Sunday, 23 October 2016

Satori Salon Plymouth blogger event

Last Friday myself and some of the other lovely Plymouth bloggers were invited to an evening of pampering at Satori Salon which is based in Drake Circus. When you step inside its like its own separate bubble to the hustle and bustle of outside, you can just sit back and relax and let the world pass by or even have a little people watch as you get your nails done if you grab a window seat, who doesn't like doing that to pass the time?

I was really looking forward to this blogger event as I never usually treat myself to a bit of pampering in a salon, I normally just try and do everything myself at home. Throughout the evening we were given the chance to have a nosey throughout the salon, try some of their products/treatments and watch a demonstration of microblading.

Obviously the first thing I headed over to was the range of Delilah Cosmetics products. They come in such beautiful classical packaging and have a wide range of pigmented products. My favourite was the concealer pencil which was so creamy and blend-able as well as all of the lipsticks (I couldn't just pick one)! They also have some of the makeup brushes which are all so soft. What's even better about Delilah Cosmetics is that all of their cosmetics are paraben and cruelty free.

Satori offer a makeover using Delilah Cosmetics products for just £20 which is also redeemable on a product of your choice, win win! This will be perfect for any festive nights out you've got lined up. I've got my eyes on the deep red lipstick.





Then it was about time to tame the brows. I've had such bad experiences of having my brows done in salons that I'm now to afraid to have anyone touch them. Yep, I've had holes waxed into them before, I've had them tinted black and I've been given the worst scouse brows you will have ever seen!

I'd never had threading done to me before but it really was a doddle. The lovely lady just tidied up my current shape (see ya later mono brow) and it took seconds. I wouldn't say it hurt either it just felt like a bit of a tugging. I think I've now been converted from waxing to threading, because I have such sensitive skin on my face I find that with wax it always leaves me with spots along my forehead, I didn't have that problem with threading and I felt my makeup went on a lot better the next day.


After my brows were tamed I decided to watch a bit of the microblading demonstration. If you haven't heard about microblading before then who are you and where have you been hiding for the past few months?! It is a new treatment which originated from Asia and is also known as eyebrow emboridery. It's a great treatment for anyone looking to improve or enhance their eyebrows. This isn't something I would look into doing as I naturally have bushy eyebrows that need geling down twice a day, but I love looking at the before and after photos that are being poured all over the internet.

Microblading is a way of implanting pigment under the epidermis using a specially designed tiny blade which leave realistic hair strokes for a natural finish. At Satori they design the perfect brow for you - down to the perfect colour and shape to suit you. How long it lasts can vary from one person to the next but it's usually recommended to get a colour refresh 12 - 18 months after your initial procedure. Apparently some clients say it doesn't hurt at all while others say there's some slight discomfort, so again it all depends on the person but they do supply 2 different types of anaesthetics.


The Elemis Skin Lab was definitely one of the most popular areas for the evening. Unfortunately I dramatically fainted at this point in the car park so missed my chance, but basically the machine takes a picture close up of your skin and gives you an individual analysis on everything from spots to pores to wrinkles and sun damage. Once you've had the analysis it then recommends which products you could be using to counteract this.

The Elemis Skin Lab was only in the salon for a short visit but it will be returning again on the 25th November, so make sure you pop in before Christmas as I'm guessing there might be a few products you'll be wanting to drop on your Christmas list!


L-R: Stuart, Natasha (owners of Satori) and Edd (Hartley Clinic)

Satori have also just announced a really exciting new partnership with Hartley Clinic which is based in Mannamead. They will now be providing facial fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments and teeth whitening!

After such a great evening we were then gifted with lovely goody bags and I only went and won the raffle and bagged myself a Oral B electric toothbrush - I literally never win anything! A huge thank you to them all for putting on such a great evening, I have now gone away with a list as long as my arm of all the things I want to try and buy!

Have you been to Satori Salon before? What's your favourite treatment to have?

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Ellé x

Sunday, 16 October 2016

My favourite autumn lipsticks

Autumn lipsticks

I love autumn, it's one of my favourite times of the year; Mainly because I get super excited about Christmas from the end of September but also because I love the clothes and makeup you can wear. Cosy knits, deep colours, statement lips and eyes, the list goes on and on.  This week I thought I'd share with you my all time favourite lipsticks to wear this time of year. I've got a few nudes, a couple berry colours and of course some very festive red!

