31 March 2014

Illamasqua Glamore, one to adore

Illamasqua Glamore

Illamasqua Glamore
Illamasqua has been a favourite brand of mine for lipsticks, blushers and nail polishes for well over a year now, I cannot recommend them enough for the long-lasting formulas, fantastic colour pay-off and vast shade range, with shades to fit any skintone. The last few Illamasqua collections have really caught my eye and left me smitten with serious product lust. Glamore is no different, with some of the most gorgeous shades I've seen in a while, partnered with perfect finishes and brand new formulas. With three new lipstick and polish shades, the collection is full of the prettiest pinks and perfect oranges, with a touch of something extra added to the polishes to make them stand out. 

For those who have tried Illamasqua lip products before, you'll be happy to hear there is a new and improved formula, with a beautifully soft satin finish which glides onto the lips effortlessly. I'm not sure if this new formula will be applied to the existing lipstick range, but if it is I will be one happy bunny! I love Illamasqua lipsticks, but the current firmer, matte finish is a touch to firm and a smidgen too matte, an updated formula would be welcomed here on Tattooed Tealady! There's three new lipstick shades in the Glamore collection, Glissade*, Luster and Soaked* (Illamsqua, £16.50) Glissade is a beautiful bright and bold fuschia pink with the most lovely satin finish, whilst Soaked is a vibrant coral orange with the same beautiful finish. Lasting power? We're talking a good few hours, lots of drinks and food before needing to reapply. Perfect.

Of all the brands in my nail polish stash, Illamasqua easily takes first place as my top brand for polishes. The shade range, the streak-free, long-lasting formulas and perfect finishes, my absolute favourites. The Glamore collection features three new polish shades; Marquise*, Trilliant* and Fire Rose (Illamasqua, £15) Each has a gorgeous shattered star finish, with Marquise being a brilliant vivid orange with pink undertones, whilst Trilliant is a perfect champagne. Two coats is more than enough for an opaque finish, and the shattered star finish is super flattering, especially with Trilliant. Staying chip-free for at least a week, I'm a big fan.

Illamasqua Glamore, the new collection to adore.


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The Stand-Outs # 3


The more sunshine we are spoiled to, the more I am finding myself falling into old Spring habits of gleaming peaches, soft nude pinks and a touch of that all important highlight. There's a few products I haven't been able to tear myself away from this month, and some I had to give a real thorough testing before making my mind up on whether I liked them or not, finding I really quite do. If there's been one true love in my stash this month, it's been my MAC Style Powder Blush (Selfridges, £18) which was a favourite through all of last Summer, and is already my favourite again this Spring. With a lovely sheertone shimmer finish, Style is the perfect peachy coral shade, with yellow golden undertones that looks incredibly flattering on the skin. From blush to highlight, I've found myself reaching for NYX Illuminator (NYXCosmetics*, £9) in Narcissistic. A pale nude highlight with the perfect amount of shimmer to catch the light, adding extra definition to your cheek bones, brow bone and cupids bow. 

Eyes have been pretty neutral for most of the most, with just a handful or so of days where I've had time to do a nice big eye look. I've found two products perfect for creating everything from a wash of colour to a day-time eye-opener or night-time smokey eye. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (JohnLewis, £18.50) in Suede, a tan brown. Part of the Navy & Nude Collection, it was the first Long-Wear Cream Shadow I had tried from Bobbi Brown, and left me addicted to the perfect formula and incredible longevity and staying power. The best cream shadows I've ever tried, which work fantastically as a base or on their own. For powder shadows I've been turning to one palette with a huge 24 shade selection, for the majority of my looks this March. The NYX Wicked Dreams Eyeshadow Palette (NYXCosmetics, £15) really surpassed my expectations and has given me a new favourite drugstore palette. The neutral shades are my favourite, making the perfect wash of colour or inner corner highlight.

Two products which have been part of my routine every time this month. The Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Lipgloss (Debenhams, £18) in Nude Pink, which has been a favourite for teaming with nude and pale pink lipsticks. It has a gorgeous formula that's almost creamy on the lips, with no stickiness and it lasts a pretty long time too. I've also been hooked on my Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine (LookFantastic, 7g, £23.50) which is a lovely light-weight finishing powder that sets my makeup perfectly and holds the unwanted shine and oil at bay.  

