A gloss I can get on board with.


If I'm being completely honest, I'm not the biggest fan of lipgloss. Not since the days of gloopy magazine freebies I thought were the shizz, anyway. Those were the days. (and yes, I am aware I'm probably not old enough to talk about the past like this yet but oh wells.) However, since then things have moved on and I've been lucky enough to find a range that manages to bypass the stick, gloopy, hair-stuck-in-your-lipsness that we all used to know and love, and that to me is something pretty special.

The Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors are pretty much the most perfect lip product I've ever found and it's now available in two formulas. If you've been following me for a while, you'll know my love for the new balm versions, and I was so taken with them that I decided to test out the original too. It's an odd one to describe, half way between a gloss and a balm it gives a pretty pink wash of colour whilst being very moisturising and creamy at the same time. A great way to wear colour on the lips without the worry of their condition being compromised or alternatively layer over lipsticks to give a glossy finish. 

In comparison, the Balm Perfectors are a solid version of their liquid older sister. Slightly more sheer they are perfect for everyday wear and a nice alternative to wearing a plain lip balm. Scent wise, these two have the exact same sweet scent which I absolutely adore, seriously, you need to smell it - good enough to eat! - and Rose Shimmer and Rose, pictured above are almost identical in colour (a stunning pinky/brown/peach colour) with the only difference being opacity and the tiny shimmers in the gloss (don't worry, these are almost imperceptible on the lips and just help to give a nice full look) 

So, which should you go for? The cute packaging of the balm version makes them great for carrying around with you during the day, whilst I find the longevity of the gloss version ever so slightly better. For lip benefits, the balm probably wins, but then on price the gloss. Honestly, it's a really tough decision (dramatic much?) between the two and not one I feel I can make a final decision on, I guess that just gives me an excuse to continue building up my collection of both. What do you think of these?

Ill Makeup.



When you're properly sick, it's important to take the day off, snuggle down under the duvet and rest until you feel better. If you're genuinely sick, you shouldn't be putting make-up on but for the time when you have to face reality again whilst still not feeling your best, this is the makeup for you. These are the products that I'd recommend for that transformation from zombie to almost human again. 

Brighten with Clarins Blush Prodige in Soft Peach
Lift with Benefit Roller Lash and Collection Faststroke Eyeliner
Perfect with Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer

A very minimal and light makeup look with a collection of my favourite failsafe products that will let your skin breathe and you feeling fresh and just that little bit more ready to conquer the day. What do you think of this makeup look, what do you wear when you feel ill? 

The Perfect Bath.



Midweek evenings are the perfect time to draw a nice relaxing bath, apply a face mask and have a nice chill out. It's nice to have a bit of time just to pamper yourself and wind down after a busy day, and regain the strength to get through the week.

Here are my 3 top tips for having the best bath ever. 

01// Music

I love to put on some relaxing music whilst in the bath. Apps like 8tracks, SoundCloud and Spotify make playlists so easy so I like to put one of those on and just sit and listen - just make sure whatever you're playing the music from doesn't get too near the bath. 

02// Entertainment

I don't know about you, but I get bored really easily just sitting there in the bath. To keep a bit more entertained I either like to read a book, watch a film or TV program (this involves balancing my laptop precariously on the loo because that's just the type of rebel life I lead). Or scrolling through things like instagram and twitter

03// Products and Candles

It's always nice to turn the lights down low and light a candle to induce relaxation and change the mood of the room. Whilst the bath is running I usually do a face mask, dependent on how my skin's feeling I'll do different ones but most often they're from LUSH and I'll add a luxurious bubble bath. Sometimes it's nice to be extra liberal with the products for an extra special treat. 

So, tonight I challenge you to do all of these things and fully sit/lay back and relax!

Highend Beauty Giveaway.




It may only have been a couple of days since the ending of my last giveaway, but I was recently contacted by Mizspa who asked if I would like to host a competition in which one of my lucky readers would have the chance to win an item of their choice from their website. Yes, that's right, anything you want from their amazing range of high-end beauty bits - I'm very jealous I can't enter myself, but so excited for one of you to win and see what you'd pick! A treat for yourself or present for someone else? 

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below - the more entries you do means you have a higher chance of winning and don't forget to tell your friends about it too!

This giveaway starts on Sunday 22nd March 2015 and will finish a month later. It's open internationally and to all ages, good luck!


Concealer Crazy.


A combination of rushed mornings, a nagging sister who wants to get out of the door and a general desire to get rid of the heavy bases I was wearing on my skin have had me skipping foundation altogether for the past couple of months now. It's been going great and although I don't think it's done anything to actually improve the condition of my skin, it's great to feel fresh faced without slap I don't need and the extra couple of minutes in bed are always nice too. 

For days where I still do need a little coverage though, there have been three concealers that I've been turning to more than any others:

Tropic Illuma Brightening Concealer - Now these first two recommendations don't quite fit into the 'concealer' category. A more budget friendly alternative to the YSL Touche Eclat, this brightening liquid is perfect for under the eyes and highlighting high points on the face to give the skin a subtle glow. Dispensed in a clicky pen, it's great to carry on the go with you and offers light coverage anywhere else you might need it. 

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener - Again, like above this has practically no coverage at all but the salmon colour and creamy formula help brighten up the eye area like no other, hiding blue circles and any evidence of the rough night you may have had the night before. My favourite way to trick the world into thinking that I actually sleep. 

Clarins Instant Concealer - Everyone's favourite on the blogosphere and it's not hard to see why. It covers redness, blemishes and under eye bags with decent but a light feeling coverage. The formula blends in so smoothly with either a finger or a brush, looks so lovely and natural on the skin and you need so little the tube is sure to last you forever. 

An au natural base? Sorted. 

What about you, do you like skipping the heavy stuff?

My Take on the Classic Drizzle.


This was a culinary experiment that turned out so, so right.

The second I started making it through to baking and the aromas coming off it, I knew it was a recipe that I had to share the recipe with you. 

This is a lemon drizzle cake with a difference. 

A sweet and deliciously moist cake made by substituting half the butter with yoghurt it's almost healthy too. Deliciously zingy the fresh lemon taste topped with sweet sticky icing for a final touch is too good to resist. 

I guarantee you could finish the one thing in one sitting. That's if the rest of your friends and family don't get there first. 


On the outside it looks innocent enough. Just your average tea cake... 

But don't be fooled. 

Cut that thing open!


And take a look inside ...

Take a bite and revel in your genius.

Trust me, you’ve never tasted a lemon cake like this one.

I demand that you make one at once!

You’ll need:

Ingredients

175g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
Grated zest & juice of 2 lemons
120g Greek yogurt - low fat if wanted 
2 large eggs, beaten
175g self raising flour
150g icing sugar, sifted
1⁄2 tablespoon water

Method

1 Right, let's get cracking! Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.Grease and line a cake tin.

2 Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, adding in the zest of your lemons, yoghurt and eggs alternately with table spoons your flour. You should be left with a deliciously smooth and creamy batter - if it's a bit thick a drop or two of milk will help sort it out.

3 Spoon into your baking tray, making sure the surface is even and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown

4 Transfer to a cooling wire.

5 In a small bowl mix together the icing sugar, water and juice of the lemons. Pour liberally over the cake and allow the lemony glaze to penetrate. 


Serve whilst still warm with cups of tea and fresh fruit.