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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.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Pat McGrath Lust Lip Gloss - the perfect lip gloss formula?

Pat McGrath Lust Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I don't have a huge Pat McGrath makeup collection, but everything that I do have, I love! Yes, her products are expensive but the quality is second to none. In the past year, she has been releasing sets of mini products, which I love because it makes the brand more accessible. I've wanted to try her glosses for a while so as soon as the trio sets were released, I quickly snapped two up - one for me and one for one of you! Enter here if you'd like to win! There are two shade selections - cool and warm. I kept the cool set for myself and the warm set is in the giveaway.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Review: Rå Oils Radiance Clay Mask and a £10 discount code!

Rå Oils Radiance Clay Mask Review, Rå Oils Discount Code

I was introduced to Rå Oils last year and quickly fell in love! I reviewed the Skin Rescue Oil here and it even made it into my 2018 favourites here. This vegan, organic brand was founded by a mother (Elin) and daughter (Frida) who had tried so many products in a bid to clear Frida's acne. Elin was a beauty therapist and an aromatherapist and decided to experiment with oils to create the perfect blend to treat Frida's acne, which she did, successfully. She then created an oil to help a friend who was suffering from psoriasis. From there, Rå Oils was born! All of the products are made in small batches using the best and purest ingredients. Today, I want to share my thoughts on their Radiance Clay Mask and also tell you how you can save £10 on any Rå Oils product!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

YSL Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer - a miracle worker?

YSL Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer Review

I've been a massive fan of YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Illuminating Pen for years and have repurchased it repeatedly for around 19 years, so when I saw that they released a new High Cover Concealer, I had to buy it!  Some people mistake the original pen for a concealer, but it's designed to brighten rather than conceal. If your under eye area isn't too dark then the original pen might suffice but it definitely isn't enough for proper dark circles, but is the new concealer up to the job?

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

GIVEAWAY! Win a Pat McGrath Mini Lust Gloss Trio

I am a massive fan of Pat McGrath makeup, with her eyeshadows and lipsticks among some of my favourites. Reviews here, here and here. I recently bought two of her Mini Lust Gloss Trio sets - one for me and one for one of you! The photo above is taken from Sephora because the lip glosses are housed in gold packaging with gold sequins, which I obviously didn't want to open as it's a prize! This is a worldwide giveaway. Want to win?

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Beauty Expert The Vegan Collection

Beauty Expert The Vegan Collection

Increasingly, we are seeing people move towards a vegan life, which includes the products they use. Beauty Expert has created an edit of seven best selling premium vegan beauty products (full sizes), all housed in a stylish vegan wash bag with a retail value of £180 but a price tag of only £80. I think it would be a brilliant gift regardless of whether the recipient is vegan, but especially for anyone who is starting to embrace a cruelty-free lifestyle. So, what's in the bag? A nice mixture of skincare, bodycare, makeup and haircare.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Winter-proof your skin!

Winterproof your skin, skincare for winter for dry skin

Did you have snow recently? We just had a light sprinkling but the drop in temperature prompted me to up the ante and make sure that my skin was well protected from the elements. We have an open fire daily so between that and the central heating, I really should resemble a shrivelled prune but thankfully, I don't! It's not necessary to switch up your routine completely but a few small changes can make a big difference when it comes to winter-proofing your skin.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiére Radiance Perfecting Foundation

Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiére Radiance Perfecting Foundation Review

I seem to be on a foundation roll recently! I probably (definitely) didn't need another new foundation but I am almost finished two bottles so pre-empted the 'one in, one out' mantra that I should be following with this Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiére Radiance Perfecting Foundation. It's a few years since I used a Laura Mercier base - Silk Creme was the last one and I really loved that and repurchased it twice but then just moved on to other foundations. Everything about this one just screamed my name - the description said that it's undetectable, natural-looking, hydrating and with an illuminating finish. But does it live up to the description?

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Caudalie Premier Cru Serum

Caudalie Premier Cru Serum Review

Harper's Bazaar UK magazine voted Caudalie Premier Cru Serum 'The Best Of The Best' for mature skin with the beauty director, Katy Young, describing it as 'The most powerful product for improving the skin's health and appearance'. Quite the accolade, given that it has only been on the market for 12 months! So what makes it so special?

