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I am not afraid to admit - and actually, I have admitted this before - that I am absolutely crap at doing my nails. Absolutely terrible. I’ve never had good nails anyway, but painting them has always been a troublesome task and as for my cuticles, well - they’re in an awful state. It seems almost weird that I have a whole drawer dedicated to nail polishes when they barely see the light of day, but if I have anything done to my nails, it’s a gel manicure. I used to get acrylics until I realised they made the condition ten times worse, but gels, I kinda love having done. I recently had iridescent unicorn nails done and now I’m obsessed - deffo need to get me some of that magical powder.

As a lover of gel manicures, but also as a very poor person who cannot afford the upkeep, I was delighted to receive my very own at-home Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails. I have had at-home kits before but they all came with a teeny-tiny lamp, this one however, comes with a big one (36W UV) - just like the ones you’d find in salons. I have never been so excited to actually have decent looking nails (well as decent as they can look) and be able to switch them up as much as I want to. Classy Nails have a huge array of colours to choose from, so many in fact that I couldn’t choose. I received three from my very long list (which I am obvs going to have to complete in the near future) and they’re all perfect shades (priced at £5.95). Natural Hesian is a great everyday nudey mushroom colour, I Lilac It is a gorge lilac (to match my hair, obvs) and Moody Mulberry is a deep red, ‘cus you just gotta have a red haven’t ya?

Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails
Achieving a gel manicure is so easy with this set; it literally takes 15/20 mins and the best thing? No smudging! I love the fact you can then get on with your day and not worry about ruining your mani before you’ve even stepped outside. That’s what I hate most about normal polish because I am super impatient and - in all honesty - don’t have a lot of time dedicated to upping my nail game. This Starter Gel Nails Kit comes with everything you could possible need: nail files, top coats, remover, foil remover pads, nail tools, literally everything. It only costs £56 too, which I think is a bargain; that’s basically two or three trips to the salon. I have had this on for nearly two weeks and apart from a little bit of peeling (from my terrible application may I add) it’s going strong. Just be careful not to apply it too heavy so that it spreads off of the nail onto the skin because it will just lift. I need to practice more I think…

an image of Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails natural hessian
Have you thought about investing in an at-home gel nails kit? The only negative for me is finding somewhere to bloody put it ‘cus I basically live in a shed. No, I’m kidding, but my room isn’t exactly accommodating to my beauty stash.


Strong Nail Game // Classy Nails Gel Manicure Kit

I am not afraid to admit - and actually, I have admitted this before - that I am absolutely crap at doing my nails. Absolutely terrible. I’ve never had good nails anyway, but painting them has always been a troublesome task and as for my cuticles, well - they’re in an awful state. It seems almost weird that I have a whole drawer dedicated to nail polishes when they barely see the light of day, but if I have anything done to my nails, it’s a gel manicure. I used to get acrylics until I realised they made the condition ten times worse, but gels, I kinda love having done. I recently had iridescent unicorn nails done and now I’m obsessed - deffo need to get me some of that magical powder.

As a lover of gel manicures, but also as a very poor person who cannot afford the upkeep, I was delighted to receive my very own at-home Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails. I have had at-home kits before but they all came with a teeny-tiny lamp, this one however, comes with a big one (36W UV) - just like the ones you’d find in salons. I have never been so excited to actually have decent looking nails (well as decent as they can look) and be able to switch them up as much as I want to. Classy Nails have a huge array of colours to choose from, so many in fact that I couldn’t choose. I received three from my very long list (which I am obvs going to have to complete in the near future) and they’re all perfect shades (priced at £5.95). Natural Hesian is a great everyday nudey mushroom colour, I Lilac It is a gorge lilac (to match my hair, obvs) and Moody Mulberry is a deep red, ‘cus you just gotta have a red haven’t ya?

Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails
Achieving a gel manicure is so easy with this set; it literally takes 15/20 mins and the best thing? No smudging! I love the fact you can then get on with your day and not worry about ruining your mani before you’ve even stepped outside. That’s what I hate most about normal polish because I am super impatient and - in all honesty - don’t have a lot of time dedicated to upping my nail game. This Starter Gel Nails Kit comes with everything you could possible need: nail files, top coats, remover, foil remover pads, nail tools, literally everything. It only costs £56 too, which I think is a bargain; that’s basically two or three trips to the salon. I have had this on for nearly two weeks and apart from a little bit of peeling (from my terrible application may I add) it’s going strong. Just be careful not to apply it too heavy so that it spreads off of the nail onto the skin because it will just lift. I need to practice more I think…

an image of Professional Gel Nails Starter Kit from Classy Nails natural hessian
Have you thought about investing in an at-home gel nails kit? The only negative for me is finding somewhere to bloody put it ‘cus I basically live in a shed. No, I’m kidding, but my room isn’t exactly accommodating to my beauty stash.


