Treat yourself to this loveable discount from new CID cosmetics this valentines

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Spoil yourself this #Valentines day or maybe treat your #galentine with these fab products from @newcidcosmetics – to help you do this their best selling i-glow blush is 50% with a purchase of ANY of the lip product range! ⠀⠀

We tried out the beautifully packaged warm veined coral crush i-glow blush – which left our skin glowing in a few simple sweeps!  Usually £27.50 – pictured with I-gloss the simple way to perfectly glossy lips with the help of an in-tube torch (Making application so bloomin’ easy [especially in the dark corner of a bar!) ! 😍 ⠀

Buy yours online at newcidcosmetics.com for £27.50 or at 50%* (£13.75) with a qualifying lip purchase such as our whizzy little i-gloss in tickled pink for just £17 at newcidcosmetics.com/product/i-gloss-2-lip/

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P.S. Be a Workout beauty…

If you’re a gym bunny that likes to not bare all at the gym, and goes down the makeup to the gym route, why not try the new range from Primark Beauty?

Stand up to sweat with the new PS…Workout cosmetics range from Primark beauty – lightweight, long wearing, natural finish make up for lips, eyes and skin. The 11-piece collection features sweat and splash proof formulas in pretty, neutral colours & brights to enhance your natural beauty whilst withstanding your workout. Hero products include a protecting lip balm with SPF 50 for outdoor workouts, sweat resistant powder for a confident, matte complexion and waterproof eyeliner for subtle definition.

We have tested out some of the range to see if it really stands up to longwear, and whether we actually like it! First up we try the Liquid lipstick in Cheerleader and the matching lip liner – a total barg for £3! – Cheerleader is a bright in your face pink – I don;t quite think I could wear this in a gym ever to be totally honest – You’s spot me a mile off! But I have to say, the liner goes on smoothly with ease, and the lip fix liquid lipstick, you only need a little bit and you have full pout coverage. I found it a tad drying so make sure you use a moisturing primer before hand to help! Next up the foundation stick – it needs a tad warming up before it goes on, but this gives good quick coverage, and blends fairly well! For the fairer girls I hope there’s some lighter shades too, but i’m sure there will be! Again, bargain price, so the quality is great for such a price, and finally the eyeliners, are non budging and waterproof, smooth application, lovely and dark too, not muted by the dampness of the waterline.

Overall a fab collection – I’d just choose the more muted shades if I chose to be the make-up wearing gym bunny! Thumbs up Primark!

Liquid lipsticks, £2; Waterproof eyeliners, £1; Lipliner, £1; Mattifying powder, £2; Waterproof mascara, £2; Foundation stick, £2.50; Lip balm, £1, available nationwide at Primark Stores

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Shine in the light, bask in the dark

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet – well, there’s no need to panic! The LIGHT & DARK collection by fragrance maverick Leighton Denny MBE fulfils anyone’s desires with four unique and intoxicating fragrance experiences that take you from day to night, and the best bit?…They’ll think of you every time they wear it! Here we have the four fragrances available in the travel compact refillable spray bottles that are cute in themselves!… 

Our fave was LIGHT & DARK Lively (green) £43.50, 70ml, Opening with top notes of citrus and warmed by spicy nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and pepper, this scent deepens as it settles on the skin creating a luxurious, shareable fragrance. Unisex too – we actually gave this to the men in our lives as it is similar to one of our fave scents they already wear. 

You also have LIGHT & DARK Original (Gold) £43.50, 70ml, a heady blend of pepper, myrrh and incense. With hints of gardenia, jasmine and top notes of mandarin and grapefruit, this scent will capture anyone’s attention.

LIGHT & DARK Delightful (Pink) £43.50, 70ml, is  the newest addition to Leighton’s fragrance collection. Bursting with red fruits, this sensual scent smells so good you could almost eat it! Supported by the merest touch of lotus flower and mirabilis jasmine, the fragrance finishes off with a gentle trail of sweet musk and creamy vanilla.

Finally the set brings you another unisex scent – LIGHT & DARK Desire £43.50, 70ml, a sensual, mysterious, dark woody scent that is ideal for a romantic candle-lit dinner. Top notes of citrus balance with amber, moss and pepper creating a deep, sexy scent.

