31 December 2014

Favourite MMU Post of 2014

Before we welcome 2015 I wanted to share with you my favourite blog posts that I wrote this year. I scrawled through 193 posts and managed to narrow it down to my top 6. These aren't the 6 which received the highest number of page views or even the most comments, but these are the 6 I enjoyed writing the most. So grab a cup of tea and get comfy -

What Product Can't You Live Without?
My Makeup Story
What's in My Dads Wash Bag
Best Beauty Advice You've Ever Heard
Favourite Drugstore Foundations
Best Ways To Re-use Sh*t Beauty Products

Which blog post did you love writing this year? Leave a link below! 

30 December 2014

New Year Beauty Resolutions

This year I have decided not to make the usual New Year resolutions. Instead I'm making (and hopefully sticking to) these beauty resolutions. Join me if you wish, they aren't unrealistic and won't make you feel like a bad person when you forget to implement them.

- Give my makeup bag a detox
- Chuck away mascara after 3 months
- Start using eye cream everyday
- Wear fragrance more often
- Don't forget to use heat defence
- Moisturise my body every other day

What is your beauty resolution going to be?

24 December 2014

Soft, Luxurious Waves Hair Tutorial

My aim is to have mermaid-esque hair on Christmas Day and I've been playing with the Babyliss Salon Soft Waves from their Boutique range to achieve the perfect look. The chunky barrel helps to create loose bed-head waves a la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I found that the barrel is extremely long (34mm) - great for long haired ladies. Whether you're corralled at home with family all day or you're off out for Christmas dinner, this look is my favourite way to get effortless, goddess-like curls. This only takes me around 15 minutes to complete - more time to play with presents and indulge in some festive telly. 

Products used Babyliss Salon Soft Waves *, Bouffe Colourless Spray* and Moroccan Hair Hairspray

1. Separate your hair into two sections. Starting from the back, take an inch section of hair and curl away from your face. Try to keep the curler horizontal and don't overlap hair.
2. Hold in place for 10-15 seconds and as you release the hair hold the curl in your palm for 10 seconds to cool slightly. This will help the waves last longer.
3. Continue this technique all over making sure you curl away from your face.
4. Now you have a head full of curls, spray a texturizing spray onto roots to add volume.I used Bouffe Colourless Spray and massaged the product into my hair.
5. If you wanted tight curls you could leave your hair like this. Spray with hairspray and you're ready to go!
6. I wanted to create soft, luxurious waves for this look so I gently brushed out the curls and sprayed lightly with hairspray. 
7. Add a swipe of lipstick and you're ready to begin the festive celebrations!

Check out the Babyliss Youtube channel to see a how-to video here. Babyliss Salon Soft Waves retails at £40.00 and is available to purchase here.

22 December 2014

Bomb Cosmetics Christmas Candles

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Throughout Winter I like to surround myself in a shrine-like fashion with my favourite festive candles. As soon as the colder weather arrives I'm hunting down the most scrumptious scented candle I can find. This year I welcome the Bomb Cosmetics hand poured candles to fill my house with an edible festive fragrance.

First up is 'Candy Cane'* which is housed in a cute, baby blue tin. As you can probably guess by the name this is a sweet scent with notes of caramel and vanilla. The fragrance is truly delicious and the hint of cinnamon gives it a Christmas-y feel.

'Secret Santa'* is my favourite of the two. Before even lighting the thing I can smell the spicy ginger and vanilla fragrance. This is one of those good-enough-to-eat scents. I love that this hand poured candle has a light dusting of glitter on top. Both products would make perfect stocking fillers.

I will happily enjoy burning both of these over Christmas whilst indulging in mince pies and Quality Streets. Both candles retail for £7.99 and burn for approximately 35 hours. 

21 December 2014

Glitter Nail Polishes

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It doesn't quite feel like Christmas if your nails are lacquered up with shimmering shards of glitter. I've cobbled together the best of my glitter bunch which are perfect for the festive season. Glitter nail polishes are a pain to remove but these little beauties make it all worth while. Get ready to feel jazzy...

Makeup Gallery Time To Shine 'Pink Diamond'
No7 Nail Effects 'Sun Rays'
No7 Stay Perfect 'Twinkle Glitter'
Barry M Nail Paint 'Liquorice'
No7 Stay Perfect 'Disco Nights'

Christmas mani sorted. Whether you like to go the whole hog and paint each nail with glitter or just stick to an accent nail, I hope there is something for you.

19 December 2014

Discovery Club Classics Collection Box

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The Discovery Club Box* celebrates its 2nd anniversary and to mark the occasion they have launched their biggest box yet. The 'Classics Collection Box' contains 10 fragrance samples and £60 worth of savings in vouchers, meaning if you like any of the samples you can treat yourself, friends or family to the full-sized product. The special birthday box includes -
Givenchy Very Irresistible EDT
Thierry Mugler Angel EDT
Paco Rabanne Eau My Gold EDT
Nina Ricci Nina EDT
Jimmy Choo EDP
Lacoste Touch of Pink EDT
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDP
Hugo Boss Bottled EDT
Paco Rabanne Invictus EDT
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme EDT
The box also contains an adorable mini bottle of Estee Lauder Modern Muse. This jam-packed birthday box would make an ideal gift for someone special or alternatively makes a lovely treat for yourself. A yearly subscription costs £20 and you receive four boxes. Members are free to cancel at any point. Sign up here.

17 December 2014

Red Lip & Glistening Skin: Christmas Makeup

Whether it be with friends, family or colleagues, I'm here to help you pre-select your Christmas party makeup. My beauty regime does change for Christmas parties. I like to add a little more shimmer around the festive season. I'm going to talk you through my go-to holiday party look which includes a classic red lip and glistening skin.

Starting with the base - apply an illuminating primer all over. May I suggest the Temple Spa Look On The Brightside illuminator*. This liquid highlighter contains a cocktail of skin-loving ingredients such as vitamin B3, pomegranate, red clover and ginger & mint extract. It adds instant radiance and creates a perfect base. Follow with a foundation and concealer of your choice.

The focus of this look is the lips so keep eye makeup simple. Wash a champagne colour all over your lids a lightly smudge a brown liner along your top lash line. Frame the eyes furthermore with the Makeup Revolution Brow Tint and Eyeko Eyedo Mascara. To get super-white bright eyes keep Murine Bright and Moist Eye Drops* in your handbag. The liquid gel consistency helps to keep the drops in your eyes.

Moving onto the classic red lip. Start off by lining the lips with a lip liner in a similar shade. I'm a fan of the No7 Lip Pencils. Trace slightly outside of your natural lip line and fill in. Apply your desired red lipstick straight from the bullet for full impact.

That's my Christmas day makeup look all sorted! Will you be wearing a similar look? 

