Yesterday I went to ASOS HQ to meet Santa, preview some of the ASOS Christmas collection and mingle with bloggers. I had a great time despite not drinking a single cup of mulled wine. All the Christmas jumpers and gift selection made me feel very festive and I cannot wait to get down to business and get more presents for friends and family. I've also spotted some cute gifts which will definitely go on my Christmas Wishlist! I've also met Santa who told me that I have been very good this year, so fingers crossed for something wonderful underneath a Christmas Tree at the end of the month!
I had MAC Girl About Town lipstick on my wishlist for the longest of time. It's pink, it's vibrant and has a cream finish. Fuchsia pink shade with blue undertones it's not something I previously had in my collection and it's truly a statement lipstick which I enjoy to wear on a night out or on holiday. My MAC collection of lipsticks is certainly growing and I cannot wait to get another shade soon, what do you recommend?
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! is something I've only watched for a couple of series. I wasn't really interested before but it seems to be getting better and better with every year and this one is absolutely amazing with a fun bunch of people and some familiar celebrity faces. I saw this tag on a couple of blogs and it seems to be a lot of fun so I thought of giving it a go.
You can only take one product into the jungle. What item would you choose and why?
If I would be allowed only one product it would have to be Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash to clean my face in the jungle heat and prevent any breakouts. Spot-free equals stress-free.
What would be your main pre-jungle worry?
I don't have phobia of spiders, but I am definitely scared of the big ones, also snakes and scorpions make me jump, so I wouldn't do good in challenges which would involve this combo.
You only have 5 minutes to get ready before going into the jungle, what would be your quick beauty routine?
Applying tinted moisturiser like No 7 Youthful CC Cream, some Bourjois Cream Blusher and a lip balm. I'll also use a hand cream since I will be missing my usual manicure routine.
Last year we saw Helen Flanagan wearing her hair in a top bun. What would be your signature hairstyle?
I think I will also end up scraping my hair in a top bun, but I may also try some braids like the girls are doing this year.
For moral support, which female celebrity would you like to be in the jungle with you?
That's a hard one, but I think I'd love to be in a camp with Leona Lewis. We would bond over mutual love of animals and being vegetarian and she seems very sweet and down-to-earth.
Everyone's given a role in the camp. What lifestyle skill would you bring to the jungle with you?
I would be very good in delegating the tasks and organising but I wouldn't even approach cooking and any form of food preparation since I am terrible at it.
What one thing about being a beauty blogger sometimes makes you want to scream 'Get me out of here'?
I really don't like how some beauty bloggers don't care about animal rights and animal testing and don't support the brands which don't test on animals.
Challenge - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You're up for a trial to face your fears or try something new, what would you choose to do and why?
I would love to jump with a parachute and every time some camp mates are jumping from a helicopter at the beginning of the series I am extremely jealous and vow to myself that I will try to do it next year.
I tag everyone who reads this post to do this tag and please send me a link, because I would love to read your answers!
Every year more and more Advent Calendars appear. From the classic chocolate ones, through Lego blocks, famous Ciaté nail polish and recent offering from Selfridges (with a price tag), we are truly spoilt and everyone can find something which will reflect their tastes and likes with the cheerful anticipation of revealing something new every day.
I am very spoilt this year with receiving three Advent Calendars and I cannot wait for a pleasure to taste, sniff and use all of the things I will find there! First is the huge The Body Shop Advent Calendar* looking like an adorable Christmas suitcase. As you can see my first secret door was hiding mini strawberry shower gel and I cannot wait to see more! My fingers are literally itching and although I unfortunately saw some spoilers (I wish some bloggers would write SPOILERS ALERT in their posts!) I know I'll have great fun out of this one. Secondly is Yankee Candle Advent Calendar. Pre-ordered in October it will give my home this extra festive feeling and I am planning to burn every candle in the evening when enjoying a cup of tea or mulled wine with a good book. Lastly, I have a Hello Kitty Advent Calendar, full of chocolate to sweeten me up until Christmas Day!
What kind of Advent Calendar do you have this year?
Even if you are on a budget, you can still find some great quality beauty sets to get for someone for Christmas. Dove products never disappoint and the lovely scents are perfect for those long winter nights to relax and warm. The beautiful packaging has been wrapped in uplifting self-esteem boosting quotes with some taken directly from the real women on the Dove Facebook page, such as “Beauty is within every person” and “Happiness is for sharing with others”.
