Saturday, 30 November 2013

Stocking Filler Gift Guide 2013!


Victoria Secret - 1 / 2 / 3  Makeup Palettes - 1 / 2   Nails - 1 / 2  Stationary - 1 / 2 / 3   
Drinking Mugs - 1 / 2 / 3   Gift Sets - 1 / 2   Keyring - 1

Welcome to my fourth Christmas Gift Guide 2013! Like last year, I want to give away one item from each guide as a massive thank you for reading and supporting my blog. This week I am giving away a Victoria Secret Makeup Bag which you can see below.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning this prize, please enter the Rafflecopter widget below. The competition is only open for one week. As this one ends, another will commence so keep your eyes peeled for that! You must have permission from an adult to enter this giveaway if you are under 18 as I will need your address to post you your prize. If I don't hear back from the winner after 48hrs of the competition ending, I will pull another.

Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents, as will be the case with many of these gift guides. I apologise for any disappointment but hopefully you all had fun entering my 2 year giveaway earlier this year. I will be running some more international giveaways in the new year so don't forget to check back for that. I hope that everyone can take something away from these gift guides and it will maybe give you inspiration for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas.

Best of luck if you enter and I hope you all are having a great day!

Your prize will be this bag but with a VS wing charm instead of the key :) 

Friday, 29 November 2013

November Favourites!


It's the end of November?.. Pause for a mini freak out!

Where on earth did that month go? Seriously, I must have blinked and missed it. Going to see my friend for her birthday at the beginning of this month seems like a lifetime ago. I guess that just means I've been busy.

'Busy discovering new beauty products' I hear you say? Well actually, yes! November's been a great month for discovering some incredible beauty items and I feel a beauty blogger obligation to share them with you! So I have, in the form of a video found below :) I hope you enjoy and I'll see you on The Edge of Beauty again tomorrow when I launch my 4th Christmas Gift Guide! Again, time flying = mind blown!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Birchbox Review - Christopher Wicks: English Laundry Pour Femme


Everyone and their grandma knows how much I love perfume. A fragrance can take me back to a year or a moment in my life, which makes it one of the most important parts of my daily routine. I carefully select the fragrance of the day to suit the mood I'm in and which memory I would like with me. Does that sound weird? Either way, my passion for perfume has verged on obsession and I now own more bottles that I care to admit. I am therefore trying to condense my collection down to a select few and feel that when I allow myself to purchase some more, this may be on the top of my list.

The first reason why I like Christopher Wick's English Laundry is because it's not going to be well known. Sure, everyone that's subscribed to Birchbox this month will have received a sample. But overall I doubt someone would be able to tell me what I was wearing from walking past me. It's not a recognisable scent that you will be smelling a thousand times over on every female in the shops this Christmas. It's unique and unknown which makes it of huge appeal.

The second reason why this fragrance appeals to me is the bottle. A bottle can make or break a scent for me. Yeah, that's a bit fickle but who wants a tacky looking monstrosity on their vanity? Not me, that's for sure. The packaging of the sample is ok, although the cardboard covering is poorly designed as the grey on pink is hard to read. However, from research the bottle looks simple and sophisticated. It's not over complicated and actually, if you added a bow to the front it would look a lot like the old Miss Dior Cherie bottle! Tick. (See below)

But over all, it's the scent that sells it. Clearly a part of this fragrance, whether it's the musk or powdery note takes me back to a time where I feel happy. Maybe it's the fact that it smells a little like fresh laundry. Perhaps it smells like a freshner my mum used to use on my clothes as a child. I'm not over sure but something about it is very familiar and is calling out to me.

Top Notes - Rose, Geranium and Creamy White Flower
Base Notes - Woody Spice and Musk

The scent is so delicate. Although it's described as laden with floral notes, that wasn't my first reaction to it. It just smelt very powdery and musky - comforting.  If you're typically not a fan of strong rose scents, please don't let that stop you testing this out. I definitely feel like it'll be one to surprise you.


The gift set for this, though pretty pricey, is rather lovely. It would make a fabulous gift for your mum this Christmas. Having said that, I would be more than happy to receive this as a gift myself. I only note that it's definitely more of a mature scent. Although it does have a sweet edge, it certainly doesn't smell like you just walked into a candy store which some younger fragrances can do.

Over all it's a beautiful perfume and I'm really happy I got introduced to it by Birchbox. Yet another fabulous product I have found through my monthly subscription box.

