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A Peek at the New Lush Cribbs Causeway

Oh Lush. Who doesn’t love Lush?! Bloggers are forever swooning and fawning at their awesome seasonal collections, and rightly so, in my humble opinion. I remember saving up all my money as a kid to splurge it all at once in Lush, buying slabs of Fluffy Blue Clouds bubble bath and the biggest bits of Alkmaar soap that my little pennies could afford.

My habits haven’t changed much since then, and a few weeks ago, shortly before Christmas, myself and a handful of other lucky bloggers were invited up to have a sneaky peek at the brand new Lush Cribbs Causeway store. Read More

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Finding Balance with Yogandha

yogandha rollerball perfumes and bath oil

I haven’t written about anything beauty-related in a wee while, but expect that all to change, folks! I’ve just been introduced to a lovely little Irish brand called Yogandha, who make beautiful aromatherapy oils for unwinding and relaxing, particularly after yoga practice. I was lucky enough to test out some of their wares. Read More

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My Korres Obsession

korres skincare beauty blogger

After years of flitting from one skincare brand to the next, I finally feel that I’ve met my perfect match. I was first introduced to Korres at Blog Club back in July, at the Bath and Unwind HQ up on the Clifton Triangle. This Athens-based natural skincare brand is just the right blend of science-y tech and beautiful product design to tick all the right boxes for me, and I may have gone just a tad overboard with buying their brilliant products lately… Read More

balanced beauty bristol treatment room
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Relaxing Facial at Balanced Beauty Bristol

balanced beauty bristol treatment room

Every once in a while, it’s important to take the time to treat yo’self. Especially if you’ve been having a crappy few weeks like I have – I was loooong overdue a pampering session. Last week I popped down to Easton to see Sasha, the lovely lady behind Balanced Beauty Bristol. I’d been Insta-stalking her for a while, and always inspired by her beautiful images and passion for natural beauty. She’d invited me down for a relaxing facial, and I definitely couldn’t say no to that!
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Korres Guava Body Butter Review

This is my third and final collaboration with those lovely chaps at Bath & Unwind – read on to see how you can soothe your chapped winter skin.

korres guava body butter

If there’s one thing I dislike about when the weather takes a turn, is that I’m constantly questioning myself as to whether or not it’s too early to turn the heating on or not. I’ve already had a couple of fires (one of the joys of living in a Victorian house – open fireplace!) but, I don’t know, it just seems like too much of a luxury to put the heating on when we’re only in October.

The first thing the chilly weather takes a toll on is my skin. I never seem to have a problem for 8 months out of the year, but as soon as the mornings and evenings start getting darker I notice the prickly tightening of my poor parched skin calling out for some much needed moisture.

korres guava body butter

This Korres guava body butter (*) was kindly sent to me to review by those lovely Bath & Unwind peeps, and has been doing wonders at soothing my chapped winter skin. It’s got a thick dreamy creamy consistency, which some may find a little too… ‘buttery’, but I absolutely adore it. It’s especially good when slathered on right after you have a nice hot bath, which I’ve been indulging in of late.

Not just for knobbly knees and chapped elbows, this versatile stuff is made of rich shea butter, as well as avocado, sunflower and almond oils to help improve skin elasticity, so perfect for particularly dry skin. Guava is also packed full of vitamin C, so you can be sure you’re doing your skin some nourishing goodness as well.

I wasn’t so sure when I opened it up that I would get on with the smell, as I’m not usually a fan of fruity smelling things. Plus, I had no idea what a guava actually smelt like when it was at home. Turns out, it smells absolutely bloody heavenly – a tropical scent which immediately transports you to a paradise of sun soaked beaches and makes you long for hot summer days again.

If that doesn’t cheer you up in the middle of a bleak English winter, I don’t know what will!

This product was sent to me for purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own. A massive thanks to lovely local folks Bath & Unwind for this ongoing collaboration!

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Soothing Treats for Blemished Skin

Sk:n oily skin treatment box

Even at the grand old age of 25, I sadly still have the blemished skin of a teenager. Maybe that’s why I still get ID’d for lottery tickets?! Who knows. My skin has been particularly bad of late, not helped by the fact that I’ve been increasingly lazy with my skincare – washing my face with soap (!!!) and not moisturising properly, not to mention relying on face wipes when I just need to fall into bed at the end of the day.

