Friday, 31 August 2012


i went to the zoo


Day Trippin'

Today I went to London Zoo. Yup. You know me biggest loner in the world 2k12 went to the Zoo on her own. I was actually supposed to be going with someone but that fell through so I thought I'd just ride solo! I saw loads of amazing animals and actually had a really good time. It was my first time going to London Zoo and I've always wanted to go have a look around! I strategically missed out the animals I don't like (reptiles, birds and bugs!) but managed to get around the whole thing and see most of the animals I wanted to! I had to fight the urge to keep going OMGGG SQUEE SO CUTE to myself at the ones I liked the best. My favourites were the Penguins and the Sloth. I think Sloths are just so fascinating but strange creatures. I've always liked Penguins and the exhibit for them was amazing, so many different varieties! I saw them being fed too which was all kinds of adorableness but my phone had run out of battery at this point so I couldn't snap away anymore! I even bought myself a little fluffy emperor penguin, because you can't go to a tourist attraction and not get a ridiculous cuddly toy (:

river island a/w

The following video post is sponsored by River Island


a sneak peek of things to come...

The River Island A/W Collection is slowly filtering into stores now and I for one have already indulged in a ton of Autumn Wnter stuff! River Island have really upped their game this A/W and have really changed the way I feel about the brand. Gone are the days of tacky diamtes and ill-fitting prints, they've come back full force with baraoque print, furturistic goth looks and downtown New York styling. You can see my coverage of the Press Day's here!

Thursday, 30 August 2012


quick reviews #4

quick review guerlain rose aux joues blush over rose chic pink ginvera marvel gel revlon just bitten stylfile xen tan absolute luxe dark lotion estee lauder double wear
Alot of products I test out don't always make it into full blown reviews so I thought I'll pop regular quick reviews of things I've been trying recently before either expanding into full reviews in the future or letting slip into the backlog of products I test. Do let me know in comments if you'd like to hear more about products or eventual full reviews!
Quick Reviews

Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo (£26.55)*: I literally just got these blushes through the post today but really couldn't resist showing them off. I received the shades Over Rose and Chic Pink. Both are gorgeous finely milled super soft pigmented blushes. I'm wearing Chic Pink right now and I simply adore it! Fabulously decadent packaging too, I've never warmed to gold but I really love these for some reason!

Ginvera Marvel Gel (£22)*: Marvel Gel is a strange green liquid gel that is slightly slime like for lack of a better explanation. It is a very gentle exfoliator that doesnt really feel like anything when you apply it onto the face. You rub it into skin gently in small circlular motions (I focus most on my congested areas) and then balls of dead skin sort of form and rub off. It sounds disgusting but it works wonders!

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains (£7.99):I have three shades of these super popular lip stains but I can't say Im sold on any of them. The colours don't really do it for me and I find them overall to be a bit average. They are long lasting and feel very comfortable on the lips and I can see why the hype is pretty big in the blog world, Just can't say these do much for me personally though!

Stylfile (£4.99)*: Invented by some bloke who was on the Apprentice the Stylfile is a S shaped nail file which aims to make filing and shaping the nails alot easier. I don't do anything to my natural nails but I bought some new nails that are way too long for me so have been using these to keep them nicely shaped. Incredibly easy to use and is perfect if you have no idea what you're doing when it comes to shaping your nails!

Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe
(£39.99)*: I won a goody bag full of Xen Tan products at a blogging event a few months ago and finally got around to using it. I can't say I was completely impressed with my first application, I thought it would be so much darker than it came out. Two applications and I was at the tan colour I liked to be, but I really expected a hell of alot more from a premium tanning brand, especially one that claims to be ultra dark! The application was fine and streak free and super simple, I'm gonna keep trying this to see if I get along with it any better! Maybe I just like being really really dark!

Estee Lauder Double Wear (£27.50): I haven't worn this foundation in yonks but after some issues with foundation breaking me out recently, I decided to go back to what I knew worked for me. High coverage, matte long lasting foundation that covers completely. It's quite thick compared to foundations I've been using recently. I know double wear is a very love/hate product but I really enjoy using it as it doesn't break me out and leaves my skin looking perfect and flawless. Also it's worth noting never wear this on a night out, due to the high SPF it makes your face look washed out and is commonly known as "ghost face"! Many a night I've had photos with my face 100 times paler than my body!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


how much is your face worth?