A fantastic multi-purpose product I've loved turning to this month is the Bodhi Mint Thé Temple Balm (SamsaraSkin*, 15g, £15) which has done wonders for all my sore and achy parts. Spending a lot of my time sat at a computer, or reading journal articles, my neck, shoulders and back soon start to ache and feel sore. I've found Temple Balm incredible for relieving some of that soreness, just by massaging a small amount of product onto the areas where it's at it's worst. You can find out more about the antiseptic and healing properties of this deliciously minty balm here.

I am a great example of a sample hoarder, but I've finally started working my way through my stash and giving products a try. Some  have become real gems and products I've popped down on the to-buy list. At first I wasn't taken by the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer (House of Fraser, £29) , finding it a touch to liquid-y for my liking. But having left it in my primer pot for a while, the formula seems to have thickened up slightly and now I absolutely adore it. This is definitely a primer I hope to purchase in full size in the future. Beauty Protector Protect & Oil (Birchbox, £16) has over-taken all of my beloved hair oils as my absolute favourite, for three very good reasons. It smells absolutely delicious, a sweet scent that reminds me of white chocolate and toffee all in one. Tasty scents aside, it works amazingly well to smooth my hair, leaving it with a natural shine and new found softness, as well as really making my hair feel stronger. I need the full size... The last sample in my stand-outs this month is the Bioderma Sebium Hydra Moisturising Replenishing Cream (Escentual, 40ml, £10) for weakened oily skin, of which I had an adorable little sample getting a good weeks use out of it. I used it every morning for a week as my daily moisturiser, and I've fallen in love with how plump and soft it makes my skin feel, as well as keeping my oily skin at bay and repairing my dehydrated areas. For such a bargain price, I'll be picking up a full size to try on a longer-term basis; look out for a full review!   

What products have you been loving this March? Do you ever try and get through your sample stash? Maybe you've fallen in love with a product recently, that you first tried in sample form? Let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the products mentioned as well as what products have really stood out for you lately! 


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30 March 2014

The Sunday post # 13

The Sunday post # 13

What a difference a few days of sunshine makes. I feel cheerier, happier and more motivated to do things, I want to go outside and enjoy long picturesque, cliched walks in the sunshine. I want to go exploring, visit my favourite theme parks and have picnics in the Countryside. See, this is my problem when the sun shines out of a bout of horrible weather; I expect Summer, and immediately with no delay, and for all my favourite things to do on a hot day, to happen now (like yesterday, now) But the sunshine and extra motivation have helped me in sorting out a pretty solid schedule for the next couple of weeks. Instead of going out partying like it's 1999, I spent my Saturday at home writing posts (oh there's some good ones coming up this week!), as well as organising a full two week schedule including everything from Uni, work and blog. I feel so much better when I've done some much-need life organising, and it's spilled out into other areas of my life too, having had a full beauty reorganise this weekend. A lot of people have asked for a makeup collection post since we moved and I invested in some new storage, but because I'm not video savvy, when I share my makeup collection it will be one hell of a long post! I was thinking of splitting my collection up into several posts, focusing on a drawer at a time, as a photo of my bronzer, contour and highlight drawer over on Instagram this weekend seemed quite popular! It'd be a much more manageable way to share my collection, too. What do you think? 

I caved in to some beauty cravings over the weekend and placed a pretty decent Boots haul, which I am already counting down the days until my order arrives. Nothing high-end, all high-street, there's too many new beauty releases on the high-street that I've had my eye on and finally caved. I'll pop a haul post up when my order arrives, but there's lots of lip products and a couple of essentials! I'd love to know if there's anything you've picked up recently whilst shopping, or any online beauty deals to share! It's been ages since I properly indulged in beauty shopping, I want to know which products you think I should try! In the meantime I have a roast dinner to stick on, blog photographs to take and Uni work to catch up with. Have a lovely Sunday!


