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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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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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When it comes to travelling, it doesn’t matter if I’m driving a couple of hours up the road, or if I’m jumping on a long-haul, my skin tends to feel dry in record time. I’m not sure if it’s the central air in hotels, or just the change in routine, but anytime I’m spending nights away from home, I make sure to tuck a few sheet masks in my beauty bag to keep my skin happy during my trip. A few weeks ago, Starskin sent over their fabulous new VIP Cream de la Creme Masks, so I made sure I put them to the side, so I could make full use of them whilst I was down in London – and I’m so glad I did!

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Available in a choice of Age-Perfecting or Instant Recovery, these VIP masks are perfect for skin which needs a serious dose of R&R. Unlike most sheet masks, these ones are coated in cream, rather than infused with a watery serum. This lets them treat the skin at a deeper lever – hydrating and repairing skin which has been dehydrated or dried out.

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Both of the masks come in two parts, meaning you can place them properly, and you won’t feel them sliding around and off whilst you’re wearing them. Infused with Shea Butter, both masks work to deeply nourish skin, whilst the Instantly Recovering Mask is focused on intense replenishment, whilst the Age Perfecting Mask is focused on nourishment. I’ve been using the masks in the evening after a thorough cleanse, and they cut down my redness, and dryness. Starskin advise you wear the mask for around 30 minutes, but honestly, I wear mine to bed, and wake up with skin which feels so soft and smooth.

Starskin VIP Cream de la Creme Masks are priced at £13 each and are available here

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With just over a week to go until Easter hits, I’ve become way too invested in the holiday. From chocolate eggs to fluffy chicks, I’ve bought them all, and sprinkled them around various corners of the house. I’m loving the blast of spring energy Easter brings, and when L’Occitane sent over news of their new Beauty Easter Eggs, I couldn’t resist getting my hangs on a Verbena one!

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Available in two scent options – you can pick from Verbena or Cherry Blossom, the Beauty Easter Eggs are the no-calorie option for getting into the holiday mood! They come packaged in a gorgeous seasonal tin, complete with ribbon, and whether you want to use them as part of an egg-hunt, or you’d rather just treat yourself – the eggs are an absolute delight.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_15d5Tucked inside the eggs are three generous bottles of L’Occitane must-haves. There’s a deluxe sample bottle of the Verveine shower gel, which is perfect if you’re after a super-fresh, morning choice. It smells gorgeously clean and fresh – very green and soapy, it’s a perfect everyday choice.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_15d0There’s also a bottle of the Verbena Body Lotion. I am in love with the lightweight, milky formula, which sinks in almost immediately, leaving skin feeling soft and smelling incredible. I love to use it on mornings when I know I’m embarking on a long day, as it keeps me feeling fresh all day long.

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The last present tucked inside the egg is the Verveine Hand Gel Cream. Unlike other hand creams, this feels like water to apply and immediately feels cooling on the skin. I keep it in my makeup bag for use when I’m out and about, as it doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy or sticky. Instead, it just seems to disappear, leaving hands feeling soft and smelling great!

L’Occitan Verbena Beauty Egg is priced at £15 and is available here

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