Beauty Hit List: October & November 2017

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You guys, it’s officially winter, how the heck did that happen? Along with the drop in temperature, everything else has changed – my wardrobe, my choice of hot drinks and even my beauty habits. At this time of year, I’m living for makeup worthy of fun festive fiestas, cosy baths and skincare treats, how about you?

I thought it was about time I shared another Beauty Hit List, and my current favourite products are a true sign of the season. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder

Earlier this month, I got a lovely introduction to one of Estee Lauder’s most iconic products over dinner at Ox and Finch with the team from Estee Lauder. According to a ton of articles, Advanced Night Repair serum is a top-selling repair serum but what does that mean and what does it do? Well, I’ve been using it along with my favourite moisturiser before bed for the last few weeks and I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin already! As well as feeling hydrated (so important during the colder months), I’ve also noticed my skin looking smoother and more even-toned. I’ll keep on using it and report back again soon!

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Orangutan Soap by LUSH

Usually at this time of year, I’m likely to be found knee-deep in LUSH’s Christmas products (after all, the Snow Fairy addiction is real, am I right?). However, on my recent visit to their Buchanan Street store, I walked past their festive bath bombs and picked up one of the limited edition Orangutan soaps. These little guys smell yummy (thanks to the orange and patchouli oils!), look adorable and all sales of the soap help conserve the wild Sumatran orangutans by restoring their native forests. There’s plenty of time for the Christmas range – in the meantime, I’ll be scrubbing up like King Louie.

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Pink Lemonade Bath Fizz by A Pony Called Steve 

Made in Scotland, cruelty-free and beautifully packaged, there’s a lot to love about new-to-me indie beauty company A Pony Called Steve! Their loose bath fizz smells oh-so-sweet and it’s perfect for making winter bath times a little less gloomy. When I’m feeling mega indulgent, I’ll throw a few big handfuls in and still have a lot left in the jar to play with next time…

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Meteor Storm & Fall in Love palettes and Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops by Barry M

Barry M have really pulled out all the stops this year! Their latest drop of eyeshadow palettes are seriously dreamy, with oodles of warm and cool tones to play with and create the ultimate Christmas party eye. My favourites are the Meteor Storm palette, which is packed with metallic shades, and the Fall in Love one, which has ten rich shadows that remind me of sunsets!

On top of that, Barry M have also released their Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops, which I’ve loved using lately. These work really well when buffed in with a brush and can be used to build as subtle or dynamic a look as you like.

So, this is what’s made it into my latest Beauty Hit List – but what about you? What are you loving at the moment and what should I try next?

 

 

 

This post contains some PR samples but all views and Jungle Book-inspired washing tips are mine.

Evo Fabuloso at BLOW: Aftercare for my Liquorice Hair!

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Wanna know a completely believable fact about me? I’ve been dying my hair since I was 16. I know, try not to fall over in shock. Over the years, my locks have been a range of different colours from flamingo pink, to turquoise and a lot in between! But, I always go back to black with a slight blue sheen to make it extra shiny (my go-to colour is called Liquorice and that describes it perfectly).

Blue-black was the first colour I tried when we experimented in Gary’s mum’s kitchen, trying not to get blobs of dye on the linoleum (and my precious Converse!) and, by this point, I now think of it as my signature shade.

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But, here’s the thing about dying your hair this dark: it has to look healthy and, for that, the colour has to be very intense. Don’t believe me? Dull black hair has a tendency to look like a bad wig and no-one wants to look like they just bought their hair from Amazon for a tenner, right?

All manner of things can leave hair with that faded look – heated styling, washing and blowdrying, the environment (I love sunshine as much as the next gal but, if I’m not careful, my hair colour will strip FAST!) and more can be pesky foes for your ‘do. Before you know it, your super fly hair is looking, um… super dry.

