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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

Ten Tips To Stop Your Makeup Melting This Summer!

Posted on August 14, 2014


1. Wear less makeup. Ok I know it sounds obvious, but If your usual foundation is heavy it’s probably a good idea to try avoiding it on particularly hot days, or at least try adding moisturiser to thin it down a bit. Alternatively exchange your foundation completely for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream to keep your skin feeling light.

2. Keep skin clean. In the summer when we sweat more, I can’t tell you how important it is to keep your skin clean. Seriously though, don’t even start applying makeup to uncleansed skin, apart from the fact that your makeup won’t stick very well, just think of the dirt and God knows what else that’s clogging up your pores! Eww! A little tip is if you’re prone to greasy skin, give your skin a quick once over with toner before applying your makeup to remove any extra oiliness and give you the best base for applying your makeup.

3. Use the right products for your skin. If you have oily skin, don’t just throw on any old skincare products, it’s especially important in the summer to use products that suit your skin to help prevent oiliness, such as the Dermalogica Oily Skin Kit which contains everything you need for your skincare routine. Liz Earle products come highly recommended too!

4. Don’t forget Primer. It’s important to use primer anyway to give your foundation a base and to make it appear more even, but if you suffer from summer ‘oil slick face’ make sure you choose your primer carefully. I’d recommend you go for a mattifying primer such as Illamasqua’s Matte Primer or one of my personal favourites, MAC’s Matte. These will provide an excellent base for your makeup to sick to.

5. Chillax. If you’re in a rush, hot and flustered when applying your makeup you’re asking for trouble. Makeup does not like very warm skin – hence why it tends to slide off when you get hot! So if you try applying it to hot skin to begin with you’ll find application very difficult and the products are likely to not want to ‘stick’. Take a moment to cool down before applying makeup. Maybe stick your head in the fridge? Or in front of a fan?? Ha ha! A good tip actually is to rub an ice cube over your face before doing your makeup, (dont forget to dry your face after) as well as cooling down your skin it will help close up pores. 🙂

6. Blotting paper – followed by pressed powder. Japanese inspired skincare brand Tatcha make some fabulous Blotting Papers which are perfect for when you’re on the go. They remove excess oil and sweat without disturbing your makeup. A definite must if you have oily skin! You can always followed with a pressed translucent powder to stay extra matte.

7. Use a fixing spray. If you think of fixing spray, most people wit think of Urban Decay’s cult classic All Nighter Setting Spray, which is a great product but it doesn’t come cheap. New kid on the block Makeup Revolution also have an uber affordable Fixing Spray on offer for just a fiver which comes highly recommended.

8. Ditch the Cream products. I’d recommend using powder based products rather than cream based products where you can. Creams tend to slide off the skin so much more easily in hot weather so avoid if you can! Another great option is tints, so maybe change out your cream blusher for a fab tint such as MeMeMe Coral Blossom Lip & Cheek Tint, this is a lovely light coral colour that will suit most skin tones.

9. Choose the right Foundation. Personally I love a dewy / satin finish foundation, but then my skin is on the dry side so this seems to work for me. On the other hand if you have oily skin a dewy finish can leave you looking sweaty and shiny, so In that case I’d definitely opt for a matte finish product, such as NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. I have a friend that swears by it. It’s sheer enough for a light matte coverage but also easily buildable.

10. Keep it waterproof. Opt for waterproof versions of everything you can get your hands on – mascara and eyeliners are the most obvious choices. My favourite mascara Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume also comes in a handy waterproof version which I’d highly recommend! Their Contour Clubbing Eyeliners are also my go-to eyeliner of choice too, they’re crease resistant and completely waterproof so there’s no fear of smudging or panda eyes!

That’s about all I can think of to keep your makeup put this summer, I’d love to hear if you have any other hints or tips? xxx