Current Beauty Favs.

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I apologise for being MIA for so long, I feel like I’ve neglected the blog for the past two weeks. But I do have a good excuse..
I’ve been in Portugal *post to follow v soon*.
I planned to write this post on the plane on the way out, edit the photos and publish it as soon as I got Wi-Fi. But in true Grace style the only time I opened my laptop was to watch Netflix in bed, after hard days of sunbathing, eating & drinking- oh the struggles of being on holiday.

Every time I go away I over-pack but this year, something crazy happened and I under packed (!!!) – am I okay? When grabbing some essential holiday items from Primark I picked up a little make-up bag (I think it’s probably a pencil case) and I managed to fit *most* of my essential beauty products in it. These bits have fast become my favourites…

Chanel- Coco Mademoiselle
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’re probably thinking- not the bloody Mademoiselle again. I’ll admit I bang on about this perfume all the time. But every time I spray it, it gets me all heart eyed.

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NYX Frame & Tame, Tinted Brow Pomade.
This is pretty much exactly the same as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, but under half the price! I’d say the only difference is that the consistency is a little lighter and you have to apply a tiny bit more if you want bolder brows. But if you’re like me who only lightly fills them it actually works better than the ABH.

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Jo Malone- English Pear & Freesia
I couldn’t pick my favourite Jo Malone scent as they’re just all too good. But, this is the one that made it in my clutch most nights of the holiday. I think it’s because it’s such a light and fresh scent. If you had to represent Spring with a fragrance this would be it.

Jo Malone English Pear & Fressia

Barry M, Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint- Paparazzi.
I’m crazy fussy when it comes to red lipstick. I’ve tried SoOo many different brands and shades but have only ever liked Eva Longorias Red from L’Oreal (which I can never find anywhere!) But I finally found this one.. I would still pick up the L’Oreal over this, but it’s a great alternative if you want a red that’s super bold.

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Bourjois 123 Perfect Liquid Foundation.
In the summer I tend to have a bit of a mare with foundations. The sun kindly brings out all of my 469165 freckles and heavier foundations just do not sit right on top of them. This is just right as it’s really light but with medium coverage- but still not enough to stop people asking if they can do dot to dot.

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Spring Lips.

Beauty, Life

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It’s HERE! Technically it’s still Winter but as soon as I noticed a little cluster of flowers that had sprouted up out of nowhere I automatically starting saying ‘it’s spring.’ Spring is one of my favourites (although, I notice I say that about every season.) But blossom is just too pretty. It’s crazy how much a blue sky, a bit of sun and a few flowers can produce so much optimism/happiness/motivation etc. It’s just crazy uplifting, don’t you think?

I’m so excited for light evenings, so it feels acceptable to go and sit in a beer garden after work. For pretty dog walks, iced coffees, mojitos (as they taste so much better when the suns shining), driving with the windows down (!!!!), butterflies (!!!!!!!), and BBQ’s (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Ah, so much excitement.

I don’t know about you but when Spring comes I automatically start whipping out brighter colours from my wardrobe and I think the lips are begging for a brightening too. Lipstick is obviously a huge staple for most females make-up bags but I think most stick to their usual colours that they feel comfortable with. But now the suns shining and we are slowly coming out of hibernation, it’s a good opportunity to mix things up in the make-up dept.
These are a few high-street lipsticks to brighten up your pout for Spring…

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Sleek Matte Me Lip Gloss- Shabby Chic, £4.99.

You can never really go wrong with Sleek Make-up & this lipstick is perfect for Spring. It’s very mauve which is so so pretty and one of the smoothest liquid lipsticks I’ve used. This is probably the darkest I go in Spring time, otherwise I end up feeling a little too Autumnal. Ps. This is so long lasting!

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Sleek Power Pump Lip Crayon- Fully Fuschia, £5.49.

Oh another Sleek. If you’re not into Matte lips or Glossy lips, this is the one for you. It’s more like lipstick consistency but the crayon design makes it way easier to apply. I would rarely wear this colour (even though it’s super pretty) but it’s just a little too pink for me. However… it looks fabulous on other people. My sister worked it for a party and side note, it looks so good with a black dress and subtle make-up.

