Monthly Archives: September 2016

Armani Prima Collection: Making your Makeup Last Longer #PrimaSkinStories

Posted on September 18, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend? I have a brand new range of products to share with you today – the Armani Prima collection by Georgio Armani offers targeted skincare solutions for anyone who finds their makeup becoming problematic throughout the day. Whether your eyeshadow creases, your foundation fades, or your skin becomes oily and shiny, Georgio Armani have a solution for you!

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The Prima range aims ‘to convert makeup lovers into skincare lovers‘ and includes five products to prevent pretty much any type of makeup disaster before it happens –

  • Smart Moisture Serum – to stop foundation fading throughout the day.
  • Glow-On Moisturising Balm – to help eradicate shine.
  • Eye & Lip Contour Perfector – to prevent eyeshadow creasing / stop lipstick fading and smudging around the lips.
  • Day Long Skin Perfector – to stop foundation becoming cakey and patchy, and settling into pores and fine lines.
  • Refreshing Makeup Fix – to help your makeup stay put all day.

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I have three products from the collection –

The Glow-on Moisturizing Balm (£62.00) is a wonderfully luxurious, yet lightweight balm. I wanted to make a point of saying its lightweight because I think people often assume a ‘luxurious’ product like this would be heavy and rich – this is very much the opposite though. The Glow-on Moisturizing Balm has been formulated to give you glowing, plumped skin as well as 24 hour moisture. The balm instantly melts into the skin and contains Georgio Armani’s Liquid Mirror Complex, which ensures a prolonged reflection of the light on the skin. I’ve used this a couple of times now and I just love how it makes my skin feel incredibly smooth and even before applying my makeup. It worked well at helping my foundation to stay put and keeping shine at bay around my nose.

The Eye & Lip Contour Perfector (£35.00) is an ingenious 2-in-1 product that targets both the lips and under eye area. It contains Buckwheat extract and Haloxyl to reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness, and Glycerin, Jojoba butter and Hydralip to give intensified hydration and reduce fine lines. Personally, I love using this on my lips – it feels so smooth and nourishing, like a super luxurious lip balm. It definitely primes the lips well making them super soft before applying lipstick, and I noticed my lipstick lasted longer when using this product prior to application.

And lastly the Refreshing Makeup Fix (£30.00) – this fantastic setting spray refreshes, protects and sets in just one spritz. I’m a big fan of any spray products for the face, whether it’s a setting spry or a face mist – and I love that this both sets your makeup and gives a boost of refreshment in one product. The Refreshing Makeup Fix sprays a light, delicate scented mist over the face which feels cool and refreshing whilst protecting the skin against external factors, and of course it also helps boost the appearance of make-up all day.

I have to say I’m really impressed with these products – they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some luxurious base products to help prime and keep your makeup staying put throughout the day.

The Georgio Armani Prima range is available now at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2016!

Posted on September 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know this is *slightly* on the premature side – but I wanted to get this post started early, so I can bring you ALL the beauty advent calendars for 2016!

I’m starting this off with as much early bird info as I could get my hands on – so I should point out that some of these calendars are available now, some pre-order, and other aren’t available as yet. I’ll included details on availability for each one so you know when you’ll be able to snap them up – as well as updating release dates as and when I have them.

I’ll also be adding more calendars as I come across them – so do keep checking back for (hopefully) the most comprehensive list of beauty advent calendar goodness around!

So here we go, in price order starting with the cheapest…

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  • What? Wilko Kissmas Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £5.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Wilko.

And what’s in it? – This super sweet calendar contains 24 bargain beauty treats – at only £5.00 it’s a complete steal!

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  • What? Flutter Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £12.00 reduced to £8.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug

And what’s in it? – The flutter advent calendar contains 24 mini surprises for eyes and lips – and it’s currently half price!

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  • What? Technic 12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £16.00 reduced to £8.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Another super budget option – this 12 days of Christmas calendar from Technic offers 12 sweet beauty tears, and it’s currently half price!

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  • What? Technic Cube Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £20.00 reduced to £10.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Another fab budget calendar from Technic packed with 24x beauty treats – grab it while it’s half price!

