17 Apr 2015

Starting a Jo Malone fragrance collection - Nectarine Blossom & Honey and Blackberry & Bay review

Recently a sudden urge came over me to start a Jo Malone perfume collection.  Usually I'm a Marc Jacobs Daisy kind of girl - and I still absolutely love those and have all the limited editions - but there's something about the grown-up luxury of Jo Malone that's really drawn me in.  I've owned some of their amazing candles before, but never the perfumes until now.  I've decided to go for the 30ml perfume spray sizes, so that I can get a good mixture of different scents, and I've started myself off with two quite different fragrances.  

16 Apr 2015

Veet Spawax Stripless Wax Warming Kit review and step-by-step how to guide - fuss-free home waxing with no strips!

Spring has sprung and my furry winter legs can no longer hide away under layers of tights, boots and trousers, so it's time for some de-fuzzing!  I was recently given the Veet Spawax Stripless Wax Warming Kit to try at home, and it's been an incredibly easy way to wax without mess or fuss, so I thought I'd take you through step by step how to use it.  The beauty of this kit is that there are no strips - the wax becomes the strip when it cools and hardens on your skin, and you just whip it off - how amazing is that?

14 Apr 2015

Makeup Revolution I ♡ Obsession Stila dupe palettes in West End Girls and Born To Die

I have two more exciting Makeup Revolution palettes to share with you today.  These ♡ Obsession palettes are from the lower priced I ♡ Makeup line and for £3.99 you get a pretty little palette of matte and shimmer shadows in coordinating shades.  There are five different palettes in the I ♡ Obsession collection, and I have two of the more neutral, deeper options.

13 Apr 2015

Liz Earle Limited Edition Cleanse & Polish trio gift tin

Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish is probably my most re-purchased skincare product.  I've used it on and off for years, and it's the cleanser I always come back to no matter what else I try.  As a big Cleanse & Polish devotee, I'm all over this limited edition Cleanse & Polish trio set, which has launched to celebrate 20 years of Liz Earle skincare.  My Mum loves Liz Earle products too and uses loads from the range, and she was the first to spot this, and she messaged me a photo asking if I wanted it for my birthday, which of course I did!

9 Apr 2015

Three sweet spring fragrances - 007 for women, Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet and Thomas Sabo Charm Rose Beach

I love to shake everything up when it comes to spring - clothes, makeup, my diet, my home, nothing's off limits when that whole spring clean, fresh start feeling kicks in, so it's no surprise that I'm also changing up my fragrance rotation.  Here I have three new fragrances that have me smelling sweet and fresh for the new season.

8 Apr 2015

Co Lab extreme volume dry shampoo - better than the original?

I've mentioned before that I'm no fan of dry shampoos and generally don't get on with them, but the Co Lab dry shampoo by Ruth Crilly is the best I've tried and the closest I can get to that clean hair feeling.  So with that in mind, I thought I'd try out the new extreme volume version which has recently launched, to see how it compares.  

6 Apr 2015

Easy, no-bake milk and white chocolate Malteser cheesecake recipe

You can never have too much cake on a blog in my opinion, and lately mine has shown far too little love to all things sweet and naughty.  I really love baking, so blogging about baking needs to become much more of a thing!  I've recently found love for coffee and walnut cake, so expect to see that very soon once I've decided on which is the best recipe, but today, we're talking cheesecake - chocolatey, creamy, amazing, malteser cheesecake.  With no baking required, this chocoholic's dream is dangerously easy to whip up...

3 Apr 2015

The Makeup Revolution Naked Underneath Palette review and swatches - don't be put off by the faux fur....!

I've been seriously slacking on the blogging front haven't I?  Sadly work has taken over all of my time lately, so I'm so grateful for the long Easter weekend to get things back on track!  What better to kick things off again with than another palette from the beauty wizards at Makeup Revolution - this is the   Makeup Naked Underneath palette.  It's a great combination palette of matte and shimmer shades that range from safe and neutral to the slightly more exciting with a dusky navy and cranberry red shade thrown in for good measure.  

31 Mar 2015

Mole Grey Del Rey bag from the Mulberry Outlet at Bicester Village - plus current bag stock list!

It was my birthday a week and a bit ago, so I decided to treat myself to a Mulberry bag from the outlet at Bicester Village in Oxford.  I bought my first Mulberry bag two years ago at Bicester, and the post I did on that - Mulberry Outlet Bicester Village Review- still gets loads of views even now, so I thought I'd share some snaps of my new dream bag, and tell you about what kind of stock the Bicester outlet has lately.  

27 Mar 2015

A great quality, fast hair dryer for under £50 - Braun Satin Hair 7 Senso Dryer review

As you all know by now, I'm an every day hair washer, and with long hair to boot, getting my hair dry is the bane of my life, so I'm always keen to try a new hairdryer and put it through its paces!  This time around it's the Braun Satin Hair 7 Sensodryer that I've been sent to put to the test.