I was converted to the beautyblender a long time ago, but I am still totally obsessed with it; it’s a game changer when applying foundation and nothing quite beats it. I have tried many makeup sponges but nothing comes remotely close to the original beautyblender; you could say it’s an ongoing love affair and I have no intention of halting it anytime soon.

I am still surprised when people tell me they can’t get on with a blender, but more often than not, they’re not using it damp - USE IT DAMP PEOPLE, IT’S INCRED. The latest launch from beautyblender is the all.about.face kit, which I must admit, made me squeal when I unboxed it. With this nifty little kit, complexion perfection is 100% achievable. With this kit, you can literally wave goodbye to patchy foundation and welcome #complexiongoals in little to no time.

an image of the all.about.face by beautyblender kit
Whether you’re a novice in makeup or totes a pro, the starter kit is going to meet all your beauty needs. This limited edition set includes a beautyblender in three sizes: the original beautyblender, which helps you apply foundation, powder, bb cream and any other complexion product flawlessly (I’m talking Beyoncé-level flawless); beauty.blusher, for the application of cream and powder blush; and the cutest sponge you ever did see: the micro.mini, for laser-sharp focused contouring, highlighting, concealing and colour correcting. The latter is ideal for blending concealer under the eyes, let me tell you.

an image of different sized beauty blenders
And what’s better is that the kit also comes with a diddy blendercleanser solid to keep your beautyblenders clean and pristine. YOU NEED IT, OK? It’s priced at £35, which is fab when the original is £16 on its own. You can nab the beautyblender all.about.face starter kit at beautybay.com, cultbeauty.co.uk and selfridges.com.

*this post contains PR samples*


Ace That Base // all.about.face by beautyblender

I was converted to the beautyblender a long time ago, but I am still totally obsessed with it; it’s a game changer when applying foundation and nothing quite beats it. I have tried many makeup sponges but nothing comes remotely close to the original beautyblender; you could say it’s an ongoing love affair and I have no intention of halting it anytime soon.

I am still surprised when people tell me they can’t get on with a blender, but more often than not, they’re not using it damp - USE IT DAMP PEOPLE, IT’S INCRED. The latest launch from beautyblender is the all.about.face kit, which I must admit, made me squeal when I unboxed it. With this nifty little kit, complexion perfection is 100% achievable. With this kit, you can literally wave goodbye to patchy foundation and welcome #complexiongoals in little to no time.

an image of the all.about.face by beautyblender kit
Whether you’re a novice in makeup or totes a pro, the starter kit is going to meet all your beauty needs. This limited edition set includes a beautyblender in three sizes: the original beautyblender, which helps you apply foundation, powder, bb cream and any other complexion product flawlessly (I’m talking Beyoncé-level flawless); beauty.blusher, for the application of cream and powder blush; and the cutest sponge you ever did see: the micro.mini, for laser-sharp focused contouring, highlighting, concealing and colour correcting. The latter is ideal for blending concealer under the eyes, let me tell you.

an image of different sized beauty blenders
And what’s better is that the kit also comes with a diddy blendercleanser solid to keep your beautyblenders clean and pristine. YOU NEED IT, OK? It’s priced at £35, which is fab when the original is £16 on its own. You can nab the beautyblender all.about.face starter kit at beautybay.com, cultbeauty.co.uk and selfridges.com.

*this post contains PR samples*


As a girl who is partial to a bit of bleach and a lot of colour (as I have previously mentioned on this blog, I cannot remember the true colour of my natural hair) my hair constantly needs TLC. I am often asked how I keep my hair in good condition considering it's rather, well, purple. The truth is, there is very rarely a time when I stick to the same haircare routine; I am forever swapping the products I use and will try anything in the hope it will make it feel healthier. It doesn’t always look healthy, vibrant and shiny, though. In fact, just the other day (seen here) it was looking as close to straw as it has done in a while; completely malnourished and appearing rather worse for wear. It gets like this when it needs colouring, and weirdly, it’s the most shiniest and healthiest after it has had a dose of conditioning colour - it’s hard to believe but the purple I use is so moisturising (I mainly use Colour Freedom if you’re wondering). See how healthy my hair looks on my Twitter profile pic!

Anyway, to the point of this post. Lately, I have been trying a new Shampoo and Conditioner from new-to-the-UK brand, syoss. This brand is super affordable, with each of their products costing just £2.50. I believe the premise of this brand is to offer the same quality and care that you would get from salon products at home, with products available exclusively at Tesco nationwide. There are a few different ranges for different hair types, but the one I have been using targets damaged hair specifically. The syoss SALONPLEX Hair Renaissance targets chemically treated and mechanically stressed hair with the professional SALONPLEX technology restoring millions of broken hair bonds in the hair matrix every day for reconstructed hair that looks reborn.


an image of the syoss salonplex haircare range
The best out of the range, for me, is the Shampoo. It lathers up really nicely without drying out the hair and feels like it has given the hair a deep clean. What I love about this is that my hair feels so light post-use as well as clean and moisturised. The formula recreates millions of broken hair bonds and refills the hair from inside while sealing and protecting the hair fibre. For just a couple of pounds, this is well worth the try. The Conditioner isn’t as moisturising as I’d like it to be (unless I use loads) but it does work at detangling and making the hair easier to manage. Both these smell amazing too, which is always up there on my list of expectations for good haircare.

