Wednesday, 25 November 2015

I think now that it's the very end of November, I'm officially allowed to talk Christmas without feeling guilty right? I love Christmas, it's my favourite time of year! So I'm so excited that on Hope, Freedom, Love this year - I have lots of Christmas joy to share! If you've followed my blog or twitter (@hopefreedomlove) for a while, you'll know that when the Roger & Gallet Christmas Collection was announced I was very excited! I've been a huge fan of Roger & Gallet for the longest time and their Christmas gifts never cease to amaze me. This year the gift range is adorned in bright colours and finished with gold details. 

My favourite gift this year has to be the House of Roger & Gallet (£25 here). It's a stunning gift set, inspired by the Boutique du Bonheur in Paris. Inside the box is home to Roger & Gallet's iconic fragrances and body treats, giving you the chance to try some of the most beautiful products from the brand.

Inside the box there is; the Fleur de Figuer Eau Fraiche 30ml (fresh fig aroma, paired with mandarin, caraway seeds, grapefruit, musk, fig milk and cedar), Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange Sublime Hand Cream 30m (hydrating hand cream providing eight hours of moisture), the Fleur d'Osmanthus Shower Gel 50ml (gentle cleansing shower gel infused with gourmet floral notes) and the Gingembre Rouge Body Lotion 50ml (a luxurious Body Lotion is infused with the Gingembre Rouge scent). 

This beautiful gift set is presented in a house shaped box, the doors open to reveal the goodies inside. The box is decorated with the traditional Roger & Gallet golden swirl pattern, which just gives it a stunning luxurious feel. It would truly look beautiful under the tree before you've even had the chance to wrap it! 

Thanks to the beautiful team at Escentual, I have the opportunity for you to win the House of Roger & Gallet! The giveaway will end on the 10th December, which means you can get this beautiful gift in time to pamper yourself over the Christmas break! All you have to do to win, is fill out the rafflecopter form below (you need to be following me on bloglovin' and Escentual on Twitter). Good luck! 

The House of Roger & Gallet retails for £25 from 

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

All too often I forget to make the most out of my makeup collection. I have a LOT of products and great products sometimes get forgotten about. I've recently given my makeup bag a bit of a shake up and this is what has made the cut. All of these products have recently been reviewed on my blog, but they’ve also become staples in my routine. Lets take a look at what is currently in my makeup bag..

The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation has become a staple in my routine recently as it's perfect for when your skin is a bit dry. It has all the benefits of the Maybelline Superstay foundation; it buffs into the skin with ease, it covers imperfections and it doesn’t feel tacky on the skin. It has fantastic coverage too, which makes it good for days when you’re being a bit more demanding on your skin. It only costs £7.99, which I think is an absolute bargain! 

What I love about the Lunar Rose palette, is that all the colours perfectly compliment my eye colour, so it really is the perfect quad. Inside the palette there are four shades, which you can use on their own, or build up for a full eye look. 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 eyeshadows last really well on my skin, they actually happen to last all day and they blend beautifully.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer has been a staple in my routine for a long time. It's not only by first ever concealer repurchase; it’s actually my first ever high-end repurchase. So that should be an indication of how much I love it. The concealer has a large doe foot applicator, which holds a lot of product. One dip in the tube gives me more than enough concealer for my whole face. The best part is that this works for everything; it's amazing for covering dark circles but it covers redness and blemishes too. 

Marc Jacobs - The Innocent palette
The Innocent is a gorgeous three-piece eyeshadow set by Marc Jacobs. The packaging is gorgeous (it's a lovely sleek black compact) but the contents are equally beautiful. The Innocent has two matte shades, a beige and a brown crease shade. The third shade is a glitter gold shade which looks incredible in the pan. The palette is a little bit of luxury and it's perfect for this time of year. 

This is one of those products that is worth the hype. It's a two part bronzer that has a light side and a darker side. It has "S&G" embossed in the powder, which looks super pretty when it first arrives, as it has a pink dusting to it. I have really pale skin, so I used to find bronzers really difficult to use but this is great as a contour and an all over bronzer. It's got the most gorgeous colour to it; it's not too muddy, too dark or too orange. It just blends into the skin and adds a really lovely warmth.

