A few weeks ago I hit 2000 followers on Twitter. Like actual crazy. I have had my little corner of the internet for a while now, and I just love it. Getting the support I do from my readers, and followers means so much. And even on the days when things get too much, a blog comment, or tweet can instantly change that for me. So as a little thank you, for actually, err, being interested in what I have to say, here is a lovely little Lush giveaway. I’ve included one of my favourite bath bombs the ‘Sex Bomb’, and the new #Gayisok Love Soap. I had been on the hunt for it for a while, and when I got my hands on it, I had to buy two. And one of course if for one of you beautiful lot.
Rules are as normal. Entries made through the Rafflecopter, and must be aged 16+. This giveaway will only run for a week, as I have already brought the Lush items.
It’s not often I do an outfit of the day, as one, I’m an awkward poser, and two, its quite hard to do full body shots of yourself, by yourself. So this weekend I took full advantage of the boyfriend visiting, the good weather and of course I wanted to show off my new summer purchases.
Having ‘umm’d and ‘arr’d over this particular white shirt dress, I am now slightly obsessed with it. It may actually be my only appropriate ‘heatwave’ attire, but it also covers a multiple of sins, (As in, too much pizza and ice cream), while being effortlessly classy, with that dressed up, dressed down vibe. (What more can one want from one dress?).
I finally managed to get myself a sleeveless blazer, (Ok, so I am a little late to the trend) but when it comes to items like this, I am particularly fussy. And sometimes being fussy pays off. It may have been a little too hot, to wear a jacket but I just love it. Khaki has to be my next best one after black.
To finish my look off, I’m wearing a gorgeous *Silver Arrow necklace from Jewellery Box, it has to be the cutest and most delicate piece of jewellery I now own, and I have had so many compliments on it so far. What do you think?
Lots of love,
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SO its pretty obvious who the contour queen is, and its quite impressive that the whole contouring trend is still very much a talking point and a make up must! OK, so we aren’t seeing it quite to the extreme as it was plastered all over our social media last year, but its still an art and trick that everyone wants to know, I mean who doesn’t want Kim K’s sculpted cheeks? And the beauty industry are very aware of this, with so many brands jumping on the contour wagon.
Today I am reviewing the Barry M Contour Kit, which I was very eager to get my hands on. One because its affordable, and two because its matte powder. I do love my contour creams, (Concealers and foundations) and I’ll never put down my shimmer highlighters, but you know me, I love my matte bronzers, and I was intrigued to see if I could be converted and how the matte highlighting powder would match up to my MAC Soft and Gentle, (Maybe I am setting the standard a little too high?).
The kit comes with 3 shades, a light powder, a medium brown and a dark brown powder. At first site, the kit is quite impressive, I like the fact it has the three shades that you can blend to your skin tone. And I would use more of the darker shade for my more glammed up contour attempt, (As in I’m heading out out). According to the Barry M Contour guidelines, you should apply the light powder, over cheek bones, chin, down the length of your nose and up the centre of the forehead. The medium brown is to bronze the skin, sweeping across cheeks, forehead and nose, (Where the sun naturally hits), and finally the dark brown powder is to sculpt in the hollow of your cheeks, hair line and nose…. But they’ve added this and diagrams to the kit, so you are pretty well set.
This is perfect for those on the run touch ups, or weekends away, but unfortunately it doesn’t offer me anything I can’t do with my current bronzer. I do like the fact I have the two brown tones, but the light powder doesn’t do anything for me, (Literally nothing) it comes across to me as more of a setting powder than a highlighter, and to actually get any out I have to actually scratch the powder. This isn’t something I would use daily, or repurchase. But at £6.49 it hardly breaks the bank.
How do you contour? Have you tried the Barry M Contour Kit?
Today I was invited a long to the unveiling of Kiehls UK latest natural innovation, the Daily Reviving Concentrate. And oh am I excited to be one of the first people to try it! If you are a fan of their Midnight Recovery, then get yourself ready for this one.
