30 June 2014

The stand-outs # 6

A picture of stand-out products for June

A picture of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

A picture of The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess and Sanctuary Spa 7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm

A picture of Origins Super Spot Remover, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder and Wild About Beauty Botanical Skin Prep Serum

It's felt like summer is really here recently, with most of June being a real beauty! Sunshine, hot summer days; everyone has seemed happier with more smiles all around. Summer seems to make me fall back to old favourites which have got me through summer after summer. I have been using so many forgotten about hidden gems in my makeup stash and falling in love with old favourites all over again. A new product has also sneaked it's way into my stand-outs, a product which has quickly taken top status as a fave.

Where nails are concerned, one polish does the job every summer. Illamasqua Poke Nail Varnish is an incredibly vibrant, eye-catching bright violet-purple polish with shimmer finish that almost looks metallic. With a glossy top coat on top, the colour is incredible and one of my faves! Illamasqua polishes are easily my favourite, the longevity far out-does any other brand in my stash - let me know if you'd like to see an Illamasqua Nail Varnish collection post! 

I've not been looking after myself properly through June, lacking in the healthy eating department and not keeping on top of my water intake as much as I should be! I'll have a few good days, then a few bad days, and the constant change and lack of routine has given me a couple of unwelcome residents on my face! As soon as I noticed them setting up camp, my Origins Super Spot Remover was out and applied onto cleansed skin for two nights in a row. By the third morning, barely a trace of those unwanted blemishes was left. Miracle product. 

My lips have been soft as silk this month, as I rekindled my love for the deliciously scented Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01, a lovely pretty pink. The scent makes it an addictive product you can't put down, which isn't so bad as it makes sure I remember to apply regularly! Continued use throughout June has left my lips feeling softer, plumper and hydrated. Can't get enough of this lip-loving beauty! 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent is unbeatable when it comes to summer scents. Like hundreds of other bloggers say - it's like holiday in a bottle. It's incredible and one of my all-time favourite scents. It's irresistible, with Bergamot, Amber, Tiare Flower, Vanilla, alongside delicious, creamy coconut. 

Another coconut-scented favourite has been the hugely popular and my long-time favourite, The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter. It's one of those scents I can never resist, always having at least one Coconut body butter in my stash. Instantly cooling when applied, luxuriously creamy and gorgeous to massage in, leaving my skin feeling softer and hydrated with a delicious scent of coconut. Perfect for summer legs!

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette has been my go-to through June for everyday looks, falling back in love with old favourite shades like Bootycall, Chopper, YDK and Busted. I have all the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but of Naked 2 has always been my favourite of the three bigger palettes. I adore the shade range, with the high-quality, great pigmentation and gorgeous formulas Urban Decay are famous for.

To line my eyes I've been turning to my ever faithful Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, the easiest way to apply precise, true jet-black, long-lasting gel liner that doesn't budge, smudge or fade. I love creating everything from cat flicks to big winged liner with this beauty.

The Wild About Beauty Botanical Skin Prep is a product I've had in my stash for so long now, yet never given it the full attention it deserved. After dug it out of my beauty stash this month, I've used it almost every single day and found it perfect for making my skin look and feel amazing. Skin feels instantly softer and smoother in texture, makeup application is an ease and my finish look stays looking flawless for longer.

A new beauty find in my stash which has earned it's place in my stand-outs for June is the gorgeous Sanctuary Spa 7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm*, which is an incredible multi-purpose product which can be used on hands and cuticles, toes and feet, elbows and knees - all those awkward dry spots, even your hair as a pre-washing treatment. A luxurious balm which turns into an oil on contact with our warm skin, it's quick and easy to massage in with no greasy residue, and works to soften and soothe dry skin with a delicious and comforting scent. 

Last but not least, my favourite finishing product of the month, theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder. I just love how effortlessly it helps complete a look, setting my makeup and keeping my oily-skin at bay for most of the day, only needing to touch up come afternoon if I'm out all day. It's perfect for my t-zone, setting under-eye concealers and works as a fantastic setting powder.    

