Burberry Kisses | Military Red

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Yep, its another lipstick post on beautybykaris. But lets just take a minute to appreciate not only this incredible lipstick, but the packaging, and also the well played marketing strategy from Burberry.

About a month or so ago, I was nominated by Laura from Teaseflutterpout, to receive a Burberry kiss. I then nominated five other people, who nominated another five, and the pattern continues. If you didn’t see it all over Twitter, you must have seen it all over Instagram…if not, where have you been?

When the Burberry Kisses sample, landed on my door step, I was not sure what to expect. I thought maybe a little pouch of lipstick, something you would find inside a magazine. Not for one second, did I expect this delightful miniature lipstick. Not only does the size make it extremely cute, but the lipstick case is as incredible, I mean look at that intricate Burberry print. It just makes me want to go and buy a whole load of Burberry lipsticks, for that reason alone.

Being my first ever Burberry lipstick, I kept it classic and went for their Military Red, (We won’t mention the fact I got over excited and dropped it), which is truly a stunning red. As if it couldn’t get better, the formula, and wearability is completely on point.

Did you get a kiss from Burberry?

Lots of Love,


Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel | Skincare

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Since I discovered Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel as a Teenager, I have always been a fan of the skincare brand. Anyone that knows me, will know that Dermalogica is one of my top recommended brands. Having just finished my training, and now being Dermalogica Certified, its just rekindled and increased my love for the brand.

Having my skin breaking out on me again, just as it did as a teenager, hasn’t been great. At 24 years old, you kinda hope you’ve out grown that stage. So of course, my only option was to go back to what my spots hate most, and that was the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.

As you all know, I love a squeaky clean feel, and Special Cleansing Gel gives me just that, but with out taking too much out of my skin, (I have quite sensitive skin so this is important). It lathers up easily, (They say the more water the better) so I can really work that foamy consistency around my face and ears. You only need to use about a 5p piece each time, so a 250ml bottle should last about 3 months. My absolute favourite ingredient Lavender, can be found in Special Cleansing Gel. Its my favourite because it is gentle, calming and so balancing for the skin. It also contains Calming Balm Mint and Quillaja Saponaria to help soothe and get rid of the impurities, and toxins, (You know the nasty stuff). Although this cleanser isn’t specific for oily skin, it helps target a more imbalanced/combination type. My skin has breakouts, but can also be dehydrated and sensitive, so this suits my skin just perfectly.

At £28 it is probably one of the most expensive cleansers I have ever brought, but I personally think it is worth that. And after a weeks training in their Skin Health range, my wish list has just gone up.

Are you a fan of Dermalogica? Have you tried any of their Skin Health range?

Lots of Love,


P.S You should know that Dermalogica do not use soap, lanolin, alcohol, or artificial colours and fragrances in their products.


The Healthy Edit #3 | Dealing with PCOS

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Hey there,

Back in December when I sat in the Doctors room and was told I had PCOS, (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), I came over with all sorts of emotions. One part of me was relieved, as after three years of pestering my Dr, I had now got an answer, (Well kind of). But the other side of me felt confused as I wasn’t sure what it meant, and all I could think about was whether I would be able to have kids.

( I know I’ve breifly touched up on this in my Healthy Edit 1 and Healthy Edit 2 but I’ll explain my reason shortly for the PCOS specific post)

Having left the surgery with nothing more than a ‘loose weight and you’ll be fine’ verdict, I got straight to ‘google’ hoping there would be some answers somewhere. I knew I could do with loosing weight, (I’m about a stone and a half heavier than I used to be) but I’m still only a size 12, hardly obese territory.

I am the sort of person that likes to take control of things, and I wasn’t going to compromise on my health. I decided to start writing these posts to help myself and others with PCOS, and that is why I decided to go in to more detail in today’s post. So many people I know, know someone with PCOS, but always ask the question ‘what actually is it?’ I’ve even heard some people self diagnose it because they are overweight and hairy, (Not exactly the only symptoms to PCOS).

Not many people understand it, and I’m still trying to myself.

