Sunday, 30 November 2014


Give A Little Love

Today I just wanted to have a little short chatty blog post and talk about giving. As it is nearing the Christmas period, I want people to remember it's not all about presents, but its about spending time with loved ones, cherishing what you have and being thankful. I am not one to be religious and I don't celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday but Christmas has a very mysterious way of warming our hearts and acknowledging  what we do have. 

Many people this Christmas will be homeless, hungry, cold and alone, and I for one want to let you all remember that as you open your presents someone out there wont even be opening a tin of beans. As a personal connection to this issue my own hostel has over 30 residents including myself who are 'homeless' and suffer from a multiple of issues may it be mental health, physical health, escaping domestic violence and some haven't a penny to their name, but the hostel gets donations from people and Food Banks to ensure people eat a hot meal this Christmas. The staff even go as far as buying small gifts for every resident to make sure no one is left with nothing as some people have no family or friends.

This is no way a post to make anyone feel guilty for what they do have but maybe a way of opening peoples eyes to what some people do not have, and whilst you may be wishing for some latest album to be released, the new gaming device such as the PS4 or the new glossy urban decay palette remember those that are in need.

This Christmas (and not even just at Christmas)  why don't you donate to the Food Bank and the Trussell Trust. Donating food will give someone a chance to have meals over the cold festive period, and not only that you can also donate clothes, duvets and skincare products such as toothpaste, shower gel, soap and even nappies for those who may be less fortunate. 

I have personally seen first hand what good Food Banks do for people, as a service user myself when I have been in crisis and also as someone who has volunteered with the Hackney Food Bank. It is the little things that people seem to forget that means a lot. And I bet you giving is a lot better than receiving!



Sunday, 23 November 2014



I was kindly sent the Vichy Dermablend setting powder from Escentual to review. I'm already a fan of Vichy products, so was excited when this little beauty popped through the door and greeted me with welcome arms. 
This is my go to powder at the moment for everyday use,  for when I have just finished applying make-up. I found this powder to be so light weight and left my skin and make-up absolutely velvety after every use. I particularly like that it is a simple translucent powder that settles into the skin effortlessly. I apply the Vichy powder with my large powder brush from real techniques, tapping a little bit of product into the lid and swirling my brush in circular motions to pick up the powder. I concentrate mainly on my tzone area, forehead, nose, chin, and under the eyes/ apple of my cheeks. I find that this product doesn't sit horribly on spots or fill up and emphasizes creases or pores.

As you all know I suffer with oily combination skin and found that after first application and wear, half way through the day I need to re apply some powder to blot my face. Although this is a great first application setting powder, it wasn't as helpful the second time round for blotting my skin. I believe it would work wonders on someone who has normal to dry skin but not as well for oily or combination skin. Overall for its lightweight feel and velvety touch it gets a 4/5 from me.  

You can purchase this little beauty from here for £14.45! 

Let me know what you think of the product, have you tried it?


