Introducing CK2 - Exclusive to World Duty Free

Monday, 28 December 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're well and had a fantastic Christmas! If you'd like to see what Santa treated me to this year then keep a look out as that post will be up later this week! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you all CK2, the latest addition to the Calvin Klein fragrance line up which is exclusively available at World Duty Free. 

Whilst all fragrances can be worn by both women and men (I sometimes wear mens if I prefer the scent!), Calvin Klein was the first brand to break the gender boundaries and market a fragrance as gender neutral with CK1, and CK2 is no different. CK2 is said to celebrate the diversity of connections between two people as one gender-free fragrance unties and creates an experience that can be shared together. 

Minimalism and simplicity embody what the Calvin Klein brand is all about, and CK2 is no different. With it's slick and fancy-free packaging along with it's fresh vibe, CK2 is classic Calvin Klein - simple and modern with an urban twist. The fragrance has top notes of wasabi, mandarin and violet leaf absolute which initially give the scent a peppery feel, however once left for an hour or two the heart notes of wet cobblestones and rose absolute, along with it's more masculine woody base notes start to shine through and the fragrance really comes into its own. 

At first sniff the fragrance is pleasant but nothing special in my opinion, however after leaving it on my skin for a little while I really started to love the scent. The scent definitely leans more on the masculine side in my opinion but it's fresh enough to be completely gender neutral and I have to say, I love it. After initially passing it off as boring, it's now become one of my favourite fragrances and something I reach for on a daily basis, and I've had a lot of compliments on it over the last week or two.

CK2 is currently exclusive to World Duty Free until Feb 2016, so if you're lucky enough to be jetting off anywhere exiting this month definitely pick one up on your way! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Christmas in Dorset

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and I can't wait to hear about how you all spent the day and what santa left for you under the tree!  This year I headed back home to Dorset for Christmas, as apart from a few days here and there, I haven't been home for a significant amount of time in around six months since relocating to London back in the summer. 

I spent the day with my parents, my brother and our two cats and puppy, and while I didn't quite get the white christmas I was hoping for, it was lovely to relax by the fire and spend some quality time together. This christmas was also the first time I met Reggie, our little jack russell puppy. We've never had a dog before so it's all a big learning curve (and a bit like having a baby in the house!) but it was wonderful to spend some time with him whilst he's still a puppy. 

I won't be doing a 'What I got for Christmas' post this year as it seems to foster a little negativity, but some of my main presents included a Samsonite suitcase set (as my current suitcase has no wheels - not great!) which I can use when I travel to Las Vegas this spring, a furry rug which I've wanted for ages, a couple of Kate Spade books which I'm sure you'll be seeing in a few blog photo backgrounds and a few other little bits and bobs. 

I hope you all had a lovely day and may the festivities continue on! As Mark Twain once said "too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right". 

Happy Holidays

Becky xo

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Hello Beauties and Happy Christmas Eve! As you're reading this I'll probably be at home stuffing my face with celebrations and playing with my new puppy, but I just wanted to take five minutes to wish you all the merriest of Christmases and thank you all for your continued support throughout 2015. It's been a tough ride with lots of ups and downs, so thank you all so much for being there for me and continuing to help me grow my little corner of the internet. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas with your loved ones and Santa brings you everything you wished for - you know you deserve it! 

Merry Christmas & I'll see you in the New Year!

Christmas Wishes, 

Becky xo

15 Festive Questions Tag

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

 Hello Beauties, I hope you're all well and looking forward to the big day! Now that Christmas Day is only two days away (eek!) I thought I'd take part in a festive post created by Becky from Milk Bubble Tea.

1.Favourite Christmas smell / scent ?
I'm not really a Christmas smell kind of person, a lot of festive candles are 'Christmas Spice' or cinnamon scented and I hate both of those scents, so I'd have to say either the sweeter smells around at this time of year, or the smell of the roast potatoes cooking!
2. Gingerbread or Candy canes?
100% Candy canes, I hate gingerbread and always have (no matter how cute it looks!) so this one was a pretty obvious one for me!
3. Is your tree real or fake?
Our tree is fake, we have two cats and a puppy so we've always had a fake one just so they don't treat on any of the pine needles. A fake tree also means that you can have it up for longer as it's not going to die! When I own my own flat I definitely want one of the snow dusted fake trees though - maybe in a couple of years time, who knows!
4. Quality street or Roses?
It has to be Quality Street, those toffee pennies are to die for - they've always been my favourite!
5. Do you dress up or down on December 25th?
I like to dress up a little on Christmas Day, nothing too fancy as it's normally just me and my family but I do like to feel like I've made an effort - I normally wear something I've just unwrapped. 
6. Do you have any specific festive traditions?
When me and my brother were younger we had tonnes of festive traditions, but as I've gotten older and moved around a lot some of those have faded away, but to this day, we still all have to eat one sprout each year before we leave the table!
7. Any embarrassing Christmas moments that come to mind?
I can't think of too many, but there's bound to be some stupid things I've said after one too many Baileys!