I might go ahead and make a cheeky purchase of the purse spray as it's pretty affordable. I recommend checking the Birchbox shop out if you're interested in buying this as I think it might be a little difficult to get hold of in the UK.

Christopher Wicks English Laundry Pour Femme - £63 for the gift set from Birchbox
                                                                            £47 for the fragrance from Birchbox

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Birchbox Review - Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo



I'm generally a girl that doesn't like sulphate-free shampoo. I wish I got on with them better, but without lather my thick hair gets into all sorts of horrific knots that take a good 20 minutes to sort out. Therefore I was almost setting myself up to try something I probably wouldn't like with this product. However I have been left surprised before, so I wanted to give this a try and see how I felt.

Unfortunately the first thing that hit me was the scent. Personally I thought it smelt like lemon industrial cleaner. Having said that, if a product does it's job well, I can just spray some hair perfume on later. But as soon as I realised that this product didn't lather either, things went down hill quite fast.

I started to massage this shampoo into my scalp and it thickened a little bit, like it was attempting to get luxurious and soapy, but then it stopped. Normally it takes me a couple of shampoos before I can really make my hair manageable, so I washed out what I could from my medusa hair-of-knots and then applied some more. The same thing happened again - it thickened, didn't really feel like it was cleaning my hair and then became a nightmare when I washed it out. My hair felt like I hadn't brushed it in years. But what's more irritating was that I then went in with my Herbal Essences Shampoo to solve the issue and within 15 seconds my hair was knot free and back to normal! Go figure.

It's nothing against the product itself, but I simply don't get on with sulphate-free shampoos and feel like other girls with thick hair will be the same.

What's interesting though is that this shampoo is described as 'ideal for hair in need of extra nourishment and moisture' on their website, but I completely disagree. Honestly, my hair has never felt more dry.

I think it's fair to say that I don't recommend this product. Having said that, I understand that products react differently with everyone, so please do comment below and let me know how you got on if you gave this a go.

Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo - £8.95 for 190ml from Weleda

Monday, 25 November 2013

OOTD - 25/11/13


Zara Coat - Around £90 - Buy similar Camel one here
Topshop Batwing Cardigan - Around £35 - As seen in my previous OOTD
TU T-shirt - £10
River Island Leggings - Around £16 - As seen in my previous OOTD
Timeless Platform Chelsea Boots - Christmas present last year - As seen in my previous OOTD

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The War of Micellar Waters!

When it comes to Micellar Waters, three instantly spring to mind - Bioderma, L'Oreal Micellar Solution and Taaj Micellar Cleansing Water. I have been using the latter for around 2 years now and absolutely love it to pieces. The only disadvantage is that it used to be slightly hard to get your hands on. There was the faff of having to order it online, originally from Amazon who import it from France. Although now you can get it from the Birchbox store. Either way, I figured I should try two more accessible waters to see if I like them more. Plus, a Bioderma sample came in my Birchbox a few months ago so there really was no excuse not to try it!

Here's how I got on with each and which one finally won my heart.



First off we have the Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellar Solution for Combo/Oily skin. This tiny sample only lasted me about a week but I still feel like I got a good feel for how it worked for me. It seemed really fresh and clean, just like a water should be. It wasn't soapy like one I will talk about later. It didn't dry out my skin or break me out which were two aspects I looked for most in these products. It cleared my pores and didn't leave me with clogged skin. It took off my mascara relatively easily so there wasn't too much scrubbing involved. Over all I really got on well with this water. I'm still interested as to whether my skin would react differently to the original water which isn't specifically designed for Combo/Oily skin. However if I was to go and repurchase this again, I would simply stick to this one as it works well for me.

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellar Solution - £14.80 for 500ml from Escentual



Next up we have the high street version of micellar water by L'Oreal. I was really hoping to love this product as it's so affordable and easy to get my hands on, but I just don't love it as much as the other two. I find it quite soapy. It bubbles up on the cotton pad and leaves my skin feeling quite stripped and dry. I don't feel like it deep cleans the skin, which means it leaves my pores clogged with makeup, even after I've washed my face post-micellar-water. This had lead me to break out a little more often than usual. It does take off my mascara with reasonable ease which is nice, but over all I'm still not that taken with it. I really wanted to be but the other two triumph for me.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution - £3.32 for 200ml from Superdrug



Finally we have my trusted Taaj Micellar Cleansing Water. As I said previously, I have been using this product religiously for a couple of years now. Just like Bioderma, I first tested this product due to it coming as a sample in Birchbox. This just shows that Birchbox is a great way to test out new products and potentially find ones that you'll be using for many years to come.

