December 07, 2017

Beauty Review: The Stack by Trinny London

It’s been a while since I’ve used a beauty product and felt really excited it, but that’s recently changed. When Trinny Woodall announced that she would be launching a new beauty brand called Trinny London, I knew I had to keep my eyes peeled on the launch and The Stack concept is just genius. Here it is....

If you're yet to hear about The Stack, it's a clever clickable stack of makeup and skincare products that are completely matched to your hair colour, eye colour and skin tone, so you only invest in products that work best for you and your individual colourings, so there's less of a risk that it won't be right for you once you give it a try at home. 

Once I'd entered in all my details in the Match2Me section, the Trinny London website suggested I should try the following products...

- Golden Glow in Jensta
- Just A Touch in Zandy
- Lip2Cheek in Freddie
- Eye2Eye in Fortune 

When The Stack arrives, it’s beautifully packaged and each of the pots arrives individually wrapped and you can then click them together so essentially The Stack is your new makeup bag. If you’re always on-the-go and don't want to carry a full makeup bag, this is the ideal solution.

The Match2Me process is all done through the website and Trinny and her team have created plenty of video content, showing many different women trying out the products, so you know how they look on and what to expect before you buy. I found this process really simple and after entering information on my eye colour, hair colour and skin tone, the website will recommend products including base makeup, blusher, bronzer, contouring products, lipsticks, eyeshadows…the list is endless! 

I really liked all the options and choices given to me which is an issue for the bank balance, but it's a really fun way to try out some colours and products you’ve never experimented with before. 

I’m forever doing my makeup in the car, or a quick touch up here and there so this cream based, blendable product is amazing as it’s fuss-free and doesn’t require loads of brushes. If you prefer to use brushes you still can, I suppose it's much easier without. 

I’m absolutely delighted with the products I’ve chosen so far and I’m sure I’ll be adding to my stack very soon. I particularly love the Zandy Just a Touch Foundation/Concealer as it’s super easy to apply and is really good coverage, the bronzer gives my skin a really nice glow, the eyeshadow has a deep metallic finish which is great for day or night and the lip2cheek is a great multi-use product with a matte finish, giving a pop of colour in an instant if my skin is feeling a little dull. 

I’m only disappointed I didn’t purchase the BFF Cream which is moisturising, has sun protection and gives an overall glow so that’s the next product on my list! 

I always like to balance out my reviews with any negatives but I honestly can’t fault the products or service at all. I ordered to Singapore and even the delivery was great, everything arrived within 2-3 days so you can't get better than that. 

Have you tried the Trinny London range yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below...

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October 16, 2017


When you aren't quite feeling on top form and you fear you're losing your mojo for whatever reason, it's always good to remind yourself of the things that make you happy and beam from ear to ear! 

On a personal note, moving from the UK to Singapore which is 15 hours away has really tested my happiness levels as of late, but now things have become easier it's good to recognise those things that never fail to make me smile! So here's a few things that make me happy...can you relate to them?

1. Flowers! 

You may wonder why this post is scattered with images of a bold and beautiful bouquet of happiness-inducing sunflowers! That is because the wonderful team at A Better Florist very kindly sent me The Ayla Bouquet which you can find here and they certainly perked me up the day I received them! 

Sunflowers have got to be the happiest flowers out there and when they we're delivered with a cute striped ribbon, a gift card which said 'you just got bloomed' and a shabby chic canvas bag, I felt very spoilt indeed! Buying flowers on a regular basis is something I've done for a while now as it really has that homely feel-good factor so I'll definitely be ordering from A Better Florist again soon, whether I'm treating a friend or myself!

2. Exercise 

When I initially moved over to Singapore I was working for a fitness company, so that was a great distraction from feeling homesick from time to time and enabled me to keep fit and healthy! I'm one of those (annoying) people that finds my energy from nowhere and I've always loved working out, although it takes some forcing to workout when it's so humid here! I've got back into my running recently which I'm loving again and I've also started Hot Yoga, so I definitely think shaking up my exercise regime has helped to put a spring in my step and made me a happier person to be around!

3. Meeting New People 

As daunting as it may sometimes seem, I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people from different countries, working in different industries as well as people of different age groups. Moving away is always going to knock your confidence as you can no longer see your best friends as you would on a regular basis, but it's a happy feeling when you make time to have a coffee with someone or spark up some conversation and find you really connect with someone. I'm definitely guilty of it, but I hate spending so much time on my laptop and phone so it's nice to make the time and effort to speak to people face-to-face! 

4. Seeing more of the world 

I've been lucky enough to do a little more travelling recently and that I am truly happy about and grateful for too! It's easy to commit yourself to work, work, work all the time but if you can find the time, it's healthy to have a change of scenery and do some exploring. I generally think having a break every once in a while (if possible) allows me to reset and helps to make me a happier person to be around, which is a blessing for my nearest and dearest! My fiancé and I have also spent some quality time together, ticking a few things off our bucket list but there's many more adventures to be had yet!

