Sunday, 23 April 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach: Worth The Hype?

Those of you who read beauty blogs on a regular basis will have definitely spotted Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection causing a fuzz on social media at the beginning of the year. 

I am very late to the peach party but I managed to get my hands on the product I wanted to try most from one of this year's most talked about beauty collection so far.


Too Faced Sweet Peach: Is It Worth The Hype?


As you may have noticed by the strong presence of Too Faced gracing the pages of my blog at the moment, I have fallen for the Sweet Peach Collection. 

The eyeshadow palette was first launched last year and it made a happy comeback, along with a few other peachy treats! 

Being Chinese, I think the packaging immediately appeals to me. There is a MASSIVE market for cute and kitchy things in the Far East, one look at Korean beauty products and you will totally get where I'm coming from; the cuter, the better. There's a huge customer base for brands who market themselves in the way that Too Faced does.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

An Introduction To Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare is a brand that I’ve been very excited to tell you about. I’ve built a small (but precious!) collection of products since the back end of last year that have definitely made my skin look healthier. 

It’s another fantastic skincare brand that I discovered as of late and they really deserve all the love and hype they’re receiving at the moment. It’s no wonder that Tropic Skincare is the fastest growing beauty brand in the UK. 

An Introduction To Tropic Skincare

An Introduction To Tropic Skincare


There is a bit of a cult following, I’ve noticed that people who already use Tropic Skincare are true advocates for the brand and it’s down to how effective the products are. It’s an exciting vegan-friendly beauty brand that develops their formula using naturally derived ingredients is founded by Susan Ma, a candidate from The Apprentice in 2010-11 and I remember rooting for Susan that year purely for the fact that she is Chinese! 
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Love Me Beauty | Ecotools Brand Focus


Love Me Beauty April 2017

This has been my favourite Love Me Beauty* edition for quite some time and reminds me of what Love Me Beauty used to be like. 

This month, the main brand they're putting in the limelight is 100% vegan friendly Ecotools. It looks like that Ecotools have gone through a bit of a re-brand and I can see that they've caught on to the beauty blender trend which is great!
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hello Rose Make Up Set | Pixi By Petra

Hello Rose Make Up Set | Pixi By Petra

This 3-piece beauty kit sets you up for a simple, fresh look this Spring. I can't exactly get away with just using these three products (oh, I wish I could!) but it does remind me that I can keep things basic and that these three gorgeous Pixi By Petra can help!
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Birchbox x Boden

Birchbox x Boden april edition

Birchbox collaborates with Boden in April


For April 2017, Birchbox* has collaborated with British clothing brand Boden. The theme of this month's edition is 'Be Bold and Beautiful' - encouraging everyone to be bold and beautiful on our own terms. 
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Beginning Of Spring


The beginning of Spring has been good to me.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter this year! The week running up to Easter was rather busy so the 4 day weekend couldn’t come any quicker. I think we all needed it! 

Usually, Bank Holidays never have any effect on me, I work through it and I’m sure anyone who is self-employed will relate to this, but I took 2 out of the 4 days off over Easter - to do nothing but watch TV, eat, and sleep. I am a workaholic so doing nothing for two days made me feel antsy and guilty, but sometimes we need to step back and let the ideas come at ya. Which is exactly what happened.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

A Liquid Lipstick That's As Good As Kylie Lip Kits

Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kissproof Lipstick are the most underrated liquid lipsticks ever. 

Liquid lipsticks have really taken off in the past couple of years and the trend is only set to get bigger! Back when I first tried Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kissproof Lipstick over a year ago, I could claim that the were the best liquid lipsticks I had ever tried, and I actually still stand by that. (With Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks coming a very close second!) 

Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick

A Liquid Lipstick That's As Good As Kylie Lip Kits

They’re long-wearing, non-drying, and budge-proof. Plus, you won’t ever be met with the annoying ‘sold out’ label because there isn’t that hype over these like there are with the Kylie Lip Kits, you’ll always be able to buy them without clambering over each other.
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Soaper Duper - An Honest Beauty Brand

Soaper Duper might seem like the most normal looking body care, but what if I told you that this is the new beauty range from the creator of Soap & Glory? Have I got your attention now? Let me tell you more!

Soaper Duper

Soaper Duper - An Honest Beauty Brand

I should point out that Soap & Glory was bought by Boots in 2014 and that Soaper Duper is not a sister brand of Soap & Glory nor is it connected in any way other than they were both started by Marcia Kilgore.

