Banish Dreaded Eye Bags Forever!

Hey lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. At 3am this morning I realised it didn’t matter how much antioxidant packed cream I slathered on my eye bag riddled face, there wouldn’t be a cat in hell’s chance (weird saying, I know) of looking anything like a fresh daisy today; I was right. Appearing radiant and refreshed required some serious sleep time – or maybe not. Cue the following incredible (and simple) hacks to banish those eye bags forever.

 1.Cool Cucumber

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Finally, a good use for cucumber! This age-old hack is one of the best treatments for a savage attack of puffy eyes and eye bags. Slice two pieces of refrigerated cucumber, place them over your eyes and take half an hour’s rest. Within seconds, you literally will feel their magic work. This amazing fruit offers ascorbic and caffeic acid that greatly reduces water retention and thus diminishes puffiness and swelling. Furthermore, it provides a skin lightening effect, making you look more radiant and refreshed. #Lifegoals! #Phew!

 2.Egg Whites

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Egg whites are another fantastic treatment for dreaded eye bags. They combine proteins and the skin nurturing vitamin E that work in unison to firm and tighten the delicate skin under the eyes. I have not used this method for long enough to confirm, but it is reported that over time this treatment can offer a long-lasting improvement for sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing pigmentation. Hooray!

 3.Tea Bags

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Should you be running late and need a quick fix, try the tea bag trick. The idea here is to wet the tea bag in ice cold water then rest over your eyes for 10 minutes. The powerful astringent qualities of tannin are highly beneficial in cooling, soothing, diminishing water retention and unsightly pores as well as tightening the skin. The result is a fast and significant reduction in swelling, puffiness and people gently asking if you are ok!

 4.H20

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This hack is cheap, simple, works like a dream and yet is so often overlooked. Drink plenty of water and you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your complexion! Begone pitiful eye bags!

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading xx

 

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The Best Easter Chocolate, Ever

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you all are enjoying the Easter weekend and getting some much-deserved R&R. I have made great use of the time binge watching Person of Interest to the point where my eyes actually sting and eating copious amounts of chocolate. Here is a round-up of my all-time fave Easter choc, which now resembles disgraced empty boxes and is evidence of my chronic chocolate addiction (until I recycle later, anyway).

 1.Galaxy Indulgence Luxury Chocolate Easter Egg (Pack of 2, £29.99) Amazon.co.uk

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I don’t know about you, but Galaxy tops the game. Included here is (instead of loads of packaging and a scrawny egg) a yummy egg and 3 bars of chocolate – what’s not to love? Nothing, I tell You.

 2.Esthechoc Cambridge Beauty Chocolate, £45, esthechoc.com

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If you love dark chocolate and are struggling with an internal voice saying chocolate is the work of the devil, don’t fret; esthechoc have it covered. This incredible brand has come up with an ingenious hack so we can always eat delicious chocolate and it will have our backs fighting the onset of aging and free radical damage. No more worrying about whether chocolate is such a great idea. The only trouble is you are only allowed one packet of the delicious esthchoc each day (which is a tad for crazed chocolate eaters like me).

 3.The Big Easter Egg Classic Ostrich Egg, £40 (Was £80), HotelChocolat.com

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If you are going to do something, do it properly. At over 1kilo of choc, this Easter egg from Hotel Chocolat has it all (but not for long). This Classic Ostrich Egg will indulge you with a delectable array of every heaven you can imagine, with dark, milk, white and caramel recipes – and a simply enormous egg to boot. SOOO Happy.

 Whatever you are doing this Easter Monday I hope you are having fun. What was your favourite egg? xx

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Amazing Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts For Under £100

Hey Lovelies!

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, so if you are still scratching your head and wondering what on earth to buy to show your mum your appreciation, worry no more. It’s time to lose the blind panic – here are some amazing beauty gift ideas for under £100.

1.The Gift of Goddess Skin by Charlotte Tilbury, £39, charlottetilbury.com

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Charlotte Tilbury products never cease to amaze me. This Mother’s Day give the gift of incredible skincare with Charlotte Tilbury’s skin transforming kit. Inside this awesome set you will find her unrivalled Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream Moisturiser and Wonderglow Face Primer. These products work in unison to create a super-soft and luminous complexion any mum would love. Buy Here

2.Elemis Beautifully Brilliant Skincare Gift Set, Was £65, Now £45.50, www.debenhams.com

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Your mum may be a huge fan of Elemis and if so, her luck (and yours) is in. This luxury skincare set has been reduced by £20 and includes some gorgeously fabulous signature products guaranteed to keep mum glowing and smiling for months to come. This set offers: Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (200ml), Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Body Balm and the iconic Superfood Facial Oil. Buy here.

