My festival babe guide

I’m making sure to appreciate the comfort of my hotel room tonight as tomorrow, I head off to catch the coach to Glastonbury!  I’ve been meaning to write a post for ages on this but as ever life gets in the way so it’s ended up being a last minute jobby. This will be my fourth Glastonbury festival but I have a feeling it may turn out to be the wettest. As I could only get coach tickets I’m having to travel light-ish so thought I would share with you my festival beauty faves.Here’s my guide to being a festival babe!


At a festival is the only time you will catch me using a face wipe! I’ve never liked using them but options are limited when you’re in a field. These Garnier Pure Active wipes caught my eye this year mainly because they are enriched with Salicylic acid so hoping to keep spots at bay ( normally caused by the damn wipes in the first place!).

Festivals (or weekend trips) are the perfect time to try out samples as they often come in really dinky bottles, great for travelling light! I have Lancôme’s sleeping mask and glow boosting liquid care with me which I’m hoping will keep me looking fresh and radiant (🙏🏼).

I’m also taking with me my beloved Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair serum in a handy 7ml bottle! Love it.


L’Oreal True match is my foundation of choice. I mentioned on Instagram a few months ago that this was the closest match I could find to Repairwear foundation by Clinique which they have sadly stopped producing. It’s so easy to apply and really does match my skin tone perfectly, can’t go wrong! I’ve opted to bring my Soleil tan de Chanel rather then a contouring powder compact as I like the dewy finish it leaves. The bronzer provides a very natural looking tan which you can build up as much as you like.



When you’re short of space, products which have multi uses are great! I love Clinique’s sculpting highlight chubby stick as not only does it give you a gorgeous pearly glow, it also works well as an eye shadow!

For a pop of colour I’ve bought along my favourite blush; Orgasm by Nars. It’s also quite sparkly which is perfect for Glastonbury!

For my lips my first option is this Rimmel long lasting colour rush lipstick in ‘Drive me nude 710’. The colour does last a number of hours although I would say it’s more of a pink than a nude!


So I’ve used my chubby brown eye liner so much that all the product info has been rubbed off. I’m 99% sure I picked this up from Max factor last year but can’t seem to see it anywhere on their website. It’s a great product because you can create clean lines or use a brush and smudge it out for a smokey eye.

My second pot of cream eyeshadow is definitely from Max factor! It’s called Excess Shimmer in 20 Copper. As the name suggests it gives a beautiful subtle shimmery eye, perfect for a day look!


My nude lipstick of choice is Shy girl by Mac. This looks great with a bit of bronzer and has a really strong pigment that lasts hours! I’ve also brought with me one of new Clarins lip perfectors in peach to keep my lips moisturised and looking good.


Now for the fun stuff! I picked up a pot of glitter from Barry M! Great for around the eyes to add a little sparkle for the evening! Tip – use something like Paw Paw balm to help the glitter stay on for longer!

I also have some face and body jewels from H&M and Claire’s accessories. I saw lots of girls wearing these last year and was jealous I didn’t have any! I also picked up a gorgeous flower crown from Accessorize (pictured above). When it comes to wearing flowers in your hair, the bigger the better in my opinion!

image.jpegI’m absolutley in love with my glittery bum bag from Ginger Raven ( I was wearing it all day yesterday and it looks great! Big enough to keep all your daily essentials in too! It’s going to be great to be hands free for once!

So that’s it, all my festival beauty faves! I’ve been writing this on my phone so it’s not my best post but wanted to get it out before the festival. If you want anymore info about any of the products I’ve mentioned feel free to leave a comment below.

See you on the other side!

Love Sophie x




Skinesis Overnight Facial

I’ve been putting off writing this review for ages but alas I can do it no more. I bought Sarah Chapman’s Overnight Facial as part of the ‘Facial-in-a-box’ set which I purchased from Space N.K. for £62. You may remember in my previous review of Skin Insurance, Overnight Facial was the next product I wanted to try from the brand having seen people like Sienna Miller RAVE about it! To say I was excited would be an understatement.

First Impressions


The set itself comes in a very nice looking box, with a full size bottle of Overnight Facial, 3 x 5ml bottles of various skin boosters and a 15ml bottle of Ultimate cleanse. I liked that the Overnight Facial was contained in a secure bottle that required no lid. I would quite happily travel with this in a wash bag, knowing that there would be no leaks!