8. Do you wake up early or late on Christmas morning?
Even now I still wake up early on Christmas Day and wait in my room until a sensible time, I think last year I woke up at 5.30am! This year I'm hoping that the puppy will wake everyone up early though so I can use him as an excuse to be up that early!
9. If you had a stocking where did you hang them?
We don't have stockings anymore, but when I was younger they would always be hung on our doors. Then when we woke up at 5am we'd have something to play with until my parents woke up. 
10. Favourite festive film/s?
I love all of the cheesy festive films they play on channels like Christmas 24 and Sky Christmas. Me and my Mum sit and watch them every year, she even text me this year to let me know she was watching one! Other than that, I love The Holiday and Love Actually. 
11. Was there a present you always asked for as a child but never received?
I can't think of anything I asked for each year as a child...probably a new kitten or a puppy! Needless to say, my list was extensive as a child!
12. What was the best gift you received  as a child?
I received a lot of lovely gifts as a child, but I think my favourite was my first mobile phone when I was 13. I'd been asking for one for a while as everyone at school had one, so I was so excited to finally have my own - it was a little flip top Samsung!
13. What is on top of your Christmas tree?
We have an angel on top of our Christmas tree, and it's still the same one I had as a child. It's looking a little wonky now so we all joke that they angel has had one too many!
14. Favourite festive food?
My favourite festive food has got to be roast potatoes in gravy. I know they aren't technically festive as we have them all year, but they're definitely my favourite - that and pigs in blankets! 
15. Favourite Christmas activity?
My favourite Christmas activity is Christmas shopping, no matter how stressful it is. I love shopping and selecting gifts for others way more than I do receiving them and I love to wrap them up all nicely and put them under the tree!

Lots of Love,
Becky xo

An Introduction to Burberry Fragrance with World Duty Free

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Hello Beauties! Along with Kate Spade and Dior, Burberry is one of my favourite designers. I love how elegant and timeless their pieces are, making them worth every penny in my opinion. So imagine how thrilled I was to receive this adorable Burberry fragrance travel set as an early Christmas present this year! 

The set comes packaged in Burberry's signature packaging, which instantly drew me to the set. I adore the Burberry packaging as it's understated and sophisticated which makes it seem all the more luxurious. I'm such a hoarder of pretty packaging, so I'll definitely be keeping this box to use as storage/decoration in my bedroom. Inside the box, the set contains five of Burberry's most popular fragrances, making this set a great introduction into the brands fragrance library. 

First up in the line up is the original scent from the brand. Described as a fruity fragrance with top notes of blackcurrant and green apple. Combined with heart notes of cedar wood, jasmine, moss and sandalwood, the fragrance has a rich and sensual tone. This one is probably my least favourite as it's a little mature for me personally, but if you like deep and warm scents then you'll definitely love this one!

Second up is Burberry Brit Rhythm, one of the brand's takes on the original Burberry Brit fragrance. Brit Rhythm is described as a sensual, floral fragrance with a fruity twist, and is my favourite of the five. The fragrance has fresh top notes of orchard fruit, sicilian lemon and orange, which open up to an intoxicating heard of Egyptian jasmine, lotus blossom and lilac, making this a gorgeously fun and young fragrance. The cute pink bottle doesn't hurt either! 

In the middle of the set you have Burberry Body, which I think has the most unique packaging with its copper bullet shaped bottle. Burberry Body is described as a sensual, feminine fragrance with an eclectic combination of refined ingredients. With top notes of fresh green absinthe, illuminating peach and delicate freesia, aling with floral heart notes and base notes of creamy vanilla, amber and musk, this is one of my favourite fragrances from the set. 

The set also contains Burberry Brit Sheer, another take of the infamous Burberry Brit fragrance. Brit Sheer is the more youthful of the two included in the set, and definitely the more delicate of the two. The fragrance has a refreshing scent to it with top notes of lychee, yuzu, pineapple leaves and mandarin, heart notes of peony and peach blossom which add a soft, floral scent and a sheer veil of white milk and blond wood to gently balance the fragrance. 

Lastly, the set also includes Burberry London, one of Burberrys more classic fragrances with its house check printed bottle. This floral-fresh scent has gentle top notes of rose and honeysuckle, deep heart notes of tiare flower and jasmine with a hint of fresh clementine zest, along with base notes of sandalwood and must to add a subtle warmth to the fragrance. 

After researching all of the different notes included within each of the Burberry fragrances within the set, it's no wonder I'm such a fan. I love any fresh and floral fragrances (Jo Malone Wild Bluebell is my all time favourite) and I'll definitely be keeping a few of these in my handbag and travel wash bags for spritzing on the go! The set is a travel exclusive and something only available from World Duty Free, so if you're lucky enough to be jetting off anywhere exotic in the upcoming months, make sure you take a look on your pre-flight shopping spree. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Love Me Beauty Box // December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Hello Beauties! Being the beauty lover that I am, I love to test out new products - and what better way to try out new brands and product lines than to get a selection delivered to your door every month? I now await the delivery of my monthly beauty box subscriptions with gleeful anticipation, and this month Love Me Beauty did not let me down. The box contained a selection of body care, makeup and haircare this month which is exactly what I like to see. 

The first (and largest) item I noticed was the Percy and Reed Dry Instant Volumising Spray. This is a product I actually already own and am running out of, so I was lucky to receive it in this months box. I like to use this when I've curled my hair to give it a bit of a boost and fluff it up to create a more 'messy' look. This also retails for around £14, so you've already made your money back on the box from just one product! 

This month's box also included Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm for Lips, a quirky product designed to give your lips that much needed moisture boost - perfect for the cold December weather! On a recent trip to Munich my lips really suffered from the bitterly cold winds, so this was a real treat to discover when I returned home. I find it to be the perfect 'night time' lip balm, as I pop it on before bed and wake up to perfectly smooth lips. 

On the subject of soothing products for your skin, this month's Love Me Beauty box also included a sample of the Nuxe Reve du Miel Hand & Nail Cream. I love the Nuxe Reve du Miel range (their lip balm is one of my favourites) so I was happy to be able to try some of the other products in the range. During the winter my hands really suffer with the cold so I've been using this recently to keep them well moisturised and nourished. 

This month's box also included the Himilayan Detox Salts by Roques Oneil. This isn't a brand I've heard of before, but I'm all for trying new brands so I was happy to receive this in Decembers box. I'm not really one for bath salts, but like I said, I'm looking forward to trying these. 

