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Lifestyle & Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m not sure how on earth it’s almost Mother’s Day already – didn’t Christmas just happen? Anyway, Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I’d gather together a few lovely gift ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration. I’ve tried to include a bit of everything here to cover a range of budgets – Enjoy!

Starting off with some beautiful rose gold jewellery from Ted baker – the Ted Baker Ceanna Cuff Bracelet & Edda Bow Necklace (£17.50 each at Amara) are such good bargains, I had to include them. They’re both half price at the moment (£17.50 rather than £35.00 each) which really is a fantastic bargain.

The Ceanna Gem Frame Cuff Bracelet is made from brass with rose gold coloured plating, it features a gem frame design and is enhanced with Swarovski crystal embellishments. And the Edda Bow Necklace also has a rose gold finish, with a super cute baby pink bow pendant.

I also had to include the lovely Ted Baker Hat Box Gift Set (£18.00 at Boots) – This decorative hat box contains a 200ml refreshing body wash, a large 250ml shimmering body soufflé and a mini bath scrunchie. The box is also very pretty and would be great to keep or to use for future gifting.

Next I have this super sweet Cupcake Kit (£24.99 at Amara) – this handy kit contains everything you need to bake and decorate 8 cupcakes. Inside the box is a pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 8 re-usable silicone cupcake cups and 1 recipe booklet, featuring step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious cupcakes. I’m looking forward to trying this set out with my son very soon! 🙂

The Swash London Floral Meadow Notebook (£12.50 at Amara) is another half price find in the Amara sale. This fun and colourful notebook has plain pages and a hardback cover, finished with a hot pink elasticated bank closure and a matching ribbon marker.

Clarins have also recently brought out some lovely products which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The Clarins Tender Moments Collection is a mini collection of products in cute, limited edition packaging.

The Skin Illusion Blush (£16.00 at House of Fraser) is a handy little product that’s perfect to give cheeks a pop of colour. I love the compact style of the packaging, and Clarins has also incorporated a mirror onto the lid which is a really nice touch. The formula contains active plant ingredients which offer added comfort and radiance on application, and I love that the product is super easy to apply with the integrated sponge.

And the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm (£16.00 at House of Fraser) – rather than just a bog standard lip balm, this nifty little product contains an ‘intelligent pigment’ which reacts with the lips’ pH to develop a personalised natural pink shade. The balm also promises to repair and nourish whilst the peachy fragrance smells good enough to eat.

For Mum’s that like a brew, the Silken Pyramids Selection Box Set (£22.00 at Newby Teas) is the perfect set for branching out into new tea flavours. This luxury selection box is filled with silken pyramids which have been individually wrapped for freshness. There are four beautifully-aromatic infusions to choose from, including:  Jasmine Princess, Strawberry & Mango, Hunan Green and Rooibos Orange.

For mums in need of a pamper (hands up!) the La Source Collection (from £6.00 at Crabtree & Evelyn) is definitely worth checking out.

The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Formulated with a blend of ingredients such as underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds the products in this collection allow you to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in spa-like rituals.

Of the above products so far I’ve tried the beautiful La Source EDT fragrance, and the Refreshing Body Mist. They both smell wonderfully light and refreshing, and I think any mums in need of some me-time would love to receive these this Mother’s Day.

I’m pretty sure I can’t plan a gift guide without including a candle! This Cat Candle (£45.00 from Lush Designs) is just so unusual and striking, I think cat lovers and candle fans would both love it. The candle itself is available in a either lavender or rosemary & watermelon scents, and it’s housed in a wonderful bone china container, decorated with cats and embellished with pure gold lustre.

For fans of skincare, the Foreo Luna 2 (£169.00 at Foreo) would make a fantastic gift. It is expensive, but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge when you consider how much use you’d get out of it.

The LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing, and it’s now available with four specialized brush types for a tailor-made skin care experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but please check out my previous review if you’d like to hear more about the Foreo Luna 2.

Another one of my favourite brands for gifting is Molton Brown, and their new Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Shower Gel & Lotion Gift Set (£45.00 at Molton Brown) really would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. This limited edition bath and body set blends notes of creamy vanilla over delicate floral scents of violet flower and orris, to create a stunning fragrance. The set is presented with a grosgrain bow and violet-hued metallic caps in an exquisite limited edition Mother’s Day gift box.

For a budget option, this Exquisite Choices Gift Set (£12.95 at Pretty Little Treats) is just so girly and pretty. The handcrafted set contains four pampering treats: a mini pot of hand cream, a lip balm, a bath treat, and a matchbox solid perfume bar. The products are all beautifully packaged, and presented in a luxury box which is perfect for gifting.

