16 May 2018


I just love eyeshadow palettes. The simple act of opening them up and looking at the wonderful array of rich colours makes me feel super happy. I like the way palettes give you options to create multiple looks whilst being handy and compact for travelling. 

Palettes are just my jam.

For me, the only downside to eyeshadow palettes, or any makeup palette in general, is that quite often some shades can go unused because, at the end of the day, not every shade is going to be to your liking. Though, I have found in more recent years, that palettes these days tend to be much more cohesive in terms of shade offering. And with all of this in mind, here are three eyeshadow palettes that I definitely believe to be worth the makeup bag/dressing table real estate.

I Heart Revolution - 'Golden Bar Palette'

It was the Makeup Revolution 'Golden Bar' palette that really turned me on to the 'I Heart' sub-brand of Revolution which is available at Superdrug. This unapologetic Two Faced dupe certainly has some dreamy colours inside and for £9, it's definitely worth giving a go if you like warm toned shades. The creamy, shimmer shadows are easily blended and the pigment payoff is pretty insane. Looking for swatches? Check out this post for a full review of this palette.

Urban Decay Naked Palette #1

I wanted to photograph my original Urban Decay Naked Palette here because it was such a huge moment for me when I bought it with some of my 18th birthday money. I've since gone on to buy two more of the original UDNP's but this one, in particular, holds some special memories for me and you can really see which shades have been my absolute favourites to wear over the years. I love the warm, wearable shade selection and the way you can wear any combo, day or night. Is it worth the
£39.50? price tag? Absolutely! And it's still, in my opinion, the most versatile shade selection out of the Naked Palette family.

w7 'Delicious Palette'

And finally, an honourable mention to the w7 'Delicious Palette' which I talked about at great lengths in this post. This bargainous palette is a proper gem and so affordable at £9.95. The shades are highly pigmented, easy to blend and stick around on the lids for a decent amount of time. If you're looking for a palette with similar shades to the Anastasia Beverley Hills 'Modern Rennaisance' Palette, then this is definitely your match made in dupe heaven.


8 May 2018


Here in the UK, the weather has been an absolute treat over the bank holiday weekend and when the temperatures soar and the sun makes an appearance, there really is no better place than home. I split my weekend between catching the rays at the beach and at home on the comfort of my sun lounger. Bliss. There are however a few bits and pieces to get in order before I venture outside in this kind of weather, especially if I'm opting for a pair of Birkenstocks, some denim shorts and a cami outfit combo. 

Treatin' those feet...

Feet. Funny things, I broadly don't have a problem with them as a whole however, I do find toes a bit...weird. In the late spring/summer months, I'm rarely seen without a pair of Birkenstocks and so my toes and heels need a little TLC to keep things sweet. A slick of polish does the trick, Copper Kiss from non-other than Poundland is a winner for me at the moment. The formulation is really good and it's only a quid.

I also inherited what I call 'Hoof-feet' from my Dad, sorry Dad. If I don't keep up with them, my heels are dry and sore. That's when I call upon my weapon of choice, the Micro-Pedi Nano which painlessly exfoliates and removes hard skin from your feet using a rough rotating pad which kinda fees like a cats tongue! 

Faux Glow...

I always feel that smidge more confident when I have a tan. I don't mean to the excessive levels that I rocked in my late teens / early uni days but a subtle glow is always a good thing. My tan of choice is the Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion which is, of course, a classic and who doesn't want to smell like chocolatey/coconutty biscuits? 

I've previously talked about the HiGlow shimmer oil in my April favourites so I won't ramble on too much about it again however, I like to use this lightweight, pigmented oil on my arms, chest and legs to add a little shimmery glow while I'm about and about. This stuff is especially nice to wear on the skin and smells pretty sassy too.

Hot weather approved beauty...

Being a naturally pale skinned gal, sun protection is vital. Before heading out anywhere with bare limbs, I also use sun lotion. I'm a big fan of the fine mist sprays and when I'm on the beach, those are my favourited choices of sun protection, however, if I'm just dotting around the garden, or sat in a beer garden, I'll use the Solait SPF 30 suncream all over.

The last thing I want to be wearing is a full face of makeup when it's hot. Instead, I'll opt for a sheer, tinted moisturiser with an SPF and rock some gel-based products. The Glossier Cloudpaints are particularly good for these occasions. These cream formulas double up as blush, bronzer and highlight in one and are particularly useful for topping up that sunkissed glow. If I am wearing powder-based products, my go to is a creamy bronze duo from Elizabeth Arden housed in the cute Red Door packaging.

* Post contains gifted items from Emojoi

30 April 2018



For me, April is a month of great change, a sentiment shared by the legendary make-up artist, Mary Greenwell of whom I interviewed earlier this month for one of my client's digital magazines. It was such a great honour to be able to chat so candidly with Mary about her enviable career working with the original supermodels, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, as well as her transformative work with the beautiful, Diana Princess Of Wales. You can find the article HERE if you're interested.

I was also extremely lucky to be invited to the opening of a new restaurant in Liverpool named, The Florist which has taken residency in The Old Blind School Building. The restaurant, which is spread over multiple floors, is adorned from floor to ceiling with beautiful flowers. Adam and I were invited to try their Sunday Roast which I hope the picture below is doing justice because it was simply divine. I had the lamb with homegrown mint sauce and cauliflower cheese and Adam had the belly pork, both were far from mean on the portion size and incredibly tasty. We finished our meal with a sharing bowl of the most scrumptious apple crumble and custard that I've ever eaten in my life. If you're in Liverpool, you must call into The Florist, even if only for one of their beautifully crafted cocktails -I recommend the coconut and poppy mojito from their English garden cocktail menu. 
Wearing my Ruflixoo red tartan scarf, the softest scarf I've ever worn  | Roast Dinner + cocktails @ The Florist | The most beautiful arrangement of flowers suspended from the ceiling, can I have this in my house?


