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The Best Vegan Dry Shampoos Under £11

Hey Lovelies!

Upgrading your beauty routine to include vegan products has never been easier. Dry shampoos are an absolute Godsend and can save your look (and smell) on the days the alarm breaks (ahem), forcing you to leave the house looking less than your best. Quick question: Why is it those days that we bump into the hot guy we haven’t seen for weeks?

Thus, I have reviewed and compiled a list of my favourite vegan dry shampoos. Read on:

1.Naturtint Dry Shampoo, £9.99 (20g), www.hollandandbarrett.com

naturtint dry shampoo
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I LOVE this vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo. Naturtint has combined natural ingredients such as rice and barley starch that absorb any excess oil, whilst really making it look and feel silky soft. My hair frizz is greatly reduced, making it easily manageable.

Better yet, this product also contains oat extract which offers moisturising properties for the hair and scalp! Naturtint achieves a lovely fresh scent that is not overpowering, and you will be pleased to know you won’t be discovering any nasty white flaky residue. Phew.

2.Love Beauty And Planet Volume And Bounty Dry Shampoo, £6.99, www.ocado.com

love beauty and planet volume dry shampoo
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This has to be one of the best vegan dry shampoos. Not only does it tick all the vital boxes (no white residue, absorbs oil, freshens and softens), but this super-light formula seems to instantly vanish into the hair with minimal effort required. One of the best things about this dry shampoo is that it transforms fine hair, giving some much-appreciated volume. Expect to breathe in a gorgeously uplifting citrus scent for added boost! Also available is their Green Tea Dry Shampoo for particularly greasy locks.

3.Bleach London Too Posh To Wash Dry Shampoo, £6, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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There’s no need to wish for your fairy Godmother to appear and magic your hair woes away when you have this cruelty-free and vegan dry shampoo. The formula instantly transforms your hair into beautiful locks that smell super-clean and fresh. Prepare to feel pampered.

4.Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo, £13.95, www.zabanaessentials.com

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Zabana Essentials provide 3 beautiful vegan dry shampoos: Dry Glow Shimmery,  Lavender Citrus Mint and Sage Blood Orange. My personal favourite has to be the Dry Glow Shimmery as it gives some serious shine. This product combines superior natural ingredients such as essential oils, minerals and plant extracts, to further strengthen and protect your transformed tresses. I am totally smitten with its irresistible coconut scent (to the point where I haven’t washed my hair for 3 days – gross, I know).

Have you tried any of these vegan dry shampoos and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

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Vegan Skincare Products That You Need In Your Life

Hey Lovelies!

Vegan skincare products are becoming ever-more popular, transforming the beauty industry and our faces for the better. Should you want to diminish any evidence of skin concerns, you need the following products in your life. Life goals, people. Life goals.

1.For Acne-Prone Or Blemished Skin Try: Odacite Oily Acne Prone Skin Concentrate, £32, www.naturismo.com

Odacité acne skin concentrate
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Searching for that one product that means you can kiss goodbye to the nightmare of acne and blemishes for good? Vegan brand Odacite blesses us with the holy grail of elixirs and effectively deals with such skin concerns. Their concentrate is specifically formulated to clear away existing blemishes and spots, balance the skin and prohibit a return attack by the acne monster..

Combined in this fast-absorbing serum is linoleic acid and potent anti-inflammatory OPCs to clear and maintain your beautiful complexion. Additionally, this formula contains antimicrobial and disinfectant benefits to ensure your skin stays clear, healthy, smooth and radiant!

This product is 100% vegan.

2.For Anti-Aging Choose: Evolve Hyaluronic Acid Serum 200, £30, www.evolvebeauty.co.uk

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You have to check out this vegan multi-award-winning serum by Evolve Organic Beauty. Suitable for normal to dry skin, each bottle includes 200mg of organic hyaluronic acid. Soaking deep into the layers of skin, this scientifically proven component works on those pesky fine lines and wrinkles, helping to replace them with a more plump and youthful complexion.

Furthermore, organic pomegranate extract is combined for added softness and optimal protection. YAASSS!

100% vegan

3.For Dull And Tired Skin Try: Elemis Superfood Facial Oil, £45, www.elemis.com

elemis superfood facial oil
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Behold, one of my all-time favourite vegan products (and winner of Vogue Beauty Awards, 2018). Should you suffer from dull and tired looking skin, this facial oil ought to be at the top of your must-buy list.

Combining highly concentrated plant-based superfoods, the formula provides an intense boost of hydration and nourishment for the skin; thus, it achieves such radiant luminosity you will be impressed. Elemis has included broccoli (for its antioxidant support), flax seed and daikon radish for their rich nutrient, restorative and radiance-evoking properties).

What to expect: compliments!

100% vegan

4.For Pigmentation Choose: Agent Nateur Holi C Refining Face Vitamins, £113, www.naturismo.com

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Pigmentation is about as unavoidable as pot holes in the road. Still, there are some vegan products out there that truly have our back. One such brand is Agent Nateur and although it is quite pricey, it is totally worth it. Not only does it aid in the reduction of pigmentation marks, but this little wonder product waves its wand over an array of other issues, too. Whether you want to reduce fine lines, firm, smooth or tighten, this little gem does it all. Better yet, this product comes in powder form – so all you need to do is add it to your moisturiser, et voila! Perfect.

However, for the reduction of pigmentation – do not expect overnight miracles. For good results, it is important to use this regularly and over time.

100% vegan

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

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The Best K-Beauty Anti-Aging Essences And Night Serums

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K-beauty is certainly having its moment – and for good reason. Korean skincare is both innovative and way ahead of the rest of the world. When looking to improve our beauty routine or skincare concerns, K-beauty essences and night serums have it all.

Essences form a key part of the Korean beauty routine and can be used to effectively deal with signs of aging, provide optimal hydration, whilst truly enhancing and illuminating your complexion. Follow this step with a night-time serum and in the morning your reflection is guaranteed to be beaming back at you! Today I am sharing my review of the best K-beauty’s anti-aging essences and night-time serums for seriously rejuvenating results. Read on:

1.NEOGEN Real Ferment Micro Essence (pH level-5), $38, www.sokoglam.com

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One of the main causes of premature aging is dehydrated skin. Combining more than 93% natural fermented ingredients, NEOGEN offers an immensely hydrating and nourishing formula that successfully brightens, hydrates and plumps the skin – creating the ‘honey skin’ trend of which we all crave. Included in this fragrance-free product is 17% birch juice (for added hydration), 9% rice extracts (for inner radiance), antioxidants and cell supporting components to provide optimal skincare benefits. You will love the difference this essence makes to your complexion.

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For best results use in conjunction with NEOGEN’s Real Ferment Micro Serum, $38, www.sokoglam.com

2.Missha Time Revolution the first treatment Essence (150ml) + Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule (50ml) £32.98, www.amazon.co.uk

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This essence ought to be given star status. Combining 90% fermented yeast, sourced from Himalayan purple barley, the Missha Time Revolution Essence naturally achieves diminished pigmentation, as well as a clearer, more youthful and supple effect. Follow this by applying their night-time ampoule.

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Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule works tirelessly to brighten, firm and nourish – all whilst you sleep! Seriously, what could be better? The highly concentrated formula boasts superior levels of vitamin C. The combined Lactobacillus Ferment, peptides and vitamin B12 work in unison to both restore and thoroughly rejuvenate the skin. Expect to look and feel that bit younger. Hooray!

3. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, £14.99, www.asianbeautyplus.com

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Credit: asianbeautyplus

Yes, it may sound gross, but this little gem holds some serious super-powers. Offering hydrating, restorative and rejuvenating properties, the lightweight formula is a true anti-aging dream.

Have you tried any K-beauty essences and night-time serums? What do you think? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a happy Thursday people xx

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Everything You Need To Know About BB And CC Creams

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When it comes to BB and CC creams there seems to be no shortage of choice. These are a great option for those who want to save time on their skincare routine and are looking for slightly less coverage than a foundation. But which to choose? Read on to discover the differences between BB and CC creams and what you should opt for depending on your skin concern.

The Difference Between BB Creams And CC Creams

BB Creams:

BB (or beauty balm) creams are basically tinted moisturisers that contain specific qualities. Some offer blemish protection, some provide primer or anti-aging benefits, and most will offer an SPF. A BB cream generally aids in the prevention of skin concerns and are great for those lazy days.

CC Creams:

CC (or colour correcting) creams add a tad more coverage than a BB creams, making them the go-to choice for more mature skin with certain concerns. Whether the problem is dealing with age spots, redness or wrinkles, a CC cream will help by colour correcting, priming and concealing the issue.

Which Should You Choose?

1.For Aging Skin Use A CC Cream. Try: Thrive Causmetics Buildable Blur CC Cream, $38, www.thrivecausmetics.com

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Although there are a few BB creams that support aging skin, should you have noticeable and significant imperfections you wish to conceal, a CC cream is the better option. Mature skin types that have hyperpigmentation or sallow skin will benefit from CC creams that contain antioxidants as well as vitamins C and E. Thrive’s multitasking formula successfully blurs (with their Blur Effect Technology), whilst the colour correcting micro-pigments and vitamin C offer optimal hydration and buildable colour correction. Say goodbye to unsightly pores and unwanted signs of aging. Better yet, it comes in 18 shades and has an SPF35.

Another fantastic product is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50, £31, www.itcosmetics.co.uk

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This awesome anti-aging cream boasts an array of highly beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacin, peptides and vitamins A, C and E.

2.For Blemish Prevention Choose BB Creams. Try: No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream, £22.50, amazon.co.uk

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BB creams are specifically formulated to prohibit blemishes, so this is a fabulous product to try.  Expect nourished and enhanced skin and warrior-like fighting against irksome blemishes.

For more information read my article on the best BB creams to try here.

3.For Skin With Existing Blemishes Try CC Creams. Opt for: by Terry Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream, £44.35, www.amazon.co.uk

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CC creams offer slightly more coverage, so if you already have blemishes, this would be the preferable cream to choose. By Terry offers an all-singing, all-dancing formula, specifically created to conceal any imperfections, as well as discolouration and redness. Brimming with hydrating qualities and vitamin E for protection, this is a true hero CC cream.

4.For Luminosity Choose: BB Cream. Try MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF35, £25, www.lookfantastic.com

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BB creams are designed to provide that much sought-after healthy glow (set to be a key beauty trend this A/W 2019) and to enhance your natural beauty. Great for tired skin, MAC’s pearlised pigments get straight to work, blurring, disguising and creating that much-needed glow.

