worth the hype? glossier wowder review

glossier wowder review
Now that Glossier has launched in the UK, I've been getting a few questions about what products I recommend. One thing that immediately comes to mind is the new Glossier powder--what they call "wowder".

The pros:

I use the Glossier Wowder every day that I wear makeup. Why? Because it sets the concealer on my birthmark better than any powder I have ever used. I was seriously "wowed" when I checked my concealer several hours after applying and it still looked as good as new. I have never had such a good result with any other powder. Because of how well it performs, I will keep using it.

It also doesn't look very powdery on the skin, which is a bonus. It sets down makeup without accentuating dryness. It definitely gives a blurred effect to the skin and takes down unwanted shine.

The cons:

The lightest shade available is Light-Medium, which I am sad to say is too dark for the palest among us. I have to make sure only to put a tiny amount of product on my powder brush (and tap off excess) before applying to my birthmark or it looks too orange. I can't really use this product on the rest of my face because it imparts a dark, orange-y tone to the skin. The reason I can use a little bit on my birthmark is because the orange tone actually colour corrects the red birthmark and therefore doesn't look as strange as it does on the rest of my face.
glossier wowder review

The upshot:

I will continue to use this because of the legendary staying power on my birthmark. If they come out with a wider shade range to accommodate more skin tones, I might just lose my mind with happiness!  I genuinely think that based on its performance, it is worth the hype, but only if your skin tone is catered for in their shade range.

Have you tried the Glossier Wowder? What are your thoughts?

an oil that knocks back redness: aesop fabulous face oil

Aesop fabulous face oil review
Given my dehydrated skin and my rosacea, I am constantly on the lookout for products that will hydrate and sooth, as well as give a serious kick to the background redness on my cheeks.

I have been using the Aesop Fabulous Face Oil for about two years now, and I have to say, it does all of the above. It's a fabulous choice if you want to reduce redness. The first time I used it, I applied a couple drops of it all over my face before bed. When I woke up the next morning, the redness in my cheeks had been almost completely erased. It was amazing. 

I want to stress that this works best on redness that is not caused by rosacea. Rosacea needs prescription treatments to address the underlying issue causing the redness and breakouts. That having been said, this does make a difference to the redness on my cheeks. I think that if you don't suffer from rosacea, but just from generalised, unwanted redness, then this could be a great option for you.
Aesop fabulous face oil review

I would point out that in terms of application, this works just as well when added in to the routine 2 times per week as it does when used every night. 

One thing to bear in mind is that this oil does have a fairly strong smell of Ylang-Ylang (I personally love that smell so it doesn't bother me). It doesn't have any added fragrance--it's just the fragrance of the natural ingredients. The smell does fade after about 10-15 minutes, however!

What are your favourite face oils?

worth the hype? glossier perfecting skin tint & stretch concealer

glossier perfection skin tint glossier stretch concealer review
One of the most-hyped brands at the moment is Glossier. I have to admit, I was totally drawn in by the hype and have tried almost all of their products. One of my all-time favourites is the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint.

If you want serious, full-coverage foundation, this is not the product for you. It doesn't offer much coverage; rather, it blurs and evens the skin tone whilst imparting a serious level of glow. I don't think this would work as well on ladies with oily skin, as it leaves a serious dewy sheen on the skin.

There's this perception that Glossier is only for girls who already have perfect skin. As someone with rosacea and a red birthmark, I am here to say that isn't true! I love the effect that the combination of the Skin Tint and the Stretch Concealer give my skin. It's kind of the ultimate no-makeup makeup.

glossier perfecting skin tint glossier stretch concealer review

Would I wear this duo on my worst skin day ever when I have a wide-spread breakout? Probably not. But if you've ever suffered with dry, textured skin, like I have, then you'll know the benefits of having a base product that doesn't highlight that dryness and texture. So when my skin is feeling generally dry and stressed, I always turn to the Glossier Skin Tint because I know it will hydrate and blur as well as even out the skin tone, without catching on my dry patches or settling into my pores.

I find the Glossier Stretch Concealer works best when it's applied on top of the Perfecting Skin Tint. I don't love the way it performs on top of other base products, as it becomes sort of dry and powdery. But on top of the Skin Tint, it adds a lovely layer of coverage. Does it knock out my redness completely? No, not by a long shot. But does it even the skin tone and provide natural-looking coverage? Hells yes.