5. Health 

When I think about what I'm most happy about, health is always something I take for granted and forget. You can read some truly awful things sometimes or hear some bad news from a friend and it really is worth remembering that life is short, so you should always choose happiness in all that you do! Sometimes my head will rule over what my heart is really telling me to do but the biggest life lesson I've learned recently (sorry to sound preachy!), is that you can worry a million times over but happiness will always rule and things always figure themselves out in the end! 

I hope you've enjoyed this post and let me know if you can relate to any of the things that make me happy? 
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July 29, 2017


I'll start by saying how much I love these photos taken by Foundation Photos. The plants, trees and flowers in my local area are just insanely pretty and I'm always finding colourful new spots for shooting which I'm very much enjoying at the moment. 

This outfit was very much thrown together and this amazing skirt by Boohoo on Asos was an impulse buy but sometimes those kind of outfits are the best. It has a super high waist which is elasticated and huge Spanish ruffles! Sometimes you need a pick-me-up outfit to boost your confidence and this is the perfect look for me. A simple top, statement skirt and a powerful lip which is the shade Orange by Bobbi Brown - probably one of the lipsticks I wear the most. 

I've teamed this skirt with a simple black top and tasseled earrings from Asos but it could be dressed down a lot more with converse, a fedora hat and a plain white tee knotted at the waist. 

If you're obsessed with tassel earrings like me and they are your go-to summer accessory right now, make sure you take a look at my new online boutique over on Depop, where I'm selling a selection of bohemian-inspired jewellery by Australian brand Isle & Tribe. There's some beautiful necklaces and earrings galore which will instantly add an edge to your summer looks and they're an essential for festivals and holidays too. You can follow my online shop here.

Skirt - Boohoo at Asos / Top - F&F Clothing (Past Season) / Earrings - Asos / Sandals - River Island 

I'd love to know your thoughts on this señorita-esque skirt so let me know your thoughts below!
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July 20, 2017


Before I moved to Singapore I promised myself I would write all about my travel experiences but to tell you the truth, I've been having such a good time and working like a trooper which has meant limited time for blogging!

However, I was lucky enough to have a few days off recently so myself and the fiancé treated ourselves to a spa day in Batam, Indonesia, and it was so nice and relaxing. If you're ever in Singapore, hopefully you'll get chance to visit this spa resort as it's an amazing place!

Tempat Senang Spa Resort was recommended to us and we had such a good day there. Batam in Indonesia is only 45 minutes away by Ferry so if you're based in Singapore it's super easy to get to and the ferry only cost around $50 each. The spa day itself consisted of six treatments and lunch (yes you heard that right, six treatments!) for $189 and it was absolute bliss.

Here's a no makeup selfie (of me anyway) before we went on our merry way....

The resort itself is a short car ride from the ferry port in Batam but as the package includes a transfer to and from the ferry it's absolutely no hassle at all. Once we arrived in Batam, we were whisked off with a few people also heading to the spa and the day started with a lovely cup of tea and an explanation of all the treatments you could choose from. 

I went for the following treatments: 
  • Foot Reflexology
This was absolute heaven and both me and Ruairidh fell asleep and felt like we'd been napping for hours - so relaxing!
  • Green Tea & Silk Bio Cellulose Mask (Hydrating/Stressed Skin)
Facials are usually a tricky one for me as I have quite oily skin so I always worry about the products used but my skin felt lovely and looked so fresh the next day!
  • Cleopatra Hair & Scalp Mask (Collagen/Strengthening)
In Singapore, there seems to be something in the water which makes hair fall out easier than it does in the UK (strange I know) and this mask seemed to really help that, my hair felt much thicker and stronger after this treatment.
  • Coconut Body Scrub (Adds moisture to dry skin)
This was lovely and my whole body felt super smooth, but perhaps next time I would go for a more gentle exfoliating scrub for sensitive skin as this was a little too harsh for my skin. It did smell amazing though and I love Bounty chocolate way too much to let a coconut scrub pass me by!
  • Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage (This is a relaxing, flowing massage using the forearms in a wave-like motion to soothe large surface areas of muscles - Excellent for those who prefer a gentle massage.)
Amazing! The end. 
  • Aromatherapy (Full body massage)
Again amazing, I could not fault either massage. Although I'm not sure I'd have my stomach massaged again as it releases all the toxins out of your body and made me need a wee constantly which is a good and a bad thing - sorry for the detail but this is an honest review!

The package also includes a lovely Indonesian lunch too and I'll be honest, after a chocolate brownie dessert and all that massage, we we're very sleepy and relaxed by the time we got home!

The view from the ferry on the way back to Singapore!
The spa setting itself was so beautiful and peaceful...
The boy looking all relaxed...
Feeling refreshed and makeup free on the way back...
I could not recommend this spa experience highly enough! If you're planning a holiday to Singapore or you're looking for somewhere to take visitors or friends, Tempat Senang Spa Resort is well worth a stopover and you'll even get to see some amazing views along the way! 

