4 Jan 2014

Grid of Skincare & Makeup #4

If you want to see my previous Grid Posts which I try to do every couple of months, they’re here & here


This Bodhi Neroli Luce Face Oil is the first product I’ve tried from this brand, it came very highly recommended and so far after 2 weeks use I can say I really like it. It is very hydrating and keeps my skin balanced and it smells of summer. I want to try a few more things from them now!

ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask This is the mask I use on a Sunday night after a busy week, as it helps calm my skin and keeps excess oil at bay. It is a lovely mask and I’m glad I took the plunge and treated myself. I now look forward to relaxing on a Sunday night with it on.

If you’re looking for Organic skincare then U little Beauty* have you covered. Their enriching night cream* has helped brighten my complexion and keep my skin hydrated during these cold months.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover – This is one of my stand out products of 2013, it removes my eye makeup without needing to rub back and forth and so it is very gentle. It is alcohol free and doesn’t sting at all. I have heard lots of positive things about the rest of this Camomlile range & will be buying a few more things to try.

Grid of Skincare

The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is my slice of luxury, I love applying this at night when I need to wake up looking 100% and glowing. It’s my skin saviour. I never want this bottle to end and enjoy every single drop I use.

You know I love the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* & recommend it to almost everyone I meet. If you want to know more I have a full review of it here.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser in Pink Peony – I wish they’d open a shop in the UK so I could buy every single variety of these. I always have one in my handbag. they smell delicious and are small and so handy to have. Love them.

Grid of Makeup

No7 BB Lip – this is in a soft pink shade, it looks pretty and fresh on my lips. They don’t give much colour but are perfect for those day’s where you don’t want to apply much makeup but want to still look put together.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter – this is just utterly gorgeous. It is a pretty deep red / berry colour and the pigmentation is really good. It gives your lips colour & hydration. The perfect combination. I adore this colour.

Miss Sporty Cat Eyes Palette – I’m so pleased with this and have worn it so often over the past month. The colours are rich and apply evenly and pigmented. For the price this is well worth buying. I took this with me for a week in Scotland and used it everyday. This is my makeup find of 2014.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

16 Sep 2013

Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup

Autumn Walks / Skincare / Visitor / Pen Pals / Curry Time / Estee Lauder ANR / My Desk / iPad Cover / balance Me prize

I’ve been back from Scotland for 2 weeks now and it’s easier to settle in knowing my dad is in his new flat and safer, I am a little calmer about the whole thing. I have had a busy 2 weeks catching up with work and we’re on a major mission to downsize. We have realised we own too much and don’t want to be weighed down by all this stuff. My husband is blogging about it all – if you want to know more.

We are currently looking for a 1 bed flat in Manchester and currently live in a 3 story 4 bed 4 bath townhouse so you can imagine we have alot to get rid of. We are still moving to Amsterdam but we want to sell the car & furniture before we go so thought moving to the city would be best in the mean time, so we are able to walk to our amenities and get a nice furnished place.

We also found a lovely farm shop with a coffee barn near to where we live and have popped out these a few times for a coffee and a read of the papers. It is relaxing and in a beautiful countryside setting. I have a feeling we will become regulars there.

My husband also has the new Grand Theft Auto game for the XBOX so I have been a gaming widow these past few days and I have caught up reading all my favourite blogs and even managed to schedule a few posts, which for me is unheard of. Now that its become a little colder I have been enjoying my favourite Autumn drink – Apple and Cinnamon Tea, I can’t get enough.

My niece who is 5 started school last month, she lives in Scotland and that’s 300 miles from me and I don’t see her as often as I’d like and so I thought it would be fun to write to each other, so we are now pen friends. I have sent her some cute stationery and stickers and I have bought some too (who am I kidding I had loads in the cupboard). I love writing snail mail and I am excited to receive my first letter from her – she is the cutest little girl.

Instagram Roundup September

Yew Tree Farm / Night Time Routine / Smoothie / Teapot / Keo Beer / Makeup / On My Desk / Candle / Niece

29 Aug 2013


August has been a stressful month for me. I’m a natural worrier and when it comes to my dad I am 100x worse. I’ve been in Scotland for the past 2 weeks (I live just outside Manchester usually) helping my dad move in to his sheltered accommodation. I know most of you know about my dad, he had a very bad Stroke 18 months ago which left him extremely physically disabled and also has memory and cognitive problems. My dad is only 55 and lives alone so he was quite young to have suffered such a debilitating Stroke.

Before his Stroke he was very active and worked as a Plastic Surgeon, he will never work again and it has been so hard to see him so changed and struggle to learn to eat and do things with only the use of his right side. I’m glad the council found him somewhere safe to live but it has taken so long and it seems like you have to fight & chase so many people to get the smallest of tasks done. It is so exhausting.

As of yesterday he is all moved in and my husband was an absolute trooper, moving his furniture and setting it all up & organising all his phone, community alarm and bits that I forgot about. My dad gets very disoriented and stressed so I tried to get everything to go as smooth as possible. I tell you I’m ready for a holiday. I want to take a moment to Thank everyone on Twitter that has sent me a message of encouragement and just said reassuring things to me, it means alot x.

