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5 Amazing Products That Significantly Diminish Dark Under-Eye Circles

Hey Lovelies!

My recent article reveals key skincare ingredients that significantly diminish dark under-eye circles (read here). Although the issue cannot completely disappear, certain products will certainly help the matter. The following amazing products will provide a noticeable improvement to this common skin concern.

1.CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, £8.25 (14ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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When it comes to the right ingredients, this emollient cream ticks all the boxes. Combining ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, these components work as a super-effective team to ensure your eye area reaps the ultimate benefit. You will love the results this cost-effective cream can deliver. Hello again, beautiful eyes!

2.OLE HENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Cream, £30 (15ml), www.boots.com

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On discovering the internet hysteria over this eye cream’s apparent hero capabilities, it became a matter of extreme emergency in trying it out. The fact that its formula includes a ‘secret pigment’ made my 9-year-old self, relish in the concept of magic once more.

We do know that the cream combines vitamin C; a component that is proven to thwart hyperpigmentation and encourage luminosity. As for the secret ingredient – I will hazard a guess that bananas may be at play here. But does it work? I will concur with the thousands of other satisfied customers. The sallow grey shades (that are as stubborn as the Jimi Hendrix painting on my old bedroom wall) is actually diminished. Expect to fall madly in love.

3.Trinny London BFF Eye Serum / Concealer, £26 , www.trinnylondon.com

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This has to be up there with the all-time greats. A concealer that blends so seamlessly it looks like your actual skin (without the discolouration), cleverly formulated with specific eye-circle correcting ingredients. Combining crucial components such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and a Duo-peptide Complex, the serum brightens, hydrates and rejuvenates the delicate under-eye area, unveiling a complexion that will have you jumping for joy.

4.The Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, £54 (15ml), www.spacenk.com

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There is no messing about when it comes to this formula. Containing 5 different types of vitamin C (to ensure optimal delivery and efficacy) together with 8 peptides, your skin will receive the ultimate brightening, circulation boosting and de-puffing action around. Apply before you go to sleep and awaken feeling and actually looking refreshed!

5.The Ordinary Caffeine + EGCG, £6.99 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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I cannot rate this brand highly enough. It literally gives us the exact ingredients to do the job – without the hefty price tag attached. This formula contains caffeine to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. Furthermore, the Korean-adored component, EGCG offers massive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant value needed to breathe life back into weathered skin cells and transform that consistently exhausted look into one of sheer radiance.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people xx

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Best Skincare Ingredients To Shake Off Dark Under-Eye Circles For Good

Hey Lovelies!

Do you wish you could tackle those irksome under eye dark circles for good? I feel your pain (as does the entire adult population, pretty much). Several factors cause the hyperpigmentation that lead to this pesky appearance. We can’t do much about aging or genetics, but there are certain components that will help. Luckily, there are several key skincare ingredients that will aid in thwarting off, the universally hated look. Read on:

Ingredients That Tackle Under Eye Circles Of Doom

1.Caffeine

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We are seeing caffeine in products everywhere. This feels a bit contradictory, as we are told that caffeine dehydrates the skin. When applied topically however, it works wonders in temporarily diminishing the look of dark circles. This is because caffeine improves circulation and reduces that unwanted puffy appearance.

2.Vitamin C

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You are probably tired of hearing me bang on about the brilliance of this little beauty of a vitamin. Studies have proven this ingredient to not just work in protecting the skin, but also triggers collagen production. The result is a larger space between the dreaded veins and skin and a reduced appearance of darkness. Even better, the component will increase skin luminosity, lessening discolouration!

3.Ceramides And Tri-Peptides

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Ceramides are fats that are found naturally, making up a part of the skin’s barrier. Their job is to protect and retain moisture. Ceramides are incredibly effective in anti-aging skincare due to an incredible ability of hydrating, whilst enhancing both collagen and elastin production. Likewise, studies have shown the use of tripeptides can help achieve a plumper complexion and strengthen the skin’s barrier. The result is your delicate under-eye skin is firmer, healthier and stronger. Take that you pesky circles!

4.Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid has received huge credibility for its hydrating and moisture retaining abilities – but also for its anti-aging capabilities. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin leading to a firmer complexion. In turn, this minimises that dull and transparent ‘might be a secret vampire’ look.

5.Vitamin K

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This little warrior of a vitamin greatly enhances tissue renewal whilst also being a fabulous antioxidant. When paired with caffeine or ceramides, this ingredient works like a boss in reducing the appearance of those dreaded under eye circles.

6.Niacinamide

This fabulous ingredient is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be. Niacinamide provides skin-lightening properties, offering a noticeable improvement in the case of dark shadows.

When searching for eye creams that will actually treat those dark circles, look for products with these key ingredients.

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Best New Vegan Products To Make 2020 Even Better!

Hey Lovelies!

January or rather, ‘Veganuary’ is not just for food lovers. Avid vegan beauty fans, take note: here are the best new vegan beauty products, 2020, to make life even better!

1.Hourglass Nº 28™ Lip Treatment Oil (2020 Lunar New Year Edition) – At Night, $49, www.hourglass.com

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Did anyone see the Wolf full moon the other night? It was spectacular – and Hourglass have rightly named this lip treatment the Lunar New Year Edition as it is outstanding in equal measure. Seriously, use this and you can wave goodbye to the dry cracked winter-torn lips and hello to a wow-factor pout!

Their vegan formula is specially formulated with 28 awesome ingredients, including 14 essential oils, nurturing vitamins and 10 lipid-rich plant oils to target and transform your cherished lips, no matter what the weather (or life) throws your way. Furthermore, it also offers gentle yet powerful actives (Saliporine-8, Volulin™ and Viamerina) that work in unison, to effectively treat your delicate lip area with ease.

Expect reduced appearance of lines/wrinkles, a super boost of hydration, softness and volume. This incredible product is both vegan and cruelty-free.

2.Codex Beauty Bia Skin Superfood, $50 (75ml), www.codexbeauty.com

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The health kick surging the globe seems to show no signs of slowing down and now the benefits of veganism and superfood have reached the realms of skincare. So, without further ado, welcome to the new age of superfood skincare.

Codex’s thoroughly nourishing Beauty Bia Skin Superfood ensures your complexion receives optimal nourishment and TLC.  Including their innovative BiaComplex herbal formulation,  the results are greatly hydrated and silky soft skin. No more wasting time trying to rid your skin of the flaky patch (which has been there so long, you don’t even question it anymore).

Certified by the Vegan Society this gorgeous formula is particularly magic for dry skin types (that will be all of us, this time of year).

3.Eyelure Luxe Collection Lashes, £9.95, www.superdrug.com

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Until recently, buying some vegan-friendly falsies in the high street has proven a tad tricky. Now, you can bag yourself some falsies without looking further afield. Eyelure has launched their Lush Lash Collection, of which does not include the usual fibres made from mink and silk. No need to scrimp on quality or ditch the angel on your shoulder – these lashes are fit for a Princess! Enjoy.

4.All The Feels Facial Oil, £12, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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2020 is set to see a continuation of skincare that boasts the benefits of hemp products – and this oil is amazing with its perfect name and contents.The formula combines:

Hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil that is loaded with amino-acids

Squalene – proven to increase hydration and moisture levels.

Rosehip Seed Oil – an incredibly nourishing ingredient, packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins.

Apply this cruelty-free and vegan facial oil in the evening and wake up gasping in slack-jawed amazement at your complexion. 2020 is a winning year!

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

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The Best New Beauty Products To Make 2020 Even Better!

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2020 is set to be awesome and here are some of the best new beauty products to make the year even better. Check these out:

1.Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Liquid Concealer, £32, www.harveynichols.com

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This is one product I can really get on-board with. If you’ve tried any of the Hourglass concealers (of which there are many), you will undoubtedly have similar high hopes for this one. Spoiler alert: It IS that good!

Winter can totally wreck our makeup look, particularly when the skin is dehydrated, and you want to wear a little more coverage. The result can be that once you’ve applied setting spray, within a few hours you may realise your worst fears; the much-feared creased face appearance. No one wants that. Behold this incredible full coverage concealer.  All 22 shades blend effortlessly and finding no unsightly creases by the time I peered in the bathroom mirror, I announce it is worth its weight in gold. Rejoice in the fact that your complexion will remain flawless for hours (even if you are stood in what feels like  the storm of Jupiter’s Red Spot for hours). A total Godsend! The ONLY place you can currently buy this in the UK, is Harvey Nichols.

2. Ouai Volume Spray, £26, www.theouai.com

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The iconic Volume Spray has just had a re-vamp. For those like me who have fine hair and look longingly at the beautiful hair adverts with a heavy heart, this is a product you shouldn’t ignore. During 2019, this product was sold out pretty much everywhere. Now it is back with an even better formula (if you can imagine such a possibility). The awesome priming spray contains added panthenol to further boost shine. Simultaneously, it does an amazing job of transforming fine, limp hair into the enviable appearance of locks that boast volumous joy! Yay!

3.Living Proof, No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask, $38, http://www.livingproof.com

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During the harsh weather months hair frizz is just one of those things you can’t avoid. Living Proof haircare products always offer significant improvement to the condition and look of my hair. Their Intense Moisture Mask is every bit as good as their 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. Providing hydrating, nourishing and anti-frizz properties, slap on this mask and your hair will be good enough to audition for a hair commercial. Living Proof, I marvel at your brilliance!

A Note About Urban Decay All Nighter Longwear Foundation Grip, $37

Should you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin (alas, most of us do at this time of year), this is NOT the product to choose. I was super excited to try a primer that would lock in my makeup. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours (on my dry skin) this causes creases to appear around the eye area and a general cakey look. I am certain it would suit those with oily skin types.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message and have a happy Friday all xx

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Detox Your Skin With These Amazing Products

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There’s only one way to combat the only-too-familiar effects that the gruelling winter weather bestows upon our precious skin. You must detox! Should your skin be more representative of Disney’s wicked witch rather than Snow White, this article is a must-read. Discover some truly amazing products that thoroughly detox. They are guaranteed to deliver sheer transformative joy to your skin – and a much-needed boost during what feels like apocalyptic mornings! (Seriously, taking the dog out for 10 minutes before work, turning a blotchy purple and feeling/looking like you’ve just returned from a week with Bear Grylls is NOT cool.)

1.Nassif MD Complexion Perfecting Detox Pads, £45, www.amazon.co.uk

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Yes, it may appear as if you have slipped into the Phantom Zone (thank you UK weather), but with the help of these little miracle pads, your beautiful skin will maintain its radiant luminosity. I absolutely LOVE these Detox Pads – they are literally a lazy girl’s dream!

This spectacular formula combines essential glycolic and salicylic acids that effectively exfoliate and a retinol-like product to brighten and rejuvenate. Furthermore, they are brimming with antioxidant value. These pads literally reach all the goals. Expect a deep cleanse, exfoliation, even skin tone, reduction of inflammation and appearance of pores – and a complexion that shouts, ‘up yours’ to the January weather!

2.Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, £22 (75ml), www.caudalie.co.uk

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Caudalie has certainly earned its spot in my list of most prized skincare brands. Each product I try delivers great results and my skin always feel completely pampered and soft. Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask includes key antioxidant arsenal necessary for protecting against harsh free radical damage during the ‘bleak’ months. The creamy gel mask contains pink clay that gently, yet effectively draw out impurities, leaving your skin feeling silky soft. Furthermore, papaya extract is provided to tackle the appearance of unsightly pores. Yes!

3.Omorovicza Mud Detox Collection, £52, Was £70 (Worth £108), www.lookfantastic.com

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If you are on a detox mission and mean business, this collection is certainly worth the splurge (particularly now as it’s at a hugely discounted price). This hero kit offers cult products from the Moor Mud collection, of which makes light work of both scalp and skin transformation.

