Tuesday, 24 May 2016

I've made no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of ESPA, if you missed my brand focus earlier this year, you should check it out here. I've tried lots of different products from ESPA, but one thing I'm yet to try is a cleanser. ESPA have recently announced that they are joining the battle in the micellar market, with their latest launch their Purifying Micellar Cleanser*.

I use another micellar water as part of routine every day, so I'm always interested to try the latest products in the micellar market. The ESPA Purifying Micellar Cleanser works exactly like the other products on the market. It's packed with plant actives and essential oils, creating a non-rinse cleanser. ESPA say the product will streamline your skincare routine, swiftly cleansing your makeup whilst leaving your skin feeling conditioned.

The formulation itself is 99% natural, using ingredients that leave your skin feeling fresh and clear. The micelles are blended with coconut and sugar-derived cleansers, which remove impurities and make-up without rubbing, which we all know is important to avoid. There is also Organic Rosewater, Witch Hazel and Chamomile Essential Oil, which are ingredients that naturally soothe skin, leaving it feeling calm.

To use the Purifying Micellar Cleanser you simply place a cotton pad over the clever pump, you press down on the pump to soak the cotton pad. I've found that I need two pumps to successfully remove my makeup. You just sweep the pad across your face and neck, to remove your makeup with ease. If I compare this formula to others on the market, it feels special. It does not feel just like water, in fact it feels thicker and you can definitely feel the addition of the essential oils in the formula. The Purifying Micellar Cleanser feels incredibly soft and gentle on the skin, it doesn't feel harsh at all.

The funny thing is, I was really happy with the other micellar cleanser I was using, but the Purifying Micellar Cleanser just upped the ante. Of course the Purifying Micellar Cleanser is from the premium market, priced at £24 it's 5 times the price of the alternatives I've been using. I do feel like this adds something new to the micellar market, if you've struggled with other products being too harsh, you might want to give this beauty a try! It will be released on Monday 30th May on the ESPA website.

Monday, 23 May 2016

As you may know - Hope, Freedom, Love recently reached the 1000 follower milestone. It's a number I never imagined I would achieve and I'm eternally grateful for getting there. Later this year I will be blogging for five years and it really is my happy place on the internet! It's the best hobby any girl could wish for and I love that I can come here and write about eyeshadow palettes and pretty nail polish. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all my lovely readers for your loyalty, so I've collaborated with Buy A Gift to bring you something special. I spoke to the team at Buy A Gift about giving one lucky ready the chance to relax and they agreed to give away a Superior Pampering Day gift voucher, worth £198!

The voucher is valid for two people, which means you can pick someone special and enjoy a special day. You'll be able to pick from a range of venues in the UK, both in the city or the countryside. You'll also be able to enjoy a spa treatment of your choice, before enjoying a range of facilities at your chosen spa, many of which include swimming pools and steam rooms. Due to the nature of the giveaway, please only enter if you live in the UK, so that you'll be able to enjoy your prize ASAP!

I can only hope that all your love, support, loyalty and comments will continue! There is a lot of exciting stuff in store and my weekday beauty musings will keep on coming. Thanks for making Hope, Freedom, Love what it is! 

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Sound the alarm, baby Serozinc* is now available right here in the UK! Look at that teeny tiny bottle of Serozinc, isn't it cute?! I'm a sucker for mini toiletries, so when I saw the news that Serozinc was now available in miniature size, I knew I'd have to have a few in my stash.

In case you've been living under a rock, Serozinc is a toning mist that you spray onto your skin after cleansing. Many bloggers (including myself) give this beauty 'cult' status, for a long time it was impossible to get hold of, but luckily Escentual stock it here in the UK. Serozinc is a very simple formula, made with just three ingredients; La Roche-Posay’s ultra-soothing thermal spring water, healing zinc sulphate and astringent sodium chloride. These three ingredients are put together, to create a solution which target blemishes and oiliness. I use Serozinc every morning and evening after cleansing, I literally can't be without it! When I cut it from my routine, I notice a real difference. When I do use it, it helps my skin stay oil free all day long, which is a big ask when you have greasy skin. It also does a great job at keeping breakouts at bay and minimising the appearance of pores.

I travel a lot and as I'm a bit of a makeup and skincare fanatic, my travel toiletries can quickly get a bit out of hand. So I try to keep my travel bottles as small as possible, just so I can save weight in my suitcase and give me more room in my bag for shopping! Until now Serozinc was one of those items that I had to travel with in it's full sized form. The full sized bottle takes up a lot of room, so you have no idea how happy I am to have this new 50ml size!

Serozinc is currently exclusive to Escentual (one of my favourite beauty sites), the full size (150ml) retails for £8.50 and the mini (50ml) retails for £4.50, you can buy them both here.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series that has quickly become home to some of my popular posts. The series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This is my favourite time of year in the beauty world, as the focus has moved to spring. This week we’re talking about face wipes, new makeup summer essentials and new skincare. Keep reading for the latest beauty news that has caught my eye this week.

