I hope you are all having an awesome weekend. Here is my round-up of this week’s favourite beauty products:
1.MAC LIPGLASS / ELECTRIC WONDER, £15.50 (3.1 ml), www.asos.com
I’m totally obsessed with MAC’s new Lipglass. This highly pigmented lip gloss is amazing because you can either opt for the key trend of the high-gloss finish or achieve a subtler effect. The gloss looks incredible on its own and over you lippy, will condition your pout – and with a shade called Rock Starz, who can resist? The lip gloss is available in 5 gorgeous shades.
This is one product my skin will never tire of. Seriously, I cannot rate this enough. Touted for being a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge (and apparently now Meghan Markle’s too), this facial oil offers some exceptional skin-loving qualities. The natural elixir is loaded with 14 precious plant oils that work together to reduce inflammation, nourish, smoothen and revitalise the skin. The result is a magnificently glowing complexion of beauty. Within a week of using this elixir I (and everyone around me) noticed a significant improvement in my skin. I have never looked back. This product should be on every beauty editor’s list of favourites.
The reason this reaches the list is that it’s a no-fuss, targeted treatment that delivers the necessary ingredient at an affordable price. Q10 is so important in your skincare routine, due to the fact that it offers warrior-like protection against environmental damage, minimises fine lines, all whilst thoroughly hydrating the skin. Yaass!
What are your thoughts on these products? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a lovely Sunday people. xx
Love for clean living and vegan skincare go hand-in-hand. Beauty brands have cottoned on to our need for natural and vegan skincare and provided us with an array of awesome natural soaps. Now we can say goodbye to the days of products made from animal fat (thank God). Check out the best vegan soaps that will keep us clean, clear and happy.
This handmade soap is not only incredibly moisturising, but also comes with added poppy seeds to aid natural exfoliation. Containing black poppy, coconut and olive oil, wild fig, ensures your skin is left totally revitalised and supple. Additionally, cocoa butter and pro-vitamin B5 provide further hydrating and moisturising benefits. I love this soap.
If you want to find a cruelty-free vegan soap which is 100% recyclable packaging and smells amazing, then look no further than this double pack of natural chai soap bars. Including a Cinnamon & Ginger Chai Soap (100g) and a Fennel & Cardamom Chai Soap (100g), these products gently exfoliate and purify the skin, so your complexion is one of glowing beauty. These soaps offer 100% natural ingredients and are palm-oil free.
Should you suffer from delicate or sensitive skin, this is the soap for you. Containing naturally moisturising oils and skin-loving aloe vera, the fragrance-free soap offers gentle cleaning and superior pampering qualities. All this for just £2.11! Does soap-life get any better? I think not.
For those of you who (like me) suffer from grim breakouts, this is the soap of dreams! Accruing huge acclaim on social media for its miracle-like results, the charcoal-based formula quickly diminishes spots, leaving your skin feeling completely nourished. The soap effectively detoxifies, whilst the combined shea butter truly moisturises and soothes. Expect a clear and glowing complexion.
What are your most-cherished vegan cleansing bars? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a stellar weekend people xx
Oily skin and worried about staying moisturised as summer approaches? Never fear – check out the best gel lotions that guarantee your moisturiser won’t use your face as a slide. Instead, you can rejoice in a beautifully hydrated, moisturised and radiant complexion – even if the weather reaches el scorchio levels. (A girl can dream!).
My skin seems to forever suffer from being oily and also the treat of dry patches. As soon as I believe I’ve eradicated them for good and breathe a sigh of relief, they return from the dead for a repeat performance. So, when I discovered this new product from IT Cosmetics, I was literally beside myself with joy (yes, a little sad, maybe). It Cosmetics truly deliver on their promise – this lotion provides 72 hours of hydration. It deals with dryness and moisturises without causing an oily riot on your skin.
This almost weightless liquid is readily absorbed into the skin, taking with it a host of highly nourishing skincare ingredients that really take care of your complexion. Infused with ceramides, glycerine and cactus flower, the formula offers antioxidants, moisture-locking properties and nourishment. This liquid ensures your skin looks healthy and luminous. Perfect for the summer sun. Verdict: Impressed!
Oily skin types work better with gel moisturisers due to the fact that they are lighter and not oil-based. Kiehl’s Gel Cream intensively hydrates, moisturises and conditions the skin. Enriched with Imperata Gylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to firmly lock in moisture. Once you apply this cream you will notice fast absorption and an immediate cooling effect.
