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£18 for a sponge is ridiculous by anyone’s books, am I right? It is literally just a sponge, I can’t even imagine how much money they’re making on them. However… IT’S THE BEST THING SINCE THEY INVENTED FOUNDATION. No, really.

I fully expected not to think much of the much-raved-about Beauty Blender, I bought it on a whim when I was feeling particularly spendy – so much so that I didn’t even take photos before I used it when it was brand new, sorry about that.

The magic of this sponge is that it makes your skin look FLAWless. Completely smooth, poreless, and baby-soft. I can’t believe I haven’t owned one sooner.

I’ve used all manner of ‘dupes’ for the Beauty Blender and I totally understand why none of these products even come close to the real thing. How do they even manage it? Surely a sponge is a sponge? Apparently not.


There’s not much to say about the sponge itself – how do you go about describing a sponge?! All I can say is that for some reason, it is different to all other sponges. It doesn’t seem to drink up as much foundation as the dupes, it seems to be perfectly shaped to get a full coverage really quickly without having to use a brush or another sponge to blend it out.

All in all, I really wanted to hate it (although I’m glad I don’t considering it’s the most expensive sponge I’ve ever bought/ever will buy) but I simply don’t.

Is a Beauty Blender an essential? No, I wouldn’t say you need it over, say, dinner. But it has definitely become my most-used tool in my collection, and I would for sure repurchase it.

I’m totally converted. Damn.


Boots // Carvela at Kurt Geiger | Jeans // Zara | Coat // New Look (no longer available, but similar here)

I am now in my third year of uni and for the last year I have commuted each day… 3 hours there, 3 hours back. You maths genius’ would’ve worked out that I travel 6 hours a day when I’m scheduled to go into uni. That’s around 3 times a week. So I guess I would consider myself a bit of a pro when it comes to travelling – my journey includes a car journey to the station, a train, a tube and another train to the campus – and during this time, especially now that I’m reaching the most crucial part of my course, I have found a few ways of staying productive on the commute.

If you travel 6 hours a day like me or just 15 minutes, let that time be productive!

  1. Read a book
    This one is something that I’ve always done without even thinking about it, I read for fun – I always have a book to read, I have to finish any book that I start, even if I’m hating it. Weird OCD habit. The train is a great place to read because you can really zone out from all the chaos of rush hour and escape into your own little world.
  2. Meditation
    Staying on the theme of escaping into your “own little world”, I have mastered the art of meditation on public transport. No weird “ohm-ness” going on with my legs crossed or anything like that, but for the past few months I’ve really become a fan of the Calm app. It’s a guided meditation app that’s really easy to follow and just allows your mind to switch off from everything around you. Earphones in, world out.
  3. Brain training
    Something which might not seem entirely productive is brain training. There have been times when I’ve been so tired on my commute that I’ve become a victim of the fall-asleep-head-roll-mouth-open gaze that seems to affect the best of us (only the very best, apparently) and so I’ve found that doing a sudoku or crossword puzzle helps to keep my brain alive and awake, as well as keeping my eyes open. And besides, something that is training your brain and making you think hard that early in the morning can only ever be a good thing, right?
    I’m not one to sit on the train on my laptop, mainly because I can’t be bothered to lug around my MacBook with me all day, but I do find that if I’ve made notes on something I aim to do when I get home, or if I’ve read a few chapters of a book I’m studying for my dissertation, then I always feel much better and productive once I’m off the train. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you’re on a train with no distractions. Of course, if you really want to work on your laptop on the train then that’s great and totally admirable, I only wish my laptop wasn’t so heavy so I could do the same!
  5. Make a to-do list
    My last point is probably my favourite and most-used. Making a to-do list is so productive for me because it allows me to really plan my time well. Travelling to and from uni every day can take it’s toll on my productivity levels because travelling is so tiring. When I get home I tend to just want to sit around and catch up on Mad Men, but having a list of things that I need to get done helps me to focus. Ticking things off the list is so satisfying that I find that this alone is enough to make me want to reluctantly click away from Netflix and do some work!

Of course there are days when all I want to do on my commute is listen to music, zone out and pretend I’m in a totes-emosh music video whilst gazing out of the window (probably listening to Adele, just to be a total cliché), but I’m trying my best to keep those days to a minimum and try something productive instead.

What do you do on a long commute, I’d love to try some of your ideas – I have another 6 months of commuting ahead of me!



Nice and snappy title there, not. However I do have to say that this moisturiser is the BOMB. I never, ever would’ve thought that I would like an oily product for my skin, having such naturally oily skin anyway. First of all, I’ll say that this smells DIVINE. I won’t go into describing the scent, because I don’t think that really ever works, however if you do one thing this week, go into The Body Shop and smell this line of products!


