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Saturday, 18 September 2021

NEW SKINCARE BRAND! A1 skincare review

 

NEW SKINCARE BRAND! A1 skincare review
All of these products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

One of the things that I love most about blogging, is discovering new brands and I was thrilled when I was asked if I would like to test a brand new skincare brand. It is called At1, is exclusive to All Beauty and currently has a streamlined seven products in the line up; all of which I was kindly sent to try. I have been using them for probably around 8 weeks, if not a little longer, now, but am only getting around to telling you about them now, due to my delay in posting because I was so ill. When I started to test them, my skin was its usual self - dry and dull (if not using regular exfoliation/masks), but as time went on, my skin began to burn - nothing to do with the products, but everything to do with the illness and medication I was put on. So really, it was the perfect time to test the products as the difference in my skin was extreme! Let me tell you how I got on......

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Friday, 17 September 2021

Where have I been? A catch up!

 

Just some of the medication from one of the weeks I was off. We had to try several types to eventually get me on an even keel.

Well, hello! Long time, no blog! I have never taken so long away from posting before, but despite having lots of draft posts, I was far too ill to finish and publish any (some I have scrapped!). August was one hell of a month for me - at one point, I thought I might actually have to say my goodbyes. My health was horrendously bad - I have never experienced anything like it, and if you've been around here for a while, you'll know that I've been ill for over 20 years and have been through a lot, but the past month was the worst ever. I am double vaccinated, before anybody might think that I'm not, and that's what saved my life. If you are on the fence about getting vaccinated still, I would urge you to reconsider, as it protects those around you, who are medically vulnerable, as well as yourself (please read this article if you are in two minds as it may help you to understand the importance of being vaccinated, if you can do so: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-08-17/vaccinated-covid-doctor-shot). I'm not going to go into all of the detail of what happened to me or what happens next, but felt I should explain my absence, as I've never gone this long without posting since I started my blog around 7 years ago. I'm nowhere near fully recovered, but blogging gives me something else to think about and I need that right now, plus I feel like I have so much to chat to you about!

That said, there were also some positives in August. It was my birthday, my niece's birthday and we celebrated our wedding anniversary, so I will always love the eighth month! This year is whizzing by and I'm already thinking about whether or not to do Christmas Gift Guides.......? Would love to hear your thoughts on that! I'm going to catch you up on some lifestyle favourites (I say lifestyle - I was in bed for weeks!) - tv, food, accessories etc. Also, I  would love to hear how life is with you? I've chatted to some of you in DMs, but I've missed this little community.

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Monday, 16 August 2021

Bliss is back!

Bliss is back!
All of these products were kindly sent to me, without obligation to post.


I was so disappointed when Bliss* pulled out of the UK & Irish market in recent years, because I used so many of their products - body butters, bubbling face mask, hand and feet socks that locked in moisture, and more. Then, suddenly, they were gone, but the great news is that they are back and are being sold in Boots! Plus, what's even better is that the products are now even cheaper! I was kindly sent some products to try and want to share my thoughts with you today.

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Sunday, 15 August 2021

Some current loves....

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

It's a while since I did one of these posts and I have a number products that I'm using consistently, and loving! Some I have had for a while and two are new, as they were birthday gifts last weekend. If anything was sent to me, it will be marked with a * and I'm not obliged to post about them - I just love them! I have ten products, so let's get into it....

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Thursday, 12 August 2021

Make Up Forever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation Review

 

Make Up Forever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation Review


Sorry (again) for the radio silence - I seem to have said that a lot recently, but this time it wasn't due to illness, it was my birthday and I just decided to take a little break to enjoy the celebrations and time with my husband. I was truly spoilt, and, as always, my favourite things to receive are the homemade cards from my nephews and niece. I received some fabulous gifts too, but cards always mean the most to me! Anyway, back to today's post and it's (another) foundation review. I feel like I don't do many foundation reviews overall, but then a few in a short space of time, and my most viewed post is actually a foundation review, so I guess they're popular! Today, I'm talking about Make Up Forever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation. It's a while since I've bought anything from this brand (for no particular reason), but this really caught my attention and I had to buy it - I'm on a foundation purchase ban now for a while!! So, let me share my thoughts with you...

