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Neuropeptides: Why They Can Transform Your Skin

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Delving into the world of peptides and neuropeptides: Why they Can Transform Your Skin, NO BS!

Our mission: To keep our skin looking gorgeous for as long as possible, defying age. Or maybe time has marched on and you need something to turn back the clock? Luckily, there are a few key ingredients that are proven to help in our quest – peptides and neuropeptides are components not to ignore. They can literally transform your skin.

The majority of us know about the benefits of hyaluronic acid, retinol and vitamin C. However, peptides and neuropeptides often are forgotten. This is bizarre, given the extensive studies that prove their anti-aging powers. Read on:

We are becoming increasingly aware of what ingredients actually help our skin and over the past few years peptides and neuropeptides have grown in popularity.

What are Peptides?

Basically, they are chains of amino acids that build protein (think of Lego). Proteins are fundamental in forming and maintaining healthy skin, hair, etc.

Amino acids aid in building proteins that achieve specific functions. Some are entirely for optimal skin tone and texture (damn, these must be the amino acids that missed the boat with my body!). Peptides are crucial in keeping your skin looking fabulous.

What Do They Do?

As regards to our skin, peptides strengthen proteins needed to maintain a healthy and youthful complexion. Although they naturally occur, nothing lasts forever, and aging causes their formation to slow down.

What Are Neuropeptides?

Neuropeptides are a little more complex. In skincare terms, they work by communicating with  skin cell and basically managing their function. Furthermore, they can affect the skin’s neurotransmitters, relaxing nerve cells and thus creating a more rejuvenated complexion.

When added to anti-aging products, neuropeptides are showing significant benefits. We are seeing just how successful they are in tackling the pesky signs of aging. Another few years and they will be as well-known as retinol for dealing with the dreaded age-factor.

The Best Neuropeptide And Peptide Products Are As Follows:

1.Perricone MD Neuropeptide Night Cream, $180, www.perriconemd.com

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This super-powerful product is literally in a league of its own. The combined neuropeptides work hard whilst you snooze, strengthening your skin’s defence system, blocking the communication pathways that cause the onslaught of wrinkles, and generally rejuvenating your complexion. This amazing night cream also comes with DMAE to effectively aid in tackling skin that is losing its firmness. It may come with a high price tag – but it is SO worth it! #Gorgeous!

2.The Ordinary, Buffet, £12.70 (30ml), www.theordinary.com

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Pretty impressive on every level, this multi-peptide serum offers an outstanding variety of actual anti-aging benefits at the cost of a Costa with your friends. I’m not sure how the Ordinary achieve such incredible results at this price but achieve it they do.

Including 11 amino acids, hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl 3000, you can expect some seriously good-looking skin.

3.MD3 Firm3 Neuropeptide Serum With Growth Factor (EGF), £14.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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When looking for the few products that provide neuropeptide properties, you will discover they generally come at a high price. Not so with this little gem. MD3’s formula contains the biomimetic peptide that triggers the youth hormone and EGF (a K-beauty favourite). These work in unison to noticeably improve the skin in every way. You will be amazed at the difference this serum will make.

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 everyone. x

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Achieve Flawless Contouring With Iconic London’s Multi-Use Cream Contour Palette

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Contouring is now a part of most peoples’ makeup routine. I don’t know about you, but when I have spent ages applying the correct skincare and makeup, I don’t want a faff – I want fast results that don’t leave me looking like someone has gone over my face with a road marker.

  Achieving that flawlessly contoured and highlighted look needn’t be stressful or time-consuming. Iconic London’s Multi-Use Cream Contour Palette ensures you create incredible, Insta-worthy results with minimal effort. This palette has to be one of the best I have reviewed (and I have reviewed A LOT).

A good contouring kit is one of the key items all beauty fanatics swear by. Should you be searching for your next contouring and highlighting palette, Iconic London’s is totally dreamy. (Powder alternative is also available, £33.50, (www.iconiclondon.com).

