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Monday, 27 March 2017

Too Faced | Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette : Review & Swatches




Do we honestly need a another review on this palette? Probably not. As by now, you're probably sick of the sight of the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette and reading its millionth review.
But, considering it's become the most hyped up product since the release of the Naked Palette and the ABH Modern Renaissance and Too Faced is one of my all time favourite brands, it'd be criminal not to feature it on my blog. So, I thought I'd throw in my two pennies worth, and here we are!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Currently Loving #2 featuring ColourPop, Primark Beauty, It Cosmetics and more...





It was back in January that I decided to start writing a currently loving type of post rather than share a monthly faves, which has given me the chance to genuinely see which ones I've been reaching for the most. Since then, I've received some new bits that I've also enjoyed and thought it was about time I shared these latest loves. 

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Simple Ways To Perk Up Your Make Up Look For Spring


Spring Makeup 

Today is officially the first day of Spring! I love Spring because apart from moving away from the dark and dreary colours of Winter which often make it feel a lot more colder than it is, for me it's a time to inject some fun with my makeup and get a little bit more creative with new colours that reflect the change in season. During the Winter months, I tend to keep things a little quite with regards to colour preferring neutrals as a first choice most of the time. But once Spring has finally sprung I instantly gravitate towards the pretty hues of Peachy Corals and Soft Pinks as these really uplift my mood after the bleakness of Winter. But not only do I think this is the perfect excuse for switching up my makeup look, it's also prevents me getting into a rut using the same ole products day after day.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Bargain Beauty Accessories from eBay


Beauty Accessories From eBay 

We all know that eBay is just one big massive treasure trove. No matter what you're looking for you can guarantee you'll always find it there. But up until recently it wasn't a site that I'd often visit because I thought it was nothing more than a place to find fake goods which we all know that's not true (just avoid the makeup unless it states authentic). There are loads of fabulous buys to be had from reputable companies or from people like you and me, selling goods that are no longer required. 

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Face Palette : Review


Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Palette Review


A few weeks ago,  I featured the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Face Palette in my currently loving post, which was a product that was gifted to me last Christmas. To this day, I'm still loving it, and in today's post I thought it be nice to share with you a more in-depth review and whether it's worth the splurge.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Giving Your Hands a Helping Hand






Up until a few years ago, I was never that much into hand creams as I'd often forget to apply them or found them too greasy when I did. But after seeing the look of my hands deteriorate quite rapidly over the last few years, I decided it was time to take action and show a little tlc on these hardworking mitts. 

Nowadays, hand creams have come a long way since the greasy formulas my mum would use. I have somehow ended up with quite a few of these lighter formulas using them for different purposes throughout the day. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you how I've incorporated these in my routine and some of my favourites I've picked along the way. 


 

On rotation for the handbag



Smaller tubes are perfect and an inexpensive way for replenishing your hands whilst on the go. The size of these smaller tubes make these more than ideal for popping in your bag because they take up very little room. My hands get quite battered whilst at work and I always have a couple of tubes in my handbag so they are on hand to replenish lost moisture due to the handling of packaging and dust which means I'm forever washing my hands. These are great because the formulas aren't so rich that they leave my hands sticky and slippery. For some reason, I've seemed to have gravitated towards fruit scented formulas for this. After applying these, I always find myself smelling my hands because I love the scent so much! 


Soap & Glory Mini Hand Food in Sugar Crush 50ml | £2.50

This is only available in the mini size at the moment, but I managed to obtain this as part of a set I purchased in the sales after Christmas. This comes in a new scent that I wasn't aware of but turns out a much preferred one from the original as it smells a bit like the Yankee Candle scent of Lemon Lavender or Vanilla Lime. (sorry, I can never remember which one) which I love. So if you love that lime zesty scent, then you'll love this. This Hand Food formula is non-greasy hydrating formula that contains Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil and Marshmallow.
The Body Shop Satsuma  Hand Cream 30ml | £4.00

I love the smell of fresh oranges, don't you? Another zesty favourite that helps me with on-the-go hydration and to help soften the skin without leaving any slipper residue. This lightweight gel/cream like formula absorbs very quickly leaving my hands protected and ready for the next task.


The formulation of hand creams is something the French have got spot on. Wonderful French brand L'Occitane is probably considered one of the, if not the biggest success stories when it comes to hand creams with their best selling Shea Butter formula being sold every 3 seconds worldwide! Along with their original formula come with various other fragrances for you to enjoy which are still infused with that famous Shea Butter formula. I managed to still own a couple, that came part as a set, trialling the biddy sizes of 10ml which was a great introduction to discover the brand. The Verbena Cooling Hand Gel is another favourite for work as it gives that refreshing lemony scent and is enriched with Verbena Oil, Mint and the essentials oil of Thyme which are known for their purifying properties. The scent has also been great to use in the mornings to help revive with it's freshen wide-awake scent. The cooling gel-like cream that sets more dry than your traditional formulas makes this perfect to apply also during the warmer weather as it cools the skin and freshens clammy, sweaty hands.


 


By the Kitchen Sink


Nivea Q10 Anti- Age Care Hand Cream 75ml | £3.49*

I've been loving the Nivea Q10 which has proven to be a great product to have by the kitchen sink - it gets used a lot! Again it's portable so it takes up very little space by the sink. The scent may be not as strong as the other 3 but this does share a slight twist to their signature Nivea scent which produces enough fragrance without conflicting with the scent of my hand wash. The cream itself has a lovely lightweight texture that's rich but penetrates into my skin easily to prevent the formulation of dry cracked texture appearing on my hands that can happen due to the constant contact with water. This gives 24 hour protection and is enriched with the skin's Q10 Co-enzyme to help prevent the signs of ageing. This also contains UV Filters to help prevent UV induced age spots which is ideal for someone like me who rides a bike as my hands are always exposed to the environment.  


Night time treatment


When it comes to night time, I like to apply the richest formula, as I like layering this on more thickly than normal to give my hands a luxury treat and to help the skin repair whilst I'm asleep.


The most expensive out of all of them and is probably the most effective for a good night time treatment. This was also purchased as part of a set, and while I'll admit the fragrance didn't exactly wow me to begin with, it wasn't too long before I realised what a great formula this is.

This rich formula contains the fragrant oils of the Frangipani Monoi which comes from the flower Gardenia, and also contains the conditioning ingredient of Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil. This cream leaves my skin looking deeply nourished and with regular use I seen some improvement in the look of my hands. 


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Do you have any favourite hand creams? 


Toni. xoxo





Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for review.

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