Beauty – hair and makeup treatments, reviews and wishlists!

Winter Beauty

When did it suddenly get so cold? It seemed like only yesterday I was getting out my summer dresses, and now I’m huddled under my duvet covers with several layers on.

I always find these months trickier when it comes to product – my skin is constantly dry, my hair doesn’t cooperate, and a lot of the products I own are far too shimmery for a colder climate. I’ve been changing things up a bit, though, and getting out of my comfort zone a little.

Balayage

I dyed my hair for the very first time recently – a balayage dip dye in a coppery shade several shades lighter than my own. It was quite a departure for me, and I don’t think I’m particularly good at all the upkeep, but I really like it.

Tangle Teezer

I’ve been using Tangle Teezers* for years, and absolutely love them. My only real complaint before was the fact that my hair, which is really thick, would make them split and crack open after a while. I was really happy to hear that they had come out with a Thick & Curly range, which has been great – I’ve been using it every day since I got mine, and it’s been really great.

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They’ve also released a special brush for blowdrying, which has been amazing. The different length of the bristles, as well as having a handle so I’m not putting too much heat on my hand has really made a difference. Balayage or dip-dyeing your hair can make it pretty dry at the ends, and being able to brush through it smoothly is really important – they are my favourite hairbrush brand, without a doubt.

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BareMinerals BarePro Foundation

I always struggle with foundations in the winter months – my skin is already dry, so suffocating it further under a layer of warpaint seems like a pretty bad move. I’ve loved BareMinerals’ foundation powders for a while – it’s breathable, and provides my ideal level of coverage. I really like the BarePro* – like all of their brushes, it comes with one that is compact and works really well. You really need a decent primer with their products, but I’m alway so surprised at the end of the day when I’m taking my makeup off how much foundation there still is.

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Kylie Lipkit in Candy K

Never thought that I’d include a product from the Kardashian clan empire on a roundup, but my god, this product is *actually* good. I finally caved after I kept on asking various friends what lipstick they were wearing. It’s quite drying, yes, but the lip kit – which comes with matte lipgloss and a lip liner does not budge. I think they made it with some kind of black magic. It is actually incredible – don’t be put off by the brand.

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What are some of your beauty favourites this winter? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Penhaligon’s Luna

Nothing else quite has the power to transport you like a bottle of scent.

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Nothing else is able to bring back memories so instantaneously – and summer is the perfect time to change it up, in my opinion, as you start making new ones. This summer, I’ve been wearing Luna, from Penhaligon’s latest collection, and its such a lovely scent – with notes of bergamot, lemon and orange with rose, jasmine and juniper.

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It’s without a doubt the most luxurious bottle of perfume I’ve ever owned, but the quality is absolutely incredible, and I’ve found myself reaching for it every day. It’s fresh and floral, but also slightly musky (there are base notes of amber), which is so perfect for me. I also really like scents from Chloe, and the younger Dior range, so if that’s your kind of thing then I’d definitely recommend it – especially as Penhaligon’s is such an iconic British heritage brand.

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What’s your favourite scent for summer? Be sure to comment below!

Summer Beauty Favourites

I think I’m pretty resigned to the fact that these beauty posts will be going live on a more quarterly basis than I had originally planned. The problem comes from doing pretty much the same makeup since I was 15. I’ve worn a uniform of black winged eyeliner almost everyday for ten years, meaning that all my selfies pretty much look the same.

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Over the past few months there have been several products I’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d put together a little round-up of what I’ve been liking recently!

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Nars Blush in Orgasm.

I keep coming back to this blush – it’s just so highly pigmented, and I love the flecks of shimmer in that peachy-pink hue. It’s still a favourite, and is so summery.

W7 Prime Magic Camera Ready.

I think I bought this just before payday a couple of months ago – it’s cheap as chips, and does the job. I really like the purple hue as it counteracts any discolouration in my skin, and keeps my makeup on for so much longer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Chocolate.

