Friday, 21 July 2017

What I am loving this Summer

Hey my lovelies, today I am back with a few bits and bobs to get you through this Summer. Summer can be such a fab time to make new memories, catch up with friends and for me and all you beauty lovers out there, it can be a time for discovering great new products. 

For me I love making memories, and I honestly believe everyone feels that little bit better in the Summer so it can be a fab time to catch up with friends you haven't seen in a while, go to that little cocktail place you have always wanted to try, grab a coffee somewhere cute or just sit and relax with loved ones. For me, my mental health suffers more in the Winter, when it's harder to get out and having these memories to look back on always helps. Capturing moments to look back on is always a great way to hold that memory in your heart forever.

These pictures below just make my heart smile, my girlies and time spent at the beach with Scott and  days out with Daddy, are amongst my happiest memories this year by far. 

Summer for me when I think about beauty, is all about that gorgeous highlight, pretty blush and all things pretty. Recently I have been in love with Kiss nails **. I was at an event a few weeks ago with their team for a rooftop party in the Merchant and I have been trying a few styles since. They are super easy to glue on and I have been really impressed with their longevity. Here I am wearing a gorgeous set of pinky coral gel ones with a gradient glitter, they are the perfect summer nail.
Highlighting can really lift a makeup look, and I have to be honest I dont feel finished if I don't have a little highlight on. These items** from Nude By Nature which have just released in Ireland are simply stunning. The cream highlight gives the most subtle champagne glow, but put a  little of the powder over it and bam!! highlight heaven. I have also been using the highlight on my eyes and its soo pretty!
This little blush and highlight set from ELF is perfect for multi tasking. Again I would pop the coral rose shade on my lids and it makes blue eyes pop. I would then use the highlight on the inner corner and cheek bones, and although subtle, if you use a little setting spray on your brush it builds up really well.
I have been loving this** NOTE concealer the past few weeks. Due to my oily combo skin I find I break out easier in the Summer because of the heat, and this concealer is perfect for the breakouts. It's full coverage but yet it is really light, so when I am concealing any redness or blemishes it doesnt thivken up on them. This would be beautiful in a lighter shade for under the eye area also.
I have been reaching for these beauty bits loads recently and I dont think they will be leaving my makeup bag anytime soon.

I also find that Summer is a great time to shake up your skincare routine. In winter a lot of us need thicker, heavier serums etc, but I find in Summer I like to switch up to something a little lighter. Now, it's normally the partners stealing our skincare isn't it, well this time girlies its the other way round. I have used Kiehl's for years and without a doubt it's a brand I trust. Hubby was running low on the heavier cream version of the Ultra facial Cream, so when up in our local Belfast store we decided coming into Summer he could try the lighter Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Its a great all round one, and I have to hold my hand up that I gave it a go and have fallen in love, and this is the one I reach for most mornings. No wonder hes asking why its running lower quicker. Woops.

This  shower gel from Roger and Gallet popped in the door a while back** and instantly I fell in love. Anyone who knows me, knows I adore orange scent and this is hands down the most refreshing shower gel I have used. I keep it for days when I need pepped up and it leaves my skin feeling so nourished.

Taking time out for yourself is important all year round, and you will find what works for you to make you feel relaxed. My anxiety has been pretty bad recently and I have been really working on finding things that work for me. My favourite little place to go when the weather is nice, is a little riverside cafe called The Cranagh in Coleraine the food is fantastic and there is just something so peaceful about it. I really do enjoy taking some time out down here.
Burning candles is another way to calm the senses, and again it's all about finding what works for you. This candle** from FieldDay Ireland is in their Tea scent, and although I was worried I wouldnt like it, it is soo subtle that its really pleasant and uplifting.
The last way I relax is take some time out with Miss Harlequin, should that be playing with her, or just laying petting her, her little purr completely relaxes me.

Remember, the main thing is to have fun, make memories, and take care of yourself phsically and mentally.
Till next time my lovelies, keep smiling.
Love Ali xx

Items with ☆☆ have been kindly gifted. These are not sponsored and all opinions are my own.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Image Hydrating Hydrogel Mask

Hey lovelies,
Today I am back with a post all about face masks and you know how much I adore a good sheet mask. They are a really easy way to relax and pamper yourself, and it really does make you take half an hour out to yourself, which I am sure you will all agree, we all need from time to time.

Image Skincare recently launched the new generation of sheet masks. These aren't like the normal sheet masks, they are a bio molecular mask with patented hydrogel technology, and trust me when I say this makes a huge difference to the mask. 
I was very lucky to be gifted the two new types of mask at their Irish Launch Party for the new 2017 products, and I was looking forward to trying it out.

These masks include red algae and carob tree, and were developed with mineral charged onsen-sui and jeju volcanic oxygen water which offers high levels of moisture. The incorporated ginseng is anti inflammatory and is known to be an antioxidant which is going to help calm down the skin. 
This type of mask is great for any type of skin, or even post treatment or in prep for a big event. I personally feel, any type of skin can benefit from this huge hit of hydration. 

So after cleansing, I opened up the individually sealed packet, and the mask was fully saturated in the product. The instructions are to drape it over face and peel off the top layer to leave behind the hydrogel layer then you can fix it to the face and give it 25 minutes. 
There was still a lot of the infused serum in the packet, so what I suggest is you can either save this and put it in a little pot for the next day, or you can massage it in after the mask comes off. My skin was super stressed and dry so I decided to use the extra serum after my mask.

The mask sat really well on my skin and unlike a lot of other sheet masks I have tried, didn't move about or take too much work to keep it on. My forehead was obviously the driest of areas as it really soaked in quick. After the 25 minutes, I removed the mask and massaged the remaining serum in, and then massaged the serum that was left in the packet. To say my skin felt hydrated is an understatement, The serum felt very like a balm and definitely left a film on the skin. For this reason I would say that the best time to do this mask would be the day before an event or night out, personally I wouldn't do it in the morning when you would put on makeup straight away. I did it early evening and when I did my makeup the next day it went on like a dream.

These masks come in at £10 for 1 and £45 for a pack of 5. I really do feel they are worth it for a treat for your skin and definitely would be great as a gift for a bride to be or someone who travels. I will definitely be buying a packet for before and during my trip to New York in January. 
Image skincare can be bought through recommended retailers and they can be found here

Image Skincare is a great results driven brand and if you want to find out any more about the brand you can find them at the following social channels

I hope you have enjoyed the post, if you use any Image products let me know your recommendations. Till next time my lovelies, keep smiling.
Ali xx


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Stepping into Spring with five of my favourite things

Hey lovelies, so I hope you are all enjoying the fantastic weather! Here in NI we have been loving the few days of sun, and how do we all know Spring has sprung, it's time to get the washing on the line!! So, today's post, in homage to Spring and Summer is the five things I have been using loads recently and will be taking into Summer with me, so sit back, grab something cool and enjoy!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Magic Wax Melts Review

Hey lovelies, hope you're all doing well today. I am back with a little review of a new local company here in N.Ireland called Magic Wax Melts ran by the fab Samantha, who is the producer and seller of wax melts to get your house smelling gorge and we all know how crazy I am about candles and nice smelling houses!


Thursday, 9 March 2017

How can we be mindful and my journey with it and relaxation.

Hey my lovelies, I hope you are all doing really well today. I am back with a post all about mindfulness, and how it has begun to help me on my mental health journey.

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