PapayaGold Paw Paw Lip Balm with Manuka Honey

When it comes to summer beauty, my number one product is always going to be lip balm. No matter if I’m dressed up, or just out to grab a coffee, I will always have at least one on me – after all, there is nothing worse than the feeling of dried out lips. I’ve been a fan of Paw Paw ointments for a while, so when PapayaGold sent over their new Lip Balm which is enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey, I couldn’t wait to give it a go!

PapayaGold Paw Paw Lip Balm with Manuka Honey

Packaged in a dinky little pot, this is a balm small enough to fit into any bag – and for good reason! The balm itself has a smooth, lightweight consistency, which doesn’t feel too heavy or goopy on the lips. Instead, it provides a dose of much needed hydration which leaves lips feeling silky smooth.

PapayaGold Paw Paw Lip Balm with Manuka Honey

I’m a long-term fan of Paw Paw balms, as I feel like they really work in healing lips in the longterm, as well as provide an immediate hit of hydration. The inclusion of the Manuka Honey in the formula is adds to this feeling of healing everything up. The balm works well as a base for lipsticks too – creating a smooth base for colour. And the best part? The balm is super affordable!

PapayaGold Paw Paw Lip Balm with Manuka Honey is priced at £3.69 and is available here.

 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Personally, I don’t think you can even start to think about makeup until you’ve got your skin care figured out. There’s no better canvas, and I’m obsessed with natural glowy looks which appear effortless. Of course, they’re the ones which always take the most work, so to make sure my skin is as primed as possible, I’ve been turning to Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant.

fullsizeoutput_1e1bComing packaged in a relatively boring tube, the magic of this exfoliator truly is on the inside. After cleansing, I douse my face in water, tap a little of the Daily Microfoliant into my hands, then press onto my face. The Microexfoliant is a fine power, which gently foams on contact with water. The gentler you’d like the scrub, the more water you can then add. It’s such a great, simple concept, and it works like a dream too! Once the granules get wet, they slight to foam slightly, and I work them into the skin, until everything feels smooth, then wash with a clean flannel. I can’t even begin to tell you how good my skin feels after using it – soft and even, with no bumps or dry bits, it’s perfect to use prior to applying makeup for that perfect summer glow.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is priced at £49.50 and is available here

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In an admission which feels very anti-beauty blogger, I apply about 85% of my makeup using my fingers. Primers, tinted moisturisers, concealers and highlighters all get slapped on using fingertips, and I normally reserve my brushes for a swirl of bronzer or perhaps a smokey eye look.

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As a result of this, my everyday makeup bag only has one or two brushes kicking about in it. So, when I got my hands on It Cosmetics’ Superhero 4-in-1 Brush it felt like fate. Rather than having to have a handful of tools overtime you want to rock eyeshadow – It Cosmetics has made a universal tool which incorporates 4 brushes into 1!

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Made of super soft artificial bristles, the double ended brush has a fine liner tip on one side, with a second head on the other. This is where the magic comes in. So that you get the three brush heads, the brush has a clever little cap which you click into place depending on how you want to use the brush. Whether you’re after ‘all over’, ‘crease’ or ‘smudge’ the brush gets denser each time you click it down.

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The ease of using the brush is incredible, and I absolutely love how convenient it is. Not only does it take up nearly no real estate in my makeup bag, but it’s a seriously great brush too! The bristles are incredibly soft, and they give an even wash of colour over the lid, even when using the darkest or sparkliest shades.

fullsizeoutput_1e17The Liner end is incredible at giving eyes a sharp line of definition, and I’ve even used it to fill in brows. It’s wonderfully precise as well as being easy to control.

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Summer beauty also always makes me think of packing, so if you’re after a tool which will slip into your makeup bag and leave you looking flawless all season long – this is most definitely the brush for you!

It Cosmetics Superhero 4-in-1 eyeshadow brush is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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Do you ever sometimes feel like just throwing the bare essentials in a bag and switching off for a few nights? Well, that’s exactly what I did back in April, when I headed done south for a bit of an English road trip. We packed up the car and went, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun it was. We saw a surprising number of attractions and got to explore some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

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One of the perks of all that exploring was finding fabulous hotels and inns, which we’re already planning return visits to. We had very kindly been taken care of by The Epicurean Club – a collection of inns and pubs which are chosen for their impeccably high standards.

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In Berkshire, we stayed at the Crab and Boar – a historic coaching inn which has been welcoming travellers for hundreds of years. It’s even said that Oliver Cromwell stayed here prior to the Battle of Newbury.

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Happily though, the Crab and Boar is more luxurious now than perhaps it once was in Cromwellian times – there are 14 rooms in total, and we were lucky enough to have a Luxury Room complete with hot tub! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite on our side, but getting to enjoy the hot bubbles when outside was so cold and miserable was heavenly!

