August Favourites

Another month, more money spent and not saved. OH WELL. I tried not to spend toooo much money this month on stuff I didn’t need but it’s always good to treat yourself. Here is what I was loving this month…

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Violet Voss / Matte About You

I’ve been after a new palette for a while and to me, you can never have too many! Cult Beauty had 15% off certain pallets for a limited time and I’ve been dying to try out a couple of the Violet Voss eye shadow palettes. I went for Matte About You because I feel like I have lots of shimmer palettes. The colour range was also a winner as it is mostly neutral/warm shades which I think is perfect for transitioning into Autumn. Obviously I swatched all 20 shades as soon as it arrived and I actually cannot believe how pigmented these shadows are. There is little to no fall out when applying the shadows and I honestly 100% recommend this palette. I am buzzing to add more Violet Voss to my collection.

 

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Kiehls CleanserClearly Corrective™ /Purifying Foaming Cleanser

It was after a skin consultation at Kiehls that I bought this cleanser and I don’t think I will EVER look back. I’ve never had such a lightweight cleanser before that actually works! It builds up to a light foam and removes make up so so easily! I’ve been using this cleanser morning and night for just over a month now and I can honestly see such a difference in my skin. It has made my skin feel so fresh and it feels like it can actually breathe. You just need the smallest amount for it to work effectively so I know it’s going to last long!

 

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Edinburgh Gin / Rhubarb and Ginger

I have never been a gin drinker but this year it has happened. It started with Berry Bramble gin cocktails introduced to me by Emma and it has now gone on to gin and tonic. I feel like an adult. Emma introduced me to Edinburgh Gin / Rhubarb and Ginger and the flavour is outta this world. It tastes like them rhubarb and custard sweeties. Yummmy.

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When the Music’s Over / Peter Robinson

When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van – before being beaten to death.
While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same – but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it’s Banks’s first task as superintendent to find out the truth.
As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton’s manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence. With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate

This is one of the first crime books I have read and oh my, I can tell I am now going to be addicted. I’ve always loved watching Crime Dramas so I don’t know why I have never read them. This was such a gripping read and I am definitely going to be reading more of the DCI Banks series.

 

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Karina Turnbull / Youtube channel

Honestly, I’ve lost count the amount of times Karina has said to me she’s properly going to get into Youtube after starting her channel at the beginning of the year. But HURRRAH. She’s done it. I’ve never been so proud of her ever. It’s taking so so much for her to post these videos and I honestly cannot believe how much her confidence has improved in the past year. I’ve enjoyed all her content so far and I can’t wait to see what else she’s gonna do. My personal fave is when she was sitting on boxes to film lip kit reviews and she fell through it. Watch it here.  This gal has come so so far and I know that she’d be overwhelmed if you could support her by subscribing to her channel if you like her content!

What have you been loving this month? Leave me a comment with any recommendations!

Much love,

louise-x

July Favourites

I feel like July was a reallllllllly long month but I don’t feel like I have many favourites at all! But the few things I was loving this month, very super amazing!

 

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NYX / Contour and Highlight Palette

I’d had my eye on this contour kit for so long and when I was in Milan, I bit the bullet and treated myself. I wasn’t sure how effective it would be on my skin as it’s a powder kit but I was so pleasantly surprised. There are different contour shades, some lighter and some darker which is great for different skin tones. I personally use the lighter tones as I’m quite pale. The highlights are just amazing! Again, there are four shades, and my favourite is the first shimmery one. When I wear it I feel like my face has been carved by angels. I love this product so much and what is great is that it is refillable and completely affordable at only £18.

NYX / Butter Lipstick / Mary Janes

I absolutely adore NYX lip products. And when I seen this absolutely gorgeous red shade, I had to have it. I’ve been obsessing over red lips recently, even though I can’t pull it off like Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale. Honestly, make up goals. I love this shade by NYX and it applies so smoothly. It can get a bit messy if you’re drinking coffee etc but it does last pretty long.

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Bellapierre / Cosmetic Banana Setting Powder

This product honestly sets my make up so well. I tip some onto my skin and leave it for a bit then brush the product over my face. I don’t use powders on my face anymore as it feels too heavy and it feels like it’s clogging my skin but honestly, this powder is so lightweight so I have been using it every day to set my makeup!

