30 December 2012

Top 12 Beauty Products of 2012

The top 12 beauty products of 2012

I'm skipping the usual favourites post this month and instead, as we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in a new and exciting 2013, I am going to share with you my top 12 products of 2012! These are products I use daily, products I am in love with, products I reach for over others and ones I would recommend over and over again!
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28 December 2012

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

A picture of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

I recently shared my thoughts on the Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Spray. Today I am going to be sharing with you all what I think to a far more spoken about and popular product from Macadamia, the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque. You've probably seen a lot of reviews of this particular product - It seemed to be everywhere over the summer period when people remember that our hair needs pampering just as much as our face and body. And it certainly seems to be a popular choice among bloggers.  
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24 December 2012

Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon

Magic Alley, Stratford Upon Avon

If you know me well you will know that I am a complete book worm and like many people in England, I grew up with the J.K.Rowling Harry Potter books. I know to some people this will be a very sad thing to say - But Harry Potter has been a massive part of my life. Both in a World where I could disappear into magical books which stole my imagination, as well as on screen with eight wonderfully made films, the last of which had me crying throughout. Harry Potter is a tremendously big part of my childhood. So when my bestest said she would like to take me to Stratford-Upon-Avon as an early Christmas present to visit Magic Alley, a Harry Potter themed museum, I couldn't resist! I took lots of photos and thought I would share just a few of those with you today.
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22 December 2012

Sigma Beauty Professional Brushes Eyes Kit

Sigma Beauty Professional Brushes Eyes Kit

If you asked me 9 months ago what my favourite makeup brushes were, I would have said Real Techniques. But since trying out a few brushes from Sigma (read my review of six brushes from Sigma here) that has completely changed. Sigma brushes are in a league of their own and I am on a beauty-obsessive mission to have the entire Sigma collection eventually (sooner rather than later, please) They are amazing. They are everything everyone says they are, they make makeup application easier, they make techniques easier as well as perfected and they are just an utter dream to use. I genuinely could not recommend picking up some Sigma brushes enough! 
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20 December 2012

Dita Von Teese for Artdeco



Not long ago I shared with you a new favourite blush and lipstick. Both by Artdeco and part of the Dita Von Teese collection, I found the formulas and lasting power to be quite phenomenal. The blush is now a favourite of mine and the lipstick, a beautiful pink, is by far my favourite, powerfully bright pink lipstick. You can read my review of both the blush and lipstick here. Today I am going to be sharing with you three new eye-shadows and an eye-liner added to the Dita Von Teese line. 
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19 December 2012

Clarins Instant Light Blush 01 Vitamin Pink

Clarins Instant Light Blush 01 Vitamin Pink
If you've been following my blog for a while now you will know that despite my ever growing blush collection, it's just not something I am overly confident with. I've been slowly introducing myself to different blushes, finishes, shades, formulas and brands over the past six months or so and some I adore and can happily wear quite confidently, others I am a bit stuck with and just don't know how I feel about them. One thing I have found hardest to find my knack with and struggle with application wise, is any blush which isn't powder. Creams, liquid, mousse. I just seem incapable! But there is one blush which falls into these categories that I can get to grips with and I have really started to love it.
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18 December 2012

Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous Gift Set

Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous Gift Set

This is the last of the Christmas gift sets from Benefit I will be sharing with you, just in time for you to pop out and treat yourself or a friend before the horrendous Christmas eve shopping rush! This gift set comes in a beautifully sturdy suitcase like box, with pretty floral and gold designs. I love gift boxes like this because they are reusable and I'll be using this to store my favourite memories. What do you store in gift set boxes?
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17 December 2012

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
I think we have all gathered by now with my reviews of the 24-7 Smoked Pencils set and the Vice palette, that I am a big, big Urban Decay fan. Personally, for me, their eye-shadows are completely unparalleled either on the high-street or with other high-end brands. I prefer them to any other brand, MAC and MUA included. Their eye-shadows are for me, perfection. So when Urban Decay shared news of their newest palette, the Naked Basics palette, I couldn't help but get incredibly excited.
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15 December 2012

Benefit's Sexy Little Stowaways Gift Set

Benefit's Sexy Little Stowaways Gift Set

If you are new to Benefit, this Christmas gift set is going to be perfect for you! So get ready to fall in love and be sure to add this to your wish list! Because it's time to discover Benefit with the Sexy Little Stowaways Christmas gift set. Perfect for a Benefit newbie, or a friend whose always travelling and on the go, this gift set contains 10 luxurious sample sized Benefit products covering skincare, bases, lashes, tints and cheeks and contouring. A perfect little set full of little Benefit wonders! So, what's inside?
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14 December 2012

