30 Nov 2015

Panasonic IPL hair removal system first impressions review

Next to make-up brush washing, unwanted hair removal has got to be up there with the most hated beauty chores, right?  As someone with dark hair and fair skin, shaving, waxing or epilating is all part of daily life, especially in the summer.  It's nice to have a bit of a break in the winter when you can hide away in thick wooly tights a lot of the time!  I've never considered having a salon based laser treatment, as I don't think my level of hairiness is all that extreme, but an at home solution I can try myself is very tempting.  Panasonic have asked me to try out their IPL hair removal system, which works to delay regrowth over time with continued use, so I thought I'd start off by sharing my first impressions.

26 Nov 2015

Urban Decay Vice 4 palette review and swatches

Urban Decay are on a serious roll at the moment.  Not long ago we were introduced to a new palette in the Naked family (here's my Naked Smoky palette review and swatches), this weekend saw the launch of their amazing collab with Gwen Stefani (Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette swatches) and there's a new Vice palette just in time for your Christmas list!

#ShesGotBalls - raising awareness of testicular cancer

This November, male cancer charity Orchid, has got together with Ladbrokes Bingo to raise awareness of testicular cancer.  The campaign's called #ShesGotBalls and it encourages women to show their support by uploading their 'ballsy' selfies on their social media alongside making a £3 donation.  

24 Nov 2015

Wunderbrow and Wunderextensions review - gimmicky names, great products!

There are two things guaranteed to make my face look slightly more lively and presentable to the world, the first is mascara, and the second is filled brows.  I feel naked without either of them, and every year when I go on holiday I stress over waterproof products to use for the beach or pool.  Shallow?  Maybe.  Vain?  Yes.  But that's what makes me feel that bit more comfortable.  

19 Nov 2015

The limited edition Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette collaboration

So many makeup palettes get released in the lead up to Christmas, that it can all get a little bit much for an eyeshadow hoarder like me.  My Christmas list reads like a Sephora stock check, and I have to remind myself that I have just the one face, and should whittle down to just the palettes I really *need*.  If you're the same, one palette I'd recommend reserving a special place for under the tree this year is the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani collaboration.  It's such a lovely mix of shades and textures in gorgeous packaging, but be warned, it's limited edition, and going on sale this weekend!

17 Nov 2015

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation review

Make Up For Ever originally introduced their HD foundation in response to advances in technology meaning that HD cameras and TVs were showing skin in greater detail than ever.  HD quality has progressed more and more over time and we now have 4K, so the new Ultra HD foundation is the upgraded version of the original formula. 

13 Nov 2015

Christmas Gifting - Gillette Flexball Spectre gift set

I love everything about Christmas, but the one thing that bugs me every year and puts me off just a little, is the stress I go through trying to work out what to buy the men in the family.  When I ask them what they'd like for Christmas I'm greeted with helpful responses like "I don't need anything" or "I don't know, you choose" and worst of all "I'll have a think about it..." which of course they won't - it's just a fogging tactic to get rid of me!  

11 Nov 2015

My favourite autumn treats

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, autumn is my favourite season.  I know it’s so ‘in’ to like autumn now, but truly I’ve always loved it.  I’m not a summer person at all – hot weather is not my thing – two weeks on holiday in the sun is plenty for me, and after that I’m ready for tights, cosy socks, blankets, candles, hot chocolate… you get the idea.

I love to change up practically everything in my routine once the colder weather sets in and my holidays are over – I nearly always go away in September, and it’s like I leave during summer and arrive home to autumn having begun.  So I thought it’d be nice to share a mixture of the treats I’ve been enjoying this year.

6 Nov 2015

Red Carpet Ready starter kit review - gel nails in 5 minutes? Really?!

I love having glossy, bright, painted nails.  It makes me feel pulled together, and finishes a look perfectly.  I'm one of those people that would never choose to go out with naked nails, and I change my colour every couple of days - mainly because of chipping.  It means I must spend a whole lot of my week doing my nails - I'd prefer it if my polish lasted longer and didn't need attention every 48 hours or so, which is why I love at home gel kits.  I've tried several before, and I like to think I'm quite good at it, but the whole process from start to finish usually takes about an hour with most methods, so I don't make the effort to put on a gel often enough.  The answer of course, is a gel manicure that takes no longer to apply than a regular polish, and that's what Red Carpet Manicure have created with their Red Carpet Ready One Step system.  They claim it takes just five minutes to complete their manicure, and I was more than happy to put that to the test.

3 Nov 2015

L'Occitane's 2015 Christmas gifting collection in collaboration with Pierre Hermé, and an amazing advent calendar!

L'Occitane make some of the loveliest gifts around, and this Christmas is no exception!  2015 sees a collection of beautifully presented gifts designed in collaboration with pastry chef extraordinaire Pierre Hermé.  I love the colourful packaging with a subtle nod to macarons and all things sweet, combined with delicate, fresh and floral scents.  