This formula offers 4-hour hydration and effectively keeps control over shine. I love this!
If you have read any of my favourite skincare posts, you will know how much I love this brand. SkinCeuticals is at the top of its game, consistently providing optimal results. They have cleverly combined 2 incredible ingredients of which work in unison to guarantee superior hydrating and moisturising capabilities, without the fear of clogged pore syndrome. B5 nurtures your skin and hyaluronic acid provides and maintains that much-needed moisture. This product is suitable for all skin types, but if you have oily skin, skip for joy!
Should you suffer from acne or blemishes, this oil-free gel/serum works a treat. Particularly great for age spots, blemishes, dry skin, oily skin with dry areas and extremely sensitive skin, the formula intensively soothes and moisturises, leaving you looking and feeling nothing but beautifully radiant. And my life is complete. #Lifegoals.
Have you tried any of these products? Do you use any others you think are great? Lave me a message in the comments below. xx
I used to love the different flavoured lip glosses, so I’m stoked to hear they have made a comeback. Now we can have gloss for our lips, cheeks and eyes! Check out some of the best glosses around that have me totally smitten.
I am completely in love with this glossing lip plumper by Dior. It basically offers an ultra-gloss effect with amazing lip hydrating and plumping benefits. Available in 18 different colours with 3 shine effects from which to choose: sparkling, iridescent and sheer. I tried 765 UltraDior which provides a gorgeous pink sheen with subtle red undertones. A romance must-have for that special evening out.
Before you write this off the moisturising highlighting balm as a luxury item, the ‘Sculpting’ Baume Essentiel can be used for both the cheeks and eyes (saving you from nipping out to buy a separate product for the eyes). Suitable for all skin tones, this gorgeous glossy and delicate-pink shimmer reflects the light and looks incredible on both my cheekbones and eyelids. It is impossible to create an OTT look, but rather it provides a perfect dewy finish of which we all crave.
This vegan eye gloss is amazing. It comes in an applicator pen making it so easy to use (and difficult to over-use). The gloss looks fabulous either with or without eyeshadow. The result is a beautiful dewy shine on those lids and enhancing your overall look, so you feel nothing but gorgeous. The eye gloss is available in 3 awesome shades.
Gloss can immediately upgrade your look and give you an amazing dewy shimmer that works so well in this beautiful sunshine.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your fave glosses? Leave me a message below. Enjoy the rest of Easter Monday xx
Should you be (like me) a lover of all things vegan, things have never looked better. The vegan makeup and skincare range are growing day by day. Check out 6 of the best vegan concealers that will guarantee no need for Instagram filters. I am certain you will fall in love with at least one of these awesome products!
Okay, I understand this is a little more than we generally like to pay for our concealer – but this will last you far longer than a concealer pen, so it works out to be quite a reasonable buy. When I tried this product, I was totally smitten. Unlike many other concealers this formula feels so soft, blends perfectly into the skin and does NOT cause that dreaded cakey appearance that emphasises lines. For me, this is priceless.
The concealer is formulated with fruit and vegetable pigments, and is also water, sweat and oil resistant. It provides exceptional coverage that lasts.
100% Pure’s Concealer is available in 5 shades (the only downside). It is vegan and cruelty-free.
I tested out the Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation (from Gabriel Cosmetics) some time ago and was mega-impressed. The Color Concealer is pretty outstanding too. This extremely lightweight, water-based concealer achieves amazing coverage that looks totally natural. It literally blends in like a second skin. Additionally, being gluten-free and vegan is an immediate plus, too!
Firstly, let me just say how cool this brand’s name is! The concealer is usually priced at £20 but is currently available at the SkinStore (part of the lookfantastic group) for just £7.94!
The formula is creamy, yet lightweight and boasts skin-nourishing ingredients such as aloe, cocoa extract and vitamin E. These components work together to further minimise the appearance of dark circles and any imperfections. The outcome is perfect coverage with an even and healthy-looking skin tone you will adore. I love this!
This concealer is only available in 4 shades (again the only downside I can find).
Probably my favourite vegan concealer of all is this one by Urban Decay. The all-singing, all-dancing concealer ticks every possible box and ensures you look incredible even on your worst day ever. Most importantly, under eye dark circles are diminished without bringing out fine lines for a spotlight dance. Urban Decay have combined Japanese green tea to aid in this process.