There's no doubt that this product looks incredible, it's one of the prettiest items in my whole makeup collection. The beautiful embossing takes inspiration from art deco and it feels like a work of art when it's sitting on my vanity. The formula of these is really quite special, it's very finely milled but there's absolutely no fallout as I swish my brush round in the pan. The highlighter blends into skin effortlessly and it doesn't seem to settle or crease. The powder has no glitter in it, so you just get the most gorgeous glow, without the glitter flecks falling on to your cheeks. 

The Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows come packaged beautifully and the colour is so pigmented, you literally need the tiniest bit to give a wash of colour. It's buildable too, which means you can go for a full smokey eye, if the mood takes you. You have a couple of minutes to play around and then the formula sets and stays put all day. I have the shade Velvet Orchid but my current favourite is Misty Rock.

This is something quite different, when you look at the blusher in the pan, it looks like a sponge but it's actually a very special formula. Technically it's a lightweight powder, which has been made to be supple, soft and blendable. It's got a velvety feel to it and it actually feels like a cream blush as you touch it. The formula is incredibly pigmented, you really don't need much on the cheeks and it provides a lot of coverage with a small amount. The finish is matte, but it's not a drying matte shade, it's incredible wearable even when your skin is feeling dry. 

These brushes in the collection are incredibly soft, if you felt that the original brushes were soft, these are on a whole other level. Whilst the original Real Techniques brushes are beautiful quality, the Bold Metals collection offers something that feels luxury. These definitely are not just an "excuse" to charge more money, the brushes have a noticeable jump in quality, performance and style. I actually spent months trying to convince myself that I didn't need the fancy Bold Metals brushes by Real Techniques. However, when they released the luxury Christmas Sets, I knew that I would not be able to resist - I'm glad I caved! 

What products do you currently have in your makeup bag?

Monday, 23 November 2015

Christmas has officially started here on Hope, Freedom, Love! This year I've got a whole host of gifts that I'm going to be reviewing for you. So if you're looking for the perfect gift for your mum, dad, sister, boyfriend, best friend (or even yourself) you're in the right place! At the beginning of December I'll also be sharing my Christmas Gift Guides which will be a giant blog post sharing all of my favourite gifts for the season.

Neom have launched their 'Scent To Make You Feel Good' range, which is their special Christmas Collection for 2015. The whole range has been given a sprinkle of gold or platinum and it's focussing on enabling you to give a real therapeutic gift. The range includes two Christmas candles; Christmas Wish (that has been given a sprinkle of real gold) and Perfect Peace (which has been sprinkled with Platinum). There's also a further eight gift sets, so there really is something for everyone, whatever their beauty passion.

Here I have the limited edition 'Three Nights Of Peace' set, it comes in a dinky little box, finished with a ribbon which carries the 'Scent To Make You Feel Good' slogan. Inside the box there are three mini bottles of the famous Neom bath oils. The scents included are; Tranquillity (English Lavender, Sweet Basil & Jasmine), Time to Unwind and Real Luxury (Jasmine, French lavender and Brazilian rosewood). Inside the box there is also access to the Neom Ultimate Sleep eBook (worth £9.99), which aims to give you practical advice on getting better quality sleep.

The three oils are incredibly potent and are all designed to induce sleep or deeply de-stress the body and mind. What I love about this gift is that you're almost giving a friend or a loved one the gift of pamper and sleep! It would be a lovely gift for a new Mum who needs to take some time for herself. 

The 'Three Nights Of Peace' kit retails for £14.95 and you can pick it up from Look Fantastic

Sunday, 22 November 2015

If there's one brand you can count on to bring a bit of glitter to the Christmas season, it has to be Barry M. Every year they wow me with a collection of glittery products, which are fit for any Christmas party. This year Barry M have two Christmas releases to shout about; Glitter Rush & Glitter Gelly. 

Glitter Rush in Snow Globe & Desert Bronze
Glitter Rush is the perfect multi-purpose product and the perfect solution for adding glitter to any look. Glitter Rush are little pots of glitter that you can apply to your face and body. The best bit is that you can use these glitter pots on-the-go as they come in really handy shaker pots. It means that no matter what happens, you won't end up with glitter all over the bedroom floor. Glitter Rush comes in two shades; Snow Globe (silver glitter) & Desert Bronze (bronze/copper glitter). You can apply the glitter on the face to add sparkle to an eyeshadow look, or some some glitter highlighter, or you can add it to your body, buy sprinkling some into your body lotion. The possibilities are endless...

