Sunday Tittle Tattle: Treating Myself

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This week I have mainly been treating myself to things in an attempt to scrub up my appearance and look vaguely normal. For months I have been slobbing about in the same pair of trainers (or my one pair of available flip flops, if it’s hot) and I have been wearing the same two outfits on rotation. My hair roots were down to my ears.

So on Friday I paid a visit to Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden to see my brilliant colourist, John Spanton, who blondes me or “caramels” me depending on what faddy notion I’m having at the time! I’ll be writing more about this visit, because John used a very intriguing new conditioning and strengthening treatment on my hair and it needs investigating, but for now, behold: I am very much blonder.

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And I love it – it feels very fresh and summery. I also had a bit of a trim and shape courtesy of Frederico – everything is now swishy and my dry ends are gone. New hair, new woman – I can’t tell you how much it has lifted my mood!

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On the lust-list: just about everything from Hush’s Autumn collection, which has just landed. In the photos above I’m wearing the Plaid Shirt, which is much thicker and warmer than your usual plaid shirt, but I am seriously hankering after the Cashmere Bea Jumper, the Contrast Rollneck (would look amazing with black skinny jeans) and the winter version of my beloved Star Pyjamas. Hush have 10% off this bank holiday with free delivery and returns – the code is AWXX15 and you can use it here.

I’ve had other treats (including these lovely Steve Madden boots) but I need to take photos of them and also decide whether the dresses I’ve bought are “keepers” or not. I’ll get back to you! No pet photos this week because the cat is still at my Mum’s and Dexter the dog moves too fast to catch, but if you want life and baby updates then they are all over on The Uphill.

Read about my embarrassing “when’s it due” situation in Tesco…

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The Ready-Made-Skincare-Routine Cult Beauty Box

caroline hirons skincare favourites

Many of you will have met my mate Caroline Hirons before; either in real life, at one of her sought-after skin appointments and meet-and-greets, or virtually, watching her videos and reading her amazing beauty blog. (You may have seen our videos together – if not then you’re in for either a treat or a headache, depending on what floats your boat! You can watch them here.)

Caroline knows her skincare inside out and her reviews are an absolute joy to read – she never sugars the pill if she’s not keen on something and when a product works, she really lets you know about it! And so obviously what we’re all waiting for is a skincare range from her. But whilst that happens, we can make do with the next best thing: the Caroline Hirons Cult Beauty Box.

A carefully curated selection of some of Caroline’s favourite skincare products, all of them fitting together very nicely to form an effective and luxurious skincare routine, this is a true beauty addict’s treasure trove! Inside the box:

rms raw coconut cleanser


RMS Coconut Cream Cleanser
Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cleanser

Acid Toner:

PIXI Glow Tonic 

Eye Cream:

Skin Owl Eye+ 


REN’s Optimum Skin Serum Oil
Odacite Hydration Serum Concentrate 


Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream

Rescue Remedy:

Pommade Divine

So two gorgeous cleansers, one very massage-y and one slightly “quicker” (I haven’t tried either of these yet but they sound luscious); a bottle of Glow Tonic from Pixi, one of Caroline’s most-recommended products (it’s an acid toner or acid exfoliant, great for making dull skin look renewed and fresh); two brilliant serums and a do-all moisturiser from Alpha-H, the Essential Hydration Cream, which would be one of my top recommendations too.

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I am absolutely intrigued by the Skin Owl Eye+ cream, pictured above; partly because I like the word Owl (shallow, moi?) but mainly because this “concentrate” promises to be soothing and brightening all at the same time. This has rocketed to the top of my wishlist. You can find more details here.

Caroline’s Cult Beauty Box is available now – free international shipping – and costs £100 here. (Value of the products is over £170 – a mix of full size and special sizes, please check listings on the website.) It’s a wonderful array of top-notch skincare and I love that it includes brands I’d never even heard of before. If you fancy investing in a ready-made, satisfying face-care routine or you’re simply an incorrigible skincare addict then this is the beauty box for you. Get it while it lasts!

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Vera Wang Princess Eau De Toilette

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Vera Wang Princess Eau De Toilette 100ml £60

Vera Wang Princess is a fragrance which I’ve always wanted to try as the notes sounded like my kind of fragrance, and I’d read nothing but rave reviews. I finally took the plunge and purchased it when I noticed the 100ml bottle within the Feelunique sale for only £23 which was crazy, especially as the 30ml version retails for £39. The bottle is really beautiful, and girly which is very fitting considering its name. The glass bottle is shaped into an heart with the perfume being purple to match the box. The lid of the bottle is a gold crown shape with purple crystals, and there’s a gold ring which can be detached and used as a ring – if you have super small fingers that is, as it’s teeny tiny.

Vera Wang Princess is described as an oriental floral scent which celebrates youth and femininity. The top notes feature water lily, apple, mandarin and apricot, whilst the heart consists of guava, tiare flower, tuberose and dark chocolate. Finally, the base contains vanilla, amber and wood. It’s actually a lot different to what I expected it to be, and I’m not entirely sure I know how I feel about it – I really am on the fence. In the many, many reviews I read of Princess, it was described as being a sweet and fruity scent but to me it’s actually quite powdery and it smells like baby wipes on first spritz but it does sweeten, just slightly.

It’s definitely not an horrible fragrance, but it’s just ‘nice’ in my opinion, and nothing special… and definitely not worthy of its super inflated price tag. When it comes to fragrance, I’m easily pleased but there’s just something about this scent that doesn’t work particularly well with my skin as I’ve smelt it on other people and I’ve really liked it so I’ll perhaps use it layered over scents to see if it makes any difference. It’s really funny how fragrances smell so differently on different people as I know that so many people love this, but sadly my love for it goes as far as the packaging.

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W7 Bronze Queen Eyeshadow Palette

W7 Bronze Queen Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

I really quite like W7 as a brand. Their products are all super affordable, and I’ve tried quite a few of their products and I’ve only ever been disappointed a couple of times. I spotted the new W7 releases on Twitter, and when I saw their new Bronze Queen eyeshadow palette I immediately hunted it down online and ordered it, as it looked absolutely gorgeous. I managed to find it on eBay here for only £3.95 with free delivery, and it arrived within two days which was very impressive.

W7 Bronze Queen Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

The new W7 Bronze Queen Eyeshadow Palette is made from brown plastic and is a narrow rectangular shape with gold writing on the top. I have a few W7 palettes, and none of them look as nice as this one does.. it looks like a luxury palette which crazy for under £4. Inside the palette, there are seven eyeshadows alongside a dual-ended brush and sponge tip applicator as well as a mirror. When I saw the inside of the palette I knew it had been ‘inspired’ by the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palettes, as the layout and design/shapes are identical. I couldn’t put my finger on which palette it looked like but after searching online it’s definitely a dupe of the Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Makeup Palette which retails for £37.50 which is pretty pricey compared to the £3.95 I paid for this W7 palette.

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When I swatched the first shade I was a little disappointed as assumed that the palette was a letdown, but it drastically improved from the second shadow onwards. I’ve looked online at swatches of the Bobbi Brown Palette, and amazingly the swatches are on par quality and pigmentation wise but seeing as I don’t own the Bobbi Brown equivalent, I can only make visual comparisons. The W7 Bronze Queen Eyeshadow Palette contains five matte shadows, one shimmer and one glitter shade. All of the shades are buttery soft except the glitter shadow, which is a little gritty like glitter shadows tend to be. I’ve been really impressed with their blendability, and with how easy they are to work with and the only issue I’ve had is with the glitter shade. I’ve found the best way to apply the glitter is with your fingertip, or by dampening your eyeshadow brush but once it’s on your lid it really is a beautiful shadow and would be amazing for nights out or special occasions when you want a little sparkle.

