If you're looking for something refreshing this spring, The Body Shop newest range - Fuji Green Tea - is something worth investing in! Green tea has amazing detoxifying health benefits and has been used in Japanese Tea Ceremony for centuries. Some Japanese women even apply it to their skin and bathe in it to help retain moisture and tighten pores. Fuji Green Tea is a first body range infused with real green tea leaves and their benefits. This green tea comes from the heartland of Japan, the pristine Mount Fuji region where experts hand-pick the finest shoots to capture the potent antioxidant power. I am a huge fan of green tea and tea-scented beauty products, so once again The Body Shop delivered it in my eyes by merging two worlds. The collection consists of usual products like Body Butter, Body Scrub and Exfoliating Soap. There are also new and interesting products like Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea and Fuji Green Tea Bath Infuser which will make your bath experience a complete bliss. I've been currently loving Fuji Green Tea Body Wash* (RRP £4.00) and Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion* (RRP £8.00) which wake me up in the morning shower, give me some moisture and simply invigorate my body and mind.
I've found this gorgeous Olivia Burton watch underneath my Christmas tree. It's Midi Dial Mink and Rose Gold Watch and I loved it from the minute I laid my eyes on it. It has the prettiest pattern on the strap - slightly reminding me of an animal/leopard print - and the lovely rose gold detail. I don't own a lot of rose gold jewellery - just a couple of rings - so it was definitely welcomed in my life. It has such chic shape and Roman Numerals look very cool. It suits me on most of the days - whether I am going for relaxed look with boyfriend jeans and jumper or a little black dress and high heels. Olivia Burton watches are simply so cute and no wonder they are becoming bloggers' favourites!
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You know me - I usually go with mascara which gives me volume, but lately I've been enjoying using MUA Eye Define Lengthening Mascara* which launched earlier this month. It has thick, defined brush head to make sure that every lash is coated without clogging or overloading. It helps me create a fuller and longer lashes and costing only £3 it's perfect for those on a tight budget. There was no flaking or smudging for the entire day and I actually really like the mascara wand - it's very flexible and is easy to use to cover lower lashes.
What's your current favourite mascara?
All Dove fans will rejoice in finding that the new Dove body wash range has been refreshed, to enable the daily beauty routine and pamper to truly start as soon as you step into the shower. Dove body wash experts worked hard to achieve something completely unique - replace harsh cleansers with milder cleansers - whilst at the same time increase the superior quality of lather that women want and love from their body wash. The result - Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash* - will make your skin feel soft and smooth after just one shower, but won't stripe away all of your skin's goodness. There is also a new product hitting the shelves - Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash* that will cleanse and exfoliate your dull, dry skin thanks to gentle sand beads which simply smooth it away. It's even gentle enough for everyday use! This is definitely a star product for me and it's great to use when having fake tan on, so I can avoid that dreaded streaky look that can suddenly appear after few days.
Will you pick up any of these Dove body washes?
For spring and summer my favourite makeup brand Bourjois is releasing few new products*, focusing hard on the brow game, there's new foundation, whole range of brand new lipsticks, something to take care of your cuticles - even for the most time-pressured women - and a reinvented nail polish with unique triangle bottles! Safe to say there is plenty to choose from!
The most exciting launch for me - a lipstick lover - is of course Rouge Edition Aqua Laque! You know well by now that I simply can't live without Rouge Edition Velvets and I reviewed majority of the shades on the blog before, so I couldn't wait to see and try this new Bourjois lip creation. I am working on a post with all the swatches, so stay tuned for that. For now, I'm going to tell you that Aqua Lacque is in essence a brand new hybrid lipstick combining a high concentration of water and Nymphea extract which has great moisturising ability. It's apparently so potent that Bourjois is advising against applying any nourishing/moisturising lip balms beforehand - just pure Aqua Lacque on dry and clean lips. There are eight shades available for muted nudes, pretty pinks and fiery reds - definitely something for everyone!
