Kiko Milano Candy Split Nail Art Stickers*

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Kiko Milano’s Candy Split Collection has to be the brand’s cutest yet. Filed with stripes and seriously adorable products (including macaron-shaped sponges) it’s one of the most eye-catching collections from a brand that I’ve seen in a while.

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Even though I’m knee deep in dark manicures at the moment (is there anything better in winter?) the Nail Art Stickers make me want to paint everything pink! Available in two choices, mine are filled with cake and ice cream decals. They’re going to be perfect for summer!

Kiko Milano Candy Split Nail Art Decals are on offer for £1.40 and are available here

Simply Scrub Coffee Body Scrub*

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With the long overdue banning of microbeads in beauty products, it’s time to starting thinking about more natural alternatives for exfoliation, and one type I’ve been falling increasingly in love with is the coffee bean scrub. A by-product of roasting, natural and compostable, it feels like there isn’t a downside to these products, especially organic ones like Simply Scrub’s Coffee Body Scrub.

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I’ve tried the brand before, and been so impressed by them, so I couldn’t wait to give the simple coffee version a go! Perfect for the dark and cold mornings, this feels like a jolt of caffeine before I’ve even left the house! Ingredients include organic coffee beans, organic coconut oil, Dead Sea mineral salt, organic tea tree oil, organic brown sugar, organic jojoba oil, organic grape seed oil, vitamin E oil, organic shea butter,  organic honeycomb, and organic vitamin E, so it’s incredibly skin friendly, and leaves skin looking and feeling incredible.

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Its doesn’t leave a residue, so once I’m out of the shower, I make sure to moisturise well to keep my skin as hydrated as possible. It’s such a gorgeous product to use, I tend to reach for it two to three times a week.

Simply Scrub Coffee Scrub is priced at $14 and is available here.

Blaq Teeth Whitening Wand*

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One of the brands which I really fell in love with last year was Blaq. Originally hailing from Australia, their mix of effective products and chic packaging has been seriously hard to resist (they did make a meteor dust body scrub after all!). My latest acquisition is their teeth whitening wand.

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Like all of Blaq’s products, the tooth whitening wand uses activated charcoal rather than harsh chemicals to draw stains out of tooth enamel. Using the pen couldn’t be easier – after brushing my teeth, I click the pen a couple of times, and paint my teeth with it, making sure it’s got time to dry (about a minute). I wouldn’t apply the gel in front of anyone, as it is a fetching grey colour (thanks to the charcoal), then after about twenty minutes I rinse my mouth.

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It’s such an easy little addition to my night time regime, and I like the fresh minty flavour it has. The inclusion of both coconut oil and charcoal feel like they’re doing teeth and gums good, as well as combatting staining, and I love how portable the pen is!

Blaq Tooth Whitening Wand is priced at £14.95 and is available here.

 

Models Own Pro-Foundation Sticks*

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When it comes to picking bases, I’m not going to lie, I can be hard to please. I want a product which leaves skin looking perfected, luminous and most importantly looking like skin. I’m always on the hunt for a new favourite, so when I saw Models Own release a whole line of new foundation sticks, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! The lineup has 15 shades to choose from, which span from a literally white foundation with nude primer core, to a deep chocolatey brown, so most skin tones should be able to find their match. The foundations are so well priced that even if you can’t find an exact match, a mix of two should hit a sweet spot.

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The Pro-Foundation Sticks are far creamier than other stick foundations I’ve tried in the past, and for someone with dry skin like mine, it’s an absolute godsend! Each of the sticks have a primer-filled core which is enriched with Vitamin E, so they don’t only give great colour payoff, but they feel nourishing too! Depending on how you apply the foundation, it can be quite high coverage, but what I like to do is swipe the sticks over my cheekbones and forehead, then blend with a dampened beauty blender. The effect is of a natural, glowy finish, which is perfect topped off with a little bronzer.

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05 is my shade of choice – a neutral shade which is perfect for lighter tones. It blends easily, and gives skin a naturally perfected look.

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15 is two shades up from 05, and I think it will be just perfect for the summer. Again, neutral in tone, it gives skin a healthy glow and can even be used if I’ve been fake tanning.

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30 is one of the mid-tones available in the shade range. Perfect for those with naturally tan skin, it’s a quite warm toned option, it’s the deepest shade of my selection.