Their formula also combines Matrixyl 3000, Litchiderm (sourced from lychees) and sodium hyaluronate that work in unison to enhance an ultimately brighter and more radiant finish. This concealer is available in 12 shades and is currently 50% off – so grab one now!
What are your thoughts on vegan concealers? Leave me a message below xx
There’s no getting away from it – the Easter holidays are expensive. If you need to watch your finances, but are in need of a makeup haul, don’t despair. You can grab yourself any of the following products for under £10. Before you worry about quality, these items are so good you will be scratching your head in disbelief!
Including amazing ingredients such as salicylic acid, witch-hazel, camphor, tea tree and calming aloe vera, this vegan-friendly formula offers everything your skin needs to effectively banish acne and blemishes, whilst ensuring your skin is nourished and soothed. Expect even looking skin tone, reduced blemishes and redness – and a beautiful complexion!
You could spend your week’s lunch money on a Dior or MAC eyeshadow set, but this is a great alternative if you are feeling the pinch. The palette offers 6 good quality, highly pigmented popular shades (including the ones I use on most days). You will be amazed at how soft, easy-to-blend and workable these eyeshadows are. Furthermore, they are super long-lasting. The only thing you will be wondering is where your head was when you paid £35 for eyeshadow last month!
I adore this lipstick – so much so, that I have been using the Birthday Suit shade almost every day for the past month. Available in 18 shades, this matte finish lipstick glides on seamlessly, is not too overpowering and stays on for the duration. Amazing for the price!
This mascara would win in a Pepsi challenge against some of the most high-end mascaras around. Providing volume and length without clumping, this is one product that’s seriously worth a trip to Primark. I can’t get my head around the fact it is £2.50!
Check out this awesome contour concealer by NYX. Incredible for hiding imperfections, brightening and contouring, this all-in-one lightweight product is available in 24 shades; thus, ensuring the provision of perfect coverage that lasts throughout the day and into the evening. Definitely a must-have concealer.
It’s no secret I think e.l.f. Cosmetics is fabulous. This vegan-friendly and cruelty-free brand never skimp on quality and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were using a luxe product when you try their range. The brand’s compact 4-in-1 golden bronzing palette achieves a natural, subtle, yet incredibly gorgeous “I’ve just returned from the best holiday ever” glow.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx
Should you have little ones, by week two of the Easter holidays you will probably be going slightly mad. If climbing the walls trying to find something for your children to do (that does not continually break the bank) sound familiar – don’t panic! Here are some excellent ideas for things to do, ensuring Easter break is fun.
For those of you who aren’t in the know, Geocaching is like a universal treasure hunt. People hide short messages or their names on a piece of rolled up paper in all sorts of locations, such as under benches, at churches and so forth. Simply add the app, sign up and follow the clues. Although the treasure isn’t awesome, the process of going out and searching is a great way to bond, have fun and get some exercise – the best bit being it’s absolutely free to do, and your children will love it!
2.Cadburys & National Trust Easter Egg Hunt, Prices Depend on Location, (Over 260 Hunts Across England, Wales and N. Ireland), www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Combine fun facts about wildlife, solve clues and puzzles and grab yourself an egg! The National Trust and Cadbury’s have teamed up this Easter and are offering various nature trails brimming with adventure, of which end with the discovery of a yummy chocolate egg! The prices are generally quite affordable (£20 for a family on average, which includes the egg hunt price £2 and the cost of admission). For this you can enjoy an entire day of adventure. Should your little ones still appear to have masses of energy following the hunt, many places will also offer an array of activities and games – so there is no chance you can’t all get a good night’s sleep (and the grown-ups can enjoy a lie-in)! N.b: Different locations will have varying admission prices.
Let your little ones jump off some steam while you sit in the viewing bay with a latte and your fave magazine. Some of best memories from my childhood are ones when my nan took me to the local trampoline park. These places have come on leaps and bounds since then (pardon the pun) and is one of the best past-times for my son. You can’t go wrong!
This is always a great way to spend a rainy afternoon – and I do believe the next Marvel film, Endgame (starring a man who actually is perfect, Chris Hemsworth) is soon to be released. However, i think it isn’t out until 25th of April. Still, in the meantime there are some funny movies for all of the family to watch. Surely nothing will be as bad as The Emoji movie!
5.Create Your Own Easter Egg Hunt, Cost: How Much You Spend on The Eggs – Lidl’s?
