Wednesday, 10 February 2016

I Have Some News...

I have a little explaining to do... If you've followed my blog since the beginning or at least for the past few years, you'll know I'm pretty dedicated when it comes to posting regularly. You may also have noticed it had been a little quieter around here lately, well there has been very good reason...

I'm pregnant! 

As I'm typing this I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and finally (fingers crossed) over the morning sickness/nausea and the other delightful things that the first trimester springs upon us. To be honest I've just not had the energy or motivation to sit and concentrate on blogging. And for once I didn't feel guilty about it. I've been taking time for me and my little peanut, trying to get as much rest as possible and attempting to keep what food I can stomach, down. So that's my little (big!) update. 

This isn't going to suddenly turn into a parenting blog, but I do want to share my pregnancy journey with you and I'm sure some of you can give me advice and tips on being a first time mum! 

I will of course try and get back to posting more regularly when I arrive back from the Big Apple next week. But for now, thanks for sticking with me and here's to the next, very exciting chapter! 

Katie xx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation: Before & After.

Bare Face
One layer of foundation
Completed look:
L'Oreal Infallible Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury Blush
Mac Mehr Lipstick
YSL Babydoll Mascara

If you're as ghost-like as me, you'll know how much of a struggle finding a drugstore foundation is. No matter the brand, I am always the lightest shade and most of the time even the lightest colour is way to dark for me.

 I've sworn by L'Oreal True Match foundation for the past few years, their lightest neutral shade is the closest to the perfect shade for my skin. I've seen the L'Oreal Infallible foundation a few times but never got around to picking it up. Boots luckily had a 2 for &12 offer on, so I ended up picking up the foundation and a mascara from the range. 

I went with Porcelain, which of course is the lightest shade in the range and I couldn't have found a better match. This is the perfect shade for my winter skin when I'm paler than pale. The coverage is pretty amazing too. My skin has been a little unhappy this past month so I was looking for something a little higher coverage. I'd say this is easily medium coverage but buildable to full, without much effort. The finish is matte but not cakey at all and the staying power is amazing. Despite having some breakouts my skin is really dry, thankfully this foundation doesn't cling to my dry patches and blends really easily. 

I've been applying using my trusty Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is the best thing to have happened to my make up routine!  I love the natural glow this gives me too and it's definitely given me the little confidence boost I've needed over the past few weeks. 

Have you tried this foundation?

Katie xx 

Monday, 1 February 2016

An Alternative Valentine's Gift Guide.

After 7 years together myself and the hubby don't really celebrate Valentine's Day. This year is going to be a little different as we will be in New York for Valentine's and I absolutely cannot wait. I know Americans take 14th February a little more seriously than us Brits so it will be nice to see how things work across the pond. 

For those wanting a some V-day inspiration that's little different from those cheesy, romantic gifts, I thought I'd get together a few ideas, with a little help from the lovely people at Amara*. 

If you or your partner are anything like me, you will change your phone case like the weather. I think this pretty floral phone case is the perfect present for anyone that permanently had their phone attached to their hand. 

Next up something a little more personal. I adore this mug and it's even more special as it has my initial on. I love the hand-made feel to this and is the ideal present for tea and coffee lovers!

This next present idea is actually something I popped in as a treat for my other half. As I've mentioned we will be in NYC in a few weeks, I thought this scratch off map was the perfect way to tick off all our sight seeing. Plus it's something fun to look back on when we get home. 

Finally a little something for the home. This gorgeous copper lantern is so pretty and filled with a tea light is just so lovely. This is just something practical but a super thoughtful gift! 

Do you celebrate Valentine's day?

Katie xx