My MYA Journey – PART 1 – I’m Having Surgery!

As this post goes live, I’ll be sat in my hotel room prepping myself and trying not to freak out about the fact that tomorrow morning I’m going into hospital for surgery that will literally change my life.

I guess ‘freaking out’ is a strong term but of course, having surgery is a big deal so I am feeling pretty nervous as I’m sure anybody would. However, I’ve wanted this surgery for such a long time that excitement far outweighs nerves and I can’t wait to see results and feel like a brand new me.

For those who don’t know, on Saturday 26th May 2018, I’ll be undergoing a breast reduction and mastopexy (breast uplift) with MYA Cosmetic Surgery and I’m so excited I could burst.

I’ve never 100% been happy with the size and shape of my boobies and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the last few years. For this reason, in March I booked an initial consultation with MYA and I haven’t looked back since.

I guess I find this whole journey quite interesting myself as I know multiple people that have had breast augmentation (implants) and watched their journeys. They’ve paid to have boobs, I’m paying to lose some and have them pinned in place. Weird huh? Of course, everybody has cosmetic surgery for various different reasons and that’s the magic of it. No matter what your reason is, your procedure will be unique to you and your needs/wants.

Whilst you read this post, I’ll be with my best friend Meg getting myself ready for the big day tomorrow. I have to remove all of my piercings, take off all nail varnish, remove all deodorants and lotions from my skin and basically be ready to show up to the hospital tomorrow morning as bare as the day I was born. I’m surprised I haven’t been asked to shave my head to be honest but apparently that’ll be tied up in a funny little hat instead so I needn’t worry.

For now, I’ll be signing off and I’ll be back shortly with a post all about how my surgery went.

See you on the other side,

Georgia x

How The BeGlow TIA Has Transformed My Skincare Routine – The All-In-One Sonic Skincare System

Happy Thursday folks! Hope everybody is having a lovely week so far.

I’m so excited to be publishing this post and sharing it with all of you guys as I’ve had so much fun writing it. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I loved creating it!

Who Are BeGlow?

BeGlow is a new skincare brand that has just launched here in the UK on Look Fantastic. This innovative brand have launched two new sonic devices onto the market and one of them, the TIA is like nothing I’ve ever tried before.

BeGlow focus on creating every-day devices that are effective, easy to use and multi-use. The TIA is exactly that.

The TIA : The All-In-One Sonic Skincare System – What exactly is it?

This device is definitely one of a kind, that’s for sure! Packed full of so many different features and uses, I’ve never seen such an advanced skincare device before. I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet whilst also fully explaining all of the features and trust me, every feature is insane.

The TIA is designed to give a deep cleanse, lift and also tone to leave your skin feeling refreshed, healthier and firmer.

Both BeGlow devices use Smart SkinSense Pulsation Technology which basically ensures a deep cleanse without any damage or irritation to the skin. It pulsates at different levels of intensity depending on your skins needs which in my opinion, is incredible technology. It makes so much more sense than those cleansing brushes from other brands that are quite abrasive to the skin because they pulsate too aggressively when your skin doesn’t necessarily need it.

What Are The Features?

The cleansing brush is made of gentle silicone ‘bristles’ which makes it easy to clean and therefore, extremely hygienic. The brush head is removable and can be replaced when it begins to experience general wear and tear. This is normally recommended after about a year of using the device so you definitely get a lot of use from them.

On the opposite end of the device is a titanium plate which has a variety of different benefits. This clever feature is anti-ageing, calming on the skin, improves product absorption and improves blood circulation too! Pretty nifty, right?

Last but not least, the TIA has another incredible feature. On the reverse is a ergonomically shaped device that is designed to shape and help contour the face. Due to it’s unique shape it fits into the contours of the face perfect and using dual pulse technology, works to shape and firm those areas.

How have I gotten along with using it?

I’m absolutely hooked! I’ve used so many cleansing devices in the past but nothing even comes relatively close to this little gem. It really is one of a kind and 100% worth the price too!

My skin feels so cleansed after using it but doesn’t feel irritated and ‘angry’ like it does when I use a lot of cleansing brushes. The firming and lifting elements of this device are fab too! After a cleanse, it feels lovely on the skin to use the titanium plate as it’s cooling and calming so helps to reduce redness for me.

