Exploring Cornwall Week #7

The Sorting Office Cafe St Agnes

The village Church Grampound Cornwall

Midtown Deli in Truro Conrnwall

Midtown Deli Cafe Truro

Cute Blue Cottage Grampound Cornwall

St Agnes Church

Highstreet Cottages Grampound Village

Cute cafe in St Agnes Cornwall

The Sorting Office Cafe St Agnes

The Sorting Office Cafe in St Agnes

Village Cottage Grampound

We have had a busy couple of weeks trying getting out and about in Cornwall and do as much exploring as possible. We have been making an effort to visit new places and ticking things off our to do list.

We live close to Truro so we do pop over there quite a bit, its a beautiful place to do a little shopping & when we are over there we always stop off for a bite to eat in Midtown Deli which is just the most delicious place to eat – the staff are friendly and they off quite a few Vegan options, as well as some lovely Instagram worthy products for sale. Its very stylish and relaxed, so if you are ever in Truro make sure to pop in.

We always drive home from Truro through a tiny village called Grampound and I adore all the cute cottages so we made sure to stop off and have a wander along the quiet streets & I snapped so many photos of all the colourful front doors, blossom trees and daydreamed about owning my own Cornish cottage. We visited on a Sunday which meant no shops were open but we also had the streets to ourselves.

The next place we visited was the stunning Coastal town of St Agnes, I have wanted to drive over there for months but we waited until the weather was warmer so we could make the most of exploring. Its quite a small town but there is so many lovely shops, cafes and they have some stunning beaches. We discovered The Sorting Office which was one of the nicest coffee shops I have ever been too. They had a delicious selection of Vegan Cakes and I enjoyed a pot of Chai Tea. It was such a relaxing, friendly and unique place that we are already planning our next visit. If you like that modern industrial, rustic vibe then this is a cafe you need to visit.

Last week we had a day trip to St Ives which was beautiful. Let me know if you have any recomendations of places we should visit in Cornwall.

Shopping My Stash May 2016

Shopping My Stash May 2016

Cover FX CC Cream SPF30

This gives my skin a beautiful dewy radiant finish and It wears well on my skin throughout the day. It feels lightweight and is easy to blend, I have the shade N Light which is a perfect match for me. This is quite a thick cream which takes a little buffing to get a nice even coverage but it is worth the effort. It gives a nice natural light to medium coverage and it gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin. It has Broad Spectrum SPF30 in to its ideal for Summer.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Bountiful Beige

I think this will be a really nice brightening cream shadow for the warmer month. Just a simple champagne colour with a gorgeous shimmer finish (not glittery). Its so easy to apply & I like to wear it on its on all over the lid. I am so pleased I have rediscovered it.

Sleek Corrector and Concealer Trio SPF15 

Last time I used these I thought they were a little hard to blend but I like the colour selection & really want to give them another go. You get a peachy correcting shade, a concealer shade & a yellow toned powder. This is pretty good for travel & I am going on a road trip at the end May so this will be perfect to take with me. I am hoping now I have discovered my beauty blender that these are easier to blend using that.

Shopping My Makeup Stash May 2106

MaxFactor Berry Lipstick*

This is one of four reds that make up the Max Factor’s Marilyn Monroe Collection & this is my absolute favourite of them all. Its more of a berry red than a true red & I think thats why I like it so much, I love berry shades on me and think they compliment my completion. I am pretty excited that I have rediscovered this as I am heading up to Manchester for a few nights out and this is the perfect lippie for a an evening out.

BarryM Blusher 

WOW I’d forgotten just how bright and pink this is. I am trying very hard to fall back in love with blusher and use the few I own. As the weather is getting a little warmer I thought it would be a great time to wear this, if you use a light hand you can get more of a toned done pink and it actually looks pretty. This isn’t the most long wearing blush but to be honest I very rarely have my makeup on for longer than 5 – 6 hours.

