L'Escala Travel Guide


  Last month my boyfriend and I travelled to L'Escala in Spain for a week in the sunshine. This was a place my boyfriend used to go every summer with his family, but for me it was my first time. I have never been to Spain before and I was so excited to experience the food, culture and beautiful surroundings. Upon coming back from my trip I thought it would be a good idea to compile a travel guide, since L'Escala is a popular tourist destination with many beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants and fun activities.


My Summer Makeup Routine


 So over the past few weeks England has been experiencing a freak heat-wave and most of us Brits are losing our minds over it. The smell of barbecues is constantly in the air, everyone has a mini water park in their back garden and I am pretty sure that everyones blood stream is now made up of 99% gin and tonic... Although the weather has been great, the sticky humid heat is doing nothing for my complexion and I've spent the last few weeks wearing little to no makeup at all. On the off chance that I do wear makeup, at the end of the day when I look in the mirror I seem to resemble an oil painting. Unfortunately, I do sometimes have to wear makeup so that I look alive when I leave the house, so I have switched up my usual makeup routine to something much more minimalistic to avoid the sweaty upper lip! So today I am going to share with you the products that I have been loving at the minute, that give me a healthy glow but also don't clog my pores up when it's hot. All products listed are linked with the cheapest price I could find!


Since it is so hot I have been straying away from using foundation and just concentrating on a glowy primer and powder to keep my skin from getting oily throughout the day. I find that if I wear foundation when it is hot outside, my skin ends up looking way more shiny and I end up getting more breakouts.
I always start my base off with a SPF, because it helps protect the skin from UV, whilst also slowing down ageing and pigmentation. I use the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Airsoft SPF 30, as I have sensitive skin and using generic body suncream breaks me out. This SPF is made just for the face and helps to protect my skin without clogging up my pores.
On top of my SPF, I then use my Mac Strobe Cream to give my skin some hydration whilst adding a glowy, radiant base. This acts as a second moisturiser and really does leave my skin feeling so soft.
On top of this, I add my new favourite staple product, the L'Oreal Bonjour Sunshine Tanned Skin Embellisher. This is a tinted moisturiser that gives your skin a healthy looking tan and gives a small amount of coverage to cover any blemishes or pigmentation. If you are someone that is looking for something high coverage, you could follow up with a foundation after this product!
After these two cream products, I like to place my Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in shade medium golden on the areas where I tend to sweat the most, this mainly includes my T-zone, but also under my eyes. This is a tinted powder and I actually buy this in a darker shade to give me more of a tanned look and I prefer this to a translucent powder.
To give the illusion that I actually have cheekbones (not all of us are blessed with Angelia Jolie's great bone structure), I use my Hoola Quickie Contour Stick on my cheekbones, nose, forehead and jaw line, to give a more structured shape and to make it look as if I have a natural sun-kissed glow. I prefer using this in the summer time to my beloved Hoola Powder, because it sits nicely on top of the cream base products and isn't as pigmented as the powder. It's super easy to blend in and takes two minutes to apply.
Although my sweat usually gives me some sort of a glow, I do like to finish my base off with my L'Oreal Glow Mon Amour Liquid Highlighter. I place this on the tops of my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow and it just gives such a natural glow that really catches the sunlight. It's very similar to the Iconic Drops but half the price!


I generally don't wear any eyeshadow during the day as I can never be bothered to apply it, but if I am going out somewhere a bit more fancy I tend to just sweep my Hoola powder over my eyelids. However recently I have just been curling my lashes and putting Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara to give me long looking, full lashes. It also creates a much more natural look, and with the minimal face base, eyeshadow would look strange in my opinion!
For my eyebrows, I just use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery Gel, to give my brows a more defined, bushier look. If I am going out on the evenings I will shape my brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade, but during the day I prefer a more natural look.


When it's hotter my lips get very dry, so I like to keep my lip products to a minimum and avoid wearing lipstick that could dry them out. I tend to just use a lip butter or moisturiser, my favourite at the minute is Body Shops Mango Lip Butter, that smells good enough to eat! (I don't recommend that though) This gives my lips a little tint of a peachy pink colour, whilst keeping them moisturised throughout the day.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my updated summer makeup routine! Please feel free to like, comment and share and follow me on my Bloglovin!

Lou Katherine x


My Favourite Products For Spot Prone Skin


If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will know about my struggles with adult hormonal acne - you can read my blog post on my struggle with acne here. Acne and spots can be such a personal struggle and it can really knock your self confidence. Although there are plenty of treatments that you can receive prescriptions for, you might want to start by tackling your skin care first. If you find a few products that work for you, it may mean you don't have to start on any medication, which means no nasty side effects!
Over the years I have collected a handful of products that I use to treat my acne. I mainly get acne on my jawline and chin and I've found that these products help to get rid of scarring, as well as the spots themselves. So let's dive in!


I'll start off with one of the more medicinal products, as this is the most effective but can also wreck havoc if you have sensitive skin like me. Acnecide is a over the counter cream that you apply twice a day to the affected area. Acnecide contains Benzoyl Peroxide, which is used to treat mild to moderate acne. Benzoyl Peroxide penetrates into your skin and gets rid of any acne bacteria thats lurking underneath. If used consistently over a period of time, you are guaranteed to see results. Acnecide won't cure your acne completely, but it is a great product to use if you only suffer from a few hormonal breakouts. As Acnecide contains chemicals such as Benzoyl Peroxide, it can cause a few nasty side effects. If you use too much it can cause peeling and burning of the skin, so I would recommend using just a small amount!

Find Acnecide Here


How To Save More Money


Anyone that knows me well will laugh out loud when they see the title of this post! I am notoriously bad at saving money, and if you asked my parents they'd say 'if we gave her £20 she'd spend £19.99'. I love to shop, and I love to splurge on luxury items. The problem when it comes to me, is that the phrase 'treat yourself', comes into mind far too often. Bad day at work? TREAT YOURSELF. Raining outside? TREAT YOURSELF. It's a Tuesday afternoon? TREAT YOURSELF. It really is a true flaw of mine. However, recent events have shed a light on how much money I waste on irrelevant things, so I decided to get a grip and start saving some pennies. If you don't want to read my mindless ramblings, I have highlighted my money saving tips in pink so you can skip the waffle!

Saving money doesn't have to mean that you literally do not buy anything, EVER. But it does mean that you become a little bit more aware of what is coming out of your bank account, and where the majority of your money goes. For me, most of my money was spent on unnecessary clothing items and makeup. I am a true shopaholic, and even though I have a wardrobe full of lovely clothes, every social occasion required a new outfit. Ridiculous I know. The solution to this is simple: STOP BUYING SO MANY CLOTHES! I started by having a huge wardrobe clear out, and ended up finding items that I had completely forgotten about, that I could re-wear and no one would know whether it was old or new. As for makeup, I am normally a huge snob and really love to wear high end products. For no reason other than the branding. I started to purchase drug store dupes for my much loved luxury items, and saw absolutely no difference in the quality. As I don't wear makeup too often, it tends to last me a long time, so the amount of money I was spending on makeup rapidly decreased. Don't get me wrong, I still love my high end products, but I now only keep them for special occasions, so that they last longer and I don't have to repurchase them as often. 


5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Gratitude Journal Now


Ok, so this post won't be for everyone! For some, the idea of gratitude journaling is a bit 'wishy-washy' and overly positive to the point of being a bit sickly. BUT, for me, gratitude journaling has really helped changed my perception of life and made me an overall more positive person.
If you don't know what gratitude journaling is, it's the idea that every night you write down a few positive things that have happened that day. It has the aim of making you focus more on the positive things in that day, rather than dwell on the negative things, just before you go to bed.
I begun gratitude journaling at the beginning of this year, and it's not something you can do half heartedly. If you really want to notice a change, it's something that you must keep up consistently and put in enough effort. You really have to be determined to change your behaviour, otherwise this method isn't going to work.
If you are reading this thinking - this definitely isn't for me, then that's fine! But if gratitude journaling is something you are interested in, keep reading and I'll tell you 5 reasons why you should give it a go.


Hair and Body Care with Fresh Handmade Cosmetics


Recently, the lovely people over at Fresh Handmade Cosmetics sent me some of their products to try and review for you guys. My main focus for this year was to use more natural products on my body and hair, as I am aware of the detrimental effects that products full of chemicals can have.
Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is a company that work to produce natural, non-toxic, cruelty free products that are sustainable for our environment.

 They offer a range of hair and body care products, for every type of skin and hair type. The company have the innovative idea of using 'shampoo bars' as an alternative to regular shampoo and conditioner. There is a different shampoo bar for every hair type, and the website gives in depth detail into which shampoo bar you should choose for your own requirements. Each shampoo bar has different benefits, whether that's for taming frizzy hair, faster growth, reduced dandruff or more volume. The website allows you to read up on each individual shampoo bar and select the one that has the benefits that you require. The website is extremely helpful in aiding you in your choice of product.


My Beauty Empties


So, I've seen this concept floating around on other people's blogs and I thought it was an excellent idea! In this post I'm going to write about all of the products that I continue to purchase again and again, and why I love them as much as I do. This list has a few skincare bits, some haircare and also makeup products! 
The Body Shop Aloe Vera Foaming Face Wash

Find this product here. £8 for 150ml.
This was the first proper face wash I ever purchased. I was 13 and struggling with hormonal breakouts and this was recommended to me by the lady at body shop. It's such a gentle cleanser that foams right up into a lovely lather. I've used this face wash continuously for the past 8 years and I will always re-purchase it. I use this alongside my Lush Cleanser (mentioned in my previous skincare post here)
and it really does wonders for my skin.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Find product here. Prices vary depending on supplier.
This is my all time favourite foundation, which I've re-purchased for the past 3 years. It was the first liquid foundation I ever tried, after I transitioned from my powder foundations that I used when I was younger. It is such high coverage that it's excellent for those bad skin days, when you just want to cover every imperfection. I wouldn't recommend it for every day use as it is very heavy, but it's great for covering blemishes. It really helped with my confidence when I had acne, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a high coverage foundation. I tend to mix it with my L'oreal True Match Foundation, to give it a more dewy finish, as the Estée Lauder Foundation is very matte and can be drying. Mine is looking worse for wear, but it's only because it's so loved! This foundation starts at £29 from different makeup retailers, but it is definitely worth the price.

Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner 
These products are more of a recent discovery, but I have already repurchased them several times. These products give my dry and dull hair a new lease of life and makes it SO SOFT! They also smell amazing, which is a bonus. There's not too much you can say about shampoo and conditioner, but I definitely recommend this product. You can get this product from any retailer that sells hair products.
Find product here. Prices start at £3 from different retailers.