Honest reviews, regular hauls and all things beauty.

Friday, 24 May 2019

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.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Five favourites from By Terry

By Terry Brand Focus

It's been a while since I last did a five favourites post so I thought I'd bring it back with a brand that I have grown to really love over the past year - By Terry! I could easily have chosen 10 favourites so I have to say that narrowing it down to five was almost impossible. Terry De Gunzburg was a makeup designer for YSL for 15 years before embarking on creating her own line. She even invented Touché Eclat for YSL and her focus has always been on healthy, radiant skin. Baume De Rose is the product that the brand is most famous for (it was actually created after a mix up in the lab, which saw double the amount of rose butter added to the balm), but it certainly isn't a one trick pony! Here are my ultimate top five products from the brand and I would love to hear your favourites in the comments below.

Friday, 29 March 2019

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Vs Erborian CC cream

 IT Cosmetics CC Cream Vs Erborian CC cream

I used to think that BB and CC creams were kinda gimmicky - that they wouldn't do any more than a good primer and didn't offer enough coverage to be an alternative to foundation, but I was wrong! The key is finding the right one for you and your skin. If you aren't aware what CC stands for, it's colour corrector, so their function is to correct redness or sallow skin, for example. Again, I thought that a primer would be sufficient but I have found two CC creams to prove me wrong. They are similar in terms of both being CC creams but also quite different in terms of finish and wear time so I want to share my thoughts on both today so that if you want to buy a CC cream for the warmer months, this might help you choose which will work best for you. The two CC creams in question are IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream and Erborian CC cream.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Four products that I cannot get enough of

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Gel, Clarins Instant Concealer, Erborian CC Eye Cream, Favourites, Natasha Denona Hydrating Glow Primer,

At the moment, every time I apply my makeup, there are four non-negotiable products that I reach for. Eyeshadow, blush, base and lip options may vary but at the moment, I am obsessed with these products. I know that I can depend on them for my makeup to look its best. Two are new to my collection and two are old favourites.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Five free or affordable ways to improve your skin

Five free or affordable ways to improve your skin, Rejuvenated Beautycake Review, Rejuvenated supplements review

I'm aware that I feature a lot of expensive skincare products on the blog but there are a number of free or relatively inexpensive ways to improve your skin and I'm going to share them with you today!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Vitamins A - E in skincare products

Vitamins A - E in skincare products, Zelens Power D, Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, , Alpha-H Vitamin B, Alpha-H Vitamin E, Sunday Riley Luna,

Lots of people know that products containing Vitamin C will have a brightening effect on the skin but what about other vitamins? Ever wondered what their function is? I'm taking the vitamins from the first five letters of the alphabet today and recommending products for each one!

Monday, 25 March 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets!

3 treats for 3 budgets, Erborian CC Cream, SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight Corrective Cream, Skincare, Ameliorate Smoothing Body Exfoliant,

It's that time of the month again - payday! Well, for most people anyway! Even if you are being strict with your spending, most people like to buy something when payday arrives. It doesn't have to mean splashing too much cash as this post will show!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Products for angry, irritated skin days

Products for angry, irritated skin days

No matter how well we take care of our skin, we all get angry or irritated skin days. Sometimes it can be from overdoing the acids/retinol, sometimes a reaction to medication, sometimes from having a cold and blowing your nose so much, other times it's a new product that you've introduced to your routine - there are so many reasons why our skin can react. For me, the biggest culprits tend to be shea butter in a product, dairy or crisps in my diet, sometimes medication and sometimes using too many acid products. When this happens, I tend to take my routine back to basics and I have some products that I rely on to get my skin back to its normal state.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Molton Brown Suede Orris range - powdery, feminine and sensual

