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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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