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My holiday hair and makeup picks!

I'm off on holiday to Majorca tomorrow for some much needed sun in the bones and R&R with my lovely Hubby! Today I want to share the hair, body and makeup products that I'm bringing. I'm not one of those people who doesn't wear makeup on holiday - during the day, I don't wear any but I love to take my time getting ready in the evening. I think I've done well not to over pack but maybe I'm delusional - you let me know!

Products to de-frizz and make your hairstyle last

American English, Ouai, Kerastase, Kérastase L'incroyable, Texturizing Hair Spray, Seaberry Dry Oil, Smooth Spray, Haircare, Review

Haircare can be a tricky thing in summer - my hair is naturally prone to frizz and the humidity of the summer months doesn't help! I have four products that I use on repeat that help to tame the frizz, hold my style and that don't weigh my hair down.

Azzaro Chrome - the perfect Father's Day gift!

Azzaro Chrome Review

With Father's Day fast approaching, I'm sure, like me, you are wracking your brains to try to find the perfect gift. I find the women in my life a lot easier to buy for than men but I think you can never go wrong with a fragrance! Today, I want to tell you about Azzaro Chrome, which is the perfect summer scent for men!

Five foundation samples - will I purchase the full size of any?

Back in March when I was in New York, I received a bag of foundation samples with one of my purchases in Sephora. I was delighted with this 'perk' of being a Sephora VIB because foundation buying can be a tricky and expensive thing. Each sample had 3-5 shades and I tried all of them (even if they were the wrong colour, in order to get a good idea of whether I liked them and how they lasted on the skin etc). I don't necessarily 'need' a new foundation but if a new one ticks all of my boxes then I probably would add it to my collection. For reference, I have dry skin and generally prefer a dewy or glowy finish as I find it more flattering and youthful.

Five Favourites from Stila: The Brand That Deserves More Hype!

There are some brands that get so much hype in the beauty world that the products just sell themselves and then there are others that really deserve a lot more hype than they get. I don't know if this is down to fewer PR mailings (and in turn, less hype from big beauty 'influencers') but there are some brands that I feel deserve more hype so I am going to spread the love! I also really want to hear from you about what brands you feel are under-rated! I'm starting today with Stila. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that people don't rave about this brand but I see a lot more hype out there for other brands and I think that Stila is up there with Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Too Faced and other hyped brands in terms of the quality of the products. I'm going to share my top five products from the brand with you and would love to hear if you have tried them or if there are other products from the brand that you think I should try?

My favourite discoveries of the year so far!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter, Antipodes Aura Mask, Favourites, Maybelline Fit Me, Sunday Riley Juno Oil, theBalm Furrowcious, theBalm Mary-Dew Manizer, Touch In Sol, Verso Turmeric Booster,

I cannot believe that it is June already - this year really is flying by! I like to do a mid-year check in with my beauty products and see what has really stood out to me over the past six months. As you can imagine, I try a lot of products so any that make it on to the list really have to be impressive! Surprisingly, I have more makeup than skincare products in this list but I guess that's because I have a good number of staples in my skincare routine so it takes a lot for something to overtake those.

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Why every makeup addict needs some Catrice in their life!

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A brand that I have really enjoyed getting to know this year is Catrice. Everything is priced at under €10, with the majority being under €5 and if ever there was a brand that proves that you don't need to spend a fortune to get quality, it's this one. See my reviews here and here. I've found that some products are dupes for Laura Geller products - the blurring stick and liquid highlighter, for example. I was recently sent some more products from the brand and I wanted to share my thoughts but also do a giveaway because I have doubles of some products and so many of you comment saying you'd love to try the brand, so keep reading until the end for that.

Why you should add some Vitamin C to your routine

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Vitamin C has many benefits for the skin, from evening out skin tone to protecting against pollution but for me, the main benefit is that it brightens my skin and banishes any signs of dullness, which my dry skin is prone to. Brighter skin also looks more youthful so Vitamin C is something that all skin types can benefit from. I personally don't use Vitamin C products on a daily basis but I have three in my collection that I reach for when my skin is looking particularly dull and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today!

