ESPA | Lookfantastic limited edition beauty box

Hi Cherubs!

Todays beauty post is a real treat especially if you've ever experienced a facial using ESPA products. Total luxury and just total goodness for your skin. Ive always found ESPA products to be gentle but effective on my skin. This limited edition box would be a dream gift for a skincare addict to get a feel for the brand. 
In the box you find 4 full size products and 2 deluxe samples for $95.50 bargain!! Keep on reading to see what products are included.

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Optimal Skin Procleanser | I pulled this cleanser out straight away and added it to my skincare routine. This is suitable for all skin types and its also a 3 in 1 product, cleanse, exfoliate and mask. I would say it has a medium exfoliating texture if you know what I mean? Perfect for daily use, super gentle at buffing away dry skin and old make up. Smells exactly like Emma Hardie's cleansing balm which is gorgeous!

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Optimal Skin Promoisturiser | The packaging is to die for on the moisturisers, they have a marblesque lid and overall minimal luxe feel. Again this is suitable for all skin types. The consistency is very lightweight almost gel like and absorbs very quickly into the skin, fresh airy scent perfect for daily use.

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Optimal Skin Proserum | Hands up of you're a serum addict?? This serum is quite intriguing as one of the illuminating ingredients is turmeric and I don't think I've ever used a product with turmeric in before. Bottle is extremely luxurious and I can not wait to give this serum a go, maybe I'll do a full review once I've used it for a few weeks. If you've used this before let me know how you've got on.

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Overnight Hydration Therapy | The formula is rich and creamy and it smells like a lavender dream. Lavender is my fave scent and this one is great, not too overpowering but enough to gently relax you and your skin before bed. Promises to restore soft, supple glowing skin by morning.

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Pink Hair And Scalp Mud | This deluxe sample was a lovely surprise as I didn't know ESPA did anything like this. I love using hair masks and can not wait to try out this pink mud mask. I always apply my masks to damp hair 20 mins before I shower to optimize results and this is how I plan to use this product.

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Fitness Body Oil | I love the sound of this soothing fitness oil! Enriched with lavender, sweet almond oil and clove to relax and sooth tired muscles. This is going straight in my gym bag! They also offer a Fitness Bath Oil which sounds dreamy!

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I did mention at the beginning of this post that this beauty box is a bargain for $95.50 and it really is! The serum alone is $90 so if you want to explore ESPA snap up this limited edition box here before they're gone.

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Love Sarah

Summer ootd | stripe skirts and cotton knits

Hi Cherubs!

I hope you all had a lovely long weekend! We ended up going to the beach on Saturday and then on the Sunday we made our way to San Francisco where we took these pics. It was such a gorgeous day, our shoot location was extremely dreamy at the De Young museum located in Golden Gate park. We then headed to Castro which is one of my fave neighborhoods in SF for some lunch. Highly recommend Le Marais bakery for tasty treats!

On to the outfit. I ordered this skirt on a whim and was totally prepared to not love it and send it back however I instantly fell in love, its such an easy piece to wear and very flattering. I ordered it in a size large because I always find Zara sizes a little on the small size but this was actually big around my waist but I'm keeping it anyways. I teamed it with an old cropped cotton knit from Whistles which is a great spring layer and my new tan sandals. The sandals are not Saint Laurent but a very affordable dupe from Zara... I'm still thinking about designer though!

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Top - Whistles (old)
Skirt - Zara
Sandals - Zara
Bag - Chloe

Catch up on my previous post here

Love Sarah

Perfect summer smock dress for under $40

Hi Cherubs

I'm not really the biggest h&m fan because every time I go in I never find anything, but I always notice some of my favorite bloggers wearing amazing pieces and I'm like hello! Where did you find it though? To be honest this dress in particular was on a mannequin but I still had to hunt around the store to find it. FYI I used to be a visual merchandiser so stores that are hard to navigate annoy me 🙅

Anyway onto the best h&m summer dress find for under $40!

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I went up a couple of sizes in this dress because that was the smallest size they had and I just couldn't leave the store without it. But because its a smock style it works and I actually prefer the longer length on me. Its super flattering as it hides any postpartum problem areas like my stomach and my big boobs, seriously the busy print shrinks my chest area. Its a winner!

Guys have you noticed that I'm getting out of my comfort zone and scouting out locations for my blog shoots? Its something I've battled with for some time and I definitely feel like its held me back in progressing my blog because I struggle with confidence in taking pictures when people are around. I was talking to one of my friends about it who is an amazing influencer and journalist with a big following and she feels the same about it but just gets on with it. So this is me just getting on with it but dying inside shh!

See my previous post here

Dress - h&m
Sandals - Birkenstock

Love Sarah

Lookfantastic beauty box | May 2018 edition

Hi Cherubs 

You know what time it is! Lets have a look into this months edition of the Lookfantastic beauty box. Loving the bright colour of this box, its giving me all the summer vibes and the contents is on point as usual. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me talk through the box on my instastories, make sure you follow me to catch a glimpse into the next box next month.

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THISWORKS - In transit camera closeup | Never tried anything from thisworks before but I desperately want to get my hands on their pillow spray. Anyways... this is a multi use product, a mask, moisturiser and a primer in one which promises to erase signs of fatigue! I have a 6 month old baby so this product is really speaking to me!

