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A sparkling, feminine scent: Emporio Armani Because It's You

Emporio Armani Because It's You Review and discount

I wear perfume on a daily basis - even if it's a pyjama day because it always makes me feel better when I smell nice! One of my favourite fragrance brands is  (and always has been) Armani - who remembers City Glam? Because It's You was released last year and it's still one of my most worn perfumes so I wanted to review it today and let you know that Superdrug currently have £10 off the 50ml bottle at the moment in case you feel like treating yourself or a loved one! 

Charlotte Tilbury skincare review - Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month

Charlotte Tilbury skincare review

I think we've established at this stage that I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup (posts here, here and here for example) but I rarely talk about her skincare products. Because Charlotte Tilbury is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for September, which means there is free international shipping on all orders, I thought it was the perfect time to discuss her skincare range.

Morphe is back on Cult Beauty!

Morphe Dare To Create Eye Artistry Palette Review

For some reason, Morphe is a brand that I had never tried until recently.  Morphe's aim is to produce professional standard products at affordable prices and with products starting at £3.50, they are certainly affordable. Because the brand is back on Cult Beauty, they kindly sent me a selection of products to try - brushes and makeup, and I want to share my thoughts on everything with you today. 

10 current loves featuring Ecooking, Charlotte Tilbury, Erborian and more!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Concealer review

I have a selection of products that I've been reaching for pretty much non-stop over the past month or so (in some cases, all summer long) that I want to share with you today! It's a mixture of skincare, makeup and fragrance.

Add some subtle glow to your makeup routine with Erborian

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Erborian is one of those brands that I like more with every product I try. It started with the Bamboo Glow Dewy Effect Cream, which I used over the summer (and wrote about here). I find that glowing skin looks more youthful and whilst I try to achieve it through my skincare, sometimes it needs a little help and that's where these two Erbrorian products come into play.

Clarins Autumn makeup launches and the softest brush you will ever find!

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Following on from Friday's Autumn makeup post, I want to share some of the Clarins Autumn Make-Up Collection with you today. It's quite a small collection and the theme is Joli Rouge & Black, which entails a dark smokey eye and bright coloured lip, but not just any old bright lip, a subtle ombré lip. Clarins also recently released a range of brushes and I was kindly sent one to try, which I can honestly say is the softest brush I have ever used and the bonus is that it is completely cruelty free!

The products that have me *almost* excited for Autumn!

Can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of September? In some ways the summer has flown by but in others, it feels like we really had a long summer as the good weather pretty much started in May. Regardless, we can't stop the hands of time and with Autumn almost upon us, I have been thinking about the products that I want to put into rotation over the coming months (not too soon though because I go on holiday next weekend!). I have a selection of nails and makeup and when I look at these colours, I am *almost* excited for the change in season!

Ethereal skin with Becca Be A Light Palette

Becca Be A Light Palette Review

For my birthday, my lovely friends Dagmara, Leanne and Dorota gave me the Becca Be A Light Face Palette. Those ladies know me so well - they knew that this palette would be right up my street! Anything that promises to blur pores and enhance the complexion will always grab my attention and I had wanted this palette for a while so was thrilled to receive it! Becca is a brand that most people associate with highlighters but this palette shows that the buttery soft formula extends beyond one product.

New mascaras in my collection that give volume, curl and length

By Terry Lash Expert Twist Brush Review, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes 2 Mascara Review, Clarins Supra Volume Mascara Review, Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara Review

I love a dramatic look to my lashes but I have tricky eyes - oily lids, watery eyes and quite sensitive eyes so it's very important that I bin mascaras after around 4/5 months, even if there is plenty of product left in them because of risk of infection (I didn't always stick to this rule and my eye lids would swell, which resulted in my brothers calling me the beast from Beauty & The Beast!) . Because of that I always have a stash of mascaras on the go and I want to share my thoughts on my most recent additions with you today.

A hit and a (semi) miss from Natasha Denona: Review & Swatches of Camel eyeshadow palette and Sculpt & Glow Face Palette

Natasha Denona Camel Palette Review & Swatches, Natasha Denona Sculpt & Glow Review

When I saw the preview of Natasha Denona's Camel Palette, I couldn't resist ordering! I love everything about her eyeshadows - the pigmentation, texture, blendability and wear time. The shade selection also really appealed as they looked pretty much like my everyday colours.

