So it’s Mother’s Day here in the UK, and for the past couple of years I’ve meant to write a post about why my Mum is my role model. I just never got round to it until now, and what better day to post it than today?! Having a mother is the greatest gift anyone could have. Here’s to you, Mum!

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She is Always Honest

Whether it be about an outfit or pair of shoes I’m trying on, food I’ve cooked, how I’m looking, advice about men or life in general, I can always rely on my Mum to give me her one hundred percent honest opinion. If she doesn’t think that outfit looks right and highlights the lumps and bumps, she’ll tell me. If she doesn’t think the life choice I’m making is the right one, she’ll make sure I know she doesn’t think so. And this is something I’ve always been thankful for. Not everyone is always honest about everything (seeds in your teeth, anyone?!) but my Mum is!

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She is Always There for Me

Pretty much at the drop of a hat, I can rely on my Mum being there for me. I can think of numerous times where she has driven countless miles to be with me when I’ve been unwell or having a complete life crisis. And I know she would always do this if she’s able to. I speak to her on the phone almost every day, and she listens to my moans about life, the universe and everything, and she does this regardless of the time of day (except if an episode of Masterchef is on).

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She is the Strongest Person I Know

My Mum has been through so much in her life, more than I could probably ever imagine, yet she is the strongest person I know. She gives the absolute BEST advice, because usually she can empathise with the situation I am in. She knows what to say to me when I am down about the most minor things and she puts life into perspective. She has taught me so many life lessons, which she probably doesn’t even realise, and I cannot thank her enough. She made sure I had everything I ever needed (and wanted – sorry Mum) and made sure I never went without the best of everything. She put me before herself in every situation when I was growing up – she raised me, protected me, cared for me. She gave up so much in order to make sure my needs were met before her own. She is completely selfless. She got me through college and university, even when I wanted to give up, she kept me going. There have been numerous family issues that we have been through together, and every time, she has been there for me, my best friend, my rock. I can tell her anything and although she may not always be happy about what I tell her, she won’t ever judge me and she doesn’t love me any less. Every struggle we have been through, we have got each other through. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have her.

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I sincerely hope that if I ever have children, that my relationship with them is similar to that of my relationship with my Mum. I want to be the kind of Mum to my future children that my Mum is to me. 

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I am so honoured to have a Mum like her, a Mum who is such a fantastic role model. Everything she has taught me constantly makes me want to become a better person, for myself and for others. I want her to know how much I value having such a beautiful, inspirational person in my life. I want to thank her for everything she has ever done for me. For being my biggest supporter. My prosecco partner in crime. My shopping sista (even though she hates it). My shoulder to cry on. My taxi driver. My pet sitter. My absolute best ever friend. But most importantly, my role model.

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I know, hands down, that my relationship with my mum will never change. She’ll always be a bad influence on me, encouraging me to have “just one more prosecco”, even though it’s already 2am. She’ll always listen to me cry about the same things year after year, because the reality is that they still upset me, even when I pretend day after day that they don’t. We’ll always have funny “in-jokes” that we share together. We’ll always go on girly days and cocktail drinking shenanigans when we can. And regardless of how old I am, I know that I’ll always be able to pick up the phone to her, or text her, no matter what time of day it is (maybe not when Masterchef is on, though).

I love you, Mum.

 

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Well, hello, blog! It’s been rather a long time, hasn’t it?! What better way to make a comeback than with a review of a product that I have been enjoying using lately – RosehipPlus Rosehip Oil! Let me tell you more…

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This is the time of year that my skin is about as dry as my bank account at Christmas time. I honestly can’t get enough of hydrating products at the moment, particularly slathering them on my face. And we all know how much I’ve been trying to improve my skincare routine for the past goodness-knows-how-long.

At the beginning of the year, I was very kindly offered the chance to try RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil, and now I feel I’ve had the chance to give it a proper try, I can give it an honest review.

RosehipPLUS is an Australian skincare brand, which is making its way across to the UK. They are an organic brand who pride themselves in their high quality, 100% pure Certified Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil that they have used to develop their range of skincare products by blending it with other ingredients such as chamomile, avocado and rose geranium. Their range claims to hydrate, nourish and replenish the skin.

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Rosehip Oil can help reduce scarring and fine lines, as well as lessen the appearance of stretchmarks and soothe sun burn. It can also improve the appearance of dry and sensitive skin. The oil can be used as part of a daily routine for both men and women of all ages, even for those with sensitive skin.

