31 May 2015

The Sunday Post #35

Things have been a little quiet here on Tattooed Tealady recently, haven't they? 
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30 May 2015

Free Your Mind May 2015 Birchbox UK | Subscription Offer

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With May almost over there's only a couple of days left to subscribe to Birchbox with my exclusive reader offer for £5 off. Need some persuading before taking the plunge and subscribing? Let's delve inside the super impressive May box, with an artistic and creative theme of Free Your Mind.
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22 May 2015

The unspoken blogging rules everyone's talking about

I've wanted to share this post for quite some time now, but knowing how to word things and get my point across in the right way has been quite difficult! Grab a cuppa, because this is going to be a long one...
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21 May 2015

Benefit Do The Hoola Beyond Bronze Kit

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It seems like Benefit are constantly releasing new products, one of the few brands I know of that work tirelessly to always be at the forefront of new and innovative releases. Coupled with their stand-out packaging and unique media campaigns, Benefit are easily one of the most fun and exciting brands out there. I'm not always the biggest fan of their new releases, some have been a little hit and miss with me over the years, but the new Benefit Do The Hoola Beyond Bronze Kit is quite possibly one of my favourite releases yet!
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20 May 2015

A bronzed glow with Dior

A picture of DiorSkin Nude Tan Matte Sun Powder 002
When it comes to premium beauty brands there's always a few that stand out from the crowd for me, brands that are luxurious, chic, high-quality, with packaging that is as beautiful as their products. For me, one of those brands is Dior.
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19 May 2015

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea

A picture of The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea and Bath Infuser
Inspired by the traditional Japanese Green Tea ceremony, The Body Shop have created a beautifully soothing and reviving range of Fuji Green Tea products, formulated to detox and refresh body and mind.
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18 May 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes, worth the hype?



I remember the first time I got my hands on a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, and how my eyes lit up and it was like love at first sight. I didn't even need to take them out of their packaging and swatch them to know I was besotted.
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17 May 2015

Sleek Fandango Purple Matte Me Lip Cream

A picture of Sleek Fandango Purple Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream


I remember when Sleek released their Matte Me range and a ton of bloggers I follow were reviewing them. At the time they really caught my eye, but I was in a bit of a 'high-end is best' frame of mind and didn't consider actually giving them a try myself. For a long time I'd completely forgotten about them, until tons of you, both in comments on the blog and Instagram comments, started recommending them to me as a good budget-friendly option for a liquid lipstick.

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The Sunday Post #34

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."
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16 May 2015

May Book Haul

It's been a while since I shared my last book haul, and as I seem to be getting through new books quite quickly right now, I thought it was about time that I shared another book haul with you all!
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14 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week | Part 2


It's time for part two of my little series for Mental Health Awareness Week, a two part series where I have given 6 strong, inspiring and brave bloggers the space here on Tattooed Tealady to share their experiences with mental health in honour of Mental Health Awareness Week. An important week which helps raise awareness of mental health, those who suffer with mental health disorders and the stigma which surrounds it. You can catch up with part one here.
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Balm cleansers for all budgets

A picture of Lyonsleaf Natural Beauty Balm
I love cleansing. Every morning and every night, it's one of the things I look forward to the most. Taking a couple of minutes out of my day to pamper, massage and cleanse my skin, I love how refreshed and revived cleansing makes my skin feel. Formula wise balm cleansers are probably my favourite; there's something about balm cleansers which just leaves my skin looking and feeling so much happier and healthier, not forgetting softer to the touch. Whatever your budget, there's a balm cleanser for you - and these are my absolute top favourite four! 
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13 May 2015

Givenchy Braise Prisme Quatuor

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Givenchy, a brand whose products mix luxury with chic, sophisticated style, there's few brands who leave me swooning as much as Givenchy. 
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12 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week | Part One


