Be Right Back!



I'm going to be disappearing from your Bloglovin' feeds for a for a few days! Don't panic I will be back, but things are gonna be a little different around these parts! 

I've decided to make the move, and I'm going to be uprooting this corner of the web from the Blogger servers. Blogger served me well throughout the first two years of Bed In The Kitchen, but now it's just not cutting the mustard (why is this a phrase, it makes no sense?). I've had loads of problems with storage, as well as Blogger not saving my content, and me losing hours worth of work. It's been incredibly frustrating and I came to the decision that as our little beauty community has grown, we've sorta outgrown Blogger.

Also, a lot of you will know that I've been feeling a little lackin' in the blogging mo-jo recently, my inspiration and creativity flow has kind of dried up. I'm hoping that in taking the time to revamp the site, it'll all come back to me!

So the plan is to dedicate the next few days to changing servers, revamping my blog design, and allowing my 'creative juices to flow' (*shudders* I hate that phrase), so I can hopefully be back with fresh new ideas for you guys by the weekend! 

In the meantime, don't forget you can follow me on my Personal Blog, YouTube Account, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Please feel free to leave me any content requests in the comments! Thank you, as always, for being such awesome readers. See you next weekend!

My Evening Routine!






So I thought I'd film my lazy Sunday for you! I quite often spend Sundays alone since my boyfriend works nights in a bar, so I like to have a little pamper time every now and then. This video contains scary face masks, yummy candles, a giant mosquito bite on my forehead, me in pj's, and my cat romancing a tripod. Enjoy!

Things You Should Buy This Weekend


Because it's the weekend, and who doesn't like to treat themselves to something nice as a reward for getting through another working week?

Sephora Glossy Lip Crayon: Picture these as lipglosses in stick form. Beautiful, sheer, glossy, and so so easy to apply, you don't even need a mirror. They come in at $10 too, so they won't break the bank.

Stila Convertible Colour: Oily skinned gals steer clear, but everyone else, go get one. A slightly tacky cream blush which is incredibly easy to apply with your fingers, or with a brush. It can be built up, or applied lightly for a natural look. It lasts really well throughout the day and this shade in particular, Lillium, is so so pretty.

Lush Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly: The last few weeks I've been going swimming daily, and this is the only shower gel that gets the smell of chlorine out of my skin. It smells delicious, just like Vimto, and I love the fact it wobbles. Good stuff.

It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Product: Daily swimming was wreaking havoc on my hair (I refuse to buy a swimming hat, the goggles are bad enough), so I chucked this in my gym bag and it's been doing wonders to my hair post-workout shower. My hair has never been softer and smoother, it's amazing.

Q and A a Day Journal: And should you be in a non-makeup buying mood (do these sorts of moods exist?), this is definitely something to consider picking up. You fill it out every day for five years, repeating the same question once a year, so you can see how your answers change throughout the years. Fun to fill out and a lovely keepsake to have. 

Are you going to buy anything this weekend?

Lipsticks I'm Loving


I'm something of a lipstick whore, I flirt between shades, rarely using the same product more than once every two weeks. However, the last few weeks, my lips have been dominated by three shades, and three shades only (three shades that all look remarkably similar)

For days when I fancy something bright and summery, I've been reaching for the Josie Maran Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Playful Pink, a bright pink with a sheer finish that is incredibly hydrating on the lips. This stuff is amazing, I wish I'd picked up another shade! 

Next up, the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig, which is my perfect, my lips but pinker, lipstick. Incredibly long lasting, a gorgeous colour, and so so smooth on the lips. If you haven't tried this, you need to. 

And lastly, a little drugstore nude option. It's showing pretty pink in the photo but it's a little nuder in real life, the Soap and Glory Super Colour Lipstick in The Missing Pink. Nice smooth formula, and good lasting power. I'm impressed.


What lipsticks are you loving right now?

It's Nice, But You Don't Need It


In amongst the masses of products I've accumulated through excessive beauty product hoarding, are the ones that get a little lost. The products I like, but struggle to recommend because in the long run, I'm not sure they're worth it.

I totally fell for the hype when the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette was released. I was convinced I needed it. And whilst I like these powders, they make a great setting powder, highlight and light bronzer, are they worth the hefty price tag? I don't think so. They're nice, sure, but they don't do anything to your face that a cheaper alternative won't. Try the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade, or the Bourjois Java Rice Powder instead.

I'll admit, I love my Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette a lot, it's one of my most reached for palettes. But, it too comes with a hefty price tag, and it's shades are replicable in other palettes, ones with a lower price, and a larger shade range. If you're after a nice treat, this is it, but otherwise? Stick with a Naked palette.

