The Luxe Beauty Gift Guide

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Tis’ the season for stressing out over what to buy your loved ones and resorting to scouring the internet for ideas, am I right? As luck would have it, I have a few ideas up my sleeve and some beautiful products that I think any beauty lover would appreciate and fall head over heels for! I’ve really narrowed my selection down this year as I know that being faced with a million and one options can be a little overwhelming, so I hope you find this helpful if you’re in need of some gift-giving inspiration! Continue reading “The Luxe Beauty Gift Guide”

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My Thoughts On The Una Brennan Neroli Skincare Range

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This range seemed to spark a bit of interest on my Instagram, so I thought I’d dedicate an entire post on my thoughts on each of the products I have from it. I’ll spare you a lengthy introduction (the post is long enough as it is!), but, in short, this is marketed as a ‘firming’ line of products that utilise the ‘anti-ageing’ benefits of neroli, and ranges from £7.99 to £16.99 in price.

The Intense Facial Serum* – More affordable skincare products tend to use synthetic emollients as opposed to something more natural like vegetable glycerin as they are much cheaper to formulate with, so it was no surprise to me after looking through this serum’s ingredients list that a synthetic emollient was listed as the second ingredient. Said emollient is cyclopentasiloxane, which is basically just a silicone. More affordable creams and serums tend to either be formulated with this, or more commonly, dimethicone, which is more suited towards drier skin as it’s heavier. Because of the cyclopentasiloxane in this serum’s formulation, Continue reading “My Thoughts On The Una Brennan Neroli Skincare Range”

My November Reading List

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Although I rarely find myself browsing the makeup aisles or shopping for beauty products and clothes nowadays, the same can’t be said for my relentless purchasing of books! Not the worst thing to be buying though, are they? I seem to get through books nearly as quickly as they’re delivered, so I thought I’d do another of these posts and talk through what I’ve picked up to read this month! Continue reading “My November Reading List”

My Review of Three Best-Selling Thriller Books

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I love that when I’m unsure of what books to buy next, I can always turn to the ‘best sellers’ section on Amazon; time is definitely a commodity, and I don’t think any of us would want to choose books blindly and waste a good few hours of our life if it turned out to be rubbish! Sometimes however, I’m left sat outside of the circle of the readers and reviews that are unanimous in their love for the books that have reached best-seller status. These three thrillers have all reached that status, and so I wanted to share my thoughts on them, but please let me know if you disagree/agree with them!

‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper 

I had such high expectations for this book; not least because it has a rating of 4 stars on Goodreads. If I had to rate it, I would probably give it a maximum of 3 stars. The book is set in Australia, amid one of the worst droughts in its history, and the protagonist, Detective Aaron Falk, returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his old friend Luke, his wife and their child. Continue reading “My Review of Three Best-Selling Thriller Books”

The Clarins Brand Focus

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We all know Clarins, right? It’s a brand that probably sits within your mother and grandmother’s vanity drawer, and is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and well-known beauty brands on the market. And because my own collection of Clarins goodies is rather…well, overflowing, I thought I’d dedicate an entire blog post to celebrating the brand as a whole, and talking through the products themselves whilst rating them at the same time. Also worthy of note here, is that 96% of everything in my Clarins collection are PR samples, but I have since repurchased some of them, and secondly, I haven’t been able to feature everything because of sizing issues, but I have included most of my collection.

As this is a brand focus, I thought it only appropriate to start with a bit of historical context and begin with a brief history of the brand! So, Clarins was founded in 1954 by a masseur called Jacques Courtin, and was initially just a luxury skincare brand. Jacques died in 2007, but his sons, Olivier and Christian, are still heavily involved in the company. Aside from remaining popular as ever 63 years later, one of the reasons that I love Clarins is that they don’t remain stagnant as so many other brands do; they’re never comfortable, and are always looking to improve. As a brand, they very much focus on ‘permanent innovation’ and say that, ‘even if a product is a best seller, the formula will be enriched and enhanced to deliver more quality, sensorial pleasure and beauty.’ This quotation leads me nicely on to the first product, which is a perfectly emblematic example of that! Continue reading “The Clarins Brand Focus”

Three Books Perfect For This Halloween

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‘Tis the season for cocooning yourself in snuggly blankets, purchasing any edible goods infused with the flavour of pumpkin, and settling down with a good book, and so to celebrate Halloween, I thought I’d share three book recommendations that range from soft detective mystery thriller, to deeply disturbing; the first of which, being the latter. Continue reading “Three Books Perfect For This Halloween”

The New Clarins Cushion Foundation

 

 

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*PR sample

This newly released foundation seems to have sparked some interest on my Instagram of late, and so I thought it was high time that I wrote up an in-depth post on it; detailing my thoughts on it, and the down low on the formula.

This is one of two new additions to the already existing everlasting foundation range; I was also kindly sent the new powder foundation to try, but it’s just not my cup of tea. This, however, is. And although I do really enjoy this foundation, and have been using it over the past month quite frequently, I do have a couple of quarrels with it; the first of which, being the price to product ratio. For 13ml of product (as we know, regular foundations typically contain 30ml), the price tag is £31. For me, Continue reading “The New Clarins Cushion Foundation”

Visiting The Harry Potter Studios |My Photos & Thoughts

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Tris and I decided a couple of years ago that we weren’t going to give each other material, tangible gifts anymore; presents would either come in the form of an experience of some kind, or a trip away…you get the gist! So when my birthday rolled around this year in April, I didn’t have to mull it over for too long; it had to be the HP studios. And yes, April was half a year ago, but availability didn’t quite match up with our schedules because of the popularity of the studios, so here we are, in October, and we’ve finally been!

This isn’t going to be a review as such, because, in all honesty, reviewing things other than books and beauty products isn’t really my forte, shall we say! I just wanted to share some of my pictures, and a few of my thoughts.

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The special effects department was amazingly interesting. It’s quite difficult to explain without you going yourself and actually seeing the machinery, sculptures and technology they used, but the work that went in to each creature, goblin, insect, CGI-built scene is extraordinary.

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I think the thing I took away from the studios most is not only a heightened love for all things HP, but I now have an understanding (and appreciation) for the intricacy and hard work that went in to every single little detail. For just one example, the huge mounds of rubble that we saw in the deathly hallows films were each individually painted and sculpted pieces of polystyrene, and took over 20 days to complete.

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This was really surreal for me – not sure why. It’s quite obvious when you think about it, but I’d never thought about it; that most of the sets we see in the films are just sets, and are all each individually located in one studio set. I loved seeing the Gryffindor Common Room – it made me feel so emosh. The studio, by the way, is actually just like one mahoosive warehouse!

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