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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

What I loved in November.....

 


Thankfully, November was a less eventful month than October for my husband and I! We're still trying to process all that happened in October, so we decided that November was about doing things that made us happy, no matter how small. 

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Friday, 26 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Fragrance and candles

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Fragrance and candles

Welcome to Day Five of my festive Gift Guides, and this is probably my favourite category, as I absolutely adore fragrances - both personal and home! If you know someone with similar taste, then keep reading!

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Palettes

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Palettes

Welcome to Day Four of my Gift Guides! Today, we're talking palettes and I could probably include 100, but I've narrowed it down and haven't included any from previous years. If you know a palette addict like me, keep reading.....

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: £50+

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: £50+

Welcome to Day Three of my 2021 Christmas Gift Guides! I really hope I'm providing you with some gift inspiration (for yourself, or others!). Today, the budget is above £50, but don't worry as there's nothing too extortionate! I remember once seeing a stocking filler gift guide, with a watch priced at £400 in it! The most I'd spend on a stocking filler is £20, and that's being generous! With that in mind, this is my most expensive gift guide, but there's nothing here that I wouldn't spend my own money on (or already have!). As always, anything gifted to me, will be marked with a *.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: £25-50

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: £25-50

 

Welcome to Day Two of my Gift Guides! Today, we're focusing on the £25-50 price bracket, and as always, anything that was gifted to me will be marked with a *. So, let's get into it!

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Monday, 22 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Under £25

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Under £25
Anything marked with a* was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Welcome to the first of my Christmas Gift Guides of 2021! I know it may seem early, but I like to do my gift guides before Black Friday, so that if you have your eye on anything, you can add it to your basket, and hopefully get a good deal this weekend (although I do have some discount codes included in this post)! I always do giveaways to coincide with my gift guides, but I've noticed in the past that some people unfollow me as soon as they've received their prize, which leaves a sour taste if I'm honest. I think that this year, I will donate some products/sets to the staff at the hospital who took care of my Mam when she had her stroke, and I'll randomly choose some people who leave a comment both here and on Instagram, and send them a private message to say they've won a prize. It feels more sincere to me. This first post is all about gifts under £25, and there really are some bargains to be had!

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Saturday, 20 November 2021

IT Cosmetics Skin Boosters

 

IT Cosmetics Skin Boosters Review
These products were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

This is more of an FYI post, rather than a whole review, as it will take months for me to use all of these, but full reviews will come in time. Most people associate IT Cosmetics with their famous and much-loved CC Cream, but if you are yet to try their skincare, I urge you to, as the products are simply divine! I have yet to try a product that I haven't loved - not just liked, LOVED! When I first saw that they were releasing four targeted boosters, (currently reduced by 25% on Feel Unique), I knew that I'd have to try at least some of them. Fortunately for me, I was very kindly sent all four! Given that I like to test skincare products for a good 6-8 weeks (depending on the product), before posting a review, it will take time for me to give you thorough reviews, as I said, but I thought that I'd give you some information about each one for the moment, because most people tend to switch up some skincare products as the seasons change.

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Thursday, 18 November 2021

My current favourite nude lip picks

My current favourite nude lip picks
None of these products were gifted to me.


No matter what the time of year, I just cannot resist a nude lip! Yes, I'll try a coral in Summer, a berry in Autumn and a red for Christmas, but my go-to will always be a nude, because it's easy and works with all eye looks. Today, I want to share my current six top nude lip products.....

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Tuesday, 16 November 2021

The colder months skincare additions/switch up......


Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm Review, Winter skincare for dry skin, L'Occitane Immortelle Reset, Oskia Super 16 Serum, Dermalogica Melting Moisture Masque, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligaton.

While September's weather confused us, with some very sunny days, there is no doubting that it is Autumn now and the temperature really has dropped. Given this, I've added a few more products into my routine, to help combat any dry patches and keep my skin happy. I'm still using the majority of products that I've shown you over the past few months, but I've added a few new (or repurchased) ones in too.

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Thursday, 11 November 2021

The best Singles’' Day deals....

 

The best SIngles' Day deals

Just when you thought that you might leave your Christmas shopping (or treating yourself!) to Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Singles' Day comes along, and makes you think twice about waiting another fortnight when there are brilliant deals to be had now! I've rounded up what I think are the best deals - some sites offer a discount, but it's no more than they offer several times throughout the year, but I want more than that!

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Monday, 8 November 2021

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Drama Ink Review & Swatches

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Drama Ink Review & Swatches
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Since around May/June of this year, so many brands have released lip products. Last year, there wasn't much point, because we all wore masks, pretty much all the time, apart from when at home, but now that the world is opening up, people have more opportunities to show off their full face of makeup, which includes a lip product. Personally, I'm still wearing a mask every time I leave the house (I even double masked when we went to the cinema to see Bond!), however, I like knowing that I have a nice lip product on underneath, preferably one that won't budge, so I was delighted to be sent some of the new Lancôme  L'Absolu Rouge Drama Ink to try.

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Saturday, 6 November 2021

Taking care of my hair with Olaplex and Scentsational!

Olaplex hair results. Scentsational Olaplex discount


Scentsational* is a site that I recently became acquainted with (but they've been in business since 1999!) and let me tell you, there are some bargains to be had on there (and they won't be beaten on their Black Friday prices), but they sell more than fragrances, as the name would suggest. One example is Olaplex, which you know I love and want to tell about the difference it has made to my hair today.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021

Fenty beauty loves.....

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

When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017, she took the beauty world by storm! Every skin tone was catered for, with 40 shades of foundation (pretty much unheard of at the time, but other brands have since caught up), there were queues just to get to the counters - it was unlike any brand launch we'd seen in years! I bought the original Pro Filt'r Foundation and reviewed it here, but the hydrating version suits my dry skin better (review here). Since then, I've bought a few more products (the cream bronzer is the best I've used), and I was also kindly sent some products (and some skincare, but that's for another day), which I've been testing, and want to share my thoughts on today.....

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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Charlotte Tilbury Cryotherapy Skincare Review

 

Charlotte Tilbury Cryotherapy Skincare Review
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

If you've read any of my posts over the past 6 weeks, you'll know that I was very ill for 4-6 weeks, beginning in August. What really alarmed me was how my skin reacted, either to the illness, or the medication (it's difficult to tell which, as the meds were changed a few times to find the right combination, but also to try to get rid of the infection completely, which proved to be very difficult. My skin felt like it was on fire, from head to toe, but it was also severely dehydrated - I could not get enough water into me, my lips felt shrivelled up and my hands need constant re-application of hand cream. I even drew blood and had what looked like cat scratches on my arms, but it was actually me doing it, when I was asleep. When I was awake, I was tormented and was constantly applying oils, lotions, mists etc. It was around this time that Charlotte Tilbury released her Cryotherapy range and the P.R. girls very kindly sent me the mask, eye cream and some other products, in the hope that they would help my burning skin. There were also a lot of tears, which lead to very puffy eyes (my Father in Law died and my mother has a stroke in the space of two weeks), so I was very curious about how it would help reduce puffy eyes and a puffy face, in general. How did I get on.....

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