One of my favourites has to be this Dove Be-You Gift Pack* (RRP £12) which includes a Pampering Shea Butter range: Hand Cream, Body Wash and Lotion, all packed in a white make up/beauty bag. Perfect gift for your mum, sister or aunt, but I decided to keep it for myself and have been loving it! Last year I have been enjoying Dove Winter Care Range Body Lotion and although I have my eye on another bottle, this Shea Butter offering has a very similar lovely scent.
My other picks include Dove Just Beautiful Gift Pack (RRP £10) - available exclusively at Boots it contains Revive Body Wash, Restore Body Wash, Pomegranate APA and Regenerating Nourishment hand cream and Dove Happiness Gift Pack (RRP £14) that will inject a little bit of extra joy into the festive season with Supreme Fine Silk Bath, Silk Body Cream, Silk Glow Body Wash and a luxury candle.
When the Models OWN Velvet Goth collection launched I must admit I wasn't really drawn to it. I own far too many glitter nail polishes already and the sheer reminder of my struggle to remove another Models OWN offering - Juicy Jules - has persuaded me not to buy. However, when I was gifted with Sardonyx, the only shade I really liked from the collection, I couldn't say no. I must admit that this is a gorgeous shade of burgundy red and I enjoy layering it up on dark base colours. The shade is matte yet sparkly at the same time and dries giving a multi-faceted effect. I am thinking of using it as part of my Christmas nails, it just looks so festive! I paired it up with L'oréal Hypnotic Red to show how amazing the Sardonyx's formula is - matte and sparkle - so pretty!
This year I was asked to take part in Very Secret Santa project. Armed with virtual £20 and link to very useful Gift Guru app on the Christmas page I was assigned to search for the best present for a lovely blogger Megan. After much wonder and ponder I decided on two gifts which she really likes (what a relief!) - see them here.
After receiving my package I quickly ripped the paper off and saw my cute gift - pair of earmuff headphones, perfect for current weather. I still don't know who was my Secret Santa, so please reveal yourself! Thank you Very for giving me a taste of Christmas, I can't wait for my loved ones to open their gifts and see delight on their faces.
Did you ever take part in a Secret Santa? What did you get?
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Yesterday I had a pleasure of visiting a new KIKO London store. Located on Regent Street, a Manolo's click away from Topshop, it is packed with colourful make up on two trendy floors. With a super-helpful staff ready to give you the best advice and purse-friendly prices I enjoyed the whole experience immensely and I expect KIKO to be a new make up mecca for all beauty enthusiasts. Gift card burning in my pocket I grabbed few interesting products including skincare, nail and make up. Safe to say I went overboard and now can't wait to try and test them all and write some KIKO reviews on the blog.
For not familiar with the brand, KIKO is Italian brand which since 1997 has amassed over 1,500 professional makeup and skincare products and advanced accessories, including 200 eye shadows, 180 lipsticks, 30 mascaras and over 200 nail polishes - phew! KIKO does not test on animals and all products are hypoallergenic and ophthalmologically tested.
I was thinking of getting the hottest nail polish on the block - Essie After School Boy Blazer, but going through my stash on the weekend I've noticed this Barry M Blackberry shade sitting quietly and patiently in the corner waiting to be admired. I am aware that the shade are not exactly the same, since Essie has deeper hues, but for now it satisfies my navy needs. As always with Barry M gelly range the finish is more glossy and chip-resistant with the easy to use formula and fast drying time.
I don't know anyone who doesn't like Soap & Glory products. The cute packagings, great scents and ultimate pamper - those are the things that I associate with the brand. I recently went to see what they are offering this Christmas and it's going to be fantastic!
First is this RelaxStation kit which has all the cult products in one place. Something for your hands, feet and body - featuring Hand Food, Heel Genius and The Righteous Butter. I am also a huge fan of Clean On Me shower gel and there's always a place for it in my bathroom. In addition, I love this Hair Turban - it is seriously one of the best Soap & Glory products which is never mentioned! I know you can buy similar ones from Primark and I also have them, but the quality is so much different. This one is from micro-fibre, which absorbs water and helps drying process at the same time and the band is not very tight. My husband actually bought this kit for me already, since he couldn't find Hair Turban anywhere, so he had to resort to eBay. The RRP is £20 - amazing price considering Hair Turban and bath lily cost around £9 each!