5.For Redness Choose A CC Cream (Always). Try: La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness CC Crème, £15, www.boots.com

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This is a fantastic CC cream that effectively deals with all kinds of redness and is suitable for those with fair to medium skin types. This formula glides quickly and seamlessly, making light work of hydrating, smoothing and concealing problem areas. Amazing!

What are your thoughts on BB and CC creams? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

 

 

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Check Out The Best BB Creams For Every Skin Type And Concern

Hey Lovelies!

You may have read my recent articles covering the best K-beauty products to achieve the 10-step routine. But what about the days when you just can’t be bothered, but (obviously) still want all of those skincare benefits? A key A/W 2019 trend is skin that looks glowing and healthy with minimal effort and we do not want to disappoint. Don’t panic beauty lovers; we can claim back that valued time and still look and feel amazing. Check out the best BB creams to suit every skin type and concern. They are guaranteed to give you that super-boost of nourishment and enough coverage to see you through your lazy days looking and feeling simply fabulous.

1.For Anti-Aging Benefits Choose Estee Lauder Day Wear Multi-Protection Antioxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser, SPF15, £43 (50ml), www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Okay, when it comes to thwarting those dreaded signs of aging, this BB-like tinted moisturiser has it all. Brimming with essential anti-aging antioxidants, Estee Lauder’s formula effectively banishes free radicals before they get a chance to do any skin-aging damage. After applying your chosen serum, simply add this beautifully lightweight cream. Then, all you have to do is watch the tint gradually appear in a flawless and seamless fashion. The result is smooth and glowing skin. Yay!

2.For Blemish-Prone Skin Opt For No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal/Dry Skin, £22.50, www.amazon.co.uk

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Fancy a BB cream that will: nourish the skin, enhance tone, hide blemishes and prevent future blemishes from rearing their ugly and unwanted heads? Look no further than No.7’s Beautiful Skin BB Cream. Their 3-in-1 formula combines specific nutrients to keep your complexion beautiful and blemish-free. #YAASS!

3.For Dry Skin Try: Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF45, £31 (40ml), www.selfridges.com

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When looking for a BB cream that diminishes dry skin, always search for ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture and also components such as dimethicone and shea butter to maintain the moisture within the skin. For the purposes of hydration, coverage and protection, Dr. Jart’s is a true hero product. Loaded with glycerine and dimethicone to draw in and keep moisture, providing superior coverage that isn’t going to put your dry patches on stage and with an SPF45, I think we have a winner.

4.For Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin Choose: La Mav Organic BB Cream, $19, www.amazon.com

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This organic BB cream from Australia boasts an array of natural ingredients to hydrate and gently nourish even extremely sensitive skin, as well as those with acne and eczema. Better yet, their lightweight formula achieves good coverage that soaks into the skin with ease. Result. The only downside is that it seems to be available in only two shades – light and medium.

What are your favourite skin nourishing BB creams? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a happy Sunday people xx

 

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Transform Your Skin With The K-Beauty 10-Step System: Part 3

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Here is part 3 of the best K-beauty products and advice. This article features the best eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen and completes the Korean beauty 10-step system made oh-so-easy. If you missed the previous articles you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

1.Eye Cream: For Damaged/Dry/Mature Skin Choose Benton Fermentation Eye Cream (10z), £19.04, uk.iherb.com

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The eyes are the window to the soul and as such, we want them looking gorgeously appealing for a s long as possible. No one understands this more than Korean women and one of their favourite is Benton’s Fermentation Eye Cream. So, I took this advice and have been using the eye cream for 2 months and I love how smooth my eye area both looks and feels.

Combining ingredients such as Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, and Ceramides, the cruelty-free formula really makes a difference to those with dry or aging skin. Furthermore, this high-quality and much sought-after eye cream contains macadamia seed oil. This wondrous ingredient combines fatty acids (including Omega 9) to fully moisturise, regenerate and soften the skin. You will love the results!

2.Moisturiser: For Dry Skin Try LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream For Oily, Sensitive And Very Dry Skin (Anti-Aging), $15, www.amazon.com

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The rationale behind K-beauty’s 10-step system is that by layering up your products, your skin will truly reap the benefits. Moisturising is the one remaining step in a Korean night-time skincare routine and should you have dry skin, you need to look for a product that not only contains hydrating components, but successfully locks in that much-needed moisture also. Behold the LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream. This incredible barrier cream will literally transform your skin, eradicating those pesky dry patches and returning your complexion to one of gorgeous vitality. I LOVE THIS!

3.Sunscreen: Try Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA ++++, £9.89, www.amazon.co.uk

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We want a sunscreen to fully protect and boy, does this do a good job. Providing optimal protection against UV rays and being sweat and water-proof, the lightweight watery formula doesn’t feel like the sticky mess that is sun cream; thus, it melts straight into the skin and stays put!

Additionally, this amazing formula contains skin-loving hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract and citrus mix – making it an unbelievable skincare product to boot!

I have been using this sunscreen for some considerable time and I have no intention of EVER running out!

Have you tried any K-beauty products and which ones do you rate? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

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K-Beauty Skincare Part 2: Essence, Ampoule And Sheet Masks

Here is part 2 of the best K-beauty products to achieve fabulous results by using the much-loved Korean 10-step beauty system. The first article focuses on the adored double-cleanse, exfoliator and toner. You can find the article here.

This piece features awesome essence, ampoule and sheet mask products.

1.Essence: Try Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (100ml), £14.99, www.asianbeautyplus.com

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If you can get past the truly icky image that snail secretion evokes, the benefits of this essence will prove to be outstanding. Anyone out there with dry or damaged skin should give this essence a go. You may be thinking that perhaps it is just called Snail 96 Mucin Power and has no real relevance to an actual snail – but, alas, you would be wrong. Included in Cosrx’s lightweight and super-hydrating formula is filtered snail mucin – and it truly delivers exceptional results for replenishing and repairing damaged/dry skin. Better yet, this little secret weapon even offers anti-aging properties to help combat those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Hooray (ish).

2.Ampoule: Try Leegeehaam – Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule (15ml), £13.46, www.yesstyle.com

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Should you suffer from acne or blemishes, this is one ampoule that will be worth its weight in gold. Combining antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities found in propolis, the formula makes light work of diminishing nasty bacteria, as well as healing, regenerating and smoothing the skin. Also included is sea buckthorn (known for its cleansing, exfoliating, healing and regenerative abilities).

Furthermore, centella and witch-hazel are combined to provide a boost of skin-loving antioxidants, improve elasticity and reduce inflammation.

This product boasts a rich supply of antioxidants and vitamins that effectively nourish the skin, transforming it into a brighter and healthier complexion. I found the formula is quickly absorbed into the skin and noticed a significant improvement to my overall complexion within a week of use.

3.Sheet Mask For Dry Skin Try: Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet Moisturising (21ml), £5, www.beautybay.com

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Sheet masks are hugely popular amongst Korean women due to the fact that they WORK. However, there are so many different types available and it is worth doing a little research and sourcing one to suit your specific skin concern. I love Tony Moly’s I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet Moisturising.

Before I continue, I should state that you must keep the mask on for the correct amount of time and don’t be lulled into the idea that keeping it on for longer will be an added bonus. Keeping the mask on for longer is said to have a reverse effect!

For superior hydrating and moisturising capabilities look no further than this awesome Tony Moly sheet mask.

Love this!

What are your fave K-beauty skincare products? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx

 

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Discover The Best Sheet Masks For Dehydrated And Dry Skin

Hey Lovelies!

My skin often suffers from dry patches (probably because I do not drink quite as much water as I ought). Should this sound familiar do not fear – I have comprised a list of the best sheet masks that deliver intense hydration and nourishment; thus, effectively transforming your look into a complexion that resembles one of radiant goddess stature. #Happydays! Read on:

1.DR JART+ Dermask Soothing Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Solution Deep Hydration Korean Face Sheet Mask, £18 (Was £35) Pack of 5, www.oozz.com

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Korean skincare is in a league of its own and this sheet mask proves just that. Fabulously lightweight and transparent the mask made from fine cellulose fibre allows for optimal absorption of essential nutrients and superior moisturising components; thus, allowing for an instantaneous super-boost of much-needed hydration. The masks will effectively retain this hydration whilst effectively soothing the skin. Additionally, the incredible formula contains a complex sourced from botanical extracts such as aloe and phytonicides to further calm, nourish and soften. Hellooo radiance.

2.Tony Moly I’m Aloe Sheet Mask, £5, www.selfridges.com

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Prepare to be fully drenched in hydrating, moisturising perfection. Tony Moly does it again – this time the brand is working big fat miracles for all of those with dehydrated and dry skin. Simple yet highly effective, this single sheet mask combines natural qualities of aloe to achieve exemplary moisture and a happy face of luminosity. Yay!

3. e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Water Sheet Mask, £4.50, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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This has to be one of my most treasured sheet masks. Boasting a rich supply of aloe, hyaluronic acid and purified water, the single use mask delivers necessary hydration and nourishment for a gorgeous glowing complexion you will love.

4.The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask, £5, www.thebodyshop.co.uk

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Included in their biodegradable sheet mask is an array of amazing ingredients to create a healthier, hydrated, firmer and smoother complexion. The Body Shop has charged this product with a concentrated dose of their Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate, edelweiss, crista marine and sea holly plant stem cells – as well as organic babassu oil from Brazil. With 99% of ingredients being sourced naturally and 100% vegan, you can enjoy almost immediate transformative results. Expect beautifully glowing and youthful skin.

What are your favourite sheet masks for tackling dry skin? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy International Women’s Day! xx

 

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4 Ways To Achieve Full, Long And Luscious Lashes

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Back from the day of Marilyn Monroe, full, long and luscious lashes have been a much sought-after trend. Check out the best tips and tricks to help you achieve the gorgeous lash effect which will totally transform your overall look into one of chic glam.

1.For Fast Lash Growth Choose: AQ Skin Solutions Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancement System, £145 (7ml), www.dermacaredirect.com

AQ Skin Solutions lash enhancement system
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This is an amazing product that actually works like a dream to lengthen and create fuller lashes and brows. If (like me) you have gone a little OTT, plucking out a tad more than you perhaps intended – only to discover that for some damn reason, they don’t actually grow back WHERE THEY SHOULD (What the HELL is with that anyway?), this is the go-to solution.

I tried the AQ Skin Solutions Eyelash & Eyebrow System for two months – and it truly works. The natural and serum does not contain any harsh chemicals. It simply works by triggering the natural production of the hair matrix. I began to see a noticeable difference within 4 weeks of use! Result: 9/10.

