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My Winter Favourites!

Over the colder months I have been adding to my beauty collection and loving quite a few lifestyle items too so I thought I would share them in this Winter Favourites post.
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Fearne Cotton – Happy

Fearne Cotton has written a few books in the last few years, one of which was a book called Happy. She draws on her own experiences with happiness and gives her own tips and hints to what helped her on her journey. It’s a great read and after the success of the book, she went on to write a journal where she gives daily tips and hints. There are exercises to complete, things to think about and music to listen to. It goes through the whole of the year, I’ve been loving reading this and I’m looking forward to popping this into my daily routine.
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Rosie by Autograph – Amazing Radiance Cream

The first make up product I have to share with you is the Rosie by Autograph – Amazing Radiance Cream, part of the collaboration with Rosie Huntington Whitely. I love this stuff because of it’s subtle yet gorgeous radiance it gives you. You can wear it both under foundation and on it’s own, either way it gives you a healthy glow. It was also a finalist in the 2017 CEW Beauty Awards and I can see why, now I’ve used it.
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Mac – Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Havana

The Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in the colour Havana from Mac is a really pretty deep copper brown. It’s not a colour I had seen before I had bought it but I’ve been wearing this quite a lot over the past few months.  A light dusting over the full lid in the day time or a darker dusting just in the crease in the evening. It has some really lovely pigmentation and shimmer which is even deeper with a little fix spray.
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IT Cosmetics – ByeBy Under Eye Concealer

It Cosmetics is a brand that  keep hearing a lot about so when I needed a concealer recently I thought that I could try out the Bye Bye Under Eyes Concealer and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s high coverage so it really does cover a multitude of sins although it does come in only six colours. It’s also infused with peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and more.
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L’Occitane – Precious Light Cream

L’Occitane is a company that I’ve always loved so when I had the Precious Light cream was sent to me recently I knew that would love it straight away. It’s a light moisturiser that can be used daily. It really smooths and firms the skin. It also absorbs quickly and contains SPF20 which it perfect all year around to protect from harmful UV rays.
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Becca – Luminous Blush in Chameleon

The last product that I’ve been loving this winter is this Becca Luminous blush in the beautiful colour Chameleon. It’s a purple/pink colour goes really well with a Winter or Summer styled make up. It’s subtle but creates a gorgeous flush on the cheeks and I love using it.
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Do let me know if you love any of these products as much as me in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Happy Shopping!

Beauty

Crabtree & Evelyn Sale Picks!

The start of the new year brings sales and there are some great bargains to be had. One of my favourite companies and one that I’ve heard a lot about from my family over the years is Crabtree & Evelyn. I’ve been   lucky enough collaborate with Crabtree & Evelyn before and I thought that I would choose a few of my favourite products that you should buy in the January sales.
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First up is this White Cardamom body scrub. The whole collection which features a body cream, room spray, diffuser, hand cream, candle and more smell heavenly. The scent is a sweet and delicate mix of iced vanilla, mid winter mimosa and mulled spice cardamom. The body scrub has a wintery blend of sugars and rich oils that gently scrub and polish your skin leaving it looking silky smooth and beautifully prepped ready for the Spring/Summer season to come. It’s a fab product that needs to be sampled to be believed.
IMG_1702I love a great scent especially a perfume or a candle but when I was sent this gorgeous room fragrance from the Noel collection I loved it straight away. It’s festive and wintery with a combination of citrus fruits and mulled spices.  The Noel Collection includes a diffuser and candles as well as the room spray. As it’s a seasonal limited edition, you’ll want to snap any of this collection up before it’s gone.
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The La Source Collection is one that I’ve featured on the site before. It’s part of Crabtree & Evelyn main line and it’s a firm favourite for me. They have a few festive sets that feature this gorgeous ultra moisturising hand cream which is a winter essentual so go seek it out before it goes out of stock.
IMG_1704Crabtree and Evelyn have some amazing products and I’m really looking forward to trying out more in the future.
Let me know if you’ve been liking any of these products featured in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Happy shopping!
 

