Friday, 15 December 2017

Crème De Couture Liquid Lipstick | Sigma Beauty

Every year Sigma Beauty release their Crème De Couture collection, adding something a little bit different into the mix for Christmas time. Instead of the usual sparkles and nude hues, Sigma Beauty have come up with something to add a bit of colour into your life. The Crème De Couture collection includes a 16-piece eyeshadow palette, which has everything from bright blues, to pretty purples. On top of the eyeshadow palette, they’ve also released these pretty Crème De Couture Liquid Lipsticks*, which have you covered whatever the occasion!

Of course, as the Crème De Couture collection is all about colour, they arrive in gorgeous colourful packaging. Featuring little boxes finished in slightly different colours, depending on the colour inside. I love the pretty marbling, which just looks so pretty when paired with the gold detailing on the front of each box. When you get inside the box, you find clear tubes, which let the colour of each lipstick shine. The tubes are finished with a sleek matte black lid and holographic silver lettering with the Sigma logo – so pretty!

The formula is everything you need at this time of year – featuring long-wearing lip shades, which are strongly pigmented, but really comfortable on the lips! All of the shades dry matte on the lips and the colour doesn’t smudge or feather, even without liner. You simply apply the colour with the handy doe-foot applicator and you’re good to go!

There are four different shades of the Crème De Couture Liquid Lipstick and I have three to show you! First up I have New Mod* (which is a nude mauve), then I have Fox Glove* (which is a bright blackberry) and finally we have Peach-Tini* (which is a hot, watermelon pink). The one I’m missing is Top That* (which is a neon-blue pink). As I type these beautiful shades are still available from the Sigma Beauty website here, but as they are part of the Christmas collection, they won’t be around for much longer. 


Thursday, 14 December 2017

KIKO Candy Split | AW2017 | KIKO’s 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

This year, KIKO MILANO is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To celebrate their anniversary, they have joined forces with seven international brands, which have been created by young and up-and-coming designers. The sixth capsule collection is called ‘Candy Split’ and is a collaboration with Nicolò Beretta of Giannico. As you’ve probably already guessed by the name of the collection, she was inspired by irresistible desserts and confectionery. Taking concepts from colourful sprinkles, delicious marshmallows and all things candy. All the products in the collection have been designed to be dual purpose, allowing you to really play with the collection and use the products how you feel inspired! Everything is practical and so feminine, let’s take a closer look at you have to choose from …

Candy Split Eyeshadow* (£5.90) and Candy Split Eye Pencil* (£5.90)
The Candy Split Eyeshadow is actually a cream formulation, which is held in a tube. The eyeshadow has been designed to have an intense colour pay off, whilst giving you long-lasting pretty colour. There are four different shades in the collection, including 01 Violet Cupcake, 02 Mauve Lollipop, 03 Golden Sorbet and 04 Mild Green. To finish your eye look, we have the Candy Split Eye Pencil – a creamy eye pencil which allows you to create well defined lines. It actually arrives with a pencil sharpener, so you don’t need to hunt around for something that fits it perfectly! There are four shades of these too; 01 Rosy Marshmallow, 02 Candy Iris, 03 Sweet Milk Mint and 04 Chewy Liquorice.

Candy Split Lips Mattifier* (£5.90)
I love the concept of the Candy Split Lips Mattifier, as it allows you to turn even your creamiest lipstick into a completely matte finish. Perfect if you have a favourite lipstick, which you’d love to wear in a completely new finish, just what you need in the winter months! 

Candy Split Lipstick* (£5.90)
The Candy Split Lipstick arrive in traditional lipstick packaging, but it’s a super skinny design, which I think makes them look super cute! The formulation has been designed to be really pigmented, but also luminous on the lips. The small shape of the lipstick makes it super easy to apply – meaning you can do it on-the-go mistake free. All of the shades are designed to be pastel and fun, with four different ones to choose from: 01 Cherished Rose, 02 Lovely Lavender, 03 Violet Glaze and 04 Creamy Sage. 

