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Sidenote: I took a million pictures and my computer decided it couldn’t open any of them except one, which is slightly poorer quality so I am sorry for the state of the imagery in this post. #BLOGGINGPROBS

If you asked me five years ago what my favourite blusher was, I wouldn’t have been able to answer. Blush was the one product I was scared to experiment with because of my already, naturally flushed complexion. I think the only blushers I ever used as a tween were the little pots from Bourjois, in the brightest pink imaginable (obvs!). Fast forward five years and I am a bit of a blush fiend. I realised that if I was going to cement my face with foundation, I needed to add some dimension and colour back into the face. Obvs bronzer goes hand-in-hand with blush, but sometimes I only need the blush and can quite happily step outside wearing only foundation and blusher.

I do try to use darker shades during the autumn, but that’s not always viable with pale skin, so I have rounded up my top five current favourite blushers that I think y’all should try!

An image of five blushers to try in autumn

Sleek Blush in Pomegranate (£4.99) - This is one I pull out every time Autumn rolls around. Pomegranate represents its name perfectly with a rich berry hue with coppery gold undertones. This looks as though you’ve pinched your cheeks in cold weather; the perfect natural, cold weather flush of colour.

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Rose (£24)* - I adore the texture of this; it’s super creamy and bouncy and delivers a petal-soft flush of wearable colour to the cheeks. I tend to gravitate towards this on those ‘I can’t be bothered but I want to look decent’ days.

Vincent Longo Water Canvas Blush in Swan Lake (£33.50)* - Similar in formula to the Burberry blush but ever so slightly more hydrating. Infused with microwater, this not only adds a natural-looking flush, but it makes skin feel and remain hydrated. This is a slightly duskier shade with mauve undertones - a winner for pale skin!

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve (£8.99) - Can you tell I love dusky mauvey tones yet? This is another oldie but definitely a goodie. I love both baked and multi-tonal products and this is such a sweet powdery shade that is lovely for Autumn. I like to use this when wearing a slightly warmer eye look.

NARS Orgasm Limited Edition (£28)* - Many will tell you this blush is a staple for summer, but I also love to use it throughout every season; it’s a go to product that will always remain a classic. NARS say it’s the ultimate authority in blush and I am inclined to agree. The peachy pink, golden tones are an ideal match for a coppery eye.

What blushers do you love?

The Blush Wardrobe // Five To Try

Sidenote: I took a million pictures and my computer decided it couldn’t open any of them except one, which is slightly poorer quality so I am sorry for the state of the imagery in this post. #BLOGGINGPROBS

If you asked me five years ago what my favourite blusher was, I wouldn’t have been able to answer. Blush was the one product I was scared to experiment with because of my already, naturally flushed complexion. I think the only blushers I ever used as a tween were the little pots from Bourjois, in the brightest pink imaginable (obvs!). Fast forward five years and I am a bit of a blush fiend. I realised that if I was going to cement my face with foundation, I needed to add some dimension and colour back into the face. Obvs bronzer goes hand-in-hand with blush, but sometimes I only need the blush and can quite happily step outside wearing only foundation and blusher.

I do try to use darker shades during the autumn, but that’s not always viable with pale skin, so I have rounded up my top five current favourite blushers that I think y’all should try!

An image of five blushers to try in autumn

Sleek Blush in Pomegranate (£4.99) - This is one I pull out every time Autumn rolls around. Pomegranate represents its name perfectly with a rich berry hue with coppery gold undertones. This looks as though you’ve pinched your cheeks in cold weather; the perfect natural, cold weather flush of colour.

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Rose (£24)* - I adore the texture of this; it’s super creamy and bouncy and delivers a petal-soft flush of wearable colour to the cheeks. I tend to gravitate towards this on those ‘I can’t be bothered but I want to look decent’ days.

Vincent Longo Water Canvas Blush in Swan Lake (£33.50)* - Similar in formula to the Burberry blush but ever so slightly more hydrating. Infused with microwater, this not only adds a natural-looking flush, but it makes skin feel and remain hydrated. This is a slightly duskier shade with mauve undertones - a winner for pale skin!

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve (£8.99) - Can you tell I love dusky mauvey tones yet? This is another oldie but definitely a goodie. I love both baked and multi-tonal products and this is such a sweet powdery shade that is lovely for Autumn. I like to use this when wearing a slightly warmer eye look.

NARS Orgasm Limited Edition (£28)* - Many will tell you this blush is a staple for summer, but I also love to use it throughout every season; it’s a go to product that will always remain a classic. NARS say it’s the ultimate authority in blush and I am inclined to agree. The peachy pink, golden tones are an ideal match for a coppery eye.

What blushers do you love?
Sometimes in life, the most ordinary things are the best solutions. In beauty particularly, sometimes there’s no need for fuss, ornate packing and a list of ingredients as long as your arm. The Ordinary, the new brand from Deciem’s Brandon Truaxe, has emphasised this, consequently taking the industry by storm. I love Deciem - whose brands include Grow Gorgeous, Hand Chemistry, NIOD and Hylamide. I love its range of products, the ethos, and the people behind the brand. Whenever the company introduces something new, I get this giddy feeling, because I simply know it’s going to be something of sheer genius; something else to shake up the beauty industry.