2.For Glue-On Lashes Choose: Eyelure Cheryl – Lengthening, No. 114 Lashes, £5.25, www.eyelure.com.

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As a beauty editor I have tried pretty much every type of false lashes around and Eyelure remain my favourite. I love false lashes but hate, hate, hate it when they randomly fall away from the corner of the eye – and this always happens at the worst possible moment. Worse still, when someone else points it out – but even more troubling when no one has mentioned the fact your lash is no longer fully attached, and you don’t realise until you’ve been home for an hour!

With Eyelure, your lashes truly transform your look and actually stay put until you decide to remove them. This brand offers a huge array of lashes to suit your every mood. However, my favourite is the Cheryl – Lengthening Lashes. They perfectly enhance your eyes, adding just the right amount of volume and length, without being too diva-esque. Result: 9/10.

3.For Longer Looking Lashes Naturally Choose: No7 Lift And Curve Eyelash Curler, £8, www.boots.com

No7 lift and curve eyelash curler
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In order to create the eye-popping and fuller, longer lash look without reaching for the falsies, always use an eyelash curler before applying your mascara. This little trick goes a long way in achieving those luscious lashes, of which we all crave.

4.For Fuller Looking Lashes Choose: L’Oréal Paris Double Extension Beauty Tubes Mascara, £11.99, www.superdrug.com

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For must-have full and volume lashes, I highly recommend L’Oréal’s Double Extension Mascara. The 2-step system includes a conditioning white base (coated in Ceramide R of which contains fibres) on one end of the wand. This works to extend the length of your lashes. The other end of the wand contains the mascara. The result is incredible lashes you will love. The only thing I should mention is in order to prevent clumping the following morning, it is imperative you fully cleanse all of the product in the evening.

What are your favourite lash extension products? Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a happy Friday people xx

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4 Of The Best Concealers That Actually Deliver

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of getting excited about trying new concealers only to discover they just don’t stand up to the job. We want concealers to do what they promise – conceal. We want concealers that make our skin look better – not cakey, older or patchy (even when we’ve spent more than long enough blending). I quite like some Rimmel products, but I found their “Hide The Blemish” concealer to be a huge fail.

Check out the best concealers around (and the best prices) that actually deliver true coverage and will improve your appearance!

1.Max Factor Pan Stik, £7.18, www.amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite concealers. It instantly provides superior, yet natural coverage for pretty much every skin concern. The lightweight formula blends easily and lasts as long as your foundation (unlike the useless twist pen stick concealers), it is excellent value for money. I always come back to this concealer (for good reason). #happydays.

2.Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £20.40 (Was £24), www.debenhams.com

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Nars is an awesome brand and their Soft Matte Concealer offers exceptional results. Achieving a natural yet full coverage, this product is lightweight and blends seamlessly. Whether you need to cover up dark circles (who doesn’t?), acne, blemishes, pigmentation or redness – the concealer will be like a complexion’s super hero. With its light-diffusing capabilities to blur and combining an array of proven skin-nourishing ingredients, this formula ensures your complexion will be nothing short of radiant. Furthermore, it is available in almost every shade you can think of.

3.Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, £9.75 (RRP £19.50), www.feelunique.com

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This is another concealer that ticks all the boxes. The Naked Skin Concealer provides coverage that is easily buildable, whilst guaranteeing a full and even coverage of which glides on seamlessly. Including incredible ingredients such as Japanese green tea (to diminish the appearance of lines), Matrixyl 3000 and Litchiderm (to enhance collagen production and protect), this concealer literally transforms the look of your skin. Yay!

4.MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18.50 (9ml), www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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You didn’t think I could discuss great makeup without mentioning MAC, did you? Of course not. I hate concealers that (even when you use a setting spray) seem to either disappear completely, or stubbornly remain in unattractive vague patches on your face. Behold MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer. The lightweight product feels amazing, is lightweight whilst simultaneously achieving excellent coverage and has serious staying power. I love this!

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The Best 5 Hair Serums That Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Hey Lovelies!

The weather may be far milder than it ought to be – but can someone tell that to my hair? Between savagely cold winds and a six-weekly dose of hair bleach, my locks seem to get no respite. Should this sound familiar, don’t let your tresses suffer. Check out the best 5 hair serums that are actually worth their weight in gold.

1.TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum, £9.95 (250ml), www.allbeauty.com

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This super-lightweight product is literally amazing! With a concoction of bleach and frizzy curls, I need a serum with serious pizzazz and TIGI’s Bed Head truly delivers. Expect frizz-free, glossy locks we all dream of achieving. Yippee!

2.Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complex Versatile Beautifying Oil, £29.77 (100ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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I can’t state enough, just how good Kerastase products are and whilst this serum is a tad pricey, it is totally worth it. Combining 4 awesome oils (argan, camelia, corn and pracaxi), the precious formula not only fully protects, but also provides undeniably sleek and shiny hair. Note to self: NEVER RUN OUT! This product is suitable for all hair types.

3.The Body Shop Grapeseed Hair Serum, £7 (75ml), www.thebodyshop.com

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This awesome hair serum works little miracles for frizz-prone and lacklustre hair. Instantly smoothing and creating a gorgeous glossy finish, The Body Shop’s Grapeseed Serum is definitely one of the best products around – and priced at £7, you can’t go wrong!

4.Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, £22 (50ml), www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk

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Check out the award-winning oil-based styling crème by Bumble and Bumble. Basically, if you are looking for an incredible serum that offers polish, perfect separation and shiny tresses, this little gem will not disappoint. #Hairgoals!

5.Virtue Lab Polish Un-Frizz Cream, £19 (60ml), www.spacenk.com

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Okay, so this is more like a leave-in conditioning cream than a serum, but wow! It delivers great results for straight hair and is ideal for those with unruly curls. Boasting some impressive ingredients such as Alpha Keratin 60ku, pink pomelo, gotu kola and phospholipids, this formula ensures a boost of intense nourishment, whilst enhancing curls, diminishing frizz and smoothing hair.

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

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6 Signs You Will Be Fighting Over The Bathroom

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I hope you are all having a good week. We all know and hope equality should extend to all areas in men and women’s lives – but if we are honest, do we really want total equality when it comes to bathroom usage? We love the fact that men are taking care of their skin like never before. However, does anyone stop and think about the constant battle over will bag the bathroom first each day? Should you be about to take the next big step and move in with your man and are worrying that their self-preening may overtake yours, read on. Here are 6 warning signs there may be problems afoot:

1.He “Borrows” Your Moisturiser

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According to news reports, Ryan Reynolds recently prepared for the Golden Globes with a variety of skincare products, including lip balm, toner and MAC Set Powder. Now, if they are bringing their own to the table, that’s probably okay (if in doubt, see above). However, I don’t know about you, but my moisturiser and serum are 2 of my most treasured possessions and at risk of sounding selfish – I won’t share them. If your fella is borrowing your skincare products, this may be a sign of things to come.

2.His Eyebrows Look Better Than Yours

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He may just be really lucky in the looks department, but when it comes to eyebrows, the general rule is that some amount of effort is needed – particularly if his eyebrows are appearing neater and prettier than yours. Serious bathroom time, people.

3.Always A Bath, Never A Shower

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Does he frequently refuse a shower in favour of a bath?

If so, logically speaking this is going to take a big chunk of time (possibly every day) even before the mirror time takes place. That is unless your fella is like mine and literally does everything (EVERYTHING!) in the bath.

4.You Already Fight Over The Bathroom

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If you are about to take the plunge and move in together, my guess is you have probably spent a few nights at each other’s houses. During these times, cast your mind back to whether or not you have had to stand with your legs crossed waiting for him to vacate. There’s only so much time someone can spend on the loo, surely? Red flag, ladies.

5.He Knocks On The Door

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When you are in the bathroom, does he knock on the door impatiently? Do you have to rush? #Bigclues!

6.If You Set Your Alarm Early And Still Have To Wait

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On the occasions that you spend together, you decide to set your alarm so that you get bathroom time without stress, only to discover your guy has also read “The Three Little Pigs” and got there earlier still.

Should any of these signs be familiar, you may have an insight into what the future holds. If you happen to be someone who isn’t that fussed if you leave the house looking the worse for wear, whilst your other half appears so sparkly, he could be off to a modelling shoot, you may want to revise the living situation (or at least make sure your new place has two bathrooms).

Happy Friday people xx

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4 Ways Geranium Oil Can Transform Your Skin

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Review: Geranium Oil

Recently, my skin has really struggled (I’m blaming the winter and central heating). It’s as if the universe hates me as somehow, I’ve managed to accomplish dry areas AND oily zones with the added bonus of spots. Great, huh? Cue the magical properties of geranium oil. I tried this remarkable overlooked oil on my skin for 2 weeks and I can now look in the mirror and refer to my face as not just a complexion, but a radiant one (instead of an insanely good impersonation of moon rock).

Geranium oil actually works little miracles for many conditions. Should you be struggling to get your complexion in check, on feel your hair has a higher resemblance to straw, read on. The best bit is that it only costs a few pounds! Now that’s my kind of skincare.

1.The Healer

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Geranium oil (sourced from the geranium flower) offers many healing benefits (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic) which can be used to treat cuts, scrapes and even old scars.

2.Anti-Aging

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Combining essential fatty-acids, this oil will go a long way to ensuring the skin is in optimal health, which in turn will keep your skin looking radiant and youthful. Furthermore, it’s incredible astringent qualities aid in firming and tightening of the skin. Take that, fine lines!

3.The Dreaded Spot

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Are breakouts getting the better of you? Fear not, because this little gem boasts a supercharge of antibacterial and antiseptic properties that thwart those nasty spot-forming bacteria from even getting a look-in.

4.It’s The Hormones, People

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An imbalance of hormones can cause all manner of problems. This oil is highly beneficial in restoring hormonal equilibrium and therefore, a brighter, clearer and more luminous complexion. Hooray!

Geranium Oil is priced at £4.70 and is available from Sanevera.co.uk

Have you tried geranium oil and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message I the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

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Transform Your Skin With The Best K-Beauty Products And Advice

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There’s no denying it – should you want incredible skin, K Beauty is the place to look. Granted, they seem to have a rather long (10-step) beauty regime, of which may seem like a bit of a stretch. Particularly when the ugliness of Monday morning arrives and we have pressed the snooze button repeatedly until it finally gives up. Subsequently, we are rushing out of the door with evidence of strawberry jam on toast blotted on our cheeks (just me, then?), and forgetting to do our eyebrows. Can there be any possible way of squeezing in a 10-step routine? I think not.