My updated Charlotte Tilbury lipstick collection with swatches

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Hands up if you're a member of #charlottetilburyaddictsanonymous?  I am but I guess it isn't very anonymous given that I'm sharing my lipstick collection with you today! This idea really only came to me when I bought a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick holder during her summer sale and realised that I should have bought two because they don't all fit in one! I'm only talking about traditional lipsticks today because I only own one of her liquid lipsticks and if I'm honest, I never wear it so it's going into my clear out pile that I'm gathering this week as I know that somebody will like it and wear it more than I do.

Forget botox! Four brilliant Hyaluronic Acid Serums

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Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant, which makes it a key ingredient for all skin types as we age to keep skin looking firm and plump. I use hyaluronic acid products on a daily basis and couldn't imagine what my skin would look like without using H.A. products! I always maintain that it is better to pay more for your serum than moisturiser as serums do more work as they penetrate the skin more deeply. I have four Hyaluronic Acid serums to share with you today, with prices ranging from £36 to £75. Obviously, you don't need all four - I'm a skincare junkie and enjoying trying lots of products!

Four treats for four budgets!

Mugler Aura Review

It's that time of the month again when payday is approaching and lots of us are thinking about the possibility of treating ourselves. I usually post three budget categories but this month, I am including an under £10 section because I have an absolute bargain to share with you!

How to make stick foundation work for dry skin

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If you read my Foundation for Dry Skin Edit, you will have noticed that I didn't include any stick foundations - the reason being that I personally have never found them the easiest to work with. That being said, they do give an even flawless finish so when I was recently sent Diego Dalla Palma Makeup Studio Eclipse Foundation, I was determined to make it work. This foundation has a creamy texture, which means it is off to a good start but I have found that the key to making stick foundations work for dry skin, is primer and I have three to recommend.

Lookfantastic x Clinique Limited Edition Beauty Box #lfxclinique

#lfxclinique, Lookfantastic x Clinique Limited Edition Beauty Box

Want to save almost £60 on Clinique products? Of course you do! Lookfantastic have teamed up with Clinique to produce a limited edition beauty box. It contains both skincare and makeup products, with a value of £93 but it's priced at only £35, which is amazing, considering that three of the products are full size. So, what's inside?

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY! Nourish your skin from within with Rejuvenated supplements

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We can apply all of the products in the world topically but the best way to improve our skin and overall health is through what we eat and drink. It can be tricky to get all of the nutrients that we actually need through our diet so this range of supplements from Rejuvenated are ideal for supplementing our diets. I have been taking the supplements for almost five months now and loving the results so I wanted to share my thoughts with you today and also offer you the chance to win a set of supplements worth almost £120!

New products in my daily/weekly routine

Everyday products don't always get a lot of coverage on blogs, probably because they don't seem very exciting but at the end of the day, they are all essentials so why not talk about them? I have some new products in my routine that I want to share my thoughts on with you today.

My birthday beauty gifts!

It was my birthday recently and I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful gifts and I wanted to share the beauty ones with you today! It may serve as inspiration if you have a birthday coming up yourself or if you have a beauty lover to buy for soon.

Post heatwave skin recovery featuring Omorovicza, Charlotte Tilbury & more!

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Now that the intense heatwave has finally left us, it's time to deal with the consequences! Congestion, dullness and dehydration are some of the issues that we are left to deal with so I wanted to share the products that I find most effective in dealing with these issues.

The foundations for dry skin edit

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When you have dry skin, finding the right foundation can be tricky because some can accentuate the dryness, which in turn ages the skin. Some foundations go patchy where they cling to dry patches, leaving a mottled look on the skin and others sink into the crevices of the face and highlight fine lines. I've always had dry skin and have bought so many foundations that just didn't work for me but I have a nice selection to choose from now that I'm sharing with you today with varying degrees of coverage and types of finish. Of course, primer plays a part too but I know not everyone likes to use primers so I will do a separate post on those.

MAC x Patricia Bright & MAC x Jamie Genevieve limited edition lipsticks

MAC x Patricia Bright & MAC x Jamie Genevieve limited edition lipsticks review & swatches

After the success of their previous influencer collaboration, MAC have teamed up with two new beauty youtubers to release two new limited edition lipsticks. They go on sale today and are exclusive to Selfridges, MAC Freestanding Stores and online. The two youtubers involved are Jamie Genevieve and Patricia Bright. These lipsticks are bound to sell like hot cakes so if you like the look of either (or both), you need to act fast! Read on for my thoughts on the lipsticks and swatches.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks - the comfortable matte lip product

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks Review & Swatches

Just the thought of applying a matte lip product even five years ago would have made me shudder. I have dry skin, dry hair and dry lips and matte lipsticks never did me any favours but things have come a long way since then and *comfortable* matte lips are now actually a thing. Clarins recently extended their Joli Rouge line with Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks and I was kindly sent two that I want to share my thoughts on with you today.

