Thursday, 20 July 2017

New Illamasqua Aftermath Collection

The new Illamasqua Aftermath Collection* is about helping us to embrace the light, especially as the season begins to change. It’s a mixture of rich earthy tones, mixed with metallic hues, which can be used across the eyes and lips. The collection is so blogger-friendly that I’m certain there will be something you love, so let’s not waste any time and dive straight in…

Metallic Powder Eyeshadows* (£17 each)
Illamasqua are well known for their incredible pigments and eyeshadows, if you’re looking for a crazy colour, or a glitter that packs a punch – Illamasqua is sure to have it! These new Metallic Eyeshadows arrive in the classic Illamasqua packaging, what’s not to love about the glossy black packaging and the pretty palette shape? Each of the eyeshadows has a clear lid on the top, which lets the beauty of the Metallic Eyeshadow shine through. The eyeshadows are available in three shades which cover the three most common metals Hoard (a golden hue), Enchantment (a silver hue) and Superstitions (a bronze hue). This means you can use them alone, or combine them for more depth across the eye. It’s no surprise that these Metallic Eyeshadows are super pigmented – making them super impressive!

Broken Eye Gel* (£19 each)
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, I highly recommend the Broken Eye Gel. This arrives in a clear tube, which lets the product shine through. The top of the tube is finished with a glossy black lid, finished with a Illamasqua logo. When you unscrew the lid you find a wand, which has a little mini brush on the very end – it’s quite small, which allows for precision application. So, what is the Broken Eye Gel? Well, it’s a gel formula which aims to take metallic finishes to a whole new level. The gel is slightly coloured and inside you’ll find little specs of glitter, paired with larger pieces of foil. Dab this onto your cheekbones, inner eye or cupids bow for a unique highlighter. The Broken Eye Gel is available in two colours, Gold (which I have here) and Silver.

Lava Lips* (£20 each)
Last but certainly not least, we have Lava Lips which I’m sure beauty buffs are going to love! Lava Lips was previously released and had complete sell-out success, so Illamasqua are bringing them back in three new shades! Lava Lips is a two tone formula, which creates a marble- effect lipstick. This creates a unique shade with every application, depending on the mix of pigment you find at the top of the bullet. They arrive in the classic Illamasqua lipstick packaging and the three colours are Emanate (a brown-nude), Tectonic (a pink-nude) and Rebirth (a rich red). 

I’ve swatched the entire collection for you below, from top to bottom we have: the Broken Eye Gel in Gold, Lava Lips in Tectonic, Rebirth and Emanate and the Metallic Powder Eyeshadows in Hoard, Enchantment and Superstitions. The whole collection is available right now from Illamasqua stores and the Illamasqua website here


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Why you need to visit DECIEM | Spitalfields & New Covent Garden Store

We all know that when it comes to beauty shopping, London has everything you could ever need, but I’d never quite realised how special the Old Spitalfields Market is! If you’re beauty buff looking to spend some serious dollar, you’ll find everything you need right in one place. Now they even have the most extraordinary, abnormal company of them all – DECIEM. 

When I was invited to check out the DECIEM store with the rest of the ReallyRee gang, it is safe to say I was excited. DECIEM have such a special place in my heart, as they were the first brand I ever worked with and I’ve been dying to see their store in the flesh! As a side line before I give you the low down on the store, we had the pleasure of meeting Co-CEO Nicola! It has to be said that she is just the most inspirational, lovely woman! The ultimate girl boss! 

Okay, back to the gorgeous store! Although the doors to DECIEM's first London store have been open a little while now, the shop still has that exciting new feel. The store is set in the most treasured parts of the city, Old Spitalfields Market, right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of East London. Brandon Truaxe (DECIEM Founder) says that Old Spitalfields Market is one of the only places he’s ever experienced “love at first sight”, making it such a wonderful fit her their first store. The exciting news this week is that DECIEM are about to open their doors to their second store, this time in another incredible and historical place – Covent Garden. This means that there will soon be two wonderful places in London to experience DECIEM in the flesh, both in awesome beauty destinations. 

