Essie Rock at the Top*

Essie Rock at the Top

Essie’s seasonal polish ranges are one of those things I get super excited about. I don’t know how they do it, but time and again, they just get better and better!

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New for winter, Essie are releasing two new ‘Luxe Effect’ polishes. The first is the most gorgeous golden glitter – Rock at the Top.

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I’m completely obsessed with this polish – it’s a great mix of little and large particles suspended in a clear topcoat. To get completely opaque coverage, I used three coats and it looks incredible! The polish catches the light beautifully, and it just looks so festive!

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I also adore Rock at the Top over dark polishes. Here it’s one coat layered over Essie’s Liquorice polish. The contrast between the black and the gold looks so pretty! I then layered a coat of my Dior gel top coat to create a smooth, shiny effect. Can you tell I’m obsessed?

The polish costs £7.99 and is available from Boots.

Ermenegildo Zegna Peruvian Ambrette*

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So last week officially marked the start of my Christmas shopping. I spent hours perusing the stores, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve popped online to find things which are a bit different or unusual. As much as I love gift buying, it can get super difficult. I think I find guys the hardest to shop for; the whole not needing or wanting anything particular means I never really know what to head for.

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Thankfully, Ermenegildo Zegna has made buying mens’ gifts incredibly easy with their newest release – Peruvian Ambrette. Released in September this year, Peruvian Ambrette is an incredibly complex scent, and it is just delicious!

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Packaged in a chunky glass bottle, I love how understated and masculine it looks.

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Peruvian Ambrette feels completely different from other fragrances I’ve sniffed. The scent focuses on plant-based musks which have been derived from hibiscus beans. Sometimes musks can feel a little overpowering, but this just smells like the perfect winter fragrance. The way that musk has been blended with cashmere makes it feel so warm and comforting, and although it’s marketed as a men’s fragrance, if you’re in the mood for deep, sensual scent, you have to check it out!

The EDT costs £140.00 and is available here.

JustBe Botanicals Be Soft Lip Balm*

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So this is the point in the year I start hoarding lip balms. Between colder temperatures, wind and rain, my lips completely dry out. So, to keep the chapping at bay, I’ve been using JustBe Botanicals’ dreamy Just Be Soft Lip Balm.

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Packaged in the most adorable little glass jar with screw lid, the balm feels super luxurious to use. I adore the light minty scent, and it keeps my lips feeling so soft for a good few hours at a time. The dinky size means that it is super convenient to pop it into my makeup bag.

The lip balm costs £9.50 and is available here.

Chanel Intime Rouge Coco Shine*

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A couple of weeks ago I was killing time in Glasgow and stumbled across a Chanel makeup counter. Like most, I could spend days swatting colours and oohing and ahhing over all of their goodies, but I just had to pick up a couple of pieces from the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection

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I figured I was due a new Chanel lipstick as I had just managed to smash a much-loved lipgloss in my bathroom (seriously, I’m such a hazard when it comes to marble! I’ve even lost a pot of Creme de la Mer in there!) so I was intrigued by one of the newest shades – Intime. In the tube it looks quite dark, but like all of the Rouge Coco Shine formulas, it feels light and glossy when applied, almost like a balm.

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The shade is a perfect dusty rose, with a slight mauve undercurrent. I love it for an easy nude lip, and it gives a perfect wash of sheer colour. The wear-time isn’t the greatest, maybe an hour or two, but it’s super easy to reapply and it feels so hydrating to use, I don’t even mind!

The lipstick costs £25.00 and I got mine at Debenhams

Bomb Cosmetics Gingerbread Trees Bath Blaster*

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Now that Starbucks Red Cups are in full flow, I thought I would share the extra way I’ve been enjoying gingerbread, with Bomb Cosmetics’ Gingerbread Trees Bath Blasters

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The Bath Blaster is a glittery ball of fun, complete with star-topped christmas tree and sparkles, and it smells good enough to eat! When it gets a bit chilly, I become obsessed with warming, spicy scents like these, so the Blaster is just dreamy. After running a hot bath, I dropped it in, and my bathroom smelt incredible – the essential oils in the bomb released a punch of cinnamon and clove whilst the bicarb in the formula softened the water. Having a good soak with the Blaster was completely heavenly and a rather perfect way to warm up after a cold dank day.

The Bath Blaster costs £2.29 and is available here.

Swell Hair Care Grab Bag*

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Christmas Party season is getting perilously close, and I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing beats big, bouncy hair and a party dress!

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Swell is specifically designed for people with thinning, fine or limp hair and the formulas contain a blend of 18 botanical extracts which strengthen hair as well as providing a bit of lift.

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The Grab Bag is a perfect way to sample the range as it contains a miniature shampoo, conditioner and root  volumizing spray – basically all you need for gorgeously lush hair. The shampoo is a great cleanser, and it completely eradicates any sort of product buildup without stripping my ends. I then used a generous squeeze of the conditioner which left my hair feeling soft and smooth.