The Ordinary by Deciem is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. So what is it offering? honestly priced skincare ingredients in their simplest, purest form housed in stripped back packaging. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I first saw the prices of these products - which range from £4.90 to £12.70 - because of the ingredients that were on offer. High prices are usually attached to such ingredients from prior experience, so this is a shake up that made great skincare ingredients accessible for all.

An image of The Ordinary by DECIEM
The only thing to get your head around is the labels; the names of products are all very scientific, however if you know your beauty and indeed your skin, you’ll know what you’re after. Deciding what my skin needed was difficult because I could have got over excited and piled every product onto my skin (don’t do that, ever!) but I really examined my current routine and worked out what I could introduce, where and why. I opted for The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (£4.90)*, a water-free, silicone-free stable suspension of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to brighten and protect skin against ageing. My skin is always one that suffers dullness, so brightening ingredients are a must for me, and I love vitamin C; there’s just something about it that makes everything fresher and juicer come morning. Ideally this should be applied in the evening, but it can be used in the morning if you prefer. L-Ascorbic Acid is the pure form of vitamin C and is unstable in presence of water. This formulation suspends extremely fine L-Ascorbic Acid in a silicone-free base without the use of water, maximising topical delivery of the vitamin C suspension.

an image of The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
I have used vitamin C serums before, but nothing close to the potency of The Ordinary. I was surprised at the formula, which was white and gritty (it reminded me of Infacol in consistency) as opposed to oily and smooth. The product does sink into the skin quickly and efficiently though. The only thing I would say is always wash your hands after use. I’m presuming the reason the lines on my hands have tinged orange is because the vitamin c oxidises and I didn’t wash my hands post use. Luckily it doesn’t oxidise on the face or we would look like one of Willy Wonka’s Umpa Lumpas.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

Beauty Discovery // The Ordinary by DECIEM

Sometimes in life, the most ordinary things are the best solutions. In beauty particularly, sometimes there’s no need for fuss, ornate packing and a list of ingredients as long as your arm. The Ordinary, the new brand from Deciem’s Brandon Truaxe, has emphasised this, consequently taking the industry by storm. I love Deciem - whose brands include Grow Gorgeous, Hand Chemistry, NIOD and Hylamide. I love its range of products, the ethos, and the people behind the brand. Whenever the company introduces something new, I get this giddy feeling, because I simply know it’s going to be something of sheer genius; something else to shake up the beauty industry.

The Ordinary by Deciem is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. So what is it offering? honestly priced skincare ingredients in their simplest, purest form housed in stripped back packaging. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I first saw the prices of these products - which range from £4.90 to £12.70 - because of the ingredients that were on offer. High prices are usually attached to such ingredients from prior experience, so this is a shake up that made great skincare ingredients accessible for all.

An image of The Ordinary by DECIEM
The only thing to get your head around is the labels; the names of products are all very scientific, however if you know your beauty and indeed your skin, you’ll know what you’re after. Deciding what my skin needed was difficult because I could have got over excited and piled every product onto my skin (don’t do that, ever!) but I really examined my current routine and worked out what I could introduce, where and why. I opted for The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (£4.90)*, a water-free, silicone-free stable suspension of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to brighten and protect skin against ageing. My skin is always one that suffers dullness, so brightening ingredients are a must for me, and I love vitamin C; there’s just something about it that makes everything fresher and juicer come morning. Ideally this should be applied in the evening, but it can be used in the morning if you prefer. L-Ascorbic Acid is the pure form of vitamin C and is unstable in presence of water. This formulation suspends extremely fine L-Ascorbic Acid in a silicone-free base without the use of water, maximising topical delivery of the vitamin C suspension.

an image of The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
I have used vitamin C serums before, but nothing close to the potency of The Ordinary. I was surprised at the formula, which was white and gritty (it reminded me of Infacol in consistency) as opposed to oily and smooth. The product does sink into the skin quickly and efficiently though. The only thing I would say is always wash your hands after use. I’m presuming the reason the lines on my hands have tinged orange is because the vitamin c oxidises and I didn’t wash my hands post use. Luckily it doesn’t oxidise on the face or we would look like one of Willy Wonka’s Umpa Lumpas.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

Last week I attended a really exciting press breakfast for Vincent Longo Cosmetics. Now, if you're like me and didn't know such a brand existed, then read on. Vincent Longo Cosmetics was founded over 20 years ago and was originally available in the UK in the early 90s. It has this month relaunched in the UK at Cult Beauty, and some of the products are a dream to work with and are worth checking out further. The Vincent Longo Cosmetics line has been designed to emphasise unique beauty through innovative technologies, high-performance formulas and art-inspired colour palettes. What I love about this brand is that it marries make-up artistry with everyday life, making it acceptable for the likes of you and I.