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28 March 2014

Neve Makeup Delight + Swatches

Neve Makeup Delight Swatches

Neve Makeup Delight Swatches
Neve Makeup Delight Swatches
Eyeshadow palettes are the perfect way to experiment more with makeup and changing up my look every day is something I really love doing. Whereas some girls have a signature look, the only signature thing I seem to do with my makeup is always have big, smokey eyes. Whether it's a natural smokey eye with some beautiful neutrals, a perfect Autumn smokey eye with reds, cranberries and deep, woody browns, or the traditional dark and smouldering graphites and coals, I just love making my eyes stand out! Neve is no stranger to the blog, with the Neve Elegantissimi Eyeshadow Palette (BeautyChamber, £21.95) being a favourite and one of my most rated neutral palettes. Neve pressed eyeshadow palettes are absolutely phenomenal, with dreamy formulas, buttery soft powders that cause no fall out, but apply effortlessly and blend easily. The colour-pay off is incredible, easily with the likes of my top-rated high-end brands, with very decent quality at a much cheaper price-point. There's six eyeshadow palettes available in the Neve range, each with ten pretty big shadows - the palettes themselves are long and slim, with each shadow being a very decent 3g. All six palettes available are the same in price, making them at least half the price of most coveted high-end palettes, yet the quality is easily comparable to some of the best. Neve also produce products which are only cruelty free, vegetarian and vegan friendly. What I love most about Neve shadows? The longevity easily compares to the likes of MAC and Urban Decay, which for me is a big selling point. 

The Neve Makeup Delight Palette (BeautyChamber*, £21.95) is the most recent Neve offering to join my collection, and one which stood out to me for the beautiful range in shades and finish. Each shade within the palette is completely individual, with no evident theme to the shades selected, except for all making me think of fairies and forests. A palette in collaboration with makeup artist Giulianna Arcarese, named after her YouTube channel. Tacco 12 is a gorgeous burgundy brown with a satin finish, Pacifico a dual-chrome grey with pearlescent sea green and light green reflections, Casa Delight an intense lilac with a velvet finish, Texas is a lovely satin brown with paprika undertones and Biker Chic is a stunning grey taupe with a perfect matte finish. Jet Lag is a pink with undertones of fuchsia and orange with a satin finish, It's a Boy! is an intense and absolutely breath-taking cobalt blue with satin finish, Trinacria is a bright burnt orange with satin finish, Route 66 a lovely sandy beige highlight shade with pink shimmer finish and Monterey is a moss green with matte finish. 

Together, shades from the Makeup Delight palette can create a unique, vibrant and eye-catching look that still manages to look chic and wearable. Teamed with other favourite shadows in my collection, Tacco 12, Biker Chic, Texas and Pacifico make perfect crease colours, Route 66 a perfect shade for the inner corner, Jet Lag is perfect for a wash of colour on a Spring day and the remaining shades make the perfect pop of colour in a look. Another impressive palette from Neve, which shade is your favourite?


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The mid-week pamper # 13

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Boosting Masks
This week's mid-week pamper post is pretty late, but I indulged in my usual mid-week pamper on Wednesday, giving my face a real treat with the new Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks (Boots*, Pack of 4, £19.99) As someone who uses Hydraluron Moisture Booster (Boots, 30ml, £24.99) and Nanoblur (Boots, 30ml, £19.99) as a regular part of my routine, I was really excited by the news of a new Indeed Labs product, even more so when the new Hydraluron Boosting Masks promised to give my dehydrated skin everything it craves, all in one relaxing mask. I was kindly sent a box to try, making it the perfect excuse to lie back and relax for this week's mid-week pamper, and a great chance to see what all the fuss is about. As with all of Indeed Labs products, these new sheet masks have been absolutely raved about in the blogging world, but are they worth the hype?

Using the masks is simple, although not everyone will be a fan of the sheet mask method. Personally, I like sheet masks, particularly when you come across a great-quality mask which isn't too thick nor heavy, but feels comfortable on the skin and doesn't leave that claustrophobic feeling. After cleansing, you simple pop the sheet mask - which comes all in one sheet opposed to different sections as some sheet masks do - on your face, lie back, relax, and wait for Indeed Labs to work their magic. Indeed Labs promise you will see immediate, short and long term effects from using the Hydraluron Moisture Booster Masks. Immediate effects will leave your skin immediately more hydrated, smoother, softer and plumper, with short-term effects restoring natural skin's radiance, leaving your skin glowing and dewy. The long-term effects of a skincare product are always what I look out for the most, and Indeed Labs promise their sheet masks, with regular use, will increase moisture levels in the skin and help your skin retain moisture levels for longer. Perfect masks for my dehydrated skin, and anyone out there who needs an intense boost of moisture.

