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.

Xmas Gift Idea: Ted Baker Ted's Big Swig Gift Set for Men

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Need a last minute Christmas gift for a man in your life who's into sports and fitness?  Ted Baker's Big Swig Gift Set feels like a substantial present to give, but won't break the bank.

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.

Luxury Xmas Gift Idea: Milana Signature Candle in Drive In Romance review

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Candles are always a popular Christmas gift, with the more luxurious and higher-end ones gracing the wishlists of many.  So if you're looking for a truly luxurious candle to give this year and one that's also reasonably priced, read on.

RUSH Santa Charity Promotion #rushsanta

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Head on over to Rush to find Santa in their new Christmas promotion and raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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:-

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