Facetime* (RRP £25), as the name suggests, is the skincare starter set aimed at your face. Suited for all skin types it includes Off Your Face purifying cloths, Puffy Eye Attack eye cream, Feel Good Factor BB cream and Smooch Operator lip butter. Perfect for those weekend nights when you simply want to relax in your onesie with a good-bad TV and a pizza.
Good, Butter, Best Gift Set (RRP £8) is a perfect stocking filler and introduction to bestselling Soap & Glory body butters with three trial-size tubs of Original Pink, Sweet Lime and Fruitigo.
I'm Your Manicure Gift Set (RRP £14) will satisfy all nail lovers with full tube of much loved Hand Food, hand scrub, nail buffer, moisture gloves and even a bottle of distinctive pink nail polish!
Once Upon a Lime Gift Set (RRP £18) is fresh and fruity and full of the real ZING. With smashed brown sugar and sweet lime I will definitely enjoy the body wash, cream and scrub, so I'm putting it on my Christmas Wishlist!
The Yule Monty Gift Set (RRP £60) is a whooping kit which includes everything what your heart may desire. I got similar gift last year, so sadly I will be passing on the offer this time, but I think it's a perfect gift for pamper lover and it equips you with all the necessities to set up your own home SPA. You can find body wash, body cream, foot mask, hand cream, face cleanser, body buffer, body lotion, mascara and lip gloss all packed in a cool weekend bag!
Do you like these Soap & Glory gift sets? Which one would you like to get?
I have already mentioned amazing offer from The Body Shop which lets you get The Ultimate Brush Collection* for £45 (worth £85!). For that price you get 8 amazing brushes which will help you with application of your everyday make up. The quality is simply amazing and having tried Real Techniques brushes I still prefer The Body Shop ones and I seriously feel they are underestimated in the blogging community. I had kabuki brush (not available on the website, but similar to this one) for over 6 years and not a single hair has fallen out and I am using it literally every single day! All of the brushes are cruelty-free, so made from synthetic hair. They are really densely packed and super easy to clean (I occasionally use make up wipes for quick fix and Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps for deep cleanse). I simply love these brushes and they are a true staple in my make up routine.
The Body Shop Face & Body Brush
Perfect for applying loose powder or bronzer over face, neck and décolletage.
This brush was a bit on the pricey side when bought separately, but it is definitely worth every penny. For me it is a multitasking tool and is good for applying a multitude of products: foundation, loose or pressed powder, bronzer, blusher... It blends the make up evenly, so you'll avoid looking cakey. Super soft bristles feel so nice you want to apply the product again and again.
The Body Shop Blusher Brush
A soft, round-tipped brush that’s tailormade for powder blusher. Use it to sculpt, blend and dust.
Being a blusher
lover I always have high expectations for the blusher brushes. This one
is extremely soft and easy to use. You can build up your desired colour
whether you prefer barely-there or rosy cheeks. I have also found that
it is fantastic for highlighting and contouring and I cannot seem to put it down. One of the best products ever!
The Body Shop Foundation Brush
This flat, tapered brush works brilliantly with liquid foundation. It gives an even, flawless finish.
A true star product with 32 pages of reviews from satisfied customers! I was never the one to go for foundation brush, I prefer to use my fingers, but if anything will get me 100% converted, it will be this brush. I like to use it when I am not in the rush and it truly gives an even coverage with every foundation I have tried so fat (including Bourjois, MAC, Avon and Revlon). The bristles are soft and silky smooth and the brush isn't too wide like some foundation brushes which gives better control around the eyes and nose, so you can easily achieve this flawless look.
The Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Brush
A soft, round-tipped brush that’s tailor made for blending eyeshadow seamlessly.
This brush has a great shape and it is excellent for blending, although I must admit that I've occasionally used it to apply eyeshadows as well and it also did a good job. It is very soft and doesn't scratch the skin, so it makes it easy to use and blend.
The Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush
A flat brush with a tapered head for precise, even application of powder and cream eye colours.
Application is nice and even, there is little fall out of the product and the coverage is brilliant - I don't have to use as much eyeshadow as with other standard brushes since it is spread so well. Please note that the brush is quite firm so you need blending brush to blend that eyeshadow correctly.
