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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Loving Lately #3


I've really been digging a few things lately so it's high time for a little favourites round up. I do mean to do these more frequently than I currently do, so its something I need to work on!

I feel like I've got my skincare and make up down at the moment which makes quite a change for me. My skin loves a consistent routine, so I've been giving it exactly that. Starting off with the Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask*. I'm almost out of this now so this reminds me to pick up another tube as its that good. It can be used either as a cleanser or a mask and is quite similar to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It's a gel like formula which emulsifies into a milk on contact with water, leaving skin purified, radiant and soft. Its lovely to use as a mask first thing in morning to really wake up your skin. After 5 minutes my skin is left glowing.


Hylamide is a fairly new brand to me, but I was looking for a new all-rounder serum suitable for my sensitive dry skin so I picket up the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum. My skin has been so dehydrated the last couple of months since finishing Roaccutane, so I was keen to add in some extra hydration without irritating my skin. SubQ is packed full of hyaluronic compounds - no less than five to be precise, as well as peptides and even a retinol complex, so it really does cover all bases. My skin is much plumper and radiant and my fine lines look considerably reduced. Pretty much everything that Deciem produces contains so many high percentage active formulas for purse friendly prices and the results I've seen are really good so far. I really want to check out some of the NIOD range next.

I've been opting for really simple makeup lately, hardly any base and a neutral eye with a cat flick, but I have been playing around with lip products. I really like the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound. It's the perfect my 'lips but better' dusty mauve. The formula of these is quite interesting, neither a gloss nor a lipstick, but somewhere comfortably in the middle with a semi-matte finish. I can't stand sticky products so this is perfect for me.


I'm having a complete By Terry love in it would seem. Now this is a pricey brand, but what I love about the range is that it's makeup with skincare benefits that's designed for ageing skin. So I feel assured that while I might spend a bit more, I'm going to get good results. The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer did make my eyes (and bank card) weep at £44, but it is really worth it for me. I suffer with fine lines and as my skin has been a bit dehydrated they look worse at the moment so I need non-cakey products to smooth over my under eyes. The Densiliss concealer is almost like a serum, so it really hydrates the skin and conceals any darkness. Over time it also works to firm the skin which is pretty impressive.


As I've been going for a really light base, the By Terry Cellularose CC Cream has been my go-to. Like the concealer, it's almost as light as a serum which I really like as it's so hydrating. I find a lot of CC creams to be quite thick and difficult to blend, but this By Terry offering is anything but that. It's definitely light coverage, but enough to blur out any redness and imperfections and I find it's almost undetectable. As it's part of the Cellularose range it does include a rose fragrance so might not be for everyone. Personally, I would rather makeup was unscented, but I do love rose so it's really not an issue. Combined with the good skincare I've been using, my skin looks naturally brighter and pretty radiant so I'm very happy indeed!

What do you think of my picks?


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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

christmas gift guide

I thought I would join in and compile a gift guide this year as I'm feeling Christmas for sure. This year is especially exciting as it's our first Christmas in our new house. It's crazy to think that this time last year the whole purchase was in question, so it's something of an achievement that we're now finally here!

Maybe this will give you some shopping inspiration, or perhaps you'll be putting a few things down on your own Christmas list.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a candle, and Diptyque is always my go-to. Every year they release three limited edition candles, but I think this has to be the best one yet. Epices et Delices is the most perfect gingerbread candle. I find most to be really sickly sweet and synthetic, but this Diptyque offering is quite spicy and warm thanks to honey and star anise.

Urban Outfitters Pink Marble iPhone 6s Phone Case - £10 (reduced from £16)
Phone cases are a good bet if you're not sure what to get for someone, or if they literally have everything. Let's face it, we all know someone like that! This pink marble case is so pretty (and seriously Instagrammable!).

How better to introduce someone to the iconic Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel than with this little travel sized pick? Inside the cracker is a 40ml fun sized edition of one of my favourite cleansers. It leaves skin so radiant and purified and is probably my most recommended skincare product.

Estee Lauder X Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter - £48
As part of this very special collaboration range, Estee Lauder and VB brought back one of the brand's most loved highlighters. It's a super flattering pink shade which packs a punch in the sparkle factor and it looks absolutely exquisite in it's slick and quite substantial luxury packaging. It's also limited edition which I think is a nice touch for a gift.

christmas gift guide

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light - £69
Another limited edition pick here, but certainly one any beauty lover would have palpitations upon opening! This handy little palette contains two blushes, an all over face powder, bronzer and highlight, so you've got everything you need here to achieve the most beautiful complexion. Let's not forget the swoon-worthy marble packaging either!

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Palette in Fair/Light - £28
A good alternative if you're sticking to a tighter budget is this eye and cheek palette from Stila. It comes in a few different colour combinations to match different skin tones or preferences, but inside you've got a great collection of shades that I'm always reaching for.

