Thursday, 31 July 2014

Birthday Suit

If I ever needed an excuse for a new dress (and trust me, I don't) then my birthday is a good a reason as any. Me and my friends were celebrating my 23rd in Leeds and I was set on finding something colourful for the occasion and so hot-footed it into Topshop.

And this happened...

Six items later I had the one.

I figured, hey if you want something colourful why not go all out in neon orange?! I'd tried the same playsuit on in a lovely blue but it just didn't have the same effect. Its from the Love label at Topshop (Sadly, I can't find a link online) and I just fell in love with the cut. Nipped in at the waist, flared at the shorts & with boning providing the shape at the front I have a feeling this will see me through many a summer.

Becs x 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


It was my birthday on the 21st and I have just been sat thinking what a good year 22 has been in my life.

I've fed penguins, watched my sister marry the man she loves, been to Thailand and seen some elephants, got my first tattoo, had more drunken nights with my best friends than I can mention, been to the iTunes festival, spent a week living the life in London and getting to go to a Hollywood press conference amongst other things, seen John Mayer twice, spent time in my favourite places in Northumberland with my favourite people, been to Wembley to watch my team play in a final and made stacks of memories with the people I love. I am so very lucky.

Becs x

Thursday, 3 July 2014


Published by the Press Association

David Gray - Mutineers

It’s been 21 years since David Gray’s stripped-back debut album A Century Ends and the 46-year old Manchester singer-songwriter returns with his 11th studio album Mutineers.  He continues to offer fans a different sound with his latest release being much less acoustic, yet he manages to retain the infamous heartfelt lyric Gray is famous for. Lead single and album opener Back in the World hits with its catchy drumbeat, while title track Mutineers has that high-low tone he has perfected. Fans will be happy to hear romantic anthems Last Summer and Snow in Vegas, along with sombre Birds of the High Arctic. 

Becs x

Monday, 30 June 2014

Summer Sun

As I mentioned recently I went on a lovely trip to Thailand and I was determined (once in my life) not to over-pack.

This meant that my make-up had to be reduced to a smaller number of products which could stand the test of the heat.

(In no particular order)
- Mini YSL Babydoll mascara -Clinque Bottom Lash mascara - Mac Studio Fix Powder - Collection concealor - Benefit Browzings - Maybelline colour tattoos in Taupe and On & On Bronze - Rimmel Scandaleyes gel eyeliner in black & bronze - Rimmel Apocolips in Big Bang & Apocoliptic - Max Factor creme blush in Soft Pink - Rimmel blush Pink Blush - Boujours bronzer - Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle

I never bother to take foundation with me on holiday as my skin has a tendency to go a little bumpy sometimes due to the heat/sweat/suntan lotion concoction and I don't like to add another thing on top to worsen my pores. However, just because I may be tanned doesn't mean I don't need a little bit of coverage so I often take my Mac Studio Fix powder which at any other point of the year is far too dark for me (tip: never get matched when you're tanned)

Bronzer is a biiiigggg holiday essential, but my Nars Laguna has recently cracked and I didn't want to risk any more damage in-flight so decided to try out Boujours's infamous offering. I did quite like the colour of this, but I just wish it had less glitter particles in it.

Speaking of bronze, I pretty much wore Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze every night, applied with my finger and then blended with a soft brush to give a little definition in the crease. Add lashings of YSL Babydoll Mascara and black eyeliner and we're almost good to go.

Some nights when I had a more dressed-down outfit (or just felt like it) I added a lip colour but the thing about Thailand is everybody is so dressed down that you don't want to take it that step too far.

What are your holiday essentials?

Becs x

Monday, 23 June 2014


Published by the Press Association

Passenger - Whispers

It may seem like Michael David Rosenberg aka Passenger has just stepped onto the music scene following last year's hit single Let Her Go and album All The Little Lights, but his latest offering Whispers is actually the Brighton-born singer's fifth studio album. Lead single Heart's On Fire provides more of what he became famous for - a mellow mix of acoustic guitar with heart-felt lyrics. Folk-style offerings come from the likes of Bullets, and fans will be pleased to hear Riding To New York making it on to the track-list after he performed it on his last tour. Meanwhile, 27 shows he isn't willing to conform to fit the industry, and Scare Away The Dark takes a look at society as a whole. Fifth album it may be, but it's still fantastic.

