22.12.16

Charlotte Tilbury 'Quick N Easy' 5 Minute Makeup Kits

Whilst Christmas is a magical time of year it can also be pretty draining. With plenty of festive hangovers, over-eating and shopping until we drop, it’s no wonder we’re all feeling pretty shattered as we head towards the end of 2016! This, added to those cold and miserable dark, winter mornings makes getting out of bed so much more difficult at the moment! Luckily for us, I've caught wind of a new launch that promises to save us time in the mornings – Charlotte Tilbury’s Quick N’ Easy 5-minute makeup looks! 

With four grab n’ go easy-to-choose and easy-to-use makeup kits, two for the day and two for the evening, this could be just what you need as your January pick-me-up! The aim of the kit is to enhance what nature naturally gave you, so whether it be on the way to work or whilst parked up outside the school, each kit contains some of CT’s bestsellers that will completely transform your look in just 5 minutes. You don’t even need your beauty blender! 

The World’s number 1 makeup artist said “Inspired by the off-duty, 5 minute, celebrity quick-kits that I curated to help stars maintain their red carpet statement and natural glowing day looks on their own and on-the go, this quick and easy makeup magic will make all the difference to your day, because when YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD. It’s a 5-minute face and mind makeover for wherever, whenever.”


Packaging
I was instantly drawn to the packaging! I’m a huge fan of clear PVC makeup bags as they allow you to locate your beauty products in an instant, I lack patience therefore rummaging around a makeup bag aimlessly searching for a brow pencil is only going to cause me distress - PVC bags are practical, but are they attractive? No! However, somehow, Charlotte has managed to transform cheap to chic (no idea how she does it!). The brands signature rose gold and night crimson colours instantly add an edge of luxury - I’m in love!

Let’s have a look at the fabulous four:

Natural Glowing Look – For Instant Radiance

Set includes:

Face: Mini Wonderglow, 15ml

Eyes: Legendary Lashes Mascara & Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze

Lip: Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

Cheek: Beach Stick in Moon Beach

Daytime Chic Look – For Instant Polish
Set includes:

Face: Mini Wonderglow, 15ml

Eyes: Legendary Lashes Mascara & Classic Eye Liner in Audrey

Cheek: Beach Stick in Formentera

Red Carpet Party - For Instant Glamour
Set includes:
Face: Mini Wonderglow, 15ml

Eyes: Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Liner in Barbarella Brown

Lip: Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss ‘N’ Tell & Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red

Smokey Evening Eye - For Instant Cool
Set includes:

Eyes: Colour Chameleon in Black Diamonds, Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Liner in Bedroom Black & Legendary Lashes Mascara

Lip: K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink

Launching in early 2017, The 'Quick N Easy' kits will retail at £55. Available online and in Charlotte's flagship store in Covent Garden.
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19.12.16

The 40 Makeup/Beauty Questions TAG

QUESTIONS:

1. Brows. Pluck, thread or wax?

2. Best product to fade acne marks?

3. Best fake tan?

4. How many times a day do you wash your face?

5. Do you exfoliate?

6. Light, medium or full coverage foundation?

7. Do you know your undertone?

8. All time favourite classic beauty product?

9. Do you order makeup on eBay?

10. Would you leave the house without makeup on?

11. Desert Island Essential?

12. Favourite drugstore/highstreet makeup brand?

13. What do you use on your hair?

14. What skin-type do you have?

15. First makeup item ever purchased?

16. Best new product of 2016?

17. Worst new product of 2016?

18. Do you use eye cream?

19. Botox or grow old gracefully? 

20. Beauty trick or hack?

QUICK-FIRE ROUND

1. Favourite tool for foundation application?

2. Favourite makeup brush?

3. Favourite hand cream? 

4. Favourite makeup primer?

5. Favourite finishing powder?

6. Favourite makeup brand?

7. Favourite moisturiser?

8. Favourite Concealer?

9. Favourite sun-screen?

10. Favourite brow pencil?

11. Favourite cleanser?

12. Favourite scent?

13. Beauty icon?

14. Favourite bronzer?

15. Favourite makeup setting spray?

16. Favourite beauty supplement?

17. Favourite beauty book?

18. Favourite beauty magazine?

19. Favourite beauty guru?

20. Favourite blemish-buster?

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13.11.16

These Male Beauty Vloggers Have Some Powerful Words On Why Makeup Is For Everyone