the price of beauty

I saw Louise do this tag so thought I'd join in and do the same thing! I know I like high end makeup and don't actually tend to dwell too much on the prices of thing whenever I buy things. I did however think that this was just a fun and interesting tag when it comes down to it! The basic idea of the tag (if you couldn't guess) is to list all the products you use on your face and then add them up to get the price of all the products you use. I've spend hundreds, if not thousands on makeup over the years so I imagine it to be pretty high! Anyway lets take a look at the products I wore today:
Benefit The Porefessional (£23.50), Dior Air Flash Foundation (£33), Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19), Clarins Skin Illusion Mineral Foundation (£28), MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Dark (£21),  MAC Style Blush (£14.50), Clarins Odyessy Face Palette (£35)*, Inglot Shadow in Shine 09 (£4.50), MAC Espresso (£10), Pixi Lash Line Ink (£12)*, Avon Super Shock Mascara (£10), Ardell Demi Wispies (£4.99), Topshop Whimsical Lipstick (£8)

This comes to a total of 208.68 without including any of the skincare, treatments, brushes or stuff like that! I can't say I'm genuinely shocked at the price of it all, Although I can say I actually expected it to be a hell of a lot more than £200! I know I like high end makeup and wear a hell of alot of it at that! I suppose I do get more than one use out of all of these items so it could be justified by CPW (cost per wear)! I could have worn less of the products too, for example I don't wear powder or bronzer much at the moment, and I didn't really need to wear the Clarins highlighter I just like putting it on my face! It is worth pointing out some of the items have been given to me so I didn't buy all of them so I could use that as a slight excuse! I usually hate these open ended questions at the end of posts, but I'd genuinely love to know the cost of your faces?

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask



La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask: boots(£?)*

Ultra rich and soothing face mask

Alot of French skincare is hard to get hold of in the UK but Boots does stock a few select brands in most of their stores, La Roche Posay is one of them. The Hydraphase Intense Mask was a product that caught my eye on a press release so I was sent a sample over to test out. While my skin is not dry, its very very dehydrated (there is a difference!) so I tend to try and use mask's or intense treatment style moisturisers to combat this. I found Hydraphase Intense Mask very moisturising and good at giving my skin a bit of a boost when it looks dehydrated or a little dull. This mask is rich without being greasy or sticky, unscented, silky in texture, and extremely soothing. I also haven't experianced any breakouts or problems with my skin since I started using it. This mask reminds me of the Origins Drink Up Mask, A Ultra rich and hydrating skin pick me up. It's quick, easy to use and works quite well. It's easy to get hold of as most Boots stock La Roche Posay.

Sunday, 26 August 2012


clarins odyssey face palette

clarins odyssey face palette review swatch photo
clarins odyssey face palette review swatch photo

clarins oydessy face palette: £35*

Perfect all over glow

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette is part of the upcoming Clarins Oydessy Collection for Christmas 2012 from Clarins. A beauty greek inspired face highlighter, which is possibly the most beautiful makeup item I've seen in my whole life. I actually really didn't want to start using it as it would ruin the overspray and pattern! Unlike most highlighters I find it to be illuminating rather than glittery. I apply it all over my face using a large fluffy brush to get a light but even application but it can also be used to highlight specific areas like the bridge of the nose, tops of the cheeks and cupids bow. The Odyessy Face Palette leaves a soft, satin finished illuminated glow with minimal shimmer or glitter, even though I think there is a bit going through it but nothing drastic or tacky looking! After the first few goes the glittery overspray completely came off and I was left with a soft warm beige powder. The powder itself felts absolutely butter soft, I've never touched anything so smooth and finely milled. I'd say this product will suit most skin tones from light to medium and possibly darker ones as it isn't pigmented just very warming.

This is just beautiful, exciste and a complete luxury. I adore this and have been using it so much since I went to the launch of the Clarins Christmas 2012 Collections. It's on the pricey side, but I can't rave about it enough. This would be perfect for a Christmas gift for a makeup loving friend or to ask for if you can't afford it! These should be on counter by October time so keep an eye out!

givenchy prisme libre loose powder

givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
givenchy prisme libre loose powder review swatch photo
Extravagant Loose Powder

This is one of those items I completely bought on a whim. I've seen it a few times in store and always pondered over it, I read a few reviews before buying it but didn't think so much into it.  I don't really like loose powder but was sucked in with the sleekness of Givency's branding and the fact I had a sneaky Debenhams Beauty Reward Points that I thought I'd spend on something I really wanted. The Givency Prisme Libre Loose powders are loose powders with 4 different colours separated into four different compartments. Each shade is designed to work with your complexion colour and flatter the skin tone by taking away dullness, brighten, even out the skin tone, illuminate and refine.