Becs x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Not-so bustling Bangkok

Journeying down the Chao Phraya river as the sun beams down on my face, I enter into a jet-lag induced haze until a crackle on the sound-system jolts me from my slumber. I'm aboard the popular tourist ferry boat taking us from the central pier in search of Bangkok's greatest attraction - The Grand Palace.

The May heat in Bangkok is like nothing else I've ever experienced, and when paired with the month's high humidity it makes for a heady concoction. As one of the ferrymen helps us jump off the boat and onto the pier we're greeted by the hustle and bustle of a Thai street market. The heat gives no respite and only increases as you walk through it thanks to the copious amount of street vendors cooking up a delectable buffet of dishes.

Vast, tall white walls cocoon the Grand Palace, but our tiredness somehow leads us walking in the opposite direction to the entrance. Instead, we happen upon Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Named after an Indian monastery where Buddha is said to have lived, it is home to 91 chedis each intricately decorated with a rainbow of colours. The star attraction, however, is the reclining Buddha. Entering the hall - robed, with shoes in hand - the size of it makes me gasp. Fellow tourists stand at awkward angles around the space trying to photograph its entirety.

We decide to make the most of our riverside location, and walk back to the pier in order to travel to Wat Arun, pausing at a street-stall for a coconut to drink, and witness the female owner carelessly strike the top off with a meat cleaver before inserting fluorescent coloured straws.

The ideal place to get photos of one of the country's best Temple's is while you're on the ferry crossing, as snaps become the last thing on your mind when you're challenged to climb to the two different levels. Despite it not being Bangkok's tallest monument, the steps are so steep all your focus is on getting up/down.

As we travel back down the river to our starting point, I begin to wonder what all of the bad-press about a hectic Bangkok was about. Perhaps it's the season, but I haven't found the most visited city in the world a hassle in the slightest.

We catch the cool air-conditioned haven that is the SkyTrain back to Asok station, and have a five minute walk through Sukhumvit to our hotel to freshen-up for the evening. At a mere £26 per night Windsor Suites was a gem of a hotel, 14 stories high with a roof-top pool to boot, it was more than we needed to rest our weary heads.

Showered and somewhat refreshed, we catch one of the many taxi's lining the capital city's streets a few soi's down to the infamous Cabbages & Condoms restaurant, which graces the pages of many travel guides. Opting to sit in the 'garden' we are greeted with what can be better described as a jungle of trees and greenery, with fairy lights and lamps giving the area a gentle glow.

The restaurant has been a Bangkok institution for many years after the owner decided there was a desperate need in the country for a better understanding and acceptance of family planning. We opted for Thai Green Curry, vegetable spring rolls and fried shrimp - all guaranteed 'not to cause pregnancy'.

With our full stomachs we make the cross-city journey to the popular backpacker location of Khaosan Road where we have our first sights of the copious amount of fake-goods on offer in the city. Stalls offering popular international brands line the streets, while travellers spill out of bars Chang's in hand. A few spit-spots of rain suddenly becomes a typical Thai thunderstorm and we find shelter in a bar, before deciding to give in to our jet-lag.

In the taxi back to our hotel, I watch skyscrapers and colourful tuk-tuk's pass my window and understand why this city is visited so often by the world over.

Becs x

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Lady Danger

How I spent so many years not being particularly interested in lipstick literally baffles me.

I'm now obsessed with lip products. Gloss, stain, stick, balm, you name it I've probably got it floating around in my handbag. 

I think it was The Fear that had me steering clear for so long, but once I first tried a bold lip I knew there was no going back.

For me, no other make-up item can completely change your look and alter your mood like a lipstick can. If I'm feeling down, I put on a bright like Revlon Lip Butter in Sorbet and I'm instantly perked up.

It's got to the point now where I'm asking almost complete strangers what they are wearing on their lips, and that my friends, is how I found out about Mac's Lady Danger.

I'd been wanting to dip my toe into the orange end of the lipstick-pool for a while now, but The Fear struck. I'm fine with reds/pinks/dark berry colours, but orange was an unknown quantity which I fretted my olive skin might not suit.

However, I buckled up and headed to the Mac stand, determined to at least try this beautiful orangey-red on for size.

Reader, I bought it.

