Monday, 29 February 2016

8 Current Beauty Favourites

8 Current Beauty Favourites

It’s really hard to narrow my beauty favourites down to just 8 because I’ve had a lot of new things to over Christmas and New Year, and I’ve been trying several products all Winter to try and ’fix’ my skin! But I’ve whittled it down to eight, a couple from brands we all know, but mostly from beauty brands that are the lesser-known. 

8 Beauty Favourites

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Birchbox UK Release Their Own Range Of Make-Up

It’s not often but whenever there’s a own-brand make-up item in a beauty subscription box, my initial reaction is a dismissing ‘meh’ but actually, I’ve always ended up eating my words because not only I’m impressed by the cosmetic item, it often becomes a staple product in my everyday make-up routine!

birchbox make-up

Birchbox UK Releases Their Own Range Of Make-Up

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Friday, 26 February 2016

NEW from Molton Brown: Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise

Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise

I think we’re all soooo ready for Spring! I certainly am, anyway. With the help of Molton Brown, I can get in to the mood for the new season before the new season has even begun (coz I’m keen like that). 

I even started ‘Spring cleaning’ today because I can’t wait to say goodbye to this Winter that seems to be dragging on and finally replace my home with cheerful bunch daffodils, brighter colours and lighter home fragrances.

Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise | London via Cornwall


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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine - NEW SHADES

I’m not one for surprises but the thing I love about sheer lipsticks is that they’re not always what they seem and I quite like that. I’ve learnt not to be so decieved by the vividness of the bullet and to remember that sheer lipsticks don’t look THAT bright on lips. Having said that, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine* packs a punch - more luminous than what I expected anyway (and that’s a good thing, by the way!)

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine 2016

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine - NEW SHADES For Spring 2016

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Gift Guide For The Beauty Junkie Mum

You know when something is so pretty, you can’t do anything else but stare at it all day long? That’s kind of what happened when this parcel of beauty products arrived. I was far too excited and couldn’t concentrate on anything else!

I seem to be distracted by a lot of things lately and I haven’t been feeling prepared for much that has happened so far. Like Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day (my birthday), my sister’s baby shower, and now with Mother’s Day coming up. All of these things seem to be creeping up sooo quickly and I feel very unprepared - or maybe I’m just being unorganised. I better buck up my ideas because I would never forgive myself if I was ever unorganised for Mother’s Day but with the grand help from Selfridges, I have put together THE ULTIMATE Mother’s Day gift guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide For The Beauty Junkie Mum

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Rose Gold Earphones From Urbanista

Can everything in the world turn to rose gold, pleasssse? It’s so pretty and we’re all so obsessed with it anyway, everything may as well just turn rose gold right now. Well, I suppose we can start with one item at a time, I guess. 


My latest addition to my little collection of pretty rose gold stuff is a set of earphones from Swedish brand, Urbanista. Now I have to admit, I am not so clued up with sound and music and blah blah blah, and to be honest, I don’t really care as long as they look pretty. Is that bad? I mean, I'm not a sound snob so as long as the sound isn’t ‘crackly’, then I’m a happy (music-listening) bunny! Luckily, Urbanista Ibiza are both pretty AND has a GREAT sound quality. Winner!
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Try 4 Benefit's Hero Products In The Sugarlicious Set

I like to think that I can make good use of a budget so when House Of Fraser asked me to pick a make-up product under £30, I was tempted to go for a new bottle of foundation that I've been dying to try or a perhaps a lipstick but there’s something about being on a budget that makes me look for something that’s really worth every single penny.

Choices, choices! Did I want to go for a eyeshadow palette? Or maybe a small set of make-up brushes? SO MUCH MAKE-UP TO CHOOSE FROM! In the end, as you can see, I opted for a make-up gift set and when it comes to gift sets, you simply can’t go wrong with Benefit!

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious

 Benefit Cosmetics Sugarlicious For A Simple Nude Look

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A New LUSH Haul

LUSH Haul

It has been ages since I used a LUSH bath bomb or bubble bar, I think the last time was Christmas (as in 2014). My obsession with the brand had died down mainly because the flat I was living in had one bath tub between 7 of us (ugh) so there was only ever enough time to have quick showers but also because I was always gravitating towards the same products every time I was in the store, so it got a bit boring and samey-samey. But this little haul has reminded me how much I love using LUSH bath bombs and bubble bars, and I managed to get some bits for my Birthday, ones I’ve never tried before. And now I'm back in the comfort of my OWN home, I can have all the bubble baths I want, whenever I want.

LUSH Haul

LUSH HAUL: BATH BOMBS AND BUBBLE BARS

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Soap & Glory's Launching New Cosmetics

There are just some brands out there who are simply amazing amazing AMAZING at what they do and Soap & Glory are one of them. They work hard and go to great length to get their brands and new launches noticed. 

glam slam Soap & Glory's Launching New Cosmetics

Soap & Glory Releases NEW Make-Up Products

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Freebie Alert! Benefit x Starbucks Team Up This Month

I saw this relationship blossom via Twitter and what a beautiful thing it was! Benefit and Starbucks have partnered up this February, the month of LURRRRVE (eurgh!) but not so ‘eurgh’ when you find out what both of these brands have got in store for us!

benefit and starbucks free coffee

Freebie Alert! Benefit x Starbucks Team Up This Month

Pop by to a participating Benefit counter and pick up a pink coffee sleeve for a buy one get one free coffee deal at Starbucks! That’s one coffee for you, and a free coffee for your best friend!
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Saturday, 13 February 2016

A Few Beauty Essentials To Get You Through Winter

It seems like the longest Winter ever, doesn’t it? I know it's coming to and end and Spring might be just around the corner but I wouldn’t count on good weather until a couple of more months yet! I’m extremely grateful that we didn’t get snow but it has been so icy and frosty and just like most people, my skin has been suffering because of it! We’ve battled with the windy, cloudy weather and got nothing but flaky skin to show for it!

