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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2018!

Posted on August 17, 2018

I know it’s only August, but news of 2018’s beauty advent calendars has already started to spread, so I thought it’s about time I gathered information on every single one so you can have a (hopefully) fully comprehensive list to refer to over the coming months.

The below list is in price order, starting with the groups (where a brand has more than one calendar) and then the lowest, and I’ll update info, dates and links as soon as I have the info myself – enjoy!

The Body Shop Advent Calendars – Olivia the Owl version is £45.00 (worth £85). Dani the Deer version is £65.00 (worth £121). Freddie the Fox version is £99.00 (worth £231) and Countdown to New Year version is £45.00 (worth £85). AVAILABLE NOW!

The Body Shop’s advent calendars really do look amazing this year! They usually have two or three, but this year they have four, to cater for different budgets – the Freddie Advent Calendar (above) is cruelty free, vegan, and contains some of the brand’s best make-up, skincare and bodycare products!

L”Occitane Classic Advent Calendar is £49.00 and the Luxury Advent Calendar is £89.00 AVAILABLE NOW!

I reviewed the 2017 L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar, and it was amazing! This year’s offering looks just as good (if not better) with fun, colourful packaging. The Luxury Advent Calendar is packed with L’Occitane luxury treats, or if you’re looking for something more affordable, the Classic Advent Calendar is available too at £49.00.

Rituals Advent Calendar 2D Exclusive version is £59.50, and the Deluxe 3D version is £89.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

Another duo of calendars are available this year from Rituals. The deluxe 3D Christmas tree contains 24 beautiful treats including fragrance, beauty, bath, and home products. Expect to find the new Ritual of Holi Crackling Body Mousse as well as The Ritual of Dao and The Ritual of Ayurveda from the hero collections included. The 2D Exclusive calendar is again more affordable, but still contains a fab selection of Rituals products.

Glossybox All I Want Advent Calendar, £75.00 for subscribers, £99.00 for non subscribers. Pre-order NOW!

GlossyBox are also launching their first advent calendar this year! The All I Want Box includes 25 beauty treats with 16 of them being full-sized! (This really is unheard of for beauty advent calendars) You’ll find inside brands such as Pixi, Real Techniques, Huda Beauty, Yankee Candle, NARS and more – this is definitely one to snap up this year!

24 Days of Clinique, £76.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

The 24 Days of Clinique advent calendar includes a selection of mini Clinique favourites. This one is exclusive to Selfridges too so you won’t find it anywhere else.

Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, £79.00, worth over £300.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

Lookfantastic’s Advent Calendars always look amazing! The 2018 calendar has been designed specifically to get you party ready in the run up to Christmas, and contains 25 products. Expect to see brands such as Lipstick Queen, Sleek, Rituals, ESPA, Illamasqua and more inside.

bareMinerals Out of this World Advent Calendar, £79.00, worth £281.00 AVAILABLE NOW!

bareMinerals advent calendars always look amazing, and this year’s is no exception. Containing a massive selection of products, including lip glosses, lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and more, this would make a lovely gift for fans of the brand.

The 12 Days of Liz Earle, £80.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

Liz Earle is back again for 2018 with 12 days of fabulous treats. You’ll find a selection of skincare favourites inside the box, including the best selling Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Decléor Advent Calendar, £80.00 worth £258.00, AVAILABLE NOW! 

Fans of luxury skincare will adore the 2018 Decleor Advent Calendar. The theme of this box is glowing skin, and it looks just beautiful. Be sure to snap this one up fast if you’re interested, last year, a box sold every 8 seconds!

Lumene Advent Calendar, £89.90 worth £195.00, date TBC at Feel Unique.

Now this is quite exciting as I haven’t heard of this brand before. Nordic beauty brand, Lumene, have launched their first advent calendar stuffed with skincare treats worth a massive £195!

Cowshed Advent Calendar, £90.00, available from September 6th.

This lovely calendar includes 24 deluxe pampering treats, covering skincare, bath and body, and hand care.

Kiehl’s 24 Day Advent Calendar, £110.00, available from 1st October at Selfridges

Another Selfridges exclusive, the beautiful 24 Day Advent Calendar from Kiehl’s is packed with 24 days of the brand’s best-selling favourites.

ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar, £125.00, available from 1st October. Sign up here.

Another first, this time from Elle – this is quite unexpected! They’re jumping in at the luxury end of the market with a £125 calendar containing products worth £340. Expect to find brands including Hourglass, NARS, Dermalogica, Too Faced, and more. I think this one’s going to be super popular!

MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Advent Calendar, £125.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

AT LAST! Beauty lovers rejoice, Mac has finally released their very own Advent Calendar! The set contains a mixture of deluxe mini products as well as a few full sizes, and it’s worth £236.70 so you’re definitely getting your moneys worth! This is bound to sell out FAST so be sure to snap this one up quickly!

Lancome Advent Calendar, £130.00, available from the 26th September at Selfridges

Lancome’s Advent Calendar is seeming a bit secretive this year (so far anyway) I can’t find any information on this one as yet, so keep your eyes peeled and I’ll update this asap!

ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar, £130.00, SIGN UP HERE! 

The luxury ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar contains a gorgeous ESPA skincare hero behind every door. Included you’ll find delightful oils, skincare products and candles to provide you with your daily dose of wellness. Expect an extra special full-size treat on Christmas Day too!

L’Oreal Luxe Selfridges Advent Calendar, £130.00, available from 26th September.

If you’re looking to spend a bit more non a beauty advent calendar this year, this L’Oreal Luxe calendar really does look fantastic. It contains a selection of gorgeous products from L’Oreal’s higher end brands, including Lancome, YSL, Urban Decay and Viktor & Rolf.

Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar, £150.00, available from October

For once, Charlotte’s Advent Calendar isn’t at the very top of the list – there seems to be a boatload of super high end (expensive) calendars this year! Charlotte’s 2018 Advent Calendar contains 12 countdown to Christmas beauty treats. You’ll find plenty of cult favourites inside, including one of my personal faves, the Pillow Talk Lipstick.

Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar, £150.00 but worth £475.00, available from October

Fenwick’s calendar for 2018 is packed full of high end beauty minis – expect to find high end beauty treats for every day of advent, as well as full sized products from the likes of MAC, Nails Inc and Bobbi Brown.

The White Company Advent calendar, £150.00, available from the end of October

The White Company have gathered together some of their favourite seasonal products and created a beautiful high end calendar for 2018. Inside you’ll find candles, body and bath products, fragrance and much more.

Elemis Beauty Advent Calendar, £150.00 worth £345.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

How gorgeous does this calendar look? Fans of luxury skincare will be in heaven with the 2018 Elemis Advent Calendar. It contains a full size best-selling Pro Collagen Marine Cream and Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, as well as a selection of mini Elemis products.

Net-A-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £150.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

This is Net-A-Porter’s first advent calendar, and it really does look amazing! Brands include Marc Jacobs, Charlotte Tilbury, Illamasqua, Chantecaille, Sunday Riley and many more. If you’re looking for a luxury advent calendar, this should definitely be in your radar!

John Lewis Advent Calendar, £165.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

John Lewis are offering something a little different this year, apart from including an amazing selection of high end brands in their calendar (hello Aqua di Parma, Hermes and Floral Street) They’re also including vouchers for personalised services, such as an Elemis personalised mini facial, and an Aveda personalised hair and scalp camera analysis to name a just couple.

Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar, £175.00 worth £275.00. AVAILABLE NOW

The 2018 Molton Brown Advent Calendar is packed full of gorgeous pampering treats. Inside you’ll find shower gel baubles, candles, bath washes, a limited edition fragrance and much more.

YSL Beauty Advent Calendar, £195.00, available from 10th October.

The YSL Beauty (Selfridges exclusive) Advent Calendar looks stunning this year. It includes a selection of gorgeous YSL treats for 24 days in the run up to Christmas.

Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar, £195.00 worth £600.00. Available Now!

This year’s Liberty Advent Calendar looks better than ever! It is expensive, but contains some amazing high end brands such as Diptyque, Laura Mercier, Hourglass, Byerdo, Bobbi Brown, Omorivcza and more.

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar, £250.00 but worth £680.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

One of the ‘big daddy’ advent calendars – the Harrods calendar is truly a luxurious treat. It contains 25 luxury beauty products, from brands including NARS, Huda Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley, Givenchy and more. These products are worth a whopping £680!

Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar, £250.00. AVAILABLE NOW!

Another first! SpaceNK is joining in on the advent fun this year with their debut calendar. Including 25 products, you know this is going to be amazing (and highly likely on the pricier side – I’ve slotted it in here as I’m guessing around £150.00) Expect brands such as Chantecaille, Sunday Riley, Lipstick Queen, Hourglass and more.

Jo Loves Advent Calendar, £250.00, available from November.

This is another first! Jo Loves has jumped on the beauty advent calendar bandwagon this year, launching a stunning looking drawer style calendar! I have a feeling this one will be a sell out.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar, £300.00, available now!