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KIKO Pencil Lip Gloss- Pink Glitter, £3.90.
So a KIKO store just opened where I live and lets just say Kiko will for sure be featuring in a lot more posts… the products are lush. I was pretty much testing everything in the store when I came across this gem. The best way I can describe it is a lipliner/lipstick/lip crayon/lipgloss- all into one little stick. It’s not super pigmented which I actually really like because it looks subtle and v natural- like your pout naturally sparkles. Ps. I’ve used this over the top of a bolder matte lip just to jazz it up a bit.

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NYX Professional Makeup Round Lipstick- Snow White, £4.00.

I think it’s important to always have a classic, no matter what season it is. For me, red is the go-to. This lipstick has some coral tones to it, which I think gives it that Spring vibe. NYX’s products are always super pigmented which is so appealing when looking for a bright/bold lipstick.

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Pancakes.

Food, Life

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It’s Pancake day on Tuesday and today I spent the day making a stack of fluffy American pancakes- in order to perfect it for Tuesday. I’ll be totally honest pancakes aren’t my fav, they never have been really. Maybe it’s something to do with the word ‘cake’ being involved, but I do lovvvve making them- something v satisfying about the way they look. As well as listening to ‘Send Me On My Way’ – the Matilda pancake song (if you know, you know) whilst making them. There are endless options to top your pancakes… I went for a Nutella batch, a lemon batch and my personal fav ~berries & yoghurt~.
Happy Pancake Day!
(& let me know what topping you went for.)

 

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Pupcakes!

Favourites, Food, Home, Life

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Everyone’s guilty of feeding their dog a little human food now and again. I mean…common’ dog kibble looks sooo boring. Missie does have a range of different dog treats however, those puppy dog eyes always bribe us into giving her something with a little more flavour. I had a weird cooking splurge this weekend and ended up baking some sweet treats for my family. However, I felt guilty the little pup was left out so I decided to bake her batch of her very own!


Ingredients: (It’s all dog friendly)

1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup porridge oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Frosting:
• 2 x Tubs cream cheese low fat
• Dog treats of your choice

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Method:

-Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius, line cupcake tins with paper cases (remember to take these off before giving to your dog if you have a bit of a greedy pup).

-Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and distribute evenly between the cupcake cases. Bake for 15 minutes and leave to cool before icing.

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(They actually smelt and looked quite tasty)

-Using a spoon to dollop cream cheese on the cakes or as I did, use a disposable piping bag  I used a large star icing nozzle and piped in a circular motion. -I then popped a little puppy treat on top and enjoy!

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As you can see, she loves them!

Toast.

Favourites, Food, Home, Life

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Today I thought I’d write a toast post.
I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like toast- well as far as I know I haven’t.

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Toast is such a simple tasty food that never disappoints. Personally, I love the classic- toast with butter.  However, it is nice to jazz it up a bit. I think my taste buds are a little like my imagination and crave flavour and stimulation, so it’s always good to have these super easy tasty toast ideas in mind…

Bananas & Honey.
Recipe- Make toast. Layer cut up banana on top and drizzle honey.

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Salmon & Cream Cheese.

Recipe- Make toast. Spread your cream cheese over your toast, layer your salmon on top and sprinkle some pepper.

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Avocado & Chilli.

Recipe- Make toast. Mash up an avocado, add dried chilli, salt, pepper and mix. Then spread it onto your toast.

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Pesto, Mozzarella & Tomatoes.

Recipe- Make toast. Spread pesto then layer cut up/grated mozzarella and tomato on top!

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Enjoy!

 

A weekend at Reading Festival…

Favourites, Life, Travel

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Sorry I haven’t been writing as often as I usually do.
I have been at and recovering from Reading Festival and unfortunately  it’s all over for another year. Reading is place in Southern England and is pronounced r-e-d-ing. Every year people arrive for music festival that is held for around 4 days, just in case anyone who is reading this thinks I may have gone to a festival to read literature- which definitely wasn’t the case!

I’ve been to Reading before and had such an amazing time, without a doubt Reading Festival is one of my most favourite places. Obviously, the music makes a huge difference and Reading always pulls out the most incredible line-ups.

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Musically a few of my favourites were… Firstly, The 1975- probably because they are my most favourite band ever, so maybe I am biased. Secondly, it has to be The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I wasn’t a huge fan of theirs and didn’t really know many of their songs, but there’s no denying that they are amazinggg and seeing them is something I will never forget. They are sooo talented and now I can’t stop listening to them. Imagine Dragons were also great, along with Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy, Jack Ü…

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Apart from the music which makes the experience amazing, it wouldn’t have been the same without the people we went with. I went to Reading with two of my oldest best friends. We also went with new friends and we made friends whilst there.