24 Mar 2015

The Lorac Pro 2 dupe: Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro palette 2 review and swatches

Following on from my post on the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro palette review and swatches - the amazing dupe for the Lorac Pro, I knew it wouldn't be long before I'd give in and order the sister palette, Iconic Pro 2, which is a dupe for the Lorac Pro 2.  I'd been thinking about how to get my hands on the second Lorac palette for a while, as I loved the look of the shades, so it was a no brainer to pick up the much more easily available and far cheaper Makeup Revolution version.

23 Mar 2015

My (mostly Kiehl's) skincare routine and the new skincare step you'll want to know about

It's been a while since I last updated you on my skincare routine, and everything's changed and moved on a lot since then, so I felt it was time to talk about it, and I've gone on quite the ramble, so grab a cup of tea and get comfy!    As you'll notice, there's a bit of a Kiehl's frenzy going on here - I only opened my eyes to the world of Kiehl's at the end of last year, and I simply haven't looked back. I'll talk you through what I've tried so far and why I like the products, but suffice to say I've found a couple of serious staples and back ups have already been purchased! 

19 Mar 2015

The Dip Brow Pomade alternative - Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel review

Brows are such a big thing nowadays aren't they?  I shudder when I think back to the time when I didn't even shape my brows, let alone fill them in.  I feel like I've been on such a major brow journey in my life already - quite literally through thick and thin and back again!  Bigger, bolder, more defined brows have been in for a long time now, and whilst I am very much on board with that look, achieving it doesn't come easy to me and my naturally wonky, unruly, brows, so I'm always up for trying new products which will give me a helping hand.  I flit between using pencils / crayons, powder and gel / liquid products on my brows as they all give a different finish and look, and vary in their application complexity.  Gels tend to be best for a more defined, stay-all-day brow, and until now the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade has been the only one I've tried.  Illamasqua have brought out a similar looking product called Precision Brow Gel, so I thought I get my brows on and do some comparisons.

17 Mar 2015

New from Indeed Labs - fillume volumising moisturiser review

I'm a big fan of the Indeed Labs skincare line, and several of their products are regulars in my collection, especially their hydraluron range, so I've been particularly interested to try out their newest moisturiser - fillume.  fillume is a volumising moisturiser which is designed to plump up the skin, targeting volume loss that can happen as we get older, offering fullness and smoothness.  Personally I don't look at my face generally and feel it lacks volume as such (I look at it and think it's chubby!), but where I really need a bit of plumping and smoothing is in the areas where lines have crept in, which is my forehead, and around my eyes and mouth.

16 Mar 2015

Models Own Icing Collection review and swatches

Models Own have spring sorted with the gorgeous Icing Collection.  The colours are all soft and beautiful pastels with a high shine finish, and you know the first thing I did was to wear them all at once, even though it may not be totally socially acceptable!

12 Mar 2015

Better than ghds? Babyliss Diamond Straightener review

My hair's naturally straight (aside from the odd, random kink when left to dry naturally), but it's fluffy and a bit frizzy, so I like to use straighteners to get it closer to that perfect sleek and smooth look.  The new Babyliss Diamond Straighteners promise shiny, frizz-free, flawless hair, which is exactly what I'm after, so I couldn't resist giving them a go.  

11 Mar 2015

Lush bubble bar and bath bomb haul - Mother's day collection 2015

I can never resist a limited edition Lush collection, so despite the fact that my Mum doesn't use Lush, and I'm certainly not a Mother myself, I still ran out to grab all of the bath bombs and bubble bars in this collection!  Sadly there are no Unicorn Horns here, and there's nothing quite as amazing at that, it's still a really fun, cute collection with a couple of products that I've be grabbing in duplicate for backups.

9 Mar 2015

The best mascara I've tried in years! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara review

Generally I really rate a lot of 'drugstore' mascaras, and I don't think you necessarily need to spend a lot on a good one, the problem is more the trial and error you tend to go through to find the one that suits your lashes and the look you want - lengthened, volumised, defined etc.  Plenty of times I've bought a high end mascara and have been left disappointed, as I have very short stumpy lashes, and some mascaras just can't do much for them.  But, I'm pleased to say that the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has been far from disappointing - it addresses all of my lash concerns and gives my feeble little hairs some serious va-va-voom! 

4 Mar 2015

The Body Shop Wonderblur and Instablur primer comparison review

I've owned The Body Shop's All-In-One Instablur for a while, and when I heard recently that they've added another blurring primer to their range - Wonderblur - my initial reaction was to think "Well what's the difference?".  And in that moment, a blog post was born... :)

3 Mar 2015

Blossom Copenhagen rose gold heart necklace from Jewel Street and 15%discount code

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I absolutely love rose gold jewellery, but it can be really hard to track down nice pieces.  So often I spot something I like that only comes in silver or yellow gold, and I sulk about how much nicer it would be if only they made it in rose gold too!  Recently I was introduced to Jewel Street and asked if I'd like to pick out a piece of jewellery to feature, so of course I headed straight for the rose gold section, which to my surprise, was pretty massive!