26 Sep 2016

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture perfume review

Obviously you should choose a new perfume based on the scent being made up of notes that you like and the overall fragrance being in keeping with your style, but sometimes I’m sure we can all be guilty of falling in love with a beautiful bottle first and foremost!  That’s sure to happen with Viktor and Rolf’s new Bonbon Couture perfume, because the bottle is an absolute stunner – it’s like a little work of art for your dressing table!

21 Sep 2016

The Body Shop down to earth eye palettes - review and swatches

Well haven't The Body Shop upped their eyeshadow palette game with these beauties?  Would you have guessed the brand correctly if it weren't for the title?  I'm not sure that I would - there's something of a Bobbi Brown air to the styling of these palettes and the shade choices, and as the shadows pop out, they also remind me of a Bare Minerals palette which had a similar function.  Full marks Body Shop, these palettes have it all going on!

19 Sep 2016

Melvita Nectar De Roses collection for dehydrated skin

As a blogger, I'm never short of new skincare to try out, but with my skin playing up for most of the summer, I've really had to hold off on using new products whilst I tried to get my skin back to a 'normal' state.  The list of things I've been itching to try has really been building and so much as I never thought I'd say this, I'm pleased to have my combination, dehydrated skin back - as at least I know where I stand and how to deal with it!  The Melvita Nectar De Roses collection was one of the first sets of products I tried on my skin once I was back to testing products as usual, and I chose these because they're specifically for dehydrated skin.

15 Sep 2016

The Beauty Breakdown - September

Hello!  I'm back after a slightly unplanned blog hiatus and have lots of products I want to talk about.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll probably know I've been away in New York, and before that, I was busy stressing about packing and planning for New York, because that's just how I roll!  Anyway back to normal now hopefully, and straight into a massive beauty product ramble - my favourite!

17 Aug 2016

Meet Tili, the beauty box with a difference from QVC

If you've not heard about it already, you really need to see what's going on with QVC's latest beauty offering - it's called Tili, and it's a beauty box like no other.  Tili stands for 'try it, love it' and unlike a lot of other beauty boxes, you don't need to subscribe, and you see exactly what you'll be getting before you part with your money!

8 Aug 2016

New from Urban Decay - UD XX Vice Ltd Reloaded palette - celebrating 20 years of Urban Decay

It's easy to become quite complacent about new makeup launches, what with there being so many brands and similar products on the market, but now and again, something really amazing comes along and sees me excited tearing through packaging to get to the good stuff!  This stunning new limited edition palette from Urban Decay is just the sort of product that reminds me why I love makeup - the packaging is extra special, and the colours inside have me so inspired to get experimenting!

4 Aug 2016

The end of July beauty breakdown

The end of the month has been and gone, so it's time for a good old beauty round up.  It's been a while since I did one of these full on beauty chat posts, so I have loads to catch you up on from the things I've been trying over June and July.

27 Jul 2016

Gorgeous blooms from Blossoming Gifts and 33% off code!

Oh I just hate it when people send me flowers as a surprise.... said no one ever.  Unless you have some kind of allergy or serious hayfever, flowers are a universally wonderful gift aren't they?  They're always guaranteed to put a smile on my face, that's for sure - not least of all because I had these lovely ones delivered to my work and didn't bother to correct anyone who suggested they were from a secret admirer!  

18 Jul 2016

L'Occitane celebrates 40th anniversary with limited edition Lavender and Verbena products

The gorgeously luxe French skincare brand L'Occitane is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion they've launched selected products with limited edition packaging.

12 Jul 2016

Putting matte liquid lipsticks to the test - NYX, Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop and Sleek

I'll admit I'm somewhat late to the matte liquid lipstick game - I've spent a good long while trying to resist the trend, as I much prefer comfortable balmy feel on my lips, but I can't deny that the whole nineties inspired, Kylie Jenner famed lip is a beautiful thing.  I've jumped in with trepidation, going for slightly safer colours, and brand choices that avoided me the midnight scrum for a Kylie lip kit.  For me that was the right approach, because I'm now addicted to wearing these shades in rotation, and can't wait to broaden my colour spectrum further, especially with Colourpop's news of delivery to the UK starting today!

6 Jul 2016

My summer holiday beauty favourites

Well this makes a change for me, doing a holiday favourites.  I usually go on my main holiday in September, and by the time I get back it's all Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, and by that time it doesn't seem worth talking about summer holiday products!  This year I've just recently been to Dubai staying in a beach resort, so I thought I'd maximise on the chance to chat about summer products, especially as there's not so much need for them with our crabby old UK weather :(

4 Jul 2016

New from it cosmetics at QVC - bye bye redness and the beautiful you face disc

Following on from the hotly anticipated launch of it cosmetics in the UK earlier this year, QVC have now added even more products to the line up so that we can get our hands on them over here.  If like me you follow US beauty youtubers and blogs, you'll probably have seen these products before - I'd certainly noticed some hype around them so was really excited to hear that they've joined the QVC range and couldn't wait to try them out for myself.  Spoiler alert... they didn't disappoint! 

23 Jun 2016

The Glamour Summer Edit box from Latest In Beauty

Well would you look at that - a subscription box I can really get excited about!  I stopped my beauty box subscriptions long ago as I just wasn't using all of the products and received too many things that I didn't like or would never use.  It's impossible for these companies to keep everyone happy, or to personalise the boxes to the extent we might like!  I much prefer the trend we're seeing in one-off boxes (like the lovely collab British Beauty Blogger did recentlywhere you get to see the contents of the box before you part with your cash.  

16 Jun 2016

Nails Inc Coconut Bright Gel Effect polishes in summer shades

Nails Inc have enhanced their gel effect formula with coconut water to hydrate and condition nails for their new Coconut Brights Gel Effect range.  This appeals to me so much at the moment as I had a bad DIY shellac experience and my nails are so weak right now!  They're also of course super appealing due to being such bright and fun summer shades - so much so that I couldn't resist wearing them all at once for a skittles mani!

9 Jun 2016

L'Occitane violette & rose de mai fragrance

Hey, long time no blog!  To explain my absence, I've been busy sunning myself in gorgeous Dubai, but more about that another time.  Today is all about a beautiful new fragrance launch from L'Occitane which is so perfect for this time of year.  Let me introduce you to Violette & Rose De Mai...

19 May 2016

My spring beauty wish list

Believe it or not I went through a bit of a phase during winter where I didn't buy any makeup.  I hadn't put myself on a spending ban or anything like that, there just wasn't anything that was ringing my want or need radar.  Come spring however, my makeup spidey-senses awoke with a a vengeance, and apparently I need all of the makeup all over again!  Some of the bits entered my wish list when they were only available in the US, so I spent a while filling a Sephora basket, checking the postage and customs charges, laughing and un-filling it again sharpish!  Knowing that I was not far away from my Dubai holiday (it's finally here now and I go on Saturday!!!) I thought it was probably sensible to see what the Sephora there stocks and how the prices weigh up compared to a US to UK online order.

16 May 2016

The Precious Petals Beauty Box by British Beauty Blogger and L'Occitane, Melvita and Erborian

The Precious Petals box by British Beauty Blogger is back in stock, but I doubt it'll last long, so even though I don't have my box in my greedy little mitts yet, I wanted to share all the details with you now so that you can snap one up before they're all gone!

12 May 2016

It Cosmetics at QVC - a full review on every product!

Have you ever heard of It Cosmetics?  It's a US brand, and I've previously seen their products raved about by American Youtubers and Bloggers all the time - so much so that I ordered the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer from The States a few months back because I needed it in my life!  The good news is that It Cosmetics has landed in the the UK, and some of their range is now being stocked at QVC.  There are many things I love about QVC, but the fact that they make brands like It Cosmetics and Tarte accessible to us over here is certainly top of that list!

I was originally going to do a first impressions post on all of the products in the range around the launch date, but when I watched one of the QVC shows on the first weekend and saw everything had sold out already and was on waitlist or an extended delivery, I realised that it might be better to road-test the products fully, and tell you about them once they've mostly come back into stock.  There are some real hero products here that have become staples in my makeup routine already, so let me walk you through everything.

7 May 2016

Urban Decay Summer 2016 collection review and swatches

Oh my goodness I've had such a busy week... this post was supposed to go up on Monday and I've literally been writing it in my head every day as I sit and do my makeup before work.  I have my holiday to Dubai coming up in less than two weeks now (whooop!) so lots of prep for that has been going on, plus being on the Slimming World plan takes a lot of planning and time cooking things from scratch, and I've had a boot fair and big charity makeup sale to do, plus this week I've been stressing about a slightly unsuccessful trip to get my hair done and I'm going back later today for some tweaking.  So yeah, lots going on for me and I am prone to being a little bit of a stress ball sometimes, so not being able to write this post this week has been freaking me out!  Anyway, finally here we are, let's look at some of Urban Decay's lush summer collection for 2016.

28 Apr 2016

The greasy hair saviour - L'Oreal extraordinary clay

I've been struggling with greasy roots for years, so much so that I'd practically given up trying out new shampoos and treatments, and had just resigned myself to being an every day washer.  When I first heard about the Elvive Extraordinary Clay range I wasn't even interested, because these things never seem to work for me, but after I saw a few positive mentions popping up on social media, and then a special offer in Boots, I gave in and decided to try it out.