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Last Minute Gifts from World Duty Free

This weekend will see the highest levels of passengers passing through the airports to take flights over the world to see family and friends. I love the week before Christmas where every sensation feels heightened and the excitement starts building. I’ve been indulging all month and I’ve been out a lot but now it’s time to get those last minute gifts. It’s a good job that World Duty Free has an incredible selection of products in major UK airports, so if you have missed a gift opportunity, heading through duty free will see you right. I’ve put together some fab bits that any makeup and beauty lover would love to receive for Christmas.

I spoke about the Replica by Maison Margiela fragrances previously but I couldn’t not include this gorgeous range within this post. Whilst I only have two fragrances at the moment, my need for By The Fireplace is growing stronger the more I think about it. The range is small yet perfectly formed and each scent transports you back to a memory, a thought and a feeling. It’s such a wonderful collection.

I don’t feel that an airport visit would be complete without a trip to the Jo Malone store. Before you purchase your new fragrance, you can treat yourself to some jet set beauty with a complimentary arm massage and a lesson on fragrance layering. It was within Jo Malone Manchester T1 that I discovered that whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of Honeysuckle and Davana to begin with, when layered with English Pear and Freesia it creates the most wonderful warming and sparkling floral scent.

I love to pick up new skincare when passing through the airport as the duty free price makes my favourite skincare brand Elemis become very attractively priced. I am obsessed with the Pro Collagen Marine Cream and the Pro Collagen Perfection Set is such good value for both a day cream, night cream and a sachet of hydra gel eye masks. I would be over the moon to receive Elemis for Christmas.

The team at Clinique would love to welcome you to try the brand new Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly and I would definitely recommend you to have five or ten minute consultation to see just what your skin needs. The newest launch from Clinique has really made an impact on my day to day routine and I am really enjoying how the jelly is combating this cold weather to keep my skin feeling plumped up and moisturised. It’s a must for your shopping basket.

I’ve been spoilt for choice whilst browsing the aisles of World Duty Free so I’m sure you’d be able to find last minute presents with ease. Not only will you find a large selection of Christmas gift sets but you can pick up individual items to complete collections and make that special someone smile. I have got my hands on a few items that I have been saving for this time of year.

For New Years Eve, I picked up the Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow in Space Cowboy. The sparkliest, diamond dust shine without any glitter fragments, this will look incredible for a sexy and sophisticated reflective look. So subtle but packs one hell of a punch. Another product that has been saved for NYE is the Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine Gloss is SPL. Mega glossy, super volume, intense sparkle with a peppermint kick. Another product that I am living for.

Also from Urban Decay, the much loved and well hyped Born To Run palette. I think that this palette is insanely good and with the shades within it, there is no reason that you should need any other palette. I have been saving this for the New Year so I can give it all the love it deserves however I’ve tentatively took the step into its creamy and buttery shadow goodness and I have to say that I have been very impressed. At just £35 for a 21 pan palette with every colour you could ever need, you would be a fool to not pick it up.

Moving into 2019, the colour of the year will be Living Coral, that gloriously fun and fresh pink orange shade that is so flattering on many skintones. It appears that I must have had an inkling on this back in September as I picked up a lipstick ready for spring and chose YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 52. The actual embodiment of the Living Coral, this shade is to die for!

I am trying to keep a more slimline lip wardrobe but when I come across beautiful velvet lip formulations like the Armani Lip Maestro, I just can’t help but want the full set. Shades 500; a mauve tinted pink and 400; The Red, they are simply the most beautiful lip shades with formulations to die for. One of the most incredibly lightweight and non drying matte finishes which wear well throughout the day and provide the perfect pout. I am obsessed.

We’ve been lucky so far with the milder weather but come January and February, we will be experiencing freezing cold days and an overloading of the central heating. I can only wear very light foundations when it’s this cold as everything cracks and flakes and generally looks awful. Now that Estee Lauder have reformulated the Double Wear Light formula with a fantastic shade range, I am living for the medium coverage, glowing luminosity and the perfect match to my skin tone.

What will you be picking up from World Duty Free this weekend?

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Last Minute Stocking Filler Ideas

This year, I have been so incredibly organised that I haven’t had any need to stress about gifting and even wrapping. I have got myself into such a relaxed state about Christmas that I have been rather blasé about everything and now I’m remembering all of the little things I need to do. If you haven’t yet put managed to get all of your gifts, I have put together a few ideas for you for products that are pretty easy to get hold of from online retailers as well as high street stores like Boots. 

Soap & Glory will always feature quite heavily for Christmas in terms of bath and body products, but have you tried the makeup before? I think it is a hugely underrated brand that has some brilliant products within the range. Many years ago, I was obsessed with Solar Powder and Archery brow pencil and they would be prominent products within my makeup bag. This year, the Soap & Glory Brow Fabulous kit has brought back memories of 2013 and my brows are living for the handy kit with everything I need for wow brows. A pair of tweezers, Archery Fibre Gel, Archery 2 in 1 Brow Pencil and Arch de Triumph brow contour pencil will make a great present for anyone who loves brows. 

Whilst you’re in Boots, why not pick up some of the fun and funky gifts from Being by Sanctuary. As a huge lover of Sanctuary Spa, I’ve really loved the products that I have tried from their younger and trendier sister brand. The Being by Sanctuary Spa Tub Goals set is possibly the cutest set with the inflatable drinks holder to use in the bath, alongside a Hibiscus and Coconut Water Bubble Bath, a Cloudberry face mask and a body puff to buff. Quite possibly one of the most tropical products I’ve ever smelt this year.  Also from Being by Sanctuary, the Salted Caramel and Macadamia Bon Bombs to drop into your bath for a wonderful experience. Would it be terrible if I kept these for myself?

Any makeup lover would be thrilled with some of the limited edition sets from Real Techniques this year. The Sleigh collection is absolutely gorgeous and the sets have all you need for your makeup. The Sleigh in It collection comes with the buffing brush which is an essential in my eyes, the fan brush for highlighting, a base shadow brush, a Miracle Complexion sponge and the cutest confetti makeup bag for storing your brushes. Add your Miracle Complexion mini sponges to the tree with the limited edition bauble which may be available in store. 

Heading into Space NK at Christmastime fills me with joy. I literally want every Christmas gift set they have from my favourite brands. This year, the Caudalie have had some great sets available both in store at Space NK and online at Caudalie. I do feel that it’s not a Christmas without new Caudalie and the Vine Body Butter set would make a great gift for me, and others who love the power of the grape. The Vine range is delightful and the hanf cream in the kit is a personal favourite of mine. For another little trinket, how about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir Bauble. I love Beauty Elixir and I am working on making sure my family and friends love it too.

