Monday, 22 September 2014

Block Heel Boots!

I am obsessed with my new peeptoe cutout block heel boots!

The block heel is so amazing, I have worn them out all night and they are incredibly comfortable which is definitely a must have for me, there's no way I can wear long thin heels and walk normally anymore.

These shoes are a steal at £49.99 from New Look Premium range and real leather! Grab these for cool Autumn nights to pair with skinny jeans, skater skirts, pencil skirts and dresses. I wore these on Saturday night with a black faux leather pencil skirt from River Island (see here) and a simple white vest and these shoes were on point! they look more expensive than they really are and will be a new staple in my wardrobe.

What type of heels are you loving lately?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


There was something that was missing in my life and that was a golden illuminator for my freshly tanned skin. Now that my skin is darker my existing highlighters just aren't cutting it. (What a great excuse for new makeup!)

Whilst shopping in Westfield last night I decided to pop into KIKO, the Italian brand of makeup that I had never tried. I like to play it quite safe and stick to my usual brands but the store was calling me. The price of the items shocked me a little, I thought it would have been more expensive which was a pleasant surprise. I got two eyeshadows (one which can be used as an illuminator/highlighter) and a fixing spray. The eyeshadows were £5.90 each and the spray was £7.90.

The pink toned one is a sparkle eyeshadow (Shade 403) which has a subtle rose gold sheen with glitter, the glitter is slightly chunky but still smooth, I wanted this for the centre of my lids to layer on top of different eyesahdows, the SA told me that it was more like a topcoat which I immediately agreed on.

The gold (shade 208) is a wet eyeshadow, apparently it's one of their best sellers particularly for darker skin tones as it can be used a highlighter. I have read on many blogs that it's a very close dupe for Mac's coveted 'Whisper of gilt' extra dimension skin finish so I had to have it.

Both shades are beautiful and I can't wait to wear them!

I asked the SA what other bestsellers they had and she said that the fixing spray did really well which was consequently exactly what I needed. I'm going out this Saturday night so it will be exciting to see if it lives up to the claims. I tried it instore and it was a little like spraying hair spray on your face which was a bit weird, but we shall see!

I definitely would like to try more from the brand, do you have any favourites?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Zhuzch! The Tan Accelerator...

Ok, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. This is a MUST have for busy sunbathers! It's the perfect product for when you want the quickest deepest tan in the shortest time possible. It's perfect for toddler mums who don't get to sunbathe for as long as they would like or if you are going on a short trip but want to accelerate your tan.

So the first thing I checked with this is if it contains self tan, and no it doesn't.

It comes in a spray bottle and the way to use it is to layer it over your desired SPF. Throughout the 2 weeks I started off with SPF30 over my body and 50 on my shoulders, then dropped to 15 and lower the last couple of days. I used SPF50 around my eyes constantly and used SPF30 & 15 on my face. 

I'm not going to rant about sun damage but hey the body needs vitamin D too, but in moderation obviously.

I used the Zhuzh tan accelerator throughout the day spraying it over my SPF. It smells incredibly fresh and slightly floral with a cooling effect.

I didn't do as much sunbathing as I hoped for as it was so hot we only did the mornings, and rarely the afternoons but I still managed to get a deep tan thanks to the tan accelerator. There is no way i would have been this dark if I hadn't of used it. I also did not peel at all and my colour is even all over. *happy Carlton dance*

This product definitely gets a big thumbs up from me and it will be in my beach bag for all forthcoming holidays!! The bottle lasted me for 2 weeks and my husband even used some too after he saw that I was getting darker than him! :)

Price £19.99
For more info click HERE

Have you tried a tan accelerator before?

Disclaimer: This product was sent for consideration for review, I was not paid for this post and this is an honest opinion as always and this post contains no affiliated links.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Egypt, Hurghada....

We are back!! 2 weeks with the sun, sea and sand have been amazing!!

We stayed at 'Sunrise Royal Makadi Bay' resort in Hurghada which was about a 6 hour flight from London, Gatwick. Esra was entertained throughout the flight thanks to my pre planning! It was a 5 star, all inclusive resort and about 30 minutes drive from Hurghada airport.

Egypt is beautiful but it's definitely a country you have to do your research on beforehand as we got ripped off with our visas literally as soon as we stepped foot onto Egyptian land. So take note people, if you go to Hurghada airport, be sure to get your visas from the bank and not the folk who will run up to you trying to seem helpful. The food at the hotel was lovely but not always up to standard, so we ended up going to the a la carte restaurants with the Italian and Mexican being our favourites. The animation team were amazing and the hotel had great customer service skills and is a resort that I would recommend and one that I would consider revisiting. I would also recommend getting 'red flags' for the beach as it means 'do not disturb' to stop sellers coming up to you whilst you are trying to relax. With all of the negative bits over, the positives definitely outweighed them. The red sea is so beautiful and clear, you can see fishes swimming right up to your feet and it feels incredibly relaxing to swim in the ocean and listen to the waves. The sea is extremely salty and it really helped clear up my skin which was an extra bonus. The heat was incredibly hot, almost 40 degrees yet the heat felt so dry and there is always some sort of breeze. My hair didn't do the 'Monica effect' and always seemed to cooperate which was an even bigger bonus! Esra had so much fun playing, dancing and eating way too much pink ice cream. I loved having shisha in the evenings and working on my tan! :)

The Egyptian sunrise when I went to the beach to reserve our seats. :)

We loaded up on SPF 50 for the first few days and then dropped to 30 and slightly lower the last few days. I also used a tan accelerator which enabled me to get a quick deep golden bronze tan which I will do a review on next. Esra napped on the beach twice and we ended up going to the room after lunch as the sun was so draining we all needed naps.

Vesilli, the camel was on the beach everyday carrying tourists up and down. Esra loved him and so did I. Camels are so incredibly charming and cute!

My little beach baby!

I loved wearing a bright lip for the evenings and I mostly wore Mac 'Ririwoo' and 'Lady Danger' which were perfect for a statement lip. I also did lots of golden smokey eyes with nude lips. 

LIPS: 'Lady Danger' with Mac 'Cherry' lipliner under it.
FACE: Maybelline FIT ME foundation mixed with moisturiser
CHEEKS: Sleek 'Medium' Contour Kit
EYES: Mac 'Coffee' eyeliner, 'Texture' e/s and Smashbox mascara.

We also had the best family photoshoot and here's a few shots!! 

Egypt thank you for being so amazing!!!
Have you been to Egypt? If so, what was your experience...