It is an absolute show-stopper of a lipstick, standing matte and bold amongst my other glosses and high-shine offerings. 

I also got conned persuaded into purchasing a lip liner to pair with it in the colour High Energy and I've actually wore this lip liner on its own softened with some balm and it gives a lovely look.

My favourite way to wear my Lady is as it was intended, bold and full on. I usually line, then apply one coat, blot off excess on a tissue and re-apply a second layer. However, I've also just put a smaller amount of a first layer on and buffed it in with my finger for a more paired-down daytime look.

Go on, be dangerous.

Becs x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Sophisticate

Ah Ms. Tilbury, what a genius you are.

Firstly, I must apologise for the criminal lack of beauty-related posts of late. Me and the blog have been having a bit of a break while I got super-busy planning what was an epic trip to Thailand. However, now I've returned, tanned and missing beach life I decided what better way to cheer myself up than to get back on the blogging bandwagon.

Speaking of bandwagon's... I've been meaning to upload this post since I bought this beautiful quad in March.

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to go to London with work, and one evening I decided to go for a jaunt down Oxford Street. I headed to Selfridges with the intention of merely looking at the Charlotte Tilbury make-up range after hearing all of the praise for it online, but before I knew it I was walking out of the store, purchase in hand.

Ok, ok, who am I kidding?! As soon as I saw even a photograph of The Sophisticate palette I knew it had to be mine. The four matte shades are absolutely perfect for what I was after and I do not regret succumbing to the slightly hefty price-tag. They are super blendable and long lasting, and the colour pay-off is great as you would expect.

I've been wearing the top two shades pretty much every-day since and they provide the perfect hint of colour for me, nothing too much but enough to provide highlight and definition.

I add the two 'smoky' tones for an evening or weekend look, and love the look this gives which can be worn with a bright or nude lip and plenty of mascara/eyeliner.

I'm headed back to London in a few weeks, Selfridges - watch out.

Becs x

Thursday, 22 May 2014


Published by the Press Association
Ray Lamontange - Supernova
A decade on from his debut album Trouble, the 40-year-old American singer-songwriter returns with his fifth album Supernova, complete with a more upbeat and punchy sound. Track She's The One sees the New Hampshire musician's distinctive voice turn into almost a whisper, but somehow it isn't lost amongst the guitar riffs and drum-beat. Other stand-out songs include the title track with its vintage, almost doo-wop feel, while Airwaves has a Latin edge. The singer once said that his tone comes from singing from his gut as opposed to his nose, and this album is definitely another one full of sincere, hopeful and heartfelt offerings.
Becs x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Caustic Love

Published by the Press Association

Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

The wait of almost five years for something new by the Italian-Scotsman has most definitely been worth it.
Nutini takes a step away from his guitar and dances into the soul-funk genre with tracks like album opener and lead single Scream (Funk My Life Up) and Let Me Down Easy which samples Betty LaVette’s 1960s classic Motown track. Another interesting sample is on Iron Sky, featuring snippets from Charlie Chaplin’s famous final speech from The Great Dictator. He does provide more typical Nutiniesque music with tracks like Numpty, and romantic offerings including Better Man and the stripped-back Someone Like You.

Becs x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Saturday Sessions

The Saturday Sessions from the Dermot O'Leary Show
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X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary also introduces upcoming bands in live performances on his BBC Radio 2 show, The Saturday Sessions.
The fourth album from this series features tracks from Keane, the Manic Street Preachers and Primal Scream. Like every good compilation, the album includes a mixture of feel-good tracks such as Biffy Clyro’s version of the Daft Punk hit Get Lucky and more melodic offerings from Ben Howard and Lissie.
Expect a few surprises too; Turin Brakes take a very sinister spin on a Mary Poppins classic.

Becs x

Friday, 4 April 2014

A Perfect Contradiction

Paloma Faith - A Perfect Contradiction.
Published by Press Association

Red-headed songstress Paloma Faith returns with her third album A Perfect Contradiction. She takes a fresh funk-soul vibe, most likely down to the influence collaborator Pharrell Williams had on Can’t Rely On You. Tracks Mouth To Mouth and Impossible Heart are reminiscent of classic disco, but the album also includes some Paloma-style classic sounds, such as Only Love Can Hurt Like This.