Also from Space NK, the very cute and limited edition collectors edition of the Talika Lipocils. I have been a huge fan of this this product for many years and I have seen results from it over and over again. My lashes live for it and any beauty lover would love this little baby in their stocking. Long, luscious lashes just by a using Lipocils daily? I’m sold!

If you are struggling for ideas for makeup for those who like a natural look but using quality products, take a look at Studio 10 makeup at Marks and Spencer. A much loved brand in my house, I have been using Studio 10 for many years and I love the products and how well they work. This year, I have been going for a more natural base so the Studio 10 Glow-Plexion Plumping Blush and Glow-Plexion Perfect Bronze for a flawless finish. I have also fallen for the Studio 10 Lip Perfecting Balm Gloss and I would be more than happy to see this in my stocking on Christmas Day. 

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Gorgeous Gatineau Gifting

There’s a story behind how I got to know about Gatineau and it’s probably going to surprise you when I tell you that I was introduced to the brand by my glamorous Nanna, who at 76 years old has the skin of someone much younger. Introducing me to the Melatogenine collection, I was quite intrigued when I realised that they had a gommage within their collection. You rarely see a gommage these days but I do find them fun. As with all high end skin care brands, I find that around Christmastime is the best time to try them due to the great value sets that are released. In preparation fro presents, I’ve got two great sets that would make any skin lover happy. 

The first set pays homage to the love of Melatogenine and the Cleansing Set contains a supersized cleanser, my much loved gommage and a textured cleansing brush which is unlike anything I have ever used before. The 250ml Melatogenine Cleansing Cream is a really gentle cleanser but is great at removing stubborn mascara and makeup with ease and without scrubbing. It leaves skin irresistibly soft and when combined with the cleansing brush, skin feels lightly exfoliated. 

The gommage is packed full of AHA and hyaluronic acid to refresh and rejuvenate tired skin, lifting off the dead skin layers to reveal glowing new skin underneath. I love the omission of micro beads and the gommage is simply peeled off. Yes, it’s a bit messy but it is so worth it. 

The second set is the Gatineau Defi Lift set, which not only contains great products but comes in a fantastic beauty bag that is the perfect size for travelling. Inside the large suedette wash bag, a 50 ml Defi Lift Cream and Serum, as well as lip care product. I’ve been wanting to try Defi Lift for sometime as I am now seeing my skin is behaving differently. Defi Lift is targeted at those over 40 so I may be being a tad presumptuous, however the sizes within the set are ideal for me to give it a go. Defi Lift is designed to improve elasticity and add volume and plumpness back into skin that maybe loosing it’s firmness. I definitely need the volume but not so much the elasticity. The Day & Night cream is accompanied by an eye contour serum to improve dark circles and puffiness as well as a Revolumising Lip Care to repair chapped lips and attack fine lines that may be visible around the lip line. 

There are several beauty gift sets from Gatineau this year and each one gives you a really good opportunity to be able to try out the products before purchasing the full sizes. The sets are also of a really good value, and the Melatogenine Cleansing Set has impressed me a lot for the price, and with the size of the cleanser within. 

Have you tried Gatineau before? Which products are your favourite?

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Tarte Christmas at QVC UK

This summer saw the release of a gorgeous glittery and ethereal collection from Tarte, which could be found at QVC UK. I absolutely loved this collection and I have not stopped using the products. I’ve totally fallen head over heels for the Maracuja oil and the Tartelette Flirt palette has been a go to. I didn’t think that Tarte could top this summers collection but the release of the Christmas collection has given me all the feels. Flamingos? Check! Flamingos in Santa hats? Check! It’s the most incredible collection ever. 

The products featured in this blog post have been showing varying stock levels and at time of writing, the blush clutch is unfortunately out of stock. Everything else is available with delivery in time for Christmas so you can pick up some last minute gifts. 

Everyone who has tried Tarte Shape Tape has fallen in love with it’s full coverage formulation and contour/highlighting properties. I love my Shape Tape and will continue to repurchase as long as they make it. As part of the Christmas collection, Shape Tape has had a little festive revamp and comes with the most adorable flamingo charm and petite blending sponge. I must admit that the larger Tarte blending sponge that comes with Shape Tape does get disregarding in favour of my Beauty Blenders but I love the petite sponge for finer under eye blending. The charm, whilst cute, can also be removed if you so wish. 

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara at first but whilst on a mission to work through my insane collection of unopened mascaras, I gave it a whirl. It’s now safe to say that this mascara has now shot to the top of my go to list. Once I had left it to dry up slightly as I did find the formulation slightly too wet, it’s a perfect day to day mascara for long and volumised lashes. The limited edition flamingo packaging is to die for and I think this is the best packaging for a mascara that I have ever seen. 

I am so gutted that the Tarte Life of The Party clutch is out of stock. It really is one of the most gorgeous products that I have ever been lucky enough to own. You can get it direct from Tarte Cosmetics where it is currently just £22. The stunning glittery clutch opens up to reveal five Amazonian Clay face powders; three blushers, one highlighter and one bronzer. The shades are universal and would suit any skintone and they are also exclusive and limited edition shades. The bonus of the Life of The Party clutch is that you can removed the palette of shades, slip in your cashcards and essentials and take the clutch on a fabulous night out. 

Surprisingly, out of all of the gorgeous products within this collection, I have to say that I have been most impressed with the limited edition 4 piece Lip Sculptor collection. Not only are the four shades within the set so wearable but I have found them to be so comfortable to wear. The only downside of this set is that the shades are very similar, bar one, and if you aren’t someone who appreciates different tones and shades, then you would feel that the collection is too similar. For me, I can see a difference when I wear each shade and they can be changed by the addition of the lipgloss. Unusually for me, I seem to have been going for that natural look of barely there lips and the Lip Sculptors have come in so handy as of late. 

Have you ever seen such a gorgeous brush set in your life aside from the Tarte Let’s Flamingle? A five piece brush set with tropical handles, perfect pink bristles and each brush designed to to cover all areas of the face. I particularly love the blusher brush with the pineapple handle. It’s just so cute!

I couldn’t resist picking up the final piece of the collection and I swiftly added the Tarte Passport to Paradise set to my basket. I love when products are on easy pay over a few months as it almost makes it feel like you’re getting make up for free. Within the set, a 15 pan eyeshadow palette, a Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, an Amazonian Clay Blush Compact, a deluxe sized Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and a full sized Sex Kitten kohl liner. 

