Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Ultimate Autumn Beauty Giveaway - Win Over £200 Of Products!

I’ve been wanting to give you a cheeky sneak peak at my favourite can't live without beauty products for ages.

Now let’s be honest, who doesn’t love snooping into someone else’s makeup bag or having a good old peek around someone’s wardrobe... I mean seriously, who doesn't?

The autumn leaves are slowly starting to fall from the trees so what better time to spill the beans on what my essentials are for this season.

So I thought why not share the love and give you a double whammy...  not only will I give you a roundup of all my favourite Autumn beauty products but I also wanted to give you the chance to get your hands on these goodies too by running a huge luxury beauty giveaway worth over £200!

Let's get down to it shall we?

First up... my amazing MAC lipgloss or "lipglass" as Mac call it. Trust me this stuff is amazing. It leaves you lips feeling wonderfully soft and perfectly glossy ready to pucker up!

Plus, they come in a handful of beautiful colours, I particularly love all the pink shades as I think they are classy yet girly! I love these so much that I don't just have one... but I've two of these gorgeous MAC lip glosses to giveaway.

Next up E45 Intense Recovery Lotion & E45 Moisturising Lotion.  I hate moisturising usually but this leaves your skin so silky smooth, how could I resist?!?!  It sinks right into your skin & you can even put your skinny jeans on straight away.

This little goodie is a pre-shampoo treatment from Philip Kingsley and is great.  It leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and moisturised giving it that Kate Middleton bounce.  To be honest the whole range is amazing but the pre-shampoo treatment really is the jewel in the crown.

Now my mum introduced me to Liz Earle about 10 years ago and immediately converted me.  The whole Liz Earle range is amazing and you can't really go wrong.  But if I had to pick just one Liz Earle product which I couldn't live without it has to be the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleaner.  It quickly removes daily grime and make up to leave skin clean, soft and radiant.

I love it so much I am give you three tubes of it, two travel size and one full size pump version.

My other can't live without product from the Liz Earle range is the Energising Body Scrub.  It exfoliates and cleanses, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and revitalised.  It's specially selected ground olive stones gently buff away dead skin cells for healthier, smoother skin.

I'll admit I'm a bit of a Rimmel London make-up lover.  What can I say... I'm a Londoner and British so it only makes sense that I love a make-up brand with my home city in the name?!?!

I love the Rimmel Lasting Finish nail polishes.  They dry pretty quickly and the colours are just perfect for any occasion. This autumn I am currently craving their Double Decker Red, Black Cab & Black Cherries so I thought instead of picking just one colour, I would just give you all three.

Rimmel Instant Tan in Dark Matte is the ideal 'wash off' instant tan just to get me through the winter! It's perfect for a night out when I want a little extra colour but something which I can get rid of by jumping in the shower at the end of the night.

On my lashes I coat them in Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara.  It makes my lashes look big, bold and beautiful and then I line them with Rimmel's Exaggerate Eye Liner in Waterproof Black.  I actually bought this on a bit of a whim a few years back and I haven't stopped using it since. It's so easy to apply and it never smudges which is great with all this rain we have to look forward to in autumn.

But when it comes to the inner lines of my eyes I use Elizabeth Arden Bold Eye Pencil in Platinum Glow.  It instantly makes my eyes look wider.  In fact it has to be said that Elizabeth Arden is another firm favourite of mine and I honestly love the whole range.  I particularly love the Eight Hour creams and the Pause & Effect Eye Creams.

I'm a firm believer in you'r never too young to start using anti-ageing products as I think the sooner you start the more chance you have of having younger looking skin for longer.  So I religiously use
Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment as it's the best I've ever used and it immediately de-wrinkles my face.

I love, love love Aussie 3-minute miracle reconstructor deep conditioner.  I've been using this for years, it smells absolutely out of this world - reminds me of bubble gum.  It always leaves the texture of my hair in great condition and the end results are FABULOUS!  It just does what it say on the tin!

