Monday, 28 September 2015

September Favourites: Palmer's Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion & Charles Worthington Hair Care Products

Sometimes it can be hard to find products which really work for you. With so many skin and hair care products on the shelves, each claiming a different thing. I find it can make going shopping seem like a battle of trial and error until you find a product that really makes a difference.

I'm turning 21 this weekend and I really feel like I've purchased a fair share of the products that are available to buy on the high street - I've always enjoyed trying out new brands and releases, there's always a little mystery and excitement about finding out whether they really work. But as fun as it is to go out and make impulse purchases, I do find myself returning to a couple of cult beauty brands time and time again. So today's post is really about celebrating two of my favourite skin, and hair care brands, because it's super important to start battling the cold weather with products that'll really lock in moisture.

First up is my favourite body moisturiser right now - Palmer's Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion 'Coconut Rich.' I've always loved Palmer's body butters, they leave your skin soft, smell incredible and aren't greasy, but I'd been a little lazy with my moisturising routine during the last couple of months so when I saw this product in Boots, I took it straight to the till. I feel like this moisturiser is every lazy girl's dream, you literally aim the nozzle where you want to apply the product and click the button to release the moisturiser. I'm not going to lie, at first it really reminded me of applying sun lotion, but I was really impressed with how quickly I was able to apply it to myself post-shower. It eliminates the process of waiting around having to massage thick dollops of body butter, and instead you get a thin, even coverage of product that is absorbed in minutes. I didn't find it to be greasy or leave my clothes feeling sticky after I got dressed either - which is a total plus because it means I can use it in the morning before work if I feel so inclined to! It's not often I hype about skincare products, but if you're looking for an easy and quick way of applying an effective moisturiser, I'd give this 5 stars.

My other favourite for this month definitely has to be my Charles Worthington hair care products - I took advantage of a 3 for 2 and double points voucher I had at Boots and snapped up the Moisture Seal shampoo and Straight & Smooth conditioner (along with a sea salt spray from the brand which I've yet to test out!) I didn't buy the matching conditioner not because I wanted to, but because Boots had sold out *boohoo* - however I needn't have worried because both products are miracle workers! I did recently get my hair cut, so I was able to get rid of all the split ends and really give my hair some nourishment with this combo from Charles Worthington. All I can say is since switching I've definitely seen less frizz in the mornings, and my hair is so much softer to touch - I literally can't fault these products and will 100% be buying again from the brand!

I genuinely can't recommend this trio enough, they'll be beauty staples within my everyday routine over the next few months - I'm definitely going to get ahead when it comes to prepping my hair and skin for the harsh British weather!

Let me know if you've tried these below - I'd love to hear your thoughts too 

Thanks for reading!

Until next time..


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: Latest in Beauty's 'Little Treasures' Perfume Samples Beauty Box

Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box

Everyone has their signature scent that they'll treat themselves to over and over again, for me it's Chanel Coco Mademoiselle - I can't even begin to explain how much I love it! However it is one of the more pricier perfumes on the market and because of this, I don't treat myself to a new bottle the very moment it runs out. This means I'm usually left without a fragrance for a month or so in between purchases which can be a little frustrating.

Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty BoxLatest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box

With this in mind you can imagine my excitement when Latest in Beauty teamed up with The Perfume Society and created a variety of exquisite, sample boxes of miniature perfumes that you could test and try before you go out and purchase the full size bottle. I think it's a really lovely idea and even my boyfriend commented on how he wished there was something similar to this for men - who knows maybe there is somewhere! Still available to purchase on the LIB website, there are three perfume boxes to try: Little Treasures, Florals & Florentials and Designer Discoveries - since I'm not particularly fond of floral scents or high street designer perfumes I personally opted for the Little Treasures box.

Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box
Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box

I was a little hesitant initially to purchase the box, imagining that I would only receive a handful of handbag sized samples in a little parcel, but I'm so glad I stuck with my instincts and treated myself!

When I received the box in the post last week, I was overwhelmed with complete excitement upon lifting the lid. Not only was the box completely stuffed to the brim with miniature perfumes and other goodies but there were gorgeous postcard-style cards inside explaining the unique compositions of the fragrances and a little extra information on each them. Everything about the box exuded luxurious mystery and I genuinely took absolute delight in discovering each sample inside.

The contents of the box included:

♥ Carolina Herrera CH Eau de Parfum Sublime 5ml
♥ Liz Earle Essence No15 2ml

♥ L'ArtisaN Parfumeur Mur et Musc 1.5ml
♥ Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna 2ml
♥ Agonist Onyx Pearl 2ml
♥ Atelier Cologne Cédrat Enivrant Cologne Absolue 2ml
♥ Mary Greenwell Plum 2ml
♥ Yardley Jade 1ml
♥ L'Occitane Thé Verte Bigarade 7.5ml
♥ Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial oil 5ml

Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box
Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box

After a quick tester spritz of each, I decided to start off wearing the largest L'Occitane bottle, the fragrance is light, fresh and very natural making it perfect for everyday wear. It's a little zestier than my usual perfumes but that's why I think this box is such a fantastic idea - you get to switch up your perfumes and try something new!