Nyx Ruffle Trim, Rimmel Boho Nude & Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate
L-R:Ruffle Trim, Boho Nude & Nude Kate

When you're going for a very colourful statement eye its best to be safe and team it with a nude lipcolour. The very darkest shade is a Nyx Lingerie liquid lipstick in Ruffle Trim, this is super pigmented, lasts all day and is amazing quality for the price.

The middle colour is a Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in Boho Nude. This was a special edition to celebrate the 15 years of Rimmel and Kate Moss working together but it is still available. I pretty much wear this every day, it goes with absolutely everything.

The final one is a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Nude Kate once again based on Kate Moss. This is a very light nude so I like to wear it when I've got more colour on my eyes as it can wash me out a tad. With it being Charlotte Tilbury it feels very luxurious and creamy and the packaging is to die for.

Tanya Burr Enchanted Forest, MAC New York Apple & H&M Purple Reign
L-R: Enchanted Forest, New York Apple & Purple Reign

Moving onto the berry shades! The first one is a lipgloss from Tanya Burr in Enchanted Forest, I love to wear this one its own for a more sheer berry lip colour or on top of one of the other lipsticks swatched above for a real punch.

The middle shade is a MAC frost lipstick in New York Apple. This lipstick brings back so many memories. It was one of my first lipsticks from Mac and I remember purchasing it to wear on my boyfriends 21st birthday. Its such a beautiful and different colour, the base is purple but it has this gorgeous frost which makes it look more red in some lights.

The darkest colour is Purple Reign which is in fact from H&M's makeup range. I'm a huge fan of H&M products, the packaging is gorgeous and the quality of the products I've tried so far have been amazing. I did a blog post last year about some of the products which you can read here.

Dior Iconic Red & MAC Ruby Woo
L-R: Iconic Red & Ruby Woo
Finally the colour that screams Christmas to me - a festive red. The gloss is by Dior and is called Iconic Red. It is a very bright red with glitter in it so I usually only whip it out around this time of year. Its great for wearing on it owns or layering on top of a lipstick.

The lipstick is a MAC matte lipstick in Ruby Woo - everyone and their mums has this lipstick, Out of all my matte MAC lipsticks I find this one very matte and hard to apply. I like to use a red lip liner first all over my lip then layer it on top. You would have to be a magician if you could apply this all on its own! Once on its worth it and is such a beautiful statement red which lasts all day.

What are your favourite colours for autumn? Leave me a comment or a link to your post.

Hope you had a good weekend.

Ellé x

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Beauty Advent Calendars for every budget

Long gone are the days when just a chocolate calendar or dare I say it a picture one (!) are acceptable for the countdown to Christmas. Now it seems everywhere and everyone have got beauty advent calendars. Now I'm partial to a Cadbury chocolate advent every year and never normally stray far from the path, but last year was the first time experiencing the beauty advent and I must admit I loved it. I did keep my chocolate one as well because when else is it acceptable to wake up and have chocolate other than during December and Easter?

Last year I got the Tanya Burr Cosmetics calendar once again I have purchased it again because I loved it so much. I think they're great if you want to treat yourself before Christmas or you could put them on your list to Santa and open them after Christmas day. Either way its a win win as your getting extra prezzies! Anyway I've rounded up 11 different calendars covering all different budgets to help you pick!

Tanya Burr 2016 advent calendar

Tanya Burr Cosmetics 12 Day Beauty Calendar - £25 currently £15 at Superdrug

Countdown to the party season with Tanya's 12 day advent calendar. Behind every door there's an extra special limited edition treat so you can shimmer and sparkle on every occasion. Contains: Glitter Rain nail polish, Sleigh Bells nail polish, Glitter Gold, Aurora lip gloss, Christmas Stocking matte lip, Berry Pavlova lip gloss, Snow Day glitter pot, Champagne Sparkle glitter pot, Ice Crystals glitter liner, Treasure glitter liner.

Makeup Revolution 2016 advent calendar

Makeup Revolution - £40 currently £30 at Superdrug

The perfect daily treat over December for any makeup lover. Contains: x6 lipsticks, x2 lipglosses, x1 eye primer, x1 liquid highlight, x2 mono eyeshadows, x2 baked blushers, x1 highlighter, x1 anti shine balm, x1 bronzer, x1 strobe cream, x1 face brush, x1 mini foundation brush, x1 mini angled brush, x1 mini eyeshadow brush, x1 mirror and x1 eyeshadow palette.

