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Post heatwave skin recovery featuring Omorovicza, Charlotte Tilbury & more!


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Now that the intense heatwave has finally left us, it's time to deal with the consequences! Congestion, dullness and dehydration are some of the issues that we are left to deal with so I wanted to share the products that I find most effective in dealing with these issues.

The foundations for dry skin edit


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When you have dry skin, finding the right foundation can be tricky because some can accentuate the dryness, which in turn ages the skin. Some foundations go patchy where they cling to dry patches, leaving a mottled look on the skin and others sink into the crevices of the face and highlight fine lines. I've always had dry skin and have bought so many foundations that just didn't work for me but I have a nice selection to choose from now that I'm sharing with you today with varying degrees of coverage and types of finish. Of course, primer plays a part too but I know not everyone likes to use primers so I will do a separate post on those.

MAC x Patricia Bright & MAC x Jamie Genevieve limited edition lipsticks


MAC x Patricia Bright & MAC x Jamie Genevieve limited edition lipsticks review & swatches


After the success of their previous influencer collaboration, MAC have teamed up with two new beauty youtubers to release two new limited edition lipsticks. They go on sale today and are exclusive to Selfridges, MAC Freestanding Stores and online. The two youtubers involved are Jamie Genevieve and Patricia Bright. These lipsticks are bound to sell like hot cakes so if you like the look of either (or both), you need to act fast! Read on for my thoughts on the lipsticks and swatches.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks - the comfortable matte lip product


Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks Review & Swatches


Just the thought of applying a matte lip product even five years ago would have made me shudder. I have dry skin, dry hair and dry lips and matte lipsticks never did me any favours but things have come a long way since then and *comfortable* matte lips are now actually a thing. Clarins recently extended their Joli Rouge line with Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks and I was kindly sent two that I want to share my thoughts on with you today.

Five favourites from Hourglass


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Every month, Cult Beauty has a Brand Of The Month, which means that there is free worldwide delivery on all products from that brand. This month, it's Hourglass - a brand that I love so I wanted to share my five favourite products with you. It wasn't easy to narrow it down to just five, especially as some amazing new products were released recently but because they are so new, I couldn't legitimately call them favourites.... yet!! This post isn't sponsored - I just wanted to share because I think the free international shipping is a good deal!

Have the perfect relaxing evening with L'Occitane


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Taking some time out to relax is good for the soul. We all need to dedicate time to resting and relaxing but it's something that most people find difficult to do. Trying to find balance in a busy life is no easy task but it is essential - burnout can occur from illness, working long hours, being a parent (which can mean broken sleep), partying hard or a combination of all of the above so taking a small amount of time out to relax is a must. Sometimes even the idea of a pamper session involving a facial, defuzzing and a hair mask can seem like hard work so today's post is purely about relaxing and features some gorgeous products from L'Occitane's Relaxation range.

REVIEW: Urban Decay Born To Run Palette


Urban Decay Born To Run Palette Review & Swatches


Unless you've been in hiding, you will have seen the latest palette release from Urban Decay - the Born To Run palette. In a departure from their Naked line, this palette is larger and colourful and has covered every shade you could possibly want or need. You all know that I'm a palette addict so I was delighted to get my hands on this one & I want to share my thoughts with you today!

By Terry My Beauty Favourites Set - A World Duty Free Exclusive


By Terry My Beauty Favourites Set - A World Duty Free Exclusive


One of the best things about shopping in Duty Free before going on holiday, is seeing what travel exclusive sets are available. I leave my husband in a book shop and have a proper browse around Duty Free to see what's available. There's something special about buying something that you can't get on the high street or any other site! One such set is By Terry My Beauty Favourites Set - A World Duty Free Exclusive, which is a brilliant way to try five products from the luxury brand By Terry for under £40.

My birthday makeup picks!


Laura Geller Flawless Filter Foundation Review, Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Giveaway


It's my birthday tomorrow and whilst I'm not doing anything mega exciting, I still want to make an extra effort with my makeup as I'll be going on a dinner date with my husband. I thought I'd share the products I'll be using with you today!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette


Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review, Swatches and Giveaway


We all remember the mixed reviews (a.k.a. hate) on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette last summer and then the non-reaction to Prism but ABH managed to turn it around with the release of Soft Glam earlier this year, which was universally praised. They got it so right with everything from the shade selection to the texture and pigmentation of the shadows. Therefore, my hopes were set high for the Norvina palette.

