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Christmas: The Best Beauty Stocking fillers & Tree Ornaments

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

Welcome to the next instalment of my Christmas gift guides! Today is all about beauty stocking fillers and tree ornaments. I’ve included a variety of products covering makeup, skincare and body care, with a range of prices starting from only a couple of pounds – with nothing over £30.00. So there should be something to suit every beauty lovers’ taste and budget. Enjoy!

Starting with one of the more high end items in this guide, the Rahua Jet Setter Hair & Body Set (£29.00) is a fantastic luxury set containing a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Enriched with the label’s fortifying Amazonian Nut Oils, these four travel-friendly products will leave your hair and skin looking and feeling lustrous, strong and healthy, and they’re neatly packaged in a presentation box that’s perfect for gifting too.

And straight to the other end of the pricing spectrum, the Dirty Works Bath Bomb Set (£3.00) is perfect for those of us that are on a tight budget. This bargain set contains three large fragranced bath bombs – this is such a great bargain and a perfect stocking filler!

Dry and chapped lips can be a problem for many of us in the winter months (including myself) and one of the best as well as most affordable lip balms you can but is Carmex. This Carmex Keep Carm and Carry Bag (£12.00) would make a fantastic gift for anyone that suffers with their lips in the winter. This set contains an assortment of Carmex’s best selling lines, including a Carmex Classic Pot, Carmex Cherry Tube, Carmex Vanilla Stick, and Carmex Moisture Plus Pink.

Next we have the L’Occitane Shea Butter Festive Bauble (£10.00) – L’Occitane have SO many amazing gifts available this christmas, suitable for all budgets, and this sweet little bauble contains a selection of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter favourites, including a 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion, 25g Shea Butter Milk Soap, and 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream.

For the candle fans out there, the Flamingo Candles Bah Humbug Stag Christmas Candle (£12.00) would make a fantastic stocking filler. This statement candle is made with blue wax and a gold and pastel pink acrylic stag decoration, the fragrance is a refreshing mouth-watering peppermint with soft sweet candy notes, and it also burns for an impressive 50 hours.

Next we have the Molton Brown Festive Frankincense & Allspice Bauble (£10.00) – this beautifully packaged limited edition bauble contains a spicy hand wash blended with allspice, aromatic vetiver and opulent frankincense. Perfect a luxurious secret Santa treat, stocking filler or as a little treat for yourself 🙂

Another brand worth checking out is Patisserie De Bain (from £1.00) – this budget bath and body brand offer a large range of affordable treats that a perfect for gifting (as well as stocking up on yourself) They offer hand cream, shower creme, and bath melts in a variety of sweet scents. I have the Strawberry Cupcake hand cream which smells good enough to eat!

And the Kellogg’s Bubble Bath Cracker Set (£7.99) – includes four christmas crackers with generous 50ml bottles of bubble bath inside. Scents included are Christmas Cranberry, Amazing Almond, Super Strawberry, and Very Vanilla, all presented in a festive gift box.

I love when my favourite beauty brands come up with Christmas gifts, and this Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament (£10.00) is the perfect affordable gift for any Too Faced fan. Their Better Than Sex Mascara has gained cult status for being one of the best mascaras money can buy – and it’s only £10.00 to boot!

And the Christmas Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Set (£8.00) is a sweet and fun little set that includes four lip balms with different soft-drink flavours. There’s Sprite, Fanta, Vanilla Coca-Cola and classic Coca-Cola flavours included – enough to keep one in your bag, one in the car, one at home and one at work.

Next the Bourjois ASOS Exclusive Glamour Set (£16.00) – I love Bourjois products, so when ASOS bundle them up and give you a discount too, how could I resist? This set includes some of Bourjois’ best selling products – the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish in 03 Hot Pepper, Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara – everything you need for a glamorous Christmas look.

And what would Christmas gifting be without The Body Shop? The Body Shop’s Spiced Apple Collection (from £4.00) is just perfect for stocking fillers, Christmas goodie bags or secret santa gifts. I absolutely love the Spiced Apple scent, it has notes of crisp apple, warming cinnamon, orange and white flowers, and just embodies the scent of Christmas. The range includes a large selection of bath and body products such as Lip Balm, Shower Gel and Body Butter.

The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Bauble (£20.00) would also make a wonderfully luxurious treat for any beauty lover. This limited edition bauble contains a mini Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Eye Liner in shade Bedroom Black and a mini Legendary Mascara.