Jo Malone is back for their 4th year of amazing advent calendars! This years festive townhouse contains all you’d expect and more from this luxury brand. Expect to find Jo Malone classic favourites included, as well as seasonal launches, such as a mini Frosted Cherry & Clove Candle which is new for Christmas 2018. If you’re interested make sure you snap this one up fast, it’s sure to be a sell out again as it has every other year!

Atelier Cologne Advent Calendar, £300.00, available now!

I’m loving that dedicated fragrance advent calendars are now becoming a thing! The 2018 Atelier Cologne advent calendar includes an assortment of travel sprays, body lotions, finely crafted soaps and even full size fragrances, plus Atelier’s iconic leather cases so you can keep them safe.

La Mer 12 Days of Radiance Calendar, £300.00, available from 22nd October

A first from luxury skincare brand La Mer, they’ve gathered together their favourite products in the La Mer 12 Days of Radiance Collection. It features 11 travel sizes and one full size product – this is a must have for fans of the brand!

Diptyque Advent Calendar, £320.00, available now!

And lastly, of course, Diptyque! At a purse-clenching £320 this year, the Diptyque Advent Calendar is definitely one for die hard fans of the brand. The calendar contains 16 mini candles as well as travel-sized fragrances and bodycare products.

Ok guys that’s it for now! If you come across any more beauty advent calendars, please let me know and I’ll add them! Happy shopping! xx

Summer 2018 New Must Try Skincare!

Posted on August 9, 2018

Happy Thursday everyone! I have a few brand new summer skincare products to share with you today – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask – technically, this isn’t really a mask, these are double sided pads designed to be used in the morning to clean and prep the skin for the day ahead. One side of the pad has small beads to massage, exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and increase hydration, and the other applies a serum and moisturiser whilst ‘masking’ for a skin plumping hydration boost, leaving skin feeling soft and dewy. The idea is that this is a 7-in-1 product offering everything your morning skincare routine requires, in one handy pad. This is perfect for those that don’t want the hassle of a long morning routine – I love this product!

Next I have the Glamglow Instamud– this is a foaming treatment mask designed to instantly refine pores and even the skin tone, promising to leave skin smooth and soft in only 60 seconds. It contains bentonite, kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root, and the micro-bubbling mud activates on contact with your skin to energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion. I LOVE a bubbly mask, and this one does the trick without upsetting my sensitive skin, awesome!

Continuing with the bubbles, this is the Hello Jo Speak Up! Bubble Lip Mask – rather than a ‘grainy’ lip exfoliator, this works with enzymes, antioxidants and Vitamins A and C which break down dead skin cells to leave lips feeling renewed and resurfaced. You simply rub it on and watch the mask bubble up – I love how this makes my lips feel so smooth and nourished.

For cleansers, firstly I have the fantastic SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure & Mild – this micellar water cleanser has been specifically developed for sensitive skin (yay!). The lightweight liquid purifies and detoxifies skin, and it eliminates dirt and all traces of makeup without over-drying or leaving skin feeling tight. This is a fantastic cleanser if you have sensitive skin.

And the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Foaming Cleanser– this cleanser purifies and detoxifies the skin of impurities. It contains natural cucumber extract, sugarcane and sugar maple extract to encourage cell turnover whilst calming and soothing irritated skin, and glycerin and sodium PCA to cleanse and hydrate the skin whilst locking in moisture to reveal a healthier, refreshed appearance. It’s also good to know this cleanser is also alcohol and sulphate free!

The Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster is perfect for those with sensitive skin that may not be able to use a high strength retinol. It contains a powerful blend of eight targeted peptides, where each one addresses a specific anti-ageing concern, from loss of radiance and uneven skin tone to fine lines and wrinkles. Together with skin-restoring ingredients such as amino acids, antioxidants and hydrators, the Peptide Booster strengthens and protects the skin’s barrier and increases natural resilience. I’ve used this a few times now and I’m SO impressed with the results! It instantly makes my skin look and feel brighter, fresher and more radiant. This product is a must try!

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Radiance Energizing Eye Concentrate – if you have issues with puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, then this one’s for you. This serum has a super lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin to leave the eye area feeling silky smooth and instantly refreshed. The formula includes horse chestnut seed extract and yeast extract to boost circulation, smooth lines and reduce inflammation, and sweet almond oil which promotes smooth, plump and youthful-looking skin. It also provides long lasting hydration, helping to refresh and soothe tired eyes.

Continuing with eyes, I LOVE a good eye patch, and the Peter Thomas Roth Hydra Gel Eye Patches are just fantastic. The formula contains cucumber extract, allantoin, chamomile, aloe, niacinimide, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, caffeine and arnica to awaken the appearance of tired eyes and diminish dark circles and puffiness. These patches leave my eye are feeling amazingly soothed and refreshed – I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge!

The Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – is a super lightweight water-jelly designed to deliver 24-hour hydration repair, plus pollution protection. This jelly features Clinique’s Clean Shield Technology and is formulated with a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract to strengthen skin’s barrier, improve its resiliency, and balance and retain skin’s moisture levels. I love the texture of this jelly, it’s so light and it absorbs into the skin super quickly without leaving any residue. This is a must-try if you’re looking for a light feeling product that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

And another brand that I’ve just come across is Cinch. The Cinch Face Cheat Moisturiser + Glow – is a spray moisturiser that also lightly illuminates the skin, whilst helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimise the look of pores and prime your skin ready for make-up application. This is definitely worth a try if you have dull and lacklustre skin.

Bali Body Bronzing Lotion – this is a fast absorbing light-weight moisturiser, combining fake tanning with the benefits of a skincare product. This vegan, antioxidant-rich Bronzing Lotion contains Vitamin E and natural oils to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst organic caramel extract provides an instant bronzed glow. This gives you a lovely natural looking glow, whilst leaving skin feeling amazingly soft.

And last but not least, the This Works In Transit Pollution Shield – this spray contains moisturising hyaluronic acid, with chamomile extract and aloe vera to soothe skin and calm redness and irritation, and a polysaccharide pollution shield which inhibits the attack of carbon particles, particulate matter and heavy metals as you go about your day. This protective mist will help prevent signs of ageing and keep skin looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day with make-up held in place, whilst defending against environmental aggressors and pollutants.

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Mother’s Day with Debenhams & £100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Posted on March 6, 2018

Hi Guys!

It’s almost Mother’s Day! And if you’re anything like me you might have a nice day of relaxation planned – I’m hoping this year’s ‘breakfast in bed’ might be a slight improvement on last year but we’ll see! 😀

Mother’s day is a day to think of your mum for everything she does for you – all those little things that you take for granted. As I’m a mum myself now, I really have a whole new perspective on everything my mum did for me (and what a complete nightmare I could be) when I was growing up!

If you’re in need of picking up a gift or two this week, Debenhams definitely have you covered. They have the most fantastic selection of gifts available for all budgets, to suit all mums whatever their tastes. From fragrance, to beauty, and home gifts to experience days, there’s bound to be something perfect at Debenhams to suit your mum! I have a few gorgeous gift ideas to share with you today –

If Mum’s a bit of a skincare fanatic, this super luxury ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Day Cream could make the perfect gift. Luxury skincare brand Elemis’ brand new Collagen Marine Day Cream is specifically formulated to target fine lines and wrinkles. This day cream blends a powerful combination of ingredients, including padina pavonica and ginkgo biloba, to improve the skin’s appearance, increase hydration, and improve elasticity and suppleness. It also contains a micronised sunscreen that leaves no white streaks on the face, which offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  

Or for something more affordable, how about the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel? Perfect for those with combination or oily skin, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is dermalogically tested and fragrance free, so it’s perfect for those with a more sensitive complexion. This oil free gel hydrates the skin leaving it feeling softer, smoother and younger.

I also have the stunning new Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar EDP – this fragrance is honestly so beautiful, and it’s easily one of my new favourites! Flowerbomb Nectar is the newest addition to the Flowerbomb collection. Described as a sensual flower liqueur, with an explosion of floral notes and a surprising twist, this scent opens with notes of fresh bergamot oil and rich sweet blackcurrant syrup. The heart unveils a feminine and enveloping white floral nectar of Sambac Jasmin and Orange flower combined with sweet notes of Osmanthus, leading to a beautifully addictive gourmand blend of warm spicy hues of tonka bean and creamy soft vanilla at the base.

I’m also giving away a £100 Debenhams Gift Card, so you can treat your mum, a loved one, or yourself to anything you like! All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will be open for two weeks and is open internationally. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, and good luck!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Must Have Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

Finally I have the last of my Christmas Gift Guides to share with you! Today is all about beauty gift sets – I’ve got fragrance, skincare, makeup and accessories, covering a wide range of brands and prices. Hopefully this will inspire you if you’re doing any last minute shopping – enjoy!

Starting with the fabulous Clinique Pep It Up Set (£24.50 at Harvey Nichols) – This handy little gift set contains a trio of Clinique Pep-Start products. There’s a 30ml 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser to was away dirt, dead skin cells, oil and impurities, a 7ml Pep-Start Eye Cream to give the eye area a hydration and an instant brightening effect, and lastly a 50ml Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser to blur imperfections while providing all-day hydration. Clinique have also included a cute pink zipped bag to keep your products safe.

