Mini Sephora Haul

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that on my travels I stumbled across a Sephora. And I do mean stumbled, we were just ambling down a side street in Rhodes when I spotted it, and I let out a gasp that convinced my mum I'd seen a dead body or the Queen. One of the two.

And of course it would have been rude not to go in! I had a couple of bits on my wishlist, and they had a sale on (plus the exchange rate for the Euro is really good at the moment, it made everything around a third off!) so you know, damage happened!

The main thing on my wishlist was the Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 Brush. I asked my sister if she could pick it up for me in Singapore last month but she discovered that they don't stock it in Asian Sephoras (boo!) so I didn't think I'd be able to get a hold of this! This was the first thing I picked up and it was DEFINITELY worth the wait. I've been using this for Foundation and Concealer and it just gives the most flawless finish you could possibly imagine. If I could only have one brush I think this would be it, and that's a mighty bold claim.

The Sephora Collection Skincare line was all buy two get one free, so I decided to pick up a few bits that had caught my eye previously (as well as a few that hadn't). I'd been wanting to try out the Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water, after hearing only good things, so that went in the basket along with the Sephora Collection Triple Action Makeup Removing Gel. I picked both of these up in travel size just in case I didn't like them, so far I've only tried the cleansing water but I like it!

I picked up the Sephora Collection Moisturising Beautifying Water because it was on sale for only 5€ and it was so hot I wanted something to spritz on my skin as we walked around town! This has a gorgeous vanilla and cocoa scent, and is definitely moisturising, and so refreshing in 38degree heat!

I picked up a new Sephora Collection Travel Size Eau de Toilette, this time in the Monoi scent. I love having these to chuck in handbags and for travel, and this one is a beautiful, fresh floral scent with a hint of citrus!

At the checkout I spotted the Sephora Collection Green Tea Eye Mask and immediately grabbed one, since it's been on my to try list for the longest time. I'm saving it for a special occasion but I used the corresponding face mask last week and it was really good, so I have high hopes! The lovely lady at the checkout then pointed out I could get another skincare item for free so I ended up grabbing the Sephora Collection Double Duty Exfoliator and Mask because it sounded intriguing (and was only 6€) so we'll see how that goes!

I'll report back when I've given it all a thorough testing! 

Have you done any shopping recently?

When In Duty Free

Monday, 3 August 2015

Duty free is a dangerous place to be, especially if it's early in the morning, before you've had breakfast (or even are properly awake). This time around I was fairly restrained (mostly because Accessorize didn't have the rings I was after in my size), but I did pick up a couple of things worth mentioning. 

Firstly, the new MAC Waterproof Foundation I've had my eye on. I tried this out a few weeks back after its launch and I really liked it, and so the lure of 20% off was too much to resist. This stuff is thick, a little goes a long way, but the finish is beautiful, not too heavy, natural and yes, waterproof. I can see this becoming a firm favourite for long, hot days.

I popped into Boots to pick up the Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed mask, which has been on my hit list for the longest time. It's a warming, clay based mask that is supposed to be amazing for drawing out any spots and impurities - I'll report back on how I get on with this one. 

I also ended up picking up the No7 sunscreen Bb cream with SPF50, since it was on a really great deal. I've used one of the No7 BB creams before and I really liked it, so I figured this would be a great option for if I wanted a little bit of coverage by the pool!

Have you bought anything recently? 

Welcome Back!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hello, hello, and welcome back! I'm pleased to finally be showing you the brand new (and hopefully you'll think improved) home for Bed In The Kitchen. It's been a long time coming but I'm glad it's finally all done and dusted! 

I've been with Squarespace for a year now, and as my subscription came up for renewal I had entirely mixed feelings. Whilst I loved the back end of Squarespace (the part you don't see), I wasn't happy with the options for layouts. Theme changes since the beginning of my subscription meant that whilst you can create a beautiful shop or portfolio with Squarespace, it's much harder to build a great blog, and I wasn't happy with the layout. That combined with the price without student discount (sob, giving up student discount is the hardest), meant that I decided to uproot my internet home, and come back to Blogger. I know, I know, I should have gone to Wordpress, but I really really hate the user interface with Wordpress, so here we are!

Content will be back up and on the go as of tomorrow, and Disqus should be working again by then too. I hope you guys love the new layout as much as I do!

Until tomorrow! x

Inside My Travel Beauty Bag

Friday, 24 July 2015

Another day, another beauty bag to rummage through! This time I'm giving you the lowdown on the beauty bits that made the cut!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - I don't love this as much as Bioderma, but it does a good job of removing makeup pre-cleanse.
The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter - My favourite cleansing balm and waterproof eye makeup wizard. Removes all scraps of makeup and sunscreen gently.
Pai Camomile and Rosehip Day Cream - Selected for it's natural ingredients, dinky size and lightweight formula.
Ole Henrikson Truth Serum - For the evenings. Lightweight and nourishing, an all round good'un.
Soap and Glory Sunshield Superfluid - My facial SPF of choice. Smells bad but is lightweight, non greasy and doesn't disrupt your makeup.
Piz Buin SPF 30 Lip Balm - Because I burnt my lips once and never again.
Cotton Rounds - To use with the Micellar water. This is just half a packet, I wasn't sure how many I'd need.

