My Beauty Must Haves – What’s In My Kit? – 2022

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A new year marks the start of a new collection.

As you can see from my blog, my beauty and skincare goals have evolved as the years go on – taking bits from different trends to create my own favourite style.

I decided with us entering a brand new year I would declutter my makeup bag – out with the old  – and probably expired! – in with the new products to rejuvenate my zest for makeup.

Also probably saving my skin from an abundance of breakouts – please remember to adhere to expiry dates and use by on your cosmetics your skin will thank you!

To start, I sat down and thought about what I would like from my make up kit – did I want full coverage? Sheer coverage? Was I looking for subtle or bold colours? Drugstore or Premium? Did I want my routine to be a quick 15minutes or a self indulgent few hours? From here I was able to decide on my new ultimate kit!

First I wanted a new bag for my new items, so I decided to kill two birds and buy some new mini brushes from Spectrum Collections as their ‘The High Flyer’ collection is half price at £25 and includes an adorable light pink and rose gold case. Use that link for an extra 15% off.

I made up my mind and wanted my new kit to offer me sheer coverage with subtle bronzer and blush, but products that I could easily build up coverage in case I needed fuller coverage. This is what I bought to suit my new look;

I’ll be showing off my new makeup over the upcoming weeks on my Instagram as well as on here, so keep your eyes open for the in-depth reviews!

New Year, New Discounts!

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Happy New Year!
Here are the first discounts of the New Year!

If you’re looking for all up to date offers, you can see them by clicking here!

If I don’t use it or trust it – I won’t promote it!
These are my genuine favourite sites/brands to buy from.

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Ever seen a luxury makeup brand that you couldn’t find online?

Well Beauty Bay is your dream come true. They carry brands that are scarce for the UK Market.

Spectrum Collections are taking Instagram and the beauty world by storm with their chic, luxurious and vegan friendly brushes! They have brushes to suit everyone’s aesthetic.

You can get 15% off your order with my special link! 

Cult Beauty are beauty curators. Rather than selling full beauty lines, they’ve created a shop where every product is chosen by a world-class expert panel – giving you the “cult favourites”.

Use this code to get £5 off your order!

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The Pro Co. have a huge array of natural products ranging from retinol creams to charcoal teeth whitening kits!

You can find my most up to date 15% off discount code here!
YesStyle.com is the home for all things Korean when it comes to beauty and fashion!  You can find brands from Corsx to Laniege, to Tony Moly all in one shop!

Use the code “RHXO2021” for 10% off your orders!

Revolution Beauty are the masterminds behind many budget friendly makeup brands including XX and numerous collabs.

Use my special link for £5 off your order!

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Space NK is the number one destination for my skincare purchases. Their staff are very knowledgeable and more than happy to give you a personal consultation in store to find the best products suited to your skin.

Use this link for £10 off your first order of £40!.
Lili Margo have a skincare routine and set for every type of skin. Invented and produced in France, they create moments of pleasure and relaxation.

Find my most up to date discount here, as well as how to join their team.

Nail’s Inc are one of the most popular nail varnish companies and they’ve branched out into skincare. You can find sheet masks and makeup galore!

As well as a free fullsized nail varnish on any £35 spend, here!

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Add your aesthetic to your living space with Desenio prints.

With their Personal Shopper page you can narrow down your perfect wall art.

Find the most up to date 10% off discount code here.
The other place I get my wardrobe from is New Look. I loved this store during my Uni days and I just can’t give it up!

They have budget friendly, fashionable, great quality clothing!

Find their latest seasonal garments here!
If you’re looking to indulge in Self Care, look no further than Neom Organics. 

Their array of aromatherapy oils, skincare and home items are perfect for adding wellbeing to your life.

Get 20% discount code here!

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Eylure – Enchanted Limited Collection – Power Flower

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Wispy, lightweight eye lashes that create a naturally but full look!

These lashes balance volume with length due to the mix of long and short lashes. As they’re spaced out and not compacted into a black block, these are stunning for use with daily outings and events without making you look over done – subtle but noticeable. They’re wispy and very lightweight which makes them comfortable to wear, and the band flexes easy allowing a better fit to your natural lash line.

