Friday, 30 September 2016

Last week I took part in the latest #SpaBeauty chat in collaboration with Good Spa Guide. This is the second chat that I've taken part in and they never disappoint. The Good Spa Guide aim to demystify the growing world of spa beauty. Their Twitter chats aim to help you pick the best spa and treatments wisely, so that you don't waste your money and you get the most from your spa experience. I joined lots of other amazing bloggers to chat about Autumn spa beauty tips, our home-spa routines and protecting our skin from the Autumn weather. I really love taking part in these chats as I pick up lots of great tips, I'm here to share some of my favourites! 

Early morning pick-me-ups 
One thing I hate about Autumn/Winter is waking up when it's dark outside. When it's dark outside I really struggle to wake up and get going. For years I've made use of the Aromatherapy Associates oil products to spruce me up first thing - the Revive Body Oil* is perfect for this, I just apply the oil to my skin in the shower. The Revive line is an uplifting and detoxifying formulation, designed to wake you up with it's fruity fragrance.

Stopping clogged pores and protecting your skin from dehydration 
Regular readers will know all about my combination skin, I have a really oily t-zone but my cheeks can get quite dry and sore. I tend to commute by train a lot in the colder months, which means my skin is exposed to the wind and rain. Therefore my skin really suffers from dehydration, but if I use too many greasy products on it my pores become clogged. I loved Hayley's (from Tea Party Beauty) tip of adding an extra exfoliating product into your routine. Caudalie's Deep Cleansing Exfoliator* is perfect for this as it's perfect for all skin types. It uses lots of active ingredients to renew cells and help the texture of the skin. 

Protecting your body from dry patches
My feet, knees and elbows really suffer with drying out in the colder months. I loved Ting's (from The Ting Thing) suggestion of adding a few drops of body oil to your regular moisturiser for an extra boost. She mentioned that you can do the same with your skincare routine. You could add the Renight Oil from Comfort Zone* to your night cream for something super indulgent. 

The perfect at-home spa evening

I shocked the group with the news that I hate baths, I just find them so uncomfortable and boring, so for me it's all about making the shower as luxurious as possible. The Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil by Aromatherapy Associates* is perfect for this, simply rub the oil onto your body and then jump under the shower. Your skin feels soft and nourished, but you also leave the shower feeling ready for bed. For me the next important step in any at-home spa is a good face mask.

The new Trufflesque mask from Temple Spa* is one everyone needs to try. First of all lets discuss the fact that it is GOLD, you can feel yourself glowing before you even take it off. The goal of the mask is to leave your skin feeling more plump and super hydrated. It's also packed with lots of great anti-ageing ingredients, which helps to create the appearance of instant youthfulness in the skin.

Lastly we all agreed that you need a lovely hot beverage, lots of ladies were a fan of hot chocolate, including Chloe (from Lady Writes) who suggested Hazelnut Hot Chocolate - YUM! Some of us have been testing the tea from Camilla's Tea House London* and it's some of the best I've tried. So far I've tried Lemon and Ginger (Zest Tea), Very Berry and Green Mint and it's hard to pick a favourite.

Once again, just like the last chat, we all left the chat lusting over spa days and me time! I think it's lovely to take the time to chat about pamper time, I've taken lots of inspiration from people who joined the chat and I'm going to be taking advantage of the long evenings ahead of us! 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series that has quickly become home to some of my popular posts. The series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This week I'm talking about lots of Autumn/Winter launches, a beautiful new highlighter palette from Sleek Makeup, loads of Beauty Advent Calendars and the Marc Jacobs Christmas collection.

Beauty Advent Calendars start to make an appearance
Christmas beauty is well and truly in full force, which means that Beauty Advent Calanders have started to appear! There are been announcements from ASOS Beauty (RRP £50), Sanctuary Spa (RRP £25), Rituals (RRP £50), Benefit Cosmetics (RRP £34), Boots No7 (RRP £39), Jack Wills (RRP £35), NYX Cosmetics (RRP £60), L'Occitane (RRP £42) and BareMinerals (RRP £75). Which one will you choose?

New highlighter palette from Sleek
The first highlighting palette from Sleek was a huge success and I have no doubt that the second one will be a huge hit. The new Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette (£9.99) is packaged in a gold compact with a mirror and mini powder brush. The shades inside the palette include two powder shades and two cream shades. The shades include: Sphinx (gold powder), Dynasty (bronze gold cream), Delta (pale gold cream) and Goddess (rose gold powder).