Which products stood out for you this June?

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29 June 2014

MAC Naked & Rose Pigments Review

A picture of MAC Pigments Naked & Rose

A picture of MAC Pigments Naked & Rose
I love loose pigment shadows and in my younger years, I had quite the collection of Stargazer Eye Dust. I love the way pigments can be used both as they are, or wet to create a truly intense look. Over the years I grew out of pigments, mainly for how messy they were, but I would always lust from a far. MAC is a brand in particular whose pigments range has always intrigued me, with many of my favourite beauty bloggers around the world claiming they are the best of the best. With a huge colour range, there's tons of shades I'd love to add to my stash, but for now I have just two MAC Pigments in my stash; Naked and Rose.

Naked (£17) is one of my favourite MAC finds yet, perfect for so many uses. It works wonders as a wash of colour, evening skin tone with a beautiful and incredibly subtle skin tone shade that has the tiniest hint of pearlescent undertones only noticeable in natural light. It does carry some shimmer, but incredibly fine and barely noticeable. My favourite use for Naked is for an inner-corner eye opener, which it is just heavenly for. Super soft, easy to blend and long-lasting, Naked is a firm favourite.

Rose (£17) is the most recent of the two to join my shadow stash and is the most perfect and incredible rose gold. The powder itself looks chunkier than Naked in the pot, but once applied and blended in, it has the same gorgeous smooth finish. Much more shimmery, with a metallic finish that looks stunning, eye-catching and beautifully chic. It works perfectly teamed with one of my favourite MAC shadows, Expensive Pink (£10), and can really transform a look from ordinary to stand-out. This one is particularly lovely when used wet, whereas Naked is a pigment I prefer to use as-is. 

There's no denying, I'm smitten. One big selling point for me with the MAC pigments over other pigments I have tried, is the packaging. Most pigments I've used before have been in shallow, rounded pots whereas the MAC pigments are presented in much taller round pots. This is a big feature for me as it makes using the pigments far less messy. Both the pigments I have are in the original 4.5g pots, but MAC have just released a more travel-friendly version in a mini 2.5g size, the MAC Sized to Go Pigments (£10) which I will definitely be checking out. £17 and £10 may be a lot to part with for a pigment, but these will last forever, there's no way I'd get through an entire pot, so for me they are well worth the beauty splurge. There's tons of shades in the range that I look the look of, and I have Melon, Violet and Vanilla on my wishlist.

Have you tried MAC Pigments before? Do you have a favourite shade? What do you think to the smaller, cheaper Sized to Go Pigments?


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28 June 2014

NEW Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner & Remover

A picture of Benefit They're Real! Mascara, They're Real! Push-Up Liner and They're Real! Remover

A picture of Benefit They're Real! Mascara, They're Real! Push-Up Liner and They're Real! Remover

A picture of Benefit They're Real! Mascara, They're Real! Push-Up Liner and They're Real! Remover

A picture of Benefit They're Real! Mascara, They're Real! Push-Up Liner and They're Real! Remover
Benefit have added two new products to they're They're Real! range, and they're launching today... 

They're Real! all started with the now world famous and highly coveted They're Real! Mascara*, which has time and time again claimed the top spot for the best-selling mascara in the UK. I'm personally quite a fan of They're Real!, although not my top mascara, it's a great everyday go-to and one I can always rely on. Working to easily separate, lengthen and hold a curl (if I've remembered to use my eyelash curlers!), this is a tough mascara that lasts all day long. I'd actually adore a brown version, but for now it's only available in black. If They're Real! sounds like something you would love to try, I'd recommend checking out your local Boots who sell travel size versions at half the price, which last just as long! 

With a fantastically fun and interactive #CriminallyEasy campaign, bloggers and beauty adorers alike have been patiently waiting for the release of Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner and They're Real! Remover. There's been quite the beauty buzz! I've been lucky to try out both new products over the past few months, and one I like, one I love. 