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Once I was out of the shower, I gently towel dried my hair, then spritzed a little of the Advanced Root Nutrient Complex into my roots and mid lengths then brush it in. Blowing my hair dry after this was an absolute breeze. I took a little extra time to do it properly with a round brush, and I was left with an almost professional looking result! My hair felt super soft and nourished, and it had so much volume which lasted all day!

The Grab Bag costs £23.50 and is available here

Bee Prepared*

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Every winter I go into serious maintenance mode – as a rule I’m weirdly susceptible to colds and sore throats, so I stock up on lemon, ginger and manuka honey to try and kill any viruses in their tracks.

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To get prepared for sniffle-season, I’ve been popping one of Bee Prepared’s immune support tablets every morning. You can choose from Max Strength and Daily Defence depending on your need, and since I’ve been using these I haven’t had even the smallest twinge! The supplements contain bee propolis, black elderberry, olive leaf extract among a ton of super-good for you ingredients, and if you’re planning a winter trip I would definitely check these out to combat plane germs!

The supplements cost £11.99 per pack and are available at Holland and Barrett.

Aerin Weekend Palette*

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When I’m out and about, I always tend to drag half a dozen products around with me; my non-negotiables are bronzer and a lipstick or gloss. So, when I saw Aerin’s new Weekend palette I fell completely in love!

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Packaged in one of the brand’s signature glamorous gold compacts and nestled in an adorable pink moleskin pouch, the Weekend Palette includes everything you need to create a natural-looking face. Despite being in a very portable palette, you can experiment with two eyeshadows, bronzer, rose balm, rose balm lipstick, a highlighter and multi-use balm.

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The two eyeshadows have the most perfect creamy consistencies, and the colour payoff is great! Simplicity is a stunning neutral bone shade, and is perfect for using as an easy brightener, or as a base. The second shadow, Cocoa is a warm, shimmery chocolate brown. For day, I’ve mostly been using Cocoa as a liner and smudging it for a little definition, although at night it really comes into it’s own for a smoky eye! The colour payoff is really great and I only need to use the tiniest amount every time.

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The bronzer is a lovely warm sandy brown which is perfect for brightening complexions. I often find palette bronzers can be too warm or dark, but Aerin’s is light enough to give a glow without straying into oompa loompa territory!

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The four colours on the left are the highlighter, multiple, balm and lipstick. The multiple is great for creating a dewy complexion. Once my makeup is done, I dab a little of it into my cheekbones and brow bones. It gives a super natural looking glow which is just perfect for creating a no-makeup look. Below the multiple is the multiple which can be used for both lips and cheeks. Before applying bronzer, I press a little of the multiple into the apples of my cheeks for a healthy looking blush. I love the sheer warm bronze colour and it looks great when I’m going for an eau-natural look.

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The Rose Balm is one of my most-used. I adore my full size Aerin Balm and Balm Lipsticks (you can read about them here and here) and there is always at least one in my handbag. Having mini versions in the palette is therefore incredible for me! Both give a very sheer wash of colour and provide hydration, meaning you can combat winter dry lips!

The palette costs £48.00 and is available here.

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme*

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This weekend, the weather has taken a distinct turn for the worse, and despite driving rain and crazy strong winds, I had to pop into town to grab a couple of things, and it was so busy and so Christmasy that when I got home all I wanted to do was sink into a bath to warm up and de-stress. I thought it would be the perfect excuse to try out Aveda’s incredible Stress-Fix Body Creme.

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If you’re getting a bit stressed out about the Holidays coming up, or if you’ve just been super busy and need to take some time out for yourself, you have to check out the whole Stress-Fix range. You can choose from bath salts, a body lotion, a scented rollerball as well as this body creme, and they all smell absolutely incredible!

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 I adore the fragrance from the Stress-Fix range. Aveda’s mix of sage and lavender is specifically designed to relax and take away the day’s stresses. It smells so fresh and clean, and I love to apply the body creme before bed. I think this is has to be one of the thickest formulas I’ve ever tried! It’s super rich and decadent feeling, and despite being so thick, it sinks in like a complete dream. It isn’t sticky or greasy at all, and I fall asleep so easily after I’ve used it.

The body creme costs £36.00 and is available here.

Shu Uemura Shupette Eyelash Curler*

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I think the very first time I heard of Shu Uemura as a brand it was because of their game-changer of an eyelash curler. It’s one of those few products that every professional declares as a holy grail product, and it’s not hard to see why!

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Unlike other curlers I’ve tried, Shu Uemura’s is incredibly easy to use. It doesn’t trap eyelids in the mechanism, and it doesn’t create a weird kink in lashes. Before applying mascara I simply press the curler down gently on my lashes for 3-5 seconds, and I’m left with eyes which immediately look bigger, wider and more awake. The rubber guard on the curler feels bouncy, and the curl lasts all day.

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As part of Shu Uemura’s adorable Christmas line, the curlers have been slightly updated with an adorable rubber stamp charm featuring a Lagerfeld sketch of his adorable ‘Shupette.’ The curlers come complete in a special pink box, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t adore these as a stocking stuffer!

The curlers cost £20.00 and are available exclusively at Selfridges.