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Monday, 18 November 2019

Christmas Gift Guide: Under £25/€25

Christmas Gift Guide 2019, Gifts under £25

Have you entered my beauty bundle giveaway here?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well, nearly! Welcome to the first of my Christmas gift guides! Over the next five days, I am going to share lots of gift ideas with you for a variety of budgets so I am hoping that there will be something for all beauty lovers. Each gift guide will contain a mixture of products that I have bought myself (as gifts or you know, to me, from me!) and products that were kindly sent to me. If a product was sent to me, it will be marked with a * for transparency. I never feature products that I wouldn't be happy to spend my own money on. In the coming weeks, I will be combining some of the gifts in a bundle for a giveaway that will only be open to those who engage with my posts, both here on the blog and on Instagram. Rather than focus on categories of products, I am devising my gift guides by budget and today, we're talking all things under £25/25. I definitely wouldn't call this a stocking filler guide as I think these gifts are more than that and its the full budget for many people so I am hoping you find some inspiration.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips - the perfect lipstick/balm hybrid

Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Swatches, Princess Kiss, Pillow Talk

Have you entered my beauty bundle giveaway here?

I think that it's been well established on the blog that I am a massive fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup products! I've tried something from pretty much every category of products and her lipsticks are among my favourites (see review and swatch post here). I love both the Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formulas as they are creamy, comfortable to wear and, of course, the packaging is stunning. When she first released her line of Superstar lipsticks, I wondered what made them different from the originals and I recently had the opportunity to find out when I was kindly sent two from the range. 

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Five favourites from Too Faced

Too Faced, Five Favourites, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, Better Than Sex Mascara, Born This Way Concealer, Five best Too Faced products

Have you entered my beauty bundle giveaway here?

Too Faced is a brand that can be quite divisive because of the packaging but also the names of some of their products. I can understand that but I just love the quality of the products so I can get past some silly names. I have tried A LOT from the brand and want to share my ultimate five favourites with you today.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Look Fantastic Christmas Crackers - perfect for a festive dinner party!

Look Fantastic Christmas Crackers Contents

Have you entered my beauty bundle giveaway here?

I know that it's still only November but I am so excited for Christmas so I'm dropping some festive content in between regular posting! I previously wrote about the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar and Beauty Chest and today I want to tell you about another of their limited edition festive releases - their Christmas Crackers! Look Fantastic really have knocked it out of the park with their Christmas collection this year - there are stockings, crackers, an advent calendar and a beauty chest, all offering amazing value and a brilliant selection of brands.


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Five brilliant pore clearing masks

Pore clearing masks, Pixi Glow Mud Mask, Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask, Omorovicza Silver Saviour Mask, Lixirskin Rubber Clay Mask, Antipodes HaloSkin Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Have you entered my beauty bundle giveaway here?

Back in the day, face masks were pretty much all clay based and aimed to decongest the skin. Since then, things have changed and we now have masks that exfoliate, hydrate, brighten and more, which is great. That being said, I still love to use a mask regularly that will give a deep clean and refine my pores. I'm not crazy about masks that set and feel very tight on the skin because they're uncomfortable and also a pain to remove! I have five great picks to share with you today and there should be something for all budgets.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Beauty bundle giveaway

Beauty bundle giveaway November 2019

I'm lucky enough to be sent beauty products and sometimes I find that I have duplicates of some so I thought that it's only fair that I do a giveaway to thank you for reading and supporting my blog! There is a mixture of skincare and makeup, all products are brand new and sealed and there are seven products in total. 

Friday, 8 November 2019

Look Fantastic Beauty Chest - £360 worth of products for only £100!

Look Fantastic Beauty Chest Review,

If you read my post about the Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar, you will know that it offered amazing value - I say offered rather than offers because it is now sold out! If you missed out on it or are looking for a luxury gift for a loved one (or yourself!), you might be interested in the Look Fantastic Beauty Chest. Housed in a gorgeous chest with the same festive design as the calendar in shades of rich navy and gold, are 10 full size products - yes, full size! The value is £360 but the price is only £100. It looks and feels expensive and luxurious and I haven't seen anything similar elsewhere. This is bound to sell out quickly so don't delay if you want to get your hands on one (buy here)! Read on to find out what's in the chest!

