The Boots Haul

So I ran out of pretty much all my beauty essentials at the same time, cue a trip to my favourite Boots. I’ve edited out the ‘fun’ highlights like mouthwash and cotton rounds and left you with all the interesting goodies. So let’s get into it ::



Dry Shampoo – I love the Batiste tropical dry shampoo but going to try this as a change, it smells good is all I know so far. Luckily I don’t have to worry too much about the product being white as I have light hair anyway.

Tan – I cannot recommend St Moriz enough I think it’s great. I usually just go for the lotion but they had sold out so I’ll be interested to see how this mousse version fairs.

Foundation Sponge – I’ve been so interested to try out a beauty blender type product so finally took the plunge with this Real Techniques version. I’m not entirely sure I’ll have the patience every day to apply base with this but it’ll be interesting to compare this vs brush vs fingers with the same foundation.

Eye Cream – I don’t need anything fancy for my eyes at the moment, no amount of cream is going to erase my under eye circles. So I went straight the for the French pharmacy section where you find amazing skincare products that are fuss free, great value and generally fantastic.

Powder – I succumbed to the blogger/YT hype and bought this powder, my L’Oreal true match is on it’s last legs and I brought it along with me to match my shade in store.

I can’t wait to try out all these products, especially as I left the entire bag at my parents house for over a month! So it’s like I’ve bought them all over again. I’ll definitely report back on my thoughts of these in upcoming posts.

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

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.

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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?


July Favourites

I have wanted to do a ‘favourites’ post for a while but tend to not change up my products that often but lately I’ve been finishing off bottles, using up samples and have been away and so thought I would share a few things; beauty and non beauty – that I’ve been loving this past month particularly those I found I couldn’t be without whilst away.


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1. Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel – not the most glamourous of products but definitely one I was very grateful for whilst away. Great for your skin in the evening after sun exposure, especially soothing if you’ve burnt. ps don’t put it in the fridge it gets way too runny!

2. EOS lemon drop SPF15 lip balm – great lip balm and one I’ve been wanting for a while after seeing so many youtube beauty gurus go on about them. Definitely my favourite flavour as it smells like homemade lemonade.

3. Milani baked blush in dolce pink – this is a cross between a highlighter and a blusher for me so a great 2 in 1 product for when I was travelling, again something I picked up whilst I was in the USA. I love this product with a tan it just gives a nice healthy glow however being used to my Nars blush I would say this is a bit more powdery but it’s a beautiful colour.

4. Garnier BB cream – having never been a real fan of foundation no matter how many samples I try, I think BB creams are great because they’re light, moisturising and in my opinion give me the right amount of coverage. I’ll definitely be trying other brands but I was attracted to this because of the typical fresh and fruity Garnier smell.

5. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – don’t ask me where the lid has disappeared to, lost in transit, but this product is GREAT. It’s a cult product for pretty much everyone who’s tried it. It’s gentle but does an amazing job of getting rid of make up and whilst away I just used this to take it all off. It leaves my combination skin not feeling tight or greasy and got rid of all the grime built up over the day. The muslin cloth that comes with it is also the perfect amount of exfoliation to make sure your skin stays smooth without irritating.

6. Revlon Lip Butter wild watermelon – I was wary of this shade at first but it was a perfect product that was moisturising and provided more than just a hint of colour and it’s definitely easy to build up to a full kapow colour. I like this range a lot because it is so moisturising and the quilted packaging is lovely. Also tried it as a cream blush which worked nicely but use sparingly!

Non beauty:

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1. Candy Crush – yes I caved in….

2. Olympus SZ31MR – love this camera to death and throughout my trip and a recent graduation it’s show just how versitile and easy to use is can be. Love all the presets as well as the ability to do panoramas and play around with your own settings amongst other things. A great hybrid camera that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone.

3. Raspberry Arizona Iced Tea – I drunk literally gallons of this stuff whilst away and it is seriously delicious, my go to drink and always for a great price. I’m keeping everything crossed that it’ll eventually make it’s way over here soon.

4. Florida Georgia Line – What You Drinking About – I’m definitely the type of person that will play the crap out of a song, I’m talking back to back repetition and this would probably be the most abused song on my ipod, particularly during those 5 + hour drives.

Let me know what have been your favourite things this month.


Makeup therapy

So it’s Monday, I had a great weekend and when my alarm goes off at 7am, it’s still dark outside and I have the prospect of 5 whole days of work ahead of me,I’m not massively inclined to leave my bed just yet. So of course, I pressed snooze three times meaning there was no time for make up today and I’m sitting feeling like I need a balaclava to step foot out this afternoon. It got me thinking why on earth I (and I’m sure lots of other women agree) feel so naked without their ‘face’ on, like it’s some kind of war paint?

“London college of Fashion study found that 85% of women believe that wearing makeup lifts their mood on a bad day” – Emerald Street

“We use it to get attention…and also as a metaphorical mask…it can make us abandon inhibitions” – Dr Helen Nightingale


Well, if a Doctor says make up actually has deeper psychological benefits that can better your day I’ll take that. I’ll reach for my mascara and foundation knowing that I’ll be more confident and potentially have a better day. Bring on Tuesday I say.


Blistex Lip Massage

I just wanted to share the love for one of my favourite lip balms, I first got this product when I was visiting NYC over the Christmas holidays a few years back and just picked it up in Walgreen’s. Now every winter it’s my staple. It’s Blistex lip massage. The balm is so nice (tastes good) and the applicator massages your lips whilst applying the product and removes the dry skin. I seriously recommend it and I only just found out they have it over here in the UK too. Lovely 🙂 do you have any staple winter beauty products?

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2012

1st October marked the start of the 2012 Breast Cancer awareness month. Which means, PINK EVERYTHING! I particularly love the new campaign with Nails INC with their sparkly pink nail polish called paint your pinkie pink. Even Buck House got involved on Monday!

In the last 10 years, £22 million has been raised by Breast Cancer Campaign to help the cause, which is helping the one in eight women who will face their own battle against breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s amazing and I just think in the simplest way I can help add to that total, I really want that nail polish for example!! My cheer team are also wearing pink to training this month to show our support…it’s so easy. Looking forward to some good ideas for Movember next month!

What are you doing to raise awareness for breast cancer this month?