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Friday, 30 November 2018

Non beauty Christmas Gift Guide


Non Beauty Christmas Gifts


Welcome to the final day of my gift guides and today it's for those who are not beauty fanatics. I have a good selection of gifts that should hopefully provide some inspiration! As always, I want to mention that I bought most of these products myself and those that were kindly sent to me are marked with a * but I only feature products that I would be happy to spend my own money on. Let's get started!
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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Palettes and Perfumes!


Christmas 2018 perfumes & palettes gift guide


Welcome to Day Four of my Christmas Gift Guides! Today, I'm focusing on palettes and perfumes - two of my weaknesses that I thought deserved a post of their own. To be transparent, the only product that was sent to me is the Urban Decay Born To Run palette - everything else I bought myself. I think that most makeup fans can appreciate a good palette and I have some really great ones to recommend. I also have a range of perfumes to suit pretty much all tastes...
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide £50/€50 +


luxury beauty Christmas gift guide


Welcome to the third of my Christmas Gift Guides. As I mentioned in my previous two posts, I know that some people are quite cynical about gift guides as they think they consist of only PR products but all of my posts have a mixture of products that were kindly sent to me and products that I have bought myself (as gifts or for myself!). I usually mention at the bottom of each post if a product was gifted to me but for my gift guide posts, any product that was sent to me will be marked with a * As always, I only feature products that I would be happy to spend my own money on. Today, I'm talking about gifts that are in the £50/€50+ budget range but don't worry, there is nothing too ridiculously expensive - no diamond encrusted shoes or handbags here!
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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: £25-50/€25-50


Christmas Gift Guide £25-50 €25-50


Welcome to the second of my Christmas Gift Guides. As I mentioned yesterday, I know that some people are quite cynical about gift guides as they think they consist of only PR products but all of my posts have a mixture of products that were kindly sent to me and products that I have bought myself (as gifts or for myself!). I usually mention at the bottom of each post if a product was gifted to me but for my gift guide posts, any product that was sent to me will be marked with a * As always, I only feature products that I would be happy to spend my own money on. Today we're looking at gifts priced between £25-50 and I have some really great products to share with you!
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Monday, 26 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: £25/€25 and under


Christmas Gift Guide Under £25, Christmas Gift Guide Under €25


Instead of my usual 3 treats for 3 budgets post, this month I am doing 3 gift guides for 3 budgets, given that Christmas is only weeks away! I know that some people are quite cynical about gift guides as they think they consist of only PR products but all of my posts have a mixture of products that were kindly sent to me and products that I have bought myself (as gifts or for myself!). I usually mention at the bottom of each post if a product was gifted to me but for my gift guide posts, any product that was sent to me will be marked with a *. As always, I only feature products that I would be happy to spend my own money on. Today I have gifts for under £25/€25 and this was actually the easiest category - there are so many amazing gifts and products that fall into this budget category that prove you don't need to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous gift.
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Friday, 23 November 2018

My favourite luxury lipsticks...


luxury lipsticks


Luxury lipsticks are like Pringles - once you pop, you just can't stop! It's only in the last 3 years or so that I've really gotten into lipsticks, prior to that I was primarily a lip gloss lover with the odd MAC lipstick thrown in. I think I used to associate lipsticks with dry lips and the packaging didn't excite me but things have changed a lot since then! I'm now a full time lipstick lover, particularly luxury lipsticks. I love aesthetically pleasing packaging and the lipsticks that I'm going to share with you today couldn't be any more gorgeous but more than that, the product inside the packaging is equally as beautiful!
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Thursday, 22 November 2018

My picks from the Black Friday sales....




