The solution to little ones sleeping soundly under the stars…

What do you get new parents for Christmas? We highly recommend the @johnsonsbabyuk #sleeptightset packed full of their amazing #bedtimebath range which is clically proven for help baby get to sleep and to stay asleep for longer; plus a waterproof book and sleep socks for baby!

We love it, it ends a night smoothly and adding the sleep powder as well as a bath means our little man is super relaxed and ready for bed at a reasonable time! The book adds in a way that we can tie in a story too for quick web bedtime too!

Available to buy at Asda for just £12

The fabu-lash guide to fake lashes with Ardell beauty!

Get party prepped with our Fabu-lash ultimate guide to lashes… no matter your eye shape or favoured style @ardellbeauty_uk has something for everyone! Our go-to style is their Demi wispy lash – perfect for day and night! From lashionistas to falsie novices, anyone can wear lashes – trust us! Get clued up on the best ways to apply & let’s find out what lash styles will suit you…

 


ALMOND EYES

Your eye shape is almond if you have a visible crease in the lid and there is no white above or below the iris. Lucky you! Your eyes are a good shape for lashes because your eye has a subtle curve for them to sit on top of. Because of this, almond eyes will likely suit any lashes, but we think these styles will tickle your falsie fancy and here’s why.

Ardell Natural 105s, £5.49, Superdrug – A long, fluttery and lightweight silhouette that will open up your almond eyes and make them seem bigger. This style is also super adaptable so you could wear it to any occasion.

Ardell Demi Wispies, £5.49, Superdrug (Worn above & our fave style) – Ardell’s bestselling lash style has a graduated, mixed length that will accentuate the almond shape of your eyes. Wear them anytime as these can take you effortlessly from day to night.

NEW Ardell Faux Mink 811 Twin Pack, £10.99, Boots – These lashes have a flare on the outer corner which will elongate your almond eyes. This style is also available as a single, but now you can get two lashes for just over the price of one!

 

 


 

HOODED EYES

These eyes are determined by a deep crease that disappears above and behind the eye. Lashes can be tricky to navigate with hooded eyelids because of the ‘hood’ lid that hangs over the eye, but you don’t have to be afraid of wearing them! These styles will get you lash-worthy in no time.

NEW Ardell Natural 174s, £5.49, Boots – This new style has tapered lashes which will complement the hood of your eye because they are soft and delicate. They’ll also add a subtle boost to your own lashes in length and volume.

Ardell Wispies, £5.49, Boots – This classic Ardell lash style has an elongated centre that will act like a sidekick for your hooded lid. They’re a go- to lash because they’re perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions.

Ardell Wispies 601, £5.49, Superdrug – Try this style with a mix of long and short clusters to open up the hood of your eye like an optical illusion. You can add them to a dramatic and glamourous winged eyeliner for maximum effect

 

 


 

ROUND EYES

Your eyes are round if you have a crease but there is a hint of white above and below the iris. You will also notice they are more circular than they are oval. Your round eyes are rare and enchanting but steer clear of full lashes as this could overwhelm them and look too busy. Why not try these delicate Ardell lashes instead?

Ardell x Danny, £5.49, Superdrug – These lashes are perfect for creating a subtle and natural look. They’ll really suit your round eyes because the gentle flare in the middle of the lash will emphasise their circular shape.

Ardell Wispies 113, £5.49, Boots – The 113s are super long which will compliment your round eye shape because they open them up. Whether you’re working 9 to 5, or going on a date, these lashes will make your eyes stand out.

Ardell Faux Mink Demi Wispies, £7.99, Boots – To really flatter your round eyes, try wearing the Faux Mink Demi Wispies. The feathered effect on the outer edge of these lashes will enhance the curve of your top lid.

 


 

MONO-LID EYES

You have ‘mono lids’ if you do not have a crease in your eye lid. These eyes can differ in size, but the good news is lashes are going to look stunning on you because the mono lid creates a blank canvas. Not sure where to start? Not to worry – we think you’re going to fall in love with these styles and we’ll tell you why.