To accompany these products, I have been using the Recreator Serum, which instantly restores for super smooth hair. I use this like a leave-in conditioner/detangler on towel dried hair and I can’t tell you how much it makes brushing much easier (with my Wet Brush, obvs).

What haircare products are you loving at the moment?

NEW IN // syoss SALONPLEX haircare

As a girl who is partial to a bit of bleach and a lot of colour (as I have previously mentioned on this blog, I cannot remember the true colour of my natural hair) my hair constantly needs TLC. I am often asked how I keep my hair in good condition considering it's rather, well, purple. The truth is, there is very rarely a time when I stick to the same haircare routine; I am forever swapping the products I use and will try anything in the hope it will make it feel healthier. It doesn’t always look healthy, vibrant and shiny, though. In fact, just the other day (seen here) it was looking as close to straw as it has done in a while; completely malnourished and appearing rather worse for wear. It gets like this when it needs colouring, and weirdly, it’s the most shiniest and healthiest after it has had a dose of conditioning colour - it’s hard to believe but the purple I use is so moisturising (I mainly use Colour Freedom if you’re wondering). See how healthy my hair looks on my Twitter profile pic!

Anyway, to the point of this post. Lately, I have been trying a new Shampoo and Conditioner from new-to-the-UK brand, syoss. This brand is super affordable, with each of their products costing just £2.50. I believe the premise of this brand is to offer the same quality and care that you would get from salon products at home, with products available exclusively at Tesco nationwide. There are a few different ranges for different hair types, but the one I have been using targets damaged hair specifically. The syoss SALONPLEX Hair Renaissance targets chemically treated and mechanically stressed hair with the professional SALONPLEX technology restoring millions of broken hair bonds in the hair matrix every day for reconstructed hair that looks reborn.


an image of the syoss salonplex haircare range
The best out of the range, for me, is the Shampoo. It lathers up really nicely without drying out the hair and feels like it has given the hair a deep clean. What I love about this is that my hair feels so light post-use as well as clean and moisturised. The formula recreates millions of broken hair bonds and refills the hair from inside while sealing and protecting the hair fibre. For just a couple of pounds, this is well worth the try. The Conditioner isn’t as moisturising as I’d like it to be (unless I use loads) but it does work at detangling and making the hair easier to manage. Both these smell amazing too, which is always up there on my list of expectations for good haircare.

To accompany these products, I have been using the Recreator Serum, which instantly restores for super smooth hair. I use this like a leave-in conditioner/detangler on towel dried hair and I can’t tell you how much it makes brushing much easier (with my Wet Brush, obvs).

What haircare products are you loving at the moment?
I think I have mentioned a fair few times that GOSH is well up there on my list of favourite drugstore makeup brands. I’m not going to lie and say that my whole makeup stash is drugstore because it features many high-end products, but of the drugstore makeup brands in my stash, GOSH makes up a large percentage; it’s just so affordable for the quality it offers. Whenever a new GOSH collection drops, I am first to add all products to my never ending makeup list. GOSH really reps the drugstore, and its latest range hasn’t deterred its place.

The collection is vast; there are so many amazing products to be discovered, but if I were to sit and talk about every single one, I think the post would reach dissertation standards. I’m sure that many of these products will work their way into other posts, Instagram photos and YouTube videos, but for now, I am going to talk about my favourites...

an image of GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
For the new season, GOSH has taken a nature approach; shifting its view to the ‘Urban Nature’ landscape. Intrigued? I was too. The brand has sought out inspiration from the greening of cities, environment-friendly buildings and architects’ efforts to replicate nature to streamline energy use and optimise resources. As in previous collections, GOSH has honed in on a new hero Nordic ingredient and for SS17 that ingredient is the dandelion flower.

The new line-up includes new shades across many hero GOSH products, in addition to some new innovations. The new shades of EYE EXPRESSION, £8.99, (4-in-1 eyeshadow palette) tap into the earthy theme; offering three new shades - BackToNature, ThunderStorm (pictured) and UrbanNature. Each palette holds one eyeshadow with a highlight effect and three matte shades, which each offer a creamy, pigmented texture. I love this palette for natural days, especially because you could quite literally apply without a mirror and still look put together (maybe I need to put that to the test, eh?)

GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
A product I have been reaching for on the daily is the CCC - Contour, Cover, Conceal stick, £9.99, which is available in concealer shades Light, Medium, Dark and Very Dark, as well as Highlight Vanilla and Highlight Golden (shimmery cream highlighters). These products make it super easy to sculpt, conceal and highlight without the need for ten million products - nice and simple, I likey.

In terms of blush, LUMIDROPS, £8.99, is one of my favourite products that GOSH has ever launched - especially during the spring and summer. These remind me of the Daniel Sandler liquid blushers and offer a great, professional feeling formula. There are two new shades for this season: Rose Blush and Coral Blush, the latter being the one I have managed to get my mitts on. GOSH LUMIDROPS provide the cheeks with a refreshed look, luminosity and glow and are super lightweight with light reflecting pigments infused.

an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips
The hero products, for me, are always the lipsticks. I LOVE GOSH lipsticks - my collection is huge and forever growing. For the upcoming season, GOSH has treated us to five new shades of its Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt, £7.99. I actually only have one of these, which I am yet to try because my attention was well and truly diverted to the new GOSH Liquid Matte Lips, £8.99. HOLY CRAP, I was so excited when I saw these; not that I need any more liquid lipsticks…another eight won't hurt, though, right? ENABLE ME PEOPLE.

Liquid Matte Lips states it provides a matte finish, combined with an intense colour payoff. The eight new shades are infused with LIPerfection, which hydrates and increases the microcirculation of the lips - sounds good ey! Now, I so wanted to fall in love with these to the extent of not wanting to wear anything else, but sadly that didn’t happen. Don't get me wrong, I do really like them; the formula feels so nice on the lips, but I wouldn’t say they’re 100% matte. I have tried many liquid lipstick formulas, and the true matte ones just can’t get away with not being drying. Y’know when you wear a matte liquid lipstick you generally can’t rub your lips together? Well, with these you can - you can rub your lips together as if it were a creamy satin formula. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they feel super creamy and hydrating, but I wouldn’t say they were to the level of matte that you would expect. With this in mind, they don’t last as long as other liquid lipsticks I have tried. Liquid Matte Lips is still a lovely product, but the formula is very different to what you would imagine it to be. In contrast, the pigment is brilliant, the colour selection is ace and the formula is super easy to apply. I guess it depends on what you’re after, doesn’t it? These are great, but I don’t think they emulate the likes of Kylie Jenner, Colourpop or even the latest Barry M matte lipsticks in the formula. You can see swatches below!
an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips swatches
There are so many other fab products in the collection so if you wanna see some of these in action (more than mentioned here) check out this video of mine where I spoke about many of the new releases and whacked them all on my face!



*this post contains PR samples*

NEW IN // GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection

I think I have mentioned a fair few times that GOSH is well up there on my list of favourite drugstore makeup brands. I’m not going to lie and say that my whole makeup stash is drugstore because it features many high-end products, but of the drugstore makeup brands in my stash, GOSH makes up a large percentage; it’s just so affordable for the quality it offers. Whenever a new GOSH collection drops, I am first to add all products to my never ending makeup list. GOSH really reps the drugstore, and its latest range hasn’t deterred its place.

The collection is vast; there are so many amazing products to be discovered, but if I were to sit and talk about every single one, I think the post would reach dissertation standards. I’m sure that many of these products will work their way into other posts, Instagram photos and YouTube videos, but for now, I am going to talk about my favourites...

an image of GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
For the new season, GOSH has taken a nature approach; shifting its view to the ‘Urban Nature’ landscape. Intrigued? I was too. The brand has sought out inspiration from the greening of cities, environment-friendly buildings and architects’ efforts to replicate nature to streamline energy use and optimise resources. As in previous collections, GOSH has honed in on a new hero Nordic ingredient and for SS17 that ingredient is the dandelion flower.

The new line-up includes new shades across many hero GOSH products, in addition to some new innovations. The new shades of EYE EXPRESSION, £8.99, (4-in-1 eyeshadow palette) tap into the earthy theme; offering three new shades - BackToNature, ThunderStorm (pictured) and UrbanNature. Each palette holds one eyeshadow with a highlight effect and three matte shades, which each offer a creamy, pigmented texture. I love this palette for natural days, especially because you could quite literally apply without a mirror and still look put together (maybe I need to put that to the test, eh?)

GOSH SS17 Makeup Collection
A product I have been reaching for on the daily is the CCC - Contour, Cover, Conceal stick, £9.99, which is available in concealer shades Light, Medium, Dark and Very Dark, as well as Highlight Vanilla and Highlight Golden (shimmery cream highlighters). These products make it super easy to sculpt, conceal and highlight without the need for ten million products - nice and simple, I likey.

