22 April 2018

Glamping with Alpacas


 I don't have the best track record with camping (even though I've only ever been once). I have stayed in a "luxury" camping pod, that came complete with camp beds and not much else. It really wasn't a pleasant experience and I didn't even last the full duration of four days. 


 Shepherd huts are glamping with a twist and have become increasingly popular. Maybee Glamping  is a cosy shepherds hut big enough for two (and a pooch!) situated overlooking the Wye valley, surrounded by a 6 acre farm. We had the most perfect three days, surrounded by stunning views and a family of lovely animals, some of which had been rescued by owners Sharon and Lee. 


 Upon arrival, we were greeted by wonderful host Sharon and a family of alpacas, Mary the pony and Coco the donkey. Sid the alpaca was particularly fond of the apples we took with us and Mary the donkey had her head in the bag of carrots! It was lovely waking up each morning to be greeted by such a friendly bunch. 








 The hut itself comes equipped with everything you could need. A cosy double bed, a little bathroom complete with a shower, kitchen area and a little log burner fire. The tv was perfectly situated at the end of the bed, and fairy lights added a special little touch. Outside was a bbq and a fire pit which we utilised fully, toasting marshmallows which had been left for us in a little jar in the hut. The outdoor space was a lovely little garden which was fenced off, meaning the dog was able to play outside safely.



  We visited the nearby forest of dean and a wonderful lake we managed to find close by. The views were spectacular and the dog had such fun. When we returned home to the hut, we opened a bottle of wine and dug into our welcome basket which contained chocolate, home made jam and welsh cakes. Our hosts had even provided a great dvd collection so we opted for Bridget Jones' Baby and a cosy night.




I can't recommend this place enough for a romantic, cosy getaway. To find out more and book visit https://www.maybeeglampingwales.com/

18 April 2018

Pixi Pretties Collection Review



Pixi beauty has released a new collection called PixiPretties featuring collaborations from three of our favourite influencers Dulce Candy, Chloe Morello and Weylie Hoang. The collection features a selection of beautiful palettes and everything you need for a glowing, pretty spring look. 



 Pixi X Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator | £22 | Find it here


This is possibly my favourite from the entire collection, as you receive both the palette and the liner duo for the very reasonable price of £22. All about creating the perfect eye, it’s everything I would use for my signature earthy, warm toned eye. The compact, travel-friendly palette is perfect to take on holiday or for in your makeup bag and the dual kohl/liquid liner lasts me all day long. 
The earthy shadow shades are my preferable shades and are very blendable, leaving no fallout behind. A twist up kohl liner is always fool proof and no need for a sharpener! 
 

Palette Chloette | £28 | Find it here

Chloe’s inspiration behind this palette was love and romance, filled with everything you need for a soft, just-kissed flush. The blush shades are what I love most from the palette and are ultra silky to touch. The shadows are very wearable shades with a lighter shade and a crease shade, including a bottom trio of liner shades that can also double up as brow powder. A  very versatile palette that would be handy for travel this summer. 

Lip Icing | £16 | Find it here

I am SO over matte lip and just lately have only been wearing lip balm or a moisturing tinted lip colour because I just haven’t enjoyed the feeling of anything drying on my lips. The name “Lip Icing” is just so appropriate, it leaves lips truly iced and looking delicious. To be worn alone or on top of a lipstick, this enhances lips with a wet, shimmery look that isn’t remotely sticky and has added rose hip & marula oil to hydrate! 



CafĂ© conDulce | £28 | Find it here

This palette contains a range of gleaming powder to cream shades which can be worn on eyes to make them really pop or to enliven your complexion. 9 multi use shades make this another ideal for on the go. My favourite uses for the shades are to pop the lighter shades in the corner of my eyes and to swipe the bronze shades over cheeks for an instant radiance boost. The span sizes are very generous in this palette too! 


Dulces Lip Candy | £28 | Find it here

The second palette from Dulce features an assortment of creamy shades that are suitable for both lips and cheeks, with the formula containing minerals and antioxidants to ensure skin remains soft and hydrated. The colours in this palette are fairly natural shades and would be wearable for anybody, from pastel colours to brighter ones for the transition from spring to summer. It felt comfortable on my lips and works well as a tint with the lip icing added on top for a lovely sheen. 

