Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Beauty Christmas Crackers

Not only has the beauty industry cashed in on advent calendars; they also rake it in when it comes to Christmas crackers. As beauty obsessives, we love it! I know it's still only October and this is my second Christmas post but it'll be November before you know it. Shops have started stocking Christmas items already so you've got to be quick before everything is gone! Here are just a few of the crackers available this year. I have separated them into individual crackers and cracker collections. 

Individual Crackers



Christmas Cracker Collection



Do you have your eye on any beauty Christmas crackers? Are they great or just another novelty fad?

Rachel x

Monday, 20 October 2014

NARS Orgasm Blush - Review



What they say; "The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking colour that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush."

This is actually my first ever NARS purchase and I bought it from Cohorted at a discounted price (I think I got it for about £18). I used the excuse 'I need this for my wedding' to justify buying a blush for almost £20 when I already have a draw full of them! Orgasm is such a highly raved about product in the beauty world with many people claiming it's their holy grail blusher. I just had to see what all the fuss is about!

NARS Orgasm Blush is a peachy-pink blush with a golden shimmer running through it. It apparently suits most skin tones and it definitely suits mine. Orgasm can be worn lightly for a natural blush or it can be built up for a more intense look. As it contains a golden shimmer, it can act as a 2-in-1 product, allowing you to save time in the morning and skip the highlight. At first, I wasn't sure about the shimmer for everyday but once it's blended, it's very subtle and looks beautiful. I imagine it looks stunning glistening in the low Autumn sunlight.

Is Orgasm a holy grail product for you? Which NARS products do you own?

Rachel x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Autumn Wishlist

Autumn Wishlist



Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set - I must be a magpie as I'm completely drawn to this for the rose good detailing. I haven't tried Zoeva brushes before so I'd only actually purchase these if I had the opportunity to try them or if enough people recommended them. 

The Balm Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette - The Balm is a brand I haven't tried before and this palette looks like it contains lots of shades that are up my street. 

COLAB Dry Shampoo - Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends has just released a range of dry shampoos. They are supposed to be sheer and invisible so I want to give them a try. 

Indeed Labs Eyslix Instant Eye Rescue - I suffer from dark circles especially when I'm tired at 6am on a Monday morning! Eyeslix apparently reduces puffiness, dark circles, fatigue and crow's feet. Worth a try I'd say! 

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers - These eyelash curlers are raved about so much on YouTube and by bloggers. I want to see what all the fuss is about. 

Zoella Blissful MistfulZoella Fizz Bar & Zoella Let's Glow Candle - Zoe recently released her beauty range and these are the three products that I want to try the most. There has been lots of hype around these products; I just hope they live up to the hype. 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer - Another The Balm product. This is the one I've heard the most about and I'm dying to give it a try. 

Have you tried any of these products before? Which items are on your wishlist? 

Rachel x

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Library Of Fragrance - Peony - Review



I first mentioned The Library Of Fragrance in this post just before their launch in the UK. I have been involved in some of their research before the big launch and I was asked things such as; fragrances I'd like to see, what the bottle should look like and offers that would most likely entice us to buy the products. This is a launch I'm very excited about as it allows us to be creative and create personal scents at affordable prices. 

The Library Of Fragrance is a New York based perfumery called Demeter Fragrance Library but they have decided on a new name for their UK launch this September. Demeter Fragrance Library was established in 1996 with an iconic capsule collection of three scents - Grass, Tomato and Dirt (all of which are still available today!) The mission is to capture all of the beautiful scents that surround us everyday and with over 300 scents under their belt, I'd say they've done a damn good job! 



Currently, The Library Of Fragrance has a pretty extensive collection of 101 fragrances which are available at www.thelibraryoffragrance.com. I'm pretty sure they will continue to expand on this considering the USA have over 300! A capsule collection of 28 of the brand's best selling scents will be available in most Boots stores and via www.boots.com

The Library Of Fragrance presents scents that are real and familiar and can be chosen to reflect the preferences of you, the wearer. The simplicity of the concept, allows wearers to layer scents which is not a new concept but definitely a more affordable one. The most basic rule of thumb, according to the brand, is if things smell good together in real life, they will smell good on you. The brand suggest recommendations on their social media but the overriding message is that wearers should be as creative as they like. 

The price for a 30ml bottle is £15 and there is an exclusive 2 for £25 promotion in Boots stores. That should encourage you to layer scents and find a personalised scent. 