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  • What? Dirty Works Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £15.00
  • When and where? Available at Sainsburys from November.

And what’s in it? – A fantastic budget calendar, packed with Dirty Works treats including bath and body goodies, and beauty accessories.

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  • What? Mad Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £18.95
  • When and where? Available now at Prezzybox (currently out of stock)

And what’s in it? – The perfect gift for younger beauty fans or those on a budget, this calendar contains 24 beauty gifts, including nail polish, lipstick, eyeliner and beauty tools.

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  • What? Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas and The Bomb Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £19.99 each.
  • When and where? Both are available NOW at Littlewoods.

And what’s in it? Each advent calendar contains 24x goodies, including 12x miniature soap slices and 12x miniature bath blasters from Bomb Cosmetics.

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  • What? House of Fraser Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £25.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at House of Fraser.

And what’s in it? – This calendar contains a selection of House of Fraser’s own brand beauty, Colour Couture cosmetics. You’ll find lipsticks inside, as well as eyeshadow dusts, glitter eye liner and nail art products to name but a few items.

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  • What? W7 Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £29.95.
  • When and where? Available NOW at W7 Cosmetics.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains 24x W7 beauty treats!

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  • What? Feel Unique The Magic of Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £30.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? – This is a 12 day calendar offering some fantastic brands, including Laura Geller, Bourjois, Ole Henriksen and Rimmel. It’s a fab bargain at only £30.00.!

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  • What? Benefit 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £34.50 (Worth £68.46)
  • When and where? Available from November at Benefit Cosmetics.

And what’s in it? Just like last year, Benefit are offering 12x of their best sellers in mini form – you can see exactly what’s included in the picture. This is a great opportunity for those new to the brand to try out their products without breaking the bank.

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  • What? Sephora Collection Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? $45.00 (About £35.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Sephora.

And what’s in it? This is a 24 piece advent calendar containing a range or mini treats from Sephora’s own brand. You’ll find body wash, nail polish, makeup wipes, lipstick, eyeshadow and hair bands, to name but a few items.

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  • What? M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £35.00 when you spend £35.00 at M&S on beauty, clothing and home (Worth £250.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at M&S.

And what’s in it? This amazing looking advent calendar is such a fantastic bargain! It’s only £35.00 (after already spending £35.00 at M&S) and includes some fantastic brands such as Alpha H, Emma Hardie, Nails Inc, Pixie, REN, Rituals, Rodial and many more. You can see my review here.

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  • What? Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £40.00 (Worth £150)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? This fantastic sounding calendar contains 25x No.7 products, including both minis and full sizes which is excellent news. From eyeshadow, to body wash, to skincare – this beauty advent calendar literally ticks all the boxes!

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  • What? L’Occitane Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £42.99 (worth £80.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at L’Occitane.

And what’s in it? This instant sell-out calendar is literally bursting with a premium selection of 24 Provençal treats – I mean how good do they look! It’s a fantastic way to try out some of L’Occitane’s best selling products!

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  • What? Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Very.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains 18 mini Ciaté paint pots and one full size polish. This includes four new and shades as well as a limited edition surprise.

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  • What? ASOS Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £50.00 (worth £175.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at ASOS.

And what’s in it? This is the first ever beauty advent calendar from ASOS, and it definitely looks like one to snap up this year! At a very reasonably £50.00, this calendar contains 24 must-have skincare, make-up and hair care products from a variety of brands – with a value of £175.00!

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  • What? Nude By Nature 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £54.00 (worth £107.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? If you’re not familiar with Nude By Nature, they’re a fantastic Australian brand  – you can read about their products here. This is their first advent calendar and it contains 12 beautiful makeup treats in Nude By Nature’s signature rose gold packaging. This is definitely one worth checking out.

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  • What? Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £60.00 (the price hasn’t been confirmed as yet- this is my estimate)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? This year’s Selfridges Advent Calendar looks amazing! It includes brands such as Too Faced, Rodial, Molton Brown, OCC, Eve Lom and Foreo. This looks like fantastic value for money!