 

Love Island

I’ve been a Love Island loyal since season 1 and rooted so much for Hannah and Jon and in season 2, Kara and Nathan. Now season 3 has come to an end, I am lost. I haven’t really backed a couple from the beginning this season but I absolutely love love love both Camilla and Jamie. I was so chuffed for Amber and Kem winning cos they proved so many people wrong. Now I have Love Island blues.

 

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Wilde Like Me / Louise Pentland

Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life. Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?

Ahh, I had pre-ordered this and was so so excited when it arrived! I absolutely love Louise and just knew it would be a great read. It was so so funny at parts and I laughed out loud quite a few times!

And I think that’s it for this month! What have you been loving?

Much love,

louise-x

May Favourites

Another month, another bunch of great products, telly and music! Here’s what I was loving throughout May.

 

 

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Barry M / Matte Me Up / Liquid Lip Paint

I was going to try out one of the Barry M lip kits but there were none in stock when I hit Superdrug. So I went for the next best thing and bought the lip paint itself. I didn’t expect much from it but oh my, it’s one of my favourites to wear. It’s so light when applied which I really appreciate in a lip paint as I hate when they feel very heavy on your lips.

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Estee Lauder / Double Wear Stay in Place /Foundation

I have been so reluctant to buy this for ages because of the price. Like, what if I spend £30 and don’t like it after a couple of uses? I bit the bullet at the end of last month and bought it. I LOVE IT SO MUCHHH. I have oily skin so the chalky, dryness when the foundation is on you works a treat. It honestly lasts all day. Double wear is full coverage which I need to cover my uneven skin. It’s easy enough to put a little less on if you don’t want as much as a build up. I’m using the shade 1N1 and it honestly matches my skin perfectly. I honestly couldn’t recommend this foundation enough, it’s definitely worth the money. The only thing that’s frustrating is that it doesn’t have a pump so I often find myself poring out too much.

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Too Faced / Better Than Sex / Mascara

This mascara has been on my wish list for months now. My friend Sophie was kind enough to get it for my birthday and I absolutely love it. If there’s one thing I’m picky about, it’s mascara so I was scared that it wouldn’t live up to the hype surrounding the product. I really like the brush in this mascara and it both curls and lengthens them. I’m somebody who layers their mascara and with this one, I don’t need to as much. I still use it along with Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast mascara to darken my lashes.

 

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Lush / Beautiful / Shower Gel

I absolutely love this shower gel. It’s such a beautful, fresh, summery scent and leaves me feeling so refreshed in the mornings. The bottle comes with such a lovely caption and I think that’s why I love it so much: ‘You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face.’

 

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Primark / Pink Embroidered Sandles

I seen these on my Instagram feed and knew I had to get them for my holiday. When I seen they were from Primark I doubted that Stirling Primark would sell them as there is much less of a range. However, to my surprise they had them in stock and at only £6 as well! I absolutely love these and I think they can dress up an outfit so much. I’m definitely looking forward to wearing them!

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Born To Kill / Channel 4

Four-part drama about an apparently model teenager with hidden psychological issues. A haunting exploration of the mind of Sam, a teenager who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires.

Somebody at work had mentioned this was on telly and I just had to watch it. I absolutely love any psychological thriller and this was no different. The plot was absolutely incredible. I would warn you though that it is quite a disturbing program and there are a lot of very gory scenes.

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Harry Styles / Harry Styles

I’m not gonna lie, when Sign of the Times entered the charts I wasn’t impressed at all. The first few plays didn’t do much for me at all so I wasn’t fussed at all about the album coming out. I thought I’d give it a chance though when I was doing my house work one day. I was far too quick to judge by the one single that had been released because the album is absolutely AMAZING. It is just so relaxed and chilled out. If you haven’t given it a listen, I urge you to do so. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

louise-x

 

Blogmas Day 5 November Favourites

Since starting my blog, I’ve done a monthly favourites post so I thought, just because it’s Blogmas doesn’t mean I have to miss this post out. It might even give you some ideas for presents for people or a treat for yourself.