Each pack contains four masks which are individually packaged, making it very easy to use just one mask at a time without worrying about a pack of open sheet masks. Being individually wrapped, they are also perfect for travelling and could easily be popped in your suitcase if you were off for a short break or weekend away. The sheet masks themselves are very moist, as is the way with sheet masks, with the important skin-loving ingredients moistening the masks which then gets quickly drunk up by your skin. Providing you with the perfect chance to just stop and relax on a busy day - with a sheet mask on, standing is near impossible. After use, a recommend 15 minutes (although sometimes I leave sheet masks on longer, especially if in the bath), you simply peel away the mask from your face. 

Once removed I noticed my skin felt and looked plumper, with a slightly brighter complexion from my skin soaking up the moisture boosting ingredients. The redness I suffer with in the center of my forehead was dramatically calmer, which I am still seeing now two days on, and my skin also still feels plump. I haven't noticed a dewy look to my skin, but for someone with both oily and dehydrated skin, dewy can be hard to achieve. My skin definitely feels more hydrated, both straight after use and now, two days on, but it's long-term use of the masks which will tell me whether the long-term claims are true. Indeed Labs suggest using a Hydraluron Boosting Mask once a week, which for a pack of four adds £20 to your beauty bill each month. Personally, I think you could get away with using these with longer gaps in between, say a fortnight between uses, although it's important to remember their recommended use is weekly. Would I repurchase? Yes, but I'm more likely to repurchase when Indeed Labs is on 1/3 off in Boots (which it currently is, making these masks just £13.33) I like them, more so than the original Hydraluron Moisture Booster, a sucker for a good mask. Must have? If they're within your budget, I'd definitely recommend giving them a go.


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27 March 2014

Models Own Speckled Egg

Models Own Speckled Egg Nail Polishes

Models Own Speckled Egg Nail Polishes
Usually I'm not overly wowed by new nail polish releases, but as soon as I laid my eyes on the Models Own Speckled Egg Nail Polishes (ASOS*, £5), I was smitten. Available in five shades; Dove, Duck, Goose, Magpie and Swan, these speckled beauties are the perfect polishes for Easter, and anyone who loves something different. There's no denying there's a huge Illamasqua inspiration in this colourful new range, but the formula and price-point makes them a fantastic way for anyone on a high-street budget, to try a finish that's unusual for the high-street. Duck is a gorgeous sky blue, Goose is a lime green, Magpie is a lovely turquoise, Dove a pretty baby pink and Swan the perfect dolly-mix pastel purple. Each have the same speckled egg finish, with impressive formulas that apply easily and streak-free. Two coats is more than enough for an opaque finish, and on the nail they last a good six days with a base and top coat before a chip comes along. Easily my favourite Models Own collection, I'll be picking up Dove and Swan asap...


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26 March 2014

Mary, Betty & Cindy

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer & Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer & Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm is easily one of my most top rated brands, with absolutely phenomenal pigmentation and colour pay-off, incredible longevity and flare for imaginative design and ideas, they're one brand everyone should have in their arsenal. For me, highlighters add a touch of something-something to your look that blushers and bronzers just can't do. Whether applied with a light hand over your brow bone, used to accentuate cheek bones or even on your cupids bow, a touch of highlight can make all the difference, and theBalm have highlighters down to a T. 

Mary-Lou Manizer (BeautyChamber, £16) has been a favourite in my stash for quite some time now, easily my most used highlight and yet I've hardly dented it. The brilliant thing about theBalm highlighters, is that less is more. There's no grainy, shimmery powder that needs to be built up for any long-lasting colour, but a dreamy, and I mean dreamy, buttery soft powder formula that applies effortlessly, blends beautifully and boy does it last. The shimmer is incredibly fine, not feeling out of place in the powder and looks stunning rather than over the top, on the skin. Mary-Lou Manizer is you're more bog-standard shade of highlighter; a golden yellow highlight that's both eye-catching and subtle at the same time. Used for everything from my cheekbones to cupids bow, brow bone and inner corner, a pop of colour on a natural base to open up my eyes. Betty-Lou Manizer (BeautyChamber, £16) is perfect for anyone with a more olive complexion or darker, like me. A bronzed highlight that is far more wearable than it looks in the pan, this beauty is absolutely perfect for a hot summer's day and creating that bronzed goddess look. Cheek-bones, doubling up as an eyeshadow or even a super light dusting over my decolletage, Betty-Lou ticks all the boxes. Cindy-Lou Manizer (BeautyChamber*, £16) is the newest highlighter to join theBalm family, and gosh is it beautiful. I've been looking for 'that perfect' pink toned highlight for a long, long time. Cindy-Lou Manizer is a stunning peachy pink that can be used as blush as well as a highlight, pink enough to catch the light in all the right places, peachy enough to still look natural. 

