Currently Loving #13

                                                                                                                                                                          

Oh wow, hello. This feels very strange, I haven't published or posted anything on here since March! Similarly on instagram, its been well over a month. Truth be told, I've been crazy busy at work as my class had SATs, which we haven't had for the last two years due to COVID and now that I've sort of switched off for the summer, its time to start a fresh and get back into what I love to do the most. I thought I'd come back with a favourites post and talk all about what I'm loving at the moment. 

Rare Beauty Setting Spray // I was very lucky to try out some minis from RB back in January before they launched in the UK, due to a lovely trip to Venice. I've fallen in love with the brand and this setting spray is making me want to try even more. It is the finest mist I have ever used, and works so well as a primer, to give my skin a glow and some hydration. 

Catrice True Skin Concealer // Oh how I wish Catrice was easier to get hold of in England! I love the bits I've tried from them thanks to JustMyLook, who stock a few bits but I want to try more. This hydrating concealer is perfect for under the eyes and covering blemishes. It works really well with my skin and I have a few different shades to spot conceal with. 

*Obagi Vitamin C 10%* // I've always loved the idea of including Vit C in my routine but have never settled on using one for a long period of time due to a number of issues - some a too sticky, some don't well under other skincare/makeup and pill. This was until I discovered this one from Obagi, which of course will be wonderful with its price tag of £79! I use a couple of drops in my daily routine and have found that consistency is definitely the key. If you have any recommendations for cheaper alternatives that feel good on the skin and work, please let me know! 

Samsung Galaxy Watch // I didn't see or understand the hype around smart watches, until I went to Barcelona a few months back and my friend had one. She loves hers, it came in so useful whilst we were away that she swayed me to try one. I can't imagine my life without one! These little gadgets are so handy for someone like me - the person that always has their phone on silent! I can track my fitness, answer calls and messages, pay for things, so much from a tiny little thing - its life changing! 

*Revive Collagen* // My summer has so far consisted of lots of reading, and some of that reading has been about the body, it is so true when they say 'you are what you eat'. My diet and lifestyle reflects on my skin.
 I've incorporated collagen into my morning routine thanks to Revive and I can't believe the difference in my over all skin and body. I tried it mixed with water at first, but taking it straight from the sachet is so much easier. I take the shot every morning and over time have noticed such a difference.
 I've been taking it for almost a month now and the dry skin on my arms and legs that no amount of cream has been able to cure, seems to have gone. Revive contains Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera Juice, which has clearly worked wonders with my skin and I can't wait to see what other difference it makes to my body. My only issue is the packaging - I wish it was smaller and easier to store! 

Books, Movies and Everything in-between

I've really got into reading in the last week or so and its been so refreshing to switch off from everything outside and online and just read. I've loved lots that I've read recently but the one that has had the most impact on me is Verity by Colleen Hoover. I don't want to spoil too much as it might be on your list to read soon, if its not then read it and let me know what you think! I'm still confused, amazed and baffled by what I've read but WOW. 

A complete opposite was The Un-Honeymooners, which was such a light hearted, quick read but so lovely! If you like romance, with an enemies to lovers theme then this is for you. Its wonderful. 

My favourite movie, which I only watched at the weekend, but am obsessed with is Purple Hearts on Netflix. My bestie and I had a movie date and watched it together - it is truly wonderful. Such a great cast, with fabulous chemistry and a story line that I didn't quite expect but it exceeded all expectations. Well worth a watch. In the cinema, I watched Where the Crawdads Sing, another brilliant watch! 


Sorry for all the rambles, I need to get back into things! Hope you enjoyed and I can't wait to get back into a groove ✨🤞


       
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Spring Makeup Haul

I went all of January and February without buying anything new in terms of beauty. As soon as March came around - I went slightly mad. The two months of not buying anything, showed me what kind of makeup I enjoyed - want to try more of and that I really didn't like. I decided to buy items that I can try and are new to me but have been out for a while.


Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez UK Launch & Review

My recent trip to Italy was exciting for many reasons; the top was being able to find Rare Beauty in Sephora. There wasn't much as it was going to launch early this year, however I managed to find mini sets near the checkout and squealed. It has now been confirmed that Rare Beauty will be launching in the UK this month at Space NK. I am so excited to get my hands on more from the brand, as these little bits are amazing!               

                                       

                                                         

Sephora Haul

                                                                                                                                                                             When we travelled to Italy last month, I was on a search for a Sephora. There weren't that many in the area we stayed near Venice but the one I found drained my bank account and I couldn't be happier. I am now ready for a no buy January because I have enough of basically everything. There wasn't as much choice for other brands as I hoped. I wanted to buy from brands that we don't get here in the UK and from their own brand, as their collection is brilliant. 







The last time I managed to visit Sephora was over two years ago and things have changed a lot since then, their skincare has had a makeover and there was so much on offer. The things that caught my eye were to do with hydration and glow. 
* The Sephora C + E serum was a holy grail to one of the staff members, she hailed it as the serum that gives her the glow from within and makes her skin feel and look so soft and supple. It contains vitamin c and e, which are both brightening ingredients. 
* I love anything that contains hyaluronic acid and the all day moisturiser and eye cream duo was jumping out at me. I love the simple, science like packaging that they've opted for and having matching products with identical ingredients makes me so happy.
*Something that I bought came with a freebie of a jade roller which is very cool, I've never used one before so I am very excited to pamper myself with this. 

As I mentioned above, their Sephora Collection is amazing and has some incredible products. I've tried most of their lip products in the past and cheek products, so this visit was aimed at eyes and base. 
The first thing that caught my eye was glitter! I was mesmerised by the liquid eyeshadow glitters, I had to stop myself from buying all of them. I settled for a bronze as I have nothing like this in my collection and its surreal. Then we have a simple and easy black pencil liner, my cousin loves this and I needed to try and find out what she loves about it - I am pants at liner so hopefully this helps me a little bit. One product that they were displaying a lot was their Size Up Mascara, I really don't need anymore mascaras but this one looked amazing. The brush wand is huge and its not a sticky or watery formula - I shall report when I've used. 

I'm a foundation collector and need some serious help but I love mixing my base products up and around depending on my mood, the weather and my skin. I've seen and heard about the best skin ever foundation online and wanted to try for myself. I had to completely guess the shade but seem to have matched myself pretty well. Its a medium, buildable coverage that has been formulated to give the skin a natural look. I used it quickly over Christmas and was impressed. It definitely wore better as the day went on. I remember using the set and refresh spray, years and years ago. It had a very fine mist which worked well to set the face in-between foundation and powder - excited to see how it performs.







I have saved the best thing to last. As I was at the till, the most dangerous part as it contains all the minis and exclusives. I spotted some NEW Rare Beauty goodies and squealed with excitement. The lady behind the counter looked so confused and I had to explain that Rare Beauty isn't yet available in the UK. If you don't know, RB is from Selena Gomez and has taken the beauty world by storm. Everything from her is beautiful with simple packaging and quality at the forefront. I won't go into too much detail about what I picked up as I have a full post coming soon... but here is a sneak peek. 


There we have it. A mini Sephora haul that I am so excited about to use and review. We need some of their own brand things over here in the UK!