Spa Day – The Grand Harbour Hotel

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Hey There,

So last weekends fun continued over from the #Sotonmeetup to a very relaxing spa day with some of my blogger friends, Alice, Mandy and Amy.

We had been speaking over twitter, about how nice it would be to go on a Spa day, (I think the idea of the Lush Spa’s was what started it all), and we ended up booking a day out to The Grand Harbour Hotel Serenity Spa in Southampton. Mandy did all the organising, so all I had to do was turn up.

On arrival we were greeted with the fluffiest robes, I have ever come across. The perfect spa day attire, (If only this was appropriate for work, and general life). We started of with a swim, (I say swim, I mean dip in the pool), followed by the Jacuzzi and then a little over heating in the sauna, (My skin definitely felt the benefits).

If I wasn’t already set for a nap, my delicious cream cheese and smoked salmon roll, (Followed by hot chocolate of course) put me in to a deep food coma.  The girls food looked just as good, with Alice having the same as me, Mandy having a warm pulled pork salad, (Yum) and Amy going for the homemade soup, (As I type this, I am making myself hungry again).

In full relaxation mode, we somehow got ourselves back up to the relaxation room, where we attempted a few ‘failed’ selfies, (What else would you expect from bloggers) and waited to be picked up for out treatments.

I opted for the back neck and shoulder massage as I always do, I had been looking forward to this treatment for SO long. The pressure was lighter than I would normally have, but I actually quite enjoyed having a more effleurage based massage, as I was so sleepy. The Serenity Spa used Espa skincare, which smelt amazing as I entered the room, and even nicer on my skin.

I had such a lovely day with the girls, I think we were all in need for a little TLC and enjoyed just chilling all day. It did make getting up for work Monday that little bit harder.

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…..Now I wasn’t sure whether to put this part in, as being a Beauty Therapist, once Spa Therapist, I know how crazy the days can get, how demanding the treatments and long days can be…. Plus it might be that because of my profession I picked up on it, and someone else may not have, or of been as bothered. But I’ll say it, and see what you think. The back massage was meant to be 25 minutes, in my experience you get booked out  30 minute slots with your therapist, 25 minutes for the treatment, 5 minutes to get them in the room, do a quick consultation, on the bed, and then back out. I was actually in and out the room, including the treatment in 20 minutes, which meant my actual treatment was less than 20 minutes. The only reason I checked my phone was because they were late in getting us, and the treatment felt like it was over quickly. I didn’t say anything on the day as I had a great day with the girls, but I wouldn’t rush back for a treatment on that basis.

I’m not sure what package we went on, but for facility use, a treatment and lunch it was only £50.00.

Do you like going on Spa days? Have you been to the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton?

Lots of love,

KBxx

#Sotonoctmeetup

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Hey There,

After the success of the last Southampton blogger meet up, I was very excited for the weekend of the 25th October to come around. It meant catching up with some of my lovely blogger friends, and meeting new ones, talking about beauty, and fashion eating cupcakes and drinking cocktails, is there any better occasion?

A lot of time had been spent organising this event, and unfortunately the original event host couldn’t make it on the day, but luckily Alice stepped in at the last minute and the blogger meet up still went ahead. I had to work until 3pm, so of course I just arrived fashionably late.

The event was held at Orange Rooms again, an ideal location with good food, and great cocktails, and this time there was a few Beauty brands for us to talk to, including EspaLushIn Situ Cosmetics, and MerumayaAs I was arriving I literally crossed paths with the Espa girls, but as I was on one of their spa days the next day, I got over it pretty quickly. 

My first stop point was a Passion Fruit Dacquiri, a quick catch up with the blogger girls, and then straight over to the Merumaya table. I had only heard about this skincare brand very recently, so knowing that they were at the Soton meet up, had me very excited. Being a bit too keen, a few of us, interrupted Tanya‘s chat, (But I’m sure she didn’t mind) . I love trying and hearing about new skincare, (Part of the beauty blogger territory)  and after reading up about this brand prior to the event, I was looking forward to hearing more about the range. The Merumaya representative, Lekha, was so lovely, she was extremely passionate about the skincare, (Obviously knew her stuff) very freindly, and even introduced me to my new favourite cocktail the Pornstar Martini, (If you haven’t tried one, you need to). The blogger chat afterwards was definitely focused on Merumaya, and my skin has been loving the samples so far, (Full review up soon). 

