Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Avon Nail Corrector Pen Review ...

Hi guys,

So I thought I would share with you this little nail correcter pen that I have been using for quite a while and is quite a good hack if you're a little sloppy with painting nails - especially the toenails which can be tricky. 


Basically, once you have painted your nails and they have dried, if you have got some on your fingers or toes (like the actual skin), then all you do is use the pen to remove the stains.

The pen itself must be filled with nail varnish remover but you can target it using the pen nib.

A fab product that is so simple but works so well!

Have you got anything to help you with painting nails?

Rachael xox


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Lili Aromatherapy Body Scrub Review & Giveaway ...

Hi guys,

I have been using Lili Aromatherapy scrubs for a little while now after they kindly sent me some to try out and I wanted to share them with you. I was very excited to receive them as I love at home pampering and DIY spa days and thought that these would be perfect to join my collection of products.



The scrubs arrived in this small cloth bag with a little tie handle. I received the pack of three body scrubs they sell and the packaging of the individual scrubs are so cute too! They have a tropical print on them and come in a handy resealable pouch to keep them fresh.

They were also sent with a Sri Lankan postcard with a lovely note from the brand too.

The whole aim of Lili Aromatherapy is to provide the consumer with exotic spa quality products that you can use at home. They want their customers to have the benefit of the healing power of aromatherapy through their body scrubs. The brand was founded through their love of visiting spas during their travels abroad. Having lived in Sri Lanka for some time, the founders came to realise that most of the healing ingredients used in luxurious spa treatments actually came from Sri Lanka and the natives used them in their beauty treatments. They developed a product from this in order to share the benefits of the Sri Lankan treatments with the world.

The products are 100% vegan, natural and all handmade.


For me, I use a body scrub when I use the bath which tends to be 3 times a week (the rest of the time I will shower). My baths tend to be the time when I will have that extra bit of pamper time (when I am catching up with my YT subscriptions.)

To use, all you have to do is massage it into the skin and then allow to rinse off. 

Meditation amongst lotuses

The meditation scrub has the best scent out of the three. I found using this one left me feeling relaxed with the aromatherapy oils used. The website recommends this product if you are between waxes or are feeling stressed.

An Affair Amongst Jasmines

This scrub was the best for results of the skin. The brand recommends use when you want glowing skin or you have a hot date and I would completely agree with that one. I find this works especially well for me when I have a tan and just finished off the glow.

Serenity Amongst Lavender Fields

This scrub is perfect for a late night scrub before getting into bed. The heavy lavender scent is amazing to chill you out and help you with a good night's sleep.

One of the best things about the scrubs is that you only need a small amount so it will last a really long time. I will definitely be repurchasing these scrubs once I have used them all up (although this probably won't be for a while!). 

The price online is in dollars but they ship anywhere in the world for FREE! You can pop online and see them here or check out their Instagram page too.

The good news is that Lili Aromatherapy sent me an extra pack for you guys too! Please enter below!! It is open to UK residents only and it will close on Friday 7th July!




Speak soon,

Rachael xox

Monday, 26 June 2017

Top Ten Products under £5 ...

Hi guys,

So today I wanted to share with you my top ten products under £5.

I don't believe you need to spend a fortune on makeup products to get the quality. It is very nice sometimes to splash out on an extra amazing product but these products are for the times when you are stuck to a bit of a budget!



PS Waterproof Mascara
PS Lash Contour Mascara

Both of these mascaras are from Primark which are available instore only and are both priced at only £2.00. The Waterproof mascara is great for volume. It has an extremely thick but contoured brush which helps the product to build up your lashes. The lash contour mascara is amazing for lash length. This has a much thinner brush than the waterproof.

I tend to use both of these products together. I brush on the waterproof mascara and then the lash contour mascara to build the length.



This kit is only £4 and has now been improved with the addition of an extra shade too. For the people who don't highlight as well as I do, this kit is an excellent product. The darker shade is ideal for a bit of contouring also. As you can see, this product has been well used by me and at £4, it definitely is a bargain.