The biggest buzz, without a doubt, has been around the They're Real! Push-up Liner*. There's no denying it's an innovative and unique product, one I've been really excited about. I love gel liners, second to liquid as my favourite type of liner to use. But pots and brushes can be awkward to travel with, not simply having one product but needing two things, one which is glass and one a brush which needs to be kept clean. The idea of a gel liner in a pen is simply amazing, and I don't know why someone hasn't thought of this before. With a unique Benefit Accuflex Wide Pointed Tip, which is flexible; making it easy to use and follow the shape of your eye and lash line, whilst also being angled, to apply product precisely and neatly, it's unlike any pen-liner I've tried before. Presented in a twist-up pen similar to those of eye brighteners and concealers, I really love the design and packaging. It's super bold yet chic and dominant at the same time; black, silver and vibrant orange. I love how pigmented it is, with a truly deep jet black. The longevity is fantastic too, one of those perfect doesn't budge all day products. 

It's not all positives for me though, with a couple of things which really let this product down for me. I found after a few uses, the product was far drier and thicker in consistency than I like for gel liners. I found it difficult to do my usual bold, thick liner with my favourite curvy flicks, finding the product would clump and dry, falling onto my lashes. It's fantastic for getting incredibly close to the lash line and I've found simple liner far easier to do every time. The Accuflex tip is amazing and I love the entire concept, but for me it needs to be a touch thinner in consistency. I'm going to keep trying with this one, as I do really love the product overall, and I'm hoping to see more shades available in the future! 

The star product of the two newbies to join the They're Real! ranks for me, is easily the They're Real! Remover* which has far surpassed my high beauty expectations and become an absolute favourite. Created as a response to feedback from Benefit customers that the mascara was too difficult to remove at the end of the day, Benefit have formulated a beautiful cream-balm hybrid eye makeup remover that effortlessly dissolves and removes makeup. I'm not just talking your bog-standard cream remover, this beauty can budge even the most waterproof of products, including mascaras and liners of any formula. It's amazing. Like a creamy version of a good balm cleanser, that's soft and gentle on both your skin and lashes, this doesn't sting if I happen to get it in my eyes. It's in a gorgeous black tube with the same theme as the liner, and the tube itself is pretty decent at 50ml. I am so happy with this remover, honestly. It's been years since I used anything but a bi-phase makeup remover for my eyes, and this has beaten all of them.

What do you think to the new They're Real! additions? I genuinely couldn't recommend the remover enough, and if you're more skilled than me with liner, then I'd say give it a go. The Benefit They're Real! Liner is priced at £18.50, the remover at £14.50. Both are available from Look Fantastic, Feel Unique, Debenhams, Boots, House of Fraser, John Lewis and the official Benefit website. They'll also be available at Benefit counters and flagship stores nationwide!


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27 June 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Collection Review

Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Collection

A picture of Clarins Colours of Brazil Lip Balm Crayon in 03 Tender Coral

A picture of the Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact
Clarins collections never disappoint, and the Colours of Brazil collection is one I see a variety of skintones falling in love with. The Colours of Brazil collection has actually been out a while now, with my review one of the late ones to the party. 

The star product for me will be no surprise. I am a big fan of Clarins bronzers and the Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact* is just beautiful. It reminds me a lot of the Splendours collection bronzing compact with the same beautiful colours of brown, terracotta and pale bronzes, incredible packaging and overall, one of my top bronzers, ever. Embossed with a South American inspired motif, the bronzing compact effortlessly creates a natural, sun-kissed glow, can be used on both your face and your decolletage, and is just a dream to blend. I also find it perfect for a natural contour, just such a beautiful bronzer to work with. 

A new release from Clarins, I was really excited about the Clarins Lip Balm Crayon* which is available in six beautiful shades. A gloss-balm stick hybrid, the crayons have a gorgeous creamy, firm texture which works to provide sheer colour whilst hydrating like a lip balm, with the comfort of a lipstick and shine of a gloss. There's delicious Mango, Apricot and Shea Butters, which not only create a beautiful and subtle scent, but work as a powerful trio to deeply moisturise and hydrate. Of the six shades available, which cover beautiful pinks, nudes, berries and classic peaches and reds, I've been trying 03 Tender Coral. A lovely shade, it's perfect for any occasion and provides a stunning golden coral shade.

