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Thursday, November 24, 2016


Some might think it's too early to start the festivities, but after the Christmas cups and adverts have been released it's ok to start the Christmas wishing I think. Anthropologie is a shop that has dreamy homeware where I could buy one of everything and their Christmas range is just as magical.
My favourite picks from the website are anything to do with Gingerbread. My Christmas tree may have too many Gingerbread men after growing my collection over the years, but these little trinkets are too cute to miss. The Candy Cane Gingerbread House Christmas Ornament, Gingerbread Snow Globe Christmas Ornament and Yuletide Christmas Ornament are my picks of the Christmas decorations. My favourite being the Snow Globe one as I've seen nothing like it, it's so special and would look perfect on any tree. As winter is approaching, I'm drinking more hot drinks any excuse to buy a new Christmas mug every year, I may have already brought a Starbucks one this year in the shape of a penguin. This Snowy Salutation Mug is so vintage looking and comes in three different designs. My favourite is the mustard 'Christmas' one with Santa on his sleigh. If you are looking for something on the go or a cute present for a friend this Merry & Bright Travel Mug is the cutest thing to go with your Gingerbread lattes and also comes in three different designs. I've always wanted a special Christmas plate for mince pies or a plate for Santa. I've looked at Emma Bridgewater ones before but these Noel Canape Plates are perfect, decorative and come in four different designs. It would be lovely to have one of each design as Christmas Day dessert plates. There are so many things I could have chosen for my wish list from the website, including Snow Globe Stocking Holders and Jar Candles, I need to find my way to a store. Even better, for Black Friday Anthropologie are offering 20% off everything, just use the promo code 'GIFT'.
What are your favourite Christmas homeware picks this season?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


I have so many face masks, they’re probably my favourite skincare product to buy. I like to try different formulas for different problem areas. Multi-masking has become quite popular recently, this is where you put a clay mask on your t-zone and a radiance mask on your cheeks to get the best out of your face masks. I guess this means you don’t have to apply three masks a week, you can have one pamper session and target all areas. I try and use a face mask every Sunday evening, I'm always trying out new ones. I noticed the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Face Mask on one of my many shopping trips into Boots. I had seen the Moisture Bomb Range before but hadn’t seen the tissue mask. My friend said she enjoyed the day cream so I couldn’t resist trying one as the range always seems to be on some kind of offer. I must admit I wasn’t too fussed to try the day or night cream as I’m really into my Origins skincare.
I have tried sheet masks before but they always seem to slide off my face and end up having to lie down to keep them on. The Garnier one felt like it wasn’t going anywhere, as it is soaked with so much serum you know it's doing something good for your skin. The Moisture Bomb tissue face mask is super hydrating on the skin and is great for dehydrated skin but works on all skin types, even sensitive. I love the scent of the mask it's very fresh, it is enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum. It recommends to keep the mask on for 15 minutes, but I love keeping it on for longer to get the most out of the moisture. The mask claims to intensely rehydrate the skin, reduce the look of fine lines and revive radiance. The tissue mask diffuses the equivalent level of hydrating serum as per 1 week's use of day care, which is amazing! If you have had a busy week and your skin is looking a little bit dull using one of these is just what your skin needs to boost it back to life. They remind me of the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks but at a cheaper price point. My skin feels plumper, smoother and healthier and I really like the cooling sensation it gives. If I apply the mask in the evening, I can still feel the benefits on my skin in the morning. It really does quench the skin, they're so effective! The mask fits really well, the eye holes were a little too close together for me but I found it overall very comfortable.
I really like the packaging, they're great for travel as they take up no room at all and would be perfect after a day in the sun. It's nice to use a face mask which isn't messy and you don't have to scrub your face afterwards to remove it. The mask has a blue protective film which makes it easier to apply, which you remove once the mask is in place. When you are ready to remove the mask, you can massage any excess serum into your face or use a cotton pad to remove it, I like to leave it on. I have since gone back for a couple more and have got my mum and a friend to try one for themselves. They’re currently on offer for 99p (normally priced at £1.49) which is a real bargain so I might have to stock up on a few more. As I have had such great results with this mask, I might have to try the other products in the range.
What's your favourite tissue mask?

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


I am a big fan of Pina Colada's in general, it's my favourite holiday cocktail and just reminds me of good times in the sun. When I saw that a new summer range was coming to The Body Shop in a coconut/pineapple scent I knew I would want to try EVERYTHING! I must admit I didn't try anything from the Virgin Mojito range last year but I love the original coconut scent from The Body Shop, so I knew this cocktail range would be a winner. I love coconut scented beauty products, especially Hawaiian Tropic Sun cream and various brands of shampoo and conditioner as they just remind me of Summer. The Pinita Colada collection consists of a body butter, a body scrub, a shower gel, a body sorbet and even an essentials set which would be a fantastic gift for a summer birthday.
My favourite product from the range has to be the Body Sorbet. The sorbets are lighter than a moisturiser but provide your skin with plenty of hydration. The product is lightweight and sinks straight into the skin. The formula is cooling on the skin so would work well as an aftersun and could be put into the fridge as I do on holidays to cool down. Unlike other sorbets I have tried,this scent has pineapple and coconut extracts from the caribbean in the formulation, so it is a bit of a strange texture to apply, but I can't get enough of the sweet, fruity scent.
The Pinita Colada Gift Essentials Set includes a full-size body butter, a full-size body scrub, a mini shower gel and a yellow bath lily. As the products range from £5-£15, it worked out better for me to buy the gift set, as I wanted to try every product in the range. Everything came in this gorgeous multicoloured 'Hola Happy Hour' box which I will definitely be keeping. I love the packaging of this range, the ombre colours are so summery.
I really like to layer up the scent, by using the products in the shower and then coming out of the shower and using the sorbet or body butter afterwards. The Body Scrub is a gentle exfoliator which is blended with real shredded coconut. This is a great product to get Summer ready skin. I like that it's creamy like a Pina Colada so it's not harsh on the skin at all. I like to use this once a week and follow up with the shower gel. The Body Butter is sunshine in a tub. The formula is thick but still lightweight on the skin. It definitely hydrates skin for longer than the quick fix body sorbet and is great for any extra dry places. The Body Shop body butters are always a winner in my eyes, but I think this one might just over take my beloved Satsuma scent. I've even used the Shower Gel as a bubble bath as it foams up nicely. You only need to use a small amount on a bath lily, as a little goes a long way. I'm so sad this scent is limited edition, I would buy it all year round! Looks like I might have to stock up so I'm not without it, especially the sorbet! Try it for yourself, I don't think you'd be disappointed. 
What's your favourite Body Shop scent?