Monday, 17 November 2014



After missing the opportunity to attend the Trilogy event, they kindly sent me over a few of their products from their range. I was astounded with the amount they sent me, as I am already a really big fan of Trilogy, religiously using the Organic Rosehip oil and Rosapene Night Cream. I definitely didnt have to think twice about adding these beauties to my skincare routine.
The Trilogy very gentle calming serum, is a soothing and hydrating serum that can be used morning and night after cleansing your face and neck. The serum is said to calm irritated and intolerant skin by providing light but effective hydration whilst restoring the natural balance of the skin as well as minimising the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This beauty is also a Marie Claire Prix de Marie Claire Finalist. 
I use the Trilogy serum morning and night after cleansing my face, with the use of its handy pipette it allows me to use just the right amount of product. Which I find particularly life saving as I hate using to much product and wasting it. The serum has a cool calming feeling when applied and sinks into the skin effortlessly. It keeps my skin feeling fresh and helps to control the oily combination skin that I suffer from, it has easily found its way in my top three serums! The Trilogy serum is fragrance free and dermatologically tested.  
The Trilogy vital moisturising cream, is a nourishing hydrating cream that is used for morning routines after cleansing the face. The moisturising cream is said to be a versatile nourishing cream available for all skin types. A non-greasy formula that is quickly absorbing with rosapene, marula and orange flower. The ingredients of the product helps to restore hydration as well as helping to smooth the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.
I use the Trilogy vital moisturising cream after cleansing, toning and using my wonder serum from Trilogy. It sinks into my skin again with ease without adding any extra oils to my combination skin, I apply the moisturising cream right down to my neck. The biggest bonus I find whilst using the moisturising cream is that it doesn't make my make-up slip or slide, as I have found some hydrating creams try to restore the skin so much, that after applying foundation it doesn't stay in place. Not with this piece of magic, it restores hydration, nourishes the skin giving it a healthy look and keeps my make-up in place.
The Trilogy firming body lotion, is a nourishing, smoothing and firming body lotion. The body lotion should be massaged into clean skin and can be used all over the body. The firming body lotion is said to moisturise, firm and improve skins elasticity and texture. Mixed with the calming fragrance of lavender, frankincense and rose geranium, your skin with time should feel firmer and more supple.
This is my go to product to use after I have a long bath, I massaged the body lotion in circular motions to ensure my body is absorbing all the ingredients the product has to offer. The body lotion is non greasy and hasn't got a sticky texture either. Although I may not necessarily need to use a firming body lotion as of yet but I am thoroughly enjoying using this product.
Overall the products work hand in hand together with each other, and especially as I have purchased other products from the range they all compliment each other. I certainly can recommend Trilogy to anyone who is looking to indulge in a brand that you haven't before. On the Trilogy website you can find products to suit your skin type by using the skincare selector, so be sure to check that out.

Thank you again to the lovely people at Trilogy

Twitter: @TrilogyProducts

Pictures Courtesy of @Srftaylor


Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Autumn Tag

The Autumn Tag

Hey all you lovely people. Look outside, ain't it getting dark oh so early now. Since the clocks went back I thought I would delve into a simple Autumn post for you. So grab a cuppa, some hot chocolate, nibbles and cosy on up under your duvet or favorite blanket. This is going to be the  Autumn tag, as I thought it was appropriate now we are officially in Autumn and soon to be Winter. 

Favourite Autumn Drink?
To be honest, I can see this post getting very boring very quickly for some of you, as i'm pretty much a plane Jane. I haven't got a favourite drink for Autumn at all, I just drink whatever I have in my fridge which is generally water lol. And i'm not necessarily a big lover of hot drinks let alone getting all happy about a Starbucks mocha choca or whatever they're called.

Favourite Album?
This isn't actually a good question to me as I have many of albums that I love. Also i'm not really sure how this is Autumn related but at this moment in time i'm really loving Chris Brown's 'X' album, Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' and still just cant get enough of PND both albums.

Favourite Thing To Wear In Autumn?
I love HiTops whatever the weather but I do love a good winter boot that can battle out the cold and a solid Coat. How could you not say your favourite thing is a coat especially when the weather is beginning to turn.

Favourite Pumpkin Face?
I generally prefer the faces that are made up as you go. But for something that people can familiarise with it would have to be either Jack Skeleton as a dude or his girl Sally from the nightmare before Christmas, which i'm pretty sure most people will say. Although I did see a very good lion king carving but that's not very halloween?

Favourite Autumn Movie?
 Harry Potter all day everyday the whole box set and I am proud to say I own two boxsets, one for watching and the other still sitting there, in the plastic wrapper for appreciation haha.

Favourite Thing To Do?
My favourite thing to do in Autumn is absolutely nothing. When Autumn first arrives I do like walking outdoors and seeing the changing colour of the trees the conkers falling off the tress and stepping on crunchy leaves. But once Autumn swings into full force, I prefer to stay indoors with friends and family snuggled up under a duvet or blanket in cosy pj's watching movies and eating pizza.

Favourite Autumn Comfort Food?
I love Pizza in the colder months in relation to movie nights. But anything home made is my absolute favourite, roast dinner, shepards pie, mmmm yes.

Favourite Candle To Burn?
I dont care what brand, how much or how little it was. Im not into any of these fancy scents like apple crickle-wood (made up obviously) Plain old vanilla.

Favourite Lip Colour?
Red, or dark/deep red. I don't think I can quiet pull of purples so i'm gonna keep it safe and say red.

I tag you all to do this tag.
Hope you enjoyed this light hearted simple post this Sunday.

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