Glitter Gelly polishes in Sparkling Ruby & Sparkling Amethyst
The famous Gelly Hi-Shine polishes from Barry M are back and this time they are packed with glitter; creating 'Glitter Gelly'. The Glitter Gelly polishes are limited edition for the Christmas season and they come in two shades; Sparkling Ruby (a glittery red) & Sparkling Amethyst (a glittery plum). The Gelly formula offers a hi-shine finish, a gel formulation and long lasting wear. The shades are both exclusive to Superdrug.

I know that all four of these products will be staples in my makeup routine for the rest of the year. If you fancy getting your hands on these products, Glitter Rush retails for £4.49 each (here) and the Glitter Gelly polishes retail for £3.99 (here). 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

I'm not a keen traveller. There are people who love hopping on a plane and exploring the world, but I've definitely not one of them. I'm not adverse to holidays with my family, but when it comes to work travel, count me out. Unfortunately, traveling is a big part of my job, so I'm not about to get out of it anytime soon. However, I always say that the one advantage of having to travel with work, is that it's a good excuse to go shopping! I was recently in San Francisco, so it was the perfect excuse to check out what Sephora and Target had to offer. 

Sephora Favourites - Lashstash
Lashstash is one if the famous Sephora Favourites kits! I'm a huge fan of the Sephora Favourites kits as they offer you the chance to try lots of things, at a bargain price. If the name doesn't give it away, this one features eight coveted mascaras—plus, a lash curler, lash fibers, and an eyeliner. The contents of the box includes; Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, Blinc Mascara, Hourglass Cosmetics Mechanical Gel Eye Liner, Marc Jacobs Beauty O! Mascara, NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon, Tarte best in faux extending fibers and the Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara. 

Get The Skinny Eye Set from Clinique
I found the Get The Skinny Eye Set in the aisle of doom, which is filled with mini products just before the checkout. Inside the cute purple packaging, there's miniature samples of the; High Impact Mascara in Black, Clinique Skinny Stick in Slimming Black and the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. 

Sephora Collection 'Wonderful Dreams' palette
I actually had a more expensive palette in my basket and I decided to swap it for this beauty. It only cost $10 and inside the little box, you get eight eyeshadows. There's a mixture of matte and iridescent eye shadows all in sweet soft hues. Sephora says that they are "highly pigmented shades in matte and shimmer finishes to create a multitude of stunning looks". The shades included in the palette are; Chantilly Lace, Marron Glacé, Crystal Ball, Midnight Swim, Soft Cookie, Toasted Almond, Pretty Sunrise and Hot Cocoa.

Mini Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light 
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are famous in the beauty world. I've tried the Ambient Lighting Blushers, but I'm yet to try the Ambient Lighting Powders. Naturally, I couldn't resist the miniature version of Dim Light. The Ambient Lighting Powders are infused with Photoluminescent Technology, micron-size, color-correcting particles refract light and create transparent coverage. The Ambient Lighting Powders come in six shades; Dim Light is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette
This palette is about to be launched in the UK, but it's actually FAR cheaper to buy it in the states as it's only $10 at Target. The palette features 12 shades of shadows, which appear to mimic the gorgeous Naked 3 palette. The shades are infused with rose gold pigments for bolder blushes, provocative plums, and risque roses.

The Regal Wardrobe from bareMinerals
I was drawn to The Regal Wardrobe in the airport, as it has some stunning purple tone eyeshadows, which happen to be my latest weakness. The Regal Wardrobe is an elegant palette, featuring eight eyeshadows (Regal, Treasure Hunt, Natural, Cognac, Namaste, 500 Thread Count, Romp and Flash), two blushers (The Love Letter and The Summer Fling), a bronzer (The Skinny Dip) and an Luminizer (The Brilliant Sunset). Looking at it in the pan it looks like my perfect palette, so I cannot wait to play with it!