Five favourites from Hourglass

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Every month, Cult Beauty has a Brand Of The Month, which means that there is free worldwide delivery on all products from that brand. This month, it's Hourglass - a brand that I love so I wanted to share my five favourite products with you. It wasn't easy to narrow it down to just five, especially as some amazing new products were released recently but because they are so new, I couldn't legitimately call them favourites.... yet!! This post isn't sponsored - I just wanted to share because I think the free international shipping is a good deal!

Have the perfect relaxing evening with L'Occitane

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Taking some time out to relax is good for the soul. We all need to dedicate time to resting and relaxing but it's something that most people find difficult to do. Trying to find balance in a busy life is no easy task but it is essential - burnout can occur from illness, working long hours, being a parent (which can mean broken sleep), partying hard or a combination of all of the above so taking a small amount of time out to relax is a must. Sometimes even the idea of a pamper session involving a facial, defuzzing and a hair mask can seem like hard work so today's post is purely about relaxing and features some gorgeous products from L'Occitane's Relaxation range.

REVIEW: Urban Decay Born To Run Palette

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette Review & Swatches

Unless you've been in hiding, you will have seen the latest palette release from Urban Decay - the Born To Run palette. In a departure from their Naked line, this palette is larger and colourful and has covered every shade you could possibly want or need. You all know that I'm a palette addict so I was delighted to get my hands on this one & I want to share my thoughts with you today!

By Terry My Beauty Favourites Set - A World Duty Free Exclusive

By Terry My Beauty Favourites Set - A World Duty Free Exclusive

One of the best things about shopping in Duty Free before going on holiday, is seeing what travel exclusive sets are available. I leave my husband in a book shop and have a proper browse around Duty Free to see what's available. There's something special about buying something that you can't get on the high street or any other site! One such set is By Terry My Beauty Favourites Set - A World Duty Free Exclusive, which is a brilliant way to try five products from the luxury brand By Terry for under £40.

My birthday makeup picks!

Laura Geller Flawless Filter Foundation Review, Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Giveaway

It's my birthday tomorrow and whilst I'm not doing anything mega exciting, I still want to make an extra effort with my makeup as I'll be going on a dinner date with my husband. I thought I'd share the products I'll be using with you today!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review, Swatches and Giveaway

We all remember the mixed reviews (a.k.a. hate) on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette last summer and then the non-reaction to Prism but ABH managed to turn it around with the release of Soft Glam earlier this year, which was universally praised. They got it so right with everything from the shade selection to the texture and pigmentation of the shadows. Therefore, my hopes were set high for the Norvina palette.

Review & Swatches: Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette

Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette Review

We all know that I'm an eyeshadow palette addict but what I am asking myself is why I've never tried a Bobbi Brown palette before now? I was delighted when World Duty Free sent the new Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition palette over, not just because I'm new to Bobbi Brown palettes but also the shade selection is different from all of my other palettes. It is limited edition and exclusive to Duty Free for another few weeks so if you're passing through the airport soon, you'll be able to pick it up before it hits the high street or even if you aren't flying yourself but you know somebody who is, you can avail of the Reserve & Collect option, where you reserve your shopping in advance and then collect (or ask somebody else to collect) in the airport!

Customise your skincare with Erborian Lotions and Capsule Masks

Customise your skincare with Erborian Lotions and Capsule Masks

We've all seen how Korean skincare has taken the beauty world by storm over the last few years and one of the brands that I have been really enjoying is Erborian. Last month I was sent some of their lotions and also capsule masks, which I found really interesting because you can basically make your own sheet mask and customise it to provide whatever your skin is craving at that moment.

Review: Natasha Denona Super Glow

Natasha Denona Super Glow Review
On the left, the original Glow Powder in the shade Light. On the right, Super Glow in Light/Medium

Did I need another highlighter? Absolutely not, but when Natasha Denona releases a new product, I am always going to want it! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am a huge fan of Natasha Denona products (posts here, here and here) and I really love her original Glow highlighter, which made me curious to try the new Super Glow powder. But are they really so different?

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA - a dupe for Sunday Riley Good Genes?

