Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Today's weekly roundup is coming fresh from my Santa Clara hotel room from a very jet lagged Steph! 

Life:
This week I'm in San Jose covering the ARM TechCon event so I flew out on Monday afternoon. I hate that first night of jet lag where you feel like death warmed up. I spent from 10pm - 2am just tossing and turning. Eventually I got a few hours sleep at 2am which felt amazing. So I woke up feeling better than I first thought I would! I wasn't actually planning to have time to write a weekly roundup this week so I'm glad to have the time to update you! 

On Friday last week we had our Maxmillan Coffee Morning at work! I baked a rainbow cake covered in pink buttercream, glitter, butterflies and flowers. It was a bit of a nightmare and Chris and I were still baking at 10pm on Thursday night. It was a great day at work though, the woman who organised it said we raised £1000!

Shopping:
Resisting duty free is always hard work but for once I actually managed it! I couldn't resist picking up a copy of Allure at the airport though! Me and my colleagues are hoping to go to Target at some point this week, so it will be hard to resist that! I did have a cheeky Sephora purchase delivered to my hotel though. I ordered the Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay Blusher Christmas Set, the Laura Mercier Inner Artist Quartet and the Smashbox Mini Full Exposure Palette. It completes a pretty big Sephora haul which I'll be sharing soon!

I also picked up some items from the Zoella Beauty Range so I'll be looking forward to reviewing those when they arrive! I decided on the candle and the body spray! Has it tempted you?

Blog:
As always I've been posting new blog posts every single day at 7am! You can follow me on bloglovin' here if you'd like to stay up-to-date with anything new. I shared my love for the Collection All About The Eyes Palette, it's so good and its only £3 (review here)! I also reviewed the Taylor by Taylor Swift perfume (review here) which is so lovely! I actually picked it up in rollerball form which is rare for the UK! Also in the spotlight this week was the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher (review here). 

If lifestyle if more your thing, you can check out my British Tag post here and my H&M home wish list here

I hope you all have a fabulous week! What are you looking forward to in the next 7 days?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

There are not many tags I watch or read that I really love, but there was something about The British Tag that I love. So I figured I’ll bring it on to the blog and share with you all! Who says YouTube should have all the fun?

How many cups of tea do you have a day? + How many sugars?I probably have between two and three cups of tea a day. We take turns to make tea at work so it normally depends on how busy we all are! I don’t take proper sugar anymore but I normally have two or three sweeteners.

Favourite part of your roast?This is easy; Yorkshire Puddings, very closely followed by stuffing! I think I could just have these and gravy and be happy for the rest of Sunday.

Favourite dunking biscuit?I don’t really ever dunk biscuits in tea or coffee anymore. My favourite biscuit is a Bourbon though! I love them!

Favourite quintessentially British pastime?Afternoon Tea is by far my favourite British pastime, I don’t get to do it very often though! There’s something so lovely about perfectly presented sandwiches and scones on a cake stand! Other British pastimes would include eating fish and chips at work on a Friday, eating Strawberries & Cream and baking Victoria Sponge cakes. Oh dear, all mine are food related, ha!

Favourite word?This question took some consideration, yet I still couldn’t find one! I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a ‘favourite word’ – I have a few I use all the time but not a favourite.

Cockney rhyme slang?I know what Cockney rhyme slang is but it’s completely lost on me. Why is ‘apples and pears’ better than saying ‘stairs’ just seems like a bit of a waste of time! ‘Dog and bone’ always makes me laugh though!

Favourite sweet?I’m definitely a bit of a sweet fan, I like a lot of different ones. Jelly Babies, Love Hearts, Black Jacks and Fruit Pastilles are all favourites! But my biggest soft spot is for Liquorice Allsorts!

What would your pub be called?I think I’d call my pub ‘The Dog and Duck’ it sounds a bit silly and unoriginal I know. But we had a pub called The Dog and Duck in my home town and it has some lovely memories. They are also my favourite two animals!

No.1 British person?I think it would be someone like Gary Barlow? I have a bit of soft spot for him. It’s a bit hard to pick one favourite British person!

Favourite shop / restaurant?It’s got to be Harrods or Selfridges! I always feel a bit overwhelmed shopping in these places but there’s something so cool about them!

