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Must Have Spring Beauty!

Posted on March 9, 2016


Hi Guys!

I know it’s a bit late, but Happy International Women’s day for yesterday!.. 🙂

As you can probably guess, this post was supposed to go live yesterday, but if you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I wasn’t having the best day – pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong! So between trying to get everything sorted out and work shifts and seeing to Fred, I didn’t get a chance to finish this post.

Anyway, onwards and upwards hey! I’ve been trying out some gorgeous new beauty products lately, and I’ve put together my recommendations for a few ‘must have’ products for Spring – enjoy!


So to start with, I had to include the L’Occitane Ultra Soft Balm (£4.00) – fans of the brand will know that every year, to mark International Women’s Day L’Occitane launches an exclusive product to support women in developing countries. They’ve actually been working with women of Burkina Faso for over 30 years now to produce the fantastic shea butter used in their products.

The Ultra Soft Balm is this year’s product. It’s a fab little multi-purpose moisturiser, containing 98.6% shea butter, it’s super nourishing and can be used pretty much anywhere on the body. It lt also has a lovely light rose scene and comes in a pretty tin which is the perfect size to keep in your bag for application on the go.

L’Occitane will be donating 100% of profits from this product to fund special local projects to support the women of Burkina Faso – so this is definitely a must have.


I don’t know about you, but now we’re moving into the spring, I’m all about glowing, healthy looking skin. And this No.7 Skin Illuminator in Nude (£12.50) is perfect for giving your complexion a lovely light sheen. If you’re not a fan of foundations or coloured bases, you can wear this on it’s own to give skin a healthy glow, or if you wear foundation, its also great as a primer. Personally I’ve been mixing it with my current base to give my skin a touch more luminosity.



Though I love the idea of natural, glowing skin, unfortunately my complexion is less than perfect right now, so I still like to conceal blemishes and my under eye dark circles. Lately I’ve been loving the Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50) – this concealer gives fantastic buildable coverage that doesn’t settle into fine lines. The formula is super lightweight and demi-matte to give a ‘second skin’ feel too, which I love. There’s nothing worse than cakey looking and feeling concealer!



Highlighters are also really popular right now – and I’ve literally just fallen in love with the Too Faced Candlelight Glow (£25.00) – it’s a gorgeous duo powder created specifically to warm and brighten the complexion. The formula is not glittery or sparkly in any way, this is pure ethereal glow in a compact and I can’t get enough of it! Both powders actually look pretty similar on my swatch above, but one is more of a pale gold, which is fantastic for adding warmth to the complexion, and the other is a light rose pink which is great for adding brightness and luminosity.



On to blusher now, and this No.7 Glistening Coral Blush Palette (£12.50) is just perfect to add a touch of sun kissed glow to paler complexions. The swatch above is a swirl around the pan mixing the gold and coral shades together – you can see the colour is very subtle, and has a touch of shimmer. This works really well applied a bit heavier on the apples of the cheeks, or lightly applied over the face almost like a bronzer to give skin a radiant glow.



On to lips now, and I’m very pleased to say I’ve been trying out one of the rather fabulous and highly anticipated Lancome Juicy Shakers (£18.00) – I mean, it’s a lip product that looks like a cocktail shaker, need I say any more?

Ok I will, so as a teen of the 90’s and coming of age around the 2000’s, Lancome’s Juicy Tubes were a must have for makeup enthusiasts – my friend actually bought me one for my 17th or 18th birthday and I was absolutely made up! Lancome have now launched their latest product in the Juicy range – the Juicy Shaker! This combines the juicy lip look from their original Juicy Tubes but in the style of the Shaker, one of Lancome’s early products from 1946 based on a cocktail shaker.

So basically this product has a biphasic formula, meaning it has two phases, which need to be shaken up and mixed before application. Juicy Shakers combine a special blend of oils with an infusion of pigments, that when shaken, gives a sheer vibrant lip colour that feels silky, smooth and comfortable on the lips with no stickiness. It’s also worth mentioning the interesting looking cushion applicator – it’s short and stubby, and velvety soft to touch. Kind of like a pointed velvet sponge which absorbs the product ready for application.

I love how this feels on my lips, it’s basically like a coloured lip oil – and there are also 14 shades available which each have different fragrances too. This is definitely a spring beauty must have!

