L'Occitane Aqua Réotier Collection.

L'Occitane Aqua Réotier Collection

With the current heatwave we're experiencing here in the UK (holy guacamole, how hot is it though?), you could say this is the perfect beauty-shaped launch...

So naturally, when some of L'Occitane's Aqua Réotier collection* landed on my doorstep, I very quickly knew we were going to be BFFs. Consisting of five standout products, ranging from a cleanser to a spritz, each gem is enriched with all of the good stuff that thirsty skin craves (well hello, hyaluronic acid).

L'Occitane Aqua Réotier range

The range is essentially designed to used as be a four-part process:

1- Cleanse with the Water Gel Cleanser (£19)
2- Prep with the Moisture Prep Essence (£22)3- Add an extra oomph of hydration with the Ultra-Thirst Quenching Gel* (£28) or  Ultra-Thirst Quenching Cream* (£28)
4- Finish and refresh with the Fresh Moisturising Mist* (£14)

Both Aqua Réotier moisturisers* are pretty much the dream when it comes to this time of year. Refreshing, non-greasy and quick to absorb. It's a yes from me. The light, aquatic fragrance also gets a huge thumbs up, as does the cooling consistency.

I'm certainly not alone in my positive thoughts, though. A test was carried out on 39 lovely ladies over 28 days, and the results are pretty damn impressive. Think high scores all round for the likes of hydration, silkiness and overall appearance.

Unsurprisingly, like all L'Occitane products, a little really does go a long way, so I can definitely see both lasting me through the Summer and beyond.

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As for the Aqua Réotier Fresh Moisturising Mist*, well, I was pretty much guaranteed to be a #1 fan. My obsession with cooling spritzes started way-back-when with the Vitamin E spray from The Body Shop, and this is just as glorious, if not a little more cooling (I'm guessing the can container is to thank for that). If you're in-need of a wee pick-me-up throughout the day, this is it.

Overall, another top-notch launch from L'Occitane. I'd highly recommend trying for yourself through the Summer months and I'd love to know your thoughts if you do!

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Current Beauty Favourites.

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I'm sure I'm not alone in the fact that one of my go-to blog posts to read, is favourites. Monthly, yearly; I'm basically down for the lot.

So since I've collected quite the stash over recent months, I thought it would be quite fitting to share one of my own...

COLAB Tropical Dry Shampoo
Ah COLAB, every lazy girl (and guy’s) hair-shaped dream. COLAB has come to my rescue many a time, however perhaps a lil more so now I’ve discovered the ‘tropical’ edition. Not only does it freshen things up in the hair department, but it leaves your locks smelling mighty fine, too. I love.

Benefit BADgal BANG! volumising mascara*
As soon as this wee tube landed on my doorstep a little while back, I knew I was going to enjoy. Yes, the packaging is something to shout about, but Benefit mascaras are also of course known for their epic results. This badass launch is unsurprisingly, no exception. The volumising wand offers pitch-black lashes with serious length. But the joy doesn’t stop there. Oh no, in true Benefit leadin' the way style, the formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology, meaning you’ll keep that stunning curl all day long. Or for a whopping 36 hours, according to Benefit.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
Oh my days, this stuff is good. I’ve dabbled with a few offerings of Hyaluronic Acid’s now, but this is by far my favourite. It adds a mega zap of hydration to my dry skin, and even though I’ve had my bottle for coming up five months (you go The Ordinary!), I still can’t quite get my head around the fact it cost me less than a sandwich and a coffee from Starbucks?

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Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea Body Lotion
Molton Brown is one of those brands that brings on major nostalgia. The packaging, the scents; basically the brand has got it all going on. So naturally I was thrilled when I was given a wee box set of MB treats a few months back. The orange and bergamot body wash is the thing of dreams this time of year, but for moisturising, y’can’t go wrong with this gem. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to its aesthetic, but it also just leaves your skin feeling really soft, too. Thanks to said bangin’ packaging, I’m now finding myself moisturising my body on a more regular basis, and the subtle sweet scent is bringing me all kinds of joy.

