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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation - a new love!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation Review

It really is foundation season! I must admit that I've bought quite a few new foundations recently and overall, they have been a hit. One of the best of the new releases, for my dry skin, is Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation and I want to share my thoughts on it with you today.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The best beauty products to use when prepping for a special occasion

The best beauty products to use when prepping for a special occasion, Dr Dennis Gross Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel, Omorovicza Midnight Radiance, Ameliorate Smoothing Body Exfoliant, Ameliorate Transforming Body Cream

When there is an upcoming special occasion, it's natural to want to look and feel your best. It can be a wedding, family party, holiday or maybe even just date night but sometimes you just want to make an extra effort with your routine. I don't know about you but, for me, when I look good, I feel better in myself. Everyone has different things that they feel require a little bit of extra effort and attention - for me, I want my skin to glow and I know that if I'm wearing a strapless or sleeveless top, I want my arms to be smooth and soft. Today, I want to share some brilliant products that will help to clarify, plump and make the skin glow as well as some others I use on my body and lips. This is not about looking perfect, it's more about looking the best you can. It's never about looking the best in the room because comparing yourself to others is a waste of energy, I just like to focus on looking my best so that I feel good.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Molton Brown New Guard Perfume Collection

Molton Brown New Guard Perfume Collection

If you're an avid Molton Brown fan, you may have noticed recently that their fragrance line has had a makeover! The brand want us to explore their new scentscape to discover a fragrance that truly represents our own individual truth. Whilst this may sound a little out there, if you think about it, scent is a very powerful thing. It can transport you to a point in your life - be it good or bad, in an instant. It can make you feel comforted (perhaps if it conjures up a childhood memory), loved, free, alive - there are so many feelings associated with scent and stages or places in our lives. For me, if I smell a rich authentic rose scent, I am immediately transported back to my Granda's garden when I was a child and the bouquets he gave us to take home each week. Lilac blossom will always remind me of my First Holy Communion mass as I carried a bunch of it to the altar (again, from my Granda's garden). Lemon scents also remind me of my Granda's house as he had some lemon verbena plants beside his front door, but it also reminds me of Trinidad, where my husband proposed to me as we were all doused in a lemon-scented bug repellent daily! There are 27 eaux de parfum and eaux the toilette available in the range so there should be something to stimulate the senses of every individual. I chose Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel as my fragrance so let me tell you a little more about it.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Pat McGrath single eyeshadow review & swatches

Pat McGrath single eyeshadow review & swatches, Sextrology, Purple Reign, Statuesque

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Pat McGrath is the queen of eyeshadows! That being said, the palettes are hella expensive so I was delighted when I saw that she released single shadows last year. I think that more and more high end brands are realising that people don't want to drop big money on palettes without knowing how the formula works and if it's worth the money for them so this is a great way to try without spending too much (still pricey for a single shadow though!). I bought three - one pressed pigment shadow, one matte and one metallic, to see if they compare to the shadows in full size palettes. 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Hello Honey! Bee Yü skincare review & giveaway!


I'm very excited about today's post because not only am I talking about skincare (my favourite topic!) but I also have a giveaway for you! I love when I get the opportunity to give one of you the amazing products that I am talking about so that you can experience them for yourself. The brand in question is Bee Yü, which hails from New Zealand and if you hadn't guessed from their name and the title of this post, their products contain Manuka Honey and ethically sourced bee venom. Both of these ingredients are really effective in firming, repairing and soothing the skin so I was very excited to be given the opportunity to try the three products currently in their line up (and you have the opportunity to win all three, with a value of £240!).

Thursday, 12 September 2019

My current haircare routine

Collection Enrich Moisturise Shampoo, Collection Enrich Conditioner, Collection Glitzy Serum, Haircare, Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector, Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque, Color WOW Dream Cocktail Coconut Infused, Color WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

Every year since I first became ill, on my 'to do/goals' list has been to get my hair into good condition. I used to have really strong hair that grew so fast and it was really dense (a trait for the women in my family on my mother's side) but when I became ill (and also as a result of medication), it became much thinner, lank and just generally dull and lifeless. I have used products over the years that have revived it but sometimes only in the short term. Now, my hair grows really fast (my hairdresser loves me because I get my roots done so frequently!)  and finally, I'm really happy with how it looks. I want to talk you through the products that I have been really enjoying using.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - dry skin review.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation Dry Skin Review, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation Review

