5 New Beauty Reviews

I was going to call this post 5 quick beauty reviews. Then I started typing and changed my mind. 

I saw this serum on A Model Recommends (where I get most of my beauty recommendations tbh) and was intrigued after reading it gives a tan-like glow, but in a very subtle way. I'm all the subtle glow, especially after an interesting few months when I was about 17, and decided putting copious amounts of 'gradual' tanner on my face was a strong look. My mum stilll finds this hilarious and likes to mention it on the daily.

I digress. Anyway, I do like this serum - it's very lightweight, with an almost watery consistency and just goes on before moisturiser. I do think it is doing it's subtle glowiness, however I'm not sure about using it every night and day as sometimes when I cleanse in the morning, there seems to be residue on my washcloth. So I've started using it either in the morning or evening only. The Hylamide range is 1/3 off in Boots at the mo so be quick if you need this! (I bought mine when it was full price annoyingly, however it was paid for with my saved up points, so it felt like it was free)

I had heard many a good thing about this product so thought I would give it a go myself - it smells lovely, but not too strong, and also feels creamy and soothing on the skin. It leaves my face feeling soft and gently cleansed, but still removes all my make up. I like to use this as a second evening cleanse (first with Bioderma) to remove the day's build up of dirt/pollution etc. and it works a treat. Would deffo re-purchase. 

My nails did not enjoy moving away from the sunshine-fest that was Dubai. I've struggled to get them back to the great condition they were in, all snapping and peeling and in need of some serious care. I saw this on Bean's Beauty Blog and thought it looked intriguing, especially after trying and loving the Eve Lom cleanser. Having a Space NK near my work (VERY dangerous) I popped in to have a sneaky look and ended up buying a pot despite it's less than thrifty price tag. 

The product itself is a light green goo with a hard-to-explain texture - it's kind of gloopy with bigger gloopy bits but also a bit grainy? I would suggest going to touch it in-store and you will understand what I mean. Anyway, I thought this was okay, but not much more to be honest. It ran out quite quickly for how expensive it was, and I think cheaper cuticle creams do a better job for less (shout out to Burt's Bees). It doesn't compare to my all time fave, OPI  Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment. (Review here - look how long my nails were wahhh).

I went to a Body Shop blogging event last month and purchased this on the night. Whilst it doesn't smell strongly of almonds, it definitely has a nicer scent that most nail polish removers and it's gentler and more moisturising for the nails. I'm not sure if I would purchase again on a regular basis as it's quite expensive for how much you get (£6 for 100ml) however as an occasional treat I will be picking it up. 

Another purchase I made from the aforementioned Body Shop event. My husband (who thinks I spend way too much time on my beauty regime as it is) walked into the bathroom as I was rolling this over my face and said 'are you trolling me?' I must admit, it is weird to be massaging your face with a spiky plastic steamroller, however it's also thoroughly enjoyable. I use this with my fave Pai night oil once or twice a week to really work the product into my face. I think I still need to try this a few more times to make a fully informed opinion of it, but I love the idea and it feels very indulgent so a thumbs up from me. I don't think anything that moves your facial muscles like this is a bad thing anyway. 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? 

Faye x


OOTD // Colour

Kimono Vintage
Top Zara
Jeans H&M
Bag Zara
Shoes Office 
Earrings New Look

I hardly ever wear this much colour in one outfit, but I thought i'd treat myself, seeing as it's summer and all (someone tell the weather amirite?!?) I do wish that this car wasn't in the way of my pretty houses background - Bristol is good at pretty houses I have to say. Not that we'll ever be able to afford one seeing as they're all SO EXPENSIVE :'( I signed up for a help to buy ISA today however which made me feel excited to start saving - I'm so grown up these days. I'll be wearing a fleece soon. 

This kimono was my mom's in the 80s (literally), bought on a trip to India and one of the few things she kept from her youth. I really wish she'd kept more - I'm definitely going to keep my fave fashion things to hand down (to a son if necessary haha!). I love the embroidery and think it looks very current, plus it pleases me how well it ties in with my bag. Can we also talk about this earrings? My journey to becoming a human pom-pom is well underway. 

