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Want Flawless? Check Out The Best Finishing Powders

Hey Lovelies

This party season we all want makeup that hides imperfections, blurs away pores, doesn’t emphasise every little line and stays on longer than the taxi ride to the event, right? Could such a magical product exist? The answer is yes – and the good news is we don’t need a fairy God mother – we just need some great info. Make sure you remain stunning all evening by equipping yourself with the best finishing powders around. Here are some truly exceptional finishing powders that actually deliver outstanding results. Read on:

1.For Diminishing Shine And Brightening Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, £34, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Should you be searching for a finishing powder that provides a little bit of extra coverage, opt for the Flawless Finish by Charlotte Tilbury. This super-luxurious powder offers some seriously seamless application and keeps your complexion appearing blemish and shine-free (HUGE plus). Combined are soft-focus micro powders and light-reflecting ingredients. The result is a gorgeous matte finish (but not too much) on seemingly flawless skin. The best bit – it will last longer than Cinderella’s pumpkin coach (phew, as there is no way we want to be checking out at midnight, right?).

2.To Hide Unwanted Pores: La Mer The Sheer Pressed Powder, £70, www.cremedelamer.co.uk

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The majority of us want a no-filter-needed complexion without it looking so thick you could blend in with the travelling circus. Let’s be honest, the overdone look is never great. Although a tad pricey, La Mer’s Pressed Powder should be considered an investment and for me, it’s totally worth it (Too. Many. Pores). Non-cakey, lightweight and great coverage – La Mer achieves a youthful matte finish whilst greatly reducing the appearance of unsightly pores. Thank God it’s Christmas.

3.For Creating Perfect Selfies: Wunder2 Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder, £19.95, www.wunder2.co.uk

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There’s no need to Photoshop your selfies when you have this little gem in your bag. The Wunder2 Perfect Selfie powder is a translucent product of which combines a blend of high -performance perfecting powders that blur away imperfections, creating a beautiful, soft-focus finish (without caking). Yay!. This is an amazing product and works well in achieving a natural looking, selfie-ready complexion.

4.For Radiance And A Good Riddance To Imperfections: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £42, www.spacenk.com

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After hearing so many people rave about this product I was literally tripping over myself to try it – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

For me, setting powders tend to cake and I prefer to have a great setting spray and finishing powder instead. Hourglass is pretty genius as they consider how much different light impacts our look. Hourglass offer products that work the various lighting situations. Providing 6 shades that mimic 6 light sources (from harsh mornings to candlelight), their innovative formula contains ultra-fine pearl particles that effectively manipulate and filters light, whilst eliminating any evidence of imperfections. This finishing powder is like having my own secret super-power On My Face!

Do you have a favourite finishing powder? Leave your comments below xx

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Discover The Best Makeup Setting Sprays Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Today I’m sharing with you the best makeup setting sprays.

The festive season is in full swing and you’ve got back-to-back parties for the foreseeable, which means Instagram and social media are about to be flooded with pics. So, you want to look A-mazing? This year, it would be great to avoid any dodgy-looking pics taken just a few hours into the event, in which liner seems to have gone for a swim underneath your eyes (taking the smudged look to a whole new level) and any foundation has slipped from your face like you’ve been standing in a melting pot. Not a good look! This party season, we want serious staying power – but we don’t have to resort to the spray on plaster in the bathroom cabinet. Here are the best setting sprays that are incredible at ensuring your makeup remains flawless all evening.

1.E.L.F. Matte Magic Mist & Set, £5, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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As a huge fan of E.L.F. Cosmetics foundation and primer, I couldn’t wait to give their Magic Mist Setting Spray a try – it did not disappoint. Makeup acquires a gorgeous matte finish and stays firmly in place for a good 8 hours – which is unbelievable for me given that makeup seems to just evaporate to the point where it looks like I hadn’t even bothered applying any to begin with. Major result!

2.Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist, £17, www.debenhams.com

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Being a newbie to Kat Von D products I was keen to try out this setting spray. This works a treat in creating a gorgeous matte finish and (most importantly) locks your makeup to your face like it has some kind of invisible super power. You can party the night away and still take some filter-free pics on your ride home. I love this!

3.NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, £7. nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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When I read about the woman who claimed her makeup stayed put (using NYX Setting Spray) throughout the trauma of a car crash, I wasn’t surprised. For me, this setting spray has serious gluing power, provides a beautiful matte finish and instead of nipping to the club toilet and cowering in sheer horror at your ‘Freddie Kruger-like’ reflection (obviously from seeing a face of smeared makeup, not blood), your flawless complexion is, well, actually PERFECT! NYX, I love you!

4.Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray, £24, urbandecay.co.uk

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When it comes to makeup Urban Decay set their standards to a truly professional level (which is probably why they charge that much more). Urban Decay’s Setting Spray ticks all the boxes (no setting into lines and caking, or fading) and your makeup looks as if you had just applied it -even when you’ve gone from work to a party and then danced your ass off of 3 hours straight! To be fair I haven’t tested it after 16 hours (yet) but the party season has only just begun.

What are your favourite setting sprays? Leave your comments below and have a lovely Sunday people xx

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Discover The Best Stocking Fillers For All The Family

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s almost Friday again (yay), but that does mean we have somehow found ourselves less than 3 weeks to Christmas. Yikes! Fear not, I have compiled a list of some awesome Christmas stocking filler gifts for all the family, of which are certain to make everyone’s Christmas morning even more special.

1.For Your Little Brother, Nephew Or Son: Mini Volcano Lamp, £14.99, prezzybox.com

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Like most other 8-year-old boys, my lad absolutely LOVES volcanoes – so this would be a super-hot gift for him (excuse the pun). This unique lava lamp actually spews out ‘lava beads’ into the lamp, thus creating the red glow of an erupting volcano. Awesome.

2.For The Child At University: Mug Cakes, £7.99, prezzybox.com

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OK, so we aren’t expecting them to mirror the Bake Off but alternating from burnt beans on toast and pasta would be a welcome change. Unlike other recipe books, this is likely to actually be used – fast and easy cakes that take zero effort (perfect for the uni student). All you need to do is plonk the ingredients in a mug and place in the microwave. Et Voila!

3.For Your Nan: Engraved Silver Heart-Shaped Bookmark, £12.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk

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This gift would be a winner for grandparents who love to read. Treat them to this beautiful bookmark engraved with a personal message of your choice – a loving reminder of how much they mean whilst ensuring the pages remain in perfect condition. Beats the garden fork you were considering.

4.For The Girlfriend, Wife (Or Me): Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Experts Set, £42 (Worth £69), lookfantastic.com.

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I will let you in on a little secret – when it comes to anti-aging, resveratrol is going to be huge! This wonder ingredient has undergone extensive tests and shown to deliver outstanding rejuvenating results. Caudalie’s set is formulated with stabilised Vine Resveratrol and micro Hyaluronic Acids to firm, lift, plump and smooth the skin. Included in this kit is the Resveratrol Lift Firming Serum, Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream and Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm. Believe me, any woman who knows of Caudalie will be over the moon to find this in the Christmas stocking.

5.For The Fella: Vintage Leather Personalised Notebook by the British Belt Co. £30, notonthehighstreet.com

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This Christmas gift him something he can use every day. Check out the vintage leather notebook (including an embossed personalisation in the bottom corner that will also remind him of YOU). Containing refillable A5 pages, it is ideal for work notes and makes a great stocking filler gift.

6.For Mum: John Lewis & Partners Fleece Lined Gloves, £22.50, johnlewis.com

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Ensure your mum stays chic, stylish and super warm this Christmas with the help of these gorgeous Italian leather gloves. Designed to fit perfectly to the shape of your hands over time, the exceptionally comfortable and soft gloves are a real treat.

Happy Shopping! xx

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Christmas Jumpers Everyone Will Love

Hey Lovelies!

Whether you love them or hate them, the fact is there’s no escaping them – no, I’m not referring to the cycle of Christmas songs, I’m talking about Christmas jumpers. They are everywhere you look – even retail staff have swapped their uniforms for a festive jumper. Take a peek at these Christmas jumpers that are so cool they will make the most Scrooge-minded of people smile.

1.For Her: Festive Jumper by JD Williams, £28, jdwilliams.com

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When it comes to funny-as-hell Christmas jumpers, this one does the job. If there ever was a perfect adult Christmas jumper, this would have to be it. Genius.

2.For Him: Jack & Jones Originals Knitted Christmas Jumper With Super Fly Santa, £30, asos.com

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Why not gift your brother, fella or friend this awesome Santa jumper? I’m loving this!

3.For Younger Children: Peppa Pig Red Christmas Jumper, £13, tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk

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Everyone (young and old) love Peppa Pig, so this jumper is bound to be a winner.

4.For Older Kids: Knitted Reindeer Christmas Rudolph Jumper, £5.49-£12.50, amazon.co.uk

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Available in sizes 2-14 years, this awesome reindeer jumper would put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Besides, Rudolph is the most-loved of all the reindeers (does anyone know the name of any others?).

5.For The Dog: Christmas Pudding Pet Jumper, £4.99, aldi.co.uk

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Oh my God, how funny is this? Everyone who has a small dog should go out and buy this jumper for their pet. Hilarious.

6.For Anyone: MerchDistributor The Grinch Christmas Jumper, £29.99, amazon.co.uk

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With the recent release and subsequent popularity of the film The Grinch, it is no surprise this jumper will go down a treat for practically all the family (8 years and upwards).

Have you seen any funny Christmas jumpers? What are your favourites? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Christmas jumper shopping.

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Check Out The Best Hair Masks Of 2018 (Guaranteed To Create Irresistible Shine)

Hey Lovelies!

Our hair should be like our crown (or tiara if you prefer)). With the Christmas parties now in full swing, make sure your tresses look as stunning as you do; check out the best hair masks of 2018, that are guaranteed to create irresistible shine (and our endless love).

1.For Dry Hair Choose: Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Fins For Fine Hair, £23.78 (200ml), lookfantastic.com

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Should your hair concern be dry or fine hair, check out this mask by Kerastase – it is a literal game changer. Formulated with their Irisome Complex and glucose proteins, this treatment gets straight to work, nourishing all the way from root to tip, replenishing, softening and revitalising your locks. The outcome is unequivocally beautiful hair.

2.For Curly Hair Choose: Serie Expert Curl Contour Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £11.85 (200ml) allbeauty.com

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Fellow curly haired people, this super-gentle and gel-like mask is incredible for conditioning and detangling your locks, so they resemble beautiful bouncy curls (rather than a frizzy scarecrow-like mess). Ideally, leave the mask on for 10 minutes to allow it’s extra strengthening powers to take full effect and enjoy!

