Okay, I’m 3 weeks later to the party but Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a magical Christmas and New Year. I spent the majority of mine tucked up in bed with the worst flu I think I’ve ever had! But after some much needed relaxation, I’m back and feeling great about this year and what’s to come on my blog!
I was so lucky with the gifts I received for Christmas and my family know me so well and so lots of my presents revolved around beauty. I have no self-control and couldn’t help myself to using up some of them already… however, I’ve saved these presents to share with you guys, I’m absolutely obsessed with them!
Ted Baker – Polly
This Ted Baker perfume is perfect for keeping in your bag and using on the go, and even better comes with a compact mirror that’s perfect for when I need to do my make up on my travels! The perfume is a gorgeous scent, it’s sweet and fruity and just smells so girly and cute! I’m not a perfume expert so my description is probably shocking (oops). I’ve had so many compliments on this scent, even hours after wearing it! I believe this 30ml bottle I got was part of a Christmas gift set, however 100ml is sold for £30.00… and I’ll definitely be purchasing!
ZARA – Fruity
I think ZARA sell amazing perfumes and for AMAZING prices and I was giddy with excitement when I opened this pressie. I love the packaging, it’s so simple and feminine. The perfume smells just like grapefruit and again is quite sweet, yet it isn’t too overpowering on the skin. A little goes a long way with this perfume, which I love. A few spritzes and I’m good to go for the day! Online, a 200ml bottle of this perfume is half price for £6.99 so grab it while you can!
Laura Ashley – Royal Bloom Bath Foam
When I was little, I always thought of Laura Ashley as a ‘grown ups’ shop that I one day couldn’t wait to shop in when I had my own place to live. I felt even more grown up when I received this! I’m so sad as I’ve searched everywhere and it looks like this was a Christmas special as it’s not longer sold anywhere (sad face). This bath foam makes the best bubbles and my skin feels so soft after getting out of the bath. Sometimes floral scents can be too over powering for me, however this bath foam isn’t. It’s subtle yet manages to fill your bathroom with a gorgeous scent that I find really relaxing!
Liz Earle – Rosemary & Rock Rose Hand Repair
I really want to make more of a conscious effort to look after my hands and nails this year as I think it’s something people often neglect, but I’ve never found a hand cream that I absolutely love and stay obsessed with. Of course, my Mum bought me this Liz Earle hand cream to try and I haven’t stopped using it. It’s not greasy when I apply it to my hands and dries quickly, so I don’t feel like I need to waft my hands around until it dries. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the softness of my hands and how healthy my nails look from applying this a few times a day!
L’Occitane Christmas Bauble Minis
I’m a sucker when it comes to product minis, especially when they’re in a bauble! L’occitane are one of my favourite brands for skin and hair care, they just get it right every time. These minis are from the Verbena range. In it I got a 30ml shower gel, a 30ml body lotion, a soap bar and a 10ml hand cream which I have yet to try. These products always leave my skin feeling so soft and nourished and the lemony, zesty scent is really refreshing. It’s perfect for waking me up when I’m having a morning shower! The Verbena shampoo and conditioner is also gorgeous, it saved my hair!
Laura Geller Lip Combo and Eyeshadow Duo
I really enjoy using the Laura Geller products I already have, and so I’ve loved playing around with these new bits! As you can see from the swatches, the pigmentation in both the lip and eye products is amazing, the shades are stunning. The Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner is in the colour Tulip and is so creamy to apply, it glides on to my lips and stays put all day. It’s a slightly deeper pink shade than the lipstick which I love, as I can give the effect of having bigger lips! The lipstick is in the shade Rouge Audrey and does have a slight shimmer to it. I’m normally a matte, nude girl but this is such a gorgeous colour to wear when I want to add some colour to a natural make up look! Like the liner, it’s super creamy and long wearing on my lips.
I have so many palettes with matte shades in, so I was super happy when I was given the Baked Color Intense Shadow duo Stone/Terracotta. The swatch doesn’t do the shimmer in these shades justice! Stone is a beautiful, rich gold shade and Terracotta has a copper, bronze shimmer that adds a little something to a brown smokey eye. There’s no fall out when I apply these either, and Stone looks gorgeous on the inner corners of my eyes!
Tarte 5 Piece Limited Edition Brush Set
As you can see from the image, I wasn’t patient enough to wait to use these brushes! How gorgeous is the detail of the brush handles?! I love limited edition packaging, it makes the product feel so special and for me, it makes the items a keep sake. As well as looking beautiful, the synthetic brushes work beautifully on my skin. My favourite would have to be the foundation brush, I’ve found my skin looks absolutely flawless when I use it, and spreads the product round evenly. I love that the brushes also came with a brush holder, so I can keep these on display to admire!
I’d love to know what new products everyone else has been loving this month, maybe it’s something I can give a try for February? I’m now going to make myself a late lunch, run a bubble bath and grab a face mask. I’ll link all the products below that are still being sold. Lots of love! X