The two DECIEM stores allow you to see all the DECIEM brands in one pretty, humble space and it’s safe to say it brings a lot of people through the door! Not only can you swatch the infamous foundations from The Ordinary, but you can also shop the rest of the brands too! With products available from NIOD, The Ordinary, Hylamide, FOUNTAIN, The Chemistry Brand, HIF, Stemm, AB CREW and White RX. 

One thing I was super happy to see was some super awesome, knowledgeable staff! Not only are these guys friendly, kind and approachable – they also really know their stuff – and I mean REALLY know their stuff! In order to get “store ready” all the staff come down to London and get training in the DECIEM office. The training is a mixture of demoing the products, teaching about ingredients but also first-hand research, which really helps them to build up their knowledge. Many of the team are actually experienced in the beauty retail industry and an interest in skincare, science and ingredients is an absolute must! This means that you can rock up to the store and simply give the team your skin concerns - they’ll have you set up with a wonderful, effective routine in minutes! 

The DECIEM store is constantly being refreshed, bringing the latest innovations to the store, so there are plenty of reasons to keep going back! If you’re in London, make time to visit one of these wonderful stores - I’m sure you’ll love it as much as me and you’ll learn so much from the beauty team! 

Old Spitalfields Market
18 Lamb Street
E1 6EA 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Have a summer.fling with beautyblender

I have to confess that in the last couple of months, I have become a complete beautyblender addict. In just a few weeks I went from being someone with zero interest in makeup sponges, to someone who has replaced all her foundation brushes with sponges. I now use a beautyblender on a daily basis and now it’s very rare that I opt for a different tool. I rather naively thought that the way to get a clear, glowing complexion, was to pile on the foundation, but beautyblender really demonstrated to me, that really a little can go a long way – providing you with a perfect finish, without the cakey finish. That’s why I was pretty damn excited when I saw the beautyblender summer.fling set*, which I want to share with you today! 

If we ever need an excuse to bring bright colours into our makeup routine, we can certainly always use the excitement of summertime. If like me, you want to switch things up, but you’re not about to use neon hues in your makeup, you’ll have this new beautyblender summer.fling set. The set offers you a chance to embrace the simmer, with three pretty sponges that have been inspired by the majestic colours of a summer sunset.

Inside the box you get three bright and bold beautyblender sponges, each that can help you achieve that flawless makeup application I’ve been speaking about. You get one of the original beautyblender sponges, plus two brand new sponge colours: beautyblender pop, in a vibrant orange, and beautyblender glow, in a show-stopping neon green.

If you’re unfamiliar with the beautyblender concept, you simply wet your sponge under running water and squeeze out any excess water, you can even dry it off on a towel if you have one to hand. You then “bounce your way to makeup perfection” – gently bouncing and blending your product into the skin. I use the beautyblender for all my complexion products, starting with my primer, foundation, corrector, concealer and powder, which offers a lovely, flawless finish.

Whether you’re a beautyblender fan, or a complete newbie, I think this beautyblender summer.fling set is a lovely place to start. The set retails for £40 and is available now from,, Selfridges stores, BeautyBay and CultBeauty. Don’t miss your chance to add these beauties to your routine and help summer last that little bit longer! 

Monday, 17 July 2017

The Summer 2017 Collection from essie | Giveaway

essie is an American nail brand, that was first founded in New York City in 1981. Since then essie has grown in popularity and is now well loved for it’s visionary approach to nail lacquer – with fantastic colours and clever names to match. essie is now the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders and celebrities, bracing the runways around the world from New York to Paris. If you asked me to pick my favourite nail polish brand, it would always be essie. The quality, packaging, brush, formulation, colours, pigmentation and staying time are all second to none! 

