The Straight Brush

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels that every time I have been on Facebook recently, The Straight Brush has popped up as a sponsored post. Curiosity got the better of me – I clicked through, and saw a whole load of videos apparently made by actual customers, using The Straight Brush with fantastic results.

It was £34 delivered – a bargain, I had thought – if it can produce results like those I had seen in the videos… so I purchased it. I have very thick, long hair… so I thought I’d give it a go on video – to see if it really works…

Video : Love Me Beauty – The Beauty Box With a Twist

If you are a fan of beauty boxes – feast your eyes on Love Me Beauty  – the beauty box that’s a little different to all the others. 
Love Me Beauty gives you 60 credits a month to ‘spend’ on their online boutique (more if you sign up for a lengthier plan) – giving you the choice of exactly what comes through your door from their specially selected products for the month. 
Not only do they work with new, emerging brands, they work with the big daddy brands too – giving you a nice mix of discovery from fresh and new, to tried and tested favourites. 
If you don’t manage to get online to make your selection, you will be send products based on your personal profile that you fill in when you join. 
This is the most personal box I have come across, and a great way to try those new products. 
A subscription costs £10 per month (or works out less if you join for longer) for 20% off you can use my discount code of gorgeous20 which is valid for all new subscriptions.

Video : Hawaii Vlog

I am back from Paradise! Hawaii was absolutely beautiful – I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. We did a little detour to Paris on the way – then on to Big Island where we stayed in the most amazing hotel (Hilton Waikoloa Village) – the grounds were incredible, and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. While we were there we swam with dolphins, and went to Mauna Kea and saw what felt like every single star in the universe from above the clouds – unforgettable memories.
From there we went to Maui where we stayed in the Marriott Wailea – unfortunately it rained for 99% of the time we were on the island, but we did a little shopping and did The Road to Hana which is a road trip with over 600 turns in it, along the most lush scenery. You can stop to look at waterfalls, hike, see ocean pools and pieces of nature that you don’t see elsewhere. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast with a hula dance and you eat traditional foods – we did that there too.
Our last stop was Oahu where we stayed in Honolulu which was a completely different pace of life. Waikiki had the hustle and bustle of a city, while being on a tropical beach – there were all kinds of shops there from Hermes to The Cheesecake Factory. We certainly took advantage of all the American eateries, although now my body has got used to having a short stack of pancakes for breakfast every morning and is crying out at me when I’m feeding it granola and yoghurt. Around the edges of the island are gorgeous white sand turquoise water beaches, so we made the most of those, as well as doing a bit of snorkelling, kayaking and visiting many a bar!
We documented the trip in a little (well, fairly long actually, but we were gone for almost 3 weeks so I think I have done well to get it to around half an hours’ worth of footage!) vlog – so if you are planning a trip to Hawaii and want to see some of what’s there to add to your itinerary, have a watch. If you just want to see what it was like, have a watch. If you’re feeling nosey, have a watch. If you’re bored, have a watch…. you get the idea. 

Back on Roaccutane – My Journey to Clear Skin in Videos

I have suffered with bad skin on and off since as long as I can remember. I have tried so many different things – some which I think have worked, only to find that it was a very short term solution. I have been on Roaccutane in the past, but a very low dose, so I decided to see if it was an option again. I documented my journey through daily vlogs, which I found incredible useful to watch when I was on Roaccutane the first time round. I hope these may help someone too.

Going to the hospital to see if I could go back onto Roaccutane and seeing what my course would be if so:

Month One’s (on 30mg per day)  progress:

Month Two’s (on 40mg per day) progress:

Month Three’s (on 60mg per day) progress:

Month Four’s (on 60mg a day) progress:

I am now 6 months post-treatment and loving my skin! It has got oily again, which is annoying – I loved the ‘normal-ness’ of my skin while I was on Roaccutane. BUT… NO SPOTS!

Video: Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Tutorial

I finally have a new computer, which means some blogging may be happening!

To kick it off, I’ve dipped my toe into the water with a video tutorial.

I work for Charlotte Tilbury – and have the pleasure of working with Sergio, one of the Lead Makeup Artists at Selfridges London. For this video, he created the Golden Goddess look on me – and we get to hear some of his tips and tricks on the way too…