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I’m therefore a big fan of trying different treatments and potions to keep my dye job looking fresh for as long as possible. Evo had initially caught my eye on social media a while back with their eye-catching visuals and products dedicated to giving your hair its groove back. So, when my favourite salon BLOW started to stock the innovative Evo Fabuloso line, I was looking forward to giving it a try at my next appointment.

Evo Fabuloso are where intense colour and oh-so-soft conditioning form the ultimate dream team! The treatments are completely custom and mixed for you at the salon, after you pick out your colour match.

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For me, this was the best part! I was presented with a range of raven shades to look at – from Blackcurrant (red hue), to Cola (chocolate hue) and even my beloved Blue Black. This attention to detail is what makes Evo a great brand match for BLOW. After all, if they have multiple options of black, they’re bound to have a match for almost everyone! Soon, I had my own bottle to take away.

Using Evo Fabuloso at home is an easy way to give a boost of intensity and shine, without having to make one of those emergency appointments! The product is somewhere between a conditioner and dye top-up, so leaving it on a bit longer before rinsing out is recommended (about 20 minutes should do it, so grab something to read or belt out a few shower classics to fill the wait time…).

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If you fancy checking out the full range of aftercare from Evo, be sure to pop into BLOW Shawlands or Finnieston for a chat, or ask the stylist during your next appointment!

Here’s to keeping coloured hair looking less Amazon and more Ah-mazing (see what I did there?!).

 

 

DECIEM Arrives in Glasgow: 5 Things You Need to Know

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When it comes to beauty brands, Glasgow is a funny old town. Our high streets, shopping malls and department stores are bursting at the seams with cosmetics companies, yet we just can’t seem to get enough! House of Fraser’s beauty haul hall is a perfect example of this – it’s an Aladdin’s Cave of endless lotions and potions, but it’s always making room for new additions to its impressive line-up.

Standing out from the crowd can be tough when there are oh-so-many big names to choose from but, when DECIEM arrived in House of Fraser’s ground floor last week, beauty addicts all over town felt their spidey senses tingling and my Twitter feed was going at light speed!

But who are DECIEM, and why should you be excited about them coming to Glasgow? Here are 5 things to get you started…

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  1. DECIEM are an ‘abnormal’ beauty company in the BEST sense of the word! Growing rapidly in just 4 years (starting with just 2 employees, now they have over 120), DECIEM do a lot of things their own way – such as adopting a very hands-on approach to developing the 10+ brands under their company name and being committed to authenticity. If you tell them that they can’t do something, it just spurs them on to prove people wrong – and that’s a philosophy I can totally get behind.
  2. Their price points will surprise you. Six quid for the cult foundation that everyone is raving about? Now, that’s pretty damn fabulous. DECIEM believe that quality isn’t defined by a price tag, so you can pick up your shade (and, psst – they have 21 to choose from!) even if you’re a babe on a budget. DECIEM
  3. DECIEM have more then 10 unique brands under their belt – and they’re all cruelty-free. Taking on skincare, haircare, makeup, supplements, grooming and bodycare is ambitious enough as it is but making sure their practices are cruelty-free shows that DECIEM really are a brand that stick to their guns (and no, they don’t sell in mainland China either!).
  4. Instagram filter in a bottle? #YESPLEASE! DECIEM’s NIOD Photography Fluid was one of those products that beauty writers went bananas over when it was first released and it’s just as popular today. Smoothing, evening and brightening skin for that ‘photo ready’ look, it can be mixed with foundation or worn on its own.
  5. DECIEM’s Hand Chemistry hand cream has been THEE #1 seller at Boots every week. And I know Boots stock a ton of hand cream! Hand Chemistry is a multi-functional cream, targeting dryness, dark spots and signs of ageing. Like a fancy face cream but, y’know, for your paws! It flies off the shelves constantly, and now it’s in House of Fraser too – hooray!

You can find the new DECIEM concession in House of Fraser Buchanan Street; just next to Jo Malone. Will you be paying them a visit? And what sorts of things make YOUR spidey sense tingle?