Embracing makeup-free days

Embracing makeup-free days - Is it time to ditch the makeup?

If you had told me just a few short months ago I’d be writing about how I’m embracing makeup-free days well, you’d have been met with a lot of laughter (and possibly a few expletives) but blow me down with a feathered makeup brush, that’s exactly what I’m doing!  Let me tell you a little […]

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My Happiest Finds of 2019

My Happiest Finds of 2019

Promotion ||  This post contains affiliate links marked with a *.  Find out more here.   I love discovering new things.  Especially when said ‘new things’ aren’t things you would necessarily stumble across on the high street.  Discovering products that make my life a bit easier, help me feel happier & maybe even indulge me just a smidge are […]

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Recommended: Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation

Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation

Have you ever had a panic buy turn out to be a real diamond of a find? It’s funny how a product can go from ‘this will have to do‘ to ‘I don’t think I could do without’. But that’s what happened to me when I panic bought Clinique’s Even Better Glow Foundation. What you […]

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Recommended: Skin Protector SPF30 Primer by ARK Skincare

ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF30 Primer

There are two pieces of skincare advice I stand by… you should wear a broad spectrum** SPF everyday and makeup stays on better with primer.  Despite knowing & believing in these beauty rules I had yet to have any success in finding either a great SPF or makeup primer, and believe me I have tried […]

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One oil to rule them all: Organic Facial Oil, By Sarah London

By Sarah London Organic Facial Oil Review - Image of 30ml & 10ml By Sarah London Facial oils on a windowsill

“All you need to do is cleanse & follow with this,” said Lauren, (one of the sisters behind the award-winning British skincare brand, By Sarah London) as she handed me their Signature Organic Facial Oil.  I was sceptical.  Just one product?  No other lotions or potions?  And an oil, on my combination skin?  But I’d […]

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How to do your makeup in only 5 minutes

How to do your makeup in only 5 minutes. Image of peppermint makeup bag with various makeup products and brushes coming out of it

5-minute makeup has been a necessity most mornings for me for years now.  Nothing will throw you off a perfect smokey eye quite like the sound of a toddler as it wreaks havoc around your home – all before 7am.  Even with a more hectic lifestyle, makeup remained (still remains) a much-loved part of who […]

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Face Invaders: dealing with spots in adulthood

Featured graphic for dealing with spots in adults. Young woman is holding pink balloons in front of her face wearing a white t-shirt against a blue background

Seriously? Spots appearing when we’re adults? Didn’t we deal with that trauma as teenagers?  Why do these little puss-filled joy killers feel the need to reacquaint themselves with us and invade our faces? Yes, unfortunately, spots in adults is really a thing!  It’s more common than many of us want to acknowledge.  Whether you’re in […]

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How to get the most out of your skincare products

How to get the most out of your skincare products. Illustration of a girl wearing an alice band, with her hands to her face, her eyes closed and looking contented. Illustrations of different skincare products are in front of her

Hopefully long gone are the days you believed the magazine model’s amazing skin had nothing to do with airbrushing and 100% to do with the product she was promoting – or maybe you always knew the truth?  Regardless, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least expect our skincare products to perform as they claim to […]

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Recommended exfoliators for face, body & scalp

Recommended exfoliators for face, body & scalp. Image of Sanctuary Spa Classic body scrub. Philip Kingsley exfoliating scalp mask and The Ordinary Glycolic acid 7% toning solution against a white background

Ready to get your scrub on?  To buff like nobody has buffed before? Well, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re not yet fully aware of the benefits of exfoliating, the different types of exfoliator or the right way to exfoliate, you’d definitely benefit from reading: For the scrub of it: why should you exfoliate […]

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For the scrub of it: why should you exfoliate and how to do it right! 

For the scrub of it! Why should you exfoliate and how to do it right. Image of a woman's bare legs holding a body brush on them over a white background

For years I’ve religiously exfoliated – everywhere – well almost everywhere.  So I guess you could say I’ve earned my scrubbing stripes.  I couldn’t imagine not exfoliating.  However, for a number of people I’ve spoken to, exfoliation doesn’t factor in their skincare regime – anywhere.  They believe it’s just one more step in an already exhaustive […]

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Recommended: Best shampoos and conditioners for fine hair

Recommended: Best shampoos & conditioners for fine hair. Images of Living Proof Full Shampoo. Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo and Percy & Reed Wonder Care Conditioner

As I mention within my article – 5 Easy ways to add volume to fine hair – a crucial step in gaining volume is starting with a good shampoo and conditioner.  I’ve tried a lot of volumising shampoos and conditioners over the years and these are my recommended best shampoos and conditioners for fine hair. […]

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Do eye creams really work?

Do eye creams really work? Close up of woman's eye area with dots of eye cream underneath her right eye

Up until recently I rarely used eye-creams.  I didn’t believe I needed to and the ones I did use didn’t seem to do anything noticeable.  Besides, there were no glaringly obvious concerns that a decent amount of concealer couldn’t fix.  But that belief all changed in an instant with just one picture. Here’s the picture […]

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Setting the Tone – why should you use toner?

Setting the tone - Why you need to use toner

Cleanse, tone, moisturise.  The holy trinity of the skincare routine.  Whilst the benefits of the first and last steps pretty much explain themselves – many are often left questioning, what the heck is and why should you use toner? Toners are ‘enriched’ liquids that take mere seconds to use after cleansing your skin.  Most usually […]

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Recommended Facial Cleansers (For all skin types)

Recommended: Facial Cleansers (For all skin types)

It’s really important to love your cleanser – especially as we often have to use one at the time of day when we have the least want or energy to!  So I’ve selected my recommended facial cleansers based on a range of application and removal methods – a key criteria in selecting the best cleanser for you.  

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