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Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY It’s not for dogs…

KOREAN BEAUTY It’s not for dogs…

“Is it for dogs?” was my husband’s first question when I showed him this Homme Terrior* All In One product from Korea! Obviously the name shows more than a slight resemblance to a type of dog here in the UK, but it’s definitely a product for men! I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. You may have already seen some of my previous Korean beauty reviews, such as this post about 3CE Long Wear Eye Crayon. This Homme Terrior All In One reminds me a bit of an aftershave from the 1970s with its strong black bottle and golden lion on the lid. I was actually a bit surprised when I received it from...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Bath & Body | 1 comment

Sleep In A Box!

Sleep In A Box!

I go through phases where I suffer from terrible insomnia so I’m always eager to try out new products that promise to help you drift off to sleep. I was given this set from Sanctuary Spa after I gave birth to my daughter last September, and given that I was feeling rather run down and tired I welcomed anything that encouraged me to pamper myself. Containing mini versions of four of Sanctuary Spa’s bodycare products from their Sleep range, this Sleep-In-A-Box contains everything you need to give yourself a little bit of a treat before bedtime. There’s a helpful guide inside the lid as to how to use the products – starting with a long warm bath filled with Calming Luxury Bath Float, then exfoliating away any dry skin using Smoothing Silk Polish. After the bath you can massage Restoring Body Oil into aching muscles (even better get your partner to do this!) and finish off by hydrating skin with Comforting Night Butter. The ingredients of the products include...

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Skincare | 3 comments

Olay – 2 in 1 Hydration Moisturisers

Olay – 2 in 1 Hydration Moisturisers

Olay is a well-trusted brand that seems to have been around forever… back in the day it was known as Oil Of Ulay – anyone else remember that? So I’m embarrassed to admit that these are the first of their products that I’ve actually ever tried! I think Olay used to have a bit of an old-fashioned reputation, the sort of skincare that your auntie might use… but not any more, over the past decade they’ve stepped up their game and offer products for every age group. I’ve been trying out two of their new 2 in 1 Hydration moisturisers, promising 24 hour hydration, that are currently exclusive to Superdrug. Olay 2 in 1 Hydration & Flawless Blur* – this 2 in 1 moisturising cream not only hydrates the skin but also contains light-diffusing particles that aim to smooth the look of fine lines and make skin look smoother. It also provides a smooth base for effective make-up application, reducing the need for a primer. The cream itself is...

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY Forencos – Lips In Love

KOREAN BEAUTY Forencos – Lips In Love

I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. My first Korean beauty post went live yesterday when I reviewed Hot Girl Lash coloured mascara from Too Cool For School. The product that I am reviewing today is Lips In Love lip paint from Forencos. It comes in several bright colours and I have been testing out the bright crimson red shade (04) called Lol Lol Lol. I thought it was going to be like a lip gloss when I first tried it, but it’s not, it’s more like a liquid paint consistency that you apply with the soft applicator which is really tickly! The paint feels a bit tingly at first but dries on the lips...

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Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 12 comments

Blue Sparkle & Nude Nails

Blue Sparkle & Nude Nails

I created this Blue Sparkle & Nude nail look using one of my favourite nail polishes and a brand new one. Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee is a nail polish that I love and I use it over and over again, both on it’s own which looks really classy or incorporated in nail art and I have used it here as the nude base underneath the blue sparkly tips. The glittery blue polish is part of the Essence Effect Nail Polish* range and it’s called ‘Party In A Bottle’ which I think is a fun name. If you’ve not heard of Essence before this is because they’ve only recently launched in the UK, you might want to have a read of my post about the UK launch of Essence make-up to find out more. First I painted 2 coats of the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee over my nails and left to dry. It works really well as a base colour underneath glitters and nail art as...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Makeup | 3 comments

Step-by-step guide to the perfect eyeliner

Step-by-step guide to the perfect eyeliner

You may have read my post recently about the launch of Essence make-up in the UK, a fantastically affordable range of make-up exclusive to Wilkinsons. Well here is another of their amazing budget make-up products – the 2in1 Eyeliner Pen. Currently only available in black, this liquid eyeliner pen has 2 felt-tip type nibs – one thin and pointed, and the other thick with a flat nib a bit like a calligraphy pen. I love anything that is multi-use and this liquid eyeliner doesn’t disappoint. The image below shows the thin nib: The image below shows the thick nib: You can use each nib to create a different eye look, or you can use them together to create a look. The thick nib would be perfect to create a dramatic 1960s style eye with no eyeshadow, just a thick line of black liner that wings up to a cats eye and lots of black mascara. The swatch image below shows clearly the line that each nib gives: The liner...

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Skincare | 4 comments

Bee Good – Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

Bee Good – Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

All things honey and bee-related are really popular at the moment, plus it has recently been highlighted that honey has wonderful properties that help to treat and improve skin. This Bee Good Honey & Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water is made in Hampshire, UK, from the honey of British bees and other natural ingredients and contains no synthetics or parabens. This 3-in-1 Cleansing Water is a clear liquid with hardly any scent and it really does have 3 benefits – it dissolves and removes make-up, cleanses the skin like a cleanser and then tones and refreshes the skin. It should be applied to a cotton wool pad then swept over the face, with no need to rinse afterwards, and can be used morning and night. Personally I don’t like products where there is no need to rinse as I don’t like the feeling of a product being left on the skin, so I have been using it as a pre-cleanse to remove make-up before using my usual Eucerin Dermo...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Bath & Body, Skincare | 0 comments

Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

Here in the UK our Summer weather can be mixed, with the dull rainy days often outnumbering the sunny ones. Everyone knows how important it is to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays on the hot sunny days, but did you know it’s really important to protect your skin from the sun all year round? Even on cloudy days the UVA and UVB rays from the sun reach our skin and contribute to premature ageing and wrinkling at best…. and skin cancer at worst. There are loads of ways to help protect skin from the sun, here are just a few suggestions… I always wear a day moisturiser that contains SPF15 or higher to help protect my face from the sun when I’m out and about. So many women spend a fortune on moisturiser that promises to delay aging and help keep them looking young, yet they don’t realise that without SPF the sun is prematurely aging their skin. There are more and more make-up products available...

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