LUXURY BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Whether you're looking for gift ideas for a loved one, or just looking to treat yourself as we approach the festive period, I've got you covered! Being a student means that investing in makeup is almost never at the top of my priority list (unfortunately), and so when Christmas comes around I usually have a long list of ideas for my poor mother. This year I thought I'd turn that list into a blogpost and hopefully give some of you a couple of gift ideas. So here you have it, my rundown of this years must have luxury beauty items...
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BRAND IN FOCUS // LIZ EARLE


























I've had this post in the pipeline for a while now as Liz Earle is a long time used and trusted brand of skincare in my family. The only thing that's stopped me from publishing this post earlier is my goddamn poor photography! Believe me when I say I've tried photographing these bottles at least five times... but rather than give up because my inner-perfectionist isn't happy, I'm going to go ahead and tell you about a brand that is worth all the fuss. 
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AN AUTUMN OUTFIT

Top - Miss Selfridge  //  Jeans - Topshop  //   Boots - Topshop  //   Jacket - Zara  //   Bag - Topshop 
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SUMMER BEAUTY HAUL


So after posting a pretty sizeable clothing haul earlier this week, It seemed only fitting that I should give the beauty items I've recently acquired their time in the spotlight too. So here it is, part two of what has accidentally turned into a mini series of Summer hauls... Help.. I think I have a shopping problem...
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HUGE SUMMER CLOTHING HAUL


I'll just go ahead and put it out there... I'm a saver. I go to work, earn money and when pay day comes around all my pennies get thrown into a savings account. You could say I've been on a permanent spending ban for about three years now - ever since learning that having a job is serious hard work! But summer is on the way and it was well and truly time for my wardrobe to get a serious facelift and a major injection of colour...

Dressing head to toe in monochrome is a comfort for me. I feel as though, dressed in black I can easily blend into the crowd. Not to mention, everything matches so throwing together an outfit in the morning takes seconds. However this year I feel like stepping out of my comfort zone and injecting a little more colour into my life. 

WARNING - My bank balance has taken a serious hit over the past couple of weeks, so if you're saving or on a spending ban STAY AWAY FROM TOPSHOP AND RIVER ISLAND... They're seriously on point this season...
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SUMMER TIME DREAMING



And as the cold winter wind becomes nothing more than a chilling memory, the flowers begin to bloom signalling the start of Spring. Whilst I am very happy that those dull winter mornings are behind us for this year, I can't help but find myself wishing for the summer sun already. Now anybody that knows me well will tell you that during the wintertime I am the monochrome Queen. For some reason from October through February my outfits are reflective of those dull, grey days. It's very rare that you'll see me sporting any colour. But this week the Sun has been out in full force - providing the perfect opportunity to throw a little colour into the mix. 

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EMPTIES NO 2 - SKINCARE EDITION




























This really has been a week for change. Change and a spot of spring cleaning... can I declare it Spring yet? I'm just so sick of Winter. As from now you'll hear no more talk of Winter on this blog, it's all about focusing on Spring and new beginnings. Whilst having a serious clutter detox this morning I rediscovered a dusty cardboard box filled to the brim with empty products. Knowing there was no way I could possibly throw anything out before posting mini review's on my blog, I thought I better hop to it. When I say I've accumulated a LOT of empties over the past few months... I mean it. There was no possible way I could fit all the empty skincare, haircare and makeup products into one post and keep it vaguely interesting, so I thought I'd divide things up little. So here you have it my empties part 1 - the skincare edition.

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PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING NO 2


After another unintentional break from blogging, I'm back... again. I know I've been a very sloppy blogger for the past year, but I suppose that's what you get when you try and spread yourself too thin. This year however I'm claiming the year as my own. After dropping out of university in late December (more on that another time....) I thought I should spend this year taking care of myself and really getting to know me. And one thing I do know about myself is that I love a good blogging session. 

So whilst having a little clear out of my foundation draw I came across this bad boy. "Some kind-a gorgeous lite". This is a Benefit product that retails for £24.50 in the UK. I bought this a while ago when I was on the hunt for a lightweight foundation that still gave a good coverage. Benefit describes the product as being a "cream to powder finish" which is something I've never really come across before. That's the thing that I dislike most about this foundation  - the texture. It goes from being silky and creamy to a very dry, gritty texture in a matter of seconds. The strange powdery feeling of this foundation made my skin crawl whilst applying it! I understand that's the major selling point of the product, so i suppose this is more of a personal pet peeve. 
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