Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oils – The Neutrals*

Ok, so it’s not exactly news that I’m in absolute love with Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Collection. It’s adorable, it smells like candy and the colours are absolutely beautiful. It’s pretty unusual for an entire collection to find a permanent home in my everyday makeup collection, but I use the face palette (here) and eye shadow palette (here) almost daily. The last part in the line up are the Creamy Peach Lip Oils.

Available in eight shades which range from the most perfect nudes and neutrals, all the way through to punchy pinks and reds, the Creamy Peach Lip Oils are pretty, glossy pops of colour.

Papa Don’t Peach is probably the deepest of the neutral shades. a warm, pinky toned beige, it feels like the perfect shade for everyday wear.

All the Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lip Oils come with a doe foot applicator, which means that application on the go is a breeze (a good thing too, as my handbag currently has two of these rolling around). The formulas smell very sweet and candy-ish, and they feel really comfortable to wear. The gloss is super smooth, and in no way sticky or greasy. Instead, they just feel super nourishing, and wear for a good two hours before needing to be refreshed.

Peach Tease is probably my most used shade of all the Sweet Peach Lip Oils. It’s described as an ‘electric peach’ and it’s perfect for adding a subtle pop of colour into makeup. It’s easy to control how bright the lip oil is – if I pat a little on using my fingers, I get a subtle peachy glow, but if I apply straight from the tube, I get a brighter, more saturated peach.

If you’re looking for a real workhorse gloss that’s going to go with literally everything, Peach-sicle is your shade. A creamy true peach shade, this is a no brainer for days when you just want to look pretty and polished, rather than overly done. I love the fact I can wear it to work, to the gym and even on nights out as it’s such a pretty and subtle shade.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oils are priced at £16 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Dr. Barbara Sturm launches at Space NK

It can sometimes (most of the time) feel like living and working up in Edinburgh means that I miss an absolute tonne of amazing PR opportunities. So, when an email popped up inviting me to meet Dr. Barbara Sturm at the capital’s George Street SpaceNK, I had to read it a couple of times to make sure it was indeed my local store. So, on a very sunny lunchtime I popped round to hear all about the new collection.

If Dr. Sturm’s name rings a bell, it might be because she’s one of the most exciting dermatologists around. She came up with the ‘Vampire Facial’ and runs a seriously luxurious clinic in Germany, so when I read she was releasing a whole skincare line, I was more than a little excited. It was also the first stop on the release tour (Sturm and the team were off to Glasgow then multiple stops in England) so it felt like such a thrill to get a sneak peak!

Getting to talk to Dr. Sturm was an absolute pleasure – she was incredibly warm, funny, and of course, seriously knowledgable. I’m no science-major (art history for the win) but talking through the way that the products were formulated was fascinating, and it’s made me want to overhaul my whole regime. The gist of the matter is the simpler the better – Sturm works under the principal “You don’t need much, but what you do use should be the best!“ and her line couldn’t be a better representation.

From the chicly minimalist packaging which is gloriously stark, to the short list of ingredients, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare is a study in perfection. I got the chance to have a play about with all the products, and I have to say, I have a wish list that’s as long as my arm! What separates Dr. Barbara Sturm products from the rest is the use of Purslane in the formulas. Known as the ‘youth enzyme’ Purslane penetrates the deepest layers of the skin, detoxifying and protecting cells whilst plant extracts promote skin health. It’s a wonderfully balanced approach which has visible skincare benefits. Possibly the fastest acting of the products I tried was the Hyaluronic Serum (£230) which plumps and hydrates skin like nothing I’ve ever tried. At once lightweight and nourishing, it sunk into skin leaving behind a subtle glow. I was also gifted a few of the incredible products (the Eye Cream, The Calming Serum and The Sun Drops) and I have to say, I think I’m in love.

Expect reviews in the next week or so, but spoiler alert – the products are nothing short of life changing!

Dr. Barbara Sturms products can be found at SpaceNK here

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream*

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When it comes to summer skincare, I’m all about having glowy, moisturized skin. It means I can leave foundation at the door and jump head first into my favourite BB creams and bronzers. But since I have sensitive skin which can easily feel dehydrated, I like to really focus on hydration at this time of year.

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That’s why I’ve turned to Clarins recently to really keep my face in check. After using a pump or two of their glorious serum (here) I’ve been following it up with their Hydra-Essentiel moisturizer. Packaged in a beautiful blue glass jar, the cream feels rich and soothing to apply, and leaves my skin feeling super soft.

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Designed for skin that’s normal to dry, there is some serious technology at work. Clarins have included organic, medicinal kalanchoe extract, which is a powerful natural hydration activator that boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid production. This means that after application, skin feels seriously plumped and is primed for makeup.

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The cream feels absolutely glorious to apply, and sinks easily into skin. I love to keep my jar in the fridge so that it feels super cooling to use. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser, especially when used alongside the serum.

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The cream also smells incredible – it’s a light, fresh, summery scent which makes getting ready an absolute joy!

