L'oreal Loves | Beauty Brand Focus

I have finally gotten around to featuring something on my blog I have wanted to do for a long time now, and that is focussing on a brand and introducing you to some of their amazing products, I am happy to hear suggestions of brands you want to see on this section. I was kindly sent a range of amazing products from L'oreal so I decided this was a perfect starting point for my brand focus post. I hope you enjoy finding out a little more about L'oreal and their amazing products.


Growing up L'oreal was one of the first brands I used as my Grandma would give her makeup that didn't suit her or she regretted buying, which I believe is where my crazy love for Lipstick started from, I was sent four of the the amazing lipsticks from the Exclusive Pinks collection which if don't know about you should totally check out here. I got the shades Eva, Blake, Helen and Naomi and they're all amazing shades of pink, so if you love pink lipstick the collection is totally worth investing in, the black packaging makes them look super classy and expensive but they're actually pretty on budget at £6.99 and for the quality of the lipsticks, this is a totally worth it product. L'oreal have always done amazing lipsticks and some of the other collections I love are: Colour Riche and the 24 hour lipsticks. Always bringing out new on trend and fierce lip colours they are totally worth a purchase.

Next on the list is their mascaras another thing I am in love with from their collection, you may remember their Miss Manga Mascara which was a huge hit in the world of beauty and I totally know why after making my way through at least 6 tubes of the stuff. I was sent the amazing Volume Million Lashes which I was not disappointed with, in fact the opposite, the brush that comes with the mascara is flexible and also has a curved brush which is perfect for naturally building up your lashes as well as easy application (applying to your bottom lashes is a nightmare at times) the packaging again is seriously lust worthy and draws attention to the product, another must have.

The final thing I am going to talk about in this post is their amazing True Match Genius foundations which is a four in one foundation which is a concealer, powder, foundation and primer all together which is an awful lot for one product to do, when I tried it I was pretty sceptical about what it would actually do to my skin. The product comes with an applicator and I assumed it would be powder but it is not, applying the product is super easy and amazing for matching to the skin but as far as the eliminating the other products goes I doubt I would replace my current primer or concealer but I am happy to use it as a foundation and possibly as a powder as it sets your makeup with a matte finish which makes me happy.

I am a huge fan of L'oreal, and most of their products and I would love to know which brand you fancy me featuring next?   






Beefeater Christmas Menu Preview | Lifestyle

I was kindly invite along with three of my friends to try out the Beefeater Christmas menu before it was available to the public and I accepted, I find it hard to go out to review places at times because of my anxiety but as this was only in the next town over, I jumped at the chance and so did my friends! When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely manager who took us to our table and explained how Beefeater works along with asking about my blog name as him and the staff were curious about it and saying how much they liked my blog. We had previously picked what we wanted to eat from their Christmas menu as they had to make sure they had some in the store for us, Me Kee and Luke had a starter but Soph didn't as she didn't like any (fussy eater) I had some lovely breaded mushrooms with a gorgeous dip, Kee had pulled beef and gravy which she loved and Luke had his usual which is Prawn cocktail and gave me his cucumber!

Following this we tucked into our mains and although I wasn't keen on my vegetarian burger as I don't really like quorn everyone else loved their food. Luke had his first 'real' steak as he referred to it and said it was amazing, and Kee had a festive burger which was huge, and had bacon and lots of cheese and then Sophie had the same as me. Beefeater said they have an unlimited chips and came back and gave us more chips throughout the meal *win win*. To finish the meal we had a lovely melt in the middle pudding except Kee who had a matchmakers sundae and we were all stuffed and I couldn't even finish my dessert. I wanted to thank the amazing people at Beefeater for their amazing hospitality and I can't wait to go back in the future to try some of their normal menu. Now on to the mouth watering pictures, P.S. if you're hungry cover your eyes!

beefeater menu

Rekorderlig Dry Apple Cider

Kee and Soph

Prawn Cocktail Starter

Garlic Mushrooms

Festive Steak

Vegetarian Burger

Kee loves food and beer

Melt in the middle pud

Braun Cleansing Brush & Epilator Duo | Beauty

Recently I was very kindly sent an amazing two in one Cleansing Brush and Epilator duo from Braun and couldn't wait to review it with you lovelies. I have been previously sent a cleansing brush from Magnitone and if you fancy reading my review you can do here, so with a previous one in mind I was excited to see what Braun had to offer. I firstly want to say I think the fact that it is an interchangeable device which is both an Epilator and a Cleansing brush is genius as most people use both, also the worlds first of its kind and it's fab for travelling and also comes with a super cute travel bag. The pair together retail at £59.99 from Boots and other stores may be different prices as I couldn't find one exact price.

Braun 831 Cleansing Brush and Epilator


The Cleansing Brush:
As much as I love other previous brushes I have tried, I found them a bit rough on my sensitive skin and even with different brushes I still found them hard to use so I am hoping that this is a different ball game. Of course when trying a brush it is going to start out a little rough as it's new but when the brush wears in it usually becomes a lot softer and makes my skin happier. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how small the head of the brush was and also the weight of the device. Often when using cleansing brushes my arm feels like it may fall off by the time I am finished but not with this one as it is super lightweight, I took the brush to my face and turned it on, if you flick the switch to the left it does a lot light motions which is perfect for extra sensitive areas such as eyes and nose and then to the right a more intense version which is great for everywhere else. After using the brush for a few days I noticed a change in my skin, I noticed my spots had cleared up massively and my face just felt more clean in general something which I don't feel after manual cleansing. I love to use my brush for other things such as exfoliating my face and also taking my make-up off and although it doesn't have a timer on it doesn't bother me as I just do it until my face feels clean. The only one downside to the product is the fact it is battery powered and not charged which can be a pain if you run out of batteries.

Epliator


The Epilator: 
Now I have to admit I was scared to try this I have ever never used one in my life, but there's a first time for everything. I'll have to admit I was a little freaked out by the element of hair being zapped out of your skin but the fact it doesn't grow back for around 4 weeks has enticed me in. After you get over that first shock of how it feels when it pulls the hair out of your skin it is actually an acceptable pain (I haven't had the guts to try it on my brows yet) I love Epilators for facial hair removal as shaving obviously causes an increase of the hair and I don't want to imagine how I would look after shaving my tash for the first time. Once again the product is light weight and easy to clean after use as it comes with a little brush which is perfect for cleaning off the hairs.

Overall I love the product together and I have no idea why it hasn't been done before, I am glad that I was sent this amazing piece of tech to trial and share with you guys because it's a perfect Christmas gift for you or a loved one, and keeps your face in tip top condition. If you buy the beauty edition it also comes with a lighted mirror which is fab for when using the epiliator and looking for stray hairs.


*Products Sent For Review, 100% honest as per usual  

Gifts For The Males In Your Life | Seasonal

Yet another week is over which means another gift guide coming your way, I can't believe how quickly Christmas is approaching *sqeek* I have got a fair few presents sorted and I am just sorting out the final few now. As you may already know I am doing many different gift guides on my blog and previously have done beauty lovers and gifts for people who have everything. So today I am bringing you a gift guide for males, and hopefully help with some of the male present buying in your life, of course it won't be for everyone but I hope this helps.







A Chilli Hanging Basket:
The Chilli hanging basket is the perfect gift for any man who is in love with spice, this would be the perfect gift for all of the males in my life as they are all a fan of Chilli, it's a unique present and I can guarantee you will be the only one with that present on the day!

Chocolate-Opoly:
Monopoly with a twist, the whole board is about Chocolate! Sharing facts and pieces of chocolate is the aim of this game and it's a great addition to any monopoly lovers collection (I should know) it's brightly coloured and can be played over and over.

A 20 Multi Tool:
This literally screams my boyfriend to me, after he got a wallet ninja last year and hasn't let it leave his side the whole time I thought a more advanced version would do the trick, featuring a variety of features such as a bottle opener, a screwdriver and many more.

Beats Headphones:
A good pair of headphones is an awesome present for any male in your life, my boyfriend is a huge music fan so these would be perfect for him. My dad does a lot of travelling so the same goes for him the only problem with these are finding out what preference of headphones they have.

Fossil Watch:
Watches are always a good present to buy as they are long lasting, and are something which is great for everyday use, dependant on the person, makes the brand of choice vary but I love this watch from Fossil as it's a luxury product and it looks amazing.

Globe Light:
A bit of an odd present, but it's a different one and I think it's cool for a little bit of an easy present. This is for those more 'nerdy' males in your life, it's unique and fun.


Getting Help With Mental Health | Self Help

It takes guts to admit that something isn't right, whether that be with yourself, in your relationship or something else. Setting out and admitting you need help can often be a super huge challenge for people, especially those who aren't used to speaking about themselves. When it comes to mental illness the sad thing is because it's not a visible thing it can be misunderstood and even ridiculed by people and those people are the ones who don't understand. With mental illness there is a huge stigma around it, that is makes you a crazy person, or that you're a weak person which I think is totally not the case at all. In fact in my opinion dealing with a mental illness which is your head day in and day out makes you a pretty damn strong person, you feel weak, you feel scared and most of the time people don't understand you at all which can make it all that bit harder.



When it comes to asking for help it can be difficult, I have heard stories of people being rejected by their doctor which is an incredibly wrong thing to do and they should be the most understanding of them all, but as we move closer to breaking the stigma which comes with mental illness people are becoming more accepting and starting to understand it's not something that can be helped within a person. It makes me annoyed that some people turn around and say that it is your own fault that you have the illness, yet it hits waaaaay more people than everyone knows. A lot of celebrities even suffer from mental illnesses, and just like any other illness, it's blind and it doesn't discriminate against people.

If you're reading this and not sure if you have a mental illness or you're not sure what is going on, you need to sit down with yourself and think about your feelings- if it is easier write them down that way when you go get help it is a lot easier to go through all of the points of how you are feeling, take a friend or a family member with you I promise you it helps a great deal, even if they just wait in the reception area. I think a massive step when dealing with mental health is speaking to people, even if it is just one person who you trust. Let them know you're struggling and you don't know how to cope and they can help you along the way too.

