Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Review | Lanolips 101 Ointment

As soon as it gets cold the battle against my dry and flaky lips begins and doesn't really end til it starts to warm up again. Lanolips is one of those cult products I've heard about for years and has won multiple beauty awards, including being called the world's best lip balm. With claims like that it became top of my wishlist of things to put to the test.

Lanolips 101 Ointment is a multipurpose balm that contains 100% pure lanolin (the wax on a sheep's fur- hence the cute packaging) and can hold up to 200% of it's weight in water. Lanolips can be used on lips, cuticles and dry skin patches. It's a very thick, unscented balm that feels almost like a paste until it's warmed up where it melts into the skin.

I pop a thick layer of this on before bed and leave it to work it's magic. In the morning my lips are softened, moisturised and hydrated. I like to take a small amount of this and put it on as the first step in my make up routine so by the time I get to lipstick it's melted into my lips leaving a really comfortable base for lipstick. Combining this with a lip scrub has meant that my lips aren't turning into the chapped and dry mess that they usually are this time of year.

I honestly think this is the best lip balm I've ever tried and I'd put it straight to the top of your beauty wishlist if your lips are suffering in the cold weather! I haven't tried it on cuticles but I whacked some on the dry bits round my nose when I had a bad cold a couple of weeks ago and it sorted my skin out over night too.

It's a pricey lip balm, but it's completely worth it and I don't think I'll ever be without it!
Lanolips 101 Ointment costs £10.99 here.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The British Tag

I'm not the most stereotypical British person but I loved answering the questions to the British Tag.
Whether you've filmed it yourself or answered the questions in a blog post, let me know so I can check it out!

It would make my day if you fancied subscribing to my YouTube Channel!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Review | Barry M Surprise Surprise Lipgloss

 Barry M Surprise Surprise Lipgloss £4.49

If you watch Surprise Surprise then you probably saw the episode featuring the amazing Holly Addison. I missed the epsiode but have since watched it back and after hearing about Holly and what's she achieved I urge you all to make sure you pick up one of these lipglosses to support an awesome cause!

Holly has raised over £7000 in 18 months for charities including the Katherine House Hospice where Holly's Dad stayed whilst being treated for an aggressive form of brain cancer. As part of Holly's Surprise Surprise experience she has teamed up with Barry M to create a limited edition lipgloss where 70% of the proceeds go straight to the Katherine House Hospice.

The lipgloss is called Holly A's Surprise Surprise Lipgloss and is only around for a limited period so make sure you get your hands on one. The gloss is a pale and milky pink with a gold shimmer that doesn't really show to much on the lips. It's a lovely nude shade that might not suit everyone when worn alone but paired with a lipstick it's gorgeous. I team this with MAC Creme Cup, my go to daily lipstick, for a perfect nude lip. The scent (and taste) is a yummy strawberry and mango mix, which reminds me of sherbet sweets. It's easy to apply with the doe foot applicator and the formula isn't too sticky.

I'm not a huge gloss fan but have been reaching for this a lot. The fact it looks great paired with my every day lipstick means I've used it a lot and actually ended up really liking it. It does fade over a couple of hours but it's so easy to top up that it's not a problem.

Loosing a parent at a young age is one of the worst pains you can experience, to me Holly is a huge inspiration as she's been through a difficult thing and done something special by raising a fab amount of money that's only going to rise with this brilliant collaboration.

Make sure you pick up the Surprise Surprise Lipgloss whilst it's around for the next few months.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review | Gosh Eye Shadow Sticks

GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Sticks* £5.99 each
L-R Shades: Brown, Light Copper, Silver Rose and Grey

I love the easiness of a eye shadow stick, they are quick to apply, blend easily and usually give the allusion that you've spent a whole lot more time on your  make up than you really have. Pretty much every beauty brand on the market has brought out their own versions of an eye shadow stick with GOSH adding them to their range earlier this year. In total there are 8 different shades to choose from each costing £5.99.

The GOSH sticks are twist up pencils that are very pigmented and have a metallic and shimmer finish. They aren't the creamiest formula but when warmed up they do become slightly more easy to work with. The most impressive thing about the GOSH sticks are that they don't really budge once they've set. You have about 20 seconds to blend the product out how you like it before it's set and isn't going to move. The formula claims to be water resistant and has siliconic filming polymers and amino acids so that it won't rub off.

I prefer wearing these on there own without powder shadows as I don't think the shadow stick takes to well to other products layered on top. My favourite way to wear the GOSH Shadow Sticks is to apply a light layer and blend out for an easy every day shimmery look. Silver Rose is my favourite shade from the bunch!

