Wednesday, 21 December 2016

#GlitzTheSeason with GHD

The party season is well and truly here, and it's all about the sparkles, glitz and glam. Personally I am not one to use hair accessories or even get that creative with my hair styles to be honest. But GHD have helped me step out of my comfort zone and given me some gorgeous hair goodies to create some party styles using their new gorgeous GHD platinum copper styler, and accessories.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Degustabox

It's always quite exciting when the seasonal Degustabox arrives, especially the Christmas edition. It was bound to be full of festive kinds of goodies for the family. If you are new to Degustabox, it is a monthly, surprise food subscription service. You get a box full of new food and drink items every month, delivered straight to your door.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

November Birchbox X Tatler

This month Birchbox have teamed up with the high fashion magazine Tatler, they have designed the most gorgeous looking box with a peacock feather design. Everything in this months box is to get you set for the festive party season.

I have been subscribed to Birchbox for ages now, and still get excited when it turns up. What's not to love about a beauty surprise coming to your door every month? especially when they look this stylish!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Updated - Morning Skincare Routine

I have mentioned in previous posts that I am getting more into my skincare now, I am investing more into better skincare, and trying to find products which are more targeted towards my skin concerns. Because we all know good makeup days start from good skin.
My skin is not too badly behaved, but once that time of the month comes it plays complete havoc on my face. I have quite combination skin and oily t-zone for reference - I have decided to split this post into two half's, a morning routine and a night time one to follow.

The products I have here are what have really been working for me at helping with breakouts, while giving my skin a deep clean and a smooth base, ready for my makeup in the morning.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

October Favourites

Recently I have been trying to get out of my comfort zone beauty wise, I was kind of sticking to the same products as I guess I was just comfortable with what I was using and my routine at the time. So I have given my routine a bit of an overhaul, from my haircare, skincare even to the colour eyeshadows. I will be doing a new skincare routine very soon on my blog to show you this!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Autumn Degustabox

If you aren't sure what Degustabox is, it is a monthly food subscription service where you get a surprise box of different foods and drinks to try. It's great for the whole family, and such a good way of trying out new things you wouldn't necessarily buy.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Roger & Gallet - Aura Mirabilis Double Extract Serum

I seem to be getting more and more into my skincare at the moment, and finding the right products that work for my skin has been tough, but I have discovered a few gems recently and this Roger & Gallet Double - Extract serum is one of them.
I have only been using this for a few weeks, but to be honest It was love at first use.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Johnny Loves Rosie does Halloween Chic

For me accessories can really make a look, I absolutely love choker style necklaces right now, and these ones from the gorgeous accessory brand Jonny Loves Rosie are stunning. With Halloween only a few days away I feel these pieces give a subtle nod to this time of year, as these pieces are all about textures with one being a thick, black, lace choker with a leather look lace to tie around it, which will give your look a gothic yet sexy kinda vibe.
Then there is the other gold and black chocker, which is much more subtle and perfect for every day wear. With this one you could dress it up or down.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

October Birchbox

This months Birchbox theme is 'What's your sign?' At Birchbox they created a few different box designs around your astrological sign. You could get one of 4 designs - Water, Fire, Air, Earth. The box isn't just a basic Birchbox either it is now a handy little draw which I think is way better as they are great for stashing away your beauty products. This months astrological box also glows in the dark!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Autumn Beauty Trends with MUD

As soon as Autumn/ Winter draws in, like most, I steer towards the rich earthy, berry, warm tones on my face. These three make up items from MUD - Make-up Designory just scream Autumn to me.
MUD is quite a new brand to me, I wasn't that familiar with it. But I do love trying out new make-up, as you never know when you will find that hidden gem of a product.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

My Recent Beauty Favourites

It's been a while since my last favourites post, mainly because i have been testing out some new products (mainly skincare), which i like to give a good go before i give my thoughts.
This favourites post may seem skincare heavy, but that's because i have been struggling with my skin lately. I had my contraceptive implant changed recently, and my face just broke out awfully and really got me down.
So i decided to change up my skincare a bit on products that could help, and i have found some right gems! Hallelujah!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

September Degustabox

For those of you that don't know what a Degustabox is, it's a monthly food subscription service where they send a big box full of new and exciting food / drinks for you to try, and the best part is it's all a surprise! It is a great way of discovering new brands, and foods you wouldn't have necessarily thought of trying. I have discovered quite a few new brands this way.
The September box beat last months one but not as good as some I've had to be honest. I do like the amount of health foods included in this one though.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sensationail - Polish to Gel starter kit

Personally, I don't think you can beat nice, neatly manicured nails. Being a mum of two I sometimes find it hard to fit in time for a manicure, but now I can do it all easily from the comfort of my own home. I have tried an at home gel kit before and reviewed it here on my blog and that wasn't good at all, the manicure didn't even last a day before chipping off so I'm hoping that Sensationail being a well known, and loved by many brand I'm hoping this is the system for me. That's the whole point to these at home gel systems anyway, glossy nails that last longer than regular polish - the only down side is having to purchase all new gel polishes to go with it right? ....Wrong, because the geniuses at Senstionail have designed a new Polish to Gel kit where you can use your regular polish and mix it into a gel... hurray money saved!

Friday, 9 September 2016

NEW : La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant - Review

I have been a fan of the La Roche-Posay original Effaclar Duo for years now and constantly re-purchase. It works wonders on blemish prone skin like mine. It helps reduce the appearance of scaring, prevents breakouts and unclogs pores. Plus you can't really go wrong with good ol' French Pharmacy skin care can you?
Recently I was offered a chance to review the new Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant, which has the same amazing qualities as the original version we all know and love, but with added coverage.
Perfect for those no makeup-makeup days.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

August Degustabox

This months Degustabox included a few new brands this month, some I have already had in previous boxes such as the Geeta's pastes & chutney and the Get More Vitamins Drink. The August box didn't quite blow me away like last months did ( Review here ) that one was pretty amazing.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Organii Every Day Organics - Sun Protection

When I was given the chance to review these suncare products from Organii I jumped at the chance, having 2 children and a fiancé who have the most sensitive skins imaginable, I was willing to try anything that would give good protection, while preventing any heat rashes or reactions. I got sent the Sun Milk - SPF 50 which is all I use on my children, and a sample of the After sun cream to try.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

August Birchbox

The August Birchbox actually takes shape of a scuba birchbag this month. There are 4 bright colours you could receive..Coral Reef (pictured), pink pufferfish, yellow tail and blue fin. I love this idea as a makeup bag is always handy and a great addition to pack for your holidays. It's almost as if you are getting an added extra with this months box.
Birchbox have been going for years now, but if you are unsure what it is, it's a monthly beauty subscription service which is all a complete surprise till it arrives at your door.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Nail Trends - Elegant Touch Press on Nails

Chrome nails seem to be everywhere right now and I am all for it! I have been looking at online tutorials and those quick Instagram videos on how to achieve the look. It looks amazing but a right faff to be honest. Firstly you need a UV nail system - polishes and light, Then you have to use a pigment which you kind of scrub onto the nail revealing the stunning, shiny chrome look, following another coat of clear polish you have to cure to set it in place.
I haven't yet been able to find a salon locally which does this technique yet either. So while shopping at the weekend I came across these nails by Elegant Touch in Superdrug, how impressive do they look!!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Huda Beauty - Lip Contour

Everyone seems to be going crazy for these Huda Beauty lip products at the moment, I had awaited their arrival to the UK on Cult Beauty for some time, I signed up to the waiting list for the first release, and just my luck- I got the email on the way into town that they where in stock. I was frantically trying to get some in my basket, knowing they would sell out fast. baring in mind I was using the crappy 3G signal and the site crashes...didn't stand a chance. I got home and they where sold out. Then I heard they where coming back to Cult Beauty, so i added my email once again to the mailing list, and what happens they come back in stock while I am on holiday ...NOOOOO.
When I arrived back into the U.K I checked Cult Beauty again like a mad woman, expecting them to be gone, but as luck would have it they had them all in. They must have a bigger batch this time around.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Recent Beauty Favourites

I'm back after a little break, and kicking things off with my beauty favourites that I haven't been able to put down, or do without.

Starting off with a product that has been a favourite of mine for over a year at least! the Cocoa Brown tanning mousse. This is the newer darker shade and I love it so much more than the original.
This darker shade shows up a little more on my skin tone while looking natural and streak free, I have spoke about this before (HERE) if you want a more in-depth review on why its so amazing. I feel like quite the self tanner pro now, I have tried so many on the market and this still is in my top 3 and the cheapest of the bunch. If you are new to tanning this is just what you need.

Monday, 1 August 2016

July Degustabox

I must say I am very impressed with this months Degustabox! even more so than last months. Most of the things included I haven't heard of before so it was great to try lots of new things. There where quite a few new finds which me and my family ended up loving and have already been out to buy more.
If you don't know what Degustabox is, its a monthly food subscription service which delivers new and exciting food and drink brands straight to your door.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

June Degustabox


This months Degustabox has to be one of my favourite ones so far! everything that was included I will more than likely get some use out of which is great.
I have tried a few of the things already which came in the July box and I know I will definitely pick up again after trying .
If you are new to the concept of Degustabox, its basically a monthly food subscription. Every month you will get a food parcel full of new and exciting food and drinks to try which is completely a surprise. It is such a great idea, I have discovered lots of new foods and drinks I wouldn't normally buy.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

May Degustabox

It's that time again when the surprise monthly food parcel comes to the door! yay!
I was quite happy with this months Degustabox, it included a great variety of snacks and drinks from brands that I had never heard of before and I could honestly say everything in this box will get used.
One of the great things about Degustabox is that they will include things you wouldn't have thought about trying before and introduce you to new foods and drinks. Something the whole family can enjoy too.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Vita Liberata Marula Dry Oil Self Tan

If you know me you'll know I'm getting to be quite the tanning connoisseur, and Vita Liberata are one of my top favourite tanning brands. I find that Vita Liberata always bring the most innovative tanning products to the table, like the bronzing makeup that actually tans (Trystal minerals) and an overnight tanning face mask which has tons of skincare benefits (Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask), both amazing, amazing quality products which I regularly use.
Their latest addition Marula Dry Oil Self Tan with SPF 50 is no different, this is the worlds first self tanning oil that has an addition of SPF 50 so you cant get that beautiful bronze glow with the added sun protection, and nourishing oils to give you soft, supple skin - sounds pretty amazing right?

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

My Current Favourite Cream Makeup Products

I am not usually one to use cream makeup products, but I switched up my usual makeup recently and I noticed most the products I have been reaching for have been these amazing cream products. I love how natural they look and how effortless they are to apply and blend with just a damp BeautyBlender.
These are the products that make me look more awake and put together on those school runs when I'm in a hurry to get ready. They are just so quick and easy to use when you get the hang of it, and they are much easier and quicker to blend... no one wants horrid, unblended makeup do they now?

Friday, 29 April 2016

April Birchbox Feat Rifle Paper Co.

This April Birchbox is a rather pretty one right? They have teamed up this month with the very chic U.S cult stationary and Lifestyle brand Rifle Paper Co.
Inside this pretty spring themed box includes two makeup must haves and, other samples to makeup you feel bright and breezy.

This months box includes the following beauty goodies...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

March & April Degustabox

All my family love the day that Degustabox turns up at the door! The monthly surprise, food subscription service is great for all the family to enjoy, and it is a great way of trying food and drink you wouldn't have necessarily picked up at the shop yourself. We have discovered quite a few new things this way.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

So Eco and Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder Brush review

I was contacted a few weeks back by the lovely people at asking if I would like to try some of the So Eco range of brushes. I had never heard of this brand before so I thought it would be nice to give them a try along with a beautiful Real Techniques Arched powder brush from the bold metals collection.

Friday, 18 March 2016

My Top 5 Nude Liquid Lipsticks

I seem to have a slight obsession with liquid lipsticks at the moment, so I thought I would share with you my top 5! .....granted, they do all look really similar but trust me, once swatched they are pretty different. If you know me, you'll know I'm all for these kind of matte nude shades.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

March Birchbox

This months Birchbox theme is named 'Word Up!' and with this they have designed a fun word search style box. The theme of this month is to help you find your ultimate beauty discovery, and help you find out which beauty products are best for you.
It also includes a brand new Bichbox brand 'Arrow' product, in the form of a clever pH balanced lip balm.

Friday, 26 February 2016

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur

The French Pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay has to be one of my favourite skincare brands of all time. I am a regular user of their Serozinc mist, and their very well known Effaclar Duo skin serum. I think I will be forever re-purchasing those!
But when I got the chance to review their BB cream, I must say I was a little sceptical...and that was because I have never found one BB or CC cream I liked, they never worked with my skin, always looked patchy and even the lightest shades looked orange on my skin and i'm not even really that pale.
So I did kind of give up on trying them, but seen as it was one of my favourite brands it was worth another shot right?

Friday, 5 February 2016

January Degustabox

Apologies with the lack of posts recently, I've had some computer problems, all seems sorted now finally!
Today I have for you the surprise, monthly food parcel box from Degustabox -and as always, contains lots amazing brands and new things to try. Its always exciting seeing what is coming in your next box, and is one for the whole family to enjoy.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

GHD - Advanced Split End Therapy

Everyone has heard of the well known and loved brand GHD, they are most famous for their amazing quality straighteners. I remember a bit later on in secondary school wanting a pair of GHD's so bad, just because word on the street was they are the best of the best, and all the salons used them, so they had to be pretty amazing right? - and that was exactly what I needed for my unruly, frizzy mane.
Teenagers these days will never know the struggle before the invention of straightening irons haha.. or carrying around a massive CD Walkman for that matter - you weren't getting that bad boy in your coat pocket that's for sure! - wow I'm so retro.
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