Honest reviews, regular hauls and all things beauty.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Recent releases from L'Occitane

Regular readers will know that I am a HUGE fan of L'Occitane.  I've tried their bath and body products, haircare, candles, pillow spray, massage oil and skincare and have yet to find a dud product, which is pretty impressive for a fussy so and so like me! I was instantly intrigued when I heard that they were releasing a line of lipsticks. One of my favourite brands moving into the world of makeup is very exciting. They have added lots of new products to their line up recently and I've been trialling them and want to share my thoughts with you today.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Antipodes Moisture Boost Natural Lipsticks - almost edible?

Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks & swatches

Can you imagine eating 3kg of lipstick?  Apparently that is what woman ingest over the course of a lifetime - horrible thought, right? Thankfully, Antipodes have a new range of lipsticks that you could almost eat because the ingredients are so healthy. These include Avocado Oil, Calendula Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Argan Oil among others. I was kindly sent three to try and although the shades look quite similar in the photo above, the swatches will show the exact shades as they are completely unedited. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation - where have you been all my life?

Shiseido Summer Essentials Review

Ok, I know that the title of this post may seem a little dramatic but I have found a new love/firm favourite in Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation.  I was kindly sent some of their summer essentials products and this is the stand out product for me.  I've been especially impressed by the WetForce Technology™ that they use - the products are so waterproof that if you apply to your hand and then run it under the tap the water droplets will run off your hand, leaving the product in tact and then if you dab a tissue over the area, there is no transfer. This is pretty unique - I've never seen anything like it! While I don't have their sunscreen products, I have some products from the makeup line to share my thoughts on. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Some recent purchases and first impressions....

Inglot x Terrie McEvoy Eyeshadow Palette Review, Huda Tantour review, Hourglass Powder review, Natasha Denona Tan Palette review, Becca Glow Drops Review

I've been pretty good at not buying many new products this year but over the past few weeks, I've made a few purchases, which I want to share with you today along with some first impressions. Spoiler alert, nothing has disappointed me!

Monday, 15 July 2019

A post holiday pamper!

Post holiday pamper products, how to rehydrate post holiday, beat the frizz

When I came back from holiday a fortnight ago, I was in serious need of a pamper - my hair was frizzy, my face was in need of a whole arsenal of products and the my whole body felt dehydrated (inside and out!). Couple that with then getting strep throat, followed by bronchitis, sinusitis and a lung infection (I don't do anything by halves!), I just felt like a mess and in serious need of some T.L.C.  I want to share some of the products with you that have helped me to tame the frizz and plump my skin - they're not exclusive to a post-holiday pamper but any time that you need a little pick me up and judging by the conversations I had with some ladies around the pool, we all need this from time to time!

Friday, 5 July 2019

The best of what's left in the sales....

Most of the summer sales started just before I went on holiday so I didn't really have time to scour the net for bargains and assumed that most of the best products would be sold out by the time I got home. When I'm away, I try to be on my phone as little as possible so I wasn't interested in the sales but in the last few days, I've found some great bargains that I want to share with you and I'd love to hear what you've bought.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

001 London Alpha-Paradise Cleansing Dew - as beautiful as the name suggests!

001 London Alpha-Paradise Cleansing Dew Review

I was first introduced to the brand 001 London last Autumn when I was kindly sent their CRYOpress and Alpha-Glow Flash Facial, which I reviewed here.  The founder of the brand combines both Asian and Western skincare principles and her products aim to restore balance to the skin. The products don't contain any silicones, mineral oil, parabens or animal testing. I really loved the serum so when I was offered the chance to try their new Alpha-Paradise Cleansing Dew,  I was instantly intrigued. The name really grabbed my attention - paradise and dew - yep, I had to try it!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Want super soft limbs and lips? Ameliorate is the brand you need to know about

Want super soft limbs and lips? Ameliorate is the brand you need to know about

You know those annoying bumps that can appear on the back of your arms or upper thighs? The ones that are so hard to get rid of? Ameliorate is the answer to those! In fact, the brand was started because the founder had suffered from this all of her life and then her children did too, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and Ameliorate was born! Bumpy or dry skin is something that most people have but it's easier to ignore in winter when we're covered up but now that we're experiencing some sunny days, our limbs are on show. If you want to improve the appearance of your skin without having to get salon treatments or spend a fortune, this is the brand for you. What's even better is that you can get free shipping on all Ameliorate products by using the code LYMIN at checkout. This is valid until the end of July.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dermalogica - the brand I've been repurchasing for 16 years!

