As a skincare obsessive, I’m always on the look out for new and exciting products that I can try out in the quest for clear and flawless skin. A daily routine will include a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser or facial oil with the addition of a mask and an exfoliator during the week. I’ve been struggling with exfoliators lately, as I want a very light exfoliant without micro beads, but I want something I can see the results with. That satisfying feeling when you can see new skin underneath the old that’s slowly coming off with each rub. No? Just me? The MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream has answered my prayers recently. Rather than being a traditional exfoliator, its a gommage and my lord, it is so gratifying to see the results.

MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream

MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream

MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream

MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream

It’s not often these days that you see gommage products, especially since the beauty world has gone mad for chemical exfoliants including traditional exfoliators and exfoliating toners. The MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream is a breath of fresh air on my beauty shelf and with it being so gentle, there is no limit on how many times you use it per week, or where about on your body you use it. I’ve been using it twice a week after cleansing, and I apply a thin layer of the cream to my face and leave it to dry. After it has dried, I start at the neck and roll the gommage up so it rolls into small balls of residue. As it’s taking off the top layer of dead skin, these balls can be quite large and I love watching them roll off. It’s also amazing to see just how bright and fresh the skin looks after taking the peeling cream off.

The MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream is also handy for travel, and a quick pick me up when travelling from hotel to hotel. As the cream can be peeled off rather than needing washing off, it’s a lot less time consuming and less messay than doing a body scrub or exfoliate. With the difference in my skin so far after just a few applications, I’m more than impressed with the peeling cream. I’ve also been using it on the rough skin on my elbows and it’s worked wonders as well.

MONU Instant Radiance Peeling Cream

I’m giving you the opportunity to win a MONU Pamper Hamper worth £125. The giveaway is open to UK only and will run for two weeks.

The rules of the giveaway are simple. My only mandatory requirement is that you answer the poll. After you’ve answered, the Rafflecopter giveaway will unlock more entries to increase your chances of winning. All entries will be verified to ensure they have been completed correctly. The winner will be contacted 48 hours after the giveaway has ended and the prizes are being sent directly from MONU.

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Last week, I updated you on a new website that is only a few days off it’s grand launch – Shop BXB. Shop BXB is the ultimate beauty destination, all underneath one roof, that offers great prices on big name brands. As mentioned in my post last week, I have a little giveaway running for you to win three products from Shop BXB; Guerlain L’Or Radiance Base, Becca Eyeshadow in Damask and Laurca Mercier Lip Trio in Ruby Sparks. Due to my work commitments, I wanted to have a full review for you in my original post but duty called and I was flying high whilst my package of goodies sat neglected at home, awaiting my return. So, of course, when I got home I got stuck in to these gorgeous items ready for a little review.

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Guerlain L'Or radiance base

Guerlain L'Or radiance base

Guerlain L'Or radiance base

The Guerlain L’Or Radiance Base has been on my wishlist for quite sometime so I was thrilled to be able to choose this and also one for yourself. The clear gel primer is saturated with gold flecks that give the product the ultimate luxe feel. Now, of course gold flecks on the skin would not be good, however I do think they are just for decoration as when the primer is applied, they disappear. The primer that is left on the skin is hydrating and smoothing and leaves skin looking fresh and plumped up. I’ve tried using the gel alone as well as mixed into a foundation and I found that both ways worked to keep make up in place. When worn alone, foundation glides onto the skin smoothly and sits perfectly. It’s also worth noting that less is more with the Guerlain L’Or as it does have a tendency to feel sticky if too much is applied. It does have a whopping price tag for a primer, so I am so happy to include this in my giveaway.

I’ve been having a little love affair with Becca lately, especially after the success of the Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlighter, so when I was choosing a shade of the Becca Eyeshadow, I knew that I needed something to go with my highlighter. Damask is a light golden bronze shade with a demi matte finish. A perfect colour for a wash of gold across the lid, that would work on any skin tone. It’s such a beautiful shade and I have been pairing it with MAC Brown Down for a daytime smoky eye. It’s like the eyeshadow equivalent of Champagne Pop but without the metallic sheen. Long lasting and minimal fall out, it’s definitely a keeper.

Becca Eyeshadow Damask

ecca Eyeshadow Damask swatch

Laura Mercier Lip Trio Ruby Sparks

Laura Mercier Lip Trio Ruby Sparks

Now it’s autumn, I’ve started to dig the red lipsticks back out and the Laura Mercier Lip Trio in Ruby Sparks has made me feel all Christmassy. With a full size lip gloss and a mini lipstick and lip liner, the trio is not only a handy size to keep in your bag, but a great way to try out Laura Mercier Lip Colours. I first noticed just how soft the lip pencil was when I first applied it, and just how deep the pigmentation is. Compared to my MAC lip liner in Ruby Woo, the Laura Mercier pencil is just so much easy to work with. I haven’t bought a LM lipstick before but I think I have been converted. The lipstick glides on smoothly, is fully opaque in one swipe and easy to control around the cupid’s bow. Creamy and hydrating, the lipstick is so beautiful. Topping off the beauty is the sparkly lip gloss that gives just the right amount of non sticky glossiness and a wonderful high shine. I think I’ve fallen in love!