And lastly we have the This Works Sleep Tight Bauble (£13.00) – this nifty little bauble contains three This Works mini products to help you get a restful night’s sleep. The set includes Deep sleep pillow spray (5ml), Deep sleep stress less (5ml), and Sleep plus pillow spray (5ml). I’ve used these products myself and highly recommend them.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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TSNC Advent Giveaway: The Body Shop Bundle! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! My next advent giveaway is now up and running, and it’s brought to you today by The Body Shop!

Our story started in Brighton, England in 1976. There our founder Dame Anita Roddick began mixing her own products and infusing them with a new idea: that business could be a force for good. Following her vision, for 40 years we’ve been rule breaking, never faking and change making. Never afraid to stand out from the crowd and stand up for what’s right, we search the world for the finest ethically-sourced ingredients to create a range of naturally-inspired beauty products. Today our dedication to business as a force for good is stronger than ever. As part of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment, we’ve made it our mission to enrich our products, our people and our planet. That means working fairly with our farmers and suppliers and helping communities thrive through our Community Trade programme, being 100% vegetarian and always and forever being firmly against animal testing. Together we can do it, it’s in our hands.

And here’s what you could win –

The Shea Ultimate Collection (worth £35.00) – From one of our iconic bath and body ranges, this deluxe beauty gift set has everything you need to feel cleansed, exfoliated, moisturised and fragranced right down to your fingertips. Set includes –

  • Shea Shower Cream 150ml.
  • Shea Body Butter 200ml.
  • Shea Eau de Toilette 30ml.
  • Shea Body Whip 250ml.
  • Shea Hand Cream 30ml.

And The Finest Facial Mask Duo (worth £25.00) – Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for friends or something special for her, our Finest Facial Masks gift set is sure to impress. Your skin type often varies from cheeks to chin to T-zone, so mixing and matching your face masks works brilliantly. Set includes –

  • British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask 80ml.
  • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 80ml.

As usual, you can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to the UK only, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post – make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway! xxx

New In Beauty: Products Worth Checking Out!

Posted on September 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There have been so many fantastic beauty launches recently, I thought I’d put a post together to show you some of my favourites that are definitely worth checking out. There’s a mixture of high end as well as affordable products here, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Get your wish lists at the ready!

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Ok so let’s start with the L’Occitane La Flamme Candle (£8.00 at L’Occitane) – this just ticks all the boxes for me. You may know by now that I have a slight candle obsession, and this one smells lovely, with a delicate citrus scent, it’s also very affordable and on top of that 100% of the profits go to charity.

The limited edition La Flamme Candle has been developed in an exclusive partnership with Marie Claire in order to raise funds for the education of girls and young women in developing countries. 100% of the profits will be donated to selected charities supporting girls’ schools and education projects in Cambodia, Uganda, Sierre Leone and Burkina Faso – this is a must have!

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Next, a couple of new products from one of my favourite beauty brands, Clarins. I love Clarins lips products and their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (18.00) and Daily Energiser Lip Balm (£18.00, both at John Lewis) are just gorgeous every-day products.

The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors now come in three new shades – Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer – giving lips an instant plump, glossy shine which nourishes and prevents dehydration. And the Daily Energiser Lip Balm offers 8 hours of hydration whilst smoothing and plumping – it also subtly enhances the colour of your lips.

Another favourite brand of mine, Lancome have recently launched their Grandiose Liner (£23.00) and Extreme Mascara (£25.00) both at House of Fraser.

The Grandiôse Liner is a truly innovative product offering a bendable wand which you can angle pretty much however you like, to help you get right into the base of the lashes and create the perfect line. It also has an ultra fine tip for creating a super sharp cat-eye, and the product formula has a long-lasting, smudge-resistant matte finish. The Grandiôse Extrême Mascara also features a ‘Swan-Neck’ wand and high-precision brush which grabs lashes close to the roots to beautifully fan them out on application. Grandiose Extreme gives extreme volume and an ultra intense longwear look for up to 24 hours.

And the Pur Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (£28.00 at Beauty Bay) – I actually have a fantastic powder compact from Pur which I’ve been using for a long time, so I was excited to try out their latest foundation offering. The Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation utilises a unique Water Complex which combines water sourced from the Swiss Alps to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin with intense hydration. The formula is thin and watery, feeling lightweight on the skin and giving light to medium coverage. Those with dry or dehydrated skin who are looking for a lightweight base should definitely check this out.

