31 Dec 2013

2013 beauty favourites

I've been terrible at favourites posts this year and haven't done one for a few months, so I thought I'd try to redeem myself a little with a round up of my favourites over the year.  I'm thinking about doing a monthly 'faves and fails' in 2014 to give a round up of the best and worst products I've tried (in my opinion) as I think it might be time to bring a bit of balance and reveal the products I don't like alongside the ones I do - what do you think?

30 Dec 2013

2013 beauty discoveries

As the 2014 looms I've been having a think about my past year in all things beauty, in particular what's changed and the new things I've discovered in 2013...

29 Dec 2013

What I got for Christmas 2013

Although my daily meals still consist of cheese and festive shaped chocolates, with being back at work tomorrow I have to admit that Christmas is coming to an end.  I get so sad when Christmas is over, probably because there's such a big build up, but I have lots of lovely new makeup toys and other fun things to play with to help me get over it.  Here's what I got for Christmas this year... 

28 Dec 2013

#10giveawaysofchristmas - Win the flutter and sparkle ultimate beauty sampler box!

I'm back after a lovely Christmas break - I hope you had an amazing Christmas too.  I have just one giveaway left to round off my #10giveawaysofchristmas, so I thought I'd better make it a good'un...

22 Dec 2013

#10giveawaysofchristmas - win a set of three Bare Minerals Moxie lip products

We're up to giveaway number 9 in my #10giveawaysofchristmas and I'm sorry for not putting this one live sooner as promised, it's been a busy weekend getting everything ready for Christmas.  Anyway I hope this one was worth the wait - I have three gorgeous products from the Bare Minerals Moxie range to give away...

19 Dec 2013

#10giveawaysofchristmas - Gift sets from Weleda and Orla Kiely

If you're still looking for gift inspiration for one of the ladies in your family, you might like one of these bath and body gift sets from Orla Kiely and Weleda, and I have one to give away...

Last minute stocking filler ideas

I don't know about you, but whenever I've finished my Christmas shopping and sit down to get wrapping, it always feels like there's something missing and I like to dash out and get a few extra stocking filler type presents just to finish things off.  This is what I'll be stuffing stocking with this Christmas...

18 Dec 2013

#10giveawaysofchristmas - win a cupcake decorating party kit from Harvey Nichols

Today's giveaway prize isn't beauty related, but it reflects one of my other obsessions - cake baking...

17 Dec 2013

Christmas gift swap with Ellie and Argento.co.uk #loveargento

Last week I received a really sweet pre-Christmas gift from the lovely Ellie who I met recently at a blogging event.  I've met such lovely people through having my blog and have made lots of new friends - it's one of the best things about being a blogger :)

16 Dec 2013

Umberto Giannini glam hair #7days7ways

Umberto Giannini are currently challenging bloggers to use their range of glam hair styling products to create hairstyles with oomph and an edge.  Hair is really not my skill, but I've given it a whirl...

#10GiveawaysOfChristmas - Win a Body Shop Chocolate Box Eye Kit

Today's giveaway is a gorgeous bronze eye makeup kit from The Body Shop...

15 Dec 2013

asos haulin' and 25% off code

As asos are having a huge discount weekend with 25% off nearly everything (even the makeup!) I thought I'd show you what I've been hauling recently...

14 Dec 2013

#10GiveawaysOfChristmas - Maybelline Electro Neon and Dr Rescue babylips review, swatches and giveaway

I really like the original Maybelline baby lips - the yellow one is always in my handbag - so when I was in the US I went a little crazy and picked up all of the variations we don't yet have in the UK...

12 Dec 2013

11 Dec 2013

#10GiveawaysOfChristmas - Win a Bare Minerals All The Faves gift set

Today's giveaway prize is the perfect introduction to Bare Minerals - the all the faves collection allows you to sample mini versions of some of their best sellers...

10 Dec 2013

#10GiveawaysOfChristmas - Win a Ciaté velvet manicure set in red or navy

Okay are you ready for prize number two in the #10GiveawaysOfChristmas? Today there are two prizes up for grabs so there will be two winners...