To win these gorgeous products, all you need to do is the following:

Take a selfie of your autumn/winter makeup style and post on Instagram using the tags #ShopBXB and #ShopBXBLaunch
Sign up via email to Shop BXB so you will get exclusive access to the 75% off sale for 48 hours from the 2nd November, with free delivery!
Follow ShopBXB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The winner will be chosen on the 2nd November so get snapping and share your selfies!

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In the last few weeks I have declared my undying love for a new cream that I have been using. Not only did I declare my love, but I also came out with a fairly strong statement in that it was quite possibly the best face cream that I’ve ever used. Due to my absolute love of The Pink Cow Brand The Cream, I have collaborated with The Pink Cow Brand to give you the chance to win your very own cream.
Worth £39.99, The Cream contains colostrum, which helps replenish skin cells leading to a more youthful and hydrated complexion.

The Pink Cow Brand The Cream

The giveaway is open to UK and IRE only, and the prize will be sent directly from The Pink Cow Brand. It will run for two weeks, and all that we ask is that you follow The Pink Cow Brand on Twitter and Instagram. You have lots more options to increase your chances of winning, with the option to follow Anoushka Loves on Bloglovin’ being the highest amount of entries. You must be over 16 to enter and full terms and conditions are included on the Rafflecopter widget. All entries will be checked to ensure the mandatory options have been completed and the giveaway will end on the 18th August at 7pm. The winner will be contacted within 72 hours of the giveaway ending.

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I’ve been trying to update and replace items of furniture in my house lately. Although I’ve been living here for eight years, I still haven’t got it how I want it. At the moment, my living room is my favourite project and I’m going for a more vintage, shabby chic look since I had a coffee table commissioned. The room is such a large space that really lets the sun in and opens up onto my own personal balcony. I have the most comfortable corner sofa and I love textures and different materials. New mixed with old, up-cycled items amongst modern lamps, cream candles with duck egg blue holders. Coasters that I picked up in India, handmade plaques and fairy lights make it a very cosy room. It just needs a few finishing touches and items of furniture to complete the look and I’ll not want to leave the house.I’ve been browsing through Wayfair.co.uk and I am amazed at just how many pieces of furniture there are that would work so beautifully in my lounge. I’ve chosen six of my favourite pieces from the website, that will tie in to existing pieces and would complete the whole look. The website has everything from furniture to soft furnishing for all rooms in the house, not just the living room. The first item I want to get is a new TV stand, and replace the black, modern glass stand that I have at the moment.

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Fawley Side Table / Sandringham TV StandCarved Mirror / MarieTherese Chandelier/ Vintage Floor Lamp / Savoy Cushion

I have a great little giveaway for you today to win £50 to spend at Wayfair.co.uk on whatever you like. There’s no expiry date to the voucher, and Wayfair will ship to UK and Ireland, so please do not enter if you are international. The only mandatory entry is that you leave a blog post comment, and I have added lots of extra entries for you to increase your chances of winning. Good luck everyone!

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In my entire make up loving life, I have never seen a MAC collection have so much hype surrounding it. Watching the drama unfold on Twitter and Instagram for those people who didn’t manage to get hold of any of the coveted limited edition products was insane and then to see these said items go on eBay for up to 4 times the amount that they are worth is absolutely mental. Whilst the collection is a tad too pale for my colouring, I did pick up a few items. One being the MAC Cinderella Mystery Princess beauty powder which I will be reviewing soon, alongside the MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick and Happily Ever After Lipglass. As beautiful as these lip products are, I know they wouldn’t show up on my deep red lips so I thought I would let one of my lovely readers have the opportunity to become Cinderella with my new MAC Cinderella Royal Ball lipstick and Happily Ever After Lipglass Giveaway.

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The rules of the giveaway are simple. My only mandatory requirements are that you follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram. After you’ve followed on both those platforms, the Rafflecopter giveaway will unlock more entries to increase your chances of winning. You can also regram the Instagram competition photo to earn an extra entry. If regramming the photo, use the #AnoushkaLovesCinderella and fill in your name on the Rafflecopter widget so I can verify. Spammers will be blocked, so play fair!

The prizes have been purchased by myself from MAC and are brand new and unopened. The winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the giveaway finishing and it is open internationally. The giveaway will run until the end of April and the lucky winner will win both lipstick and lipglass.