 Huffington Post: Building Modern Men

Male beauty bloggers and vloggers in the UK are a rising force to be reckoned with - collaborating with some of the biggest brands, fronting foundation campaigns and racking up millions of fans.

As the New York Times put it, ‘beauty boys’ the world over are giving the cosmetics industry a much-needed makeover, smashing down the illusion that makeup is simply a fix for women’s flaws.

As part of our Building Modern Men project, The Huffington Post UK spoke to three of Britain’s top men’s beauty vloggers who revealed in their own words what makeup means to them, and why it really is for everyone.


Click here to read full article.


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#MakeupIsGenderless: Confronting the Stigma Behind Male Beauty


Entity Mag Feature

But times are changing and with them are the preconceived notions of who is allowed to wear what. Enter YouTuber The Beauty Boy, who began a now-viral campaign through the hashtag #MakeupIsGenderless. Alongside a before-and-after makeup selfie on Instagram, the social media star wrote, “Our sex should be completely irrelevant. I honestly believe make-up can change certain individuals’ lives. It enables you to put your best face forward, and this means that people suffering from acne, scarring, rosacea, pigmentation, birthmarks, vitiligo and many other conditions can use make-up just to feel ‘normal.’”

In a world where confidence about one’s appearance contributes greatly to one’s quality of life, removing the gender of makeup has the potential to greatly increase men’s satisfaction with their body image.


Click here to read full article.
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3.11.16

Christmas 2016 Beauty Launches Sneak Peak and Gift Guide

TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY
Products Featured:
Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe Collection
Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look In A Clutch
Magical Mini Brush Set
Matte Revolution Mini Lipstick Charms
Benefit B.Right On Girl
Benefit Dolly Darling
Clarins The Essentials Palette 2016 Edition
Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit Cologne
Makeup Forever MUFE Artistic Essentials
Makeup Forever MUFE Eye Must-Haves
The Body Shop The Iconic Collection
The Body Shop Spiced Apple Collection
Burts Bee's Ginger Spice and more festive goodness..
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22.10.16

The Body Shop's 2016 #WILD Christmas Collection

If you’re looking for something a bit #WILD this Christmas then stop what you’re doing and get a load of this! The Body Shop have launched their fierce new festive collection which is set to be a roaring success! In celebration of their 40th anniversary and dedication to campaigning against animal testing, this collection moves away from the more traditional items we’ve seen on the blog recently and focuses on the incredibly hard work that The Body Shop are doing to protect endangered animals across the world.

Following on from the introduction of Reggie the red-shanked douc, this summer, the Body Shop are continuing to protect endangered animals in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia by building a bio-bridge - a corridor of natural habit to prevent threatened wildlife populations being cut off. This will allow an opportunity to reconnect damaged habitats to make sure that animals, like Reggie, can meet their match! So how can we all help? For every specially selected gift you buy this Christmas, The Body Shop restore 1 square metre of rainforest! Incredible!


Packaging

It’s totally roar-some and completely fits the theme. It’s wild with colour, bold and extremely jungle-like. The boxes and bags look really substantial and expensive which is what we all look for when searching for the perfect Christmas gift, right? 