What I love about theBalm, is how multi-purpose their products are. Each of these can be used as an eyeshadow as well as a highlight, with Betty-Lou doubling up as a bronzer as well as highlight, and Cindy-Lou making the perfect blush, too. Multi-purpose products are a must-have for me, and when they're this beautiful, with such fun, unique and quirky packaging, a flare for original ideas and original product names, theBalm is a brand everyone needs to try, starting with Mary-Lou, Betty-Lou and Cindy-Lou...


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25 March 2014

A Lush Mother's Day

Lush Mother's Day Collection

Lush are famous for their fun and quirky bath time products, and their Mother's Day collection, with limited edition products, definitely fits the bill with a whole host of delicious and gorgeously scented ways to treat your mum this Mother's Day. For those mums who love to pamper, or need a little encouragement to stop and relax, the Lush Mother's Day collection is perfect.

When I spotted Wonder Woohoo Bubble Bar (Lush*, £3.95), you should have seen my face light up! I love when Lush use their glorious gold glitter in their products, because although they can make a bath messy, it is so much fun settling down into a gold filled bath. Said to have been inspired by all the powerful, strong wonder women out there (I'm looking at you, mums of the world!), Wonder Woohoo is a bubble bar covered in gold lustre, with the scent of Sun Gorilla Perfume (Lush, 10ml-100ml, £10-£40), a scent I added to my collection this time last year, a scent I just cannot get enough of. With Mimosa Absolute, which is obtained from Acacia Decurrens, a shrub native to eastern New South Wales, Australia, Sandalwood Oil and Brazillian Orange Oil, Wonder Woohoo smells good enough to eat. The gold sparkling outside is met with a silverly trial on the inside, a magical bubble bath for magical mums. Bubble bars can be used all in one go, or crumbled under running water a bit at a time. I usually get four baths out of a Lush bubble bar.

Inhale Exhale (Lush*, £3.25) is a bath bomb with two halves, both of which have been formulated to bubble away at different speeds. Formulated with Lush's Breath of God Gorilla Perfume (Lush, £7-£33), with a beautiful soft, light and fruity scent. The Inhale size will fizz away quickly, enveloping you in Neroli, Rose, Vetivert and Ylang Ylang, whilst you lay back and relax. Exhale fizzes away at a slower pace, with an intense, woody and smoky aroma of Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Amber and a hint of Grapefruit Oil. A beautiful combination of scents. 

Tulip (Lush*, £5.25) is such a fun product! A reusable bubble bar formulated with essential oils akin to Sex Bomb Bath Bomb (Lush, £3.25) with Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage as well as Tonka Absolute. In the shape of a lovely tulip flower, Tulip will last longer than any bunch of flowers and is the perfect excuse to delve into a big hot bath of gorgeously scented bubbles.

Last but not least, the beautiful and adorable Rose Bubble Bar (Lush*, £2.95) created to look like a rose bud with a cute little green leaf. With a scent akin to Amandopondo Bubble Bar (Lush, £2.75) with Rose Absolute, Lemon Oil and Cocoa Butter. A light yet delicious floral fragrance, Rose is formulated with natural shimmers and effortlessly fills your bath with skin-softening bubbles. Perfect.

Could Mother's Day get any more delicious? I doubt it. What's your favourite piece from the collection? You can find out more about the rest of the Lush Mother's Day collection online and in-store. 


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23 March 2014

Morning skincare routine: Winter

Morning Skincare Routine

Skincare, my favourite aspect of beauty and my favourite thing to indulge in. Can you believe I have never shared a full skincare routine? Today I am going to whizz you through my morning routine, perfect for those who with oily/dehydrated skin, a routine I have perfected over the Winter months. It's almost time for me to change up my skincare routine for the warmer months, but whilst it's still chilly outside, these products are the answer to my skin woes. This is going to be a long one, so get those cuppas at the ready...