Sunkissed skin with Clarins

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We all know that I'm a fan of Clarins skincare (post here) but I hadn't tried very much of their makeup until recently but I am now fangirling over their Summer Makeup Collection. Every year, they release a range of products that will give sunkissed skin and bring some colour into our lives and this year, they've gone one step further by adding a new primer to their range and it's a goodie!

My top 5 cleansing balms for all skin types!

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Regular readers will know that I have dry skin and my favourite type of cleanser is a balm - they just suit my skin so well, leaving it soft, deeply cleansed but not stripped. I also find them nourishing and just an all round pleasure to use - I enjoy taking the time to massage them into my skin. I have tried so many over the years but have five favourites that I want to tell you about! All are available from Cult Beauty but this post is not sponsored.

How to buy luxury skincare for less!

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Skincare is my thing and I don't mind spending on products that are effective. I get my love of skincare from my mother who has looks a lot younger than her 60+ years and she has had many compliments on how young her skin looks over the years. I don't think that you necessarily 'need' to use luxury skincare brands because a high price tag doesn't automatically mean that a product will work well or suit your skin, however I do find that luxury skincare brands tend to suit my skin very well in terms of effectiveness and with less irritation than some budget brands (due to less filler ingredients and more active ingredients). That being said, I do love a bargain or any kind of saving to be honest and I rarely pay full price for any skincare so I want to share my tips on how to buy luxury skincare for less with you today! This post is not sponsored - these are sites I use and also just what I do when I need to buy some skincare.

My Jo Malone collection

Basil & Neroli, Bath & Shower Oil, Blackberry & Bay, Body Cream, Hand & Body Lotion, Jo Malone, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Orange Bitters, Orange Blossom, Shower Gel, Tropical Cherimoya, Wood Sage & Sea Salt,  Review

If ever there was a brand that screams luxury, it's Jo Malone. I adore the classic cream and black packaging that is featured on the bottles, bags and boxes and the scent combinations make the brand unique and special. I am lucky enough to have built up quite a collection (thanks to my generous husband and savings in Duty Free!) and I wanted to share it with you today!

Game changing anti-ageing skincare products from Verso

Skincare, Verso, Turmeric Booster, Reviving Eye Mask, Super Facial Serum, Super Eye Serum, Foaming Cleanser, Review,

Verso is Latin for reverse and the aim of Verso skincare is to reverse the signs of ageing or at least delay them! We all know that retinol is the only proven anti ageing ingredient but Verso have patented their Retinol 8 Complex, which means that their products containing this complex are eight times more effective than regular retinol products - grabbed your attention? I thought so! Their monochrome packaging and 1,2,3,4,5 steps have made it simple for everyone to understand what order to use products in. Each product has a number on the front so you just can't go wrong! I want to share my thoughts on some of the products in the range with you today!

Pixi Lash & Line Love

Pixi, Lash Primer, Large Lash Mascara, Extra Eye Brightener, Eye Define Waterline, Endless Silky Eye Pen, Lash Line Ink, Review

You'll know from previous posts (here, here and here) that I am a big fan of Pixi and a few weeks ago, I was sent a very generous parcel of their liners, mascara and lash primer. I had previously used (and loved) their liquid liner and eye define pencils so I was excited to try other products in their eye wardrobe! 

Feel like a treat? 3 products for 3 budgets!

Caudalie Thé des vignes Body & Hair Nourishing Oil, Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick, Tom Ford Honeymoon Quad,  Review

This post went down really well last month so I've decided to make it a series! It's that time of the month again when lots of people like to treat themselves because they've just been paid or just generally feel like a little splurge! A treat does't have to break the bank so I've put together three produts for three budgets so hopefully you will find something you like, either for yourself or for a gift!

I need your product recommendations!

The main reason that I started my blog (apart from it being a distraction from my illness), was to start a conversation about beauty. I love that my friend Anne from Linda Libra Loca got a product recommendation in the comments section of one of my posts, which she went on to buy. As shallow as it may sound to some, talking about beauty products is one of my favourite things to do but I also like to listen and that's how today's post has come about! I need some product recommendations and would love if you would leave a comment below - even if you have never commented before, I'd love to hear from you now!

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW! Laura Geller new releases have me swooning!

