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Saturday, 28 November 2020

A Christmas Gift Guide for men.....

A Christmas Gift Guide for men 2020
None of these products were gifted to me.


I'll be honest, I hadn't really planned on doing a gift guide for men, but I had a few messages and comments asking if I would, so I did an Instagram poll and an overwhelming majority (81%) of those who answered, said yes! So, here we are! It won't be as comprehensive as my other gift guides as I have had less time to plan, but I still hope it gives you some ideas! None of these products have been gifted to me and I hope my husband doesn't read this as some of the gifts are for him! 

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

My top picks from the Black Friday sales....

 

My top picks from the Black Friday sales....
Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I don't know about you, but I have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of emails in my inbox, offering savings for Black Friday - which isn't just one day, it seems to have been running for half the month! I've had to unsubscribe from some, because it was just too much! Don't get me wrong, I love a good bargain, but everyone and their mother seemed to be cramming my inbox (some, I wondered how they'd even gotten my email address!) and it was almost giving my anxiety! That said, there are some really good deals out there and if you don't have your shopping done already, now is the time! Today, I want to share with you the codes/brands/sites that I will actually be using, that are offering good discounts n current products. This post isn't sponsored (I never do sponsored posts, but anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation).

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Non-beauty

 

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Non-beauty
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


Welcome to my non-beauty gift guide! As you know I am still doing a giveaway this year, but in a different format - I have decided that I will pick random commenters, both here and on Instagram, to receive a prize, but a lot of the items in these gift guides, will be going to homeless shelters and frontline workers, unless they are ones that I have specifically bought for family myself. I hope that you will agree that this is a fair way of doing things this year - I want people who actually engage with my content to win a prize. Now, on to the gift guide! As always, discount codes will be included, if available.

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Monday, 23 November 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Palettes

 

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Palettes
Anything that was kindly gifted to me is with obligation and marked with a *

Welcome to day five of my gift guides! Today, the category is palettes - you know I have a weakness for them! I usually do a giveaway at the end of my gift guides, but if you've read any of the posts this week, you will know that, this year, I have decided that I will pick random commenters, both here and on Instagram, to receive a prize, but a lot of the items in these gift guides, will be going to homeless shelters and frontline workers, unless they are ones that I have specifically bought for family myself. I hope that you will agree that this is a fair way of doing things this year - I want people who actually engage with my content to win a prize. Now, on to the gift guide! As always, discount codes will be included if I can find them! 

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Sunday, 22 November 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Fragrance & Candles

 

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Fragrance & Candles
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I hope that you're enjoying my gift guides and finding them useful! I love putting them together as this is my favourite time of year. Today's one is all about fragrance and candles, room sprays and a diffuser. As you know, this year's giveaway is different - I have decided that I will pick random commenters, both here and on Instagram, to receive a prize, but a lot of the items in these gift guides, will be going to homeless shelters and frontline workers, unless they are ones that I have specifically bought for family myself. I hope that you will agree that this is a fair way of doing things this year - I want people who actually engage with my content to win a prize. Now, on to the gift guide!As with all of my gift guides, if I can find a discount code I'll include it.

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Saturday, 21 November 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: £50+

 

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: £50+
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Welcome to day three of my gift guides and, today, the category is £50+, and then, over the next few days, I will have separate posts for fragrance and candles, palettes and, finally, non-beauty. I usually do a giveaway at the end of my gift guides, but all too often I find, that people follow and comment for a few weeks, just to try to win and then whether they win, or not, they unfollow, so this year, I have decided that I will pick random commenters, both here and on Instagram, to receive a prize, but a lot of the items in these gift guides, will be going to homeless shelters and frontline workers, unless they are ones that I have specifically bought for family myself. I hope that you will agree that this is a fair way of doing things this year - I want people who actually engage with my content to win a prize. Now, on to the gift guide! As always, I'll include any discount codes that I can find.

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Friday, 20 November 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: £25-50

 

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: £25-50
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligaton.

Welcome to day two of my gift guides. I have something for all budgets, and today, the category is £25-50, and it will continue according to budget for the next few days, then I have separate posts for fragrance and candles, palettes and, finally, non-beauty. I usually do a giveaway at the end of my gift guides, but due to the follow/unfollow game that people play, I'm not doing that this year. Instead, I have decided that I will pick random commenters, both here and on Instagram, to receive a prize, but a lot of the items in these gift guides, will be going to homeless shelters and frontline workers, unless they are ones that I have specifically bought for family myself. I hope that you will agree that this is a fair way of doing things this year - I want people who actually engage with my content to win a prize. Now, on to the gift guide! I will include any discounts that I can find.