As with other Sarah Chapman products, Overnight Facial has quite a potent botanical smell and contains a mixture of vitamins, peptides, omega oils, skin brighteners, jasmine and rose. On the bottle it describes it as a serum-oil but I would definitely say this is more on the oily side. I was a little surprised about this as I was expecting it to be more of a cream based product, like some kinda of plant food supplement which would nourish my skin overnight.


I would say 1-2 pumps is plenty for one application. I always applied it over a serum as I can find face oils can actually be quite drying for the skin. So this is where I struggled with the product…I really really wanted to love it but I just found it too oily for me. My skincare regime is the last thing I do before bed.This meant I was hitting the hay with what felt like a really oily face and I just couldn’t relax in bed as I was paranoid about getting the product on my pillows (I’m odd like that). I experimented with various other products and found that if used in conjunction with the Sarah Chapman Age repair serum (which I love) it felt slightly less oily. I can’t say it made a noticeable difference to my skin in the way other products have, even with the use of the skin boosters.

I’m sure this is a wonder product for a lot of people out there but for me, it’s taught me to stop buying face oils, I just don’t like them – and they make my hair greasy too (anyone else found that?). I had a friend who said the same thing about Aurelia Night Oil, guess they aren’t for everyone! I’m still a big fan of this brand though but will stick to their serums and creams in future!


Sophie x



May’s faves

As the end of May approaches I thought I would share with you some of my new favourites I’ve been using this month!

Sadly, my teenie tiny but oh so precious bottle of Sunday Riley’s Luna oil is empty. Having loved the addition of retinol to my skincare routine I was on the lookout for a replacement (without the £85 price tag). I saw an offer on QVC for Alpha-h’s new product, Beauty Sleep Power Peel and decided to go for it (£39.96 with free P&P). The Power Peel is a retinol and glycolic acid containing luscious cream which you apply to cleansed skin just twice a week. It has quite a thick consistency and neither a particular pleasant or unpleasant smell but as long as it works , I don’t really mind. It has a matte finish which is good for me as I do find the oiliness of some face products annoying when going to bed ( *face must not touch pillows).

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So the good news – it does work and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in the scarring I have around my chin and jaw line from hormonal break outs over the years. On the nights I have applied it, I awake with visibly glowing skin with only very very minor peeling (hardly worth mentioning) on the odd occasion. Although it is tempting, you really don’t need to use this product more then twice a week, which is good because it means it will last longer! When I first started using Sunday Riley’s Good Genes I think I was a bit excited and initially applied it every night. That was until it almost became painful and irritating and I realised you really need to respect retinol/ glycolic acid products, your skin does not need to be ‘peeled’ that often!

Just in case anyone has the same issue I did…you remove the clear plastic lid and press down on the white plastic thing and the cream comes out from the centre! In my defence I think I was post-nights…








On to my next May favourite! I don’t know about you but I do like a good nose in the bathroom cabinet when I go home to my parents (or to aunty Lorraine’s, her’s is better). Anyway as I was looking through, my eyes were instantly drawn to the L’Occitane products I had bought my mum for Christmas and as I had conveniently forgotten to bring my face wash back with me I just had to try their make-up removing oil cleanser. I’m not going to lie, I had a moment in that bathroom. It may have been 2am and 2 bottles of wine down  but I knew this was good stuff! The next morning confirmed it. First of all it smells amazing! Secondly, it makes removing make up a dream, literally took off my whole face in seconds. You can do the whole cotton wool pad thing but to be honest I prefer to pump it into my hands and massage it around my face then rinse with water. My skin feels lovely and clean yet really soft afterwards. At £22 it’s not cheap but a little goes a long way with this product!


My next two faves were a lovely gift from my hubby after he returned from a trip away. I obviously have heard of Kiehl’s and have sampled their midnight recovery oil before but that’s as far as it went. It took me a couple of weeks to start using them but as soon as I did, they had my full attention. The Ultra Facial Cream is so soft and moisturising! My skin feels really smooth and hydrated. It contains Antarcticine which is a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers, so it will provide an extra layer of defence for your skin against the elements (doesn’t contain SPF though).


