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Christmas: Stunning Luxury Beauty & Fragrance Gifts

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

I’ve just finished the final instalment of my Christmas beauty gift guides – and I think I’ve definitely saved the best till last! This guide is all about luxury fragrance, makeup and skincare, where no price is too high. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with the Benefit Blushin’ Babe Set – this limited edition palette contains five of Benefit’s famous cheek & face powders, as well as signature tips and tricks leaflet to show you how to wear them, and also a They’re Real Mascara, Eyeliner and Watt’s up highlighter. Everything in this set is in mini form, making an affordable way to try before committing to purchasing full sized products.

For fragrance, Annick Goutal Les Absolus Rose Oud EDP is a stunning luxury scent, described as a new interpretation of some the finest raw materials in perfumery – Agarwood and Turkish rose, Les Absolus Rose Oud is both a unique and sensual fragrance. The perfume combines coriander and cardamom for a spicy freshness, leading to a sensual heart of Turkish rose. Oud and incense leave a woody, mysterious and enveloping trail, rounding out this captivating scent.

Another beautiful luxury scent is Elie Saab Nuit Noor – a perfume of contrasts. Beirut, the muse behind this new fragrance, is an icon of modernity in the Middle East and a city revered for its captivating contrasts. One of these is its light – noor in Arabic – that reflects off the sea and city, to set the velvety night sky aglow. Light shines through in a honeyed bouquet of soft Rose made still more radiant by the essence of Ylang-ylang. And, to conjure the night, an accord of spicy, woody notes run throughout the composition in Black Pepper and Incense, across a majestic backdrop of Indonesian Patchouli. This scent is simply stunning!

And Serge Lutens Baptême du feu EDP – translating to Baptism of Fire, this woody scent is a wonderful unisex accord, interestingly inspired by combat. Sitting somewhere between good and evil, this is a fiery scent with addictive notes of gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum and osmanthus. A must try for fans of Serge Lutens.

And I had to include the stunning, Penhaligon’s Oud de Nil EDP – part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, Oud de Nil is most definitely a tribute to Ancient Egypt in all its fragrant glory. It takes you on an olfactory cruise down the Nile, with crisp notes of grapefruit and bergamot combined with rich jasmine, oud and papyrus. Not as heavy as you’d expect, this delicate fragrance is perfect for both day and night.

Back to makeup now, with the YSL Extremely Set – this stunning palette arrives housed in a glossy red case which can be re-used after the products are gone. Inside is a beautiful make-up palette offering enough products to give a full eyes, lips and cheeks makeover – there are four eyeshadows, a highlighter, two blushers, three lip shades, a lip gloss, a mini mascara and mini brushes included.

The NARS ASOS Exclusive Orgasm Blush & Illuminator Set really needs no introduction – with Orgasm being one of the most iconic blush shades ever made, this gorgeous set contains a full sized Orgasm Blush, as well as a mini Illuminator, in striking limited edition packaging.

On to skincare now with a couple more high end treats – the 111Skin Space Anti Age Emulsion is a powerful moisturiser that aims to combat signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated, leaving you with a radiant, revitalised complexion. Enriched with vitamins to repair skin, the luxurious moisturiser promotes collagen production and contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture levels and plump skin for a youthful look.

And the 111Skin Space Anti Oxidant Booster utilises an advanced, anti-ageing formula that delivers an extra boost of vital antioxidants to revive your skin and protect from environmental aggressors. The concentrated blend combines vitamin C with flavonoid rich Grape seed extract to prevent premature ageing and create a defence barrier against daily pollution.

And what would luxury beauty gifting be without a high end lipstick? The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipsticks would make fantastic Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. These beautifully packaged lipsticks promise to saturate lips with intense, stay-true colour, with medium to full coverage, and a radiant, satin finish for up to 6 hours wear.

The Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit is a fantastic set for those interested in trying out Nude by Nature products – which really are underrated. This set contains a selection of mini sized base products, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the brand. This beautifully presented set includes a Perfecting primer, Perfecting Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, Loose Powder Bronzer, Translucent Loose Finishing Powder and an application brush – all housed in a leather look and rose gold case.