Winter Beauty Essentials

I’ve been trying to get my skin back in to a good condition and with the amount of beauty products I apply, it’s working! Here are some of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been using this past 3 months:
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Friday, 12 February 2016

Beauty Products For Date Night

So, in my ~real life~, Valentine’s Day makes me a little queasy. But in my “blog life”, I welcome the occasion with open arms and whilst I get some strange and questionable Valentine’s Day press releases come through to my inbox, most of them have been pretty darn cute this year! And I’m not going to lie, I have received some really nice blogger parcels lately (YAY FOR FEBRUARY!) which makes me feel very giddy!

valentine's gift guide

One of the parcels was from HQHair.com who selected some beauty products for me to use on date night. I love a mystery box of beauty goodies* so I thought 'sure! WHY NOT!?'.  Now, I don’t have a date planned for Valentine’s Day (or ever. Because cba.) but it just so happens that it’s my birthday on Valentine’s so I always have something going on. Date or not, I’ve been testing these products and here are some thoughts:
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For BFFs and Single Gals

thorntons chocolates

I'm not a lovey-dovey kind of gal, so everything relating to Valentine's Day make my insides curdle like milk that's been left in the fridge for 2 months (Mm. YUM). But I have softened up in the past couple of years, though. I can't be expected to be that cold-hearted for the rest of my life! The thing about Valentine's Day is that whether you have a Valentine or not, the cliches are all getting a bit tiresome now. Although the only cliche I'll make an exception for are chocolates and prosecco. I welcome that combination any day of my life!

I didn't want to put together a typical Valentine's Gift Guide, so instead, I've chosen non-mushy, non-sickly and lingerie-free pressies that make suitable gifts for your single BFF or for us single girls to buy for ourselves. Because we don't want to miss out on the (shopping) action. I mean, those heart-shaped chocolates displayed at shop window are calling out to me. And that pretty-in-pink bottle of designer perfume they've got on offer? It totally has my name on it.... It would be rude not to!
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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Birchbox February 2016 | Shine Bright Like A Diamond

February's Birchbox* is upon us, and I, for one, am really glad that it's not another Valentines Day themed box. There isn't a hint of pink in sight. YAY! The February 2016 edition of Birchbox has a diamond grid design with marble print and gold foil lettering. As last month's beauty box had such an uplifting message, they have decided to keep up with the positive vibes with reminding us to SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. I love it! I hope February is a bright and sparkly month for all of us!

Helping us to add sparkle, the beauty samples in February 2016 Birchbox are:

Birchbox February 2016

Birchbox February 2016 | Shine Bright Like A Diamond

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Best Smudge-Proof Lipstick. Ever.

LORD & BERRY TIMELESS KISSPROOF LIPSTICK

When buying a new lipstick, one of the main factors for most people is the staying power. I know it's quite annoying when lip colour fades away quickly, but I quite like reapplying and freshening up my look so I don't mind it when a lipstick doesn't last that long. But if you're looking for a lipstick that absolutely will not budge for hours, and hours, AND HOURS, look no further.... Lord & Berry have created THAT lipstick. 

LORD & BERRY TIMELESS KISSPROOF LIPSTICK

LORD & BERRY TIMELESS KISSPROOF LIPSTICK

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Organic, Rose-Scented Beauty Products

Melvita are launching a new collection this month which combines 3 wild roses in a blossoming sensorial range. Nectar De Roses by Melvita features an eau de toilette, shower gel, body lotion, and a balm. 

In the past year, I have been loving rose scented beauty products. I just love how it's making a come back! It has come a long way since the days of it's reputation of being a dowdy, granny scent. It's more authentic and sophisticated - well, in my opinion anyway! I'd happily smell like roses forever and ever!


New Rose Scented Beauty Products From Melvita

As well as the all important scent, rose extract has super moisturising properties. I've been using rose water as part of my skincare routine and I am surprised each and every single time at how smooth it makes my skin. 

The rose extract in Melvita's Nectar De Roses feed, traps and distributes moisture. It quenches, prevents water loss, and stimulates the vital channels that allows or the difussion of moisture. Oooh, technical stuff!
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Monday, 1 February 2016

Afternoon Tea... In The Bath!

Remember the times when we were younger and receiving 'smellies' was considered boring? Now I'm like GIMME!! GIMME ALL OF IT! Although, from what I can remember, bath and body products weren't as exciting as they are today. Well, as exciting as bath and body care gets, anyway. 

Nowadays, LUSH leads the way with fun, unique, innovative products but it's all getting a bit samey-samey now. Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE going in to LUSH stores and checking what's new, but I haven't bought much from there in the past year and now I've noticed that there are some brands out there who are starting to catch up! And I'm here to introduce to you a few of them today!

affordable bath products

There's a bit of a theme with this blogpost, which happened by accident, but as you can see in the title of the blogpost... it's an afternoon tea theme! It's not quite the traditional British tea but let's see what we've got on the menu. Tea? Check! Cucumber sandwiches? Check! Cakes? Check! 

Before I get too hungry, I must remind myself that these yummy looking soaps and body scrubs are for the bath and shower, and they're absolutely not edible! I am getting the munchies, so let me grab a packet of crisps and I'll tell you about these pretty little things while I scoff my face.

affordable bath products
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