Taste My Own Tears is one of the stand-out tracks, featuring a sample of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come. And she tempts Ben Drew’s Plan B back into soul with Other Woman.

Becs x 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday Me

I’ve got a bit of a confession to make. Despite being one of Topshop’s biggest fans (for all of my sins) I’ve never dabbled into their make-up range. It wasn’t that I had heard bad reviews, quite the opposite, I just think I kind of forgot about it. Either that or I’m so busy trying to pay before I spot something else I just *have* to have that I miss it. However, when I read reviews about their Gloss Inks I knew the time had come for my first purchase, and boy am I pleased.

There’s a lot of those products about which aim to provide a high colour stain pay-off and that look of gloss. They smell nice, not particularly sweet or fruity which is a perk. They are slightly sticky, but I don’t think that you can expect to get a long-staying gloss without a little bit of stickiness.

I opted for Sloe Gin (above), a deep pink and Cruel (top)  a deep burgundy red

I went out this weekend for an overdue catch up with my friend, and saw it as the perfect opportunity to wear one of my new favourites. I opted for Sloe Gin as I’d gone for a smoky eye. 

Becs x

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wednesday What

Most people have an everyday make-up look. I don't like to go too wild with mine at work because of two reasons; one it saves that precious 20 minutes extra in bed, and two it means on a weekend/time off I feel more special about my look.

Alas, here are the products which help me get from Monday-Friday without showing too many signs of exhaustion.

 Browzings, Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, Collection concealer,  Revlon Colourburst in Strawberry, Mac Coffee eyeliner, Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish, Mac Studio Fix Fluid (NC37), Nars Laguna, Lancome Hypnose mascara, Nars Torrid blush, Rimmel Stay Matte powder. Real techniques core collection brushes.


I don't always choose to wear eyeliner, be it black or brown but on days when I'm feeling particularly tired (like today) I feel it helps to hide a multitude of sins. I know that Mac foundations have a really bad reputation in the beauty blogging/vlogging world but for me it doesn't dry out my skin and manages to give me enough coverage without looking at all cakey or over done. I'm always nervous about trying new foundations because in my opinion its the main thing that needs to be just right with make-up, everything else can be fixed but if your base isn't good the look is always going to be flawed. I find that NC37 manages to suit my skin when I'm a little more tanned in the summer too, but I have a slightly darker foundation powder that I use to help in these months. 

On my eyes I usually go for a sweep of neutral eyeshadow just to give me a bit of a lift, but here to save even more time I've swiped Laguna and Soft & Gentle across my lids, and then lined with coffee both on the top and waterline. 

I've just gone for a lipgloss that has a hint of coral to bring a bit of sunshine to my day despite there being a look of snow in the sky. 

Becs x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Saturday Splurge

I may or may not have spent a little this weekend... oops.

I went to Newcastle with my best friend and, of course, hit Topshop as our first stop to find a new outfit for the night. I opted for this, and yes - that is the same top I purchased last weekend in grey.. I think i may have a slight obsession with this style. I usually go for dresses on nights out and only own a handful of skirts but wanted to change up my look a little.

I also popped into Space NK, the heaven of all beauty stores. It is everything you want in a shop - all of your favourite brands under one roof, with a calming environment in which to peruse. This element however is what makes venturing into the store a little worrying for your bank balance. Unlike being at a busy MAC counter where you just want to get in and out, Space NK gives you the chance to look and love.

I needed another Nars Laguna bronzer - one of my make-up staples for a number of years for its ability to be free of orange/muddy tones - but also wanted to add another blusher to my collection. I bought Orgasm last summer and have used it countless times since, but because they are so highly pigmented you only needed the lightest of touches, and it still looks brand new. I opted for Torrid, a warm coral colour with the slightest touch of shimmer.

I've promised myself I wont be making any purchases next weekend when I go back to Newcastle...we shall see.

Becs x 

Friday, 31 January 2014

Friday Feeling

As published by Press Association

The Gaslight Anthem - The B-Sides

It's been two years since the punk rockers' last release and, although The B-Sides may not have the amount of new material fans hoped for, it certainly is something to have in your collection. This compilation consists of a mixture of live, acoustic and exclusive studio versions of the New Jersey quartet's most famous tracks including The '59 sound, Boxer and American Slang. What makes this album stand out are their cover versions, most notably of The Rolling Stones's Tumbling Dice as lead singer Brian Fallon's unmistakable husky-rocker voice makes the track his own. The album may offer a slightly more chilled out Anthem, but still anthems nonetheless.


