Favourite High Street Store

So we all love shopping right? Yes of course we do, who doesn’t love spending money you don’t have on stuff you don’t really need?! Because we all love it I thought I would write about my current favourite store with you and share some of the things that I have found on their website and really want to purchase.. some of which I may have bought just before I started writing this, which means there may also be a haul sometime soon too 🙂

So my favourite high street store at the moment is H&M. Its affordable, the clothes are super nice, good quality and the home section is absolutely stunning! What I like about H&M is although they have some more questionable items of clothing (but which clothes store doesn’t), most of their clothes are actually really nice and they have a lot that I would actually wear. I am really loving the ‘basics’ section at the moment, especially for long sleeved work tops. The homeware section is amazing and I want to buy absolutely everything. I recently got my cushion covers from H&M and I am so happy with them. If you want to see which ones I got just head over to my Quick Catch Up post as I shared a picture of them there.

Now onto my H&M wishlist..

Striped Dress – I really like this dress! Its from the basics collection but it looks such good quality and would be good for work or a casual event.

Embroidered Blouse – This is super pretty and again would be good for lots of different occasions. I am really into shirts so I had to include this on my list.

Petit Fit Skinny Jeans – I have just ordered these jeans as I am currently on the hunt for a new pair and thought these looked really good as well as being super affordable.

Long-sleeved Jersey Top – These tops are just the best. I wear them for work, for casual events and to chill around the house. They look great tucked in or out and I want it in every colour!!

Knitted Wool-blend Cardigan – Cardigans are definitely something that I need more of, especially super cosy ones like this. I think this looks really soft and I’m now gutted that I didn’t add it to my order.

Knitted Cotton-blend Blanket – I love blankets and always have one wrapped around me when chilling on the sofa. This one looks really cosy as well and isn’t too expensive.

Candle Tray – This kind of homeware piece is really in at the moment and I really like them. I would probably use this to put my perfumes on.. it would also be good for blog/Instagram pictures.

Striped Cotton Rug – I am obsessed with rugs at the moment and really want a long rug for my hallway. This one would be perfect – now to convince my partner to let me buy it ;).

I hope you enjoyed this post. What is your favourite store at the moment?

Speak soon.

Rachel xx

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Still Me by JoJo Moyes | Review

Okay so whatever you are currently reading, stop (read this blog post) and then read Still Me by JoJo Moyes! If you haven’t heard of this book series then where have you been!! This is the third one in the series and I absolutely loved it!! I have done reviews of the the first two books here – Me Before You and After You so I wont say much about those other than they are also brilliant.

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So like I said Still Me is the third book in this series but this time the main character Lou Clark moves to New York for a job working for a rich family as an assistant/companion for the wife of a successful business man. If you have read the other two then you know Lou Clark doesn’t have a quiet life so a lot happens whilst she is living in New York for a year. I don’t want to say too much otherwise I will ruin it but this book definitely had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I didn’t want it to end but at the same time I just wanted to finish it so that I could find out what happened.

Blurb

Lou Clark knows too many things . . .She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down.

Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt. Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

Now if that doesn’t make you want to read this then I don’t know what will, especially if you already know the full story. I am usually quite slow at reading because I only really have time on my lunch breaks at work and sometimes just before going to bed, but I read this book so fast I was actually gutted when I finished it because I NEED to know what happens next!! I really hope that there is a fourth book coming out very, very soon and would definitely recommend this book if you’ve read the other two. If you haven’t then I recommend those as well.

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Let me know if you have read these books and what you think about them? I hope you enjoyed this mini review. As usual please feel free to leave any book recommendations in the comments.

Speak soon.

Rachel xx

 

Face Mask Favourites

I do love a good pamper and what pamper evening is complete without a face mask.. This is why I am sharing some of my favourite face masks with you. Don’t forget to share your faves in the comments too – I always like to try new products.

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  • L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Glow Face Mask – This mask is a good all rounder and one I tend to use when my skin is looking okay but just needs a little pick me up. The main benefits of this face mask are to brighten and exfoliate which is definitely does do.
  • Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask – I absolutely love Liz Earle products as you can always trust that they do what it claims. This is the most recent face mask I have tried and its one that I like to use when my skin needs a good sort out. It really helps clear up my skin and gives me that fresh, clean feeling afterwards. Its almost like you can feel it working on the skin which I like and definitely need every now and then.
  • Lush Mask of Magnaminty – I have used this for quite a few years now as it was recommended to me to help get rid of spots. Its not as intense as the Liz Earle mask but it still does the trick. It also smells really good!

Once I have washed the face mask off I like to slather my face in a thick moisturiser and for a while now I have been using the Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream. It helps keep my skin moisturised over night and gets rid of dry skin which I suffer from around this time of the year. Now the face mask is done and my skin is much more hydrated its time to either read my book or watch some Friends (so obsessed with friends at the moment!)

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Don’t forget to let me know some of your face mask favourites and let me know if you have tried any of the above.

Speak soon..

Rachel xx

BirchBox x Oliver Bonas – September

‘Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind’ that is the quote that’s on the front of the September Birchbox and I love it! This months box is a collaboration with Oliver Bonas which is definitely one of my all time favourite shops, mainly for their home decor pieces! As soon as I found out that they were collaborating with Oliver Bonas I was instantly excited and knew it would be a good one! One thing I like about Birchbox is some months you can choose the design of your box and this month you got two choices so I went for this one. I think its super fun, bright and the print is perfect for this collaboration. IMG_3355When you get into the box the products are also super bright and I’m really looking forward to trying these out. As usual there are 5 products two of which are full size and the rest sample size.

