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Christmas Gift Guide for skincare lovers!




All this week, I am going to be sharing my Christmas Gift Guides on the blog! There are so many amazing gift sets available at the moment but rather than just list everything that's out there, I am focusing on gifts that I have bought for friends and family (I hope they aren't reading!) or would love to receive myself so I hope they can provide some inspiration for those of you who have yet to start your Christmas shopping. Today, the focus is on skincare sets, which I love because they give the opportunity to try a number of products from a brand, usually for the price of one full size product. 

Three new primers in my collection: Huda Beauty, Touch In Sol and Laura Geller


Primer, Touch In Sol, Huda Beauty, Laura Geller, Spackle Treatment, No Pore Blem Primer, Complexion Perfection, review,


I know that some people never use primers, but for me, it's a step that I cannot skip. My skin is dry, has visible pores and some texture so I use primers to counteract those issues rather than for longevity as I generally don't have problems with my base disappearing after a few hours. I am slowly but surely working my way through my stash of primers and although I shouldn't really have added new primers before finishing others, I just did! No excuse, I just wanted them - well, I bought two and one was sent to me! I've been using them for around a month and am ready to share my thoughts!

Some new additions to my skincare collection featuring Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, B.Liv, La Roche Posay and Dr Dennis Gross


Skincare, Exfoliant, Face Mask, Eye Cream, Cleanser, Serum, Review, B.Liv, La Roche Posay, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, Dr Dennis Gross


I'm a self-confessed skincare junkie but I also need some consistency in my routine, which means that I don't like to try too many new products into my routine at once. That being said, a change is sometimes needed because my skin can get too used to the same products so with that in mind, today I am showing you some recent additions to my skincare routine.

Is a tingle a good thing in skincare? Review: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Face Mask


Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Face Mask Review


Earlier this year, after using a product that was sent to me, my skin went crazy and broke out like never before. I have dry skin and don't normally have to worry about breakouts, apart from the odd hormonal spot that comes at a certain time of the month and even at that, it isn't every month. My skin reacted so badly to the product and triggered such a bad breakout that it honestly took around 6-8 weeks to settle down and clear up (shea butter and cocoa butter are not friends of my face!). I was really desperate for my skin to get back to normal because not only were the spots very painful but my skin was also very inflamed and I didn't like applying makeup as I didn't want to aggravate it further but sometimes I just had to! Why am I telling you this? Well during that time, I felt that I needed a new product to my routine to treat the breakout and prevent more occurring and that is why I bought the subject of today's post: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Face Mask

Christmas Gift Guide: Perfumes & Aftershave with Fragrance Direct


Fragrance Direct Christmas, Chloe EDT, Boss Bottled Tonic, Review


Over the next fortnight, I will be sharing some Christmas Gift Ideas here on the blog. I know that some people may think Christmas shopping belongs in December and each to their own, but in my book, it's never too early to start! I have a big family and buy for around 25 people on my side alone so I always start early! For at least 15 years now, I have always bought aftershaves for my three brothers and I have asked them several times if they would like me to buy something different and every time, they say that they would be disappointed if I didn't buy it for them because it's something that they would rarely treat themselves to. I know that fragrance is quite personal but if you have an idea of the type of scent that a person likes, you should be able to choose a suitable perfume or aftershave or you could always re-stock an old favourite. I also like how compact fragrances are so if you go away for the festive season, which I am doing this year, so I will be buying some for my sisters in-law as they won't take too much room in my luggage. I also love to receive perfume for Christmas and all of my family know that so I usually end up with at least 2 new bottles! Today I am sharing two fragrances that are personal favourites that might work as gifts for your loved ones but there are so many more available on Fragrance Direct.

Christmas gift ideas with World Duty Free


Clarins Travel Exclusive, Essential Grab & Fly Kit, Smashbox x Casey Holmes Spotlight Palette, Benefit Sunday My Prince Will Come


I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things about going abroad is doing a little bit of shopping in Duty Free! I usually squirrel away some money just to spend there because there is always amazing value to be had. I also like to take advantage of family members flying by using Reserve & Collect, which means that you can browse the site to check availability and price of products and reserve them. This is particularly useful if you will be short on time in the airport or want to be sure your friend or family member picks up the right product for you. Also, you get to reserve the products at the price they are on that particular day, so if they increase in price by the time you fly, you will still pay the lower price. It is also useful for doing Christmas shopping because you know that all of the products you want will be in stock. Today, I want to share three products that are amazing value and can be bought in World Duty Free.

