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Saturday, 3 December 2016

astral original ♥

The winter weather is dramatically affecting my skin so I need to switch up my skin care routine. When Astral* contacted me, I was very curious to see whether I could use the moisturiser as an actual face primer before I applied my foundation and as a face mask before I got into bed. If you haven't heard of Astral, the brand has been around for almost 64 years, my nan and mum both used the moisturiser growing up. There are so many uses for Astral and we all know I love products that have more than one use.The packaging is pretty sturdy and the size is really handbag friendly, I have been keeping it in my bag for the past few weeks and I love that you don't have to worry about anything leaking or damaging any other make-up products that are also floating in your bag. 

I was curious to see if the 50ml would be enough to apply to my face and dry areas (my elbows and hands are very dry right now!) but I only needed a small amount because the moisturiser is really easy to blend into your skin and the coverage is very thick. I am loving the thick formula and it is definitely a must have against the horrible British weather. After cleansing my face, I have been gently applying Astral on my face and neck and really blending it into my skin. I have found that my foundation glides on much easier and it doesn't look patchy whatsoever. I really wasn't expecting the formula to work as a primer! If you are looking for a multipurpose moisturiser without a hefty price tag, (hello Superdrug are selling it for a £1 right now!), Astral may be the perfect choice for you. What winter skin tips do you have? Are you a big fan of thick moisturisers? Let me know! You can find the range on the website or at Superdrug ♥ 

Friday, 2 December 2016

dragonfly tea - green tea ♥

With the icy, winter weather now here I love nothing better than to enjoy a healthy tea. I'm not a big fan of a traditional British tea - the whole 'milk and two sugars' routine is not really my thing but I am obsessed with green tea's. They can taste so refreshing and I think you can certainly enjoy a green tea during any season, summer or winter. When Dragonfly Tea contacted me, I was so excited to try the Jade Orchid Green Tea* and the Lemongrass and Ginger Infusion* and if you thought tea could be boring, think again - I am obsessed with the Dragonfly Tea packaging! I could not wait to get snapping and I was even more surprised how jazzy the tea bags looked inside. A box contains 15 large leaf pyramids (30g) and I actually used one tea bag for two cups. I may have picked the Jade tea purely because of my name...I am easily pleased.

I was certainly not disappointed, if you fancy a tea that is light and sweet, the Jade Orchid Green Tea is your best option. It really tastes fresh without being too sickly. This is definitely a good option if you are looking for a cosy PJ night with your duvet and Netflix. There are so many different flavours to choose from, it can be tricky to know what you want. I am really looking for products that help me detox and feel fresh, I can have a few too many cheat days so I love that ginger tea is a great tool for cleansing your digestive system. I am really impressed with the range and its nice that you can create a 'London afternoon tea experience' simply by using the kettle in your own kitchen. I think it's a lovely way to start your morning, especially if you need to keep warm in the winter weather! How do you like to start your morning? I would love to know what your favourite green tea flavour is! 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

get the look - gigi hadid ♥

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Okay, I just had to make another post about the Victoria's Secret Show. How can I do a Kendall Get the Look post without including her bestie too?! Gigi's Press Room look is certainly different from Kendall's, there is a lot of shimmer and gold/bronze shades used and she really does look incredible. I've kept the products based on Makeup Revolution again purely because I am obsessed with the brand! Let's start with eyes, I would really recommend using the Makeup Revolution Redemption palette, the shades are very similar to Gigi's eyeshadow and you can certainly blend them together to create the same look. You can also add a pop of the Radiance Palette to the eyes for extra shimmer. I think her make-up artist has used a very subtle coral toned lipstick on her lips, the I Heart Makeup Lip Lava tube is a pretty close match, especially if you add a touch of the lipstick underneath. What do you think of Gigi's bronzed look? Let me know if you would like me to create any other Get the Look posts! You can have a peek at the Kendall Victoria's Secret look here 

get the look - kendall jenner ♥

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It's my favourite time of year again - the iconic Victoria's Secret show and the beautiful Kendall Jenner certainly didn't disappoint. After making her VS debut last year, I was really curious to see if her look would change in 2016. I would say she is the most natural out of the Kardashian/Jenner clan and I love her figure, she really does have the longest legs! For today's get the look, I wanted to feature a high street brand, if you would like more high end brands let me know but I personally love Make-Up Revolution, they always have such high quality products and the range is so affordable! To create Kendall's dewy skin, I would definitely recommend using a primer. 