Benefit Cosmetics 2016 advent calendar

Benefit Cosmetics 'Girl O'Clock Rock' - £34.50 at Debenhams

Set of 12 mini rockin' bestsellers containing: The Porefessional, They're Real! Mascara, Benetint, Posietint, They're Real! Remover, It's Potent! Eye Cream, Ultra Plush Lipgloss, Hoola, Dandelion, Badgal Lash, High Beam and Lollitint.

No7 2016 advent calendar

No7 - £39 at Boots (not available just yet!)

This have-it-all advent calendar has a selection of beauties from skincare to cosmetics, bathing bits and accessories - six products are full sized as well. Worth a whopping £151.95. Apparently its due to go on sale on 21st October.

Locctaine 2016 advent calendar

Locctaine - £42

Featuring a selection of best sellers, this calendar is filled with 24 irresistible beauty products containing Relaxing Shower Gel, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Pivoine Flora Hand Cream, Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion, Delightful Rose Hand Cream, The Vert & Bigarade Shower Gel, Almond Milk Concentrate, Ultra Rich Face Cream, Almond Delicious Hands, Ultra Rich Body Lotion, Repairing  Shampoo, Jasmine & Bergamonte Show Gel, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Verbena Soap with leaves, Verbena Refreshing Cloth, Ultra Rich Shower Cream, Almond Shower Oil, Verbena Shower Gel, Shea Butter Foot Cream, Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette, Verbena Cooling Hand Cream, Immortelle Essential Water, Shea Butter Gentle Toner and Almond Delicious Soap.

Lush 2016 advent calendar

Lush 12 Days of Christmas - £52.95

This exciting clock face gift will help you countdown to Christmas, and keep you comforted and calm throughout the festive season. 12 wonderous goodies will polish and prime you for any occasion, and leave you feeling more pampered than a partridge in a pear tree.

NYX 2016 advent calendar

Nyx - £60 (not available just yet!)

Get all their hero products in a 24-piece advent calendar, perfect for both beauty beginners and the makeup obsessed, alike. It's meant to be available at Boots from 21st October.

Bodyshop 2016 advent calendar

Bodyshop 24 Happys Days - £60/£80/£99

Give the gift of 24 days of cheeky surprises this Christmas - our highly anticipated advent calendar is back and even more beauty full than ever. Each draw contains a treat from bestsellers to brand new body care, skincare, makeup and accessories. Bodyshop are doing 3 different advents depending on your budget.

Bare Minerals 2016 advent calendar

Bare Minerals - currently £66.72 on QVC

Bare Minerals advent calendar includes goodies such as six different shades of lipgloss, beautiful eyeshadows and many more makeup and skincare treats.

Look Fantastic 2016 advent calendar

Look Fantastic - £70

Behind each door up until Christmas, they have placed a mix of deluxe sample size and full size products for you to try out and use. The calendar contains a mix from all your beauty essentials including haircare, skincare, bodycare and makeup treats.

Charlotte Tilbury 2016 advent calendar

Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties - £150

Last but by no means least is the Charlotte Tilbury calendar which features an assortment of 12 travel size beauty icons including the Magic Cream, Wonderglow, exclusive Pocket Pout: Jessica Red and more!

What do you think of the whole Beauty Advent Calendar trend? Will you be treating yourself or a loved one this year?

Hope you had a lovely weekend,

Ellé x


Sunday, 2 October 2016

How to get rid of pesky blind spots

 Don’t you just hate those really annoying spots that are the size of Mount Vesuvius and feel so bruised and sore, like it’s going to erupt at any moment and cause an earth quake. I have had the same one for MONTHS now and have only just managed to finally get rid of it after nailing my skin care. These horrible little creatures like to burrow somewhere along your chin when it’s ‘that time’ of the month to make you feel so much better about yourself. The reason they are so painful is because they are located deep under the surface of the skin and are close to the nerves making them very red and sore.

To save you the time, hurt, redness and money I thought I would be kind and share my 10 steps on how I got rid of them for good!