In terms of blush, LUMIDROPS, £8.99, is one of my favourite products that GOSH has ever launched - especially during the spring and summer. These remind me of the Daniel Sandler liquid blushers and offer a great, professional feeling formula. There are two new shades for this season: Rose Blush and Coral Blush, the latter being the one I have managed to get my mitts on. GOSH LUMIDROPS provide the cheeks with a refreshed look, luminosity and glow and are super lightweight with light reflecting pigments infused.

an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips
The hero products, for me, are always the lipsticks. I LOVE GOSH lipsticks - my collection is huge and forever growing. For the upcoming season, GOSH has treated us to five new shades of its Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt, £7.99. I actually only have one of these, which I am yet to try because my attention was well and truly diverted to the new GOSH Liquid Matte Lips, £8.99. HOLY CRAP, I was so excited when I saw these; not that I need any more liquid lipsticks…another eight won't hurt, though, right? ENABLE ME PEOPLE.

Liquid Matte Lips states it provides a matte finish, combined with an intense colour payoff. The eight new shades are infused with LIPerfection, which hydrates and increases the microcirculation of the lips - sounds good ey! Now, I so wanted to fall in love with these to the extent of not wanting to wear anything else, but sadly that didn’t happen. Don't get me wrong, I do really like them; the formula feels so nice on the lips, but I wouldn’t say they’re 100% matte. I have tried many liquid lipstick formulas, and the true matte ones just can’t get away with not being drying. Y’know when you wear a matte liquid lipstick you generally can’t rub your lips together? Well, with these you can - you can rub your lips together as if it were a creamy satin formula. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they feel super creamy and hydrating, but I wouldn’t say they were to the level of matte that you would expect. With this in mind, they don’t last as long as other liquid lipsticks I have tried. Liquid Matte Lips is still a lovely product, but the formula is very different to what you would imagine it to be. In contrast, the pigment is brilliant, the colour selection is ace and the formula is super easy to apply. I guess it depends on what you’re after, doesn’t it? These are great, but I don’t think they emulate the likes of Kylie Jenner, Colourpop or even the latest Barry M matte lipsticks in the formula. You can see swatches below!
an image of GOSH Liquid Matte Lips swatches
There are so many other fab products in the collection so if you wanna see some of these in action (more than mentioned here) check out this video of mine where I spoke about many of the new releases and whacked them all on my face!



*this post contains PR samples*
Do you know what's great? When you have an excuse to listen to Disney songs on repeat (OK, not that you should need an excuse, but great nonetheless). Right now, it's a tale as old as time (obvs) because - like many of you I'm sure - I cannot wait for Dinsey's forthcoming live-action adaption of the classic animation, Beauty and the Beast. I remember a time when I was younger that prancing around the living room in my Belle dress (it was from the Disney store, so it was proper) singing the songs as loud as I could was the norm. Actually, it's something I still do to this day - Disney YouTube Karaoke for the win! Beauty and the Beast was one of my favourite Disney films as a kid; it was definitely up there with The Little Mermaid for sure, so I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited by all the merch surrounding this particular film launch.

My favourite of them all is the colaboration between Latest in Beauty and Disney; they've absolutely nailed it. Unless you've found yourself somehow locked away in a castle in a far away land, you'll already know about this launch - it's perfect. Just look at the photography - talk about dressing table goals!


" The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose "

Latest in Beauty has successfully put the beauty in Beauty and the Beast by curating two stunning boxes; one for the Belles and one for the Beasts. I may be lacking a beast in my life, but I kinda want both just for the hell of it - you stand with me, right? Actually, saying that, my tash could probably rival that of many beasts anyway *rolls eyes*...

The limited edition Beauty Box features seven luxury makeup, skincare and haircare products inspired by the fairytale: a new lipstick from Burt’s Bees, a classic red nail varnish from French brand Soigné, Oribe dry shampoo, a rose-scented hand cream from L’Occitane, premium skincare from Gatineau, a Caudalie moisturiser and a limited edition gold Latest in Beauty compact mirror.

The Beast Box features six classic men’s grooming products: a Penhaligon’s scrub, Gillette razor, rich shaving gel from The Refinery, beard oil from The Great British Grooming Co., a roll-on eye moisturiser from Gatineau and a woody, spicy fragrance from Lalique.



Pick up The Beauty Box or The Beast Box for £20 + free P&P for Latest in Beauty subscribers.

A tale as old as time // Latest in Beauty x Disney

Do you know what's great? When you have an excuse to listen to Disney songs on repeat (OK, not that you should need an excuse, but great nonetheless). Right now, it's a tale as old as time (obvs) because - like many of you I'm sure - I cannot wait for Dinsey's forthcoming live-action adaption of the classic animation, Beauty and the Beast. I remember a time when I was younger that prancing around the living room in my Belle dress (it was from the Disney store, so it was proper) singing the songs as loud as I could was the norm. Actually, it's something I still do to this day - Disney YouTube Karaoke for the win! Beauty and the Beast was one of my favourite Disney films as a kid; it was definitely up there with The Little Mermaid for sure, so I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited by all the merch surrounding this particular film launch.