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As I've mentioned before on the blog, Laura Geller is a brand that I grow to love more with every product that I try! Therefore you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive a parcel of the latest releases from the brand! There are new face palettes, lipsticks, lip glosses, liquid highlighters and blur sticks - all so beautiful that I didn't know where to start! Luckily, I was sent two of the face palettes so I'm delighted to be able to do a giveaway with the second one because, believe me, you will want it in your life! Stay reading to the end of the post for details on how to win!

My favourite overnight skincare products

Antipodes Joyous, Christian Breton, Drunk Elephant, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Liquid Gold Rose, Omorovicza Midnight Radiance, Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial, skincare, Sunday Riley Luna,

Beauty sleep is not just a myth - night time is when our skin renews and repairs, so what we put on it is important! There is no SPF or makeup to compete with so the products we use can really get to work. Being the skincare junkie that I am, I have a number of products that I love to use and I want to share them with you today. For reference, I have dry skin with some areas of texture that is prone to being dull if I don't keep on top of my skincare routine!

A palette that covers all bases? Clarins Travel Essentials Palette

Clarins Travel Essentials Palette Review, Duty Free Exclusive

I think we've established at this stage that one of my favourite things about going on holiday, is getting to have a browse and shop in Duty Free! I love that there are savings to be had on everyday essentials but also that there are some duty free exclusives that can't be bought elsewhere! Even if you aren't travelling yourself but know somebody who is, you can avail of the discount prices by using the Reserve & Collect option, whereby you browse the site, reserve your products and then the person who is travelling can collect the order and pay on the date selected. The brilliant thing about this option (which I only recently discovered) is that even if your local airport doesn't stock a particular brand, if you reserve in advance, you can choose from any of the brands stocked in World Duty Free. Who doesn't want to make a saving on Fresh, Diptyque or Jo Malone, for example? I'll definitely be taking advantage of that next time I fly! Today's post is all about a World Duty Free Exclusive: Clarins Travel Essentials Palette; a palette that has eye, lip and cheek options!

Setting sprays to add glow, lock in makeup or refresh the skin

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Because I have dry skin, I tend to favour setting sprays over powders to set my makeup and sometimes to add some luminosity or up the glow! Sometimes, I just want to refresh my makeup and a setting spray is ideal for that too. Ever the minimalist, I have six in my collection that I want to share my thoughts on with you today!

Celebrate National Smile Month with Janina!

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Did you know that National Smile Month runs from May 14th to June 14th? As the song goes 'You're never fully dressed without a smile' and for me, this is so true. A smile can cross so many barriers and will instantly endear me to a person. Just last week, I noticed a hen party in Dublin airport - they all looked amazing - immaculate hair and makeup, stunning clothes, preened to within an inch of their lives but not one of them had a smile on their face and it was the one thing that wouldn't cost them any time or money but would have made a huge difference! For me, a smile makes everyone much more attractive so when I was asked if I wanted to celebrate National Smile Month with Janina, I jumped at the chance!

5 products that I'm currently loving!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream Review, DHC Beauty Lift Cream Review, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask Review, Nars Orgasm Blush Review, Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner Review

It's time to share some products that I am currently loving and using very regularly (either daily or weekly) with you again! One is a rediscovery and the others are relatively new to my routine but all are firm favourites!

Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne

Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne Review

When we were passing through Duty Free recently, I had my usual browse in Jo Malone but wasn't really planning to buy anything, however their new limited edition fragrance Tropical Cherimoya caught my eye. The bright coloured bottle alone was enough to draw me in but when the sales assistant said that it was limited edition for May only, it really grabbed my attention - I really am a sucker for these things!

Three to try from Lime Crime - Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month!

Lime Crime Venus 3 review & swatches

Vegan and cruelty-free brand, Lime Crime is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for May, which means that there is free international shipping on all products until the end of the month. Known for their pigmented shadows and long-wearing lip products, this brand is no stranger to controversy (don't ask me for details though because I can never keep up with online dramas!) yet despite this they have stood the test of time due to their innovative and quality products. Today, I want to share three that I recommend trying from the brand, including their latest palette release: Venus III. Prepare to drool!