Clarins Hydra-Essential Silky Cream is priced at £36.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Bobbi Brown Lip Color – Nude*

Happy Easter Monday! I hope you’re suitably stuffed with chocolate and hot cross buns! I love Easter weekend, purely for a nicely placed long weekend which lets me catch up with some sleep, the gym, and of course, some spring cleaning! It’s also the perfect chance to catch up with friends and enjoy long lazy evenings in the sunshine. This means I’ve been hunting for the perfect low key lipstick to see me through the season.

That’s where Bobbi Brown’s Lip Color in Nude comes in. The Lip Colors are pretty much the brand’s most iconic product – it’s wonderfully black and shiny, and it looks so pretty in my makeup bag.

Nude is the most perfect neutral shade, which I’ve been loving for completing neutral makeup looks. The formula is super creamy, and the colour payoff is seriously buildable. It’s the perfect colour to swipe on if I’m looking to feel a bit more polished than normal, and it’s the perfect neutral shade.

Nude is also the perfect shade for pairing with a smokey eye. I love it worn alongside this shadow dup as the colours work so well together, and look so pretty!

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Nude is priced at £23 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

SkinFix Foaming Oil Cleanser*

When it comes to cleansing, I have recently realised that I have a slightly more in-depth approach than many. In the evenings, I tend to use an oil-based cleaner around my eyes to eradicate mascara and liner, then I use a foaming option on my face to get rid of foundation and concealer. Then I finish everything off with a swipe of micellar water and then, if I’m feeling fancy, some toner. It’s not the quickest option available (hello baby wipes) but it means my sensitive skin stays under control, and I don’t wake up sporting a face-full of yesterday’s makeup.

Recently though, I was introduced to the SkinFix brand – a company all about creating seriously impressive skincare at affordable prices. One of the first of their lineup I tried was the Foaming Oil Cleanser. A mix of two of my favourite types of cleanser – it’s not like anything else in the cabinet! The formula has a light cream, milky consistency, but it foams when it comes into contact with water. It has a wonderfully fresh, spa-like cucumber scent which is very cooling and soothing, and it gets rid of makeup absolutely incredibly! The little blue bottle has freed some some valuable bathroom real estate, keeps my skin super clear, and it gets rid of makeup without feeling drying. In a word, it’s genius!

SkinFix Foaming Oil Cleanser is priced at £11.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Kiss Gel Fantasy Press on Nails*

When it comes to looking pulled together, nothing does it better than having a fresh manicure. Over the past year or so, I’ve made a serious effort to keep my fingers looking polished and groomed at all times. It helps that I’ve found a seriously fab salon in the form of Buff (you can see them here), but despite my best efforts, I sometimes need a quick fix, if I’ve peeled off my manicure and I have to go somewhere quick, I’ve turned to press-on nails more than a few times. They’ve moved on from plastic-y looking talons, and instead, they now look like you’ve just left the salon!

Kiss’ Gel Fantasy nails might just be your best bet if you’re looking for something ultra chic and subtle. They are available in a whole range of colours, and I love Ab Fab. It’s a rich, slightly metallic deep burgundy, which is just the kind of colour I’d pick out at the salon. Using the nails couldn’t be easier either – you can choose to glue them down using the sticky tabs (perfect if you’re looking for a short term solution), or if you need the nails to last longer, use the glue. Both options are included which makes them great value for money.

I’m not going to lie – I’m saving these glittery ones for a party or perhaps Christmas. They are so shiny and sparkly – they’re absolutely gorgeous! The nails stay in place for around a week – so you can even pop them on and enjoy a short break away without worry about your manicure! And the best thing about them? They never chip!

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails start at £6.99 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Bronnley Easter Egg Soaps*

Are you all ready for the long weekend yet? I’m not going to lie – I’ve been counting down the days all week. I can’t wait to have a long lie on Friday and enjoy some Spring sunshine, and then I’m having a few people over for a big old Easter lunch on Sunday. In between, I thoroughly intend to to enjoy a little r&r and prior to my guests descending, I’ve been sprucing the house up a bit. There are tulips in pretty much every room, and I’ve sprinkled eggs throughout the house. One place that was lacking a bit of Easter festivity though, was the bathroom.

That was until these gorgeous little eggs from Bronnley popped through the letter box. The tins are decorated with the cutest seasonal illustrations – I mean, a bunny, a duckling and a whole bunch of spring flowers? I don’t think you can get much cuter! Inside there are the most stunning eggs shaped soaps, delicately scented with Pink Peony and Rhubarb. It’s a gorgeous fragrance which borders on fruity, and it has made my bathrooms look and smell divine!

Bronnley Easter Egg soaps at £3.99 each and are available here

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Palette*

 If you were to take a peek into my eyeshadow box right this second, I could pretty much guarantee that you’d remark on just how many shades of taupe, brown and chestnut there was. Everyone does. The usual question is ‘how many shades of brown do you need?’ but honestly, I rotate through the colours at an alarming rate. Well, I did, because I’ve had a bit of colour injected into my collection in the form of Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Eye Palette.

