18 Jul 2016

L'Occitane celebrates 40th anniversary with limited edition Lavender and Verbena products

The gorgeously luxe French skincare brand L'Occitane is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion they've launched selected products with limited edition packaging.

12 Jul 2016

Putting matte liquid lipsticks to the test - NYX, Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop and Sleek

I'll admit I'm somewhat late to the matte liquid lipstick game - I've spent a good long while trying to resist the trend, as I much prefer comfortable balmy feel on my lips, but I can't deny that the whole nineties inspired, Kylie Jenner famed lip is a beautiful thing.  I've jumped in with trepidation, going for slightly safer colours, and brand choices that avoided me the midnight scrum for a Kylie lip kit.  For me that was the right approach, because I'm now addicted to wearing these shades in rotation, and can't wait to broaden my colour spectrum further, especially with Colourpop's news of delivery to the UK starting today!

6 Jul 2016

My summer holiday beauty favourites

Well this makes a change for me, doing a holiday favourites.  I usually go on my main holiday in September, and by the time I get back it's all Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, and by that time it doesn't seem worth talking about summer holiday products!  This year I've just recently been to Dubai staying in a beach resort, so I thought I'd maximise on the chance to chat about summer products, especially as there's not so much need for them with our crabby old UK weather :(

4 Jul 2016

New from it cosmetics at QVC - bye bye redness and the beautiful you face disc

Following on from the hotly anticipated launch of it cosmetics in the UK earlier this year, QVC have now added even more products to the line up so that we can get our hands on them over here.  If like me you follow US beauty youtubers and blogs, you'll probably have seen these products before - I'd certainly noticed some hype around them so was really excited to hear that they've joined the QVC range and couldn't wait to try them out for myself.  Spoiler alert... they didn't disappoint! 

23 Jun 2016

The Glamour Summer Edit box from Latest In Beauty

Well would you look at that - a subscription box I can really get excited about!  I stopped my beauty box subscriptions long ago as I just wasn't using all of the products and received too many things that I didn't like or would never use.  It's impossible for these companies to keep everyone happy, or to personalise the boxes to the extent we might like!  I much prefer the trend we're seeing in one-off boxes (like the lovely collab British Beauty Blogger did recentlywhere you get to see the contents of the box before you part with your cash.  

16 Jun 2016

Nails Inc Coconut Bright Gel Effect polishes in summer shades

Nails Inc have enhanced their gel effect formula with coconut water to hydrate and condition nails for their new Coconut Brights Gel Effect range.  This appeals to me so much at the moment as I had a bad DIY shellac experience and my nails are so weak right now!  They're also of course super appealing due to being such bright and fun summer shades - so much so that I couldn't resist wearing them all at once for a skittles mani!

9 Jun 2016

L'Occitane violette & rose de mai fragrance

Hey, long time no blog!  To explain my absence, I've been busy sunning myself in gorgeous Dubai, but more about that another time.  Today is all about a beautiful new fragrance launch from L'Occitane which is so perfect for this time of year.  Let me introduce you to Violette & Rose De Mai...

19 May 2016

My spring beauty wish list

Believe it or not I went through a bit of a phase during winter where I didn't buy any makeup.  I hadn't put myself on a spending ban or anything like that, there just wasn't anything that was ringing my want or need radar.  Come spring however, my makeup spidey-senses awoke with a a vengeance, and apparently I need all of the makeup all over again!  Some of the bits entered my wish list when they were only available in the US, so I spent a while filling a Sephora basket, checking the postage and customs charges, laughing and un-filling it again sharpish!  Knowing that I was not far away from my Dubai holiday (it's finally here now and I go on Saturday!!!) I thought it was probably sensible to see what the Sephora there stocks and how the prices weigh up compared to a US to UK online order.

16 May 2016

The Precious Petals Beauty Box by British Beauty Blogger and L'Occitane, Melvita and Erborian

The Precious Petals box by British Beauty Blogger is back in stock, but I doubt it'll last long, so even though I don't have my box in my greedy little mitts yet, I wanted to share all the details with you now so that you can snap one up before they're all gone!

12 May 2016

It Cosmetics at QVC - a full review on every product!

Have you ever heard of It Cosmetics?  It's a US brand, and I've previously seen their products raved about by American Youtubers and Bloggers all the time - so much so that I ordered the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer from The States a few months back because I needed it in my life!  The good news is that It Cosmetics has landed in the the UK, and some of their range is now being stocked at QVC.  There are many things I love about QVC, but the fact that they make brands like It Cosmetics and Tarte accessible to us over here is certainly top of that list!

