October + November Beauty Favourites

Monday, December 28, 2015
October + November Beauty Favourites
Yes, this post is very late but I've had so many christmas posts to publish first, anyway enough with the blogger excuses. Todays post is all about the products I was loving throughout October and November and some of them I've been loving throughout December too. There's a mix of makeup, skincare and bodycare so let's get started!


The one makeup product that I have been using almost every time I wear makeup over the past three or so months has been the amazing Mac Sculpt and Shape Powder in Accentuate/Sculpt (£26) from the Macnificent collection a while ago so it isn't available anymore but it's amazing. The contouring shade is just perfect for my super pale skintone and it isn't too pigmented.

Sticking with the more expensive products, I've also been loving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light which just makes my skin look better, that's how I'm describing it. It adds a subtle glow, it blurs pores and it doesn't mattify my skin but it sets my makeup.

Now brows, I have been completely faithful to my Eye of Horus pencil and gel for so long but throughout October and November I used the Billion Dollar Brow Pencil (£17) so much as it is just so quick and easy to use.

Lastly for makeup is the Burts Bees Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon (£8.99) which I've had for ages and I always bring it back into my collection for the colder months as it diguises the look of dryness and it adds a lovely berry gloss to the lips but it isn't too dark/pigmented.


There are two fragrances that I've been wearing everyday, firstly the Roger and Gallet Fleur de Figuier EDP (£40.50) which I reviewed fully back in September. It's a lovely autumnal fragrance and the bottle is so pretty! The second perfume is one that I received in a set from Klout as a perk *Klout perks are the best thing ever* and it is Giorgio Armani Si EDP which as with the Roger and Gallet fragrance smells musky and autumnal - although Si is definitely stronger and richer.

Skincare & Bodycare

My final two products are ones that instantly became my autumn staples and I am still using them now; the Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Lotion (£25) which has to be the most heavenly smelling body lotion ever! Lastly, the Oilixia Brilliance Facial Oil (£37) which is a product I haven't been able to stop raving about since I received. I used it mainly in my evening skincare routine and it leaves my skin so moisturised, plump and smooth - also it doesn't ever irritate my eczema which is amazing!

I won't have a Decemeber favourites post this year as I will have my big round up of all the beauty products I've been loving throughout 2015 at the beginning of January so stay tuned. However here's my list of the products I haven't stopped using this month: The Wet Brush, MooGoo Skin Balm, Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Antipodes Mineral Foundation and The Body Shop Frosted Plum Body Butter.

Do you have any of these products? What were your favourite autumnal products? 

La Roche Posay Rosaliac Range

Sunday, December 27, 2015
La Roche Posay Rosaliac Range
When it comes to my skin, I have to be a little cautious as I have eczema prone skin so it can be at times very sensitive and dry; my skin loves french skincare and I would definitely recommend french skincare brands such as Bioderma, Vichy and of course La Roche Posay. 

I've been kindly sent a couple of products from their Rosaliac range which is designed for those with sensitive skin prone to redness, which definitely describes my skin. One of the main things that I love about french skincare as that it is all so gentle and they have such specific ranges for minority or overlooked skin types. 

*La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Creme (£19.50, 50ml): I am over the whole BB, CC and now DD creams as they seem so redundant and they don't appear to be very different. However, I was intrigued by this CC cream as it a brand famous for their sensitive skincare products and it is designed to correct all types of redness. The CC cream contains SPF 30 which is fantastic for me as I always forget to apply any SPF either in England or abroad - it's awful I know! 

It only comes in one universal shade which is my only negative point about this product. The CC cream has a pump dispenser *it couldn't get any better really* so it is quick and easy to apply. It does have light coverage but it is much better than I thought it would be; on my skin it covers redness, very minor blemishes and pores really well! If I want a no makeup day but I still have friends or family round and I want my skin to look better but I don't want to apply a tonne of makeup and I want my skin to breathe and look natural then this is the product I'll reach for. It doesn't highlight dryness, pores or very fine lines and it also doesn't make my skin look oily. I cannot recommend this CC cream enough which is something I never thought I would type! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*La Roche Posay Rosaliac Micellar Makeup Removal Gel (£12.50, 195ml): I have tried so many micellar waters over the past five or so years from higher end and cheaper brands but I have never come across a micellar gel until now. It is such an unusual product but it actually works well on removing my base products such as foundation, concealer and powder as well as blush/contour etc however it isn't as instantly effective when it comes in mascara and brow products. On the whole it is effective and it acts as a cleanser and micellar makeup remover in one as I do remove the excess with a damp flannel (even though you are advised to not rinse it off). I would recommend it if you have sensitive skin, it doesn't irritate my eczema. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 

Lastly, if you are still doing your christmas shopping then check out My Derma Center as if you spend over £45 then you will receive a fantastic deluxe gift with purchase including fantastic sample sizes of products from Roger and Gallet, La Roche Posay, SkinCeuticals and Vichy. So you can buy lovely presents for everyone and receive a gift for yourself but hurry as it ends on the 31st Dec!

Have you tried any products from la Roche Posay?

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2015
Happy christmas everyone! Just a quick post from me wishing you all a very merry christmas and I hope you all received what you wanted this year. By this time I will have already ripped open my presents and there will probably be a christmas film on!

Have a great day and I will have a new post in a couple of days! x

Nanogen Root Boost Spray

Thursday, December 24, 2015
Nanogen Root Boost Spray
One problem I have with my hair is that after a day or two of not washing it, it can look flat and weighed down especially as my hair is thick and very long. I've tried a couple of volumizing and thickening sprays as well as shampoo and conditioners that claim to boost volume but they never work for me sadly!

I am always happy to try volumizing products so when the *Nanogen Root Boost Hair Thickening Spray (£9.95, 100ml) arrived I was excited to give it a go. It claims to add volume and bounce to the hair and it also claims to be light and fast absorbing. The spray contains keratin and niacinamide which help care for your scalp.