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  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £60.00 (worth £106.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it? This is the first of three Body Shop advent calendars this year. This one is the cheapest of the three and includes 24 treats ranging from bestsellers to brand new body care, skincare, makeup and accessories.

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  • What? Decleor Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £60.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains two full sized products – Hydra Floral Light Cream (30ml) and Hand Cream (50ml) alongside smaller Decléor treats including face products and body solutions.

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  • What? Clinique 24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £65.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Clinique.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains a massive selection of Clinique treats! There’s plenty of makeup and skincare goodies to keep you stocked up right through advent. Full details are on the Clinique site.

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  • What? You Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £69.95 (worth £270.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at You Beauty.

And what’s in it? This calendar includes a fantastic selection of products covering makeup, skincare and haircare – from brands such as The White Company, Miller Harris, Bee Good, Moroccanoil and many more.

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  • What? Lookfantastic Beauty Secret Volume 2 Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £70.00 (worth over £300.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Lookfantastic.

And what’s in it? Promising to be bigger and better than last year, Lookfantastic have filled their 2016 advent calendar with a mix of deluxe sample size and full size products from a large range of brands, covering haircare, skincare, bodycare and makeup treats. This one sounds like fantastic value – I might be snapping this up myself!

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  • What? bareMinerals Countdown To Gorgeous Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £75.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at BareMinerals.

And what’s in it? I believe this is bareMinerals first advent calendar (please do correct me if I’m wrong though) and doesn’t it look amazing! This calendar contains all the bareMinerals products you could ever want or need – there’s deluxe Marvellous Moxie Lip Glosses, Eyeshadows, Mascara, and of course bareMinerals famous Mineral Veil. This definitely looks like one to snap up this year.

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  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Deluxe Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £80.00 (Worth £127.50)
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it? The second of the Body Shop’s advent calendars for 2016. This Deluxe version contains a selection of The Body Shop treats to open every day of advent.

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  • What? Your Beauty Fairytale Come True Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £85.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? I’ve just come across this calendar on the Boots site and was instantly wowed! This luxury calendar contains brands such as Lancome, YSL, Victor & Rolf, and Ralph Lauren. Unfortunately the products aren’t full sized like the picture shows, but I still think it’s a great sounding luxury calendar.

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  • What? Selfridges L’Oreal Eclectic Little Luxuries Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £95.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Expect a big bundle of eclectic luxuries from L’oreal at Selfridges this year, including brands such as YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome, Viktor & Rolph and Kiehls.

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  • What? Kiehls Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £95.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? A large selection of Kiehls skincare treats, in mostly mini sizes. Definitely a must have for skincare fanatics! 

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  • What? Clarins Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £95.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? This gorgeous calendar contains a fantastic range of Clarins products – such as a Lip Comfort Oil, and a Detox Skin Booster – which is perfect for the party season – as well a plenty of skincare and makeup treats.

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  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Ultimate Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £99.00 (Worth £187.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it? The big daddy of all the Body Shop’s advent calendars for 2016 – the Ultimate advent calendar is a Body Shop’s fans’ dream! This contains a selection of luxury treats worth a massive £187.00

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  • What? The Vintage Cosmetics Company Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £99.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? As above – lots of gorgeous Vintage Cosmetics Company treats! 

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  • What? Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £149.00 (worth over £400.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Liberty.

And what’s in it? A fabulous luxury beauty calendar worth over £400 including beauty treats from high end brands including Diptyque, Dermalogica and Malin & Goetz. 

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  • What? Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £150.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Look Fantastic.

And what’s in it? The Molton Brown Advent Calendar really does sound amazing! It contains 24 mini Molton Brown treats, including bath and shower gels, hand washes, shampoo and candles. This is definitely on my wish list!

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  • What? Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £150.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Charlotte’s Christmas range is based on parties this year, and this calendar is all about gifting yourself or someone else day-by-day during the party season. Every time you open a door, behind the iconic dancing women representing a hall of fame of different party eras, is a best-selling mini beauty treat waiting to be unveiled from Charlotte’s multi-award-winning range. The calendar contains both full size and mini products, and really would make a fantastic Christmas treat!