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Anoushka Loves has teamed up with Chidem Beauty to give you a fantastic opportunity to win a perfect pampering product, just in time for Christmas. Chidem Beauty offers a great range of personalised beauty products, from skincare to hair care. Each item is hand made and made to order in the Chidem Laboratory in Cheshire. I’ve been falling in love with the Chidem Beauty Moisture Therapy Cleansing Balm and today I am giving you the chance to win one for yourself. Worth £38, the Cleansing Balm melts on contact with your skin, leaving your skin feeling baby soft. I will doing a full review very soon on just how beautiful this special product is.

For your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter widget and complete the entries.

My rules are simple – All entries will be verified to stop spam entries and false accounts. Follows then unfollows will be monitored and will lead to disqualification.This is a UK only giveaway due to the nature of the product. I will contact the winner on Twitter and via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. If the prize hasn’t been claimed in 48 hours, it will be down to my discretion to draw another winner. Good luck!

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Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear Anoushka Loves, Happy Birthday to me!

Bakerdays Letterbox Cake

Ah, I can’t quite believe that I have had my little blog for 12 months. Last June, I had the idea to start a blog after being quite obsessed with Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup. I loved reading blogs, and I also missed writing after I finished my degree back in 2011. So, with little help from my friend Karl, I bought a domain and hoped for the best! I didn’t actually write my first post for a few days after getting set up as I was a bit unsure of how I wanted to do it but low and behold, my writing head came along and I was blogging as often as I could. I had so much to learn as well as understand as having a self hosted WordPress blog and now, 12 months later I am more in love with blogging than I ever thought was possible.

In celebration of my birthday, it was only right that I celebrated with cake. I mean, what’s a birthday without cake?! When Bakerdays contacted me, it couldn’t have come at a better moment so whilst you are reading this, I will be tucking into my icing topped madeira Bakerdays Letterbox Cake*

Bakerdays Letterbox Cake

Bakerdays have come up with a fantastic way to celebrate with a friend, family member or loved one even if you can’t be there in person to celebrate. The letterbox is the perfect size to fit through the letterbox, and is packaged so it won’t get damaged. My cake was posted whilst I was out of the country and when I arrived home, I found it intact without any signs of damage or being disturbed in its celebration tin. Securely packed in the cake bag inside the tin, my Bakerdays Letterbox Cake also came with balloons, candles and a party blower, which the cat absolutely hates! Easy to remove from the tin by using the little paper tab, the cake is sealed in a breathable cake bag to ensure freshness for up to 14 days.

Bakerdays Letterbox Cake

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The cake itself is delicious. Fresh, moist vanilla sponge with a small amount of buttercream at the base. Just the right thickness of icing layers the cake and can be personalised with one of the 400 + designs available. My design was bespoke and I asked for my blog logo with pink and peach spots and Happy 1st Birthday. I think from the description that gave, it has turned out beautifully. You can also choose from five types of cake; Madeira, gluten and wheat free, fruit, dairy free and double chocolate chip. There really will be a cake there for everybody!

Bakerdays Letterbox Cakes

From just £14.99 including delivery, why not have a look at the options for your Bakerdays Letterbox Cakes, a fun way to send a personalised and unique cake. They also make personalised cupcakes, which are perfect for parties!

Anoushkaloves and Bakerdays are giving you the chance to win your very own personalised Bakerdays Letterbox Cake. Just enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

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So girls, I’m pretty sure by now that you’ll have heard about Cohorted, an amazing website where the more people who bid for the product makes the product cheaper. So the more people who shop, the bigger the discount. How amazing is that?! I’ve purchased a few items already from Cohorted where I’ve managed to get deal up to 50% of RRP! From fake tan to face powders, with big named brands at a discount, it’s almost too good to be true!

This weeks deals include the iconic NARS Orgasm blush, Real Techniques brushes and Urban Decay Pencils with deals up to 32% off. The more people who bid to buy, then the lower the price goes up to the maximum discount. For example the NARS orgasm blush is usually £22.50, but now with discount it’s only £16.88.

If you haven’t had a look at Cohorted, then I urge you to pop over and see what deals are coming up. Sign up to receive emails of new products and bag yourself a bargain!

For a little treat with Anoushka Loves and Cohorted, we are giving you the chance to win some fabulous Topshop lip treats, as we all know how much I love my lipsticks. The choice of colours is down to you so you can choose if you are the lucky winner! It’s inevitable that I’d be choosing a shocking pink collection, but you can have any colour you desire!

Cohorted Topshop Lipstick

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget and best of luck to you all!

You can find Cohorted on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest deals. What are you waiting for!

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When I blow dry my hair, I can never get it to be as full or bouncy as what my lovely hairdresser Yvette can get it. I have quite fine hair, but a lot of it so I have to have to blow it in sections otherwise it looks quite thin and lank against my head. One of my quick fixes to achieving a ‘just left the salon’ look is to use velcro Sleep In Rollers. After washing my hair, I blast it until it is almost dry but still feels cold to the touch. As you can see in the picture, my hair looks quite full as I’ve just blown it, however its about to get bigger!