Neom Tranquillity Perfect Night's Sleep Bath Foam
You could say the v. extra packaging kind of gives away the fact this is one dreamy bathroom staple, no? I admit, this isn’t something I reach for every time I hop in the tub; it’s instead reserved for times I’m in the mood for more of a soak, but my god, I love it. With marshmallow and coconut, your skin is left nourished, but not before the scent of lavender, sweet basil and jasmine (along with 16 other essential oils -IKR?) helps to get you in the mood for a snooze. According to Neom, 88% of those who used this treat had a better night’s sleep, so if you’re struggling to get those 8 hours, this may be one for you.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Sakura Tissue Mask
I love me a good face mask, and this is an absolute game changer. I’ve never used a face mask that gives such quick (and positive) results. And it’s less than £2. Garnier sell several varieties of the mask, but the orchid version is the one for me. Think a hydrated, even and glowy complexion. The only downside is the fact you’ll look like a bit of a nutter for the 20 minutes you have it on.

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Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner
Smashbox is one of my go-to’s for no nonsense products that always deliver. So when running out of *yet another of* my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liners, I decided to see what they had in store for all the liner lovers out there.

Sharpening lip liner is such a dull, but frequent task, so the Smashbox Always Sharp range caught my eye immediately. Not only does it boast a self-sharpening design, but the colour selection is right up my street. Fast forward 5 minutes of swatch galore and I was heading home with shade, ‘Audition’. It’s somewhat similar to CT Pillowtalk, but a little less on the pink side and a bit more nude. The longevity is what really impresses me about this stuff; unless you’re gobbling down a feast, there’s no budgin’ it. Definitely one that doesn’t get raved about enough.

Temple Spa Drift Away Relaxing Bathing & Massage Oil
There are quite literally no words to describe how incredible this stuff is. Think ‘top spa at home’, and you’re close. My boyfriend surprised me with the Temple Spa Do Not Disturb Peace & Relaxation Collection during our last trip to Manchester, and naturally I was blown away when I first tried this 50ml bottle that was nestled inside. Multifunctional, it can be used as either a treat poured in to the bath, or massaged into the skin. My preference is the latter, as I find it packs a punch in terms of hydration, whilst giving the most soothing, tranquil aroma. It’s a real struggle to not reach for this every day. Definitely one to snap up if you fancy a pamper.

Have you tried any of the above? What are your current favourites? I’d love to know!

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5 ways to brighten your day.

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Needing a little pick-me-up? Something that's (pretty much) guaranteed to improve your mood if you're feeling a little 'meh'?
I've got you sorted...

~ Sport a splash of colour ~

I know what you’re thinking. Preaching the beautiful, bold tones that S/S brings, when the brightest colour in the above outfit is your everyday denim blue. I get’cha point, but a pop of something really does work at lightening the spirits. If you’re lacking said ‘pops’ in your wardrobe, a bright lip or nail always does the trick (my current talon fave being Essie’s ‘rock the runway'. Give it a go and thank me later.

~ Listen ~

To the birds, to the sea (I'm so lucky to say I live fairly close to a beach), or even simply to your own thoughts through meditation. Five or so minutes of just taking a breather makes the biggest difference. I have a monthly subscription to Headspace (check out the epic joint package with Spotify) and I absolutely love how many options are on offer dependant on your particular mood/needs.

~ Eat some good grub ~

Sure, I’m all about that healthy eating life (big up the ol' fruit ‘n’ veg), but have you ever had a Double Raspberry Magnum? Hot damn. Chocolate *along with other amazing edible delights* always, always helps.

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~ Self-care ~

Self-care is a real biggie in terms of feeling your best. For example, if I’m ever not ‘on it’ with my skincare regime, my dry-prone skin resets to just that, which in turn makes my makeup sit badly, and thus makes me feel a wee bit poop when I stare back at my patchy, dehydrated complexion in the mirror. It’s nothing, in the grand scheme of things, but if you ask me, looking after yourself *for yourself* is oh-so important. It doesn’t have to be skincare though, it could be something as simple as having some chill time to yourself, biting the bullet and getting a snazzy new hairdo at the salon, or rewarding yourself for your achievements - be it a plan or a purchase.
Oh, and sleep; make sure you get enough of the stuff!

