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24/07/2015

The Body Shop - Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask.

Every now and then a product comes into my life and it totally changes everything. It leaves me thinking to myself how did I ever manage without it.

I'd seen quite a lot of bloggers talking about this strange new face mask. Strange in the sense that firstly you leave it on and go to sleep. Secondly the texture but I'll talk about that a little later on. So I had to see what the fuss was all about.


As I mentioned this is a face mask that you apply last thing at night and as the name suggest you sleep in it. You can apply directly after toning but I like to apply my Hydraluron serum and use it after. You can use it both ways, either is perfectly ok.

So what's in it? First up it's enriched with edelweiss stem cells. Edelweiss is an extremely resilient flower with potent regenerative properties. It also contains caffeine which helps with circulation. Hyaluronic acid which I'm already a big fan of. It holds 100x it's weight of moisture so really helps to lock in and retain high levels of moisture. Especially good for dry skin. Fair Trade babassu oil which is a light and non greasy oil, which also helps the skin to retain moisture. And the last key ingredient is adenosine which is a known pro-collagen active which increases the skin's production of elastin and collagen.

It has a unique, bouncy texture that has a memory shape texture. You can mix it up, do whatever you want and it will eventually go back to being completely flat. Perfect for bloggers because I could use it before I photographed it! The texture is like nothing I've ever seen before. It comes with a scoop to help you pick up the product. It's sort of like a jelly so as soon as you scoop some out and onto your fingers, it will start melting. You need to work quickly in massaging this because it really relaxes once it's on your skin.

It's works well alongside the rest of my skincare routine, really helping to seal in other products. Hence why I use it after my Hydraluron. I've also read that it's great for long haul flights because those can play havoc with your skin. Along with cold temperatures and air conditioning. So it helps keep the skin naturally hydrated.

As far as packaging goes it comes in a pretty hefty glass jar so it's not the lightest if you're travelling. But something about it does make it feel a little extra special.

I've been debating getting this for quite some time and it was the price tag that put me off. But you need such a small amount that it's going to last me for quite a while. I absolutely love using and am so glad to have it as staple in my skincare routine. My skin looks refreshed and full of moisture when I wake up which is always the start of a great base for makeup. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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Price:
£24 / 90ml

Where to buy:
The Body Shop
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22/07/2015

Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter - Louise Pentland.

I have to say I didn't think I'd be writing a review on a 'blogger' book. There seems to be a lot of bloggers and YouTubers releasing books lately. Lots of people love it but many people hate it. To me it seems a little like celebrity fragrance - just putting your name on something and getting money for it. Especially with the fact that people have used ghost writers, which is not a new thing.

Anyway, when I saw how beautiful this book was and such a bargain, I couldn't pass it up.


When I first started looking through this book I thought it was aimed more at teenagers because it has things to do with bullying and boys. Progressing through the book you find chapters on setting up your new home and how to bond with your newborn.

I haven't read the entire book but I've gone all the way through and the inside is so well thought out. Each page is adorned with sequins, glitter, cute little illustrations and the most perfect photos. I tried not to photograph too much as I didn't want to spoil the inside, just give you a little glimpse at how gorgeous it is.

The book in itself is written in the same tone as Louise's blog. It's like you're reading something from a friend. Though the writing is well structured she's not afraid to go off on a little tangent, like we all do!

Not only is this book aesthetically pleasing, it's has a range of sections in it for all different parts of your life. Whilst being a light and easy read. Something I wouldn't necessarily of bought but once flicking through, I couldn't resist.
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Price:
£12.99 (currently £6.49 at WHSmith)

Where to buy:
Waterstones and WHSmith
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20/07/2015

The Body Shop - Virgin Mojito Body Splash.

With the warmer weather in full swing, fragrances tend to get a little fresh and lighter. When I saw this new launch in The Body Shop I just had to give it a sniff.

Virgin Mojito is the limited edition summer range that comes in a shower gel, body scrub, body butter and a body sorbet. Along with the brand new addition of a body splash which is what I picked up.


This brings a completely new and different way to apply fragrance. The best way to apply it is to pour a little into your palm and press or tap it into the skin. It gives a wonderfully cooling sensation. It dries as soon as it's on the skin leaving behind it's delicious scent.

