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A few days go I arrived home to a parcel sitting at the front door. Inside was a rather glorious selection of Starskin goodies, chocolates, and even a headband. Basically a complete girls’ night in, in a tin.

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Starskin make some of my very favourite sheet masks, and since they can be a touch pricier than my go-to Korean masks, I tend to save them for a special occasion. Very kindly, Starskin’s package will see me through a couple of events.

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Along with some of their masks, they even popped in a very chic headband for easy masking!

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If, like me, you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, Starskin’s Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Face Masks are the absolute dream. If I’m travelling or staying in a hotel, I tend to tuck one of these in my case, because they leave skin feeling absolutely brand new. After cleansing, I pat my face dry, and then wear the mask for 20-30 mins while I relax. It’s got a cool, almost jelly consistency, and once it comes off, my skin feels super soft and smooth, and it stays hydrated for a good few days afterwards. It’s perfect for travel-weary skin, or if you’re just after a little extra glow!

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I’d never tried the Starskin Dreamkiss masks before, but since getting over a bout of the flu, my lips have never felt so dry. So when these arrived, I could wait to give them a go! After giving my lips a good scrub, I placed one (there are two in the pack) of the lip shaped masks onto my lips, and relaxed for 15 minutes. Like the face masks, the Dreamkisses are made of cellulose, and work to moisturise, plump and smooth lips. They also work on any lines you might have around the lips, and they’re a must-have before rocking a statement lip colour!

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Last up, but certainly not least are the Eye Catcher Masks. Another pack with two applications inside – I am obsessed with these for combatting tired, puffy eyes. Prior to use, I like to keep these in the fridge for maximum de-puffing. These cellulose masks work to smooth, hydrate and brighten the under-eye area. Again, these are a travel must-have, and they are a perfect for covering up a late night too!

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I know it’s not the most popular opinion in the world, but I’m a serious fan of Valentines Day. What can I say? Maybe I’m a romantic, or perhaps it’s just the flurry of pink and red in the middle of a rather grey February, but I’m a sucker for anything Valentines. Happily though, so it seems are M&S.

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Today I arrived home right as the postman drew up to the house, and getting a big box of M&S goodies, couldn’t have felt any more indulgent. Inside were a host of goodies celebrating Valentines (or Galentines if you’d rather), and they could not be more adorable (or delicious!)

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There are your classic treats – think chocolate hearts, and lollipops, but there are also some fun new updates too! I am more than a little obsessed with the caramel milk chocolate hearts. They’re delicious with a coffee!

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There are also some gorgeous gummies! These are ‘Would it be uni-corny to say I love you?’

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I’m also rather in love with these Prosecco and Raspberry jelly sweets. Made with real Prosecco and Raspberry extracts, they’re a grown up take on a classic.

The ‘Filled with Love’ truffle balls are incredible too. There’s a choice of white chocolate, hazelnut or chocolate mousse centres, and you’d better believe these are being kept to be enjoyed this weekend!

Last up, but certainly not least, is the bottle of ‘Be My Valentini.’ Made with premium white rum, cranberry juice, lime juice and orange peel – its a fruity little treat I can’t wait to crack open tomorrow evening. It’s incredibly easy to serve – just pop it in the fridge, then serve over ice.

Thank you so much to M&S for my goodies – I’m seriously in the Valentines spirit!

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When it comes to mascara, I’m an all or nothing kind of a girl. If I’m working at home, or just heading out for errands, I don’t tend to reach for a mascara (honestly, I just hate the faff of taking it off at the end of the day), but if I’m meeting someone for work, for my blog, or just getting properly ‘done’ I love to slather on the stuff.

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A few months back, I headed through to Harvey Nichols to celebrate the opening of the new Marc Jacobs counter, and very kindly, I was sent home clutching a bag of goodies – inside of which was the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. Promising ‘ultimate volume’ and a false lash effect, this is a mascara for when you want lashes for days. Inspired by evenings watching his mother apply her make up, Marc Jacobs take on the stuff is a real classic. With a big fluffy brush, which grabs each and every lash, this pumps up lashes, and leaves them blacker than black. The formula is a touch wet – so I like to give the brush a little wipe prior to applying, but it gives lashes an unbelievable boost, and it leaves any makeup feeling 100 times more glamorous. The wear-time is also impressive. No matter whether I’ve worn this to meetings, to the gym, or simply just out and about, once this mascara is on, it isn’t going anywhere. There is no smudging or flaking at all. I’d just recommend that you’ve got a good makeup remover on hand. Being so pigmented, it can be a bit of an ordeal to remove, but it’s nothing that a good oil or makeup remover can’t handle!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

*This product was gifted to me

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Over the past few weeks, the house has slowly become more and more festive. The tree is up and twinkling, I’ve been playing Christmas music since the first, and I’ve just been feeling generally festive all month long. One of the things I’ve been loving most in the run-up to Christmas, has been my SpaceNK Shimmering Spice Candle.

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It’s a fragrance the store brings out annually, and it is the perfect Christmas scent – not too spicy, not too orangey, it’s a candle I look forward to lighting, and believe me when I say that it’s a real crowdpleaser. (So if you’re looking for a present this is going to go down a treat). A perfect balance of cinnamon, cedar and spice, it burns cleanly and evenly, and it creates the perfect atmosphere.

SpaceNK Shimmering Spice Candle is priced at £26 and is available here

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At this time of year, it can feel like everything is a bit non-stop. There are events on most nights, and heading somewhere straight after work means a makeup-touchup in the car on the way there. Because of that, I’ve been on the hunt for products which last all day long, well into the night.

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I got my hands on Charlotte Tilbury’s The Sophisticate palette a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been a daily go-to since it arrived. With acurated selection of three brows and a neutral bone – the palette is an absolute dream for people like me who love a everything from a chic neutral through to a smoky brown eye.

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For day looks, I tend to focus on the top two shadows – I buff the bone shade into my lids and inner corners, and then blend a little of the taupe into my crease and lash line. The whole palette is pretty cool toned, so it’s perfect for my colouring – and it’s really adaptable for amping up day looks into night.

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I’d never tried a Charlotte Tilbury palette before, so getting to grips with The Sophisticate has been an absolute dream. Each of the four shadows is well pigmented, and they all apply smoothly with a great colour payoff. Most days, I buff the top right shade into my lid, with a little of the bone in my brow bone and inner corners. The effect is subtly elegant – it provides the perfect amount of definition without feeling too ‘done’, it’s also easy to ramp up the drama, with a little of the lower two shades buffed into the lash line.

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The Sophisticate Palette has been such a dreamy product to use, and it’s been a wonderful entry into the (very) glamorous world of Charlotte Tilbury beauty. From the stunning palette packaging to the pitch-perfect shadows inside, this is a classic, I’m going to be reaching for all 2019-long!

Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate Palette is priced at £39 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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