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  • What? Net-A-Porter The Ultimate Beauty Kit
  • How much? £150.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Net-A-Porter

And what’s in it? Ok this isn’t technically an advent calendar, but it looks like such a fantastic deal I had to include it. This kit contains 16 travel size and 16 full size beauty products from amazing high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Sunday Riley, Sarah Chapman and Chantecaille to name but a few. This really looks amazing.

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  • What? Estee Lauder Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £205.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? Well, this Estee Lauder calendar really does look fabulous! It contains everything an EL fan could want or need, covering makeup, skincare and fragrance – expect to find mini versions of their most popular products, including a Bronze Goddess mini bronzer, and mini pure colour envy lipsticks, as well as masks, serums, mascara and nail polish to name but a few. Click on the link for full details!

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  • What? Diptyque Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £250.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Diptyque’s second ever advent calendar contains 25x luxury Diptyque gifts. You’ll find exquisite candles, skincare, body care and fragrance in this calendar, as well as a limited edition Le Roi Sapin 70g candle on Christmas day. This has a rich pine scent that also combines the woody tones of resin, cedar and patchouli. The perfect indulgent Christmas gift, for you or a loved one.

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  • What? Jo Malone London Townhouse Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £280.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Lastly, of course the big daddy of advent calendars, Jo Malone. This year Jo Malone’s Townhouse contains a wonderful selection of Jo Malone treats, including some exciting new products, such as a mini Geranium & Walnut Scrub, as well as scatter Candles. This calendar really is this height of luxury.

So that’s all the beauty advent calendars I have info on so far – like I said I’ll continue updating this as and when, and if you know of any more calendars please do let me know so I can add them to my post! xxx

New In Beauty: Products Worth Checking Out!

Posted on September 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There have been so many fantastic beauty launches recently, I thought I’d put a post together to show you some of my favourites that are definitely worth checking out. There’s a mixture of high end as well as affordable products here, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Get your wish lists at the ready!

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Ok so let’s start with the L’Occitane La Flamme Candle (£8.00 at L’Occitane) – this just ticks all the boxes for me. You may know by now that I have a slight candle obsession, and this one smells lovely, with a delicate citrus scent, it’s also very affordable and on top of that 100% of the profits go to charity.

The limited edition La Flamme Candle has been developed in an exclusive partnership with Marie Claire in order to raise funds for the education of girls and young women in developing countries. 100% of the profits will be donated to selected charities supporting girls’ schools and education projects in Cambodia, Uganda, Sierre Leone and Burkina Faso – this is a must have!

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Next, a couple of new products from one of my favourite beauty brands, Clarins. I love Clarins lips products and their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (18.00) and Daily Energiser Lip Balm (£18.00, both at John Lewis) are just gorgeous every-day products.

The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors now come in three new shades – Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer – giving lips an instant plump, glossy shine which nourishes and prevents dehydration. And the Daily Energiser Lip Balm offers 8 hours of hydration whilst smoothing and plumping – it also subtly enhances the colour of your lips.

Another favourite brand of mine, Lancome have recently launched their Grandiose Liner (£23.00) and Extreme Mascara (£25.00) both at House of Fraser.

The Grandiôse Liner is a truly innovative product offering a bendable wand which you can angle pretty much however you like, to help you get right into the base of the lashes and create the perfect line. It also has an ultra fine tip for creating a super sharp cat-eye, and the product formula has a long-lasting, smudge-resistant matte finish. The Grandiôse Extrême Mascara also features a ‘Swan-Neck’ wand and high-precision brush which grabs lashes close to the roots to beautifully fan them out on application. Grandiose Extreme gives extreme volume and an ultra intense longwear look for up to 24 hours.

And the Pur Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (£28.00 at Beauty Bay) – I actually have a fantastic powder compact from Pur which I’ve been using for a long time, so I was excited to try out their latest foundation offering. The Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation utilises a unique Water Complex which combines water sourced from the Swiss Alps to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin with intense hydration. The formula is thin and watery, feeling lightweight on the skin and giving light to medium coverage. Those with dry or dehydrated skin who are looking for a lightweight base should definitely check this out.