Marcia Kilgore founded Soap & Glory in 2006, built it into a super brand before it was acquired by Boots. She is a strong business woman who has many other beauty related businesses to her name. And one of her new ventures is the fabulous Soaper Duper!

Upon first impression, the design of Soaper Duper* packaging is usually not my thing and if I saw it on the shelves of Tesco, I wouldn’t look twice at it. But knowing that it’s Marcia Kilgore’s latest venture, my ears have pricked up. Soaper Duper has my full undivided attention!

Knowing how inspirational of a woman Marcia Kilgore is, I am fascinated by all the brands that she has created which includes Fit Flop, Bliss Spa, and most recently, Beauty Pie.
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Body Fantasties Launch 4 New Fragrances

Body Fantasties body mists launched in the UK last year, and ever since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on their Instagram to see when they’re releasing new fragrances. Their US account has all the scents and I was hoping that Cotton Candy would be one of them.

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Body Fantasties Launch 4 New Fragrances

My dreams have come true because Body Fantasies have launched Cotton Candy n the UK, along with 3 others - Kissing In The Rain, Vanilla, and Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy. This is in addition to their first UK launch. What’s even better is that the new range comes in a larger 236ml bottle!
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Rimmel Brow The Way Shake Filling Powders

Rimmel Brow The Way Shake Filling Powders review

Rimmel Brow The Way Shake Filling Powders Review


I can’t keep up with all the new brow product releases, it is definitely something the beauty brands are focussing all their efforts on right now!

The new offering from Rimmel promises easy application for thick, full brows with their Brow This Way Shake Filling Powder. Available in four shades (Blonde, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, and Soft Black), the small pots contain loose soft powder. To apply, you simply shake to disperse the powder and ensure it sticks to the applicator.
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Perfume

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Perfume

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom Perfume

Victor&Rolf launched their first perfume, Flowerbomb, in 2005 and this Spring, they have released Flowerbomb Bloom, an updated version of the iconic fragrance. It has blossomed and there is finally a “new chapter” of the Flowerbomb story.
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Monday, 3 April 2017

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm | Two Formulas, Double The Benefits

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm review

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm | Two Formulas, Double The Benefits

The amount I bang on about YSL Beauty Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks on my Instagram, it’s no secret that I adore them. I’ve passed on the obsession to my Mum who has a bigger collection of YSL Beauty lipsticks than me… which makes her really easy to gift on special occasions like birthdays and Mother’s Day! 

YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm review

It was this very recent trip to the YSL Beauty counter, a few days before Mother’s Day, when I spotted the new “double hybrid” Volupte Tint-In-Balm*. It has the same dreamy outer packaging as Volupte Rouge except it’s silver instead of gold. I had wondered what else was different about it.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Love Me Beauty - The Best Bits

I receive complementary Love Me Beauty* boxes on a monthly basis, but believe me when I say that nothing in blogging is ever free. When it’s busier than usual, beauty boxes are bumped down in my list of things to do and I feel guilty for omitting LMB from my blog - which is exactly what I’ve done recently. Not that any blogger should guarantee coverage in exchange for “free” gifts but I have loved this brand of beauty box in the past, and I want to continue supporting them.

Love Me Beauty - The Best Bits

I have combined my favourite samples that I have received in the past three months in to one single post. As with most beauty sample boxes, there are some products that I love and some that I know I won’t ever use. So consider this a highlight of the last three Love Me Beauty boxes to give you a taster of what their recent editions have been like. 

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Look Fresh With KIKO's Less Is Better Collection

For their 20th Anniversary, Italian cosmetics brand, KIKO MILANO have launched a new collection in collaboration with Superduper Handmade Hats. Celebrating their milestone, Less Is Better is a capsule collection of nude shades in a beautiful pastel blue and pink packaging. 

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Look Fresh With KIKO's Less Is Better Collection

I am soooo ready to pack away my A/W berry shades in replacement for fresh and lighter shades this Spring - even if it doesn’t look like we’ll get the weather to match (which is standard, really! Not gonna hold my breath!)