I do like these but I don't feel like they are overly different to any other shadow sticks on the high street, but if you need a long lasting colour then I'd say definitely give these a go. Once applied in the morning they really don't go anywhere!

The GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Sticks are £5,99 each available here.

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Monday, 17 November 2014

Costa Coffee Christmas

For maybe the first time ever I am properly in the Christmas spirit way before December even starts! I've started my Christmas shopping and know pretty much what I'm getting everyone, I've planned some festive days out and may have even listened to the Christmas playlists...
The event that started this festive feeling was a trip to Costa Coffee recently to try out their incredible Christmas menu that's available now until the 4th of January!

I'm not a coffee drinker but I love Hot Chocolate, even more so when it comes in a cute Christmas cup. Costa have brought back their fun, festive cups with four designs for the different sizes.
This year the Christmas menu has a line up of 8 limited edition drinks, I've tried them all and they are rather special, there is definitely a drink for everyone!

Hot Chocolates
Brownie Hot Chocolate- Hot Chocolate with a shot of walnut brownie syrup, topped with cream and brownie pieces
Orange Hot Chocolate- Hot Chocolate with a shot of orange syrup, topped with Magic Dust and a chocolate lattice
White Hot Chocolate- White Chocolate Sauce with steamed milk, topped with cream, cherry sauce and sparkles
Black Forest Hot Chocolate- Hot Chocolate with a shot of blackberry syrup, topped with cream, herry sauce and dark chocolate curls

Other Drinks
Sticky Toffee Latte- Espresso with steamed milk and sticky toffee sauce, topped with cream
Praline Cappuccino- Espresso with praline syrup, topped with frothed milk and Magic Dust
Gingerbread & Cream Latte- Espresso with steamed milk and gingerbread syrup, topped with cream, a mini gingerbread man and sparkle
Hot Spiced Apple- Hot Spiced Apple with star anise and a cinnamon stick

There are also both savoury and sweet Christmas menus full of festive flavours! The savoury menu includes a Turkey and the Trimmings Toastie, a Gluten free Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry Wrap and a Cheeseboard Panini with festive chutney. The sweet menu has some amazing treats, but my absolute favourites are the Salted Caramel Yule Log, Ice Your Own Gingerbread Man and Cornflake Crunch. There are 14 sweet treats to try out in total!

I've already been back to costa three times in the past week to keep trying everything out. MY current obsession is the Orange Hot Chocolate with the Salted Caramel Yule Log!
Have you tried anything from the Costa Christmas Menu?

*I was invited to try out Costa's Christmas Menu at an Event, this is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share the festive tastiness! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Review | British Beauty Blogger Eye Pencil Kit

British Beauty Blogger Eye Pencil Kit
British Beauty Blogger Eye Pencil Kit

British Beauty Blogger Eye Pencil Kit
British Beauty Blogger Eye Pencil Kit* £15.00 

Blogger and YouTuber collections have sprung up everywhere this year and each time a new one is announced I feel incredibly proud that we live in a world where "internet people" are able to have their own beauty lines, books etc. The collaboration that has had me most excited this year is the British Beauty Blogger collaboration with Marks & Spencer.

Jane from British Beauty Blogger is a lady I admired long before I started my own blog. She is always first with beauty news, honest in her reviews and not afraid to say what she truly thinks. One of my favourite things about Jane is that she supports and champions the blogging industry, she's come from beauty journalism through to blogging so seriously knows her stuff. I met her for the first time over a year ago and was a tiny bit starstruck and thrilled that I was meeting one of my 'blogging idols'. She's an amazing woman so I'm over the moon that one of the biggest British brands has teamed up with her to launch a limited edition make up collection.

Jane and M&S worked with illustrator Nuno da Costa, the man behind Jane's blog header, to create a collection with beautiful packaing that would appeal to every woman. I love how the packaging of the Eye Pencil Kit is so simple but so striking! The Eye Pencil Kit contains 8 kohl pencils in a mixture of finishes and shades, there is definitely a pencil for every occasion.
The shades include a matte black, shimmer mint green, a bronze plum mix, matte grey, shimmer turqouise, black with glitter, a shimmer/metallic lilac and a matte navy.

The shades I'm not sure on are the mint, lilac and turqouise because I'm not brave enough but I'll be giving them a go in the summer time. The pencils are very pigmented and easy to work with. The texture is great as they aren't to hard that they drag or to soft that they smudge all over the place, they blend really well and are fab for a quick smokey eye. My favourite shades are the matte black, something I use almost every day, and the bronze plum shade as it's a gorgeous colour that I didn't have anything like already.

The Eye Pencil Kit retails at £15 for 8 pencils, a complete bargain that you definitely shouldn't miss out on.
It's currently on offer for an amazing price of £7.50, I've already bought another to give as a Christmas present!