Virgin Mojito is the perfect summer fragrance. It's scented with extracts of Caribbean lime and mint which makes it refreshing and zingy. Unlike regular perfumes though alcohol is the first ingredient on the list you can't actually smell it. Sometimes I find perfume has to develop a little before you really get a feel for it. As soon as you open the bottle you're hit with the sweet, citrusy lime with a dash of mint. It almosts smells good enough to drink though I don't advise it.

Because it's a body splash and not an eau de toilette/parfum the scent only lasts for a couple of hours, which is a shame as I really love this. Since you get such a large amount of product you can always reapply it throughout the day. Also on a quick note, the bottle is made from plastic so you can pop in your handbag or suitcase and not have to worry about it smashing, which makes it great for travelling!

It's a shame this is a limited edition range as it's really lovely. If you are tempted by citrusy fragrances, check this one out before it disappears off the shelves for good.
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Price:
£16 / 300ml

Where to buy:
The Body Shop
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18/07/2015

My Little French Riviera Box.

I'd already had this post typed up but the internet or Blogger decided to eat it and I lost it. *sigh* So I'm trying to remember what it was I wrote.

With summer well under way My Little Box brings us a 'French Riviera' theme for June.


Sunglasses - Sarah Lavoine x My Little Box
£18
I wasn't expecting something like this in a monthly subscription box but what a lovely addition. Though the sunglasses don't suit my face shape, I've seen a lot of people saying they've got lots of wear out of these.


Planters Duo
£6.50
These are something I've not seen before. I haven't used them yet but they're not only for housing plants. You can store a whole multitude of things in them. Crayons, makeup brushes, your go to face products. The list is endless.


My Little Beauty - Sea Salt Fresh Scrub
£8.50 / 75ml
Being well into summer a good exfoliator is always handy. Whether it's just to get rid of any dry skin or prepping yourself for a tan.
This reminds me of Rub Rub Rub from Lush but a little less coarse but a good salty scrub. The scent is light, fresh and will bring back memories of being at the beach.

Kérastase - Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Care
£19.50 / 150ml
When first seeing this I thought it was a conditioner. It's actually a leave in treatment containing royal jelly. It keeps hair smooth and soft whilst also keeping it hydrated. It also protects against heat styling and claims to half blow drying time. I haven't tried it yet but since I have such thick hair, if something shortens drying time, I will be most pleased.

Loved By Sarah Lavoine - Nail Polish - 501
£6.50 / 11ml
Just as a word of warning, don't try to swatch nail polish on the hottest day of the year so far. It'll end up being a bubbly uneven mess. I tried more times than I care to remember to get a good swatch of this but it wasn't happening.
It's such a gorgeous teal colour that fits really well with the boxes colours this month. Opaque in one coat but best to follow it up with another just to even everything out.
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I've been getting this subscription for quite a few months now and I couldn't be happier with it. I feel like it's different from other boxes as it has a reoccuring theme. It's very french focused and always uses the same beautiful illustrations. So whilst the theme the box focuses on changes from month to month, overall each box continues within the little theme that MLB have set up. If that makes any sense at all.

What I love about this month is that they've popped in a couple of things you wouldn't usually find in a subscription box, such as the sunnies and the planters. The glasses are a perfect addition to a summery box and the planters are multi purpose and really handy to use for different things.

I love this little french treating showing up at my door once a month, with a mixture of both beauty and lifestyle items and can't wait to see what the next box is like.
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Price:
£11 (plus p&p) per month

Where to buy:
www.mylittlebox.co.uk
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16/07/2015

London IMATS 2015 - The Goodies.

I think one of my favourite things about IMATS is seeing what everyone got. I'm usually not a massive fan of hauls, though it depends on what it is. But I think with such a large collection of brands and products, sometimes you can miss things. So it's always interesting to see what others were most drawn to and ended up picking up.


 So what goodies did I manage to bag? ...


Got to have a little bit of IMATS merch. The lipstick is actually a pen. Marc Jacobs have done one similar in the past but it was probably a little more than the £3 price tag of this one.

I really should drink more water but it's so boring. I know it's not meant to be exciting but perhaps having this bottle will encourage me to use it. It seems well made (out of metal) and looks as though it holds around a litre.


From Urban Decay I picked up a new Primer Potion as I've been using the dregs of an old one for ages.

I knew beforehand that I wanted three shadows from the 'Summer Nights' collection as they are crazy duochromes. I picked up Fireball, Tonic and Lounge.