April 2016 Product Empties

April Product Empties 2016

TonyMoly I’m Real Tomato Radiance Sheet Mask

I love the TonyMoly sheet masks – they’re the perfect size to fit on my small face. The eye & mouth holes are in the right place for me, which very rarely happens. It is infused with tomato fruit extract to boost radiance, smooth and moisturise skin, It feels so refreshing and nourishing. I like that there is a lot of essence and after you remove the mask you can massage the excess product into your skin. This leaves my skin feeling incredible & although I don’t notice a massive difference in radiance I do think my skin looks smooth, healthy and feels so nourished. I have so may of these – there are 11 masks in the range and they’re all wonderful.

Mio Double Buff Enzyme Exfoliator

This was just a deluxe sample from a beauty box but I was very impressed. How it works,

‘This is double action body buffing in 30 seconds flat. Exfoliation is key to fit skin. We developed Double Buff to avoid the ‘big bits, little bits’ problem with many salt/oil scrubs. These can make you feel well exfoliated but, in reality, the big shards of salt or sugar rake your skin. If you saw this under a microscope, you would never use chunky scrubs again! Our Double Buff uses perfectly rounded spheres of Pumice, Lava and Bamboo blended with Papaya and Pineapple enzymes to help dissolve away any roughness.’

Because I only had a small tube I used this below the knee after shaving & before applying my gradual tan & it worked a treat to smooth my legs. My tan was easy to apply and it was so even and didn’t cling to any dry patches. This is so gentle and not an abrasive exfoliator. I really want the full size now.

Essence Plump no Clump Mascara

This is one of my favourite budget friendly mascara’s, its pigmented, long wearing and never smudges. I really like the massive brush, it coats every lash without applying too much product. I 100% recommend checking this out if you have Essence near you.

Mandara Spa Ylang Ylang & Coconut Body Butter*

This was a really nice nourishing body butter, quite a thick consistency but I liked using it over the colder months. It smells like a relaxing spa and you can smell the scent on your skin for quite a while after you apply it. Its is packed full of lovely ingredients including moisturising shea, cocoa and mango butters, smoothing sweet almond oil, nourishing coconut oil, soothing frangipani flower milk, fragrant orange and ylang ylang. I really like this & would happily repurchase.

DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX Black

LOVE this eyeliner – its very pigmented and jet black. The nib is extremely fine and flexible so it is ideal for achieving that precise winged liner look. This lasted me for months without drying out, if you’re looking for a new liquid liner then I highly recommend this DHC one.

Champneys Skin Comforting Bathing Milk

I love Champney, their products are always luxurious and wonderful quality. I’ve used quite a lot from them over the years and this bath milk is always something I repurchase. Its gentle and leaves my skin very soft and smooth. A bottle lasts a long time and you only need a little product in each bath

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My Face Powder Collection

My Most Used Face Powders

Favourite Face Powders

OK so these aren’t all of my powder face products but I try & rotate them so they all get used and these are the ones I want to use more during May. I just have them in two cardboard boxes and I keep them on my vanity so they’re easy to reach.

I have a couple of the Benefit Boxed Powers but Dallas is the one I seem to use the least, although I actually like it a lot. I think its because I need to be more tanned to use it as it can show up quite dark on my skin. It gives the skin a pretty radiance and healthy glow. So now is the perfect time of year to use it more.

Urban Decay The After Glow Highlighter in Sin* is a gorgeous long wearing luminous highlighter. You need so little product and it makes you look radiant. I adore it and think it looks especially pretty when you add a little down the bridge of your nose just to catch the light. Very pretty indeed.

Glo & Ray make some of my favourite blushers, this one in Star Dust is a beautiful peachy pink with an iridescent finish. It gives you a peach flush and that iridescent finish adds a little highlight to your cheeks too. These are great quality and I find them long wearing and easy to blend.