On to fragrance now, DKNY Be Tempted Eau So Blush (£50.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) is a wonderfully fresh and sparkling fragrance that’s perfect for Spring. Be Tempted Eau So Blush opens with an invigorating blend of Pink Grapefruit infused with juicy Blood Orange and succulent Red Currant, whetting the appetite with mouthwatering notes. With a playful allure, Pink Peony, sensual Jasmine and Cedar Wood at the heart lead to a base of rich Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Magnolia and Red Currant.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

I’ve also included Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit EDP (£70.00 at House of Fraser)- this floral woody oriental scent blends sophisticated floral tones with creamy woods to create a beautiful contrasting accord that is lushly vibrant yet luxuriously warm. More of an evening fragrance than the original Modern Muse, this scent is opulent, glamorous and sensual.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin and Bourgeon de Cassis.
  • Heart Notes: Chamomile, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine Sambac China and Heliotrope.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Clearwood, Tonka Beans, Madagascar Vanilla, Musks and Amber.

And I had to include this Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set (£49.30 at Escentual) – I’m a massive fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I think this Le Parfum gift set would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the scent, Le Parfum is a beautiful, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. It opens with a radiant Orange Blossom, leading to a heart of elegant Jasmine Absolute, combining with a pure, modern Patchouli. The base note unfolds into a Cedar Woody Accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the Honey Rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

The gift set includes: Le Parfum EDP 50ml, Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 50ml, and an Elie Saab Red Clutch Bag.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Clear Woods and Honey Rose.

And lastly, I also wanted to show you this stunning fragrance from Vince Camuto: Fiori (£55.00 at Debenhams). I just love Vince Camuto bottles, they’s so striking and would look just wonderful displayed on a dressing table. Fiori (meaning Flowers in Italian) is a fresh, light and  uplifting fragrance featuring top notes of luscious Pink Grapefruit and ripened White Nectarine, a heart of sheer Iris and dewy Freesia, leading to a base of rich Sandalwood and creamy Blonde Cedarwood.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit and white Nectarine
  • Heart Notes: Iris and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Blonde Cedarwood.

I’m sorry this ended up being such a ling post – well done if you made it this far! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day whatever you do, and I hope you enjoyed my gift guide xxx

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Beauty: Foreo LUNA 2 Sensitive Review #LUNA2byFOREO

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

When the original Foreo LUNA launched onto the beauty scene a few years ago, it was a fantastic innovation in skincare device technology, and I absolutely loved using it. In fact if you’d have asked me at the time I wouldn’t have been able to tell you how they could have improved it. Well now the LUNA 2 is here, and it proves that Foreo definitely know their stuff, as it really is better than ever.

The award winning LUNA 2 has been specifically developed to give a deeper and more effective cleanse, while remaining gentle on the skin. It offers 2x the power of the original LUNA, with a 50% bigger brush head for more efficient cleansing. It also has longer touch-points and a plush silicone body for greater comfort and performance.

There are also four different versions available to suit different skin types – Sensitive, Normal, Combination, and Oily – with each offering a strategic graduation of thinner to thicker touch-points to cleanse the skin depending on its needs.

I’ve been using the LUNA 2 for a few weeks now, and though this isn’t long enough to give a full on review, I thought I’d let you know my initial impressions, and how I’ve been getting on so far.

So you can probably guess I went with the sensitive option. This has thin, soft touch-points which feel flexible and rubbery to the touch. They are designed to minimize abrasion for the most sensitive skin yet still deliver deep cleansing that doesn’t compromise on gentleness.

The Sensitive LUNA 2 device comes in a lilac shade, it’s completely covered in ultra-hygenic soft silicone and it’s also completely waterproof, which is really handy so you can use it in the bath or shower if you wish. It offers 12 speeds, as well as 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute to remove 99.5% of dirt and oil, plus makeup residue and dead skin cells. It also has an anti-ageing surface on the opposite side, that directs lower-frequency pulsations to smoothen and firm the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

So firstly I have to say that it’s really easy to use – which is perfect if you’re like me and you don’t want to be faffing around with reading pages of instructions and attaching bits and pieces together. To clean the skin, you literally just move the device over your face for a minute, working in your cleanser, then if you wish to use the anti-ageing function, just flip it over and press onto the desired areas for another minute. It really is as easy as that.