Personalised Body Butters £14/£28
As part of their anniversary and campaign celebrations, The Body Shop have given their most iconic product a makeover. Research shows that 48% of people like to give a personalised gift at Christmas and as a result, the Body Butter is now available to personalise as you wish! They’re all so cute though, it’s difficult to know which animal to choose! 
*The personalised Body Butter is only available in selected stores so just pop on the website to find out if your nearest store is taking part*  

Festive Specials
There are some extremely exciting, limited-edition, gift sets to get your paws on this year too! Everything from candles, hand creams and body butters to bath foams and shower gels, all available in the following scents:
Frosted Berries
A fantastic blend of juicy berries with incredibly fresh notes of cranberries, blackcurrant and raspberry with white flowers, creamy praline and sweet vanilla. Have a very berry Christmas!
Vanilla Chai
An incredibly warm and rich scent with creamy milk, vanilla and notes of cinnamon, cardamom and brown sugar! Your skin will definitely thank you for this! 
Spiced Apple
My personal fave - A totally festive and delicious scent with an aroma of freshly baked apples, crisp orange and white flowers, warmed with cinnamon. 

The Iconic Collection, £85
Jam-packed with their most iconic and best-selling products, the Iconic collection is a real celebration of The Body Shop's 40th Anniversary. This is the ULTIMATE gift for ANY beauty lover! 

The Iconic Collection includes:
  • Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel
  • British Rose Instant Glow Body Essence
  • Mango Body Scrub
  • Shea Body Butter
  • Almond Hand & Nail Cream
  • Lip & Cheek Stain in Pink Hibiscus
  • Smoky Eye Definer in Black
  • Vitamin E Moisture Cream
  • Drops of Youth, Youth Concentrate
  • Oils of Life, Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream
  • Recipes of Nature, Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

If this is a bit out of your price range then don’t worry, as there’s also a mini version of the iconic set for £40.

Bloomin’ Wild British Rose £35
Pretty in pink! This set, which promises a head-to-toe glow, is presented in an incredibly GLAM and reusable gift box and includes:
  • British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
  • British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter
  • British Rose Instant Glow Body Essence
  • British Rose Petal Soft Bath Foam

Strawberry Bauble & Gift £18
Here’s something for the strawberry lovers amongst us! A fruity gift set full of juicy surprises, with a bauble that doubles-up as a Christmas tree decoration! 

This set includes:
  • Strawberry Shower Gel
  • Strawberry Body Butter 
  • Strawberry Body Polish
  • Strawberry Soap
  • Red Bath Lily
  • Butter Bauble Strawberry (includes a mini body and lip butter!)

Limited Edition Make-Up
No Christmas launch is complete without a little something for the festive party goers! The following amazing limited edition exclusives are available to ensure your beauty game is on point this year. 
Rock the night, £15
The fierce ‘gal about town’ look.
  • New limited-edition Rock the Night Eyeshadow Quad
  • Cairo Granite Eye Colour Stick
  • Sydney Amaryllis Matte Lip Liquid
  • Limited-edition Red Bellious Nail Polish
Go for Gold, £15
The ultimate wild-girl sparkle.
  • New Limited-edition Go for Gold Eyeshadow Quad
  • Limited-edition Gold Foils Nail Polish
  • Nevada Gold Eye Colour Stick
  • Mauritius Dahlia Matte Lip Liquid
A True Romance, £15
The wild, untamed look.
  • New Limited-edition A True Romance Eyeshadow Quad
  • Siberian Quartz Eye Colour Stick
  • Taipei Orchid Matte Lip Liquid
  • Plum Addict limited edition Nail Polish
The make-up collection will launch on the 1st November and the rest of the collection is available in stores now!
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19.10.16

The Transformative Power of Men in Makeup


The New York Times Feature

Skelotim is one of a handful of young men who have primped and preened their way into the female-centric world of Instagram and YouTube makeup artistry. Angel Merino (1.2 million Instagram followers), a celebrity makeup artist, rocks glam, high-gloss looks and possesses an almost supernatural grasp of flattering camera angles. Jake-Jamie Ward, YouTube’s 24-year-old Beauty Boy, favors a more naturalistic approach; his popular video primer “Makeup for Men” includes tips on blemish concealing and beard navigation.

Click here to read full article.
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7.10.16

September/October Favourites - New Beauty Launches!

