Laura Geller All Over Glow*

Laura Geller All Over Glow

If you’re looking to inject a little glitz and glam into your makeup this holiday season, I don’t think you can get much better than Laura Geller’s All Over Glow Kit. A bumper highlighter and body applicator set, I’ve got a feeling that this set will keep your skin glowing well into 2019!

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Packaged in a chic compact, this is a seriously multi-use product. The kit comes with a lollipop body applicator which gives skin a noticeable sheen. Brushed on shoulders and clavicles, it gives a gorgeous, healthy sheen which is perfect for Christmas Party Season! It’s also easy to build up or diffuse depending on the look you’re after. A big fluffy brush gives a natural looking sheen, whilst you can even use the product damp if you’re after something a bit more dramatic!

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The compact is possibly the biggest highlighter I’ve ever seen! As with all Laura Geller formulas, this one is an absolute dream. It’s buttery soft, and applies evenly. The baked formula is quite sheer at first, but it’s easy enough to build up.

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The set is a gorgeous gift for those who wish to glow all year long, or if you fancy treating yourself to a lovely little something this winter!

Laura Geller All Over Glow is priced at £35 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

YSL COUTURE VARIATION LIMITED-EDITION MAKEUP PALETTE*

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When it comes to palettes, I’m normally the girl that goes straight for the beiges and browns. I like palettes which I can pop in a makeup bag and use day in and day out, but sometimes it’s fun to push the boat out. So, when YSL sent over their new Couture Variation Palette in Nothing is Forbidden, it’s fair to say it was love at first sight!

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Packaged in a slick black compact, complete with holographic YSL branding, this is not a palette for the faint of heart! Containing five eyeshadows and five lipsticks, it’s been inspired by iconic Studio 54, so you can expect a whole lot of glitz and glam!

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The left side of the palette is devoted to lip colours, and has enough shades to keep you going throughout the Festive season! The nude-pink on the very end is the perfect nude lip colour. Subtle enough to balance a dramatic eye, and pretty enough to wear day after day.

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The other four shades are a stunning mix of pinks, purple and a coral which can be mixed and matched depending on how dramatic a look you’re after! The finishes range from satin to gloss, so it’s easy to tweak your look throughout the day. I love to pat a little of the deeper and dramatic shades into my lips for a softer take on the look. As you would expect from YSL, the wear time for all of the lipsticks is great – the deeper colours can last all evening, whilst the sheerer shades need a bit of a re-do after an hour or two.

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The eyeshadows in the palette are absolutely stunning too! A mix of shimmery, holographic shades as well as a super-black lining shadow and white holographic highlight shade. The shadows in the palette feel more like toppers than shades which can intensify an eye look and add a little shimmer.

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The palette also comes whith a dinky double-ended brush, with an angled end, which is surprisingly great at creating slick liner look.

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Even though the palette has been released as part of YSL’s winter 2017 collection, I can se myself reaching for this all year round – the fun lip shades coupled with the gorgeous shadows makes this a perfect party palette!

The YSL COUTURE VARIATION LIMITED-EDITION MAKEUP PALETTE is priced at £49 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Jaguar Pace Accelerate* & a giveaway!

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I’m not going to lie, when it comes to Christmas, one of my very favourite parts of the year is the present buying. I enjoying trawling the shops (when they’re quiet) and through the internet to find the perfect little something which (I hope) will bring a bit of extra joy to the recipient. I never buy things which people need per say, rather I like things which are a bit of a treat and a luxury. What I do find though though, is buying for boys. They’re notoriously practical, and there isn’t much fun in buying a new scarf or tie or whatever, so when Jaguar announced they were releasing their new cologne – Pace Accelerate, it went firmly onto my present radar!

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Packaged in a slick blue glass bottle, compete with roaring mascot, Jaguar’s Pace Accelerate is all slick lines and gloss. It’s been released to celebrate the brand’s new F-Pace Family Sport Car, and is designed to feel super masculine. It’s a stunning scent designed mimic the rush of driving the car. It starts of with fresh and fruity top notes of bergamot and mandarin, whilst heart notes of aromatic coriander, nutmeg and pepper lend a cool spiciness. As the fragrance settles on the skin, the base notes dry down to musk and vetiver, giving the scent an overall sense of crisp polish. It’s a luxurious medley, and one which I’m sure anyone would appreciate on Christmas morning!

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To celebrate the release of Pace Accelerate, Jaguar have very kindly given me a whole bottle to giveaway! Whether you’re looking for a last minute gift for someone special, or you’d rather just treat yourself, it couldn’t be easier to enter! Just head over to my twitter here, follow me, and retweet the pinned competition tweet! The Giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry international people – shipping fragrance is a nightmare) and is running until 23.12!

