Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Favourites & GIVEAWAY!

Happy December everyone! Hope you all had a lovely November. This month I have got some Christmas Cracker favourites for you... and a non-beauty favourite that I am sure will get you feeling very festive!

I have been absolutely loving a huge variety of different beauty products this month, from bath bombs to brushes and lip scrub to foundation. Some are old favourites that have re-entered my beauty regime as the cold weather has hit and others are brand new favourites - namely an amazing handful of MAC goodies! If you'd like to see me talking about my favourites this month and see how you can enter my Christmas giveaway, then expand this post to see my brand new YouTube video...

Friday, November 29, 2013

HELP: Saying Goodbye To Cellulite

This may seem like a bit of an odd post, but I thought it might be a useful one. Cellulite is something that a massive 90% of us ladies have unfortunately had to, or will have to deal with at some point in our lives, however, never fear, for there are lots of things we can do to keep our legs and glutes looking toned.

It's difficult to find an honest, straight forward and 'easy-to-follow' account from someone about how they managed to tackle cellulite. There are so many serums, creams and scrubs out there these days, that claim to illiminate orange-peel, dimples and uneven skin tone, which actually makes it very easy to get a bit overwhelmed when it comes to tackling cellulite. So if, like me, you're someone like me who wants to shift some stubborn dimples or even just wake up the lazy muscles in your thighs and tush, then keep reading...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ESSIE Winter 2013

Essie rule the high street when it comes to nails. With these guys, you can guarantee quality, longevity and a beautiful, ever-changing range of colours, all for an affordable price. They're just fantastic and this Winter, they've bought another absolutely beautiful collection, containing three heart-melting minis.

I quickly snapped these up when I saw them on the shelf in Boots last week, instantly warming to 'Toggle To The Top' (right) for it's fabulous, undulating glitter hues - Christmas in a bottle. However, I am now finding it increasingly harder to pick a favourite, because they're all such wearable shades for this season. If you're looking for a new nail varnish this season, splash out a little more and go for these three - in my opinion, this is the must-have nail collection this Winter. Well done Essie, you've won me over once again...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

#TheWinterProject | Favourite Winter Scent

This week on #TheWinterProject, we're all talking about our favourite scents for the festive season. For me, there is no better time of year to burn a candle and the one that I've been loving for the past two years, is this.

I love the warm, spicey scents that Winter brings and particularly this one - the Spiced Cider candle from For Every Body. The fragrance is just so warm and homely and unlike some festive burners, this smells far from artificial. It's a welcoming aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Sometimes, with spicey scents, they can be somewhat overwhelming and even get stuck in your nose and throat! But the For Every Body Candle is perfectly balanced, has an amazing scent pay off and burns beautifully...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Michael Todd Avocado Mango Face Mask

During the cold months our skin requires a little more TLC than normal. Michael Todd is a brand that I've really got to know and love over the last year and this guy has quickly become one of my winter essentials.

If you haven't heard of Michael Todd, they are a US based brand that just make the most absolutely fantastic skincare products. A massive 97% of all their ingredients are organic, so you can be confident with these guys that you're going to get results without putting chemical nasties on your skin. I've been using both their Blue Green Algae Toner and Jojoba Charcoal Scrub for a good while now and this is my new favourite: the Avocado and Mango Hydrating Facial Mask. This intensely hydrating, beautiful mask is the ultimate treat for your skin this winter and here is why I am absolutely loving it...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#TheWinterProject | Favourite Winter Accessory

This week on #TheWinterProject, we are all discussing our favourite Winter Accessories! At the moment, I am absolutely loving hats. A hat is, without doubt, one of the most versatile of accessories and I guarantee that this will become your fashionable best friend over the cold and rainy months to come.