The oil is extracted from the seeds without heat, solvents or chemicals, guaranteeing the oil’s purity and quality. RosehipPLUS only use the seeds from the rosehip berry, but some other oils can have a dark reddish hue – this is mainly due to the flesh from the berry being used. RosehipPLUS pride themselves on being the ONLY range to remove the flesh from the berry before pressing, hence its golden colour.  This one-of-a-kind technique means that the maximum levels of nutrients are retained, ensuring that the skin gets all the goodness from the Rosehip Oil.

This is the second facial oil that I have tried, the first one being Skinkissed. The RosehipPLUS Oil comes in a bottle with a dropper and is a really nice consistency, which works into the skin well, leaving it feeling hydrated and looking glowy. 3-4 drops are all that are needed to massage into clean skin. My skin also still looks glowing in the morning when I use this oil before bed. The oil has a very light scent – I’m always worried that oils are going to smell fishy, but I’m glad to say this one doesn’t! I tried the Rosehip Oil as a primer under my make up by using it in the morning, but this one didn’t work for me and made my skin a little too shiny for my liking throughout the day. Therefore I have been using it at night only.

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After just over a month of use I can say that the Rosehip Oil does leave my skin feeling hydrated, which was what I was hoping to achieve, and the added bonus is that the RosehipPLUS Oil gives my skin a natural glow. I will continue to use this oil on a rotation with other skincare products that I want to try.

Have you ever used Rosehip oil, or any other skin oils before?

* This post contains a gifted product sent to me to test, however all opinions are my own.

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Up until a couple of years ago, I didn’t actually use any sort of primers on my face before applying foundation and concealer. I know, I know. What. A. Sin! However since primers have come into my life, I am a changed person (really!) and can’t believe this wasn’t even part of my routine before.

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Boots recently had three for two on their L’Oréal products so I picked up three of their new Infaillible primers to try. There are five in the range, but I chose the Anti Fatigue (God knows I need this one!), the Mattifying and the Pore Refining.

The idea of the Infaillible primers is that you can mix and match, and use different ones for different parts of your face. For example, the Anti Fatigue one could be used for any dark circles under the eyes, the Mattifying one could be used on any parts of your face that are prone to being more oily, whereas the Pore Refining one could be used on parts of the face with larger pores. Of course, if you wanted to use the Mattifying one, for example, all over, you could.

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Anti Fatigue Primer

L’Oréal claims the “apricot pigments fight dullness and fatigue to restore the complexion to a naturally energised, radiant look”. When I first pumped this primer out, I don’t know why I was so surprised by the bright orange colour… but I was! The first time I used it, my skin was feeling particularly dull, and I was SO tired, so I used the primer all over my face and it turned my whole face an orange-y sort of colour! Oops! The primer has a very thin consistency and blends easily into the skin. Since the first use, I have now only used this primer under my eyes to help fight the dark circles! It does definitely give the skin a glow and perks it up.

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Mattifying Primer

L’Oréal claims that this primer “hydrates and controls shine in one easy step.” It “Absorbs excess oil for an instantly matte complexion”. I picked this primer up because my skin is very oily. As with the Anti Fatigue primer, I used this primer all over my face the first time I used it. Again, it has a thin consistency and blends very easily. It did feel somewhat hydrating on my skin. I have been pretty impressed with this primer, as it has kept the shine at bay for longer than most other primers have. Wearing this primer, I can go the whole day at work before the shine is beginning to peep through, which is an achievement! I have mostly been using this with the Anti Fatigue primer, and really like this combination.

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Pore Refining Primer

L’Oréal claims this primer should “blur pores, hide skin imperfections and mattify skin for a flawless, even-looking finish.” My pores aren’t overly large and so I would definitely agree with the blurring the pores claim. I have, however, only used the Pore Refining primer once. This primer didn’t mattify my skin as much as the Mattifying primer, although my skin wasn’t overly shiny by the end of the day either. It just wasn’t as matte as with the Mattifying primer, if that makes sense! I did like the finish of this primer – it still had a thin consistency but blended nicely. I’d like to play around with this primer more, mixing and matching with the other two.

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The new Infaillible primers all cost £8.99 for 20ml.  As I already mentioned, I was lucky enough to spot these on a three for two deal at Boots. I personally feel they are slightly over-priced for the amount that you get, however, I probably will still buy these again as they seem to be quite good!

Have you tried any of the new L’Oréal Infaillible primers?