The reason why I like this water so much is because it simply acts like a water on my skin. It doesn't dry or strip the skin, nor does it act soapy. The Taaj water helps to prevent breakouts by cleansing my skin so well. Plus it removes my mascara like a dream. It's really gentle and doesn't have any strong perfumes which make it feel really natural and healthy for the skin. I honestly can't really fault the Taaj water. My only issues were getting hold of it and price.

Taaj Micelar Cleansing Water - £16 for 500ml from Birchbox

With all of the waters mentioned, you could use them without washing the product off. However I do feel a little uncomfortable leaving both this and the L'Oreal water on the skin. It feels like a film has been left which I want to remove. Regardless of film or no film, I would always wash my face after using a wash anyway, to make sure I'm double cleansing. It's ok to just use the water on its own for a few nights but in general I don't think it's enough. Skin needs a proper clean to make sure the pores are clear and it can breathe.

Due to everything I've learnt I have to say, it looks like Bioderma comes out on top which I would not have expected! I never dreamed that Bioderma would be a cheaper option for a start, never mind the fact that it does just as good of a job as Taaj.

I may purchase another small bottle of Bioderma to test it out for a little longer before I commit to the complete swop from Taaj, but I've really enjoyed testing out other options. I guess this time higher end brands triumph over high street.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Beauty Christmas Gift Guide 2013!


Palettes - 1 / 2    Perfumes - 1 / 2    Makeup - 1    Body - 1 / 2 / 3    Candles - 1 / 2    Skincare - 1

Welcome to my third Christmas Gift Guide 2013! Like last year, I want to give away one item from each guide as a massive thank you for reading and supporting my blog. I was lucky enough to collaborate with Lush on this giveaway, so that one of you lucky readers will win the Snow Fairy Gift Box above (pink).

If you want to be in with a chance of winning this prize, please enter the Rafflecopter widget below. The competition is only open for one week. As this one ends, another will commence so keep your eyes peeled for that! You must have permission from an adult to enter this giveaway if you are under 18 as I will need your address to post you your prize. If I don't hear back from the winner after 48hrs of the competition ending, I will pull another.

Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents, as will be the case with many of these gift guides. This is simply due to postal regulations or how the collaboration is run. I apologise for any disappointment but hopefully you all had fun entering my 2 year giveaway earlier this year. I will be running some more international giveaways in the new year so don't forget to check back for that. I hope that everyone can take something away from these gift guides and it will maybe give you inspiration for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas.

Best of luck if you enter and I hope you all are having a great day!


Friday, 22 November 2013

Let's Talk: Body Scrub



There was once a time when I didn't know body scrubs exsisted. I thought that the exfoliating, rough side of the sponge was the only way to remove dead skin cells and make sure my skin was left lusciously soft. Turns out I was completely wrong.

I was introduced to body scrubs in the form of Etat Pur's Exfoliating Shower Body Cream at the beginning of this year. Since then I haven't been able to get enough! I've tested all different kinds - from sugar and salt to microbead exfoliants. Now I want to share with you a variety of the top 5 i've discovered.

Want to know more? Look no further.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Birchbox Review - Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Soufflé Body Crème



Oh my word. I don't even know where to begin. One statement will say it all I feel -
Holy Grail Product.

This is an absolutely incredible body crème. I know that after all it's just a body crème, so how good can it really be? Well, outstandingly is the answer.

I used to be a girl who wouldn't really spend a lot on her body lotions, butters etc. I just didn't see the point in breaking the bank when I could head to The Body Shop and buy an item that did the trick beautifully and didn't leave my purse sobbing. However, receiving this product in my Birchbox has opened my eyes to the higher end of body products. I do agree that you can get great products on a budget and designer is not always better. But sometimes the price is higher for a reason and spending that little bit extra really does make the difference.

The packaging of this product is devine. I love the feeling of the matte tube and the glossy, luxurious label. I know, you're thinking to yourself, 'how can a label feel luxurious?' I was asking myself the same thing for a while. I think that answer is that it's beautifully designed, glossy, clean, pretty and the silver reflection on the rim just gives it an air of class.

Look at me, getting over-descriptive and excited about a label. This shows how much I've fallen for this product.