If you can recommend any other spa resorts in Asia that I need to try, pop them in the comments below!
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June 26, 2017


Now that I'm living in Singapore, I'm lucky to have so many amazing locations on my doorstep so it seems only right that I start collaborating with professional photographers so I capture everything about the wonderful places I find on my travels. For this shoot, I partnered up with Adam at Foundation Photos and shot in my local area of Tiong Bahru. I'm so pleased with how the images turned out and I'm very much looking forward to working with him on lots of fun outfit posts in the near future so this is just the start!

For those of you that don't know Singapore very well, Tiong Bahru is known as the 'hipster' area and although I can say this is definitely true, I like to think I'm not too much of a hipster myself! At the moment, myself and my fiancé, Ruairidh, are absolutely loving living here so I really enjoyed getting out and exploring the local neighbourhood. There's quirky coffee shops, boutiques, lovely walkways filled with potted plants and amazing trees and a pretty square to finish off with a statue of a dancing lady - could you get any prettier than that? We shot in the evening due to the heat and I'm so glad we did because it was hot enough at night, I think I'd have well and truly melted shooting at midday! 

One thing I do love about shooting in Singapore is the amazing greenery as it really brings out the colours in your outfit. For this look, I'm wearing one of my favourite outfits which I've worn lots for both day and night already. These Zara Pom Pom sandals are my go-to choice of footwear as they give me a bit of height but they're pretty comfy, my Zara ruffle sleeve dress always wakes me up and give me an added confidence boost and my amazing boxy bag is one I picked up from a flea market out here! It's so unusual and I love the Geisha lady on the front. 

I also added minimal accessories including my Quay Australia cat-eye sunglasses which I'm obsessed with and piled on some delicate necklaces by Lovisa, which are so easy to wear with everything from t-shirts to dresses. 

Dress - Zara / Shoes - Zara / Bag - Vintage / Necklaces - Lovisa Jewellery

I hope you've enjoyed hearing more about my Singapore adventure so far! Let me know your thoughts on my latest shoot in the comments, would love to know if it's a step in the right direction!
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May 20, 2017


When you've moved around about five or six times in the past few years, making a house feel like a home seems to get a little easier every time. In the UK I've lived in Preston, Chester, London and Northampton before moving to a completely different country a million miles away, to Singapore. 

After viewing only a few condo's (high rise apartments) in Singapore, we both fell in love with a super modern apartment that was completely brand new. The kitchen, the bathrooms...everything.  However, after a few 'minor disagreements', the fiancé started to question if it was going to be the right place for us as we had originally wanted a place with some character.  With some gentle persuasion, I said goodbye to my dream modern apartment and we came to view a place in Tiong Bahru and I'm so glad we did! It has all the character we wanted (and more) and even though it's still a work in progress (we don't even have a kettle yet for goodness sake!), with a few finishing touches it's already beginning to feel like home. 

So here's a few bits and pieces we've picked up from Ikea and Homesense. Hopefully this little tour isn't boring for you and you can gain some interiors inspiration if you're setting up home and looking for some colourful new additions. 

Everything in the above photo is from Ikea again! I love the colourful pastels they have in at the moment. They are perfect for lifting white furniture! 

 The three little birds postcard pictures are from Ikea and the shelf below currently has cards and photos of our nearest and dearest! 

We are very lucky that we love the original tiled flooring and also a glass chandelier or two as they were already in when we arrived. Our last favourite home in Northampton had colourful glass chandeliers too so when we viewed this place it seemed to be a bit of a sign that it was the right choice for us!

The dining sets and mats are from Ikea but the coasters were a lovely gift to us!

 I couldn't resist these silly monkey cups from Ikea, so tropical! Love them...

The coffee table was also in when we arrived so we've added some coffee table books (always an essential), candles and a silver tray also from Ikea!

Ruairidh (the fiancé) is planning to cover a wall with records so we're collecting a few as we go along!

The very green view from our new home! Our place lets so much light in which is another key feature.

 I was so happy when I stumbled across Singapore Elle Magazine as that's one thing I really miss from the UK, the amazing choice of magazines we have! This colourful throw is from Homesense and we've got two for our sofa at the moment. They are so soft and really add a pop of colour as our sofa is dark grey and would be a little gloomy without them. We still need some cushions though!

 Here's the original tiles in our bathroom. I'm such a lover of prints so I was over the moon to see these colourful tiles.

 Finally, here's the pretty chandelier that was already installed in our bedroom which I love! I would have taken pictures of the wardrobe but that's for another post completely...

Hopefully this has given you some kind of interiors inspiration but it is still very much a work in progress so hopefully we'll have more furniture and a kettle(!) when I do the next progress post! Thank goodness for Ikea and Homesense with their super reasonable yet stylish homeware goods.
Thanks for reading and comment below with any amazing home finds/brands I may have missed!
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