30 January 2015

Benefit PUFF OFF Review - Launching Tomorrow! ❤

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all doing really well? Guess what?! I have Internet again wahooo!! Oh my god, honestly my life has been like hell the past few months. Between moving, work, uni and having no Internet I have felt totally overwhelmed. Now I have Internet it means I get really give my last few months of uni a good go and of course blog more often. Due to living in the countryside Internet is pretty hard to get hold of anyway, but five months has just been a total nightmare and has brought me to tears on many occasions. I hate to be so reliant on the Internet, but my uni course is open learning style, so its so important that my Internet is working for me to be able to listen to lectures and of course study! A little while ago I was sent a lovely package from Benefit, which was a total surprise. I have been using Benefit religiously since I was 16, so they really are a brand that is close to my heart. Benefit are just number 1 when it comes to packaging in my eyes and the little package they sent me was just perfect. After reading up on the little info card provided by Benefit "PUFF OFF" sounded like my perfect eye product. I'm the worst sleeper ever! so when I wake up I really do feel like saying PUFF OFF to my puffy eyes and dark circles. I hope you enjoy today's exclusive review and this product will be available from the 31st January from all Benefit counters. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below and if you would like to get in contact a little quicker, feel free to contact me via my Social Media just to the right hand side of my blog :)
Review
Firstly... please can we just appreciate the packaging of this product! it's 100% another win from Benefit. I mean an an iron tip! I just love the idea of magically ironing away all puffiness and darkness. I suffer with insomnia, so for me the whole dark/puffy eye is a common and very annoying problem of mine. I love that the packaging is super pretty, but then its kind of rustic too with the Smooth O-Matic crest. Now onto the product itself! I have been really enjoying this product and love that it has a slight tint, which seems to instantly diffuse darkness. PUFF OFF definitely packs a punch with its impressive peptide formulae and I have found it works amazingly as a primer for my concealer too! seriously my concealer doesen't not budge when using this product. It seems to really prep my under-eye area perfectly for the day ahead and its also small enough to carry around for the odd refresh throughout the day too! The ironing tip helps to stimulate the under eye area and, which is one of the best ways to brighten your under eye and I have found that puffiness almost seems to vanish after a few swipes of this product. The iron tip is extremely cooling and has to be the "coolest" applicator I have ever tried! The only two things I noticed with this product are the fact it's not super moisturising and it is quite a small product at 10ml. I actually think this product will work amazingly in the summer, as its extremely light weight and sinks into the skin within seconds of applying it. Sometimes I find normal eye-creams can be a bit thick in the spring/summer, but this is light and totally refreshing! Plus its tinted formula will be good to diffuse the appearance of any eye concerns without leaving an icky residue.... and nobody wants icky residue before makeup haha!

Overview
This might not be a product you think is necessary, but it will definitely fit nicely into most peoples routine. It's quite a multi-tasker and can be your eye cream, primer or simply a rescue product (If your not a morning person this is for you). I have enjoyed using it and not just because it's a pretty snazzy looking product, but I do find the tinted formula to be very useful in diffusing darkness and puffiness. It does retail at £22.50 which is quite pricey, but you never know it could be just what your tired peepers need.
It launches tomorrow in the UK beauties... so don't forget to check it out! I would love to hear your thoughts on this product after my review.. is it for you?