The last couple of months has seen some incredible new beauty launches, it's been pretty impossible to keep up! 

Here's a round-up (of just some) of my ULTIMATE summer FAVES:


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15 Makeup Tools Beauty Bloggers Can’t Live Without


Glamour Magazine Feature

Beauty bloggers and YouTubers are known for their unflinching—and often hilarious—honesty when it comes to the good, the bad, and the products that are actually worth splurging on. So, who better to consult on brushes and tools, quite possibly the most confusing beauty category of all time? Here, a few of the Internet’s favorite faces share the sponges, curlers, and contouring brushes that are always in their kits. Take notes!

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28.9.16

Interview: Mikey Phillips, Celebrity MUA.


"I have been known to turn a pimple into a beauty spot." Mikey Phillips.

Incredibly talented, hardworking, and genuinely lovely - these are just a few words that I would use to describe Mikey Phillips, celebrity makeup artist to the stars of today. 

Credited with glamming the likes Charlotte Crosby, Ferne McCann, Vicky Pattison, Sam Bailey, Billie Faiers, Sam Faiers, Binky Felstead, Danielle Armstrong, Georgia Kousoulou, Pete Wicks, Amy Childs, Bianca Gascoigne and so many more - It’s fair to say Mr Phillips knows a thing or two about beauty.

Dedicated to making the world look beautiful, he literally works every hour that God sends. I call him SuperMUA, the machine of makeup, as I genuinely believe he possesses some kind of superhuman powers.

In demand, 12 years of sheer determination has seen this self-taught glam guru rise into one of our generations leading male makeup artists.

Mikey’s story is inspiring, with no formal beauty-based qualifications he has proved if you work hard, dream big (and be nice!) absolutely anything is possible.

I caught up with the man himself to talk backstage secrets, divas, and dreams for the future.




"Bobbi Brown is a classic brand that does a lot of products really well!" Mikey Phillips.

Who was your first EVER celebrity client?

My first ever Celebrity client was Amy Childs! I literally met Amy in her salon and convinced her I needed to do her makeup .... I've now been working with Amy for over 5 years.


Do you get star-struck when meeting new celebrity clients for the very first time?

I don't get star-struck but even more embarrassing ... Say it was a musical artist ... I literally start humming and singing their songs whilst I'm glamming them! Good job they find it hilarious!

Ever had to deal with a diva? 

Worst person I've ever had to work with was a TOWIE star who literally thinks she's bigger than Beyoncé! It was the worst 8 hours I've ever had to go through, she even made me cry!

Favourite shoot of all time?


Oooo that's a hard one .... There have been so many ... But one that stands out would be Binky Felstead for the cover of FHM .... Binky is a regular of mine but this shoot was a little risqué and we really saw Binky looking very sexy and glam and very different to her usual look. We also worked in an Amazing location with an incredible photographer.

Past or Present - If you could paint any face in the world, who would you pick?

Easy! It's KYLIE! I've been obsessed with Kylie Minogue since I was 11 years old! I still think she is the most beautiful woman on the planet!

If you could ONLY have 1 item in your makeup kit - what would you choose?

I can't choose! But if I had 1 versatile product it would be a concealer. I could use it to brighten, perfect and highlight at least :)

Committed any beauty blunders?

God yes, and I will hold my hands up! I've fallen victim to the dreaded HD powder being picked up on the red carpet with a flash - leaving my celebrity client with two massive white triangles under her eyes! It happens to the best of us!

If you could be in anybody shoes for the day, who would it be and why?

Definitely Kylie's makeup artist Christian Vermaak. I would love to see how Kylie is to work with and how he glams her! She always looks incredible and that would be a dream come true!
Kylie Minogue and Christian Vermaak. Image Credit: @mrvermaak Instagram.
If you could learn any new skill, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to do box braids! The Kardashians have made them so popular and I just haven't mastered them yet!

A beauty product that doesn't exist, but you wish it did?