Continuing with skincare, the DHC Double Cleanse Set (£19.95 at Escentual) is definitely worth checking out. This limited edition two-step system for brighter, cleaner skin contains three DHC essentials – there’s a 70ml Deep Cleansing Oil, to remove makeup quickly and easily, including even waterproof mascara. There’s also a 35g Mild Soap, leaving skin feeling well-balanced as it cleanses and removes impurities for a comfortable and fresh complexion, and a box of Virgin Olive Oil Swabs (50 Swabs) – these are ready-infused with a small amount of virgin olive oil to quickly and easily remove makeup mistakes.

On to tools now, I have two gorgeous sets from Real Techniques. The Real Techniques All About That Glow Set (£15.00 at Superdrug) contains all the tools you need to apply your favourite powder, cream, or liquid highlighters. There’s a Miracle Complexion Sponge, a Strobe & Blend Brush, with a firm, angled head for applying a heavier layer of highlighter, and a fluffy, round head for blending product onto skin. There’s also a Set & Spotlight Brush, with a tapered, fluffy head for blending highlighters, and a small, densely packed head for precision application. And lastly, a Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge to help remove makeup mishaps.

I also have the Real Techniques Eye Glam Set (£12.00 at Real Techniques) – this includes everything you need to create the perfect party ready eyes. There’s a Base Shadow Brush, for shadow application and blending, a Brow Highlighting Brush for highlighting above and below the brow bone, a Precision Smudge Brush, for smudging along the lash line, a Winged Liner Brush with a thin, angled head for application of winged liner, and lastly a handy Brush Cup to store your new brushes.

Another fantastic skincare set is the Philosophy All Aglow Gift Set (£39.50 at Feel Unique) – Containing everything you need for radiant, healthy-looking skin, this holiday collection of award-winning skin care follows Philosophy’s unique 3-step formula for beautiful, lit-from-within luminosity: cleanse, peel, treat! Included is a Purity Made Simple Cleanser 90ml, The Microdelivery Peel Crystals + Activating Gel 30ml, and a Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer 15ml.

The Laura Geller Pucker Up Trio (£25.00 at Debenhams) is also a great little set for fans of the brand. The limited edition Pucker Up Trio is available in nude or pink shades, offering high shine, buttery lip colour to celebrate Laura Geller’s 20th anniversary.

For those that suffer with dry hands and brittle nails, the RMK Nail & Hand Cream Kit (£23.00 at Selfridges) could be the perfect gift. This sweet little set contains three new scented additions to the RMK Nail & Hand cream range, well-known for its strength in combatting dry skin and for conditioning beautifully to the very tips of the nails. Choose from scents Neroli, Sparkling Cocktail or Cassis to match your mood.

On to fragrance now, the Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum Fragrance Gift Set (£54.00 at Boots) would make the perfect gift for any fragrance lover. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is a gorgeous, glamorous fragrance, a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. Opening with luminous green top notes full of glittering radiance, the heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid lends a creamy seductiveness to the fragrance. Lingering sensual base notes of sweet toffee meld with Indonesian Patchouli to leave a subtle, sensual memory on the skin.

  • Top notes: Pear and Mandarin Orange
  • Heart notes: Orchid
  • Base notes: Patchouli, toffee

Or how about the YSL Black Opium EDP Gift Set (£55.45 at World Duty Free) – Black Opium is simply a stunning scent, both darkly sensuous and intense, this gourmand floral smells so good you’ll want to taste it. At the heart of Black Opium is an addictive black coffee accord blended with luminous white flowers, the ultimate play of shadow and light. A gourmet dose of vanilla envelops the fragrance in celestial beauty, creating a trail that is indulgent, sensuous and absolutely unforgettable.

  • Top Notes: Coffee, Pink Pepper
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Vanilla
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Cedar

I also have the gorgeous Vince Camuto Amore EDP Gift Set (£51.00 at Debenhams) – Amore is a sparkling and enchanting fruity floral fragrance, embodying the fun and flirty expression of a woman falling unforgettably, deeply in love. Fruity top notes mix with the organic smell of freshly picked flowers, and a divine base of comforting cashmere, rich, sensual amber and earthy sandalwood warm up the intoxicating combination.

