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My Beauty Secrets

It was August 2014 when I bought my very first jar of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. A pop-up counter had just arrived in Selfridges Manchester and I was absolutely desperate to try the mystical potion of wonder for myself. 3 years on and countless different creams later, I find myself right back where I started – infatuated with Magic Cream. From Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré to Clarins HydraQuench and Kiehls Ultra Face Cream, nothing compares to CT MC, despite all my eager efforts.

My secret to beautiful skin is a thorough skincare routine; this sumptuous crème has a light and illuminating formula like no other and instantly hydrates my lacklustre complexion. Magic Cream exudes a decadent rose aroma that is delicately feminine and as the glamorous jar resides on my vanity, I can’t help but think that this cream will always be worth its mighty £70 price tag.

As I discussed here, I love using cream products especially in the summer because they create such a radiant and skin-like finish. Thus, when I spied the Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush whilst wondering around Space NK, I knew immediately that this would be one to try since my secret to long-lasting and natural looking makeup is using cream products and layering.

I bought the cult Orgasm Powder Blush back in 2014 when I first started blogging and it’s one of my most used blushes to date therefore, I felt confident that the new liquid blush would be just as epic and I was right. The Orgasm Liquid Blush is incredibly pigmented and blends effortlessly into the skin with a brush or fingers for a long-lasting glow. Paired with the Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, my skin looks sun kissed and luminous.

It was about 7 years ago when I became enchanted by Tom Ford Private Blend Parfum. My mum had read about Black Violet in Marie Claire and so we popped into Selfridges to sample it. I had never smelt anything like it in my life consequently, Black Violet became the scent of my dreams and continued to be until I actually went to purchase it years later… Which was when my violet dreams were shattered in a mere minute because I discovered Black Violet had been discontinued. (Apparently, BV was Tom Ford’s favourite and he wanted to keep it for himself. Terribly selfish if you ask me…)

And so, that is when I discovered Noir de Noir – my signature and the fragrance that makes me feel like myself. Season after season and year after year, Noir de Noir is the only Eau de parfum I buy and I utterly adore it.

When it comes to my perfect highlighter, I would typically seek out Becca or Tom Ford however, when Estée Lauder launched their extremely successful collaboration with Victoria Beckham last year, I instantly picked up the Modern Mercury Highlighter and I was not disappointed. This rose tinted illuminator is housed in the most luxurious packaging and has quickly become my makeup bag secret weapon.

Modern Mercury is unlike anything in my collection and it’s absolutely glorious swept across the highpoints of the cheeks – I like to think of it as a hybrid between a blush and a highlight and who doesn’t love a multi-use product?

These four swoon worthy products are just a few of my beauty secrets! Combined, they ensure I look and feel like the best version of myself and I couldn’t recommend them enough.



Fun and Fearless

It was July 2011, I was 16 and Rihanna was the only girl in the world finding love in a hopeless place. I had just bought my first Cosmopolitan magazine and if I remember correctly, neon tribal patterns were rife in River Island.

In the editor’s letter of August 2011, Louise Court wrote that ‘Cosmo’s mantra is all about helping women get the most out of life’ – between that and noticing FOR FUN FEARLESS FEMALES printed along the magazine spine, I was hooked and consequently added a new issue to my shelf every month.

Whether it be beauty, style or career advice, the Cosmopolitan empire has me covered and lately I’ve been turning to for some late night reading –  check this out by the way, Laura Capon always makes me LOL!

To this day, the editor’s letter is still the page I look forward to reading as it always inspires me and this month is no exception. The August 2017 issue is such a good read and this time, Farrah Storr details her own career struggles and the benefits to failure, which I personally found very empowering.

Earlier this year, I attended the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit, an event which really brought the Cosmo mantra to life. The Summit not only confirmed my career desires but also led to numerous opportunities. 6 years and 50+ issues later, Cosmo is still my favourite glossy monthly and one of the only magazines I religiously read cover to cover – Elle Woods did declare it the bible, after all.



Midnight in Florence

Giggling, I swayed down the cobbled path clutching onto the corner of my purple pleated skirt as we meandered down the dreamy streets of Florence.

It was about 12.05am and the Duomo was in sight; with each swinging stride, my gold Gucci shoes twinkled in the Italian moonlight. A few hours previous we happened upon an angelic bistro where we ate steak and drank lashing of red wine over candlelight – my first ever glass in fact.