I've had this travel size of the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer rolling around my stash for months now, I should have used it up a long time ago, but I don't reach for it all that much. The reason? Whilst this gives a nice glow to the face, it's not a great base for foundation. It definitely doesn't prolong the wear of foundation, if anything it reduces it. The L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer is much better, and a lot cheaper.

I was reluctant to pick up the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, I think it's an obscene amount to spend on haircare, but when I spotted this on sale curiosity got the better of me and I caved. This isn't really any different to any other salt spray on the market, except it comes with a funky smell, so save your pennies and pick up a drugstore spray. 

I hunted high and low in the states for the much coveted Wet and Wild The Comfort Zone Palette, since everyone and their mother's cat seems to love it. Whilst the pigmentation and formula of the shadows is fantastic, I just don't reach for the palette because the shades are a little off for me. Not something I would reach for on a daily basis. 

And last but not least, the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray. Yes it'll give your hair texture, but it does make your hair crunchy and sticky too. My advice? Steer clear and pick up the V05 Give Me Texture Spray instead. Much better.

Have any nice products fallen a little flat for you?

Budget Beauty #4


Four mini drugstore reviews coming your way today, and they're a mixed bag. Some standouts, and some misses for me, but I'd love to know what you guys think of these! It's been a while since I've hit up the drugstore, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, it might just be time for a splurge!

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal/Dry Skin: No7 is not a brand I am massively familiar with, I own the odd product here and there but not much. This was a purchase last summer on the recommendation of my cousin, and I'm so glad I picked it up. It's super lightweight, and gives just enough coverage to even out the skin tone, it's long wearing and it feels nice on the skin. But the real draw about this is that it just looks like skin. You would never be able to tell you had any makeup on. Your skin but better, in a tube.

Maybelline The Eraser Eye: Whilst I'm not a fan of the packaging (half of my product has leaked into the chamber that pushes the product out, rendering it unusable), this concealer is the bomb. I can only really use this when I'm tanned (i.e. now, did you even notice), since this is the lightest shade and it's a little dark for me, but this stuff is THE BOMB for covering those undereye circles. Seriously, I just swipe this under each eye, bounce it in with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and BAM, you could almost believe I had a full nights sleep. 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Black: I was in the market for a new black pencil liner (one of the only products I tend not to stockpile), and decided to pick this up, since I'm a fan of the bronze and nude shades. Big mistake. This stuff smudges like nobodies business, seriously, within half an hour of applying it it's all around my eyes. Give this one a miss, and pick up the Max Factor Kohl Liner instead.

Maybelline Colour Whisper in Pink Possibilities: A Stateside purchase from my trip last month, I was ready to fall in love with this but for me it fell a little short. It's a nice, summery pink shade, and it looks good on, but that's about it. The weartime is average, the pigmentation is average, and it doesn't feel particularly nice on the lips. It's nice, but a bit of a letdown, especially considering how much hype these get.

What are your top drugstore picks right now?

The Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


Stop the press people, it's official, I have a new mascara beau. She comes in a pretty pink tube, and she makes my lashes flutter like no other. I am, of course, talking about the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I was pretty pleased to see this as a 100 point perk in Sephora last month (*sheds a tear for the realisation it's been a month since I've been to Sephora*), since I've heard a few positive whispers of this online, and I'm not one to commit to a non-drugstore mascara purchase without trial. I happily traded my points for this, and it's definitely become one of my favourite picks of the beauty bumf bought back from the States.

It's got a natural bristle wand which is slightly twisted, I'm not sure what effect this has on the lashes but it works. The wand flares out slightly at the end which I originally found a little odd, but now find pretty handy, since it catches any inner corner lashes without me really having to do much. The natural bristles are packed close together in little clumps sporadically around the wand, and they really grab hold of every lash in one stroke. The result? Clump-free, long, thick lashes with minimal effort. The effect I get with this is similar to my beloved YSL Shocking Volume Mascara, and it's a pinch cheaper, so I'm pretty thrilled.

I'll definitely be repurchasing this, and I'm keen to try out more from the Too Faced line, this is the first thing I've tried!

Any recommendations?

The Lazy Monday Edit


Because it's Monday, and I'm too busy wishing I was back in New York City to talk about beauty, I thought it was high time I directed you to some things I enjoyed reading today. I'm aware this is a total cop out of a post, but hey, you should be following these guys.

Last weekend I finally met my kindred spirit, Tami, and damage was done. You should be following this girl anyway, so head over and see what she bought and hit the follow button.