Firstly, I like the packaging and it think it is very reasonally priced! The spray has a very liquid consistency and it has an almost hairspray scent to it. One thing that confused me about the spray was that it says that it's heat activated but then blow drying your hair is optional; so I've been applying the spray all over my towel dried hair, leaving it to dry naturally overnight as I always do then blasting it with the hair dryer for a minute or so in the morning. I find that the spray does add thickness to my hair even though it it already relatively thick which is definitely impressive although in my hair it does seem to leave a slight residue that feels like I've used a light sea salt spray - maybe I'm using too much!

Overall, I like the packaging, price and the results as it actually does make my hair both look and feel thicker and fuller which is fantastic and it's the only product that has done that to my hair! However it does also leave a slight matte feeling to my hair but that might be my fault as I may be using too much. I think this product would work so well on thinner hair as if it can add thickness and volume to an extent to my thick and very long hair then it would be amazing on thinner hair than mine. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5,

Have you tried this product? Do you have any product recommendations to add volume or thickness? 

Cosy Winter Essentials With Wynsors

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons as I love cosy nights in...well pretty much all of the time! Hot chocolate, blankets, christmas films and fuzzy slippers are some of my winter essentials and luckily I was very kindly sent just that from the lovely people at Wynsors World Of Shoes as well as tealights and paper lanterns.

Being cosy and comfy is one of the best parts about this time of the year, coming in from the cold for a hot chocolate is something that definitely needs to happen at least twice a week, although I would recommend more; also adorable warm slippers are essentials and I chose the *Strollers Tipi Ladies Moccasin Style Slippers (£10, RRP £15) which are made of genuine leather and feature a cute bow, fringe detailing and a cosy faux fur lining as well as a hard/rubber sole. I have been wearing them non-stop as they are incredibly comfy, warm and cosy and I love the design! Although I almost didn't have them as my sister wanted to steal them, so I'm definitely going to get her a pair for christmas.

I also received the *Hot Choc Spoon in the Salted Caramel flavour which sounds amazing as this year I discovered the gloriousness that is salted caramel (I know, a year behind everyone else) so I know I'm going to love this one. I have tried the Latte Machiato flavour and that was nice but I know this one will be amazing! Hot chocolate is the perfect winter drink and I don't know about you but I can easily drink my weight in hot chocolate over the colder months!

Additionally, a cosy winter christmas or night in wouldn't be complete without blankets and candles. I love candles all year round but especially now as the afternoons become dark early and it's getting chilly. Put on a christmas film, candles and grab a blanket and you can't go wrong. Oh and you can't forget your hot chocolate in your cute festive mug, I have an adorable mug with a knitted jumper...as you do.

There are all of the lovely goodies in my #CosyWynsorsXmas package and I cannot wait to try the salted caramel hot chocolate *drools*. What are your cosy winter essentials? Will you be checking out your local Wynsors store or online for slippers this year?

House Of Fraser Winter Wish List

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
We all know by now that I love coats and jackets, I have so many but even so I cannot help myself from buying more and wanting more - ALL THE COATS! I end up justifying my mountain of coats by saying that it goes with so many outfits when actually it only goes with a couple - hence the need to buy more to go with all of my other outfits...#ShopaholicLogic

House of Fraser have a fantastic and wide selection of coats and jackets, so many of which are on my wish list and I hope some of them go in the Boxing Day/January sales *fingers crossed*. This year I have been obsessed with longline and more masculine style coats as I have been wearing them paired with either jeans and a jumper or a dress, tights and ankle boots and I love how they look!

- Linea Revere Collar Camel Coat: Camel is such a classic autumn/winter shade and I don't actually have anything in my wardrobe this colour! I love the style of this coat, although sadly I think on me it would trail on the floor #PetitePersonProblems - what's with all of the hashtags in this post.

- Gloverall Contemporary Reefer Navy Coat: Why in life generally do I always gravitate instantly to the expensive products...but how gorgeous is this coat. It reminds me of coats seen on the autumn/winter 2016 catwalks of Chloe, Michael Kors and Nina Ricci *swoon*.

- Fenn Wright Manson Larke Cape Grey: As well as the reefer coat, this is one of my favourites from the House of Fraser website. I love grey coats, I think they pair well with anything and they look so chic and put together.

- Aquascutum Murray Double Breasted Trench: I own a lot of coats and jackets but I've never had a trench coat - this will have to change! I love the olive green, almost military shade of the trench and the slightly masculine but fitted style.

- Betty Barclay Knitted Cardigan Coat: Yes, another grey coat and another style I don't actually own - yes, I know I'm shocked too. A cardigan coat or coatigan would be perfect for winter days as they are less heavy and structured compared to coats and jackets but they still keep you warm and cosy. This is a sponsored post.

What do you think of the coats at House of Fraser? What do you think of my coat picks?

Pre-Christmas Me Time Ft. Bright House

Monday, December 21, 2015
Christmas is my favourite holiday, it can be such a cosy, festive and lovely time of the year, with christmas food, films and presents but it can be stressful and tiring especially with my blog this year as I've had so much to do in terms of christmas gift guides and christmas content for both of my blogs as well as learning to drive, organising christmas meet ups with friends, making mountains of gingerbread for my primary schools christmas fair, writing quizzes, guest posting and all of the other things related to this somewhat hectic time of the year.

I think it is so important to have pamper nights and me time, at any time of the year but especially over the christmas period so you don't end up in a panicked and delirious state as then you don't enjoy the lovely things about christmas such as spending time with friends and family, giving gifts, baking and having cosy nights in *that's what I do anyway!*.

My main way to de-stress and relax is to have a bath, especially with Lush bath bombs or bubble bars as they feel so luxe and indulgent as well as fun! I was very kindly sent the cinders bath bomb from the Lush christmas collection as part of this lovely pre-christmas relaxation package. Cinders is one of the few that I haven't tried even though it's one of their staple bath bombs for christmas. Simple pampering such as using a face mask, hair mask or treatment and a flicking through a glossy magazine is an easy way to look after yourself, relax and get away from the stresses of the season.