Dermalogica Brand Focus, Dermalogica Brand Overview

Dermalogica is a brand that has featured in my skincare routine for longer than any other. I had used some other high end brands prior to first using Dermalogica but had never been hooked enough to buy a number of products from the same brand before. It was (and still is) a very hyped brand and I loved the idea of face mapping and multi-masking, which was innovative as they were the first brand to introduce these methods as the norm.  After my first facial with the brand, I then went on to purchase the products that were recommended and loved the results so much that I decided to exclusively use the brand for 6 months prior to our wedding. I knew that I could depend on the products and facials to have my skin looking its best for our big day! Since then, I have always had some of the products in my routine - the brand will be a forever love of mine! Given the long love affair I have had with the brand, I was thrilled to be invited to be part of their Skinfluencer campaign a few months ago. I was kindly sent some products, most of which I had used a lot in previous years, and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today. Every product from the brand is free from artificial colours and fragrances, alcohol and mineral oil.

Monday, 1 July 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Aloe Vera Hair Mask, 3 treats for 3 budgets, Aura Mugler Sensuelle, Sculpted by Aimee Beauty Base,

I'm a bit late with June's 3 treats for 3 budgets post but I was on holiday last week and I always take a break from posting when I go on holiday so that I can really enjoy the break! Hopefully you all still have some money left from your last paycheque and are in the mood for treating yourself. I have some great products to share with you this month!

Friday, 21 June 2019

My holiday makeup picks

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème Review, Holiday Makeup,

I'm off to Majorca tomorrow for a week! This is our fifth time going to Majorca although we don't always stay in the same resort but we both just love the island and the fact that it's a short flight. I packed my clothes quite quickly but I always find packing skincare and makeup much trickier than choosing which clothes to bring. I used to be utterly ridiculous with the amount of products that I brought but like to think that I've improved. I save mini products and samples throughout the year to take away on weekends/holidays  - advent calendars, beauty boxes and gift with purchases are really good in that regard. So, what have I packed this time? Let's get into it!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Best discoveries of the 2019 so far.....

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser, Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance, Clarins Extra Firming Phyto Serum, Erborian CC Eye Cream, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Rose Gold, Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs, St Tropez Purity Water Gel, 2019 favourite new products, top new products of 2019

I know it's a cliché but I honestly can't believe how quickly this year is going by! I hope that summer weather actually kicks in soon so we don't just go from Spring to Autumn. Regardless, we can't stop the hands of time and whilst this June is nothing like last year in terms of weather, we're still six months into the year! When we reach this halfway point, I always like to look back at the first part of the year and document my favourite discoveries. I actually thought that I hadn't bought very many beauty products this year but when I look at this list, I actually have but it's still an improvement on previous years. The products marked with a * were kindly sent to me but everything else, I bought myself. These are all of the standout new (or new to me) products that I have discovered and loved in 2019, so far.....

Monday, 17 June 2019

Win an Anastasia Beverly Hills X Alyssa Edwards Palette

Win an Anastasia Beverly Hills X Alyssa Edwards Palette

It's giveaway time again! You all know I love an eyeshadow palette and when I saw the new Anastasia Beverly Hills x Alyssa Edwards Palette, I thought it would make a great prize. I've always been very impressed by the quality of Anastasia eyeshadows - pigmented, creamy in texture and easy to work with.  This giveaway is open worldwide and the rules are pretty simple.

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Glowing Skin Edit Part Two: Makeup

How to fake glowing skin, Cheat your way to glowing skin

Following on from yesterday's Glowing Skin Edit, which involved skincare, today I want to share products that will help to fake a glow. There are times that we all need to fake it, especially after late nights, broken sleep and periods of ill-health. Luckily, there are some fab products that can hide a multitude of sins! Obviously, I'm not recommending wearing them all together at the same time (unless you like the discoball look and in that case, you do you!) but even just one or two of these items together can really transform the face.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Glowing Skin Edit Part One: Skincare