REVIEW: Natasha Denona Sunset Palette


Natasha Denona Sunset Palette Review


As you probably know, I am a huge fan of Natasha Denona products (see brand focus post here), particularly her eyeshadows but so far, I have only had her 5 pan palettes. When I received the Sunset Palette, you could have knocked me down with a feather because I lusted after it when it was released but it sold out very quickly. Fear not, it is now back in stock and is part of the permanent line! I love the selection of warm shadows and that there is a good range of shades so even if a bright yellow isn't to your taste, there are many wearable shades in the palette too.

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: L'Occitane Advent Calendar


L'Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 Review


Beauty advent calendars have really increased in popularity in the last few years, with so many brands now releasing them. Today I am very excited to share my thoughts on the 2017 L'Occitane Advent Calendar and I also have one to give away to one of you!  The Classic Beauty Advent Calendar has a value of £87 but is priced at £49 so that's quite the saving!

Brand Focus #10 Huda Beauty


Huda Beauty Brand Focus, 3D Highlighter Palette, #FauxFilter Foundation, Complexion Perfection Primer, Desert Dusk Palette, Lip Contour, Lip Strobe, Sasha Lashes, Warm Brown Obsessions Palette, Review


It's time for another Brand Focus post (see previous posts here) and this time, it's all about Huda Beauty, which also coincides with it being Cult Beauty's Brand of the Month. If you aren't already aware, that means that there is free shipping on all Huda Beauty products for the month of November. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will know who Huda Kattan is but if you don't, what you need to know is that she is a hugely successful American-Iraqi makeup artist and youtuber who is now C.E.O. of her own beauty empire. Her first release was false lashes but she has since released eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, lip products and, more recently, a foundation and today I will give you an overview of all of the products I have tried. I love that Huda's face is on all of her products - I have heard some people say that it's narcissistic but I think that there couldn't be a better model or ambassador for her own brand. Remember that Huda Beauty is a relatively new brand so more products will be added to the line in time.

Jo Malone Christmas 2017 Limited Edition products: Orange Bitters Cologne and Pine & Eucalyptus Candle


Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne, Pine & Eucalyptus Candle, Review, 2017 Christmas Jo Malone


Every year when the Christmas limited edition Jo Malone products are released, I tell myself that I will buy everything something but every year, the products sell out really quickly, plus it's at a time of year when I should be thinking about buying for others so I generally miss out. This year, I happened to be going through Duty Free around the time of the release and managed to bag myself two of the products that I had wanted last year - Orange Bitters Cologne and Pine & Eucalyptus Home Candle. It was hard to resist them because of the savings involved!

Empties & speedy reviews #39 featuring Hey Honey, Alpha-H, Peter Thomas Roth, Clarins & more!




You know the drill by now - I share my thoughts on a roundup of all of the products I finished up recently and tell you whether I would repurchase the products. I have so many skincare products this month because I am really focusing on finishing products that I have had open for a while, therefore I have yet to repurchase any of these products but some of them will be back in my stash at some point. 

Have problems sleeping? You need to try '& Now To Sleep' from REN


REN & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray Review


Regular readers will know that I use pillow sprays every night and have tried a number of brands, so you can imagine my delight when I was offered the opportunity to try the newest kid of the block: & Now to Sleep from REN. I also knew how I could put it to the ultimate test - the last time I stayed in my Father In-Law's house, I spotted a mouse in the bedroom and I was terrified. My husband thought I was googling "how to catch a mouse" but what I was actually doing was booking a hotel for the night! That was Christmas 2014 and I haven't stayed there since (I've stayed with other relations so I'm not a totally awful in-law!) but recently, we went back to stay with my Father In-Law and I won't lie, I was dreading it because I am absolutely terrified of mice (not to mention that they carry Lyme Disease!). & Now To Sleep arrived at the perfect time because I knew if it helped me sleep through those three nights, it would be a miracle worker. Read on to hear how it performed....
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