New face wipes from Clinique
The beauty world has gone a bit crazy for face wipes! Clinique has recently announced the launch of their Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes. They are designed for both face and eyes, removing “make-up, smudges, dirt and grime, including waterproof and long-wearing make-up”. The wipes are oversized and are soaked in micellar liquid, they are available now, priced at £16.

More products from Rosie for Autograph
You may remember that I’m a huge fan of the makeup collection from Rosie For Autograph! The line for M&S just keeps getting bigger and they have recently announced two new products. The Summer Rose EDP is the third perfume from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She says it’s inspired by her love for Thailand, the notes include; Phuang Malai, blackcurrant, pear, rose centifolia, jasmine sambac, jasmine grandiflorum, lily of the valley, sandalwood, moss and musk. It is available now priced at £14 (30ml) and £28 (75ml). The Shimmer Body Oil retails for £15 and it is a lightweight shimmering body oil. M&S say that it illuminates the skin and leaves a subtle golden glow. Check out the full line from Rosie here.

bareMinerals announce SKINSORIALS 
The new SKINSORIALS skincare collection from bareMinerals will be available from June. The new products have been created with a herb from Okinawa, which specialises in growing and thriving in the island's harsh climate. This means the herb is packed full of nutrients, giving it a higher mineral and vitamin content than spinach and kale. The skincare range has three lines; Purify (which includes four cleansers priced between £17 and £22), Empower (which includes the hero product from the range -  Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion) and Moisturise (which includes four products that promote skin health and hydration). 

Nip & Fab Bee Sting Fix Toning pads
Nip & Fab's range of cleansing pads are practically famous and they've just added the 'Bee Sting Fix Toning pads' to the lineup. The new Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads are infused with witch hazel and propolis, which work to heal the skin, tighten pores and deep cleanse the complexion. The key ingredient is bee venom, which works to plump the skin whilst filling out the appearance of any fine lines and wrinkles. They retail for £12.95 here.

Cocktails A Saint Tropez from Laura Mercier
The 2016 summer make-up collection from Laura Mercier is called Cocktails A Saint Tropez collection. My favourite item from the range is the Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers (I can never resist a product in stick form)! They are limited edition and they boast a special gel formula, which you can use on either your lips or cheeks, they come in three lovely shades. The range also includes the Bronzed Butter face & Body Veil in Gold Lust, the Baked Blush Illuminé in Rosé which is a blend of shimmering blush and illuminating tones, plus Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Illume Sheer Color Trio from Hourglass
The Illume Sheer Color Trio from Hourglass is a gorgeous compact which has me swooning. It is a multi-tasking palette gives you all the essentials to define, brighten and highlight your face. It’s designed to give you a soft, natural finish to the skin, with a weightless cream formula, which is blendable and natural. The neutral bronzer creates a natural tan, the sheer rose blush gives soft and universally flattering colour to the cheeks and the champagne highlighter creates a luminous glow. The colours are even designed to be blended together to create custom shades. You can buy it now from Space NK

New lipsticks from Soap & Glory 
The brand new SEXY MOTHER PUCKER lipsticks have been released in 24 vibrantly scrumptious shades. They come in three different and three feather-light finishes; matte, satin and shine. They are designed to be creamy and conditioning with hydra-boosting MOISTURE-WRAP technology. The new lipsticks will retail for £9.

Bobbi Brown Beach Nudes Collection
The Beach Nudes Collection from Bobbi Brown has been announced and its blooming gorgeous! My favourite part from the collection is the three new eye palettes, named the Sunkissed Eye Palette (£36). They are packaged in STUNNING rose gold packaging and house four eyeshadows across warm bronze, gold, pink and nude hues. There is also a new Eye Opening Mascara, designed to magnify each lash, a Bronzing Powder, a Bronzer Brush and three new limited edition shades of the Sheer Lip Color. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

When I saw the Wanderlust collection from KIKO drop into my inbox I was instantly in love. The new collection is limited-edition for summer, inspired by the passion for travel. There is a HUGE range of products including a foundation, a DD cream, eyeshadow, volume-boosting mascara. There are a range of shiny, bold lipsticks, blushers, bronzers, a highlighter, a Wanderlust clutch and two fragrances. I placed an order straight away and the Desert Moon Highlighter is now part of my makeup stash. 

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but some of the KIKO packaging is just beautifully. When the Desert Moon Highlighter arrived at my door, I could not help but stare at it. KIKO MILANO selected designer Ross Lovegrove to create the packaging collection. He explored the brand in great depth to create something that suited KIKO’s DNA. He says it’s a combination of elegance, sensuality, femininity, breeziness and usefulness. He says that the curvy lines are inspired by the female body and the three-dimensional design helps to reflect light from the pattern. The highlighter comes packaged in an elegant tub, finished with a coral-tinged gold lid. The pattern on the lid is designed to give you a more comfortable grip, making it easier to open and close the product. When you open the lid there is a protective cushion, which is designed to protect the product.