A real star of the collection is the new Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara*, which is available in two shades; Black and an online exclusive shadeCuraƧao. Described as an ultra water-resistant mascara that works to provide double the volume and lengthening effect of other mascaras, with intense colour and a 12-hour non-stop waterproof hold. A formula including Bitter Orange Tree Wax and Squalane from Olive, works to pamper and protect your lashes from the free-radicals, whilst multi-tasking as a lash-nourishing conditioner. With a slim, precise wand and bristles, it's easy to grab even the tiniest of lashes, creating volume from root to tip with a gorgeous opaque colour, making your lashes look more intense yet chic and natural at the same time. A high-end mascara worth the splurge. 

A beautiful collection, as always. Like all Clarins collections, a lot of the products are limited edition, with limited stock on all sites, so I'd recommending snapping them up quick! The Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact is priced at £30 for 20g and still available to buy on the Clarins official website, Debenhams, Salon Skincare (on offer for £24) and Life & Looks. The Clarins Lip Balm Crayons are priced at £18 for 2.5g and are still available to buy on the Clarins official website, John Lewis, Harrods and Boots. The Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara is priced at £21 for 7ml and is still available to buy on the Clarins official website, Escentual, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Debenhams, Salon Skincare and eChemist.


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London Getaway | CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside
A picture of CitizenM London Bankside
A picture of CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside

A picture of CitizenM London Bankside
This time last week, I was on a train to London with my partner for a night away. We both work really hard and he works super long hours at work, so any chance to wind down is always welcomed with open arms. Usually? We spent most of our time at home, indulging in the few days we get where we have absolutely nothing at all to do. After a hectic few months, we decided we needed a night away, and soon we began planning an overnight stay in London. When Friday morning came around, we packed our case, had our last cup of tea and made our way to London.

When we got to London we made our way over to our hotel for the night, CitizenM. I'd never stayed in CitizenM before, who have hotels in London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and Rotterdam, but had heard rave reviews from friends who had stayed in both the London and Amsterdam hotels. I had high expectations, being told how hi-tech and modern the hotel was, and CitizenM did not disappoint.

As soon as we walked in I was taken aback by how amazing everything looked. I've been in my fair share of hotels, but never has a hotel been so adorned with beautiful artifacts, ornaments and displays, home to so many of my interests. It felt like everywhere I looked, there was something that fascinated me. The lobby was big and spacious, with easy-to-use computers for check-in and a pop-up book-store as soon as you walk in. Downstairs is home to several reception areas, both indoors and outdoors, a bar, food counters and free wifi access 24/7.

Our room was amazing; compact, but with all the essentials and some seriously cool features. The entire room was controlled by a Samsung tablet, from the curtain and blind, to the TV, room temperature, air conditioning and even mood lighting. You could do literally anything with the tablet, with free movies, more channels than you could get through and access to any app or social network your heart desires. The bed was absolutely enormous, a massive XL King sized bed that was incredibly comfy; super firm with the most perfect pillows and the coolest feature for me? A rain shower! I was smitten.

After what was easily one of the best nights sleep either of us have had in a long time, we headed down to breakfast before making our way home. We both decided on a firm favourite; a full English. With a help-yourself breakfast station and counter, everything was easy to find and looked super fresh and delicious. Our breakfasts were really tasty, with all the usual breakfast culprits and ice cold fresh orange juice that was the perfect finishing touch. Check out followed, which was just as easy as checking in - and we got to keep our door keys as souvenirs (fun fact; you can use your door key to check in and out of any CitizenM hotel!) 

Neither of us wanted to leave, CitizenM was an amazing hotel to stay in and suited both of our styles and tastes perfectly. The location was fantastic, just a short walk from the Tate Modern and nearby tube stations, Waterloo and London Bridge. The staff were a true credit to CitizenM; polite, welcoming and with a fun and upbeat atmosphere, it made our CitizenM stay the perfect getaway. Couldn't recommend CitizenM enough.


