Friday, 30 January 2015

JANUARY FAVOURITES




If you have tired legs and feet from walking all day, or just a bit of cramp, this cooling and relaxing lavender-scented gel will sort you out. It feels blissful.


This makes for a great bath experience. This little cube fills your bath with a delicate coconut scent so you can dream of tropical islands.



This is a great treatment varnish to build up the strength in your nails, and it really works. My nails were stronger after just a couple of days of application; so if you have weak nails, thin nail plates or have been wearing artificial nails, this is for you.


Apart from the gorgeous diamante-studded casing, this is a fabulous file. It shortens nails; but micro-fine minerals also fill tiny cracks to smooth edges and seal edges. Suitable for all nail types; but especially dry ones that are prone to splitting.


This is such a pretty nude shade, and a great quality long-lasting polish. It does no wrong, and is so affordable. I've been loving this with a glitter topcoat all month.



Makeup Revolution The One Fluid Blusher in Desire, £3

This is as good as my Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher. It's very pigmented (so a little goes a long way), easy to blend and once it's on, it stays put until you wash it off. This is a great berry pink shade that's perfect for brunettes like me, and it's really illuminating too.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: MAKEUP REVOLUTION ULTRA ALL DAY PRIME & ANTI-SHINE BALM

Makeup Revolution All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm Packaging

This product really intrigued me as soon as I saw it; well actually, a little part of me was horrified by the idea of it- so I had to try it.

Makeup Revolution All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm Pan Compact

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm Texture

It's a silicone-based balm that comes in a pan compact, that markets itself as both a primer and as a way to set your makeup through being applied on top of it. Two thoughts immediately struck me- as a primer, this could be good but not as easy to apply as a liquid primer or one that comes in a tube or stick. Also, there isn't much product there, so it would run out pretty quickly if I was using it over my whole face. Secondly, I thought that it slightly resembled lard, and there was no way I was keen on smearing this over my makeup to test its anti-shine properties. It was, however, an intriguing concept; so try it I did.

As a primer, it works on my normal skin; but it wouldn't be my ideal use for this product due to it's pressed pan formula. Use your fingers (not the awful enclosed sponge) to apply a small amount to your skin under your foundation, and it will keep your makeup in place for a good amount of time like most other high street primers i've tried. I wouldn't use this on oily skin however. Also, for ease of application and for the value of the physical amount of product you get (you won't get lots of applications out of this) I would opt for a liquid primer or similar.

As an over makeup anti-shine combat-er, this strangely works too; although it is a lot easier and less time-consuming to just dust on a translucent powder. What this product does, is turn skin matte when applied over makeup. Don't use your fingers or a brush with this as you'll smear your makeup; but instead, I just very lightly dab (not rub, buff or blend) some onto my t-zone with a beauty blender sponge, and it does instantly remove shine. However, as I said, i'd much prefer just to use a powder.

This product does do what it says on the tin, but in a bit of a round-about way. There are easier (and more pleasant) ways to prime and set your make-up; so why not just use those? If you fancy trying something different though, or if powders don't combat your t-zone problems, give this a go as it's only £5.

You can pick up the Makeup Revolution All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm from Superdrug, or online at Makeup Revolution.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: THE BODY SHOP DROPS OF YOUTH BOUNCY SLEEPING MASK

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Review

I love this. Really love it. Did I mention that I love this? I've read so many mixed reviews, and I honestly think most of the negative ones are down to people not understanding how to use and apply this fabulous product.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Review

Yes, the texture is odd and won't be like anything you've seen before. I liken it to a wobbly panna cotta dessert; where if you stick your finger in and make a hole, it will bounce back into shape.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Texture

All you need to do is use the enclosed spatula to scoop a spatula-end sized amount out (about the size of a 5p coin) let it melt between your hands for a second, then massage into your face like you would a night cream. It is a very cooling treat.

It won't absorb easily like a moisturiser would however, but will leave an almost thin 'film' on your face that at first is quite wet and sticky. I put it on around 30 minutes before going to sleep i.e. letting my face touch the pillows, as this time allows it to absorb into the skin and mostly dry; leaving just a slightly tacky (but not unpleasant) invisible coating on your face.