When I had a chance to try the brand new, indulgent summer collection* (and give a set away to you guys too) I just couldn’t say no! As you can probably guess, these beautiful shades are all inspired by summer, bringing sweet pastels and glittering sugar, all the way from Paris to your nails. There are six beautiful shades in the collection, which all encourage you to have fun and indulge! The collection is strictly limited edition for summer and the shades boast both floral and bright options. I think it’s a lovely collection that really gives you the best of both worlds! Let’s take a look at the colours…

First up we have Sweet soufflé, which is your classic white shade, which has been topped with a sheer veil of candied violet. One of my favourite shades is Baguette me not, which is a pastel lilac macaroon hue! Another classic summer shade comes in the shade of Blue-la-la, which is just a stunning shade of pastel Parisian blue. The hero shade of the collection is S’il vous play and you can truly see why! The lavender pink metallic foil, is pigmented enough to be worn alone and it looks truly fantastic on the nails! If you’re a fan of pretty corals, you’ll love Fondant of you – a shimmery apricot marmalade. Last but not least, have Éclair my love – a bright heart-pulsing shade of red candy passion.

What an absolutely beautiful collection eh?! It truly has something for everyone, no matter what you have planned! If you want to get your hands on this collection, get yourself to Boots or Superdrug between the 28th of June and the 29th of August. The best news is that I have a whole summer set to give away to you guys, just head over to my Instagram here for your chance to win!


Friday, 14 July 2017

Tumble Down The Rabbit Hole | Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

I’m a bit of an afternoon tea addict, there’s no denying that I’ve eaten a lot of clotted cream in my time on this earth. However most the time I don’t venture into London, as we’re blessed to have so many great places in Hertfordshire. However, when Stephanie (Merry Musing) and I found ourselves in London for the day, I began searching for some London based Afternoon Tea locations. As soon as I came across The Sanderson, I knew it was the one to try! Keep reading to find out why…

The Sanderson Afternoon Tea is all about bringing Alice In Wonderland to life and although I’ve never been a huge Alice fan, I couldn’t resist giving it a go for myself. The setting in The Sanderson is a bloggers dream, with a dreamy garden terrace and marble finished tables. We took a seat outside and I instantly felt at home, I was giddy with excitement and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store. As soon as the host revealed the menu, which was hidden inside a vintage book, I knew I was home. There’s no denying that this Afternoon Tea is all about the little details – if you love discovering little extras, you’ll absolutely love this place.

First it was time to choose the tea and when there are five exclusive blends, it’s pretty damn hard to choose! They are all presented to you in little bottles, with special cards which describe the tea you’ll find inside. I opted for ‘Queen of Hearts’ which had a blend of rose, vanilla and chocolate – it was so good that I wanted to take it home! Let it be known that every aspect of this tea is themed, I was already wowed by the sandwich plates decorated with zebras, birdcages and ticking clocks. So when the teapot arrived with its little napkin crown, I was completely sold!

Of course, the crockery was just the beginning and the real special stuff was yet to come. The Afternoon Tea cake stand arrived and we both didn’t know where to start, as even with the sandwiches, there is a lot to choose from! The savoury dishes are far from the norm, each designed to delight your senses. The array of goodies included a ‘scotch egg’ with a twist, instead of pork it was finished with smoked salmon and quails egg. My personal favourite was the ‘King of Hearts Parmesan Croque-Monsieur Stack’ which is perfect for cheese addicts like me. The other savouries were a Cornish Crab Bridge Roll and the White Rabbit Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich, which is served on the most incredible pesto bread.

Now naturally the sweet treats are always my favourite, but these are really beyond what you expect from Afternoon Tea! Of course you start with the warm scones, clotted cream and fruit preserves – which were served warm. Then it’s time for the real magic! There are so many sweet treats that you’re guaranteed to run out of room…

When I say it’s hard to pick personal favourites here, I really mean it! However, the two that really stood out were the Mocha Chessboard Gateau, which was the most perfect chocolatey treat and Mad March Hare Vanilla Pocket Watch Macaroon – I mean just look at the detailing! The Queen of Hearts Rose and Strawberry Jammy Dodger wasn’t what you find in the supermarkets, it was divine and the Tweedle Dee Lemon Curd Financier is perfect for the lemon fans! 

