bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and Foundation – A Winning Combo

A little while ago I tweeted that my skin hadn’t been in such good condition in a long time, and that I was really happy with how clear it was looking.

When I was in my teenage years and very early 20s (I’m definitely still early 20s, okay? haha, I mean earrrrly like 20/21) I struggled with bad skin. It really upset me as I could never go on a night out and be happy with how my skin looked, or just wake up in the morning and not have to worry about putting make-up on to step outside my front door.

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Although I had two courses of roaccutane (a long story for another blog post) which completely transformed my skin, I was still left with red marks and scarring and still longing for clear and fresh skin.

In my battle to achieve this, over the past 10 years (wow, I have actually been wearing make-up since I was 13! I first discovered it when I tried out my mum’s eye-liner, with very watery eyes and black smudges under each, I can remember going out to my brother’s summer school fate feeling extremely grown up and thinking that I looked the bees knees, oh how I have come a long way since haha), anyway, back to the point… over the past 10 years I’ve tried so many different foundations to try and cover up my spots but also to prevent further outbreaks, drying and oily skin.

From Rimmel’s Wake Me Up, to Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousee and Max Factor’s Face Finity, I have tried lots of different types of drug store brands and never found anything that worked.

One day, my mum took me to the bareMinerals counter in Debenhams and they explained that their products really are good for your skin. Something which is obviously hard to believe because the best thing for your face is to wear nothing but your bare beauty. However, bareMinerals speak nothing but the truth.

I have been using their powder foundation (in the shade ‘light’) for years, which gives flawless, weightless and effortless coverage, genuinely giving my skin a healthy glow. Which I thought was amazing enough, until I got my hands on their Complexion Rescue.

When it was first released, I couldn’t afford it at £26 (being a poor graduate and not earning very much), so sadly I had to wait until my birthday when my Mum gave me a tube in the shade buttercream.

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My birthday was at the end of September and more recently, I have been wearing the Complexion Rescue as a base for my foundation every single day, and boy am I impressed. I use my finger to rub a pea sized amount into my skin before applying my powder foundation over the top with my bareMinerals brush.

This gives me unrivalled coverage, rehydrates my skin and lasts all day. Plus, it I am in a rush, or just feeling a non-make-up day, then this little beauty answers all my skin healing prayers.

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For the first time in my life I can actually say that I am pretty happy with my skin and feel confident even when I am not wearing a single brush or rub of foundation. I have bareMinerals to thank for that, and I honestly can’t recommend their collection enough.

What do you think of the Complexion Rescue? Have you used any bareMinerals products? Which do you recommend? Let me know by leaving me a comment or tweeting me! 

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Blossoming Gifts – Autumn Flowers Review 

Autumn is a time for change, a time for hot chocolate, cosy nights in, winter boots and scarves. While it is always the right time for a girl to receive flowers, autumn is the perfect opportunity to deviate away from the classic red roses, or white lilies and learn to admire something just as beautiful.

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So when Blossoming Gifts contacted me to review one of their stunning Autumn flower bouquets, I was certainly delighted.

Upon browsing their website I was instantly drawn to the marvellous arrangement of colours which make up the ‘Autumn Haze’ bouquet…

Lilies are one of my favourite flowers and I had never actually received a bouquet featuring the gorgeous oriental red variety before.

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As they have blossomed one by one, they stayed true to their renowned quality and smell divine, filling my bedroom with a heavenly scent.

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I adore the deep purple eustoma as they add depth to the appearance of the flowers, I only wish there were more of them!

Roses are a complete classic and a girl can never be given too many, so these memory lane roses add the finishing floral touches the Autumn Haze bouquet.

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Plus the generous Blossoming Gifts team included one of their FREE boxes of chocolates and boy did they do good! I absolutely love pralines so it’s safe to say that these went down a hit too!

While you might have guessed from the name, Blossoming Gifts don’t just specialise in flowers, they create other gorgeous presents too, including personalised jewellery, children’s books and photo frames to name just a few.

Plus if you order by 9pm you can snap up a slot for next day delivery!

But possibly best of all, the lovely team have allowed me to give you lovely, readers a dandy 33% off* when you make a purchase on Blossoming Gifts.

Discount Code: BGIFTS33

*(not including the ‘Flowers By Post’ range).