December's box also included a few little makeup bits which I'm always so excited to try. This month I received the Cailyn Cosmetics Mineral Eye Polish in a gorgeous duo-chrome golden peach colour. I think one of the most subtle yet striking colours to add to your eyes is gold, so I was extremely happy to add this unique golden shade to my collection. The metallic finish is just perfect for the festive season, and definitely a welcome addition to my collection at this time of year. 

I also received the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Old Burlington Street, a beautiful creamy navy colour. Navy isn't a shade I wear on my nails often, but the high shine and wintery hue of Old Burlington Street is perfect for the winter and is something I've found myself reaching for more than I initially thought. I also love all of the cute London themed names! 

Lastly, this month I received one of the new Love Me Beauty necklaces. Normally when I receive a beauty box with an own branded item, it's often a keyring or something I'm not so interested in, so I was pleasantly surprised with this necklace. Whilst green isn't really my colour, I love how shimmer and dainty the necklace is - as is the whole collection. 

Overall, I'm really pleased with this month's selection of products, and definitely think it was worth the £10 you pay for the box. What do you think?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains pr samples

Last Minute Christmas Shopping with The Perfume Shop

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have had a great weekend. I'm officially finished for Christmas now so I've come home to Bournemouth to get ready for Christmas and meet our new puppy, Reggie! Reggie is a little baby Jack Russel and he's so adorable, even if I do say so myself! Anyway, if you're not quite done with Christmas shopping then I imagine the panic is really setting in, so today I thought I'd share with you a last minute gift idea, available at The Perfume Shop. 

Although I love bundling up for the cold weather that Christmas brings, I've always been more of a summer girl - something which is definitely reflected through my perfume choices.  I like my scents to remind me of lounging around by the pool, sipping on a cocktail or two, and Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue is the perfect fragrance to do just that. 

This fresh, fruity and floral scent captures the very essence of summer with its refined design that eludes to a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe. The fragrance is light and airy as the name would suggest, with a slight hint of citrus. With notes of Sicilian Citron, Bluebell and Granny Smith Apple, combined with Jasmine, Amber and Cedarwood - Light Blue is the perfect feminine everyday scent. 

The Perfume Shop have a whole host of fragrance gift sets available this Christmas so there's sure to be something to suit all of your friends and family members this Christmas, but if you're looking for a little inspiration, look no further than Light Blue. With 99p next day delivery for today only, you can shop bestselling gift sets here

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Contouring on a Budget

Friday, 18 December 2015

Hello Beauties, I hope you're all well and looking forward to Christmas! You may have noticed that I've been a little absent on here over the past week or two, as I was in Munich for a long weekend and then following that things have been pretty hectic at work and at home in the run up to Christmas, meaning my blog has had to take a back seat unfortunately. But I'm back today with an exciting drugstore discovery! 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit of a makeup snob (not that there's anything wrong with that), and I'm often a bit wary of high street 'dupes' of high end products as I never really find them to be as good as the original, however recently the high street has really upped it's game and has been coming out with some brilliant products to rival some higher end products. One high street product I've been putting to the test (and loving) recently is the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Duo. 

As you can see by the pictures, the palette comes with two shades - a larger matte bronzer and a smaller slightly shimmery highlight shade, so everything you need for a basic contour. I know there's hundreds of videos on YouTube showing you how to contour with about 10 different shades and different techniques, but on an everyday basis I find that a simple contour and highlight shade will do, making this palette perfect for everyday use. I like how the two clearly marked shades make everything simple, even for makeup beginners, and I think it's great that the bronzer shade is bigger, as that's the product I tend to run out of quicker. 

As well as the design of the product, the formula has also really impressed me. I've never been a big fan of Maybelline as often their products don't sit right on my skin, but these powders are smooth, buttery and blend out effortlessly (something I always look for in contour products - nobody wants a stripey face!). As you can see by the swatches, the shades are also really pigmented too meaning that you only need a tiny bit of product to complete your look. 

The Master Sculpt duo is also available in two different shades - Light/Medium and Medium/Dark - so if you're a pale girl like myself, there's a shade option for you. I find that Light/Medium is just the perfect amount of colour for me as I look contoured but not muddy or orange, any darker and I'd definitely be venturing into wotsit territory! The highlighter in the Light/Medium duo is also really pretty. It's more of a yellow based highlighter and doesn't packs just the right amount of shimmer to give your skin a healthy glow without making you look shiny or sparkly. 

At £6.99 I think these palettes are a worthy addition to any makeup bag, particularly for those who are just getting into contouring and want to experiment a bit before forking out your months rent on a fancy contour palette. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Nars Multiple in 'Undress Me' Review

Friday, 11 December 2015

Hello Beauties! One brand which I love but definitely don't own enough of is Nars. I've fallen in love with everything I've tried from the brand in the past, but they are a little on the pricey side, so I tend to go away and think about the products for a while before taking the plunge, however on a recent trip to TK Maxx to pick up a couple of novelty Christmas gifts, I found that they were stocking a lot of Nars products, all at incredible prices. Amongst other items, I decided to pick up the Multiple in 'Undress Me' as I'd never tried any of the Nars Multiples and it was a complete bargain at £12.99!

Firstly, let's talk about the design and packaging of the product (always my favourite part). The Nars Multiples come in their regular, and ultra classy, black matte rubber packaging with a twist-up function which allows you to get the product out without sharpening. I do love Nars packaging, but it gets so dirty so quickly - you can probably already see a little dirt on the packaging already and I hadn't even used the product when I took that photo! This is something I can overlook though, as the products are so stunning. 

The Nars Multiple is described as François Nars iconic innovation, the original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique creamy formula and sheer colour blends effortlessly to create shimmering accents; contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. As a bit of a lazy girl who is always in a rush in the mornings, I'm all for multi purpose products so this seemed right up my street. 