I just had to include the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe in this guide – this gorgeous set opens to reveal three Christmas coffee scented palettes – Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee, and Eggnog Latte. Each palette contains six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, one large face product pan (either a blush or bronzer) and the set also contains a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara and a step-by-step how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

And finally back to NARS again. This is the gorgeous NARS Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette – this is a stunning exclusive palette containing four cult-favorite shades: the gilded Satellite of Love Highlighter, two limited-edition provocative pinks—Day Dream and New Attitude—and the iconic burnished Casino Bronzing Powder, paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush and expressive keepsake palette for literally turning cheeks!

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

The New Benefit Brow Collection!

Posted on June 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have no doubt that you’ll have heard about Benefit’s amazing new range of brow products by now – the new Benefit Brow Collection contains 12 different products to preen and groom your brows to perfection, in a massive range of shades. The range includes literally everything you could need to create perfect brows, whether you like them natural, full, or sculpted to perfection, Benefit has just the right product to help you create your desired look…

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the packaging before we go any further?

Benefit really have pulled out the stops with this collection – the high shine futuristic silver packaging is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I love it! There are also clever additions to the products, such as Ka-BROW! below which has a brush incorporated into the product lid – so handy!

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Starting with the Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour (£18.50) – This is just the dinkiest, niftiest little product I’ve ever seen! Ka-BROW! is basically a pot of cream gel eyebrow colour, with a handy brush hidden in the lid for easy application. The formula is waterproof for up to 24 hours, so you won’t need to worry about your statement brows smudging or disappearing throughout the day.

The product itself is perfect for filling in the brows, sculpting and defining shape. Ka-BROW! is perfect for creating a more dramatic brow look, and the hard-angled brush magically converts to a full-size brush for precise control & effortless application.

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Next the Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil (£18.50) – The Goof Proof Pencil is the perfect product for both the brow novice and expert alike, the point of this pencil is that it’s so easy to use, it’s pretty much fool proof. The pencil features a triangular shaped tip, so you can draw on precise hairs with the point, and fill in the brows with the flat side. It has a twist up mechanism too, so no sharpener required, and the other end of the pencil has a handy spoolie brush to groom and brush through brows for a polished finish.

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And the Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel (£18.50) – This tinted gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hair, perfect for creating natural-looking fullness and definition. This is very much like a mascara, but for your brows and with a tiny brush – I found that it did in fact thicken up the hairs so they looked fuller and slightly darker, but as my brows are quite fine and sparse, I didn’t actually fill in the gaps like the Ka-BROW! gel or the Goof Proof Pencil. This brow gel would be perfect for those looking for a more natural look, as it volumises and tints without appearing heavy.

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And lastly the BROWVO! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer (£21.50) – First we had primer for your face, then your eyelashes, and now your brows! With brows becoming the latest in thing in beauty, it definitely makes sense to prime and condition them to keep them in top top condition.

This primer has a clear gel formula to suit everyone and anyone – and you can wear it alone to condition and smooth brows, or as a primer to enhance and extend the wear of other brow products. This conditioning formula of BROWVO! contains keratin & soy proteins to help brows appear thicker, healthier and fuller.

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Though I’ve only tried four products from the range, I think my favourite has to be Goof Proof – I love how quick and easy it is to use, and it also lasts for up to 12 hours, so I don’t need to worry about my brows looking anything less than fabulous throughout the day 😀

The full Benefit Brows Collection will be available from 24/06/16 at Benefit Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New Matte Rescue Gel and Instant Wipeout Masks From Benefit Cosmetics

Posted on February 21, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When it comes to my skin, my pores are pretty much the bane of my life. In my teens and twenties I didn’t have any problems with my skin – apart from the odd spot popping up here and there, my complexion was really pretty good (I wish I’d appreciated it at the time) Now I’m the wrong side of 30 though, my skin has become dryer, and my pores have become WAY more noticeable. At first it was just my nose, but now my entire t-zone has visible pores, and I will try pretty much anything to make them appear smaller.

This is where Benefit Cosmetics comes in. They have recently added two new products to their POREfessional range – the POREfessional Matte Rescue mattifying gel and the POREfessional Instant Wipeout Masks – to clean out and smooth out the look of pores. I’m really hoping these products will work for me!

Ok so let’s look at the Matte Rescue invisible-finish mattifying gel first. This is designed to instantly minimise the appearance of pores. It’s a lightweight, water-based gel that tackles shine and absorbs excess oil, to leave skin with a natural-looking matte finish.

