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When it comes to makeup shopping I think Boots has to be one of the best stores to go to. The mixture of high end and affordable products is perfect, plus they have some really exciting new brands (Hello Fenty!) You can treat yourself to a Chanel Bronzer or experiment with a super affordable lipstick and there is something a little magical about that which most other retailers don’t offer.

I thought today I would share with you some highlights from Boots and also my current go-to makeup products for the summer. I love summer makeup, especially the bold colours and the glitter makeup but today’s look is quite glowy and natural as the focus really is the bold lip!

As it’s summer I’ve been trying to keep my face out of the sun and I’ve been reaching for SPF daily but in order to keep the colour of my face matching my body I’ve been opting for the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops. I add them to any oil I’m using over night once or twice a week and it really adds a natural bronze to my skin that I love, without any sun damage.

For my base I’ve been reaching for the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer. It adds a dewy, healthy glow under makeup whilst also extending makeup wear. On top of that I’ve been opting for the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, I initially was a little worried about using the Matte Version as I have dry skin and like a dewy finish but actually this is a really beautiful foundation which doesn’t look cakey or dry but lasts all day. An extra plus for the IT Cosmetics CC Cream is that it has SPF40, which is super important in the summer months.

I’ve recently been giving Fenty Beauty a try, which is now available at Boots! The Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer has been the stand out product for me, it isn’t too heavy but does a great job of covering under eye darkness and adding a little life and brightness to the face.

When it comes to cheek and eyes I like to often use the same products, especially if I am going for a bold lip. I’ve used the Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer all over the eye for a neutral but polished eye and over the cheeks for a bronzed look. I’ve teamed that with the Bourjois Le Petit Strober on the highpoint of my cheeks and in the inner corner of my eye. I’ve skipped blush on my cheeks but opted for the Benefit Roller Liner on my eyes which has been my go-to as it doesn’t smudge, even in hot weather, with a layer of No7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara which I love as it holds a curl really very well!

To set the makeup a little Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder great; it doesn’t look too cakey and matte but really hold makeup in place and gets rid of too much shine. As well as little Benefit Precisely My Brow to fill in a little sparseness.

I love a red lip all year round but in the summer I love a more orangey red such as this Bourjous Velvet Lip Pencil in Amuse Rouge It’s such a fun, vibrant colour however it is very easy to apply and comfortable to wear. The whole range of these is great and they have some great nudes but this is my stand out for the summer.

When it comes to nails I recently left gel manicures behind and decided to start painting my own nails for a while. I absolutely love the new Sally Hansen Neon range but I’ve been reaching for the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in ‘O-Zone you didn’t’ the most. Sally Hansen also have a spray on top coat which is a game changer- so quick and easy!

And if you’re wondering what perfume I’ve been opting for it’s the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom, I’ve decided that this will be my fragrance of summer 2019. It’s fruity and floral and exactly what I want to smell of in the summer!

What is your go-to makeup look? What is your favourite bold lipstick this summer?

Amazon Spring Fashion Affordable

I get lots of questions about how I shop on Amazon (and I can do a whole blog post with my tips if that’s something you are interested in) but today I wanted to share my top picks for the spring/summer, some of which I have bought and all of which are on my wishlist.

I partially love shopping on Amazon as I can read reviews and get other buyers opinion on how things fit and what the quality is like before purchasing it. They also have a great range of both their own brands and other well-known brands, often for great prices. I also have Prime Delivery which means I get a lot of items the following day, which I simply can’t resist!

Heres my edit of what to buy this season on Amazon…

You can also stay up to date with my Amazon purchases here

What will you be buying from Amazon for the spring?

Hi Everyone! I hope you’ve all had the best summer, I’m just back from my yearly family holiday in Portugal and although I’m sad it’s over, I am very excited to get stuck into work and for autumn! I’m really one of those people that gets excited for cliche things like Cosy Evenings, Hot chocolates and Christmas way too early in the year.

I’m starting to write this blog post before I have even got all my photos together and the truth is I’m a little nervous as a month is a long time and I wore a lot. Admittedly some outfits were repeated/won’t be worth showing but August is by far my favourite month to dress for and this will be a long post. I’m always away in August and I think since I have not much else to do I love to plan and style my outfits, plus I’ve usually got a few new pieces to wear which is always exciting!

To get this post started I’ll start with my most worn item, a black playsuit from Primark which definitely cost me under £10 and which I just love! It’s lightweight and stretchy but the tassels and the Bardot style make it fun. Honestly, if I had to wear just one items last month this would have been it! Primark is excellent for easy to wear holiday items.

Also, these sliders will feature heavily in this post, as they were undoubtedly my favourite item of footwear and I even wore them today in London. They’re only £25 from M&S, super comfortable and easy to wear, they also come in a whole range of colours but I think the red was perfect for adding a pop of colour to so many of my outfits. I think they release these (or something similar) every year and I’ll be back next year for some more!