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This much sought-after multi-use palette is adored by pretty much everyone –  celebs, make-up artists and the public. When it comes to sculpting some serious gorgeousness, look no further than Iconic London!

Despite being super creamy in texture, the six shades come in a highly pigmented form; thus, you only need to apply a little to achieve an awesome finish. Combining three shades to conceal, highlight and provide the perfect amount of luminosity, this kit will quickly become a cherished beauty possession. Also included are three shades that provide flawless contouring and definition. The luxuriously rich hues blend seamlessly, offering amazing results that last all night.

Features:

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Highly Pigmented

Conceals, Highlights and Brightens

Contour, defines and Shades

Long-lasting Coverage

So Easy To Blend

Suits All Skin Tones

Flawless Results

This has to be my stand-out contouring palette. It works so well with drier skin types. Should you have oily skin, the powder palette may be more suitable.

Iconic London’s Multi-Use Cream Contour Palette is priced at £33.50 (www.iconiclondon.com). However, it is currently on offer at Feel Unique, priced £26.80. Grab it while you can! For optimal results apply with Iconic London’s vegan friendly Pro Evo Buffer Brush, £32.50, www.iconiclondon.com This Evo Brush is a literal game-changer.

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Get ready for gorgeous cheekbones, unrivalled luminosity and general amazing-ness!

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4 Of The Best Glycolic Acid Serums – And Why You Need Them In Your Life

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When it comes to aging and pigmentation, glycolic acid is a literal skin saviour. For exfoliating, tackling the dreaded pores and general skin concerns, these serums are the way forward. Here are some of the best that you need in your life right now:

1.Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, £70 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Are you in need of effective treatment for pesky fine lines, pigmentation and uneven skin tone? This outstanding product provides glycolic acid to exfoliate and deep delivery of the best ingredients. The outcome is radiant and smooth skin.  Furthermore, you will rejoice at your thoroughly rejuvenated complexion. This product is THAT GOOD!

2.Murad Active Radiance Serum, £80 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Yes, it’s a tad pricey – but my God, it is worth it. Combining glycolic acid and Resilient-C™ (a ground-breaking ingredient that is fifty times as powerful as vitamin C), you will love the optimal exfoliating, skin brightening and protective results this little gem of a serum will deliver. Within a week of using this product I was receiving compliments from pretty much everyone!

3.Alpha-H Liquid Gold, £33, www.lookfantastic.com

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This multitasking formula works on so many levels. Basically, an exfoliator, a toner, moisturiser and serum in one – is there nothing this product can’t do? Combining glycolic acid and natural liquorice, this overnight resurfacing treatment offers rejuvenating results so good – you may think your skin has been sprinkled with magical fairy dust in the night. Expect some seriously radiant luminosity.

4.Rodial Glycolic Deluxe Booster Drops, £75, www.rodial.co.uk

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Should you want a product that targets signs of aging and works to resurface the skin – this is one of the best that I’ve had the joy of reviewing.. Containing 10% Glycolic Complex this potent formula successfully treats aging concerns, revealing a more rejuvenated and smoother complexion that boasts beautiful luminosity by morning!

Have you tried any of these 4 incredible serums?  Leave me a message in the comments below and have a fantastic Sunday all. Xx

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Everything You Need To Achieve The ‘Glass Skin’ Look

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Yesterday has we all obsessed over the glass hair trend. Now it’s 2020 and K-Beauty has brought us fresh inspo in the form of ‘glass skin’. The trend sparked interest several years ago, but now the passion for ‘glass skin’ is trending across the globe. Read on to discover exactly what this new beauty trend entails and which products we need to get it.

What Is Glass Skin?

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The term ‘glass skin’ basically refers to a super-clear, expensive looking and flawlessly polished face. The kind of complexion that would put a Disney princess to shame. I’m talking serious perfection. You are probably thinking, ‘yeah, right – as if!’. But with the help of these ingenious products and steps, you will be surprised at just how attainable the ‘glass skin’ look is!

