Friday, 20 January 2017

There’s no doubt that glitter liners feel like a throwback from the 90’s, but I feel like everything has a perfect time and place! Whether you’re looking for a shade for your latest fancy dress look, going to a party or simply going to work – the Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Glitter Gel Liners* have a shade for you! 

The Glam Crystals Dazzling Glitter Gel Liner from Collection is a fantastic way to try glitter liner on a budget! These beauties retail for a tiny £2.99, but they are everything you need and more. The little liners arrive in clear tubes, which let the colour of the product shine through. They are finished with a black lid and black lettering which explains what the product is. When you unscrew the lid you find a tiny wand, which is perfect for precision application. The formula itself features fine glitter particles (of all different pretty colours), suspended in a clear quick drying gel. 

There are a whopping 14 different shades available from Collection and I have three here to show you. ‘Le Freak’ is not for the faint hearted, this one is a bright blue glitter - it would bring life and soul to any makeup look! ‘Rock Chick’ is a deep black glitter, with is decorated with specs of silver – I personally think this one looks great on top of your regular black eyeliner. Finally we have ‘Dig It’ which is an equal mixture of black and gold glitter, perfect for glam evening events when you just want to add something extra to your look.

There are loads of ways you can wear Glitter Eyeliner, but my personal favourite way is to use the applicator to dab the glitter along the lash line. For some thing more subtle keep the line thin and delicate, but for something more eye catching you can create a thicker, more dramatic line. As I mentioned, the Glam Crystals Dazzling Glitter Gel Liners retail for a tiny £2.99, so why not add a couple to your collection and start experimenting!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hope, Freedom, Love just wouldn’t feel complete without my 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' series! 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' has to be my longest running blog series and its home to the posts that get the best feedback from my readers. I absolutely love that you guys come back time and time again to read my 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' posts, so it was only right to continue these in 2017. This series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world, where most Thursday’s I bring you all the exciting news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This week I’m back with a bang with new MERUMAYA skincare and much more! Keep reading...

The NEW MERUMAYA Retinol Resurfacing Treatment 
This new exciting product from MERUMAYA is one to add straight to your shopping list and it launches TOMORROW. It’s a special product, as it’s a Retinol Resurfacing Treatment which Maleka (MERUMAYA founder) claims “doesn’t have your face looking like, it’s literally falling off”. Retinol is made up of Vitamin A which often has some negative effects on the skin, the MERUMAYA alternative is packed full of natural ingredients that counter these negative effects and impart additional benefits. It features the maximum permitted dose of Vitamin A, which is stabilized by Vitamin A Palmitate. Aroleat Samphira is added, which is proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out the skin tone, regulate sebum and reduce inflammation. There’s even two different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid, to ensure the skin retains moisture in the epidermis and dermis.

Too Faced Sweet Peach
Right now the world is going ‘Sweet Peach’ crazy, as the products have just hit the stores today! The new Sweet Peach range features the best-selling Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette (£39) plus number of new peach-inspired products. The new products include a whole set of Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil (£16) which are a glossy-balm hybrid, created with whipped peach lip oil. There is also the Papa Don’t Peach Blush (£25) and my personal favourite is the Sweet Peach Glow Palette (£34) - a peach-infused highlighting palette with the three shades you need for highlighting, bronzing and adding blusher to the skin. Shop the new collection right now at Debenhams!