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26 June 2014

Products not worth the hype # 5

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A picture of Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Pink Lights
 No matter how much you want to love a product, sometimes it's just not meant to be.

I recently raved about the Makeup Revolution Redemption Shimmering Essentials Palette, which I am a big fan of. Incredible pigmentation, the longevity is fab. Easy to blend, great to work with shadows, love it. But I was really disappointed when I tried Baked Highlighter in Pink Lights (£3*) Whereas I adore the Redemption palette, there's not much grabbing me with Pink Lights. I've seen some rave reviews for the Makeup Revolution highlighters, so I thought I'd feel the same. I'm not overly keen on the packaging, the design in the product isn't the prettiest - I actually think a smooth finish would have been nicer. The formula is super soft, incredibly easy to pick up on your brush but no unnecessary fallout. But the product itself feels cheap, it doesn't sit on the skin well for long and there's far too much shimmer for me to pull it off.

We've seen a huge variety of temporary hair colourants being launched over the past 12 months, a product and 'hype' I was more than happy to join in with. But after trying the Chelsea Boutique Chelsea Chalks (£18*), I'm not so sure. I was really excited to try the Chelsea Chalks, but I just found them impossible to use. They came with no instructions, so at first I wasn't sure what to do with them. I found a 'how-to' video on the website, but the results shown were nothing like what I could achieve; as soon as you start to brush your hair, the colour just disappears, and even when my hair was extremely damp, I didn't get much colour transfer. Just a touch too messy for me.

I have wanted to try Inglot for absolutely ages and last year I finally took the plunge and made the trip to Shepherd's Bush Westfield shopping center, to check out the store. Unfortunately, not one single product I had on my wishlist was in stock but I didn't want to leave without trying something, so I started browsing the lip products. I was instantly drawn to the AMC Lip Gloss (£12) range, which Inglot describe as a soft and re-hydrating formula with smooth and even application, alongside mixtures of liquid crystals with react to your skin colour or chosen lipstick, to create a 3D effect. I opted for shade 545, a brilliant neon orange that is just one of the most stunning colours, perfect for the oranges in my lipstick stash. Swatched? It's lovely. Yet on the lip it feels sticky, the effect is pretty non-existent and the formula is far too thin in consistency. Gutted!

We all know I love my skincare, and it's rare I say a product is disappointing, but I just couldn't get on with the Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Microderm (£65*), a microdermabrasion exfoliating cream. I adore exfoliators, having a few different types and formulas in my stash, they're a regular part of my skincare routine. Promising to smooth, refine and renew skin, Hydroactive is formulated with micro-exfoliants, natural extracts and high-grade micronised Magnesium Oxide crystals. For me? It's just too harsh on my skin. It feels lovely for the first few seconds, but after that each time I've used it my skin has felt sore, raw and has looked fairly pink in tone. I'm not overly rough with any skincare product, but even the slowest pace of massage was just too much with this one. Definitely not for those with sensitive skin.

I am a huge fan of The Body Shop and their bronzing range in general. I often hail their Honey Bronzer Powder as the best everyday bronzer there is, being perfect for an overall glow or natural-looking contour (seriously, even the palest of beauties can pull the powder bronzer off!) But there's one product in the Honey Bronze range I just can't get to grips with. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Gel For Face (£12*) is a product I've tried in a few different shades, and everytime I've just found it a touch too orange in tone. Massaging the gel in isn't too bad, but if you use a darker shade it can almost look like streaky tan. The scent is, of course, beautiful, with the signature honey scent the range carries, but it feels drying on my skin. I think I'll stick to the powder!

Have you tried any disappointing products recently? Or maybe you love one of the products I've featured here? Let me know - I'd love to hear how others got on with the products which didn't work for me!


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24 June 2014

The Sample Dish

A picture of a Unicorn Jewellery Dish holding beauty samples
Sample sizes can be an absolutely fantastic way to try a product before committing to the full size. It gives you a chance to see if the product really meets it's claims, whether it works well with your own skins needs as well as providing the results you want to see. You either love them, or hate them, but for me samples are blooming marvellous and I often get far more use out of a travel sample size from a high-end brand, than I do a full size from a high-street brand.