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Although going to a weekend festival seems tough- and trust me it is. All of the cold nights in a tent, not washing, vile toilets- if you can call them toilets, dirt and mud is all worth it. It’s all part of the experience and adds to the amazing vibe.

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Until next year Reading!

Beauty Blogger Questions.

Beauty, Favourites, Life, Tags

 

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1. Do you have a beauty budget or do you spend freely?
I’d say around every 3-4 months I go on a splurge. I usually just buy the products I have run out of along with a few new products. I don’t really give myself a budget but, I do watch how much I am spending.

2. What is your beauty pet peeve?
People who do not take their make-up off before bed. I will never understand how people do this.

3. Do you contour and highlight?
Yes I love to but, not everyday. I usually do it at the weekends or a night out.

4. What is your favourite hairstyle?
This is soo hard! On myself, I don’t really have a favourite. I enjoy wearing it up, down and french plaited. On other people, I love slick styles such as; a slick pony tail or a slick neat bun- but I can’t pull them off!

5. Do you have to wear make-up everyday?
No. I do most days, but if I am not doing much or do not feel like it, I wont.

6. Do you believe in the saying ‘less is more’?
100%! I think a lot of people wear too much make-up, me being one of them… But I think a lot of people actually wear more make-up, because they enjoy it (me included) it’s like putting on a nice outfit.

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7. What is your day-to-day make-up look?
A medium coverage of foundation, a brush of loose powder, lightly filled in brows, winged liner, mascara and a nude lip.

8. Thick or thin brows?
Thick alllll the way! I love love love Lily Collin’s and Cara Delevingne’s bushy brows sooo much. My brows are pretty average, I always wish I had bigger brows and always try to grow them out. But they never grow consistently.

9. How often do you have your hair cut?
Every couple of months.

10. Would you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I don’t think so, nowadays there are so many talented YouTubers who put up amazing tutorials, no one really needs to. If I ever want to learn anything I usually just find a tutorial and try it out.

 11. Which celebrity do you think has the best make-up?
Margot Robbie for keeping it natural- she clearly doesn’t need it but when she does wear it she still looks so natural and Olivia Culpo for always looking flawless.

12. Nail polish or no nail polish?
Always nail polish!

13. What is your skincare routine?
Remove my make-up with wipes, usually at like 6pm most days. Then, when I go to shower/bath around 8 or 9pm I use a facial wash/scrub. Then I moisturise an hour before I sleep. I also, do a facemask once or twice a month.

14. What beauty product could you NOT live without?
Moisturiser.

15.What beauty product could you live without?
Blusher- I rarely use it.

Holy Grail Products.

Beauty, Favourites, Life, Tags

Here are 10 products I cannot live without!
(Well I could live without them, but life just wouldn’t be the same…)
Most of the items listed I’ve been using for a long time that I repurchase over and over.


Castor Oil.

Lots of people have never even heard of Castor Oil. It literally is just 100% natural oil, it’s very similar to Argon Oil but it’s a little thicker. I regularly use it on my eyebrows and eyelashes before bed, it helps protect and condition them and makes mine a lot thicker and grow a lot quicker. I have used it on my hair but, I personally prefer Argon Oil as it does take a few washes for the Castor Oil to subside.

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Insect Repellent.

This probably seems like a bit of a weird one. I love fresh air and love to keep my bedroom windows open all year round. I do use this much more in the Summer due to it being the season of insects however, I do find myself using it all year round- mostly for my piece of mind!

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid.

Although I do not use this foundation on a day-to-day basis, I definitely like to know it’s always in my make-up draw. I usually use it when I go for a heavier make-up look, when I am going on a night out, when I want more coverage or to look a little more dewy.

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Dry Shampoo- Brunette.
Dry Shampoo is my best friend on mornings when I am looking for a quick hair fix. I have written before how I don’t like to wash my hair too often and this is a great product I like to use when I want to stick it out that extra day.