I was kindly sent Peony to review as the lovely ladies at their PR office knew it's my favourite flower which was included in my bouquet when I got married. 

Peony is a beautiful scent which floods my mind with amazing memories from Friday 1st August 2014, my wedding day. It captures the scent of peonies so well and I'm looking forward to adding to my collection and creating beautiful combinations of scents. Unfortunately, Peony isn't available via Boots so you'll have to go through the website for this beauty.

You can view the 28 fragrances which will be available at Boots at www.boots.com and you can view the entire collection at www.thelibraryoffragrance.com

Which fragrances do you like the sound of? Are there any fragrances which aren't available that you'd like to see in the future?

Rachel x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Selfridges AW14 Fashion Showcase



On Thursday 9th October, I headed over to Selfridges Exchange Square in Manchester for their AW14 Fashion Showcase. The event was to celebrate the new menswear destination on the first floor and the latest womenswear collections on the second floor. I was very excited for the event and as I had a plus one, I brought my mum along as she loves Selfridges and was intrigued to see what I get up to at the events I go to.

How awesome is this skirt?! I want!

I also want this gorgeous handbag!


As we arrived, we were greeted by a Champagne arrival which is always a winner. There was also a non alcoholic option - Elderflower, which I also sampled and it was delicious. We had an hour to browse the new collections before the fashion show started. My mum and I headed straight for the shoe department before browsing the new womenswear collections.

The extremely talented Jacqueline Bissett in action

My awesome illustration


It wasn't long before we spotted fashion illustrator, Jacqueline Bissett who was offering a personalised illustration to take home. She is extremely talented and created beautiful pieces of art in less than 10 minutes. My mum and I are amazed by my illustration as it really does look like me and it captures me perfectly. I'm going to display it in a black frame in my bedroom near my dressing table.

Behind the scenes!

Apologies that this is my only photo of the catwalk. I watched it from the floor above so couldn't really get good images.


At 8:30pm, it was time for the fashion show to begin. The models descended from the second floor down the escalators onto the first floor to strut their stuff around the staircase. The fashion show consisted of mens and womenswear. I had a great view as I watched it from the second floor and could still see the models walking around the stairs. Unfortunately, this meant I couldn't get any good images.

These cocktails look incredible and they tasted pretty delicious too!

Christmas is coming!


After the fashion show, a pop up bar from The Alchemist were serving cocktails and waiters were offering canapés. We had another browse through all the beautiful collections - cooing over some beautiful clothes, shoes and handbags.

Rachel x

Monday, 13 October 2014

Beauty Advent Calendars 2014 (under £60)

There's no need to settle for chocolate in your advent calendar these days. In the past few years, beauty advent calendars have become a big thing. Many brands are releasing their take on the beauty advent calendar trend and as beauty obsessives, we love it! I've never actually owned one before. By the time I decided which one I wanted last year, they had all sold out! I'm going to be quicker this year and consider this a warning - act fast! Some are available now and by the beginning of November, they will all be available. In this post, I'm going to share the advent calendars which I have found under £60. 

Boots No7 Beauty Advent Calendar £35

Following the success of last year’s debut bestseller, the new No7 Beauty Calendar is  priced at £35 and is available from 29 October in selected stores and on boots.com. Containing 25 make up and skincare must haves for the festive season, it's worth £130 which is a massive saving of £95! This advent calendar appeals to me the most. It's the cheapest and has the biggest saving! Everyone's a winner (except maybe Boots!) 


L'Occitane Advent Calendar £45

L'Occitane's advent calendar is priced at £45 but it's worth £62. Although you only save £17, a saving is a saving at the end of the day! A negative for me is that there is only 13 doors to open. I don't understand the significance with 13 and would this be started on the 1st December? This advent calendar offering is available to buy on 3rd November.


Ciate Mini Mani Manor £49

"Ciaté’s Mini Mani Manor is the ultimate colour-packed countdown for the festive season – your very own merry mansion! What better way to embrace the holiday spirit than with 24 days’ worth of festive manicure goodies. This fairy-tale worthy advent calendar is an absolute must-have for any nail polish lover – you’ll find it hard not to open every window at once!"

It's priced at £49 but is worth £128 so you save a whopping £79! Ciate's popular advent calendar is available now and comes in three different variations. It's available to buy online here and in Selfridges and John Lewis stores.


The Best Of The Body Shop Advent Calendar £50

Available now, TBS Advent Calendar is priced at £50 and is worth £83 so you save a decent £33. It's available now and is available in selected stores. There are 24 doors to open in the run up to Christmas (I would have preferred 25 but I can't complain!) It contains some of their best-selling face and body care products and even includes some of the most recent launches including Nail Polish and Wild Argan.