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA  review, a dupe for Sunday Riley Good Genes, Good Genes Dupe

I've raved about Sunday Riley Good Genes a few times previously on the blog (here and here, for example!) because I find it so effective on my skin. I can feel it eating away the dead skin cells and my skin is always left feeling smooth with refined pores and looking radiant when I use it. When I finished my recent bottle of Good Genes, I found that I couldn't repurchase it as it has been taken off the market to be reformulated to comply with EU regulations. I have to admit that I was gutted and I only have a few sample sachets left. I looked into what I might be able to use as an alternative and decided to give The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA a go. Is it a dupe? Read on! 

Do you need both Too Faced Born This Way Concealers?

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer Review

When I saw that Too Faced were releasing a second concealer in the Born This Way line, I was very curious. At first I thought that the original Naturally Radiant Concealer might be discontinued but it isn't and the two concealers are pretty different so I want to share my thoughts on whether you need both with you today. 

Verso Super Facial Oil With Retinol 8 - the elixir of youth! And I have a discount code for you!

Verso Super Facial Oil With Retinol 8 review and discount

If you read my post on Tuesday all about Anti-Ageing hero products, you will have seen me mention Verso Super Facial Oil and describe it as the elixir of youth! I have previously raved about Verso skincare here and explained that its patented Retinol 8 complex is what makes it different to other anti-ageing or retinol products. This complex is eight times more effective that other retinol products so the results can usually be seen more quickly than with other retinol products.

REVIEW: Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller

Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller Review

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I bought the Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller before it went into the sale!I have wanted it for well over a year, basically ever since I saw Tati talk about it and use it in some of her videos. When I saw the limited edition Cult Beauty birthday edition, I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself (I wish I had waited a little longer as it's now reduced to £35!). 

My picks from the summer beauty sales!

I have been pretty good at resisting the summer sales this year and a lot of them are now over but I've found some real bargains that I want to share with you today!

Anti-Ageing Hero Products

The best anti-ageing products

I want to start this post by saying that I am not anti ageing - I believe that ageing is a privilege. That being said, I like to keep my skin looking as plump and youthful as possible. I personally don't have botox or fillers but don't judge anybody who does have those treatments - never say never, but for now I am happy to keep the signs of ageing at bay with effective skincare products. I want to keep my skin looking its best for as long as possible and so far, so good.  Today I want to share some hero products with you - products that actually make a difference and are worth the money. This is going to be quite a long post as I have lots to share with you!

Three treats for three budgets

Kevin Murphy Angel Masque Review, Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liner Review, L'Occitane Neroli & Orchidée EDT review

It's that time of the month again where payday is approaching and I share three products for three budgets in case you're in the mood to spoil yourself or need to buy a gift for a loved one! 

Three fab face mists for summer!

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I love using face mists all year round but they're particularly beneficial in summer. I don't mean water sprays, I only use mists that will actually do something for my skin. I like to use them as part of my skincare routine, on flights, to refresh my makeup during the day and to hydrate on the go. I have three that I am using on rotation at the moment that I want to share with you today.

The best long lasting eye liners featuring theBalm, Pixi and more!

Long lasting eye liners, eye liner for watery eyes

I have often mentioned on here that I have the truly delightful combination (sense the sarcasm!) of watery eyes and oily lids and I have sported panda eyes on a number of occasions as a result. I love to wear eye liner because it really does define the eyes, and when worn in the right way, can make eyes appear bigger. I have tried so, so many brands of liners over the years and now have a number that I can depend on that I want to share with you today. Some are liquid, others pencil so if you are in the market for a new liner, there should be something here for you.

The bronzer edit featuring theBalm, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, Marc Jacobs and more!

The Bronzer Edit: Bronzer, Nars Laguna, Benefit Hoola, Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion, Becca Sunlit Bronzer, Marc Jacobs O'Mega Bronzer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Tawny Bronzer, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, theBalm Bahama Mama, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow,

I actually didn't realise how many bronzers I had in my collection until it came to writing this post and this doesn't include those in palettes - I guess I'm a bit of a bronzer addict! For years, I only ever used either one of two bronzers: Nars Laguna or MAC Refined Golden. I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I repurchased those two. Since then, curiosity has gotten the better of me and I've also made new brand discoveries and once I like one product from a particular brand, I then want to try more so I will usually go on to try a highlighter or bronzer as they are two products that I use daily throughout the year. I love how a touch of bronzer adds warmth and dimension to my face - some I use to contour, some to add some life and some to bronze when my foundation is a little too light for my skin. I also love to use bronzer on my eyes on lazy makeup days! Today I want to share my collection with you and my thoughts on each one. I know my collection is excessive and I basically don't need to buy another bronzer for the rest of my days and I'm definitely not saying that you need this many in your collection - one or two would really do the job but it is what it is! I would love if you could recommend your favourite bronzer brush to me as I don't have that I love!