What British song pops into your head?I think my favourite song of all time would be Oasis – Wonderwall, I’m a big fan of that song it has so many memories for me. Angels by Robbie Williams is a close contender and practically every Coldplay song. I love them all! Music is very close to my heart so it’s very hard to even think of a select few!

Marmite.
I love it!

I tag you all to join in and try The British Tag! If you try it leave me a link below, I’ll definitely come over and give it a read!

Monday, 29 September 2014



Laura Mercier lip glacé in Gossamer, limited edition to the Secrets Collection.


I picked up this lip glacé when I bought my Laura Mercier Secrets Collection from House of Fraser. I can't believe how long it's taken me to get around to reviewing it! Lip glacé's are widely well reviewed by bloggers and I can now see why. They have a beautiful texture which is really easy to wear. It actually feels sticky when you first put it on, but then it settles down to a light smooth finish. Gossamer is a pretty 'my lips but better' shade, which is just perfect for me, you don't catch me in bright lips! Gossamer has a high-shine finish with some specs of glitter through it. It's rich in colour, it's long lasting too and it doesn't bleed. The lipgloss is nice and moisturising which is perfect as we come into the winter months.

I'm definitely going to check out some of the other shades from Laura Mercier, this is close to being the perfect lip gloss!

Sunday, 28 September 2014



Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow, £28

I picked up my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Sephora in March and it's been rattling around my drawers ever since. It's just the most beautiful product, it's got a stunning shiny gold compact and the blush itself is laced with beauty.

Hourglass have combined the formula of the Ambient Lighting Powders with coloured hues to create 'soft focus' colour. I have to say that this is unlike any blusher I've ever tried, it's completely unique. You don't get a huge wash of pigmented colour, in fact I wouldn't say you get any 'pigment' from this at all! Instead you get a beautiful highlighted effect with a tinge of colour to your cheeks, it gives you a bit of a 'glowing from within' look.  Ethereal Glow is a cool pink blusher which has been paired with the Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Powder which gives your cheeks a moonlit glow. 

Hourglass say that the technique of making these ensures that no two blushers are the same, they mix each one independently to create the perfect balance of pigment and powder. This is definitely something special and something I use sparingly, it's very pretty, definitely a bit of a collectable!

Saturday, 27 September 2014



Collection All About The Eyes Palette by Little Mix, £3.19

I have to be honest and say that I've never really been blown away by a Collection product. But when word hit the street about this All About The Eyes Palette, I knew I needed one. The All About The Eyes Palette is part of the collection by Little Mix and I've seen many young girls on the hunt to own every piece from the collection. It's safe to say that this product isn't aimed at my age group, but the sleek black packaging offers something for everyone. 

The palette features six eyeshadow shades which makes up the perfect neutral eye palette. The palette has everything from a basic cream all the way to black, which gives you the option to put together a variety of looks. The eyeshadows are even named, from left to right we have; Feather, Sunkissed, Golden Sand, Dazzling Brown, Cocoa Dream and Blackbird. I'm really impressed by the quality of these eyeshadows, they are so pigmented and to me they don't feel chalky. They are easy to apply and blend. They even last all day when paired with a primer!

Whether you're a makeup newcomer or an established beauty addict, this is for you!

Friday, 26 September 2014



Taylor By Taylor Swift Rollerball, £12

I've always been a fan of Taylor Swift perfumes, they all just seem to suit my personality. So when I found her latest perfume 'Taylor' in rollerball format, I was pretty excited. 'Taylor' is pretty floral, fruity scent which is just a touch of something a little different. I'm not very good at describing scents, so here is the official list of notes:

"luscious lychee, sparkling tangerine, magnolia petals, peonies, hydrangeas and vanilla orchids with a base of creamy sandalwood, warmed by an inviting mixture of apricot nectar, cashmere musk and a blend of woods"

The perfume is apparently a blend of all of Taylor Swift's favourite flowers. It's just beautiful and really wearable. It's much more of a 'grown up' scent than Taylor's previous perfumes. It's less sweet and much more sophisticated. 

The rollerball is in a simple glass bottle with a glass bottle. The box it comes in draws influence from the full sized bottle. It's covered in a blue carton is embellished with the vibrant swirls.  Of course these rollerballs are perfect for your handbag and travelling. There is no mess and there's no fear of your favourite perfume breaking or leaking.

Definitely give this perfume a sniff if you get the chance, it's beautiful! 