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Colour correcting products are everywhere at the moment, and this Sleek Colour Corrector Palette (£7.99 at Boots) is a fantastic budget option. It contains six easy-to-blend colour correctors to minimise skin imperfections and counteract discolouration, leaving you with an even base for flawless foundation application.

And if you’re looking for some new lip balms on the cheap, this I Heart Makeup I Heart My Lips Set (£10.00 at Tam Beauty) could be right up your street. The set includes five pill shaped balms in an assortment of flavours for only £10.00 – so there’s one for your bag, your desk, your car… you get the idea!

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On the subject of lip balms, the ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment (£19.00 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re looking for something a little more intensive. This nourishing Lip Treatment is packed with active ingredients to instantly smooth and soften the lips, whilst adding a hint of gloss. My dry lips have been loving this lately!

While we’re talking about lips, if you’re looking to treat yourself, personally I think you can’t beat a lipstick. And if you’re feeling pretty flush, a Chantecaille Lipstick (£30.00 at Space NK) is definitely worth the money – this lipstick is smooth and comfortable, and the formula is enriched with vitamins A and C and emollient amino acids for a super luxurious feel on the lips.

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On to hair now – L’Oreal Professional have a couple of new styling products, in the form of French Froisse Texture Definition Cream, and Messy Cliche Texture Definition Spray (£11.95 each at HQ Hair). So basically the cream is for thick hair, and the spray is for fine hair, and they both pretty much do the same thing, giving you tousled, textured lengths with natural shine.

And not forgetting The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 wash scrub mask (£8.00 at The Body Shop) – this is a multi-use 3-in-1 product which can be used as a wash to remove excess oil, a scrub to exfoliate and unclog pores, or a mask to combat blemishes and tighten pores. I love multi-tasking products and I know this will definitely get a lot of use in my household.

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Soap and Glory are alway coming up with gorgeous new products, and their latest The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition (£8.00 at Soap & Glory) is a must have for S&G fans! This is basically a re-vamped edition of their famous Righteous Butter, with added pearlescent shimmer, mica powders and real diamond dust!

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Next we have the Erborian Liquid BB Creme Au Ginseng ($48.00 at Sephora) – I love a cushion foundation and Erborian’s Liquid BB Cream is a fantastic compact. It contains Ginseng, known in Korea for its smoothing properties and gives lightweight, sheer coverage to help even out skin tone, leaving the complexion feeling fresh and moisturised.

I also love the new W7 Shade & Swap (£4.95 at W7) – this handy little pot instantly cleans your makeup brushes so you can swap between colours quickly and easily. Just sweep your brush over the sponge a couple of times and Bob’s your uncle!

Kiehls is another favourite skincare brand of mine, and their MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream (£43.50 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re in need of a new moisturiser. This Limited edition Ultra Facial Cream continuously replenishes moisture throughout the day, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. And for each pot sold, Kiehl’s will give £10.00 to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation to support 3 projects around the world to empower young women.

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Well there we have it, I hope you found this post useful – please do let me know if you have any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts! xxx

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The Body Shop NEW Superfood Face Masks: #DareToMask

Posted on August 29, 2016

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Hi Guys!

After a bit of a break from the blog (which was well needed) and an awesome but hectic week in NYC with a fabulous bunch of bloggers, I’m now home, revived and refreshed, and ready to get back into the swing of things!

I’ll be sharing all my New York adventures very soon, but in the mean time I thought I’d let you know about some fantastic new masks from The Body Shop…

The Body Shop’s new superfood masks are 100% vegetarian (with some also being vegan) and they contain no parabens, silicone, mineral oils or paraffins. The collection offers five masks, each featuring a different superfood for different skin requirements. Whether your skin needs purifying, added hydration, or could do with a boost of energy, there’s a mask for you. Let’s take a look at the range –

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I’ll start with the two masks I’ve tried so far. So firstly the Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask – this 100% vegan face mask is perfect for skin that needs a fast recharge from signs of fatigue and stress – I pretty much dipped my face in this as soon as I got back from New York, and I’m really glad I did! This mask is infused with acai berry, guarana and babassu oil to lightly exfoliate and invigorate tired skin. It definitely did the job for my jet-lagged complexion.

