Amazing Black Friday Deals from Yves Rocher!

Posted on November 26, 2014

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Hi Guys!

So many retailers are jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon this year, it really is fantastic news for those of us that still need to do some Christmas shopping (that would be me then – I always plan to be organised but it never happens) and the fabulous number one French beauty brand Yves Rocher have some fantastic deals lined up for you!

From 25th November to the 1st December Yves Rocher will have up to a massive 70% off 40 of their best selling products! What an amazing deal! I’ve previously reviewed Yves Rocher’s So Elixir Purple EDP which is a lovely floral woody scent. This was originally £49 but now has 50% off in the sale so it’s only £24.50, what a bargain!

If you’re looking for some fantastic beauty and fragrance items make sure you check out the Yves Rocher site :) I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Yves Rocher fragrances before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post was sponsored by Yves Rocher.



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Wantable November Makeup Box | Review

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Hi Guys!

This month’s Wantable box arrived in record time, and I was excited to find a brand I’d never heard of before inside – Surratt Beauty. After looking into this company the products look rather good – they’re stocked in Liberty and have a high price point, so now I have high hopes and I really hope I’m not going to be disappointed!

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First up is the Surratt Beauty Smokey Eye Baton in Mauve, $35.00

This is supposed to be a creamy liner with a smudger at the other end to create a smokey eye look. The liner is great but there’s no smudger! I’m not sure what happened there – the description includes mention of a smudger, as does other online descriptions but there’s definitely not one in sight!

Good points – The product has a creamy, smooth texture that’s easily blendable. I love the shade I received, Mauve. It’s a beautiful deep purple that’s easily build able and a great alternative to black.

Not so good points – There’s no smudger! Boo!

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Next is another Surratt product, this is the Concealer in Fair, $50.00

Surratt’s concealer stick adheres to skin perfectly and wears beautifully for flawless, long-lasting, full coverage.

Good points – This definitely feels like a premium product, it has a matte finish that blends well and easily covered my dark circles.

Not so good points – Depending on your skin tone, this shade could be too light for you. Luckily I’m white as a ghost so it’s perfect for me, and if you’d like to try the concealer there are plenty of other shades available. Also it’s worth mentioning that the product is only a tiny 1.9g which really is super small for the $50.00 price tag.

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Next is the Yourminerals Loose Eyeshadow in Lime, $22.00

Good points – I love love LOVE this shade, it’s such a beautiful pale olive green that’s super finely milled with gold sparkles. It catches the light beautifully and has a lovely soft consistency.

Not so good points – There’s nothing wrong with the actual product, but there’s nothing to stop the powder going everywhere inside the pot. There are four square holes that you tip the shadow out of and nothing to close them off so it just all comes out inside the lid. This shouldn’t be a problem as long as you’re careful when unscrewing the lid.

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And finally a Vincent Longo Deluxe Blush Brush, $24.00

Good points – I’ve had some Vincent Longo brushes in previous boxes and I’m never disappointed. This is a premium synthetic brush with long flexible bristles. It’s super soft and lovely to use.

Bad points – None!

Overall this little box included products valuing a massive $131.00 (£83.11) I’m pretty sure it’s the highest value box I’ve had so far! I’m really impressed with the selection of products included and hoping to see more of Surratt Beauty in future boxes!

You can check out Wantable and sign up here.

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx



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John Lewis Black Friday Luxury Beauty Wish List!

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As you are probably aware, Black Friday is almost upon us (this is Friday 28th in case you didn’t know) The Friday following Thanksgiving has become the busiest shopping day of the year for nearly 10 years now in the US – luckily for us Brits this tradition has travelled across the pond and been embraced by our online retailers and high streets so we can take advantage of some fantastic deals and offers in the run up to Christmas!

I was asked to put together a wish list of some of the products I’d love to see in the John Lewis Black Friday Sales, so of course I went straight to the Beauty section and based my list around luxury beauty items that I would really love to own! Here goes –

  • Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Eau de Parfum Gift Set £65.70 – My friend Laura has this fragrance and it smells beautiful on her. Bonbon is an indulgent sweet and fruity scent with a hint of caramel. I really want a bottle for myself!
  • Jo Malone London Gift Set £125 – Jo Malone is one of my favourite fragrance brands, I’ve never tried anything else other than their fragrances though, so this gift set would be perfect to sample their bath & body products, and amazing candles.
  • Neom Real Luxury Gift Set £100 – Neom is another amazing brand that I haven’t had a chance to try yet, so it’s definitely top of my wish list! This set contains a whole range of Neom’s gorgeous products including bath & shower oil, hand products and a Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood candle.
  • Shay & Blue Precious Miniature Collection Christmas Gift Set £65 – I’ve had my eye on Shay & Blue fragrances since I first head of the brand earlier this year. This lovely set of miniature fragrances contain five of Shay and Blue’s most popular scents.
  • Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Body & Bath Luxe Quartet £55 – I already have this set in Creme Brûlée and I love it! It definitely turns bath time into a luxurious experience!
  • Mulberry Locked Cosmetic Purse £210 – Mulberry is just the epitome of designer labels to me. I could never afford a Mulberry bag, but their beautiful leather accessories are definitely within purchasing range! This cosmetics purse is made of the most gorgeous grained leather, in bright pink which is right up my street!