My favourite of them all is the colaboration between Latest in Beauty and Disney; they've absolutely nailed it. Unless you've found yourself somehow locked away in a castle in a far away land, you'll already know about this launch - it's perfect. Just look at the photography - talk about dressing table goals!


" The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose "

Latest in Beauty has successfully put the beauty in Beauty and the Beast by curating two stunning boxes; one for the Belles and one for the Beasts. I may be lacking a beast in my life, but I kinda want both just for the hell of it - you stand with me, right? Actually, saying that, my tash could probably rival that of many beasts anyway *rolls eyes*...

The limited edition Beauty Box features seven luxury makeup, skincare and haircare products inspired by the fairytale: a new lipstick from Burt’s Bees, a classic red nail varnish from French brand Soigné, Oribe dry shampoo, a rose-scented hand cream from L’Occitane, premium skincare from Gatineau, a Caudalie moisturiser and a limited edition gold Latest in Beauty compact mirror.

The Beast Box features six classic men’s grooming products: a Penhaligon’s scrub, Gillette razor, rich shaving gel from The Refinery, beard oil from The Great British Grooming Co., a roll-on eye moisturiser from Gatineau and a woody, spicy fragrance from Lalique.



Pick up The Beauty Box or The Beast Box for £20 + free P&P for Latest in Beauty subscribers.
A little bit of a different post today, but one I felt I needed to share. If you hadn't guessed, this was something that came to me during a 2am overthinking sesh (don't you just love your own mind?). This is quite a personal topic for me, and something I find quite hard to talk about, but let's say it's a way of self-medicating certain feelings.

Up until recently, I thought I was the only girl in her early (nearly 'mid' eek!) twenties that had never had a 'proper' boyfriend. And by that, I mean a relationship that was exclusively known by all or one that lasted more than a few months. I've spent many years fretting over the possibility of being forever alone, and have tortured myself with the utmost scrutiny. I'm not afraid to say that I've had struggles, mainly with my mental health, but more pertinently with my body. I've never been kind to my body, whether that's physically abusing it, or mistreating it with food; let's just say my relationship with food has never been plain sailing. After years of mind recovery and meticulous analysing into many of my thoughts on why I may remain alone, one thing kept cropping up. Dating. Dating terrifies me. How can anyone want to date someone who can't even look at herself in the mirror without grabbing her rolls and digging her nails in with disgust? How can anyone date someone that is so unsure of herself?

Don't get me wrong, I'm a babe in the kitchen and when I have emotional feelings for someone they mean everything to me, but one thing that stops that fear of dating wall shattering down, is my physical appearance and - if I'm brutally honest with myself - my experience. I'm ashamed to say that the extent of my relations can be counted on one hand. Why am I ashamed of that? Because I feel like I'm the anomaly in my age category. Increasingly seeing friends ticking off their latest tinder date, getting married or settling down with their other halves makes me feel like there is something wrong with me. I'm approaching 25 and I'm too scared to date. What the hell is up with that? What is wrong with me?

I realised lately I wasn't the only one to experience these feelings and I'm sure there are many of you that can also relate one way or another. Well, I guess I'm hoping that's the case. I've been facing a lot of fears lately; from big things like making a huge change (I am terrified of change) to smaller things like going to the dentist after years of putting it off, and so the one remaining fear to overcome is dating. It's so easy for friends and family to say 'just get out there, try it'. Oh boy, I've tried forcing myself. I need to stop that; I need to stop making myself feel a certain way but also start giving myself a chance. I know now it's my mind set that needs to change and I know I've got to work on myself, in many ways.

I recently turned to my good pal Vix, who is the queen of dating. I'm jealous of her for that. The stories she tells make me want to be just like her; confident, beautiful, not afraid to search for love in modernistic ways. Even she has her insecurities - like we all do. At a recent event she held, she taught me something. Probably the most important thing when it comes to dating, and come to think of it, life in general. She taught me to not pile the pressure on. Dating doesn't have to be planning your whole life from the offset; if anything, it's about meeting people - anyone you choose. Getting a free meal is also a bonus... Basically there shouldn't be too much put on dating, not enough to induce the amount of anxiety and fear I do anyway. Just take it as it is and have fun just speaking to people you wouldn't usually approach. As for the appearance thing? Try not to over analyse it. If someone doesn't like you for you, they're not worth your time. Easier said than believed I know, but we've got this. Right?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you're not alone, even if you too feel like you are. We're all different, and for some, dating comes more naturally, and for others, plucking up the courage takes some time.

Too scared to date?!

A little bit of a different post today, but one I felt I needed to share. If you hadn't guessed, this was something that came to me during a 2am overthinking sesh (don't you just love your own mind?). This is quite a personal topic for me, and something I find quite hard to talk about, but let's say it's a way of self-medicating certain feelings.

