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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Review, Swatches and Looks



Urban Decay has been on a roll with its shadow palettes this year. The releases have come thick and fast, and thematically there’s been something for everyone. The appetite of UD fans has been well and truly satiated.

The latest collection that’s crossed my path is the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, part of the brand’s Autumn/Winter releases (it’s been out a little but still available).
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Gifts - 9 Stocking Fillers for £10 or Less


Giving or receiving little treats adds to the magic of Christmas, whether they come wrapped singularly or nestled snuggly within a stocking. While little beauty treats can often be expensive, it is possible to pick-up some nuggets for a tenner - or less!

Here’s nine for starters:
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Dermalogica At Christmas – My Pick



For the first time in years I’ve decided to eschew buying a beauty advent calendar. While on the surface they appear fantastic value for money, every year I’ve ended up not using some of the products inside, making the personal value of the collection much less.

While this is a personal thing, of course, depending on how much you yourself value the individual contents, this year I’ve taken a deeper interest in the single brand collections that are on offer.
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday – 5 Tips for Grabbing the Best Deals + Where to Look


If you’re intending to nab big Black Friday/Cyber Monday bargains this week and next, it would be wise to plan ahead. With so many brands and products getting involved, things could get a little bewildering. Here are five tips for striking gold and keeping your head while bargain hunting:
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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Esthechoc and the Truth About the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate


Do you enjoy eating chocolate? Me too! And going by recent media headlines, we should all feel free to keep on munching the sweet dark stuff to our heart’s content (literally!) as it’s rather good for us – it’s claimed to reduce blood pressure, relieve stress, prevent strokes and so on. It’s a superfood, even.

Though, in truth, things are somewhat more complicated. As the British Dietetic Association (BDA) points out, the studies the media has picked up while promising are limited. And crucially, the health benefits are actually focused on cocoa extract, not chocolate.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

NEW: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque – Stressed Skin Saviour



We tend to define our skin as a particular type, ie normal, oily, combination or dry (sensitive is perhaps another).

But it’s never quite that simple. There’ll be times when our skin suddenly takes on a different characteristic – a spotty outbreak, red and inflamed, uncomfortably tight, and so on. 

The reasons can be many, including a change in the weather, central heating, intense exercise and post certain hefty cosmetic procedures like skin peels and laser resurfacing.
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Friday, 11 November 2016

Getting My Sweat On – Light at the End of the Tunnel


It’s only when you emerge from one of life’s little difficulties do you suddenly realise quite how much it was dragging you down.

After months of being in a lot of pain with my hips, I’ve finally turned a corner. The inflammation in my muscles and joints has settled and life is getting back to normal.
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