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Christmas: M&S Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on October 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve got another fantastic beauty advent calendar to share with you today – and I think this one is easily one of the best you’ll find this year, both in terms of contents and value for money…

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar really is bigger and better than ever – behind the 25 doors lies an edit of the most coveted beauty products. Be surprised as you unveil a mix of skincare, cosmetics and haircare from some of M&S’s most loved brands.

For 2017, the M&S Advent Calendar is shaped like a house, with 24 mini house shaped boxes inside, and the large triangle shape at the ‘roof’ makes door number 25. I think this design is fab!

The calendar is filled with beauty treats from some amazing brands, in total worth over £250. There’s a mix of high street and high end products, covering makeup, skincare, hair, fragrance and beauty accessories. Brands included are Shay & Blue luxury fragrance, Nails Inc, Stila, Pixi Beauty, Filorga, Alpha H and Emma Hardie, to name just a few.

Let’s take a look at everything that’s included. I’ve also included links to each product in case you want to check anything out in further detail –

And lastly, there’s also a super cute M&S Cosmetics Bag.

The Advent Calendar costs just £35 when you spend £35 across clothing and home at M&S. When you consider you’re getting over £250 worth of goodies here, I think this really is amazing value – this is definitely one to snap up!

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar will be available from 9th November at M&S.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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5 Tips To Get A Good Night’s Sleep #SleepTips

Posted on November 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re all well? I’ve been extremely busy lately with moving house. We’re now settling in though and I’m finally getting back into blogging.

Today I wanted to talk about something that we all do without giving much though to – sleep. Everyone has different sleep patterns, and everyone gets a different quality of sleep depending on their circumstances. Personally I’ve always been a good sleeper – I mean I can pretty much drop off anywhere. BUT I’m also a light sleeper, and the smallest noise will most definitely wake me up, so I often feel that I don’t get a quality night’s sleep even though I usually get around eight hours.

I’ve recently received a brand spanking new luxury mattress from Leesa, which I’ve been trying out since I’ve moved to our new house, so I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on with it, as well as offer a few other tips for helping you get the best nights sleep possible.

My first sleep tip would definitely be DO NOT underestimate the importance of a quality, comfortable mattress. For many years I used to have either second hand (and completely knackered) mattresses, or just literally the cheapest money could buy. And none of them did me any good – both in terms of the sleep I was getting, as well as being bad for my back. And I don’t even want to get into the issues of dirt and dust mites in old used mattresses – ew!

When I ordered my Leesa mattress, I was impressed with the ease of use and navigation on their site. Apart from making purchasing very straightforward, there was also plenty of information available about the company and the mattresses themselves, as well as a review section where you can read other customer’s reviews, which I found very helpful.

Leesa’s mattresses are built with three layers of premium materials, including a layer of contouring memory foam, for comfort and pressure relief, a top layer of cooling foam and a seamless, soft fabric cover.

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Interestingly, the mattress arrives rolled up in a box, and you simply place your rolled up mattress direct on your bed frame, unwrap and unfold and voila! Your new mattress is in place and ready to go. It’s also worth mentioning that Leesa gives you a 100 nights to try out the mattress – and if you’re not happy for any reason you can return it with no hassle. I think this is such a good idea, as Leesa is solely an online company so you’re essentially buying ‘blind’ – this really shows that they have confidence in their product.

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I’ve been using the Leesa mattress for a little while now, and I have to say I’ve been absolutely loving it! I usually have quite a soft mattress, and wasn’t sure if I’d get on with this as it’s most definitely firmer than what I’m used to, but it really is great. I feel like I’m comfortable and just generally sleeping more sound than I have done previously. You can check our Leesa’s range of luxury mattresses as well as snapping up a fantastic £50 off code here.

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Ok so back to my sleep tips – my next one is pretty obvious, but Quit the Caffeine! I drink tea like its going out of fashion and I’ve been trying to cut back on my intake in the evenings. A good alternative is nice herbal tea such as chamomile if you like a warm drink, or there’s always good old fashioned milk, or soy-milk if you’d prefer a cold drink.

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Tip number 3 is make sure you Take Time to Relax. Have a bath, read a book. Create a relaxing, soothing atmosphere to help your mind and body unwind.

Another thing worth mentioning is make sure your body is at the right temperature. It might sound a little odd, but if you’re slightly too warm, or too cool it can really affect your sleep. If you’re too cold it can take an age to warm up and get cosy, and I’ve found if you’re too hot, you can wake up with a headache and feel groggy for the rest of the day. So getting the temperature right really will help.

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And lastly, I’d also recommend investing in decent products to help you sleep – this can be anything from buying yourself quality, soft sheets for your bed, or thicker curtains to block out light, to using specific products to help you sleep. I love the This Works Pillow Spray – which now comes in a lovely gift set with their Breathe In roll on (this would make a fab Christmas gift!) The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray contains calming lavender, vetiver and wild camomile to help you drift off into a relaxing slumber.

I’ve also recently been using the M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream – which promises Skin looks like you’ve had 8 hours sleep (even when you haven’t). Now I know this isn’t going to help you sleep – but as I’m quite a restless sleeper, I’m up for any product that’s going to make me look like I’ve had 8 hours! I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I have to say, I think it actually works. I feel like my skin just looks a bit brighter and smoother, and feels more rested when I wake up the mornings now. It’s only £22.00 for a pot too, so definitely worth it in my books.

