Monthly Archives: October 2016

Beauty: New Releases from Too Faced – Sketch Markers / Melted Mattes / Lip Injection Glosses

Posted on October 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet on the blog lately – well I’ve moved house! It all happened a bit suddenly but we’re finally in our gorgeous new house, and I’ll have a post up shortly telling you all about it 🙂

Back to beauty now though – I am just LOVING all the new beauty releases that are launching lately, and I’m so glad that all the gorgeous Too Faced products I’ve been lusting over for God knows how many months have finally arrived in the UK. Let’s take a look at some of their newest products…

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Starting with the Sketch Markers (£17.00) – I’ve been dying to get my hands on these from as soon as I first heard about them. As an eyeliner fan, I love anything that’s colourful, quirky and fun – and these Sketch Markers definitely tick all these boxes! Described an advanced liquid eyeliner inspired by Japanese Calligraphy Pens, the formula of these pen style eyeliners promises to create an exceptionally smooth, vivid, and waterproof line.

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Firstly, the packaging is SO on point. These eyeliners are just super cute and really look like colouring pens, and have cute little heart shaped details on the lids which I love. The pens themselves have a typical flexible felt-pen style tip, which allows you to easily create very fine as well as thick lines.

Shade Candy Pink was actually more pigmented than I expected. I imagined it to be quite sheer and watery but luckily I was wrong. Now don’t get me wrong, these aren’t the most pigmented eyeliners I’ve ever used, but for a baby pink shade, I think this came out really well, as well as having a nice matte finish when dry. I really want to grab a few more of the coloured shades now – there are 12 to choose from which include pastels as well as brights, and I have my eye on shades Steel Blue and Deep Lilac next.

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Next we have the Lip Injection Glossy Lip Gloss (£17.00) – Ok so you know when you buy a ‘lip plumping’ product, and you don’t really get your hopes up. You apply it, your lips tingle a bit and that’s it? I must admit I was kind of expecting that with the Lip Injection Glosses, but how wrong was I! I’m not even kidding you when I say my lips were visibly plumper – I mean you could actually easily tell they looked bigger. I was completely shocked!

The new Lip Injection Glosses come in six shades, of which I have two nudes – Angel Kisses, and Milkshake. Both are very sheer with just a tint of colour, and as I already said, they really do plump the lips – better than any other product I’ve tried so far!

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And lastly the Melted Matte Lipsticks (£19.00) – I’m a big fan of Too Faced’s original Melted Lipsticks, so I couldn’t wait to try out their new Melted Mattes. These liquid lipsticks promise to glide over lips like a gloss but dry down to an ultra-matte opaque finish – and indeed they do exactly that!

The formula comes infused with a no-sting lip plumper and filler, to ensure the colour always looks rich, full, and kissable. I have shades Bend & Snap! and Who’s Zoomin Who, both you can see are fantastically well pigmented – the above swatches show them in the process of drying down, which only takes a couple of minutes. I’m in love with Who’s Zoomin Who, it’s just such an unusual, deep inky blue. I’m thinking of putting together a makeup look with this, and maybe the pink eyeliner? Let me know if you’d like to see that!

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Overall I’m really impressed with Too faced’s latest selection of products – I can’t wait to try out some of their Christmas releases next, and word on the street is they’re collaborating with one of my favourite accessory brands, Skinnydip, in early 2017 – I’m really excited for that!

Too Faced products are available in the UK at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Rituals – The Ritual of Sakura Collection

Posted on October 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There’s nothing I love more that gorgeous and luxurious bath and body products – especially at this time of year. The Ritual of Sakura Collection is just beautiful both in terms of the scent and the packaging, and offers everything you need to pamper yourself, relax and unwind.