9 Dec 2013

KIKO digital emotion holiday gift sets review and swatches

If you're still looking for the perfect present for a beauty lover, you might want to check KIKO's Digital Emotion holiday collection...

8 Dec 2013

#10GiveawaysOfChristmas - Win a Pürminerals Bare It All gift set

Happy December!  Happy Christmas!  Can you tell I'm excited?!  It's because it's time to launch my #10GiveawaysOfChristmas and we're starting off with this gorgeous set from Pürminerals...

4 Dec 2013

Babyliss curl secret styler review

In my somewhat misjudged but nevertheless enthusiastic quest for 'Kardashian' hair, I like to dabble with a hair appliance or two...


2 Dec 2013

Swirly gold personalised monogram initial necklace from onecklace.com

Ever since I saw Lauren Conrad (serious style idol) sporting a cute little monogram necklace a year or two ago I've craved one of my own, but they were all just so expensive I couldn't justify it.  Finally I've found an affordable version and it's just as gorgeous...


1 Dec 2013

Ciaté mini mani month advent calendar and Secret Santa with John Lewis

It's the first of December which means it's now officially acceptable to be excited for Christmas!  It's finally time to start opening advent calendars...

30 Nov 2013

Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend deals UK!

I'd heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday before as the big sale dates in the US with lots of discounts and special offers, but suddenly this year stores closer to home are getting all involved!  I thought I'd offer you a quick round up of all of the best online shopping deals I've spotted and don't worry if you missed Black friday, it's going on all weekend...


Christmas beauty and skincare gifts from Boots for me and my Mum

It's the start of December tomorrow, and that's when my Christmas shopping panic always starts to set in.  I've bought quite a few things already and have finished shopping for some people almost completely, but the awkward to buy for people are now starting to stress me out!  I always find it easier to buy for the females in my family, and Boots is always my first stop...

29 Nov 2013

Brighton stagette with Eclipse Leisure

I was only just saying the other day that my blog takes me to some great places and affords me some amazing experiences, but my Brighton Stagette has to be one of the most random and I'll tell you why...

Antipodes skincare review - Grace, Delight and Joyous

My blog gets me involved in some pretty fun things from time to time and stuffing my face with cake while checking out a new skincare brand certainly comes high on my list of favourites.  Although I was pretty much in a cake coma from a glorious afternoon tea spread at the Charlotte Street hotel in London, I managed to stay awake just long enough to learn about the Antipodes brand...

27 Nov 2013

New in from L'Oreal

I've been trying some of L'Oreal's latest releases including a super light-weight foundation and a lipstick worn by Cheryl Cole...

25 Nov 2013

Party season inspiration with Littlewoods

I love the build up to Christmas, not just for the excitement of the big day, but all of the parties and special nights out - it's one massive excuse to shop!  I've been browsing the Littlewoods range  of Lipsy dresses and thought I'd also pick out a few sparkly necklaces to go with them from the Littlewoods range of jewellery...

22 Nov 2013

My first La Prairie skincare experience and review

I love trying new skincare, but I've never ventured to a super high end counter before, so my first experience with La Prairie was extra exciting...

21 Nov 2013

Christmas gifts from The Body Shop - Ginger Sparkle shower collection and gingerbread man sponge

Recently I got to explore The Body Shop's huge range of Christmas gifts.  One of my favourites is the super cute and sweet smelling Ginger Sparkle collection...

20 Nov 2013

19 Nov 2013

Models Own Clothes Show exclusive polish - Show Stopper 2

Models Own have come up with another amazing polish which will be exclusive to the Models Own stand at the Clothes Show Live from 6 - 10 December.  This is Show Stopper 2...

18 Nov 2013

Organic Surge beauty blogger bundle special offer

Organic Surge have put together a special *Beauty Blogger Bundle just in time for Christmas...

17 Nov 2013

Not your average craft fair - Renegade Shoreditch

Where I live (borders of south east London and Kent), I wouldn't dream of going to a craft fair.  It'd be a pretty dull and old fashioned affair and I can't imagine finding anything I'd want to buy.  But last weekend Jayne (@JayneKitsch) took me to a craft fair in Shoreditch near Brick Lane, and it was like someone had tipped the contents of Etsy into an abandoned warehouse and let me run around in it...