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Bali Body Self Tanning Mousse

Bali Body Self Tanning Mousse Review

I love a good fake tan and apply it on a weekly basis throughout the year and have done for a good 20 years - #tanthursday is definitely a thing in my house!  I used to be very loyal to St Tropez, then I moved on to Xen Tan, which I used consistently for years (and still use) but in the last 1/2 years, I have enjoyed trying other brands (Bondi Sands, Loving Tan, NYK1 and more). I was recently sent a bottle of Bali Body Self Tanning Mousse and a mitt to try and I want to share my thoughts on it with you today.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Hype Is Real #4 Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial Review

Welcome back to another installment of The Hype Is Real (see parts 1, 2 and 3) and this time it's all about a product that I loved from first use - Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial. Described as having 'magic hands' by Victoria Beckham, Sarah Chapman is both a trained facialist and cosmetic scientist and her products all focus on achieving glowing, radiant, healthy skin. I have tried a good number of her products and repurchased several - the one that I always have in my skincare stash is Overnight Facial and if you are new to the brand, it is the product that I recommend you start with.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Mugler Alien Fusion For Him & Her - perfect for Valentine's Day!

Alien Man Fusion, Alien Fusion For Her

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about what to buy your other half - if you do gifts, that is! We always exchange cards but are irregular with gifts - some years, we'll buy each other something, other years, it's a takeaway & cosy night at home. One thing that both my husband and I are both big fans of, is fragrance - it's an everyday essential whether we're going out or staying at home. Today I want to share Mugler's latest fragrance releases for him & her: Alien Fusion Eau De Parfum and Alien Man Fusion, which may serve as some inspiration if you are in the market for a new fragrance or want to buy a new smelly for your other half for Valentine's Day!

Friday, 1 February 2019

REVIEW: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream Review

Another day, another hyped product! Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream was released late last year and I couldn't resist buying immediately! There is also a mini B-Hydra Serum in the box, which is a very welcome addition as it really hydrates the skin. Retinol (Vitamin A) is widely lauded as being the only proven anti-ageing ingredient but it is also known to improve acne. I have quite sensitive/reactive skin and I can tolerate retinols but I think that if you have extremely sensitive skin, it would be best to start with a very gentle form rather than this product. Drunk Elephant say that you can create a cocktail using a number of their products mixed and then applied to the skin but that just isn't how I like to do my skincare. They also say that this cream can be used both morning and night but my preference is to use it at night only.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation - Worth The Hype?

Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation Review

There has been a lot of fuss about the reformulation of Dior Forever Foundation - there is now a Glow version and a Matte Version. I personally didn't try the original formula but I'm a sucker for a glowy base so I had to pick it up and see what the fuss was about.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Brand Focus: Antipodes

Veganuary with Antipodes, Vegan, Antipodes, Skincare, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, Halo Skin Brightening Mud Mask, Joyful Hand & Body Cream, Apostle Serum, Antipodes Hosanna Serum, Antipodes Divine Face Oil, Antipodes Joyous,, Vegan Skincare

After the excesses of the festive season, lots of people choose to go vegan in the month of January and extend it further than what they eat, to the products they use. I must admit that I haven't participated on the food front but I have increased my meat-free days this month, which is something I will continue to do. Thankfully, choosing products to use is an easy way to begin a vegan lifestyle and there are so many brands striving to be vegan these days that it is no longer restrictive. One such brand is Antipodes (18 products within the brand are vegan) and I want to share my thoughts on some products with you today. You will have seen this organic brand on my blog numerous times previously but if you aren't familiar with it, Antipodes hails from New Zealand and the founder has a scientific background, which she combines with her love of high quality natural ingredients to create effective, organic products. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Lookfantastic x Erno Laszlo Limited Edition Beauty Box

Lookfantastic x Erno Laszlo Limited Edition Beauty Box

We all know that Look Fantastic has a monthly beauty box but they also do one off collaboration boxes from time to time too. These have previously included Clinique (post here), Molton Brown (post here), MAC and Eve Lom. This month, they are working with Erno Laszlo on a limited edition Beauty Box. With a value of over £198 and priced at £60, this really is incredible value!