The eyeshadow palette shades fit beautifully with the paradise theme and the shades make you think of holidays, sun tans and pina coladas. I adore Tarte shadows and I do own several of the eyeshadow palettes but I must admit that I haven’t been too overwhelmed by this one. Whilst the shades are lovely, I find that they need quite a bit of work to pick up enough shadow and some shades are quite sheer. A good packing brush is essential. I also feel that there are too many light shades for my personal preference as they rarely get used. Whilst swatching the palette, I did start to feel like I had met this shade range before, and I think its in the form of the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette

As my love for Tarte grows stronger, I cannot wait to see what they come up with next. I’m so grateful that I can get my Tarte fix directly from QVC UK without having to have it shipped from the USA. Which products do you think you will be buying?

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La Prairie Skin Caviar at Harvey Nichols

I have reached my ultimate peak in luxury and I have been so ruined that my skin or purse will not be able to recover from this. I have not only been introduced to a brand that offers the most indulgent skincare but now I’ve taken a step into the makeup and my goodness, I am living for these products. Before taking a step forward, lets take a step back to that fateful day where I spent time with La Prairie at the brand new counter in Harvey Nichols Manchester. I’m really quite impressed with Harvey Nichols at the moment. Not only do they have the only Stila counter in Manchester but they are also home to Fenty Beauty, Chantecaille and Marc Jacobs Beauty. The beauty hall is becoming one of my most loved halls compared to other department stores in Manchester and you can often find me browsing the counters with a look of lust in my eye. The new La Prairie counter is absolutely gorgeous. Clean, sleek and indulgent, just like the products that are displayed. Having gone to visit the new counter, I spent time with the brand to learn about the ethos behind it as well as the key ingredients that La Prairie use within their incredible range. 

I didn’t realise that La Prairie dates back to 1931 where the pioneering work in cellular therapy began. This innovative research led to La Prairie being recognised for the quest for timeless beauty and the introduction of Skin Caviar, a skincare phenomenon whereby caviar and it’s rejuvenating active ingredients were used in an encapsulated system to replenish and restore the skin. The classic and now iconic Skin Caviar range has since been developed to include the White Caviar and Platinum range – the ultimate and most powerful skincare range from La Prairie. I really do enjoy discovering the brands history, and I also like to understand the different ranges available to suit my needs. 

I’ve started my journey into La Prairie with three skincare products, which I will come back and go into deeper in the new year. The main reason for this being that I haven’t been using it long enough to see results and I want to get a really good feel and understanding for the products. The skincare products that I have been using are the Skin Caviar face cream and  Skin Caviar eye cream and the Cellular Power Charge Night. From what I have tried so far, my initial thoughts are that I wished I didn’t like it because this is going to be a costly investment going forward! I can’t wait to update you shortly with my full thoughts. 

I’ve also been using the brand new launch from La Prairie, and part of the Skin Caviar range; the Essence in Foundation. The new foundation has used the cushion applicator to create a handy and handbag friendly foundation that is infused with caviar water to give a flawless complexion. I really do like the cushion technology compacts as aside from them being less messy, they also help with the control of product used. Using a sponge, a few presses on the domed net releases enough foundation to start building up a flawless and smooth base. 

The foundation itself is a sheer foundation that can be built up to a medium coverage with minimal effort. The overall effect is a beautifully clear yet enhanced skintone that is perfectly matched to my shade NC20 Peche. With the Skin Caviar essence within the liquid foundation, my skin is literally drinking it up. I’m currently in that stage where my skin is so clear and  looks the best it has been, that I am not wearing a lot of foundation. The La Prairie foundation is perfect for me at the moment where a light layer is enough for my needs. Not only is the foundation beautifully silky and lightweight to the point where you feel bare faced but with a velvety soft texture, it also contains an SPF of 25.

The foundation compact is sleek and classy, with extra attention made to keep the foundation within safe from light and air to keep it in tip top condition. It also comes with a refill for when you need to top up which is such a nice touch. It does retail for £148, which does make this the most expensive foundation that I have ever had the luxury of putting on my face, but oh my goodness, I am absolutely obsessed with it. 

Whilst the shade range isn’t massive and NC20 Peche is still a good match, I do think that when I purchase my next one, I may go slightly darker in colour as I do like a warmer skintone. And yes, I will definitely be repurchasing! 

Have you tried anything from La Prairie?

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Huda Beauty Festive Red Glitter Lip Tin

I swear that Selfridges will be the root cause of my lack of money however I am thoroughly enjoying everything that I am buying. Whilst I was having a bit of spree, I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes palette as well as this incredibly Christmassy Huda Beauty Festive Red Glitter Lip Tin. As soon as I spotted it, I knew that I had to have it. I mean, just look at it! We can forgive the bits of red glitter that are getting everywhere as this would make such a fab Christmas present for the one you love, or even for self gifting. 

Inside the glitter tin, a full sized Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Cheerleader, a mini Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cheerleader and a mini Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Saucy. On first impressions, I thought that the contents and the tin were a great price for £29 and a great way to try the brand before buying the full sized items. I have never tried Huda Beauty before so I have been more than impressed with the products inside 

The Lip Contour in Cheerleader has to be one of the nicest lip pencils that I’ve tried. Soft and creamy, it doesn’t pull or drag the skin which gives a perfect line. It also doesn’t budge and it needs a good oil based remover to remove all traces. Pretty impressive for a lip pencil indeed. 

As I’ve been a die hard fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks for so long, other brands haven’t had chance to get a look in. This will definitely change after using the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Cheerleader. Considering that most liquid matte lips can be dry, tight and flaky, I haven’t found this to be the case with the Huda Beauty. Easy to apply, with a really nicely angled doe foot applicator for precision applying, the lipstick goes on smoothly with minimal swiping. Opaque, full colour and no patchiness. It really is a dream product and now it’s got me thinking about treating myself to a few more shades. 

The Huda Beauty Lip Strobe is something else. Used to create a unique finish on any lip look, the Lip Strobe formulation of crushed pearl, shimmering iridescence and intense pigment leaves the most wonderful finish. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Saucy is a golden flecked red that takes gloss to another level.

I do prefer the red lips without the Lip Strobe but I know that as it heads into the festive season with all the parties, that I will be definitely be whipping out the Lip Strobe for maximum effect. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with these lip products and it really has set me off on a new liquid lip journey!

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Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette

Hi, my name is Anoushka and over the last three months, I have purchased several eyeshadow palettes and I am still wanting more. I’m justifying it by telling myself it’s for the blog but in reality, it’s because I am addicted to little squares of eyeshadow. Today’s palette has given me a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions if I’m being honest. I think I kind of bought it because it was pretty and I had a voucher to spend but since I got it home, I didn’t really rush the ‘let’s photograph it so I can use it’ stage. Did I really want it? Did I buy it just for the sake of it? I have finally taken some time to actually really use the Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes palette and see how I really feel about it. 