It’s more difficult than you think to achieve the flawless no make-up make-up look. It’s like when you shoot a video or photos in black and white and you’d think that it’d be easier than shooting in full colour, but you have to put double the work in to the looks and make-up just for it to show up on screen. I feel that way about nude make-up and the ‘invisible’ look. It’s double the effort (well, it is for me because I don’t have the best of make-up skills!) but when you get it right, it is a beautiful look for the day time.
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ciate Pretty Stix | Moisturising & Conditioning Lip Colour

Ciate Pretty Stix

Ciate Pretty Stix | Moisturising & Conditioning Lip Colour


With my lips being so annoyingly dry over the past few months, it has been a right ‘mare to find a lipstick that I can wear constantly without irritation. It hasn’t stopped me wearing lipstick but it’s always preferable to have one at hand that’s not only highly moisturising but low maintenance too - one that I can apply very quickly and without using a lip liner.

Sounds like I’m being picky, but I have found that highly moisturising lipstick that’s also low maintenance to apply in the form of Ciate London Pretty Stix*. 
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Body Mists That Would Transport You Back To The 90's

Unlike yesterday's blogpost (SJP Stash), I have something a that's a little easier on the purse strings. But first - the title; The body mists won't actually going to transport you back to the 90's. For £3.99 per bottle, it can't make you smell nice AND give you a free ride back to the 1990's (unfortch). Not physically, anyway, but it might take you back in memory, though. In fact, I know it will.

It has been absolutely yonks since I have used So…? Body Mists! Not because I don’t like them but they don’t seem to be in the aisle that I go to when I’m shopping. Teenagers nowadays are using expensive brands (lucky them!) but back when I was a teen, all I knew was So…? and Impulse body sprays. 

Every month, I was excited to get a brand new scent and it was a beauty product that my friends and I were using. A spritz in-between lessons, at lunch times, and after PE... I think it’s safe to say that ladies my age will remember how trendy it was to have a bottle of So…? in their school bag!

so...? fragrance body mists

Body Mists That Would Transport You Back To The 90's


So…? have recently launched a new collection of scents for Spring which includes: Rose Petals, Sparkling Tea, Pink Grapefruit, Iced Melon, Musk, Vanilla, Floriental, White Petals, Fresh Musk, Vanilla Milkshake, Watermelon, and Fruity. There’s one for everyone! At at £3.99 for a 100ml bottle, that’s not bad at all!

I picked a few fragrances that I wanted to try, I wondered if it would take me back to Year 7 — circa 1997. It evokes nostalgic memories of a time when I was listened to The Spice Girls on a walkman, read Smash Hits Magazine, AOL IM, ying and yang choker necklaces, hair mascara, and all that good stuff, but the scent of the new body mists are more modern, more fresh. Thank God for that.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Stash by Sarah Jessica Parker | A Genderless Perfume

Out of the three SJP perfumes that I have tried recently (NYC and Lovely), the newest fragrance, Stash*, is the most unique. It’s different to me because it isn’t an obvious choice of perfume that I’d normally go for but after researching some information about Stash, I’ve come to appreciate it on a whole new level.

Stash by Sarah Jessica Parker | A Genderless Perfume

Stash by Sarah Jessica Parker | A Genderless Perfume


It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I prefer something with a floral aroma blended with a hint of zing and sweetness. Having said that, YSL Black Opium has been my go-to perfume since I got it in December (and it’s almost half gone!! I’ve never gone through a bottle of perfume as quickly as that!). But I also adore the likes of Roses De Chloe and Miss Dior.

But SJP’s Stash is different. It’s unusual. It’s grown up, and I like it. I saw a lot of promotional activity on social media at end of last year and I (wrongly) made the assumption that SJP’s new launch would be as feminine as the others within her brand but it has taken me by surprise. 
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Outfit: Dressing For Work

It’s finally Spring but I don’t quite trust the weather yet. I’m still very attached to my scarf and I’m not willing to part with it. I always find the Winter/Spring transition the most difficult in terms of style, I feel like I’ve been stuck in dark colours for so long that I’ve forgotten how to dress with more colours and less fabric. 

But I do love this time of year and in many ways, I find it easier to dress for the warmer season… when I’ve got my mind used to the fact that it’s actually warm again and it’s ok to not wear thick tights and a scarf for comfort. 

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I was recently sent a huge parcel of handbags from Avon, 7 in total, in fact. I LOVE bags so this was the best day ever, each of the 7 bags are really nice too! I am wearing my favourite one here in this outfit post, a bag designed by British designer, Tabitha Webb.
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Budget-Friendly Skincare That's Definitely Worth A Try

There’s a lot of mumble about how unrelatable bloggers are these days with the designer this and designer that. Maybe that’s the way that blogging was supposed to evolve, but I will always try to have a steady mix of both high-end and budget-friendly. 

