30 Nov 2015

Panasonic IPL hair removal system first impressions review


Next to make-up brush washing, unwanted hair removal has got to be up there with the most hated beauty chores, right?  As someone with dark hair and fair skin, shaving, waxing or epilating is all part of daily life, especially in the summer.  It's nice to have a bit of a break in the winter when you can hide away in thick wooly tights a lot of the time!  I've never considered having a salon based laser treatment, as I don't think my level of hairiness is all that extreme, but an at home solution I can try myself is very tempting.  Panasonic have asked me to try out their IPL hair removal system, which works to delay regrowth over time with continued use, so I thought I'd start off by sharing my first impressions.

26 Nov 2015

Urban Decay Vice 4 palette review and swatches


Urban Decay are on a serious roll at the moment.  Not long ago we were introduced to a new palette in the Naked family (here's my Naked Smoky palette review and swatches), this weekend saw the launch of their amazing collab with Gwen Stefani (Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette swatches) and there's a new Vice palette just in time for your Christmas list!

24 Nov 2015

Wunderbrow and Wunderextensions review - gimmicky names, great products!


There are two things guaranteed to make my face look slightly more lively and presentable to the world, the first is mascara, and the second is filled brows.  I feel naked without either of them, and every year when I go on holiday I stress over waterproof products to use for the beach or pool.  Shallow?  Maybe.  Vain?  Yes.  But that's what makes me feel that bit more comfortable.  

19 Nov 2015

The limited edition Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani palette collaboration


So many makeup palettes get released in the lead up to Christmas, that it can all get a little bit much for an eyeshadow hoarder like me.  My Christmas list reads like a Sephora stock check, and I have to remind myself that I have just the one face, and should whittle down to just the palettes I really *need*.  If you're the same, one palette I'd recommend reserving a special place for under the tree this year is the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani collaboration.  It's such a lovely mix of shades and textures in gorgeous packaging, but be warned, it's limited edition, and going on sale this weekend!

17 Nov 2015

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation review


Make Up For Ever originally introduced their HD foundation in response to advances in technology meaning that HD cameras and TVs were showing skin in greater detail than ever.  HD quality has progressed more and more over time and we now have 4K, so the new Ultra HD foundation is the upgraded version of the original formula. 

13 Nov 2015

Christmas Gifting - Gillette Flexball Spectre gift set


I love everything about Christmas, but the one thing that bugs me every year and puts me off just a little, is the stress I go through trying to work out what to buy the men in the family.  When I ask them what they'd like for Christmas I'm greeted with helpful responses like "I don't need anything" or "I don't know, you choose" and worst of all "I'll have a think about it..." which of course they won't - it's just a fogging tactic to get rid of me!  

11 Nov 2015

My favourite autumn treats

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, autumn is my favourite season.  I know it’s so ‘in’ to like autumn now, but truly I’ve always loved it.  I’m not a summer person at all – hot weather is not my thing – two weeks on holiday in the sun is plenty for me, and after that I’m ready for tights, cosy socks, blankets, candles, hot chocolate… you get the idea.

I love to change up practically everything in my routine once the colder weather sets in and my holidays are over – I nearly always go away in September, and it’s like I leave during summer and arrive home to autumn having begun.  So I thought it’d be nice to share a mixture of the treats I’ve been enjoying this year.

6 Nov 2015

Red Carpet Ready starter kit review - gel nails in 5 minutes? Really?!


I love having glossy, bright, painted nails.  It makes me feel pulled together, and finishes a look perfectly.  I'm one of those people that would never choose to go out with naked nails, and I change my colour every couple of days - mainly because of chipping.  It means I must spend a whole lot of my week doing my nails - I'd prefer it if my polish lasted longer and didn't need attention every 48 hours or so, which is why I love at home gel kits.  I've tried several before, and I like to think I'm quite good at it, but the whole process from start to finish usually takes about an hour with most methods, so I don't make the effort to put on a gel often enough.  The answer of course, is a gel manicure that takes no longer to apply than a regular polish, and that's what Red Carpet Manicure have created with their Red Carpet Ready One Step system.  They claim it takes just five minutes to complete their manicure, and I was more than happy to put that to the test.

3 Nov 2015

L'Occitane's 2015 Christmas gifting collection in collaboration with Pierre Hermé, and an amazing advent calendar!


L'Occitane make some of the loveliest gifts around, and this Christmas is no exception!  2015 sees a collection of beautifully presented gifts designed in collaboration with pastry chef extraordinaire Pierre Hermé.  I love the colourful packaging with a subtle nod to macarons and all things sweet, combined with delicate, fresh and floral scents.