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Christmas: The Net-A-Porter Ultimate Beauty Kit

Posted on November 18, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I just happened to be browsing the Net-A-Porter site today and noticed this rather amazing set on sale. It’s not an advent calendar as such, in fact it’s much better as it contains 32 products rather than 24 or even 12.

The Ultimate Beauty Kit is described as an expertly curated set including 32 cult-favorite products covering makeup, skincare and hair, from top brands such as Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury, Burberry Beauty, Sunday Riley and many more.

The kit contains 16 travel size and 16 full size products – now I don’t know about you but I think that’s pretty amazing really. When you look at the price of other luxury advent calendars, and consider that the majority of the products included are travel size, they make this looks like an amazing deal. I’m currently waiting on confirmation of which products are full size, and the size of the travel sized ones too, so as soon as I find out I’ll update the info below.

Here’s a list of everything that’s included – I’ve also added links to the individual products in case you want to look at them in more detail:

Ok so I’ve now got all the prices and details of which are the full sized products, and I’ve worked out that you’ve got about £574.98 worth of beauty goodness here. I mean how amazing is that!!

If you missed out on a luxury advent calendar this year, I’d definitely recommend checking this set out. You can purchase the Ultimate Beauty Kit for £150 now at Net-a-Porter.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News & Gossip 10/07/16: Kat Von D, Colourpop, Anastasia & More!

Posted on July 10, 2016

Hi Guys!

Things have actually been a bit quiet in the beauty world this last week, well in comparison to previous weeks anyway! I’ve rounded up some of the beauty news and gossip for you that’s caught my eye…

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You’ve probably heard by now, but AT LAST – Kat Von D has announced her makeup line will be stocked in Debenhams from October! I mean how long have we been waiting for this?

She’s also just brought out some brand new products – Lock-It Concealer Cream and Setting Powder, new face brushes, and the Seprentina Eyeshadow Palette, which all look amazing!

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And on that note, favourite US budget beauty brand Colourpop will also be shipping internationally from July 12th – woo hoo!! I have no idea how much shipping will be to the UK, but I know I’ll be there on the 12th to check it out.

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Jeffree Star (yep again, sorry) has just announced some fab new limited edition lip shades for summer, there are five new shades coming up with limited edition packaging in yellow and hot pink, they also have a juicy watermelon scent (except 714). The new shades will be available individually or as a set of 5 from July 21st –

  • Watermelon Soda – a bright watermelon coral.
  • Nude Beach – a light nude peach.
  • Virginity – a light nude lilac.
  • Queen Bee – a bright intense yellow.
  • 714 – an almost neon, light coral pink. (re-release)

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Anastasia is also bringing out two gorgeous new Glow Kits – Moonchild is a cool toned kit including six icy highlighter shades, and Sweets is full of warm pastel shades…

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And of course it’s Christmas in July right now, unfortunately I haven’t been able to make it to any events, but I’ve been stalking all my favourite bloggers’ social pages to see what Christmassy goodies they’ve been tweeting, Instagramming and Snapping. Caroline Hirons shared this rather gorgeous looking palette from Hourglass. This is the limited edition Surreal Light Palette, containing all new shades of Ambient Lighting Powders, which will be available for Christmas 2016 –

  • Surreal Light – largest pan.
  • Surreal Glow – top middle pan.
  • Surreal Effect – top right pan.
  • Surreal Bronze – bottom middle pan.
  • Surreal Strobe Light – bottom right pan.

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Oh and lastly, I should probably mention that I’ve been nominated for four awards in the We Are 30 Plus Blogger Awards! That counts as news, doesn’t it? Ok it’s a bit of a shameless plug I know! But please do give me a vote if you enjoy reading my blog, it’ll take less than 30 seconds of your time and would mean the world to me 🙂 You can vote here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Cohorted May 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on May 17, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Time seems to be flying at the moment – surely it hasn’t been a month since Cohorted’s last box landed on my doorstep?? Well it has! May’s box has just landed, so let’s take a look inside…

  • theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette, worth £37.50.
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in shade Canvas, worth £23.00.
  • HJ Manicure Nail Polish in shade Lavender, worth £9.50.
  • Jimmy Choo EDP 4.5ml, worth £10.00.