Now, this palette is out of stock everywhere online and it won’t be restocked due to it’s limited edition status, however I have noticed that at the Charlotte Tilbury counters in stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis that stock levels have been high. The new Charlotte Tilbury palette is the second limited edition 12 pan palette that has been released. I didn’t purchase the first one as I found it was a little too cool toned for my liking. The Stars in Your Eyes palette however is packed full of warm toned goodness, with a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter. For a 12 pan palette, it wasn’t cheap and retails at £60. This makes its around £20 more expensive than other mid range eyeshadows including those from Too Faced and Anastasia Beverly Hills who’s formulations I love. 

I do think that one of my issues with the palette is that it looks too similar to others that I own, including the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette that I recently bought. My thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury palette were mainly developed whilst it was sat in my spare room and not being used so now that I have actually took the plunge to get it photographed and start using it, my thoughts have changed dramatically. 

As an owner of the majority of the Charlotte Tilbury quads, I adore the formula. Silky smooth, buttery and heavily pigmented. Easy to apply, blend and build up. The pop colours have changed my simple eye to a dramatic illusion bringing the desk to disco vibe to life. The Stars in Your Eyes Palette is no different when it comes to a beautiful formulation and in turn, this cements the cost and that £60 is definitely worth it. Comparing the 12 pan to the quad palettes which retail for £39, then you can justify the price tag. 

Split into four eye looks; The Love Look, The Happy Look, The Power Look and The Confidence Look, the focus of the palette is to put light back into your eyes. Developed to be layered or as a light wash of colour, with the inclusion of sheer pops of glitter shades, this really does make it a versatile palette for all eye looks. I do feel that I didn’t give it enough love when I first bought it, because now I kicking myself in that I have left it alone and untouched for so long, when now I can’t stop reaching for it. 

When I had prepared the swatches on my arm ready for photographing, I realised just how beautiful these shades were. I am a total sucker for the deeper shades, but I also found that I was becoming drawn to the lighter shades. Whilst The Confidence Look would be the three shades I would usually reach for straight away, I surprised myself by using The Love Look as my first eye look that I created with the palette. I shock myself daily these days when I see just how my taste is changing. 

Whilst the palette plays on the four look in one palette, I think that the entire palette is a work of art when it comes to the complementary shades and the four looks has quickly become an infinite shade combination. It’s safe to say that I fallen a little bit in love with Stars in Your Eyes. I only wish that now I’ve realised just how beautiful it is, that it wasn’t a limited edition as I want these shades in my life forever more. 

*Although I purchased this myself, I did use a voucher as part payment which was kindly gifted to me by Selfridges. 

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Michael Buble By Invitation Peony Noir

After talking about how I was going to start cutting down on my perfume collection, I had gone against everything that I have mentioned by adding a further three fragrances  into the mix. I feel that I can be forgiven for one of these however as I would class it as being part of a collection and completing a set. The original fragrance from Michael Buble has been very well loved and although it was pilfered by my beautiful friend Sarah, the scent of the original now holds precious memories as it reminds me of her. Aww. Then came along Michael Buble By Invitation Rose Gold that played on the fruity floral of By Invitation but with an oriental blend and reminded me of Jimmy Choo Original. I was quite surprised to see a third member of the By Invitation family with the addition of By Invitation Peony Noir, however that surprise has been swiftly replaced with love and adoration. In my eyes, this is the nicest fragrance from the By Invitation family. 

Michael Buble By Invitation Peony Noir

Looking at the flacon design, it does differ from the previous two fragrances with the removal of the metal bracelet that was seated around the fragrance. Personally, this is a good think as I have always been unable to take By Invitation out and about with me for fear or damaging or denting the design. The new style falcon is much more sophisticated and sleeker and whilst it doesn’t have that wow effect of the original, it’s much more user friendly. 

Taking in the first spritz of By Invitation Peony Noir, I was immediately drawn to the woody notes that presented themselves above the sweet floral blend. The floral blend of rose, orange blossom and peony blend beautifully with sandalwood and cedar to create a warming, enticing and romantic scent. I do love a woody base note so this is a winner for me.  When warmed on the skin, the warming vanilla notes develop to give a rich and elegant feel. 

I do think that By Invitation Peony Noir is the most exciting fragrance of the three and whilst I do really enjoy the previous two versions, Peony Noir has hit the nail on the head for me in terms of how it makes me feel and how the scent develops on my skin. I’m enthralled by it’s beauty and it’s going to be a very well worn fragrance over the next few months. 

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Christmas 2018: Soap & Glory

After the last few years where I have put out new content every single day over the course of the festive period, I have had to make a decision this year. A decision that unfortunately means that a daily posting schedule is just not achievable and Blogmas will not be getting me down. That being said, Anoushka Loves has become the most festive place on the internet and we are kicking off the Christmas content with the brand that no Christmas is complete without. Soap & Glory, yet again have made Christmas easy with their fab gift sets and ideas, as well as a brand new scent exclusive for the festive season!

Aside from ‘The Big One’ which gets everyone excited at Christmas, Soap& Glory really do go all out with their gift sets. I particularly like how their makeup has been featured a lot more this year because I feel that it is very underrated and doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. Last year, the metallic lips were my number one whilst the brow products hold a special place in my heart, and on my dressing table. I’m really pleased to see makeup sets this year and I will get onto those further into December. 

The Soap & Glory All Spa Cast is a really good set for a lucky recipient this Christmas. Not only is it a total bargain at £20 for the set as well as being on 3 for 2 at Boots, it also contains my favorite products in cult classic Original Pink scent. Clean on Me shower gel has been with me for several years and no matter how many others I try, I always fall back to it. It’s so moisturising that I can even skip the post shower moisturising. If I need a little bit of soothing and hydration, a scoop of The Righteous Butter sorts me right now. Scrub of Your Life is another favourite of mine and it keeps my skin feeling smooth and free of dead skin cells. It’s also not abrasive and gives a great foamy exfoliating sensation when used. Two Fizz A Ball bath bombs are also included in the set, and I can’t wait to try these out. Finally, a pocket sized Hand Food to keep my winter ravaged hands feeling in tip top condition. 