Whilst on the subject of fresh and rosy lips, I also have the rather aptly named FRESH Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (£18.00) – this fantastic balm moisturises, protects and soothes lips, with added SPF 15 and an exclusive blend of moisture-preserving sugar, nourishing precious oils and antioxidant-rich polyphenols to leave lips feeling wonderfully soft and supple with a pretty rosy tint.



And lastly, at the other end of the spectrum to glossy, shiny and silky lips, we have matte liquid lipsticks – another trend which has shown no signs of slowing down. Everyone wants gorgeous pigmented matte lips that won’t budge – including me, so I’ve included two of my favourite brands here – LA Splash and Coloured Raine. Both brands are US based (sorry) but they do both offer fantastic liquid lipsticks in a massive range of colours, that are really quite reasonably priced. I definitely recommend checking both sites out if you’re looking for a liquid lipstick.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear which products you’d recommend for spring? xxx

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Six Beauty Brands I Want To Try in 2016

Posted on January 11, 2016

Hi Guys!

Happy New Year!

I’ve just started sorting out my massive beauty stash – one of my resolutions is to get on top of my hoarding problem! And this got me thinking about which brands I haven’t actually tried yet, but really want to. I noticed I’ve checked a few brands off last year’s post, including Kiko, Zoeva and Sunday Riley, and I do also have some Emma Hardie products I received free with a magazine subscription that I haven’t actually used yet, and I’ve literally just picked up a couple of Lorac palettes too, so I think I haven’t done too badly really!

I’ve now put together a little hit list of beauty brands that I want to get my mitts on this year –


Fresh – I’m so glad Fresh have now come to the UK! I’ve been eyeing their gorgeous sounding products on the Sephora site for quite a while now, but never quite got round to making an order. Their lip products sound to die for, including a beautiful array of Sugar Lip Treatments (shown above) my dry lips are desperate to try these out! I’ve also noticed fragrances and candles on their site too *adds to wish list*.


Bite Beauty – Bite just make lip products, from lipsticks to glosses and primers to scrubs, and I really want to try them! Another US based brand that you can’t seem to get in the UK – hence why I haven’t tried anything from their range yet. I’ll definitely be adding some Bite goodies to my next Sephora order.


Tatcha – Another brand that’s been on my radar for a while now, Tatcha are a Japanese brand available at Sephora US, but of course not Sephora France – where us here in the UK can avoid import fees. Anyway, I’ve heard quite a few mixed reviews about this brand, some people love them and some people seem to quite dislike them. This has really just fuelled my intrigue, and I’d definitely like to give some Tatcha products a go myself. Again this is not a cheap brand, but luckily some of the products come in mini sizes for $15 each I believe, so I’ll be adding these to my Sephora basket on my next order.

Laduree make up

Les Merveilleuses Laduree – Possibly the prettiest makeup on the planet, Laduree combines an overly girly style with almost antique looking features. Les Merveilleuses Laduree is very French, very ‘Royal’ looking – and also very expensive. One of the must-have items is the rose petal blush, which on its own is EUR 39, but then you’re going to want the pretty little matching pot to put them in (of course) and that’ll set you back another EUR 81. A few of their products seem to come in two parts like this, which is a shame really. I’ve mentioned Sephora quite a lot so far, and how infuriating is it that the above products are only available at Sephora US, and Laduree products aren’t actually available in the US, but they are in Sephora France, arrgh!


Diana Vreeland fragrances – You know those people that grab you and spray you with perfume in department stores? Well I was (gladly) accosted in Selfridges in the Summer, and left smelling wonderful. I know it was a DV fragrance, but I have no idea which one. I know I want to try more though, so next time I pop into Selfridges I’ll be checking these beautiful looking perfumes out.

tony moly pandas dream hand cream

And lastly, Tony Moly – SO much cuteness! Tony Moly products are just the epitome of eastern Kawaii / cute / kitsch beauty brands. Tony Moly produce a large range of beauty and skincare products, including the ever popular sheet masks, as well as lip balms in the shapes of fruits. And I have good news, you can pick up Tony Moly products from a variety of places in the UK, yay! So I’ll hopefully be trying some of these super cute products out very soon!

Have you got your eye on any new beauty brands? I’d love to hear if you have! xxx