If you dig around my blogging archive, you will find a mixture of all brands, especially in skincare, from Charlotte Tilbury to Lidl! In fact, my blogpost on Lidl’s Best 5 Affordable Beauty Products is my most viewed content ever, so by the looks of it, you’re all keen to know more about affordable beauty products than the designer ones, so I’m going to take that and run with it!

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A Budget-Friendly Skincare That's Definitely Worth A Try


Since I began beauty blogger 6 years ago, I have learned not to be a brand snob when it comes to skincare, which is a good job otherwise I would’ve missed out this beauty of a brand! Today, I’m recommending another fantastic, affordable, and effective skincare range, nspa which is from Asda! Who knew that a supermarket beauty brand can be just as good as those from the swanky ’beauty department’! 

Although I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging, I’m more about the substance. There’s been times when I’ve picked something up from the beauty counters only to be disappointed to realise that it’s contains parabens, that’s a no go for me. I’m pleased to tell you that nspa doesn’t use parabens in their products and more importantly, they don’t test on animals and have a selection of products that are suitable for vegans (this will be labelled on the packaging).

So, how did I get on with the products and how to they match up to the more expensive skincare that I’ve previously used? Well, I’M IMPRESSED. Like, really really impressed! The Skin Glow Mud Mask is a dupe for Glam Glow and the Hot Cloth Polish is equally as good as Liz Earle’s.

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nspa Hot Cloth Polish* - £6.40 (currently £3.00)

Every hot cloth cleanser will always be compared to Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish. This one by nspa is formulated with cocoa butter, avocado, apricot, and Neroli essential oils, and works in the exact same way, it’s a cream cleanser which you remove with a soft muslin cloth. It has a nicer scent than Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, it’s not a strong - but whilst you can use the Liz Earle version on the eyes to remove eye make-up, nspa advises you to avoid the eye area, so it’s best to use an eye make-up remover beforehand.


nspa Skin Glow Mud Mask* - £4.00

This is a deep cleansing mud mask with clay and charcoal. I would consider it a budget-friendly dupe to Glam Glow’s Supermud. The kaolin clay and charcoal works in extracting impurities and leaves your skin clean and radiant! You can also use it on spots as they appear which stops them from getting angry. Can’t cope with angry looking spots.


nspa Radiant Flash Serum* - £6.40

I love a good serum but I’m also very picky about them too. I don’t particularly have a preference in formula - I like creams, gels, watery, thick, all kinds. But sometimes they add a pearlescent finish to it to give skin a luminous glow and in this case, they’ve added a little too much shimmer for my liking - it’s not a big problem as such because I would normally apply foundation on top of it but it would be perfect if it had less mica in it. However, the serum itself (which features ginseng and grapeseed oil) feels lovely on skin, it sinks in and dries quickly. I will reserve this to use in the evenings.

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Individually Packed Face Masks* - £2.00 (per pack)

These are so great if you want to sample the product, or if you have a girly night in planned. A face mask is such a treat, I use one every once or twice a week.

I received a packet of Warming Detox Mask, Radiance Boosting Mask, and Professional Peeling Mask. My favourite is definitely the warming masks, if you get a chance to try it, I highly recommend it! Even though I was hesitant when I first tried it a couple of years ago, I am now completely converted. 

I love warming masks, they’re amazing and it’s so strange how they work but basically, when you rub the mask on to skin, it gets warm in heat! This one had a strong ginger scent which was lovely! If you have dry skin, this one would sort you out.
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Saturday, 18 March 2017

10 Vegan-Friendly Beauty Recommendations

As mentioned in a recent blogpost, I have made the decision to lessen the consumption of meat and although I am not a vegan or vegetarian (yet), I am keen on continuing to educate myself on minimising the impact our lifestyle, as a society, have on animals and the environment. 

10 Vegan-Friendly Beauty Recommendations

10 Vegan-Friendly Beauty Recommendations


Diet aside, I’ve also been thinking more and more about vegan friendly beauty products - something that we can all do. I've even found a website which lets you double check if the ingredients are vegan friendly.

With the help from other people, I have been recommended many vegan friendly beauty brands (that contains no animal byproduct as well as being cruelty free). I’ve even found an ingredient’s checker which checks whether a product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, which is a really useful website. 