Becs x

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Saturday Style

Oh Topshop.

Why do you have this power over me? One minute I'm walking through town minding my own business, the next I'm at the till punching in my pin number.

I went into town on Saturday to run a few errands and thought I'd nip into Topshop for a browse, I'd spied this top online a few days ago and liked the look of it, the dusty-grey colour is something that won't date and the sheerness of the fabric means it can be worn right up until the mercury finally decides to rise.

I also spotted these 'treggings'  - what will they think of next - and thought I'd "just try them on". Of course I quickly fell in love, they are soft and comfortable but dont have that awkwardness of the top area which is often a conundrum with leggings, thanks to the addition of a button and zip.

It's been a nice weekend, I popped out for a few too many cocktails with my best friend and today nursed my sore head with a movie and copious amounts of crisps.

Becs x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday Secrets

So I kinda realised I hadn't posted any pictures of me, or really said anything about myself yet (apart from my love for make-up/shopping/coffee) and thought that seen as I had resisted splurging this weekend, today's post might be a good opportunity for that.
I've taken inspiration from a verry old blogpost of Zoella's as that was one which popped into my head when I decided to write this. Lets get started, I'm so excited to do this - its so myspace!

Baby Becs!

- Do you have any siblings? Yes, one older sister :)
- What is your height? I think I'm about 5ft 5.. ish
- What do you feel is your greatest achievement? Completing the Great North Run was one of the most challenging things I have ever decided to do both mentally and physically, and I literally burst into tears on the finishing line.
- Do you have any phobias? Yes, spiders, and also getting trapped - I wouldn't necessarily say that its claustrophobia as I could feel the same if i was in a huge building, I just fear not being able to get out of somewhere. 

- Heels or flats? Both, heels for the night and flats for the day. I would love to be one of those women who can pull off daytime heels but I'd feel too overdone.
- Where do you buy most of your clothes from? Hmm, probably Topshop or Zara I'd say
- Favourite make-up brand? This is a toughy, if i had to just use one forever I'd probably say Mac, but I absolutely adore Nars too, ooh and Rimmel - argh too hard!
- Lipstick or mascara? Mascara is a biggy for me, I have such short eye lashes that even on 'no make-up days' I still wear a little mascara

- What is your favourite flower? Tulips, purple are my ultimate favourite
- Savoury or sweet? It really depends on my mood, if I'm in a restaurant I'd rather forgo a starter to have a pudding, but then I prefer to snack on savoury things like crisps
- What is your favourite book? Eat, Pray, Love, every time
- Which season do you like best? I really enjoy Spring and Autumn on crisp sunny days, and I think that fashion often works best in these seasons. I do love summer and the feeling of sun on your back but hate getting too hot and having the wrong outfit on

Oo that was fun, I almost feel 13 again!

 Becs x

Friday, 17 January 2014

Friday Fiction


As published by Press Association

I can guarantee Friday Fiction will not be a weekly post - but I usually review a book every month, so until then - enjoy.

The Impossible Lives Of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer (£14.99, ebook £5.03).

Many people may feel at some points in time that their lives have become impossible – stuck in a rut and unable to see the light of day.
None more so than Greta Wells. Her brother has died following his long battle with Aids and her long-term partner has left her following an affair with a younger woman.
She appeals for help, and her doctor suggests a controversial electroconvulsive therapy.
The results, however, are far more shocking than he or she could ever have imagined, submerging Greta into three eras – 1918, 1941 and 1985 – where she awakes in the same room, on the same street, with the same family members surrounding her.
She realises that what her aunt told her as a child may have just come to life.
“You make a wish, and another world is formed in which that wish comes true, though you may never see it... Perhaps in one of them, all rights are wronged and life is as you wish it. So what happens if you found the door? And what if you had the key? Because everyone knows this: That the impossible happens once to each of us.”
Andrew Sean Greer perfects the tone and you soon forget that it is a male author writing from a female perspective.
The novel takes a beautiful journey through history, allowing us to consider what life may have been like had we been born in a different era – and which one we ultimately would choose.

Becs x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Saturday Sales

...I told you I'd be back!