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Colour correcting products are everywhere at the moment, and this Sleek Colour Corrector Palette (£7.99 at Boots) is a fantastic budget option. It contains six easy-to-blend colour correctors to minimise skin imperfections and counteract discolouration, leaving you with an even base for flawless foundation application.

And if you’re looking for some new lip balms on the cheap, this I Heart Makeup I Heart My Lips Set (£10.00 at Tam Beauty) could be right up your street. The set includes five pill shaped balms in an assortment of flavours for only £10.00 – so there’s one for your bag, your desk, your car… you get the idea!

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On the subject of lip balms, the ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment (£19.00 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re looking for something a little more intensive. This nourishing Lip Treatment is packed with active ingredients to instantly smooth and soften the lips, whilst adding a hint of gloss. My dry lips have been loving this lately!

While we’re talking about lips, if you’re looking to treat yourself, personally I think you can’t beat a lipstick. And if you’re feeling pretty flush, a Chantecaille Lipstick (£30.00 at Space NK) is definitely worth the money – this lipstick is smooth and comfortable, and the formula is enriched with vitamins A and C and emollient amino acids for a super luxurious feel on the lips.

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On to hair now – L’Oreal Professional have a couple of new styling products, in the form of French Froisse Texture Definition Cream, and Messy Cliche Texture Definition Spray (£11.95 each at HQ Hair). So basically the cream is for thick hair, and the spray is for fine hair, and they both pretty much do the same thing, giving you tousled, textured lengths with natural shine.

And not forgetting The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 wash scrub mask (£8.00 at The Body Shop) – this is a multi-use 3-in-1 product which can be used as a wash to remove excess oil, a scrub to exfoliate and unclog pores, or a mask to combat blemishes and tighten pores. I love multi-tasking products and I know this will definitely get a lot of use in my household.

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Soap and Glory are alway coming up with gorgeous new products, and their latest The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition (£8.00 at Soap & Glory) is a must have for S&G fans! This is basically a re-vamped edition of their famous Righteous Butter, with added pearlescent shimmer, mica powders and real diamond dust!

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Next we have the Erborian Liquid BB Creme Au Ginseng ($48.00 at Sephora) – I love a cushion foundation and Erborian’s Liquid BB Cream is a fantastic compact. It contains Ginseng, known in Korea for its smoothing properties and gives lightweight, sheer coverage to help even out skin tone, leaving the complexion feeling fresh and moisturised.

I also love the new W7 Shade & Swap (£4.95 at W7) – this handy little pot instantly cleans your makeup brushes so you can swap between colours quickly and easily. Just sweep your brush over the sponge a couple of times and Bob’s your uncle!

Kiehls is another favourite skincare brand of mine, and their MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream (£43.50 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re in need of a new moisturiser. This Limited edition Ultra Facial Cream continuously replenishes moisture throughout the day, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. And for each pot sold, Kiehl’s will give £10.00 to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation to support 3 projects around the world to empower young women.

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Well there we have it, I hope you found this post useful – please do let me know if you have any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts! xxx

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My New York Diary: Coney Island #30PlusNYC

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my original New York Diary post, today I want to tell you all about Coney Island!

So Coney Island is basically like a massive fairground at the seaside, and it’s also where the show Mr Robot was filmed (if you haven’t heard of it, you need to watch it – I binge watched it when it first came out!) It was Hayley’s idea to visit for the afternoon, and it was only a 45 min subway journey for us, so really not that far at all. It was one of my favourite afternoons of the trip!

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When we arrived at Coney Island the first thing we decided to do was to stop for food and drink and recharge for a while – it was a really hot day so we sat in the shade, and I decided to go for the lobster roll – well we were at the seaside so it would be rude not to! And oh my gosh it was amazing! It was easily the best lobster I’ve ever had – ok so I’ve literally had it twice in my life but this really was superb!

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We headed down the boardwalk and took a look around. There was food and drink, ice creams, music, rides and so much more. This was definitely my idea of a great day out!