When applies it feels silky smooth, glowy but not dewy with a sort of soft focus, light finish. Its hard to explain but it almost looks like a matte glowy finish, kinda like a satin finish but more matte. It's not chalky in the slightest which is normally my main gripe with loose powders. The shade I have, Delicate Beige, Doesn't make my skin look pale or leave a colour cast. I apply this with a large powder brush and just buff it lightly onto my face where I get oiliest (T-zone, chin, cheeks). I really like using this under my eyes on a fluffy brush as I feel it really brightens the area and keeps my concealer in place.

It's really overpriced for what it is and I do feel comfortable admitting that, So I do understand this is ut of most peoples price ranges. However, I really like it and I reach for it most days to set my foundation as well as touch ups during the day. It really was one of those luxe, extragavent purchases but I am totally happy with it and no complaints about it at all! I'd say this powder is perfect for oilier skin types, especially if you have to touch up during the day as it doesn't cake or build up when applied.

Friday, 24 August 2012


eylure 101 eyelashes

eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes 
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eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo
eylure 101 eyelashes review on eyes photo

BEST LASHES EVERRRR

Eylure 101 Eyelashes are one of my all time favourite false eyelashes (alongside Ardell Demi Wispies) and my go-to's when I step into Boots or Superdrug to go buy lashes. I've been wearing them a lot recently on the blog and been getting so many questions about them. So I thought I'd do a post dedicated to them and show you how they look on as I think it's really hard to see what lashes look like on without trying them first.

I find the 101's have a fairly long length, but they aren't too thick or too fake looking, I feel they just enhance my natural lashes by making them look longer and fuller without being too over done. I know my makeup is a little more OTT than most peoples but I find these to be perfect for daily wear. Although I've given up wearing lashes everyday, but I did use to! I mainly wear these lashes when Im filming for Youtube as they look good on camera or when Im going out! I noticed in my local Boots that they are selling value packs of two sets of lashes for the same price as one pair so I've stocked up with four packs. I'd highly recommend picking them up if your interested in trying them out as you get twice as many lashes for the same price as one!

models own mirrorball collection

models own mirrorball collection review swatch photo disco inferno hot stuff freak out dancing queen boogie nights
Glitter-Gasm!!!

Disco Inferno: A glittery gold disco bomb
Hot Stuff: An intoxicating mix of pink and gold sparkles
Freak Out: A crystal shimmer mix of bold blue and purple
Dancing Queen: Fabulous flecks of emerald, blue and gold
Boogie Nights: A multicoloured mix of intriguing purple, pink and blue


I just saw this on the Models Own Facebook page and immediately had to post about it! I don't normally post about new launches but I think for this I'd make an exception. This collection looks right up my street, I'm positively addicted to glitter polishes and any new ones are a welcome addition to my growing collection!For A/W 12 Models Own are launching their Mirrorball Collection. The Mirrorball Collection consists of five beautiful polishes of chunky hand cut glitters. These polishes all have a unique glide-on flitter finish. These can be worn alone or over another shade for a gorgeous glittery finish. The Mirrorball Collection launches (with LIMITED EDITION metallic coloured caps!) Exclusively at the Models Own Bottleshop on Thursday, September 6th, on the Models Own website from Monday, September 10th and in Boots stores nationwide from Wednesday, October 3rd.

Basically this whole collection needs to get on my nails ASAP! I especially like the sound of Hot Stuff, Pink and Gold sparkles? What more could a girl want! And I love the Dancing Queen one, it sounds like it would be lovely layers with a pale mint green or blue. The Models Own Mirrorball Collection launch is definitely one for my diary. The Models Own Bottle shop is in Westfields Shepherds Bush (:

diptyque oyedo EDT


This eau de toilette is named after the city of Edo, the former name of Tokyo, where very fresh scents, structured upon citrus fruit, such as yuzu (multifaceted cousin to the lime), were very much in demand. It recalls a citrus orchard on the shores of the Pacific. A fresh scent, yes, but also distinguished and joyous, warmed by sun-drenched thyme.
sweet with a Fizzy Citrus Kick

I was recently invited along to a event at the Diptyque store on Brook Street. Here I was introduced to the brand a little more and was able to be talked through scents that I may like. In the end I picked out Oyedo, which has notes of yuzu, grapefruit, lime, orange, mint, thyme, and woods. On first spritz I think it smells really strong and fizzy with a pop of citrus. I think describing a perfume as fizzy is odd but it does have this sort of fizz feeling to it, if you smelt it you'd know exactly what I mean! It's a tiny bit on the sweet/sickly side but I find it dries down to a softer green, citrus base. I think this is going to be my go-to winter perfume, it has a strange sense of warm and earthiness that I really like in the winter even though I think this perfume is probably designed to be a summery one. I like the fact Oydeo really lingers on my skin and I can still smell it throughout the day.