When you google PCOS, it only really talks about what it its and how it can create problems when trying to conceive, there is actually very little info on how to manage it. Its almost as if you should only consider it a problem if you can’t get pregnant, which is understandable to an extent. But not when it has an impact on your daily life, like it has mine. What I have more or less gathered from the Dr and google, is that PCOS is caused by a hormone imbalance in your body, your body is insulin resistant, which means when you eat certain food (Refined Sugar), your body doesn’t process it in the same way as everyone else, and it actually causes extra insulin production and testosterone, which results in the cysts forming on the ovaries. If not managed, it can even lead to further health implications like type 2 Diabetes. On a day to day basis my symptoms would change but overall I had high and low days, I also suffered from bad headaches, breakouts, fatigue, nightmares and barely slept a good night sleep.

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These past 3 months, I have been trying to make changes in my lifestyle to manage my PCOS, so far I’ve lost 9 pounds, (Yup that was in the first two weeks, and err nothings changed since). And I won’t lie, I have had complete binge days and weekends where I’ve undone all the good, and guess what… I’ve suffered for it. But now that I have taken these steps to reducing the sugar in my diet, I have seen some positive changes in my body. For one, my periods have started again, (Not exactly on schedule, but I’m happy) , my headaches have reduced, (Apart from the days I decide to binge on), I have a lot more energy, and have lost some weight. The only time my mood starts swinging, is yep you guessed it, when I’ve had a binge day… And I still find myself having some bad sleepless nights, where I wake up all hot. But I’m blaming that on the hormones.

When I talk about ‘No sugar’ what I mean is the refined kind, not the natural sort you can get from fruits. I’ve pretty much taken up a more alkaline type diet, reading cookbooks like ‘Honestly Health for Life’ by Natasha Corrett, (I just add in the meat). I actually enjoy making food from scratch now, and am trying to go by the principal, if its not fresh, or doesn’t come in its natural form, its a no no. I’m also a big believer in taking your vitamins, so I have picked up some supplements which are meant to help PCOS, and also funnily enough prepare you for conceiving. These include, Folic acid, vitamin B, L’argenine, and Starflower oil.


In addition to all of the above, and in line with my goal of leading a healthier lifestyle and this loosing weight malarkey, I’ve decided to introduce 5 new things into my life this month.

1. Drink water

2. Yoga

3. Eat veg with every meal

4. Walk more

5. Switch off before bed.

And as always, I’ll update you in the next ‘Healthy Edit’.

Happy Friday all.

Lots of Love,


P.S If you know anyone with poly-cystic ovaries, send my link their way. I’d love to swap stories, or help at all.

P.S.S *** Just a little disclaimer, I am in no way saying I am an expert or what I claim is fact, this is just my own experience with PCOS. I am now actually seeking some help from a ‘alternative’ medicine clinic, which I have been recommended, so finger crossed that helps.

Summer Festival Beauty Guide | With Kiehls

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Finally the suns come out to play, and just in time for the festival season to pick up. I can’t think of anything better than sitting in the sun, drink in hand, listening to live music, can you?

With the lead up to festival season, the two things on most peoples minds are fashion, and booze. And yep, those priorities are pretty high up on my festival agenda, but there’s just one more thing, that is equally as important…Skincare!

I mean come on, most of us are dancing until the early hours of the morning, watching the sunset, or passed out with a bottle in are hands, not even thinking about the dirt all over are faces, (Glitter, or no glitter). And I agree, a festival is hardly the ideal place to maintain a five step skincare routine, you sort of go in with the idea and knowledge that you probably won’t be washing for a good few days. But we all know that smell that starts lingering after a day or two, booze, bodies, sweat, and err Porta loos.

Now just take that image, and that scent, and then think about what it does to your skin.

*Kiehls have teamed up with DJ Zara Martin to provide us festival goers, with a *skin survival kit (£94). And I’ve decided to add in some of my own additional beauty essentials, including my pre, and post festival skin pick me ups.

My Festival Beauty Kit:

…And if that doesn’t help and you can’t cover up with a concealer, just wear sunglasses!

*Kiehls Survival Kit (Featured in Glamour):

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  • Ultra Facial Cleanser – Zara Martin probably has access to a half decent sink at the festivals she goes to, but for us, this cleanser can be rubbed in, and wiped off.
  • Micro-Blur Skin Perfector – This will help to smooth the skins appearance, just what we need to cope with, and pull of the minimal make up look.
  • Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 – As its not fun getting sun burnt.
  • Creme De Corps Body Moisturiser – We might not be able to wash, but we can keep our legs looking nice, and hope that the smell covers up the unwashed scent.
  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate – If you make it to bed, then this is the perfect intense over night, ‘I’ve been drinking’ treatment, otherwise perfect for a post festival skin reviving pick me up.
  • Skin Rescuer –  A moisturiser which is designed for stressed, red and fatigued skin, (Its like it was made especially for festival goers).