3.For That Extra Shine Choose: Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £19.50, feelunique.com

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I am a great believer in the benefits of argan oil for both the hair and skin – and this mask contains both argan and myrrh extract. Move over Disney princesses and anyone named Aniston as this product offers such superior TLC, your locks will be your shining glory. Hooray!

4. For Split Ends And Achieving Shine: Paul Mitchell Moisture Daily Treatment, £36.25 (1000ml),  Feel Unique.

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Ok, the best bit of advice I can offer is to achieve and maintain lustrous locks you should be applying a hair treatment almost every day. If you think that is a bind, simply swap the conditioner for a GOOD hair mask/treatment. Paul Mitchell’s Daily Treatment is one in a million and combining ingredients such as soy proteins, shea butter, panthenol and his Moisture Complex, this formula delivers outstanding nourishment and shine. You will be hard-pressed to find a split end!

What are your fave hair masks? Leave me your comments below xx

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Best Post-Party Hacks To Look As If You’ve Actually Had Some Sleep

Finally, party season is here – which means dancing, fun…and a lack of sleep. Make sure you look as fresh as a daisy with the best makeup hacks. These tips will ensure you look like you have actually slept more than 4 hours (but sadly, they won’t help you function any better – multiple strong coffees until you can get to your bed will deal with this).

1.Highlighter

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Apply your highlighter generously around the eye area, paying particular attention to the inner and outer corners of the eyes, and upper brow bone too. Furthermore, add a little to the area at the outer side of your eye to give a lifted effect. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Wand, £27, www.charlottetilbury.com

2.Curl Those Lashes

A top trick for opening up the eyes instantly is to use an eyelash curler. This works miracles.

3.De-Puff The Bags

Eye bags the size of hammocks are kind of a giveaway to your previous night’s antics. Avoid the comments/looks/questions by quickly erasing the bags, dark circles and puffy ‘I haven’t slept in a week’ look. The best product I know of for a quick fix after a late night is Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, £60 (Pack of 12), www.johnlewis.com

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Once you try these under-eye masks they will become your post-party skin saviour. Drenched in a retinol-based formula, these patches (allegedly loved by Kim Kardashian) instantly plump the skin, erasing any evidence of dryness and lines (temporarily of course – but long enough to get through your day shift)).

4.Colour Corrector And Hydrating Concealer

 

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Firstly, address any dark circles with a colour corrector and then apply your concealer – but make sure it is a hydrating concealer. An ordinary concealer may make the situation worse as it can cause a cakey effect so close to the eye area, thus emphasizing any bags/lines instead. We don’t want that, so opt for a good product such as Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, £24, www.feelunique.com

5.Illuminate

Add a drop of illuminator to your foundation to brighten your overall look, detracting from tired skin. Iconic London’s Illuminator is totally dreamy, £32.99, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

6.Neutral Shades And Eye Drops

When you are absolutely shattered it is best to stick to neutral eyeshadows and lips, so that you do not draw attention to any sleep-deprived imperfections. Lastly, don’t forget the eye drops – these are always a Godsend!

Happy partying people xx

 

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Can LED Light Therapy Actually Turn Back The Clock?

Hey Lovelies!

Today I am sharing my knowledge of LED Light Therapy – the Hollywood craze that most celebs are currently pursuing.

As a beauty editor I am totally obsessed with products and treatments that actually deliver rejuvenation, diminishing lines and wrinkles and tightening the skin wherever possible, to achieve that much sought-after youthful appearance. Sadly, they don’t all work. It is my job to filter the good from the bad and share this with the world. Light therapies are supposed to be the latest rejuvenating trend that work little miracles and can be done in minutes. The questions on everyone’s’ lips: Does it really work; is it painful, and is it better than spending our hard-earned cash on Botox and fillers? Read on:

About LED Treatments:

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LED treatments are referred to as blue light, red light and yellow. Blue light is mostly used for reducing acne and acne scars, red is the go-to anti-aging treatment and yellow is often used to optimise skin health. The chosen treatment will vary from short to long wavelengths and much depends on the individual’s needs. Harvey Nichols’ Light Salon offer bespoke LED facials of which you can review here.

How Does It Work?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode of which produces therapeutic wavelengths (long and short) of light energy. Once received by the dermal cells, it is converted into ATP (an essential component for cells to produce collagen and elastin). This is proven to be extremely effective, with the skin’s response acting as it would do in your twenties. The result is a plump and rejuvenation complexion (YAAASS)!

So, if you are sick of Botox not getting all of those pesky lines and wrinkles and paying through the nose for the 3-monthly disappointment, you should definitely consider giving this a treatment a chance. Furthermore, LED is a fantastic method for dealing with unsightly pores, to even skin tone and awaken dry and dull complexions.

How Long Does An LED Light Therapy Facial Take And Is It Obvious You Have Had it?

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The bonus about this little star treatment is you cannot tell you have had anything done and you can be in and out within half an hour. LED light therapy gives your skin a warm sensation, but nothing else. Phew!

Now For The Downside… (Because There Had To Be One)

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It is usually advised for customers to repeat their treatment twice each week for 4-6 weeks. This works out to be a tad pricey (but in my view it’s totally worth it).  Treatment prices range from anywhere between £40-£300 (depending on their needs and choice of clinic).

For those with deeper lines, have enjoyed the sun a little too much or who have smoked for some considerable time, it will take longer to achieve good results but stick with it and you will be pleased.

More Upside…

Once you have had the course of treatments, you may only need one or two treatments each year to maintain results.

Are There Any Contraindications?

In short, no. This is one treatment that has no contraindications and it can be used on all skin types. However, as with any treatment (and particularly if you are using an at-home device) always follow the instructions.

Should I Invest In an At-Home Device?

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If going to a salon for continued treatment seems a little daunting and costly, it may be worth considering investing in an at-home device. You should know that these will undoubtedly be weaker than the professional devices, but you can achieve good results (it will just take a little longer). The other point to make is that when opting for this treatment, to guarantee success, you must endeavour to include it within your daily skincare routine. The best devices I have come across is the LightStim priced at £159.99 at Amazon and the Omnilux Clear-U, priced at £347 at Amazon.

Have you had experience of LED light therapy and what do are your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. xx

 

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Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s almost December and my chocolate advent calendar has survived fully intact (a first for me). To celebrate the sheer excitement of ensuing festive celebrations I have compiled some of the most luxurious gift ideas that will guarantee an unequivocally joyous and pampered Christmas, that’s nothing short of amazing. Should there be someone in your life who has gone the extra mile this year, why not show them your appreciation by treating them to one of these amazing presents?

1.Noise-Masking Sleepbuds, £229.95, www.bose.co.uk

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Oh My God – this invention is truly priceless and Bose, I can’t thank you enough. TV on so loud the floor vibrates? Neighbours music so deafening you want to go on a killing spree? Partner’s snoring so painfully ear-splitting, you regularly mistake it for a burglar smashing up the house? If you have added any of these to your list of reasons to die, hang fire. These wondrous gifts from heaven (known as Bose) will at long last, give you back your precious sleep (and sanity). Happy sleepy Christmas.

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399, johnlewis.com

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Should you know someone with troublesome hair, why not gift them the ability to achieve incredible locks in minutes? Behold Dyson’s new hair tool, the Airdrop Styler. This innovative styler is a literal game-changer for anyone who struggles to smooth and tame their hair or whose tresses are on the limp side.  Using air instead of heat, the Airwrap achieves beautiful waves and curls or simply creates smooth and volumous locks without the dreaded shadow of split-ends peering over your shoulder. Dyson, you are a true genius!

3.Sony PS VR Starter Pack, £179.99, game.com

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If gaming and virtual reality is your loved one’s obsession, check out Sony’s VR Starter Pack. The PSVR pack offer everything you need to become totally immersed, enabling you to experience gaming like never before. The Pack includes:

1 x PSVR Headset

1 x PS Camera

PlayStation VR Worlds

N.B: You need to connect this to a PS 4 to play.

4.Veuve Cliquot Brut Personalisation Tin (750ml), £56.99, selfridges.com

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This has to be my favourite champagne and the fact that Veuve Cliquot has now jumped on the personalisation train makes it that much better. Who wouldn’t love this?

 

Happy Shopping! xx

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The Best Beauty Gift Sets For Her (At Bargain Prices)

Hey Lovelies!

It may be bleak out there, but its nearly Friday, which means the fabulous weekend is almost upon us – and with it another opportunity to grab some Christmas presents at bargain prices. Check out the best beauty gift sets that your friend, mum, sister (or you) will adore.

1.Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £27.50 (Was £55), debenhams.com

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The top notes of cardamom, pepper and ginger are encompassed in a heart of gardenia, peony and orange flowers, evoking an irresistibly sweet yet sensual aroma that will leave the senses intoxicated with bliss.

This Versace set contains ‘Crystal Noir’ eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion – everything you need to feel and smell divine throughout the festive period (and it’s a total steal)!

2.Liz Earle Brilliance Every Day Gift Set, £40 Was £57), lizearle.com

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Should you be searching for the perfect beauty gift set this Christmas, you can’t get better than globally loved brand, Liz Earle’s Brilliance Every Day gift set. Offering highly effective and naturally active ingredients, these products will ensure your skin and hair are looking healthy, radiant and completely rejuvenated. Included in the set:

1 x Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Multi Award-Winner)

1 x Instant Boost Skin Tonic

1 x Botanical Shine Shampoo (For All Hair Types)

1 x Botanical Shine Conditioner (For Normal Hair)

2 x Pure Cotton Cloths

3.Bobbi Brown Exclusive Pretty Effortless Eye, Cheek And Lip Kit, £59.50 (Worth £101.50), lookfantastic.com

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Bobbi Brown is one of my all-time fave brands and I am so excited to see this gift set on offer. Containing their best-selling Mascara, Brightening Finishing Powder (light), Lip Colour (Brownie) and Mini Fae Blender Brush, this kit provides all a girl needs to look amazing this Christmas! Whomever receives this kit will be SO HAPPY!

Happy Friday people xx

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The Best Novelty Christmas Stocking Filler Gifts For Him

Hey Lovelies

Well, it’s almost December when the countdown to Christmas will officially begin. I don’t know about you guys but every year I forget about the stocking filler gifts until the very last minute. This year I’m getting ahead of the game – check out some of the best novelty Christmas stocking filler gifts that are guaranteed to make him laugh out loud!

1.Camera Lens Mug, £9.99, www.iwantoneofthose.com

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Should your fella enjoy taking awesome pics, he is going to LOVE this Camera Lens Mug. Resembling either a Canon or Nikon lens, the black mug is also designed with dials, measurements and even a lens cap lid. This is a great idea – totally realistic and bound to make him smile (for the camera). Ouch, bad pun! N.B: IWoot are offering 3 for £20 on mix and match products.