However, not all days are like this – and these are the occasions whereby we really should make that bit of effort to try the K Beauty method. Believe me, your skin will thank you. Obviously, there is quite a bit to the 10-step process, so I have spread the information over 3 articles. Part 1 covers preparation: double cleansing, exfoliation and toning.

1.Double Cleansing

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In order for any of your beauty ingredients to work effectively, it is imperative to cleanse. I know, it’s a pain (especially when you get home in the wee small hours and crashing on your bed is all you can think of). If there’s one thing Korean beauty enthusiasts are doing better, it’s the double cleanse. Opt for a foam or gel cleanser (with ph of around 5.5) for ridding environmental pollutants without stripping the skin. I love Sulwhasoo Snowise Gentle Cleansing Foam £37.89 (200ml), Amazon.

As the years pile up on our faces (in a Victorian-esque library fashion) we may crave for our skin to feel a little tighter – but when we experience this after cleansing it is not a good thing! Behold, one of the best cleansers around. Combining duckweed and chestnut shell extracts together with Korean herbs, this super-velvety cleanser offers exceptional results without irritating the skin. This South Korean brand’s cleanser makes your skin look and feel like a dream. Suitable for use during both am and pm, following your oil cleanser.

The Oil Cleanser

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To successfully diminish superficial impurities and all makeup, you need a good oil-based cleanser. For this, why not try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £19.80 (120ml), Amazon?

Loaded with both antioxidants and vitamins, this superior cleansing oil makes light work of clearing away makeup and impurities, whilst simultaneously providing optimal hydration and nourishment. YAASS!

2.Exfoliate People!

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Always remember to exfoliate – but never overdo this process and it is worth bearing in mind that those with sensitive skin or with more mature skin types should keep this step to perhaps twice per week. Additionally, veer towards AHA exfoliators (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHAs (like salicylic acid) rather than more abrasive options. I love TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, $13.50 (5 fl oz) Amazon. This little gem keeps the blackheads and dead skin at bay,   transforming dry or dull skin into a complexion that boasts luminous radiance.

3.Don’t Forget The Toner

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Toner has had a bad rap of recent years and is often the forgotten product. Not so, if you are a K Beauty fan. The importance of this product should never be underestimated.

A good toner will not only help in restoring your skin’s pH balance (goodbye forever dry skin) but some also supercharge your skin with nutrients, even out tone, reduce pore size and fully prepare your skin for optimal absorption of your skincare ingredients. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, £14.49 , Amazon.

What are your thoughts on these K Beauty products? Leave me a message in the comments below.

Coming shortly: K-Beauty Part 2

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Ensure Your Lips Stay Luscious Throughout Winter With These Best Products

Hey Lovelies!

The sun may be shining – but it’s definitely from afar as there’s no mistaking just how cold it is outside. Keep the harsh elements at bay and ensure your lips stay luscious throughout this cold spell with the help of these truly fantastic lip care products:

1.Kiehl’s Lip Balm, £10, www.kiehls.co.uk

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Combining ultra-soothing emollients such as squalene, lanolin and sweet almond oil together with the nourishing support of vitamins A and E, Kiehl’s is the go-to lip balm to protect you from unwanted cracked or dry lips.

2.SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair, £32.99 www.facethefuture.co.uk

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SkinCeuticals always goes above and beyond to deliver the best skincare results – hence the hefty price tag. This product feels like a serum and is loaded with all of the necessary ingredients to ensure your pout stays luscious and fully protected until those warmer days finally appear. The formula boasts hyaluronic acid, glycerine and vitamin E, as well as a dose of humectants for good measure.

3.Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub, £6.50 (25g), www.lush.com

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Don’t even think about making it through these winter months without applying a lip scrub. I recommend Lush’sBubblegum Scrub which contains both exfoliating castor sugar and jojoba oil to intensely soften and topped off with an oh-so sweet taste that tastes divine. Win, win. #lipandsugargoals!

4.Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch, £5, www.amazon.co.uk

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The recent reports that Halle Berry’s flawless complexion is due to sheet masks gives us the perfect excuse to go shopping – and when it comes to taking care of our lips, a mask is just as beneficial.

You may have read my rave reviews on Tony Moly or seen the hype all over Instagram for this brand. Basically,Tony Moly rocks! Brimming with awesome components such as berry complex and vitamin C, this mask increases elasticity, hydrates and plumps, so your lips can survive to fight another unbearably chilly day (whilst looking simply gorgeous).

5.Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment, £6.99 (7.08g), www.feelunique.com

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Should you suffer from dry, cracked or peeling lips, you really need this product in your life. Burt’s Bees formula includes 100% natural Ceramide (the oils found naturally in your skin) not only aids in maintaining moisture, but which also help in protecting the skin’s barrier. The best thing is that you don’t even have to do much – simply apply and go to sleep. You will awaken to discover truly nourished and beautiful lips. Yay!

Have you tried any lip treatments are which are your favourite? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people xx

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Can’t Sleep? Check Out The Best Vegan-Friendly Sleep Sprays Around

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Anxiety, juggling family chores with work, the strain of finances and realising its going to be a little while longer before we can feel the hot sunshine on our faces may all contribute to a serious lack of sleep. If lying in bed at 3 am, staring at the clock and wondering what the HELL you can do to get to sleep sounds familiar – do not fear. I have compiled a list of the best vegan-friendly sleep sprays that are guaranteed to give you some much-needed slumber time. Read on:

1.This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £18, thisworks.com

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This award-winning and vegan-friendly Deep Sleep Pillow Spray works like a dream, literally! Combining a ‘Superblend’ of natural and proven ingredients such as lavender, vetivert and chamomile, this formula ensures your mind and body are totally calmed and soothed, leaving you to enjoy the best night’s sleep. There’s a reason it is award-winning, people.

2. Fat And The Moon Dream Weaver Mist, £16, www.thefuturekept.com

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This has to be my favourite of all sleep sprays. After reviewing the Fat and The Moon Dream Weaver Mist a year ago, I have subsequently bought 2 more bottles – it’s that good. The reason I love this is, it actually contains a little magic (so I like to believe). What I mean by this is that the vegan-friendly product includes a blend of truly special natural ingredients which don’t simply ensure a good night’s sleep, but also awesome dreams!! One of its ingredients (Mugwort, artimesia vulgaris) has been used for centuries for its magical properties. This plant is meant to not merely provide good and vivid dreams, but to keep evil spirits at bay, whilst cleansing negative energy.

This fabulous American sleep spray also combines lavender hydrosol, homemade California poppy tincture and essential oils of clary sage and sage.

3.Made By Coopers Sleepy Head Room And Pillow Spray Mist, £13.50, www.madebycoopers.com

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Last, but not least, let me introduce you to Made by Coopers Sleepy Head Room And Pillow Spray Mist. Containing chamomile, frankincense and lavender, this sleep mist works little miracles, providing you with an infusion of ultimate calm to give you the relaxation you need to guarantee a good 8 hours of blissful slumber!

I love all of these vegan-friendly products – but if you lean a little towards the spiritual side or wish you had a nice dream just once in a while, I recommend the Dream Weaver Mist.

Have you tried any of these (or other) sleep sprays and which one is your favourite? Leave me a message in the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

 

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Check Out The Best Hair Perfumes For Valentine’s Day…And Every Day Beyond

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Nothing makes me feel happy like a spritz of Chanel. Now the beauty industry has a wide selection of hair perfume on offer – and like a crazed addict, I want them ALL. Check out the best hair perfumes that will complete your Valentine’s checklist, and pretty much every day beyond.

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum Fresh Hair Mist, £44 (35ml), www.chanel.com

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If (like me) you are utterly obsessed with this fragrance, you are going to go crazy for Chanel’s hair perfume. As I am probably the biggest Chanel fan in THE WORLD, this has to be my all-time favourite hair perfume. For those of you who aren’t in the know (shame on you), expect to fall in love with a sensual blend of orange and rose to take over your senses and then get totally blown away as the aroma of patchouli encompasses your very being.

2.Dior Miss Dior Parfum Hair Mist, £36.50 (30ml), www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

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Perfect for Valentine’s day, this Dior hair mist is like wearing the biggest bouquet of red roses in your hair. Next to Chanel, Dior perfume (especially Dune) is a must-have. Should your Valentine’s day consist of a romantic date, the Dior Parfum Hair Mist is THE product to enhance your hair. This beautiful and delicate fragrance will ensure you remain breath-taking and irresistible to all who have the fortune of breathing in this scent. #Superiorhairgoals!

3.SHOW Beauty Decadence Hair Fragrance (30ml), £55, www.feelunique.com

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What can I say? Other than this fragrance is incredible! Brimming with gorgeous ingredients such as caramel, Madagascan vanilla, patchouli and white musk, this aroma evokes ultimate beauty. Furthermore, the SHOW Beauty Decadence is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your hair fully protected, too! I love this!

Have you tried any hair perfumes? What are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and whatever you are doing today, have a happy Valentine’s Day! xx

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The Best Cleaning Hacks For Lazy Girls And Guys

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A little secret – I can’t stand cleaning the house. This is down to part-laziness and part-despair, because let’s face it – cleaning is a never-ending thankless task. For me, it feels like the family have some kind of radar. It’s as if they wait until I have just finished hoovering, scrubbing, mopping and then pounce. Within minutes all making the house look decent, it is very quickly and effectively undone.

If I didn’t find it so soul-destroying and hideous I would be forced to admit the family have mastered the process of destruction to the point where it is an exceptionally talented art form (that in some parallel universe, might be admired). Not this one, though. If this sounds familiar, fear no more. I have discovered some awesome cleaning hacks that will not only clean beyond your wildest dreams but achieve a gleaming maison in a fraction of the time. Thank you, God,

1.The Dreaded Oven Rack

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This is probably one of the worst jobs for me. Not so any more. According to EHow, all you need is white vinegar, baking soda and a scrubbing pad. So, I tried – and woah, it actually works!

Simply place the racks in the sink, spray them with vinegar, then cover them in baking soda and go and have a cup of tea. On your return to the kitchen for your tea top-up, cover them with hot water and leave for approximately 10 minutes. Finish your tea and biscuits then scrub off the grime (it takes literally no effort) Yay!

2.Pet Urine

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So cute, i know. However, there’s ALWAYS a downside. There really is nothing worse than a urine-stained carpet, but thankfully there are two really good solutions that mean you don’t have to scrub away for hours on end, only to discover the smell or stain won’t budge.

Once you have blotted away as much liquid as possible with paper towels, either mix 50% white vinegar with 50% water and soak the area, or if this isn’t effective enough, mix some washing-up liquid with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and soak. The latter one is pretty invincible and will work on practically all carpets, mattresses, etc. Use a scrubbing pad to work into the stain, then cover the area with baking soda, rub with your scrubbing pad then hoover up. Hey presto!