Thankfully, just as things were getting really bad, I was sent these lovely treats from Sk:n to help with my complexion woes.

treats for blemished skin from Sk:n
treats for blemished skin from Sk:n
treats for blemished skin from Sk:n

I’d heard good thins about Sk:n, and had always been curious to pop into their fancy looking state-of-the-art premises on Clare Street, but had never tried any of their products. I was sent a proper facial wash to remove impurities and help soothe my skin, plus a blemish control gel, redness reducing cream, and an anti-ageing moisturiser as well, because I ain’t getting any younger!

I’ve been using the products for just over a week now, washing my face morning and night, toning and moisturising. I find it really difficult to get into a routine but I’ve been keeping up pretty well, and it’s most definitely paying off! I’ve done a quick before and after – it may not look like much but it really has made a huge difference to the texture of my skin, and helped reduce a lot of the redness.

Sk:n blemish control before and after

(Apologies for the phone pictures!)

I’m really impressed with how well these products have worked in such a small amount of time. I think a lot of it is down to the foaming facial wash, my skin really has never felt so clean! I’d definitely be buying that one again.

Have you tried any Sk:n products? Anything I should try out next?

These items were sent to me for purpose of review but all words and opinions are my own.

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Alpha H Daily Essential 50SPF Moisturiser Review

This is a second post in collaboration with Bath and Unwind – read on to find out how I got on with this 50+ SPF daily moisturiser!


Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser – Bath and Unwind (*)

Well, summer has heaved its last sigh and we’re being treated to the crisp misty mornings and cool evenings of autumn. As the weather changes, it’s important to change up your skincare routine too, to adapt to the way in which your complexion will inevitably change over the winter months. One thing you need to keep consistent, however, is SPF protection.

If you’ve got a milky white complexion like mine, you’ll know how easy it is to develop a full face of freckles in the most minimal amount of sunlight. However cute though, freckles are a sign of sun damage, and it’s always good to work an essential SPF into your daily skincare routine.


Luckily for me, I was kindly sent this 50SPF moisturiser by Alpha H by Bath and Unwind to test out. As you might expect from such a high level of protection, the texture of the cream is quite thick and creamy, which I was initially concerned about, but it sinks into the skin really quickly.

Sadly though, this is where the problems I had with this particular product started. For one reason or another, my skin just didn’t get on with this – I’ve always had quite oily skin and this is a really nourishing rich moisturiser. After applying it daily for a week or so I had to put powder on top because it wasn’t quite sinking all the way in, and even that had to blot my greasy little mush throughout the day!

It’s a real shame because there are dozens of reviews on the website from people who swear by this product. All of Alpha H’s other products look and sound amazing, so maybe my greasy face might get on a bit better with one of those!

The product was gifted for purpose of review but all opinions are my own. A huge thanks to Bath & Unwind for the ongoing collaboration!

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Korres Echinacea Shampoo Review

korres echinacea and laurel dry scalp shampoo

I’ve teamed up with Bath & Unwind for this review of a new Korres favourite – read on to find out how to banish a dry scalp forever!

korres echinacea and laurel dry scalp shampoo
korres echinacea and laurel dry scalp shampoo
Korres Laurel and Echinacea Dry Scalp Shampoo (*) – buy here.

Let’s not pretend or be squeamish about the matter – we all suffer with a dry scalp at some point in our lives. As gross as it may be, dandruff is something we all come across, but it doesn’t have to be something you need to put up with. Oh no!

After years and years of ravaging my hair with home colour, my scalp is really suffering at the moment. I’ve tried pretty much every formulated shampoo under the sun, and for a while was getting along nicely with the Body Shop’s Ginger shampoo, but that too stopped working as soon as my scalp got ‘used’ to its formulation.

Luckily, in steps the lovely folk at Bath & Unwind, who kindly sent me this shampoo(*) from Korres, which promises to banish a flaky scalp with a gentle herby formulation. Sitting in a beautifully sleek bottle, this powerful potion contains a potent mixture of laurel, echinacea, salicylic acid and fennel exctracts.
Both laurel and echinacea are antiseptic, and along with salicylic acid to exfoliate and remove dead cells (bleurgh), plus fennel to soothe itching, it soon banishes flaky itchy scalps and leaves you with beautifully scented flake-free hair.

I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and it has done wonders for my scalp. After the first wash my hair did fight back somewhat, but after a few more washes it’s really helped my scalp calm down. You can definitely tell it’s a ‘medicated’ shampoo straight out of the bottle – it’s got that slightly thicker texture and dark colour – but what I love is that it doesn’t have the harsh smell that most have, and leaves your hair delicately scented, plus flake free! Yay.

