Thursday, 28 July 2016

KAT VON D | Shade & Light Palette Review

Hey Guys!

If you didn't already know I went to Mexico last month and to my absolute delight.. and some serious google searching I found that the nearest town Playa Del Carmen had a haaauge Sephora! I was so determined to find it, it took two trips to Playa Del Carmen in 35 degree (If that isn't dedication then I'm not sure what is!). Whilst I was there I treated myself to something that I have wanted for quite some time. The reason I had never splurged out on this product is that it's currently exclusive to the USA and Sephora.. However, a week or so ago Kat Von D FINALLY announced she was bringing her range to Debenhams across the UK which is so exciting!  

A few of my favourite Youtubers including Nikkie Tutorials and Jeffree Star (awkward, maybe he won't be using Kat's products anymore after the drama?!) always rock this shade & light palette when contouring and highlighting. I've never been able to find a palette which is suitable for my pale complexion, when I saw this had 6 different shades suitable for all skin tones I was incredibly excited to try it out and share my views with you lovely lot. I know some of the shades in the palette will be too dark for my skin - but Glam Life Gu
ru Tati suggests in this YouTube video to wear them as a lid colour if they are no go for contouring instead.

First of all the packaging in true Kat Von D is truly gothic and beautifully designed. It has
solid black matte encasement with large pans and a huge mirror. The palette contains three large shades of contour paired with three smaller highlighters, they are all 100% matte with no sparkle or shimmer, making them the perfect sculpting powders.

Each pan is super pigmented as you can see from my swatch below, being so pigmented I would be careful when using and in fact would advise to start with a little and build up the product, which is incredibly easy to do. The texture of the powders is incredibly smooth and blend able but it does also have a little powderiness - this however has never been an issue when using, I simply tap off my brush before application! I find it very easy to work with and if I do go a little heavy on the contour I can blend it out very easily with my beauty blender.

An added bonus to this is Kat's unique and beautiful drawings which show you exactly how 
to define cheekbones, slim down the face and shape the nose in a step by step guide on how to use. And if your still confused make your way onto YouTube and search through the hundreds of amazing reviews and tutorials on how to use. My favourite combination is actually sombre and lucid, so the two palest colours out of the pan. This palette is so versatile that fair to dark skin tones can use and as I mentioned above, if it's to dark pop it on your lid and create a dramatic eye with it!

Overall I loved this palette and I'm looking forward to welcoming more Kat Von D products to my make-up collection.

Have you ever tried any of Kat Von D's products? Which is your favourite?!
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

LIFESTYLE | Mayfield Lavender Farm

Dress: Tesco F & F from 2015 range - £12.00 
Shoes: Primark  - £3.00
Sunglasses: Quay Australia - My Girl Exclusive White Marble - £30.00

Hey Everyone!

My most loved thing to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon is explore a new place in the UK and go for a little adventure, i think we nailed it this week when we stumbled across the stunning Mayfield Lavender Farm. This incredible gem is located in Banstead and is a 25 acre lavender farm which has been organically grown for 10 years. It is one of the most stunning and picturesque places i have seen, the lavender smells incredible and i can't believe we haven't found it sooner! Beware though, it is CRAZY busy we didn't even end up parking in their own car park as it looked like murder - i would 100% try and visit during the week, whilst the lavender is in bloom they are currently open 7 days a week (apparently the best time to go is between July - August). You pay £1 on your arrival and then you a free to roam around and snap as many photos as you want. They even have a little shop and cafe if you want to have a browse and refuel. The gifts in the shop are all lavender based and they sell bunches of hand tied lavender for only £4! All in all a great little stroll in the countryside.. 

What's your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?!
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

IMPERIAL LEATHER | Sweets & Fruits Review

Hey Guys! 

Who doesn't love a good shower? And with these gorgeous products from Imperial Leather they make my Shower time a little bit sweeter in the morning! I have talked about Imperial Leather products in a few monthly favourites and also gave away a bottle of my favourite body wash the lychee, peony and jasmine in my 1,000 followers giveaway. When Imperial Leather got in contact i jumped at the chance to try some of their new products from the Sweet & Fruits range. I was lucky enough to try out the following; 

Fruit Chew Shower Cream*
I'm going to start with my favourite out of the bunch, this fruit chew shower cream. This literally takes me back to my childhood and smells like lolly drumsticks. This sweet scent is ideal first thing in the morning and gives me the pick me up i need before a busy day at work! The scent lingers on my skin and leaves me feeling nourished and moisturised. The scent is sweet, but not overwhelming so i really enjoyed using this one! 

Foamy Banana Shower Cream*
When I first posted a picture of this on Instagram the amount of people that said 'that sounds horrible' was crazy! It smells just like banana foam sweets, i was nervous to use it at first because sometimes the banana smell can be overwhelming - this however has a really lovely smell. Although, it's not my favourite and out of choice i wouldn't pick it up again, i do like it! As i mentioned above, this is another shower cream so leaves you feeling so soft and hydrated! 

Raspberry & Pomegranate Shower Gel*
This one instantly jumped out to me, in contrast to the sweet smells above when it comes down to it I'm definitely a fruit scent kinda gal and i would 100% pick this up again. The refreshing scent works very well in the summer. Being a gel it doesn't leave me quite as moisturised as the creams, however in no way does it dry my skin out or leave that nasty 'squeaky' feeling. 