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25 January 2015

Plum Paper 2015 Planner Review Part 1 ❤

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all doing really well? It’s no secret that I love me a planner and I’m pretty sure I have at least four for 2015 already. I don’t know what it is though… perhaps I like pretty books or perhaps I just haven’t found my dream planner yet? I have always loved writing and it usually helps if I’m writing in something that appeal’s to me! It’s all about the motivation haha. I have almost purchased an Erin Condren planner and the other day I was going to purchase a Day Designer, but both come from the USA and because they are pretty expensive to start with by the time you get the planner it would end up costing like £80 with postage and customs too. After trawling around the Internet I finally found a really cute planner that reminded me of Erin Condren… but half the price. Plum Paper are a stationary brand and are based in California and all of their planners and notebooks are handmade from start to finish from their San Diego office (Sounds pretty glam right?) I hope you enjoy today’s review lovelies and if you would like to get in contact then don’t hesitate to use my Social Media icons just to the right hand side of my blog. I would also love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below – don’t forget to leave your links too and say hi if your stopping by from the #lbloggers/#bbloggers chats! 
Organisation is key!
I thought I would go ahead and explain a little about why I think having a planner suited to you is so important! I’m sure you all know there are a million types of planner and also a million types of ways in which they can be set out. I tried to get along with Filofax for many years and it just didn’t work for me! I then tried quite a few from WH Smiths and Paperchase too and despite them all being lovely planner’s they just didn’t cut it. When I first found Erin Condren I was obsessed with how her planner’s were almost like a lifestyle! They could be decorated and had everything you needed to organise your life in the most stylish way. I’m quite a visual person and for me I like things to look as nice as they can.. I’m sure its just a girly thing in general though! I have always struggled to organise myself and sometimes have let my workload become unbearable. One of my main goals for 2015 is to really organise myself and find a suitable way to do so, so I'm hoping my new planner will at least help me to get into a better habit when it comes to organising my time.
Plum Paper Planner £21.01
Firstly, I was so impressed by the huge range of planner’s available on the Plum Paper Shop. There are options for just regular planners like mine and there also planner’s for family, fitness and student’s too! The designs are great and I feel like there is really something for everyone and there is also a good range of simplistic and more detailed designs. The planner’s also come with a strong metal coil and a protective cover to ensure your front cover doesn’t get bashed around. I decided to go with the Gold Honey Comb design, with Pink writing for my monogram, which fits my taste perfectly. When you first open the planner you see a front page where you can add your name, which then leads onto a yearly calendar. My planner has a weekly layout, which is set into morning, afternoon and evening, which I think will really help me organise my days. I hate writing something in my planner and then writing something else after, which perhaps should have come before it! I absolutely love the laminated tabs and find that they are a great way to get to where you need to be quickly, without having to go back and forth pages.. I know you could just use a bookmark in a normal planner haha, but for me the tabs are a great organisational feature and makes the planner look a lot nicer. 
In the planner each month has a notes section, a monthly overview and then weekly space to plan, which in my planner is split into three sections. Another amazing thing about Plum Planner’s is the fact you can really customise your planner and choose a layout, which works, for you! I think there are three other choices, so if you don’t like the way my planner is laid out.. I’m sure there will be a perfect option for you! You can also choose what month to start your planner on, which is another great feature when looking to create your perfect planner. At the back of the planner you will also find an area for special dates, contacts, holidays and also a yearly view of the next year ahead! If that’s not cool enough there is also an area where you can put loose paper or maybe things like washi tape and stickers, which can be used to personalise your planner even more. Now for the BEST part of this planner.. Calling all BLOGGER’s to pay attention haha! You can also purchase a blogger pack, which will be added to your planner for you, as long as your purchase at the same time. It’s a great feature and I think it will really help me organise my blogging and hopefully lead to more regular posts woohoo! The blog pack comes with everything you need to get on track and it’s also another great feature to help keep blog planning separate, so not too much is going on at once within your planner. You can find out all about the contents of the blog planner here
Overall
I’m so impressed with my personalised Plum Paper Planner and you get a fantastic planner for half the price of planner’s like Erin Condren and Daily Designer. Even though those planner’s look amazing!! I feel like my Plum Paper Planner is fairly similar and a much better price point! I mean I didn’t want to splash out like £80 on a planner and then not use it. I feel like my planner now suits me and I’m not trying to make my planner work for me. In total the planner cost around £35.00 including shipping/customs.. which is still not cheap, but at the same time I felt like my busy lifestyle needed a little TLC.. and hopefully having a great organiser will motivate me to plan my time more efficiently. I’m also looking forward to making my planner a hobby and I can’t wait to get a few creative bits too give it even more personality.

Now you might be thinking if this Part 1 then what is Part 2? I'm actually in the process of getting together a few creative bits to show you how I'm going to personalise and decorate my planner. I would love to hear your thoughts on my new planner.. do you like the idea of a more creative and productive planner?


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23 January 2015

LUSH "Let The Good Times Roll Review" ❤

Hi lovelies!
Hope you are all doing well? I had such an amazing day today and I'm literally still buzzing from my trip to London for work. A Few of you may already know that I work in digital media and today I visited my communication's team in London and it was such a breath of fresh air. It was great to get out of the office and meet with our London team to go over lots of exciting new plans. I'm actually just led in bed waiting for my Chinese to come.. cooking wasn't on the agenda for me tonight haha! So lovelies tonight’s post is going back to… yeah you guessed it LUSH (totally obsessed right now)! Honestly a bit of Lush totally brightens up my evening after a busy day, so I’m going to try and review as many products from my 2014 haul as I can.. and if there are any product reviews you would like to see then just leave a comment down below. In my last LUSH review I talked about Rose Jam, which is seriously something else! But tonight I’m going to be talking about an equally amazing and totally delicious product from Lush. I have seen quite a few people talk about this product and how they haven’t purchased it because they weren’t exactly sure what it was supposed to do, so hopefully my review will be useful to a few of my lovely readers. I would love to hear from you in the comments section down below and don't forget to leave your links too! If you would like to get hold of me a little quicker, then you can also use my Social Media icons just to the right hand side :)