Korres is fast becoming my new favourite beauty brand! Have you got one?

This post is in collaboration with Bath & Unwind. The product was gifted for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own.

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Autumn Wedding Wishlist

autumn wedding guest wishlist - what to wear to an autumn wedding

Grenson ‘Rose’ Brogues in Silver // Alex Monroe Peacock Feather Earrings // Ted Baker Aretia Beaded Dress Black // ModCloth Diamond to Meet You Bag // Mac Lipstick in Russian Red

Ahh, weddings. I’m at that age now where everyone I know is getting married left, right and centre, which means I’ve got a lot of weddings to plan to attend, which is getting pretty stressful, I can tell ya! We’re popping off to one at the end of September for the evening, so I’m doing a little bit of outfit prep ready for some awesome dad-style moves on the dance floor.

First up, who says you can’t wear black to a wedding? It wasn’t just thrown, the rule book was pretty much LAUNCHED out of the window when I saw this Ted Baker beauty, which at £99 down from £400, is an absolute bargain! Plus black goes with pretty much everything, so this can be recycled at the next wedding to come along. Just planning ahead!

Unless you have feet of steel, absolutely no one can withstand a night of serious wedding dancing with high heels on. To add some pizazz to my outfit but still keeping my little toes comfy, it simply has to be these ultimate brogues from Grenson. The metallics trend is still going strong, so you can be sure that these will still be trendy and last for years to come. Again, just planning ahead.

Adding some sparkle to my outfit are these lush earrings from Alex Monroe, and this adorable beaded handbag from ModCloth, with an even more adorable name. I’ve been admiring Alex Monroe for what feels like forever, and it’s only a matter of time before I crack and splurge on a pair of his earrings. ModCloth can always be relied upon for accessories, of course, and this beaded beauty is just right for popping your Panadol in if the wine gets a bit too much at the end of the night.

Of course, no outfit would be complete without a slick of Mac lippy, and my current favourite shade is Russian Red, perfect for adding an autumnal feel to my wedding outfit.

Any tips on dressing up for an evening wedding do? Let me know!

This post contains affiliate links.

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Princess Bubblegum: Scott Cornwall Candy Hair Colour Review

scott cornwall hair colour and clear glaze

Since colouring my hair with a couple of different Bleach London products last year, I’ve been dying (ha, gettit?) to go back to peach hair again.

luckily for me, I was kindly sent these products from Scott Cornwall to test out – the brand new Candy Colour Restore(*), which promises to do a similar job to Bleach colours by delicately tinting bleached hair, and the Clear Hair Glaze treatment(*), which promises red-carpet style shine and strength. I was properly excited to test both of them out, to try and breathe some life into my frazzled locks.

scott cornwall candy peach hair toner
scott cornwall candy peach toner hair colour

On first inspection, the Candy toner looked to be pretty orange inside the tube, not the pinkish tone I was expecting. This didn’t bother me as I do prefer to err more on the orange side of peach rather than the pink, but if you’re looking for a pinker tone then this probably isn’t the one for you.

The application is easy peasy – you slather it on shampooed, towel dried hair and wait for 20 minutes. I went one extra and wrapped my head in cling film, mainly to stop any drips that might occur when I’m wondering around the house waiting for it to sink in.

scott cornwall clear glaze hair treatment

As soon as I’d rinsed the candy hair colour off, I cracked straight on with the clear hair glaze. This has a fair few components, so it’s not as quick as I’d initially thought.

First you wash your hair with a clarifying solution, then mix two bottles together to make the glazing solution, which you apply all over, wait 20 minutes and rinse out.

Whilst I was sitting there with the product on my hair, I took a moment to read through the instructions a little further. Granted, I really should have done this at the beginning, but I was pretty eager to glossify my hair and too impatient to read pamphlets properly. It was at this point that I realised that you shouldn’t put this product on your hair if it has previously been henna’d. Oops.

While most of the henna/bleached henna has been cut off, I’d estimate that the lower half of my lengths is still frazzled pre-henna’d hair. After rinsing (and rinsing… and rinsing…) the product out, I went to comb through it with a re-tangling comb and it was at this point that I was wishing I didn’t have hair at all. The only way I can describe it is like combing through polystyrene (the sound it makes), which I recognised to be more damage than when I started. It’s kinda my own fault for not bothering to read it properly.

It did do marvellous things to the top of my head though, and I had a considerably shinier fringe than when I first started.

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Hm… not much colour difference there.