(Sunglasses- Primark and Necklace here)

This lemon dress (currently on sale and only£13!)  which is from Boohoo was quite popular on my Instagram and I received lots of DM’s about it. Lemons had a real moment last year but this summer I still really liked them and this dress is super cute. It’s short but the ruffled hem keeps it still looking flattering even if you have larger thighs like I do. I teamed it with my eBay Bamboo bag which I’ve been wearing for months and my new Carvela Nude Sandals which are from Shoeaholics, which is a great place to look for affordable branded shoes.

This gingham and red combo was one of my favourite outfits and I’ve worn it since I’ve been back too. The dress is from TOBI which is website I’d never shopped from but they have some really beautiful pieces including the white dress below which looks particularly great with a tan. The red lipstick in the photo above is MAC Ruby Woo which has become such a favourite and this red bag is a real new love of mine and is also from Carvela via Shoeaholics. The bag is no longer available in the red but the wine and black colours are really perfect for Autumn and under £45!

If you’re after some wow swimwear that won’t break the bank then Debenhams is the place to look, this Positano themed swimsuit is unlike any I’ve ever seen and is from the MW by Matthew Williamson Collections, the print is beautiful but it’s also a really flattering shape. My most worn cover up is this one also from Debenhams, also from the MW By Matthew Williamson collection, so of course it’s a beautiful print. I think both look quite high end without a high end price tag.

Whilst were talking about swimwear I should probably tell you about my most worn sun care products. I used Clarins Milk Lotion, Bioderma Photoderm Bronz and Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Sunscreen on my body. On my face I used Lancôme Soleil Bronzer SPF30 Protective Cream both by itself and under makeup. Towards the end of my holiday I started to use BaliBody on top of suncream to help deepen my tan.

I took some really beautiful bits of Quiz clothing on holiday and it’s a brand I’ll definitely be order from soon, especially from the dress section on the website. This floral dress is perfect as although its quite short it’s still a flattering shape and I got lots of wear out of. I can’t resist a co-ord so I had to pick up this dotty combo, the trousers are a little sheer (I think it’s on purpose) but the top is one of my favourite crop top, even for bigger busts!

Bikinis are hard to find but I think you should really try to find one you feel great in, for me this year it was this one from Freya. Red is my favourite colour to wear as I think it suits my skin tone most but the white pipping helped bring out my tan. The bottom are neither too big or too small and the top offered the support I want without being too covered or looking like a top for bigger busts. I actually saw someone else wearing this bikini (luckily not on the same day as me) and she had a much bigger bust than me and it looked great on her! If you’re struggling to find a bikini you feel good in and really recommend you give this one a go!

I picked this matching top and shorts a little last minute and I’m so glad I did! It was inexpensive from H&M and another of my favourite pieces, the shorts in particular are very comfortable, a great length but look great.

The shoes on the right turned out to be one of my most useful this holiday, they’re another pair from Shoeaholic but these are Michael Kors, they’re slightly dressier than most my other sandals and the slight heel means they’re both comfortable and flattering!

I picked a few things from Oasis (which is one of my favourite places to shop at the moment) before going away. My most worn was undoubtedly this leopard wrap dress, I love a wrap dress and I love leopard print so this dress is great. I wore it lots on holiday but also lots here in London both before and after going away, the pattern and length mean it’s a great one to team with a jacket when it’s starting to get a little cooler and can be dressed up and down.

I also love this more fun, more casual dress (above right)- I love the colours and the tassels, I teamed it with super cute OASIS espadrilles too!

One of my more dressed-up outfit was this scarf print pencil skirt and asymmetrical top, both from OASIS. I really love this skirt and get lots of compliments whenever I wear it, it’s under £50, a really statement piece and can be styled very easily. I went for this red asymmetrical top to make it a little more dressy but it would look just as nice with a white tee.

I had the pleasure of being a god mother this summer and wanted a really nice but summery dress. The mother had asked us to wear yellow and I actually had some issues finding a yellow dress but this one is really my sort of dress. I love a lace dress and this length is really lovely too, I have since wore it to a wedding in London where I got some lovely compliments and although I love the yellow it does come in other colours if you’re looking for something for the next few months.

This little nude bag is again from Carvela via Shoeaholics and currently under £50, it’s timeless and I think I’ll be wearing it for years to come!

These nude heels are from Public Desire, I loved them and wore them for a few years. Sadly about 30 minutes after taking this photo my heel got stuck in a drain cover and I’m sure you can see where this is going…

If you follow me on Instagram you may have spotted this dress before I went away but I really enjoyed wearing this Shein kaftan style dress. Although long sleeves it was too warm as it’t quite loose and I think the embroidery is really very beautiful!

Which outfit was your favourite? Would you like a monthly round up every month?


(Photos above: Black Bag, Black Straw Bag, Straw Bag (currently sold out), Mustard Studded)

I’m more of a bag girl than a shoe girl but even still I rarely buy bags. I don’t actively go out looking for a new bag, the new bag must find me and I must fall in love with it before I take it home which is why I’m surprised by just how many circle bags I have fallen for and bought recently.

