Sunday, 29 October 2017

Empties #4

Empties #4

Here we are again, cleaning out the empties draw to share my thoughts and opinions on the things I have been running out of lately. Side note, I'm pretty proud that I have been able to keep a hold of the things without forgetting and throwing them away. I didn't think I would be making past the first blog post! But less of that, and more about the empties...

Empties #4

I love a bath, especially this time of year. I see them like a potion, mixing together all my favourite products to properly pamper my skin. Bath salts are a complete must for me, particularly the ones that detoxify, like these ones. I love to pop them in my bath, after a long week - and sometimes a hangover filled weekend - to make me ready for the week ahead. These Senspa ones are totally perfect for that and are really reasonably priced compared to other bath salts. What's more, I just picked them up in Waitrose whilst doing the food shop. 

Would I buy it again? Absolutely - I don't know why I haven't already! 

Is it just me or does anyone else always finish a shampoo before a conditioner, so they are left with random conditioners everywhere. So annoying. This product on the other hand, not annoying. I cannot tell you how soft and nourishing this leaves my hair feeling. I can really tell the difference in the ends of my hair when I have used this shampoo. This can sometimes be a bit of a downfall though when I am trying to style my hair, it's like I need to add more texture back into the hair to try and style it which feels a bit counterproductive. But, to say I have oily roots, I still found this product really nice and it didn't make my hair feel greasy.

Would I buy it again? Maybe - once I am through the rest of my Shampoo stash. 

The eagled eyed amongst you will recognise that I featured the Green Banana and Bamboo version of this in my last empties post. Again, the scent of this product is totally heavenly - better than the Green Banana one if I'm honest. I love Original Source and everything their brand stands for. So it's so great that they make nourishing and moisturising shower milk for a really reasonable price. 

Would I buy it again? Absolutely. 

I picked up this product at a bloggers event and didn't really have any feelings towards it - it was just a toothpaste after all. But actually, since using it and reading up a bit more about it, it's more than just your bog standard Colgate. It's designed to reverse the erosion process and prevent against cavities - which I have had many of in my lifetime. I have the most rubbish and weak teeth. Since using this product, I have noticed that my teeth appear whiter, especially in areas where I have had tartar build up and discolouration. This might sound weird, but the toothpaste actually tastes ok too. Most advanced toothpaste types normally taste really weird and full of bicarbonate of soda - not this one! 

Would I buy it again? Most definitely 

I was kindly sent this product to try a longgg time ago, I'm talking months - that's how long it has lasted. Before this, I had never tried a cleanser in a bar. I checked so many times that it was actually suitable for your face!! After using it and getting over the initial weirdness, I really didn't mind that it was in a bar. It's a really lovely cleanser. I used it for my second cleanse after removing makeup. To say that I have skin more on the dry side, this product didn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. The only downside is that I cant use it to remove eye makeup. 

Would I buy it again? Yes! 

Empties #4


What have been some of the products you've been loving or hating? I'd love for you to share them with me in the comments, or via Instagram/Twitter.
Love, Kate xx

This post contains PR samples, however, all opinions are my own.


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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

October brought Glossier to the UK - yaaaasssss! 
Like most people, I heard of Glossier through other bloggers - The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles always spring to mind when I think of Glossier. Pronounced Glossy-air, this has always been a brand that I wanted to try, but haven't been able to as they didn't ship to the UK, until now. On the day of release, I placed my order and waited a lonngggg time for shipping - the demand was seriously high. Now I've got my hands on them, I wanted to share with you the bits that I bought and my first impressions on these products. I would love for you to give me advice on any products that I need to try.  

Cloud Paint - Beam & Dusk

Cloud Paint - Beam & Dusk
I purposely got these two shades as I had heard they could be used on their own, but also combined to make a really lovely shade.  On their own, they give a really lovely wash of colour - not too pigmented, but still a decent level of colour. They are really easy to apply to your cheeks with your fingers, to give a really natural looking cheek colour. When applied together they are even better - such a beautiful shade. I have also seen other bloggers using them as an eye colour, so I will definitely be trying this too.

Boy Brow

This product is probably one of Glossier's most hyped products - so naturally, I had to try it out for myself. When first opening the product, I was quite surprised how small it was - I've also seen quite a few other people say that too. The colour pay off from this product is really good, it really makes your brows look fuller. My brows can be a bit sparse in places, so I still need to fill them in a little bit. But this is a really good, thickening gel to set my brows into place. I got the shade brown and this was a perfect colour match for me. 

Coconut Balm Dotcom

Coconut Balm Dotcom
This is also a very in-demand product from Glossier. It's a multipurpose balm which comes in quite a few different types - ranging from glitter balms to ones with a colour tint. I opted for the coconut balm, I'm not sure why as I don't normally like coconut scented products - but this isn't all that bad. Since receiving it, I have mainly been using this as a lip balm, but I know that it has so many other uses, for example on any dry skin or your cuticles. The consistency of this product is like no other that I have tried. It's very thick and hard when it comes out of the tube, but appears to melt down and soften up as soon as it is worked into the lips. It leaves more of a matte finish to the lips compared to other lip balms, which I totally prefer compared to really shiny lips. I definitely want to try some the other versions of this product.