Laura Mercier Leading Ladies
Laura Mericer has decided to celebrate the Laura Mercier 20th anniversary in style! They have introduced three limited edition lip kits, in exclusive colours inspired by Laura's favourite Hollywood leading ladies. In each of the kits there is a limited edition shade the Velour Lovers Lip Colour and a Lip Glace. They are available in three universally flattering shades of nude (Catherine), rose (Sophia), and red (Vivien) and they come packaged in a collectable box with mirror. They retail for £29 each here

Models Own releases Gilt Collection
Models Own have jumped on the success of other rose gold collections and released their Gilt Collection. The collection includes lots of different makeup products, including palettes, lipsticks, mascara and eyeliners, all packaged in pretty rose gold packaging. Prices range between £7.99 and £19.99, you can shop the collection here

Marc Jacobs releases stunning Christmas collection
Marc Jacobs are at it again and I'm struggling to hold on to my money! They have just released their full Christmas lineup and there really is something for everyone. My favourite item from the collection is the Object Of Desire Palette. It's a gorgeous palette finished in gold and it includes six eyeshadows, a bronzing powder, a pretty blusher and a limited edition luminizer. It's packaged in gold leather case, with a tassel on the side, which is a bit bulky in my opinion, but the products inside are beautiful. If you're a lipstick fan you will love the Petite Le Marc Lip Creme collection. Inside the pink leather pouch you get five mini buttery, creamy, vibrant lipsticks. Marc Jacobs say they are packed with hydrating ingredients for the ultimate colour and shine.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

I know that some people are bored of hearing about contouring, but I'm still obsessed with the whole trend. Especially as now contouring products are everywhere, meaning that you can really play with the trend at every budget. As much as I love my high end beauty products, I really enjoy buying and testing alternative products from the high street. I really do love treating myself to some of the more extravagant products on the market, but sometimes you want a bargain product, which doesn't cost the earth. Enter the Sculpting Palette from Rimmel London, a perfect contouring solution for under £7.

This product has actually been out on the market for a little while, but I completely forgot it existed! The Sculpting Palette is currently available in two different shade combinations (however they are named #002 and #003, which probably means that at least #001 will appear in the future). The aim of the palette is to give you everything you need for sculpting, in one handy little palette. The Sculpting Palette is quite a small compact, it's a rectangle shape finished with rounded corners. The base of the compact is black, the lid is finished with gold and it has three clear windows which lets the powders shine through. As I mentioned, the palette really is quite small, but Rimmel have managed to squeeze in three different powders and the palette is still easy to use and navigate. 

You've probably guessed by now, but in the palette there is a highlighter, a bronzer and a blusher. Rimmel say that the colours have been designed to blend with your natural skin tone for an effortless contoured finish. You can see by my swatches below that the colours are actually very subtle, they are not strongly pigmented, which makes it a great palette for beginners or for on-the-go application when you can't necessarily fix mistakes. The bronzer and the blusher have a matte finish, whilst the highlighter has some pretty shimmer running through it. 

I've been loving chucking this palette in my handbag for when I need a quick touch-up after work. You can pick up the Sculpting Palette from Boots now, priced at £6.99

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

If you're a regular reader here on Hope, Freedom, Love you'll have heard of DECIEM, as they are one of my favourite beauty brands. However, if you're new here or if you’ve simply not heard of DECIEM, you have some serious catching up to do! I've never hidden my love with DECIEM, an umbrella beauty brand, who own a whole suite of impressive companies. Whether you want haircare, skincare, supplements or even hair removal products; they have you covered. Their latest innovation is from NIOD, DECIEM skincare brand which focuses on non-invasive skincare treatments. The Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist* (know as SDSM for short) is their first treatment mist. As with all NIOD products, the name of this mist feels pretty scary (my boyfriend has questioned me about it at least 5 times). However, when you work your way through all the science, the goal of SDSM is quite simple. 

Whilst you might be tempted to class this as a toner, DECIEM insist that this is a dermal treatment mist and should not be classified mistakenly. It's a mist that aims to act as a fundamental daily force against oxidative stress, water loss and inflammation. DECIEM explain that stress, water loss and inflammation are three main pillars that deteriorate the skin, contributing to the loss of visible skin quality over time. As with a lot of DECIEM products, the science behind SDSM is quite complex. However, in simple terms this mist is all about protecting our skin against pollution and other environmental stress. Using the mist regularly can protect your skin from inflammation and environmental stresses, whilst keeping your skin hydrated. 

