Recently, like most people, I’ve loving a matte lip, it feels fun to wear, and makes a change from my usual glosses. It feels a little more dressed up to wear, and I’m just in love with Smashbox’s Be Legendary Matte Formula.


Packaged in Smashbox’s signature slick black bullet, Magenta Matte is the most beautiful, perfect pink which feels so right for the upcoming long Easter weekend! It’s a real show-stopping Barbie pink, which I have absolutely fallen in love with!


Before applying, I like to prep my lips with a favourite scrub (this one) and balm (Sisley, review to come) so that the colour applies smoothly and evenly. The Be Legendary lipstick formula is the stuff of dreams! Unlike a lot of matte lipsticks, Smashbox’s offering is silky soft, and doesn’t pull or tug on the lips.


For a soft, diffused look, I apply the lipstick with my fingers, dabbing the colour into the centre of my lips, and blending out. For a more vibrant feel, I apply straight from the bullet, using a lip brush to clean everything up. The colour payoff from the lipstick is incredible, and the longevity you get is really wonderful. After applying, I easily get 4-5 hours of wear before I feel the need to touch up, and even when it’s fading a little, it leaves lips with the prettiest pink stain which looks perfect under a little balm.

Smashbox Be Legendary Magenta Matte is priced at £17.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)



Yardley is one of those old school brands which has been around forever, and ever time I sample something, I know it’s going to be good! So you can imagine how excited I was when their newest scent, Hermina, popped through the letter box this weekend!


Described as an ‘an addictive, intense and feminine floral woody fragrance,’ Hermina blends top notes of pear, lemon and bergamot with fig, peach and black pepper. The base notes in the perfume are amber and woody notes, meaning that it lasts all day and has a lovely warm edge. The base also gives it a slightly masculine edge, meaning it’s perfect if you like the clean, almost androgynous feel to your perfumes (I know I love it!)

Hermina is priced at £19.99 and is available here.


So it doesn’t look like the groomed brow trend is going anywhere soon (thank goodness), so I’m always keen to try out new products. Recently I’ve been loving using brow kits to achieve a natural-looking amount of definition, and keep my brows looking as good as possible. My newest acquisition has been the just about to be released GreatShape Eyebrow kit from Jane Iredale in Blonde.


Packaged in a very glamorous rose gold mirrored compact, the kit contains a soft blonde powder, brow wax and double ended brush. Everything you need to get your brows in order in one super sleek little package!



I love the fact that you get a little double ended brush included with the kit. The spoolie end is perfect for brushing brows into place and combing through the wax, whilst the angled brush is a lovely size for applying the brow powder.


Using the kit couldn’t be simpler! First, I brush my brows upwards into my desired shape, then comb through some of the botanical wax. It has a lovely soft texture which keeps brows in place as well as giving them a bit of a sheen.


Then, using an angled brow brush, I take a little of the powder and simply fill in my brows. It has a buttery soft feel, and the colour payoff is really great. If you have any sparse areas, or simply want to build your brows up a little, it’s a great little toolkit to keep handy!

Jane Iredale GreatShape Eyebrow kit will be priced at £26 and will be available in April


I’m not sure about you, but the increasingly good weather has me rather excited for spring and summer to finally arrive. Thankfully Glossybox seem to agree, as their latest box is all about getting your glow on. A nicely balanced mix of skincare, makeup and tools, if you’re not already subscribed, I’m sure you won’t be able to resist!


First up is a shampoo and conditioner duo from -417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral range. It’s a brand I’ve never heard of before, so getting to try out both the shampoo and conditioner is a real treat! I love the glamorous packaging, and the duo promises to draw out impurities from the scalp, as well as be packed full of vitamins thanks to the Dead Sea Mud in the formula. I can’t wait to try these out this weekend!


The dinkiest member of this month’s box is the little tube of Olay’s Skin Tone Perfecting Cream. Considering I like to wear as little makeup as possible in good weather, this is a little gem of a cream which promises to even out skin, improve skin tone and give some much needed glow.


The tube of Hey Honey Honey Silk Facial Serum is the perfect size for slipping into my everyday makeup bag, meaning my skin can already feel the benefit of it. The formula contains an absolute tonne of great-for-skin ingredients like honey, silk amino acid, sea buckthorn oil and vitamin e, and it’s a super easy way to inject a little extra moisture into your skincare routine.


Possibly my favourite part of this month’s box is the Luxie 504 Large Angled face brush. Before I even got to try it out, I fell in love the the pretty pink handle and rose gold accents, but I’m pleased to say that it’s a really great brush.


Larger than my regular angled face brush, Luxie’s offering is a real multitasker! If you’re after an easy way to sculpt cheekbones with some subtle contouring, this really does the job! Not only that, but I’ve been using it to apply my highlighter every morning (recently it’s been this one). The larger head means that it diffuses powder evenly, leaving a sheer glow behind.


Last but not least is the adorable little Speedy Highlighter from Collection. Looking awfully like a dupe for Clinique’s Chubby Stick Highligher. The light pink colour also kind of reminds me of Benefit’s High Beam. Since it is so light, I don’t think that darker skinned girls will get much use out of it, but it’s such a pretty colour. The formula deposits a gentle gleam quickly and easily, and I’ve been swiping it over my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow for a little extra sheen. In very bight light, it does tend to glitter a little, so I’m keeping mine for evening use.

This month is such a great little box of real work-horse products which I can really see myself reaching for. If you want to subscribe to Glossybox, you can do it here.



Mondays are never easy, so every Sunday night I try to prepare as much as possible. I get my clothes laid out for the following day, pack my handbag, give myself a face pack, and basically just try to relax a little before the craziness of the week descends. My latest trick for looking bright eyed and bushy tailed though, is part of my Monday morning routine, and it’s Fabulift’s Eye Lifting Serum.


Packaged in individual little vials, for optimum freshness and hygiene, you only need the tiniest drop of the formula applied around the eye for it to get to work. As the serum dries, it tightens the delicate skin around the eyes giving a youthful, well rested look. If, like me, you suffer from puffiness, it really smoothes them out, and if you’re wanting to deal with loose skin, this is the closest thing to fillers! After the serum has tried, it’s really easy to gently dab a little concealer on top, and finish my makeup off as usual. The effects last all day, and I can remove the serum by just cleansing as normal. It’s genius!

Fabulift is priced at £49.99 and is available here


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