Monday, 20 February 2017

Blogging Desk Inspo


 
How many of you suffer with 'Bloggers Block' and just general lack of inspiration? Yep, me too! So I thought to myself what gives me inspiration? Cute girly instagrammable pieces which I think I can also make a blog post from too. Where am I going to see these cute instagrammable pieces? At my lovely desk where I blog!
 
Printiki got in touch with me to see if I would like to try out their prints which I thought was perfect timing as I can print all my favourite Instagram pictures and pin them or blutak them to my little board at my desk and look at all the prettiness to help get some inspo back to my blog. I'm pleased to say it has definitely worked as there were lots of pictures I had forgot about which has kick started some ideas for future blog posts, keep an eye out for them!
 




If you would like to get some prints just like mine you can do it super easy and cheap off Printiki here, you can sign in to your Instagram, Facebook, camera roll basically anywhere and select what pictures you would like printed in a range of options. I love that I printed mine with the little white border as it breaks the images up lovely when they are in a little collage like mine above.
 
As you can also see from my desk I have some little cute little bits and pieces on my desk to make it nice and pretty and a nice area which I actually want to sit at as that makes the world of difference to get you in the mood for blogging.
 
Let me know in the comments below what your top tips are for beating bloggers block and getting that inspo back?
 
 
Love Gill x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Sanctuary Spa Foaming Micellar Water


If you had a look at my massive drugstore haul and have eagle eyes you would have noticed I purchased this foaming cleansing micellar water. I'm not sure if these are new or not but I've never had a foaming micellar water before and was super intrigued to find out what it was like. 

First off the packaging is very Spa like as it should being Sanctuary Spa, very fresh and elegant looking.
 
I was really looking forward to trying this out as it was all very new to me and sounds pretty luxurious but I have to say I'm not full of raving reviews about this. It's good at what it does and feels quite nice working the foam into the skin but I don't feel it takes my make up off any where near as good as Garnier Micellar water. When using the Sanctuary Spa it feels like there is still some residue on my face and doesn't feel cleansed properly.
 
However this is nice to use in the morning to quickly cleanse my face when in a rush before applying my moisturiser and leaves my skin feeling nice and cleansed.
 
I probably wouldn't recommend this for taking off make up but if you are looking for something to use just in the mornings on a make up free face it's really good for that!
 
You can pick it up at Boots for £8.00.
 
Let me know in the comments below what your favourite Micellar Water is?
 
Love Gill x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Half Price Ted Baker Bag!

 
 
This is the sort of thing that happens when I go "browsing" in shops, I fall in love with items and when they are the last one sitting on the shelf well then I couldn't leave it behind could I ?!

I wandered in to TK Maxx and the first thing at the door were Ted Baker bags, not gona lie I just about passed out. I've been wanting a Ted Baker bag for the longest time but never wanted to splash the cash for one. This was the last one left in immaculate condition and I loved it then I looked at the price tag and couldn't believe the price, originally £160 down to £80, yes just £80 for this beaut! 
 
 


I walked around the shop with it because I didn't want anyone to take it and had a look to see if they had any Ted Baker purses in stock which sadly they didn't. However, I glanced at this Dune coin purse (£12.99) and fell in love and thought it perfectly matched the bag and would fit really nice since the bag is smaller. I have a thing where I need to have a purse to match my bag please tell me there are other people out there like this?!!
 
After finding the purse it was a match made in heaven, they were both the last ones left it was meant to be, now in my safe little hands. I use these for my work on a daily basis and it works perfectly for me, the bag is just the right size it's not too big to gather loads of rubbish, you do need to be strict with how much you carry in this but it's also big enough for your essentials like 10 lipsticks that you NEED to carry with you.
 




This bag also comes with a shoulder strap which you can detach if you like but I keep it on as it's easier to carry when you have lots of shopping bags, just fling it over your shoulder and away you go!
 
