Friday, 31 October 2014

Benefit cheeky sweet spot box o’ blushes

When I first saw photo's of this I knew I had to own it! I love Benefit powder blushes and bronzers but hate the price of them at an eye watering £23.50 each, I'm a little reluctant to buy but with this you get the six powders at 4-6g & a sample of the highlighter for only £29.50 it was a no brainer for me .. It’s a blushin’ blockbuster! For the FIRST-TIME EVER, Benefit’s famous box o’ powders are all together in one cheeky sweet spot. With an exclusive Tips and Tricks booklet inside to show you how to create two easy looks: “do it up for daytime” and “pretty up for playtime.”
They are so pigmented, blend easily and smell divine! I already own a separate Hoola but as it's one of my favourites, i'll use them both easily and I also own a separate Coralista blusher that I have been nursing as I hit pan and didn't fancy splurging on another, but now I have another - yay!.. All the others including the highlighter are new to me which is great! 
I am a massive fan of palettes especially for travel and love the idea of a blush/bronzer palette,but wasn't  really keen on the packaging of this.. It's really cute and brightly coloured but it's rather chunky & impractical.. But I was so happy as on inspection they are just stuck on a foam cushion, so can easily be removed and placed into a more suitable palette like a Z palette or similar! Meaning I can just take one or two with me.
It you want this in your collection, I would be very quick as it is selling out super fast as you'd expect as the price is really good considering what you get! Available from Boots and other online beauty stores.
What's your favourite Benefit product?

Real Techniques - Nic's Pick's.

Real Techniques brushes have quickly taken over my whole brush collection, I no longer reach for any other brands as I love how they apply make up and how soft they feel, making applying my make up a breeze!! This collection of Nic's favourite brushes, including 3 exclusives. Nic's Picks is an essential for every collection and is the sequel to Sam's picks the quality is the same the only difference is these brushes have a sexy chrome handle instead of brightly coloured. Nic's Picks Collection includes 5 brushes with limited edition designs:

- Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Powder Brush
Gently picks up powder pigments and softly buffs it into the skin. Product will be picked up and distributed evenly over the face allowing you to control the amount applied.

- Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush
One of Nic's all-time favourite brushes. Flat enough to pack on the colour with, but firm enough to blend with. Also great for buffing over concealer.

- Real Techniques Cheek Brush (exclusively available in this collection)
Has denser bristles to enable you to build colour. Imagine an expert face brush but softer and rounder. The tapered finish means you can use this for bronzer and highlighter application also.

- Real Techniques Angled Shadow Brush (exclusively available in this collection)
Designed to fit in the crease of the eye to add depth. The soft angle also makes applying shadow under the eyebrow arch simple.

- Real Techniques Eyeliner Brush (exclusively available in this collection)
Softly angled, this is the perfect brush to apply shadow to the lashline and for creating a blown out liner look with eye shadow. Use with gel liner to create a feline flick which is made easy by the angle of the brush.

Each brush does it's job perfectly, with ease, grabbing just the right amout of product and leaving my make up looking flawless, as with all RT brushes I use the brushes for different tasks not just using it for what it says in the description and they don't disappoint! If your stuck for Christmas gift ideas.. Any girl would love to unwrap these on Christmas morning or If you wish to simply treat yourself! 

They retail for around £29.99 which I think is great for five brushes!

What's your favourite RT Brush?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Eye of Horus new blue sapphire goddess eye pencil.

A slick of eyeliner never goes out of fashion, but if you’ve been wanting to switch up your black for a new shade, Eye of Horus has something just for you. Eyeliner is a huge trend pretty much every Autumn/Winter, but it’s always good to ditch the black in favour of a little experimentation. Eye of Horus has come up with the perfect solution; the new Blue Sapphire eye pencil offers a gorgeous, satin-finish in a long-lasting indigo-black tone. The highly pigmented pencil glides on easily and can be smudged to create a jewel-like smokey with the smudging applicator. Eye of Horus do not test on animals, their products are paraben-free and rich in essential oils and natural waxes!

Available for around £17.50 available from of but if blue isn't your shade try one of the other beautiful shades in purple, charcoal grey, bronze and many more!

What colour will you be ricking this Autumn/Winter?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Body Shop Glazed Apple EDT.