Candy Split Lip Scrub* (£6.90)
I actually think the Candy Split Lip Scrub is one of my favourite products from the whole collection. The Lip Exfoliating Scrub arrives in a gorgeous glass jar and uses sugar crystals to gently smooth lips. The formulation is also infused with precious emollient oils, which makes them super soft too. Of course, as you’d expect, the Candy Split Lip Scrub smells incredible and has a delicate strawberry flavour!

Candy Split Makeup Blender* (£6.90)
I have to admit that I can’t get over the Candy Split Makeup Blenders. They arrive in a little box which makes them look like delicate cakes, when you get inside, you find sponges have been designed to look like little macarons! KIKO say that the little sponges make the application of makeup enjoyable, but still effective, giving you an even application of any base product.

Candy Split Serum* (£15.90)
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by KIKO skincare products in the past and the Candy Split Serum is no different! It’s a lovely moisturising serum, which leaves the skin plump and with a lovely radiant finish. I love the packaging too, the baby pink casing is really sweet and the formulation has a lovely swirl effect inside the clear section. It’s a really lovely product when you consider that it’s only £15.90. 

Candy Split Nail Art Stickers* (£2.90) and Candy Split Nail Lacquer* (£2.90)
I’ve been lucky enough to try a lot of KIKO collections in the past, but they’ve never had anything like the Candy Split Nail Art Stickers before. They are really sweet and fun, just pop them onto your nails for a really sweet finishing touch to any look. They are obviously really quick to apply and I love KIKO’s idea of using them to fix nail errors and mistakes. They are two different variations of the stickers and they are great for popping on top of the Candy Split Nail Lacquers. The Candy Split Nail Lacquers are really fun topcoat enamels, which give you a confetti-like effect on the nails in loads of pastel tones. 

The lovely Candy Split capsule collection launched in October and is still available now from KIKO stores and the KIKO website. Don’t miss your chance to grab your favourites, as they sell out very quickly! 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 | Christmas 2017

I’m a sucker for anything from Hourglass and my bank account HATES me for it! When the latest Hourglass palette dropped, I knew I had to add it to my collection. I actually use the rest of my Hourglass palettes pretty much every day, so I knew this would be a worthwhile investment to make! For this year’s limited-edition palette, Hourglass have opted for a rose gold palette, which again is bang on trend. Let’s take a closer look… 

This year Hourglass have created another travel friendly palette, designed to give you everything you could possibly need when you’re on the road. The palette can take you from desk to dancefloor and has everything from blush to bronzer. If (like me) you collect the Hourglass palettes, you’ll be pleased to know that this Ambient Lighting Edit includes three brand new exclusive shades, plus three of their bestsellers.

First up, let’s take a look at the new shades! The first of the new shades is called Surreal Halo, which is a beautiful deep berry blush, blended with their Surreal Light powder – absolutely perfect for the Autumn season! Pure Effect is a pretty light pink, blended with a pink shimmer, which gives the skin a youthful glow. Last but not least, we have the Hypnotic Strobe Light, which is brand new strobing powder, in a lovely champagne shade.

On top of the new shades we also have Dim Light (neutral peach beige powder), Diffused Light (a pale yellow powder) and Luminous Bronze Light (a medium bronzing shade which adds a lovely warmth to the skin). As always, the lovely Hourglass powders are all infused with Hourglass’ Photoluminescent Technology – which has been designed to refract favourable light on the skin. This in turn gives your skin a soft-focus effect and leaves your skin looking beautiful! 

Despite the very hefty price tag (a whopping £59) I’m really pleased to have this beauty in my collection. I know it will get a lot of love and I will no doubt use it as much as last year’s palette. I really love that this year’s palette has a few more darker hues, which work really well in the colder months. If you’d like to add this to your collection, you'll have to search far and wide, but you still may find them in SpaceNK stores!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

My Favourite Gifting Candles This Christmas | Christmas 2017

If you’ve been following my Christmas Gift Guides, it won’t be a surprise to you that I think candles make a fantastic gift. This year there are so many to choose from – from those that are Christmas themed, to those that just look (and smell) fantastic all year round! As there are so many to choose from, I wanted to combine my own Christmas Candle edit, to give you a complete low down of my favourites! 