I remember lusting after the Bobbi Brown palette when it launched last year, but in my opinion you’d be crazy to pay £37.50 for a palette when this £3.95 alternative is so similar in terms of pigmentation. Obviously the packaging isn’t on par with Bobbi Brown, but I can overlook that especially when the packaging is still really nice and it certainly doesn’t look or perform like a £4 palette.. I’m very impressed W7.

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Louise Young Makeup Brushes

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

I own a pretty large makeup brush collection, and love discovering new brush brands. My newest makeup brush discovery is the Louise Young range of brushes, after I fell in love with the Louise Young Superfine Liner Brush LY24A which is the most incredible eyeliner brush. After being so wowed by my first Louise Young brush, I was dying to try more brushes from the range. The Louise Young Makeup Brush range is very extensive with over 60 brushes within the collection so you really are spoilt for choice. I have been trialing a few more of the Louise Young Eye Brushes, as well as a couple of the Face Brushes and I am seriously impressed…

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

Louise Young LY48 Mini Super Foundation Brush £19

This is a mini version of the Louise Young Super Foundation Brush, and is said to be perfect for the application of cream and liquid foundations. It can also be used for contouring with cream products, as well as cream blush application. I personally enjoy using this brush to blend in my concealer under my eyes, as the tapered shape is perfect for blending the concealer into the contours of the eyes. It’s a nice stiff brush so it’s dense enough to blend, but the tapered point offers precision for concealing or contouring.

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

Louise Young LY51 Small Powder and Buffing Brush £20

This brush is now one of my all time favourites.. it’s amazing. The bristles are shaped into almost a square shape with rounded corners and it’s just so incredibly versatile as it can be used with powder, cream or liquid. The brush can be used for blusher, bronzer, contouring, concealing, powdering or even foundation at a push. It’s such a lovely brush, with very soft bristles and it’s such a fantastic multi-tasker.

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

Louise Young LY38A Tapered Shadow Brush £17

This natural haired eyeshadow brush is a thin, and narrow tapered brush which is absolutely perfect for creating definition within the crease. It’s small enough to be super precise, but it makes light work of blending, and I particularly like using it for blending shadow along my lower lashlines as it’s so tapered and small. If you’re an eyeshadow novice, this is the blending brush for you as it does all of the hard work for you – it’s a real must have.

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

Louise Young LY31 Angled Brow Sable £13

I’ve seen this brush mentioned on so many YouTube makeup tutorials as the perfect brow brush, and they weren’t wrong. This angled, natural haired brush is thin and very small so you can create thin strokes throughout your brows with powder, gel or cream depending on your preference, but it also works amazingly at lining the eyes with gel liner, or even powder shadow. I really like that the bristles have a little flexibility to them for a more natural effect, as I’ve found denser angled brushes can make my brows look a little too harsh for my liking.

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

Louise Young LY23 Eyeliner Filbert Sable £9

I already own the LY24A which is a superfine liner brush, but this is a little more tapered in it’s shape with the bristles tapering off to a precise point which is fantastic for creating eyeliner flicks. This brush can be used to apply powder, liquid, gel or cake eyeliner.

Louise Young Makeup Brushes Review

Louise Young LY24B Ultrafine Liner Brush £9

I honestly thought the LY24A was the smallest eyeliner brush you could get, but how wrong was I. This LY24B is even smaller. and is super thin for creating the most precise and perfectly even liner and fits nicely between the lashes for added definition. Just like the LY24A, the LY24B is ideal for applying products like the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade as it creates small and delicate hair-like strokes throughout the brow which looks so natural, which is exactly how I like my brows to look.

As you can guess, I’ve been blown away by my new Louise Young Makeup Brushes, and I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough. Each brush is impeccably made, and I’ve never experienced any shedding whatsoever with any of the brushes. They are definitely some of the best brushes I’ve ever tried, and I cannot wait to try more brushes from the range especially some from their Eyeshadow range.

*This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item.

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