An image of Vincent Longo Cosmetics
The hero product in the collection is the Water Canvas Créme-to-Powder Foundation (£43.50),  which works to provide featherweight light-to-medium coverage that feels like a second skin. The foundation is formulated with 75% micro water and seaweed extract to offer prolonged hydration. The interesting thing with micro water is that if it isn't contained properly, it will evaporate. This can be cased in a travel compact with a sponge to ensure it is locked in and is air-tight. Microwater seeks out imperfections, helping to diminish the look of lines and smooth skin. I really quite like this product as it provides me with a really fresh glow and I have worked out that patting the product over tough areas helps provide more coverage. This does definitely need a concealer over it though as on its own, it's not enough coverage for my pesky skin. 

What made this product even better, to my belief, is the Water Canvas Base (£33.50), a primer that preps skin for a silky smooth complexion. This is incredibly cooling on the skin and is free from silicone, oil and parabens, which surprised me as it does feel a tiny bit siliconey, but more of a thick water gel which is super hydrating. The formula is also infused with seaweed extract to nourish skin and lock in moisture. 

One of my favourite base products in the range is the Water Canvas Blush (£33.50), which also contains a high amount of micro water and works in the same way as the foundation. There are four shades in the range, but the shade I have is Swan Lake, a gorgeous pink tone that works lovely for pale skin. This works best applied in a patting motion for a fresh, glowy flush of colour.

An image of Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow

The highlight of this collection for me though is the Pearl X Eyeshadow in Gypsy Rose (£19), a multi-textured eyeshadow that combines shades of matte and shimmer for a gorgeous eye look. I do kind of wish when swatched you could see the different shades of pink, but this comes out a lovely goldy shade that makes blue eyes pop. The pigment is fantastic and the formula blends so nicely with an infusion of vitamin E for hydrating wear.

The final product I have from the collection is the Lip and Cheek Gel Stain (£18.50), not a product I'd usually opt for, but lovely nonetheless. The dual-purpose water-based stain delivers a sheer wash of long-lasting colour to cheeks and lips. The water-resistant formula blends easily and can be layered for a deeper colour. I personally wouldn't use this on the cheeks as I find I don't work quick enough to blend before it dries, but I do really like it on the lips for everyday wear. It also smells and tastes like sweets, so double win!

There are a few other products in the range available at Cult Beauty, and I especially love the look of the Créme Gel Eyeliner, which I swatched at the event. These can be used as cream eyeshadows too which is pure genius!

I have also put up a first impressions video on my YouTube if you want to watch!

*this post contains PR samples*

First Impressions // Vincent Longo Cosmetics

Last week I attended a really exciting press breakfast for Vincent Longo Cosmetics. Now, if you're like me and didn't know such a brand existed, then read on. Vincent Longo Cosmetics was founded over 20 years ago and was originally available in the UK in the early 90s. It has this month relaunched in the UK at Cult Beauty, and some of the products are a dream to work with and are worth checking out further. The Vincent Longo Cosmetics line has been designed to emphasise unique beauty through innovative technologies, high-performance formulas and art-inspired colour palettes. What I love about this brand is that it marries make-up artistry with everyday life, making it acceptable for the likes of you and I.

An image of Vincent Longo Cosmetics
The hero product in the collection is the Water Canvas Créme-to-Powder Foundation (£43.50),  which works to provide featherweight light-to-medium coverage that feels like a second skin. The foundation is formulated with 75% micro water and seaweed extract to offer prolonged hydration. The interesting thing with micro water is that if it isn't contained properly, it will evaporate. This can be cased in a travel compact with a sponge to ensure it is locked in and is air-tight. Microwater seeks out imperfections, helping to diminish the look of lines and smooth skin. I really quite like this product as it provides me with a really fresh glow and I have worked out that patting the product over tough areas helps provide more coverage. This does definitely need a concealer over it though as on its own, it's not enough coverage for my pesky skin. 

What made this product even better, to my belief, is the Water Canvas Base (£33.50), a primer that preps skin for a silky smooth complexion. This is incredibly cooling on the skin and is free from silicone, oil and parabens, which surprised me as it does feel a tiny bit siliconey, but more of a thick water gel which is super hydrating. The formula is also infused with seaweed extract to nourish skin and lock in moisture. 

One of my favourite base products in the range is the Water Canvas Blush (£33.50), which also contains a high amount of micro water and works in the same way as the foundation. There are four shades in the range, but the shade I have is Swan Lake, a gorgeous pink tone that works lovely for pale skin. This works best applied in a patting motion for a fresh, glowy flush of colour.

An image of Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow

The highlight of this collection for me though is the Pearl X Eyeshadow in Gypsy Rose (£19), a multi-textured eyeshadow that combines shades of matte and shimmer for a gorgeous eye look. I do kind of wish when swatched you could see the different shades of pink, but this comes out a lovely goldy shade that makes blue eyes pop. The pigment is fantastic and the formula blends so nicely with an infusion of vitamin E for hydrating wear.