Additionally putting on a christmas film (The Grinch and ELF are my favourites), lighting festive candles and drinking hot chocolate always help me get in the festive mood without all of the stress! I love hot chocolate, especially the Malteasers one but I cannot wait to try this Whittards salted caramel hot chocolate, it sounds amazing!

Spending time with my parents, sister, grandad and friends is important at this time and with the awful christmas tv and cheesy christmas films, it can be nice to get away from the box and play a board game. My favourite board game has to be Cludeo but monopoly is great too although I always end up cheating, oops! Hands up if you always cheat at monopoly...

Lastly, even getting ready for a christmas, work or new years eve party doesn't have to be stressful. I like to take some time for myself and get ready while lighting some christmas candles (I love the christmas candles from Twig and Dot) and catching up on Youtube videos. I have been loving watching Diary of a Spendaholics vlogs as well as Julia Graf, A Little Obsessed, Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) and Samantha Maria's (Beauty Crush) christmas vlogs this year. Having great tools always helps too and takes some of the stress out of getting ready - the Babyliss dryer and straighteners from Bright House are fantastic, my first straighteners ever were from Babyliss and they lasted for ages!

Here's a little video featuring some of the products that I've been loving recently to help me relax during the festive season and items that I think would make lovely gifts too, especially Lush bath bombs, luxury hot chocolate, hair tools which most people don't really want to spend a lot of money on and beauty products; also I think a magazine subscription would make a great christmas gift.

Do you have any pre-christmas or pre-party tips? How do you like to relax during the festive season?

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide
It's christmas week and for those who have been following my blog this month, you will have noticed my womens, mens, stocking filler and Etsy gift guides and today I have my final gift guide for the year which is crazy as it is almost the end of decemeber *this month has just flown by!*. This gift guide is for those last minute gift buyers or if you want to treat yourself because it is a stressful...and magical time of the year.

*Appleyard Gingerbread Bouquet (£44.99): Have you seen a more beautiful and festive bouquet of flowers, I know I haven't! It contains red roses, pinecones, berries and rose gold/copper sprayed foliage too which as a blogger, you know I'm all about! It looks so striking and I think it will make a lovely and welcome gift for mums, grandmas, aunties and friends. The last date for christmas delivery is the 22nd at 9pm for delivery on the 23rd so if you want to order a bouquet, go go go! The lovely people at Appleyard London have provided a code which will give you 33% off luxury flowers (excl. flowers by post range): BLOG33. The code never expires so you can use it at anytime!

*Tisserand Christmas Range: I have reviewed a few amazing Tisserand products on my blog this year and when I received this lovely surprise christmas package I was very excited! The 'winter warming' scent is a mixture of eucalyptus, clove and rosemary and to me it smells so festive and woody; I can't wait to use the bath oil! The 'seasonal joy' scent is a combination of clove, orange, nutmeg and cinnamon and the packaging for both is so pretty. I think both ranges would make lovely gifts! You can buy Tisserand products online as well as John Lewis and Holland and Barrett.

*Roger and Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus Cracker (£6): This year I've tried a few products from Roger and Gallet and I have loved all of them so when this adorable cracker arrived, I couldn't wait to open it. It contains the Fleur d'Osmanthus hand and nail balm (their hand and nail balms are amazing) and a sample of the Fleur d'Osmanthus eau fraiche fragrance; it's such a cute gift or even a stocking filler and the price is fantastic.

*LYDC Sequin Clutch (£30): I don't usually like clutch bags but as soon as I saw this one I knew I had to have it! I love the almost irridescent blue and green sequins, it looks so festive and pretty! I'm giving away a brand new version of this clutch bag but it ends very soon so check it out!

*Caudalie, Jurlique & My Trusty Skincare: Natural and high quality skincare can be a fantastic christmas gift and I cannot recommend these brands enough. The Caudalie detox mask is amazing as is the Jurlique balancing mist that is not only lovely as a refreshing facial mist and toner but it is perfect for refreshing my makeup throughout the day although I mainly use it to prep and hydrate my skin before I apply foundation. Finally, this year and last I have raved about the My Trusty skincare products and I'd highly recommend the oil and body butter.

There's my last minute gift guide! I think all of the products would be perfect for friends or cousins and I know my mum would love the flowers, Tisserand and Roger and Gallet products. I've included a short video below so you can see the products closer and hopefully you will be able to see just how gorgeous the festive bouquet is.

Do you have any of these products? Are you a last minute gift buyer?

Initial Impressions: Eloquence Skincare

Friday, December 18, 2015
Eloquence is one of the newest skincare companies in the UK and they use natural ingredients in their products so they claim that the range is suitable for dry and sensitive skin types. The products are free from artificial perfume, colour and harsh chemicals. Ingredients such as the it skincare ingredient of this year, hyaluronic acid as well as sachi inchi oil, coconut extract and sweet almond oil are included in their products.

I was very kindly sent the *Eloquence Pure Luxury Collection (£99) which contains the entire skincare range in one complete package. The set includes all full sizes of the Nourishing Treatment Oil (£50, 50ml) as well as the Purifying Facial Cleanser (£8, 20ml), Firm & Tone Serum (£20, 20ml), Firming & Moisturising Eye Gel (£26, 15ml) and the Protect & Repair 24 Hour Cream (£21, 20ml). Each product, excluding the oil, is numbered much like the Clinique skincare system so you know the order in which you should use the products which I think would be great for those who aren't used to a complete skincare routine.