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As with all Eylure eyelashes – these come with the adhesive included. The thing I love about Eylure’s adhesive is that it comes with an easy to use applicator to allow precise application of the glue due to its flat and tapered end!

These are very easy to apply and remove – I can apply these using my fingers alone or along with a pair of tweezers, or using the Eylure applicator tool.

Bottom Line: These eyelashes are perfect for a daytime event, or for everyday wear as opposed to their more glamorous, fuller luxe collection eye lashes.

Price: £5.95 from False Eyelashes .co.uk

Rating: ****

Sleek Makeup – i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette – A New Day – ABH Soft Glam Dupe?!?

Firstly, massive THANK YOU! to Sleek Makeup for this huge haul for me to try out and review for my lovely followers!!!

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The first item I will be reviewing from this collection is their A New Day palette which is a stunning array of on-trend blushed neutrals, oranges and browns! Please note, I did receive this item complimentary from Sleek Makeup!

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This palette boasts 12 neutral shades for you to mix and match to create your own subtle, glamorous looks which are on trend. You get warm brown shades to define and smoke out your looks, and beautiful light shimmer shades to help highlight and create halo looks.

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Whilst I was using this palette I wasn’t surprised at the creaminess and the lack of fallout – Sleek Makeup eye shadow are brilliant value and great quality. I’ve always been excited when they release a new i-Divine! These eye shadows are creamy to apply, not dusty, blend well and are very pigmented considering their cost point! They also last a long while without eye shadow primer, so if you’re in a rush to get out the door these will stay put for hours without necessary prep time!

One thing that I did notice is how similar the palette it is to my Anastasia’s Beverly Hill’s Soft Glam palette which my boyfriend bought me. The colours are very similar, apart from the stunning foiled shadows and the brighter orange. The basic shadows are all the same hues, and can be built up to match the vividness of the ABH shadows, but there is a lack of pigmented, foiled shades to complete the Sleek palette.

This palette is perfect for matte, neutral looks but if you want more glamorous, showstopping with glitter on top shadows, then you’ll need to team it up with another palette!

Bottom Line: Lovely pigmented, great colour pay off eye shadows that are worth the price!

Price: £8.99 at Boots.com.

Rating: ****

Livia – The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain – Period Pain Reducing Machine – Review – PR

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Turn your period pain off with this compact machine! 

I was very lucky to receive these products from MyLivia for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this product complimentary! After I left my review for the Pink Parcel Subscription box , a company that offers a monthly bundle of sanitary items with added beauty bonuses, the lovely folks at Livia sent me one of their Livia machines for me to try and review for you guys!

The Livia comes in a sturdy box with all the accessories you need for the machine; the Livia itself, the electrodes, two spare gel pads for the electrodes and a carry case to keep your Livia safe during storage and travel and a mini USB lead for charging the rechargeable battery inside. They recommend you change the gel pads often as they lose stickiness over time, which in turns makes the pulses harder to work.

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My first impressions of the item is that it is so small! It can fit in the palm of my hand and you can choose the colour of the Livia to suit your aesthetic – if you change your mind on the colour or design then you can easily get a new colourful skin for it off their website for £10. The machine also has a handy clip so you can attach it to your jeans whilst you wear it during use.

The machine itself looks very subtle – it has only three buttons on the front with the name embossed and no other branding so unless someone asks they’d probably think it was a MP3 player clipped on. The three buttons are how you use it and programme it. The buttons are; an on/off switch, a + switch and a – switch. These are the main controls for the Livia machine. You can control the power of the machine using the + and -, to ensure you’re comfortable or to increase it if your cramps get worse or lessen the power if they’re not that bad – its offer complete control so you can adapt to how you’re feeling.

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Livia’s technology is based on the “Gate Control Theory”. Livia is transmitting a pulse that is keeping the nerves “busy”. Busy nerves means that the nerve-gate is closed, therefore pain signals cannot pass through and are unfelt.

I was very worried that it would hurt using it but the pulse feels like a tingle, like when your phone vibrates but its constant, and on the low settings – you cannot feel it at all but the pain is removed! I’ve even used this machine on my shoulder after I pulled a muscle – and it worked a dream! The pulses override your brains pain signals and it suddenly makes the pain disappear!