I’ve recently signed Freddy up to Forest School which we go to after school on a Friday. We’re literally outside in a forest, making fires, playing in ditches and doing fun outdoorsy stuff – and it always seems to rain! These products have now become a bit of a ritual for me (see what I did there) so when we get home I give Freddy a bath, then take a good hour to myself to soak and relax with my Ritual of Sakura products 🙂

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For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. Marking an awakening of nature, this symbolises that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Inspired by this tradition, The Ritual of Sakura collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, to make each day feel like a new beginning.

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So let’s take a look at the products –

Starting with the Body Scrub (£19.50) – perfect for this time of year, the Sakura sugar body scrub has been formulated with mixture of organic sugar and softening oils, and it has been specially developed to gently exfoliate and nourish even the driest of skin. I absolutely love this – it leaves my body feeling super soft and smooth.

The Shower Foam (£8.50) is another fab product – there’s not really too much I can say about this except it gives a lovely creamy, moisturising foam and smells amazing!

I try to follow up with the Body Cream (£19.50) – when I remember and if I have time. This is a rich, velvety, whipped body cream that deeply nourishes skin. It also includes a blend of Vitamin E, Antioxidants and Centella Asiatica to help strengthen the skin too.

And I’ve been loving the Bed & Body Mist (£16.50) – apart from offering the same lovely Sakura scent, this mist also contains moisturising ingredients to leave skin velvety soft with a beautiful scent. Rituals have also advised to try spraying it into your washing machine to give clothes a floral aroma – which I definitely need to try soon.

And lastly, for fans of home scents, the Mini Fragrance Sticks (£14.50) could be right up your street – these mini sticks are perfect for scenting small rooms and last for around two to three weeks.

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You can see the full Ritual of Sakura collection now at Rituals.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Paris Fashion Week: Paul & Joe SS17

Posted on October 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Well after hopping off the New York just over a month ago, never in a million years did I expect to be invited on another press trip so soon – I mean these sorts of things just don’t happen to me!

So when I was asked to pop along to Paris Fashion Week to catch the Paul & Joe show, as well as go behind the scenes to learn about their SS17 makeup – well of course I jumped at the chance 🙂

So we jetted off on the Eurostar and landed in Paris, just in time to grab a bite to eat and head off to check out the show preparations…

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I’d never been backstage at a fashion show, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The area wasn’t quite as ‘hustle and bustle’ as I’d expected – in fact it was really quite quiet and calm. As expected though, there were makeup artists and hairdressers everywhere, as well as of course, beautiful models and tonnes of gorgeous Paul & Joe makeup.

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We were then informed that the show was in fact taking place outside beside the River Seine – a couple of streets away – and this is something that hadn’t been done before. Well, I thought this was quite a daring move for October! And because of this, it wouldn’t be possible for the models to change outfits – so there would be no clothing changes at all. Each of the 35 models would be assigned a single outfit for the show.

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The head makeup artist was Mark Carrasquillo who we all watched eagerly working his magic on the models. He explained to us that the concept was of a teen girl, she’s cool, she doesnt care what anyone thinks of her. She wears her boyfriends clothes. She experiments with makeup. There was no powder, no blush, and no contour. Skin was clean, fresh and dewy, and eyes were ringed with kohl and coated with layers of mascara – the epitome of London girl cool.

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I noticed some of the gorgeous new Paul & Joe skincare products were being used to prep the models skin too – I’ll be posting about the new range shortly.

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I also spotted some eyebrow bleaching backstage…

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The 35 models then headed to the river for a practice run – and it was quite amusing watching such a large gaggle of models walking through the Paris streets, still in preparation for the show, there were bath robes, hair clips and designer bags aplenty!

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Eventually show time was upon us and we all took our seats. The show itself was so much fun! The music was loud, and the vibe of the whole show was youthful and fun, with a ‘don’t care’ attitude.

The clothes were casual, grungy and cool – complimented perfectly by the minimal makeup. There were slouchy fabrics, with oversized baggy trousers and drop waists on dresses, as well as plenty of layering and textured details. I fell in love with a gorgeous coat covered in sequinned flowers.