I’ve had this for about a year now, and I am still raving about it. No other brow product compares to this, for me, and it lasts ages – I’ve barely scratched the surface. I wholeheartedly recommend this.

Nars Illuminator in Copacabana.

A thinner formula than other liquid highlighters I’ve tried, which makes this highlighter so great for the warm weather. I do miss the brush that comes with Benefit’s High Beam, but this just glides on, and looks pretty and subtle across your cheekbones.

SunPlay Sunscreen SPF50.

I wear factor 50 year round, and I swear by Japanese sunscreens – they’ve just got the formula down. It feels so lightweight, it doesn’t feel cloying or greasy under makeup while giving proper sun protection, and a bottle lasts for ages.

Mac Eyeshadow x9 Palette.

I fancied a palette of neutral colours that weren’t too shimmery, and this MAC palette was perfect – it’s very subtle, and barely there, but adds a bit more definition to the eyes.

BareMinerals Ready Foundation in R210.

In the summer I want to feel like I’m not wearing anything on my face, so I find myself turning more to mineral powders. BareMinerals is so long-lasting – I’m always so shocked when I find foundation on my micellar water pads at the end of the day! I also like that it’s safe to wear even in your sleep – not that I do it often!

Daiso Eyelashes from Japan.

Daiso is like the Japanese equivalent of Poundland, except all the stuff in there is actually brilliant. I always stock up on false eyelashes when I’m over there, because they are such great quality for the price! Over the past few months I’ve had a couple of eyelash extensions done (another 20 mins in bed everyday? Yes please!) but on the few weeks in between appointments I love these ones for a night out.

Medik8

Medik8 Glow Oil*.

I’ve really gotten into using serums just before I moisturise, and I’ve been really enjoying this oil from Medik8. I use it just before I go to bed, and it contains Vitamin C, Omega 3 and 6 as well as 12 essential oils, and the effect has been amazing. My skin looks brighter, and the product smells amazing, too.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might know I kind of have a thing for nails.

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After realising I had four separate boxes dedicated to polishes, jewels and tools that were purely nail-related, I caved and bought one of those metal makeup trunks.

Essie Nails

It’s chock full of my favourite polish brand, which has to be Essie. Yes, they are a little pricey, but the colours and quality are great – and you can always find some good deals on them at T.K. Maxx!

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They’ve been a great way to use my latest obsession – nail stamps. I’ve been loving the ones from MoYou – their nail stamps are so easy to use, and nail art has never been easier (or prettier)!

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I’ve been making my nail art last a little longer with my new Leighton Denny Top That gel kit, which makes any nail polish into a gel polish. It’s not quiet as good as getting shellac done, but it makes my manicures a good week longer then they usually do, which works for me!

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Next up – hair.

I blow-dry my hair around twice a week – it’s so thick that it takes a while to dry, and I tend to use a lot of heat on it.

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I’ve been doing a few coconut oil masks recently, around once a week, and it’s made it so much shiner and softer. I’ve been using the Vita Coco* one, which has been great – I find it a lot smoother and easier to use than other brands I’ve tried.

I also don’t usually use a whole load of other products in my hair – I’ve never dyed it, so when I got sent over a box of the Colour Excellence Hair Detox* I was intrigued.

You add a vitamin powder to a bottle of hair product, and apply it to wet hair, rinsing out after ten minutes or so, to boost colour. First off – this product smells absolutely incredible, like I’d just been to a hair salon. I found my hair a lot more manageable, and it made my hair shiny – I would definitely recommend this, even for uncoloured hair!

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Last, but not least, is this lipstick from Sleek – such an underrated brand, especially for how affordable it is! I don’t usually go for a statement lip, but I couldn’t resist this Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vamp – a really lovely shade and a great formula, if a little drying.

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Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourites? Be sure to comment belowor let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

All aboard the Good Ship Benefit! with House of Fraser’s Cheekathon Palette

It’s not often that an email has me squealing at my desk with excitement.