Total value of box: £80.00

Ok so on first glance, this box isn’t quite as exciting as last month’s in my opinion, just because there’s only three products in here plus a luxury sample, whereas last month there were five full sized products, with one also being a kit. So this box does seem a bit sparse in comparison.

theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette has to be the stand out product though, doesn’t it? This palette is basically an all-in-one travel palette, including pretty much everything you could need when on the go. The palette includes nine eyeshdows in neutral, easy to wear shades, ranging from light to dark so you’d be able to get quite a few looks out of these. There’s also a highlighter, a bronzer, two blush shades and two multi-purpose lip and cheek shades. This is a lovely little set and would definitely come in handy if you like to travel light.

Next is the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in Canvas. Now this has to be the least glossy lip gloss I’ve ever used! Not that I’m complaining – but this is way closer to a liquid lipstick than a gloss. This product gives no shine, and sets to a matte finish on the lips. I really like it! But it’s not a gloss by any means. The shade Canvas is really nice too – it’s a mid tone pink which will suit most complexions.

The HJ Manicure Nail Polish in Lavender feels like a bit of a filler product to me, if you know what I mean – it’s nice enough but I’m not really excited by it. It is a good sized bottle of polish though, with 14.8ml of product – which will probably last you forever. The shade I have is Lavender which is a mid toned purple, with a cream finish.

And lastly the Jimmy Choo EDP, this is a lovely everyday fragrance, in a deluxe size 4.5ml sample bottle. This is handy to keep in your bag so you don’t need to carry around a large bottle of perfume with you – my only niggle here though is I do feel this has been over-valued at £10. You can currently pick up a 60ml bottle of this fragrance for under £27.00.

Though I do feel slightly underwhelmed with this box, it’s by no means terrible at all. I’m looking forward to trying out theBalm palette especially!

Do you have this box? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

My Top Beauty Products of 2014

Posted on December 30, 2014

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Hi Guys!

It’s time again for the yearly round of up all things beauty! So I’ve pulled together all the stand out items from 2014 and put them in one handy post for you. There were actually SO many great products this year, it was really hard to keep the list down to a sensible number, I managed to cut it down to a fairly reasonable 14 items though, and I’ve included a quick paragraph about each product and links to my individual reviews if you want to read into them further. Enjoy!

1. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in The Dolce Vita. This was my first Charlotte Tilbury eye product and it’s just the most beautiful palette I’ve ever seen. The shades are stunning both in colour and texture, and they apply like a dream! I now have the Supermodel set too which I’ll be reviewing shortly so keep your eyes peeled for that!

2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. This palette contains the softest, most finely milled pressed powders I think I’ve ever come across. I use this palette to highlight and give an all over glow which really makes the skin look lit from within. This was an expensive product but in my opinion it’s definitely worth every penny.

3. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I’d been itching to get my hand on this for a while, and when I finally did, I wasn’t disappointed. The Chocolate Bar palette contains enough shadows to create a multitude of looks, from day to night, and everything in between. Again it’s not cheap, but I’d highly recommend it.

4. Super Facialist Tea Flower Purifying Cleansing Wash. This unassuming budget cleanser has actually been my go-to cleansing product for quite a while. I’m now on my second one and I love how it gives my skin a lovely matte finish, without drying at all, and it also noticeably reduced pores!

5. Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. Along with their Moisture Booster Serum, Hydraluron products have literally saved my skin this year. I apply this regularly to my face, which just drinks it up leaving my skin feeling fresh and hydrated all day.

6. YSL Fusion Ink Foundation. I feel that this foundation really was a breakthrough product in 2014, it has such an unusual ink-like consistency that really is a joy to apply and wear. I can’t wait to see what else YSL has up their sleeves for 2015!

7. YSL Black Opium EDP. Black Opium has to be one of my favourite fragrances from 2014. As soon as I read reviews on it I knew I had to try it, and I’m so glad I did. This is now one of my go-to fragrances that I wear on a regular basis.

8. Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Liqueur. Sleek are a fantastic budget brand, and this lipstick has not left my makeup bag since I received it (actually it’s my second one) It’s the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade. It’s creamy and doesn’t dry at all, and it’s under a fiver too!

9. NARS Audacious Lipsticks. I’m in love with the Audacious formula. I now have four lipsticks from this collection and I love them all. The colour payoff is amazing, and they’re lovely to wear too. They’re pretty expensive at £24 each but more than worth it in my book.