Review & Swatches: Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette


Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette Review


We all know that I'm an eyeshadow palette addict but what I am asking myself is why I've never tried a Bobbi Brown palette before now? I was delighted when World Duty Free sent the new Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition palette over, not just because I'm new to Bobbi Brown palettes but also the shade selection is different from all of my other palettes. It is limited edition and exclusive to Duty Free for another few weeks so if you're passing through the airport soon, you'll be able to pick it up before it hits the high street or even if you aren't flying yourself but you know somebody who is, you can avail of the Reserve & Collect option, where you reserve your shopping in advance and then collect (or ask somebody else to collect) in the airport!

Customise your skincare with Erborian Lotions and Capsule Masks


Customise your skincare with Erborian Lotions and Capsule Masks


We've all seen how Korean skincare has taken the beauty world by storm over the last few years and one of the brands that I have been really enjoying is Erborian. Last month I was sent some of their lotions and also capsule masks, which I found really interesting because you can basically make your own sheet mask and customise it to provide whatever your skin is craving at that moment.

Review: Natasha Denona Super Glow


Natasha Denona Super Glow Review
On the left, the original Glow Powder in the shade Light. On the right, Super Glow in Light/Medium


Did I need another highlighter? Absolutely not, but when Natasha Denona releases a new product, I am always going to want it! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am a huge fan of Natasha Denona products (posts here, here and here) and I really love her original Glow highlighter, which made me curious to try the new Super Glow powder. But are they really so different?

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA - a dupe for Sunday Riley Good Genes?


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I've raved about Sunday Riley Good Genes a few times previously on the blog (here and here, for example!) because I find it so effective on my skin. I can feel it eating away the dead skin cells and my skin is always left feeling smooth with refined pores and looking radiant when I use it. When I finished my recent bottle of Good Genes, I found that I couldn't repurchase it as it has been taken off the market to be reformulated to comply with EU regulations. I have to admit that I was gutted and I only have a few sample sachets left. I looked into what I might be able to use as an alternative and decided to give The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA a go. Is it a dupe? Read on! 

Do you need both Too Faced Born This Way Concealers?


Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer Review


When I saw that Too Faced were releasing a second concealer in the Born This Way line, I was very curious. At first I thought that the original Naturally Radiant Concealer might be discontinued but it isn't and the two concealers are pretty different so I want to share my thoughts on whether you need both with you today. 

Verso Super Facial Oil With Retinol 8 - the elixir of youth! And I have a discount code for you!


Verso Super Facial Oil With Retinol 8 review and discount


If you read my post on Tuesday all about Anti-Ageing hero products, you will have seen me mention Verso Super Facial Oil and describe it as the elixir of youth! I have previously raved about Verso skincare here and explained that its patented Retinol 8 complex is what makes it different to other anti-ageing or retinol products. This complex is eight times more effective that other retinol products so the results can usually be seen more quickly than with other retinol products.

REVIEW: Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller


Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller Review


I mentioned in yesterday's post that I bought the Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller before it went into the sale!I have wanted it for well over a year, basically ever since I saw Tati talk about it and use it in some of her videos. When I saw the limited edition Cult Beauty birthday edition, I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself (I wish I had waited a little longer as it's now reduced to £35!). 

My picks from the summer beauty sales!




I have been pretty good at resisting the summer sales this year and a lot of them are now over but I've found some real bargains that I want to share with you today!

Anti-Ageing Hero Products


The best anti-ageing products


I want to start this post by saying that I am not anti ageing - I believe that ageing is a privilege. That being said, I like to keep my skin looking as plump and youthful as possible. I personally don't have botox or fillers but don't judge anybody who does have those treatments - never say never, but for now I am happy to keep the signs of ageing at bay with effective skincare products. I want to keep my skin looking its best for as long as possible and so far, so good.  Today I want to share some hero products with you - products that actually make a difference and are worth the money. This is going to be quite a long post as I have lots to share with you!

Three treats for three budgets


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It's that time of the month again where payday is approaching and I share three products for three budgets in case you're in the mood to spoil yourself or need to buy a gift for a loved one! 

Three fab face mists for summer!


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I love using face mists all year round but they're particularly beneficial in summer. I don't mean water sprays, I only use mists that will actually do something for my skin. I like to use them as part of my skincare routine, on flights, to refresh my makeup during the day and to hydrate on the go. I have three that I am using on rotation at the moment that I want to share with you today.

The best long lasting eye liners featuring theBalm, Pixi and more!


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I have often mentioned on here that I have the truly delightful combination (sense the sarcasm!) of watery eyes and oily lids and I have sported panda eyes on a number of occasions as a result. I love to wear eye liner because it really does define the eyes, and when worn in the right way, can make eyes appear bigger. I have tried so, so many brands of liners over the years and now have a number that I can depend on that I want to share with you today. Some are liquid, others pencil so if you are in the market for a new liner, there should be something here for you.

The bronzer edit featuring theBalm, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, Marc Jacobs and more!


