My holiday countdown is officially on and the weather seems to be quite nice here in the UK at the moment (although obviously saying that will immediately jinx it and we’ll have torrential rain for the next few days…) so sunglasses are on my mind, on my face and, more often than not, on top of my head.

You can never have too many pairs of sunglasses and here are five of my favourite picks in five different styles…Sunglasses roundup

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To wrap up skincare week, I thought I’d make this Friday Five all about the skincare products I’m currently coveting…

Skincare Wishlist

  1. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, £27 from Cult Beauty
    This has been on my Must Try list for ages. I probably don’t need another clay mask but, I want one so… This one always gets great reviews so it’s only a matter of time before I cave in!
  2. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, £35 from Space NK
    I don’t actually want this to use as a cleanser, although I hear good things about it, rather to combine it with Good Genes to use as the Sunday Riley “Flash Facial”. Currently trying to justify spending the money on it to myself.
  3. Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic, £33 from John Lewis
    I’ve only ever tried various sample sizes of products from Rodial and whilst I’ve loved everything the prices have always put my off. I’ve read a few really positive reviews about the Dragon’s Blood Tonic and was pleasantly surprised to see it wasn’t as extoritionately priced as I had expected – still pretty pricey though, but I suspect this will be my next treat for myself…
  4. NIOD Low-Viscoscity Cleaning Ester, £30 from Look Fantastic
    Again, I’ve read some rave reviews about this (and in face every.single.NIOD.product) so I’m definitely intrigued to try this. From reading descriptions of this it sounds like a magnet for make-up removal so it’s something I really want to try – I wear a LOT of make-up so anything that makes that process super quick and simple sounds like a winner to me!
  5. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Sycronized Recovery Complex II, £50 from Boots
    Another one that has been on my Must Try list for what feels like all eternity. I’m yet to find someone who has used this and not loved it. As I mentioned in my evening skincare post I’m a bit of a serum newbie so the price has been the only thing holding me back – I haven’t wanted to make a super expensive mistake – but I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for it in Duty Free next month in the hopes of saving a few pennies.

What do you have on your skincare wishlist at the moment?


Here in the UK, this week is Mental Health Awareness week (16th – 22nd May) – something which I think is so important and not talked about anywhere near enough.

In the spirit of that, I wanted to share a few things that I have read / come across over the years and have really struck a chord with me – to remind me to be kinder and more compassionate to others AND to myself.

It seems we live in a world where we’re all so hyper-critical of ourselves and each other – our looks, our accomplishments, our life choices – people, especially on social media, can so often be cruel, unkind and judgemental and that makes me a little sad. We could all stand to be a little kinder.

Another persons accomplishments don’t need to be belittled to make our own matter. There is never a reason or excuse for someone to go out of their way to tell another person they are too ugly/fat/old/etc. And we really don’t need to be telling ourselves that we’re not good enough/smart enough/pretty enough.

We should be kind to others and kind to ourselves wherever possible., and as a much wiser man once said, it is always possible!


Travel bucket list - globeI’ve been doing a spot of online window browsing at holidays this week. I’m hoping to get away at some point next month – work schedules permitting. I’ll probably only be able to squeeze in a week away, maybe ten days if I’m lucky, and I’m not really looking for anything more than somewhere where I can get some sunshine and laze around reading a book with a cocktail in hand.

Sometimes you just want a holiday where you can be super lazy and relax, sometimes you want something with a lot more exploring and sightseeing so here are five of the places making my travel bucket list for when I’ve got a little more energy for some serious adventuring… Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: TRAVEL BUCKET LIST | SUNSHINE EDITION”