1.Sleep Mask: Glow Recipe Watermelon+ AHA Sleeping Mask, £20.50 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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If you want to achieve the polished ‘glass skin’ look, a complexion that is totally clear and smooth is kind of vital. Behold Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Sleeping Mask. Apply this mask and it will remove those pesky dead skin cells. Next it will firm, hydrate and smooth the skin with natural amino acids and hyaluronic acid – all whilst you sleep! Awaken to sheer perfection, with no effort required. Now, that’s my kind of product.

2.In The Morning Double Cleanse: Neogen Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil, £40 (300ml), www.net-a-porter.com

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When you are on a mission for clear and plump skin, reach for a cleanser that contains the much sought-after cica component. Featuring an array of hydrating qualities, the NeoGen Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil works a treat. Due to its remarkable results, cica is an ingredient that is quickly becoming a sensation amongst those in-the-know. Trust me, you will understand why, when you give this a go.

3.Hydrating Toner: Fresh Rose Deep Hydrating Facial Toner, £34 (250ml), www.spacenk.com

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Bursting with skin-loving hydrating and natural ingredients, this gentle toner effectively nurtures the skin, minimizes pores and achieves maximum moisture levels. Including ingredients such as angelica leaf, hyaluronic acid, rose petals and rosewater, this toner will help you achieve an incredible ‘glass skin’ finish. Expect to be overjoyed!

4.Hydrating Serum: Oskia Get Up And Glow Radiance And Energy Booster, £69, www.lookfantastic.com

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Good Hydration and a surge of moisture are key to acquiring this look. So too, are light reflecting pigments to complete the sheer ‘glass skin’ complexion. Oskia may be slightly pricey – but their products are totally worth it. This amazing formula contains: hyaluronic acid for intense hydration; Riboxil to enhance oxygen delivery to cells; their household ingredient MSN to successfully firm and smooth; antioxidants to protect, and light-reflecting pigments to complete an optimal luminosity. Wow.

5.Drink The H2O

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Yes, it’s a tough job trying to ditch the coffee in favour of plain old water. However, this one tip could not be more important. Not only will it help you achieve and maintain the ‘glass skin’ complexion, but you will look and feel healthier too!

Et voila – you have achieved a seriously gorgeous ‘glass skin’ look that needs no filter. Yay!

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

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The Best Beauty Products For The Perfect Double Cleanse

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The Best Beauty Products For The Perfect Double Cleanse (For Dry And Oily Skin Types)

Following my article, ‘Double Cleanse Your Way To Beautiful Skin,’ here are some of the best skincare products to achieve the best double cleanse and thus, amazing skin. The first step is to use an oil-based cleanser to rid the skin of pollutants and sebum. The second step is a water-based cleanser to diminish remaining dirt and impurities. Read on.

1.For The Lazy Girl Who Doesn’t Want The Hassle: The Inkey List Oil And Water Double Cleanser, £9.99, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE The Inkey List. It offers straightforward products that deliver amazing results, without any unnecessary confusion. All this, without the hefty price tag attached. The forceful formula truly packs a punch in clearing away all impurities, whilst simultaneously restoring moisture levels. Combining sea buckthorn and sweet almond oils to effectively cleanse and panthenol to deliver moisture, this non-drying product provides next level brilliance for your skin!

2.Oil-Based Cleanser For Oily Skin Choose: Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil (PHA), $25, www.sokoglam.com

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Oily skin types often suffer more from breakouts. Therefore, you need this in your life. Combining PHA (polyhydroxyacids) this ingredient ensures effective exfoliation and in turn the reduction of blackheads and dead skin cells. The formula contains tea tree to successfully keep further spots at bay, and jojoba oil to gently hydrate and keep your skin looking luminous. Simply gorgeous.