New La Laque collection of twelve nail polish shades is a combination of amazing colour, concentrated pigments and shine. All is packed in a unique triangle bottle with generous precise round brush which covers the nail in just one stroke. There are both classic muted tones and crazy colour packed shades to paint your fingers and toes when going on holiday. I really like them. (RRP £6.49)
Available from May at Boots, Superdrug, very.co.uk, asos.com, feelunique.co.uk
Bourjois Magic Nail Care (apologies for taking photos on the French side of the label!) is an innovative treatment with jojoba oil to get intensely nourished nails and cuticles. The concept is exactly the same as with Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover - you dip each nail, twist and remove the finger and massage the edges to rub in the oil. All can be done in mere 1 second, so it's perfect treatment-on-the-go or to take on holiday. The formula has a fresh scent and it can be used also on painted nails without removing your polish. (RRP £5.99)
Currently online exclusive at BeautyMart
Available online from April at very.co.uk, feelunique.com, asos.com, superdrug.com
I'm yet to meet a person who doesn't like Bourjois foundations. From Happy Light and CC Cream to Healthy Mix Serum and 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation - it's a budget foundation heaven. The new Bourjois Nude Sensation foundation coming in four shades has an incredibly light texture and melts instantly into the skin leaving it soft and supple. It smooths blemishes rather than camouflaging them, so you really can get incredible results with it. I am not usually a fan of potted foundations, but for this one I'll definitely make an exception. (RRP £9.99)
Currently online exclusive at feelunique.com
Nationwide mid May
I've been really into eyebrow products, routines and maintenance lately and I'm happy to report that Bourjois took the brow game seriously this season. They are launching Brow Showroom to suit the product for every need, desire, look and shade of eyebrow. First is Brow Design Brow Mascara coming in three colour shades (the one in the photo is the lightest one) and a transparent one. It's designed to tidy up, fill in and fix your eyebrows. (RRP £7.99) Next is Brow Natural Eyebrow Felt-Tip Pen coming in three shades with semi-transparent formula that allows you to easily and subtly reshape your eyebrows. (RRP £6.99) Sourcil Précision is a brow pencil with a built-in brush and offers a soft tip and easy blending which means that you can neat, reshape and intensify your brow look however you want. It comes in six shades to match your hair colour. (RRP £4.99) One last brow release which got me most excited is Brow Beauty Touch Eye Illuminating Pencil (I haven't received a sample but couldn't wait to blog about it anyway). It has one slightly pearly illuminating shade and its purpose is to use it beneath the eyebrow arch to emphasise your look. Anyone senses Benefit High Brow Pencil dupe? I think so, but for a fraction of the price - RRP £6.99!
Available from June at Boots, Superdrug, very.co.uk, asos.com, feelunique.co.uk
Tell me which upcoming Bourjois launch gets you most excited!
I spotted this Origins Mask Marvels Gift Set (from Boots) in one of Adrienne's posts and set my sights on getting it no matter what. There was similar set before Christmas, but I completely missed it and it was sold out before I realised how good value it was. So I was determined to get it this time. The reason is that I have never ever tried famous Origins face masks and I wanted to try Drink Up Intensive Overnight face mask (Holy Grail for some) for as long as I remember.
To get three much-acclaimed masks: Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (to clear pores), Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (to quench skin’s thirst) and Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask (to rescue problem skin) for mere £20 is truly a miracle (to compare full-sized 100ml Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask costs £23!). Each mask has 75ml, so it makes it a perfect starter set to see which mask works best for you and is worth investing in the future - get it fast!
I haven't been subscribed to any beauty/lifestyle boxes for a long time, so when My Little Superbox* landed on my doorstep I was very pleasantly surprised and eager to see what's inside! I think the best part of getting a subscription box is opening it and that element of surprise. That's why I always avoided any spoilers. I heard raving reviews about My Little Box and safe to say I was not disappointed, it is so cute and full of wonderful and useful things.
This month's box is themed around superheroes and they went into such detail that the package was even addressed to "Super Joanna" - how cute is that?! Inside was a collection of illustration stickers with Wonder Woman being a leading lady, inspirational My Little World magazine with fashion and beauty tips and trends as well as a bit of lifestyle, a superhero t-shirt (great for the gym or a run in the park!) and few beauty bits: Kérastase Cristalliste Luminous Perfecting Conditioner to make the hair looking luminous, soft and supple (I can't wait to use it!), Caudalíe's best-selling Hand and Nail Cream loaded with grape-seed oil, organic shea butter, avocado and olive oil to help nourish my hands and My Little Beauty Lips & Cheeks Pencil in a season-appropriate peachy shade to keep handy in my handbag for a quick top-up of colour on my lips and cheeks.
My Little Box is available here and costs £11/month + £3.95 P&P per month, you can cancel anytime, although I don't think you will!
Are you subscribed to any beauty/lifestyle boxes?
I was recently gifted a very generous KIKO limited edition gift card with some £££ to spend on this amazing KIKO haul*. I love KIKO, their products are reliable, always on-trend and they have something for everyone. I even tried bits of their skincare and I love their Energy Mask. Visit KIKO stores to see the whole range of products if you haven't seen or tested them before, the makeup artists there are always very nice and informative. I personally love their Regent's Street store, but if you don't fancy travelling to central London, they are also in Westfield White City and Westfield Stratford, so really you don't have any excuse to splurge!
I am planning to hopefully do a little bit of travelling soon, so I decided to invest in this genius Travel Brush Set containing five dual-ended professional makeup brushes. All are synthetic, which is hugely important for me. I simply love how compact it is and how many products it has: Face 500 (face brush, ideal for blending bronzer and blush), Face 501 duo (double-ended travel face brush, for the application of concealers and cream products), Eyes & Lips 502 duo (travel eye and lip brush), Eyes 503 duo and Eyes 504 duo (travel eye brushes with two tips, perfect for applying and blending loose powder, compact or cream eyeshadows). The case can be washed in the washing machine and I can easily replace/add other makeup brushes, I have my eye on Real Techniques Mini Must-Haves.