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I actually didn't realise how many bronzers I had in my collection until it came to writing this post and this doesn't include those in palettes - I guess I'm a bit of a bronzer addict! For years, I only ever used either one of two bronzers: Nars Laguna or MAC Refined Golden. I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I repurchased those two. Since then, curiosity has gotten the better of me and I've also made new brand discoveries and once I like one product from a particular brand, I then want to try more so I will usually go on to try a highlighter or bronzer as they are two products that I use daily throughout the year. I love how a touch of bronzer adds warmth and dimension to my face - some I use to contour, some to add some life and some to bronze when my foundation is a little too light for my skin. I also love to use bronzer on my eyes on lazy makeup days! Today I want to share my collection with you and my thoughts on each one. I know my collection is excessive and I basically don't need to buy another bronzer for the rest of my days and I'm definitely not saying that you need this many in your collection - one or two would really do the job but it is what it is! I would love if you could recommend your favourite bronzer brush to me as I don't have that I love!

Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Palette


Review & Swatches Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Palette


I'm a highlighter addict and a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup (see Brand Focus post here) so it was inevitable that I would buy her newly released Bar Of Gold Palette. I've used all of her other highlighters: Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Hollywood Beauty Light Wand and Flawless Filter but every year when she released the individual limited edition Bar Of Gold, I somehow missed out. Therefore, I went into this purchase without any knowledge of whether that shade and formula would suit my skin but given that I love all of her other highlighters, I thought it wasn't too much of a risk.

GIVEAWAY! Win an IMAGE skincare bundle!




If you read my post about some IMAGE skincare products (here) that I have been using, you will know that I am a massive fan of the results they have given. A lot of you, both here and on Instagram, said that you loved the sound of the products and would love to try them - well here's your chance! IMAGE have kindly offered to provide the three products for a giveaway. They have a RRP of £189 so one of you will be delighted to receive them!

Post sunny days/holiday hair, skin and body saviours!




The sun can't seem to make up its mind this week but I'm hoping that the heatwave returns soon because everything seems better when the sun is shining! When we came home from Majorca last month, the weather was so good that it felt like we were still on holiday - well apart from the fact that we don't have a pool to cool down in! In order to maintain my tan but also to inject some moisture back into my skin, I have been reaching for a number of products that I want to share with you today. They're not necessarily just post-holiday products - anybody who has experienced the high temperatures that we've had over the past few weeks will love them!

Light summer base picks featuring Natasha Denona, IT Cosmetics & Omorovicza


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Although the skies have been a bit overcast at times this week, it has still been warm and humid. Whether the days are sunny or cloudy, when it's warm, I will also go for a lightweight base because I don't want anything that feels heavy or looks too full in terms of coverage. I have three products that tick these boxes and that I will reach for when I want to wear some makeup.

Summer morning cleansers suitable for all skin types and PMD Clean review


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Although my favourite type of cleanser is a balm, on these hot summer mornings, I find that a gel or mousse is more suitable as it feels refreshing on the skin. I have three that I am using in rotation and a new cleansing device, which I've really been enjoying using: PMD Clean, that I want to share my thoughts on with you today!

Glittery eyes and glowy skin with Pixi


Pixi Glowy-Glossamer Duo Review & Swatches, Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Review & Swatches


I have to say that Pixi do the best PR packages and I am very grateful that I am a recipient because everything is packaged so beautifully and receiving a package feels so special. I was buying and using Pixi products long before I received anything from them so I can genuinely say that I'm a fan of the brand. The most recent releases are Glowy-Glossamer Duos and Liquid Fairy Lights, which I have been using over the past few weeks and want to share my thoughts on with you today. If you are a fan of glittery eyes and glowy skin, read on!

New additions to the L'Occitane Verbena Collection that you need this summer!


L'Occitane Icy Verbena Review, L'Occitane Mint Verbena Review, L'Occitane Citrus Verbena Review


Scent is such a powerful sense and can instantly make us feel so many emotions. I love the original L'Occitane Verbena range - the scent brings back so many happy childhood memories of time spent in my Granda's garden. I loved his garden and we were very close so I can't help but smile when I smell anything containing that tangy citrus scent! This summer, three new limited edition lines have been added to the Verbena range and I was kindly sent some products to try: Icy Verbena, Citrus Verbena and Mint Verbena. Let me tell you that these are just as refreshing as they sound and the perfect products to get you through the heatwave!

Get radiant, plump and bright skin with Image skincare!


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If you read my post on why you need Vitamin C products in your skincare regime, you will know that I am a huge fan of Image skincare. They recently added some new products to their range and I was delighted to be able to choose some to try. Prepare for a swoonfest because these products are beautiful!