2.Water-Based Cleanser For Oily Skin Choose: Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water, £16.32, www.lookfantastic.com

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Tea tree is an amazing antibacterial ingredient that works literal wonders for skin that is susceptible to breakouts. Including 70% tea tree leaf water, this outstanding non-fragranced formula goes above and beyond its task of removing impurities. The component acts to infuse the skin with tea tree leaf extract oil that thwart the onset of acne with super-hero intent. The pH level is -6.

4.Oil-Based Cleanser For Dry Skin Choose: NeoGen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil, £41, www.net-a-porter.com

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Calling out to all fellow dry skin sufferers – this is an absolute game- changer. Including micellar technology and one of the most sought-after K-beauty ingredients, cica, this is one formula not to be missed. Cica is receiving gold-standard reviews due to its exceptional hydrating and anti-inflammatory abilities.

5.Water-Based Cleanser For Dry Skin Choose: Son & Park Beauty Water, $30, www.sokoglam.com

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This award-winning formula combines both cleansing water and toner. This hero product brings willow bark to the table to gently exfoliate and papaya extract to rid any remaining dead skin cells, so all you have is bright and clear skin. Furthermore, lavender water, rose water and orange fruit extract join forces to achieve optimal hydration and moisture!

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

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Double Cleanse Your Way To Beautiful Skin

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2020 is here and so too are some key beauty trends worth taking seriously. K-beauty were on the mark with their double cleansing formula for beautiful skin. Is it worth the hype and time? Yes, people – should you want beautiful and radiant skin, then it really is something we should get on board with. Discover what is meant be double cleansing and why you seriously need it in your life!

Why Double-Cleanse?

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Korea got it right with their skincare routine and introduced the rest of the world to the advantages of double cleansing. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon, but their 10-step routine proved too much for us lazy people to keep up with (well, for me anyway). So, as with all good intentions, the double cleanse took a back seat.

However, the benefits of double cleansing can’t be ignored and as we begin 2020, we re-ignite our passion for a flawless complexion. Welcome back, the double cleanse. You see, we live a life of pollution, even when we don’t want to – it’s unavoidable. Come the end of the day, should we not thoroughly rid our skin of nasty bacteria and pollutants, the result will inevitably be bad. Cue prematurely aging skin and all the crap that goes with that. Prevention is better than the cure.

What Is Double-Cleansing?

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For those of you who are not in the know, double cleansing is not some ritual to banish evil spirits (not this type anyway). It involves applying balms, micellar water or oil to rid the skin of impurities; then, we follow this step with an extra cleanse. This will be a water-based product that can then be delivered into deeper layers of skin providing optimal results. Furthermore, once this is complete, your much-loved beauty ingredients can then be added, achieving maximum delivery and efficacy.

Read my next article on the best double-cleansing products for that much sought-after complexion. Double cleansing will quickly become as beneficial and necessary as brushing your teeth!

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The Best Toners For Every Skin Concern

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You may wonder if we really need toner in our skincare routine. The answer is a firm yes. First and foremost, those with acne prone or oily skin should always reach for the toner. It will significantly aid in removing excess sebum and unclog pores. However, everyone can benefit from the right toner for their skin type. It helps to diminish enlarged pores (a plus for just about everyone); restore pH balance; can prevent ingrown hairs, and some offer a layer of protection too. Here are the best toners for every skin concern.

Some products in this article include affiliate links, meaning I may make commission on purchases made.

1.For The Best Anti-Aging Toner Choose: Obagi Nu-Derm Toner, £39.53 (200ml), www.skinstation.co.uk

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Obagi is probably the best skincare brand on the market. Offering massive anti-aging benefits that actually deliver impressive results, it’s no wonder this toner continues on its sell-out path. Additionally, the formula includes natural extracts such as aloe, calendula, sage and witch hazel to provide anti-inflammatory, plumping and protective qualities. Some key benefits include:

Targets dark spots.