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Dermalogica Smart Response Serum Review

 

Dermalogica Smart Response Serum Review
This was kindly sent to me, without obligation.

Regular readers will know that one of my top three skincare brands is Dermalogica*. I used the brand exclusively for 6 months prior to our wedding, and have had some products from the brand in my stash for the past 17/18 years. It was the first high end skincare brand that I used, with the famous Daily Microfoliant being the first product I purchased, which is still a staple in my skincare cabinet to this day. All these years later, I still get excited when they release a product, and they are getting better and better all of the time! I'm lucky enough to be part of the Skinfluencer programme, so I was kindly sent their latest release: Smart Response Serum*. I have been using this serum for just over two months now, am over half way through it, so thought that it was about time that I did a review.

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Monday, 2 August 2021

New brand overview: Refy

 

Refy review & swatches

I recently came across Jess Hunt's brand, Refy, on Instagram and was instantly intrigued. I know that big, bushy brows are very in at the moment and I used to have those back in the day.......when they weren't on trend! I look at Jess' brows and wish I had never taken a tweezer to mine! Jess has created the brand so that others can create the full brow look that she rocks, and also some cheek products to re-create the glowing skin look that she is also renowned for. They can be bought individually, or in sets, so I went for the Summer Skin Collection and Brow Collection, which is available in three shades - Light, Medium and Dark. 

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Saturday, 31 July 2021

What I loved in July......

 

Clares Loves phone cases review, Legology Cellu-Lite Oil Review


July has flown by, even though I didn't actually do very much, due to being ill, but there were still some loves that I want to share with you today! I really hope that you had a great month?

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Thursday, 29 July 2021

L'Oreal Steampod 3.0 review - worth the hype/price?

L'Oreal Steampod 3.0 review - worth the hype/price?


The difference between my hair this year compared to just after getting Covid, is huge. Last year, my hair fell out non-stop for quite a few months - there was literally hair everywhere in the house. Now that it's in better condition, I want to keep it that way - see post here. I still use heat on it, but generally only wash and dry my hair once weekly. I know that some people like to use heat on their hair daily, to keep it straight, but I resist doing that. I have a Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer (review here), GHD Curling Wand and GHD Platinum Straightening Irons, but in the back of my mind for the last few years has been the L'Oreal Steampod, as it's supposed to be less damaging on the hair. It looked quite fiddly with the separate water holder, so when I saw the new 3.0 version, which looked much more sleek, I wanted it and then when I saw that  it was reduced by 20%, I decided to buy it as it is rarely reduced - I've been keeping my eye on it for ages and had never seen a reduction in price before. I always love to make a saving where I can! Now that I've been using it for a while, I wanted to share my thoughts with you, in case you were thinking of buying one, because they're pricey.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

3 treats for 3 budgets...

3 treats for 3 budgets, Maybelline Sky High Mascara, L'Occitane Purifying Freshness Dry Shampoo Mist,  Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


Fancy treating yourself to something this payday? I have three gorgeous products for three budgets for you today, starting at under £10! 

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Sunday, 25 July 2021

Easy summer makeup....

 

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

I don't know about you, but when the weather heats up, I like to wear less makeup, or at least quick & easy makeup! When I watch Love Island and see some of the girls wearing full coverage bases that don't match their skin, it just makes me crave a lighter look. I have freckles, and like them to show through. Of course, it's a case of each to their own and you do you, but if you're craving a light base and easy to apply makeup, this post is for you!

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Friday, 23 July 2021

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare review....

 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation review

Sorry for the radio silence on here recently - my health took a turn for the worse, and whilst we're still unsure of the cause, I was on doctor's orders to have complete rest, so that's what I did! I'm still not feeling great, but blogging gives me a routine and a distraction and I had lots of content partly prepped, so I thought that I may as well get back to it. I hope the weather has been as glorious with you as it has been (and still is) here? I had to be very careful not to let any sun on my skin for the first part of the heatwave, due to the medication I was on, but once I could, I enjoyed getting some heat in my bones and am still loving it (well protected, of course!). Anyway, on to today's post, which is another foundation review - I seem to have had a few recently and I have another one coming shortly - I seem to go through phases of buying foundations (but usually wait until I'm almost finished at least one, which I am - my favourite Armani Luminous Silk!). I wanted to buy the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare because the more I try from the brand, the more I like. Also the description caught my attention - waterlight, medium but buildable coverage, with a radiant finish - ticks all of my boxes......or does it?