- Purifying Facial Cleanser: The cleaner is naturally the first product in the sequence and it has a pump which makes it easier to control how much product you use. The cream has a pearly finish, it doesn't really have a scent and feels smooth/gentle on the skin. I do like this cleanser as it doesn't dry out my skin, it doesn't irritate my eczema on the whole (it did very slightly on occasion) and it left my skin clean and smooth. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

- Firm & Tone Serum: For the past year or so I have been obsessed with serums has they give my dry, sensitive skin a much needed boost of moisturise before I apply my moisturiser. This serum contains coconut oil as well as hyaluronic acid, the latter is amazing for keeping moisture within the skin. The serum has a creamy consistency which is very unusual for a serum as all of the others I've tried have had a very liquid consistency. The cream applies smoothly, it leaves my skin feeling moisturised and looking radiant to an extent; additionally there is no irritation at all. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

- Firming & Moisturising Eye Gel: I sadly haven't been able to test as I have eczema flareups over my eyes so they are almost constantly very sensitive; however my mum has been testing this eye gel for the past few days and she really likes it so she's going to test it out for me - the benefits of having a blogger as a daughter! Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

- Protect & Repair 24 Hour Cream: As with the serum, this product also contains hyaluronic acid which is a fantastic skincare ingredient for those with dry skin as I do. The cream leaves my skin smooth and moisturised, leaving a great base for makeup. However on the very sensitive areas of my skin I did experience very minor irritation which I don't really experience with the other products. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5.

- Nourishing Treatment Oil: This is a multi-use oil as it can be used on the skin, hair and nails. I have been using it on the ends of my hair as it adds a slight amount of sheen so it doesn't leave my hair looking greasy at all and it helps tame flyaways. I've also used it in my hands and nails as it makes my skin so smooth and soft! This is definitely my favourite product from the range. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!

Overall, I have to be honest about my initial impressions of these products and say that there are a couple of negative points, in my opinion, for example I am not a massive fan of the overall look of the packaging and a couple of the products did cause a slight amount of irritation on the extra sensitive areas of my face. I think if you have normal, dry, very dry or slightly sensitive skin then these products would work well. Keep in mind that this is just an initial impressions post and I will have a full review of some of these products in the new year. I have been loving using the serum and especially the oil, both of which I would highly recommend from my experience of the products so far.

Eloquence have now reduced their introductory prices and they have a special offer of 20% off each individual product until the end of January with code: JANUARYEQ

Have you tried anything from Eloquence skincare? If so what do you think of the products?

Bonprix Christmas Giveaway (24 Hours Only)

Thursday, December 17, 2015
I feel as though I have been saying this in every post throughout december but I can't believe it's almost christmas, the month has just flown by! I have already hosted a couple of giveaways this month and I have another thanks to the lovely and generous people at Bon Prix.

The prize for todays giveaway is the gorgeous *Bon Prix Metal Link Watch (£29.99, Black) which I also have and I love the design. The watch features silver gemstones, a stretchy metal link strap and the numbers, hands and dial details are rose gold! Obviously as a blogger, I love everything rose gold and I also love the face design. As I have very tiny wrists, this watch is a bit too big for me but I think you would be able to take one/two of the links out.

Now onto the giveaway, to win this watch all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below but you will have to be quick as I am going to end this giveaway at MIDNIGHT tonight (ignore the time on the Rafflecopter form)! The giveaway is UK only.

This winner has been contacted - thanks for entering!

Last Minute Gifts For Everyone

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Last Minute Gifts For Everyone
Stocking Fillers & Secret Santa
Paperchase Mini Around The World Exercise Book (£2)  -  Prezzybox Smartphone Projector (£15.95)  -  Prezzybox Make Your Own Chocolate Pizza (£12.95)  -  Paperchase Tattoo Santa Mug (£6) 

This Works Sleep Balm (£10)  -  Burts Bees Classic Pomegranate Bauble (£6.99)  -  Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Shower Gel Bauble (£10)  -  Lush The Magic Of Christmas Bubble Bar (£5.95)

Last Minute Gifts For Everyone

Gifts For Her
Cloud Nine Micro Iron (£54.95)  -  Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream (£28.99)  -  Micro Pedi Gift Set (£59.99)  -  Little Ondine Winter Wonderland Trio Polish (£29.50)  -  Guerlain Collector Palette (£50.40)  
Twig and Dot Candles (£16)  -  Neom De-Stress Set (£20)  -  Jurlique Aromatic Rose Set (£38)  - The Body Shop Green Tea Set (£18)  -  Lush You're A Star Set (£42.50)

Last Minute Gifts For Everyone

Gifts For Him
Crabtree and Evelyn West Indian Lime Set (£24)  -  Zombie Blood Shower Gel (£4.99)  -  Doctor Who Cluedo (£29.99)  - Where's Wally Tablet Case (£14.99)  -  Italian Cheese Making Kit (£19.99) 

My Geek Box Subscription (£17.99 - £19.99)  -  Camera Lens Cup (£8.99)  -  100 Things They Don't Want You To Know (£14.99)  -  Skull Shot Glass (£8.99)  -  Power Bank (£9.99)

Have you been naughty or nice this year, take the Paddy Powder Bingo quiz to find out! This is a sponsored post. 

What do you think of my gift ideas? Do you have any of these products?

LYDC London Bag Giveaway

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
LYDC London Bag Giveaway
Christmas party season is in full swing and new year is just around the corner so today I'm hosting a fantastic giveaway in which the prize is very generously being provided by the lovely people at LYDC London! All of their bags look gorgeous, especially the clutch bags and satchels, all of which I want...I may have a slight handbag obsession. Don't sent help.

The clutch I chose as the prize for this giveaway is the *LYDC Green & Blue Iridescent Sequin Clutch Bag (£30) which has to be the prettiest clutch ever! The bag has a clasp closure, gold hardware and it does also come with a chain, if you didn't want to carry it as a clutch. It also comes in black which is far more understated and chic however I just can't resist pretty peacock blue and green sequins! The size is great as it looks relatively small but I can fit my iPhone, a small purse/car holder, my glasses and a couple of makeup items in it easily. The chain length is a little long for me but hopefully I can alter it. I think it would be the perfect bag for christmas and new year parties! How man explanation marks can I put in one post...!

Now onto the exciting part, you have the chance to win this clutch from LYDC London! To enter all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, don't forget to follow LYDCs social media. This giveaway is UK only.

This winner has been contacted - thanks for entering!