Glowing skin - something that we all want but it isn't always easy to achieve. There are so many factors that can affect our skin - illness, the weather, pollution, stress etc. Those of us with naturally dry skin will know that a glow is usually something that we have to work hard (or rather, our skincare products have to work hard) to attain. It is something that requires consistency but with the right products, results will be seen. I want to share the hard working products in my routine that help me to achieve glowing skin and tomorrow, I will share products that will help to fake a glow.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Some fragrance ideas for Father's Day including new Azzaro Chrome Aqua

Father's Day is fast approaching (this coming Sunday, in case you weren't aware!) and although I don't have a full gift guide, I wanted to show some fragrance ideas as all of the men in my family love a gift of aftershave as I'm sure many other men do too. I think a fragrance is a really nice gift to give and receive as many people see these as treat purchases and don't necessarily buy them for themselves. I have four gorgeous fragrances to share with you today; one new release: Azzaro Chrome Aqua (currently reduced in Debenhams) and three classics. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Holiday preppin'

I'm going on holiday the weekend after next and I am soooo looking forward to it. The weather has been so hit & miss since the summer teaser we had at Easter so I'm looking forward to a week of sunny weather (fingers crossed!).  In the weeks leading up to going on holiday, I have my usual wax and hairdresser appointments but I also do some home prep to get my limbs, skin and hair ready for summer, which I'm going to share with you today.

Friday, 7 June 2019

The hype is real #7 Nars Laguna & Orgasm

The hype is real Nars Laguna & Orgasm, Worth the hype Nars Orgasm, Worth the hype Nars Laguna

It's time for another instalment of The Hype Is Real and this time it's about Nars Orgasm and Nars Laguna, which are probably the most famous Nars products and certainly the two first products that I tried from the brand. Orgasm is the only blush that I have ever repurchased..... twice! I've also repurchased Laguna a number of times but a bronzer repurchase is less unusual. Nars also happens to be Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month for June, which means there is free international shipping on all Nars orders. This post isn't sponsored, it just happens to coincide!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Vs Cover FX Gripping Primer

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Vs Cover FX Gripping Primer

To prime, or not to prime? That is the question. Well, not really - I always prime but I know that some people think it's a faff and an unnecessary step. I have been known to remove my foundation and start again if I realise that I haven't primed my skin. I just find that my base products apply and sit more evenly on primed skin and also they last longer. I have dry skin so I don't normally have to worry about the longevity of my makeup, but sometimes foundation can either break down or sink into fine lines or areas of dry skin unless the skin is primed. I have regular favourites that I always go back to but I was very intrigued by two new primers that were released in the last few months and ended up buying both - completely unnecessary but I knew that if I didn't like them I could pass them on to friends. Turns out, I love both! I'm hoping that we get a heatwave like last summer (fingers crossed) and if we do, these primers will be in huge demand and your best friend because they are designed to help your face to get a grip and make foundation budge-proof! I'm talking about Milk Makeup Hydro Grip and Cover FX Gripping Primer.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The cleanser edit: which type is best for you?

The cleanser edit: which type is best for you?

Is there any better feeling than removing your makeup at the end of the day and cleansing your skin? As much as I love makeup, I love skincare even more.  I know that some people think spending money on a cleanser is a waste because you remove it not long after applying but I disagree.  Cleansing preps your skin for the next steps and any subsequent products applied can work effectively when the skin is thoroughly cleansed.  There are so many types of cleansers, but which works best for you? Of course, you may like several cleanser types (as I do) or you may like to switch the formula up, depending on the season but if you are unsure which type might work best for you, this post should help. Some of these cleansers were kindly gifted to me, which I will indicate with * beside them. Most of these products have been previously reviewed on the blog and I will link those reviews if you want to know more about them.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Five current loves...

Dermalogica Intensive  Moisture Balance, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise, Emma Hardie Amazing Face protect & Prime, Freshly Cosmetics Hyper Concentrate Eye Contour Serum, Clarins Bronzing Compact 001 Sunset Glow

I had a small impromptu blog break, for a number of reasons - my health has taken a real dip over the last few weeks, which is the primary reason, my husband had some time off work and when he does, I like to spend quality time with him without the distraction of blogging and thirdly,  I was enjoying reading your responses to my 'Spilling the tea' post. It was interesting to hear from other bloggers about ghosting/bad treatment from PRs and I'm glad it started a conversation. Anyway, today I'm back with the post that I had actually planned for last Thursday and it's all about five current loves, five products that I'm using non-stop at the moment.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Spilling the tea? What makes you stop supporting a brand - actions/PR/ghosting?

