Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Book Review | Amy, My Daughter

I adored Amy Winehouse, her music, her style and her overall individuality which I think even to this day no-one can replicate. I was incredibly saddened when I heard the news she passed away. 

Amy, My Daughter is a heartfelt, honest but overall an incredibly sad book. Whilst I knew the outcome the impending doom was obvious from the first few pages, and I am not sure there was ever another outcome for Amy.

I think it was brave of Mitch Winehouse to write such an honest book detailing Amy and more so her families struggle with her addictive personality. As you read you can't help but feel for those close to her because they were so helpless. 

As someone who has never experienced addition or had anyone close to me struggle it really is eye opening and this book I'm sure will give solace many people who find themselves in similar situations. Amy's passing & indeed anyone's needless death at the age of 27 in nothing short of tragic . Amy Winehouse will always be regarded by me as one of British music's most talented & innovative Stars. 

All the proceeds are donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation

Monday, 23 March 2015

Review | Thierry Mugler Alien

Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that Alien by Thierry Mugler is a distinctive and instantly recognisable fragrance.  Alien perfume has such a unique scent however, that there’s very little on the high street that even comes close.

The style of this bottle completely portrays its contents. A dark precious stone mined from another world with sharp claws protecting its mysterious deep purple hue contents.  
This scent is extremely hard to describe as this fragrance smells different on each individual person. However the scent is strong and bold, with hints of white amber. Alien gives off a rather musky scent for a female perfume, but that gives off a dark, sexy and mystical smell. 
Alien has great staying power, the scent stays strong on your skin and clothes all day long with no more. This has been my go to perfume for the last few months. 
Have you tried this perfume and what are your thoughts?

Monday, 9 March 2015

Skin Care | Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Gradual Tan Review

Hello! I’ve always been a fan of being tanned if that means using gradual or instant fake tan to using sun-beds occasionally.  I have tried a few gradual tanners such as the Johnson's and Dove one but I have never found a gradual tanner that has made a massive difference to my skin tone. 
A few of my lighter skinned friends started to use the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Gradual Tanner and I loved the colour it gave them, but having a darker skin colour I was curious to see how it would work on me so I grabbed myself a bottle and tried it for myself.

Firstly I love the pump bottle it makes it super easy to apply and use. Secondly the smell wasn't to bad either, it doesn't smell exactly like cocoa butter but it's not far off.  After smelling the bottle for a while (is that normal?) I applied my first layer after I exfoliated in the shower, I let it develop over night and in the morning I could defiantly tell a difference I wasn't suddenly tanned but there was a glow to my skin.  
I continued to apply the Gradual Tanner before bed every night ready for the weekend and the colour developed quite quickly. I was surprised at the tan I achieved just after a few days.
I found the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Gradual Tan a lot more intense than most gradual tanners I have tried before. I was left with orange patches between my fingers as I didn't wash it off properly but the rest of my body was streak free. However I do exfoliate regularly especially around my ankles and wrists  when using fake tans. 
I was very impressed with this product, I use to regularly in the summer just to keep my tan topped up and use it more intensely before nights out for a darker look.  I picked up the bottle from Boots for around £5 which is great value for money as you get so much product. 
Have you tried this product or would you recommend any other easy to use tanning products? 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Review | Benefit POREfessional

I have read and heard so much about the Benefit POREfessional, I was only to happy to receive a few testers of the little green tubes for christmas and  my birthday.

I have oily / combination skin and I have always struggled to find a primer that doesn't make my skin even more oily -  especially my t-zone. 

I've tried a whole number of other brands of primers such a the equally talked about (dupe for POREfessional)  Baby Skin by nothing has seem to wow me so far, so for this reason I wasn't expecting to much of an amazing result. 

Firstly I love the  pop art style packaging from Benefit but when do they ever fail on signature packaging?

I have now used a full tester bottle of POREfessioinal and it does everything it promises on the packaging and more. Not only did it minimise my pore and lines it also worked great as a make up and eyeshadow base. 

The primer doesn't provide to much colour to the skin but it slightly evens out your skin tone, which is perfect for a primer. The primer almost has a chalky feel to touch which is ideal to use on my oily t-zone. While on holiday I ended up just using the Benefit POREfessional on it's own with a touch of powder on top to matte my skin. This gave my skin a flawless finish all day long but it also felt light on the skin, which is just want you want in hot weather. 

I have fallen in make up love with this product. It has fitted perfectly into my make up routine and has meant I haven't had to wear foundation for the past two weeks, which has given my skin a little bit of breathing time. Even thought the price tag is a little expensive I will be buying the full tube of Benefits POREfessional when I have ran out of my testers. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

LUSH Sex Bomb Bath Bomb | Review

I recently received the Sex Bomb Bath Bomb by LUSH as a birthday present. After all the long, busy days of Christmas I thought it would be a great time to relax in the bath and finally use it.

I filled my bath up with hot water and then broke up Sex Bomb into it and waited for it to dissolve fully. Once dissolved it had turned my bath water a pink shade, however once I turned off the light and just had my candles on I almost forgot about the pinkness.

Sex Bomb filled my bathroom with a beautiful mix of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage. These scents are specific blended to ease stress and anxiety, so this was the perfect bath bomb for my relaxation evening.