Just like Rose Jam I honestly wish you could just smell this product. It’s totally beyond and honestly takes me to a pretty amazing place every single time I use it! I find it has quite a nostalgic smell from a personal point of view and reminds me of something from when I was younger, but I can’t quite pin point what it is! If any of you feel the same about this product then let me know below. Anyway, moving onto what it actually does haha… Firstly, packaging wise it comes in the standard Black pots and the actual product looks like a delicious gooey piece of cookie dough! The ingredients include Maize flour, Glycerin, Talc, Water, Corn oil, Polenta, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Perfume, Gardenia and Popcorn. I think Popcorn is the winner in that line up and it’s actually included in the product! #YUM.

If I could put its scent into words it would probably be a mixture of popcorn, vanilla and salted caramel! ( I honestly wish it was edible) It’s described as an exfoliating cleanser and I try to use it around two times a week and each time I use it my skin feels like a million dollars. I tend to take a chunk and run a little water over it to make it into a more workable paste, which works wonders for me! It does have quite a grainy texture once you start buffing it into the skin, but it really does soften and lift the appearance of tired skin, which is why I love it so much. The glycerin helps to keep the skin from feeling dry once the product has been washed off and even though it is quite scrubby its not going to make your skin feel irritated or uncomfortable after using it. LUSH now feature little product video's, so I think it would be a great idea for you to check it out if you are interested in trying this product.

Overall
I feel like I actually LOVE this product like real love... Just like Rose Jam I actually think about using this product throughout the day and when I get home it feels like such an amazing sweet treat. If your looking for a cleanser/exfoliator that will truly exfoliate and leave your skin feeling fresh, soothed and revived.. then this might just be for you.

I would love to know your thoughts lovelies.. do you think you would like to give this a go?

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18 January 2015

Yves Rocher Brand Focus ❤

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all having a great Sunday? I must admit I haven’t been feeling quite myself today, so it’s nice to lie by the fire and do some blogging. I seriously think I could be getting some more snow it's that cold! If you are a regular reader of my Social Media you might have seen a few snowy pics from me last week! As nice as it was to see the snow it did make me panic a little, as I needed to get to work haha! Why doesn’t it come on the weekend? Today I’m going to be writing about a new brand and a complete first for me. I love finding new products and hopefully my post will be useful to you lovelies, especially if your looking for some new body care products. Yves Rocher is a French botanical beauty brand, which was founded in 1959 in La Gacilly. Yves Rocher devote a huge amount of time to researching Botanical Beauty and have become the best selling brand in France in every category of beauty. I hope you enjoy today’s review lovelies and if you would like to get in contact then don’t hesitate to leave your comments below. If you would like a more direct response then you can also use my Social Media icons just to the right hand side!
I am currently using quite a few body creams, so I was really interested to see how this ranked amongst some of my favourites. I was pretty surprised by how much I really enjoyed this product and the way it made my skin feel was simply fantastic. The first thing I noticed was its gentle fragrance, it honestly smells like a beautiful summer garden, but it also smells quite comforting.. which might be something to do with its oat infusion. I really love how feminine and delicate this product feels, especially when applying it to the skin! I always wonder how long a lotion will take to sink in, but this one was gone pretty quickly and didn’t leave any residue. The infusion of Organic Oats really does help this product to be extremely nourishing and definitely leaves your skin feeling soft and supple after use. 
This could quite possibly be my favourite out of all of the products I tried from Yves Rocher. I don’t know about you, but I totally neglect my feet! I spend a good portion of my working day’s tottering around in 4inch heels and I’m often left with heavy feeling feet and legs. The Anti-Fatigue Iced Gel is designed to instantly sooth tired limbs. It uses Organic lavender essential oil to aid well-being and a refreshing peppermint essential oil to help refresh the foot and leg area. I have found that this really does work and I even apply it too my shoulder’s as I find the gentle Lavender scent really soothing. I think this product is an absolute bargain for just £2.50 I feel like it’s a little Savior! 
I tend to go in and out of using Hand Cream, but when I use it my hands always feel far more loved! The Yves Rocher Long Lasting Moisturizing Hand Cream uses Arnica extract, which make this hand cream extremely soothing and also very protective. Like a body cream I always worry about residue with hand creams, especially as half the time I’m rushing around. However, I found this product to be fantastic and there was no residue at all! Plus it didn’t take forever to sink in. Hands are highly exposed and a lot of us forget about them ( I know I do ) so I have been enjoying this hand cream and again at such an amazing price you really can’t go wrong. 
This is the cutest bath product ever! I really love how it’s package like a sweet. I wasn’t expecting huge amounts from this product, but again I was totally impressed by how wonderful it made my bath smell. There are lot’s of fragrances to choose from which is great, but I happened to love Coconut.. as it reminds me of beautiful beach holiday’s (note to self I need to book a sun holiday) The Cube fizzes and dissolves into loads of little bubbles, which eventually release the gorgeous smell of luscious coconuts. I was really impressed with this product especially for £1.50!  I don’t think you can go wrong, as a lot of bath products can be pretty expensive to buy.
Overall
I was really impressed with Yves Rocher as a brand and feel that I have only scraped the surface with them, as there website is huge and full of amazing beauty bargains. I have always loved French beauty and Yves Rocher offer great products at extremely affordable prices. I already want to try a few more products and think the shower products in their “Greedy Scents” range sound fantastic too. I would totally recommend Yves Rocher and think there are loads of beauty bargains to be found! If I had to really pick one product from today’s post then I would have to say the ice gel, as it makes a huge difference to tired feet and legs. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below, do you think you will try the brand Yves Rocher?