After my very first use, my skin felt amazingly clean and fresh. I’m always nervous about using new devices and products as my skin can be quite sensitive at times and I can react to things. There was no problem with the LUNA 2 Sensitive though, and time after time my skin felt perfectly fresh and cleansed. Like I said I’ve only been using this for just under 2 weeks now, but I really feel I can tell the difference with my skin, it’s just looking a bit fresher and brighter than it did before.

It’s also worth mentioning that you can charge it via USB which is just SO handy. I’m pretty much always on my laptop at home so I can just plug it in as I’m working, and amazingly, you can get up to 450 uses with only 1 hours worth of charge – I wish my mobile phone could do that!

So would I recommend this device? Absolutely yes. Though it has a high price point, I love that it’s rechargeable and reusable, easy to use, easy to clean and hygienic, and you never need to replace any parts such as brush heads. The LUNA 2 could literally last you years if you look after it, making it a truly excellent investment for your skin.

The LUNA 2 is £169.00 and available now at Foreo.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post has been sponsored by Foreo, all thoughts and opinions are my own

Beauty For a Good Cause

Posted on November 15, 2015

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Hi Guys!

One of the many things I love about beauty – makeup especially, is the feel good factor. When it comes to the shopping experience, makeup will fit you, it won’t get stuck around your knees and refuse to pull up. Makeup won’t sag at the waist, or stretch too much across your bust. Makeup won’t ‘not go up to your size’ – you see what I’m getting at? And makeup doesn’t have to be expensive either; just popping in Superdrug for a £3 lipgloss can really cheer you up. Who says retail therapy is a load of rubbish hey?

On that note, I’ve gathered together a collection of products that are taking the feel good factor one step further. With these products your well spent cash will pick you up some fantastic products, as well as supporting some very worthwhile causes. Take a look, and happy shopping…

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1. Foreo LUNA Mini Special Edition – Save the Sea.

I have the original Foreo LUNA – but did you know they also have a special Save The Sea Limited Edition Mini Luna? This is basically a mini (and cheaper) version of the standard LUNA, which has been specially produced in a bid to help ‘Save the Sea’.

FOREO will donate net proceeds of this LUNA mini Special Edition to their newly established Board of Ocean Conservation charity partners, including GreenWave and SEA LIFE Trust to raise funds and awareness to preserve our seas.

I’m a big fan of Foreo’s LUNA, it’s a fantastic facial brush that channels T-Sonic pulsations through soft silicone for deep and gentle cleansing. The LUNA mini is suitable for all skin types, with thicker touch-points on the reverse side designed to deeply cleanse oilier skin, particularly on the T-zone. The thinner touch-points gently channel pulsations and are best used for sensitive or dry skin. The LUNA is perfect for removing dead skin cells and un-clogging pores – which it does fantastically well. It also enhances the absorption of skincare products and delivers visibly brighter, more radiant skin.

This is sold out in the UK now (as far as I can tell) but it’s still available from Sephora.

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2. Kiehls X Tinie Tempah Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream.

Skincare brand Kiehl’s have teamed up with the one and only MTV Staying Alive ambassador, Tinie Tempah to create this Ultra Facial Cream with a limited edition label.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation provides funding and training to youth-led HIV prevention projects around the world. Their work helps these projects and their young leaders to develop vital skills to build innovative, culturally relevant and sustainable organisations that lead the fight against HIV on the ground.

And any Kiehl’s fan will be aware of their iconic Ultra Facial Cream, it’s the perfect light-textured day cream, offering up to 24-hour moisture, leaving skin feeling comfortable and well-balanced.

Kiehl’s UK will be donating £2 for each purchase of this limited edition product to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. Help spread the word for this great cause by sharing the message on Twitter and Instagram – let’s stop HIV before it starts. #TINIExKIEHLS @kiehlsuk @tinietempah @mtvstayingalive

The Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream is available now from Kiehls.

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3. Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum.

In case you haven’t heard of Radical Skincare, their heritage stems from founders Liz and Rachels’ father and his pioneering work treating burn survivors. Now they are on a mission to continue his legacy with The Katie Piper Foundation. For each purchase of their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum or Skin Perfecting Screen, £2.50 will be donated to The Katie Piper Foundation – a charity offering help and support to burn survivors. You can read more about what they do here.

I have their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum – this is a serum for all skin types and ages, designed to fight 16 identified causes of ageing, reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and increase hydration.

This product shields against free radicals, whilst repairing past damage and preventing future damage. It includes 13 carefully selected and individually tested ingredients and 9 powerful antioxidants, and it’s also perfect for those with sensitive skin and those prone to breakouts.