Thursday, 25 September 2014


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H&M is just one of those places that I can go to and instantly find something I love. There home section is packed full of lovely things to fill a home with. Here is a list full of the latest home releases from H&M that I just LOVE!

This glass vase is just so simple but so lovely, I can just picture it stuffed with some pretty flowers. These little heart hooks would add a finishing touch to any room, you could hang towels in the bathroom, jewellery in the bedroom or oven gloves in the kitchen! I cannot get enough cushions in my life and this city scape cushion is so sweet! I love that H&M have started making some basic kitchen items that everyone needs, this wooden chopping board has a cute rustic feel. This owl tealight holder is perfect for a owl lover like me, but I think most people would appreciate the sweetness of it! My last item is this sweet teapot, I love the little bird details, it's cute but not over the top!

What is your favourite item in this wish list?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014



Hello everyone, I hope you've had a great week! I missed last weeks roundup as I got a bit out of sync, but I'm back!

Life
I'm currently preparing to go to America next week on business. We have one of our biggest conferences next week and there is lots of filming to do. I'm not really looking forward to going this time because I've been a bit under the weather in the last week. I hope I feel better soon otherwise it's going to be an unpleasant plane journey!

Last week I headed to the Science Museum as ARM hosted a forum there. It was something quite special to be in the science museum at night time, it reminded me of a movie! I mentioned briefly that we went to London Zoo a couple of weeks ago. It was such an amazing time. I actually made a video whilst I was there, you can find out all about it here.  

Shopping
I mentioned last time that I placed an ASOS order for a winter coat, it arrived and I haven't even unpacked it! I've just been so busy that I haven't made the time to unpack it yet! My lovely friend picked me up some goodies from Sephora whilst she was holidaying last week. I chose the Tarte Rainforest Palette, an eyeshadow trio from Marc Jacobs and a Sephora blush palette! I cannot wait to try everything. 

Blog
Over a week has passed so there has been a lot going on! I shared some of my top low cost products, these products are all under £11 and they are fantastic! I reviewed my favourite high end highlighter and the eyeshadow palette that has me hot under the collar

It's been manic for beauty boxes too, I reviewed the Look Fantastic Beauty Box (INCREDIBLE), Glossybox (ALSO GOOD!) and You Beauty!

If lifestyle posts are your thing, you can hear all about my day at London Zoo and read about my new favourite tea!

What was your favourite blog post that you published in the last week? Leave me a link below! 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Aperture by Ulrich Lang


Ulrich Lang is a ex L’Oreal Executive who parted with his friend Britt Biegelsen to create a line of fragrances. There was something a bit different about these perfumes though, they were made inspired by contemporary photography.

Aperture is the latest release from Ulrich Lang and it's nothing like anything I own. It's a woody-spicy scent which is perfect for this time of year. It features pink, black and white pepper, tobacco, cedarwood, musk and amber, amongst many other scents. I have to admit that when I read the list of notes I didn't think I'd like it. I'm normally a fan of floral scents, but there is something really beautiful about this perfume.

If you fancy smelling it you can head to Liberty of London where the fragrance has been launched exclusively. 

Until the 30th of September Luxe Associates are actually running a competition. All of Ulrich Lang's perfumes are decorated with beautiful photographic scenes. Luxe Associates are giving you the chance to have your own photograph on a limited run of 100 bottles!

If you're a budding photographer or just a fragrance fan, it's easy to get involved. Luxe Associates have paired up with Liberty of London, Ulrich Lang New York and Olivia Bee, in support of Aperture Foundation. All you have to do is submit a picture onto instagram using the #luxelibertylang hashtag. The picture should show what the Aperture fragrance reminds you of in picture form. You just have to get all your friends to like the picture and you could be in with a chance of having your picture featured on the bottle of Aperture perfume. You can see me entry here.

Monday, 22 September 2014


Yves Rocher Nail Polish in Rose, £3.60

I received this little mini nail polish in my August Glossybox. When I first saw it I was a little 'meh' about it, it didn't really look like a colour I'd want to use. However, when I swatched it, instead of it being a muted baby pink, it turned into a beautiful sophisticated rose pink. It comes in a really cute bottle with a pretty flower design in white on the front. The brush is actually a bit hard to use, it's very small and fiddly. You can see by the swatches that one coat is pretty streaky, but with two coats you can get a pretty pigmented finish. 

For £3.60 it's not a bad product, they are actually buy one, get one free on their website at the moment! 
 
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