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Under £25

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2020,  2020 Christmas Gift Guide: Under £25
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I know that it may seem early to be bringing you gift guides, but with Black Friday next week, there will hopefully be some good deals, plus with social distancing and nothing being the same as other years, I know that lots of people are doing their shopping early! I have something for all budgets, starting today, with under £25 and it will continue according to budget for the next few days, then I have separate posts for fragrance and candles, palettes and, finally, non-beauty. I usually do a giveaway at the end of my gift guides, but all too often I find, that people follow and comment for a few weeks, just to try to win and then whether they win, or not, they unfollow. Last year, I was on a pre-Christmas break in Rome, when I had a message from a giveaway winner, asking if I had posted her prize, I replied that I had but was on holiday so couldn't track it. She messaged the next day to say that she had received it and then proceeded to unfollow me. That left a bad taste in my mouth, as it wasn't the first time that it had happened, so this year, I have decided that I will pick random commenters, both here and on Instagram, to receive a prize each, but a lot of the items in these gift guides, will be going to homeless shelters and frontline workers, unless they are ones that I have specifically bought myself for family. I hope that you will agree that this is a fair way of doing things this year - I want people who actually engage with my content to win a prize. Now, on to today's gift guide! In each gift guide, there will be a mixture of products, which I bought myself (for gifts or maybe for myself!) and some products, which were kindly sent to me, without obligation to post. Anything sent to me will be marked with a *. I personally don't think that gifts under £25 are stocking fillers, like some people do. I think they are complete gifts and I have some great ones in this post. Also, if I have any discount codes, I will include them.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Becca has arrived at Look Fantastic! Bring on the glow!

 

Becca has arrived at Look Fantastic! Bring on the glow!
This cute parcel was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


Becca* is a brand that instantly makes me think of glowing skin, which is what I live for - healthy, glowing skin is always my aim! The brand recently arrived at Look Fantastic*, and what's even better, is that my LYMIN code will save you 20% on all products from the brand! To celebrate the brand's arrival, they kindly sent me the cute lollipops in the photo above and a full size Prosecco Pop from their Shimmering Skin Perfectors*. This was originally only available in the original Jaclyn Hill palette, which I featured in a Becca Brand Focus post here.

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Sunday, 15 November 2020

Lime Crime knows how to lift our spirits with their colourful Astronomical mascaras!

 

Lime Crime knows how to lift our spirits with their colourful Astronomical mascaras!
These mascaras were kindly gifted to me, without obligation *

I don't know where you are in the world, but where I am, the weather is drab and we're in lockdown, so anything that will help to lift the spirits can only be a good thing! Lime Crime* is a brand that I associate with bold colours and bright makeup, so I was delighted to see their new range of mascaras in not just black, but also a blue, purple and green shade too. Now, I remember my Auntie wearing blue mascara back in the day and I thought it was super cool, but that was the '80s and '90s - I wondered if I'd wear it today!

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Friday, 13 November 2020

'Tis the season for lip balms.....


'Tis the season for lip balms, Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Balm, Ameliorate Intensive Lip Treatment, Laneige Lip Glowy Balm,
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I'm a bit of a lip balm addict - always have been! It goes back to the days before I was allowed to wear makeup (our school banned it completely),  and all of my friends had lip balms from The Body Shop on us at all times! If they were slightly tinted, all the better, as it felt we were cheating the 'no makeup' rule! Now that the temperature has definitely dropped, I'm using them more than ever and have them all over the house, in handbags, pockets etc. This isn't even my entire collection, but I wanted to share some with you as some are more intensive than others, and I'm guessing that at least some of you, will be buying balms over the coming months!

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

A head to toe pamper...... because, why not?

 

Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


If ever there's been a time for a head to toe pamper, it's now, during lockdown when we have so much extra time on our hands. Here are some of my favourite products to use when I'm really going for the full experience. Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without any obligation to post.

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Monday, 9 November 2020

What to do in Lockdown 2.0

 

What to do in Lockdown 2.0


I'm not sure where you are in the world, but I think the majority of us are in lockdown, or at least with higher restrictions than in recent months. The numbers have been climbing, and as much as many people dreaded another lockdown (I'm not one of them by the way - I feel safer in lockdown), there isn't really any alternative - especially if we want any sort of Christmas that we are used to. It won't be like last year or previous Christmases, for that matter, due to the nature of how the virus spreads, but we have to make the best of it and stick to the rules or we could still be in the same position, this time next year - perish the thought! So here's what I'm doing in lockdown....

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Friday, 6 November 2020

Some current skincare loves....

 

Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

As a skincare addict, unless I am specifically testing products for the purposes of a review, I will have quite a few products in rotation. I have my main skincare stash in the bathroom, but also drawers and drawers of products that I add in, either from time to time (depending on what my skin needs at that moment), or when I finish a product. At the moment, I find that I am reaching for a number of products repeatedly and I want to share them with you today. For reference, I have very dry skin that is prone to dullness and texture,  so I need to keep on top of my routine in order for my skin to look good.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Lipsticks that won't budge under masks.... Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick

 

Lipsticks that won't budge under masks, Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick
These lipsticks were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

So, we're back in lockdown - but is anybody surprised? With the numbers rising, it was the only responsible thing for the government to do. I personally know of someone who died from it two weeks ago, so it brought it home to me how utterly terrifying the virus is. Whether we like it or not, masks are here to stay for the foreseeable future (well into next year, at the very least). I know that people don't like to wear them for a variety of reasons, but they are essential (there are some people who are exceptions to this rule, which I respect, but in general, the vast majority of people must wear a mask in public). Now, I know that until the beginning of December, we won't be venturing far, however we are allowed out within a limited km radius and if in a support bubble. Some people are happy to give their skin a break and not wear any makeup, others see no point, as it all comes off (it doesn't if you use the right products), but I have some lipsticks to share with you today that will.not.budge!