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16 January 2015

LUSH Rose Jam Review❤

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all doing really well? Before I get into today’s post I thought I would just go ahead and remind you about my New Year Giveaway which I’m hosting to say thanks to all my lovely readers for their continued support in 2014. You could win two products from Benefit, Nic's Picks RT Brush Collection and one of my favourite Kerastase products, so don't forget to check that out lovelies! Today’s post is going to be one of the follow up reviews from my recent 2014 LUSH Haul… and I’m not going to lie I have found some seriously Ahhmazing products, which I can’t wait to share with you over the next couple of weeks. I know a lot of my readers and blogging pals are total LUSH obsessives too, so hopefully this will make for some good reading! Don’t forget to get yourself a nice cuppa tea or hot chocolate or in my case a Honey and Lemon Herbal Tea! I was actually thinking of doing a review on some herbal teas, so let me know If you would like to see a review on my collection! If you would like to get in contact then please leave your messages below, you can also contact me via my Social Media icons on the right :)
LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel
I must admit until about a year ago I really wasn’t fussed on Rose at all! I could really take it or leave it, as a lot of the time I find it can be slightly oldie and quite a heavy scent! However, slowly I started coming across much nicer and lighter rose scents and also some more modern variations too! It has definitely become one of my favourite scents along with Lavender in the past year.. Which leads me to talk about what could possibly one of my all time favourite scents. When I first smelt Snow Fairy I felt like my entire girly princess dreams had been answered and that every time I used it I was truly in sweet shop heaven. The past two years I have been totally devoted to Snow Fairy, until I came across a small version of Rose Jam in my recent 2014 Haul! For me Rose Jam is totally on the NEXT LEVEL and honestly smells better than a lot of my body sprays and perfumes. This Rose scent is far juicier and with notes of vanilla, lemon and geranium it totally transforms this shower gel into a totally addictive product. It instantly puts me in a good mood and that’s even before I get to the bottle!

I was actually in work the other day having a bit of a nightmare and all I could think of was a lovely bath with my Rose Jam. The major downfall of this product is the fact that it’s a Christmas special, just like Snow Fairy! I was totally gutted, as I was expecting to be able to buy this throughout the year. However, I managed to get my hands on a 250ml bottle… which I will keep for special occasions when I need a pick me up. I have managed to come across some other LUSH products with the same fragrance, so my lovelies it’s not a complete disaster haha! I also purchased Ro’s Argan Body Moisturiser and the Rose Jam Bubbleroon, which share the AMAZING fragrance. I can always tell when I’m obsessed with a product, as I type super fast and just wish I could tell you all face to face how much I love this stuff!! Maybe I should start YouTube haha.