I would love a waterproof foundation that gives you a flawless coverage and a glow ... But that you could also use it on your body! MAC face and body is good but this would be a super charged version!

Favourite makeup brand?


Hard to choose one as I have so many products, from pretty much every brand ... But I think Bobbi Brown is a classic brand that does a lot of products really well !! Amazing foundations, powders, bronzers... Gel liners the list goes on ...

What are your top five makeup brushes?

Ooooo love MAC 217, Bobbi Brown Blending Brush, Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt, Real Techniques Contour Brush, and Rodial the Foundation Brush. 
L: Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush R: MAC 217 Brush
A client arrives with a huge pimple, how do you approach the pesky zit?

Hmmmm it doesn't freak me out and I have been known to turn it into a beauty spot!!! I wouldn't cake it in makeup I would do a statement eye or lip to detract from it.

Skincare saviour?

Rodial!! I'm obsessed with pretty much everything they do but especially the Dragons Blood range, I also Love Zelens!
Rodial Dragons Blood Range
Celebrity Crush?

Probably my original crush ... Tom Cruise! You can't beat him in Cocktail or Top Gun!

A few glasses of wine with friends or a crazy night out?


My favourite night out would be dinner with processcco and a few cocktails followed by a west end show or concert.

X Factor or The Voice?

Urghhhh neither - I prefer a good Netflix binge! These shows are so fake!

Song you’re obsessed with?

Sia "Chandelier" !! It's always in my head, as is Kylie's "Slow".

Favourite Movie of all time?

This is too tough! Dirty Dancing, Grease, Bridesmaids - don't make me choose!

Dreams for the future?

I would love to have some of my own products! I've actually started working on ideas and concepts! It won't be a full range but just some key AMAZING products! Aside from that, I love what I do and feel lucky that I do a job I love, so it never feels like work.

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Benefit 2016 Christmas Collection & Advent Calendar

The launch of all these amazing Christmas collections has left us feeling totally spoilt, but one brand we’ve all been desperate to hear about is the King of Christmas gift sets itself, Benefit! Well, my loyal Benebabes, the wait is finally over as I have all you need to know about their amazing 2016 collection, which is set to turn heads!

The collection includes a whole range of makeup for the face, lips and eyes and comes in 10 super-quirky styles, filled with a mix of best sellers and some never-before-seen exclusives. The theme is so eye-catching - it reminds me of those cute, little Russian dolls (you know, the doll-in-a-doll). It’s really unique and incredibly fun, the little characters bring a real sense of the 90’s to the collection - I can’t help but smile when I see them!

Sometimes products can look great in photos but end up being such a disappointment in real life, but this certainly isn’t the case here - I think this collection actually looks BETTER in person! They are so aesthetically pleasing to my beauty-loving eyes!

I’ve received two preview samples and I have to say, I’m really impressed – they definitely get a big thumbs up from me. The tins are also a great keepsake – I know I’ll be filling mine with cheat-night biscuit treats! They’re great value for money too, by purchasing a set you could save over 50% of what you’d spend if you were to buy each of the items individually! Benefit have definitely pulled it out of the festive bag again once again!

Originally these weren’t due to hit shelves until the start of November, but Christmas has come early as they are available Nationwide NOW! 


Let the unwrapping commence…

Blushin’ Babe, £29.50 (worth £97.80!)


The image of the Blushin’ Babe on the front of this packaging, which opens out in a book-like fashion, says it all! A blushin’ marvellous kit that will get you ready for absolutely any occasion, which includes:
  • Five fabulous box o’ powders - Hoola, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, Coralista and Rockateur
  • They’re real! Mini eyeliner and mascara in beyond black
  • A mini watts Up! cream highlighter

Gals Just Wanna Have Fun, £29.50 (worth £42.10) Exclusive to Boots


Here come the girls! You’ll have some fun with this makeup kit for long lashes, full brows and rosy cheeks, presented in an easy grab-and-go layout! The character on the packaging just screams fun, which is exactly what this set is!

