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One for the #bbloggers: ‘Beauty Hacks’ book

beauty hacksThink you know EVERYTHING there is to know about beauty? Well why not test it out with Esme Floyd‘s new book ‘Beauty Hacks’.

The book contains 500 beauty tips and tricks to make you the biggest beauty expert around. This includes advice on skin, hair make-up AND nails.

The book is perfect for beauty bloggers who want to become even more clued up, or even for beauty fans who want to add more knowledge to their armour.

You can buy the book from ASOS now for £7.99.

So what are you waiting for – get swotting up on some new beauty secrets today!

Sam x

Rimmel launches The Only 1 Lipstick

rimmelLipstick fans listen up as Rimmel London has launched a brand new product for you.

The Only 1 Lipstick is basically a combination of the brands best moisturising and long-lasting lipsticks.

For all you science buffs, the lipstick offers pre-coated pigments which give full coverage in one easy stroke. It also contains lightweight oils and Vitamin E to leave lips all moisturised and smooth.

You will be spoilt for choice too as The Only 1 Lipstick comes in 14 difference shades. As well as this, Rimmel will be launching five new shades of its Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner range to compliment the new lipstick.

The Only 1 Lipstick will be available on September 30, and will be a bargain at £6.99.

Can’t wait to try!

Beauty Review: Soap & Glory Exfoliating Scrub Gloves

scrub glovesSo today’s review I’m going to talk about one of my favourite new items I’ve bought in ages – Soap & Glory‘s Exfoliating Scrub Gloves.

As you can tell by that introduction, I really liked this product. You see, I’m really particular with body exfoliator. I find that most of them aren’t gritty enough and don’t feel like they’re actually even doing anything, so it annoys me as I can pay out a lot for a product and feel like I haven’t got much in return. However, I definitely don’t feel that what about these gloves.

You’ve probably got the gist, but to explain them properly, they are exfoliating mitts that you just put on like normal gloves and use in the shower. You don’t have to use any extra exfoliating product with them – just squeeze some of your normal body wash onto the product, lather up and you’re away.

As you can see, the product is really easy to use and it totally works too. The gloves give you a nice, deep scrub that feels like it’s actually doing it’s job, without feeling harsh on the skin. They are also really cost-effective, as they are only £4 and will last much, much longer than a bottle of exfoliator. Being pink, they also look totally pretty hanging in the shower.

So my advice is definitely to give these a go! I would say to use them 2-3 times a week in the shower for silky smooth legs, making sure you apply moisturiser after. You can buy them from Boots here.

Happy scrubbing and let me know what you think of the gloves if you try them out!

Sam x

Product Love: Ciate Advent Calendar

ciateI know some of you will grumble at this post because it’s Christmas-related, but I just HAD to write about this year’s Ciate Advent Calendar.

This cute gift, which is on sale NOW, is a total must-have for any beauty lover. Complete with 24 little Ciate treats, including its polishes, paint pots and nail transfers, you definitely won’t struggle for some nail inspo over the festive season!

The calendar, which comes complete in a cute little manor house design, may be a little more pricey than an average advent calendar, at £49, However, that is a huge saving on what it would cost you if you bought all of the items separately.

Beauty advent calendars are still quite new, with some retailers only introducing them last year. However, the ones who did sold out straight away so snap your Ciate one up before they all go!

New hair: Fringed bob!

hairrHi guys,

Just a quick post to show you my new haircut! Now, I know it’s not really that summery to have a fringe & a bob, but I was just so bored with my hair. I had it short and was growing it out, but I couldn’t stand it being to in-between anymore and I didn’t want extensions, so there was just one thing for it – cut it off!

It’s probably a little shorter than I wanted it at the moment, however, hopefully it’ll grow quite quick in the sun so I can make it a bit more versatile. What I do love about a fringe though is that it makes me feel so much more stylish and makes me dress more fashionable I think, as I am trying to match in outfits with my fringe.

Anyway, I just thought I’d show you all. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of my new ‘do in my upcoming posts!

Sam x

June Burts Bees event with Olivia Purvis

BB8I can’t believe it’s July already and I haven’t even had chance to write about this event yet! Time flies huh?!

So basically, last month, I headed up to London to go to the fantastic Burts Bees event with Olivia Purvis from well-known blog ‘What Olivia Did’. The purpose of the event was for Olivia to go through her best tips to stay fabulous throughout the festival season as well as show for the lovely Burts Bees peeps to show off some of their newest and most-loved products.

