The Review: Body Shop Aloe Gentle Face Wash

Another empty, another review. I think I’m going to make this a thing because I do love a good product review and after completely finishing a product, I really can do a decent product review for you all.

Body Shop Aloe Gentle Face Wash

So I initially bought this because I felt my Liz Earle cleanser was sometimes a little thick and with all the creams and face masks I was using, I sometimes wanted a cleanser that really made my face feel clean. At first I really liked this foaming cleanser, it literally cut through all the grease and felt almost like a clarifying shampoo but in cleanser form.

Then I started to dislike the stripping quality of the foam so stopped using it. The ‘aloe gentle’ in the name can only be believed so far – this is a foaming cleanser and by nature will be quite stripping. After some time apart (sounds like a relationship!) I came back to this and found it a good cleanser to use in the shower to make sure my night cream was completely removed.

So overall it was a nice product once I finally found the right time to use it but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. The pump dispenser is nice and because it is foaming it really does last a long time. Even with my combination skin it was a bit stripping at times, and I think this would be the case with oily skin as well. I’m taking Caroline Hirons advice from now on and staying clear of anything foaming for my face.

Caley x


The Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

I cannot sing the praises of this foundation loudly enough. It really is fantastic, so after about a year road-testing it, I thought I’d do a little review.


It has a light/medium coverage and pretty good longevity on the face throughout the day. Generally I can get away with it all day, though some days a bit of powder after lunch wouldn’t go amis. To apply I squeeze out a pinenut sized (specific right) amount onto my finger then dot onto my face. I find that it dries quite quickly so I prefer to dot, blend with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush – then move onto the next area.

I will admit I haven’t tried a huge number of foundations, so I don’t have much base for comparison. However, I do know that this feels great on my skin, adds enough coverage but still lets my freckles etc show through. It strikes the right balance between glow giving and mattifying making it great for all day wear. As with any foundation, the better your skin – the better it looks but when I’ve been lazy it doesn’t stick to dry patches too badly.

At £30 for 30ml it’s a considered purchase. But I really think it’s worth it, I’m nearing the end of my 1st bottle and it’s lasted around a year! If you’ve saved up your Boots points and are wondering what to splurge on, what better than Chanel? The bottle is plastic (so not heavy if travelling) however the bottle is tinted so I have no idea how far down the bottle I am even if I hold it up to the light!

Caley x

The Review: Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

I am so glad this product is finally finished! Not just for the satisfaction of finishing a product, but also because I really didn’t like this eye cream. It’s a no frills cream which sounded perfect for my twenty-something skin and was a fairly decent price for such a big pot (£20 for 14g). I’d also read and watched countless people rave about it – so what could go wrong?

kiehl's creamy eye treatment

Well don’t believe the hype people! I found this cream far too rich for my delicate under eye area, I also found application annoying. The product first needs to be warmed between your fingers before applying; which turns it from a thick tacky cream into a more viscous and water-like consistency. Even after warming I found this product still too heavy and difficult to tap around my eyes, to the point where the tapping hurt my skin slightly. I found that concealer and foundation slid right off and my eyelids became even less likely to keep eye shadow on for longer than an hour or two. I’ll be going back to my Clinique Even Better Eyes now this tub is finally finished. Also note to self – never buy an eye cream in a tub it’s not worth the hassle!

Caley x

The Roundup: May 2015

It’s the start of June which means it’s favourites time. Here I’m rounding up what I’ve been loving and what’s been making me happy this month.

      Makeup – I’ve used the Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara for years. It’s cheap and does a great job at plumping my lashes. I find it easy to build up from a natural every day right look through to ‘woah-there’ volume for night. I already have a backup on hand because mascara is the one item of makeup I couldn’t be without.

Skincare – This Skin Food Egg White Foam Cleaner has the most unique texture, it almost feels like shaving foam but leaves my skin feeling clean not stripped. I look forward to using this every evening and my skin has been thanking me for it.

Haircare – My hair gets easily weighed down but also needs conditioning, enter the miraculous Milk_Shake Leave in Conditioning Foam. I use this on towel dried hair through the mid-lengths and ends then brush it through to disperse evenly. The foam makes sure my hair isn’t weighed down but the leave-in conditioning element makes sure my hair still gets the moisture it needs. Plus it smells like banana nesquik…heaven.