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to the In Situ brand, but by the sounds of it they offer online, personalised skincare products, down to whether you prefer a gel, balm, or wash formula. I was too busy over at the Lush table, smelling and touching, all the Halloween and Christmas products, chatting about what I needed to go in and buy, (I think I actually found the secret room the event was in, just by following the Lush scent).

It was such a nice afternoon, I could of stayed there all evening talking about beauty over cocktails, but I had an evening with other friends involving eating  a  lot of sushi and drinking wine which was calling me.

Now I’ll give you a sneak peak in to my goody bag, but you’ll have to follow me to catch the full reviews.

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So excited for the next meet up!

Lots of love,

KBxx

P.S Getting a little bit carried away, I didn’t take any photos, so I do apologise for the lack of pictures in this post, I promise I will for the next event.

Golden Eyes & Dark Lips – Autumn Make Up

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Now I think it is safe to say, this Autumns trademark look is the dark berry lips. I’m all about the plum, purple, red, or cherry lipsticks, its what Autumn make up is all about this year, and I’m eager to grow my collection.

I have been really excited to share this look with you, as I’ve been absolutely loving some of the Autumn looks and inspo about at the moment. I actually picked this lipstick up before the summer, after seeing one of my friends wearing it at a festival, and it’s been neglected amongst my pinks all summer. This Revlon lippy in Black Cherry is the darkest shade I own, but it wears gorgeously, it has a beautiful tone to it, I always get compliments when wearing it, and it only costs £7.49, (Get to the shops now).

I did originally want a more golden eye shadow to compliment the lipstick, but having not been able to put down my Urban Decay Naked 3 recently, I opted for a more subtle rose gold tone, using ‘trick’ as a base colour, lining the eye and creating a smokey look with ‘factory’. As always my look would not be complete with out a flick of eye liner, so using my Collection kohl eye pencil, I lined the inner eye. And of course to match my rose gold eyes, it had to be rose gold for my cheeks, using Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur.

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I think this look is perfect for the day time, and can be glammed up for the evening, with some precision winged liner, some false lashes, and maybe some more golden tones for the eyelids, what do you think?

 Lots of Love,

KBxx

Celeb Style Crush #4

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Its been a little while since I’ve done one of these,but as I am forever lusting over the wardrobes, (Figures, lifestyle… etc etc) of certain celebrities on Instagram I thought I would talk about one of my Instagram celeb crushes today.

I first came across Karrueche Tran, probably reading some sort of goss magazine article on Chris Brown and Rihanna, but started following the model as she is pretty damn hot, and as you can see, she gives me style inspo but mainly wardrobe envy. If I was that petite I would walk around in crops all day to. I love her celeb style, as she goes from glam, to girly, to tomboy effortlessly, looking just as gorgeous in each style.

The joggers and crop is my fave day time look, and I really want that pink skirt….

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Who is your Celeb instagram style crush? Which is your favourite outfit?

Lots of love,

KBxx

The Autumn Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Jenny from Dreaminpink, (Go check out her blog, its great) and I’m rather happy she tagged me, as I do love the Autumn, its probably my favourite time of year…Although I get excited at the start of every season, to me it means new clothes and new make up, (Easily pleased).

1. What is your favourite seasonal drink from a coffee shop?

Well it is definitely NOT coffee, I hate the stuff. I am a self confessed tea addict though, I’m not myself until I have had a cuppa in the morning, but of course there is only one answer for this, and that is HOT CHOCOLATE, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, (Maybe even a cookie to dunk), if it wasn’t for the high calorie and sugar content, I’d probably drink it every night.

