Category: Review

I admit it. I’m the world’s worst beauty blogger when it actually comes down to wearing makeup. If I’m having a homebody day, not a scrap touches my face (unless it’s for review purposes, in which case I put it on) and at weekends? Less is more in my mind. The Marks & Spencer All-in-One Mascara comes into play on the latter explained occasion. A layer of this topped up with some BB cream, bronzer and a slick of lip balm is me sorted over those two days and after a few months of this routine I couldn’t quite believe that I hadn’t dedicated an ode to it yet on these pages. Mascaras are a bit of a minefield but this ticks all the boxes…

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loccitane immortelle secret to brightness

After my spa confession last year, here’s another one for you – I’ve never had a facial. I know, I know. I spend my life wrapped up in the beauty world, branding the ‘Skincare Junkie’ tag around and even turned my bathroom into a spa smelling scene the other day all in the aid of trying something new (more on that at the weekend). But a facial? Never been there. That doesn’t mean I haven’t flirted with the idea – oh I’ve browsed many the spa menu. But I’ve never found the right facial fit and felt a little perplexed at the long list of treatments out there. Extraction? Lymphatic drainage massage? The balancing of chakras? Not. A. Clue. So I guess L’Occitane came along at the right time to slip me out of my skincare slump and after sampling the sensory delight that is their Immortelle Secret to Brightness Facial* I think I’ve found a solution for fellow travellers of the newbie facial boat and developed the lust for a pretty pricey habit…

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Here’s the low down on the Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara. So first off, this is a beautiful looking mascara. The packaging is so gorgeous and it feels really nice to hold which I think is pretty important for a mascara!

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Colorbar Metallic Nail Lacquer Bejewelled

There is something about sporting metallic talons that just makes me feel glamourous, you know? Simple, elegant, chic, but with a touch of ladylikeness about it. Being a nude lover, I don’t have too many polishes to reach for when this mood takes over, so it’s Colorbar’s Bejewelled or nothin’. But I’m OK with that as Bejewelled is fast climbing my Colorbar chart…

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Last weekend over a belt-bulging burger, me and one of my best friends A discussed life, love and long-wearing lipstick. A is my neutral lip buddie – she’s always rocking the nude lacquer – so with her in tow we both felt it completely necessary to crack out the colour for a casual trip to Phoenix. While we chomped away, her lipstick stayed intact, while I despaired at having to reapply mine a total of five times while we were out to avoid the porn star liner look as my lippie wore away (Maybelline Color Show I’m looking at you). Our natter moved onto to her favourite long-lasting formulas and I listened up. So the next day her top pick, Rimmel Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick in Airy Fairy was purchased…

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The Sulphate Free Argan Shampoo from Aaranyaa has so much going for it that it’s hard to criticise – it’s sulphate-free yet lathers unbelievably well, meaning that you don’t need to use very much product with each wash. I know that there was a bit of a ‘lather backlash’ in recent years (a good lather does NOT mean a good shampoo, blah blah blah) but we all love a good lather. Don’t we?

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I love a bit of black kohl liner and the Lotus Colorkick Kajal is a really gorgeous one to use. Although I haven’t until now tried lots of Lotus makeup, I think that’s about to change as over the weekend I literally had a full face of it and really loved it! So I thought I’d start here with something simple like kajal.

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