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The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner was a pleasant surprise. My heart did sink a little bit when I saw that my husband had got me such a big bottle of toner as I don’t really use it! My experience with toners is that they just seem to be expensive water that don’t really add anything? However this one is different. As you can see from the photo it has a milky consistency which is really gentle and moisturising. It contains lovely things like Apricot Kernel oil, Avocado oil and Vitamin E. It’s alcohol free so doesn’t have that stripping feeling that some toners have. It works really well if you use the toner and facial cream together!

So that’s my round up for the month! What are your favourite products you’ve been using this month? Leave a comment below.

Love Sophie x

Travel size superstars

It’s always tricky, going away for just a night or 2 with regards to packing. My weekend bag is on the small side so I often leave it unzipped with its contents spilling out to allow more room for cramming! The same goes for my make up bag. I only take the essentials, ideally in travel size but if not, I will decant them into smaller pots I have accumulated over time! To help save on space I also really simplify my skin care routine when I’m away; cleanser, moisturiser and serum (never seen the point of toners). Below are 3 skincare items I took away with me this weekend which I think are great!


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I had to buy this as an emergency face wash when I realised I had forgotten mine on a previous trip away. I like it because it’s really great for when you’re feeling lazy or you’ve just got in at 1 am and want to get to bed quickly. A little goes along way with this Simple facial wash. Massage a small amount on to wet skin and it will quickly lather into a foamy face wash, removing all of your make up (I haven’t tried it with water proof mascara yet) and leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean. As we all know with Simple products, they are very gentle and fragrance free so should be ok for most people (and it’s cheap!) .


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Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair is one of my all time favourite serums. Its lightweight formula is easy to apply and it sinks into your skin quickly. I find this product works best when used regularly so it’s great that I have it in a convenient 15ml travel size bottle that I can take away with me. The only slight problem I have with this product is the dropper style pipette! A lot of brands use this design now, probably because it makes it look more clinical and hence it must be a better product (?). I was surprised that they still use the pipette even in their tiny 15ml and 7ml bottles – it just doesn’t really work (but it does look cute).


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This little gem was in my Space N.K. beauty box last year. I’ve had a few hit and miss experiences with Ren products (don’t get me started on their Flash rinse 1 minute facial) so it was a pleasant surprise that I liked it so much. It’s got quite a strong herby smell, enough to bring tears to some people’s eyes I would imagine so try it out before you buy. It has a lovely thick consistency which leaves your skin feeling moisturised and protected from the daily elements. You may not know that Marks and Spencer stock Ren products so it should be relatively easy to find on your local high street.

Travelling for short periods is also a really great opportunity to use those sample sachets that I’m sure we all have lying around at home. I’ve discovered some great products this way. Another travel tip of mine is to hold on to any small bottles or pots that you get and decant your favourite products into them so you can still take them away with you even if they don’t do them in travel sizes. I find these containers are better quality and more reliable than the cheap travel bottles you can pick up from your local drug store.

Let me know which products you like to take away with you and if you have any travel tips you can share with us!

Sophie x

My top 5 lip balm squad

I’m jealous of the girls that only suffer from dry, chapped lips in the winter, mine like to stay with me the whole year round! The only plus side of this is that I have been through A LOT of lip balms, so when I find a good one, it normally means it’s pretty damn good as I am  tough customer to impress in this area! I must confess my constant dry lips are most likely due to the dehydrated state I am in most of the time thanks to my job as a junior doctor (we make the worst patients). A good lip balm can only come second to a glass of water so make sure you stay hydrated (hypocrite guilty as charged).

Lip products in general are my weakness and as I normally run on the crispy side, I like them to be really moisturising. My tip would be to always apply them before you go to bed for 8 hours (hopeful) of uninterrupted sink-in time *bliss*. One thing that I look for in a lip balm is staying power. Having to reapply a product every time you have a cup of tea or lick your lips is massively annoying (L’Occitane I’m looking at you). With that in mind, here are my top 5 lip balms! Not in any particular order, that would be like asking me to choose my favourite child!

