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Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Bath & Body | 6 comments

The Body Shop Christmas 2015 Collection

The Body Shop Christmas 2015 Collection

I love The Body Shop® at Christmas as they have such amazing products and this year is no exception. I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of new products to try out, and I can honestly say that I love each and every one! I really think that The Body Shop® has stepped up its game over the last few years, they now have some fantastic make-up and their Christmas fragrances are second to none – plus it’s so affordable! This is my first of a two-part review of The Body Shop® Christmas range, as I attended a special blogger evening at my local store in York on Friday evening – so keep an eye out for my second post later this week to find out what we got up to! Glazed Apple Shimmer Mist* – Shimmer Mist is a completely new product for Christmas 2015 and apparently it’s selling like hot cakes – so if you want one you’ll need to get in quick! Available in all three...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

W7 – Budget Lip Products

W7 – Budget Lip Products

A couple of weeks ago I received a fab selection of make-up from budget beauty brand W7, so I decided to split them up into three separate reviews – lip products, face products and eye products. Today I’m going to be taking you through the four lip products that I received… The first two are Lip Paints*, available in five colours my shades are called Queen Of Hearts (pink shade, lying down) and Naughty (red shade, standing up). They’re both really opaque and pigmented, definitely more like a thick coloured paint than a gloss although they are very glossy too. Queen Of Hearts is a bright mid-pink shade and Naughty is a bright crimson red. Both have a pleasant tingly minty taste but you just need to be careful you don’t get them on your teeth as they can stain – not a good look! I have to say that they do require very careful application as they’re so bright any mistakes or wonky lip lines will show up...

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Makeup | 3 comments

L.A.B.2 – Strokes Of Genius Brush Kit

L.A.B.2 – Strokes Of Genius Brush Kit

If you’ve never heard of L.A.B.2 it stands for ‘Live And Breathe Beauty’, and their philosophy is to provide ‘Luxe For Less’ which I for one am all in favour of! The L.A.B.2 range of brushes encompasses FiberLuxe™ Technology, synthetic bristles specially designed with the softest and highest quality filaments that enable superior pigment pick-up and release for even colour distribution. I was sent this great little eye make-up brush kit to try out, I’ve been using the brushes for around two weeks now to create various eye looks. The Strokes Of Genius Brush Kit* contains five eye make-up brushes, here’s a brief description of each brush and what it’s for (from top to bottom): Eyeshadow Brush – distributes colour evenly all over the lids, crease and brow bone. Brow & Eyeliner Brush – fills in brows and lines eyes for extra definition. Pointed Eyeliner Brush –  delivers a precise, firm, even line for either upper or lower lashline. Crease Brush – accentuates the crease and blends colours seamlessly together...

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

New Autumn 2015 make-up from Clarins

New Autumn 2015 make-up from Clarins

I can’t believe we’re talking about Autumn already! This year is just flying by, before we know it it’ll be Christmas! Clarins have recently launched their new Autumn 2015 make-up range, a seductive collection focusing on the eyes. The new products allow you to easily transform from soft beige and fresh pink daytime shades to sultry evening looks with purples and carbon blacks. I’ve been lucky enough to try out three of their new products: Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadows* – these two eyeshadows have a unique cream-to-powder formula, so they apply smoothly like a cream but then have the hold of a powder. One of the ingredients is Bamboo Powder and this helps to give the shadows a matte and even finish. The shades are called Carbon and Heather – Carbon is a dark shade, almost black, and should be used sparingly or smudged to give a sultry look, whereas Heather is a smoky purple shade and can be used all over the eyelid or stippled into the crease of the eye. Unfortunately...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

Let your make-up sparkle with StarGazer!

Let your make-up sparkle with StarGazer!

Just a really quick review today to tell you about these cute glittery products from StarGazer that I recently picked up. Last Christmas I spent loads of time researching glittery eyeshadow as I wanted something that would really sparkle and stand out – I didn’t end up buying anything as everything that I found was either not glittery enough or it was really expensive…. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was in a discount beauty store in York and I spotted these little StarGazer Glitter Shaker pots which cost just £3 each – just what I’d been looking for! The Glitter Shaker contains regular loose cosmetic-grade glitter, there are loads of colours and finishes available but I went for the silver colour as it goes with most things. You also need the StarGazer Glitter Fix Gel to make the glitter adhere to the skin. The Glitter Shaker has little sieve-like holes in the top so you can sprinkle out just as much as you want. I like to put...

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Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Makeup | 6 comments

MUA – Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette

MUA – Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette

A few months ago all the beauty blogs were full of reviews of MUA make-up, but following the launch of several other similar budget beauty brands they seem to have fallen off the radar a little bit. Stocked in most Superdrug stores MUA is a great affordable high-street brand and when I saw this Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette in the York store a couple of weeks back I was immediately drawn to its bright Spring pastel shades and I had to have it. The Spring Break palette contains 12 round eyeshadows in a range of nude pinks, browns and zingy pastels (most of which have a shimmery finish) and a small double ended sponge applicator. The shadows are named on the base of the palette, although the label is a bit blurred and it’s a bit difficult to read the names of some of the shades (no, it’s not just my dodgy photographer skills!). My overall opinion on this palette is that the shades look great in the palette, but when applying...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Limited edition Summer 2015 products from Clarins

Limited edition Summer 2015 products from Clarins

I love a limited edition product, they always seem to have such a buzz around them and these two offerings from Clarins are no exception. They are Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot* and Summer Bronzing Compact*, both part of the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Make-Up Collection which was launched in May 2015. Aquatic Treasures is all about capturing the textures and shades of the ocean and all of the products within the limited edition collection aim to illuminate the skin and help give a glowing complexion. Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot – I’ve actually reviewed this product before but in a different shade – Rose – you can read my review of that here. It’s quite a luxury product that you can use to add a bit of colour or shimmer to your complexion. This Apricot shade is a limited edition and can be used to give your skin a healthy warm glow and it also contains Clarins’ anti-pollution complex to help protect skin from...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

2True Cosmetics launch new UK website – plus 10% discount

2True Cosmetics launch new UK website – plus 10% discount

To help celebrate the launch of 2True Cosmetics’ new UK website they sent me this collection of make-up goodies to try out. I’d never heard of the brand before, but found out that they are a budget brand whose products are available at Superdrug (sadly not my local store). With prices starting at £1.99 for a nail polish or a black mascara their competition are other budget brands such as Makeup Revolution, W7 and MUA. I was sent a total of 9 make-up products and I’ve been using them for the past couple of weeks, and I have to say that I’m really impressed so far… 2True Fast Dry Colour Quick Nail Polish* – I’m going to start off talking about these cute nail polishes as I think they’re great. Shade 21 is a bright peppermint green and Shade 23 is a pastel blue and they go so well together as you can see from the image below: The brushes inside the bottles are flat making it easy to apply the...

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