27 Oct 2016

The second Tili box from QVC

After trying out my first Tili box a couple of months ago (see it here) I couldn't wait to get my hands on the goodies in the next one!  The second edition of QVC's 'Try it, Love it' box is possibly even better than the first, or maybe I just couldn't wait to try that Tarte mascara...

26 Oct 2016

REN face mask review and 30% off special offer code

REN have a fantastic special offer starting today - until 31st October you can enjoy 30% off all of their face masks when you use the code MASK 30 at renskincare.com.  And in honour of this promotion, I got to try out two of their best face treats - yay!

21 Oct 2016

Kat Von D comes to the UK – finally! (and a giveaway!)

Being an avid fan of just about every makeup brand that we can’t easily access without taking a trip to a US Sephora (ain’t it always the way?), I’ve known about Kat Von D Beauty for a while and have already had the pleasure of trying a fair few bits from her vast makeup range.  This year has been a pretty good one for us UK beauty lovers with some awesome US brands finally landing on our shores, and now rumours of a Sephora in Westfield Stratford too – I can hardly cope! 

20 Oct 2016

Phobophobia - The Ventriloquist Nightmare at The London Tombs - the ultimate scare for Halloween!

On Tuesday night I went along to a preview of The London Tombs Halloween Phobophobia experience.  It’s a Halloween horror attraction for adults only, and The London Tombs has been rated the UK’s scariest attraction for eight years in a row, so I didn’t know whether to be excited or terrified for what was to come!  The London Tombs create a new Halloween horror maze every year, and each time there is a new theme.  This year it’s The Ventriloquist Nightmare – so lots of super creepy puppets and dolls!

18 Oct 2016

By Invitation - the new fragrance by Michael Bublé


I adore Michael Bublé, I mean who doesn't?  He has such a beautiful voice and just comes across as such a charming, lovely guy.  I've been fond of his albums for years, and always whack on a Bublé Christmas album to get me in the festive mood, but I'd never really considered he'd bring out a fragrance....

12 Oct 2016

My favourite face scrubs and masks for dehydrated skin

I think it's something about the autumn nights drawing in that have me gravitating towards hot baths and pamper sessions, and I find myself making a little more time to concentrate on taking care of my skin.  Autumn and winter weather, central heating and the like all do my skin no favours, so putting in a little prep work with some great scrubs and masks is well worth it in my opinion.  These are my current go-to favourites.

5 Oct 2016

L'Occitane advent calendar 2016 - out now!

I know it’s only just October, but I can’t resist posting about the amazing L’Occitane advent calendar which has just arrived.  Plus, it’s gone on sale right now and always sells out, so no point waiting until December to show it off!  

3 Oct 2016

Marks and Spencer Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream review

We're used to seeing varying degrees of unlikely claims being made in beauty and skincare product advertising on the regular, so I wasn't necessarily expecting the contents of this little pot to really live up to its promise - skin looks like you've had 8 hours of sleep, even when you haven't.  But, seeing as I'd actually never tried any Marks and Spencer own brand skincare before, I thought I'd give their Ultimate Sleep Cream a try all the same, as at the very least is seemed like a rich and nourishing night cream, and at best, maybe it would help me avoid those super awkward "are you okay... you look really tired?" rude concerned comments at work!

30 Sep 2016

Lush Halloween collection 2016 - bath bomb haul!

Nothing signals the arrival of autumn quite like the unveiling of Lush's Halloween collection.  The colder, darker days and evenings lend themselves so well to hot, steamy, lingering baths, so I'm always giddy with excitement to stock up on the latest bath time treats once the new collections arrive.  Plus, it's a sign there's not long to wait for the Christmas range... woooo!

28 Sep 2016

The best beauty advent calendars for 2016

I remember back in 2012 when I first did what was to become an annual round up of advent calendars, that there were only a handful on the market.  The idea was pretty novel and super popular, with most calendars becoming instant sell-outs.  Fast forward to 2016 and I've found more than thirty beauty related advent calendars on offer (plus a few fragrance / candle offerings) - and there may be even more still to be released!  It's no surprise that lots of companies have jumped on to what appears to be a very successful bandwagon, and I'm not complaining, other than perhaps about that fact that I can't afford all of the ones I'd like to be tearing into during December!  As there are so many advent calendars around this year, instead of aiming to list every single one, I'm rounding up the ones with the best goodies behind the doors.

26 Sep 2016

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture perfume review

Obviously you should choose a new perfume based on the scent being made up of notes that you like and the overall fragrance being in keeping with your style, but sometimes I’m sure we can all be guilty of falling in love with a beautiful bottle first and foremost!  That’s sure to happen with Viktor and Rolf’s new Bonbon Couture perfume, because the bottle is an absolute stunner – it’s like a little work of art for your dressing table!

21 Sep 2016

The Body Shop down to earth eye palettes - review and swatches

Well haven't The Body Shop upped their eyeshadow palette game with these beauties?  Would you have guessed the brand correctly if it weren't for the title?  I'm not sure that I would - there's something of a Bobbi Brown air to the styling of these palettes and the shade choices, and as the shadows pop out, they also remind me of a Bare Minerals palette which had a similar function.  Full marks Body Shop, these palettes have it all going on!

19 Sep 2016

Melvita Nectar De Roses collection for dehydrated skin

As a blogger, I'm never short of new skincare to try out, but with my skin playing up for most of the summer, I've really had to hold off on using new products whilst I tried to get my skin back to a 'normal' state.  The list of things I've been itching to try has really been building and so much as I never thought I'd say this, I'm pleased to have my combination, dehydrated skin back - as at least I know where I stand and how to deal with it!  The Melvita Nectar De Roses collection was one of the first sets of products I tried on my skin once I was back to testing products as usual, and I chose these because they're specifically for dehydrated skin.

15 Sep 2016

The Beauty Breakdown - September

Hello!  I'm back after a slightly unplanned blog hiatus and have lots of products I want to talk about.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll probably know I've been away in New York, and before that, I was busy stressing about packing and planning for New York, because that's just how I roll!  Anyway back to normal now hopefully, and straight into a massive beauty product ramble - my favourite!

17 Aug 2016

Meet Tili, the beauty box with a difference from QVC

If you've not heard about it already, you really need to see what's going on with QVC's latest beauty offering - it's called Tili, and it's a beauty box like no other.  Tili stands for 'try it, love it' and unlike a lot of other beauty boxes, you don't need to subscribe, and you see exactly what you'll be getting before you part with your money!

8 Aug 2016

New from Urban Decay - UD XX Vice Ltd Reloaded palette - celebrating 20 years of Urban Decay

It's easy to become quite complacent about new makeup launches, what with there being so many brands and similar products on the market, but now and again, something really amazing comes along and sees me excited tearing through packaging to get to the good stuff!  This stunning new limited edition palette from Urban Decay is just the sort of product that reminds me why I love makeup - the packaging is extra special, and the colours inside have me so inspired to get experimenting!

4 Aug 2016

The end of July beauty breakdown

The end of the month has been and gone, so it's time for a good old beauty round up.  It's been a while since I did one of these full on beauty chat posts, so I have loads to catch you up on from the things I've been trying over June and July.

27 Jul 2016

Gorgeous blooms from Blossoming Gifts and 33% off code!

Oh I just hate it when people send me flowers as a surprise.... said no one ever.  Unless you have some kind of allergy or serious hayfever, flowers are a universally wonderful gift aren't they?  They're always guaranteed to put a smile on my face, that's for sure - not least of all because I had these lovely ones delivered to my work and didn't bother to correct anyone who suggested they were from a secret admirer!  

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!