Travel Brow Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills 
As a new fan of the beautiful Brow Wiz from Anastasia Beverly Hills, I couldn't resist this little kit. It's a cute portable brow set with three mini tools for sculpting, filling, and setting brow looks on-the-go. Inside the box there's the Mini Brow Wiz Crayon, Mini Tweezer and a Mini Brow Gel in Clear. I honestly think this is a perfect trio to chuck in my makeup bag when I'm travelling!

Mini Pixi Glow Tonic
This is another product that you can obviously buy in the UK, but I've wanted to buy the miniature bottle of Glow Tonic since Caroline Hirons announced it's launch. The tiny bottle is 100ml and it's exclusive to Target at the moment, it's a great way to try the product before investing in the larger bottle. 

I'd love to know if you've tried any of these goodies? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas has officially started here on Hope, Freedom, Love! This year I've got a whole host of gifts that I'm going to be reviewing for you. So if you're looking for the perfect gift for your mum, dad, sister, boyfriend, best friend (or even yourself) you're in the right place! At the beginning of December I'll also be sharing my Christmas Gift Guides which will be a giant blog post sharing all of my favourite gifts for the season.

The beauty range at M&S is absolutely incredible at the moment. I feel like I've watch it grow from a few Autograph products, to M&S having shelves stacked high with a whole host of Christmas gifts. One brand that M&S have in their beauty aisles is Leighton Denny, who have a huge array of pretty gifts this Christmas.

I've always been a huge fan of Leighton Denny products. I love everything from the packaging, to the colours and the formula. This year they've got a whole host of beautiful Christmas gifts, which all come packaged in gorgeous silver and blue packaging. Here I have the stunning Dazzle Duo, which includes two full sized polishes. Leighton Denny say that it's a 'match made under the mistletoe' and I can see why. The first shade in the box is 'Where's My Limo', which is a limited edition shade form the New Hollywood collection. It's a stunning neutral grey shade, which has a glossy finish. The second shade is 'Sub-Zero Attitude' which is a blue and silver glitter shade. Both colours look great on their own, or you can pair them together to create the perfect frosted look.

The Leighton Denny Dazzle Duo retails for £17 at Marks & Spencer (here), the polishes are both easy to apply, long-lasting and all free from toluene, DBP and formaldehyde. I also love the look of the 'Sweet Petite Cold Winter Collection', which has four mini Leighton Denny shades in a cute cube. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series which 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! 

Green People launch new ‘Ivory’ shade of their famous DD Cream
Green People’s DD Cream has had some fabulous reviews and they’ve just added a brand new shade to the line up. Green People say that ‘Ivory’ enables “porcelain perfection” and it will be great for the party season. Pick up the new shade exclusively at here

MAC launch special Patent Polish Lip Pencil for Black Friday
The Black Friday Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Berry Black Friday will launch on November 27th exclusively at The blackened plum shade will retail for £17.50 and it’s limited edition to celebrate the Black Friday. The shade dark and daring and it is perfect for the Winter party season!

Estée LaLonde & Body Shop Collaboration 
I’m so excited about the Estee LaLonde & Body Shop Collaboration! Together they have launched the Nail Kit, which includes The Body Shop Nail Art Pen and three Colour Crush nail polishes. There’s even a card inside that gives instructions for two nail art designs. The kit retails for £15 and it’s available here

Aromatherapy Associates launch the Rose Infinity Triple Effect Face 
Aromatherapy Associates describe the mask to be a “beauty breakthrough” combining a trio of key ingredients to aid your skin. There’s Hyaluronic Acid to smooth and refine, a blend of botanical ingreditents to plump up fine lines and wrinkles and microalgae to improve skin luminosity. The mask retails for £69 here

Brand new products from Clinique
I’ve been waiting for more information on the Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub + Lip Balm, since British Beauty Blogger visited the launch event. They are due to be available exclusively at Debenhams from 4th December. They are housed in macaroon-inspired packaging, the dual sided product treats lips to a sugary exfoliator on one side and a moisturising balm on the other. The other product that caught my eye is the Pretty Easy Eye Palette (£35), featuring eight neutral eye shadow shades paired with the brand's Skinny Sticks in Slimming Black and Slim Sable. 

