Wednesday, 7 October 2015

When Nip + Fab gave me the heads up that this range was on the way, I was SO intrigued. Nip + Fab are a brand who are so innovative and different, so I always love hearing about what is hitting the shelves next. Nip + Fab have just released the Kale Fix range, which is exactly what we all need for the winter months; something to protect our skin from the elements, whilst packing it with moisture.

The whole range uses the superfood of the moment - kale, yes KALE. The whole range is incredibly gentle and it is made to be incredibly nourishing. The products are packed with kale and watercress, which reinvigorate the skin, whist softening and hydrating dry skin. The range is made up of three products; the Kale Fix Clay Mask, the Kale Fix Make-up Removing Pads and the Kale Fix Moisturiser. Nip + Fab say that the whole range is ideal for those with dry or combination skin, so if you like what you hear, keep reading...

First up, we have the Kale Fix Make-up Removing Pads
This little pot of pads jumped straight on my bedside table, as soon as I opened the package. Inside the pot you get 60 pads that have been soaked with Kale Extract, which is packed full of antioxidants to protect your skin and leave it feeling plump. There is also Watercress which helps with moisture and hydration, plus Allantoin which is a chemical compound to encourage cell generation. You simply take a pad from the pot and rub it over your face. They smell really nice, just very clean and fresh, certainly not overpowering. The pad removes all makeup with ease, I've even tested this with waterproof mascara! I will say that the pads are quite small, so if I'm using these to remove a full face of makeup, I need at least two to get the job done. These retail for £13 from Nip + Fab here.

The next product is the Kale Fix Moisturiser
The Kale Fix Moisturiser is formulation to be a daily moisturiser, which helps soften dry skin. This time the product is formulated with Kale and Watercress, with the addition of Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Almond Oil. The Aloe Vera and Shea Butter are both well known for their comforting properties, whilst Almond Oil contains fatty acids that help the skin lick in moisture. You can apply the moisturiser daily, both in the morning and in the evening to clean dry skin. This retails for £20 from Nip + Fab here.

The last product in the line is the Kale Fix Clay Mask
What I love about the Kale Fix Clay Mask, is that it's not crazy expensive, which makes it a great budget option. The Clay Mask is made with Kale and Watercress, with Witch Hazel and DuraQuench™ which is a innovative way to regulate water loss from the skin. The mask draws out the impurities in your skin, without striping away the moisture you need for your skin to survive the winter months.

The mask is quite thick in texture, so I warm it up a little before applying it to my face. It's a pretty neutral colour and it doesn't really have much of scent to it, it's just very fresh. To use the mask you simply put an even layer on your clean skin, like any other Clay Mask. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and then you can remove the mask with some lukewarm water. The mask leaves your skin feeling really soft and very smooth, which means it's gentle enough to use twice a week, to give yourself a boost of moisture. The mask retails for £13 from Nip + Fab here.

If you're interested in trying the whole of the Kale Fix range, you can actually buy the whole set in a bundle. The bundle is available from the Nip + Fab website for £35, which saves you over £10. 

I'd love to know what your thoughts are on the Kale Fix range? What do you think about adding Kale into skincare?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

When the lovely ladies at My Geek Box gave me the chance to review My Geek Box, I jumped at the chance. My Geek Box may not be traditional Hope, Freedom, Love content, but I have a feeling that a lot of my readers are going to like this post. Especially as I know that a lot of them have men in their lives that they struggle to buy for. Of course, My Geek Box is not limited to the men in your life, there are plenty of ladies in my life who would love this too! However, if this isn't your thing, feel free to skip this post, I'll be back to my normal beauty content tomorrow.

The premise of My Geek Box is really quite simple, dubbed to be the "coolest subscription box out there'. It's a mystery box filled with "geek gear" sent directly to your doorstep once a month. Each month has a theme, which can be anything from superheroes, to cartoon megastars. Every single box comes with a limited edition t-shirt, which comes in the size you choose at the start of your subscription. 

I've seen My Geek Box floating around for quite a while, with Christmas on the horizon, I really wanted to take delivery of My Geek Box, to see what the quality was like. The My Geek Box team gave me a choice of several boxes to play with, but I opted for the 'Toons Box', a box dedicated to the cartoon stars.

