I tend to reserve vlogging for holidays or exciting events but I decided to mix it up for this one… it’s just normal life! Now before you totally switch off, ‘day in the life’ type videos are some of my favourite to watch on YouTube and I’m actually quite happy with how this turned out. I hope you enjoy it too!

Let me know if you like these relaxed vlogs as they’re fun to film and I’d definitely be up for doing more. Also, cheeky request here but if you’re a YouTube lover and fancy subscribing, I’d really appreciate it!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

 

I’m a big fan of the mantra, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. I tend to apply that same thinking to my perfume collection and before you say it, yes, I know I’m terribly boring, but I rotate the same three fragrances time and time again. Sue me. Anyway, if you’re a fan of sweet, floral and citrus scents, you need to check out these perfumes…

Miss Dior (Dior)

This was my first foray into perfume as a young woman and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go without it. It’s a classic for me now – it’s bold, feminine and youthful wrapped into one scent. It’s a super wearable fragrance and is perfect for a day out or evening occasion. The citrus and floral nature of the scent is easy to love and combines mandarin, blood orange, rose and jasmine for a perfectly balanced product. The bottle is chic and looks classy on any dressing table too – win win!

Coco Mademoiselle (Chanel)

I think every woman should have a Chanel fragrance in their collection. They’re iconic, classy and timeless. I adore Coco Mademoiselle for it’s fresh twist on Chanel’s trademark scents; this is a bright yet sweet fragrance that smells light and fresh throughout the day. The scent itself has an oriental tone mixed with citrus and notes of patchouli and rose. The twist and spray bottle makes this really handbag friendly and practical for those on-the-go touch ups or travelling.

La Vie est Belle (Lancome)

An ode to ‘The Beauty of Life’, Lancome have hit the nail on the head with this fragrance – I bloody love it! This is the most recent addition to my core collection and the one I’m reaching for most lately. Compared to Miss Dior and Coco Mademoiselle, this offers a slightly richer scent and is definitely distinctive. I get the most enquiries about this perfume and there’s no truer testament than people asking “What perfume are you wearing?”. Lancome blend iris, patchouli and praline for a joyous fragrance that elicits fun and happy feelings.

Perfume is an incredibly personal choice so I’d love to know what you make of my favourite luxury picks. Let me know which fragrances you’re reaching for at the moment too!

Sincerely, Sarah x

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and whether you celebrate with a nice meal, a lovely prezzie or simply a good chinwag over a cuppa, it’s always a good to show gratitude and spread love. If you do gifts for Mother’s Day and want to steer away from a big bunch of flowers, I hope this collection of gifts will help get your shopping juices flowing.

  1. Amazon Echo – £149.99 – Everyone loves a cool gadget, right? Well I personally think the Amazon Echo is an ingenious Mother’s Day gift. A present that makes a Mum’s life easier is surely a refreshing change? Whether you want your favourite album to play or the lights on or off, the Amazon Echo is a gadget for those in need of a little ease and convenience.
  2. Benefit Cosmetics, Dandelion Blush£23.50 – The Benefit boxed blushers make lovely gifts. There are about 8 to choose from but I love giving Dandelion as a gift. It’s a great universal pink blush that looks beautiful on any complexion; it’s buildable too so you can get a subtle flush or more dramatic look.
  3. NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Alhambra£25.00 – You can’t go wrong with NARS eyeshadow duos and this Alhambra set is a gorgeous neutral must-have. Some may think this is a ‘boring’ colour combo but the blendable formula, pearly toned finish and versatility makes this a fab gift.
  4. Selfish Mother Crew Neck Jumper£50.00 – If you’re an Instagram addict, chances are you’ve seen Selfish Mother products before. I love this red and gold jumper and it would look lovely with jeans or worn as loungewear. There are so many different colour combos and different slogans available so you can pick which you think is best.
  5. Lancome, La Vie est Belle, Eau de Parfum (30ml)£45.00 – This is my go-to fragrance of the moment and whenever I wear it people always ask what it is! It’s sweet and floral but light at the same time, and whilst perfume is tricky to buy for others, when it comes to your mum you’ll know if this will be up her street or not.
  6. Jo Loves, Lemongrass Candle£55.00 – A candle by Jo Malone is always a good gift. Jo is responsible for some of the most luxurious scents on the market and this lemongrass candle is a beautiful and relaxing home scent. Take a look at the Jo Loves site for other variations if Lemongrass isn’t quite your Mum’s go-to fragrance.
  7. Tattinger Holographic Rose Champagne Gift Set£45.00 – A bit of bubble to say ‘thanks for all you do’ is the least us children can do. This rose champagne and holographic box is an uber-girly gift with some added wow factor. Check out your local supermarkets for gift boxes and special limited edition releases – there’ll be plenty to choose from.
  8. The White Company, Seychelles Luxury Gift Set£49.99 – Seychelles is my favourite of the White Company scents and this luxury gift set includes the hand wash and body lotion, candle and bar of soap; that’s a lot of product for your money! If you’ve not smelt the Seychelles products, think bright orange, coconut, vanilla and almond – it’s AMAZING.
  9. Kikki K, Letter Writing Set£16.00 – If you live away from home a letter writing set could be a fabulous gift to innovate communication with your dearest Mum. I know we all have phones and the internet but letters are a lovely thing to write and receive, so everyone deserves this classy letter writing set.
  10. This Works, Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (75ml)£16.00 – Whether you’re shopping for a new mum or a mum with children who have long flown the nest, no Mum is going to turn down a better nights sleep. This Works have perfected relaxation products and this Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is lavender heaven. There’s lots of data saying it works too – even better!

