Essence Cosmetics – New Discovery

I first saw this brand when I was in Alicante on holiday and then recently saw it in a local Superdrug. Its a cosmetics brand called Essence and I think its an EU brand that very very reasonably priced! I picked up a mascara the first time round – the I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (right below £2.80). I did quite like this, for the price I was impressed.


The next time I decided to get the Lash Princess False Lash Mascara (£3.30). Now this is an amazing mascara, it makes my lashes long and thick and just fab! I love this mascara and have been wearing it for weeks.


Check out this brand – I think its a well kept secret and am definitely going to try some other products from the range!


Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash

I wanted an exfoliating face wash to use in the mornings that didn’t have harsh beads but instead uses natural ingredients – thats exactly what Elemis‘ Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash does (£29.50), previously called the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash.


According to the website “Revolutionary Patented Tri-Enzyme technology acts as the catalyst in this innovative formulation for safe and effective resurfacing within the skin’s upper layers. Galactoarabinan, a Polysaccharide from the Larch Tree, enhances the non-abrasive exfoliation process, whilst Brazilian Babassu Oil, rich in fatty acids, replenishes moisture levels.”


I have really enjoyed using this. It feels creamy and soft on the skin and doesn’t leave my face feeling tight or dry. I only use this in the mornings (not every morning) or if my skin is behaving badly and needs extra care and I find that works well for me. It doesn’t lather too much as you can see but I don’t like soapy face washes!


I think Elemis is one of those brands that can be overlooked or forgotten – their products are full of natural ingredients which I like and look for more and more these days. It isn’t the cheapest brand but I think you get what you pay for in skincare.





Lip Saviours by Clarins

I have been meaning to get the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey (£18) for a while now but every time I remembered they were out of stock. Well I finally got my hands on it and while I was there I decided to pick up the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base (£18) as I heard it was perfect for wearing under matte lipsticks to help prevent drying.

I love both these products. The lip oil is lovely and moisturising, and works really well on its own as a natural lip gloss. Its not thick or sticky and doesn’t have a strong smell.


The lip base works exactly like I wanted it to, as a balm before you apply  a matte lipstick. It makes my lips feel smooth and hydrated and ready for the lipstick and I think helps to make my lipstick last even longer.

Overall super pleased with these two products.


Investment Purchase Part 2 – The All Saints Leather Jacket

As I mentioned in previous posts I went to Bicester Village to get a belated Christmas present from my husband and ended up in All Saints trying on leather jackets. I do this quite often but they never really suit me as I think most are too short for my body shape. This time however I found this one – the Ryder Biker – a longer length black jacket with silver hardware. It was reduced to £175 from £280. I had to get it.



I got a size 10 which I think was because of the style, I would say that I would normally be a 12 or even a 14.


This jacket goes with everything and so it should, thats the whole point! I absolutely adore it!





A leather jacket is a classic wardrobe staple and a definite investment buy. The leather should get better and better with age and hopefully this jacket should last me as long as I can get away with wearing a leather jacket!!



Investment Purchase Part 1 – The Burberry Trench

Yes I am the very proud owner of a Burberry Trench! This was a Christmas present from my husband (I got it at Bicester Village). I got the Kensington Extra-Long Heritage Trench in Stone and I will tell you that it was £906. HOWEVER, that is pretty good considering this is the classic trench that they always sell and is normally £1495.




This was no impulse purchase, my husband wanted to get me something that was classic and would last forever and I would remember! This is certainly that.


This is such a beautiful classic coat, that fits me perfectly. I got a size 12. I absolutely love the colour and shape and think the longer length works really well for me.



It looks so amazing all buttoned up too.






I am in love…





The DKNY Cozy

The DKNY Cozy is a cult classic. Its a simple cardigan in a lovely lightweight knit thats longer in the front and short in the back which you can wear in a hundred different ways.


It comes in a range of colours and is just one of those pieces that your wardrobe needs!


I recently went to Bicester Village to kill my credit card and found this lovely peach one there for the bargain price of £15.20 (it was reduced and then reduced again!). I honestly don’t know how much they normally are!



I love this colour for spring and summer and thought it went so well with the dusky pinks I am loving at the moment!