Lush Favourites

Since I started working I’ve been finding lots of new ways to relax after a long day. My favourite so far: glass of wine, bubble bath, Scandal.

This is why I thought it might be time to walk you all through my must have Lush products.

I’ve been using Lush since I moved to Brighton in 2010 and have slowly found my favourite go to shopping basket.

They also have some really cool seasonal products that only come round at certain times of the year, like the Christmas Present I told you about over the holidays, so I’ll make sure to keep you updated about those when they come round!

 Karma Soap:

This was my first Lush love. It makes my whole bathroom smell amazing, and it even comes in a bubble bar which I always have crumbled somewhere at the bottom of my bath box! The Karma scent is so special, it always makes me feel like I’m that bit closer to an exotic holiday.

 Avobath Bomb:

This one is probably my favourite bath bomb that they sell. Although it’s not as fun as some of the ones with crazy shapes and colours, it smells so nice and fresh without being to citrus-y and turns the bath into a lovely light green. It also doesn’t dry out my skin which I’ve had with some bath products in the past so I would recommend this to any other eczema sufferers out there. This one really is perfect for my Shonda Rhimes evenings 🙂

 You’ve Been Mangoed Bath Melt:

Another great one for after a long day, this one also has one of my favourite scents, and leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft. It’s full of mango butter and cocoa butter so it’s super hydrating. I sometimes break it in half – wouldn’t necessarily recommend this though, it’s honestly just because I want it to last as long as possible!

Sex Bomb:

I actually bought this one as a joke for my brother but ended up keeping it because it was so lovely! It smells like jasmine and is meant to ease stress and anxiety. A bath in general does that to me, to be honest, but a bright pink bath that smells heavenly – why not?


Pink pink pink! This adorable bath bomb is exactly what it says: twilight. A light pink outer shell dissolves and turns your bath darker and darker until it’s purple! So calming and relaxing, this is definitely one for before bed, or if you’re not feeling well. Meant to be full of essential oils too

Dragon’s Egg :

would recommend this one for a morning bath – it’s so fun and sizzly, with tons of colours inside so it’s really just a happy bath bomb J Perfect for a difficult wake up!

Test these out and let me know what you think! 🙂

Favourite Facial Products

Today I thought I would show you my go-to facial products. As you know, I can get pretty picky with this kind of thing because of my eczema, but these are my favourites that have been tried and tested again and again:

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash
There’s nothing better than starting your day with a refreshing face wash! This one goes above and beyond because not only is it PINK and happy but it smells so fresh and has never let me down.

No. 7 Essential Moisture
As moisturisers go, I get pretty picky because of my eczema. No. 7 products have really become a go-to for me because they’re hypo-allergenic without being those boring creams my dermatologist gives me. I use their Essential Moisture night and day creams and I’m really happy with them, only £9 too!

Nivea Creme
I don’t even know how to start with this one. It is no joke my life saver. My mom used to use this on my when I was little, and I now use it for everything, even as a makeup remover! I can’t even use normal makeup removers anymore because they just don’t work as well. Please please if you don’t already use this, TRY IT!

Avène Lotion Micellaire
I’m happy with any Avène cleanser to be honest, but at the moment I’m using the micellar lotion cleanser, which is just so soft and calming and smells nice too. My mom recommended this one to me a few months back and I can’t see any time soon where I didn’t use this anymore.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
During the rough winter months, my skin really starts to dry out and play tricks on me. This is one of those miracle products that I use about once a week, and it just refreshes my skin overnight! You also have to use so little of it (I mix in a couple drops with my night cream) that it lasts forever!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+]
Finally, for those certain times of the month where your skin, along with everything else, hates you a little (if you didn’t get that: PMS) my go-to product is Effaclar Duo+. I found this at my pharmacy in Belgium and very quickly got hooked, so thank god they sell in at Boots! You have to be careful because it can dry out your skin if you use it too much, but for those times where pimples are just showing up everywhere and you might just be tempted to call in sick, try this!