The event was held at the Burts Bees Pop-Up shop in London’s Monmouth Road. The shop has sadly gone now (it was only there until June), however look out for any similar shops in the future!

I got to the event a little flustered as my train was delayed, however I relaxed as soon as I walked in thanks to the lovely Burts Bees staff who greeted me and also because of the lovely prosecco they also handed to me!

There were lots of other bloggers there already trying out some of the products and I had a quick look around to see what some of the products were like. After that it was time for Olivia to come out and have a chat with us all.

She had some great tips for the festival season up her sleeve. These included taking a cheap phone, using disposable cameras and having some sensible mud-proof boots. She also recommended some of the Burts Bees products which were perfect to take to any festival. These included Burts Bees Lip Shimmer, which she said was nourishing yet pretty and the Burts Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother if you stay out in the sun a bit too long! The Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extra were also a must, according to Olivia, to get off the days festival make-up.

After Olivia’s talk (and more prosecco) we were then allowed to try out more products and buy any that took our fancy. I went for the Aloe & Buttermilk Body Lotion, as well as the Almond & Milk Hand Lotion, as well as the banana version of the latter too. When buying these I was then handed a goody bag full of even more treats such as a make-up bag, two Acai Berry Lip Balms, a miniature Peppermint & Rosemary Bodywash and a miniature Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream. It was definitely fair to say I was pleased and loaded down with goodies!

The good thing about all these products is that the ingredients are packaging are all natural as well as working great. Good work Burts Bees!

Before I went, I also got to have a quick chat with Olivia, who, to my surprise, told me that this was her first kind of event that she had done. I was really shocked considering that Olivia has been blogging for a good few years now. I told her that she should definitely do some more though and that I will definitely be attending them!

Check out some photos of the event below…

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Left: The beautiful Burts Bees Pop-Up shop. Right: Some of the testers available on the night. 

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Left: Two of the lovely Burts Bees ladies. Right: Olivia shows us how to get festival fab.

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Above: Some of the lovely goodies I came away with!


Product Review: Herbal Essences ‘Fresh Balance’ Clarifying Shampoo

herbalI have always had quite thick hair & I’m used to it being quite big, which I like.

However, just recently my hair felt really bogged down for some reason & definitely wasn’t as bouncy and full as it usually felt. I had been using a colour protect shampoo as I had dyed my hair a red shade and I know that it fades easily. I don’t know whether this was the reason it felt heavy and flat if it was locking in the colour, but I definitely knew I needed to try something.

Feeling a bit down about it (you know what us girls are like) I asked my friend and fellow beauty blogger Lauren what she thought I should do. She suggested a clarifying shampoo.

So, off to the shop I went in search of one. I looked in Boots & Superdrug, but I literally couldn’t find any and thought I might have to go online. However, as a last resort I tried a Tesco Extra and found Herbal Essences ‘Fresh Balance’ on the shelf.

Personally, I love Herbal Essences as a brand. They offer a wide range to suit all hair types, smell lush & are not too expensive!

I decided to go the full wack and buy both the shampoo and conditioner. These were £3.79 each, which are a tad more expensive than the other types in the range, but it’s still not expensive and I definitely needed to try something.

On first use, I noticed the gorgeous smell. With citrus blossom extracts it really creates a gorgeous fruity aroma in the shower. The shampoo also lathers up lovely, more than any other shampoo I’ve used.

I washed my hair with it twice and noticed that it left a squeak after I did, which made me feel like my hair was really clean. I followed up with the conditioner after, which had an equally great smell and left my hair feeling soft.

When I got out of the shower I was eager to dry my hair to see what it was like and I definitely wasn’t disappointed… Before when I went to comb my hair the brush kept getting stuck in the knots, however it was now coming through easily and I had my big bouncy hair back. I was so pleased that I had to take an Instagram of the effect straight away!

I know it’s sad, but you definitely feel better when your hair is better and this product helped me do that so I would definitely recommend it if you feel like your hair is a bit flat and bogged down.

The only thing I would say is that it might not be suitable for everyday washing as it may leave your hair a bit dry. If you do wash your hair everyday though, you could just alternate this shampoo with another.

But yes overall it’s a massive thumbs up from me – Herbal Essences you’ve done it again!

Let me know if you’ve used this product of if you have any wonder shampoos that you use.