Monday, 28 January 2019

REVIEW: Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

When the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette was first released, I really wanted it and almost bought it a number of times but the shipping and customs fees were high so I always clicked out of the site. There was also the fact that I hadn't tried any Morphe eyeshadows so it was risky to order a large palette given that I was unsure of the quality. That changed back in September last year when Morphe launched on Cult Beauty and I was kindly sent the Dare To Create Artistry Eyeshadow Palette. I was really impressed with the texture, pigmentation and longevity of the eyeshadows so I decided that I should finally go ahead and buy the Jaclyn palette and, of course, it was sold out as so many others had the same idea! This, obviously, made me want it more and I eventually ordered it and then was gifted it at the same time. One for me, one for you! You can enter my giveaway here. I've been using this palette for around 7 weeks now and want to share my thoughts on it with you today. Was it worth the wait? Is it worth the hype?

Friday, 25 January 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

If you're paid monthly, it probably seems like a long, long time since your last payday. Now that it has finally arrived, you might want to treat yourself - even if you're on a low-buy for 2019! I'm definitely being more mindful with my spending this year but there's no way I could do a no-buy and I'm not doing a set 'low-buy' budget - just waiting until something really catches my eye! Today, I have three great products for three budgets, which will hopefully serve as some inspiration if you do plan on buying something this payday.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Tonic 15 - the new site for K-Beauty

Tonic 15 - the new site for K-Beauty

Korean Beauty is most definitely not a trend or a fad, it is here to stay! Here in the western world, many of us are fascinated with the 12 (and sometimes more!) step routines and want to emulate it for ourselves. I have tried some Korean Beauty brands but generally, they will come with customs fees, which I'm not happy to pay and it defeats the point of buying less expensive products. Thankfully, Tonic 15 means that fees and charges are now a distant memory and with free UK shipping on orders over £15, there is even more reason to explore Korean Beauty Brands.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Sunday Riley Good Genes: Lactic Acid Vs Glycolic Acid

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Vs Glycolic Acid

I've mentioned several times on the blog over the last 3-ish years, that I am a huge fan of Sunday Riley Good Genes. I repurchased the original Lactic Acid version numerous times but, as I mentioned in my recent Sunday Riley post, Good Genes has been reformulated and is now a Glycolic Acid Treatment. This is because the original formula had concentration and pH levels, which were higher than the EU will allow (the original formula had a lactic acid concentration of 7% and pH of 3), however it is still available to purchase in the U.S. so I bought a backup from Sephora - I knew that my skin would miss it and the new version (with a glycolic acid concentation of 7% with a lactic acid salt of 3% and a pH of 3.5%) wasn't released until October in the UK. I have been using both and want to share my thoughts with you today.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Cream products to make skin look fresh in winter

Natasha Denona, Natasha Denona Sculpt & Glow, Huda Beauty 3D Highlight Palette, Stila Convertible Colour, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise,

I have mentioned many times before that I find cream products work really well with my dry skin to make it look fresh. The added bonus is that they are very quick to use too! Today I want to share some of my favourites that I reach for regularly.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Testing MV Organic Skincare Award Winning Products

MV Organic Skincare Award Winning Products

MV Organic Skincare was founded by Sharon McGlinchey 21 years ago when she wanted to create  toxin-free, organic, but luxury, skincare products.  Based in Sydney, MV Organic uses only the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients. For some reason, this is a brand that I had never tried any products from until recently (I perhaps had some sample sachets previously but not enough to form an opinion) when Cult Beauty kindly sent me a set of deluxe samples of their award winning products. I really like the clean aesthetic of the brand - simple white with silver writing - pretty and functional. These products were winners in the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2018.