3.The Mattress

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I know, right?!? You even have to clean your mattress. Is nothing sacred? Apparently, this is quite important for those with allergies and asthma, and although the above gif looks like the perfect answer, I don’t fancy the effort this would probably take. So I am now taking note.

According to various online sources you simply need some baking soda, essential oil (optional) and a hoover. What could be easier? Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a tub of baking soda and sprinkle all over your mattress. Rub in the solution and then leave it alone for an hour (the perfect amount of time to watch your favourite programme). When an hour or so has passed, nip upstairs and hoover the mattress, then turn and look in slack-jawed amazement at your cleaning expertise.

Have you tried any of these cleaning hacks and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below, and have a fantastic weekend people xx

 

 

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Should You Ever Accept A Guilt Gift?

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Yesterday, for the first time in our 9-year relationship my partner bought me a gift – a beautiful silver bracelet. Now, although I would like to say what a sweet thoughtful gesture this was, my more cynical side is screaming in my ear that given the fact that I have never been given presents, this gesture comes with a side order of guilt. Which leads me to the question: Should we accept a guilt gift?

1.Confirmation

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Firstly, you need to be sure this is a guilt gift. Love the facts. Is it out of the ordinary to receive a present? Has the bearer of the gift acted out of character lately? If it’s your partner and he/she is usually a narcissistic pain-in-the-ass, who never buys you gifts, then it’s more likely to be due to buttering you up or fear they have been caught out. Do a little digging, talk to the person involved about how they are feeling – listen to what they say, and your gut instincts should tell you if this is a guilt gift or rather fear of detection.

2.The Source

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Accepting a guilt gift wholly depends on the reasons you are being given the present in the first place. For instance, if a family member has spoken out of turn and wants to make amends, this should perhaps be recognised as a genuine olive branch and thus be accepted. However, discovering the reason may sometimes take a while longer. People often offer gifts as a way to compensate for behaviour, of which they are unwilling to disclose.

3.Truth or Lies?

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Accepting a gift that has been offered in an attempt to blanket over a trail of deception is probably not going to solve anything. My solution is to talk to the person involved. Even if they choose to lie to your face, you will be able to pick that up and find another way to move on. In this instance accepting any guilt gift would be a bad idea (unless of course it happens to be a pair of Prada boots or a big fat diamond necklace). On the other hand, a sincere guilt-fuelled present with genuine remorse, honesty and attempts at reconciliation should perhaps be praised and graciously accepted.

Have you ever been given a gift out of guilt? Did you accept it and what were your thoughts? Leave me your comments below and happy Friday people xx

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The Best 6 Tips To Keep Your Mind Sharp

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With a recent study claiming that women’s brains stay active for longer than men’s, I thought I would compile a list of the best tips that can help us keep our minds sharp. When I was in my teens, walking into a room and forgetting what I wanted was funny – but nowadays it’s a tad concerning.

Some of these methods may be quite surprising but have been proven to be very effective. Read on:

1.Use Your Opposite hand

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This is the one I found quite interesting and has been shown to actually connect new neurons and help your brain to adapt. When brushing your hair or your teeth – If you are left handed, use the right, and vice versa. It’s amazing how successful this can be in keeping the brain sharp.

2.Try A Puzzle

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This is one I find difficult as I really can’t stand crosswords or sudoku. However, by pushing yourself to tackle a code word puzzle of some sort, it definitely helps to sharpen those wits.

3.Sleep

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I really can’t state enough just how important getting enough sleep is in keeping your brain functioning well. In the same breath, too much sleep can be detrimental to your physical and mental wellbeing. Usually 7-8 hours is sufficient, but you need to take age and any illnesses, etc. into consideration.

4.Learn A Foreign Language

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OK so (unless you are like Joey from Friends) you may be thinking you need to have some serious amount of spare time to learn an entire foreign language, but if you break it up into a couple of half hour sessions a week, it becomes a much more realistic possibility. However, it does take a bit of will power.

5.Math

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Just the word makes ‘math’ makes me go into meltdown mode – but doing a few maths sums in your head truly does work wonders in keeping your mind sharp. Motivation does kick in when your son repeatedly asks you maths questions (and then answers them faster than you and actually correctly).

6.Music

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This would be my fave one of all. Listening to music actually works to improve brain function. No need to find excuses now!

Do you have any tips on keeping the mind sharp? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

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Discover The Best Vegan Beauty Boxes Around

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With the love for vegan skincare products becoming ever-more popular, we can now rejoice at the growing number of awesome vegan beauty boxes available. That said, I have rounded up some of the best vegan beauty boxes on offer. Better yet – the contents are all worth way more than the asking price. YAASS!

1.Glossybox Vegan Limited Edition, £35, lookfantastic.com

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Combined in this beautiful gift box are 10 incredible cruelty-free products to nurture and pamper your body, face and skin alike. The set includes:

Dr. Organic Vitamin E Super Hydrating Cream (50ml)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (0.2ml)

Maria Nila Head & Hair Heal Masque (250ml)

Naughty To the Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum (75ml)

Original Source Lemon and Lime Foaming Shower (180ml)

Pure Chimp Matcha Green Tea (20g)

So Eco Eye Shading Brush (full size)

Tints of Nature Vegan Hydrate Shampoo (70ml)

Tropic Lip Fudge Plumping Lip Conditioner in Rosewood (10ml)

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil (10ml).

WOW!

2.The Vegan Kind Beauty Box, £18.15 (1 box), www.thevegankind.com

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Boasting an array of gorgeous skin and beauty products, The Vegan Kind’s beauty box contains products that have had zero animal testing and the boxes are about as eco-friendly as you can get. Containing items such as cleansing oil, perfume, lip balm and moisturiser – you are bound to be well-pleased with your purchase (and it certainly beats the postie delivering a couple of depressing bills). What better way to reat yourself?

3.Limited Edition Cruelty-Free Beauty Kit, £40 (Saving Over £70), thepipbox.co.uk

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This really is the must-have starter kit for all fans of cruelty-free beauty products. The kit actually has a value of more than £110 and combines some truly fantastic items such as: brand-new eye shadows, shower gels, vegan-friendly lip products, luxury skincare items, deep cleansing face masks, natural deodorant, natural eyeliner and plastic-free shampoo.

Furthermore, The Pip Box have collaborated with Cruelty Free International and 25% of all profits will be donated to them to help in the fight to end animal testing, globally! Whether you want to purchase this as a gift or keep it for yourself, you can enjoy this awesome kit without guilt of over-spending – because it’s for the best cause ever!

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

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Check Out The Best Vegan Foundations, 2019

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I hope you are all having a good week. With the benefits of vegan skincare products becoming more well-known, today I am sharing my tips on the best vegan foundations for every skin type. These brands are truly amazing, and should you be on the lookout for a foundation shakeup, I recommend trying one of the following products:

1.For Acne-Prone Skin (On Every Skin Type) Try: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, £33, illamasqua.com

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This award-winning foundation is the way to go, particularly for those with noticeable imperfections they may wish to conceal such as acne/acne scarring. Available In 26 shades, this superior yet lightweight formula includes vitamin C and E, to nourish whilst is smooths and softens. The outcome is perfectly matched coverage that creates a flawless-looking complexion. I love, love, love!

2.For Dry Skin Try: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation Makeup, £28, urbandecay.co.uk

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For those with dry skin, opt for a liquid foundation over the powder form. This awesomely lightweight product will provide a medium to full coverage with a subtle matte finish. Combining light-diffusing spheres, this foundation makes easy work of blurring away any imperfections and fine lines. Furthermore, it’s totally buildable formula allows you to achieve the coverage you require, achieving a remarkable and selfie-ready finish. The result: you look like you just have incredible skin all the time! 10 points guys, 10 points!

3. For Combination Skin Try: E.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum, £5 (Was £9), www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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This is perfect for more mature people, but it is also an amazing products for those with enraged pores. Totally weightless and loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, the foundation works wonders in reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores, whilst simultaneously supercharging the skin with nourishment and protection. The result is a radiant and youthful luminosity that you will fall in love with.

4. For Oily Skin Try: Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, £30.60, www.toofaced.com

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Too Faced is an incredible brand and their Cocoa Powder Foundation rocks! Brimming with antioxidants to protect and repair, this oil-absorbing yet non-drying powder provides a matte (but not cakey) rose-petal complexion. The Cocoa Powder Foundation offers a medium to full coverage of which also reduces the appearance of fine lines. You will adore its superior finish.

Have you tried any vegan foundations, and which one is your go-to product? Leave me a message in the comments below. Xx

 

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6 Of The Best Beauty Tools You Need In Your Life Right Now

Hey Lovelies!

2019 is here and there’s never been a better time for clearing out your beauty cupboard and replacing yesterday’s skincare saviours with brand new innovation that is sooo much better. Check out the 6 best beauty tools that will transform your complexion. I’ve tested these products and if they were an ice cream, they would be Bailey’s Haagen Dazs (instead of the outdated refrozen vanilla in the bottom of the freezer – you get my point).

1.Sarah Chapman’s The Facialist, £28, cultbeauty.com

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Although this looks like something a Star Trek Voyager crew member may point at you, it’s actually something far more useful. This quirky little device will literally transform your complexion. The facial massager simulates the same movements as that of Sarah’s celebrity-adored signature facial. Not only does it achieve a significant lift and radiant glow, but the clever tool also makes light work of ridding toxins and puffiness. Hooray!

2.Foreo Luna 2, £169, www.foreo.com

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This has to be my best beauty tool and when I remember to use it, I never fail to reap the compliments. It makes such a difference to my complexion; not merely cleansing, but it also successfully targets and treats various skin concerns (particularly irksome fine lines). One trick I have is to add facial oil or serum and the little gem works all of those awesome ingredients into my skin. I love you Foreo Luna 2.

3.The Beauty Blender by Beautyblender, £17, www.cultbeatuy.co.uk

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Everyone who loves makeup should own one of these priceless beauty tools. Perfect for use on any makeup, this gadget seamlessly creates that much sought-after flawless finish. #Nomorestreaks!

4.Skin Roller, £42, swissclinic.co.uk

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Good quality derma rollers (when used correctly) can really work wonders on the skin. I’ve tried quite a few products by Swiss Clinic and they never fail to impress. Swiss Clinic’s Skin Roller combines 540 micro needles of which effectively work to trigger collagen production, improve circulation and stimulate the formation of new skin. Within a couple of weeks of use, wrinkles appear reduced and my complexion looks and feels amazing! I love this.