16 December 2014

Degustabox November Review

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It's that time of month again when I review Degustabox. This months offering is a savoury-based selection of delectable treats.

Pip Organic Cloudy Apple Juice
You can't go wrong with organic fruit juice and these little bottles from Pip Organic were lovely. Not too sweet and not too water-y.
Holy Cow Curry Sauce
As a curry lover I couldn't wait to give these a go. The sachet of sauce is super easy to use and cooks within a few minutes. It didn't taste like it came from a packet, I'd really recommend these if you're usually in a rush at tea time.
Cool Dawn Recovery Drinks
Designed to cure a hangover. I'm yet to have a hangover so I'll keep this in the fridge in case I have one to many this Christmas. I've heard the taste isn't great but that they do work!
Branston Caramelised Onion Chutney
I haven't tried this as I'm not a fan of onion but Branston is such a popular brand, this would make a great addition to a Christmas hamper!
Kent's Kitchen Flavour Shots
These little cubes are ideal when you want a quick meal but don't want to scrimp on the taste or quality. I added one shot to some diced chicken breast and made fajitas wraps. It wasn't too spicy either, a definite repurchase!
Drink Me Chai Latte
This was presented as a 'sample present' as everything else was full sized. I haven't tried Chai before but my Mum enjoys it so I passed this onto her - she loved it!
Kettle Chips in Limited Edition Salsa & Mesquite
I adore Kettle Chips so was pleased to see they have launched some new flavours this season. This limited edition bag was very tasty and very moreish. I'll be checking out instore what else they have to offer!
Montano Cider 
As I'm not a big cider drinking I'll be adding this to someone's Christmas hamper as it looks like a nice product. This medium-dry cider is the perfect accompaniment to an Italian cuisine.
Lindor My Melting Moment
Lindt chocolate is a favourite of mine and these Melting Moments are really something special. Almost too good to share!

Another great Degustabox. If you have any foodie friends or love to discover new brands and products yourself, this would make a perfect Christmas present! Get £3 off your first order using the code - EA7L9
Get your own Degustabox online here. 

15 December 2014

Winter Primers

So you've sorted out your winter skincare routine, time to tackle winter makeup must-haves; or more specificity - primers. Primers are designed to make your makeup stay on longer, give your skin a subtle shimmer, blur fine lines or can reduce redness. I've found four to get you through the party season.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights in Pink Light £11.99
I have spoken about my love for this many times before. This priming gem works a treat on dull, winter skin. The shimmery pink shade works best on fair skin and creates a dewy complexion. I like to use this mixed with my foundation for a natural but radiant glow.
Temple Spa Look On The Bright Side* £30.00
A champagne coloured liquid illuminator that brightens and warms up your complexion. The added skincare benefits this has is a bonus. I apply this under my base for a subtle shimmer. I'll add a little extra to my cheekbones which sculpts them and catches the light. The sheer formula provides instant party-ready radiance.
L'oreal Lumi Magique Base £9.99
For a no-fuss glow apply this all over. The lightweight liquid has a pearlescent finish and can be mixed in with your daily moisturiser to wake up over-partied skin. A little goes a long way making this product a great budget buy.
Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer £12.99
Well it's clear Revlon know how to make a good primer. At this time of year there is no doubt there will be plenty of photo opportunities. This primer is designed to disguise pores and fine lines whilst smoothing out the skin. I find my skin always looks 10x better when wearing this in photo's.

Which primer do you like the sounds of most?

12 December 2014

Gift Guide: Beauty Edition

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The 25th is looming ever closer and I'am yet to buy all my presents. Here is some inspiration in the form of beauty gifts. Hope it helps!

Redken Blonde Idol Duo + Free Maybelline Mascara £27.75
For those Blonde ladies in your life who deserve a little luxe. This Redken set includes the Blonde Idol Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Conditioner and also contains a Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara.
Blue Beards Revenge EDT Set £24.99(LINK)
A fragrant gift set perfect for any man in your life. This includes a refreshing EDT and reviving shower gel. Both products smell so good he won't dare touch your shower gel again.
Ted Baker Hang Out With Ted £22.50(LINK)
Four fragrance miniatures to suit every occasion. These little Eau De Toilettes look cute hanging on your tree.
Orla Kiely Mini Reed Diffusers £26.00(LINK)
Who doesn't love a mini? Three 30ml bottles in Fig Tree, Primrose and Bergamot and Earl Grey. These look adorable dotted around the house.
No7 Lip Treats £16.00
A wearable collection of four pretty lip glaces and one glossy pink lip crayon. A must-have for lip lovers.
No7 Bright and Beautiful Skincare Collection £14.00
Skincare can be tricky to buy for other people. Opt for a mini set like this one from No7. A selection of 6 best-selling products.
Ted Baker Stroke of Midnight £20.00
A gorgeous travel case with five mini brushes. Includes everything you'd need to apply makeup on-the-go!
Ted Baker The Claim To Flame £18.00(LINK)
You don't see enough candles targeted towards men which is why I adore this set. The irresistible 100ml cologne and candle duo is sure to go down well.

P.S Did you see my post featuring some must-have stocking fillers

10 December 2014

Winter Skincare Favourites

It's a no-brainer that winter weather plays havoc with our skin. As we welcome mulled wine and mince pies we also say hello to dry, dull skin. If like me, your goal is to avoid the sallow winter complexion that affects so many of us - sit close and listen up.

1. To combat dry skin I like to swap my regular moisturiser for an oil. I'm currently rotating between Bio Oil and Trilogy Rosehip Oil. I apply 2-3 drops in my palm and warm up before applying all over my face and neck. Oils help you achieve a subtle glow and repair dryness.
2. If you're not a fan of oil but still want to encourage moisture opt for a hydrating serum to use in conjunction with your moisturiser. This skincare technique will really offer an extra boost of much-need hydration. The Avene  Optimale Soothing Hydrating Serum is a firm favourite of mine. The serum contains glycerin which improves the skins hydration, suppleness and comfort. I love the way this leaves my skin feeling silky soft and prepped for makeup.
3. Using an alcohol-free toner in the winter is important as it avoids drying out your skin further. Although not a necessary skincare step, it may help if your skin feels tight after cleansing. Using something like the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist will restore and hydrate your winter complexion. This refreshing mist soothes and refreshes skin - exactly what I need on a cold December morning.
4. Exfoliation in the winter is an important step. To remove dry, flaky skin cells you should use an exfoliator 2-3 times a week. I enjoy using the Botanics All Bright Face Scrub which is enriched with brightening hibiscus to leave skin brighter and smoother.

What are your winter skincare tips? 

