The weather in London has suddenly gotten a lot colder, it was -1 this morning, far colder than I’d like and far colder than my skin would like. The change of season and the cold always send my skin into a mini panic but I have been replying on three products to get me through.
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For days when I want something that will remove my makeup and not irritate my skin further, I have been relying on Olay 2-in-1 Hydration Balancing and Purifying Cleansing Refreshing Facewash. It’s not the fanciest, most luxurious cleanser but it’s a great one to have on hand for days when you need a no-fuss cleanser that won’t dry out the skin. I love the smell of this cleanser, it’s weirdly comforting and it’s the perfect affordable cleanser for any of you double cleansers.

Totally different end of the price spectrum but I have been using the Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator. Quick disclaimer, it is expensive. I was sent this and there is no way I could afford this product but it is good and I have been using it every single day for the last three weeks. It’s a great booster over moisturiser to ensure skin is well hydrated, I’ve been using it morning and night and am starting to see a real improvement.
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But my saving grace has truly been the Trilogy Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, it’s one of my all time favourite oils and it always saves the day (or my skin). I’ve been reaching for it both morning and night, I’m more generous with it in the evening and use it sparingly during the day but my skin seems to love it and nothing hydrates my skin more. If you’re struggling with dry/dehydrate skin than I can’t recommend this oil more, it really helps keep my skin balanced and affordable.

What are your favourite autumn/winter skincare additions?

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Liquid Lipsticks have been everywhere for the past few years but some of the most popular ones are really hard to get hold of in the UK and expensive (not to mention sometimes not worth the hype in my opinion). However the ones I am still reaching for are affordable, easy to get hold of and the perfect formula!

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets have been around for a little while but it’s really been over the last year that I have fallen for them. There are beautiful shades for every occasion; from nudes to reds, dark winter berry shades and vibrant summer pinks.

It’s worth pointing out that the word ‘velvet’ is a little confusing and I think it refers to the light, mousse-like feeling when initially applying the product but
once dry they are beautiful on-trend matte shades. They apply with a doe-foot applicator that is really easy to use and leave almost a stain that doesn’t move, feels comfortable and wears really well.

There are so many shades that I really love but Hot Pepper has to be the perfect all-year- round true red, which looks super chic teamed with any outfit although I plan to move onto Grand Cru, which is a dark red, once it starts to get a little colder. For summer I love Honey Mood as it’s a soft but fun peachy shade but the nudes in the range will always have a special place in my heart too- especially Nude-ist and Don’t Pink of it!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but great quality lipsticks which last all day then I can’t recommend these enough! I love a matte finish but I need it to be comfortable and wearable which these really are, plus their size makes them the perfect handbag must-have.
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I’ve never spoken about Zoella’s range on here as I always felt it was aimed at a slightly younger audience but last week I had the chance to visit the #zoellaapartment which was filled with new launches and the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I was really surprised by the fact that it’s a bit more grown up and I would buy almost everything from the range, so I had to share some of the photos I took and share my thoughts.

I’m actually quite the Zoella fan and although I don’t watch all of her main channel videos, I think few YouTubers daily vlog as well as her and I do think her channel is growing up a little (as her, and her audience get older.) which was really reflected in the new products.
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The apartment had lots on display including newness being added to the original Zoella Beauty range, which I really haven’t tried much from. Although I think the range is really pretty I find it to be still a little aimed at teens for me. That said the new Christmas Gingerbread Fizz Trio smell amazing, the scent isn’t too overpowering or even overly artificial and I think I’ll be buying these when they come out! If you’re a fan of the beauty range then you’ll be happy to see that she has added a new gingerbread hand cream, a mini fragrance set and some other great gifting products for Christmas as well as a hand sanitiser, bath soak and body cream to her permanent line. Another notable product launch for Christmas is the Pamper Hamper, at £50 it’s the priciest gift from the range but would blow any Zoella fan away (exclusive to Superdrug).
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Then onto the new Home Fragrance, candles and defuser range…