I’m not quite sure how, but I managed to miss most of the furore abut the collection when it was released in the US last year, but when I caught sight of it last month, I just had to have it. Not only is the packaging just adorable (I’m sorry, but just look at that little peachy face!) but the colours seemed very wearable. There are a handful of my beloved taupes and browns sprinkled amongst pinks and peaches. The palette looked like just the thing I needed to update my look right in time for spring!

When the palette arrived, I don’t think I could have been happier. It was prettier than I’d even imagined, and the mix of matte and shimmering shades felt perfectly balanced. It’s a collection of shadows which is super versatile, and I’ve reached for it as much on days when I’m after a little subtle definition as I do when I want to create something more dramatic.

The left hand side of the palette is dedicated to what I consider to be the most casual of the shades. If I’m just heading to work, I tend to sweep Cobbler over my lids and blend a little Peaches ‘N’ Cream into my inner corners. Cobbler is a stunning pinky toned taupe which blends effortlessly and gives eyes a subtle sheen. I sometimes like to blend a little Caramelized into my lash line.

The centre shades are some of my absolute favourites. Bellini is the most fabulous shimmering pink which looks so pretty if I want something a little different. Puree is also the most fabulous matte brown. Soft enough for seamless blending, it looks so sophisticated when used in the crease. This section also has the requisite peaches and pinks in the form of Just Peachy (a blue toned glittery pink) and Candied Peach (a perfect warm peach shade). The colours are seriously pigmented, but surprisingly easy to use. Blended into the lid, and paired with a chocolatey crease colour, it’s a fun way to inject a little life into my otherwise neutral makeup look.

The right hand side of the palette is where is gets deep and moody. Peach Pit is a browny-plum which shimmers seductively with a pink micro-glitter. Talk Derby to Me is an inky navy shot through sparkle. Charmed, I’m Sure is also an absolutely stunning matte – it’s a seriously pretty cool toned taupe which is perfect for creating a stunning monochrome look.

I feel like the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette has injected a bit of life into my regime, just in time for Spring! It’s priced at £39 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Christian Breton Hydrogel Eye Contour Masks*

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When it comes to quick skin fixes, I don’t think that you can do much better than a disposable sheet mask. I have a box where they’re sorted into each concern – to cure dryness, improve clarity and to cleanse skin, and I love to dip into it whenever my skin is feeling a little blah. A new addition to the box are these fabulous eye masks from Christian Breton.

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With options including ‘Lift & Firm’, ‘Anti-Wrinkle’ and ‘Dark Circles and Puffiness’ there is a mask for most eye issues. Since my eyes can get hot and puffy from sitting at a computer all day  (or eating carbs, or having a drink) I love how cooling and soothing the masks feels to apply, and using them couldn’t be simpler.

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Every couple of evenings, after cleansing and applying an evening moisturiser, I get into bed and select which of the masks I want (or need) to use. Late nights and early mornings mean that the Dark Circle and Puffiness ones are the ones I tend to reach for most.

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Each of the boxes contains three sets of masks – I just unpeel them from the sachet and then pop onto my undereye area. The masks feel like thick gel, and one side feels like material. Just pop the gel side on, then you’re good to go! I even leave mine on overnight to really benefit from the effects!

Christian Breton Hydrogel Eye Contour Masks are 27,00€ per box and are available here.

Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger Body Lotion*

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Ok, so there’s no denying that we’re edging closer to spring and summer (it’s even been sunny more days than not) so I’m flinging myself back into maintenance mode. It won’t be long until hemlines get shorter and you can chuck on a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt at the weekend. So, to get my skin looking and feeling it’s best, I’ve been adding Soaper Duper’s Zingy Ginger Body Lotion to my routine every morning. After coming out of the shower, I slap it on my arms and legs, then let it sink in as I’m putting my makeup on.

It’s got the perfect texture which softens and smoothes skin without it feeling sticky, and I just adore the gingery scent. It’s so fresh and clean. It’s perfect to perk me up in the mornings – and the generous size of the tube means I will get to enjoy it all season long!

Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger Body Lotion is priced at £7.50 and is available here

Nugg Charcoal Skin Detox Face Mask*

If you’re anything like me – spring and summer means moving into lighter makeup territory. I start lightening up my foundations with a drop of facial oils the second the sun starts shining, and by the time we get to the summer, I’m all over the BB and CC creams. As much as I love lightening up my makeup regime, it means that my skin has to be in tip-top condition. You can cover blemishes with a BB cream the same way you can with a blob of concealer and foundation. So, in preparation, I’ve been going through my masks and seeing which ones really clear my skin without drying it or causing irritation.

The Charcoal Skin Detox mask from Nugg is a new release, and it’s a great one if you’re looks to really clear and decongest skin. A grey, slightly gloopy formula which  features charcoal, tea tree and oatmeal to detox skin, calm it and leave it feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Nugg Charcoal Skin Detox costs a teeny £3.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)