Overall, Rose Jam is a gorgeous product and makes shower and bath time so much more enjoyable. Even though its hiding now until this Christmas, I’m sure you would be able to find it somewhere. Don’t forget you can also get the moisturiser and Bubbleroon, which are just as dreamy! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below :)

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13 January 2015

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25 Review ❤

Hi Lovelies!
Hope your all doing really well? I have been meaning the post this for quite a while now, but with little to no Internet I have really struggled with blogging throughout December/January. I'm hoping the New Year will bring lots of good luck, especially for me and blogging.. as this year I'm aiming to really get  my blog on! This time last year I was totally obsessed with my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (and I still love it) but the blogger and beauty obsessive in me loves to try a new base! Estee Lauder is a brand I really fell in love with in 2014 and now I find myself using products from Estee Lauder pretty much every single day.. be it skincare or makeup! I thought I would post a review on this foundation, as I think its an absolutely amazing foundation, especially for winter. I really think a lot of skin types would love this foundation, so I'm hoping this review will be useful to some of my readers. I would love to hear from you in my comments section down below and also don't forget to leave your links for me to check out! You can also get in contact via my social media icons just to the right hand side of my blog if you would like a quicker response! I love to chat, so don't be shy! :)
Firstly, how pretty is the packaging? The Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation is housed in a beautiful glass bottle, which isn't actually that chunky. I love how classy it looks and the combination of Navy and Gold is just perfect! The bottle also has a great pump, but I feel as if it pumps out a little less than I would like. Normally one pump is fine for a light coverage and two/three pumps is for when I need a little more coverage. However, i struggle to cover my face with one pump from this foundation... that aside it's absolutely fantastic! As an extension from the Estee Lauder Perfectionist range, which is aimed at smoothing lines, wrinkles and generally helping out with anti ageing, This foundation is infused with their well loved Perfectionist Serum. The texture is creamy, but not at all heavy and it gives a great light-medium coverage that evens out the skin tone. It's not amazing at covering those terrible boil spots that never really come to the surface, but I tend to use my heavy duty concealer for that kinda thing anyway. As soon as you apply the foundation you can immediately feel its fantastic velvety texture, which gives a lovely natural glow. It also has an SPF 25, which makes it great for everyday.. as it really does seem to cover most of the typical foundation requirements us ladies/gents have. I also have to mention it has pretty impressive lasting power, especially as it contains a serum.. which made me think it might start to separate after a while. However, It easily lasts my 8 hour working day on my normal/combo skin and I hardly feel the need to even conceal throughout the day. In terms of shades I'm 1W2 Sand, which is quite yellow toned. However, I much prefer a yellow tone, as it helps to cancel out redness. I have included a few of my foundation shades below, as this might help if you are looking to match shades.

Foundation Matches
Chanel VA Foundation B20/30 - NARS Sheer Glow Punjab - Bobbi Brown "Warm Beige" - YSL B30

Overall
For me this was a real star of 2014 and also 2015 and I will 100% be re-purhcasing as soon as I run out. at £37 it is pretty expensive, but I feel that its good enough to warrant a cheeky splurge. I also think this would work great as a Winter foundation, as I feel the serum within really helps to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. It works great even on combination skin, but if your quite oily I would recommend getting a sample first, as I'm not sure how it would suit more oily skin type. 
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below.. do you think this is a foundation that would suit you?

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11 January 2015

Lancome Les Miniatures Gift Set ❤

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all doing really well and enjoying a nice Sunday evening. It seems pretty windy outside, but that always makes me feel so much more cosy, especially when writing a blog post. Today's post is going to be about a fantastic little gift set, which would make the perfect gift or beauty treat. Perfume can be damn right expensive and very hard to buy if you’re not actually sure what kind of scent to go for! Not only that.. sometimes the bigger 50ml/100ml sizes can be too big to carry around in your handbag and I’m sure I can speak for quite a few girls… We love minis!!! They’re perfect to just chuck in your bag and travel with and you don’t have to worry about breaking or even wasting one of your larger and much more expensive perfumes. Therefore, I think that gift sets such as the Lancome Les Miniatures and also other similar gift sets make a fantastic beauty buy! I would love to hear from you lovelies in the comments section down below. If you would like to get in contact with me, you can also use my social media icons just to the right hand side of my blog :)
Lancome Les Miniatures £27.00*
The Lancome Les Miniatures set is beautifully presented with five gorgeous mini perfumes from the Lancome range. Within the gift set you get the following fragrances, La vie est belle 4ml, Tresor 7.5ml, Tresor Midnight Rose 5ml, Miracle 5ml and O de Lancome 7.5ml. The fragrances are a beautiful mix of floral, sweet and deeper scents, which makes it super handy to just chuck one of these little minis in your bag to suit how you feel! I think this gift set is the perfect way to treat someone special for their birthday, especially with such a variety of fragrances to choose from! At least you know you won’t be spending so much on a larger bottle that might not be enjoyed. I would probably purchase this for my best friend or sister, as its also a great way to try out a new brand of perfumes, but have the chance to sample them all! Overall, for £27.00 I think you get a wonderfully packaged gift with lots of lovely fragrances!

What do you think? Do you ever struggle to buy gifts for your friends/family… Especially fragrance gifts?

Find out more about this gift set here

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