I’ve been back from Madeira almost two weeks now and I’m already missing it.

It was my fifth time there, as Michael has family on the island but I think I was starting to take it for granted;  however this time round I explored it with new eyes and fell in love all over again. I’ll do an in-depth guide soon but for now, I want to share my lovely afternoon at the Reid’s Palace for afternoon tea.

Michael had been paragliding in the early afternoon and after getting a little sunburnt watching him, we headed across the island to Funchal. I’d spotted Reid’s Palace before as it’s a beautiful pink building and seeing as I love an afternoon tea, it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

Reid’s Palace is so unlike most of the other hotels on the island, it has quite a British feel so it, which I actually love, especially as it’s very much a luxury hotel. Back to the afternoon tea. Although I love afternoon tea, this was actually Michael’s first and it was a spectacular first. Afternoon tea is served on the most beautiful terrace, with an amazing sea view- unlike any other afternoon tea I have ever experienced. The tea list was extensive – which was convenient as Michael hates tea- I’ll admit he added a stupid amount of sugar but actually enjoyed the tea (or at least the sugar.)

The standard afternoon tea comes with (as you would expect) delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes, all sourced locally. It was the perfect amount of luxury: a good classic afternoon tea, in a beautiful location but nothing too showy.

The waiters were all very friendly and we may have taken them up on their offer to refill a few of the sandwiches and scones – they were just that good!
Probably one of my favourite afternoon teas ever; the setting really made it a wonderful experience.
After an hour of enjoying the view and the delicious food, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the hotel. My favourite part was the hall which housed all the photos and history of the hotel – I didn’t photograph it but it you ever visit, I would highly recommend spending half-an-hour exploring. It was amazing to see all the iconic figures that have stayed at the hotel over the years and how the hotel has developed- the hotel is 125 years old and with the incredible history to prove it.

We explored the suites, inspired by both England and Portugal, the outdoor area, the spa and the sea area, where visitors use to dock when visiting the hotel when it first opened. If you’re ever in Madeira I can’t recommend Reid’s Palace enough; I haven’t stayed the night but I would imagine it’s a dream. If it’s a little out of your price range then I would recommend at least popping in for afternoon tea. It’s pretty affordable, especially compared to London prices.

I’ll be back soon for another serving of tea.

ps. If you are visiting in the summer months, remember men have to wear long trousers for the afternoon tea, Michael went wearing smart shorts and had to return to the car where he luckily had a pair of trousers or the hotel would have had to lend him a pair.




I’ll admit that I’m not really a huge fan of monthly beauty boxes: they get a little repetitive and not that exciting, but I was so impressed when the new Spring Tili Beauty Box by QVC came in! Since it is only seasonal, it seems to be a little more substantial with some great QVC brands, which I don’t regularly see in other beauty boxes.

Available online at QVCUK.com, this beauty box includes some of my favourite cult brands in very generous travel sizes. For £20 you get a carefully curated edit of skincare, makeup, nails, haircare, bath & body products which makes this box a must-have if you will be travelling at all this spring/summer.

Let’s delve deeper into the box….

Exclusive to QVC, there is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 75ml in Coconut Breeze: a pre-shampoo treatment that super conditions hair whilst adding shine & bounce. This Coconut Breeze edition is an exotic coconut scent which really remind me of holiday and which I’ll be packing on my next beach adventure.

There are two makeup offerings: the Mally Shadow Stick in Smoky Quartz and Dolly 10 Lip Velvet in Material Girl. Both brands are available on QVC but I actually haven’t ever tried anything from Dolly 10 before. I always get excited to try new brands and am really impressed by the Lip Velvet; I love the nudey colour, it has a mousse-like texture, which leaves the lips matte but still comfortable and not too harsh. I’ve tried a few things from Mally before and always been very impressed, this Shadow Stick is no different and it has already made it into my makeup bag.

If skincare is more your thing then this box won’t disappoint as there are some must-have cult classics. There is a 15ml Pixi Glow Tonic; an exfoliating toner that helps perfect skin tone and texture as well as the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up – one of my favourite multi-purpose products: it’s a mask, moisturizer and primer all-in-one. Finally for skincare, there is a small Decleor Smoothing Oil Serum in Mandarin – which is a super serum that draws on Mandarin Essential Oil’s abilities to protect cells from Radical Damage; cleanses and detoxifies – as well as the Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash to remove pollutants and impurities from the skin whilst maintaining the skins natural oils.

Everyone always needs bath and shower gels and there are two offerings in this box: a 50ml Molton Brown one and an Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil Skin Wash.

To add a final splash of colour to your spring, there is the much-loved Essie Mint Candy Apple, the perfect crème mint shade.

Overall, I think this is an impressive box for any beauty junkie and I wasn’t disappointed in a single product – which has gotten particularly rare in beauty boxes. Since receiving this box, I have found myself reaching for its contents on a daily basis.

The Tili Beauty box by QVC is available here

*This is a sponsored post.

The weather in London has suddenly gotten a lot colder, it was -1 this morning, far colder than I’d like and far colder than my skin would like. The change of season and the cold always send my skin into a mini panic but I have been replying on three products to get me through.
skincare-update-2
skincare-update-olay
For days when I want something that will remove my makeup and not irritate my skin further, I have been relying on Olay 2-in-1 Hydration Balancing and Purifying Cleansing Refreshing Facewash. It’s not the fanciest, most luxurious cleanser but it’s a great one to have on hand for days when you need a no-fuss cleanser that won’t dry out the skin. I love the smell of this cleanser, it’s weirdly comforting and it’s the perfect affordable cleanser for any of you double cleansers.