I’m really looking froward to trying this product out, fingers crossed I’ll see some fantastic results!

Radical Skincare’s Skin Perfecting Screen and Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum are available now from Space NK and Fenwick Stores.

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4. Look Good Feel Better Makeup Brushes.

Look Good Feel Better is a cancer support charity specifically helping women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of their treatment.

They run free skincare and make-up workshops in over 77 hospitals and cancer support centres nationwide, and more than 150 Masterclasses are held each year – which enabled them to support 14,500 women and teenagers in 2014. Which really is amazing.

Their makeup brush range features 12 high quality professional brushes which have been developed with beauty industry experts. Apart from looking the part, these brushes really are top quality, and amazingly affordable. They have sleek black weighted handles, and each precision cut brush head has been hand-made using super softtalkon bristles, a special polyester derivative free of any protein component; making them allergy free, environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin, and an 8% – 12% donation will be made from the sale of each brush and set.

The Look Good Feel Better range of brushes are available now from Feel Unique.

I also wanted to mention at this point, that lovely blogger Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog is raising money for Crisis – a charity for single homeless people. She’s encouraging people to donate as little as £1 to go towards this fantastic cause, you can see her Just Giving page here. Kirsty is currently at 86% of her target at the time of writing this, so please spare a couple of £’s to help her reach her goal!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #7

Posted on May 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend? You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet for the last couple of days, we’ll I’ve had two days off – and by ‘off’ I mean pretty much no social media and no blogging. It’s been rather nice not being glued to the laptop actually, but now I have a zillion emails to catch up with and just as many blog posts to plan – that’ll teach me for having a break hey! We went to a friends wedding on Friday and stayed over, then had to come home in the morning for a quick freshen up and to drop Freddy off with his grandparents before zipping off to Radio One’s One Big Weekend yesterday. Both days were fantastic and I’m officially knackered and coming down with a nasty cold now, meh! Here are the things I’ve been loving this week –

Radio One’s Big Weekend – Of course! I’d been looking forward to this ever since it was first announced, and when I managed to get hold of a pair of Saturday tickets I was over the moon! Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic and missed the first couple of acts, one being Snoop Dogg who I’m told was amazing. I also heard on the grapevine that he was a complete diva with his demands at the hotel he was staying at in Norwich, how funny! Anyway the weather was perfect – warm but not too hot and I was so excited to finally see two of my favourite bands, Years and Years and Rudimental. We really had the best day and even though I wasn’t drinking I actually feel like I’m hung over today because I’m so tired and full of cold!

Victor & Rolf Bon Bon Fragrance – I bought this in a blog sale about a month or so ago and I’ve just got round to using it. Bon Bon has the sweetest prettiest scent, it’s very girly with top notes of mandarin, orange and peach, heart notes of caramel, jasmine and orange blossom, and base notes of cedarwood, guaiac wood, sandalwood and amber. It’s the perfect summer evening fragrance.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Hand & Nail Balm (£6.00) – Admittedly I’m not usually one for hand cream, as I don’t suffer with dry hands or have any other hand issues that might need cream, but I have found myself reaching for this Hand & Nail Balm this week just because it smells beautiful and makes my hands feel soft and supple and just nice! This balm contains shea butter, aloe vera and fig extract, to nourish and protect dry hands, whilst offering long lasting hydration and a mattifying finish on the skin.

Foreo Luna For All Skin Types (£149) – I’ve only just started using the Luna For All Skin Types so I won’t go into too much detail as I’ll be writing up a full review shortly. The Foreo Luna is a soft silicone brush that deeply cleanses skin whilst reducing signs of ageing, it uses T-Sonic technology to thoroughly cleanse by channelling sonic pulsations across the skin’s surface to unblock pores and remove impurities. It’s completely water proof, easy to clean, and rechargeable. So far I’m really impressed with this product but keep you eye out for my full review coming soon.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (£14.00) – I’m instantly attracted to any product that promises to make my complexion ‘glow’ be more ‘radiant’ or more ‘healthy’ – seriously if I see any of these buzz words on a product I’ll want to try it!! The Body Shop’s Instant Glow Enhancer is basically a tinted moisturiser in their Vitamin C group of products. It’s perfect for giving a hint of glow to the complexion – I have very fair skin and it just makes me look a bit healthier and more alive! It’s also a great multi tasker that can be used on it’s own for a natural look or under foundation as a primer.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been loving this week? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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