I’m building up my vegan friendly beauty product section which will be an ongoing thing, and I have many more amazing product recommendations to add to it, so please do come back and check.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Collection For Dry, Sensitive Skin

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Collection For Dry, Sensitive Skin

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Collection For Dry, Sensitive Skin


The Body Shop has launched a new range that’s specially formulated for dry and sensitive skin. I’m lucky that I don't suffer from dry, sensitive skin all year round but I know close friends and family members who have the constant battle of this, and searching for the right products to use so that skin problems don't flare up is a bit of a nightmare; the itchiness, tightness, and all around uncomfortableness.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Better Together Collection by Too Faced x Kat Von D

There’s been a lot of noise about Too Faced Cosmetics in the past 6 months. Since January alone, there has been at least 3 exciting launches, one of which has got everyone talking (The Sweet Peach collection… which I will blog about soon). 

For now, lets talk about Too Faced collaboration with Kat Von D for the Better Together Collection.

Better Together Collection by Too Faced x Kat Von D

Better Together Collection by Too Faced x Kat Von D


I'd say that both of them are pretty ‘out there’ compared other high end beauty brands. It’s unusual for two make-up brands (and essentially, competitors) to team up and especially two that don’t particularly share the same style. Too Faced is colourful, kitsch, and fun, whereas Kat Von D is gothic, dark, and moody - but they have done (marketing) wonders to make this work (after all, opposites attracts!). I guess that it also helps tremendously that the founders of both brands are real life BFFs. Or so we are lead to believe. Not that I don’t believe them… but clever marketing and all that…

Whatever their friendship status is, they have paired up and have sent the message out that we are BETTER TOGETHER. As people who are there for one and another, cheering and supporting and celebrating success together. I think that’s a fantastic and positive message to put out there. 
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Molton Brown Release The Patisserie Parlour Gourmand Collection For Mother's Day

Oh, I just love this time of year because all of my favourite beauty brands launch new collections and new scents that are right up my street. I’ve always got an eye on Molton Brown and what they’re up to, so when I heard that there were releasing a limited edition Gourmand Collection, The Patisserie Parlour, I was like YAY! And just in time for Mother’s Day too.

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey

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Molton Brown’s The Patisserie Parlour consist of three gourmand scents; Comice Pear & Wild Honey*, Exquisite Vanilla and Violet Flower, and Delicious Rhubarb and Rose. I love sweet, dessert-like, foodie scents so this may be my favourite Molton Brown collection to date. I hope they bring is back year on year or extend the collection with new scents.

What draws me to Molton Brown is the way they market each of the scents. Through this, they are able to set the scene with a story about their products and it always evokes a certain memory from my past. Tapping in to the emotional side of the customer and doing it well is a successful formula and Molton Brown does this incredibly well. I fall for it every single time.

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey

“An orchard of pear trees, ripe with plump fruit. Rambling wildflowers scattered in the grass. The charming hum of honey bees. Melt into the warm of a sun-drenched English meadow.”

And from that, it draws my mind to my childhood, growing up in the Yorkshire Dales and visiting farm shops, going on Summer picnics with my family, and enjoying the fresh air of the countryside. We haven’t done that in many years so it’s a memory I love to revisit.

Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey

As described by Molton Brown’s master perfumer, “The fragrance opens with crunchy green leaves, refreshed with subtle hints of bergamot and layered with light petals of gardenia”. The star of the show, of course, is the pear and honey. This fragrance reveals juicy, plump pears with jasmine and lily of the valley. The base notes are honey, caramel, and biscuit to give it that unique gourmand deliciousness.

The stunning Comice Pear & Wild Honey and other scents in the Gourmand Collection includes the Fine Liquid Hand Wash (£18), Hand Lotion (£23), Hand Cream (£10) and gift sets are available from Molton Brown now.

Check out my other blogposts which features Molton Brown.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Spring Lush Haul

A Spring 2017 Lush Haul

A Spring Lush Haul

Just as predicted, I managed to make my previous Lush haul that I bought over the winter month last until Spring. To me, Lush bath products are truly a treat and I am overly previous about it, I keep them for ages until I bring myself to use them. I only use a couple of bath bombs per month, I can never be one of those people that uses 3 bath bombs at a time, let's just put it that way.
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Saturday, 11 March 2017

2 New Products From YSL Beauty For Spring 2017

YSL BEAUTY THE SHOCK COLLECTION

YSL Beauty recently launched their first ever make-up and fragrance co-launch, THE SHOCK which consists of a volumising mascara and a stunning perfume.
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Fashion On A Budget: Lidl's Denim Collection

Lidl's Denim Collection 2017

I’ve been looking for the denim jacket of my 90’s dream and would you believe it, I finally have it and it’s from LIDL! 