Molton Brown Suede Orris range review

Regular readers will know that I'm a massive Molton Brown fan so I was over the moon when their latest collection landed on my doorstep. The Suede Orris range consists of four products - a bath & shower gel, body lotion, eau de toilette and hair mist. Layering products ensures that the scent lasts longer on the skin but the addition of a hair mist means the scent will linger from head to toe. Both suede and orris were commonly used in the 16th century but the perfumer created a modern twist on an old combination.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Haircare favourites for dry, frizzy hair

Haircare favourites for dry, frizzy hair

I'm like the Sahara - I have dry skin, a dry body and dry hair! Actually, my hair isn't just dry, it's also frizzy! It used to be quite damaged through illness, colouring,  heated tools etc but after a few years of intensive treatments and regular cuts, I wouldn't describe it as damaged anymore. I'm very strict about using heat protectors and don't use heated tools daily - generally I use them twice weekly these days. That being said, unless you saw my hair when it's wet and knotty (if it's anyone other than my regular hairdresser combing my hair, I apologise for the knottiness in advance!),  you wouldn't really think that it was dry and frizzy because the products I use, keep it looking healthy and I want to share those with you today!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C Serum

Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C Serum Review

If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I am a massive fan of Omorovicza. The products just fit perfectly with my dry and quite reactive skin.  I am always excited by their new releases but I was almost hesitant about their new Daily Vitamin C Serum. Why? Because, although I love the brightening effects of Vitamin C products on my skin, I find that using them any more than 1-2 times weekly can cause my skin to become inflamed but best results are achieved through consistent use. This serum is intended for daily use so I really did wonder how my skin would cope! 8 weeks later, I want to share my thoughts with you.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is fast approaching in the UK & Ireland (March 31st if you weren't aware!) and although some people think of it as another Hallmark day, I personally love spoiling my mother and making a fuss of her. When we were really young, my father used to buy individual cards for us all to write for my Mam and I remember the excitement of all five kids gathering in one of the bedrooms to write the cards and being so proud giving them to my Mam, so it has always been a special day. It, of course, includes some gifts so I thought I'd put together a gift guide to share with you all in case you need some inspiration! This post contains a mixture of products I have bought myself and products that were sent to me, the latter will be marked with * however this post is not sponsored. There is something for all budgets with prices starting at £12!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Recent additions to my makeup bag

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner,Review, By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review, Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Shadow Review, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel Review

I definitely don't buy as much makeup as I used to because, let's face it, I have enough to last me the rest of my life and then some! I've been waiting for products to really catch my eye and I recently made a few purchases, one of which was a repurchase of an old favourite. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Erborian Magic Transformask - matte skin with a shimmer?

Erborian Magic Transformask Review

Over the last year or so, I've really enjoyed exploring Erborian, which is a brand that combines K-Beauty with French - the dream team, don't you think? Back in January, they kindly sent me their latest release, which is Magic Transformask and the cutest headband, which I use every time I apply my makeup or a face mask! When I first read the press release that accompanied the mask, I really wasn't sure it would suit my skin because it described as mattifying, but I was definitely intrigued by it because it is also described as having pearlisers, which illuminate the skin. I was unsure how it could offer both!

Monday, 11 March 2019

Pixi Rose Infused Range

Pixi Rose Infused Range Review

You will probably have seen on Instagram, that Pixi recently sent lots of bloggers a gorgeous parcel of products from their Rose Infused range. Everything was housed in a rose print wash bag, which I was delighted to receive because it's roomy enough to hold everything I need when I go on holiday. I had already tried four of the products so was excited to try everything else. It's worth noting that even if you aren't a fan of anything rose scented, you might still enjoy this range as it's quite subtle and a very natural, rather than artificial rose scent. What I really love about Pixi is that the products are high quality but with mid-range prices and they also have mini sizes of popular products, which are perfect for travelling but also if you want to try products without investing very much money.