 

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Barry M Matte // Lipstick // Shade 179 // £4.99

OK, I’m gonna put my hands up and confess that I have not bought anything from Barry M in about 8 years because it reminds me of the gold glitter eyeliner I wore in high school and I mean, I just cannot get over how horrendous that trend was. I bit the bullet in Superdrug one day and tried a couple of their products. This is hands down my most used lipstick. I bought this at the beginning of November and I’ve hardly left the house without it on. The pigmentation of this lipstick is incredible. It applies really well! When I wear matte lipstick, my lips dry out so easily and it frustrates me so much as I love a matte lip. This is one of the only matte lipsticks which I don’t have the dry lip problem with!

 

Palmers // Cocoa Butter // Hand Cream // £2.10

Okay, so the weather has changed so much in this past month and it is so so bitterly cold. This is when my skin needs some extra TLC. I absolutely love this hand cream, you just need the smallest of blobs and the smell is AMAZING. This hand cream is like most of Palmer’s products and is quite thick so it well and truly lasts!

 

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Seventeen // Matte Lipstick // Shade ‘Rioja your world’  // £4.49

I absolutely LOVE this lipstick. I have never used one of Seventeen’s lipsticks before so wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, I absolutely love it! The shade ‘Rioja your world’ is so bold and it’s honestly not like me to wear such a bold lip but I cannot get enough of it! It applies so easily for a matte lipstick (sometimes I feel like matte lips need forced to glide along your lips, but not this one.) The colour is so well pigmented and although it has to be applied a couple of times a day, it is so worth it!

 

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Barry M // Flawless Colour Corrector // Primer // £5.99

I have never been able to find a primer I love as much as the primer from Smashbox. But since I’m trying to not spend as much money, I refused to spend £26 on a primer. So, whilst browsing the Barry M shelves, their primers caught my eye. They have a primer for pretty much every type of skin which I was so impressed by. I went for the green one which reduces redness and blemishes. I honestly think I have found my new primer until I can afford to treat myself to Smashbox. It applies so well and my skin feels so smooth.

 

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Lancome // La Vie est Belle // Body Cream // £50

Okay, this body cream is absolute beautiful. I use it in the mornings and I can still smell the perfume on me by lunch time. The cream is a beaut pink colour and is so fresh. My skin is so soft once I’ve used this cream and I love it!

 

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Max Factor // Bronzing Powder // Golden // £6.99

I honestly swear by this bronzer. I’ve been using this stuff for over a year now and recently bought a new one and it reminded me how much I love it.  It’s so well pigmented that you need the smallest amount on your brush for an everyday look. And obviously that little bit more if you’re going on a night out or an event or something. I think the packaging makes it look more expensive than it is which is great for a high street product. It is honestly fantastic. I am so loyal to this bronzer and it would take a lot for me to change.

 

What were your favourite products this month?

Much love,

Louise

 

Blogmas Day 2 : Gift Guide for Her

One of my favourite things about Christmas is giving. I absolutely love getting presents for people and seeing their reaction when it’s something they love.

I’ve put together a small selection of gifts that I would buy for some of the gals in my life. These gifts are more ‘add on’ items or gifts that you would buy if you were just not 100% sure what to get. I usually ask the person I’m buying for what they would like so these are extras I would buy. Not quite stocking gifts but some could pass for them too!

 

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The Happiness Planner // £20

I absolutely love The Happiness Planner. I had wanted one of these for so long and my friends got me one for my birthday. The planner itself is absolutely gorgeous and it just makes you want to write in it everyday! The planner is designed to help you grow, to work on your personal happiness and self development. I honestly recommend this so much if you are stuck with ideas for presents as it is just such a thoughtful gift.

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Soft Striped Scarf // Zara // £20

Who doesn’t love a Zara scarf? I absolutely adore my scarves from Zara as they are so thick and cosy and just so soft. Absolutely perfect for the winter weather.

 

 

 

 

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The Great British Bathe Off // Prezzy Box // £8.95

This is like my two favourite things combined – The Great British Bake Off and baths! These bath melts are absolutely gorgeous and look just like cupcakes! And I bet they smell absolutely gorgeous! So perfect for those in your life who love all things baking and enjoy some good old TLC and pampering.

 

 

 

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Nails Inc Gift Set // John Lewis // £20

Uh, I absolute adore this little nail set from Nails Inc. I love a pink nail and in the festive season, adding that bit of gold sparkle is gorgeous! Also, the little cosmetic bag that comes with it is just adorable. And yes, prosecco is always the answer!