My pre festival beauty regime:

Ok, so we may go to the festival all glammed up, but one night of drinking, and sleeping in a tent soon leads to minimal make up, and us rocking the bare faced, no make up make up look, right? It may be laziness, hangover induced or just because no one can see what they are doing in a compact mirror. Either way, getting your skin prepped and ready for a festival, allows you to drop the foundation with confidence. I say, give yourself a mini facial in the week leading up to the festival, and a good exfoliation the night before.

Post Festival beauty regime:

And as important as the pre, and mid festival skincare routine is, the recovery is just as essential. Repeat as above, sleep, eat, consume lots of H20, and detox.

Is skincare on your festival tick list? What beauty products would you take to a festival? What are your festival beauty tips?

Lots of love,




My First London Blog Event #SLBloggerbash

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Last Friday, myself, and three Southampton Bloggers, (Alice, Tanya and Chan) made our way up to the big city for our first ever London blog event. To say I was excited was a complete understatement.

We managed to get a Spring saver deal so only paid £15 for a return, (Unlike the hefty £70 I paid the week before). Heading up early, (No fashionably late nonsense) we went for a little Nandos lunch date before finding our way to 1 Alfred Place, with the help of Google Maps. At first it was a bit of a game of ‘guess who’s a blogger’ as we stood outside, wondering where it was. But eventually we went in and asked the security man, and up to level 2 it was.

The event was organised by the lovely Scarlett from Scarlett London and Search Laboratory, who have now planned a few fabulous events together, (You can imagine how fast I RSVP’d when the email dropped in my inbox). We were some of the first bloggers to arrive, (Key the nerves kicking in) and after a quick stop at the bar, made our way pretty fast around the incredible stalls, and brands on show, (I mean Urban Outfitters, Wine and Cake…Need I go on).

What was different about this event, is that every stall had a giveaway going on, all involving a bit of social media snapping of course. It meant a lot of interaction went on between bloggers and brands, and of course bloggers and bloggers. And I actually won something, well two things, a Yankee candle from Modern Rugs, and a goody bag from Urban Outfitters, (Insert happy face).

Now get ready for the photo heavy part…

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This was my first event outside Southampton, I have been to so many with the Sotonblogger girls, that I have just felt myself almost get too comfortable at these type of things. And it wasn’t until the meet up, that I realised how unprepared I actually was. I’m not saying I didn’t have a great time, as I did, but there could of been a few things I had done personally to make it even better. So here’s  ‘How Not To Do A Blog Event’, shall I say.

Don’t have a ‘I have no clothes to wear’ while staring at a full closet, type of tantrum, in the morning of the event. Yup, I did this. I changed about three times, and then opted for a comfy look, with the excuse ‘I’m a beauty blogger, not a fashion one’. But did I feel the part?…no! Definitely should of thought about what I was going to wear at least.

Don’t be unsociable. Partly as a result of my crap pre social media engagement, as well as the fact I was rather comfortable in my own little group, I barely stepped out of my comfort zone and spoke to any other bloggers. Sure I said hello, and caught a quick convo here and there, but did I go up to any groups or bloggers and introduce myself, or ask questions about them?…no! I only met and swapped deets with two bloggers properly. Which is kind of poor on my behalf. I get kind of shy, and there were moments where I was about to be social, then I would hold back. What I should of remembered, is everyone’s in the same boat, I’m not going to get judged or laughed at for trying to make a conversation.

Don’t drain your phone battery on the train journey up. Luckily I brought my charger, but still instagramming, and tweeting away prior to the event, was a bad choice.

I’m now looking forward to the next one, (That’s hoping I get another invite), and I’ll be making sure I don’t do the above, (Again). Sorry to anyone I didn’t get around to chatting to, even the ones I recognised and follow, (Shaking my head). Next time I’ll be in full stalker mode.

How do you get ready for events?