The smell of this crème is heavenly. It has a strong and lingering scent of Vanilla. As soon as you put this on, you get a 'top note' of something else too which I don't recognise, so I could only explain this as the 'amber' part. Either way, its soft and heavenly and.. sexy, to be honest with you. This would be the perfect product to lather up with before a date. It leaves you skin feeling incredibly soft and there's no waiting around time for it to sink it.

As soon as it touches the skin it turns into a thicker, almost body-butter-like texture. It takes a bit of working to get the product massaged in but as soon as it's gone, the crème has completely absorbed and leaves behind nothing but a smell so good I could sit here sniffing it all day.

It contains Vitamin A, C and E to help enrich the skin, whilst Almond, Hydrolyzed Rice Proteins and Pro-Vitamin B5 restore the skins moisture and balance. It contains various oils such as Grape Seed and Rice Bran to condition  whilst the Vanilla and Honey offer soothing qualities.

I just honestly can't recommend it to you enough. You need to go out and try this if you didn't get it in your Birchbox. You might think it smells slightly odd in the tub - maybe like something you wouldn't enjoy. But I would really recommend you massaging some onto your hand and smelling it a couple of minutes later. I'm positive that many of you will adore it as much as I do.

I think this is going straight on my Christmas List.
Santa, I've been really good this year! Please!

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Soufflé Body Crème - £43.50 from Space NK

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Di Palomo Christmas Gift Sets 2013

First off, apologies for the slightly crazy lighting in these pictures. I've been out working during a lot of the daylight hours, earning my crust. It turns out that the sun waits for no man.. or woman in winter, so the photos were taken whilst the last glimpses of light faded. #bloggerproblems

Puts Soft Box on Christmas list... Anyways..



As many of you know, I really like the Di Palomo brand. I've tried a varied amount of products by them in the past - from Candles to Body Butter and Perfume. I never get tired of their great quality, fantastic scents, and frankly uber-cute packaging, which leads me nicely on to the cracker* above.

How incredibly adorable is this little sweetheart?! Full to the brim with pampering products which would make any lady's day! Christmas is the perfect time to relax, find time to yourself and enjoy indulging. If you don't want fill up with chocolate, the Orange Blossom with Wild Honey and Olive cracker would be a great way to indulge in a different sense. You could buy it for yourself or as a gift. It's incredibly affordable and is no doubt guaranteed to make you feel treated.



This celebration cracker contains a Body Wash, Hand & Body Lotion and Cleansing Bar. Each item is packaged in clean white containers with a delicate blossom and olive design printed on each piece.



This product sings all the right words to me - Shea Butter, Moisture, Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Honey, Blossom, Finest Ingredients - just apply it all over!

I spotted similar Di Palomo sets in John Lewis the other week, so if you want to get your hands on one, they're incredibly easy to find. Alternatively you can browse the range of Orange Blossom on Di Palomo's website and individually select items from their extensive range. I recommend looking at their perfumes. The Wild Fig and Grape one I have is heavenly!

Gift sets from £9 - £22



Speaking of pamper, next up we have the Indulgent Pamper Pack* with scents of White Grape and Aloe. What's not to love?



This product is very similar to the Celebration Cracker. However these products are a lot bigger. The cracker could be considered as more of a stocking filler, whereas this pamper pack contains a considerable amount of product.



You get a Moisturising Body Wash, Hand and Nail Cream and Cleansing Bar like before. The keywords for these products are Shea Butter, oils, toning and soothing, Aloe Extracts, luxurious and moisturising. If those don't go tick, tick, tick in a beauty lovers mind, I'm not sure what will.

Both of these sets would make really lovely gifts for your mum, sister, friend, aunt.. Guaranteed to make the recipient feel special.

Gift Sets from £9 - £22

If you're interested in these sets, keep your eyes peeled on my Christmas Gift Guides as I may be giving away one at some point over the next few weeks!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Clean & Clear Advantage Clear and Soothe Daily Scrub



It would be fair to consider me as quite a Clean & Clear fan. When I was struggling with bad skin in my teenage years, this brand was the only one that created a line of products that worked for me. Since then I have been extremely loyal and am always curious about new launches from the company, and ways to extend my skincare routine.

I do get a little worried that their products aren't always the best for my skin, considering they contain a high percentage of alcohol. However I just counteract that with pampering and nourishing products elsewhere to try and make sure that my skin doesn't get too stripped.