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~ Read a book ~

So I definitely don’t dedicate enough time to this one, but reading a good book is a fast-track way to ensure you're feelin' fine. Rather than browsing what Instagram has to offer before heading to the land of nod, pick up a copy of something you enjoy, and read to your hearts content.

What do you like to do to make you feel good? I'd love to know your recommendations (especially food, just because).



Bargain Beauty Buys.

Is there anything more satisfying than finding a new beauty staple that doesn't cost the earth? I'd say not. I feel like I've really managed to incorporate some inexpensive, but amazing treats in to my routine over the last few years, so it's only fair to share the 411 on them all, right?

So without further ado, here's a roundup of some of my favourites...

Me and this stuff go waaay back. There's been a handful of occasions where I have ventured away from this cleansing oil over the years, however there is always something that has drawn me back. Most likely because it is so bloomin' great and one of the best out there for my skin. But it also gains major points for its packaging and the fact it has an uber-handy pump applicator. Definitely one to pick up.

Moving on to the eye area, Nivea really know a thing or two when it comes to cleansing. I find I can usually pick this up on some kind of deal during a trip to Boots, but just short of £4 (full-price) for a crackin' product that gets the job done, really ain't so bad if you ask me.

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One can never have too many cleansing oils in their life. The above Body Shop offering is a great choice both morning and night, and really gets down to business on cleansing your complexion, however if I've seriously gone to town with painting my face, this is a fantastic initial step in your routine to leave you with a clean canvas.

There are genuinely no words to describe my love for this mask. One of those 'instant-result' givers, it contains sakura extract and my all-time favourite, hyaluronic acid. Suitable for sensitive skin types *hurrah*, Garnier recommend you leave this on for around 15 minutes, but I have to say, an hour of chilling with this on my face suits me just fine. I've even managed to get my boyfriend on board (soz for spillin', Matt), and it's got his seal of approval, too. Side note: if hydration isn't your thing in the world of skincare, never fear, there's 5 other options from the range to choose from.

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Oh look, more oil related beauty products! This time, from The Body Shop's famed Vitamin E range. The Face Mist is something I have raved about for years, and is a constant resident in my handbag (check back a good few years to see a post ft. my thoughts). So naturally I was eager to get my mitts on a bottle of the Serum-In-Oil (being the very evident oil addict that I am, it would seem).

The fast-absorbing oil is specifically designed for use pre-slumber, leaving the skin feeling hydrated for up to 8 hours. Ingredients, vitamin E, Community Trade sesame seed oil and wheatgerm oil work together to leave the skin fresh, glowy and soft. The perfect beauty addition for those with skin on the drier side.

As a gal with the tendency to get dry lips, discovering this was something of a dream come true (major thanks to my favourite Latest in Beauty box for introducing me). Eucerin as a whole are a no-nonsense brand to rely on, so it came as no surprise that this went straight in to my makeup bag, but I am seriously, seriously impressed.

I'm sure you'll agree that a good scrub is a shower essential. One that's not too grainy, but abrasive enough to actually do something. Oh, and one that packs a punch in the scent department. Not a lot to ask for then, really. Luckily, The Body Shop really know how to make a scrub, which is why their mango option has a prime position in my body washing routine. It smells good, it does good and I really, sorta kinda want to eat it. Don't worry, I'll hold off.

Describing perfume isn't my forte, I'll admit, but take my word for it, this smells like a real treat. Zest, honey and sandalwood are apparently a fantastic trio, and one I very much enjoy spritzing on myself most mornings. In contrast to the usual price of perfumes, this is a steal.

I'd love to know your favourite beauty bargains! Have you tried any of the above?

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Glowy Makeup Mix.