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Sunday, 11 July 2021

Two new releases from Omorovicza: Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist and Gentle Buffing Gelée

Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist Review, Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Gelee Review
These products were kindly went to me, without obligation.


When my favourite skincare brands releases new products, I sit up and take notice straightaway!  Omorovicza released two new products in June and I was absolutely delighted to be sent both to try, given that I would have bought them anyway, and they arrived at the perfect time, as they were here when I got out of hospital, in need of a good pamper and I just wanted to get the "smell of hospital" off me!  The two new additions to the range are a cleanser in the form of a Gentle Buffing Gelée and an evening version of the Queen of Hungary Mist (one of my all time favourite products). Now that I've been using the products for over a month, I want to share my thoughts - I could easily have done it after a few days, but I always like to test skincare products for at least 4 weeks, sometimes 8, depending on what the product is.

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Friday, 9 July 2021

Five stunning summer fragrances....


Five stunning summer fragrances,Jo Malone Fig & Lotus Flower,Aerin Hibiscus Palm,Ouai North Bondi Eau De Parfum,Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime,Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Azur Eau De Toilette,


I've mentioned several times on the blog before that I'm a perfume addict! I sometimes wish that I could just have one signature scent, but I just love too many! I tend to rotate my fragrances seasonally, so today I want to share my top five fragrances for summer!

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

L'Occitane Summer Verbena collection 2021

 

L'Occitane Summer Verbena collection 2021 Review
I was kindly sent all of these products, without any obligation to post.

Every summer, I look forward to the summer Verbena Collection from L'Occitane. I love the original scent, but when they put a twist on it, it's even better.  This year, there are four ranges: Mint, Citrus, Cactus and Classic Verbena. My mother first introduced me to this range way back in 2006 and I always associate it with summer, whether the weather plays ball or not! In an ideal world, I'd be taking these products on holiday, but for the second year in a row, the Verbena range is bringing summer holidays to me, without the need for any travel!

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Monday, 5 July 2021

The products I use when I'm feeling really rubbish and want to go from drab to fab (ish!)

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


Regular readers will know that I have Chronic Lyme and M.E., which are invisible illnesses, so just by looking at me, you may not think that there is a war going on inside my body, which has seen me bedridden at times, and feeling ill all of the time. Since being in hospital a few weeks ago, I look and feel even worse than usual. I know that we are our own worst enemies at times, and hard on ourselves, but even my husband and mother, who would usually say that I look fine (even when I don't), have agreed that I just look so exhausted and jaded by everything that has happened me over the past 16 months (we won't mention the other 20 years!). So, when I'm feeling at my worst, I'll enlist my husband to help me, if needed, and do a few things to make me at least look better, even if I don't feel better - although I always feel a little bit better when I know that I look better, if that makes sense! Here are some of the products I use and things that I do....

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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Charlotte Tilbury Look Of Love Collection


Charlotte Tilbury Look Of Love Collection Review & Swatches
I was kindly sent these products, without obligation.


I was surprised when I saw the new Charlotte Tilbury Look Of Love Collection*, as it seems as though Valentine's Day would be the ideal time to launch a collection like this, but actually, when I received the products and began using them, I could see that summer is a good time to launch it, as the look is minimal glam, which is probably what we're all aiming for this summer. The collection contains two Instant Look In A Palettes, four Look Of Love Lipsticks (which also have refills) and six shades of Tinted Loves, which are lip and cheek stains. I was kindly sent a selection to try and I want to share my thoughts, and some swatches, with you today.

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

The best products for ultra sensitive skin: face & body

The best products for ultra sensitive skin: face & body,
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation to post.

 

My skin has always erred on the side of sensitivity, but even more so since becoming ill. I also grew up knowing that my mother had sensitive skin, so she had to be careful what she used.. Thankfully, my skin barrier seems to be getting stronger these days, and some ingredients that used to make my skin react previously (shea butter and Vitamin C), don't appear to at the moment. That said, I still always have a selection of products to use, should my skin flare up. I also remember very clearly periods when my skin would feel burnt, or possibly break out in cystic spots, which were so painful. If this sounds like your skin, I have some great recommendations for you.