I love Collection concealer. I have reviewed it previously here. This is priced at £3.99 which is an absolute bargain. I am sure you don't need me to tell you how amazing this product is. I think everyone who has tried it absolutely loves it. It is definitely one of the best concealers I have ever used!





Another Collection product that I have reviewed previously here. I use this every single day and run a sweep over my upper lid. This product is only £2.99 which is so cheap. This is the one thing I go back to time and time again and will always repurchase!


Avon Color Trend Eyeliner similar here.

This is probably one of the only kohl eyeliners I have ever used. I have posted a link to a similar item as this one didn't appear on my search. This is usually priced at around £3.00. I apply this one to the lower eye but mainly for a night out as I think the look is quite dramatic for a daytime. There are probably a lot better products out there, but I like what I like!



Makeup Gallery Feeling Blush Blusher

This product is only £1! £1! I basically visited Poundland and picked up a lot of their makeup gallery range quite a while back and this was one of them. I didn't expect to like a lot of them but this product is fantastic. The shade is amazing and is almost a rose gold shade which looks amazing on. I use this one quite often and at only £1 - it doesn't break the bank!



This is another product from the collection range and is priced at only £2.99 which is an absolute bargain. I buy it in the matt as I find the shimmery just emphasises oily skin and is more suitable for holidays. This product is not my favourite bronzer but if you are looking for something on a budget, I would recommend this. It does tend to look a little dark on but you then use it lightly which means you get more wear out of it. It does come in different shades, so it is possible I bought this in too dark a shade for my face! Maybe try a lighter shade than what you would usually go for?



Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette

I have this palette in two separate colourways; the smokey and the nude bronze shades.. Both of these palettes are usually priced between £2.99 and £3.99 depending if there is an offer on at the time. They are my go to palettes for taking on holiday as they are compact and the shades are all that I need when away. The shades are super pigmented and the colours are really layerable - meaning I can either do a one shade or build a smokey eye or bronzed eye with several of them. This is definitely a good value product - there aren't many places you can get 6 eyeshadow shades for less than £4.

So, that is it for my ten products under £5. 

Have you got a product you can recommend?

Rachael xox

Saturday, 24 June 2017

5 tips for controlling blemishes ...

Hi guys, 

I have problem skin. One day it is super oily, the next it is dry and flaky and then some days my blemishes are almost like a new head growing out of my neck. I have horrendous spots around my neckline when hormones go haywire.

So I have put together my 5 tops to controlling blemishes.

Hair removal cream

SO I have the worst skin around my neck and chin areas. Although I don't have a beard, I have fine little hair that sometimes clog with the oil and create the worst spots in spot history. The type the dermatologist adores. I made a bold decision to start using hair removal cream to minimise the amount of hairs on my neck and chin to see if it would make a difference. Immediately, I noticed a reduction in the spots I was getting. I took inspiration from Makeup Savvy as she shaved her face - but I didn't want to go to those lengths. If I haven't removed the hairs in a while, I find that the spots do worsen so it is something that really works for me.

Eating healthy

I have made a conscious effort this year to increase my intake of fruit, nuts and try to "clean eat" as much as possible. I have found that eating more natural products, really does help my skin. I have cut down on gluten and dairy as I do have an intolerance to both of these. So far, so good.

Water

I was a diet coke girl. I would grab a bottle of pop at work, have a few cups of tea and that would be me. I weaned myself off it in January this year and apart from the odd can of coke if I am having a takeaway - I now don't have any at all. I still do have the odd lemonade but the majority of the time I drink water as well as decaf teas. I have found that drinking water has not only improved my blemishes, but it has made my whole skin appearance better too.