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Avant - RNA Serum | Here we have an anti ageing serum which helps rid skin of brown spots, sagging skin and wrinkles. To use just apply a few drops and press into skin with the palms of your hands after cleansing and wait till the serum is fully absorbed before applying moisturiser. This is another new brand for me, has anyone tried this serum before? I would love to hear your thoughts?

Discover Avant here

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Skinrepublic - Bubble purifying + charcoal sheet mask | Now this sounds interesting! To activate the bubbles you have to rub the sachet and then open it and place on your face for 15 mins. I'm a big fan of charcoal in skincare because its amazing at detoxing your face and leaving you with unclogged pores. Is anyone else addicted to sheet masks or just me?

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Sleek Makeup - Face contour kit medium | This is a powder contour kit which I much prefer to the cream versions as I find it easier to work with. The colour looks pretty good at first glance, not too warm and not too grey either.

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Eyeko - Eye do liquid eyeliner | Eyeko do my favorite eyeliners, they're easy to use, great quality and last. So as you can imagine I'm pretty happy about adding this waterproof version to my make up kit. It has a precision tip so even a novice can achieve a flawless cat eye.

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Spotlight - Teeth whitening strips | Totally new to teeth whitening strips but I know a fair few big bloggers swear by them. You get 4 days worth to try out and they suggest leaving the strips on for 1 hour and not eating or drinking dark colored foods for the first few days after using the product. (tea, coffee and wine etc)

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Fancy signing up for your own box? You can do that here

Catch up on last weeks post here

Love Sarah

Polka dot wrap dress

Hi Cherubs!

Happy Wednesday! I finally have some polka dots in my wardrobe and now I'm obsessed. Its a trend that I've loved from the start but still a little late to the party. I actually bought this dress as an option for a recent wedding I attended but I thought it was too casual and a little short for the occasion. Having said that its a perfect summer dress, its a faux wrap which is great because it means no accidental flashing in the summer breeze. What do you think?

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Did I mention that this is on sale? Its $56, its super flattering and I love it!

Dress - ASOS
Shoes - Vince

See previous post here

Love Sarah 

What I wore to a spring wedding in California

Hi Cherubs!

I was hoping to get the post up last week but I have a 5 month old baby who has a very loose nap schedule, so loose in fact that she doesn't seem to nap at all unless I'm pushing her in the stroller for a few hours. Anyway, I went to a wedding. My first and last of this year and my first ever wedding in California. It was a lovely sunny day but it was pretty optimistic of us to think we would be able to have a stress free time with a baby when her bed time was fast approaching. Safe to say it was horrific, I took my screaming teething baby into a quiet room away from all the guests in an effort to sooth her with zero success. So we left the wedding, before the food, before the wine and before the speeches. As soon as we were in the car Mina fell asleep and didn't wake up again till 6:30am the next morning 😂

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I absolutely adore this dress, its very flattering and fits my *ahem* engorged chest in whilst fitting my waist too. Gutted I was only able to wear it for a few hours but its going to be perfect for summer I'm just hoping it still fits me when I stop breastfeeding. 

Shoes - Valentino (old)
Bag - Reiss (old)

Catch up on my previous post here

Love Sarah

Lookfantastic Beauty Box | April 2018 Edition

Hi Cherubs!

Happy Monday! I have the April edition of the monthly beauty box from lookfantastic and oh my it's a bloody good box! There are so many of my favorite brands in this box including some products I've been dying to try out including the infamous GLAMGLOW mud mask. Full run down of products below so keep on reading huns!

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Dr. Botanicals - Vegan Bergamont & Poppy Seed Soap | I am pretty excited about this soap, it smells divine and feels like a super luxe product. I don't think I've ever used a poppy seed exfoliant before so I am pretty intrigued to see how this measures up to my current products. I would love to hear your thoughts on this brand.

Explore Dr. Botanicals here

Nuxe - Crème Fraîche de Beauté | Nuxe is one of my fail safe brands, I just trust the products to be kind on my skin and work. This moisturizes and protects skin for up to 48 hours with its soothing ingredients including Vegetable Milks and Algae Extract. Sounds delicious. Perfect for morning and nighttime skincare routine.

Explore Nuxe here

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Emma Hardie - Moringa Cleansins Balm | I have heard so many good things about this cleansing balm from other beauty bloggers so when I came across this sample in the box I did a little happy dance! Balms are great for melting away make up and hydrating skin. I'm hoping this measures up to my fave balm by Pixi.

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Nip + Fab - Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads | I have used these cleansing pads on and off for a few years and I love them, its a product that I will always repurchase because they suit my skin. Apply to cleansed skin to reveal a brighter and tighter complexion and always use an SPF!

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GLAMGLOW - SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment | I have always wanted to try a GLAMGLOW mask, there is such a big hype around this brand but also a big price tag. Again this is why I love beauty boxes because you can try luxe products without investing so if it doesn't suit your skin or you just absolutely dislike the product, no harm done! This mask is great for problem skin and blemishes just apply a thin layer and leave on for 20 mins.

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PÜR - Fully Charged Mascara | Hands up if you are constantly trying out new mascaras in the hopes of finding the one? Me me me! This mini mascara promises to add volume, lift and definition to lashes for a dramatic look. Would love to hear your thoughts on this one and also your favorite mascaras!

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Love Sarah

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