Getting hold of sample sizes is actually pretty easy. There's monthly beauty boxes who provide a mix of both full size and sample sizes in their boxes each month (I recommend Birchbox and Love Me Beauty for beauty samples!), there's magazine freebies which are often great samples from high-end brands, gift-with-purchase offers or gift-sets and travel sets, as well as simply asking at beauty counters. The last one might leave a few of you feeling unsure - I for one regularly chicken out asking for a sample at counters; you expect the answer to be no. But most of the time, brands are more than happy to send you away with a few days sample of their latest foundation or must-have scientific skincare product. With a high-end price tag, I think bases and skincare are particularly important to be sure about before committing to the full size, and samples are a great way to see if that £30 foundation will work with your skin or whether the newest £40 facial oil will make your skin happier. 

But sample sizes can also be the bane of my life sometimes! Did you know, hiding under my dressing table, is a little box full of samples? Samples I keep saying 'I'll use soon', but that still sit in the box for months on end. Lately I'm taking the more forward approach - having several samples out at a time, on my dressing table where I can see them and grab them with ease. Popped into my delightful Unicorn Jewellery Dish (£6.68)I have primers, for both the face and eyes, mascaras and hand creams. I'm turning to these samples daily, in an attempt to use them up, decide whether they're worth the full size purchase or popping them in the bin and forgetting about them if not! It feels satisfying to finish each sample up, and it's definitely leaving me with more room in my makeup stash. My and my Unicorn dish, we'll get through these samples in no time!

How do you get through beauty samples? Do you like beauty samples or do you find them pointless? What's the best sample you've tried? Let me know!  


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23 June 2014

Belgo Restaurant Review

A picture of the Belgo Beer Bible

A picture of the Belgo restaurant menu

A picture of a Belgo Confit Duck Salad

A picture of Belgo Crisp Pork Belly
Eating out is one of my favourite things to do. Every chance I get, I'm out with friends or the other half for dinner. I've been to Belgo twice this June, having never heard of it before my first visit, and it's safe to say I have become a bit of a Belgo fan. Belgo is a Belgium restaurant specialising in coveted moules, famous double cooked frites and a selection of unique beers. 

With four London locations, Belgo is yet to expand to other areas of the UK, but if you're planning a visit to London anytime soon, I'd highly recommend. I've visited two of the London locations; the Belgo Centraal Covent Garden branch and the Belgo Kingsway branch. Of the two, the Covent Garden branch was my favourite for sheer decor and where the restaurant is situated; underground, with a real medieval yet modern feel. The Kingsway branch felt more like a pub than a restaurant, but with incredibly attentive and welcoming staff; service with a smile!

Both visits I've made to Belgo, I've had the same starter. The Confit Duck Salad, described as a soft boiled egg with smoked lardons, black pudding and giant croutons. That description does it no justice at all! The Confit Duck Salad is easily one of the tastiest salads I have ever had the pleasure of elegantly shoving in my mouth. The duck is perfectly cooked, as are the lardons and black pudding. The croutons are the perfect size, crunchy and work wonderfully with the rest of the dish. A gorgeous mix of salad, a dash of dressing and you have what could easily be my new favourite dish. Obsessed. 

For my main, I broke the rules and opted for something different to my usual steak habit and tried the Crisp Pork Belly, described by Belgo as crisp pork belly with Belgo's very own apple sauce, buttered spinach and stoemp mash (mash which is made with creamed potatoes, carrots, savoy cabbage and leeks) I love pork, and I love crispy pork, so my mouth and tummy were pretty darn happy to see that it was not only presented beautifully, but tasted divine! The pork was perfectly cooked, the mash was incredibly creamy and I loved the accompanying sauces. 

