One Wash Wonder: MAC Groundwork Paint Pot Review

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MAC's Bare Study paint pot was a disappointment to me, a shimmery unblendable mess, so I was put off buying any other shades from the range. There was a moment of weakness at Cheshire Oaks' Cosmetics Company Outlet and I decided on a whim to purchased Groundwork, a warm matte brown shade.

MAC Groundwork Paint Pot Review

It's a dream, I know that it's a big statement to make but I am in love with this paint pot. It's creamy and easy to blend, I use a MAC 217 to diffuse any harsh lines and blend the colour up towards my brow bone. The colour is just what I wanted, it adds definition and a slight eye socket contour without being too dark.

MAC Groundwork Paint Pot Review

I currently team it with smudge out brown pencil liner from Urban Decay, just across my lash line and lashings of mascara.

It's a one wash of colour wonder, all done in one sweep and swish of a blending brush. You need it!

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Ooh La La Spring - Spring Picnic with Joules Clothing

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Spring feels like a new beginning doesn't it? I just want to be out in the sun. Joules provided me with a picnic blanket and cool bag to take on a Summer picnic, so Rhys and I travelled to Chester and found a nice patch of grass down by the river.


I teamed the red and blue stripped Harbour top with blue jeans and my new suede Faith boots. I enjoyed the sun on the Navy Floral Fold and Carry Picnic Blanket and brought along the Flip Flap Lunch Bag.

Joules' Spring/Summer clothing range is lovely, you can expect high quality, English inspired designs. I also have a Chambray shirt from Joules which I plan to wear with jeans and converse for a relaxed look.



Fancy having a picnic yourself? Check out Joules' collection here.
I'd like to say a special thank you to Rhys for taking these shots!

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Manuka Doctor ApiClear Foaming Facial Cleanser, Skin Treatment Serum and Bee Venom Mask Review

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Honey is well known for it's health and skincare benefits, that's why I was eager to try some skincare items from Manuka Doctor.

I've previously talked about my oily, acne prone skin, it's a bit of a nightmare at times. The ApiClear range from Manuka Doctor, is formulated to prevent acne and dramatically improve your skin's quality. I've been trying out the ApiClear Foaming Facial Cleanser and the ApiClear Skin Treatment Serum.

Manuka Doctor ApiClear Cleanser and Serum, Bee Venom Mask Review

I always expect acne face washes to be a gel, which is drying, just like my La Roche Posay Foaming Gel Cleanser, but the ApiClear Foaming Facial Cleanser one is a cream, which is super soft on the skin. It foams nicely under water and doesn't leave my skin feeling uncomfortably tight or dry. Recently, my skin has been a little more balanced then usual so I don't have any active breakouts but I think this wash has prevented any more spots occurring.


The ApiClear Skin Treatment has replaced my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, while I've been testing it. I have quite a few steps in my skin regime, I would use the Foaming Cleanser, then my La Roche Posay Serozinc as a toner, followed by the ApiClear Serum. Unfortunately, I felt like the serum alone wasn't even to moisturise my skin, so I would add my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Treatment over the top to complete the routine.
I did wake up the next morning and noticed my skin was a lot more plumped and the acne scars looked slightly reduced. I'd like to test this further to see if it can reduce my scars more over a 3 month period.

Manuka Honey Skincare ApiClear Review

The last product I'll be talking about is their Best Selling Rejuvenating Bee Venom Face Mask.  This is something I wanted to try because of it's 'bee venom' ingredient. Apparently Bee Venom has a combination of enzymes, peptides and amino acids, which are anti-ageing and help blemish prone skin.
From what it looks like in the pot, you'd imagine it to be a thick face cream, but it's a firm cream, which you slather all over your face and leave to dry. It does tighten and dry like other masks, but it's transparent/off white colour threw me, you can hardly see it as you apply it.
Once it's had 10 minutes to dry, I washed it off with warm water, it gave me a boost of moisturise, without being greasy and my skin looked more plump, like before with the serum.

Manuka Doctor Bee Venom Mask Review
*Yes that's my unphotoshopped face, shock horror!

Overall, I'm impressed by Manuka Doctor's products. I like the scent of the products, and have a seen improvements in my skin, although they aren't dramatic changes, but changes still. The products are well balanced, the products don't leave you too greasy or too dry and my skin has been thankful for this.

Have you ever tried products from Manuka Doctor?
*This post contains PR samples

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Spring Wishlist feat. Topshop, ASOS, Next and Boden

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I've been on an unintentional spending ban, I paid off my holiday to Barcelona off in one pay check, so that didn't leave me lot of money to play with. I'd love some pretty summer dress and sandals for my holiday! Instead I've been window shopping online, mostly at things I can afford, but I thought I'd show you want I'm currently lusting over!

You can click the product so you can go to the item directly!



Do you like any items from my Spring Wishlist?

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