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Oskia Liquid Mask Lactic Acid Micro-peel review

Oskia Liquid Mask Lactic Acid Micro-peel review

Oskia is one of my favourite skincare brand. I have probably only tried half of their products but have yet to find a dud. You can read my thoughts on some other products from the brand here and here. When I saw that they released a liquid mask, I was instantly curious. My skin responds well to Lactic Acid, which is a gentle AHA and I also love overnight masks, so I decided to go ahead and purchase it.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Finally, face tanners that don't break me out! St Tropez and SoSu by Suzanne Jackson

St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, SoSu by Suzanne Jackson Wonder Water, Face tan that won't break you out

I know it may seem a bit strange to talk about self tan at this time of year but I'm a weekly tanner regardless of the season! I also like to have a little colour in my cheeks so that I don't look deathly pale on no-makeup days! The problem that I've had in the past is that most fake tans break me out really badly, when used on my face - either that or they make my skin even drier but also visibly congested. For years, I just tanned my body and left my face, which admittedly looked odd but it was better than the alternative. Earlier this year, I decided to give St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist a try and I haven't looked back! In fact, I now have a second face tanner that doesn't break me out and is half the price...

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Banish signs of an ageing neck with this PRAI duo

PRAI, Prai Ageless Throat & Decolletage Serum, Prai Throat & Decolletage Cream Review, Is Prai worth the hype?

Our necks show signs of ageing 20 times faster than our faces - I remember a Science teacher in secondary school telling us that and making a mental note to always use my skincare products on my neck (I have always been a beauty junkie!). I didn't always follow through with this intention but after turning 30, I made more of an effort to pay attention to my neck. Admittedly, I didn't always use my products all the way down to my décolletage but it is something I try to do more consistently these days! I have tried some specific neck products over the years and apart from one (Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream), I found that most pilled, which was uncomfortable. Instead, I just used my usual acids/serums etc on that area. However in an advent calendar last year, I received a sample pot of PRAI Ageless Throat & Décolletage Cream and I could see a difference in the skin on my neck pretty quickly and I was converted. Since then, I have also added the PRAI Ageless Throat & Décolletage Serum to my routine and I now don't see myself ever being without this duo.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Naya - the brand that brings the glow!

Naya Everyday Glow Serum, Naya, Naya Everyday Face Oil, Naya Everyday Day Cream, Naya Everyday Cleansing Oil,

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you will know that I absolutely love products that help my skin to glow. I have dry skin, which is naturally very dull so it is a constant battle to achieve bright and glowing skin, especially when the seasons change. I was kindly sent some products from Naya at the end of summer and it was perfect timing as the temperatures were starting to drop and I could see the effect in my skin. 

Friday, 1 November 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star Highlighter Review & swatches

Have you seen all of the new Christmas releases from Charlotte Tilbury? I adore the midnight blue packaging of this year's limited edition products and I basically want everything but settled (so far) on buying just one thing, which is the Magic Star Highlighter.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Molton Brown Bizarre Brandy Collection

Molton Brown Bizarre Brandy Collection Review

Three festive posts in a row! Don't worry, regular beauty posts will resume tomorrow but it's just an exciting time of year with so many new releases and the Molton Brown Christmas collection always grabs my attention! This year, the range is Bizarre Brandy and it's based around the party scene of 1920s London when The Bright Young Things were the 'It People and social influencers' of the era. They were known for their parties and the drink of choice was the Sidecar cocktails which serves as inspiration for the notes in this line as they were comprised of cognac, lemon and orange liqueur. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

L'Occitane festive bath and body releases

L'Occitane festive bath and body releases 2019

It's very hard to beat L'Occitane when it comes to festive packaging! They just seem to get it right time and time again and this year is no exception with jewel tones and decorative accents, which are nature themed this year to reflect the brand's commitment to reducing waste.  I will be featuring some of the gift sets in my Christmas Gift Guides next month but today, I wanted to share some products from the limited edition festive collections.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Look Fantastic Advent Calendar 2019 offers a massive £420 of products for only £79!

 Look Fantastic Advent Calendar 2019 review & contents

As a Christmas fanatic, I think I've done pretty well to avoid posting any festive content before now! I know many will think that October is still too early to mention the C word but advent calendars sell out so quickly and the Look Fantastic 2019 Advent Calendar  is particularly brilliant so I wanted to get my post up while it's still available! Offering even better value than last year's epic calendar, this year the value of the products is £420 with a price tag of £79 - a massive saving of £341! There are so many advent calendars on the market but few offer value like this!

