29 November 2016
I can't say I've ever been inclined to review a Christmas tree before now. But when anything beauty related is combined with anything Christmas, I'm there!
So when the people at Bloom & Wild - the flower delivery company got in touch to tell me about this magical little tree that contains beauty trinkets I didn't need any convincing. Also if you're a new customer to B&W I think the £10 discount (details below) make it a pretty good deal!
The miniature festive Birchtree (it's real FYI) comes with 5 luxe beauty trinkets from some high end beauty brands with a pretty bow on top to finish it off (teeny lights are my own!). And all through your letterbox for £30.00! Well in fact £20 with the £10 discount if you're a new customer, or £24 with my 20% Makeup Savvy discount code below. There's also three other mini Christmas tree options with and without decorations here.
Other than for elves this little tree would be perfect for anyone that works in an office or wants to decorate their bedroom or hallway maybe. Or this could be a nice nice option if like me you've never had a real Christmas tree before and want to see what all the fuss is about... it actually smells pretty good!
Pretty tree aside, lets talk to good stuff! The five miniature include - Caudalie Instant Detox Mask (I will be trying it out tonight!), Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream, Benefit POREfessional, Lord & Berry Red Lipstick and Givenchy Live Irresistible EDP.
Now the team at Birchbox, the makeup box company, have picked well here because you are bound to like most of the deluxe beauty minis. They are all high end names and all really lovely products! I will be passing the Benefit POREfessional onto someone else because I'm not a huge fan but I'm fussy when it comes to primers, but other than that I literally love everything!
My favourite mini has to be the cute Lord & Berry lipstick as it's such a vivid red shade making it perfect for this time of year. But I'm also a fan of Rituals Magic Touch body cream and I've already looked up the price of Givenchy Live Irresistible because I'm in love with it! So the minis really are well thought out and worth around £15 alone!
Bloom & Wild discount codes - Receive a £10 gift voucher here to use across the B&W site or for 20% off enter code: MAKSAV at the checkout.
As for the negatives even though I love this little tree there are few. I have found the tree isn't as stable as I'd like and it's better propped up than free standing. Also as I'm new to a fir tree the process of tying the beauty trinkets to the tree was a little ouchy - pine needles are sharp! But you could totally stash the makeup samples away and just hang mini baubles from it. Only minor complaints but still worth a mention I thought.
Bloom & Wild really have impressed me with their Christmas mixed with beauty offering here and with the discount code I really think it could be a sweet little gift to yourself!
25 November 2016
It seems every blogger and their mother is writing about Black Friday this year! And why not when we have totally adopted the largest frenzied sale shopping event of the year.
All beauty websites are fully on board with some amazing discounts to be had, whether you want to treat yo' self or get some hardcore Christmas shopping done, now is the time! Below I've listed the major beauty discounts plus my own favourite sale picks that I'm finding hard to resist - a treat of two is in order I think!
25% Off at Look Fantastic (exclusions apply/valid Black Friday only) Code: LFBLACK
20% Off at Look Fantastic (exclusions apply/valid 26th-28th Nov) Code: LFCYBER
Save 25% across Foreo range + an extra 5% off (25-29th Nov) Code: CYBERX5
20% Off Premium Beauty at Look Fantastic (25-29 Nov) Code: PREM20
The LF Black Friday Bumper Beauty Box - Live now only £20 here!
Every box will have a minimum of 12 beauty products AND will be worth over £100!
20% off at HQ Hair (until 29th Nov) Code: BLACK
30% off Grow Gorgeous Products at HQ Hair (until 29th Nov)
20% off at Beauty Expert (until 29th Nov) Code: BLACK
40% off selected items at The Body Shop (until 30th Nov) Code: 19805
20% off EVERYTHING at ASOS (until 29th Nov) Code: GOGOGO
20% off EVERYTHING at Neal's Yard (until 25th Nov)
25% off EVERYTHING at Pai Skincare (until 28th Nov) Code: BLACKPAIDAY
20% off at Khiels when you buy 2 products or more (until 26th Nov)
DKNY Fresh Blossom Set at Superdrug £16 here - Models Own gift set £15 here - Sanctuary Make A Wish Set £23 at Boots here - Charlotte Tilbury The Smokey Eye Kit £45 (Saturday only) here - Niod Masque Set £30 here - No7 Glamourous Nudes Palette at Boots £10 here - HQ Hair Beauty Bauble Code: BLACK £20 here (my review!)- Soap & Glory Extrava-Glam-Za Gift Set Boots £25 here.