I'm back! Sorry for the long pause between posts.  We were on holiday last week and I wasn't feeling too great for the few weeks before we went away so my posting schedule was reduced and then I was hit with the flu when we came back so that explains why things have been quiet around here! I always find that a break (whether planned or not) always gives me great motivation and lots of post ideas so I'm brimming with enthusiasm to get back on track with my schedule of 5 posts per week and I'm starting today with a foundation review. It seems like every brand has a new foundation at the moment and I'll admit that I have bought a lot of them! My excuse is that I finished two recently so I replaced those (and bought some more!). I've been shopping a lot less this year than any other years since I started blogging because I have so many products that I genuinely love so something has to really grab my attention for me to buy it. Whilst August was a spendy month, I don't really plan on buying a lot this month although the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar is calling my name! Have you seen it? The contents look insanely good! Anyway, back to today's post! The foundation in question is Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Is the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer worth the hype/price?

Is the Dyson hair dryer worth the hype/price?

When the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer was first released, I really didn't think that it could be worth the price and couldn't have imagined myself ever buying it. Then the reviews started rolling in and it sounded amazing - lightweight, super fast and reduces frizz - my dream product! I love hair products - a good hair mask will make a big difference to my hair and I enjoy taking care of my hair however I don't love drying it. I've mentioned on here before that I have Chronic Lyme Disease and because of that, my energy levels are always low. Washing and drying my hair can seem as big a task as climbing Mount Everest sometimes and because of that, I quite frequently go to my salon for a wash & blow dry but that can obviously be quite expensive. Apart from the expense, it's also quite soul-crushing to add another task to the list of things that I can't do for myself. It's important to me to be able to take care of myself and even though I have been ill for a very long time, I have always done my best to take care of my skin, paint my nails, wear perfume and have clean hair as they are things that I can control (to an extent!), even if I am going to be wearing pyjamas all day! Knowing this, my husband very kindly treated me to the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer for my birthday earlier this month and I honestly couldn't be more grateful. But has it been worth the hype?

Monday, 26 August 2019

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation - does it live up to its name?

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation Review

It seems that it's foundation season! So many brands that I love are releasing them at the moment but top of my list from when I got the initial notification was Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation (what a long name!). There is no doubt that this is a pricey brand but I absolutely love everything I have bought so far - eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip gloss and lip pencils. As you can imagine, I had high hopes and despite the hefty price tag, I went ahead and ordered on release day. A primer and powder were also released as part of the Sublime Perfection System but I haven't bought those as I have so many primers and a few powders that I really love so I didn't feel the need (plus they are also pricey!). I have been testing the foundation with different application methods/primers and am ready to share my thoughts with you today.

Friday, 23 August 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

3 treats for 3 budgets, Patchology FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels, Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion Rose Limited Edition, L'Occitane MANDARIN & IMMORTELLE,

I honestly cannot believe that we are almost at the end of August! If you are paid monthly, there are only four more pay days after this until Christmas - now that's a scary thought! As I always say, you don't need to spend a fortune if you feel like treating yourself and I have three brilliant products to share with you today that start at only £3!

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A new daily favourite: Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic

Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic Review

I think it's been well established at this stage that I am a huge fan of Emma Hardie skincare so when they released a new product, I couldn't wait to try it. The Exfoliating Brightening Tonic is a great addition to their lineup as their other exfoliating product is a physical type but I, like many others, prefer a chemical exfoliator that I can use on a daily basis. I had very high hopes for this product so did it live up to expectations?

Monday, 19 August 2019

Five favourites from Sunday Riley

Five Favourites, Sunday Riley, Sunday Riley Juno Oil, Sunday Riley Luna, Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Vs Glycolic Acid,

It's quite a while since I last did a five favourites post (the last one was in April!) but these posts and my Brand Focus post series have always been some of my most popular posts so I thought I'd start making them regular features again. Today I am sharing my five favourite products from Sunday Riley although, to be honest, I have yet to try a product from the brand that I don't love! All of these products have been repurchased at least once, if not, twice. Most products are available in deluxe sample sizes, which is brilliant because it means you don't have to spend a fortune to try them - especially great if you are new to the brand. 

Friday, 16 August 2019

Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection: Joli blushes and Intense Lip Perfectors

Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection: Joli blushes and Intense Lip Perfectors

Clarins have been absolutely killing it with their releases this year! They just seem to keep getting it right time and time again. Both the Spring and Summer collections included some of my most used products for each season so I was excited to see what their Autumn releases would be and I have not been disappointed. I have been a huge fan of the Natural Lip Perfectors for years so the addition of some intense shades is a very welcome addition and there is a new blush formula in eight shades in the line up too. 