 

Lush – The Birth of Venus Jelly Face Mask*

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Is it just me, or does winter just throw your skincare routine onto its head? I know I need to double down on products which moisturise and nourish skin, but in addition to feeling parched, my sky just sometimes feels all over the place. Which is why I’ve been looking to add as many balancing and nourishing face products into my regime as possible. The most recent of which is the stunning Birth of Venus Mask from skincare-favourite Lush!

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A member of Lush’s new Jelly Face Mask lineup; the Birth of Venus promises to tone and soothe skin, thanks to the inclusion of chamomile and sea water in the formula. It’s a great option if you’re looking to balance your skin, and eep it look its best for Christmas Party Season!

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I’ve been using the mask once or twice per week, and have just loved the result. After cleansing, I take a little of the jelly in between my fingers, and rub it together until the consistency changes to an almost sticky balm, then I rub it into my face. It smells absolutely incredible – fresh and slightly herbal. Lavender and Rose Absolute work together to leave skin looking and feeling brand new, whilst the seawater in there works as a gentle toner. I tend to leave it on for five to ten minutes depending on how much work my skin needs. Then I use a hot, clean flannel to wipe it all off. Once it’s off, my skin feels absolutely brand new! It’s so soft and smooth, and I’ve also found that the mask works well in reducing redness too!

It’s the perfect quick-fix for winter ravaged skin, and thanks to it’s cute and dinky packaging, I think it would be a perfect stocking-stuffer too!

Lush’s The Birth of Venus Jelly Face Mask is priced at £6.95 and is available here.

 

Evo Mane Tamer Shampoo & Conditioner*

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As something of a not-so-natural blonde, keeping hair in as good condition as possible is always something of a concern. I wash and blow dry my hair every morning (as well as use straighteners on it) so anything which promises to add a little life back to my battered ends is always welcome with me!

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Evo’s Mane Tamer Shampoo and Conditioner combination is perfect if you’re looking to smooth ends and give your hair a new lease of life for the festive season. Evo’s Mane Tamer shampoo is designed to cleanse, hydrate and smooth hair, as well as adding some much needed strength. It smells incredible, and leaves hair lovely and clean without feeling stripped.

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After shampooing, I’ve been following up with a generous smear of the Smoothing Conditioner. It’s a wonderfully rich formula, which can act as a mask when I leave it on for a while, yet it never weighs down hair. Instead, it just leaves hair swingy, bouncy and shiny, and really, what else can you ask for?

Evo Mane Tame Shampoo & Conditioner is priced from £24.95 per bottle and is available here

Too Faced Hangover Primer Spray*

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At this time of year, it can feel more than a little hectic. Between work, appointments and festive parties, you can be barring around all day, and not feel like you’ve had a moment to take a breath. So, when you’ve got to look for best from morning to midnight, there’s no worse feeling when you catch sight of yourself in the mirror, and your makeup has just gone. Every morning, I’ve been adding Too Faced’s Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray into my routine, and if you need to look done all day, this is the product for you!

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A product which straddles the skincare/makeup divide, I give my face a light mist of the spray right after I’ve applied my moisturiser. It acts as a lightweight primer, and also seals in another layer of moisture (crucial at this time of year) as well as readying the skin for makeup. It’s got a summer-ready scent thanks to the coconut water in the formula, and it really works to soothe and cool post-shower skin. Then, once I’ve got most of my makeup on, I give it another mist. Since it can feel a little wet, I tend to do this pre-mascara, but it sets makeup like a dream, giving skin a wonderful, dewy finish. I can also pop the spray into my makeup bag for a mid-day refresh (it’s especially wonderful when I need to transform makeup from day to night appropriate!).

Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer Spray is priced at £27 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Made by Coopers – Sleepy Head*

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At this time of year, when Scotland receives approximately 3 hours of sunlight, it’s easy to feel like an early night is an easy option. Run a bath, light a candle, and in theory, I should be more than ready for bed. But sometimes when I’m super busy, tense or stressed, I can find myself in bed, staring at the ceiling for hours. No matter how many audio-books, documentaries or podcasts I listen to, it can take a while to drop off, so in an attempt to get a full night’s sleep, I’ve been turning to Made by Cooper’s Sleepy Head Spray.

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Every evening, before slipping into bed, I’ve been misting my sheets and pillows with a light mist of Made by Coopers Sleepy Head. It’s a gorgeous scent – a mix of lavender, chamomile and frankincense all work together to relax and calm you. It’s such a lovey spa-like touch, and it’s been sending me right to sleep in record time.

You can pick up Made by Cooper’s Sleepy Head is priced at £12 and is available here.