This really was a fantastic experience, and I really hope I to go to more shows next year! I’ll be posting shortly on Paul & Joes beauty and skincare products too.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Travel and accommodation was provided courtesy of Paul & Joe.

Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette

Posted on October 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When it comes to fragrance, Penhaligon’s really does tick all the boxes for me. Both their packaging and bottles are beautiful – they make me think of fairy tales, whimsy and elegance – and on top of this, their fragrances are just mesmerising.

Today I have Penhaligon’s Luna Eau De Toilette to share with you – based on an ancient mythical love story, Luna of course represents the moon…

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In ancient Greek mythology, the Goddess of the Moon placed Endymion, the most handsome son of Zeus, into a perpetual slumber so that she could gaze upon him forever, his stunning face unmarked by the passage of time. The wishes of the Goddess were granted, and Endymion slept on for all eternity, his smile everlasting. And no wonder, for he spent his life forever dreaming that he held the moon, Luna, gently in his arms.

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To celebrate this wonderful story which I love so much, Penhaligon’s have created a duo of fragrances – Luna, which is fresh and floral, offers a feminine counterpart to the woody leather notes of its more masculine partner, Endymion.

I’d actually say Luna is more of a unisex, or gender-free fragrance, rather than feminine. And as you can probably guess by the above excerpt, Luna has been inspired by the Goddess of the Moon, and aims to capture the essence of this mythical character.

The fragrance itself opens with surprisingly fresh and zingy top notes of Orange Birgrade and Lemon Primofiore, leading to a heart of crisp and dry Juniper Berry and Rose Accord, which is rounded of with a dark woody base of Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot Oil, Lemon Primofiore Oil, and Orange Bigarade Oil.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Accord, Jasmine Petal Accord, and Juniper Berry Oil.
  • Base Notes: Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

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Luna was not at all what I was expecting – I was imagining something quite floral and feminine, and that is definitely not what this fragrance is about. Luna is fresh and clean, whilst also sensual and most definitely complex – this is a must try for fans of niche scents.

Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette is £128.00 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets

Posted on October 10, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The brand new Georgio Armani Lip Magnets have recently landed at TSNC HQ, and I’ve wasted no time getting stuck in and trying them all out!

Firstly the name Lip Magnet is rather interesting. I wasn’t too sure what to make of this at first, but the idea is that these are matte liquid lipsticks that specifically bind with the lips for a long lasting, no-migration effect. Which sounds pretty good to me!

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The Lip Magnets have been inspired by two of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s most iconic products: the ultra-thin film of their Maestro Fusion Makeup and the incredible colour intensity of their Lip Maestro Velvet Lip Colours. The combination of these features gives the Lip Magnets a super lightweight texture, with the benefit of intense pigmentation.

With this product, Giorgio Armani promises a chic matte finish, with flawless, long-lasting wear – and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the results!

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Before I go any further, let me just mention the packaging, which is quite small yet striking – I love the bright red lids! And the applicator has a small indent in the centre, where the product collects when you push the wand into the tube. I like that this holds more product without building up on the applicator, making it hard to use and apply. I also think it’s nice that the applicator is shaped to a point, to help with precision application around the edge of the lips.

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There are 18 shades to choose from of which I have eight –

  • 502 Mania – an almost neon blue toned barbie pink.
  • 300 Tangerine – a bright tangerine orange.
  • 301 Heat – a hot mid toned orange.
  • 403 Vibrato – a mid pink toned berry.
  • 504 Nuda – a light nude pink.
  • 505 Second Skin – a nude pink.
  • 600 Front Row – a deep mauve.
  • 601 Attitude – a deep plum.