The final product I have from the collection is the Lip and Cheek Gel Stain (£18.50), not a product I'd usually opt for, but lovely nonetheless. The dual-purpose water-based stain delivers a sheer wash of long-lasting colour to cheeks and lips. The water-resistant formula blends easily and can be layered for a deeper colour. I personally wouldn't use this on the cheeks as I find I don't work quick enough to blend before it dries, but I do really like it on the lips for everyday wear. It also smells and tastes like sweets, so double win!

There are a few other products in the range available at Cult Beauty, and I especially love the look of the Créme Gel Eyeliner, which I swatched at the event. These can be used as cream eyeshadows too which is pure genius!

I have also put up a first impressions video on my YouTube if you want to watch!

*this post contains PR samples*
If there is one thing I get asked a lot about, or something I get complimented on often, it’s my hair. I sometimes find this hard to comprehend as so many people have crazy coloured hair now that I often feel like I should blend into the crowd. I guess that’s a pretty naive way to think, as I still stand out from the crowd in most places haha. My friends often joke that due to my crazy coloured hair I am one that cannot be lost and can be spotted from afar in most supermarkets and that's definitely true. I don’t mean that negatively, I love having crazy hair and It’s so lovely when people stop me in the street to say how much they love it too, it’s just sometimes I forget. I forget I have crazy hair half of the time I am out, so when someone is staring at me or a child is pointing me out to their mother (this happens a lot!!), it makes me feel a little weird. But that’s part and parcel of having attention grabbing hair I guess, so I can definitely deal with it because I think it's awesome...

an image of Colour Freedom Hair Dye in Pink Pizazz and Mystic Purple
So the most pertinent question of all; how do I achieve it? I get a lot of people asking to touch my hair who are frequently amazed by its condition. Trust me when I say a lot of hair had to be lobbed off to regain even an inch of healthy hair. I was pillar-box red for seven years before I decided to go purple, and in the beginning I attempted the silver lilac trend, and because I am naturally brunette (and had tons of red left), I failed. I couldn’t get light enough for pastel shades, so I opted for something brighter. During the transition, I then – by fault of my own – accidentally turned my hair blue and green, and fixing that was a NIGHTMARE (kudos to my Mum for doing it, but my hair after was ruined as it was just breaking off from all the bleach) I was purple for two years before I decided to introduce pink into the mix, and that only followed a huge hair cut (I had a bob last Christmas and it’s only got to this length now) but to answer the question, 80% of the time; the colour on my hair is from Colour Freedom*. I think this brand is totally underrated in the crazy colour hair kingdom, but honestly it’s fantastic at achieving the results you most desire. My Mum is a hairdresser and even she approves of this dye, especially the formula when comparing to other brands. I do sometimes bring Swarzkopf’s Live Ultra Brights into the mix as I usually mix a bit of their Purple Punk with the Colour Freedom Mystic Purple and use their Shocking Pink on my roots when I want a slightly different tone, but the below look is fully achieved using Colour Freedom.

An image of Colour Freedom Hair Dye
You get so much product in these tubes, so I can actually get away with using one, unlike the two tubes of dye I am used to. These also smell really good and are super moisturising. I think these dyes really help keep the condition of my hair at its best. They say their semi-permanent, but that depends on your hair type, colour and porosity. My hair is still extremely porous so it just eats the colour and stains the hair. It fades obviously, but never disappears. The colour lasts a good while too, especially the purple. The purple remains the same for a good two months before it needs topping up, and that’s only on the top bit by my fringe (such an annoying area), the underneath lasts even longer. The pink fades a lot quicker and I have to top that up every three to four weeks. If you have coloured hair, definitely give Colour Freedom a try because it is super affordable (£6.99 each), easily accessible at Superdrug and rivals, if not out performs, other dye.

an image of pink and purple hair

There are lots of colours on offer too which are easily mixed. Occasionally I will mix the Magenta Pink in with the purple when I want a slightly pinkier base. The brand also offers its Pasteliser, which works similarly to conditioner, to pastelise shades. I hear a lot of people use conditioner - even I have in the past - but I personally think dedicated products work better as, according to my hairdresser, conditioner can act as a barrier between your hair and the colour. I recently tried out one of the new Colour Freedom shades at the Superdrug press day - a very denim-hued blue and I love it.

An image of me wearing Colour Freedom Denim Blue
I might do a more in-depth video on my hair soon over on my YouTube channel, explaining more of the bleaching side of things and the process of getting to this stage, so please leave me a comment and subscribe to my channel if you would like to see that.