I had a different post planned for today but after receiving a nasty DM from a PR on Instagram yesterday morning when I wouldn't dance to the beat of her drum, I wanted to have a discussion about brands/PRs and what makes you stop supporting a brand. To be clear, I didn't support this brand in the first place as I had actually never heard of them before but I have heard from other bloggers that PRs have reduced them to tears before and that's just not ok! So, let's chat....

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Discover your route to radiance with the ESPA Optimal Collection

ESPA, ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser, ESPA Skin Pro Serum, ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Moisturiser, ESPA Discover The Route To Radiance #RoutetoRadiance

It's a few years since I tried anything from ESPA so when they got in touch about their new #RoutetoRadiance Campaign, I was delighted to get involved. The Optimal Collection is a range of luxury products that use natural, effective and results-driven ingredients to achieve radiant skin and I was kindly sent three products to try. I actually used the Optimal Skin Pro Moisturiser before and loved it so I was keen to try the other products in the range.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The fake tan edit: Which type is best for you?

Which type of fake tan is best for you? A guide to fake tans

I'm a weekly fake tanner but I know that some people only wear fake tan when the sun appears in summer. I have tried pretty much every type of tan going at one point or another and wanted to share my thoughts with you today, which I hope may be helpful for anyone who is new to fake tan and is unsure which one will work best or for anyone who wants to try a new type of tan. I know that it might look like this post is sponsored by St Tropez but it honestly isn't. I bought all of these products myself apart from the Ecooking product.

Monday, 27 May 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

3 treats for 3 budgets, Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer Review, Gallivant Nomad Set Review,  Overose candles review

It's that time of the month again when you might be feeling flush after payday so I have another 3 treats for 3 budgets post to share with you! Like I always say, you don't need to spend a fortune to treat yourself - I used to treat myself to something on my monthly trip to Boots to collect my medication, which I was prescribed for 22 months in a row. Some months, it would be as minimal as a nail polish, other months it might be a palette or perfume - it depended on my budget but there was always wriggle room for a treat!

Friday, 24 May 2019

Caudalie SPF will protect your skin AND nature! Plus 20% discount code

Caudalie, Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF 50 Review, Caudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF 30 Review, Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum Review, Caudalie discount code

Call me ignorant if you wish but I only recently became aware of the huge damage that sun creams have on the environment - every year, 14000 tonnes of sun cream are discharged onto coral reefs, which is shocking. I think that we are all trying to make changes to protect our planet - reusable shopping bags, reusable coffee cups, not using plastic straws, eating less meat etc. All of these small changes add up and make it easier and less intimidating to be more environmentally friendly. It's difficult to be perfect but if we all make small changes, it will help. Another way that we can help the planet is switching up our suncare products and Caudalie have made it easy for us. Their new range of SPF products don't contain any of the filters that are suspected of being Endocrine disruptors as well as those known to be toxic to the marine eco-system, which kill thousands of corals every year.  There is no compromise on the protection the products offer though - the offer maximum SPF UVA and UVB protection and are water-resistant and are highly bio-degradable. 

*Edited to add: I have had some questions (both in the comments and in DMs on social media) about the research behind the sun creams and filters. The filters, which Caudalie will not use are octinoxate, octocrylene and nanoparticle filters - these are the ones suspected of being Endocrine disruptors. They also won't use Oxybenzone and Octinoxate as these are the ones that research have shown to be toxic to the marine eco-system. This is based on the research by Joseph C DiNardo on Dermatological and environmental toxicological impact of the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone in Journal of cosmetic dermatology 09/29/2017.  Furthermore, Caudalie have stated: Our commitment also includes a scientific guarantee by Professor Piccerelle of the Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Ecology, whose tests have validated the non-toxicity of the Caudalie filtration system on algae. This is based on ecotoxicological tests on algae, carried out by the Hélioscience Laboratory.*