I know that Christie Watson's powerful book extract focusing on 20 years on the front line of the NHS for The Times has been shared to death in the zeitgeist, but I wanted to include it here, because not only did it strike a nerve with me, but it is also one of the most insightful, no bullshit pieces of writing I've ever read. Christie worked as a nurse for the NHS for 20 years, in her upcoming book, of which The Times extract is taken from, Christie discusses what it's really like working in different areas of the NHS from paediatrics to A+E to palliative care and more. There are no filters here, it's real life. If you read one thing today, make it this.

I also really enjoyed this blog post by Lily Pebbles where Lily reflects on her experiences getting tattoos over the years. I particularly loved (and deeply resonated) with this part:

"I honestly disliked every single tattoo experience I had. I don’t mean to generalise, but they were all men and every single one made me feel rushed, intimidated and inexperienced. I’ve said for years that there’s a gap in the market for a tattoo parlour for either first-timers or for people who have just a few small tattoos… because it’s different, it just is. Often tattoo artists won’t draw the design for you ahead of time to think about it because they’re worried you’ll take the design elsewhere to be done. So you arrive on the day, you’re shown a design and unless they actively say “don’t worry, take your time and any changes you want to be made can absolutely be made”, you feel really guilty and embarrassed asking them to change things. There’s a pressure, a time constraint and I’ve many times in the past been told: “no, that’s the best I can do”. In the past, I’d paid deposits, booked appointments months in advance and it doesn’t feel easy to stick up for yourself, especially in an environment that feels alien to you (most the tattoo parlours I’ve been to are quite scary inside)."

I completely agree with Lily here, I've only had two tattoo experiences, one here in the UK and the other in America, with my first tattoo I experienced exactly what Lily is talking about. The whole process felt totally overwhelming to a tat first timer. 


My favourite podcast this month was an episode of 'Desert Island Dishes' - in-particular the episode with Levi Roots of Reggae, Reggae sauce fame. I had obviously watched Levi on Dragon's Den many moons ago, and there is indeed a bottle of Reggae Reggae sauce in my pantry however, I was really inspired by Levi's episode where he talks about his work with Princes' Trust, the close relationship he had with his Grandmother in Jamaica, before moving to the UK age 11 and how his humble jerk sauce made in his kitchen was snapped up on scale by a major supermarket.

I've also been catching up on the 'Re-issued' Desert Island Discs, as the programme/ Kirsty is taking a break at the moment, some iconic back episodes have been republished. I listed to Steven Hawking's 1992 episode with Sue Lawley on a whim and I was mesmerised by Steven's eloquence and sense of humour, not to mention his penchant for classical music. 

I also, more recently listened to Annie Lennox's, 2008 episode, what a soothing voice Annie has! A delight to listen to, Annie is someone who really appreciates the composition of music. I loved the way she identifies with particular music of a certain time or era because of the messages and mood it gives out. I share this same sentiment with music from the 1980s incidentally. Annie also introduce me to The Blue Nile, a Scottish folk-ambient band, rather ironically famed for their inaccessibility and infrequency of recordings. 

Other podcasts to listen to...

Lily Pebbles on The Emma Guns Show discussing Friendship, entrepreneurship and honesty


It's certainly felt like royal family mania at the moment and amongst babies and that Camilla documentary I LOVED the Queen's Green Planet with David Attenborough where Queenie and Sir David took a stroll around Buckingham Palace gardens looking at the different plants and trees planted there. I don't think I've ever seen the Queen as animated, she came across really human and far less stuffy than I imagined.



I'm back on the fake tan wagon, well on a part-time basis I guess. When we were treated to the beautifully sunny weather the week before last, I decided to whip out the gradual tanning moisturisers in order to not look quite so pasty. My current favourite is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion. It doesn't streak, smells divine and offers a really nice colour payoff.
Sticking with the self-tanning theme, I also bought a bottle of Hi Glow shimmer oil which is a tanning range by Rochelle Humes and stocked in Superdrug. Simply give the bottle a vigorous shake and the shimmery oil formula applies to the skin beautifully. The shimmer payoff is very, very subtle and in my opinion, could do with being amped up a little bit but the moisturising oil is lovely for patting onto your collarbone, arms or cheeks when the sun is shining.


As I mentioned earlier on, I had the great privilege of interviewing Mary Greenwell which inspired me to seek out her fragrance range, sadly now discontinued. From Mary's line, I chose 'Plum' - her first fragrance featuring notes of white floral (my favourites) tuberose, fruit to name but a few. This is a very elegant, grown-up scent which I can totally imagine Mary wearing. You can tell that this perfume was made for the premium market as the bottle, particularly the lid is extremely weighty. I really want to try Mary's Fire next.

Makeup / Skincare.

I have a secret place that I like to go to find discounted makeup and whilst a lady never tells, I can say that this shop has the best collection of Cover Girl cosmetics (Maybelline here the UK) I've recently been coveting the Lash Effect mascara, the thin, plastic wand helps to really dig into those lash roots and help lengthen and curl my lashes. I've been teaming a basic makeup look comprising of just one swipe of mascara with my favourite lip stain/balm of the moment 'Crush' from Glossier.

I've waxed lyrical about my love for Olay skincare and as the slightly warmer weather sets in I've been using their Complete BB Cream in Fair, the colour blends into the skin, matching the pigment and tone, though I must add this formula is slightly on the warm side. I like how much of a healthy glow it gives me whilst evening out my skintone. It's perfect for everyday use when you don't want to wear a full coverage base.

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