I don’t often go for a matte finish when it comes to my complexion, just because my skin tends to be dry, and anything with a matte finish seems to emphasise my dryer areas. I wanted to give this gel the benefit of the doubt though! The product itself is clear, with a very slight tint of green to it. It has quite a watery feeling to it compared to other primers I’ve used – which I actually like, and it definitely adds to the ‘lightweight’ feeling on the skin. I don’t suffer from oily skin as such, but I do sometimes notice shine building up around my nose as the day goes on, so I thought that would be the perfect test for this product – will my nose still be matte at the end of the day?

Well, on first application Matte Rescue definitely did give a lovely soft-focus, matte finish to my complexion, and it did a good job of blurring the appearance of my pores. I then applied my makeup and went about my day as usual. Matte Rescue actually did the job – I had no shine throughout the day and my dryer patches were no worse than normal. This definitely gets a thumbs up from me, and I think it could really work wonders with those with problem oily skin too.

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The Instant Wipeout dual-sided pore clarifying masks come in a set of eight. They are designed to clean out as well as smooth the look of pores around the nose, forehead and chin. (This sounds perfect for me as these are my problem areas) The masks are made of a textured fabric woven from cottony fibres to help exfoliate and remove impurities.

To ‘activate’ the mask you press firmly on the plastic bubble to release the serum and saturate the mask. You then apply the smoother side of the mask to the pore-problem area – I should point out here that I was kind of expecting a full face mask minus the cheeks, somehow! As the packaging mentions nose, forehead and chin. The mask is actually for one of these areas only, so the size of it is about the third of a face, and you choose which area you want to put it on. After 10 minutes, you remove the mask and use the other side to wipe off, without rinsing.

So I have sensitive skin, and masks can often be a bit of an issue for me as I occasionally have an allergic reaction to them. I’m very pleased to say the Instant Wipeout masks were fine though, yay! I applied one to my nose area across the middle of my face, and it give an instant intense cooling effect. My skin was left feeling clean and cleansed.

Overall these are a couple of great products, but the Matte Rescue Gel is definitely my favourite!

The Matte Rescue Gel is £21.50 and the Instant Wipeout Masks (£24.50) are both available now from Boots and Benefit stores.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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The Best Luxury Beauty Stocking Fillers

Posted on December 7, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you saw my Budget Beauty Stocking Fillers post a couple of days ago, you’ll know I’d been planning to follow up with a luxury version of this post 🙂 You’ll probably know by now that I’m a complete sucker for high end beauty products, I’m just drawn to anything with beautiful or eye catching packaging like a magpie! So I’ve gathered together some of the best of the more expensive beauty goodies I have, that I think any beauty lover would be thrilled to find in their stocking this Christmas…

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Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intense EDP (£69.00) – This is Lancome’s latest version of their much loved original La Vie Est Belle fragrance. La Vie Est Belle EDP Intense includes tuberose and gourmand notes to add depth and intensity to the scent. This was music to my ears as I love tuberose, and I’m usually a fan of ‘intense’ versions of fragrance – and I love this!

The theme of La Vie Est Belle is beauty, joy, and happiness, and I think this definitely comes through in the beautifully sweet fragrance. It’s fruity, creamy and definitely intense – if you’re a fan of sweet perfumes such as Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon, this is a must have for your fragrance wardrobe.

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Guerlain Gloss D`Enfer Intense Colour & Shine Sensation (£23.00) – Firstly I must apologise for my photo. The Gloss d`Enfer Intense Colour & Shine Sensation is the most beautiful sparkly gloss I’ve probably ever seen, and no matter how I tried, I just couldn’t capture this for you.

Guerlain’s Limited Edition Maxi Shine Reflects Etoilés makes your lips sparkle like there’s no tomorrow. It’s described as a top coat, but it also looks amazing on it’s own. It has a clear non-sticky base that’s full of multi coloured glitter particles!

Lancome Lancome Vernis In Love – 425 Rouge Midnight (£13.50) – This polish really is everything you need for the perfect Christmas mani. It’s red, check, sparkly, check, and just gorgeous, check! Lancome have launched three new shades of Vernis In Love for Christmas ’15, and Rouge Midnight is the most beautifully glamorous deep red shade, packed full of gold and red micro glitter.

NARS Rouge A Levres Lipstick (£20.00) – NARS lipsticks are just fantastic, I own quite a few of them now in varying shades and I’ve never been disappointed with a purchase. I highly recommend their Semi Matte and Audacious ranges. They come in a massive range of shades too, so there will definitely be something to suit everyone.