Up until recently, I thought I was the only girl in her early (nearly 'mid' eek!) twenties that had never had a 'proper' boyfriend. And by that, I mean a relationship that was exclusively known by all or one that lasted more than a few months. I've spent many years fretting over the possibility of being forever alone, and have tortured myself with the utmost scrutiny. I'm not afraid to say that I've had struggles, mainly with my mental health, but more pertinently with my body. I've never been kind to my body, whether that's physically abusing it, or mistreating it with food; let's just say my relationship with food has never been plain sailing. After years of mind recovery and meticulous analysing into many of my thoughts on why I may remain alone, one thing kept cropping up. Dating. Dating terrifies me. How can anyone want to date someone who can't even look at herself in the mirror without grabbing her rolls and digging her nails in with disgust? How can anyone date someone that is so unsure of herself?

Don't get me wrong, I'm a babe in the kitchen and when I have emotional feelings for someone they mean everything to me, but one thing that stops that fear of dating wall shattering down, is my physical appearance and - if I'm brutally honest with myself - my experience. I'm ashamed to say that the extent of my relations can be counted on one hand. Why am I ashamed of that? Because I feel like I'm the anomaly in my age category. Increasingly seeing friends ticking off their latest tinder date, getting married or settling down with their other halves makes me feel like there is something wrong with me. I'm approaching 25 and I'm too scared to date. What the hell is up with that? What is wrong with me?

I realised lately I wasn't the only one to experience these feelings and I'm sure there are many of you that can also relate one way or another. Well, I guess I'm hoping that's the case. I've been facing a lot of fears lately; from big things like making a huge change (I am terrified of change) to smaller things like going to the dentist after years of putting it off, and so the one remaining fear to overcome is dating. It's so easy for friends and family to say 'just get out there, try it'. Oh boy, I've tried forcing myself. I need to stop that; I need to stop making myself feel a certain way but also start giving myself a chance. I know now it's my mind set that needs to change and I know I've got to work on myself, in many ways.

I recently turned to my good pal Vix, who is the queen of dating. I'm jealous of her for that. The stories she tells make me want to be just like her; confident, beautiful, not afraid to search for love in modernistic ways. Even she has her insecurities - like we all do. At a recent event she held, she taught me something. Probably the most important thing when it comes to dating, and come to think of it, life in general. She taught me to not pile the pressure on. Dating doesn't have to be planning your whole life from the offset; if anything, it's about meeting people - anyone you choose. Getting a free meal is also a bonus... Basically there shouldn't be too much put on dating, not enough to induce the amount of anxiety and fear I do anyway. Just take it as it is and have fun just speaking to people you wouldn't usually approach. As for the appearance thing? Try not to over analyse it. If someone doesn't like you for you, they're not worth your time. Easier said than believed I know, but we've got this. Right?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you're not alone, even if you too feel like you are. We're all different, and for some, dating comes more naturally, and for others, plucking up the courage takes some time.
Other than make-up and clothes, I have a penchant for pretty, quirky stationery. I mean, who doesn't? Is there really anything better than the smell of a brand new notebook? I fail to believe so. There's just something about new stationery that I have always loved; even back in my school days when getting a new pencil case and pens was the highlight of the year. Back in the day, WH Smith was a store I found myself in often. These days, I'm more prone to the likes of kikki.K or independent stationers online. Seriously, there are so many independent stationery retailers that provide a great quick fix for stationery addicts.

One retailer I adore is Ohh Deer, they offer so many wonderful quirky bits like greeting cards, notebooks, homeware and art prints (I LOVE a good print). Ohh Deer also offers a monthly stationery subscription box called Papergang, which is such a fab idea for those, like me, that love a good stationery haul. The box is a bargain at only £9.95 + P&P a month!

an image of ohh deer papergang subscription box

The Papergang is Ohh Deer's way of 'expressing a deep-rooted obsession with papery goodness', whereby each month members receive a box filled with stationery and other paper products of great cuteness and quality. The product selection varies but will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints.

I was very kindly sent a box, which I believe was the January box. Included was a notebook and wrapping paper in a rather lovely wintery design, in addition to quirky greetings cards (including one from Gemma Correll, whose products I adore), washi tape and a calendar for the forthcoming month (in my case, February).

an image of the ohh deer papergang box
One great thing is that you will never get a repeat box. Each month will be designed with an artist and a theme so all accessories fit nicely together. Almost all product is exclusive to the Papergang for a period of time before it goes on sale in the Ohh Deer shop.

an image of gemma corrèll card in ohh deer papergang box
I think so would make such a great alternative present for someone, especially if the person has a new job, spends a lot of time in an office, or just simply loves stationery. 