Ardell Pre-Cut Demi Wispies, £6.49, Superdrug – Ardell’s Pre-Cut Demi Wispies are perfect for mono lids because you can tailor them. Make sure you strategically place the sections of lash in positions that will allow everyone to see your flawless lids.

Ardell Wispies 701s, £5.49, Superdrug – Allow your mono lid to be seen with this style. The mix of long and short lashes will open up the eye and add definition to the outer corners.

Ardell Mega Volume 251, RRP: £7.49, Superdrug – This full and voluminous style will benefit your mono lid eyes because they will flaunt your flawless lids and add drama to any!

DO’s & DON’Ts – Applying lashes

Have questions about how to apply your lashes now you’ve selected a style? Check out these DOs and DON’Ts for perfect eyelash application. Explained in the order that you would apply your lashes on.

DON’T – forget to curl your own lashes beforehand otherwise there will be a disconnect, especially if your lashes naturally point downward.

DO – trim your lashes to fit the size of your eyes. Measure them on top of your own lashes and trim from the outer edge until they fit the length of the eye perfectly.

DON’T – add lashes onto bare lashes – add mascara beforehand and wait for it to dry. This will mean that the black false lashes blend in with your own lashes.

DON’T – add too much glue to the strip and wait thirty seconds for it to go tacky so that it will stick better. If you are using DUO Quick Set Glue in Dark or Clear (Superdrug, RRP: £5.99) you will only need to wait five seconds!

DO – add the lashes pointing upwards instead of face on for maximum effect. You will notice a difference when you tilt the strip upwards when applying to your lash line.

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

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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


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! 

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

Fabulous footsies

Our feet always take the most toll and need caring for to keep them soft and smooth.
Introducing Carnation foot care, who have your feet and how they look in mind.

With a great range of foot care supplies from blister patches to hard skin electric rollers be sure that you can find the perfect product for your feet!

We got our hands on this fab selection thanks to Carnation and whipped it out of its packaging immediately to experience the full benefit for ourselves.

First up we used the Exfoliating foot scrub with walnut shell, £4.14, to cleanse and exfoliate our feet – [this contains

apricot seed and walnut shell, will slough away hard, rough skin gently, while mineral oils soothe and moisturise, leaving your feet smooth, soft and looking gorgeous. Plus,

Exfoliating Foot Scrub is best used weekly as part of your regular foot care regime. Apply to clean, dry feet in circular movements, before rinsing thoroughly.” ], once done we dried off, and made sure our feet were completely dry to use the Carnation Silky Feet, £14.99,. [This buffs away hard and jagged skin on the feet, with an

abrasive roller which rotates at 40 revolutions a second through 360 degrees. It’s a specially designed, splash proof, lightweight device that fits easily into the hand and Battery operated to make on the go use possible! (batteries are included) & replaceable heads are available for use all ear round!] We finish off with Carnation Foot Cream £3.45, which smells absolutely amazing thanks to the peppermint oil! [This re-moisturises and rehydrates to soothe, soften and condition the skin.] – And what can we say – we’re left with lovely soft, moisturised feet, and we can’t stop using the foot cream because it smells so delish! 

If you’re pampering your feet ready for a night out and want protection from sore feet, grab yourself 

Tip Toes Gel Cushions £4.75, designed to prevent pain in the balls of your feet, allowing you to dance the night away in your favourite high heels.

Ideal for all high-heels and sandals, the non-slip grip gel allow Tip Toes to stay firmly in place, no matter how daring a dash you cut on the dance-floor. Also available 

Tip Toes Gel Strap Strips to prevent those strappy numbers rubbing! We’ll be wearing these to every party this Autumn Winter! 

Buy yours now from 

www.firstaidfast.co.uk you’ll be crazy not too at these prices! 

www.carnationfootcare.co.uk