An Anti-Haul of Sorts

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I forever bombard you with new products, purchases and recommendations but seldom ever mention what I have no plans to make my own for whatever reason that may be. With anti-hauls being all the rage within the beauty community, I thought I’d take the chance to show you what I won’t be buying and why…

1, Too Faced Love Lights Prismatic Highlighter in You Light Up My Life – some shades simply aren’t made for my skin-tone and that is exactly the problem (if you can call it that), I have with this product. The bright, true gold, hue of Too Faced You Light Up My Life translates a little orange-y and looks bizarre, rather than flattering against my light, olive complexion – however if you have a deep skin-tone this will look nothing short of dazzling and may be the highlighter you have been waiting for. I will say the formulation is wonderful and I may treat myself to one of the other two options but this particular shade will not be joining my stash.

2, Anything rainbow or unicorn themed – I am over it, it was fun while it lasted but along with mermaid packaged products there is only so much a gal can take.

3, MAC Fix+ Fruity Juicy – I must firstly say that I utterly adore the MAC Fruity Juicy Collection on the whole and do recommend checking it out; the only reason I am personally skipping the limited edition Fix + is that I never use my original bottle, and I highly doubt adding the scent of coconut will change that. I have to accept that some products simply aren’t for me and that is okay!

4, Kat Von D Shade and Glimmer Palette – Obviously this has yet to be released and as such I have used the original palette in its place for illustrative purposes but what I have seen of the Kat Von D Shade and Glimmer Palette hasn’t blown me away. I like shimmer based eyeshadows but don’t love them and owning a palette without any matte options perhaps isn’t the best choice for me – what I will say is that the shade range is very pretty and offers a lot of variety but I doubt it will sneak onto my wishlist.

5, Byredo Gypsy Water Hair Perfume – I mean do I really need a separate bottle of fragrance just for my hair? In a word no.

6, Anastasia Nicole Glow Palette – I love Anastasia Beverly Hills products and I have a lot of time for anything Nicole Guerriero does or launches, and yet I don’t own the Nicole Glow palette. This is not because I don’t like the shade range but because there is no Anastasia counter in Scotland, as such I can’t swatch the shades and decide if I will get enough use out of the palette to warrant calling it my own. Could this change when I hit New York in a couple of weeks? Definitely but until I get to try this out in person, I won’t be handing over my bank card any time soon.

7, Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows – I must firstly say that I truly do love the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows, there is nothing quite like them but I am fooling myself if I think I can make the deeper shades work. I lack the skill and what looks great on YouTube doesn’t quite correlate all that well into everyday life – for that reason alone, I will be sticking to the lighter shades of the wonderful Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows.

8, Tom Ford Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum – Just like not every make-up shade, or product is suited to one person, we can’t all wear the same fragrance and I’m calling it quits with Tom Ford Orchid Soleil. Yes this is a gorgeous sun-drenched, floral scent, that couldn’t be more perfect for the summer if it tried but it seemingly sits well on everyone but me. Hey you can’t win the all.
9, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers – Hourglass are one of my favourite beauty brands and therein lies the problem, I am so loyal to their powders that I don’t often purchase much else in the form of bronzers and blushes, which really isn’t all that helpful when your job is to write about beauty products. As such I am going to step away from the newly launched shades of the Hourglass bronzers…for now at least.
10, Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks – We are now edging into Summer and each year I dabble with cream formulations, only to become annoyed that they don’t stay in place for as long as I would like. A combination of heat, sweat and oily skin does horrific things to make-up so for the sake of my wallet and sanity, I will not be persuaded to give up my powder blushes for a Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – even if they are the best around.
Feel free to tell what you won’t be purchasing any time soon and why!

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Five Budget Makeup Buys (All Under £6.00) Both You & Your Purse Will Love For Spring

Makeup for me is all about experimentation, finding something new and discovering a steal that you want to recommend to all your friends. Although I would always opt to spend more on my foundation and skincare, when it comes to the majority of my makeup bag there’s always room for a bargain. Over the last few weeks a tonne of super shiny and expensive makeup products have landed on my desk, but what’s making me stand up and take notice are the incredibly affordable versions that you don’t even have to wait to treat yourself to – because when they’re less than a coffee and slice of cake, it would be rude not to really. From all the bits and bobs that have made their way to me in the last weeks, these are the five that have all made me go ‘ooooh’… And even better, none of them are more than six quid!

1. Collection Lasting Perfection Colour Correctors (£4.19)
If you’re a fan of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (and I know so many of you are – there was almost a riot when it went out of stock!) then you’ll love these colour correcting additions that help to create an even more flawless base. The same texture and pigment, these are available in either a yellow, lilac or green variant to counteract dullness, sallowness or redness. Creamy and highly saturated, these work really well on the skin on their own (obviously under foundation) or mixed with your usual concealer if you’re not a fan of too many layers. Colour correction may have been a trend in 2016, but it’s actually been a pro secret for years – so don’t dismiss it!

2. Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold Mascara (£3.00)
This German brand is frustratingly only available in Wilko, but it is available to buy online. They have so many great little bargains on offer, most of which are only a few pounds – including their mascaras which are generally a bit of a hidden gem. This ‘Volume Stylist Curl & Hold’ features a slightly curved wand (that you can’t see in the pic) and a tonne of bristles, as well as a reservoir to hold an excess of product, which together results in a super lifted and voluminous lash line. Personally I find that Essence mascaras can leave me with Panda eyes if I’m not careful with their removal, but I’m really enjoying the result this provides. It’s a great one to use every day, if you can’t bear to reach for the YSL/Dior/MAC/whatever posh mascara you’re currently loving.

3. Rimmel London Super Gel Nail Polish (£5.99)
I’ve bought Rimmel nail plishes for as long as I’ve been wearing colour on my talons, mainly because they’re incredibly affordable and offer a huge range of colour. The latest launch from the brand is a ‘Super Gel’ alternative to gel nails, which is applied in two stages: the colour followed by the ‘gel effect’ topcoat. Thanks to the super thick brush, application is a doddle and a true-to-bottle colour can be achieved in only two coats (although the first can be a touch streaky, so keep with it!) I’m really impressed with the smoothness of the finish which really covers and conceals any texture imperfections or flaking, as well as the longevity – a couple of days in and it’s still going strong, even if I don’t expect it to stay put for anywhere near the 14 days it promises. My current fave is undoubtedly Purple Splash, but there are over twenty shiny shades to choose from.


4. NYX Vivid Brights Cream Colour (£5.50)
A brand I’m quickly falling head over heels for, NYX just seem to nail affordable beauty while still providing textures and formats that are a little bit different. These Cream Colour pots offer a really strong pigment that can be used in a multitude of ways – either as an eyeshadow, liner or even lip colour or blush if the need arises! Although some shades are richer and creamier than others (generally speaking the pastel shades are harder to work with,) they’re beautiful to blend and would look amazing paired with a flush of bronzer this summer. The creamy texture does take some getting used to if you’re usually just a powder eyeshadow girl, but the beauty is all in the experimentation.


5. Olivia Hale Blush & Bronze (From £1.99)
Part of a whole brand launch into Home Bargains (which seems to be more of an Oop North thing – it’s always my first stop when I visit my mum in Derby!) these may be packaged in slightly cheap and tacky plastic cases, but it’s what’s inside that counts. I’ve tried a whole heap of makeup from the brand and these are definitely my top picks (alongside the glosses and polishes, where you can’t really go wrong) as they’re soft, pigmented and easy to buff into skin. If you don’t want to take your expensive makeup on holiday with you this summer (we’ve all been there when it arrives on the luggage carousel smashed to smithereens,) then these offer a super cheap way to still look hot – no compromise needed. FYI the bronzer is very shimmery though, so proceed with caution if you’re not into a glistening cheekbone…

Have you found any other makeup bargains recently that you think we should all know about?

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You Need to See the Latest Tili Box!

QVC Tili Box Review

Beauty box subscriptions aren’t anything new but loving, using and enjoying every, single item inside is pretty rare. If you have been left feeling a little jaded in regards to such concept in the past, I urge you to try out QVC’s Tili Box: Try it, Love it and trust me you will; with full sized items and luxurious samples from brands you will more than likely want to explore, this may just be the best £20 you have spend this month. Let me show you what is inside the current drop…

QVC Tili Box Review

First of all let’s talk about the physical box – beautifully presented with plenty of tissue paper and stuffing to ensure your newly acquired goodies land on your doorstep in plenty of time, all in a gorgeous coral shade. I should mention that the colour of packaging various each edition (February’s box was green and who knows what August will bring) but the good news is that they are sturdy and lend themselves to re-purposing rather well – a quick Pinterest search should give you ideas galore.

Here is what is inside the fourth edition of the Tili Box:

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Alpha-H Liquid Rose Gold (50ml) – A limited edition version of the cult beauty classic that is Liquid Gold but with a gentler formulation. This glycolic acid base enriched toner features an array of aromatic botanical including: rose, sacred lotus and orchid petals. The idea is that you use this a few times a week to gently exfoliate, brighten and refine the skin – if you enjoyed the original you will love this.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x OPI Fiji Collection Nail Polish (15ml) – You will receive one of eight from the new spring/summer 17 Fiji collection nail polishes in a full sized bottle. I unwrapped the super pretty and ready for Spring shade, OPI Suzi Without a Paddle (pastel blue) and can’t wait for flip-flop season to really make the most of the subtle pastel shade.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan (20ml) – a quick and easy self tanner that is infused with rosehip and neroli extracts and can offer results in just 10 minutes. Great for those in a rush but also those who prefer a golden based tanning product.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Erno Laszlo Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Bar (15ml and 17g) -You’ll receive one of the following kits: Firm: plumps and firms the look of your complexion; or Hydrate: helps to restore moisture to your skin I have the firming duo which contains a duo phased cleansing oil which makes light work of removing even the heaviest of make-up and a nifty cleansing bar for a luxurious yet easy double cleanse method.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (4ml) in Medium – Admittedly the shade won’t suit everyone but you will be blown away by the formula. This glides onto the skin offering moisture, comfort and a great level of coverage – I am obsessed and will be purchasing a full sized bottle. If that’s not enough the formulation is beautifully created with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, B, C and E, to offer more than just a base product.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo (50ml) – a wonderful shampoo that is enriched with hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and vitamins B, C and E to strengthen even the most weakened of hair types.

