Spice up your life

Why is the world going crazy for the Spice Girls?

Don’t worry this isn’t a negative post – I was front and centre at the show a few weeks ago in Sunderland, singing along at the top of my voice!

Spice World 2019 at Sunderland Stadium of Light

It’s amazing to me that a girl group who last toured back in 2007 still holds such a dear place in the hearts of us 30 somethings that grew up with their music.

The Spice Girls were built around Girl Power and friendship, two decades on from their debut in 1996 and its still the core of their performances.

Theres been much debate over whether Posh was a spoil sport not joining them on this tour, and as much as I missed her ( yes I am a massive VB fan) I understand her reasons. However it certainly doesn’t spoil the show and I loved seeing all the old footage of SpiceWorld and photos from the height of their fame with Victoria still featured.

Geri was so emotional at the Wembley show given that last time the girls were there she missed it due to having left mid way through their world tour. Even resulting in an apology for leaving the first time around. It really highlighted that friendships, especially ones that have been as long as theirs, have ups and downs but a simple apology is sometimes all you need to weather the storm.

I was about 13 when the Spice Girls burst into the music scene, and I think they were probably one of the first experiences I had of feminism.

I know there will be many people who don’t view the Spice Girls as feminist and to that I say there’s no one way to be a feminist.

The Spice Girls pioneered a movement in the Nineties which reintroduced and created a modern form of feminism. One which emphasised that being a feminist was to be worn as a badge of honour.

The Spice Girls represent to me a time when you were proud to stand up and be a girl, unafraid to be yourself. In those five characters they created we all saw ourselves and were one or a mix of a few, you didn’t need to be perfect you just needed to be you. Bringing a generation of girls (me included) into their world and believing we could achieve anything we wanted to put our minds to.

They spread the word that women are strong and confident; that women are stronger together and friendship and love are key to your life, something we should all hold dear .

So there will always be comments like, they can’t sing, they’re too brash, loud, annoying but for me the Spice girls will always be my first real experience of feminism.

Something I think in the modern world we forget, real women fix each other’s crowns.

And friendship really can last forever

Viva Forever 🦋

A few of my favourite pictures from the Sunderland concert!

Sporty and Ginger

Rainbow 🌈 confetti

Girl Power!

Glossybox May 2019

May 2019 Glossybox Contents

A late posting about the May Glossybox, I love getting this box each month to try out new things and May was a great one. The theme was ‘trending beauty’ with some innovative and trend driven products, 2 makeup, 3 skincare this time.

The Mudmasky Aftermask Vitamin serum is fab, really light and absorbs nicely into the skin. I used this after a clay mask, I find clay based masks give me dryness around my nose in particular. The serum really helped with this and made my skin smoother.

Natruline lip treatment £2.99

The Natruline treatment is basically a version of petroleum jelly but with all natural ingredients. Making it better for the environment. I couldn’t tell the different between this and Vaseline to be honest but price wise it’s pretty similar and does the same job keeping your lips nicely moisturised, ideal if you like matte lipsticks like me as they can dry out your lips.

Dr Jart Shake and Shot Mask £8

The Dr Jart face mask made me laugh when I first saw it! I’ve never seen anything like it before. I got the hydro one, which you mix up like a little science kit. You spread it on and then it sets to a rubber consistency which you peel off. This was fun to use and made my skin feel great, much smoother and brighter looking.

Nailberry Nail Polish in Love me Tender

I love this dusky rose colour and Nailberry was a brand I’ve not tried before. It only took two coats to get the coverage needed for the colour to pop. It’s a lovely everyday varnish, subtle but still brings a bit of colour. I am always on the look out for polish that doesn’t chip easily and this had me impressed. I got 5 solid days of wear without a chip in sight.

The contour palette was something I wasn’t too sure on. Having done very little in the way of contour it’s something I’m not too comfortable with and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pull off this look. However the cream formula really helped me in being able to experiment without overdoing it.

All in all a great box again with some fab products that I’ve really enjoyed!

Do you have any beauty trends you’re enjoying?

Loving Living Proof

I was so excited to try this Glossybox x Living proof hair care special edition!

I got the Living proof Prime Style extender in the Easter egg special and I absolutely love it, really helps hold your style and keep it for longer. So I had high hopes for this box which was an additional cost to the normal June box.

There’s a good mix of products in this box, two full size items which are the mask and leave in conditioner (perfect for my dry coloured hair).