Lots of love,


5 Things I Have Learnt Post University


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Its been nearly three years since I’ve graduated, (Damn, I feel old). And having just had another slight career detour, (Detour in a good redirection kinda way) it got me thinking about all the things I’ve learnt since graduating… And some of the lies, (Well miss guided truths) I was told along the way, and the ‘idea’ I had about life then, and well now.

1. When you finish your degree, you won’t be completely balling, as a CEO of some big company. Your 22 not 52.

I mean come on, those CEO’s have worked hard to get to that position, and probably years, so why just because I was fresh out of university with a degree, did I think I was going to be in a position like that. Or even for them to make room for someone like me. OK, this may seem a bit far fetched, but what I mean is, when you finish your degree it is just the start of your career. I put so much pressure on myself, to be in a certain position, or earning a certain salary, just because I saw others do it, or thought that was what a degree gave you.  All that did was make me miserable for the first year of graduating, along with post uni blues, it wasn’t a good place. I now see my degree as a starting point, a stepping stone into my career, which will reward me in years to come.

2. When you get your degree, you’ll walk in to a Job. GCSE’s won’t matter any more.

Erm, OK so I did get a job, but not a job I necessarily needed a degree for, and yep you guessed it, they still wanted my GCSE results, and A levels. Some Graduate jobs I couldn’t even apply for, based on my Match s GCSE being a C grade. Experience is just as important, as well as whether you ‘fit’ in with that company. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t get offered interviews or positions for every job you go for.

3. Work is mandatory.

No more snoozing that alarm, skipping out or rolling in at lunchtime just because you feel like it. You now have to be up for a set time, and you can’t make excuses like my dog ate my assignment’ to your boss. Its a bit of a slap in the face, the university timetable if anything makes you less prepared for the real world. But actually being productive and having a routine eventually feels great, (Yep, I sound like an adult) plus you get paid for it.

4. You have more money as a student.

Say goodbye to student discount, and £2.50 double Vodkas. And you can’t use the ‘student’ excuse to lend money of your parents, as you’ve now got an income.

5. Your officially an adult.

You now have to pay adult prices, and be responsible like an adult. No more making up your own rules. When I first left uni I went into panic mode, I had gone from education to education, knew exactly what was going to happen as one thing finished. But when I finished university, I didn’t have a clue. And to be honest I’m still winging it. All that’s changed now, is I’ve learned to make decisions myself, trust my judgement, take control, and well act like an adult.

And FYI Drinking on a school night, is no longer a fun thing to do, (Well it is until the 9am start).

Just to put it out there, these are my own experiences, and my own opinion. I’ve tried to take a light hearted, slightly funny approach, to a situation which is a little daunting. I hope this helps anyone who is about to finish university, or is a graduate who has experienced the same things.

Lots of love,


The Reflection Palette | Illamasqua

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I first fell in love with Illamasqua make up back in 2009, when I worked opposite them on the Benefit counter in Debenhams, Cardiff. I used to envy the flawless bases, and the creativity that went in to each of their looks. I was just so unadventurous myself. (Luckily, I’ve come a long way since then).

I picked up the Illamasqua Reflection Palette just after Christmas, it was quite hard narrowing down my choices, but as soon as I tried out the colours, I absolutely loved it. Most my eye shadows are powder based, but the Reflection palette eye shadows hold a more silky cream texture, so not only are they a dream to apply and blend, they work well with a lot of other colours, and palettes I own. As always, the make up is highly pigmented, and the colours are just incredible, with a beautiful shimmer to each one. Precipice a Soft Lemon, Acute a Ash Taupe, Graphica a Graphite Grey or Dart  a Toasted Bronze. (Of course the grey being my favourite). Although the wear-ability is pretty good, the cream texture does create some creasing,  so I would have to make sure I had my make up kit on me for any touch up moments.

What do you think of this palette? Which colour is your favourite?

See the look I created with the Reflection Palette here.

Lots of love,


March’s Most Loved

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So does anyone post their monthly favourites on time? Or is it just me that gets them in early! Jokes aside, I am combining ‘February’s Favourites’ with ‘March’s Most Loved’, as when I actually sat down to write my FF’s, err well it was mid March…. Oops! I’m keeping it mainly Beauty focused as per, but there’s something a little bit Arty in today’s post.