MooGoo Skincare For Eczema

Monday, December 14, 2015
MooGoo Skincare For Eczema
If you've been reading my blog for a while then you will probably know that I have sensitive skin prone to eczema flareups and if you have a similar skin type to me then you will know just how difficult it can be to find products that are gentle but effective and I do prefer to use natural products. Thankfully MooGoo Skincare ticks all of the boxes! MooGoo products are made in Australia using natural ingredients and the products originate from a cream used in dairy farms to repair the skin on cows udders, which is both interesting and slightly...gross but it is a fantastic brand that doesn't test on animals so I couldn't wait to try the products.

*MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm (£12.50, 120g): In my opinion, this product isn't a balm but it is a rich cream and it is specifically designed for those with eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. This product is one of their best sellers and it is easy to see why! I've been using the cream as a hand cream, as I have a large patch of eczema on my left hand and it almost instantly relives the look and feel of dry, tight and irritated skin. I'm almost half way through the bottle and I cannot recommend it enough! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*MooGoo Milk Wash (£11.90, 500ml): As with all of the MooGoo products I have, the packaging is so cute! The milk wash contains a milk protein which prevents the skin drying out which is fantastic as I find that quite a few body washes can dry out my skin overall. It can be used on the face and body as it is very gentle but I've just been using it as a body wash. It lathers so well which I wasn't expecting and it is gentle on the skin but it is still effective; also it doesn't have a scent really so it would be great for sensitive skin types or if you have body eczema. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream (£12, 75g): The packaging for this cream is equally as cute as the others and it contains some fantastic natural ingredients such as sweet almond oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, aloe vera, honey and 10% MSM which is organic sulphur to soothe the skin. The product has a pump dispenser which makes it quick and easy to use. I've been using it on my hand, around my hairline and on my face where I have eczema and it works in a very similar way to the skin balm as it relives the look and feel of tight and dry skin and unlike most eczema creams, it doesn't make my skin look greasy and it absorbs quickly. I do prefer the skin balm but all three products I've tried are fantastic! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Overall, I'm so impressed with the products and the brand as a whole - my skin loves these products and I cannot recommend them enough if you have sensitive skin. The packaging is adorable and the products are natural and cruelty free. The last date for christmas delivery is the 18th Dec for UK orders. They have some lovely products and gift sets, here's my mini wish list:

MooGoo Skincare For Eczema

Have you tried anything from MooGoo skincare? Do you have sensitive skin or eczema, if so what products do you use?

Cosy Winter Lookbook ft. Debenhams

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Cosy Winter Lookbook ft. Debenhams
Winter is one of my favourite seasons, mainly because of christmas I have to admit, but I love winter wear as you can layer up, eat all the food and buy all the coats, jumpers and boots. So when Debenhams got in contact about trying some of their winter clothing, I jumped at the chance! I chose five wintery items that will see me through the season and beyond and as I like to wear the same cosy items over and over again, I've styled them in a few different outfits.

Outfit One

- Dress: Jack Wills
- Cardigan: *Miss Selfridge @ Debenhams (£39, Small)
- Tights: Primark
- Boots: *Debenhams (£25, UK 3)

Firstly, I have to say that this waterfall cardigan is the cosiest cardigan ever! I have been wearing it non-stop with causal outfits and if I'm honest with my pyjamas as it's so warm and snugly. I love clashing prints and textures so I love the pairing of the stripy dress and marled effect cardigan. A good pair of black boots is a all year round staple for me and these are just gorgeous. The height is great, I adore the style, they go with everything and they are comfy.

Outfit Two

- Jumper: *Dorothy Perkins @ Debenhams (£26, UK 10)
- Coat: *Red Herring (£34.50 sale, UK 8)
- Jeans: Topshop
- Boots: *Debenhams (£25, UK 3)

I have wanted a red coat for so long but it was difficult to find the right length as I am petite, the right shade as I didn't want it to be bright and the right price as most are SO expensive. I love the coat, mainly because of the colour and the style but also because it has a cute faux fur collar which makes it look cosy and festive. I added the same pair of boots as I did with the first outfit because they are just comfy and I think the style is perfect! If you are going to buy this jumper, I would recommend sizing up.

Outfit Three

- Jumper: Dorothy Perkins @ Debenhams (£24, UK 10)
- Jeans: Topshop
- Necklace: Swarovski
- Bag: H&M
- Boots: Riverisland

This is probably my favourite outfit, I love the grey tones as grey is one of my favourite shade anyway. The jumper is festive and sparkly but it isn't over the top and it is warm and cosy - I've mainly been wearing it with jeans or with my fleece leggings as a short jumper dress. I think this outfit is casual and cosy but it is quite put together while being slightly festive.

Outfit Four

- Coat: *Red Herring (£34.50 sale, UK 8)
- Tights: Primark
- Boots: *Debenhams (£25, UK 3)
- Jumper: H&M

You may recognise this fedora if you read my previous outfit post, I just love this hat! I also love the combination of the burgundy coat and the grey jumper dress. I added the boots again and paired them with tights - they are better quality compared to my other black boots and they don't hurt my feet which is always a plus. 

Overall, I'm so happy with the items I chose and I know I will get so much use out of them over the colder months. My favourite items have to be the boots and the sparkly Dorothy Perkins jumper, both of which I have been wearing non-stop since I received them! If you're looking for high quality winter wear then definitely check out Debenhams, they have such a wide range of items from so many brands. Here's my mini wish list:

Cosy Winter Lookbook ft. Debenhams

What do you think of the items I chose? Do you have any winter wear from Debenhams on your wish list?

