21 Nov 2014

Christmas gift ideas: The Body Shop glazed apple Christmas range

The Body Shop are really knocking it out of the park right now.  Not only have they got some gorgeous Christmas ranges, but they also keep tempting me with amazing offers like 40% off, £25 off when you spend £50, free gifts and all sorts.  You don't even have to hunt around for the deals - they helpfully pop the latest codes up right on their home page!  There's a distinct possibility that everyone I know is going to be getting a Body Shop gift from me this Christmas, and my favourite contender from all the ranges so far, is the juicy glazed apple.  

20 Nov 2014

Christmas beauty: My Selfridges Christmas wish list

Next weekend I'm off on a festive girlie shopping trip, and the first place we plan to hit up is Selfridges.  I'm not sure if it's those famous window displays, the seemingly never ending beauty halls, or the lure of high end luxury goods I can barely afford to touch, but Selfridges has me super excited for Christmas shopping.  I can guess we'll be spending more time than is healthy in the beauty hall swatching, sniffing and swooning, so it's best to go in with a plan.  These beauty treasures are at the top of my list for closer inspection...

19 Nov 2014

Christmas beauty: Benefit sweet shoppe gift sets for 2014

Christmas is one of the best time of year to be a beauty addict - some brands bring out gift sets which are amazing value compared to their usual lines of singular products, and Benefit is one of them.  I remember in my mid-teens Benefit was the first semi-high end brand which caught my eye, and every year I'd have some of their gift sets at the top of my Christmas list.  Fast forward more years than I'd like to admit, and I'm still their Christmas offerings are still amazing - these are my top picks for this year.

18 Nov 2014

Skincare: The new anti-ageing skincare range from TEN

You may have heard of TEN before if you're a mummy, as TEN started out with a boutique mother and baby skincare range, but this new range is focused on anti-ageing.  

17 Nov 2014

My autumn / winter bath-time pampering routine

Those cold, dark nights are drawing in, and long gone are the refreshing showers of sticky summer days.  I could insert a little moan here about cold weather and lack of daylight, but actually I love autumn and winter, plus any excuse for a long hot bath and pampering session and I'm there, with a blanket!  So this is my slightly indulgent, but super relaxing and comforting autumn / winter pamper routine...

13 Nov 2014

Christmas gift ideas: Men's fragrance - Hugo Boss Bottled and Bvlgari Man Extreme

My boyfriend hates spending money on aftershave.  To him all the nice ones seem expensive, and if there were a Tesco value aftershave out there (maybe there is? don't tell him!) he'd probably make do with that.  However, he's more than happy to wear a really nice aftershave if he gets it as a gift.  I want him to smell good, so I get him aftershave for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's etc.  I guess it's a win / win situation.

12 Nov 2014

Beauty: October 2014 favourites

I'm a bit late with my October favourites this month, and I've realised that I didn't really have any eye favourites, as for the whole month I had lash extensions, so I couldn't really wear eye liner, shadow or mascara.  The lashes are off now, but I really loved the look, so my Lara Lashes are my first favourite for the month.

11 Nov 2014

Nails: NYK1 Secrets Nailac at home professional gel polish system review

For ages I'd wondered how I could try a proper gel manicure at home like the ones you'd pay about £30 for at a salon.  I've only had Shellac professionally done once, and I think the girl was new as the finish was really bad and led to the gel peeling off within a few days!  I like to think that I'm pretty good at doing my own nails, so I thought I'd be able to master the technique at home, if I knew what all of the steps were and all the equipment / products.  NYK1 Secrets offers exactly what I was looking for - professional quality kits with everything you need to achieve a long lasting, shiny and strong manicure at home.

10 Nov 2014

Skincare: Nivea smooth nourishing hand cream and blueberry blush lip butter review

Hand cream and lip balm are such absolute cold weather necessities, so these little treats from Nivea couldn't have arrived at a better time.  The weather tricked us throughout most of October, lulling us into a false sense of snugly security - I didn't even wear my coat until November arrived, and then a couple of days in and bang, it's freezing!  Time to whip out the cold weather skincare essentials!

7 Nov 2014

Christmas beauty: NARS Christmas gift sets 2014 - Virtual Domination blush palette and Digital World lip pencil coffret

There are many things I love about the lead up to Christmas, but one of the best has to be the multitude of amazing beauty deals, limited editions and gift sets tempting me around every corner.  One launch I always have my greedy beady eye on is the NARS holiday gift sets.  This year's offering has not disappointed me, and I've already snapped up two of the kits for under my tree.  

