6 Dec 2016

Christmas gift guides 2016 - beauty gifts under £30

We've had beauty gifts over £30, so now it's time for something a little more affordable, but the gifts are still gorgeous.  I've found some beautiful sets and palettes out there this year, and you won't believe that some of them are under £30!

2 Dec 2016

YSL Christmas party beauty at Debenhams #foundit

Not that I ever need an excuse to get glammed up with beautiful makeup, but if I did, then a Christmas party would be top of the ideal occasions list.  Once the calendar flips to December my thoughts instantly turn to glitter, gold, sequins, red and all things similarly festive to turn up that special Christmas feel.  Debenhams and YSL have kindly provided me with a perfect selection of products to get me festive party ready, so read on to see how I got on with them...

1 Dec 2016

Christmas gift guides 2016 - stocking fillers

Today's gift guide is stocking fillers, so mostly things that are under £15, with lots under £10 too.  I like to give people lots of unwrap - it always seems more fun than one large gift, and I love making up stockings, gift bags, gift baskets, the lot.  I just love Christmas really :)

29 Nov 2016

Christmas gift guides 2016 - festive candles

I decided to put together a gift guide just for candles this year as they're on of my favourite gifts to give as well as receive!  I also thought it would be good to have a look beyond the most common candle brands that you might see in a lot of a gift guides, I mean, Jo Malone and Diptyque are gorgeous, and I wouldn't pass up finding one in my stocking, but let's face it, they're out of budget for most of the people we'd generally buy for at Christmas, right?  Saying that, I was actually considering treating myself to the Diptyque festive mini candles this year, but when I looked at them in store I wasn't all that blown away by the scents!  I was equally a little disappointed with the Neom Christmas candles - I usually go for one of their festive candles, but the choices this year seem exactly the same as last year, so nothing new or exciting.  Jo Malone have the Orange Bitters scent this Christmas, which sounds right up my street, so I'm planning to give it a try when I'm near a store, but at £120 for the candle, I won't be indulging!  Thankfully my candle gift guide has plenty of options at much more affordable price points :)

25 Nov 2016

Mii cosmetics all about eyes gift set review - plus a 25% off black Friday weekend discount and a giveaway!

If like me, you struggling getting that fleeky instagram brow, then you'll be interested in this little gift set from Mii Cosmetics - it includes brow stencils that take away all of that guess work and uneven brow upset!  Read on for my review on the kit, and also a chance to win this kit in your own choice of shade, plus a 25% off discount code off all Mii Cosmetics this Black Friday weekend!

23 Nov 2016

Christmas gift guides 2016 - Nail polish gift sets

I'm  real nail polish lover, so it seemed fitting for one of my gift guides to be all about nail polish!  I'm rounding up lots of sets that I like this year, but there are some notable brands missing - Essie and OPI for example just didn't have anything I found interesting this year - I guess seeing as I've bought so many of their holiday collections in the past, it's all getting a bit samey?  China Glaze have some nice looking sets out, but generally they all contained a few colours I didn't love alongside some really good ones, so I talked myself out of the purchase!  Anyway, here's what did make the cut!

21 Nov 2016

Christmas Gift Guides 2016 - Beauty gifts over £30

Christmas gift guide time is finally here, and I thought I'd start off by going big or going home, so first up is beauty gifts over £30.  Prepare yourself because there are some seriously luxe palettes and other things of beauty here that you're going to want to add to your Christmas wish list immediately!  Also stay with me until the end of this post as with this and all of my gift guides this year, there'll be a giveaway to win one of these gorgeous gifts :)

18 Nov 2016

The Beauty Breakdown - November

That time has come again for a good old catch up time, a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit or two - dunking optional.  Here's what I've been buying, trying, loving and loathing lately in the world of beauty.

16 Nov 2016

New launches from Urban Decay - Naked Ultimate Basics palette, All Nighter foundation and Razor Sharp eyeliners

Ooooh all the exciting shiny new things from Urban Decay!  I have three great new launches to talk to you about, but those of you who've read my blog for a while will know it's the beautiful new Naked palette that I'm most excited about!  As much as I love colour and am wowed by all of the gorgeous rainbow palettes out there, nudes and neutrals are like my bread and butter, and the Urban Decay Naked range is totally in my comfort zone.  

11 Nov 2016

The new Arlésienne fragrance collection from L'Occitane

The new Arlésienne collection from L'Occitane is a beautiful floral fragrance range combining scents of rose, violet and saffron.  I really love the styling of this one - the beautiful floral design depicts the key notes in the fragrance, and also those simple clean lines along with the with the silver caps and the soft pink make this one super elegant looking gifting range.

9 Nov 2016

The cutest Pusheen Christmas gifts from Boots and Marks & Spencer

I feel I need to start with a little disclaimer about the number of times I'm likely to say "cute" in this blog post, because this collection of Pusheen Christmas goodies are just so adorable!  I've really fallen in love with Pusheen this year from the funny little twitter gifs to the facebook stickers and the Primark pyjamas, and now all of a sudden this Christmas we can get Pusheen on pretty much everything.  The shelves at Marks and Spencer and Boots are so much cuter this year with the addition of this friendly little cat, and I'm freaking out in the best possible way - give me all of the Pusheen!

1 Nov 2016

New from Armani Beauty - lip magnet matte liquid lipsticks - review and swatches

Well would you look at these little beauties from Armani beauty - aren't they the gorgeous?  They're a new line of liquid lipsticks called Lip Magnets.  The name lip magnet of course implies that the product is going to be attracted to your lips and won't let go - a good choice of moniker because that's the exact premise of this new  lipstick collection.  Lip Magnets are a liquid matte formula that binds with the lip to give a long-lasting finish that won't budge and smudge.  I'm told that the Lip Magnets were inspired by the ultra-thin film of the Maestro Fusion Makeup (and using the same technology which helps the foundation to stay put)  and the colour intensity of Lip Maestro Velvet Lip Colours.  

Armani Lip Magnets come in a range of 18 different shades from nude to pink to deep wine shades and I have six of the colours to try out.  These liquid lipsticks are designed to last eight hours and have a super light-weight texture on the lips but intense pigmentation - exactly what us lipstick lovers have been waiting for!

28 Oct 2016

How to have a spooktacular Halloween at home! (and win a collection of horror dvds!)

So what do you do for Halloween?  I always feel like I want to do something fun, but when it comes down to it, I’m too old for trick or treating, not cool enough for Halloween raves and what not, and definitely too sensible and protective of my carpets to be hosting a Halloween house party!  I’ve already been on a fabulous Halloween scare night earlier this month (check out this post for details) so for actual Halloween, the perfect thing to do seems to be to stay in with some dead good horror films (heh heh) and some creepy snacks!

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!