As for the Candy hair colour, that unfortunately didn’t do anything for my hair. I imagine it was a combination of my natural hair colour being too dark, and also the clarifying pre treatment before the glazing technique which rinsed it all out. If you’ve got white blonde hair I reckon it would add a beautiful apricot tinge to it. I wish I’d done the treatments the other way round!

Bottom line? I personally would need to use different products on my hair, but if you’ve got very light locks which haven’t been ravaged by henna, then these should work a treat for you.

I was sent these two products for the purpose of review but all words and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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What’s in My Travel Bag?

whats in my travel bag?

Summer is well and truly got into the swing of things, and my Facebook timeline is full of people popping off on holiday or to festivals left right and centre.

I’ve teamed up with Superdrug to showcase my holiday essentials you need to pack before jetting off. It’s all to celebrate their brand new store opening at Bristol Airport, so if you find out you’ve forgotten something right before you fly, they’ve got you covered 😉 Being the forgetful type, this was welcome news to me!

I’ve recently become obsessed with packing light (this is the girl who went to Budapest with nothing but a carry on case for 4 days), and since my passport arrived a couple of months ago, my mind is wandering as to which location I should trot off to next.

But what do I mean by packing light? Here’s what I would pop in my travel bag…

travelling light what to pack

Versatile clothing – by this I mean a few items that you can mix and match. A pair of black jeans is an absolute must, as they go with anything. A couple of colourful tops are a good idea, which you can wear underneath a pinafore dress or something similar – Breton stripes are a good addition to your bag, as they can be dressed up or down easily.

comfy dress and heels

Having said that, I’d probably also take a ‘going out’ dress and (comfy) heels, because you don’t know where your adventure will take you, and sometimes it’s nice to dress up posh and clip clop off to a restaurant for pizza. These Swedish Hasbeen sandals are my favourite things right now – they’re unbelievably comfortable, and can dress up anything from this gorgeous Coco Fennell dress (another fave) to aforementioned black jeans and stripy top. Add something sparkly et voila!

how to pack light for holiday camera and book

Camera – self explanatory. I like to shoot on film on holiday because you have a nice surprise when you get back and get the film developed 🙂

A decent book to read on the plane – I’m currently reading the much-hyped ‘Japanese Art of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo, which is so far proving to be a nice little read that you could easily rattle through on the plane on’t way to your delightful holiday destination.

Passport – don’t forget it!

toiletry essentials from superdrug for holiday

Of course, no travel bag would be complete without a few holiday beauty essentials, and Superdrug kindly supplied me with the following:

  • Handy wipes – for sticky plane food messes, accidental ‘dropped food down myself’ messes, plus bonus toilet-seat-sanitising capabilites
  • ‘Buzz off’ soothing bite spray – an absolute must if you’re bite-prone like me! I must just be delicious to mosquitoes. One spray of this and it helps relieve the urge to scratch yourself silly.
  • SPF lipbalm – for helping prevent sore sunburnt chapped lips… it can happen in the UK too! Get some protection on there
  • Instant Cooling Spray – I imagine this is pretty heavenly if you’re stuck in a queue trying to get into a festival, but to be honest I’m a bit afraid of spraying it on my face! It was nice on my arm 🙂
  • Face wipes – because I cba to lug all my different bits along with me, and this cleans makeup off in one fell swoop
  • 30SPF sun cream pouch – last but by no means least! Cream up even when you think you don’t need to – I got sunburnt in the queue on the way into Glastonbury last year, and I’ve definitely learned my lesson!

What else would you take on holiday with you? Anything I’ve missed off?

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Loved Up

Aloha Doughballerinos (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?)

I’m just popping in to let y’all know about my shiny new lipstick from Butter London. To be perfectly honest, I had no idea Butter did lipsticks, despite being a huuuuuge fan of their beautiful nail lacquers. So when I was kindly sent this lippy over I couldn’t wait to crack it open and give it a try.

butter london lipstick in loved up
butter london lipstick in loved up
butter london lipstick in loved up
butter london lipstick in loved up

The lipstick in question is Butter London Moisture Matte. The colour I was sent is called ‘Loved Up’ – a beautiful soft fuschia pink. I’m more of a traditional red lipstick kinda gal most of the time, but ever since purchasing my awesome Lime Crime Velvetines I’ve been taking to more rosy hues. This particular colour is lovely; it’s the right balance between being bright and bold but not luminous, so it’s understated enough for daytime wear too.