The other bottle I've found myself wearing a lot is Carolina Herrera. As a massive fan of her 212 VIP and 212 Sexy fragrances, I wasn't disappointed by this little wonder! Described on the card as a combination of Bergamont, Passion Flower, Rose, Orchid, Patchouli, Leather, Amber & Oakmoss, for me the heart note is definitely the Rose and the scent overall takes on a decidedly sensual, alluring and feminine fragrance - the kind you'd wear on a first date or night out. 

Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box
Latest in Beatuy & Perfume Society 'Little Treasures' Beauty Box

As for the assortment of other samples, there's so many I haven't even had a chance to properly try them yet out so I won't fill my review up by commenting on products I can't pass judgement on. Overall though I can say that for £12.50 the 'Little Treasures' box is definitely an excellent purchase for fragrance aficionados! It's very affordable and you do get a lot for your money inside. I really hope to see more collaborations like this from Latest in Beauty in the future, I purchased their Heart Essentials box back in the Spring and they continue to impress me with their curated collections!

Let me know below if you've recently purchased a beauty box from Latest in Beauty - I'd love to know what you thought. 

Thanks for reading!

Until next time..


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Wishlist: The Best 'Must-Have' Beauty Advent Calendars for Christmas 2015

I have very distinct memories of my the run up to Christmas as a child, the same routines and traditions occurring on a loop each year. My mum putting the tree up the very first weekend of December, letting me and my sister decorate it, then redecorating it in secret overnight (to be honest I don't blame her at all, you don't tend to grasp the idea of visual aesthetics as a kid.) The early morning supermarket journeys to stock up on Christmas essentials in a desperate attempt to avoid the frantic festive shoppers, and of course the annual purchasing of advent calendars. 

I can remember my sister always asking for some sort of chocolate calendar, the idea of opening a piece of chocolate from behind a door appealed to her sweet tooth. But personally I always begged my mum for the picture calendars. Intricate scenes of winter wonderlands, interspersed with miniature woodland creatures, gathered around Santa's sleigh with lashings of glitter to finish, really captured my imagination. 

Even though I'm 21 in under a month, the idea of an advent calendar remains an exciting part of the countdown to Christmas. However my tastes have become a little more refined with age, and I'm keen to try out a beauty advent calendar this year.

The last few years have really seen huge developments in the battle of the beauty calendars between the brands. The packaging seems to get more and more ostentatious, as does the quality and selection of the goods inside. 

To help me make a decision on which calendar I'd like to try most this year, I've curated a list of the best beauty advent calendars on the highstreet right now. You may be sat here right now thinking isn't this post a little early? But let me tell you, these beauty selections don't tend to hang around for very long! So in order to avoid missing out on the glorious selections this year, I'm preparing my advent wishlist.

 1. Benefit Cosmetics Party Poppers - £34.50

One of the most sought after beauty calendars on the high street in previous years, Benefit's creation this year has taken a unique twist. Still filled with the cult classics we all love ranging from miniatures of High Beam highlighter to Lollitint blush, the calendar is said to sing to you upon opening it - whether this'll get annoying, I guess we'll have to wait and see! Priced reasonably and stuffed to the brim with beauty staples, I'd be willing to bet that this'll get snapped up quick as soon as it hits the shelves in November!

2. Ciaté Mini Mani Month - £49

The essential advent calendar for anyone with a penchant for nail polish, Ciate's Mini Mani Month allows you to very literally paint your nails a different hue each day through advent. For those who are familiar with the brand, you'll know the top notch quality of the polishes, both high gloss and very resistant to chipping. Although I completely adore the quintessentially British packaging, if I'm going to be purchasing a calendar, I'd like a little more variation in the contents - just my personal preference!

3. Liberty - £149

Undeniably one of the most luxurious advent calendars on the market, Liberty's lavish product range, blended with beautifully, printed packaging, is both a work of art and a Christmas present within it's own right. Though I don't think I'll be splashing out quite so much on a treat for myself this season, I can't leave it off of this definitive list - a girl can dream right?!

4. Jo Malone - £260

Although once again, I simply cannot justify spending such an amount on a calendar for myself just yet, Jo Malone's calendar is exactly what my dreams are made of. Crafted to mimic a decadence of a traditional, Georgian town house, the calendar is packed with miniature perfumes and scented body creams. Undoubtedly appealing to my fragrance loving side, I wish I could carelessly splash out on such a purchase, but for this year at least, it'll have to remain firmly on my dream Christmas list for Santa.

