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Beauty: Skincare Favourites from Beauty Bay

Posted on January 23, 2017

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend 🙂 Just before Christmas I received a rather lovely surprise package from Beauty Bay, which was filled with a selection of their skincare favourites for me to try out and share with you. They included a fantastic range of brands covering varying price points – I hope you enjoy!

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First up we have the Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm (£46.00) – Colleen Rothschild is a new brand to me, and this luxurious sounding cleansing balm promises to melt away daily impurities, waterproof makeup and decongests pores – which is exactly what my skin needs.

The Radiant Cleansing Balm has a lovely aromatic scent which helps to calm and decongest, whilst soothing and rejuvenating the senses. It contains Lipexel to combat dehydration, Black Seed Oil for antioxidant protection and Moringa Oil to restore luminosity to the complexion. I’ve tried this a couple of times now and I have to say I love it! The balm is wonderfully thick and rich feeling, and it does a great job of removing makeup, leaving skin feeling cleansed and soft to the touch.

And the Sister & Co Cold Pressed Raw Coconut Oil (£6.95) – now I must admit I never quite got on the Coconut Oil bandwagon when the fad first started a couple of years ago. I know you can use coconut oil for pretty much anything – a moisturiser, makeup remover, an additive to cooking, you can spread it on your toast, or even use around the house for various things (just Google it and you’ll see there are endless uses for coconut oil). I have to say I love the fact that this is a single, simple, natural product, that offers so many varying uses. It’s naturally high in Vitamin E, and also contains Lauric and Capric Acid which provide anti-ageing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. I’ve started using this on some dry patches of skin on my arms and it really is working wonders!

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And while we’re talking about coconuts, I also have the Body Blendz Coconut Delight Scrub (£19.95) – it seems that body scrubs are having a bit of a moment right now, and this scrub from Body Blendz is perfect for those who suffer with cellulite, eczema, acne and dehydrated skin. I should mention that though this is named ‘Coconut Delight’ it’s actually a coffee based scrub, and smells like coffee – which really is very nice as I LOVE the smell of coffee.  This scrub promises to nourish the epidermis without leaving a greasy residue, whilst lifting away traces of impurities and diminishing the signs of ageing.

And I also have the Original Mineral 7 day Miracle Moisture Masque (£28.00) – ok so it’s not skincare, but it’s not every day I get to try out a £28 hair mask so I wanted to mention it! The O&M Day Mircale Moisture Masque is a deeply hydrating treatment mask designed for damaged and dehydrated hair. You’re advised to use this on a weekly basis to keep your locks silky smooth and feeling fabulous, and the formula contains Argan Oil to smooth away frizz and soften hair, Macadamia Oil to moisturise, and Natural Silica to give hair a glossy finish.

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Next we have the Nugg Lip Mask (£9.49) – now I’ve used this product before, so I already know it’s a winner! The Nugg Intense Lip Boosting Mask contains Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Liquorice Root Complex to nourish, moisturise and plump the lips, whilst diminishing the appearance of fine lines, creases and wrinkles. If you suffer with dry lips like I do, I highly recommend you try this!

And the Cellex-C Hydra 5 B Complex (£44.00) – this rather unassuming looking bottle has actually turned out to be one of my favourite products. The Cellex-C Hydra 5 B-Complex is an oil-free clear gel containing an extremely high percentage of hyaluronic acid, as well as Vitamin B-5 to instantly give your skin a silky smooth texture, and therefore providing a perfect base for make-up. This gel promised to give you noticeably smoother, more radiant looking skin within 3-6 weeks. I’ve been using this for around a month now and my skin is absolutely loving it, and I actually think I can physically see the difference it’s made. This is definitely a winner in my books.

The award winning Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (£29.75) is a natural anti-ageing treatment which promises to resurrect the skin whilst you sleep. This Nourishing Night Cream stimulates collagen production by up to 92%, and replenishes the skin with essential Fatty Acids and naturally high contents of Vitamins A & C. It also contains active Manuka Honey to soothe the skin, and Vinanza Grape helps to neutralise free radical damage whilst improving elasticity and firmness and preventing moisture loss.

