Friday 24 April 2015


NAILS INC have launched 'Blossom Collection' for Spring Summer 2015. A spring bloom of four polishes inspired by the beauty of blossom trees around the world - the epitome of springtime. The blend of fine white particles and blossom-like hues can be worn on their own, or over a favourite spring pastel. This Blossom Collection includes:

CHERRY GARDEN STREET - apricot, hot pink and white
BLOOMSBURY WAY - baby blue, candy floss pink and white
COVENT GARDEN MEWS - pale green and pale pink
COLUMBIA ROAD - lilac, hot pink and white

NAILS INC BLOSSOM polishes cost £14 and are available from BootsJohn Lewis & Look Fantastic. What are your favourite Spring time nail polishes?

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Kim Kardashian used Urban Decay makeup at her wedding to Kayne and it was revealed this week that Khole Kardashian is also a fan of Urban Decay, especially the Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and body.

The Naked Illuminated Power is a lightweight, baked illuminating powder for the face and body that contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer worthy of the Naked name. To be used on the face and the body for a dusting of iridescent, light-reflecting shimmer that leaves kin smooth, silky and luminous. The powder comes in two shades: Illuminated and Aura and is perfect for summer to create a healthy, sun kissed glow. 

Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder is priced at £22.50 and is available from Selfridges. Have you tried this powder for a healthy glow?


Monday 13 April 2015

Boots No7 Early Defence Skincare

Boots No7 have launched a skincare range: No7 Early Defence Skincare designed especially to keep young skin looking younger for longer. The new range works as a 'stepping stone' to help in the transition from everyday skincare to proactively delaying the signs of ageing.

The range has been designed as a solution to suit the lifestyle and needs of 20-35 year old women and consists of a Day and Night Cream along with an Eye Cream. The range offers No7’s new and most effective patent pending daily protection technology, ‘Double Defence’ that, in combination with No7’s unbeatable 5* UVA technology, gives skin advanced daily protection from the sun and environmental stress to help it look younger for longer. Double Defence technology contains Ginseng and Mulberry, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Rice Peptides and Alfalfa. In user trials, after two weeks use of No7 Early Defence Skincare:
  • More than 90% of women agreed that each of the Early Defence products are super-light and gentle on the skin from first use, with one user describing the day cream as a “lovely lightweight cream” adding that it “moisturises and softens really well”.
  • More than 85% women felt reassured that they were looking after their skin for today and into the future.
  • More than 80% of women said their skin was more radiant after 2 weeks
No7 Early Defence Day Cream (£19.50) is a super-light moisturiser with unbeatable 5*UVA protection and SPF15 gives your skin advanced daily protection.

No7 Early Defence Night Cream (£19.50) is a hydrating cream that absorbs quickly for a boost of care that continues while you sleep.  It protects from daily damage that continues and helps your skin to recover.

No7 Early Defence Eye Cream (£13.50) is especially designed for the delicate areas around your eyes, enriched with Vitamin C to help reduce puffiness and dark circles, for brighter more beautiful eyes.

No7 Early Defence Day, Night and Eye Creams will replace the current No7 Protect and Perfect Day, Night and Eye Creams, whilst No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Serums will still be available to be used in combination with the new skin care range.

Dr Mike Bell, Skincare Scientific Advisor for Boots UK, says: “Protecting your skin from the sun and environmental stress is really important, particularly if you want to proactively delay the signs of ageing. With Double Defence technology we have created a powerful and broad-spectrum antioxidant complex which has been designed to neutralise damaging free radicals that cause the skin oxidative stress, helping you to keep your skin looking younger for longer.” 

No7 Early Defence Day Cream (£19.50 for 50ml), No7 Early Defence Night Cream (£19.50 for 50ml) and No7 Early Defence Eye Cream (£13.50 for 15ml) are exclusively available at

Sunday 12 April 2015

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Haircare

Liz Earle has introduced their new and improved Botanical Shine Haircare, with their new ingredient, Kalahari melon oil. Kalahari melon oil replaces yangu oil, which was previously a key emollient ingredient in the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Hair Conditioners and Hair Oil. No longer able to sustainably source yangu oil, Liz Earle explored alternative options to this ingredient. Kalahari melon oil is a highly effective nourishing ingredient that is rich in linoleic acid and omega 6, leaving the hair perfectly nourished, smooth and with a brilliant shine. 

