Sunday, 28 January 2018


Winter weather can definitely play havoc with your skin - icy, cold conditions (not to mention snow - eek) can cause skin to look super dry and dull. However, using the right products (along with good general health, diet etc) can help to counteract this and give you enviable glowing skin even during the winter.

Now, we all know about the old school scrubs that felt like rubbing sugar all over your face and left your skin feeling pretty red and irritated by the end of it - well now it's time to up your exfoliation game by incorporating acids. It's important to know what kind of acid to look out for depending on the effect you want, and your skin type (sensitive skin types should tread carefully!). Anything with Glycolic Acid (like the Pixi Glow Tonic) is the gentlest (and therefore, most popular) as it produces a mild peel effect because it doesn't penetrate very deep into the skin - so helps to get rid of dry/dead skin cells and reveal glowing skin underneath. Salicylic Acid not only exfoliates, but also helps to neutralise the bacteria that causes breakouts and reduce inflammation. This can be found in the Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix* which I'm loving as a twice weekly exfoliation after cleansing - this is not a toner and more like a sandy texture that should be washed off after massaging it into the skin. 
Something to watch out for is the % of each acid in the product - as Pixi Glow Tonic only has 5% Glycolic Acid, it is suitable for every day use, but look for anything between 2-7% depending on how sensitive your skin is. 

Of course, using some good quality moisturising products during wintertime is key to keep your skin super hydrated which equals glowing skin! In October, I got the chance to try the Simple Hydrating Booster* - an innovative product that you can use alone as a lightweight serum, or drop into moisturiser for that added boost of moisture. I've been testing it out for months now so I feel I can give it a full recommendation - Simple has been a brand I've used for about 10 years now and I feel their products are always so reliable and effective yet affordable. This contains Lactic Acid which helps to promote collagen growth in the deeper layers of skin and helps to improve skin texture, along with Castor Oil which is rich in fatty acids that will smooth the skin. I use this with my Origins Night-A-Mins moisturiser* in the evenings - this is a rich moisturiser containing Vitamins C and E, to revive dull skin, and Squalane, a light, non-greasy ingredient that sinks into the skin quickly and helps to plump and hydrate the skin. I highly recommend all Origins moisturisers - I also especially love the Ginzing moisturiser for mornings (although this has been recently replaced by my Glossier one...). 
A good serum is essential too - I am currently using the Nip & Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum*. I apply this after toner and eye cream, but before moisturiser as this helps to lock the moisture in and serum can then penetrate more deeply into the skin before moisturiser is applied (and therefore acts as a barrier). This contains Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin to retain moisture, along with 'Dragon's Blood' which essentially helps to reduce redness/inflammation and has antioxidants that protect skin cells. Another favourite serum of mine is the Vichy Mineral 89, which I reviewed here

A couple of things that are definitely not essentials, but I do enjoy having them in my routine. First up is the Erno Laszlo White Marble Essence Lotion*. Erno was none other than Audrey Hepburn's facialist, so I think it goes without saying that the brand is beautiful. I use this lotion on a cotton pad after cleansing in the morning and it really helps with giving my skin a glowy finish. It contains Glycerin, which helps to attract and hold hydration, along with Daisy Extract, which helps with brightening the skin and preventing hyper pigmentation. I absolutely adore this and I'm nearly finished with my bottle - a rare occasion!
Secondly, a nice mist to use pre-makeup is a little luxury that helps to refresh my skin and give it that extra boost of hydration before applying makeup. I'm currently using the Omorovizca Queen of Hungary Mist* which is hideously expensive (although I do feel super luxe when I use it..), but places like Superdrug do their own brand mists, and I've heard good things about the £7 Mario Badescu spray so you can definitely find one to fit your budget.

As a little extra, I thought I'd throw in a couple of my fave glowing bases to use under makeup for that 'I woke up like this' dewy skin. I am loving the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer*, which not only primes skin, but also leaves a gorgeous super highlighted finish to the skin. I do find this quite intense so I'd definitely use foundation over this, but if you want a 'no makeup makeup' go-to, I'd highly recommend MAC Strobe Cream. When I worked at MAC, it was without a doubt one of our most popular products and this gorgeous skincare-makeup hybrid will leave skin smoothed, hydrated and give you a 'lit from within' glow - perfection!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and found it helpful! Let me know your tips in the comments.