If you’re someone who really suffers from wearing mascara, this latest release is for you! For people who suffer from sensitive eyes, wearing mascara can often cause further discomfort. La Roche-Posay has created the RESPECTISSIME range, which includes a range of mascaras, plus an eye makeup remover, which offers protection from mascara intolerance. The range has passed through rigorous tolerance testing and is perfect for contact lens wearers or irritated eyes. There is the RESPECTISSIME Volume Mascara, the RESPECTISSIME  Multi-Dimensions mascara and the RESPECTISSIME Waterproof Mascara. Finally there’s the Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover - a bi-phase formula removes eye makeup instantaneously and effectively, without rubbing or irritating eyes. You can pick up the full RESPECTISSIME range at Escentual now.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

I’m sure there was a time when the sales used to last a matter of days. Nowadays the January sales seem to last a lifetime, with more and more products being added every day. I’ve really been enjoying reading about some of the bargains my favourite bloggers have nabbed, so I decided to whisk around my home and put together my own post. I’m genuinely quite bad at not buying the things I want – the term TREAT YO’SELF is practically my mantra. So normally, if I really want something – I tend to waste too much of my money buying it. That being said, there were actually a few things that I had my eye on before Christmas, that had managed to escape my grasp – it was time to rectify this!

My sales shopping consisted of two shops – Boots and SpaceNK – both of which I waited for patiently on Christmas Eve, whilst slightly merry and full of chocolate. First up was Space NK and I was delighted that so many of my favourites had been popped into the sale! One brand I’ve heard a lot about, but never tried is Chantecaille. Their fall release was named ‘Protect The Lions’ and featured so many lovely products embossed with a delicate lion design. The Lion Pride Cheek Shade had been reduced to £24 and I just couldn’t resist it’s subtle pink shimmer any longer! 

Next up is the Sun Designer Palette from By Terry, which was reduced to £32 and has been on my wish list since August.  Inside the luscious velvet pouch, you find a palette comprising of six different face hues – including bronzers, blushers and highlighters. I’ve been obsessed with By Terry all damn year, I love their lipsticks and their cream eyeshadows, so I’m damn excited to try out some of their powder products! One side of the palette features some pretty bronzing hues, whilst the other side features some pretty daring blusher shades! I think this is going to be a fantastic travel palette!

I think it’s safe to say that basically all the beauty gurus all over the UK are raving about Smith & Cult! I fell in love with one of their glitter polishes earlier this year and I felt it was time to try out one of their colour shades. ‘The Graduate’ was reduced to £9 and it’s an opaque rich taupe nail polish – I’ve been loving these hues in the last couple of months. Smith & Cult polishes are highly pigmented and they are 8-free, which means they are formulated without a lot of the common nasties! 

The last thing I picked up from SpaceNK was something quite special! I’ve really wanted to play with the Diptyque fragrances for a long time, so as soon as I saw this, I knew it was meant to be! This is the Eau De Parfum Discovery Set, which was reduced by 50% to £37. Inside the sleek black box you receive five of the signature fragrances from Diptyque – designed to allow you to discover the “luxurious olfactory universe of Diptyque”. Each of the bottles are 7.5ml and there are designed to be handbag friendly, simply finished with a silk-screen printed design. Inside the box you get Philosykos, L’Ombre dans, L’eau, Do Son, Tam Dao and Eau Duelle – I really hope they don’t leave me disappointed! 

Next up we have two goodies from Boots, once again, as soon as the sale went live I knew exactly what I’d be hunting for! First up was Essie – Essie is one of my favourite brands so I snap up any chance to get polishes at a discounted price. The Essie Cracka Colour Nail Gift Set is a super cute cracker shaped box, with four full sized Essie polishes inside. 

The last product in my haul was the Stila Star Light Star Bright Highlighting Palette, which if you follow my blog, you’ll know I was desperate to get my hands on. Inside the pretty gold palette there are three radiance-enhancing highlighters. They have a really soft texture, which just leaves a really pretty, radiant glow on your cheekbones. I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to grab one of these before they sold out, so I am pretty chuffed to have this in my collection now!