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021

What I loved in June.....

 



It is crazy that we are half way through the year! Looking back on June, there have been some crazy moments, but overall, it's been a good month. As always, I am sharing events.shows etc, rather than focusing of products like I used to do in monthly favourites posts, back in the day. I would love to hear how your month has been?

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Sunday, 27 June 2021

Fresh Beauty - Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month

Fresh Beauty - Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month
This set was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

As you know, Cult Beauty feature a different brand each month, to be their Brand Of The Month, which for June is Fresh Beauty and this means free international shipping on all orders, plus there are exclusives and free gifts. I was kindly sent the Best of Fresh X Cult Kit to try some of their best sellers, which is also available for general sale and is a great way to get to know the brand as the sizes (although mini), are large enough for you to decide whether to buy the full size. There are five products, plus a headband, which is brilliant for keeping your hair off your face while doing your skincare routine, but particularly when using a mask, and they are all housed in a clear case, which is convenient for travelling. I had used two of the products previously, but three were new to me and I want to share my thoughts on all five with you today.

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Friday, 25 June 2021

3 treats for 3 budgets

Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream,3 treats for 3 budgets,L'Oreal Paris Blush Of Paradise Melon Dollar Baby,Pat McGrath Divine Blush


It's time to treat yourself! I don't know about you, but some months will pass by and I won't have bought anything, and other months,  I just get on a roll! There's no harm in treating yourself, even if your budget allows only a small amount. This month, I have three fantastic products, all under £35, to share with you.

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Foundation review: YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint

 

Foundation review: YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint
This was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I remember when the first version of YSL Touche Êclat foundation was released, I was SO excited, because  I had used the conceal/highlighting pen for years. I absolutely loved how the foundation looked on my skin - it gave it a healthy, fresh glow, with medium coverage. It ticked all boxes, but it broke my skin out so badly! I was so gutted, because it looked amazing on, but there was no way I could use it regularly. I have used other YSL foundations since the, but without this issue, so I was excited when I read about the new Touche Êclat Le Teint foundation, which has been reformulated. So, how does my skin like this newer version, and what has changed?

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Monday, 21 June 2021

My favourite discoveries of 2021, so far!

 

My favourite discoveries of 2021, so far!
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I love to do a check in mid year to reflect on the new products that I have discovered so far, as the months can fly by and then when it comes to doing my annual favourite discoveries, I may overlook something from early in the year. I'm accepting less P.R. these days, as I hate waste and have a good idea of what will suit me, plus I'm buying a lot less and just focusing on using up the (rather large) stash that I have. If you watch my empties on Instastories, you'll see I'm doing a pretty good job in that regard! Now on to my favourite discoveries. Anything kindly gifted  (without obligation) will be marked with a *.

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

How is my 2021 luxury wishlist coming along?

 

None of these items were gifted. (I wish!)


In January, I wrote a luxury wishlist for 2021 here: http://www.beautylymin.com/2021/01/my-2021-luxury-wish-list.html so given that we're pretty much half way through the year, I thought I'd update you on it. It wasn't a huge list, with just six items on it, as I really am trying to focus on quality over quantity this year and have only bought clothes that were missing from my wardrobe, or worn out and needed replacing. I know that fast fashion has a market, due to affordability, but I'm trying my best to steer away from that as much as possible. So what have I bought?

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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Five current loves...

 

Five current loves, Roger & Gallet, Kiehl's, Marc Jacobs, Laura Mercier,Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream Review,
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

As you know, I don't do monthly favourites posts (I do post about what I've loved each month, but they aren't necessarily product-focused), but I love to share products that I'm really enjoying and using consistently. Today I have five  products that I love and want to tell you about!

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Youth To The People Overview.....

 

Youth To The People Overview, Brand Focus
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Youth To The People* is a brand that I had been eyeing up on Sephora for ages, so I was absolutely delighted and so grateful when Cult Beauty sent me a package of products to try! Cult Beauty are really killing it at the moment with all of the new brands that they are adding to their lineup on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis!  I've been trying the five products I was sent for around five weeks now and want to share my thoughts with you, on how they've worked for me, and whether I would repurchase them. If you don't know much about the brand, all of the products are based around super foods (you'll see as the post goes on), they're vegan and cruelty-free.