The perfume itself was ridiculously pricey at £50 for 50mls, although I did get it discounted to £37 because of the event I was at. However the exquisite quality of these perfumes and the unusual refreshing scents make them something that is more of an investment piece than just a perfume. I can't rave about it enough, it's a stunning perfume and I'm very pleased that I was introduced to the brand!

Thursday, 23 August 2012


micellar waters


Micellar Water Cleansers

For those that don't know Micellar Water is basically a collection of teeny tiny molecules of oil suspended water. Micellar waters are alcohol and soap free, and can be used as gentle makeup removers, toners or as a non-rinse cleanser. I personally like to use them to cleanse my face before I wash it. They are brilliant at getting makeup off without having to tug or scrub at your face. I find they remove even waterproof mascara and things like lip stains with minimal effort and waiting time! I can't rave about them enough, since discovering them I can't imagine going back to oil based eye makeup removers or face wipes!

First up is the most talked about Micellar water in the blogging industry, Bioderma . While it isn't all that hard to get online, It isn't actually sold in and of the high street stores within the UK. As the first one I tried it's the one I compare most other  water cleansers I've tried to. It's very gentle and removes makeup with a few swipes on a saturated cotton pad. The next two are both available in Boots or a local Chemist. There has recently there has been a huge influx of French Skincare in the UK beauty market, with alot of the well known French skincare brands now available in high street and department stores.la roche posay solution micellaire physiologique is perfect for make-up removal especially on the sensitive skin on the face, eyes and lips. It removes makeup with minimal effort and leaves my skin fresh and clean. Vichy Purete Themale 3-1 Micellar Lotion does the exactly the same job, removing every single trace of makeup from my face without leaving behind any kind of residue and all without drying the skin out.

everyday makeup #15




Face: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer*, L'oreal Lumi Primer, Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation*, Collection Lasting Perfection ConcealerClarins Oydessy Face Palette* Cheeks: Fashionista Juicy Apricot Blusher* Eyes: Inglot Shine 09, Pixi Lash Line Ink*, Avon Super Shock Mascara, Eylure 101 Eyelashes, Too Faced Brow KitLips: Topshop Coy Lip Stick

cosmopolitan blog awards 2012

Best New Beauty Blog

I was in two minds about doing this type of post. On one hand Im not sure how I really feel about blog awards (who are magazines to judge if a different medium is good or not?) but on the other hand I'm sure if I did actually win I'd probably be pretty happy about it (fickle soul)! I know I was a bit grouchy when the nominations came out for this as my Fashion blog wasn't up for Best Fashion Blog. To me, this blog has always been my side project, and in all honestly it didn't really occur to me that this was of that sort of standard to be "up there" as a Best New Beauty Blog. I dunno, I guess initially it felt like being snubbed for an Oscar or something!

I started this blog because I was getting a bit fed up of just fashion blogging. Posting about what you wear is a little bit boring when done to excess, and to most peoples surprise I actually prefer beauty stuff to fashion. The majority of the blogs I read religiously are beauty ones and the things I spend most of my money on are beauty related. Personally find it pretty easy to throw together a good outfit but finding the right skincare or the perfect smudge proof black eyeliner is the girl equivalent to finding a needle in a haystack!

I think it's really made me realise how far I've come with this blog in such a short ammount of time. I think it made me realise that people don't just know me for my fashion blog anymore and it's probably about time that I can legitimately call myself a Beauty Blogger! So yeah, it would really lovely if you took the time to vote for me. No pressure though as there is some pretty stiff competition! I'm under "Best New Beauty Blog" and you can vote here. Thank you if you do, and fingers crossed (:

Wednesday, 22 August 2012


5 glitter topcoats

glitter nail polish lacquer top coat review swatch photo opi nyc nails inc pop beauty swatch
glitter nail polish lacquer top coat review swatch photo opi nyc nails inc pop beauty swatch
shown over ciate snow white*
top: one coat / bottom: two coats
OPI Rainbow Connection, Models Own Ibiza Mix*, Nails Inc Nail Jewellery in Diamond Arcade, Pop Beauty Nail Polish in Confetti*, NYC Lights Camera Glitter
Five Sparkly Nail Polishes

OPI Rainbow Connection £10.50: The nail polish that started my glitter obsession! A rainbow multi coloured clear glitter, with small and large chunks of glitter.  Looks great with: Look Beauty Flamingo, Models Own Utopia and Nails Inc Porchester Square.