I was originally going to do a first impressions post on all of the products in the range around the launch date, but when I watched one of the QVC shows on the first weekend and saw everything had sold out already and was on waitlist or an extended delivery, I realised that it might be better to road-test the products fully, and tell you about them once they've mostly come back into stock.  There are some real hero products here that have become staples in my makeup routine already, so let me walk you through everything.

7 May 2016

Urban Decay Summer 2016 collection review and swatches

Oh my goodness I've had such a busy week... this post was supposed to go up on Monday and I've literally been writing it in my head every day as I sit and do my makeup before work.  I have my holiday to Dubai coming up in less than two weeks now (whooop!) so lots of prep for that has been going on, plus being on the Slimming World plan takes a lot of planning and time cooking things from scratch, and I've had a boot fair and big charity makeup sale to do, plus this week I've been stressing about a slightly unsuccessful trip to get my hair done and I'm going back later today for some tweaking.  So yeah, lots going on for me and I am prone to being a little bit of a stress ball sometimes, so not being able to write this post this week has been freaking me out!  Anyway, finally here we are, let's look at some of Urban Decay's lush summer collection for 2016.

28 Apr 2016

The greasy hair saviour - L'Oreal extraordinary clay

I've been struggling with greasy roots for years, so much so that I'd practically given up trying out new shampoos and treatments, and had just resigned myself to being an every day washer.  When I first heard about the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range I wasn't even interested, because these things never seem to work for me, but after I saw a few positive mentions popping up on social media, and then a special offer in Boots, I gave in and decided to try it out.

26 Apr 2016

Crown Brush 10 colour concealer palette and face brush review

So this is going to be a review of the Crown Brush 10 colour concealer palette (and brushes), but forgive me if at any point I call it a 'contour palette' by mistake, as that's all I see when I look at this array of light to dark creamy shades!  

21 Apr 2016

The Body Shop British Rose collection

The Body Shop British Rose collection is a perfect range for spring with packaging covered in beautiful blooms and softly rose scented products.  The collection is huge covering bath and body, fragrance, makeup and nails, so there's something for everyone, and makes it easier for us all to justify picking up something up from the range!

19 Apr 2016

Finally, a hands-free hairdryer, and it's a game changer!

I've never been one of those people that's just naturally good at doing their hair.  I can't french-plait, I can't fish-tail, and I certainly haven't mastered the art of the round brush bouncy blow dry, always blaming it on the fact that I just don't have enough hands for the job.  It was a good few years ago that I remember first moaning about needing a hands-free hairdryer for this exact issue, and now it's actually a reality!

15 Apr 2016

Three perfect primers

Okay well maybe not 100% perfect, I just liked the alliteration, but these are certainly three really good primers that I’ve been switching between lately depending on what tricks my skin feels like getting up to.  I never go without a primer under my foundation, as not only do most primers make your makeup last longer, they can prep the skin, hide redness, add radiance, balance oil and hydration,  blur lines and do all sorts of other good things in an attempt to make my finished face look more flawless.

1 Apr 2016

The March beauty breakdown

March has been such a busy month for me with my birthday and two trips away (one to a log cabin in the woods which I blogged about here - Log cabin weekend away in Norfolk - and one to Rome over my birthday which I shall be writing about very soon) - I've been very lucky!  I'm not complaining of course, but I've become a little bit behind with everything I want to blog about, so my beauty breakdown round-up is the perfect opportunity for a fast catch up to get you up to speed on some of the items I've been excited to share this month... no April Fools here!

30 Mar 2016

REN instant brightening beauty shot eye lift review

The REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift (a very grand name for an eye cream!) has recently launched, and with a promise like 'eye lift' in the title, of course I was going to want to try it out...

29 Mar 2016

Shea Moisture strengthen and restore shampoo and treatment masque review

My hair has been drier than ever this winter in the lengths and ends, and I've really noticed it looking more damaged.  For the first time I think I'd actually class my hair as brittle, and it's been prone to breaking, so the ideal time to be trying out some of the Shea Moisture range seeing as it's named 'strengthen and restore'!

23 Mar 2016

Travel: Romantic log cabin weekend in Norfolk with Forest Holidays

On the weekend of Mother's Day I was a very bad daughter and went away with Dan to stay in a log cabin in the woods!  In my defence, when I booked this trip back in December I had no idea that it was over Mother's day as it was much earlier than usual this year!  I've not been on this kind of break before, but we had such a great, relaxing time, so I thought I'd share some photos and tell you a bit about what we got up to at Thorpe Forest.