How I Get Pink & Purple Hair // Colour Freedom

If there is one thing I get asked a lot about, or something I get complimented on often, it’s my hair. I sometimes find this hard to comprehend as so many people have crazy coloured hair now that I often feel like I should blend into the crowd. I guess that’s a pretty naive way to think, as I still stand out from the crowd in most places haha. My friends often joke that due to my crazy coloured hair I am one that cannot be lost and can be spotted from afar in most supermarkets and that's definitely true. I don’t mean that negatively, I love having crazy hair and It’s so lovely when people stop me in the street to say how much they love it too, it’s just sometimes I forget. I forget I have crazy hair half of the time I am out, so when someone is staring at me or a child is pointing me out to their mother (this happens a lot!!), it makes me feel a little weird. But that’s part and parcel of having attention grabbing hair I guess, so I can definitely deal with it because I think it's awesome...

an image of Colour Freedom Hair Dye in Pink Pizazz and Mystic Purple
So the most pertinent question of all; how do I achieve it? I get a lot of people asking to touch my hair who are frequently amazed by its condition. Trust me when I say a lot of hair had to be lobbed off to regain even an inch of healthy hair. I was pillar-box red for seven years before I decided to go purple, and in the beginning I attempted the silver lilac trend, and because I am naturally brunette (and had tons of red left), I failed. I couldn’t get light enough for pastel shades, so I opted for something brighter. During the transition, I then – by fault of my own – accidentally turned my hair blue and green, and fixing that was a NIGHTMARE (kudos to my Mum for doing it, but my hair after was ruined as it was just breaking off from all the bleach) I was purple for two years before I decided to introduce pink into the mix, and that only followed a huge hair cut (I had a bob last Christmas and it’s only got to this length now) but to answer the question, 80% of the time; the colour on my hair is from Colour Freedom*. I think this brand is totally underrated in the crazy colour hair kingdom, but honestly it’s fantastic at achieving the results you most desire. My Mum is a hairdresser and even she approves of this dye, especially the formula when comparing to other brands. I do sometimes bring Swarzkopf’s Live Ultra Brights into the mix as I usually mix a bit of their Purple Punk with the Colour Freedom Mystic Purple and use their Shocking Pink on my roots when I want a slightly different tone, but the below look is fully achieved using Colour Freedom.

An image of Colour Freedom Hair Dye
You get so much product in these tubes, so I can actually get away with using one, unlike the two tubes of dye I am used to. These also smell really good and are super moisturising. I think these dyes really help keep the condition of my hair at its best. They say their semi-permanent, but that depends on your hair type, colour and porosity. My hair is still extremely porous so it just eats the colour and stains the hair. It fades obviously, but never disappears. The colour lasts a good while too, especially the purple. The purple remains the same for a good two months before it needs topping up, and that’s only on the top bit by my fringe (such an annoying area), the underneath lasts even longer. The pink fades a lot quicker and I have to top that up every three to four weeks. If you have coloured hair, definitely give Colour Freedom a try because it is super affordable (£6.99 each), easily accessible at Superdrug and rivals, if not out performs, other dye.

an image of pink and purple hair

There are lots of colours on offer too which are easily mixed. Occasionally I will mix the Magenta Pink in with the purple when I want a slightly pinkier base. The brand also offers its Pasteliser, which works similarly to conditioner, to pastelise shades. I hear a lot of people use conditioner - even I have in the past - but I personally think dedicated products work better as, according to my hairdresser, conditioner can act as a barrier between your hair and the colour. I recently tried out one of the new Colour Freedom shades at the Superdrug press day - a very denim-hued blue and I love it.

An image of me wearing Colour Freedom Denim Blue
I might do a more in-depth video on my hair soon over on my YouTube channel, explaining more of the bleaching side of things and the process of getting to this stage, so please leave me a comment and subscribe to my channel if you would like to see that.
When I first wrote about the new DSquared2 WANT Pink Ginger Eau de Parfum, I felt instant lust towards the tantalising description of what it smelt like. Therefore, when it landed on my desk in all its glory, I almost burst with excitement. I had never really experienced DSquared2 before, I had heard about it but would have never picked it out of a line-up. But this new launch had me at first glance; the bottle is exquisite and had my inner pink lover jumping out from under my skin. As I have previously mentioned, finding a scent that is so ‘me’ is a rarity, but this spicy and sweet combination denoted my personality from the offset.

The fragrance is of oriental and floral origin and comprises hypnotising notes of pink ginger, mangosteen (a scent I absolutely adore in bath and body products) and pink pepper, which are then blended with lemon, tangerine, damask rose, heliotrope and neroli. The dry down is sweet and warm, with notes of Madagascar essence, vanilla, violet and amber. This fragrance lingers all day, which is an absolute dream. I have had so many compliments - even towards the end of the day - on this scent, and I feel like a bit of a girl boss when I wear it. I love it when a fragrance makes you feel a certain way, it’s particularly empowering.

The fragrance is available in the following formats: 30ml (£39), 50ml (£56) and 100ml (£71). 


*this post contains PR samples*

Fragrance // DSquared2 WANT Pink Ginger

When I first wrote about the new DSquared2 WANT Pink Ginger Eau de Parfum, I felt instant lust towards the tantalising description of what it smelt like. Therefore, when it landed on my desk in all its glory, I almost burst with excitement. I had never really experienced DSquared2 before, I had heard about it but would have never picked it out of a line-up. But this new launch had me at first glance; the bottle is exquisite and had my inner pink lover jumping out from under my skin. As I have previously mentioned, finding a scent that is so ‘me’ is a rarity, but this spicy and sweet combination denoted my personality from the offset.

