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
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
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
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
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:
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!
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
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
This party season we all want makeup that hides imperfections, blurs away pores, doesn’t emphasise every little line and stays on longer than the taxi ride to the event, right? Could such a magical product exist? The answer is yes – and the good news is we don’t need a fairy God mother – we just need some great info. Make sure you remain stunning all evening by equipping yourself with the best finishing powders around. Here are some truly exceptional finishing powders that actually deliver outstanding results. Read on:
1.For Diminishing Shine And Brightening Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, £34, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Should you be searching for a finishing powder that provides a little bit of extra coverage, opt for the Flawless Finish by Charlotte Tilbury. This super-luxurious powder offers some seriously seamless application and keeps your complexion appearing blemish and shine-free (HUGE plus). Combined are soft-focus micro powders and light-reflecting ingredients. The result is a gorgeous matte finish (but not too much) on seemingly flawless skin. The best bit – it will last longer than Cinderella’s pumpkin coach (phew, as there is no way we want to be checking out at midnight, right?).
The majority of us want a no-filter-needed complexion without it looking so thick you could blend in with the travelling circus. Let’s be honest, the overdone look is never great. Although a tad pricey, La Mer’s Pressed Powder should be considered an investment and for me, it’s totally worth it (Too. Many. Pores). Non-cakey, lightweight and great coverage – La Mer achieves a youthful matte finish whilst greatly reducing the appearance of unsightly pores. Thank God it’s Christmas.
There’s no need to Photoshop your selfies when you have this little gem in your bag. The Wunder2 Perfect Selfie powder is a translucent product of which combines a blend of high -performance perfecting powders that blur away imperfections, creating a beautiful, soft-focus finish (without caking). Yay!. This is an amazing product and works well in achieving a natural looking, selfie-ready complexion.
4.For Radiance And A Good Riddance To Imperfections: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £42, www.spacenk.com
After hearing so many people rave about this product I was literally tripping over myself to try it – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
For me, setting powders tend to cake and I prefer to have a great setting spray and finishing powder instead. Hourglass is pretty genius as they consider how much different light impacts our look. Hourglass offer products that work the various lighting situations. Providing 6 shades that mimic 6 light sources (from harsh mornings to candlelight), their innovative formula contains ultra-fine pearl particles that effectively manipulate and filters light, whilst eliminating any evidence of imperfections. This finishing powder is like having my own secret super-power On My Face!
Do you have a favourite finishing powder? Leave your comments below xx
Whether you love them or hate them, the fact is there’s no escaping them – no, I’m not referring to the cycle of Christmas songs, I’m talking about Christmas jumpers. They are everywhere you look – even retail staff have swapped their uniforms for a festive jumper. Take a peek at these Christmas jumpers that are so cool they will make the most Scrooge-minded of people smile.
Available in sizes 2-14 years, this awesome reindeer jumper would put anyone in the Christmas spirit. Besides, Rudolph is the most-loved of all the reindeers (does anyone know the name of any others?).
5.For The Dog: Christmas Pudding Pet Jumper, £4.99, aldi.co.uk
Oh my God, how funny is this? Everyone who has a small dog should go out and buy this jumper for their pet. Hilarious.
6.For Anyone: MerchDistributor The Grinch Christmas Jumper, £29.99, amazon.co.uk
With the recent release and subsequent popularity of the film The Grinch, it is no surprise this jumper will go down a treat for practically all the family (8 years and upwards).
Have you seen any funny Christmas jumpers? What are your favourites? Please leave your comments below.
Today I am sharing my knowledge of LED Light Therapy – the Hollywood craze that most celebs are currently pursuing.
As a beauty editor I am totally obsessed with products and treatments that actually deliver rejuvenation, diminishing lines and wrinkles and tightening the skin wherever possible, to achieve that much sought-after youthful appearance. Sadly, they don’t all work. It is my job to filter the good from the bad and share this with the world. Light therapies are supposed to be the latest rejuvenating trend that work little miracles and can be done in minutes. The questions on everyone’s’ lips: Does it really work; is it painful, and is it better than spending our hard-earned cash on Botox and fillers? Read on:
About LED Treatments:
LED treatments are referred to as blue light, red light and yellow. Blue light is mostly used for reducing acne and acne scars, red is the go-to anti-aging treatment and yellow is often used to optimise skin health. The chosen treatment will vary from short to long wavelengths and much depends on the individual’s needs. Harvey Nichols’ Light Salon offer bespoke LED facials of which you can review here.