*this post contains PR samples*

Ohh Deer, I have this thing for stationery // Joining the Papergang

Other than make-up and clothes, I have a penchant for pretty, quirky stationery. I mean, who doesn't? Is there really anything better than the smell of a brand new notebook? I fail to believe so. There's just something about new stationery that I have always loved; even back in my school days when getting a new pencil case and pens was the highlight of the year. Back in the day, WH Smith was a store I found myself in often. These days, I'm more prone to the likes of kikki.K or independent stationers online. Seriously, there are so many independent stationery retailers that provide a great quick fix for stationery addicts.

One retailer I adore is Ohh Deer, they offer so many wonderful quirky bits like greeting cards, notebooks, homeware and art prints (I LOVE a good print). Ohh Deer also offers a monthly stationery subscription box called Papergang, which is such a fab idea for those, like me, that love a good stationery haul. The box is a bargain at only £9.95 + P&P a month!

an image of ohh deer papergang subscription box

The Papergang is Ohh Deer's way of 'expressing a deep-rooted obsession with papery goodness', whereby each month members receive a box filled with stationery and other paper products of great cuteness and quality. The product selection varies but will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints.

I was very kindly sent a box, which I believe was the January box. Included was a notebook and wrapping paper in a rather lovely wintery design, in addition to quirky greetings cards (including one from Gemma Correll, whose products I adore), washi tape and a calendar for the forthcoming month (in my case, February).

an image of the ohh deer papergang box
One great thing is that you will never get a repeat box. Each month will be designed with an artist and a theme so all accessories fit nicely together. Almost all product is exclusive to the Papergang for a period of time before it goes on sale in the Ohh Deer shop.

an image of gemma corrèll card in ohh deer papergang box
I think so would make such a great alternative present for someone, especially if the person has a new job, spends a lot of time in an office, or just simply loves stationery. 

*this post contains PR samples*
If there’s anything that makes me feel like I've got my shit together, it’s fresh make-up brushes. I’m terrible at cleaning my brushes and have been known to buy new ones due to putting off the big clean for too long (yes, really!). That’s terrible, isn’t it? But I also adore getting new brushes. The new Real Techniques MultiTech collection had my make-up heart beating 10x as fast and the collection really couldn’t have come at a better time.

The new collection has been designed with the same universal cut across the brushes and beauty sponge for detailed applications - great for getting into those hard-to-reach face crevices (oh, what an awful word LOL).

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
The MultiTech collection features eight brushes suitable for use across all facial features: seven brushes and one sponge. The Small Points Set (£30) includes the Point S Brush (all over shadow, concealer, contour lines, highlighter), Point XS Brush (colour correcting, concealer, crease shadow), Point XXS Brush (detailed highlighting, shadow, lip blending) and Point XXXS Brush (brow filling, liner, lip detailing). Other brushes in the collection include the Point L Brush (£16), for focussed face application and blending; Point XL Brush (£18), for full face application and blending; Point XXXL Brush (£18), for neck and body application and blending; and Point Makeup Sponge (£10), for base detail.

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
I also gave one of my brushes a little razzle dazzle while at the event, which I am SO happy with. We all know I love a bit of personalisation. I don’t think I can bring myself to use this one - it may have to remain on my dresser for display purposes. TOO PRETTY. It was also fab to finally meet Sam & Nic - they’re such mega babes!

Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
*this post contains PR samples*

Real Techniques // NEW MultiTech Collection

If there’s anything that makes me feel like I've got my shit together, it’s fresh make-up brushes. I’m terrible at cleaning my brushes and have been known to buy new ones due to putting off the big clean for too long (yes, really!). That’s terrible, isn’t it? But I also adore getting new brushes. The new Real Techniques MultiTech collection had my make-up heart beating 10x as fast and the collection really couldn’t have come at a better time.

The new collection has been designed with the same universal cut across the brushes and beauty sponge for detailed applications - great for getting into those hard-to-reach face crevices (oh, what an awful word LOL).

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
The MultiTech collection features eight brushes suitable for use across all facial features: seven brushes and one sponge. The Small Points Set (£30) includes the Point S Brush (all over shadow, concealer, contour lines, highlighter), Point XS Brush (colour correcting, concealer, crease shadow), Point XXS Brush (detailed highlighting, shadow, lip blending) and Point XXXS Brush (brow filling, liner, lip detailing). Other brushes in the collection include the Point L Brush (£16), for focussed face application and blending; Point XL Brush (£18), for full face application and blending; Point XXXL Brush (£18), for neck and body application and blending; and Point Makeup Sponge (£10), for base detail.

an image of the full Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
I also gave one of my brushes a little razzle dazzle while at the event, which I am SO happy with. We all know I love a bit of personalisation. I don’t think I can bring myself to use this one - it may have to remain on my dresser for display purposes. TOO PRETTY. It was also fab to finally meet Sam & Nic - they’re such mega babes!

Real Techniques MultiTech Collection
*this post contains PR samples*

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