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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Hello 2018

There's something exciting about starting a new year on a Monday: starting afresh, rejuvenating life, claiming back the enthusiasm for work and life after a boozy and lazy couple of weeks or days over Christmas.
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Friday, 5 January 2018

Farewell 2017

2017 was quite a year for me; a jam-packed year of fun, new people and experiences.

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Worth The Hype? | M&S Advent Calendar 2017

Let's continue our foray into Beauty Advent Calendars. This post continues on from HERE.

Marks and Spencers (M&S) is a well known store in the UK (and possibly in Europe?) that sell all things Food, Home and Beauty. They are on the higher end of supermarket quality and budget. If it's your usual grocery shop haunt - you're doing well. Their sandwiches are divine and you can't beat a good ol' pack of 'Percy Pigs'. Their home and beauty departments focus on luxury brands so having a selection of these high-performance products is a great opportunity to treat and pamper yourself (and to put on your next birthday/christmas list). 

The Calendar

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Worth the Hype? | Look Fantastic Advent Calendar 2017

2017 was the year that brought us cactus mania, unicorn-everything, fidget spinners-aplenty and more recently high-in-demand Beauty Advent calendars. Yep the true meaning of Christmas goes out the window (pun totally intended) but hey at least we'll all be looking and smelling mighty fine come 2018...

The idea of opening a lucky dip style present each day to the run up to Christmas is truly addictive but the main factor of why many are so drawn to these seasonal beauty must-haves is the fact you get to try lots of different products from a brand or stockist- often luxury! Try before you buy (and cripple your bank balance).

Last year I was frugal, this year I splashed out and purchased the Look Fantastic (£79) and the Marks & Spencers (£35 when you spend £35 in store) advent calendars. I liked the idea of finding out about new brands stocked by reputable online and highstreet stores. Of course the calendars are probably all sold out now- in fact it was recommended to preorder this one but it's useful to know for next year if this calendar is worth keeping an eye out for and also you might be intrigued to know what surprises lay within. In this post I start off by reviewing the Look Fantastic calendar. Look Fantastic are an online supplier of Skincare, Haircare and Beauty brands and deliver worldwide. 

The Calendar

This year's theme was 'Beauty in Wonderland' a huge step up from 2016's less creative design. The calendar's sturdy keep-sake box is unpresuming until you open the doors to reveal a gorgeous illustrated Lewis Carroll inspired design. Four pull out drawers hold individual numbered boxes that each hold a product. Unlike other calendars on the beauty market the contents was kept secret until sold which was all the more enticing. Another great feature is a hidden compartment in the top lid of the box which has a large mirror and place to store your treasures. 

The Products

The calendar was sold online on the Look Fantastic website and retailed for £79 however the contents inside was supposedly worth £300. I've just done the maths (yup, I didn't get a B in my maths GCSE for nothing!) and my calculations total £281.73 ... but I guess the box has got to be worth something so we'll let them off. 

Each product was individually wrapped in patterned tissue paper (see pictures) which was a nice luxurious touch!

There was a great selection of skincare and makeup however I feel some skincare products could have been swapped for more hair care products. There were a lot of moisturisers although granted, with different properties. All products were of good quality. There were 9 full size products, 16 deluxe sample size products and a giftcard code too for Magnitone.

Was it worth it? YES! I'll be trying out these products through the year but on first impression, not one product disappointed me. From following various beauty vloggers on Youtube I've come across some of these brand names and have heard good things of their 'cult' status in the beauty world so I'm super excited to finally be able to try them out. I'll be sure to pre-order next year's calendar in Sept/Oct 2018 and advise you do too!

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Kyoto Haul: Beauty

Back in April I went on an epic first time trip with my mum to Kyoto, Japan!
Check out the blog post.

Japan comes second in the world in leading the skincare and beauty industries. There is so much overwhelming choice and variety in one store it's best to be prepared with some brand names and products in mind before you go. 

I watched Youtube videos to get to know the worth while brands and interesting quirky products you can't buy easily here in the UK: 
Kimdao Best in Skincare
Fleur de Force Japanese Beauty Haul 
Click Network: Tried and Tested
Noodlerella- Massive Japan Haul 
Harriet Murray- Peel-Off Lip Tint
Sharla in Japan- All the videos! 

So here's what I bought! (including the fabric backdrop):

The Kingdom Eye Liner Brown

I love how this is very light brown in shade which is difficult to come by in the UK. 

Love Liner Liquid in Dark Brown

Love Liner is known for it's staying power. It really does prove it's worth even if your face is melting from heat! Love the colour on my pale skin as its not as harsh as black eye liner. This has become a staple in my makeup bag and I wish I'd bought more!

Black Paint Soap Cleanser

This is a soap that when submerged in warm water becomes buttery in consistency. It is made from white (apparently) charcoal that cleans pores and removes oil and dirt from the face without stripping away the skin's natural and essential moisture. I love this. It leaves skin looking and feeling fresh, clear and smooth. Although it removes eye makeup too it does sting quite a bit even with eyes tightly shut but for the rest of the face it's a really nifty product! 

Lululan Moisture Mask
Pure Smile Face Mask
Xilix Fox Aqua Relax Face Mask

I have yet to try the animal ones which is basically an animal face printed onto the mask- I hope there isn't essence of fox in them!  The Lululan sheet masks are so refreshing and moisturising! It's basically the feel of a makeup wipe that is cut to fit the face and is soaked in the product. You can buy packs of them - my pack contains 7 masks. There are lots of different variations in the Lululan range: I went for the 'regular' moisture masks in the pink packaging. 

Rimmel Magical Pore Minimizer

Despite being called Rimmel London I'm sure I haven't come across these before in England! The Pore Minimizer is a cream based formula that gives a great light base for makeup. It's ok but it's hard to know if it makes a difference. 

Rimmel Magical Stay

This is pretty magical! It stops transfer and helps the longevity of lipstick. It's a clear watery gel that you dab onto your lipstick- doesn't taste great but it does add staying power! 

Senka Perfect Whip

I'm still working this one out. It seems to be a cleanser of some sort. I'll report back!
It's a sticky formula but left my skin super soft. 

 Kyoto Yojiya Blotting Paper

Yojiya: The logo, a reflection of a woman's face in a hand mirror is a very old, very well known and unique brand to Kyoto. It's best seller is the oil blotting paper which Japanese women use to pat off excess oil and perspiration from their face. It works really well too so a must-buy if you're ever in Kyoto. 

Berrisom Chu My Lip Tint in Sexy Red (far left)

Image Credit: Beauty Bay 

 This is a thick, sticky dark in colour formula that is quite difficult to apply on the lips. As you can see in the image on the left it is nigh-on impossible to get a crisp line with the 'squeeze and product comes out' applicator. Once this yucky formula dries, you can peel it off which is very satisfying and it leaves a nice colour. However I didn't find it long-lasting and I can to go over the areas that didn't show up well from the first application.

It's a nice idea and fun to do but more novelty than quality. 

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