I am not a scientist or medical professional but based on the research and the integrity of Caudalie, I believe that these claims are true. I'm not saying that suncream is the *only* cause of corals dying but, in my opinion, if we can play our part in reducing damage on the marine eco-system, then it is incumbent on us to do so and, in my opinion, Caudalie have made it easy for us to play our part by producing a range that will not harm the corals.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant VS Daily Superfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant VS Daily Superfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant was the first product I ever tried from the brand, around 17 years ago! At the time it was probably the most popular skincare product on the market, with so many celebrities swearing by it. It's a product that I still repurchase to this day and still has that same cult status. When Daily Superfoliant was released, I wondered what the difference could be - I really was curious as to how they could improve on the original but the thing is, they have different aims. They are similar as in they are powder exfoliants but they are also different enough to justify both products being in the Dermalogica lineup (or, indeed, in your skincare cabinet!).

Thursday, 23 May 2019

The best beauty deals online at the moment....

The last time I did one of these posts (here), it proved to be very popular so I thought I would do it again! I love beauty products but I rarely buy them without a discount code or being a sale item because there are always good deals to be had and I scour the net regularly to find the best bargains. Because I do this, you don't have to!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Angel Eau Croisière - a summer cocktail in a bottle!

Angel Eau Croisière Review

I seem to be doing a lot of fragrance reviews recently but what can I say? I love perfume! This is the time of year when summer variations on scents are released and that's the case with today's fragrance: Angel Eau Croisière. This is a limited edition release and if you like sweet, fruity fragrances, you will love this one!

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

3 brilliant moisturisers for dry and sensitive skin

3 brilliant moisturisers for dry and sensitive skin, Drunk Elephant, Protini Peptde Cream, La Roche Posay, Toleriane, Dermalogica Intensive  Moisture Balance

I've mentioned (aka droned on about) several times on the blog about my dry skin. It's something I tackle daily because if I don't keep on top of my routine, my skin looks dull and makeup applies very badly on it - uneven, gathering in certain areas and patchy. Coupled with being dry, my skin is also quite sensitive so I like to use gentle but nourishing formulas and I have three moisturisers that tick my boxes to share with you today.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Clarins Summer Collection 2019

Clarins Summer Collection 2019

I absolutely love when Clarins release their summer collection (see last year's post here) because it really gets me excited for summer and sun holidays! The limited edition bronzer is a cult product that will see you through at least 12 months but it's different every year and the other products in the range vary too so I always love when it's time for the summer collection to be released. I was lucky enough to be sent the collection, which I have been using for the last fortnight and want to share my thoughts with you today. The collection always sells out quickly, which is why I wanted to get my review to you as early as possible!

Friday, 17 May 2019

Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel

Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel Review

In celebration of the brand's 10th birthday, Emma Hardie has added a new product to the Moringa range.  For those who tried the Moringa Cleansing Balm and found that it was a tad too rich for their skin or prefer something a little lighter in texture for mornings, the new Moringa Light Cleansing Gel is just the ticket! 

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Worth the hype? St Tropez Purity Water Gel

St Tropez Purity Water Gel Review

I have worn fake tan for years. It's a weekly ritual for me and I have tried so many different brands and types - lotion, mousse, gradual tanners, ones with guide colours and others without a guide colour. Until recently, I had never tried a gel tan but that changed when curiosity got the better of me and I bought a bottle of St Tropez Purity Water Gel.  I was curious about whether the claims of no fake tan smell and transfer proof tan could be true.  I know that people often say that they apply tan, then get dressed and leave the house and these claims baffle me because I'm old school and prefer to apply my tan at night, then wear baggy clothes to prevent streaking and wash it off the next morning. I could think of little worse than getting dressed after applying tan as most tans would stain clothes but also,  tans might smell nice in the tube or when initially applied but usually after a few hours, they get that biscuity smell.  I digress but you can understand why I was skeptical about the claims of this new tan.....

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Makeup for days when you look like you haven't slept in weeks!

Makeup for fatigued days, Makeup for days when you look like you haven't slept in weeks!