The Botanical Shine Haircare range features five naturally active products, including re-formulated Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil and three Botanical Shine Conditioners:

Botanical Shine Shampoo for all hair types (£10 for 200ml)
Dubbed 'Cleanse & Polish' for hair, this fresh scented botanical shampoo contains nourishing West African shea butter, natural source Vitamin E and gentle naturally derived botanical cleansers to leave hair smooth, clean and soft. Extracts of apple and orange encourage impeccable shine and natural gloss. 

NEW Botanical Shine Conditioner for fine or oily hair (£10 for 200ml)
Formulated with specially-selected extracts of black cohosh, Kalahari melon oil, blue seakale and shine boosting apple and orange extracts, this naturally active conditioner balances oily, dull or lifeless hair leaving it shiny, volumised and full of life.

NEW Botanical Shine Conditioner for normal hair (£10 for 200ml)
Help your hair reach its true, radiant potential with this creamy, colour-safe conditioner. Specially formulated with botanical extracts of meadow foam, nourishing Kalahari melon oil, blue seakale and shine boosting apple and orange extracts, this naturally active conditioner leaves normal hair glossy, hydrated and in perfect condition. 

NEW Botanical Shine Conditioner for dry or damaged hair (£10 for 200ml)
Specially formulated with botanicals extracts of softening West African shea butter, Kalahari melon oil, blue seakale and shine boosting apple and orange extracts, this luxurious conditioner nourishes dry or damaged hair, leaving it hydrated, smooth and under control. 

NEW Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil (£17.25 for 50ml)
Formulated with a luxurious blend of specially-selected botanicals and enriched with nourishing Kalahari melon oil, this sublime hair treatment is luxurious, yet lightweight. Applied to damp or dry hair, it instantly conditions, protects against heat damage caused by styling and infuses hair with a natural shine. It evens helps reduce blow-drying time.

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Haircare range is available from and John Lewis

Saturday 11 April 2015

ORLY ‘Cake Pop’

I have been loving pastel and nude shades on my nails recently which are the perfect hues for Spring.  I love this milky-pale pink shade from ORLY called 'cake pop'. The polish is great quality, highly pigmented and it lasted really well – nearly 10 days with no chipping!
ORLY Nail Polishes are priced at £9.50 and available online from What are you favourite nail polish shades for Spring? 

Friday 10 April 2015

Andrew Barton Brushes

Left to Right: Miracle Shine; Miracle Volume; Miracle Revitalise; Miracle Protect; Miracle Secure; Miracle Curls
Andrew Barton has launching a limited edition brush collection in ASDA that are all under £10 so great for anyone on a budget. Andrew says: 'You have to take care of the essentials to get the best out of your hair and using the wrong brush can really damage your precious locks! With this in mind I have created this new, limited edition MIRACLE range of brushes. These high quality, technology filled lovelies will transform your beauty routine, each targeting the most common hair issues women have!'
Andrew Barton Miracle Shine (£8)
The 'Miracle Shine' cushion brush is infused with pure Argan Oil, enabling a light and even distribution of treatment throughout your hair for a long lasting mirror shine. Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E and omega fatty acids to revitalise and repair the hair follicles, improving strength and elasticity. This brush is perfect for mid to long hair. 
Andrew Barton Miracle Volume (£9)
The 'Miracle Volume' Ceramic Barrel Brush is packed with technology to give you voluminous hair fast! The Ceramic barrel evenly distributes the heat to minimise hot spots and prevent damage. The large barrel injects volume from root to tip while the vente holes allow warm air to circulate for fast, effective blow drying. This brush is perfect for mid to long hair. 
Andrew Barton Miracle Revitalise Brush (£7)
The 'Miracle Revitalise' brush is packed with technology to give you smooth, frizz free, luscious locks in no time! The bristles contain crushed semiprecious Tourmaline gem stones that prevent static build up, lock in moisture and combat frizz as they glide through your hair. This brush is perfect for all hair types and lengths. 
Andrew Barton Miracle Protect (£6.50)
The 'Miracle Protect' Flexi Vent Brush has been designed to be extra responsive and bendy for a gentle brushing experience. The super flexible head gently massages the scalp, reducing pressure and protecting sensitive skin. The massage action of the pins increases blood flow to the hair root, encouraging hair growth too! This brush is perfect for all hair types and lengths. 
Andrew Barton Miracle Secure (£3.50)
The sectioning clips incorporate technology to hold your hair securely whilst styling. These uniquely shaped clips have been designed to comfortably lock your hair in place so you can securely section off hair when creating your perfect look! 
Andrew Barton Miracle Curls (£9)
The 'Miracle Curls' brush is perfect for defining naturally curly or wavy hair, smoothing away frizz and adding volume as you dry. The ball-shaped head means you can style in any direction for all round 360 degree control, adding lift to your roots for bouncy hair. This is one of my favourite brushes from the collection as it creates amazing volume, doesn't get tangled up and is quite unique in it's design. 