Friday, 8 March 2019

The nude lip edit

Nude liquid lipstick, nude lip gloss, nude lipstick edit, nude lipsticks

I have always preferred a nude lip to any other option. I do sometimes dabble with colours but my lip collection consists mainly of nudes and pinks. I just love how a nude will go with any eye look and can be worn day or night and easily topped up. Today I want to share 10 beautiful nude lip options in a variety of finishes.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift - limited edition size!

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Review

Something I wish that more brands would do, is release deluxe sample sizes of products. Investing in a full size product with an expensive price tag, without having tried it, is always a risk and an expensive one. Sachet samples are nice for travelling but there isn't enough product in them to accurately decide whether a product is actually doing anything for your skin. Fortunately, some brands are recognising this and one of those is Caudalie, who have released a limited edition 25ml pot of Resveratrol Lift

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Hype Is Real #5 Natasha Denona Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona eyeshadow review, Are Natasha Denona eyeshadows worth the hype?

Welcome to part five of my 'The Hype Is Real' series and this time it's all about Natasha Denona eyeshadows. The rest of the Natasha Denona makeup line is priced similarly to Nars/MAC etc but when it comes to eyeshadows, the only similarly price brand that I know of is Pat McGrath. Initially, only the 28 pan palettes were released but with a price tag of over £200/€200, there was no way that I would invest in one without trying the formula, despite the rave reviews. Luckily, her 5 pan palettes were soon released, which were still pricey at £41, but more affordable so I decided to go for it. Since then, she has released mini palettes, priced at $25, which makes the brand much more accessible. I now have 10 Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes (one was kindly sent to me when I somehow made it on to her PR list, which I am convinced was a mistake because it was a one-off!) and I want to tell you why I believe that the hype is real with these eyeshadows.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

The best beauty deals online at the moment...

I love to shop but I also love a bargain and a freebie so I've been scouring the net for the best deals and offers that are out there at the moment and want to share them with you!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Ayurveda Beauty brand Samaya - balancing skin and mind

Samaya Ayurveda Skincare Review

Does alternative medicine interest you? I must admit that I was quite skeptical about it for years but my mind was changed when I went to a medical clinic in Germany, which practiced both traditional/western medicine and alternative medicine.  I actually want to write about those treatments in some upcoming posts as I want to incorporate my health journey into my blog. But back to today's post, which is all about Samaya - an Ayurvedic beauty brand and I also have a gift with purchase code to share with you! Ayurveda originated in India and the basic principle is that the mind and body are inseparable and that you must have balance in both in order to achieve optimum wellness. In order to do this, you must first work out your Dosha, which you can do here. Your Dosha is based on physical and emotional traits. Samaya have three ranges of products, based on Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. After taking the test, I found that I was Vata and I was kindly sent three products from the range, which I have been using and want to share my thoughts on with you today.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Brand Overview: Pixi Makeup

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist, Pixi Eye Liner, Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights, Pixi Matte Last Liquid Lip, Pixi Pretties, Pixi Makeup Review

The very first Pixi makeup product that I ever bought was their Lash Line Ink. Back then, they didn't have a very big makeup range but that has definitely changed! Pixi now do collabs with youtubers and they release more and more makeup products every year. They are killing it with their releases and I love that everything is reasonably priced. Thanks to their very generous PR parcels, I have now amassed quite the collection (not everything is pictured above), which I want to share my thoughts on today. 

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Full coverage foundations without the cake!

Natasha Denona Foundation X, IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review, Huda Beauty #Faux Filter Foundation review, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation Review, Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation Review

When I was in my teens and early 20s, I always favoured a full coverage base but actually I probably only needed a full coverage concealer and a medium base. In more recent years, I've worn mainly light to medium bases, depending on how my skin is looking but there are also occasions when a full cover base is called for. That being said, I hate the way some full cover bases look and feel on the skin - I don't want to look like I'm wearing a mask! I have five foundations to share with you today that will give decent coverage but still look fresh on the skin.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Everyday essentials

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, Nurse Jamie UpLift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller, Pixi Rose Caviar Essence, Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Hair Spray, Emile Cordon lip balms, Dr Paw Paw Original balm, L'Occitane Intensive Foot Balm, CND Weekly Top Coat,  Everyday Essentials, Antipodes Joyful hand & body cream

It occurred to me recently that I post about skincare and makeup, which I rotate quite frequently, but the products that I reach for day in, day out are overlooked. I'm talking about the staple products that I can't be without and use consistently, almost without realising but if I were to stop, I'd see a difference pretty quickly.


