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Thursday 22 June 2023

A roundup of my summer sale purchases.....

The best summer 2023 sales

I didn't actually plan on shopping the sales but there are really great bargains out there (and some sales have yet to even start!), and I basically have no willpower and couldn't resist. That said, anything I bought I know that I'll use and the prices were so good that it made sense to stock up. I'm going to share my purchases with you today and I really would love to hear if you managed to grab any bargains?


Tuesday 20 June 2023

Two new releases from Urban Decay....


Urban Decay Quickie Review, Urban Decay Naked x Smiley Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review
This products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

It's a while since I tried anything new from Urban Decay but it's rare that I'm disappointed by them. The original Naked palette (now discontinued) really did change the game when it came to neutral palettes and I hit pan on so many shades in it that I eventually had to bin it! Since then, there have been many additions to the Naked range and today I'm going to share my thoughts on the latest one, as well as their new multi-use concealer: Quickie.


Friday 16 June 2023

My top five Dermalogica products......

               My top five Dermalogica products
I am part of the Skinluencer programme and am sent some products from the brand, however I buy a lot of products myself too.

Dermalogica is a brand that I have been using for 20 years (maybe a little more!). Before blogs, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, magazines were our go-to for beauty advice and I remember that Daily Microfoliant popped up in almost every issue. I was influenced and then hooked (and my husband is now hooked too!). Ever since then I have always had some Dermalogica products in my routine and exclusively used them and had their facials for 6 months before our wedding. I could easily pick my top 20 products from the brand, but decided to be really strict and narrow it down to my top five to share with you today. If you haven't tried the brand, I really urge you to and it would be a great idea to start with a face-mapping facial.


Wednesday 14 June 2023

Five balm to oil cleansers you'll adore!


Top 5 balm to oil cleansers

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I love cleansing balms. I adore the texture but also the motion of massaging into my skin and breaking down my makeup/spf, or just to treat my skin to a massage and deep cleanse. The ritual is relaxing and a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. The first balm that probably springs to most minds is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, which I like to call an experience rather than a cleanser but I wanted to share five other balm cleansers that I highly rate with you today. I'd also love to hear your suggestions and favourites too!


Monday 12 June 2023

New Cream Shadow Sticks: Victoria Beckham, Laura Mercier and Hourglass

New Cream Shadow Sticks: Victoria Beckham, Laura Mercier and Hourglass

Maybe I'm just getting lazy or maybe it's because it's summer and I don't want to spend very long doing my makeup, but I really like to use products that are quick and convenient. It seems that a lot of other people feel the same way because brands are releasing shadow sticks and I couldn't resist buying some! 


Friday 9 June 2023

The best budget beauty products from a luxury beauty lover

The best budget beauty products from a luxury beauty lover
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted, without obligation.

I know that I focus a lot on expensive products on the blog but I do also use budget products (if they're good, obviously), and given that we are all feeling the pinch with the cost of living crisis, I thought I'd share some of my budget favourites with you today. I would also love to hear what your favourites are in the comments because I'm sure that I'm missing out!


Thursday 8 June 2023

New Charlotte Tilbury purchases and review....


I couldn't resist placing a Charlotte Tilbury order recently - it was some much needed retail therapy when I was feeling rotten, prompted by a discount code and some new releases! Here's what I got and my thoughts so far!


Wednesday 7 June 2023

Five current skincare loves...

I'm sorry for the break in posting again - what can I say except that I've been having (and continue to have) a really hard time with my health at the moment, which prevents me from doing things that I want to do and that will distract me, like blogging! I also went on holiday for a week, hoping to get some heat into my bones, but instead we had thunderstorms, lightning, rain and cloudy days for all but two afternoons! Fortunately, we came home to some beautiful summer weather...... at last! Anyway, on with today's post....

I test a lot of skincare products but have recently been keeping it pretty simple because my skin is extra sensitive/reactive at the moment. I developed a rash, which had both my GP & I baffled. I actually only got rid of it by using a special cream that he had made in a chemist especially for me! Here are five current loves that agree with my skin at the moment and that I would recommend to anyone going through a tough time with their skin.

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