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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!

Chelsea Day SpaChelsea Day SpaThe Chelsea Day Spa on the King’s Road, which is one of my favourite places to go to (their charity shops are amazing!)

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.

Chelsea Day SpaChelsea Day SpaI’m always slightly wary of trying new salons and blowdries – my hair is so thick that it rarely holds a curl for very long (and on more than one occasion, the stylist has complained of arm ache).

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.

Beauty Favourites 2016

It seems like years since I did a beauty-related post. I was thinking of gradually phasing them out, as I am always doing the same thing when it comes to makeup (black winged eyeliner, nude lip) – but I picked up a few pieces in Japan that I am absolutely loving, and have been dying to share!

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I clearly couldn’t leave this liquid eyeliner behind in the drugstore, especially given the fact that at one point, I owned all of the Sailor Moon baton wand things. I have really been loving this eyeliner – it’s well pigmented, and the brush means that depending on the angle, it can be as thick or as thin as I want it to be. Unfortunately I picked this one up in Japan, but I’ve managed to find one that delivers to the UK here.

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I’ve definitely mentioned this in a previous post, but my boyfriend recently repurchased me this perfume as part of my Christmas present and I love it. It smells like roses, freesia, and has a touch of tobacco too, which makes it so unusual – and it looks lovely on my dressing table!

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This kit makes any nail polish into a gel polish, which is so great, as I don’t want to have to buy a whole load of other colours! While it isn’t as long lasting as the real thing, it definitely adds another week to my manicure – and as chipped nails are my pet peeve, anything that makes it more durable is a winner in my book.

Islandbell February Favourites: Leighton Denny Top ThatMy Melody x Little Twin Stars Time Secret UV Powder

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24-hour Eyeshadow

Islandbell Feburary Favourites 24 Hour TattooI love the Colour Tattoo eyeshadows – they last so long, and both Timeless Black and Chocolate Suede are so dark and pigmented, but really wearable. I’ve tried some cream eyeshadows from Mac and other higher-end brands, but I actually think these are better – and for £4.99 each you can’t beat them in terms of value.

Eyelash Extensions

Ever since I first tried them in October, I’ve been obsessed with eyelash extensions – mostly because they save so much time in the mornings (and anything that will give me an extra 20 minutes of shut-eye, I’m in favour of). My last ones lasted three months, as I didn’t wear any eyeshadow and took good care of them – my current ones I’ve had on for a month now, and I’ve received so many compliments on them that I definitely recommend trying them at least once! I’ve been keeping an eye out for good deals, but I’m definitely a fan – I’m wearing them in the photo below.

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Blogger Secret Santa with Just My Look

I’m more than slightly obsessed with Christmas, and my favourite part about the season is giving presents. I like to think I’m a pretty good gift-giver – I like to put a lot of thought in all my gifts, and its definitely my favourite part of Christmas day!

JustMyLook Secret Santa, NoelI also love my beauty products, too, so when JustMyLook asked if I’d like to take part in their blogger secret santa challenge I couldn’t resist!

Noel Christmas OrnamentsJustMyLook offer your favourite drugstore makeup products like Revlon, Maybelline, OPI, Rimmel and more at a seriously discounted rate. The best part? They also offer free shipping to UK addresses, too! I’ve found some of my drugstore favourites like the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation with up to £2 off, and MaxFactor mascaras up to £4 cheaper than in Boots or Superdrug. Amazing!

Noel Christmas Ornaments, JustMyLook.co.uk Secret SantaThe team at JustMyLook gave me £20 to play with, and a 10% off code to put together a nice package for my Secret Santa. I was lucky enough to get paired up with someone I know quite well from blogging, and who is really lovely, so I wanted to put an extra nice gift together for her.

JustMyLook.Co.UK Secret Santa: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, OPI Pink-Ing of You and Max Factor Glide & Define Eyeliner, W7 Contouring KitIn terms of her look, she’s what I’d call an English Rose – she has a very fair complexion, so I wanted to go for a very simple and classic look. She also mentioned that she has quite sensitive skin, so I didn’t want to go for anything too glittery that might irritate her skin. Wanting to add a personal touch to the gift, I went with a few of my everyday beauty staples.

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JustMyLook.Co.UK Secret Santa: Maybelline Lash Sensational MascaraJustMyLook.Co.UK Secret Santa: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, OPI Pink-Ing of You and Max Factor Glide & Define EyelinerI find that even higher end setting powders really can’t compete with the Rimmel Stay Matte in terms of quality or value, and I have been through a fair few cakes of this!

I wanted to include something with a little bit of colour, so I added a bottle of OPI’s Pinking of You nail polish. It’s a really pretty pink colour, and with a donation going to breast cancer charities with every purchase, I couldn’t resist!

JustMyLook.Co.UK Secret Santa: OPI Pink-Ing of YouMy Secret Santa mentioned in her note that she hadn’t tried contouring before – and so I included the last item on the list – the W7 Catwalk contour palette. This is the only product that I hadn’t tried before, but I was really keen to get her a cream contour palette, as I think they are much more effective than powder! I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit, and hardly use it, always reaching for my BeautyUK cream-based contour palette – so fingers crossed that the W7 version is a good one!

JustMyLook.Co.UK Secret Santa: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, OPI Pink-Ing of You and Max Factor Glide & Define EyelinerI’ll be away until early January, so I won’t be able to see what I got just yet, but I’m so excited! Something to look forward to when I’m back.

Thanks, JustMyLook, for this opportunity – you’ve got a new fan!

Although I was reimbursed for the cost of the gifts, all opinions are fully my own.

Did you take part in a secret santa this year? What did you get? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Sure #BelieveCompressed, The Hus Gallery London

A couple of weeks ago I was invited down by the lovely team behind Sure for a night of cocktails, canapés, and ‘last as long as’ challenges for their new Compressed product.

Sure Compressed - Sara Lincoln Photography-3Sure Compressed - Sara Lincoln Photography-171Sure CompressedThe clever people at Sure have managed to get the same amount of product but in a smaller size, making it easier to carry about (and a little more environmentally friendly, too). As a rather short person, I can definitely vouch for the fact that some of the best things come in smaller packages!

Sure CompressedSure Compressed - Sara Lincoln Photography-154Sure Compressed - Sara Lincoln Photography-168The Hus Gallery is just off of Regent Street, and the team had really decked it out – complete with a virtual game to try and get all the bubbles back in the bottle (here I am, flailing my arms about!)

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Sure CompressedAll in all a fabulous evening with great company and a great product – a massive thank you to the Sure team for having me!

I was invited to #BelieveCompressed, all opinions are my own.

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