Sunday, 4 February 2018

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

For the last 3 years I have been using the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush every morning and evening, so when my beloved cleansing brush stopped working a few weeks ago I couldn't decide whether to fork out £80 on a new one or try something different. I decided on the latter after hearing about Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. I suffer from oily skin and large pores but this cleanser promises to reduce the appearance of pores.

The cleanser contains Amazonian White Clay, which removes dirt and oil from the skin's surface, and Oat Kernel Meal, which is a natural exfoliant. This combination of ingredients leaves my skin feeling deeply cleansed and mattified (without drying my skin out!). Additionally, I noticed a reduction in the appearance of my pores from the first couple of washes - unfortunately I don't think that this cleanser will ever be able to make my large pores disappear completely but it definitely helps to minimise them. Also, you only need a small amount of the cleanser to cover your whole face so the bottle will last a long time. I leave the cleanser on my face for a couple of minutes before washing it off - in the hope that I'll achieve maximum results!

The Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser isn't too harsh on my skin so I'm able to use it daily and this is the first cleanser I've tried that has improved my pores - after many years of searching for one! This cleanser is a must if you're having difficulties with your pores. There is also a masque, toner and moisturiser in the range, which might enhance the effects of the cleanser so I'm tempted to give these a go too. Have you tried anything from the Rare Earth Pore range?

Sunday, 28 January 2018

VLOG: Copenhagen at Christmas

Following on from my last blog post, here's some clips of what I got up to in Copenhagen over Christmas. Let me know what you think of it and leave your channel name below too so I can check out your videos!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Copenhagen at Christmas

Long time no blog post! I had a pretty hectic Christmas and, as a result, my blog suffered. However, I'm back now and I'm hoping to get into a routine of posting weekly again. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year - seems a bit late to be saying that still! Anyway, over Christmas I visited Copenhagen with my boyfriend for three nights and it's one of my favourite places that I've ever been, so I thought that I would share with you what I got up to whilst I was there. Prepare for a lot of photos...

Where to stay:
We stayed at Wakeup Copenhagen in Borgergade, which was centrally located and meant that we could walk everywhere. The hotel was relatively inexpensive and boasted a cool design, as well as spotlessly clean facilities. The room included: air conditioning, free wifi, TV, desk, and there was the option to have breakfast in the restaurant but we decided not to do this. Wakeup Copenhagen is perfect if you don't want to splurge on accommodation but also still want to be in a good location (it took about ten minutes to walk to Nyhavn).

Where to visit:
Copenhagen has plenty of things to do - even just walking through the streets is enjoyable. We came across Christiansborg Palace whilst we were on our way to Christiania. The Palace has a tower, which is free to go up, and gives amazing views across Copenhagen. You can also buy tickets to access other areas of Christiansborg Palace but we didn't do this. Freetown Christiania is very different to the rest of Copenhagen - it's an old military base which was taken over by hippies in the 1970s. The neighbourhood is green and car-free and features colourful homemade houses. It's definitely worth a visit if you want to experience a different side to Copenhagen. The Design Museum was only a ten minute walk from our hotel and featured fascinating exhibitions - some were permanent whilst others were only temporary. My favourite exhibition was 'I am black velvet', which displayed some of the haute couture designs by Erik Mortensen for Balmain (this exhibition is there until 18th March 2018). Rosenborg Castle was also quite near to our hotel and it wasn't too expensive to visit. There's plenty of things to see in the Castle and it's situated in a park, which would be a nice place to relax in Spring/Summer. Whenever I think of Copenhagen I think of the colourful houses that line the canal in Nyhavn. It's worth a stroll down the canal just to see the picturesque houses and there's also a bridge which contains love locks, so maybe you can add your own lock to it. Finally, Tivoli Gardens was my favourite place that we visited. It was the most festive place in Copenhagen! There were loads of Christmas trees, fake snow and sparkly lights. Also, Tivoli had a really nice food area, which wasn't too pricey and had loads of different options. Tivoli has an amusement park (it's the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world), so it's still worth a visit even when it's not decked out with Christmas decorations.

Where to eat:
Meyers Bageri was just around the corner from our hotel and their kanelsnegle (aka cinnamon roll) came highly recommended - it did not disappoint! They sell a selection of delicious pastries and at a reasonable price - you should definitely go here if you're near by. For lunch, the Faetter Faetter Toast Bar in the Norrebro area serve amazing toasties. These are quite expensive for the size of them and you need two or three for a sufficiently sized lunch. However, if you don't mind spending a bit extra on lunch one day, then this is definitely worth a visit. We didn't eat dinner at any restaurants whilst we were in Copenhagen because they're all quite expensive. Instead, we went to Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island, which was so much cheaper than the restaurants and the food was delicious! Unfortunately, Copenhagen Street Food closed down a few days after we left but there's a new food market opening in May 2018, which will hopefully be just as good.