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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Three favourites from Tatcha

 

Three favourites from Tatcha


I really wish that Tatcha was more accessible for those of us on this side of the Atlantic, because I pretty much love everything I try from them. If you don't know much about the brand, it's Japanese and focuses on the principle that less is more. The foundation of their products is Hadasei-3™, which is a trio of anti-aging superfoods, present in the Japanese diet; green tea, algae and rice. Every product that I have tried has been delicate, yet effective. Those with sensitive skin, or who want to simplify their routine, will love this brand.

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Friday, 11 June 2021

Some new Marc Jacobs purchases & mini reviews

Some new Marc Jacobs purchases & mini reviews


I hate to say it, but I have a sneaky suspicion that Marc Jacobs Beauty might be no more soon! There's no summer collection this year and the entire makeup collection is on sale on Sephora, will regular sales on the brand's site too. I hope I'm wrong, but with Becca announcing that they are closing in a few months, nothing would surprise me. The quality of Marc Jacobs products is up there with the best, so I took advantage of the reductions, with some products in this post: http://www.beautylymin.com/2021/05/some-recent-marc-jacobs-purchases.html and then went back for more, which I'm sharing with you today.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Sustainability - small changes that add up to a big difference if everyone does them

 

Sustainability tips, Kiehl's Refillables, L'Occitane Refillables,Shampoo Bars,

I certainly don't claim to an expert on sustainability, however I'm definitely of the belief that if we all do something to help protect the environment, it will all add up and it's better than just a small percentage of people being perfect. Growing up, we grew the majority of our own fruit and veg, baked homemade bread, biscuits and cake and it was similar to The Good Life, if you're old enough to remember that show? We didn't have a recycling bin in the 1980s, however we always used a composter for peelings etc and there really wasn't any waste - it was just how we were brought up, as my parents were both keen horticulturists and gardeners, and we had enough land for them/us to be able to do this (but you can grow herbs on your windowsill, so you don't need lots of land, or even small propagators). As kids, we chose our own veg to grow each year, and tended to it (from around the age of five), and I can still remember the sense of achievement when my sweetcorn or cauliflower appeared! Nowadays, people have much busier lives, but there are still small ways in which we can be more sustainable in our everyday lives, and there are some brands that make it easy. Today, I want to share some of my favourites - some will probably be of no surprise, but I'm hoping that there might be some that you can incorporate into your lives.

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Monday, 7 June 2021

Dealing with pigmentation - my top three products

 

Dealing with pigmentation - my top three products
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted, without obigation.


Pigmentation - the bane of my life! Slight (large) exaggeration there, however it does bother me. I have one small, stubborn patch of pigmentation along my cheek bone that appeared around  five years ago when I was on holiday. I was using SPF 50 and wearing a hat, but was also on medication that made my skin more prone to sun damage. I am always so careful about re-applying my sun cream, but I think it was the medication that did it. Nowadays, people know to wear SPF all year round, but I was very late to that party, as it only became a popular topic when I was in my late twenties, and then I started to do it. I never tried to actually tan my face, but just didn't always protect it. Pigmentation elsewhere on my body doesn't particularly bother me, but this one little patch on my face does. That being said, using certain products consistently does help it fade, plus I haven't developed any other patches, so I'm obviously doing something right! There are so many products on the market to help with this issue, but I've narrowed it down to my top three.

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Saturday, 5 June 2021

Living Proof Haircare favourites

 


Living Proof is one of those brands that we couldn't get this side of the Atlantic for years, and most of us lusted after it because Jennifer Aniston was their spokesperson and I've yet to see her have a bad hair day! It arrived on our shores a few years ago, and although I haven't tried a lot of their products, I love everything I have tried. I'm aware that I've shared a lot of haircare products on the blog over the past few months, but after losing hair to Covid last year, I have been determined to take care of my hair and now that it's in good condition (post here: http://www.beautylymin.com/2021/05/taking-care-of-my-balayaged-hair.html), I want to share some of the products that I use to style it and Living Proof features heavily.