Fingers crosse some of these products come up in the Black Friday sale! :D

It’s also worth mentioning John Lewis’ Never Knowingly Undersold policy – did you know they constantly check their prices against that of their competitors and price match so you always get the best deal!?

I’d love to hear if you have your eye on anything for Black Friday? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx



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My Big Christmas Giveaway!

Posted on November 25, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well Christmas is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than to hold my biggest giveaway yet!? I must admit it was all a bit late notice due to various factors, but I think it’s come together well and I’ve managed to get together an amazing prize bundle for one lucky winner! I’ve also planned it so the giveaway will end on Christmas day – so one person is going to have a very merry Christmas indeed!

Take a look at what you could win…

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ONE lucky person will win all of the above prizes provided by the fab companies below –

  • Cohorted – Urban Decay Nakes Basics 2 Palette, Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, Urban decay Perversion Mascara, Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes Mascara, LUSH Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo, LUSH Woosh Shower Jelly, LUSH £10 Voucher, and 1000 Cohorted points (Total Value £200)
  • Glossybox 3 month beauty box subscription £40
  • Nanshy Masterful Collection Pearlescent White Makeup Brush Set £49.95
  • The Dressing Room Olivia Burton Exclusive Watch £75
  • HotHair 21 inch Human Hair Extensions £299
  • Handpicked Collection Connock London Bath Oil £42.95
  • My Bag Paul’s Boutique Mila Bag in black and cream £70
  • Ottillie Pop Clothing £100 voucher
  • Apricot Clothing £100 voucher
  • Joshua James Jewellery Thomas Sabo Bracelet & £50 Voucher
  • Arran Aromatics Perfumer Travel Candle Collection £32
  • Bill’s Speciality Christmas Hamper £75
  • Blaze Sunglasses Ray Ban Sunglasses £130
  • Makeup Revolution Lip Hug Full Collection of 20 lipsticks £50
  • The London Perfume Company Vera Wang Princess Gift Set £54.50

This amazing bundle has a value of over £1400 – what a fantastic Christmas present!!

Sorry for the boring bit but I have to tell you the terms and conditions! This giveaway will run for one month, ending on 25/12/14 when a winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. I’m afraid this is open to UK entrants only as the prizes can only be posted to UK addresses. All prizes will be sent directly to the winner from the participating companies after Christmas. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, and good luck! xxx

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Urban Retreat Beautique Utterly Luxury Gift With Purchase!

Posted on November 24, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’m so excited to share with you an amazing gift with purchase offer from Urban Retreat Beatuique!

Urban Retreat Beautique sell amazing premium brands including Laura Mercier, NARS, Creme De La Mer, Sisley, Hourglass and Shu Uemura.

They’re offering the above fabric gift bag stuffed with eleven premium brand beauty items all for FREE! You will need to spend £150 to claim the offer though – I know this is a lot of money but you could get a whole load of Christmas shopping done for that amount (and maybe something for yourself?) and come home with this amazing beauty goodie bag worth over £110!

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So what’s in the bag?

  • marocMaroc Nourishing Hair Mask 75ml
  • Moroccanoil Hand Cream 75ml
  • Lenor Greyl Nourishing Shampoo 50ml
  • Unite 7 Seconds Leave In Conditioner 1oz
  • Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub 70g
  • Guam Cellulite Seaweed Mud 75ml
  • NARS Lip Gloss in Priscilla 4ml
  • Cover FX Illumination Setting Powder 4.5g
  • Valmont Demaquillant Precieux 10ml
  • Valmont Eau Micellaire Precieuse 10ml
  • Glamglow Powermud 15g

Did I mention this bundle is worth an amazing £110!? (I know I did, but wow!)

I’m already a massive fan of NARS, Moroccanoil and Glamglow, so I’m really pleased these products are included in the set. I must admit though, I haven’t heard of some of the other brands, but I don’t actually think that’s a bad thing. I love nothing more than discovering new products, and if like me you may not have heard of some of these names, this is the perfect excuse to try them out!

