Filorga Time Filler-Eyes*

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Ever since I turned 25 this summer, I’ve been acutely aware of stepping up my skin regime. I’ve always been good about taking off makeup before bedtime, but recently I’ve been making sure that serums and eye creams are all in daily rotation too!

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes

My eye cream of choice has been Filorga’s potent Time-Filler Eyes, a beautifully light yet hydrating cream which sinks in effortlessly and leaves my eye area looking and feeling refreshed.

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The cream’s formula is something else – there are ‘botox-like’ ingredients which smooth out lines, lifting complexes refresh eyelids and lashes and plumping spheres fill in any hollowed out areas. In a word, it’s genius!

The eye cream costs £44.00 and is available here.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick – Desirable*

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick - Desirable

I’m not quite sure how it has become September already, but with Labour Day weekend behind us, I feel like we are quickly marching into Fall.

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I’m in the process of looking out heaver sweaters and down parkas for the winter which will soon be upon us, but this change in seasons is bringing in something I love – new makeup!

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This month Estee Lauder are launching 7 new shades of their Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks. I have to admit to having a slight obsession with these lippies – the packaging is completely divine. A solid navy tube, which clicks into place feels so luxurious, and the colors inside are completely to-die-for.

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Desirable is a step-up from my regular nudes, a warm peachy pink, the formula is unbeatably creamy. I only need a quick slick of the tube for my lips to be perfectly pink, and it feels to smooth and hydrating when applied.

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Unlike some pigment-rich lipsticks I’ve tried in the past, Pure Color Envy lipsticks never feel drying. Instead, they feel almost balmy, and leave a beautiful shine. I get 3-4 hours of wear before feeling like I need a freshen up, and I am completely in love with the colour!

The lipstick is £24.00 and is available here.

Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Cream*

Estee Lauder EE Cream

Over the past couple of years I’ve tried BB creams and CC creams, and now Estee Lauder are jumping straight to EE Cream with their new Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector.

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I’m not going to lie, this has become somewhat of a Holy Grail item for me. Over the past few months I’ve made a definite effort to decrease the amount of makeup I wear on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wear a tone, but right now, a fresh-faced look just feels right. That’s where the EE Cream comes in. After moisturizing well, I rub a little of the cream into my face using my fingertips. It sinks in effortlessly, and it tones down redness, leaving my skin looking even and natural. It comes in 3 shades, with mine, the fairest is Light.

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If you’re looking for slightly more coverage, the EE Cream can be used under your regular foundation (or you should totally check out Estee Lauder’s newest Perfectionist offering) and as well as making your skin look flawless, it has SPF 30, meaning your protected from outside pollutants as well as from UV rays. There isn’t much that the wonder-cream doesn’t do! After applying a small amount, I put on my concealer and Touch Eclat (read my review here) and swipe a little bronzer for a finishing touch.

The EE Cream wears beautifully during the day – when applied it gives a natural looking glow, and I only had to touch up my concealer 3-4 hours after leaving the house.

The cream will be launched in October – will you be trying it?

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner*

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner

Getting my hair as blonde as possible has basically been my life’s mission since I was about 11. I coveted my friends’ creamy and golden highlights, and for my 13th birthday, I finally got to lighten my hair. I’ve been blonde ever since. So, with summer fading out, I’m in hair maintenance mode. I always tone my colour down as we move into autumn, but I don’t like my hair getting too dark or dull, and that’s where John Frieda’s Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner comes in. I use the duo 2-3 times per week and I’ve noticed that my highlights seem to look fresher and brighter than before thanks to a natural lightening complex in the formula. It’s a great way to stretch the lifespan of highlights out, or if you’re just looking for a mid-week pick-me-up for your hair.

The shampoo and conditioner both cost £5.99 and are available from Boots.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne*

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

For me there are two types of beaches. One are the far flung ones of summer vacations, filled with the scent of sunscreen and heat. Where the sand is hot under my toes and days are long and lazy. The others are bracingly cold and crisp. I went to school and university near the beach, and whenever my friends and I were feeling stressed or in need of a little centering, the beach was our first stop. Jo Malone’s newest fragrance is inspired by the second sort of beach – there isn’t a floral note in the cologne, and it’s a unisex fragrance.

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When first applied you get the crispness of Sea Salt – it’s almost as if you’ve taken a big gulp of cold air. It feels so light and clean, and it’s not like any other fragrance I’ve worn. Once the cologne heats up, the deeper, woodier notes become more noticeable.

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It’s this darker side of the scent which makes it feel absolutely perfect for fall. I can just imagine getting wrapped up in the softest cashmere sweaters and then spritzing on the scent. The wear time is great too – I applied a couple of squirts in the morning, and by late afternoon, people were still asking what I was wearing!

Wood Sage and Sea Salt launches in September and will be priced at £40 for 50ml

HJ Manicure Nail Polish – Peach Blossom*

HJ Manicure Peach Blossom

The last couple of days have been somewhat hectic – I’ve had a million and one things on, so I needed a neutral polish which would keep me looking pulled together no matter where I was or what I was doing.

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It was a perfect excuse to try my newest acquisition, Peach Blossom by HJ Manicure. The polish is part of a new range by celebrity manicurist Helen J. Helen whose work has been featured in a million and one publications like Grazia and Cosmopolitan. The collection of colors available is really great – there are a number of darks, brights and nudes to choose from, and Helen J. Helen has also made sure that all of the polishes are non-toxic, cruelty free and vegan friendly.

