December Empties / Products I've Used Up

Tuesday 31 December 2013

What better way to round off the year than with an Empties post.  Here are the last bunch of products that will be hitting the recycling bin for 2013.

December Books List

A round up of the books I've read this month:-

Xmas Green Beauty Swap!

Monday 30 December 2013

When I heard that Ria and Tania were organising a Christmas beauty swap, I instantly knew that I wanted to join in.  The swap was open to all bloggers, with the only caveat being that the products sent were to be 'green' i.e as natural as possible etc.  

My Favourite Winter Lip Colours

Monday 23 December 2013

This has been the first Autumn/Winter where I've really gone all out and experimented with lots of different lip colours.  I'm certainly not the bravest or most confident person though, so I wanted to do a post on the lip products which have helped to ease me out of my usually neutral- coloured comfort zone and into the more berry hued, darker pinks and red shades typically associated with this season.

Review & Swatches: Laura Mercier White Magic Holiday 2013 Collection

Thursday 19 December 2013

 I've spoken about Laura Mercier's collections before, so I was delighted when I was offered the chance to review some pieces from their White Magic Holiday Collection.

Currently Loving: Crazy Rumors Gingerbread Lip Balm review - Limited Edition flavour & now in the UK!

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Back in October, I raved about my first ever Crazy Rumors Lip Balm (the Amaretto flavour, so damn yummy) and how much I loved it so.  A few people were asking where you can buy these in the UK and I had to direct them to various online places as they're a US brand.  But now Crazy Rumors have been launched in Holland and Barrett - hooray!

Luxury Xmas Gift Ideas: Jurlique Limited Edition Rose Body Oil and Freshly Picked Rose Essentials Sets

High-end Australian natural brand, Jurlique, have released a plethora of beautiful gifts for their Christmas range this year.  Featuring festive red and gold packaging, they have something for everyone who loves luxury skincare and bodycare products.

Xmas Gift Idea: Nourish Argan Beauty Collection + 10% Discount Code

Monday 16 December 2013

One of the most popular 'green' gifts that I've seen featured on blogs and websites this year, has to be Nourish's Argan Beauty Collection.  A three-piece selection of products with gold, frankincense and myrrh - well, it doesn't get more christmassy than that!

Budget Xmas Gift Idea / Stocking Filler: Liz Earle Christmas Star with Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

If you're on a budget this year or just need to find something small but festive for a stocking filler or Secret Santa, look no further than Liz Earle's Christmas Stars.

Review: Love Me Beauty Box - December 2013 + 20% Discount Code

Saturday 14 December 2013

Love Me Beauty's December box contains another great mix of full-sized make-up products and deluxe, high-end skincare samples.  As always, there were three different menus to choose from which you can view on their website, and I went for menu No. 1.

Skincare Review: Trilogy Cream Cleanser, Gentle Facial Exfoliant and Very Gentle Moisturising Cream

Friday 13 December 2013

Have you ever wanted to try out something from Trilogy's skincare range, but didn't know where to start?  I've been testing out three of their products for the past month which would be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, to bring you an introduction to what Trilogy has to offer.

Review: So Susan Lacquerlove Launch Box (UK Nail Polish Subscription Box!)

Thursday 12 December 2013

When the beauty box craze first happened in the UK, many consumers were left wondering when a dedicated make-up or nail polish box would be introduced.  A very, very long time later and there's finally one available thanks to So Susan.

Xmas Gift Idea: NEOM Organic Bath & Shower Oil Indulgence Set + 24 Hour Blogger Flash Sale Today

They say that the best things come in small packages and looking at NEOM's Organic Bath & Shower Indulgence Set, I'm certainly inclined to agree.

Review & Swatches: B. at Superdrug - Rich Colour Lip Gloss in Morello, Poppy & Bambi, Vibrant Eye Shimmers in Rockstar & Lizzie and Lenghtening, Defining & Volumising Mascara

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Every now and then, I spot a new make-up brand in a highstreet/drugstore shop that I can't believe I haven't come across before.  One such instance of this revelation was when I discovered the B. range in Superdrug recently.  The whole line is cruelty-free BUAV approved, and suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

Xmas Gift Idea: Ted Baker Holy Smoke! Candle Gift Set

One of the most popular brands in Boots again this year for Christmas gifts is Ted Baker.  The new Treasured Orchid range is packed full of purse-friendly pampering treats and make-up sets galore, including this Holy Smoke! Candle Gift Set.

NOTD: Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond & Models Own Prussian Blue

Sunday 8 December 2013

I've just got back from a weekend of pre-Christmas catch-ups with friends up North, and wanted to share a quick NOTD (or rather NOTW - weekend!).

Handbag Staple: Mendill Organic Towelettes / Wet Wipes

Friday 6 December 2013

When it comes to wet wipes, I have two rules.  1.  Use them sparingly and try to stick to using them just for the three Fs (Flights, Festivals and Fannies - thank you Caroline Hirons!) and 2. Spend a bit more and purchase ones which are as natural as possible.  I usually stick to Organyc but when these samples from Mendill dropped through my letterbox, I was intrigued to give them a go.    

Currently Loving: Lyonsleaf 100% Natural Beauty Balm and Healing Blend Calendula Cream

Thursday 5 December 2013

Natural brands are continuing to boom in Britain and show no signs of slowing down.  Lyonsleaf is one such company run by a husband and wife team, whose handmade products are created on their own farm in the stunning Mendip Hills.

Review & Swatches: Liz Earle Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Rose, Light Reflecting Concealer in Medium & Signature Lip Colour in Hibiscus

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Liz Earle's make-up range launched to much fanfare last year and continues to go from strength to strength.  I've mentioned and raved about a couple of their products such as the amazing Signature Foundation and Lash Definition Mascara in the past, so I was excited to get my hands on a few more pieces to try out.

Luxury Xmas Gift Idea: Yon-Ka Absolute Softness Clutch

Getting ready to fight the annual dry skin battle with Winter?  Yon-Ka's Absolute Softness Clutch promises to rescue you (or your loved ones) from Jack Frost's icy grip this year.

November Favourites

Monday 2 December 2013

November seemed to fly past in a blur, but there were a couple of new products that I discovered and immediately fell in love with. 

Xmas Gift Idea: Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange and Frangipani Bath Soak review

Looking for a beauty gift for someone who loves ethical, natural/green companies made in the UK and enjoys baths?  Conscious Skincare's luxurious Sweet Orange and Frangipani Bath Soak ticks all the right boxes.

November Empties / Products I've Used Up

Sunday 1 December 2013

Oh yes, another month is over with so it's Empties time once again!  Here are my overall thoughts on these products, including which ones I'll be repurchasing again in the future.

November Books List

A round up of the books I've read throughout November:-

Xmas Gift Idea: Naked Fake It Gotta Glow Gift Set

Thursday 28 November 2013

If like me, you're desperately longing for some sunshine but haven't got a holiday booked for near future (sob!), then Naked's new Fake It Gotta Glow Gift Set may just be the thing you're after to fake that 'just come back from holiday glow'.

Luxury Xmas Gift Idea: Neom Harmonise Home Candle review

Monday 25 November 2013

Neom's Christmas line this year features three ranges of beautiful scents; Christmas Wish, Harmonise and Comforting.  

Apivita Review Part 2: 3 in 1 Cleansing Milk, Wine Elixir Face Oil & Express Gold with Pricky Pear Face Masks

Sunday 24 November 2013

Following on from my previous Apivita reviews, here's the final Part 2!  If you missed Part 1, click here to enjoy a catch up read.

Latest In Beauty - The Glamour Beauty Edit Box review

Thursday 21 November 2013

Latest In Beauty have teamed up with Glamour magazine once again to offer us beauty junkies a quick fix in a box!  The Glamour Beauty Edit Box is exactly as it sounds; a specially selected, handpicked box of the best beauty must-haves.  Want to see what's inside?

My Favourite Highlighters

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Highlighters can be strange things.  Pick the wrong one, and you could have a glittery, discoball mess gracing the tops of your cheekbones.  But pick the right one, and your face can (almost) completely transform into that of some mystical goddess.  So it's time I sung the praises of the ones that I love and cherish in my make-up collection.

Love Me Beauty Box - November 2013 review

Tuesday 19 November 2013

It's always a good day when a beauty box drops through the letterbox!  Shall we take a closer look at this month's Love Me Beauty box?

Green Beauty Characters Tag

Monday 18 November 2013

Ria from NatuRia Beauty (and the lovely lady responsible for sprucing up my new blog design) tagged me for this one.  I liked the questions asked, so here it is!

Xmas Gift Idea: Organic Surge Beauty Bloggers Bundle

Organic Surge are well known and loved here on the blogosphere (I'm most certainly a fan as well and have happily raved about several of their products in the past), so it makes sense that they've created an exclusive 'Beauty Blogger Bundle' celebrating four blogger favourites.

November Magazine Freebies: Nails Inc with Glamour, Orly with Cosmopolitan & Rituals with Marie Claire

Sunday 17 November 2013

You can always tell when the Christmas/December editions of magazines come onto the stands because they always have some fantastic freebies with them to lure you in.  Naturally, I couldn't resist and ended up picking up these ones.

Luxury Xmas Gift Idea: Bodhi Bloom Bath & Body Gift Set

Saturday 16 November 2013

If you've been following my blog for a long time, you'll no doubt already know that I'm a big fan of Bodhi.  This luxury English brand creates some of the most beautiful pampering bath and body products (as well as some amazing skincare).  They recently unveiled their new Christmas gift sets which are based around the theme of Christmas in the tropics or "Noël Tropicale".  

Apivita Review Part 1: Aqua Vita 24H Moisturising Cream-Gel, Natural Serum, Moisturising Hand Cream & Lip Care with Honey

Friday 15 November 2013

Apivita are a Greek brand who have been around since 1979.  I'd never heard of them before they came to the UK last year, but they quickly became adored by bloggers and regular natural products lovers alike.  I've used their raved about Face Masks, but never explored the rest of their range until now.

5 Mini Reviews: Essential Care, Pomegranate Organics, Korres, Weleda & Wen

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Here are five samples that I've used up recently, featuring a mix of haircare, skincare and bodycare.  I plucked them out of my travel bag at the weekend when I was swapping around some products and gave myself a little pat on the back for finally using some more samples up!  (I'm weird, I know... lol) Anyway!  Onto the mini reviews.

Luxury Xmas Gift Ideas: Laura Mercier Lumiere d'Ambre and Luxe Colour Portfolio review

Laura Mercier's Christmas Holiday Palettes are well known and coveted every year, but there are many more luxury treats on offer at the LM counter that you may have missed.    

Budget Xmas Gift Idea: Studio London Nail It Nail Polish & Effects Collection (Review & Swatches)

Sunday 10 November 2013

 Studio London Nail It Nail Polish & Effects Collection* (£10, link)

Looking for a nail polish gift set that's around the £10 mark, but you don't want to sacrifice the quality?  Look no further, this complete nail wardrobe from Studio London (from Superdrug), ticks all the right boxes and won't break the bank.

Cold Weather Proofing the Beauty Routine

Wednesday 6 November 2013

I chop and change the products that I use in my beauty routine all year round, but I take matters more seriously when it starts to get cold.  My skin, like my general self, does not like cold weather and would much prefer it if it was moved to a pleasantly mild and sunny destination right about now.  Sadly, that's not on the cards for the immediate future, so it's time to suck it up and get down to the business of protecting it from the evil, dehydrating, coldness that's rapidly approaching.

Xmas Gift Idea / Stocking Filler: Tangle Teezer Compact Styler in Pink / Black review

Monday 4 November 2013

I've mentioned my love for the Original Tangle Teezer a couple of times; that cult plastic hairbrush that makes combing thick or long hair a breeze.  I popped into TK Maxx yesterday to have a browse, and came out with this unexpected purchase - the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, for only £5!  It's the perfect travel / handbag companion.

October Favourites

Sunday 3 November 2013

Another month is over, so it's time to recap on those beauty favourites that have been keeping me happy recently:-

I Love Fall / Autumn Tag!

Friday 1 November 2013

The lovely Tania from Bow Tied Beauty recently tagged me in the I Love Fall Tag.  I have to admit that I'm definitely more of a summer lover at heart, but there are a couple of things that I do like about Autumn:-

October Empties / Products I've Used Up

Thursday 31 October 2013

It's Empties time again!  This month I've used up a lot of daily essentials as well as one or two pampering treats.  Here are my overall thoughts, including which ones I'll be repurchasing again in the future.

October Books List

A round up of the books I've read throughout October:-

Review & Swatches: Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Duo in Mahogany Shroom, Nourishing Bronzer and Hydrating Lip Lustre in Amour Rose

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Nvey Eco are a natural make-up brand which features Natrue certified organic ingredients in its products.  They're from Australia, but are easily available via online retailers such as Naturisimo and CutECOsmetics.  They're a brand I've seen countless times on green blogs and via Aussie Youtubers, so I was really excited when I was sent three of their products to have a play with.  Here are my thoughts!

The Perfect Night In (with a Neom candle of course)

Monday 28 October 2013

Despite the advance storm warnings, one can never truly predict how these things will play out, so I hope you're all reading this from somewhere safe and warm today.  On a lighter note, I'm going to get cosy on my sofa and share my idea of a perfect night in.  This is something I will be looking forward to a lot more now that the clocks have gone back and those dark, cold nights are drawing in.

5 Mini Reviews: Redken, Antipodes, L'Occitane, Eve Of St Agnes & L'Oreal

Tuesday 22 October 2013

I have seriously been slacking on the samples front!  My Wonder Woman tin is full to bursting again so it's time to get it back under control.  To kick things off, I've managed to finish these five off recently which have been stashed away in my travel bag.  Here are my thoughts on them.

Review & Photos: Foxy Hair Extensions Plaited Hair Band in 4 / Dark Brown

Monday 21 October 2013

A friend of mine is having a Game Of Thrones themed party for her birthday next week, so I've been attempting to recreate some of the gorgeous plaited hairstyle looks from the show.  Sadly my skills are definitely lacking in this area, but I've found an easy way to fake it in the form of this ready made plaited hairband.

Magazine Freebies #2 - REN with In Style, L'Occitane with Marie Claire & Eyeko with Glamour

Saturday 19 October 2013

My mum surprised me with this mini haul of magazine freebies today which definitely put a smile on my face!  I'm sure you've seen these mentioned countless times this month already, but here's a quick recap of what's available:-

The Mid-Week / Post Flu Pampering Session

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Rain and cold winds are sweeping across England as I speak, so all I want to do is stay inside where it's nice and warm.  I've been feeling a bit run down with the flu recently, so what better way to cheer myself up than with a little mid-week pampering.  After this session, I'll be feeling back to my usual self in no time.

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