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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