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!

Lifestyle – Simone Thomas Salon, Westbourne – My Hair Cut Experience – PR {Gifted}

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A beautiful salon, with friendly and professional colleagues!

I was kindly invited by Tegan, head of the Salon’s press team to experience a pampering hair cut and treatment at the Simone Thomas salon situated in Westbourne, Bournemouth. Please note I received this experience as complimentary in exchange for a review!

IMG_1139As soon as I entered the salon I was greeted with a very friendly “Good Afternoon!” and shown my way to the chicest waiting area ever – it was definitely my aesthetic. I was asked if I would like a beverage, so I chose my go to apple juice. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that’s my “I’m having my hair done.” drink – I’m very predictable. 

I was then approached by my hair stylist, Ashleigh, who is a Senior Stylist and Colourist at the Salon; and we discussed what I wanted today and to discuss the general health of my hair.

IMG_1116First off, wow! – you could tell Ashleigh knew her stuff! Straight off the bat she could guess my hair routine just from my hair condition. She also pointed out where I had severe breakage from my straightener addiction – Why did none of you guys tell me I was missing a huge chunk of my hair at the side?!

Moving on, we discussed how to sort out and even my breakages, and how we can add layers to thin out my hair as it was getting warmer, and what I would like from my Olaplex treatment.

I was lead to the hair basins to get my hair shampooed and treated using my personally recommended Olaplex treatment. Mine was a three step process where the treatment is left on in intervals to help penetrate my hair. Once my hair treatment was finished, I had my hair conditioned and towel dried awaiting my cut. Back in my throne, I was given a top up of my apple juice and a few cookies to nibble on, whilst Ashleigh got to work in giving me a two inch cut off the length and layers to help style my hair. 

IMG_1094My experience happened a few weeks before posting – before the March 23rd lockdown in the UK – and I was very impressed with the preventative steps I was seeing to help reduce the spread. I could clearly see the staff spraying down chairs, side tables and mirrors with disinfectants between clients and routinely. I felt very safe knowing how much the staff here were safeguarding their clients. But this isn’t all that Simone Thomas does for her clients – I was told by Ashleigh about their new well being range as well as the amazing work that happens upstairs in their hair loss clinic.

After my hair was cut, I was treated to a blow dry and we both decided to curl my hair to make the most out of my recent layers and to make my hair colour pop! I felt absolutely amazing afterwards – my hair felt so nourished and smooth from my Olaplex treatment and my cut hit all of my personal expectations!

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Pixi Beauty – Eye Reflections Shadow Palettes – PR

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A beautiful collection of neutral, every day shades, or shimmering delights!

I was very lucky to receive these products from Pixi Beauty’s PR List for me to review for my blog – Please note I received this complimentary!

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Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette

I love these new formulas of these eye shadows, they’re such an improvement on the previous ones. The amount of fallout has decreased, yet the pigmentation is a wonderful improvement. These eye shadows have a long lasting formula with added Vitamin E to nourish and protect the eye area during wear. The micro fine Mica is brilliant at adding lustre without adding chunky glitter found else where. The lustre they create is subtle or build-able depending on how its applied – wet or dry!

The two new palettes are available in either Natural Beauty, a stunning array of neutrals and browns, or Reflex Light, which is a diverse collection of golden, red and mauve shades. The Natural Beauty palette composed of matte and shimmer shades to help define and contour the eye area, where as the Reflex Light palette is an all shimmer bonanza!

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Reflex Light Palette

Bottom Line: Decide between beautiful, neutral shades for day time escapades or stunningly sparkling shades – either way, you’re on to a winner.

Price: £24.00 each at @ Pixi Beauty.

Rating: ****

 

 

BEAUTY DEALS – MARCH 2018 – BEAUTYBAY.COM – Save The More You Buy!! Up to 30% Sitewide, ICONIC LONDON – 20% Off Everything!! MISSGUIDED AND OTHERS!