Sleep Rollers Velco Rollers

I take the mid section of my hair, no thicker than the width of the roller and roll the hair back and under for volume with a slight curl. I do my fringe section in the same direction as I like it to sweep across my face and into my hair. After I have done the middle, I do either side of my head, then any of the remaining hair. I can get around 14-16 standard size rollers in my hair, and less if I use the Mega Bounce rollers at the top of my head, which I have used today. I don’t pull the rollers too tight near my hairline, so it creates a lovely natural bounce. Using kirby grips or bobby pins, push the pins into the roller to secure, as far underneath the roller as possible. This is to make sure you have no dents in your hair when you remove them and they are especially good for when you wear them to bed. After I have put all my rollers in, I blast my hair with the hairdryer on a cool setting to help set the curl. Pop on a Sleep In Roller hairnet, which fits over a full head of 20 rollers, and you are good to go.

Sleep Rollers Velco Rollers

After an hour or so, I took the rollers out and the end result is just amazing! A quick spritz of hairspray and my hair stayed full and bouncy until the next morning. Sleep In Rollers are just incredible for a quick daytime use for an emergency bounce or if you wanted a more voluminous style, sleeping in them makes such a difference. I always try to keep my hair slightly damp so the curl and bounce can dry into the hair. With the foam pads inside the flexible rollers, they are a dream to sleep in, and I have no issues with uncomfort during the night. However, the first time I wore them was awful and took some getting used to!

Sleep Rollers Velco Rollers

Sleep Rollers Velco Rollers

I’m going to give you the chance to win your very own gift set of Sleep In Rollers. In a gorgeous, girly bright pink drawstring bag, they are perfect for taking away, whether it’s for a night out or a holiday. Twenty standard size rollers are a perfect addiction to your haircare routine and will give you the most amazing bouncy blow look. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and will close in three weeks from now!

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* This giveaway is for regular readers of my blog and newly susbcribed readers to my blog. Please do not share this competition on sites such as Money Saver Expert or such like without asking permission first. All entries will be checked before the winner is announced and any entries from pages that are competitions entries only will not accepted. Please leave your email in the comments on my blog post for me to contact you if you win. I have purchased this gift from my own money, and it hasn’t been sponsored to me or my blog.

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There is a photo that I have that holds a very special place in my heart, a photo of the two most important people in my life, two people who I love very much. Hi Mum! Hi Paula! This photo was taken at my surprise 30th birthday party, of myself, my sister and my mum. I love how blonde we all are, and how we all seem to have co-ordinated our outfits, completely unintentionally! I don’t have a hard copy of this photo, so I have downloaded it from Facebook where my friend had originally uploaded it.

When Canvas Design got in touch and asked if I wanted to try a canvas out, I just knew straight away which picture I was going to use. I was advised that my image needed to be 500kb minimum but my downloaded image was so much lower. A quick tinker on my favourite editing site and I had made my image into a beautiful resolution ready to be sent off. I was quite nervous whilst waiting for it to arrive as I really hoped that the image transferred onto the canvas with no problems. The delivery time was so quick, it wasn’t more than a few days which is perfect, especially if you are ordering last minute gifts. Delivered by a courier who also sent a text with a time slot for delivery, this couldn’t get any better. The package was well wrapped with corrugated card and bubble wrap so damages would be very rare. The moment of truth…eek!

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Well, I cried. I actually burst into tears and hugged the canvas to my chest, it’s unreal how good the quality is, and how well it has transferred onto a canvas. The size I received is the 20″ x 16″ which is big but not too big. I originally put it in my lounge however I am contemplating moving it to another room to be displayed more prominently.

Canvas Design UK canvas photo print 1

You can buy your own canvas from Canvas Design where prices start from £7.99. For a special treat, if you enter the promotional code BLOG15 you will get 15% off your order as well as free delivery. Wow!

As I love my canvas so much, I am offering one lucky person the chance to win a canvas of their own from Canvas Design. Simply enter the giveaway by using the RaffleCopter link below. The giveaway finishes on the 26th March, and I will announce the winner by email, so please leave your address in a blog comment. Good luck!! It is only to UK residents, due to postage and the size of the item.

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Yippee! I’ve hit 300 Bloglovin‘ followers and for reaching such a milestone, I am starting my giveaway to win this amazing Benefit Sizzlin’ Six set.

For your chance to be in it to win it, simply follow the Rafflecopter link and complete the options. You can gain extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway daily!

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All entries will be checked and verified and anyone found to have not completed the steps, or have a fake profile will be disqualified.

Lets get this giveaway started!!

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