Get your children involved in creating an Easter egg hunt. Whilst you are thinking up your Easter hunt clues, let your child do their own. This allows them to get totally creative, involved in something fun – and most importantly – off the Xbox!
Do you have any Easter activity ideas to share, or have you done any of these? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a fantastic Easter people xx
OMG! This year it’s as if someone has asked me what I love most and then gone and created them especially! Aside from the beauty eggs (read here), I now have my dream drink, egg and truffles in one irresistible package. Behold the Luxury Baileys Egg, including:
Baileys Irish Cream (5cl)
Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg (170g)
Irish Cream Truffles (50g)
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Egg (Okay, I can give this bit away)
White Chocolate Vanilla Truffle Egg
Death by Chocolate Truffle Egg (Eating this first)
Milk Chocolate Duck (My son will love)
All I need now is for a good movie starring Brad Pitt and Chris Hemsworth to be released, some scheduled me-time and life will be complete.
Thornton’s chocolate never gets boring, even when there’s vanilla involved. Check out their spectacular Easter egg, of which is not incredibly delicious, but also comes with a personalisation option to boot! The problem is, once you’ve had it personalised, you are probably going to want to eat it even more. Thornton’s has thought of that and are offering 2 of these for £30. Wait – I couldn’t eat 2, could I?
What an awesome idea! My nan (who is also a serious chocolate fiend) is going to love this chocolate Easter teapot.
Created by the inventive and much sought-after chef, Heston Blumenthal, this fabulous teapot includes cocoa nib ‘tea leaves’ and ‘sugar cube’ chocolate truffles. This would be one afternoon tea to remember!
What are your favourite Easter eggs of 2019? Leave me a message in the comments below and have the yummiest Easter yet! xx
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Spring is now underway and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make that skincare transition. Some of the products we use in winter can now be changed for more season-suitable skincare to compliment your beautiful complexion. Check out some key awesome products here:
Yes, it’s time to get ready for the warmer weather. Before you ditch those polo necks, make sure you are looking your best by using your face and neck roller. This brand-new cooling facial roller by IT Cosmetics is fantastic and treats the face, neck, décolleté and chest. Since using facial rollers I have noticed how much better my skin looks. They basically guarantee super-absorption of your chosen skincare ingredients and thus, superior results. YAASS!
Furthermore, the citrine is supposed to draw in clarity and focus – perfect for continuing with your new year’s resolutions and staying on track! N.b: Should you be a U.K resident you may need to head over to eBay for this one.
It is a myth that we only need sunscreen during summer. In fact, the sun is potentially just as damaging during spring as it is in the middle of August.
If you’ve read my recent posts, you will probably be tired of hearing about my k-beauty obsession. However, I can’t state enough just how good this is. The Aqua Rich Watery Essence is so lightweight and quickly absorbed that you won’t realise you are wearing it. Additionally, being an SPF50+ and combining super-nourishing skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract and citrus mix makes this particular sunscreen one not to miss. I use this product daily and love, love, love it!
3.The Hero Project Glow Drop Dry Touch Facial Oil Plus Vitamin C, £19 (30ml), www.mankind.com
Keep your complexion looking dewy and luminous this spring with the aid of incredible Glow Drops by The Hero Project. I am totally invested in this brand as it always gives my skin a boost of love, nourishment and protection without any greasy after-effect. The added vitamin C ensures those pesky wrinkles are kept firmly at bay and works in unison with the other components to guarantee a silky soft complexion. Better yet, the Glow Drops includes 10 natural essential oils and is 98% natural. Perfect skincare for a happy and radiant springtime look.
I am a true sucker for the eyebrow pencil and until recently I would say it is a must-have product. That was until I tried Maybelline’s Eyebrow Tattoo. Within 20 minutes you can achieve perfect brows (I mean PERFECT) and it lasts for several days. No mess, no fuss. Obviously, unless you have an endless supply of these boxes in your bathroom cabinet I wouldn’t ditch the pencil just yet. However, this is fab if you are planning a spring break away (or festival) and don’t want the hassle of reapplying the brows twice daily! This product is available in 6 shades.
We can’t forget the finishing powder and Rimmel got it spot on when they created the Insta FIX & MATTE. Velvety-soft, translucent, non-cakey and most importantly – it gets the job done people! Expect makeup to remain looking matte and flawless throughout the entire day. LOVE THIS.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below or DM me