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Over the past few years, my daily makeup regime has taken a serious hit. Gone are the heavier, fuller coverage foundation, lipsticks have been replaced with balms and the last part of the puzzle has been a gorgeous daily mascara, which leaves lashes black and lengthened, but not overly dramatic. A sort of your lashes but better scenario.

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So, last year, when Glossier released Lash Slick I was all over it. So much so I ordered it pretty much the day of release, raved about it to everyone I know, used it consistently for about a month then promptly lost it. I’m not sure if I left it at the gym, in a hotel, or just managed to drop it somewhere in between, but it completely disappeared. After its vanishing, I tried to tell myself that it hadn’t been that great, that I had at least 15 mascaras to work through, and that once I needed a new one I could order a second.

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Spoiler alert – the mascara never reappeared, I made my way through about 5 of those other mascaras, and I still ached for a new tube of Lash Slick. So, when I made my latest Glossier I threw another tube of the stuff in, and honestly, I am so glad I did. Obviously, like everything from the brand, Lash Stick is branded to perfection – the slick pink tube makes me happy to even look at it, and the formula inside is genius. Admittedly, it does take a few layers of the mascara to achieve the natural-looking fluttery effect I’m in love with, but it builds up on lashes easily, leaving them super black, long and separated, without any of the gloopy volume other formulas have. It’s perfect for day looks – it stays looking fresh for hours, it doesn’t smudge or flake, and it stays exactly where you place it. I’ve worn this through spin class, and whilst the rest of me was an absolute state by the end of it, my lashes were still perfection. It even comes off easily with a little cleanser and a warm flannel – no panda eyes for me any more!

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara is priced at £14 and is available here

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When it comes to Spring fragrance, I’m a fan of anything fresh and green. I’m not sure if it’s the new blossom on the trees, the longer, brighter days, or just the promise of summer in the not-too-distant future, but I’ve felt in need of an update. So, when L’Occitane sent over their new Herbae fragrance, the timing couldn’t have been better.

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It truly is spring in a bottle. From the fresh, green, subtly peppery notes which you get at first, to the citrus heart notes, this is a fragrance which will keep you feeling shower-fresh, no matter how hectic a day you’re having. Inspired by the wild grasses of the South of France, it’s a beautiful perfume, which dries down to an almost fruity base scent. Absolutely perfect for warmer weather, I’ll be reaching for this all season long!

Herbae par L’Occitane is priced at £60 and is available here.

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On the 20th April, there will be a whole new way to use your Amazon Alexa – all you’ve got to say is ‘Alexa, entertain me this Easter’ and you’ll be able to partake in a whole host of activities. From trivia to recipes, to how to impersonate a chicken (all vital skills, you’ll agree) if you use 5 or more Alexa skills between April 20th and 21st, you’ll be entered in a competition with the chance to win a £1000 Amazon voucher.

I’m already planning my skills hunt so I’ll be in with a chance! If you don’t have an Alexa-enabled device, order one now with Prime, so you can play along too.

Amazon Alexa Echo Dots start at £29.99 and are available here

 

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When it comes to prepping for an Easter party or celebration, M&S should definitely be your first stop. From traditional to trendy pieces, there is a whole range of showstoppers which make the perfect presents, and honestly, I’m a little obsessed.

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Moonbeam the Unicorn Egg is possibly one of the cutest eggs I’ve seen. Hand decorated, and made up of sweet white chocolate, this is going to be a complete home-run for anyone looking for something a little whimsical this season.

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If you’re a traditionalist, you’re going to need to stock up on some hot cross buns, and M&S’ are a classic for a reason. These are the softest, squigiest buns I’ve tried, and they’re delicious plain as they are toasted. Paired with a pot of tea, these make an indulgent treat over the Easter weekend, and they’re even yummy as a breakfast option!

Finding fun pieces for your Easter egg hunt can be a bit of a pain, but M&S has made your life so easy with their bags of Hide and Seek eggs, as well as their Cheeky Chicks, which are available in milk and white chocolate varieties.

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Another of the new products M&S have introduced for Easter is the Bubbly Bunny. If you’re a fan of Aeros, you’re going to love this. Bubbles of milky chocolate are always going to be a delight, and the fact that this clocks in at a reasonable 123 calories means that you’ll be able to enjoy it guilt-free!

Last, but certainly not least are these gorgeous chocolate egg biscuits. Crisp chocolatey bases are covered with white and pink chocolate, and finished with speckled eggs. All chocolate and crunch these are a perfect mid-afternoon treat, and could add a gorgeous Easter twist if you’re having people over for coffee.

As you would expect – M&S have absolutely hit it out the park for Easter – you can find out more about the range, including food & gift ordering here.

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When it comes to day-to-day activities, I’m not the luckiest person in the world. I don’t find car park spaces right outside the buildings I’m heading into, it’s a big deal if I win £3 on the lottery, but despite this, I keep testing my luck in competitions, and this time, it paid off!

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A few weeks back I entered @themakeupmaestro’s instagram competition to win this stunning Elizabeth Scarlett x Decleor skincare set, and I was picked! Made up of a stunning (and surprisingly roomy) rose-embroidered Elizabeth Scarlett makeup bag, and three of Decleor’s best-loved rose products, it’s a perfect choice for a dry-skinned girl like me, and they’ve been a lifesaver to use during my recent travels.

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Rose has a whole host of skincare benefits – from regulating the skin’s pH balance, to having calming, anti-inflammatory properties, it’s the perfect choice for dry skin, which is easily irritated like mine. Decleor’s Rose D’Orient Aromessence was actually the first product I tried from the brand literally decades ago, when we first started holidaying in the Middle East, and I needed something to use when I’d been out on the water for a little too long.

Cracking open the bottle of Decleor’s Aromessence Rose D’Orient was a complete blast from the past, in the best possible way. First of all, it smells absolutely incredible – it’s a rich rose-tinged floral which feels luxe and luxurious to apply. A few drops patted into freshly cleansed skin feels like a facial in a bottle. The Aromessence has a rich, almost oil-like texture, which sinks into skin, leaving it plump and hydrated, and it’s a perfect base for the other two moisturisers if you’re looking for an intense burst of hydration.

The Aromessence Rose D’Orient Balm is possibly my favourite new product I’ve tried in months. It is the most glorious, hydrating balm, which literally melts into skin without a hint of greasiness or heaviness. The formula is 100% natural, and is filled with powerful essential oils such as Rose, chamomile & geranium to soothe your skin throughout the evening. Even though the balm is designed for night-use, on days when I’m just heading to the gym, or working from home, I smooth on a generous layer of the stuff and get on with my day. The result is skin which looks and feels like I’ve just had a facial!

The third product in the set is the Harmonie Calm Organic Soothing Comfort 2-in-1 Mask & Moisturiser. A mouthful of a name for a product which works to soothe and revived irritated skin. I love slathering it on after one of my Diamondtome facials, as it works to reduce redness, and it deeply hydrates, and it feels wonderful after micro-roller treatments too.

Huge thanks to @TheMakeupMaestro for holding the competition – you can find Decleor products here.

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