We all have days where we look like we haven't slept in weeks and many of us suffer from broken sleep or ill-health that really shows in our faces. Even invisible illnesses can show in our faces - not as a physical illness but the toll they take shows in dark under eyes and dull or grey skin. When I'm extremely ill and when I was bedridden, I didn't wear any makeup but on days where I am able to be up and about but know that I look awful, I like to wear some makeup so that at least even if I don't feel well, my face won't show it. That being said, I don't always have the time or energy for a full on makeup routine so I have some go-to products that will make me look fresh but don't take very long to apply. I think we all have days like this so I wanted to share my go-to products with you today.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Review & Giveaway: Bee Good Skincare

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser, Giveaway, Bee Good Youth Enhancing Hydrate, Smooth & Prime Serum, Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift & Brighten Eye Cream

I was introduced to Bee Good skincare earlier this year and blogged about the Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser in this post. Because I love the cleanser so much, I was kindly sent some more products to trial and have also been given the opportunity to run a giveaway so that one of you will get the chance to win three of the products too! Keep reading to the end to find out how to enter!

Monday, 13 May 2019

Azzaro Wanted Girl - a hot new fragrance!

Azzaro Wanted Girl Review

I think I have mentioned several times before but I am a bit of a perfume addict! I get it from my mother who is another big fragrance fan. When I was young, I did that thing that lots of other perfume fans will be able to relate to - I tried to make perfume using rose petals from the garden! I can see it in my niece too who always asks for a spray of perfume so she can 'smell nice like my Auntie' - her words! Scents can evoke so many memories - anything rose scented reminds me of my childhood, anything citrusy reminds me of the lemon balm plant that was at my Granda's front door, lilac blossom reminds me of my First Holy Communion when we had lots of lilac on the altar and apricots remind me of the awful skincare products I used in my teens! Finding the right fragrance for you or for a particular time in your life is important. My husband and I like to buy each other a perfume/aftershave in Duty Free when we go on holiday as that scent will always remind us of that trip. If you're in the market for a new fragrance, today's post is for you as it's all about a brand new perfume: Azzaro Wanted Girl.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Giving Embryolisse another go....

Embryolisse, Embroyolisse Creme Hydratante a l Orange Moisturising Cream With Orange Review, Embryolisse Micellar Lotion Review

Back in the day when I first started to read blogs and watch YouTube, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate was very much one of the most hyped products online.  It wasn't easy to get hold of but because of the hype, I wanted to try it so I ended up paying above the odds and a big shipping fee  to get it from France. I was expecting big things but was disappointed because it just did nothing positive for my skin - I felt that it wasn't nourishing enough for my dry skin but it also broke me out in very sore, cystic spots. At the time I really couldn't figure out why my skin reacted so badly but I now know that my face hates shea butter, which is in the ingredients list. Because of that I was never tempted to try anything else from the brand....... until recently! A new take on the original moisturiser has been released, this time without shea butter and with the addition of Vitamin C. I was very intrigued when I was offered the opportunity to try their Moisturising Cream With Orange. I've been using it for around 5/6 weeks now as well as their 3-in-1 Micellar Lotion and am ready to share my thoughts.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Lighgasm Face Palette

Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Lighgasm Face Palette

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you will have seen that Charlotte Tilbury launched a range of GlowGasm products in recent weeks. There are two face palettes, three beauty wands, an eyeshadow quad and two cream eyeshadows. If I won the lotto, I'd buy everything but because I haven't, I settled on buying one cream eyeshadow in the shade Rose Gold and the lighter of the two face palettes: LightGasm. I assumed that LoveGasm would be too dark for my skin but the more swatches I see, the more I realise that it would have worked for me. In any case, I am happy with what I bought and have really been enjoying using it over the past few weeks.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Unglamorous Side Of Beauty

The unglamorous side of beauty, how to deal with cellulite, how to get rid of bumpy skin on arms, how to treat ingrown hairs

We beauty bloggers are guilty of only talking about the glamorous side of beauty - the latest highlighter, the lipstick of the moment, the best glow-giving skincare etc but what I rarely see mentioned on blogs, Instagram or YouTube is the not so glamorous side of beauty.  I'm talking about cellulite, ingrown hairs, chicken skin arms - things that most of us have to deal with but for some reason, nobody seems to talk about! Today, I am sharing with you the products that I use to treat these issues. 

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser - worth the hype?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser Review, Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser - worth the hype?

When I read that Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser was particularly suitable for those with dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin, I knew I had to buy it even  though I didn't need a new cleanser! The description coupled with the fact that Blanche from The Beauty Bloss recommends it meant that resistance was futile, although I did have to wait twice for it to be re-stocked as it sold out so quickly when it was re-released.

