman on the side of a bus or billboard, everyone discusses sex and people have appeared to become immune to taboo language. As an all-round beauty fanatic myself, I have thoroughly delved into the ever-expanding world of make up products and associated paraphernalia. The one thing that never fails to shock me: the continual release of new make-up products with cringe-worthy, sexualised names.
The beauty industry is already seen by many as superficial and materialistic. Why then would the product creators want to feed further into this reputation by naming products with overt …

Urban Decay Palettes - Are They Worth The Hype?

Urban Decay have built up such an established reputation for themselves, everyone has heard of the Naked palettes and for good reason in my opinion. I have found through my experience with the 4 Urban Decay palettes that I own that they are some of the best quality shadows in such beautiful shades.  My Naked Basics palette is amazing for travelling with and brill for the girls that just want a super natural look. Although there are only 6 shades in this it is a versatile product that can create tonnes of different looks. I often smoke out the black shadow with a pencil brush along my lash line to make my lashes look thicker and create a kind of smoky look. While on the topic of versatile the Shadow Box is the one to beat on unlimited looks achievable with just this one palette. It's full of neutrals, bright pops of colour and really cool out there shades. I love this when I want to experiment with my eye looks. The Naked 1 and Naked 2 palettes are both very neutral although I bel…

Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm

After recently purchasing this (£48- I know, crazy!!!) and reading all of the raving reviews I wanted to put it through my own tests. In the past I have dabbled in the odd exfoliator but in general I find that a lot of them upset the balance of my extremely sensitive skin. Therefore I am very cautious when it comes to scrubbing my face and tend to stick to cream/ oil cleansers with a flannel to cleanse the skin. However, I have recently felt that my cleansers aren't getting rid of all the grime all of the time and so I wanted to invest in a product that could make my face feel squeaky clean without stripping it of all moisture.  This seriously does the trick!! The Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm is really moisturising and gentle on the skin whilst giving it the attention it needs. I always feel that it has got rid of any make up residue that happens to linger after cleansing, it gets rid of dullness and it makes my skin feel amazing. Not to mention the whole host of amazing ingredie…