Sunday, 21 January 2018


For me, Glossier is one of the brands that made a big splash in the beauty world in 2017. With their launch in the UK, release of products like Wowder, and their incredibly Instagrammable packaging, it definitely seemed like the brand on everyone's lips, especially in the blogging world. I was pretty restrained (read: I added things to my basket every day then convinced myself I should probably buy Christmas presents instead..) and just got the Phase 1 skincare set for Christmas to dip my toe into the brand before buying any more. After trying the products for the past month, I thought I'd share my thoughts:

Key Ingredients: Rose Water (inflammatory - great for redness/spots), Aquaxyl (boosts hyaluronic acid and helps skin to retain moisture) and Glyceril Cocoate (derivative of Coconut Oil so helps to melt away makeup)
First of all, the product I was most excited to try. The Milky Jelly Cleanser is a unique formula that can be used on both wet or dry skin. I have tried this out both as a second cleanse/morning cleanse and to remove makeup and I personally prefer it more as a morning cleanser. It does a pretty good job at removing makeup but doesn't quite get all my eye makeup off so I think I'd rather stick to an oil or micellar water for that. The jelly-like consistency is lovely and moisturising on the skin, but I'd say all skin types could use it as it doesn't leave a film on the skin or make it overly oily - just refreshed and hydrated. I think this is why it appeals to so many people and is one of Glossier's most talked-about products - it's a great all round easy cleanser for all skin types that won't irritate or strip the skin. 

Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid (helps skin to retain moisture), Stearic Acid (protects the skin's surface from water loss and provides a protective film) and Vitamins A, C and E (all have antioxidant properties and helps with collagen production/retention)
In all honesty, I wasn't expecting to love this product half as much as I do. This has actually replaced my Origins Ginzing moisturiser as my morning moisturiser - which is really saying something as I've gone through countless tubs of the Origins one. I always use a separate primer so I can't say I've noticed much in the way of priming properties but it definitely feels really light on the skin so won't interfere with makeup. For drier skin gals, they do also have a Rich version of this which may appeal to you more, but for normal/oily skin, this will do just fine. I just use a pea sized amount all over the face and it definitely gives a nice healthy glow to the skin, whilst helping to reduce redness (this is done with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and shea butter). I have to say I have definitely been converted! It's fragrance free too so great for sensitive skin. 

Key Ingredients - Castor Seed Oil and Beeswax (locks in moisture and forms a protective layer) and Lanolin (has a deep moisturising effect on skin by absorbing moisture in the air)
This has become my go-to lip product for work days. A lovely thick lip treatment that hydrates and gives a gorgeous gloss to the lips. Wearing lipstick every day (especially liquid lipstick) can be extremely drying on the lips, so I've been trying to forgo the lipstick and wear this for work. For £10, it's in a similar price bracket to the likes of the Nuxe Reve de Miel, so it's an expensive balm, but nothing compared to the By Terry or Dior balms. What I like about this too is that it's multi-use, so can be used on dry skin elsewhere on the body (it's been a lifesaver for drier patches on my hands in this cold weather!) or even as a natural gloss to the skin on no makeup days. I just have the Original one which works well as a multi-use product, but you can get scented/tinted ones if you were just using this for lips - I particularly like the sound of the Rose one for my next purchase.

All in all, as a full coverage gal, I am absolutely loving the skincare I've tried from Glossier so far - I've now got my eye on the newly released Solution. I can't say I'm overly bothered about much of the makeup right now, as I think it's just a little too sheer/'no makeup makeup' for me. Although having said that, the hype surrounding Boy Brow has definitely drawn me in, so a purchase may be in order. If you've tried any Glossier products that you'd recommend, let me know - my wishlist is ever growing!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Look Fantastic x Omorovicza Beauty Box

Look Fantastic are absolutely smashing it again with their limited edition beauty boxes, and this time it's the turn of luxury skincare brand Omorovicza. I've never tried the brand myself, but it's always caught my attention as so many bloggers/Youtubers I watch adore the brand. The box is currently sold out, but it may well come back in stock, and nevertheless I thought I'd share my initial thoughts on the brand/products myself either way. Inside the box there are 6 beautiful products from the brand, so let's take a peek inside...