So, here are all the beauty offers I have found for March 2018 which are as follows…

All Banners/Images take you straight to the offer and brand website – keep an eye out for special promo codes as you will need to enter these at the checkout!

  • BEAUTYBAY.COM;

They’re offering all of you makeup lovers a range of discounts depending on how big your haul is – getting ready for the Easter Haul-i-day!
If you spend £50 they’ll give you 20% off, Spend £80 you get 25% off making it a tasty £60 haul and then Spend £120, your haul becomes £84 – Saving £36!!!!!
Perfect time to complete your Anastasia Beverly Hills collection!!!!

Click here to shop, or the banner!

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Also just to update you lovelies, Beauty Bay have just stocked three new and exclusive Morphe makeup brush sets! Here are the new deets on these new brush sets;

  • Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio

Featuring three essential eye tools for creating flawless eye looks, Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio makes buffing and blending effortless. Made from synthetic fibres, the carefully designed brushes have super soft bristles for high pigment coverage.

  • Exclusive Elite II 4-Piece Complexion Brush Set

Featuring four face brushes, Exclusive Elite II 4 Piece Complexion Brush Set has everything you need to create a flawless base. Apply, conceal and buff foundation and concealer like a pro with this comprehensive must-have set.

  • Exclusive Rose Gold 6-Piece Brush Set

Exclusive Rose Gold 6 Piece Contour Brush Set features six super soft brushes specifically designed to provide a flawlessly contoured finish. Masterfully sculpting and defining your cheekbones, jawline and nose, this incredible set is a makeup bag essential

Click here or the banner below to see the new, stunning brushes!!!

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  • Iconic London:

They’re offering a tasty 20% off their site! CODE NEEDED; FLASH20, just get shopping!

View this offer here, or click the banner below!

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  • MISSGUIDED;

Missguided are offering 24% off EVERYTHING with the code ‘gogogo′ !! Spruce up your wardrobe with this adorable offer!

Click here for the offer or the image below!

 

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E.l.f. Cosmetics – Eyes, Lips, Face – ExTRA Lip Gloss – Brian & Brett

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Highly pigmented lip gloss, which offers a matte lip coverage in a gloss!

I was actually blown away by these lip glosses – I have used other E.l.f. cosmetics products and I’m always surprised at the quality considering their budget friendly prices – and it was the same for these lipsticks!

These lip glosses are creamy, easy to apply, non sticky and don’t make you feel tacky whilst wearing them. They have a good formula which makes them easy and accurate to apply – I hate it when gloss is so runny it’s hard to put on and drips off like a Vladamua look.

These lip glosses come in a variety of colours and it’s easy to find one to suit your tone and style!

Bottom Line: They glide on easily, and are non sticky, but due to the high pigmentation they’re not suitable for lip-toppers but are a perfect alternative to lipsticks!

Price: £3.50 at e.l.f. Cosmetics. 

Rating: *****

Beauty Deals – January 2018 – BEAUTYBAY.COM – 50% off Laura Lee Palette and NEW EXCLUSIVE Morphe Brushes!, Iconic London – FREE CONTOUR PALETTE, Benefit Cosmetics – Three FREE Funsized Brow Products!! AND OTHERS!

So, here are all the beauty offers I have found for January 2018 which are as follows…

All Banners/Images take you straight to the offer and brand website – keep an eye out for special promo codes as you will need to enter these at the checkout!

  • BEAUTYBAY.COM;

They’re offering all of you makeup lovers 50% off Laura Lee’s Cat’s Pajamas Palette with the special code; ‘LAURALEE50’ !
The 50% off now makes this stunning palette £17.50, down from the original £35!!
Click here to get the offer, or click the image below!

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Also just to update you lovelies, Beauty Bay have just stocked three new and exclusive Morphe makeup brush sets! Here are the new deets on these new brush sets;

  • Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio

Featuring three essential eye tools for creating flawless eye looks, Exclusive Elite II Eyeshadow Brush Trio makes buffing and blending effortless. Made from synthetic fibres, the carefully designed brushes have super soft bristles for high pigment coverage.