*This is my 900th blog post, where has the time gone!*

Viktor + Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Viktor + Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume
If I'm going to splash out on a product then it's going to be perfume; I have a slight perfume...problem. I just can't say no to pretty perfumes in pretty bottles and around this time of the year, fragrance gift sets call my name and are eventually added to my perfume collection. One that I've wanted to try for so long is *Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb (£69, 50ml) and it has to win the prize for the most beautiful perfume bottle ever!
Top notes: Tea & Bergamot
Heart notes: Jasmine, Orchid, Freesia & Rose
Base notes: Patchouli 
I love all of the notes which is unusual for me as although there are a lot of fragrances that I love, there is usually a note or two that I don't like but this one ticks all of the boxes for me. The perfume starts as a gorgeous, musky floral and I know that sounds generic but it is far from it and it then develops into a beautiful concoction of deep rich patchouli and sweet and slightly powdery florals. It is a fragrance unlike anything else I have tried and it would be a perfect warming and rich but still feminine fragrance for winter; I can't think of anyone who wouldn't like this perfume. Some fragrances can contain a list of notes that is longer than your arm but this one with its relatively minuscule amount of notes, manages to be a complex and memorable fragrance. The longevity is also fantastic as it easily lasts all day on me. I think if I had to sum up the fragrance in three words, they would be: unusual, sexy and rich.

Overall, this is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful fragrances I've tried for quite a while and just look at the bottle *ok, I'm going to stop now*. The fragrance is available from House of Fraser and they currently have 10% off all of the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb variations as well as two free samples if you purchase any Viktor and Rolf fragrance. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!

Have you tried any of the Viktor and Rolf fragrance?

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My Ultimate Christmas Wish List

Saturday, December 12, 2015
My Ultimate Christmas Wish List
Tarte 7 Piece High Performance Neutrals Collection (£51)  -  Perfume Book (£16.99)  -  Lola's Apothecary Bath Milk (£48)  -  Rifle Paper Co iPhone 5C Case (£15, sale)  -  SelfieMe Remote (£9.99)  -  Noto Large 2016 Diary (£15)  -  Tarte The Sculptor (£25.50)  -  Babyliss Curl Secret (£99.99)  -  Urban Outfitters BDG Fisherman Cardigan (£46)  -  P.F Spiced Pumpkin Candle (£20)

Are any of these products on your wish list? What do you want for christmas?

Antipodes Mineral Foundation + Kabuki Brush

Friday, December 11, 2015
Antipodes Mineral Foundation
If you have been following my blog this year then you will have seen me raving about the brand Antipodes over and over again. I have tried a few of their products and I LOVE all of them (especially the amazing vanilla pod day cream which I definitely need to purchase!) and I cannot recommend their skincare enough so when this foundation arrived I was so excited to give it a go.

I received the *Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation (£27.99, 01 Pale Pink) which is a loose mineral powder foundation that contains SPF 15, vinanza grape and kiwi. It is dermatologically tested, suitable for normal and sensitive skin and it is scientifically proven to help improve skin health which is amazing so as well as being a foundation, it actually benefits the skin too!

I didn't know whether to choose the 01 Pale Pink shade or the 02 Light Yellow shade because I do have pink undertones and redness but I chose the first and presumably lightest shade and I'm glad I did as it matches me well. It doesn't emphasise the pink tones in my skin thankfully - so if you have a similar skintone to me then it might match you well. The only downside to this foundation, in my opinion, is the very limited shade range.

The foundation packaging is gorgeous and luxe and it does have a sifter dispenser so it isn't very messy; as you can see from the photographs above, I dispense some into the lid and then I use the *Antipodes Kabuki Brush (£16.99) which is so cute to buff it into the skin. Although it isn't the softest brush ever, it is fantastic for applying this mineral foundation as it buffs in the product well. I'm surprised at how easy, quick and fuss free it is to use and I'm also surprised by the finish as it doesn't really look powdery, flat or heavy on the skin; it leaves my skin looking more even and radiant. However if you have very oily, very dry skin or flaky skin then this might not be for you. The coverage is light to buildable as you can apply more and it almost reaches medium coverage in my opinion. It covers pores, redness and very minor blemishes really well as it almost airbrushes my skin so it looks much better although if you are looking for full coverage then this might not be the foundation for you.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised and impressed with this foundation and cute kabuki brush. I love the packaging, ingredients and cruelty free and natural ethos of the brand. The foundation is easy to use, it has a fairly good amount of coverage (for me anyway) and it leaves the skin looking radiant and even although as mentioned previously if you have very dry skin or very oily skin or if you want full coverage then this isn't for you. I have been using this foundation over my regular liquid foundation to set it and to add more coverage and I love it but I also adore it on its own as it looks so natural on the skin and it personally doesn't highlight dryness on me. It is one of the best foundations I've tried for a while! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Have you tried anything from Antipodes? 

Threads Brow Pencil + False Lashes

Friday, December 11, 2015
Threads Brow Pencil + False Lashes
There are many things that are altered after you've been blogging for a while, such as needing everything to be rose gold or marble, scoping out the Boots website and press releases every week for whats new and the importance of eyebrows...no, sadly that isn't sarcasm. Brows are a pretty big deal in the blogging and beauty communities in general and having your brows on point is a true accomplishment.

I'm always searching for new and interesting brow gels, powders and pencils, most of which have relatively disappointing; however as the sheeple (a combination of sheep and people, get it?...) that I am when it comes to beauty products, I am on an endless quest to find the one. I have so many brow pencils, from a range of brands, some of which I love and use constantly and others are hard, scratchy and pull out my brows as I use them which is kind of the opposite of what you want a brow pencil to do.

As obsessed with all things to do with brows as I am, I was excited when this package from Threads arrived. Threads is a relatively new brow and lash brand to be stocked in Harvey Nichols (it's exclusive to the Knightsbridge store) and I was kindly sent a few products to try.

*Threads Waterproof Long Lasting Eyebrow Pencil (£15, Coffee): The pencil contains some fantastic ingredients such as shea butter and cocoa butter. It claims to be sweatproof and waterproof and while I haven't fully tested the waterproof claims - I can say that it is so long lasting! The shade I have is Coffee which is a slightly warm toned coffee bean shade, which matches my hair quite well now but as my hair fades and is dyed again, it might not in the future. The pencil isn't too creamy or too hard and it applies easily without being harsh or stark; it blends out well with the spoolie on the pencil which is a handy addition. The only downside is that there are only two shades to choose from, both of which are dark. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

*Threads False Lashes (£9 each): I only really wear false lashes for very special occasions and for my halloween looks and I definitely think the Angel Eyes Lashes will be perfect for so many halloween or fancy dress looks as they are so full and voluminous. However the Be-Bop Lashes look like they will be more suitable for everyday wear as they are less full and although I do have to cut lashes down to size, these are easy to apply. The lashes are 100% handmade and re-useable. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Overall, I'm really impressed with the brow pencil as it is definitely the longest lasting brow pencil I've tried and the Be-Bop lashes are fantastic and easy to apply even for someone who doesn't wear lashes that often. If you don't like the look of these lashes then they have such a wide range of lashes on their website as well as eyeliners.