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a week where anyone and everyone can help raise awareness of mental health. The 15th Mental Health Awareness Week, which originally started back in 2000, it is a week where public knowledge can be increased, creating debates around mental health, opening up the discussion for positive progression and ultimately helping to reduce the stigma by educating others on mental health. This year the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is mindfulness. To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and why mindfulness has been chosen as this year's theme, head over to the Mental Health Foundation website.
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Celebrating 15 Years of Clean Innovation

A picture of REN Limited Edition 75ml Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask
When it comes to luxurious skincare and body care, REN is definitely up there as one of my favourite brands. Every single product I have tried from REN has seriously impressed me, from skincare which hugely benefits my skin to bath and body care that leaves my body feeling revived and renewed. 

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11 May 2015

High-street dupes for MAC eyeshadows

A picture of MAC Coppering and The Body Shop Golden Cinnamon
MAC, whether you love them or hate them they are easily one of the most world renowned makeup brands that both makeup artists and makeup novices alike turn to for the perfect variety of finishes with endless shade ranges. Over the past few years I've built up a 15 pan eyeshadow palette as well as two 4 pan eyeshadow palettes, full to the brim with shades I am absolutely smitten with. But at £10 each per shadow, not forgetting the cost of the palettes themselves, building a MAC palette big or small can be a very costly process. Today I'm going to share with you some high-street dupes for some of my favourite and most used MAC eyeshadows, budget-friendly options that won't break the bank.  

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Carnivore Club | May 2015

A picture of the May 2015 Carnivore Club box
Although I adore monthly beauty boxes, monthly food subscription services have always caught my eye. I'm Cypriot, so I've been brought up to love food a lot. I've tried a couple of monthly food subscription boxes over the past, but Carnivore Club is completely unique to other boxes I have tried.

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10 May 2015

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot | Giveaway

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One of my favourite REN releases yet, I've featured the Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (£36) before in my Four Serums for Oily Skin post. As a product which I have been using on an almost everyday basis for a few months now, it was about time this beauty got a full review of it's own - and I even have a cheeky giveaway for you to win an Instant Firming Beauty Shot for yourself, too!
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The Sunday Post #33

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"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive" - Dalai Lama 
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9 May 2015

Top 10 makeup products under £10

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I've really fallen in love with high-street makeup again recently, mostly spurred on by my recent high-street beauty haul which I shared last weekend (see here). Back in March I shared my thoughts on the divide between high-street and high-end makeup, discussing whether one really was better than the other, sharing the products I think each price-bracket does best (see here). Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite high-street products, all under £10, that show the high-street does makeup just as well as high-end. 
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8 May 2015

Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick

A picture of Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick in Marilyn
I've fallen in love, and her name is Marilyn.
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Texture and hold for fine hair

A picture of Bumble and Bumble Bb. Cityswept Finish, Macadamia Natural Oil Control Hairspray and Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hair Spray
When you have fine hair, styling it how you'd like can be quite the challenge. I'm always wishing I had longer, thicker, fuller hair that I could style to look like some luxurious beauty with hair that'll leave others filled with envy. Realistically, it's me who has hair envy, every single day.

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7 May 2015

The bronzer for all complexions

A picture of Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil, Chocolate Soleil and Dark Chocolate Soleil
When I think back over the years of my makeup obsession, there's one product which stands out the most as my ultimate favourite, a product I was and still am completely obsessed with. Bronzer has always been one of the products which gives me the most confidence, and well before I got the guts to brave blusher (which I've only been using for the past 3 years), bronzer was my go-to product.
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6 May 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection

A picture of Urban Decay Summer 2015 Collection
The Summer 2015 Collection from Urban Decay is packed full of amazing shades, fantastic formulas and stand-out packaging. Unlike the standard summer collections you'll see from brands which are themed around bronzed complexions with stereotypical summer themes, Urban Decay are standing out from the crowd with a unique and bold take on summer makeup.
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Finished Reading | April 2015

A picture of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
April was a slow month for me reading wise. I don't know why but I just wasn't as into reading every single day as I usually am - I think it was mainly down to a lot of late nights and being too tired to read more than a page or two at a time, but having done so well so far in 2015 in my personal reading challenge over on Goodreads, the less I read the more disheartened I became. At the end of April my reading speed picked up again and it's safe to say that now May is here, I've well and truly got the reading bug again! It's time to share my thoughts and reviews of the books I read in April.
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5 May 2015

Should you be trying Lush massage bars?