Models Own Ibiza Mix £5: A clear multi coloured glitter, the main colours are shades of pinks, blues, greens and gold. The polish contains lots of small and large glitter particles. Looks great with: Maybelline Ceramic Blue, Models Own Lilac Dream and Barry M 47.

Nails Inc Nail Jewellery in Diamond Arcade £11*: Clear based glitter polish from Nails Inc from their "Nail Jewellery" Collection. Large and small silver glitter particles. Looks great with: Ciate Snow White, MUA U ROK and American Apparel Office.

Pop Beauty Nail Polish in Confetti (£6.50)*: Large particles of pink and purple glitter in a clear base. Needs a another top coat to seal the large chunks in. Looks great with: Revlon Pink Nude, Models Own Nude Pink and Barry M Feeling Blue.

NYC Lights Camera Glitter £1.99: Super glittery clear base of small silver glitter particles and then larger blue and pink glitter. Looks great with: Essie Sand Tropez, Barry M Blue Moon and Models Own Pastel Pink.


hourglass mineral veil


Y U SO EXPENSIVE

I mentioned in my July favourites that my favourite primer of the moment is the Hourglass Veil Mineral. It's one of those products I probably wouldn't have looked twice at if I hadn't seen Kate post about it. The packaging is really small and kinda old fashioned, it just didn't appeal to me so it would have just slipped into obscurity!

I find when I apply it has a sort of oily wet feeling to it but it soon dries down to a natural sort of powdery feeling, satin finish. This primer leaves my skin feeling absolutely baby bottom smooth. My pores look minimised it leaves my foundation in place all day long. When wearing this it doesn't budge or cake or slip off my face foundation really just sits perfectly on top of it. The veil provides the perfect base to make my skin just looks flawless and shine free. Everything just seems to last alot longer on my face when I use this primer! You don't need a whole lot of product when applying, I've had this for months now (admittedly I use it incredibly sparingly) but it's only just reaching the end of it's life!

Benefit The Porefessional has been my favourite primer for ages now, I begrudge paying the £22 odd for it each time. But in comparison this little baby retails at £20. And Im not talking £20 for a full size, the Travel size which is 10ml (the one in the photo is 5ml). The full size retails for £52. I really wish I could say I'd buy this again but the price just really puts me off. It's possibly the best primer I've ever used but I just can't justify that sort of excessive price tag! If your feeling flush and really want to get one of the best primer's ever then go ahead and try this, or just try the travel sized! It is really lovely though and you won't regret it!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


quick reviews #3

quick review tresemme keratin clarins loctus opi nothin' mouse about it dior air flash lush big burts bees
Alot of products I test out don't always make it into full blown reviews so I thought I'll pop regular quick reviews of things I've been trying recently before either expanding into full reviews in the future or letting slip into the backlog of products I test. Do let me know in comments if you'd like to hear more about products or eventual full reviews!

Quick Reviews

Clarins Lotus Oil (£29)*: New addition to my night time skincare routine. Loctus oil is a is a facial treatment for oily and combination skin. I was a bit worried about using a oil on my already oily skin but I've seen nothing negative so far! The scent is relaxing and soothing, and feels lovely applied to a cleansed face. It's supposed to balance out oil production so I'll keep updated as I test this out some more!

TresSemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner (£4.99 each)*: Trying out a new shampoo and conditonting duo as my old one has been completely used up. So far so good, my hair feels frizz free, managable and soft. Although I feel it leaves my hair looking a bit flat. I do tend to use shampoo's for dry hair but I feel this would probably work better on people with thicker hair than fine hair like mine!

OPI Nothin' Mouse about it (£11): We all know I love my glitter polishes so when I heard that OPI were bringing out a Minnie Mouse collection featuring a glitter polish with heart particles in I did a happy dance. I bought it and was actually incredibly disappointed with it. I felt it was just so-so and not quite what I imagined in my head! It applies really badly and is hard to get it looking nice layered over a base coat!