2.Ray Gun Nose Trimmer, £9.99, iwantoneofthose.com

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What a fun way of addressing that awks conversation about nasal hair removal! Buy your loved one the Ray Gun Nose Trimmer and there will be more chance of its usage!

3.Flump Face (A4, £19.99), firebox.com

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This is so hilarious it will make anyone’s Christmas. Choose a picture of someone your guy really can’t stand (i.e. – the boss who never gives that promotion), send it to Firebox and they will send the edible marshmallow picture to eat – with or without toasting! Just make sure the gift is out of sight when visitors come around. N.B: Ensure you order before December 18th to guarantee arrival in time for Christmas.

4.Beer Popcorn, £7.99, firebox.com

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If your fella likes his beer or lager, he will adore you for this little treat. Available in German Weissbier, Irish Stout and Pale Ale, the beer popcorn is a must-have accompaniment whilst you cosy up to watch the Christmas movies.

5.Anti Bullsh*t Breath Spray, £2.99, findmeagift.co.uk

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Ok, I couldn’t resist this one. Should you feel like this may apply more frequently than not, have a little fun and add the novelty breath spray to his Christmas stocking.

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Happy Shopping People xx

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The Best Face Primers Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Make no mistake – when it comes to attaining that flawless look, a good face primer is a literal Godsend! However, truth be told, the beauty market is flooded with primers that promise the earth and unsurprisingly there are some that fall way short on delivering even a mediocre result. We want actual blurring, smoothing and makeup that stays put! Do not fear, here are the best primers of 2018 that truly work little miracles to aid us in achieving that no filter necessary complexion. Read on:

1.Becca Backlight Priming Filter, £28, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Should your skin look a little dull (that’s pretty much everyone this time of year), you want those pesky imperfections gone and a perfect canvas for makeup application, this incredible primer is a star performer. Its soft-focus pigments blur away imperfections, diffusing the light to achieve that Insta-worthy complexion. Better yet, this product is packed with liquorice extract and vitamin E to brighten, firm, tighten and protect. Woah!

2.Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22, nudebynature.co.uk

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If you want natural skincare and makeup, this brand is for you. Loaded with natural active ingredients such as native Australian Kakadu Plum (brimming with vitamin C), as well as antioxidant rich Vitamins A and E, and green tea, ensure that your skin is not only even and smooth without the use of silicones, but receiving extra nourishment and protection too. Furthermore, you will find your makeup stays firmly in place for the duration. I adore this brand!

3.Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26, smashbox.co.uk

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This transparent gel formula works like a dream in creating a flawless base for your makeup and is one of the best primers I have ever tried. Minimising the appearance of imperfection, fine lines and pores, whilst creating an even and smooth base for your makeup – is there anything this face primer can’t do?

4.Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, £14.50, www.urbandecay.co.uk

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Oh, how we HATE pores. Why should we suffer with them? The answer is, we shouldn’t. Say hello to Urban Decay’s magnificent Optical Illusion Primer, which goes a hell of a long way in reducing their appearance, whilst also blurring fine lines and providing a beautiful matte finish. Urban Decay, I love you!

Happy Monday people xx

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Discover These Must-See Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Hey Lovelies

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. In preparation for Cyber Monday, here are a few more must-see beauty deals out there, of which are guaranteed to make your weekend that much better!

1.Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Hair Oil, £26.45 (Usually £41.40), beautyexpert.com

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When it comes to looking after your locks, Kerastase is up there with the best. Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Hair Oil is a multi-use, leave-in hair oil that effectively nourishes and awakens dull hair, providing it with outstanding shine-enhancing qualities, whilst preventing the appearance of split ends. This little gem is perfect as a primer and a finishing product that ensure your tresses are frizz-free and heat-protected too! So happy. Kerastase are offering 20% off ANY order for Cyber Monday. Yay!

2.Yves Saint Laurent – ‘Touché Éclat’ Highlighter and Blur Primer Gift Set, £20.80, Was £26, debenhams.com

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Should dark circles and shadows be clouding your perfect look, kick them into touch with this fabulous bargain by Yves Saint Laurent. Included in this set is the Touch Éclat Highlighter Pen and their Blur Primer. Why not make this a gift from you to, well…you?

3.7 Core Collection Brush Set, £15 (Was £30), www.boots.com

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Having the right makeup brushes is key to ensuring your products are applied seamlessly with a ‘no-Photoshop-needed’ and Instaworthy finish. No.7 Core Collection Brush Set contains some of their favourite brushes: concealer, foundation, eye colour and blusher. Available right now at half the price, I am glancing at my very tired-looking foundation brush and wondering whether my weekend could BE any better?

4.Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device, £249, (Was £575), boots.com

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If you have always wanted one of these globally raved about IPL devices, but figured the cost was a little too much to take the gamble, it’s time reassess. This little beauty is touted for delivering superior results and is up for grabs for £326 less! Need I say more?

Happy Sunday people! xx

 

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The Best Candles For A Totally Lit Christmas

Hey Lovelies!

So, you’ve got the gifts (check), you’ve attempted to start making the Christmas cake (sort of check), and you’ve even bought the decorations – wow, you’re on fire. However, no festive season mood is complete without some amazing candles; here are the best candles for a totally lit Christmas! Tip: most of these are up for grabs at discounted rates during Black Friday/Cyber Monday Week!

1.Rhubarb Crumble Large Jar Candle, £19.19 (Was £23.99), www.yankeecandle.co.uk

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First on my list has to be by globally adored brand, Yankee Candle because, well, who the HELL doesn’t love rhubarb crumble? I can’t think of a better fragrance to fill the lounge this Christmas (just make sure that once everyone’s’ taste buds are activated, you have an actual rhubarb crumble to serve, or there may be an angry mob waving pitch forks and sticks). If you like the look of this get online and buy quickly as Yankee Candle are offering 30% for Black Friday weekend.

2.Christmas Scented Short Pillar Candle, £22.32 (Was £23.50) by Fat Pillar Candle, candlesdirect.com

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Steering away from the pudding (and calorie) enticing scents, this one has Christmas wrapped up and sat on your mantelpiece. This candle is brimming with all of the gorgeous festive fragrances one could hope for, including; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla and yummy spices. The beautifully stylish candle offers up to 80 hours of Christmas pleasure and is available at 6% discount during the Black Friday weekend.

3.Sweet Harmony Mini Candle Collection, £29.25 (Was £39), moltonbrown.co.uk

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This gorgeous candle collection conjures up the very thing we all strive for throughout the festive period – harmony! The set includes:

1 x Rhubarb & Rose Mini Candle (I’m not obsessed, I promise!)

1 x Coco & Sandalwood Mini Candle

1 x Orange & Bergamot Mini Candle

The incredible Molton Brown candles provide every scent you need to perfectly reflect the progression of Christmas, ensuring you and your loved ones feel nothing but happy. Result!

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Check Out The Best Black Friday Beauty Deals

Black Friday is finally here and this weekend you can find so many of your favourite beauty items at discounted prices – YAASS! Whether you want to splurge on yourself, or treat someone on Christmas day, check out these gorgeously fabulous beauty deals on offer:

1.Decleor Skin Radiance Christmas Gift Set, £33, Was £48, www.decleor.co.uk

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One of my all-time fave brands, this year Decleor has really come through for us. Offering 30% off this weekend via their website (perfect for me as online shopping is so much easier when you know what you want). Check out their Skin Radiance Christmas gift set. Combining everything you need to effectively exfoliate, hydrate and illuminate, you will look and smell divine throughout the festive season.

2.Guerlain Terracotta Electric Light Copper Bronzing Powder, Now £34.03 (Save 17%), www.johnlewis.com

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Bronzers can literally transform your complexion from the ‘dull, weary and a little too tired of this harsh weather’ look, into one of healthy, sun-kissed radiance – and there’s none better than Guerlain’s Bronzing Powder (even better now it can be bought for a steal). Good times!

3.NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette, Now £12.80, Was £16, nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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I am totally obsessed with NYX’s Ultimate Shadow Palette. This product boasts 16 high- performance shadows and is available in 4 different yet equally gorgeous colour combinations. The only problem I can find is choosing your favourite!

4.Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Icons Gift Set, £33, Was £55, charlottetilbury.com

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Now’s your time to scoop up some of Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning makeup and skincare products at a fraction of the cost. Be quick as this is selling out fast!

Charlotte Tilbury is offering 40% discount for Cyber Weekend. Yay!

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, £19.20, Was £24, www.urbandecay.co.uk

 

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Throughout Cyber Week, Urban Decay are offering a massive 20% discount on EVERYTHING and I am now sat firmly on cloud number 9! #Lifegoals.

Happy shopping people! xx

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No, Ingrown Hair, You May Not Have A Place On The Face

So, you think you have your list of skin concerns sussed – then out of the blue without any warning, the dreaded ingrown hair suddenly appears. What’s worse, there seems to be no getting rid of it without serious skin removal – it’s as if it has self-set in concrete! Well, if this rings a rather large bell, fear not; here are the best tips and product advice to ensure the unwanted guest is permanently removed from your face (or anywhere else). I love

1.Exfoliate

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Clogged hair follicles may cause hairs to grow inwards/sideways (any way but the right way). To Prevent this from happening as well as removing the stubborn already established hair by simply exfoliating in a circular motion and on a regular basis. The best products to use will contain BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) or salicylic acid. Alternatively, a sugar scrub (with as little oil as possible to prevent clogging) can help. I love Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant £26, Look Fantastic.

2.Tease Out With Tweezers

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If you can see the hair near to the surface, try to carefully tease this out with a pair of tweezers, but always make sure they are sterilised.

3.Warm Water

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Before hair removal soak a cloth in warm water and gently dampen the area you are about to treat.

4.Never Shave Eyebrow (or Any Other Are on Your Face)

There have been a few suggestions in the media about whether shaving areas on your face is a good idea. I cannot speak for everyone, but generally speaking unless you like stubble and ingrown hairs, avoid this one at all costs.

5.Ingrown Hair Preventative Products

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Aside from exfoliating with a sugar scrub or products that contain BHA or salicylic acid, you can also aid in the prevention of these irksome hairs with specific ingrown hair treatments. There are many on the market but the best one I have come across is the Skin Doctors Hair More Hair Inhibitor Spray, (approximately £10 for 120ml). Buy here

Do you have any good tips? Let me know in the comments below and have a lovely week! xx

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Beat Those Autumn Blues: 6 Things That Make Me Smile

Hey Lovelies

I hope you are having a fantastic bank holiday. Looking outside the weather has suddenly (and might I add, very rudely) changed from incredible warm sunshine to a somewhat dismal view, letting me know that Autumn is very much on its way. Grrr! To beat those Autumn blues, I’d thought I’d share with you 6 things that make me smile.