We only arrived in Florence that morning and between a visit to the Gucci Museo and the most delightful scoop of chocolate mousse gelato, I was utterly entranced.

As we ran around the Tuscan capital, I eagerly photographed the views and then we arrived at the Duomo… In absolute awe, I FaceTimed my family because I just had to show them what I was looking at in that very moment.

Fortunately, just 3 days after my return my Mum booked a family trip to Florence and so I don’t have to wait too long to be reunited with chocolate mousse gelato!

Midnight in Florence will be a memory I shall always treasure; I can’t wait to show my family the city that took my breath away.




Tips For Shopping Luxury

It’s no secret that my idea of a perfect afternoon involves a meander around Dior, a glass or three of Moët and a ribbon wrapped box of Pierre Hermé macarons thus, I feel like it’s about time I share some of my tips for shopping luxury.

As a former luxury sales associate, I can offer advice from both sides of the till and ensure you not only have a memorable experience but also avoid buyers regret!

Make Friends

Frequenting the same boutique or concession and building a loyal relationship with a sales assistant is essential in ensuring you get the most out of your shopping experience. Not only will you receive fantastic customer service whenever you pop in, you’ll be emailed when new collections arrive and receive invitations to exclusive in-store events.

Furthermore, I’ve also found my amazing SA’s to sway me from being lured by seasonal pieces and thank goodness because otherwise I’d be clutching a suede turquoise Givenchy Shark right now instead of a Lady Dior.

Start a fitting room

When sashaying around your favourite luxury department store, start a fitting room! Instead of lugging clothes around the shop floor, take the sales assistant up on their offer of putting them in the changing rooms for you – this will not only free your hands to stroke the Valentino, but it will also pair you with an SA who can help you find what you’re looking for.

Ask for help

When shopping luxury, the sales assistant has the product and brand knowledge to ensure you spend your money wisely. When you’re approached, ask for help and detail your needs so that they can share the knowledge and assist you properly; this will ensure you enjoy your luxury experience and make the purchase that’s right for you.

Go in-store

Recently, I read that shoppers generally prefer to make luxury purchases online – I found this somewhat surprising as I believe the shopping experience is all part of the fun and so going in store is always a priority when I’m buying luxury pieces. I actually went to Dior 3 times to look at and try on the Lady Dior before I made my purchase and so this would be my biggest tip. Go in store multiple times to look and try various sizes, colours and styles to make sure you’ll not only love it next month but next year too.

If you’re unsure – don’t bother

Buyers regret is the worst and so is dealing with a customer who is umming and arring for 3 hours. If you’re unsure, don’t bother buying it – walk away and if it’s still on your mind a few days later, go back. Most luxury stores will hold items for a period of time, which takes the pressure off and allows you to make an informed decision. I once left Chanel feeling unsure with a new purchase, only to be accosted by a relentless wave of regret the second I got home – I sold it 3 years later.


Shopping luxury should be fun and by going in store, making friends with an SA and asking for help, you’re guaranteed to get the most out of your experience and if not, the glass of champagne will definitely take the edge off!




Blogger’s Guide to Writer’s Block

It’s been two weeks since I began posting 4 times a week (Monday-Thursday at 7pm) on EKD and I just knew writer’s block would strike sooner or later. So instead of driving myself crazy trying to create content that I don’t love, I thought I’d share my tips for when you’re creatively stifled.

Stop right now, thank you very much

If you’re struggling with what to write, be it a blog post or essay – walk away. I find taking a few hours off is the best way to refresh your creative juice. I also try to keep my mind busy, which may include binge watching Pretty Little Liars – Hey, whatever works for you.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

When I can’t find the words or the creative to begin a blog post, I read my own blog. Going back through old posts really helps me to get back into my groove and usually inspires something new. This way, I am reminded of my writing style, which stops me from pushing out content that doesn’t suit my vibe.

I’m sooo Cosmopolitan

Sometimes I whip out my favourite magazines and read them cover to cover, starting with the Editors Letter. This is my go-to inspiration because they always leave me feeling motivated and inspired. And let’s be honest, the beauty and fashion editors are the ones that truly know #ChicVibesOnly!

I’m going to take the rest of the evening off, read the new issue of Cosmo and hope that tomorrow, writer’s block doesn’t kill my vibe… What do you do when writer’s block strikes ? I’d love to know!