Dior Airflash Foundation (£33)*: Bought this after seeing Fleur do a post on it and I have to say I really love it. I thought spray foundations were a little gimmicky but this incredible. Leaves my base looking flawless looking, matte and I was completely surprised by the coverage. It takes literally a few seconds to apply and you're done! I imagined it would be super messy and hard to get right, but it's a completely fool proof foundation! You do need to keep it away from the hair and make sure you blend down your jawline, other than that I can't fault it yet! I can't wait to do a full review on this but I absolutely can't rave about this enough so far!

Lush Big Shampoo (£11.25): One of my old favourite products from Lush that I recently repurchased. A really lovely volumising and texturising conditioner that leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean and clarified. It's so weird that a salt product can leave my hair feeling soft and bouncy without making it feel coarse and unmanageable. It has a lovely bright and uplifting fragrance with notes of neroli, mandarin, orange flower and vanilla.

Burts Bee's Milk and Honey Body Lotion (£9.99)*: I'm not a big body lotion user, I find it a bit of a faff, but I've been told it's important so I've been begrudingly starting to use it! I think this lotion smells really lovely, really creamy and fresh without being too overpowering. Although I feel it doesn't smell that much of Milk and Honey, possibly a bit coconutty? However it's very hydrating and sinks in nicely! It's also cruelty-free and mostly natural.

origins super spot remover pads

origins super spot remover pads REVIEW PHOTO TESTED
origins super spot remover pads REVIEW PHOTO TESTED
origins super spot remover pads: john lewis / origins (£22)*

Blemish Prevention Pads

I've used the Origins Super Spot Remover Gel for a while now and have been very happy with the results. After a meeting with Origins a few weeks back they told me that they had recently bought out another product from the same family in the form of Super Spot Remover Pads. Basically they are daily exfoliating treatment pads with packed with Salicylic Acid, Clove and Oregano which help unclog pores as well as fight and fade active blemishes. For a product containing mostly Salicylic Acid I find these pads to be very gentle and not drying or stripping in the slightest. I remember when I was a teenager I used to use these horrdenous blemish pads that would dry my skin out like theres no tomorrow! But these seem to just have a overall calming and clarifying effect on the skin rather than just drying the skin.

Like most of the Origins products I've tried I have been very pleased with the results of these Super Spot Remover Pads. They've worked well at calming down my skin, reducing oil and aiding healing time of some of the breakouts I've had recently. I haven't had any trouble with these so far, Although I have to admit the Origins Super Spot Remover Pads are slightly bumpy on one side which I find can be a bit irritating on my sensitive skin so I tend to use these every other day or so. The packaging is also on the large side compared to the Super Spot Remover Gel which I find kind of annoying considering the original is so teeny tiny! Each pack of Super Spot Remover Pads contains 60 pads and retails for £22.  I would recommend these if you're looking for something to prevent blemishes before they come rather than targeting already formed spots as it's more of a preventative than a treatment like the Super Spot Remover Gel.

stella mccartney l.i.l.y


Stella Mccartney L.I.L.Y: Debenhams (£40)

L.I.L.Y is a journey through the senses. It begins with the smell of a spring morning, dapped sunlight through the trees, a vision of delicate lily of the valley. It is the passage of time across a forest floor. The touch of moss and the darker intensity of truffles. "Creating a fragrance is always very visual for me; I close my eyes and see a story. L.I.L.Y is the story of a girl becoming a woman. The beginning of a new chapter, one that is all her own," says Stella McCartney.
Linda, I love you

My flatmates bought me this perfume for my Birthday way back in April so Im only just getting around to reviewing it for the blog! Ooops. Just proves how much of a backlog I sometimes I have. The name L.I.LY refers to the nickname Paul McCartney, invented for Stella's mother — LILY, for Linda I Love You. Im terrible at describing scents so I'll stick with the usual googled jargon, but the notes I get the most are the Lily of the Valley and then slowly the earthier notes come out during wear. I find this perfume to smell very clean and understated. Once it's settled I don't find it to be very overpowering but I do get little whiffs throughout the day. It's a really unfussy, casual perfume which is perfect for daywear.  It's not really a perfume I'd have picked for myself but I find myself reaching for it quite alot, especially on those cloudy, muggy sort of days where I fancy a floral pickup compared to my usual go-to's of Estee Laude Bronze Goddesss but it is very pretty!

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