7 December 2014

Feeling Festive

As the first week of December comes to an end I can't help but feel not very Christmas-y. I've had some mulled wine, I've dug out the decorations and I've de-iced my car but I'm still not in the festive spirit. If you're feeling the same do not fret my friend, I have five remedies up my sleeve that should rustle up some festive flavour in your belly quicker than you can say "bah humbug".

1. My first tip is easy, time to whip out the festive makeup items. I'm talking red lips and glittery peepers. The new Reds Collection from L'oreal is guaranteed to have a shade to suit you. On the eyes, nothing quite says Christmas like a bit of glitter and the Collection Glam Crystal Liners (£2.99) are a fool-proof way to incorporate some sparkle. With these I like to first apply my usual black liquid liner and then layer this on top. A swipe of these two is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.
2. Not one for Christmassy makeup? Opt for a festive lip balm instead - The Body Shop have launched a range of limited edition products in time for Christmas including the Glazed Apple collection. To make your mistletoe kisses extra sweet this year use the Glazed Apple Lip Balm* (£3.99). Although I do not advise eating this, it does taste extremely delicious.
3. A trip to LUSH is sure to make you feel, and smell, all festive. They always bring out amazingly scented products at this time of year such as the much loved Snow Fairy range and Yog Nog - a new favourite of mine. Yog Nog Soap is a wonderfully thick and creamy soap designed to make your mouth water. It has buttery fudge and cocoa butter scent making it sweet but not sickly.
4. Nothing says it's winter time like the unwelcome reappearance of dry, flaky skin. It's time to up your bodycare routine and start using products aimed at combating the effects of colder weather. Dove have recently launched their limited edition Winter Care range which has been created to winter-proof skin. The Dove Winter Care Cream* (£3.29) is a rich moisturiser which offers intense hydration whilst enveloping dry skin with a layer of nourishment.
5. Another tip would be to crack out those candles. They don't have to be the festive-scented variety, just having a lit candle can make a room feel cosy & Christmassy. I'm liking the new Residence Candles from Ted Baker (£28)*. I have the fragrance 'Athens', a fig leave and olive blossom scent. The candle is beautifully housed in a white textured ceramic vessel.
6. If all else fails - it's time to put on Elf.

See my other Christmas themed posts here to get you in the mood! 

5 December 2014

Gift Guide: Beauty Stocking Fillers

It's now less than four weeks to Christmas! If like me you still have some presents to get, here are a selection of stocking fillers; all beauty based of course.

All these products are under £10 and easily accessible. Stocking fillers make lovely little gifts for friends and family or help bulk out a larger gift. First up is the Chapstick Delicious Lips Kit (£1.99 Savers) - this cute little tin contains three best-selling chapsticks to help keep pouts soft and tasting delicious this winter. The compact tin is a must-have and suits all ages. A more seasonal treat comes in the form of the LUSH Hot Toddy Shower Gel (£3.95), this limited edition product is sure to go down well with Lush-lovers. The deep red shimmering gel has a beautiful cinnamon and ginger scent, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you're after a more refreshing shower product opt for something like the I Love...Mini Box of Love (£3.00 Primark) which features a bubble bath & shower gel creme, moisturising body lotion and shower puff. These are available in a range of different scents such as mango & papaya or strawberries & cream. Sticking to the bathing theme, another budget-friendly option comes from beauty brand Argan Body available from Poundland. They have a selection of products infused with Moroccan Argan Oil which are designed to nourish the skin and leave it feeling silky soft. May I suggest the Argan Body Shower Cream or the Creamy Bath, both make affordable stocking fillers.

Another good gift idea is nail varnish. I love picking out shades that I think my friends will love. Brands I would recommend include Barry M, No7, Rimmel, Maybelliene and The Body Shop. If you're quick Boots usually have a 3 for 2 offer on - 1 for you 2 for me seems fair.

Skincare can be quite tricky to buy for other people. Go for travel sized products or fail safe items such as face masks. The sachets you can buy make great little presents. Face and body brand Squeeky Clean from Poundland have lots of budget-friendly items such as the Pore Pow Wow Face Mask. The cute pink packaging stands out in hampers. A more luxe bodycare product I'd recommend gifting is the Dove Purely Pampering Body Oil (£8.99). I have been a fan of this for months and I think it would be a lovely present to receive. I sweep this on after a shower, it sinks in quickly without feeling greasy and smells incredible.

One for those glow getters - Cocoa Brown Bronzed and Beautiful Set (£7.95). This includes the 1 Hour Tan, a personal favourite, Tough Stuff Body Scrub and Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanner. The kit is perfect for getting a natural-looking winter tan and comes packaged in a girly pink box.

P.s Did you see my post on the 6 Beauty Gifts You Shouldn't Buy

4 December 2014

Make Up Gallery - New To Poundland

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Would you believe me if I told you each item of makeup pictured above costs £1? Well, it does. Make up Gallery is a new beauty brand available from Poundland. They have a whole array of products from lip liners, nail polishes, bronzers, eye shadow and much more. I've been testing out some products from the new collection to see whether these budget beauty buys are actually any good.

The first item I was intrigued to try out was the Pro Liquid Liner. I'm hooked between Eyeko Skinny Liner and Seventeen Tattoo Me but wanted to see if this bargain-buy could give them a run for their money. The thin brush allowed for precise application and it didn't smudge like I was expecting. I'm really impressed with this, the quality matches that of its most esteemed counterparts. A product I was slightly nervous to try was the Gorgeous Flawless Long Lasting Foundation. Now, I'm no makeup snob but I was a little dubious to try a £1 foundation. This doesn't feel cakey, offers medium coverage and creates a silky veil. Next up was the Smoothly Does It Pressed Powder. Whilst I don't think you have to spend a fortune on powder I found this to be a bit chalky and didn't do much. I also tested the Good To Glow Matte Bronzer. I was pleasantly pleased to find they did a matte version as it can be difficult to come across these on the highstreet. I tested the shade 'Matte Medium 2' which was slightly too orange for my liking but I'd be happy to use the lighter shade if it wasn't as dark. Another pressed powder came in the form of the Feeling Blush Blusher. The super soft formula contains Vitamin E and has good colour pay-off, not a bad product.

A product I wasn't as keen on was the Hide & Chic Concealer. It's a lipstick style concealer that seemed to drag my skin when applying it under my eyes. It wasn't very hydrating either but may be ok for minor blemishes. Alternatively, I loved the All About The Pout Lipstick - the formula is moisturising, it glides on smoothly and comes in a whole host of shades. I also tried the Lengthening Mascara which I found it to be pretty average but for £1 I wasn't expecting too much. I adored the single eye shadows, they have a almost creamy texture and satin finish to them. I'd definitely picked up some more colours. The pencil liners aren't bad too, not hard like other budget brands. I have a feeling they make irritate sensitive eyes however.