I then went for the Ethopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask yesterday – now this mask really does smell good enough to eat! It contains a selection of natural ingredients such as honeymarula oil and olive oil to nourish and moisturise the skin, leaving your complexion soft, smooth and restored. This mask is both indulgent and comforting, and it’s definitely my favourite out of the two I’ve tried so far.

The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is a tingling charcoal clay mask that’s 100% vegan and infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. It promises to draw impurities out of the skin, absorb excess oil and refine the appearance of pores, revealing a healthy looking, youthful glow. I should mention that my sensitive skin often doesn’t like clay masks, but I’ll be trying this one later in the week and I’ll let you know how I get on.

Next the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask – this is a refreshing gel face mask that’s designed for skin that wants to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture. This mask is 100% vegan and infused with rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and aloe vera to reveal skin that’s replenished and visibly smooth, with a youthful dewy appearance.

And lastly the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask – this creamy exfoliating face mask is perfect if you need something a bit more intense to treat dull and uneven skin. It contains ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil to illuminate, and reveal brighter-looking, and more supple feeling skin.

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Though I’ve only tried two masks out of the five so far, I’m really impressed with them. They’re only £15.00 each too which really is fantastic value! The superfood mask collection is available now at The Body Shop.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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I’ve Won An Award!! (And Thank You!)

Posted on August 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Finally, I’ve got round to photographing my award! But just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I was nominated for not one but four amazing awards in the 30 Plus Blog Awards – and I’m still not over even being nominated if I’m honest! But let me tell the story from the beginning…

So when I found out I was nominated four four awards, I pretty much nearly fell over in shock. I’ve never been nominated for anything before so I was like 😀 😀 😀 for about three days straight. I then planned my trip to the awards ceremony in London, and when the day of the awards came I had a major panic as I realised I had nothing to wear – and when I say I panicked, I meant I was actually having really bad anxiety and considered not going because I was stressing out so much. In the end I knew there wasn’t actually a dress code for the ‘do’, so I decided I’d rather be comfortable and actually be there, so I threw on my trusty old denim shirt and hopped on the train to London…

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I arrived super early to the venue, and ended up being banished to a corner of the room so I wouldn’t accidentally see any of the awards while the room was being set up 😀

Then the evening started, and I was SO excited to see some of my favourite blogger friends who had also been nominated (you know who you are!) and it was great catching up with everyone. Then the awards started…

Well, talk about nerve wracking! I honestly didn’t think I’d actually win anything. The bloggers in each category were amazing and I couldn’t even believe I’d been nominated along with them. I mean I was in the same category as Caroline Hirons for God’s sake!

And then I couldn’t believe it, my name was called – I’d only gone and won the Highly Commended award for Photography! All I remember is thinking *don’t trip up, don’t trip up* as I was walking down the stairs and onto the stage!

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So yeah, I have an award, and I still can’t quite believe it. I’m not sure where to put it yet but I’ll definitely have it on display somewhere in the house. The whole evening was fabulous – the wine flowed just as well as the conversation, and I only just managed to catch my train home with a couple of minutes to spare – oops!

So I just wanted to say thank you so SO much to everyone that voted for me at the very beginning of the awards, as well as everyone that then nominated me and also just thank you for reading my blog in the first place. I never in a million years thought I’d end up winning an award. And of course congratulations to all the other amazing bloggers that won awards too – you guys are awesome!

And also a massive thank you to Hayley and Rebecca from the 30 Plus Collective for all their hard work, as well at The Body Shop who sponsored the awards. Roll on the 30 Plus Awards 2017! 😀

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

What’s New at The Body Shop?

Posted on June 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It seems like hardly a month goes by without a new collection being launched by The Body Shop – not that I’m complaining! Their latest products include wonderfully scented bath and body goodies to leave your skin smelling like a tropical summer holiday, as well as a matching fragrance and some fab makeup products too…

Years ago, upon returning from a trip to the French Polynesian islands, I brought back with me an incredible flower: the exotically iconic tiaré flower. I remember falling under a spell as soon as I smelled it – it was totally unique and rare. Since then I have wanted to create a facetted, sensuous but modern solar fragrance from this classic white flower. – Elise Benat, Perfumer.