It will make sure that your skin has the perfect base before you apply your concealer and foundation, I know Kendall does suffer for the occasional spot but her make-up artist has made her skin look photo shoppedAfter looking at countless photos of Kendall at the press room, I think her lips really stood out to me the most. I love that she is wearing a glossy lip and to recreate the colour, I would use a mixture of two lip liners to get a similar subtle dusky pink shade. The Makeup Revolution Amazing Clear Lipgloss would certainly do the trick and I can't believe it is only £1! Her lips certainly complement her eye make-up and the overall Victoria's Secret look. What do you think of Kendall's look? Who is your favourite Victoria's Secret model? You can find all of the Makeup Revolution products on the website and on Superdrug! 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

lash extensions at reveal salon ♥

Hi girls, I am really excited to talk about today's review. The lovely Yasmin contacted me last week and asked me whether I was interested in reviewing her lash extension treatment*. I was hesitant at first because 1. my eyes are incredibly sensitive and they flutter like crazy and 2. I had a bad experience getting my lashes done at a previous salon. I definitely believe in trying things again and it is safe to say I didn't regret saying yes to seeing Yasmin. Located in the heart of Farringdon, the Reveal salon is a simple five minute walk from the station. As I walked up to the salon door I instantly saw the clear, silver name 'Reveal' on the wall and I was pretty impressed that I hadn't got lost. After walking into the salon, I was greeted with a big smile from Yasmin, we instantly clicked and when it came to setting up my lash extension session, she made me feel relaxed and calm - despite my eyes fluttering 1000mph.

For salon visits, the beautician plays a big role for me - I think we all want to visit a salon to unwind, not just to have a beauty treatment. I definitely like to have time to switch off and just feel pampered at the same time, although this sounds simple enough, I have had many treatments where I just can't relax but Yasmin certainly made me feel right at home. She first asked me what lash style I wanted, I instantly regretted not having a photo on my phone but as soon as I said Kim Kardashian, she instantly knew the look I wanted, I definitely recommend taking lash photo's with you before your appointment, it really makes things easier for your beautician. I made sure all my eye make-up was off and I sat back on the beauty bed and let Yasmin start her magic. The treatment lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes and with gentle, spa music playing in the background I really did get time to sit back and relax.

Yasmin began gluing the individual lashes to my eyes, after securing my lashes with tape. What I loved about Yasmin was her attention to detail, she is quite the perfectionist and she made sure both of my eyelashes looked even and that the lashes opened up my eyes. It really did feel like a personal consultation and she took the time to find out what my personal beauty style is like. After she had added the lashes, we waited for them to dry and I headed home with an aftercare kit packed with tips and tricks. The aftercare information is pretty important, especially when it comes to the first 48 hours. I was told to keep my lashes dry and to avoid standing outside in the cold weather for too long. It is day seven with my lashes and I am completely in love, I feel confident and I love waking up with long lashes, it is lovely skipping mascara for a change! They don't feel heavy or uncomfortable and they still look fluttery a week later! You can get £20 off a full set of individual lashes from Yasmin by typing in 'fairytalekiss' on Yasmin's booking page. Let me know if you have any questions about wearing the lashes! ♥ 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

urtekram - vegan shampoo and conditioner ♥

On Sunday I did a brief first impressions video on my Fairytale Kiss IG story about the Urtekram Coconut shampoo* and conditioner*. If you are looking for a vegan brand, I definitely recommend you stick around for this review, especially if you have oily hair like me. I washed my hair with the shampoo and conditioner Sunday and I am so, so surprised how soft my hair feels today - usually if I wash my hair the two mornings before, it starts to feel slightly greasy. My hair type is quite annoying, I constantly need heat to style my hair because it turns into a giant frizz ball but then it always becomes oily. I woke up today and my hair still looked fresh and it certainly didn't look frizzy. 