2. What accessories do you tend to opt for?

A scarf is a must have accessory for me in the Autumn, I am really into wraps this Autumn, and can see them becoming a bit of a thing for me.

3. What is your favourite music to listen to?

My music choices vary so much, I literally like almost anything, but I suppose the summer anthems do get put away at this time of year. I wouldn’t say I listen to anything in particular in the Autumn.

4. What is your favourite scent at this time of year?

At the moment I am wearing Daisy Dream still, but I like a stronger scent in the Autumn, so I would have to say YSL Elle, or Gucci Rush.

5. What scents will you be burning at this time of year?

Ah I really don’t know, I would probably just pick up the candles which are coloured to suit autumn and see which smelt the nicest. I do love a candle, but I’m not that into them that I know all the scents I like.

6. What do you love best about Autumn?

I would have to say being able to wrap up all cosy and warm, update the wardrobe and make up, and have more regular hot chocolates. Not forgetting how pretty everywhere looks, I love the orange, red colours of the leaves, and the change in scenery.

7. What is your favourite Autumn make up look?

Considering I never used to change my make up look, I’m now very excited about, swapping my pale pinks for red and berry lipsticks and my nude eyes for more golden, and metallics looks.

8. What are you looking forward to most this Autumn?

I would say Halloween, but I’m not sure what I am doing yet. Its my brothers and sisters birthday at the end of the month, so that is always a good family get together. I’m excited about all the blogger meet ups that have been planned including a cheeky spa day, which will hopefully include lots of hot chocolate.

I would love to know what you all love about Autumn?

And I now tag….

Alice from Anniewritesbeauty

Amy from Amzyinwonderland

Ami from Perksofbeingami

Lots of love,

KBxxx

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A Perfect World – Skincare

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Now I don’t quite think I express my love for Origins skincare quite enough, (Yes, I’m being sarcastic). Their products seem to love my skin, and my skin seems to love their products, a pretty good matchmaker, don’t you think? I was lucky enough to get these samples/travel size goodies, when I had my facial with them a while back.

Over the past few weeks I have introduced Origins ‘Perfect World‘  cleanser and serum in to my skincare routine, a range aimed at protecting the skin from harmful environmental factors, (Like pollution), Origins defenders against skin damage, and of course ageing.

This range is absolutely ideal for someone like me, verging on a quarter century old and worried about the damage I am doing to my skin. The perfect world skincare range are best known for their age fighting protection, so I would suggest these to those mid twenties-mid thirties wrinkle worriers. Once again the ingredients are very natural and gentle to the skin, something I always look for in my skincare, (No harsh chemicals here thank you very much), the white tea really detoxifies the skin, while the pearlised, (If that is even a word) creamy *cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and protected. One which I would actually recommend for all skin types, especially combination and sensitive.SAM_1818

 The serum is filled with some absolutely gorgeous ingredients, and also has that lovely pearlised appearance to it. I just wish the sample size was bigger, as I could imagine myself getting quite fond of this one. With white tea, mimosa, orange and bergamot you can already guess what I think of the smell, so earthy, natural and just so indulgent. The serum is a beautiful consistency, and feels luxurious on application, warming and melting to the skin. I’ve always emphasized how much I love rich creams, and products. For me the richer the better. I love serums, oils, lotions and potions. I can’t put enough on my face. But for those who prefer a more lightweight feeling, you may not want to use this under a moisturiser, and just alone.

With the cleanser only retailing at £20.00, and the serum at £35.00, I would happily buy both again. Even though the serum sample is quite small, it has lasted me a good couple of weeks, so I am definitely adding this one to Santas list, that’s if I don’t have any spare pennies this month.

Have you tried any Origins products? Would you wear a face serum?

Don’t forget to enter my Origins face mask giveaway

Lots of love,

KBxx

Re:So Southampton

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Last Tuesday I attended the relaunch party of the Re:So student run shop in Southampton. Being fashion focused, and with some potential new clothing talent on show, I was keen to check it out.