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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Small touches that can make your bedroom feel more cosy and welcoming

 

Small touches that can make your bedroom feel more cosy and welcoming
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Our bedrooms should be our havens - a clean and tidy room is so much more restful and conducive to a good night's sleep , which is why I always like to keep our room tidy and do regular declutters, so that there is a spot for everything. I can't stand clutter as I just can't relax if it's there (which is why I unpack and put washing on the same day we get home from holiday, and even put my Christmas presents away on the 26th at the latest!). My husband is pretty neat too, but would probably be a bit more relaxed about organisation if it weren't for me. I think it comes from years of being ill and needing a clean, tidy and fresh smelling space to be able to relax and recuperate in. I'm not here to do a Mrs Hinch or a Marie Condo, but I do have a few small tips, which will make your bedroom feel more welcoming, which I'm going to share with you today.

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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream Review

Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream Review



A few years ago when YSL discontinued their Les Sahariennes cream bronzer, I was so disappointed because it was a product I used every time that I did my makeup. I had never found a more natural looking cream bronzer...... until Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer came along last year!  Review here: http://www.beautylymin.com/2020/06/fenty-beauty-cream-cheek-products-worth.html I didn't think that I'd ever try another cream bronzer after that, because that one ticks all of the boxes for me, but I wasn't expecting a Nars cream bronzer! Laguna has been in my makeup bag since around 2006/7, and even though I have tried used and loved other bronzers, I will always have a Laguna in my stash! This cream bronzer is available on this side of the Atlantic now, but I ordered it from Sephora because I couldn't wait for it to release here. There is also a bronzing brush, which is more expensive than the Sunkissed Bronzing Cream itself, so I didn't bother buying it as I have other brushes that work perfectly. Has it lived up to my expectations?

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Sunday, 30 May 2021

What I loved in May....




I'm a cliché, I know, but I can't believe that it's the end of May - this year really is flying by! Here in Ireland, some restrictions lifted  and we've been able to travel inter-county, shops have re-opened (on a phased basis), and next month, there will be more easing of restrictions. It's all happening quite slowly, but that's a good thing, as last year, it happened too quickly and we ended back at square one. I am personally still acutely aware of how debilitating and scary is Covid is, as the mother of one of my friends died this month, after contracting it for a second time, 15 people in my husband's office caught it over a 2 week period (and some of their families) and I'm personally still ill - I just can't seem to shake the after-effects, all this time later, but I am hoping that when I get the vaccine, things will improve.

As always, there are positives every month, and I'm going to talk you through what I've loved in May. Again, it's not really focused on products, which is why I don't call these posts favourites - it's been experiences, rather than 'things', and some great TV thrown in for some good measure, because the weather really hasn't been great here, so we've had plenty of time to watch TV!

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Want a new face palette? Here are the 2021 top three releases....


Want a new face palette? Here are the 2021 top three releases.


Every Spring/Summer, face palettes are one of the most popular beauty releases, which makes sense because having a bronzer, blush and highlighter in one palette is very convenient, particularly if you are travelling. Whenever I go on holiday, or for a weekend away, I always take a palette like this, for convenience. Today, I'm sharing my top three of the new releases. You obviously don't need three...... I just have a bit of a problem!

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Taking care of my balayaged hair....

 

Taking care of my balayaged hair

As soon as the hair salons opened, I was booked in for a cut and balayage - my hair hadn't been cut since last July, so it was badly needed. The photo above doesn't really do justice to  the blend and how many tones are in my hair. I'm in love with it. This time last year, it was very dark brown, bordering on black, so it's a huge change and suits my complexion so much better. I had my first session of balayage done last summer, but it needed redoing, so the lift in colour wasn't done in one go, as that would probably be too damaging to my hair. In order to keep it in good condition and to prevent it from going brassy or too warm, I have a good selection of products. It's probably not necessary to have all of these, but I'm happy to invest in my hair - the way I look at it is that I wear it every day, plus I spend a lot getting it done, so I think it makes sense to use good products to maintain it.

Taking care of my balayaged hair.



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Monday, 24 May 2021

3 treats for 3 budgets...

 

3 treats for 3 budgets,IT Cosmetics Miracle Water,Anastasia Beverly Hills Face Palette: Off To Costa Rica,Huda Beauty Power Bullet Sweet Nudes Buttercup,
The IT Cosmetics product was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


If ever there was a month to treat yourself, it's this one (in Ireland anyway), as the shops have re-opened and we're gradually crawling our way back to normal life! As always, I have three fab products for three budgets, showing that you don't need to spend a fortune if you feel like treating yourself!