3.Gucci Bamboo Eau De Parfum Limited Ed, Was £65, Now £35, superdrug.com

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What could make her feel more pampered than a splash of Gucci? This has to be one of my top 3 signature scents – and better yet, it is now half price. I do believe a trip to Superdrug may be in order. Buy here

4.Braun Silk-epil 7 Epilator Plus, Was £149, Now £79, superdug.com

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Featuring Braun’s most effective epilator, this awesome product removes hair 4x shorter hair than wax and will last for up to 4 weeks! Not only that, but this epilator also includes a bikini trimmer, too. I am a true wuss and I found the Silk-epil 7 to be practically pain-free! Buy here

Have a happy and truly pampered Mother’s Day to all the fabulous mums out there.

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Romance Is In The Air With These Gorgeous Scents Perfect For Valentine’s Day.

Hey Lovelies!

Valentine’s Day is almost here: You’ve got the venue planned, the outfit and shoes – but what about the perfume? Breathe in the scent of pure romance with these gorgeous fragrances for her. Over the years perfumes come and go, but these scents remain timeless:

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray (50ml) £85.50, Amazon.co.uk

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Make sure the fifth sense is completely alluring with the help of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. This beautiful yet super sexy fragrance will completely captivate whomever you are near. I love this!

2.Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Eau De Toilette Spray, £15.58 (100ml), Amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite scents. Combining base notes of blackberry, peach and raspberry together with a heart of jasmine, lily of the valley and rose and delicious top notes such as pineapple, this calming and natural aroma evokes delicate yet pure sensuality. Buy here

3.Dior J’adore, £52 (30ml), www.dior.com

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Embrace your femininity and allow this exquisite bouquet of floral romance and sensuality embrace the essence of Valentine’s Day. Including the perfect combination of ylang-ylang, the chic hue of Damascus Rose, duo of jasmines and orange blossom, these work in unison to create the ultimate warmth and passion for a beautiful evening together. Buy here

4.Guerlain, Shalimar, £40.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Shalimar is yet another timeless classic – I defy anyone to breathe in this scent and not fall instantly in love! Created by Jacques Guerlain who took inspiration from the exotic floral Shalimar gardens, it is said that Jacques considered Shalimar to be scent Shah Jahan would have given to his much-loved wife. This oriental and truly romantic fragrance should be on every sophisticated woman’s signature list. Buy here

5.Chloe Love Story, £39.95 (30ml), www.debenhams.com

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Should you be in the first throws of romance, Chloe ‘Love Story’ Eau De Parfum is a must-have. Combining a delicate floral scent of orange blossom and jasmine on a base of cedarwood, this fragrance conjures excitement, freedom and passion that ultimately reflects a truly romantic and seductive love.

What are your most favourite romantic fragrances? Please leave your comments below – and no matter how you spend Valentine’s Day, make sure you pamper yourself! xx

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Awesome Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Him (That Don’t Cost The Earth)

Hey lovelies!

We’ve just survived a long January, whereby the most of us are attempting to pay back the cruel cost of Christmas and had to wait an excruciating length of time to get paid, and now Valentine’s Day is heading our way. Don’t fret – check out these awesome gift ideas for him that don’t cost the earth.

1.Personalised Metal Photo Keyring With Leather Case, £26, notonthehighstreet.com

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There’s nothing more romantic than a gift like this one, and better yet, it won’t break the bank. This stylish photo keyring is not overly gushy, but will keep him thinking of you throughout each and every day (clever.

2.Personalised Reasons I Love You, £13, notonthehighstreet.com

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Whether you are in the first throws of passion or are looking for ways to show him you still care, this gift idea is perfect. The cute personalised notes are available in boxes of 10 or 20 and can be printed in advance, or left blank for you to handwrite. Buy here.

3.Fifty Days Of Play Adult Game, £12.28, Amazon 

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Fancy spicing things up in the bedroom, kitchen, or wherever you choose (within reason)? Inspired by the Fifty Shades movie, this game is certain to take an otherwise average Valentine’s evening of dinner and TV into one that will keep you both smiling for the rest of the week. Buy here

4.How To Deal With PMS Notebook, £6, Amazon.co.uk

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Searching for something cheap and funny? This notebook would make many men laugh and is a great little gift to keep him smiling all day long. Buy here

5.Basketball Laundry Net, £8.99, findmeagift.co.uk

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This novelty pressie works on three levels: it is not only funny but it may also encourage him not to leave his dirty pants on the floor and in turn, you are less likely to be accused of nagging – I call that a win, win! Buy here

What are your thoughts? Leave me your comments below and have an awesome Valentine’s Day! xx

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6 Quick-Fix Beauty Tips To Ensure A Valentine’s Day To Remember

Hey Lovelies!

