the bargain body product i can’t live without

The Body Shop body brush review

the morning beauty routine has to be quick & effective. given a choice between an extra 10 minutes sleep or time spent indulging in some self-care i know my bed always wins (& i’m a morning person).

we’ve all heard about the benefits of body brushing but i’ve always stuck to scrubs for the purposes of body-exfoliation (in my opinion burt’s bees sugar scrub is the bee’s knees – yep, i went there). recently though i added the body shop’s round body brush to my life & hand on heart i will never look back.

my new daily regime involves pre-shower body brushing, with firm strokes from the feet up (about 2 minutes), then post-shower i moisturise my legs while they’re still wet (another 2-3 minutes). i suffer from eternally dry skin but i’ve never had smoother pins so i’m thrilled with my new super-quick game-changer! now, can anyone tell me how to get rid of my unsightly large pores?

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p.s. until 9am tomorrow, 31 march, you can get 40% off at the body shop with the discount code ‘14664’ – this body brush would be just £4.80!

up in the air, at the sky garden

View from the Sky Garden, London | The Shard

back in january we found out that one of london’s newest skyscrapers, the walkie talkie (aka 20 fenchurch street), was opening a free sky garden. we immediately booked tickets for mid-march, hoping for clear skies & good views. well, last weekend was pretty cloudy but we were still excited to see london from 35 floors up!

Walkie Talkie building, 20 Fenchurch Street, LondonView from 20 Fenchurch Street, LondonThe Shard from the 'Walkie Talkie', LondonLondon skyline | River Thames & London EyeLondon skyline | St Paul's, River Thames & London Eye from the Sky GardenTower of London and Tower Bridge from Sky Garden, London

stepping out through the bar area & onto the balcony, the immediate views are incredibly impressive: the shard stares you right in the eye & the whole thames lies beneath you, so close you could almost dip your toes in it. we spent a fair amount of time out there watching the traffic crawl across the bridges & the boats chugging up & down the river.

Things to do for free in London | Sky GardenFree Sky Garden, LondonLondon Sky Garden ferns

next we wandered through the 3 levels of the garden itself. it’s pretty but, it must be said, fairly small so if you’re the horticultural type & there for the fauna don’t be too disappointed (‘sky lounge’ or ‘sky bar’ would’ve been more apt but they’re already taken so y’know). i’m a fern fan so it was all good.

London Sky Garden | Things to do in London for FREE!London Sky Garden orchidLondon skyscrapers | Cheesegrater & Gherkin

from the back of the building there’s a fantastic view of the other new addition to london’s skyline, the cheesegrater, & that old classic the gherkin. i do love this place. in any other major city i’ve visited you’d pay crazy amounts for these views. speaking of which, we’ve just booked to go back to italy in september! do you have any tips for rome, naples, the amalfi coast, lecce & the surrounding areas?!

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20 Fenchurch Street, London - the "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper

my 5 favourite lipsticks

The 5 best red lipsticks

it’s a while since i’ve done a beauty post isn’t it?! i’ve not played with anything new for the longest time so instead today i’m sharing my 5 favourite lipsticks, as they’re probably my most-loved beauty products being a) cheap, b) easy, & c) impactful. you’ve gotta love a bright lip.

my default lippies are classic reds kate moss for rimmel lasting finish lipstick in ’01’ & rimmel provocalips in ‘kiss me you fool’, which is not technically a lipstick but allow me this anomaly as it’s bloody brilliant. both are very long-lasting though somehow non-drying & the respective rrp is a more-than-reasonable £5.49 & £6.99, plus rimmel is often 3 for 2 at boots (i.e. now, go!).

my other go-to lipsticks are blue-red mac lipstick ‘ruby woo’ (which makes my teeth look super-white but is so unbearably drying), hot-pink kate moss for rimmel lasting finish lipstick in ’22’ (which i accidentally bought twice, being so drawn to its vibrance), & pinky-red no7 wild volume lipstick in ‘forever cherry’ (devastatingly i think this line has been discontinued). what are your favourite lippies?

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My 5 favourite classic red lip products