25 May 2017

New spring nail polish shades from Smith & Cult


Smith & Cult win the prize for most beautifully packaged nail polishes in my book.  The wide, squat bottles complimented by the luxe, chunky gold lids with the signature 'battered' look are so unique and instantly recognisable.  I own a lot of nail polish, and these are the ones I like to have out front and centre taking pride of place.  There are three new shades out for spring, and I think you're going to have trouble choosing a favourite because they're all gorgeous! 


Firstly, a more predictable spring shade perhaps, is 'exit the void' - it's what I'd describe as a bright cornflower blue, but Smith and Cult have a fancier description - a pop of perfect periwinkle.  It's such a wonderfully fresh, sunny sort of colour and it looks stunning enough by itself as a full manicure, but it also works beautifully with the other two shades in this collection.  

Next is a colour which is unlike anything else in my bulging collection - 'sugarette'.  It's a pearlised white that borders on a very pale silver - Smith & Cult say this one is a puff of white smoke, which makes it sound super mysterious!  It's not the sort of colour I would necessarily have considered, but I love how it looks on my nails.  I often wear a plain white polish in spring and summer, but this is so much more interesting.  Also despite being a white it has brilliant coverage in two coats.  

The third polish in the collection, and one that you could pair easily with the blue or white as a topper is 'glass souls' which is a beautiful silver glitter suspended in a clear polish.  You may have plenty of silver glitter polishes in your collection - I certainly do - but what I love about this one is just how much glitter is packed into the polish.  There's a mix of different sized glitter particles, and in just one coat your nail is covered in a beautiful sparkle that really catches the light and transforms your mani to something extra special.  I've tried so many glitter polishes where I have to use layer after layer to get the level of glitter coverage that comes so easily with this one - I'm thoroughly impressed.


Glass souls is a permanent addition to the range, but the other two are limited, so be quick if you want to grab them.  All of the shades are available now at beautybay.com

Have you tried Smith & Cult nail polishes?


18 May 2017

The new Tili box from QVC


QVC have a new Tili box just out, and it's packed with some really fab brands that I've been wanting to try.  Tili stands for 'try it, love it' and it's QVC's beauty box concept.  The thing that really sets this apart from all other beauty boxes though, is that you don't have to subscribe and you can have a good old browse of what's going to be in the box before you buy!  It's also the best value of any beauty box I've ever seen and you get decent sized samples and sometimes even full sized products.  

12 May 2017

Five spring lip picks


I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been naturally gravitating towards some softer shares and lighter formulas since Spring has sprung.  Most days you wouldn’t know it because it’s been so cold ( I actually passed a woman wearing earmuffs the other day – true story) but the pretty pink blossom on the trees and the arrival of daffodils, tulips and what not have me assured that it is actually supposed to be spring.  I can’t bust out much in the way of a spring outfit due to the apparent threat of hyperthermia, but I can sure rock a spring appropriate lip!

8 May 2017

Tying Temple Spa for the first time


One of my friends is a Temple Spa devotee - I think she goes to a salon that uses Temple Spa products for their facials, and she has raved to me about one of the masks she's tried.  Obviously this set my expectations pretty high for my first try of some products from their massive range!  I've been lucky enough to get to road test some of the skincare and makeup over the last few weeks, and these are my thoughts on everything I tried.  Stay tuned for the a particularly flattering photo of me trying out the face mask called The Contourist! 

3 May 2017

Viktor & Rolf bonbon spring summer sparkling eau de toilette fragrance review


We all know I'm a massive sucker for pretty packaging, so I was obviously going to fall in love with Viktor & Rolf's latest pink, bow-shaped offering - Bonbon spring summer - but you have to agree that this really is a thing of beauty!

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.