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20 is another mid, warm-toned option for those looking for a new foundation. The inner primer is a light pink, so it’s perfect for those wanting a little winter pick-me -up!

Models Own Pro-Foundation Sticks are priced at £9.99 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Nejma Voile de Satin Body Lotion*

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When it comes to perfumes, I tend to stick to the same kind of scents – if it’s a white flower or citrus, I’m almost guaranteed to like it. But in the winter, I sometimes feel the need for a fragrance which feels a little deeper and more substantial. I don’t want anything that will knock people over the head, but I’ve been craving something different.

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So it felt like perfect timing when Nejma sent over their Voille de Satin Body Lotion. Not only was I in desperate need of a body moisturiser, but the scent is absolutely glorious. It’s far deeper and muskier than the perfumes I normally reach for, but the fact that it’s applied as a body lotion, means it feels less intense. Once it dries down, there are notes of vanilla and powder, which feels perfect for wearing with sweaters and cosy knits!

I can’t seem to find the body lotion for sale in the UK, but it’s on sale for $25 here.

Starskin Anti-Aging Lift Away Mud Face Sheet Mask*

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If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll probably know I’m a big fan of sheet masks. Personally, there’s nothing not to love when it comes to them – they’re portable, you can choose a product which fits your skins needs each and every time, the products are fresh every time you open them, and they’re incredibly travel friendly. Up until now, the sheet masks I’d used had been squarely for moisture, but when Starskin released these Lift Away Mud versions, I couldn’t resist! There are a few mud masks to choose from in the range, and the first one I opted for was the Green Tea Clay version. Promising to purify, smooth, tighten and brighten skin, this sounded like just the thing for a weekend pick me up!

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Even though it comes in the form of a sheet mask, Starskin have managed to include a whole host of great-for-skin ingredients. Kaolin clay, Green Tea Powder, and Hydrolyzed Collagen are all in there to work their magic. To use, I first wash and cleanse my face, and give it a bit of a gentle exfoliation. Then I popped on the mask. Unlike most, this one is divided into 2 parts, and it really adheres to skin easily, and it smells lovely and fresh. I just leave it on for about 20 minutes, although you can leave it on for up to 40. Like a regular mud mask, Starskin’s tightens, and since you have to peel it back off, I’d recommend that you don’t let it touch your hairline or eyebrows. Once I peeled it off, I gave my skin another quick rinse, then followed up with a moisturising serum and night cream. It leaves skin noticeably brighter and tighter feeling. It also feels wonderfully cleansing – it’s a perfect choice for my Sunday mask tradition!

Starskin Anti-Aging Lift Away Mud Face Sheet Mask is priced at £8.50 and is available here.

Batiste Dry Shampoo*

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When it comes to haircare, I’m probably every hairdresser’s worst nightmare. All those things they tell you not to do? I do it. I tend to wash my hair every morning, I then blow dry it, straighten it, and then fiddle with it while I work. Did I mention it’s also coloured?!

In an effort to get my ends back to full health, I’ve been trying not to wash my hair every morning, so on days when I don’t need to see clients, I’ve been turning to Batiste and their Original formula and ponytails to keep my hair in check.

Using the dry shampoo couldn’t be easier – I section off my hair, and blast my roots with the dry shampoo. The Batiste has a beautifully fresh scent, so it tackles any sort of bed head with ease, and it mops up any trace of greasy roots and gives a much needed volume boost too!

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo is priced at £2.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

SportFX Time Out Face Mist & Fix*

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If you’re anything like me, you barely have to look at the gym, and your makeup just slides right off. I long to be one of those girls who leave the gym looking no different than when they entered, but I’m cursed with hair that fuzzes up and skin which turns pink within seconds of warming up. So, in an attempt to look a little more put together whilst working out, I’ve been trying SportFX’s Timeout Face Mist & Fix Spray.

It’s a dinky little 2-in-1 products which gives skin a  dose of hydration and glow, whilst fixing makeup into place. The spray itself is a dinky 30ml, which easily fits into my gym bag, and I’ve been using it both pre and post work out.