Where can I find it?

Both the TIA and the PURA (BeGlow’s other device) can be found here.

The TIA retails at £199 and is available in 3 colours; white, black and pink.

Thank you so much to Lisa at BeGlow for sending over the TIA for me to try out and review! Also a massive thank you to everybody who has read this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Until next time,

Georgia x

Mix It Up! With Caudalie Skincare

If you’ve followed my blog or instagram for a while, you’ll already know how much I love a good skincare product and pride myself in a good quality skin care routine. If you’re a newbie, fun fact for you – I’m slightly skin care obsessed.

I’ve had friends visit my house and tell me that the shelves in my bedroom resemble a shop and ya know what? I ain’t mad about it. The way I see it, make-up will only sit as good as the skin underneath it so it’s super important to look after your skin well and prep it in the best possible way before wearing any make-up. Plus, you only get one face in your lifetime so you may swell show it a bit of love.

I was over the moon several weeks ago when I received a very generous little package from Caudalie in the post. I’ve heard a lot about this brand on social media and I’ve always been keen on trying their products so to get a surprise blogger mail parcel from them was just an absolute dream. So firstly, a massive thank you to Caudalie and Love Me Beauty for sending these over and being so incredibly generous. They kindly sent over four different products so I’ll tell you all about them below.

Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil – £18.00

This little gem is definitely my favourite of the bunch and has become part of my every day skincare routine. I’ve been using this every evening for the past few weeks to melt away my make-up and it works like a charm!

This cleansing oil is gentle yet powerful enough to remove even the most stubborn of make-up, leaves skin feeling beautifully soft and it also smells incredible too. If you’re on the hunt for a new cleanser I would highly recommend this one.

Instant Foaming Cleanser – £7.50

Out of the four products, this is the one that I’ve used the least. Mainly because I’ve fallen so head over heels in love with the cleansing oil that I haven’t really reached for this one much.

This make-up is great for removing heavy-duty base make-up especially! If you’re wearing a full coverage matte and long-wear foundation, this cleanser will remove it with no problems whatsoever.

I was sent the smaller sized bottle (50ml) which retails at only £7.50 so is an absolute bargain and due to it’s dinky size, it’s perfect for travelling with too! I’m in London for a few days at the end of May and this will definitely be going in my bag.

Glycolic Peel – £22.00

As soon as I saw this product I knew I was going to love it. The line ‘radiance in 10 minutes’ on the front of the tube was shouting out at me as I love anything that gives my skin a glowy lift.

This 10-minute mask leaves skin looking instantly brighter and feeling as smooth as silk. You apply a thin layer and leave it to dry for 10 minutes. Using a wet cloth you then remove the mask and apply moisturiser.

Not only do I love the scent of this product much like the rest of the range but I also love the packaging of this one too!

Vine (Activ) Overnight Detox Oil – £30.00

With this item being the most expensive amongst the products I was gifted, I had high expectations for this overnight oil and it’s safe to say I haven’t been left disappointed.

I’m a firm believer in using facial oils regardless of what your skin type is. If you’re dehydrated like me, it helps to give a beautiful glow. If your skin is dry, the oils will quench your skins thirst. If your skin is oily, surprisingly oil fights oil! Your skin will balance better by using oils in your routine every now and again.

Not only does this oil leave my skin feeling silky soft (without a greasy and slippery texture) but my make-up applies beautifully the following morning whenever I use it. It also contains neroli and lavender which are both proven to help with relaxation and calming and it certainly does this too! I slept like a baby the first time I used it and whether this was a coincidence or not, I’m definitely not complaining.

Mixing Things Up – The Best Combinations

At Caudalie, they’re all about mixing products, creating your own cocktails of products and customising products to be quick and easy for you and your lifestyle.

Cleansing Oil and Foaming Cleanser – a silky concoction that’s ideal for those with sensitive skin

Foaming Cleanser & Glycolic Peel – this duo will boost your skin’s radiance whilst cleansing in an instant. It’s quick, easy and perfect for those in a rush.