There are so many posts about Black Friday in the Blogosphere and I can't resist adding my own! I'm not going to list every Black Friday offer, instead I am going to talk through the ones that I am personally tempted by - the ones that offer the best value on brands I love. I think that the best way to approach Black Friday is to only buy products that were already on your wishlist rather than buying lots of products just because they are reduced - just because something is cheaper than usual, it doesn't mean that you will love it or use it. Stick to what you really want!
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Review & Swatches: Huda The New Nude Palette


Huda The New Nude Palette Review & swatches


When I heard that Huda Beauty was releasing a nude eyeshadow palette called The New Nude, I wondered what could possibly be so new about it. There have been so many neutral palette releases in the last few years that I wasn't sure that she would be able to create something different enough to make me want to buy it......... I was wrong! Huda said that thinks that pinks are the new nudes, hence the name of the palette. It is certainly a complete departure from her previous palettes (reviews here) that were full of colour! I am a big fan of the Huda eyeshadow formula so as soon as the palette was released, I ordered it! It sold out pretty quickly but is currently back in stock on Feel Unique, Selfridges, Arnotts and Brown Thomas. There is also currently a waitlist on Cult Beauty. I would imagine that it will be at the top of a lot of Christmas wish lists and is bound to sell out so if you want to get your hands on it, act fast!
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Monday, 19 November 2018

Lookfantastic X Molton Brown Limited Edition Beauty Box


Lookfantastic X Molton Brown Limited Edition Beauty Box


You know how much I love Molton Brown and if you've been reading my blog or any amount of time, you will also know that I love a good deal so today's post is a combination of the two! The Lookfantastic X Molton Brown Limited Edition Beauty Box is a real bargain and is bound t to sell out quickly so don't hang around too long if you want to get your hands on one!
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Friday, 16 November 2018

The best eyeshadows for those who normally avoid glitter




I think that glitter eyeshadow scares a lot of people over the age of 30 because unless you have crease-free firm lids, glitter can be quite unflattering. Also, back in the day, glitters were very irritating on the eyes as there was a lot of fallout but things have come a long way and glitters are no longer chunky and uncomfortable. Glitter is not something I would wear on a daily basis but when the occasion calls for it, I have some eyeshadows that I know I can depend on to flatter. Because the festive season is approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share them with you.
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The hype is real #1 Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial


Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial review


Welcome to a new series on the blog - the hype is real! As you know, there are products that are very hyped in the beauty community - some with good reason and some because they have a big PR budget! I want to share the products that I believe live up to the hype surrounding them but would love to hear your thoughts too because obviously things don't work out the same way for everybody due to having different skin types, age, requirements etc. Today I am starting with Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial.
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder Vs Genius Magic Powder. Do you need both?


Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder Vs Genius Magic Powder


As regular readers will know, I have dry skin and that means that I avoided powders for years as they just aged my skin and generally made my makeup look cakey. I don't necessarily need a powder to make my base last longer but I do find that my base looks more polished when I finish it with a powder. I had more or less given up on the idea of finding one that would work on my skin and that I could use regularly until my lovely friends Leanne, Dorota and Dagmara gave me Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder for my birthday last year and I loved it instantly - so much, in fact, that I'm am now on my third one! When Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Powder was released, I didn't 'need' it but I wanted it so today I want to share my thoughts on both with you.
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Giveaway! Win a Pat McGrath lipstick trio


Pat McGrath Mini Matte Trance Lipstick Giveaway
Image Source: Amazon


Pat McGrath Labs is a brand that I eventually got to try last Christmas after lusting over her products for a while and they did not disappoint. Her eyeshadow formula is second to none and her lipsticks are pigmented, comfortable and long-lasting. I adore the packaging of her lipsticks - the little lip feature at the closing is unique. I now have three of her lipsticks (review of one here) and although they are expensive, they are worth it and they feel like a real treat. When I saw her mini lipstick trio, I thought it would make the perfect giveaway prize for one of my readers. The photo above is taken from Amazon because the lipsticks are housed in gold packaging with gold sequins, which I obviously didn't want to open as it's a prize!
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Saturday, 10 November 2018

L'Occitane 6 Piece Gift of Giving Christmas Special - a bargain available for a short time!