Fashion – I have not taken this sleeveless jumper from Next off. Having doubts as to when I’d wear this I’ve been finding it perfect for the on-off British weather and it goes with pretty much everything in my wardrobe.

Home – I made the mistake of heading off to Homesense with no shopping list in mind, luckily I was well behaved and only came out with 2 items. 1 being this gorgeous battered metal side table, it was love at first sight.

Random – I’ve been addicted to watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix this month. Limiting myself to one episode a night has been a struggle but there are 5 series so I’ve got a way to go yet.

What have you been loving this month?

Caley x

Beauty Con London 2015

Last Saturday Emma and I trotted up to London for the day for the first ever Beauty Con London. We had a vague idea of what and who we wanted to see beforehand so after a seamless entry and ticket collection we headed straight to our first meet & greet with the wonderful Estée.

Caley & Estee Beauty Con London
Next we had time for a spot of shopping in the QVC for Tarte area, I got my hands on their Amazonian Clay blushes for just £10! Then onto the Beautiful Inside + Out panel featuring all my favourite bloggers and YouTubers. After lunch and a rest of the feet – serious museum feet were kicking in already – we went to Liz Earle. Their stand was amazing and that’s not just because of all the freebies! They had a beautiful beach theme complete with rowing boats, grasses and pebbles. Waiters wandered around with platters of cookies and lemonade, whilst the Liz Earle girls gave out sample sizes for those who instagrammed and tweeted. I really think the Liz Earle PR team did an amazing job that day, it was such a fun little experience.

Liz Earle Beauty Con London

source: Liz Earle twitter

Caley, Suzie & Alix - Beauty Con London

After another panel and more meet & greets with Suzie, AlixAnna, Lily, Becky and Holly (phewph) it was gone 4pm and time to head home. The day whizzed by but I had such a great time and I look forward to seeing who will be there next year. Everyone who I was lucky enough to meet were so amazing, it was so inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented and beautiful women.

Caley, Anna & Lily - Beauty Con LondonCaley, Becky & Holly - Beauty Con London

Oh and for those wondering I purchased the “general admission” ticket in their 50% off flash sale which I think worked out to be a good price for the event.

Caley x

The Review: King Lear

On Monday night the boy and I trundled off to the Holy Trinity Church for a production of King Lear by the Guildford Shakespeare Company. Lured in by Brian Blessed in the cast, we decided to give the play a go, neither having read it nor studied it previously. Unfortunately Brian had to pull out a week before due to health reasons which was such a shame but hopefully he’s on the mend now.

king lear

King Lear

Upon arrival it was clear that this was the perfect setting. A minimal stage with the alter lit up behind. I really enjoyed the play, I thought that Lear, Gloucester and Tom/Edgar were particularly strong in the cast. The light relief provided by the fool and Tom were performed in the boundaries of the play so as to not distract too much from Lear’s sad descent into madness and the lighting too was great at creating added atmosphere in the church. Overall I’d give it 4 stars, I think the female cast were quite weak which was disappointing when they played such a pivotal role.

As someone who’s never studied the play or seen another production I thought it was good. I’m not a critic by any means but it was something fun and interesting to do on a monday night! I’ll look out for more productions, keeping my fingers crossed for Anthony and Cleopatra which is my all time favourite Shakespeare play!


The Edit: Sunday Pamper

This weekend passed by in a blur of goodness. It was one of those stay at home weekends where all those annoying little tasks are finally ticked off the to-do list and a proper pamper session takes place. I thought I’d give a run down of my current Sunday pamper products.

sunday pamper

sunday pampersunday pamper

LUSH Bubble Bar – Unicorn Horn
I’ve never been a fan of LUSH but I do like their bath bombs. The bubble bars are my favourite so my lovely boy upon passing their doors, picked me up a few. Crumble this under running water for a bubble explosion with tiny stars and glitter lacing the pinky/purple water. The smell isn’t too over powering and the bath doesn’t need a mega clean afterwards, bonus. PS. sorry if it doesn’t look perfect, I couldn’t wait to try it!!

Soap and Glory – Scrub your nose in it
This face scrub means business. There are loads of tiny exfoliating particles in this, so I buff this gently all over my face, leave on for a minute then wash off. Instant smooth skin.

Origins – Drink Up 10 Minute Mask
With a freshly scrubbed face to work with this mask is the perfect way to inject a load of moisture back in. The steam from the bath also helps this mask really sink into the pores. I left this on for my whole bath, I love the tropical fruit smell this mask has, the same as the overnight version.

