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Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2018


Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2018 Review & Contents


Can you tell that I'm loving Beauty Advent Calendars this year? They have improved so much in the last few years with so many deluxe sample and full sized products in them that I really think it's worth treating yourself to one. Following on from my previous two posts (here and here), today I want to share the Look Fantastic Advent calender. This calendar contains products worth over £300 for £79, which is fantastic value for money and it's bound to sell out quickly so grab it while you can here!

My current most worn perfumes


Jo Malone, Blackberry & Bay, Velvet Rose & Oud, Emporio Armani Because It's You, Tiffany, Perfume, Fragrance,


Literally not a day passes where I don't wear perfume - I really am a fragrance addict! Even on duvet days, I will still wear perfume because it always makes me feel better and perks me up. I was one of those kids that tried making perfume from rose petals and other flowers in the garden and I loved if my Mam let me have a spray of her perfume! I own over 30 bottles, which I know is ridiculously excessive but I always receive perfume for my birthday and Christmas and because I wear it daily, none go to waste as I finish a number of bottles every year.   Today I want to share the perfumes that I am reaching for most often at the moment. I finished two summer fragrances at the end of August and am not quite at the rich Winter fragrance stage yet so these are perfect for in between seasons - who am I kidding, they're gorgeous no matter what time of year it is! 

Natasha Denona Mini Lila and Mini Star Palettes - as good as the larger palettes?


Natasha Denona Mini Lila Palette Review, Natasha Denona Mini Star Palette Review,


I have raved about Natasha Denona products several times on the blog and, without doubt, my favourite products within the range are her eyeshadows - I now own 10 of her palettes (more than any other brand within my collection), but I know that her palettes are prohibitively expensive so I was delighted when she began to release mini palettes earlier this year because they are priced at $25. Natasha Denona eyeshadow formula is matched only by Pat McGrath in terms of pigmentation, ease of application, wear time and texture - the term 'buttery soft' was invented for her shadows.

Want a honeymoon glow? Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Review


Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Review


People talk about a bridal glow and honeymoon glow but I can tell you that I certainly wasn't glowing on my honeymoon! We went to Italy for just over 3 weeks and I had a full relapse in my health a few days in so we had to cancel and leave after around a week when it was obvious that it wasn't just a blip, so to say that I was far from glowing is an understatement! Maybe if I'd had Farmacy Honeymoon Glow in my collection at that time, I would have at least looked well even if I didn't feel it!

Too Faced Gingerbread Palette Review & Swatches


Too Faced Gingerbread Palette Review and Swatches


All of the Christmas releases are hitting our shelves and this year I am really trying to resist buying very many makeup sets but I will probably indulge in a few skincare ones. The exception to this is Too Faced Gingerbread Palette because a) I love the formula of Too Faced shadows and b) the shade selection screamed my name (well apart from the pale pink!). As soon as I saw it on Debenhams a few weeks ago, I snapped it up because I knew it would be a sell out! (Currently available from Cult Beauty) I've been using it for a few weeks and want to share my thoughts on it with you today! 

World Duty Free Exclusive: Eve Lom Cleanser Duo Set


World Duty Free Eve Lom Travel Exclusive Cleanser Duo


You know I love a good deal and there are always bargains to be had in World Duty Free but I particularly love their travel exclusives and I want to share a particularly good one with you today. As always, I want to remind you that even if you aren't flying yourself, you can take advantage of the good deals to be had if you know somebody who is flying because you can use the Reserve & Collect option whereby you add products to your basket and give flight details and then your shopping is ready to be collected on the day that you fly. With discounts of up to 20% compared to the high street, it's hard to resist a bit of Duty Free shopping!

Five favourites from theBalm - the brand that deserves more hype!


Five Favourites, theBalm, Furrowcious, Mary Dew-Manizer, Brand Focus, Bahama Mama, Schwing Liquid Liner, Meet Matt(e) Shmaker,


Following on from this post where I featured five favourites from Stila, which is a brand that I think deserves more hype, today I'm talking about theBalm. I just don't know why this brand is so underrated because the prices are reasonable and the quality of the products is top notch. We're talking buttery soft eyeshadows, hydrating liquid lipsticks and smudgeproof liquid liner! I love the retro print on the packaging and although it's cardboard around the blush, bronzer and eyeshadows, the products are well protected. It was very difficult to narrow it down to my top five products from the brand because I love so many but these are the products I use most often and think everyone should try.

Liquid lipsticks for dry lips featuring Pixi, Huda and more!


Liquid Lipsticks for dry lips, Liquid Lipstick, theBalm Meet Matte Hughes, Lime Crime Plushie, Too Faced Melted Matte, Huda Beauty, Pixi Matte Last Liquid Lip,


Have I ever mentioned that I have dry skin/hair/body/lips? No, didn't think so! I hope you can sense my sarcasm because I feel that I must mention in in at least 90% of my posts! Because of this, liquid lipsticks are something that I could never really get fully on board with as when they first became popular, they were very drying due to how long-lasting they were. Formulas have improved since then and there some brands that I actually find pretty comfortable, which I'm sharing with you today.

Five face masks that give instant or overnight results


Ecooking Peel Mask Review, Heaven Skincare Bee Peel Review, Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask review, Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask review, Oskia Renaissance Mask review


With most skincare products, results can only be seen with consistent use over a number of weeks/months but I find that face masks can give instant results. Undoubtedly, the results are improved over time but I find that there are some face masks that I can depend on for a 'quick fix' if my skin is looking dull/congested/dehydrated and I want to share them with you today!

The best Alpha-H products for sensitive skin! Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month


Cult Beauty, Brand of The Month, Alpha-H, Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm Review, Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose Review, Alpha-H Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Cream Review, Essential Hydration Concentrate Review


When Alpha-H Liquid Gold hit our shores, everyone went crazy for it and with good reason - it gives overnight results, but lots of people hear the word 'acid' and their toes curl, especially those with sensitive skin. I have dry, reactive/sensitive skin and I have been using Alpha-H products for a few years without any problems or reactions so I thought I'd share my top picks with you today. Alpha-H is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for October, which means that there is free international shipping on all products until the 31st so if anything catches your eye, now is the time to order!

Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette - review & swatches


Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette Review, Charlotte Tilbury, Eyeshadow palette,


There have been lots of new releases from Charlotte Tilbury recently and while I love the Magic Concealer and Powder (apart from the smell!), I skipped the Pillow Talk eyehadow quad and planned on skipping the Stars In Your Eyes Palette but then my husband kindly surprised me with it! Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quads are priced at £39 and this large 12 shadow palette is priced at £60, so in terms of Charlotte Tilbury makeup, it's good value but £60 is still a lot of money. The reason I was going to skip this palette because I personally prefer other eyeshadow formulas to Charlotte Tilbury's - Too Faced and Anastasia Beverly Hills, for example. Having said that, I was delighted to receive it as a gift! So is it worth the hype?

My current high end favourites


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Concealer Review, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Review, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder Review, Hourglass Hyaluronic Skin Tint Review, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation Review, Natasha Denona Camel Palette Review


It's no secret that I'm a big fan of high end beauty products - don't get me wrong, there are some cracking budget beauty products on the market but I have a real soft spot for luxury beauty. These are my current most used and loved high end beauty products.

L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar Review & Contents


L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar Review


Following on from last week's post on the Feel Unique Little Beauty Parcel Advent Calendar, I'm back with another one! This time, I'm talking about the L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar, which I am lucky enough to have for the second year in a row! This calendar has a value of £85/€99 but it retails at £49/€59, which is good value and the product sizes are generous - there are no 'one use' products in here!
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