Friday 16 December 2022

What to Avoid in Skincare

 It can be difficult to remember what you want to be avoiding in your beauty product ingredients when you are making a purchase so I've created this downloadable for you 

You can download the PDF here 


Saturday 26 November 2022

Black Friday Deals

There are lots of offers on at the moment but here are some of my favourites

⚡ A Beautiful World - they have 20% off everything using code BLKFRI22
⚡ The Body Shop - have 25% off everything using the code BLACK FRIDAY
⚡ Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes - my favourite eye cream currently 25% off at Space NK -
⚡ Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - my favourite
⚡ Hourglass - they make hands down the best powders and these palettes are stunning and
⚡ Naturismo - my favourite place to get ethical beauty brands. They have 20% off all orders
⚡ Origins - may have stopped doing my favourite moisturiser but they have got nearly £10 off this tinted moisturiser that i love
⚡ MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks - not cruelty free but All Fired Up and Dangerous are my absolute favourites... that I no longer buy
⚡ Sephora - was Feel Unique
⚡ Space NK - up to 25% off lots of great brands and products
⚡ Tropic - 25% off all makeup - the gel eye liners and lip liners are absolutely fantastic
⚡ Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray - keeps your makeup on your face but also great if, like me, you use eye shadows as liner



Wednesday 5 October 2022

Christmas Beauty Calendars 2022

I have a couple of friends who get a beauty advent calendar every year and they can be a bit of a gamble. The biggest names are not cheap and if, as I would, you like it to be a surprise then it can be disappointing if it's filled with goodies that aren't your jam. 

I won't be giving away any spoilers (you can find them all on the various websites) but I thought it would be helpful to have a little overview of some of the big name calendars so if you don't want to know exactly what is in there you have a little bit more info to help you make your decision. For example I don't want perfumes really so the Selfridges calendar is not for me this year. 

For each calendar I will let you know the cost of the calendar, the worth of the calendar and how many products per category. I will also give my personal opinion but as the word personal implies this is just down to my preferences. If you are big into your hair products then the Cult Beauty one is for you.


The original and for many years, the best this calendar is the envy of many but over the past couple of years I think it's not been as great as it once was and this year... I still agree. It's definitely my second choice of calendars for this year

Costs £245 worth £1065

30 products, 20 full size

Product breakdown:
4 hair 
15 facial skincare
2 body 
5 makeup 
3 perfume
2 candles
1 bath



I think this would be the one to go for this year, it was my choice for last year too, though it has the least exciting packaging. It just has more of what I want. It doesn't have as many full-size products as the Liberty calendar (Liberty wins in terms of full size products) but I'd rather try more things that I want than have full-size of those I don't. It also explains how the value is much lower than the Liberty option despite it only being £30 cheaper. 

Costs £215 worth £770

30 products, 15 full size

Product breakdown:
3 hair
19 facial skincare
1 body
5 makeup
1 candle
1 bath

Space NK Calendar


This one also looks very good this year, though for me it's a bit hair heavy. 

Costs £235 worth over £1000

37 products, 13 full size

Product breakdown:
9 hair
17 facial skincare
1 body
7 makeup
1 perfume
1 candle



This is definitely a good budget option, I looked at the Boots one as well but that's limited to about 3 brands which isn't enough variety for me. I love the design for this though

Costs £95 worth over £500

26 products, not sure how many are full size

Product breakdown:
4 hair
11 facial skincare
2 body
6 makeup
1 candle
1 household



This one is biggest on perfume so lowest on my list especially as for £5 more you get the Space NK one

Costs £210 worth £800

25 products, 12 full size

Product breakdown:
3 hair
8 facial skincare
7 makeup
5 perfume
1 candle
1 household
1 Selfridges based product


Some links are affiliate links which means I will get a small commission if you click through and buy from them. There is no extra cost to you and if you are not comfortable with that then do feel free to open a separate window and google the product for yourself. If it is an affiliate link it usually means I've taken the time to find the best price available at the time of posting.


Thursday 21 July 2022

Naturismo Starter Kits

Naturismo is one of my favourite places to shop for beauty products. Not necessarily for saving money but because they've taken the hard work out of choosing ethical products - they have really great brands, articles and ideas to help you choose which products will work best for you and their monthly discovery box is the best of the monthly 'subscription' boxes available. 

And now they've put together these starter kits which are a fantastic way to start 

They target a specific skin topic - hydrate, glow, purify - there's even one to help you sleep and to support new mums. 

Each kit is £18 (worth lots more) and is a great way to try out products that you may not want to spend the full whack on without trying first. They would also make lovely gifts for friends. 