Let’s talk about the casing for a moment, shall we? I adore the square exterior, which feels robust enough to pop in my handbag and not have to worry about it (unlike those Topshop lipsticks, those got destroyed in my bag). Even the packaging it comes in is adorable – I’m still clinging on to that box because of the pretty pattern inside.

butter london lipstick review swatch
butter london lipstick review on lips

The consistency is positively dreamy. It’s a long-lasting, non-drying formula which promises to not feather or bleed, so I put this on without pencil. It has a really creamy finish, consisting of Mango Seed Butter, Murumuru Seed Butter, and Cupuacu Seed Butter, plus Vitamin E to ‘smooth the lip surface and ensure a flawless application’.

There is a slight vanilla-y scent to it, which I’m unsure I’m mad keen on, but it’s an improvement on the bizarre play-doh scent of Lime Crime’s lippys, that’s for sure.

To be honest, the softness of the consistency and the way it applied had me a bit worried about its staying power. Having said that, on this particular evening that I decided to road test it, I scoffed a whole load of pizza, and it didn’t budge. So in my books, it has passed the test with flying colours :).

Have you got a new favourite lippy?

This post contains affiliate links. I was sent this lipstick for purpose of review but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Pamper at the Manor

Even well into my 25th year, I have a confession to make … I have never been to a spa.

Well, that was until a week or two ago, when I popped over the border into Wales with my chum Emily (aka Mermaid Gossip) for a spot of pampering at the beautiful Forum Spa at the Celtic Manor Resort.

#PamperAtTheManor at the Celtic Manor Resort and Spa
Turkish Spa at #PamperAtTheManor at the Celtic Manor Resort and Spa

For those who have been across the Severn Bridge into Wales before, you’ll definitely be familiar with the Celtic Manor. It’s the impressive looking building nestled in the hills just as you get over the bridge, and I was very excited to see what was inside! It’s an absolutely vast place – a golf course, several hotels, plus lodges and outdoor activities, it’s a lot to take in when you first visit. We parked up and got a little minibus up to the hotel where the spa is. Very posh.

Inside the Forum Spa, we donned our robes and slippers and shuffled outside to chat to a few of the other bloggers whilst sipping on champagne and eating chocolate covered strawberries. I honestly can’t think of anything better to be doing on a Monday evening, and it was a lovely treat to start the working week. We were even treated to a lush back and neck massage whilst we were waiting for a free room to have a luxurious Elemis facial. I’ve never been so spoiled!

#PamperAtTheManor at the Celtic Manor Resort and Spa
#PamperAtTheManor at the Celtic Manor Resort and Spa
#PamperAtTheManor at the Celtic Manor Resort and Spa
Pamper at the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel Wales
pedicure at the Forum Spa Celtic Manor Resort Hotel
Elemis cosmetics at The Forum Spa Celtic Manor Resort

The whole evening was such a treat from start to finish. As well as my massage I was treated to an amazing Elemis Biotec facial; I had a combination of their firm-a-lift for my ageing chin (it’s a family thing), and the O2 Skin Soothing Facial, which soothes sensitive skin and reduces redness. I felt super-duper relaxed afterwards, and my skin has never felt healthier.

We also got to have a little peek at their Turkish-style treatment room, which is breathtaking – just look at those tiles! I also got my chubby toes painted with a posh Leighton Denny nail polish in an awesome dragon green (when in Wales…) and me and Emily went and dipped our toes in their beautiful pool and jacuzzi.

It was such a wonderful evening, and I left feeling well and truly refreshed and properly pampered. Thank you so much to Elemis for the beautiful facial, and to Celtic Manor for inviting me along to the Forum Spa. I’m already planning my next visit! 🙂

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Spring Beauty Fix

Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix

There’s something about the weather turning a corner which acts as a pick-me-up for all those forgotten resolutions at the beginning of the year. Alongside spring cleaning the house and wardrobe, it also seems to be the perfect time to get out of those bad beauty habits that might have crept up on us over the winter. I’m the type of person who will easily fall back into using face wipes if I’m too tired lazy to take my make up off properly.

Another thing I always forget about is cleaning out my make up bag. I finally got round to cleaning my make up brushes for the first time in ages the other day, and you would not believe the amount of gunk in there. It was gross. Just take a look at these guidelines below – there is absolutely no way I wash my make up bag once a month!

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To mark the beginning of spring and the turning over of new leaves, this weekend Cabot Circus are celebrating with their Spring Beauty Fix, with a series of events across stores over Saturday and Sunday. As well as offers throughout the centre such as free makeovers and tips and advice, they are also inviting you to bring your old make-up which you can exchange for a £10 gift card which will be redeemable on beauty purchases over the weekend. Not too shabby!

Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix

Sadly I’m not around this weekend, which I’m pretty gutted about as I’ve got a bucketload of old makeup I need to exchange for something new. Luckily for me, Cabot Circus very kindly invited me down for a sneak preview and let me pick out some beauty treats for myself. Of course, I headed straight for the amazing beauty department at House of Fraser, and made a beeline towards Benefit. I’d been wanting to try their Brow Zings kit for absolutely ages, and a very helpful lady talked me through the product, how to apply it, and applied some to my sorry looking brows.

Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve treated myself to something from the beauty counter, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the corner once occupied by Nails Inc. has been taken over by New York-based brand, Kiehl’s (and their skeleton, Mr Bones). I’d never heard of these guys before, but I have to say I’m a fan of their branding. Not wanting to base my skincare choice on packaging alone, however, I opted to go for a pot of my favourite tried-and-tested eye cream from Clinique.

Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix

One the way out of Cabot I accidentally fell into the Body Shop, and may have gone just a little overboard, spurred on by an amazing 40% off I scored with Vouchercloud. Amongst some of my favourite bits – Moringa shower gel and their banana conditioner – I spoke to a lovely chap about what to do about my dry hands, and he recommended the hemp hand cream. I got a big tube of that, but also fell madly in love with the scent of the wild rose hand cream, so bought a mini one of them too, just for luck.

Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix
Cabot Circus Spring Beauty Fix

All in all I’m pretty chuffed with my purchases – some old favourites, as well as some new things to try. I’ve reached that kind of age where I’m pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to beauty; the Clinique eye cream is a product I religiously buy, as is my haircare from the Body Shop. It’s always nice to branch out and try something new every once in a while though, which is why it’s great when things like the Beauty Amnesty come along. Ditch that eyebrow pencil that’s two shades out and treat yourself to something new!

The Spring Beauty Fix will be happening this weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March, in stores across Cabot Circus. Find out more here.

I was very kindly gifted a voucher towards the cost of my purchases, but all views and words are my own.

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Vintage Styling with Babyliss

Vintage Styling with Babyliss-8

I’m having a bit of a hair dilemma at the moment. It never seems to do whatever I want it to, and so most of the time I resort to having it piled in a bun on top of my head. What I would really love is to have a polished ‘do every day of the week, but that’s something which is impossible with early starts to get up and go to work.

Just when I thought all hope was lost, in steps Babyliss. I was very kindly asked to select something from their Boutique range, and I chose this Soft Waves curling wand(*), sold at John Lewis. It’s intended for creating beachy styles on longer hair, but I wanted to do something a little different with it. It comes in a beautiful looking box, and would make a gorgeous gift for someone (Mother’s Day coming up… maybe?!).

Follow Lily Doble’s board Hair Envy on Pinterest.

My ‘Hair Envy’ Pinterest board is full of photos of retro styles, and I thought I would see if I could create a quick but polished retro up do before popping off to work one morning. I’ve attempted a full set of overnight curls before, but it never works. This way, the styler does all the hard work so I don’t have to!

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Vintage Styling with Babyliss-10
Vintage Styling with Babyliss-11

The curling wand has a variable heat setting, which is great if you’re not comfortable putting a lot of heat on your hair. I set mine at a fairly low temperature, and set about curling my hair by wrapping the ends of it around the barrel. I have to admit it felt a bit weird not having anything to grip it to (and I’m rubbish at doing things backwards in a mirror) but after a few minutes of fiddling about I finally got the hang of it.

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Vintage Styling with Babyliss-4
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Vintage Styling with Babyliss-6

Once the curls are in place it’s super easy to do a quick victory roll on each side. Wrap a little piece of hair around your thumb and slide it off, then take the little roll of hair and turn in in on itself, winding all the way to your scalp. Fluff it out a bit and pin in place. Voila! This is a really great tutorial if you’re stuck. (If you can’t do victory rolls then I always do cheat ones – take a piece of hair and twist it towards your head, then place against your hair and push it slightly forwards to ‘bump’ it up a bit, then pin it in place).

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Vintage Styling with Babyliss-7

I love how the width of the barrel makes a nice big loose curl as well – I think it would probably work a little better on longer hair but it’s not too bad on my kind-of shoulder length mop.

I’ve always been a fan of this look, but never had the time to commit to a full head of curls. I’m quite enjoying the vintage style though, what do you reckon?!

[this product was sent to me to review, but opinions are my own]