Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday is quickly becoming a ‘thing’ in the UK. We might not celebrate Thanksgiving but we can definitely benefit for the fabulous beauty deals. I’ve created a little list for you to check out. Whether you’re treating yourself or finishing the Christmas shopping, I hope you find something useful.

Warren James
Warren James have a whole heap of amazing jewellery on offer on Friday and Monday! My favourite of the lot is the Lauren 9ct Gold Crystal Heart Stud Earrings which are now only £15! What a fabulous stocking filler!

DECIEM have created three incredible bundles to save you heaps of cash! So if you’re interested in Hand Chemistry, Fountain, Inhibitif or Grow Gorgeous DECIEM is the place to go! If you’re interested in the offers you can click these handy links: For Fountain (click here), for Inhibitif (click here), for Grow Gorgeous (click here) and for Hand Chemistry (click here).

Half price perfumes make for pretty awesome presents! You can get 'Only The Brave' by Diesel for £40 (here) and Nicki Minaj Minajesty for £20 (here). You can also get the 'I Love Cosmetics Body Vanity' half price for £10 (here). They've actually gone a bit made for Black Friday deals you can click here for everything.

Look Fantastic
Look Fantastic have a TON of deals going on, here you can see a full list of them (click here)! You can also get money off when you spend £45 or £60, perfect if you're planning a bit of a haul!
£5 off £45 spend – Use code SNEAKY45
£10 off £60 spend – Use code SNEAKY60

The Hut
On Friday you can get 30% off fashion at The Hut and markdowns on all other areas!

Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit have said that they will be having their own Black Friday Deal! They are keeping it under wraps, but to be eligible you should sign up to their newsletter (click here).

Topshop have started their Black Friday deals already. They are offering up to 50% off selected lines and free delivery! All deals end Monday 1st at midnight! Click here to see the deals!

Paul's Boutique
If you're a fan of handbags from Paul's Boutique, you're in luck! You can save a massive 50% off lots of different styles! Click here to shop!

The Body Shop
The Body Shop have a range of money off offers depending on how much money you spend! You just use the code ‘TREAT’ - you can get £5 off £15, £10 off £25 or £25 off £50. You can also shop in store, just download the voucher (here).

BHS have a range of different offers which include fashion, home and much more. Some deals can save you 50%. Click here to see the Black Friday deals!

Origins are giving away a free tote bag with every order, you just enter 'TOTE' at the checkout.

Boots Festive Hot Chocolate Mug, £8

Boots have launched their #SpecialBecause campaign this Christmas. They are asking people to tweet them with reasons why someone is #SpecialBecause in their life. They are then selecting a few people to send little gifts too. I tweeted them about Chris working hard on the flat and they liked it so much they sent him a Festive Mug. This is unrelated to my blog, but it's such a nice little gift that I thought I'd blog about it. Hopefully it gives you a nice gift idea!

"Make someone feel extra special this Christmas with our Festive Hot Choc Mug"

The Boots Festive Hot Chocolate Mug costs £8 and it's a really sweet cream mug with snowflakes all over it. The snowflakes are raised from the mug which is such a lovely subtle effect. As well as the mug you get a sachet of hot chocolate powder and a packet of mini marshmallows. It's a great little gift for secret santa or maybe a little stocking filler! Of course it's part of the Boots 3 for 2 Christmas collection too, which makes it even more of a bargain! 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Beauty Christmas Gifts 1

(Click the picture to go to Polyvore and see the links for all the individual items)

Well this is probably the most exciting Christmas wish list to put together. The beauty world has gone mad with Christmas gifts this year, they are amazing! It's hard to just pick a few things that's for sure!

Most these items probably don't need any introduction to beauty fans, so I'm just going to pick three things out that I find to be the most exciting and best value. First up is the Illamasqua Christmas line named Facets, which is the first of it's kind. They've released a whole host of stunning products, but my favourites are the palettes. The Aura palette is gorgeous, the packaging, the colours, they are all incredible! The item that is right on top of my very own beauty wish list is the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot gift set. This is a gift box filled with six of Benefit's blushers, this again is the very first blusher from Benefit and it's sure to sell out! The last item I'm going to talk about is the Nails Inc Be Gelous Collection. Man I'm in love with the new bottle design from Nails Inc, isn't it just beautiful?! In the set you get 6 beautiful shades and they are all useable and wearable, which can be rare for these kinds of sets!