1.Molton Brown protecting vitamin lipsaver

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If one thing Molton Brown lip balm has taught me, it is always say yes to the turn down service in a hotel! I returned (ok stumbled in drunk) to find  this little dream of a lip balm placed on my pillow with a weather report for the following day. It was going to be windy and they didn’t want us getting chapped lips. First of all, how cute is that!? And second, it’s amazing! That was about 5 years ago and I still have about 3 tubes of it scattered amongst various handbags. The product comes in a tube and is a clear, waxy balm, simple. No pigment or scent, just a very practical lip balm that will protect your lips from the elements whilst helping to soften and condition them. Very moisturising and long-lasting and not tacky at all! It’s also very reasonable at £12 but I picked mine up at Cheshire Oaks outlet store for a little cheaper 😉 . I think they’ve jazzed up the packaging since I last bought mine so my picture of the product may be a little out of date.

2. Baume de rose, By Terry

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I was obviously a very good girl the year this turned up in my Christmas stocking. This is an incredible product, not quite a lip stick but more than just a lip balm. As the name suggests, it has a gorgeous rose scent that hits your nose the moment you unscrew the lid of the frosted glass pot.This is a cult beauty product that is worth the hype.

My photo is of Baume de rose nutri couleur – so popular was the original Baume de rose that By Terry brought out pigmented versions that range from dewy nudes to dark berries in colour.I must confess that my favourite is still the original which left a very subtle pinky-nude sheen across your lips. I often have dry cracked lips and I found that after regularly applying this product, they would recover a lot quicker and look somewhat more socially acceptable. The product’s ‘Hydroskin’ complex is made up of rose wax, botanical oils and shea butter which work together to help heal and comfort lips. The balm glides on easily and has the benefit of not only comforting your lips but makes them look good too. The nutri couleur range are pigmented enough to allow you to substitute them for a lipstick. This product isn’t cheap at £35-39 but it will last you a while and it really does work. One of my faves.

3. Kiss Mix, Eve Lom

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Another little pot of gold. Kiss Mix is a versatile product that can either be used on its own or over the top of lipsticks to add a shiny finish. The product contains Zinc Oxide which is described as a natural sunscreen which encourages healing. What I love about this product is the tingly feeling from the Menthol and it’s beautiful glossy finish. I often just wear this on its own if going for a natural look. It’s small size makes it convenient to take almost anywhere. Make sure to keep it in a cool place though as it does have a tendency to melt pretty quickly above room temperature. At £16 it’s not crazily expensive.My tip would be to keep an eye out in the Space N.K January sales – they always bring out a Christmas special which they reduce by 50% so you might be lucky enough to pick it up for £8!

4. The Lip Balm, Creme de la mer

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At £45 this is the most expensive out of my top 5 lip balms and is no doubt a luxury item. You don’t need to spend this much to get a good quality lip balm but if you’re looking for a treat, this would be it. When I bought this product I was getting desperate. My lips looked awful and I just couldn’t seem to get on top of their scaliness. I never thought I would spend this much on a lip balm but after reading lots of glowing reviews I knew I had to try it.

It wasn’t an instant fix but after regularly applying the balm over a couple of days, I could see the skin was beginning to heal and my lips actually looked healthy for once! I didn’t feel embarrassed by them and I could wear lipsticks without them shrivelling up and flaking out on me. This is my  go-to lip balm for when my lips are at their worst and I have a special occasion coming up.

The product itself has a sweet minty flavour to it and glides on to leave a clear, matte finish. Non-tacky so you don’t need to worry about hair sticking to your face in windy conditions! It’s secret? That would be Creme de la Mer’s Miracle Broth.

5.Reve de Miel, Nuxe

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This lip balm is my latest purchase and all I can say is that I wish I had discovered it sooner! This is a great product. It’s creamy rich texture has a heaviness to it which means it stays on your lips for a long time and feels really comforting. It has a natural looking matte finish which also works well as a base for other lip products. If I apply it at night-time, I awake in the morning with lovely soft, moisturised lips.  At £9.50 it is the cheapest of my top 5 lip balms but by no means the least. I’m currently carrying this one round with me at work, its longevity makes it perfect for those who haven’t got time to keep applying lip balm!