The affordable range is perfect for trying out new colours on a budget. Some of the products are a bit hit and miss but my favourites from the range are photographed in the second picture. I'd definitely recommend checking out Make Up Gallery at your local Poundland.

Would you try make up that only costs £1?

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3 December 2014

6 Beauty Gifts You Shouldn't Buy

So, by now you've read a handful of gift guides on what to buy loved ones this year, but what you haven't been told is what not to buy. There are some beauty gifts out there you really should avoid if you still want friends.

1. Any anti-ageing beauty products unless they have been specifically asked for. 
2. Product designed to remove cellulite, dandruff or bad breath. 
3. Makeup palettes with over 50 different eye shadow colours. Unless they're a budding makeup artist, she's unlikely to use them all. 
4. Fragrance is a tricky one if you don't know what they wear already. Go for one of those sample boxes which contain testers so the receiver can choose their own scent. 
5. Skincare is another hard product to buy for other people. If you really want to, go for mini sized products.
6. Bath beads/cubes. No one has used these since the 80's. 

1 December 2014

Everyday Eye Makeup

When it comes to eye makeup, I definitely have a signature look. After watching 100's of makeup tutorials and testing tones of different products I have now found a selection of makeup items that work for me and can get me ready in 5 minutes.

Firstly I start off by applying foundation to my eyelids. I don't use an eye shadow primer as I find this helps product stay on longer and go on better. I tend to stick to eye shadow shades that echo those naturally found on lids. To neutralise my peepers I'll wash a light shade all over using my fingers. I like the Lola Satin Eye Shadow '019' as it has a subtle hint of shimmer. Next I'll take a matte taupe colour and apply it to my crease. I make sure this is blended out with the Liz Earle Eye colour* brush to keep it looking natural. Recently I've been using the Make Up Gallery Colour Story Shadow in 'Cappuccino'* as it has great colour pay-off and only costs a £1! Now the eye shadow is done it's time to whip out the liner. As fellow winged-liner gals will know, this process can take anything from 30 seconds to 10 minutes to perfect - depending if the makeup gods are on your side that day. My holy grail eye liner is the Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liner. Once set, this does not budge for anything or anyone. After the hardest part of the look is done I'll finish off with a layer of mascara. My current go-to mascara is the Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume. I love drugstore mascaras (see my top 3 here) and this is brilliant. I find this great for curling and adding length to my lashes for that 'woah are you wearing false eye lashes?' look. My final step is brows. I don't like to mess with my brows too much but as the hairs are quite long I need something to keep them in place. I've been using the Maybelline Brow Sculpting Mascara which is a tinted gel that helps to set your brows. The weird brush took a little getting used to but now it's grown on me.

That's my everyday eye makeup routine and all the products I reach for. What is your daily eye makeup look? 

30 November 2014

Stop Saving Things For Best

We all have those special products which we save for 'best'. We hide away the lovely things that make us feel amazing because we feel like we don't deserve a treat. Saving things for best is silly, and something I do myself. We are waiting for a more deserving occasion that may or may not ever come. We are alive right now and who knows when our time will end? I say light that fancy candle, wear Chanel to Tesco, use that expensive lipstick and pour the luxury bath foam with abandon. Stop saving things for best and enjoy them now, whilst you still can.

Are you guilty of saving things for best?

29 November 2014

Get Ready This Christmas With Joan Collins Beauty

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For those glamorous ladies in your life, Joan Collins has an array of luxury beauty gifts for you to give this year. The Timeless Beauty collection consists of luxurious skincare, makeup and fragrances. The range aims to channel the passion, elegance, attitude and vision of Joan Collins herself. Get ready to feel sassy.

A sophisticated compact mirror may be a good gift choice for those who like to touch up on-the-go. This 4x magnifying mirror is decorated with 288 crystals and comes in a black velvet pouch. Eyebrows frame the face so it's important to invest in a compact that can give you natural looking brows. This Brow & Eye Definition kit contains a brown powder, a charcoal powder to deepen the eyebrow tone, a highlighter and a setting wax. It also includes mini tweezers, an angled brush and spoolie. I love that this compact perfect for travelling. If you know someone who loves their liner why not treat them to a glamourous-looking eyeliner? I love the pigment and staying power of the Frame Line Eyeliner. The wand allows the product to glide on effortlessly and the packaging looks very fancy!

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is available to buy online here, from QVC and Urban Retreat at Harrods. 

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26 November 2014

New In From The Body Shop

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When it comes to good-enough-to-eat scented beauty products, The Body Shop wins every time. The newest releases are no exception so get ready for a flurry of heart-eyed emojis. There's a whole heap of new product launches and I'm here to help you choose what to buy because I love you; and I love The Body Shop more.

Feeling festive? There are plenty of seasonal appropriate scents for you to indulge in. 'Glazed Apple' is new for 2014 and smells even better than you'd imagine. The cute lip balm pictured above would make an adorable stocking filler. If you fancy something sweeter, the 'Vanilla Brûlée' collection will satisfy that sweet tooth. The creamy, indulgent scent really lingers on the skin so others can enjoy it too. 

It's easy to forget The Body Shop also have a range of makeup. 100% Vegan and cruelty free are words not usually associated with nail varnish. The Colour Crush polishes come in 26 mood-lifting shades. They apply smoothly, dry quickly and last around 5 days with a top coat. 'Relish The Moment' is the perfect festive red to paint your finger tips with. Channel the cold winter weather too with the new Frosted Pastels Eye Palette. The festive-themed compact contains 4 frosty shades, a double-ended brush and generous sized mirror.

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Red Musk perfume oil is a spicy, warm fragrance perfect for the festive season. Red Musk perfume oil is a spicy, warm fragrance perfect for the colder months. It contains notes of pepper, cinnamon, tobacco and musk. The mix sounds quite heavy but it's the opposite. The perfume manages to remain elegant and feminine without using any floral or sweet scents. This is a very unique woman's perfume which kinda smells like being hugged by a man.

To get you through the busy months ahead, The Body Shop has recently launched the new Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate. The formula is packed with stem cells of a rare flower that grows in Alpine air. This flower, Edelweiss, has incredible resilience abilities, so it can thrive through harsh temperatures - this can be used in skincare to encourage skin renewal, promising a youthful-looking glow to the eyes with regular application. The roller ball applicator helped to cool and soothe the under-eye area. The product itself feels very light-weight and makes concealer go on beautifully.

I'm suddenly feeling all festive! What's on your Christmas wishlist from The Body Shop?

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25 November 2014

Comfort Zone Makeup

We all have those foolproof items of clothing we reach for when we're stuck in a rut. That dress which works for any occasion or those shoes you're guaranteed to get complimented on. When it comes to makeup I'm pretty much the same. I have a selection of beauty products that I know I can rely on 100%. I know they work for me and can boost my confidence in an instance.

Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer
This classic crowd pleaser is a concealer must-have for me. I have repurchased this so many times I've lost count. Blemishes, dark circles, love bites..this budget-buy covers them all.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
The foundation I trust the most. I know this will last all day, provide full coverage and matches my skintone perfectly. I don't wear this everyday but instead save it for special occasions such as job interviews, events or just when I want my skin looking it's best.
Max Factor Flipstick in Gipsy Red
This doubled-ended lipstick features one creamy colour and one shimmery shade. I always swipe on this lipstick when I need a pick-me-up as it instantly brightens my complexion. It's a gorgeous orange-y red shade which looks great against pale skin.
Bourjois One Seconde Volume Mascara
This has been my go-to mascara ever since I've had it. It's brilliant at lengthening and curling lashes. If I want my eyelashes looking their best I'll opt for this.
Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Liner
I have mentioned this product a few times on here already. This liner has to be the best, long-lasting liquid liner I've tried. It really doesn't budge all day, a drugstore must-have.
No7 Lip Liner in Blush 
My go-to lip liner brand of choice. These have a smooth creamy formula and are easy to apply without leaving a harsh, unnatural looking line. 'Blush' is a light red, natural looking shade.
L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer
I love a glowy complexion, I'll choose that any day over a matte finish. I adore liquid highlighters, and with it's cool-toned frosty white shade, this is ideal for fair complexions. I apply a generous amount of this all over under my base then dot a little more over foundation on my cheekbones.

What makeup products feature in your comfort zone line up?

24 November 2014

Favourite Drugstore Foundations

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse £5.99
This is a liquid mousse so it has quite a thick texture but still blends into the skin easily and doesn't feel cakey. I have the shade 'Ivory' which is the second lightest and is a tad too dark for my pale skin. It has pink, almost grey undertone to it. I apply this with my RT flat foundation brush to get maximum coverage. This foundation leaves skin looking flawless and does a good job at covering redness and blemishes. The coverage is full/medium, I find I don't need to use concealer for my spots when I use this. I would describe the finish as velvety as it's not completely matte. 
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum £10.99
The gel based formula is light, gives a natural finish and has a subtle radiance to it. I use either shade 51 or 52 both of which have yellow undertones and are perfect for counteracting redness. I like to use a buffing brush to apply this as you can build up coverage easily without it looking cakey. I still need to use a concealer with this but it's good for evening out skintone and adding radiance. I think this would be a good option for those with dry skin or simply as a winter foundation.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude £8.99
This is a lighter version of the original Lasting Finish Foundation. On the skin this looks very natural whilst offering medium coverage. It conceals minor blemishes but I still need to use concealer for a couple of angry spots. In terms of lasting power - it's good. I can get a good days worth out of it even with numerous public transport journeys. I can't comment on it's 25 hour claims because does anyone actually wear their foundation for over a day? The texture is easy-to-blend and feels like you're wearing nothing on your skin. The finish isn't matte but it's not dewy either. It's a happy medium between the two and feels hydrating. I love that Rimmel have added lighter shades to their foundation range. I'm using the shade 'Ivory' which is the third lightest and is perfect for my pale skin. I definitely think this would be a good foundation for fellow pale people. The SPF 20 is also a bonus. 

Do you have a favourite drugstore foundation? 

23 November 2014

New Beauty Bits

It has been a while since I bought some new beauty products so I decided to treat myself to a few things I had been lusting after.

I have loved Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb for a while now and finally it's mine. The fragrance is unlike anything I've tried before. As the name suggests it has a floral scent but isn't too overpowering. It's a unique concoction of orange, jasmine, fressia and rose with a woody base note of patchouli. This smells so lovely I have to force myself to use it everyday instead of saving it for special occasions. I've been after a festive red lipstick for the upcoming party season and the new 'Pure Reds Collection' from L'oreal seemed like the perfect place to look. The new limited edition range consists of four custom-made red shades to suit different skintones. I opted for Julianne Moore's shade which is a slightly pink, orange-y red colour. This has a matte finish and stains your lips well. My fellow blonde friend recently recommended the Bleach London Silver Shampoo. Her hair always looks bright so I look forward to giving this shampoo a go. I absolutely love the Bleach London branding.

What beauty bits have you picked up lately? 

22 November 2014

Eye pads

On a recent trip to TK Maxx I came across the IntensivEye Collagen Under-Eye Pads. Not one to turn down trying something new I thought I'd give them a go. These semi-circle shaped, floppy, pre-moistened cloths are designed to combat puffiness and dark circles. A box contains 5 sachets which each reveal two pads. You simply place one under each eye, sit back and relax for 20 minutes.

Despite the questionable gloopy texture, once removed my under-eye bags are less noticeable. I keep these in the fridge so they have a nice cool, soothing effect. I think these would be great for flights, hangovers or allergies. They didn't do a great deal for my dark circles and they definitely aren't miracles worker but at £4.99 for 5 you can't expect too much.

21 November 2014

Liquid Lipstick Must-Haves

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Liquid lipsticks are nothing new but I reach for them more during the party season because of their extreme longevity. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, these are long-lasting glosses which provide optimum coverage in just one, quick swipe. Once dried down these usually don't budge. Perfect for mince pie-eating, Christmas-kissing and New Year's Eve-partying.

Barry M Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colour £3.99
You only need a tiny amount of product as a little goes along way. Because of the super pigmentation you really need a mirror to apply these and I found using a lip brush made application easier. The Barry M Loud Mouth Lip Colours are more pigmented than your standard lip gloss; I like to call these lip glosses for grown ups. The staying power is good, they do start to fade after a couple of hours. I'd wear one of these on a night out as they are very loud looking and not for the faint hearted, or for kissing.
A.K.A Lip Gloss £7.00
If you're after a glossy stain that doesn't feel gloopy, look no further. The bud-like applicator makes this quick and easy to apply. The bold colour just needs one coat and lasts around 6-7 hours.
Rimmel Apocalips £5.99
Rimmel can do no wrong when it comes to lip products in my eyes. Apocalips are glossy, opaque tubes of drugstore good-ness. Because of the intense colour pay-off things can get messy so keep a cotton bud to hand. To make this last longer, apply once then blot and repeat. I love the wide range of colours and textures these are available in.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet £8.99
A more creamier, lighter version of Rimmel's take on liquid lipstick. These apply smoothly because of the velvet finish but once dried down they leave a matte stain. The powdery finish doesn't budge at all making this the perfect 'winter date' lipstick as you don't need to worry about touching up and can concentrate fully on that gentleman's beard.
L'oreal Color Riche L'Extraordinaire £8.99
Unlike the usual wax-based lip products this gloss is made using micro-oils infused with pigment. This blend creates incredible shine and softness in just one swipe. It has the intense colour pay-off of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss and the softness of a balm. I love how smoothly this applies without feeling sticky or heavy. Because of it's super shiny finish you do have to reapply after eating or drinking. Great for those who aren't a fan of mattes.