Below is a look I used using shades from each of the palettes, the eyeliner and the lip icing. 













20 March 2018

The Ordinary Review

If there’s one brand that has captured my attention in 2018, it’s The Ordinary. The brand offers an array of skincare saviours, from skin oils to retinoids, with two foundation formulas also added for good measure. There is a real science behind their products that fascinates me and if you take the time to learn which ingredients work for your skin type, you can see astounding results. 



 One evening, I decided to sit down and explore The Ordinary website in search of a totally new skincare routine. I was overwhelmed. So tip number one – don’t stop by the website unprepared. The website features a handy little guide which offers a simple, no-nonsense skincare regimen for a variety of different skin types from dehydrated skin to textural irregularities. I simply found the closest skin type to my own (which is definitely dehydrated FYI) and made note of the products required for AM and PM that would build my tailored regimen. 



Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5| £5.95 for 30ml| Find it  
here

This is the skin’s first hydration layer and the first level of locking in hydration. I simply take 1-2 drops of this in my hand and press it into the skin. It feels slightly sticky initially but then dries down leaving no residue and your skin ready for the second hydration hit, either in oil or moisturiser form.  This product is to be used both morning and evening. 

 

·   Hyaluronic Acid can attract up to 1000 times its weight in water

·   Leaves skin hydrated with a more even skin texture

·   Free from silicone, oil, alcohol and nuts 

·   Vegan and cruelty free 


 


100% Plant Derived Squalane| £5.50 for 30ml| Find it here


This is my evening ritual product after I have applied the Hyaluronic Acid. Once my skin is completely dried from the HA, I take 1-2 drops of this in my hand and press into the skin, ensuring not to rub (I found if I rubbed at the skin, it awakened the HA and gave an odd texture to the skin so pressing is the best technique). 

 

·   Squalene is an excellent hydrator but can also prevent the ongoing loss of skins hydration 

·   Suitable for all skin types 

·   Can also be used in hair 

·   Free from water, alcohol, oil, silicone, nuts and gluten

·   Vegan and cruelty free 



 

Natural Moisturising Factors + HA | £6.80 for 100ml| Find it here


In the morning following my HA application, I apply a 5p sized blob to my face and neck. This is a perfect non-greasy, hydrating base worn alone or underneath makeup. Containing 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid.

 

·   Non-greasy 

·   Immediate skin hydration 

·   Free from alcohol, oils, silicone and nuts

·   Vegan and cruelty free





 

Coverage Foundation | £5.90 for 30ml| Find it here 

 

So not only did I completely nail down a new skincare routine, but I also went to the next step and purchased the coverage foundation. It boasts a full coverage whilst still having a lightweight texture that doesn’t appear heavy on the skin. Sounds like a dream right? Keep reading.

 

The foundation comes in two formulas, one that is coverage and one that is serum. I’d like to try both to compare but I feel the coverage foundation is so light in consistency I’m not sure what the serum base would offer me. Available in an impressive 21 shades, they are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Then each category has a digit which indicates shade strength and then a letter to identify the undertone. For example, N indicates a neutral tone, Y indicates a yellow undertone and P indicate cool undertones. 

To find your undertone, a good tip I have always followed is to check the veins on your forearm. If the veins are blue or purple you have pink/cool undertones and if the veins are more yellow your skin is warm toned. I know I am a classic pale tone with pink undertones and I opted for shade 1.1p.

 

Let me start by saying, I honestly don’t think I will ever need another foundation in my life. It’s a bold statement right? 

I simply shake to waken the liquid formula and dispense two pumps onto the back of my hand. Then using a damp beauty blender, I apply the product to the central points of my face, focusing on my chin, cheeks and center of my forehead blending outwards to the areas that require less coverage. 

 

·   21 shades

·   Alcohol, oil, nut, soya, gluten free

·   Vegan and cruelty free

·   Contains coconut alkanes 

·   Coverage with a light, non-cakey texture

·   SPF 15 

 

The rave reviews for The Ordinary overall is completely just. They produce superb products, in beautiful simplistic packaging that deliver top results every time. I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know if there is anything else you would suggest purchasing from The Ordinary! 

 


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