I also met the amazing Vanessa for the first time last weekend (the odd thing about having internet friends, you can talk all the time and not meet for months), and she uploaded some incredibly beautiful photos from her first week in London, go have a drool at her amazing photography skills.

Natalie updated her blog layout this week and man is it a beaut, she was one of my favourite bloggers anyway, but now I can't stop dribbling at her blog layout. So much pretty.

Catherine showed off her holy grail beauty products and suffice it to say the product wishlist in the back of my diary is looking a little longer now. Read at your own risk.

I joined the gym this week (I know, but I have to balance the burgers somehow) and I've become obsessed with reading the amazing Amelia's new blog, who constantly proves to me that you can eat the occasional cheeseburger and still look like a goddess.

It's come to my attention that I'm something of an enabler, and it seems that I've struck again, and poor Rachael ended up splurging on the Dior Lip Glow and it was all my fault. Good job she likes it!

Not really a read, but my latest Instagram find, The Dogist, because who doesn't love looking at cute dogs?

Leave me some links to some of your favourite reads, I'm always after a new one!

The Makeup Bag #2


Since I'm back in Bournemouth for the summer, and temporarily separated from my beloved Muji storage (although, I'll admit, four drawers made the trip back too), I've been using a lot more of the same products on a regular basis. I usually end up flitting between products with little loyalty, but I've been a little more predictable in my picks. I've also been splitting my time between my house and my boyfriends' so I've been carrying a fully stocked makeup bag for the first time in ages, making getting ready easier, and less packing for me too. 

So what made the cut? The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation of course, this stuff is holy grail. I have a bit of a tan at the moment so a lot of my bases are out, but this still works for me (I have the shade B10). Concealerwise, my trusty MAC Studio Finish Concealer which covers anything and everything, and the L'Oreal Lumi Touch Concealer which really glows up the undereyes. And of course, my beloved Chanel Les Beiges Powder in B10 to set it all. 

Of course, I'm still all about the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade for brows so that's an easy pick. I've been keeping things pretty simple on the eyes front, priming my lids with the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, and then mostly just using the matte shades from the Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette to create a simple, natural eye. I've fallen in love with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, so I've been wearing that most days, along with a little of the Max Factor Kohl Liner on the lash line, and a bit of the Maybelline The Collossal Go Extreme Volum' Mascara and we are done.

Most of my cheek needs are being covered by the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak, but depending on what lip colour I go for I sometimes switch out the blush and highlight shade from the palette for the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose which I have totally fallen for. 

As far as lip colour goes, well I still flirt with the thirty something shades I bought back. Old habits die hard.

Mini Beauty Bits


Urgh, is it just me, or are tiny beauty bits SO much cuter than full size ones? I get way too excited over miniatures, they're just so appealing! Plus, I'm much more likely to use these up! 

They come in super handy too, for travel, on the go, or even just trying something out before committing to full size. Can you tell, I'm a fan? 

Today I'm talking you through some minis currently in rotation, some are winners and a few aren't, but they're all pretty damn cute.

Two minis that are currently getting a lotta loving from me come from possibly my favourite makeup brand, Nars. I attended an event back in March and left with a few samples, my favourite of which were a miniature Deep Throat Blush, which is one of my favourite everyday cheek shades, and a Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Angle Noir, a black with a gold shimmer. These two get a lot of attention, even when I'm not travelling. 

Mini blushes seem to be something of a theme in my collection right now, I've had a few in rotation. Benefit are quite slap happy when it comes to giving out minis, I have a fair few in the ranks, but come summer I always bust out my mini Coralista Boxed Blush. It's a beautiful shimmery peach perfect for summer. Two cream blushes in itsy-bitsy form, the Josie Maran Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Paradise and TheBalm How Bout Them Apples Pie Blush both have been in rotation the last few weeks. Both are excellent and both I highly recommend. 

Mini mascaras are like my crack, I freaking adore them, and I seem to attract them too. Right now, I'm digging the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which I might just end up buying in full size. 

One mini primer I love and one not so much, you guys know about my endless love affair with the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, but the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer just doesn't sit well with me. It gives a little radiance but it really doesn't prolong the wear of your makeup at all, and isn't that what a primer is meant to do? There are better on the market. 

Another overrated product, the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, whilst it does the job at hand, it does no better than any drugstore salt spray. Save your pennies on this one. 

And lastly, have you ever seen anything cuter than those tiny pastel lilac Tweezermans? So adorable.

Every Lip Product You'll Ever Need


Now my lipstick collection is borderline disgusting, but a girl can dream of a streamlined lip wardrobe, can't she? I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, but I think I've whittled the list down to a mere six products, that should have your every need catered for. 