The kit Includes:

Deep Cleansing Mask (50ml)

Refining Facial Polisher (30ml)

Revitalising Scalp Mask Sachet (20ml)

Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml)

Use these products, then wave goodbye to impurities, congested pores and uneven skin. Say hello to healthy, hydrated radiance. Yay!

During the winter months dehydrated skin can appear cakey under your fave foundation. If you don’t want to switch over your much-loved cover-up, simply add your foundation to your hydrating moisturiser. You will LOVE the difference this makes.

Have you tried any of these amazing products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy Wednesday to you all xx

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Transform Dry Hair With Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum

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Transform your look with minimal effort (perfect) by using Kerastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum.

I decided to start the new year by addressing my dry hair issues (baby steps). Having healthy and shiny locks that do not resemble a scarecrow in any way is now at the top of my list. Too much heat-styling and general laziness means my hair has taken some serious damage. I was almost at the point where I had accepted the only solution might be a drastic pixie cut.

Fortunately (and just in the nick of time) I was sent Kerastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum to try. This serum is crazy good; you don’t have to make any effort for it to work – and boy, does it work! Deserving of some serious kudos, the word ‘Magic’ has certainly earned its place in the name.  Should your hair be in a similar state, I urge you to test this hair serum. #Hairgoals!

Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is an intensive nourishing treatment for those with moderate to severely dry hair. Combining a special blend of Iris root extract and essential vitamins, this serum effectively targets and treats hair in need. Simply apply and fall to sleep. Then awaken and stare in wonder at your luscious locks. Think of this serum as your haircare fairy God mother of sorts.

Benefits:

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8h of overnight nourishment

Ultra-lightweight and non-greasy

Shiny and soft hair

Evolving fragrance to promote relaxed sleep and energy in the morning.

Increases manageability for normal-coarse hair types

Richly hydrates

Defines and enhances curly hair

Does not weigh down fine hair

Minimal effort required – no need to rinse out!

Long-lasting results

Key Ingredients:

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Iris Root Extract:

This incredible ingredient is included due to its powerful nourishing and repairing properties. Throughout the night, this component works hard, replenishing the loss of nutrients, whilst simultaneously creating a silky soft coat on the hair strands.

5 Essential Vitamin Blend:

These vitamins are specifically combined to further nourish, protect and achieve a satin-like coating as it seals the cuticles.

Verdict:

My disastrous hair look had literally turned around within 24 hours. Instead of dry hair only good for a hat, I had silky, soft locks good enough for a non-filter Insta-post!

Should you be a tad lazy (like me) this treatment is an actual Godsend. Kerastase is an awesome haircare brand and their 8H Magic Night Serum has earned a well-deserved place in my top ten products of 2020.

Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum is available at: www.lookfantastic.com and is currently priced at £27(90ml). Bag it now and save yourself £9!

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New Year’s Resolutions Easy Enough To Keep

Hey Lovelies!

Happy New Year to you all! 2019 seemed to come and go at warp speed, before last year’s resolutions had chance to leave the ground. So, I’m thinking this year’s resolutions need to be a tad more attainable. Here goes:

1.Let Go of The Past

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Trudging around like a camel carrying saddlebags crammed with more of yesterday’s baggage than you can deal, isn’t exactly going to propel you into any kind of worthwhile future. If (like me) you tend to torture yourself over the past, now is the time to let it all go. Give yourself a chance. It may just be okay!

2.Challenge Yourself

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There’s never been a better time to give yourself a challenge – something you have always wanted to do, learn or try. Life is short – don’t keep putting things off until tomorrow, because one day it will be too late.

3.Don’t Give Up

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This is one I will have to incorporate into a daily mantra. I’ve learnt that when you feel the least motivated and about as disheartened as it gets – this is the time to find some inner strength, pull yourself back up and keep on.

4.Drink WATER!

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Yeah, yeah. I realise this sounds ridiculous. But believe me – when you drink as much Red Bull as I do, drinking water is pretty important. I get how much H20 helps your body, brain and skin and so why does it feel like I am forcing down Devil’s blood or something? Seriously wrong. If anyone out there has struggled and overcome this problem, let me know. Maybe we could start a helpline. Say Yes to water!

5.Spend A Few Hours A Week On You!

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For me, every day is the same. I look after my children, my nan, work, clean, cook. Then should there be any trace of energy left in my being, I work some more. Well, the Cinderella days are over. I vow to give myself a few hours each week that are just for me. Be it a face mask and bath, an hour in the middle of the day to sleep or the book that I bought 6 months ago that is still sat looking sadly dejected on the shelf. Should you find yourself in a similar sorry state of affairs, now is the time to make a change. Life will roll along more smoothly if you look after yourself. So don’t feel guilty – you deserve it!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

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The Best Relaxation Gift Sets To Totally De-Stress

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Fancy a gift set to help us destress enough to get our shit together?  We all know of someone who might benefit greatly from some seriously relaxing me-time (a-hem, me). Here are the very best gift sets (vegan included), to ensure you are totally zen and that your shit is well and truly back in its box (until you run out).

1.Personalised Relaxation Gift Set, £26, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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This Christmas gift a loved one some boxed relaxation with this vegan-friendly set. Probably the best present they will receive this year, the gift set includes everything needed to provide a calming, soothing environment. Inside you will find:

A Clay Mask

Hand-Poured Candle

Mineral Bath Infusion

(Provided in a wooden gift box with your personalised message)

Containing the finest quality natural ingredients and being handmade and cruelty-free, you can ensure that both you and your conscience enjoys the rest it deserves.

2.This Works Limited Edition Sleep Mask and Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (250ml), £26.25 (Was £35), www.thisworks.com

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Everyone should own a sleep mask – they just should. This Works is great because it really does what it says on the tin – work! Proven to help you get to sleep faster and to wake up feeling that bit more refreshed, the set is in a league of its own. When you are the person (that would be me again) wide awake, staring at the clock at 4am and thinking, ‘Why God, why?’ you will understand just how valuable a kit like this is. Happy Christmas!

3.Aromatherapy Associates Discovery Wellbeing Bath & Shower Oil Collection Gift Set, £34 (was £40), www.amazon.com

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Aromatherapy Associates’ award-winning oil set offers everything you need to fully submerge yourself in a bath of transcendental calm. Included are 10 outstanding oils. Combining the purest essential oil blends, you can expect a true sensory explosion of therapeutic bliss for mind, body and soul.

4.Tickets For Your Fella To Visit His Favourite Show, 300 Miles Away

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Stress can be triggered by all kinds of things, but when you know the source, the solution may be closer than you think! Whether it’s snoring, temperament, or simply their breathing (just kidding) that is preventing you from having some relaxation time to destress, read on. There is nothing wrong with having a breather, so go ahead and treat him to a night away before the Christmas mayhem takes hold. He will appreciate the gift and you will feel total peace for the night. Now you can have that bath with your oils, light the hand-poured candle, apply said face mask and doze off to the scent of This Works Deep Sleep mist. Happy Christmas!

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The Best Christmas Party Games (That Cost Nothing)

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I have compiled a list of the best and most fun Christmas party games. This time of year causes so much financial strain – so don’t add to it with high-priced unnecessary games that probably won’t raise much of a giggle. The following party games cost nothing. Granted, (should you be an adult) some of them are a tad more enjoyable after a little vino – but hey, it’s Christmas so it’s okay!

Also, should anyone be worried about problems at Christmas you can read the best tips for avoiding stress and ensuring you have an awesome time here

1.For Everyone: The Bauble Game

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Simple yet incredibly fun – whether you are playing the game on Christmas eve with your children, or on Boxing Day evening with your drunken friends. Better yet, all you need is a bauble from your tree (just make sure you don’t grab a beauty gift bauble by accident, or you may not win).

The rules are: Line your baubles up (1 per player) on a smooth surfaced floor. Using a piece of card or A4 paper, the object is to waft your bauble to the finish line without touching it. First one wins. For extra competitive sparkle, delegate someone to blow a whistle for the game to commence. Definitely fun with a drink.

2.For Adults: Have You Ever?

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Make a list of crazy experiences on cards, beginning with “Have You Ever?’ Nominate someone to read out each card. Anyone who admits to any of the experiences on the cards must drink a shot of the other players’ choice. Last person left standing wins.

3.For All: Truth Or Lies?

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I absolutely love playing this Christmas party game – it never gets boring! The game can be formatted to be adult only or child-friendly versions. Basically, the game is a take-off from the very funny TV show, ‘Would I lie to You?’ If you haven’t seen it, it goes like this: Choose a theme (such as childhood experiences or past events).

Get 3 people to write down either a lie or something true about the theme. 2 people have to be lying and 1 is telling the truth. The other team listen whilst each statement is read out and then decide who is telling the truth. If they guess right the other team have to have a shot each.

For child-friendly versions, the winning team get to eat a chocolate or candy, or maybe choose a sour food for the losing team to eat (i.e. A piece of lemon). Just make sure before you begin that no one suffers from any allergies.

4.For All: Karaoke To YouTube

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Christmas party games which involve watching other people massacre songs without any awareness of how bad they sound (visuals of cats voluntarily flinging themselves in a river), are endlessly entertaining (just ask Simon Cowell). You can pick up a cheap mic from most places and now there are even microphones you can plug into your iPhone. However, should you not have one to hand, it doesn’t matter a scrap. People have to choose a song to sing to and the other team members score them from 1-5. After each person has had a go, the lowest scoring person must have to either: have a drink of the other team members choice, do a dare of the other team members choice or eat something they hate.

5.For All: What The Hell Am I Eating?

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This Christmas party game is so funny – but again, it is very important to ensure no one is allergic to anything beforehand – or it could end up being extremely unfunny. The general idea: Say, if you have 4 people blindfolded and one person supplying the food. A selection of delicacies is tried by each person. Firstly, with a peg on their nose and then again without the peg. The aim obviously is to guess correctly as to what they are tasting.

Each loser for each trial must either:  eat 2 mouthfuls of their most-hated food or drink; run down the street pretending to be a chicken; call someone up and tell them an outrageous lie or hop on one leg for 20 minutes. Clearly these rules can be adjusted to suit whoever plays the game.

All of these party games are fun and cost basically nothing!

Incase you are in the festive spirit and want to read more Christmas-related articles, you can check out ‘The Best Festive Jumpers Around’ here.

Happy Christmas everyone. xx

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5 Tips For Avoiding Family Stress At Christmas

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If the mere title of this piece (5 tips for avoiding family stress at Christmas) sends shivers of fear and dread through your very being, you need to read these tips. People start gearing up for Christmas by the beginning of November. We are bombarded with gift ideas from every direction and expectations get higher every year. Furthermore, families often fall out over where to spend the big day. If you let it, Christmas can become a nightmare.

By the time Christmas actually arrives, no one is even thinking about what the day is supposed to mean or why we celebrate. So, what can we do? Never fear; here are some great tips for those who foresee stress. Ensure your Christmas is pure happiness this year!

1.Be Kind To Yourself And Avoid Stress This Christmas

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Christmas is supposed to bring celebration of love and to show appreciation for those you love – in reality, it can sometimes bring dread and unsurmountable amounts of pressure. Families fall out. In fact, I do not know of a family that do not have issues. There’s no avoiding it. When there are family members you would rather not see – or who perhaps seem hell-bent on pushing you out – or who are already making plans that will inevitably cause you grief, read on.

Do not let it affect you. It’s not easy but it is simple. You can control how you act, and the enjoyment of Christmas will rest upon how effectively you deal with any situation. If there are family disagreements or ‘others’ are monopolising the festive period and the stress is too much, just let it go. It’s just one day. Enjoy yourself and have a little giggle in the knowledge that your Christmas will undoubtedly be more fun!