Thursday 9 April 2015

La Roche-Posay Serozinc launches in UK!

La Roche Posay Serozinc has finally landed in the UK! There has been much hype over this product and is one of the must-have products to stock up in French pharmacies when across the channel so good news for beauty lovers that its now available from Boots. The cult Serozinc joins the award winning Effaclar range that is a clinically proven solution to target oily, blemish-prone skin. 

Serozinc is an unique mist formula toner specifically designed for oily, blemish-prone skin, offering immediate anti-shine, anti-grease and pore tightening benefits. Serozinc both purifies and soothes the feel of the skin with its distinct Zinc Sulphate and Sodium Chloride enriched, isotonic formula. 

Designed for oily, blemish-prone skin prone to imperfections, simply use as a second step by spraying on whilst closing your eyes after cleansing and underneath your moisturiser. This toner works well with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+] and skin looks mattified after use. With no fragrance or preservatives and tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control, Serozinc astringent toner is a simple way to target oily skin and blemishes. 

La Roche Posay Serozinc is priced at £8.50 for 150ml and is available from Boots

Wednesday 8 April 2015


Melvita L'Or Rose Firming Oil combines effective action with the luxury of a divine massage ritual that visibly reduces the appearance of cellulite for firmer, smoother skin this summer. The dry oil is the No1 best seller in French pharmacies and since launching in France in April 2014, 13,834 have been sold, which adds up to the height on 6.5 Eiffel Towers! 

This naturally effective dry-oil can be massaged into the skin following the shower in place of body lotion. For best results, apply L'Or Rose twice daily, massaging into the skin with circular motions, starting at the lower thighs and working up to the hips. To maximise the skin firming benefits, and boost penetration, exfoliate the skin before applying, or use a body brush to break down fatty deposits. The oil nourishes, hydrates, has a delicate scent and an incredibly soft, dry-oil feel.

The scent of L'Or Rose combines zesty top notes of Pink Pepper, Lemon and Bergamot; floral heart notes of lavender, spearmint and peony and a base of White Iris, Vetiver and Ambrette seeds.

The product tackles the appearance of cellulite working on lipolysis and lipogenesis, after using the product, adipocytes size will decrease, releasing the 'pressure' on vessels. The product contains powerful organic actives: the combination of Pink Berries, Sea Buckthorn and Black Pepper helps to fight lipogenesis and boasts lipolysis. Meltiva was inspired to use Pink Berry oil which has a slimming and detoxifying property and boosts microcirculation and promotes drainage. 

Sea Buckthorn seed oil helps waste drainage and facilities the elimination of toxins and is rich in Vitamin E for softer, supple skin. Black Pepper oil is known for stimulating blood circulation and promotes the breakdown of adipocytes. Rosehip oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid and helps to revitalise and moisturise skin and improve elasticity. 99% of the ingredients are from natural origin and 36% of the ingredients are from Organic Farming.

Melvita conducted a study and after 14 days 83% of women said their skin seemed smoother and after 28 days, 69% of women noticed a reduction in the visible appearance of cellulite and 79% of women said they would recommend the firming oil to a friend.

