30 Jul 2014

Nails: Floral sprinkle glitter polishes from Nails Inc

Just a quick post today to share some rather special swatches of these stunners from Nails Inc.  I've been thinking about getting these for a while and wondered if they're one of those polishes which looks great in the bottle and in the promotional pictures, but would actually be a mess on my nails.  I'm rather surprised and pleased to say that with a little patient application, these are beauts!

29 Jul 2014

Beauty: Inglot freedom system - my ultimate neutral palette!

I've admired the Inglot freedom palettes from a far for quite some time, but I've never has a proper swatch session to find out what they're all about.  At IMATS there was a massive Inglot stand (and a 30% discount!), so I decided it was time to create my ultimate neutral palette...

22 Jul 2014

Beauty: New from Revlon - Colorstay Moisture Stain review and swatches

Revlon's latest release is a collection of lipgloss-stain hybrids inspired by glamorous cities all around the world (hence the lovely passport cover!).  There are 12 colours in the range in total, and I have four to try out and swatch.

21 Jul 2014

Skincare: New from Hydraluron - moisture jelly review

Hydraluron serum is one of my skincare essentials for dehydrated areas of the face, so I got a little bit giddy when I heard that Indeed Labs were introducing a Hydraluron moisture jelly.  Bring on the hydration!

18 Jul 2014

Beauty: Real techniques retractable brushes review

Real Techniques are one of my favourite brush brands and I own nearly all of the brushes they make.  In particular I like their face brushes and always use a RT brush for my foundation, powder, bronzer and blush.  Earlier this year Real Techniques released some retractable travel brushes, so I thought it was about time I added them to my collection.

16 Jul 2014

Skincare: Glamglow Thirstymud review

Glamglow's youthmud is one of my all time favourite products and I'm constantly recommending it to people as a mask that really does what it says on the tin (jar).  So when I heard Glamglow were releasing a new hydrating mask called Thirstymud, I couldn't wait to slather my face in it.

15 Jul 2014

Haul: Super bling Shourouk necklaces from eBay / Essex!

I'm not the most exciting dresser - a lot of my clothes are black, grey or navy, and you'll usually find me in my standard uniform of dress, blazer and leggings or black tights.  Where I do like to spice things up a little bit, is with interesting jewellery, and the blingier the better!

14 Jul 2014

Beauty: BeautyBay The Collection - Little Black Box Summer Style Edition

Beautybay.com is one of my favourite online beauty destinations.  They stock lots of my favourite brands including China Glaze, Too Faced, Essie, Urban decay and OPI, and they usually have discounted prices or special offers.  What you might not know is that BeautyBay also stock their own branded products, and they're now releasing a selection of them in a special beauty box.

11 Jul 2014

Food: Healthy chocolate pancakes recipe

Yep, you read that right - these are healthy chocolate pancakes!  Well, healthier than a traditional chocolate pancake recipe at least!  I've been calorie counting for the last six weeks or so ( with varying success and aiming for 1,200 calories a day) to help me reduce what I'm eating and pay closer attention to which foods I choose and how much energy they contain.  

10 Jul 2014

Beauty: My June favourites

In the summer time, when the weather is high, nah nah nah nah nah, it's my Juu-uuune favourites, when the weather's fine, you got women you got women on your mind...

9 Jul 2014

Travel: Oxford city break and photo diary

At the end of June Dan and I decided to go off on a little city break in search of some new adventures, and we picked Oxford as the city we wanted to explore.  I’ve never been to Oxford before (a quick stop at Bicester outlets doesn’t really count!), and did a little research online looking at some blogs, pinterest and a few youtube videos to suss out what we wanted to see and do while we were there. 

8 Jul 2014

Nails: OPI Gwen Stefani rock starlets minis

I love a good OPI polish, if I had unlimited funds and space, I’d be snapping up every release from the many collections they bring out each year.  Sadly I have neither in endless quantities, but OPI are considerate souls and with each collection they also release a selection of the colours in miniature sizes – budget and storage friendly! 

7 Jul 2014

Skincare: Bioré deep pore cleansing charcoal range review

As a teenager Bioré was a brand which featured quite heavily in my skincare routine – I was obsessed with the pore strips and used them far more than was necessary because I loved seeing what kind of gunk I might be able to extract - attractive!  Bioré’s range goes way beyond their famous pore strips of course, and recently I was invited along to see some of their latest product innovations. 

6 Jul 2014

Giveaway: Win a full set of Simple kind to skin goodies *CLOSED*

Well it's been a while since we've had a giveaway hasn't it?  Time to give a little something back to all of the lovely people who support my blog - more on that in a bit.  In collaboration with Simple's Kind To City Skin campaign, I'm giving away a goody bag bursting with skincare - enough to re-boot your whole skincare routine!  

3 Jul 2014

Nails: Dr Lewinn's Renunail triple strengh conditioning colour nail polishes

I've heard of Renunail many times in the past as they have a nail strengthener product which a lot of people rate very highly as having improved their nails in terms of both length and strength.  I've never tried it because it's a clear polish, and you can't wear a colour over or under it in order for it to work.  As I don't like having 'naked' nails, I've never taken the plunge, so it seemed liked the solution had come along when Renunail released coloured polishes...

1 Jul 2014

Beauty: new from Urban Decay - Naked Skin illuminating beauty balm and flushed blush palettes

Urban Decay have recently released some new additions to their Naked line for summer.  Joining the original Naked Flushed palette and three new colourways, and in addition to their Naked skin beauty balm there's now an illuminating and a bronzing version to choose from.
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