SPONSORED: THE FLAWLESS BASE WITH VICHY DERMABLEND

If you couldn't tell by the screamingly obvious title - because I'm a well behaved blogger and disclose things [insert "yo girl, tell people this is sponsored" face emoji here] - this is a sponsored post. Which, if i'm being totally honest, kinda makes me a little sad, and here's why. There is a tendency to assume that sponsored work = a warped opinion, and this is sad because today's post is one that not only am I really passionate about, but it also contains bloody brilliant products that I highly recommend.

So why am I passionate about a makeup post? because you're a superficial twat Well, this post, is based around products that really do produce the most flawless base, which is fantastic. No really, when I'm off to an event, or a meeting (especially with a skincare/beauty brand) and I want my skin to look it's best, it's perfect. However, as I've got older [insert "hysterically crying face" emoji here] I've realised that a part of happiness is about being content. And a part of being content is accepting your imperfections.

So in short, whilst these products are absolutely incredible at covering flaws, embracing them first is far more important.

Empowering Beyonce/Oprah shiz over... here's the low down on Vichy Dermablend.
Vichy dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Left side - no foundation / Right side - with Vichy Dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Vichy dermablend foundation
Starting with the foundation. Typically, my skin - which is generally blemish free but of course decided to have a reaction to a skincare product, hence the mini breakout on my cheeks - has some redness around the nose, pigmentation under my eyes, ridiculously dark circles and bags (which are definitely not Chanel). As you can see from the before and after, Vichy Dermablend foundation has completely evened out my skin tone and covered pretty much every flaw. What I absolutely love about this though is the it still manages to look natural. It has a beautiful texture/finish, matte but luminous and with SPF 35, no parabens and completely hypoallergenic ingredients, it's perfect for those looking for a full coverage foundation or those with acne.
Vichy dermablend concealer
Vichy dermablend concealer
Vichy dermablend concealer
Vichy dermablend concealer
Left side - no concealer / Right eye with Vichy Dermablend concealer
Vichy dermablend concealer
Whilst the foundation is something that I'll save for special occasions, Vichy's Corrector stick certainly is something that I'll use on a daily basis. It has a really creamy texture which is perfect for blending the product in seamlessly. It also means that it covers blemishes perfectly without making the skin look cakey. Because it is so full coverage, it does a fab job at covering under eye darkness although you do have to set it well or it will crease quite badly. Overall, it's by far the best concealer that I've discovered as of yet for blemishes and one that I would very highly recommend.
Vichy dermablend powder
Vichy dermablend powder
Vichy dermablend powder
Vichy dermablend
Vichy dermablend
Vichy dermablend
Finally, to set everything in place we have Vichy's setting powder. An extremely finely milled loose powder that is undetectable on the skin and sets everything into place perfectly. It mattifies without flattening the face (which is important for me as I need all of the definition I can get) and is great for all skin types. Also, this powder, paired with Crown brush Stippling brush is a match made in heaven!

So that brings my flawless base post to an end, I would absolutely love to know what your go-to products are for a flawless base? Any product recommendations for me? Also, because I am well aware that my makeup application is slightly shoddy, check out the Vichy Dermablend advert below to the see products in action :)

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

This post was sponsored by Vichy Dermablend however all opinions, photo's and love for foundation that covers my all black ehhrthing undereye circles, my own.

THE POST LFW PAMPER

pamper routine
Unless you've been hiding underneath a Netflix shaped rock for the past week - if you have been, you are doing life so right - you will no doubt know that last week marked a crazy arse time London Fashion week SS16. Now, I've spoken about my thoughts on fashion week many times before so this post isn't about that - insert "hallelujah"/hands raised emoji here - it's about picking yourself up after LFW (that's London fashion week but we're cool so we can abbreviate, right? Right... ) and giving yourself a huge pamper in the hope that the post LFW flu stays the f**k away.

Because behind the Instagram filters and dreamy street style photography, LFW really can be quite a stressful time, running from show to show and gaining blisters upon blisters upon blisters. (Do I need to say blisters one more time just to emphasise that fact? Blisters...)