Washing your face

I actively take my makeup off each night with cleanser and toner and I wash my face on the morning before getting ready for the day but I felt like this wasn't enough. I now make sure to avoid makeup products on my days off but to give my face a good wash and cleanse on these days too. I also now wash the day off when I get in from work. Rather than sit there with a ridiculous amount of makeup on my face to watch TV or blog, I wash and cleanse beforehand and so my skin feels a lot fresher. Even though small changes, it doesn't allow as much oil or dirt to build up to affect my skin.

Product help

Although we try and do as much as possible, with the pollution and dirt and daily stresses building up as well as all of the hormonal changes in your body too, we sometimes still need the help of products. 

Here are two of the products I lean towards for helping me with blemished skin.




This mask is a bit scary when you first use it as it is so dark! In fact, I would warn those in your household you are about to appear with a dark grey face but what it does do is penetrate your pores with the minerals which leaves your skin sparkly and new. I always find that this works extra well after using the hair removal cream and I end up with a gorgeous gleam to my face. I always make sure to exfoliate after a mask too to get rid of any lingering dirt or anything that has been drawn out of my pores.



This is a little gem of a product - even Chris has used it a time or two. If I have a spot that seems to be overtaking my face, I turn to this product. I tend to use it after I have washed my face when getting in from work and then pop a bit on before bed as well. This usually reduces the spot and dries it out completely. 

How do you save your skin?

Rachael xox

Friday, 23 June 2017

What I got for my birthday!

Hi guys,

So my birthday was a couple of weeks ago now but I thought I would share with you some of the gifts I got.  

I got tickets for Celine Dion at Manchester for my birthday from Chris and despite a few hiccups due to the Manchester arena still being closed, we are going there and I cannot wait!!


Soap and Glory Take Your Pink Gift Set - I absolutely adore Soap and Glory and I can use any of the products and just adore them!


Some of my other bits and pieces include the Polka Dot perfume from Primark which smells amazing. A lovely personalised passport cover from my bestie along with a personalised candle which is stunning - it has both of our names on. I got this best friends shine like stars from her too which is lovely and it lights up!



One of my fave pressies was this bag from my parents-in-law! It is leather and is reversible in this lovely black and beige colourway. It also has this beige pouch that sits inside and a long strap for that bag to use separately!

So, as you can see I have been thoroughly spoiled!!

Rachael xox

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My go to daily moisturisers ...

Hi guys,

Today I thought I would share with you my daily go to moisturisers. I alternate between the two of these products dependent on how my skin is looking on that day. While I have used a broad range of moisturisers in the past, the ones I use currently are these two.



As I have combination skin, I either teeter towards oily or dried out skin. So when I am having quite an oily skin day with a few blemishes, I lean towards this Neutrogena moisturiser which has a positive effect on my skin.

I find that my blotchiest of days is toned down with this product.




I adore the Soap and Glory range of products as they are always so worth the money and you see instant results. This is my go to moisturiser which is the best when my skin is really dry - so if I have been in hot tub, had the heating on etc or my skin is just generally lacking some moisture. It smells good too!



What moisturisers do you use?

Rachael xox

Thursday, 15 June 2017

How I clean my makeup brushes ...

Hi guys,

I have a little confession to make - until this point, I have never cleaned my makeup brushes.

Disgusting I know, but usually if they get too clogged up, I just replace it! Little did I know, that with the help of the Real Techniques brush cleanser, my makeup brushes could be as good as new in to time!







This mat was from Ebay, check it out here.



So first I put the cleansing gel onto the mat. The cleansing gel smells amazing and reminds me a little of shampoo.



You then work the brushes onto the mat with the shampoo and continue to do so until the water runs clear! The mat has different sections depending on what type of brush you are using - think of it like a cheese grater - different sizes depending on the result you are looking for.



I then leave my makeup brushes to dry out on the towel. They dry quite quickly and I do think it is because they don't get too saturated because of the brush cleanser. If you want to give it a go, pick it up here.

How do you clean yours?

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

26 things ...