There’s also a deluxe mini size of shampoo and conditioner which are great size for travelling and a styling cream.

Cute packing for the box

Five products, two full size and three deluxe minis

I loved the dusky purple packaging on the box and the message in the lid about being “powered by science”. There’s a cute purple ribbon as well.

T.B.D Multi-Tasking Styler

The multi-tasking styler was something I was keen to try with its promise of being an easy way to tame flyaways on dry hair and protect against heat styling on damp hair. I blow dry and straighten my hair pretty much every time I wash it so this was going to be put to the test!

On dry hair this acted like a serum, I usually use John Frieda Frizz Ease, but this felt lighter and worked into the ends of my hair easier.

On damp hair it again felt lighter and less greasy to apply and my hair definitely seemed smoother and had a nice shine to it. It smells lovely and it’s a cream texture.

Restore Shampoo and Conditioner

The Restore shampoo and conditioner are deluxe mini size and designed to help dry and damaged hair. It’s also designed to make your hair stronger and protect from future damage.

Restore Repair Leave-In

This is a leave in conditioner again designed to help with damaged hair, focusing on split ends another side effect of overstyling. A full size product and you only need two pumps of product on the ends of the hair to start seeing the benefit. I’ve only used this twice and it made a real difference to the feel of my hair already. Usually I have really dry ends on my hair but it’s made my hair feel much softer and shinier at the ends.

Restore Hair Mask

Another full size product the restore mask treatment which is designed for a weekly treat and to be used instead of the restore repair leave-in. This is a thick formula and needs to be left on for five minutes to work. I really loved this as well as it gave the dry ends of my hair some moisture and it felt super soft after treatment. I think I did see a difference in the shine as well, although it’s hard to tell if it was just this product or the combo of the leave-in and the mask.

An amazing duo!

The box was £20 for subscribers, £25 for non subscribers. I used my Glossy credits to buy so didn’t cost me much at all!

Altogether the value of the box is £78 so well worth purchasing.

Looking forward to seeing what Glossybox has planned for their next limited edition!

Full product list

Restore Repair Leave-In (Full size) £26

Restore Shampoo (Deluxe Mini) £5

(Full size £24)

Restore Conditioner (Deluxe Mini) £5

(Full size £24)

Restore Hair Mask (Full size) £37

T.B.D Multi-Tasking Styler (Deluxe Mini) £5

(Full size £25)

Summer Soirée

June Glossybox Summer Soirée

I loved the June Glossybox so much with its Summer Soirée theme! A fab mix of products, which I’ll tell you about and are perfect for natural subtle makeup look. A gold coloured eyeshadow pencil

Meech N Mia Eyeshadow Stick

First is the Meech N Mia eyeshadow chubby stick in gold. This is a really creamy eye pencil that has a striking look on its own. However I think it will be great layered with some palettes I already have especially some of the shimmers in the Urban Decay Naked Cherry.

Avant Pro Perfecting Primer and Hask Coconut Oil Mask

I always love a bit of variety in the box and this months was three makeup items, one skincare and one haircare. My haircare item was the Hask hair mask for deep conditioning. It smelled amazing and left my dry coloured hair feeling silky smooth.

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touché Eclat Primer

My skincare item was Avant, I loved their nightcream which featured in another box. The primer is really lightweight and you don’t need much when applying – a little goes a long way! It’s a great base for your foundation, mine definitely lasted much longer and it also helped with fine lines under my eyes.

Sleek Face Form Contouring Palette

Next up is the Sleek Face Form contouring palette in the shade Fair. This is a three shade palette of matte contour powder, highlighter and blush to add definition to your face. I love the colours, they work really well for my skin tone. Sometimes I find contour powders are far too dark for my face but this adds a subtle definition without being overpowering. The blush and highlighter are buildable and add a nice colour. The palette has a mirror and is a cute little size to pop in your bag for touch ups if needed. Great for experimenting with contour in a subtle way.

The final item in this months box was a Model Co Lip Creme in the shade Peachy Nude. The name really is a perfect description it’s a lovely peach colour and is a matte creme lipstick. Once applied you let it dry for 60 seconds and then it has great staying power. I had some lip liners which matched and I’ve used those with it too, it’s a really good lipstick and one I’m likely to purchase again.

All in all a fab box for June, which in total is worth over £125, across the cost of all the products! I really love the variety I get in Glossybox each month and I seem to find products that I might not have picked up but that are a good fit for me.