Friday, 25 October 2019

The new Pixi Pretties Makeup Collection

Pixi, Pixi x Chloe Morello, Pixi Pretties, Pixi Heart Defensor Eye <3 Palette, Pixi From Head to Toe Endless Shade Stick, Pixi From Head to Toe Glow-y Powder, Pixi RachhLoves The Layers Highlighting Palette, Pixi Maryam NYC Lit Kit

You will probably have seen the new Pixi Pretties collection all over Instagram over the past few weeks. Pixi certainly know how to do PR packages! Once again, they have teamed up with some influencers to release a variety of makeup products, which I've been using and I want to share my thoughts with you today. Pixi offers really great quality products at affordable prices, in both skincare and makeup so if you have yet to try anything from the brand, this range might be a good place to start!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Antipodes skincare giveaway!

Antipodes skincare giveaway

Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Antipodes skincare - see Brand Focus post here. I was recently sent two products from the brand that I hadn't tried before but they both contain shea butter, which doesn't suit my skin so I thought that I'd do a giveaway so that one of my lovely readers will have the chance to try the brand for themselves! One of you will win a Grapeseed Butter Cleanser and a Vanilla Pod Day Cream. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

3 treats for 3 budgets

3 treats for 3 budgets, Foreo Luna 3, Beuti Sleep Elixir, MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion,

It's almost payday again so I'm back with my monthly post with 3 great products for 3 budgets. This will probably be the last of these posts for the year as next month, I'll be focusing on gift guides and Black Friday. I honestly cannot believe that it's almost the end of October and that I am already planning festive content! Where has this year gone? Anyway, on to the products!

Oh and a quick reminder to enter my Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette giveaway here. It ends at midnight tonight!

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Morphe base products review

Morphe, Cult Beauty Brand of The Month, Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Foundation, Morphe Liquid Full Coverage Concealer, Morphe Finishing powder, Morphe Foundation Primer

Morphe is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for October, which means there is free international shipping on all Morphe products. There is also a free eye primer set with every order over £40 this month. I love when there is free shipping on budget brands because if you have to pay shipping every time you buy a budget product, it doesn't really feel like a bargain. Over the last 12-18 months, I've been trying various products from the brand and I really rate the eyeshadows and the Continuous Setting Mist. I was recently sent a bundle of Morphe base products to try to coincide with the launch of the Fluidity Full Coverage Foundation on Cult Beauty. Usually, I would test for a month or so before writing about products but if I wait that long, the free shipping offer would be over as it is only available until midnight on the 31st so I wanted to let you know my thoughts sooner rather than later so that you can buy if you like the sound of the products.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum

Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum review

As a huge fan of Dermalogica, I am always excited by their new releases but especially when it's a serum. When it comes to skincare, I'm a big believer in investing in serums more than any other product as they penetrate the skin more deeply than any moisturiser will and will work harder than other products in your routine. Bare that in mind when reading this review as the Phyto-Nature Firming Serum is pricey! 

Friday, 18 October 2019

Clarins x The Kooples Lip Comfort Oil

Clarins x The Kooples Lip Comfort Oil Review & Swatches

You might think that a Clarins and The Kooples collaboration is a bit random but it's actually a good match as they are both French brands and they both epitomise sophisticated French chic style. This is a limited edition collaboration so if you are a fan of either brand (or especially, both) or if you like to collect limited edition beauty releases, you are going to love these lip oils

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Current makeup favourites...

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation    Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer    Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray    MAC Warm Soul    MAC Springsheen    Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette    Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow    Hourglass Scattered Light Shadow Burnish    Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Rose Gold    MAC Uninterrupted    Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner    Benefit Bad Gal Bang    Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Iconic Nude    YSL Rouge Pur Couture Beige Tribute    Clarins Natural Lip Perfector Intense Garnet

As I'm sure you've noticed, I don't do monthly favourite posts these days but every so often, I'll share some products that I am currently loving and that are consistent in my routine. Today, it's all about makeup favourites. As you can see from the photo above, there are quite a few well loved products in this post!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Skincare products that will help you achieve a glow in Autumn

Skincare products that will help you achieve a glow in Autumn

When the season changes, I always like to switch up my skincare - not completely, but I'll always make some changes. Now that it's Autumn and the central heating is on, my skin is feeling a little parched and looking a little dull. The temperatures have yet to drop into single figures (hopefully it will stay that way for a few weeks more!) but I have noticed that I need to up my game to make sure my skin is glowing and I want to share some additions to my regime with you today.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Four brilliant exfoliating toners

Exfoliating toner, acid toner, Omorovicza Silver Saviour Tonic, Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic Review, Pixi Glow Tonic,