Monday, 6 May 2019

My favourite bronze eyeshadows with swatches...

Too Faced Creme Brulée:    Pat McGrath Bronze Struck:    Natasha Denona Copper Stone:    By Terry Bronze Moon:    Marc Jacobs Bravo-O!:    MAC Tempting, Bronze, Mulch, Bronze eyeshadows for green eyes

My go-to makeup look is a bronze eye and nude lip. I have umpteen palettes and probably every eyeshadow colour under the sun but my default is a bronze eye. It's pretty much a universally flattering eye look so I decided to share my favourites with you today and if you're in the market for a new bronze eyeshadow for summer, you might find one here! All swatches are completely unedited.

Friday, 3 May 2019

I'm having a Charlotte Tilbury moment!

Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes 2 Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow Talk, Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Worth The Hype

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup but in recent weeks, I've noticed that I cannot apply my makeup without using at least a few of her products - I'm having a real love-in! I skipped her recent Icon palette because, although it looks beautiful,  there are no matte shadows and I tend not to wear all shimmer looks. (As a side note, I'm a total eyeshadow palette addict but I haven't bought any this year so far - I feel like I have palette fatigue and it's going to take something really special to make me take the plunge and add to my collection) When the new Glowgasm range was launched, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist adding some products to my collection (in reality,  I wanted everything!). I love a glowy base as it's youthful and works well on my dry skin and Charlotte Tilbury makeup is all about radiant, glowing skin so I have a number of her products in my regular routine.  Here are my most used Charlotte Tilbury products!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Spanx for the face #2: Clarins Extra Firming Phyto Serum

Clarins Extra Firming Phyto Serum REVIEW

Long term readers will remember my first spanx for your face post from almost 3 years ago! It was the first time that I used a product that felt like it instantly firmed, lifted and tightened the skin and I have repurchased that mask numerous times since then. Until a few months ago, I hadn't really used any other product that gave the same instant feeling (usually firming products only show results after a good number of weeks of consistent use), until Clarins Extra Firming Phyto Serum came into my life! I love it so much that it's actually rivalling my beloved Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which is my most repurchased skincare product ever!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

L'Occitane Almond Shower Shake, Anastasia Beverly Hills power Duo, Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm

I'm a little bit late with this month's 3 treats for 3 budgets post (given that it's now May)! Hopefully you'll still have some money left from your recent pay cheque and are in the mood for treating yourself! As I always say, you don't have to spend a lot of money when you're in the mood for shopping, which is why I love doing these posts! 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The skincare wipe that is the exception to the rule: Omorovicza Peachy Micellar Cleansers

Omorovicza Peachy Micellar Cleansers Review

To remove my makeup, I like to use an oil cleanser but when I have eyelash extensions applied, I cannot use very oily products on my eyes as it would loosen the lashes. Instead, I use a micellar water to remove my makeup and eye makeup, in particular. It can be tricky to find a micellar water that isn't drying, which is why I don't use one all year round but I have two options that are effective and non-drying and I want to share one with you today: Omorovicza Peachy Micellar Cleansers.

Monday, 29 April 2019

GIVEAWAY! Win a 50ml bottle of Herbae Par L'Occitane Eau De Parfum

Win a 50ml bottle of Herbae Par L'Occitane Eau De Parfum

Long time, no blog! I took a break for Easter as I went on holiday with my husband and I had a few other things going on so I decided to extend the break a bit and I definitely feel better for it! But I'm back today with an exiting post - a giveaway! One of you will win a 50ml bottle of Herbae Par L'Occitane Eau De Parfum, which I spoke about in my Spring Edit post. This really is the scent of Spring - fresh, clean and green!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser - worth the hype?

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser Review

When Drunk Elephant hit our shores, there was a bit of a frenzy. Personally, I love some Drunk Elephant products but others I've tried have only been okay, in my opinion and certainly not worthy of the hype they received in that initial frenzy. (FYI, the ones I love are A-Passioni, Baby Facial, Protini Peptide Cream and Virgin Marula Luxury Oil). Until now, none of the cleansers appealed to me but the launch of Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser coincided with me finishing the last cleansing balm in my collection so I took it as a sign that I should try it! I have other cleansers in my collection but always like to have at least one balm because my dry skin loves them. I've been using it for a few weeks now and want to share my thoughts.