16 Nov 2013

The No7 protect & perfect challenge

Are you taking the No7 protect & perfect challenge?


15 Nov 2013

Argan + deep repair shampoo and conditioner, super smooth serum and precious oil elixir review

The change in weather makes it the perfect time to try some new hair products, and as we've just moved into much colder weather, moisturising hair products are in order...  

13 Nov 2013

Christmas gifts 2013 - Neom scents of Christmas

Neom make my favourite luxury candles, so naturally I'd be thrilled with a Neom Christmas gift, and what could be better than unwrapping a gorgeous organic Neom candle?  Ummm, how about unwrapping three...

12 Nov 2013

Beauty news - November 2013

Whenever I have the time I like to gather up all of the little beauty stories gathering in my inbox to share what I think are the best bits.  Sadly all too often I just don't find the time, but what with so many amazing releases in the run up to Christmas, I just have to share some of these...

11 Nov 2013

Christmas gifts 2013 - Yankee magical moments sampler boxes

To me candles are always the perfect gift, and I always have some on my Christmas wish list.  I love a good novelty candle and when it comes to cute names and themed scents, Yankee always deliver...

10 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 7 - snowy night nails

For the last in my week of easy nail ideas I thought I'd do something a little bit more interesting and with more of a theme, but don't worry, it's still really easy to do...

9 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 6 - glitter topcoats

If you fancy a more interesting nail look but really don't have the time or patience, a glitter topcoat is the way to go and these new limited edition polishes are perfect for the party season...

8 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 5 - subtle studs

Another incredibly easy but really effective way to add a bit of interest to you nails is with these cute gold studs...

Top 10 Fashion and Beauty Treats for Winter

When it’s cold and glum outside, it’s easy to feel down. That biting, bitter weather can cause havoc for your skin too, so why not revamp your wardrobe and rejuvenate your glow by treating yourself to some winter fashion and beauty must-haves? Here are 10 of our favourite goodies for men and women to help you feel your best over the chilly, grey months!


Blogger secret santa with John Lewis

I've been a part of lots of different secret santas in the past, but I don't think I've ever been as excited as I am about the blogger secret santa I'm going to be taking part in with John Lewis.  I'm going to be choosing a John Lewis gift for another blogger and someone will be choosing for me too - I can't wait to find out who I'm buying for!  In the meantime I've been browsing the John Lewis site and I've picked out some perfect secret santa gifts.


7 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 4 - foolproof glitter tips

When I first started painting my nails I used to be obsessed with trying to do an at home french manicure, but I could never get the straight white tips right- even using those little nail guide stickers it just didn't look perfect enough.  These days if I fancy painting the tips of my nails I have a little trick which takes all of the stress out of trying to get those straight lines - glitter...

6 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 3 - white hot sparkle

So easy it's practically cheating, but I couldn't do a nail art series without including a white look.  Glossy white nails were so popular in the summer and I think the perfect way to update them for the party season is to add some sparkle, and this polish called Lady from Barry M's new textured collection is perfect...  

5 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 2 - firework / bonfire night nails

As it's the 5th of November today, it had to be firework nails.  I've tried to create firework inspired nail art before, but I've usually gone for big round glittery explosions, but I felt it looked too messy.  I wanted something much neater as well as easier to recreate, which I think I've managed here...

neom organics real luxury home candle

Autumn and winter are my preferred seasons.  I love the clothes, the festivities and I love to snuggle up at home in the warm wearing fluffy socks and hiding under blankets from cold.  I don't burn candles so much in the lighter and warmer weather, but when the dark nights draw in, I can't be without a warming, flickering flame in my living room every evening...  

4 Nov 2013

Easy party season nail art - look 1 - matte glitter accents

This week I'm going to be doing a series on really easy nail art for the party season - if you follow me on instagram you'll have had a sneak peek of a few of my designs already...

3 Nov 2013

Little updates

So I finally figured out how to make collages on a Mac...

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