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Hayely and I decided we wanted to have a go on the Wonder Wheel – it looked like so much fun! There was an option of either spinning cars (no thank you) or static ones. We took the safe option and used it as a great opportunity to take some photos!

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Then, look what we spotted when we came off the Wonder Wheel! I was beyond excited! And if you don’t know what a Zoltar Machine is – you really need to google it!

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Ahh, I got my fortune!! Here’s what it said…

Are you tired, are you weary? Does life feel drab and dreary? Despair not of this my friend, I see happiness around the bend. Say farewell to those blues you have been nursing. Get in the habit of looking on the brighter side of life. You have a temperamental nature. You lose your temper easily, but regret it just as fast. You have a brilliant mind and enjoy reading and the fine arts. Your friends appreciate your intelligence and like to come to you with their problems. You have a very sympathetic nature. A dark haired person who is trying to harm you will soon disappear from your life and you will be extremely happy.

So clearly this is all true… 😀 I have been feeling a bit stressed and down recently, so let’s hops happiness is around the bend for me!

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So basically we had a fantastic day out! Coney Island just had the most wonderful atmosphere about it – the sunshine, the music, the sea air – it’s definitely a special place. I’m hoping to go back there in the future when Freddy’s older for a family holiday 🙂

And I also have a couple more NYC posts coming up! Keep an eye out for my Sephora haul, and of course all the goss on Michael Buble and his fantastic new fragrance.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance: Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile EDP

Posted on September 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things now the school holidays are over, and I can’t wait to crack on with blogging – I have so many gorgeous things to share with you in the coming weeks!

Today though, I have another fabulous fragrance – this is Acqua di Parma’s Peonia Nobile…

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I have to start by telling you I’ve completely fallen head over heels for this scent! Peonia Nobile is Acqua di Parma’s latest addition to their Nobile collection of fragrances, which focuses on the natural beauty of different flowers. I’m so pleased Acqua di Parma have chosen Peony as their latest addition to the range – this scent really is everything I look for in a summer floral.

This exalted bloom is hailed as a flower of the gods, but the magical trail from its elegant scent is no myth. Idealised with a sensuous woman in mind, the exotic blend of scintillating raspberry and glowing amber are the perfect match for her radiant aura. Beaming with exuberance, her magnetic nature is accentuated by this powerful and spontaneous fragrance.

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Starting from the top, Peonia Nobile opens with notes of black pepper and raspberry – the top notes have a distinct citrusy sharpness, which is actually rather pleasant. The scent is fresh and vibrant on first application, and also slightly fruity. The heart of the fragrance contains a multitude of floral notes, combining Peony, Geranium, Turkish Rose and Freeshia to give all the nuanced tones of bunch of freshly cut flowers. This leads on to a base of amber and patchouli which is both velvety and sweet, giving the fragrance warmth and depth.

  • Top Notes: Black Pepper and Raspberry.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Geranium, Turkish Rose and Freeshia.
  • Base Notes: Amber and Patchouli.

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Peonia Nobile really is a beautifully refined interpretation of the peony flower that’s both understated and easy to wear, yet captivating. if you’re looking for a delicate, pretty floral scent this summer, I highly recommend you add this to your wish list.

Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile is £76.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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World Duty Free Beauty Exclusives: NARS / Michael Kors / Clarins

Posted on September 7, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Keeping with the travel theme from my last post, I have a wonderful selection of brand new airport exclusive beauty sets that aren’t available on the high street to share with your today.

Whilst travelling to and from New York, I must admit I was very good and managed to resist duty free except for a couple of small treats for Freddy. Duty free really is the icing on the cake when you fly though – I mean who wouldn’t want to save money! If you’re not familiar with World Duty Free, they’re basically your one stop shop for airport shopping, including beauty, jewellery and sunglasses as well as wines and spirits.

World Duty Free have sent me over a selection of their exclusive beauty products, in the form of four fabulous sets – I should also mention that if you’re an organised shopper, it’s definitely worth checking out World Duty Free’s new Reserve & Collect facility on their site, which literally lets you reserve your goods and collect at the airport – how handy is that!