My Luxury Lust List

As my style evolves, I find myself lusting after new season must-haves from Malone Souliers and Dolce and Gabbana. There are so many designers absolutely killing it right now and as a result, my luxury lust list is bursting with chic wonders that I’m excited to share with you!

My first and favourite item on my list is this Dolce and Gabbana silk scarf from the Ortensia collection. If I’m completely honest, I want just about everything from this collection as each piece exudes femininity and is the Italia statement I’m dying to make.


A few weeks ago, I was meandering through the Super Brands department in Harrods when I was enchanted by Ralph & Russo. Enticed by the couture, I wandered around the boutique in awe and that’s when I noticed the Eden City Bag. I need this understated wonder in my life!


I never thought I’d lust after a Prada bag however, when the Velvet Cahier Clutch caught my eye in Selfridges I found myself searching for it online on my way home. This is the evening clutch bag of my dreams and would be perfect paired with black flares and a men’s white shirt.


Like I said, I kinda want everything from the Dolce and Gabbana Ortensia collection and these Mary-Jane’s are no exception. I adore the hydrangea print and with the bejewelled clasp, I am utterly smitten.


On the topic of shoes, Malone Souliers are my favourite new designer because their vibe is so unique and chic. Their Maureen Mule has been top of my wish list for months; I couldn’t decide between the flats or heels however, when I tried on the flats my mind was made. 


Okay so this is a very recent addition to the list but I couldn’t help myself. Chanel hasn’t tickled my fancy for numerous years now but when I spied this online, I was totally besotted. This new season addition of the Chanel 2.55 in pink and red lambskin, velvet and grosgrain is the essence of Carrie Bradshaw and I combined and so I obviously need the matching shoes too, right?




Can Affordable Makeup Compete With Luxury?

I don’t think I’ve used this many Boots/Superdrug products when doing my makeup since I was about 14, but when these new launches* from Rimmel London were delivered, I thought I’d put them to the test and see for myself if luxury makeup really is worth it.

Correcting Palette

Using my fingers, I applied the peach shade under my eyes and and the green on any redness. I found the consistency to be thin and almost slippery but, they easily blended into the makeup and colour corrected surprisingly well.

Conceal and Contour Palette

I wanted to like this, but I didn’t. If you only need a small amount of coverage this would be ideal for you but for dark under eye circles like mine, this wasn’t substantial enough and so I ended up using my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer instead.

Duo Contour Stick

I applied the contour shade straight from the bullet and it blended like a dream, I really enjoyed using this. It was so easy and quick to apply and the results were subtle yet effortlessly sculpted.

Fix & Matte Powder

I used a powder brush to lightly set my under eye and to mattify any unwanted shine and it did the job nicely. The powder is translucent and so didn’t change the colour of the makeup or add any coverage which I liked. This compact would be great for putting in your handbag for mid-day touch ups.

Kate Sculpting Palette

To set the contour, I used the Sculptor shade which was lovely and bronzed the face evenly. I loved the blush, it was my perfect colour and lasted really well throughout the day. The highlight was also okay albeit slightly too icy – I typically prefer a more golden tone. This is fab for travelling and doing makeup on the go.

Radiance Brick

I lightly dusted this over the high-points of the face and it gave a radiant glow. This is a fab and affordable alternative to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks!

Fix & Go Spray

I used this as a primer spray to begin with; it has a cucumber scent which is refreshing however, it smelled like cucumbers so…
I finished the look with another spritz of this and I have to say that I prefer Mac Fix+, although it was effective and did the job, the scent isn’t my favourite.

So, can affordable makeup compete with luxury?

In my opinion no, I feel like with affordable makeup you win some and you lose some however, I used the contour duo again this morning and I really like it! It’s definitely worth a try along with the Kate Sculpting palette, Fix & Matte powder and Radiance Brick.

I won’t be dropping Tom Ford anytime soon but for affordable makeup, I’m really impressed with some of these new offerings!



*PR Samples

Chantecaille Summer Must-Haves

When it comes to summer makeup, I prefer to use cream products instead of powders, mainly because I don’t want a really heavy look but also because creams create a natural radiance which feels weightless on the skin.

The Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer is my summer must-have as it blends so seamlessly with a brush or fingers and provides a long-lasting beach glow like no other; I’ve used it every day for the past few weeks and I adore it. This gel bronzer is ultra-moisturising and adds a natural luminosity to the complexion, ideal for those beachy days.