Stretch Concealer

From learning more about Glossier, it seems that their main focus in skincare and using makeup products to enhance beauty from within. So, if you're a high coverage lover, this probably isn't the brand for you. Saying that, I have found the coverage from this concealer is pretty great. Again, it's a really easy product to apply straight from the pot with your fingers. I really love the seemingly no-fuss ethos from this brand. I have had some issues with the concealer creasing, but that could be due to me not setting the product with powder properly. I got the shade light, so it gives a really nice, brightening effect under the eyes. 


Haloscope Highlighter
I love me a bit of highlight. I am used to a powder highlighter, so this was my first shot at a cream alternative. I opted for the shade quartz, as this was the one that I had heard most people talking about. This product has the highlighter shade around the outside with a moisturising stick in the core - this makes it really easy to glide onto the skin and leaves the skin with a really natural highlight. It isn't glow you'll see from space, but I dont think it is meant to be. Glossier is all about the natural beauty. When applying, I just sweep the stick onto the high points of the face and then gently blend in with my fingers, to leave a natural looking glow.

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Have you tried any bits from Glossier? What have been your favourites? I'd love for you to share them with me in the comments, or find me on  Instagram and Twitter.
Love, Kate xx 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Must Have Products To Style Short Hair

Must Have Products To Style Short Hair

If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I recently got about 9/10 inches cut off my hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust, a charity who provide wigs to children who have lost their hair through illness or cancer treatment. Since I went for the chop, I have been learning how best to style my shorter hair. When I had longer hair, I would barely do anything to it. Nine times out of ten, it would be on top of my head in a bun. So, getting used to shorter hair has been an adjustment. There have definitely been some bad hair days, but I feel that these products all help me to achieve more manageable and easier to style hair. 

Must Have Products To Style Short Hair

Maria Nila Structure Repair Leave In Cream

Maria Nila Structure Repair Leave In Cream
You might have seen me raving about this in my Maria Nila Haircare blog post last month. Since then, this product has become a firm favourite in my haircare routine. I love this product as it is a two in one, it keeps my ends really hydrated and nourished whilst also acting as a heat defence. Now my hair is shorter, I have found that I have to blow dry it more to stop it looking like a frizzy mess. I have been worried about the damage I am doing to my hair by applying more heat to it, but this product makes me feel confident that my hair is protected.

Schwarzkopf Got2b Beach Matt Texturising Salt Spray

Schwarzkopf Got2b Beach Matt Texturising Salt Spray
When I had long hair, texture and volume was really important to me. But now it is short, I think it has become even more important - if that is even possible! I have a lot of hair, but it is pretty fine, so my hair can very easily look flat and lifeless. When my hair is wet, I have been spritzing this onto my hair pretty generously. I use this when I blow dry and also if I am leaving my hair to dry naturally. This really helps to give my hair body and texture to help with styling later. Waves and loose curls are my favourite way to style my shorter hair, this product has been really helpful to achieving that look. 

Big Sexy Hair Full Bloom

Like a said before, I'm all about the volume. So there is no surprise that there is a thickening spray as part of my must-have products. I really love this product as it doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky and weighed down once dry. I have tried too many thickening products that leave my hair looking worse after using them. I spray this all over my hair - focusing mainly on the roots, and then dry my hair. You can visibly see the lift to the hair once dried, especially if you use a round bristle brush when drying to really lift at the roots. 

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Once dry, I love to run my GHD's through my hair to create loose curls/waves. I like the curls to look really relaxed and not perfect at all. So, to help with this, I like to spray my hair with this dry texturizing spray. I spray this onto the curls then scrunch the hair in my hands to give volume and mess the curls up a bit. In my September Favourites, I talked about a really good dupe for this product, the Batiste Stylist Texturizing Spray. It basically does the same as this Oribe product for a fraction of the price.  

Must Have Products To Style Short Hair

What tips or products do you love for styling short hair? I'm still pretty new to this so I would love to hear your advice in the comments, or find me on Instagram and Twitter.
Love, Kate xx


This post contains PR samples, however, all opinions are my own. 

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Wishlist #2


I thought it's probably time I shared some more the things that I have been loving with you guys, it's been over two months since my last wishlist - where has that time gone?! I really loved writing the last post, so here is the second installment in my wishlist series. 

In my first wishlist post, I talked about wanting a pair of ankle/Chelsea boots - and this is still the case. But, after seeing Anna from The Anna Edit wearing some beautiful leopard print boots, I had to have some. I loved seeing how she had styled them and, surprisingly, how many outfits they look great with. 