I’d love to know about any beauty bargains you’ve grabbed recently! Have you tried any of these products?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

If you ask me, there isn’t much better in life than receiving a fresh bouquet of flowers. There’s just something so special and personal about having them in your home, seeing them every day and thinking of that special someone. Having flowers in the home truly makes me a really happy person, so I was delighted when I was offered the chance to review some beautiful flowers from Blossoming Gifts

Before now I’d never heard of Blossoming Gifts, but I can safely say that they are about to become a staple in my gifting arsenal! Blossoming Gifts are an online retailer, offering a whole host of beautiful gifts for you to choose from. They have everything you could ever need, from fresh hand-tied flowers, a range of pretty personalised gifts and a whole host of different hampers and wines. All of the gifts are available for delivery the very next day, when you want to send them anywhere in London or throughout the UK. You simply hop on to the website and pick what takes your fancy – a few clicks and your gift is on it’s way! Blossoming Gifts provide next day flowers 7 days a week, the flowers are sourced from the finest flowers from our British growers where possible so that you can send the best bouquets throughout the UK.

I decided to test out the Blueberry Pancakes Bouquet*, which arrived bright and early the very next day. They arrived in a pretty cardboard box, which had been decorated with blue and white illustrations. What was really unique for me, is that the flowers were pre-wrapped and pre-arranged, I’ve seen flower services in the past where they just arrive flat in a box and you have to do all the hard work yourself! The Blossoming Gifts Bouquet arrived arranged beautifully, so all I had to do was snip off a couple of centimeters on the stems and pop them in a vase – GENIUS! 

I was really impressed at how well the flowers had travelled, they arrived in impeccable condition and they’ve spent the last 7 days looking gorgeous in my lounge! Even my boyfriend commented on how pretty they were and he can be a bit of a ‘Bah Humbug’ when it comes to flowers! The roses only took a few hours to start to open and the lilies took about 3 days to start to open up. They’ve been going strong for a total of eight days and are just starting to show signs of giving up, which is commendable. All the bouquets from Blossoming Gifts are designed to be beautiful and affordable, this bouquet would only set you back £40 and it really is exquisite. 

If you’ve fallen in love with these flowers as much as me, you’re in luck! If you’re interested in trying out Blossoming Gifts for yourself – I have good news! All my readers can save a whopping 33% off by entering ‘BGIFTS33’ at the checkout. This code will give readers 33% off all flowers other than those in the 'flowers by post' page. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, Blossoming Gifts are also giving you the chance to win your own bunch of flowers! Blossoming Gifts are giving my readers the chance to win their very own bouquet, one lucky person will be able to pick any bouquet worth up to £35! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You will need to be following Hope, Freedom, Love on Bloglovin’ and you will need to supply an email address. By entering the competition you are agreeing to be signed up to Blossoming Gifts newsletter, where you will receive promotional emails. Good luck, full T&C's are below! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions! The giveaway prize consists of one bouquet worth up to £35 from Blossoming Gifts. At the end of the giveaway one winner will be chosen and they can pick any in stock bouquet, worth up to £35 from the website. The giveaway will be running until Monday 30th January at midnight and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. To be eligible to win you must be following my blog via Bloglovin and enter your email address on the Rafflecopter widget. By entering the competition you are agreeing for your email address to be used in the Blossoming Gifts Mailing List, where you will receive the Blossoming Gifts Newsletter to your inbox. There are additional entries if you follow via Twitter and Instagram, visit Facebook pages or tweet about the competition. Entry is limited to UK residents.The prize was donated by the wonderful Blossoming Gifts team for a giveaway. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

I love Spring time and I especially love Spring makeup, so this time of year is right up my street! One of my favourite brands from 2016 Pixi by Petra, has just released their latest collection for Spring Summer 2017. The new collection is actually quite big and it includes lots of lovely new products.

There are new lip balms, palettes, blushers and kabuki brushes. The new collection is available right now and I’m here to give you the low down on the bits you need to try…

The famous Endless Silky Eye Pen* (£12 here) has been released in a new matte formulation, with new shades for Spring. It’s a waterproof, pigmented pencil, which gives you great colour payoff. It means that you can just apply it once and you’re good to go. There are two new shades - Matte Khaki which is a lovely green hue and there's Matte Mulberry, which is pictured here. I’ve been using this beautiful brown purple hue close to the lash line on the eyelid and then extending it through the bottom waterline. It gives you great definition whether you’re creating a subtle smokey eye, or creating a dramatic tightline. It’s very gentle on the eye, designed for people who suffer with sensitive eyes. The addition of Vitamin E nourishes and protects the skin around the eye, whilst Mica provides natural looking luminosity. 