Hi guys,

So I am now 27 thanks to 6/6/17. Taking inspiration from many people who do similar things, I wanted to share with you 26 things I have learned, done, saw, places I have traveled to in my year of being 26.



1. Hong Kong - Currently, as you are reading this I am on my last day of Hong Kong. I will be popping a post on shortly with the delights of my holiday but visiting Hong Kong with my grandparents is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

2. Kos - we visited Kos in September last year. We have been to Greece previously but we went to Kos on this trip and I think I appreciated the older parts of it more now. We hired a car and drove around the whole island which was incredible!

3. Rome - This has been on my list of places to go for a LONG LONG time and we finally got there. Chris was persuaded to visit and he loved it. It is definitely somewhere I can see us going back to.


4. The Granary, Brigham

We booked a weekend trip with the family as it has been a LONG time since we went away altogether. Chris and I booked it as a Christmas present for everyone and we had an amazing time. We haven't had a family holiday like that since our good old caravan days and it was great to bring Chris and my sister's fiance along too.



5. Bannatynes Spa Day

My friend and I have been wanting to do a spa day for quite some time so we booked a day at Bannatyne's. We had a super amazing time and it has definitely made us want to some more very soon.


6. Moved house

We moved house in July to a bigger place and we love it. It is so quiet, our neighbours are lovely and the house is beautiful. We have so far redecorated quite a bit of it and we also had an amazing housewarming party to celebrate.

new kitchen
 hawaiian housewarming
master bedroom makeover
living room
guest bedroom

7. Northumberland/Scotland weekend

Our friend Charlotte bought us a night stay at the Borders for Christmas so we made a big weekend out of it and had an amazing time. On our trips, we tend to go South or leave the country so it made a fab change having this lovely scenic tour of northumberland and scotland.


8. Money Matters

I am an absolute shopaholic and while I do still buy things quite a lot, I have made sure to buy things only that I love or actually need. We have also been actively saving a lot of money so we have a rainy day fund.

We are hoping to buy a second house to rent out in the next 18 months to two years so we have been actively putting away money for this as well. We are feeling pretty good at the moment and I will share some tips about how I actively save soon.

9. Bishop Auckland Food Festival

We visit Bishop Auckland Food Festival every year and I am so glad we managed to make the visit again this year. It wasn't as big or spread out this year but we still managed to make a full day of it and I hope it's something we will continue to do in the future. We go with Chris' mam and dad so it is nice that we share this tradition with them.

10. My career

Although sometimes it is easy to moan about work being busy and stressful, I am feeling very good about my achievements at work. I have studied some external courses too which I feel has really helped me at work. I have also been actively reading management books to give me ideas and tips to use. I definitely recommend reading about your chosen career as I feel it gives you the opportunity to look at your role in a different way.

11. Instagram

26 was the year I decided to fully embrace Instagram. I signed up and away I was. While I don't have a massive amount of followers, I feel like they're all genuine and it is definitely a little community on there. I have quite a high level of engagement too. My favourite thing is that it is a photo diary for me too. I quite often just have a flick back through the photos to see what I have been upto recently!

12. Pinterest

Still getting to grips with Pinterest I have to admit, but I signed up this year to try and get my blog to the next level but also I just adore pinterest. My only drawback is that hours are lost pinning pictures of home offices and shelf dressing!

13. Facebook

This year I started to spread word about my blog on Facebook. While I can't say it is the best platform for promoting my blog, it has meant that I have shared it with my close friends and family. 

14. Consistent blogging

I have definitely improved on my consistency with blogging. I plan out my photographs and posts well in advance and try to schedule as many as possible so it doesn't leave me with last minute rushing to write and huge gaps in posting when I am busy with work. 

15. Confidence vs self doubt

I feel like I have come a long way recently with stopping to second guess myself all of the time. I love my job, I love blogging but I also do a lot of other things too. I used to question how good and effective I was at my job, I always question my blog and compare myself to others and I have had just about enough of all of that!