'Undress Me' is a beautiful dusky ballerina pink with silver shimmers and sparkles to create a lovely natural blush/highlight combination. Light pinks are my colour of choice for my cheeks, and while I'm not normally a cream blush person, I really love this product. I found that the colour didn't immediately stain my cheeks so allowed me time to properly blend, and it blended out to a really natural finish - something I don't often find with cream products. However, whilst I do love shimmer in my beauty products, I did find the sparkles in this multiple a little on the chunky side sometimes. It looks perfect paired with matte makeup, or over a light pink matte blusher, but if you've gone all out sparkle on your eyes I'd definitely avoid using this as part of your makeup look. I find that this works best for me on natural makeup days when I haven't really done much else with my makeup, as it creates a really pretty, soft look. 

Overall, I really do love this product, but it's not something I'd find myself reaching for on a daily basis due to the shimmer nature of the shade, but still a lovely product. In the spirit of honesty though, I'm not sure I'd love this product as much if I'd spend the whole £29 on it, as when I spend that much money I like the product to be something I can wear on an everyday basis, so definitely take a trip to your local TK Maxx - there are some real gems hidden in the shelves!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

How I Stay Organised - Blogging & Full Time Work

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Blogging is hard work, there's no doubt about it, but it's especially difficult to stay on top of everything when it's not your full time job. Most people don't realise just how much effort and time goes into maintaining a blog - it involves everything from content creation, photography, editing, updating all of your social media channels, and keeping on top of PR emails, and I'm sure I've missed a few things off that list. That being said, it is completely do-able. As I've been running my blog alongside full time work or study for a couple of years now, and for the most part I've kept posting regularly, I thought I would share my tips on how to stay organised. Obviously everyone has their own ways of doing things (and who am I to tell you what to do!) but hopefully some of you will find some of this post useful if you're struggling to keep on top of everything! 

1. Plan in advance

I'm sure it will come as no surprise to some of my long time readers, but pretty much everything I post on Lipgloss & Lashes is pre-planned. I'm not really a spontaneous person, and I like to go through things in detail before posting (and ensure that I've got all of my thoughts and feelings in order), and a big part of keeping myself organised is taking time to think about what sort of content I want to produce and when I can fit this into my busy schedule. I like to save all of my post titles into my draft posts, and then go on to take my photos and write the actual post - this way I can plan exactly what I need to include photo-wise and don't waste any time taking unnecessary photos. 

2. Take photos in bulk

I'm quite strict on the quality of photos I upload to Lipgloss & Lashes, so it takes me forever to achieve the perfect photo. If I didn't take these in bulk when I'd sorted out the perfect set up, it would completely take over my life. I like to dedicate one morning a weekend to taking blog photos, and this works really well for me if I've pre-planned which posts I want to write that week. That way, I can get them all taken and edited in one go and I don't have to worry about the weather being gloomy for the rest of the week and stopping me from taking my photos! 

3. Schedule (even if it's just saving your tweets as drafts!)

There seems to be some misplaced hate of scheduling posts in the blogging world, with many claiming that it's not authentic to schedule your posts, as they should be more of a spur of a moment thing - but clearly those people don't know what it's like to blog, work full time and maintain a social life. Without the scheduling tool there is no way I'd be able to post as much as I do! This also goes for social media posts. I like to promote a new post a couple of times throughout the launch day to ensure that I reach as many different people as possible, but in reality I just don't have the time to be doing this during the day as I'm at work. I'm not a massive fan of scheduling tools such as Hootsuite, as I like to be able to easily log on and edit something from my phone (and I hate the app), so I tend to just write all of my posts on twitter and save them into my drafts, that way all I have to do is press publish throughout the day and my posts will go out when I choose. 

4. Stick to a routine

When I slip out of my blogging routine, it's pretty much guaranteed that there won't be any new posts written for the upcoming week and my blog will go a bit quiet. I mentioned before that I like to dedicate a morning to taking my blog photos, and on top of that I like to dedicate one or two evenings a week to writing the posts that I've previously taken the photos before. I know that there will be some weeks when life will just get in the way (and I'm completely okay with that) but I do try to stick to a routine so that I can easily balance everything I've got going on. 

5. Invest in a planner

I know planners aren't for everyone, but mine is a lifesaver. I'm the type of person who likes to have everything written down and find that putting pen to paper helps me to remember (strange really when my job and hobby revolves around social media!). I bought my planner from TK Maxx for a bargain price (and it looks so Kate Spade-esque!) and have found it to be a complete lifesaver, especially when working with PR companies as I can remind myself to send post links and take photos of certain products, etc. 

6. Relax and enjoy your hobby!

Finally, I think it's really important to remember that blogging is just a hobby (if it's not your job) and it should be fun, not stressful. There's no point stressing yourself out about it, as that way you'll lose some of the enjoyment it brings you. Take it easy and work to a schedule that suits you, even if you're only posting once a week or only sticking to one social media channel - it's your space after all! 

How do you stay organised?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Pür Minerals 'Secret Crush' Eyeshadow Palette Review

Monday, 7 December 2015

Hello Beauties, I hope you all had a great weekend! This weekend I took a trip to the cinema (something I rarely do) to see The Dressmaker which was absolutely brilliant and completely not what I was expecting, and then I went for a nice 'catch up' meal in Leicester Square with a friend from Uni to plan our trip to Munich this week! Anyway, it seems like forever since I sat down and did a proper beauty review for you all as I've been focussing on some of the more 'advice' posts recently after being inundated with emails asking me questions about my blog and how I keep it running. So, today I thought I would share with you all the Pür Minerals 'Secret Crush' palette as it's been my go-to for everyday looks recently. 

The 'Secret Crush' palette is described as a way to add a touch of luxury to your everyday eye look with eight ultrachic nude shimmers and velvety satins. As you can see from the photo, the shades range from the very light 'highlight' colours to the darker smokey nudes, and it also includes a black which I always think is a nice idea as it means you've got liner included in the palette. I think all of the colours are absolutely stunning, but my favourites have to be Admirer and Infatuation as they both have a slight olive green tone to them mixed in with the gold and bronze shimmer, making it the perfect everyday neutral with a difference. 