In the Toons Box there are six items, plus two packs of sweets, which any inner child would enjoy. The t-shirt in this particular box is Disney themed, it's Mickey Mouse's hand holding a pencil with the phrase 'Everything looks better in two dimensions'. Next in the box is a Simpsons' DONUT, which is just so cool! It actually has a little suction cup on it so you can attach it to your window, or you can just use it as a cushion. Then there are two items from Adventure Time; a set of Festival Wristbands and then an inflatable sword. I don't actually know anything about Adventure Time, but I understand it's pretty popular! Next we've got a pair of Family Guy socks and my personal favourite, a groovy Minion keyring.

I honestly think My Geek Box would make a great present for any geek in your life, it only costs £17.99 and you have the option to sign up for one off boxes or longer subscriptions (which come in three, six and twelve month options). Right now you can receive a FREE welcome box worth over £20 when you subscribe to My Geek Box, so if you're interested in subscribing, you should move quickly (link here). 

I love that the items are so varied, I'm sure that no matter what your interests, there's something in this box that you would love. Not to mention, that you're bound to know somebody that will love the items that you're not so keen on. I could easily give each of these items to friends or family, as they each have different interests. It's definitely worth keeping an eye out for boxes that would appeal to your loved ones, as you could order them and keep them to wrap up as gifts at a later date. 

I'm a big fan of this subscription box, I'd love to hear what you think about it in the comments below! 

Monday, 5 October 2015

I promised in a recent ‘Thursday Tittle-Tattle’ post that I would not be able to resist picking up some items from Fleur’s new makeup line and here I am! I have a real love for Fleur - she's a Youtuber that I've followed for a long time, all the content she produces really strikes a chord with me. So I find myself reading and watching everything she produces. She announced recently that she has made her very own makeup line, so naturally I had to pick up some things to try. The collection consists of a range of items; there are two eyeshadow quads, six lipglosses and a makeup bag, which all retail at Feel Unique. I could have easily gone a bit mad over this range, but I tried my best to keep things simple.

Fleur says that she’s never found the perfect eyeshadow quad. Therefore she really wanted to create something that gave you the perfect look all in one palette. As I mentioned, the Eyeshadow Quads come in two shades; Cosmic Bronze (a brown-nude themed palette) and Lunar Rose (a rose and lilac themed palette). I was really quite tempted to pick up both, but in the end I opted for Lunar Rose to match my green eyes. What I loved about the Lunar Rose palette, is that all the colours perfectly compliment my eye colour, so it really is the perfect quad. The palette comes in a black compact, which has a clear lid to show off the colours inside. There's also a little tiny brush included, just incase you want to apply the eyeshadows on-the-go.

Inside the palette there are four shades, which you can use on their own, or build up for a full eye look. Colour wise, there's a dusty baby pink, a lovely rose gold, a shimmer rose and finally a mauve shade that has a hint of shimmer. The shades are true to the colour you see in the in the pan and they have just the right amount of pigment. For example, the mauve shade isn't so pigmented that it makes it difficult to use, it's just great for washing over the lid and walking out the door. The eyeshadows last really well on my skin, they actually happen to last all day, which makes them a winner for me! There is a TINY bit of fallout from these, especially on the matte shades, which just requires brushing away with your concealer brush after application.

The eyeshadow quads retail for £8.99 each, which I actually think is pretty reasonable. It's very close to standard high street prices and you're getting a palette that has clearly had a lot of thought put into it. It's literally the perfect palette for me and will definitely be coming in my makeup bag when I travel. The quads are formulated without parabens, but it's worth mentioning that the quads do contain Talc. Talc personally does not bother me, but I know it will be important for some people out there!

The other thing I picked up from the range, was from the lipgloss line. The lipgloss range comes packed in clear tubes, which let the true colour of each lipgloss shine through. You apply the lipgloss from a doe foot applicator, which is pretty standard in the lipgloss world. There's really something for everyone, from neutrals, to brights to deep vampy shades. Each lipgloss has a really sweet name, each are named with the stars in mind. Being a bit of a colour fiend, I opted for the gorgeous 'my lips but better shade'; Written In The Stars.

The pigmentation of Written In The Stars is fantastic, which I think can be quite rare for some of the more natural shades. In terms of formulation, they remind me of the Laura Mercier lipgloss range. They have a slight stickiness when you apply them, which disappears on the lips, but it gives you that little bit of staying power. I have to mention that they smell incredible - they have a really lovely vanilla scent! Each lipgloss retails for £6.99, which again I think is pretty reasonable, I can see that some ladies will definitely be picking up every shade.