Hope you've found some amazing deals here!
I'm now off Black Friday shopping... online of course!
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24 November 2016
Sometimes you come across a beauty product that just works. It works it all the ways you hoped it would and more. It's not a fluke or that your skin is a match for the product but because it's highly effective.
These are the true gems of our makeup bags that we don't hesitate to re-purchase and don't really care about the price much.
Below are five of my own highly effective beauty products that I'd recommend to anyone. They are products that have wow'd me and make a noticeable difference. I'd love to know your own 'highly effective' picks!
Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Lip Cheat
£16.00 CT online (receive free samples!) here or Selfridges here
This was a purchase enabled by many a beauty blogger review and as a none lip liner lover I decided it was time I take a leap of faith and fine a product that could be a base for most lip colours I wear. And I'm soooo glad I went for this now for 2 reasons - 1. This really is a lip cheat in that it's a fool proof way to make your lips appear bigger in seconds, literally magic! 2. It's an amazing liner for all lipsticks making them stay put for longer and stops any feathering. If you have fair skin then this will be the most perfect lip shade for you but if you are darker you will also find a 'your lips but better shade' in the Lip Cheat range. I now often skip lipstick altogether and wear this alone as it's beyond flattering and makes the lips appear fuller. The only slight downside is that due to the creaminess of the pencil it does require sharpening fairly often meaning that with regular use it won't last you over 6-7 months I'd imagine.
Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
£18.00/250ml ASOS here or £10.00/100ml M&S here
Pixi Glow Tonic is a staple of many thanks to skincare guru Caroline Hirons who raved about it (and still does) a few years ago. This is without a doubt Pixi's bestselling product as it's just so damn effective at making skin look brighter and younger. If you are totally new to the chemical toner, which isn't as scary as it sounds, you simple wipe it over the face both day and night and within days you will notice a difference in skin texture and brightness. I really don't know where I would be without this product! A total skincare staple!
Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat
£14.95 Fruugo here or smaller size in gift set for £11.99 here
A few years ago my constant use of nail polish got the better of my nails. They were highly stained and ridges were becoming a problem that even nail polish couldn't mask. I had two options, go nail polish free or find a nail polish base that actually worked. I of course went for the latter and after a few hours of searching I decided Butter London's Nail foundation looked a good choice. Since then applying this base coat has become an essential step in all my manicures and I don't think I'm skipped using it since snapping it up! Gone are my yellow stained nails and with the combination of regular buffing and this base coat, that literally acts like a primer, my nails look shiny and flawless when nail polish is applied. I wouldn't ever consider another base coat now!
Dove Maximum Protection Deodorant
£4.99 Boots here or most Supermarkets
Adding a deodorant to my 'highly effective' list seems such a boring choice but when I first tried this I remember how impressed I was, something that had never happened with a deodorant before. Why is this so special? Well as the name states it's 100% maximum protection and can be applied at night to be affective the next day. Also as this is a cream deodorant (I was never a fan before I tried this one) it lasts around 1-2 months making it pretty good value for money. I'm also quite pleased that I'm no longer spraying fumes into the environment. It you are curious about this deodorant don't let the higher than average price point put you off as it's more than worth it.
Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! Clear Brow Gel
£18.50 Boots here or Feel Unique here
Before discovering this product I would have told you that a brow gel is a brow gel and all did the same job. But since using this beauty I can see error in my judgement as this really is the best product I've used to keep my brows in place and is practically waterproof. Ideal for unruly brows, brows that require a lot of filling in or light brows that you apply quite a bit of product to, with this gel you know your eyebrows will stay exactly how you want them until you cleanse at night. I put this brow gel to test on holiday recently and even when swimming and in the heat this product held up. Also thanks to a tip from Nikkie Tutorials on YouTube I often use a small amount of the this clear brow gel on my lids and then apply glitter/loose pigments as they stay so much better that way. I equally love the tinted version Gimme Brow - basically Benefit know what they are doing when it comes to brow products!
Totally loved writing this blog post because these are all products that have blown me away and I'd always recommend.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my choices here!
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