2.Schedule Some Me-Time 

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This is so important. We spend so much time rushing around making sure everyone has their perfect Christmas, that we tend to forget ourselves in the process. This year, don’t let stress get a look-in.  Schedule some me-time.  It will make a huge difference to you and everyone around too!

3.Ask For Advice/Help

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Should things get a bit too much to bear, do not soldier on in silence. Ask for help. Often by opening up and asking for guidance or help, the person close to you will be more understanding once aware of a problem. My nan’s phrase, ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ is very true.

4. Remember What Christmas is About

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Being bombarded with adverts on the ideal Christmas and the undoubtable cost takes its toll on us all. Remember they are just adverts – no one has the perfect life. Don’t let high expectations deter you from what Christmas actually means and what it should be about. Be kind to yourself and others, spend time with those you love and don’t fret about how much you are spending. For those who may be struggling, remember that expensive gifts are often a novelty that get played once and then forgotten. It is so much more important and memorable when you give your time, with fun and laughter. There are literally hundreds of free party games you can play to mix up the day. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

5.Plan

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If you know Christmas morning is going to be manic (who doesn’t?), plan ahead. Prep your Christmas breakfast and dinner as much as possible the day before. Place bin bags nearby to collect wrapping. Make sure your phone is charged for recording in the morning. Make a checklist of things you may need (batteries, etc). Bay think back to last year and think about all the stress-causing stuff. Then resolve any repeat issues by planning ahead. Job done!

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The Best Christmas Gifts To Pamper Your Pet Rotten!

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This Christmas why not pamper your pet rotten with some awesome gifts?  After all, our pets are loyal, give us love without question and we adore them for it. So, go on, spoil them with a Christmas treat they truly deserve (unlike other members of the family – you know who you are). Whatever pet you may have, you can be certain that genius pet toy inventors have created a present to make their Christmas special too.

1.For The Hamsters/Mice: Haypigs! Cavy Cannonball Tilting Tunnel, £11.99, www.fetch.co.uk

Haypigs cavy cannonball christmas gift for pet
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Okay, so I can’t get rid of the funny images in my head of a hamster catapulting itself across the sitting room to reach a pile of treats like a furry Evel Knievel. Obviously, this would not be the actual idea of the tunnel. However, your furry friend would love this fun addition to his little house (and it looks awesome).

2.For The Small Pooch: Limited Edition Fetch Christmas Gift Box, Luxury, £24.99, www.fetch.co.uk

PAmper your pet at CHristmas with luxury gift box for dog
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I know how annoying it is to buy a gift box for your pooch only to discover the toys are half the size of your dog and there’s not a dog in hell’s chance of it picking that ball up with its tiny gnashers! Never fear, this luxury gift box will keep your dog happy throughout the festive season. Included you will find 3 festive meals, 5 festive treats and 2 dog toys. Happy days!

3.Dog Fashion Gift: Christmas Tails Santa Slogan Hoodie, £14, www.petsathome.com

pamper your pet at christmas with santa slogan hoodie for dog
Credit: Pets At Home

Should you want to dress your pooch in something fun, stylish and brimming with personality, this hoodie is the perfect accessory for walkies on Christmas morning.

4.For Curious Cats: Automatic Cat Teaser by PETSAFE® FROLICAT™ CHEESE™, £19.99, www.argos.co.uk

Christmas pet gift: cat teaser
Credit: Argos

There will be nothing better than eating as much as is humanly possible, drinking a little vino and then slouching on the sofa to watch your cat tirelessly attempt to pounce on the cheese (without success). Far more entertaining than a repeat of ‘The Sound of Music’.

5.For Fish: Another Fish

Pamper your pet with gift of another pet fish
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Granted, I’m not that ‘up’ on the psych of the fish, but I’m sure they have feelings too. At the risk of someone having a fish who is actually a loner, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest the best thing, perhaps, to gift your fish is another fish. There’s only so long you can spend going around the same tunnel in the tank before losing your shit. Make them happy and give them a friend.

Whatever you choose to buy your pets this Christmas, it will be fine with them as long as they get lots of attention and love. Actually, not quite – don’t try squeezing them into one of those fancy-dress costumes in an effort to make them look like one of Santa’s elves. It’s basically animal abuse and they won’t be pleased!

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Amazon Black Friday Deals For The Entire Family

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If you are looking for Christmas gifts for the entire family, Amazon’s Black Friday deals are here. Amazon certainly know what they are doing, offering excellent deals right up until next Friday, 29th November (the official date for Black Friday). If you are about to get your Christmas presents, then here are some incredible gift ideas for everyone. You are very welcome.

1.For The Child Who Loves To Read: All-New Kindle Kids Edition / Includes Access To Over 1000 Books, £69.99 (Was £99.99), www.amazon.co.uk

Amazon black friday deal kids kindle with access to over 1000 books
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This 10th generation kindle with kid-friendly cover is the perfect gift for the child who loves to read. Both of my children race through books and trying to find something new is a never-ending pain in the backside. With this awesome present the problem is solved! Hooray. I will be buying 2!

2.For The Teenage Daughter: Remington Curl And Straight Confidence 2-in-1 Hair Straighteners and Curler, Ceramic Coated Plates, 5 Temperatures Cool Tip, £39.99 (Was £119.99), www.amazon.co.uk

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I don’t know of any teenage daughter who wouldn’t love this haircare device – it is absolutely incredible. Whether you are in the mood for curls or sleek straight hair, this tool effortlessly creates an enviable finish in a matter of minutes. Get it now as you are saving a massive £80! Not to be sniffed at!

3.For Him: Marshall Stockwell 11 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, £149 (Was £219.99), www.amazon.co.uk

Amazon Black Friday deal: Marshall stockwell poratable bluetooth speaker
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Should your fella be the outdoors-y type or work in a building trade, then this portable speaker will be a much-welcomed gift for him. Weighing just 1.2 kg and including rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, this first-class Bluetooth speaker will provide 25 hours of enjoyable listening time. So, if he loves his music and would benefit form seamlessly delivered wireless music to sing to as he works (from the loudest speaker in its class), grab the bargain while you can save a fortune. Job done!

4.For Mum: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device For Wrap For You: Body, Face, Bikini and Underarms, £291.75 (Was £550), www.amazon.co.uk

Amazon Black Friday deal philip lumea ipl cordless device
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Okay, this is a little pricey, but your mum really deserves a nice treat, and this award-winning gift would be greatly appreciated by most. You are literally saving hundreds of pounds on one of the best IPL devices on the market. I’ve reviewed them all, and this along with the Tria and SmoothSkin Muse are the best on the market. Hooray for Black Friday!

5.For Gifts Your Children Can Wrap For You: Ultrasun Anti-Pollution Face Fluid SPF 50 (40ml),£18.50 (Was £28), www.amazon.co.uk

Amazon Black Friday deal: ultrasun anti-pollution face fluid
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One of the best things about being a mum at Christmas is you can buy what you like, then give it to a family member for your children to then wrap and surprise you on the big day. Oh, how did you know? (Tee, hee).

This anti-pollution face fluid is a must-have buy and right now it’s available at the price of £18.50!  Protection against pollution and sun is so important all year long and this formula ticks all the boxes. Excellent and very useful gift! Thank you, me!

6.For Nan: 2-3kg Prime Quality 100% Original Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamp, £13.99 (Was 24.99), www.amazon.co.uk

: 2-3kg pri,me quality himalayan salt rock lamp
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Himalayan salt offers an array of health benefits that are proven to significantly improve your wellbeing. Once the lamp heats up, negative ions are released which in turn improves asthma symptoms, blood flow, sleep happier and even increases your serotonin levels – making you an altogether calmer and happier person. Furthermore, the soothing lamp looks awesome too!

7.For Grandad Try: INFRAY Hand Warmers, Rechargeable 5200m Ah Power Bank electric Hand Heater, £15.99 (Was 14.99), www.amazon.co.uk

INFRAY hand warmer
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Should your nan or grandad enjoy being out in their garden in all weathers, or suffer from Raynaud’s, this priceless gadget will transform their hands and lives for the better. The device is comfortable, compact and easy-to-carry. Offering varying degrees of temperature, this is the perfect gift to keep persistently cold hands nice and toasty – and it works within seconds!

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Get Your Festive Fun On With The Best Christmas Jumpers Around

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December is almost here and it’s time to get your festive fun on and grab yourself a Christmas jumper. Each year these novelty must-have jumpers get better and better. Check out the best Christmas sweaters around:

1.For Star Wars Fans: Star Wars Character Christmas Tree Red Christmas Sweatshirt, £18.99 (Was £24.99), www.iwantoneofthose.com

Festive fun Christmas jumper star wars
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Check out this official Star Wars merch attire. The fun jumper will be a firm favourite for Star Wars fans. You will probably be sick of the sight of it by the end of December! N.B: Should you require a baggy fit; it is recommended to buy one size up.

2.Festive Fun For Adults: Men’s Santa’s Log on The Fire Ugly Christmas Sweater, £44.92, www.tipsyelves.com

log on fire santa christmas jumper
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Make everyone laugh this festive season with the hilarious sweater featuring some rather inappropriate behaviour from Santa. Not so bad that you won’t get any presents on Christmas morning, but risqué enough to have some fun and bask in the delight that your jumper is (thankfully) that much better than the usual Christmas pudding (worn by the local Christmas pudding)).

3.Festive Fun For Dab Fanatics: Santa Dab Men’s Airforce Blue Christmas Jumper, £21.99, www.grindstore.com

Festive fun Christmas jumper santa dabbing
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For those who love to dab – check out this cool Santa doing the best dab of all. If seasonal dabbing brings you some festive cheer, this sweater is a must-buy! Perfect for those office parties or entertaining the family.

4. For Teenagers Or Jack & Sally Fans: Nightmare Before Christmas You’re A Scream Men’s Christmas Jumper, £39.99, www.grindstore.com

 christmas jumper, nightmare before Christmas
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It may say ‘men’s’, but I would totally wear this sweater. Ideal for your teenage goth or fans of Halloween’s Jack and Sally, the jumper puts a perfect twist on this year’s seasonal jumper. See, a sweater to suit everyone!

5.The Best One: Men’s Carrot Trail Nightmare Ugly Christmas Sweater, £44.92, www.tipsyelves.com

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This has to be the funniest Christmas jumper I’ve seen so far. It looks like Mr Frosty’s days are well and truly numbered, and by the looks of the reindeer the icebreaker is not going to be exactly pain-free!

Have you bought your Christmas jumper yet? Share your festive sweater stories below. Happy shopping xx

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Check Out The Best, New Beauty Gadgets Around

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The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun so I have compiled the best new beauty gadgets around. Should you be thinking about Christmas gifts for the beauty fanatic in your family (or yourself), the following are well-worth the buy – and currently on offer. #YESS. Think gorgeousness!

1.GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £169 (Was £199), www.currentbody.com

Beauty gadget GloPRO Rejuvenating dermaroller tool
Credit: Current Body

Do you wish you could get salon standard dermarolling in the comfort of your own home? Well, with the GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool, now you can. The device was an award winner at Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards and for very good reason. Featuring:

Painless, non-invasive rejuvenation treatment.

Boosts absorption of skincare products by 200%.

Noticeably improves skin firmness and texture, fighting signs of aging.

Suitable for all skin types.

If you like what you see, then grab the beauty gadget now as the price is 20% off until the end of November.

2.Elf Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask Kit, £30, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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I love elf’s products; they never fail to impress me. Their Magnetic Mask Kit won in the Glamour Beauty Awards last year and is truly remarkable. Should you or someone you know be concerned with hydration, impurities or enlarged pores, this is the kitty to buy. Included is an iron-based formula and magnetic tool to remove impurities, brighten and hydrate the skin, whilst diminishing the sign of unsightly pores. The formula is infused with antioxidants, carrot and sunflower seed oil, vitamin C and E and argan oil, you can expect exceptional results.