I'm not sure if it's the Bank Holiday sunshine talkin', or the fact that we are indeed almost into the middle of the year, but I'm seriously enjoying sporting makeup that's on the glowy side of things lately.

A glowy base always needs to kick off with the right canvas, and the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate is exactly that. I'm probably the world's biggest Kiehl's fan going, so it's not exactly a shocker that I'm hooked on this stuff, but I am s.e.r.i.o.u.s.l.y enjoying patting this in to my skin on a morn'. From strengthening the skin's daily defenses, to providing antioxidant protection, it's a daytime essential. The scent is also worth a mention, thanks to it's energising cocktail of ingredients; ginger root, sunflower and tamanu. Get yourself to a Kiehl's store and pick up a bottle of your own, stat.

Next up, the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer. With Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid, it's an absolute staple for my dry skin, and keeps my base looking fresh from 9-5 with just the smallest of pumps. I've tried my fair share of primers, but this one stands out by far.

For my base, I like to mix things up. Enter the CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream* (shade 'raise a glass') and the It Cosmetics CC Cream in shade, 'fair'. Separately, they are great. Together, they are ah-mazing. Think glowy, your-skin-but-better goodness, with just the right amount of pigment. What I particularly love about the CYO offering is that it can be used in a whole host of ways; on its own as a base, as a highlight, or mixed in with another complexion-booster to up the illumination. The CC Cream has been a love of mine for a while now, and is something I enjoy using all year round *props to it boasting SPF 50+, too*.

A glowy base isn't complete without a smidge of definition, right? For this, it's all about the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in 'Hollow'. Again, this is another long-time love for me *throwback to 2K15*, and for a good reason. The perfect contouring essential for summer thanks to its cream consistency and no-fuss finger application.

Highlight-wise, The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer is where it's at. I've spoken about this before, but my love for it has remained the same. Buttery soft, honey-hued goodness, it's the dream whether you're after a natural or dramatic highlight.

To complement the base, I've fallen in love with the CYO Crush On Metal Metallic Eyeshadow in shade, 'lovey dovey'. Holy guacamole, it is beautiful. The burnt orange tone is an absolute summer staple, and can be built to your desired level of intensity. Even better, it's an absolute steal at £4.50.  

Keeping things golden, I like to reach for the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil* in 'rose glow'. As well as the shade being undeniably stunning, the fact it's waterproof is also a major thumbs up for me. Like all Pixi products, this is a good'n.

Finally, lashes. Fluttery and lengthened is the finished result after using the Pixi Large Lash Mascara*. It can be layered up throughout the day to help give a more dramatic appearance (seriously pretty), but make sure you reach for a trusty eye-makeup remover come bedtime.

What are your summertime beauty staples? Have you tried any of mine?



Holy Grail Haircare.

Haircare essentials blogger

Experimenting with my locks is something that brings me a whole lotta happiness. Whether we're talkin' length, or colour, it's a seriously great way to express yourself without major commitment. 

More recently, I've had purple, pastel pink, purple highlights (yeah, don't ask; it was a bad, hat-wearing period), and currently I'm dabbling in silver/grey. Of course, it's not all about that side of things, though; maintenance is a biggie, too.

Over the past few years, I've really managed to hone-in the brands and products that work for me. So, while I'm here chatting all things hair, I may as well spill the beans on said favourites, no?

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Let's start with shampoo. L'Oreal sure know how to kill it when it comes to haircare. Actually, let me rephrase; L'Oreal sure know how to kill it when it comes to everythang. Anyhow, the past 10 months or so, the L'Oreal Série Expert Silver Shampoo is pretty much the only shampoo I've reached for. 

It successfully keeps those dreaded brassy tones at bay, cleanses the hair without stripping, and adds a splash of colour into your haircare routine (and who doesn't want that, really?) thanks to its rather dashing purple shade. Oh, and FYI, you only need the smallest amount, so a bottle will last you yonks.

Next up, we've got more L'Oreal...