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Monday, 2 November 2020

Makeup By Mario Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

 

Makeup By Mario Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Review & Swatches
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I hadn't really planned on buying any more palettes because, Lord knows, I have more than enough! But when I saw the Makeup By Mario Master Mattes™ palette, I couldn't resist! I love matte shadows and I loved the palette he did, around four years ago, with Anastasia Beverly Hills (I still have it!), so it just seemed like I should buy it.  Because I've had it for a few weeks, I thought now would be a good time to share my thoughts with you......

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution

Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution Review


I own a lot of acid products and I really wonder how I managed before I ever started using them (probably only around 7 years ago), so when a new one comes on the market, I find it hard to resist  buying it, particularly if it's from a brand that I already enjoy, or intrigues me. That is all basically me trying to justify why I bought Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, when I already own so many acid products! I've tried two other products from this brand and have enjoyed both. I like when a brand doesn't just keep churning out products - this is a start up (well, relatively new) and they are gradually adding products to their line up. I have to say, at the outset, that this is a pricey product, at £49 for 100ml, so my expectations were high......

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Monday, 26 October 2020

L'Occitane Limited Edition Shea Collection Review

 

These products were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

I feel like that there are some brands that I consistently say the same things about, but what can I say? If I love a brand, a new release excites me and I will want to try it. If I don't like any of the products I'll say so, but I know what I like and I'd be doing you, the brand and myself, a dis-service if I pretended not to like a product, just for the sake of (false) balance! Why am I saying all of this? Because one of my favourite brands, L'Occitane*, has released their festive collection*! If ever there was a collection made for me, this is it - their classic shea range is combined with mandarin and verbena, both of which are right up my street. I love uplifting, invigorating scents, but the thing with these is that they aren't too sharp and there is a hint of woodiness. I love everything about Christmas, however despite doing all of the baking of cakes, puddings, mince pies etc for my family, I'm not actually fan of anything cinnamon or clove scented, but I do associate mandarins with Christmas, because we always had one in our stockings as children and a big bowl of them in the kitchen, to try to balance the sweets and chocolates! They are so perfectly juicy at this time of year, and being a fan of anything citrusy, these L'Occitane* ranges are perfect for me! All products are available individually, but there are also some beautiful gift sets available too and I can tell you that I would love to find them under my tree!

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Saturday, 24 October 2020

Halloween isn't cancelled......


These nails were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.



I keep seeing people online saying that Halloween is cancelled because of the Covid restrictions, but it really isn't - it's just going to be different this year. And, actually, the people moaning most about it being different are possibly those responsible for the fact that we are still in the position we're in - those who won't wear masks, those who have flouted the rules. What they don't grasp, is that the longer and more often they do that, the longer we will be in this position! As a person who has been ill and had her life restricted for over 20 years, I have some tips on staying sane with restrictions in place here, - there have been many times when I could have declared my life as being 'cancelled', due to the number of occasions I have missed, but if you want to celebrate something, you will find a way. Why am I saying all of this? Because, when I was growing up, we lived in a rural area, so there was no trick or treating, but we still had amazing Halloween celebrations....

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Products I received in PR that I love so much, I either have already, or will repurchase....

 

Products I received in PR that I love so much, I either have already,  or will repurchase....

Today's post is a little different. As a blogger, I'm very lucky to receive PR (but also very choosey in what I'll accept - it has to be a good fit for my readers, for me, and something that I'd be happy to spend my own money on). Not everyone acknowledges when a product was sent to them, but I always do. I don't do sponsored posts, so if I receive a product, it is without any obligation. Today, I want to share the products that I already have repurchased, or will repurchase as soon as I finish the product, which was originally received in P.R. There are many many more product than just those mentioned in today's post (Sunday Riley and Dermalogica are just two brands that spring to mind), but these are the products, which I currently have at the moment. If I have any discounts, I will include them, in case you want to buy anything I mention!

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Rose Super Size, exclusive to QVC throughout October!

 

This was kindly gifted to me, without obligaition. 


Earlier this year, I was sent a limited edition Rose version of the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser and I fell in love with it so quickly, that I immediately bought a backup! The original version was one of the first products produced by the brand, so to celebrate its 25th anniversary in business, they have released a Super Size (500ml) bottle of the Rose version, in collaboration with QVC*. This is strictly limited edition and only available for the month of October, or until stocks last, with a price tag of £32, reduced from £39.

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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month: Dr Dennis Gross - get ready for the smoothest skin of your life!