Sam x

P.s. This shampoo and condition are buy one get one free in Tesco at the moment so snap it up while you can!

Beauty Review: Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector

bb creamNow when I heard about BB creams, I was sceptical.

The thing is, I’d tried tinted moisturisers before and didn’t really think that much of them. This was because I felt like they didn’t give enough coverage, were too greasy and it felt like I was moisturising make-up into my face basically.

However, these BB creams are a lot more than just tinted moisturisers. They are beauty balms which combine serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock all into one product. Clever huh?!

So, unlike the tinted moisturisers, which do actually end up rubbing foundation into your skin, this product will protect you as the primer in the product acts as a shield against the foundation being absorbed, however the serum in the cream still leaves your face hydrated. What’s more, the product has SPF which means you are protected from the sun too!

I decided to try Garnier‘s BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector as I also use their face moisturiser and gradual tan lotion & I love both of these products. I have to say, once again, they’ve created a great product that I really love.

The cream glides on easily, provides great coverage, makes my skin look healthy and glowing (without looking shiny) and last all day. Obviously, there are some days that you want to wear full foundation, such as when you are going on a night out. However, for everyday use, this product is perfect and makes you feel like you are still being good to your skin when you are wearing it.

It is also perfectly for sunny city breaks, where you are walking in the sun, but won’t be jumping in a pool every five seconds, as it contains SPF 15 and isn’t greasy whatsoever. Being an all-in-one cream also means that it saves space in your make-up bag & means you don’t have to spend out on lots of different products – what a result!

The Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector is available in two different shades and is £7.99 for a 50ml bottle in Superdrug.

Let me know what you think of BB creams; they’ve certainly won me around – especially this one!

Sam x



Hair questions #1: Messy bun – Do or don’t?

messy bunWe all know that hair is a big thing to females…

Having a good hair style can either be a day-maker or a day-breaker, with us women instantly getting a boost if our ‘do is on point.

So, in light of this, I have a big hair-related question for you all today; are messy buns a fashion do or a fashion don’t?

I’m not talking around the house obviously, as we all know that this is the perfect style to rock when you are trying to brush your teeth and cleanse your face, I’m talking about OUT IN PUBLIC. As in, letting the whole wide world see your messy (but actually kinda perfected) ‘do.

For me, I have definitely worn this style a few times (see right) and not just to the gym. You see, my work allows for casual dress, so I have often rocked this hair with like a jersey t-shirt, as kind of like a sporty but smart look. I do worry sometimes that rocking this does make me seem younger however, as it’s kind of like the hairstyle you had when you were five, or even like a ‘hipster’ who is just too cool to worry about what their hair looks like.

The thing is, my hair is quite short at the moment too (just above shoulder length), so putting in up like this gives a longer effect to my hair. It also means I can do something different with it on days I am bored of wearing it down.

So what is your opinion? Do you like your hair to be perfectly sleek or coifed, or are you a fan of the messy/just-out-of-bed look once in a while?

I think I am going to experiment with both still whilst I can still get away with it in my twenties!

Sam x

Style Watch: Lauren Conrad has purple hair!

LCSo our favourite girl from ‘The Hills’, Lauren Conrad has dyed her hair purple!

LC is known for her perfectly curled coifed blonde hair, so I have to say I was a little shocked that she went for such a bold move. She did get multi-colour streaks in the ends of her locks back in 2011, so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, but this is the first time she has properly changed her overall look.

The 28-year-old announced the news on her blog under the title ‘Pretty in Purple’ and I have to say that I definitely agree she looks great. Obviously you can’t see the overall effect as the image only gives you a glimpse of the fashionista’s new look. However, from what I can see, if suits her colouring perfectly and looks absolutely gorgeous.

Lauren says the colour she used is semi-permanent, so it will last from 6 to 8 weeks, which is a definite bold move, as some coloured dyes fade almost as quickly as you put them in.

I am extremely jealous of anyone with blonde hair who can achieve this look easily, as I adore it. Being brunette all my life, I have only really experimented with red shades so far, as this easily washes out again. I have decided that I am definitely going to experiment with dip-dyed ends this spring/summer however, which will enable me to experiment with more colours. I  might even try going fully blonde for the first time after that – exciting!

Anyway what do you think of Miss Conrad’s new purple do’? And do you think pastel shades will be big this summer?

Let me know below!

Sam x

P.s. She published the on April 1, so I hope it wasn’t an April Fools!