In my opinion, this is the most raved about product from Omorovicza. The Queen of Hungary Mist is a light toner that you spritz on after cleansing. It contains Orange Blossom, Rose and Sage water that purifies and tones, whilst Apple Pectin restores hydration - this sounds like a lifesaver for the winter months! Let's be honest though, it's an expensive mist, so I wouldn't class it as a necessity, but definitely a nice luxury to treat yourself to or ask for as a gift since Christmas is approaching. 

At 21, I would hope I wouldn't really need neck cream at the moment, however I read that you should start using anti-ageing products before you actually need them so I guess I'll still give this a go! It helps to plump the skin and eliminate dryness with plenty of luxe ingredients. This deluxe sample size is 15ml (full size is 50ml) so the value is about £28.50. 

I love a good refreshing eye cream, so I'm excited to give this one a go - plus it's worth £80 which covers the value of the box alone! Cucumber extract soothes (we all know the effect of cool cucumber slices on your eyes, so this is that feeling in a bottle!), whilst hazelnut peptide firms and lifts the eye area. I'm just running out of my current eye cream, so this will be next on my list to try. 

Cleansing balms are a regular in my routine, especially when I've been wearing a full face of makeup. This deluxe sample of the Thermal Cleansing Balm is a cute dinky size that will be perfect for travelling as cleansing balms often come in huge tubs! The black colour of the balm comes from Hungarian Moor Mud which pulls out impurities, whilst almond oil nourishes the skin so it doesn't feel stripped. It has some amazing reviews so I'm excited to see if it lives up to the hype. 

The only makeup included in the box is their Mineral Touch concealer in Beige. It does annoy me a bit that this shade is automatically included, so a bit useless if the shade isn't right for you, but I think I can make it work depending on my level of fake tan! It actually looks like they only currently do 2 shades, so hopefully the shade range will improve in the future. Ingredients like Vitamin C and E ensure the concealer isn't drying, whilst the light, creamy texture promises to cover blemishes, scars etc. This sounds pretty similar to Benefit's Boi-ing concealer so I'm intrigued to see how I get on with it. 

This is the priciest full size product of the bunch (this size is worth £13 at 10% of the full size 50ml)  so I'm pretty certain I won't be repurchasing - let's hope I hate it haha! Hyaluronic Acid helps to retain moisture in the skin, Vitamin C brightens and tones and Wheat Polysaccharide firms and tones. There look to be tonnes of super sciency ingredients so it's clear to see why it's so expensive! I will definitely be using this one sparingly, and when my skin is in need of a treat, but it's nice to have such a luxurious product included in a beauty box! 

What do you think of the box? Have you tried anything from Omorovicza? Let me know in the comments! 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter | REVIEW

I know I'm a good few weeks late on the Fenty Beauty posts, but I really wanted to give my purchase a proper try before I shared my thoughts! I bought the Killawatt Highlighter Duo in the shades Mean Money & Hu$tla Baby - and have also since bought the Gloss Bomb lipgloss. I think the pricing of the range is really reasonable (comparable to MAC I'd say) and this duo is £26 from Harvey Nics (although the shipping is extortionate so I'd recommend splitting shipping with a friend who also wants to try the range!).

Firstly, the packaging is so incredible. It is white with very subtle purple reflects in it (try and see it in person, it's so beautiful!), and the geometric shape is cool and really different to the traditional square and circular packaging. There's also a large mirror included. 

The actual formula is absolutely beautiful - Mean Money is a much more subtle highlight and is something I use for daytime/work on my brow bone and tear duct as it looks more natural than a strong highlight. Hu$tla Baby is much more of my kind of highlighter - super strong and glowy, with a golden undertone. It's a lovely buttery formula, and no glitter in sight! I know everyone's gone crazy for the Trophy Wife highlight, but I feel like this duo is much more wearable for every day. I used Hu$tla Baby for this look and I've been using it literally everyday at the moment!