So, for Lent I decided to give up self doubt as part of The Prince's Trust campaign with Loreal. While I am not now this super confident human being, I actively seek to dampen the self doubt when it creeps up!!

16. Beauty Subscriptions

I have wanted to try beauty subscription boxes for a long time so I decided to subscribe to Birchbox and Glossybox for a couple of months and absolutely loved them! Now, I have since cancelled my subscriptions to both because I was absolutely inundated with different products to try and my drawers were spilling out. However, I have tried some new brands through them and these will be my go to boxes once I have got through some of the products I have at the moment!


17. Minimalism

I have definitely tried to embrace a bit of minimalism in my life. I am a shocking shopaholic and literally find excuses to nip the shop and just tend to buy anything that takes my fancy. Don't get me wrong, I don't spend more than I have and my bills etc. get paid well on time with noo problems. I just like to buy things.

However, I had a bit of a shocking moment when I realised I didn't have any room to store some Christmas presents yet my hubby and I live alone (with our two fur babies) in a FOUR bed house. It is quite a big house for two people, yet we were absolutely drowning in stuff so we had a big clear out and I put myself on a no spend spree. This lasted quite a few months and while I still buy stuff quite often, I only buy really what I need and try not to have any excess. I now shop my stash rather than go out and spend money on stuff I don't need. 

18. Being a "yes" woman

Have you ever seen the film, Yes Man? Well, I haven't quite gone to that extreme but I am trying to say yes to more experiences and events that my anxiety might have held me back with previously. I often say yes to stuff and then spend the run down to the event with extreme anxiety thinking of things to say to get out of it!

I also feel like I now have "too much" to blog about which is an amazing feeling!

Onwards and upwards!!

19. Healthy eating

So, this is something I have made a conscious effort with and I have done a lot of switching so far but I am joining slimming world this week to push myself even further. The problem with me is trying to plan ahead which I have started to do quite a lot now!

20. Drinking Water

I am so proud of myself on this one. I was a coke addict (coca cola, that is!!) and would drink Diet Coke all day with a couple of cups of tea so I cut out Coca Cola completely. I can't drink water out of a tap, I don't know why, I just can't. So I have been drinking sugar free flavoured water or I add fruits to normal water. While I have had coke since (on hols), I am still sticking to my water drinking and I feel amazing for it. 

21. Exercise

So finding the time to fit in exercise for me is a bit ridiculous. However, I have made sure that every day, even if I can only squeeze in fifteen minutes, it is well worth having my little run on the treadmill to get the energy flowing and the stress flows out of me. I absolutely adore the feeling after I have worked out on there.

I am going to be ramping it up with some swimming sessions and zumba classes too soon. I think it is definitely worth putting the time in for this!

22. Me time

This is something I am going to keep going. I always thought I had my me time when I blogged, but it turns out I needed some actual "me time" which involves completely shutting off from the world and chilling out. Whether it is laid reading a book, having some pamper time or getting out for a walk with my dogs, the things I love I have been doing more off and I feel so much better for it!

23. TV, Movies & Books

For all my blog is called Gatsby & Glamour, I haven't finished a good book in ages or talked about any of my latest watches in movies or TV. However, I made a list of all of the above that I wanted to get through and I am making some progress. I have a little pile of books by my bed and I have a lot of movies that I have been catching up on and I am feeling great for it. 

24. Trying new things

Similar to the "yes woman" point, I have been trying to get more experiences under my belt and try new thing. Here are three things I have tried previously that I haven't tried before. The Escape rooms was a particular high point and I will be trying this again. 

Sushi
Rollercoasters


25. Tourist in my own town

I sometimes spend that much time researching what to do on my travels and making lists of places I want to go in the UK, I forget about getting out and about in my own time. Here are two of the places that I went to as a "tourist" in my own town.



26. Goal setting

This is the biggest thing for me in that I have been setting regular goals for all parts of my life and achieving them which has been amazing. I have lots more planned to achieve to do with money, health and my career so watch this space when we get to 28!!