SPACE NK Shimmering Spice Candle* (£26 here)
Christmas candles don’t get more iconic than the SPACE NK Shimmering Spice Candle*. I almost always buy one of these candles in the SPACE NK sale, so I’m super chuffed to have one in my collection already this year and it’s burning happily! Every year the design of the candle changes and I’m loving the look of this year’s design. This year it’s in the most gorgeous jar, finished with metallic details, which wave across the white background. As always, the candle is completely exclusive to the festive season and the scent is everything I love about Christmas! The notes include Cinnamon and spice, which are intermingled with orange, mandarin, with a warm and cosy cedar base that is infused with a hint of sweet vanilla. 

Monsoon Fragrance Collection* (£17 each here)
I reviewed this collection earlier in this year and it was safe to say that I was really impressed! From start to finish the whole experience is so unique and luxurious. The collection includes both the diffusers and candles, which arrive in stunning heavy glass containers. On the front of each product these is an iconic Monsoon metalwork pattern, which changes colour depending on the scent you’ve picked. I’ve been loving the Seaspray & Cotton range, which is lovely, fresh and perfect for starting a new year!

Bloom Fig & Cassis candle* (£10, currently £5 here)
If the person you’re buying for is a bit of scent fan, it’s important to remember that the gift doesn’t have to cost the earth! Which is exactly why I wanted to give a mention to the ‘Bloom’ range from Superdrug. The range is perfect for gifting, as they arrive in lovely colour coded boxes, with simple candles hiding inside. There are loads of different scents to choose from, but my favourite is the Bloom Fig & Cassis candle*. The scent is gorgeous and includes some of my favourite notes - floral jasmine, sweet coconut and berry amber.

Mini Christmas Candles from Crabtree & Evelyn* (£16 each here)
Until I put together my gift guides, I had absolutely no idea that Crabtree & Evelyn made candles – yet they are some of the most beautiful things I’ve come across! This year I have completely fallen in love with the mini Christmas candles from Crabtree & Evelyn. The first candle is the Mini Noël Candle* (£16 here) which is infused with the fragrance of fir tree branches studded with tangy citrus zest and mulled spices. The second candle I’m loving is the Mini White Cardamom Candle* (£16 here), which is are infused with winter warming sweet mimosa and mulled spice essences of cardamom. They are both made using cold extraction technology for the most authentic fragrances and make amazing stocking fillers! 

Mini Moderns Pavilion Scented Candle* (£24 candle)
Another new brand to cross my path is Mini Moderns, which again have completely stolen my heart. This candle arrives in the coolest abstract jar, which is finished with pretty black spots, with a hit of mustard yellow. It’s totally bang on trend and is going to fit well into anyone’s décor! The fragrance is called Gin Fizz - it’s a cocktail of lemon and juniper berry with notes of fresh geranium. The Mini Moderns candles are made using a unique blend of waxes and have a pure cotton wick, which means if you really look after them, they can last 50 hours! 

Orla Kiely Earl Grey Candle* (£25 here)
There is no doubt that the world loves Orla Kiely, I know that whenever I unwrap something from her brand, I always know I’m going to love it. So, with that in mind, I think the Orla Kiely Earl Grey Candle is a good safe bet when it comes to presents! It arrives boxed and of course, it’s presented in a beautiful glass jar embellished with one of Orla Kiely's signature prints. The Earl Grey scent I would say is a pretty universal scent, with notes that include oils of bergamot, clary sage, orange peel and smokey black tea.

Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief Scented Candle* (£25 here)
This year I was introduced to Heathcote & Ivory, who are an amazing gifting brand. One of their brands is called Morris & Co, which has everything from hand creams to candles. The Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief Scented Candle* may not sound very Christmassy at first glance, but it really is perfect for the festive season! It arrives in a pretty hefty box and it’s one of the biggest candles in this edit. Box the glass and the box is finished in a full colour Morris & Co. design, finished with red, floral details, whilst the scent is truly to die for, with rich, earthy grounding scents.