Lidl have recently launched a denim collection* which consists of dungarees, shirts, dresses, tops, jackets, jeans, and even shoes! Clothes from Lidl come up big and I’m a little on the short side so the dungarees and dresses are too long - the jeans are also too long (damn you short legs!!) but that can be easily fixed by simply rolling up the hem… or even cut off and left that way, since the ripped look is so ‘in’ at the moment.
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Friday, 3 March 2017

Raising Funds For PETA


I said in one of my first blogposts of the year that I would do more to help others. There's too much pressure to make it a New Year's Resolution but I really am trying to think of other people this year - and if you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that a couple of weeks ago, on my birthday, I donated my time to volunteer at Oxfam. It’s not much but I’m going to stick to my word.

After a bit of thought, I've realised that it’s not too much of a stretch for me to make a small monthly donation to a campaign through fundraising websites like Leetchi.com, it’s easy and secure, and takes less than 5 minutes of my time. I can pick a different one each month and in turn, learn about what they do and how the contribution will help. This month, I will be supporting Lucy Watson’s Leetchi campaign to raise money for PETA UK.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

LookFantastic Beauty Box | The Runway Edition

At the time of writing this, it’s London Fashion Week and the closest thing I’ll get to LFW is this LookFantastic Beauty Box* which is themed around the glamorous event. It’s not as sad as it sounds, honest! In fact, I’d like to be frank (who’s Frank? #dadjoke), I’m very happy to view the coverage from the comfort of my home in the frosty region of the North East. 

LookFantastic Beauty Box | The Runway Edition

If you had spoken to me about fashion shows, models, trends, and runway when I was a fashion student at college and university, I would have been yapping away excitedly, but having taken a step back and realising the fashion world in general is certainly not for my introverted personality (I would describe myself more accurately as an ‘extroverted introvert; but an introvert nonetheless) and I’m ok with. I’m not going to pretend or feign enthusiasm, because as much as I love the buzz and the good kind of goosebumps you get from being at a fashion show and nice clothes, the hysteria that surrounds Fashion Week kinda terrifies me! 

Anyway, going back to LookFantastic beauty box for February which is nod to Fashion Week (would much rather this anyway than a Valentines theme), subscribers will get 6 beauty products from premium brands for £13 per box. It’s the closest I’ll get to LFW.

LookFantastic Beauty Box | The Runway Edition

I know there are A LOT of beauty boxes around and I’m very familiar with most of them after trying them out, but one thing I like to do is try to distinguish what their unique selling point is. 

From what I gather, everyone has received the same items. If your gripe about beauty boxes is that you can never guarantee that you’ll get the same contents as someone else (resulting in, understandably, disappointed customers) then Look Fantastic might be the best option. 

Here is what’s inside this month’s LookFantastic Beauty Box:

LookFantastic Beauty Box | The Runway Edition

Polaar Icy Magic Roll On, £25

Do you suffer from puffy, tired eyes? Then I would recommend Polaar’s Icy Magic Roll On. To me, this was the product that stood out most when I opened the box, and after a few sleepless nights, I couldn’t wait to try this on the eye contour area. I don’t think it has any effectiveness in combating wrinkles, so it is another added step to your morning routine before you apply your usual eye cream, but Icy Magic Roll On is like gliding an ice cube over your skin! It’s immediately cooling, energising, and feels sooo refreshing on skin. 


Model Co. Eye Lites Metallic Shadow, £15

I would love to say that I suit metallic eyeshadows but no matter how much I make it work, I must accept defeat. Model Co. are a great brand and this eyeshadow shade is super pretty; it’s bronze with an iridescent diamond effect - it can be used on it’s own or over your eyeshadow of choice, but anything this shimmery doesn’t suit me. I don’t have a large area above my eyes to work with and something as sparkly as this only makes my eyes appear smaller. But I will be passing it on to someone who wants it, nothing EVER goes to waste around here!


This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less, £12

I really like This Works products, and this little roll-on is ideal for stressful times. It has a calming infusion of eucalyptus and lavender to fight tension and insomnia. I find that it’s quite reassuring to carry something like this around in your handbag. I’m quite a stresshead so I always have Rescue Remedy with me but I might see if Deep Sleep Stress Less is better for helping me to feel more at ease.