How Does It Work?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode of which produces therapeutic wavelengths (long and short) of light energy. Once received by the dermal cells, it is converted into ATP (an essential component for cells to produce collagen and elastin). This is proven to be extremely effective, with the skin’s response acting as it would do in your twenties. The result is a plump and rejuvenation complexion (YAAASS)!
So, if you are sick of Botox not getting all of those pesky lines and wrinkles and paying through the nose for the 3-monthly disappointment, you should definitely consider giving this a treatment a chance. Furthermore, LED is a fantastic method for dealing with unsightly pores, to even skin tone and awaken dry and dull complexions.
How Long Does An LED Light Therapy Facial Take And Is It Obvious You Have Had it?
The bonus about this little star treatment is you cannot tell you have had anything done and you can be in and out within half an hour. LED light therapy gives your skin a warm sensation, but nothing else. Phew!
Now For The Downside… (Because There Had To Be One)
It is usually advised for customers to repeat their treatment twice each week for 4-6 weeks. This works out to be a tad pricey (but in my view it’s totally worth it). Treatment prices range from anywhere between £40-£300 (depending on their needs and choice of clinic).
For those with deeper lines, have enjoyed the sun a little too much or who have smoked for some considerable time, it will take longer to achieve good results but stick with it and you will be pleased.
Once you have had the course of treatments, you may only need one or two treatments each year to maintain results.
Are There Any Contraindications?
In short, no. This is one treatment that has no contraindications and it can be used on all skin types. However, as with any treatment (and particularly if you are using an at-home device) always follow the instructions.
Should I Invest In an At-Home Device?
If going to a salon for continued treatment seems a little daunting and costly, it may be worth considering investing in an at-home device. You should know that these will undoubtedly be weaker than the professional devices, but you can achieve good results (it will just take a little longer). The other point to make is that when opting for this treatment, to guarantee success, you must endeavour to include it within your daily skincare routine. The best devices I have come across is the LightStim priced at £159.99 at Amazon and the Omnilux Clear-U, priced at £347 at Amazon.
Have you had experience of LED light therapy and what do are your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. xx
Well, it’s almost December and my chocolate advent calendar has survived fully intact (a first for me). To celebrate the sheer excitement of ensuing festive celebrations I have compiled some of the most luxurious gift ideas that will guarantee an unequivocally joyous and pampered Christmas, that’s nothing short of amazing. Should there be someone in your life who has gone the extra mile this year, why not show them your appreciation by treating them to one of these amazing presents?
Oh My God – this invention is truly priceless and Bose, I can’t thank you enough. TV on so loud the floor vibrates? Neighbours music so deafening you want to go on a killing spree? Partner’s snoring so painfully ear-splitting, you regularly mistake it for a burglar smashing up the house? If you have added any of these to your list of reasons to die, hang fire. These wondrous gifts from heaven (known as Bose) will at long last, give you back your precious sleep (and sanity). Happy sleepy Christmas.
Should you know someone with troublesome hair, why not gift them the ability to achieve incredible locks in minutes? Behold Dyson’s new hair tool, the Airdrop Styler. This innovative styler is a literal game-changer for anyone who struggles to smooth and tame their hair or whose tresses are on the limp side. Using air instead of heat, the Airwrap achieves beautiful waves and curls or simply creates smooth and volumous locks without the dreaded shadow of split-ends peering over your shoulder. Dyson, you are a true genius!
If gaming and virtual reality is your loved one’s obsession, check out Sony’s VR Starter Pack. The PSVR pack offer everything you need to become totally immersed, enabling you to experience gaming like never before. The Pack includes:
It may be bleak out there, but its nearly Friday, which means the fabulous weekend is almost upon us – and with it another opportunity to grab some Christmas presents at bargain prices. Check out the best beauty gift sets that your friend, mum, sister (or you) will adore.
1.Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £27.50 (Was £55), debenhams.com
The top notes of cardamom, pepper and ginger are encompassed in a heart of gardenia, peony and orange flowers, evoking an irresistibly sweet yet sensual aroma that will leave the senses intoxicated with bliss.