Did you know that my favourite scent from Soap & Glory is Sugar Crush. This zingy fresh lime scent really perks me up and I feel that it lasts for ages on my skin. The Zest of Times set is perfect for anyone who likes a refreshing wake up in a morning or those who love that sweet lime fragrance. Inside the keepsake tin, four travel sized products and an eye mask. In the Sugar Crush scent, a body wash, body butter, body spray and hand cream and the Puffy Eye under eye gel patches, this is such a cute set for any S&G lover. 

Stocking filler presents are sorted with Soap & Glory, as they have many gifts falling into the £5 bracket including the Make Your Smooth gift set. Containing a 50ml Flake Away for super smooth skin and a 50ml The Righteous Butter, not only are these a perfect pairing for amazing skin but they are also in a handy size to take away for weekends away. 

Then I came across something that made me a little bit excited. Something new, and also limited edition which is a shame but at least it means I have something to look forward to for next years Christmas haul. Introducing the limited edition Naughty but Spice Duo with the exclusive new fragrance that smells like fruity mulled wine, I am absolutely in love with this. There are two sets available with the Naughty but Spice fragrance and I have the stocking filler set that includes a travel sized body wash as well as 50ml tub of body butter. There is another set that contains the full sized products that I will be getting before it sells out. I thought that Soap & Glory couldn’t make a more delightful scent than the new Call of Fruity but Naughty but Spice has knocked it off the top spot!

What’s your favourite S&G scent? Let me know in the comments!

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Brand Focus: Wet n Wild Beauty

It’s finally here, and accessible to all. After years or picking up bits from Target in the States and wondering when Wet n Wild will be heading to the UK, it has finally happened. Now, you may or may not have known that Wet n Wild was available on the online shopping site Beauty Bay, however I often need to see shades in the flesh before I purchase them. I cannot blind buy foundation for one as I always end up with a tone or two difference and it pains me. It’s great news that this budget beauty brand has now made it’s way into Boots in the UK, both in store and online. My local Boots store has gone all out with it’s Wet n Wild display and it has literally every product available from the range. I have been extremely lucky and have been given the opportunity to try the brands best sellers so in the sharing spirit, here are my thoughts on this fab cruelty free brand that is making waves on the UK shores. 

I was overwhelmed with the amount of products within the train case that was delivered to me. I have been in my element playing with everything and I think I have found some absolute gems within the contents. Starting with the base products, and with a product that I have not stopped using since I received it is the Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation. I was sent Desert Beige which shockingly is the darkest shade available and only slightly too warm for my skin, so I purchased a bottle of Classic Beige. Aside from the dreadful shade range, this foundation is actually the stuff that dreams are made of. For my normal combination skin, it holds in place all day and doesn’t budge. It’s medium full coverage with a demi matte finish but works well with a lighter amount for a sheerer day to day face. It doesn smell a little unusual but that’s forgivable as the finish gives you that flawless, Snapchat filtered face without having dog ears. I’ve been more than impressed with the foundation, so much so that I’m recommending it to everyone. 

The Wet N Wild CoverAll Concealer palette is also quite a handy palette to keep to hand. With four shades to conceal, cover, correct and highlight, this little colour wheel has been mainly used to rectify the dark bags under my eyes as of late. I’ve been holding everything in place with a touch of Wet N Wild Photo Focus pressed powder. I’m having a love affair with pressed and loose powder at the moment and this finely milled, silky smooth powder gives the most flawless cover with just a touch of light reflecting goodness for skin that looks filtered. 

One of Chloe from Lady Writes favourites from Wet n Wild is the MegaGlo Contouring Palette and I can see why. I don’t usually make any effort to contour on a daily basis as I don’t feel the need to be chiselled but I do like to have some shape to my cheekbones. The Dulce de Leche shade works perfectly with my skin tone whilst creating a hint of shadow. The lighter shade works well to brighten areas and it’s an all round good product. To keep everything in place, a spritz of the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray holds for hours whilst hydrating and giving the matte finish more of a dewy look. Great if you’re feeling a little over powdered. 

I’m loving peachy pink cheeks at the moment and the Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Apri-Cott in the Midd is simply perfect for me. A swish and pop on the apples of my cheeks give me the most natural flush of colour. One of the most hyped and well loved products from Wet n Wild has to be the MegaGlo Highlighter. It has been spoke about my many a blogger and I’ve had my eye on it for an age so I’m really happy to finally have it. I can confirm that it is blinding and it’s a definite for your wish lists. It’s so pigmented, soft and silky smooth with the most beautiful pearlescent shimmer that looks so pretty on the skin. It’s a winner. 

Moving onto the eyes, Wet n Wild really do make sure that you have everything you need for gorgeous peepers. From the gorgeous Wet n Wild Color Icon 10 pan palette filled with gorgeous autumal shades to the Color Icon Quads, there’s so many options for different eye makeup looks. If you are a beginner the Quad is ideal as it has a breakdown of how to use the shades. 

There’s also a huge range of mascaras to choose from including the Wet N Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof mascara which does not move anywhere. No smudging, no black under eyes and no flakiness. I really like this one. The Wet n Wild Lash Renegade has to be my favourite due to the shape of the wand. It grabs every little lash and makes me look like I have falsies on! I’m so fussy with mascara and I often find that the more budget friendly mascaras have a lot more oomph that some of the more expensive high end offerings. 

I have had the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit before, so I was pleased to see it again. The palette itself is great for the sheer fact that everything including a mirror is included. Two brow powders, a setting wax, an angled brush and mini tweezers make up the palette to give your power brows. 

I am living for the lip products from Wet n Wild. In the standard lipstick formulation, the MegaLast Lip Colours are highly pigmented, creamy and velvety, with a demi matte finish. They are so comfortable on the lips that it doesn’t feel that you are wearing anything at all. For the liquid lipstick lovers, Wet n Wild have brought Liquid Catsuit and just like the name, these beautifully smooth liquid lipsticks hug the lips without drying. In a Metallic version which is perfect for Christmas, and a MegaLast Matte lipstick, I’ve been more than impressed with these lipsticks. 

Considering that I have tried Wet n Wild in the past, I had definitely had my eyes opened to the range and what it has to offer. I can safely say that I am a huge fan right now. What’s your favourite Wet n Wild item?

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Maison Margiela Replica Fragrances

It’s become quite apparent to me that I have a slight hoarding issue and the fear of getting rid of those items that I don’t wear, use or need, just in case that I may possibly want to wear, use or need it in the future. It’s a vicious cycle that I’m really trying to break but there is one product category that I am really struggling to with and that’s my perfume collection. The thing with perfume is that it is so personal and each fragrance that I own and wear is associated to so many memories that it makes it really difficult to part with. I get upset when I’m nearing the ends of bottles so having to declutter by choice is really not a good practice for me. The memories, thoughts and feelings that are evoked from a spritz of the certain fragrance are so special, and to use a scent to transport you to past memories is a wonderful concept. Maison Margiela have done just that with their collection Replica; a collection of fragrances that tell a story with every spritz and I have fallen in love with two fragrances from their 10 fragrance strong collection. 