1.My Pooch And My Great-Nan

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She’s cute, she’s fluffy and she loves everyone to bits (unless they resemble a postman and then it’s a different story altogether). That’s the pooch, not my great-nan in case you were wondering. My great-nan is the kindest and loveliest woman in the world and you can’t help but smile when you see her.

2.My Children

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Another birthday is looming. How am I this old already? Time, you are a ruthless thief! However, my daughter smiled and told me she’d bought me something amazing that she can’t wait to give me and my little boy announced that my Mac is lagging, and he intends to buy me a new one (so cute, and..if only)!

3.Caffeine

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It doesn’t matter how I source it (numerous coffees or Redbulls) caffeine always helps.

4.Chocolate

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Yes, yes, sugar is the work of the devil and all that. Whatever – nothing beats a bar of Galaxy. Before you ask, no your eyes do not deceive you – there is nothing left of this bar apart from the wrapper!

5.A Great Book

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When it’s cold and dreary outside there’s nothing better that snuggling up in your blankets (with choc and coffee) and a good book. One of my fave reads of late is Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly.

6.Finding An Awesome Series to Binge-Watch

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When you think you’ve seen just about every decent series on offer and you are about to consider re-watching House for the umpteenth time, then you discover something undeniably awesome, like Person of Interest (and then find out there’s tons of series too). Could it get any better? Keep on coming rain, it’s fine! (If you haven’t got Netflix and want to watch this, buy at Amazon here 

What’s your best way of beating the autumn blues? Leave your comments below xx

 

 

 

 

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Top Tips To Avoid The Dreaded Hooded Eye Look

Hey Lovelies!

Today I thought I’d discuss an issue that affects many of us and is one of my daily annoyances – the hooded eye. I’m not sure when my eyelids decided to acquire this unappealing signature look, but I do know I do not want them (but not enough to consider surgery). Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to make them look wider and less hooded.

1.Use An Eye Shadow Primer

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As all of us with hooded eyes will know, eyeshadow creases are pretty much a given. Keep them at a minimum by firstly applying your eyeshadow primer. I love Perricone MD’s No EyeShadow, EyeShadow £29, www.perriconemd.co.uk

2.Think About Your Shades

Should you suffer from the dreaded hooded eyes, try to avoid darker eyeshadows. If you love deeper shades, apply them just above the crease and in the centre (making sure you go easy on the shadow, ensuring it doesn’t reach your brow bone).

3.Highlighter Is A Key Product

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This quick optical illusion trick will instantly widen the eyes. Take a highlighter stick at apply to the inner corners of your eyelids and also apply a little along your brow bone. Hey presto, big and beautiful peepers! nudebynature’s Touch of Glow Highlight Stick in Champagne (£18) is fab!

4.Forget The Liquid Eyeliner

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Liquid eyeliners often cause a hooded eye to look worse. If you simply can’t live without your liner, go for a kohl pencil, which will achieve a softer look, focusing on the outer corners of the eye (liner on the inner corners will make your eyes look like you haven’t slept properly) – and avoid liner on the lower lids as this can make the situation worse. For precise and easy application people with hooded eyelids should apply their liner with open eyes. You will be amazed at how much difference this actually makes! Try Rimmel’s Soft Kohl at Feel Unique (£2.99)

5.Invest In a Good EyeShadow Brush

Eyeshadow lines draw attention to a hooded eye, do buy a really good soft eyeshadow brush, gently sweeping across the eyelid to prevent those irksome lines and create a beautiful wide-eyed finish.

Take that hooded eyes!

Have you tried any of these tips? What do you think? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and have a lovely day people! xx

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Hair Primers Guaranteed To Defy The Strongest Of Heatwaves

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you are all enjoying the continuing miracle that is this UK heatwave. Whilst the majority of us are slapping on extra primer in an effort to prevent our makeup melting down our faces (causing us to look like a waxwork reject), many of us still are not applying hair primer. In this weather we really need the hair primer.

The beauty Gods have bestowed upon us hair primers of which can treat a whole array of haircare needs. Primers thoroughly condition, hydrate and protect – ensuring your locks remain shiny and super soft whilst enjoying SAS-like protection against these extreme (but much-loved) sun rays. Say goodbye to dehydrated, frizzy and sun-damaged strands and hellloooo to gorgeousness. Check out the best:

 1.Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer, £21 (250ml), Bumble & Bumble

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Should you shudder at how suspiciously familiar a scarecrow’s straw hair looks, worry no more. Bumble & Bumble have your hair covered (in a rehydrating oil) so no more brittle, just beauty. Better yet, this ‘invisible’ spray is practically undetectable and ensures your locks are detangled, silky and effectively protected from UV damage. This product enables fast and easy styling, too.  #hairgoals!

 2.L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Original Oil, £12.75 (100ml), look fantastic.com

There’s one thing we hate about the sun and that is it makes already frizz-prone hair that much worse. Put an end to those frizzy woes by applying a little L’Oréal, and you will be rocking a super-soft shine all day long. This incredible oil also heat protects for up to 230 degrees!

(suitable for all hair types)

 3.Kerastase Resistance Therapiste Serum, £22.90 (30ml), kerastase.co.uk

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This awesome serum is the go-to choice for those with fairly damaged or thick and unruly hair. The Resistance Therapiste Serum basically covers all the usual requirements such as conditioning and hydrating, but also offers amino acids and an innovative FIBRA-KAP™ formula that repairs and restructures, whilst simultaneously providing maximum heat protection and minimising further breakage! Result.

Do you have a fave primer? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Sunny Sunday People xx

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The Best At-Home Gadgets worth Their Weight In Gold

Hey Lovelies!

As a beauty editor I have to test all of the latest beauty devices, so I thought I’d share with you the best at-home gadgets that truly are worth their weight in gold. Read on:

1.For Acne/Blemishes Try Tria Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light, £179 (Was £199), www.triabeauty.co.uk

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There’s no need to suffer from acne – this awesome device delivers acne-destroying blue light that targets pores and eradicates the bacteria lurking underneath the surface of the skin. Also combined is a cleanser and spot treatment to further address the problem. What’s so great about this product is that you know you are effectively treating the problem without causing irritation or hurting your skin with harsh chemicals used in other acne-reducing products.

2.For Cleansing Try The Foreo Luna 2, £169, wwwforeo.com

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I absolutely love this device. The Foreo LUNA 2 doubles up as an outstanding cleanser and anti-aging tool in one. It’s brush head is 50% larger, thus achieving super-fast cleansing, and offers 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute. This amazing gadget makes quick work of ridding your skin of impurities, whilst simultaneously targeting and treating fine lines and wrinkles. There’s no messing about with the LUNA 2 – it delivers on its promise and you will notice a significant improvement in your skin (and the compliments you receive). Furthermore, one charge enables up to 450 uses, so there is very little faffing around.

3.For Hair Removal Try The SmoothSkin Muse, £319 Was £399), www.smoothskin.com

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Known as the intelligent IPL for good reason – it works. I have to say this product goes far and beyond my expectations of any at-home IPL device. This Gold Winner of the Beauty Awards, 2017 is the answer to your hair removal woes. Fast, effective and virtually painless, the gadget makes light work of breaking the hair cycle and preventing regrowth so problematic stubble becomes a distant memory. Yay!

Have you tried these products? What are your thoughts? Leave your thoughts below xx

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Are We Becoming So Politically Correct That No One Can Just ‘Be’ Anymore?

Are We All Becoming So Politically Correct That No One Can Just ‘Be” Anymore?

Hey lovelies!

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I’m sure most of you will have noticed the soon to be released Oceans 8 movie starring 8 amazing female actors. Given the growing need for equality in the workplace, the rise of feminism and the acceptance for women to finally have a voice whereby they are heard (not just when its deemed fit), I totally get the reason behind the need for a female cast. However – I can’t help but feel somewhat robbed. The Oceans films literally were awesome: they starred all of my favourite male eye candy (i.e. Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Georgie boy). The movies were the epitome of pure coolness. The ladies were spoilt for choice, the guys could fantasize about men they would love to be, and the plot was entertaining throughout.

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Now, all of that has gone. I get that women should own a film, but make it a new one, a different one that doesn’t take away from the one set of movies that stood head and shoulders above the rest for all the right reasons. For me, we’ve just lost out massively by attempting to fix an equality issue through sacrificing film perfection. Instead of being obsessed with point scoring, why not simply make a different one totally unrelated to the iconic Oceans? I know I will probably get some stick – everyone’s got an opinion. But seriously when everyone is screaming for the world to change the best things in the name of feminism, or fear of being politically incorrect at what point do we stop and realise nothing is fun anymore?

I’m no psychic but I predict that by 2020 comedians will be struck off or imprisoned for being funny. No one is allowed to say anything, even in humour without an onslaught of abuse from people ready and waiting to be outraged for the slightest reason. Don’t get me wrong – there’s always been sad and bitter people on the lookout for a bandwagon they can hop on. But now social media platforms have not only given the opportunity for this to become an epidemic – but people are too scared not to take this mass hysteria on-board, enable it and give it a place in the world. And it seems the crazier insinuation and allegations are, the more people put their names to it and the louder it becomes.

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Just the other day some woman had nit-picked apart an innocent comment made on an advert and turned it into some kind of sexist abusive attack, posting this across the internet which then (of course) went viral. The internet has allowed this small town mentality from 200 years ago to become global. This is terrifying, and it just continues.

The days are serious because others are losing their shit over anything they can find to be insulted about. No one can joke, no one can make the movies they want, no one can write freely – does anyone else worry that we are all becoming a world of self-driving cars? Sure we all are heading for the same end destination, but do we really have to all become robots to be allowed to stay on the sodding road? Where life is becoming a real-life version of Huxley’s Brave New World, has our overwhelming and ever-growing panic of not being PC, driven out fun, personality and the ability to just ‘be’?

Be yourselves people xx

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How The Hell Do We Get Rid Of Pores IRL?

Hello Lovely People!

What the Hell is the deal with enlarged pores? There’s so many products on the market that promise to blur, conceal and diminish these – and some are effective to a point.

However, that point is short-lived and unless you walk around with an arsenal of products at the ready every minute of the day, you just know that the little improvement you can obtain just isn’t worth the endless hassle. So, what do we do? Put up and shut up? Hell NO! Check out some pore reducing procedures that will actually work (for far longer than half your working day). Gooodbyyye pesky enlarged pores!

 1.Laser Up

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You may have noticed the use of laser treatments amongst celebrities has rocketed in recent times. Lasers are touted as a key rejuvenating treatment for their hugely successful results for many skin concerns such as: diminishing fine lines, plumping up the skin, tightening, reducing eye bags…oh and you guessed it, reducing those wretched pores. Should these skin concerns be particularly problematic, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option.

