Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Recently I’ve been really struggling to get a decent nights sleep. The combination of heat, jet lag and stress, has left me tossing and turning all night long. You soon quick miss a good nights sleep and there is truly no better feeling than waking up in the morning fully rested. Sleep is a really important process as it allows your mind and body, to regenerate and recover from the onslaught of the day. When you lose sleep, not only do you feel pretty rubbish, but you also struggle to concentrate and often fail to keep a positive mindset. On a more scientific level, you also hamper the skins ability to reproduce and replace aged cells with new cells. After weeks of struggling, it was time to bring out the big guns…

This Works are a fabulous brand for ensuring that we all get a good nights sleep – all thanks to their aromatherapeutic products that help you unwind. They have a full range which can be used from the minute you leave your desk, right through bath time and all the way to the bedroom. Their latest range is aptly named ‘sleep is golden’ – offering you a limited edition sleep collection helps you to enjoy a golden night’s sleep, every night. The range is really vast and broad, but the most exciting thing for me is the new deep sleep pillow spray supersize, which is a whopping 250ml. Since This Works launched the deep sleep pillow spray back in 2011, it has gone from strength to strength – in fact I think you’d be hard pushed to find a blogger who hasn’t tried and raved about it! The deep sleep pillow spray is a blend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile, which you spritz onto your pillow before sleeping. Together the superblend of scents will calm both mind and body, soothing you to sleep.

The popularity of the product encouraged This Works to create a supersized bottle, which is a whopping three times bigger than the regular bottle. It means that you can share it around the whole family and allow you all to get a better nights sleep! To celebrate the limited edition size, it has also been given a big of a makeover, featuring elegantly designed packaging finished with gold lettering. This Works have found that 99% of people who use the spray sleep better than normal and 89% of people fell asleep faster – so it’s well worth giving this a go! Of course, if you don’t fancy the huge bottle, you can still grab the deep sleep pillow spray, in the regular 75ml size, which has also has the limited edition packaging.

Monday, 26 June 2017

When Sleek Makeup launch a new palette, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the beauty community sits up and takes notice. They recently announced their Distorted Dreams collection, which is all about achieving skin that ‘looks totally LIT’. There are two halves to the release – the Sleek Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams (which I featured here) and this beautifully new palette, which I just know people are going to love! Let’s take a little look…

So the Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette* arrives in the classic Sleek Makeup box, which is matte black and shows a little preview of what to expect inside. The palette itself arrives in a silver palette, which is decorated with a matte white Sleek Makeup logo. When you flip the lid you’re greeted by a full sized mirror and the five pretty highlighters. The Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette features five stunning luminescent shades, which happily join the popular range of highlighters from Sleek Makeup.

The five shades are a combination of cream and powder, which means no matter what look you’re creating, there is bound to be a shade in the formula you need. Two of the shades are velvety powders and three luxurious cream formulas. Each of the colours are really pigmented, with each of the shades offering reflective and holographic pigments (which makes for an impressive swatch which is almost impossible to capture on camera). The best bit is that the colours can be used all over the face: use the colours to illuminate your eyelids, cheeks and lips, for an unrivalled glow! 

The new Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette is available now and it’s just perfect for this season! It’s going to look great at festivals but isn’t so out there, that you can’t use it every day. Grab it now from Boots or Superdrug, priced at £10.99. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Can you believe that we’re already approaching the end of June? I know it’s such a cliché thing to say but I can’t believe how quickly the years are passing me by! When we started 2017 I had a lot of things to look forward to and the first half of the year hasn’t disappointed! I thought this June I’d share some of highlights of year so far, just as a little reminder that sometimes you never know what the best moments will be. 

Turning 25 In Edinburgh 
This birthday my fella surprised me with a flying trip to Edinburgh. Edinburgh has been on the top of must-see list for a long time, so it was amazing to finally tick it off! We walked about 1000 miles, learnt a lot about whisky, climbed to the top of Edinburgh castle and ate lots of yummy food! All-in-all it was the most amazing trip and we would definitely go again!