I'd love to know what you think of Fleur's makeup line, does it catch your attention? Have you tried anything? You can shop the whole collection exclusively with Feel Unique here.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

For the last few weeks I’ve been testing, reviewing and trying out a load of products. What’s different to any other month I hear you ask? Well the sole purpose has been to create my official Autumn Edit 2015. I’ve tried a lot of products, some good, some bad, but these products are the ones I give my seal of approval. So if you’re looking to update your makeup bag or your skincare regime - you can safely take out your shopping list and get stuck in. First, lets talk makeup!

Embrace bronze, metallic tones and glitter shadows
Eyeshadow is my weakness and I'm so pleased that metallic tones are back for this season. There's nothing I enjoy more than sweeping those bronze tones over my eyes during the run up to Christmas. One of my all time favourite eyeshadows for this trend, is the Bourjois Color Edition Eyeshadow in the shade Or Desir. It's an incredible bronze shade and it looks amazing on it's own, or layered with other products. If you're looking for a really strong metallic finish, I highly recommend the Illamasqua Pigments. In particular the shade Furore, which is a gorgeous champagne peach shimmer. Last but not least, if you're looking to rock the glitter trend on a budget, you should try the high glitter formulation of the Magnif'eyes Mono Eyeshadows from Rimmel. I have the shade Superstar, which is a really simply pink glitter, it looks good layered over everything!

Dewy, glowing skin
Dewy skin is not just for summer and actually the trend is not disappearing with the sun. It's all about dewy and glowing skin this season, so if you pair your metallic eye look with a subtle highlighter, you're definitely onto a winner! I wanted to share with you this gorgeous highlighter from Laura Geller, which is now available at Escentual. Officially this is the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade Ballerina* and lets be honest, it's just gorgeous to look at. When you swatch it, it gives your skin a really lovely warmth and a stunning sheen.  There are some small glitter pieces in this, which adds a little bit of shimmer, without that glitterball finish. Another great highlighter option is the travel friendly cream highlighter from No7. The No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, comes in a handy stick formula, it's not wet, it's not tacky and it just gives a really nice sheen to the skin. 

Lipgloss is back
It's good news if you happen to be a matte lipstick hater! Because this year the catwalks favoured a slick of gloss and not just the usual matte lipstick. My all time favourite lipgloss used to be the LOreal Glam Shine Stain Splash, which has recently been reformulated and released as the Infalliable Gloss, which comes in several formulas. I have the shade 'For The Ladies' which is a lovely pink shade in a 'dazzle' formula. If you're looking for something a little bit more pigmented, the new lipgloss range from Fleur De Force, is really lovely. I have the shade 'Written In The Stars' which is a really nice 'my lips but better' shade, but she also has some more vampy shades too!

Greige nails for that classic autumn colour
For nails it's pretty much the standard trend that comes around year after year! It's all about those red, berry, navy and purple hues. However, a huge trend that I'm embracing for the first time is Greige! Despite listening to all the beauty gurus rave about Greige nails for YEARS, I've never caved... until now. One of the colours that has not left my nails recently is Essie Chinchilly, which is a beautiful 'sleek granite grey'. I've honestly fallen head over heels for this polish, it's so sleek and sophisticated, I love it! If you're looking for something that fits a smaller budget, I highly recommend the B Complete Nail Polish in Innocence. It's a very similar look, but it's has a bit more of a taupe/purple finish on the nails and only costs £3!

Lets move on to the skincare part of my Autumn Edit and there is a lot to talk about! There are a LOT of new releases floating around at the moment. If I'm honest it's a bit of a skincare lover’s paradise and there really is something for everyone! The best advise I can give anyone for the winter months, is to stock your shelves with skincare that pumps your skin with moisture.

Keep your skin hydrated
There’s a bit of a trend at the moment for “sleep in” or nighttime moisturisers. These usually involve a cream that is packed with goodness to refresh your skin overnight. I have two favourites at the moment; the first is the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Creme*, which my oily skin just loves. It’s incredibly light on the skin and it doesn’t clog my pores or cause breakouts. If you’re looking for something a bit heavier, perhaps for really dry skin, you could try the Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Recovery Night Gel-Balm*– it gets some rave reviews!