This Versace set contains ‘Crystal Noir’ eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion – everything you need to feel and smell divine throughout the festive period (and it’s a total steal)!
2.Liz Earle Brilliance Every Day Gift Set, £40 Was £57), lizearle.com
Should you be searching for the perfect beauty gift set this Christmas, you can’t get better than globally loved brand, Liz Earle’s Brilliance Every Day gift set. Offering highly effective and naturally active ingredients, these products will ensure your skin and hair are looking healthy, radiant and completely rejuvenated. Included in the set:
1 x Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Multi Award-Winner)
1 x Instant Boost Skin Tonic
1 x Botanical Shine Shampoo (For All Hair Types)
1 x Botanical Shine Conditioner (For Normal Hair)
2 x Pure Cotton Cloths
3.Bobbi Brown Exclusive Pretty Effortless Eye, Cheek And Lip Kit, £59.50 (Worth £101.50), lookfantastic.com
Bobbi Brown is one of my all-time fave brands and I am so excited to see this gift set on offer. Containing their best-selling Mascara, Brightening Finishing Powder (light), Lip Colour (Brownie) and Mini Fae Blender Brush, this kit provides all a girl needs to look amazing this Christmas! Whomever receives this kit will be SO HAPPY!
Make no mistake – when it comes to attaining that flawless look, a good face primer is a literal Godsend! However, truth be told, the beauty market is flooded with primers that promise the earth and unsurprisingly there are some that fall way short on delivering even a mediocre result. We want actual blurring, smoothing and makeup that stays put! Do not fear, here are the best primers of 2018 that truly work little miracles to aid us in achieving that no filter necessary complexion. Read on:
Should your skin look a little dull (that’s pretty much everyone this time of year), you want those pesky imperfections gone and a perfect canvas for makeup application, this incredible primer is a star performer. Its soft-focus pigments blur away imperfections, diffusing the light to achieve that Insta-worthy complexion. Better yet, this product is packed with liquorice extract and vitamin E to brighten, firm, tighten and protect. Woah!
If you want natural skincare and makeup, this brand is for you. Loaded with natural active ingredients such as native Australian Kakadu Plum (brimming with vitamin C), as well as antioxidant rich Vitamins A and E, and green tea, ensure that your skin is not only even and smooth without the use of silicones, but receiving extra nourishment and protection too. Furthermore, you will find your makeup stays firmly in place for the duration. I adore this brand!
This transparent gel formula works like a dream in creating a flawless base for your makeup and is one of the best primers I have ever tried. Minimising the appearance of imperfection, fine lines and pores, whilst creating an even and smooth base for your makeup – is there anything this face primer can’t do?
Oh, how we HATE pores. Why should we suffer with them? The answer is, we shouldn’t. Say hello to Urban Decay’s magnificent Optical Illusion Primer, which goes a hell of a long way in reducing their appearance, whilst also blurring fine lines and providing a beautiful matte finish. Urban Decay, I love you!
So, you’ve got the gifts (check), you’ve attempted to start making the Christmas cake (sort of check), and you’ve even bought the decorations – wow, you’re on fire. However, no festive season mood is complete without some amazing candles; here are the best candles for a totally lit Christmas! Tip: most of these are up for grabs at discounted rates during Black Friday/Cyber Monday Week!
First on my list has to be by globally adored brand, Yankee Candle because, well, who the HELL doesn’t love rhubarb crumble? I can’t think of a better fragrance to fill the lounge this Christmas (just make sure that once everyone’s’ taste buds are activated, you have an actual rhubarb crumble to serve, or there may be an angry mob waving pitch forks and sticks). If you like the look of this get online and buy quickly as Yankee Candle are offering 30% for Black Friday weekend.
2.Christmas Scented Short Pillar Candle, £22.32 (Was £23.50) by Fat Pillar Candle, candlesdirect.com
Steering away from the pudding (and calorie) enticing scents, this one has Christmas wrapped up and sat on your mantelpiece. This candle is brimming with all of the gorgeous festive fragrances one could hope for, including; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla and yummy spices. The beautifully stylish candle offers up to 80 hours of Christmas pleasure and is available at 6% discount during the Black Friday weekend.