Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Rectory Hotel | Upgrades, cocktails and exploring the Cotswolds

   
A few weeks ago me and Craig had a couple of days off work together so we took a little look a Mr and Mrs Smith and booked up a spontaneous getaway. We went to the Cotswolds and stayed in The Rectory Hotel which was THE most beautiful place I've ever stayed! 
We got an upgrade to the Cleeve room which was amazing. (I have added window seat to my list of what I want in a house...) 
I took lots of photographs so I could share the beauty of it all...


Booking through Mr and Mrs Smith gets you two free cocktails too!

Georgia x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Review | Khiel's Creamy Eye Treatment

I'd always heard through the beauty blogging grapevine that Kiehl's products were worth their salt but I hadn't got round to trying anything until recently. My eyes always tend to get dry and sore coming into the winter and I wanted something to help combat that. I was initially looking for the Midnight Recovery Eye Treatment but the very friendly sales assistant pointed me towards this as it's richer and creamier and gives more intense moisturisation. 

Ingredients:
Avacado Oil helps to restore moisture and contains vitamins A,D and E.
Beta-Carotene is a natural antioxidant derived from carrots and produces Vitamin A.
Shea Butter is a natural fat which protects the skin from dehydration. 

Claims:
To gently moisturise the delicate eye area.
The formula is Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist tested and does not migrate into eyes.

Review:
This product definitely lives up to it's claims! Its such a rich creamy formula and it sinks in to the delicate skin around the eyes really quickly. It leaves my eyes lovely and soft, improves the appearance of bags in turn making them look brighter and more awake.
I initially tried using it in the morning, however I found it doesn't sit right under makeup, my eyeliner would be halfway down my face by lunchtime! So now I only use it as a night time cream and have found this to work really well.
It is quite pricy but it's very rich and creamy so only a small amount is needed for each application, meaning it lasts quite a long time.

I'd definitely recommend this if you tend to get sore, dry eyes especially around autumn and winter, and also if you're too young for wrinkle cream but want to start taking care of your skin early... prevention is better than cure!

Have you tried any of Kiehls Eye products?

x


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Sunday, 5 October 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box | September


You Beauty Discovery box is a beauty subscription box delivered monthly. For £6.95 a month you can choose two products from the range available that month and they are posted to you with a few extras thrown in. Featuring a variety of new brands and some heavyweights such as Eyeko, Toni and Guy, Daniel Sandler, L'occitane, L'oreal, Cowshed and Rituals, there's bound to be something for everyone.
September was my first box and it celebrated You Beauty Discovery's 1st Birthday! 
As I subscribed later in the month, the choice was limited as some of the products had sold out so I would recommend making your choice as soon as you receive the email! (I'll let you know how that goes next month!)

I received:

This claims to dry your nails in 60 seconds, prevent flaking and enhance the colour of your manicure.

To give hair all day bounce from the roots. 


Containing SPF 15, free from Parabens, Intensely hydrating and moisturising.

Delivering recipes and fresh ingredients directly to you.

First impressions:
I'm quite happy with the selection, especially the extras as the Toni and Guy product is full size! The Mavadry nail polish is my favourite product in the box, I tried it on the same day it was delivered and it completely dried my nail polish in less than 60 seconds! Which is great for me as I'm constantly smudging freshly painted nails! Although it didn't prevent against chipping and flaking more than any other top coat I've tried. 
At first I wasn't too impressed with the Wild About Beauty Lipstick. For a lipstick worth £15, I expected the packaging to be better. The design is pretty but it's very lightweight plastic and feels very cheap. Saying that, the actual lip product is very nice, creamy and nourishing and the perfect shade for a neutral lip.
I am yet to try the other products so will review separately, overall I'm happy with the products in the box and at £6.95 you can't really go wrong! It's a lot cheaper than other beauty boxes on the market and actually gives you a choice of what you'd prefer to avoid disappointment.

AND I've just this very minute received my October box through the post so I'm looking forward to showing you that too!

If you're interested in signing up to You Beauty Discovery, read more information on their website here: http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk/

Interested in product reviews, I have a fair few in the library:


x




Sunday, 28 September 2014

Afternoon Tea

         

Afternoon tea seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment and Instagram-aholics are snapping pics of pretty cakes and finger sandwhiches all over the place! 
When we found out our friend Hannah was going back to uni to do her masters we wanted to do something special, so we put on our own afternoon tea (with added alcohol!)
She loved it! (obvs, who wouldn't with all that cake?)
If you like the look of our little treats, find the recipes linked below :)


And if you are not in to baking then treat yourself to tea at one of these fab places...