Bring the love into the light and let it dance in the dark by fulfilling that desire with Leighton Denny this Valentine’s day.

Available from LD-Boutique.com

The LIGHT & DARK collection retails for £43.50, 70ml. LIGHT & DARK fragrance minis retail for £9.50, 5ml.

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LightAndDarkEDP @leighton_denny

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Be Absolutely Guilty this Valentine’s

Gucci Guilty in the last few months has flung to the forefront again with the re – release of the Gucci Guilty fragrance, rapidly bringing us its next successor the platinum version of the fragrance, lighter, but still the same classic GG. Now just in time for Valentine’s we have one for the guys. Treat him to be #guiltynotguilty with the newest addition to the Gucci Guilty family, Gucci Guilty Absolute, A woodier more earthly fragrance, appearing in the classic GG bottle that has had some additions such as the colour of the fragrance emitting the ideas of a woody cognac, in a softer tobacco coloured box with the interlocking G’s emblazoned on the front.

Available now countrywide, Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme, 50ml, £54; Gucci Guilty Absolute

Pour Homme,

90ml, £70

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Wella good hair!

Sophie Turner dazzled on the red carpet at the 2017 Golden Globes in a floor length structured Louis Vuitton gown. Her sophisticated hairstyle coupled with her graphic dress created a fashion forward look that gave her a sleek edginess on the red carpet, and we know how she did it… with the help of Wella Professionals stylist, Christian Wood, who discussed giving Sophie a grown-up look that is, “modern, clean and simple to create a unique fashion moment and gave us this step by step guide.”…

Step-by-Step Styling:

1. Wash and condition hair using Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Shampoo and Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Conditioner.

2. On clean, damp hair apply Wella Professionals EIMI Root Shoot throughout the entire head to create tackiness and texture.

3. Next, blow dry section by section starting at the nape of the head to create a smooth, shiny finish.

4. Apply 1-2 pumps of Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothening Oil into the palms of the hands and work throughout hair from root to tip.

5. Starting at the nape of the neck, straighten the entire head while brushing all over and apply Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift at the roots for a textured hold.

6. Tuck both sides of hair behind the ear, bringing one side of the lengths out in front of the body.

7.Finish off the look by spraying Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Styled Hairspray onto a powder brush and moving throughout the lengths in a downward motion to remove flyways and frizz, completing the modern, sleek look. Stylist: Wella Professionals Stylist, Christian Wood        

We of course had to try out the shampoo, conditioner and oil set for ourselves too, and you can certainly see we are impressed! The shampoo and conditioner set smells wonderful, and gives us gorgeously sleek and smooth hair, with no nasty residue! Giving us a lasting soft blowdry too afterwards with the help of the subtly sweet fragranced oil… Making this our current fave which hasn’t left our showers side! ♥

Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Shampoo, £13.90 / Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Conditioner, £15.40 / Wella Professionals EIMI Root Shoot, £10.20 / Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothening Oil, £16.00 / Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift, £10.20 / Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Styled Hairspray, £13.50

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Purrrrfect Lashes & glowing eyes

Pur brought us their newest mascara to try out, The Fully Charged magnetic mascara, £18, is unusual and unlike no other. It contains a magnetic polymer matrix which ‘wraps’ a positively charged plastic veil around each lash, to lift, separate and define. Whilst being infused with anti-age ingredients, it helps to prevent premature falling out with thickening, conditioning and lengthening attributes too! We loved the fact this gave us natural looking lashes and helps our lashes stay in for longer as ours tend to shed frequently, and also seem to stain as they are so fair. However this mascara, went on and did its job, and came off when we wanted too! 

Next up we tried Pur’s NEW Eye Polish, £17, a pigment eye primer and or topcoat. Available in six shades, this is a portable liquid formula which transforms into a long wearing powder once applied to the skin, with the small silicone pad brush. We found it to be so long wearing, unbelievably sparkly, and we would wear the first nude shade by itself day in day out!. Add another shadow to it for vibrancy, sparkle and depth. But you really don’t need to! It illuminates and makes your eyes pop, for that quick effortless look! (We of course teamed it up with Pur’s Fully Charged Mascara. To give us that final look of upkeep without needing to be full on Night Out! 