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Saturday, 22 May 2021

My Sunday Riley Top Picks - Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month

 

My Sunday Riley Top Picks - Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month


May's Brand Of The Month on Cult Beauty is Sunday Riley - one of my favourite skincare brands, so I thought that I would share my top three products from them with you and also remind you that if you spend £150 on the brand, you will receive a free full size Pink Drink Essence (worth £45). I love that they sell products in two sizes, so you don't have to spend too much if you are unsure if you will love a product.

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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Prepping my body for summer...

 

Prepping my body for summer
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted t me, without obligation.


Because Spring has been pretty cold (and rainy/snowy), I'm really hoping that we get a good summer, so I'm prepping my limbs for being exposed, instead of panicking at the last minute! I'm not a person who thinks you need to be a size zero to have the perfect body, I'm more of the opinion that we should love and appreciate our bodies - especially due to being so ill, but also I believe that a person't beauty shines through when they're happy and that's more important than the "perfect body" - what even is that anyway?So today, I'm sharing with you products that I'm using to get my skin as soft and smooth as possible, for when I can eventually wear sleeveless tops and show my legs! If this is not your thing, you do you!

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Super UV 50+ Sunscreen Review

 

Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Super UV 50+ Sunscreen Review
This product was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I remember my mother slathering Garnier Ambre Solaire sunscreen all over us as kids, so I've always had a soft spot for the brand. Recently, they have added some new additions to their sunscreen range, and I was kindly sent the Anti-Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Super UV 50+ Facial Sunscreen* to try. I actually chose this from their selection, because I really want to use products that target dark spots, as I have one stubborn patch on my face, and as I age, it's inevitable that more will appear and I want to try to prevent that from happening as much as I can!

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Sunday, 16 May 2021

Dior Forever Natural Nude Foundation review

 

Dior Forever Natural Nude Foundation review

Dior is a brand that I don't buy a lot of beauty products from, but they do foundation so well that I couldn't resist their new offering - Natural Nude Foundation. There are six foundations in the Dior Forever range and I have only tried one other - the Forever Skin Glow, which I reviewed here. I loved that foundation, but like the sound of this nude version, as I like the look of a natural complexion these days, particularly when we're approaching the summer months. I've been using it for around a month now and am ready to share my thoughts with you.

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Friday, 14 May 2021

Seasonal switch up: moisturisers for dry skin

 

Seasonal switch up: moisturisers for dry skin
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

As the seasons change, some components of my skincare routine also change - moisturisers being the main one. I know that I have quite a few moisturisers in this post, but you really only need one! Being a beauty blogger, I'm lucky enough to be sent products, but even before blogging, I switched my moisturiser seasonally (and sometimes serums too).  Because my skin is dry, I generally use quite rich moisturisers in Autumn and Winter and switch to something a little lighter in Spring and I have some great options to share with you today, for both day and night.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

PIXI Remedy Masks Review

 

PIXI Remedy Masks Review
The Vitamin C Mask was kindly gifted to me, but I bought the other two.


Pixi is one of my favourite mid-budget brands when it comes to skincare, so when I saw that they were releasing a new line of masks, I was very excited! I was lucky enough to be sent the Vitamin C one as part of a pamper parcel from Cult Beauty, but I love the Milky and Rose ranges too, so I. had to buy the other two. I've been using them for around two months now and I'm ready to share my thoughts with you.

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Where is my place in the blogging world?

Photo source: Pinterest.

 

This post is inspired by Jasmine's recent post, and it really got me thinking. I started to blog because it was a distraction from my illness, I have always been hugely interested in beauty (my thesis even included it and the lack of racial diversity in the community), and also because being ill can be isolating, so it was nice to be part of a community. I genuinely wanted conversations with other people who had similar interests. I had no desire to be the next Zoella - I just wanted to have something else to focus on, other than my illness. I have made some great friends/connections with like-minded people and also seen others who started around the same time as me, just drop off the radar, as well as others sky-rocket, whether through buying followers on Instagram, or changing direction, which is only natural, as interests change as we get older (but please, enough of the gardening!!). I'm still blogging about beauty (although I do want to incorporate more of my other loves - handbags/shoes!) - both skincare and makeup, although more of the former. I've never actually shown my face on my blog or Instagram, which I feel has definitely affected my growth, but when I look in the mirror, I see the ill version of me. When I am better, you'll see me (if I'm still blogging!). Others may not even be able to tell that I'm ill - it's invisible after all, but I can, and that's what matters to me. So where does that leave me......