'Tis the season to smell delicious!' You can Smell good enough to eat this season with this mouth-watering fragrance. I was really excited when I saw this fragrance was going to be released as I love the DKNY apple range and was hoping this scent would be similar.. But when I actually got to spray/smell/wear this I fell in love at first spritz it is very sweet, appley and fresh but then once it settles it is a little more citrusy, then it goes a gorgeous sweet/musky scent lovely and warm but still light & fresh if that makes sense?!. It is such a playful scent and for only £8.50 for 30ml you can't go wrong!
It is perfect for all seasons not just for Christmas! I think it would be lovely in summer as it has the citrus to keep it light.

Have you tried any of the new range?

Clarins Ombre Matte in Grey Sparkle.

A new cream-to-powder texture that offers the comfort and smoothing effect of a cream with the fine quality and hold of a powder. Silky and lightweight, these eyeshadows are comfortable and easy to apply. A smoothing, mattifying and long-lasting formula that glides over the eyelid and blends evenly into the skin upon application. 
A perfect base for a Gorgeous smokey eye for a night out or sorry here goes.. A stunning Christmas look! The shadow blends beautifully over the eye lid and stops eye shadow creasing throughout the day/night. I love this shade it really makes my blue eyes pop.. I imagine it would work great with all eye colours alone or as a base, the Ombre Matte range comes in 6 or more shades which are more matte if that's your thing, but I love a bit of sparkle for a night out.

They retail for around £19.00 from most department or online beauty stores.

Have you tried them Yet?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Surprise.................. I'm Pregnant!!

Are you surprised? Because we are! Totally & utterly gob smacked to be honest... Over seven years ago I was told I wouldn't be able to conceive a baby naturally after years of being poked & prodded, having test after test and other intruding examinations due to having PCOS.... I gave up and started to plan our wedding for May 2008 as we had our date for IVF confirmed for August 2008, But a miracle happened and we got our beautiful daughter in April 2008 - just three weeks before our wedding... I believe your mind plays a massive part over your body, especially when trying for a baby.

After six years and no more babies at 35 we'd both mentally accepted, that we were just going to have the one child, which we were happy with as she is just PERFECT!!... We had decided to book Florida in late 2012 and started to plan it, but due to me having to have an operation on my back for a ruptured disc in early 2013 we postponed it, this year my Brother got married this May in Sicily, once we'd been we decided that 2015 was the year we went to Florida... We began planning looking at accommodation, flights, parks, places we wanted to go and visit, we found a beautiful villa and booked it.... Soon after the flights were booked... It was happening in May 2015, we were all extremely excited!! 

I'd decided to go to see my Dr as I'd been having some twinges and pains, thinking I had an enlarged cyst, I was sent to the hospital for a routine scan, but instead of finding a cyst I was told it was in fact a 16wk baby..... Out of the room walked a very, very, very shocked Jane .. Yes you got it! We had done it again..I had Completely thrown my mind, body & soul into something and my ovaries decided to pop out an egg and turn it into a little bundle of joy!!

I've been to the midwife and Consultant at the hospital ... everything is great.. Baby is due on 8th March.. So if on time S/He will be just 10weeks old when we go to Florida! We are all ecstatic if still not a little shocked! Baby is going to be a karate expert as it is regularly giving me kicks and punches to remind me that it in there :) I am now 21wks +3 and have my 20 wk scan this week. We have decided not to find out the sex as we've waited this long for a baby we can wait another 19wks and really loved the surprise with our first as EVERYONE including us thought she would be a boy! 

Never Ever give up on your dreams! Your time will come when you least expect it! Xxx

Friday, 3 October 2014

Clarisonic Aria Pink

It's time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level. Traditional methods of cleansing don't get your skin as clean as you'd think. Fortunately, the lead inventor of Sonicare discovered a breakthrough in how we cleanse. Introducing the new Clarisonic Aria...

Clarisonic's patented sonic technology works with skin's natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind-cleansing 6X better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, the sonic action removes impurities from pores so creams, serums and moisturizers absorb better. And with regular daily use you'll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas and blemishes. Cleaner skin is healthier skin and healthier skin is more radiant and more beautiful.