Falling In Love With Flowers
I’ve always been a bit of a flower fan, but this year I’ve really enjoyed filling my house with pretty petals. You may remember back in January I discovered Blossoming Gifts (check out my blog post here) and I’m super excited to have another bunch of flowers to admire. This time I’ve got the Pink Peony Bouquet and as you can see in these pictures they are utterly beautiful. Filling my home with flowers just makes me feel so happy, it does wonders for the soul! 

A Trip Up The i360 Tower 
For our anniversary this year we took a trip to Brighton for a trip along the beach! Whilst we were there we ate cupcakes on the beach, took lots of photographs and shot up into the sky on the British Airways i360 tower. We picked up a handy voucher from Buy A Gift, which gave us dinner and two i360 tickets at a bargain price. The i360 is really good fun and it’s fantastic if you’re a fan of an impressive view. 

Manicures With Mane ‘n’ Tail
I’m really lucky to be invited to lots of exciting events but one of best this year, has to be the trip to Dry By with Mane ‘n Tail. It was fantastic to spend some 1:1 time with the Dowal Walker team and I felt utterly spoiled from start to finish! I really enjoyed learning about Mane ‘n Tail (check out my blog post here) and I my sparkly purple nails were so pretty!

A Spa Day With Comfort Zone At Aqua Sana
When one of your favourite brands invites you for a spa day, I think it’s only natural that you pinch yourself! Aqua Sana Woburn is one of my favourite places on earth, so to be able to visit there for a day of pampering was just dreamy. If you want to know more about Comfort Zone and their amazing treatments, you should check out my blog post here

Toasting Marshmallows & Top Golf 
I really love the unexpected family days when you just get to spend some quality time with your loved ones. In April my in-laws had a spontaneous bonfire in their garden and we all stood around toasting marshmallows – it’s harder than it looks! In May we celebrated Chris’ birthday at Top Golf with my sister and brother-in-law. We’ve been meaning to go to Top Golf for ages and it was such a laugh! 

Exploring Marlow With Macdonald Hotels
It’s not every day that you get to head to a luxury hotel, to be wine and dined for a full weekend. Our trip to Marlow to check out the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel was just second to none. We drove down the River Thames in a little boat, dined in an award winning hotel, treated ourselves to Afternoon Tea and I picked up a new Kate Spade handbag. Read all about our Marlow trip in my blog post here.

Dune Buggying & Meeting Elephants In Fuerteventura 
At the end of May we headed for a week break in Fuerteventura with my sister and brother-in-law. I was excited to get away but I hadn’t prepared myself for falling in love with Fuerteventura. It’s the most beautiful island and we had so much fun! Some of the highlights have to be Dune Buggying across the island and falling in love with some really clever Elephants. Read all about my Fuerteventura trip in my blog post here.

The Capital Summertime Ball
My last highlight has to be hitting up the Capital Summertime Ball with Stephanie (Merry Musing). I’ve always wanted to go to the Capital Summertime Ball, but I’ve never managed to get tickets – so when Stephanie managed to get tickets I couldn’t turn them down. We spent seven full hours dancing to Bruno Mars, Stormzy, Little Mix, Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and over 20 other artists. It was such a great experience!  

I’d love to hear about some of your 2017 highlights, no matter how big or small they were! Leave me a comment below… 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The summer seems to be back in full swing and hopefully it’s here to stick around for good this time! Now that the sun is making a more frequent appearance, it’s time for me to embrace bronzer in all its glory! There is something special about creating that gorgeous glow with bronzer when the sun is out shining! 

For me the best thing about bronzer, is that you don’t have to be as precise as when you contour. It’s all a little more haphazard and I think it’s actually pretty difficult to get wrong! This year Bourjois have brought back their famous bronzer collection, which means whatever look you’re craving, they have a product for you. No matter what product you’re using, it’s very easy to get that gorgeous holiday glow. Simply take the bronzer on a big fluffy brush and apply it everywhere the sun naturally hits. Let’s take a closer look at some of the products in the Bourjois lineup…

The Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder* (£7.99 here) 
The Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder arrives in a brown compact, which has a clear lid. The lid is decorated with red and blue stripes, which gives it a fun, nautical, holiday feel! When you pop open the bronzer, you find a matte bronzer which is perfect for creating a matte sunkissed look. The bronzer is a very soft and fine formulation, which has been designed to give you a streak-free application. The bronzer has been created to refine the appearance of pores and also smoothes fine lines and wrinkles – it even has SPF10 built into the product! The Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder is available in two shades, shade 21 and shade 22, which is slightly darker. 