Review & Swatches: Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Palette

Review & Swatches Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Palette

I'm a highlighter addict and a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup (see Brand Focus post here) so it was inevitable that I would buy her newly released Bar Of Gold Palette. I've used all of her other highlighters: Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Hollywood Beauty Light Wand and Flawless Filter but every year when she released the individual limited edition Bar Of Gold, I somehow missed out. Therefore, I went into this purchase without any knowledge of whether that shade and formula would suit my skin but given that I love all of her other highlighters, I thought it wasn't too much of a risk.

GIVEAWAY! Win an IMAGE skincare bundle!

If you read my post about some IMAGE skincare products (here) that I have been using, you will know that I am a massive fan of the results they have given. A lot of you, both here and on Instagram, said that you loved the sound of the products and would love to try them - well here's your chance! IMAGE have kindly offered to provide the three products for a giveaway. They have a RRP of £189 so one of you will be delighted to receive them!

Post sunny days/holiday hair, skin and body saviours!

The sun can't seem to make up its mind this week but I'm hoping that the heatwave returns soon because everything seems better when the sun is shining! When we came home from Majorca last month, the weather was so good that it felt like we were still on holiday - well apart from the fact that we don't have a pool to cool down in! In order to maintain my tan but also to inject some moisture back into my skin, I have been reaching for a number of products that I want to share with you today. They're not necessarily just post-holiday products - anybody who has experienced the high temperatures that we've had over the past few weeks will love them!

Light summer base picks featuring Natasha Denona, IT Cosmetics & Omorovicza

Omorovicza, Complexion Perfector review, It Cosmetics CC Cream review, Natasha Denona Face Glow review,

Although the skies have been a bit overcast at times this week, it has still been warm and humid. Whether the days are sunny or cloudy, when it's warm, I will also go for a lightweight base because I don't want anything that feels heavy or looks too full in terms of coverage. I have three products that tick these boxes and that I will reach for when I want to wear some makeup.

Summer morning cleansers suitable for all skin types and PMD Clean review

PMD Clean Review, Verso Foaming Cleanser Review, Omorovicza, Hydra Melting Cleanser Review, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review

Although my favourite type of cleanser is a balm, on these hot summer mornings, I find that a gel or mousse is more suitable as it feels refreshing on the skin. I have three that I am using in rotation and a new cleansing device, which I've really been enjoying using: PMD Clean, that I want to share my thoughts on with you today!

Glittery eyes and glowy skin with Pixi

Pixi Glowy-Glossamer Duo Review & Swatches, Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Review & Swatches

I have to say that Pixi do the best PR packages and I am very grateful that I am a recipient because everything is packaged so beautifully and receiving a package feels so special. I was buying and using Pixi products long before I received anything from them so I can genuinely say that I'm a fan of the brand. The most recent releases are Glowy-Glossamer Duos and Liquid Fairy Lights, which I have been using over the past few weeks and want to share my thoughts on with you today. If you are a fan of glittery eyes and glowy skin, read on!

New additions to the L'Occitane Verbena Collection that you need this summer!

L'Occitane Icy Verbena Review, L'Occitane Mint Verbena Review, L'Occitane Citrus Verbena Review

Scent is such a powerful sense and can instantly make us feel so many emotions. I love the original L'Occitane Verbena range - the scent brings back so many happy childhood memories of time spent in my Granda's garden. I loved his garden and we were very close so I can't help but smile when I smell anything containing that tangy citrus scent! This summer, three new limited edition lines have been added to the Verbena range and I was kindly sent some products to try: Icy Verbena, Citrus Verbena and Mint Verbena. Let me tell you that these are just as refreshing as they sound and the perfect products to get you through the heatwave!

Get radiant, plump and bright skin with Image skincare!

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If you read my post on why you need Vitamin C products in your skincare regime, you will know that I am a huge fan of Image skincare. They recently added some new products to their range and I was delighted to be able to choose some to try. Prepare for a swoonfest because these products are beautiful!