Thursday, 15 August 2019

The best beauty deals online at the moment!

The best beauty deals online at the moment!

Before I buy anything, I always do a search online to find the best deal possible and over the past few months, I have been sharing some of my best finds on here. The posts have gone down well so I thought I'd share some more bargains with you!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Gallivant Los Angeles - a new and unique unisex scent!

Gallivant Los Angeles, Gallivant Nomad Set, discount,

Regular readers might remember back in May (here) that I spoke about a new fragrance brand called Gallivant. In fact, I loved one of the fragrances so much that it made it into my best discoveries of 2019 so far post here. There are a number of reasons that I was drawn to this brand - the name, for starters. My Granda used to always ask me where I was going gallivanting at the weekend (or basically every time he saw me because he thought I had a hectic social life!). To me, gallivant is a happy word describing a fun night out. Secondly, I love that the fragrances are names after cities, with each fragrance capturing the heart of that city and transporting you there because scents instantly remind me of a certain time or place in my life. Thirdly, the fragrances are all travel friendly, in 30ml bottles. And fourthly (although I could go on!), the brand is mindful of sustainability so although they favour natural ingredients, when it is better for the environment, they will use nature-substitute synthetics. Today sees the release of the latest fragrance addition to the line up, which is Los Angeles and I want to share my thoughts on it with you today. What's even better is that I have a discount code for you on the Nomad Sampler Set and if you buy this set, you will then receive a £25 discount off a full size bottle of fragrance. (Not affiliated) Keep reading for the discount!

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The best cream shadow formula - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise

The best cream shadow formula - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise

There is no doubt that cream shadows are a busy or lazy girl's best friend but they are not all created equally! I have very dry skin but for some bizarre reason, my lids are oily, which means that a lot of eyeshadows disappear or crease quite quickly. Until a few years ago, I wouldn't have even considered wearing a cream shadow as they were just a waste of time but these days, they are my main go-to eye products. Of course, this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't discovered Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise cream shadows, which are the best cream shadows on the market.

Monday, 12 August 2019

The K-Beauty brand you need to know about: d'Alba Cosmetics

d'Alba Cosmetics, Review, Skincare, d'Alba No-Sebum Peptide Balancing Toner, d'Alba Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream, d'Alba 7:33 Bathroom First Spray Mist Serum, d'Alba Fantastic Waterfull Mask

One of the best things about writing a beauty blog is being introduced to brands that I may not have tried otherwise. Today I'm talking about one of those brands: d'Alba Cosmetics, which is a Korean premium skincare brand. My love of K-Beauty brands is well documented on the blog but what makes d'Alba different from other Korean brands is that it uses white truffle, from Italy in its products. The area of Italy that this is truffle is taken from is actually named d'Alba and it also means dawn in Italian, reflecting that, the products aim to bring your skin to life. I was most intrigued by the range because when I read about white truffle, it is said to be anti-inflammatory, which definitely appeals to me as my skin is easily irritated and inflamed. It also helps to repair skin, is high in Vitamin C and B12, B3 and Niacin, all of which help to brighten the skin and even skin tone. I was kindly sent four products, which I have been trialling and want to share my thoughts with you today.

Friday, 9 August 2019

REVIEW: Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Foundation

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Foundation Review

There are so many new foundations being released at the moment and one that I couldn't wait to get my hands on is Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Foundation. Their Skin Illusion Foundation is one that I have repurchased - something that doesn't happen regularly when you're a beauty junkie, and I absolutely adore their Instant Concealer. That coupled with the promise of luminosity and that it  combines the best of makeup and Clarins skincare combined had me instantly intrigued. 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Six of the best hydrating face mists

Six of the best hydrating face mists

I've used a face mist as part of my skincare routine for around 15 years at this stage and can't imagine not doing so! I know pretty quickly if a face mist is doing anything for my skin. I don't like water sprays as they just do nothing nor do I like anything that makes my skin feel sticky. I have used so many brands over the years and am quite fussy. I want a mist that will make my skin feel comfortable, add hydration and with a fine spray, if possible, as then I can also use it to refresh my makeup up throughout the day or just add some extra hydration. Here are six of the best!