The L'Oreal Expert Professionnel Smartbond Conditioner is said to be the brand's own version of Olaplex, which, if you're well-versed in Olaplex, you'll know is designed to strengthen and protect the hair. This is essentially step-3 of the process. An at-home conditioner to be used once a week, it keeps your hair feeling soft and healthy. In all honesty, I'm not too fussy when it comes to conditioner, but as my hair can be on the drier side of things, this is something I've really enjoyed reaching for. I leave it on for 3 minutes and my hair is left silky without feeling flat (which we all know, isn't exactly the dream post-hair wash).

For the times I fancy feeling a little extra, the Redken Extreme Megamask is where it's at. As the name suggests, this is MEGA. Not only does it work like a treat, but it smells ah-mazing. It offers noticeable results (restoring hair for up to three washes), thanks to its dual chamber packaging which combines two magical formulas in one tube. Definitely one to pick up if you're looking for intense conditioning.

Alternatively, the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud* is another winner. I wrote about this way back, and it's still something I love to use. It promises to soothe, nourish and stimulate the hair and scalp, which it indeed does do, very well in fact. But the pink, delicious-smelling mud fun needn't end with you hair... you can also use this on your body (pretty cool if you ask me). Pick one up for yourself and thank me later.

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So the L'Oreal Elnett Satin Strong Hold Glam Waves Crème Mousse is not only a mouthful and a half to say, but a real gem. If your hair has the tendency to fall on the flat side (I feel ya), this will be your BFF. Presented in the distinctive L'Oreal Elnett bottle, the product disperses fuss-free and just one pump is enough to sort bob-length hair. I 100% notice if I forget to use this in my routine. L'Oreal also produce several other variations of the product which are definitely worth checking out!

Another hair hero I've been continuously hooked on comes in the form of the Bumble & Bumble Texture (un)dressing Creme. Much like all Bumble & Bumble products, you only need the smallest amount, meaning a 60ml tube will last you months. For realz. This is a good'n if your hair feels a little too soft for your liking. If you're on the hunt for something that's going to give you perfect lookin' locks, this isn't it. Instead, a pea-sized amount of the gel will leave you with a shine-free, undone-yet-done head of hair. 

For lazy days, I can't be without the Colab Original Dry Shampoo. A release from one of my fave YouTubers, Ruth Crilly, the Colab range is about as good as dry shampoo is gonna get. Scented with bergamot, rose, musk and magnolia, the spray works without leaving a white residue in your hair (a major biggie). It also doesn't give that irritating dry texture which is why I always make sure I have a can of this is my drawer.

When using a hair oil, the obvious choice would of course have to be Moroccan Oil. This is something I've used on-and-off for years, and one I will no doubt always go back to. I picked up my most-recent (25ml) bottle in a Latest in Beauty box (a.k.a. as mentioned in this post, the BEST beauty box going). I adore the way this makes my hair feel and the fact it significantly improves its condition. Oh, and I'm seriously playing it cool here when I say the scent is bloody amazing.

What are your haircare staples? Are you a fan of any of the above? I'd love to hear your recommendations!



Four Places To Brunch in Manchester.

Hollering at all you foodies out there. If you're headed to Manchester anytime soon (or maybe you're even lucky enough to call the amazing City home), this here post consists of some serious *Northwest based* grub-related chatter.

The past 8 months or so I've found myself in Manchester on quite a few occassions, and have encountered some absolute gems when it comes to that little thing called brunch. 

Here's a round up of my favourite four...

~ Home Sweet Home ~

I mean, did you see that milkshake up top? Home Sweet Home are absolute BABES when it comes to sweet treats. Even better, there's not one, but two branches to choose from. One in the Northern Quarter, the other just a stone's throw from the Albert Hall. Both have very different vibes, but are equally as delightful.

The staff are oh-so nice, the cake offerings are to die for, and the menu's got choices a'plenty whether you're in the mood for a late-night dinner, an afternoon tea, are a meat eater or are vegan. Basically, there's something for everyone.

The two photos above are in H.S.H's Northern Quarter branch (throwback to Summer) which is a little quieter and out of the way.