The scent lingered on my skin all the next day, which I think is a sign of a good quality bath bomb. The bomb made my bath water soft and silky, if you have used a LUSH bomb before you will know what I mean. It seems to moisturise my skin while being in the bath, so my skin was extra soft once I had got out. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

You Beauty Advent Calendar | 20th of December - 24th of December

Here is Part 1 and Part 2 of my You Beauty Advent Calendar Review.

Welcome to my final blog post where I have been reviewing the You Beauty Advent Calendar I opened up during the month of December, here are the last few items I received. 

20th of December: James Read - Sleep Mask Tan

'Tanning the easy way'

An overnight beauty treatment combining skin nourishing ingredients with a touch of self-tan. A luxurious yet lightweight fragrance-free formula infused with moisturising aloe vera, cooling cucumber, hydrating hyaluronic acid and anti-ageing red alag. Guaranteed a subtle golden glow by morning. 

21st of December: Bioeffect - EGF Serum 

'The language of the skin'

Just a tiny mouth of the serum is enough to see an improvement in completion and reduce wrinkles, pores and pigmentations by stimulating and accelerating natural skin renewal. The advanced formula contains just nice ingredients and no fragrance, colouring or preservatives. 

22nd of December: Rituals - Organic Mandarin & Yuzu Fortune Body Scrub

'Always remember...Smile, and then world smiles back' 

A shower cream scrub based on Organic Mandarin and energising Yuzu. Enjoy the combination of a mild cleansing body scrub and soothing cream to gently remove dead skin cells and leave the skin looking fresh, soft and smooth.

23rd of December: Maddi Alexander - Rose Bath Oil

'Love luxury, Love indulgence, Love natural' 

Naturally luxurious Rose Bath Oil is deliciously rich and will nourish your skin whilst bathing, infused with feminine Rose fragrance will leave your skin gently scented with cardamon, pink pepper and roses. 

24th of December: This Works - Sleep Plush & Pillow Spray

'Wake up looking good and feeling refreshed'

Clinically proven to improve sleep quality and daytime wakefulness, naturally. Immediate relief from sleeplessness. A potent blend with Lavender, naturally encapsulated to gradually release aromatherapeutic benefits as you sleep. Wake up feeling and looking refreshed. 

So there you go, that is everything I received in my You Beauty Advent Calendar. I was so impressed with the range of products such as: beauty, skincare and haircare. They also provided discount codes for all the products if I then want to go ahead and buy a full size product. 

Would you be tempted to buy this Beauty Calendar next year? 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

You Beauty Advent Calendar | 11th of December till 19th of December

Here is Part 2 of my You Beauty Advent Calendar, please click here for Part 1. 

11th of December: Vita Liberata - 2 - 3 Week Tan Lotion & Mini Mitt

'Passionate experts in luxury tanning'

A 2-3 Week Tan Lotion that lasts up to 4 times longer than any other tan, with a perfect, natural fade. Quick drying, ultra hydrating and so easy to use, it gives a beautiful, natural bronze result and leaves the skin soft and moisturised. 

12th of December: GLAMGLOW - YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

'You only get once face so look after it'

YOUTHMUD is the ultimate mud treatment for immediate camera-ready super radiant skin. Use as and when you need for flawless skin and a glowing completion in just 10 minutes.

13th of December: Sally Hansen - Nail Rehab

'It's time for a nail intervention'

The intensive care nail treatment delivers instantly healthier looking nails through a sheer pink finish enhanced with optical brighteners.  

14th of December: John Frieda - Luxurious Volume Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster

'Perfect your party look with Luxurious Volume from the Professionals'

Transform fine, flat hair with this root booster to deliver salon-quality volume whilst leaving it soft to touch. Simply spray onto damp roots and blow-dry.

15th of December: Roger & Gallet - Fleur de Figuer Fragrance 

'Distilling happiness since 1862. Introducing Fleur de Figuier Fragrance' 

A fruity-floral scent that captures all aspects of the fig tree. The fragrance takes inspiration from the Mediterranean gardens of Estelle, in the South of France. Sensual and naturally irresistible. 

16th of December: Eyeko - Lash Curler

'People will stare. Make it worth their while!'

Features enhanced design for ultimate precision and ease of use for optimum curl. The ergonomic handles with soft-touch finish provide the perfect mouth of pressure and control to ensure beautifully curled lashes. 

17th of December: Rodial - Stemcell Super-food Glam Lip Blam

'The ultimate in skincare'

A protective lip balm for dehydrated lips with the added benefit of stem cells to help leave your lips nourished and super soft. 

18th of December: John Masters Organics - Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair & Citrus and Neroli Detangler Duo

'Feel good about looking good' 

A powerful duo to gently cleanse, detangle, condition and balance the hair. The shampoo, with a blend of 15 organic certified ingredients and oils, the detangled with 17, hair is left looking healthy and shiny. For all hair types.

19th of December: Benefit - POREfessional

'Laughter is the best cosmetic'

Quickly minis the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin. Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup.

As you can see this advent calendar provided many well known products but also many products but you might not have heard of. Have you tried any of theses of products and what did you think of them?


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