 

Dr Dennis Gross Peel Pads Review ,Dr Dennis Gross Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel Review, Dr Dennis Gross Review
Some products, kindly gifted, without obligation, marked with a *

I remember the first time that I purchased some Dr Dennis Gross* products, and I really hesitated because they are expensive, but my mother has told me all of my life that skincare is an investment and she is right. No expensive makeup will look good, if your skin doesn't, plus when your skin looks good, you need less makeup so you make a saving there anyway! The first products I bought were the Alpha-Beta Peel Pads in Extra Strength* and I can't tell you how many times I have gone on to repurchase them since. I call them texture and blackhead erasers, but more about that later. I wanted to let you know that Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for October is Dr Dennis Gross (which means free international shipping on all orders), and talk you through some of my favourite products. Some of these products were gifted to me and are marked with a * but the rest were bought by me and some have also previously been bought by me. Dr. Dennis Gross is a U.S. based dermatologist and you really cannot beat a doctor's range as it's almost like a prescription for your skin (as long as you know your skin type).

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Friday, 16 October 2020

One of my non-beauty loves: Handbags

Saint Laurent Uptown Clutch

 

My intention in 2020 was to include more lifestyle posts but Covid put a stop to that, and pretty much everything else! I know lots of people were able to go on staycations, or even abroad, but I've been too ill to go anywhere. Hopefully 2021 will be the year that I start to introduce some lifestyle, but for now, I thought that I'd share with you one of my biggest loves, outside of beauty (although they are things of beauty!) - handbags! I'm not a fashion blogger and tend to spend most of my time in pyjamas these days so these are not styled posts, nor do I have a massive collection, but as both of these things change, I will share them on Instagram. I don't go for 'trend' bags, purely because I prefer classics that I will use time and time again. The Bottega Veneta clutch last year is one example of the kind of bag I wouldn't go for because it was very expensive but also, pretty obvious that it would date quickly. I can understand why fashion bloggers buy them because they are probably either gifted them, receive a press discount, or, simply, because it's their job to show the latest trends. The small number of bags that I own are ones that I will wear for years. If I can find any discounts, I will add them at the end, in case you are interested in buying any of them.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

REVIEW: Ameliorate Skincare

 

Ameliorate Skincare range review
All of these products were kindly sent to me.

You will have seen me often mention Ameliorate body products on the blog - they are the best products that I have found to get rid of bumpy, chicken skin on my arms, legs etc. Using lactic acid, they gradually buff away the dead skin cells and keratosis pilaris, to leave skin baby soft, but consistent use is required. When I heard that they had moved into skincare, I was very intrigued, given the great results I had experienced with the bath & body range. I was kindly sent all four products and I have been using them for around 5 weeks now, so I am ready to share my thoughts with you today! You can save 20% on anything from the brand until October 31st, by entering the code SIOBHAN20 at checkout!

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Monday, 12 October 2020

What I like and dislike about blogging.....


Image Source: We Heart It


I've been blogging for quite a while now and although blogs are less popular than they used to be, thanks to the rise of Instagram, which I don't really get because I you learn nothing about seeing a person remove their makeup on Instagram and you can't search for a review on there. Added to that, the fact that it's plain to see that a lot of people buy their followers, I really don't get the attraction and don't see why PR companies and brands cannot see that! Anyway, today I want to share what I like and dislike about blogging and would love to hear your thoughts!
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Saturday, 10 October 2020

How I'm dealing with post-Covid hair loss


How I'm dealing with post-Covid hair loss, Rejuuvenated; Collagen Shots Review , Veggicol Review, Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector Review, Olaplex No 0 Review, Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask With Lemon Review, Kérastase Genesis Bain Nutri-Fortifant Shampoo Review, Ouai Treatment Hair Masque Review, Wet Brush Flex Dry Review, It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner Review, Aquis Prime Review, Slip Silk Pillowcase Review, Slip Hair Ties Review, Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer Review, Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Review,


When I first got Covid, I didn't notice hair loss as being one of the symptoms (I was too busy trying to breathe and stay alive!) but it was around 8 weeks in that I started to notice clumps falling out ( it had probably been happening for a while, but it was only at this point that I noticed it being a regular thing). I didn't know if it was the illness, the medication, or something else that caused it. Some people say it's stress but whilst my body might be stressed and shocked at what has invaded it, I didn't feel consciously stressed as I was in good hands with my GP and felt safe at home. When I first became ill with Lyme, 20 years ago, my hair volume halved in a few months - luckily, I had a lot of hair in the first place (something that all of the women in my family have - we almost single-handedly keep our local salons in business). It bothered me a lot then, less so this time around, although I have less to start with. Every time I wash my hair, the plug would be really full, then more would come out when I'd comb it and again, each time I brushed it, a big handful would come out. There was hair on the furniture, all over my pillows, the floor - basically, everywhere! I decided that I had to try to do something about it before I had patches, which couldn't be concealed. It was at this point that I started to read about so many others who had the same issue. I've been trying a variety of products for a good number of weeks and want to share them with you, in case you or someone you know is in the same position. If anything has been gifted to me, without obligation, it will be marked with a *
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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Natasha Denona Glam Palette Review & Swatches