For the cheeks you have absolutely everything you need in prep for the festive party season:

  • Three mini longwear powder shadows in Nude Swings, Gilt-y Pleasure and Kiss me, I’m Rosy
  • A mini Benetint
  • Hoola cream highlighter
  • Benefit Powder Brush
For the lashes we have the mini They’re real! Mascara in beyond black which is actually repeated quite a lot across this collection as a whole!

For those gorgeous full brows we have the NEW gimme brow in shade 3, along with a hard-angled brush!

It’s a Gals World! £29.50 (worth £36.53) Exclusive to Debenhams


An incredibly sexy kit for complexion, lashes and eyes. The pouting girl on the front makes me think of confidence - something you’ll never lack in with this Glam Slam which includes:
  • The world famous They’re real! mini eyeliner and mascara in beyond black
  • Four mini longwear powder shadows in Quick Look Busy!, It’s Complicated, Thanks a Latte and Call my Buff.
  • An incredibly slick looking double-ended sponge applicator
  • A mini POREfessional – one of the UK’s best-selling oil-free face primer which minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines! 

Girl O’Clock Rock, £34.50 (worth £68.46) Exclusive to Debenhams


No set is complete without an advent calendar! This one has quite a musical theme and opens out in a book-like fashion, with 12 bestselling minis hidden behind each of the doors. For anyone wanting to keep this one a surprise, you might want to scroll on to the next item, as I’m about to reveal all:
  • It’s Potent! eye cream 
  • They’re real! mascara in beyond black
  • BADgal lash - mini
  • They’re real! remover - mini
  • Dandelion - mini
  • Hoola - mini
  • High Beam - mini
  • POREfessional - mini
  • Ultra-plush lip gloss
  • Lollibob -mini
  • Posietint - mini
  • Benetint - mini

Kissy Missy, £24.50

A kiss-proof lip kit with everything you need for a good old festive smooch! The image on the front of the package is a very cheeky-looking, pink-haired pouter! With a similar layout to other sets in the collection, the lid opens and closes to reveal four striking items for the lips including:
  • An exclusive preview of the They’re real! double the lip, in Pink Thrills and Revved-Up Red!
  • A mini Benetint lip stain 
  • A mini Lollitint lip stain

Girl-a-Rama, £29.50 (worth £42.17)

Complete kit for the face, lips and eyes! All you need to achieve big, sexy eyes! The Girl-a-rama character looks quirky and adventurous which is the sense I’m getting from this set:

  • A full-sized NEW They’re real! duo shadow, in brazen bronze with a custom shadow blender
  • Some popular items we’re starting to see across the whole collection now including a mini POREfessional face primer and a mini Benetint lip and cheek stain.
  • A Coralista / Rockateur split pan
  • A powder brush
  • A mini roller lash in black
  • Some signature tips and tricks!

Girls Gone Wow! £39.50 (worth £76.87)


This definitely has the WOW factor for those looking for long lashes, the smoothest of skin and rosy cheeks. Presented in a collectible doll-head tin, this set is different to anything we’ve seen so far and the character on the front is totally spexy, smart and sophisticated!

Although the contents are pretty much a repeat of what we’ve already seen, with this set we can get our hands on some FULL-SIZED products….

  • They’re real! mascara in beyond black
  • The POREfessional
  • Gimme Brow in Shade 03
They’ve also thrown in a couple more minis for good measure too:

  • Benetint
  • They’re real! mink-brown tinted primer

Girlesque, £44.50 (worth £75.34)


The girl with the cheeky wink is definitely showing us how to Girlesque with this show-stopping set for long lashes, rosy cheeks and smooth, sun-kissed skin. The four treats hidden inside this sexy set are:
  • A full-sized They’re real! mascara in beyond black
  • A full-sized POREfessional
  • A full-sized Hoola
  • A mini Benetint

Dolly Darling, £44.50 (worth £73.67)


The Dolly Darling set gives you everything you need from full brows to a perfect, bronzed complexion. Another adorable doll-head tin with a flirty, pink-haired character - get yourself all dolled up this Christmas! This set comes with the following Benefit classics:

  • A full-sized roller lash, in black
  • A full-sized POREfessional
  • A full-sized Hoola
  • A mini Gimme Brow in Shade 03

B.Right! On girl!, £29.50 (worth £49.68)


Give the gift of radiance with this set of skincare problem solvers! Unlike this character, you won’t need to hide behind YOUR Masquerade mask once you’ve got a load of this:
  • A full-sized total moisture facial cream
  • A mini POREfessional
  • A mini instant comeback facial serum – to protect against visible signs of aging!
  • A mini Firm it up! eye serum – to help tighten and brighten the delicate skin around your eyes!
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22.9.16

Zoella Lifestyle & 2016 Christmas Collection

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that the Queen of YouTube, Zoella, has made quite a name for herself over the past few years. Not only is she one of the world’s most famous vloggers with over 11 million subscribers, she also has a best-selling novel and a hugely successful beauty range under her belt too. Now, Zoella is really putting her stamp on the beauty industry with the launch of her new (and absolutely HUGE!) Autumn/Winter 2016 collection! Who’s excited?

Zoella has been keeping the collection under wraps for the past year and has been secretly working hard to develop the range – I don’t know where she finds the time! It’s clear to see that Zoella has spent a huge amount of time perfecting the products and even fooled fans by sneakily including some of the items in her recent videos, without them even realising! The collection is jam-packed full of lifestyle treats and some really exciting Christmas pieces, from luxury home essentials to the perfect crimbo gift set. 


Let’s discover some of my personal favourites from the collection and ‘step inside the extraordinary’..

Lazy Days Set, £16

Appropriately named, this set includes a linen and cotton-scented candle and a soft sock set, perfect for those lazy duvet days!

Warm Hands, Warm Heart Set, £14
Ok, so the duvet day is over and you actually need to leave the house. Why not take the comfort outdoors with this ‘topped with cream and sprinkles’ travel mug and adorable knitted fingerless gloves set? Perfect for those cold, winter mornings!

Pottering Around, £10
These adorable decorative storage pots can be used for absolutely anything; plants, makeup brushes, pens and pencils… There are two to choose from; Blooming Marvellous which comes in Rose Gold and Pick Me which has a marble design – a massive trend for 2016!

Naps Fix Everything, £12
We all need a bit of time-out! The Naps Fix Everything pillow is for those ‘just 5 minutes’ moments.

Candle and Diffuser Collection, £10/£12
Included in the collection are a number of scented candles, personally named by Zoella herself! I love the unique design of each box – they open to reveal a hidden picture that really tells you the story behind the fragrance.

Daisy picking: a scent of fresh meadows, allowing you to keep hold of those summer memories for a little while longer!

Lazy Day: which is the candle included in the Lazy Days gift set, mentioned above. Ooh, so clean!

Seaside Stroll: a scent of fresh air and ocean mist – oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Gingerbread Village: it doesn’t get more Christmassy than this – a sweet and spicy fragrance with scents of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. All we need now is a mince pie!

My Eden: a floral scent and one of Zoella’s favourites, inspired by the smell of her Mum’s Wiltshire garden, also available in a gift set!

Homemade Treats: a scent of indulgent home-baked cupcakes – good enough to eat! Sadly, only available in the diffuser at the moment!

Deck the Baubles, £6
Time to get festive! This is a bauble with a twist, filled with spicy gingerbread and warm vanilla bubble bath – perfect for those cold and dark winter evenings!

Just Crackers, £12
A box of cute Zoella crackers with adorable miniature beauty gifts inside! Keep it as a treat or bring it to the table to add some extra festive fun to your Christmas dinner!

Gingerbread Fragrance Set, £12
A brand new, limited edition ‘bake my day’ fragrance with a whipped gingerbread body cream. Sounds gorge!