The brow pencils with the finest nibs

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Ever since Anastasia Beverly Hills released the Brow Wiz, other brands have followed suit with similar pencils - a spoolie on one end and a retractable pencil on the other, nothing groundbreaking there but it's the fine nib that made the Brow Wiz a hit. It really makes it easy to mimic the look of brow hairs - ideal for those of us with sparse brows or gaps. My problem with the Brow Wiz is that the spoolie end breaks off every.single.time! Well actually what happens is, it comes off with the lid and then I have to try to pull the lid off the spoolie - a first world problem, I know! Today I want to share four alternatives to the Brow Wiz that don't have that problem.

Nars Narsissist Lip Pencil Set

Nars Narsissist Lip Kit Review

I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things about going on holiday is having a stroll around World Duty Free to see what bargains are to be had and what new brands they are stocking! In fact, I did just that on Monday after spending the long weekend with my In-Laws and I was seriously impressed by the range of brands available. Even if you aren't flying yourself but know someone who is, you can avail of the Reserve & Collect option whereby you can browse the site then reserve the products you want and pay in store (or ask whoever is flying to collect & pay for you!). I personally love having a look at the travel exclusives and limited edition sets because anything that you can't buy on the high street, makes it that extra bit special. One such set is this Nars NARSissist Lip Pencil Set.

My top picks from MAC & an amazing Gift With Purchase from Debenhams!

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MAC was one of the first high end brands that I tried - maybe not as high end as YSL, Dior etc, but definitely a step up from the budget brands that I had previously used and all these years later, I still have a real soft spot for the brand! There is something about a MAC lipstick that gets me every time and I have quite a few in my collection. Today, I want to share some of my favourite products from the brand and also let you know about an amazing gift with purchase available from Debenhams when you spend £60 or more on MAC

Design.ME haircare review

Design.ME haircare review

Design.ME is a brand that is new to our shores but has been in North America for a while. It's a professional brand that is available to buy from Sally Beauty and I was lucky enough to be sent three of the four products available. I've been using them for the last few weeks and want to share my thoughts on them with you today!

Summer in a bottle!

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess, Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Korres Ginger Lime, Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream & Body Mist, Tom Ford Eau De Soleil Blanc, Tory Burch Bel Azur, The scent of summer

Lots of people describe a perfume as 'summer in a bottle' but, for me, there isn't just one scent that describes summer to me - some transport me to the beach, some make me think of pina coladas and sun cream and others to my Granda's garden where I spent so much time every summer as a child! Today I want to share with you the fragrances that remind me of summer!

REVIEW: Glamglow mask wardrobe

Multi-masking with Glamglow

I have used all of the Glamglow masks and all of them have been documented on the blog but I thought I'd put together a run through of this set that was available to buy last Christmas, which contained 4 mini tubes of their best-selling masks. I love when brands offer sets like this as it's a relatively inexpensive way of trying several products. They have an even better set available at the moment called the Multimasking Set, which is £29 for 6 masks.

Non-powder contouring options!

Cream and liquid contour products

Although this post is about contouring, its actually gentle definition that I go for these days as I find a full-on razor sharp contour a little aging. Because I have dry skin, I tend to favour products that are in liquid or cream form because they just work better with my skin and today I want to share those with you.

GIVEAWAY: Summer body products bundle featuring Sol De Janeiro, Omorovicza and more!

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Last week I share with you the products that I am using to prep my body for summer (post here) and Cult Beauty very kindly sent me some of the products to do a giveaway so that one of you lucky readers can try them for yourself! 

3 fantastic budget foundations

I've pretty much only worn budget foundations recently and I've had so many compliments on my skin when wearing them. I am absolutely delighted to have found some affordable foundations that I love because for years, I have spent a fortune on high end ones and now I don't have to. I'm not saying that I'll never buy a luxury foundation again but at the moment, these three have me covered!

REVIEW: Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit

REVIEW: Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit

I love a good pamper session and a face mask is an integral part of that. I have my favourites but am always up for trying some new ones in case they offer something different. When I saw this Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit, I had to buy it because I'd been wanting to try some PTR masks for a while and at £24, it wasn't too expensive and I could try all six masks from the brand. I've been using them over the past 5/6 weeks and am ready to share my thoughts on them with you! Although the tubes are mini, there are about 4 uses in each one, which is pretty good. For reference, I have dry and sometimes reactive skin.