L'Occitane QVC Christmas Special


If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, this post might just give you the urge! L'Occitane is one of those brands that I think everyone would enjoy because it's all about quality products that can be used to pamper even if you are short on time and are a real treat if you have a lot of time. Right now, on QVC, you can buy a L'Occitane 6 Piece Gift of Giving Bath & Body Collection, worth over £100 for £46.96 - a saving of over £50, plus what's even better is that you can spread the cost over 4 payments of £11.74. Plus what I think makes it even better again is that some of the products are individually boxed so if you wanted to break it down into a number of gifts, you can.
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Friday, 9 November 2018

The Huda Beauty products worth the hype & those that deserve more hype!


Huda Beauty Brand Focus


Huda Beauty is Cult Beauty's November Brand Of The Month, which means that there is free international shipping on all orders - the perfect time to place an order if you are lusting after a Huda product. Huda Kattan is the lady behind the brand who has turned her passion for beauty into an international makeup empire through dedication and hard work. I love reading stories about when she started out with her first product, which was her lashes - she and her sisters packed them for shipping themselves and her sister invested some savings to help Huda get the brand going - I personally love hearing success stories like this. I know that it is a very hyped brand but I feel that some of her products can be overlooked. I have tried most products from the brand so today I want to share with you what I think is worth the hype and the products that deserve more hype!
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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Seasonal skincare additions for dry skin featuring Antipodes, Ra Oils and more!


Antipodes Divine Face Oil Review, Antipodes Hosanna Serum Review, Pixi Glow Tonic Review, Pixi Rose Tonic Review, Ra Skin Rescue Oil Review,  Vitamin C Paste Review,


Now that the temperatures have really dropped, the central heating has gone on and the fire has been lit, I have had to make some changes to my skincare routine. I have posted about some of the products I am currently using herehere and here but there also some additions I have had to make. Because my skin is like the Sahara, I like to use rich, nourishing products that will protect and hydrate my skin. Of course there are the staples that I use all year round, such as Pixi Glow TonicEstée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Omorovicza Omoressence and Sunday Riley Luna Oil but these are the products that I have added into the mix in recent weeks.
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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

My current most reached for makeup


By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Review, Callanberry, Flawless Filter Review, Glowing Skin,  Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint Review,


Despite having a ridiculously large makeup collection, I have been sticking to the same products repeatedly recently. I've had a real dip in my health in the last while so I haven't really had the energy or enthusiasm to play with makeup and I'm just sticking to the products that I know I love and I can create a quick and easy glowing look that hides how crap I'm really feeling! It might seem like a lot of products but it honestly takes me under 10 minutes to apply everything.
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Friday, 2 November 2018

Tighter skin with cryotherapy at home!


CRYOpress review, 001 Alpha-Glow Flash Facial review


I remember years ago hearing that a blast of ice cold water just before getting out of the shower stimulated blood flow and would give a perkier bust and tighter limbs - I tried it once and swore never again but it is a good way to wake your body up, especially on a cold morning! I also read that a splash of cold water after cleansing closes pores, but as Caroline Hirons says - pores are not doors! That being said, they do appear tighter after a quick splash of cold water so when I first read about cryotherapy, it wasn't an entirely alien concept. When I read that it can help to reduce inflammation, it made sense because ice packs are used to reduce swelling, therefore when I was offered the chance to try CRYOpress, which is a gadget that allows you to perform cryotherapy at home, I jumped at the opportunity. Because of my illness, my inflammation levels are high and I often have redness in my skin that isn't necessarily a reaction to a product. If something aims to help reduce the redness and inflammation then I absolutely want to try it! I also have a discount code if you would like to buy a CRYOpress to try for yourself - enter LYME10 to get 10% off the regular price with free worldwide postage.
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Smooth hair and body with Ouai?


Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub Review, Ouai Smooth Shampoo review, Ouai Smooth Conditioner review, Ouai Leave In Conditioner review


If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I am a big fan of Ouai haircare (see Brand Focus post here). I've tried a good number of products from the brand but have recently been obsessed with their Scalp & Body Scrub - that combined with their Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner means that both my hair and my body are silky soft and smooth! I know that it's unusual for a hair brand to expand into body products but the scrub and their Rose Hair & Body Oil are multi-use products, which I love!
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