ESPA Trio Of Light Set* (£45 here)
Every year I go mad for the ESPA Christmas sets and I truly can never get enough of their candles. I love that the gifts feel very Christmassy, but when you get inside, it’s a gift that can last all year round. For me nothing says spa-like pamper like ESPA and the ESPA Trio Of Light Set* (£45 here), truly makes my heart skip a little tiny beat. The set arrives in a gorgeous silver box, which is delicately finished with the ESPA logo. The whole thing is tied with a beautiful EPSA green ribbon – so pretty that it barely needs wrapping!  Inside the gorgeous silver, ribbon tied box, you get three stunning ESPA candles, which allows you to experience ESPA aromas in miniature form. There are 70g sized candles of the Mini Soothing Candle, the Mini Restorative Candle and the Mini Energising Candle. Perfect for an ESPA fan, or a complete newbie to the range! 


Monday, 11 December 2017

Snow Ball Pigment & Glitter Kits | MAC Snowball Christmas 2017

Sometimes MAC collections can be a bit OTT for me, as when they release something that’s a little more neutral, I’m first in line to get my hands on it! This year’s Christmas collection is exactly that – a beautiful array of pretty shades, with the packaging all adorned with sequin details. It totally screams at my magpie tendencies and I knew I had to give something a whirl! The collection is said to be inspired by “the cool kids” who take full advantage of the festive season – from festive parties and soirees, to dancing to the beat and a bit of festive flirtation. The collection is said to help you dance right through to sunrise, whist still looking fantastic and revelling in the glitter details. The collection is all about glitter details, from pretty glitter snowflakes, to the aforementioned sequin adornment. 

The product I knew I had to try is the Snow Ball Pigment & Glitter Kits – I use SO many glitter pigments during the festive season, but I’ve never tried the products from MAC. So, I figured, as they’d wrapped them up so nicely, it was time to give them a whirl! The Snow Ball Pigment & Glitter Kits arrive in a mini makeup bag, which is covered in sequins. When you unzip the bag, you find three pretty mini pigments and glitters hiding inside.

There are two different shade variations, there’s ‘Gold’ and ‘Pink’. The Gold set is the one I have here and it includes the Vanilla Mini Pigment (soft ivory white), English Gilt Mini Pigment (bright champagne) and Gold Mini Glitter (sparkling chunky gold). The Pink version includes the Copper Sparkle Mini Pigment (smooth, high-shine copper), the Whisper Pink Mini Pigment (soft beigey pink with pearl) and the Pink Mini Glitter (which is bright pink).

Both of the sets retail for £25 each and they are strictly limited edition for Christmas time – once they are gone they are gone! I’m so happy with my pigment purchase and I can’t wait to properly use them over the festive period. I can’t lie to you, I already have my eyes on the Pink version to complete the collection! 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Make A Statement | Too Faced Christmas 2017

If you’re still looking for a stocking filler for your makeup obsessed friend, look no further – this one is for you! You really can’t go wrong with Too Faced at any time of the year, but when it comes to Christmas time, Too Faced do gifts REALLY well. They have a great set of gifts this year, from little stocking fillers, to spectacular palettes! Today I really wanted to share this little set, which is great for the lipstick fans in your squad!

The Under The Kissletoe Liquidfied Lipstick Set* arrives in a gorgeous metallic bright pink box, which is finished with some seasonal illustrations. The four windows in the front of the box hide the products that are hiding inside. These happen to be four of Too Faced’s bestselling Melted, Melted Matte, Melted Chocolate, and Melted Latex lipstick shades. Each of the lipsticks is a generous sample size, which happens to be the perfect handbag companion - perfect for the party season and whilst you’re travelling or on the go. It’s a fantastic set as there are four different finishes, in a variety of shades – there’s everything from nude browns, pinks and festive berry colours. So, no matter the taste of the person you’re buying for, they will absolutely find something in the box that they like. 

As you’d expect from Too Faced, the shades feature intense, pigmented colour, which lasts for ages on the lips. The innovative formula offers a really glossy finish, which was inspired by the glossy form of liquid lipstick in cosmetic lab vats. The angled applicators inside each of the tubes allows for precise application of the colour, making everything very easy and without the need for a brush or lip liner! 