Melvita L'Or Rose Firming Oil is priced at £30 for 100ml and is available at John Lewis

Tuesday 7 April 2015

YSL Beauté Rock Lace Touche Éclat

YSL Beauté has introduced a collector edition of its iconic Touche Éclat. The essential beauty accessory for 2015, Touche Éclat “ROCK LACE” celebrates the ultimate feminine motif: black plummets polka dot tulle. A rock reinterpretation of the fishnet lace, homage to the transparencies of the Yves Saint Laurent universe. Radiant feminine, half dressed, half naked. The precious jewel-like gold pen is engraved with a mysterious black lace.

The Touche Éclat “ROCK LACE” comes in the original shade, N° 1 Rose Lumière. I have been using this product since I can remember to highlight under the eyes and I always found the pen hides dark circles like magic!

The revolutionary highlighter pen created in 1992 by YSL Beauté, Touche Éclat is a bestseller that awakens and illuminates the complexion of millions of women. A must-have. Often copied, never equalled. 8 hours of beauty sleep in a click, Touche Éclat instantly releases its magic light. A natural radiance revealer, it enhances facial features and contours, erasing all signs of fatigue and dark circles. A few magic strokes and the complexion is beautifully illuminated.

The perfect balance of allure and elegance, COLLECTOR ROCK LACE is a must-have for up-close and bold seduction. The ultimate accessory for eyes, available in a limited edition.

YSL Beauté Rock Lace Touche Éclat is priced at £25.00 and is available from 1st April 2015 from and SelfridgesAre you a fan of YSL Touche Éclat?

Monday 6 April 2015

GLOSSYBOX Iconic Hollywood Collection

GLOSSYBOX is launching the Iconic Hollywood Collection on April 14th 2015. The box is a collector's edition box and is available in 4 different colour ways inspired by the golden age of glamour and the Hollywood greats. 

GLOSSYBOX has captured the allure of Audrey, the marvel that is Marilyn and the wonder of Grace Kelly to curate the Iconic Hollywood Box. The classic red lipstick, the essential black eyeliner and a warm nude nail polish take over this months box. GLOSSYBOX have hand-picked the best in beauty, promising products from brands including Darphin, Lord & Berry and Color Club, to help you capture the look of your favourite Hollywood heroes.

The April Collector’s Edition Iconic Hollywood GLOSSYBOX is £10 (+P&P) and will be available throughout April 2015 from GLOSSYBOX while stock lasts! 

Looking for the perfect monthly treat? Indulge yourself with one of GLOSSYBOX subscription offers. Choose from a three, six or twelve-month subscription, or why not purchase it as a gift for a beauty-loving friend? 

Sunday 5 April 2015

QVC Exclusive: Benefit Do the Hoola

QVC launches Benefit's first ever liquid bronzer: Dew the Hoola with a brand new exclusive bronzing kit: Do the Hoola. 

Following on from the UK's number one selling bronze powder, Benefit has introduced Dew the Hoola, a sheer liquid bronzer that seamlessly blends into the skin. Dew the Hoola is the most natural looking, matte bronze complexion enhancer, that can be worn alone, layered under the Hoola powder or even applied as a finishing touch over foundation. 

On 9th April 2015, QVC will be launching the exclusive Do the Hoola kit from Beenfit which includes the first ever liquid Hoola Bronzer - Dew the Hoola.  

This exclusive Do the Hoola kit features an iconic tint Benebalm and the Hoola Ultra Plush gloss that both conditions and hydrates the lips for the softest sexiest pout! The collection also includes the number one selling They're Real mascara, as well as the UK;s number one selling bronze powder Hoola, and the brand liquid new Dew the Hoola. 

QVC Exclusive: Benefit Do the Hoola is priced at £25.50 and available from


Saturday 4 April 2015


Happy Easter everyone I hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend! This morning I received April's limited edition BIRCHBOX, who this month have partnered with Tatler Magazine. 

The Brit-filled collaboration celebrates Tatler's new 'The Best of British' supplement and the box is a selection of British brands which showcase the best that our homegrown beauty talent has to offer. I absolutely love everything about this box: the British theme and brands, the cute floral print on the box and most of all: the new discovery of natural products from Banford and Dr Jackson's.