LookFantastic Beauty Box | The Runway Edition

MyVitamins Catwalk Queen (Supplement), £6.49

There are so many types of supplements out there, and it can be overwhelming to know which one is most effective for you. They’re expensive too so yeah, there’s that. It’s nice to have someone recommend something and tell you a bit about it which is exactly what LookFantastic have done here. MyVitamins Catwalk Queenn is a blend of vitamins, minerals, and extracts including Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Bamboo Extract to boost the natural appearance of hair, skin, and nails.


The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors +HA, £5

I’ve been hearing a lot about The Ordinary lately, so I’m extremely pleased to see this face moisturiser amongst this month’s LookFantastic’s Beauty Box selection! I have so many creams and lotions to go through so I haven’t actually opened this yet, but I like anything with Hyaluronic Acid on during winter, it’s great for dry and dehydrated skin. It makes your skin plumper too. It cost around £5 for the 30ml tube, so it’s a really affordable price.


Borghese Fango Mud Mask, £23

The first time I heard of this brand was in Sex And The City when they were confessing what the SSB is (Secret Single Behaviour) and Miranda’s was that she wears Borghese conditioning gloves while watching infomercials. Remember that? I opened this cute little pod of pink coloured clay based mask and applied it to my skin, but I soon realised that it contained parabens. I don't like using skincare that has parabens in it. The pod was cute, and you can get 3 uses out of it, it was also quite a novelty to use a pink face mask (think this is my first time) and the clay softened my skin, but I wouldn’t repurchase for as long as it the formula includes parabens.

This month, all subscribers will receive a free copy of the latest Elle Magazine too.

Check out my other beauty box reviews here. If you would like the sound of LookFantastic Beauty Box, it's £13 per month and you can sign up here.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Outfit Post: Shades Of Grey

uk fashion blogger winter outfit

I think these photos were taken just at the end of Autumn, just before the leaves went brown and started falling to the ground. I caught a cold that week but managed to drag myself away from bed to take a walk in the park, breathe in fresh air, and get on top of my work. I absolutely hate being stuck in bed, it really depresses me, so the walk did me a whole lotta good. I highly recommend it if you’re feeling a bit groggy (although perhaps don’t pick a day that’s wet and windy). 
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Lipstick With A Built-In Lip Liner | Benefit They're Real Double The Lip

Benefit teased us with these during the festive period and if you were one of the lucky ones who received the exclusive Benefit They’re Real Big Sexy Lip Kit, you would have been the first ones to try the new lipsticks before it was officially launched.

Benefit They're Real Double The Lip

Benefit They're Real Double The Lip

Adding to their very popular, best-selling They’re Real range, Benefit's first big release of the year are 8 brand new lipsticks. You will notice that They’re Real Double The Lip's packaging design is inline with the rest of the collection so it is instantly recognisable.

Trust Benefit to come up with something different; These lipsticks are a lipstick and lip liner 2-in-1 (and interesting concept). When you take the lid off, you will see a tear-shaped tip with two complementing shades in it. Benefit have carefully chosen the shades, so even though they look completely different to one another, they actually go together really well.
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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Birchbox x Papier UK | February 2017 Edition


One of the things I love about Birchbox* is not conforming to the theme of Valentine’s Day for their February edition. I appreciated this move last year and they’ve done it again this year. Valentine’s Day has been and gone (thank God), but it’s still relevant to talk about this month’s Birchbox.


This month’s is a collaboration with UK stationery brand, Papier. There are two leafy prints to choose from and those who upgrade their subscription will receive a really pretty Papier notebook (expect to see this a lot in my flatlays on Instagram… It is the perfect blog photo prop!)


As well as the beautiful Papier notebook, you will also receive 5 beauty samples. This varies slightly from box to box so you might not get the exact same but every subscriber this month will receive a Spectrum make-up brush and the POP Beauty eyeshadow!


Spectrum Eyeshadow Brush


I love it when beauty boxes include a branded make-up brush for us to try. Especially when it’s from a brand as cute as Spectrum! I’ve tried a couple of make-up brushes from Spectrum before and have been really happy with them. The one I’ve got is the Marbelous Eye Brush; fluffy, with a tapered tip. 



POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio


Usually when I receive eyeshadow palettes in beauty boxes, they haven’t always been to my taste. But when they get it right, they get it SO RIGHT, and this is prime example. The nude/brown shades in the eyeshadow palette is suitable for every day wear so I can literally pick it up every day and use the same three shades. I’m not in to experimenting with eyeshadow colours so this is perfect. 