DECIEM chose to package SDSM in a huge 240ml bottle, encouraging users of the product to use it frequently and to be generous with every application. Using the product is very simple, just spritz it onto your face and body as desired. Ideally you should apply the mist in the morning and at night after cleansing the skin, but before other treatments. As with all products of this nature, it's quite hard to test the long lasting effects. However, what I can say is that my skin loves this product and it feels noticeably more hydrated with every use. You can pick up SDSM from the DECIEM website here, priced at £34. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

It was really exciting when I received my invitation from Maybelline to London Fashion Week. I've never been to London Fashion Week and I was really excited to experience what it's like. We were invited down to their suite and given the low down on the makeup trends for Spring/Summer next year. Their makeup artist showed us two different looks for the season, including how to create the perfect red lip with the Vivid Matte lipsticks.

The Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks* were the official lip colour of London Fashion Week and they were getting a lot of attention in their suite! The Vivid Matte collection features eight different shades, meaning that the collection includes every shade a girl needs. There are pretty nudes, daring reds and perfect plums for Autumn. I've swatched every beautiful shade for you below. From top to bottom we have; Nude Flush (05), Nude Thrill (50), Berry Boost (40), Orange Shot (25), Rebel Red (35), Electric Pink (15) and Possessed Plum (45). There is one additional shade not swatched here, which is Coral Courage (20), a lovely Coral Pink.

They are packaged in a pretty rectangle tube and they have a handy doe foot applicator, which makes application dreamy. You can tell by the swatches above that these lipsticks are super pigmented, which helps you to achieve a high impact colour. The Vivid Matte formulation is all about achieving beautiful colour, with a vivid matte finish, but without creating dry, flakey lips. The colours are so vibrant on the lips and leave the lips feeling moisturised. The formula allows you to use these lipsticks in three different ways. For a classic matte finish swipe off the excess on the wand and apply sparingly to the lips. If you want to have a more stained look, apply and then dab the lips with a tissue. For a more vivid, shiny look apply generously. 

The Maybelline Vivid Matte collection is available now, retailing at £6.99 a shade here. However, Maybelline were kind enough to gift me a second set of the Vivid Matte Collection, which I've decided to give away to you guys! To get your hands on them you just need to follow the instructions below, make sure you read the T&C's below the widget! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions! The giveaway prize consists of 8 shades of the Vivid Matte lipsticks (shades 05, 50, 40, 20, 25, 35, 15 and 45).The giveaway will be running until October 3rd and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. To be eligible to win you must be following my blog via Bloglovin. There are additional entries if you follow via Twitter and Instagram, or tweet about the competition. Worldwide entry is permitted.The prize was gifted to me and Maybelline agreed to me using these lovely products in a giveaway. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Eyeko is an award-winning makeup brand, specialising in my eye makeup products. It was started in 1999 by makeup veterans, Max and Nina Leykind, with the aim to re-invent the mascara market. They came up with the idea of creating "zero-waste squeeze tubes" which would later become iconic in the makeup industry. They wanted to create a wardrobe of formulas and brushes, which would offer easy application but also give instant results. 

For me, Eyeko is just one of those brands that has sat in my beauty stash for ages and I've just never tested it. I've had Eyeko in tons of different beauty boxes, but they always seem to be eyeliners, which just isn't "my thing". So when the Eyeko Magic Mascara landed in my collection, it went straight to my dressing table for testing.

The Eyeko Black Magic Mascara offers you the chance to "transform your lashes". The mascara aims to be the
 "ultimate mascara" with a formula that creates volume, curl and drama with an extreme black finish. The mascara comes packaged in the iconic squeezy tube that I mentioned earlier, paired with a curved brush. Eyeko call the brush "the curvaceous helix brush" designing it for full lash contact.

I have to be honest and say that the first time I used this mascara, I was really disappointed. I actually went to delete it my pictures of it as I just didn't think I wanted to review it. However, something compelled me to try it a second time and I fell in love. The first time I used it I just found it watery and far too thin, which meant it did not create any volume or drama. I'm not sure if it just needed some air in the tube, because every time since, it has been performing completely different.

The brush makes the mascara really really to apply, it really hugs the lash line, catching every single hair as you apply the mascara. The brush itself is actually quite small, which means I tend to get the mascara all over my eyelid, so I do need to do a little cleaning up before I can leave the house. The formula of the mascara is really nice, it's lifts, curls and volumises my lashes. It doesn't clump and it doesn't seem to crumble off my lashes during the day. It's also water-resistant which means you don't end up with panda eyes if the April Showers pay a visit! The formula is also created with keratin and shea butter, to create a blend which offers long-term lash care.