World Duty Free are the guys behind my newest obsession with the hottest fragrance brand at the moment, and I do not have any bad feelings about this. Back in September, I was lucky enough to be invited along to the World Duty Free airport event, and within my goody bag I found my very first Replica fragrance Beach Walk. It has only been a short period in that World Duty Free have gained Maison Margiela fragrances within their airport shopping so not only is Replica an amazing brand but you can also now get it at duty free prices before you fly off on your holiday. The Beach Walk fragrance couldn’t be more apt as an introduction to Replica and Maison Margiela, after all the airport is the best place to start your adventure towards memories of sun kissed skin and sea salted hair. I just wish that I had this to take with me to Bali back in May. 

Before I go into each fragrance, I want to touch lightly on the packaging and detailing that is so unique. Each flacon is pure and minimal, with a clear glass bottle to see the colour of the fragrance inside. Beach Walk is the colour of golden sand, whilst my second fragrance Jazz Club is the colour of a vintage malt. Very clever indeed. The labelling is also minimal but contains all you need to know about each scent. The provenance and period and the style description gives a glimpse inside but ultimately, the fragrance is speaking for itself. And speak it does, because I only had to smell Jazz Club before I fell hopelessly in love with this ultra masculine fragrance that draws so many compliments whenever I wear it. Each bottle is an Eau de Toilette at 100ml and I adore the simplistic yet luxurious design of each bottle. 

Beach Walk, as an introduction to the brand has set me off completely. Described as ‘A stroll along the ocean. Feet sink into the sand. Waves brush the skin. The sun at its zenith radiates the beach. “Beach Walk” evokes the memory of a summer day’. And that it does. I can feel myself by the ocean, the salty breeze blowing across my face into my hair. Subtle coconut tones are mixed with a sharpness of pink pepper, whilst ylang ylang, heliotrope and bergamot dance across my sunkissed skin. I can literally feel my toes in the sand and that taste of being by the sea. That is exactly how you make a fragrance and I cannot put into words just how many feelings this gives me when I wear it. 

Buying a second Replica fragrance on the same day was not intentional but again, as I was trying out the range of scents, I came across Jazz Club. Jazz Club is a male style fragrance but has beautiful notes within it that make it ideal for a female wearer. Described as memories from Brooklyn in 2013, it is a mix of heady cocktails and cigars in a Brooklyn jazz club. ‘An anthology of classic notes and coppery tones, between deep armchairs and a handful of bar stools, with subdued lighting reflected on the piano where cocktails linger, wafting their liquory notes’ is the official blurb to describe Jazz Club and it couldn’t not be more true. I am transported to those nights where we have sat in the speakeasy bars of NYC, sipping on cocktails or a short over ice. Cigar smoke optional! Again, another fragrance that immediately transported me to other times away from the mundane and boring.  Notes of pink pepper, Neroli and lemon, mingle with clary sage, vetiver and rum to bring one of the finest scents I have ever known.

Buying a second Replica fragrance on the same day was not intentional but again, as I was trying out the range of scents, I came across Jazz Club. Jazz Club is a male style fragrance but has beautiful notes within it that make it ideal for a female wearer. Described as memories from Brooklyn in 2013, it is a mix of heady cocktails and cigars in a Brooklyn jazz club. ‘An anthology of classic notes and coppery tones, between deep armchairs and a handful of bar stools, with subdued lighting reflected on the piano where cocktails linger, wafting their liquory notes’ is the official blurb to describe Jazz Club and it couldn’t not be more true. I am transported to those nights where we have sat in the speakeasy bars of NYC, sipping on cocktails or a short over ice. Cigar smoke optional! Again, another fragrance that immediately transported me to other times away from the mundane and boring.  Notes of pink pepper, Neroli and lemon, mingle with clary sage, vetiver and rum to bring one of the finest scents I have ever known.

Now that I’ve found Replica and their intense way of bottling certain memories, I think it may be slightly easier to be able to reduce my perfume collection to those fragrances that truly do mean something to me. I do feel that I also need Replica By The Fireside to add to my collection to make me really feel complete in my fragrance journey. If you aren’t heading off through World Duty Free any time soon, you can try out Replica by Maison Margiela at Harvey Nichols

What memory would you bottle up? What would it smell like?

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Erborian Bamboo Skincare

The way my skin is behaving at the moment is making me so happy. Hardly any blemishes, even skintone, minimal redness and in general, a healthy fresh glow. It’s taken quite some work to get it to a level in which I’m happy for me to feel comfortable going bare faced and I have a few secret weapons. Whilst I’m mainly using just one brand at the moment (more on that later), I’ve also been using Korean beauty brand Erborian to help me on my way. The skincare from Erborian is on another level and it focuses on perfect skin, which is exactly what I am aiming for. Using natural ingredients within it’s formulations, I’ve been more than impressed with what I have used so far. This time round, I’ve been using two products from the Erborian Bamboo range and they have changed my skin for the better. 

The Erborian Pore Minimising Powder Effect Bamboo Matte Lotion has been the one product that I have really noticed a difference in since using it. The bi-phase lotion contains a powder, and when shaken and applied to the skin, it minimises pore and leave a velvety smooth finish. The thing I have noticed most is that it’s actually relatively moisturising whilst being mattifying and isn’t drying my skin out. It’s also had an affect on the production of sebum and my oily areas are not feeling oily at all. At £29, it’s quite pricey for a lotion but for the results that I have seen, I would repurchase this over and over again. 

Another product I have been really enjoying using is the Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee at £39. It’s a cooling and refreshing gel cream which feels icy cold when applied to the skin. It’s brilliant for waking you up in the morning and is light enough to be worn under makeup. It gives a boost of energy and hydration, and feels so good on the skin after I’ve used the Bamboo lotion. 

As my skin has been looking so good, I have no need to slather on the foundation anymore. I have been adding a few drops of Erborian BB Drops to my Bamboo Creme Frappee and mixing them in before applying it to my face. The result is an evened out, flawless and fresh complexion that looks just like baby fresh skin. It does remind me of the Clinique Pep Start blurring cream and foundation drops but I find the cream to be so much more energising. It’s a great combination and works so well for me. 

The more I try from Erborian, the more I’m really finding products that are targeting my areas of concern. I think I may possibly be a convert to K Beauty thanks to Erborian!