  1. DON’T PICK – this may seem like an obvious one but so many people make this mistake. By picking, squeezing or god knows what else you can do with it you’re likely to make it sore and much worse in the long run. Think of all the bacteria... eeeewwwwww.
  2. To help speed the process of it coming to a head, try putting a flannel in really hot water (not so hot you end up burning off your skin) and place it over the top for a while. Doing this morning and night helps shift it along.
  3. Take off your makeup properly. Another simple one that you should already be doing. It’s so easy to just use a makeup wipe and dive into bed (trust me I’m a fan), but it just doesn’t help the cause. If I am going to use a wipe I’ll make sure I use a face wash afterwards as well.
  4. That was a good link, now onto facewash. I picked up the new Body Shop 3 in 1 tea tree wash in hope that it would solve all of my problems and it definitely played a big part. You can use this as a wash, scrub or mask depending on what you fancy; I mainly use it as a wash. The thing I love about tea tree products is that you can instantly feel it getting down to business; The fact that it’s a Body Shop product just makes me even happier. As I have sensitive skin I always feel safe when picking a Body Shop product, plus the staff in Plymouth are always amazing.
  5. Before bed I use good old Germolene on the spot to soak in overnight. Word of warning, don’t use it before your makeup as it makes everything congeal! Germolene is an antiseptic cream which helps clean the area to prevent any infections as well as soothing the pain. My family have used this for everything since I can remember… My mums favourite answer to any dilemma is to put some Germolene on it.
  6. Once a week I also like to use a clay mask to pull out any impurities. I’ve been using the new one from L’Oréal which has been great. Again it doesn’t react with my skin and I feel like it helps reduce the size.
  7. Due to having to cover up the blind spot with makeup I like to try and make sure there’s some sort of barrier between the foundation and the skin. I’ve been using the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer. This helps create the barrier as well as making sure my makeup stays in place so I’m not having to cover up throughout the day.
  8. Wash your brushes regularly – I HATE washing my brushes it’s such a boring and long task. The first thing I usually do though when I have a breakout is wash the brushes. It’s important to keep up with it as all the dirt and bacteria just builds up and then you end up smearing it all over your face, which is not what you want!
  9. Drinking more water and eating a bit better can really help make all the difference, working from the inside rather than from the outside.
  10. Last but not least it’s important to keep up with your routine. There’s no point finally getting clear skin nailed to then go back to your old ways!
I hope you find this post helpful and you've had a great weekend!

Ellé x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Results With Lucy New Beginnings Plan

Results With Lucy

This post is a little different to my usual fashion/beauty posts but I really wanted to share my experience so far with Results With Lucy. I have been wanting to get fitter for a while now and have tried numerous YouTube videos and dvds that just weren’t helping. After choosing to do Results With Lucy for a couple months now I thought I would share a little review by answering some hopefully helpful questions, that will give you a bit more information and insight. I know when I was weighing up my options to start with I was wanting as much information as possible from people who have done it themselves, so here you go…

What made you start Results With Lucy?

I’ve always been slim and have got away easily with eating what I want and doing as little exercise as possible. Obviously as my body started to mature I noticed more of a change, especially with my hips. When I was at school I was very good at keeping active, it all changed though one day when I was walking and my knee suddenly dislocated and ended up on the other side of my leg (gross). I ended up in a huge elephant bandage, then a cast followed by a ‘Forest Gump’ like contraption where I was unable to bend my leg for 6 months. Obviously by the time I had this all removed I had little to no muscle in my left leg. I was given lots of physio and exercises to do but as soon as I could walk again without a limp, I soon gave them all up.

Because of my naïve decision my knee ended up dislocating regularly and I used it as a poor excuse to give up all forms of exercise which just made very lazy and unfit. Last year I decided I was going to start running as I thought this may help. Within the 3rd week I had damaged my knee and the doctor gave me a stern telling off and said I should try something more gentler on the knees, if I came in again with my knee I would be straight into surgery, which for some reason is something I have always been scared of.

I started seeing RWL floating all over the internet and got a bit obsessed with checking the #rwlfitties hashtag on Instagram as well as looking at Lucy Mecks before and after. Lucy’s before and after really appealed to me as I feel like we had some things in common. We both were slim to start off with but due to our diet and lack of exercise we were both unfit, tired and untoned. It was important to me that I didn’t lose weight, but just gained a healthier lifestyle, a toned body (especially in the legs), a stronger knee so I wasn’t constantly worrying and just fitter in general.