3.The Sarah Chapman At Home Facial, £63.35, (Was £90.50), www.lookfantastic.com

sarah chapman the home facial beauty tool kit
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Ever wish you could ditch the trip to the skincare salon for a facial and just have one at home? With the weather worsening this thought is a frequent one in my mind. Check out the award-winning facial treatment and Facialift Roller Tool, courtesy of Sarah Chapman. Featuring

Skinesis Overnight Facial (15ml):

The night-time oil boasts an array of antioxidants, essential oils and peptides that significantly brighten, firm and plump the skin

Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion (25ml):

A face mask formulated with a potent blend of hyaluronic acid and rosewater to smooth away pesky fine lines and wrinkles, providing a boost of hydration. Furthermore, it offers the outstanding rejuvenating Pentavitin® Complex that transforms dull and tired skin into a complexion of healthy radiance.

Facialift Face Massager Roller Tool:

Awaken your skin and provide that much needed boost of circulation and oxygen to revive your complexion. You will love the results of this simple yet highly effective massager tool. It has to be one of the best beauty gadgets ever!

4.Natasha Denona Lash Guard, £7.99, www.amazon.co.uk

Natasha Denona lash guard beauty tool
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I don’t know about you, but I am forever getting mascara smudges on my lids and under my lash line. It doesn’t matter how much primer I layer on; it happens. Just when I resolved to accept this as one of life’s unavoidable pains in the ass, I discover Natasha Denona’s Lash Guard. This little beauty gadget saves me from the daily bind of having to retouch my eye area. It works a treat. Simply apply it underneath or above your lash line whilst applying your eye makeup, et voila – a flawless and Insta-worthy finish in seconds. Bye, bye forever, nasty smudges.

Have you tried any of these awesome tools and what are your thought? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy shopping! xx

 

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Keep Your Complexion Looking Gorgeous Over Winter With These Awesome Products

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Keep your complexion looking gorgeous during the bleak winter months with these awesome products. Dry and distressed skin will quickly become a thing of the past. You can turn up your heating or go out and brave the elements, safe in the knowledge that your complexion (at least) will stay in tip-top condition.

1.Invest In A Great Night Oil: Beauti Sleep Elixir Facial Oil, £47 (30ml) www.harveynichols.com

beuti sleep elixir facial oil
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You may be bored of hearing me rave on about this product – but there really is good reason; it works. Loved by the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex (and many beauty experts), this facial oil is loaded with anti-inflammatory essential oils that truly care for your skin. Apply at night and simply let it works its other-worldly magic. You are very welcome.

2.Buy An Overnight Exfoliator: Try Alpha-H Liquid Gold, £33.50 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com

alpha-H liquid gold exfoliator for dry skin
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This incredible product literally takes off all the unwanted dry and flaky skin whilst you snooze. What could be better? Simply add a few drops and it works like a dream – in fact, the results are so good you will be wondering if you are still dreaming when you awaken and peer in the mirror. I love this!

3.A Great Serum: Try Bioderma Sebium Hydra, £11.10 (40ml), www.boots.com

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I reviewed this brand a few years ago and still I use it today. Rich and nourishing, the formula delivers much needed hydration to quench dehydrated and dry skin. Additionally, should you use acne treatments that further dry the skin, this will be the go-to product for you. Think restructuring and soothing active ingredients and a face which glows with luminosity, not redness!

4.Hero Project Glow Drops Facial Oil With Vitamin C, £19 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

winter complexion: hero project glow drops facial oil with vitamin c
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Ensure you are providing your skin with the essential protection it deserves during the winter months with the help of your super-protective friend, vitamin C. The Hero Project’s Glow Drops will keep your skin safe from the bleak winter so you can stay looking gorgeous! This vegan-friendly ultra-nourishing formula will provide a much-needed boost of proven ingredients that work in unison with vitamin C. The result is that dry, lacklustre skin becomes a complexion of enviable beauty.

5.Azelaic Acid: Opt For The Ordinary Azelaic acid Suspension 10% £5.50 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.com

complexion for winter:The Ordinary Azelaic acid suspension
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Some of you will be concerned with acne scarring, some with rosacea, but Just about everyone suffers from dreaded unsightly pores. Move over products, because there’s a new Queen in town – and she’s here to take them down. This relatively new amazing component targets and treats these skincare issues in a flash. The awesome ingredient is fast-becoming an internet sensation and it can come at a high price. Thanks to the fabulousness of super-brand, The Ordinary, you can pick up this amazing formula for next to nothing. Yes, it delivers the same superior results as the ones with the hefty price tags!

6.Don’t Forget The Retinol: Viola Skin Retinol Serum, £14.97, www.amazon.co.uk

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Retinol products are so important for keeping those dreaded wrinkles at bay. However, retinol products are essential during the winter months too. There are many on the market which can vary greatly in price. This little gem of a product by Amazon is not only cost-effective, but includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, that help in firming and repairing the skin. Laugh in the face of abrasive weather and overly high central heating. This formula will promote collagen production and protect your skin. Behold, a transformation from a dehydrated and dull appearance to a complexion or resilience and sheer radiance! Winter is no match for this brand.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

 

 

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These Luxury Vegan Candles Will Light Up Your Life

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Christmas is all about peace and harmony – and what better way to set the mood than with beautifully scented candles? Let your home encompass the true spirit of the festive season with these luxury vegan candles. Here are the best:

1.Christmas Candle – Christmas Pudding, £6.50, www.veganbunny.co.uk

the vegan bunny christmas pudding candle
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This brand won ‘Best vegan Candle of the Year’ at the PETA Vegan Homeware Awards last year, and for good reason. They make seriously good candles. This candle is basically Christmas in a jar. Combining cinnamon, sweet orange and nutmeg essential oils, this hand poured soy candle evokes an undeniable scent of true happiness! LOVE THIS.

2.Christmas Cookie, £8.99, www.yankeecandle.co.uk

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Yankee candles remain to be a firm favourite and knowing they are vegan make them all the better. I absolutely love their Christmas Cookie Candle. Boasting a sugary vanilla aroma of sheer deliciousness, just make sure your house stays stocked up on holiday treats whilst the scent is in the air! Failure to do so means you may get lynched (by Santa on Christmas eve).

3.Etincelle Luxury Soy Candle by Maison Meunier, £22, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Check out this amazing vegan candle by Maison Meunier. Including a special blend of wild fig, rose and amber, simply close your eyes and breathe in. You will feel the heart of Christmas right in your living room. Hand made in the UK; these luxury vegan candles are truly special.

4.Fig & Cassis Jar, £26.50, www.hoboandco.co.uk

hobo & Co fig and cassis vegan candle
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Whether you are staying at home or visiting relatives this festive season, you can rest assured this travel-friendly scent will keep you feeling cosy and snug. Expect an intoxicating blend of figs and fruity blackcurrants. The candle contains a natural unbleached double cotton wick in a reusable, recyclable glass jar. This scent is incredible!

Have you tried any of these candles and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below. Have a stellar weekend! xx

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Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas Guaranteed To Bring Joy

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It’s that time of year again where we all `thinking, “Yeah, but can I really buy him another jumper?”. This Christmas you can be certain to give them presents that are guaranteed to bring joy. Check out these awesome Christmas gift ideas, that are affordable and right on the mark. Read on:

This article includes affiliate links and I may receive commission on any generated sales.

1.Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Control / Streaming Media Player, £39.99, www.amazon.co.uk

Fire Tv Stick
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I have one of these and honestly guys – they are a total game changer. Should you love your movies and TV, this little gem will make your life complete!

The best-selling streaming box has more storage than any other on the market. Furthermore, Amazon Prime members can enjoy unlimited access to literally thousands of movies and TV episodes. Better yet, you can get free listening to over 2 million songs. Awesome!

2.OMRON HeatTens Tens Machine With Soothing Heat For muscle & Joint Pain, £99.99 (Was £129), www.amazon.co.uk

OMRON Heat Tens tens machine
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Okay, everyone knows someone who suffers with joint pain; it’s pretty much a given. This Christmas gift that special someone some much-needed pain relief with this clinically proven TENS technology. Combining 6 pre-set treatments for different body parts, this easy-to-use tool effectively blocks pain, stimulates endorphin release and even improves your circulation! Additionally, the product includes 3 heat and TENS treatments and 3 massaging modes, meaning you can customise it to meet your specific needs.  Your husband, father, mum or nan wold love this!

3.Storm Glass Weather Forecaster, £17, www.qwerkity.com

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Should there be someone in your life who works outdoors in all weathers, this is a fun choice of present that is guaranteed to bring a smile. Originally Invented in the 1800s by Captain Robert Fitzroy whilst aboard HMS Beagle during the Darwin expeditions, the bottle was created to predict weather using crystal formations. This is a fabulous and unusual gift that’s guaranteed to entertain everyone. N.B: It’s a good idea not to place it near a fire or radiator!

4.X Rocker Viper 2.1 Pedestal Gaming Chair With 2.1 Wireless Audio System And Subwoofer (Black/Red), £199.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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For the gamer in the family, check out this awesome gaming chair. The included wireless transmitter allows you to connect to any audio or gaming device via 3.5mm connections, optical or USB. Furthermore, the audio system is mounted in the head rest, enabling total focus on blasting the enemy and winning the game!

 

 

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Review Of Exuviance’s Age Reverse Day Repair

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Keep the dreaded age factor at bay with the help of this incredible product by world-renowned brand, Exuviance. After testing many products by medical product brand, NesoStrata, I was introduced to their sister brand, Exuviance. The range includes the same innovative ingredients, coupled with botanicals and delivers truly remarkable results. Exuviance’s Retexturing Treatment is outstanding; thus, I couldn’t wait to review their Age Reverse Day Repair. Combining key proven ingredients to prohibit the onset of aging, this facial treatment is massively impressive!

Included in Exuviance’s Age Reverse Day Repair SPF30 is a powerful Triple Firming Complex of NeoGlucosamine, retinol and peptides. These work in unison with an exceptional complex of antioxidants, such as pomegranate and vitamins A & E. This specifically formulated product results in not only preventing the progression of aging on the skin; but, has even been shown to actually reverse some of these pesky signs that sadly greet you with age. Ha, ha, take that, time!

No matter how many signs of aging concern you, this formula works like a trojan to target and quickly deal with them. Here’s how it works:

1.UV Filters

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UV filters combined offer vital protection for your skin, preventing the affliction of any further damage.

2.Triple Antioxidant Complex

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This formula contains a potent solution of highly effective antioxidants. The pomegranate vitamins A & E thwart free radicals with super-warrior strength. Furthermore, they spark off the repair process with speed.

3.Triple Firming Complex:

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In the mission to tackle aging, certain key ingredients are essential. Exuviance’s peptides, retinol and NeoGlucosamine (a non-amino sugar) have been clinically proven to significantly reduce signs of aging and greatly improve the condition of skin.

Their special formulation works by triggering collagen and elastin production. The outcome is a firmer, more plump and smoother complexion, with far fewer noticeable wrinkles. Even deeper and more stubborn wrinkles are reached.

Nearer the skin’s surface, a precise combination of retinol and NeoGlucosamine successfully treats the skin. Gentle, yet effective exfoliation takes place; thus, allowing for cell renewal. Next, uneven patches, age spots and discolouration are addressed and diminished. When you look in the mirror, expect a beautiful rejuvenated reflection, coupled with gasps of sheer joy!

I LOVE this treatment. Thank you Exuviance. Total genius.

Exuviance Age Reverse Day Repair SPF30
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N.B Ensure you use additional sunscreen as this product contains retinol.