I'm not too sure what the ingredients are for shampoo's but I love that the Urtekram brand uses organic ingredients, including coconut nectar, aloe vera and daisy flower extract. I found the lids easy to open and I may have squeezed a tiny bit more product into my hair than usual but I was surprised that the shampoo was foamy - I don't know why but I automatically thought vegan and organic = foam free. The scent is a very fresh coconut smell and it isn't overpowering whatsoever. I left the conditioner on my hair for about 3 minutes and it certainly had a lovely formula and texture to it. Overall, I am really impressed with the Urtekram coconut products, I am still shocked that my hair feels fresh and clean even though I was constantly touching and styling my hair yesterday! I would love to know what vegan brands you are loving at the moment!  

Monday, 28 November 2016

interior wish list ♥

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By the time I am 75 years old, I will have probably have just bought my first home. As I slowly save for a deposit, I think torturing myself with an interior shopping list is a perfect way to imagine my future house. Living in London is a hard task if you want to move out from your parents house but this does give me extra time to look at Tumblr and imagine what my dream house would look like. I've put together a selection of interior items that I would love to have, if you are lucky enough to have your own flat or house then please shop for me! A large majority of these items are based in America so they may be slightly expensive if you live in the UK but hopefully this will provide you with some inspiration and my USA readers can get shopping!

My top picks definitely include the Jo Malone London Basil & Neroli scented candle, I feel like every house needs a Jo Malone candle, I would never light it and it would really just sit there for decoration on my future coffee table but you get my point. I am also loving the Oval Rocco Mirror, I currently have a black mirror very similar to this style but I would love to have the Rocco mirror above my dressing table, it is very 1950's! From looking at my picks, I really do like simple grey, white and nude interior items whether I'm talking about cushions or coffee books. What are your favourite picks from my list? I would love to know what colour scheme your house/flat is! 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

threads lash range ♥

Lashes are certainly in high demand right now, whether you are flicking through InStyle or scrolling on the Daily Mail, celebs are certainly flying the lash flag. I have always said that if I had to have one make-up product on a desert island it would have to be a set of false lashes. They definitely make me appear more awake and I am obsessed with fluttery styles. I was so excited to receive two lashes from the Threads range last week*. Strip lashes instantly add glamour without being too fiddly and after opening up the packaging for the Rock Chic and Celestial style lashes, I was certainly not disappointed by the quality. I personally find it easier applying lashes with a thin strip base and the Rock Chic lashes certainly blended in well with my natural lashes, I didn't even need to use liquid liner to blend the glue in to my natural lash line! 

The two styles I received are called Rock Chic and Celestial, as you can see Celestial is slightly more bold but the lashes are actually shorter and more defined. I absolutely loved the Rock Chic design, they are subtle and wispy and they didn't look to overpowering on my eyes. When it came to applying the glue to my lashes, I was really surprised how easy and fast the formula was, I usually throw away lash glue and just use my Eylure tube but I am definitely keen on the Threads glue formula. You can find out more about Threads product range here, they also sell an impressive set of brow pencils and eyeliners too. I really love it when brands cover all the different angles of eye make-up and don't just stock one particular lash or brow product. What do you think of the Rock Chic and Celestial style? What pair would you pick? 

Friday, 25 November 2016

skinny tan and tone oil ♥

It's usually around this time of year that I start feeling sluggish and "winter bod" starts to make an unwanted appearance. It is definitely my fault that this winter routine happens and for some reason I just lose any interest to tan, eat cold salads and pretty much do anything exercise related. This year I am full of change and motivation to keep fit, healthy and to pamper myself more. I've got a pretty good skincare routine sorted now (you can read my post about this here) and I think tanning is the next big step. I don't think anyone can deny that having a warm, healthy tan is an instant feel good factor and it just adds the cherry on the top for any beauty routine. I have always heard such positive reviews about the Skinny Tan brand and when they contacted me to try their latest launch, I jumped at the chance. With all of my reviews, I am 100% honest and I have been a fan of the Skinny Tan look and brand mission for a few years now!