Plus a De-Slick spray because I thought this would control oil better than a powder as it won't look so cakey.


From Sugarpill I picked up two pigments. Lumi, which I did get last year but they ended up giving me the wrong one and I didn't realise until I got home. Along with Grand Tiara because everyone needs a good silver eyeshadow!

I've been meaning to get the Sparkle Baby palette for such a long time, I don't see me getting much use out of Hotsy Totsy but the other shades are so gorgeous.

Finally I picked up one of their nail polishes that have recently launched. Unfortunately due to shipping regulations only those in the US can purchase these through the Sugarpill website. I went for Electric Halo which is a gorgeous holographic glitter.


I can't remember which stand was stocking a few OCC Lip Tars (could have been Guru Makeup Emporium?) but I managed to get Technopagan. I've been lusting after this metallic blurple for such a long time.

One of the things high up on my list was the new addition to the MUFE Aqua line, the Aqua Matic eye crayons. Can be used as an eyeliner, a base or even as an eyeshadow. Once set they will not budge. I opted for Iridescent Pop Purple and Iridescent Electric Blue.


Zoeva seem to be everyone's go to brushes lately. For the longest time I've been lusting after the Hot Pink Elements Complete Eye Set. Love Makeup had such a good deal on it I couldn't pass it up. Usually the set is around £57 but I managed to snag the 12 brush set for just £45. I cannot wait to try these. You get a fantastic selection and they're all ridiculously soft.


I ended up getting two single brushes. One of which is from Crown, the C149 Small Round Contour and it's super tiny, looks like it's going to be fabulous for the crease. Along with a 318 soft angle brush from Zoeva. It's soft but sturdy, without being too hard. It's just the perfect angled brush.

Last but by no means least I ended up getting a Beautiful Brows kit. It includes a brow powder (I was matched to the shade dark brown), highlight, stencils, magnifying mirror, tweezer and 2 brushes, one of which is double ended. I wasn't planning on getting this but one of the girls at the stand insisted on trying it out on me and I absolutely loved the results. They looked perfect and it's so easy to use.
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I feel like I picked up more this year than previously. The majority of things except the brow palette, I'd had my eye on for a while and what better way to get them than when they're heavily discounted.

In all honesty I'm really pleased with everything I got and I can't wait to start using them. But which do I go for first?! So many decisions.

I'm sure I'll have reviews to follow shortly.
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14/07/2015

London IMATS 2015 - The Weekend.

Another year of IMATS has been and gone. Like last year I only attended the Saturday, though I was provided with a pass* to attend both days. I would have done so had I not had something on the Sunday which I couldn't rearrange.

I started the morning off on my own which gave me a chance to head to a couple of places, namely Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay before they were absolutely crammed with people. MUFE just recently launched into Debenhams but unless you were around London, you couldn't buy it except online. So their stand is always exceptionally busy and one you want to head to early. When I went to pay there was only one other person in front of me.

Urban Decay exhibited for the first time this year and their booth was absolutely beautiful. It was quite a bit bigger than I thought it was going to be but I'm glad about that. Everytime I passed it later on in the day there was a lot of people there. Quite a few of their products had completely sold out by lunchtime.

Though I'm not a massive fan of Bobbi Brown in terms of their makeup, it was nice to see that they had a really large booth this time around. Previous years it has been absolutely tiny. It was beautifully decorated too, lots of vases of peonies and plenty of inspirational photos and books.

This year I invested in an Olympus Pen E-PL7 and it's days like this that make me glad I did. It was an extremely hot day and it was really warm inside Kensington Olympia. It made a nice change not to have to lug my big Canon around. I love it dearly but it's nice to have a small(ish) camera that I can still have a lot of control over in regards to the settings I use.

This year it seemed like there was a lot more people there. Perhaps it was just me though. It was also a shame that some of the regular previous exhibitors didn't attend this year, like OCC and Charles Fox. Though there was still plenty to choose from.

If you've ever wanted to go to IMATS, I can highly suggest it. If you're a makeup artist or just an enthusiast, I really feel like you should experience it at least once. The ticket prices can seem quite high but when you think of how the majority of the brands can be quite heavily discounted, you can make your money back as it were.

I shall leave you with a small selection of photos I took ...


Until we meet again next year, IMATS!
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