Faye x


Essie Starry Starry Night

Essie Starry Starry Night 
(it annoys me that the silver has all collected in one section)

Essie bringing back Starry Starry Night is kind of a big deal for me. I've been lusting after it since 2014 when I made this wishlist, and it was selling on eBay for upwards of £70 *half yellow half blue emoji looking shocked and holding its face* 

I saw it in Superdrug a week before my wedding, when I was still deciding which nail polish to wear on the day (also a big deal) and I almost did a double take! I don't think I've ever trotted to a till point faster. It's just so so pretty! Usually I much prefer gold glitter but the silver is so subtle and it really does look like a night sky. BEAUT-I-FUL.

I ended up wearing it on my wedding day with a gold glitter accent nail (the colours of the wedding was navy and gold). I might post some more of my wedding photos...not sure if anyone gives a honk though...

Thanks Essie - you da best! 

Faye x


OOTD // Denim Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit Fashion Union via Brand Attic 
Bag Zara
Sandals Office

I love love LOVE this new jumpsuit. I've worn it shopping, I've worn it to work, I've worn it to a BBQ -  It is the comfiest thing and such an easy, complete outfit to pop on.

I'm enjoying this warmer weather the UK has been having, apart from when I have to get on the bus. The bus has become my new arch-enemy (not that I had an old one...) it is always late, it is hotter than Hades and it takes SO LONG! I tried to walk home instead but Bristol is just too hilly and my shoes give me blisters. I miss the tube. 

Faye x


Lately #9

It's been a while since I've posted one of these. Here are some things:

1. I love this particular shade of pinky brown when it's matte. 
2. An OOTD from a nice summery Sunday. I love these sandals.
3. My sister had a baby!!! As you can see, he is the most precious baby there ever was. 
4. House of absolute dreams in Stokes Croft. Bristol is very cool when it comes to graffiti. 

1. Blossom is my favourite flower in the world. Thanks nature.
2. Pom pom earrings! £2 in New Look! 
3. Some of the wood from this art installation at Bristol Uni is from an ancient forest that used to be where New York now is. Mind blown.
4. Heart trousers and pom pom shoes make for a whimsical work outfit.

1. This ceiling reminds me of Beauty and the Beast.
2. Love these galaxy print workout leggings I got from TK Maxx.
3. I invented the best drink ever - pineapple, lime and mint. Disclaimer: I'm pretty sure I didn't invent it.
4. New fave magazine - I loved the latest issue of Blogosphere.

1. These straws from my friend Kate brighten up my working day.
2. Bye blossom :( 
3. Another cool art installation at Bristol Uni.
4. How cute is this flamingo cup from a Body Shop event I went to?!?

Faye x


How to fix a broken blusher

Whenever I see my friend Lauren, she gives me loads of make up that she no longer uses, and for this (and many other reasons of course) I love her. She was going to throw away this almost unused MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish, just cos it was a bit broken. The horror! Here is how I fixed it up right nice. 

You will need:
  • Broken powder product 
  • Rubbing alcohol (I got mine here it's called 'Haz' - all the lols)
  • Cotton buds
  • Wet wipes
  • Kitchen roll 
  • Some newspaper to protect the surface 

Step 1. Crush up the powder with a cotton bud until the chunks are roughly the same size.

Step 2. Pour on the rubbing alcohol a little at a a time (I poured some in the lid of the bottle to make it easier not to over-pour) and kind of swirl with a cotton bud until you get an almost solid consistency and it looks something like the above.

Step 3. Using a (clean!) finger, smooth over the surface so that it mushes together and looks like the above. 

Step 4. Using kitchen roll, dab the surface to absorb some of the moisture. You might have to do this a few times, until it comes up pretty much clean. 

Ta Da! Good as new :)

I hope you found this helpful!

Faye x


OOTD // Monochrome Florals

Dress Jumble Sale
Trainers Topshop
Belt From a Ted Baker playsuit
Choker Random bit of velvet I found

One of the things I missed a lot when in Dubai was shopping in charity shops and jumble sales. They are just ridiculously cheap and I always find great stuff that old ladies have had in the back of their wardrobes for decades. Case in point; this dress which is actually from Next, by the looks of the label about 15 years ago. 

In other news, I have stolen  acquired this Apple watch from my darling hubs. I mainly just like it because it has an activity tracker on, which tells me how many steps I've done, sets exercise goals as well as telling me when I need to stand up after being sitting at my desk for too long. Since using it I've definitely been moving more - I try and go out for a walk every lunch time and I get such a feeling of satisfaction seeing my step count go up! It tells me when I've done well and hit my targets - I like technology to praise me haha! It's also good for alerting you to messages/notifications which is helpful if you're in a meeting or something and can't look at your phone that exact second. All in all, very handy! 

Faye x 

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