The Contour Illusion Bronzer & Highlighter* (£7.99 here) 
My favourite product in this collection is the Contour Illusion Bronzer & Highlighter. I can never resist a contour palette and this one is no different. It arrives in the same packaging as the Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder, but when you pop this palette open, it’s split into two halves. On one side you have a bronzer to sculpt and on the other side there is a highlighter to illuminate the skin. I love the embossing detailing on the powder and I love that you can use the shades separately, or blend the two shades to create a sunny tanned look. 

The Maxi Delight Bronzer* (£8.99 here)
Finally we have the Maxi Delight Bronzer, which I know has a lot of fans in the bloggersphere. This is a huge bronzer, which also arrives in a brown compact, but this time the lid is decorated with gold and blue detailing. The powder is a light shade which is designed to give you a healthy, natural glow on the skin. The powder imitates the look of a tan, thanks to a mix of luminous pearls and beta-carotene. Just like the other powders in the collection, the texture glides onto skin giving a smooth, sheer, even finish.

Which of these bronzers is your favourite? Do you use bronzer in the summertime?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

When I look back to when I was in my late teens, I was really naive with suncare! It really took me so long to realise how much damage I’ve been doing to my skin. Whilst I'm still no SPF expert, I try my best to read about suncare and educate as many people as I can! I’ve been writing a yearly suncare post for a good few years now and I’m back again for the 2017 edit! So in today's blog post I'm sharing some answers to the most frequent SPF FAQ's and suggesting some of the best products on the market. SPF has come a long way, they are no longer greasy horrible creams and really there's no excuse not to wear it!

What is SPF?
SPF stands for 'sun protection factor' and is a measure of how effective a product is at protecting you from the sun. The rating of SPF can go from as little as 2 and go as high as 70 and it's important you wear the right level of protection. SPF is a calculation of how much time you can be in the sun before you burn. For example, if you burn after being in the sun for 5 minutes, SPF15 will give you 15 times the time before you burn; 75 minutes. The higher the SPF the higher the protection, personally I need to slather myself with factor 50. 

Why is SPF so important?
Wearing SPF is important all year round, the sad thing is that most people only take notice when they are going on holiday. What we're trying to do is stop the ultraviolet rays UVA and UVB from damaging our skin. UBV is the ray that is responsible for sunburn, whilst UBA is the ray that causes long-term damage. Long-term damage can include ageing and skin cancer, which happens to be the second most common type of cancer for women in their twenties. UVA and UVB rays are present all year round and they are just as harmful in the winter as they are in the summer. You don't just have to be outside to get damaged skin, UV rays can come through windows and even through light clothing, so it pays to be protected. It's important to reapply your SPF every 2-4 hours to maintain full protection from the sun.

Will I still get a tan?
Absolutely! SPF is designed to stop your skin from burning and to stop the harmful rays penetrating your skin. No part of SPF formulation is designed to stop you getting a tan. In fact, I can slather myself in SPF50 and still come home darker. If you want to try and aid the tanning process, you can special sun creams that aim to help the natural tanning process. One of Chris' favourites is NIVEA’s Protect & Bronze range, it contains plant extract to encourage your own melanin production. If you've tried an SPF and you still don't get a tan, please don't stop putting it on! It's better to fake your tan than take the risk!