 

 

 

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Personalised Memory Book // Not on the Highstreet // £19

There is nothing more special than receiving a gift that has been in someway, personalised. I know a fair few people who absolutely love travelling and this would be a perfect gift for them to keep all their memories together! And the design is just gorgeous.

 

 

 

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Sass & Belle Copper Jewellery stand // Asos // £10.00

I am a big copper fan so anything that is copper is an absolute yes from me! Jewellery stands are so so useful. I have two of them myself to keep my bracelets and necklaces together.

 

 

 

 

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Too Faced Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette // Debenhams // £39

I think this gift is self-explanatory. This palette has the most amazing reviews and it is incredible. And it smells delicious.

 

 

 

Lace Clutch Bag // Accessorize // £32cluthch

I think this little clutch bag is absolutely gorgeous. And a girl can never have enough bags right?

 

 

 

 

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Droplet Birthstone Ring // Pandora // £40

If you know me well enough, I swear by Pandora. Especially the rings. They make up most of my jewellery collection! I think these birthstone rings are absolutely gorgeous. And you don’t need to get the stone of your birth month. I have the August one and my birthday is in April (my mummas birthday was in August so kinda makes sense.)

 

 

 

Have you got any ideas for gifts for any females in your life? Send me a link if so, I’d love to see other ideas!

 

22 sleeps til Christmas!

Much love,

Louise

 

 

Kiko Milano Haul

It’s the time of year when everyone is transforming their make up from a summer to autumn look. I’m kinda caught in the middle here because I really don’t suit a dark berry lip at all. So, I decided I was going to go lipstick shopping online one evening and that turned into a mini Kiko haul. And none of the lip products I bought were the autumnal shades I was meant to be shopping for, good job Louise. I thought I’d review the products I bought so here goes.

Also, please excuse my horrendous eye bags in the photo below, (It also looks kinda creepy.) If anyone has any recommendations on concealers that will be good for these designer handbags (they’re that bad) then PLZ PLZ PLZ comment.

 

 

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Kiko / Unmeasurable Length Fibres Extension Effect / Mascara / £9.90

I’ve mentioned before that I’m SO fussy when it comes to mascara. This was recommended to me by my friend Karina who knows how fussy I am. I didn’t have high expectations for this product as I never do with ANY mascaras that I haven’t tried before. But boy, this is so good! It definitely gives you ‘unmeasurable length.’  There’s nothing I love more than long, thick eyelashes. I was so impressed with how long my lashes got using this however, I did have to use a good few coats. I never use just one mascara so I paired it with Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast which together, did the most perfect job! I absolutely love it! The brush is such a good shape for lengthening your lashes and making sure they are even and not clumpy at all!

(In this photo, I used the Kiko mascara only to show you what it looks like on its own.)

 

Okay, so the reason I was shopping was for lip products. And look, none of the shades are autumnal. But I absolutely love lipstick so I still couldn’t resist! The samples are in order of the products reviewed.

 

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Kiko / Smart Lipstick / Lipstick / £3.90

I know we are in Autumn but I really loved this colour so I thought I’d go for it anyway. I got it in the shade 902 Pastel Pink. The lipstick applies really well and you don’t need much for the colour to really come through! It doesn’t last as long on your lips as I’d like but it does last a lot longer than the gloss which is mentioned later. I got the lip liner that’s a similar shade and they are fab together. It actually looks like I have a top lip! And, it is such a good price! Under £4, I mean, I don’t mind reapplying a good few times for a lipstick that cost me so little in a shade that I absolutely love! ALSO, so strange I know, but I have this weird thing that lipsticks have to smell really good. It’s so strange, but yeah. This smells INCREDIBLE.

 

Kiko / Smart Lip Pencil / Lip liner /£2.50

Okay, I’ve actually never really used lip liner much before but I have now been converted! I have a really thin top lip which is honestly the most frustrating thing when applying lip sticks. I got the lip liner in the shade 701 Pearly Pink Peony to compliment the lipstick  I got. It applies very easily and has made my lips stand out so much compared to usual. *Cue lip pencil shopping spree.*

 

Kiko / Urban Sheen / Lip gloss / £4.90

I went for this in shade 03 Glamour Magnolia. I was a little disappointed when it arrived as it wasn’t as dark as I imagined. Normally this wouldn’t bother me too much but I’m trying to grow my darker lipstick collection. Despite my disappointment with the colour, this product is good. It says it’s a gloss but it is definitely a lip crayon which makes it so much more easy to apply! Especially as my top lip is pretty much non-existent, a lip product that is easy to apply becomes my best friend. It is definitely not a glossy texture either, which kinda makes it even better! I’d say the main downfall with this product is that it doesn’t last long. You have to reapply every hour at least which can be quite frustrating. But definitely a great product for £4.90!