As someone who used to have to take co-codamol to deal with the period pain due to how excruciating it was, it’s such a relief that I can now drug-free my period. It’s also discreet enough that I have worn it in work and not had anyone notice it under my blouse. It was also handy for travelling – I recently went back to Cardiff via train which is a 4 hour ride and throughout the journey I was comfortable, paracetamol free and able to control the pulses from my waistband of my jeans. No fiddling around in my bag for tablets or getting my water bottle out – just a quick tap on the + to increase the pulses and I was free from pain.

Bottom Line: I know its expensive, but when I pay at least £8 per period on tablets and pain killers and heat pads for when I’m in work, after a while this becomes an investment! I’m hot water bottle free, I’ve got my mobility back instead of laying in bed trying to get into any and all positions to alleviate the pain, and I can use it on other pains such as when I’ve pulled a muscle at the gym – to me, it’s worth it – I’ve gained the few days of the month of my life back.

Price: £149 at MyLivia.
   Currently on sale for £129

Rating: ***** 

Pink Parcel – Period Beauty Subscription Box – December Box – PR

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The ultimate monthly subscription box, for your monthly! 

I was very lucky to receive these products from Pink Parcel for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this subscription box complimentary!

I’ve been eager to try this box as I love the idea of a treat delivered straight to your door to ease your monthly visit from Aunt Flo, so when the lovely ladies at Pink Parcel got in contact with me to try and review for you their December box, I just had to!

The concept behind Pink Parcel is that it’s a straight to your door service, where you plan on their easy to use website the date of your cycle to choose for when you’d like your box delivered! In the box you have four sections as follows; For Now, For Night, For Later and For You, which contains everything you’ll need for your monthly happening as well as treats to perk you up!

In the For Now section, you have cute fabric pouch filled with the necessary items you’ll need for your period – I opted for a tampon only option so got a selection of them with some panty liners, but you can ask for pads or a mix of the two – it’s entirely up to your preferences!

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In the For Night section you have night time maxi pads to absorb Aunt Flo during your sleep, as you shouldn’t use tampons over night due to the increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome – if you use tampons, please look this syndrome up just so you’re aware of the risks as it’s not commonly spoken about! For Later, you have a more supplies to last the entirety of your menstrual cycle ensuring you’re not left caught short!

But, this is where the real treat happens – in their For You section you’re greeted with a plethora of beauty products, and feel good treats worth over £40! So for £12.95 a month you get all the sanitary supplies you need, AND OVER £40 OF TREATS! Now can you see why I love this?!

In this months beauty box, I received a So Susan Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black, a trio of eye shadows from The Beauty Crop, a pair of Snowflake earrings from Pom  Boutique, 10ml purse friendly bottle of perfume from English Laundry, a sweet orange essential oil bottle to add a sweet fragrance, and a portion of Whittard Earl Grey tea and a Chocolate & Orange Caramel to satisfy your sweet tooth. Keep an eye out for my future posts as I will be reviewing the beauty products separately!

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Overall, I am very impressed with the thought and value that this box has for its customers, and it is a lovely treat to receive when you’re feeling a bit down during That Time Of The Month!

Bottom Line: I honestly cannot fault this beauty box, its practical, useful and a lovely treat to have delivered!

Price: £12.99 a month inc. delivery, with larger savings available at Pink Parcel.
             Use PP20 for 20% off your subscription! 

Rating: *****

You can find all my other Subscription Box reviews here!

TONYMOLY – Panda’s Dream – So Cool Eye Stick

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An adorable dose of Korean Skincare aimed at reducing puffyness around the eyes.

I am in awe of anything to do with skincare from Korea, purely because of the quality and the style of their products! They focus on providing the best skincare, so I can never pass up the chance to try and review Korean skincare and beauty items!

I was very eager to use and try this as I have wanted a cooling eye stick for  long while as I’ve heard they’re brilliant for day to day skincare – but other migraine sufferers have said they help cool the eye area which often hurts during a migraine attack!  But boy, oh boy, was I disappointed with this product!