"AND the gift of giving just gets better; with every Calendar you buy we will make a donation to our charity partner War Child, so you can send a child in a war-torn areas to class. What a gift!"


Elemis 12 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar £59.50

This is a variation on the classic advent calendar as it's a post-Christmas calendar beginning on 25th Decemeber. This means it can actually be given as a gift on Christmas day and then enjoyed for the next 12 days. I think this is a great idea! It's available now online and is priced at £59.50. It's worth £113 so you save a great £53.50.

Which advent calendar do you have your eye on?

Rachel x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

September Empties


L'Oreal EverSleek Smoothing & Moisture Shampoo & L'Oreal EverSleek Smoothing & Moisture Conditioner - I actually enjoyed using this shampoo and conditioner. I purchased these when they were on offer and if I see them on offer again, I will repurchase. They claim to contain no sulphates and no silicone but it does contain sodium lauryl sulfoacetate  and a few other ingredients which feature words similar to sulphate. Now I'm not a chemistry expert so I don't know if they are sulphates or not. (After a quick Google Search, Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate is actually a cheat detergent and is a natural ingredient. So they're actually really good although I've only researched that one ingredient! Can anyone else shed any light?)

Sure Crystal Invisible Anti-Perspirant Spray - I debated whether to include deodorant in my empties but I have before and after all, it is a product I've finished and I'd like to share my opinion. At first, I wasn't sure about the new smaller, compressed sprays but after using a few now, they actually last a really long time. I find the scent of this particular deodorant to be pleasant and it does it job! 

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micelle Solution - I haven't repurchased this yet but I might do as it's pretty good. I may even give the original a try as my skin isn't as bad as it used to be. I haven't used it to remove mascara yet; just my face make up, but I know a few people who do and they say it removes waterproof mascara effectively. Considering I haven't found an eye make up remover that does yet, I might as well go for a recommendation and give it a try. 

Simple Eye Make Up Remover - This is a great eye make up remover for regular mascara but it does absolutely nothing for waterproof mascara even though it claims to do so! Since my wedding, I have worn waterproof mascara more than usual as I have a fab No7 mascara, but I'm always put off as I don't have any way to fully remove it. Hopefully, Bioderma will work when I give it a try. 

Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash - I think this has featured in my empties before. It does an ok job and I've repurchased it several times but I am looking for an alternative cream wash that does a better job. If you recommend one, please let me know. I prefer a cream wash as it's easy to use and easy to take off. I have oil cleansers and balm cleansers but I find them a bit of a faff and sometimes I'm too lazy! 

La Roche Posay Effaclar H - I purchased this from Escentual (I think). I thought it would be worth a try as I love Effaclar Duo / Duo [+] but I wasn't that blown away. It's a moisturiser aimed at oily skin which has been weakened by over-drying treatments. I used it in the morning and in the evening but didn't notice any real difference in my skin. The tube is 40ml but it didn't last me very long. As you can see I've squeezed every last bit out which was very difficult as the plastic tube is so tough. 

Impulse Body Spray in Tease - My faithful body spray. I'm actually running low in back ups so I best stock up soon! I'm down to my last two and one is in my handbag. I haven't tried a different scent like I said in last month's empties as I already had these but now I need to stock up, I may just do that! I only buy in bulk when they are 99p/£1 so I'm on the lookout! 

Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment - I actually got this in the Christmas sales last year in an Origins gift set. I'm a hand cream obsessive and I always have about 5 tubes in back up so I didn't start using it till recently. I absolutely loved the hand cream though and I will definitely be checking out the full version. It soothed and moisturised my hands, absorbed quickly and it smelt gorgeous. 

Barry M Lash Vegas Black Mascara - I'm not sure what I thought of this mascara. It wasn't the best mascara I've ever used and it certainly wasn't the worst. It did it's job but it could have been better. I wasn't a fan of the wand and I found that mascara clung to it which I had to wipe off before application. To begin with, it was quite a wet mascara which I'm not a fan of but once it had dried out a little, it was a little easier to work with. I wouldn't repurchase it again though. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Everyone's favourite concealer! I think I'm going off it though. I don't know why. I just don't feel like it's been covering up blemishes that well recently. I had loads of back ups but I'm actually down to my last one now so I may give another concealer a try. Any recommendations? 

Rachel x

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