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream (worth £7)
London-based Aromatherapy Associates have been enhancing the state of our wellbeing with their essential oil blends for over 30 years. Each scent is delicately layered to envelop your senses. I absolutely adore this brand and their products are so luxurious to use using  high quality ingredients. This Renewing Rose Body Cream smells gorgeous and is an indulgent blend of rose, shea butter and evening primrose oil for a luxurious moisture surge. 

Bamford Geranium Hand and Body Wash (worth £4.40)
Bamford was born in the Cotswolds and fresh air, wide open spaces and rolling hills inspire their products and product names and ingredients pull the countryside straight into your bathroom. I am happy to discover this brand, love the chic packaging and the scent is uplifting, refreshing and 'spa-like' and this mini is perfect for travel. The geranium hand and body wash is a plant-based blend of soothing aloe vera, lavender and peppermint oils.

Ciate London Paint Pot 'Maybe Baby' (*full size* worth £9)
London-based nail brand Ciate bold paint pots evoke the bright lights and neon signs of our capital. This is a super pigmented, ultra-long lasting and a cinch to apply, this polish guarantees flawless nails. I adore the cute packaging and this shade is the perfect spring nude. 

Dr Jackson's Natural Products Face Oil 03 (*full size* worth £30)
Bottled and packaged on his farm in Somerset, Dr Jackson might be based there but he sources ingredients from all over the world from the Amazon, to Indonesia, to Africa to make his beautiful products. Nourish, smooth and improve your skin tone with the 100% natural, antioxidant-packed face oil. This is a new brand discovery for me, I love the glass bottle and the oil blend smells amazing - I can't wait to try this! 

Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish + Muslin Cloth (worth £9.75)
Liz Earle seeks the finest ingredients and botanicals in her luxurious must-try range based on Isle of Wight. The award-winning cleanse & polish two step cleansing system leaves skin nourished and glowing. 

Percy & Reed London Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray (*full size* worth £14)
Adam Reed and Paul Percival have two salons in London - Mayfair and Shoreditch and are the inspiration behind their product range. This is the next generation of dry shampoo, the spray lifts and swells hair for beautiful volume. 

This month's BIRCHBOX contains an amazing selection of products and one of their best yet. The products in the box are valued at £75.15  including 3 full size products so for only £10 plus £2.95 P&P is it super value for money and would make a great gift for a beauty loving friend. Visit BIRCHBOX to find out more and order yours! 

What do you think to this month's contents?

Wednesday 1 April 2015

For everyday wear, a striped tie is a winner

Wearing a tie usually goes hand in hand with wearing a suit, and with attending formal occasions, such as a wedding or going to work. Striped ties, in particular, are often considered the most formal style of tie, thanks to their traditional association with school uniforms.

Yet nothing stands still in the world of fashion, and the humble tie proves to be no exception. The outdated image of the striped tie as an exclusive item for formal wear has been ripped to shreds. Now, increasing numbers of fashion-conscious males are embracing the striped tie for everyday wear, and successfully proving just how stylish it can look with dressed-down attire.

Striped ties are turning into everyday fashion items because they are incredibly versatile. Wearing stripes, of any sort, can baffle many people, but the rules to follow are actually very simple. Stick to the basics, and you can team a striped tie with pretty much any item in your wardrobe.

Striped ties can be worn with a checked or patterned shirt - just ensure the detail sizes don't clash. Opt for smaller or chunkier patterns on your top, compared to the stripes on your tie.

Choose shirt and tie colour combinations that complement each other. Neutral-coloured tops, such as black, white or grey, are easier to combine with striped ties, but don't be afraid to experiment with other colours to see what works.

The wide choice of striped ties available these days, in a range of colours and sizes, lends them a much more informal look. Increasingly daring colour combinations are making their way onto the striped tie, such as baby pinks, hot pinks, orange and royal blue - the striped tie is definitely breaking out of its mould of formality.

When combined with a casual shirt and a pair of jeans, a striped tie can look stylish for any occasion, whether you're catching up with friends for lunch, doing a spot of shopping, heading to the cinema or going out for a meal. In summer, a smart pair of shorts and plimsolls will look the business when teamed with a funky-coloured striped tie and casual shirt.

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