5. The Body Shop - £60 / £80

If you struggle to make decisions, you may want to look away from your screen right now, as The Body Shop is taking advent calendars to a whole other level this year - the brand has not just one, but two calendars for you to choose! You'll be able to stand and ponder between the standard (achieving a saving of more than £30 in comparison to the items being purchased individually) or the deluxe version which is packed with over £127 worth of goodies - an incredible saving of more than £47! As a complete sucker for a great bargain, I know if I set foot in store to purchase one of these, I'll walk away with the deluxe version - for that price and saving, it'd be hard to resist temptation!

6. L'Occitane Christmas is Coming! - £39

In contrast to the '12 Days of Christmas' selection last year, L'Occitane have raised their game and created a gorgeous, illustrated calendar, featuring 24 miniature products from their luxurious skin, hair and body selections. A selection of sumptuous beauty products at such a reasonable price - what's not to like! 

7. Charlotte Tilbury The Book of Makeup Magic - £150
Charlotte Tilbury will continue to dominate the world of beauty this Christmas, with her latest creation - The Book of Makeup Magic. The advent calendar is wonderfully packaged to take on the form of book, which wouldn't look out of place in one of Harry Potter's potions classes, yet contains an assortment of magical, miniature and full sized products from Charlotte's best-selling lines. Though the calendar is a little pricier than my desired budget, I'd definitely consider getting my hands on one of these. Having only tried and tested Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Sachets (which I love!), I'd love to put the rest of her products to the test and see if they all live up to their hype.

8. House of Fraser - £20

Said to behold a little bit of everything, this beauty calendar has been dubbed the perfect starter kit to build up your makeup collection from scratch. Featuring House of Fraser's own beauty brand 'Colour Couture,' the calendar will present to you a mix of miniature products at a very reasonable price. In comparison to the previous calendars on the list, this particular one looks considerably more basic, but if you're sticking to a strict budget, or planning on splashing out on Christmas gifts for your loved ones, this calendar allows you to own a beauty calendar for an affordable price. 

9. Selfridges - £95

There's nothing quite like strolling past Selfridges' lavishly-decorated shop windows and peeking in at all the sparkling products available to purchase in store during the Christmas period. And like the beauty halls of the iconic department store, this advent calendar is guaranteed capture your heart. Filled with luxurious beauty essentials from the likes of Lancome, YSL and Victor and Rolf, like previous years the calendar is bound to be snapped up shortly after landing on the shelves - it pays to pre order or act quickly if you're lusting after this particular calendar!

Thank you for reading my post!

Do you have a personal advent calendar favourite shown here - let me know below

Until next time..



Sunday, 13 September 2015

Primark Haul: 'Sweet Vanilla & Coconut' Scented Candles

When it comes to home furnishings and interior design, they say that it's the small details that make a house a home, and I couldn't agree more. 

When I'm out shopping at the weekend, I'm forever finding myself drawn to the selection of furnishings in the homeware departments - perhaps it's my creative side, longing to have a go at decorating my own place for the first time, but I really get a buzz out of glassware, clocks and tiny pot! For now though, I have to remain satisfied with giving my room a a few décor adjustments here and there. 

In contrast to my previous weekend's purchase of a tiny cactus - I left the garden centre absolutely beaming over my miniature potted plant, complete with a small, silver bucket. My boyfriend and I even named him Juan, tying in nicely with his South American origins! This Saturday I discovered the beauty of Primark's A/W15 homewares, in particular their candles. 

Browsing through their selection of products made me feel particularly keen for the winter months ahead. From reindeer and evergreen tree, festive bedsheets to twinkling lights and furry throws, I felt like I wanted to take all their furnishings home with me and celebrate Christmas 3 months in advance! Thankfully for my bank account, I restricted myself to the purchase of a couple of gorgeous, silver candles instead.

I always feel people underestimate the transformative power of candles, they can not only fill your house with wonderful aromas but also create such a beautiful and homely atmosphere, through their subdued, flickering glow. 

When I set my eyes for the first time I initially fell head over heels for the gorgeous glass jars they were set in. The combination of textured glass and interior, silver coating, gave them an almost Moroccan feel to them. I love the fact that these candles will not only look beautiful whether their light or not, but will also make sweet, handy jars that I'll be able to keep once they've been burnt down. 

Aesthetics aside, the most important factor when purchasing a candle is whether the scent appeals to you. These particular ones are 'Sweet Vanilla & Coconut,' which are simply perfect for me, as I am a self-professed lover of all things coconut! Sugary sweet, but not overwhelming or sickly, the aroma of these candles is amazing. According to the label, they're said to burn for up to 12 hours. Although this may not be the longest life span in comparison to more deluxe, luxury candles available to purchase, I can't complain for the price I paid. At £2.00 each, I was over the moon with my budget, décor fix and will love them for as long as they last me!

I did see that these candles were also available to purchase in pink, as opposed to silver jars. I think that the scent was 'Red Berry & Jasmine' although don't hold me to that as I'm not 100% certain! I really wanted to pick those up too because of the pastel jars, but sadly I wasn't particularly fond of the aroma, so it sort of defeated the point.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post! 

Until next time..


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