And the Colleen Rothschild Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum (sample) – back to Colleen Rothschild, this complexion perfecting serum works to rid the skin’s surface of imperfections. It delivers an intense hit of naturally enhanced hydration which absorbs quickly into the epidermis releasing an array of skin perfecting benefits such as reduced fine lines, diminished dark spots and anti-inflamed acne.

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And lastly the Yes to Tomatos Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (£5.00) – now I know this isn’t going to go down well, but I am a fan of face wipes… I just love how handy they are. But I have to say, black charcoal wipes are a new one to me! These Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes are exclusive to Beauty Bay and promise to help rid the complexion of impurities as well as stubborn makeup and dirt, leaving you looking and feeling completely refreshed. The charcoal helps to remove impurities, and tomatoes offer antioxidant properties – and they really do work well, leaving skin feeling cleansed and fresh.

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I’d love to hear if you’ve picked anything up from Beauty Bay recently? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Fantastic Stocking Fillers For All Budgets!

Posted on December 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got some fantastic stocking filler ideas for you today! I’ve tried to include a range of products covering beauty, skincare, hair, nails, and also candles and a couple of other extra bits. These are all products that I love and think would make fantastic gifts. I’ve also covered a range of budgets so there should be something for everyone!

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Too Faced Melted Kisses Set, £21.00 from ASOS. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m a massive fan of Too Faced, and I snapped up this set of mini Melted Lipsticks as soon as I saw it for sale at ASOS. I can’t fault the Melted formula, it’s officially one of my favourite products of 2014! The full size Melted Lipsticks cost £19 which is on the expensive side, but these mini versions work out at just £5.25 each, yay!

Shimmer Shimmer Lip Colour Set, £36 from Glo & Ray. Glo and Ray are a brand I’ve just discovered this year, and I can’t recommend them enough. You may think £36 is a bit steep for three lipsticks, but this makes them a fairly reasonable £12 each which is cheaper than MAC, and they really are excellent. Click on the link to read my review and you’ll see what I mean!

Paddywax Relish Jar Candle in Gardenia Tuberose, £18.50 from Rooi.com. I’m a massive candle fan, and I love discovering new manufacturers and brands. This candle by Paddywax is a generous 275g size, it’s hand made with soy wax in a blue vintage style glass jar and has a beautiful fresh scent. The jar is so nice I think I’ll keep it when the candle is used up and use it to store my makeup brushes 🙂 The Relish Jar Candle is also available in Ocean Tide & Sea Salt, Lavender & Thyme and Salted Grapefuit.

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3x Custom Chocolate Bars, £14.95 by Chocolat Chocolat. I’m a serious chocoholic, and when I heard you can go to the Chocolat Chocolat site and customise your own chocolate bars with weird and wonderful toppings of your choice, I couldn’t resist! This is what I went for – a milk chocolate bar with caramelized pistachios, popping candy and shortcake crumble. A white chocolate bar with lavender flowers, violet petals, and silver flakes, and a milk chocolate bar with strawberry crunch balls, fudge brownie pieces, gold flakes and wording ‘I Love You’. (I’m going to give the last one to the other half) If you know someone that loves chocolate, these bars would make the perfect gift!

Antipodes Joyous Night Serum, £36.99 from Feelunique. Yes another Antipodes product! I can’t get enough of them at the moment! After trying their Manuka Honey Mask and Jubilation Hand & Body Cream I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum as it sounded like something my skin could really do with. This oil based silky serum helps repair dry and damaged skin. It restores collagen, delivers natural radiance, purifies and protects. It contains Himalayan goji to replenish protein at a cellular level, and red raspberry seed oil and New Zealand blackcurrant, which is a rich source of essential fats like gamma-linolenic acid. I’ve used this a few times now and I can tell you this serum smells beautiful and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

Binky Gel Effect Nail Polish in Purple, £2.95 from Binkylondon.com. Binky is definitely one of my favourite characters from Made in Chelsea (only second to Mark Francis), and on the back of the show she’s recently brought out her own range of lipsticks and nail polishes. I can’t comment on the lipsticks as I haven’t tried them but Im super impressed with this nail polish – this vibrant purple shade applies easily and lasts for ages.