The upshot:

The Perfecting Skin Tint is a yes from me and I will definitely repurchase. I like the Stretch Concealer, but only on top of the Skin Tint. I will experiment with how other concealers perform on the Skin Tint and report back!

Have you tried these products? What are your thoughts?

new-in beauty wish list

If you're a beauty and skincare addict like me, you'll be very familiar with the allure of the new beauty launch. I've narrowed down some of the new product launches for you in case you fancy a bit of shopping....

First up, this Clinique pep-start pout restoring night mask. As someone with permanently dry and flaky lips, I am always on the lookout for overnight lip masks that work. Hopefully this one lives up to its name...!

Next up we've got the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick. I have to admit, these don't look practical. But the packaging. My goodness, that packaging. It's just lovely.

If you know me, you'll know that I am a bit of a Tom Ford lipstick addict. The Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection has been out for ages, and the brand has finally released Tom Ford Lips and Girls. The packaging is so chic, and the lipsticks themselves are "clutch-sized", meaning that they're kind of mini. I love anything mini. Also, the Tom Ford lipstick formulas are genuinely incredible. So, so pigmented and long-wearing with gorgeous wearable colours.

I saw Fleur de Force talking about Fenty Beauty in a video, and she raved about the Fenty highlighter duo. She also used it as an eyeshadow, and it gave the most gorgeous gleam to the lids without chunky glitter particles. I am also dying to try the Fenty Beauty concealer as a matte highlighter on the high points of the face.

Lastly, the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour looks like a slightly more hardy, and a bit more glossy, version of the Glossier Generation G lipstick. I love that natural, berry-stained lip look. The shade Cranberry is calling to me!

What new beauty releases are you excited about?

fall asos wishlist

Fall is definitely my favourite time of year! It is one of the seasons that shows off Scotland's countryside the best. Today we are actually going on a big bike ride through that very countryside to enjoy some of the foliage.

Fall is also my favourite season to dress for. Sweaters! Layers! Ankle boots! Vampy lipsticks! One of my favourite places to shop is Asos. If you read my how to move from the city to the country post, you'll see that Asos is my main source of new clothes. The free shipping, the easy returns, the reliable customer service...it's great (note--this is not sponsored! As with everything on my blog, I only recommend it if I genuinely love and use it!).

Anyway, here are my favourite Asos picks for this seasons. If you love cozy cashmere, read on....

Dresses & Jumpsuits

I am all about that jumpsuit life. They're pretty much perfect for any A/W occasion. And if you know me, you know I am all about that Little House on the Prairie style, so I had to include some frocks for your perusal. Also I am LIVING for this polka-dot print tea dress.


I personally love Asos own-brand jeans. They're pretty affordable as far as denim is concerned and they're very durable. I have a pair of Asos black cigarette jeans that work with literally everything. I am also loving the raw-hem finish and the straighter-leg style. Perfect for pairing with a big, floppy cable knit. Also, am I the only one who thinks that white jeans in A/W are actually super chic?


Cashmere...oh, how do I love thee! If you're looking for an investment jumper that will last you for many autumn/winters to come (or, if you live in Scotland, for a year-round piece!), I highly recommend these pieces from Asos that come in at under £100. I think the white v-neck would look so pretty paired with a delicate gold necklace. The red mock-neck is such a fun way to introduce a bit of colour into your wardrobe with a really chic shade.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this little curated look at what Asos has to offer this autumn. What are your favourite autumn wardrobe pieces?

how to move from the city to the country

beautiful Scotland countryside village life
I was raised just outside of Washington, DC. And when I graduated college, I moved to the city itself and lived there for a few years. Needless to say, the move from capitol city to tiny Scottish fishing village was a big change. But it was a change I was ready for, and something I had been wanting for a very long time.

Even though I was raised in the city, I am a country girl at heart. I love being surrounded by farms and sheep and cattle. I am just blissful where I live--and I am incredibly grateful for it.