Pur’s NEW Eye Polish, £17,

Exclusively available from Marks & Spencer & other products are also available at BeautyBay.comfeelunique.com, lookfantastic.com & M&S

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Bathe in nature’s finest plants…

Following the success of its
plant-inspired shampoo range, natural skincare and beauty brand, AA Skincare, has
launched a range of five, plant-inspired shower and bath gels.  Featuring holistic, Ayurvedic* herb powders
to boost skin health, this new range of nourishing gels will naturally cleanse
and protect all skin types.

Joining the AA Skincare
Essentials aromatherapy range of beauty and skincare products, the new shower
and bath gels combine essential oils and natural extracts with healing herb
powders, such as rejuvenating Brahmi to help cleanse and hydrate skin, vitamin
C rich Alma to promote skin health and Tulsi which works to calm skin and
stimulate blood flow. The range is free from parabens and artificial fragrances
and packaging is fully recyclable.

Coming to you in five new scents… 

Rosemary,
Sage & Burdock
 a nourishing, antioxidant
rich body wash and bath foam with natural extracts. Rosemary and Sage essential
oils work with calcium-rich Burdock to gently cleanse and nourish skin, giving
it an antioxidant boost.  Basil oil helps
stimulate circulation and Rose Geranium helps protect skin.

Amla
& Clary Sage 
a balancing and moisturising
body wash and bath foam, with vitamin C rich Amla (Indian Gooseberry) to help
promote skin health.  Clary Sage and Alma
combine with balancing Lemon to cleanse and refresh skin. Grapeseed oil works
to lock in moisture. 

Peony,
Bay & Brahmi 
featuring Peony extract, a soothing antioxidant rich
astringent.  Peony works with antioxidant
and vitamin-rich Brahmi and Bay to cleanse and hydrate skin.  Holy Basil (Tulsi) helps calm skin and
stimulate blood flow. *Ayurvedic medicine – also known as Ayurveda
– is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems,
developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that
health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and
spirit.
 

Ylang
Ylang, Argan & Rosemary
featuring soothing and balancing Ylang
Ylang.  Antioxidant rich Argan and
Rosemary essential oils work with natural cleanser, Moroccan Clay, to help keep
skin soft and smooth. 

Cedarwood & Peppermint Deep Shower &
Bath Gel
– invigorating, naturally antimicrobial body wash and bath
foam. Cedarwood Atlas oil works with Peppermint oil to purify and reduce skin
irritation.  Murumuru Seed Butter and
Brazil Nut oil help condition and protect skin.

Good for the planet, and great for you. Fine smelling shower & bath gels for me and you! 

AA Skincare Aromatherapy range, £5.95 for 250ml.

 To find out more or order visit www.aaskincare.co.uk

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Be the Christmas Cracker

Fed up of tired, dry and cracked lips? Treat yourself and your guests to this fab cracker treat, brilliant for guys and girls!

Nourishing Lip Tint Trio, £29, ESPA gives you Soft, smooth, beautifully glossy lips
enhanced with a hint of seasonal
colour. ESPA’s lip treatments are
perfect for any stocking, making you
ready for every mistletoe moment.
Each Nourishing Lip Tint Trio Cracker includes:
3x 5ml – Clear, Pink and Red

Alternatively you can find these gift sets from ESPA too…

Body Shimmer Collection, £39
Enjoy soft, smooth and nourished
skin, enriched with a shimmering
bronze glow. This illuminating duo
will give skin a beautiful colour
finish; perfect as you prepare for
the party season.
Each Body Shimmer Collection
includes:
Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan,
200ml
Shimmering Dry Body Oil, 28ml 

Or you could spoil the man in your life this Christmas with ESPA’s Skincare Survival Kit. Packed full of skincare saviours designed to smooth
and hydrate, this carefully selected edit of products is the ultimate Christmas treat for those men who are DIY-shy.
ESPA Men’s Skincare Survival Kit, £40, To refresh, smooth and protect skin throughout the winter
months with these hard-working grooming essentials.
Each Men’s Skincare Survival Kit includes:
Invigorating Facewash, 50ml