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The hype is real #8 Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Is Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow worth the hype

When you think of Charlotte Tilbury, you most probably think of luxury makeup and for most people their second association would be lipsticks, due to the success of her Hot Lips collections. For me, my first product thought will always be Filmstar Bronze & Glow.  When Charlotte first released her makeup line, this product went straight to the top of my wish list but it's an expensive product so it took me a while to take the plunge and actually buy it. As you can see from the photo above, it's a well loved product and, in my opinion, it is totally worth the hype and today I want to tell you why.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

GIVEAWAY & Brand Focus: Glow Recipe

GIVEAWAY & Brand Focus: Glow Recipe

You will have heard me mention Glow Recipe a few times previously on the blog. Their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask was the first product that I tried from the brand (post here) and one that I went on to repurchase. If you are not familiar with the brand, it is vegan, cruelty-free and Korean.  Created by two friends using clean, natural ingredients with the aim of give glowing skin. All of the products are fruit based and I am fortunate enough to have tried them all. I used to have to order from Sephora but Cult Beauty now stock the brand and they kindly sent me the entire range to try. I already had the Sleeping Mask in my stash so I thought I'd do a giveaway so that one of you can get to try it for yourself! Keep reading to the end to find out how to win!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

My hand luggage only picks....

Hand luggage only - what to pack? Hand luggage essentials

Flying with hand luggage only is definitely very convenient but I struggle when it comes to beauty products - in fact, I struggle with this when I'm packing a full suitcase! I once had to leave items behind at Stansted airport as they said that my liquids bag was too big (I had used the biggest freezer bag I could find!) so I learned my lesson from that and now only pack the essential liquids. Tomorrow, my husband and I are flying to stay with his family for 4 days and, luckily, I have some essentials there so I don't need to worry about packing shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant etc so I can use my liquid allowance for other products. I always stash minis and samples for trips away as this really saves on space. If you weren't already aware, liquids need to be under 100ml and you can take a maximum of 1 litre of products, however they must fit in a clear, resealable plastic bag that measures a maximum of 20cm x 20cm. Since my Stansted fiasco, I now grab two resealable bags at the airport whenever I fly so that I know what my allowance is! I love that a lot of makeup and skincare brands now sell mini sizes of most products as this really makes choosing products to travel with, much easier.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

First impressions of KOSAS makeup

KOSAS Brand Overview

If, like me, you regularly stalk the 'new in' pages of Cult Beauty, you will have seen that KOSAS has been recently added to their list of brands. This is a U.S. brand whose products are described as makeup meeting skincare. I was unfamiliar with the term 'kosas' but they state that there are five kosas of self, which are five connected layers that communicate with each other. They are: a physical layer, a sensory mental layer, a discerning intellectual layer, a layer of energy and a layer of truthful bliss. KOSAS say that their products honour each layer. Now this may sound like hogwash to you or it may speak to you. Either way, you want to know what the products are like, right?

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Minimum effort, maximum results products

Minimum effort, maximum results products, Products to use when you're short on time but want to look good

I love nothing more than a nice, long pamper evening but let's face it, not everyone has the time, energy or inclination to spend a few hours on themselves every week. People lead busy lives and have so many other things that occupy their time plus with the weather being as nice as it has, most of us are inclined to get outside and make the most of it, leaving us even less time to do 'extra' things. I don't know about you but I still don't want to neglect myself so when time is scarce I turn to products that take minimum effort on my part but yield great results. I'm going to share these products with you today and would love to hear what products you reach for when time is limited but you still want to look your best.

Monday, 29 July 2019

L'Occitane limited edition Verbena range - the perfect morning pick me up products!

L'Occitane limited edition Verbena range Review

Yesterday's post was all about how to get a good night's sleep but today I'm sharing products that will really help to get you going in the mornings. The L'Occitane verbena range has some new additions for summer and they are the perfect revitalizing, pick me up products.  I dare you to smell these products and not feel more motivated and alive!

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Lookfantastic x NEOM Organics Limited Edition Beauty Box - a saving of £65 to be had!

Lookfantastic x NEOM Organics Limited Edition Beauty Box

Lookfantastic are well known for their monthly beauty boxes but did you know that they also do regular brand collaborations? I've posted about the Clinique one here, Molton Brown one here and the Erno Laszlo one here.  These boxes always offer great value and the new Lookfantastic x NEOM Organics Limited Edition Beauty Box is no exception, containing six products with a value of £110 but a price tag of £45. What's more, if you are a Lookfantastic beauty box subscriber, you can save an extra £5. The focus of this box is products that will help to get a good night's sleep and who doesn't need help in that department, especially on these hot summer nights? Lack of sleep affects mood, judgement, productivity, happiness and health in general so anything that helps to improve quality of sleep should be embraced!