  • Top Notes: Cassis, Clementine, Bergamot, Passionfruit
  • Heart Notes: Lily Of The Valley, Lotus, Orchid, Freesia
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber

Or how about the Nina Ricci Luna Gift Set (£46.00 at Boots) – Luna is Nina Ricci’s gorgeous new mysterious gourmand fragrance. It opens with notes of Orange blossom and wild berries, leading to a heart of white everlasting flower blended with caramel, and a beautiful base of vanilla and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Orange Blossom Petals
  • Heart Notes: Precious White Everlasting Flower, Crunchy Caramel
  • Base Notes: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood from Sri Lanka

For a slightly more affordable option, I have the Ted Baker Beauty Bow Ella Gift Set (£24.00 at John Lewis) – I absolutely love Ted Baker gifts, and their fragrances are both affordable and so beautiful. Described as strikingly confident and delightfully witty, Ella leaves a trail of sparkle wherever she goes. With just one spritz, you’ll be hooked on Ella’s intoxicating cocktail of bergamot and cassis combined with a heady heart of orange blossom, jasmine and rose. Rich notes of amber, patchouli and vanilla leave a beautifully warm feminine scent that always leaves a lasting impression.

And lastly, the gorgeous MAC Look in a Box: Be Wow! (£22.10 at World Duty Free) – Firstly I have to say that this is such a fantastic bargain, this lovely little set contains five mini MAC Lipsticks, in Nude du Jour, Dodgy Girl, No Faux Pas, Relentlessly Red, and Antique Velvet, and each lipstick works out at only £4.45 each – you won’t find MAC for cheaper than that!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Spring 2017 Lip Launches

Posted on March 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

There have been SO many new lip launches over the last few months, I really didn’t know where to start with them! So I decided in the end I’d just group everything together and talk you through them all. Some are pretty decent, some are really good, and a couple really are excellent. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the new Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick (£15.00 at HQ Hair) – now I must admit, Lord & Berry isn’t a brand that I’d usually gravitate towards, for no other reason than I’m just not overly familiar with their products. But I have to say their new Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks really are fantastic!

They have a lovely, creamy formula that contains a nourishing blend of Neem, Sesame and Indian Frankincense Essential Oils, making them super comfortable on the lips, whilst being incredibly pigmented with a transfer-resistant matte finish. I really was impressed with these and they’re definitely worth checking out. I have shades –

  • Brave Red – a true red
  • Pop Pink – an intense magenta
  • First Lady – a mid brown with gold sparkle

(I should just mention that I took my photos before the products had a chance to dry, so just letting you know they do dry down matte)

Next we have the Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipsticks (£33.00 at Space NK) – you probably won’t be surprised to hear these are the most expensive products in this round up. The Matte Chic lipsticks have a light, whipped texture that’s very similar to the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets. I love that they feel barely-there on the lips, whilst being moisturising and also long wearing. They’d make a great treat if you’re a fan of Chantecaille products. I have shades –

  • Jerry – a nude pink
  • Carmen – a true deep red

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in Wild Strawberry (£17.50 at Selfridges) is perfect if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with just a hint of colour. The formula contains mango and shea butters to keep lips feeling comfortably soft and smooth, and the Crayola theme is really fun and playful.

Back to liquid lipsticks now, the LA Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£9.95 at Beauty Bay) have been a long time favourite of mine. I picked some up direct from LA Splash in the US a while ago now, and I was beyond impressed with how well they lasted on my lips.

Their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick collection is inspired by desserts, and comes in a range of muted, neutral shades. The formula is full coverage, and completely transfer proof, and it’s also worth mentioning that you don’t want to apply this too thickly, as I’ve found it wears off the lips quicker if it’s applied too generously. I have shades –

  • Dark Mocha Mousse – a light warm brown.
  • Buttermilk Cheesecake – a natural nude with pink undertones.
  • Macaroon –  a deep rosy pink.

The Ciate London Pretty Stix Lipstick (£16.00 at Lookfantastic) is another new product that’s now a favourite of mine. This is more along the lines of a sheer lipstick, offering a moisturising formula which combines Brazilian Murumuru butter and Amino Acid to give the soothing and conditioning properties of a balm, combined with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I love that the Pretty Stix make my lips feel so smooth and moisturised. I’ve been wearing Vintage Blush quite a lot this week!

  • Vintage Blush – a light coral nude
  • Romcom – a bright magenta
  • Heartbreaker – a deep purple

Next we have the brand new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£19.00 at Smashbox) – it’s been quite a while since I’ve used Smashbox products so I wasn’t too sure what to expect with these, but the Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks are some of the most highly pigmented lip products I’ve ever tried – I was so impressed!