All-in-all I'm pretty impressed and I'm really glad I gave the mascara a second chance. It retails for £17.50 and you can pick it up from M&S here.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series that has quickly become home to some of my popular posts. The series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This week I'm talking about lots of Autumn/Winter launches, including a new makeup range from Tanya Burr, a Christmas collection from Ciate and the new lip product from By Terry.

New Autumn collection from Tanya Burr

Tanya Burr is at it again and I actually think this is my favourite collection from her so far. The whole line up is totally on-point, it's covered in gorgeous rose gold packaging and there's something for everyone. The new collection features three cheek illuminators (which look a lot like the cheek sticks from Charlotte Tilbury), a body illuminator, a face illuminator, six lipsticks and a new midnight blue eyeshadow palette. It's due for launch next month from Superdrug and Feel Unique. 

Christmas collaboration between Chloe Morello and Ciate
I'm literally obsessed with this new launch from Ciate! Chloe Morello (a beauty YouTuber) has joined with Ciaté London to bring you her ultimate beauty must-haves in this limited edition collection! The collection retails for £45 and it includes the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette, a lip velvet, a mascara and a makeup pouch. The Pretty, Fun & Fearless Palette featuring a mix of best-selling Ciaté London shares as well as a selection of shadows carefully curated by Chloe herself. You can buy the collection right now here

VINCENT LONGO launches at Cult Beauty
Until last week I'd never even heard of Vincent Longo and I'm already obsessed! They are a brand well know for luxury formulas that perform at such a high level. One look at the range on Cult Beauty and you'll see that the colours are beautiful and totally on trend. They are a brand that have cult status in the beauty industry, with makeup artists and actors swearing by their products. Check out the range now on Cult Beauty.

New Click Sticks from By Terry
The new Rouge Expert Click Stick Lipsticks from By Terry are getting a lot of traction in the beauty community! The new product comes in By Terry's beautiful packaging and it's shaped like a lot of the brow products on the market. The formula is a lip pencil and lipstick all in one, which By Terry says feels like a lip balm on the skin, hydrating the lips with every application. There are 25 new velvety matte shades from nudes and pinks to reds, oranges and plums. The "click" name comes from the handy push button control. These will be available until 15 October exclusive to Space NK and nationwide thereafter.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

When Chris bought me home a Fresh skincare set from Sephora I was honestly thrilled! I’ve heard so much about Fresh recently and I’ve wanted to try something from this lovely brand. The Soy Face Cleanser is designed to be the perfect all-rounder, it’s perfect for lots of different skin types. So whether you have normal, oily, combination, dry or sensitive skin, you can keep reading as this one is for you! 

The Soy Face cleanser is a best seller from Fresh and it’s their “do-it-all” cleanser and makeup remover. It’s designed to remove makeup and impurities without damaging or stripping the skin. As the name suggests, it’s formulated with soy proteins, which is packed with amino acids, which help support elasticity in the skin. The Soy Face Cleanser actually dates back to 1999 - I didn’t even know Fresh had been around that long! It was a product of the soy buzz that took the world by storm in the early nineties. Soy was taking the world by storm, it was in health stores and in recipes, yet Fresh was determined to bring it into skincare. The Soy Collection was actually Fresh’s first product in the skincare world and it’s still incredibly popular today.

The cleanser comes packaged in a handy white tube, finished with very simply brown and black lettering. The cleanser itself is white and it’s quite a thick texture, which has a gel formulation. I did not know what to expect from this cleanser, but I have to say that I’m really impressed. The cleanser is really gentle, as you apply it to the skin it honestly feels so natural and simple. It has a very slight scent and it leaves the skin feeling very soft and clean. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser removes makeup with ease and leaves a very nourished skin behind. The soy in the cleanser is complemented by Rosewater, which helps to calm and balance the skin. There is also cucumber extracts in the cleanser, which help to soothe the skin. So all-in-all you’re left with a skin that looks smooth, healthy and free of impurities.

The Soy Face Cleanser is great for when your skin is misbehaving and you want to reset your routine to start again. I’ve been enjoying taking this with me when I travel and I think it’s a good cleanser to have in your beauty arsenal. It’s formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. It retails at £30 for 150ml, which actually makes it quite pricey, but it’s one to add to your wish list for any upcoming birthdays.
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