The Perfect Nude: You know, the one that can be effortlessly applied for a pretty, polished look? The one that goes with anything, that pulls everything together? For me, that's Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, a gorgeous sheer pinky brown nude with a hint of shimmer. Glossy and pretty, this is super sophisticated, and one of my favourite lipsticks.

The 'My Lips But Better' Shade: Your lips, but at their very best. I have quite pink lips anyway, so I like something that's just a little pinker, but still a nude. The best I have found is the Bite Beauty Lipstick in Fig, which looks bright in the bullet but in actual fact is just a shade or two bolder than my natural lip colour. This is one of the most comfortable lipsticks in the world, it wears so light, smooth and evenly, and it's actually food grade, so it's not at all bad for you! 

The Sheer Bold Pink: Can be worn sheer for a pretty, summery look, or layered up for a pink punch. I've tried a few but my favourite in terms of formula is the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Sheer Shine Lipstick in Plexi Pink, a pretty blue toned pink with an awesome wear time.

The Eyecatching Red: Pretty self explanatory. This one can be a little subjective, but my absolute favourite is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, a slightly darker red that just looks vampy and sexy on first swipe. The formula of this is incredible, not drying but totally matte and super long lasting.

The Everyday Gloss: For when you want something with a little dimension, a non-sticky, longwearing gloss that can be chucked in your handbag and applied on the go sans-mirror. My favourite? The L'Oreal L'extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in 101 Rose Melody. Pretty, pink, and super hydrating.

The Tinted Balm: For when your lips need a little extra lovin', a balm with a hint of colour is perfect. The undisputed king in my humble opinion? The Dior Lip Glow, a beautiful glossy pink, subtle, but ever so pretty.

What lip products could you not be without? What would you pick for these categories?

The Best of Drugstore Mascaras



Whilst I still have a soft spot for the  YSL Shocking Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara, I'm a firm believer that your eyelash needs can be met in the drugstore. There are so many drugstore mascaras on the market that there is bound to be one that works for you. Today, I'm rounding up the ones that work for me, and maybe they'll work for you too.




It makes sense to start with my first choice, doesn't it? If you've followed me for a while, you'll know that the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara is my number one pick. It's got a thin, plastic wand with a what is essentially a fine toothed comb on either side. The small but densely packed bristles really separate each individual lash, and coats them in product. The formula is wet, but not overly wet, and surprisingly long lasting for a non-waterproof formula. The result is long, volumised lashes that aren't at all clumpy. Good stuff.




Another L'Oreal offering that ticks a lot of boxes for me, the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara. Another one with plastic bristles, the wand on this is slightly curved towards the edge, meaning it really gets close to all your lashes, even in the corners. The formula of this is wetter than the False Lash Telescopic, which I think makes it slightly harder to build up. However, this mascara really does give a full impact effect, and it's one I love to have on hand. 


 


A newer addition to my stash, the Maybelline TheColossal Go Extreme! Volum' Mascara is not necessarily the most groundbreaking mascara, but it is a nice one to have on hand. The bristles are fine, but clumped somewhat unevenly, making application a little more fiddly, you're gonna want to take a little more time.  I really like the formula of this, it applies really easily, doesn't need to be built up, and stays put really well. This isn't an intensely volumising or lengthening mascara, but it is a nice one for every day, it nicely defines what you've already got going for you.


 
The only waterproof mention you'll find here (as a rule I generally can't stand waterproof mascara), is the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Waterproof. The wand is a little kooky, it's made up of thin bristles and little round balls, but for some reason it just works. The formula is amazing, super long lasting (I've worn this in the shower and the sea and it hasn't so much as smudged), and it doesn't feel at all heavy on the lashes. A job well done Bourjois.




And lastly, one that definitely requires a little pump of the lash curlers to get it started, but is a good'un, the Maybelline Big Eyes Volum'Express Mascara. I like to use the 'upper lashes wand' to start with, it's natural bristles and simple shape really do a good job at volumising each lash, and then I go over the top with the 'lower lashes wand' to add extra definition, and really get in the corners. Takes a little longer but worth the effort!

What are your favourite drugstore mascaras?


Knowing Where To Stop


With near-daily product launches, limited edition collections, viral hype around new releases, and a wealth of new shades and formulas, sometimes it's hard to know where to draw the line when it comes to spending your hard earned cash.

As a beauty blogger, I spend a portion of every single day scouring beauty sites for reviews, news and tutorials and sometimes it gets really hard to control the urge to buy it all. There's always something new that catches your eye, and another product you just have to have. 