If I was gonna hit you up with a recommendation, I'd suggest you give the falafel halloumi wrap a whirl, with one of their epic milkshakes to finish things off nicely (obvs). If you're feeling particularly peckish, you definitely can't go wrong with their loaded fries. Matt definitely isn't as fond on these as I am (we opt for them without the bacon being pescatarians) but I think they are amaaazing.

Finally, one for the road, perhaps, get yo'self a slice of cake. We did this on one of our visits and consumed back in our hotel room - excellent decision.

Ezra & Gil ~

My second favourite brunch spot would have to be Ezra & Gil. Another Northern Quarter treat, this is the epitome of chill. Admittedly their website doesn't exactly go overboard with details/photos, but head over to their Instagram so you can really pick up on their awesomeness.

The menu is essentially made up of every single brunch option you could dream of... and then some. From avocado and poached egg on sourdough (see said delish meal above) and chia bowls, to home baked granola and a pretty extensive range of salads, E&G have got it goin' on.

Oh and ahoy to all Fruit and veg lovers; you can also pick up provisions here, alongside a selection of magazines to delve in to whilst sipping your drink of choice.

One you simply must, must try!

Foundation ~

Ok, so this is number one for me, no doubt about it. This is one place me and Matt find ourselves sitting in for hours on end (which says it all if y'ask me).

Unlike a lot of coffee shops, in Foundation, you have plenty of space. You can do your own thing without feeling as though you're in ear's reach of someone else's conversation, which is (obviously) a major plus. 

They also offer pretty much all of the caffeine/warm related drinks in existence, and sell a good  selection home-made gluten free cakes, sandwiches and salads. Just the clarify, the coffee is outta this world good.

Another important factor is the staff. Foundation as a brand are obviously pretty picky when it comes to the 'ol hiring process. Everyone that works there is oh-so welcoming and they always make a conscious effort to talk to you.

The coffee house also attracts a really lovely kind of customer; there ain't no rowdiness going on in this joint, uh uh.

If you've enjoyed your visit that much, you can even take some of the fun home with you by stocking up on some Foundation-shaped merch. I'm talkin' tshirts, mugs, bags, pens, and who'd have thought it... coffee.

10 out of 10 would recommend.

Federal ~

Last, but by no means least, we have Federal. Federal is located near the Arndale Shopping Centre, which is pretty damn handy if you're in the mood to spend some dollar. 

I'd seen this one on Instagram prior to our first visit, so I knew we were gonna be in for a treat. 

The menu isn't too dissimilar from that of Ezra & Gill, but is equally delicious. The staff are again, SO friendly, and make sure you have everything you need for that perfect brunch.

It can get pretty busy throughout the day, so don't be too disheartened if you can't get a table the second you walk through the door - I promise it's worth the small wait.

It's very cosy, and definitely not as spaced-out as the likes of Foundation, but they've made it work and I love it nonetheless. Everyone is having a blast listening to banging tunes and stuffing their faces with edible delights, so there's definitely no uncomfortable vibes to be had. And, just look at the decor; ridiculously cool.

 So there we have it; my top 4 places to brunch in the City that is Manchester! Have you been to any of the above? I would love to hear your favourite places!

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Why you need to try Pixi.

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I know I'm definitely not alone in the fact I enjoy sampling a good amount of beauty brands to discover new favourites. Whether we're talkin' skincare or makeup, I've never really been one to just stick to numero uno for all.

But, if I was to do just that, Pixi would be where it's at. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know I've been a big old fan of the brand for a LONG time (check out my previous posts mentioning some absolute staples). You may know them as the creating the crème de la crème of acid toners in the form of Glow Tonic*, or maybe even from their cult Double Cleanse* collab with skincare guru, Caroline Hirons. Either way, they sure do know their sh*t when it comes to b-e-a-uty.

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I think my first experience with the brand may well have been with their Glow Tonic (I mean, can you blame a gal, the stuff is raved about far and wide), but I quickly became hooked and my collection expanded with everything from mascaras to eyeshadow palettes. I don't say this a lot, but I genuinely haven't come across a product I dislike in their ever-expanding range.