If all that wasn’t enough, you have another plate of little extras, which are just so much fun! You have the Chocolate and Pistachio Blue Caterpillar, two Wonderland Marshmallow Magic Mushrooms, plus the Mad Hatters Lost Carrot and Fennel Meringue, which is hiding in the grass! Wash everything down with the ‘Drink Me Potion’ which is flavoured with cinnamon, apple and peach! 

I knew from the beginning that I’d love this tea, but it really swept me away on the day! You really have to experience it to believe it and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! So take a tumble down the rabbit hole for an experience you’ll never forget! Book your Sanderson Hotel Afternoon Tea Experience online here, prices start at £48.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday Tittle-Tattle #82

Hope, Freedom, Love just wouldn’t feel complete without my 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' series! 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' has to be my longest running blog series and its home to the posts that get the best feedback from my readers. I absolutely love that you guys come back time and time again to read my 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' posts, so it was only right to continue these in 2017. This series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world, where most Thursday’s I bring you all the exciting news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This week I have some exciting news to show you, let’s dive in…

Cult Japanese beauty brand DHC launches at Harvey Nichols
If like me you are a huge fan of DHC, you’ll be really excited to see that it’s landed at Harvey Nichols, which is a key step to making it that little bit easier to get hold of. The Harvey Nichols edit includes: the Deep Cleansing Oil, the Olive Virgin Oil Swabs, the Blotting Paper and the Lip Cream. DHC products are available at eight Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty stores and now!

MAC Bold & Bad Lash
MAC’s latest mascara release is all about giving your lashes some real attention. A dual-chamber formula offers you a brush for the top lashes and a brush for the lower lashes, with two different formulations to match. It means that you get a radical, truly 360-degree lash look, from top to bottom. The larger brush delivers instant volume to your lashes, whilst the smaller brush offers direct definition! I don’t know about you guys but I am really excited about this launch! It will retail for £19.50 from July 29th. 

New ‘Hello Sunshine’ scent from Merci Handy
Merci Handy are presenting what they call ‘paradise in a bottle’ with their exciting new ‘Hello Sunshine’ Hand Cleansing Gel scent. They say it’s the perfect scent to transport you through summer and onto the sandy tropical beaches. As always the Hand Cleansing Gel l is full of emollient pearls and Vitamin E, leaving your hands soft. Just this time with a sweet smell that will remind you of suncream and holidays! Merci Handy’s Hand Cleansing Gel in Hello Sunshine is available now from TOPSHOP stores nationwide, retailing for £2.90.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Holiday Collection from Elegant Touch

If you’re about to head away on holiday, you might be searching for that perfect holiday manicure! Well it’s official, you can end your search here! The new collection from Elegant Touch is dubbed the Holiday Collection, taking inspiration from holiday destinations around the globe to bring you the best collection of nails to choose from.

The Holiday Collection takes inspiration from four holiday destinations: Ipanema, Bora Bora, Havana and Ibiza. The nails have each been given a design to match their destination and have been finished with a trendy shape. This means that they are perfect for wherever you want to make a summertime splash – whether it’s a festival, holiday or just a sunny weekend here in the UK. 

Each of the four nail designs are packaged in pretty summertime themed boxes, which are patterned with a paint swatch design in blue, green, yellow and pink. In each of the boxes you get 24 nails, in ten different nail sizes – which means no matter your nail size, you’ll be able to find the perfect match. Let’s take a look at the four designs you can choose from…

  • Bora Bora* – these pretty nails have an on-trend chrome finish, which gives an iridescent shine of pink colour.
  • Ipanema* – take a trip with the classic summertime white finish, which has a glossy, shiny finish.
  • Havana* – these are my favourite set of the whole collection and they are totally on trend! They are a negative space tribal design with pretty metallic rose gold accents. 
  • Ibiza* – these are just summertime in a nail, fully embracing the fabulous Ibiza spirit. These have a white base and they are finished with a bright tribal design in shades of orange and yellow.