Totally different end of the price spectrum but I have been using the Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator. Quick disclaimer, it is expensive. I was sent this and there is no way I could afford this product but it is good and I have been using it every single day for the last three weeks. It’s a great booster over moisturiser to ensure skin is well hydrated, I’ve been using it morning and night and am starting to see a real improvement.
skincare-update-trilogy
But my saving grace has truly been the Trilogy Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, it’s one of my all time favourite oils and it always saves the day (or my skin). I’ve been reaching for it both morning and night, I’m more generous with it in the evening and use it sparingly during the day but my skin seems to love it and nothing hydrates my skin more. If you’re struggling with dry/dehydrate skin than I can’t recommend this oil more, it really helps keep my skin balanced and affordable.

What are your favourite autumn/winter skincare additions?

bourjois-lipsticks-red-lipstick
bourjois-rouge-edition-velvet
bourjois-red-lipstick-rev
bourjois-lipstick
bourjous-mirror
bourjois-rouge-edition-velvet-copy
Liquid Lipsticks have been everywhere for the past few years but some of the most popular ones are really hard to get hold of in the UK and expensive (not to mention sometimes not worth the hype in my opinion). However the ones I am still reaching for are affordable, easy to get hold of and the perfect formula!

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets have been around for a little while but it’s really been over the last year that I have fallen for them. There are beautiful shades for every occasion; from nudes to reds, dark winter berry shades and vibrant summer pinks.

It’s worth pointing out that the word ‘velvet’ is a little confusing and I think it refers to the light, mousse-like feeling when initially applying the product but
once dry they are beautiful on-trend matte shades. They apply with a doe-foot applicator that is really easy to use and leave almost a stain that doesn’t move, feels comfortable and wears really well.

There are so many shades that I really love but Hot Pepper has to be the perfect all-year- round true red, which looks super chic teamed with any outfit although I plan to move onto Grand Cru, which is a dark red, once it starts to get a little colder. For summer I love Honey Mood as it’s a soft but fun peachy shade but the nudes in the range will always have a special place in my heart too- especially Nude-ist and Don’t Pink of it!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but great quality lipsticks which last all day then I can’t recommend these enough! I love a matte finish but I need it to be comfortable and wearable which these really are, plus their size makes them the perfect handbag must-have.
bourjois-rouge-edition-swatches
*Sponsored post

zoella-naps-fix-anything
I’ve never spoken about Zoella’s range on here as I always felt it was aimed at a slightly younger audience but last week I had the chance to visit the #zoellaapartment which was filled with new launches and the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I was really surprised by the fact that it’s a bit more grown up and I would buy almost everything from the range, so I had to share some of the photos I took and share my thoughts.

I’m actually quite the Zoella fan and although I don’t watch all of her main channel videos, I think few YouTubers daily vlog as well as her and I do think her channel is growing up a little (as her, and her audience get older.) which was really reflected in the new products.
zoella-christmas-table
zoella-christmas
zoella-hamper
zoella-lipbalm
zoella-mini-perfumes
zoella-xmas
The apartment had lots on display including newness being added to the original Zoella Beauty range, which I really haven’t tried much from. Although I think the range is really pretty I find it to be still a little aimed at teens for me. That said the new Christmas Gingerbread Fizz Trio smell amazing, the scent isn’t too overpowering or even overly artificial and I think I’ll be buying these when they come out! If you’re a fan of the beauty range then you’ll be happy to see that she has added a new gingerbread hand cream, a mini fragrance set and some other great gifting products for Christmas as well as a hand sanitiser, bath soak and body cream to her permanent line. Another notable product launch for Christmas is the Pamper Hamper, at £50 it’s the priciest gift from the range but would blow any Zoella fan away (exclusive to Superdrug).
zoella-candle-bells
zoella-candles-room
zoella-candles
zoella-diffuser-candle
Then onto the new Home Fragrance, candles and defuser range…

She kept her Zoella scribble on the packaging for these but the rest of the packaging is so beautiful that I think it still looks grown up and I’d love to have these in my house. There are five scents; My Eden, Seaside Stroll, Lazy Days, Daisy Picking, Gingerbread Village and Homemade Treats. I’ve heard (may not be true) that Daisy Picking is Zoe’s Favourite but personally I love Lazy Days as it’s a really beautiful fresh scent. I was really surprised by the scents in the range and Gingerbread Village is the only one I really expected, the scents are very grown up and sophisticated, I’m actually not too sure if younger teens would love this range but I guess they’re not the ones usually buying candles and diffusers. Candles are £10 and diffusers £12, would recommend these wether you are a Zoella fan or not as a great affordable candle option.
zoella-cup
zoella-desk
zoella-lifestyle-pillow
zoella-lifestyle
The most exciting thing in my option though is the new Zoella Lifestyle range; it’s any bloggers dream with lots of marble and copper, I actually think it’s quite Kate Spade inspired but on a smaller budget. That said somethings are still quite obviously branded which will probably put some people off if they’re not huge fans (or simply not a huge fan of branding).

The lifestyle range retail from £5-14 and includes everything from pencils and storage pots to cushions and socks. Other than the keyring I love everything in the range especially the pencils, notebooks, storage pots and travel mug.

Very impressed by the new Zoella products and keep and eye out as I’m sure I’ll be featuring a few bits on my Instagram.