Another product I’ve been loving recently is the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster from DECIEM*. This version of Hylamide has been made especially for dehydration and like all other DECIEM products I've tried, it does not disappoint. You simply add a few drops of the Hylamide to your skincare routine and it helps your skin feel plump and boosted with moisture. The Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster has five forms of Hyaluronic, which all come in different molecular weights, which means it can penetrate into different layers of your skin.

Morning skincare to help you feel fresh
As the mornings get darker, I’m always in need of a little boost to wake me up in the mornings. The step I never skip in my routine, is a quick spray of Serozinc! I actually this twice a day (morning and night) – it’s a Zinc Sulphate solution, which tackles blemishes. It’s great as it’s a cooling mist, so you just have to spray it on your skin, wait a few seconds and you’re good to go!

Finally in the skincare section, I wanted to give a mention to the Origins Refreshing Scrub Cleanser*. Not only is the Origins Refreshing Scrub Cleanser packed with amazing ingredients, but it also as a fresh orange scent to wake you up first thing! You can actually pick up Origins from Look Fantastic now, which I love! 

Don't forget your bodycare
It's just as important to look after our skin everywhere else on our body, not just our face! Pop a hand cream in your handbag and you're covered for a whole host of dry skin emergencies. Some of my favourites include the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream*, Hand Chemistry and of course the handbag miniatures from Roger & Gallet. For everywhere else, I'm a big fan of the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Body Lotion, which I pick up every time I'm in M&S! I do of course have to give a mention to The Body Shop Body Butter for those really problematic dry areas - it's a godsend! 

Swapping to an Autumn fragrance
I always like to end my seasonal edits with my thoughts on fragrance. With Christmas fast approaching there are a whole load of new Autumn scents hitting the shelves. Today I just wanted to talk about something special from Library of Fragrance. Paperback* is a new scent at Boots this season and it's designed to celebrate the love of literature. I knew I'd either love or hate this scent and I can honestly say it's gorgeous. It's very sweet; it has a lovely scent of vanilla (which I actually normally hate) but it's paired with this stunning musky, dusty scent, which just sets it alive. I've sprayed this on my wrists as I'm typing and I just cannot stop sniffing, it's lovely! The best part is that these Library of Fragrance scents are so cheap, they are only £15 for 50ml, or two bottles for £25 at Boots.

The only other fragrance I want to talk about is an old favourite of mine; Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia. I actually bought this perfume for my Birthday a few years ago (I'm an January baby) and it always reminds me of this time of year. It's everything I look for in an Autumn fragrance; it has a fruity hint of pear, wrapped in floral and woody notes.

My Autumn Edit will be continuing on Hope, Freedom, Love over the coming month. So if you’re looking for more information or in depth reviews on any of these products, keep your eyes peeled!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

It's so strange because this time of year always used to signal new beginnings, with the start of school and then University. Without all that preparation going on, I now find myself entering September with that stark reminder of reality. The weather seemed to change almost instantly as we entered the month and gave us that Autumn feeling straight away. With September officially done and dusted, we've officially entered Autumn and (dare I say) the run down to Christmas. For once, this month's favourites is not jam packed with products. Instead it features just three products that have really blown me away.

The NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Palette
I picked up this SpaceNK exclusive at the start of last month and I was immediately impressed. It's a palette consisting of both matte and shimmer shades, some are warm and neutral, whilst some others are darker and smokey. It's encased in the in the classic matte black box with a mirrored front. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, they apply like a dream and they blend beautifully too. I can already tell that this is going to be a firm favourite in my collection for a long time.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Creme*
This product is definitely the most expensive in my skincare routine at the moment, but it's totally worth the price point. It feels utterly gorgeous on the skin, it soaks straight into the skin and leaves my skin looking plumper instantly. There’s no greasy feeling, it just disappears into the skin and leaves no residue. In the morning my skin looks visibly plumper, fresher and brighter - plus it's packed with moisture which is exactly what you need at this time of year.  I have quite greasy skin and I often worry that heavy night creams will clog my pores, but luckily I've had no issues.

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights
As the weather changes, I've been looking for a highlighter that's not packed with glitter. I've wanted that nice subtle 'glowing from within finish' - which is exactly what this Makeup Revolution highlighter offers. It comes in this HUGE compact, which I spend many a moment swooning over and it only costs £3. Yes, £3! It's a baked formula and it literally has NO fallout, which is really impressive. I've been sweeping it onto my cheekbones and I also like to take some on an eyeshadow brush to wear under my brow bone.