Foaming Cleanser & Overnight Detox Oil – by pairing these two, your skin will get an intense cleanse without being left with dehydrated and dull skin. The added oil will nourish and hydrate whilst also continuing to detox your congested pores.

That pretty much brings my review of the wonderful Caudalie products to an end!

Did any of these products catch your eye? Curious about other Caudalie products? Use the code ‘MIXITUP10’ between now and the 31st May to receive 10% off your order on the Caudalie website which you can find here. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,

Georgia x

Phase Zero Make-up – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

After quite a while I’m finally back with another first impressions post! These type of posts always seem popular here on my little ole blog so I thought I’d review a new brand that has recently come to my attention.

I was lucky enough to receive a surprise parcel from Phase Zero make-up several weeks ago and I’ve been putting them to the test ever since which means only one thing, time for a review!

I’ve seen Phase Zero aaaaall over Instagram throughout the last month or so and was so intrigued about their products so to receive blogger mail from them was an absolute dream! Thank you so much to the team for sending over your beautiful products for me to try out.

The package consisted of a customisable palette and a bunch of single shadows for me to pop in and create a custom palette with! I’ve only ever made a palette like this with MAC and was so excited (as sad as it sounds) to put them all exactly where I wanted and make it my own.

With a wide variety of colours, I very quickly created a versatile, easy to use, perfect for travel and stunning looking palette. I couldn’t wait to start swatching but of course in true blogger style, I had to wait to take photos first and the wait was a killer.

As soon as I poked my finger into the first shade I instantly knew that I’d be a fan of these shadows and this brand. The formula is creamy, insanely pigmented and blends effortlessly. What more could you want from an eyeshadow, right?

The selection of shades enables you to create a variety of looks from soft and natural to sultry and smokey so no matter what look you’re after, this palette will be perfect.

Another thing that I loved about this palette was the beautiful packaging! I absolutely live for anything holographic and shiny (I swear I’m like a bloody magpie!) so when I opened the parcel and spotted a holographic print gleaming back at me, I knew I’d be a fan right away. A decent sized and good quality mirror is also included within the palette which makes it even more ideal for travel and getting ready on-the-go if you live a busy life like me.

Overall, my first impressions of Phase Zero make-up is nothing but positive! I love the products, packaging and general style of the brand and the prices are extremely affordable too! You can purchase their products here and use the code Georg7921547 to get £5 off of your order.

As always, thank you is much for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

Until next time,

Georgia x

Getting A Butt Tattoo – What’s It Really Like?

Happy Sunday all! It’s been an okay week here in Bristol with the sun finally showing it’s face ever so slightly and the blue skies peeking through every now and again. Spring, is that you? I bloody hope so because I can’t cope with anymore cold!

I decided to write this post after I joked around with a friend and said I’d blog about it and they said that it was actually a really good idea. I’ve also received quite a few messages asking questions on social media so I thought I may as well write about my experience of getting my bum well and truly inked a few months ago. n

So firstly, why did I decide to have it done?

Well, it’s quite simple really. A bum tattoo is something that I’ve wanted for as long as I’ve been interested in tattoos. Much like all of my other tattoos, it’s easily coverable so more often than not, it’s impossible to know I have any tattoos (dependant on what I wear of course) but this one will be covered at all times unless I’m on the beach in a bikini!

Why did I pick the design I have?

I went for a black and white, dot work floral design to match the tattoo that I already have on the same side on my arm. I love floral tattoos as they’re feminine, pretty and can have tonnes of detail too.

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Just Finished

How long did it take?

I was in the chair (technically led on the bed) for a whopping 8 hours and 45 minutes and did so in one sitting. Out of all my tattoos, this one took the longest but was well worth it.

How was the pain?

I feel like so many people tell fibs with this question but I’ll always be 100% honest when people ask this. It’s the question I asked others beforehand the most so in my opinion, honesty is definitely the best policy. It was absolute agony. Undoubtedly, the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced in my whole 22 years of life but I’m so glad I saw it through.

The worst pain was towards the final 3 hours when the needle was going over skin that was already tattooed and really damn angry. During these hours I swore a hell of a lot.

Best coping methods?