So there we go, my top 5 Lip balms. I wasn’t anticipating to write so much but I obviously have a lot to say about them all! Let me know if any of you have tried them or if you have any other recommendations!

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Sophie x


Blimey Oil-riley

I first heard of Sunday Riley last year when suddenly my Instagram feed became flooded with pretty pictures of bottles of Good Genes and colourful facial oils (you know the ones). ‘Ooo’ my eyes lit up. A new product to try, great! That was until I was nearly floored by the price… £85. £85! *sigh* I could easily spend £85 on multiple products spread out over a few months but in one transaction for 30mls!? This was new territory for me, so I left it. Luckily for me, my husband happened to nail my birthday last year, treating me to a bottle of Good Genes and the Space N.K. Beauty Box which happened to contain a sample size bottle of Luna Sleeping Night Oil! (I loved him a lot that day). Quick review preview for Good Genes- love it – but I’ll save that for another time. Today is all about Luna!

So what is it?

Luna Sleeping night oil is a retinoid oil that ‘reduces pore size, improves appearance of damaged skin and helps fight wrinkles’ according to Sunday Riley. Retinol, for anyone who doesn’t know, is basically another name for Vitamin A (it just sounds more scientific and clever). The anti-ageing effects of retinol and its derivatives are well documented which makes products like this rather exciting!

The Trans-retinol ester (hydroxypinacolone retinoate) is combined with soothing plant oils such as cold pressed avocado, grape seed, blackberry and chia. All known for their anti-inflammatory properties, they are in no doubt added to try and minimise the skin irritation (peeling) that can be caused by using a retinoid initially (this is documented on the packaging). Another lovely addition is Blue Tansy – the oil responsible for giving Luna its blue-green colour, or so you would think. I was disappointed to find out that this colour was actually due to the use of synthetic dyes namely CI 61565 (Green 6) and CI 60725 (Violet 2). A slight fly in the ointment but one you should be aware of if buying organic products is important to you.


Now I like this product but I was really surprised to see the number of negative reviews on multiple websites. However having read the following review on beautypedia (  the inclusion of fragrant essential oils could be to blame.

I admit the above review doesn’t paint the product in the best light but skin care is a very individual thing and I really got on with Luna! The joy of a face oil is that a couple of drops go a long way, so even though it is expensive, I would imagine that a full size bottle would last me months!


How to use it?

As the name suggests this is a night time oil largely due to its dark green colour (although not that noticeable once rubbed in). I found 2-3 drops applied to a cleansed face was the perfect amount for me. What I really liked about this product is that it would absorb into the skin rather than just sitting on top as some oils do. It meant I could go to bed relaxed rather then lying stiff on my back worrying about getting any on my pillows! The real treat was waking up in the morning to beautiful glowing skin. I really noticed a difference! I’ve been using it for around 6 weeks now and I am yet to suffer from any skin irritation or negative effects.

Would I recommend it?

Based on my experience with this product, the only downside I could find was its price tag. However, having seen so many negative reviews I would urge anyone thinking of buying this product to try it first! Not easy I know but Space NK are very good at filling little pots for you to take away.

I would be keen to hear your thoughts on Luna Sleeping Night Oil so leave a comment if you’ve tried it!

Sophie x

Leibster award-Discover new bloggers

It was so lovely last week when, out of the blue, a little message popped up from Vicky of @lightsthatflicker informing me that I had been nominated for a Leibster award! I was so touched it made my day. I eagerly read Vicky’s post to find out more about it! The Leibster award it would seem has been around for years and has a lovely sentiment behind it. It’s an award that is given to bloggers, by bloggers in a show of support and recognition. It’s also a great way of finding out more about the person behind the laptop and promoting other bloggers we may not have come across yet! I pinched the rules from Vicky’s post, I hope she doesn’t mind 🙂


  1. Thank and link the persons blog who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
  4. Nominate up to 11 other blogs who have 1000 followers or less on their blog.
  5. Create 11 new questions for your nominess to answer.
  6. Let the nominees know your blog post is up

11 Random facts about me…

  1. I have a twin sister (non identical)
  2. I met my husband in Kavos *cringes a little*…but turns out we grew up in the same city and our parents live 5 minutes apart – weird I know or fate as I like to say 🙂
  3. I can play the cup song (worth a google if you don’t know what it is)
  4. I love rugby and even used to play back in the day
  5. I don’t like coffee – controversial I know
  6. I’m a junior doctor specialising in anaesthetics
  7. I used to sing in a gospel choir at university
  8. I can play the guitar
  9.  I hate/ have a phobia of mushrooms!
  10. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 25
  11. I will never say no to a cup of tea

My Questions

1.How did you get into blogging?