The Correction Concentrate* (£14 here) is another fabulous Pixi product and it’s been released in a brand new shade - Awakening Apricot. This concealer arrives in a handy pot and it’s a highly pigmented concealer, which you use for correcting the skin. It’s designed to erase dark circles and blur any fine lines around the eye. The new shade has been designed for olive skintones who need to need help neutralized discolouration. Simply tap it into the after your foundation and before your concealer – you can use it around your eyes, nose and mouth. 

The Gel Tint & Silk Gloss* (£14 here) is a new Pixi product, on one side you have a lip stain and on the other you have a gloss. The product is designed to be the perfect pair, the lip tint gives you long lasting colour and the gloss keeps your lips lusciously hydrated. You can use either of the products on their own, or layer them together to bring your lips to life. Pixi even recommend using the tint on your cheeks as a pretty rosy blusher. I have the shade SweetGloss & BerryTint which are two pretty pink/nude shades. 

I've swatched some of these lovely products for you below. As you can see the Endless Silky Eye Pen is a such a lovely purple tone and the Gel Tint & Silk Gloss is a perfect handbag essential. As I mentioned, all these pretty new products are available right now! You can pick them up in the London Pixi Boutique, the Pixi Website and at Marks & Spencer

Friday, 13 January 2017

It’s the new year and I’m not sure about everyone else, but my skin needs some serious TLC! Booster Shots were a bit of a “thing” in 2016, but they were always too expensive for me. So I was super excited to see that one of my favourite brands, Nip+Fab, have created a range of lovely Booster Shots. The Booster Shots are designed to complement any skincare routine, as you can use them to provide extra treatments to your existing products. You simply use these on their own, or mix them with your your serum or moisturiser! Nip + Fab have released four different booster shots, so there is probably a fix for everyone.

The four shots have everything you could ever need! First up there’s the Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot (£24.95 here), which is designed to blur out your pores and smoothe out any lines. It includes Syn-Ake, soft focus powders and a tightening complex – you just pop two drops into your product to achieve flawless, silky-smooth skin. Next up we have the Bee Sting Fix Repairing Shot (£24.95 here) which is the repairing and conditioning boost for your skin. This is a lightweight, nourishing oil especially designed for repairing dry skin. Pick this shot if you have damaged or dry skin – the mix of bee venom, royal jelly and hyaluronic acid, will hydrate, condition and plump the skin. The third Booster Shot is the Kale Fix Protecting Shot (£24.95 here). The kale shot is fantastic for protecting your skin from pollution, which can really harm the skin. This one is a blend of Kale plus vitamins B5, C and E – add two drops of this oil to your skin for a boost of nourishment and defence. 

The last Booster Shot is the one I have here and it’s the Glycolic Fix Instant Radiance Shot* (£19.95). I picked this one to try as it’s just what I need at this time of year! Inside the shot you find glycolic acid (which is great for retexturing and resurfacing the skin), a blend of fruit acids (which stimulate skin cell renewal) and finally we have amino acid derivatives (which reduce the appearance of pigmentation). This Booster Shot is a fast track to radiance and luminosity. The blend of exfoliating acids help your skin to regenerate and leave you with a gorgeous, natural luminescent glow. The addition of aloe vera and allantoin, protect the skin from becoming sore after the treatment. The Booster Shot itself is actually a pretty pearlescent blue shade, which turns into a golden glow when applied to the skin.
for the skin. 