Reading Fodder
This Sunday’s choice was Harpers Bazaar, I have a HUGE backlog of magazines to catch up on, hence reading the August issue now…oops. I particularly liked the article on the ladies of Downton, perfect in light of their recent NTA.

Body Shop – Honey Body Butter
Once towelled dry I slathered this body butter all over. This particular version has a really nice, subtle scent that isn’t overly sweet and sinks in while still keeping my skin moisturised for more than just a few hours.

And that’s it! Do you have any favourite Sunday pamper products?


The Edit: January Blues

Urgh…January. We’ve been back at our desks for over a fortnight now and managed to get through the “worst day of the year” yesterday. But just in case your January blues are still in full force, thanks to your incessant Caribbean Island googling, here’s my edit of all things blue. A little F.U to the January blues, you will not beat us!

January Blues 2015Bag – Accessorize
T-shirt – River Island
Jumper – Gap
Nail Varnish – Rimmel Lycra Pro in Aqua Cool
Scarf – Accessorize


The Look: Golden Globes 2014

I wasn’t going to post about the Golden Globes but I kept seeing galleries upon galleries of “The Dresses” and couldn’t resist a look. And there were 2 dresses I couldn’t wait to post about. Clearly I’m not over the glitz of the Christmas season just yet as both slinky silver numbers are dazzling. I love the vintage glamour, the clean lines and the beautiful women wearing them.

1st: Reece Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

source: US Mag

2nd: Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead

source: E!

Which dresses were your favourites?


The City Break: Liverpool

This year, the boy and I decided to mark our anniversary with some time off work and a trip up to Liverpool. Recently falling hard under the Beatles spell we mainly went for the uber touristy spots for our first trip, but another is definitely on the cards.

Day 1 : Driving from Surrey took around 4 hours on a late Sunday morning and after checking into our hotel we headed straight out. This day we used to get our bearings, scope out some restaurants and get to know the city. First thing we did was head for Sunday lunch at The Restaurant Bar & Grill. I have to say this is one of the best restaurant roasts I’ve ever eaten; we ordered lamb for 2 which came on a board so we could carve it ourselves alongside all the trimmings and an extra gravy boat. All for £25!

cavern club wall

Day 2: Pret a Manger for breakfast (almond croissant always) and then onto the docks. We’d pre-booked our Beatles Story tickets beforehand and went straight in, head-phones on and into the Beatles world. I thought the museum was well done lots of “sets” to put you in the mood and plenty of audio information telling the Beatles Story. After lunch we headed back across the docks to the bus stop for the Magical Mystery Tour which again we’d pre-booked. I felt some of the locations they were really clutching at straws and with a full coach of people there wasn’t as much information passed on as I’d hoped. I’m glad I saw some of the sites but I think opting for the Fab Four Taxi Tours would give a better experience.  A quick traipse around the shops and then out for a mega dinner at Byron; burgers, onion rings, chips, dip, beer, the lot. After that, The Cavern Club. We enjoyed a live music set from a Paul McCartney tribute act with a pint. It was a great atmosphere with everyone singing along, dancing and cramming in against the graffiti walls. A great round off to the day.

magical mystery tour

liverpool docks

liverpool docks

liverpool docks

Day 3: Moose Coffee for breakfast which was delicious and had great decor. We then walked away from the docks towards the galleries and into the Walker Art Museum mainly to look at the Stuart Sutcliffe painting on show. The building was beautiful weather was perfect for mid November. Next we headed towards Ye Crake for a drink, Gambier Terrace to see Jon and Stuart’s old apartment opposite the Anglican Cathedral and finally a walk into the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with multicoloured modern glass. It reminded me a lot of St Mary’s church in San Francisco.


liverpool cathedtral

We were both so impressed with Liverpool, there’s a fantastic mix of things to do even if you’re not a Beatles fan and we can’t wait to go back. Below I’ve listed all the key places we went to and rated them, in case you were interested.

Beatles Experience 4.5*
Magical Mystery Tour 3*
Cavern Club 5*
Ye Cracke 2*
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 3*
Walker Art Museum 3.5*

Premier Inn (Moorfields) 5*
The Restaurant Bar & Grill 5*
Byron 5*
Moose Coffee 4*