I have sensitive skin, SPF always gives me spots?!
Surprisingly, a lot of people do not realise that there are specific SPFs for your face and body. Obviously it's important to use the right formula in the right place, but sensitive skin is completely and utterly catered for in the SPF market. La Roche-Posay in particular are experts at creating SPF's for every type of skin - sensitive skin included. They have the 'Anthelios Comfort' range for dry skin, the 'Anthelios Ultra-Light*' range for normal/combination skin (my personal favourite) and the 'Anthelios Anti-Shine' range for oily skin. It's worth shopping around and finding the perfect SPF for you. Like with body sun creams, face creams come in all shapes and formulas. You could try the NIVEA Protect & Bronze Face Cream to help aid the natural tanning process. You could also opt for the Garnier Sensitive Advanced Protecting and Hydrating Face Mist*. As the name suggests, it’s a fine mist which you don’t even have to rub into the skin, which is perfect for ultra sensitive skin. 

I don't want to cover myself in a horrible greasy cream?!
The good news is that you don't have to - SPF has come a long way and you can now pick up a whole range of formulas, in fact a lot of my favourite SPFs are not creams at all! Let’s start with the handy spray category – this allows you to dispense a cream formulation, but without pouring it onto the dedicated area. Simply grab something like the Solait Moisturising Sun Spray SPF50* and spray it wherever you need it. Another more high end alternative is the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Spray SPF50+*, which I used very recently and really loved. If you like the spray formula, but don’t like creams, you could try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Oil. This one is an oil formula which is lightweight and nourishing for all skincare types. 

Now most of the time, I’m actually more of a mist person – as I like that they feel dry on the skin and you don’t feel wet. I have two favourites which are actually very similar, I just opt for whatever I have in my stash at the time. The Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist and the NIVEA Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist are both ultra-light mists which is completely dry to the touch.

However, I would like to point out that actually, a lot of the creams on the market are not actually greasy in the slightest. Some of the best ones include the Mary Kay SPF30 Suncream*, the NIVEA Protect & Moisture Moisturising Sun Lotion* (which is a family favourite for us) or the budget friendly Solait SPF50+ Sensitive Moisturising Sun Lotion*.

I want to wear makeup on holiday - surely SPF and makeup don't mix? 
Actually they do! The key here is to find an SPF that is made for your face - you should do this anyway as the skin on your face is different to your body. Many SPF's are made to wear under makeup, just give them ample time to soak in. Some of my favourites I’ve already spoken about in this blog post, but to recap, I highly recommend the Garnier Sensitive Advanced Hydrating Face Mist and the Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid. 

It’s also worth mentioning that you can also purchase lots of makeup and skincare products that have SPF built in. Unfortunately a lot of these have very low SPFs, so I always layer them with something more substantial. The ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser* is a firm favourite in my travel makeup bag, as it has SPF15 and offers a lovely glow on the skin. The ESPA Optimal Skin ProDefence SPF15* is a lovely moisturiser, which you can actually use on a daily basis, not just for holidays!

Does my hair need protecting too? 
Absolutely! Many of us have experienced our hair getting lighter after a summer holiday, but the damage does not end there! Right now I'm obsessed with Rituals Sun Protection Hair Spray*, which is a sun-protective hairspray with a fresh summer scent. It's made using Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, and White Tea, which all help protect the hair against the harmful effects of UV radiation. You spritz this in your hair before and after sun exposure, to achieve long-lasting shine and protection from hair discolouration!

Is it true that you can burn your lips?
Absolutely! Your lips are just as prone to burning as every other area of your face. It’s worth investing in a lip balm that contains some SPF, in fact you might find that your favourite already has SPF in the ingredients. If not, you can pick up something like the Solait SPF30 Lip Protection Balm* for a few pounds and reapply regularly. 

What should I do if I get burnt?
Sadly even with the best will in the world, sometimes you still get burnt – it happens to the best of us! As soon as you notice you’re burnt, it’s important to remove yourself from the sun. Preferably, you should give yourself a break from the sun indoors, but if that’s not possible find some shade. You should keep yourself as hydrated as possible, by drinking plenty of water.