The lovely Under The Kissletoe Liquidfied Lipstick Set is exclusively available for the festive season. It retails for £22 and will be available from Debenhams, Selfridges and the Too Faced website. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Makeup Collection by Paul & Joe | Christmas 2017

It’s hard to find collections that excite me as much as Paul & Joe’s do! Especially at Christmas time when things go a little bit festive and we turn things up a notch! This year is just as good as I’ve come to expect from Paul & Joe, with a limited-edition makeup set in a festive red pouch. Let’s take a closer look… 

As I mentioned, the new Christmas Makeup Collection* from Paul & Joe, arrives in a red box. The box is of course finished in a psychatdélique cat print, which first appeared in the 2016 Autumn-Winter collection and carries through to the bag inside. This year’s pouch is a round design, which has some structure to it and a zip that spans across the top. It has a little handle across the top, which makes it a bit easier to carry around. 

When you unzip the pouch, you find three makeup products, which have been wrapped in matching red tissue paper. The products have been designed to have you the perfect dazzlingly makeup look, to match the festive season. Of course, a Paul & Joe collection is not complete without some limited edition cat-inspired products. So, the collection begins with the Limited Edition Cat Lipstick (003), which is in a champagne-red shade. The very top of the lipstick features a cat face, which is so damn cute. The outside of the lipstick is wrapped in the same psychatdélique print has the box and pouch.

Next in the bag we have The Eye Gloss (S001), which is perfect for those of us who love a bit of sparkle. It’s a gorgeous champagne-gold eye colour, which you wash over the lids for a dash of sparkle. To complete the festive look, we have The Shimmering Blush (001) – it’s a universally flattering champagne-rose pink which adds a luminous veil creating sparkle to highlight and illuminate cheek bones. 

The Paul & Joe Beauté Makeup Up Collection is priced at £45 and is available right now from ASOS and Beauty Bay. It’s a perfect addition to any Paul & Joe fans collection, but also makes an amazing gift for any cat fan who also loves makeup. The Paul & Joe collections always disappear fast, so don’t delay if you want to get your hands on it! 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Gifts For Her Over £20 | Christmas Gift Guides 2017

Yes, I’m back with more Christmas Gift Guides! They are always some of my most popular posts of the year, so it only seems right that I bring them back in 2017! I have four huge Christmas Gift Guides this year, which will cross all different price points and a variety of different themes. So, brace yourself for lots of festivity and a bulk load of present suggestions! This second guide is once again focussed on gifts for her, but this time all the gifts are under £20 and there’s a real mix of beauty and lifestyle ideas. If you’re looking for smaller gifts, check out my Gifts Under £10 post here and my Gifts Under £20 post here. Let’s get started… 

For the makeup junkie
Of course, in my opinion you can’t go wrong with a makeup gift! I’m loving the Millie Macintosh Beauty Ultimate Beauty Collection* (£30 here), which is beautifully packaged in a large rose gold box! Inside the box there are seven products, which cover everything from eyeshadow to bronzer. I’ve had all these products out of the box and played with them and I have to say they are all beautiful quality. I love a bit of glitter and shimmer, so the Sigma Beauty Loose Glitter and Shimmer Kits* ($30 here) make amazing gifts! Inside each box you get a mix of three shimmers or glitters, which you can use in loads of different ways – use them as eyeshadow, as highlight, as lip-gloss or as dusting all over the skin. The possibilities are endless! 

The nail kit I want to mention is The Gold Standard Christmas Gift Set from Butter London* (£25 here). It’s a five-item collection which features the best regal shades in high shine, gel-like hues, plus a 24-karat gold-flecked top coat which is sure to finish any nail polish in style!  Brows on fleek are not going anywhere soon, which is why I think the Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit* (£26 here) is an incredible buy! Keep your brows looking perfect at any time and in any location, with this handbag sized brow rescue kit! It fits into the smallest of bags and includes the Mini Slant Tweezer, the Mini Browmousse, the Mini Brow Brush and the Mini Eyenhance Brow Highlighter. 