If you follow my blog you’ll know that I’m very new to this. I did however (much to my husband’s annoyance) talk about starting a beauty blog for well over a year beforehand. I remember reading an inspirational quote one day and that was the shove I needed to actually get on and start blogging!

2. Who are you favourite bloggers? (if you have any) and why?
I’m very proud of my friend Katie, who in the last year has set up an amazing ethical fashion blog with her very own Saiint sister, Diana. These girls showcase really cool brands from all over the world who use sustainable practices to produce beautiful clothes, shoes and accessories. It’s all about slowing fashion down! I’ve learnt a lot from Katie and she’s certainly made me think twice about where I buy my clothes from. I’ve also been introduced to some amazing brands who I never would have stumbled across otherwise so thank you Saint sisters! (
I also really love the ‘Rock my’ blogs. I first got into Rock My Wedding about 3 years ago when I got engaged and I was really excited to see they now have a Rock My Family and Rock My Style blog too. It’s like I’ve grown up with them! I get a lot of inspiration from their blogs and could spend hours just starring at the gorgeous weddings they showcase! A must for any brides-to-be!
I’ve recently discovered The Spilt Milk blog which I’m loving. It’s written by a new mother with an interest in skincare and a brilliant sense of humour! Her posts are really witty  and always make me laugh.
3. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I found coming up with a name the trickiest part! I wanted it to be catchy and related to beauty in some way. I always wear my hair up in a top knot and that rhymed nicely with beauty spots so that was that! My blog was almost called ‘An apple a day’ but I didn’t feel that had any beauty connotations and wasn’t the most original.
4. How would you say is the best way to take a good photo? Is it the device? Lighting? etc.
I am by no means a great photographer but what I have learnt is that lighting is key! Ideally natural light is best. I don’t think the device matters too much (unless you want to print your photos). I have taken some lovely photos on my iphone. I do try and take photos with my Cannon bridge camera for my blog though as they have a better resolution.
5. What’s your favourite app for promoting your blog and why?
The only app I really use for promoting my blog is Instagram. I find it really easy to use and it’s so quick to connect with people from all over the world. It’s very popular and there is a large audience out there for beauty blogs. I also use it to research the latest trends and to get inspiration for just about anything! I could spend hours on Instagram everyday…ok maybe I do already.
6. Favourite beauty/makeup product finds of this month?
This month I treated myself to ‘Facial in a box’ by Sarah Chapman. I fell in love with this brand when I first purchased Skin Insurance last year. The products feel really luxurious and have a gorgeous smell to them. I’m currently using Overnight facial which is wonderful. Everyone needs to check her products out because they are amazing! Space NK are stockists.
7. What hobbies do you have? Other then blogging of course.
I love music, so in my downtime I like to pick up the guitar and learn the latest song that I’ve heard on the radio. I’ve also recently got back into yoga after a wonderful trip to Thailand. I find it really relaxing and great for increasing my flexibility.
8. Do you have any tips for people wanting to start off a blog?
My advice would be to do a little bit of research before you start. I read a few posts by already successful bloggers which was really helpful. I would say try and be yourself and let your personality shine through in your writing. It’s best if you can write posts on a regular basis but I know I struggle with this!
9. What’s one thing you like about my blog?
The first thing that catches my eye about your blog is the flashing picture you have on your home page (I’m sure it has a more technical name). This is really original and makes me sit up and want to read your blog posts! You’re also really good at posting regularly!
10. Trying to be positive in every day life, how do you try and stay positive? What makes you smile?
My husband is very into mindfulness which is all about being in the moment and being aware of your surroundings. I find this helpful if I’m worrying about something that might not even happen. Also in my line of work I get a daily reminder of how lucky I am to have health and happiness at this moment in time and never to take it for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life’s too short.
Lots of things make me smile; my husband full stop, my grandma dancing to Beyonce at my wedding, watching my parents have the best time at Glastonbury, seeing my friends happy, receiving cards in the post (I love mail!) but nothing beats a cup of tea in bed 🙂
Who to nominate…
This is Sumera’s blog! A fellow beauty addict Sumera is great at product reviews and sharing beauty tips! Watch this space as we are going to be working on something fun together!
My second nomination is the lovely Gyudy! I find her product reviews really helpful and we seem to have similar taste in products!
This is Maxine’s blog! Maxine was really kind to me when I first started blogging and told me about bloglovin! Maxine blogs about her adventures up north in Manchester!
Right then girls here are my questions for you!
1. Describe yourself in 3 words
2. What is your best beauty secret or tip? (We won’t tell anyone)
3. How long have you been blogging for and what made you get into it?
4. If you could only request one song from the DJ, what would it be and why?
5. Who are your beauty idols?
6.  What advice would give to newbie bloggers?
7. Did you make any new year resolutions this year and what were they? (I’m nosey)
8. What is your proudest achievement?
9. Do you have any hobbies?
10. What’s your favourite quote?
Looking forward to seeing your answers! This was fun! Thanks Vicky 😊
Sophie x