Kiehls have brought out a daytime defense concentrate, to help fight against our daily skin stresses. I’m not sure about you, but I for one, think I look like two completely different people come morning and night. My skin shows exactly what I am feeling, fresh in the AM, knackered in the PM.
Kiehls have formulated a new concentrate which they claim will boost our daytime defence, awaken, revitalize and energize our skin, (Ticks all the boxes, right?). So as I start mine tomorrow, I’m hoping to look super fresh all day long, (OK, maybe I will give it a few more days). The new Daily Reviving Concentrate is made up of 3 key ingredients, Ginger Root for its anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties (Great for those city workers). Sunflower Seed Oil to help hydrate and smooth the skin, and finally Tamanu Oil to lock moisture in.
What I loved about today’s event, (Apart from being greeted with food, drinks and of course having the exclusive invite), was being able to meet the people at Kiehls behind the products. Which included Dr Adam Geyer, who discussed the science behind the product and our skin. Not only was it interesting, but it gave me a whole different insight in to the way the concentrate could benefit the skin. We even got a Kiehls pouch to create our own day and night scents with real ingredients. Obviously I went OTT with the Lavender and Rose, (but I bet I have a great night sleep tonight).
If you are a fan of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate you will definitely want to get your hands on this.
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P.S This launches in September #Dailyrevivor but you can join their exclusive waiting list here.
I can’t remember exactly when I first came across Billion Dollar Brows, but I know I fell for their brow game, pretty quickly. A few ‘browfies’ later, I managed to tick the brow powder of my Billion Dollar Brows wishlist.
Being a self confessed brow fanatic, (Which kinda comes with the Beauty Therapist territory), you can see why I love a brand like Billion Dollar Brows. Not only does the brow powder live up to my high expectations, perfect and define my brows to a point, but the Billion Dollar Brows team are just so lovely. I mean talk about sharing the love. Plus they always compliment me on my brows, (What girl doesn’t love hearing that?).
Using my Caribou Cosmetics angled brow brush, I apply a line of my BDB brow powder in Taupe, to the bottom brow line, (To really enhance my arch). I then sweep over the rest of the brow, paying particular attention to the more sparse areas. According to the brow world, the best way to ‘fake’ a brow, (In other words, if you have got a bit tweezer happy in the past) is by using a powder, while a pencil should be used to enhance that fuller look. Now mine aren’t quite Delevingne slugs, (Huge brow envy), but I’ve got a good set, (If I do say so myself), and actually I love a powder just as much as a pencil. I think its all about what works for you.
Now that I’m moving to London this month, (If I haven’t told you enough already), I’ve been thinking its time for a little revamp of the old room decor, (I personally blame Pinterest).
A new room, surely means, new bedding, new cushions, throws, picture frames, pointless ornaments, and meaningful art, right?
So apart from Pinterest, I’ve been scanning the web on all sorts of Arts and Crafty pages, getting inspo. I mean right now, I have enough ‘inspo’ to decorate a 13 bed mansion…. Serious stuff.
One of the websites I have been introduced to is, Minted, an Art, Stationary and Home Decor site. They describe themselves as the ‘Design marketplace connecting you with the worlds best artists to create something one-of-a-kind’. What caught my attention was the foil-pressed wall art, I mean its gold, anything gold I love.
So here are a few foil pressed prints I’ve got saved in my basket, (Including the top photo) which one should I go for?
I like to think of myself as a positive person, and as I sit here, writing this post, I’m thinking, I can only go one of two ways…
I could dwell on the past five months, find my excuses and blame everything else… Or I can take control, and take this moment to reflect on my progress, (Or shall I say lack of) and inspire myself.
Since I last updated you here, I’ve been back to the Dr’s about my PCOS and been placed back on a different contraceptive pill. I didn’t want to go back on the pill, having felt so much better with out it, but they are telling me it should help my skin. Hopefully this will also mean I will start my period cycle again, which has basically been none existent since August 2014.