My Clean & Clear history started with their Blackhead Clearing Scrub. I used this day and night for years until my skin balanced out. At the beginning of this year I introduced their Cream Wash 4 times a week to prevent myself from over-exfoliating, which has worked a treat. However I still felt that as my skin was changing, I didn't need the harsh exfoliation of the Blackhead Scrub which is why I decided to test this product out. New to Clean & Clear, the Clear and Soothe Daily Scrub aims to gently exfoliate whilst removing dirt and excess oil. I was intrigued to know what kind of exfoliation this would give me and if it would make a good replacement for my Blackhead Scrub which I've used for 5+ years.



The first thing I noticed about this product was how incredible it smells. It reminded me a lot of an edible lipgloss I had as a child that was meant to taste like strawberry. Honestly, it didn't really taste that much of strawberry but it sure tasted good. This product smells like that lipgloss tasted - probably not that helpful to you though considering you don't know what gloss I'm on about. In general I would say that it has got quite a fresh and fruity smell. I would definitely recommend giving it a sniff if you see it on the shelf as you walk by.

The second thing I noticed was how small the beads were in comparison to the previous scrub I was using. These beads made the blackhead ones feel like sandpaper! The Clear and Soothe product gives a much more gentle exfoliation which I really enjoy. Bonus, as that was one of the main things I was looking for!

On the other hand, I do find this scrub marginally more drying than the other. It feels like there is a slight film left on the skin as you wash the product off - like it has stripped the skin too much of the oils. But once I patted my face dry and looked in the mirror, my skin looked radiant, felt smooth and although it was a little tight, the moisturiser I used afterwards sorted that problem straight away. This scrub hasn't made me break out either which obviously wins brownie points.

I'm definitely happier using this product compared to the Blackhead scrub I was using previously, but I will still be on the hunt for a wash that doesn't contain a high volume of alcohol. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below.

Clean and Clear Advantage Clear and Soothe Daily Scrub - £3.33 from Boots

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub



This is the first Soap and Glory Scrub I have ever tried. I only recently got into this type of product when I got sent my first ever Etat Pur Scrub. Because that was my first time experiencing a scrub, I  didn't really appreciate how great it was. However since then I have been on a scrub rampage and have tried lots of different kinds that definitely give varied results. Etat Pur is probably still my favourite, with Sanctuary 4 Day Moisture Oil Scrub making a close second. But after seeing that Soap and Glory do a travel version of their Flake Away version, I just knew I had to test it out.

Soap and Glory is overall a well respected brand. I love some of their products like the Hand Food hand cream, and I'm not so keen on others which I have reacted to in the past. I was interested to see how abrasive this scrub was, what it smelt like in the shower and how moisturised it left my skin.



Flake Away actually looks really fine in this picture, but once applied in the shower I found it to be a bit chunky. Etat Pur's scrub is incredibly fine - almost like microbeads in texture - whereas this Soap and Glory version feels quite rough and clumpy. Nevertheless, it gives a great exfoliation and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and soft.

One thing I didn't like was the smell which came as a huge surprise! I generally really like Soap and Glory for their scents because it reminds me of my signature perfume Miss Dior Cherie. However this one just smelt really strongly of liquorice to me - and I hate liquorice! Everyone really raves about their Sugar Crush range but I hate the smell of that too. I'm not too sure what's going on there but the Hand Food smells lovely to me.

Overall I like the way this product works. It doesn't leave any greasy residue on my skin and leaves me feeling soft as a baby's bum. Would I rush out and repurchase it? Probably not because I'm fickle and want to try out other products. Plus, it really didn't smell nice to me. I'd rather reach for Etat Pur or Sanctuary if I'm honest.

Have you tried this scrub, or any other scrubs by Soap and Glory? How did you get on?

Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub - £2.50 for 50ml travel size from Boots

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Girls Christmas Gift Guide 2013!


PJS - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Jumpers - 1 / 2 / 3
Shoes - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Bags - 1 / 2 / 3

Welcome to the second of my Christmas Gift Guide 2013 series! Like last year, I want to give away one item from each guide as a massive thank you for reading and supporting my blog. Bagable.co.uk were kind enough to collaborate with me on this giveaway, so that one of you lucky readers can win the cream satchel above.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning this prize, please enter the Rafflecopter widget below. The competition is only open for one week. As this one ends, another will commence so keep your eyes peeled for that! You must have permission from an adult to enter this giveaway if you are under 18 as I will need your address to post you your prize. If I don't hear back from the winner after 48hrs of the competition ending, I will pull another.

Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents, as will be the case with many of these gift guides. This is simply due to postal regulations or how the collaboration is run. I apologise for any disappointment but hopefully you all had fun entering my 2 year giveaway earlier this year. I will be running some more international giveaways in the new year so don't forget to check back for that. I hope that everyone can take something away from these gift guides and it will maybe give you inspiration for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas.

Best of luck if you enter and I hope you all are having a great day!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Cosmo Author Masterclass and Goody Bag!


Last Monday I attended Cosmopolitan's first ever Author Masterclass. After enoying their Careers Masterclass earlier this year, I was eager to go along to this event and see what tips I could pick up for perusing a career in writing.

I have always been interested in being an author. It's not just something I've considered, but something I really want to for-fill. I often used to write short stories for my own enjoyment or for my parents and friends. The love for sharing this part of my imagination grows all the time, so this seemed like the perfect event for me.

If you would like to see my video on the Careers Masterclass hosted in April (which was incidentally my first ever Youtube video, so bare that in mind), you can see that here.

Otherwise, I hope you enjoy hearing the tips I picked up from the Author Masterclass, and of course snooping through my goody bag!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

November Mags - The Best Bits!


Glamour Magazine (December Issue  - Free Kate Spade Nails Inc Polish)
Jumper / Skincare / Dress / Nail Polish / Lingerie / Perfume


Marie Claire (December Issue - Free Rituals Shower Scrub Cream)

Company High Street Edit (December Issue)
Jumper / Boots / Heels / Dress


Cosmopolitan (December Issue - Free Orly Nail Polish)

Elle (December Issue - Free Benefit Lip Gloss)
Dress / Purse / Blush / Jumper / Skirt / Boots

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Birchbox Review - KMS Silk Sheen Styling Creme



I am quickly becoming a huge fan of KMS hair products. All of the three I have tried so far have been introduced to me through Birchbox. I know some people would be annoyed at getting the same style of product a few times over, but if I loved the first one and want to try more from the brand, why wouldn't I be happy? Keep it coming Birchbox! That's what I say.

My favourite so far has been the KMS Quick Blow Dry Spray as it left my hair feeling silky soft and majorly cut down the drying time of my crazy-thick locks. Huge plus! However this Silk Sheen Styling Creme aims to give you shine. Oh no, that dirty word! I absolutely love hair products with a good bit of shine in them. 'Get them on my hair' is what I say :)



All you need to do with this is pop a little bit in your towel-dryed hair before applying the heat of your blowdryer. The cream/gel helps to control your style whilst also giving you the heat protection you desire.

On the bottle, on a scale of 1 to 5, this product is given a 2 for hold and for shine. Having said that, I couldn't love it more! I completely notice the sheen that it gives me. It's not a glossy, boarding greasy look. It's simply a nice and healthy, subtle... sheen! It looks fantastic and completely natural.

Furthering that, my hair always feels incredibly smooth after using this - especially the morning after the hair wash. Heaven!

There isn't a strong or heavy smell with the product, nor is it greasy. I find the cream-gel to be so lightweight that it almost disappears into your hair. Definitely something I look for as that gunked up feeling doesn't really float my boat.

I honestly do recommend this. I'm really enjoying using up my brilliant-sized sample and would be more than happy to have another in the future. I think this product still doesn't beat the love and affection that I have for the Quick Blow Dry Spray, which I had to repurchase immediately. However it comes a close second and that's a lot to be said for a girl that's tried A LOT of haircare products!

Have you tried anything amazing from the KMS line? Let me know in the comments below.

KMS Silk Sheen Styling Creme - £11 from Look Fantastic

Monday, 11 November 2013

Brand Test - Estée Lauder!

Today is the second in my new Brand Test series. The first brand test was all about Kiehl's skincare products. However, since then I have been testing out a few products from Estée Lauder which I thought I would share with you. The first product is one of their moisturisers, followed up by one of their famous face serums. This is the first time I've ever tested any Estée Lauder skincare so if you want to hear more about these products, carry on reading! :)



Estée Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF15 for Normal to Combination Skin: I first got my hands on this when I went to buy a few bottles of Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation. There was a free gift with purchase perk going on at the time so I managed to get my hands on a few samples. I absolutely love testing out samples as it's such a good way to find out if you like a product before going and splurging on the full priced item.

