SPECTRUM MUST HAVE MINIS SET

~GIFTED~




Spectrum Collections are a gorgeous make-up brushes company based in Wales; incase you didn't know I am actually Welsh so this lovely little company run by two beautiful sisters is close to my heart. I love supporting smaller businesses and am actually dedicating a little segment of my blog to supporting cute kitch businesses that I have tried and tested myself, wether the items are gifted or bought by myself. You can search the tag "Small Businesses" at the top of my blog to be directed to all of the posts I have written. 

I was very kindly invited to an amazing Spectrum Collections Blog event back in May 2017 and in our fabulous goodie bag we received the Must Have Minis Set, which is sadly no longer available, I did find this set which is similar though and it all comes in a gorgeous heart shaped reversible bag. *I may or may not have ;) just purchased this for myself* It was only £22.50, half price so be quick. I got to meet the gorgeous founders of Spectrum and they were so down to earth and lovely and really bloody talented. Trying out their brushes that night I knew I would never purchase from another brush brand, they are incredibly soft, vegan and cruelty free. There are so so many gorgeous styles to choose from and Spectrum have really upped their game lately with their collections with Disney and Mean Girls. 

What I love about Spectrum is that their brushes can come in a collection with a completely wearable and stylish bag, I mean you only have to check out their Instagram pages to know that they are some seriously stylish women. Hearing about their journey from a tiny home run business to currently having a beautiful store in London is so inspiring; Supporting them means supporting a really lovely 'smaller' (they are actually pretty famous world wide now) business that have worked so so hard to be where they are. The ladies at Spectrum really truly deserve all the success they have seen and I hope they continue to grow and smash it! 

Katie x

MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE 2019


If your an avid reader like myself you have probably heard of Goodreads; if not, Goodreads is a site/app where you can store books you have read, want to read or currently reading, and once you've finished reading them you can review them and score them out of 5 stars for other readers. Each year, Goodreads start a reading challenge. You can chose how many books you would like to read in the year and challenge yourself to read more than you usually would. This year I have challenged myself to read 52 books, one for each week of the year. As you may know I have a 4 month old baby and am currently on maternity leave looking after Elara (the 4 month old) so this may or may not be a good idea.

I have always been an avid reader but in 2018 I did not read much, maybe 5/6 books. I had a lot of routine hospital appointments whilst pregnant and decided one day late in my pregnancy to take a book to distract myself while waiting and the bug set back in and I was addicted again. So when the Goodreads Challenge popped up on my account I decided to really challenge myself with 52 books to read. So far this year I have read 5 books and am half way through the sixth so hopefully I will continue to read at this rate and reach my goal. If you would like to add me as friend on Goodreads feel free to add 'katiefloss'. I will be posting which books I have read each month also as I love sharing great books that I have found. Click here to read an old post about my current reads to see what I was reading 3 years ago. Let me know what books I should add to my 'want to read' category and what have been your favourite reads lately. Have you set a goodreads goal this year? Let me know in the comments below,

Katie x

LOREAL PARADISE EXTATIC MASCARA



Loreal is one of those brands that just keeps hitting it with their new releases. Time after time they get it right and release something that everyone wants and needs without ever knowing about it. If you'd like to read more on my experiences with Loreal you can read them here. They have all been positive and they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands. Loreal's Paradise Ectatic Mascara, which can be purchased here, has the most beautiful Summer inspired packaging, with its rose gold and bronze packaging it'll look good on any bloggers vanity. I've heard a lot of people mention that the Paradise Ecstatic mascara is a Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara dupe; and I must agree. Better than Sex mascara use to be my go to mascara but unfortunately it creases and transfers onto my lids after a long day; I could try the waterproof version to combat this but haven't as of yet as I always find waterproof mascara so hard to get off at the end of the day.

The Loreal Paradise Ectatic mascara has become my staple everyday over the last year. I love the brush wand, and the way it separates, lengthens and thickens my lashes. I like big thick long eyelashes that are nice and separated and this works like a dream. Most days, being a new mum, I cannot be bothered with a full face of make-up so I have been reaching for tinted moisturiser and this mascara just to give me a little colour and open my eyes. Loreal releases have been incredible over the last couple of years and I really am excited to see what the brand do next. What have been your favourite brands lately? Any products I NEED to try?

Katie x

ELARA


Elara has arrived. The most anticipated little person in my life. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (instagram twitter) then you will know that Elara has arrived and that she is now a huge 4 months old. Time has absolutely flown by and it's honestly been the hardest and the best 4 months of my life. Becoming a mummy has been everything I have ever wanted; as long ago as I can remember I have wanted a child. I'm not going to overwelm you with too many photos of Elara, there are already ALOT of photos on social media, especially my Instagram stories. She has been an absolute dream and has slept through the night from 5 weeks old; we are super lucky that she enjoys her sleep as much as mammy and daddy.

My birth wasn't exactly fun but I will be posting about it soon, if you want to know, but it won't be pretty and I won't be holding back. I'm not going to lie it has been hard trying to find the time for katiefoss lately and that is why it's been very quiet on the blog front; but, I am coming back and taking the time to get lots of posts and photography ready to go. I am really enjoying posting a lot more on Instagram at the moment and hope to be just as active on here. Thanks for all your support whilst I've been MIA.

You will notice a slight change in the direction that katiefloss will take in the future as I post more family life as well as a lot more lifestyle content. There will still also be a mixture of Beauty and Fashion as my passion for both still exists. You can read about my pregnancy here. I hope you enjoy my content as much as I enjoy creating it. Huge thank you for all of your support and love,

Katie x
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