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28 August 2015

Lola's Apothecary: Beautifully Crafted Indulgent Bath & Body Treats

One of the most precious times of my week is my regular bath night, when I can slip into a steaming tub an take a little time out from my ever busy world. A touch of indulgence and 'me time' makes the world of difference, even if only once a week, as it can help refresh your senses, clear your mind and get you ready for a healing sleep. Any product that can help me with that journey is a welcome addition to my routine; I adore face masks, hair treatments, soothing bath elixirs and anything that can fill my bathroom with a delicious scent. However, I'm a little tired of brightly coloured bath bombs and bubble baths that make me smell like a sweet shop. I want something more indulgent, more relaxing, more uplifting and more sophisticated - which is where Lola's Apothecary comes in. This new brand is set to make waves thanks to their lustworthy vintage style packs, their delicious hand crafted multi-functional oils and their indulgent 'Cleopatra inspired' bath milks.


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27 August 2015

Bobbi Brown Launches The Greige Collection: Sounds Drab, But Really Is Fab

I'd only been saying in the days prior that the last few Bobbi Brown collections and launches have left me feeling underwhelmed and a little disappointed - only for a brand new selection of products to land on my desk and get me excited once more. I've become somewhat bored of the same old nudes, lacklustre beige palettes and new lipstick shades that have been done a million times before, but with the new Greige collection comes a wearable portfolio of tones and innovative textures that's perfect for the transition into the next season. Although there are new lip products and nail varnishes hitting counters soon, it's the beautiful eyeshadow palette and Intense Pigment Eye Liner that's appealing to my inner smokey eye addict. (Yes, those little packs are actually liners!) Whoop for Bobbi Brown.


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26 August 2015

FIVE THINGS EVERY BLOGGER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT DECLARATION, GUIDELINES & TRANSPARENCY

If there's one thing I hear more than most, it's the fact that blogging has changed. It's not like it used to be. It's competitive and monetary. It's about numbers and pay-packets. It's about professional photography and magazine-esque content. The industry has changed and evolved over the last few years to be more than just girls in their bedroom talking about their favourite lipsticks and the bargains they picked up in Primark; it's now about quality information, aspirational outfits and designer handbags - many of which are gifted to the blogger in question by a brand. A money injection inevitably has an impact on the way in which an industry fundamentally works, but I'm a firm believer in the fact that as content creators and influencers we should be compensated for our efforts. With the changing nature and increasing commercialisation of blogs comes the need for industry regulation, guidelines, support and understanding - both from the bloggers themselves and the brands they're working with.


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Discovering Elizabeth Grant Skincare & The Power Of The Ocean (Plus WIN With Ideal World TV's Bank Holiday Bonanza!)

What I love most about my job is that I get to discover great brands and great stories on a daily basis. The latest fascinating story to really capture my imagination is that of Elizabeth Grant, a premium range of skincare products that incorporate a combination of natural sea vitamins, nutrients and minerals. The founder of the brand, the super glamorous Elizabeth Grant, did not always have the flawless skin she has today. Damaged during the Second World War, her skin was a constant source of personal shame and embarrassment - to the point where she avoided going out in public and living her life fully. All of that changed in 1948 when Elizabeth discovered a natural substance that was used to treat war wounds; she had it specially formulated with other ingredients and began applying it to her damaged skin. Gradually, but very noticeably, the transformation occurred. Within eight months, Elizabeth's skin had improved remarkably. And there the brand's story began...


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25 August 2015

Sheer, Lightweight, Wearable Colour: Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick

It's no secret that I love a lipstick, but sometimes the heavy texture or drying formula leaves me opting for a gloss or balm instead. (There's nothing worse than struggling with unintentional ombre lips that are dryer than the desert.) Hydrating and wearable lipsticks are hard to come by, but the Joli Rouge lipstick collection from Clarins is lightweight and relatively sheer - meaning even the boldest of shades become incredibly wearable. With over twenty shades to choose from, including every variant of nude and red imaginable, there's a colour for every need and skin tone. The formula contains richly nourishing mango butter to protect lips against dehydration, while the lightness ensures you can re-apply throughout the day without worrying about overloading the lips. Yes it transfers onto my coffee cup (or wine glass) but I don't mind, knowing that the stain left behind is delicate and even; you can even re-apply mirror free!


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24 August 2015

The Truth About: Hyaluronic Acid (And Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You're Told!)