Friday, 26 July 2019

Battling hyperpigmentation....

How to get rid of pigmentation, How to battle pigmentation, Get rid of hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigentation has a number of causes - sometimes it occurs in pregnancy, other times it's post breakout and, of course, it's as a result of sun damage.  It can be tricky to deal with and can sometimes make people feel less confident but fear not, there are some products out there that can help.  In my case, I first noticed some areas of hyperpigmentation on my face when I was taking medication that made my skin more sensitive to the sun. Despite wearing (and re-applying) a high SPF, I was left with two small areas of pigmentation. It wasn't just a case of me being more aware of the patches than others as my niece asked me what happened to my face! They have faded but I do notice that I have to be very vigilant or they will reappear. Today I want to share some brilliant products for tackling this issue.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

4 treats for 4 budgets

3 treats for 3 budgets, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Clarins Comfort Scrub, Natasha Denona Tan Palette, Nest Candles

It's that time of the month again (payday!) and if you're in the mood for treating yourself, I have three great products to share with you today! As I always say, you don't need to spend a fortune to treat yourself.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Sweat and humidity-proof makeup!

Sweat and humidity-proof makeup!

I'm not going to start this post by complaining about the weather because it's glorious! What is not so glorious however, is trying to beat the humidity in terms of makeup and hair! Hairbands are my best friend this summer because they help to tame the mane but in terms of makeup, I have some products that are working hard to keep my makeup from sliding off my face and looking like a discoball. I personally find that layering works best - thin layers of all products seem to last longer and are less likely to sweat off - sounds gross but that's the reality!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

A really nourishing, post-sunny days treat: Antipodes Hand & Body Creams: Joyful, Jubilation and Delight

Antipodes Hand & Body Creams: Joyful, Jubilation and Delight Review

Earlier this year, I wrote a Brand Focus post on Antipodes and I mentioned how much I loved Joyful Hand & Body Cream.  Because it is so nourishing, it's the perfect product to use in winter when skin is extra dry from the effects of central heating, cold weather etc but it is also perfect to use after a long, hot sunny day (which we're thankfully having quite a few of at the moment!).  There are also two other hand and body creams in the range and I want to tell you about them today as they really do feel like a treat and would make a lovely gift (maybe even to yourself!).

Monday, 22 July 2019

Which Natasha Denona eyeshadow formula is best? Powder or liquid?

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow Review

Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan of Natasha Denona eyeshadows and I have more palettes from her than any other brand. See posts here, here, here and here. I also have some of her cream shadows and really like them, although they are quite subtle and I know that some people have said that they dry out quickly, however I have found that once the lid is closed tightly, they don't dry out. When she recently released her chroma crystal liquid shadows, I was instantly intrigued and decided to buy one and want to share my thoughts with you today.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Recent releases from L'Occitane

Regular readers will know that I am a HUGE fan of L'Occitane.  I've tried their bath and body products, haircare, candles, pillow spray, massage oil and skincare and have yet to find a dud product, which is pretty impressive for a fussy so and so like me! I was instantly intrigued when I heard that they were releasing a line of lipsticks. One of my favourite brands moving into the world of makeup is very exciting. They have added lots of new products to their line up recently and I've been trialling them and want to share my thoughts with you today.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Antipodes Moisture Boost Natural Lipsticks - almost edible?

Antipodes Healthy Lipsticks & swatches

Can you imagine eating 3kg of lipstick?  Apparently that is what woman ingest over the course of a lifetime - horrible thought, right? Thankfully, Antipodes have a new range of lipsticks that you could almost eat because the ingredients are so healthy. These include Avocado Oil, Calendula Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Argan Oil among others. I was kindly sent three to try and although the shades look quite similar in the photo above, the swatches will show the exact shades as they are completely unedited. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation - where have you been all my life?