It’s time to prepare for the most awesome Valentine’s Day yet. Whether you have a hot date lined up or just want to go out looking hot AF, make sure you have these boxes ticked:

1.Quick-Fix Blemishes

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Ok, so Valentine’s Day is on its way and according to the law of the sod, a blemish or two will be making its way to the centre of your face just in time to ruin the night. Not so this year – between now and then make sure you use your cleanser religiously. I love Viliv C Clean Off the Day By Dr. felix Betram. Combining aloe vera, almond oil and essential vitamins, this cleanser effortlessly removes dirt and makeup whilst simultaneously providing moisture and nutrients. By the time Valentine’s Day comes your face will look as fresh as a daisy.

However, should a blemish or two sneak past this amazing cleansing action, do not fear – take some witch hazel and dab it on the affected area. This truly works little miracles!

2.Rejuvenating Sheet Mask

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We have so much to thank K-beauty for, and sheet masks are top of the list. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask (£18). Including, vitamins, floral extracts, peptides and more, these nutrients seep deep into the skin to provide you with a salon-worthy facial in just 15 minutes! Your skin will look and feel amazing.

3.Treat Your Eyes

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If you have had, like, zero sleep and your eye bags look like you’ve had an allergic reaction and then painted your eyeliner in the wrong place, you may feel like panicking. Instead, de-puff using an eye massager such as the fabulous Sensse Eye Massager. Afterwards place a slice of cucumber over each eye for 15 minutes, followed by some great antioxidant eye cream. Your eyes will soon be looking beautiful and sparkly once more.

4.Don’t Forget Your Teeth

If (like me) you love the tea, coffee and energy drinks – don’t fret. There are quick-fix resources without having to visit the dentist at short notice. Try Whiteglo’s Whitening Pen Brush. Your gnashers will now look gorgeous with your sexy bold red lippy. Phew!

5.Body Scrub

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There’s nothing worse than feeling unconfident on date night due to things that can be easily fixed. Dry or rough skin doesn’t need to be an issue. Invest in a great body scrub. I’m totally in love with the Body Shop’s Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub (£6). It ticks all the boxes, can be used on sensitive skin and doesn’t cost a small fortune!

6.Tan

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I always feel sexier when I am a little tanned. Unfortunately, my bank balance has kept me well and truly grounded in the freezing UK weather, so for now I would need a self-tan. I adore Cocoa Brown’s 1hour Tan and mitt – it’s fast, effective, non- streaky and very importantly, reasonably priced (£7.99).The result is a gorgeous and sun-kissed effect that no one can resist. Exactly what we’re after!

Do you know any quick-fix beauty products that should have a mention? Let me know what you think xx

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Valentine’s Gifts She Will Love, Love, Love!

Hey Lovelies!

Some people don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, but in my opinion, it’s always amazing when someone says they love you and what better time to take this opportunity then on this day? We all love presents, so why not treat that special someone by gifting her something she will truly adore (beauty products). Read on to discover the best beauty gifts to keep her smiling until next Valentine’s Day.

1.Bobbi Brown Classic Brush Collection, £150, bobbibrown.co.uk

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Where would we be without our makeup brushes? Probably in makeup hell, committing huge contouring and highlighting fails (worst nightmare ever). Bobbi Brown’s Classic Brush Collection contains everything you need to ensure fast and flawless makeup application every single day. Yay!

2.Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30, charlottetilbury.com

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I’m always on the lookout for the next best foundation, but Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation remains one of my top 3 fave products. The collagen-boosting formula also includes vitamin C to thwart free radical damage and hyaluronic filling spheres to plump up the skin, making this a go-to skincare product as well as providing perfect coverage all day long. Who the hell wouldn’t want a magic foundation?

3.Flora by Gucci Anniversary Edition, Eau De Toilette, £55 (50ml), gucci.com

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As a huge fan of Chanel, it takes a mighty scent to make me sit up and take note, but Flora by Gucci has to be my new favourite perfume. With top notes of citrus, mandarin and peony, a heart of rose and exquisite asmanthus flower with a base of patchouli, this delicately feminine scent literally is the stuff of dreams.

4.Dior Lip Glow, £25, dior.com

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Make sure her lips are kept happy, protected and totally kissable by gifting Dior’s Hydrating Colour Reviving Lip Balm. There are ten shades available – better yet, they come in two finishes (matte and holographic). If lip balms had a God – this would be it!