First step, cleansing. Most people like to double cleanse at night, but I like to in the morning, too; not every day, but most days. One of the most beautiful cream cleansers I've ever used, the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (SamsaraSkin*, 100ml, £25) is full of skin loving ingredients including Omega 3, Vitamins A, B and E, Camellia, a rare oil used as a skin cleanser and conditioner, as well as Damask Rose Otto Oil, perfect for retaining moisture, rejuvenating and restoring skin. Very light-weight, I have noticed a massive difference in my skin since introducing this a couple of months ago; my skin feels softer and hydrated, from first use I was smitten. Working to remove dirt, makeup (at night) and impurities, it's softening and hydrating, just what my skin needs. My second morning cleansing step is CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser (SamsaraSkin, 100ml, £24.75), a product I've mentioned a few times and one of my favourite skincare products, ever. A concentrated exfoliating cleanser, infused with Cooling Peppermint Essential Oil, Calming Lavender and Clarifying Tea Tree Oil. Another light-weight product, this is unlike any other cleanser I've tried before, but works effortlessly to deeply cleanse my skin, decongesting pores (works wonders on those pesky blackheads!), eliminating cellular debris, all whilst being hydrating and smoothing. 

Cleansing done, it's time to tone and the most long-standing toner in my routine is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (JohnLewis, 200ml, £13.25), formulated with naturally active ingredients such as Organic Aloe Vera, Calendula, Chamomile, Cucumber and a natural source of Vitamin E. It's gentle, soothing and refreshing, whilst managing to leave my skin feeling softly moisturised. Eye cream is next and I am smitten with the Pai Echium and Argan Soothing Eye Cream (SamsaraSkin*, 15ml, £28) which feels instantly soothing, smoothing and hydrating once applied. Rich in rare and super-effective forms of Omega 3 and 6, with work to soothe and smooth, as well as Gamma Linolenic Acid and Steridonic Acid, which help to improve the appearance of fine lines, with an anti-inflammatory action which relieves dry, sore and irritated eyes. One whole pump is a touch too much, so I carefully use the pump to release a pea sized amount, more than enough for both eyes. 

Next up is serum and I've recently introduced the Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Serum (Escentual*, 30ml, £27) to my routine and pretty much instantaneously, I have seen massive results. An innovative serum perfect for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin, with a formula containing 100% natural and botanical Hyaluronic Acid, a high concentration of Salicornia along with eight Plant Milks, Aloe Vera Sap, White Almond and Orange Flowers. It has the most beautiful floral scent and the serum itself is very light-weight. Yet once applied my feels instantaneously softer, smoother and far more hydrated. It's beautiful! After serum comes oil, and another product that easily falls into the 'best product of it's type' category. Nothing has wowed me as much as the Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil (LookFantastic*, 30ml, £32), a product that's been a firm favourite in my routine for quite some time now and quite possibly my favourite ever facial oil. Helping to reduce sensitivity, calm skins reactions, strengthen the skin and minimise the signs of ageing all whilst being incredibly replenishing and hydrating, with a gorgeous scent to boot. It's amazing, with my skin feeling softer, hydrated and plumper, with 100% natural skin-loving ingredients; a signature blend of pure Rose Otto, Palma Rosa and Rose Geranium Essential Oils, anti-oxidant rich Arctic Cloudberry, Abyssinian and Rosehip Oil to name but a few of the gorgeous ingredients inside.

Finally, we're on to the final steps. Indeed Labs Hydraluron (Boots, 30ml, £24.99) and I have a love-hate relationship. It's a product I started using when my skin wasn't dehydrated nor dry, a product I didn't need but gave in to the hype. Because of giving my skin the extra boost of Hydraluron, my skin became dependent and Hydraluron has played a major part in my skin now being dehydrated. Using Hydraluron when I didn't need it caused my skin to become dehydrated, so now I have to use Hydraluron to keep giving my skin what it now massively craves. A vicious cycle - but if you have dehydrated skin, it can be hugely beneficial. On days when I'm not lazy and remember to use it, the Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Cream (Escentual, 50ml, £35.20) is the perfect product for keeping my neck and decolletage soft, smooth and firmer. With a stunning scent, a light-weight and hydrating formula, I've never been more smitten with a neck cream. For moisturiser I've been turning to the incredibly effective Perricone MD Deep Moisture Therapy (LookFantastic*, 59ml, £69.50) which works to provide an intense surge of moisture, nourish, protect and restore, all whilst leaving skin soft and supple. It's a fairly heavy cream, but it sinks quickly into the skin and works well with my skin - soothing and nourishing my dehydrated skin, making it much easier to manage, as well as a perfect moisturiser for use before applying makeup. Last but not least, the KIKO Winter Sunscreen SPF30 (KIKO*, 20ml, £9.90), one of the loveliest SPFs I've used. It's light-weight, sinks into the skin easily and doesn't leave any white streaks. SPF is a must for me, and this has been doing the job perfectly! 