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Established over 10 years ago, the brand prides itself on creating beautiful products that give users a natural, radiant glow, and its ethos is designed in mind of those who want to both feel and look their best without requiring a big chunk of their time.

Of course, alongside the neutral palettes, one-swipe toners and speedy spritz, their are a few beauty treats that require a little more effort spent on them. Whether it's a bold lip, a 15 minute mask or a bright pop of colour on the eyes, essentially, Pixi have you and your makeup dreams covered.

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It'd be pretty bloody hard to narrow down all of my recommendations from the brand, so to keep the length of this post manageable, I'm gonna go ahead and give you my top 10...

1. Face Mists*: Without a doubt, these are a forever staple for moi. I always carry at least one around with me so I can top-up and keep cool throughout the day. From energising and SPF, to glow-giving and makeup-setting, there's definitely at least one you need in your routine. Me? Yes, I have them all because they're so damn good!

2. Endless Silky Eye Pen*: Whether you're looking to experiment with your eyeliner or looking for a new classic tone, the Endless Silky Eye Pen is a good'n. The gel formula comes in a whopping 22 shades, and glides on perfectly upon application without the need for frequent touchups. Absolute winner.

3. Lower Lash Mascara*: Who knew a bottom lash mascara was such a makeup essential? Pixi, apparently. If you constantly look in the mirror and find yourself being greeted with panda smudges under your eyes, you need this. It retails for £11, but if you fancy treatin' yo'self then I'd recommend snapping up the Eye Accent Kit which ft. this and the rather handy clear Brow Tamer (which retails on its own for £12), for just £16.

4. Lengthy Fiber Mascara*: Keeping up with the whole eye area theme, we have the Lengthy Fiber Mascara. I don't have the longest lashes in the land, however with this, I can pretend that I do. As the name suggests, the fibers in the mascara (temporarily) attach to the lashes to give an elongated effect. And who doesn't want that, right? Even better, vitamin E, panthenol, and chamomile extract all do their thing to keep things strengthened and protected. The only slight let down for me is the fact it doesn't hold a curl all day, but with my poker straight set, that's a rarity anyway.

5. Glow Mud Mask*: I love me a good face mask, and boy, is this good. I definitely need to snap up another tube of this as I used it in a flash! After just 15 minutes my skin looks brighter and feels smoother (which is great news for lil Miss Dry Skin over here). Another thing I love is how easy this is to remove. Which may make me sound ridiculously lazy, but how frustrating is it having to quite literally scrub at your face in an attempt to rinse off a mask? With this, just a few swipes with a flannel, and you're sorted.

6. 24k Eye Elixir*: Oh god this is just SO good. I'd never tried this kind of thing prior to Pixi, but my life (especially on those early AF mornings) has been changed forever. Pixi describe this as "an anti-fatigue peptide serum that that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area." They hit the nail on the head, really. Puffy, sleepy eyes, are fixed in a flash. A* product.

7. Double Cleanse*: I mean, let's be real here; obviously I was going to mention this. If you're new to the world of double-cleansing, or maybe you're not all that keen on having cleansers clog up space in your bathroom, then this is quite literally the dream. This Caroline Hirons collab is a 2-in-1 cleanser which comprises of both a solid cleansing oil and a luxe cleansing cream. Maybe not so much for A.M. use, but this is a real gem when it comes to an eve. Filled to the brim with lots of lovely ingredients, it removes makeup, provides a deep clean for the skin, and then some. Free from Parabens and fragrance, this is one a lot of people will get along with.

8. Rose Oil Blend*: This is such a rich and hydrating face oil. Oh, and fyi, it smells all kinds of amazing, too. Although it's designed to be used morning and night, I personally find this really shines in the morn'. I like to mix 1-2 drops with moisturiser to help up the glow factor, and it makes the final finish to my base of choice look a whole lot smoother and less, er, dry-looking (ew).