The highlighter itself is a collection of little pearls, which are very lightly scented. The highlighter is not the intense pigmented highlighters that we are used to seeing recently. Instead it creates a very natural radiant look, which is perfect to apply to all the normal areas of your face. It’s a very fine consistency, which just adds a fresh sheen to the skin. This is the first loose highlighter I’ve tried and whilst it’s a little less convenient, I cannot get over the true beauty of the product. You can pick up the Desert Moon Highlighter online, or in stores for £19.90.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

For a long time I've been speaking about my love for 'My Little Box', which really added a new dimension to the beauty box market. My Little Box are cute, sophisticated and I honestly feel like a lot of thought and effort goes into every box. However, I am starting to feel like the novelty has worn off a little for me! I don't feel like anything has changed with the quality of the box, but I just feel that I'm becoming a little bit immune to it. Nevertheless, I've not yet convinced myself to unsubscribe, so I'm here to talk about the My Little Dolce Vita Box

The My Little Dolce Vita Box is all about Italian summertime, delivering a little bit of Italian joy right to your front door. Every month the team at My Little Box create a special art print, this month it reads "Everything sounds better in Italian", finished in mint green with some ice cream, some shoes and a coffee. I never really know what to do with these special prints, I've taken some to work and put them on my wall and some our at home waiting to be utilised. As always there is a mixture of both beauty and lifestyle items, this month we have a pretty headscarve, which is finished with all different shades of blue and green. We also have the cutest ring, which is finished with gold and a cute leaf detailing. I actually love that the ring comes in a little box, which I'll definitely use for storing some of my other jewellery. 

Every month My Little Beauty create their own their own beauty item to share inside the box. This month we have a moisturiser which is created specifically for your legs, they say it has a gel formulation which adds illumination to your pins. These types of products are great for summer, as they are designed to give you a healthy glow, so that you can wear dresses and shorts with confidence. The
 Baija Body Oil is next in the box, which is a brand I've never used or heard of. It's designed with notes of Jasmine and Green Tea, making it a lovely floral scent. I was happy to see a perfume rollerball in the box, it's 8.5ml and it's the Courrenges La Fille De L’Air Perfume. I absolutely adore the box it comes in and it's actually a really nice scent, finished with notes of bergamot, neroli, orange blossom, musk and ozone.

My Little Box is a subscription service costing £11 a month, plus £3.95 P&P. It's my favourite subscription box of all time and I highly recommend grabbing a subscription! Check out the website here.

Monday, 16 May 2016

There is no denying that most shampoo and conditioner combinations don’t look that pretty, but there’s something about this duo that make my heard melt. The Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo and Conditioner is created by Stockholm’s most-celebrated salon – SACHAJUAN. The Scandinavian hair care range is designed for those who suffer for limp, lifeless hair and who need a bit of volume.

SACHAJUAN created the shampoo and conditioner, following the award-winning success of their Ocean Mist. The new care products are designed to be both strengthening and volumising. Adding texture to your hair to give it a real beachy feel. The products are created by using natural vegetable proteins, which give the hair structure. The formula is designed to penetrate the hair shaft, which helps improve the strength of each individual hair strand. This gives the hair a bounce and stops the hair strands from breaking. The shampoo and conditioner also use SACHAJUAN’s Ocean Silk Technology, which uses natural algae’s for a better shine and surface feel.

What I love about this range is that some volumising products can leave my hair looking greasy, but this duo is really clarifying on my hair. So it has the extra oomph, without the greasy, gritty feeling. I actually took this on holiday with me last week and it kept my hair in really good condition. We were in and out of the pool, so it protected the hair from the chlorine and also stopped products building up on my hair! You can pick up the Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo and Conditioner from Cult Beauty, priced at £19 and £20 respectively. 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Morgan Taylor Launched in the UK in February 2013, exclusively to distributors Louella Belle. Morgan Taylor are blessed with creators who have a 25-year history in the nail industry. Founded by Danny Haile and David Daniel, the brand is named after their daughters. The core collection actually consists of over 145 colours and five different nail treatments. The latest collection from the brand is an array of bright shades, aptly named the Street Beat 2016 Collection*.

The collection is inspired by the street, taking motivation from the bright sun and colours. The colours are certainly bold and eye-catching, featuring a range of bright colours for the summer season. There’s every colour you could possibly need, from ‘Cou-tour The Streets’ which is a sweet creamy lilac, right up to ‘Tag, You’re It’ which is a bright fuschia – so bright that it reminds me of the pink highlighters. There is also ‘B-Girl Style’ which is a pink pearl, a hot coral which is named ‘Hip Hot Coral’, ‘Street Cred-ible’ which is an orange hue and ‘Give Me A Break-dance’ which is an incredible teal shade.

CEO and Founder of Morgan Taylor, Danny Haile says “We were inspired by the artistic expression of street art and hip hop for this collection”. They range is designed to inspire your energetic side, giving you to really express your style on your nails. I love adding a pop of colour to my nails, I think it adds a different dimension to my monochrome work wardrobe! The six street art nail polishes will be available from Sally’s stores or online this month, they are priced at £10.99 each.

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