 2.Micro-Needling

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Micro-needling is basically the process of putting many tiny little needles just under the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s own restorative response by stimulating collagen to work its magic. Micro-needling repairs and renews the skin, and in turn greatly reduces those pesky pores. You can visit a clinic or alternatively purchase an at-home device such as the fabulous Swiss Clinic’s Micro-needling Skin Revival Treatment.

 3.Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that utilises fine crystals and a vacuum to remove the dead skin cells. This treatment feels like your top layer of skin has been completely removed, will leave your face very red for the rest of the day – and you definitely need a strong SPF. However, in the whole scheme of things it isn’t particularly painful and definitely not the worst procedure to undergo – and it does greatly improve your complexion, whilst going some way to reduce enlarged pores.

 4.Chemical Peels

 

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Another good treatment option for rejuvenating and diminishing pores are chemical peels. The process involves applying a chemical solution to the skin which in turn deeply exfoliates the skin, so that when it dries it then peels off (hence the name). The result is a more youthful complexion with far fewer pores.  Visit: goodskindays.co.uk

 5.Retinol Products

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For quite some time we have heard about the miracle that is retinol. This little gem makes quick work of firming and rejuvenating the skin. The appearance of pores is reduced, and fine lines are lessened. However, take note – retinol can be a tricky product particularly for newbies or those with sensitive skin. If in doubt, firstly talk to your dermatologist. A great retinol product is the SkinCeuticals retinol.

Have you tried any of these products or procedures? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below xx

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Eye Bags – What Might They Be?

Hey lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. At 3am this morning I realised it didn’t matter how much antioxidant packed cream I slathered on my eye bag riddled face, there wouldn’t be a cat in hell’s chance (weird saying, I know) of looking anything like a fresh daisy today; I was right. Appearing radiant and refreshed required some serious sleep time – or maybe not. Cue the following incredible (and simple) hacks to banish those eye bags forever.

 1.Cool Cucumber

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Finally, a good use for cucumber! This age-old hack is one of the best treatments for a savage attack of puffy eyes and eye bags. Slice two pieces of refrigerated cucumber, place them over your eyes and take half an hour’s rest. Within seconds, you literally will feel their magic work. This amazing fruit offers ascorbic and caffeic acid that greatly reduces water retention and thus diminishes puffiness and swelling. Furthermore, it provides a skin lightening effect, making you look more radiant and refreshed. #Lifegoals! #Phew!

 2.Egg Whites

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Egg whites are another fantastic treatment for dreaded eye bags. They combine proteins and the skin nurturing vitamin E that work in unison to firm and tighten the delicate skin under the eyes. I have not used this method for long enough to confirm, but it is reported that over time this treatment can offer a long-lasting improvement for sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing pigmentation. Hooray!

 3.Tea Bags

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Should you be running late and need a quick fix, try the tea bag trick. The idea here is to wet the tea bag in ice cold water then rest over your eyes for 10 minutes. The powerful astringent qualities of tannin are highly beneficial in cooling, soothing, diminishing water retention and unsightly pores as well as tightening the skin. The result is a fast and significant reduction in swelling, puffiness and people gently asking if you are ok!

 4.H20

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This hack is cheap, simple, works like a dream and yet is so often overlooked. Drink plenty of water and you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your complexion! Begone pitiful eye bags!

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading xx

 

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Beauty Editor’s Weekly Favourites

 

Hey Lovelies!

 I hope you’re all having an awesome week.

As a Beauty Editor I come across many, many products (some amazing, some not so much). Below are some of my favourite products discovered thus far:

1.Revitalizing Bio Cellulose Face Mask – Lucia Magnani, £45, www.luciamagnani.com

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As a big fan of sheet masks, I was so excited to receive the Lucia Magnani sheet mask to try. Incredibly luxurious, bursting with amazing ingredients and the ultimate in skin pampering (without travelling miles and spending a fortune at the nearest spa). This mask is every bit as good as I’d imagined it to be – and then a whole lot more IRL. My complexion was actually transformed, fine lines were noticeably reduced, and my skin felt and looked firmer, smoother and altogether fabulous. This is one mask that will be damn hard to top – everyone should keep one in their makeup cabinet for that special night or for an emergency beauty event. I love, love, love this mask!

2.MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Face & Body, £31, www.escentual.com

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Until recently I haven’t had much experience of body foundations; since trying this one by Makeup Forever, I am a changed woman (quite literally). If you have missed out on your fake tan appointment, or putting off wearing that slinky dress because the winter has left your skin looking tired and neglected – this is the perfect product to buy. Makeup Forever’s foundation glides on seamlessly creating flawless results. So happy!

3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy, £19, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Our hands are often forgotten – and given the fact that I am always the one lumbered with the cleaning products and never bothering to put the gloves on (I know – cardinal sin), my hands appear more like something from Gardeners Weekly/Roofers Weekly/Witches Weekly (take your pick), than the flawless fingers of a beauty editor. The other morning, I actually glanced down at hands and sheer horror gripped my face – they actually looked more like my nan’s hands (sorry nan). Time for some serious TLC.

Now there seems to be an end to the cold spell we have no excuse to ignore our weathered hands. This is where Crabtree & Evelyn come in: their La Source Hand Therapy combines an array of amino acids and vitamins that thoroughly transform both the hands and nails, whilst simultaneously providing the utmost protection. what is more, this product smells so good that reapplication each day will definitely be a pleasure and never a chore.

4.Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 Face Oil, £216, www.naturisimo.com

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OMG this is the oil of dreams. Made from 1000 roses, the high-end facial oil sadly comes at a high-end price. That said, in my humble opinion it is worth every last penny.  The Elixir works little miracles on your skin by smoothing, evening tone and rejuvenating to reveal a beautifully radiant complexion. Yes, it may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. This is one of those must-have products of which you will never want to run out. To give you an idea, I used my bottle every evening and it lasted for almost a year – until the week whereby I held it upside down without the pipette every day in the vain hope a drop may still be left (I know, a tad sad, but you do what you have to). My advice is if you want to buy an investment facial oil – this should be at the top of the list.

What are your favourite products? Let me know what you think below xx

 

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The Best Easter Chocolate, Ever

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you all are enjoying the Easter weekend and getting some much-deserved R&R. I have made great use of the time binge watching Person of Interest to the point where my eyes actually sting and eating copious amounts of chocolate. Here is a round-up of my all-time fave Easter choc, which now resembles disgraced empty boxes and is evidence of my chronic chocolate addiction (until I recycle later, anyway).

 1.Galaxy Indulgence Luxury Chocolate Easter Egg (Pack of 2, £29.99) Amazon.co.uk

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I don’t know about you, but Galaxy tops the game. Included here is (instead of loads of packaging and a scrawny egg) a yummy egg and 3 bars of chocolate – what’s not to love? Nothing, I tell You.

 2.Esthechoc Cambridge Beauty Chocolate, £45, esthechoc.com

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If you love dark chocolate and are struggling with an internal voice saying chocolate is the work of the devil, don’t fret; esthechoc have it covered. This incredible brand has come up with an ingenious hack so we can always eat delicious chocolate and it will have our backs fighting the onset of aging and free radical damage. No more worrying about whether chocolate is such a great idea. The only trouble is you are only allowed one packet of the delicious esthchoc each day (which is a tad for crazed chocolate eaters like me).

 3.The Big Easter Egg Classic Ostrich Egg, £40 (Was £80), HotelChocolat.com

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If you are going to do something, do it properly. At over 1kilo of choc, this Easter egg from Hotel Chocolat has it all (but not for long). This Classic Ostrich Egg will indulge you with a delectable array of every heaven you can imagine, with dark, milk, white and caramel recipes – and a simply enormous egg to boot. SOOO Happy.

 Whatever you are doing this Easter Monday I hope you are having fun. What was your favourite egg? xx

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Amazing Benefits Of Argan Oil

Hey Lovelies!

Meet your skin’s new best friend, argan oil. Otherwise known as ‘liquid gold’ this priceless oil is a powerhouse of skin-loving components that offer incredible benefits for your skin.

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Sourced from the kernels of the organ tree of which is native to Morocco (hence Moroccan oil) it contains an impressive supply of nutrients, including antioxidants, fatty acids  and vitamin E and is therefore, highly beneficial for the hair, too. Goodbye dandruff, frizz and split ends. Hello gorgeousness!

Argan/Moroccan oil is a must-have multi-tasking beauty product and goes far and beyond to transform the hair and skin, maintaining optimal nourishment, radiance and a forever sought-after youthful appearance. Better yet, a few drops goes a long way, making this a true gem.

Get Your Glow On:

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Bursting with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, argan oil has everything your skin needs to stay moisturized, smooth and utterly radiant.

2.Thwart The Aging Process:

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The pure components in argan oil are highly effective in prohibiting the ongoing attack from free radicals. Think of it like putting up a blockade against premature aging. Hooray!

6.Healing:

Argan oil works wonders in reducing the appearance of scars and treating stretch marks. Any oil that can do this deserves to have a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.

7.Dry Skin

Don’t let dry skin be the bane of your life. This intensely moisturising oil will target and take down the dreaded unrelenting dry skin from around the nose and other areas, infusing it instead, with deep hydrating nourishment and returning your complexion into one of pure beauty. #No filter life goals.

8.Super Shiny Locks

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Want soft shiny and manageable hair? A few drops of this miracle oil will transform your hair into locks so lustrous that L’Oréal would be jealous.

For skin: Add a few drops to your mosituriser or use as a facial oil.

For hair: Massage into the scalp, rub in a few drops from root to tip, or simply add a little to your conditioner.

Try Moroccan Oil Treatment, £12.10 (25ml), www.feelunique.com

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Always choose pure organ oil.

Have you tried argan oil and what do you think? Please message me your thoughts or leave your comments below xx

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Overnight Sleep Masks Are Here And Life Is Officially Awesome!

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but the defiant lazy girl in me is always on the lookout for the easiest and fastest answer to, well, pretty much everything – and skincare is no different. We all know sleep is the time our skin warriors come to life to repair the damage of daily life, making night creams big news for all the beauty savvy out there. Now, ladies (and gents) rejoice in the world of overnight sleep masks; the ultimate in our beauty sleep arsenal. Check out some of the best around:

1.The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25, thebodyshop.com

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Some days, it just doesn’t matter what the hell I pile on my skin, or how many layers of concealer and corrector I reach for in the day, my ‘distressed’ complexion remains as constant as Putin’s realm over Russia. The Body Shop’s Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is here to put a stop to those self-pitying, resign myself to looking crap days. Loaded with highly beneficial skin-loving and anti-aging ingredients such as edelweiss stem cells, sea holly and babassu oil, this gorgeous gel-cream gets to spend the entire night working little miracles on your skin. You will awaken to discover a more plump, rejuvenated and renewed complexion – and one less bad skin day.