5.19 Momme Housewife Silk Pillowcase, £26, www.lilysilk.com

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I can’t state enough just how much I cherish my silk pillowcase. If you don’t want premature creases and wrinkles (DUH!) the silk pillowcase is the way to go. Your skincare products will stay on your face (rather than be soaked up by the pillow) and you will find you awaken without the dreaded indent that’s made itself unmistakably known in a glaring diagonal fashion across your face! I thank you oh wondrous silk pillowcase makers! Check out this one at www.lilysilk.com

6.Dyson Airwrap, £449.96, qvc.co.uk

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Want luscious locks without the painstaking truth (that you are slowly destroying your hair with heat)? Dyson’s Airwrap’s genius technology has made it possible for us to enjoy incredible hairstyles – but without using extreme heat. #hairgoals!

What are your fave beauty gadgets? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a lovely weekend people xx

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6 Ways To Tackle Blue Monday

Hey lovelies!

We’ve all heard of Blue Monday – the day that falls on the third Monday of each January, every year. It is supposed to be (according to experts) the time when we are most likely to feel depressed/miserable/sad. This is probably due to the fact that we’ve spent a sh#t load at Christmas; we haven’t been paid; we have made resolutions that are beginning to take their toll; the weather is, at best, bleak and life generally sucks. Don’t fear my friends – here are 6 ways we can tackle that Blue Monday feeling and get back ahead of the game. Read on:

1.Breathe

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When it all gets a bit too much to bear and we are feeling miserable or anxious, there is something that we can all do at any moment to help ourselves. Simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take in long, slow and deep breaths and repeat 10 times – everything will feel that bit calmer and become easier to deal with. #breathingworks

2.Laugh

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OK, I’m not suggesting some Patch Adams theory of laughter overcoming all obstacles or illnesses, but there really is something to be said for this technique. When we are faced with adversity or stress, we all have a choice either to laugh or let sadness take over. Sadness and stress doesn’t solve anything – it just makes things that much worse. Choose laughter – even when you don’t want to, especially when you don’t want to. It will train your brain to gain a better perspective, and gradually life will become a bit more peaceful.

3.Talk

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Yes people, life is crap. But we are not alone in this. When life gives you a twist of lemon, talk to a friend, a colleague, a therapist, anyone. You will be surprised that even if you have someone there to listen and not necessarily advise, this will help relieve those Blue Monday symptoms.

4.Dance

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I’m a great believer in dancing away your problems. You don’t even need to leave the house. Put your favourite upbeat songs on and just dance and sing for a while. If that is not your thing, do whatever is – maybe going for a run, bike ride or some meditation – it doesn’t matter – just do something to get rid of the negativity.

5.Plan

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So, unless you are really fortunate, many of you (like me) will be broke right now. That said, this Blue Monday make plans for something you really want to do this year: the festival you don’t want to miss or a comedy club, or even a getaway somewhere. There’s no need to book it yet, just do some research and write down the steps you need to take to make it happen – realistic goals people, that your brain actually knows it can achieve. Then stick the plan of action on your fridge.

6.Avoid Depressants

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Easier said than done, I know. But there is nothing that makes life that much crapper than when you are feeling blue and have a drink. In the same respect, take it easy on caffeine and sugar, or anything that will give you a short high followed by a massive crash. It’s never worth it.

Do you have any thoughts on Blue Monday? Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a good day people xx

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Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are WAY Better Than Chocolate And Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whilst we are aware it may well be yet another well-marketed way of cashing in on the customer, we need something to cheer us up on the frankly freezing cold and dreary winter mornings – and what better way of doing this than imagining the postman falling over as he struggles to carry a tonne of cards and presents to your door? For anyone wondering what to gift the love of their life this February 14, read on:

1.Personalised Wood Memory Box For Couples by DUST AND THINGS, £17.49 (Was £34.99), notonthehighstreet.com

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As far as romance goes – this is way up there. Made from solid pine wood, this rustic-looking personalised memory is the perfect gift for you to keep tokens of your sweetest memories and experiences safe, so they can be treasured forever.

2.Return To Tiffany Bead Bracelet, £145, tiffany.co.uk

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OK, so maybe there is something that beats the memory box; behold the Tiffany’s Bead Bracelet. As a true sucker for all Tiffany’s jewellery, I may be slightly biased – but I think this beautifully elegant bead bracelet featuring a mini heart tag in pink would be a winner this Valentine’s Day.

3.Personalised Plaited Leather Bracelet, £14.99, prezzybox.com

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Whilst it might not go down to well should he buy you an expensive Tiffany’s bracelet and I return you gifted him this – something has to be said for the romantic gesture this man’s bracelet evokes. Featuring a matte metal engraved charm, he doesn’t need to be a hippie or surfer to appreciate this gorgeously stylish band. After all, each time he glances at his watch/Fitbit/sleeve he will (hopefully) smile at your thoughtful declaration of love.

4.Personalised I Love You Candle, £8.99, findmeagift.co.uk

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Everyone loves a candle, don’t they? Even if they aren’t at the top of your fave list, come the most romantic night of the year, these little gems are a must-have. So, what better way to show your adoration for that special someone by making them their perfect meal, amidst candlelight that is that little bit more special?

5.Multi Photo Upload Framed Print – Photos With Message, £19.99, gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Nothing says “I love you and I made a real effort this year” more than this Multi Photo Upload Print. Available in either a black or white frame, simply add up to 20 gorgeous pics of your choice and a message of up to 30 characters, then click preview to make sure it is right – and boom – you have one of the most romantic presents you can think of. This is so special, it is bound to earn you brownie points for the rest of the year, too!

What are your thoughts on Valentine’s gifts? Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a happy Friday people xx

 

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The Best Vitamin C Serums To Combat The Onslaught Of Winter

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Happy hump day and brace yourselves, for we are about to experience the true wrath of winter. Never fear – here are the best vitamin C serums to ensure your skin receives warrior-like protection against the onslaught of brutal weather. Take that, cruel UK winds!

Whether you need a boost to keep bugs at bay or give your skin a lift, vitamin C products are literal miracle workers. Loaded with antioxidants, good vitamin C serums will reduce fine lines, kick-start collagen production, boost hydration and brighten the skin with minimal effort required! People, we need this in our lives.

1.Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, £67, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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This is one brand to keep your eye on and for good reason; it’s outstanding products deliver real results and people are loving them. Their C-Firma Day Serum offers a noticeable improvement to the firmness, tone of the skin, providing an overall luminous complexion you will absolutely love.

2.SkinCeuticals Vitamin C E Ferulic Serum, £135 (30ml), www.skinceuticals.co.uk

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OK, I know this is crazy expensive – but if you’ve read any of my reviews you will know I totally rate SkinCeuticals products for their superior results. This brand is in a league of its own. Should your skin look dehydrated, dull, tired and in desperate need of help (as does mine of late), take a leap of faith and invest in this serum. It will not disappoint, and a little goes a long way.

3.Obagi Professional C-20 Serum, £96.49 (30ml), www.cosmedic-clinic.co.uk

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Obagi has been the name on top skincare specialists’ lips for some time now and when it comes to skin transformation, people in the know swear by its almost magical properties. I would recommend purchasing an Obagi skincare package for optimal results. However, if you were to buy just one of their products, this is the one. Renowned for its skin brightening and plumping abilities, the Professional Vitamin C Serum is one of the greats.

4.Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, £70, www.spacenk.com/uk

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Another incredible brand has to be Sunday Riley. Their vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is a true hero product. Want to tackle fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone? This cult product does all its name suggests, and a whole lot more besides! I love this.

5.Inkey List Vitamin C Serum, £7.99, cultbeauty.co.uk

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Should the other products seem a tad pricey (particularly as it’s January and we are all broke), The inkey List’s Vitamin C Serum is a fantastic alternative. Providing a huge 30% L-ascorbic acid, the serum ensures amazing skin brightening, plumping and protective antioxidant benefits, without making a dent in our back accounts. Yay!

What is your fave vitamin C serum? Leave me your comments below xx

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Discover The Best Vegan-Friendly Brands Of 2019

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you are all having a good week so far. So many people are searching for ways in which to live a healthier lifestyle, with veganism now becoming a huge trend. This is also applied to skincare and makeup, and as such, vegan products are becoming ever-more popular. Check out the best vegan skincare and makeup brands/products of 2019.

1.E.l.f Cosmetics

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Should you want A-Mazing beauty products that are vegan-friendly, good enough to give M.A.C a run for their money and yet are somehow completely affordable (who the hell doesn’t?) then you have to check out E.l.f Cosmetics. If you are looking for entirely vegan products keep in mind that whilst the cosmetics are all vegan, some of their skincare and makeup brushes aren’t, so double-check before purchasing these. Buy their Elf and Mattifying Mist (£9) here

2.Jeffree Star

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When it comes to clothes and eyeshadows, colours are set to be huge for S/S 2019 and Jeffree Star’s awesome colour palettes and totally vegan to boot! Buy the incredible Beauty Killer Palette (£59) from Amazon Uk

3.Kat Von D Beauty

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I am a huge fan of Kat Von D products and so am totally stoked to hear she is planning on transforming her entire cosmetics line into vegan-friendly formulas. If you check out her website you will find the #Vegan section, presenting the vegan products that you can buy now. Check out her Lock-It Finishing Powder ($29) here.

4.Milk Cosmetics

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When I heard that the much-loved U.S brand, Milk Makeup are (finally) to launch in the U.K I was on cloud 9. I have been waiting to get hold of these for-like-ever! Milk Makeup cosmetics are cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and their roll-on or stick makeup products prove to be a huge success. I cannot wait to try their innovative roll-on stick face mask. You won’t have to wait for much longer to try these highly anticipated products as they will be available from January 28 at Cult Beauty. #loveveganbeauty.

What do you think to these vegan brands? Have you tried any of their products and what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below. xx

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The Oscars: Discover The Latest A-Lister Facial Beauty Treatments

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I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly, but on February 25th the world will be watching as A-listers make their way to the highly anticipated 91st Academy Awards ceremony, otherwise known as the Oscars. Each year, celebrities seek-out the latest facial beauty treatments to ensure they stun on the night. Check out some of the amazing (and unbelievably costly) beauty procedures celebs undergo to make sure they are red carpet ready. Sadly, for us mere mortals, flawless certainly comes with a hefty price tag).

1.LED Facial And Light Therapies, Cost Varies Considerably Depending On Clinics.