Body Bits
Korres Guava Body Wash - Gorgeous fruity smell, and super clarifying, really gets rid of any chlorine and salt!
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub - For using before shaving my legs. Otherwise I get shaving rash.
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter - I always get super dry skin on holiday.
Venus Snap Embrace Razor - The cutest travel razor you ever did see.
P20 Once A Day SPF30 Sun Protection - Pretty self explanatory?
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 15  - Ditto.
Dove Go Fresh Cucumber and Green Tea Anti Perspirant - It's pushing 40 degrees where I am right now.
Bio Freeze - For my dodgy hips and knees.
Lush Gymslip Dusting Powder - Handy for so many different things.
Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun - Just in case of burning.
Herbal Essences Tea Tree Fresh Balances Clarifying Shampoo - Decanted into a mini bottle because nowhere had a small bottle in stock. This gets all the chlorine, salt water and product out of your hair, without leaving it feeling stripped.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner - To keep my locks silky smooth.
Charles Worthington Sun Protection Spray - To protect my locks from sun damage.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Spray - For perfectly tousled beachy waves.
Percy and Reed No Oil Oil - A post-shower treatment and flyaway tamer.
CoLab Dry Shampoo - A fringe must have.

Random Other Things
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - To help me sleep.
This Works Stress Less Rollerball - To ease anxiety.
Oral B Satin Tape - To, err, floss.

Phew, that was a long one! What are your must have travel beauty essentials?

Beauty Carry Ons

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I'm off on my holidays right now, and whilst I only had a short flight (four and a half hours) I figured it was still worth showing you what made the carry-on-cut. We had an early morning flight out here so I took a few bits to freshen up, make me up, and a few essentials too.

First up, let's talk in-flight essentials. Whilst I enjoy flying, I get a little bit nervy before take off, so I packed my Rescue Remedy Drops & Pastilles, and they really helped take the edge off. I hate having my hair down on planes so I chucked in a stretchy hair tie (I get mine from here). I always get dry skin and itchy eyes on planes, so I packed a mini This Works In Transit Camera Close Up Moisturiser, and some Optrex Actimist* which I like because you can spray it on your closed eyes for instant relief.

Deodorant is a pretty obvious one, my favourite is the Dove Go Fresh Green Tea and Cucumber Roll on, it's super refreshing and long lasting too. I chucked in my toothpaste and toothbrush (which I forgot to photograph) so I could freshen up before we landed too! I also packed my favourite eye cream, the First Aid Beauty Tripe Duty Eye Remedy, which cools and depuffs whilst also neutralising under eye circles. I slathered this on before landing in an attempt to look human! Makeup-wise I kept it simple since we had a two hour transfer (and then plans to lay by the pool) and just opted for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer on my undereyes and any areas of redness, lashings of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, and a little of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal.

I also put a bottle of P20 Once a Day SPF20 Sunscreen* into my carry on too, since I wanted to lay out by the pool in the afternoon, and I wasn't going to be reunited with my checked luggage in the evening. I also had my travel sickness bands in there, because hot countrys + two hour road trips - travel sickness. If anyone has any natural remedies for travel sickness I'd be all ears, I'm so prone to it!

Nowhere near as much as I would take on a long haul flight, but a good amount of stuff I think!

What are your inflight essentials?

Salon Hair At Home

Monday, 20 July 2015

There's nothing quite like the feeling after you return from the hairdressers. Swishy hair with the perfect amount of bounce and volume makes you feel awesome, it's just a fact! However, the comedown when you realise you're never going to recreate that look at home can hit hard, and I think I've found the solution.

A few months back I was invited down to the Richard Ward salon in Sloane Square for a blow out and man did my hair look good (you can see it here). They sent me home with their Keratin Sleek shampoo and conditioner. And it's love.

The Richard Ward haircare line is all Keratin based, and for good reason. Keratin is the hair's natural protein and is key in maintaining hair health, and products infused with Keratin help rebuild the hair's natural fibres, leaving your hair thicker and healthier. It also contains Lychee and Strigosa seed which together help add back that lustrous, silky texture to your hair. The sleek range is designed to smooth and de-frizz, giving your hair back much needed gloss and hydration.

I use this two out of three hair washes (when I'm not using clarifying products) and I'm pretty much in love. This stuff does exactly what it says on the tin, or bottle rather. My hair is thicker, healthier, smoother and glossier. And it looks, well, like salon styled hair.

And the best part? It's only £6 a bottle. Not salon prices at all.

What are your go tos for salon smooth hair?


Sunday, 19 July 2015

This week I went back to London for my graduation, and left the bulk of my makeup (the stuff I use most anyway) back in Bournemouth. So I ended up rooting around my stash of lesser used products, and rediscovered some gems!

Firstly, the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. This would be my favourite drugstore foundation, if it wasn't for the smell! I love everything else about it though, the perfectly natural finish, the medium coverage that doesn't look cakey, and the longevity. This is a total keeper, but man it smells strong.

The MAC Archie's Girls Collection was a real Marmite collection, but I fell in love with the Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me and I've been using it sparingly ever since. It's a beautiful powder with just a hint of peachy pink pigment. Perfect for natural blush days. And I mean, just look at it! It's what heart eyed emojis were made for.

I got my brows redone this week (more on that soon) and since then I've been opting for a more natural brow look. I pulled the Revlon Brow Artist out of semi-retirement. It's perfect for holding hairs in place, and gives just the tiniest hint of colour to the sparser areas, leaving me with thick, perfectly groomed brows.

And lastly this beautiful individual shadow from Seventeen, in the shade Rose Quartz. A beautiful shimmering taupe with pink undertones, that's buttery soft and oh so pigmented. The only reason I don't reach for this so much is because I just don't tend to reach for single shadows, I'm a palette gal!

Have you rediscovered anything recently?
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