2.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, £29, kiehls.co.uk

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Step outside into weather so cold you half expect to see a penguin on the corner, then go home and crank up the heating until you feel your face dry like a prune IRL. There’s never been a better time to buy that overnight mask –  forget the Easter eggs (well, maybe a couple); Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is at the top of my Easter wish list. This incredible masque is all you need to reverse the nightmare that is currently UK weather.

3.Lancôme Absolute Precious Cells Revitalizing Night Ritual Mask, £95, Selfridges

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Lancôme’s utterly luxurious mask feels like little drops of sweet heaven on your skin. Effectively dealing with and diminishing fine lines, whilst reversing the look of tired skin, this mask is a truly selfish but totally worth-it investment. There’s no denying it – here you will find the pampered blissful effects of the best night’s sleep, EVER – even if, by 3 a.m. you’re still awake and enjoying the hideous harmony of your fella’s snores.

Have you got a favourite sleep mask? Let me know below, and have a lovely Wednesday xx

 

 

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Tips To Ensure Your Make-Up Stays Smudge-Proof

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There’s a lot of brands that promise to keep your make-up smudge-proof. Sure, there are some great smudge-resistant products and some, that are, more WTF. That flawless complexion on which you spent enough time, should definitely not dissolve into non-existence by lunch. This is simply not an option. Fortunately, there are a few good tips to keep your make-up smudge-proof and ensure you look gorgeous all-day long. Read on:

1.Exfoliate, People!

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I say this so much, but that’s because it is sooo important – exfoliation is key (but not too much). Try to exfoliate twice each week to keep the dead skin cells at bay and ensure your skin is a perfectly smooth canvas, thus giving your make-up the optimal chance of doing its job.

2.Keep Moisturisers and Serums To A Minimum And Give It Time

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Moisturisers, serums and SPFs are essential, but it is important not to overdo it. Too much and your make-up will slide off quicker than ice cream on the surface of the sun (well, maybe not that quickly, but you get my point). The other point to remember, is once you’ve applied your moisturiser, serum and SPF, give it time to settle into your skin before you apply the primer.

3.Primer

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Invest in a great primer for your skin type. I love Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22. A good primer can and will make all the difference. Buy here

4.Layer

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After applying your primer, add your foundation and concealer, then apply your contour and highlighter. I am a big fan of Iconic London’s Multi-Use Pro-Contour Palette, (£32.99). Once you have applied these, add a brush of blush and then a final brush of contour/highlighter for added staying power. Those with dry skin should stick to cream contours and foundations.

5.Give Eyes A Chance

Use an eye primer to keep your eyeshadow from smudging away,  I find Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £11.20 really keeps shadow crease-free for longer.

Liquid eyeliners are fab for the upper lids, but for the lower lash line opt for a pencil liner.

6.Set it

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Always finish by adding a touch of mattifying powder to keep your make-up in place.   Et voila, you’re good to go, without the need for your compact or makeup essentials. (We all know we will probably take them, just to be on the safe side – old habits.)

Have you any smudge-proof makeup tips to share? Please leave your comments below. xx

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Amazing Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts For Under £100

Hey Lovelies!

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, so if you are still scratching your head and wondering what on earth to buy to show your mum your appreciation, worry no more. It’s time to lose the blind panic – here are some amazing beauty gift ideas for under £100.

1.The Gift of Goddess Skin by Charlotte Tilbury, £39, charlottetilbury.com

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Charlotte Tilbury products never cease to amaze me. This Mother’s Day give the gift of incredible skincare with Charlotte Tilbury’s skin transforming kit. Inside this awesome set you will find her unrivalled Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream Moisturiser and Wonderglow Face Primer. These products work in unison to create a super-soft and luminous complexion any mum would love. Buy Here

2.Elemis Beautifully Brilliant Skincare Gift Set, Was £65, Now £45.50, www.debenhams.com

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Your mum may be a huge fan of Elemis and if so, her luck (and yours) is in. This luxury skincare set has been reduced by £20 and includes some gorgeously fabulous signature products guaranteed to keep mum glowing and smiling for months to come. This set offers: Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (200ml), Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Body Balm and the iconic Superfood Facial Oil. Buy here.

3.Gucci Bamboo Eau De Parfum Limited Ed, Was £65, Now £35, superdrug.com

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What could make her feel more pampered than a splash of Gucci? This has to be one of my top 3 signature scents – and better yet, it is now half price. I do believe a trip to Superdrug may be in order. Buy here

4.Braun Silk-epil 7 Epilator Plus, Was £149, Now £79, superdug.com

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Featuring Braun’s most effective epilator, this awesome product removes hair 4x shorter hair than wax and will last for up to 4 weeks! Not only that, but this epilator also includes a bikini trimmer, too. I am a true wuss and I found the Silk-epil 7 to be practically pain-free! Buy here

Have a happy and truly pampered Mother’s Day to all the fabulous mums out there.

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The Best New Beauty Products Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Happy Friday!

Since the beginning of 2018 we have seen some amazing new beauty product launches, designed to make our lives that bit better. Here is my round up of the best:

1.Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation, (SPF15) £31, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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For anyone looking for light and long-lasting coverage, this new foundation from the fabulous Bobbi Brown brand will be a sure hit. Basically, the Longwear Foundation feels totally weightless and blends in seamlessly, providing a matte finish that looks like you are wearing no makeup. I love this foundation!

2.Clarins SOS Primer, £26.50, www.clarins.co.uk

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If like me, you suffer from dark spots, imperfections and redness, the SOS Primer will feel like a God Send. Packed with antioxidants to nurture and protect the skin, whilst providing targeted colour corrector to effectively deal with any skin concern, this SOS Primer is a must-have. The only problem is, should you need a colour corrector for more than one concern type, you may need more than one shade. There are 6 incredible shades available – bye, bye, wages!

3.Kiehls Powerful Strength-Line Reducing Concentrate, £49.50 (50ml), www.kiehls.co.uk

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Amazing beauty brand Kiehls just gave one of their key serums a makeover. I didn’t think it could get much better, but the Concentrate is now packed with even more essential anti-aging and hydrating vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – 12.5% to be exact. Take that you pesky fine lines.

4.L’Oreal EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, $3.99, www.amazon.com

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This is L’Oreal’s first hair sheet mask and I am smitten! Designed to be a shower steam and deep moisture treatment, this product includes aloe blossom to offer intense hydration and nourishing love for your locks. The result is luscious and super shiny hair that feels totally weightless. #Hairhappiness! Buy from Amazon here

5.Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, £35, www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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I am a huge fan of Nars products and given the fact that this foundation promises to stay put for up to 16 hours, and given the other fact that I ALWAYS have to reapply my product at least once during the day, I couldn’t wait to try. The new Nars Foundation is available in 33 shades and glides on to the skin with remarkable flawless results. I have fair skin so love this product in Oslo. The outcome is amazing looking skin that still looks like skin – and it lasts!

6.Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40, £22.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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I know I go on about this A LOT, but sunscreen is probably THE most important cream you should be applying to your skin. As it turns out we should be worrying about the infrared radiation and light from our tablets and phones as well as UVA and UVB rays. Yay! Thankfully, this new product will provide you with all the protection you need and better yet, it soaks in seamlessly and feels practically weightless, too.

7.Wunder2 Super-Stay Liquid Liner, £12.95, www.wunder2.co.ukMetallic White Gold Super-Stay Liner

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It’s not just fondations that need reapplication – eyeliners, too, suffer the same fate. That’s where iconic brand Wunder2 comes in – their newly launched Super-Stay liners glide on effortlessly to enable precise application, thus creating a highly pigmented pop of beautiful colour that actually stays put! Available in 3 waterproof collections (Essential, Glitter and Metallic) these 24hour wear liners ensure you don’t need to check the mirror – even if you stay out all night! Buy here

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5 Kick-Ass Liquid Exfoliants

Hey Lovelies!

Exfoliation is a vital part of maintaining good skincare and realistically we should try to exfoliate twice weekly to ensure our skin stays clear, pores are refined and our complexion remains one of radiant luminosity. However, which type of exfoliator to choose? AHAs can have huge merit, but with so much availability, do you have the right product for your skincare needs?

Today I have rounded up the best liquid exfoliators on the market; all of which will guarantee you keep your beautiful skin looking its best.

1.Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA 2% Liquid Exfoliant, £26, www.paulaschoice.co.uk

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Should your skin concern be predominately blemish or pore related, this is the kitty for you! Tackling enlarged pores, acne, blemishes and imperfections with warrior-like abilities, this awesome exfoliator will literally feel like a dream discovery. Your complexion will be clear, hydrated, toned and beautiful.

2.Sunday Riley Good Genes, £85

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Including lactic acid and patented NG-5 Ageless Complex to fight and minimise fine lines and wrinkles ensures this is an incredible anti-aging product. However, this exfoliator has a few more tricks up its sleeve – it greatly improves circulation, elasticity and skin tone, whilst simultaneously fighting free radical damage. One point to remember is that being such an intensive treatment makes it unsuitable for those with sensitive skin.

3.Alpha H Liquid Gold, £33, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a must-have for treating those with damaged or aging skin. This fab exfoliator effectively refines pores, reduces pigmentation and fine lines and is extremely popular amongst us beauty editors. Once you try it, you will see why! N.B. Again, those with very sensitive skin should opt for the Alpha H starter kit (skin Solution for dry/sensitive skin. (£39.99)

4.Elemis Gentle Rose EXFOLIATOR, £31, Elemis

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I used to have skin that could take the harshest of products, but these days it takes the slightest drop of something considered ‘average strength’ and my face breaks out in an ugly red rash! This is where Elemis comes in: combining the superior beneficial properties of rose, this gentle exfoliator will feel like a velvet glove on the most sensitive of skin, revealing a beautiful clear and gorgeous complexion you will love!

5. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £48, dermalogica.co.uk

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The good news is that this exfoliant is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Although this comes in powder form, you add water until you reach the desired consistency. This incredible product combines highly researched and proven ingredients such as papaya, rice enzymes, salicylic acid and their Skin Brightening Complex that work in perfect harmony on your skin to reveal a luminous and youthful complexion fit for any princess (that’s us!)

Have you tried any of these exfoliators or do you have a fave exfoliator? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Have a great day xx

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Game-Changing Foundations For Dry Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you game-changing foundations for those with dry skin. No matter how much water I drink or oil I apply, the area around my nose seems to be forever under attack by the dreaded dry skin gremlin. Throw the wrong foundation into the mix and we aren’t dealing with just dry skin – the skin concern suddenly becomes amplified and we also have to deal with a cakey appearance and very noticeable fine lines! Thankfully, there are some fabulous foundations capable of ensuring your complexion looks totally flawless, hydrated and radiant! These foundations are literal life savers!

