20 Apr 2017

The Too Faced sweet peach collection


I'm beyond late to the party talking about these I know, but how could I not sing the praises of such a gorgeous collection?  You can always rely on Too Faced to bring it with unique and quirky packaging, and the products inside are darn good too!  A blogger I used to absolutely love put some of these in her ‘anti-haul’ and said she wouldn’t be buying them because the packaging is so childish… I’m a fair bit older than her but couldn’t disagree more, I think makeup should be fun!

17 Apr 2017

Insta-scam? Instagram fakery, how to spot it, and that time I gave it a go (and instantly regretted it...)


They say "fake it until you make it", but when it comes to your social media following, instagram in particular, I think honesty is the only policy.  Over the last week or two there's been so much chatter on social about fake followings on instagram, and the whole thing has really fascinated me.  I mean I haven't been living under a rock, I knew buying fake followers on instagram was a thing, but I don't think I appreciated the extent to which this is happening, and with bloggers / vloggers I follow and look up to.  I don't know exactly who it is (although I'll explain later how I've narrowed down my suspicions), but people have been alluding to some very big bloggers having built their whole careers on a purchased social media score, and they're living the high life on fancy blogger trips and raking in the high end makeup, handbags and so on.  It feels to me like this is all about to blow up, as people just don't want to be duped anymore, and once the PRs start to care about this too, well you bet that's going to kick up a stink!

13 Apr 2017

L'Oreal Infaliable Matte and Infalliable Total Cover foundation comparison review


When I saw that L'Oreal had added a new foundation to their Infallible range I was really excited to try it.  I've used the Infallible matte foundation before (I'm on my second tube) and have always really liked the coverage and the finish, so a new version that suggests 'total cover' was something I was all over.  

5 Apr 2017

The pixi pretties blogger collaborations - full review on all the products!


Pixi have recently teamed up with some youtube and blogger heavy-weights to bring out some awesome collaborations, and I've been lucky enough to get to try them all out!  I know, Pixi are so generous, and because of that I wanted to give each and every product some proper on-my-face time so that I could really do this review justice.  I've spent time using all of the products and I've definitely found some firm favourites that I now reach for daily.  

31 Mar 2017

Old favourites and new launches from YSL


For a long while now, YSL's Le Teint Touche Éclat has been one of my favourite foundations, and I always use it alongside the matching YSL Touche Éclat blur primer.  I thought it was about time I explained why I think this foundation is amazing for combination skin, as initially it wasn't one that I expected to work for me on both the dry and oily areas of my face.  There's also a lovely new mascara out which you need to try - it's even better than my beloved YSL false lash effect mascara!

19 Mar 2017

Luxury Mother's Day gift ideas from Amara.com


Mother’s Day can really sneak up can’t it?  Somewhere between the excitement of pancake day, the start of spring and Easter, you can easily forget (it's next Sunday if you're wondering!).  I feel bad for my boyfriend because he also has my birthday and his Mum’s birthday in the run up to Mother’s Day, so I think he kind of runs out of ideas and energy!  This year we were invited to choose some Mother’s Day gifts from amara.com and it’s totally taken the pain out of the process for him - you can see the relief on his little face!

17 Mar 2017

Mother's Day gift ideas - bath caddy and accessory storage stand


Yep, it's that time of year again - hit the panic button because it's nearly mother's day and you've no idea what to buy Mum this year!  Don't worry, because I have some really practical and beautiful ideas for you from aplaceforeverything.co.uk 

14 Mar 2017

My end of winter beauty favourites


It's probably a really daft thing to say, but much as I love a lot of things about winter, the cold and darkness really seems to have dragged on this year, and I'd had enough by the end of January!  Spring is finally on the way, and I'm excited for all the new-ness that brings, so what better time to look back at the products I've been loving over the past season eh?

7 Mar 2017

The Beauty Breakdown


Hey, I'm back with another beauty breakdown and this time it's a real mixed bag of new discoveries, some have been really good and are new favourites for me, while others have just been plain weird!

23 Feb 2017

Too Faced and Kat Von D Better Together Collection


Too Faced are knocking it out of the park lately with their collaborations!  You may have seen recently over on my Instagram I mentioned a limited edition collaboration between Skinny Dip and Too Faced which resulted in a gorgeous glitzy makeup bag filled with some of Too Faced most popular products.  That one was a little more difficult for us to get hold of here in the UK, so it's good to know that the next amazing collab Too Faced have for us is available at Debenhams.  Oh and did I mention it's only a collab with the amazing Kat Von D!!!

