Sunday, 24 July 2016

OCC Lip Tar RTW Review

Along with the rest of the makeup community, over the past year or so I've become addicted to liquid lipsticks. From the likes of Too Faced, Bourjois and NYX, everyone is jumping on the liquid lipstick bandwagon and I'm oh-so pleased about it. 

OCC is a brand I'd heard a bit about but hadn't really tried until fairly recently. One of the stand-out products, it would seem, from OCC are their famous Lip Tars, the brand's take on the liquid lipstick. I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of shades of the RTW (ready-to-wear) Lip Tars and just had to share my thoughts with you all. 

Available in over 30 fantastic shades, the RTW OCC Lip Tars* look like your average lip glosses at first glance, but just a swatch or a quick application shows how pigmented and luscious they really are. They apply super glossy and don't really feel drying on the lips at all, probably due to the hemp oil ingredient. The products smell really minty and fresh as they contain peppermint oil too, which is certainly a nice little pick-me-up when applying! 

The shades I selected were Hush, a muted peachy nude, and Queen, a bright raspberry hue. These two shades are pretty much polar opposites but I absolutely love them both in equal measure. Hue is fast becoming my go-to nude shade, as it is so easy to wear and looks amazing with a tan. Queen is definitely more of a statement shade, perfect for a night out or just if you're looking for a bold pop of colour, for a more modern take on the classic pillarbox red lip. 

One of my favourite things about the Lip Tars is that they're vegan and cruelty-free, as are all OCC's products. Overall I absolutely love them and will definitely be purchasing more. They're everything you could want from a liquid lipstick and more! 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Foreo Luna Play Review

Cleansing brushes have taken over the beauty world over the past couple of years - with the likes of Clarisonic, Magnitone, and even a Lidl cleansing brush making the way for this new wave of beauty tool. I've tried a few of the cleansing brushes as they've been launched, but for some reason none of them have become a must have in my beauty routine - until now.

Enter the Foreo Luna Play*. Now, I'd never heard of the brand Foreo up until recently, but a quick look online reveals that they are most definitely one to watch when it comes to beauty brushes. I added the Foreo Luna Play into my skincare routine a few months ago and haven't looked back since. This tiny, macaroon-sized device is made from smart silicone with 'rounded touch-points', which aim to remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil, gently slough away old skin cells, and unclog pores of makeup residue. It claims to have up to 100 uses, and you simply press the button on the back to kick-start the T-Sonic pulsations which make the device vibrate on your skin, cleaning deep-down.

I absolutely love this nifty little device. It leaves your skin feeling super soft and ultra smooth, as well as extra clean - without scrubbing it raw like some cleansing brushes do. It's definitely the gentler way of using a cleansing brush, as there are no sharp bristles moving against your skin, and it's probably also the simpler cleansing brush too - there is no need to charge it, no need for additional brush heads - you literally click the button on and you're good to go. I've definitely noticed a huge improvement in my skin since using it, and I also find I spend less time cleansing as this little gadget does all the work for me.

As the Luna Play is very small and has 100 uses, it makes it the ideal on-the-go beauty tool - perfect for packing in your back when you go away, or great if you're thinking about the larger Luna brushes but aren't sure whether to make the investment. It's available in a range of different colours, and for £29 I think it's totally worth trying. I now think I need the Luna Mini 2 in my life!

Have you tried any of the Luna cleansing brushes? Let me know what you think!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Little Things #14

Bomb Cosmetics candles and wax melts*
I'm a huge fan of Bomb Cosmetics but bizarrely don't think I've ever tried their candles or wax melts/burners before. I'd been wanting to try the burner and 'Little Hotties' wax melts for ages and wasn't disappointed - you get a little selection of adorably-shaped wax melts in four fragrances, and they have so many different scents to choose from. They all smell incredible and I love that you can combine complementary fragrances together or use them separately. I think they make a fab little gift! They have a huge range of candles too - the tinned candle I tried was Vintage Velvet, a delicious mix of lilac blossoms, white violets, ylang ylang and heliotrope, all wrapped up in velvet musks to create a super luxurious scent. So much love for Bomb Cosmetics.*
I was recently sent some goodies from, a website I hadn't previously heard of but couldn't stop scrolling through once I was on. They have an amazing range of stunning range of really delicate-yet-beautiful jewellery, with pieces in sterling silver and 9ct gold. I love their range of delicate necklaces, particularly those in a rose gold hue, so couldn't resist getting the rose gold infinity necklace and the interlocking hoop bracelet. I also chose these adorable crescent moon-shaped earrings, as I've been looking for a pair of simple, everyday earrings recently and I thought these were perfect. The best thing about this website? Everything is really affordable. Seriously, you need to go and check it out. 

Pug Tangle Teezer*
The Tangle Teezer is most definitely one of my favourite, everyday, go-to hair tools, and so when I heard they were adding a super cute pug design to their repertoire, I was there. I'm building up quite a collection of Tangle Teezers (including my beloved Shaun the Sheep-print one), purely because they are so effective at ridding my ridiculously messy hair of knots and tangles whilst being compact enough to just chuck in my handbag. This design is totally my favourite - and definitely a conversation-starter when you pull it out - but who doesn't love a good pug?! 