The one thing I would say though, is that the matte shades are nowhere near as brilliant as the shimmers. The shimmers are smooth, buttery and pigmented (similar to the likes of Urban Decay) but I found the mattes to be slightly chalky, hard to blend and not as buttery as described - more so with the darker mattes than the lighter highlight shades. This isn't a huge problem for me as I'll always be more likely to use the shimmery shades instead of the mattes, but it's a little disappointing when the shimmers are so good. 

Overall, I really do like this palette and I've been reaching for it a lot recently (I always see this as a sign of a good palette as I have over 25 of them!), it's just a shame about the matte shades. It's also worth mentioning that Pür Minerals do not test on animals, so if you're going cruelty free with your makeup, they may be worth checking out. The Pür Minerals 'Secret Crush' palette is available from HQ Hair here. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*post contains pr samples

15 Winter & Festive Blog Post Ideas

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend! Now that it's officially December and it's completely acceptable to go all out Christmas, I thought I'd share with you some festive/winter themed blog post ideas and share the holiday spirit. I'll probably be doing some of these on Lipgloss & Lashes myself over the next 25 days, but feel free to pinch as many as you like - sharing is caring after all! 

1. Christmas Gift Guides - now this is a fairly obvious one, and one which I normally do every year. I won't be doing these this year as I just haven't had the time to focus on choosing the right gifts. Personally, I like when these are split up into categories (eg: for him, for her, beauty lovers, tech lovers, office themed, etc) as this makes it easier for me when browsing for gift inspiration, as I often have someone in mind when shopping. 

2. Christmas Wish Lists - If you're anything like me, there will be some bits and bobs you're wishing for this Christmas, so why not share them with your readers. You never know, someone buying you a gift may be reading your post! 

3. Your Holiday Traditions - I'm sure most of you have one or two unique holiday traditions which you and your family have been doing for years, and I'd love to know what they are! 

4. A Festive Makeup Look - Festive makeup calls for sparkles and red lips, it's one of the only times of year I feel comfortable going all out with my makeup, so why not share it with everyone, and include some of your favourite festive products. 

5. Winter Accessories Edit - Winter calls for a whole host of new accessories (scarves, gloves, hats, ear muffs, etc) so why not share your top picks with your readers, I know it's something I would love to read. 

6. Winter Pamper Night Routine - winter is the perfect time for a cosy pamper night in, so share the products you love to pamper yourself with, and maybe some of your favourite things to do on a cosy night in. 

7. An Overview of the Previous Year - This is something I do every year and definitely something I'll be doing this year. I keep this blog as a form of online journal, and I share a huge part of my life with you all, so each year I like to go over everything (the good, the bad, the ugly) and keep a note of everything I've learnt over the past year. It's also nice to include some goals for the upcoming year too. 

8. Your Winter Skincare Routine - Your skin needs extra attention during the cold winter months, so it's the perfect time to share your skincare saviours and some of the products you use to combat the harsh winter weather. 

9. Your Christmas Wrapping - this may seem like an odd one, but I love wrapping all of my Christmas presents and each year I have a theme (last year's was white sparkles and purple) and I'd love to get inspiration from some of the blogs I follow. 

10. Christmas Money Saving Tips - Christmas can be expensive so I'd definitely love to read any money saving tips some of you may have picked up along the way! 

11. 2016 Goals & Resolutions - I never ever stick to my new years resolutions, but I still like to post them each year - just incase. 

12. Festive Party Outfit Ideas - December is a month full of parties and festive get togethers, so I'd love to see some outfit inspiration from some of the blogs I follow. 

13. DIY Gift Ideas - not all gifts are bought on the high street, and I know some of you are brilliant at DIY so why not share some of your ideas?

14. Festive Blog Post Ideas - share your own!

15. Your Christmas day Routine - everyone seems to spend Christmas Day differently and have different things they like to do and I'd love to know how you spend yours. 

Lots of Love,


Beauty Blogging on a Budget

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Blogging while you're on a budget can be tough (I should know, I struggled through two years of it at Uni!), but it doesn't have to be. Today I thought I would share with you all how I save money and still keep my blog up to date with new releases, and some trusty old favourites!

Shop Your Stash

'Shopping my stash' is probably the one thing which kept my blogging spends to a minimum. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely to treat yourself to new products and high end pieces, but once you have, there's no need to only blog about them once. There are so many posts which can be created with products which you've already reviewed: makeup looks, top 10's (drugstore, high end, blushers, foundations, etc), and you can always re-review a product if your opinion has changed once the hype has worn down - I did this with the UD Naked 3 a while back and it wen't down so well. 

Collect Points

I'm signed up to pretty much every beauty points scheme going - Boots, Superdrug, Debenhams, The Perfume Shop, and most recently Heathrow Rewards (which I use in World Duty Free). When you do treat yourself and splash out on expensive makeup, you may as well reap the rewards. Points can be collected and then used when the next big 'must have' item of makeup launches - which is always my intentions when collecting these points, but in reality they're usually spent on Tampax or cotton wool when I've ran out!

Sign Up to Sales Notifications

This is something I do for both fashion and beauty items if they're particularly expensive through Shop Style. On Shop Style you can search for any item you're looking for and it'll show you all of the shops it's available at and also give you the opportunity to be emailed when the item goes on sale somewhere. This has come in really handy in the run up to Christmas too, as I've been able to get everyone exactly what they want at a bit of a discount! 

Discount Stores

I know discount stores have recieved a little bit of bad press recently, but my local TK Maxx is brilliant. It often stocks Nars, Illamasqua, Bare Minerals as well as Stila, so I love to go down and have a browse and I've found a few real bargains (even if you do have to rummage for them). There really is no point paying full whack if you can get it 50% off somewhere so definitely check out the isles of your local TK Maxx! 