So far I’ve tried the Thalgo Body Scrub – it contains Bora Bora sands, sea salt, coconut shell and mono and jojoba oils. It smells divine, like I’d imagine an exotic island in fact, and left my skin amazing smooth and supple. This definitely gets a big thumbs up from me! Also the marocMaroc Nourishing Hair Mask should get a mention too, this is a super luxurious mask which is fantastic for reviving tired and lacklustre hair (like mine!) It contains almond milk and argan oil to leave hair feeling soft and silky. I’m looking forward to trying out the rest of the products as they all sound fantastic, I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of them and what you think?

The Utterly Luxury gift with purchase will be available from 28th November from Urban Retreat Beautique and has limited availability, so grab one while you can!

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review



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Wednesday Night at Las Iguanas Norwich…

Posted on November 23, 2014

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Hi Guys!

On Wednesday evening I headed into Norwich to see my friend Brookie, and to visit the city’s brand new restaurant – Las Iguanas!

I’d never heard of Las Iguanas before, but found out they’re part of a chain which has restaurants dotted up and down the county, offering authentic Latin American specialities. The latest branch of Las Iguanas has literally just opened up on 10th November at Riverside in Norwich (next to Nando’s) The extensive menu is designed ‘to bring authentic South America to every table, every day’ and it reflects the diverse mix of Spanish, Portuguese, African and native Latino influences that make up South American culture.

All dishes are cooked freshly to order and Las Iguanas prides itself on using only the freshest, highest quality produce from the best British suppliers, lovingly combined with carefully sourced authentic ingredients from around the world. It sounded right up my street!

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Firstly I thought I’d show you a little pre going out selfie! I was planning on wearing my gorgeous new Imany Oriental Print Kimono from Blue Vanilla via EtailPR. I was over the moon when this arrived, it’s such a pretty garment and the colours are super festive which I love! I put it on ready to wear to visit Las Iguanas but decided not to wear in out the end as I had visions of dipping the fringing in my dinner and getting covered in food!! Ha ha! :D

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We arrived at Las Iguanas and were seated. After looking at the amazingly vast menu for quite a while we decided to share three plates of tapas for startes – Calamares – whole baby calamari, sliced & coated in crisp crumb cassava, with creamy aioli. Gambas – massive whole prawns, split & cooked in a garlic, lemon & chilli sauce, served with ciabatta, and Pato Taquito – rich shreds of roast duck & caramelised onion rolled in a flour tortilla & char-grilled, with a spicy cranberry salsa. I can’t even tell you how good these were!

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For my main mean I had The Extraordinary Xinxim – (pronounced zin-zim) This was lime chicken in a crayfish & peanut sauce with spring onion & garlic rice & fine green beans. It also came with sweet plantains, I’ve never had them before and now I love them! Brookie had Camaro De Calabaza – which was baked butternut squash with peeled prawns in a mild spiced tomato & melted cheese sauce and served with garlic rice.

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For dessert I had an amazing chocolate cake and Brookie had some crazy doughnut things with dipping chocolate and caramel. Sorry I don’t have the dessert menu so I can’t show off with the fancy menu names and descriptions for this course! :) By this point we were a bit broken, after the first two courses and three cocktails we were completely stuffed! I actually had to leave some of my amazing dessert which is completely unheard of for me!

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I then thought I’d better ‘walk off’ the meal a bit, so I had a wander around and took some photos. The restaurant has been decorated beautifully with vintage and reclaimed finishes, giving the space a wonderful rustic and comfortable feel. The main restaurant is light and airy with shades of coral, sage and mustard, highlighted with vintage Latin wall art and artisan tiling.

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We had such a lovely night catching up and gorging ourselves on the fantastic food the restaurant had to offer. I really can’t recommend Las Iguanas enough – the food was amazing, the staff were lovely and the service was spot on. I’ll definitely be going back there soon!

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx



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Antipodes Jubilation Hand And Body Cream

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I’ve got another gorgeous Antipodes product to share with you today, this time it’s the Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand and Body Cream! After my last Antipodes experience I was really excited to try this!

Jubilation comes in a generously sized 120ml metallic green tube and it’s the perfect cream for treating anywhere on the hands and body suffering from excessive dryness over the winter months. The cream contains the perfect combination of amazing ingredients including superfruit kiwi seed oil, wild blackcurrant, premium avocado oil, and meadowfoam seed oil. The cream also includes essential omegas 3, 6 and 9 and an excellent dose of Vitamins A, C and E provide the ultimate daily nutritional skin boost. As well as being packed with fantastic beneficial ingredients, it also has a beautiful fruity scent of fig, feijos and wild blackcurrant. 

This cream really is a joy to use. Apart from the scent, which I can’t get enough of, it has a luxurious texture that really does moisturise and help to heal dry areas. My skin has just soaked this stuff up! The price is a bit on the steep side but I’d still highly recommend this product – plus it would make an excellent Christmas gift!

Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand and Body Cream is available from Feelunique for £26.99.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Antipodes products and what you’d recommend? hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review



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