L'Oreal Elnett satin hairspray is the only hairspray I'll ever use.  I've used it since I was a little girl going to baby ballet classes and I still use it now.  It's honestly the best out there as it holds your hair perfectly in place and is so easy to brush out.

Next up Soap & Glory's Glow Lotion.  I love it so much, as it makes your body shimmer without making it look glittery and gives you a wonderful glow under sunlight.  Plus trust me when I say that it smells incredible!  There's no need to apply perfume after using it as the scent is bold but not overpowering.

EOS Hand Lotion makes my hands feel more supple and moisturised.  The fresh flower scent is so good and the container is very unique, durable, and reliable.  You can just throw it into your bag and it won't open and leak everywhere.

Ever need a good eye mask when you just can’t sleep and need a way of blocking out any unwanted lights?  I use Bella Beauty Mini Relaxing Gel Beauty Mask.

Next up is Revlon's Photoready blush in the colour 'Pinched'.   It's nice to use a cream blush to get a more dewy finish on skin.  I have this blush in Coral Reef.  It's quite a bright colour in the pot, but it blends nicely to a peachy glow on cheeks.

Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom lip balm smells really yummy.  So if you love the smell of honey, you will like this lip balm.

Clarins Masque 'Anti-Soif' Multi-Hydratant.  It's a thirst quenching hydra-care mask which is perfect to combat this autumn weather.

So let's recap what you could win...

1. MAC Lipglass in Lychee Luxe
2. MAC Lipglass in Knockout
3. E45 Intense Recovery Lotion
4. E45 Moisturising Lotion
5. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment
6. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleaner
7. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleaner (Travel Size)
8. Liz Earle Energising Body Scrub
9. Liz Earle Muslin Cloth
10. Rimmel Lasting Finish in Double Decker Red
11. Rimmel Lasting Finish in Black Cab
12. Rimmel Lasting Finish in Black Cherries
13. Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner in Waterproof Black
14. Rimmel Instant Tan in Dark Matte
15. Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
16. Elizabeth Arden Intervene Eye Cream
17. Elizabeth Arden Bold Eye Pencil in Platinum Glow
18. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
19. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment
20. L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray in Normal Strength 
21. Soap & Glory Glow Lotion
22. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstruction Deep Conditioner
23. EOS Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers
24. Bella Beauty Mini Relaxing Gel Beauty Mask
25. Clarins Thirst Quenching Hydra-Care Mask
26. Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Pinched
27. Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom All Purpose Balm

Yes, that's 27 beauty products worth over £200!!!!!

This really is a HUGE giveaway and it's open WORLDWIDE so all of you lovelies can enter!!  You have three weeks and then I will draw the winner :) You can enter by following the Rafflecopter entry box below!

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I think that about wraps up what's in my make up bag and my bathroom!  So come on, your turn. What amazing beauty buys have you got for me to try?

Ps. Boys, you're more than welcome to enter for the lady in your life.  You never know you could also get some brownie points if you win!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Shard

Have you seen the giant skyscraper which has taken over the London skyline?

I know it's huge isn't it! It's like the building version of King Kong, it's trying to take over the city, by being the biggest, baddest building there is in London (and Europe)!!!

So, like all good movies there has to be someone daring enough to take on such a beast, so I dug deep and I knew I had to be that person. And of course I couldn't do such a deed on my own, so I assembled my version of The Avengers... aka my family.

Once we got to the top we quickly realised there had been a HUGE mistake. This is no monster... oh no.... this is a gorgeous building with the most beautiful views across London. And once we realised this we took a huge sigh of relief!

All I could kept thinking was 'Wow, we are in the highest building in Europe, that's crazy!' The best part about being so high is the fact that you can see for over 40 miles away and it just highlights that this city is electric.

And the view, oh my gosh, the view is nothing short of spectacular. I mean, the surrounding panoramic view was simply breathtaking.