Non-drying (unlike most toners).

Restores pH balance.

Tighten skin appearance, reducing look of pore size.

Preps the skin for deep delivery of skincare ingredients.

Provides optimal toning capabilities for clear and rejuvenated skin.

This was the first Obagi product I tried, and I have been hooked ever since!

2.For Pore-Trouble Try: Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner, £35, www.perriconemd.co.uk

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Unless you are one of the very few in the world who are incredibly lucky (probably the same people who win the lottery), then pore size will be somewhere at the top of your skin hate list. The No-Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner combines DMAE, salicylic acid and a copper complex of which work in unison to gently exfoliate, remove excess sebum and reduce visibility of pores. Furthermore, DMAE has been shown to improve the quality of skin and achieve anti-aging benefits.

This is an incredible toner and one that remains on my firm fave list. Clinical studies show that 75% experienced an improvement in skin texture and pore size! I regularly use this toner and highly recommend anyone else suffering from a similar pore-plight to give it a whirl.

3.For A Vegan Formula That Offers Hydration Choose: Pure Rosewater by Poppy Austin, £15.49 (120ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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I absolutely love this vegan-friendly toner! The benefits of rosewater are often overlooked – and boy, they shouldn’t be. Including 100% pure unrefined Moroccan rosewater is brimming with antioxidants and works on so many levels.

Such Benefits Include:

A healthy radiant glow.

Calm inflammation.

Restore pH balance.

Unblock and refine pore size.

This is one outstanding and very affordable toner.

Have you tried any of these toners and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have an awesome Wednesday xx

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My Top Beauty Products Of All Time

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Being a beauty editor means I get to review pretty much every beauty product available. So without further ado, here are my top beauty products of all time.

1.Beuti Sleep Elixir, £47, www.beutiskincare.com

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If I was to be told I could only have one skincare product in the world (shudder in horror at the thought), I would have to choose this one. Bursting with a rainbow of beautifying and nurturing essential and natural ingredients, this facial oil literally transforms the skin. I look on mine as something truly magical, to be cherished until the end of time. Furthermore, it is fit for royalty, as apparently it is also a firm favourite in Kate Middleton’s skincare arsenal!

2.Living proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, £24 (118ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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My hair has been battered by bleach and over styling – and I have to say the outcome isn’t pretty. However, a little dab of this little gem and my dry, frazzled strands appear significantly improved. Living Proof achieves healthy-looking locks with minimal effort required. I LOVE THIS!

3.Oskia Rennaisance Cleansing Gel, £35 (100ml), www.oskiaskincare.com

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The Illuminating Vitamin Melting Cleanser is every bit as good as it sounds. This incredible gel-to-oil cleanser combines vitamins A, C & E, as well as Omega-6, starflower oil, pumpkin enzymes, chamomile and rose. My skin is often dehydrated and dry, and since discovering this cleanser, my skin has never looked so balanced and naturally luminous.

Ideal for all skin types (from dry to oily), this fabulous vegan gel is particularly great for so many skin concerns. Whether the problem is acne, aging, blemishes, dullness or pigmentation – you will find this cleanser offers an all-singing, all-dancing result. YOU WILL LOVE THIS!

4.Paula’s Choice Azelaic Acid, £37, www.paulaschoice.co.uk

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This is a true hero of a multi-tasker. Combining powerful components such as azelaic acid, salicylic acid and plant extracts, it effectively targets brown spots, prohibits breakouts and brightens the skin. However, azelaic acid is a star component of which provides many more skin-loving benefits. Delivering potent antioxidant value, this ingredient works as a leave-on exfoliant and will even out skin tone, refining the surface of the skin with ease. Prepare to be amazed. Seriously.