She kept her Zoella scribble on the packaging for these but the rest of the packaging is so beautiful that I think it still looks grown up and I’d love to have these in my house. There are five scents; My Eden, Seaside Stroll, Lazy Days, Daisy Picking, Gingerbread Village and Homemade Treats. I’ve heard (may not be true) that Daisy Picking is Zoe’s Favourite but personally I love Lazy Days as it’s a really beautiful fresh scent. I was really surprised by the scents in the range and Gingerbread Village is the only one I really expected, the scents are very grown up and sophisticated, I’m actually not too sure if younger teens would love this range but I guess they’re not the ones usually buying candles and diffusers. Candles are £10 and diffusers £12, would recommend these wether you are a Zoella fan or not as a great affordable candle option.
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The most exciting thing in my option though is the new Zoella Lifestyle range; it’s any bloggers dream with lots of marble and copper, I actually think it’s quite Kate Spade inspired but on a smaller budget. That said somethings are still quite obviously branded which will probably put some people off if they’re not huge fans (or simply not a huge fan of branding).

The lifestyle range retail from £5-14 and includes everything from pencils and storage pots to cushions and socks. Other than the keyring I love everything in the range especially the pencils, notebooks, storage pots and travel mug.

Very impressed by the new Zoella products and keep and eye out as I’m sure I’ll be featuring a few bits on my Instagram.

laser hair removal talk

As a child I use to hear of people crying cause they thought they were fat and although I have never been skinny I use to cry cause I was hairy. Looking back on it, it was silly. I’ve grown up and some what come to terms with the fact I’m more hairy than most other people, although it’s annoying, it’s okay and in the grand scheme of things it’s really not the end of the world. Plus, it’s really quite manageable, it’s not that bad, just a little more time consuming and expensive but really not the end of the world. So if you’re in the same boat, just know there are solutions!

That said hair removal is often expensive, painful and doesn’t last that long so when I was offered laser hair removal I jumped at the chance. I’ve always wanted laser hair removal and was actually ready to pay for it myself but thought this was also a great chance to try it.

As this was for review purposes I was offered a ‘small area’ so I went for my underarms and it’s actually an area I would recommend starting with. I had very dark hair here so it lent itself very well to laser hair removal and the fact that it’s a small area means your only exposed to pain for short amount of time.

Since I mentioned pain, it probably worth saying it is painful, not unbearable but painful. Underarms is such a small area that within a couple of minutes you’re done and I’ve never experienced pain post treatment. I have heard that some other areas are more painful and I would imagine larger or more boney areas to hurt more but I think it’s worth the 10 minutes of pain, plus I find a bikini wax excruciatingly painful and so far, on my underarm, I haven’t experienced anywhere near as much pain.

Most importantly, does it work? I’m six sessions in now and the amount of hair has diminished massively. I have to shave my underarms once a week (compared to every single day) and the hair is much thinner, almost unnoticeable and completely different to what I use to have.

I haven’t actually included any photos of my underarms and I hope you don’t mind, but seriously who wants to look at anyone’s underarms?

I’ll report back once I have finished my treatment and I’m planning to then move onto another section but I’ll keep you all updated as I think it’s a big decision and investment. I was always really curious of other people’s experience and had lots of questions so let me know in the comments if there is anything I have missed out. I’m having my laser hair removal done at PulseLight Clinic and would highly recommend them and if you’re thinking about it then I’d say book a consultation (where you get to try the laser too)

Have your tried laser hair removal? Would love to hear your experience in the comments

loreal mascara results loreal miss hippie loreal before and afterIt’s no secret that I rarely try new mascaras but after hearing about the newL’Oréal Paris Miss Hippie mascara I had to give it a go for myself! The Miss Hippie mascara is all about achieving festival-ready lashes so, of course, I had to find out what festival lashes were for myself!

It has a fuzzy brush, which is almost hourglass in shape and helps coat lashes, layer by layer for a feathery lash look. It adds all the impact and drama I expect from a volumising mascara without the clumps you sometimes get with other mascaras as it really combs though the lashes. It’s also great at adding length for a dramatic look that lasts all day.

If you’re a waterproof lover then you’ll be happy to hear that it also comes in waterproof, which is particularly great if you are going to a festival this year.

I’ve been so impressed with L’Oreal Paris recently and have fallen in love with so many of their new products, the Nude Magique cushion foundation, Cushion de Soleil bronzer and this Miss Hippie mascara are my absolute summer must-faves, which you don’t want to miss out on!

The L’Oréal Paris Miss Hippie mascara is £7.99 (currently on FeelUnique) and for more info check out the L’Oréal Website.

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