 
Let me know in the comments below what the best bargain you have found is?
 
 
 
Love Gill x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

L.A Girl Pro Coverage Foundation & Pro Conceal First Impression



I don't think I have been this excited to try out a new foundation and concealer before, there has been so much hype about the new L.A Girl Pro Coverage foundation and I'm so happy to hop on the bandwagon with this one. Whilst I was at it I thought I may aswell team it up with the Pro Conceal which is more than likely supposed to be a match made in heaven with the foundation.

So what are my first impressions?

Packaging is simple, plastic, fairly cheap but for the price that doesn't bother me. The foundation has a pump yes L.A Girl and the concealer is a brush applicator as opposed to a wand.


Upon unboxing the foundation I instantly knew it would be too dark for me and is the shade Fair which I believe is the lightest shade out of the 15 shades they have in their collection. They do sell a White shade which is used to lighten foundations which are too dark but I mean for Fair to be the lightest shade and still too dark for me I'm not impressed with that as there will be a lot of people who have an even paler complexion than me.

The concealer looked the perfect shade when I first glanced at it and thankfully is, there are 21 shades in their collection so a lot more choice in comparison to the foundation. They also stock colour correcting concealers which are very popular and do actually work a dream for my dark circles so will be trying out the L.A Girl Yellow Concealer soon.





The consistency of the foundation is fairly thick but still runny, I would compare it to Nars Sheer Glow consistency. In my opinion, this is a medium coverage but buildable, however I tried this with a beauty blender and a brush building it up and I much prefer the outcome with the beauty blender as I felt it went slightly cakey with a brush. This foundation blends amazingly well with very little effort, although I had to put effort into blending it onto my neck because it was too dark but if you get the right shade it will take even less time.

The concealer is a fairly runny consistency and the applicator emphasises that with it being a brush, I had never used one like this before so was very unsure of it but oh my word it blends like a dream with amazing coverage and did not crease at all, this is unheard of for my fussy eyes! I blended this with a beauty blender, I didn't even attempt the brush.

I wore throughout the day for roughly 10-11hours which is pretty standard for me and they lasted sooo well, I have normal - dry skin and the illuminator within the foundation came out so well throughout the day and kept my skin hydrated and glowing. If you have oily skin you will definitely need to top up with powder touch ups or blotting and I would suggest not wearing a highlighter with this if you are oily skinned as it could make you look sweaty! I didn't wear any highlighter either but by the end of the day I looked more glowing than sweaty due to the dry skin.




I bought both products off BeautyBay, the foundation came in at £11.00 and Concealer £5.00 I feel like they are complete bargains, definitely affordable and I loved them, the only downside is the shade range in foundations whereby Fair is not really that fair! other than that I loved it!


Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these or what your favourite Drugstore foundation / concealer is?



Love Gill x



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Huge Drugstore Beauty Haul



There's nothing I love more than shopping but when it comes to shopping for beauty items I just about hyperventilate, not quite, okay maybe!
 
Make Up is my absolute passion and I love to spend my hard earned money on it, some people may think it's a bit overboard but I don't spend my money on clubbing so this is what I treat myself to. If you saw my post where my husband wrote on my blog he is super supportive of me and doesn't mind me buying it as long as I don't go crazy so if he sees this post he may well be shaking his head haha.

 
Let's get on to what I picked up!
 
 
Sanctuary Cleansing Foam Micellar Water
 
Bondi Sands Tan in Light / Medium

Batiste Dry Shampoo Rose Gold

BH Cosmetics Neutral Eye Palette

Maybelline Bronzer in Blonde

Maybelline The Eraser Concealer in Light

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair

Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Primer & Setting Spray

Morphe M519 Brush

NYX Yellow Correcting Concealer

Milani Blush in Blossomtime Rose

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in Ivory

Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Buff

L.A Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in Light

L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain

Soap & Glory Brow Fibre Gel in Blondie

NYX Super Skinny Eyeliner in Black

NYX The Skinny Mascara in Black

MaxFactor Matte Lipstick in Nude

 
 
I'm sooo excited to try everything out, be sure to keep an eye out on some first impressions, reviews and swatches coming up soon.