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Where to begin? For starters the cooling effect was minimal, you could have asked your best friend to blow on your skin for more relief than this thing provided, or made a paper fan to deliver a cooler breeze.

Another thing I hated about this was that the product falls apart on application, causing you to end up with huge chunks of blue around your eyes and all over the packaging! I don’t want to be cleaning it after every use and having to massage the living hell out of my eyes just to blend the clumps!

I found it did sweet nothing for my eyes and the skin around it, when it dried it felt sticky and left the area feeling tight which was weird. This was such a disappointment as I’ve been in love with my other Panda’s Dream products!

Bottom Line: Unless you want a cute little mascot for your desk/vanity – AVOID!

Price: £12.50 at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty.

Rating: * (That packaging is its only redeeming point.)

Serenity Facials – Hydro-Feel Mask – PR

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A blemish battling, skin softening hydrating face mask!

I was gifted this from Serenity Facials in return for my honest review on this product, and they also threw in a cute silicon face mask applicator brush!

So, first impressions; I thought this looked like a standard face mask from the consistency and then I was hit with a pleasant mint aroma – which is from the added peppermint essential oil, which adds a lovely menthol cooling effect to the mask on application. The mask is perfect for those with blemishes as it isn’t drying and contains honey which is a natural anti-bacterial agent. Yay, nature! 

It has Dead Sea mineral mud in it to draw out impurities that could cause blemishes, as well as coconut oil to increase the anti-bacterial properties! Basically, this mask is so jammed packed with nutrients, vitamins and anti-bacterial agents to combat any spots – and it doesn’t dry your skin out due to hydrating natural oils and butters it contains.

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As you know I have combination skin, which is either dry as hell or oily on my T-zone, and this has managed to combat each section without exacerbating my skin conditions! I love to use this currently on any rogue spots.

What I love the most about  this mask is that it does not dry and is removed with a damp cloth and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. One of the reasons I do not usually get on with face masks, especially clay masks, is because they tend to over dry my skin when they harden and dry up – which in turn causes damage to my skin and more spots!

Bottom Line: If you’re hesitant to trying clay face masks due to the drying nature of them and often find that your skins gets worse or red after using them – give this a go. It never dries so your skin is never tightened, or irritated!

Price: £19.95 at Serenity Facials

Rating: ****

 

Lush – Toner Water – Eau Roma Water

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An incredibly refreshing, lavender and rose water toner spray!

This is my first go at a Lush toner water spray! They have numerous ones to choose from – a tea tree one, a sea breeze aloe vera one, and this lavender and rose water one.

I decided to take this one as its boasted as “aromatherapy in a spray” due to the lavender and rose water – and it is soothing and relaxing. I love using this before bed due to the lavender soothing nature. The rose water helps to calm any redness where as the lavender water, as well as soothe, balances the skin.

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I have used this bottle for two weeks, and I am very excited to purchase the big version when it runs out. It has helped keep my skin matte for longer – I sometimes get very oily after toning and cleansing my skin. It also helps moisturise my skin which helps me with my morning routines.

Bottom Line: Aromatherapy and toning all in one magnificent bottle!

Price: £4.95 at Lush

Rating: *****

 

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BEAUTY DEALS – OCTOBER 2017 – BEAUTYBAY.COM – UP TO 30% OFF SITE WIDE – Includes Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dose of Colors and Morphe!

So, Beauty Bay have decided for this weekend to host a Buy More, Save More sale over this weekend, where you can save up to 30%!

NO CODE NECESSARY FOR THIS DEAL!  JUST ADD THEM TO THE BASKET!

All you need to do is shop to get the discount, and the more you buy, the more you save! They’re currently offering the following discounts:

20% Off when you spend £50!
25% Off when you spend £80!
30% Off when you spend £120!

There are a few exceptions to what brands this discount counts towards which are; Babyliss, Babyliss Pro, Jouer Cosmetics, Living Proof, Tan Luxe. BUT! This means the offer is working on Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dose of Colors, Farasli, Morphe and Ofra!  I have already indulged on £150 worth of Anastasia…. Whoops!

Click here or the image below to get your Beauty Bay Haul on!
Offer ends at 9am Monday 30th  October!

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