As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking of the all-important essentials you’ll need for your travels and today I want to share with you some of my top picks including beauty and fashion.

I’ve been loving Sunkissed Gradual Tan* to build up my colour and give me that beautiful healthy looking glow. It’s very creamy and hydrating it contains Shea Butter and Vitamin E which leaves my skin soft, smooth and smelling lovely. I also like their Self-Tan Mousse* which gives a gorgeous instant bronze tan and I love its delicious coconut scent. It’s easy and quick to apply I always use a tanning mitt for an even coverage, it absorbs quickly and it’s non-drying as it contains Aloe Vera which helps hydrate the skin.

Finish off your holiday glow with Sunkissed Glimmer Compact* It comes with five shimmery shades which are perfect to create a soft, warm highlight when applied to the apples of your cheeks and forehead. Also you can use each individual shade as an eyeshadow and even apply on your chest/decolletage for that bronzed glow. It’s a multipurpose products which makes it perfect for holiday.

SPF is another holiday essential and I really love Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sun Lotion spf 30* It not only smells delicious but feels amazing on the skin without being greasy or sticky. I’ve tried so many sun creams but this one is definitely a favourite that I always go back to. I have also been using their Exotic Breeze Fragrance Mist* – Juicy Mango and Golden Amber scent it smells so good it’s like a holiday in a bottle!

I like to wear bright lippies in summer and I always gravitate towards coral/orange shades for holiday. This Mavala Orange Smoothie Lipstick* is so so pretty and perfect for summer. It’s a smooth, creamy formula that doesn’t dry out your lips and feels very comfortable on.

Mavala also do the cutest little nail polishes perfect to take on holiday with you and top up your mani/pedi. There are so many gorgeous shades in the new Summer collection, my top picks are Pink City, Blue Mountains and Purple Beach. They’re glossy and long wearing which makes them perfect for holiday.

And lastly a couple of fashion favourites I have this gorgeous swimsuit from Freya, I absolutely love the cool geometric print (Tropicool*) it features a bandeau bikini top and lightly padded foam cups for a rounded shape and additional support, C to FF cup which makes it perfect for the curvy girls. It’s such a flattering fit, it’s very pretty and comfortable.

You can’t go on holiday without a pair of sunnies and I have this super cool aviator style ones from Iolla – The Lennox Sun* the glasses feature a chrome silver frame with blue mirror lenses, they also include polarised UV tint & back surface anti-glare coating. They’re such a great quality and lovely design.

What are your top picks for holiday? Any recommendations?

 

Thanks so much for reading and Happy Monday,

Victoria xo

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Summer is upon us so I have been trying to go bare faced to let my skin breathe and I actually feel pretty confident so I wanted to share with you some current favourites and a few tips to help you maximize your bare complexion.

Skin can lose a lot of moisture by drying out in the sun so it’s important to start replenishing that moisture at the start of your daily beauty routine. Pick a hydrating facial cleanser to reduce the harshness of your wash. Garnier SkinActive Soothing Botanical Cleansing Milk with Rose Water* gently cleanses and removes dirt — without leaving your skin feeling tight. It’s 96% natural and perfect for dry and sensitive skin.

After cleansing, always apply your favorite skin toner to help shrink pores and freshen your face. I have been loving Garnier Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water* It removes make up residue and impurities whilst toning your skin and leaving it feeling perfectly soothed. I like to apply it with a cotton pad all over my face, it smells so lovely and fresh.

The last step to achieve beautiful bare skin is to seal it with a moisturizer. Pick a cream with the hydration level your skin needs daily. Massage a pearl-size amount of product in an upward direction on your face, using your palms and fingertips. Garnier Botanical Day Cream with Rose Water* is great for hydrating and soothing your skin. It’s enriched with a natural antioxidant to help protect against the harmful effects of the environment. Another important step is to wear SPF on a daily basis to protect from the harmful UV rays ( I always use factor 30 or 50 on my face)

So just follow this easy routine daily and reveal skin that shines without a stitch of makeup! 🙂

 

What are your current skincare favourites?

 

Thanks so much for reading,

Victoria xo

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Happy Friday loves,

If you follow me on social media you may already know but I also wanted to share it on here as I think this is a deal not to be missed! QVC Beauty and Elemis are launching an exclusive Day to Night Luminous Skin Collection* including some of my all time favourite products!