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Revolution- Girls On Film Eye Shadow Palette.
I was honestly so shocked when I tried this eye shadow. I actually got it as a gift and was so surprised when I played around with it. There is a mixture of shimmers and mattes and they are all really pigmented and true to colour. Not to mention how cheap the palette is!

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Simple- Kind to Skin Facial Wash. 
When washing my face I like to stick to products as natural as possible.
I’m lucky I haven’t got sensitive skin, but I use quite strong perfumed moisturisers so when washing my face, the more simple the product, the more cleaner I feel my face is.
This is a great high-street product that does what it says!

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O.P.I Nail Polish.

For me O.P.I are just the Royals of nail polishes. I’ve tried a lot of and I think these are the only brand that does not chip in the first 2 days of wearing it. The colours are beautiful and they look great.

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Facial Waxing Strips.

I’ve always got some waxing strips tucked away in my beauty draw. I wax my eyebrows every 2-3 months to get rid of the stray hairs. Personally waxing is my favourite method of brow tidying. I hated threading and plucking scares me as I used to over pluck (back in the days I’d wear the wrong colour foundation.)

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TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray.  

It’s so so important to protect your hair from heat. I try to let my hair dry naturally as much a possible and I limit myself when using heat. I’ve been using this product for a few years now, every time I use heat I lightly spray this over my hair and if I forget to use it, I really do notice the difference.

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Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived.
/Dove Summer Glow.
This has to be my favourite product from this whole post.
I have been using this product for at least 5 years and love it. I was a little confused when I went to pick some more up. At first, I thought it had been replaced by this but, I’ve seen the Summer Glow is still available. The smell, colour, consistency, result is exactly the same so I’m not too sure why they’ve released this one! It is a tinted moisturiser/gradual tan. I usually use it on my face and have tried so many other moisturisers and tanners but, nothing beats this. I apply a light layer most nights before sleep and leaves me with a really subtle glow after a few hours. I don’t wear fake tan that often anymore and I would actually prefer if this product didn’t contain a tanner. But, there isn’t an equivalent so I use this is my night moisturiser. I have tried so so so many different facial moisturisers (high-street and high-end) but, my skin doesn’t like any of them as much as it likes this. It works so well with my skin, and leaves it soft and revitalised.

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What are you holy grail products?

June Favourites.

Beauty, Fashion, Food, Life


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream- Cairo.

This is a really beautiful colour, it’s very neutral and subtle but still very noticeable.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream- Copenhagen.
I have always been obsessed with a bold lip and I saw this colour on a Zoella video and knew I had to have it, it didn’t disappoint!

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ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses- Pink.
I love love love these sunglasses, they are like matte rubber plastic material and I also ordered them in black. However, I’ve been reaching for the pink way more. I think I’ve had a nudey/pinky theme going on for the past month. You will notice the theme…

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Barry M Molten Metal Nail Polish- Copper Mine.
The theme continues… I didn’t wear pink nail polish for years until I found this colour and now I am always wearing it. It’s a really pretty rose gold colour.

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Zara Round Neck Coat- Pastel Pink.
I have a very dangerous coat obsession and I think that’s why I love winter because it means coat shopping! In the summer people usually enjoy being coatless and embrace it. Not me… I mean I don’t wear thick warm coats, but thinner jackets that are of a summery colour. This pastel jacket is perfect for one of my summer jackets. I usually end taking it off wherever I go. However, in the UK it can rain at any time so I just use the excuse ‘just in-case!’

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Paris Hanging Photos- 

I ordered these little photos from eBay a while back but I completely forgot about them. So, I finally got around to digging them out and decided to hang them.

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Bruschetta- Mix for Bruschetta.

I love Italian food and I cook lots of Italian food. This little jar is ready made mix, all you have to do is grill or toast your bread and add this on top! It tastes amazing and is so easy and quick.

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The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
Reality shows are definitely my guilty pleasure and this show is sooo good!
The Australian accent is music to my ears so it makes it even easier to binge watch this show. I’m already feeling v sad to finish season 3, even though I just started it!
It’s so funny and fully of drama and gossip like any RHO… show.

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Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. 
This will always be one of my favourite perfumes however, I haven’t been using it as much as I usually do. However, I was reminded when I sprayed it last month how much I love it and I think I used it every single day in June!

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Wilko Rocco Silver Photo Frames.
These photo frames really complete my bedroom, they are great value for money but look expensive.

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