We watched the sun set and watched the London lights come alive. It was truly magical (almost like something you would see in a Disney film when good has triumphed over evil, or like the fireworks at Disney's Magic Kingdom when it's a special parade).

If you are going to go up The Shard, I highly recommend going at sunset as that way you truly get to see London in both day and night and trust me they looked like two VERY different cities.

Disaster averted, I repeat disaster averted. Phew... that was a close one!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Autumn Leaves

The ordinarily lush green parks and gardens in London have been entirely transformed and been redecorated whilst I've been away.

The gently sloping grass has been glazed in magnificent red and orange leaves. The air is crisp and the sun is as golden as an apple.

It looks more like a fabulous watercolour painting which you would find in the National Gallery than the park which only a few weeks ago we were sunbathing in.

After a very filling lunch with friends, I went for a bit of a walk around the park to burn it off and have a bit of fun crunching through the leaves.

Now, I have a new fashion brand find which I just have to share with you as let’s face it what are friends for?!?!

They’re called Koalabi and I've become totally head over heels obsessed with them.

They specialise in lined sheepskin boots and come all the way from Australia. Mine are the Amberly boots and are honestly the most comfortable boots I own.

Honestly, you need a pair. They mix fashion with comfort perfectly as how many pairs of heels do you think are more comfortable to walk in then flats! I know that’s a big statement but I’m sticking to it!!!

Seriously, what more could you ask of from a pair of boots?

I'm just completely obsessed with them and might wear them every single day until the flowers start blooming again in Spring.

My green jumper dress is sadly old so I don't have a link for it, but here’s a really similar one (which I may have just bought whilst looking for a similar one for you) from ASOS.

I also really love my moss green hat. It has a tan-coloured belt which is just right for an autumn walk. It also goes perfectly with my faux fur waistcoat and Louis Vuitton bag helping me channel that autumn countryside look!

It simply was the perfect lazy afternoon. We walked through the park enjoying playing in the leaves and admiring the perfectly decorated landscape.

As Albert Camus notably said “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

And I couldn’t agree more!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Symi Monastery

Symi is just breath taking.  I mean it seriously is just the most beautiful place.

I could stay here forever and live in utter bliss.

Don't you think that's a wonderful idea?

I'm just in love with my dress.  It's from Miss Selfridge and is so comfy.  The nautical stripes go perfectly with the Symi landscape.

Symi, is scattered with long standing churches and monasteries, so after having a relaxing day yesterday in the harbour, we thought it was time to do some more exploring of the gorgeous little island.

Their monasteries hold some of the most awe inspiring architecture and stories you will ever find.

So we headed on over to the tiny southern village of Panormitis to wander around the monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis.

It’s a large 18th-century Venetian styled building, positioned on the sea front in a sheltered cove with a small sandy beach, protected by a narrow inlet that opens out into the wide harbour.

It has the highest baroque bell tower in the world.

There’s this amazing atmosphere of privacy and peacefulness.

The exact historical date of the construction of this church isn’t known but some suggest that it was built around 450 AD over the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the pagan god 'Apollo'.

Once inside the monastery’s main gate, you can wander freely around the courtyard and church.

Inside the church is the 2-metre high silver-leafed wall icon of the Panormiti.  The entire church interior is covered in different pictures and is decorated with very elaborate chandeliers.  You can chat to nuns or just take a seat and quietly take in all of its beauty.

The gentle smell of incense was very relaxing and if you want you can even donate some money to light a candle.

Sadly, as the sun started to set it was time to say goodbye to Symi and goodbye to our Greek adventure as like all good trips this one must come to an end.

I've honestly had the most amazing time and don’t really want to head back to London.

If you like the idea of visiting a Greek island then Symi is definitely one you should consider.  The best time to come is definitely September or October as the weather is still good yet it isn’t painfully hot like July or August.

The laid back atmosphere, the incredible fresh food and the most perfect scenery you will ever see makes Symi an ideal place for a Greek getaway.
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