They promise to stay put for up to 8 hours, and contain Advanced Polymer Technology and Primer Oil Complex to give a super smooth, intensely pigmented, budge-proof finish. I have shades –

  • Let’s Dance – a bright purple toned magenta
  • Shockaholic – a super bright magenta pink
  • Big Spender – an intense rose pink

For those looking for a budget product, I always recommend checking out Sleek Cosmetics. The Sleek Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream (£4.99 at Superdrug) is a great product for less than a fiver, and they’ve now brought out a selection of fun and bright pastel shades for spring. The formula isn’t the most pigmented in the world, but it’s decent enough to give good coverage with a couple of swipes, and it lasts for a good few hours before you need to think about touching up. Overall this is a great budget product. I have shades –

  • French Fancy – a pretty mid cool toned pink
  • Crushed Lavender – a light lavender purple
  • Apricot Blooms – a light coral-apricot

If you’re not a fan of liquid lipsticks, the new Makeup Forever Artist Acrylip Glosses (£17.50 at Debenhams) could be right up your street. Inspired by bold, high-pigment artist acrylic paints, the MUFE Artist Acrylips give lips the most intense, glossy color with just one swipe. I really love the smoothness of the formula, as well as the amazing pigmentation. I should reiterate that these are glosses and do not dry down or set in any way shape or form – but they also don’t move around the mouth at all which is great news. I have shades –

  • 202 Coral Pink – an intense petal pink
  • 400 Iconic Red – an intense true red
  • 600 Dark Purple – a deep aubergine purple

And the Pixi Beauty GelTint & SilkGloss (£14.00 at ASOS) – Pixi is one of my favourite beauty brands, and I love that their products are always so interesting and innovative. This double ended tint and gloss is just a fantastic idea that I’ve never seem before. One end contains a gel formula lip stain, and the other holds a glossy top coat.

And lastly, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (£17.50 at Selfridges) – this collection includes some really beautiful shades, and I was drawn to ‘So Me’ which has a real 90’s vibe about it. I’m not actually a fan of MAC’s original Retro Matte Lipsticks as I find them to be incredibly drying, so I was interested to see how the liquid version fared. Well I have to say I was impressed! As expected the formula was richly pigmented, but it was also pleasant to wear and lasted all day. I definitely want to pick up some more shades now!

I’d love to hear which lip products you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New For Spring: Clinique Pop Artistry Collection

Posted on April 22, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday 🙂 I have some gorgeous products from Clinique’s latest Pop Artisty collection to share with you today – Pop Artistry is all about pops of colour for eyes, lips and cheeks, including new Pop Lacquers, Glazes, Oils and Eye Shadows. The newest lip additions to the Clinique Pop collection range from pretty pops of sheer colour to full coverage and high shine, creating endless ways to make lips pop!

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Left to right –

  • Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer in 09 Nude Pop
  • Pop Lip Colour + Primer Rouge Intense in 02 Bare Pop
  • Pop Lip Colour + Primer Rouge Intense in 01 Nude Pop
  • Pop Lip Colour + Primer Rouge Intense in 04 Beige Pop
  • Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in 07 Sugar Plum Pop

You can see there are three different types of lip product here – a gloss, a lipstick, and a sheer lipstick. Starting with the gloss – the Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer (£16.00) – this is a wonderfully thick lacquer with high intensity colour. I love that it moisturises lips leaving them feeling silky smooth, without any stickiness whatsoever. This product comes in 10 shades from creamy nudes to bold red, sweetheart pink and deep purple.

The Pop Lip Colour + Primer (£16.00) includes a massive selection of 24 shades, again ranging from nudes to more intense pinks and reds. The Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks have a beautiful lightweight formula that applies easily with one sweep, leaving bold colour with a velvet finish. Clinique promise this product will keep lips comfortably moisturised for up to 8 hours – I haven’t worn them for that long myself but they definitely make my lips feel supple and moisturised, which is always a winner if you’re prone to dry lips like I am.

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And the Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer (£16.00) – this is basically a sheerer version of the above Pop Lip Colours. Perfect for those looking for a touch of colour that isn’t too intense, the formula contains Shea and Murumuru butters to provide superior moisture, and a combination of emollient oils to provide shine, slip and cushion. Inspired by candy, this lineup includes six pretty shades that give a beautiful shine and sheer colour payoff.

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And lastly, the simply stunning Lid Pop in 08 Petal Pop (£15.00) – the Lid Pop collection includes a range of eight nude to bold coloured eye shadows with a silky, long-wearing formula, designed to deliver an instant pop of colour. I’m completely in love with 08 Petal Pop, apart from the beautiful almost iridescent peachy sheen this gives, the formula is wonderfully buttery as well as luxuriously lightweight and silky smooth to the touch. This eyeshadow applies like a dream, and this particular shade would also be perfect as a highlighter too.

Overall I’m beyond impressed with these products, I may have to snap up a couple more of the eyeshadows I think!