So here are my favourite things for pampering myself post fashion week, but of course, these can be used for any pamper session.
pamper routine
Starting with the Basic Bitch option... a good old cuppa in bed. There is nothing in life that a good cuppa can't make better (tell me that when I have 3 posts to write, a video to edit and 300 emails to respond to) so of course, it's the first thing on my pamper menu. But this isn't any old cuppa - or an M&S cuppa - it's made in my new pride and joy, this gorgeous Royal Albert teacup and saucer that I received at an event recently and I am beyond obsessed with it. Not only does it make me feel 10 x classier than I am already - which isn't hard - but it's also an Instagram dream #SorryNotSorry.
pamper routine
pamper routine
Now that you're suitably more chilled and hydrated, it's time to run a bath and zen the sh*t out your mind. My favourite bath product right now is The Body Shop's Spa of the world Egyptian milk and honey bath*. I actually featured the Spa of the world range in my night time routine recently - so feel free to pop over and see it in action there - but it really is stunning. It smells incredible (as does the whole range), and the thing I loved most is that the scent really does fill the entire room (and hallway, and other rooms), it's not overpowering and is totally non-offensive so I really can't imagine anyone disliking this. A gorgeous product!
pamper routine
the body shop spa of the world
Next up from the collection is The Body shop's dead sea salt scrub* which toes the perfect line between being abrasive enough to actually smooth and exfoliate your skin, without taking off half of your skin with it. It smells incredible (as does the whole range) and comes in a huge tub that will no doubt last me a very long time!
Lush The comforter
Lush The comforter
Lastly in my bath product maven is Lush's The Comforter shower gel. Now I have to say, as much as I enjoy this it definitely doesn't replace the Rose Jam shower gel in my eyes, but it's pretty darn lovely. A very sweet, sherberty, candy-esque scent that really lingers nicely on the skin and foams so well. Plus, let's talk about how pretty it is for a moment? Yep, court dismissed...
the body shop spa of the world
the body shop spa of the world
Now, I have to say that I absolutely love the Spa of the world range from the body shop, it's by far my favourite of the lot and if you've been a long time reader, you'll know that that's saying something. But my all time favourite product from the range has to be the Camellia cream*. This cream not only smells like something that should cost all the dollar - think luxurious Jo Malone-esque scents - but it feels so rich and luxurious and without sounding like a pompous twat (because I really couldn't be any less pompous)... expensive. 
boohoo rib co ord lounge wear
boohoo rib co ord lounge wear
boohoo rib co ord lounge wear
Now that you're washed and exfoliated, it's time to get comfy and there is no other ensemble that I'm putting on than my Boohoo rib co-ord. "Are they pyjamas? Can you wear them outside?" (Well, you're probably not saying that but let's just go with it... ) In short, it's a co ord that is ridiculously comfortable and perfect to wear as a loungewear item but it's also somewhat trendy nowadays. You've probably seen it worn all over Instagram with the white and green accent Stan smith trainers which I personally love, but am well aware could be slightly love or hate.
neom tranquility
Comfortable clothes on, it's time for chill time and I am the first to admit that I definitely don't get enough of this. Lighting a candle - Neom's Tranquility* being my absolute favourite at the moment because it's so calming and smells so spa-like (I am all about those spa vibes on a pamper evening) - indulging in some fresh flowers - because they're so pretty, and because... Instagram ;) - and then catching up on some of my favourite TV series and Youtubers is at the very top of my agenda.

On the subject of favourite Youtuber's, my current favourite - and somebody who is so perfect for the chilled, pamper type post - is Meg from Meg Says. Not only is she bloody gorgeous, produces incredible content and is generally just a joy to watch, but she has the most calming voice in existence. Watching Meg makes you feel like you're listening to a friend talk - we've spoken over twitter which means we're 100% friends, right? #LoserSays ;) - and I think is just one of those girl's girl's that you just want to be friends with. I highly recommend checking out her channel if you haven't already!

So that brings my post LFW pamper to an end. I have to say, I actually had quite a nice Fashion week this season but due to all of the technical issues and having to upload a video mid way through, there was still a hella lot of stress... so this routine was so needed.

I would love to know what your favourite pamper products/things are? How do you relax and unwind after a stressful time? I would love to hear your thoughts!

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

LONDON FASHION WEEK DAY 3 - THE TUXEDO DRESS IN THE GOLDEN HOUR

Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Day 3 of London fashion week marked my final day of one of the busiest times of year for me, and I have to say, it was probably my favourite. I started the day by heading to the Georgia Hardinge presentation which was stunning; beautiful white, blush and monochrome tones in such wearable cuts and styles. I then headed to the Apartment to get my nails done by the wonderful Essie team and took an hour to catch up on emails/blog posts/life/basically everything that falls behind whilst you're rushing around between shows...

... and it was absolutely perfect.

I did actually have more shows and presentations to go to but after venturing outside for a Pumpkin spice latte - soz Starbucks and the blogger world but I'm really not a fan [insert "please don't shoot me" emoji here] - and a wander round Soho in the sunshine... I decided that a chilled day was actually what the doctor would've ordered.

After said wander, I caught up with Josie - who has quickly become my LFW/OOTD partner in crime - and we headed off to take some outfit photo's. We discovered an absolute hidden gem in this little alley way that pocketed the most incredible golden hour glow and I loved the outcome of the shots we took. Here's Day 3's Outfit of the day; Tuxedo dresses and pointed slingback loafers!
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
This Tuxedo dress was very kindly sent to me by Little Mistress and as soon as I saw it, it was love at first sight. It's just so incredibly versatile; I paired it with a black tee underneath (because pounding the streets all day with boob-age on display wasn't really on the agenda for me!) but it also looks absolutely stunning - not to mention, sexy - worn alone with a beautiful pair of strappy black heels. 
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
These slingback loafers are the puffa jacket to Bianca from Eastenders - sincere apologies to any non-UK based readers who have no idea who I'm talking about - in short, I wear these all the bloody time as my good friend Becca points out in tonights Youtube vid! I love them, they're chic, comfortable and a fab alternative to heels. Ain't nobody got time for blisters on blisters by day 3 of LFW....
Tuxedo dress fashion blogger
Jo Malone mimosa and cardamom
The perfume of the day - and indeed, the entire week - was my latest addition to the Jo Malone collection, Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom (review coming soon). Such a gorgeous, wearable but also sexy scent that I haven't stopped wearing since I received it.
Shop the look here:


the elle next door Ellie adams
the elle next door Ellie adams
the elle next door Ellie adams
So that brings this post, and my London fashion week outfit diaries, to an end. If you're here for the lifestyle aspects of this blog then I am sincerely apologetic for my outfit spam this week and hope that you enjoyed it anyway. [And you know, even if you didn't, maybe just pretend you did anyway... ;)] And if you are here for the fashion side of things, I hope you enjoyed my completely boring less than adventurous choices... not all of us dye our hair blue and dress like Joseph and the technicolour dream coat for fashion week ;)

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx
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