For the lipstick fiend 
If you’re buying for someone who loves lipstick, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a lot of products out there! The NYX Professional Makeup Matte vs. Metals Lip Vault* (£30 here) is one of my must-buy gifts this year. It’s a huge vault which includes both matte and metallic finishes for endless looks. The set includes six shades of Liquid Suede Cream and six shades of the Cosmic Metals Lip Cream, in nude, red and pink hues. For something a little smaller, but more high-end, there’s the theBalm 'meet Matt(E) Hughes' Lipstick Set* (£26 here). Inside the set, you get six mini long-lasting liquid lipsticks, which are a super cute handbag size. Each lipstick in this gift is beautiful – they have everything from nude hues to bold Christmas party shades. 

Again, if you have a glitter fan in your tribe, I highly recommend the Beauty BLVD Glitter Lips  Merry Kissmas Set* (£30 here). You can’t help but wow when your lips are covered in glitter and this little set has you covered! There are three showstopping shades (Ruby Slippers, Vintage Pretty and Sparkling Rose) which will all add that extra wow factor. My last gift suggestion for the lipstick fiend is the Too Faced Under The Kissletoe Liquidfied Lipstick Set* (£22 here). This one arrives in a gorgeous metallic bright pink box, which is finished with some seasonal illustrations. Inside you get four of Too Faced’s bestselling Melted, Melted Matte, Melted Chocolate, and Melted Latex lipstick shades. It’s a fantastic set as there are four different finishes, in a variety of shades – there’s everything from nude browns, pinks and festive berry colours. So, no matter the taste of the person you’re buying for, they will absolutely find something in the box that they like. 

For the person who loves her makeup brushes
If you’re unsure of someone’s makeup taste, or you’re unsure what they have already, makeup brushes make an amazing gift! The good news is that the genius team at Real Techniques have you covered! One of my favourite gifts is the Real Techniques Illuminate + Accentuate Set* (£40, currently £30 here) – perfect for contouring goddess on your gift list! Inside are six six different products inside to help you spotlight and sculpt the face (a brand new Bronzer Brush, Contour Brush, Domed Shadow Brush, Shading Brush, Smudge Brush, the Miracle Complexion Sponge and the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge). 

This year the Bold Metals team have created the Bold Metals Eyes + Lips Set* (£30 here), which has all the tools you need for perfect eyes and lips this season. Including the 200 Oval Shadow Brush, the 203 Tapered Shadow Brush and the new 302 Pointed Lip Brush, all in a handy Brush Cup!

When it comes to keeping brushes in good condition, everyone needs the Sigma Dry And Shape Spa* ($29 here). It’s a super clever a patented design for cleaning, drying and reshaping face and eye brushes all in one gadget. The center core features all 7 of the trusted Sigma Spa patented brush cleaning textures, while the removable bases transform the gadget into a Sigma Dry'n Shape Tower holding up to 18 brushes at once. 

For an experience that really matters
For me nothing is better than a gift that keeps on giving and I LOVE making memories with my family and friends. This year BuyAGift have an amazing #buyaBETTERgift campaign, which focuses all ‘Gifts for Christmas, Experiences for Life’. So it's a fabulous place to find a gift that will matters and makes a lovely memory! I recently tested the Relaxing Spa Day For Two At A Macdonald Hotel Gift* (£99 here) and it really was lovely. The gifted and a guest can treat themselves to a spa day at one of Macdonald Hotels’ 19 sumptuous spa destinations. You can enjoy the amazing array of incredible spa facilities, as well as picking your very own 25-minute treatment to really unwind! The Macdonald locations are always so pretty and inviting, so it really feels like a special occasion! 

For the fragrance obsessed
Moving on to sweet, sweet smells, I have some amazing options for you! First up let’s talk shopping at the airport – many of us travel to see family at this time of year, so why not finish up your shopping with a 20% saving? I absolutely LOVE this Lancome La Vie Est Belle Set*, which comes with a huge 85ml bottle of perfume, plus a little rollerball of fragrance for your handbag! 

The world went a little bit mad for the Missguided Babe Power Eau De Parfum* (£28 here) this year! It arrives in a bottle, designed to look just like a can and smells delicious! The top notes include grapefruit zest, sour cherry, pink pepper, crisp apple, pineapple and rhubarb, the heart is more floral, with orange blossom, peony and jasmine, whilst the base includes vanilla, candy floss, sensual musk and amber crystals.