Hats seem to have taken the high street by storm this Autumn. Floppy, Fedora, Bobble, Beekeeper, Beanie, you name it! This is just a simple, black fedora hat which is super easy to pair with any outfit. It not only creates an immediate fashion statement this Winter, but will also rescue those inevitable bad hair days! They're also great in the good old English weather, if the drizzle isn't enough of an excuse to hoist the umbrella. A hat will keep you warm and dry and protect those luscious locks from dreaded frizz...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My MAC Experience

For my birthday, my girl friends all clubbed together and bought me my idea of heaven - an afternoon learning everything MAC. So on Wednesday, we all jumped on the train to Newcastle for the ultimate beauty experience. Over the course of a couple of hours, I worked with the absolutely fantastic 'Pink' Sarah at MAC Newcastle, to create a dream make up look. As we are approaching the party season, I went for big gold, glittery smokey eyes and a beautiful dark lip colour - a real Christmas show stopper. Sarah was amazing and I learnt so much, so I've put together this colossal post for you guys, to show of Sarah's incredible work and also hoping that you'll learn a tip or two as well...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#TheWinterProject | Favourite Winter Nails

If you're into your blogging, whether it be as a reader or a writer, you may have heard of a little something called #TheWinterProject, which begins today! I am so excited to be taking part in the project, which is a series of posts published every Tuesday on a different beauty or fashion topic - involving a seasonal twist! To begin with, today's post showcases my favourite winter nail polishes, five of which you can see below...

As much as I love the bright, citrus hues of Spring and Summer, I always look forward to the darker, burnt out shades that Winter fashion brings. My favourite nail polishes are a massive part of this and are also a means of incorporating some much-loved sparkle into an outfit, ready for the party season! Today, I've chosen a handful of my go-to colours that I wear most regularly throughout the colder months...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

When it comes to concealers, I'm very much a high street girl. However, following all the hype surrounding this guy when it made it's debut a few months ago, I've decided to give it a try. As a brand, I think NARS is near to the top on my list of favourites, so I picked this up with high expectations.

The liquid formula is absolutely gorgeous. As suggested in the name, it's very creamy and thick, so will provide you with an impressively high coverage. However, despite this, it isn't at all cakey and blends into the skin beautifully. It's crease free, non-drying and gives a really lovely, flawless finish that will cover up redness, dark under-eye circles and those unwanted blemishes. Plus, in terms of longevity, this won't let you down and I have found it to be a fail-proof option on days where there isn't much time for a touch up...

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Best Friend Tag!

This week I filmed a video with my chum Ellie and we decided to do the Best Friend Tag! In amongst lots of laughing, we ask each other 12 questions and then also do the Ferraro Rocher Challenge to see how many we can eat in one minute! It was a lot of fun to film and I hope watching us puts a smile on your face too.

Just before your viewing pleasure begins, I will be back doing beauty in my next video and will endeavour to upload once a week from now on, as of next week. But for now, if you want to learn a little bit more about me and the insides of my best friendship, see how many chocolates we managed OR just have a giggle at some bloopers, then expand this post to see the video!...

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss has long been raved about and rightly so - they're completely delicious. For me, these are actually the giants on the high street when it comes to glosses and have quickly become one of the most reached for products in my make up bag. Here are four of my favourites and why...

Jut before I get into the juicy bits, I'd like to say a massive thank you to Kristen from Your Beauty Fix, without who this post would not be possible! NYX is not yet available at the counter in the UK and up until recently has been a difficult brand to get hold of on this side of the pond. So I have Kristen to thank for sending me these gorgeous guys! And they really are lovely: in colour, texture, longevity, fragrance AND price...

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll know that I've got a brand new toy to play with! After a whole load of research, yesterday I bought the Canon EOS 600D which I am absolutely over the moon with. I almost slept with it in bed last night. It's some of the best money I've ever spent, but other than a step up in my photography it also means that I can now get back to filming for YouTube again!

For my new video, I thought I would film the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag to tie in with the spooky dregs of Halloween last week. This is the first tag I've done on my channel and it was so much fun to film! I've left the questions at the bottom of this post, so I tag YOU to do the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag! If you don't make YouTube videos, then you can always answer a few questions in the comments below. Expand this post to see all seven questions and my BRAND NEW VIDEO...

Saturday, November 02, 2013

A Caviar Manicure With Ciaté

The Caviar Manicure stormed the beauty world earlier this year and last week, I had a chance to try it for myself. My gorgeous sister gave me this beautiful Limited Edition Ciaté set for my birthday and I'm really loving it - enough for it to feature in my October Favourites! So this evening, I'm showcasing it for you.

Before now, I'd never tried Ciaté nail lacquer, however I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous 'duck egg' paint pot. If you hadn't already guessed by the colour scheme of 'Beleza' by Ems, this is one of my all time favourite colours (my sister knows me well)! The extravagant Caviar Pearls then add an amazing 3D effect and texture contrast, with a beautiful high-shine, pearlescent finish...
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