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£5.90 for a full coverage foundation. Yes, you heard it right, £5.90! Shop here.

A bit behind on the times here, but having walked past The Ordinary's pop up shop in Box Park, Shoreditch last weekend, I couldn't help but pick it up and give it a go. I'm always looking for cheaper alternatives to my holy grail Double Wear!

The Coverage has a medium, buildable coverage that blends really well and doesn't cling to dry patches, with an added extra of SPF 15.  I use the colour 1.2N- out of a selection of SO many shades and undertones! I would say you need to prep the skin well before use, this foundation sort of takes on the properties you have beneath. So opt for a good moisturiser and a primer for those of you who are as oily as me.

As a non-luxury product, for use at the weekends when I'm not looking for all the coverage and longevity in the world, I would give it a thumbs up. On week days, where I'm looking for the comfort blanket of no-one seeing my skin, and not having to touch up mid-day, I would still reach for my double wear. The search continues!

All in all, a nice lightweight, medium foundation, perfect for those of you on a budget. Next on my hit list will be to pick up some of their serums.

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 Everyone wants to make their house feel like a home, and for me that is all about the interior. If you're like me and stuck with renting and can't fully put your stamp on things, prints are the perfect addition. 

Cue some Desenio magic into your life. Your online Scandinavian wall-art company to brighten up those dreary, bog standard magnolia walls landlords love to give us.

Our London flat has a fireplace in every room (goals, I know!), so for ages I have been searching for the perfect accompaniment to prop on top- prop because I don't have those life skills of hanging a frame in the exact place I want it without paying someone to do it for me, and who has that kind of money to spare!?

We have an open plan kitchen & living room, so I decided to combine kitchen & living room vibes in the prints I chose for this room. I love greenery, fake, real, or in print form, so this pineapple print was perfect to go with that theme. It also goes well with the dark grey sofas we have in the living room. 

In our bedrooms, again I went with the leaf theme. Now here is a funny story about these... I *thought* I ordered them in the same size as 'bon appetit' but guess what.. I didn't. They are, HUGE. Which granted, was totally my mistake. The plan was to have two very similar prints lined up together above the fireplace, but due to my mis-ordering we now just have one in each room. Thankfully, they do still fit! I've also learnt to love them like that!

Desenio is also a great place to get inspiration for gallery walls, they have a really handy section on their website that lays everything out and picks items that really work well together. This year I would love to make a gallery wall in our hallway so when you walk in its all everyone looks at, rather than the well worn, Ikea furniture that currently adorns the landing!

What would you pick from Desenio? I would love to know!

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Glossier- you must have heard of this brand my now. It is our generation's cult beauty brand, like Bobbi Brown is to our parents (and me too, to be fair!). Founded in 2014 by Emily Weiss, who you may know from the blog 'Into the gloss'  this brand has finally landed (online) in the UK. 

At the end of last year, I just by chance saw on Instagram that Glossier was visiting the UK with a pop up shop in Marylebone, so of course it was my only stop that weekend! The space was absolutely beautiful, filled with hundreds of fresh flowers and wow the smell of that place was amazing! Anyway, I ended picking up a few of the most coveted products from the brand, and here is my review!

A creamy, jelly like (obviously), face wash/cleanser with a delicate scent of rose water. Use on dry skin to literally melt away your makeup and grime from the day, to reveal clean, non-stripped and supple skin. 
This has to be by far, my favourite cleanser of all time. 
I use both day and night and my skin has never been clearer, softer and less acne prone. It has truly changed my skin for the better, I will continue to purchase this over and over again. Also, at only £15 this is a must have buy! You can buy here.

Is your skin feeling a little lacklustre? The bounce has gone in these dry winter months? Well this product will be your absolute saviour, trust me. I lather my face up with a thick layer in the evening whilst watching tv, or having a bath, leave on for 20 or so minutes, revealing THE most moisturised skin I have ever had. Its literally glowing after this stuff! I try to remember to use at least twice a week, as it really does wonders for me.
Price? £18  - Get yours here!

This is clay mask, but don't think of those harsh, drying, spot tempting clay masks that fill the beauty sphere these days. This is gentle and nourishing, whilst still balancing and clearing your skin. I use this maybe once a week, usually on a Sunday, before I go in with the Moon Mask. I've looked into the ingredients of it, and it's full of leafy greens, orange peel, white clay, avocado oil & aloe, and a super fruit antioxidant blend- lovely!
Price? £18 - Get yours here!

What are my next picks?

What are yours?

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Happy New Year!

I have many holy grail products, I love beauty remember! However, I have managed to narrow it down to six products I couldn't live without. So here goes!

A very simple product, but one that has totally saved me from a reactive bout of acne back in October. I use only this, both day and night at the moment, and the stripped back routine has really worked wonders.

This has been my favourite foundation for who knows how long, 10 years maybe!? It is full coverage, doesn't break me out, and stays put absolutely all day. 

This is a newbie to my collection, however wow, just wow. The perfect bronze that isn't orange, brightens up my face and is also simple to contour with. Totally mistake proof!

This might seem a bit out there for a yearly round up, but I honestly wear this every day. It may look a *little* scary in the packaging for day to day, but it is so buildable and wearable. I go in with the redish shade all over the lid and highlight the inner corner. For evening looks I do the same but just darken up the crease!

Want something that takes all of your makeup off in seconds? And I mean, seconds. This is it, just rub over dry skin, all over (including eyes) and it melts everything away. Simply swipe with a hot flannel and you're done. I will never be out of this stuff! Back up already purchased.

I have an entire post on its way about Glossier, but for now, know that this cleanser, although probably the newest to my collection, is my favourite of all time. I saved the best till last of course! I use this after take the day off in the evenings, and every morning. Since using my skin has never been so clear, soft and even. Highly recommend my friends, and only £15!

What would your 2017 favourites be? Are there any from here you would like to try out in 2018?

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