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Starting with the Pinita Colada collection – the Body Butter (£14.00) and Shower Gel (£5.00) smell simply divine! The Body Butter is a rich yet lightweight cream, perfect for intensely hydrating normal to dry skin. And the soap-free formula of the Shower Gel promises to refresh and revitalise skin with a deliciously tropical scent.

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The Polynesian Island Tiare EDT (£18.00) is a beautiful summer scent, floral, warm and exotic, it’s perfect for both day to day wear as well as balmy summer evenings.

At the top, a sparkling dash of juicy orange enhances the warm solar accents of a bouquet of sun-loving flowers – exotic Polynesian Tiaré blossoms, frangipani blossom and ylang-ylang at heart, warmed with a sensuous blend of creamy coconut and addictive vanilla for a luscious island scent.

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The Body Shop has also recently launched some new makeup items – the Instaglow Bright Glow CC Cream (£14.00) is one of three new CC creams, suitable for fair, medium and dark complexions. Bright Glow for lighter skin tones offers SPF20 protection, whilst minimising the appearance of pores, reducing shine and illuminating the complexion. It works really well for a natural no-makeup look, or as an illuminating foundation primer.

And the Honey Bronze Drops of Sun (£12.00) – the easy way to fake that sun-kisssed glow we all love to have in the summer. You just blend one drop into a small amount of your daily moisturiser or foundation to keep your tanned look topped up, or even if you fancy a ‘one day’ holiday glow. Its matte-shimmer free finish makes your tan look natural, and it’s commitment free too as it washes off with your makeup.

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Though all these products are fantastic – as expected from The Body Shop. My favourite has to be the Polynesian Island Tiare Perfume. This scent is just gorgeous and yummy basically summer in a bottle – and not to mention a complete bargain at £18.00 for a 50ml bottle, or only £24.00 for a massive 100ml. You’d be a fool not to snap this up!

All products shown above are available now at The Body Shop.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted April 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on April 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s latest box has just arrived on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! I was excited to see a few new brands included this month –

  • MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Look Lively, worth £17.50
  • Gold Elements Nail Care Kit, worth £29.49
  • Miss Patisserie Bath Melt, worth £3.99
  • The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDT, worth £24.00
  • MDM Flow Lipstick in Panther, worth £18.00

Total value of box: £92.98.

Ok so on first glance, we have MAC in here, we have The Body Shop and a MDM Flow Lipstick – ooh! I can’t tell you how good it is to see some new brands this month!  So let’s start with MDM Flow… I remember first hearing about this brand a while ago from British Beauty Blogger (I think) and the brand was also mentioned in last months Cohorted leaflet.

MDM Flow is the brainchild of Florence Adepoju, a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science, fusing her love of beauty with hip hop and street style. The high shine gold casing is striking and unusual, and MDM flow’s lipsticks come in an interesting range of bold and unusual shades. Panther is included in this box, it’s a vivid Barbie pink and I think I love it! Be warned this shade is super intense though, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted!

On the subject of lips, the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil is a lovely addition too – I must admit I doubt I’d pick this up if I were shopping at MAC myself, just because £17.50 is quite expensive for a glossy balm in my opinion. I’m very glad to find it in the box though. Shade Look Lively gives a sheer, baby pink balmy tint to the lips.

There’s also a Gold Elements Nail Care Kit – another brand I hadn’t heard of. A quick Google tells me that Gold Elements is a premium skincare brand, offering face and body ranges, as well as products for nails and gift sets. The Gold Elements Nail Care Kit includes a large 120ml tube of hand cream, cuticle oil, a block style nail buffer and a nail file. Again probably not products I’d choose myself, but all are very handy and will definitely get used.

Next is The Body Shop White Musk Libertine EDT, this is actually my first ever fragrance from the Body Shop – it’s a light and sweet musk, with notes of rose, honey and almond. This is a really nice, every day scent that is perfect for fans of musk fragrances.

And lastly the super sweet Miss Patisserie Bath Melt, complete in a pretty presentation box. This really looks good enough to eat! I’m looking forward to popping this into my next bath!

After last month’s slightly disappointing box, I think Cohorted have done a really good job here. Though all the products included aren’t completely up my street, this is just my personal preference, and I think most will be happy with this box. It’s great to see a mix of different brands this month too – The Body Shop is a safe bet as you can’t really go too wrong with their products, and I love that Cohorted have teamed up with MDM Flow, bringing a brand new and emerging brand to its customer base.

I’d love to hear what you think of this box? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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