Exuviance’s Age Reverse Day repair is currently priced at £45.99 (was £69) at http://www.facethefuture.co.uk. There’s never been a better time to treat yourself! Buy here.

Have you tried this treatment and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

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The Best Vegan Beauty Christmas Crackers Around

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You may have read my article on the best beauty Christmas crackers. I decided to devote an entirely separate piece on the best vegan beauty crackers to buy. This is due to the fact that this year, beauty brands have gone to lengths to provide a wealth of gorgeous clean, vegan crackers. After narrowing down the many reviewed, here are 4 vegan beauty crackers that are well worth the splurge.

1.Fruits of The Earth Christmas Cracker Face Mask Gift, £13.50, www.wearthlondon.com

wearth fruit of the nut tree face mask cracker christmas gift
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This Christmas beauty cracker truly gets my vote. Handmade in the UK and combining organic ingredients to create your own mask, the natural treat is an incredible idea. Including pre-measured Camu Camu powder, coconut and oatmeal oil, together with some simple instructions, this vegan mask gift will give your skin some serious TLC. Furthermore, creating your own mask with family members, without the faff of preparation on Christmas day would be another fun activity. Particularly after a glass of vino!

Additionally, you can personalise the cracker with a special message too. Full marks on this guys!

2.Sara Miller Beauty Cracker Gift Set, £12, www.johnlewis.com

Sara Miller beauty cracker
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Inside this incredible vegan cracker, you can expect to find a beautiful explosion of passionflower and green tea in the form of a lip gloss. Additionally, sweet mango and coconut oil are on the case, creating truly pampering hand creams. Outstanding nourishment and oh-so-soft hands and lips, yes please!

3.Evolve Let It Glow Christmas Cracker, £16 (Was £20), www.contentbeautywellbeing.com

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Evolve’s superior vegan Christmas cracker would make an awesome gift for all clean-living beauty fans out there. Pull the cracker and be quick to grab the contents because you won’t want to let them go. Inside you will find Evolve’s Radiant Glow Mask, guaranteed to hydrate and revitalise, transforming your skin to a complexion of utter radiance. Also included is their new Lip Shine with festive gold shimmer. Hooray!

4.Kat Von D Limited Edition ‘Love Big Or Go Home’ Makeup Cracker Gift Set, £18 (Was £20), www.debenhams.com

Kat Von D limited edition love big or go home beauty cracker
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Treat your vegan friend this Christmas to this awesome limited-edition cracker by Kat Von D. Included is her much sought-after hero mascara and a highly pigmented mini ‘Everlasting’ lipstick in neutral. This lippy offers serious staying powers. It doesn’t matter how much mistletoe is involved – once it’s on, it’s going nowhere!

Kat Von D is a true hero when it comes to cruelty-free and vegan products. Earlier this year she collaborated with one of my fave bands, Green Day, launching a vegan product to raise money for farm animals. Now I love her even more.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a stellar weekend. xx

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Beauty Christmas Crackers Every Beauty Obsessive Wants

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Christmas just gets better and better every year – especially for those beauty-obsessives (like me). Not only do we get to count down the days with incredible beauty calendars, but each year the beauty Christmas crackers get more innovative and special. It’s almost as if they have been especially made for me!

Ensure you get to enjoy skincare products (whether or not they are wrapped). Simply order some Christmas crackers by one of your fave brands. Hooray!

1.Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Mini Cracker, £10, www.lookfantastic.com

Caudalie vinosource hydrating christmas cracker
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Caudalie knew what they were doing when they launched the Hydration Mini Crackers for the festive season. Whether your skin ends up dehydrated from running around after everyone, or from the back-to-back partying, these crackers will be a much-welcomed sight by lunchtime.

2.Birchbox Beauty Crackers, £20, www.birchbox.co.uk

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This is the first year Birchbox has released a Christmas beauty cracker selection – and boy, am I glad they did! Included is an array of products. Not any old tat you might consider to be beauty equivalent to the usual found in a cracker. Oh no, you will be wowed as you discover your favourite brands such Caudalie, This Works and Nuxe hidden inside. That beats an unusable miniature manicure set ay day of the week.

3.Cloud Nine Magical Christmas Cracker, £20, www.cloudninehair.com

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If you haven’t yet tried Cloud Nine’s amazing fast drying formula, this cracker needs to be at the top of your to-buy list. Christmas is busy and time doesn’t wait for you to look your perfect self. However, with this cracker you don’t need time. Inside you will find their much-loved Quick Drying Potion. Your locks will look luscious and you won’t miss out on any of the fun.

4.Look Fantastic Christmas Cracker, £30 (Worth Over £60), www.lookfantastic.com

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Look Fantastic are on the case to ensure your skin stays nourished and totally pampered throughout the festive period. Included in the beautiful case are 6 gorgeous crackers containing cult, much-loved brands. Should you be a fan of outstanding brands like Elemis, Illamasqua and don’t Emma Hardie, don’t miss out on these spectacular crackers.

5.Too Faced Limited Edition Beauty Cracker, £15, www.selfridges.com

Too Faced Limited edition beauty cracker
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Oh My God, this brand rocks. Too Faced has launched a limited-edition cracker featuring their best-selling mascara (Better Than Sex) and a gorgeous highly pigmented lipstick you will love. Forget your makeup bag. Just grab your Christmas cracker and you’re good to go!

6.Liberty London Beauty Cracker, £7 (Was £12), www.libertylondon.com

Liberty London beauty cracker
Credit: Liberty London

Should Christmas get a little stressful – hang, on, who am I kidding? Isn’t that a given? In which case, this beauty cracker boasting globally adored brands such as Omorovicza and Suzanne Kaufmann will bring a little calming aromatherapy to restore you to a place of balance once more. Can it get better? Yes it can, as it is now on offer at £7!

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The Best Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendars, Ever!

Hey Lovelies!

You may have read my recent article on awesome advent calendars for all the family. However, we simply can’t visit the advent calendar scene without reviewing the good old-fashioned chocolate ones. Boy there are many, many seriously good chocolate calendars to consider. So, without further ado, discover the most luxurious chocolate advent calendars ever.

1.Truffle Selection Advent Calendar, £40, www.harrods.com

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Should truffles be your bag, then you won’t want to miss out on this irresistible selection created by Harrods. Hidden inside this calendar are a scrumptious array of milk, white and dark truffles, guaranteed to take your taste buds to dizzying new heights of happiness.

2.The Best Of Ferrero Advent Calendar, £25.46, www.amazon.co.uk

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Wow, Ferrero have really gone to town this year, with this superb calendar that opens out into a 3D festive market scene. Actually, forget that – who are we kidding? We are here for one thing alone – the chocolate. Don’t fret, they haven’t forgotten. Inside you will find an utterly delicious assortment of 5 Ferrero favourites: Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Kisses, Ferrero Kisses White Chocolate, Ferrero Kisses Delicate and Mon Cheri. Enjoy!

3.24 Sweet Treats Advent Calendar by Pierre Marcolini, £49, http://www.eu.marcolini.com

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Should you be after some true luxurious chocolate heaven, this calendar by Belgian chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini is a must-have. Cradled inside the huge story book like calendar are insanely delicious pralines to suit every taste. Spoiler alert- not one will be left behind. If sharing is not your thing, look for a really good hiding place. I’ve bagged the attic. Sure, I need to balance precariously on mobile steps at the top of the landing. Stretch as high as possible with a pole to reach the hook.  Pull down a hefty ladder (which coincidentally almost knocks me out each time it is unfastened and drops to the floor). Still, totally worth it! Available from 9th November.

4.Artisan Brownie Advent Calendar by Sweet Reason Co., £69, www.rumbles.com

Artisan brownie advent calendar
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Let’s face it – who the HELL doesn’t like brownies? Should there be someone out there who could possibly dislike them (I’m certain this is just a myth), these brownies will change your mind. Perhaps in time, your waistline too. Included in the Advent Brownie Box are the most scrumptious flavours: Salted Caramel, Chocolate Orange, Coconut, Honeycomb, Oreo, Mojito…and the best one of all – a Bailey’s brownie. Thank you, Lord, my prayers are finally answered. I am complete!

Have you tried any of these advent calendars and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

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The Best Vegan Beauty Gift Sets At Reduced Prices!

Hey Lovelies!

For Christmas, why not treat her to a vegan beauty gift set? I had the opportunity to review some amazing gift sets (some are at reduced prices) and I highly recommend the following few. There has never been more demand for a vegan way of living. Brands are listening and providing us with so many vegan-friendly products. Gone are the days when we have to pay a fortune for the privilege of upholding our principles. Check out these awesome vegan beauty gift sets (2 of which are currently on offer). Yaaass!

1.This Works Evening Detox Collection £57.40 (Was £82), www.thisworks.com

This Works evening detox collection
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This Works are fast becoming a globally-loved brand and this exclusive collection of highly effective vegan products makes me love them even more! This kit contains everything you need to fully detox your skin, provide you with an incredibly good sleep and fully rejuvenate your complexion and mind. You will awake feeling amazing!  In this collection you will find:

1 x Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant (60ml)

The leave-on exfoliator with salicylic acid successfully tackles pollution attacked skin, providing optimal detoxification and cell-renewal.

1 x Evening Detox Cleansing Water (200ml)

This incredible product further aids in cleansing pollution exposed skin, offering superior revitalising abilities.

1 x Evening Detox Clay Mask (50ml)

Clay is an amazing ingredient when it comes to detox, rejuvenating and softening the skin. This Works ultra-purifying mask contains malachite and kaolin clay.

1 x Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (2.5ml)

Behold, This Works’ award-winning pillow spray is guaranteed to have you sleeping like a baby and waking up to feel totally refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

2.Vegan Scented Candle Gift Set By Loving Life, $19.99, www.amazon.com

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Hand-poured with vegan soy wax and 100% cotton wick, this awesome set includes 4 beautiful scents: French Lavender, Ocean Mist, Mediterranean Citrus and Vanilla Caramel. The scented candle set is the perfect gift for someone who loves to breathe in some beautiful scents and fully relax without the fear of inhaling toxins from your candle.

3.Omorovicza Discovery Skincare Gift Set, £95, www.johnlewis.com

Omorovicza discovery skincare gift set
Credit: John Lewis

When it comes to vegan skincare Omorovicza are at the top of their game. This starter kit provides 5 superior products that are specifically formulated to work in unison. Expect deep cleansing, brightening, rejuvenating – and basically a total skin transformation. Included in the kit:

Balancing Moisturiser (30ml)

Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml)

Queen of Hungary Mist (30ml)

Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml)

Cleansing Foam (30ml)

This collection speaks for itself. Once you try these products, there is no looking back.

4.Caudalie Immediate Lift Skincare Trio Gift Set, £35.70 (Was £42), www.debenhams.com

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Credit: Debenhams

This has to be my most favourite vegan gift set of all. I love Caudalie, and this precious set contains all the key ingredients that are proven to keep the dreaded age-factor at bay and is suitable for even sensitive skin types. The outstanding formulas boast an array of key anti-aging, nourishing components such as: hyaluronic acids, peptides, resveratrol, shea butter and soft-focus pigments. You can guarantee that to whomever you gift this, will look and feel incredible for some time to come. Personally, I would hang on to it (or buy 2 as it is on offer at a reduced price).  In the kit you will find:

Resveratrol (Lift) Firming Serum

Resveratrol (Lift) Face Lifting Soft Cream

Resveratrol (Lift) Eye Lifting Balm

Basically, Oh My God!

HAve you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? xx

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The Best Luxury Beauty Gift Sets Around

Hey Lovelies!