Summer Body Preppin'

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff review

People either love to talk about the weather or find it boring - either way, it's been hard not to notice that in the space of four weeks, we went from snow to a mini heatwave! As soon as the sun comes out and we shed the winter layers, it quickly becomes apparent that our limbs need a bit of T.L.C. after being hidden away for around 6/7 months! Today I want to share the products that I reach for when I'm getting ready for my skin being exposed!

Feel like treating yourself? Four products for four budgets

It's the end of the month and most people are in the position of either having some money left in the bank before payday or have just been paid so I thought I'd put this post together with four products that I love for four different budgets - under £10, £10-25, £25-50 and £50 and over. If you feel like treating yourself, hopefully you will find something you like here! 

Limited Edition Catrice Active Warrior Range

Limited Edition Catrice Active Warrior Range Review

A lot of brands have released 'gym makeup' recently, Catrice being one of them! Their Active Warrior range is limited edition and only available to purchase until the end of the month so if you want any of the products, you need to act fast! To be honest, I don't think that the products are limited to gym-goers as we could all do with sweatproof makeup during the warm and humid summer months (nothing like positivity about getting a decent summer this year!). There are seven products in the range and I was kindly sent four of them to try!

Spring nail picks from CND!

CND Vinylux Candied, Gummi review

I am never without nail polish - once when I was in hospital, the nurses advise that I remove my nail polish in case I needed surgery, I genuinely was more concerned about how naked I would feel without nail polish than I was about having surgery! Ridiculous, I know! I don't like chipped nails, which I why I love CND Vinylux nail polishes and their weekly top coat because my manicure lasts at least 7 days (I could probably go a little longer but I have my Friday routine!). CND have four new shades for Spring and I was kindly sent two of them! 

Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette review & swatches

Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette review & swatches

If you read my 'Products worth placing a Sephora order for' post, you will know that I highly rate Pat McGrath Labs eyeshadows. I was lucky enough to receive one of her large palettes as a Christmas gift (review here), and knew that I would love more in my life but with a $125 price tag, there was little chance of that happening! When I was in New York, I was delighted to see that she had released some smaller 6 pan palettes, which are priced at $55 - still not cheap, but more affordable for sure and don't forget that the Sephora Spring Sale is happening this weekend so there is a saving of between 10 and 15% to be made! There are three palettes available and I loved all of the shade selections but decided to go for the Bronze Ambition palette - what can I say - I'm nothing if not predictable going for the warm tones!

The skincare products that have my skin looking its best

Sunday Riley, Good Genes, Skincare, Juno, Luna, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Verso Turmeric Booster, Verso Reviving Eye Mask, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask,  Review

I mentioned in my Clarins Extra Firming Skin Duo review that my skin has been looking better than ever recently and I've had a lot of compliments from people who see me both daily and infrequently telling me that I am looking younger! I'm not very good at taking compliments but when you hear the same thing numerous times, you begin to think there might be something to it so I thought I'd share with you some of my current favourite skincare products today! It's also worth mentioning that Space NK have £15 off orders of £60 and over until midnight on Monday 23rd in case anything here catches your eye - not sponsored, I just like sharing discounts when I find them! 

The products worth placing a Sephora order for!

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2018

Up until a few years ago, those of us in the UK & Ireland could only dream about shopping in Sephora. Around 2015, they began shipping to the UK but there were restrictions on the brands that could be shipped. Since then, some of the previously U.S. only brands have hit our shores - Kat Von D, Too Faced and Anastasia Beverly Hills, to name a few, which means that there aren't very many brands that we can't get our hands on. That being said, there are still some brands that I think are worth placing a Sephora order for and with the Spring Sale returning this weekend, I thought I would share some of them with you today.

My thoughts on the Pixi Pretties Collection

PIXI Pretties Collection Review

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will have seen Pixi's latest beauty influencer collaboration all over social media! The Pixi Pretties collection sees the brand join forces with Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy and Weylie Hoang, who have a combined youtube following of over 6 million subscribers. Each influencer produced two products and I was very kindly sent all of the products, which I have been using over the past few weeks and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today!

