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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

 

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

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

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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

More Amazing January Sales Bargains Way Too Good To Miss!

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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

 

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

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

Don’t Miss These Incredible After-Christmas Sales

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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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