29 Oct 2015

Too Faced haul of gorgeousness - Cocoa Contour, Love Flush Blush, Melted Metal lipstick and Love eyeshadow palette

There's nothing more satisfying to me than photographing beautiful makeup in pretty packaging.  My photography skills are kind of still evolving, but when it comes to shooting products as good looking as this, even I can't mess it up!  The products I'm talking about today are some new and new-ish launches from the Gods of amazingly presented makeup - Too Faced.

26 Oct 2015

Florida 2015 part 1 - My top tips for staying at Walt Disney World

I went on holiday to Florida in September - we did the whole theme park thing and had such an amazing time.  I've been to Florida before, but not for a good few years, so I'd been building up to this and planning everything all year.  It was amazing to finally get there and follow my plans, but also so sad when it was all over!  I always intend to share more travel stuff on this blog, but never seem to get around to it, but this time I think I'm really going to enjoy sharing my holiday memories and tips with you so that I can re-live the magic too!  

22 Oct 2015

Free Marks and Spencers beauty gift worth £60 (with a £25 purchase in store)

Since Marks and Spencer started stocking other brands a few years back, it paved the way for a whole new beauty hall experience on the high street.  Their beauty offering has kept on growing, including well known favourites as well as more unique and boutique brands.  

20 Oct 2015

Models Own Hypergel Twilight collection review and swatches

Arriving home from a lovely holiday is always a bit of a downer, especially when you're faced with back to work blues, sudden cold temperatures and heaps of washing!  The perfect pick me up for me whilst doing all that unpacking was sorting through my post, and opening four beautiful shades from Models Own's new Twilight Hypergel collection...

14 Oct 2015

Brow taming must-haves - Silk Fibre Brow, Delilah Brow Line and Benefit Brows a-go-go

It's easy to become a little bit obsessed with your brows, isn't?  It's true that they really do frame your face, and can completely change or finish your look, depending on what you do with them, but they're also pretty tricky customers to deal with.  These days I'm a fan of having a professional work their magic on my brow shape with waxing or threading and during the summer I paid my first visit to Benefit's brow wizards at the Carnaby Street boutique brow bar.  I enjoyed a brow mapping session followed my tinting and waxing.  Amy did my brows - she's really lovely by the way, and has amazing quirky nail art - and made an excellent job of giving me a really good shape without taking too much off.  The brow mapping really helped me to understand how to figure out where my brows should start and finish to get their overall shape, and although she firmly told me I mustn't pluck between visits, I just can't help myself - my brows grow really quickly, honest!

8 Oct 2015

Autumn skincare - Kiehl's newness and old favourites

As autumn creeps in, my skincare routine naturally steps up a gear to prepare for the unfriendly conditions ahead.  Hydrating masques become an essential, and extra layers of hydration are needed daily to combat both the cold outdoor temperatures and the drying effects of central heating.  I’ve been conducting a little review of my current skincare options in preparation for the chilly times approaching, and realised I’m really happy with all of the Kiehl’s products I’ve been using lately, and will be carrying them through to the new season, so I thought I’d share them with you, old and new. 

5 Oct 2015

Trying out the Lipofirm Pro cellulite treatment at Waterlily Beauty Clinic in Dalston

Everyone has a different part of their body that they dislike, or would want to change if they could, and for me it's my thighs. For as long as I can remember I've carried extra weight there. There are worse problems in the world I know, and generally it doesn't take over my life, as I can just hide them away. It's all good, until it's time to go on holiday. At the beach, pool or water park, my thighs have nowhere to hide, and having them on show really fills me with dread! So as you can imagine, when I was invited to try a non-surgical lipo treatment less than a week before my holiday, I leapt at the chance (but not that high because, you know, chunky thighs...).

The treatment I had is called Lipofirm Pro and the salon I went to is called Waterlily Beauty Clinic, based in Dalston. They specialise in advanced face and body treatments using new technologies and you'll find the same kind of treatments and techniques as you would on Harley Street, but at much friendlier prices! 

30 Sep 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette review and giveaway!

I'm back!  I'm so sorry for the massive break while I was on holiday - it's possibly the longest I've ever gone without posting in six years, and it didn't feel right at all, but I was so absorbed in the crazy planning process for Florida.  I had an amazing time, so all worthwhile and I hope you'll excuse the lack of posts.  I have some Florida and Disney related content coming soon, but first I really wanted to launch this giveaway, which I actually meant to pop up before my holiday... I think this gorgeous palette has been worth the wait!

2 Sep 2015

Disney World packing and prepping - my Florida holiday essentials

I may have mentioned once or twice... that I'm going to Florida this month!  I've been to Florida and all of the theme parks quite a few times, as it was our favourite family holiday when I was growing up, and this will be my fourth time going back as an adult, and third trip with my boyfriend.  I'm slowing bringing him around to the idea of loving Florida holidays too!

31 Aug 2015

Sunshine, good wine, tasty food and great friends - the perfect cure for a stressful week!

So today's the last day of August, and it's grey and raining outside.  Is summer over already?  I hope not, but if it is, I'm pleased I made the most of the sunny evening on Friday.  It was the perfect time to get the girls round for wine, food and much needed catch up after a really stressful couple of weeks for me.