If you're interested in the BBB collection make sure to be quick as it's only around for a limited time!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Giveaway | Elemis Gift Set worth over £125

This weekend only Elemis are launching their new 'Love Your Skin, Face & Body Collection' exclusively to QVC! It's a super indulgent set of products that will leave your skin feeling nourished and pampered. Three of the products in the set are launching for the first time globally on QVC! I'm a huge Elemis fan so this is very exciting!

The products included in the collection are:
- Limited Edition Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 200ml global exclusive 
- Pro-Collagen Marine Cleansing Cream 30ml
- Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 300ml
- Skin Nourishing Body Cream 50ml global exclusive
- Jasmine & Rose Milk Bath 125ml
- Jasmine & Rose Hand and Nail Cream 20ml global exclusive 

This incredible collection will be available this weekend only on QVC for an amazing price of under £40! Launching at 8pm on Saturday 15th of November and through out the day on Sunday 16th.
Valued at over £125 this a bargain not to be missed, it would make a really lovely Christmas gift or a even better treat to yourself!

To celebrate this great offer I'm giving you the chance to win one of the sets this week!
To enter just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open til Monday the 17th and is open to UK residents only.

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Don't miss out on your chance to grab yourself this brilliant bargain this weekend on QVC! It's an incredible offer to get yourself a luxury set at a great price!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Amazing Offer | Origins Mask Marvels!

 There was no way I wasn't going to share this incredible offer from Origins with you! Avaliable exclusively at Boots from today til the 13th of November the Mask Marvels set is reduced from £50 to £23!

I am a huge Origins fan but haven't shared my love for them enough on my blog simply because I've always talking about and trying new things, sometimes my favourites don't get the mentions they deserve! (I'm going to be working on some make up and skin care essentials posts and videos though.)

The Origins Mask Marvels set contains three 75ml masks that are all very loved and hyped in the beauty world.
Out of Trouble- 10 min mask to rescue problem skin
Clear Improvement- charcoal mask to clear pores
Drink Up Intensive- overnight mask to hydrate skin

This set is currently on an incredible offer at Boots at just £23 for the set, saving £27! Considering the full size 100ml of each mask costs £23, this is a deal not to be missed.
It would make a really lovely Christmas gift but I'm thinking it's time we all stock up as you won't find a deal on these masks this good til next Christmas! I give it a couple of days before this sells out completely as it wasn't around for long last year. I've already ordered mine!

Find the Origins Mask Marvels on offer here.
Will you be treating yourself?

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Review and Offer | SensatioNail Deluxe Gel Starter Kit

SenatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit* RRP £110

I am not high maintenance when it comes to my nails, for the past week they've been polish free simply because I could not be bothered to paint them, lazy I know! I've never had gel nails before but have always wanted to try them out but it's not a cheap thing to have done in a salon. The SensationNail Deluxe Gel Starter Kit promises the quality of a gel manicure finish done yourself at home! I'm not the best at nails so the chance to try this starter kit out was very exciting.

The SensatioNail Starter Kit contains everything you need to give yourself an at home gel manicure. The box contains the LED Lamp, a gel cleanser, a nail primer, a gel top/base coat, two coloured polishes, gold and silver glitter, lint free wipes, a nail buffer and gel remover tool. The two polishes included are Raspberry Wine and Pink Chiffon.

I was slightly overwhelmed and thought it would take hours to do my nails when I read the instructions but I headed to YouTube and watched a couple of step by step videos and was then good to go. I'm not the most patient person and I am not a nail genius but this was fairly easy to do and took me 45 minutes to do, which I don't think is too bad for a first go.

It's an simple system to follow and once you've done one hand you've pretty much got it sussed. It's important to make sure you don't get any of the product too near the cuticle or on your skin but that's easy to avoid by using thin layers of the product. I used Raspberry Wine on my nails and Pink Chiffon on my Nan's as she loves baby pink shades! I didn't use the glitter on my first manicure as I wanted to make sure I could practice the steps first. The glitter will be fab for Christmas time though!

I'm so pleased with the finish, my nails look incredibly shiny and feel really strong. It's been four days and they have yet to chip. I can't yet say if they last the full two weeks but if they last one with minimal chipping I'll be impressed. There's a wide range of colours available to purchase separately at £15 each but there is a £3 off voucher in the starter kit.

Until tomorrow the SensatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit is Boots' Star Christmas Gift meaning it's over 50% off and costs just £50 instead of it's RRP of £110! I'd 100% recommend picking this up at this bargain price especially as you can get 20 manicures from the kit. It would make an amazing Christmas present or even better treat to yourself!

Have you tried SensatioNails?
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