I’d been wanting to try the moisturiser from this range for a little while now, and in the end I decided on the ‘gel cream’ version, as the consistency was slightly lighter and more fitting to my oily skin. One of the worries I had was that this would make my skin totally oily and repulsive to apply makeup onto, but the opposite is actually true.

With a very slight ‘pearly’ sheen, the moisturiser is very glowy, without being oily, and definitely makes my makeup-free skin look refreshed. Makeup looks great on top of this, I still have a matte face when I’ve used this, I don’t notice a difference with my face becoming any oilier throughout the day or anything like that.


The packaging is great, it feels like a luxury item, a heavy glass jar – although impossible to travel with. Priced slightly higher than the other ranges, the Oils of Life range is priced from £15-£45, with this moisturiser priced at £25. Overall I really like this product and I would highly recommend it to anyone with similar skin traits to me. If you are oily/combination, like to have a glow but not shiny/oily, like to feel moisturised but not slick, then this might just be your next favourite moisturiser. Definitely worth the £25 price tag, and i would definitely purchase again!



There are so many chores that come along with having a larger than normal makeup collection, some are more pleasurable than others (although still chores…) and some are just a burden. Here is a non-exhaustive list of potential chores to do when you have a spare minute to deal with your (if you’re anything like me) no doubt ever-expanding makeup collection.


  1. Wash makeup brushes
    This one is a given, but it is possibly the most important and also my most dreaded. Clean brushes are always so nice to use, it’s like getting into nice clean sheets at bedtime.
  2. Sharpen eyeliners & lipliners
    This one doesn’t take long at all and can actually save you so much time in the mornings if you like your sleep like me and then have to do your makeup in 5 minutes flat.
  3. … And empty the sharpener
    Another given, but hey, it has to be done!

  4. De-dust powders, blushes & eyeshadows
    This one is another annoying one that maybe you wouldn’t think of as a standalone job, but “de-dusting” any powder products to get rid of any excess dust that’s sitting on top can really reduce the amount of mess that you make in the mornings when doing your makeup. It also greatly reduces the amount of crap that sits at the bottom of the interior of my makeup drawers.
  5. Clean inside drawers
    That brings me onto cleaning the inside of the drawers. So much crap gathers in these drawers from pencil sharpenings, glitter, blush/powder/bronzer dust, dried mascara, gloopy bits of kohl liner, smears of lipstick… Gross. Making sure to keep these areas clean also keeps your makeup in tip-top shape and it makes getting ready in the morning a pleasure rather than just sighing every time you look at the mess.DSC_0008
  6. Organise & tidy up makeup
    Tidying up your stash really makes the world of difference, it helps you to see exactly what you have, and what you do and don’t use.

  7. Clear out products you won’t use
    On the same note, organising your makeup can help you to see which products you never use and can’t see yourself using. My advice would be to just get rid. If you haven’t used something in the last 6-8 months then the chances are that you won’t use it again. Clearing out these sorts of products gives you so much more breathing space to see the products that you really will use again.

  8. Bring forward any forgotten or less-used products
    Clearing out your stash allows you to see any products that you may have forgotten about or cast aside for “another day”. Bring these items to the forefront of your collection to bring them back into view for the next time you do your makeup. you never know, you might re-discover a product as a new favourite!

  9. Throw away any “stuck” mascaras
    Mascaras are my most-hoarded product. I always just seem to keep them as I always think that they’ll get used. But once I finish one and go to use one of the others, they’ve all dried out. So, I’m trying to make a conscious effort to throw away any stiff or gooey (haha) mascaras and just use ONE AT A TIME.
  10. List any replacement or missing items
    My last tip is the best one… Write a list of all the things that need replacing or that you’ve found to be missing. A few months ago I did this and realised that I was missing a decent brown kohl pencil and it’s now something that I use almost every single day. Go through your lipsticks and note any missing shades or shades that you could possibly stock up on if it’s an everyday nude or something that you wear all the time.


I hope you liked these 10 tips, let me know if you have any others!


After getting a new job (yay!), being totally stressed out at how much uni work I have to do, as well as keeping on top of things on my blog (which has been a bit lax lately – sorry about that) I decided to make one of those “treat myself” purchases, a new handbag. Now it’s nothing spectacularly expensive, but unnecessary enough for me to feel a bit naughty walking out of the store. It is, of course, from Zara.

