LUXURY WITHOUT A BATH

Friday, 24 October 2014


Now that LUSH season is upon us and the temptation to sit in the bath for hours every night is strong, I've been noticing a few comments here and there by people who don't have a bath and would like some shower-approriate posts as well. Baths aren't for everyone, so I thought I'd put together a little post about the luxury products that can be used in the shower during a pamper session. 

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash Shower Butter //
If you like the smell of marzipan, you'll love this pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla scented shower butter. It's called a butter instead of a gel because of it's thick, creamy texture. It feels almost like you're applying a body lotion in the shower and you're left with super soft, sweet smelling skin. 

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel //
Traditionally Argan oil is used in hair products but it's nourishing and moisturising qualities work great on the body too. The Body Shop have an entire range based on argan oil, an ingredient that has been used in Morocco for centuries. This shower gel smells divine and feels great on the skin, leaving it very moisturised. 

LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner // 
Another Argan based product but this time from LUSH. It's one of their slightly more expensive products and for good reason too! Using it as a body conditioner in the shower will soften and smooth your skin but this dreamy smelling cream can also be used as a hair mask or shaving cream. It's thick and intense but oh so luxurious. 

The Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil //
You must know about my obsession with bath oils by now but you don't hear me talk about shower oils quite as much. This is because this is the first one i've come across and I think it's such a great idea! I pour a small amount into my hands and feels great on the skin, locking in all the moisture. I think this product is quite unique and definitely an essential for a pamper routine. 


So if you don't like baths or a shower is all you have available then hopefully this post helped you find some luxurious products to help with your next pamper evening. What's your favourite shower product? 
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BATTLE OF THE BROWS ROUND 2: BROW WIZ VS ARCHERY

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Usually when I write comparison posts it's simple and one product always stands out over the other, but this time it's different. I've been picking these products apart to try and find the difference but they are remarkably similar! 

The products in question are the Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow filling pencil and brush. After this post I realised that I had fully been converted to the Brow Wiz and put down my Hourglass brow pencil after months of using it.

I'd wanted to try the Soap & Glory version for a while but it's incredibly hard to get hold of and alway seems to be sold out. I finally found one in my local Boots and even on first impressions I was baffled by it's similarity to the Brow Wiz. 

I've now been using both for weeks, maybe even a month and thanks to these twins I've been super happy with my brows. I call them twins because they really are. The packaging is identical with a small brush on one end and a temperamental twisty pencil on the other (ironically the more expensive one broke first for me!). There's absolutely no difference in packaging, both are equally handy, thin and easy to use. 

In terms of formula I find them to be very similar too! They both have a very solid, waxy formula that with little strokes looks very natural. If I had to be really picky I'd say the Soap & Glory one is slightly more likely to smudge but depending on how heavy you fill in your brows, it's unnoticeable. 

So really the only difference here is shade options and price. The Anastasia Brow Wiz is £15.50 and the Soap & Glory Archery is £8, so around half the price. Anastasia specialises in brows though, so there are 12 shades available all catered to different skin and hair tones. This table on Cult Beauty makes it really easy to pick a shade and there's no denying it if it's the perfect shade you're after, get the Brow Wiz. The Soap & Glory Archery only comes in two shades and the brunette shade 'Hot Chocolate' is pretty warm toned. I can get away with it as I don't have much to fill in, but if you really need to draw in your brows, go for the Brow Wiz.

I hope this comparison has been helpful and let me know which one you prefer?  
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HOW I CUT & COLOUR MY HAIR // VLOG

Wednesday, 22 October 2014



It's been a couple of weeks since my last weekly vlog, but it's back once again and full of random shenanigans. It's starts off with a hair cut and colour, a quick fashion party, a Friday night gig and then Saturday fun in London with Rich.

Enjoy! 
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HERE COME THE CHRISTMAS PALETTES

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


In the beauty industry we start talking about Christmas in July... it's madness! But this year I didn't want to wish my year away so quickly so I've held out for long enough and I'm now ready (and excited) to let the Christmas cheer seep in.

One thing the beauty world does so well at Christmas is eyeshadow palettes and the first one to make my beauty addict ears perk up is the Clarins 'The Essentials' mineral eye make-up palette

Bulky and slightly disappointing packaging aside, this palette has some beautiful shades inside. There are 10 eyeshadows ranging from a smokey Winter grey to a vibrant gold flake. There are mattes, satins and pearls that can be used wet or dry depending on how intense you want them to look. 

The middle four shades are my favourite and despite being initially weary of the gold, I absolutely love it! You can use your finger to lightly press it on the lids and it leaves a subtle but pretty twinkle. 

At £35 this is a seriously strong competitor to the Naked palette and I think this Christmas, this is going to be the one I reach for most. 
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NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICKS (updated)

Monday, 20 October 2014


I'm a sucker for a new lipstick launch, especially when it's my favourite makeup brand and an impressive 40 new shades! The Audacious lipsticks from NARS come in fancy new, magnetic packaging that I much prefer to the old version. 

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty overwhelmed at the counter but I'd highly recommend checking out Temptalia's post with a breakdown of the 40 shades. The formula isn't completely matte, but it's pigmented for sure, so I knew I didn't want a nude. For some reason I always prefer the more sheer formulas when wearing nudes or 'my lips but better' shades. So I tried five or six shades on the back of my hand, from tangerine to dark berry. I wanted to take two home with me so in the end I decided on Rita (left) and Vera (right). 

Rita is a warm red with a semi-matte finish. I tried so hard not to buy a traditional red as I really don't need any more but this one has a beautiful warm undertone to it that I couldn't refuse. Now looking back I don't think I needed to buy this one, but I do think it's a gorgeous colour. 

Vera is a bright raspberry shade with warm berry undertones. This one is great for Autumn and as it's slightly darker than something like Revlon Berry Smoothie, I find it to be a bit more vampy and dressy. 

Both are really nice and smooth to apply, although I found it easier to apply them with a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet. 

With so many shades to choose from I'm impressed I only came home with two, but I definitely could have been more adventurous with my choices - tut tut Lily. So which shades do you have your eye on? 
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