Yesterday was one of those days when you go shopping and the first store you walk into, you sense that you are going to be spending a lot of money. Often, when you plan these kinds of shopping trips you dont see anything worth spending your pounds and pennies on, so I didn't feel toooo guilty about what I picked up.

I first went into Debenhams where I got my eyebrows waxed back into shape thanks to the maestros at the Benefit counter. I have had the 'Brow Arch' wax numerous times, and believe it is one of the best in-store cosmetic treatments you can recieve. I've never left unhappy with my brows, the girls have always made sure to ask what I'm after before they get their tweezers out and - the main point for me - is that they dont let you leave to spend the next hour or so with a red-inflamed brow. They usually use Boing! concealer to reduce the redness, before completing the brow look by filling them in with the infamous Brow Zings. I've used a brow pencil for many years now, and everytime I get them done at the counter I consider purchasing this set - so yesterday I took the jump. I got it in Dark which I was a little dubious about, but after applying myself this morning can say that I am more than happy with it. It is a simple two-step wax and powder process, with both an angled brush and blending brush included. (Plus, a mini-Benefit for Tweezerman tweezers which I already had from another set, and can highly recommend for their ability at being able to get the shortest and tiniest of hairs).
I also spotted a Lancome sale and just couldn't resist. I dabbled into the Lancome mascara world last year and have never looked back. I have tried the Doll Eyes, Hyponose and Star with the latter being my favourite. They had a duo on sale and although I'm not in need of a new one yet, they were at such a good price point of £32 that I just couldnt resist. Debenhems were also having an offer on if you spent over £35 on Lancome you recieved £10 worth of Beauty Card points so I added a nail varnish also on sale to my basket. While in town I also picked up a jacket from Primark and a jumper from Zara with a beaded-collar detail which I am already in love with.

To outweigh yesterday's spends, today I have relaxed on the sofa with a cup of coffee and Glamour magazine, and then spent this afternoon looking at potential holidays. Ahh, weekends pass far too fast!

I'll be back mid-week with a book review,

Becs x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Resolute resolutions

This is the year.

It is! No, seriously. This is the year I am going to blog. Having thought about it for approximately three years, (in which I have potentially missed the buzz-boat) this is the year that I will contineously update this very blog. Resolution number one.

Number two is nothing new but it is something that I will remain committed to throughout the year and that is looking after my skin. I have always always always taken my make-up off before going to bed, and because of dry patches on my face I've moisturised since I was about 12. However, it wasn't until about two years ago when I reached my twenties that I decided I really needed to up my game in skincare. I'd been using cheap face wipes, a reasonably penny-pinching face scrub/wash and a bargain bucket moisturiser which had served their purpose well, but I thought if I wanted to stand any chance of leaving this decade of my life with my skin half as good as it was entering - then I'd better do something about it.
Alas, I turned to the holy grail of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. My, my what a relevation that was. On my first use I used a make-up wipe before applying the cream cleanser as I didnt want to dirty my muslin cloth and then followed the two-step process - amazed at how much make-up was still remaining on my face. All these years I'd spent thinking that a face-wipe had done the job made me thank my guardian skin-angel that I had not ever suffered a bad-bout of acne. That is the only thing I can think of that must have kept my pores unblocked as the wipes certainly were not!
Soon after I added the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser into the mix, but I found that this was a little too rich for daywear as it didnt mix too well with my foundation. However, it made the perfect night cream with a pot lasting me nearly six months. So the quest was on for a day moisturiser, and thankfully last Christmas I found it in the form of Lancome's Hydra Zen Neurocalm. Using a small amount I found that it was thin enough to not make my make-up feel heavy or greasy, but also thick enough to actually do what it says on the tub - moisturise. I think this year I dabble into the world of serums and face masks, just to give it a little boost every now and again.

And finally, number three is to continue to travel. Last year I was fortunate enough to go to my second home of Newcastle on numerous occasions, Prague, Rhodes, London, Northumberland and Leeds for lots of holidays and weekends away. This year I plan to do more of the same, with my first trip to Newcastle already planned for two weeks time. On my wishlist are - Budapest, Dubai, New York, Marrakech and Vegas. Whether I will go to any of these we shall see.

Until next time (which there most certainly will be, next Sunday. I promise)

Becs x