NARS announces ‘Dead Of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette’
The latest addition to the NARS holiday collection is the Dead Of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette and it is STUNNING. There are four Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows; Studly, Stag, Subra and Blackmail, plus a Mini Via Veneto Larger Than Life Eyeliner. All packaged in the limited edition 2015 holiday packaging from with photographer Steven Klein. The palette retails for a reasonable £29, available here

Kevyn Aucoin Christmas sets available at Cult Beauty
Cult Beauty have announced that they are launching two gift sets from Kevyn Aucoin. There’s the Expert Brush Collection which is a textured roll, featuring double–ended brushes. The second set is the Legacy Eye Palette, which “contains everything you need to sculpt, highlight and define you face, eyes and brows”. Cult Beauty also has a promotional code 'TREATME', which you can enter at the checkout to get £30 off when you spend £150. 

M&S Beauty announce Beauty Advent Calendar
The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar launches on November 17th and it’s definitely one of my favourite Advent Calendars so far! The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar costs £25 when you spend £25 on other beauty items and it has 24 products! The products include; REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Therapy, Rosie for Autograph Nuit Parfum Eau de Parfum, Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom and the Pixi Glow Tonic, among others. 

Paint Can from Nails Inc 
The Paint Can from Nails Inc has been taking the beauty world by storm! I’m absolutely sold on this clever idea! It’s the world’s first spray on nail polish - the world's fastest manicure! You apply your base coat, spray over the nail area and they wash your hands to reveal perfectly painted nails. Genius! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

I'm a huge fan of the standard Real Techniques brushes, I think that the quality and the value for money is second to none. So to begin with, I was annoyed that they'd made these 'luxury' brushes, instead of improving the existing brushes. I actually spent months trying to convince myself that I didn't need the fancy Bold Metals brushes by Real Techniques. However, when they released the luxury Christmas Sets, I knew that I would not be able to resist the Bold Metals Essentials set (especially when I spotted it for £30 on offer at Boots). The Bold Metals Essentials set comes packaged in a simple box, which has some pretty gold detailing. When you delve inside the box, you find three brushes and a pretty triple-colour clutch bag. 

Real Techniques say that they had one goal when creating the Bold Metals line. They wanted to create breathtaking, premium brushes that give amazing results. The range is finished with tapered handles, which make them perfect for the belts of makeup artists, but it also stops the brushes from falling off your dressing table. Despite their hefty appearance, the brushes are incredibly lightweight, meaning you can create flawless looks effortlessly. Much like the original brushes, the Bold Metal collection is colour coded in categories. There's gold handles for base brushes, silver for eyes and rose gold for finishing. Real Techniques have swapped the black bristles from the original range, for white bristles. Which means you can see exactly how makeup you have on the brush. The bristles are tapered and offer artistry cuts, for precision application. 

The first brush is exclusive to the Bold Metals Essentials set; the 103 angled powder brush. It's the largest brush that Bold Metals has created, which means it is great for applying powder, but the angled edges means it is great for fitting the contours of the face. I've used this brush for my traditional powder, bronzer and even finishing powder and it does a great job.

The second brush in the set is the 200 oval shadow brush (£15 here), which is a bit of a dual purpose brush, so it's a worthy additional to my eyeshadow brush collection. It's got a fabulous round shape, which allows for all-over lid application. It means you can really pack on the colour. It's also big and fluffy, which means you can get seamless blending with minimal effort. You can actually use the brush with both cream and powder products, so there is a wealth of opportunities for eyeshadow looks. 

The last brush in the set is the 300 tapered blush brush (£24 here), which is a stunning shape, it's unlike any other brush in my collection. It's got a specially-designed tip which allows you to use the brush for blusher, sculpting and highlighting. The size makes it easy to work with; it's not too big and it's not too little. It blends out all of my blushers, highlighters and sculpting products with ease, which makes it great for speeding up my morning routine.

All three brushes in the collection are incredibly soft, if you felt that the original brushes were soft, these are on a whole other level. They are designed to be shed-resistant, I've definitely not noticed any bristles, which is rare for a brand new brush. Whilst the original Real Techniques brushes are beautiful quality, the Bold Metals collection offers something that feels luxury. These definitely are not just an "excuse" to charge more money, the brushes have a noticeable jump in quality, performance and style.

The Bold Metals Essentials set retails for £68 (from Boots here), so it's certainly an investment, but I think it would make a great gift for any beauty fan this Christmas. 

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