The fragrance is of oriental and floral origin and comprises hypnotising notes of pink ginger, mangosteen (a scent I absolutely adore in bath and body products) and pink pepper, which are then blended with lemon, tangerine, damask rose, heliotrope and neroli. The dry down is sweet and warm, with notes of Madagascar essence, vanilla, violet and amber. This fragrance lingers all day, which is an absolute dream. I have had so many compliments - even towards the end of the day - on this scent, and I feel like a bit of a girl boss when I wear it. I love it when a fragrance makes you feel a certain way, it’s particularly empowering.

The fragrance is available in the following formats: 30ml (£39), 50ml (£56) and 100ml (£71). 


*this post contains PR samples*
So... I have wanted to do a giveaway for so long to say thank you all for reading my blog and supporting my little hobby - I really do love it! Since I have recently been nominated in the Bloggers Blog Awards (which, although I won't win means the WORLD to me - vote for me here if you would like to) I thought now would be as good as a time than any. I have partnered with one of my favourite drugstore brands, GOSH, to give one of you guys a chance to win some of the products that I LOVE and use regularly. I hope you enjoy the goodies - which include some fab lip, eye, face and nail products - and good luck! I'm hosting via Rafflecopter, which may be a wee bit old school? but it's simple and I am a very simple person haha. UK only though, soz peeps but I may do an international giveaway soon so keep your eyes peeeeeeled. Love to you all you lovely lot!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY // WIN A BOX OF GOSH MAKE-UP

So... I have wanted to do a giveaway for so long to say thank you all for reading my blog and supporting my little hobby - I really do love it! Since I have recently been nominated in the Bloggers Blog Awards (which, although I won't win means the WORLD to me - vote for me here if you would like to) I thought now would be as good as a time than any. I have partnered with one of my favourite drugstore brands, GOSH, to give one of you guys a chance to win some of the products that I LOVE and use regularly. I hope you enjoy the goodies - which include some fab lip, eye, face and nail products - and good luck! I'm hosting via Rafflecopter, which may be a wee bit old school? but it's simple and I am a very simple person haha. UK only though, soz peeps but I may do an international giveaway soon so keep your eyes peeeeeeled. Love to you all you lovely lot!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
I find a lot of skincare brands hit and miss; some promise me the world's most perfect skin; some promise me eternal youth; and others grab my attention with an impressive line up of groundbreaking ingredients. My skincare shelfie is forever growing but sometimes I like to strip it back to the brands I trust and know won't bring me out in hives. dermalogica is one of those brands; a brand with decades of knowledge and formulas that work. I'd call dermalogica one of those simple brands that simply gets to the point, and that's not a bad thing in the slightest. It's not a pompous brand but it's backed with science and understands what the skin needs. Maybe it's because it's a very well known professionally used brand, but for whatever reason, I trust it. I'm very rarely loyal to a skincare brand because I try so much and get pulled in by the latest innovations, but along with Liz Earle, dermalogica has my loyalty. I can't proclaim to love every one of their products, but what I can say is that most of them work for me.

Lately I've been trying a trio of dermalogica products that I'm not overly familiar with but I'm so glad I was introduced to them. I actually had my face mapped out by a dermalogica skin consultant and was informed what products I needed and which I should probably avoid. Whenever someone reads my skin, the results are so far from what I thought and it's really interesting to learn about my skin on a deeper level.

Image of Dermalogica Products

Something completely new to me is the dermalogica daily microfoliant (£41.75) which initially I thought was a chemical exfoliator/toner type product. To find out it was in fact a powder took some getting used to, and I wasn't sure at first, but after regular use I realised it was a pretty great product. The gentle rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water, in which you then massage into the skin to micro-exfoliate dead cells. After use skin feels particularly smoother and brighter. It's a weird one, but quite frankly, I love a bit of weird and it seems to be lasting a lengthy time.

One of the newer additions to the dermalogica line is the pyhto replenish oil (£56.50) which is a gorgeous product. I love a good oil, but more so when it sinks into my skin super quickly. This facial oil strengthens and restores the skin's natural protective barrier, shields against environmental stressors (a Londoners must have in a product), smoothes lines and locks in moisture. Now I don't have any lines to smooth but what this does give me is super dewy skin, RESULT. I also love to mix this with my foundation for an even glowier finish.

After complaining to the consultant about my dry, scabby and generally horrible nose, she recommended the dermalogica barrier repair (£36.90) You know how noses can get really dry in the sides? Mine never goes, however much I exfoliate and moisturise. This makes foundation look awful on my nose area and is a real pain to deal with. This also gets worse in the winter but is the same pretty much all year round. The barrier repair moisturiser is the only one that seems to significantly improve the skin around my nose by fortifying the sensitive skin and damaged barrier.

Do you have any recommendations of dermalogica products that you love?

