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Sunday, 25 September 2022

Some recent fragrance additions

 

New fragrances Autumn 2022, Prada Paradoxe, D by Diesel, Jo Loves Red Truffle, Aerin Amber Musk, Mugler Alien Goddess, Armani Code Eau De Parfum
Anything marked with a * was kindly sent to me, without obligation.

Regular readers will know that I am a fragrance fanatic, so I was delighted to acquire some new ones recently - some gifted and marked with a * and the others are ones that my husband bought for me. I wanted to share my thoughts on them with you today in case you're in the market for a new perfume, or perhaps you're starting your Christmas shopping early - yes, I've said the C word already, but at least it isn't Covid! I have six fragrances in total - one is unisex and one is for men (but I tend to like male fragrances and don't think that there are any strict rules in this regard!). Some are refillable, which I am delighted about and love to see more brands moving in this direction.

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Friday, 23 September 2022

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Eye Creams

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Eye Creams

I feel like you're either team eye cream or you're not! Some people think that they don't make a difference, whereas others (myself included) cannot skip this step in my routine. I think that you need to begin using one before you think that you need to. I began at 21 and am very glad that I did because my lines are very fine. There is nothing wrong with having fine lines or wrinkles - I'm all for the privilege of growing old, however that doesn't necessarily mean that I want to look my age! I'm not one for botox, but as I always say - never say never! Also, eye creams help with more than just lines - they help with puffiness and dark circles too. You don't have to spend a fortune to find an effective eye cream, so I'm sharing three great ones for three different budgets with you today!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Worth the hype? Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation

Worth the hype? Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation

I didn't actually intend not to post for so long, but I wasn't feeling very well and I also thought that most people were probably watching coverage of The Queen's passing/the Royal Family/Her body Lying In State and the funeral. I think that even if you aren't a royalist, it was a moment in history and. quite fascinating for those of us who don't have a monarchy. Moving on, today's post is about my latest foundation obsession - the new Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation. It's been all over social media, so I want to discuss if it's worth the hype...

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Saturday, 10 September 2022

L'Oreal Professional Metal Detox Shampoo and Mask review

L'Oreal Professional Metal Detox Shampoo and Mask review

You probably know at this stage that I'm a bit fanatical about taking care of my hair. When I first became ill with Lyme Disease, I lost around 50% of my hair density, then when Covid first hit, my hair fell out in clumps. It recovered by using the right products and lots of T.L.C. (post here), but I've had Covid 6 times and my hair growth has started again in recent months. On top of that, I have naturally dry and frizzy hair and live in a hard water area, which can affect both the condition and colour of my hair. I pay a lot to get my hair coloured, so I want to ensure that it's going to last and I use products to prevent brassiness. My hairdresser is a balayage and general colour expert, constantly up-skilling and training, so when she used a new product on me in the salon, I decided to buy the at home duo. L'Oreal Professional Metal Detox Shampoo and Mask are two at home products (an oil has been recently added), that can be used to remove build up of mineral deposits in the hair, which cause brassiness. There is also a product in the salon, which cannot be purchased to use at home. This is something that can be used before your colour, or you could go to your salon and use it as a standalone treatment, which will revive your colour. You don't have to be blonde or balayaged, it works on all hair colours.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2022

My top five liquid blushes.....

 

My top five liquid blushes

It's hardly a newsflash at this stage that I have dry skin, so you will know that I generally prefer cream and liquid blushes and highlighters. I've shown you my favourite cream blushes previously, but today I want to share my top five liquid blushes, and if you have dry skin too, I highly suggest you give them a go. Don't worry about application, or your base being disturbed - these honestly couldn't be easier to use! 

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Sunday, 4 September 2022

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Lotus Flower Range

 

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Lotus Flower Range
This range was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I was kindly sent the new Lotus Flower range from Emma Hardie, which I was delighted about as I had missed the event due to a medical appointment, but wanted to know more about the range from one of my favourite brands. There are three products in the range: a Targeted Blemish Treatment, a Treatment Serum and a Treatment Cream. Given that the products are targeted towards oily skin, I didn't think they'd suit me, however they contain ingredients which reduce inflammation and strengthen the skin's barrier, so I thought that I should give them a go. I had mixed results, but it is definitely worth remembering that my skin is dry.

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Friday, 2 September 2022

My top five Charlotte Tilbury skincare products

My top five Charlotte Tilbury skincare products

In July, I showed you my top five Charlotte Tilbury makeup products, and it went down well according to my analytics, so I thought I'd share my top five skincare products from the brand. Initially, I was more interested in the makeup products from the brand, but in the past 2/3 years, I've found that the skincare products have really improved and stand alone as quality products, rather than being "add-ons" to the brand, if you know what I mean. It can be difficult for brands to do skincare and makeup equally well, but some do manage it. Like with the makeup post, I found it very difficult to narrow it down to just five products, but I was very strict with myself. So, here we go!

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