Cleanse your skin morning and evening with this refreshing soap-free
face wash for men.
Energising Shower Gel, 70ml
An instantly energising bath and shower gel infused with zesty
aromas to revitalise and awaken the senses.
The Hydrator, 35ml
Give skin a lasting boost of hydration with this lightweight,
skin-quenching men’s moisturiser.
Dual-Action Shavemud, 30ml
This addictive men’s shaving cream doubles as a deep cleansing mask to
nourish skin, replace lost nutrients and prevent razor burn for an
incredibly comfortable shave. 

The 2016 ESPA Christmas Gift Collection is available now at espaskincare.com, Liberty of London and select Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Fenwicks stores


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Fire up the gift list

This Christmas, whether adding to your own gift list, or buying for someone special, add The Amazon Fire, 

£49.99 www.Amazon.co.uk

to your shopping basket. Thanks to amazon we’ve had the chance to test this out, and we are sitting here right now, happily typing away to post out our blog to you!

With many great apps, video access and books and my more with amazon prime and Amazon music and videos, this is a great tablet to work on, with plenty of social media apps, blog apps and games available we can use this to pass the day away too. You even have a rear and front facing camera for a quick product post too.

Great for kids or take the option to buy the AmazonFireHD for Kids,

£75.05

www.Amazon.co.uk
with a specialist casing this is the gift for the kids whilst gifting the adults the fire of your choice!  These are the great specs below…

  • Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600). Available in four colours.
  • Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and rear- and front-facing cameras.
  • Amazon Underground: All-new, one-of-a-kind app store experience where thousands of apps, games and in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Prime members can stream thousands of Prime Video titles, access over a million book titles, thousands of audiobooks and over a million songs
  • Prime members can download thousands of Prime Video movies and TV shows to watch offline anywhere
  • Enjoy more than 38 million songs, movies, TV shows, books, apps and games
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video and listening to music
  • Stay connected with fast web browsing, e-mail and calendar support

Plus… if you are looking for additional gifts for you or your loved ones tablets (across brands) this Christmas, protect them in luxury with these fab cases in all sorts of colours including Poppy reds and festive golds, from the great Filofax. We tried out… the Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Poppy, Small, £30, and we think its great. Not only does the case zip fully around all sides of the case, it has a hard shell case (back) to clip your tablet into which has the capability to swivel meaning all round orientation. You even get a Filiofax notebook inside the case too, so you can note down anything you need, especially when using it for work! 

As above: L-R, T-B;
Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, Black, £36.98; Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, Raspberry, Small, £32.98;

Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Small, Gold, £40.99; Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Poppy, Small, £30, all www.filofax.co.uk

Shop, shop, shop…  as you’ll only miss out! We’ve already finished our shopping for this year! 

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Super Sensatio-NAILS 

We get fed up when our ordinary polish takes a long time to dry and chips after only a few days, so we were pleasantly surprised when this little kit (SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit, £49.99, Boots) turned up at our desks last week. A gel kit like no other which turns your normal favourite nail polishes into super shiny long lasting gel polish.

The kit is very compact and cute unlike other gel starter kits that we’ve used before and very quick to use. The only thing we’d like added to the kit would be remover. – Alternatively we use Elegant Touch Get ‘em off Nail Remover, £2.65, Boots [find it here] which is cheap and fantastic at removing all gel polish and much much cheaper than most too! The kit makes it easy to mix up the polish, and you use a lot less polish than you do re dipping into the bottle everytime which means your fave colours will last you a lifetime! Application was swift – we completed one hand at a time for the fastest and best results, and after 12 days our nails are still going strong! 

The SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit includes: 1 x LED nail lamp; 1 x USB lead; 1 x UK mains adapter; 1 x Gel cleanser (14.6ml); 1 x Gel primer (3.54ml); 1 x Polish to gel transformer (7.39ml); 1 x Mixing pot; 1 x Manicure stick; 12 x lint free wipes; 1 x Double sided nail buffer 

Make your hands SensatioNAIL today onine and instore at Boots.com