If you’re looking for the perfect summertime nail collection, I really think these are it! The Holiday Collection has something for everyone, whether you want something plain and classic, or something to really wow your friends. Elegant Touch even have Nail Guards which help to protect your nails from damage and help the nails to last a little longer – meaning you can wear these all summer long! 

The Holiday Collection is available now, pick them up in Superdrug stores, or online on the Elegant Touch or Superdrug website - retailing between £7.95 and £8.95. 


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New In From NYX Cosmetics | July 2017

If there is a brand that continuously rocks the beauty industry with amazing products, it has to be NYX Cosmetics! They have such an impressive array of affordable, high performance makeup, that it puts a lot of other brands to shame. When I saw these latest releases, I couldn’t wait to show them to you! With two new eyeshadow palettes and 16 new eyeliners, there’s a lot to talk about! Let’s take a closer look…

NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Eyeshadow Palette* (£7 here)
First up let’s talk eyeshadow and let’s talk about the Cosmic Metals Eyeshadow Palette. It’s aptly named as NYX say it allows you to create eye looks, which are “out-of-this-world”. It arrives in a black compact, which is topped with a clear lid. The lid allows you to preview the six beautiful shades inside and is decorated with white typography. The shades in this palette are a real mix, with everything from pretty gold hues to rich purples. Each of the shades has a metallic pigment, which means they have a high-shine finish, with an incredible colour payoff. You can see in the swatches below that the colour payoff is beautiful and the colour range is so versatile.

NYX Cosmetics Lingerie Eyeshadow Palette* (£8 here)
The second new eyeshadow palette is all about keeping things matte, which six pretty velvet matte hues. The packaging of this palette is very similar to the Cosmic Metals, but with slightly different typography to match the colours inside. As I already mentioned, the six shades in this palette are completely matte – offering you the chance to create a much more natural eye look. What’s lovely about this palette, is that the shades are not just beige – there is also a dusty lilac, a rusty brown and a soft peach to add some colour to the world. You can see that the shades in this palette do not lack pigmentation, they still pack a punch, which is perfect for colour junkies! 

Faux Blacks Eyeliner Collection* (£5.50 each)
Now these new products are perfect for eyeliner junkies who want to try something a little bit different. They take the classic black eyeliner and give it a twist eight times, creating a range of matte shades, which all have a hint of rich colour! They have everything from green olive hues, to oxblood red – meaning you will always have the shade to match your look. The eyeliners have great precision, meaning that you can get a sleek line, or create a more smudged effect. As you can see by the swatches, the colour range is beautiful! 

Faux White Eyeliner Collection* (£5.50 each)
The most interesting range for me is this Faux White Eyeliner Collection, which is all about brightening up the eyes! As you would have guessed, this collection takes the classic white eyeliner and mixes in a hint of colour. The eight velvety eyeliners offer the prettiest pastels, which all have a matte formulation. The colours cover everything from yellow, mint green, pink and purple. You can use these shades to add a pop of light colour to any look, use them to line the lids or use them right in the corners for a brightening effect. 

I’d love to know what you think of this new collection! I’m finding it really hard to pick my favourites…  

Monday, 10 July 2017

Six Things You Need To Know About COLAB Hair + EVERY scent

Frequent readers of my blog probably get a little bored of me yapping about COLAB Hair, but when I love something, I love something and I think the world should know! Today I wanted to give you the low down on why I love it so much, plus take you through every single scent available to help you pick your favourite! 