Natasha Denona Glam Palette Review & Swatches


I told myself that I'd bought enough eyeshadow palettes this year and then I saw this beauty from Natasha Denona. I already had her mini Glam palette so, naturally, I wanted the big one when I saw it. I don't have many cool toned shadows but when I wear them, I really like them - they're good for creating a soft look and I enjoyed using the mini version of this palette....... any excuse really! This palette is cool toned, but some shades lean more neutral, which is probably why I get along with it.  I love that she has now decided to release palettes in this size with a £60 price tag, rather than all being over £100, because if we're really honest with ourselves, when do we finish a whole palette (although I almost did on Naked 1 back in the day!). It's still a pricey palette, but definitely a more accessible price point for most people. I like the plastic case and that the names are written under the shadows, but  if there was one thing that I would take from the bigger palettes, is I would add the plastic sleeve, to protect the shadows, but that's just my personal opinion! I've been buying Natasha Denona palettes for around 4 years now (I have tried most products from the brand and eyeshadows and highlighting products are what she does best, everything else is just ok, in my opinion), so you know that I love them, but does this one live up to my expectations?
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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Wearing face masks - trying to keep makeup on but also deal with Maskne


Wearing face masks - trying to keep makeup on but also deal with Maskne


Wearing masks, which we all must do in public, brings with it its own issues, but it's vital that we do it - out of respect for others, but they also provide some protection for us too. I believe that it's our civic duty to wear one and it's preferable to buy reusable, now that we know that Covid will be sticking around for a while. It infuriates me to see gangs of teenagers ( and older) not wearing masks and snuggling in for selfies but that's a post for another day. Today, I want t talk about two issues - the first is getting your makeup to last, while wearing a mask and the the second, is dealing with 'maskne'. But before all of that, I would recommend buying a mask that you feel comfortable wearing - yes, they feel alien to us, but we have to wear them. I bought a Slip Silk Reusable Face Covering, which my LYMIN code works on, to give a 20% discount. It's available in four colours and I love it, because it feels comfortable and the strings are adjustable, so I can ensure that it is covers my nose and mouth, but that it isn't too tight behind my ears. You can even make one at home, so you don't need to spend a lot of money. If you find that the men in your life are a little reluctant to wear them, tell them to check out their team's shop (if they are into sport), as most of them sell them now and it should encourage them to 'show their colours', while wearing a mask. If anything has been gifted to me, without obligation, it will be marked with a *.
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Sunday, 4 October 2020

My top picks from the Omorovicza Moor Mud Collection


Omorovicza Moor Mud Collection Review


If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you will know that Omorovicza is my favourite skincare brand. I have reviewed the Silver Collection here, the Gold collection here and the Hydro Mineral Collection here. Today, I'm sharing my top picks from the Moor Mud Collection. There are six products in total in this collection but my absolute favourites comprise of three - I do like the other three products but these are what work best for my skin. I am lucky enough to receive products from this brand from time to time but probably buy as much as they send me, if not more! Anything they have sent is marked with a *.
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Friday, 2 October 2020

My DIY facial #8




It's a while since I shared one of my DIY facials with you - to be honest, when I got pneumonia, I fell off track a little and whilst I did my regular skincare routines, I had no energy for extra effort but I missed the extra pampering and I'm back on track with my at home facials again. I had booked a facial for Monday last but didn't feel well enough to attend, so I've postponed it. I gave them plenty of notice and they were very understanding, given my circumstances but I'm determined to have the two that I have vouchers for, before Christmas, as long as the pandemic doesn't get any worse! Anyway, back to my most recent DIY effort! Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted to me, without obligation.
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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar Review & Contents


L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar Review & Contents
This calendar was very kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I know that some people may think that it's too early for anything Christmassy, but (apart from the fact that it's NEVER too early for anything to do with Christmas, in my books) like I said in this post last week, I feel that 2020 has been such a tough year for so many people, that the promise of twinkling lights, the sending of Christmas cards (yes, I'm still that old school person) and festive tunes, that somehow bring the promise that everything will be okay (if even just for a few days), is something that we all need in our lives.  Speaking of which - a slight tangent, but please,  please, do all that you can now to stop the spread of Covid so that people will get to spend Christmas with their families (that's the bonus, the real reason is to save lives). It's in our hands to stop the spread - wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance, and ask yourself if that trip out is truly necessary, because by acting now, we can save Christmas (Hollywood movie style), otherwise, with numbers rising, there will be a lot of very lonely people this year who will be having Christmas dinner via Zoom with their family.  If you have a large following, please use your influence in a positive way by showing younger people, who may look up to you that they are not exempt from this virus - it will kill at random, there is nobody immune. I'm sorry to start this post on, what some might say, is a negative note, but I'm speaking from personal experience. I got a very bad case of Covid, I'm still breathless, still have a racing heart, temperature, pain in places you couldn't possibly imagine and hair falling out, despite the fact that I was extremely careful.  Those are just some of the symptoms, which are still lingering, so whilst I am really glad that we have Christmas and all it's fun to look forward to, please do bear in mind that your actions NOW will decide whether you get to spend it with your family and whether others will have an empty space at their table this year.