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On such a grey evening, we were lucky enough to have reserved a table at the restaurant, and there was nowhere else we’d have rather been. The Crab and Boar is renowned for fabulous, local food, and the dining room itself couldn’t have been lovelier.

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We grabbed a table by the window and perused the menu and discussed our plans for the next day.

As we debated our options (the menu is that good), we started on some freshly baked bread – a wholewheat roll and freshly baked ciabattas were truly sublime. Rather incredibly, the Crab & Boar’s head chef previously headed up the kitchens in the Four Seasons Hampshire. The bread was feather-light and absolutely delicious!

The first of the starters we went for were the Pan Fried Scallops (£11). Brought in still dripping with seawater that morning, they were perfectly cooked, and served on the most beautiful clamshell. I loved the rich hollandaise sauce, and it was a real star dish.

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I couldn’t resist trying the Crab and Boar (£11), the inn’s signature dish. Hand-picked soft-shell crab cooked in a light tempura batter was placed on top of a slice of pork, garnished with handpicked crab and radishes. It was a fabulous mix of texture and flavours – and who couldn’t love the tie in with the name!?

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Mains were a similarly hard choice, but we first settled on theHimalayan Salt Aged Pork Cutlet (£22). This felt like the very best Sunday roast you can imagine – real comfort food with a gourmet edge. The pork was perfectly cooked, and the contrast between the rich meat and tart cabbage was absolutely divine! The smoked apple puree gave the dish a sweetness which was nicely offset with the rich gravy – and that crisp? Insanely good!

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There was no way I could resist the Lobster pasta, and honestly, this is one of the best dishes I may ever have tasted. Again, the lobster had been brought into the kitchens live that morning, so the freshness of the meat couldn’t have been better. And just take a look at that claw – it was monstrous!

The claw was placed on mounds on the most delicate freshly made pasta alongside a light tomato sauce. The pasta was absolutely divine – light and flavourful, it paired perfectly with the delicate lobster meat, and honestly, if I had to choose a last meal – this would most definitely be it!

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Even though were were completely stuffed – a look at the dessert menu soon had our mouths watering! As a disclaimer, I’m not usually a fan of a deconstructed dish – they’re usually odd and perhaps a bit lazy. But at the Boar and Crown? Genius.

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The Bread and Butter Pudding (£7) was incredible. Chunks of pudding – soft with vanilla custard were gloriously rich. The orange segments and marmalade really cut through the heaviness of the pudding, and the cinnamon ice cream was truly heavenly.

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The sound of Tiramisu’ C&B Style (£7) was also too good to resist. Tiramisu is such a guilty pleasure, so to see such a chic take on a classic was great fun. An indulgent mascarpone mousse sat atop a coffee sponge, whilst coffee ice cream crowns a pile of chocolate crumbs.

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The classic mix of flavours brought together in such innovative ways was just a joy. We savoured mouthful last into the night. It was a glorious end to an absolutely incredible meal!

You can find out more about the Crab and Boar here.

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Years and years ago, before blogging was even a ‘thing’ I remember reading a magazine article all about how you should pair new fragrances with fun new experiences. Whether you were starting a new job, or simply jetting off on holiday, pairing it with a fresh scent, the article explained, would mean that in years to come, a spritz of the perfume would bring back memories more vivid than a simple picture. It’s something I’ve taken to heart, and certain periods are strongly tied to fragrance for me – first year at uni is bound up with Agent Provocateur’s signature scent, whilst holidays spent in East Hampton will forever smell of Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom. And now, the summer of 2018 will go down as Clean Reserve’s Acqua Neroli.

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Clean Reserve are a brand I’ve loved for a few years now, and I’m obsessed with the ethos of the brand. Rather than creating scents which are immediately identifiable, they produce fragrances which just smell good. Warm Cotton, Sueded Oud and Blond Rose are all favourites of mine, and I cycle through on a near daily basis, so when I found out that they were releasing new scents for this summer I couldn’t wait to try them! I was very kindly sent Acqua Neroli, and it’s everything you could ever want from a summer fragrance!

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Even from the photos, you can tell how much I love this scent! I normally wait to make sure everything is brand new in pictures, but with Acqua Neroli, I just couldn’t wait! Sprayed directly on the skin, the first notes I get are strong neroli and bergamot. It’s punchy and zesty and wonderfully fresh. As the perfume dries down I get the zesty citrus notes of lemons and limes. It’s one of those rare perfumes which almost get better with wear, and I’m completely obsessed with it!

Clean Reserve Acqua Neroli is priced at £82 and is available here (UK) and here (US)