15 Aug 2017

Blossoming Gifts bouquet review plus 33% off discount code and giveaway!


There's literally nothing guaranteed to brighten your day more than receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers, is there?  Although maybe a chocolate bouquet pips the blooms at the post just a little, if you're a chocaholic!  Both of these gorgeous gift bouquets are from blossoming gifts, and one of you lucky people is going to win a bouquet of your choice!

11 Aug 2017

The palette EVERYBODY'S talking about - Urban Decay's Naked Heat


Having always been a fan of more nude and muted shades when it comes to eyeshadow, I've been a natural follower of Urban Decay's Naked collections, and I actually have all of the palettes.  There were the three original Naked palettes one to three, the two Naked Basics palettes filled with matte shades, and then the Naked Smoky palette, which was a bit of a leap into a new direction with some much moodier shades.  I think the next palette to come out was the Naked Ultimate Basics, and possibly I thought that was the end of the road for the original Naked style palettes, as this one was a new style square palette - bigger than the other Basics palettes, packed with neutral matte colours, but not the same shape or layout as the long Naked Palettes.  I guess I thought that we'd run out of ways to get Naked, so I was genuinely taken by surprise when Naked Heat came along.  I saw it on Instagram for the first time one day, and didn't connect it as being an Urban Decay Naked palette immediately - it looked kind of red - what sorcery was this?! It was the first time that I thought an eye palette from the Naked range wasn't for me, and I must admit I was a little bit sad about that!  

7 Aug 2017

The best lighting for applying makeup #ad


I'm not the biggest fan of summer - I'm much more of an autumn and winter kind of person - but one of the best things about this time of year is the long days and all the wonderful natural light.  It makes taking blog photos a whole lot easier, and putting my makeup on in natural daylight is a huge bonus too! 

When the darker nights are back I'll love cozying up with my cinnamon scented candles and wearing my thick tights and fluffy socks, but I'll dread the gloomy mornings.  As well as struggling to get out of bed, I know I'll be battling against badly blended contour and foundation tide marks on my neck all over again!   

4 Aug 2017

My summer essentials


It feels a little odd sitting down to write about my essential summer products when it's so grey and drizzly outside - you'd never know it was August!  I won't complain though, as we've had some gorgeous weather so far this year, and I'm sure there's more to come.  I haven't got a nice beach holiday to look forward to this year, so I've been making the most of the British summer!

31 Jul 2017

Too Faced Natural Love Palette and Love Light Highlighters - review and swatches


I've long been a fan of Too Faced and I think I've mentioned before that I still have a collection of their 'quickie chronicals' palettes from way, way back in the day.  They're probably to old to use now, but I just like to hoard them anyway!  I own a lot of Too Faced eye shadow palettes, so when the new Natural Love palette was launched, much as I thought it was beautiful, I wasn't sure I needed it, as some of the colours are repeats of previous smaller palettes such as the Natural Eye and Natural at Night palettes which I have.  On a trip to Oxford Street I saw the palette in real life in Debenhams, and despite there being some dupes with my existing collection, some of the new colours were just too pretty to resist.  I bought the palette there and then and haven't regretted it one bit!  

6 Jul 2017

The new summer nail collection - Prime from Jessica


Summer calls for bright and fun nails, and the new prime collection from Jessica is about everything you could wish for.  Every sunny summer hue is covered, and you might need your shades ready because they're all beautifully bright.

22 Jun 2017

Rose gold brush collection from Beau Belle


It's no secret that I love rose gold, I mean come on, don't we all?  There's just something so irresistible about things that are pink and shiny, and this new brush collection from Beau Belle is no exception - just look at them - aren't they amazing?  And they're super instagramable too of course! 

13 Jun 2017

The YSL brow wardrobe


Embarrassingly enough, it wasn’t all that many years ago that I didn’t own any brow makeup – I used to just pluck and go and my goodness the results were pretty horrendous when I look back!  I think all us nineties kids have been there though to be fair, tadpole brows went so well with those peddle pushers and Spice Girls t-shirts...

7 Jun 2017

The Pixi Glow skincare review and giveaway


My beloved little space on the internet disappeared for a bit and I can't tell you how relieved I am that it's back.  The blog went down on Saturday due to my debit card having expired, which meant the annual feel you have to pay for being a .com domain wasn't paid.  Oh my goodness the trouble I've had trying to get it back - so stressful!  Finally on Tuesday night my site was back and I was able eating my feelings and driving my boyfriend (and all of twitter) nuts with my panicking and moaning!  

Phew - I'm so pleased that's over and delighted to finally be able to share a new review, especially considering that today's post is about a beauty and skincare brand I've really fallen in love with.  Pixi are generally known for beautifully packaged makeup, in soft, pretty shades, but also their cult glow tonic, which a few years back you couldn't get your hands on for love nor money!  It's now much easier to track down, comes in lots of sizes and options, and Pixi have some other really amazing products in their skin care line up too.

2 Jun 2017

In my spring makeup bag


So yesterday an email popped wished me a happy first day of summer - I thought it was still spring until about 20 June, but hey I guess in the UK you have to take summer wherever you can get it!  Technically, weather wise it's spring from March to September, and summer occurs on a few random days here and there in between.  Anyway enough of me trying to convince you that it's not to late to talk about what's been in my spring makeup bag... let's look inside my spring makeup bag!

31 May 2017

Gatineau Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Cream Gel and High Hydration Mask for dehydrated skin


My skin is so up and down between seasons it's untrue.  Generally it's severely combination anyway, but I get these periods a few times a year when it just really rebels and pretty much rejects all of my usual trusty products.  My skin was having a tantrum just like this earlier in spring, and as luck would have it, I received two products from Gatineau's Aquamemory range to try, and they turned out to be just the thing to give my badly behaved skin a time-out.

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! 

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.