A picture of Lush massage bars
There's few things which make my mind and body feel as happy as a good massage. I put off having massages for years, paranoid that a big girl like me shouldn't get her body out for anyone let alone for someone to give me a massage! Over the past couple of years my body insecurities have lessened and I've had the pleasure of experiencing a few massages, all of which have left me feeling so incredibly serene, with a body that's left feeling brand new. There's something very special about massages that few other things can compare to (yes, even the most perfect pampering bath!), but they can also be incredibly expensive and so they're not something I indulge in regularly. 

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4 May 2015

Fudge Big Bold OOMF Shampoo & Conditioner

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If you can get addicted to a shampoo and conditioner, then I am well and truly addicted to the Fudge Big Bold OOMF range!

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Summer nails with Models Own

A picture of Models Own Polish for Tans
I think it's safe to say that Models Own are quickly becoming my favourite high-street brand for nail polishes. They have a gorgeous selection of shades and some lovely collections and finishes, at a super reasonable price.
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3 May 2015

The Sunday Post #32

A picture of Calm by Michael Action Smith
Happy Sunday! Back to the usual routine of The Sunday Post, after last's weeks blog update takeover (read here), it's time to catch up on the past week.
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High-street beauty haul

A picture of Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Love This Sweater
Since I finished Uni my splurge shopping trips in London have completely stopped. This is a good thing for my bank balance, but it also means I very rarely buy makeup anymore other than the odd thing here or there - there's not many shops where I live and the ones we do have don't have the biggest selection of brands.
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2 May 2015

Exclusive Birchbox Offer

A picture of Free Your Mind May 2015 Birchbox UK
It's no secret that Birchbox is my favourite monthly beauty box, a box I look forward to receiving each month. Today I have a very special offer for Tattooed Tealady readers, in celebration of a very exciting May box!
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MAC Lipsticks for Spring

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Top Row L-R: Costa Chic, Pink Plaid, Vegas Volt, Snob
Bottom Row L-R: Saigon Summer, Chatterbox, Up The Amp
When it comes to spring one of the things I change the most is my lipstick. I think it's safe to say most face and eye products can be worn pretty much all year round, despite the stereotypical shades of each season, but it's much harder to pull off a warm and vampy berry shade in the height of summer, just as it's harder to pull off spring appropriate pinks and peaches in winter.

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1 May 2015

Thierry Mugler Limited Edition Angel Eau Sucree

A picture of Thierry Mugler Limited Edition Angel Eau Sucree
There's a limited edition theme on Tattooed Tealady today. This morning it was all about the limited edition KIKO Modern Tribes Summer 2015 Collection, and now it's time for the limited edition Thierry Mugler Angel Candy Eau Sucree to take the spotlight, the perfect summer fragrance which has officially launched today!
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KIKO Modern Tribes Summer 2015 Collection

A picture of KIKO Modern Tribes Free Spirit Lips & Cheeks Lipstick and Blush Pencil in 01 Hearty Peach and 05 Unique Camellia
I'm a sucker for limited edition collections and there's few things I love more than when brands bring out seasonal collections of products and shades perfect for enhancing your features and creating looks that perfectly fit that time of year. The majority of brands who do release seasonal collections are high-end and premium, which can make getting more than one or two products from the collection a very expensive splurge. One brand whose products are far more budget-friendly who does limited edition seasonal collections just as well as the high-end brands, is high-street brand KIKO.
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