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My highlighter collection featuring Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dior, Natasha Denona, MAC & more!




I think that its safe to say that I am a bit of a highlight addict! Long before it was on trend to highlight, I was doing it! My mother gave me a little pot of creamy gold highlight that was attached to a magazine she bought when I was in my late teens - she said she didn't know what to do with it so I applied a little (probably a lot!) along the tops of my cheekbones and it was instant love! I remember my brother asking me if I wanted my face to be so shiny & my answer was yes! Since then, there has only been the rare occasion (if ever!) when I haven't used highlighter. I love a glowy, dewy look and highlighter is the finishing touch, for me. Today I want to share my highlighter collection with you. I will tell you in advance that they are all easy to work with in terms of blendability and texture and they might all look very similar but they are different enough to warrant me having all of them (at least that's what I'm telling myself!). They are not in order of preference as I really love them all!

My favourite lip balms featuring Korres, Benecos, Lanolips & more!




For me, and I am pretty sure all of you will agree, lip balm is an essential no matter what the season. I have lip balms in my handbag, on my bedside table and in several other areas around my house because I cannot abide having dry lips. In late 2015, I went through a phase of extremely chapped and cracked lips that meat even smiling and eating was painful and all of my usual balms didn't work (even the famous Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask) so I went on a mission to seek out an army of balms to have on rotation to ensure that didn't happen again. I'm not sure that it's completely necessary to have so many lip balms but, for me, I need more than one because if I just use one, it loses its effectiveness so I need to rotate them. Today, I want to share my current favourites with you.

The concealer edit featuring Tarte, Too Faced, Clarins, Urban Decay & more!




Ah, concealer! The one product that can really transform your face - from diminishing the signs of a sleepless night, to covering up pigmentation, to hiding pesky spots - it really is a hero product and one I cannot be without. I'm not one to completely camouflage every tiny imperfection but I like to brighten my under eye area and areas of redness around my nose and if I have a blemish, I'll cover that too but I definitely don't use the huge amounts of concealer that I often see on youtube tutorials. Today, I want to share my thoughts on the concealers that I have in my collection with you. I'm definitely not suggesting that anybody needs to own eight concealers and to be honest, I usually only have two or three on the go at any one time but I just happen to own more than necessary at the moment!

Worth the hype/price? Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette




I'm a palette fan, a blush fan, a highlight fan and a Too Faced fan, so it was a given that I would buy their latest release - the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette as soon as it was released! It is part of the new Too Faced Sweet Peach collection, which consists of an eyeshadow palette, a blush, lip oils/glosses and this highlight/blush/bronzer palette. The blush is exclusive to Selfridges in the UK but Debenhams stock the other products in both the UK & Ireland. I already own the eyeshadow palette and I wasn't too fussed on getting the lip glosses so I just bought the Glow Palette. I've read mixed reviews on this palette so today I am sharing my thoughts!

REVIEW: Korres Black Pine Firming, Lifting, Anti-Ageing Range




If you have read any of my favourites posts in the last few months, then you will know that Korres is one of the most featured brands - both in terms of bodycare and skincare, with their Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil firmly part of my daily skincare routine throughout Autumn and Winter. Therefore, you can imagine my delight when I received a parcel of products from their Black Pine range in December. This range is aimed those concerned with ageing skin. Let me tell you that I am in no way "anti-ageing" - I see ageing as a privilege, however I like to take care of my skin and if there are products that will help it to look more youthful and plump, then I'm all for trying them. I've been using these products pretty much exclusively since receiving them and today I want to share my thoughts and experience with you.

NEW Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk & Valentine lipsticks & my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick collection & swatches


Charlotte Tibury Pillow Talk Lipstick Swatch


Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk is my favourite lip liner - it is very close to my natural lip colour so I wear it with a wide variety of lipsticks but I have always wished it came in lipstick form, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that a Pillow Talk lipstick was being released! I ordered it as soon as it was released and whilst doing that, I added Valentine, which is another new & limited edition lipstick, to my basket. I am a sucker for a pinky nude lipstick and both of these are right up my street. Instead of just showing you swatches of the new lipsticks, I thought that I would show you the other Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks in my collection so that you can see the swatches and decide if you "need" any of them! 

Currently loving #1 featuring Salon Science, Pestle & Mortar Superstar & more!




I've decided that I'm not going to do monthly favourites posts this year because I've grown tired of the whole format. Instead, I am going to do regular "currently loving" posts which will vary from beauty to tv/film. food, lifestyle and possibly even fashion - basically anything that I currently love. They won't be forced into monthly posts - they may be more or less frequent, but they will feel more natural to me. Also during periods when I shop a lot or have been sent a lot of products (always disclosed), I will post about my favourite discoveries, but again, these will not be set as monthly. My first post of this kind contains only beauty products but they are all ones that I am currently obsessed with!

Primers for dry/dehydrated skin featuring Hourglass, Clarins, By Terry, Natasha Denona & more!




I cannot apply my foundation without using a primer because it just never sits as well without one. My skin is dry all year round but I know that some people only experience dryness in Winter and they find that their foundation doesn't sit quite as well as it normally does, so today I am going to share with you my favourite primers for dry skin. I don't really need primers to extend the wear time of my foundation, just to ensure that my foundation has a hydrated, even base to apply to, without any dry patches.

Empties & speedy reviews #31 featuring Korres, Xen Tan, Sarah Chapman, Oribe, REN & more!





Welcome to my first empties post of 2017! Yes again, I am on a mission to use up a lot of the products that I have in my collection and although I can't promise that I won't buy anything new, I am going to try not to have too many products of the same type on the go. I have a lot of open/half used bottles that I need to use, even if I don't love them! I'm not as bad as I used to be but could certainly do with being more disciplined so expect lots of empties posts this year!

Recent purchases featuring Benefit, Too Faced, By Terry, This Works & more!




Sorry for my unplanned absence on the blog! I had a sinus infection and just felt pretty rotten so it was a case of doing nothing but resting, reading, watching tv and online shopping!!! Today I want to show you the products that I've bought over the last few weeks - some were sale items & some were products that I had wanted for a while. I have to say that I haven't found the sales to be great this year - I nabbed a few bargains but in comparison to previous years, there weren't many things that tempted me, which is probably better fro my bank balance! Anyway, on to what I did buy!

3 perfumes to be won! Luxury fragrance bundle giveaway ending tomorrow!




Have you entered my luxury fragrance giveaway? You can win Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence, Gucci Bamboo and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb! All of the details on how to enter here! Go, go, go! Best of luck!

Normal posting will resume shortly - I'm trying to get rid of a sinus infection at the moment and am feeling rubbish but will be back posting regularly later this week!

5 brands I want to explore in 2017



Happy New Year! I hope you all had a really lovely festive break with your loved ones and have started 2017 with a pep in your step! If you were to look at my beauty collection, you would think that I never needed to buy any more makeup and that I had at least a year's supply of skincare but curiosity means that there will always be more brands/products that I want to try! I always have a wishlist as long as both my arms but today I want to share with you the top 5 brands that I want to explore this year!
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