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New Year Resolutions: Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

Hey lovelies,

Happy New Year to you all.

I am terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions – to the point where I almost decided not to make any this year. Then I thought on – what is stopping so many of us from sticking to our heartfelt and well-intended plans? Why shouldn’t 2018 be THE year for everything we desire to actually become a reality?

Should any of you be contemplating your New Year resolutions, before you pledge your area of self-improvement, I have compiled a checklist that may just help us to breeze our resolutions until they are totally IRL.

1.Be Realistic

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For instance, if we were to make a pledge similar to that of K Kardashian’s (less phone time and being more in the moment) probably we all would succeed with flying colours. I am a great believer in everyone having the ability to achieve anything to which they set their mind. However, if your dreams are sky-high with several mountains blocking the way, make a plan with realistic goals to be achieved within feasible time frames. Some of the best things take time, and this is ok.

 2.Make Notes

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Write out your goals or dreams, stick them on the fridge, by your bed, on the mirror – everywhere. Read them each day when you get up and before you go to sleep. Pledge to do one thing each day (or even each week) that brings your dream closer. Visualizing your dreams and repeating this pattern will condition your brain into action.

3.Fitness

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If your goal is to lose weight or become healthier, consider the whole situation from your diet plan, methods of cooking, to exercise. Choose an exercise you do not find mundane – if you love music take your headphones. Rather than planning on running miles each day, plan instead, on walking briskly for 20 minutes each day – this is actually better for you, is more effective and will be an easier task to accomplish.

4.Don’t Give Up.

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Whatever your dreams, goals or plans, remember you can achieve them. If you really want something, never give up. Having a down day is inevitable – but when it’s done, get up shake it off and remember why you want the goal. Write the reasons down – this will help reinstate its value and spur you on when you need it most.

5.Saving Money

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If money is an issue – give your friend or family a jar to look after that you cannot touch. Pledge to put a little – even if it’s just £5 each week. You will be amazed at how quickly it can mount up. Before you know it you will be jetting off on that American dream getaway. Yay!!!

#lifegoals

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Message me your thoughts x

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Eye Glitter That Actually Stays Put

Glitter remains a massive trend and now the festive season is well and truly upon us, a glitter product in our makeup bag is an absolute must. However, wearing glitter ought to come with a warning – it’s pretty difficult to apply without getting it everywhere and too much – well, we know how that goes. Here are my favourite glitter products to ensure you look sparkling perfection, in no time at all and with minimum mess.

1.Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £15, Urban Decay

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Ok, if you are a newcomer to the shimmer and require an easy-to-use glitter taster, this product is just the kitty. Offering absolute precision when applying, the glitter will quickly dry, thus preventing any excess from spreading elsewhere. Furthermore, it features carrot, cucumber and peach extract to ensure optimal conditioning and smoothing results. Metallics are big news right now, making the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner a must-have item. For extra pizazz why not add a little over the upper lids, too?

2.Nyx Professional Makeup #Glittergoals Kit, £15, nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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Nyx never ceases to please, and upon discovering this awesome #Glittergoals Kit, I am officially in love with this brand! This little gem of a kit will keep you looking like sparkling sensation. Better yet, this wonder kit combines 3 shades of Face & Body glitter and a travel-sized tube of vitamin E Glitter Primer that ensures your glitter is completely set and stays put all night. The Kit 3 includes: new shades Pink, Purple and Luna.

3.Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Diamond Dust, £23, stila.co.uk

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I know, I know – another glitter metallic product – but you can’t have too many, right? This gorgeous find is a liquid glitter metallic eyeshadow and it seriously kicks ass. Including a flat applicator makes the application of this liquid eyeshadow a total breeze. The lightweight eyeshadow offers seamless results and with minimal drying time or any fallout. Yay!

This shadow is also available in Diamond Dust, Sheer Silver and Multicolour.

4.Nars Cosmetics Iskander Eye Paint, £18.50 narscosmetics.com

 

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Create a super-easy, yet high-impact finish with the incredible Nars Eye Paint. Testing this paint was a total pleasure – the gel is rich, super-soft and weightless, enabling a fast and smooth application, of which dries so quickly that every last shimmery particle will last until you are ready to go to bed.

A word of warning – although the night undoubtedly will be fun and upon returning home the last thing you will want to do is start removing your makeup – make the effort to do so, or you will be spotting glitter and cursing yourself for days to come.

What are your fave Christmas makeup products? xx

 

 

 

 

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