Are you a liquid lipstick lover?

19 November 2014

Is This A Dupe For Bio Oil?

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Bio Oil is a cult classic beauty product renowned for fading the appearance of stretch marks. Millions of women swear by the product and when something gets that much hype it is inevitable that a cheaper dupe will follow. The Derma V10 Rescue Oil is similar to Bio Oil minus the price tag. It aims to help improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars and blemished skin. I've been trialling both oils to see how they compare to each other. 

Both bottles have an orange colour to them. I would say the Bio Oil has a more pleasant, comforting smell making it better to use in the bath. In terms of texture, there really isn't a great deal of difference. After applying both products separately to different limbs both feel equally as soft. Bio Oil is slightly greasier whereas the Rescue Oil sinks in quicker. However, the Bio Oil did a better job at fading stretch marks. If you're after something to specifically get rid of stretch marks I would opt for Bio Oil but, if you are just looking for an all-round oil give the Rescue Oil a go. 

Rescue Oil is available from Savers, Home Bargains and Poundland. 

P.s Check out my other beauty dupes here

18 November 2014

Body Oils To Get Your Bum As Shiny As Kim's

When Kim Kardashion broke the internet last week everyone was discussing if her bottom was photoshopped but the only question on my mind - 'How did she get her bum so shiny?' I don't aspire for quite the same polished to perfection derriere, which also doubles up as a mirror,  I do welcome a subtle shimmer. I've found four body oils to replicate Kim's gleaming buttocks, just not quite to the same extreme.

Bio Oil  £9.99
The most softening oil I've come across. This cult classic will give your bottom a nice sheen and leave it super soft. It does have a slight greasy texture which is probably a good thing if you're trying to get the Paper Magazine cover look.
Dove Purely Pampering £8.99
An option for those who wish to have a reflective bottom on a budget. The Dove Purely Pampering oils are light-weight, non-greasy and smell divine. The one above has a subtle golden shimmer so you can truly appreciate your buttocks in all it's curvaceous glory.
Jurlique Rose Body Oil £38.00
Probably the least shiniest out of the oils mentioned, nonetheless still a good option. This hydrating oil has a delicate rose scent to stimulate all your senses. Use this as a massage oil all over or just concentrate on your behind for maximum effect.
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil £25.50
The spray pump makes it easier to apply this to the areas where the sun doesn't shine. The velvet texture leaves a subtle sheen - perfect for highlighting your gluteus maximus. The fruity fragrance allows you to also squirt this into your hair if you're feeling extra sassy.

Now your behind is truly gleaming you just need to find a black bin bag to complete the Kim K look.

17 November 2014

Favourite Drugstore Mascaras

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I'm not one for splashing out on beauty products. If I want to purchase something highend I'll usually save up my Boots points or wait until Christmas. Mascara is one of the beauty products I think you don't have to spend a fortune on. Most drugstore mascaras are under a tenner and there are so many to choose from, almost too many. I've tested out a lot of them and these are my current top 3 drugstore mascaras.

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde £9.99
I typically prefer a bristle style brush like this one. The wide wand is coated in little balls which are designed to 'envelop each lash'. Unlike with other mascaras I've tried I feel like I don't need to layer this with another mascara on top. This alone creates enough impact, it's great at volumising, separating and lengthening lashes. But volume is 1 second? More like 10-20.
Collection Big Fake Curves £4.99
As you can tell by the photo this has a big brush. I think those with small eyes/lashes would have trouble with the size. This mascara is really good at curling lashes, I can get away with not using eyelash curlers and that's saying something! I've had a few people asking me if I have falsies on whilst wearing this. I'd recommend this if you're on a budget.
No7 Stay Perfect £12.95
Not that I suggest you sleep in makeup but if you do - make it this mascara. It's life-proof formula means it doesn't smudge or flake and it's waterproof. Perfect for all nighters, gym sessions, holidays or watching sad films. Unlike other mascaras this comes off in small tubes which seems a little strange at first but makes the process a whole lot easier.

What's you favourite mascara? Are you a highstreet or highend kinda girl? 

16 November 2014

Current Haircare Staples

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I'm quite lazy when it comes to my hair. I'm a little ashamed to admit that some days I go without even putting a brush through it. I know, I know not very 'beauty blogger' of me. I like the 'effortless', bed head look and these are the products I've been reaching for lately to achieve it.

The Wet Brush
I need a good hair brush that can handle my thick, tangled hair. My hair likes to have a little tantrum after washing as it get's all knotty and unmanageable. To avoid damaging it further I'll use the Wet Brush whilst my hair is still damp as it is specially designed to use on wet hair. The gentle brush glides through with ease making the time-consuming process a lot quicker.
Dove Leave in Conditioner
My hair is naturally quite dry and bleaching the ends doesn't help. I need all the aid I can get to add moisture to my locks so I like to spray this into my hair after every wash. Sometimes if the ends of my hair are particularly dry I'll spray this onto dry hair for a quick fix. Like with all Dove products I love how fresh and clean this smells. The fine mist doesn't weigh hair down and works for all hair types.
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil
When my hair needs extra nourishment I'll reach for an oil. This dry oil is my must-have treatment for sorting out my frizzy hair. It always leaves hair looking glossier and feeling softer. This big bottle is going to last me ages but I'd definitely repurchase.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Even if my hair isn't greasy sometimes I'll just want a bit of texture. A few spritzes of this onto my roots, a little massaging in and I'm good to go.

On my haircare wishlist right now is a silver shampoo, let me know which ones you recommend! 

15 November 2014

Degustabox October Review

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I feel like Christmas has come early every time Degustabox arrives on my doorstep. In case you're not familiar with the company, Degustabox is a monthly food box subscription which delivers tasty treats to your house every month. Here's what October's box had to offer.