All of the above foam up so nicely with a loafer and a little goes a long way! All three of these products are a huge hit with me and i will carry on purchases and using Imperial Leather products. Most of the above are about £1 per bottle and keep be purchased from boots (you can see the full range here)

What's your favourite Imperial Leather product? 

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*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted / PR Sample. All opinions are 100% my own

Saturday, 9 July 2016


ello lovelies!

Now, this is a bit of a random post which was from my little 3 day mini trip to Berlin back in January. I bought this as a present for my boyfriend and it's safe to say he LOVED it! I know this is incredibly late, but I really wanted to share some of the gorgeous photo I snapped whilst out there. So just as a pre-warning this is going to be VERY photo heavy.. 

We managed to pack in a lot in those 72 hours and arrived at Schonefeld Airport around 12.05pm on the Saturday. I had actually pre-booked the Berlin welcome card which allows you to travel within zones ABC of Berlin (a bit like a London travel card) they cost about £20 each and you can purchase them here (well recommended and 100% worth the money!). We hopped on the S-Bahn and where surprised how easy and frequently the trains came. We checked in our hotel which was the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt this was next to the main station in Berlin Hofbanhof - this hotel was in the perfect location a 2 minute walk from the train station and about a 10 minute walk from the Reichstag building. The 5* hotel had incredible customer service and the rooms where massive, they even had a spa at the top of the hotel with a lovely steam room and chill out area - we honestly had a really fantastic stay!

First stop was the Reichstag building, you can actually go inside the dome - however we didn't have time and it was sold out. Then when we tried to pre-book the only time slots where not suitable for us.

After a little walk around the area and our hotel we made our way to Alexander Platz where we had pre-booked a restaurant called 'The Pub' and by far my FAVOURITE place we went too. It's located just behind the TV Tower - a little bit of a mission to get to but well worth it once we found it. It was so much fun and decked out with over 300 pictures of pugs, it had beer taps on the table and also a TV counting how many litres you had drunk between your group!

We had a really friendly waitress who explained everything to us and away we went, you order all your food and drinks on the touch screen which you can see below (however, if you go for the beer you can just pull your own pints!) You click your number, pour and it tracks how many litres you've drunk.

Me and Darrell both agreed this was most definitely the best burger ever!  It was really fairly priced and the atmosphere is fantastic. If your in the area, I strongly advise you to check it out! 

On the Sunday we started once again with the Reichstag building as this was basically next to our hotel.

We then crossed the park and went through the Bradenburg Gate!

Please ignore my scarf it was SO cold so I literally ended up wrapping it around my ears and half my head! After we had a little walk around the pretty street's we headed for the East Side Gallery to check out all the amazing art work. This was one of my favourite places to visit in Berlin, we spent a while walking down and looking at all the beautifully coloured paintings.

We then grabbed another train and visited the Berlin Wall Memorial - this is an absolute must when in Berlin, located on the historic site of Bernauer Strasse it extends along 1.4 KM of the former border strip. This memorial contains the last piece of the Berlin Wall with the persevered grounds behind it.

This was one of the more depressing sites we saw, it was very very cold and gloomy which probably added to the darkness. However it was really peaceful and beautiful to see all the memorials for the people that tragically lost their lives during this horrible time.

After this we headed to theBerlin Zoo as I had been recommended by a few people to go there. However, by the time we arrived it was about 4pm so we wouldn't of had time to enjoy it. Instead, we decided to go get a drink at the Monkey Bar next to the Berlin Zoo in the hotel twenty five hours hotel. Once we where up at the top there wasn't actually anywhere to sit so went across to the restaurant called NENI and quite literally consumed the yummiest ever, not only was the food AMAZING the view over the Zoo was insane!

NENI is based around sharing dishes with Mediterranean influences. Being 100% honest, it wasn't the most friendlist of places and the waiter didn't really want to help us. Eventually another waiter took pity on us and we ordered. Again, the menu wasn't explained to us and most of it was in German, so we went for a safe option of fried chicken in almond coating, sweet potatoe fries, sweet chilli sauce and some homemade pita breads with humus! 

In the evening we decided to visit the TV Tower at Alexnder Platz (if you get a welcome card, like i mentioned above you get money off!) Darrell being scared of heights was a little nervous but we made it up to the top and enjoyed some cocktails with a few of Berlin. It was the perfect way to end our last night in Berlin. 

The next day was another busy one as we had to make our way to the airport at about 4pm. We decided to brave the cold, rainy weather and make our way over to Checkpoint Charlie - this was the original crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. It was amazing to see and an incredible piece of German history!

Unfortunately then started the heavy downpour so we decided to grab the train and shelter whilst it was raining. We eventually jumped of and took a walk through the beautiful TiergartenThis is Berlin's most popular inner city park. The park itself is 520 acres in size and is among the largest urban gardens in Germany, in the middle is the victory column, surrounded by roads the only way to get to it is by four underground tunnels!

We ended back at our hotel just in time to catch the train to the airport! I hope you enjoyed this travel journey blog, if you want to ask me any questions about Berlin please feel free to drop me a message!

Have you ever been to Berlin? What was your favourite part?

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