Before heading into a class, I’ve been giving myself a quick spritz of the spray. I don’t tend to wear makeup to work out (if I do I can break out) so this gives a much needed does of moisture, whilst also giving skin a pretty sheen. Once I’m out and showered, I use it again prior to applying makeup. The Time Out Spray has a gorgeous minty scent thanks to menthol in the ingredients, so it cools and calms skin too, as well as providing a base for any makeup I want to apply.

It’s a genius little spray, and I’ve been absolutely loving using it!

SportFX Time Out Face Mist and Fix is priced at £5.99 and is available here.

Boots Botanics Hydration Burst 3-in-1 Micellar Water*

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When it comes to affordable skincare, one of my favourite brands has to be Boots Botanics range. Filled with must-have products which feel seriously premium, one of the products I buy time and time again is there 3-in-1 Micellar Cleanser. Part of the Hydration Burst line, the water is designed for dry and sensitive skin so it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year (although, since my skin is dry, this is my choice year round).

Colourless and odourless, I use this after a foaming cleanser each night, to make sure my skin is completely makeup free before heading to bed. It dissolves foundation and bronzer, and leaves skin feeling fresh rather than squeaky clean. It’s super gentle on eyes – getting rid of eyeliner and mascara without stinging. I also love the fact that the bottle is a generous 250ml too, so one easily lasts me a month or two!

Boots Botanics Hydration Burst 3-in-1 Micellar Water is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Sanatio Naturalis Oils – Geranium & Jojoba*

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When it comes to giving myself a night off, it’s not a regular occurrence. Between working, catching up with emails, seeing friends and blogging, it can sometimes feel like I need (at least) an extra hour in the day to get through everything. So, for 2018, I’ve decided to treat myself to an evening offline every so often. In theory, I’d like this to be once a week, but realistically I’m going to try for once a month. I’m going to turn off my phone, turn up a bit of music, and catch up on some reading. Of course, it’s also going to be a perfect time to treat my skin to a little r&r too! A duo of products I’ve set aside for these evenings is Sanatio Naturalis Oils in Jojoba and Geranium.

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The jojoba oil is odourless, and acts as a carrier oil, so you can add whichever essential oils you like. It’s got a lovely lightweight texture, which deeply hydrates skin without feeling greasy and it’s perfect for fighting winter-dry skin. My essential oil of choice is Geranium, which has a host of benefits. One of the main ones is stress relief, but it also reduces blood pressure and improves circulation too. It’s an easy way to take a little bit better care of myself, and I just adore the fragrance too – it makes my whole bathroom smell like a luxe spa, and on a cold winter’s night, I’m not sure that there is anything better!

Sanatio Naturalis Jojoba Oil is priced at £20 and is available here, with the Geranium Essential oil is priced at £20 and is available here.

Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops*

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When it comes to my skin, I’m pretty lucky. Apart from a hormonal break out every so often, and a bit of dryness I’m usually good to go. The one thing I do wish I could change though is how red my skin can get. I’m naturally quite a pink-toned person, so if my skin is hot, cold, or in any other way stressed, it can get red rather too quickly for my liking. So, in an attempt to keep my colouring in control, I’m always on the lookout for new correcting products.

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My newest find is Algenist’s REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops. Packaged in a dinky bottle complete wth dropper, they’re the first make up I’ve tried from Algenist (I’ve fallen in love with their skincare, you can read a post here) and I’m so glad that this lived up to my expectations.

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Depending on how red my skin is, I change how I use the drops. If I’m feeling particularly pink, after applying my moisturiser, I apply a couple of drops to a beauty blender, then apply prior to foundation. The drops have a wonderfully lightweight, fluid texture, so they just melt into skin, taking any hints of redness with them. The drops leave skin looking even, and makeup applies beautifully on top – there isn’t any sort of piling or muddying of colour. Instead, skin looks calm all day long – it feels like magic, and it’s a must if you suffer from redness.

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On days when my skin feels calmer, and less in need of some help, I like to use a couple of drops of the color corrector in my regular moisturiser. It’s super easy to do, and it just keeps my skin tone even throughout the day. It’s also possible to use the drops for targeted redness reduction – if you’re suffering from a blemish, all you need to do is dot the drops onto the blemish then blend. It will disappear under makeup and become incredibly easy to cover.

Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops are priced at £30 and are available here (UK) and here (US)