I'd love to know if you've tried any of these products, if so, what did you think of them? What are your favourite products from the last month?

Friday, 2 October 2015

The latest series on Hope, Freedom, Love is ‘Inside My Sample Drawer’. It’s dedicated to providing mini reviews on the samples that have been clogging up my makeup stash. So once a week, I'll be sharing a cute miniature fresh from my sample drawer and sharing my first impressions of the product. Today I'm talking about this miniature Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow in the shade Shadow

You are honestly looking at the product which creates the easiest smokey eye known to man. Well, at least known to me! I've tried a lot of products with the aim of finding the 'quick fix' - this ladies and gentleman is IT! I picked up the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow when I was in Sephora, it was a 100 point perk and I felt like it was worth it. I chucked it in my eyeshadow drawer when I got home from NYC and I simply forgot all about it.

Thankfully I dug it out recently and it make it's way onto my dressing table, because now I cannot live without it! All I do is apply a line of the shadow to each of my eyelids, then I smudge it out with my finger. I give it about thirty seconds to set and then I take a MAC 217 and blend out the edges. Smokey eye finished! It's so quick and so easy, that I have no idea how I ever lived without it. The colour stays place all day and looks as fabulous in the evening as it did when you first applied it.

Obviously if you have the time, you can layer other products on top of the the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow, which then gives it a bit more definition. I've been layering a few different brown shades from the NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Palette which looks really pretty.

All in all, I think it's safe to say I'm in love with the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow, you can pick them up from a variety of stores for £21 each! The next shade on my radar is Dusty Mauve, it looks gorgeous! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

It's October, which means we are well and truly into the Autumn swing of things! The beauty world is over run with Christmas releases and berry toned hues! 'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news. I'll feature beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! Here are the things that caught my eye this week:

New Library of Fragrance Scents At Boots
Library of Fragrance has just celebrated their first year being stocked in Boots. They are now stocked in over 400 Boots stores and to celebrate they are bringing five of their top sellers from their website to Boots. The new scents available at Boots are; Oud, Paperback, Pistachio Ice Cream, Salt Air and Wet Garden. I LOVE the sound of Pistachio Ice Cream, heavenly! Check out the full Library of Fragrance here at Boots

Look Fantastic launch Clinique 
I'm excited every single time an email from the Look Fantastic team drops in my inbox, as I know it almost always contains something exciting. This time they were announcing the launch of Clinique onsite! I've got a lot of Clinique products on my wish list, so I'm sure I'm going to be hauling soon. First on my hit list is the Chubby Stick Eyeshadows, closely followed by the Contour Chubby Stick. Click here to shop the whole range

French Pharmacy Month is BACK!
Another month and another great offer from the lovely team at Escentual! This month it's good news for all fans of French skincare, as the French Pharmacy Month is BACK! At Escentual this month you can save 1/3 off all French Pharmacy skincare. The offer will run until November, so there is plenty of time to stock up! Some of my recent favourites include the AQUAporin ACTIVE Revitalising Eye Cream and the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Creme. Click here to shop the full range.

Autumn launches from Barry M
I love when Barry M launch new collections (even if it encourages me to go shopping). They have launched lots of new nail polishes, including four shades of the Gelly Nail Paints (Black Currant, Black Cherry, Black Pistachio and Black Grape), four new shades of the Barry M Speedy Nail Paint (Dead Heat, Dragster, Slip Stream and Sprint Finishand some Glitter Gelly Nail Paint (£3.99).

Cult Beauty launch Autumn goody bag
Cult Beauty are back with ANOTHER exciting gift with purchase offer! If you spend £100 onsite, a £150 goody bag will be added to your order for free. There are 14 items inside the bag, the products include; a Cult Beauty Tote Bag, the Ying Yu Jade Facial Roller, the Eyeko Magic Mascara, a Caudalie Foaming Cleanser and a Lipstick Queen balm! Click here to see what's inside the bag

Shop the Paperchase sale
If you're a stationery addict like me, you'll be pleased to hear that Paperchase have launched their sale! I've got my eye on the 'Happy Veggies Tea Towels', the Cupcakes Baking Recipe Book and the Gold Stripe JournalShop the whole sale here

Christmas launches from Benefit
This weeks Christmas slot goes to Benefit Cosmetics, who have officially released their Christmas Collection. The collection includes Pucker Up & Party (£19.50), which includes two lip balms and a lip stain. Get Your Party On, which includes they're real! mascara, hoola bronzing powder, high bean and gimme brow. There's also Crescent Row (£19.50), which includes three travel sized fragrances, plus a whole host of other gifts. There is also their 12-day Advent Calendar, which is exclusive to Debenhams, launching online on October 15th. 