Review: Huda Rose Gold Remastered Palette

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette Review & Swatches

If you read my post about the Cult Beauty Birthday Box, you will know that one of the products included was the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette. Out of all 10 products in the box, I think this was the one I was most excited about because I am a huge fan of Huda Beauty in general (see Brand Focus post here) but especially her eyeshadows. I reviewed her Desert Dusk palette here last year. I know that there were a lot of mixed reviews on the original Rose Gold palette and she listened to her customers, leading to this new Remastered Palette. I can understand why some people feel hard done by if they had bought the original palette but I get why she re-released it as the shade selection was a hit, it was the formula that was a miss. 

Quench your thirst with this free gift from Caudalie!

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I think that we are all more aware of the negative effects of plastic on the environment, particularly since that episode of Blue Planet last December and the onus is on us to become better citizens of the world and be more responsible with regards recycling and waste in general. A simple everyday change that we can all make is to use our own bottle or mug for our daily water or tea/coffee intake. If you don't already own an eco-friendly water bottle, then you will be very interested in this gift with purchase from Caudalie. And even if you do already own one, it will be hard to resist this pretty pink bottle! It is available with two purchases from the Vinosource range from now until the end of August (whilst stocks last) when you use the code BOTTLE2018 at the checkout, so you can quench your thirst and that of your skin with this offer!

Youth Lab - the affordable skincare range that has wowed me!

Youth Lab is a brand that I hadn't heard of until I was contacted about it but it's one that everyone will recognise soon enough as it launched in Boots last month. As a beauty blogger, I am regularly contacted about products and brands that are new to the market or have some new releases but if a product doesn't grab my interest or it's one that I don't think I would spend my own money on, I don't accept it as it just wouldn't be fair to my readers. With that in mind, when I read about Youth Lab, I was intrigued - the brand recognises that as we age (and as a result of environmental conditions), our skin's metabolism decreases and shows signs of ageing. In order to achieve more youthful looking skin, Youth Lab has developed a line of products, each of which contains active ingredients, which aim to increase cell communication and thus the metabolism of the skin. All products are paraben, gluten and sulphate free. The reason I was very intrigued by the brand is that the products are very affordable - I wouldn't necessarily put them in the 'budget beauty' category but most products are priced at the £15-25 mark so I would say affordable rather than budget prices. I was kindly sent four products and want to share my thoughts on them with you today. For reference, I have dry skin that can be quite reactive.

Easy makeup for hot summer days!

Summer makeup for dry skin

To be completely honest, I've been having lots of no-makeup days over the past few weeks because I'm embracing my freckles and have some colour in my cheeks (skin is well protected though) but on the days that I have worn makeup, I've been choosing products that are quick and easy to use. Who wants to sit indoors for ages applying makeup when the weather is so good?! Plus, I don't want anything heavy on my skin or products that require a lot of maintenance. This post is very Clarins-heavy but it isn't sponsored at all - I just happen to be using and loving a lot of their products recently. Here's what I've been reaching for!

Two products that will help you get a good night's sleep on these hot summer nights!

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Hands up if you've been finding it difficult to sleep during the heatwave! I absolutely love summer and sunny days but I do find that the warm weather can sometimes mess with my sleep! On holiday, it isn't a problem as the air conditioning keeps the room cool but unfortunately I don't have air conditioning at home so I have to work with what I have! I have two products to share with you today that have been helping me to get a full night's sleep over these past few weeks of hot and sticky nights!

5 products I'm currently loving!

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It's time for an update on the products that I am currently loving and have been reaching for most often over the past few weeks!

REVIEW: Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene

Marc Jacobs Fantascene Palette Review & Swatches

Every summer, Marc Jacobs Beauty release a set of limited edition makeup products (the Coconut Fantasy Collection). It sells out really quickly and this year was no exception - I wanted the bronzer but missed out so settle for the Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene. I'm a huge fan of Marc Jacobs eyeshadows (see Brand Focus post here) so I knew there was a good chance this wouldn't disappoint.

Cult Beauty is 10! My favourite picks from the site!

Cult Beauty is 10!

One of my favourite beauty sites recently celebrated its 10th Birthday! I was very sad to have missed Cult Beauty's party but they kindly sent me a box of goodies to celebrate their birthday - I must admit that I let out a squeal when I received it! Packed with lots of my favourite products, sweets and a biscuit - it really felt like it was my birthday! I have discovered so many amazing brands via Cult Beauty over the years and there are some of their bestsellers in the box.
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