Initially, I combine a small amount of the gel with my primer to create a sheer tanned base then after applying my foundation, I blend it across my cheeks and over the highpoints of the face to create a sun-kissed glow. It’s such a lightweight product that surpasses any of my other cream bronzers; since the gel consistency is like an additional layer of skincare, it gives you that no-makeup makeup look we all love.

Now, you know I can’t resist a bright lip especially a glossy one and so when I came across the Chantecaille Lip Sleeks, I knew they’d be winners.

These innovative lip sticks are so hydrating it almost feels like I’m wearing lip balm. Each have a bright and beautiful shiny finish which I love, especially for summer! The Lip Sleeks are so comfortable to wear and provide such a fun and flirty luminosity, I’ve found myself reaching for one every day! Plus, because they’re so lightweight you don’t even need a mirror to reapply them throughout the day.

I have 3 shades, the first being Flamingo – the perfect shade of baby pink. The second is Orchid – a bright fuchsia which complements all skin tones and lastly, my personal favourite Grenadine – a balmy raspberry red.

Teamed together, these Summer essentials ensure I look radiant, luminous and beach ready!



This post was created in collaboration with Chantecaille Beauté and even though the products were gifted, all sentiments are sincere and my own.  X EKD

Beauty Sleep

Seeing as I proclaim to live a #chicvibesonly life, I decided it was about time I picked up some luxury bedtime necessities to enrich my sleep and since Blair Waldorf spent all 6 seasons sleeping on silk, I couldn’t help but wonder why I didn’t. So, I ventured onto the online haven of Amazon and ordered a silk pillowcase… Prime delivery has a certain allure, don’t you think?

After spending an embarrassing amount of time ironing said pillowcase, I was then struck with the thought that I didn’t have a supportive pillow with which to use it. For someone who spends countless hours watching Netflix or writing blog posts from my bed, my pillow game is not strong at all and my neck knows it.

This is where my Eve Sleep pillows come in… Not only are they hypoallergenic, but they’re made from a contouring memory foam that offers optimal support for even the most restless sleeper, like myself. I’ve struggled with neck and back pain for numerous years, especially first thing in the morning and I’ve found this discomfort to be substantially reduced now that I have pillows that support me in all the right places.

I’ve been using them for almost three weeks now and I’ve already had to steal one back from my mum who couldn’t resist the idea of sleeping on ‘the best pillow ever!’ after I gleefully bragged about them over our morning Weetabix. Another winning feature of Eve Sleep pillows is the 30-night home trial, which means you can ensure it’s the right choice for you.

I’ve found my Eve pillows to provide amazing comfort whether I’m sleeping on my side or in a star fish slumber on my front, plus they also have that cool as the underside feeling which I love! I can definitely confirm that they are more comfortable than my feather or fibre pillows – something I never thought I’d say and, to my delight, I’ve found sleeping on a silk pillowcase positively wonderful!

Between my sumptuous silk pillow case, Eve Sleep pillows and my favourite evening skincare – the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I’ve been waking up with glowing skin and no neck pain.

I think I’ve nailed beauty sleep!




This post was created in collaboration with Eve Sleep and even though the pillows were gifted, all sentiments are sincere and my own.  X EKD

The Gucci Belt

I had my reservations about this ostentatious accessory until my best friend got one last year; it was mid-March when I decided I needed one too. I was styling outfits in anticipation of my trip to Italy when I felt something was missing from my wardrobe. Despite that I’d purchased my Gucci Marmont loafers three weeks previous I found myself scrolling through once again to find that missing chic piece.

Now, I know that an impulse buy should be something like Haribo at the WH Smith checkout however, every once in a while a ridiculous impulse purchase is acceptable. Throwback to 2011 when I spent my entire wage on Chanel ballet flats after trying them on for a whole 4 minutes….

I’ve had the Gucci belt about 3 months and solely wear it over coats and with high-waisted skirts and since life is all about Gucci vibes right now, I am still happy with my purchase.

Is it worth the money?

At £240 I think it is. This belt elevates any outfit and is a very easy piece to style – plus it’s really good quality and has no signs of wear and so I do believe it’s totally worth it.

Is this a piece I would sell?

Not right now, but potentially. This isn’t a long-term investment piece however, as long as I still love and enjoy wearing it, the belt shall stay in my collection.


*Huge tip: Save yourself some time and have a thorough try-on because I actually bought 3 belts until I deciphered the correct size for my intentions!