Sugar and carbs will be your best friend. I was right at the start of my no-carb diet but had no choice but to give in and eat something carby for lunch. Otherwise, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to sit through the whole almost 9 hours. I also made my way through several bags of sweets and bottles of Pepsi during the day.

How was the healing?

I’m quite lucky in the sense that I heal pretty quickly when it comes to tattoos and piercings. However, it’s SO important that you follow your tattooists instructions for aftercare and look after your tattoo properly during the healing process.

Keep it well moisturised at all times. Your tattooist will recommend the best product for this so don’t just use any old thing! Many products can damage the tattoo and cause infections so listen to recommendations from your artist carefully. I always use The Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E which you can find here.  It’s super hydrating, easy to use and is paraben free.

It WILL become itchy whilst it’s healing but whatever you do, DON’T give in to the urge to scratch it. By doing this, you will damage the tattoo and pull off the ‘scabbing process’ which will cause not only loss of colour/ink but also create a risk of infection. If it’s itchy, it’s not moisturised enough so add more cream as soon as possible.

As I said before, follow the instructions from your artist religiously and you’ll be absolutely fine. This particular tattoo took just under 2 weeks to fully heal.

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Almost Fully Healed

Who was my tattooist?

For all dot work designs, I always go to the same artist. Terr Whitfield who I’ve known for years has done 3 out of 4 of my tattoos and I wouldn’t go to anyone else for any dot work. He’s based in Surrealistic Sanctuary, an incredible studio in Cardiff. You can find the studios Facebook page here. 

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Just Started 

That’s all I have to tell you about the process of having your butt tattooed so I hope this post has been helpful to anybody who had any queries! As always, feel free to leave any questions in the comments section if there’s anything you need to know that I haven’t answered already.

Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,

Georgia x

 

New In The Beauty Collection – April

How are we halfway through the month already?! Surely I’m not the only one that thinks April is flying by. I swear before we know it, it’ll be Christmas again already!

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation – £31.00

Ordinarily if I look at a foundation and it says ‘oil-free’ and ‘shine control’ I wouldn’t buy it due to my skin being horrendously dehydrated. However, I tried this foundation before adding it into my collection and surprisingly really loved it.

It’s full coverage but still has a lightweight texture and consistency to it. With a soft matte texture it doesn’t emphasise dry patches and airbrushes the skin beautifully.

Smashbox Blurring Concealer Brush – £20.00

I’ve had my eye on this brush as soon as Smashbox released it so I’m over the moon that it’s finally part of my little brush family.

I’ve always used sponges for concealer but after feeling how unbelievably soft and fluffy this brush is, I knew I needed it for buffing out my beloved Tarte Shape Tape.

NYX Worth The Hype Mascara – £9.00

I recently popped into my local Boots store and after spending a good 15 minutes talking to the lovely consultant on there, I suddenly realised that she only had mascara on one eye. Turns out they had just launched a brand new mascara and her lashes looked incredible!

Long story short, I knew I needed it if it would make my lashes as fluffy and full as hers so it’s now part of the beauty collection. I haven’t put it to the test just yet as I’m waiting to finish my current one but as soon as I do, I’ll be posting a short review on here.

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Rescue Cream Mask – £11.00

It’s safe to say, my skin bloody hates the cold. Normally pretty dehydrated, my skin is now thirstier than ever, patchy and red 80% of the time unless I’m wearing a full coverage foundation and feels tight as hell.

I picked up this little beauty a few weeks back and so far so good! I leave a thick layer on overnight when my skin is looking angry and agitated and it helps to calm it massively. It also smells so fresh!

Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette – £46.00

How could this not get a mention?! If you follow me on Instagram, you would have already noticed that the Blood Sugar palette joined my collection several weeks ago.

When Jeffree announced this newbie, I knew I needed it immediately, Annoyingly, Beauty Bay didn’t stock it for a long time but as soon as I was able to pre-order it, I did so instantly. It’s a good thing I did because it sold out super fast and I was so lucky to be able to get it!

I love everything about this palette. The shades, the formulas, the packaging. Literally everything is perfect and I’m loving using it so far.

That’s pretty much all I’ve added into my collection this month as I’ve been on a spending ban and saving instead!