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Thunderstorm Cologne Spray, £15.00 by The Library of Fragrance. If you’re looking for a slightly different fragrance gift this Christmas, The Library of Fragrance will definitely have something to tempt you. They currently have over 100 amazing and unusual fragrances to choose from, and with a spectrum covering more traditional scents such as Cherry Blossom, Jasmine and Neroli, to completely weird and wonderful ones including Moonbeam, Pizza and Wet Garden, even the fussiest fragrance fanatic will find something they’d love to try! I have Thunderstorm, which is meant to convey the smell in the air when a storm is on it’s way, and weirdly enough, it kind of does! It smells very fresh and clean, kind of like cut grass but different, slightly muddy, and ever so slightly smoky. If I close my eyes when I’m smelling my wrist, it really does evoke a feeling of impending rain, I can’t even explain it! It’s not like anything I’ve ever smelled before!

Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, £4.00 by Makeup Revolution. This palette includes twelve gorgeous nude shimmer shades that will suit pretty much all skin tones and are also really easy to wear colours. This palette should be a staple in anyones makeup bag. It’s only £4.00 too so you really can’t go wrong!

C Infusion Cleanser, £31.00 by DermaQuest. Ok so I know this is an expensive product, but Dermaquest skincare really does live up to the price tag. This C Infusion Cleanser literally is overflowing with antioxidants including Orange Stem Cells which help to slow the effects of harmful free radicals, while tightening and evening skin, and BVOSC, a potent yet gentle, stable form of vitamin C which refreshes and energises the skin. This beautiful foaming cleanser makes my skin feel amazing, it cleans and purifies without drying and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and nourished. If this is within your budget, I’d highly recommend this cleanser!

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Cute Cat Pouch, £15.00 from Rooi.com. This super cute zip pouch would make a perfect mini makeup bag for carrying essentials, or even a bag just for your brushes. The cat print and pretty floral background will appeal to a true girly girl, and I think everyone will know someone who would love to receive this as a gift!

Strawberries ‘n’ Champagne Classic Square Jar Candle, £12.00 by Flamingo Candles. Flamingo Canldes are another brand that I’ve only discovered this year. Their purse-friendly candles come in a fantastic range of scents and they’re pretty strong too! When you burn one of these candles there will be no mistaking it! Strawberries ‘n’ Champagne is super sweet with a malty champagne base, and I’d also highly recommend their Chocolate Orange Christmas Candle, it smells amazing!

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Colour Care Voluminous Spray, £18.50 from Jo Hansford. If hair’s you thing, this Voluminous Spray instantly provides long lasting volume, shine, root boost and heat protection for all hair types. This all in one wonder spray contains a host of innovative ingredients including Aquaflex XL-30 which is a styling polymer that delivers long lasting volume and root boosting technology, and Mirustyle X-HP which reduces the damaging effects of styling tools while delivering impressive style hold. This spray has worked wonders on my super fine hair, while most other products feel too heavy, this gives me volume and shine without weighing my hair down.

Blush & Contour Palette in Golden Sugar, £6.00 from Makeup Revolution. Yep another Makeup Revolution palette. I’m officially in love with this palette, you’ve got highlighters, blushers and contours in here to keep you glowing over the festive season, they’re in a selection of easy to wear shades and finishes, which also suit even the palest skin tones (i.e me!) The shades also double up as eyeshadows – oh and it’s only £6.00. Wins all round!

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And lastly I also wanted to include this amazing Personalised Large Christmas Sack, £15.00 by Mummy & Mimi. Fred has never had a Christmas sack and I just know he’s going to love this! I’m going to show it to him on Christmas eve and leave it empty under the tree, then on Christmas morning he’ll find it full of presents that Santa has brought him! I can’t wait to see his face! 😀

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I know this has been a long post so well done for making it this far! And I hope this has given you some Christmas gift inspiration! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

Antipodes Jubilation Hand And Body Cream

Posted on November 23, 2014

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Hi Guys!

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