I also picked up two more KIKO Cool Touch Eyeshadow in Original Cream and Modern Burgundy from the Generation Next Collection which I've reviewed fully here. They have water-based formula with airy and silky texture that glides perfectly on the eyelids. They come in these specially-designed packages to protect the product's unique composition. A transparent internal lid allows to see the eyeshadow colour while preserving its freshness.
I coveted over NARS Multiple for months now, but KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in Geranium and Rose Mauve seemed like a great alternative. They are pigmented and easy to blend, the velvety, silky texture melts onto the skin and gives a pleasant sensation of comfort and looks natural on my skin.
I am always after a new nail polish base and top coats and forever looking for those which will give me a perfect and long-lasting manicure. That's why I added KIKO 3 in 1 White - base, hardener and whitening top coat - all in one. Its special formula is enriched with strengthening and whitening lemon and lime plant active ingredients for a triple action: it protects the nail from the colour and protects its surface, strengthens the nails and seals the nail polish by speeding up the drying time and improving its hold. I'll definitely report back on this one.
KIKO Glow² Blush & Highlighter is a part of Bad Girl Collection and is currently on sale, so grab it quick! It's a blush and highlighter stick to give an instant radiant effect. I also got it because it will be very useful for any travels - with one swipe I can put on a highlighter and blusher at the same time, or blend them two together for an unique blush shade. I absolutely love it - so clever and the shades compliment each other so well.
Last, but not least, I got KIKO Pencil Lip Gloss in Light Beige to emulate my inner Kylie Jenner. I already own one of these in a similar light shade - Baby Pink - and it feels nicely on the lips and lasts a decent amount of time, plus it's only £3.90!
Are you a fan of KIKO makeup? What shall I pick up next?
Butterfly Twists is a premium ballerina and footwear brand for those looking for a stylish flats without breaking the bank. High-quality and stylish, each shoe is made with a butter-soft memory foam sole to cushion the foot and maximize comfort. There are plenty of seasonal styles, colours and prints, so you can choose what your heart desires. The newest campaign 'Anytime Anywhere' shows that the shoes can be worn for any occasion from cocktails in the city, leisurely stroll in the park or lazy afternoon at home. What I really love about this campaign is that you can replace '.com' in the butterflytwists.com URL to anything your heart desires and you will be redirected to a page which is most relevant. So if you enter butterflytwists.dance you will see a beautiful dancer. Try .cat, .club, .gallery, .ninja and .random to see more!
I Love...'s Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Crème* (RRP £2.99) is a limited edition product released in collaboration with cancer charity CoppaFeel to promote breast cancer awareness as part of #ShowerHijack campaign. The campaign's aim is for women to spot the sign and symptoms of breast cancer as a part of their routine, so it can be early detected. As you can see, the packaging has an amazing chart that is especially important for young girls who may be sometimes afraid or shy to ask how to check for the those signs. As a bonus, this fresh peachy crème will leave your body nourished and refreshed and is packed with pro vitamin B5 to keep your skin soft and supple - as you can see I've used quite a lot of it already! It's going to be exclusive to Boots and is coming up this month. You can see this launch and much more in my VLOG here.
For Spring/Summer 2015, GOSH prepared a lot of new and exciting releases*. You could see a sneak peek in my VLOG a while back, but I thought that proper reviews on the blog are also in order. The main theme is Urban Vibes with colours and lights of city nights. Thus the colours are edgy, playful and young to express your individuality with an ease.
Personally, for me the star product is GOSH Primer Plus+ Hydration to create a perfect porcelain skin. I suffer from occasional dryness, so this was my saviour for the couple of the last weeks. Primer Plus+ contains snow algae to safeguard skin's youthfulness and works at cellular level to rejuvenate, protect and hydrate. It blurs all of my imperfections and fine lines and is perfume and paraben free. I love it! RRP 13.99
You may well know that I love lipstick and lip crayons, so these GOSH Forever Lip Shine twist-up lipsticks were a welcomed addition in my makeup collection. Coming in ten colours, these will colour your lips with one simple stroke and leave them soft and moisturized. I like their smooth texture and the fact that they're colour-coded - makes it easy to pick up shade I want. My favouries are Lady Like and Funky Friday although I was sporting Love Story lately to channel my inner Kylie Jenner. RRP £6.99
I am not an eye liner master by any means, but these GOSH Xtreme Liquid Eye Liners are really good. There are nine shades in the collection, so you see full range in the picture above. All of them have very intense colour and are extremely long-lasting and waterproof (I had to really soak them up with my Bioderma). I like the soft and precise tip which makes the application easier and the fact that they're free of parabens and water-based - I'm wearing contact lenses on daily basis and just don't want any extra nasties near my eyes. RRP £5.99
The other new GOSH releases are: Eyelight Trios (coming in four variations and containing highlighter, glitter and satin shades, RRP £6.99), Xtreme Volume & Length Mascara (has soft fibres and triangular-shaped brush to give false lash effect, RRP 8.49) and new Nail Lacquer shades perfect for springtime.
Which product got your most excited?