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Friday, May 06, 2016


I must admit I’m not a massive fan of nail wraps, I haven’t tried many brands but I have found them in the past to be a bit of a faff. I hadn’t heard of the brand Dinkibelle before but I think they may have changed my mind on nail wraps as I applied these with no problems at all. Dinkibelle started as a quest to find nail wraps which were durable, pretty and affordable after not finding any that currently worked on the market. The problem I have found in the past is that they don’t stick around on the nails and can damage your nails underneath.
I found these nail wraps so easy to apply, they didn’t bubble up or crease at all and I didn’t need many things to help me apply them. The pack contains 20 nail wraps all different sizes so you have one that will fit every nail. I used the five smallest ones, so have the bigger ones left. As these ones won’t fit my nails I can cut these to size, I’m not too sure about using them on my toes! I did my nails whilst watching the television and was pleasantly surprised how fast I could create my instant manicure.
I prepped my nails by removing any nail polish I already had on, buffing my nails slightly to give the wraps something to stick to. I was also advised to wash my hands in fairy up liquid to remove any natural oils from my hands and nails to also make the nail wraps stick better. You remove the clear cover from the wraps and lift the wrap using the silver tab. Apply to your nail and smooth out any creases, wrap around the nail and file off any excess in a downward motion. The nail wraps should last up to 14 days, mine lasted well and the good thing about them is no chips! You remove them with nail polish remover or peel them off gently.
The only downside I had was after I had filed off the remainder of the wrap the colour didn’t quite cover my whole nail, but for a first try I was really pleased with the finish. I applied Essie Gel Setter Top Coat on top of the wraps and was left with a shiny gel appearance and by adding the top coat this makes them last longer. But just a top tip a fast drying top coat damages the wraps, so don’t use one of those!
I chose the shade Purple Dream which contains a few geometric shades of purple to create a lovely deep colour on the nails. There are quite a few different designs you can choose from which are fashionable and wearable, some of my favourites include Pastel Princess and Naked Daisy designs. I like that there’s no mess or fuss and you can fit them in your bag and easily apply them on the go. The nail wraps are priced at £6.99 each, which I think is quite reasonable and the same price as a high street nail polish. Admittedly you don’t get the continual use of a nail polish but for a special occasion I think they’re worth it.
Dinkibelle have kindly offered to give away a pack of the Purple Dream nail wraps to one of my readers. If you want to be in a chance of winning them, just enter the Rafflecopter competition below! 
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What's your favourite design?

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Saturday, April 30, 2016


The St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan is one of my most popular blog posts. I’m not a big tanner but I do like a gradual bit of colour, especially if I’m going away or if the weather is nice enough to get my legs out. The newest Gradual Tan to St Tropez's collection is the Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion. The tinted moisturiser gives an instant hint of bronze to illuminate the skin. You can gradually build this up to create a sun kissed glow. I have been applying this twice a week to build up the colour, but you can use this daily as it instantly perfects the skin and blurs imperfections. In the photo above it shows before and after one application and I think you can really see a difference straight away. I like to still use a tanning mitt with this product as it comes out bronze so you can see where you’re putting it, but the directions say you can use your hands. It’s lightweight and hasn’t gone streaky on me at all. The tan has a new mood-boosting fragrance, which isn’t overpowering at all but I can smell it from time to time throughout the day. I like to leave it a few minutes before doing anything else, but it is quick-drying and you can see an instant difference in your skin tone. The formula seems to be thicker than other tans I’ve tried from St Tropez but this means my skin is hydrated for longer which I like. I’m quite pale but I’m sure this would work on all different skin tones. I can see myself going through this tube quite quickly as the lotion is so thick. If you were applying this every day it could be an expensive buy at £15.00 a bottle, but topping it up every few days is definitely worth it. Or you could alternate between the In Shower version, which I think I might start doing before my holiday. I’m really impressed with the natural colour and it’s nice that you can build it up over time, instead of a full blown tan. I have also found that because I’ve been exercising more regularly it doesn’t come off when I sweat or transfer onto clothing or towels. A couple of people have even commented on my skin tone and have said it looks like i've just been on holiday, which definitely is a mood changer.
It would be great if you could get a miniature version of this product to take away with me! I think Marie Claire were reading my mind as they are giving away a free sample of this product in June's issue, which I need to get my hands on! I will definitely keep topping up the colour, I especially like the way it looks on my arms and legs. I would absolutely keep using this after my holiday too, to top up the tan! I’ve seen emails about a darker shade of the In Shower Gradual Tan coming soon, so I would be interested to try that when it comes out. Another winner from St Tropez!
What’s your favourite St Tropez product?

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