5.Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer, £29, www.perriconemd.com

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When you’ve been partying all night and you need to get to the office looking refreshed and alert, this multi-tasker is key. Another fabulous product, this vitamin C-rich concealer instantly awakens, triggers collagen production and fades out dark spots. One of the great things about this concealer is that it can be used as a concealer, eye primer or it can even be applied alone. Hiding all manner of sins and evidence of the night before, this has to be my go-to saviour.

6.SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, £135, www.skinceuticals.com

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Yes, it is pricey – but boy is it worth it. SkinCeuticals remain one of my all-time favourite brands. The reason being, they deliver optimal transformative skincare results. Working tirelessly to thwart free radical damage, this serum provides incredible antioxidant protection, whilst simultaneously rejuvenating the skin, by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When I use this serum, my skin feels and looks healthier and firmer. A cult product.

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The Best Foundations For Every Skin Type

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Finding the right foundation for your skin type is a tricky business. Our skin needs change depending on the season. Furthermore, the necessary coverage is dependent on stress, the day after the night before and of course, time of the month.

How are we supposed to consistently get it right? Thankfully, there are some truly iconic beauty brands on our side. Once you discover a foundation that sticks to its promises (and your skin) it feels like you have achieved something truly special. Read on to discover the best foundations for every skin type.

1.Too Faced Born This Way, £23 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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If you find yourself in a coverage void of despair, I urge you to give this foundation a go. You will not be disappointed. Currently being hailed on Instagram and by YouTubers alike for its unbelievable powers, this product actually feels and looks like a second skin, but better. Oil-free and available in 28 shades, you are guaranteed to find a hue to match. As for caking? Hell, what caking? The coconut oil and hyaluronic acid combined ensures that all you see are flawless selfie-ready results. This foundation is buildable and achieves medium to full coverage. #Awesomeskin!

2.Oxygenetix Oxygenating Breathable Foundation, £45, www.facethefuture.co.uk

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I am seriously smitten with this foundation by Oxygenetix. This brand’s moisturiser and foundation are outstanding. Containing healing properties of Ceravitae, an advanced complex, it provides oxygen to damaged skin cells. In doing so, the skin cells begin their repair process, boosting collagen production and strengthening the skin. This product is perfect for people who have undergone cosmetic procedures or for those who suffer from acne and scarring.

Oxygenetix’s foundation is remarkable. It does everything it promises and more besides. The formula will not cause creases or amplify dry areas. Quite simply, when worn, this foundation looks like you just have incredible skin. It effectively hides flaws and redness whilst aiding skin healing. Available in 14 shades.

3.IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, £33.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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For those of you who suffer from dry patches that never seem to just go, this is a must-have product to try. My dry patches are so constant I am seriously considering entering the Guinness book of Records for their literal staying power (see, 2020 I swore I would look for the positives).

Now I have tried this, I have a product to stand up to this bane of my life with its awesome crime fighting abilities. Achieving a luminous finish you will love, the CC cream’s coverage will banish evidence of dry patches and imperfections with ease. Additionally, your beautiful complexion will enjoy a surge of hydration to boot. YES!

Have you tried any of these foundations – and if not, what are you waiting for? Leave me a message below and have a fab Sunday all. xx

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My Fave Multi-Tasking Products Of The Week

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Multi-tasking products (that actually work) are a dream come true. We all have lazy days, too busy to stop days – and days when we just don’t care that much. For these occasions, we need some multi-tasking heroes to give us a helping hand. Fear not, the following are not only amazing, but will save you so much time in the day. I’ve seen the future – and it is simple.

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1.Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, £16.50, www.amazon.co.uk

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I cannot state enough just how good this little multi-tasking is.  For those who suffer from extremely dry or dehydrated skin and hair, the oil offers sorcerer-like capabilities. Smooth into your skin for that iridescent sheen, then add (a very small amount) to the ends of your hair and sit back in wonder at the truly remarkable results. You will be amazed!