But I'd be lying if I said there weren't a few things that I miss. Here are my tips on relocating from city to countryside:

Shop local

Even though I definitely miss the multitude of great food options in cities, my husband and I definitely cook a lot more than we would do if we lived in a metropolis. Well, I should admit that my husband does 100% of cooking! Anyway, one benefit of living in a village rather than a city is the ability to buy food that was produced and grown locally. Instead of doing one big shop at only one supermarket, like we did in the city, we go to the several little shops in our village to buy fruit & veg, meat, bread, etc. I love knowing that the strawberries I am eating come from the farm just up the road.
beautiful Scotland countryside village life

Shop online

If you're a beauty and fashion addict like myself, you might find yourself a little bit lost when it comes to your shopping habit. This has proved to actually be a very good thing for me--I focus less on accumulating material goods and more on being grateful for what I already have. I also now tend to prefer buying investment pieces that will last for years and that are less trend-based and more timeless.

Being more than an hour away from shopping centres, you tend to rely more on online retailers. And you come to learn pretty quickly which ones have free shipping and good customer service. Asos is an awesome online shopping destination. I've bought everything from wedding guest dresses to  bridesmaids dresses to everyday basics. The returns process is so darn easy that it's not difficult to order multiple sizes and find something that suits you.

beautiful Scotland countryside village life

Fight isolation

Living in a rural area can be a little isolating if you don't try to become part of the community. This may sound obvious, but little things like chatting with your neighbours and making conversation with shopkeepers can really help with loneliness. And we've been lucky enough that those little conversations have turned into friendships. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there.

beautiful Scotland countryside village life

Take advantage of the beautiful scenery

Before I lived in the country, I definitely was not a "fitness person". But since moving out here, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful country paths and take up running. My dad's a runner, so I had a great source of fitness inspiration! I am not an amazing runner by any means, but by taking the time a few days a week to explore the area and challenge my body has been invaluable. Going for a run always helps me cultivate a sense of gratitude for where I am lucky enough to live. There's also something really healing about being outdoors.

Don't be alarmed when everyone says "hello"

I distinctly remember walking along the high street of our village with my husband one day not long after moving here. Several people said "hello" to us and my husband cheerily replied in kind. When we had a moment alone, I said, alarmed, "do you know them???". My husband said "nope". Apparently that's the way things work over here! Living in the city, no one even smiles at anyone else...let alone says hello to anyone you don't know! Anyway, I certainly love how kind and welcoming everyone in our village is.
beautiful Scotland countryside village life

marie & me: a messy girl's experience with spark joy

flatlay of spark joy Marie Kondo

objects that spark joy matchbox from Germany Christmas decoration

objects that spark joy matchbox from Germany Christmas decoration Russian doll
I have always been a messy person. Leaving clothes in piles on the floor is like second nature to me. And for a long time, this never bothered me. I was happy to have incredibly disorganised drawers and  closets and to wallow in my floordrobe.

But then something inside me changed, and I could no longer live such a messy life. I craved organisation and a more minimal approach to "stuff". I was tired of having drawers overflowing with stuff I didn't need. I just wanted to be able to find my passport, you know? So I picked up Spark Joy, the illustrated (and generally prettier) version of the best-selling The Life Changing Magic of Tidying.

Marie Kondo's approach is based around the theory of whether your possessions "spark joy" for you. If they don't spark joy, then you don't need them and should discard or donate them. I want to point out that I am incredibly grateful that I am fortunate enough to have more stuff than I need. Not everyone's life is so comfortable and I acknowledge that. As a result, I tried to donate everything I no longer needed that was fit for human use. I tried to throw out as little as possible to reduce waste and to pay it forward. The pictures in this post show some of the things I have picked up on my travels that made the cut and definitely spark joy.

After about a month of using the Kon-Mari method, which advises tidying by category rather than by room, I can honestly say it's made a huge difference. Her clothes folding method alone has freed up an enormous amount of space! And it's so much easier to clean the house once the big job of tidying is done.

She also points out that tidying your house allows you to think about tidying other aspects of your life. What else in your life doesn't spark joy? What does spark joy? Thinking through those questions really helps to prioritise where you should focus your time and emotional energy.

Have you guys read any of Marie Kondo's books? Did you find them to be helpful? What are your tips for keeping on top of a messy house? Sound off in the comments below.