  • Manna Kadar 3 in 1 Blush, Highlight, Eyeshadow (Full Size) – This is super pretty and I have already used it as an eyeshadow. This is one of the full size products and its in the shade Fantasy.
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – I’m never usually bothered about hair products, I don’t know why but they just never excite me. However, when I realised that this is a leave in conditioner I was quite intrigued. I haven’t tried it yet but one thing I can say is that it smells so nice!
  • Dr PawPaw Original Clear Balm (Full Size) – This is another multi-use product and can be used for the lips, skin, cuticles and beauty finishing. First impressions of this are, it feels like velvet when on the skin so thats a plus from me. I still need to try it properly though but I feel like this will be a good product to have now that its getting into the Autumn/Winter seasons.
  • Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm – The packaging on this is super fun, I love it! I’ve never tried a product like this before as when you apply it, it changes colour to suit your skin tone which is really interesting. It also smells really fresh.
  • Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser – I think this is my favourite product in this months box. I love skin care, especially when its eye related because I am always on the hunt for new eye creams etc. This is a cooling eye roll on to soothe tired eyes, which is my eyes all the time!! Hopefully this can work its magic and sort out my eyes!!

IMG_3356So thats everything in the September Birchbox. I did also ‘upgrade’ my box for a little extra cost and got an Oliver Bonas candle but completely forgot to include it in the photos.. silly me! They also included some super cute stickers and a 15% off code to use on the OB website so I will definitely be using that!! If you received this Birchbox let me know which product you were most excited about. See you soon!

Rachel x

The Perfect Nail Combination!

Painting my nails is one of those tasks that when I think about it I find it such a chore but then when I actually start I find it very therapeutic. I was painting my nails recently and discovered a super pretty combo using the Ciate Paint Pot in the shade Ice Frappe and a Kiko Glitter Metals Polish in the shade 002. I like this combo so much that I have decided to do this for my holiday rather than getting them done in a salon. Plus I’m saving money this way – bonus!IMG_3335I always apply a clear base coat before painting my nails and I just use one from Barry M then I go ahead and put the colour on. I actually got the Ciate nail polish in a magazine and it is probably one of my favourite nail polishes that I own. So after the clear basecoat I apply two coats of Ice Frappe. Once that has dried I put on a thin coat of the Kiko Glitter Metals on my ring finger and it just finishes it off nicely. Depending what colour you apply the Kiko polish over it can look different each time but this has got to be my favourite so far. Once they have all dried I then apply a topcoat which is the same Barry M clear polish as it’s a topcoat and a basecoat.IMG_3336I absolutely love this combination and will definitely be wearing it for a long time! With the base and topcoat it usually lasts about a week before it starts to chip but I am pretty happy with that. Usually my nail polish only lasts about 1 or 2 days which is so annoying because who’s got time to be re-doing your nails every other day… not me!IMG_3337I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know your favourite nail polish’s at the moment, I feel I need to have a clear out and buy some nice new fresh colours! So any recommendations are welcome.

Rachel xx

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer!

After using the same primer for quite a few years I felt it was time to try a new one. I had been looking for a while but nothing was really jumping out at me until I came across the NYX counter in Boots and saw the NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer. NYX has been on my list of makeup brands that I wanted to try but every time I go to their counters I either have no time to properly look or I get overwhelmed and end up leaving empty handed. However, this time I went straight to the ‘primer section’ and decided on this one.IMG_3333As soon as I tried it on my hand it just reminded me of velvet and made my skin feel so smooth. So that mixed with the product description.. ‘Prepare your canvas with our silky primer. The Studio Perfect Primer formula is easily absorbed creates a smooth surface for foundation and ensures the longevity of your makeup‘ I was like ‘yaasss’ this sounds like the perfect primer for me!!

There are three different shades of this primer each with there own benefits. Clear, to cover fine lines and large pores; Lavender, to brighten and illuminate yellow undertones; Green, to conceal redness. I went with the Clear shade as I am always looking to cover my pores. My foundation and concealer go on so smoothly after using this primer and last pretty much all day.IMG_3334Considering that this is the first NYX product I’ve tried I am very impressed and can’t wait to try more from the brand. If you are looking for a new primer then I honestly 100% recommend this one. Let me know if there are any NYX products that I need to try, I would appreciate your recommendations.

Rachel xx

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I feel like I am always on the hunt for a new concealer. I think I find the ‘perfect’ one but then there is always something that I don’t like. However, I may have found one that is very close to perfection and the concealer I am talking about is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. I had been meaning to try this for quite a while as I always heard so much about it online, so when my NARS Creamy concealer ran out I decided I didn’t love it enough to spend another £24 and marched straight to Boots and picked up this one. I got the lightest shade which is Fair 1 and its perfect for my skin tone. They also do 3 other shades.

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The first great thing about this concealer is the price.. its £4.19 which is so affordable and not going to break the bank. Second, I think its a lot better than the NARS Creamy concealer but thats just my opinion. Third, it lasts all day which when you have dark circles like mine is an absolute must in a concealer. I apply this before my foundation because that’s just what I’ve always done and it does such a good job at covering not just my dark circles but also any blemishes and redness on my face. I then apply my foundation and it sits nicely on top without looking too heavy.

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I am so pleased I picked up this little gem and would really recommend giving it a try if you are looking for a new concealer. Let me know in the comments what your favourite concealer is..

Rachel xx