What do you think of the Fenty Beauty range? Have you picked anything up? Let me know in the comments! 


Thursday, 21 September 2017

September Glossybox | First Impressions of Glossybox!

So sorry for the slight overload of beauty box content this month - there were a couple of new boxes that I wanted to share before the month was over! Will have more reviews/new content soon. 

I feel like Glossybox was one (if not, the) first beauty subscription box out there. I remember when it was only available in the US and, like everything you want but can't have, I was desperate to try it. It's been in the UK for some time now, and I've not actually got round to trying it until now! The lovely Glossybox UK team got in touch to see if I wanted to try the September box, so I thought I'd share my first impressions of both the concept, and this month's box in particular.

The September Box
This month, there are 6 products included, with a good variety of beauty products (i.e. not just makeup, or skincare for example!). The Taylor's 32 Whitening Toothpaste is an all natural toothpaste, containing silica and sodium bicarbonate to help with whitening. This is already on the go as I received this just as I came to the end of my other toothpaste! Really enjoying it so far, but can't say I've noticed a huge whitening effect so far (5 days in!). The second product I was excited to try was the Pixi Brow Tamer, which is essentially a clear brow gel. After being fairly recently introduced to Pixi, this is another product to add to my collection! You might think it's easy to find a clear brow gel, but in my experience, some can be clumpy/gloopy, run out too quickly or just don't do the job of keeping brow hairs in place, but so far this one seems to be doing the trick! I'm pretty sure it's actually the full size too, which is worth £12 so seems like a good bargain to be included in the box! Also in the makeup category is the Siligel Blender which is one of those silicone makeup blenders that were all over Instagram not long ago. I have tried one of these in the past and wasn't hugely impressed, but I'll see if this one can change my mind! 
Monu is a brand I'm hearing more and more about, and I remember trying their glowy primer from the Feel Unique Advent calendar last year and really liking it. Their Firming Fiji Facial Oil is included in the box (travel size) which contains a blend of essential oils to make the skin firmer and more radiant. This is actually aimed at dry skin, so would probably be too rich for me at the moment, so I might pass this on or try it when the winter air is making my skin drier! 
Talking of winter air, a hand cream is an essential for me over winter as I find my hands can get very dry, and so I'll be saving my SkinFix Hand Repair Cream for then as it's a medicinal hand cream so will help to soothe dry hands. 
And finally, you get a Kinder Bueno as a fab chocolate treat in the box this month! 

Glossybox Impressions
This box definitely lived up to my expectations of Glossybox - it was packaged absolutely beautifully in the iconic pink box, and there was a little card which explained a little bit about each product included. In my experience, it's one of the cheapest beauty boxes out there, so great if you're a beauty addict on a budget or just want to treat yourself to something new each month as you can get plans for as little as £8.50 a month - that's only 2 or 3 Starbucks! For me, the winners of this box are the Pixi Brow Tamer and the Taylor's 32 Toothpaste as not only are they full size products, but I feel like pretty much everyone would use them (and the Kinder Bueno, of course!). I was slightly disappointed at the Monu product as I don't feel like it suits my skin, so maybe a separate options for dry/normal/oily skin could be created, although I guess that would be a bit complicated! If you take a look at the brands they've used for Glossybox's though, you could pretty much guarantee you'll have heard of 90% of them, which is also a bonus for beauty boxes as I've seen so many where most of the box is unheard-of brands. 

What do you think of beauty boxes? Have you tried Glossybox - or any others? 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Look Fantastic x This Works Beauty Box

Look Fantastic are absolutely killing it with their brand collab beauty boxes at the moment - they did an amazing one with Benefit and a Bare Minerals one, and now it's the turn of This Works. I always think of this works as a super chic, 'gets the job done' kind of brand, and this box definitely gives a nice flavour of their best selling products. So, let's take a peek inside...