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It was a hard choice between all of the gorgeous shades, but I am just in love with Peach Blossom. It’s a beautiful peachy-nude which is a step up from my regular neutral polishes. After applying a base coat, it only took two coats to create an even, opaque finish, and there was no issue with streaking or pulling. I’m completely obsessed with colour – it just feels so pretty and elegant on, and I love the fact that it’s such a healthy formula too!

The polishes cost £9.50 each and are available here.

Aerin Cool Gel Eyeliner – Essential Brown & Black*

Aerin Cool Gel Eyeliner Brown & Black

I’m super fussy when it comes to eyeliners. I like rich colour and soft formulas, and I hate smudging. Since I tend to wear liners in my top waterline, I like a formula which sticks around and keeps my eyes defined all day.

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When I got the chance to try Aerin’s newest Cool Gel Eyeliner in both Essential Brown and in Black, I jumped at the chance! I love the Aerin brand – it’s effortlessly glamorous, and all of the products I’ve tried go straight into my regular rotation.

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I have to say, I think I fell in love with these two before I even got to swatching. They are so sleek looking and you just twist the bottoms to sharpen the pencils.

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For the past few months I have really hopped on the brown eyeliner wagon. Since I’m blonde, it looks softer than my usually black, and I’m really into the ‘no makeup’ look right now.

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The formula is velvety soft and smooth, and it coats my waterline in a single swipe. I’m obsessed with the cool brown colour which gives a perfect amount of definition to my eyes. I’m also obsessed with the slightly metallic finish – it gives my eyes another dimension.

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When I’m getting more dressed up or formal, I still rely on black liners for a more dramatic look. Aerin’s offering is gorgeously inky, and the colour glided on smoothly and evenly.

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Like Essential Brown, Black has a slightly metallic finish which gives a lovely shine to eyes, and it is a great pencil for use when I’m amping up my look. I just can’t get over how incredible the formulas are!

The pencils will be released in September and will cost £19.00 each

Glossybox August 2014*

Glossybox August 2014 UK

This month marks Glossybox’s 3rd birthday (fun fact: they sell a beauty box every 12 seconds!) – so it’s an extra special box to celebrate!

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I know I say this every month, but I just love how Glossyboxes are packaged. The pink boxes are just so pretty, and who doesn’t love unwrapping parcels with ribbons? You can see the special 3rd birthday sticker too!

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As you can see, this is a super generous box – a full size cleanser, hand cream and highlighter as well as a travel sized Elasticizer, nail varnish and a tester of perfume are all tucked inside.

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The full-size Comfort Zone Cleansing Milk is a great way to start off the box. It’s a very generous 200ml, and it’s a lovely addition to my nighttime cleansing regime. After washing my face with a cleanser, I swipe a little of the milk over my face and neck with a cotton pad to make sure every scrap of makeup is gone. It has a lovely light texture with a gentle floral scent.

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It’s been a while since I’ve used Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, and I forgot how much I like it! Before shampooing, I wet my hair and apply it to my ends and give it some time to work. When my hair is super dry and sensitized, I take it to the gym and slap a bit on before heading into the steam room. The weird looks are worth it. I’m left with soft hair which is shiny and feels super healthy.

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The Figs & Rouge hand cream is such a handbag staple. Mine has a fruity mango and mandarin scent, and it sinks in quickly, leaving my hands feeling silky smooth.

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Kryolan has created a special edition highlighter especially for Glossybox in a shade called Cashmere. I love the Glossybox logo on the lid, and it is the prettiest shell pink colour. It’s a great multipurpose product, and can be used on lips, cheeks and eyes. After I’ve applied my foundation and concealer, I like to tap a little across my cheekbones and eyebrow bones for a natural glowy look.

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The Yves Rocher nail polish is possibly the cutest, dinkiest bottle I own. The shade is called Rose, and it is a beautiful dusky pink.

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(Apologies for the blue nail in shot!) The formula applies smoothly, and I only needed two coats for it to be fully opaque. It’s a great transition colour for fall!

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Last up is a tester of Lalique’s L’Amour perfume. If you’re into big, heady florals and are looking for a new autumn scent I would definitely give this a sniff!

Boxes start at £10 plus pp, and you can subscribe here

OPI Sheer Tints – Be Magentale with Me

OPI Sheer Tints - Be Magental With Me

A couple of months ago I saw that OPI were bringing out a line of sheer coloured topcoat nail polishes and I wanted to try them so badly! I’ve been coveting the Dior sheer pink nail varnish, so when I saw Be Magentale With Me in the sale bucket at Sally Beauty, I knew I had to try it!

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The polish itself is a beautiful bright strawberry pink, and it applies evenly to give nails a healthy sheen. The colour can also be intensified with a couple of extra coats. You can also layer this over a pink or white base coat depending on your mood. In my photos, the nails have 4 coats, and the colour is pretty bright!

Have you ever tried sheer polishes?

Kitsch Slogan Hair Ties*

Kitsch Hair Ties

 

You will probably know that I love Kitsch hair ties by now. They always have great colors and the sets are really fun! The newest ones are slogan themed – mine are breakfast themed, but you can get nerd ones as well as coffee ones. I had a few people round for brunch at the weekend, and my choice of hair ties were super appropriate!

The hair ties will launch in September and cost £4.00