10. Glo & Ray Shimmer Shimmer Lipsticks. Glo & Ray have really made a big impact on me since I discovered the brand earlier this year. If you’re a regular reader you’ll probably have noticed I always rave about their products! Their Shimmer Shimmer lipsticks really are fantastic value for money – they have amazing quality whilst being cheaper than MAC, so these are definitely a winner for me!

11. Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Kit. I’ve had the Anastasia Contour Kit for a while but haven’t actually got around to reviewing it yet. It’s not cheap but it really is a fantastically handy palette – including six shades it has everything you need to contour your face to Kardashian perfection.

12. Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara. I’m a big fan of Bourjois products and as soon as I tried their 1 Seconde mascara it became my go-to mascara of choice. I have super short lashes and this product really does thicken and lengthen better than any mascara I’ve tried yet.

13. Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. You knew the Melted Lipsticks had to be in here! They are SO amazing. I now own three full sized, and the mini set of four. I’ve just seen that Too faced have released some new shades too, so as soon as they’re available at Sephora I’m going to snap them up!

14. Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliners. I’m the bigghest eyeliner fan ever, and whichever brand I try, I always find myself going back to Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeiners. They’re affordable, I can buy them in the small town where I live, and they come in a massive rage of colours – amazing!

I’d love to hear which products you loved in 2014?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child

Posted on March 28, 2014

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Hi Guys!

After purchasing my Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo, I couldn’t wait to try something else out from their range. If you haven’t heard of Hourglass, they are a fabulous luxury cosmetics company founded in 2004 and can be purchased from Space NK. Hourglass products definitely sit at the high end of the cosmetics spectrum – the brand is acclaimed for its breakthrough formulations, technological innovations and unwavering commitment to reinvention with top quality ingredients (don’t ya know!). I’m such a sucker for high end products in pretty packaging!! 🙂

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So off I went and ordered the Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child. The colour ‘Child’ is a gorgeous sheer warm golden shimmer.

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Now this is going to sound silly, but unless you’ve ever held an Hourglass Lipgloss you probably won’t understand (either that or I’m just plain crazy!) The gloss tube is really nice to hold and use, I’d actually go as far as saying it’s ergonomic! It’s kind of a partly flattened cylinder shape. It’s just really nice to hold! Sorry if that sounds a bit weird!! 🙂

Anyway, more about the gloss!

Pure pigment, pure shine, pure luxury—this intensely-hued, super lustrous lip gloss is formulated with active ingredients that hydrate and restore lips for an immediately soft and smooth effect.

• Richly pigmented, high-shine lip gloss also hydrates lips

• Vitamin E-enhanced formula keeps lips from cracking or chapping

• Wears alone or layers over lipstick and liner to impart opulent shine

• Free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates 

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This is definitely one of the best lip glosses I’ve used in a long time. From opening the box, the product looks and feels luxurious. The gloss itself is the perfect formula, it’s not sticky and glides on the lips smoothly. The gorgeous golden shimmer sparkles and catches the light, it’s definitely going to be a staple in my makeup bag this summer!

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses are currently £21 at Space NK, which is fairly expensive, but we all need a treat sometimes, right? 😉

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

Boots & Space NK Beauty Hauls!!

Posted on January 20, 2014

Hi Guys!

Last week I may have been tempted by some new Smashbox products at Boots, and a big sale at Space NK…

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I ordered the new Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and Try It kit – I’ve never tried Samshbox products before but I’ve heard so many good things about them I’m really excited to get stuck in with these! While I was on the Boots site I also ordered the Models Own Aqua Splash Nail Polish which I’ve had my eye on for a while, and a couple of Bourjois Clubbing Eyeliners. I have the Bleu Neon Clubbing Eyeliner which I love, so I thought I’d try the black and green versions.

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Then, I kind of accidentally fell onto the Space NK site, they had an up to 75% off sale on so, it would have been rude not to surely? (I think the sale is still on… not that I’m encouraging you…)

I’ve decided I want to try out some candles, I’ve never been a candle person but I saw the Beautannia Candle Set which I thought looked lovely, and the Life NK Drift Away Collection so I thought I’d give them a go as they were such good bargains. I also spotted a nice little Kevyn Aucoin Palette in the sale, and thought I’d get an Hourlass Femme Nude Lip Stylo while I was on the site as I’d wanted to try one for a while.

So now I have lots of goodies to play with and review! I’ll be posting reviews of everything in the next couple of weeks.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? xxx