I've always had a little love affair with DKNY Be Delicious. It was the first fragrance I truly chose for myself, reminding me of youthful carefree days and fun times with friends. I still wear it practically every week, returning to the scent I know like an old friend I can rely on. Even years after its first launch, the original scent is still relevant and representative of a modern woman - especially as DKNY continue to innovate and put twists on the apple base to produce limited edition alternatives. Launching just in time for the festive season, this new trio of scents has a shimmering edge - the limited edition Be Delicious Sparkling Apple collection is inspired by the glitz and glamour of parties.
I've always had a soft spot for Bobbi Brown. They produce products that perform, are a little different and frequently end up as makeup staples. Their latest launch is no exception, providing incredible colour that can be used as either an eyeshadow base or applied more densely for a slick of statement liner. The Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liner is available in five different sparkling shades, including a petrol grey, emerald green, sapphire blue, golden bronze and a smokey taupe. The little pots contain a formula that's incredibly soft and creamy, allowing it to be picked up using the specially designed double ended brush and buffed into the eye socket. You can easily use your finger to blend in the colour and build up the result, but I prefer to use the densely packed brush to layer the creamy gel and create a smokey finish.
As the obsession with taking selfies continues, it's no surprise that brands are jumping on the bandwagon and creating products that tap into that trend. The makers of the Wet Brush (designed specifically to brush and detangle wet hair,) have come up with this hilarious contraption that takes preening for a self-captured shot to a whole new level. This is no ordinary paddle brush, designed to capture hair over a larger surface area and aid smoothing, because if you turn it over it turns into a phone case with handy mirror so you can take that selfie with ease. LOLs.
Mascara wands have been practically the same since the product's inception - long, straight and with a brush on the end. Apart from Avon's attempt at reinventing the wheel (in the form of a paint-brush wand,) there's been little innovation when it comes to the application of mascara - until now. Lancôme's new Hypnôse Grandiôse Mascara includes a re-imagined application technique that includes a patent-pending 'Swan Neck', designed to effortlessly create perfectly open, full and even lashes. Although it looks a little scary and unnecessary, the bent wand actually aids application and enables you to grab lashes close to the root and fan them out for a wide-eyed finish. It also ensures every single lash is coated in product, even the little ones you can't necessarily see, to provide a serious amount of volume with no clumps in sight.
Much has been said in the bloggersphere about Pixi's Glow Tonic, with positive reviews and commentary causing it to sell out quicker than it can be re-stocked. Knowing that you can only buy it online or from Pixi's one stand-alone store in Carnaby Street, only appears to make it all the more desirable - I've known people to buy out a complete shelf just in case they can't track any more down for the rest of the year. But what exactly is this miracle orange liquid, how does it work and is the hype justified? I've been putting it to the test for the past month to see if I could finally answer those questions just for you.
I used to have a lot of love for false lashes, never being seen on a Saturday night without a serious flutter. However, with the advances in mascara that have left my natural lashes looking pretty awesome, I gradually stopped reaching for my 'lash crutch' in favour of a more natural finish. Eylure have always been my brand of choice, providing more subtle styles and a flexible lash line that ensures application is easy and comfortable, so these new 'lash edits' have seen my love for falsies reignited somewhat. Available in three different combinations that celebrate three incredible cities (New York, London and Paris,) each edit contains three individual pairs of lashes in slightly varying styles that capture the style of the city.
If there's one beauty box I always get excited about, it's the Glamour edits of Latest In Beauty - they simply never disappoint. Always including a selection of products handpicked by Glamour's Beauty Editor for their performance and must-have appeal, there's a combination of high street and premium that no other box can compete with. This latest collaboration is no exception, providing seven products that even I'm excited to try - which is no mean feat. For £15.99 you can grab this little box of goodies for yourself, which even includes a free subscription to the iPad or iPhone edition to Glamour Magazine for a whole year (which alone is worth £15.99.) Here's my lowdown of what Glamour's 'Power List' includes this Autumn and why you need them all...
The long anticipated launch of Majorette has finally arrived, with Benefit launching their first forray into cream blush. Described as a 'booster blush' that's designed to amplify your natural flush, Majorette can be used alone or under your normal blusher to add a subtle warmth to skin. It's incredibly lightweight, the cream-to-powder finish adding just a touch of colour upon first application, ensuring it can be built up to the desired result or buffed into skin for a really natural finish. I'm a big fan of cream blushers, especially during those transitional months where you're not quite ready for a full-on pink cheek but have already hung-up your bronzer; this little tub provides just the right texture and colour for practically any complexion.
