Saturday, 30 November 2013



Today's Christmas gift selection is from Pandora, there are a lot of beautiful pieces to choose from.

Friday, 29 November 2013





The NARS One Night Stand palette was another of my American purchases, I picked it up in Sephora and bought it all the way home. I set myself the rule of only buying things I couldn't get in the UK, so this broke the rule book, but I had to have it.

The One Night Stand palette is a limited-edition cheek palette which has a selection of best selling shades, including Orgasm blush and the Laguna bronzing powder. It also has four more shades; Deep Throat, Mistinguette, Goulue and the Devotee highlighter. You literally have everything you need for a full face look.

Unlike the eyeshadow palettes this is a really reasonable size and you get a really good sized pan for each blusher. It's perfect for travelling but I'm not sure I can dare to put this in my suitcase any time soon. 

By now this is really hard to get hold of, but it's definitely still possible, it retails for £45 or $65 in America.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013



This year Glossybox have launched a special limited edition Christmas Box (separate to the normal Glossybox subscription). It will set you back £30 (£25 for subscribers and has a selection of 6 “luxurious beauty products”. My favourite item in the box is definitely the Butter London Nail Lacquer, Butter London nail polishes are such fantastic value for money. The box also has a multi-use Luminizer from So Susan Beauty which sounds quite exciting. If you’re stuck on what to buy a beauty lover for Christmas, this may well be your answer as it comes in the most beautiful box!

If you fancy saving a little extra you can get 25% off when you use the code “XMAS25” before the 20th December.





Tuesday, 26 November 2013


There was a time where MAC was the only place to go for cream eyeshadow, but now lots of people claim that nowadays cream eyeshadows are just as good on the high street. Despite owning several different brands and colours, I needed to try a MAC Paint Pot for myself. 

Monday, 25 November 2013



As Christmas rapidly approaches, it's time to start the Christmas gift guides. I'm starting with the easiest of them all: Boots beauty gift sets. 

Saturday, 23 November 2013


I have to admit I really struggle with concealers, I've never used a concealer and really been blown away. I'd heard a lot of great things about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer and I thought I'd give it a whirl.

It's really quite a thick concealer and the colour match for my skin is exceptional. It gave me good coverage but it just did not last on my skin, until I tried it under my foundation. I always apply my concealer after my foundation, but I was recently in America and my skin had really suffered from the flight. I'm not sure why I suddenly thought of it, but I decided to apply this concealer before my foundation and it was just exceptional! It covered spots and dark circles and lastly really well during my days filming in the heat, I was so impressed! I really love the packaging its one of the reasons it came to America with me, its in a really dinky package and is a squeezy tube which is super handy!

I am, however, still searching for 'the one' in terms of concealer, especially for covering blemishes, please let know your suggestions!

Friday, 22 November 2013



Any beauty minded girl gets a inbox full of emails everyday advertising new releases or special offers, most of them hit the delete box fairly quickly, but this one caught my eye! BeautyBay.com have launched their very own beauty collection, which was launched exclusively this morning. 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

I bought this cute mini Tarte blusher during my recent trip to America, you can see my haul here. The blusher is a Limited Edition colour in Thankful and is super duper pigmented, so even though this is a mini edition, I have a feeling a little will go a long way.

I've been really impressed with this little blusher, after years of listening to people rave about Tarte, I thought I'd be set for disappointment. Blushers tend to not show up on my skin tone, or transfer on my brushes very well, so this is the first blusher I've really fallen in love with. I've just been using the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush to dab this on to my cheeks in the mornings and the colour lasts so well. I personally love the detailing that's pressed into the powder, it's a beautiful touch, so I hope it stays there for quite some time! 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

When it comes to winter we all quickly shove our feet into our winter boots and wellies and just forget about them until the summer time.

Monday, 18 November 2013



I recently picked up some goodies from MAC and I've fallen truly head-over-heels in love with them. I chose the pre-packaged eyeshadow quad in 'Showstopper', the palette is from the MAC Gorgeous Eyes Collection from the Fall 2013 release. 

The quad immediately caught my eye and in a heartbeat it was in my basket, it’s a perfect collection of neutrals with a purple undertone to match my green eyes. Inside the palette you get ‘Oh My Darling’ a cream colour, which is a frost finish. ‘Jest’ which is a peach shade with a shimmer running through, also in a frost finish. ‘Mineralism’ is the silver shade, which I cannot wait to wear in the Christmas season to parties, which is a lustre finish. Finally ‘Showstopper’ is a deep brown with a matte finish. 

I cannot actually believe what a beautiful set of shadows this is, it’s perfect for me. I’ve been using it every day since I got it, I’ve been running ‘Oh My Darling’ all over the lid, then topping it with ‘Jest’, I follow the Jest with ‘Showstopper’ in the outer corner and under the eye. For evening occasions I’ve been adding some ‘Mineralism’ to the lid but it’s a bit full on for work. 

I have to say I’m really impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows, I have some others that I’m not so sure of but these are wonderful. I’ve been applying them with the NARS shadow brush and it works perfectly for me.

Saturday, 16 November 2013







The 'Christmas Wishlist' Glossybox has arrived!

As Christmas rapidly approaches everything is turning into a Christmas theme, including Glossybox who have chosen 'Christmas Wishlist' as their theme this month. Let's have a look what I recieved in my box.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I thought I'd share with you some of my pictures to my recent trip to Santa Clara in the USA. I was there on business so it didn't lend time to sight seeing or much fun, so I won't bore you with the details, but everyone enjoys a picture slideshow right? I work in Video Production for ARM, so my job was to record ARM TechCon, an event for ARM developers and anyone with a general interest in technology.

























Tuesday, 12 November 2013

If you’re looking for a cute way to give your friends a Christmas Beauty treat, you may just be in luck! Latest in Beauty have just launched their #WhatsInYourStocking Christmas gift idea.


A quick post on something today that makes my lazy life that little bit easier. The Ole Henriksen Complexion Sponges come in packs of two and are available from Beauty Expert (amongst all the usual other places).

Monday, 11 November 2013

I thought I'd draw your attention to the Essie Winter Collection, just because it's utterly gorgeous. The Essie Winter Collection for 2013 comes in six beautiful shades.

Sunday, 10 November 2013



My love affair with Pandora started when I was 18 and I was given my bracelet for my Birthday. Ever since I've had my bracelet and collected charms that all tell a story. I like every single charm to have a story and to tell a little bit about me and my history. So imagine my excitement when I saw the Essence Universe Collection from Pandora, it stands for everything I believe in.


Saturday, 9 November 2013


Balance Me launched a whole range of new products on Friday and I thought I’d share them with you. There’s something for everyone as they’ve launched skincare and makeup products.

Friday, 8 November 2013


More news today, this time from feelunique. 

Exciting news from Debenhams just landed in my inbox! If you're a fan of Miller Harris you can now rejoice in the fact it's available to buy at Debenhams. From candles to perfume, body lotions to hand creams it's all online to buy. I've always been intrigued to try the Miller Harris range, would be a lovely treat to purchase a candle for the new flat!

As an extra special treat, if you buy any Miller Harris Fragrance today you'll receive a Citron Hand Cream as your gift. Browse the whole range here.

Thursday, 7 November 2013



My Glossybox arrived just before I left for America last week, so I didn't have a chance to riffle through the contents until now, nevertheless, here is my Glossybox October review.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


If you're looking for something different to do tonight with your sparklers, try making shapes and words.

Monday, 4 November 2013


Looking for a way to celebrate Fireworks night in style? Check out this beautiful set of three Ciate Nail Polishes for £20!

 
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