A* for BB cream

When it comes to BB cream, CC cream, or any other letter-combo cream I’m normally very sceptical and can’t help but think it’s nothing but BS cream. However when I was shopping for sun cream for my holiday, I found myself adding this little bottle of Soltan BB Face to my basket.

I liked the fact that it had a subtle tint to it and provided a very respectable spf 50 and at £6 a bottle (not including the buy 1 get 2nd half price promotion) it was a flutter I was willing to take. I opted for the light/medium shade, which apparently appears to be the only shade this product comes in, so not great for a lot of people!

As described on Boots’ website, the cream “illuminates and evens skin tone” and “helps to prevent the formation of dark spots”. The formula is non-greasy and non-pore blocking. So how did it fair?


So as you can see in the photo this product is actually pretty pigmented and provided a level of coverage you would expect from a tinted moisturiser or foundation. Great if your skin tone happens to fall within Soltan’s ‘light-medium’ range but if not, this product is not going to look right on you. Luckily for me, the colour was spot on and it blended in very well into my skin (you can’t even see the third swatch on my hand where I’ve rubbed the cream in fully!) .

Compared to normal sun cream and other face creams, Soltan BB Face had a thicker consistency which didn’t seem to melt in temperatures of 30 degrees plus! Not once did I experience the agony that is sun cream-in-eyes disaster. As promised, I would agree that the formula is non-greasy and did not seem to cause a skin breakout as I have experienced with other (far more expensive) face sun creams.

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It did indeed illuminate and even out my skin tone, as I think the picture above shows (I’m wearing no other products in this photo). In fact, I was so impressed with how it made my skin look that I’ve worn it since being back in the UK!

Finally and I guess most importantly, the product worked! After 2 weeks away I can honestly say I did not burn on my face once! This is unusual for me, as normally, despite my best efforts, my nose always gets burnt, so I was very happy.

Overall, for me, I loved this product and would have to give it an A* and will continue to use it as a reliable sun protection with the added benefit of a beautiful glow! Let’s hope they bring it out in more shades so more of us can appreciate it!

Sophie x


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Holiday makeup

Sawasdee Ka!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve just returned from a two week adventure in Thailand! I had an amazing time and will be sure to tell you all about it in future blog posts 😉  Today however I thought I would share with you all the makeup products I used whilst away…

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Having been to Thailand at the same time last year, I knew it was going to be hot and by hot I mean highs of 39 degrees!! For that reason I don’t wear any make up during the day, just in the evenings when its cooler…a mere 29 degrees! High humidity and make up don’t go well together so here’s what I use to try and prevent that shiny forehead look.