  • Exclusive Elite II 4-Piece Complexion Brush Set

Featuring four face brushes, Exclusive Elite II 4 Piece Complexion Brush Set has everything you need to create a flawless base. Apply, conceal and buff foundation and concealer like a pro with this comprehensive must-have set.

  • Exclusive Rose Gold 6-Piece Brush Set

Exclusive Rose Gold 6 Piece Contour Brush Set features six super soft brushes specifically designed to provide a flawlessly contoured finish. Masterfully sculpting and defining your cheekbones, jawline and nose, this incredible set is a makeup bag essential

Click here or the banner below to see the new, stunning brushes!!!

MorpheExclusive

  • Iconic London:

They’re offering a free Cream Contour Palette with every order that is over £35!! NO CODE NEEDED, just get shopping!

View this offer here, or click the banner below!

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  • BENEFIT Cosmetics:

Benefit are giving away three, deluxe funsized brow trios with every order over £40 when you use the code ‘WINTERBROWS’ !!!

Click here for the offer – remember to copy the code – or the image below!

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  • MISSGUIDED

Missguided are offering 30% off wardrobe staples with the code ‘TAKE30′ !! Spruce up your wardrobe with this adorable offer!

Click here for the offer or the image below!

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  • Cult Beauty;

Did you see that Too Faced has landed at Cult Beauty?! To celebrate this huge brand coming to their store, they’re offering FREE DELIVERY on all Too Faced items, so get stocking up!

Click here to see what’s new or the banner below!

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Cult Beauty also have the following offers on the go;

FREE Deluxe Elasticizer (40ml) with any Philip Kingsley purchase

FREE Brow Duo with a £25 spend on Benefit

FREE Detox Kit when you spend £45 on Caudalie

FREE Deluxe Alkaline Infusion when you spend £30 on Kiki Health

FREE Full Size Essential Daily Moisturiser when you spend £40 on Skin Laundry

Nia Skincare – Fully Charged Serum x Moisturiser 2 in 1 – PR

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A lazy girl’s skincare regime in one simple step! 

I was very lucky to receive this product from Nia Skincare for me to review for my followers – Please note I received this complimentary!

I received this serum as part of a promotion the lovely people at Nia Skincare was throwing. The NIA in Nia Skincare stands for Not-Into-Ageing, and their skincare line promotes that ethos with every product sporting anti-ageing properties.

They market this hybrid serum as a “one and done, lazy girl” product due to ease of use and the multi-functioning properties it has. This serum / moisturiser hybrid simplifies what are usually complicated 3 step routines into one sole product.

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My first impressions of this serum is that’s a very light moisturiser, therefore it doesn’t leave my skin feeling heavy and clogged up. I did have to reapply in some of my dry-problem areas, but that is common with light moisturisers I find. This fully-charged hybrid left a healthy subtle glow whilst it brightened my skin, especially around my eye area. I certainly found that it hydrated my skin, particularly after cleansing using my new Foreo Luna Play, where after cleansing my skin is gasping for moisture.

Its packed full of hyaluronic-amimo complex which is designed to mimic the skins natural hydration and support the skin barrier function to boost skins health. Remember hyaluronic acid is a friend – it helps aid hydration. It also has various other extracts such as Dragon Fruit, Wild Indigo and Plankton which work together to minimize the signs of aging, increase skins luminosity and reduce dullness, as well as to nourish and protect the skin. This product is also formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and help prevent future signs of aging – see they’re really Not-Into-Aging.

Bottom Line: If you’re not into fully fledged skincare routines, or want to simplify your current one, then this product is for you!

Price: £33.00 at Salon Skincare & ULTA.

Rating: *****

 

ANATOMICALS – Face Masks – Anti-Blemish and Mattifying Face Masks – PR

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Two cleansing face masks, that will de-grease and get rid of blemishes!