2.Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, £105, www.spacenk.com

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This beautifully luxurious multi-tasking oil should be on the top shelf in everyone’s cabinet. Scrap that – it’s so good it should be locked away in the safe. Containing the purest retinol, this oil diminishes spots, reduces fine lines and evens skin tone with ease. Unlike many other retinol products, once this outstanding oil has carried out these crucial tasks, it will then go on to deliver optimal moisturising benefits. All this whilst you are sound asleep. When you awaken you may just touch your incredibly soft skin and wonder if perhaps you are still dreaming. It’s that good.

3.Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £46, www.francesprescott.com

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Perfect for lazy girls like me, this multi-tasking balm is a literal game-changer. The hero product delivers incredible cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising results in minimal time and with almost no effort required. Win, win!

Created by renowned makeup artist and facialist, Frances Prescott, the formula offers a unique blend of natural actives and no nasty chemicals, parabens or synthetics.  Ingredients such as antioxidants, botanical oils, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed enzymes and starflower, work in unison to effectively nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Expect a seriously gorgeous glow. LOVE THIS!

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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Is Someone Gaslighting You? Here’s How To Deal With Them

‘Gaslighting’ is the term used to describe when a person attempts to dismiss another’s concerns. This is done by trying to convince them, that they are either crazy or their perception is imaginary; thus, achieving enough self-doubt in their beliefs to stamp out the issue.

There are many reasons your partner may be trying to gaslight you – but they all come down to the same basic fact – they want to avoid detection. Check out the following gaslighting examples and how to effectively deal with them:

1.Cheating

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The #1 reason for gaslighting. Have you ever been in a situation when things do not seem right, and explanations of certain behaviours or missing times do not fit? You don’t have solid evidence, but you know in your gut something is definitely up. When you approach your partner to voice your concerns, you are told you are crazy, and imagining everything. However, the niggling doubts do not leave.

Solution:

We do not get these gut instincts without a reason. Granted, certain mental health disorders can cause a person to be unjustly paranoid and equally cause another person to behave in a way that may cause unfounded alarm bells to ring for another. However, if this is not the situation – then it’s time to listen to your instincts. Asking them clearly won’t achieve anything, so put your Sherlock hat on and do a little detective work to get the answers you deserve. Do not be gaslighted!

2.Money

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Money is definitely the root of all evil. People go crazy for it, behave in the worst manner ever to attain it or prevent other people having it– and a lack of it can create a host of arguments that really should never happen. If you feel you are being duped and when you enquire you receive a gaslighting response, think on. Always protect yourself. The best thing about this gaslighting is that it is very transparent. Although hurtful, once realised you can learn a lot about someone’s personality and how they should truly rate in your life. Take note and move on accordingly.

3.Gossip

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With the age of social media gossip has reached unprecedented levels. When it is about you (and worse still, when it is not true) it is the worst feeling in the world. Yet, even though we are aware of this, the market for general gossip is ever-growing. Go figure.

If you hear rumours are circulating about you, but have no clear evidence, try to be strong. Fake news or gossip grows like cancer in people’s brains and can destroy peoples’ lives. If you ask and you know you are being gaslighted, I would offer this advice: Do not search online for it will send you insane – and if you find something, it will eat away forever more. Instead raise your head high, live your best life and ignore anyone who tries to throw shade your way. You are amazing and these people are not worth a tear.

The problem is that with social media it isn’t hard to take someone down. Once you are discredited any protest you make is laughed off, and you are simply adding to their list of reasons for calling you crazy or a liar. Understand that the angrier you become, the more the gaslighting individual can grin and say, “See what she’s like?” The only thing to do is develop a thick skin and carry on (but with your wits about you).

Have you any gaslighting stories you can share? Share your thoughts below. Be strong people xx

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Luxury Valentine’s Gifts To Remember

Hey Lovelies!