I'm always very skeptical about moisturisers as a lot tend to break me out. It took me forever to find my holy grail mac version that works perfectly for my Combo/Oily skin. Having said that, it doesn't contain any SPF and when paired with my day to day foundation, Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus, I'm left with no SPF and a little bit at risk. You will see that I tested out an SPF in my Kiehl's brand test and here I am again, testing out another in this moisturiser. SPF is known for breaking me out which is why I normally steer clear, but I had high hopes for this one.



You are advised to apply this moisturiser morning and evening. I thought this was a bit strange as I clearly don't need SPF protection when I'm asleep. However that's what it says on the tub so that's what I did.



It's a thin cream consistency with a slight cucumber scent. Applied to the face, you can definitely tell that it contains SPF. You get that standard greasy feeling that typically comes with a product that contains sun protection. Having said that, this one wasn't nearly as greasy as some I'd tried. If it had been I would have stopped using it straight away. But the way the skin absorbed this product made me feel confident about using the product on a trail basis.

I have now been using this moisturiser for a couple of weeks and overall my skin is quite well hydrated. It does an alright job but I have started breaking out on my cheeks which never normally occurs. I put this down as a sign that the SPF in this product is breaking me out as it's the only new skincare item, along with the serum below, that I was using during my breakout.

The spots weren't anything massive (thank god), but it was enough to make me want to start using my Mac moisturiser again. What I've done now to try and reach a happy medium is to use the Estee Lauder Daywear in the morning and then use my Mac moisturiser in the evening to give my skin a bit of a break. I'll probably continue this routine until I have used the whole pot. 

Overall I don't think I would repurchase this straight away. I would like to test some other moisturisers to see if I can find one that doesn't actually break me out. I know there is an Oil Free version of this with SPF25 so I might give that a go and see if I notice any difference.

If you have similar skin to mine and know of an amazing moisturiser you think I should try out, please let me know in the comments below.

Estée Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF15 for Normal to Combination Skin - £40 for 50ml from Estée Lauder



Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator: I've been using this serum paired with the moisturiser above as I know that pairing skincare products from the same brand is generally advantageous. I suffer this hyperpigmentation which was why I wanted to test this in the first place. Having said that, my hyperpigmentation is probably down to the fact that I don't use an SPF everyday, so it's really a vicious cycle. I do suffer with acne scarring too which contributes to the problem so I was interested as to whether this would help at all. The serum is aimed at significantly evening out blotchiness, blemish marks, dark spots and discolourations.

It looks like a thin yellowy/gold lotion and applies like silk to the skin. It is the softest, smoothest feeling product I've ever applied to my face and I adore that fact. The skin drinks it up and within 10 seconds you wouldn't know you'd applied anything at all. The only remnant it leaves behind is the silky soft feeling.

This is such a lovely product to use - a real treat. It's helped to almost completely irradiate my skintone issue which means that sheer foundation on top looks a lot more flawless. I really would recommend this serum for anyone who suffers with hyperpigmentation and would certainly repurchase it myself. Now I'm really interested in trying all the other serums Estée Lauder have to offer and seeing if I can get the same wondrous results again with others.

Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator - £48 for 30ml from Estée Lauder

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Birchbox Review - Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream



I've seen this product spotted around the internet but it's never really grabbed my attention and I don't know why. Maybe it's because an all purpose cream sounds too good to be true. It can't solve all your skin issues can it? Well frankly I don't really have that many. I may get dry elbows, knees and feet but that's about the lengths of it and don't get me wrong, I'm happy about it. But having said that, I wasn't entirely sure what I would need this product for.

Once receiving these sachets in my Birchbox, I decided that I would give them a go as a body lotion for when I get out of the shower. You could use the cream on your face, skin, hair, cuts, burns, bruises, rashes, eczema and psoriasis amongst others. However I didn't really have need to, so body moisturiser worked for me.



The product comes out the sachet as a solid consistancy. The only way I can describe it is like butter that has melted and then started to harden again. Once warmed up between your hands for a few seconds, it turns into an oil that can be applied directly to the desired area. I used the so-called 'cream' on my legs to make them extra silky smooth and soft.

Having said that, this stuff takes FOREVER to absorb into the skin. I kid you not, I applied this in the evening and by the next night I could still feel it on my skin. I don't know if I used to much or what, but this stuff would just lay on the surface like a greasy layer. But once it had sunk in it made my skin feel and look incredible. It looked like my skin was so radiant even though it was on my legs. It felt soft, supple and absolutely heavenly. If I could achieve that without the long-term greasy feeling I would be over the moon.