I received these products in return for my honest review – so here it is!

I decided to use these face masks together, as I had great success using the exfoliating and calming one together for an intense cleaning routine, and thought they would compliment each other nicely!

The anti-blemish mask is made up of tea tree oil, sage oil and primrose oil which soothes and calms the skin whilst removing dirt and blocked pores. This mask hasn’t got any exfoliating properties, so it wasn’t drying or abrasive but instead the oils helped deliver moisture to my skin. It did clean some of my blackheads on my nose but didn’t do much for my chin area, which was disappointing as my chin area is usually my breakout zone.

Due to the three different oils in the anti-blemish face mask, I wanted to ensure that all excess oil would be removed from my skin as excess oil for me causes a lot of whiteheads, therefore I used the clarifying mask after!

This clarifying mask uses enriched oat protein to revitalise and hydrate skin, as well as regulating excess oils giving a shine-free, matte bright complexion. This mask was very, very good! It’s either a win or fail for me with clarifying products – either it strips off too much oil, causing dryness and skin irritation or it delivers my desired results – there is no in-between. This luckily was the latter and delivered me a shine free, clear face which the following day, was not oily which reduced my breakouts overnight. I highly recommend this for anyone suffering with oily skin and related breakouts.

 

Bottom Line: A budget friendly face mask, that’s is a spot busting superhero leaving a shine free, oily face!

Price: £3 for an assorted three pack of masks at Superdrug

Rating: ****

CAUDALIE – Facial Cleanser – Instant Foaming Cleanser

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A dense, foaming cleanser that can demolish any makeup!

I’ve recently started to dabble with a wider range of skincare and stumbled upon Caudalie from my Love Me Beauty subscription boxes, so I’ve decided to try more from their product range.

I decided to use their foaming cleanser as part of my early morning routine as I find self foaming items can speed up a morning cleanse when you’re sleepy, so this would ease my pre-woken up morning grogginess.

This foam is dense, and can easily take off any left over makeup, and the waterproof panda eyes I sometimes wake up with. It’s soft and gentle enough to cleanse without drying my skin out, and leaves it fresh and clean. I use this after their moisturising mask for a double dose of moisture, that doesn’t leave my skin oily, dry or greasy but rather soothed and noticeably clean. I’d recommend this for sensitive skin that is prone to dry related breakouts.

Bottom Line: A thick, deeply cleansing but sensitive cleansing foam.

Price: £15.00 at Caudalie

Rating: **** (Sometimes it dispenses more than I realise using this and end up with excess product going to waste.)

Tarte Cosmetics – Make Believe In Yourself Palette – Unicorn Palette

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A beautiful, one-stop palette for adding a touch of shimmer and sparkle.

I got this palette while I got my Grav3yard Girl’s Swamp Queen palette, as they were both on offer. I had been eyeing up this palette since its launch as I love anything Unicorn themed, and this collection was beautiful.

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I snapped this one up on Tartes pre-holiday sale, and fell completely in love with it. It’s an eye and cheek palette, as the white pan in the middle is a silvery highlighter which glides on to let your inner Unicorn glow! It also has ten eyeshadows, one matte and the rest shimmery and glittery! They have pretty much one shade of each colour so it is my one stop shop for adding a bit of sparkle to my makeup looks.

My current favourite shades are fairy, pixie and dream, as they are very pigmented and add a lovely pop of colour to my eye shadows. The one matte shade is a salmon-pink shad called myth, which is a very complimentary shade to the other shimmery eye shadows, and can be used as an all over lid base for them.

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These shades are all individually beautiful, and each as highly pigmented as the next. This level of pigmentation allows for a lot of colour pay off for little product, which will make these last a while before you hit pan!

Bottom Line: One stop palette for all of your Unicorn shimmery needs!

Price: £37 at Tarte Cosmetics(Currently on sale for £22!!!)

Rating: *****