If you are wondering what to buy for your bezzie, girlfriend, mum or sister this Christmas, read on. Beauty gifts never fail to impress. I have reviewed and rounded up the best beauty gift sets around. These are certain to make her feel utterly loved and special. Furthermore, your gift will be noted as the BEST this year!

1.For Mum Choose: Estee Lauder Ready To Glow Gift Set, £90, www.selfridges.com

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Youthful luminosity is the name of the game with Estee Lauder’s remarkable gift set. Included in this chic bag is:

Advanced Night Repair Serum

Advanced Night Microcleansing Foam

Micro Essence

Revitalizing Serum + Crème

Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Refinishing Facial

Eye Supercharged Complex

This kit is priced at £90, but its results are completely priceless. Expect hydration, nourishment, repair and radiance. The collection contains miraculous products that look after your skin in the day, whilst the night serum tackles signs of aging as you sleep. Tired-looking eyes are no longer a problem. In fact, the only issue will be fighting off the compliments. All-in-all, not a bad problem to have!

2 For Your Girlfriend/Wife Choose: Dior J’Adore Eau De Parfum Jewel Box, £121 (100ml), www.selfridges.com

J'adore jewel eau de parfume gift set
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Fellas listen up: Nothing says ‘I am crazy about you’ better than a perfume jewel box such as this one (unless you want to spend more and happen to have a Bugatti parked up ready for Christmas morning). When it comes to perfume, Dior is one of my favourite brands. They just get it spot on, every time. Gift it to me in a jewel box and I’m literally going to need peeling off the ceiling. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this scent, it brings forth a delicate explosion of ylang-ylang, Damascus rose, Indian jasmine and Indian tuberose. All who breathe in this hypnotic aroma become intoxicated with its beauty. A definite winner.

3.For Your Bezzie Choose: Neom Time For Real Luxury Set, £35 (Worth £39), www.lookfantastic.com

Neom luxury scented candle, bat oil and hand balm
Credit: Loo Fantastic

Should you have a bf that is stressed out to the nines, this luxury gift set will feel like a dream. Included in the Scent To Destress range is a natural scent specifically formulated with 24 essential oils, that deliver unrivalled calming properties for the body and mind. In this luxury set you will find:

Nourish, Breathe & Calm Hand Balm (50ml)

Real Luxury Scented Candle (75g)

Real Luxury Bath & Shower Oil (10ml)

Light the candle and your friend will go from stress-head to totally zen before your very eyes!

4.For Your Sister Choose: Too Faced Limited-Edition Christmas Cookie House Party Makeup Collection, $58, www.toofaced.com

Too Faced Christmas Cookie house party makeup collection
Credit: Too Faced

Included in this fabulous brand’s Christmas Cookie House Party Makeup Collection is everything your sister would possibly need to get ready for the party season. The set combines:

20 Multi-Finish Eye Shadows

Medium Palette Of 6 Glitter And Matte Eye Shadows

Small Palette Of 3 Face Products

Travel-Sized Better than Sex Mascara

Travel-Sized Melted-Matte Gingerbread Man

Travel-Sized Shadow Insurance 24-hour Eye Shadow Primer

Have you tried any of these gorgeous products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a happy Sunday people. xx

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Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar: Doors 9-11

Hey Lovelies!

I am currently involved in the painstaking (NOT) task of reviewing Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar and it just keeps getting better and better. You can find out about the gorgeous gifts hidden behind doors numbered 1- 3 here, and 4-8 here. This article reveals the secret items inside doors #9-12. Look on and rejoice!

9.OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel (35ml), Retail: £33 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com

Oskia foaming cleanser
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Non-foaming cleansers are big news right now. If you are new to non-foaming cleansers, this is an incredible one to try. Included is a powerful combination on bio-available fruit enzymes and vitamins. These work in unison, unveiling a luminous complexion of soft perfection.

This gel feels amazing; gentle and yet it is highly effective at removing impurities and repairing the skin. The formula even improves areas with noticeable sun damage and stimulates collagen production, too!

10.First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. Retail: £25 (60 Pads), www.lookfantastic.com

first aid beauty radiance pads
Credit: Tiger Room

Do enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles get you down? These may be just be what your skin is looking for. Combining both lactic and glycolic acids, the daily pads successfully clarifies skin, whilst diminishing the appearance of pores and fine lines; thus, revealing a beautifully rejuvenated and smooth complexion. These pads are a game-changer (especially for lazy girls like me).

11. Avant Skincare Moisture Surge Overnight Treatment. Retail: £85 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Overnight treatments have to be at the top of my ‘most favourite beauty inventions ever’ list. They basically do all the work whilst you doze. What could be better? Avant’s Overnight Treatment has everything your skin needs to fight the dreaded aging process. Combining age-defying antioxidants and vitamins, this little miracle cream works tirelessly to ensure that when you awake, you will look in the mirror in slack-jawed amazement at how awesome you look. Job done!

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? As always, leave me a message in the comments below xx

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Discover What Is Behind The Doors Of Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you enjoyed the weekend (despite the rain). Today I am reviewing the incredible beauty products hidden behind Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar doors, #4-8.You can read my review of the products behind doors #1-3 here. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what other treasures they have bestowed upon us. Hooray.

4.Luxie 121 &141 Eye Makeup Brushes, Retail: £24 (4 Piece Set), www.lookfantastic.com

Luxie makeup brushes
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Want to astound people with your eye makeup abilities? Luxie’s ergonomically designed brushes enable flawless application that is so precise you will look like a pro. I adore these brushes due to the fact that they not only do an amazing job, but they feel unbelievably soft. Happy pamper days. Thank you Look Fantastic and Luxie for your sheer genius.

5.Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF50 (30ml), Retail: £85 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com

Elemis pro-collagen marine cream
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Elemis has been on the scene for some time – and boy, they have accomplished a lot. their Pro-Collagen formulations are loaded with marine and plant actives that specifically target and treat fine lines and wrinkles. This day cream provides a significant improvement to the texture of skin. The result is a complexion that is more plump, smooth and younger-looking. However, maintaining the result requires constant application. Beauty does come at a cost – unless, of course, you have the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. Yay!

6.Illamasqua Nude Collection Lip Liner – Raw, Retail: £16, www.lookfantastic.com

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Illamasqua is a brand to look out for – they are fast-becoming a global sensation for creating amazing products. This liner is so creamy and easy to blend. I love to use it as a liner, then apply it directly to my entire lips. It is so good, that often, I do not need to follow with a lipstick. If you haven’t tried out Illamasqua yet, I recommend you put it on your to-do list. You won’t regret.

7.Rituals Ritual of Ayurveda Natural Dry Oil For Hair & Body (50ml), Retail: £19.50 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com

Rituals ritual of ayurveda oil
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Inside this gorgeously designed bottle is a potion that works so well you would be forgiven for wondering if it is indeed magical! Should you be searching for something that boasts superior hydrating and softening powers – duh, yeah – then this 100% natural and vegan-friendly oil is where it’s at!

Remarkably, it hasn’t been sourced from some witch’s coven. However, its creation has been drawn from ancient Ayurvedic traditions, and wow! Combining a perfect blend of sweet almond oil and basil, the treatment nourishes and softens the hair and skin with equal efficacy. Expect, pampered, rejuvenated skin and shiny, silky locks. Better yet, the rituals formula literally smells like Christmas! Gorgeous.

8.Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (40ml). Retail: £67 (500ml), www.lookfantastic.com

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
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If your hair is new to the incredible experience of Philip Kingsley, this is a great opportunity to enjoy some seriously glorious locks and then add the 500ml bottle to the top of your Christmas list. The treatment is ideal for dry and damaged hair that is need of some serious TLC, as well as aiding the vitality of coloured hair.

The Elasticizer supercharges strands and cuticles with a surge of hydration and nourishment and is noticeable after just one application. I absolutely love the transformation. From hair that looks like I’ve pulled some straw from a hay bale and fashioned a wig, to tresses that exude bounce, health and shine – Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer is a true hero product.

Have you tried any of these beautiful products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

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Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar 2019 Is On Sale Now (Screams)

Hey Lovelies!

When it comes to beauty, this has to be my favourite time of year. The Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar 2019 is on sale now (screams). Following a long-anticipated wait, the day arrived and this Calendar arrived on my doorstep. Not that I was happy – but seriously, at that moment I could have married the postie. Their calendar does not disappoint. Brimming with gorgeous beauty gems, the Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar is priced at £79 and worth a total of £420! How can you go wrong?

If there is one splurge to make this year, I would highly recommend buying the calendar. Look Fantastic have clearly given this calendar much thought, providing all the brands on our must-buy wish list! Check out my review of all the beauty items contained in this incredible Godsend. In order to give each product the attention they deserve, I have split the review into 8 pieces. This article looks at the beauty gifts from #1-3. Okay, get ready to fall in love! You can buy the Beauty Advent Calendar here.

1.Morphe 9A Always Golden Eye Shadow Palette, Retail: £12, www.lookfantastic.com
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If there is one look that never fails on a date, it’s the smoky eye. One reason Morphe is a hero makeup brand is their stand-out eye shadow palettes. They always get it right on the mark. For daytime usage, I turn to neutrals. Mixing them up, I can create the necessary alert, yet subtly appealing image that works. In the evening this palette’s sexy, smoky eye colour effects are just the ticket. Morphe’s highly-pigmented and silky soft eye shadow palette combine both matte and delicate shimmery hues, that are too good to miss. Look fantastic’s choices are Amazing.

2.Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (30ml). Retail price: £9 (60ml), www.lookfantastic.com
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Created by world-renowned experts and bio-tech scientists (not quite sure what the job of a biotech scientist entails, but it sounds like these people would know their stuff). Basically, the components of their magical potion come from a biotech and medical angle – and in my opinion they are sheer genius. I can only go on the effect a product has on my hair and whether it delivers good results. The Living Proof has to be one of my top 3 haircare brands. If you are looking for an awesome multi-tasker – this has to be at the top of the list. A little of this product offers a targeted treatment by lovingly conditioning and strengthening your locks. I say ‘lovingly’ as when you apply the treatment you will feel so pampered, it’s as if Living Proof literally cares for your hair! This haircare treatment styles your hair like no other. If it were a fella, it would be ‘the ONE’. Polished and smooth? I think so!

3.Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner (50ml) Retail: £18 (200ml) www.lookfantastic.com
Caudalie vinopure clear skin toner
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Door #3 of Look Fantastic’s calendar reveals the go-to toner for those with combination skin. Caudalie is a must-have brand for anyone’s bathroom cabinet. Their toner feels practically weightless and combines organic essential oils that effectively remove all impurities from the skin. Moreover, salicylic acid is included to further dissolve any debris within the pores, ensuring acne and spots are kept at bay, and even aids in smoothing the skin!  For optimal results use both morning and night. This is yet another product I seriously could not be without!

Check out my review of Look Fantastic’s priceless gems hidden behind doors 4-8 tomorrow.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below. Have a happy weekend. Xx

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Wrap Up In Style With These Gorgeous Winter Coats

Hey Lovelies!

Did you step outside this morning and discover your face was so cold it almost hurt? Lovely huh? Now is the time for some TLC. So, go and treat yourself to that gorgeous winter coat. Some key trends this autumn/winter are chic and stylish bourgeois (tailoring and trench coats), cool checks and faux fur. Check out these truly elegant and tailored coats that will keep you  warm and looking fabulous until Christmas.

                                           1.Check Double Belted Coat, £96, www.warehouse.co.uk

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Be cosy, warm and oh-so stylish with this fitted silhouette multi-coloured check print coat. Ticking all the boxes, this gorgeous double-breasted coat draws inspo from Dior and Gucci for autumn/winter 2019. Team with some sassy long black boots and you’re good to go!