If you hadn’t guessed already, I’m in love with these Booster Shots! I love that you could own them all, simply swapping them in and out of your routine depending on your needs. I also love that you don’t need to have loads of different products, you could have a very simply routine which you just bring to life with these lovely shots! Check out the shots on the Nip & Fab website, they are celebrating the launch with loads of exciting offers throughout January! Buy the NEW Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot before January 17th and receive the Viper Venom Night as a free gift worth £19.95! Just enter the code: VNIGHT at the checkout. Get shopping here

Thursday, 12 January 2017

I spent a lot of time last year praising the Bouclème brand – as a curly hair lady I quickly became one of the brands biggest fans! The collection by Bouclème is a revolutionary new range, designed by fellow curl sister Michele Scott-Lynch. She was fed up with the dull, lack-luster, disappointing products on the market and had a desire to a range of products that delivered healthy, frizz free curls, without using nasty and artificial ingredients. Thirty years of curl struggle inspired Michele to create Bouclème, which features curl products without using sulphate and silicone, or products that strip away moisture and weigh down the hair.

The latest product to land in the Bouclème world is the Bouclème Curl Cream*. It’s made with coconut oil, coconut fruit extract, kukui oil, shea butter and castor oil – which creates a new nourishing and moisture replenishing product. The cream is a very versatile and really does it all you need it to do, reviving lacklustre curls by injecting shine into the hair. It’s also designed to banishes frizz, leaving curls smooth and bouncy.

What I really love about this product is that it is multi-purpose, you can either apply it on wet hair as a styler or you can apply it on wet hair with the Bouclème Curl Defining Gel for a medium hold. Most importantly (in my eyes at least) is that you can also apply this product into dry hair on day two or three curls, so that you can bring them back to life again. As somebody who has searched the internet tirelessly, I can tell you it’s incredibly hair to find a product that works on both wet and dry hair! For someone who travels as much as me it’s a godsend – as I just want one product to pack that works for the whole time I’m away, rather than travelling with three different things. 

Bouclème strongly believes in the power of nature, so all of their products are created without chemical nasties. Even the preservative used is eco certified and they use fair trade products wherever possible, to ensure that farmers get their fair share! The products are also tested on curls, not animals! The Bouclème Curl Cream is available now, priced at £19 (you can buy it here)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

If you’re a frequent reader here on Hope, Freedom, Love – you’ll know that I’m highlighter obsessed! The more highlighters I have in my collection, the happier I am (sad but true)! This means that I buy and try a lot of different highlighters, some which impress me more than others. One product that I’ve tried a lot of are cream highlighter sticks – there are a lot of these available on the high street, so I like to test them and see which ones really offer value for money. Some cream highlighters offer a subtle approach, some focus on bronzing and some are for the hard-core strobe addicts. If you fall into that last category, you need to keep reading… 

In 2016 Maybelline worked hard to bring the market budget contouring options, that honestly offered some real bang for buck. Some of them completely blew me away – namely the Contour V Sticks (read my review here) and the Bronzing Brick (read my review here). The newest kid on the block are the Maybelline Master Strobe Sticks*, aiming to bring something more iridescent to the market. The Strobe Sticks arrive in glitzy silver and black packaging, neatly finished with black lettering. The stick itself is larger than others on the market, offering a product that works well on the cheekbones. 

The Maybelline Master Strobe Sticks are available in two different shades – ‘Light’ is a more pink shade and ‘Medium’ is more of a golden shade. My personal favourite is the pink shade, as I think it’s so versatile and pretty – plus as you see by the swatches, Medium is quite orange on my skin. One stroke of the highlighter adds a pretty, dewy glow – simply tap in the colour with your cheekbones for an intense glow, or blend with a brush for something more subtle. The formula is very creamy and it includes micro-fine pearls, which give a lovely iridescent finish on the skin. I simply swipe this onto my cheekbones, down the middle of my nose and then use a brush to add highlight to the brow bone!

The Maybelline Master Strobe Sticks are just beautiful and for £6.99, I don’t think you can go wrong! Well done Maybelline! 

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