 

So yeah, although none of these products were actually what I was shopping for, I’m actually really enjoying using them! Have you tried any Kiko products? Is there any you would recommend?

 

Much love,

Louise

 

 

September Favourites

It’s finally AUTUMN! YAY to red lips, wooly scarves and cosy nights in. I’ve been SO SO busy this month on weekends away visiting friends and have hardly had any time for shopping which upsets me. I can’t wait until this weekend to finally get into town! Although, I have still managed to fit in some shopping for essentials. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite purchases from the past month. Excuse my shittttty photography skills.


Soap and Glory / Thick n Fast / Mascara / £10.50

When it comes to mascara I am so so fussy and a bit of a snob. I am obsessed with my eyelashes, they are my babies. They have to be long, dark and thick. I don’t get extensions or anything, I just rely on mascara which is really such a godsend. I got this mascara in a Soap and Glory gift set from my best gal Karina for Christmas last year however, I had never even opened it until this month. Well, that was very silly of me. This mascara changes lives. I swear to god it is incredible. I’m always so sceptical about new mascaras but I was running out of my every day one so I thought I’d give this one a chance. Honestly, it lengthens your lashes so much and is a jet black colour which makes your lashes look so much thicker. I use an old mascara brush to separate my lashes after I’ve applied this mascara as occasionally it can clump them together (which can be a little annoying.) Once I’ve separated them I’m good to go! I’d definitely recommend this mascara to anyone!

 


Lush /American Cream / Conditioner / £9.95

OHMYLORD. I am in love. My flatmate surprised me with this one weekend because he’s adorable and remembered that I had been going on about wanting to try out a Lush conditioner for ages. I’m honestly not too fussy when it comes to hair products but it has to smell good. However, my scalp doesn’t like a lot of shampoos and conditioners. It’s my own fault though, because I have the most horrible habit and when I’m anxious I pick and scratch my scalp. Disgusting, I know. Anyways, doing this makes my head really stingy and within two weeks I need to use a new product. American Cream makes my hair so so soft! I love it. I actually feel like my hair is in a better condition since using it! It smells like strawberry and vanilla milkshake *so YUMMEH.*

MAC /Studio Finish SPF / Concealer / £16

I’m one of these people who have still not found the perfect concealer. So every time I run out, I buy a different make. I really struggle with dark circles under my eyes and my bags are so so hellish, even when I have a good nights sleep. I thought I would give MAC a go as I have never used one of their concealers. This concealer is actually really good and I would definitely recommend it to people who like me, have the most unfortunate eye bags. It’s a slightly creamy texture but still quite solid so it doesn’t leave creases when it’s been applied which is an absolute godsend. Creases are just the worst. I would definitely buy this concealer again, although in a lighter shade than I purchased it in.

 

Technic / Get Gorgeous / Highlighter / £1.50

SOOOO Cheap. I have never used a highlighter before so I wanted to start simple and pick up a cheap one just in case it didn’t suit me. But, I love it. I am converted. I didn’t expect much from this because it was so so cheap but it is actually really good and lasts most of the day! I now know that I love highlighter so might splash out and buy myself one that might last a bit longer!

 

Nivea / Visage 2 in 1 / Cleanser&Toner / £3.59

I really needed a good cleanser to fit into my daily routine. I usually don’t really like Nivea products as the moisturisers often make my skin come out in rashes. But I thought I would give this a try. It’s actually so so refreshing. I absolutely love it! It makes my face feel super clean which I have been longing for a good while! It hasn’t irritated my face whatsoever and I’ve been using it now for three weeks so I think I have been successful! YAY.

 

Lets hope my October favourites is going to be a lot more exciting! Does anyone have a good highlighter they would recommend?

 

Much love,

Louise