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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Brand Focus: Olaplex

 

Brand Focus: Olaplex
I bought all of these products.

Before I first tried Olaplex, around two and a half years ago, I really did wonder if it could possibly live up to the hype. At that stage, it was mainly a salon treatment (numbers 1 and 2), but then No. 3 was released, which is a pre-wash treatment. I was skeptical, but so many people were praising it, so I decided to give it a go, because my hair is naturally dry and prone to frizz, is coloured, I use heat on it and I have a long-term illness, which affects my hair (as does the medication I take) - so I thought I was pretty much the best guinea pig you could get for it! Obviously, I loved what it did for my hair or we wouldn't have a post dedicated to the entire brand! If you want to buy any of the products, my LYMIN code works on some of them to save you 20% on Look Fantastic. I'll indicate which ones in the post.

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Dermalogica Melting Moisture Masque - my favourite skincare discovery of 2021 so far!

 

Dermalogica Melting Moisture Masque Review
This product was kindly gifted to me, without obligation, as part of Dermalogica's Skinfluencer campaign.

It takes a lot for me to say that a product that I have only been using for 3/4 weeks, is my favourite skincare discovery of the year so far, but this mask has blown me away! For reference, I have dry skin, which is also dehydrated at times, I'm also ill and I'm on a lot of medication, so I need to be very consistent in taking care of my skin. That said, there are still times when my skin goes through bad periods of dullness and  dry patches, regardless of how diligent I am. If you have skin like mine, you are going to LOVE Dermalogica Melting Moisture Masque*!

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Monday, 3 May 2021

Some recent Marc Jacobs purchases...

 

Marc Jacobs O!Mega X Three Powder Blush-Bronze-Highlight Palette Review, Marc Jacobs Brow Wow Duo Review, Marc Jacobs At Lash'd Lengthening and Curling Mascara Review
I bought all of these products myself.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is a brand that seems to fly under the radar for some reason, yet there are some really beautiful products in the collection. Sephora recently had a sale on most of the collection, so I placed an order (and then a second, which I'm hoping will arrive soon!) and I want to share my thoughts with you today. The more I try from this brand, the more I love it!

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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Spring Lips and Tips...

Spring Lip and Nail Colours 2021
Anything gifted to me, without obligation, will be marked with a *


I know that for a lot of people, when the easing of restrictions was announced, a nail appointment was the first thing they booked, but I've never had gel/acrylic/whatever other type there is, nails - I've always just painted them myself (apart from our wedding and just after we got engaged - but even then, it was just ordinary nail polish), so whilst I am reeeeeeally looking forward to getting my hair done, I'm happy with my home mani/pedis and today, I'm sharing my favourite polishes for Spring/Summer. I'm also sharing my go-to ip products, which are mainly balmy, as mask-wearing will be a thing (for me) for years to come, as I am extremely nervous when out in public. Those of you who are in countries that have opened up - were you anxious initially and do you still feel that way, or has the anxiety eased?

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

What I loved in April.....




When it came to thinking about what I loved in April, it was events, more than things, that sprang to mind. In Ireland, we're still in lockdown, but on April 12th, we were allowed to travel further than 5km from our house for the first time this year, so we waited for a sunny day and went to a quiet beach to get some sea air into our lungs. It was heavenly! I honestly don't care about shops or restaurants opening (although I really am looking forward to getting my hair done  - hopefully next month!), going to the beach was the one thing that I was most looking forward to doing, as soon as were allowed to do so. It also made me think about what's to come and I hope that if we don't come out of this lockdown too early, we will hopefully be able to avoid another one (although who knows what will happen when winter rolls around). So what else did I enjoy in April?

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial & Magic Serum Crystal Elixir Review

 

Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial Review,  Magic Serum Crystal Elixir Review


I know that I'm quite late to the party on these products and you will probably have read a lot of reviews when they were first released, but quite often, they are more a case of first impressions, rather than actual reviews. I was lucky enough to be sent these products around 5/6 weeks ago and want to share my thoughts on them with you today.

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