How do you save money when beauty blogging?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Gucci Flora Glamorous Magnolia Fragrance

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week and looking forward to the weekend - I know I am! Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the World Duty Free staff sale, where they had tonnes of makeup, perfume, food and drink at discounted prices, which would all make excellent Christmas presents. Whilst I was there, I did manage to pick up a few different gifts for my friends and family, but of course I had to treat myself too. One of the things I picked up (along with a lot of Victoria's Secret body care) was the Gucci Flora Glamorous Magnolia perfume. 

I'm a big fan of fresh and floral scents, so this one was exactly to my taste. The fragrance is inspired by Gucci's renowned flora pattern and is described as both sensual and feminine, with top notes of freesia, heart notes of magnolia and peony, and base notes of sandalwood. I'm rubbish at describing fragrances but it's a lovely fresh and floral scent which isn't too heavy, yet lasts all day on my skin. 

The packaging is also what caught my eye, as I think the pale blue bottle and black details look so elegant and classy without being over the top. I've never been one for extravagant perfume bottles, often preferring the more understated bottles, so again, this one is definitely something that would catch my eye. 

Overall, I really love this perfume and I've enjoyed wearing it a lot recently. I think it would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves fresh or floral scents. If you're interested, you can pick up your own bottle from Feel Unique here

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

5 Tips for Starting a Successful Blog

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

In my 'Photography Tips for Bloggers' post last week, I mentioned that I often get asked 'How do I start a successful blog?' by my readers, so in today's post I thought I'd share some of the tips I've picked up along the way. But first, I'll start off by saying that success if defined differently by everybody, to some success means thousands of followers and to others, success means working with brands but this post will be based on what I think a successful blog is - building something which you can be proud to call your own, and something which makes you happy, definitely two things I associate with my own blog. 

1. Think about your brand/style

When you start your blog, it will probably only be a hobby (a time consuming one, but a hobby nonetheless), so it may not occur to you to think of your blog as a brand, but I can guarantee that as you really get stuck into blogging, you'll see your blog as your own little baby and it's definitely something which will have it's own style or brand. It's also great to think this way from the beginning just incase you one day want to take your blog full time. Branding encompasses both your aesthetic and your writing style/tone of voice. I find that both of these things come quite naturally to me as I tend to stick with my personal style and write down in a way that feels natural to me, so my blog is essentially a digital representation of myself. Your brand should definitely represent your personality, as if it's not true to you, then it will definitely be difficult to keep up long term! Your blog brand is what makes your blog stick in people's minds - so think carefully about what you want your blog to look like and what you want your content to convey. 

2. Pick a memorable name

Picking a name is what I found the hardest when setting up my blog and admittedly I rushed into my name choice (which I now regret), so it's definitely something to dwell on for a while before committing. Try to pick something short, snappy and memorable so that your blog isn't forgotten in the sea of others just like it, and if you can, let your blog name represent you or your blog niche. 

3. Define your niche

Picking your 'niche' is a tricky one as it can mean so many different things. I'd say that my niche is both the fact that I'm mainly a beauty blog and also the style of my blog, however some people find that having no niche is their niche. Think hard about what you want to write about, as this is likely to affect your chosen target audience and it definitely has to be something which will keep you interested in blogging, as it's a heck of a lot of work. Your niche isn't really something which anyone can help you with, and it might be something which comes with time (I know mine was) but it's something to bear in mind when starting your blog. Also, try to be original, I know it's easier said than done in the ever increasing blogosphere, but it's true what they say 'why have a copy when you can have the real thing...'. 

4. Choose the right social media channels for you

A lot of bloggers think that to be successful they must be on all social channels, and although it's admittedly something that I did a while ago, it's completely unnecessary. For example, I'm on Twitter as this drives the most engagement and clicks to my blog, and Instagram as my blog photos are one of the main attractions to my blog, but I've decided to leave Facebook as it just wasn't working for me. Again, I'm not on Periscope as it's not something that works for my blog, but this may be something which suits your blog to a tee. Think about the audience you want to reach and the content you want to create, and find the promotional channels which work for you. It's better to dedicate your time to few channels and do them well, than it is to be on all channels. 

5. Engage with your audience

By this I don't mean spam your link to as many people as possible, as you'll never build a loyal readership that way, but being approachable and kind to your readers will always be important. Readers often want to ask questions, and want to feel like they know the person behind the blog, so make sure you engage with your readers on a regular basis, instead of only posting your blog link - not only will you start to build an online community, but you may meet some great new friends this way, I know I did!

What are your tips for starting a blog?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub Review

Monday, 23 November 2015

Hello Beauties, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This weekend I managed to get all of my Christmas shopping done (as well as picking up a few bits for myself!), now I just need to get through the endless task of wrapping them all ready for the big day! Along with Christmas shopping, I decided to spend this weekend having a bit of a pamper night after a week of feeling rubbish. Soap & Glory are one of my favourite 'pampering' brands, as they're not too expensive, so I headed to Boots ahead of my evening of relaxation. 

Soap & Glory are also my go-to for body scrubs, as they have such a great range of products, so I couldn't resist picking up a tub of The Breakfast Scrub. The Breakfast scrub comes in a clear and pink plastic tub with a screw on lid, making it easy to grab as much product as you need, and also make use of the whole tub (as I always end up looking product when it gets stuck in tubes). I really love Soap & Glory's packaging as it has a girly retro vibe to it and it just looks nice sitting on the side of my bath, next to the rest of my S&G stock! 

This body scrub contains oats, shea butter, organic cupuacu, banana, almond extracts and lastly, honey, which all work hand in hand to clean, polish, smooth and moisturise your skin. All of these ingredients also create the most wonderful scent. In short, this scrub smells exactly like pancakes with maple syrup. It's so good that I often find myself over-exfoliting just so I get to smell the scrub for a little longer. 