How long have you been doing RWL?

I have just completed the New Beginnings plan which is the first one I have done with RWL. The plan was 13 weeks long – I’m pretty chuffed I have stuck to one thing for so long, I usually give up after the first day. You only have to exercise 4 times a week and they compile a playlist for you for each day. Each day is probably only around 45 minutes of exercising. They start with a warm up followed by 2 or 3 videos focusing on different parts of the body e.g. legs, arms, abs or cardio and then you have a cool down.

Does it get boring?

Not in the slightest! It’s not like fitness dvds where you have the same music, instructor, exercises and music all the time. Each day you’re doing something different and in most videos you have a different instructor. Lucy usually appears in the majority of videos along with Cecilia, and then you have a few other instructors who focus on different type of exercises e.g yoga, cardio. This keeps everything fresh. I’m not denying that there hasn’t been one day where I’ve gone ‘eugggh I really don’t want to do this’ because there has been plenty of days like that, but as soon as I do it I’m always buzzing and have so much more energy.

Do you need to be fit already?

Definitely not. Obviously if you’re just starting and you’re not very active it is probably best to start with the New Beginnings plan. You can actually fill out a quick questionnaire on the website which will recommend you the most suitable plan. The New Beginnings plan is progressive and gets slightly harder each week pushing your abilities further and further. What’s also nice is that even Lucy struggles with some of the moves which is quite refreshing! The RWL community on social is also very supportive. I like to look at some of their posts to encourage me to keep at it.

What happens if you’re ill / on holiday?

This was one of my main worries. I knew I had a week’s holiday coming up at the end of the plan, I also then had a couple days where I was ill which you obviously can’t control. Luckily RWL have thought about this and there is an option where you can turn holiday mode on. This extends your plan by two weeks which I found so helpful.

What’s the food plan like?

With the New Beginnings plan there is a full food plan to coincide with the fitness plan. They’ve created a little help sheet to let you know what to avoid and how to replace certain foods etc. Then there’s also a breakfast, lunch and dinner recipe for each day as well as a weekly shopping list which factors in what you should have already brought from the previous weeks.

I will be truthful in saying that I haven’t stuck to the food plan as well as the fitness plan. I have tried a few of the recipes and have loved them, there’s a huge variety and it’s not just different versions of salads! As I still live at home with the parents I find it quite hard to stick to the recipes every day as I have to use the ingredients in the house and eat with everyone else as well. I have been eating healthily though and have been taking inspiration from the recipes.

How much weight have you lost?

I didn’t weigh myself before or after, I don’t even own scales. When I last got checked at the doctors they said my BMI was perfectly normal so I’ll just go along with that. I don’t like the thought of getting hung up on my weight as it can be quite demoralising if you think you’ve worked your butt off to then be told you’ve put on x amount of pounds.

I will say I have noticed that my hips and legs have changed the most which I’m very happy about. I’m normally a size 8 but was really struggling as my hips, thighs and bum were more of a 10 which made getting jeans impossible. Now I’m a solid 8 all over.

Results With Lucy before and after

What did you like / dislike the most?

I liked how it’s always something different and covers the whole body. With working a full time job I also like how I can fit it around my own timetable. Another thing was the fitness test every 4 weeks – I loved being able to see progress that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

There wasn’t anything I really disliked about the plan or RWL in general but I would say my least favourite would be the cardio! Every time it pops up I die a little inside, I’ve always hated cardio, for some reason I just always forget to breathe! To be honest though the cardio videos are still fun, especially the dancing ones, and once I’ve done it I’m always so chuffed that I’ve finished it (and it’s over).

What are you most proud of?

This may sound silly but I can now do 24 press ups on my knees in a minute. That may seem pathetic to some, but I could barely do 1 without collapsing on the floor unable to pick myself back up from the floor to complete it! When I first did the test on day 1, one of the exercises is to do as many press ups as you can in a minute, I put down that I managed 13; Now that I think back to it I 100% cheated. I did that thing where you just dip your arm but your bum and that is just sticking up in the air.

What plan are you doing next?

I’m planning on doing the Wobble to Model plan next which I’m excited for followed by HIIT Harder.

I hope you enjoyed this kind of post! This isn’t an ad in the slightest I just wanted to hopefully help anyone else who may be considering RWL or are wanting to kick-start their fitness journey.

Ellé x
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