Friday, 18 January 2019

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

I know that a lot of people are saying that 2019 is the year of the low buy and while I am not personally setting a monthly budget, I am trying to be more mindful of my purchases. In 2018, there were some months where nothing caught my eye and others where a number of products did - this is why I wouldn't set a monthly figure because I actually find it easy not to buy anything some months. That being said, for beauty lovers it isn't easy to go on a 'beauty diet' so if you do feel like treating yourself, I have a round up of the best of what's left in the sales to share with you.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

GIVEAWAY! Win a Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

Win a Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

In December, I was kindly gifted a Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette and I had also ordered one before it arrived. I was going to return the one that I had bought but I then I thought that it would be a fab giveaway prize for one of my lovely readers so if you'd like to win, keep reading!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The A-Z of my favourite beauty products

The A-Z of my favourite beauty products

Two years ago, I wrote The A-Z of my favourite beauty products - post here. I thought it would be fun to revisit it and see if I could manage to find to find a product for each letter of the alphabet again! I also wanted to try not to have any duplicates and apart from maybe 3 letters, they are all new products.  I would love you to tag me if any of you decide to do this post!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Hype Is Real #3: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Review

Following on from parts 1 and 2 of my The Hype Is Real series, I'm back with another installment. This time I'm talking Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, which is a product that I've been using for around 19 years at this stage! For a beauty lover to repurchase a product repeatedly for that long, then you know it must be good!

Monday, 14 January 2019

6 products I'm currently loving...

Jo Loves, L'Occitane Intensive Shea Foot Balm, Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush, Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation, Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrat

Regular readers will know that I no longer do monthly favourites but every so often I will post about products that I am using consistently and really loving. Today, I have 6 products to share with you!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Cult Beauty exclusive Morphe palettes: 9A Always Golden, 9B Bronzed Babe, 9C Jewel Crew

Moprhe 9C Jewel Crew Review, Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe Review, Morphe 9A Always Golden Review,

If you read my Morphe post last month, you will have seen that I received three eyeshadows palettes, all of which are exclusive to Cult BeautyI already had a large Morphe eyeshadow palette and wondered how these smaller palettes would fare in comparison. I was very pleasantly surprised by the size of the palettes as I thought they would be similar in size to MAC 9 pan palettes, which are tiny but these are a very decent size with 13.5 of product. The packaging is slimline but sturdy and inside the lid is a mirror. For £12, that is a real bonus. 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Clarins Spring Makeup!

Clarins Spring Makeup Collection 2019

When I received the Clarins Spring makeup press release, I got giddy! As much as I am a fan of the festive season, I really love Spring and all that it brings. For me, it brings hope and is the perfect time to make changes if you want to. Like their festive makeup collection (post here), there aren't a lot of products but I think that's really good because with each season, we don't need a whole new set of products, just a few to add into our everyday makeup to freshen it up.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The best Sunday Riley products for dry and sensitive skin. Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month

Sunday Riley Brand Overview

As most of you will know, every month Cult Beauty have a brand of the month and in January it's Sunday Riley, which means that there is free worldwide shipping on all products. In addition to that, while stocks last, if you spend £75 or more on the brand, you will receive a free deluxe sized Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment. Sunday Riley is not just a brand, it's the also the name of the founder of this cruelty-free brand. I have tried quite a few products from the brand and am a big fan because I find that everything I have tried is effective and gives quick results - what I like in my skincare! I love that most of the products are available in full and half sizes because it isn't the cheapest brand and this makes it more feasible for people to try the products. Today I want to share my top picks from the brand for dry and sensitive skin, although most of these products will work for all skin types. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The best discoveries I made in my Advent Calendars

I was lucky enough to have four beauty advent calendars in December (and the all important chocolate one!) and although I had tried some of the products they contained previously (so was happy to find backups or minis for holidays), I also made some new discoveries. These are products that I will repurchase when I finish them. I think that's the best thing about advent calendars and beauty boxes - it gives opportunity to try products that you might not otherwise or that have been on your radar for a while.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Five overnight masks to clarify, brighten, hydrate and repair the skin

Five overnight masks to clarify, brighten, hydrate and repair the skin. Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! I really enjoyed the break catching up with family and friends and spending lots of quality time with my husband. I don't know about you but my skin is kinda hating me a little after the Christmas holidays - pretty much two weeks of eating and drinking more than I usually would, not making the best food choices and less sleep than normal means that my skin is crying out for some T.L.C. Masks are always the most effective way to treat my skin and overnight masks take it one step further as they have nothing else to compete with (makeup, SPF etc). Luckily, I have a number of masks in my stash that I can depend on to clarify, brighten, repair and hydrate my skin. It's not necessary to own so many masks but what can I say? I'm a bit extra when it comes to my skincare!
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