1.Too Faced Born This Way Liquid Foundation, £29 (30ml), www.debenhams.co.uk

For an incredible ‘I’m not wearing any makeup’ look, this foundation is a must-have. The oil-free product combines coconut oil to enhance moisture levels, alpine rose to both brighten and improve elasticity and hyaluronic acid that rehydrates and rejuvenates. Tackle dry skin by applying a facial oil to the affected area, followed by a primer and then simply add your foundation until you achieve the required coverage. The result is one incredible complexion and one huge smile!

2. MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, £27, www.maccosmetics.co.ukScreenshot 2018-02-15 13.34.22

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Forget all about dreaded dry skin and instead enjoy glowing luminosity. MAC’s light yet balm-like Face Colour replenishes moisture and offers light-reflecting opalescent microspheres to diminish the appearance of imperfections and enhancing radiance. MAC’s Face Colour is so good it is a serious game-changer for those with dry skin. The foundation achieves seamless coverage whilst remaining super-light. Given this fact, apply a thicker layer for medium to full coverage.

3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, £45, www.facethefuture.co.uk

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Say goodbye to damaged and dry skin with the help of this little gem of a foundation. I’ve mentioned this product’s awesome capabilities before and it remains to be one of the best for dry and damaged skin. The formula contains Ceravitae to effectively deliver oxygen into the skin cells, allowing skin to heal, collagen to support the healing process, whilst simultaneously concealing acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and even burns! Buy here

4.Chantecaille, £63, www.spacenk.com

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Should you want a change from moisturizing oils, this is a fantastic alternative. Formulated from charged water and the all-singing, all-dancing properties found in Aloe, this amazing foundation will be your newfound holy grail for concealing any pesky dry skin or imperfections. Skin is rehydrated and revitalized and your complexion looks and feels like a dream. #Lifegoals!

Do you have a favourite foundation for hiding dry skin? Leave me your comments below and have a happy Friday xx

 

Have a happy Friday xx

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Romance Is In The Air With These Gorgeous Scents Perfect For Valentine’s Day.

Hey Lovelies!

Valentine’s Day is almost here: You’ve got the venue planned, the outfit and shoes – but what about the perfume? Breathe in the scent of pure romance with these gorgeous fragrances for her. Over the years perfumes come and go, but these scents remain timeless:

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray (50ml) £85.50, Amazon.co.uk

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Make sure the fifth sense is completely alluring with the help of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. This beautiful yet super sexy fragrance will completely captivate whomever you are near. I love this!

2.Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Eau De Toilette Spray, £15.58 (100ml), Amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite scents. Combining base notes of blackberry, peach and raspberry together with a heart of jasmine, lily of the valley and rose and delicious top notes such as pineapple, this calming and natural aroma evokes delicate yet pure sensuality. Buy here

3.Dior J’adore, £52 (30ml), www.dior.com

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Embrace your femininity and allow this exquisite bouquet of floral romance and sensuality embrace the essence of Valentine’s Day. Including the perfect combination of ylang-ylang, the chic hue of Damascus Rose, duo of jasmines and orange blossom, these work in unison to create the ultimate warmth and passion for a beautiful evening together. Buy here

4.Guerlain, Shalimar, £40.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Shalimar is yet another timeless classic – I defy anyone to breathe in this scent and not fall instantly in love! Created by Jacques Guerlain who took inspiration from the exotic floral Shalimar gardens, it is said that Jacques considered Shalimar to be scent Shah Jahan would have given to his much-loved wife. This oriental and truly romantic fragrance should be on every sophisticated woman’s signature list. Buy here

5.Chloe Love Story, £39.95 (30ml), www.debenhams.com

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Should you be in the first throws of romance, Chloe ‘Love Story’ Eau De Parfum is a must-have. Combining a delicate floral scent of orange blossom and jasmine on a base of cedarwood, this fragrance conjures excitement, freedom and passion that ultimately reflects a truly romantic and seductive love.

What are your most favourite romantic fragrances? Please leave your comments below – and no matter how you spend Valentine’s Day, make sure you pamper yourself! xx

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Awesome Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Him (That Don’t Cost The Earth)

Hey lovelies!

We’ve just survived a long January, whereby the most of us are attempting to pay back the cruel cost of Christmas and had to wait an excruciating length of time to get paid, and now Valentine’s Day is heading our way. Don’t fret – check out these awesome gift ideas for him that don’t cost the earth.

1.Personalised Metal Photo Keyring With Leather Case, £26, notonthehighstreet.com

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There’s nothing more romantic than a gift like this one, and better yet, it won’t break the bank. This stylish photo keyring is not overly gushy, but will keep him thinking of you throughout each and every day (clever.

2.Personalised Reasons I Love You, £13, notonthehighstreet.com

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Whether you are in the first throws of passion or are looking for ways to show him you still care, this gift idea is perfect. The cute personalised notes are available in boxes of 10 or 20 and can be printed in advance, or left blank for you to handwrite. Buy here.

3.Fifty Days Of Play Adult Game, £12.28, Amazon 

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Fancy spicing things up in the bedroom, kitchen, or wherever you choose (within reason)? Inspired by the Fifty Shades movie, this game is certain to take an otherwise average Valentine’s evening of dinner and TV into one that will keep you both smiling for the rest of the week. Buy here

4.How To Deal With PMS Notebook, £6, Amazon.co.uk

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Searching for something cheap and funny? This notebook would make many men laugh and is a great little gift to keep him smiling all day long. Buy here

5.Basketball Laundry Net, £8.99, findmeagift.co.uk

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This novelty pressie works on three levels: it is not only funny but it may also encourage him not to leave his dirty pants on the floor and in turn, you are less likely to be accused of nagging – I call that a win, win! Buy here

What are your thoughts? Leave me your comments below and have an awesome Valentine’s Day! xx

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10 Tips For Achieving A Perfect Salon-Worthy Blow-Dry At Home

Hey Lovelies!

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing like a visit to the hair salon for boosting your confidence. However, for a long time I would leave the hair salon a little grieved that I was unable to achieve that perfect and seemingly effortless blow-dry at home. A few years later (after talking to several professionals and some research) I can now acquire that gorgeous blow-dry without a visit to the salon. Here are the best tips to ensure you can get that salon-worthy blow-dry without having to part with your cash or brave the wintery trek across town.

1.Invest In a Good Hairdryer

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The choice of hairdryers is vast, but there are a few key points to remember when in search of the perfect blow-dry:

Ionic technology – gives anti-static effect and seals cuticles, creating shine.

Ceramic tourmaline – Seals in moisture and anti-static effect.

Narrow nozzles – To control heat and airflow direction (so important when creating a salon-worthy finish).

These points make all the difference. I discovered the LanaiBlo – it ticks all the boxes and creates the perfect blow-dry. Although a little pricey at £99, this product is well worth the investment. Once you think of all the money you can save visiting the salon, the LanaiBlo is a true find!

2.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Screenshot 2018-02-05 14.39.09Choose a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help boost your locks and enhance shape. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Label.m’s Thickening Shampoo (£14.25) and Conditioner are truly incredible as they totally boost volume whilst adding a shimmering luminosity to your locks. Result!

3.Always Prepare

Before you even look at a hair dryer apply a hair mask. As we all know – heat damages hair and if your locks are looking a little worse for wear it won’t look better following a blast of heat without the proper protection. I love Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. This works as a great pre-shampoo treatment or overnight mask. Work through mid-length to the ends and leave on for a good 15 minutes before rinsing out. The added bonus to this is by applying a mask you will actually decrease the length of drying time considerably. Yay – no arm ache!

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Buy Philip Kingsley Pre-Shampoo Coconut Elasticizer (£31) here

4.Use A Good Heat Protection Spray.

Should you want the salon-perfect results you have to follow protocol – it’s no good skipping the odd rule – those few moments you spared aren’t worth the split ends that are bound to ensue.

5.Hair Oil

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Hair oils are an awesome invention and I literally couldn’t be without mine as split ends and frizz are instantly concealed. A good tip is to apply the oil both before and after you blow-dry. This will guarantee soft and shiny hair to die for. OGX Renewing Moroccan Oil (£6.99)is a firm favourite – but don’t overdo it – a little goes a long way.

6.Dry Shampoo or Styling Spray

Add a little of this (evenly and over your T-zone) to give fine hair some added bounce and thickness.

7.Roots Go First

Always blow-dry the roots of your hair before anywhere else (especially if you have fine or thinning hair). This will keep the volume for longer.

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8.Now For The Blow-Dry              

Blow-dry the crown by keeping your brush as close as possible to the roots as you dry, pulling your hair gently upwards to create a gorgeous lift.

Dry the hair in sections, from root to tip, making sure your locks are thoroughly dry.

9.Don’t Overdo The Hairspray

Choose a lightweight hairspray and never overdo the application.

10.Rejoice

Finally, take a look in the mirror and smile!

Have you any blow-dry tips you would like to add?

Please leave a comment below. xx

 

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6 Quick-Fix Beauty Tips To Ensure A Valentine’s Day To Remember

Hey Lovelies!

It’s time to prepare for the most awesome Valentine’s Day yet. Whether you have a hot date lined up or just want to go out looking hot AF, make sure you have these boxes ticked:

1.Quick-Fix Blemishes

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Ok, so Valentine’s Day is on its way and according to the law of the sod, a blemish or two will be making its way to the centre of your face just in time to ruin the night. Not so this year – between now and then make sure you use your cleanser religiously. I love Viliv C Clean Off the Day By Dr. felix Betram. Combining aloe vera, almond oil and essential vitamins, this cleanser effortlessly removes dirt and makeup whilst simultaneously providing moisture and nutrients. By the time Valentine’s Day comes your face will look as fresh as a daisy.

However, should a blemish or two sneak past this amazing cleansing action, do not fear – take some witch hazel and dab it on the affected area. This truly works little miracles!

2.Rejuvenating Sheet Mask

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We have so much to thank K-beauty for, and sheet masks are top of the list. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask (£18). Including, vitamins, floral extracts, peptides and more, these nutrients seep deep into the skin to provide you with a salon-worthy facial in just 15 minutes! Your skin will look and feel amazing.

3.Treat Your Eyes

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If you have had, like, zero sleep and your eye bags look like you’ve had an allergic reaction and then painted your eyeliner in the wrong place, you may feel like panicking. Instead, de-puff using an eye massager such as the fabulous Sensse Eye Massager. Afterwards place a slice of cucumber over each eye for 15 minutes, followed by some great antioxidant eye cream. Your eyes will soon be looking beautiful and sparkly once more.