Seven Deadly Sins, Corey Taylor

Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the argument between born bad and damaged good, by Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor. Front man of Slipknot and Stone Sour. And literary genius! Oh yes, this man, who wears masks and outfits to play on stage to hundreds of thousands of people, is an author. And a damn good one at that! His book, Seven Deadly Skins: Settling the argument between born bad and damaged good, is a favourite of mine. Released in the summer of 2011, I was lucky enough to grab one of the few tickets up for grabs for an 'Evening with Corey Taylor'. This evening, which just so happens to be one of the best events I have ever been to and one I will always remember, included Corey reading from his book, a question and answer with everyone there (I asked if he loves tea, which he does, and what his favourite tattoo is, which turns out to be his tattoo of late band member Paul Gray) and an acoustic set! Oh what I would do to go back to that night....
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12 December 2012

Pai Limited Edition Rosehip 3-Step Facial Set

Pai Limited Edition Rosehip 3-Step Facial Set

I'm sure we'd all love to pay frequent visits to spas and have a lovely facial but for most of us, that just isn't justifiable money wise. I know I can't afford frequent facials anyway and the last one I had was about four years ago! (I know, as a skincare addict, this saddens me too!) But Pai have answered my prayers with their 3 Step Facial Set. A facial you can do within the comfort of your own home, finishing off with a nice cup of tea afterwards! The set contains three of Pai's products. There's the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Face Mask, the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil and a Pai Organic Muslin Cloth. A limited edition set, this is perfect for a bit of at home pampering. 
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Christmas Do's and Don'ts!

Office party faux pas: the dos and don'ts this Christmas 

Picture the scene: you wake up, the faint smell of party poppers still in your hair, last night's makeup perfectly imprinted on your pillow, as the memories beginning to gather themselves in your mind's eye. Three words begin to take shape, and a vague sense of panic kicks in: Office… Christmas… Party… wha-? Uh-oh. Queue the flashbacks…  
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11 December 2012

OCC Demure Lip Tar

OCC Demure Lip Tar

Another product I was lucky to find in one of my Selfridge's Lucky Bags (read review here) was an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in the shade Demure. I'm fairly new to Lip Tar's from OCC, I only recently heard of them through the #bbloggers chats over on Twitter but I was instantly intrigued and when I checked them out over on the Selfridge's website, there seemed to be tons of shades I would happily lust after. And I say lust, because I didn't really think they were worth the £10 price tag. But now I have one! And it's a lovely, if not impressively bright, purple pink shade. The shade is actually pretty much the exact shade you see in the tube. It's very me, and I love it!
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10 December 2012

Failing at Nail Art



I was recently set a bloggers challenge by Ladbrokes. Now usually, I don't say yes to bloggers challenges. I guess I don't really like putting myself out there all too much and the bloggers challenges I usually get asked to do involve photos of me, and my face, and my hair. And I'm just awful at taking photos of myself! So when Ladbrokes asked me to do this particular bloggers challenge, which involved nail art, I thought OK, why not? I'm not very good at nail art, so I thought it might be a good excuse to put some practice in and see if I can get myself to a level where I can at least do something basic... Ladbrokes also provided all the tools so I really thought this was going to be fool proof... Oh how wrong I was. But first, let me just tell you what I got sent to attempt my nail nail masterpiece (cough) with! 
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9 December 2012

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

I quite like doing these worth the hype posts and when I received this little bright pink wonder bottle in one of my Selfridge's Lucky Bags (see review here!) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to test it out and see whether it really is as amazing as everyone claims. So, what exactly does the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover claim to do?
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8 December 2012

Omorovicza Blissful Treatment Oils Set

Omorovicza Blissful Treatment Oils Set

Omorovicza. A brand with high quality products full of amazing ingredients. A brand I actually quite adore. I've shared with you before two skincare products from Omorovicza. Their Rejuvenating Night Cream, which is the best night cream I have ever used, and their Deep Cleansing Mask, which leaves my skin looking and feeling amazing. You can read my review of both products here, but today I am going to be sharing with you a perfect gift set to spoil someone with this Christmas. The Blissful Treatment Oils set.
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7 December 2012

Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

I've heard a lot over the years about the amazing quality of the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils but it wasn't until I treated myself to the Smoked palette that I ever got to try one. The smoked palette, which I shall be sharing my thoughts on once I had used it more, came with one of the infamous 24/7 liners in Perversion, the perfect black shade. Once I used this I fell absolutely head over heels in love with the creamy formula of the 24/7 pencils, which glided on effortlessly and stayed on all day without a single smudge. I just knew I had to have more, and when I saw the Smoked 24/7 Pencils Set, I just had to have it. After many weeks of debating it and trying to justify the cost, I decided to treat myself!
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NEOM Make a Wish Home Candle

NEOM Make a Wish Home Candle

When a company, no matter how big or small, does something to help those less fortunate, they will always get the thumbs up from me. 
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6 December 2012

Benefit's Lee Lee's Beauty Secrets

Stuck for Christmas ideas? Don't know what to ask Santa to leave under your treat or what gift to give a loved one or friend? Or maybe you're just looking to give yourself a treat this Christmas season? Well do not fret, because Benefit have got Christmas covered! I've got three sets to share with you all over the next week or so and I know you'll love them just as much as me. So get your letters to Santa and pens poised, because these are going to be No.1 on your Christmas wish list! 
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5 December 2012

Neve French Royalty Collection

A picture of the Neve French Royalty Collection

Not so long ago I tried my very first Neve products, a beautiful neutrals palette. I adore this palette, called Elegantissimi, really impressed me as my first time trying Neve. You can read my review of the Elegantissimi palette here. Today I am going to be sharing with you a few products from Neve's French Royalty collection, four eye-shadows, two blushes and an eyeliner. from the general Neve range. 
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The Skincare Series | Exfoliators

A picture of facial exfoliators

It's been a while since the last Skincare Series post, but I am back again and this time I am going to be talking exfoliators! Exfoliating is something I actually really enjoy doing. There was a time I didn't enjoy it and in fact I strayed away from exfoliating, at one point stopping exfoliating altogether. For someone with oily skin, I was incorrectly told that exfoliating would make my oil worse. When in fact the opposite was true! When I stopped exfoliating my skin because so unbareably oily that it made my everyday life a struggle. And that is no exaggeration! The amount of oil I was producing was ridiculous. I started exfoliating again and now it is part of both my morning and night routines, with difficult products for different times. So I am going to share with you my top 5!
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4 December 2012

Liz Earle Botanical Essence NO.15 Eau de Parfum

Liz Earle Botanical Essence NO.15 Eau de Parfum

If you hadn't guessed it already, I am a big fan of Liz Earle. Their skincare range is one of my favourites, with products such as the Cleanse & Polish, Instant Skin Boost Tonic and Skin Repair Light Moisturiser now being some of my favourite skincare products, ever! And I also adore their makeup line, with their Signature Foundation being my perfect foundation and one I will repurchase for many years to come. So I was not surprised at all to find that I am also in love with one of their perfumes, either. 

The lovely Botanical Essence NO.15 has been my most reached for perfume since it was popped through my door and in the few weeks that I have had it, I honestly haven't reached for any other scent. I am in love with the packaging, having decided to keep the box because it is just too divinely cute; decorated with illustrations of all the ingredients which make up this beautiful scent. The bottle itself is simple, yet stunning in it's own right, and the scent is one which leave my senses more than content. It also happens to be a miracle worker. 
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2 December 2012

Urban Decay The Vice Palette

Urban Decay The Vice Palette
I am a big fan of Urban Decay eye-shadows and I spent weeks and weeks lusting after this beautiful palette containing 20 beautiful shades. I probably bored a lot of you over on Twitter, constantly mentioning how much I wanted it! Well, as you can probably tell, I took the plunge and I bought it! I just couldn't resist. Knowing it was limited edtion, I wanted to get it before it sold out, because the thought of not getting my hands on it was quite frankly, just not an option! The palette itself costs £42 and I bought mine from House of Fraser as they have quite reliable and quick delivery! 
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Palmer's Body Care Range

Palmer's Body Care Range

If there is one brand who can make me stray away from high-end brands and save a lot of money in the process, it's Palmer's. Palmer's has been a favourite of mine for years and years. Their Cocoa Butter Formula has been a favourite body lotion of mine for as long as I can remember and it's one I will always repurchase. Palmer's is a great high-street brand which can be found in stores such as Boots and Superdrug as well as supermarkets, and it's a super affordable and purse-friendly brand. Today I am going to be sharing with you my top four products from Palmer's!
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