The first time I visited Belgo I was a complete steak fiend and opted for the 35-day aged 8oz sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce, Belgium frites and a salad. Quite easily the best steak I have ever had - I have my steaks rare and Belgo seriously wowed me with how perfectly cooked my steak was. 

I would definitely recommend checking out Belgo if you're looking for a new restaurant to fall in love with! I know it won't be long until I'm visiting again...


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Purminerals Hot Rocks Review

A picture of award-winning Purminerals Hot Rocks
Although Purminerals is a brand I've known of almost as long as I've written this blog, it's still a relatively new brand for me. There's not much I've tried from the brand, although they are a brand which intrigues me. Purminerals is a mineral based makeup and skincare brand whose products are 100% cruelty free and free from Mineral Oil, SLS, Lanolin, PetroLatum, DEA, Formaldehyde and Hydroquinone. I've been trying out the award winning Purminerals Hot Rocks*, a product which won the Natural Health's Best Blush award (2010) Let's see what this award winner is like, shall we?

Purminerals Hot Rocks (£23.60) are encased in a petite square cardboard box with a clear top so you can see the product inside. There's 12g of product, which is pretty decent for a high-end blush, and I also really love how it looks with the rocks being visible. Pressed, micronized minerals in a three-dimensional design, the shades are just beautiful; a mix of pale pearls, rose golds and bronzy pinks. 

Using a dense blush brush (I find the EcoTools Blush Brush (£8.95) perfect), I swish my brush over the Hot Rocks several times to get enough product, before applying lighting to the apples of my cheeks and slightly up towards my cheekbones. The powder feels soft and delicate when on, but is effortless to blend once applied and can also be layered fairly easily if you want a colour with more oomph. The shade reminds me of a very finely milled MAC Stereo Rose, which is a very popular product that pops up every now and then as a limited edition product - this would make such a lovely alternative. Longevity wise, I do find if I'm out all day then I need to touch up and add a little more, but otherwise it's a great everyday blush. I'm quite impressed. Usually I steer clear of products like this, preferring either a cream, pressed or loose powder to rocks, but I really love the colour these Hot Rocks create.

Have you tried Purminerals before? Will you be trying out Hot Rocks for yourself? Let me know! 


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22 June 2014

Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist Review

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A picture of Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist
I am a sucker for a good facial mist, and if it happens to be a White Tea Facial Mist? I'm sold! I picked up this delightful mist from Neal's Yard Remedies back in April and it's had quite a lot of use since, so I thought it was about time I share my thoughts! 

The Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist (£11) is a calming and rehydrating mist which is suitable for all skin types. Presented in the traditional Neal's Yard packaging, it has a very natural and holistic feel to it. Made right here in the UK, all Neal's Yard products are cruelty free, natural and with only skin-loving, good-for-you ingredients; no added fragrances or colours, no parabens and no silicones. With a formula that has 92% organic ingredients, the White Tea Facial Mist is also vegan friendly. Sounds good, right? Oh it's better than good....

Infused with antioxidant, anti-ageing White Tea, calming Organic Aloe Vera, aromatherapeutic Organic Essential Oils and soothing Bach Flowers, it has an incredibly soothing and revitalising scent. Closing my eyes I spritz a couple of times over my face, and I instantly feel refreshed. It works absolute wonders if you're feeling tired, especially for tired and heavy eyes (although make sure to keep your eyes closed when spritzing!), and I love using it morning, noon or night. It is particularly lovely first thing in the morning when popped in the fridge overnight. One use is all you need to see that it effortlessly meets its product claims, and I instantly feel as if my skin is happy and more hydrated. It's incredible just how quickly it makes my skin feel more hydrated and plump! 

Definitely a product I would repurchase, I think I have a new favourite facial mist....


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21 June 2014

Kelly Yum-Yum & Dodgy Girl

A picture of the Kelly Yum-Yum & Dodgy Girl lipsticks from the Kelly & Sharon Osbourne for MAC collection.
When news hit that MAC were doing a collection with Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, I knew that there was no chance I'd be able to resist. I love the Osbournes, from growing up listening to Ozzy and in my teens, the first reality TV show of its kind that I got in to. And of course, you always have to support your locals! For me, both Sharon and Kelly always look amazing, from their outfits through to their hair and makeup. Classy, yet with the style and out there personality of the Osbourne family shining through. 