The Clinique Pop Artistry Collection is available now from House of Fraser. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Save £10 on 30 Top Products at the House of Fraser Beauty Event!

Posted on March 28, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The House of Fraser Beauty event is back again, and this year it’s been revamped just for you! All you have to do is spend £50 or more on beauty, including one of House of Fraser’s ‘favourites’ in your purchase to receive £10 off your order. This will run inclusively from Monday 21st March to Sunday 3rd April.

“This season we’ve shaken things up and want people to move out of their beauty comfort zone to explore the hottest looks for Spring Summer 2016 . Our in-house team of beauty experts has created ‘Fraser Beauty’ a guide to mastering this seasons colour trends including a graphic eye, bold lip and technicolour nail as well as tips for achieving the perfect base to compliment the new look. Our offer allows customers to restock from our selection of 30 make-up and skincare products and then receive £10 off something else- the perfect opportunity to try something a little more daring” – Ruth Newman, Director of Beauty

To celebrate the launch of Fraser Beauty, House of Fraser stores across the nation will also be hosting a variety of exciting and events. Customers will have the opportunity to discover more about the products in the offer and receive advice from experts, all whilst enjoying a lovely glass of bubbly.

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You can check out the list of House of Fraser’s beauty favourites below – plus you’ll also receive Double Recognition Points on your order too!

  1. Benefit Exclusive Cheekathon Blush Kit, £44.50 
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer 30ml £29.50 
  3. Lancôme Hypnose Mascara £23 
  4. Clinique Smart Treatment Oil 30ml £38 
  5. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £37 
  6. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip £21.50 
  7. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+Pump £30 
  8. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream 15ml £22 
  9. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml £36 
  10. Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme £62 
  11. Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream SPF 20 50ml £42 
  12. Lancôme Advance Genifique 30ml £59 
  13. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Foundation 50ml £30 
  14. Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 30ml £108 
  15. Lancôme Juicy Shaker £18.50 
  16. Kiehl’s Turmeric And Cranberry Seed Energising Mask £28 
  17. NARS Blusher £23 
  18. Clarins Double Serum 30ml £69 
  19. Yves Saint Lauren Le Teint Touché Éclat Foundation 30ml £32.50 
  20. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick £33 
  21. Clarins Super Restorative Eye Concentrate 15ml £54 
  22. Benefit They’re Real Mascara £19.50 
  23. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation 30ml £35 
  24. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 30ml £30 
  25. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick £29.50 
  26. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 50ml £70 
  27. Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat £25 
  28. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 50ml £39 
  29. Estee Lauder New Dimension Pump& Fill Lip £29 
  30. Urban Decay Naked Palette £38.50 

House of Fraser have very kindly sent me a few of these gorgeous products to try out. I’ve given a brief overview of them below, and full reviews will be coming up shortly –

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint in BD10 – You can probably guess this by the name, but YSL have taken the technology used in their cult Touche Eclat highlighter, and incorporated it into their latest foundation. The lightweight fluid of Touche Eclat Le Teint aims to illuminate the complexion with its magic light infused formula, whilst erasing imperfections, leaving skin looking natural, radiant and perfected.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in Shade 1 Rose lumiere – Would you believe it if I said touché Eclat has been around for 20 years now? Twenty years!! Most of you will know what Touche Eclat is, so I’ll only touch on this one briefly (See what I did there?) This is the gold clicky pen of dreams, is brightens, highlights, and adds luminosity to your complexion – definitely a must have!

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Foundation in shade Groenland – This is a rather fabulous sounding oil-free matte foundation which offers SPF30 protection with a soft velvet-matte finish. The formula contains NARS’ innovative Velvet Illusion Complex to instantly transform the look of skin, creating an immediate soft-focus effect that helps to blur imperfections and minimise the look of pores.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream 15ml – This sounds exactly what I could do with right now, a cream to ‘pep up’ my ever puffy and dark-circled eye area. You just use twice a day to hydrate, brighten, and generally perk up your under-eyes, leaving you feeling refreshed, and looking wide awake.

Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme Global Anti-Aging Cream – This is a high-performance and multi-action creme to help significantly reduce the appearance of the signs of ageing, including lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness and dehydration. This products aims to instantly give skin a smoother, clearer, more radiant appearance.

Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Masque – This is an invigorating, energising and exfoliating mask, perfect for targeting a dull and fatigued complexion, giving skin a natural and healthy appearance – I really think I’m going to love this! It’s formulated with cranberry & turmeric to even the skin tone, while crushed cranberry seeds gently exfoliate for smoother, brighter, illuminated-looking skin.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? Or if you’re hoping to pick any up in the Beauty Event?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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