Ok so lets take a look at the beauty sets they’ve sent over…

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Starting with the Michael Kors Gold Collection EDP Trio (£62.45) – this trio of fragrances really does smell as beautiful as it looks. This sweet little set contains 3x 30ml bottles of Michael Kors Gold Collection fragrances, including – White Luminous Gold – a sparkling and sensuous scent with an intoxicating burst of pear, jasmine and amber. 24K Brilliant Gold, a feminine and seductive fragrance, shimmering with orange mandarin, voluptuous florals and a rousing spark of woodiness. And Rose Radiant Gold, described as tantalizing and hypnotic it entices with a spotlight on sparkling spice, textured with a charming femininity of rich florals and soft musk.

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Next the Clarins French Beauty Box Set (£36.00) – this set contains a collection of Clarins iconic skincare must-haves. I absolutely love Clarins products, and I think this set would be perfect as a treat for yourself (you deserve it!) or as a lovely gift. The box contains 30ml’s of the following cult Clarins products – Beauty Flash Balm, Hydraquench Cream, Tonic Body Oil, Gentle Foaming Cleanser (for normal or combination skin) and Moisture-Rich Body Lotion.

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Now onto the makeup! NARS is always going to be a winner, whether you’re buying for yourself or somebody else, and they have some fantastic sets on offer at World Duty Free. The Narsissist Jetsetter Lip Pencil Trio (£42.00) is a travel exclusive set that contains three full size NARS Lip Pencils in cult-favorite shades – the Jardin des Tuileries Satin Lip Pencil, which is a pretty ballerina pink shade, and the Dolce Vita and Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, which are a natural pink and an intense bright red. I already have Dragon girl which is one of my all-time favourite red shades.

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And lastly – more NARS! The Narsissist Jetsetter Orgasm Set (£42.00) is a fabulous little set of NARS ‘Orgasm’ classics. Beauty fans will know that ‘Orgasm’ is NARS’ cult blush shade, which has also been incorporated into a whole range of products. You can now pick up a full-size powder Orgasm Blush, and full size hydrating Lip Gloss, as well as a mini sheer Illuminator, and a mini multi-tasking Multiple stick in one handy travel set.

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I’ve been browsing the World Duty Free site and there are so many more lovely things on there, I highly recommend you check it out if you’re travelling soon!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My New York Diary: #30PlusNYC

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Hi Guys!

It’s been a good week since I got back from my whirlwind of a New York trip, so I thought I’d put together a little diary of highlights for you and share a few snaps too!

In case you didn’t know, I jetted off to NYC with some lovely bloggers from the 30 Plus Bloggers group on the press trip of a lifetime! We went for the launch of Michael Buble’s new fragrance, By Invitation – and of course made the most of it while we were there by doing a spot of sightseeing and shopping. So let’s start from the top…

Sunday – Ok so I was super nervous about the whole thing. I’d never done anything like this before, let alone spend pretty much a week with people I didn’t really know. I had thoughts of ‘what if they don’t like me’, ‘what if something goes wrong’ racing round and round my head – but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. We met at Heathrow – and by we I mean Hayley, Paula and Briony – and Debs met us at JFK in NYC – and we gone on amazingly well!

The flight really was fantastic too. Now I must admit I’m not a frequent flyer, so just getting on a plane was a pretty exciting experience for me! We flew Virgin Premuim Economy, and if I think I ever go long haul anywhere in the future, I’ll definitely try to fly premium economy again. The seats were spacious, the food was ‘premium’ – plus there were unlimited treats at the ‘Wonder Wall’ at the head of the plane, you could just rock up and help yourself to sweets and drinks – nice!

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After about 7.5 hours of flying we arrived in a very humid NYC. We then took a taxi journey to the Eddison Hotel where we were staying, right in the centre of Times Square.

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And WOW Times square really is amazing. Yes it is just like the films, it’s a complete feast for the senses. Bright lights, noise, colour, hustle and bustle – I loved it!