My dad used to be the man who would organise everything for other people and be the one to drive the van & make the phone calls but now that job is mine and it makes me sad. He’s better than this time last year and as my husband tells me almost everyday, you just never know what advancements medicine may have and my dad might recover some of the pathways in his brain. I’m holding out hope, that’s for sure. If you don’t know how to recognise the signs of a Stroke or how to help someone who is having one then please click this link.

This month has passed by so fast, I’ve not been up to much but here are a few photos from August. I am looking forward to a calmer September.


Urban Decay Purchase / Liverpool / Ice Tea Addict / Me & John / French Bulldog PJ’s / Mid Morning Snack / Royal Rubber Duck / 10 under £5 / Breaking Bad


Moroccan Oil Samples / Packing for Scotland / Travel Cards / Scotland  / Sharpie Love / Anniversary Gift / Niece / St Andrews

August Instagrams

St Andrews / Brother & Husband / Cat / Fresh Juice / Quote / Lips / Photobooth / Glow Tonic / Kiehl’s Goody bag

If there are any spelling or grammatical errors in this post then forgive me – I have read over it but my brain is a little stressed atm and I might not have spotted them all.



2 Aug 2013

Grid of Makeup #3

I do these posts every couple of months as I don’t wear makeup everyday and when I do I often forget to take a photo of what I used. If you want to see the previous posts they’re here & here.

I really like to see what I have reached for most often and there is no better way that visually seeing what makeup you used. So I post Instagam photos and I’m surprised to see that I use some products a lot more than I thought. I definitely have some firm favourites.

Grid of Makeup August

In a couple of the photos I’ve used my Chanel single eyeshadows in the shades 45 Safari (a soft brown) and 76 Liberty (a pretty cream with shimmer). These are lovely quality and both colours look amazing worn alone all over the lid for a minimal effortless makeup look. I adore the packaging too.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF20 – I didn’t think I used this as often as I seem to. I do love it and it makes my skin look amazing, healthy, glowing but still very natural. This is one of the only face products I own that wears really well on me and stays looking even on my skin. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. Although saying that this tube is lasting me a long time. I have had it over a year. I like to apply this with my fingers and really blend it in.

My stand out product has to be my NYC Bronzer in the shade Sunny (its matte) as I bought it in the poundshop last year, not holding out too much hope of it being any good & boy was I shocked. It is something I have to stop myself reaching for on a daily basis so I my other bronzers get a look in. I can say it was a £1 very very well spent and I wish I’d bought the lot of them. I can say this bronzer would feature very high up in my top 10 products ever.

August Grid

In the last photo I used my beloved Mac Amber Lights eyeshadow, this is just the prettiest colour. I’d describe it as a copper toned gold. Its stunning and looks gorgeous in the summer. I’m going to try to wear it alot more in August. I only own 5 Mac eyeshadows and this along with Woodwinked are my favourites.

MUA Undress Your Skin Radiant Under Eye Concealer – I really like the brightening effect of this under my eye. It is so easy to blend and a little goes along way. It’s a nice consistency and even on my more mature skin it doesn’t crease which is something of a mini miracle. For £3 its a must have.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner I got the Christmas Box Set of 5 colours and I love them so much. They really are smudge proof after about one minute. You have very little time if you want to make a smokey eye with them or smudge them on your lower lashline. I mostly wear Moray – a beautiful green which looks so pretty if you have brown eyes, Angelfish – a pretty nude pink which is great for the waterline to brighten your eyes and lastly Oscarfish – A deep conker brown with a hint of shimmer, I love to use this to create a brown smokey eye. These eyeliners are worth the money and they last all day.

If there is anything I have used that you would like me to review just let me know.  Also have you tried any of the products in my photos? I’d love to hear what you thought of them.

30 Jul 2013

Bring Life To Your Instagrams

I’ve seen a few people getting their Instagrams made into prints and there is quite a few companies that do them. I found Polargram and they have 3 price options 12 prints for £5, 24 prints for £7 and 48 prints for £10. Free shipping on all orders.

I opted for 48 prints (£10), they took 4 days to arrive, I’m so pleased with them. Most of them are of my niece. I don’t live near her & I miss her cheeky face. These are a lovely way of making your digital pictures come to life. I love the one of her in her sunglasses. What a Diva

Polargram Prints

They came packaged really simply and in a small brown box, small enough to fit through the letter box (I hate collecting parcels from my sorting office). I like packaging thats no frills and is recycled and recyclable and this was exactly that.

Polargrams Instagram Prints

Polargram Prints

They are in the style of a polaroid and are really good quality. I’m going to buy a frame and put them in a collage style. If you’ve had your Instagrams printed what have you done with them?

polargram Prints

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I love posting on there, I take lots of photots of food, beauty and my travels. If you’d like to follow me you will find me as ltbeautyblog.

I know I’m a little late to the Instagram Prints party, better late than never but I’m extremely happy with how they turned out. As I said they were a really good price and were shipped very quickly. The quality its obviously not as crisp as a high resolution image but they’re a bit of fun and a really cheap way of having a physical copy of your Instagrams.

I will be ordering a few more as gifts for my mum. I highly recommend Polargram if you’re looking to have some of your photos printed.

21 Jun 2013

San Francisco Instagram Round Up

I know I bombarded Instagram whilst I was in San Francisco but I had such an amazing time. Just to annoy you a little further here is a roundup of them. I have been to San Francisco once before 7 years ago so we tried to do different things this time and visit new places. The weather was really nice the whole week and I would go back in a heartbeat.

San Francisco 2013

Virgin Atlantic / Hotel Diva / Alcatraz / Ice Tea / City View / Products / Financial District / Crossroads / Huge Strawberries

San Francisco

City View / Painted Ladies / Tram / John & Me / Fog / City Hall / Vegan Salad / Me / Alcatraz Sign


Alcatraz / Sunny Day / Public Transport / Haight Street / Hilltop / American Diner / Japan Town / John & Me

San Francisco

China Town / Museum / Sephora / Pitt Stop / Lombard Street / Bike The Bridge / Local Beer / Golden Gate Bridge

San Fran 2013

USA goodies / Amoeba Music Shop / Palace of the Arts / SOMA / Classic Car / Very hungry husband / Vegan Ramen / Street View / Beautiful Houses

I have a post going up over the next few days with more detail about places we went, ate and would recommend. Have you been to San Francisco? Let me know where you went & what you loved. What a City – amazing and I had a blast.

8 Jun 2013

Storm in a Teacup

I’m a tea addict and I’ve previously posted about a few of my favourite teas here. I love Fruit Tea & Green tea too. I take my normal tea with Soy Milk and like it quite weak. I thought it would be fun and a little different to put together all the Instagrams I have taken over the past 2 years of all my tea ‘grams & there are quite a few.

I work from home with my husband and we like to go out to cafe’s a fair bit to escape the four walls of our office so we tend to frequent our local tea stops quite a bit. Some of these pictures were taken before I became a Vegan, I don’t have cream now and mostly take my own snacks with me. Here we go,

Grid of Tea

Classic Starbucks Hot Chocolate / Tea Pot for Two / Pizza Express / Empire State Coffee Dundee / My Jubilee Tea Cup / China Tea Cup / Apple and Cinnamon Winter Warmer / China Tea Cup / His & Hers

More Tea

Classic Costa / Drouthy Neebors Dundee / Tea Cosy / Home Sweet Home Manchester / Stag Mug / Moose Cafe Liverpool / Green Tea & Lemon / Berry Tea / Classic China Cup

Time for a brew

Blue China Cup & Saucer / Starbucks & Blogging / Green Tea & Lemon / TAKK Coffee House Manchester / Starbucks at Home / My Favourite Mug – Queen / Bodum Mug & berry Tea / Tea Bag / I LOVE TEA

Where do you love to go for a cup of tea – or what drink do you enjoy if it’s not a cuppa!?

2 Jun 2013

Instagram Roundup #25

This past week or so has been all about getting caught up with work so I can relax whilst I am on holiday. Apart from the odd weekend break to Europe I haven’t been on holiday since I became self employed 5 years ago. It’s so hard to take time off when you work for yourself and its even harder to relax! So I am determined to take proper time off this year and enjoy it!

Roundup Pull and Bear Scarf / Favourite Bodum Mug / Beers & Eurovision / Pub Lunch / Ciate Caviar Polish / Nakd Bars / FOTD / Gearing Up For Holiday / Frozen Berries


New Book / FOTD / Holiday Money / Current Skincare / WIMY Box / Empties / F1 / Avon / USA Adapters

14 May 2013

Instagram Roundup #24

Last week I was in Scotland visiting family over the Bank Holiday and in true Scottish style the weather was crap, bloody freezing to be exact. Our friends took great pleasure in telling us we missed a heat wave whilst we were north of the border. Typical!

My dad is doing better (thank you so much for all the lovely messages). Everyday is still hard but he is walking and getting to grips with what has happened.

May is an expensive month for me as my car tax, MOT & servicing are due as is my £300 gas bill *faints. I am meant to be saving for my holiday to San Fransisco at the beginning of June. At the moment I have save a massive total of Nil pounds. Might have to resort to selling my entire makeup collection (NEVER!).

Instagram Grid


Starbucks / Little Brother / Makeup of the Day / Packing for Scotland / Long Drive / Taking a break/ Me  My Dad / Spring Blossom / In Car Essentials


5 May 2013

Instagram Roundup #23

I am driving up to Scotland today to see my dad and am looking forward to relaxing for a few days. Easier said than done. This week I received my travel documents for my holiday to San Fransisco in June so I am officially getting excited. I need to do some serious saving this month so I have put myself on a 5 week spending ban (wish me luck).

Weekly Roundup

Using my No7 vouchers / Travel documents / Carwash / Caudalie / Summer evening drinks / Long summer walks

Elle magazine / Sunny days / Iron Man 3 / Tea addict / Pug pj’s / Rose Lemonade


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