If you're looking for a stocking filler for a beauty lover then this new palette from Sleek is the one! It's part of their Rockstars collection which is all rather beautiful and the palette contains six shimmery shades from a rose gold to a champagne hue, so you can create the most pretty sparkly look imaginable.

Whistles Cornelia Triple Zip Bag in Leopard - £160
Leopard print is everywhere at the moment, and so flattering when used on accessories like this Whistle bag. It's surprisingly roomy with three zipped compartments too. The back is plain leather so it's quite versatile.

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash* - £13.99
I couldn't be without one of these now (or three if you want to be precise!). The Aqua Splash version is perfect for gently combing a hair mask or conditioner through your tresses without causing any snapping or damage. It's a must-have for me so makes the perfect gift in my book.

christmas gift guide
Another little cute stocking filler, or maybe to go alongside something else. Yardley's hand creams are so nice and nourishing and they sink in quickly without any stickyness, so this 50ml Lily of the Valley hand cream is perfect for gifting. Or, you know, keeping for yourself because it's so darn cute. I think I'm going to struggle to give this one away...

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Perfume - From £49
Yes, I know perfume is a tricky thing to choose for someone else, but I really do rate this one! It contains both floral and citrus notes so its going to appeal to most people. I'm not going to try and describe how it smells, just trust me when I say it's a bit addictive and like nothing else I've tried before now. I always receive compliments when I wear it too.

Yardley English Rose Gift Set* - £10
This little gift set includes an English Rose perfume and matching body spray, so it's a perfect gift on its own or as a stocking filler. A good one for Secret Santa to give to a work colleague or for someone who adores rose as much as I do. Yardley's scents are so beautiful, they stick around but aren't overpowering or too synthetic.

Face by Pixiwoo - £9.99
I love this book so much, it's probably aimed at more makeup novices, but there's definitely something in there for everyone, and of course for all fans of Sam & Nic Chapman. It's a very well thought out makeup bible and includes loads of makeup artist tips and tricks.

I literally read this from cover to cover when I picked up my copy. Estee very eloquently shares experiences from her life so far (both good and bad), and discusses what's made her the person she is now. You will laugh along with her amazing humour and maybe even shed a tear or two. I love her even more after reading this. What a gal!

Happy shopping!


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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Winter Wishlist

A winter and christmas wishlist

With winter comes Christmas, and this is totally the time of year that I'm always coveting so many things. I love autumn/winter fashion anyway (hello snuggly jumpers), but there's always so many limited edition goodies and gift sets out there so my wishlist is bulging right now!

If I was feeling spendy (and rich) I would be snapping this lot up in a heart beat! Meanwhile I can dream, right?!

What are you lusting over at the moment?


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Friday, 25 November 2016

A New MAC Lip Duo

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Stripdown lip pencil review

With autumn comes unfortunately grainy photos, but it also has me yearning for coppery brown eyes and a suitably nude lip. Its been a while since I found myself desperately after any new MAC products but the new Liptensity lipsticks were my first port of call to get that perfect brown toned nude.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe is the one that really caught my eye (and clearly everyone else's as it was hard to track down!). Described as a creamy neutral brown, this is absolutely my perfect brown. I've been pairing it with MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown just to tidy up the edges and define the shape of my lips.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Stripdown lip pencil review

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe is quite new to MAC, and as the name suggests the pigmentation is insane. It's actually very similar to their Amplified formula, with a little more of a kick. The bullet is flat and slanted so you can easily outline the edges. The Liptensity formula is super creamy and comfortable to wear, but it doesn't slide around. In fact it has pretty good staying power, especially when layered over Stripdown, which is the perfect matching lip pencil.

Cosy jumpers, slightly messy wavy hair, a coppery brown eye and my new MAC lip duo is most definitely becoming one of my most reached for every day looks.


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Monday, 21 November 2016

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

Beauty advent calendars are everywhere this year. With their popularity soaring over the last couple of years there's such an abundance to choose from that I've never known where to start, so have stuck to my usual Malteaser pick until this huge Paul & Joe beauty advent calendar* arrived over the weekend.

I've tried a few products from Paul & Joe previously (review here & here), but they're still a fairly new brand to me so their 2016 beauty calendar is a great way to explore more of what they have to offer. The box is beautifully illustrated with a Marché de Noël theme - with lots of cats as you'd expect from Paul & Joe! And my god are the contents pretty too...

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

The Paul & Joe beauty advent calendar has 24 windows, of which 12 house beauty products. Obviously I haven't opened it as I don't want to spoil the surprise for myself too much, but inside the windows we have the following:

Powder Blush
Powder Blush Case
Lip Essence
Moisturising Foundation Primer
Eye Colour 001
Eye Colour 002
Eye Colour 003
Eye Colour 004
Eye Colour Case
Lipstick Case

What I'm really excited about is the eye colours, as they are actually in the shape of little cats - it literally couldn't get better than that if you ask me. I believe most of (if not all), of these products are limited edition, as are a lot of Paul & Joe's products in general, so its really nice to pick up something quite special and thought out like this.

Grab it while you still can is all I can say!


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