I warned you it would be a long post! What products feature in your morning skincare routine?


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The Sunday post # 12

The Sunday post # 12
Another week is over, and what a busy week it has been! A lot has been going down in Tattooed Tealady land, and it's been a week full of work, work and more work. There's only a few months left of my degree and my dissertation deadline is looming like a big black cloud. I've lost my motivation for Uni work recently and I'm having to really push myself to get my head down and do some work. I've been studying my degree for four years now, it's a long time and I think I'm finally ready to finish. I have loved studying Psychology for my degree and it has had such a massive and positive effect on my life. But sometimes, you just get sick of reading journals and writing drafts, going over data and trying to perfect your own ideas. Does anyone else lose motivation with their studies?

There have been a whole ton of new posts up on the blog this week, with lots of beauty reviews with a couple of lifestyle posts thrown in the mix. On Monday I shared the stunning Spring Ready: Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude collection, which has some beautiful shades of pink and coral, a gorgeous palette and two new favourite polishes. The price-point for the collection is pretty purse-friendly, too, so it's definitely worth checking these limited edition beauties out! I also shared my love for the March TheVeganKind box, with another delicious contents plus a household essential. This is one subscription box I can't stop talking about, mentioning it to everyone I meet! I don't share budget-friendly makeup half as much as I'd like here on the blog, but I've finally found a palette worth shouting about, NYX Wicked Dreams. With 24 shades, it's a complete bargain palette and I am smitten with the formula and colour selection. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of joining the Tesco Healthy Living range team for lunch, to learn all about the new and improved range with new recipes, new packaging and all at very purse-friendly prices. The fantastic thing for me about the new range, is that the Weight Watchers ProPoints values are included on the packaging! I shared a couple of beauty box offers this week, with a chance to grab 10% off of any LoveMeBeauty subscription and the chance to grab your very first Birchbox for just £5! Both boxes were really fab this month, but the packaging for Birchbox has stolen my heart! For my mid-week pamper I shared a duo that I snapped up in the sales and then completely forgot about, as well as a post all about an exciting new release, the NARS Contour Blush collection which is now available to buy! A permanent addition to the range, I'll be snapping Paloma up! I shared my Spring Ready Lips, covering both high-street and high-end lip products, and a review of one of my favourite scent ranges from NEOM, Complete Bliss. If you're looking for some new blogs to follow, I shared 6 lovely blogs I adore reading, including beauty and lifestyle. I also asked for your help in deciding whether to place a Sephora order. Quite the busy week on the blog!

The rest of today is going to be spent burying my head in my dissertation, lots of procrastination and obsessively watching American Horror Story, which I started watching on Netflix last night. I'm already addicted! I just hope season 2 lives up to season 1, and that Netflix add the remaining seasons soon! Later today you can read all about my morning skincare routine (get a cuppa ready, as it's one hell of a long post!) and next week is set to be full of new beauty launches, favourite products and a possible outfit post.

How was your week?