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I always use a primer to help keep my make up in place. When I’m on holiday, Photo Finish Luminizing primer by Smashbox is my number one choice. Not only is it oil free, it has a subtle bronzing effect which helps to give you a sun kissed glow. I always end up with a white face and a tanned body so this really helps to bridge the gap. The fact that I have it in travel size is a bonus! (more room for other make up 😉 )

When it comes to foundation and (hot) holidays, I tend not to wear any. Finding the right shade for an ever changing skin tone is a nightmare! If you feel you need some coverage like me, try a tinted moisturiser like Nars. It’s still sheer enough to let any freckles show through (beautiful) but will just help to even out your skin tone and remember to go a couple of shades darker then your normal colour!

Next I apply Mineralize skin finish natural by Mac in ‘give me sun!’ (love the name). On holiday is literally the only time I can wear this product as I stupidly bought it when I had a tan ( 2 weeks out of the year doh!). I use it as a contouring powder as it has a matte finish so it’s great at warming your skin tone in a natural looking way.

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At this point I then sweep Clinique’s translucent powder all over my face to set my makeup and to help with shine control. I then add a little pop of colour to my cheeks using Clinique’s blush powder in smouldering plum (a personal fave). Again this has a matte finish which I deliberately go for as I find my face gets shiny enough with the humidity without throwing shimmer into the mix. Then finally I finish by adding a dab of Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Lighting to highlight my cheekbones (decanted into the small pot on the right). This is a great product,very light weight and adds a beautiful glow to the skin!


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My eye palette of choice had to be Modernist by Hourglass in Obscura. Such a great palette! A gorgeous mix of shimmery bronze colours with a dark aubergine for lining the eye ( great for green eyes). You can create a lot of looks with this palette which comes in a convenient size to take on holiday.

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I know you’re thinking these lipsticks look the same colour but they wear very differently I promise! On the left is Rouge Dior Baume in Belle de Printemps (448). This doubles up as a lip treatment in addition to adding a beautiful dewy coral glow to your lips. The more pigmented out of the two, the colour really pops! The second is Rouge Coco Shine in flirt (69). This provides a sheer coverage in a softer coral and gives a lovely shiny finish. Both great for a bronze goddess look!

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That’s the best photo I could find to show you what it looks like when it’s all put together. We *may* have forgotten to bring a battery and a memory card for our digital camera so everything was taken on an iphone…do not pack on a hangover I believe was the lesson learnt.

Would love to know your thoughts and if you have any product recommendations, I’m always keen to try new things out!

Sophie x

Insurance you’ll want to take out

It’s been six months and I’m still very much in the honeymoon period when it comes to Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Skin Insurance. It can do no wrong in my eyes. A lot of you have probably heard of it already, especially since the queen herself, Victoria Beckham, raved about it on her Instagram last week.

I discovered it by chance after the shop I was in didn’t stock the brand I was after, forcing me to try something new. I am so glad this was recommended to me because it has become a corner stone of my daily skincare routine. So what is it?

As the name suggests, it’s all about protecting your skin from infrared, thermal and UV ageing as well as adding a gorgeous dewy glow by using clever light scattering powders. It’s SPF30 so will help to keep premature ageing caused by the sun at bay too. As you’ll see in the photos below, it also has a very light tint to it giving you the option to wear it alone for a natural look. Don’t let the subtle tint put you off if you have darker skin. Once blended in, the tint becomes less pigmented and instead becomes more of a general glow.


I personally apply mine after my serum and before my foundation. I find it’s best to give the bottle a shake and then to quickly rub it into the face, ensuring you have an even coverage. It has a silky, lightweight texture which glides effortlessly over your skin. It’s not advertised as a primer but I treat it like one as make-up seems to sit well on top of it. It’s great at adding a subtle glow if you use a matte foundation too! It also has an incredible smell -of what, I’m not sure but its good stuff!

I bought my first bottle in September for £45 which lasted a good 3 months, bearing in mind I only used it once a day. I’m already on my second bottle and know I will continue to buy more as its such a good product. This goes straight into my hall of fame!

You’ll also notice a second Sarah Chapman product in the photo and this is her Skinesis Age-Repair Serum. I got this 15ml sample in the Space N.K. second edition beauty box. I’ve only used it a couple of times but it seems very good. Slightly thicker consistency then you might imagine a serum to be but it had the famous Skinesis glow and smell again.

My next product on my wishlist is the Skinesis Overnight Facial! Let me know if any of you have tried the products in today’s post.

Sophie x