Thanks,

Rachael xox

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Pure Potions Natural Skincare

Hi guys,

I love all products that are made with natural ingredients but even more so when they are made here in the UK. I was lucky enough to receive some of the Purepotions products through the post a little while ago and have been using the different products in the meantime so I thought I would share this brand with you. 

Natalie, the founder, created the brand when she struggled to find skincare for her daughter, Lula. Lula suffers with chronic eczema and after using both alternative and conventional treatments, which didn't work and in fact, often stung or inflamed Lula's problem areas. 

Lula was the inspiration for Natalie to experiment with traditional ointmens and salves in order to ensure there would be no preservatives, no irritating fragrance or any extra harmful chemicals. Natalie's aim was to make the product as mild as possible. The ingredients included hemp, calendula, nettle and olive which has been used in skincare for centuries. The salve she eventually got to was soft and gentle, working as a natural moisturiser to hydrate and soothe Lula's skin. 

Natalie then started making up batches of the salve for her friends and it was this that became the Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment. A local newspaper took up her story, demand grew and Purepotions grew from there. Their product range is now extensive and there is even a special range for babies. It is now stocked in Boots, Holland and Barrett & Waitrose too. 

Purepotions' skin salvation dry skin line has even won Best Eczema range in the Natural health International Beauty Awards this year!

What I love about this brand is what you see is what you get. Every ingredient is chosen for it's purpose, not for cosmetic use. Ingredients are locally sourced and organic if possible and products are free of synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals or colours. 

And one extra thing, you can use it on your pets too. Due to the natural ingredients, customers report that they have had excellent results on their dogs, cats and even horses. 



When my purepotions products arrived they were encased in a beautiful emerald shade tissue paper casing with the brand's logo on the ribbon tied around it. They also included this postcard with the details of the ingredients and a little note to say they hoped I enjoy their products - how lovely!



I used the Intensive lip balm first as I am a little bit obsessed with lip balms. This one is priced at £4.99 which is a similar price point to the Burt's Bees range. Now, while this one is a thicker texture than Burt's Bees, the hydration is instant and long lasting. I have also been using it on my lips before using a lipstick too which has resulted in smooth looking lips. 

The other thing about this product is that because it is a balm, you can use it on other areas of your skin with dry patches. I saw on the website you can use it to smooth your eyebrows which is perfect for a makeup free day and I have also been using it below my eyes to hydrate the skin, particularly on a day when I am a little more tired. This was one of my last minute additions to my holiday beauty stash and I used it every single day!

The intensive moisturising ointment is pretty much the same formula as the lip balm. It starts at only £7.99 for the 30ml size jar. It is intended to keep skin hydrated and performs like a barrier cream to protect skin from external irritants. At first, I was a little bit unsure of this one. Its colour resembles one of it's ingredients; beeswax and although the salve isn't perfumed, it isn't scent free. It has a very "natural" smell to it. Now, as someone who hasn't really got skin that would react poorly to most chemicals, I do like a beautifully scented moisturiser. 

However, after working this balm into my skin, the smell changes to an aromatherapy type scent. I know that doesn't sound very explanatory but it becomes almost herbal which is a lovely scent to wear. I also have been using this on my sunburn and peeling areas recently (before you shout at me, I used factor 50!!) and it has definitely helped hydrate my skin and reduce the itchiness of my burns. 

The final product is the Bath and Body oil which is priced at £12.99. (If you're quick, you should be able to pick some of the old packaging up a bit cheaper). 

This oil replaces the need for perfumed body washes and soaps and reduces the drying effect of being in water. I haven't used it as a body wash, but rather as a body oil. I like to use a body oil to shave my legs as I get a closer finish and it is even more hydrating and this oil is incredible. My legs are looking incredible at the moment. 

The website says you can use this as a facial cleanser and I haven't used it for that purpose as of yet but I will be giving it a go. 