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Well here we are, almost at the end of January, and I don’t know about where you are in the world, but here in Scotland it’s snowing as I write this. The temperature is barely reaching above zero on a daily basis and that is having a detrimental effect on my skin. Last year, I promised I was going to take better care of my skin, and although I have, I think I could still up the ante. The brands/products I use can change frequently, as I always like to try new products as they come out. Today I thought I’d share some of my current top picks for how to ensure you are taking great care of your skin and pampering it properly in these dry winter months. These are products that I have been using for a few weeks and have worked on my skin, but products will vary on different skin types.

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The great thing about L’Occitane* is that there really is something for everyone in their bodycare shop.  I have been enjoying pampering myself using some L’Occitane products during the winter months.  I personally find my feet are the last thing that I tend to take care of, and I often neglect them. This is partly because I actually HATE feet! Nevertheless, I have been trying to take better care of my feet, and to help with this, I have been using the L’Occitane “Dry Skin Foot Cream”, and it is super moisturising. A small squeeze of product goes a long way. Another product I have been loving to pamper my skin with, which actually is one of L’Occitane’s bestsellers, is the Almond Shower Oil. It is so hydrating and nourishing for the whole body. I love the feel of it on my body in the shower as it’s not greasy or oily at all. I also love the subtle smell it has – it’s not too overpowering in comparison to some shower products and you definitely get the smell of almond coming through. There are so many body care products to have a look at on L’Occitane’s website, and they cater for all skin types too.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that there is something for everyone in Lush too! Lush is a bit of a marmite shop though – some people love their fresh handmade cosmetics and some people hate them. I personally LOVE it. I have huge problems with dry hands in the winter months, largely due to walking my dogs without wearing gloves. Two products that I use regularly are the “Salted Coconut Hand Scrub” and “Helping Hands Hand Cream”. “Helping Hands” really gets to work straight away and you only need a little bit of product. I then re-apply as often as I can throughout the day and it works wonders. It is definitely one of the best hand creams I have tried. At night time, I’ve been moisturising my body using “Sleepy”, which has a subtle hint of lavender in it. I find I’ve been sleeping so much better (which could purely be coincidence) but also I’ve been falling asleep a lot quicker than I usually do too.

Of course, the face is the part of the body that most of us tend to take care of first and foremost! There are a multitude of products on the market for pampering faces, and of course everyone’s skin reacts differently to products. I love doing a face mask weekly, whether it is a L’Oreal clay mask or a peel-off packet mask. My skin always feels smooth and refreshed after doing a face mask. I use St Ives “Blemish Control Apricot Scrub” every morning, because although it is quite a rough, gritty scrub, it leaves my face feeling soft after I’ve used it. At the moment, I’m using Garnier Moisture Bomb 3 in 1 Day cream, as it’s light on my skin and feels refreshing as well as doing the job of moisturising my skin.

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Of course, it is vital to pamper our skin all year round, and we should continue to do so throughout all the seasons, not just during the winter months!

Do you have any recommendations for products for pampering your skin in winter? What are your favourite skin products?

This post was written in collaboration with L’Occitane, however this does not sway any of my views or opinions in any way.

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So today marks a year since my cursor hovered over the “publish” button after writing my first blog post and eventually I closed my eyes and clicked. I remember I was absolutely terrified to actually make that click. Why? Fear. Fear of comparison. Fear of judgement. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of expectation. Fear of… the unknown.

I didn’t have a clue. Would anyone actually care? Would anyone actually read my poxy blog post, let alone come back to my blog? Is my writing style captivating enough to keep people on the page? Is what I’m writing about what people even want to read about?

I have had so much to learn, but I have been determined this past year. I’ve read so much about building websites, and now know more acronyms related to blogging and google than I could ever have imagined. I am not one for giving up.

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I am so incredibly grateful for my blog. It “came along” just at the right time in my life.  It has been hard work at times, particularly whilst holding down a demanding full-time job, but outside of my work, it has given me purpose. Blogging is not as easy as some people might seem to think it is, it is constant and requires a multitude of skills.

I have amassed more blog props than I know what to do with, or where to store! I have become *even more* interested/obsessed in/with make up (how is that even possible?) I have met some truly lovely people, which I will be forever thankful for.

My blog will never be award-winning, or come up to the same standard as some of the beauties that I read, and I’ll never work with the big brands that some bloggers do, but my blog is my own little sparkly corner of the internet, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and created in the space of a year.

I’d like to say thank you to every single person who takes the time to read my posts, or even just visits my website.  In fact, thank you for the support across all my social media platforms.

And finally, of course I need to say happy first birthday/blogiversary, Surrounded by Sparkle! I’m so looking forward to seeing where the next year takes me blogging-wise, and I hope you are too.

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