Circle bags were on the run way at Chloe, Saint Laurent and more, they’re the must-have it-bag of the season, which makes it the perfect way to update any outfit. I also like that they’re typically a nice medium size, they fit all the essentials without letting you fit in the kitchen sink, forcing me to carry a lighter bag- which is always good, although I have spotted some beautiful larger beach ones! I love that circle bags are fun without being childish and they can add a playfulness to almost any outfit, whilst still remaining elegant.

Since it isn’t a very classic shape I think it’s best to keep it highstreet, especially since the highstreet have done such a good job with them! There are straw ones, party ones, leather ones, all the circle bags you could ever need and all for less than £60 down below…

Back in July, Michael and I took a trip to Gran Canaria with GC Wellness, who looks after luxury spas in the most beautiful hotels across Gran Canaria island. We had an itinerary which was actually quite nice, it meant we didn’t have to plan what we wanted to do with our days and although we didn’t get a chance to see too much of the island we did have the chance to relax- and that was pretty amazing!

I’m a huge fan of Spain, culture wise it’s quite similar to Portugal (where my parents are originally from) so it feels like home but Gran Canaria is actually a Canary Island just off the coast of Africa and since I’d never been to any of the Spanish Islands I was super excited! The flight was four hours, which is a little longer than to south of Spain and on the drive to the hotel from the airport we realised it was pretty different to what we expected. It’s a very dry island, it’s more what I would imagine the Texan Desert to be like and on the week we visited there was a lot of sand in the air from the Sahara Desert. I’m going to be honest- we weren’t sure it was going to be for us at first but we luckily we were wrong and had the most amazing time!


We visited a few different hotels but were very lucky to be staying in the Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort, it was far more modern than the others we visited and as it’s on a golf course it was also surrounded by lots of greenery. Our room was pretty standard and modern, plus we had a nice balcony with a beautiful view. The layout of the hotel is also amazing, they have lots of smaller pools everywhere so the hotel never feels too full, there’s a great adult-only infinity pool but we also used some of the other ones and none of them were too busy or noisy.

However, the highlight for me was probably the food (because I LOVE food!), we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel every day and although it isn’t fine dining, it was absolutely delicious! Breakfast was potentially not quite as good as dinner and I think, had we been there 2 weeks we’d probably start to get a little bored but there was pancakes, omelets, cereals, cakes and all the standard breakfast foods. Dinner however was amazing and the buffet style really suits my love for food as I had the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. We also made use of the Sheraton Salobre pool and it had everything you’d want from a spa; saunas, steam rooms, all the usual treatments and some great water treatments in the outside pool.

As we were there with GC Wellness we had the chance to try a few treatments at different hotels and also tour some of the hotels.

If you’re into plants you will absolutely love Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa! They have the most incredible and unusual flowers and plants. It’s incredible to see all this greenery in the middle of such a dry island and it really is a beautiful haven. We also had a really delicious Spanish lunch and spent the rest of the day relaxing in the spa area. We had a couple’s massage, which was the highlight of the day, it’s actually not something we’ve ever done but both really enjoyed it-I mean who doesn’t love being pampered?!

We were also lucky enough to have a tour of Gloria Palace Thalasso Hotel and Spa, which is another beautiful hotel with even more beautiful sea views. We had a Thalassotherapy treatment which we initially thought was a very strange treatment, you essentially use mineral charged saltwater to detox the body in a pool. You sit under running water or lie on beds which bump bubbles around you and after a while of being in the pool we totally understood what all the hype was about- it was another great treatment! It was followed by a couples body scrub and massage, which again we both really enjoyed!

Although it probably wasn’t essential, we did rent a car as we love the opportunity to explore and potentially get lost, I think it’s always the best way to see somewhere (other than a city). We visited Las Palmas City, which was beautiful but we chose the wrong day, it was a bank holiday and pretty much everything was closed. However, on the final day we drove to Maspalomas, which are the sand dunes on the island and we both loved it! It was unlike anywhere I had been before and had we been on the island a few more days I would have loved to spend some more time there. We went just before sunset to get a few photos, which just wasn’t enough time to explore.

The other thing I would highly recommend is a boat trip, we done the Canary Boat Trip, which lasted 5 hours and included food. It was the perfect way to see a little of the island whilst relaxing and catching some sunshine. Michael even managed to convince me to get off the boat for a swim which I wouldn’t usually do as I’m just so scared of how deep the water is. Plus, the food was delicious and cooked on the boat.

Huge thanks to GC Wellness for having us and if you’re looking to book a holiday I can’t recommend Gran Canaria and the hotels I visited enough. It was one of the best holiday’s I’ve had and as it’s off the coast of Africa the island is warm (25C) all year round so I’m actually already considering going back, it’s perfect if you’re looking to catch a little sun in autumn or winter- and of course spring and summer.