First up is the In Transit Skin Defence, which is the full size I believe. This is an SPF30 moisturiser, with amazing ingredients like Vitamin E (keeps the skin youthful, and has great antioxidant properties) and Hyaluronic Acid to retain moisture in the skin. It has both UVA and UVB protection and is to be applied in the morning under makeup. Next is the famous Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (full size 75ml). This is the product I'm most excited about, as I had a Body Shop spray that was similar ages ago and it was lovely. The scent really helps with calming (something a massive over thinker/worrier like me needs!) and it promises to leave me feeling refreshed in the morning. Both these products alone would be £37, making the box worth it just for these two products!

Another cult product from This Works; their Perfect Legs Skin Miracle is included in a travel size (50ml) bottle. I'm so excited to see if this lives up to the hype, as it promises to give skin an 'A-list glow', whilst ingredients like Arnica and Caramel help to repair and protect lacklustre skin - sounds good to me! Next up is their Light Time Cleanse & Glow  (20ml) which is a cleansing mask - massage onto skin, leave for 1-10 minutes, then wash off to be left with glowing, hydrated skin. This sounds like such an unusual product and I can't wait to give it a go! Vitamin C is the key ingredient here - this helps with collagen production, has antioxidant properties and helps to brighten the skin. I imagine this would be a great one to use the morning after a late night! 

The final product is the No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture (15ml), which is a rich cream that speeds up the skin's repair mechanisms whilst you sleep so you wake up with plumped up, glowing skin. The key ingredients here are retinol - a great anti-ageing ingredient as it boosts collagen production and cell renewal - along with my favourite Hyaluronic Acid - I speak about this all the time but it's a fantastic hydrating ingredient which helps the skin with retaining moisture. 

And that's the whole box! You also get a little booklet all about the products, This Works as a brand and the rest of their range. You can join the waitlist now so you're ready for when it launches! 


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Look Fantastic September Birthday Box!

This month's box from Look Fantastic is extra special, as it is their Birthday Edit! It contains some really wonderful products this month, so I thought I'd do a run down of what's included in case you'd like to pick up the box yourself. I actually did some filming with Look Fantastic for this month's box too (specifically the Decleor and Christophe Robins products) so look out for those!
First up is the makeup (my fave bit!) - you get an eyeshadow quad from Hikari, which contains some easy to wear warm shades (2 mattes and 2 shimmers). Also included is a mini Illamsaqua Contouring Gel Sculpt, which is a sheer gel contour stick. It looks really interesting, and unlike any contouring stick I've seen before, so I'll see how this compares to my fave Benefit Hoola contouring stick! As a special birthday treat, you also get a Look Fantastic eyeshadow brush, which is super Instagrammable with the silver handle and blue/green bristles. 
For skincare, you get a mini pot of the Eve Lom cleanser (+ muslin cloth). I've heard a lot about this, and I'm a big fan of balm cleansers so I'm excited to try this one out! It contains some lovely nourishing oils, along with Cocoa Butter and Egyptian Camomile to soften and smooth the skin (sounds perfect for evening cleansing!). It can be used as a cleanser to take makeup off, or for a second cleanse after micellar water. Secondly, there is also a mini Decleor Hydra Floral Hydrating Light Cream included. I love gel-based moisturisers like this one in the morning as they don't interfere with makeup and feel nice and light on the skin. 
Finally, to make your hair super voluminous and fresh, use the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste (travel size). This is a hair mask that not only exfoliates & invigorates the scalp, but also adds plenty of volume into the hair, hopefully making it super easy to get that salon blow dry effect! The clay ingredient helps to deep clean the hair, whilst adding denseness to the hair follicles for lift and thickness. It transforms to a foam when mixed with water and I actually filmed with this product so I can confirm it smells lovely and fresh too - definitely a good one for a weekend pamper sesh.

Of course, as included with all LF beauty boxes, you get a copy of Elle magazine, along with the Beauty Box magazine. As this is a birthday special, you also get a Look Fantastic lollipop this month too! 

What do you think of this month's box- will you be picking it up?

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