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Brand Focus: Trinny London

Ladies, there’s a new brand in town and it’s changing the makeup bag as we know it. Trinny Woodall of What Not To Wear fame has been helping women for over 25 years with makeup and fashion advice and now she has turned her hand to launch her eponymous makeup brand; Trinny London. The campaign drive to promote Trinny London has been crazy to watch, From a pop up in Selfridges up and down the UK, to local launch parties where Trinny took the time out to speak to each and every person who attended to the numerous Instagram lives using the Trinny Tribe to showcase just how special this makeup this, I have been more than impressed. I also think that Trinny herself is delightfully bonkers and has definitely got her finger on the pulse with her new range. 

When I received my Trinny London box of products, the first thing that stood out to me was the handwritten note by Trinny herself. I do find it very heartwarming when brands are personable with not only the people they are working with, but with their customers, just like on the launch party evenings. Inviting me to be part of the #TrinnyTribe, you can use this hashtag to search on social media to see how the Match2Me works with each skin tone, hair colour and eye colour to bring shades that perfectly complement and enhance you. With my green eyes, light to medium skintone and cool blonde hair, I have had my very own stack created that will bring out my features and enhance my colouring. 

I really like the idea behind Trinny London in that you don’t need a huge amount of makeup, and that the fresh face is in. After so many years of wearing a full face of makeup each day, I am really embracing natural skin, sheer foundations and minimal makeup products so Trinny London is ideal for me for my daily face. Starting off with a light base, the Trinny London BFF Skin Perfector with SPF30 has to be one of my fave products at the moment. I love this cream for my base, and whilst it can be used underneath foundation, I am finding that once it has been buffed into my skin, I don’t need anything further. It dispenses from the tube as a pearly white cream but once buffed into the skin, it magically transforms to a Light-Medium tint that leaves skin looking fresh, even and glowy. With an online purchase, you can get a T-Pot to decant BFF into and you can keep this within your stack. 

My stack of products consists of 5 pots, all with beauty enhancing shades for different areas of the face. Starting with the eye, the EYE2EYE Eye Shadow in Empress was matched to me. I do think that this is a really good match, as although I wouldn’t usually wear such a deep chocolatey brown flecked with gold sparkles on a day to day basis, I was shocked with how well this flattered me. It made my eyes look bigger and the green really popped. It can be applied as a sheer wash of colour, or built up for a more dramatic look. Creamy, crease resistant and smudgeproof, it did hold in place all day and felt great on my eyes. I would be interested in trying shades such as Justice and Fortune as they are more in keeping with the shades I wear during the day. 

I have three lip products within my stack, one of which is the multi use LIP2CHEEK Lip and Cheek colour in Pia. A bubblegum barbie pink shade, which is very me, it looks so good when patted onto the lip for a little oomph. One of my well loved beauty tips is to use the same shade on your cheeks as you do on your lips as it draws your whole look together. I find that when I tap the same lip shade onto the apples of my cheeks, it makes everything pop!

The LIPLIGHT in Cicely is such a fab product. It looks quite dark within the pot but when I put it on my lips, its a sheer transparent base packed full of pearlescent shimmer and glitter. I’ve been having a play around and I’ve found that if I really dig into the product and smush it up a little, it gives an overload of sparkle to the lips. It can be worn over a lip product or on it’s own, and it will be my point of call over the festive period for super sparkly lips. 

Do you know when you see a lip shade that you go heart eyed emoji face over, you know it’s going to be a winner. LIPLOVE Lip Colour in Valentina did just that to me and to be honest, each time I look at it I feel very happy that it is in my possession. A scarlet ruby, love heart red, it instantly makes me feel happy and bright. On the lip, it gives a subtle metallic sheen but that red. Oh that red is just beautiful.

The final product that I have in my stack is THE RIGHT LIGHT in Starlight. Now usually, I want my highlighter to be seen from space but it’s not really appropriate for work when the sunlight is bouncing off your cheekbones and distracting others. I have been using Starlight a little more frequently than I thought I would and this subtle luminous radiance is just what I need. On my eyes, brow bone, nose, cheekbones, cupids bow – everywhere the light hits has been dabbed with a touch of Starlight and I am glowy but in that natural ‘oh she looks so happy’ kind of glow. 

Even now, after I have been using the products frequently, I’ve hardly made a dent into the each pot. A little really does go a long way and I find the formulation so easy to work with. So pigmented, yet blends seamlessly and they apply wonderfully when using your finger to keep the look natural. I’m definitely a firm member of the #TrinnyTribe and I really can’t wait to try more from the brand. Thanks Trinny!

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Too Faced Melted Matte-Tallics Liquid Lipsticks

It started with the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. A cushiony soft lipstick that was applied straight from the tube using the angled sponge tipped applicator. I loved them, and used them all the time. I do still have a few which are probably way over their life span but the colours were sensational. They started off as just Melted, then in came the Melted Chocolates and the Melted Metallics. Melted Metallic Macaron was one of my personal favourites. It was a revolution for lip products back then to have something that wasn’t just a lipstick in a traditional bullet. Tides shifted, and like a bulldozer, the matte liquid lipstick came into town, wiping out how we viewed lipstick forever more. I admit, I fell for the liquid lipstick vibe hard and I still aboard the love train. Too Faced have killed it with their Melted range, and going forward they are still bringing out versions of their classics which are hitting it out of the park. 

The Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks come in a whopping 23 shades, with the Too Faced Melted Latex Glosses later being added, with a further 16 shades. To expand the range even more, 13 shades have been developed into the Too Faced Matte-Tallic range. With the same comfortable matte formulation, the Matte-Tallics are pretty special in that they dry down into a brushed metal finish. Metallics can be viewed as being a bit scary, especially if they are too over the top and you end up looking like a robot, but the Too Faced Matte-Tallics are more subtle than in your face. Think of a liquid lip that has the staying power whilst having a rich and luxurious metallic sheen. 

With the formula having a metallic finish, I didn’t expect that it would have staying power of a standard matte lipstick however I still got a really generous wear time from it. It did wear off more in the centre of my lips which is totally normal, but on average 4-5 hours wear time was achieved. The shades that I have are Sugar Kisses; a very pale ballerina pink, You Better Work; a delicious chocolate brown and Breakup Makeup; a dusty rose with metallic sheen. 

I’m quite enamoured with the Too Faced Melted Matte-Tallics and now have been talking about the original Melted range, I’m going to try and use those up and refresh my collection!