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Palette*

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When it comes to present-buying, I can, admittedly, take it quite seriously. I like to make sure that my gifts are something that the recipient wants, but that they’re also something a bit fun and different. So, if you’re in the market for a fun stocking-stuffer or secret Santa gift, you can’t get much better than Too Faced’s Matte Chocolate Chip Palette.

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First off, I know we’re not meant to judge a book by it’s cover, but this palette is the cutest! It’s dinky, it looks like a chocolate bar, and it smells like cocoa powder. It’s also a fab collection of colours, which should suit most skin tones, and work with palettes currently in your stash.

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For such a small palette, the colours are incredibly well thought out. There are a mix of warm-toned neutral browns, with some pinks, a blue and a khaki in there too.

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On a daily basis, I’ve been sticking mostly to the left side of the palette. The mix of browns and taupes is perfect for a neutral, everyday makeup looks. All of the shadows in the palette are buttery soft, with a great colour payoff. They do throw up a bit of fall out, but they’re so easy to blend that it’s not a big deal.

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The right hand side of the palette has the more dramatic shades in the palette. I tend to smudge in the darker shadows for a subtle liner. I also love the light pinky-purple shade over the lid, with a taupe blended into the crease. It’s a fun update to my regular neutral choices.

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It’s not just a great gift though – I’ve been using it on a nearly daily basis. The shadows are so pigmented, and they last all day, so it’s a perfect choice if you’re looking add a little cuteness into your regime!

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip Palette is priced at £22 and is available here

Bare Biology Lion Heart Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil*

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At the time of year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With Christmas shopping, work, parties and suppers, it can feel like you never have a second, and is it just me, or is everyone battling a cold? Over the past month or so, I’ve been trying to take better care of myself. I’ve upped the vegetable intake, I’ve been to the gym , and I’ve also introduced Bare Biology’s Lion Heart Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil into my morning routine.

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As a rule, I’m a bit of a dry person – my hair, my skin, my nails, they all need a bit of TLC, so when I read about the benefits of Omega 3, I knew it was something I needed to add to my diet. Most people can benefit from adding a bit of Omega to their diet – the supplement can work against the threat of dementia, heart disease and even depression. Not only this – but it has some serious beauty benefits too! On a more superficial basis, the healthy fats inside the capsules help skin, hair and nails all grow and regenerate, and it’s a great secret if you’re looking to up your natural glow!

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What I just love about Bare Biology’s Lion Heart capsules is how small they are! The recommended dose is 4 per day, although you can take 2 per day if you’d rather, so a tub can last you up to two months! I tend to take all four capsules in one go, purely so I don’t forget later in the day. They’re flavourless, and unlike every other fish oil supplement I’ve taken before – you never get nasty, fishy flashbacks.

If you’re looking to add a little Omega 3 to your diet in 2018, a single pack is priced at £28.50 and is available here.

RapidShield Eyelash Daily Conditioner*

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A couple of months back, I decided I didn’t need to wear mascara every day in life. Coming from someone who wore the black stuff to the gym, this felt like more of a big deal, but it’s been weirdly freeing. Just spending the day working at the computer or dashing to the gym – no black panda eyes to wash off at the end of the day! Of course, if I’ve got a meeting or day out planned, I love wearing mascara, but if I don’t need to wear it, now I won’t.

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Which brings me neatly onto RapidShield i.e what I wear on non-mascara days. Designed to protect lashes from pollution, makeup, makeup tools and other daily beauty treatments that can weaken lashes, you can use it under mascara, but I tend to keep if for days when I’m keeping my makeup low key.

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I’ve been using RapidShield for the past month or so, and I’ve noticed that my lashes look longer and fluffier. They also feel so much stronger – before using, when I took my mascara off each night, I’d get the odd lash or two falling on my cheeks, but since I’ve been using the product, I can’t even remember the last loose lash I had!

RapidShield is priced at £28 and is available here.

Kiko Cosmetics release new range of sheet masks*

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of face masks (spoiler alert, I’m wearing one as I type this) and sheet masks often top my favourites. I love the fact that you can pop one on cleansed skin, relax for twenty minutes then you’re good to go. They’re usually the least fuss to use, and they’re a life-saver for travel, and there is a mask to suit every skin issue you can imagine!

The newest I’ve been loving coming from affordable makeup brand Kiko Cosmetics. Answering a whole range of skin complaints, the masks come individually packaged, and you can even pick a few fun options – like the panda one, which hydrates skin complete with a printed face! The others I’ve tried are gel masks – they come in two pieces to easily mould to the contours of your face.

Kiko sheet masks are priced from £3.90 each and are available here.