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Clarins Autumn 2017 Graphik Ink Collection: A Review

Clarins is a company that keep up with trend but that don’t scrimp on style and substance and they still manage to keep their products affordable. A new release from Clarins makes me excited for what’s to come and to try their new products so when this new Graphic Collection for Autumn/Winter dropped through my door I had to sit and try everything out straight away. Here are just a few of the products from the collection that I’ve been loving.
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4-Colour Eye Shadow Palette in Forest
The eye shadow palette is beautiful with the reflective outer packaging. It’s full of different shades of greens which work well for both green eyes and brown. The pigmentation is really great too, especially if you build the colour up with a flat packing brush. I especially love the deep colour on the end. With a black graphik eyeliner lining the eye, it looks amazing.
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Iridescent Shadow in Midnight Blue 
The most stand out colour in this collection for me and the product I was most excited to try out is the Ombre Matte eyeshadow in Midnight blue. The packing on this individual eye shadow is gorgeous with the rose gold lid and the heavy glass container. The pay off on the actual product is great, I love smudging it out on the lower lash line for a sophisticated look. You can also pack this colour on the lid for a more intense look. So amazing especially on blue eyes and it’s one that I’ll keep on going back to again and again.
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Graphik Ink Eye Liner 
I’ve really enjoyed using the Graphic Ink eye liner pen from this collection. Eye liners can be really difficult to use but the pens are some what easier. One of my favourites is the soap and glory pen and this reminds me of that but it’s a little harder and easer to use. There is a little bit of movement to it and this makes it easy to use, to get a good thin line and to build it up if needed. The colour looks intense and dries down quickly. It’s also really long wearing but even better than that is that it’s easy to remove too.
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Lip Definer in Roseberry
Last but by no means least is the lip liner. I’ve been wearing this in Roseberry lip definer but this comes in 4 other colours, nude fair, nude beige, nude mocha and red. It’s infused with jojoba oil which makes it easy to go on but it can bleed a little. I do find that layering this product after blotting helps with this though. I do mostly love this colour on it’s own with a little lip balm over the top.
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Overall the collection is really pretty and I’ve really loved wearing it. Have you been loving the Graphik Collection from Clarins and if so what products have you been wearing? Let me know over on Twitter or in the comments below.
Happy Shopping!
 
 

Beauty Fashion

Wednesday Wishlist!

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Wishlist Wednesday is a little late this week but I have so many lovely things to show you, lets get straight into it.
1. Mac liptensity lipstick – Mulling Spices
First up is this fab Liptensity Lipsticks from Mac. It’s a beautiful deep red from the new range that came out at the end of last year. Mulling Spices is great for this time of the year. The lips itself has a fab colour pay off but melts to the lips like a lip balm so it will keep your lips nourished in this colder weather.
2. New Look – Navy Cable Knit Cardigain
I really love a good cardigan to layer over t-shirts and short sleeves dresses. It’s a great way to give some longevity to your Autumn wardrobe. This thick Cable knit from New Look is perfect and will look amazing with a multitude of outfits. It also comes in a number of different colours too.
3. Hush – Short Parka
I’m loving this gorgeous little black Parka from Hush. I seriously want everything from this shop. It’s an expensive one but the quality is amazing and you know it will last. This jacket looks seriously warm with the faux fur lining the full jacket which is just what you need in this weather. It will go with everything and the style is up to date and so in season right now too.
4. Missoma – Starlight half star studs
I’m in love with these Starlight half star studs from Missoma Jewellery from this company at the moment is well sort after and I can see why.  These earrings are such a statement but one that you could get away with wearing every day. You are sure to get everyone talking about them!
5. Silk Fred – Black Faux Suede Over the Knee Boots
Over the knee boots are a trend that comes back every year. I never thought I would ever suit something like this but personal styles changes and allows for new things all the time. Over the knee boots can be tacky but I’ve found that the heel shape is key to this and these boots from Silkfred are lovely and actually a really great dupe for the Weitzman boots too.
6. Hush – Sintra Shirt
Like I said earlier I really do love everything from Hush so my second choice for this wish list is this ultra cool mini lightning bolt print Sintra shirt. It’s great quality so it’s going to look great for a long time both tucked in or left untucked, and also is great for layering too. It’s that investment piece you can rely on. I’m also a huge Bowie fan so it has a double meaning for his fans too.
Are you loving the products in this wish list? Do you have any of these products or do you have your eye on one or two of them ? Let me know in the comments below or over on my Twitter.
Happy Shopping!

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

September Favourites 2017

The weather is starting to get colder and I’ve been loving plenty of transitional pieces in September so I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you this month.
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First up is a fashion favourite, a gorgeous pair of pearlescent Superga trainers. I was given these by my lovely husband for our wedding anniversary in September and I’ve been wearing them every since. They go with everything and look so stylish and I mustn’t for get to tell you how comfy these trainers are. They needed no wearing in and I’ve walked so far in them already. I’m thinking of going back to get the black leather ones with the white sole soon too. I think they’ve started an obsession.
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Next up is a book, I Heart Forever by Lindsay Kelk. I’m a big fan of all of her books especially the I Heart Series that follows Angela and her friends so when the most recent instalment was released in September I hot footed it down to my nearest shop to get it. I do love delving into the world of books especially when it’s cold, wet and windy and I read this within just a few days. It’s a great read and it has a real cliff hanger at the end of the book too so go and have a read.
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Next up is a mascara that I was ultra keen to try out. It’s the Paradise Extatic mascara by L’oreal. It has beautiful matte and shiny rose old packaging which looks expensive. I love the brush size and shape as it gets to all of those hard to reach eye lashes but still maintaining the ease of use. The formulation of the mascara is great too and it gives amazing length while combing through and separating the lashes.
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The Pixi 24K Eye Elixir is a recent purchase and it’s one that I loved straight away.  It’s a great multi tasking product as it has plenty of anti- aging properties that will help with freshening the eyes and the roller ball itself that you can also pop in the fridge for a ice cold treat for the eyes. I feel so awake after using it and it’s ultra delicate too.
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Bobbi Brown have recently brought out the Crushed Lip Colours and I’m loving using these fab colours in the past month. The one that I went for the most is the colour Bare – it’s a lovely darker nude that really looks great at this time of year. The product itself feels like a lip balm but has a deep colour pay off and they aren’t drying either. Perfect!
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Last up is this Candle from Tiptree at Wilkin and Sons. This company is really close to where I live and they’re normally known for their yummy marmalades and jams but they’ve also branched out into making other products too. We’ve tried the diffuser in the Lemon Curd Scent and it was amazing – it smells just like freshly baked lemon meringue pie. The smell makes my mouth water every time I get a whiff so I thought I should pick up the candle too. They’re organically made and naturally sourced which is a bonus. They also have tiny versions of these so that you can sample a few so if you spot them anywhere do go and have a sniff.
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Let me know if you have been loving any of these products a much as me or if you’re off to order some of them after reading my favourites.
Happy Shopping!
 

Beauty Fashion

Wednesday Autumn Wishlist!

Wednesday Autumn Wishlist

Wednesday Autumnal Wishlist!

Autumn is that transitional time of year when the lighter layers and the boots come out and it’s one of my favourite times of year. I mean who doesn’t love Halloween and Fireworks night. I thought I would gather together a few of my favourite bits in the shops right now to show you.

Chanel – City Lights Palette

First up is this beautiful Limited Edition Chanel City Lights Palette . Four pretty Autumnal colours, there’s a natural pink to illuminate, an auburn toned brown, a grey toned brown both to blend over the eye and a deep brown to add depth. They’re all different textures matte, satin, iridescent and metallic. They make for a really gorgeous look and it’s one that everyone should go and test out.

Mint Velvet – Rose Gold Metallic Ombre Knit

I must really be really loving this metallic trend because this is the second item in this Wishlist. This Rose Gold Metallic Ombre Knit from Mint Velvet is a really pretty colour with a fab warm knit. I’m loving the ribbed effect as the style really reminds me of a Victoria Beckham jumper that has been all over Instagram. It’s also in the sale so I might just rush out and buy it now.

H and M – Monkey Patterned Skirt

I love my basics but occasionally I love a beautiful item to change up my wardrobe a little and this gorgeous monkey patterned skirt from H and M is that item. It’s super neutral and would be fab with a neutral jumper and heels or boots. I love it!

New Look – Black Floral Print Pocket Front Midi Shirt Dress

At this time of year I love wearing tea dresses and shirt dresses with a little warm jacket or a jumper. This gorgeous black floral print pocket front midi shirt dress from New Look is a perfect dress to do that with. It would be so pretty with a high sock boot, which is so on trend right now.

Office – Logan Point Chelsea Boots

Lastly I’ve chosen these Logan Point Chelsea Boots from Office . I live in a heeled chelsea boot in the Autumn. They’re so flattering on the legs, and they really do go with everything. You could wear these with a dress and tights or with a pair of jeans and the wide heel is also great if it gets a little frosty too. This particular pair are also currently in the sale. Bargain!
What items have you been picking up now the weather has got a little colder, and will you be picking up any of these items? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter.
Happy Shopping!
 
 

Beauty

Crabtree & Evelyn – La Source Collection

Crabtree and Evelyn are well known for their hand creams and body lotions so when I had the chance to try their new La Source collection recently I jumped at the chance. With ingredients such as underwater algae, seaweed and mineral salts the collection rejuvenates, conditions and invigorates the skin. The scent of the products are subtle but fresh and using them makes me feel like I’ve just stepped into a luxe Spa.
IMG_0090There are now around 30 products in this range and I’ve sampled just a few of my favourites. The first product I tried out was the hydrating body lotion which is light weight and the combination of vitamin A and Shea butter  along with the glycerin really hydrates the skin. The product absorbs quickly but still leaves the skin feeling nourished which is something that I always look for in lotions.
IMG_0091My hands are often dry and sore so I’m always looking for a good hand cream. The La Source hand therapy is ultra – hydrating and smells just like the rest of the collection, fresh and luxurious. The hand cream is thick but very nourishing and a little goes a long way. It’s really not oily either.
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The La Source Hydrating Foot Soak is a product that always seems to be out of stock on line in my experience but if you can get you’re hands on it, you’ll be onto a winner . It’s ultra hydrating as my feet felt very soft and moisturised after just 10 minutes.  A foot soak is great for unwinding and this was down to the combination of the aquatic scent and fizzy formula.
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The La source collection is a one I’ll be going back to again and again especially the hand creme. I already have my eye on more products that I want to try out.
Have you tried any of the La Source products or maybe you have your eye on a few of the products too. Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter. I’d love to her your thoughts.
Happy Shopping!
 
*Samples sent from the lovely people at Crabtree and Evelyn

Beauty Lifestyle

My July Favourites 2017

This month has been a great one for favourites so lets get straight into it and have a look at July’s Favourites.
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I’ve been testing out this Garnier Nourishing Botanical Toner Honey Flower for a review that I did for the Really Ree site. I always find that it’s best to use these types of product in combination with another to cleanse fully but for me I found this was quick and easy to use.  It doesn’t smell and it’s also really light on the skin, so light in fact that it just feel like water. I’ve been using it non stop since  I got it.
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My husband bought the Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey fragrance for my birthday and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It’s light, delicate and fruity. Perfect for Summer and theres no way it could miss out on a place in my favourites.
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I’m a big fan of Youtubers so when Louise Pentland came out with a number 1 best selling book Wilde like Me, I couldn’t just pass me by so I bought it so see what all the fuss was about. I actually loved it and although I usually love to read books really quickly, I saved this one for the evenings just before bed to wind down to instead of reading my phone. I have to buy more because it’s something I’ve really enjoyed as well as the story.
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The L’oreal Colour Riche polishes are pretty lovely. With their gorgeous textured bottle through to the colour that really lasts on the nail. This one in Rue Cremieux in a muted pink will go with any outfit and add that extra feminine touch.
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Charlotte Tilbury is really smashing it at the moment and this new Beauty Glow palette is something that I’ve been enjoying using quite a lot. The seven products are numbered so it’s easy to use and the blend beautifully. I really love the highlighter and the centre blush too as they’re so pretty.
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Have you got any of these products and love them as much as me or maybe you’re thinking of picking one or more of them up? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy Shopping!

Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury's Beauty Glow Look in a Palette

There have been so many beautiful products especially palettes that have come out recently but one that currently stands out is the Beauty Glow Look in a palette from world famous make up artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury. As the name suggests, the products that were inspired by Poppy Delevingne’s wedding look promote that gorgeous glow from the inside out with rose gold and bronze tones that look amazing on every skin type.
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Charlotte Tilbury once said that using her products is like having her ‘sitting on your shoulder when you put on your make up, like I’m holding your hand’. and this genius compact palette really does make you feel like that. Especially as each product is numbered 1 through to 7 and has a short one word description of where the product is going too. There are three gorgeous eye colours, two cheek colours, one that could also be used as a forth eye colour , a highlighter and a bronzer.
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The look is quick and simple and is a look that you can create in only take 5 minutes. It looks very pulled together and is perfect for that everyday vibe. A wash of colour over the whole eye area to brighten the area, Then a dab of the middle colour, which is then also taken under the eye to enhance and lastly for the eyes a smoky colour that just goes in the crease and you can pull this out slightly for a winged effect.
Now for the bronzer which is in the filmstar bronze and glow formula, blend  it well into the hollows of your cheeks, then take the colour under the jaw line, again onto the hollows of your cheeks then onto your forehead blending well into the hair line too. Now for the blushers, start 5 and lightly swish the product over the cheeks. Then pop the lighter and brighter number 6 on the apple of the cheek. The highlighter then goes on the top of the cheeks, just under the outer section of the eye brows, the cupids bow and you can also run it lightly down the length of the nose too.
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I’ve found myself wearing this palette a lot recently. The look you get with the palette fits amazingly with a wash of the matte revolution lippie pillow talk. The touch of nude is a fabulous finishing touch. I’ve also found that the products last really well on the skin too.
Will you be popping down to your nearest Charlotte Tilbury stand to buy this palette or have you already got it? Let me know you thoughts
Happy Shopping

Beauty Lifestyle

June Favourites 2017

Monthly favourites are some of the best blog posts to write mainly because I get to talk about my most loved products that I’ve been using, rediscovering and enjoyed using through out that month. This month there’s only been a few products but I think there’s a great selection.
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I recently went to Ibiza for my birthday with my husband. It was beautifully hot and the island is gorgeous so when I saw this picture on a painters stall I just had to have it to bring home and as it reminded me of our time there and how much I want to go back.
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First up product wise is the Chanel correcteur perfection – this concealer is gorgeous. It lasts a long time, it blends incredibly and it sits on your skin like a silky veil. It mixes well with other products and concealers too. I currently have a little bit of a tan so I’ve been mixing it with my Mac Pro Longwear concealer as that’s a little darker. I will always keep coming back to this one as it’s one of those products you just don’t forget.
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Yves Saint Lauren Glow Shot is an intense liquid highlighter and it’s perfect for the hot Summer days. They have three tones but I’ve been enjoying using the colour sunrise. It’s a pink highlighter that gives an amazing glow. It’s subtle yet beautiful.
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Charlotte Tilbury products are so gorgeous, especially the Uptown Girl palette that I received from my husband for my birthday recently. It’s ultra luxe with 4 very pigmented colours. Perfect for the hotter weather if you want that subtle smoky day look that you can build on for the evening teamed with a little lippie in pillow talk.  All the colours have a little bit of sparkle in them especially the pink and they really do last. I can see that this palette will be a keeper and it’s made me want to buy more of the Charlotte Tilbury products.
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The Clinique Moisture Surge – Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate looks like it might just be a  little bit of a gimmick but when I started using this I released it was anything but. I have really dehydrated skin that needs moisturizing products. I’ve been using the Clarins hydrate day/night moisture creams and using these in combination have really done wonders. After cleansing, I pop a thin layer of the concentrate all over my face and leave it to sink in before putting on my moisturiser. It then gives a great base for make up.
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Last but not least is this stunning primer from The Ordinary. I recently went to a fab event with Deciem and Really Ree and there was plenty of raving about this product . The High – Adherence Silocone Primer smoothes, hydrates and blurs using advanced adapting silicones. It’s a great base that makes concealers, foundations etc look amazing. Use a really thin layer to get the best results.
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Have you been loving any of these products or will you be popping down your nearest shop to get any? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy Shopping!