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Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette

Good lord, this palette has caused me quite some tension recently. I called into Selfridges at the Trafford Centre and was oohing and ahhing over the stunning shades and the fact that one of the most wanted palettes of the season actually had some stock on the stand. I walked off, I didn’t even think about purchasing it and went on to buy the Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes palette. Then it happened. The magazine article that mentioned it was the biggest seller for Too Faced and that stocks were depleted and it wouldn’t be restocked. It was like a switch in my head flicked and I suddenly needed this palette more than I need anything in my entire life. I called stores, I tried to arrange for a personal shopper to organise a mail out and I set up alerts on every single retailer to warn me when it was back in stock. A chance refresh of the Debenhams page showed less than 3 remaining and into my bag it dropped. It was mine. Hurrah. Next day delivery, and before I knew it, it was safe in my hands and on my dressing table, and you know what…I’ve worn it every single day since I got it. The Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette is literally my life and I have no plans to change this at any point soon. 

I have quite the love for  the Too Faced eyeshadow palettes as I think that they are not only great value for money at £39 for 18 shadows but the quality and formulation is top notch. Compared to the Christmas/Influencer exclusives, they seem to have a better formulation and have an edge over how they work on the eye. If I was to look at the past Christmas Too Faced collections and even the Nikki Tutorials collection, there’s a definite shift in formulation and the performance will be looked into closely with this years Too Faced Christmas collection – spoiler! It was quite apparent at just how buttery and easy to work with these shades are after I had been using my MAC palette which, dare I say it, felt slightly chalky in comparison. 

Within the tin palette, just like Sweet Peach, the eighteen shades are all the same size and laid out in an nice order that doesn’t make it difficult to choose complementary shades. There’s a really nice mix of mattes, shimmers and metallic/glitter shades. To be honest, this palette was not bought for the matte shades as I do have shades such as Gingerbread and Gingerbread Latte in other palettes, and the shade Spice Is Nice is such a classic shade of mine that I could find it within several other palettes. The shades that I did buy this palette for are the metallics and shimmers. Toasty warm shades that are incredibly gorgeous on the eyes. Personal favourites at the moment include Hot Toddy, Spice of Life and Ooh Burn which have been brightening up an otherwise plain daytime eye. 

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette

I also really love Frostbite Me which is more of a topper of shadow than an actual shadow. It’s hard to pick up on a brush but if you use a finger and apply it over the top of existing shadow, it gives a lovely sparkly finish and a touch of glitter to make the eyes pop. The palette has been described as having a gingerbread scent however I will question anyone who thinks that it smells remotely like gingerbread. More of a warm vanilla scent, it’s not my favourite compared to palettes like Chocolate Bar and Sweet Peach, but the scent does disappear as soon as you pick product up on your brush. 

Overall, the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette has been well worth the stress and tension that it caused when I made an error in judgement by not choosing it on the day that I saw it in stock in Selfridges. If you see any of the palettes in store, you must pick it up as the only place that is showing availability is the Too Faced site, which unfortunately is not good for UK customers due to the shipping and sales tax. Although that really does depend on how much you want this beautiful palette, which for me was a lot!

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Autumn Hand Heroes

I’m all for this cold weather spell that we are having, but it is certainly playing havoc with my skin, hair and nails. I feel really dry at the moment and I’m having to up the ante when it comes to moisturising. I’ve have been paying more attention to my hands lately, as previously I was quite good at neglecting them until they were unsightly. I’ve set myself a little routine including a frequent manicure when I’m not wearing false nails, and now I’m quite pleased with the look and feel of my hands. Here are my top products for keeping my hands and nails healthy and my true autumn hand care heroes. 

Starting with nail care products, these three Leighton Denny treatments are very well loved in my house and I have been using them for several years. My go to nail care product has to be the Leighton Denny Time Repair Elixir (centre). I am numerous bottles in with this and I find that it’s the only nail treatment that actually works on my nails. Packed full of collagen to promote healthy and flexible nails, whilst adding moisture and smoothing the ridges in my nails. Having an auto immune deficiency has made my nails take the brunt of it and they are dreadfully damaged. Two coats of Time Repair leaves my nails looking fresh, healthy and smooth. Plus the pale pink shade is so flattering. It’s my go to for under polish as well as in place of, and I try to keep on top of it as much as I can to get the benefits of the elixir. 

The Leighton Denny Bare It All CC Base Coat is also another great product to promote healthy nails with it’s addition of keratin. Again, it smoothes down the unsightly ridges and with the classic nude tone, I also wear it alone so I can reap the benefits without having a full manicure. The Leighton Denny Rock Solid Treatment also works as a base coat as well as a strengthening treatment to which I find that my nails do soak up the goodness and feel a lot less brittle after I have used it. 

The CND Vinylux weekly polishes are ideal for lazy girls like me. Although I am trying to pay more attention to my hands, I really can’t find the time to do a fresh set of nails frequently through the week. I want a polish that stays put, doesn’t chip and if I can’t do my gels, I want a gel style look. CND are a professional salon brand that have brought their gel polishes to the market with their formulation that hardens in the daylight. Pretty clever idea if you ask me. The polish does work in conjunction with the Weekly Top Coat and I have been wearing Cashmere Wrap as it’s one of the pale creamy nudes that I love so much. Plus the name is so cute for autumn. 

Although I stopped being a nail biter some years ago, I unfortunately have developed a habit of biting the skin around my nails. It happens more when I’m anxious but I get very conscious of how it looks when I realise that I’ve been going hell for leather on my poor thumbs. The worst part is when it starts to heal and gets very dry and this is where the Leighton Denny Marvel Balm comes in. It’s a thick balm which I apply to the affected areas and cuticles and work it into the skin. As it is for extra dry skin, it’s also perfect for using on the lips. I have noticed such a difference in my skin on my thumbs more than anything and all I need to do now is stop nibbling!

Have you ever tried a hand oil before? I’ve been using the Dr Manuka 24k Gold & Manuka Honey Hand Oil and it is fabulous.It’s a bit of a bargain at the moment as on the Dr Manuka website it’s just £3.99 instead of the £19.99 RRP. I really do like having an oil as opposed to a hand cream. I find that as it is more of a dry oil, it soaks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a residue but just hydrated hands. You only need a drop or two to work into the skin to feel the effects. 

My second hand cream that I swear by is the Clinique Deep Comfort Hand Cream. The Deep Comfort range is so good for dry skin and I love how it leaves a barrier on my hands which makes me feel protected and rich in moisture. Upping the amount of cream I’m using on my hands has made such a difference lately. I think I that as it hasn’t been a product that I’ve naturally reached for and now I’m using more, I’m a little shocked at how much difference I’ve seen in my hands. 

What is your handcare routine like? Do you have any top tips for the colder weather?

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