The Body Shop announces "Shade Adjusting Drops" & save 40% 
The Body Shop are launching two variations of the 'Shade Adjusting Drops' which will retail for £10 each. They are a very clever idea that allows you to adjust the shade of your foundation at home! There's a bottle for light/medium skin which is a "concentration of white and pink pigments help to lighten and neutralise yellowness". There's also a bottle for dark/deep skin which is a "concentration of black and red pigments will help to darken foundations". If you're feeling a bit of a haul at The Body Shop, you can currently save 40%! The offer is valid both in store and online, although some exclusions do apply. Although most the 'cult' Body Shop items are included, all the new ranges are excluded from the deal. Enter 14670 at the checkout to redeem the offer until October 5th.

What's the most exciting news you've seen this week?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

I absolutely love the Allure Best Of Beauty Awards, I know it sounds silly, but I’m a big fan. I patiently wait all year for them to be released and I love reading all about the winners. I always go to the USA around this time of year with work, so I pick up the special award issue of the magazine and it becomes a beauty bible for me for the rest of the year. With all this in mind, I thought it would be fun to share with you my pick of this year’s winners. So, here are the winning products from Allure, which also get the Hope, Freedom, Love seal of approval! 

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick (Winner of Best Black Cream Shadow)
Whilst I don’t have the Tuxedo shade that won the award, these Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are some of favourites. It was actually the first Laura Mercier product that I ever tried and it was a great place to start! They are a beautiful water resistant formula and they glide onto the skin beautifully. The eyeshadow stick is quite thin, which makes it easy to apply without making a mess.

Benefit Gimme Brow (Winner of Best Brow Groomer)
I bought Benefit's Gimme Brow pretty much as soon as it launched, which was a big deal for me at the time as I did not have many ‘high end’ products. Luckily I’ve never looked back! It’s got a tiny little spooley brush, which gives you great precision for getting the tinted gel through your brows. The colour matches my browns perfectly and it’s fantastic for travelling as the bottle is tiny! It also lasts forever, I’ve not no idea how long I’ve actually had this in my collection, but it’s survived for a long time!

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Stick (Winner Of Best Brown Cream Shadow)
Bootleg Brown took the crown for this award, but I happen to be a fan of the whole range. The ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks are beautiful cream shadows which are super soft. You can easy get in quite a mess if the formula gets too warm! However, with a light hand these shadows create a gorgeous eyeshadow look with very little effort!

Clinique Chubby Stick (Winner of Best Lip Crayon)
Hype follows the Clinique Chubby Sticks wherever they go and it’s totally justified. These balms give you a sheer wash of colour in a whole heap of colours. What I love about these is that you don’t need a mirror to apply, which makes it a perfect on-the-go product. I’m a big fan of the shade ‘Super Strawberry’. 

L’Oreal Mythic Oil (Winner of Best Oil For Thick Hair)
This has been a favourite of mine for so long! It lives on my dressing table and I use it whenever my hair needs a little extra life. You just put a couple of pumps through your hair and it keeps your hair frizz free, whilst adding lots of shine! When I first got this I was really worried this would make my oily hair more greasy, but it doesn't! It's multi-use too, you can use it before drying or a finishing touch! I cannot wait to try this!

Real Techniques Blush Brush (Winner of Best Bronzer Makeup Brush)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; you don’t have to use brushes the way they are marketed. The Real Techniques Blush Brush is PERFECT for bronzer and I’ve always used it for such. So I’m so excited that Allure have given it the Best Bronzer Makeup Brush award, as it’s fabulous! It picks up the right amount of pigment and the fluffy brush makes blending simple.

St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan Lotion (Winner of the Breakthrough Beauty Award)
I’m someone who is completely scared of fake tan! I’m really pale and it’s just never worked for me – until this! I picked this up as soon as it launched and I fell in love. It was the perfect way for a tan-phobe to prepare for her summer holiday and I was completely chuffed. It’s a bit of a faff as you have to turn the shower off and get a bit chilly, but it’s well worth! 
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