Polish Pick: Essie Pool Side Service

Essie Pool Side Service polish spring 2016

Wandering into stores without a plan can be a dangerous thing. While out shopping last week I wandered past an Essie counter when I spotted discount stickers on some shades from the corner of my eye. One of them was on Pool Side Service from the 2016 spring collection: how could I resist?

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My spring lippy: NYX’s Stockholm

NYX Soft Matte Cream Lip Stockholm

The hype around the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has been around for a while, so I am joining the party fashionably late. I blame NYX themselves, as it is still pretty hard to get the brand in stores here. Online access is lovely, but sometimes you just need to go crazy at a physical counter.

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Make Love Instead: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Blusher

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Blusher Make Love Instead

Time for another unbelievably pretty product from favourite affordable brand Makeup Revolution. This particular product was a little leap of faith, as I couldn’t really see the color properly online. It just looked nice and was only £2.50, so not that much too loose. I am glad I went for it anyway, because this Vivid Baked Blusher is amazing. Continue reading

Etos Brightening Concealer: a great subtle highlighter?!

Etos Brightening Concealer

Sometimes brands just don’t seem to be able to market their own products properly, probably from the mistaken belief that if you just provide a broad all encompassing description more people will buy it. I prefer an honest explanation of what something does, as these broad descriptions simply set products up to be disappointing. Oh hello Etos Brightening Concealer.

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My Favorite Facial Suncreen: Institut Esthederm’s Photo Regul


Institut Esthederm Photo Regul Pigmentation Irregularities Unifying Protective Care Face Cream Facial SunscreenEvery single spring, the hunt for a new facial sunscreen begins. Don’t get me wrong, I wear sunscreen all year round to protect my skin from the negative side-effects of the sun but for spring and summer I take it up a notch. I have a rather demanding wish list as well: I expect a high level of protection in a long lasting but light formula that works well underneath make-up and doesn’t leave a white cast when used alone. Not an easy task for a single product, but I have found a new favourite this season.

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First Impressions: Ren V-Cense Day Cream

Ren V-cense youth vitality day creamI love a good sample! There is nothing quite like a lovely luxurious sample to allow you to test a product in the comfort of your own home. No more blind guesses on whether something will work for you. Ren Clean Skincare is always very generous with their samples and today I want to share my first impressions on their V-Cense Youth Vitality Day Cream.

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