In the morning, just wash your face as normal and you'll be instantly pleased with the results. This product is incredibly hydrating, and leaves my skin super-smooth and bouncier. It also really glows and looks very healthy after using it. I really can't rate it highly enough.

It contains Edelweiss stem cells that are known to be cell-renewing, and has a refreshing light plant-like smell. If your skin needs a boost of goodness, this is for you. It would be amazing during a long-haul flight too.

Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask costs £22 and is available from The Body Shop. You only use a tiny amount at a time, so this huge 90ml pot will last you ages.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

HAVING A RELAXING CHOCOLATE BREAK

pistachio chocolate uk

As you may know by now, I work from home as a fashion, beauty, lifestyle and travel journalist and blogger. It's really important for me to seperate the working section of my day at home from my own personal time at home; so at the end of the working day (usually around 6.30pm) I like to take some time out for myself.

taupe long sleeve pyjamas

Camille pyjamas review

To wind down I must, firstly, have comfy warm pyjamas on. I am currently loving these taupe ones from Camille (on sale now for £11), as they are so soft and cosy. Plus, they have long sleeves as I get cold very easily. I also need a good book, and something sweet to eat. 

design your own chocolate uk

raspberry white chocolate uk

make your own chocolate uk

A couple of weeks ago, I designed three custom chocolates bars (£14.95) on the Chocolat Chocolat website- they are delicious and packed with all my favourite flavours. The chocolate is such good quality and creamy. I had the first bar made of milk chocolate and topped with caramelised pistachios, white chocolate buttons and sea salt; and a second milk chocolate bar topped with white chocolate biscuit balls, milk chocolate honeycomb balls and meringue. Finally, I made my third bar white chocolate and had it topped with coconut flakes, caramelised almonds and dried raspberries. They are truly luxurious, and I will definitely order from Chocolat Chocolat again. Beware if you are ordering the customised bars for a present however; as they do take around two weeks to make and deliver.

Once i'm settled down on the sofa, i'll just spend half an hour reading (and eating chocolate) before getting dinner sorted and watching the soaps on TV.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

SUFFERING FROM HAIR LOSS? LET HAIR TRANSPLANT GLASGOW FIND THE TREATMENT FOR YOU

This is a sponsored post for Hair Transplant Glasgow.


Hair Transplant Glasgow acts as the middle-man between you and their partner hair transplant clinics in Glasgow and Scotland. They offer a free consultation to point you in the right direction, and a whopping (up to) £2000 free voucher towards the cost of your treatment at one of these clinics. How, I hear you ask! Well, I spoke to the Hair Transplant Glasgow team to find out why they do what they do and how it works...

Why did you want to start the Hair Transplant Glasgow business?

Hair Transplant Glasgow started off as an idea during the Summer of 2014. Due to the relationship we have with a particular hair transplant clinic in Scotland, we thought 'why not offer that benefit to other people who are experiencing hair loss and are looking for a treatment that will ensure natural looking results and will stand the test of time'. This is when HTG was born. We decided to offer this benefit in the form of a voucher that is worth up to £2000 off the cost of the hair transplant treatment.
We have friends who have experienced hair loss and we know the psychosomatic implications that it can have on a person. Due to this, we decided on a implementing a voucher website, meaning that the savings can be passed along to the client; making it a much more cost-effective option for people to regain their lost hair and confidence.

People will say that up to a £2000 voucher is too good to be true- so how does it work? How do you partner with clinics to be able to offer them this?

The voucher we offer is up to £2000. The amount the client receives is dependent on the treatment that they require, which is discussed at the free consultation. Each client is different and so the voucher is individually tailored. 
We are able to offer this to clients because of the relationship we have built up with our partner clinics. We receive a discounted rate due to this relationship, which we then pass along to the client in the form of a downloadable voucher. This voucher contains a unique code to them and is also passed along to the clinic automatically so that the client doesn't need to worry about producing the voucher at the appointment. This discount level is based on the treatment required by the client.

What sort of hair loss solutions can be provided by the clinics you partner with?

There are 3 types of hair transplant solutions that we provide to clients who book through our website:

· DHI (Direct Hair Implantation): this is the method we recommend to most of our clients as it carries the best results with the least amount of pain. For more information on this method go to our DHI page.

· FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction): this method is the next best; however it is more prone to leaving 'hole-like' scars in the scalp. 

· FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant aka “Strip Method”): this method is the oldest method and the least used method by our clients. The main reason being that a large scar is left across the 'donor' area of the scalp.

How does suffering from hair loss affect your clients? It must be different between men and women?

As mentioned earlier, the effects are psychosomatic to both genders. They differ depending on personal circumstances; but the general consensus is as follows: 

· Visible signs: these include bald patches, thinning of hair and generally a lack of hair in affected areas of the scalp and/or moustache, beard, eyebrows. 

· Invisible signs: these vary in intensity; but the general feelings are of a loss of confidence/self-esteem, feeling like people are staring at the affected area, anger, self-blame, sadness and even depression and anxiety. These are all psychological signs that people cannot 'see' but are deeply embedded.

Why is the free consultation beneficial to your clients, and what happens during it?

The main diagnosis happens when a client meets with a hair transplant specialist. The specialist will examine all the areas of the client's scalp to determine whether they are suitable for the transplant procedure. We thought about adding a picture field in our form (which we might include at a later date); but currently we believe that by seeing the specialist in person, it provides a bigger benefit to the client. The main reason is because the hair loss specialist will be able to examine all of the scalp in order to determine not only where and how much hair has been lost, but also the 'donor' area capacity- this is the area (usually round the side of the scalp) where hair can be transplanted from and determines whether the client is in a position to proceed or not.

Image Credit: Hair Transplant Glasgow

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Friday, 23 January 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: FUSE GELNAMEL SENSATIONAIL STARTER KIT


Fuse Gelnamel is an at-home gel nail range, and it's Sensationail Starter Kit (£35) is a great way to test out the brand and see if it's for you.

This is my first experience of doing my own gel nails at home. I have had plenty of professionally-done salon CND Shellac nails (and some other salon gel brands), as well as trying many of the market's gel-effect regular nail polishes. In my opinion, this product sits in the middle. 

I love having gel nails done in a salon as they usually last over two-weeks chip-free for me, and retain their high gloss shine. I also like the glossy shine of gel effect regular nail polishes (such as those from Sally Hansen) but these rarely last two days without chipping.


I have been testing Fuse Gelnamel Sensationail's at-home gel Starter Kit for a couple of weeks now, and have painted my nails three times with it. It is simple and quick to do and all the instructions and products you need as in the box. It definitely has it's pros and cons however, and isn't something i'm completely in love with even though I do like it.


It does offer me longer lasting chip-free nails compared to every regular polish I have ever tried. On each of the three occasions I have painted my nails with my Fuse Gelnamel Sensationail kit, it has lasted 4 days without chipping but become badly chipped on the 5th day. This is much better than my normal two days with regular polishes; but not as good as I was hoping for. It can in no way replace a professionally-done salon gel manicure.



The effect of the Fuse Gelnamel does at first offer a high gloss shine; but I found this dulled quite a lot- to almost being matte on some nails- as jumper oose and other dust clung to the rubber-like polish. The high-shine was easily restored by washing my hands; but it was still quite annoying.


I would definitely use this again (and try some other colours) for a long weekend away where I wanted my nail polish to last until the end of the trip; but for everyday use i'll stick to my regular polishes, and for longer holidays i'll just pay a visit to a salon.

Have you tried this kit? What did you think?

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: MAKEUP REVOLUTION GIRL PANIC & DEATH BY CHOCOLATE PALETTE REVIEW

Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Palette Case

Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Palette Case

I have read hundreds of reviews and seen thousands of swatches, so i've finally given into the hype and decided to see for myself what all the fuss is about budget brand Makeup Revolution's eyeshadow palettes.

Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Palette Eyeshadow Colours
Girl Panic
Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Palette Eyeshadow Colours
Death By Chocolate

I have Salvation Girl Panic- a good mixture of basic nudes, warm pinks and purples and some pastels (perfect for Spring); and the I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate palette- a pretty selection of browns, golds, bronzes and deep purples (it looks like a smokey eye lover's dream).

On first appearances, you get a lot of shades for your money, and the packaging is sturdy with a quality feel, unlike the likes of MUA's palettes. There is also a good mixture of shimmer and matte shades, and of light and dark colours. One palette really does cover all bases for a fabulous price.

Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Row 1 Swatches
Girl Panic Row 1
Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Row 2 Swatches
Girl Panic Row 2
Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Row 3 Swatches
Girl Panic Row 3

The formula is both palettes is very creamy- a little goes a long way. There isn't too much fallout, and they are really pigmented and blend really easily; so you could do a subtle or a stark colour look with no trouble at all.

Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Row 1 Swatches
Death By Chocolate Row 1
Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Row 2 Swatches
Death By Chocolate Row 2
Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Row 3 Swatches
Death By Chocolate Row 3

I am really impressed with these, and am looking forward to trying one of their intense bright coloured palettes for closer to the Summer time. These eyeshadows remind me a lot of the quality of Sleek MakeUP's palettes; which I love.

Girl Panic is £6 and Death By Chocolate is £7.99, available online or from a Superdrug store.

What Makeup Revolution palettes do you have and love? I kind of like how Death by Chocolate is chocolate-scented too- quirky!

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT GUIDES: FOR HER & HIM

February 14th is the day, so you've got a few weeks left to get that gift for your special someone. Here are my top picks...







































OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Limited Edition Mini Nail Lacquer Set, £19.95, Debenhams
Fifty Shades of Grey opens in cinemas on Valentine's Day weekend, so get her the nails to match the cinema tickets.

Love Bird Photo Frame, £15, Joy
Put in a photograph of the two of you and it'll make the perfect gift.

Madly In Bed Print In Frame, £25, The Great Gift Company
Ooo, a little bit cheeky!

Aromatherapy Solution Love Potion Candle, £13, The Great Gift Company
There is no woman who would not want this sweet-smelling jasmine and fig soy wax gem.

18ct Rose Gold Hearts Band Ring, £115, Dower & Hall
This pretty little ring is truly gorgeous, and will melt her heart.

Relax Holistic Silk Eye Mask, £46, Aromatherapy Associates
Heavenly lavender! Every woman needs her beauty sleep, and this is the most luxurious way to do it.

Red Perspex Lips Clutch, £245, Lulu Guinness
I think i've put this in literally every gift guide i've ever done. If you haven't bought it yet- jolly well get on with it!

Fluro Heart Spot Scarf, £12, Oasis
A perfect addition to their SS15 wardrobe. She'll love you for it.









































The Way To A Man's Heart Set, £6.24, Montezumas
Give him a sweet treat with chocolate and lager. What won't he love?

Beats by Dr Dre Solo 2 HD Silver High Definition Headphones, £169, John Lewis
Is it music or his stomach that's the way to a man's heart? These will let him hear his favourite tunes better than ever.

Smartphone Projector, £15.99, IWOOT
He can project his football match photos on the wall. Oh joy!

Silver Heart Wing Cufflinks, £12.99, The Cufflink Store
A subtle way to show everyone he's taken!

Single Malt Regional Selection Whisky Tasting Set, £34.95, Handpicked Collection
There's enough here to join him for a tipple or two.

Leather iPad Mini Sleeve, £75, Aspinal of London
This navy lizard and black suede creation will offer smart and manly protection for his gadget.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA REVIEW & LAUNCH EVENT

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Truck

Hairdryer Light Fitting

Last night I went to the press launch for Benefit's new mascara Roller Lash in Glasgow. The venue was a fork-lift truck, pimped out Benefit style, with pink goodness and glam details everywhere.




We had pink Moet et Chandon champagne and mini cupcakes, whilst learning all about how Roller Lash works from some '50s pin-up Benebabes.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Review


Roller Lash is a mascara that's designed for short or straight lashes, or for small eyes. Its pink plastic brush design features completely unique tiny hooks to grab hold of each lash, roll, lift and curl. Even if you have naturally long lashes, it will still give you your feminine dream curl too.

Benefit They're Real Brush Compared To Roller Lash Brush
Black They're Real Brush Compared To Pink Roller Lash Brush
It's not trying to compete or out-do the bestselling They're Real; but instead, caters for a different need. Many with short lashes felt that the thickness of the They're Real formula weighed them down too much; so this was designed to really give them a curly girly flutter. 97% of Benefit's consumer panel testers said it visibly lifted their lashes. 87% said it gave them a long-lasting curl, and 94% said it made their actual eyes look more wide open. In fact, Roller Lash has a 12-hour curl staying power- the Benebabes had been wearing theirs since 7am and it still looked great 12 hours later.