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After trying all the shades I think Giorgio Armani have done a great job of creating a product to bridge the gap of where a traditional matte lip product becomes comfortable to wear. If you wear matte liquid lipsticks you’ll know they can be incredibly drying, and if you have even the hint of a dry lip before applying them, you’re asking for trouble. The Lip Magnets give a lovely velvety matte finish, that though isn’t quite as opaque as other matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried (though that can be layered up) you do have the element of comfort here – and therefore improved wearability. Of course it really depends what you’re looking for in a lip product – but if you’re looking for a decently pigmented matte liquid lipstick that won’t turn your lips into a shrivelled prune (you know what I mean!) then you should definitely check these out.

The Georgio Armani Lip Magnets are £27.00 and available now at Armani Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: The Beauty Bay Colour Cosmetics Box #BBDaretoShare

Posted on October 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

As a complete beauty fanatic – with a special place in my heart for makeup in particular, there’s nothing like discovering and trying out new beauty brands – whether they’re actually new on the market, or just new to me.

So I was very excited indeed, when Beauty Bay sent over an amazing box including some of their top selling products for me to try out and share with you – I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

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Starting with the Spectrum A01 Large Domed Powder Brush (£9.00) – Spectrum really do make the prettiest, most colourful brushes – and they’ve been on my wish list for a while so I was really pleased to find one in my box. The Large Domed Powder Brush is a generously sized brush, perfect for buffing powder-based products into the skin. It has a fun baby pink handle and purple and blue bristles – this is definitely a brush that stands out from the crowd! I’ve been using it with the Artdeco Fixing Powder (coming up next) and it does a fab job of applying the powder and buffing it in to the skin.

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The Artdeco Fixing Powder Box (£11.75) – is basically a translucent setting powder. It was originally designed to set and waterproof the Artdeco Camouflage Cream but it’s also great as an all round setting powder for any skin type. The powder is super finely milled, and though it looks white, it applies translucent whilst giving makeup a waterproof finish to ‘lock in’ your look.

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I was also pleased to find a couple of pen style eyeliners in the box – the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner (£15.00) was the first I tried – it has a firm, long pointed nib, that’s great for creating sharp, thick lines, and it gives highly pigmented colour that boasts longevity and refuses to smudge. And the LA Splash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner Pen (£11.25) is basically the opposite of the EOH liner – this one has a small, fine, flexible tip, that’s perfect for creating slim, feline flicks with precision. It’s also waterproof, budge proof and lasts all day.

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There were also a couple of Nailberry L’Oxygene Oxygenated Nail Lacquers (£14.50) in the box – these polishes are ‘free from five’, vegan friendly and cruelty free, and come in generous sized 15ml bottles. Shade Elegance (shown above) is a sheer baby pink shade, perfect for a tint of colour and to give the nails shine. And I also have shade Simplicity which I love! This is a light nude beige – perfect for fairer skin tones like mine, and only takes a couple of coats for full opacity.

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Next I have the Ga-De Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£19.00) – now this is a brand that I haven’t tried or let alone even heard of before! The GA-DE Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition product containing a collection of sophisticated matte eye shadows – and I have to say I absolutely love it!

This palette contains a selection of eight neutral matte shades, which are all easy to wear and perfect for daily use. The compact is basic but sturdy and has a mirror in the lid, and the shadows are just so amazingly soft and fantastically well pigmented – this is going straight in my makeup bag and will definitely give my Urban Decay Naked Basics a run for its money!

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I also have the Ga-De True Color Satin Lipstick (£11.00) – another lovely product from Ga-De, this True Color Satin Lipstick in shade 232 Plum Noir is a lovely deep plum colour that’s perfect for autumn. The formula feels creamy and moisturising, and leaves a highly pigmented satin finish that is long wearing and feels lightweight and non-drying on the lips.

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Next I have the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara (£16.50) – which is said to be perfect for fine, brittle lashes (this is basically my eyelashes) – so I had high hopes for this product!