Any questions as always, please feel free to pop them in the comments section below.

Thank you so much for reading as always and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

Until next time,

Georgia x

Ultimate Brand Favourites – SMASHBOX

It’s no secret to anybody who follows me that I’m head over heels in love with Smashbox Cosmetics and their products. I used to work for them and despite the fact I used a lot of their products before joining the company, my collection of course grew massively during my time with the brand and about 50% of what I use nowadays is Smashbox.

I wanted to write about a few of my favourite brands here on my blog so thought I’d start with Smashbox as during my instagram lives, it seems to be the brand that I get the most questions about. So here we are, I thought I’d share my favourite Smashbox products with you all in one nifty little blog post.

Photo Finish Primerizer – £30.00

As I’m sure a lot of you will know, Smashbox are very well known for the incredible primers that they put on the market for us. With so many to choose from, it can be pretty overwhelming at times but if you’re ever in doubt, this is the one for you.

This little gem is a primer and moisturiser in one and has loads of special hidden benefits within it too.

Firstly, this product contains my favourite skincare ingredient of them all – hyaluronic acid. This ingredient not only makes your skin super hydrated with the ability to hold 1000x it’s own water weight but it also plumps the skin leaving you looking healthy and fresh.

Secondly, this product also contains a clever little ingredient called Niacinamide. This is so-say going to be one of the most talked about ingredients within the beauty industry over the next year so keep an eye out for it. The job of this one is to provide food for the skin and acts as a vitamin-like substance. It helps to calm redness and also fights acne too!

Last but not least, due to this product being a 2-in-1, it actually saves you money and space in your make-up bag too!

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Studio Skin Concealer – £20.00

I’m definitely one of those people who is always on the hunt for a new concealer. However, no matter how many I use and go through, I always find myself coming back to this one at some point.

Not only is this concealer super full coverage but it also claims to have a 24 hour wear (not something I’ve personally tested myself) and is completely waterproof (something I have tested and can confirm to be true!)

Perfect for use on blemishes, redness, pigmentation or under-eye, this all-rounder concealer is a must-have for me.

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24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer – £20.00

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know by now that my big thing is eye make-up. I simply cannot get enough of it. I love playing around with colour, a halo eye is my signature look and anything smokey goes. Therefore, a decent eye primer is essential in order to ensure my make-up stays all day and doesn’t crease or budge.

My go-to eye primer across the board has to be this one. It’s clear in colour so won’t effect the colour of the shadows, the teeniest bit goes the furthest way (meaning that little £20 tube lasts bloody ages!) and it holds shadows like no other primer I’ve ever tried.

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Covershot Ablaze Palette – £24.00

To link to the product I’ve talked about above, I thought i’d include my favourite eyeshadow palette from Smashbox too.

This palette was the first ‘warm neutrals’ palette I ever owned and opened me up to the beautiful world of burnt orange smokey eyes which is now undoubtedly my staple look.

This palette contains 2 larger base shades (meaning you won’t run out of your most used shades first) and 6 smaller shadows with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. The pigmentation is outstanding and the shadows are super creamy in texture so they blend like a dream.

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Always-On Liquid Lipsticks – £19.00

I’ve talked about these liquid lipsticks many a time on my Instagram, blog and also YouTube so it’ll be no surprise to a lot of you that these are one of my favourite products that Smashbox have own the market.

I absolutely love rocking a matte lip and liquid lipsticks make my life so much easier. These Always-on formulas do exactly what they say on the tube.

A stay-put all-day formula that’s non-drying, super pigmented and ridiculously easy to apply due to it’s pointed applicator. I highly recommend trying these if you haven’t yet!

My personal favourites shades are ‘Out Loud’ (a rusty burnt orange) and ‘Bawse’ (a classic cherry red that suits everybody!)

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That’s it for my Smashbox favourites but I’ve loved creating this post and sharing with you my favourite products from the brand. If you enjoyed this type of post let me known in the comments section below, feel free to suggest other brands that you’d like to hear my favourites from and also let me know what Smashbox products you love too!

Thank you so much for reading as always.