Have you tried anything from Threads? 

Winter OOTD Ft. Outdoor + Country

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Winter OOTD Ft. Outdoor + Country
Autumn and Winter are definitely my favourite seasons not just because of the chilly weather, seasonal drinks, baking, christmas, halloween...ok, I think you all get it now, but one of my favourite things is autumn/winter clothing and layering! Cosy winter jumpers, boots, snoods and hats are staples in my wardrobe as well as fleece leggings and coats; I tend to spend so much more money on my wardrobe at this time of the year than any other time and it's easy to see why!

Here's my outfit of the day from last week *you have to photograph and plan ahead during this time of the year when there is actually daylight #BloggerProblems* featuring cool grey tones, a cosy sequinned sweater and a gorgeous fedora from Outdoor and Country.

Sweater: *Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Riverisland
Hat: *Barbour 

I was very kindly sent the *Barbour Tack Fedora Hat (£49.95, Small, Grey Melange) which is just gorgeous and I know I will get so much use out of it! I've tried a couple of jumpers from Barbour x Bella Freud and I love them so I was excited to try out another item from Barbour. I don't own any hats in this style so I didn't know if it would suit me but I think it does and it fits really well; also I think it will go with so many winter outfits. It is composed of 100% wool and it has a leather rose detail.

Overall, I love this outfit and the hat definitely completes it, I don't know why I haven't bought a hat like this before! I thought it would be too big or too wide but it fits perfectly and I love the colour as grey is definitely a go to shade for me as it goes with everything and it looks so chic. Here's my winter wish list:

Winter OOTD Ft. Outdoor + Country

What do you think of this fedora? What items are on your winter wish list? 

Slendertone Abs7 Toning Belt

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Slendetone toning belts have been something I've been interested in for quite a while, although they are a bit pricey, in my opinion and to be honest, it is an unusual product. However, I was very excited, as well as a little apprehensive, when I received the *Slendertone Abs7 Abdominal Toning Belt For Women (£149.99) and I couldn't wait to try it...well I had to wait because of the awful winter weather in England which is making it pretty much impossible to take a descent photo of anything *rant over*.

The Slendertone abdominal belt works by charging the belt from your mains electricity for about three hours, then you connect the remote/controller, stick on the gel pads, remove the plastic from the top of the gel pads (don't throw it away), attach it to your abdomen and secure it and then you can turn on the remote/controller to set it to the initial or beginners level which is designed to get your muscles used to the sensation and the belt - phew! The way it works is by sending electrical signals from the belt to the nerves in your abdomen which stimulate the muscles to contract and relax which then in turn tones and firms the muscles.

I will be honest and say that I thought it would be intense or uncomfortable and from the very first time using it I was bracing myself for pain but there is nothing like that, from my experience so far. The initial level, which lasts for 20 minutes, is very mild and at first I didn't think it was working but after a while do you feel a very slight warming sensation and what I can only describe as a light, warm tingling sensation over my abdomen that came in very gentle waves or pulses - it wasn't uncomfortable or painful in any way!

After the initial use, I tried the belt again a couple of days later (you are supposed to use it 3-4 times per week) and again, I was expecting pain or discomfort but I experience a very slightly more intense sensation but it was the same as the first use - I was very pleasantly surprised and actually quite relieved! When you have finished a session, you replace the covers for the gel pads to protect them and the better you look after them, the longer they will last before you have to buy more pads.

As I am writing this post, I have the belt on and I will be honest with you, it is a strange sensation and on occasion it can be a tiny bit uncomfortable or weird but on the whole it is fine and I can carry on typing or cooking for example with the belt on with no problems. The belt isn't unnoticeable when it's on but it is more discrete than I thought it would be but I definitely wouldn't leave the house with it on, that's for sure! I have been using it for about three weeks now at 2 to 3 times per week which is less than the recommend uses but I feel as though I'm still getting used to it and even though I don't use it as often as I should, I have noticed a slight improvement in firmness...is that a word?

Overall, I was expecting intense abdominal contractions, prolonged discomfort and pain but thankfully I didn't experience any of that! The belt was very easy to set up and use, it has so many levels so you can personalise it to not only how you want to use it that day but how far you want to carry on with the intensity level to, if that makes sense. My only negative point so far is that I would have liked the instructions to be more detailed. I am noticing slight results so far and I will definitely have an update post in the new year when I have used it more but overall from my initial experience and after three weeks of using it, I will have to give it ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Have you tried any of the Slendertone toning belts and products? 

JD Williams Inspirational Women

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
JD Williams Inspirational Women
Back in November the BBC released their list of the top 100 inspirational women for 2015 including Nicola Adams who is the first female boxing olympic champion, the makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, Sophie Walker who is the female equality party leader and many others, embarrassingly many of which I don't recognise. I personally feel as though Angelina Jolie, who is a special envoy for the UN high commissioner for refugees and she has done so much to highlight the importance of womens health, should have been included. Additionally I think that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai should definitely have been included in the list! 

JD Williams have also released their own mini list of inspirational women that are more closer to home including Maria Pikulski who after loosing her sight has completed the London marathon, sky dived and walked the length of Hadrian's wall - I don't think I could have done any of that! Susan Oldham who is the oldest woman to have swam the English Channel, which is amazing. Tricia Cusden who has brought out her own beauty range for older women and last but not least, the ever chic Michelle Obama, who as participated in numerous charity work. I think that all four of the women included in the JD Williams list are definitely inspirational in their own way, who do you think should have been included?