In April, I set myself 5 goals, to help loose a bit of weight and get me feeling more energised. These were to drink more water, start yoga classes, eat veg with every meal, walk more, and switch off before bed. All of which I have been successful with, well unless you wouldn’t count two Youtube yoga classes, as ‘starting yoga’… The only problem being, I also consumed a lot of chocolate and junk food, (Er so much for the no sugar rule).
Monday marked a new chapter in my life. I’ve started my new job, and in two weeks I will make the move to the big city. I may not be the size I want, or in control of my PCOS, but the next update will be a ‘progress’ one I promise. London is such a fast paced life, I’m going to take this new adventure and run with it.
Lots of love,
P.S Thanks for listening to my rants and ramblings on, if you have any tips or experiencing similar, comment below.
Tradition on beautybykaris is to update you on my monthly favourites, but I thought I would change it up this time, and write my first ever ’empties’ post…
Sanctuary Body Butter
Having made a promise to myself to moisturise my body daily, the Sanctuary Body Butter didn’t last long. It’s almost as traditional as turkey at Christmas for me, every year I am guaranteed a Sanctuary gift set, and the brand has become a firm favourite of mine. The body scrub is the best ever, and their body butter isn’t too bad either. It’s thick, rich and hydrating, goes far and smells great. Luckily I am still very stocked up since Christmas.
Nivea Rich Regenerating Night Cream
This Nivea night cream is one of those budget hero products. It was roughly a fiver, does the job, and hardly breaks the bank. I love a heavy night cream, one that feels like it coats my skin and rejuvenates over night, and this does just that.
Origins GinZing Eye Cream
I’m a little bit devastated that this product has come to an end, if only I could scrape a little more out. It has lasted a long time, and was the perfect AM eye cream for me, so brightening, really refreshing, and as delightful as the rest of the Origins family.
Benefit ‘Its Potent’ Eye Cream
Having meant to have done a full review on ‘its potent’ last month, it has now run out, (Insert sad face). Being a Benefit make up fan, I have been happy to see that the skincare doesn’t let the side down. This eye cream, is ultra hydrating, and ideal for an intense PM eye treatment.
Nspa Oil Free Moisture Gel
I wouldn’t say I was sad to see the end of the Nspa Day Gel. I didn’t dislike it, but I only ever used it as a interim product, or for weekend away purposes. It was a lot lighter than ones I am used to, and smelt a bit too perfumed.
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan
When your Cocoa Brown tan mousse no longer foams up, and just dribbles brown liquid, I think it is time it goes in the bin. I will definitely be picking up another bottle, I just love the convenience of tanning in two hours, no need for orange sheets.
What products have you used up this month? Have you tried any of these products?
When I was younger I thought I knew a lot about fashion, (I definitely did not) I would sit there all day drawing dresses and shoes, creating numerous looks under the ‘Karis Brelsford’ fashion shop. But it has only been these last couple of years where I have really felt comfortable in my own fashion style, and the whole concept of ‘fashion’ (Although the days of my famous fashion designer dreams and sketches are long gone). I’ve always found my style to be quite casual, and I don’t always follow the trends, but one thing I definitely find myself always going back to is the classic cut, basic attire.
James Perse is a designer I’ve only become aware of recently, but find a lot of his designs have that relaxed concept I like. Minimal colour, and a lot of neutral grey and white pieces. When I look at some of his items, I think of beaches, the coast and Sundays.
James Perse has been building his self titled line since 1994, and the style (As I imagined) is synonymous with his West Coast home and lifestyle. His design aesthetics is ‘low maintenance high fashion’, mastering the art of luxury, classic casualwear. The clothes are clean cut with no embellishment, perfect layering pieces and wardrobe essentials ranging from cotton tees and sweatpants to silk shirts. Even Kim Kardashian is a fan! She talks about his cotton hoody here.
One of my favourite pieces from his collection, is the open back, black dress, (As lets face it, you can’t ever have too many black dresses, right?), I would love some of his lounge shorts and hoodies, (All available at Avenue32)