The worst thing you can possibly do is lock yourself away or try to push it away as it'll always rear its ugly head, which is the sad and scary thing. There are so many routes to help deal with everyday life and dependant on your illness there are many suggested routes by your doctor. There is no such thing as you not deserving the help, even if you have a huge house and a perfect family, it doesn't matter.  Mental illness is evil like that. If you feel like you are feeling suicidal please talk to someone whether that be a friend, me or even an anonymous service like Samaritans.If you're struggling in your marriage it may be worth checking out a site such as regain.us to see what options there available around you. People care and they want to help you, please take that step to getting help today, I promise it doesn't make you weak or any less of a person, it makes you stronger if anything.

Period Talk | Lifestyle

I've wanted to approach a subject on my blog for a while now, but never known how to and if people would even read it at all. But after seeing a variety of posts on the subject, I feel it is finally time to talk about. In case you haven't already guessed from the title today's post will be all about periods. I am aware that not everyone likes to be open about them but it is a natural thing and I don't see why we shouldn't talk about them. Today I thought I would bring you some tips on how to feel better whilst you're dealing with your time of the month, if you are lucky enough not to have one *cough* boys. these tips might help you as far as looking after your girlfriend, sister and mum may go.

Eat all the chocolate: 
There is not many times in life when it is okay to eat an unlimited amount of chocolate but this one of them, it is proven that chocolate actually makes you feel better so make the most of it and eat as much of it as you need and don't feel guilty about it.

Bed days: 

Sometimes during your time of the month you're in so much pain that the only cure is a bed day with a hot water bottle, Netflix and a hell load of chocolate, it's okay to need that time to feel better.

Watch cute cat videos: 
There is just something about cat videos that makes us smile, it is totally worth just compiling a playlist filled with cute cat videos for when you're feeling down in the dumps, it's a total easy pick me up.

Comfy clothes:
The onesies are out in full force, you're already feeling uncomfortable during your time of the month so it's totally worth investing in something comfy to wear during this time, which is easy on the stomach and also totally amazing to chill in.

It's okay to cry:
Sometimes on our period we cry for no good reason whatsoever, but that's ok. We are hormonal and that makes us emotional, if you feel weird about crying just watch a sad film and that totally justifies the tears.


*Collaborative Post

K.I.S.S.I.NG Bitch Perfect Charlotte Tilbury Review | Beauty

It's taken me a while but I finally joined the Charlotte Tilbury bloggers fan club, there wasn't a doubt about not loving a product from Charlotte Tilbury it was more of the best time to purchase one of the lipsticks, due to the seasons changing and also the amount of money they cost. So I eventually did it, and I am so happy I did as it is one of my staple lipsticks and I couldn't imagine not having it in my collection. Compared to what I usually buy it's a bit different, I tend to go for bright lipsticks such as pink and red or dark lipsticks like purple and black which is fine as it suits my style. The lipstick I purchased which is in the shade 'Bitch Perfect' is a light pink and it's quite glittery, and comes from the collection K.I.S.S.I.N.G and has some other amazing shades and I hopefully hope to get my hands on Night Crimson and Love Bite next as they look like fab shades. As far as the lipsticks go they are long lasting, and smell divine as well having amazing packaging which draws you in. The lipsticks from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range have a special ingredient in them which protects your lips from UV damage which is a super amazing thing to have in a lipstick. 

The lipstick is made of a creamy formula which in my opinion is similar to the MAC creamsheen ones which I have tried in the past as well as some L'oreal lipsticks. It is easy to apply which is always a bonus, and I enjoy the silky feeling which is left on your lips after use, I am in love with this collection and in particular this lipstick as it's a new girly shade for my collection. I am happy I finally took the step and treated myself to a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and I can't wait to try other things from her collection as I've heard many great things. 

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect


Winter Evening Outfit Inspo | Fashion

I love this time of year so much, everything just seems more dainty and cute and I love wrapping up warm and being able to layer my clothes, I decided today to share with you some outfit inspiration for getting ready to go out in the evening whether that be for a meal or a Christmas do I am hoping my suggestions will work and also keep on track with your budget keeping. Everything is from the high street so I will leave links below of where you can purchase the items.

I am so in love with outfit as it is full of gorgeous items, I am usually the sort of person who wears all black so this is a perfect addiction to my wardrobe, and although the outfit is simple (in a good way) it gives my accessories time to shine, I have been loving ring stacks and I found a gorgeous set from Accessorize which has a lot of colour with the rings and they're very stand out so that adds an amazing element to my outfit. The clutch is also from Accessorize, I love the bright colours of this bag and the fact it sparkles, I am yet to see another like it and it was a perfect fit for the outfit, bringing some sparkle and glam. The final piece that made this outfit was a gorgeous statement necklace from Links of London and although it is a bit more pricey, it is totally worth every penny as it gives the outfit that final touch. All of the clothes in this outfit are from New Look in their party section.



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