The Re:So store has been moved and developed from its original launch in 2012, to show off the works of the fashion students, from their clothing, photography, furniture, publications and accessories. It also enables the students to learn more about how to set up and run their own fashion line/business, and although their are similar projects elsewhere, Southampton Solent Re:So is the first ‘student enterprise’ within a shopping centre in the UK.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got the invitation, (And after getting into a fluster trying to get into the Marlands) I was totally impressed by it all. On arrival we were met with VIP blogger goody bags, macaroons (My first ever) and wine. The store had a very artistic feel about it, not only from the unique pieces but the layout, design, and decor.

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The first set of clothing that caught my attention was the ‘tainted’ clothing, it was a collection I could see myself wearing, the black midi worn by one of the Re:So staff was my favourite item, and the cropped Tees. Some gorgeous vintage items were on sale, with a mermaidesque sequin top catching my eye the most. I think the most popular item amongst us bloggers were the clutch bags and the fashion books.

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I will definitely be going back to the store on my next visit to Southampton, who knows, you might purchase an item a Solent student has made, who goes on to be running the catwalks and the fashion designers of the future.

Lots of love,

KBxx

Halloween Nails – Manicure Monday #25

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With Halloween around the corner, and as a follow up from my Halloween make up post I thought it was only appropriate to do some Halloween nails for a special ‘manicure monday’ post, (Have I said the word Halloween enough times yet?).

We have been getting some nail art ready in work, which got me in the mood for doing some at home and obviously sharing some with you lovely lot. I think if you are going to go all out with the special effect make up, and costumes, you might as well finish the look of with some ‘spooky’ nails, don’t you think?

Each look was designed using a selection of Orly colours, some nail pens, and a steady hand. I can’t pick a complete favourite, but I do like the spiders web, and the nail ‘dripping’ with blood, what are your thoughts? Will you be getting some ‘horror’ nail art ready for trickle treating?

What are you doing this Halloween?

Lots of love,

KBxx

1000 Twitter Followers – Giveaway

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I can’t believe I’m now at 1000 twitter followers, and that there are 1000 people that don’t mind listening to me tweeting random things, listening to my everyday ramblings and supporting my blog. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU, and in order to do that I thought I’d give my followers a chance to WIN, a skincare mask of their choice from Origins.

Most of you will know how much I love my skincare from Origins, and personally I would recommend the Drink Up Intensive Mask, or the Clear Improvement one, but you know your skin better than  I do.

To enter this giveaway you must do ALL of the below:

1- Follow me on Twitter Beautybykaris

2 – RT my giveaway Tweet on Twitter

3 – Follow me on Bloglovin

The giveaway will FINISH at midnight on the 6th November, the winner will be picked at random, and must be over the age of 16. This giveaway is open internationally, and the choice of mask can not cost more than £23.00.

Good luck, and thank you again.

Lots of love,

KBxx

Halloween Make Up – More Twilight than Dracula

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The one thing I do love about this make up look, is that you don’t have to be too neat and tidy. Like most Halloween looks, your not meant to look pristine.

I did actually buy a wig and some fangs, but the massive fail on my behalf, is that one my head is too big for the wig, and two, I think I brought kids fangs….(Maybe the wig was a child’s one to, or they were just crap). So you’ll have to imagine this look with a black wig, maybe some contacts and some fangs. But otherwise, I think the looks quite good, maybe more Twilight, than Dracula.

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My tools for creating this look – Face paint crayons, a pale concealer/foundation, black eye shadow and my gorgeous Rubywoo lipstick…The face crayons weren’t too bad for the price, the black was the best one, but the Rubywoo had to come out, as the red crayon just didn’t quite cut it.

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To achieve this look, I coated my face in pale concealer, and contoured using the black crayon, (This was an unusual experience, as normally its Tan and bronzer). I just went to town on the eyes with the black eyeshadow, I thought for this look, theres never too much, adding some red crayon to finish the look. I was in two minds which colour to go for on the lips, so I just used both and I think its quite effective actually.

What do you think of my Vampire look? What are you going out as this Halloween?

Lots of love,
KBxx