Shiseido Summer Essentials Review

Ok, I know that the title of this post may seem a little dramatic but I have found a new love/firm favourite in Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation.  I was kindly sent some of their summer essentials products and this is the stand out product for me.  I've been especially impressed by the WetForce Technology™ that they use - the products are so waterproof that if you apply to your hand and then run it under the tap the water droplets will run off your hand, leaving the product in tact and then if you dab a tissue over the area, there is no transfer. This is pretty unique - I've never seen anything like it! While I don't have their sunscreen products, I have some products from the makeup line to share my thoughts on. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Some recent purchases and first impressions....

Inglot x Terrie McEvoy Eyeshadow Palette Review, Huda Tantour review, Hourglass Powder review, Natasha Denona Tan Palette review, Becca Glow Drops Review

I've been pretty good at not buying many new products this year but over the past few weeks, I've made a few purchases, which I want to share with you today along with some first impressions. Spoiler alert, nothing has disappointed me!

Monday, 15 July 2019

A post holiday pamper!

Post holiday pamper products, how to rehydrate post holiday, beat the frizz

When I came back from holiday a fortnight ago, I was in serious need of a pamper - my hair was frizzy, my face was in need of a whole arsenal of products and the my whole body felt dehydrated (inside and out!). Couple that with then getting strep throat, followed by bronchitis, sinusitis and a lung infection (I don't do anything by halves!), I just felt like a mess and in serious need of some T.L.C.  I want to share some of the products with you that have helped me to tame the frizz and plump my skin - they're not exclusive to a post-holiday pamper but any time that you need a little pick me up and judging by the conversations I had with some ladies around the pool, we all need this from time to time!

Friday, 5 July 2019

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

Most of the summer sales started just before I went on holiday so I didn't really have time to scour the net for bargains and assumed that most of the best products would be sold out by the time I got home. When I'm away, I try to be on my phone as little as possible so I wasn't interested in the sales but in the last few days, I've found some great bargains that I want to share with you and I'd love to hear what you've bought.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

001 London Alpha-Paradise Cleansing Dew - as beautiful as the name suggests!

001 London Alpha-Paradise Cleansing Dew Review

I was first introduced to the brand 001 London last Autumn when I was kindly sent their CRYOpress and Alpha-Glow Flash Facial, which I reviewed here.  The founder of the brand combines both Asian and Western skincare principles and her products aim to restore balance to the skin. The products don't contain any silicones, mineral oil, parabens or animal testing. I really loved the serum so when I was offered the chance to try their new Alpha-Paradise Cleansing Dew,  I was instantly intrigued. The name really grabbed my attention - paradise and dew - yep, I had to try it!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Want super soft limbs and lips? Ameliorate is the brand you need to know about

Want super soft limbs and lips? Ameliorate is the brand you need to know about

You know those annoying bumps that can appear on the back of your arms or upper thighs? The ones that are so hard to get rid of? Ameliorate is the answer to those! In fact, the brand was started because the founder had suffered from this all of her life and then her children did too, so she decided to take matters into her own hands and Ameliorate was born! Bumpy or dry skin is something that most people have but it's easier to ignore in winter when we're covered up but now that we're experiencing some sunny days, our limbs are on show. If you want to improve the appearance of your skin without having to get salon treatments or spend a fortune, this is the brand for you. What's even better is that you can get free shipping on all Ameliorate products by using the code LYMIN at checkout. This is valid until the end of July.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dermalogica - the brand I've been repurchasing for 16 years!

Dermalogica Brand Focus, Dermalogica Brand Overview

Dermalogica is a brand that has featured in my skincare routine for longer than any other. I had used some other high end brands prior to first using Dermalogica but had never been hooked enough to buy a number of products from the same brand before. It was (and still is) a very hyped brand and I loved the idea of face mapping and multi-masking, which was innovative as they were the first brand to introduce these methods as the norm.  After my first facial with the brand, I then went on to purchase the products that were recommended and loved the results so much that I decided to exclusively use the brand for 6 months prior to our wedding. I knew that I could depend on the products and facials to have my skin looking its best for our big day! Since then, I have always had some of the products in my routine - the brand will be a forever love of mine! Given the long love affair I have had with the brand, I was thrilled to be invited to be part of their Skinfluencer campaign a few months ago. I was kindly sent some products, most of which I had used a lot in previous years, and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today. Every product from the brand is free from artificial colours and fragrances, alcohol and mineral oil.

Monday, 1 July 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Aloe Vera Hair Mask, 3 treats for 3 budgets, Aura Mugler Sensuelle, Sculpted by Aimee Beauty Base,

I'm a bit late with June's 3 treats for 3 budgets post but I was on holiday last week and I always take a break from posting when I go on holiday so that I can really enjoy the break! Hopefully you all still have some money left from your last paycheque and are in the mood for treating yourself. I have some great products to share with you this month!