Naturismo Glow Starter Kit


Tuesday 24 May 2022


 Everything you need to know on UVB... in 3 minutes 


Saturday 21 May 2022


 A quick 3 minutes of everything you need to know about UVA 


Wednesday 13 April 2022

Sun 101

A bit of information on the sun to help you be safe, reduce the signs of aging and choose the right sunscreen for you 


Thursday 7 April 2022

Empties (1/2022)

My first empties for the year and there are a lot of products I buy over and over again and a really great new way to recycle your old beauty products. 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (double size)
Skin + Me 
Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream
Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes
Byron & Co Soothing Magnesium Bath Salts 
VO5 Volume Boost Gel Spray
Lumi Spa Cleansing Tool (choose the one for your skin type, the tool is the same, the cleanser is different)
Garden of Wisdom Hyaluronic Acid
Origins Make a Difference Plus +
Roen Cake Mascara
This Works Pillow Spray
Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulous Dry Shampoo
Jason Lavender Shampoo
Drunk Elephant Slaai Cleanser
Naturismo Recycling Bag 


Tuesday 5 April 2022

Rosacea Favourites

Having rosacea is one of the main reasons I wanted to learn about skin science and skincare. These products are ones I recommend to my clients, consistently use myself and rebuy when they run out. 

You can find all these products in my rosacea favourites list


Wednesday 23 March 2022

Blue Eye tips

A few suggestions for those of you with blue eyes 


Wednesday 16 March 2022

Too Faced Let's Play Doll Sized Palette

I love these 'doll sized' palettes. I thought I wouldn't but I bloody do. I chose this one as its got colours I don't have similar too and would suit my green eyes but I think I'd happily get the set. 

Too Faced Let's Play Mini Palette

Wednesday 9 March 2022


 I used to hate this colour but now it's one of my most-used. It brings out the green in my eyes and can look bold and fun with minimal effort. 

Ideas for wearing purple eye makeup

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Physical Sunscreens

I was asked for recommendations of a lower-priced oil-free sunscreen in my Facebook group and I vowed to do my research. Now I don't use or recommend chemical sunscreens so these are all physical/mineral sunscreens. When you are looking for a mineral sunscreen the ingredients will be Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide and then nano or non-nano. This refers to the size of the particles, I prefer non-nano as this means less is absorbed into your system. I have of course done a YouTube video talking you through all of this

The pros of these are they are better for your skin, better for your body, better for the environment and can actually help a lot of problems such as sensitivity, prickly heat and eczema. The cons are they can leave a white caste or take longer to absorb. Below I've listed ones I would recommend checking out, I've put the pros and cons of each as I see them and whether I've tried them or not. 

☀️ Pai British Summertime - I've tried this one and it's the one I currently use if I am using an un-tinted sunscreen. Pros - absorbs well, nice ingredients, British brand. Cons - I don't love the smell but it doesn't linger

Pai British Summertime Sunscreen

Saturday 12 February 2022

The Best Makeup Deals & Offers

Balance Me Firming Body Oil - I'm a bit unsure that firming body oils really do anything but the LimeLife one works beautifully so I would definitely give this one a go and it's had great reviews

Balance Me beauty super firming body oil


Thursday 10 February 2022

Favourite Cream Blushers

 I love a cream blusher though I do tend to set them with a powder on top. I'm a face toucher and spend my time walking dogs and marshalling children so I want to give it maximum time on my face. However I love the look of a cream blush and use it most days and these are the ones I use again and again. In no particular order... 



Saturday 5 February 2022

Beauty Savings

Some of my favourite deals and offers available this week:

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush - I love these and always recommend going to Daniel's website to try samples if you don't know which colour to get. I love Rose Glow which has a bit of shimmer and Chelsea which is a lovely peachy matte. 

Dior Star Foundation - this is one of the medium-full coverage foundations. Gives you the cover without making you look like you are wearing a ton of makeup - has a beautiful finish

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - this was my go-to cleanser years ago but it just became more and more expensive. Here it's a bit more affordable and it's lovely for anyone with dry, normal, or mature skin and the face cloth it comes with are fabulous too


Friday 28 January 2022

Latest Deals & Offers

 All the beauty deals & offers I've tracked down for you


  • Nail Berry Dry & Dash - I love this because I have a short attention span and anything that can make those nails dry quicker is a win for me 
  • My Kit Co - I've never used these but I've heard wonderful things about them and MyKit Co is the brand of James Malloy who is an incredible makeup artist. These are half price with an extra 10% using the code TAKE10

Monthly Favourites - January 2022

My favourite things from this month. I've tried to keep them in sections but not sure how well that worked out. All products mentioned are listed below. Some links are affiliate, they won't cost you anything to use but if you would rather you can google things for yourself. 

Il Makiage Inkeyliner 
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara 
Tropic Silk Liner 
Tropic Foot Pebble 
Drunk Elephant O Bloos 
Nourish London Illuminating Face Shimmer 
Farmacy Melting Cleanser 
Quest Vitamin C Tablets
doTerra Hygge Oil 
Corinna Harrod Beauty Inside & Out Bag
Lip Jao
doTerra On Guard Hand spray 
Inspector Montalbano audiobooks 

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Friday 21 January 2022

Beauty Savings

My picks from the current sales and offers around at the moment

Look Fantastic - at the moment they have a great sale on but also add TAKE5 to get an extra 5% off most things

Bobbi Brown  Golden Illustion Eye Shadow Palette - this is a really good deal on a palette that will offer you a little more than your standard nudes but nothing to over the top. 


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