I won't talk through everything and I'll let you explore the rest yourselves, what is your favourite item on the list?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Frosted Cranberry & Glazed Apple, £4 each.

Every year I sit eagerly awaiting the Christmas drop from The Body Shop. This year it took me a while to crack, but it eventually happened. I was waiting for a good offer, so when I ran out of shower gel and they had a buy two get two free offer, it was perfect timing. This year there are two scents that had caught my eye; Frosted Cranberry and Glazed Apple.

Glazed Apple
"This deliciously-scented shower gel is bursting with a mouth-watering glazed apple fragrance."
I'm a bit of an apple fan and anything with an apple scent has me instantly hooked. I had actually heard that the apple scent was more sickly than fresh, which kind of put me off. I am super glad that I went ahead and bought it anyway, because this is a gorgeous scent. I think this is somewhere in the middle; It's a lovely traditional apple scent with a hint of sugared sweetness mixed in!

Frosted Cranberry 
"This juicy-smelling shower gel is bursting with a mouth-watering Frosted Cranberry fragrance."
I love all kinds of berries, so Frosted Cranberry was another instant hit with me! It's very similar to all the other Cranberry scents that The Body Shop release every year. It has a rich fruity smell which is really Christmassy.

Both shower gels are soap free and rather rich, I love The Body Shop shower gels and my skin loves them too! They are all natural which means my skin doesn't get irritated or sore. I instantly notice the difference in the condition of my skin, when I use a different brand of shower gel. The best bit about The Body Shop is that there are so many scents so there is something for everyone. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Soap and Glory All The Right Smoothes, £8 (here)

I'd built up a few Boots points and I was wondering what I should spend them on. In the end I decided to pick up a couple of the Boots Christmas sets and road test them. In the hope that it would help you guys decide what to pick up as gifts this year. I already shared my thoughts on the Mini Eyeshadow Palette from No7 and this is next on the list.

This is the All The Right Smoothes set from Soap and Glory. Soap and Glory have released a lot of great sets this year and this one is really great for the price. It retails for £8 and inside the box you get 3 products. The box is made out of cardboard with a clear window which shows off what is inside. You can probably see by my picture that the box is a bit battered, which is something to look out for if you give this as a gift. The box is sealed with some tape on the side which you peel off to reveal the products. The products are 3 50ml tubs of body butter. You get 'The Righteous Butter' which is the fruity floral set, the 'Butter Yourself' which is the fig and yuzu scent and the 'Sugar Crush' body butter which is the sweet lime scent. 

These little tubs are fantastic for traveling and are super handy in the colder months. This would make a fabulous gift for any Soap and Glory fan! Especially those who suffer with dry skin in winter.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Every now and then it’s nice to capture things on video. Especially when video isn’t just something your passionate about; it’s your whole career! I had this brainwave moment recently when I thought to myself; why don’t I vlog? I spend so much time watching video and making video, so maybe it’s time to do my own thing.

It all started with a vlog about meeting Vivianna Does Makeup and then last week I decided to record a few things from my week. These videos are just two-minute snippets of my week, I don’t chat, I just show you things that I found interesting.

They don’t take much time to watch, but I hope you enjoy them! This week I flew kites at Dunstable downs and went Christmas shopping!

A beauty addict with time to kill is never a good sign, normally because it ends in a haul. I was in London a couple of days ago and I passed a Superdrug. I wandered in as I wanted to repurchase my Aussie Curl Definition Serum, but I couldn't resist the Cosmetics aisle.

The bright purple stickers like to remind you of all the offers, and the three for two offer meant three new items in my basket. So what joined my Aussie Curl Definition Serum? 

First up is the Rimmel London Pop Art top coat, if you watch Made In Chelsea, you'll recognise this from the credits. "Pop Art top coat which delivers small confetti like brightly coloured particles. Use on top of existing colour, or a naked nail for a Rita Pop Art effect." They are plugging it hard and it just looked too darn pretty for my liking. You can pick this up for £3.99 here

I already reviewed one of the Barry M Christmas glitters, but I couldn't resist another. This one is limited edition to Superdrug, in the shade 'Jingle Bells'. This is also £3.99 here. I'll be sure to swatch these polishes and get a review up soon! 

Last up is one of the Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks in the shade '140 Minimalist'. I remember reading a review of these on The Sunday Girl and bookmarked it on my 'to buy list'. You can pick this up for £4.99 here

Have you bought anything new recently?
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