Friday, 21 June 2019

My holiday makeup picks

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème Review, Holiday Makeup,

I'm off to Majorca tomorrow for a week! This is our fifth time going to Majorca although we don't always stay in the same resort but we both just love the island and the fact that it's a short flight. I packed my clothes quite quickly but I always find packing skincare and makeup much trickier than choosing which clothes to bring. I used to be utterly ridiculous with the amount of products that I brought but like to think that I've improved. I save mini products and samples throughout the year to take away on weekends/holidays  - advent calendars, beauty boxes and gift with purchases are really good in that regard. So, what have I packed this time? Let's get into it!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Best discoveries of the 2019 so far.....

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser, Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance, Clarins Extra Firming Phyto Serum, Erborian CC Eye Cream, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Rose Gold, Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs, St Tropez Purity Water Gel, 2019 favourite new products, top new products of 2019

I know it's a cliché but I honestly can't believe how quickly this year is going by! I hope that summer weather actually kicks in soon so we don't just go from Spring to Autumn. Regardless, we can't stop the hands of time and whilst this June is nothing like last year in terms of weather, we're still six months into the year! When we reach this halfway point, I always like to look back at the first part of the year and document my favourite discoveries. I actually thought that I hadn't bought very many beauty products this year but when I look at this list, I actually have but it's still an improvement on previous years. The products marked with a * were kindly sent to me but everything else, I bought myself. These are all of the standout new (or new to me) products that I have discovered and loved in 2019, so far.....

Monday, 17 June 2019

Win an Anastasia Beverly Hills X Alyssa Edwards Palette

Win an Anastasia Beverly Hills X Alyssa Edwards Palette

It's giveaway time again! You all know I love an eyeshadow palette and when I saw the new Anastasia Beverly Hills x Alyssa Edwards Palette, I thought it would make a great prize. I've always been very impressed by the quality of Anastasia eyeshadows - pigmented, creamy in texture and easy to work with.  This giveaway is open worldwide and the rules are pretty simple.

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Glowing Skin Edit Part Two: Makeup

How to fake glowing skin, Cheat your way to glowing skin

Following on from yesterday's Glowing Skin Edit, which involved skincare, today I want to share products that will help to fake a glow. There are times that we all need to fake it, especially after late nights, broken sleep and periods of ill-health. Luckily, there are some fab products that can hide a multitude of sins! Obviously, I'm not recommending wearing them all together at the same time (unless you like the discoball look and in that case, you do you!) but even just one or two of these items together can really transform the face.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Glowing Skin Edit Part One: Skincare

Glowing skin - something that we all want but it isn't always easy to achieve. There are so many factors that can affect our skin - illness, the weather, pollution, stress etc. Those of us with naturally dry skin will know that a glow is usually something that we have to work hard (or rather, our skincare products have to work hard) to attain. It is something that requires consistency but with the right products, results will be seen. I want to share the hard working products in my routine that help me to achieve glowing skin and tomorrow, I will share products that will help to fake a glow.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Some fragrance ideas for Father's Day including new Azzaro Chrome Aqua

Father's Day is fast approaching (this coming Sunday, in case you weren't aware!) and although I don't have a full gift guide, I wanted to show some fragrance ideas as all of the men in my family love a gift of aftershave as I'm sure many other men do too. I think a fragrance is a really nice gift to give and receive as many people see these as treat purchases and don't necessarily buy them for themselves. I have four gorgeous fragrances to share with you today; one new release: Azzaro Chrome Aqua (currently reduced in Debenhams) and three classics. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Holiday preppin'

I'm going on holiday the weekend after next and I am soooo looking forward to it. The weather has been so hit & miss since the summer teaser we had at Easter so I'm looking forward to a week of sunny weather (fingers crossed!).  In the weeks leading up to going on holiday, I have my usual wax and hairdresser appointments but I also do some home prep to get my limbs, skin and hair ready for summer, which I'm going to share with you today.