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What’s more, if you would like to treat a friend or family member to a gorgeous floral bouquet but have a restricted budget, Blossoming Gifts have thought of everything. Their flowers under £20 range, which can be admired here, features some simply wonderful blends of colours.

What do you think of these gorgeous flowers? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comment box or tweet me.

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FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 Review – The PERFECT Present

Hello everyone! As you’ve probably guessed this post is about my beautiful new Fujifilm instax mini 8.

It was a present from my boyfriend for my birthday and oh boy did he get a million boyfriend points for a gift which I have never even mentioned, but something that I really, really wanted, (basically he knows me better than I know myself)!

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It’s no secret that I love photographs and am a very sentimental person. I keep everything, gig tickets, receipts for things, seating name tags etc and this is just the icing on the cake for keep sakes.

So let’s get down to the beauty itself. First of all, it’s PINK! And a gorgeous pink at that.
It comes with a strap to wrap around your hand when you’re taking photos, because although it looks robust I am sure if you dropped it, you’d break it.

Not only is this an every blogger must have item, because let’s face it, it’s VERY high up on the list, but I think it’s an every person must have item!

IMG_3408Polaroid photos are no new invention but I am completely in awe of how Fujifilm have brought back the concept over the past few years in such a stylish manner so we can enjoy them again once more.

Plus this little baby is SO easy to use! It comes with a number of settings to help you adjust the brightness of your photo, so once you’ve chosen the right exposure you can confidently snap away and watch the magic!

IMG_3412Naturally, part of the beauty of this camera is the anticipation of waiting for your photo to develop but also the excitement of knowing that you can hold it in your hand almost instantly.

It’s SO rare these days that we print photos out to put in an album. While my mum has lots of embarrassing baby photos of me filling hundreds of albums, nobody really treasures photographs in the same way any more. This, therefore, is one of the many reasons why I am completely in love with my instax mini 8. It’s placed the power of appreciating tangible photographs back in our hands in such a simple, yet stylish way.

What’s more, the images are untouched, unfiltered and instead a pure raw snapshot of that very special moment (something so rare thanks to the digital era)!

IMG_3415The only downside to this gorgeous gadget is that the films are so expensive, for example you can purchase 2 packs of 10 sheets for £17.99 so doing the maths, each picture works out at about 89p. It’s at this point I should mention my boyfriend bought the camera from Amazon, and it is currently retailing at £64.95 here.

While this is not exactly cheap, this slight negative can easily be flipped round into a positive, because it means that I am so careful with taking beautiful photos, and select special moments to document.

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 Once the Polaroids have captured the moment and printed beautifully, the question is what to do with them?

Personally, I have decided that this is an amazing opportunity to start making a scrapbook!
I will be able to create a memory book full of these perfect moments, my gig tickets and anything else which I want to keep but don’t really have a place for.

I can’t wait to channel my creative flair, and will most definitely be updating you on my arts and crafts in the near future!

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Do you have a Fujifilm instax mini 8? What do you think of these cameras? How would you treasure your perfect Polaroids? Let me know in the comments or tweet me.

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Frozen Bath Bomb Review By My Little Sister

This Lush bath bomb review comes straight from the mind of my seven-year-old sister. Whilst running my bath, I asked if she would like to put the Frozen bath bomb in (an amazing birthday present from Erin, who featured in my last post).

At first she was amazed and held it tight in her hands before screaming, ‘you should write a blog post on this!’

 So that’s what she did:

‘I like the sparkly light blue and dark blue.

‘It feels like crumbly sand and I like the fact the sparkles stay around in the water.

‘It looks so blue, like the whole entire sea and the sky. The bubbles (which I was told off for accidentally putting in too) look like the clouds’.


The smell (an important factor)…

‘It actually smells a bit like sweets. It’s fruity, kind of like fruit pastilles. I bet they taste exactly the same as well.’

It was at this point I explained that while Lush products smell delicious, I wouldn’t recommend eating them.

Lara then said, ‘yeah, otherwise then it would taste like its exploded’.

So there you have it, a seven-year-old’s take on one of Lush’s beloved bath bombs.

After she left the bathroom, I enjoyed a relaxing and magical bath in all the sparkles and thanks to the fairytale vibes, my skin feels as soft as a princess’.


Would we repurchase the Frozen bath bomb? Definitely, Lara already has one ready to go for her next bath time!

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