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder (£35.50) – I have a special relationship with Guerlain, this brand was my first ever high end beauty purchase way back when (around 2005 I think) it was a Divinora Eyeshadow palette, it was beautiful, and I fell in love with the brand instantly.

Guerlain’s Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo is the perfect compact to give your complexion a healthy glow this winter. It comprises of a softened sun-kissed powder, lighter than the legendary Terracotta bronzing powder. Its pigments are less intense and works with the skin to make it glow without overloading it. And there’s also a coloured shade that blends with the sun-kissed powder to deliver a beautiful burst of radiance to the skin.

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ALAIA Alaïa Paris Eau De Parfum 50ml (£62.00) – The first fragrance from Alaïa, Alaïa Paris EDP is a stunning evening fragrance. Azzedine Alaia wanted to create a fragrance akin to ‘the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk’, and funnily enough I do actually pick that up from this fragrance. There’s a distinct freshness, with aquatic mineral notes, but there’s also the warming depth of musk, making this a rather unusual yet beautiful scent. Alaia Paris EDP has fresh and airy top notes of pink pepper, floral heart notes of freesia and peony, and animal base notes of musk.

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Diptyque Liquidabmbar Scented Candle (From £28.00) – Diptyque has introduced three new limited edition candles to light up the holiday season, and this years’ limited edition trio is dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees.

Liquidambar is in fact a North American tree, and it’s name originates from the aromatic resin that seeps from the tree. The Liquidambar scented candle smells deliciously warm and intense. It embraces the redness of this large autumnal tree, with enveloping liquid amber, spiced nutmeg and cinnamon sand, cloaked in the scent of brown sugar, providing a sweet and warm veil of gourmand accents. I’ll be featuring this candle more closely in an upcoming post too!

Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Perk Me Up Lip And Cheek Kit (£25.50) – I love Benefit’s makeup sets, they look amazing and make perfect Christmas gifts! The pocket size Feelin Dandy lip and cheek set includes an iconic tint, award-winning cheek color, luscious lip gloss and beautiful highlighter so you can add a pop of colour to your look this season. The set includes:

  • Posietint – Poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain
  • High Beam – luminescent complexion enhancer
  • Dandelion – brightening face powder
  • Ultra Plush Dandelion Lip Gloss

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow (£14.00) – These eyeshadows are just so gorgeous, you couldn’t actually ask for more sparkle! I have shades Ether (top) and Scorpio (bottom). Ether is a stunning lavender shade packed full of lavender and teal micro glitter particles, and Ether is an intense deep khaki green shade, with golden / green glitter sparkles. These can be used wet or dry, and there are 11 high shimmer shades to choose from in the collection.

NARS #23 Wet / Dry Blush Brush (£31.00) – NARS makeup brushes really are where it’s at, and this beautiful #23 Wet / Dry Blush brush would make a fantastic addition to any makeup lovers collection. Designed for versatility, featuring a compact, domed nylon brush head for perfectly applying and blending product either wet or dry. This brush is beautifully weighted, so it feel fantastic to hold, and just oozes quality.

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Clinique Chubby, Chubbier, Chubbiest Collection (£17.00) – This sweet little gift box contains three of Clinique’s top selling products – the Chubby Stick! Perfect for those that want to try Chubby Sticks for the first time but aren’t sure which to go for, this set contains formulas from sheer to intense, filled with good-for-skin ingredients and no fragrance at all. The set contains –

  • Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry 1.2g
  • Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino 1.2g
  • Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Budding Blossom 1.2g

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So will any of these gorgeous goodies be making their way onto your Christmas list?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #10

Posted on June 15, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! Well this last week has been pretty awesome! It was Freddy’s 4th and my 31st birthday on Friday (check out my awesome birthday giveaway here where you can win over £700 of prizes!) I saw my lovely chum Laura on my birthday morning for cake and fun and spent the afternoon playing with Fred and putting together his new Lego. He’s obsessed with Lego at the moment! He had a birthday party on Saturday at the local soft play centre which was just crazy, there were zillions of kids running around, and he had the best time! I then went out with my friends on Saturday night for tapas in Norwich and a few cocktails, and spent yesterday recovering!

At this point I have a confession. This post was supposed to be published yesterday, and for the last nine weeks I’ve been rather pleased with myself for sticking to my regular Sunday posting schedule but yesterday I basically layed on the sofa and binge watched OITNB. This is Orange is the New Black in case you’re not down with the lingo. The latest series was released on Netflix on Friday and I promised myself I’d pace myself and only watch one of two episodes a day, but I completely binged yesterday and I’m now up to episode 9 – oops!

