Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder

Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder

One of my year-round must haves is a face powder. Why? Because having oily skin not only means that my skin can become very shiny as the day goes on. So even when using skincare products to prevent shine and regulate oil, the only way to make my skin look presentable is layering it with a thin veil of face powder. 

The compact powder that I've been using for the last year (or even longer) is the Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. This product, part of the Healthy Mix face product family, is meant to boost radiance and even out skin tone, as well as hydrating the skin and controlling shine. 

The texture of the Healthy Balance Powder is very fine and light on the skin. When using a brush I find that the powder doesn't go everywhere and it's very easy to apply. I also like that the packaging is very compact and includes a mirror, and even though it's plastic, it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy.

It mentions that it lasts 10 hours but it definitely does not, or at least in my case, it would need re-applying to benefit from its mattifying effects. Nonetheless, since this powder looks very natural and evens out my skin tone without settling into pores, notoriously oxidising or leaving a patchy look on my face, I would say it does a very good job and would recommend it if you're looking to try a new powder. 

Find Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in Boots and Superdrug.



Pink Cashmere

Pink Cashmere Jumper
Pink Cashmere Jumper

H&M Cashmere Jumper // Primark Skirt // Pretty Polly Tights // New Look Shoes
(Similar: Jumper, Skirt, Shoes)

Today's being one of the hottest days of the year, but no this is not what I wore on this exact day obviously, I know I said I'm always cold, even in the summer but that's only when it's under 20 C.

On other news, I've been enjoying of yet another cold/sore throat for the last couple of days - one of the disadvantages of working with small children is that they sometimes might just sneeze or cough without any previous warning right in your face, thus leading you to contract whatever bug they might have. 

On a different note, a great advantage is that I will be enjoying of the same amount of holiday time as school children, unfortunately not all of it paid, but still there's some holiday pay which I will definitely not complain about. 

Other novelties include the fact that we'll be going to Blackpool in August and I'll spend my birthday over there, and that I've trying to slowly but surely de-clutter my wardrobe and be more mindful when shopping for clothes & beauty products.

Do you have any plans for the summer?



Affordable Outerwear and Bags at Ericdress

I know, now that it's finally warm here I am talking about outerwear but hold on, because if you live in the UK you will know that even though we are having a heat wave at the moment, in the evening it can get a bit chilly, so a lightweight coat or jacket is always a good idea, especially if you will be spending most of the day outdoors. Ericdress is a website where you can find lots of cheap coats online (here) so you can have more outerwear options without breaking the bank. 

    affordable denim jacket        affordable summer backpack

This denim jacket is a really great option if you are going to a festival, as it's not only stylish but it will keep you warm as the temperature goes down along with the sun at evening time. It has an oversized fit, 4 front pockets and distressed details that make it stylish as well as comfortable. 

Also if you will be staying overnight you will obviously need something to pack all of your essentials in, and a backpack is an excellent choice as not only there's enough room for everything you need but also it's easy to carry as it has the classic double straps on the back, as well as a top handle. This hot pink backpack features a white polka dot print, a front pocket with a zip besides the main compartment and 2 side pockets where you can perfectly fit an umbrella and a water bottle. On the Ericdress website you can also find more options of cheap leather bags (here) if backpacks are not your thing. 

Find many more fashionable options on http://www.ericdress.com/
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PS. Because it's intu Lakeside Shopping Centre's 25th birthday there's lots of activities going on today until 10 pm and tomorrow all day including live performances, arts & crafts projects, free popcorn & candy floss, food sampling and a Live Lounge Festival music area. Find out more on intu Lakeside's website.


A Rose Scented Affair

rose scent skincare

With the warmer summer weather finally here, strong scents can feel a bit heavy, which is why I love switching to a lighter and fresher smelling fragrance and skincare products. Currently I'm loving:

InstaNatural Rose Water Toner*: I've used it as a toner, but another way to enjoy the gorgeous Moroccan rose scent found in this product is adding a bit to your bath water, which I've been doing.

Avon Romantic Rose Bubble Bath: A nice bath can be a really relaxing and enjoyable experience, this bubble bath smells fantastic and produces a good amount of bubbles. Also love the watercolour illustrations on the packaging.

Paul Smith Rose: Great for after that indulging bath, this perfume is the perfect way to top it off. After all who doesn't like smelling like freshly cut roses all day long?

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream: Not only does this hand cream smells amazing, but leaves your hands soft without feeling sticky, with the added benefit of SPF 15 to avoid sun damage.

Do you like rose scented products?



Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel

nivea powerfruit shower gel

One of my favourite things to try are different shower gels, this one I received last Christmas (along quite a few more, so they'll last a few more months) I'm going through them slowly but surely and this time it was the turn of Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel.

This shower gel is described as having a delicate acai berry fragrance, with blueberry antioxidants that gently cleanses the skin leaving it soft thanks to its Hydra IQ moisture technology and it being pH skin balanced.

Nivea is a brand I like for it's functional and affordable products and this shower gel is no exception, it's gentle and doesn't irritate my skin, it leaves it feeling clean but not dried out, it also has a nice faint berry scent which I like, lathers well and is easy to wash off without leaving any residue.

Do try out Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel if you like affordable shower products (currently £1 in Boots) that smell nice and won't dry out your skin.