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Review: Omorovicza Revitalizing Scalp Mask

Omorovicza Revitalizing Scalp Mask Review

Regular readers will know that I am a massive fan of Omorovicza skincare and have been for a long time, so when they release a new product,  I instantly want to try it! I was kindly sent their two latest releases - Revitalizing Scalp Mask and Daily Vitamin C. I need to test the Vitamin C product for another few weeks before I can give you a full review but today, I want to share my thoughts on the scalp mask.

Monday, 25 February 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

Pixi Rose Glow Mist Review, Illamasqua Iconic Chrome Review, Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming Eau De Parfum Review,

Have you been on a low buy this year? I haven't particularly but I have been more mindful with my spending and am consistently using products that have been open for a while and needed finishing, with great success I might add - I tend to do weekly/fortnightly empties on my stories (you can follow me here if you'd like!) I don't like the idea of a spending ban as I like to treat myself to something every now and then, which is why I like doing these posts as I think there is always something nice to buy, regardless of budget! I have three really gorgeous products to share with you this month!

Friday, 22 February 2019

The ultimate guide to treating textured skin

The ultimate guide to treating textured skin, How to treat scars, how to reduce pore size, how to treat textured skin

Regardless of skin type, texture is something that most of us deal with, whether through dry patches, acne scarring, blackheads, ageing skin, pores, milia etc. Because I have dry skin, my skin is prone to dullness but I would say that the issue I work hardest (or expect my products to work hardest) against, is texture. It may seem like a never-ending battle but with a few simple changes or additions to your skincare routine, improvements can be seen quite quickly and as a result, makeup applies more evenly, less makeup is required or you may even choose to go makeup free - I know that leaving the house without makeup is something I wouldn't have even considered for a number of years but I do it without even giving it any thought now (not every day as I love makeup too much but because I feel more confident in my own skin, I sometimes choose to do it!). There are a number of ways to treat texture and I want to share them with you today (I'm talking products rather than tools or procedures) - there is something for everyone, no matter how much or how little time you have on your hands. With products starting at £6.30, there is sure to be something for all budgets. This is going to be a long post, so grab a snack! I also have a Cult Beauty discount code to share with you too if you want to treat yourself to any of these products although it can be used site wide with some exceptions, listed at the bottom of the post. The code is CBBLMSKIN which will give you 15% off orders over £20, valid until midnight on Sunday 24th.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Hit Or Miss? Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette Smokey Eye Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette Smokey Eye Beauty Review

I've wanted a Charlotte Tilbury Look In a Palette for a long time but never took the plunge to buy one for some reason. I was very lucky enough to receive one from my friend Dagmara from Mummy's Beauty Corner for Christmas! I think the reason that I resisted buying it for so long is that face palettes sometimes aren't of the same quality as individual products, although I have had one or two that proved otherwise. Is the Charlotte Tilbury version a hit or miss?

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Jo Loves fragrances have stolen my heart!

I have declared my love for Jo Malone fragrances so many times on the blog but now that I have tried Jo Loves (created by the actual Jo Malone herself!), I am hooked! If you are unaware of the back story, Jo Malone created the brand Jo Malone London in her kitchen, with Lime Basil & Mandarin being her breakthrough fragrance. It wasn't long until her brand became a worldwide hit. In 1999, she sold the company to Estée Lauder Companies and after a period of ill health, she left the company completely. When her health improved, she began to play around with fragrances again and Jo Loves was born.
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