So anyway, here are the things I’ve been loving last week!

Slim Fast Milkshakes (£1.60) – I started the Slim Fast 3.2.1 diet last week and I’m pretty impressed with myself so far for sticking to it – apart from my birthday treats but that doesn’t count right!? It definitely helps that I love their products, and the Vanilla and Strawberry shakes are definitely my favourites out of their range. I’ve been having these as meal replacements throughout the week and I really recommend them just because they’re so tasty!

Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP (from £43.99 for 30ml) – This is one of my favourite ever perfumes but it’s kind of been unloved and pushed to the back of the shelf in favour of lighter more summery fragrances lately. I brought it out again last week and reminded myself how much I love it, this scent also brings back some great memories for me! Unfortunately I’ve just ran out too, so I’ll need to purchase a new bottle very soon!

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Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Set (£25.50) – Fred bought me this for my birthday (clever boy!) I haven’t had any new makeup from Benefit for such a long time so I’m really excited to try this set out. It contains four mini products including High Beam which is one of my favourite ever highlighters.

Gin & Tonic Lip Balm (£5.50) – My stupid lips have been really dry – again. I’ve been applying this G&T balm on a daily basis and found it to be excellent at moisturising my lips. It doesn’t smell that much like G&T though unfortunately but it’s definitely a great little lip balm that does the job!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul!

Posted on March 31, 2015

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Hi Guys!

After a not so great start to the week yesterday, the lovely guys at Fragrance Direct have sent me an awesome box of products to play with, this is just what I needed! I had no idea what to expect so I was beyond happy when I opened up the parcel to find a massive bundle of products from some fantastic brands, including Bobbi Brown, Benefit and OPI. It felt like Christmas opening it up! Here’s what I received –

  • Loreal Extra Volume Collagene Mascara (£4.99)
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Powder Pink (£17.50)
  • Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Eros (£1.99)
  • Benefit Fake Up in 01 Light (£12.99)
  • OPI Nail Polish in A Roll In The Hague (£3.99)
  • OPI Nail Polish in Baring It All (£3.99)
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Buff (£16.00)
  • Calvin Klein Bronzing Powder in Enhance (£2.99)
  • Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Desire (£1.99)
  • Calvin Klein Bronzing Powder in Sun Bathe (£2.99)

If you look at the prices you’ll see that all of the products are cheaper than you’d expect, and some are really heavily discounted. I won’t be covering everything today as there’s just too much and this post will take forever to read through, so I thought I’d talk about a brand that I haven’t tried before – Calvin Klein Cosmetics.

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Now to be honest Calvin Klein aren’t really known for their cosmetics, fragrances definitely but makeup, not so much. My first experience of Calvin Klein was when my boyfriend at the time bought a 16 year old me a bottle of Eternity for Christmas that year. That scent brings back good memories!

It’s quite obvious that some of the best bargains in my stash here easily have to be the Calvin Klein products. £2.99 for a bronzer that should be £17.99 and £1.99 for a £13.50 lipstick – talk about cheap as chips! I’ve looked online to try and find some more info out about CK cosmetics, but I think this range is possibly slightly older? As I can only find CK One cosmetics available.

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The Calvin Klein Summer Affair Bronzing Powder is a micro fine bronzing powder that comes in three shades, promising a radiant complexion without exposure to the sun.

I have two shades of this bronzer, the darker one is Sun Bathe and the lighter shade is Enhance. They both have a hint of sparkle and I love that the pans are massive – perfect for getting a big bronzing brush in there! The lighter shade is definitely the one for me, and I think these would look great buffed all over the body for a night out!

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The Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Cream Lipsticks are described as luxurious, ultra conditioning and give lips a smooth matte finish, and they have a non-feathering formula that protects and hydrates.

I have shades Eros 142 and Desire 149. Admittedly I wasn’t overly keen when I saw the lipsticks before trying them out, but when I swatched them I was instantly impressed with the creamy consistency which gave a semi-matte finish, and the pigmentation was excellent too. These are two lovely shades, Eros especially being a bright red / orange is perfect for Spring. I definitely want to look into stocking up on some more colours! I also swatched the Bobbi Brown lip gloss while I was checking the products out – I’ll have this reviewed along with some more of the products on a separate post very soon.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Calvin Klein makeup before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx