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 decided to try it out.

26 Apr 2016

Crown Brush 10 colour concealer palette and face brush review


So this is going to be a review of the Crown Brush 10 colour concealer palette (and brushes), but forgive me if at any point I call it a 'contour palette' by mistake, as that's all I see when I look at this array of light to dark creamy shades!  

21 Apr 2016

The Body Shop British Rose collection


The Body Shop British Rose collection is a perfect range for spring with packaging covered in beautiful blooms and softly rose scented products.  The collection is huge covering bath and body, fragrance, makeup and nails, so there's something for everyone, and makes it easier for us all to justify picking up something up from the range!

19 Apr 2016

Finally, a hands-free hairdryer, and it's a game changer!


I've never been one of those people that's just naturally good at doing their hair.  I can't french-plait, I can't fish-tail, and I certainly haven't mastered the art of the round brush bouncy blow dry, always blaming it on the fact that I just don't have enough hands for the job.  It was a good few years ago that I remember first moaning about needing a hands-free hairdryer for this exact issue, and now it's actually a reality!

15 Apr 2016

Three perfect primers


Okay well maybe not 100% perfect, I just liked the alliteration, but these are certainly three really good primers that I’ve been switching between lately depending on what tricks my skin feels like getting up to.  I never go without a primer under my foundation, as not only do most primers make your makeup last longer, they can prep the skin, hide redness, add radiance, balance oil and hydration,  blur lines and do all sorts of other good things in an attempt to make my finished face look more flawless.

1 Apr 2016

The March beauty breakdown


March has been such a busy month for me with my birthday and two trips away (one to a log cabin in the woods which I blogged about here - Log cabin weekend away in Norfolk - and one to Rome over my birthday which I shall be writing about very soon) - I've been very lucky!  I'm not complaining of course, but I've become a little bit behind with everything I want to blog about, so my beauty breakdown round-up is the perfect opportunity for a fast catch up to get you up to speed on some of the items I've been excited to share this month... no April Fools here!

30 Mar 2016

REN instant brightening beauty shot eye lift review


The REN Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift (a very grand name for an eye cream!) has recently launched, and with a promise like 'eye lift' in the title, of course I was going to want to try it out...

29 Mar 2016

Shea Moisture strengthen and restore shampoo and treatment masque review


My hair has been drier than ever this winter in the lengths and ends, and I've really noticed it looking more damaged.  For the first time I think I'd actually class my hair as brittle, and it's been prone to breaking, so the ideal time to be trying out some of the Shea Moisture range seeing as it's named 'strengthen and restore'!

23 Mar 2016

Travel: Romantic log cabin weekend in Norfolk with Forest Holidays


On the weekend of Mother's Day I was a very bad daughter and went away with Dan to stay in a log cabin in the woods!  In my defence, when I booked this trip back in December I had no idea that it was over Mother's day as it was much earlier than usual this year!  I've not been on this kind of break before, but we had such a great, relaxing time, so I thought I'd share some photos and tell you a bit about what we got up to at Thorpe Forest.

2 Mar 2016

Mother's Day gifts at Boots from NUXE and L'Oreal


Although the actual date of Mother's Day changes each year, it's of course always on a Sunday, which is handy if you've left things to the last minute as you can pop to the shops on the Saturday!  Boots is always a good place to go for a last minute Mother's Day present, and this year you'll find plenty of specially designed gift sets like these from NUXE and L'Oreal.

29 Feb 2016

Mother's Day beauty and skincare gift guide


Following on from yesterday's post featuring some beautiful Mother's Day flowers, I wanted to share some more options for gifting, and what better way to treat your Mum to some relaxing me time, than with a pamper hamper or basket?  You could include some of her skincare favourites, new makeup to try, products for a relaxing bath and maybe some luxury chocolates - whatever you put in, your Mum's sure to love that you put it all together just for her and really thought about what she would like.  Mums like whatever we give them as gifts - it's sort of their job - but I think it's nice to pull together something a little extra special.

28 Feb 2016

Mother's Day luxury avalanche rose bouquet from Debenhams Flowers and25% off discount code!


Mother's Day is much earlier than usual this year, it literally snuck up on me, so this is your one week warning!  My birthday is in  mid-March, and usually Mother's day is the week after my birthday, so I've actually managed to book to be away over Mother's Day weekend without realising.  Ooops, sorry Mum!  I think all will be forgiven fairly easily, because I have these gorgeous Mother's Day blooms from Debenhams Flowers to make up for it!

25 Feb 2016

Zoeva spectrum palette review and swatches - nude and coral


Zoeva brushes and palettes usually make me come over all heart-eyed-emoji at the best of times, so when I first spotted the Spectrum collection I was ready to place an order instantly.  I don't know what it is about how Zoeva have presented these new blush and eye palettes, but they're so god damn alluring!  The eye palettes in particular have such a dreamy combination of colours and textures, and they're in three very wearable colour collections - cool, warm and nude.  There was no question that nude needed to be winging its way to me, and you can't have a product getting lonely on the journey, so I decided to treat myself to one of the blush palettes too, because they're almost as gorgeous.

19 Feb 2016

Vichy Dermablend high coverage foundation and setting powder review


I love a high coverage foundation, it's like a personal safety blanket for my face, and I'm always looking for the perfect match in terms of colour, staying power, and believable texture on the skin.  Vichy make the Dermablend range which is designed to cover up everything from scars to tattoos, so you could say they know a thing or two about coverage, and it seemed about time I gave their foundation a try.

17 Feb 2016

Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay collection part two - the blush palette, a brow palette and lots of lovely lip products


It seems not so long ago that I was squealing with excitement over the much anticipated release of Gwen Stefani's eyeshadow palette collaboration with Urban Decay, and now we have a whole new drop of goodness!  When I first saw the blush palette as a sneak preview on instagram I immediately loved the look of the colours and the styling, and couldn't wait to give those shades a good swatch!  There's also plenty more to this collection - new lippies, liners and a brow palette to boot.  Read on for the swatch-fest and my thoughts on each of the products.

12 Feb 2016

My winter beauty essentials


Oh my goodness it's freezing out there right now!  I love winter, I really do, but wow it's cold.  Winter more than any season calls for some specialist kit to beat the harsh effects of the weather, and although right now I feel like my winter essentials are my electric blanket, earmuffs and gloves, I thought I'd share my slightly more interesting, winter beauty essentials :)