The Goddess Mascara has been formulated with Natural Waxes and Oils, Antioxidants, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins to protect and nourish lashes whilst lengthening and volumising. It has a silicon brush with short, dense bristles that work really well on my short lashes. The finish isn’t  an out there ‘false lashes’ look as such, but it nice, non-clumpy and natural enough for every day wear.

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I was also really excited to try the Stila Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick (£15.00) – again, Stila is another brand that I haven’t used for a very long time – I think their Eyes are the Windows palette was the last item I used actually. The Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick is a lightweight, long wearing matte finish lipstick, utilising a Flexible Film Long-Wear Complex which delivers a soft, gel like film that hydrates and protects the lips whilst ensuring maximum adhesion of colour.

Shade Coquille is beautiful muted, dusky pink, which I completely love. The formula feels comfortable and creamy to wear, and even though the finish is matte, it’s not drying on the lips, and lasts for hours on end.

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And lastly the LA Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Lipstick (£9.95) – I LOVE LA Splash Matte Lipsticks, and this one in shade Ghoulish is the perfect partner for my Stila lipstick – the shades are almost identical!

If you’re looking for a matte liquid lipstick that literally lasts all day, then look no further. LA Splash’s Lip Couture lipsticks offer amazing pigmentation, with a super lightweight formula that feels velvety matte and smooth once it’s dried – and it won’t budge at all throughout the day.

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So there we have it! You can probably guess that my favourite item from the box was the Ga-De Matte Palette! Though it’s not much to look at – and I mean that in the nicest way possible – there are no frills, no shiny sparkly designs or packaging with this palette – but it doesn’t matter, this is a fantastic every day matte palette that’s very likely to become my go-to from now on.

And as far as Beauty Bay goes as a whole, I love that offer such a fantastic range of brands – many of which you can’t find anywhere else in the UK. I don’t expect I’d have ever come across the likes of Ga-De especially if it wasn’t for this box. They also stock brands such as Makeup Geek, Coloured Raine, Jeffree Star, Violet Voss and Dose of Colours to name but a few.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 – SPOILER!

Posted on October 7, 2016

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Hi Guys!

This year’s beauty advent calendars are hitting the shops thick and fast, and earlier than ever. I mean we’re still a few weeks away from Halloween and a load of calendars have launched already! I’ve recently shared the L’Occitane 2016 Advent Calendar, and now I have the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar to show you!

I’ve had a few people request I share the entire contents, rather than give a sneak peek – so I shall do just that!

Just to give you a few details – to pick up this amazing calendar you need to spend £35.00 in M&S across Beauty, Clothing and Home (excluding furniture) then you can purchase the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar for just £35.00. It’s filled with beauty goodies worth over a massive £250.00, and each day contains a festive treat to pamper skin, style hair and treat nails.

Let’s take a look at what you get…

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You can see M&S have included a fantastic selection of brands, as well as some very generous sized products. I’m loving the look of both the nail polishes – the colours are gorgeous! As well as the Eyeko eyeliner and Shay & Blue fragrance. I’ve also included the full list below –

  • Alpha H Liquid Gold 50ml
  • Autograph All in one Nail Colour in Cranberry 11ml
  • Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint 4.25g
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 15ml
  • Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black 1.2g
  • Filorga Time Filler 15ml
  • Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream 15ml
  • Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil 28ml
  • Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File
  • Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush
  • Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Piccadilly Court 10ml
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream 50ml
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 30ml
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 30ml
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml
  • Pixi Brow Tamer 4.5ml
  • Pur Minerals Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect 10ml
  • REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 30ml
  • Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream 70ml
  • Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel 20ml
  • Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine
  • Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance 10ml
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream 5ml
  • Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum 5ml
  • Ultrasun Face SF 30 25ml

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What an amazing lineup hey? This really is a must have for beauty fans this Christmas!

The M&S Beauty Advent calendar will be available from 10th November at M&S. (And you can see my rundown of every single beauty advent calendar available for Christmas 2016 here)

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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