Best of the Sales

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I have been feasting my eyes on so many bargains – here’s my quick roundup of the Best of the Sales. What have you / are you planning to splash out on?

Paperdolls Bodycon Dress with Contrast Panelling £54 now £34. This is a stunning and sexy dress and will be perfect for that glitzy night out – did someone say NYE? Available from Asos

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Dune Torz Tan Boots. £159 now £79. I love the gold zip running up the back of the boot and the fact that they are leather means they will last a good few years. Love that I can wear them over the knee or fold the top over and have them on the knee. I have just bought these classic boots from Dune!

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Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Makeup Christmas Gift Set £49.50 now £33 – For the beauty lovers out there- check out this gorgeous set from YSL . I can’t take my eyes off the black and gold makeup bag! I need to repurchase the YSL Le Touche Eclat and have been wanting to try the Youth Liberator Serum for ages so this is the perfect opportunity! Available from Debenhams 

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Sophie Hulme Envelope Mini Leather Shoulder Bag £295 now £206.50. I’m imagining this will look fab for summer 2015 – for holidays and especially with those light summer dresses. Bag it from net-a-porter

SOPHIE HULME Envelope mini leather shoulder bag

 

 

 

Origins Mini Superstars Gift Set £35 now £23.45 It’s always tricky recommending skincare products but I must confess that I have been seriously impressed with the Origins moisturisers –  thick, creamy and intensely hydrating so now’s the perfect time to pick up their all star line up and try them out. Available from John Lewis.

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Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 to £25. Love this – both glam and classy. The feather trim will make you stand out from the rest. Available in Cream and Black from Boohoo

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Zara Soft Blazer with Zips £69.99 now £49.99. I have no words except I LOVE THIS and it will go with EVERYTHING in my wardrobe. Available from Zara

zara soft blazer with zips

zara soft blazer with zips

 

 

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Flash Sale-ALL Lancome Hypnose Mascaras £10!

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It’s a quickie post today as it’s Lancome’s 10th Birthday and to celebrate, ALL Lancome Hypnose Mascaras are reduced to just £10.00 at Debenhams. They are normally £22.50 and permanent products like these are never reduced in price. This is available online and in store -so go grab yourself a beauty steal!

 

The Run Down:

Hypnose Mascara:

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Hypnose- for volume.

 

Hypnose Drama:

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Hypnose Drama – for a false lash effect. Mega volume and length

 

Hypnose Doll Eyes:

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Hypnose Doll eyes – for for length and more defined lashes

 

Hypnose Star:

for an everyday subtle look. Definition and a bit of volume
for an everyday subtle look. Definition and a bit of volume

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Really Clean Makeup Brushes

Beautyblender Solid Cleanser

Beauty Blender Solid CleanserCleaning makeup brushes is essential to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria on your skin which can lead to dreaded blemishes. It also removes product build up on the bristles which makes blending easier.

Enter Beautyblender Solid Cleanser – literally a bar of ‘soap’ which makes deep cleaning brushes incredibly easy. Dip brush in to soap, swirl, rinse et voila! I’ve never seen my brushes so clean! I also find it particularly difficult to remove all the colour from my lipstick brushes, but the Solid Cleanser removed every last trace of lipstick as the photos below show.

I’m saying goodbye to liquid brush cleansers – too messy trying to prevent the runny cleanser escaping from the palm of your hand whilst also trying to swirl the brush around.

Yep, I’m converted.

Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser available to buy at Cult Beauty, Amazon and Sephora.

Beautyblender Solid Cleanser

Beautyblender Solid Cleanser
Dip Brush into Soap
Beautyblender Solid Cleanser
Swirl
Beautyblender Solid Cleanser
et Voila – Clean Brush!
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I’ve never managed to completely remove all the colour from my lipstick brushes- but the Solid Cleanser did it – easily!

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Beauty Steal – Amazing Shine Eyelashes

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Amazing Shine Eyelashes Sam LovesEyes are the windows to the soul and using false eyelashes to accentuate them can have a mesmerizing effect. I could smeyes (smile with your eyes) all day long when I am wearing a pair of falsies. I literally feel like a hollywood bombshell! So if you are looking for one makeup item that will instantly transform your look, look no further.

Amazing Shine Eyelashes really are a Beauty Steal as they are made from human hair, are nice and bendy and only cost £1.99 per set. They sell varying lengths and styles of full set and individual lashes.  They are basically dupes for most premium cosmetic lashes (MAC No. 4 and Amazing Shine No 663 are virtually identical).

I love them because they are made from human hair, so they naturally add volume and length without looking to bulky or obvious. I particularly like the fact that the vein of the lash is clear – no black strip which makes them bendy and super easy to apply and manipulate in to shape.

I have 101, 601, 606, 747-M and the individual lashes in medium.

I purchase a stack load from www.colourcosmetics.co.uk

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Top 10 under £10 makeup

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There is a plethora of makeup and beauty products on sale at the high street shops and online. It’s literally a minefield of makeup that you have to navigate yourself through and it can all be very hit and miss with many items simply not worth the money. In my latest video, I share my top 10 makeup buys under £10 that I have tried, tested and fallen in love with. They are products which I continually reach for and know that perform.

 The top 10 under £10 makeup items are (drumroll please…..!)

Kate Moss Rimmel Matte Lipsticks
Amazing Shine Lashes 
Sleek Face Form
Maybelline Colossal Mascara
Maybelline Eye Studio Black Gel Eyeliner 
Maybelline Dream Touch Blush
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 
Real Techniques Brushes 
MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Undressed 
MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Dusk til Dawn

 

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I have a love hate relationship with under eye concealers. I love them because they correct the appearance of dark circles concealing any signs of tiredness and lack of sleep. But I also hate them because they can settle in creases and emphasise the appearance of fine lines. It’s essentially a choice between the lesser of two evils- dark circles or fine lines? Personally, dark circles are a NO NO especially when I want to achieve a flawless make-up base.

My favourite under eye and blemish concealer is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I love it because it’s full coverage and completely covers my dark circles making me look fresh and rested. It doesn’t smudge my mascara, it’s long lasting and has a nice creamy consistency. It claims to provide 16 hours of coverage -( I can’t confirm this as I’ve only ever worn make-up for a maximum of 12 hours). It’s also very versatile as it not only conceals dark circles, but also blemishes and red pigmentation. It’s cheap as chips and is extremely economical as a little goes a long way. I just love this concealer.

Application
I apply a small amount under my eyes using the doe foot applicator, I gently buff it in to the skin using a small flat foundation brush and then tap lightly with my fingers to seal the edges. Remember to set with a loose or pressed powder to add extra staying power and minimise creasing.

If you prefer not to wear a full face of foundation but want something to cover problem areas this may be the answer as it provides full coverage.

The only drawback is that there are only 4 shades in the range  Light, Fair, Medium and Deep so do test before you buy.

Affordable and effective
I think the consistency and effect of this concealer matches if not exceeds the performance of other higher end competitors. You can purchase 6 Collection concealers for the price of 1 YSL Touché Eclat. Absolute bargain!

Available to purchase for £4.19 from retailers including Superdrug and Boots.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Swatch in Medium

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