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LED facials are ever-growing in popularity – so I’m thinking they work quite well. Utilising wavelengths of light, these facials are touted for successfully healing, treating and rejuvenating the skin. Whether you are looking to diminish acne and pigmentation, or simply want a firmer, more plump and luminous complexion, LED facials are fast, non-invasive treatments that promise excellent results. (The Kardashians are said to be huge fans).

One of the newest trends is to have what is known as a Hybrid Energy Lift (£6000 available at Harrods). This method of facial rejuvenation involves using ultrasound, infrared, light and laser in one single session to stimulate collagen reduction and treat all layers of the face. Wow!

2.Oxygen Mist Facial, From £200

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So many celebrities love this procedure and after hearing Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge fan (and seeing a recent picture of her clear and dewy complexion) I will be booking an appointment for this ASAP! N.B: Apparently Madonna and Kim Kardashian own an Oxygen Facial machine – and if I had a spare £15,000 so would i!

This facial actually makes a lot of sense. Oxygen is needed for the body’s cells to work at optimal level. The procedure is basically being blasted in the face by pure oxygen. Not only does this improve hydration, reduce pore size and diminish toxins, but it also involves administering high-performance skincare products that are then absorbed that much better, achieving incredible results and undeniable radiance.

3.Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty, From £1000.

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This procedure is performed to reduce the appearance of hooded or droopy eyelids and may well be a popular  choice when preparing for the Oscars. Often using nano plasma technology, the treatment is delivered to the superficial skin cells and can reduce excess skin on both the upper and lower eyelids and can also reduce any excess skin around the eyes, so crow’s feet are diminished too.

4.Microneedling, From £300

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Although this treatment isn’t new, it remains a hit for many and is bound to be one of the favoured beauty procedures pre-Oscar night. It consists of puncturing the skin with many tiny holes to trigger the skin’s own healing response, thus increasing the production of collagen and elastin. This effectively delivers a more plump and youthful complexion (and it isn’t as painful as it sounds). Great microneedling pens are also available to buy (see image above) and are a fab investment if you adhere to the instructions.

5.The Penis Facial, £500.

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If you thought the Vampire facial was freaky (I’ve actually tried this, and it is), then check out the latest beauty treatment loved by Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale – behold the Penis Facial. The proper name given for this facial – to make it sound a little less gruesome than reality dictates – is the EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor Serum) and is made from cells cloned from new-born foreskins. Ugh! This costly hour-long procedure consists of cleansing, followed by a chemical peel, electrifying mask, during which the serum and a few peptides are applied via a microneedling wand. Probably the grossest way of spending £500 in an hour.

6.Ruby And Diamond Facial, £7000

Allegedly loved by Mila Kunis (and for some reason I can’t quite fathom, not many other people), this insane treatment is referred to as an HD Diamond and Ruby Peel. It involves putting an ice cube (or two) in your mouth and sucking it to reduce the ensuing inflammation of having these precious stones rubbed all over your face. Hmmm. Not so sure about this one!

Have you heard of any other new facial treatments or tried any of the above procedures? Let me know your thoughts.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!xx

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Check Out These Key Spring/Summer 2019 Trends You Can Buy In The Sales

Hey Lovelies!

With the commencement of 2019 well underway, it’s time to check out the key trends for S/S 2019. Before you rush out to buy some skinny jeans in the January sales, check out what’s going to a fashion hit this year and grab yourself some spring/summer fashion items at a bargain price. A top tip is to look for items of colour (especially beige varieties and pastels), the boho style, suits and wide legged trousers (all set to be key fashion trends this year)).

1.Above-Knee Split Skinny Jeans: Blue Sinner High Waisted Side Split Skinny Jeans, £11 (Was £28), www.missguided.co.uk

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Whilst there appears to be no end in sight for the skinny jeans trend, 2019’s look will encompass the above-the-knee or higher split rip. Should you wish to God not to have to squeeze into another pair as long as you live, you will be pleased to know that flares will still have a huge place. Phew!

2.Sequins: 2 In 1 Chiffon Top Sequin Skirt Bodycon Dress, £26.25 (Was £32), www.boohoo.com

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The party season may have come and gone (sadly), but (love them or hate them)), sequins are set to stay. Make a statement in this gorgeous 2-in-1 bodycon dress which is so on-trend and will remain so for the foreseeable.

3.Zebra Print: Zebra Print Tote Bag, £11.19 (Was £15.99), www.newlook.com

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Animal print has been just about everywhere (to the point where I’m wondering whether we are all in fact about to embark upon safari). I’m not a huge lover of this trend, but it’s going nowhere. This year leopard print will remain solid, but there’s a new animal in town and it’s the zebra. If, like me, you are not a massive fan, why not simply nod to the trend by way of a sassy tote such as this one you can pick up in the sales?

4.Floral: Floral Print Random Self Tie Cami Dress, £8.99, www.shein.co.uk

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Now this is a trend I can get on-board with. Channelling my inner hippie, I am all about the flower-power vibe – and there’s nothing better than the sun shining on a beautiful floral dress to make you feel good. Versace is so right! Big bold statement prints are going to be a hit so why not dazzle in this gorgeous dress by Shein – and only £8.99. #Happydays.

5.Western Boots: Freya Stitch Detail Cowboy Boots, £20 (Was £35) Boohoo.com

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There’s something truly awesome about cowboy boots (every time I buy some I feel like I should definitely be living the cowgirl dream in America). Oh well, I will have to settle for wearing some cool boots for now – and there is nothing better than a pair of these little gems. Team them with a floral dress (see above). #Lovethesales. #Lovingthetrend!

6.Satin and Lace Trends: Asos Design Tailored Occasion Satin Single Breasted Blazer, £38.50 (Was £55), www.asos.com

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I am so happy that lace and satin are two key material trends for spring/summer. They instantly transform your look into one of sexy sassiness and they feel SO GOOD! Satin and suits are going to be massive this season, so now that I have found this I will be looking for the satin trousers – and my life will be complete!

What are your favourite SS 2019 trends? Have you bought any bargains? Let me know in the comments below and have a happy Friday! xx

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More Amazing January Sales Bargains Way Too Good To Miss!

Hey Lovelies!

I hope 2019 has got off to a good start for all of you. You may have seen my recent post on January sales beauty deals (view here). Since then, I have discovered a whole lot more that are worth checking out. I am so impressed that these deals just have to be shared. There seems to be huge discounts on pretty much everything; thus, you will be certain to find an awesome bargain that is perfect for you. Read on:

1.Stradivarius Zip Up Long Sleeve Top, £10.50 (Was £17.99), asos.com

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I love Asos (now even more so) as they are offering a massive 70% off, courtesy of the January sales. Check out this gorgeous zip up long sleeve top in beige. Pair with black trousers for daytime or take into the evening by teaming with a black skirt and strappy heels. #Loveshopping!

N.B: Asos are offering a massive 70% off1

2.Beats By Dre EP On-Ear Headphones, £49.95 (Usually Priced Approximately £86), argos.co.uk

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I’m sure there’s very few people who haven’t heard the sound that comes very shortly after the jingle of Santa’s sleigh bells in the distance – I’m referring to the sound of someone saying, “Why didn’t Santa remember the (whatever) I put on my list?” With Argos providing up to a very generous 50% off, we can breathe a sigh of relief. This bargain is pure magic for me, as I know someone who wants to return presents and would adore these headphones (I think). Better yet,  there’s a saving of almost £40 here – who doesn’t love a bargain? Note to self: always check they will love the replacement item before ordering as you go it so wrong the first time!

3. Fine-Knit Jumper, £12 (Was £19.99), www.2.hm.com

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With the cold winds raging outside and no sign of a weather reprieve in sight, there’s never been a better time to invest in some cosy clothes – and this gorgeous fine-knit jumper says cosy, sexy and stylish. Team with your wide-flared or high-cut skinny jeans (set be key trends for 2019).

N.B: H&M are offering up to 70% off. #YAAASSS!

4.Almond Nourishing Body Butter £7.50 (Was£15), bodyshop.com

Everyone loves the Body Shop but if I’m honest it is always on the ‘it’s a tad too pricey for a bath bomb’ side, which means I can only justify treating myself/family to these beautiful bath treats once a month. That being said, now is the time to swipe a bargain and their Almond Nourishing Body Butter is incredible for the skin and right now is a total steal! with up to 50% off in store and online, you can stock up on all the bath bombs and body butters your heart desires!

Should you be looking for something different, here are a list of some other amazing January sales on offer:

Boots – Up To 50% off

Curry’s PC World – Up To 40% Off

Debenhams – Up To 70% Off

Hamley’s – Up To 50% Off

Oasis – Up To 70% Off

Office – Up To 70% Off (Gotta Love The Boots)

Zara – Up To 60% Off

Have you come across an awesome deal in the January Sales? Have you treated yourself to a great bargain? Tell me about it in the comments below xx

 

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Amazing Beauty Deals In The January Sales And My Life Is Complete!

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As we are all struggling to get over the fact that Christmas is well and truly over, and the return of dreary work and the dreaded school run has begun – a little sun is shining on the horizon – and it’s in the form of the January sales. Whether you didn’t quite get what you were hoping for, want a beauty overhaul, or (like me) just can’t get enough beauty products, you need to check out these amazing beauty deals and grab yourself a well-earned bargain.

1.This Works Power Up, £12 (Was £18), boots.com

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With the back-to-work reluctance, there’s never been a better time to use a product like this skincare and pillow mist duo set.  Included is the sleep power spray and sleep power recharge mask, which will ensure your skin reflects enhanced radiance whilst you feel so supercharged that your day’s events will feel like a breeze. Combining 100% natural essential oils and botanicals to soothe the skin and provide ultimate luminosity, whilst lavender, vetiver and chamomile will offer incredible sleep and total alertness the following day; the This Works Power Up set is a must-have!

N.B: Whether you are looking for fragrances, gift sets or individual beauty items, you can grab yourself an amazing bargain on so many great brands in Boots right now!

2.Kerastase Nutritive Masque Magistral 200ml, £23.75 (Was £31.70), feelunique.com

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In need for some extreme nourishment for dry hair? I know I am – and Kerastase always comes to my rescue when the central heating and cold winds prove too much for my now scarecrow-like hair. This is one of my favourite brands as it never fails to deliver great results. So thankful for this price reduction!

3.Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette, £33.60 (Was £42), Selfridges

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I adore the smoky eye look, mattes and metallics – this palette offers 12 new shades to guarantee THE most gorgeous smoky eye, what’s not to love?

BE quick as these are selling out fast. You may also want to have a gander at their Bobbi Brown reductions too!

