Beauty Hit List: February & March 2017

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It’s been two whole months since my last Beauty Hit List and, since then, I’ve discovered (and re-discovered) plenty of new goodies to obsess over. Today we’ve got some new makeup releases, one of my long-time favourite scents, the Easter collection we’ve all been waiting for and a new beauty store to hit up!

So what are we waiting for? As Shania Twain would say, let’s go girls (and boys!)…

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GEN NUDE by bareMinerals

How do you like to go nude? At the office? The gym? Buying groceries? bareMinerals have a nude for every occasion with their new collection of GEN NUDE lip colours and are proving that nude shades don’t need to mean boring! With four dreamy formulas and 40 shades (!) to choose from, there’s never been a better time to go nude.

The Matte Liquid Lip colours are creamy and moisturising, while the Radiant Lipsticks are serving up “your lips, but better” coverage. 10 new Buttercream lipglosses are non-sticky and plumping and the Under Over lip liners can be worn on their own or to accentuate the perfect pout. My favourites from the collection have to be the Radiant Lipsticks, which feel super hydrating and add a slight shine (I’m wearing the shade XOX in this photo, if you want to see it on!).

Whether you’re into pink, peach, beige or mauve, bareMinerals have you covered. Nudes for days!

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Sugar Crush by Soap & Glory

Hands up if you got some Soap & Glory at Christmas time? Oh, who am I kidding? I love me some Soap and Glory all year round! My all-time favourite scent by Soap & Glory is Sugar Crush, a fresh kick of sherbet and citrus – so you can imagine my excitement when some of the brand’s classic products were recreated using my go-to fruity scent!

Over the last few months, I’ve been enjoying using Sugar Crush-scented Hand Food, Body Wash and Buttercream body butter. The dinky ones above came inside a Christmas gift set, which are perfect for stashing in your overnight bag for a burst of zing on the go!

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LUSH Spring 2017 Releases

One of my favourite things about LUSH are their seasonal collections. As well as REALLY knowing how to run with a theme, the exclusive products are packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients and the LUSH Spring releases are no exception.

Covering Easter, Mother’s Day and the general joys of Springtime, this year’s products are an explosion of colour, creativity and cruelty-free fun! The Golden Egg bath bomb is back (phew!) to turn your bath into a glittering pool of toffee-scented bliss and there are plenty of gorgeous gifts to spoil your mama, your bestie or yourself. I just love the Chocolate Egg soap, which smells like vanilla, white chocolate and lemon.

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Superdrug Partick

If you’re Glasgow-based and want to pick up all your beauty essentials, you need to check out the shiny new Partick branch of Superdrug, which opened yesterday. Part of Crow Road retail park, this bright, modern unit is packed with everyone’s favourite brands plus Superdrug’s own-label products.

When I popped along to check it out, I was immediately drawn to the makeup section, which was packed with the store’s exclusive ranges like Makeup Revolution, MUA and Freedom. I also loved the Googly Eyes makeup bags, which are a super cute way to keep your handbag must-haves organised!

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It’s been an awesome couple of months for beauty – I think this time of year is always so great for new releases! I’m sure you guys have a few of your own favourites too, so be sure to tell me what I should be adding to my basket in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Love, glitter and googly eyes…

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2016 Bath, Body and Beyond Gifts for Pampering

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It’s a new week, which means it’s time for the second instalment of my ho-ho-holiday gift guide! Every Monday until Christmas I’ll be sharing my pick of the treats that we (or someone we know!) would love to wake up to under the tree.

Today, I’m talking bath, body and beyond – ideal for anyone who loves to indulge themselves and enjoys nothing more than soaking in the tub, slathering themselves in rich lotions and giving their locks some TLC! They’re also the perfect gifts for pampering someone special who deserves to be looked after.

With four fabulous brands to choose from, there’s everything you need to give someone a night of me-time…

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Foam & For-Tune by Soap & Glory

Singing in the shower (or the bath!) is actively encouraged with this magical musical tin from Soap and Glory’s Glitzmas collection. I don’t know many ladies that DON’T wish for Soap & Glory at Christmas time and, from this years extensive range, Foam & For-Tune is a super fun gift for anyone who loves their pamper time with a big ol’ slice of kitsch!

In typical Soap & Glory style, this is a very PINK and nicely packaged present, containing a host of miniature best-sellers including Clean on Me shower gel, The Scrub of Your Life body buffer, Sugar Crush body wash, body scrub & buttercream (best smell ever!), The Righteous Butter body butter and a pink shower puff. As if this little lot wasn’t enough to get into a lather over, the keepsake tin also sings! You can pick Foam & For-Tune up at Boots stores and online for £16.

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Christmas at Kiehl’s

Starbucks may have their red cups, but it’s when the red boxes and bows start to arrive at Kiehl’s that beauty lovers get REALLY excited. Specialising in all things skincare, Kiehl’s stay true to their prescriptive roots by offering a truly bespoke holiday gifting service to meet different needs and budgets.

Pre-made gifts are available in-store, some featuring this year’s exclusive Jeremyville Christmas packaging or, if you’re after something specific, you can create your own with the help of the Kiehl’s team. From hand creams to hair care (and so much more), there’s something really special about putting together a personalised package. All gifts are then wrapped in the store’s luxurious gift wrap (for free!) – giving you one less job to do later (just call them Santa’s Little Helpers, eh?!). Pop into Kiehl’s today to find out more!

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Lush Christmas 

Does it get more fun than Lush at Christmas? Every year I wonder if they can possibly come up with something new (and secretly hope that a few old favourites will return!), and each time I’m completely dazzled with seasonal soaps, glittering gifts and – oh yes – special edition smellies!

I love their brightly-packaged gift sets, which come in a whole range of shapes and sizes. The Ice Ice Baby gift (left) has your secret Santa all wrapped up, coming in at just under a tenner and containing a super fresh combo of Igloo soap and Snowman shower jelly. Best Wishes on the other hand (IN the other hand??) is pretty much a mini ‘best of’ Lush Christmas, with the Golden Wonder bath bomb, Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar and Snowcastle soap. Put it this way: if this set were to sing, it’d sound like Bing Crosby…

Lush’s Christmas range starts at just £2 and you can browse it here!

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Peace, Love, Pop by Paul Mitchell 

Paul Mitchell is bringing some comic-inspired style to Christmas stockings everywhere this year with their Peace, Love, Pop gift collection. Vibrant, playful and full of fun, there are 10 sets available to help cover every hair type and give your tresses a pop of style during party season!

From boosting colour, to hydrating and fighting frizz, Paul Mitchell are making it their mission to keep everyone feeling their very best at Christmas with these cruelty-free products. I love this SHINE set – designed to keep hair looking smooth and sleek with some of the brand’s popular Super Skinny hair treats. Each gift set sold from Peace, Love, Pop also supports BABY2BABY, which helps to provide children from low-income households with clothes, nappies and other necessities. The collection ranges from £20-40 and you can find out more online.

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I don’t know about you, but all of this talk of relaxing and pampering is making me want to hop into a frothy, bubbly bath! I hope that these picks help inspire you to spoil someone this Christmas – and be sure to let me know what your top gifts are for bath, body and beyond this year.

With love, bath bombs and red bows…

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A Few Summer Beauty Essentials

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The summer holidays are just around the corner (or for some of us, they’re in full swing – woohoo!), and it’s about this time of year we look for something a bit different from our makeup bags and bathroom shelves. Different in what way? Well, we tend to look for products that are going to work a little harder for us in the warmer weather, that won’t just help us to look and feel amazing, but will do a job for us too! I recently chatted about packing for a getaway, but I didn’t go into too much detail about the beauty side of things because I felt like it was a separate (though kinda related!) topic. A topic for today!

Whether you’re jetting off somewhere fabulous or having a staycation in the sun, I’d love to share a few of my summer beauty essentials that are as practical as they are pretty…

The Multi-tasking Make Up

A lot of us wear (and pack!) less make up in the warmer weather, but we still want to look our best. Urban Decay have been knocking it out of the park for ages now with products that can be used in endless ways, but the Naked Basics palette is one that makes it into my travel bag again and again. This small, yet beautifully formed range of neutral shades can be used as a complete eye kit, even though its primary use is an eye shadow collection. Tip: I use mine also for my brows and as an eye liner, meaning that if I only pack this little baby, my eyes are still good to go wherever I am.

This season, Urban Decay have just released the Naked Skin One & Done which is a hard-working complexion perfector, acting firstly as a sheer foundation with buildable coverage, but over time also helps to enhance skin. My favourite part about this one is that it lasts all-day wear, making it ideal for summer daytrips with no need for touch-ups!

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The Hair Saviour 

Hot weather & thick hair often equals frizz city. Not on my watch! Or, I should say, not on Lush’s watch! Sunny Day anti-static spray is just the thing to keep unruly hair in check when the temperature starts creeping up. Even though my hair doesn’t go too frizzy in the summer, my locks are still very thick and heavy and can go a little bit dry so this spray helps to keep things smooth and super glossy. Did I mention it smells like violets too? Dreamy.

The SPF BFF

I’m pretty sure I start lecturing people at this time every year BUT at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let’s just take a moment so I can bang on about sunscreen again, OK? You don’t need me to tell you how important protecting your skin against the sun and environmental damage is – and it’s something we should all be incorporating into our skincare regardless of where we are. I’ve recently started using Daily Light Guard by Aveda which is SPF 30 and provides UVA and UBV protection. I love the weightless, non-greasy feel of it on my skin, making it an easy step to add into my morning routine. If I was travelling somewhere very sunny, I would up my facial SPF level to a minimum of 50 (you’ve seen my ghostly complexion, so that’s a no-brainer!), but for summers at home and day-to-day use, this is my current go-to product.

The Cool Down Spritz 

It doesn’t really matter if you’re lying in a hammock somewhere exotic being fed grapes (WELL…) or have just come home from a sweaty commute – sometimes your skin just needs to be refreshed! I like to keep a facial mist around when I need to cool down or if my face needs some extra hydration. This white tea spritz by Neal’s Yard Remedies is pretty great at soothing my skin and it’s really gentle too. Organic aloe vera and antioxidant white tea help to calm redness and the fragrance is really faint (who wants to feel like they’re spraying perfume onto their face?) so it works well with my sensitive skin. When it’s really hot outside I keep it in the fridge!

I’ll be reaching for these summer beauty essentials over the coming weeks, but what about you? Do you switch up your products on holiday? And what are your favourite lotions and potions at this time of year?

Here’s to sunshine and feeling good all summer long…

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