New releases from Too Faced!

Too Faced, Chocolate Matte Soleil Bronzer, Just Peachy Velvet Matte, Eyeshadow Palette, Natural Face Palette, Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation, Review,

Long term readers will know that I am a big fan of Too Faced (see Brand Focus post here), so when they recently released some new products, I couldn't resist adding them to my collection. Not everything is available this side of the Atlantic yet but rumour has it that they will be available in Debenhams soon. 

Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil review

Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection Review

I've mentioned before on the blog that whilst I spend a lot on skincare, I tend to use budget bath and body products the majority of the time. However, when it's been one of those days (or weeks!), I feel that I deserve a little treat and I always reach for the most luxurious products in my stash and give myself a good pamper. This will always start with a bath because I find that is the best way for me to switch off and relax. An essential component of this is a nice bath oil and they don't come better than Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oils. This Miniature Bath & Shower Oil set would make an amazing gift because who isn't in need of a pamper every now & then? Also, it contains a variety of oils - some to help you relax, some to help decongest and other that help to revive so there is an oil for all issues! I want to talk you through my thoughts on the oils today and let you know my favourite that I will be purchasing the full size of.

My long-wearing base essentials

Long-wearing foundation for dry skin

We all have occasions where we need our base to be budgeproof and long-lasting. For me, I want medium coverage with a glowy finish and for my skin to look pretty poreless - I don't ask for much, I know! I have dry skin so I don't necessarily have a problem with foundation lasting, however some have a tendency to gather in fine lines (think nasolabial area), which is never a good look! Today, I want to share my go-to products that I reach for when I know I will be out and about all day or for a special occasion. 

My top five Pixi makeup products

Pixi Makeup Top Five

Following on from Thursday's Top Five Pixi Skincare products post, I wanted to share my five favourite makeup products from the brand today! Now I will admit that I have tried more skincare than makeup from the brand so it wasn't too difficult to choose five! The packaging is very similar to the skincare products, which is green plastic with a clear lid when it comes to powder products - it's not particularly aesthetically pleasing but with the prices of the products, it's difficult to criticise! I also want to mention that Pixi is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month, which means that there is free international shipping on all products for the month of April.

Cut Crease made easy with HAX!

HAX Cut Crease Kit Review

Have you heard of the brand Hax before? They basically take whatever the latest Instagram makeup craze is and make it easy to recreate with one of their kits! Ombré lips/holographic lips/cut crease? They've got you covered! I love the look of a cut crease eye as it's pretty bold and dramatic so I was delighted to receive their Glitter Cut Crease Kit to try!

My top five Pixi skincare products

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Every month, Cult Beauty feature a Brand Of The Month, which means that there is free international shipping on that particular brand. For the month of April, Pixi is the Brand Of The Month so I thought that I'd share my top five skincare products from the brand! 

Spring clean your cleansing routine with Caudalie & a get a full size free gift!

Caudalie Cleansing Oil Review, Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser Review

Caudalie is one of those brands that impresses me more with each product I try. They focus on keeping the ingredient list as natural as possible - they don't use parabens, mineral oil or animal-derived ingredients and my dry, sensitive/reactive skin loves the products. They currently have a campaign around their line of cleansers and it really got me thinking because the premise is that your skin doesn't have the same needs every day so why use the same cleanser every day? They have also taken a new approach to the double cleanse, which I want to share with you today!

Spring Clean Your Hair & nab a freebie from Grow Gorgeous!

Grow Gorgeous Free Gift

Now that the sun has finally started to appear (sporadically!), it has made me think about the months ahead. Around this time, every year for the last four years, I have started using Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum to get my hair ready for summer! This serum really does help with hair growth - hence why I've repurchased it several times! You will have seen me talk about Grow Gorgeous on the blog on numerous occasions previously because I'm a big fan of the brand and they have very kindly given me a code to share with you so that you can receive a free full size Back Into The Roots Hair Masque with any purchase on their site between now and April 20th. The code is SIOBHANSPRING. Today, I am going to talk you through my favourite products from the brand, which might help you decide what to buy if you want to avail of the code!