The Body Shop Slanted Eyeshadow Brush
This brush has an angled head, perfect for defining eyes with eyeshadow.
I am always struggling with achieving perfect winged eyeliner look, but this brush has been an enormous help - I now get perfect results when drawing a liner of darker eyeshadow along the top of my lashes. I love how you can use it for both eyeliner and eyeshadow and create your perfect smokey eye look. The bristles are very soft and yet quite firm and the brush spreads the product very well, I need another one in my life!
The Body Shop Lipstick & Concealer Brush
This dual-purpose brush can be used to outline and paint lips or to precision-apply concealer.
To properly test it I've used it for both concealer and lipstick application and in both cases I was impressed. Soft bristles gently cover the area you want and you can easily control the amount of product you want to use. My go-to concealer is in a stick, so I mostly use it for a lipstick application.
The Body Shop Brow & Lash Brush & Comb
This handy comb separates mascara-coated lashes and tames brows.
I bet everyone has a similar brush in their make up stash, so what distinguishes this brush from others is the fact that the comb is strong enough to separate lashes evenly after applying mascara (I had a problem with cheaper combs that it rather glued my lashes together than separated them!) and the handle is well made and sturdy.
With the cold winds, rain and getting dark very quickly shooting photos for the outfit posts is proving to be a bit of a challenge. So I'm afraid you have to get used to see my current wardrobe favourites with some bits of my flat in the background. This time I've chosen oversized Primark jeans shirt with white spots, black Dorothy Perkins skinny jeans, cute frilly socks from Topshop and my trusty New Look boots. Due to the eye infection (another cold wind by-product) I have been wearing my glasses all week. On the lips I have MAC Flat Out Fabulous lipstick from the Retro Matte Collection (check my review and what other lipsticks I've bought!). I'm really excited about the weekend, can't wait to relax a little bit and read a book (Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch), drinking some yummy tea or Christmas drink from Costa.
If your skin looks dull and you yearn for some radiance, fear not, The Body Shop has an array of products which will help you beat the winter blues. The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance* is a brand new universal shade highlighter which will illuminate your eyes, cheekbones, brow bones or cupid's bow with a mere touch - just like a magic wand. Since it has sheer pink/pearly shade I would suspect that darker skintones would struggle with it, but for the pale faces it is an ideal highlighter. It reminds me of Benefit High Beam, but in a better looking package. With High Beam I always struggle to apply the correct amount of product but here I simply twist for more and can dosage with an ease. Another new release is Shimmer Waves in Coral* - best suited for medium skintones, so I mostly use it when I have some fake tan on. This neat compact has five shimmering shades to use on face and cheeks. The beauty of this product is that you can use the shades separately or mix and blend them all together like I did on a swatch above. It's a great product, reminds me of a hybrid between blusher and bronzer and I can't wait to wear it properly during the summer. Last, but not least, I have a make-up artist tip for you: "Create shadow by using the darkest shades on the lower part of the cheeks and contour. Bring light by applying the lightest shades on the cheekbones and forehead."
I was extremely excited when I saw that Barry M is releasing a new collection of matte nail polishes. I saw countless tweets, posts and swatches and decided to first try my luck with a yummy Caramel shade. The formula is easy to apply, two coats are enough to give you a full coverage and nail polish remained strong on my nails for a couple of days. Sadly, this particular shade is simply not for me. It is so similar to my skin colour that it looks like I don't have any nails at all which freaked me out a little bit. It's such a shame, I really wanted to love this nail polish. However, I have my eye of two other colours - Vanilla and Mocha - and I think those may be more my cup of tea!
Vichy Idéalia Life Serum* is a first serum from the well-known French brand that helps to transform skin exposed to stress, pollution, smoke, lack of sleep or an unbalanced diet. Hectic lifestyle can take a serious toll on our skin and although I believe that we should nurture our bodies from the inside, outside help is also needed. This serum helps to battle dull skin, pigmentation, fatigue and any skin in-balance (enlarged pores, dry or oily areas) thanks to its potent active ingredient association and soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water. In addition, it can be used on the most sensitive skin since it is hypoallergenic and contains no parabens. I have been using it for the past week instead of my usual daily moisturiser and I am very happy with the results. My skin simply looks and feels good and the lovely pink packaging is an added bonus and looks pretty in my bathroom cabinet.