The next important step is to treat the skin with something soothing. Still don’t forget that your face and body need to be treated separately, with specific products. I actually find that moisturising serums like Vichy Ideal Life Serum work wonders, or you can try something like the Solait Moisturising After Sun Face Lotion*. I’m a huge fan of in-shower after suns, as you can get the cooling relief from the shower, but also treat the skin in one quick step. The Vichy Ideal Soleil In-Shower After Sun* is a beautiful high-end option for this, I particularly like this one as you can use it in the shower, or you can actually use it on dry skin. Another family favourite is the NIVEA In-Shower After Sun Refresh*, which is a fantastic budget option which I use all the time – not just on holiday! 

Investing in sun cream is too expensive! 
Whilst I do agree that sun cream can be quite pricey, it doesn’t have to be! Look out for deals and offers, these will happen away from peak holiday periods and will give you a chance to stock up. In the weeks and months running up to your holiday, keep an eye on Boots and Superdrug for the likes of Garnier and NIVEA. Places like Escentual are fantastic at offering 25% off the likes of Vichy and La Roche-Posay. For real bargains, look to own brands such as Superdrug’s Solait – these products are fairly cheap but still work wonders!

So there you have it, there is really no excuse for skipping your SPF! Please don't do it, it's really not worth the risk! 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Many beauty fans will not need an introduction to YSL’s Touche Éclat – the famous concealer/highlighter hybrid, which has had pride of place on dressing tables for longer than I can remember.  Over the last couple of years the Touche Éclat range has grown to encompass lots of new products and I’m here to show you one today. YSL have taken inspiration from the light-giving powers of Touche Éclat to create the Touche Éclat Glow Shots*.

The Touche Éclat Glow Shots is YSL’s first liquid light concentrate, which they describe to be the ultimate in highlighting power. It’s an incredibly advanced highlighter, which features a workable, buildable formula. It brings an undeniable dewy radiance to the face, offering expert strobing at your fingertips. YSL describe the highlighter as having a ‘tri-active formula’ thanks to the hydrating texture, anti-fatigue complex and ultra-fine micro pearls. When you apply the Touche Éclat Glow Shots to the skin, they work to plump the skin with moisture, which helps to enhance the light reflection. They also work to banish dullness and hide shades that are present on tired skin. The blend of ultra fine micro pearls boost the glow to the limit, giving a burst of iridescence to the skin. 

YSL suggest three different ways to use the Glow Shots, which they describe as: Naked Shot, Mixed Shot and Top Shot. Naked Shot is applying the highlighter all over the face with your fingers or a brush, for a burst of radiance all over the skin. Mixed Shot is the notion of mixing the highlighter with your foundation or moisturiser. Top Shot is more traditional method of applying after foundation – blend it into your cheekbone, brow bone, cupids bow and the bridge of the nose.

The Touche Éclat Glow Shots are available in three shades, which have been designed to perfectly match different skintones. ‘Daylight’ is the shade I have here which is just perfect for skin like mine, which is light and fair. They also have ‘Sunrise’ for light-medium skintones and ‘Sunset’ for medium-dark skintones. You can see by my swatch of Daylight, that is just the perfect wash of light, it’s perfect for giving the skin a more awake feel and looks beautiful on the skin. The Touche Éclat Glow Shots are quite pricey, retailing at £22.50 each – however what I can say is that a little bit goes a long way, so I think they are totally worth it!

Monday, 19 June 2017

I remember when I first started blogging Philosophy was all over the bloggersphere, it was one of those US brands that everyone was desperate to get their hands on. Since then Philosophy has expanded quite significantly in the UK, which means you no longer have to pay extortionate values to add it to your collection. Whilst I’ve always loved the Philosophy range of bath and body products, I’ve never had a chance to play with their skincare offering. So when I was offered the chance to try some of the products, I couldn’t wait to see what the hype was all about.