Gingerbread Fizz Trio


Snap, Fizz and Relax with these cute gingerbread fizz bars. Almost too cute to destroy - snap each of the bars in two and place in the tub for the ultimate bathing experience.

Pamper Hamper, £50
It’s not Christmas without a hamper and this has all you need for a bit of festive indulgence. Exclusive to Superdrug, it’s stuffed full of amazing items including a frothy shower glaze, moisturising body cream, conditioning hand cream, a scented fizz bar and some relaxing bath salts, all presented in a wicker hamper that can be used over and over again. Zoella has even thrown in a cute little purse too!

The Lifestyle Collection launched in Superdrug this week and the full collection should be available by the end of the month.


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13.9.16

Jo Malone 2016 Christmas Collection - The Scented World Of Christmas Wonder.

With so many exciting collections being released this Christmas, it’s difficult to even know where to begin! Well guys, that decision is about to get even harder as I’ve got details of another fab launch to throw into the mix - it’s one we’ve all been desperate to hear about.

Luxury brand, Jo Malone, invites you into the scented world of Christmas wonder as they reveal their phenomenal new collection! The range is made up of some amazing BRAND NEW products, along with the return of some old favourites which will be available in a super-slick Christmas style. They’ve gone all out this year and we can expect candles, colognes, creams and Christmas crackers, all presented in a striking and sophisticated gold and black harlequin print, complete with a matching bow! What’s great is that there’s definitely something here for everyone!

The collection is absolutely huge with so much to choose from - I could really talk for days, so I’m just going to highlight a few of my personal favs!

Orange Bitters Cologne £90


First up is the Orange Bitters Cologne which forms part of the Bitters Collection. It’s a brand new scent and the first ever Christmas cologne from Jo Malone. It’s an infusion of sweet orange and fresh mandarin with a bitter twist, presented in a jazzy-looking checked print bottle which follows the same design as the whole collection. It’s a limited edition cologne which is set to be a very popular choice this year.

Orange Bitters Christmas Candle £120

Worried you can’t get enough of the cologne then fear not, as the scent is also available in a candle. The Orange Bitters Candle comes in a slick, reusable ceramic pot. Whilst it’s a bit pricey, it’s a 420g candle so will last a pretty long time. The scent contrast also means that this candle is not just for Christmas and would be suitable right through to Spring. I have a feeling this is going to be on a lot of people’s Christmas list!

Scented Ceramic Christmas Ornament £32


Are you always left with an empty spot on the Christmas tree that you just can’t work out how to fill? Or just fancy a new luxury decoration? This Pine & Eucalyptus Christmas Ornament is 100% the answer. The festive scent will completely fill the room to give a real Christmassy vibe – let the festivities begin!

Christmas Ornament £22
The Christmas Ornament includes a really cute Peony & Blush Suede Cologne and a Grapefruit Body Crème. Wrapped in a gorgeous prism-shaped box, it’s a great value item which is sure to be a big hit.

Miniature Candle Collection, £66

I absolutely adore this Miniature Candle Collection which is made up of 5 miniature candles and presented in a magical carousel-like box. Jo Malone has carefully selected the scents here as it includes some of our absolute favourites including Pomegranate Noir, Peony & Blush Suede, Green Tomato Leaf, Sweet Almond & Macaroon and Frosted Cherry & Clove.

Christmas Cracker £33
Fed up of pulling crackers just to find fake moustaches, tiny plastic combs and oversized paperclips inside? Your luck is about to change… Pick up Jo Malone’s Christmas Cracker where you’re guaranteed to find something gorgeous inside, including a Basil & Neroli Cologne, Blackberry & Bay Body and Hand wash and a Mimosa & Cardamom Body Crème.

Giant Christmas Cracker £206
Fancy something even more extravagant? Why not opt for the GIANT version which is the ultimate cracker experience. The giant cracker includes a 100ml Cologne, a 175ml Body Crème, a 200g candle and a 250ml Body and Hand wash, all completely of your own choice so it can be totally personalised – Merry Christmas! 

Available in stores and online from November. 
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