2.Faux Fur Collar Coat, £90, www.oasis-stores.com

Oasis faux fur collar coat
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Faux fur was all over the autumn/winter runways this year and the trend is guaranteed to keep you looking chic and toasty warm too. This beautiful faux fur collar coat is the perfect choice for those who prefer a nod to the slightly androgynous trend rather than a full-on faux fur vibe. Available in both mid-neutral and mid-grey shades.

3.New Look Belted Tailored Coat In Light Grey, £49.99, www.asos.com

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Tailored cuts and trench coats are set to stay on-trend for winter (much to my relief). I absolutely adore this tailored coat by New Look. Team with a cute dress, jeans or trousers – this coat basically goes with everything! Win, win!

4.Belted Wool Look Trench Coat, £44 (Was £55), www.boohoo.com

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This has to be my most favourite of them all – I’m thinking it’s a divine mash-up of David Koma and Marc Jacobs. I do not even need to say anything – just do what I did: look at the picture, drool for 5 seconds, check size and availability, order so quickly it’s like your life depends on it. Then breathe a sigh of relief, feel a sense of sheer accomplishment and sit on the floor by your door until the postie arrives! Job done.

What are your favourite autumn/winter trends? Leave me a comment below and have a stellar weekend xx

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My Favourite Beauty Finds Of The Week: 6 Amazing Buys!

Hey Lovelies!

Each week I am sent various beauty items to test and review. It’s seriously the best job ever! After arduously checking out many, the following 6 beauty finds offer star-like qualities and are a must-have for anyone who loves beauty and a bargain. #Happy!

1, Max Factor Pan Stick (In Cool Copper), £5.47, www.amazon.co.uk

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This isn’t the first time I have tried (and loved) Max Factor’s foundation stick and it certainly won’t be the last! Having tested pretty much every concealer and foundation on the market, this one keeps a firm footing at the very top. Firstly, it doubles up as both a concealer and foundation. If you have tried this you will know how seamlessly it blends into the skin, creating an instantly flawless second skin result. Furthermore, the Pan Stick succeeds where others fail on the most important factor – it lasts longer than a couple of weeks. Love, love, love!

2. The Superstar 22 Inch by Easilocks, £44.99, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Oh…My…God. I think I have died and been reincarnated into a L’Oréal advert. This hair piece truly rocks. Made from non-human hair, yet these locks look unbelievably real. They would win in a Pepsi challenge against high price tag hair pieces any day of the week. The only point I should make is you must backcomb over the piece with your natural hair to achieve a blended-in and Insta-ready finish.

3.L’Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Liquid Foundation In Vanilla, £7.99 (30ml), www.boots.com

L'oreal infallible 24g matte foundation
Credit: Boots

Should you be searching for a foundation that offers full cover, doesn’t cake and is reasonably priced, check out this one by L’Oréal. The long-lasting foundation provides a beautiful matte finish that even works on dry and more mature skin types. Simply gorgeous. Want even more perks? Check out the price!

4.Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara, £25, www.charlottetilbury.com

charlotte tilbury legendary lashes volume 2 mascara
Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

It takes a lot to push me out of my MAC mascara comfort zone. However, upon checking out the sassy box I couldn’t wait to give it a go. This mascara in Black Vinyl makes me want to cry tears of joy (and then be even happier as it does NOT smudge one bit). Combining lash lengthening and thickening ingredients, the best-selling mascara will actually increase your lash thickness by a whopping 50% after just one single application! Furthermore, Legendary Lashes Volume 2 does not clump (HUGE PLUS) and offers a luscious lash finish of which any celeb would be proud. Each time I checked my lashes in the mirror I was very happy to see it hadn’t smeared under the eyelid or budged at all. My eyes remained in perfect and fit-for-a-Princess condition for the entire day and evening. A total win. Hooray!

5.The Ordinary High-Endurance Silicone Primer, £3.90 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Credit: Boots

Everyone needs a good primer, but no one needs to spend a fortune. Behold The Ordinary’s Primer. Totally affordable and works like a dream. Your makeup is in place in the morning and is in exactly the same spot when you return. The Ordinary, you are awesome! What more need I say?

6.Collection Incredibrow Semi-Permanent Brow Gel In Light/Medium, £3.99, www.superdrug.com

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Those of you who love gorgeous vegan beauty finds, you need to check out this semi-permanent eyebrow gel by Incredibrow. In the box you will find the gorgeous brow gel complete with eye applicator that achieves effortlessly flawless results. If you don’t enjoy waking up and scaring the hell out of your other half due to a distinct lack of brow, that makes you look – well, totally freaky and a bit scary, this is a must-have. If, however, frightening the crap out of him when he opens his weary hungover eyes is one of those long-term relationship amusements, maybe give this one a miss!

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and happy Sunday xx

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Diminish Tech Neck With These 4 Awesome Sheet Masks

Hey Lovelies!

‘Tech neck’ or ‘text neck’ is the term used to describe not simply pain but also the horizontal lines acquired from spending hours looking down at your laptop or phone. For those of you (like me) whose job it is to stare at the computer screen for hours on end, read on. This article will give you advice on the best sheet masks to overcome tech neck syndrome.

1.Oh, K Firming Tech Neck Targeted Mask, £12, www.lookfantastic.com
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Aging may be a sad fact of life – but there’s no way we are going to accept its presence on our skin prematurely, right? Too much screen use doesn’t just damage our eyes, but it can also trigger the much-feared neck wrinkles. Gulp. Don’t fret, awesome Korean skincare brand Oh K has created a true hero sheet mask to help us fend off the day we look in the mirror and then promptly faint. This vegan mask is brimming with avocado extract, that firms, hydrates and encourages elasticity. Phew.

2.Talika Bioenzymes Mask, Neck, £7,60 (25g), www.lookfantastic.com
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Another stand-out sheet mask is this one. Combining an 100% natural bio-cellulose mask (often used following surgery to speed up repair), this mask offers fast and super-efficient absorption of the antioxidant-rich ingredients. These components include 16-plant complex and 6 active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe. Expect, firmer, smoother and younger-looking skin; a face and neck of which you will be proud.

3.TonyMoly Master Lab EGF Sheet Mask, $4, www.amazon.com
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When it comes to repairing wrinkles on the skin and neck, check out products that contain EGF as this has been shown to promote elasticity. This incredible sheet mask by innovative Korean brand, TONYMOLY combines a plethora of highly effective ingredients designed to target and treat those wrinkles and pesky tech neck.  The mask includes hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, hydrating water type formula snail mucin, ceramides, moisturising serum and caviar. This mask is also available in the UK via www.cultbeauty.co.uk

4.Rodial Neck Mask Single, £10, www.lookfantastic.com
Rodial neck mask
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I must admit I was a little dubious about this mask’s potential for success, given the key ingredient is Syn-Ake Dipeptide. This is a component I know little about, but it is said to mimic the freezing effect of viper venom in order to achieve a firmer and more lifted result. However, I am aware of what a good brand Rodial is, therefore quite willing to give this a try. I was not disappointed. You can actually feel the mask working its magic. The outcome is a noticeably improved and tighter looking neck area. Take note though – whilst the results are awesome, this and all the other sheet masks do not offer a permanent solution. The results only last a couple of days. Therefore, should you want a more permanent outcome, you should be looking to do the neck and chin tightening exercises featured in my other article (click here).

Additionally, laser treatments can ward off the aging process for a satisfactory amount of time (although this does come with a hefty price tag).

Have you tired any of these sheet masks and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy Monday! xx

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The Best Ways To Diminish And Prevent Crepey Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Recently, I have been asked a lot about crepey skin treatments that will actually work.  Age gives us so many gifts: experience, memories and wisdom. Oh yes, it also provides a generous supply of stiff joints, wrinkles and – wait – crepey skin, too! Hang on, what exactly is this age-related extra and how the HELL can we get rid of it?

Read on to discover the truth about this unwanted condition and how to best treat it.

What Is Crepey Skin?

It sounds like it belongs to a Halloween special and for good reason – it’s the stuff of nightmares. Crepey skin is basically sagging, wrinkled skin that affects the larger areas on your body. Imagine a really large wrinkle. Targeting thinner points on the skin, you may find them on the inner arms (around elbows and under the eyes). However, if you are really lucky, they can reach other places, too. In short, it’s a total let-down by your body.

What Causes This?

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The number one cause other than aging (as is usually the case) tends to be sun damage. However, dehydrated skin and losing weight can contribute to the issue.

How Can We Prevent Crepey Skin?

1.SPF

NeoStrata Sheer Physyical Protection SPF
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I’ve said it before and I will say it again – a good SPF is the vital tool in our anti-aging mission.  Always choose an SPF in addition to your moisturiser and foundation (even when they include an SPF). I love NeoStrata’s Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50, £29.99, www.facethefuture.co.uk

2. Hyaluronic Acid

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A key component to keeping hydration at optimal levels and locking in moisture. Hyaluronic acid will help in this quest. A great and affordable product is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £7.87 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk

This amazing product contains ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid!

3.Body/Facial Oils

Maringa oil is incredible for evening out skin texture, repairing and preventing tissue damage. The result is fewer wrinkles and thwarting the dreaded crepe paper look.

4. Moisturiser

When it comes to slowing down the aging process, moisturiser is one product not to forget. Apply in the morning and at night to keep pesky crepey skin at bay.

How To Get Rid Of Crepey Skin

The most effective treatments include:

Retinol

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This ingredient will improve the appearance of skin texture and should be used regularly to achieve and maintain results. Do remember skin can be sensitive to retinoids and it can also further dry the skin, so always lather on the moisturiser and oils. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk

Face and Body: Laser

Visit your skincare clinic for laser treatment. A skin resurfacing laser will treat the areas of concern, triggering the formation of collagen production and diminishing the appearance of crepey skin. This can work out a tad pricey, but if you really want it gone this may be worth considering.

For The Neck: Cryolipolysis CoolSculpting (For Where There Has Been Excess Weight)

A tightening procedure generally administered to the neck or body where there are localised areas of fat. It targets and destroys the fat achieving good results.

Fillers

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Providing an instant plumping effect and stimulation new collagen production, the treatment may be costly, but will definitely do the trick (for a while). I feel that Sculptra is a good choice for such skin concerns.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below.xx

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A/W 19 Beauty Trends So Good You’ll Be Glad Summer Is Over

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 Hot and sunny days may be drawing to a close, leaving us a tad deflated.  Should you need some inspiration to revamp your look and revive your mood, fear not. Here are 5 gorgeous A/W19 beauty trends so good you’ll be glad the summer is over. In fact, they will keep you smiling until Christmas.

1.Extreme Cat Eye

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We saw Louis Vuitton and Dior’s models sporting the cat eye ++ and huge black bottom lashes. This extreme look may take some practice and I recommend a liquid eyeliner for achieving success. One of my favourites is Rimmel’s Wonderwing Eyeliner in black, £5.99, www.lookfantastic.com

2.Deep Burgundy/ Bold Red Lips

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Chloe, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger presented models looking incredible with either deep burgundy or bold crimson lips. (Both matte and silky featured on the runway). The rest of the complexion remained mainly minimal (as is a key trend again). This really sets your lips as one awesomely-powerful signature look.

I love Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme, £31, www.chanel.com

3.Oh-So Dewy Skin

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Similarly to SS/19, the less-is-more complexion remains to be a much sought-after look; thus, models across the board rocked this look during Paris fashion week. As we see (and love) this minimal makeup concept, the need to support it with super-dewy skin must stay high on the agenda. For this, ensure you are using your facial oils and illuminator. I’m loving Iconic London’s illuminator, £30, www.iconiclondon.com. It literally transforms even partied-until-dawn skin into a complexion of utter dewy radiance. So good!