One thing I love about the Philosophy brand is the packaging – everything has a clean and sophisticated feel. I love that the white packaging is decorated with some simply typography and I love the little quips on the front of each product. I’ve been playing with three products from the skincare line, let’s take a closer look…

take a deep breath*
take a deep breath is an eye cream which has been designed to delivery oxygen onto the skin, which is an important way to keep the eye looking vibrant and youthful. It uses an array of ingredients to help the skin breathe freely and protect the skin from damage caused by the lack of sleep, environmental pollution and daily stress. The use of glycerin helps to moisturise the skin, helping to improve the skins natural hydration levels. The eye cream also uses a patented antioxidant complex to stimulates the natural skin cell detoxification and biotechnological agent stimulates natural skin cell detoxification. 

renewed hope in a jar*
The hope in a jar line from philosophy is an iconic range that I’m sure a lot of you know a lot about. The first hope in a jar product was created way back in 1996 and this Is the evolution of philosophy’s beloved product. The original hope in a jar product revolutionised the moisturiser category and I’m happy to say that this new renewed product doesn’t disappoint. What I love about the renewed hope in a jar, is that it “grants three wishes for the skin”.

Firstly, it works to refine the texture of the skin, working to minimise pores and fine lines. It does this by using a blend of alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate the skin – the blend features different molecular weights, which allows for different rates of penetration into the skin. The second thing it does is offer the skin a burst of moisture, by using an hyaluronic acid-blend (for immediate hydration) and blue agave extract (which stimulates the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid). The final thing it does is offer the skin a healthy colour and glow by using asian fruit extract, prickly pear flower and micro-optics. Together these three ingredients offer increased micro-circulation (which brings natural healthy colour to skin), enhanced natural luminosity and creates soft-focus effect on the skin. 

time in a bottle*
The aptly named time in a bottle is an age-defying serum which you can use on a daily basis. It’s a serum that works to reduce both visible signs of aging and the damage which is not yet actually visible on the surface. The product arrives in two bottles, which ensures you get the freshest formulation possible. You pour the smaller bottle into the bigger bottle, which creates the serum. The serum works by supporting the skin’s healthy DNA function by using Philosophy’s exclusive DNA renewal complex. The serum also includes a potent form of vitamin c and ethyl ascorbic acid, which work to give your skin significant protection from free radicals. I’m actually only 25, so I’m very lucky that I don’t need to fight visible signs of ageing just yet – however the serum definitely helps the skin to appear more radiant, and smooth.

I’d love to know what you think about Philosophy in the comments below. Have you tried any of their products? 

Friday, 16 June 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have spotted me get really excited about the new fragrance from Mary Kay. I give Mary Kay a lot of airtime here on Hope, Freedom, Love and I am increasingly impressed with their products. I’ve tried a lot of their makeup products and the quality, formulation and packaging are just beautiful. So, it’s safe to say that I’ve come to expect good things from the brand, but the new Eau So Cute Eau de Toilette* tipped me over the edge!

The eau de toilette arrives in a gorgeous mint green box, which is covered in polka dots. I mean seriously, people who know me well, would say this is just made for me! I was already blinded by the mint green light, when the bow shaped bottle fell out and stole my heart! Yes, the bottle is actually bow shaped! Both ends of the bow are bright pink and the middle is white with more polka dots. You pop off one of the ends to reveal the spray inside, I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

As the packaging is so sickly and cute, I was half expecting a scent to match! However, I was quite pleasantly surprised, yes it’s sweet but it’s also quite fresh, which makes it really easy to easy to wear! The scent opens with a sweet floral scent (with notes of icy pear, sweet almond blossom, Italian bergamot and neroli), the middle is more floral (with notes of freesia, pink peony, daisy and cyclamen) and the base is creamy (thanks to notes marshmallow musk, cedarwood and sandalwood).

All-in-all it’s a really nice scent, it would be perfect to any lady that you need to find a gift for this summer. Mary Kay say that it’s created for the chic and spontaneous woman, who is energetic, playful and enjoy making memories! How lovely! If you want to get your hands on it, it’s very reasonably priced at just £25 for 30ml – it is however limited edition, so if you want it move quickly to the Mary Kay website

Thursday, 15 June 2017

When skincare super brand Origins turned their head to sheet masks, I knew they would be worth trying out. These beautifully packaged, single use sheet masks are all about bringing our favourite flowers to our skincare routine. As the name suggests ‘Flower Fushion’ combines the beauty of a sheet mask, with inspiration from different types of flowers. There are six in the collection and each one has been designed to give us an instant boost of radiance and dewy moisture. 