L’Oreal True Match Face Powder in Rose Beige – I haven’t used this a whole lot, but I do like the colour match and it looks and feels lightweight on my skin. It gives a little added coverage which is nice and you get a mirror so thats a bonus. I’m looking forward to using this more and will update you as to how it holds up in the warmer weather.

Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent – this used to be my go to powder for years until I discovered the bareMinerals Mineral Veil and it didn’t get as much love. I know I love this powder and its an incredible budget friendly face powder. It never lets me down & I am happy to be reunited with it.

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Duo – This has been another rediscovery from my collection and I have to say I really like it. You get a light cream shade and a matte bronzer shade. I just use them together and swirl my brush around and use it as a bronzer. Its very pigmented but it gives a natural warmth to my skin. This will be getting lots of love as the weather heats up.

Face Powder Collection

Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam – One of my favourite products, I love the packaging and this is also massive. You get so much product, it looks like I have hardly used it but over the years its had a lot of use. Its a golden highlighter, which needs a very light hand. So a little product goes a very very long way. Great for achieving that summer goddess beach look & I have even used it as eyeshadow. Works well for both.

Urban Decay Bronzer in Bronzed* – Another beautiful matte bronzer, this looks great on my skin and blends well too. It never looks muddy or orange and I like that its matte. Also the palm tree packaging just screams Summer

bareMinerals Perfecting Veil – if you like your face powder to give you that soft focus look then I think this is one of the best products I have found for that. It always makes my skin look flawless and radiant. Its lightweight and never looks powdery. Its also really good to dust on throughout the day to keep shine at bay.

bareMinerals Bronzer in Skinny Dip – gorgeous mineral bronzer that gives your skin that beachy sun kissed look. Its a lovely warm bronzer and its matte so thats always a plus. I can’t wait to use this more and really put it to the test.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop in Ecstasy – This has to be one of the most beautiful products I own & that makes it hard to use (its just too beautiful). I was sad that it was sat in a drawer never being used so I have looked it out and have vowed to use it. You get two beautiful peachy pink colours that add a healthy flushed look to your cheeks & the packaging is stunning.

Face Powder Makeup Storage

Physicians Formula Happy Booster in Rose – I haven’t used this much at all since I got it & thought if I didn’t reach for it over the next few weeks I am going to pass it on. It is a pretty pink shade but for some reason I never go out of my way to use it. So its make or break for this. Watch this space.

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle – Always a classic and I do love it but I have been using it more as an eyeshadow and think it looks beautiful all over the lid. Its brightening and gives a beautiful almost metallic finish.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot – I have hit pan on this face powder which is almost unheard of for me. I used this so much last year and it was a really great powder. It was good at keeping my t zone oil free and giving my skin a matte finish with out being too dramatic or heavy.

My Most Used Face Powders

Soap & Glory Love at First Blush & Wonderbronze – these are two of my favourite products from Soap & Glory. I like that both products are multi shade, it means that you get a lovely mix of colours and it never looks quite the same.They’re beautiful quality and add a touch of colour & glow to your cheeks.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder – I have also hit pan on this too & can’t wait to repurchase because the packaging has since been updated to a more robust plastic compact, whereas mine is a flimsy cardboard and has fallen apart. I use this so often and love the natural bronze glow it gives. Its subtle but very pretty.

Soap & Glory Glow All Out – I’m still at a loss as to how to use this, I find its too shimmery as a face powder and not quite the right colour as a highlighter. Let me know if you use it & ow you make it work.

Favourite Face Powders

Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder – This is a bit meh and I am just trying to use it up. I have since discovered much better powders and this has been relegated to the won’t repurchase list.

Essence Sun Club Bronzing Highlighter – This is beautiful & it smells of coconut. Its a wonderful affordable highlighting bronzer. I love the mix of shades. This bronzer gives a subtle warmth to your skin and is the perfect way to pretend you have been on a Summer holiday without leaving the country. Wilko in the UK sell a great range of Essence products.

What powder face products have you been loving this month or have any been a little on the disappointing side? let me know in the comments.

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