All That Jazz nail lacquer*
I have a love-hate relationship with painting my nails, and especially recently I've found it much more of a chore than a way to pamper myself. I like to slap on my polish before bed and let it dry overnight (I know, a recipe for disaster, and I've woken up many a time with duvet-printed nails) but so many polishes take so long to dry and I find I'll have smudged them before I've even shut my eyes. Once they are painted, I find so many brands of polish chip ridiculously easily on my weaker-than-weak nails, and so lately I've been at a bit of a loss as to how to make nail polish something I get excited about again. That was, until, I discovered the brand All That Jazz. Focused on trend-lead nail polishes, All That Jazz is a brand I'd never heard of until recently, but as soon as I started applying the shade Pixie Whispers (pictured above) I knew it would be the start of something special. This polish applies like a dream, is seriously opaque and leaves your nails looking and feeling glossy and strong. It doesn't chip easily, and although it's not the cheapest polish I've tried at just under a tenner, it is definitely worth it for the quality. I really love this shade in particular too - it's a beautiful muted nudey lilac that I think looks so chic on the nails. 

Enchanted Forest colouring book
We all know colouring books are huge at the minute, and whilst I wasn't initially sure this was a bandwagon I wanted to jump on, I gave in recently because I'm always on the look-out for ways to de-stress, and having grown up loving art and all things creative it kind of made perfect sense. I picked up the Enchanted Forest colouring book by Johanna Basford and I absolutely love it - it's such a beautiful collection of illustrations, and it's not just about colouring either - there are lots of hidden symbols to find throughout too. I know this probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're looking for something to help you relax before bed or if you just fancy seeing what the fuss is all about I definitely recommend checking out this book. 

Joy phone case and bangle*
Finally, I recently received a couple of pretty bits from Joy the Store - a shop I absolutely love but for some reason always seem to forget about! I got this gorgeous rose gold 'LOVE' bangle, which reminds me of bracelets and bangles you see with motivational messages on them, just without the hefty price tag. I've been wearing it constantly since I got it and absolutely love it. I also got this adorable 'Hello darling' phone case, which I've received SO many compliments on. In a super sweet baby pink hue, it has a very Kate Spade-esque design with a white 'Hello' and metallic gold 'Darling' written across it. I love how simple yet pretty it is, and it feels great quality too. 

What little things are you loving right now? Let me know!

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Packing for a trip to Azores with ghd

Okay, so despite the title of this blog post, I'm not actually heading to Azores (I wish!)... but, ghd recently got in touch regarding their brand new Limited Edition Azores stylers, and asked me if I was to be jet-setting off to the beautiful Azores, what would I pack? So, I thought it made perfect sense to put a blog post together on some of the essentials I'd take with me if I was lucky enough to be heading off to sun, sea and sand in the beautiful Azores...

First up, I'd obviously have to take my beautiful new Azores stylers with me. Inspired by the tropical Azores islands, I was gifted the Atlantic Jade stylers*, which are simply stunning in a gorgeous metallic jade green with almost bubble-like detailing. I think they are the ultimate mermaid hair stylers (perfect for me, a total mermaid wannabe), and come in a fab matching heat-resistant bag. We all know ghd make the best stylers and hair straighteners on the market, and these beauties are no exception, so they would definitely be a must-have in my suitcase. 

Of course a trip somewhere exotic wouldn't be complete without digging out all my bronzing beauty products, so my Clarins bronzer* would be top of the list, along with my bareMinerals Sheer Sun serum bronzer* and Nuxe Golden Shimmer Nourishing Dry Oil*, to ensure I look bronzed and golden at all times. I also couldn't resist adding my new Sleek Highlighting palette in Solstice to the mix as I think it's the ultimate holiday highlight. I'd chuck in my new favourite sunnies, these beauties from Gaby at House of Fraser, and some pretty embellished bikinis, like this lime green one I got from River Island a few years back, too.

When on holiday coral is always my go-to lip colour, so I thought it made sense to pop in my new fave, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Buenos Aires. For sun protection, I'd obviously include some SPF 30 sun cream in there, along with my Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser in SPF 25* and some Vichy After Sun*. For a pretty summer scent, I though the Body Fantasies Pink Grapefruit Fantasy* would be ideal, as it looks like the ultimate holiday fragrance. Finally, it wouldn't be a holiday without taking my trusty camera along with me, so that had to go in there too.

Are you jet-setting off anywhere exotic this summer? What would you pack? Not got a holiday booked yet? You might want to enter ghd's amazing Azores competition, to win a trip to the Caribbean along with some fab ghd goodies. You just have to snap a holiday hair selfie on Instagram using #ghdAzores and tag the person you want to escape with - simple! It ends on June 30th so get your entries in quick! 
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