9. Flawless Beauty Primer*: If you're wanting to hold on to your base longer than 5 minutes (who isn't?), a primer is of course a must-have feature in your makeup bag. If you long for that, 'lit from within' look, with added hydration and longevity, you really can't go wrong with this. It has a slight pink undertone, but don't fear, this blends away and you're left with a radiant looking complexion. Better still, it boasts anti-aging and skin fortifying benefits, so you don't need to fret over layering up the makeup.

10. Pixi Pretties*: If you read my #PixiPretties post last year, you'll already be familiar with the amazing collaborations Pixi announced. I (naturally) loved everything that was released, but the palettes may have been the standout for me, however this wasn't much of a shocker as Pixi palettes are always top-notch. If you're in the market for eyeshadow, the 'ItsEyeTime palette*' by ItsJudyTime is an a definite go-to. Twelve, very 'now' shades that boast serious pigment and zero fallout. Yet another thumbs up from me.

Pixi Beauty Brand

So, just in case the above didn't give it away, Pixi is 100% a brand you need to try for yourself (if you haven't already, of course).  Whatever your skin type, whatever your beauty tastes, they'll have something for you. Pixi also do not test on animals which is of course, excellent.

Are you a fan of Pixi? I'd love to know if you've tried any of the above or any product recommendations you may have!

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Kiehl's Skincare Staples.

First of all, Happy 2018! I can't quite believe that it's come around already, but I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year, and are as excited about the year ahead as I am.

Now before you scratch your head and question if you've suddenly ventured back to the 2012 world of blogging (hello products photographed on bedding); when your bed looks this badass, a gal's just gotta make the most of it. This rather peachy set is from Urban Outfitters, and I'm sure you'll agree, is one of my finest purchases as of late.

But this here post isn't about my slumber zone, oh no, I'm of course going to chat about my long-time love of Kiehl's.

Being a beauty junkie, I've tried my fair share of skincare over the years, however Kiehl's is one of the few brands that I continue to go back to.

Back in November, I came to the end of a bottle of my beloved Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and damn, did I notice. I'm talking dry, sore, just overall unhappy skin. However, with my lovely boyfriend very kindly treating me to the Kiehl's Skincare Gift Set as an early Christmas present, my complexion woes were quickly solved.

I posted a full review of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30ml), however the best way to sum it up would be to say it's essentially magic in a bottle. With regular use my skin is less red, less dull, more even in tone, and it really is an absolute treat to apply before heading to bed. Oh, and don't fret about having to replace this one on the regular; a bottle will last you MONTHS.

Also in the kit were (I say 'were' as it's sadly sold out online), two of my other skincare staples; the Ultra Facial Moisturiser (30ml) and the Daily Reviving Concentrate (4ml). Though the M.R.C. may be may favourite of the bunch, these two are also mighty fine.

Having dry skin, together the above create the perfect base for applying everything from foundation, to highlight, keeping those dreaded patches at bay. The Daily Reviving Concentrate contains a trio of oils and is designed to "strengthen skin's defenses against daily aggressors to keep skin youthful and radiant-looking all day." The Ultra Facial Moisturiser also knows a thing or two about upping the ante when it comes to radiance. Despite its fairly lightweight consistency, you only need the smallest amount to cover the entire face, with it absorbing quickly, ready for your coverage of choice.

Finally in the set, the Ultra Facial Cleanser (75ml) was a new one to me, but one (in true Kiehl's fashion) that also gets a thumbs up. Though the formula transforms into a foam, it surprisingly works with my skin type, but I have to say, I have a feeling my moisture lovin' skin would probably love the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil even more.

One additional Kiehl's skincare staple that I've had in my stash for a good amount of time (since November '16 in fact... with daily use. That's pretty damn impressive if you ask me!) is the Creamy Eye Treatment. At 24, I'm probably not someone that necessarily NEEDS to be using an eye cream, but it's a good routine to get into. This also works well under concealer and keeps the area soft and concealer-crease free. Basically, it's a yes from me.

So, in case you couldn't tell, Kiehl's rock it in the skincare department.

Have you tried any of the above? I'd love to know your skincare recommendations!

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