I consider myself something of an emotional shopper too, if I'm feeling down, or I've had a crappy day, I can find myself in the Selfridges' beauty hall without really realising I'm headed there, or filling up my online basket over dinner. Not a habit I'd recommend, but we all have our coping mechanisms.

So how do you stop yourself from ending up on on a diet of beans for the rest of the year? Well, as far as I know, there's no magic answer, there's no pill you can take to stop wanting new things, and  there's no obvious option. What you can do though, is try to take control of your actions a little, and slow the process down. There are a few steps that have been working for me recently, so maybe they can help you too.

The first thing? Unsubscribe from all those teasing emails. Sephora were often sending me three emails a week. That's three torturous emails a week. Three times a week where I'd add more products to my wishlist. That had to stop.

Secondly? Don't go in those stores if there's nothing you need. The amount of times I've gone into Boots just because I'm passing by, and have left with Β£20 worth of stuff that I don't need.  Don't do it to yourself.

And thirdly, make a wishlist. I have a page in the back of my planner where I write any products that have tickled my fancy. If I still want it in two weeks, it stays on the list, if I still want it in four? That's when I'll go and have a swatch. I try not to buy it there and then, unless it's something really special, and if I'm still thinking about it another two weeks later, that's when it comes home with me. This tends to eliminate a LOT of the blogger hysteria induced buying.

In the meantime, I really need to figure out how to streamline my stash a little. There is no way I can ever use the amount of products I have before they expire, and it just seems like such a waste. 

Maybe a little blog sale is in order?

The Peachy Nudes


I never thought I'd be the sort of person that sported a peach lip, for some reason I spent a lot of my blogging life terrified of them, but this year I've been all about the peachy nude and I thought it was about time I shared that love with you guys.

First up, my one true peachy-nude lipstick love, MAC Peach Blossom. It doesn't look too peachy in the photo, but on the lips it's just the perfect nude with a peachy hint. It's super long lasting and it kinda goes with everything. A good one for peach-lip beginners.

Next up, a new found love of mine, the Maybelline The Elixir Coloursensational in Breathtaking Apricot. Yes I know I've been banging on about this one but it's just THAT good. And good news for you British lot, these should be hitting our shelves in the next couple of months. Get your makeup maven mitts at the ready. 

A slightly sheerer option but a little more coral-y is the Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Subtle Coral. A glossy pencil, with formula akin to the Soap and Glory Gloss Sticks, this is a good option for a gloss effect that lasts a little longer on the lips. 

And another one which I promise to stop banging on about soon, the Nyx Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream. This one is a little creamier in formula than the others, making it more peach, less nude, but it definitely still falls into the bracket. I find these so smooth on the lips, and for a gloss they stick around pretty well.

I haven't swatched any of these because they all look different on different people, depending on the colour of your own lips, so the best thing to do is give these a swatch yourself!

What are your favourite peachy nude lip products?

Learning to Love the Long Bob


It's been a rough road for me and my hair. Teenage stupidity led to me dying my hair every colour under the sun whilst I was at college, big mistake, and I ended up with hair so dead it snapped off in clumps if I touched it. Not a good luck. One horrendous pixie cut, about seven sets of hair extensions, copious hair growth masks and a year and half later, and I'm kinda happy with my hair.

Now, I'll be honest, my hair is still WAY shorter than I like it, but it's miles better than the boy crop I was sporting back in January last year. I won't be happy until my hair is trailing around my underboob region but this is progress people. 

I've kinda settled into a routine with my hair that is working for me. I'm a reverse hair washer, when I jump in the shower I coat my hair in a super hydrating conditioner, leave it for a few minutes, and after I've rinsed that out I use a super clarifying shampoo to get any residue out of my roots. I've been doing this for over a year now and it makes my hair last longer between washes (I'm lazy so this is good), which supposedly makes your hair grow faster? I'm trying everything here. This works super well for me anyway!

 I don't blow dry my hair anymore, unless it's a special occasion, to save my hair the heat, I just wash my hair in the evening and then let it dry whilst I sleep. For the most part, I'll then keep my hair natural, but drop a few extra waves in with my Lee Stafford Argan Oil Twisted Curling Wand, brush it out with my fingers and then spritz it with a hairspray. It's easy, it looks very beachy and undone, but I quite like it. Every now and then I'll straighten my hair using my GHD's, and a ton of heat protector. I don't like to do this too often, but every now and then I'll get the urge. I like to stick my hair in a giant pineapple on the top of my head immediately after straightening while it cools, and after a few minutes I'll take it down and it's got a bit of volume to it!

I'm still desperately trying to grow my hair, but I don't hate it as much any more!

Do you have any tips on growing your hair? Or have you had any hair disasters?