Monday, 15 April 2019

Five thirst-quenching and nourishing masks!

Face masks for dry skin, Face masks for parched skin, Face masks for thirsty skin

Regular readers will know that I have dry skin but it's also thirsty and it's a constant battle to keep is nourished, supple and hydrated. I use serums on a daily basis but for an extra injection of moisture, I like to use masks regularly. A lot of brands love to use shea butter in their products that are aimed at dry skin, but my skin hates that ingredient - it instantly breaks me out in cystic spots so I obviously avoid it.  Instead I look for other nourishing and plumping ingredients. I have five masks that work really well at keeping my skin supple and nourished to share with you today.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month - IT Cosmetics

For the month of April, the Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month is IT Cosmetics. This means that there is free international shipping on all IT Cosmetics orders until April 30th! A brand that spans both makeup and skincare,  and does both equally well unlike a lot of brands who are either good at makeup or skincare but it's tricky to find one that excels in both genres. The brand was founded by Jamie Kern Lima, who worked with dermatologists to create products that are results driven and problem solving. This is a brand that was always top of my U.S. shopping list so I am delighted that we can now buy on this side of the Atlantic. Today I want to share my thoughts on some of the products I have tried and I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have tried some products from the brand that you think I would love. For reference, my skin is dry, dull and prone to redness/inflammation.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Intense Moisturising Cream & free lip balm offer!

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Intense Moisturising Cream Review

I've raved about Caudalie products several times on the blog, with the serums being my favourite products. Until now, the daytime moisturisers that I have tried haven't been quite rich enough for my Sahara-like skin but their latest release; Vinosource SOS Intense Moisturising Cream, is a winner! 

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The Spring Beauty Edit

The Spring Beauty Edit, Herbae par L'Occitane review

Spring has arrived.... allegedly! Somebody needs to tell the weather to play catch up! Spring is my favourite season - I love seeing buds blossom and hearing birds chirping in the mornings and, of course, the longer evenings. Whilst I haven't switched my wardrobe up yet ( that's on next week's to-do list), I have started to switch my makeup up to introduce lighter bases and some Spring colours and I want to share my top picks with you today.

Monday, 8 April 2019

The Hype Is Real #6 Pat McGrath makeup

Pat McGrath makeup UK, Pat McGrath makeup review

In case you haven't heard, Pat McGrath makeup is now available in Selfridges (apparently for a limited 3 month period, but hopefully it will be permanent). I am a massive fan of the brand so I'm delighted that I now don't have to pay for shipping from the U.S.  If you are near London, I recommend making a trip to see the beautiful products in all their glory! Last year when I was in New York, I swatched pretty much every Pat McGrath product on the stand.  If you don't have a store near you, or they don't deliver to your country, you can order directly from the Pat McGrath website as there is international shipping offered on there. I have a small collection from the brand that I love but I am by no means finished! 

Friday, 5 April 2019

Look Fantastic Limited Edition 2019 Beauty Egg Collection

Look Fantastic Limited Edition 2019 Beauty Egg Collection Contents & Review

Easter is almost upon us and this year, it's all about the beauty egg - the Look Fantastic Limited Edition 2019 Beauty Egg, to be precise! With a value of £250 but a price tag of £65, this will be hard to resist for any beauty lover. Don't get me wrong,  I love chocolate but my love for beauty is even greater and given the choice, I'd prefer to receive a beauty egg (or 7, in this case) than a chocolate egg.  This is bound to sell out very quickly so I recommend snapping it up quickly if you want it - link here. Spoiler alert - I'm going to tell you what is in each of the eggs so if you'd prefer to keep it as a surprise, look away now! But if you want to find out how to save £10, scroll to the end of the post where I have details.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Elemis Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask & Night Recovery Cream-Oil

Elemis Peptide Thousand Flower Mask Review, Elemis Night Recovery Cream-Oil Review

Elemis is a brand that I used very regularly for around 3/4 years but when I started blogging,  I began exploring more brands and some old favourites took a back seat.  In recent weeks I have been using some products from the Peptide4 range, which is made to target the look of tired skin to help you achieve a well-rested glow. It's honestly the ideal line for me, given that I have a chronic illness, am permanently exhausted, with tired looking skin but always in search of a glow! There are three products in the line and I've been using two.
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