I hope you enjoyed my post and found these tips helpful – and don’t forget, you can get £50 off a luxury Leesa mattress here.

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Bargain Alert! The M&S Summer Beauty Box is coming very soon!

Posted on May 27, 2016

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Hi Guys!

To celebrate Her Majesty’s Official 90th Birthday in June, M&S will be launching their amazing Summer Beauty Box!

All you need to do is spend £40 at M&S on their Beauty, Clothing or Home products and you can purchase the M&S Summer Beauty Box for just £10. This box is filled with 14 deluxe sample and full size beauty treats worth over £120 – WHAT A COMPLETE BARGAIN!

There are some fantastic brands inside the box, including Rodial, REN, Nuxe, Stila and Nails inc to name but a few, and the products come in a range of generous sample sizes as well as a few full sized goodies too. There’s skincare, sun cream, hair products, nail polish, lip gloss and many more fantastic beauty products included…

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Here’s what’s inside the box –

  • Swell Ultimate Protect & Renew Serum, 30ml.
  • Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic, 50ml.
  • Philip Kingsley Citrus Sunshine Swimcap Cream, 50ml.
  • Pure Instant Radiance Hot Cloth Cleanser, 50ml.
  • REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot, 10ml.
  • Island Escape Eau de Toilette, 25ml.
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, 10ml.
  • Ultrasun Face SPF30 Sun Protection, 25ml.
  • PUR Correcting Primer Illuminate & Glow, 10ml.
  • M&S Sun Smart Sun Lotion SPF30, 50ml.
  • Leighton Denny Crystal Finish Quick Dry Top Coat, full size.
  • Stila Lip Glaze Raspberry, full size.
  • Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Chiltern Park, full size.
  • Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil, 30ml.

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I think this box really is an amazing bargain. For the sake of spending £40 at M&S – which can easily be done when picking up essentials, all these fab products can be yours for just £10 – perfect to treat yourself or a friend 🙂

The M&S Summer Beauty Box will be available from 9th-13th June at M&S Stores Nationwide and at M&S online.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Rosie for Autograph at M&S Makeup Collection

Posted on May 18, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Now you know how much I love rose gold – I know it’s such a blogger cliche but I really don’t care! So when the Rosie Huntington-Whitely for Autograph collection arrived at M&S, I was in some sort of crazy rose gold beauty heaven! The collection is SO beautiful, as well as being affordable, I couldn’t wait to try the products out and tell you all about them…

The exclusive Rosie for Autograph make up range has been developed in collaboration with Rosie Huntington Whiteley. Combining Rosie’s make up tips and secrets with high quality ingredients, this range is developed to deliver amazing results. Inspired by Rosie’s career as a model, actress and her love of vintage, at the heart of this exclusive beauty collection lies Rosie’s natural, glamorous look.

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The collection contains a massive range of colour products, including pretty much everything you can imagine – there’s a lovely selection of eyshadow palettes, products for highlighting and bronzing, some gorgeous looking lipsticks, and a lovely collection of fragrances.

It’s also worth mentioning that this range of products is ‘Made with integrity‘, with neither the products nor their ingredients having been tested on animals.

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Starting with the Eyeshadow Palette (£18.00) – there are four options available of this eyeshadow quad, all with neutral, easy to wear shades –  I have Copper Gold Rush, which includes a light muted lilac matte shade, a  mauve pink shimmer, a mid coffee brown cool toned shade, and a light creamy pink.

The formula of the shadows is fine and creamy, and they really do apply and blend like a dream!

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Next is the Cream Blush (£14.00) – this is described as a silky soft weightless cream blush, that blends and builds easily to an undetectable powder finish – and it does exactly that. It has a wonderfully creamy velvet texture, that applies like a cream but gives a powder finish on the skin. I have the shade Camisole Blush which is gorgeous muted peachy coral, perfect for summer.

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The Amazing Radiance Cream (£18.00) is a light weight, brightening cream created to add instant radiance to your complexion. Much like a strobe cream, or even a brightening moisturiser, the Amazing Radiance Cream gives a hint of glow and sheen to the skin, perfect for adding luminosity before applying your foundation. I should just point out this has a very light, easy to wear texture, and you can easily wear this on it’s own, or under foundation – this is a must have for a natural looking dewy glow.

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The Bronzer (£18.00) comes in two shades – Magic Contour, the lightest shade which I have above, and Bronzed Beauty which is slightly darker. Magic Contour is the perfect bronzer for very light to light skin tones – which can be notoriously difficult to find the right shade for. This product gives a really natural sun-kissed look to the skin, without making skin look muddy or orange. The formula is silky and soft, giving a slight soft-focus effect for a smoother looking complexion.

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And lastly the Cream Eyeshadow Stick (£12.50) again this comes in four neutral shades, I have Almond Eyes, a beautiful champagne beige shade with a metallic finish. It glides on the lid really easily with no tugging, and blends out to give either a sheer shimmery wash of colour, or you can easily build up the product for a more intense look. The finish is long-lasting and crease resistant.

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Overall it’s just a stunning collection, the packaging is gorgeous, as well as being fantastic quality, and the products are well worth their pricing. I can’t get enough of the Amazing Radiance Cream and Bronzer right now!

You can shop the Rosie for Autograph collection now at Marks & Spencer.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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