Eyes With & Without Benefit Roller Lash
Left: Without Mascara                       Right: With Roller Lash
I have been playing about with Roller Lash last night and all this morning, and I am really impressed with it. I love it's pure ink black shade, and how the tube dispenses a perfect amount of mascara onto the wand when you pull it out- none of the excess on the end that you get with other mascaras.
I have naturally long lashes that have quite a natural curl too (aren't I lucky?!) but I really like Roller Lash for emphasing that curl in a more delicate and feminine way compared to the false lash effect of They're Real. It also makes my eyes appear much larger than they are (see photo above with eye comparison), which I really like. The packaging is really pretty too, and it also contains great lash conditioning properties.


Roller Lash will be available from 28th February for £19.50; however, if you buy this month's Elle magazine (which went on sale this week) you get a deluxe mini sample size to see how it works for you in advance of its release.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

LUSH COSMETICS' VALENTINE'S RELEASES

Lush Valentine's 2014 Products Review

Lush have done it again with their fabulous seasonal releases- their Valentine's Day collection of products both look and smell gorgeous, and I love them. I've been trying a selection of them, and they are all sweet smelling and heavenly.

Lush Heart Throb Bubbletoon Review

Heart Throb Bubbleroon, £3.65
This looks stunning, and it's design is based on a French macaroon- two hearts sandwiched with a glitter filling. It'll turn your bath a gorgeous bright red and contains skin softening organic shea butter. The scent is one you'll have smelt before if you are a Lush fan- it's last year's African Paradise Body Conditioner release. It's not as pungent as the tub of this is; but still has a deep earthy scent.

Lush Unicorn Horn Review


Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, £3.25
This new product is already a cult one- with photos of it all over social media by lovers of all things kitsch. This makes for such a relaxing bath with its Lavender and Neroli scent. It'll turn your bath a light sparkly pink with floating candy stars (like the ones you put on top of cupcakes).

Lush The Kiss Lip Balm Review


The Kiss Lip Scrub, £5.50
The flavour and smell of this is very much like their Bubblegum Lip Scrub, except it's red with edible red hearts and cupcake sprinkles; instead of Bubblegum's pink. Very sweet, and very exfoliating.


Cupid's Love Soap, £4.25
This red, heart shaped, soap is super fruity with strong hints of passionfruit and fig, along with heady Bergamot and Rosewood. I would have prefered it was purely a fruity scent; but I still really enjoy using it. The soap contains soya yoghurt to soften the skin too.

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel Bottle


Prince Charming Shower Gel, £4.75
This creates a gorgeous decadent shower experience. It has a sweet base with marshmallow and vanilla scents, and is also fresh and cooling due to the addition of pomegranate juice and grapefruit. You'll never have smelt this scent in Lush before, as it also has Sandalwood and floral geranium in it too. Your skin is softened as you use with almond oil. It's a real mixed bag scent that won't be for everyone; but definitely go into store and give it a sniff.


Floating Flower Bath Bomb, £3.50
This colourful bath bomb will create a happy multi-coloured bath that's relaxing too with its Jasmine and Ylang Ylang scent. I really like this, and along with the Unicorn Horn, it's my favourite.


What ones do you fancy trying?

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Friday, 16 January 2015

MY NEW PERSONALISED PHONE CASE

I was asked by Mr Nutcase if I wanted to try their personalised phone case service, and being a mobile phone junkie, I jumped at the chance.

Mr Nutcase Personalised Phone Case

I wanted to get it personalised with the two websites I own- this blog and my luxury travel review site Stylecation- can't beat a bit of self promotion eh?! I'm definitely a workaholic.

I love how the logos of my sites have come out on the case- it's great quality printing, and the case itself is very sturdy. It's white though, so time will tell how dirty it gets.

I love my new phone case for my HTC One. They cover all major phone brands, and a personalised plastic case costs £14.95. I, however, have secured you a 10% discount if you enter the coupon code Thanku10 at checkout.


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