Each of the masks are very soft, thanks to them being crafted with 100% Bamboo, plus they have been fortified with flower wax for added complexion protection and moisture. Flower wax is created during the essential oil distillation process and is normally a by-product, so it’s great to see if being put to good use. All you need for this treatment is 10 short minutes, pop on a mask, sit back and relax. Once you’re finished you’ll find that your skin feels beautifully soft and hydrated. As I mentioned, there are six different flower masks in this Origins collection. Each single use sheet mask uses a unique essential oil blend, which means with each mask, you get a unique sensorial experience. I’ve been lucky enough to try two of the set, so let’s take a closer look. 

The Raspberry Flower Fushion Refreshing Sheet Mask*
The Raspberry Flower Fushion Refreshing Sheet Mask is all about refreshing the skin and senses. The Raspberry Flowers are native to Asia and are well known for producing the beautiful red berry, in addition to their tangy, woody fragrance. This is a great mask to start the day with, especially if you need a little bit of ‘get up and go’.

The Lavender Flower Fushion Soothing Sheet Mask*
I’m pretty sure that no one needs reminding of the calming properties of Lavender. So it really is no surprise that Origins created the Lavender Flower Fushion Soothing Sheet Mask. This blend features Lavender essential oil, which quickly absorbs into the skin. As well as the scent being create for calming stress, it’s also great for the skin – thanks to it’s antiseptic and soothing properties. Of course, this mask is great for the evening, when you’re just struggling to switch off.

To use the Flower Fushion Sheet Masks you simply rip open the package, fold open the mask and apply to clean skin. Take 10 minutes to relax before removing the mask and massaging the remaining essence into skin. I’m a big fan of these mask and I’m an even bigger fan of the price. One mask will only set you back £5, which when you consider that the high street are charging similar prices, it makes these Origins masks a bit of a bargain. Pick them up from the Origins website or selected department stores.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The new Pure Colour Love Lipstick launch caused quite a lot of excitement in the beauty industry. The new launch brings thirty wonderful new lipsticks, which is a lovely kaleidoscope of vibrant shades and finishes. The new Estee Lauder range aims to move us away from boring, offering you an array of different colours which each have a beautiful pigmentation. Let's take a look...

They arrive in beautiful packaging, which is all kinds of swoon worthy. The outer edge of the plastic is clear, which shines through to gold inner, which is inscribed with the Estée Lauder logo. The very end of the lipstick case is clear, which shine through to show a sample of the lipstick shade – making for very easy lipstick storage, hurrah! You pop out the lipstick to find the inner golden tube, which is finished with a black Estée Lauder logo. 

The thing that got a lot of hearts beating however, was the shape of the lipstick itself. The lipstick has been cut in a V shape on the top, which means the flat edge to of a traditional lipstick is on both sides of this bullet. It just adds a really chic and pretty finish to this stunning lipstick line!

Let’s talk formulation… the thirty lipsticks in the Pure Colour Love lineup are split into four different sets. There is the ‘Ultra Matte’ line, which features 13 shades which are a rich matte formulation with bold colour. The ‘Shimmer Pearls’ range has five offers shimmery bold colour, with a pearl finish. The ‘Cooled Chrome’ has three shades that have bold chrome colour, with an extreme pearl finish. Finally we have the ‘Edgy Cremes’ collection, nine shades that offer a creamy colour. You’ll notice one running theme – these lipsticks are designed to give you bold colour, offering you pigmentation to impress. The Naughty Nice (210) lipstick* pictured here is part of the Ultra Matte collection.

I LOVE everything about this collection, from the formula, to the packaging and the bullet – I’m totally sold! The new Estée Lauder Pure Color Love range is available now at Estée Lauder counters and the Estée Lauder website, priced at £19 each.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

I cannot believe that we are already into festival season! With the Isle Of Wight already checked off the list and Glastonbury fast approaching, I’m sure that a lot of you are gearing up for some dancing in the sun! If you’re stuck on what to pack, stand by! I have five great festival beauty tips which will help you survive whatever the festival chucks at you! 