I hope these gift ideas help you spoil the special women in your life this Mother’s Day. Let me know how you will be celebrating in the comments.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I wear the same makeup to work, time and time again. Yes, it’s boring but I won’t be swayed. My mornings are less frantic, I know my makeup will last all day and I’ve got application down to 10 minutes. If you’re looking to simplify your morning makeup routine without sacrificing the final look, here’s a glimpse at my go-to products, in application order:

MAC Strobe Cream – I’m all for quick application in the morning so there’s no time for layering too many products, so I mix this with my foundation and apply together. Strobe Cream gives a beautiful subtle glow that keeps you looking healthy and awake all day.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation or Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – I adore both of these foundations and frankly whichever I pick up first is what I’ll go for that day. Both leave my skin looking even and dewy and are medium coverage foundations that are buildable, with impressive staying power.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque – This is one of my newest makeup finds and I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without it! This is THE product for making you look awake and getting rid of darkness under the eyes – it’s quickly become one of my must-haves and if you haven’t used this get, go and try it asap.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit – I often use this concealer on top of the Bobbi corrector as naturally they complement each other nicely. I also love the setting powder in the kit which helps my concealer stay put all day. Somedays I find the combination of all three (corrector, concealer and powder) a little heavy so will either use the corrector and the powder alone, or swap in the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as it’s more of a liquid concealer and a tad lighter on the skin.

Benefit Boiing Concealer – This bad boy only comes out when I need some serious blemish help, so suffice to say during the first week of every month this is one of my staples! Hormonal breakouts are horrid but this makes life a little easier, and the formula is antibacterial which helps too. You can read my full review of this concealer if you want more info.

Benefit KaBrow – Benefit can’t be beaten on brows. FACT. I used to be a loyal daily user of Benefit BrowZings until this came out. It’s waterproof formula means once it’s on, it’s not budging and I love how natural or dramatic you can get your brows with this product. I have a full post on my brow routine if you want an extra read.

Benefit Creamy Eyeshadow in Bunny Hop – This is a classic case of a product that’s a true oldie but I just can’t let it go – I’m actually pretty sure this shade has been discontinued. This cream eyeshadow makes a great base for shadow and has a wonderful blue undertone so makes the whites of your eyes whiter.

Fleur de Force Lunar Rose Palette – I bought this palette from Feel Unique recently and I use the two top shades all the time, especially during the week for work. They look lovely over the top of the Bunny Hop cream shadow and are perfectly toned to strike the balance between being professional but not bland – they’re subtle and gorgeous at the same time! It’s also super easy to take your day look into the evening by dragging some of the dark purple along lash line for some added drama.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I normally skip liner on a normal work day but this mascara has me covered and makes sure my eyes look wide awake. The formula is totally buildable so if you want something quite dramatic you can get it easily but I tend to just do a few zig zags on each eye and I’m done.

Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette in Coral Glow – This sculpting palette is MAGIC, there’s no other word for it and I use all three products – bronzer, blush and highlight – for my office makeup. The bronzer has a subtle shimmer and is fab for a gentle contour or just warming up the face. The blush is a light rose pink (it reminds me of Benefit’s Dandelion – review & swatches here), and I just pop a bit on the apples of my cheeks before highlighting my cheek bones, brow bone and cupids bow with the highlight.

Carmex – I normally don’t go for much on my lips for work as I just can’t be bothered to reapply during the day. Instead, I lather up with some faithful Carmex which then means my lips are in good condition for bold lipsticks at the weekend! It’s a win win.

Let me know what your go-to work makeup products are in the comments and whether you use any of the products I swear by! Don’t forget to tell me why you love them too.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

There are no shortage of beauty related challenges and ‘tags’ for us bloggers and vloggers to try out. I first saw this £20 challenge years ago and now I’m finally getting into making videos I was desperate to give it a shot.

The aim of the challenge is, yes you’ve guessed it, to do your whole face of makeup with products that collectively cost £20 or less. I personally decided to exclude makeup brushes and tools so I could really give this a proper go and try out some new drugstore products. Here’s how I got on…

Here are all the products I picked up for the grand total of £18.99:

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – £7.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Eyebrow Pencil – £1.00
  • Rimmel, Kate Moss, Sculpting Palette – £6.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner in Jet Black – £1.00
  • Collection, Volumising Mascara in Ultra Black – £3.99
  • Makeup Revolution, Focus & Fix Concealer – £2.00
  • MUA Lipstick in shade 7 – £1.00

So what do you think? Did I do well for my money? I’d definitely say it was a mixed bag so let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoyed the video.

Sincerely, Sarah xx