This is probably the longest blog post I've ever wrote - I just had so much to share with you! Hopefully, you'll love Copenhagen as much as I do if you visit. Are you going away anywhere this year?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Free Apps Every Blogger Needs

Many bloggers rely on their phones when it comes to promoting their blog and connecting with new bloggers. Therefore, I have composed a list of all the essential apps you need to make running your blog a little bit easier.

Bloglovin': This is my favourite app to keep up-to-date with blogs that I love. It hosts pretty much every blogging site so you can find all of your favourite blogs in one place. There's also the option to follow people and their blogs so you never miss a post!

Pinterest: I love using Pinterest for makeup ideas and inspiration for blog photos. It's also great if you're going travelling and want to look up the best places to get some snaps for Instagram.

Followers+: This is great for tracking who's followed and unfollowed you, as well as who's not following you back. Ever since Instagram changed their algorithm, I've found it really difficult to grow my followers but this app has a handy graph which shows your follower growth.

GeotagMyPic: Sometimes when I take a photo on my camera and then upload it to Instagram I can't put a location on the photo. However, this app lets you tag a location to your photo before uploading it to Instagram, enabling the location feature to work on Instagram.

Lively: I don't use this app very often since it's for transforming live photos on iPhones into videos or capturing a frame from the live photo. However, this is useful if you want to upload a video instead of a photo.

Layout: Again, I don't use this very often but it's great if you want to create a collage of a few images. This app was brought out by Instagram so I find that it works better when uploading collages to Instagram than other collaging apps do.

Buffer: This app is great for scheduling tweets, for example, if you want to promote a blog post but are busy at the time you want to publish it to Twitter. You can also 'rebuffer' tweets so you can post the same tweet multiple times instead of writing it out again.

Hopefully you find this guide useful! Do you have any apps to help with blogging?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Festive Makeup Look

I always use the festive season as an excuse to wear glitter on my eyelids and a bold red on my lips. Therefore, I thought that I would share how I created this look with you - I also might film a YouTube tutorial of it and post it to my channel.

Firstly, I always use Benefit's The POREfessional Primer and, whilst I'm waiting for this to sink in, I use my eyelash curler. Then I apply the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation - I have quite oily skin and this foundation doesn't go greasy on me half way through the night! To add a bit of colour, I use the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer, applying it in a '3' shape from the top of my head then along my cheekbones and down my jawline. My go-to highlighter for the festive season is The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer, which adds a beautiful shimmer to my cheek bones, brow bones and down my nose. Before applying eyeshadow, I use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer - this ensures that my eyeshadow doesn't budge all night. I fill my eyebrows in whilst waiting for the Primer to dry and I always use Benefit's Gimme Brow. All of the eyeshadows I use are from the Naked 1 palette; I apply 'Virgin' right in the corners of my eyes, followed by 'Half Baked' across the main part of my eyelids and then 'Smog' in the outer corners of my eyes and along the crease. To get my eyes looking extra sparkly I applied more of 'Half Baked' once I'd done the rest of my makeup. I then use the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (my all-time favourite mascara!). Although, sometimes I might opt for fake lashes instead and my favourites are the Ardell Demi Wispies. Finally, for my lips I outlined them using MAC's Dark Out Lip Pencil and filled them in with MAC's Sin Lipstick.

I'm loving creating different makeup looks at the moment so I might post some more festive looks before Christmas. What are your go-to festive makeup products?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Best Black Friday Deals

Black Friday never used to be very big in the UK but over the last couple of years a lot more brands have jumped on the bandwagon. It's not even the big day yet and I'm already getting flooded with emails about deals which have already started so I thought that I would share with you some of the best deals that I've come across.


Beauty Bay: They're offering up to 30% off everything.

Boots: There's a range of savings across their products, with many products having more than 50% off.

Feelunique: They're offering 15% off with the code: SHINE and 20% off selected fragrances.

Lookfantastic: You can get 20% off your order with the code: LFCW20


ASOS: There's 20% off everything with the code: WIN20

Missguided: They've got 50% off everything with the code: CYBER50

Nasty Gal: This is fast becoming one of my favourite places to shop and they're currently offering 30% off everything with the code: LETSGO

PrettyLittleThing: There's up to 50% off everything.

River Island: You can get 20% off when you spend £75 or more.


Office: They're offering 20% off and free UK delivery with the code: SHINE 

Public Desire: You can save 30% on everything with the code: 30CYBER

SCHUH: There's up to 40% off everything and £1 next day delivery.

There are plenty more deals around and lots of companies are changing the deals each day so you need to act quick! Hopefully you can find some great stuff (I know my bank account is going to take a hit!). Let me know if you come across any other deals.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

VLOG: Visiting Paris

Here's the final vlog from my Summer travels (I'm well aware it's nearly Christmas - I need to up my editing game!). It features clips from my trip to Paris, which included a visit to Disneyland! Leave me a comment if you have a YouTube channel so I can check it out.

Also, I made a few changes to my blog design earlier in the week so let me know what you think of it. Those social media icons took me ages to do!