Back on topic! Today, I'm talking about the L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar*. Every year, L'Occitane release two calendars, for two budgets, which I think is brilliant because at this stage, it seems that every brand has hopped on the Advent Calendar bandwagon and a lot are around the £200 mark, which is sometimes a person's entire Christmas budget! Don't get me wrong, they look amazing, but that's a lot of money to shell out at an already expensive time of year! Regular readers will know that L'Occitane is probably my favourite bath & body brand and it is through the calendars in previous years, that I discovered some of ranges that I hadn't previously tried and then fell in love with them. This calendar contains bath, body, hair and skincare products, so it really is the perfect mix. I know that some people don't want to know what is in the calendar, so I will let you know when I get to the spoiler alert stage!
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Monday, 28 September 2020

Seasonal skincare switch up/additions




When the season changes, my skincare, makeup and wardrobe tend to too (revolutionary!). Today, I want to share some of the products I've added into my routine (there are year-round staples but these are additions) now that the season has changed (I still can't believe that it's Autumn!). I tend to make sure that products are really nourishing so there's nothing gel textured, in terms of moisturiser or eye cream. Everything focusing on locking moisture in as we start to use the central heating and open fire. Also, don't forget that SPF still needs to be used daily, even if the sky is as dull as dishwater outside (I'm currently using Bioderma*, and don't forget your hands as they are exposed to the rays more than your body) ! Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation. I'm not going to list every single product that I use, but the ones that have been added into my routine and used more regularly than over the summer months.
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Saturday, 26 September 2020

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Dupes


Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Dupes, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Dupes, Sculpted by Aimee Liquid Lights


We all know that Charlotte Tilbury makeup is expensive, so if you can find a product that works pretty much in the same way, at a fraction of a price, I think it's good to share! Even better, when you might actually prefer the dupes, but I'll tell you why later. What I'm talking about is her Beauty Light Wands, which I bought as soon as the original was released. I generally prefer cream or liquid products, as my skin is dry, so I was happy when she extended her line to include blushes as well as a highlight. I have only ever raved about these wands but then Sculpted By Aimee Liquid Lights Blush and Highlight Duo came along....
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Thursday, 24 September 2020

3 treats for 3 budgets....


3 treats for 3 budgets, Beautonomy eyeshadows, Neom Diffuser Pod, Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial,


It's that time of the month again, when some people get an itch to treat themselves to something and I have three fantastic products to share with you today, starting with a palette that is amazing value!
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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

5 non-beauty loves.......


Neom Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser Review, Gucci Soho Disco Bag Review, Veja trainers review, Non beauty loves, Huggie Earrings


I rarely speak about my non-beauty loves on here, but there are plenty! Lifestyle is something I had planned on including more of in 2020 but that kinda fell by the wayside with the arrival of Covid and huge dip in my health - I'm basically still in lockdown! Hopefully 2021 is the year that I can include more of that category, but for now we'll settle for some non-beauty items that I've been loving! I'd also love your thoughts on Huggie Earrings as I have been thinking of buying some - basically, I'm thinking of adding some jewellery to my collection that I can wear on an everyday basis (so hoops are obviously out and I have diamond studs but don't wear those daily so I need something that isn't a huge statement but is still noticeable), with minimal makeup, nails done, brows tinted and some perfume, so that even if I feel rubbish and am in very casual clothes (or pjs), I still feel like me and don't just see an ill person when I look in the mirror! Do you think there's any age limit for wearing huggies without looking like you're a try-hard or past it? Anyway, on to my current non-beauty loves!
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Monday, 21 September 2020

Drunk Elephant Firmy :The Day Kit


Drunk Elephant Firmy The Day Kit Review
This set was kindly gifted to me.


Last week, I was lucky enough to receive two festive products - this Drunk Elephant Firmy The Day Kit* and an advent calendar, which I will review in the coming weeks. People may say that it's too early for anything to do with Christmas, but I think that this year, more than ever, we need the fun, festivities and frivolity that Christmas brings. As I said on Instagram, I am cognizant of the fact that there will be many tables around the country (and the world), with an empty space, or maybe even more than one, due to the pandemic and more, so please don't think that I am crass when I post about anything festive, but there have been times over this year, where I felt that my house might be one of those, so I am going to embrace everything Christmassy and as I told my mother, I'm going bigger and better than ever before, which she didn't think was possible, given that I am a huge Christmas fan as it is! Basically, I'm saying that I don't think we should judge others for celebrating any occasion to the max - it's been a tough year for all of us!
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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Kora Organics - do I look like Miranda Kerr yet?


Kora Organics Review, Noni Glow Face Oil Review, Bright Vitamin C Serum, Night AHA Resurfacing Serum, Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask
These products were kindly gifted to me by Cult Beauty, without any obligation. 


Miranda Kerr hasn't aged since she first came on the scene back in the mid-noughties, despite having had two children. She looks as fresh faced as she's ever been! When she released her own line of organic, cruelty-free, results-driven skincare, powered by superfood extracts, named Kora Organics, I couldn't wait to get my hands on some products. It's a curated line, with 10 products in total and Cult Beauty kindly sent me four to test around five weeks ago and I want to share my thoughts with you today. Spoiler alert - I already want to buy the rest of the range!
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Friday, 18 September 2020

Is Charlotte Tilbury Push Up Mascara worth the hype?