In terms of the women in my life, my mum is definitely one of the inspirational women I know as she always puts myself, my sister and my dad, as well as friends, before herself. She always makes sure that we are all ok and even though she can be a little embarrassing at times, as all mums can be, she is definitely an extremely important part of mine and my family's life. 

Who are the inspirational women in your life? Who do you think should have also been included in the BBC or the JD Williams list of inspirational women for 2015?

Tata Harper Lip + Cheek Tint in Very Popular

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Tata Harper Lip + Cheek Tint in Very Popular
Tata Harper is a brand that I have heard American youtubers talk about quite a lot but I haven't seen it in the UK until now; Naturisimo stock Tata Harper so if you've wanted to try something from the brand then check them out. The brand is 100% natural and nontoxic and it is cruelty free too.

I was very kindly sent the *Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint (£28) and I chose the shade Very Popular which is one of the newer shades and it is described as a 'loveable warm rose' which I would definitely agree with. The lip and cheek tint is a combination of natural pigments and anti-ageing skincare technology such as Spanish lavender and lipamino acid technology to plump the skin.

I didn't know which shade to choose from between Very Popular and Very Nice but I'm glad I chose the Very Popular shade as it is a gorgeous dusky rose shade that doesn't contain shimmer and it's perfect for everyday wear. It is a my lips but pinker shade and it looks so natural on the lips and cheeks; it doesn't look glossy but it does have a sheen which makes the lips look fuller. As the product is a tint, I didn't think it would have that much pigmentation but it does - it has enough pigmentation to even out the colour of my lips. It doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the skin and the longevity is pretty good too, which again I wasn't expecting from a tint. The tint is so easy to apply and blend with fingers which is fantastic.

Overall, I am so impressed, I thought it would be good as I've heard nothing but great things about the brand but I wasn't expecting the pigmentation or longevity that it has. I adore the shade, it's a perfect everyday shade for me and although the price is fairly high, I think this product will last a while and it is multi-use. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Have you tried anything from Tata Harper?

Kiko Cosmic Starlets Collection

Monday, December 07, 2015
Kiko Cosmic Starlets Collection
Kiko has been one of my favourite inexpensive makeup brands for years and they are one of the few 'highstreet' makeup brands that have regular collections which I love! The christmas collection this year is the Cosmic Starlets collection which is divided into four looks, all of which would be perfect for the festive season and new year, including: The Temptress, The Romantic, The Free Spirit and The Innocent. As well as the looks, of which The Innocent and The Romantic are my favourites, there are also lovely festive gift sets and fragrances.

I was very kindly sent a few products from the christmas collection and I am so impressed with all of the products, as I often am with Kiko makeup and I especially love the festive packaging! For swatches of all the products I have featured in this post, check out the video at the end (sorry the quality isn't great, damn winter weather and dark afternoons #BloggerProblems).

*Kiko Night Sky Eyeshadow Palette (£19.90, Nude to Elegant): I have always been impressed with the Kiko quads I have purchased over the years, so much so that I made up my own custom palette earlier this year and it has appeared in a few favourites posts. Kiko shadows are so buttery smooth, pigmented on the whole and so easy to blend with minimal fall down and these are no exception. The shades in this palette are all cool toned which I don't usually choose as I think warmer toned shadows suit my complexion the most so the Nude to Smokey palette is on my wish list; although sadly both palettes are currently sold out online so I'll have to visit my local store in the Trafford Centre to see if they have it. The palette contains a good range of shades from a light shimmery highlight and matte crease colours to deep smokey and shimmer shades that would be perfect for a smokey eye.

*Kiko Dazzling Highlighter (£6.90, 04 Bright Rose): This was one of the products in the store that I instantly wanted! The shade looks very pink toned in the packaging as the name would suggest but it looks gorgeous and iridescent on the skin. It isn't a subtle highlight as the shimmer is noticeable which isn't for everyone but it catches the light beautifully!

*Kiko Glam Kajal Eyeliner Duo (£7.90, Black): Kiko always seems to be one of the very few brands that always bring out new, innovative and interesting products that usually take other brands of a similar price range much longer to introduce. The eyeliner duo features a soft and creamy kajal eyeliner that is perfect for creating a smokey eye or smokey liner look; the longevity and pigmentation is fantastic! The product also contains a liquid eyeliner too which is very black and pigmented; it would be perfect for travelling.

Overall, I have been so impressed with the majority of the Kiko products I've tried and these are no exception. I would definitely recommend the christmas collection and I think they would make fantastic gifts - I know that I would be happy to receive some Kiko products under the tree!

What do you think of the new Cosmic Starlets collection? Do you have any favourite products from Kiko?

Christmas: Treat Republic Jewellery Box

Monday, December 07, 2015
Christmas: Treat Republic Jewellery Box
In my opinion, giving and receiving personalised gifts is just so much more special than other gifts. I've always remembered the personalised book I received as a child about myself and Santa having a Christmassy adventure (and it had my name in the book which is always a plus when you have a slightly unusual or old fashioned name as I do).

When the opportunity arose to work with Treat republic and review one of their gorgeous gifts, I couldn't say no! I received the *Treat Republic Bronze Monogrammed Jewellery Box (£30) which I actually wanted for my mum as I know she will LOVE it because she loves shabby chic and distressed style homeware so this will be perfect for her. 

The wooden jewellery box has two pull out drawers and a top section which contains ring holders and cute fabric detailing. The two drawers are fairly spacious even though they aren't massive and the top section is also quite roomy. The lid of the jewellery box can be personalised with the recipients initials so I added my mums initials of SJN which looks so fancy on the lid and the personalisation makes it so much more special and meaningful. 

Overall, I love the design and finish of the box and I know my mum will too! Personalised gifts are always nicer to receive and to give especially if the recipient isn't expecting it as you don't actually see that many personalised gifts in stores any more - personalisation was everywhere in the good ol' 90's, did anyone else have a personalised glitter Alice band?! Overall rating: ★, 5/5. 

Have you bought anything from Treat Republic? What do you think of this gift?