I remember when hair diffusers were all the range, being used to create curls and waves in the late 90's before hair straighteners really took off. I hadn't used a diffuser for years, believing my perm-look curls were well and truly behind me, until this landed on my doorstep and totally revolutionised my opinion of the gadget. Diffusers can not only be used to create curls, waves and volume, but can also help to reduce frizz and protect hair from heat damage. When added to the end of a hairdryer nozzle, a diffuser helps hot air to circulate and dry the hair gradually by dispensing it over a wider surface area; using a nozzle may help to get super sleek locks, but it's also damaging the surface of hair by targeting a small area with incredible heat. Diffusers can help alleviate that problem and minimize frizz, as well as creating gentle volume at the root. Until now they've been ugly and chunky bits of kit that were shoved at the back of a wardrobe; however, Toni & Guy have launched a universal diffuser that not only fits every hairdryer, but collapses down to ensure it's travel appropriate and a great space saver.
It's the middle of the month, we've all splashed out a little too much on holiday and our remaining wages have to keep us in frappacinos and blueberry muffins for a few weeks. If you're in need of a little makeup pick-me-up, or simply need to re-stock your stash, then why not look for some more affordable versions of your usual favourites? The high street is awash with products influenced and inspired by their more expensive counterparts, or simply from the same suppliers that make the same items at two different price points. Although there are hundreds of dupes to choose from, these four are my current favourites and ones I'm turning to more and more in an attempt to save the good stuff for a rainy day.
Scrambling through my skincare collection in an attempt to pick our my budget favourites, it dawned on me that 90% of my regular products include brands that could be described as anything but. It appears that I love my serums, moisturisers, toners and brightening lotions to be filled to the brim with scientific advances and amazing ingredients - which unsurprisingly don't come cheap. However, if you know where to look then you can pick up some great products that help provide super smooth and healthy looking skin, without the need for a second mortgage. These three brands are new to my reportoire, but so far I'm really enjoying integrating them into my routine and pushing aside some rather costly alternatives.
The sun may well and truly have gone into hibernation for another year, but the relatively warm temperatures are still seeing us bare-legged and fancy free. Although we don't have the opportunity of getting a little sunkissed naturally (and full-on fake tan seems a little OTT when it's grey outside,) there are some affordable products that can help to give us a helping hand. Here are three high street beauty buys I'm going to be turning to until I can't walk around tightless any longer.
When it comes to budget beauty, we really are spoiled rotten here in the UK. It seems that new beauty brands pop up on the high street every other month, with the shelves of Superdrug being filled with bargains that also provide a pretty good result. 2014 has certainly been the year of blogger favourite Makeup Revolution, a brand that takes cues from cult products and best selling collections of premium counterparts. Although some of their inspirations can be a little controversial, they provide affordable makeup that's both fun to look at and great to use; who doesn't want a chocolate eyeshadow palette or a heart shaped bronzer? There's so much greatness to choose from, with a whole look costing the same as lunch from Pret-a-Manger, but there are three products in particular that I think are worth picking up right now - and you could win them!
I don't know what I used to do without makeup brushes, but suffice to say my fingers alone didn't exactly make the best tools. Fast forward a few years and my brush collection is expansive, full to the brim with different bristles and varying angles to ensure makeup is applied just right. You can invest heavily in application tools if you want to feel like a makeup artist, but you can quite easily achieve a pretty professional finish with some of the more affordable options on the high street. Although I love a few really expensive brushes, these five brands are the ones I turn to on a daily basis to help my products apply with ease. All five are easily available and all five have a huge brush selection for under a tenner.
When I was a little girl, my pocket money was spent solely on magazines and bath balls from The Body Shop. All I wanted to do was read about what lipgloss was cool, what I should be wearing on my feet and what Ronan from Boyzone looked for in a future wife. Twenty years later and not much has changed - I still look to magazines for inspiration, aspiration and a little time out. I've got subscriptions to Elle, Cosmo and Stylist, regularly pick up a copy of Look while waiting for a train and can often be seen sneaking a copy of Psychologies off the shelf in the hope that nobody's looking. Magazines, for me, offer a little time to catch up on what's new and dream about expensive shoes I could never quite justify splurging on; they're that little bit of luxury that I feel from the moment I breathe in the scent of the freshly printed pages. Although as someone who's been blogging for nearly five years (and makes their living from the online world,) I'm probably expected to loathe magazines and all they stand for - but the reality is very different.