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I’d seen this bag in Zara for a good few weeks now, tried it on, put it back. Tried it on, looked in the mirror, changed the length of the chain, put it back etc etc. for the past few weeks now and after a long weekend of working, I decided to to pick it up, try it on, look in the mirror and BUY IT.

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Justifiable-for-purchase features include: Durable, classic and damn beautiful ridging and quilting on the fabric (it isn’t leather, however it really feels like it, such great quality), a sturdy clasp, two interior pockets for the 14 MAC lipsticks that I’m likely to ‘need’ in there, and a double-length chain that you can have long as a cross-body bag, or short as a shoulder bag. I actually prefer it as a shoulder bag with the double chain, I think it tends to work better on me like that as the longer chain reaches almost down to my knee. #shortgirlproblems

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Let’s face it, I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to afford a Chanel, so this is my next best thing. It’s not a complete carbon copy, and well within its own rights in design, however it does have that classic shape, size and stature of a high-class (and high price tag) designer handbag. And at only £39.99 I think it’s a bit of a steal.



I always feel like I go through “financial phases”. Sometimes I feel like setting a huge goal and heading straight for it, and other times I just want to treat myself… 7 times in a month. I’m in my third and final year of uni and the prospect of graduating and finding The Job at the end is looming over me and is quite frankly, a freaking scary thought.

Back in July I discovered SugarMamma.TV, a YouTube channel created by Australian financial advisor Canna Campbell, and in August, I decided to completely overhaul my whole outlook on my finances.

Canna is all about creating financial independence for yourself and not having to rely on anyone to provide for you. When I started watching SugarMamma.TV I was coming towards the end of my last loan from 2nd year and still over a month away from receiving my next loan through, and as I didn’t work over the summer I wasn’t in a position to put money into savings there and then like I would’ve loved to. Instead, I created a budget using the SugarMamma spreadsheet available here on Canna’s website, it’s so easy to use and really makes you think about how much you really spend on particularly frivolous everyday items.

This brings me on to my favourite tips that I learnt from Canna that have helped me to save £1000 in under 2 months…

  1. Set a Goal
    When I first started thinking seriously about my finances, I didn’t have a set goal, mainly because I didn’t really know how well I would do – whether or not that goal would even be a realistic one. But looking back, I would definitely say that if I had set a goal from the start, I would have probably underestimated just how much I could save in such a short space of time. £1000 in two months, for me, is a lot of money! Set a goal that is high but achievable if your mind is set. Make the goal realistic, but still a number high enough for you to be proud of when you reach it.
  2. Open a Savings Account
    This might seem like a bit of an obvious point, it certainly seems obvious to me now, but I’d never had a separate savings account before now. This is probably my favourite out of all the tips as it really allows you to see exactly how much money you aren’t spending! It also acts as a barrier if you are an impulse spender like me!
  3. Create a Budget
    When I first used the budget spreadsheet on the SugarMamma website, I tried to put in the truthful (and shameful) amount of money that I’ve been spending on things like extra data for my phone, Starbucks, magazines, and mid-week leisurely lunches. As an example, it worked out that I was spending almost £700 a year on Starbucks! Like I said, shameful. Whilst I’m particularly embarrassed about admitting that, I also am not committing to completely cut out those things altogether, I would like to have a life! However, it just really does make you more mindful about how much you spend on things that really add up, but don’t really count for anything. I’d much rather spend that money on something that is actually going to bring me joy than just a few Starbucks’ a week. So creating a budget is a HUGE lifesaver when you are saving, it also allows you to work out how much money you’ll have leftover at the end of the month so you can put that in your savings account.
  4. Download a Banking App
    Having a banking app on my phone has really helped me check my balance more often which, in turn, stops me from spending as much! It’s also a tool which makes it easier for you to transfer money from your everyday account over to your savings account.
  5. Put Money Into Your Savings Every Time You Check Your Balance
    I always, always do this and it makes so much difference. For example, if my balance is standing at £854.67, I would put £4.67 into my account. I call it “clearing down” my balance, but it’s basically just rounding it down to the nearest 10. If I’m in a particularly “rich” phase, I’ll round it down to the nearest 100, but every little helps, so even if you only put the £0.67 into your savings, it’s better than nothing! Get into this habit every time you check your balance and your saving will creep up so quickly!
  6. Sell Unwanted Items On eBay
    This is a tip that has killed two birds with one stone for me. Being a fashion obsessive I have accumulated A LOT of clothes. That is including stuff that I don’t wear, things that have never been worn and still has tags on (*sigh*), things that I no longer like and things that don’t fit! It can be a bit of a pain taking photos of everything, writing up descriptions and putting it all up, but it is so rewarding once you start getting bids. Watching people in the middle of a bidding war for your old crap is rather entertaining! The money I’ve earn on eBay has gone straight into my savings account, and this has greatly helped my goal. Plus, it’s given me breathing room in my crowded wardrobe…
  7. Ask Yourself If You Really Need it
    Like I said before, creating a budget has really helped me to be aware of how much I spend on things that I don’t really need. Do I really need a 56th lipstick? No. Do I really need an 8th pair of black skinny jeans? No. Etc. I’ve definitely become more aware when I’m shopping – even though I don’t deprive myself as such, I’m not out to completely change who I am, I’m merely trying to be more intelligent with my finances.

