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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


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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!


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.

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