Often the beauty world is awash with buzz words and ingredients that appear to be the holy grail of skincare. Hyaluronic Acid is definitely the ingredient that everyone seems to be using right now, featuring in moisturisers, serums and boosting essences in order to encourage plumpness and fight the signs of ageing. Hyaluronic Acid actually occurs naturally throughout the human body; it binds to water giving it a stiff viscous jelly-like quality that helps to lubricate parts of the body that include joints and muscles. However, it's become one of the most heavily researched substances in medicine today as its consistency and tissue-friendliness means it's also a beneficial ingredient in skin-care products. Although Hyaluronic Acid can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations (about 50% of the body's total quantity) in the skin tissue.


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NEW IN: Olivia Palermo's Debut Makeup Collection For Ciate London

It seems that every makeup brand is collaborating with a famous face right now, but Ciate have definitely scooped one of the most aspirational and coveted celebrity ambassadors of the moment. Fresh on the heels of the nail polish trio that set the beauty world alight (find out why it was my 'product of the week' here,) Ciate London and Olivia Palermo are teaming up once again for a full makeup collection that's inspired by Olivia’s love of luxury, high fashion and wearable looks. The range (which includes lipsticks, khol pencils, contouring palettes and eyeshadow staples) plays with different textures, offers innovative formulas and has a stunning variety of Olivia’s favourite fall hues for eye, lip and cheek. Enhanced with beautiful vintage inspired packaging, these products are definitely covetable - albeit an unnecessary indulgence.


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21 August 2015

L'Oreal Professionnel Pro Fiber: The First Treatment To Actually *REPAIR* Hair Damage Immediately & Over Time

Damage is cited as the number one hair concern globally, which is no surprise seeing as we're a generation of over-heated-GHD-loving-electrical-appliance-obsessives. Continual styling, repeated straightening and endless dying all plays havoc with our hair, leaving ends looking tatty and dull. According to L'Oreal, 57% of women today are embracing longer hair - yet with every 12cm of hair having endured twelve months of heat styling, abrasive brushing and UV exposure, the hair fibre is prone to breakage and left hard to manage. If you've ever wanted to grow your hair just an inch or two longer, but have to chop off the ends because they just look so horrendous, then you need to know about the new L'Oreal Professionnel treatment that's about to change the game. Cited as a 'haircure' that cares for your hair like a manicure cares for your hands, Pro Fiber is L'Oreal's most prescriptive professional treatment programme to combat multi levels of damage across all hair types. It starts in salon and is re-charged at home, meaning you not only step out of the salon with fabulous hair - but you can boost the effect every week with a little at-home treatment too.


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20 August 2015

TEN THINGS EVERY BLOGGER NEEDS TO KNOW

Guest Post: Written by Rebecca Viner of Autumn Leaves.

Fed up of seeing posts like "top tips for starting a blog"? Yeah, me too. Posts about how to run a successful blog are appearing here, there and everywhere nowadays, and I’m beginning to wonder whether some bloggers are just doing it to jump on the bandwagon. Blogs like mine try to banish all of that and give clarity to bloggers who really are seeking advice in a particular area. There are so many misconceptions in the blogging world compared to when I first started six years ago; these end up creating confusion, overwhelm and unnecessary pressure on bloggers who probably just started it as a hobby. Today I’m going to get real with you as I’m sharing ten things every blogger needs to know in order to stay true to themselves while they reach their goals (personal or blog/biz). We’re going to delve into trends, making things manageable and the big deal right now – whether or not you should monetise your blog.


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19 August 2015

Three Great Multi-Functional Skin Oils (And Why You Need To Integrate One Into Your Routine)

Skin oils are definitely having a moment; everyone seems to be obsessed with the multi-functional benefits a little bottle of rich oil can provide. Saturated with effective ingredients in much higher concentrations than your usual moisturiser, they provide a great way to treat your skin without overloading it. Because oils are lipophilic (or fat loving) they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. If you apply an oil before your anti-aging cream, the oil molecules also trick the skin into letting active ingredients (such as retinol, glycolic acid and vitamin C) penetrate deeper into the skin, without irritating the surface. The great thing about skin oils as they don't have one specific purpose: you can use them before a moisturiser, as a night treatment, mixed with your foundation or even rubbed onto dry patches and cuticles. Although they can be intimidating, finding a great product that integrates into your routine is the first step to discovering the benefits a little oil can bring. Here are three of my current favourites.


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