1 x Julien Farel Vitamin Conditioner (50ml) – the perfect partner to the above shampoo – a great conditioner that deeply nourishes without weight.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Ultrasun Face SPF30 (25ml) – a broad-spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, once a day formulation that is suitable for sensitive skin and the perfect base for applying make-up on top of. My second favourite product in the box behind the CC Cream.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Benefit Roller Lash (3g) – This mascara needs no introduction, everyone loves it and for good reason: the one of a kind brush both lengthens and curls the lashes in one quick move, allowing you to skip traditional lash curling methods. You need to try this.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (30ml) complete with a muslin cloth – a cult classic and for good reason, this soft, creamy cleanser that is enriched with rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus and cocoa butter quickly melts off all forms of make-up, dirt and grim as well as exfoliating the skin.Everyone should try this at least once to discover the magic of it for themselves.

There’s no denying that the contents are wonderful and truly a snip for the price of £20 but what further sets the QVC Tili Box apart from others is that it is a subscription free process: you can dip in and out of the boxes whenever you like and are never tied to a rolling subscription plan. This means you will never, ever be stuck with a box you don’t want – pretty great huh? Also each and every product inside any Tili Box can be found in full size on the QVC website, meaning you don’t have to trawl the internet looking for your favourite new find – it couldn’t be easier.

I must warn you that the QVC Tili Boxes sell out pretty quickly so get it while you can via QVC here – link.

This is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions expressed throughout are my own.

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Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Viva Havana Collection

I’m sure just about everyone has a travel bucket list? Topping my countdown of places I’d like to one day visit is Cuba – namely Havana; this has been the case since I was a little girl and first saw glimpses of the brightly coloured buildings on some, long gone, travel programme. I’ve of course yet to book said trip and have no immediate plans but the newly launched Yankee Viva Havana Collection is slowly but surely convincing me that there is no time like the present.

Yankee Viva Havana Collection

I was not at all shocked that the Yankee Viva Havana collection features a Mojito (coincidentally my favourite cocktail) fragrance but was pleasantly surprised that the other three scents seem less typical, and in my opinion fairly well researched. This launch doesn’t appear to be as “themed” as others – by that I mean we don’t have four fruity/floral/whatever fragrances but rather an array of options inspired by the country as a whole. In my opinion this is not just clever but inclusive as not everyone likes one particular fragrance category and by selecting one of each (a fruit scent, a floral scent, one for foodies and one unusual choice) there is something for everyone.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Along with the four mini jars from the Yankee Viva Havana launch, I also own a box of the Cuban Mojito Tealights and a large jar of the scent Viva Havana – to say I’m hooked is an understatement. If you are on the lookout for a new fragrance or two for the warmer nights, let me point you in the right direction:
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Cuban Mojito – this smells exactly how you’d imagine: fresh, zesty, with just the right amount of lime and mint. Technically yes, this is a fruity scent but the mint prevents it from ever becoming sickly – basically if you enjoy the drink of the same name, this is the candle for you.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Delicious Guava – if a typical fruit based scent is what you crave, I’d imagine this will be more suited to your needs. I don’t personally think Yankee’s incarnation of Guava yields all that true to life but it is pleasant none the less. Weirdly I find this sweet scent to remind me a little of the old school style, pink, Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner, which is weirdly one of my favourite bath and body products ever.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Tobacco Flower – a sweet yet musky, floral concoction that is unlike anything I have ever tried by Yankee. Yes it is a floral based scent but it is refined, unusual and dare I say it, it has an expensive feel…well as far as scent goes, Yankee packaging is fairly run of the mill in my opinion. I can’t comment on how close to the real Tobacco Flower this scent happens to be, as to the best of my knowledge I have not came close to such bloom.
Yankee Viva Havana Collection

Yankee Viva Havana – this is the trickiest scent to place as it has been created to mimic a city I have yet to visit, so I can’t personally vouch for its validity. What I can say is that this is the most “masculine” fragrance of the four: a strong, slightly smoky (go figure) and ever so slightly, spicy nod to one of the most famous locations in Cuba. After a quick Google search, I have found out that the top notes of this scent are: sandalwood and vanilla. If you tend to gravitate towards gentlemen lounge type home fragrance products, this is the one for you.
You can find the entire Yankee Viva Havana Collection via Lova Aroma £1.59 – £23.99 – link.

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