I have one more sachet to test so I might see if applying a little less helps, but I really didn't apply overloading amounts in the first place. This is clearly a product where a little will go a long way.

I can understand why it would be great for burns, cuts, rashes etc. The cream/oil is very soothing and calming so I can imagine it working well. I'd definitely check it out if you suffer from the above.

If you have tried this or have any thoughts on it please share them below.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream - £24.50 for 118ml from FeelUnique

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Boots Christmas Gift Guide 2013!


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Welcome to the first of my Christmas Gift Guide 2013 series! Like last year, I want to give away one item from each guide as a massive thank you for reading and supporting my blog. Some prizes have been given to me generously by a company, but to kick start the season I have bought something myself. I may have stopped into Victoria Secret along the way and got something for a future gift guide too - you'll have to wait and see! :)

Today I'm giving away the first gift you can see in this guide - the Soap and Glory Bright and Bubbly Box Set!

If you want to be in with a chance of winning this prize, please enter the Rafflecopter widget below. The competition is only open for one week. As this one ends, another will commence so keep your eyes peeled for that! You must have permission from an adult to enter this giveaway if you are under 18 as I will need your address to post you your prize. If I don't hear back from the winner after 48hrs of the competition ending, I will pull another.

Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents, as will be the case with many of these gift guides. This is simply due to postal regulations or how the collaboration is run. I apologise for any disappointment but hopefully you all had fun entering my 2 year giveaway earlier this year. I will be running some more international giveaways in the new year so don't forget to check back for that. I hope that everyone can take something away from these gift guides and it will maybe give you inspiration for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas.

Best of luck if you enter and I hope you all are having a great day!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 8 November 2013

Sweater Weather Tag!



It's the weekend again guys! It feel like that's all I ever say to you as Friday seems to come around so quickly! I decided to go with a nice chatty video today and did a quick Autumn Tag. It was a lot of fun to film so I really hope you enjoy watching it and hopefully you'll give the tag a go yourselves. I would love to watch yours so please link them below or pop them as a video response to this one of Youtube.

I hope that you are all well and had a lovely week with an even more lovely weekend to follow.

Don't forget my Christmas Guide Guides start tomorrow and I will be giving away an item from each one as a Christmas present to you, as a huge mahoosive thank you for reading my blog and supporting me. It means the world.

Anyways, I shall stop jabbering and let you watch the tag now :) Grab your cuppa and get comfy. I'll speak to you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray



I've had this product in my draw for what seems like forever now. I have absolutely no idea why I've never reached for it before. My mum went out on a frantic product trip for me just before my holidays one year, as I had realised I didn't have any heat protection spray I could take with me. She brought back a selection of products for me to choose from and this one just got pushed to the back of the group.

But I see TRESemmé product rave reviews everywhere! Everyone seemed to have used the heat protection spray at least one point in their beauty blogging life. Therefore I figured I had nothing to lose. It was already sitting there in my draw, so one day I decided to actually pick it up and test it out. Suddenly I realised what everyone was raving about.



The TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray protects your hair from heat of hairdryers and styling tools. What I was really curious about was how well this worked on dry hair. It states in the directions that you are to use it on damp hair before blow drying. This is my normal method of use. But what's different from everyone else is that I don't then go on to reapply the heat protectant before straightening my hair. I see many girls spritzing their hair before using their styling tools but whenever I have done that in the past, the product ended up making my hair incredibly greasy. Therefore I was specifically interested in testing this spray out on dry hair to see how it would perform.



I was actually really pleasantly surprised. The spray smells quite pleasant, although not as good as the likes of Tigi or Catwalk. It distributed finely and evenly into my hair through the nozzle which I was impressed with. But overall it made my hair feel very sleek and smooth. It worked brilliantly on both wet and dry hair, but especially once I had straightened my hair with my GHDs. My locks didn't feel thick and greasy with product like it had done in the past. It simply felt lightweight, healthy and smooth.

With regards to it's other claims, I agree that it helps prevent hair from being dry and dull. Overall my hair feels a lot more manageable. The spray adds shine which you know I'm a huge fan of as it always improves the look of any style. It somehow makes my hair look more nourished too. I think this is perhaps due to the fact that I should have been using a heat spray when styling for many years now, and suddenly I've realised using one before styling as well as blow drying really does make a difference.

I'm honestly really happy with this product and can see myself repurchasing the full size so that I can make it a full-time part of my haircare routine.

Have you tried this spray? What did you think?

TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray - £5.25 for 300ml from Boots
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