There is no doubt that chemical exfoliators and acids, in general, really made a big difference to my skin when I introduced them to my routine around 6 years ago. Back then, there weren't very many on the market and it was tricky to get hold of Pixi Glow Tonic as it wasn't as freely available as it is today. Thankfully, things have changed and most brands now offer a liquid/chemical alternative to the traditional face scrub. Using an acid toner daily is an easy way to achieve fresh, glowing skin and to prevent clogged pores.  If you are new to acids, you might find the idea a bit daunting but I promise that your face won't resemble Samantha's when she had her chemical peel in Sex & The City! Start gently and work your way up to frequent use and higher strengths and you will see a positive change in your skin. Today I am sharing four of my favourite liquid exfoliants with you.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Why you need to use some Niacinamide in your daily routine

Niacinamide, Alpha-H Vitamin B, Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, Why you need Niacinamide in your daily routine

Niacinamide/Vitamin B3 - do you use it daily? No matter your skin type or issue,  it's an ingredient that will most probably help yet it's quite an unsung hero! Everyone raves about the benefits of retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid (with great reason) but I promise that adding some niacinamide to your routine will reap rewards. I also want to share my two favourite products with you.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Fenty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation - worth the hype?

Fenty Pro Filtr Hydrating Longwear Foundation - worth the hype?

Two years ago, I reviewed the original Fenty Pro Filt'r foundation here. In short, it was a lot of hard work to make it look good on my dry skin so I passed it on to a friend who has combination skin. I was surprised that it took two years to release a second foundation but it's better to take the time to perfect a product than just keep churning out releases, which is what a lot of other brands are doing at the moment. When I heard that a hydrating version of  Pro Filt'r Longwear Foundation was being launched,  I was in two minds about buying it. Lord knows, I don't really need any more foundations but the description of a natural finish, suitable for dry skin kinda sucked me in - what can I say, I'm weak?! I've been putting it to the test and want to share my thoughts. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette

Benefit Brow Zings Pro Palette Review, Giveaway,

If there is one thing that Benefit does well, it's brow products! They have a variety of pencils, powders, gels and pomades to cater for all preferences. Recently, they launched their new Brow Zings Pro Palette and I was kindly sent two so I thought I'd review the one that I thought would suit me best and give the other one away to one of my lovely readers!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

New to or nervous about retinol? Try Oskia Retinoid Sleep Serum Level 1

Oskia Retinoid Sleep Serum Level 1 Review

Retinol really is a wonder ingredient in skincare and I noticed a huge difference in my skin when I introduced it into my regime, in terms of texture and visibility of fine lines.  I recommend it to so many people and some wince as they just have visions of their face falling off (a bit extreme but you know what I mean!) but I do understand the hesitation. My advice is always to start gently, especially if you have sensitive/reactive skin and the perfect introductory product is Oskia Retinoid Sleep Serum Level 1 - 0.2%, which I want to share my thoughts on today.

Monday, 7 October 2019

4 great powders for those with dry skin

Powders for those with dry skin, Hourglass Powder review, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder Vs Genius Magic Powder, By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra powder

It took years for me to find a powder that actually liked because with having dry skin, most just aged my skin, settled into fine lines and generally looked awful. Instead, I just used setting sprays to keep my makeup in place That being said, the right powder can give the skin a very polished look so it's worth persevering to find the perfect powder for you. I have four options that are perfect if you have Sahara-like skin like I do.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette - worth the price?

Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette Review & Swatches, Natasha Denona Metropolis Palette - worth the hype/price?

At the beginning of the year, I decided to be much more mindful of my spending - makeup purchases, in particular. Why? Simply, because I only have one face and I can't use all of the products I already own so adding lots more to my stash is a waste of money. For the most part, I've done really well! I am a self-confessed eyeshadow palette addict but I have so many that I couldn't justify buying more unless they were really special. The Natasha Denona Metropolis palette is my second (and probably last) eyeshadow purchase of the year. This is a limited edition palette, which is probably part of the reason why I couldn't resist buying it (also, it's a beauty!). My other palette purchase was also limited edition (from Inglot in this post) and I'm pretty proud of the fact that I've resisted so many releases this year. That being said, this is a pricey piece of makeup and I'm sure a lot of people will think I am mad and would prefer to buy more products at a reasonable price than just one expensive item and that's understandable. To each their own and all that! Now that I've had the palette for almost a month and have had plenty of time to play with it, I wanted to share my thoughts and let you know if I think it's worth the price/hype. If you are interested in buying, the Cult Beauty waitlist is now open.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Concealing with bareMinerals

bareMinerals, bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, bareMinerals barePro 16 Hour Full Coverage Concealer