Merumaya’s Melting Cleansing Balm – Finally, I got my hands on the full sized bottle, my skin fell for this cleanser late last year, and I have been eager to get my hands on more. It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, yet luxuriously pampered all at the same time, (See my full review here)

Merumaya’s Hydrate & Protect Hand Cream – Yup, its Merumaya again, told you I loved this brand. I’m rather fussy when it comes to hand creams, but Merumaya is giving me everything I want when it comes to my hands. No stickyness, quick absorption, hydration and of course its got that Merumaya signature smell, (More on the product here)

Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara – I wasn’t sure whether to do a full review on this, as every beauty blogger got their hands on one, whether it be through Elle magazine, or Benefit themselves. The blogging world was overloaded with Roller Lash reviews. SO I decided to save it for my ‘favourites’ post. I was never a fan of Benefit mascaras until They’re Real came out, and Roller Lash is completely on par, I’ve even heard some people say the formula is better, but for me it gives me fabulous lashes, and I’m happy at that.

Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer – If you didn’t read my review you must. This concealer is a holy grail kinda cover up, it matches my skin perfectly, creates flawless coverage, with almost a blurred like finish, I just can’t keep praising it.

Niki Pilkington’s Free Admittance To Those Who Dream Illustration Print – I’ve been after one of Niki Pilkingtons prints for a while, she happens to be one of my best friends cousins, and her work is just incredible. It’s always so bright, and fun. I’ve got this print in my blog corner, and it just gives me a little creative inspo every time I look at it.

Have you tried any of my favourites?

Lots of love,


My Make Up Tips To Perfecting A Smoky Eye

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I hope you’ve all had an incredible bank holiday Easter weekend, and aren’t suffering too much from the hangover today, whether it be a chocolate or vodka induced one. I for one, have definitely taken advantage of having the extra days off to enjoy some drinking, over indulging, and extra laziness.

I don’t think I need to tell you again how much I love a smoky eye! It is such a classic look, that can take you from day to night, and season to season. Surely every girl’s favourite look? I have been asked a few times about how I ‘create’ my smoky eye, so here are my make up tips. My step by step routine that I use for every smoky eye I do.

    1. Choose 3 shades of a similar colour. The most popular tend to be 3 shades of grey, or brown, but you can always mix it up and get a little more colourful.
    2. Get the right tools. A Blending brush is essential for a good smoky eye, while a Crease brush and a Shadow liner will assist in the more detailed application.
    3. Start of by creating your base, apply your foundation and powder to your face, under and over the eyes.
    4. Apply your eye shadow primer, although the above will do.
    5. Start by applying the lightest colour to your eyelid, and up to the brow line, using a brush applicator.
    6. Take the middle shade, and apply this to the eyelid base only.
    7. Draw a winged or C shape to the outer edge of the eyelid using the darkest shade and the Crease Brush, make sure this shade is visible when the eye is open.
    8. Using the shadow Liner, take the darkest shade and bring the eye shadow under the eye.
    9. Using the Blending brush, make sure there are no obvious lines between each shade. If necessary add a little more eye shadow to the eye area.
    10. Finish the look with some winged eye liner, and strip lashes.

Full Make Up Details

Illamasqua Reflection Palette

Illamasqua Scandal Lipstick

Dior Hydra Life BB Creme

NYX Cosmetics Cake Powder Brows

Sleek Make Up Contour Kit in Light

Ardell Wispie Lashes

How do you create a smoky eye? What colours would you pick?

Lots of Love,



Daniel Sandler | Valentina

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Yep, its another lipstick post! I’m sorry but I just seem to be slightly lipstick obsessed at the moment. I tend to go through stages, and lippys and contouring is my thing at the moment. But I mean, just look at this colour, Valentina, what a beauty!

Daniel Sandler describes it as a Raisin Red, and it is just such a stunning colour. I picked it out amongst the hype of the deep berry hues of Autumn, but actually this colour is an all year round kinda lippy. Plus its got some pretty epic staying power, making it through a couple cuppa teas and brunch.

Its a gorgeous luxury matte, which doesn’t dry out the lips. Its even got a whole lot of ingredients to help soothe and protect. Shea Butter, Illipe Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, C, E, Avocado and Jojoba Oils.


Have you tried any DS lippys? I’ve also got Gigi, and Marilyn looks like it could be the next one on my list.

Lots of love,