4.A Touch Of Neon

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Neon eyeshadows were a huge hit on the runways. Should you be feeling a little sassy and want to make a statement, splash some neon (light blues, pinks and purples were seen everywhere) on those lids. Make sure you keep the rest of your complexion as minimal as possible so as to avoid the clown! I’m obsessed with Huda Beauty’s Neon Pink Obsessions Palette,  £27, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

Combining 9 shadows brimming with richly-pigmented vibrancy and oozing sass, this is one palette you can’t be without.

5.Blushing

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Going with the minimal makeup look, and applying a little blush works like a dream.On the runways we saw Chanel’s models demonstrate the sheer magnitude of jaw-dropping impact this delicate look can achieve. Fresh and simple, yet immensely beautiful. To achieve this look, opt for minimal makeup, a few drops of dewy illuminator and a sweep of pale pink blush. I love MAC’s Mineralize Blush, £23.50, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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Transition Time: The Best Vegan Hand Creams To Take You Through Autumn/Winter

Hey Lovelies!

Autumn is fast-approaching and yes – you guessed it – transition time is here again. Make sure you are taking care of your hands this autumn/winter with the best vegan hand creams around!

1.This Works Perfect Hands Intense Moisture, £18 (75ml), www.thisworks.com

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Our hands are a tell-tale sign of our age and when you throw autumn’s changing weather into the mix, we need to focus our attention on some special hand creams. This Works vegan formula combines a unique super blend of gently fragranced botanicals to deal with those dreaded dark spots. Also, Larch wood extract is included to further firm and tighten whilst the coconut gets to work smoothing and keeping that all-important moisture locked firmly where it should be.

2.Liz Earle Orange Flower Hand Repair, £11(50ml), www.uk.lizearle.com

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If you regualrly read my articles and features, you will know how much I rate Liz Earle products. Allow your senses to be fully encompassed by the beautiful essential oils of sweet orange and patchouli. This luxuriously pampering hand cream offers calming echinacea, hops to tone and naturally-sourced vitamin E to repair. Trust me; once you try this, there is no looking back!

3.Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream, £6.75, www.eco-verde.co.uk

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This heavenly scented hand cream includes botanical extracts, ensuring the delivery of cell renewal. The non-greasy product is deal for damaged, dry, mature and sensitive skin. This nourishing formula locks in moisture, due to the combination of organic shea butter. Expect your mitts to be fully rejuvenated, silky soft and smelling divine.

4.Conscious Skincare Soothing Hand Cream for Hard Working Hands, £12 (50ml), www.conscious-skincare.co.uk

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Should your hands feel tired and well over-worked, this hand cream is just the ticket. The natural cream includes organic avocado oil and shea butter that nourishes, pampers and soothes the skin.  Your hands are quickly transformed back to a healthy and radiant happy place. Phew! This product was shortlisted in the FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

Have you tried any of these hand creams and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a fabulous Wednesday people. xx

 

 

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Want True Anti-Aging Products? Here’s What You Need To Look For

Hey Lovelies!

Of course, we want anti-aging products that actually deliver! Christ, anything that means the Botox clinic can wait a while longer is worth a shot, right? The amount of anti-aging products around is enough to send the most well-informed peoples’ heads in a spin.

Well, lovely people, here are the key, proven ingredients and some amazing brands that provide optimal results.

1.B3 (Niacinamide) Try: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, £5, www.boots.com
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Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is all-important when it comes to maintaining that much sought-after youthful complexion – and yet it is regularly over-looked. Fantastic for locking in moisture and strengthening the skin’s barrier, the water-soluble vitamin even helps to diminish inflammation and thus, any redness too. Studies have shown this component to aid in smoothing out fine lines and significantly repair the skin. Additionally, niacinamide is a great warrior against the dreaded acne attack. I love The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

2.Astaxanthin. Try: DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel, $49, www.dhcare.com
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Seriously, is there nothing this antioxidant can’t do? Think of the crazy-good component as your secret weapon against environmental and UV damage. Sourced from freshwater algae, it is 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C. Japanese skincare brand, DHC’s Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One Gel, $49 (www.dhcare.com) offers immediate absorption and is combined with collagen, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate to further firm, smooth and nourish.

3.Vitamin C. Try: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £114.95, www.facthefuture.com
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Whilst astaxanthin has well and truly proven it can beat vitamin C in a Pepsi challenge when it comes to fighting a UV onslaught, it is still kind of vital if you want your collagen levels to be top notch. It is also great friends with vitamin E, greatly supporting its efficacy in fighting free radical damage. A great vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.

4.Retinol (Of Course) Try: Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk
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Widely considered as everyone beauty obsessives’ Mecca, this is the go-to anti-aging component for most. Extensive studies prove its supreme worth in combatting the globally hated skin consequences that come with stocking up the years. Age, we hate you, but you will not defeat us!

When you use retinol, you can expect improved collagen production, prevent pigmentation, smooth the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. But (and it’s a big BUT), care should be taken as the ingredient does increase sun sensitivity. Therefore, it is better to apply at night and remember your SPF during the day. This is a product that has to be used consistently. Newbies to retinol should build up dosage gradually as reactions can occur. I am totally obsessed with Esthederm’s Retinol.

4.AHAs/BHAs And Peptides. Try: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75, www.paulaschoice.co.uk
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Using an exfoliator is so important when it comes to cell renewal and staving off the aging process. AHA and BHAs means dead skin cells are removed, taking along with it, that unwanted dry and dull complexion. Silky softness? I think so!

We need to be fully armed when going up against the mighty age factor. This means skin-repairing and rejuvenating peptides (from amino acids) are a must. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75 (www.paulaschoice.co.uk) combines 4 AHAs, BHA (salicylic acid) together with an array of antioxidants and peptides that provide the ultimate result.

5.SPF

Scientifically proven to offer huge anti-aging abilities, SPFs are ESSENTIAL in maintaining that youthful complexion by fully protecting your skin. Look for an SPF that provides UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF30. Remember that you should apply this every day, no matter what the weather.

6.Vitamin E. Try Superdrug’s Vitamin E, £3.49, www.superdrug.com
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Last but not least is vitamin E. The antioxidant is well-known for its protective and reparative properties. Recognised for its ability to fight free radical damage, healing the skin and reducing inflammation, this little gem works a treat. I adore Superdrug’s Vitamin E Radiance, £3.49, www.superdrug.com

 

 

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Best Day Moisturisers For When You Are On A Budget

Hey Lovelies!

A moisturiser is absolutely vital for anyone who values their skin and is almost as important as using an SPF. Many moisturisers contain SPFs, but in my opinion an SPF should be applied in addition to your moisturiser, and in all weather! So, what moisturiser will give you the best results? With so many on offer, choosing the perfect one can turn into a real headache. Don’t panic – I have reviewed SO MANY. Here are 5 of the best moisturisers for every skin type, for when payday is a million years away and you are on a budget:

1.For Dry / Dehydrated Skin Choose: Bioderma Hydrabio Crème, £15.50 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com
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I have very dry patches around the nose which seem to be able to return the moment I start thinking they have gone for good. Therefore, this moisturiser is one I keep close to hand. Rich, creamy and luxurious to touch, you can actually feel the hydrating benefits get to work the moment you apply it to your skin. This is due to their patented biological complex, Aquagenium, of which provide a super-boost of hydration both immediately and long-term.

By combining vitamin PP and apple seed extract the formula precisely targets deeper layers of the skin; thus, offering a bespoke treatment for extremely dry skin. The result is a complexion of more youthful radiance. Furthermore, salicylic acid removes dead skin cells and evens skin texture, whilst vitamin E successfully repairs and protects your skin from premature aging. Yasss!

2.For Oily and Sensitive Skin Choose: Paula’s Choice Calm Non-Greasy Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30, £10 (15ml), www.paulaschoice.co.uk
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Should you have oily skin and suffer with concerns such as, rosacea, redness and sensitivity, this will feel like a little tube of utter happiness. Including aloe and chamomile, the moisturiser instantly calms, nourishes and soothes your skin. Lightweight, effective and packed with antioxidants; your skin will thank you for this every day!

3.For Dry And Sensitive Skin Choose: Avene Hydrance Optimal Riche, £14.50, www.amazon.co.uk
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If you have sensitive skin or been out in the sun far too long and you basically feel like you got lost in a desert then had a face fight with a cactus, this is a must-have. Perfect for dry, inflamed, and mega-sensitive skin, the formula’s ingredients ensure max absorption of Avene Thermal Spring Water and locking it in. This product delivers some much-needed soothing nourishment so you can quickly return to looking amazing once more. Phewsie!

4.Combination Skin Choose: Uriage Hyseac Moisturising and Mattifying Pore Refiner Emulsion, £14.29 (40ml), www.lookfantastic.com
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I know, the name is a bit of a mouthful – but if you have combination skin this moisturiser is AWESOME. Feeling like part cream, part-gel, the formula has certainly mastered the art of multi-tasking. Expect balancing, mattifying, moisturising and pore-refining in one foul swoop! Uriage’s Hyséac Moisturising and Mattifying Pore Refiner Emulsion,

5.For Aging Skin Choose: Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream, £12.49 (50ml), www.superdrug.com
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It is important to use vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and retinol in the quest against wrinkles. I tend to use these on alternative days/nights and in serum form. When it comes to a day moisturiser for mature skin (on a budget), Olay offers seriously good results. Including key and proven nutrients such as vitamins B3, E and Pro-B5, these ingredients work in unison with ceramides and green tea extract. Together, they thwart the intrusion of lines and wrinkles, returning a much-welcomed firmer and more youthful complexion, Don’t get hung up on price tags – classics are classic for a reason!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Let me know and as always have a stellar week xx

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Check Out The Best Night Creams For Every Skin Concern

Hey Lovelies!

We all know that using a facial serum for bedtime is priceless when it comes to enhancing your complexion, but what about night creams? Don’t leave out this important product – it can make all the difference in achieving that gorgeous complexion!

1.For Anti-Aging Choose: Murad Youth Renewal Night Cream, £70 (50g), www.lookfantastic.com

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Could life get any better than when you finally discover a night cream that performs little anti-aging miracles whilst you sleep? Check out Murad’s Youth Renewal Night Cream.  Combining a triple-action formula of super-powered retinol (a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol and retinol booster) puts this cream in a league of its own. Skin’s texture is more even, smoother and younger looking, whilst those dreaded lines appear reduced.

Also included is red algae extract (a component the internet is going crazy for right now) and swertia flower extract. These work in unison to deliver a firmer, intensely hydrated complexion of radiant luminosity. I love this product!

2.For Sensitive skin opt for: CeraVe PM Moisturizing facial Lotion, £35.46 (89ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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This incredible night cream is for those with sensitive skin or suffer from blotchiness and conditions such as rosacea. Combining hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, these ingredients boost hydration levels, moisturise, nourish and soothe all whilst you are getting those all-important zzz’s.

3.For Sun damaged skin Choose: Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, £99 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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So, you love the sun…a little too much? I feel your pain. What can we do? Well, for starters we can swap our night cream for this little gem. Delivering a powerful array of antioxidants, peptides and vitamins, this beautiful cream super-charges your skin with much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Expect serious, super-hero-like skin repairing abilities and a fabulous reflection when you wake up and look in the mirror. Take that UV rays!

4.For Dry/dehydrated Skin Choose: Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Dry/Sensitive Skin, £22 (50ml), www.lizearle.com

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I don’t know anyone who has tried Liz Earle products and NOT rated them highly. This woman seriously knows her stuff. For people (like me) who suffer from dry patches that never give up, this moisturiser is the ticket. Including naturally-active and exceptionally effective ingredients your skin will love you for, such as: avocado oil, borage oil, echinacea, hops and naturally sourced vitamin E to repair. The formula provides a wealth of hydration and nourishment. You will love this!

Have you tried any of these night creams and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy Monday people xx