Another thing I love about the scrub is it's consistency. It's a fairly thick and gritty scrub as the small brown sugar granules and almond/oat pieces work in harmony to give your body a thorough exfoliation, whilst still being gentle on your skin. I like my body scrubs to be fairly abrasive, as it makes me feel like they're going over and above what a regular body wash would give me, results-wise, so this scrub is perfect for me. That being said, I really dislike scrubs which leave my skin feeling tight and dry, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this scrub is actually fairly moisturising and always leaves my skin feeling really soft. 

Overall, I'm completely in love with this body scrub and it's definitely one I'd repurchase again and again - even just for the scent alone! If you like sweet, cosy smells and a good pamper then I'd definitely recommend giving this a go at only £8 from Boots (here). 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Photography Tips for Bloggers

Thursday, 19 November 2015

photography tips for bloggers

There are two questions that I always get asked by my readers: 'How do I start a blog?' and 'How do you take your blog photos?' so today I thought I would share my tips for taking the perfect blog photo. I know there are hundreds of these posts floating around the internet, but seeing as so many of you ask me, I thought I'd share the little bit of wisdom I have, a lot of this probably won't be new information to those of you who are blog photography pro's (some I look up to: Fashion Mumblr, Frock Me I'm Famous and Birds Words), but hopefully there's something to be learnt from my ramblings! As I know some of you will ask, I take my photos on a Canon 650D which was a Christmas present from my parents a couple of years ago, and probably one of my favourite gifts I've ever received which I am extremely grateful for. 

1. Choose your style

You'll probably notice that almost all of my blog photos have a certain style or 'theme'. When I designed my blog I had a brand idea in mind and I want all of my photos to match up with this - so I like to make sure that all of my photos have a light, airy and girly feel to them, just like my blog. I don't think my style is particularly original of 'different' but it's me, and it's what my regular readers have come to love about my blog. Your style doesn't have to be at all like mine if that's not you, if crazy bright colours or minimalist monochrome is your thing then by all means go for it, as long as it reflects your brand and more importantly, your personality. 

2. Play around with backgrounds

There are so many things which you can use for blog backgrounds - magazines, faux fur rugs, knitwear, little trinkets, postcards and stationary - so make sure that you play around with them until you find a style and set up with suits you. My personal favourite is to either use the back of my cream faux fur coat (which so far has only been used for blog photos - sob) or just use my bed sheets, as they're cheap and easy - plus they're free! I like to keep my blog backgrounds fairly simple so I don't draw any attention away from the product (after all, that's what you've come here to see) and instead add in different textures to add a bit of dimension to my photos. 

3. Make the most of your camera settings

When I take my photos I like to use the AV setting as this allows me to increase of decrease the exposure and create the bright look which I love, and also blur out the backgrounds so that all of the focus is on the product. I usually have my brightness on somewhere between one or two (depending on how light my room is) which gives me my desired brightness. Don't worry if you don't have a fancy DSLR camera, even the most basic point and shoot camera or iPhones now have settings which allow you to get close up or blur the backgrounds slightly, and everything else can be done in editing! 

4. Test different timings

Now that we're well into winter, it's seriously affecting my photography, so I decided to spend a day testing out different times of the day to take my photos. It seems like a long winded process and it did take me all day but in the end I found out that in my bedroom, the best times to take my blog photos is around 8-9am and 2-3pm as this is when I have the most natural daylight. This will differ for everyone as everyone's windows will be facing a different direction and of course it varies where you are in the world, so I'd test this one out for yourself before deciding on the best time. 

5. Free editing tools are a life saver

A lot of people assume that I use Photoshop to edit my photos, but you couldn't be further from the truth. To this day, I've never used a paid-for photo editing tool to edit my blog photos as I find them completely unnecessary, especially when there's some great free tools out there. I personally use Pic Monkey to edit all of my photos as it allows me to play around with the brightness, exposure, sharpness and clarity - which is how I get my images so bright an clear. Pic Monkey now also lets you use your own fonts in your designs, so if you've downloaded a lovely free font from the web, you can add it to your designs to make them instantly different. 

6. Think about where your photos will fit into your post

I like to take my photos in bulk so that the look and feel of them is the same throughout each post, but before I sit down to take my photos I think about what I want to say in my post and the right photos for this. Sometimes I know I want to write the title of  my post on the photo so I know I need to leave background space to do this, and sometimes a really close up image of the product is needed, and other times swatches are the most important. If you know what you want represented in your post, then you'll be in a much better place when you sit down and take your photos. 

If you'd like to know anything specific, comment below and I'll be sure to answer your questions!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Claudia Louch Compact Pressed Powder

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Hello Beauties! You may remember a while ago that I posted about the Claudia Louch Mint Exfoliating Facial Polish, and since then I've become obsessed with the brand. They're a little bit more expensive than I would normally like, but I'm a big believer in 'you get what you pay for'. Today I thought I would share with you the latest product which I've been trying from Claudia Louch, their Compact Pressed Powder. As an oily skinned girl, I've always been pretty obsessed with powder, to the point where I feel lost without it when I accidentally leave it at home, so always relish the opportunity to try new brands and types. 

The Claudia Louch Compact Pressed Powder, like all Claudia Louch products, is 94% natural, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic (so it doesn't block pores) and free from fragrances and harsh chemicals including paragons and SLS, making it suitable for all skin tones and conditions - a pretty impressive list if you ask me, and one which is extremely important for girls like myself who do suffer with extremely sensitive skin and acne. The powder claims to set makeup and reduce shine, whilst also providing coverage, which is exactly what I look for in a powder. 