Friday, 7 June 2019

The hype is real #7 Nars Laguna & Orgasm

The hype is real Nars Laguna & Orgasm, Worth the hype Nars Orgasm, Worth the hype Nars Laguna

It's time for another instalment of The Hype Is Real and this time it's about Nars Orgasm and Nars Laguna, which are probably the most famous Nars products and certainly the two first products that I tried from the brand. Orgasm is the only blush that I have ever repurchased..... twice! I've also repurchased Laguna a number of times but a bronzer repurchase is less unusual. Nars also happens to be Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month for June, which means there is free international shipping on all Nars orders. This post isn't sponsored, it just happens to coincide!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Vs Cover FX Gripping Primer

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Vs Cover FX Gripping Primer

To prime, or not to prime? That is the question. Well, not really - I always prime but I know that some people think it's a faff and an unnecessary step. I have been known to remove my foundation and start again if I realise that I haven't primed my skin. I just find that my base products apply and sit more evenly on primed skin and also they last longer. I have dry skin so I don't normally have to worry about the longevity of my makeup, but sometimes foundation can either break down or sink into fine lines or areas of dry skin unless the skin is primed. I have regular favourites that I always go back to but I was very intrigued by two new primers that were released in the last few months and ended up buying both - completely unnecessary but I knew that if I didn't like them I could pass them on to friends. Turns out, I love both! I'm hoping that we get a heatwave like last summer (fingers crossed) and if we do, these primers will be in huge demand and your best friend because they are designed to help your face to get a grip and make foundation budge-proof! I'm talking about Milk Makeup Hydro Grip and Cover FX Gripping Primer.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The cleanser edit: which type is best for you?

The cleanser edit: which type is best for you?

Is there any better feeling than removing your makeup at the end of the day and cleansing your skin? As much as I love makeup, I love skincare even more.  I know that some people think spending money on a cleanser is a waste because you remove it not long after applying but I disagree.  Cleansing preps your skin for the next steps and any subsequent products applied can work effectively when the skin is thoroughly cleansed.  There are so many types of cleansers, but which works best for you? Of course, you may like several cleanser types (as I do) or you may like to switch the formula up, depending on the season but if you are unsure which type might work best for you, this post should help. Some of these cleansers were kindly gifted to me, which I will indicate with * beside them. Most of these products have been previously reviewed on the blog and I will link those reviews if you want to know more about them.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Five current loves...

Dermalogica Intensive  Moisture Balance, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise, Emma Hardie Amazing Face protect & Prime, Freshly Cosmetics Hyper Concentrate Eye Contour Serum, Clarins Bronzing Compact 001 Sunset Glow

I had a small impromptu blog break, for a number of reasons - my health has taken a real dip over the last few weeks, which is the primary reason, my husband had some time off work and when he does, I like to spend quality time with him without the distraction of blogging and thirdly,  I was enjoying reading your responses to my 'Spilling the tea' post. It was interesting to hear from other bloggers about ghosting/bad treatment from PRs and I'm glad it started a conversation. Anyway, today I'm back with the post that I had actually planned for last Thursday and it's all about five current loves, five products that I'm using non-stop at the moment.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Spilling the tea? What makes you stop supporting a brand - actions/PR/ghosting?

I had a different post planned for today but after receiving a nasty DM from a PR on Instagram yesterday morning when I wouldn't dance to the beat of her drum, I wanted to have a discussion about brands/PRs and what makes you stop supporting a brand. To be clear, I didn't support this brand in the first place as I had actually never heard of them before but I have heard from other bloggers that PRs have reduced them to tears before and that's just not ok! So, let's chat....

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Discover your route to radiance with the ESPA Optimal Collection

ESPA, ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser, ESPA Skin Pro Serum, ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Moisturiser, ESPA Discover The Route To Radiance #RoutetoRadiance

It's a few years since I tried anything from ESPA so when they got in touch about their new #RoutetoRadiance Campaign, I was delighted to get involved. The Optimal Collection is a range of luxury products that use natural, effective and results-driven ingredients to achieve radiant skin and I was kindly sent three products to try. I actually used the Optimal Skin Pro Moisturiser before and loved it so I was keen to try the other products in the range.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The fake tan edit: Which type is best for you?

Which type of fake tan is best for you? A guide to fake tans

I'm a weekly fake tanner but I know that some people only wear fake tan when the sun appears in summer. I have tried pretty much every type of tan going at one point or another and wanted to share my thoughts with you today, which I hope may be helpful for anyone who is new to fake tan and is unsure which one will work best or for anyone who wants to try a new type of tan. I know that it might look like this post is sponsored by St Tropez but it honestly isn't. I bought all of these products myself apart from the Ecooking product.
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