Find many more locations as well as some great offers at

x



Sunday, 17 August 2014

What to wear to work

When you reach your early twenties, I feel like it's normal to have a bit of a fashion crisis... if you went to uni you will have, like me, spent 80% of the time in pyjamas, 10% of the time in fancy dress and the other 10% in something you just threw on to run to a lecture. So after three years of this, you're thrown into a job where you are expected to look professional and sophisticated...
This isn't a year 10 work experience placement, your black school trousers and your mum's blouse won't cut it this time!
So I've made a list of tips to share so you can manage your workwear style without taking as many wrong turns as me... enjoy!

Please note...I had a dilemma, I couldn't take the pictures at the end of the day because I look all tired and flat, so I had to quickly snap them at the beginning of the day, hence the bad mirror selfies... I hope that the outfit inspiration makes up for the bad photos ;) 
I don't have to dress mega-smart at my office, so if you need to be suited and booted I'm sorry, I guess grab those black trousers and hope for the best... 


TIPS
  • It can be hard to think of five work outfits, the trick is to mix and match. As long as you have some smart staple pieces, you can wear them with anything to smarten up the overall look. 
  • I think monochrome is always a winner if you need to look smart, a simple black dress or a white shirt will work wonders.
  • Footwear is important to finish of the look. I'm not saying you have to totter around in massive heels all day, ankle boots and brogues work too... but heels always look good. ( I realise I have flat sandals on in one outfit but it was like 30 degrees that day, I wanted to be comfortable...)
  • Don't wear mini skirts... its awkward. I speak from experience.
  • Try different hair styles. My hair is wavy and untamed naturally so I usually pin it back to make it look like an actual hair style... If I want it tied back I often do this style, its really easy to do and looks pretty.
And then forget all about it for casual Friday! ;)
That's all my tips! The links are attached to the picture :)

Thanks for reading,

Georgia x



Wednesday, 6 August 2014

July Favourites

This month I have been really trying to slim down my makeup bag because it's not good for my back to keep carting it around... only joking its not that big. I have been loving my Bareminerals foundation since my April favourites and the way it's improved the look of my skin has inspired my to use much lighter products with more natural ingredients. 
This concealer is specifically for under eyes, it's like a lovely creamer moisturiser with a hint of colour to cover any darkness. Two in one eye cream and concealer significantly speeds up my getting ready time. What's not to love! See my review for more deets.
This became one of my favourite favourites very quickly! It's longlasting, its really moisturising without being sticky and its a lovely colour. See my review here :)
I got this bronzer free with my subscription to look magazine a while back, and its perfect. Its matte, it's not too dark so really nice for fair skin, and it blends really well. I've been wearing this every day this month with a little bit of peachy blush :)
This Bare Minerals Foundation has changed my life.. no exaggeration. When I first tested it, I wasn't sure how such a light powder would ever be able to give me enough coverage. It is light coverage but because it's so light an lets your skin breath unlike liquid foundations, my skin has drastically improved! It's clearer and more even toned so I sometimes even dare to go bare faced... Can't rave about this enough.

That's all folks!
What have you been loving through July?

Thanks for reading,

Georgia x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Korres | Wild Rose Lip Butter

On my route home from work there is a massive Waitrose and it regularly lures me in with it's really nice food. It also has a sizeable beauty section with lots of luxurious brands, so as you can imagine, between the food and the beauty products, most of my money is spent there nowadays...
I recently picked up this little treasure, Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter. 
I've been trying to minimise my makeup product usage to shorten the time it takes me to get ready in the morning (because I'm always running late...) and this helps a lot because it's two in one. It's a really lovely smooth balm which makes my lips feel soooo soft, and it's also tinted in a lovely deep red colour. It has great staying power and I LOVE it.
 

Has anyone tried any of the other flavours?

Link your reviews below :)

Thanks for reading,

Georgia


Saturday, 19 July 2014

I do like to be beside the seaside...

Last weekend me and Craig took a trip down to Bournemouth to celebrate that its been 7 years since we met! Don't worry this isn't going to be a gushy romantic post, that's not really our style (I got called a pignose turtle all weekend after our educational trip to the aquarium)...but I took some nice pictures of food, the sea and a giant turtle wearing shoes, so here you are...
 
 
 


Georgia x

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