Until next time,

Georgia x

Adorli – The Perfect Marketplace For Cruelty-Free & Organic Beauty

Happy Monday everybody! Hope you’re all well and had a lovely weekend.

Today’s post is a little different but one that I am super excited to have created and be publishing for you guys. I was approached last October by a company called The Blogger Crowd who work to link brands and influencers together and they asked if I would be interested in working with a new brand called Adorli. After some research and being provided further information about the brand, I was so excited to accept their offer and begin working with this fabulous new brand that will be launching shortly after this post goes live.

Who are Adorli?

Adorli is a new beauty marketplace who only sell brands that are 100% cruelty-free, organic and completely natural. The brand ethos is to celebrate individual beauty which is something that I’ve always believed and encouraged so much myself.

Adorli believe that purely natural products made with passion and care can cater and be suitable for people worldwide with any diverse beauty need.

You can find their brand new website here and sign up for early access to the site.

What does individuality in beauty mean to me?

To me, make-up is whatever you make it. It’s a form of art and in the end it always fits which is why I love it! Make-up is to be experimented with and is different for every single person so individuality is a massive thing for me.

For me, make-up is also the way that I express myself. You can always tell if I’m feeling fierce as I’ll either be rocking a bright red lip or an intense smoky eye. Any glam night out is accompanied with glitter for that extra added touch of sparkle.

I see make-up as my way of creating that ‘stand out in a crowd’ look, no matter crowd that may be.

What does individuality within beauty mean to you? Let me know in the comments section as I’d love to hear what it means to everybody else.

 

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What brands will be available through Adorli?

XO Balm:

XO balm is a 100% natural treatment designed to help with dry, irritated or rough areas of skin. Their company business plan is created around consideration for economic, environmental and social sustainability. They consistently work alongside many local UK businesses and give on-going support to the charity ‘Give Bees A Chance’ – an organisation who work to help the bee population.

Their multi-purpose balm is creamy in texture and delivers instant hydration, leaves a protective barrier with a matte finish that will nourish and strengthen and is also fragrance and preservative-free too which means that it’s suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.

Luna Kloris:

This is one of the brands on the Adorli marketplace that caught my eye the most as I’m a sucker for the type of product that they create – luxury facial oil.

Luna Kloris was founded by health enthusiast Sahar who believes that with skin being the biggest organ of the whole body and constantly absorbing whatever we put onto it, it’s important to provide your body with a pure and natural ingredient to keep it as healthy as possible. I completely agree with this philosophy! People are so focussed on eating healthy and exercising but often forget about how important it is to have healthy skin too.

Sahar has always been influenced and inspired by ancient beauty secrets of Japanese women and after intensive skincare research, has designed a silky smooth face oil called ‘Go For The Glow’ that is made up of 100% natural ingredients and is packed with antioxidants and vitamins to help achieve that gorgeous healthy glow that we all very much want.

Maggie Ann Nail Varnish:

Maggie Ann is a UK vegan brand founded here in the UK and they create gel effect, cruelty-free nail polishes without any of the typical nasty chemicals within them.

With a carefully designed and precise brush for application, this gel effect varnish will leave you with streak-free, beautifully shiny nails for 5-7 days.

Not only do they create varnishes but they also offer 3 scented nail varnish removers in strawberry and grape, blueberry and pomegranate and lemon and lime.

Ezàpè Naturals:

Ezàpè Naturals create 100% natural skincare products that are packed with certified organic, nutrient-rich and unrefined ingredients that are suitable for the most dry and sensitive of skins. They consistently work to reduce their carbon footprint and are committed to helping our wonderful little planet.

I particularly love the look of their chamomile balm as anything with chamomile wins my heart! It relaxes me, helps me sleep and smells absolutely gorgeous. This balm contains anti-inflammatory ingredients which means that it’s an ideal product for irritated and dry areas of skin.

There are just a few of the brands that will be available through the brand new Adorli site! Each and every brand have incredible values and something so individual about each of them that they deserve all the support and love in the world.

Make sure you follow the link to sign up for early access to the site! Here it is again if you missed it.

Also make sure to give them a follow on social media to keep up to date with what they’re up to!