As you can see from the swatches above, the shade I have is quite dark compared to my skin tone, meaning that I can't really use it as a powder (I'd look like I'd been the victim of a particularly bad spray tan), I did put it to the test as a powder - just on a day where I didn't have to leave the house. Whilst I looked silly with my extremely dark face, the powder actually worked a treat. It managed to give me that little bit of extra coverage I need to achieve that 'airbrushed' look and also kept my skin shine free for an acceptable amount of time, so really my only complaint is the shade, which can be easily rectified with a little online shopping! As this powder is clearly too dark to be used as a face powder, I've been making the most of having it in my collection and using it as a bronzer. I often use darker face powders as bronzers and contour products as I find they have more of a natural tone to them and look less harsh on the skin, so all is not lost. 

Overall, I really did like this powder, and when my current MAC Studio Fix runs out, I will definitely consider buying the lighter shade - even if it is an eye watering £52.50! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

iPhone Diary #1

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Like most of my generation, I'm addicted to my iPhone, and with Instagram being one of my favourite apps, today I thought I would share some of my iPhone snaps with you all. It's not often that I have my proper camera with me on the go, so the majority of my 'life' photos are taken on my trusty old iPhone and never make it to the blog. If you want to stay up to date with more of these kinds of photos, you can follow me on Instagram (@RDerbyshire93). 

1. On Saturday night I headed down to the fireworks at Ealing Cricket Ground. Bonfire night was always one of my favourites as a child as I was always completely in awe of the fireworks and loved playing with sparklers, so it was nice to indulge in a childhood favourite. 

2. On Sunday I headed down to the Cenotaph in Westminster for the Remembrance Sunday service and parade. It was a great way to pay my respects to the fallen and those who continue to fight for our country, and the parade was brilliant. If you ever get the chance to go, I'd highly recommend it. 

3. I've recently started a '60 second style' series on my Instagram, where I pick a few key pieces which go with a certain trend/colour/popular item. All of the items mentioned are tagged on the original instagram post, so you can all find out where the pieces come from if you're interested. 

4. Now that the nights have started getting colder and darker (sob), I've been loving Lush bath bombs and bubble bars, with The Comforter being a definite favourite - I love how it turns your bath pink!

5. This pay day I thought I'd treat myself to a YSL lipstick. I've wanted one for ages and it was definitely the perfect little treat as I've been wearing it daily since brining it home. 

6. When I went home at the end of last week I popped into Sprinkles Gelato in town and treated myself to the biggest waffle I've ever laid eyes on - so big I could only manage about a quarter! 

7. The reason for me going home last week was to finally graduate from Bournemouth University after what seems like the longest 4 years now! It was a lovely ceremony and a great end to an era, but I'm definitely ready to get on with post grad life! 

What have you all been up to recently?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Afternoon Tea at Browns, Mayfair

Monday, 9 November 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend. This weekend has been a bit of a crazy one for me - after two days away with work, I headed back home to Bournemouth for my University Graduation, then I drove all the way back to London to celebrate my Mum's 50th Birthday, so it's fair to say I'm more than a little tired at work today! 

Apart from completely wearing me out, this weekend has been lovely. It was great to see all of my Uni friends again and finally graduate after four long years! I also got the chance to head down to the Rememberance Sunday service at the Cenotaph which was a really lovely event, it was great to see the heroes of our country marching through Westminster with pride whilst the crowds clapped and cheered. 

After the service, we (my mum, dad and brother) headed down to Browns in Mayfair to indulge in some Afternoon Tea. I'd never been for afternoon tea before, mainly as I don't really like tea, but I was excited to see what all of the fuss was about. The hotel is very luxe, with no detail left unfinished, and has a traditional feel with a modern twist in certain parts. As we arrived a little early we headed to the bar first where we were served prosecco and nibbles while we waited for our table. 

Once our table was ready, we headed over to the English Tea Room to be served our Afternoon Tea. We were handed a menu and taken through all of the different options, after we had settled on the traditional afternoon tea we then wen't on to order our different teas. As I said, I'm not really a fan of tea but I ended up having two cups of earl grey, which is unheard of for me. 

After our tea had arrived, then came the cakes and sandwiches. There was a wide selection and definitely something for everyone on the plate, plus the staff were very efficient at replenishing the cakes and sandwiches - which were all lovely, my personal favourite being the red velvet cake. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Browns and would definitely recommend paying it a visit if you're looking for somewhere to dine in London, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

New In: Seventeen Cosmetics Lip & Eye Palettes

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and looking forward to the weekend. Over the past couple of years, and the past couple of months in particular, high street beauty brands have really been upping their game, and are now competing with some of the higher end luxury brands - almost eliminating the need to spend a small fortune on your cosmetics. One brand in particular who have really brought their a-game is Seventeen Cosmetics. Over the past year or two Seventeen Cosmetics have bought out some show stopping products, some of which have become favourites of mine, and their latest releases are no different. 

The first new products to the Seventeen line up are the 'All Out Pout' Lip Palettes. The palettes come in two shades - Woo Woo which is the redder of the two and Fancy Free, which is the pinker of the two. Each of the palettes contains 6 shades ranging from light to dark and contain a mixture of finishes such as gloss, satin, shimmer, etc - so there's something in there for whichever look you're creating. The palettes also come with a mini lip brush, personally I wouldn't use this, but it's a nice touch that they have included it. 

Seventeen Cosmetics have also released a new range of eyeshadow palettes, and I've recently been putting 'The Big Smoke' to the test. As the name suggests, the big smoke is a smokey eye palette which comes with a little step-by-step guide on how to create the perfect smokey eye - ideal for people like me who struggle with dark eyeshadows! I really like the shades in this palette as it contains a nice mix of light and dark, and also some purple and blue shades to mix things up a little. 

Formula-wise I can't really fault these. They're no Urban Decay, but they're definitely not bad for the high street. Id say that if you like the Sleek eyeshadow palettes, then you'll definitely like these. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo
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