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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - Why I keep going back?

Hi Lovelies,

I have tried quite a few different cleansers over the years, drugstore, high-end you name it. However I always seem to find my way back Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish.  It's a favourite of mine.  I use it to once in the morning to leave my skin fresh and soft and twice at night - the first time to remove my makeup and get rid of my panda eyes and the second time for a deeper cleanse to get rid of all that excess grime on my face.   

It leaves your skin feeling clean and soft but doesn't dry it out and make you feel the need to moisturise instantly. If you have sensitive skin and struggle finding a cleanser that doesn't irritate your skin then I would give this one a go.  The smell is also lovely, when you are finished it smells like you have had a trip to the spa.  

Whenever I steer away from this product I always come crawling back with the thought of staying faithful this time because it honestly does do the most amazing job.  If you buy the Cleanse and Polish set you get 100 ml of cleanser and 2 muslin cloths for £15.50.  The muslin cloths are fantastic, they gently exfoliate at the skin but aren't too rough.  It's definitely worth buying the set which includes the cloths as it works out cheaper than buying all the items separately.   Another bonus is the product seems to last quite a long time, it's usually at least a month before I'm back in Boots buying another bottle which I don't think is bad at all.  

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite skin care products at the moment or if you love Cleanse and Polish too.  I might do a post soon on my current skin care routine if that's something you guys would be interested in?  

Rach x 


Friday, 23 February 2018


If I had all the money in the world I would spend my days travelling to all the most magical places the world has to offer.  I've  been lucky enough to go some amazing places over the last couple of years but there are still so many places that I can't wait to see.  I am that person that spends every last penny for a trip away and is scraping at the edges of my annual leave. I thought I'd share with you guys today my current travel wish list that I can't wait to tick off  next.   


Ahh, how picture perfect is this place?  Guys, imagine the photos, it's getting me excited just thinking about it. White wash buildings, sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets.  I have been to quite a few Greek islands and they never disappoint.  There is always amazing food and the loveliest people.  


I think Paris is somewhere that the majority of people would like to visit at some point.  I went to Disneyland Paris about 10 years ago on a family holiday but I haven't seen any of the actual city.   It seems crazy because you can just hop on the euro star from London and go for the day and it doesn't take long at all. It really is that easy, I think I am going to try and make the trip sometime soon and see all the iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower that Paris is home to. 


My sister went to Iceland with her friends at the beginning of last year and I have been wanting to go ever since.  I would go in the colder months as I would rather see the sights and I am not that into hiking but if it is your thing I have heard that Iceland is perfect for long walks in the spring/summer months.   There is so much to see and do in Iceland like the Blue Lagoon, whale watching and of course the Northern Lights if you are lucky enough to catch them.   


Budapest was never even on my radar until last year, I didn't really know anyone that had been or what there was to do there. Then before I knew it 2017 was the year everybody I know had just come back or was planning a trip.  I didn't know anyone that had a bad thing to say about Budapest.  The main attraction for me is the public spas. I know, at first I also thought that sounded gross but after reassurance from friends and some Instagram studying I can assure you that their spas are not the same as the showers and public swimming pools we have here.  They are kept immaculately clean and apparently they are must do!


The next destination that I have been day dreaming about recently is Venice.  It is one of the most romantic cities in the world and looks breathtaking.  I have just got back from Rome and I already can't wait to visit the rest of Italy and get back to eating the most delicious food I have ever tasted. 

So, that's my current top 5 destinations that I can't seem to keep out of my brain at the moment.  Let me know the places that you are eager to visit in the comments below?  

Love Rach x 

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Hi Lovelies!  

Today I thought I'd let you guys take a sneak inside by makeup bag and tell you all about the products I have been obsessing about recently.

I know, I know I am extremely late to the party on this and I finally understand what all the hype was about.  I was lucky enough to be gifted this gorj palette for Christmas and I haven't managed to put it down since. It is the perfect staple palette that you can create so many looks with from day to night.  I took it to my recent trip to Rome (blog post here if ya'll missed it) and I used it every day.  The shadows are super pigmented and blend like a dream.  Not to mention the packaging huh? I'm such a suck for pretty packaging - hands up if you are with me!  

I am in love with this primer.  I am someone that can suffer from very dehydrated skin *mental note to self to drink more water*. I feel like this primer gives me that extra boost after applying my moisturiser. As soon as you pop this on it instantly feels cooling and refreshing.   My make up glides on over the top and I've been noticing such a difference when I miss this step. 

I have tried a lot of different foundations over the years and have always chopped and changed what I have used day to day without much hesitation but before I went on holiday last year I wanted to find the perfect foundation that would stay put no matter what without going patchy and sliding off half way through the day.  The YSL touche eclat is now my favourite base - hands down!  It has the most silky smooth formula and buffs perfectly on to the skin.  As my skin is dehydrated, this foundation gives it that shine an boost of radiance that is so desperately needed.  So if you have oily skin this might not be the best pick for you as it is very dewy.


I think the whole blogging/youtube community, the world and his wife have used this mascara. It's an oldie but a goodie and that's why I can't help myself to keep going back.   It lengthens and curls your lashes and adds so much volume!  Be careful though, I think if you build it up too much it can being to look clumpy. 


I am completely head over heels in love with this lipstick.  It is the perfect pinky nude 'my lips but better colour'. It feels so moisturising when you first apply to the lips and has a lovely creamy texture. Charlotte Tilbury market this lipstick in their Matte Revolution range but if you want a matte lippy this is not one I would a recommend. I personally do not think that this is a Matte lipstick.  It will need topping up a few times throughout the day but I think if you use it paired with the Pillow Talk Lip Cheat  it lasts much longer.

I hope you guys have enjoyed having a peek into my current makeup bag!  Let me know what your current favourites are in the comments below!

Love Rach x
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

When in Rome

Hi Guys! Me and Chris have just got back from our trip to Rome! We had the best four days exploring the City and stuffing our faces with as much pizza, pasta and gelato as we possibly could.  Mmmmmm the gelato was so tasty - I'm missing it already!

We traveled from London Stansted to Rome Ciampino which was just under 2.5 hours.  We had an 8.45 am flight and was in Rome by 11:30 am.  We was greeted by our driver at the airport who we booked through the hotel and the journey was only 45 minutes to the hotel which was in the city center so by lunch time we was all checked in and excited to start looking around.   

The first stop on the list was the Tevi Fountain.  This is one of the most iconic places to visit in Rome and definitely one I wanted to tick off my bucket list.  The Fountain was beautiful and I was so impressed with the attention to detail.  Although it is very busy packed with excited tourists ready to make their three wishes for a return trip some day it was great, not only because it was breathtaking to see but because it is one of the few landmarks that is completely free and there's no need to purchase any tickets.   

For our first evening in Rome I was determined to visit That's A'more.  I had heard so many good things about this restaurant and looked them up on Trip Adviser beforehand and O M G, it did not disappoint! It's just a five minute walk from the Trevi Fountain. The food was delicious, the staff were so friendly.  I see some reviews online saying that the restaurant was too small but I would describe it as perfect.  It was a cosy and a truly authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome. I tried to book a table on The Fork App that morning but all the tables were obviously fully booked but we took a chance and thought we would walk there and see if they had any tables available.  When we arrived there was a queue of 3 of 4 couples in front of us and we only had to wait about 20 minutes. I had bruschetta to start and a sausage and broccoli pizza for main and Chris had a prosciutto platter to start and a pork pasta dish for main.   

The next day was our first full day in Rome and we decided to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  We booked a guided tour on the Trip Adviser app through a company called Viator. Our tour guide herself was from Rome and had so much knowledge about Rome and it's landmarks to share with us.  If you only had one day in the city, the Colosseum is what I recommend you see.  It is truly remarkable!   

On our last day we went to Vatican City (aka where the pope live) - we bought skip the line tickets online and met the ticket company across the road from the entrance who kindly took us to the front of the queue.  Vatican City is its own country itself within Rome and is it is a holy place of worship a strict dress code is adhered to. You can't show any bare shoulders or legs and dresses should be below the knee As we visited in January this wasn't too much of an issue for us but if you are planning a trip in the warmer months then it's something to be mindful of. 

I wasn't sure what to expect from Rome in January.  I knew the weather wouldn't be amazing (although it was obviously much nicer than the weather at home in the UK) but it was a great time to visit.  The crowds weren't too busy and the lines were no where near as long as they would of been in the peak season.   I personally couldn't think of any worse than standing in line for hours in the blazing hot sun!

I hope you guys fount this post helpful - where are you off to in 2018? 

Rach x 
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