6 Nov 2014

The Library of Fragrance single note blendable scents review

I love wearing perfume - it's always the last step in my routine each morning after doing my makeup and getting dressed, and I don't feel myself without it.  I'm not really one for having a signature scent - I have some favourite perfumes, but I also like picking different scents from my collection depending on the occasion, time of year, my mood etc.  The Library of Fragrance, which has just launched in the UK, is a concept which really appeals to me - you can actually create your own perfume by mixing and matching the single note scents to switch things up depending on what you fancy at any given time.  There are over 100 fragrances to choose from, so everyone's personal perfume tastes are catered for too! 

5 Nov 2014

Nails: Sensationail deluxe gel starter kit review

I'm always moaning that no matter which nail polish I try, it never lasts much more than a day on me before I get chips, so if there's anything which promises longer wear, I'm up for trying it!  Sensationail is a system that combines the quality of a salon gel manicure finish, with the ease and speed of an at home manicure, and it promises to last up to two weeks!

4 Nov 2014

Nails: Beautybay The Collection festive nail polishes

Beautybay's own brand products - Beautybay the collection - are really expanding, and I'm pleased to see that they've brought out some festive additions to their great value nail polish range.

3 Nov 2014

Christmas Beauty: Beauty Christmas Crackers 2014

Following on from my post on this year's beauty advent calendars, I've spotted that a fair few brands are also offering Christmas cracker sets filled with makeup and bathing goodies.  I've seen lots of brands putting gift sets into single cracker shaped packaging, but these are all sets of crackers which you can actually pull across the dinner table, minus the naff hats and silly jokes...

31 Oct 2014

Food: Quick and easy spooky Halloween treats

I couldn't resist just a little nod to Halloween today in the shape of these spooky little treats.  Halloween is probably the best 'holiday' or occasion for themeing, there are just so many ways to make things look a bit creepy!  If you fancy a bit of last minute spooky action, all of these treats are super quick and easy to throw together, and most of them are pretty healthy and kid-friendly too.

29 Oct 2014

Beauty: Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Apocalipslick Paranormal lipgloss from CutECOsmetics

"Neutral make-up loving blogger in blue lip shocker!" - ha ha!  I never expected to see myself with blue lips either, but it is Halloween week after all.  When I was contacted by CutECOsmetics about their new range of glosses from Lunatick Cosmetics Labs, I decided to be brave a picked out one of the wilder colours from the collection!

28 Oct 2014

Food: Waitrose sea salt fudge brownies recipe

It seems like there’s a day for everything now – Vegetarian day, Talk like a pirate day, even Bubblewrap appreciation day (yes, really), and I didn’t know until now that Chocolate actually gets a whole week - I’m not going to argue with that!  National chocolate week was 13 to 19 October, and to celebrate this wonderfully sweet occasion, Waitrose asked me if I fancied trying out one of the many yummy ultimate chocolate cake recipes on their website. 

27 Oct 2014

Christmas beauty: British Beauty Blogger for Marks and Spencer - review and swatches

The bloggers are really doin' it for themselves lately, and I couldn't be more pleased to see that the amazing Jane of British Beauty Blogger now has her own range at Marks and Spencer ready for Christmas!  To me Jane's a cornerstone of beauty blogging in the UK, and her site is my go-to when I want to know what's new and exciting in the beauty world - you can guarantee, if it's out there, Jane knows about it.  She knows what's she's talking about when it comes to products, the industry and blogging itself - I've had the pleasure of meeting her on a few occasions and she's a truly lovely lady with a wicked sense of humour, and I wish her so much success with her collection.

There are five different makeup kits to choose from in the British Beauty Blogger for Marks and Spencer range,  all with amazing packaging illustrated by Nuno da Costa, and I have two to play with...

24 Oct 2014

The Anthony Nolan Trust #thankyoustranger

Something a bit different today – I want to talk to you about the Anthony Nolan Trust (the UK's blood cancer charity and bone marrow register) and their new campaign – Kindest of Stranger.  The thought behind the campaign is those random acts of kindness that we might sometimes be fortunate enough to experience, or perhaps give out.  I love the idea, and it’s really made me think over the past week about ways that I could make a stranger’s day.  Life can be so busy, especially in London, that often nobody talks to each other or even makes any eye contact – sometimes it’s just a sea of barging people all in a mood and a hurry, so I’ve set about making just a little bit of a difference each day.