Glossybox costs just £8.50 per month plus shipping on their 12 month plan with further details available at http://www.glossybox.co.uk

June Box Products

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Touché Eclat Primer £85

Hask Deep Conditioning Hair Mask £2.49

Model Co Lip Creme £15

Sleek Face Form Contouring Palette £9.99

Meech n Mia Eyeshadow Chubby Stix £12.99

Monday, monday

Monday’s always make me feel a bit knackered!

It’s like the excitement of the weekend has sapped my energy…. Anyone who knows me well knows this jumper is perfect for me 😆 and a must for mondays when you really want a nap but you’ve got stuff to do.

It’s so comfy and cosy and was part of the Shop Disney Wreck It Ralph 2 range, when all the Princesses discover comfy clothes thanks to Vanellope 💜 This is Sleeping Beauty’s look in case you couldn’t tell!

I’ll be spending Monday night having a pamper doing my nails and reading some magazines and maybe starting something new on Netflix.

A perfect night in!  What’s your Monday plans? Netflix recommendations welcome!

Finding Wonderland

I’ve used Nip and Fab skincare before with their Dragons Blood mask being one of my favourites. I hadn’t really tried their makeup range, apart from their brow pencil and decided to get some colour pieces to try as the colour selection is amazing.

I was so excited to try out this eye palette called Wonderland with a mix of gorgeous pink, purple and brown shades.

Nip + Fab Wonderland Palette

Mattes, shimmer and some glitter what’s not to like! The powders blend really well and are buildable, the pink shimmers are quite sheer but if you use a cut crease technique they really show nicely. The matte shadows build nicely so you can do a wash of colour if you want a subtle look or build up for a stronger effect. They last pretty well and there’s lots of ways to combine them for a day or night look.

The palette coordinates perfectly with this copy of Vogue making the picture very disco chic!

I bought the most amazing lip topper from the same range in the shade Pink Rocket 🚀 It’s such a gorgeous sheer shimmer on it’s own and has a really nice texture, non drying. However when its paired with a base colour it really pops!

I love wearing it over my NYX Sliptease lip colour for a shimmer that’s like no other.

NYX Sliptease

Nip and Fab makeup is available from Superdrug, the Wonderland palette is £12.95, lip topper in Pink Rocket is £7.95 . It’s usually on 3 for 2 as well so you can get a bargain to boot!

It’s also available direct from their own website.

Skin Deep

I’ve suffered with Psoriasis for a long time and so I’ve always been on the look out for products that would be gentle and effective. Skin condition aside I do tend to struggle with real combination skin, the classic oily t-zone and dry in other areas which can be a bit of a nightmare.

Oily skin can be a nightmare for makeup application and I always use a primer to prevent shine as much as possible. This The Ordinary primer is fab for keeping my makeup put and again great for sensitive skin even when I’ve had flare ups on my face it’s never exasperated the problem.

Some skincare favourites

I discovered the Alex Steinherr range at Primark and have really enjoyed the products which are well priced and effective especially the Micellar cleansing gel from the Maximum Moisture range. It’s basically a version of micellar water but in a gel form which is perfect for when my skin is feeling on the dry side.

One of my favourite shower gels is this Westlab Himalayan Salt wash. It’s not as foamy as other gels but it does cleanse nicely and it doesn’t dry my skin out when it’s flared up with psoriasis- bonus it’s only £2.99!

Aveeno and Oilatum are lifesavers when itchy!

My final skincare saviours are Aveeno and Oilatum. I actually use the Aveeno Dermexa Wash in the bath as I find it really effective to soak in. It sits really nicely on the skin and is gentle to sore patches of Psoriasis, the texture is almost like a yoghurt and it has a lovely smell of oats which is the key ingredient in this range to help with itching. It’s not for everyone but it definitely helps me.

Oilatum has been around for a while now and is one of the few liquid paraffin treatments that works well for me in the bath. A good 20 min soak in a warm bath works wonders on making me feel a bit better when I’m having a psoriasis flare, combined with some emoilents like Doublebase it gets me back on track and ready to face the day again!

A mix of favourites to hydrate and revitalise

Having a good set of basics to get you on track is so important, I tend to mix my skincare up depending on whether my psoriasis is flared or not. There’s no point in applying makeup to unprepared skin so I use products which will help with moisture when needed or primers to help with colour correction- this Rimmel CC Primer in Peach was a great find as it works well with my skin tone and texture but helps reduce redness.

I’d love to hear about any skincare favourites you have !