Budget beauty products that have really impressed me

Life is all about balance, right? I use a lot of high end products but sometimes, budget beauty really impresses me and today I want to share some of my favorites with you!

My Spring Fragrance Picks!

Chloe Nomade Review, Tiffany and Co Review, Tony Burch Bel Azur Review

Yesterday I shared my Spring makeup picks and today I want to share with you the fragrances that I'll be wearing over the coming months! In winter I tend to favour warm scents but for Spring, I like fresh, airy fragrances to reflect the change in season. I have three beautiful perfumes to share with you today!

The Spring Beauty Edit

Apparently it's Spring - the weather just needs to catch up! With the change in season, I always like to switch up my makeup and I've been going through my stash this week, picking out products to put in my Muji drawers for everyday use. It's nice to put the berry lips and heavier base products away in favour of lighter, softer shades!

The best fake tan I have ever used: Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse

Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse Review

I've been a fake tan fan for years and have tried almost every brand on the market from budget to high end, with very mixed results. Because I have dry skin, I tend to favour lotions over mousses as the latter are generally more drying. I always like a guide colour so that I can see where I am applying the product and I always make sure to exfoliate well before application to ensure an even colour. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to tan because I don't want to look orange (or green toned!), I want it to be easy to apply, to fade evenly and last a good 5 days. I have found a tan that ticks all of those boxes, and more! Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse is the answer to all of my tanning prayers!

An extra-firming skin duo from Clarins and a Super Gift With Purchase from House of Fraser!

House Of Fraser Clarins Gift With Purchase, Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream Review, Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream Review

For me, Clarins is a classic skincare brand. It has stood the test of time with so many of its products becoming staples in the routines of every generation - we all know that Beauty Flash Balm is one of my most repurchased products ever! What I love about Clarins, is that it will re-visit popular products to see if any improvements/updates can be made to the formula due to scientific research into ingredients - Double Serum is one example (see post here).  Recently Clarins have released new and improved Extra Firming Day and Night Creams and two new products in its Hydra-Essential line: Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask and Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. I have been using the day and night cream for around 6 weeks and the eye mask and lip balm for a little less and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today. This post also happens to coincide with an amazing Super Beauty Gift in House of Fraser, which is running until April 14th, where you can choose 4 beauty treats (worth £54) with the purchase of two or more Clarins products, one to be skincare. The sizes are very generous - more details later in the post!

Gentle but effective exfoliating for sensitive skin with Christian Breton


We all know the importance of exfoliating the skin, not just in terms of skin renewal but also for increasing the effectiveness of the products that are applied afterwards. Serums can penetrate more deeply and masks are also more effective on exfoliated skin. The problem is that exfoliating can be tricky for those with sensitive or reactive skin, particularly when it comes to chemical exfoliators. Today I want to share a product that is perfect for those who usually shy away from acid toners as it's perfect for sensitive skin.

My flight essentials and anti-jetlag skincare heroes!

Verso Reviving Eye Mask, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist, Laneige Lip Mask, Omorovicza, Midnight Radiance, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Dr Roebuck's Ultimate Hydrating Serum, L'occitane, Hand Cream

As you know, I was in New York last week and whilst we had a reasonably timed flight on the way over, we flew overnight on the way back and usually that would mean that my skin would suffer, however this time, a few really effective products prevented the signs of jet lag. Some I used during the flight and others afterwards and I want to share them with you today!

What I bought in New York!

I'm back! In case you didn't realise that I was away - I was in New York last week! It was our first visit but won't be our last because we loved every minute of our trip. I know that the first thing some people think of when you mention New York is shopping, but in all honesty we wanted to see and do as much as we could so we didn't spend a lot of time in the shops. On Wednesday there was a snow storm so we took that as a sign to indulge in some retail therapy in the morning as it was due to be a lot worse in the afternoon and we knew we'd need to be indoors then. Today, I want to show you the beauty bits that I bought - I didn't blitz Sephora as much as I did on my first visit to the U.S. two years ago because a lot of brands are more available to us on this side of the Atlantic than they were two years ago, but I did pick up some great bits!
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