4.Don’t Forget Your Teeth

If (like me) you love the tea, coffee and energy drinks – don’t fret. There are quick-fix resources without having to visit the dentist at short notice. Try Whiteglo’s Whitening Pen Brush. Your gnashers will now look gorgeous with your sexy bold red lippy. Phew!

5.Body Scrub

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There’s nothing worse than feeling unconfident on date night due to things that can be easily fixed. Dry or rough skin doesn’t need to be an issue. Invest in a great body scrub. I’m totally in love with the Body Shop’s Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub (£6). It ticks all the boxes, can be used on sensitive skin and doesn’t cost a small fortune!

6.Tan

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I always feel sexier when I am a little tanned. Unfortunately, my bank balance has kept me well and truly grounded in the freezing UK weather, so for now I would need a self-tan. I adore Cocoa Brown’s 1hour Tan and mitt – it’s fast, effective, non- streaky and very importantly, reasonably priced (£7.99).The result is a gorgeous and sun-kissed effect that no one can resist. Exactly what we’re after!

Do you know any quick-fix beauty products that should have a mention? Let me know what you think xx

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6 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has long since been considered a beauty life saver. Following a heavy clubbing session and having minimal time before the working day begins, a holiday break at the campsite with your fella (and you discover the bathroom isn’t fit for rats), or you are just having a what-the-hell-I-don’t-care week. Whatever the reason, dry shampoo is on hand to save the day and your dignity.

Results, however, are not always as we’d like them. Check out these few tips to get the most out of your dry shampoo.

1.Choose The Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair

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Some key points to remember when buying your dry shampoo:

Blondes: Powdery dry shampoos can cover darker roots.

Darker Hair Types: Choose invisible or light-tinted dry shampoos to prohibit a chalky effect showing up.

2.Prevention Not Cure

Kill the grease before it happens by applying your dry shampoo post-wash. Doing this will prohibit the build-up of grease for longer.

Technique

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Remember to apply your shampoo evenly, spraying from the same distance as you would use your hairdryer (approximately 8-10 inches from your head), from the parting and downwards. Massage into the scalp and ensure all of the product is absorbed.

4.Use The Right Brush

Try using a slim brush with tourmaline bristles to aid in effective blending.

5.Blend and Build

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Blending in is key to getting optimal results – and NEVER use too much product. Your hair will enjoy added volume from the dry shampoo, so once used keep it down rather than tying it up and risking a grease reveal!

6.When The Grease Has Already Got You…

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Should you wake up late and discover the dreaded grease has already attacked, grab your dry shampoo and spray your T-section (the top parting and along the hairline) and spraying 8-10 inches from your hair. This area is the greasiest so this is where you need to focus.

Make these few changes and your dry shampoo will be your star product! #lifegoals

Have you got a fave dry shampoo? Please let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, have a happy Friday guys xx

 

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How To Minimise And Hide Split Ends

Hey Lovelies.

We all know only too well what its like to look in the mirror each day to a scarecrow head gawking back at you. Split ends truly are a nightmare! Should your hairdresser be booked up for the next month and split ends are taking over your head like something from The Strain, do not panic: here are some quick fixes to keep them well-hid until you reach the sanctuary of the hair salon.

1.Ditch The Elastic

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Having little time in the morning and opting for a ponytail may seem like a good idea – but not if you are using elastic bands. These are the key offenders for causing frayed hair. To avoid breakage, make sure you use soft and stretchy fabric bands or Scunci hair tools.

2.Cut Down Heat

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Its better to cut down on use of heat styling, but if you are like me and simply cannot go without the straighteners or tongs, opt for heated tools with thermal heat protection to keep damage to a minimum.

3.Choose Carefully

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Are you using the right brush for your hair type? This is such an important thing to remember as the wrong brush can do endless hair harm. Should your hair be weak choose a soft bristle brush, and always, ALWAYS brush softly.

4.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Again, take some time in researching and buying the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and condition. Should your locks be in a sorry state (again, like mine at present) invest in a good leave in conditioner such as Label.m’s Leave-in Conditioner, (Diamond Dust range) £18.25.

5.Towel Dry

I know, this is not always possible when we have overslept and have to leave the house, like twenty minutes ago!. However, try to towel dry where possible. Your hair will thank you.

 

7.Serums/Oil

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Perfect for sealing up those pesky split ends, hero hair serums and oils are an actual God send. Try Aesop’s Shine.

8.Hair Mask

Should your locks be in need of a little extra TLC, use an overnight hair mask. This will provide vital nourishment so that your hair feels thoroughly rejuvenated by the morning. Hooray!

 

 

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The Fastest And Most Effective Facial Exercises To Stay Toned

Hey Lovelies!

I’d thought I would share with you some really easy facial exercise techniques for keeping your beautiful face toned and youthful.

One bleak morning (not too long ago), running late and rushing to get out of the door, I was momentarily frozen as I caught sight of something shocking whilst passing the mirror in the hall. The unexpected sight I am referring to was nothing less than a double chin brazenly staring back at me. It wasn’t even a modest size. Until now, it had somehow gone unnoticed, but obviously the extra bag of sweets wasn’t a good idea, because now I looked as though the bag hadn’t quite reached my throat, but instead was hanging out with its twin, underneath my face.

By doing these few facial exercises for a few minutes each day, my chin demon has completely gone and I am no longer fearful of checking my reflection or eating sweets.

Check out these simple techniques – you will be amazed at how quickly your face tones up:

1.Stretch

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Looking upwards, lift your chin and slightly tilt your face to one side, so that you are looking over one shoulder. Next jut out your bottom jaw so that your lower teeth sit gently over your upper teeth. (Do not glance in the mirror whilst doing this). You should feel a slight stretch. Hold the pose for 20 seconds, then relax and repeat whilst looking over the opposite shoulder. Do these 5 times for each side, twice each day. Before you know it, your chin will lose its twin!

2.Neck Tone

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Drop your chin forward to your chest and rotate your head to the left. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Move your head back down until your chin is to your chest, then rotate your head to the right and hold position for 10 seconds. Repeat this alternating process for a few minutes each day.

3.A Chin Slap

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Using the back of your hand, gently (but not so gentle it is futile) slap your lower jaw for a minute. Repeat this twice daily.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. xx

 

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Valentine’s Gifts She Will Love, Love, Love!

Hey Lovelies!

Some people don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, but in my opinion, it’s always amazing when someone says they love you and what better time to take this opportunity then on this day? We all love presents, so why not treat that special someone by gifting her something she will truly adore (beauty products). Read on to discover the best beauty gifts to keep her smiling until next Valentine’s Day.

1.Bobbi Brown Classic Brush Collection, £150, bobbibrown.co.uk

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Where would we be without our makeup brushes? Probably in makeup hell, committing huge contouring and highlighting fails (worst nightmare ever). Bobbi Brown’s Classic Brush Collection contains everything you need to ensure fast and flawless makeup application every single day. Yay!

2.Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30, charlottetilbury.com

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I’m always on the lookout for the next best foundation, but Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation remains one of my top 3 fave products. The collagen-boosting formula also includes vitamin C to thwart free radical damage and hyaluronic filling spheres to plump up the skin, making this a go-to skincare product as well as providing perfect coverage all day long. Who the hell wouldn’t want a magic foundation?

3.Flora by Gucci Anniversary Edition, Eau De Toilette, £55 (50ml), gucci.com

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As a huge fan of Chanel, it takes a mighty scent to make me sit up and take note, but Flora by Gucci has to be my new favourite perfume. With top notes of citrus, mandarin and peony, a heart of rose and exquisite asmanthus flower with a base of patchouli, this delicately feminine scent literally is the stuff of dreams.

4.Dior Lip Glow, £25, dior.com

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Make sure her lips are kept happy, protected and totally kissable by gifting Dior’s Hydrating Colour Reviving Lip Balm. There are ten shades available – better yet, they come in two finishes (matte and holographic). If lip balms had a God – this would be it!

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Say Goodbye To A Painful Winter Pout With These 6 Star Lip Scrubs

Hey Lovelies!

Ah, the joy of winter – finding ingenious ways to keep your scarf from removing your foundation; leaving the straighteners alone (because really, whats the point?); de-icing the car; allowing an extra hour to drive 15 miles; falling over and ripping your new tights (yes, that was me today)) and discovering your previously dry lips have reached a new level of disrepair! Fortunately, some awesome beauty brands have come to our rescue with outstanding lip scrubs that will leave you smiling (painlessly) and keep your pout perfect this winter.

1. Clinique Sweet Pots Lip Balm and Scrub, £15.50, clinique.co.uk

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Treat your lips to pampered bliss with Clinique’s handy little 2-in-1 Sweet Pots. Providing a sugar scrub on one side and gorgeous tinted lip balm on the other ensures your lips are flake-free, moisturised and looking sassy no matter how harsh the weather decides to become. Clinique’s Sweet Pots Lip Balm & Scrub are available in 5 beautiful shades, too.

2.Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, £14, tartecosmetics.com

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Indulge your lips with an at-home lip facial. this easy-to-use twist-up lip scrub offers gentle yet effective natural exfoliation, targeting and banishing cracked and dry lips . The 2-in-1 treatment combines an elixir balm consisting of vital antioxidants and shea butter that will fully moisturise and protect your pout. Buy here.

3.Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit, £4.99

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Should you be after softer and a plumper pout (who isn’t?) Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit is another fantastic treatment to try. Including highly beneficial ingredients such as coconut, sugar and sodium hyaluronate, this kit enables natural yet thorough exfoliation, as well as achieving you a smoother, plump and kissable pout ready for Valentine’s Day. Also available at Asos and Boots stores.

4.Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, £25, dior.com

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I am a huge fan of Dior fragrances, makeup – and now I can add their lip scrubs to my list of faves. Although a little pricey, due to the irresistible scent (as well as being 100% effective) this scrub stick is well-worth the investment. Called the Self-Vanishing Sweet Exfoliating Lip Balm,  (shade – Awakening) the natural exfoliation and moisturising stick quickly enables beautifully soft lips and maximum impact colour.

5.Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel, £12.75, lookfantastic.com

Should your lips be looking (as mine are), particularly worse for wear check out Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel. Perfect for use on the most delicate of skin (i.e. the lips) the biodegradable peel combines Swiss apricot extract, brimming with antioxidants and skin-loving properties. Dead, dry skin cells are gently sloughed away and the lips are nourished, softened and radiant once again. Furthermore, this little tube can be used for other areas in need of some TLC. Take that gruesome winter!

6.Suki 2-Step Ultra Soft Lip Kit, £15.95

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This lip kit by Suki is incredible in dealing with the cracked, chapped, dry lip syndrome. Combining an array of outstanding natural ingredients, this lip kit gently exfoliates, smoothes, renews and protects your pout, so you can relax in the knowledge your smackers stay looking nothing but gorgeous! The kit is suitable for all skin types. Buy here

 

 

 

 

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