What's included..
  • Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush in high-gloss finish
  • Drying stand
  • USB-enabled Universal Voltage pLink Charger
  • Wall adapter
  • Sensitive Brush Head
  • Refreshing Gel Cleanser

Clarisonic Aria* infuses sonic cleansing with a harmonic blend of function and form. Sleek, modern, intuitive, Aria sings with 3 speeds, a real-time, battery-life indicator, USB enabled pLink charger and a drying stand that converts to a charging station when coupled with the pLink charger.

I had been thinking about getting a facial brush cleanser for a good year or so now and I am so happy I finally did it. I can already tell my pores are less visible and it leaves my skin so soft and really clean! So happy to have this for my regimen each day. I get compliments on my skin now all the time! Would definitely recommend this product!! My fine lines look less noticeable after just a weeks worth of adding this into my daily evening routine.. It is quite expensive at £155 but if you look at it as an investment, as you only get one fave and keeping it looking fresh, youthful and wrinkle free it's pretty cheap! I'm in my mid Thirties and have really noticed the different in my skin, it looks plumper with more of a glow, I'm hoping with continuous use it will just keep getting better, I have had a few break outs recently but since I've used this I've had no new ones appear!. It was also used on the models in London Fashion week, who each took one home in a goody bag as they loved the results... 

Have you tried a cleansing Facial brush?

Caudalie Divine Oil and Scrub

Caudalie is fast becoming one of my favourite brands, the skincare is amazing and everything I have tried I have loved, the latest two are from the Divine range.. First of all the scent OMG.. It is gorgeous and lingers delicately on my skin all day, which I personally love..

This multi-purpose, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes and enhances the skin thanks to its unique formula made with an exceptional blend of oils (grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan) combined with our patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols. It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and sun-kissed fragrance, with woody notes. Use it on the body, hair, nails, in the bath or as a massage oil. 

This scrub is your beauty secret to divinely soft and delicately scented skin thanks to its brown sugar crystals and 4 exceptional plant oils (grape, argan, hibiscus and sesame). Its formulation is 97% natural origin. It leaves my skin baby soft and smelling fantastic! 

Another massive hit for me! I have soo many Caudalie products on my wishlist that I am slowly crossing off.. After one smell of the oil, my Sister in law was hooked and within seconds she was on her iPad snapping up the gift set to own for herself! Ha Yes... I'm talking about you Lisa! :) 
If want to snap them up for yourselves the oil retails for around £17.50 for 50ml or £27.00 for 100ml which is great as it lasts for ages! The scrub retails for £21.50 for 150ml.. Quite expensive but definitely worth spluring on as a little treat!

What product do you love from Caudalie?

Braun FACE

PCOS is the bane of my life! Not only does it make it extra hard to lose the weight it has piled on me.. Or the fact I was told it could make me infertile - but I won that battle though! Ha 1-0 to me!... It has also kindly given me facial hair.... Which of course makes me feel super sexy & confident!.. Yeah exactly said by No women EVER!!.. I have tried waxing- painful, tweezers - time consuming and finally IPL - Expensive, painful.... But did feel like a miracle.. If only for a few months!... but due to my hair being a result of my stupid hormones it always returns with a vengence, so I have been looking for a more manageable solution to make me hair-free and feel happy again! 

When I read about This NEW 2 in 1 mini facial epilator I was super excited as it sounded just what I was looking for not only does it QUICKLY remove the hair it also delivers pore-deep cleansing and high-precision facial epilation, whether you want to go make-up-free or create the perfect canvas. It’s the perfect tool to help you achieve luminous, smoother and brighter skin –all at the flick of a switch. 

When I first used it I'll openly admit I was slightly nervous as I'd heard the horror stories of how painful epilation is... I gritted my teeth and switched it on.. I couldn't believe it... the pain was minimal, but an area that with my trusty tweezers usually took a good 10 minutes was completely smooth in seconds! - Hallelujah I could of cried!! I had completely finished removing hair and the peach fuzz in less than five minutes... I can't praise this little stick of magic enough, for someone like me who has lived with PCOS and the embarrasing facial hair since my late teens it's a total life changer for only £69.99.

Here's a close up, it does look rather scary but honestly it hardly hurts at all, its been over a week now since I first used it and my face is still hair free, I've not had chance to use the brush that is included as I usually use my Clarasonic, but it looks really good and the bristles are lovely and soft so a definite added  bonus for this epilator. Available now to buy.

What hair removal method do you prefer?