For some reason (and I really don't know why), bareMinerals is a brand that I have tried very little from. I dabbled in some foundations around 3/4 years ago and I love their Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer but I've tried little more than that. When I was browsing Sephora at the end of August, I noticed that the barePro 16 Hour Full Coverage Concealer and  bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer were reduced to $10 each. It reminded me that I had used the serum concealer a few years ago and really liked it and I had heard good things about the barePro so I thought I'd snap them both up - at that price, it would be rude not to! 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Omorovicza Silver skincare range review

Omorovicza, Omorovicza Silver Saviour Mask Review, Omorovicza Silver Saviour Tonic Review, Omorovicza Silver Saviour Lotion Review, Products for blemished skin

Regular readers will know that Omorovicza is one of my absolute favourite skincare brands (definitely in my top three) and every time they release a new product, I want to try it even if it might not be actually aimed at my skin type! I have dry, textured and quite reactive skin but I have never had a negative reaction to any products from this brand. All products contain their patented Healing Concentrate and this really does help to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Last year, I reviewed their Silver Skin Saviour Mask here and in recent months, two new products were added to the Silver line and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today. Those with oily, combination or blemish-prone skin will love this range.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Rejuvenated Pink Drink Set in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Rejuvenated Pink Drink Set in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Before getting into the post, I want to remind you that today is the last day to enter my Bee Yü skincare giveaway here

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an international campaign that promotes awareness of breast cancer (what signs to watch out for and also help for those affected by it) and it also sees a lot of fundraising, which goes towards research into how to prevent the disease, the best treatment and more. Lots of beauty brands get involved in this campaign and I want to share one with you today. Rejuvenated have launched their Pink Drink Set and will be donating 10% of sales to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Friday, 27 September 2019

The hype is real #9 Jo Malone fragrances

The hype is real, Jo Malone, Is Jo Malone worth the hype

There is something about Jo Malone fragrances that gets my pulse racing!  I adore the classic cream and black packaging and the scent combinations that work so well together.  I waited years before indulging in some Jo Malone fragrances because they're pretty pricey and I honestly wondered if they could be worth the money and it was actually my husband who bought my first one as he knew I couldn't really justify the cost. Since then, I've been hooked although I will say that the classic Pomegranate Noir is not for me. As with all fragrance brands, it's not a case of one scent suits all tastes but I'm sure that there's at least one fragrance to suit everyone. Their Christmas range excites me every year and I love to both give and receive gifts from the brand.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Five Favourites from Huda beauty

Five Favourites, Huda Beauty, Huda Beauty 3D Highlight Palette, Huda Beauty TanTour, Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection, Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer, Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

I'm back with another instalment in my Five Favourites series and today it's all about Huda Beauty. I have to say that it was really tricky to narrow it down to just five products because I genuinely love so many products from the brand. I know that Huda can be seen as quite controversial at times but I'm just focusing on her products and brand rather than the lady herself.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Cleansing Gels for every skin type

Cleansing Gels for every skin type, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel Review, Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel, Paula's Choice Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser, Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser

Regular readers will know that balms are my favourite type of cleanser but there's no doubt that gel cleansers are ideal for mornings as they are refreshing on the skin. I think that most skin types will enjoy them as long as it's not stripping on the skin. They are also perfect for a second cleanse once makeup has been removed. Today I have five to share with you, some of which will suit almost everyone and others, which are targeted at specific needs.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

4 treats for 4 budgets

3 treats for 3 budgets, Catrice, Crystals & Co Jodie Wood Collection, Mugler Aura, Elm Rd Petals Candle

It's that time of the month again where most people go from feeling they're rich on payday to not so flush when all of the direct debits leave the account! If there is still something left and you fancy treating yourself, I have four great products for four budgets to share with you today.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Five stunning nude blushes

The nude blush edit, Charlotte Tilbury First Love, Hourglass Brilliant Nude, Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy, Clarins Cheeky Boum,

Throughout Spring and Summer, I always opt for pinky/peachy/coral blushes but when it comes to Autumn/Winter, I tend to favour nude blush shades. Berry/mauve tones don't always work on me but I feel that blush makes a huge difference to my complexion so it's a step that I can't skip.  A nude blush may seem like an odd product to use but it really does add a little something to the cheeks to warm them up without taking away from the overall makeup look and it works better than just using a bronzer. I've chosen five gorgeous nude blushes to share with you today.

Friday, 20 September 2019

The best beauty deals online at the moment...

The best beauty deals online at the moment, Beauty Advent calendars 2019

These posts always prove to be very popular so I'm back with another beauty bargains post and this month, there are brilliant gift with purchases you need to know about. 

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.
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