Is Charlotte Tilbury Push Up Mascara worth the hype?


When Charlotte Tilbury first released her collection in 2014, I was very excited and I lusted after so many of her products and eventually tried most of them (not in all shades, obviously), but in the last 6-9 months, I've found myself shunning the brand to an extent because of the constant churning out of new products every 3 weeks that are all deemed to be 'magical' and life-changing'. When a brand releases makeup so frequently, it no longer feels special and this is a real shame as I would have said that it was my favourite makeup brand a few years ago. Also, the people who handle their PR seem to get it all wrong - when you see bloggers just opening large packages on their Instastories and saying that their mother would love this and their sister would love that, it tells us nothing about the product, apart from the fact that they've received a big package that they'll distribute among friends and family and maybe do one Instagram photo of them wearing one product, out of a large number (plus it's always the same few, predictable faces who never seem to spend their own money on her products). To me, it sends out the wrong message - just have big names holding your products and that will suffice, rather than considering smaller bloggers who will actually use and review the product. I've been told privately on Instagram from someone who works in a pharmacy that products that big bloggers rave about are now very slow to sell, whereas a few years ago, if they just mentioned them, they sold out instantly - there is less trust when there are no actual reviews or only paid reviews. Maybe the PR need to re-think their strategy and I don't say this because I don't receive PR from them, I say it because I am also a consumer and I like to see a variety of actual reviews, not just photos! Also, all through lockdown, when a lot of people weren't earning, were losing loved ones or were ill themselves, the brand churned out product after product, whereas other brands were more sensitive to the fact that there was a global pandemic and delayed some releases. All of that being said, Charlotte does have some truly beautiful products, which is why I still buy some, but certainly nowhere near as many as I used to.
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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant Review


Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant Review


I'm lucky to have been part of the Dermalogica Skinfluencer* programme for around 18 months now, which is a real thrill, having been a fan and user of the brand for around 16 years, so I get excited when they release a new product. I love that they only send products that they think will suit your skin type, rather than just a blanket send out, which could be wasteful. I knew that their latest release would be right up my street so I was delighted when the Hydro Masque Exfoliant* landed through my letterbox! I just saw the words hydrating, exfoliating and 5 minutes and knew it'd be right up my street.....
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Monday, 14 September 2020

5 current loves from MAC - 1 old and 4 new!


MAC x Nic Chapman, MAC Spice, MAC, MAC I Like To Watch Eyeshadow, Hushed Tone Blush. Powder Kiss Lipstick - Reverence


When I saw (last year some time) that MAC were collaborating with Sam and Nic Chapman, I was excited to see what they'd produce. I've followed the talented makeup artists for years and I feel that it's a shame that their release coincides with a time when we all need to wear masks as much as possible, as that's bound to affect sales of lip products. That said, because these are limited edition, I think that if you like the look of either of them, you should snap them up to wear in the future when we can be mask-free - whenever that is!  While I was ordering Nic's lipstick, I also ordered a few other bits that had been on my wishlist for a while, which I want to share with you today, alongside an old favourite that I've been buying for over 20 years and was actually my first MAC purchase - Spice Lip Pencil.  Sam created a dreamy red shade but as I very rarely wear red, I skipped it and decided to buy Nic's perfect nude shade.
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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Olaplex No 0 Intensive Bond Building Kit - worth the hype?


Olaplex No 0 Intensive Bond Building Kit - worth the hype?


I mentioned in my Covid - six month update post, that my hair has been falling out (which I have seen/heard other people say has happened to them too), so I am trying everything I can to take care of my hair, slow the loss down and even (hopefully) reverse it. I've been using Olaplex No 3 for around 18 months now, and have seen great results in the structure/strength and elasticity of my hair, so when I have that they were releasing a No 0 Intensive Bond Building Kit, I ordered it immediately. It was released in the U.S. before here, so I actually ordered from Sephora so that I could get started with it as soon as possible.  
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Thursday, 10 September 2020

My top picks from the Omorovicza Hydro Mineral Collection


My top picks from the Omorovicza Hydro Mineral Collection
Some products were gifted to me, without obligation and are marked with a * below but I buy from this brand all of the time!


We all know by now that Omorovicza is my favourite skincare brand and I recommend that everyone tries some of their products, if they are within their budget. (My LYMIN code works for 20% off on Look Fantastic). I previously reviewed the Gold Collection here and the Silver collection here, so today it's the turn of the Hydro Mineral Collection. Rather than share everything fro the collection, I'm sharing my top picks. This collection is powered by their patented Healing Concentrate™, which makes it perfect for sensitive skin, but it is also aimed at firming and increasing the suppleness of the skin. There's something here for everyone! Some of these products were kindly sent to me (marked with * but I have purchased all of them myself several times over the past five years, since I first discovered this brand).
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Sunday, 30 August 2020

Covid - six months on. My update.....


Covid - six months on. My update....., After-effects of Corona Virus, Corona virus complications


Have you entered my Pat McGrath giveaway here? It ends at midnight tonight!