KEEOME Hydration Therapy Mask


Beauty consumers in the far east have been using sheet masks way before it hit the market over here in the UK. I used to stock up on it everytime I went to Hong Kong, taking up precious luggage allowance, so I’m mega pleased I can buy them here whenever I want. To be honest, I haven’t really used sheet masks in the past few years - I see it as a convenient product that I can use whenever I haven’t got the time, but I will always make time to pamper! Always. Once a week without fail and it’s a time that I always look forward to. 

Sheet masks are as a mid-week treat when you’re feeling worn down and your skin needs a pick-me-up. They are, like I said, easy and convenient to use. Just take it out of the packaging, pop it on your face, and relax. I actually can’t wait to use this one by KEEOME, a Korean beauty brand. My skin is feeling so dry this winter, so hopefully this sheet mask will give it the hydration it needs until my nice facial session.



SHOW Premiere Dry Shampoo


This is the poshest dry shampoo I have ever used. Just look at it, I’m almost too scared to use too much of it! It’s formula includes tapioca powder and rice starch to absorb oil and the botanical extracts (aloe vera, mango, kiwi, and ginger lily) helps to condition the hair. 



Beaver Professional Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray


Suffering from dry hair? This Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray by Beaver Professional will help. I have so many things in my bag to keep my face and hands moisturised throughout the day but I forget to do the same for my hair. I have hair balms and sprays but I just always forget, and then I complain about it and wonder my hair feels so dry and frazzled.

This Daily Moisturiser Conditioning Spray will nourish, detangle, de-frizz, protects against breakages, whilst adding moisture. It might just be my new handbag beauty essential!

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If you fancy trying out some new beauty product from luxury brands, sign up to Birchbox for £10 per month. Check out my other Birchbox blogposts to check what the previous boxes have been like.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

3 Hair Products That Adds Volume & Create Messy Texture Without Hair Spray


I got my hair cut recently and OMG it feels so good! 

After having a bad salon experience last year, I waited for my hair to grow (along with my confidence) before going back but I eventually plucked up the courage to book an appointment and I’m really glad I did.


3 Hair Products That Adds Volume & Create Messy Texture


It was one of those things that I kept putting off and now that I’ve been and done it, it feels great. It’s incredible how much hair effects someone’s confidence, but I’ll never take it for granted. I’m glad to be feeling like myself again.

More importantly, I’m so pleased to have low-maintenance hair. Now it’s shorter, all I need to do is wash it, blow-dry the roots, scrunch the ends with my hands and leave it to dry naturally on it’s own. A bit of styling product helps it along the way to give it some hold. For added texture and more control, I like to use the following three products:


L'Oreal Techni Art Morning After Dust*, £12 (shop link)


This is perfectly fine to use as a dry shampoo, especially on ‘next day hair’ to revive the roots and refresh in-between washes. It has a nice, light fragrance and it doesn’t leave a powdery build-up on the scalp. I’ve been using this for a few months as a dry shampoo, it absorbs oil without that icky, chalky residue. But as well as the convenience factor of a dry shampoo, it’s also a fantastic product for boosting volume at the roots. It’s not the kind of big volume that you get when using a traditional, standard hairspray but it gives a little bit of a lift. 


L'Oreal Wild Stylers Techni Art Next Day Hair*, £14.99 (shop link)


You know when next day hair is just easier to style? Well, this mineral powder fixing spray has a fine diffusion emulates that to make it more manageable when you're styling your hair. Used on dry hair as a finishing touch, it tames fly-aways, adds a texturised effect, and a piece-y, tousled finish. It feels natural (a non-sticky, matte finish that can easily be brushed out), so no worries about the spray making it feel crunchy or dry.

L'oreal Wild Stylers Techni Art Beach Waves

L'Oreal Wild Stylers Techni Art Beach Waves*, £11.95 (shop link)


I'm really in to that messy, just-rolled-out-of-bed-look - and on occasion, when I've accidentally slept in, I actually go out with literally rolled-out-of-bed-look. Because y'know. I just rolled out of bed, but we've all done that, right?...

When my freshly curled hair needs more texture, I use a salt spray to style it instead of hair spray for a more natural look. Salt spray is especially great for beachy, loose waves, but I sometimes use it on straight hair too - it adds texture, so it's not limp and fluffy.

Just a few sprays on either damp or dry ends will do, I'd say about 5-6 spritzes all over for an effortless mermaid-hair goals! Any more than that and your luscious locks will feel rough and tangly. 

Have you tried any of these hair products from L'Oreal?

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