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Monday was all about exploring the city – I was so excited! We started off by heading to Juniors for breakfast – as recommended by Hayley who’d been there before. I thought I’d go for something all American, so I went for the pancakes – and they were AMAZING!

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After brekkie we headed off to explore and have a look around the shops. We strolled down 5th Avenue, had a look in Saks at all the gorgeous expensive things, popped in Furla where Hayley and Debs treated themselves to a couple of gorgeous bags, and we couldn’t resist stopping by the Kate Spade store too 🙂

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I may have popped in Sephora for an hour or two also – this was my first ever Sephora experience (except popping in a small one in Belgium about 10 years ago, but that doesn’t count!) I was literally in heaven, and spent a bit to much – oops! Look out for my haul post coming up soon!

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We also had a lovely stroll round Central Park, which was beautiful – and unlike the films, I didn’t actually see anyone jogging! 😀

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To top off the day we stopped by the cupcake ATM! Oh my gosh, this literally made my day! You should have seen us, five grown women giggling and screaming at the cupcake appearing in the box in the wall – we actually gathered a crowd! It was so worth it though, only $4.50 for the tastiest cupcake I think I’ve ever had.

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Tuesday was a bit of a mad rush all day really. We got off to a slow start by getting stuck in traffic on our way to our morning fragrance workshop. When we finally arrived we sat down with the fabulous perfumers who developed the fragrance with Michael Buble, to hear all about the process, the fragrance notes, and the work that went into making By Invitation.

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After the workshop, we hopped on the subway and took a 45min journey to Coney Island, which was easily another highlight of the trip. We then ended the day in a bit of a rush by being locked out of our rooms (long story) then dashing off for dinner at a lovely Italian.

I have SO much to tell you about the fragrance workshop and launch, as well as Coney Island – I’m going to put together separate posts for each of these over the next few days – so keep your eyes peeled!

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Wednesday – after a crazy few days where we literally didnt stop except to eat and sleep, I decided to take Wednesday as a chill out day, I wanted to rest, relax, and prepare in good time for the Michael Buble Fragrance Launch in the evening.

A couple of the group decided to check out Brooklyn Bridge, whereas myself and Debs had a mooch around Times Square, where I picked up some classy souvenirs in the form of key rings, and a neon pink I Love NY mug (for myself) oh and not forgetting a hunky fireman magnet for my mum to put on her fridge 😀

We then stopped at the nearest Hard Rock Cafe and met up with Paula for the biggest lunch I’ve ever seen. Hard Rock was loud, cheesy, touristy and I loved it!

Then by mid afternoon we headed back to the hotel to preen and beautify in preparation for the evening event. I went with one of my fabulous HotHair wigs, a pretty blue lace and satin dress from ASOS, and some comfy shoes.

When we were all ready, we then headed next door to the Eddison Ballroom where the event was taking place. The Ballroom was beautiful, and Michael Buble was just dreamy… I was a bit gutted that I didn’t get to meet him but I still had a fantastic time! And we ended the evening at the Buble after party at a lovely rooftop bar. (Again further details and pictures to come!)

Thursday was our last day in NYC. The week had flown by and we thought we’d take this day to visit the beautiful West Village. For those not in the know (I had no idea before we got there) the West Village is where alllll the films and TV shows are filmed – and I could easily tell why, it was so pretty!

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For those of you that know what this is, you’ll know! And for those that don’t, this is Carrie from Sex and the City’s stoop! (Thanks for posing Deb!)

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The buildings and streets in the west village were just so pretty – if I was to live in NYC, this would definitely be my home.

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And breakfast! I quicky came to realise that breakfast was my favourite meal of the day whilst in the US, and this French toast at a sweet little cafe in the West Village was simply awesome. Going back to bran flakes when I got home was incredibly disappointing!!

So the week was basically a fantastic whirlwind of sightseeing, shopping, eating and drinking, and of course Buble! It was so much fun though, and I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Hayley and the team for inviting me along for this once in a lifetime opportunity 🙂

Keep an eye out for a few more posts coming up, including one on my Sephora haul, one on Coney Island and of course one on the beautiful Michael Buble By Invitation Fragrance.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx