DIY Bee Good Gift Hampers

The Beauty Shed is my favourite little beauty salon, but also one of my favourite places to do my gift shopping (and stop for a hot chocolate while I'm at it). Their little store sells some lovely products from brands like Green & Spring and Catseye, and everything is always beautifully gift wrapped to perfection. And now, their online store is fully launched, meaning you can buy these lovely (and gorgeously presented) gifts from anywhere! (Although if you can make it into Hove, I promise you that the experience alone will be worth the trip).

Bee Good is the latest line to join the Beauty Shed's line up of (somewhat unique and hard-to-find) brands. I've seen a lot of beauty bloggers raving about Bee Good; an all-natural, premium, British, honey skincare range - and for Christmas, The Beauty Shed are offering bespoke gift boxes. With two sizes of empty boxes available, you can mix and match products to make the perfect gift for someone special.

When I last visited for an Essie manicure, The Beauty Shed had made me up a facial care hamper as an early Christmas present!

A pink gingham ribbon tied up the cardboard Bee Good box, and inside pink tissue paper wrapped a Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 cleanser, a Honey & Camelina facial exfoliator and Honey & Wild Flax daily moisturiser.

Each of the products feel rich and luxurious and have a gorgeous fragrance; natural and delicate, nothing too sweet or overpowering. The products make for quite a 'spa like' experience at home due to the high quality, creamy consistency and indulgent scent.

My favourite product is the 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser, which is similar to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It comes with a little muslin cloth, which is used to gently wipe the cleanser off. I like to heat the cloth with hot water and leave it on my face for a minute to open the pores and let the cleanser get deep into my skin. So relaxing.

I think these gift boxes are such a good idea as you can tailor the products to what you think the recipient would like - it's always a shame when you recieve a pre-packed gift set that has one item in it that's not quite right. 
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Autumn Beauty Favourites

Brrr the temperature has suddenly dropped hasn't it?! I'm glad to be snuggled up in my onesie with a hot water bottle right now. There were even a few snowflakes in Brighton on Saturday morning... Winter is coming. With this in mind, I thought it was about time to share by favourite beauty bits from the Autumn period. 

Essie 'Leggy Legend' 

I chose this beautiful copper colour from Essie's Autumn collection for my manicure at The Beauty Shed and I loved it so much, I had to buy a bottle to take home with me. It's such a unique shade, I haven't seen anything else quite like it. It's the perfect golden bronze with a subtle shimmer, but nothing too sparkly (we'll save that for Christmas). 

NailHQ Cuticle Oil

My cuticles seem to suffer the most when the weather turns colder, no matter what I do! I tend to have a couple of cuticle rescuers on the go at this time of year to try and keep the roughness at bay, one of which currently being the Nail HQ Cuticle Oil which is formulated with jojoba oil and apricot kernal oil. Unlike cuticle creams, this sinks in pretty much instantly without leaving a greasy residue, meaning it's great to use within a manicure

Amika Nourishing Mask

Wind, cold and rain beaten hair needs extra TLC, so I've started using a hair mask once a week. I have fallen in love with the entire amika range (thanks to it's absolutely beautiful packaging) and this Nourishing Mask has been my go-to Autumn hair treatment. It's made using superfruit Sea Buckthorn Berry (aka Obliphica) and intensley moisturises my dried out hair, leaving it softer, less tangle-prone and shinier.

Topshop Lip & Cheek Smudge in Wilderness

I do struggle with A/W lip colours. As much as I love a dark vampy lip, I'm much more suited to a coral or pink shade in general. But this Lip (& Cheek, but I haven't used it on my cheeks for obvious reasons) Stain is my perfect berry lip colour! The crayon itself seems to be a great dupe of a Nars matte lip pencil - very pigmented  and incredibly long lasting (you can go at least four/five hours before needing to reapply...!)
£8.50 from Topshop

Lanolips Golden Ointment

This is a great little multitasker to keep in your handbag during the colder seasons. It's an intensely rich honey-based balm that soothes dry or cracked skin, softens cuticles and sticks down flyaway hairs (of which there have been many.) 

Embryolisse Radiant Eye

I've written a full review of this little gem here which is worth a read if you want to find out more about how great it is, but I've included it again as an Autumn favourite as I've found the Embryolisse Radiant Eye particularly useful since the shorter days have drawn in, 

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Nail polish stocking fillers

When it comes to stocking fillers or picking out Secret Santa gifts, you really can't go wrong with a nail polish gift set!

Mavala A Cracking Duo*

These festive Mavala minis come wrapped up in a cute Christmas cracker. Available in six different colour couplings, this one includes Hearth, a deep evergreen, and Warm Cognac, a dark chestnut red, both with a glossy, creme finish. The bottles may be dinky, but the Mavala formula packs a punch. They're super long lasting, highly pigmented and free from all chemical nasties including formaldehyde, toulene and parabens.

Nina Ultra Pro Winter Stones Gift Pack*

Nina Ultra Pro is the own brand nail polish of Sally Salon Services, so you can be sure to expect a salon quality formula from their 'Winter Stones' set, which contains four pint-sized polishes inspired by precious gemstones; Onyx (black with blue and silver glitter), Moonstone (white with iridescent white and silver glitter), Tourmaline (bright purple with tiny flecks of purple glitter and a shimmer finish) and Flurite (a cool-toned bronzey gold with a shimmer finish). The shimmery polishes in particular apply nicely and give a really solid coverage.

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Going for Gold.

gold beauty products

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre Edition Gold, Project Kukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concenrate, Gold Edition

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate is going to be a product I am going to be buying for a lifetime, but for this year only, it's 65th anniversary year, it's available in a gold, glittery tube! Incase you missed my previous rave about Embryolisse's cult hero product, here's the lowdown: it's a lightweight, silky face cream that leaves skin supple, nourished, velvety smooth and glowing. It's anti-ageing and hydrating, acts as an amazing primer, has endless celebrity fans and is a staple in make-up artists kits. 
£20 from Boots

O&M Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm*

This miracle golden hair balm smoothes and restores dry, fizzy, damaged hair back to its virgin-like state, and it really does work miracles - it gives a salon look and feel to my hair, even with my terrible blow-dry skills. It works as a treatment and a styling product in one, with keratin to strengthen and repair and Gold of Pleasure Oil and Australian Macadamia Oil to leave hair glossy, baby-soft and smooth. Used on wet hair before blow-drying, it will leave your hair silky and shiny, or it can be used sparingly on dry hair to tame flyaways and add a weightless gloss. 
£28 from Space NK

Accessorize Nail Polish Bronze Leaf and Black Cherry

Accessorize Nail Polish

Accessorize revamped their nail polishes earlier this year, and the new bottles are so, so pretty. I don't care if I already own a similar nail polish colour, I want ALL of these to display the gorgeous bottles on my shelf! But they're not just a pretty face, the polish packs a punch too - they give a true hue, they apply smoothly and give perfect coverage in two coats. The flat brushes are a bonus too, making application quick and easy. (Shades pictured are Bronze Leaf and Black Cherry)
£5 from Accessorize

Gold Compact Tangle Teezer

It's true, I'm a Wet Brush girl now, but the compact Tangle Teezers are still good travel companions, thanks to it's clip-on cover that protects the bristles from getting damaged, and stops fluff/crumbs/whatever else is found at the bottom of your handbag from getting into the brush. 
£9.99 from Fragrance Direct

KIKO Rebel Romantic Intensely Lavish Lipstick

KIKO's latest limited edition lippies come packaged in glorious gold metal tubes that make me feel just a little bit closer to pretending I own a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. But to be fair, the Rebel Romantic lipsticks have all the qualities of a high-end product; weighty packaging, a luxuriously creamy texture, bold colour and high shine. The range features six sultry shades, I opted for 'Lusty Peony', a mauvey nude, very Kylie. 
£6.90 from KIKO
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Embryolisse Radiant Eye

This wonderful little stick is my new best friend in the mornings. It does to my appearance what coffee does to my mood.

With just a quick swipe under each eye, the cooling gel stick makes my skin look, and feel, awakened. The cold sensation not only leaves a fresh feeling, but also works to decongest the tissue in the under-eye area to depuff tired eyes and reduce dark circles.

Known to the French as the 'Secret de Maquilleurs' (or make-up artist's secret), the Embryolisse Radiant Eye stick is a make-up bag must have. As well as working as an instant eraser for dark and puffy eye bags that we all experience, no matter how much sleep we get the night before, but it leaves the skin perfectly smooth and perfectly primed for concealer. Perhaps it has something to do with them both being a 'secret', but the Radiant Eye used in partnership with the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer is a match made in heaven. The creamy paste consistency of the LM concealer grips on to the Radiant Eye while it's still slightly tacky, and stays put (and crease-free) ALL day.

But Embryolisse Radiant Eye isn't just for using under your make-up, first thing in the morning. It's great for refreshing and perking up tired eyes throughout the day. I have a second application (over my make up) when I have my afternoon cup of coffee to survive through the 4pm slump!

I fell in love with Embryolisse's hero product, Lait-Creme Concentrate (and stocked up on three tubes for fear of ever running out) and now I love this too. I can't wait to see what else Embryolisse have to offer!

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French Pharmacy Favourites

There's a reason French women are known for their beauty and it's the same reason that beauty editors, bloggers and make-up artists cross the Channel especially to visit their 'pharmacies'. Yep, I'm talking French Pharmacy Skincare.

When it comes to skincare, the French don't need any pretty packaging, fancy fragrances or celebrity endorsements (the celebs come flocking off their own accord); instead they rely on high quality ingredients and extensive scientific research to create highly effective formulas that have secured most French pharmacy skincare brands a cult status.

Although French pharmaceutical skincare brands have been big news for a while, it's taken me four years of beauty blogging to finally overhaul my entire day-to-day skincare routine a la Francaise, and boy is my skin thanking me for it. Here are the four products that J'adore...


Caudalie's new generation cleansing oil is a two-in-one make-up remover and luxurious facial cleanser that works in two stages: applied to dry skin, the silky oil loosens and dissolves make-up, and upon contact with water, the oil transforms into a milky cleanser that nourishes and refreshes the skin.

Caudalie's Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil eliminates the need to use two products as it really is highly effective at both tasks. It's all-natural formula contains sunflower oil and castor oil, that melts away even stubborn waterproof make-up in seconds, and grape-seed oil and sweet almond oil that are full of antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins that care for and rejuvinate the skin. The sweet almond oil leaves a delicate, sweet scent that smells pleasantly like marzipan.


A foam cleanser is my favourite type of cleanser, and one made from rose petals has got to be heaven sent. The Nuxe Micellar Foam Cleanser luxuriously lathers up and, unlike some foam cleansers that have a bad rep for being drying, is soap-free, instead relying on micellar particles to cleanse without drying the skin. The micellar particles act like magnets to draw dirt and impurities out of the skin, leaving it feeling perfectly cleansed and toned. I've also found this cleanser  works well with my Clarisonic facial brush, as it spreads out across the skin and reaches every contour of the face. 

Infused with rose petals, the formula is calming and soothing to the skin, and as rose petals are a natural astringent, the cleanser also tones the skin, tightening the pores and leaving a smooth and refreshed complexion. 


Avène Thermal Spring Water, bottled it's source at the Sainte-Odile Spring in Avène, France, is the magic ingredient to all of Avène's cult skincare range, so it's no surprise that the pure mineral water facial spray is one of it's hero products. 

The multi-tasking spray can be used after cleansing, as a make-up setting spray, as a refreshing facial spritz during or after excersise or on a hot day, or just as an extra hit of hydration when you need a little pick me up.


The hero product from Embryolisse is adored by endless A-listers - Karlie Kloss, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow... the list goes on... and has been hailed a must-have in any make-up artists kit.

A rich yet lightweight, silky smooth cream that absorbs instantly and deeply hydrates, leaving skin radiant, supple and plumped. It's also a great anti-ageing cream, as it helps to maintain and rebuild the natrual hydrolipidic film that our skin produces to protect itself.

Within a week or so of applying twice a day, it was as though somebody had lit a candle within my skin - my complexion is glowing, and (despite the cold winds outside and dry heat inside at this time of year) my skin feels smooth and the cream's velvety texture acts as a perfect base for foundation to grip on to.

I have literally stock piled on this stuff as I can't run the risk of running out. If there's one thing you ever try on my recommendation, please make sure it's this.
£20 from Boots
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Green People x Woodland Trust Gift Collections

Yes, it's here already - the first post of my Christmas Gift Guide! Although it's too early to be thinking about Christmas, I just couldn't help sharing with you the first Christmas collection to catch my eye. Plus it's quite autumnal anyway so... there. 

Making ideal pressies for the nature lovers in your life, Green People's limited edtion skincare gift sets not only feature beautiful illustrations of woodland animals, they also raise money for the Woodland Trust. 

There are three gift sets for her; a badger hand care collection, an owl facial care collection and a fox body care collection, and one for him: a stag body care duo. Rich has given his thoughts on the Men's Collection over on his blog - so if you want a man's opinion before you buy, go and have a read, here! But wait - before you leave, read on to what I thought of the facial care collection... 

Inside the box is a three-step facial regime in 3 x 30ml tubes of Calendula & Geranium cream cleanser, Mandarin & Bergamot face scrub and Rosemary & Sandalwood Moisturiser. 

The scents in the products are gorgeous and smell very similar to the Green & Spring products that are used in facials at The Beauty Shed, making these ideal for a relaxing DIY facial at home. The smells are also very warming and comforting for these colder months - however, I find the smell of sandalwood so relaxing that it puts me in a bit of a trance, so I won't be using these in my morning skincare routine! 

The three products work together in harmony, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and rejuvinated and delicately fragranced. 

As for the other two sets, the fox and mr badger, these will be perfect presents for both our mums. They're both nature lovers and keen gardeners and I know they'll both love to recieve one of these cute sets from us for Christmas. Question is - who gets which one?! As they're probably reading, that'll have to remain a mystery....

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Mrs Robinson's

Cute stationary, soy candles, dainty jewellery and various cat-related paraphernalia - Mrs Robinson's store is a blogger's paradise.

I ventured into Worthing to explore the delights in store at Mrs Robinson's and share with you my favourite items. But don't panic if you're not local, as you will find everything on Mrs Robinson's online store (where you'll even find products are helpfully categorised by animal).

Parkminster Candles

I love Parkminster Candles and am so happy I have now found a new stockist after Milla Grace sadly shut down. The candles are handmade locally in Sussex and made from natural soy wax (which is cleaner and longer lasting than parrafin candles). The scents are gorgeous, and although the candles are only little the scent is strong enough to fill the whole room. I've got Rose Geranium* and have previously tried the Lavender and Fresh Fig too. 

Estella Bartlett Jewellery

I fell in love with Mrs Robinson's selection of Estella Bartlett jewellery - dainty little designs made from gold, silver or rose gold. All of the pieces are so cute and tiny, featuring little animals, flowers, stars and words in loopy letters. Ever since recieving my beautiful Olivia Burton watch for my birthday, I've been looking to add more rose gold to my jewellery collection, and I had to have this star and moonstone necklace*. 

Siamese Cat and Sausage Dog Mugs

You'll most likely find a mug with your favourite animal on at Mrs Robinson's store, but I love these Magpie designs of a Siamese cat and a Dachshund - which both come with a matching tea towel too. I hope my Mum isn't reading this, as she used to have two Siamese cats before I was born so I'll be ordering her the cat mug and tea towel for Christmas!

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How to have beautiful hands this winter

Even if my hair and make-up looks nice, looking down at chipped nails, untidy cuticles or dry patches of skin makes me feel I always try to make sure my hands are soft, clean and pampered.

Cold weather, harsh winds and central heating makes keeping your hands pretty a tougher job, and with winter well on it's way, it's time to step up my hand care game.

Glove up

Prevention is better than a cure, so protecting your hands from the cold and wind in the first place is a good place to start!

There's always that difficult decision of wearing fashionable gloves but getting iPhone withdrawal vs. wearing ugly touch-screen gloves vs. having cold hands. But rejoice, because this year I've seen loads of stylish touch-screen gloves about! This pair from ASOS are very similar to my favourite pair of black leather gloves, but they have touch screen fingertips. I'm sold.

Avoid chemicals

Soaps and household cleaning products are usually packed with nasties that can irritate the skin and be really drying. Not at all ideal when the weather is also determined to dry out your skin, so making the switch to natural based cleaning products gives your hands one less thing to worry about. 

Ecover's range of cleaning products, laundry products and hand soaps are all made from plant and mineral based ingredients and are suitable for sensitive skin. I've been trying their washing up liquid* and surface spray* which are just as effective at doing their job as other brands, but haven't left that horrible, 'tight', dry feeling on my hands that you get after doing the washing up.

Pamper and polish

Dry and untidy cuticles are the worst - they look horrible and can be really sore! I always keep a pot of cuticle cream in my handbag and on my desk at work, such as the Champney's Skin Perfector Micale Balm or the Qtica Cuticle Repair Balm*. Both instantly soothe and soften cuticles and hang nails, allowing them to be neatly pushed back or trimmed off. 

We know that serums penetrate the skin deeper than a moisturiser, so I choose Liz Earle's Superskin Hand Serum* over a hand cream for maximum nourishment and softness. I'm not a huge hand cream person, but I absolutely love this product. It's got a lightweight and silky formula (probably thanks to the rosehip oil and cranberry seed oil) that instantly melts into the skin with no endless rubbing in or greasy residue.

Perfect your pretty little hands with a manicure, and help keep nails strong and healthy by opting for a non-toxic nail polish. Loads of  brands are free from nasties; Butter London, OPI and China Glaze are 3 Free (no toluene, DBP or formaldehyde) whilst Zoya* is 5 free (additionally no formaldehyde resin or camphor).

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Khaki nails for Autumn

A military inspired manicure is my favourite nail trend for this autumn - shades of khaki, forest, olive and moss green were seen on the AW15 catwalks at Burberry and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

My khaki nail polish of choice is Olive Garden from the new beauty range at Accessorize - and while the colour is lovely, it's the bottle that won me over. A round, multifaceted glass bottle with tall rose gold lid makes for the prettiest nail polish bottle I've ever seen. I want to replace my entire nail polish collection with Accessorize polishes in all 36 colours, purely to display on my shelf.

But onto the polish itself, and the quality definitely lives up to it's beautiful bottle. The brush is fairly wide - not too skinny but not too wide, it covers the nail in 1-2 strokes. Two coats give a solid, opaque colour which lasts a good four - six days (or probably longer, if you have a dishwasher!).

Where a glossy black or deep berry nail can look a bit too dramatic for day time, a khaki polish is bang on trend but with a more laid-back vibe. That doesn't mean it's useless for nights out though. When I've wanted to jazz up my khaki manicure, I've added a shimmer top coat or a metallic gold accent nail. 

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Clarisonic Smart Profile

Our skin puts up with a lot of crap throughout the day; make-up, sweat, pollution - all clogging up the pores resulting in a dull complexion and, potentially, spots. We all know how important it is to stick to a cleansing routine to remove the day's dirt and help keep skin clear, but with the average woman applying 13 products to her skin every day, is an ordinary soap-and-water job good enough? 

Sonic cleansing brushes give skin a far deeper clean, and the latest innovation in sonic cleansing, the Clarisonic Smart Profile*, removes make-up 11x better than washing your face with your hands! 

What's the Clarisonic Smart Profile?

I'm a total newbie to sonic cleansing, and have jumped straight into the deep end with the Rolls Royce of cleansing devices. It has four speeds, a longer lasting battery life, and comes with a body brush attachment too. But what makes the Smart Profile smart, is that the speed and duration of the brush's oscillations adjust automatically for the perfect deep cleanse. 

With the Smart Dynamic Facial Brush attached, the Smart Profile is programmed to 40 seconds of powerful vibrations for the T-zone, followed by a gentler setting for 10 seconds on each cheek. 

With the Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush attached, the device is programmed to a three minute full body cleanse and massage. The brush pulsates during the massage section. 

The brush features a Turbo button too, which really takes your cleansing to the next level. On days when I've worn liquid foundation or spent the day out in London, I'll give my skin a quick turbo blast. 

My first sonic cleansing experience:

Before I began using the Clarisonic Smart Profile, I wasn't really sold. At £199, it's a pricey gadget to do something that you can do for free with your hands. But I've truly been convinced that sonic cleansing does indeed give a far deeper clean than manual washing. 

Immediately after use, my face appears bright and shiny. I can really see that there is absolutely NO dirt or product left buried in my pores. When I rinse the cleanser off, my face is literally squeaky clean, and super smooth.

Considering I started out with pretty good skin, I'm surprised at just how much it has improved after a month of using the Clarisonic Smart Profile. It's noticeably more radiant and has an improved texture on my nose and chin.

Perhaps my favourite thing about sonic cleansing is the fact that serum and moisturiser absorb into the skin better when the pores are totally clean. I love applying Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate to my face after using the Smart Profile, and I can feel my skin soaking up all the ingredients allowing it to work better than usual.

The Smart Profile kit includes Clarisonic's own brand cleanser and body polish, but I opted to stick with my ordinary skincare products. I found using a foam cleanser was lovely as it lathered up and spread across the face easily. 

I haven't used the body brush as much as the facial brush, but I found it great at exfoliating the tops of my arms and my thighs, where I get those bobbly bits. I will be investing in the Pedi Disc though, which is compatible with the Smart Profile, making it a three-in-one device. 

It is an expensive gadget, but if you just can't get that super clean feeling, soft texture and glowing complexion you crave from your current skincare routine, consider popping it on your Christmas list. 

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Seventies Stripes

top from New Look // skirt from Next // boots from Jones // sunglasses from Warehouse 

I mentioned I've been enjoying the seventies vibes on the High Street recently and this top certainly hits the spot - the big roll neck and rust coloured stripes scream 70's. It'd look great with flared jeans, but as a curvy 5ft 4 I can't imagine them suiting me!

I've been pairing it with a courdroy skirt, of which I bought two - one in brown and one in black. I never shop in Next, but spotted these whilst waiting around for Rich and at £20 they're perfect! With a small(ish) waist and big ol' hips, I struggled a bit with the fit, but nothing a belt can't fix. I just need to invest in some nice belts, (not this scruffy old thing that came free on a dress!)

I ADORE my new ankle boots, they're quite literally the comfiest boots I have ever worn! I actually prefer wearing them with skinny jeans or bare legs (I have a bit of a thing about only wearing black shoes with black tights) but as we were going for a walk around the gardens of Kingston Lacey, I opted for comfort!

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Look Good, Feel Better - make-up making a difference.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, meaning it's that time of year where we get to indulge in guilt-free purchasing of special pink products whilst raising vital funds for various breast cancer support charities.

But unlike many of the limited edition products that are only around for October, Look Good Feel Better brushes* will raise funds all year round. For every brush sold, an 8 - 12% donation will be made to the charity, enabling them to continue making women with cancer look good and feel better...

Look Good Feel Better support women with cancer by equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to overcome the visible side effects of chemo and radio therapy. Their workshops teach cancer patients how to use skincare and make-up to deal with the changes to their appearance during treatment to help them feel glamorous, confident and in control.

We all know how a good hair day or a slick of your favourite lippy can make you feel invincible - so I can only imagine how important it must be for these women to look and feel their best whilst battling through the toughest time of their lives.

Look Good Feel Better Brushes

from £6.99 at
The range is made up of eleven brushes, a flawless complexion sponge and two brush sets. They have black, wooden handles with silver lettering helpfully labelling each brush, and the pink LGFB logo printed on the silver ferrule. The bristles are super soft and beautifully cut into the perfect shape. Of other brush brands I've used, I'd place the quality of these on par with Real Techniques (so, pretty damn good...). Here's the low-down on my favourite brushes from the range:

Multi Tasking Brush

This is my favourite of the lot, it really is a one-does-all wonder. I particularly love it for buffing in concealer as it leaves a totally flawless, airbrushed finish. It's also great for applying bronzer, blusher or illuminating powder strategically, as the dense bristles leave the product exactly where you place it, and you can then use the Powder Brush or Retractable Bronzer Brush to blend.
£11.99 from

Tapered Blending Brush

I've been wearing some lovely autumnal copper eyeshadows recently, and the Tapered Blending Brush is a dream for seamlessly blending shades together. It has super soft, fluffy bristles that are really gentle on the eyelid, allowing you to work the colours into each other for the desired effect.

Included in the Makeover Brush Set, £24.99 from

Retractable Bronzing Brush

This one is perfect for chucking in your handbag for topping up your powder or bronzer on the go, as it's got a lid to protect it and keep it hygenic. It's big, fluffy brush head makes quick work of re-applying powder, and although I don't carry much make-up around with me when I'm out, this brush with my bareMinerals Mineral Veil is essential.

£12.50 from

Flawless Complexion Sponge

I haven't got on with make-up sponges in the past, but this cute little pink one is very dense, so doesn't soak up all the product! The pointed tip is tiny, and excellent at reaching the corners of my eyes and around my nose, wheras the large, rounded side is great for quickly covering large areas. I don't use liquid foundation much, but when I do, the finish from this sponge is flawless.
£7.49 from

Have you bought any products to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month? I'm after the Elemis Flash Balm in the pretty pink tube!
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Rosie & Gym: A fresh start

Tank Top* from New Look  / Sports Leggings* from New Look /  Water bottle from Urban Outfitters

Since starting a new job, with a commute adding an extra hour and a half onto my evening, I found myself slipping out of my healthy habits. Getting home at 7 instead of 5.45 means I can't make my favourite gym classes, and I've been too frequently reaching for fast food rather than cooking a nutritious meal. But a month of a drastic change in lifestyle has left me feeling groggy, tired and bulging out of my jeans, so I've taken action to re-motivate myself.

Firstly, I've given my sportswear drawer (yes, I do have a whole double drawer dedicated to gym clothes now days) an overhaul. I threw out any gross, sweaty, discoloured old stuff and replaced it with some fresh new gear from New Look's amazing sports range. Having nice clothes to work out in makes you work out harder you know.

The 'Running Late' tank top is so perfect for me, as when I do manage to make it to my classes, I'm always running late (thanks to Southern Rail's time keeping). It's a lovely lightweight cotton that keeps me cool; it is a bit see-through but with my coral H&M sports bra underneath, it's not a problem. The space dye leggings are made of a really thin 'slinky feeling' fabric that's really breathable and fast drying. They're tight enough to suck me in, and the thick waistband nips me right in at the waist, but they're so lightweight that you barely realise you're wearing anything! (But obviously you are because going to the gym bottomless wouldn't be the best!)

Secondly, I've taken the plunge and finally signed up to The Body Coach 90 Day SSS Plan. It arrived just in time to take me up until December 22nd, so I can look and feel amazing for Christmas (and be able to enjoy the festive indulgences guilt-free!)

Organisation is key for this plan, so I'm going to be spending every Sunday for the next three months meal planning, shopping, and prepping all my meals for the week. This evening I got in at 8.45, and it was great to know there was a healthy meal waiting in the fridge.

I'll be mixing up the exercise plan a bit, doing half the HIIT/weight training exercise plan, and half carrying on with my favourite gym classes (Boxing and Zumba) as I don't want to give up an exercise that I enjoy!

How do you motivate yourself to keep up a healthy routine?

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Superfood for your hair

The three bugbears I have with my hair is that it is dull, dry and lacks volume. So in a bid to solve these problems, I'm always looking for the next product that promises to make my hair soft, shiny or volumous. Green People seem to have created a product trio* that manages to do all three really rather well.

It's unsurprising really, when you look at the ingredient list that's high in antioxidants and essential amino acids derived from superfoods quinoa, artichoke and avocado. We all know that eating these superfoods is good for your body, but it turns out that they also make pretty heroic haircare too.

The Quinoa and Artichoke Shampoo and Conditioner transforms my lacklustre and lifeless locks into swishy, shiny hair. The silky softness is down to the deeply nourishing and protein packed quinoa, which also coats every strand of hair to add body and bounce, wheras it's the artichoke to thank for the shine and de-frizzing. Artichoke's deeply cleansing properties effectively remove dirt and deposits that cause a dull appearance on the hair, and also works by smoothing down any rough cuticles that cause frizz. It's antioxidants also protect against UV - no wonder it's a superfood.

The shampoo and conditioner also smell good enough to eat. As they're both 100% natural, you probably could, but I wouldn't recommend it.

I almost didn't try the Styling Gel - in my mind a hair 'gel' makes me think of that sticky/crispy/wet look hair that the boys at school thought was cool back in the mid-noughties. But as the label promised "weightless volume, shine and bounce" and suggested it was more of a leave in conditioner, I gave it a go - and I'm glad I did. I definitely wouldn't call it a styling gel, but more of a shine serum that you apply into wet hair to add volume and extra shine; it makes the hair super soft and managable.

I also love the sweet illustration on the bottles, I think it adds a lot more appeal to the otherwise quite clinical packaging of most Green People products. 

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What's In My Make-Up Bag?

If you're anything like me, your day-to-day make-up bag tends to have a regular stream of products coming in and going out as exciting new products replace the ones that you get bored of. Yep, my make-up bag never looks the same for very long.

But the other day, I was doing my face with the exact same products for like, the 8th week in a row, and realised that I had a pretty solid make-up bag of core favourites that suit any day, any mood, and REALLY do the job.

What's on my face? 

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1.5

This is hands down the most incredible concealer in the world. It erases under-eye dark circles like magic. It works best when applied with my finger, and it's silky texture absorbs into the skin (no caking, no creasing, no greasy shine) leaving only a layer of perfectly-matched colour to brighten and disguised the horrible discoloured bags under my eyes.
£19.50 from Space NK

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand

Because I use such a light base, I like to keep a heavy concealer on hand to cover up any blemishes, red patches or shine on my nose. This concealer's creamy consistency reminds me of the Mac Studio Fix foundation. It provides flawless coverage just in the areas that I need it, and it blends in perfectly so that my face doesn't look patchy.
£5.99 from Boots

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Buttercream*

It's been my go-to base all summer and I'm not about to give it up any time soon. I'm still so in love with it's super-hydrating glowy goodness and light coverage. Plus it's always good to have some SPF on, even when the weather suggests otherwise.
£26 from bareMinerals

The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer*

As I am now being deprived of Vitamin C and sunlight, I find that (some days) my skin needs a little extra boost. I've been mixing a little of this Glow Enhancer gel in with my Complexion Rescue to really illuminate my skin with a radiant, lit-from-within glow.
£15 from The Body Shop

bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Original

This wonderful finishing powder just adds that je ne sais quoi that leaves the skin looking pretty damn flawless (if I can say so myself). The very fine layer of translucent powder kind of 'blends' all the products different textures together, leaving a soft, airbrushed-looking finish.

What's on my eyes?

KIKO Cream Crush Eyeshadow in Pearly Vintage Rose*

This has become my 'everywhere' eyeshadow shade. The neutral-toned rose gold colour compliments my skin tone and has a pretty subtle shimmer. With the texture of a powder/cream hybrid it gives the best of both worlds; the long-lasting colour of a cream and the weightlessness and minimal creasing of a powder. 

Silk Oil of Morocco Fibre Brow Enhancer in Light*

I love using this and watching my mousy-grey, somewhat uneven brows be transformed into thick, full, groomed brows. The hair-like brush on fibres act like extensions for your eyebrows. Read my full review to see before and after pictures!

Bourjous Liner Pincaeu in Ultra Black*

A liquid liner that makes light work of winged eyeliner has to be a staple in any make-up bag. This one's slim, high precision brush gets tight to the lashline and the ultra black pigment doesn't fade AT ALL.   

NARS Larger Than Life Long-wear Eye Liner in Via Veneto

I love the super creamy texture of this eyeliner when I want a softer, smokey look. It glides on really smoothly on both the lid and lashline with a jet black, budge-proof pigment. It's a twist up eyeliner, but also comes with a built-in, hidden sharpener so that you can sharpen the nib into a soft point.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara

I'm on my fifth or sixth tube of this AMAZING mascara. To see why I love it so much, read my full review

What's on my cheeks & lips?

Nars Blush in Deep Throat

I find pinky/coral blushers best suit my skin tone, and this one's my all time favourite. It's the perfect balance of rose and warm peachy tones that gives me a healthy flush of colour. I find the finish quite unique as it's not shimmery nor matte, but just has a very subtle sheen to it.
£23 from lookfantastic

Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter in Gold

This champagne shade is the perfect highlighter colour -  I much prefer warm highlighters to the cool pinky/silver ones. It creates a gorgeous candlelit illumination and the creamy texture lends itself to create a soft filter-like glow.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine

My 'My Lips But Better' shade - a browny toned dusky pink with a matte but very slightly shimmery finish. This was my first Nars lip pencil, but it's long-lasting colour has converted me; my next Space NK visit is going to involve a nice wintery shade!
*press samples
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