21 Feb 2017

My current beauty wish list


It's typical for me to make wish lists when I can't spend, go guess what? I'm on a ban!  What's funny about it is that I've not put myself on the ban - my best friends have imposed it because it's my birthday next month and they don't want me going out and buying things they might have already bought me!  Sounds sweet right?  It is, but their warning was rather venomous and they're not to be messed with, so window shopping only for me!

17 Feb 2017

Purple Heart - the new fragrance by Katie Price


When I was a kid my Mum called me the 'pink and purple people eater' because those were my favourite colours and I would always put them together.  I think back then if I'd been able to create a perfume, it would have looked exactly like this one by Katie Price!  All the gorgeous shades of Pink, purple and holographic to boot!  The fragrance is called Purple Heart, and it's available exclusively from Tam Beauty - the Makeup Revolution guys.

14 Feb 2017

Tropic Colour Click Lipstick and Lip Gaze review and swatches, plus win your favourite shades!


I'm back after what feels like so long!  I've been poorly with the whole cough and cold situation that's been going around and I just couldn't find the energy to blog and take photos - I could barely keep my eyes open for Netflix! Anyway, a great post to come back to and make me feel better is one filled with beautiful new makeup colours, like this collection of lipsticks and glosses from Tropic.  This is my first time trying the brand, so it's been really fun to experiment with the products.  Stay on until the end for all the lip swatches and a chance to win your favourite shades!

31 Jan 2017

Benefit They're Real Double The Lip - lipsticks with built in lip liner


Benefit have added a new line to the They're Real range, and to my surprise, it's not an eye product!  They're Real Double the Lip is a range of lipsticks with a built in lip liner, all cleverly shaped like a teardrop to make application super easy.

26 Jan 2017

Elemis Skin Solutions Hydrating Facial at Debenhams


After the excesses of Christmas and the general toll winter takes on my skin, my poor little face was in need of some TLC, so it was good timing for Elemis to be launching a new collection of in-store facials!  They're called Skin Solutions facials, and there are five to choose from depending on your skin's needs. 

18 Jan 2017

Bringing back the glow with Pixi skintreats



January can be such a grey and gloomy time, Christmas is over, it's cold and we've spent all our money - it's no wonder that even my skin feels glum!  My skin becomes very dry and dull in winter, so I'm always keen to try out anything that might make me look a little more lively, and these gems from Pixi's skincare range are just the trick 💕

10 Jan 2017

Winter knitwear wish list

Last weekend, when the weather was pretty chilly and I was about to get dressed to go out, I realised that I hardly own any jumpers!  I'm not really sure how this has happened, but over time I've just become more and more of a dress wearer, to the point where I hardly have much of a winter casj wardrobe at all.  Generally I don't think jumpers are the most flattering on me, certainly not if they're bulky and have no shape at all to them.  But, I decided to have a look around for some more interesting knitwear that might work well - generally longer styles with a bit of structure or a finer knit seem to be good options.  And somehow, unintentionally, all of my choices are either pink or grey!

8 Jan 2017

If I was a rich girl.... (na-nah na-nah na-nah na-nah na-nah nah)


It's such a reflective time of year right now what with people setting goals, making resolutions and embarking on new challenges such as losing weight, getting fit, saving for a holiday or starting a new hobby.  I'm a real sucker for getting all of those new year new start feelings too.  I've also been indulging myself in the odd daydream of how my life would change if I were a millionaire, maybe it's all that Christmas cheese I ate !  

5 Jan 2017

My 2016 beauty favourites


Happy New Year!  I've had a lovely little break over Christmas and hope you did too.  Now I know I rarely do favourites posts, but as we've just started a new year, I felt like looking back on what I'd enjoyed in 2016.  The year that gave us Brexit and Trump at least had a few great new beauty products! 

29 Dec 2016

New Year's Eve hair / how I curl my hair with ghds


With Christmas over and New Year now becoming the focus, I'm sure lots of us are already thinking about how we're going to celebrate and what kind of party look we want to go for.  I'm not great at up-dos at all, but really enjoy putting curls and waves in my hair to give me a look that says I made an effort!  ghd kindly sent me their platinum copper luxe premium gift set and challenged me to create a festive look with added sparkle, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share my tips on how I use ghds to curl my hair.