This six-piece collection features the brand new Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil which I’m so exited to try, also Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in your choice of Original or Ultra-Rich and the iconic Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, as well as three gorgeous body products all infused with the scent of frangipani flowers and Tahitian monoi oil. I love a bit of a pamper at the weekend so I’m really looking forward to using some of these products, they feel and smell absolutely divine.

And here’s what is included in the collection:

  • 1 x Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (105g; full size) – developed with a signature blend of geranium, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, ho wood, orange, menthol and clove, blended into the highest-quality wheat germ and oat, starflower and elderberry oils, perfectly fused with mimosa and rose wax.
  • 1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml; special size) in a choice of Original or Ultra-Rich – both offer lightweight gel-cream textures and are infused with a cocktail of seaweed extracts, offering a great base for make-up. Original Marine Cream has been developed to suit all skin types, while Ultra-Rich Marine Cream. will suit a drier or more dehydrated complexion
  • 1 x NEW Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil (30ml; full size) – this luscious cream-oil treatment combines the hydration of a moisturising cream with the protection of an oil. Developed to help promote a dewy glow when you wake up.
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Nectar (300ml; full size) – this luxurious nectar features an infusion of Tahitian monoi oil fragranced with frangipani flowers, to help leave your senses invigorated and your skin feeling soft, supple and delicately scented.
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Body Cream (100ml; special size) – a rich, luxurious cream infused with the scent of monoi and frangipani to help comfort, hydrate and soften the look and feel of your skin.
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (35ml; travel size) – a silky body oil infused with the rich fragrance of frangipani. Designed to help deeply moisturise and soothe your dry skin.
  • 1 x large white cosmetic bag

You can get this fabulous set for the special price of £59.96 saving over £113 which is amazing. It’s available from today but you need to hurry as it’s selling out fast!

Available here 

Thanks so much for reading, have a fab weekend!
Victoria xo
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I was recently invited to a really fun Macaroon Making Workshop event at Ganache Macaroons for the launch of the new Sweetheart Forever* fragrance by Ghost. I absolutely love macaroons so I was so exited to actually learn how to make them. It was relaxing and really fun event with a bunch of other bloggers, we worked in pairs and although it was a little tricky at first my macaroons turned out pretty perfect and tasted absolutely delicious! 🙂

Now let me tell you a little bit about the new fragrance – Ghost Sweetheart Forever is a gorgeous oriental, floral fragrance with notes of cassis, orange, litchi, rose and white flowers.

It’s such a romantic and captivating scent, so delicate and beautiful. It’s also slightly fruity and fresh so it would make the perfect summer fragrance. The bottle is also very pretty and feminine.

It’s available in Boots and retails for £34 (for 50ml)

Have you tried any of the Ghost fragrances? Which one is your favourite?

 

Thanks so much for reading,

Victoria xo

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Being the mascara junkie that I am, I have a drawer full of them but I’m still looking for new ones and I love to ‘wear & compare’ them for you guys and recommend the best ones out there. There’s been so many new mascaras coming out recently so I’m actually thinking to share my Top 5, so do let me know if you would be interested to see that.

Today I will be sharing with you the new Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara* and if you watch my Instagram stories, you may already know that I’m kind of obsessed with this mascara.

Starting with the packaging, it comes in a chubby black tube, it has pink writing on it, it’s bold, statement making and super cute! I love the name Monsieur Big (Mr Big) it’s really fun and perfect for a volumizing mascara.

The brush is big but not too big and it’s quite soft it gives a super smooth application and gorgeous natural looking lashes. It definitely thickens and gives volume but without feeling heavy or looking clumpy.

Another thing I like about this mascara is that it separates and lifts my lashes to give me that wide awake look it’s also smudge free and lasts all day without flaking which is amazing!

The first time I wore it, it lasted literally the whole day, so when it came to removing it I was actually a little worried that it will be hard to take off, but it came off so easily! I just used my Lancôme Bi-Facil Micellar Water and it came off straight away without any rubbing. I love mascaras that are easy to remove, as I have sensitive eyes that get very easily irritated if I have to rub on them.

The Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara retails for £21 and is available here.

Have you tried it?

 

Thanks so much for reading,

Victoria xo

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