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But when an iconic department store reaches out to invite you to find out more about your favourite makeup brand’s latest palette, it’s pretty damn exciting.

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If you haven’t been to Victoria Embankment to the Good Ship Benefit yet then you should get yourself down there now – it’s seriously incredible.

The Benefit team have really outdone themselves. The R.S. Hispaniola has been transformed into a gorgeous, incredible girly boat, as classically on-brand as you’d expect from Benefit. They are also offering some fantastic events and activities onboard, too –  from yoga classes on the Hoola deck, to brow grooming and afternoon tea, to delicious cocktails and more!

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I’ve loved Benefit forever. ‘Some kind-a gorgeous’ was my first high-end foundation, and Hoola and High Beam have been products I’ve used constantly for years. I was on cloud nine amongst all the makeup products and themed rooms on the Good Ship Benefit – and was even more excited to get a demonstration of their latest product.

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The Cheekathon palette is exclusive to House of Fraser, and features 5 full-sized bronzers and blushers for just £44.50. Considering one Benefit cheek product usually costs about £24.50, it’s incredible value for money, and they last ages, too.

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The packaging is stunning, as usual, and also includes a little brush, which is perfect for highlighting cheekbones. I’ve used it every single day since I got mine – it’s an incredibly versatile palette, and without a doubt my new favourite makeup product.

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We were also given a demonstration of how to use the product by the team, which was really useful. It’s always nice to see what tips and tricks other people use with their products – and in the process, I discovered that Hoola is also the perfect matte light brown eyeshadow, too!

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I had such an awesome time on the Good Ship Benefit, and I absolutely love the new Cheekathon palette. A little too much fun, in fact, getting my brows done and sipping on champagne, that by the time I disembarked they only had Gimme Brow left in a light/medium shade.

But my loss is your gain, readers, because I’m doing a giveaway! Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win a full sized Gimme Brow in the shade light/medium. This competition is UK-only, and if the winner doesn’t respond after a week then I’ll offer the prize to the runner up.

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What’s your favourite Benefit product?  Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

The Chelsea Day Spa, King’s Road

The last few weeks have been absolutely manic – I’ve been rushed off of my feet at work, and then I’ve also got several projects on the go at once, so when Lili from Beauty and the Snob asked if I’d like to pop down for a mini pampering session at The Chelsea Day Spa, I jumped at the chance!

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The spa is located up some teeny stairs – it’s a very small little salon, but I was excited about big hair and some killer nails.

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Being London, of course I stumbled across a familiar face – Michaela, who had done my hair previously at Blo in Covent Garden! I knew my locks were in safe hands, as Michaela is a very talented lady.

Chelsea Day Spa - Blow Dry I think she did an absolutely incredible job – and my blowdry lasted three days, which for me is unheard of – mine usually last a day at most!

I was also booked in for a manicure, and opted for the Jessica in Ocean Bloom. I loved the colour, but was also really impressed with the manicure – I’m a terrible one for chipped nails (I usually use a gel polish) but these were really long-lasting, and I was chip-free for ten days.

Chelsea Day Spa - ManicureChelsea Day Spa - ManicureChelsea Day Spa - Manicure I was really pleased with the results – and the fact that it lasted as long was proof enough to me that The Chelsea Day Spa is good value for money.

Chocolate Martinis, Farfetch Curate FoodThis was taken a week later – still in good shape!

The whole experience was really quick, and if you’re in the neighbourhood for a good quality, fast blowdry and manicure I’d definitely recommend it. If you’re looking for a leisurely or relaxing experience, I wouldn’t be able to recommend it as I didn’t try it, but for a reliable, efficient and longlasting blowdry I’d definitely recommend!

Have you been to a blowdry bar? Where’s your favourite? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

I was invited to the Chelsea Day Spa for the purposes of review – all opinions my own.