Tip #1: Stay Fresh
There’s no denying that festivals can get pretty messy and I often find myself craving to feel clean. It’s really easy to pack yourself a selection of products to make yourself feel a little bit better. An absolute essential is a good hand sanitiser like the Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel* (£3 here). They are formulated created with vitamin E and Cleansing Pearls, which help leave your hands feeling both clean and soft. Another must have is some good face wipes and the Yes To Facial Wipes* (£1.99 from Feel Unique here) smell great, remove makeup and are packed in a tiny packet. When I feel hot and bothered during the day, I like to spritz myself with a water spray like the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water Spray* (£7 here). It’s just one of those hero products which is rich is lovely ingredients and makes the skin more resistant to environmental aggressions. 

Tip #2: Give Your Skin A Burst Of Moisture 
You’re likely to be spending your week surrounded by dirt, grime and (hopefully) a hot sun. So it’s really important to continuously give your skin a really good burst of moisture. Starting with a good moisturiser like the new Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate* (£34 here) is a very good place to start. It offers the intense hydration of a rich moisturiser, in an addictive ultra-light water-gel texture that helps to leave skin looking instantly plumper, smoother, and more supple. For a burst of moisture during the day opt for the Hylamide Hyrda-Density Mist* (£15 here) – as it provides intense hydration in a lightweight mist formula. Simply spritz on the skin for immediate and lasting oil-free hydration for the skin.

Tip #3: Use A Dynamic Duo To Help Yourself Smell Good 
It goes without saying that you’ll need some help to remain smelling good all weekend long. My favourite anti-perspirant is Sure Maximum Protection (£4.99 here) it is available in loads of different scents and it keeps sweat completely at bay. If you’re anything like me, you don’t fancy taking your glass perfume bottles to a muddy field, so I choose to take a handy body spray with me to festivals. The Yardley Body Fragrance in English Dahlia* (£2.49 here) is a lovely floral scent and it’s perfect for chucking in your handbag.

Tip #4: Keep Your Hair In Check 
Now I have to say that keeping my hair looking good is one of my biggest tasks, but I have some amazing products that helps to make that possible. It goes without saying that the first thing you need is a good dry shampoo, my favourite is by COLAB* (£3.99 here). You simply spray this into your air and it instantly absorbs grease and oil, without leaving any residue in the hair. If you want something a little more portable I love the Bumble and Bumble Pret A Powder* (£23 here from Feel Unique). The little pot of powder is perfect as it’s made from equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume – everything you need for festivals! Another hair hero for volume is the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray* (£6.99 here) – it’s a lovely formula that gives height, texture and volume in a single spritz. 

Once you’re a couple of days into the festival you’ll need to bring out the big guns! The Toni & Guy Hair Perfume* (£8.25 here) can help to give your hair a new lease of life, by adding a burst of pretty scent and a lovely shine. If you’re anything like me you’ll need to swap from a pretty wave, to a handy up-do. My favourite hairbands are by Popband London* (£8 here from Feel Unique) they don’t leave a kink in the hair and these neon colours are perfect for any party! 

Tip #5 – You Can Never Have Too Much Glitter
Glitter is everywhere this season and I’m totally on board with the craze! For the skin I highly recommend the St.Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss* (£12 here). It’s a fantastic quick-fix if you don’t have time to tan – the lightweight gloss applies evenly to the skin for a touch of bronze and a lasting glossy effect. 

For the face I’m loving the new collection of bronzers from Bourjois – as there is literally something for everyone. My favourite one is Bourjois Contouring Illusion* (£7.99 here) as one side has a handy bronzer and the other has a really pretty highlighter. Now for the real stamp of glitter, I had to include the Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro* (£23 from Feel Unique here). These eyeshadows are just incredible and they really transform any makeup look in an instant. The water-based glitter eyeshadow is packed to the brim with glitter pigment and they do not budge, ALL DAY! Finally I have the Sleek Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams* (£4.99 here) which are going to take your makeup look to a whole other level. The original Matte Me shades have been given a metallic twist, offering three luminous shades which give you a foil-like finish!
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