Skinny Tan is actually a huge hit in Australia and the two women behind the brand were featured on Dragon's Den. The brand mission is to create a flawless tan while also improving the condition of your skin - in particular - reducing cellulite. I am certainly no stranger to cellulite, especially on my legs so I definitely think this range has a great concept by combining tan and guarana berries. For the Skinny Tan and Tone oil*, the directions are pretty straight forward and after stepping out of the shower and lightly drying myself, I gently applied the oil using the tanning mitt. I was really surprised how soft and smooth the tanning mitt was! Usually I'm used to using sponge based mitts but this mitt has a soft, suede like fabric on the main sleeve. 

The application was instantly different compared to using my regular sponge/foam tanning mitt. The formula is pretty impossible for creating any streaks, so if you have had a bad history tanning or if you are new to the tanning band wagon, I definitely recommend starting with the tanning oil. I was actually really surprised that the formula didn't feel sticky, I personally prefer oils but I know they take hours to absorb into your skin -  I was pretty impressed that the Skinny Tan oil worked with my skin rather than against it and the colour developed without a strong tan smell! I will have to keep using the tan to see how my cellulite reacts to the formula, so I will create an IG video to keep you updated. Have you tried Skinny Tan before? I would love to know what you think! It is currently on offer right now for Black Friday and you can find more about the product line here 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

crazy bear hotel - stadhampton ♥

If you've been following me on Instagram for a while, then you may remember that I visited Crazy Bear in Stadhampton in early May, near my birthday. My boyfriend decided to book Crazy Bear for one of my birthday presents and he drove us up to Stadhampton to relax. Last week my sister visited Crazy Bear too and while asking me questions about the hotel it dawned on me that this might be a helpful blog post for anyone thinking about visiting. For some background information about Crazy Bear, the brand was created in 1993 and they have two different hotels, one in Stadhampton and one in Beaconsfield. They also have a bar and a restaurant in Fitzrovia, but this isn't a hotel. If you are struggling to decide between Stadhampton and Beaconsfield, Stadhampton is more country based, it is located near quiet fields but it is only a 20 minute drive from Bicestor shopping village. The Beaconsfield hotel has a city inspired theme throughout the rooms and decor and it also includes an outdoor heated swimming pool. 

When Ollie and I arrived at Stadhampton (which was a really easy and relaxing journey to get to from South London) we were taken to the reception area...a giant, double decker bus. The inside was decked out with velvet and we were greeted with a gold bottle of champagne and taken to our room. Now, when I say room...I mean a giant house. Compared to a regular hotel, you would expect the layout to be a generic aisle of doors but our suite looked similar to a lavish mansion. We were taken inside a large cottage style house and taken to a faux snake print door. I don't think I was really prepared to see the suite, I had looked at photo's before we arrived and they certainly didn't do the room justice. The ceiling was quilted with soft cream, padded wall panels and the floor was decked in a shiny leather fabric. When I stopped gazing at the ceiling and walls, I was instantly drawn to the enormous bath at the end of the white double bed. 

The host gave us a detailed tour of the room and the features, including how to use the bath and how to change the bath to a jacuzzi setting, the most unique feature was the water pouring from the ceiling! In total we had a bath at the end of the double bed, a sofa, wardrobe, drawers and a private bathroom, located at the back of the room. There was certainly enough space to store your clothes and the TV was perfectly positioned above the bath. Ollie and I relaxed and unpacked and we began to get ready for dinner, we had booked the Crazy Bear Thai restaurant and we were certainly in for a treat. Once we had got ready, we took a five minute walk through the beautiful terrace (this included lavish water features and fresh, green plants) then we walked through a cosy bar and made our way to the Thai restuarant section. The walls were decorated in a warm, orange suede fabric and white masks were placed within the suede material. The tables were created using large, gold plates and we had plenty of room to get comfortable. In total we had twelve dishes, they were brought out quickly and my gin and tonic was forever being topped up, (woops!). The atmosphere and food was incredible, I have said the same sentence over and over again since we left: 'The Thai restaurant is probably one of my top three meals that I have ever eaten in my life.' I cannot express how amazing the food was and although this list is slightly different, our 12 dishes consisted of:

  • Crispy seaweed
  • Steamed edamame, Japanese chilli powder and rock salt
  • Shrimp crackers, sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • Grade A Argentinian Wagyu beef tartar, mini taco shells and wasabi
  • Modern style seabass sashimi, ponzu sauce
  • Roasted mandarin cherry valley duck
  • Honey roasted loin of Gloucestershire old spot pork
  • Crispy belly of Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork served on baicai, pickled ginger and premium soy chilli dipping sauce
  • Lobster pad thai noodles
  • Wok fried aubergine, black bean sauce
  • Steamed jasmine rice
  • Chilli and valrhona chocolate torte, tonka bean ice cream (At the time we visited the hotel, we had rhubarb cheesecake)
The next morning we checked out around 11.00am and we made our way to Bicester and we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping, this is definitely a good option to make the most of your stay at Crazy Bear in Stadhampton. Overall my thoughts about Crazy Bear could not be better, it is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and I felt completely pampered my entire stay. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere was very relaxing and peaceful. It is definitely worth the hype! I would love to know if you have visited Crazy Bear before, what did you think? You can find out more about the hotels here ♥

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

felicities press day ♥

Last night I travelled to the Liverpool Street area to attend the Felicities PR press event. The team were kind enough to invite me down and because I'm branching out into more food, drink and well being sections on Fairytale Kiss, I was really excited to see popular brands on the market right now. As I made my way up the stairs there were different sections displayed around the room, I first walked towards a brand called Ugly. Although the name is unique, the drinks are far from ugly, in fact they are pretty perfect if you are trying to kick a fizzy drink addiction! The cans contain sparkling water and they are mixed with a touch of fruit juice. I tried the grapefruit and pineapple flavour and I thought it was quite refreshing, I can see this being a big hit with fizzy drink lovers who are trying to cut down. The ingredients are 100% natural so I definitely see the brand as a healthy alternative compared to drinks packed with sweeteners. The next stand I looked at was Jealous Sweets - I absolutely loved the magpie logo instantly and I'm impressed that the sweet range is suitable for vegetarians and the sweets are gluten free and free from artificial colours. The Grizzly Bears were certainly my favourite sweets, I couldn't stop eating them. 

I was then handed a fresh gin and tonic (my favourite choice) and I quickly caught the eye of Well & Truly tortilla chips, a gluten free crisp with 40% less fat, this was certainly a popular section! I tried the cheese flavour tortillas and I found them really light but still really tasty, it's nice that brands can appeal to gluten free diets while still keeping a great taste to the product line. When it came to the clothes I absolutely loved the Sports Philosophy range, as you know from my IG and Twitter, I have started going to the gym more frequently now so I was really keen to look at the gym range. They had a beautiful fuchsia pink sports bra and trousers, this was definitely my favourite set from the collection. Every 10% of Sports Philosophy profits actually goes towards the Freedom for Children Foundation which is definitely a plus. It was a really great evening and it was interesting to see popular brands offering new and quirky products. Do you have any healthy snack brands and gym brands that you love? I would love to know if you have a favourite gluten free snacks! 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

get the look - kourtney kardashian angel ball ♥

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After seeing the photo's of Kourtney and Khloe at the Angel Ball in New York last night, I had to create a get the look for Kourtney. She has always been one of my favourite Kardashian's because her style always looks effortless but still very put together. For the lips, I would outline them using the Barry M lip liner in Blush then I would actually combine the Barry M highlighter and Tanya Burr lip gloss to create a similar gold glossy lip. The eyelashes really caught my attention when I was researching this look, I am certain she is wear lash extensions/individual lashes, to create the look I would definitely use the KISS Haute Couture Trio Lashes for extra definition. For Kourtney's hair, grab some extensions and your straighteners! I think the Ego Professional Big Ego straighteners would create the perfect smoothness, I have the heated rollers from the range and the quality is incredible. I would certainly add a hair serum and hairspray to your hair after straightening because it will add shine and reduce frizz. What do you think of Kourtney's look? Are you a fan of simple, nude lips and straight hair? 
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