Find their Instagram here and find their Facebook here. 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’re as excited about the Adorli launch as I am!

Until next time,

Georgia x

 

 

 

New In The Beauty Collection – February

I created this style of post last month as a little bit of a trial to see how popular it proved to be and it turned out that you guys loved it! So here we are with another edition of ‘New In The Beauty Collection.’

Jo Malone – Pomegranate Noir 

I’ve been curious about this fragrance for quite a long time as so many people I know wear it and it always smells absolutely beautiful on them. I’ve used Jo Malone body and hand washes for a long time now and recently fell in love with their bath oils so thought it was about time I branched out and also tried their famous fragrances too.

This one has not let me down in the slightest and I’m absolutely obsessed with wearing it. With notes of pomegranate, raspberry, plum and pink pepper, this fragrance is the perfect sweet but spicy, sensual fragrance. You can find this fragrance here. 

Violet Voss – Hashtag Palette 

The second I set eyes on this back in October on Instagram I knew that as soon as it launched, I’d need to grab it. Eyeshadow palettes are my ultimate obsession and the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette is one of my favourites within my entire collection. This palette has been exactly the same as the rest, beautifully consistent and absolutely 100% worth every penny.

Bobbi Brown – Vitamin Face Base

I’ve wanted this priming moisturising hybrid for as long as I can remember so I’m so glad to finally have it within my collection. This little beauty smoothes effortlessly, leaves  the skin feeling supple and fresh and not only does it nourish with Shea butter but it also primes the skin beautifully with glycerin too. Oh and let’s not forget that it smells absolutely divine!

Aveda –  Smooth Infusion Conditioner 

As a few people may know, I recently took the chop and decided to cut a lot of my hair off and I’m now sporting a long bob! Not only did I have a change in length but I also had a tonne of blonde highlights put through it.

When I was at the salon, the hairdresser used the Aveda Smooth Infusion conditioner on me and it made my hair feel incredible. She explained that as I now have areas that are bleached, I will need a much more hydrating conditioner to keep it nourished and soft. I purchased this conditioner and it’s been an absolute God send! Highly recommend if you’re searching for a super hydrating conditioner. You can find it here. 

Garnier – Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water

I’ve been using micellar waters for as long as I can remember and for some reason, had always overlooked this one on the shelf at Boots whilst shopping. Until recently that is.

I’ve been on a mission for the last 10 months to use products up rather than opening new ones but I simply couldn’t live within a standard micellar water so popped into Boots and picked this one up not long ago and I’m really impressed! Considering I normally use oil infused waters to help my dehydrated skin and to remove the toughest of eye make-up, I’ve got on really well with this gentle one for combination skin.

It removes all make-up easily without tugging at the skin and leaves skin feeling supple, smooth and refreshed. It doesn’t strip the skin or leave it feeling dry/dehydrated in the slightest and it’s super easy to use whilst being affordable too! Find it here. 

bareMinerals – bareSkin Serum Concealer 

I’m starting to realise that I have a slight obsession with concealers recently. I can’t stop bloody buying them so when my bestfriend Marta started banging on about how great this one was, I knew I needed it!

I’m such a big fan of bareMinerals as they’re incredible quality and products but super kind on the skin too so you don’t feel guilty layering more on if you need to.

So far, I’m really enjoying this newbie! It’s lightweight and fresh but has a beautiful buildable coverage to it and a naturally, radiant finish too. If you’re searching for a new concealer, I’d highly recommend this one. Find it here. 

That’s it for this months New In The Beauty Collection post so I hope you’ve enjoyed it! As always, any questions or comments can be left below.

Thank you so much for reading.

Until next time,

Georgia x

NEW Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara – Full Review – Is It Worth The Hype?

Happy Monday all! Hope everybody is well, had a lovely weekend and has had a fab start to February. I’m personally hoping for a much better month than January so I’ve got new goals and plans in place and quite simply, can’t wait to get shit done over the next 28 days!

As you can tell from the title of the post, today’s review will be on the brand new mascara that Benefit Cosmetics launched earlier this week. I’ve always been a massive fan of Benefit mascaras (Roller Lash being my fave!) so had high hopes for the newbie.