If you’re new to COLAB Hair, there are six things you need to know: 
  1. It’s an award winning dry shampoo
  2. It’s created by a fabulous team of beauty insiders, including international blogger (and all round superstar) Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends
  3. It has an amazing formulation which allows you to remove excess oil from your hair, without leaving behind any white residue 
  4. There are eight fabulous scents to choose from, including two brand new scents which have just been launched
  5. COLAB Hair have just had amazing rebrand, meaning their cans and packaging is more swish than ever, I’m talking flamingos…
  6. It’s super affordable, the standard Dry Shampoo retails for £3.49 and the Dry Shampoo+ retails for £3.99, both of which give you 200ml of product

Now you know why this dry shampoo holds holy grail status with me, let’s talk about scents. When I say there is something for everyone, I really mean it! There are eight amazing scents which all rock my socks, they are really beautifully scented, which means they double up as hair perfume, which is great when you’re rocking third-day hair and really need to give it a wash. Let’s take a look at the scents:
  • Paradise: well and truly one of my favourites as I’m sold by the flamingo packaging. Plus this one has a tropical coconut scent – HEAVEN! 
  • Fruity: as the name suggests, this one is a lovely fruity scent of apple and melon. The packaging is finishes in cute cartoon fruit.
  • Exotic: this one is all about releasing your sassy side, with notes of mandarin and orchid. The can is decorated with a pretty yellow and purple flower print.
  • Candy: this scent takes sweet to a whole new level, with a playful sugary, sweet scent. Of course this one is decorated with a lollipop print!
  • Original: one of the first ever scents from COLAB Hair, designed to smell like a famous perfume, with notes of bergamot and rose. The can is super cool, covered in typography reading ‘love’.
  • Fresh: this scent is one for when you don’t want to over think things! A fresh scent of lemon and neroli, with a can that is decorated in waves!
  • Tropical: this one is another one of my favourites, as the notes of pineapple and papaya remind me of summer. Of course this one is finished with a tropical leaf print, so cute!
  • Active Dry Shampoo+: This product is something a little bit different, thanks to its supercharged ingredients, which give your hair a bit of TLC! This one just takes oil removal to a new level, being designed as something you can use on-the-go!

So the most important question is: which one will you choose? I actually, genuinely love them all, but If I was going to pick, it would be Paradise for me! Shop COLAB Hair at Superdrug and Feel Unique, prices start at £3.49, but it is almost always on offer! 

Friday, 7 July 2017

Hand Soap Heaven from Roger & Gallet

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a little package from Roger & Gallet, so I was super excited to receive these beauties last week. If you’ve never heard of Roger & Gallet you have some serious catching up to do! The French brand has been around since the 1800’s and still delivers top quality products to consumers today. In 1879, the famous Roger & Gallet boutique on Rue Saint Honoré, brought their first round of scented soap to life and you need to know all about it…

Back in the day, these soaps were a huge feat in beauty manufacturing, created by a unique handcrafted process known as the ‘cauldron’ method. Today the glorious Roger & Gallet Soaps* still exist and still boast the same unrivalled fragrance and delicate softness, thanks to the artisan tradition. Each soap takes a whopping 80 hours to create and is made in an intricate four step process. The soaps arrive in beautiful round, which is actually inspired by the iconic French macaroon – they certainly know the way to my heart!

They are actually made from 100% natural essences, with a rich composition of vegetable base, which makes it fully biodegradable. Once each soap is made it is wrapped exquisitely in a pleated in silk-paper and given the seal of approval with a Roger & Gallet sticker. I’ve had these soaps floating around my house for years – not only do they look beautiful, they smell beautiful too. Leaving each room smelling beautiful, no matter how long you leave it there! Plus, it’s always nice to present your guests with something a little bit fancy when they stay. 

The soaps are pretty hefty, weighing in at 100g each – which Roger & Gallet say will last you for one hundred showers! These lovely soaps are available in seven classic Roger & Gallet fragrances, meaning there is something for everyone, no matter your mood! My favourites are  Fleur de Figuier (a fresh and crisp fig fragrance), Fleur D’osmanthas (which is a mix of grapefruit, mandarin and benzoin) and Rose (which captures the radiant freshness of the Nepalese rose). 

It’s no surprise that one million of these soaps are sold every year around the world. They are available from Marks & Spencer nationwide, priced £6.50 each or £15.00 for a three soap gift set. 
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