Special K Cracker Crisps £1.89
I was pleased to see some barbecue cracker crisps in this months box. These low-fat snacks are deliciously moreish, I could easily eat the whole packet in one sitting. They are also available in Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar and Sour Cream & Chive. I find these crisps quite similar to Pop Chips, not a tasty I have to say!
Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce £1.39
I've never tried Sweet Chilli Sauce before but this is great for giving your everyday food that little extra something. It works well with chicken, tuna, salads and cheese!
Get Buzzing Flapjacks £1.30
An on-the-go snack to help release energy which will keep you going for longer. The 100% natural flapjack was delicious but a little pricey in my opinion.
Enhance Drinks £2.49
These little fruit drinks are great for festivals or camping. Just one squeeze transforms water into a delicious drink. Each drink contains 32 uses. Plus, there is no added sugar and only 1 calorie per use.
Kent's Kitchen Meal Kits £2.50
I'm always trying to improve my cooking skills and this seems like a great way to do so. The meal kits are designed to help create a tasty meal in just 20 minutes. These little pots are ideal for keeping in the cupboard for meal inspiration. I love the idea of these and hope to pick up some more.
Solo Marshmallow Creme £1.99
The colder weather welcomes comfort food. I can just imagine sitting around a campfire making smores with this marshmallow creme. I tried this sandwiched between two digestive biscuits - guilty pleasure.
Dr.Oetker Premium Extra Dark Chocolate £2.49
Dr.Oetker make the best baking ingredients so it's always good to see the brand in the box. I can't wait to get using this and the Fine Dark Cocoa Powder to get creating something scrummy.
Bear Paws £0.55
A healthy, pure fruit snack. These tasty, sweet treats are perfect for stopping those sweet cravings.
Bear Alphabites (sample present)
This month's box contained a sample present which was a mini box of crunchy cereal letters. Made with 5 tasty grains, and coconut blossom nectar, they contain no refined sugar, no salt and are naturally high in calcium.
Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf £1.69
Brioche Pasquier Pain Au Lait with Choc Chips £1.60
Warming these up in the toaster have made these a delicious breakfast option. Similarly with the loaf with tastes amazing with jam or marmalade.
Jelly Belly Beans £2.50
I love the variety of flavours in these. Trying to guess what each one is and avoiding the popcorn one!

Overall, October was quite a sweet box. You also recieve a voucher to redeem a 4 pack of Benecol Greek Style Yoghurt. Once again, Degustabox proves great value for money. If you would like to try the service for yourself, get £3.00 off using the code - 8LUG3. Visit the Degustabox site here to find out more. 

p.s Want to see what I received in last month's Degustabox?

13 November 2014

How To Wear Dark Lipstick

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Dark lips can seem scary but they shouldn't be. A vampy lip against a dewy complexion looks amazing in the winter. There are loads of way to incorporate a darker lip into your routine without looking like Lorde. Lorde knows it's not easy to plus off that full-on Gothic pout. Berry lipstick is back this season and it's the perfect colour choice for the colder weather. Here are some tips I've picked up to help you wear dark lipstick.

- A bold lip + chap lips is never a good look. Exfoliating before applying lipstick will help it go on smoother and last longer. Plus, the LUSH Lip Scrub in Mint Julips tastes incredible.
- Next you'll want to prime your lips. You can buy lip primers but I find lip balm works just as well. Do this step first thing before applying your makeup and save doing your lips until last.
- If you're using a matte lipstick I find it easiest to apply using a lip brush for precise application. Or use a lip liner for optimum longevity. I'm currently obsessed with the shade 'Loganberry' from No7.
- If you are after a intense colour use a tissue to blot the first layer then follow by applying a second coat directly from the bullet.
- If the idea of dark lips seems a bit intimidating go for a lip balm or butter for a lighter wash of colour. I really like the Collection Lip Butter in 'Perfect Plum'.
- Dark lips can be a bit harder to maintain because of their deeper, harder-to-go-wrong-colour so keep a pocket mirror on hand to avoid that lipstick on chin look.

What are your tips for rocking a dark lip? 

12 November 2014

Bblonde Medium Lift Kit Review

bblonde medium lift kit review

Blonde hair can be a pain to up-keep. As a faux blonde myself I know the struggle all too well. However, help is at hand thanks to Jerome Russell which is a specialist blonding brand. The range consists of easy to use kits which offer maximum blondness (is that a real word?) from the comfort of your own home. I tested out the BBlonde Medium Lift Blonding Kit to help brighten my ombre.

The kit contains: bleaching powder, ointment, conditioning shampoo, gloves, mixing bowl and brush. I opted for the medium lift kit which is suitable for fair-blonde hair but they also do a maximum version for darker hair.

I found the instructions easy to follow and the application wasn't too difficult. After applying to my ends I left the mixture on for 20 minutes. They say you can leave it on for up to an hour but as my hair is already coloured I wasn't sure how the results would turn out. Once rinsed out with the conditioning shampoo I noticed instantly my hair was a lot lighter and any brassy, yellow tones had gone. The bleach didn't irritate me but the scent was really strong. I recommend getting a friend to help you with this just to be sure of even application. If you're looking to brighten your blonde locks I recommend giving this a try.

Bblonde Medium Lift Blonding Kit* £5.99

10 November 2014

18 Signs You Have A Beauty Obsession

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Hi, my name is Kia and I'm addicted to beauty. I own over 20 different lip glosses and I don't even really like it. I spend my days reading beauty blogs and checking out new launches. I can't leave Boots without an armful of swatches.

- Do you own three or more lipsticks that are 'similar colours'.
- You can't pop into Boots without browsing the makeup aisle.
- You can't chuck away old products, even if it is 6 months past its sell by date.
- You hide your new beauty purchases from your partner/family because you know they won't understand you needed that new eyeshadow palette.
- You have a secret stash of your favourite product in case they discontinue it overnight. 
- You can't leave the house without a little bit of help, even if it's just a swipe of mascara.
- You get excited about doing your makeup for a special occasion.
- You watch makeup tutorials on YouTube of looks you never intend on recreating.
- The beauty section in magazines is the first part you flick to. 
- You spend all your spare time reading beauty blogs and checking the new in section on Feel Unique. 
- Your makeup products are neatly organised into sections; an dedicated area for bases, lipsticks, eye makeup, palettes...
- You buy your favourite foundation in a shade darker and lighter than your natural skintone.
- You sometimes sniff makeup before buying it.
- Your Christmas/Birthday wishlist is 70% beauty products
- You shed a tear when you accidentally break makeup. RIP.
- You buy miniatures of your favourite beauty products just because they look cute. 
- Friends ask you for makeup advice. 
- You'd rather buy new beauty products than clothes. Or food.

Please tell me I'm not alone. Do you do these things as well?

9 November 2014

The Ultimate Winter Pamper Evening

Sometimes we need a little me-time. Setting aside an evening to indulge in a proper pamper session is something I love to do. For me, Sunday evenings are dedicated to turning my bathroom into a spa for a few hours whilst I relax and wind down. So, get that candle lit and put on your favourite album because here's my ultimate guide to a winter pamper evening.