Their existing mascaras, They’re Real! and Roller Lash currently hold the two top spots within the prestige UK make-up market for mascaras and after sitting firmly at those spots for several years, I wouldn’t be surprised if this new addition quickly becomes number 3.

If you follow Benefit on any social media, you would have seen this launch being built up and hyped more than ever. I used to work for Benefit years ago and the last time I can remember a product being hyped up this much was when they launched their whole new brow range which was so big the UK went mad for it – so I knew this new product would be a big deal.

It’s no surprise that this mascara is already flying off of the shelves. Not only is it everywhere you look on every Benefit counter and plastered all over social media with massive influencers also loving it but Benefit are offering a gift with purchase if you buy the mascara! It’s not a bad gift either like some companies often offer. It’s a beautiful holographic pink make-up bag as pictured so well worth a cheeky new mascara purchase.

Another mascara? Really?

I imagine you’re probably thinking ‘why could Benefit possibly need another mascara when they’ve got the two best selling ones in the UK already?’ Well, I thought about that too but the answer is pretty simple actually. They’re Real! is known for providing insane amounts of length and being super long lasting whereas Roller Lash is all about delivering that fluffy curl. Volume you ask? Neither of them will give you that which is exactly why Bad Gal Bang has been created.

After researching into this mascara and getting all the nitty gritty deets, it’s actually a really clever and cool product. It’s no wonder it’s taken Benefit 5 years to create it. Yep, that’s right – 5 whole years!

Why is it so different?

Let’s be honest, there are so many mascaras on the market now that it can be pretty overwhelming walking into a beauty department and knowing where to go. It’s so important to know exactly what makes each product stand out from it’s competitors because essentially, that’s what makes you buy it, right?

There’s a lot to this clever little lash coater but to prevent me writing a VERY long blog post, I’ll just list the key points that got my attention the most.

  1. As mentioned above, it’s taken 5 long years to create! To me, that seems like one hell of a lot of tweaking, work, research and perfecting to get a product exactly how they want it. Over these 5 years, it also took 75 prototypes of the wand to get it just right
  2. The formula features aero-particles derived from Space technology (this explains the ‘out of this world’ quote that I kept seeing floating about before the launch!) The aero-particles are one of the most lightweight raw materials known to man which helps to create a featherweight feel and prevents lashes from feeling heavy and weighed down
  3. It also contains Vitamin B5 which not only conditions but also helps to strengthen lashes which long term will result in naturally thicker and fuller looking lashes
  4. Benefit claims it to be water resistant which is great as let’s be honest, nobody likes getting caught short with a running mascara on a rainy day
  5. It apparently lasts for a whopping 36 hours! Not something I’ll personally trial as I have no need to wear a mascara that long and quite frankly, the thought scares me a little but it’ll be fab for those on holiday!

What are my thoughts?

Without a doubt, this mascara definitely delivers heaps of volume as promised. Some people may find the amount of volume TOO much as it does make your lashes super thick and jet black too. Personally I like my lashes to look as thick as possible in order to frame my eyes. However, for those who don’t like a thick lash effect, this one may not be for you.

Although I really love this mascara already, I have a strong feeling that I’m going to like it even more in a month or so once it’s dried out a little. I’m not sure why but I often find this with volumizing mascaras and tend to prefer a slightly drier formula as opposed to when I first get them.

I love the packaging of this mascara, the wand is great as it’s flexible to adjust and wiggle into your lashes and the wear time is hefty as promised.

How does it compare to the other Benefit mascaras?

I’m sure this is a question that a few people want answering so I thought I’d finish the post with my answer. For me personally, Roller Lash is still my favourite. The only reason for this is that my lashes are poker straight and therefore, a curling mascara is my best friend. However, that being said, I’m really intrigued to see how Bad Gal Bang looks if I curl my lashes beforehand. I’m confident that heaps of volume with a beautiful fluffy curl will be ideal for my lashes so I’ll definitely be trying it out very soon.

That pretty much sums up my review of the new Benefit Bad Gal Bang which I have linked throughout incase you wanted to take a look but I’ll also link it here incase you missed it.

As always, please feel free to leave any questions or comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Until next time,

Georgia x