My overall thoughts on this brand and the products I have tested are that it is definitely a repurchase item for me. I have no doubts about recommending this to everyone. The packaging looks high end, the quality of the results I have received with using these products makes me shocked at the lower end price tag. But the biggest thing is that Natalie has built the brand up herself from a personal need and has definitely girlbossed it, something which I am completely in support of!

You can check out the rest of the purepotions range right here

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What's in my hand luggage .. Hong Kong edition

Hi guys,

As you read this blog post, I should be enjoying the sunshine and tourist delights of Hong Kong. I mentioned in my 2017 round up blog post that I would be visiting Hong Kong this year with some family and I honestly cannot believe how quickly it has come round.

We do like a holiday and have now got my hand luggage down to a T so thought I would share with you what I like to take with me on a plane.

We are flying from Newcastle Airport which is around a 40 minute drive from us. Our first flight is to Dubai which is between 6 and a half and 7 hours. We have around a three hour layover in Dubai airport (shopper's paradise) and then a further 7 hour flight to Hong Kong.


The Bag

Rather than take an extra bag to HK, the bag that I will be wearing every day will be my carry on bag - it is big enough to fit everything in but small enough to fit under the seat in front and not be too heavy to carry around both airports. This bag is a cross shoulder blue and white chevron print that I got from Ebay. Most of my holiday clothes are cream or navy so they go perfect. The bag is really lightweight and crossbody so will be super easy to carry around. You can take a peek at the designs here.*

Travel Wallet

My travel wallet is also from Ebay.  * I again went for the navy version - I like to match! This has several compartments in - for money/coins, passport and even a little keyring so you can attach your keyrings to it. Pick one up here.*

Memory foam neck cushion

Again, blue! I purchased this one from Matalan, here. This is a supersoft cushion that I hope will help me to sleep on the second flight on the way there and the first flight on the way back. I can never EVER sleep on a plane but I have completely challenged myself this time to be as relaxed as possible and be able to sleep!

Additional Checklist:

Pashmina - super comfy as a pillow or a wrap.
Kindle
Slippers - my feet always get cold on a flight!
Hairbrush
Reading Glasses
Sunglasses
Kalms Night
Toothbrush
Buscopan - planes always set off my IBS and make me completely bloated!
Tissues
Wipes
External Charger
Hair bobbles

Hand Luggage Beauty

Toothpaste
Hand Sanitiser
Deoderant 
Lip Balms
Moisturiser
Perfume
Night Cream

What do you pack for your flight?

Rachael xox

Friday, 26 May 2017

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush

Hi guys,

So to day I have written a review of the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush. I am a big fan of the Mabelline Baby Lips Balms - the normal versions which look like regular lip balms. You can pick these up from around £2.99-£3.99.

I have repurchased those A LOT. They are so moisturising and hydrating and perfect for summer holidays. I especially love the yellow and blue coloured tubes as they seem to be the most refreshing!

Because of my love of this this particular product from the Maybelline range, I decided to check out this Baby Lips Balm & Blush



The packaging is a little weird for a blush product and quite chunky for a balm, it is a little bit bigger than the EOS balms, but a similar size balm inside. I went for the peach colour, available here, The actual shade is shimmering bronze but is a peach tone, which is ideal for my skin tone. 

The shade has a slight shimmer to it but it isn't too overpowering. I can even use this as a highlighter on those days when I have a good bronzing going on. 

I have found that I use this blush more on holiday too when you can get away with a little bit more shimmer. The formula is also quite creamy so isn't too sticky and it blends really well on the face. I did use a makeup brush once upon a time but I now use a beauty blender with it and find that it works in so much better. 

I don't use it as a balm so much in this shade as the peach and bronze tones don't look as good on the lips. I think I will purchase it in a pink tone to try on the cheeks and lips. This darker shade in booming ruby looks amazing.

Have you tried this product before?

Rachael xox