Morning Make-Up Routine

Even though I like trying new make-up pretty regularly, when it comes to my daily makeup favourites, it’s mostly the same thing I’ve been wearing since I was about 16.
Here’s a list of my all time favourites:

Pore Minimising SmashBox Primer
Let’s start with an exception! This is something I’ve only recently started using, but being a big fan of SmashBoxes primers, I made an exception that definitely paid off! This primer smoothes out your skin and minimises pores without drying your skin out. It also keeps your makeup looking fresh for much longer than usual, just as well as the normal SmashBox primer. I’m also a big fan of the Bare Minerals Prime Time primer but this one just goes above and beyond. Definitely a makeup essential.


Bare Escentuals
Here’s an example of something I fell in love with at 16 and my love has never wavered. I’ve tried liquid foundations, different powder brands, even some that I regret spending so much money on. I still always go back to Bare Escentuals because it’s got such a natural finished look, brightens up your face, and I’ve never had any reactions to it which is surprising because I often get eczema under my eyes that’s very sensitive to what products I use.

I start with the Fairly Light Foundation, then add warmth under my cheeks, put the Mineral Veil on top and then add their ‘Amused Rouge’ blush at the end. During the summer when I get a (slight) tan, I often mix the fairly light with the medium which has a pinker undertone that I like.


Benefit BrowZings
I’ve been using BrowZings since the day it came out, and it’s been my best friend ever since. Being a redhead, I have very blonde eyebrows and eyelashes so I basically have to paint them on completely while keeping it natural. The light BrowZings lets me choose the exact shade I want my eyebrows to be and comes with shaping wax so that you can smooth it out and it lasts all day. It even comes with a cute little pair of tweezers!

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Speed Brow
I don’t use this on a daily basis, but always have it in my handbag when I just need a little touchup. I always use the brush to lift all my eyebrow hairs up, then smooth them over and shape them. This gives them just enough colour to brighten up my makeup without making my eyebrows look cakey.


Bourjois Ultra Black Eye Pencil

Another all time favourite that I’ve been using forever, the Bourjois eyeliner is easy to smudge and style while staying in place for the whole day. Also helps that it’s really easy to find at any pharmacy!


Rimmel Scandal Eyes
This is my all time favourite mascara! Gives so much volume and length, I cannot recommend it enough. It also comes in an ‘extremely black’ shade then I pop out when going out after work. Must buy.


Burt’s Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees is one of my favourite brands so I’ll probably blog about their products quite a bit. I use their basic chapstick all the time, and even love their hand creams and bath salts. I have two of these tinted lip balms, one with my makeup and one in my handbag. It’s red enough that you could wear it on a night out, but not too red that you look too dressed up for work. Give it a go, let me know what you think!


Clinique Whole Lotta Honey Chubby Stick
Here’s my second lipstick option that I always have on me. It’s almost like a dark nude, and again, is right with any occasion. Ive been using this one for years and am completely obsessed. (all chubbys are amazing in my book)


Finished look:

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February Nail Polish Favourites

Full disclosure: I definitely have a weak spot for nail polish…

I’ve always had those really big white lines on my nails, and they just naturally look a little purple (I’m often a little anaemic) so ever since I was a teenager I feel a little naked without some paint on my nails.

Although it was pretty hard to choose, I thought I would show you guys my top picks for this ‘not so winter but not yet spring’ weather going on!


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My definite favourite is the greyish Essie one called Chinchilly, it’s a perfect year-round shade and it’s super flattering for anyone who’s as pale as me!


Oh, and before I forget, for those of you who struggle with doing your own nails, or, like me, get a perfect left hand and then mess up your entire right hand…. My secret is Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine top coat. You can get it at pretty much any Boots or large supermarket, and ever since I started using it people regularly ask me if I’m wearing shellac. It dries ridiculously quickly and is the shiniest top coat I’ve ever used. Recommended x 100!


Let me know how you get on!