Have you come across some fab beauty deals? Let me know in the comments below and happy shopping! xx

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Happy New Year!

Hey Lovelies!

2019 is almost upon us. I want to say thank you to all who follow my blog – I really appreciate your support. To everyone, I want to wish a healthy and amazing year ahead. May all your hopes and dreams come true. Never lose your faith and always be inspired! The answer is closer than you think.

Happy New Year!

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The 10 Best Films To Watch During The Christmas Break

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Well the festive season is drawing to a close – but there’s still time to get in a few more awesome classic films during the Christmas break. All of the following films are a must-watch, and although I must have seen them 100 times, they NEVER get old.

1.Heat (1995)

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This film is one of my all-time faves and with a cast comprising of Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer and Al Pacino, the movie will never go out of style. One question – why, oh why did the baddies not get away (apart from Val of course)?

2.The Usual Suspects (1995)

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Excuse the low-res image. Another classic, this very clever film will keep you guessing right until the end. Furthermore, you notice more clues each time you watch it.

3.War of the Worlds (2005)

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Love this sci-fi film which was originally a sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells – and if aliens were to invade, this is probably the way it would go. Also, Tom Cruise never seems to age! What’s that all about? What can I say, other than this is an awesome film everyone should see?

4.Oblivion (2013)

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Are we an effective team? No, we are no longer an effective team. Brilliant.

5.The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Matt Damon, oh Matt, how I love you. Why don’t I have a Matt Damon (this version) in my life? After seeing is, I sadly go back to realising life is crap.

6.Deadpool (2016)

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Probably the funniest film ever. Ryan Reynolds couldn’t have played this part better. I know everyone raves about Deadpool 2, but in my eyes, it is more of the same. However, the first one was so funny, it would be impossible for the second to be a flop. N.B: A good idea to wait until after the kids are asleep to watch this one.

7.Forest Gump (1994)

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I used to adore Tom Hanks – he was an incredible actor. This tear-jerker gets me every time I see it.

8.The Green Mile (1999)

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I hadn’t seen this film in years and then it was on the TV the other day and immediately drew me in. Warning: prepare for extreme heart-rendering tears.

9.Oceans 11 (The Original, 2001)

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All of my favourite actors doing what they do best – when I watch this I am literally in heaven. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Andy Garcia – what more could a girl ask for? Apart from to do another – with the same damn cast! Grrr.

10.Ps I Love You (2007)

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This romance film is my favourite but I am left crying for days afterwards. Don’t watch this unless you have a mountain of comfort foods to the ready.

What are your best films? Leave your comments below and have a fabulous New Year’s Eve! xx

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Don’t Miss These Incredible After-Christmas Sales

Hey Lovelies

So, we’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the best is RIGHT NOW. The week following Christmas and up until January 1st, 2019, you can find amazing price cuts on so many fashion, accessory and yes, beauty items, too. Check out some of the incredible deals on offer:

1.Chantecaille Bio-Lift Concealer, £42.50 (Was £57), spacenk.com

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It’s as if I’ve died and gone to beauty Christmas heaven – with this much off the price I can just about justify indulging myself in one of the best concealers, ever. This week, Space NK have awesome offers across all skincare, makeup and fragrances. This site has the best brands including the fabulous Laura Mercier and Nars. So, if Santa wasn’t as sweet as you’d hoped, Space NK will turn things around. I think I am in love!

2.Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation, £17 (Was £34), spacenk.com

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I couldn’t leave Space Nk alone without firstly mentioning the fact that they have up to 50% off on products you can’t even normally find and Becca’s Ultimate Coverage Foundation is priced at just £17 right now. My advice would to be quick as this will literally fly off the shelves! (Available in 8 different shades, too).

3.Too Faced Then & Now EyeShadow Palette, £34.58 (Was £52), cultbeauty.co.uk

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Check out this 20-pan palette featuring just about every shade you could wish for in pearl, matte and glittering, too. These gorgeous highly-pigmented shades glide on so seamlessly you feel like a pro and will look amazing this New Year’s Eve.

Better yet, Cult Beauty are offering 15% off £20 using code: 15LOVE and 20% off £100 using code: 20LOVE.

4.Illamasqua Sculpting Palette, £31 (Was £44), www.netaporter.com

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You can often find me gazing dreamily over the pages of Net-a-Porter, adding items to my ever-growing wish-list. This site has awesome designer brands and I do not usually get past the fashion section. However, presently they are offering up to massive 30% discount on selected beauty items, such as Illamasqua’s beautiful Sculpting Palette. So what if I have to wait another 3 long weeks until pay day – this is totally worth it.

Happy shopping people and wishing you all an amazing New Year for 2019.

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Awesome Christmas Gifts That I Received

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day and are enjoying a totally relaxing Boxing Day. Here are some of the fabulous gifts I received on Christmas Day.

1.Chanel No.5 Eau De Parfum Spray, £100 (100ml) (Was £110), boots.com

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Possibly the best perfume in the WORLD, no one does it like Chanel. What can I say? Other than, I also LOVE the Chanel jewellery (if you have a spare £110,000!). It doesn’t really matter, because I smell simply amazing, darlings. #Happydays

2.Baileys Irish Cream Orignal, £23.99, very.co.uk

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Nothing says awesome Christmas evenings more than a cheeky glass of Baileys. Yum, yum. Just need the Bailey’s Haagen Dazs.

3.Castellore Prosecco, £5.99, aldi.co.uk

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In a recent study whereby, prosecco and champagne were given to blindfolded customers, the customers chose the prosecco as their favourite. Although I would never turn down the Veuve Clicquot, this prosecco is the next best thing (and once your guests have enjoyed a Baileys or two, you can tell them it’s Veuve Clicquot and they probs won’t even realise!). Win, win.

4.Mum And Best Friend Bracelet, £14.99, eBay.co.uk

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Nothing makes your heart melt more than receiving a gift from your child. I was overjoyed when I opened two hand-made cards (always the best) but couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this. Thank you to my two angels!

5.Isotoner Black Faux Fur Thermal Gloves, £111.20 (was £14), debenhams.com

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I’m so grateful for these – not only because they are on-trend, but I get the feeling that although it’s bizarrely mild weather in the UK right now, I get the feeling we are yet to experience the ‘real’ winter.

I hope all of you received some gorgeous gifts this Christmas and have had an amazing time. Pease leave any messages/comments below xx

 

 

 

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Discover The Best Winter Accessories To Keep You Cosy, Warm And So Stylish!

Hey Lovelies!

At last – tomorrow is Christmas eve and I hope you are all enjoying some serious chill time. Most of you will be venturing outdoors over the festive period and whilst we aren’t likely to see snow, it will be cold enough to reach for the hats and scarves on your way out of the door. Make sure you stay cosy, warm and super stylish this Christmas with these gorgeous winter accessories:

1.Accessorize Two Tone Brushed Scarf, £18, accessorize.com

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This awesome two-tone scarf with brushed texture and fringes has to be one of my winter favourites. I absolutely love this colour combo, which takes a stylish look to the next level (whilst keeping you so cosy). Win win!

2.Kitted Touchscreen Gloves, £8, topshop.co.uk

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You don’t need to decide between staying connected and keeping warm this festive period. Instead, simply bag yourself a pair of these cute and cosy touchscreen gloves.

3.Black Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie Hat, £3.80, missguided.co.uk

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This black beanie hat with pom pom detail is so cute and looks incredible when teamed with your jeans, baggy jumper and boots. Better yet, it’s a steal at just £3.80. #HappyChristmas!

4.Sharice Star Scarf, £17.50 (Was £35), uk.monsoon.co.uk

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I absolutely adore this beautiful star scarf by Monsoon (and even more so now I know it is half price!). Infused with natural wool, this oh-so soft grey scarf can be paired with almost all other winter outfits, ensuring you remain looking like a star throughout the festive period.

5.Ramona Classic Short 11 Boot in Chestnut, £116 (Was £145), ugg.com

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When it comes to winter warmth no one oes it better than Ugg. These outstanding sheepskin and suede boots deliver an unbelievably soft feel. With wool lining and a cushioning foam insole the gorgeous Uggs ensure your feet will feel nothing but cosy, warm and completely pampered. I love!

Do you have any winter accessory faves? Leave me your comments below and have an amazing Christmas eve! xx

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The Cruelty Of Dementia

A thief, lurking in the shadows of time, waiting for its moment of victory. Carefully creeping further and further into the brain. Whilst you are sleeping it is silently eating away your reality. Each time I look, chunks of you are gone, eroded, consumed by this sick cancer they call dementia, until one day there will be nothing but your shell.

Sat facing you, I am forced to watch your death in slow motion. “Don’t let your tea get cold,” but my throat constricts as I try to smile reassuringly. I watch your Confusion – you pick up the same letter over and over, trying to piece together some logic, some sense – as If your life depended on the answer to a letter from some random posted charity request. For a brief moment I notice a flicker of realisation – the way the sunlight breaks past permanent cloud to shine in through the window onto metal – a stark glimmer of unwanted light, blinding, painful – from which we both recoil.

How ironic that this knowledge and reality I crave for you to cling to is worse, because we somehow both know it is slipping from your hands. Then I have to join in, pretend I don’t notice you noticing that you are no longer you. Don’t see the confusion, instead I turn it into my confusion to make you feel better and hope you aren’t aware that is my aim. Because that would be worse still. It doesn’t matter now; ten minutes has passed and I get another chance to better deal with it as the conversation has begun again. Who sent the letter?

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“It has come a long way – from Halifax” you say.

Who sent the letter?

“This if from a charity, nan.”

“But what about this one?”

“That is a card from your son.”

“No, I don’t know who that is from, I think it’s from one of the neighbours.”

“It was your son saying he loves you nan.” I try

“No, because he doesn’t live near Halifax, it must be for someone else.”

“it’s written from your son, look how nice the words are inside.”

“it’s very strange.”

“Nan let’s have a cup of tea.”

Who sent the letter?

You feel like a burden because today you seem to know how much is lost. But you could never be a burden on me. And as your memories of sunny days fade, and you don’t recall loving me at all, I will paint them brighter. As the thief moves about taking everything you were and are, I will move faster still, replacing and reminding you how much you mean to us all. In this deepening darkness the light of your love and kindness will illuminate forever more.

We will always love you.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide For Gadget Fanatics

Hey Lovelies!

Wow, it’s literally days until Christmas and there will be some of you out there (like me) who are still searching for that perfect gift. Do not fear – I have compiled a list of the best gadgets and tech that are guaranteed to make Christmas day a spectacular one for all the family:

1.For Your Child: Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit, £79 (Was £99), Argos