If you've read my blog before, you know how much I love Kiehl's. They have some really beautiful products and after my skin consultation with them (read all about it here) there are some bits that I still really want to purchase. Some of these products include the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum, the Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, and the Calendula Toner

Unless you've been living under a rock, or you don't have Instagram, you'll know that Glossier has very recently launched in the UK - yaaaasssss!! I have watched more videos than I am would like to admit looking at recommendations of Glossier products. After all my research, I bought myself a couple of bits, Boy Brow, Balm Dotcom, Cloud Paint and the Stretch Concealer. But, there are still a few bits that I have my eyes on like the Milky Jelly Cleanser and the Haloscope highlighter. Blog posts coming soon on these for sure! 

I bought a pair of these jeans in blue and I fell in love with them. The are a really good fit, high waisted and they are so affordable. So, naturally, I went back to find them in black - but they've been out of stock in my size for ages. As soon as they come back in stock I'll be purchasing them for sure. 

What things have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments, or find me on on Instagram and Twitter
Love, Kate xx

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

This foundation is a cult classic, a 'ride or die' product for so many people. It's been on my wishlist for a long time, and with a busy summer of events and weddings, I knew I had to finally make this purchase. The Estee Lauder Double Wear is a medium to buildable coverage foundation. It claims to have 24-hour staying power, whilst I haven't been able to test the full 24 hours, I put this foundation to the test at two wedding where the product went on at 9am and was eventually taken off at around 2am.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I purchased this at the Estee Lauder concession in House of Fraser in Bristol. The lady who served me was so lovely and was more than willing to colour match me. She gave me a couple of options and was able to offer me advice to ensure that I was getting the perfect shade made. For me, this was so important. I wanted the colour to be perfect if I was spending a bit of money on it - unlike some of my drugstore alternatives. The lady who served me was also more than happy to apply the product to my whole face and let me go away and see how it lasted. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I found the application of this foundation was really easy. You have to move quickly with it in terms of blending it, but it blends into the skin really nicely without feeling like it was sinking into all my pores. Having skin on the dryer side, I was a bit worried that this foundation would just cling to my dry patches, but I really didn't notice this at all. The coverage of this foundation was a real plus point. It covered my under eyes and blemishes really well, with really no need for any concealer. In terms of it's staying power, I really couldn't fault it. My friends noted how well my makeup was staying on and actually asked what foundation I was wearing. At both weddings, I didn't need to apply any powder to touch up the foundation - I've never had this with a foundation. The only complaint I had was towards the end of the nice the foundation felt like it was feeling a bit heavy on my skin. I put this down to having dry skin and having heavy duty foundation on for a considerable time. However, this was a very small price to pay for all the other benefits I got from this product. 

What's you're go-to choice for foundation? I'd love to hear your suggestions. Let me know in the comments, or find me on on Instagram and Twitter
Love, Kate xx

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Self Care: Why It Is So Important


For me, self-care is something that is extremely important to me, but it is usually something that gets put to the side when things get busy. But actually, it's these times when self-care is probably the most important. At the start of the year, I set myself a goal to take better care of myself, both physically and mentally. I can't say that I’ve been perfect, but I've really made more of an effort. I wanted to share with you some of my favourite ways to have a bit of me-time. 

Manicure & Pedicure 
When I have my nails looking good, I feel like I have really got my life together. With this, it doesn’t have to be going to the nail salon every month, cause I know I can’t afford that. For me, an at home mani/pedi works just as well. Even if you’re doing it yourself, it allows you to put some time aside to have a pamper. 

Exercise 
Whilst this might not be the most enjoyable thing to do on this list, exercise is so important for your physical and mental health. It’s important to find a form of exercise that you enjoy, it shouldn't be something that feels like a drag to do. Running, weights, yoga or even just going for a walk, it’s the perfect opportunity to have a bit of self-care time. 

Face Mask
I am totally obsessed with face masks and try to fit these into my routine twice a week. It’s really nice to take 10 minutes out of your day to apply a face mask and relax while it’s doing its business on your skin. My favourites are the Mask of Magnaminty from LushThe Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and 7th Heaven, in particular, the Dead Sea range.  

Lush Bath
I try to make time to have a bath at least once a week. Of course, I shower on the other days, but a bath is something that I don’t always make time for. Now, at least once a week, I’ll grab myself a Lush bubble bar and run myself a bath. During this time, I’ll usually pop on a face mask and catch up with some of my favourite YouTubers. 

Doing things you enjoy
Whatever it may be, it is so important to ensure that you are putting time aside to do things you enjoy - rather than just doing what those around you want to do. For me, it's blogging, watching YouTube and reality TV. I also love cooking, baking and spending time with the people I love. Whatever it is you enjoy - ensure that you’re making time for it. 

I hope you have found some inspiration for ways we can develop some best practices when it comes to self-care. Whether it's mental health, physical health or just paying more attention to our appearance - self-care can mean so many different things to different people. Ensuring we spend time on ourselves can be really beneficial for not only us but the people around us too.  

I'd love for you to share with me your favourite ways to look after yourself. Share with me in the comments, or find me oon Instagram and Twitter. 
Love, Kate xx



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