- First things first, you need to set the scene. Light your favourite candle or maybe you're an incense kind of girl. Put on your favourite album and make sure you lock the bathroom door so you can truly relax. For the ultimate ambience dim the lights to create a spa-like setting. I like to put clean pyjamas on my towel rail so they are nice and warm to put on after my shower. Make yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine, whatever tickles your fancy.
- Whether you're bathing or showering make sure you whip out your more luxe products. Take time to exfoliate or apply a conditioning hair mask. Whatever you're doing don't rush it. If you're bathing grab a book/magazine and enjoy the me-time. Use those salts, soaks and oils you have been saving for best.
- Get all your beauty bits out, and I mean all of them. Whip out the body butter, hand cream, hair oils, serums, foot creams, lotions and sprays because it's time to indulge in some post-bathing pampering. Usually I'm in a hurry to get dressed after a shower but Sunday is a 'day of rest' and it should be taken seriously. Plus, it feels so good when you're feeling all soft and replenished after using your beauty stash.
- Now you're all luxed out and ready for the week ahead make sure you enjoy the rest of your evening. Whether that be a Netflix session, reading a good book, spending two hours on Instagram or knitting a new hat for your dog - do it.

Will you be having a pamper evening after reading this? 

8 November 2014

Discovery Club Box Autumn Winter 2014

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Summer has most certainly slipped away and there are some things I'm ready to surrender such as light, summer scents in favour for more traditional 'winter' fragrances. If you're looking for a new winter scent but not sure which one to choose, this is the box for you. The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club box is designed to help you decide which fragrance to purchase by sending you a box of samples and money off coupons. The latest Autumn Winter 2014 edition contains four scents for women and one for men.

Kenzo Jeu d'Amour EDP £38.50 30ml
This is the one that really caught my eye...and nose. It evokes feelings of femininity, sexiness and youthfulness. This classic scent includes notes of mandarin, pomegranate and tea. The musks and creamy sandalwood base creates a sensual aroma.
Loewe Quizas Seduccion EDP £44.50 30ml
A very sweet, seductive scent. This has a harmonious combination of sweet orange, passion fruit and dazzling blackberry. The fragrance settles to a sweet candy and vanilla base. It slightly reminds me of a fairground!
Jimmy Choo Man EDT £28.50 30ml
I love the female fragrances from Jimmy Choo so I had high hopes for their first male scent, I was not disappointed. The modern, fresh fragrance would best suit someone in their 20's. Top notes include lavender and honeydew melon. Also in the mix but less prominent is pineapple leaf, suede and ambery woods.
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP £59.50 50ml
Lovers of the original Classique will love the updated, oriental fragrance. The intense floral scent has notes of rose, jasmine and pomegranate. The perfume dries down to reveal base notes of patchouli and vanilla. This is quite strong and lasts well on skin.
Loewe Aura EDT £48.00 40ml
A beautiful, floral fragrance perfect for everyday. It opens with accords of lychee, lemon and rosewater. The fruity-floral mix is very light and fresh. At the base of the composition is sandalwood and musks blended with amber creating a softer scent.

The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Box* £20 for a annual subscription (£5 per quarter). Available to buy online here

p.s check out my guide on how to prepare your skin for Autumn here

6 November 2014

Dove Pure Care Dry Hair Oil Review

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Regular readers will know I'm obsessed with oils. It was love at first use with the Dove Dry Hair Oil. The non-greasy formula is great for those who are afraid of using oily products. It won't leave hair feeling heavy or weighed down. I use about five drops of the oil and apply it to damp hair before letting it dry naturally. My hair is left feeling super silky and soft. I've noticed this makes my hair look shinier too. The generous 100ml bottles will last ages proving good value for money. It's frizz-fighting properties makes this suitable for all hair types. Whether your an oil newbie or already hooked on the stuff, you'll like this.

Dove Pure Care Dry Hair Oil* £9.99 available from Boots

4 November 2014

Ready To Switch To Witch?

A couple of months ago I headed up to London to film a video with Witch skincare as part of their 'Switch To Witch' campaign. I've been a fan of the brand since my teens so I was thrilled when they asked me to take part. The 'Switch To Witch' campaign is about putting your usual skincare products to one side and swapping them for Witch skincare products. If your normal routine isn't working for you and you suffer from blemishes or have oily skin I highly recommend the brand. They use natural ingredients, don't test on animals and the range is really affordable.

By signing up on the Switch To Witch website here you gain access to exclusive videos from EssieButton, get the chance to win ASOS vouchers and win a photo shoot. The website is also full of helpful skincare tips and information on all their products. You can view the video I made with them here!

Join in with the conversation using the #Switchtowitch. Have you tried Witch Skincare before? Would you recommend it a friend? 

3 November 2014

Lip Balm Love

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Winter is coming. In order to avoid those inevitable dry, chapped lips that often come with the colder weather it's time to whip out the lip balm. It is the one beauty product I can't live without. My lips start feeling prune-like if I don't have a balm to hand. Here's a selection of the best lip balms to get you through the Winter.

Nivea Essential Lip Care £1.65
Burts Bees Tinted Balm £5.99
Maybelliene Baby Lips Electro £2.99
Chapstick 99p
Kiehls Lip Balm #1 £9.50
Kadalys Banana Balm £9.95
The Body Shop Almond Lip Butter £4.00

Are you obsessed with lip balm too? Let me know your favourite, I could do with some more...

31 October 2014

What's Your Beauty Horror Story?

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In homage of Halloween I thought I'd share will you some beauty horror stories. We all have them; Whether they are overheard in the toilets, passed down through generations or something that has happened to you. Here are some of my awkward experiences for your amusement. Don't try these at home.

- Already 15 minutes late I realised before leaving the house that my legs were quite hairy. It was summer and I wanted to show off my new Tammy Girl dress so I swung my legs over the bathroom sink, grabbed my razor and started shaving sans water. Dry shaving is never a good idea unless red, painfully sore legs is the look you're going for.
- When I was 13 I decided one day my bottom eyelashes were too long. To put a stop to this madness I cut them off. They grew back all prickly and I couldn't blink without wincing for three days. 
- My Mum asked me to dye her eyebrows for her so I did. After applying the dye I went away and completely forgot to go back and remove it. The solution was left on for twice as long as it was suppose to. She didn't appreciate her new black brows and surprisingly she's not asked me to do it again.
- When I was younger I thought my sideburns made me look like a boy so I cut them off and hide the evidence under my Mum's bed.
- In year 6 I watched in amazement as my friends huddled in the school toilets applying Typex to their teeth to whiten them. 
- I once witnessed a friend spray her lady sparts with deodorant followed by her immediately regretting  the decision as the burning began.
- I love a good bargain but buying waxing strips from the 99p store was not a good idea. I'd never tried waxing before and chickened out on the first strip so spent an hour in the bath crying whilst trying to delicately peel it off. 

Please share your beauty horror stories so I don't feel so bad. 
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