So there are my (well, really Canna’s) top tips for saving money! I’ve saved over £1000 since the end of August – the most amount of money I’ve ever saved before, and it wasn’t even hard. I feel like these are tips for life and I am so grateful that I found SugarMamma.TV to teach me these financial tips and tricks!

This post is in no way affiliated with SugarMamma.TV, I’m just so thankful and proud of myself for having saved as much as I have, and that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Canna!



First of all, I’ll start off by saying that describing fragrances is SO hard. I could get all technical and get the official press releases of these scents and give you a big spiel about the “notes” and “essences”, but I won’t bore you with all that. What I will say is that these are some SEXY ASS FRAGRANCES. Exactly what winter is about.


Okay, now that’s out of the way, here’s why I love my two favourite winter perfumes. The first one is DIANE by Diane Von Furstenberg. Classy, feminine, powerful and elegant are all very appropriate adjectives for this scent. It’s more of a daytime fragrance that lingers for the whole day without being overly powerful – it’s one that I love to spray in my hair to make the scent last even longer. If you want to feel like a super-sexy, padded-shouldered, wall street business woman then make this your go-to fragrance.


My other favourite winter fragrance, and probably my favourite fragrance in general is Tom Ford Noir Extreme. To paint an image for you it smells exactly like those rich Arab ladies stepping out of their chauffeur-driven Rolls’ straight into Harrods. It’s a super-rich smelling fragrance that smells EXACTLY like Selfridges beauty hall (does anyone know if this is the scent that they actually pump into the air-con?!) This is more of a evening or special occasion scent. It makes me feel so sophisticated, travelled, cultured, wealthy and basically anything that’s not exactly me – and I’m totally up for that. I feel like if I could be a fragrance, it would be this one.

Let me know which fragrances are your winter favourites!


Everyone always talks about ‘glowing’. How to get a ‘glow’. Foundations that make you ‘glow’. Get ‘glowing’ skin.

But if I’m honest, as a girl with really oily skin, I can’t think of anything worse that having an intentional ‘glow’. Until now. When I swatched the KIKO Glowing Potion Perfecting Serum in the shop, it seemed different to any other ‘glowy’ primer/serum/base that I’d tried before. It offers a glow, without being too dewy or slick. It really dries down quickly without leaving any feeling of tackiness or slip.


I use it as a primer, on top of my skincare, but underneath my foundation, and I can honestly say I haven’t noticed any difference in the longevity of my matte complexion throughout the day. My skin stays matte with just a slight luminous sheen on my temples and on top of my cheekbones. I don’t tend to use it across my forehead or down my nose as I tend to get oily here pretty quickly anyway. It’s great for someone who might find certain matte foundations a bit too matte, it really does just lift the complexion.

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The packaging is cute, a slim frosted glass bottle with a really handy pump and rose gold lid – doesn’t that just sound dreamy? At £13.90 for 30ml of product I guess it’s not the cheapest, however it is a whole lot cheaper than some other products that I’ve tried and hated. Definitely a recommendation from me if you have skin that’s on the oilier side.



I go through so many phases with my nails, from fire-engine red one minute, to bright white, pitch black, and alllll the neutrals the next. Boredom comes and goes really quickly when you paint your nails, it all depends on  the time of year, your outfit, whether or not you’re tanned, or even just your mood. On my talons right now I have a combination of Bourjois Paris La Laque polish in the shade 02 Chair et Tendre with Topshop’s glitter shade in Unicorn over the top.

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Goes with everything, pink makes me happy, sparkles make me happy, everything is happy. For the next 5 days, tops.


I’m starting to fully embrace the Autumn-Winter season this year with open arms. Hot chocolate, snuggling up to warm radiators, pyjama days, thick knitwear, boots, scarves and woolly hats. Makes me feel all warm inside.

Mention this blog post to me again by January though and I might be over it. But for now, here’s to cold weather and warm feelings.