Of course, as soon as images were released on the collection, I was smitten. I am just so taken with the packaging of both collections; sleek, incredibly simple yet bold themes, Sharon's in a bright cherry red, whilst Kelly's is a vibrant lilac. I knew I definitely wanted two of Kelly's lipsticks, but the rest of the collection wasn't anything which wowed me when I saw swatches. I decided on Kelly Yum-Yum and Dodgy Girl for my two lipstick picks. The packaging is just swoon-worthy, the shade of lilac so beautiful that they'd almost be worth the price just for display. Each has a different finish; Dodgy girl has my favourite matte finish, whilst Kelly Yum-Yum is a stunning Satin finish. 

Of the two, Dodgy Girl (£16.50) is my favourite. It's an absolutely gorgeous lavender with a smidgen of violet to add a brighter touch. It's almost like the perfect pastel lavender shade, in a lipstick. I love matte formulas from MAC and I find that they're really comfortable to wear, so long as you have a good lip-care routine behind the scenes. The colour pay-off is true to MAC and blooming brilliant, with a true opaque colour. I think Dodgy Girl is definitely going to be one of my most used lipsticks this Summer!

Kelly Yum-Yum (£16.50) drew me in because it looked like a bright MAC pink that I could actually wear for a change, as many I find just don't have the right tone for my skin. A bright, bright pink, it has blue undertones and reminds me of my old bedroom as a teenager (I even remember the name - Turkish Delight!) It is just beautiful. The formula is creamy soft and glides on effortlessly providing a pretty decent opaque colour (I find two coats is best for this beauty) and it feels lovely and moisturising. I think the blue undertones are a massive selling point for me with this one, it's just stunning.

Did you pick up anything from the Sharon & Kelly Osbourne MAC collections? Most of the products are sold out online now, but be sure to head to your nearest MAC counter or store if you want to get your mitts on any of the collection! 

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20 June 2014

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana | Offer

A picture of Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray

A picture of Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray

A picture of Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray
As soon as I saw the beautiful, feminine and pretty bottle for the new Dolce & Gabbana scent, Dolce*, I was in love. I just think the packaging is so delicate and chic, yet entirely fabulous at the same time. Presented in a gorgeous rounded-top glass bottle with a delightful bow and stunning white Marzipan flower top, it's certainly one of the more elegant scents in my collection, and one I have become absolutely smitten with.

The fragrance is an incredibly soft and delicate floral scent. There's Top Notes of Neroli Leaves and Papaya Flower, Heart Notes of White Amaryllis, White Daffodil and White Water Lily, with Base Notes of Cashmeran, Musky Notes and Sandalwood. Although a soft scent, it's one that lingers beautifully throughout the day and I only feel the need to re-apply if I have used it in the morning, and I'm then off out for the evening. 

Dolce is one of those fragrances I can wear for any occasion. It just fits perfectly, no matter what I'm doing. It's a stunning scent which I really believe would suit a whole variety of ages and preferences in scents, it just works. I think I've found my new favourite everyday scent.

You can pick up Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana over at Escentual where it's available in three sizes; 30ml/£38.25, 50ml/£52.70 and 75ml/£62.05. All three sizes already have a fantastic saving of 15% off, but I have an even better deal for Tattooed Tealady readers! You can snap up your very own Dolce with an extra 10% off, making the total discount a huge 25% off! That would make the 30ml £33.75, the 50ml £46.50 and the 75ml just £54.75! All you have to do is put discount code 'DOLCE10' at checkout! 

On top of the incredible 25% off, there's a gift-with-purchase too; treat yourself to a free 100ml Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Perfumed Shower Gel when you spend £50 or more on the Dolce & Gabbana range!
  
What do you think to Dolce? Are you as smitten with the scent and packaging as me? Or maybe you'll be adding it to your stash as the perfect Summer scent? Let me know! 


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