If you’re looking for a little fragrance gift, I love this Ghost White Light 30ml Set* (£22.99 here). The White Light scent from Ghost includes a mix of fresh juicy pear and mandarin combined with jasmine, violet and patchouli and vanilla – the perfect fresh, sophisticated scent! Inside the box you get a 30ml bottle of fragrance, paired with a little cosmetic mirror, which is perfect for your handbag! 

Of course, you really can’t go wrong with a candle and I have loads here for you to choose from! First up we have the Mini Moderns Pavilion Scented Candle* (£24 candle) – which arrives in the coolest abstract jar and includes the Gin Fizz fragrance. It’s a cocktail of lemon and juniper berry with notes of fresh geranium. The Mini Moderns candles are made using a unique blend of waxes and have a pure cotton wick, which means if you really look after them, they can last 50 hours! There is no doubt that the world loves Orla Kiely, so I think the Orla Kiely Earl Grey Candle* (£25 here) is a good safe bet! Presented in a beautiful glass jar embellished with one of Orla Kiely's signature prints and scented with oils of bergamot, clary sage, orange peel and smokey black tea.

Christmas candles don’t get more iconic than the SPACE NK Shimmering Spice Candle* (£26 here). This year it’s in the most gorgeous jar, finished with metallic details and as always, it’s completely exclusive to the festive season. The scent is everything I love about Christmas - Cinnamon and spice are intermingled with orange, mandarin, with a warm and cosy cedar base that is infused with a hint of sweet vanilla. The other Christmas scented candle I want to mention is the Morris & Co. Strawberry Thief Scented Candle* (£25 here). It arrives in a bespoke glass with full colour Morris & Co. design and the scent is truly to die for, with rich, earthy grounding scents.

For the pamper queen
Now this is where the gifts get really impressive and very indulgent! For me nothing says spa-like pamper like ESPA and the ESPA Trio Of Light Set* (£45 here), truly makes my heart skip a little tiny beat. Inside the gorgeous silver, ribbon tied box, you get three stunning ESPA candles, allowing you to experience ESPA aromas in miniature form. There is 70g sized candles of the Mini Soothing Candle, the Mini Restorative Candle and the Mini Energising Candle. 

So many of us love rose-scented products, which is why I just had to include the REN 'Tis The Season To Feel Rosey Luxury Rose Gift Set* (£49 here). Inside the gorgeously decorated box, you get a luxurious selection from REN’s multi-award winning Moroccan Rose Otto range! There’s the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash (200ml), the Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Polish (75ml) and the stunning Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil (100ml). 

When it comes to spa-like pamper, for me there is nothing that beats Comfort Zone. I was introduced to them this year and I’ve just not looked back! Some of their gifts this year are very extravagant and I know that they’d go down well with any pamper fan. First up we have the Comfort Zone Tranquillity Kit* (£63 here), which is everything you need for an aromatic cleansing experience. Inside you get the Tranquillity Shower Cream (200ml), the Tranquillity Body Cream (200ml) and the Tranquillity Hand Cream (75ml). The ultimate in extravagant gifts however is the Comfort Zone Sublime Skin Kit* (£100 here). It has everything you need for giving your skin a bit of TLC, leaving it feeling plump and firm! Including the Sublime Skin Serum (50ml) and the Sublime Skin Eye Cream (15ml).

I’ve been a fan of Green People for a long time and I think the A Heavenly Treat Gift Set* (£50 here) is set to wow any natural-product fan! Inside the lovely box you get a special skin care trio, which are all scented with Damask Rose, soft Jasmine and Lemon. There is the Damask Rose Cleanser (50ml), the Damask Rose Moisturiser (50ml) and the Damask Rose Hand Cream (50ml). Another beautiful skincare set this year is the Balance Me Indulge Me Gift Set* (£30 here). This one is perfect for after Christmas party season, when you’ve well and truly over-indulged. Including the Balance Me favourites: Pure Skin Face Wash (40ml), the Moisture Rich Face Cream (20ml), the Rose Otto Face Oil (30ml) and the Wonder Eye Cream (7ml).