What product would you like to see in more detail the most? Let me know in the comments below.
 
 
 
Love Gill x
 
 


Sunday, 5 February 2017

DIY Valentines Chocolate Bark

 
 
 
Valentines is coming up so I thought what a great excuse to bake something and share my recipe but in all honesty I had zero creative thoughts and lacking energy so thought I would make something quick, simple and yummy..... Chocolate Bark.
 
I've never made this before but seen it everywhere and it looks ahhhhmazing, since Valentines is on a weekday aint nobody got time to be faffin' around so this is super easy and super quick especially for men! Girls, share this post with your man to hint if you would like this made for you this Valentines. Because I mean who wouldn't?!
 
 
 
 
All you need is your favourite chocolate, are you a Cadbury or Galaxy girl?! Some greaseproof paper (cling film will also work) and sprinkles.

Lay out your greaseproof paper or cling film on a tray and melt your chocolate over the hob or in the microwave which is what I done but be careful to bring it out every few seconds to stir so it doesn't stick or burn, bring it out as soon as its melted, if there are a couple lumps just keep stirring and they will melt in, no need to put it back in the microwave.
 
Spread out your melted chocolate over your paper or cling film in a rectangle shape and sprinkle those sprinkles! Pop into the fridge for a couple hours to set then break it up into pieces, ready to enjoy and indulge!
 
Let me know in the comments below if you celebrate Valentines?
 
 
Love Gill x
 



Thursday, 2 February 2017

Secret Scent Box + Discount Code





Who doesn't love trying out new scents? certainly not me, I could spend ages going around the perfumes smelling them all until I can't smell anymore! Sometimes you smell far too many that you can't even decide what you like anymore and want to be able to wear them throughout the day first to see how they develop on your skin. No one likes pushy sales assistants rushing you into a decision then end up not liking the perfume anymore.... goodbye £50!!

This is where Secret Scent Box comes in!

Secret Scent Box is a subscription box for men and women costing £15 per month (free delivery) for 3 x 3ml scents, you don't get to pick which scents you get as it's a secret of course! I really like the concept of this as it gives it an element of surprise but you also get to try scents you would never pick yourself and may end up really loving them but if you don't love it well at least you aren't stuck with a full bottle you wont use and a light purse. Included in the box is a little description card of each perfume so you know which scents are in each one.




February's box includes Calvin Klein CK Shock, Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl and Tom Ford Orchid Soleil. When I noticed Tom Ford was in there I just about died not gonna lie I loooove Tom Ford, I bought a Tom Ford aftershave for my husband and I just love it I really wanted to get a little scent for myself but could never justify the cost.
Calvin Klein CK shock is a sweet fruity floral scent, very feminine probably based towards a younger audience but I absolutely love it, it's the kind of scent I usually go for
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl is very fresh and a lot more floral than CK shock which I really like but if you aren't a fan of rose floral scents you probably wont like this as it's very rose scented
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil is very deep and sexy kind of smell, it's definitely geared towards the adult generation as opposed to teenagers. It's quite woody and bitter but still feminine, I will definitely be using this when I go out to dinner with the husband
I think this is such an amazing subscription box, I was a little unsure if I thought it was a bit too expensive for small samples but considering 3ml Tom Ford samples retail for around £10 on sample sites I think this box is completely worth the money if you are getting high end brands in it. You can also cancel at any time which is also very appealing if you only want to try it a couple of times.
Want to try it too? you can get 15% off with my code: GILLMCLAUGHLIN15 at https://www.secretscentbox.co.uk/
Let me know what you think in the comments below?
Love Gill x
Note: I was gifted this item but have not been paid to review.