We know Valentine’s Day is commercial – but it’s also a great opportunity to take stock and show your appreciation. This year (and if they deserve it), why not shower them in luxury gifts to remember? Read on:

1.Tiffany & Co. Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant, £130, www.tiffany.co.uk

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How simple, sweet and truly elegant is this? The beautiful pendant delivers a sure-fire message of love and sincerity, with total perfection. From my experience a Tiffany’s necklace is the most heartfelt present to gift a partner.

2.View From The Shard And 3 Course Lunch At Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill For 2, £145, www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk

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For an amazing treat to gift your loved one this Valentine’s Day, check out this offer. Combined are two major attractions: firstly, you can whisk that special someone 800ft skyward to the top of the Shard, whisper sweet nothings and take in the breath-taking view.

Next, you and your loved one will experience the best cuisine ever, with a three-course lunch with champers at none other than Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill. Wow, that day would definitely be one for the memory books. Now, just for someone to take me…

3.Unique & Boutique Hotels One Night Getaway, £119.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Why not make it a romantic night to remember with a night at one of the outstanding boutique hotels? Whether you are searching for a rural escape, taste city life or coastal experience, you will find an array of exceptional locations and hotels to take your Valentine’s Day to next level happy. Better yet, breakfast is included!

4.Neom Luxury Organics Time For Real Luxury Set, £35, www.selfridges.com

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For your health-conscious beauty fanatic other half, this luxury set by Neom is a must-have. Perfect for vegans, the kit combines:

Nourish Breathe & Calm Hand Balm

Real Luxury Travel Candle

Real Luxury Bath & Shower Oil

Within this formula you will find 24 essential oils that are specifically included to ensure you are fully calmed, pampered and soothed. The handy travel sizes mean this is the ideal gift for her to take along to that secret weekend getaway you may have planned!

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Shout Out To All The Single Ladies: Best Valentine’s Beauty Gifts To spoil Yourself

Hey Lovelies!

It’s nearly that time of year again, where all the couples gush with gifts for each other. Well, some couples, anyway.  No matter how much single people swear they don’t care, there lingers that pang in your side when the postie walks straight up to your door, only to deliver yet another bill. Wait, are you sure there’s nothing else postie? Well, it’s time to own Valentine’s Day. Make it a day to really treat yourself. Bag some beauty gifts that will leave you feeling so loved you will be thinking, “Man, what man?” Read on:

1.Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion With Sakura Ferment, £79 (200ml), www.selfridges.com

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Go on, spoil yourself silly with something that will leave you thinking it has been created by little angels especially for you. It’s that good. Exclusive to Selfridges, the innovative Micro-Nutrient Bio Ferment works its rejuvenating powers, ensuring dull and tired skin is transformed into a complexion of utmost beauty and radiance. #Happydays!

2.Strawberries And Cream Pamper Pack, £14.99, www.prezzybox.com

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Inside this collection is everything you need to truly pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day. Included is: a face mask bursting with mineral and vitamins; a Strawberry Cream Tea Bath Tea Bag; Strawberry Bath Sundae Bath Bomb, and Strawberry & Fizz Scented Candle. If you love strawberries and cream this is the gift for you. Handmade in England and created from natural ingredients, these little nourishing treats will guarantee you look and feel and smell amazing! Enjoy.

3.Givenchy L’Interdit Eau De Parfum, £77, Was £87 (80ml), www.boots.com

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Why not treat yourself to the exquisite floral bliss that Givenchy somehow manages to capture with superior precision, each and every time?  L’Interdit throws out bold yet undeniably feminine charm with its iridescent scent of sheer beauty. Expect white notes of orange blossom, jasmine and tuberose, uniquely coupled with dark notes of vetiver and patchouli. No man needed – simply breathe in sweet ethereal heaven and relax.

 

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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!

Hey Lovelies!

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

Hey Lovelies!

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

Hey Lovelies!

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

Hey Lovelies!

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)

Hey Lovelies!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Hey Lovelies!

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

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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

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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

Hey Lovelies!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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