I’ve spoken a few times on my blog about my love for Bodhi & Birch and if you know a bath fan, this gift is 100% for you! The Bodhi & Birch Aromatique Bath & Body Collection* (£50 here), includes eight different Bodhi & Birch products, offering the ultimate luxury gift-set. There are six favourites from Bodhi & Birch range, plus two new Limited Edition products. Some of my favourites inside the gift include the Flora Paradiso De-Stress Massage & Body Oil (15ml) and the Camomile Sky Bath & Shower Therapy (50ml).

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Baked Gelato Swirl Ornament | Laura Geller Christmas 2017

I’ve spoken a lot about my love for the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators from Laura Geller. Not only are they the prettiest thing on earth, but they also don’t disappoint when it comes to performance. This year the genius Laura Geller team have created the Baked Gelato Swirl Ornament*, which is sure to be a winner with beauty fans on Christmas morning. Let’s take a closer look…

The Baked Gelato Swirl Ornament arrives in a hexagon-shaped box, which is finished in a blue-purple colourway. The top of the box is finished with a diamond shaped plastic lid, which looks really impressive and lets the beauty of the product shine through. Once you get inside the box you find the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade ‘Diamond Dust’. This particular shade is a beautiful silver hue, which has been created to match all skin tones.

I love everything about the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, first of all you can’t not love the pretty swirl on the top. Designed to look just like Gelato and you simply can’t take a bad picture of it. Like all the other Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, Diamond Dust is beautifully pigmented. You just need one sweep of colour for a hit of show-stopping glamour. The formula has been designed to have a hybrid texture, meaning that whilst it applies like a powder, it feels like a cream on the skin. This means that it really just melts into the skin, allowing to use the Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator all over the skin. Perfect for creating that lit-from-within glow! You can even use the colour all over the eyelids, should you be pushed for time and need a beautiful eyeshadow! 

This lovely new ornament from Laura Geller will be available for the festive season at selected Debenhams stores and from the Debenhams website. It’s priced at £21, so it will make a lovely little gift for any makeup fan in your life! 

Monday, 4 December 2017

KIKO Asian Touch | AW2017 | KIKO’s 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

This year, KIKO MILANO is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To celebrate their anniversary, they have joined forces with seven international brands, which have been created by young and up-and-coming designers. The fifth capsule collection is called ‘Asian Touch’ and is a collaboration with Serafina Sama, the young designer behind the label Isa Arfen. As you’ve probably guessed, the collection is inspired by the charm of far eastern beauty. Today I wanted to show you some of the products in the collection! 

Asian Touch Matte Liquid Lipstick* (£7.95)
You’d be forgiven for thinking that these are nail polishes, but they are in fact liquid lipsticks! The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, featuring a long handle and a pretty glass bottle. As you can see the bottom of the lipstick is clear, which lets the colour of the lipstick shine through. Inside you’ll find an ultra-matte liquid lipstick, with a really intense pigmentation. I have two of the shades here, but there are actually three shades in the collection: 01 Plushy Red, 02 Silky Burgundy and 03 Velvety Black. 

Asian Touch Lip Pencil* (£5.95) and Asian Touch Eye Pencil* (£5.95)
I absolutely love the packaging of these pencils in the Asian Touch collection. They have glorious long thin handles, which look so impressive and totally fit the theme of the collection. The Asian Touch Lip Pencils have a full colour effect, which allows you to get a really precise outline. They are available in three different shades, 01 Plushy Red, 02 Silky Burgundy 03 Velvety Black. The Asian Touch Eye Pencils have been designed to be used both on the outer and inner eye, again available in three shades 01 Traditional Beige, 02 Oriental Bordeaux and 03 Ancient Black. 

Asian Touch Perfecting Sheet Mask* (£3.95) 
The last product in the collection that I have is the Asian Touch Perfecting Sheet Mask. It arrives in a cream package, which has an Asian-inspired illustration on the outside of the pack. Inside you find a face mask which is made with 100% natural fabric extracted from bamboo. The unique texture is unlike anything I’ve tried before and is inspired by Asian rituals, providing a blissful experience for perfect skin. 

The Asian Touch Capsule Collection actually launched in September, but luckily there are still some products left to get your hands on (they normally sell out very quickly). Shop the collection in all KIKO MILANO stores and online on the KIKO website.

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