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22 March 2014

NEOM Complete Bliss

NEOM Complete Bliss
Complete Bliss. A scent range which in name alone makes you feel relaxed. The NEOM Complete Bliss Home Candle (Selfridges*, £39.50) has been the perfect scent to relax to over the past week or so, and a scent I'm already pretty familiar with. Last year I reviewed the NEOM Complete Bliss Room Spray (LookFantastic, 100ml, £16) and it's every since trying this scent, that I have been eager to try more from the Complete Bliss range. Just a couple of spritzes of the room spray, which has lasted months and months, leaves our home smelling incredible, and the candle is no different. Made with natural and organic ingredients, NEOM home candles are presented in perfect glass pots, with three wicks and a burn time of up to 50 hours, which is 30% longer than other brands. Because they are made using only Vegetable Wax and Pure Essential Oils, with no synthetic ingredients or fragrances in sight, they burn evenly and clear, with no harmful pollutants, toxins or soot. But it's the scent that makes this candle a real luxurious treat. Complete Bliss is a blend of Moroccan Blush Rose, Black Pepper and Lime, leaving a beautifully sweet, floral yet reviving scent that is incredibly relaxing and soothing. It's the perfect scent to have in the evening, helping you wind down from a busy day. Smitten. The NEOM Complete Bliss candle is also available in travel size (Selfridges, £15), a scent I couldn't recommend trying enough. The perfect home scent, NEOM Complete Bliss would be a lovely treat to yourself, or even a perfect gift for Mother's Day.

What's your favourite rose scented product?


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21 March 2014

March Birchbox + £5 off

#LuluLovesBirchbox March Birchbox

#LuluLovesBirchbox March Birchbox
If you could fall in love with a cardboard sleeve, I certainly have. How beautiful is the Birchbox for March? Collaborating with the incredible Lulu Guiness for the March box* has provided the box with an eye-catching, stand-out look, and I for one would love if this was a more regular thing. It just makes the boxes themselves look so much prettier, and I love a bold design. But what about the contents? The packaging may have caught my eye, but are the products inside enough to make the March box a success? Let's delve in...

As part of the collaboration with Lulu Guiness, Lulu has shared a hand-picked selection of beauty products, one of which is in the March box. Benefit Stay Don't Stray (Birchbox, £20.50) is a primer which can be used both on and under the eyes, ensuring shadows and concealers stay in place with no creasing. I've tried Stay Don't Stray before and I really like it - it's a product already on my wishlist to pick up in full size, so I'm excited to have another sample to get through, especially as Benefit samples last so long. You can check out the rest of Lulu's hand-selected picks here.

Molton Brown is a brand I really like, but haven't dabbled in much. The addition of the Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Replenishing Hand Cream (Birchbox, £10) is my perfect chance to delve into the brand a little more. A scent of deliciously sweet yet bitter rhubarb and beautiful rose, give this light-weight hand cream a beautiful scent, and such a handy size for popping in my handbag. It's also a new product to the Molton Brown range, which is pretty exciting! 

Like most girls, I have pores which are more visible than I'd like, so the Dr. Brandt Pores No More (Birchbox, £39) is the perfect skincare product for me to find in this month's box. Pore No More is a quick fix for anyone with oily skin types, helping to absorb oil, reduce the appearance of pores and mattify shine. There's also a touch of Tea Tree Oil in the formula, which not only works as a fantastic anti-bacterial property for our skin, but is a great product to team with oily skin in particular. Very excited to give this a try! 

The AromaWorks Serenity Body Oil (Birchbox, £32.50) is formulated with an expert treatment of Essential Oils, featuring Lemongrass, Neroli and Geranium; oils known to promote serenity, calm and wellbeing. There's also Organic Coconut Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, which work to uplift, restore and brighten your mood, making AromaWorks 100% natural. I love body oils, so this is one I will definitely be trying out over the weekend with an indulgent bath! 

The final product in the box is one I think some people may grumble over, as it's a sample vial of perfume. But once you try the English Laundry No. 7 For Her Eau de Parfume (Birchbox, £47), I'm sure you'll be as smitten as me. With top notes of Pear, Jasmine, Melon and Apricot, heart notes of Gardenia, Jasmine and Almond, and base notes of Sandalwood, Vanilla, Whipped Cream and Musk, this is a delicious scent with a feminine touch and a masculine twist. Love.

I'm pretty happy with the contents of my March Birchbox, especially with the Lulu Guiness themed stick off rock as a lifestyle extra, and fantastic inserts including a discount at Lulu Guiness for Birchbox subscribers and a little book of Life Lessons As Told by Lulu Guiness. If you fancy giving Birchbox a go for yourself, you can subscribe to your very first box for just £5 - half the usual price of £10, plus post and packaging. All you have to do is enter 'BBXBloggers' at checkout, and eagerly await the arrival of your first, half price Birchbox!


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