Review: Huda Rose Gold Remastered Palette


Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette Review & Swatches


If you read my post about the Cult Beauty Birthday Box, you will know that one of the products included was the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette. Out of all 10 products in the box, I think this was the one I was most excited about because I am a huge fan of Huda Beauty in general (see Brand Focus post here) but especially her eyeshadows. I reviewed her Desert Dusk palette here last year. I know that there were a lot of mixed reviews on the original Rose Gold palette and she listened to her customers, leading to this new Remastered Palette. I can understand why some people feel hard done by if they had bought the original palette but I get why she re-released it as the shade selection was a hit, it was the formula that was a miss. 

Quench your thirst with this free gift from Caudalie!


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I think that we are all more aware of the negative effects of plastic on the environment, particularly since that episode of Blue Planet last December and the onus is on us to become better citizens of the world and be more responsible with regards recycling and waste in general. A simple everyday change that we can all make is to use our own bottle or mug for our daily water or tea/coffee intake. If you don't already own an eco-friendly water bottle, then you will be very interested in this gift with purchase from Caudalie. And even if you do already own one, it will be hard to resist this pretty pink bottle! It is available with two purchases from the Vinosource range from now until the end of August (whilst stocks last) when you use the code BOTTLE2018 at the checkout, so you can quench your thirst and that of your skin with this offer!

Youth Lab - the affordable skincare range that has wowed me!




Youth Lab is a brand that I hadn't heard of until I was contacted about it but it's one that everyone will recognise soon enough as it launched in Boots last month. As a beauty blogger, I am regularly contacted about products and brands that are new to the market or have some new releases but if a product doesn't grab my interest or it's one that I don't think I would spend my own money on, I don't accept it as it just wouldn't be fair to my readers. With that in mind, when I read about Youth Lab, I was intrigued - the brand recognises that as we age (and as a result of environmental conditions), our skin's metabolism decreases and shows signs of ageing. In order to achieve more youthful looking skin, Youth Lab has developed a line of products, each of which contains active ingredients, which aim to increase cell communication and thus the metabolism of the skin. All products are paraben, gluten and sulphate free. The reason I was very intrigued by the brand is that the products are very affordable - I wouldn't necessarily put them in the 'budget beauty' category but most products are priced at the £15-25 mark so I would say affordable rather than budget prices. I was kindly sent four products and want to share my thoughts on them with you today. For reference, I have dry skin that can be quite reactive.

Easy makeup for hot summer days!


Summer makeup for dry skin


To be completely honest, I've been having lots of no-makeup days over the past few weeks because I'm embracing my freckles and have some colour in my cheeks (skin is well protected though) but on the days that I have worn makeup, I've been choosing products that are quick and easy to use. Who wants to sit indoors for ages applying makeup when the weather is so good?! Plus, I don't want anything heavy on my skin or products that require a lot of maintenance. This post is very Clarins-heavy but it isn't sponsored at all - I just happen to be using and loving a lot of their products recently. Here's what I've been reaching for!

Two products that will help you get a good night's sleep on these hot summer nights!


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Hands up if you've been finding it difficult to sleep during the heatwave! I absolutely love summer and sunny days but I do find that the warm weather can sometimes mess with my sleep! On holiday, it isn't a problem as the air conditioning keeps the room cool but unfortunately I don't have air conditioning at home so I have to work with what I have! I have two products to share with you today that have been helping me to get a full night's sleep over these past few weeks of hot and sticky nights!

5 products I'm currently loving!


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It's time for an update on the products that I am currently loving and have been reaching for most often over the past few weeks!

REVIEW: Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene


Marc Jacobs Fantascene Palette Review & Swatches


Every summer, Marc Jacobs Beauty release a set of limited edition makeup products (the Coconut Fantasy Collection). It sells out really quickly and this year was no exception - I wanted the bronzer but missed out so settle for the Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene. I'm a huge fan of Marc Jacobs eyeshadows (see Brand Focus post here) so I knew there was a good chance this wouldn't disappoint.

Cult Beauty is 10! My favourite picks from the site!


Cult Beauty is 10!


One of my favourite beauty sites recently celebrated its 10th Birthday! I was very sad to have missed Cult Beauty's party but they kindly sent me a box of goodies to celebrate their birthday - I must admit that I let out a squeal when I received it! Packed with lots of my favourite products, sweets and a biscuit - it really felt like it was my birthday! I have discovered so many amazing brands via Cult Beauty over the years and there are some of their bestsellers in the box.

3 treats for 3 budgets




It's that time of the month again where I share 3 products for 3 budgets with you in case you're in the mood for treating yourself!

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


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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!


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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!


Dewdreamer Illuminating Drops, Giveaway, Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick, Laura Geller, Laura Geller Hampton Palette, Laura Geller Nude Kisses, review, Spackle Blur,


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!
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