*this post contains PR samples*

On the skincare shelf // dermalogica

I find a lot of skincare brands hit and miss; some promise me the world's most perfect skin; some promise me eternal youth; and others grab my attention with an impressive line up of groundbreaking ingredients. My skincare shelfie is forever growing but sometimes I like to strip it back to the brands I trust and know won't bring me out in hives. dermalogica is one of those brands; a brand with decades of knowledge and formulas that work. I'd call dermalogica one of those simple brands that simply gets to the point, and that's not a bad thing in the slightest. It's not a pompous brand but it's backed with science and understands what the skin needs. Maybe it's because it's a very well known professionally used brand, but for whatever reason, I trust it. I'm very rarely loyal to a skincare brand because I try so much and get pulled in by the latest innovations, but along with Liz Earle, dermalogica has my loyalty. I can't proclaim to love every one of their products, but what I can say is that most of them work for me.

Lately I've been trying a trio of dermalogica products that I'm not overly familiar with but I'm so glad I was introduced to them. I actually had my face mapped out by a dermalogica skin consultant and was informed what products I needed and which I should probably avoid. Whenever someone reads my skin, the results are so far from what I thought and it's really interesting to learn about my skin on a deeper level.

Image of Dermalogica Products

Something completely new to me is the dermalogica daily microfoliant (£41.75) which initially I thought was a chemical exfoliator/toner type product. To find out it was in fact a powder took some getting used to, and I wasn't sure at first, but after regular use I realised it was a pretty great product. The gentle rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water, in which you then massage into the skin to micro-exfoliate dead cells. After use skin feels particularly smoother and brighter. It's a weird one, but quite frankly, I love a bit of weird and it seems to be lasting a lengthy time.

One of the newer additions to the dermalogica line is the pyhto replenish oil (£56.50) which is a gorgeous product. I love a good oil, but more so when it sinks into my skin super quickly. This facial oil strengthens and restores the skin's natural protective barrier, shields against environmental stressors (a Londoners must have in a product), smoothes lines and locks in moisture. Now I don't have any lines to smooth but what this does give me is super dewy skin, RESULT. I also love to mix this with my foundation for an even glowier finish.

After complaining to the consultant about my dry, scabby and generally horrible nose, she recommended the dermalogica barrier repair (£36.90) You know how noses can get really dry in the sides? Mine never goes, however much I exfoliate and moisturise. This makes foundation look awful on my nose area and is a real pain to deal with. This also gets worse in the winter but is the same pretty much all year round. The barrier repair moisturiser is the only one that seems to significantly improve the skin around my nose by fortifying the sensitive skin and damaged barrier.

Do you have any recommendations of dermalogica products that you love?

*this post contains PR samples*
Three words that get me the most excited are Autumn is coming. I love getting fully immersed in preparing for the cooler months; the log fires and toasted marshmallows, snug duvet times on the sofa and endless hot chocolates. But it's not only the refreshing chill of Autumn that I love, it's completely switching up my beauty regimes to suit. If there's one thing I suffer with the most post-summer, it is dry skin. Not so much on my face, but definitely in regards to my body. If you could slice the skin off of my elbows, I am pretty sure what you'd have is something very reminiscent of sandpaper. My holy grail body products come from the brand Ameliorate; a brand I have touched on briefly on the blog, but a brand I thought I would revisit now September has dawned.

When I was a child I suffered quite badly from keratosis pillaris (more commonly known as chicken skin), and although I have learnt how to manage it so that it has improved greatly with age, it's still there and flares up during the winter. I mainly get this on the tops of my arms, but it's also visible on my upper thighs and butt cheeks, yes there ya go, I've divulged another thing about my body that makes me feel less than confident. I could be mistaken, but KP is very common, but more so if you have pale skin. Yup, I also tick that box. I thought I would run through some Ameliorate products that have really helped manage the condition and help my skin appear a lot more supple and hydrated.

an image of Ameliorate Skin Smoothing range
Ameliorate is the only brand that was developed to target KP prone skin, as well as other dry skin conditions, and I remember being so vividly happy when it launched; it was like I finally found a brand that catered to one of many insecurities. Many products claim to aid certain skin conditions, but Ameliorate's range really does live up to its claims. Ameliorate actually translates to 'make something bad or unsatisfactory better', which I think is a really nice touch. The hero ingredient in the range is in fact an optimum level of lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid that encourages the skin's natural exfoliation process) and within two hours of using the product, the skin's moisture content is 130% greater than before - revolutionary to say the least. Another fab thing about lactic acid that makes it so effective is that it breaks down the keratin in the hair follicle and breaks the bonds so that dead skin isn't glued together. I have been using these products (primarily the body lotion) for well over a year and it has reduced my KP to near enough nothing in comparison to what it was. Results can actually be seen within four weeks which is pretty incredible.

The Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (£27.50) is my favourite of all the products in the range. It sinks into the skin really quickly and is considerably light in formula (totes not greasy) for how hydrating it is. The scent is nothing fancy, but you get used to it, and for something that works wonders, it's a small thing to deal with. The products are also not the cheapest on the market, but again, when you know it works, it's worth every single penny. I think of it as more of a prescription than something bought for vanity. Other products include: Skin Smoothing Body Polish (£19.50), which I love to use on dry skin before I shower when I am not feeling lazy; Skin Smoothing Body Mitt (£12.50), which I use the most when I am feeling lazy (all the time pretty much) to buff dead skin from my skin pre-showering; Skin Smoothing Shower Cream (£15), my second favourite of them all as it's super creamy and doesn't just slide straight off the skin when in the shower and gets to work - in terms of hydrating the skin - in the first instance; and Skin Smoothing Bathing Powder (£23.50), which is something I use as an intense treatment when I am feeling particularly dry as you can soak and relax while it's doing its thanggg.

an image of Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Bathing Powder

Honestly, Ameliorate is one of my favourite body brands and I cannot recommend the products enough. I stand by every single one and that's a rarity in most brands. It's garnered so much attention, and quite rightly so. I feel proud of this brand as I have followed its journey since day one, and there are only a few brands I can say that about, so I mean it wholeheartedly. Oh look at me getting emosh about bodycare, I need to sign off now aha! In all seriousness though, when a brand launches and improves how you feel about one of your insecurities, it's hard not to be. BRAVO AMELIORATE.

*this post contains PR samples*

Autumn Bodycare Ritual // Ameliorate

Three words that get me the most excited are Autumn is coming. I love getting fully immersed in preparing for the cooler months; the log fires and toasted marshmallows, snug duvet times on the sofa and endless hot chocolates. But it's not only the refreshing chill of Autumn that I love, it's completely switching up my beauty regimes to suit. If there's one thing I suffer with the most post-summer, it is dry skin. Not so much on my face, but definitely in regards to my body. If you could slice the skin off of my elbows, I am pretty sure what you'd have is something very reminiscent of sandpaper. My holy grail body products come from the brand Ameliorate; a brand I have touched on briefly on the blog, but a brand I thought I would revisit now September has dawned.

When I was a child I suffered quite badly from keratosis pillaris (more commonly known as chicken skin), and although I have learnt how to manage it so that it has improved greatly with age, it's still there and flares up during the winter. I mainly get this on the tops of my arms, but it's also visible on my upper thighs and butt cheeks, yes there ya go, I've divulged another thing about my body that makes me feel less than confident. I could be mistaken, but KP is very common, but more so if you have pale skin. Yup, I also tick that box. I thought I would run through some Ameliorate products that have really helped manage the condition and help my skin appear a lot more supple and hydrated.

an image of Ameliorate Skin Smoothing range
Ameliorate is the only brand that was developed to target KP prone skin, as well as other dry skin conditions, and I remember being so vividly happy when it launched; it was like I finally found a brand that catered to one of many insecurities. Many products claim to aid certain skin conditions, but Ameliorate's range really does live up to its claims. Ameliorate actually translates to 'make something bad or unsatisfactory better', which I think is a really nice touch. The hero ingredient in the range is in fact an optimum level of lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid that encourages the skin's natural exfoliation process) and within two hours of using the product, the skin's moisture content is 130% greater than before - revolutionary to say the least. Another fab thing about lactic acid that makes it so effective is that it breaks down the keratin in the hair follicle and breaks the bonds so that dead skin isn't glued together. I have been using these products (primarily the body lotion) for well over a year and it has reduced my KP to near enough nothing in comparison to what it was. Results can actually be seen within four weeks which is pretty incredible.

The Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (£27.50) is my favourite of all the products in the range. It sinks into the skin really quickly and is considerably light in formula (totes not greasy) for how hydrating it is. The scent is nothing fancy, but you get used to it, and for something that works wonders, it's a small thing to deal with. The products are also not the cheapest on the market, but again, when you know it works, it's worth every single penny. I think of it as more of a prescription than something bought for vanity. Other products include: Skin Smoothing Body Polish (£19.50), which I love to use on dry skin before I shower when I am not feeling lazy; Skin Smoothing Body Mitt (£12.50), which I use the most when I am feeling lazy (all the time pretty much) to buff dead skin from my skin pre-showering; Skin Smoothing Shower Cream (£15), my second favourite of them all as it's super creamy and doesn't just slide straight off the skin when in the shower and gets to work - in terms of hydrating the skin - in the first instance; and Skin Smoothing Bathing Powder (£23.50), which is something I use as an intense treatment when I am feeling particularly dry as you can soak and relax while it's doing its thanggg.

an image of Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Bathing Powder

Honestly, Ameliorate is one of my favourite body brands and I cannot recommend the products enough. I stand by every single one and that's a rarity in most brands. It's garnered so much attention, and quite rightly so. I feel proud of this brand as I have followed its journey since day one, and there are only a few brands I can say that about, so I mean it wholeheartedly. Oh look at me getting emosh about bodycare, I need to sign off now aha! In all seriousness though, when a brand launches and improves how you feel about one of your insecurities, it's hard not to be. BRAVO AMELIORATE.

*this post contains PR samples*

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