When the news started trickling in about Coronavirus at the beginning of the year, I really didn't think that we, as a world, would still be talking about it all these months later. I definitely didn't expect that I would be sharing my story 6 months on, but here we are....
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Friday, 28 August 2020

New in my skincare stash....


Skincare, Ecooking Vitamin C Serum, Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial. Kate Somerville Ceramide & Omegas, Kate Somerville Glow Moisturiser, Huda Beauty Coconut Mist, AHC Sheet Masks, Glow Recipe Cleanser, Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid, James Read Click & Glow Gel Drops, Estêe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised multi-Recovery Complex, Estêe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Foil Mask


Have you entered my Pat McGrath giveaway here?

I probably didn't actually *need* any of these things but the lure of birthday discount codes is strong and there are some seriously good offers online anyway, so for the first time in months, I have a bit of a haul to share with you and it's all skincare! Two products were kindly gifted to me (without obligation, one more was a birthday gift and the rest, I bought myself!). So, let's get into it!
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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Jo Loves is fast becoming my favourite fragrance brand.....


Jo Loves. Jo Loves is fast becoming my favourite fragrance brand, Jo Loves Pomelo, Jo Loves Orange Butterflies, Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime, Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves,


Have you entered my Pat McGrath giveaway here?

I first wrote about Jo Loves fragrances here, early last year. Since then, the love affair has just consistently grown! If you don't know the background, Jo Loves is actually produced by Jo Malone, who sold her original company to Estée Lauder companies and then, after a period of ill-health, left the company completely. Five years later, fully recovered and ready to rebuild, she started Jo Loves and it has gone from strength to strength. During a visit to Space NK Christmas 2018, I sampled some of her fragrances and was immediately hooked - Jo certainly knows which notes blend well together. I don't have a huge collection, but I want to share what I have with you today, in case you're on the hunt for a new fragrance. I really hope I do the scents some justice as it's difficult to get across just how beautiful they are. The scents just resonate with me. You know how Omorovicza is my favourite skincare brand? Well, Jo Loves fragrances just fit with and work for me in the same way. If I could create a skincare brand that was just perfect for my skin, it would have been Omorovicza. Likewise, if I could have created a fragrance brand that represented me, it would be Jo Loves - the scents speak to me!
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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

L'Occitane Limited Edition Happy Cherry Collection


L'Occitane Limited Edition Happy Cherry Collection 2020 review


Regular readers will know how much I adore L'Occitane*, so when they release any new products, it excites me! Their most recent release is a new twist on their Cherry Blossom range, called Happy Cherry Blossom, which is limited edition and usually sells out quickly. I was kindly sent products from the range, which I want to share with you today. 
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Monday, 24 August 2020

3 treats for 3 budgets


3 treats for 3 budgets, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray review, Jo Malone Lavender & Musk Pillow Mist review, Jo Loves Orange Butterflies Perfume review


Have you entered my Pat McGrath giveaway here?


I skipped my monthly 3 treats for 3 budgets post in July because I was on my blogging break but thought I'd bring it back this month. I know during lockdown, people were either shopping a lot more or not at all, whereas now I think things are a little more 'normal' in some respects and are possibly treating themselves a little now. I have three great products for three budgets so let's get into it.....
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Saturday, 22 August 2020

OPI Muse of Milan Collection...... giving me Autumn vibes


OPI Milan Collection Review & Swatches
These nail polishes were kindly gifted to me without any obligation.


Have you entered my Pat McGrath giveaway here?

In my head, we're still in March but in reality, we're almost in Autumn and that's exactly what popped into my head when I saw the stunning new OPI Muse of Milan Collection. OPI are known for their destination collections, so to get inspiration for this range, they travelled to beautiful Milan and immersed themselves in the culture - food, architecture, style and more. This happened before the pandemic began, which claimed so many lives from the area so it is fitting that this launch is in honour of Milan and also, the spirit of the city - who remembers seeing videos of people meeting on their balconies in the evenings to sing and play music, in Milan and its surrounding areas? That spirit, during what was probably the worst time of their lives, inspired other countries around the world. The collection contains 12 shades, in a variety of finishes and I want to talk you through them today. 
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Thursday, 20 August 2020

Bon Voyage Discovery Box


Bon Voyage Discovery Box, Beauty Boat Review


Have you entered my Pat McGrath giveaway here?

I know that there's a green list of countries that are supposed to be safe to travel to, but I personally wouldn't risk flying anywhere until at least next year because as much as the lure of some heat in my bones tempts me, I'm still very ill and wouldn't take a chance of being on a flight or in a hotel, or general vicinity, of any Covidiots. Apart from missing lying by a pool, one of the things I really enjoy about going on holiday, is Duty Free shopping! In fact, I usually time my purchase of some of my favourite serums around holidays and flying to see my husband's family. Because that's not possible this year (for so many of us), I was delighted to hear about Beauty Boat*. This is a new, virtual pop-up shop, which has been launched to fill the void for those of us who aren't travelling abroad and therefore, not travelling through Duty Free, this year. It offers up to 30% off best-selling luxury brands and to celebrate, it has launched a Bon Voyage Discovery Box.
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