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Wednesday 21 June 2017

My holiday makeup picks featuring DHC, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Stila, NYX & more!

I'm going on holiday to Lanzarote for a week on Saturday and I really cannot wait! The last time I was there was 10 years ago for my friend's wedding but I got pneumonia and missed her special day. Obviously I am hoping to put those bad memories behind me and create new, happy ones on this holiday. I won't be posting again before we go so today I want to share the makeup that I'm bringing with me. I love having my entire collection at hand so I really find it difficult to pack my makeup bag (I find it easier to pack my clothes!) but I'm trying not to be too ridiculous with what I bring. I never wear makeup during the day on a sun holiday (except for a mascara) so everything is aimed toward evening/night time. Let's get started!

Monday 19 June 2017

Brand Focus #6: Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury collection

It's time for another Brand Focus post and this time it's all things Charlotte Tilbury. If you haven't seen my other Brand Focus posts, you can check them out here. As with the other posts in this category, this is not a sponsored post and I bought all of the products here myself or they were gifts from family. When Charlotte Tilbury first released her range, I was initially overwhelmed by the choice and I pretty much wanted everything (like everybody else, I'm sure) but I started with one of her eyeshadow quads and her famous Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in the shade Pillow Talk and from there, the love affair began and today I am going to share my thoughts on the range with you! I absolutely adore the art deco packaging of the entire range - it looks and feels very luxurious and definitely looks great on the dressing table but it's the products inside that count so let's get started....

Friday 16 June 2017

Empties & speedy reviews - the sheet mask edition featuring Estée Lauder, Tony Moly, Sarah Chapman & more!

Sheet masks have been having their moment for quite a while but I didn't particularly see the appeal until recently. You may have read that I had a nightmare with my skin and what I did to remedy that in my post here. Because I want my skin to be in its best condition, I have been using masks to keep it hydrated, plump and radiant and sheet masks have been a big feature. Today I want to give my thoughts on the ones I have used recently from Origins, Estée Lauder, Sarah Chapman and more and whether I would repurchase them.

Wednesday 14 June 2017

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio Peachy Love

I'm a fan of peach blushes (see post here) and I'm a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills products so naturally when they recently released blush trios in five different colour options, I bought Peachy Love! At £27, they aren't the cheapest blush palette out there but given there are three blushes in the palette, it's not extortionate either. 

Monday 12 June 2017

My current favourite bronzers featuring Gosh, Becca, Make up For Ever and more!

I've always loved using bronzer to add some life and dimension to my face but I used to only ever use MAC Refined Golden - I literally repurchased it for years until one day curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try a different one. I'm not sure how I went from being staunchly loyal to one product to having around 10 in my collection - totally ridiculous, I know! Today, I've narrowed down my favourite six and I've put the other four into my friends/family pile - just call me a minimalist already! 

Saturday 10 June 2017

Worth the hype? BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette & GIVEAWAY!

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you will know that the new BECCA x Chrissy Teigen palette was released this side of the Atlantic last week. I told myself that I wasn't buying it because I didn't think it would work on my skin tone, plus I really don't use the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Palette, which was released last year, very much but then my lack of willpower kicked in and I had some points on my reward card so I just gave in and ordered it! I'm a big fan of Becca (brand focus post here) so I knew that I wouldn't be disappointed by the quality, it was just a case of it I could make the shades work for me. Keep reading to find out how to win a palette for yourself too!

Thursday 8 June 2017

A new site to feed your beauty addiction - Face.co.uk

I do most of my beauty shopping online for a number of reasons but primarily because I can usually get better deals online. We all know about the usual online haunts but now there is a new site in the form of www.face.co.uk that you need to check out. They stock some really amazing brands and are adding more all the time. All UK orders come with free first class delivery and orders outside the UK receive free airmail delivery on orders over £40 (countries listed here). 

Tuesday 6 June 2017

The products that rescued my skin from the worst breakout & allergic reaction of my life!

One of the great things about writing a beauty blog is that I am sometimes sent products to try but this can also be one of the worst things. Around Easter I was sent a moisturiser and I first applied it at night and was happy that my skin felt soft and was therefore excited to see how it would work over the next month or so. The next morning I woke up to skin that didn't look like my own - I had huge, cystic, painful spots and my skin was bright red, sore and angry. There was obviously something in the moisturiser that my skin hated so I obviously stopped using it immediately but it took around 6 weeks for my skin to look and feel like my own again. Today I want to share the products that got my skin back on track again - I had to deal with spots, sensitivity, inflammation and flakiness so whatever your skin issue, there is bound to be something here to help you. 

Sunday 4 June 2017

My favourite discoveries of 2017 so far, featuring Peter Thomas Roth, Buxom, Givenchy & more!

A cliché I know, but I can't believe that we are now in June! At this time of year, I like to look back at the first part of the year and see how much progress I've made with my resolutions - scratch that,  I like to look back at my beauty purchases and decide if I've chosen well and pick out my favourite discoveries and share them with you!

Friday 2 June 2017

My sun holiday prep and essentials

Ambre Solaire SPF, Elemis Foot Cream, Kérastase Chroma Captive Hair Mask, Uniq One 10 in 1 Hair Treatment, Clarins Contour Body Oil, Ambre Solaire Aftersun, Decleor Aroma Cleanse, Review, Sun holiday essentials, Fragrance Direct

Now that we're in June, I can finally say that I'm going on holiday this month so although we booked it in early March, it actually feels more real now that it is only a few weeks away. I am really looking forward to it because the sun/heat always helps my bone pain. Today I am sharing the products I use to prep for a sun holiday and also the products that I consider essentials when I'm away. All of the these products are available at discounted prices from Fragrance Direct and all are linked if you want to buy any of them yourself!
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