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Trips // 6 Hours In New York

Hello! I am back. I tried ever so hard to blog when I was on my holiday but I guess eating far too much fatty foods, the time difference and a 2 week-long jet-lag just got in the way. 

For those that don't know, I went on holiday to Washington DC and managed to squeeze a very short, 6 hour trip to New York in. When I have been to New York before I have always been for days on end and thought that was the way to go but actually? 6 hours in New York was plenty. I have been to New York a couple of times now but there was one main attraction for me, a reason for the trip. I wanted to go to the top of the Rockafeller Centre and get a good Instagram photo. There, I said it. And achieved it. 

We went to New York from Washington DC by bus and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I saw the famous skyline when we were coming into the city. I tried really hard to get a good photo of the highly photogenic skyline but it was hard when Aldi and IKEA kept getting in the way. 

On our first stop was a trip to the east to fit in a private tour of the United Nations building. I have been on a tour there before on a school trip (yes, I went to New York on a 'business studies' school trip - we literally spent 30 minutes in Wall Street and that was the educational side dealt with) but it was the generic tour. This time it was a private tour where I had the opportunity to visit rooms you aren't usually allowed to be in which was pretty cool/weird. I even managed to sit at the seat behind the United Kingdom placard which was rather cool and an obvious photo opportunity to brag to my Facebook friends about. (It's not what you know but who you know..)

Afterwards I went to the top of the Rockafeller Centre on my own so no chance of a particularly arty Insta pic of myself peering through the binoculars in a fetching bright pink coat.. Instead, it was about -5 degrees, windy as hell and my eyes and nose were running faster than Mo Farrah. Probably best there was no-one with me for that Instagram photo after all, huh? Although, I do have to admire the two girls at the top wearing bright pink and yellow jackets having a photo shoot between themselves whilst maintaining perfect blow-dried hair. I can only admire you, ladies. 

We also managed to squeeze in a few moments watching the ice skaters outside the Rockafeller Centre, push past the busy crowds of Times Square, raid the Anastastia Beverly Hills stand in Macy's and inadvertently join a queue for the Jimmy Fallon show. It was certainly a busy few hours and I can't say I wasn't glad to get back on the bus to DC, even if I did have to endure sitting next to an open-mouthed crisp-munching, crab stick-gnawing girl listening to Kanye West with no headphones plugged in for 4 hours...


Review // Lush Yog Nog Bath Bomb

 I hope you all aren't tiring of reading my Christmas Lush bath product reviews in February. I suppose this is a lesson for me - don't buy so many Christmas products! I bought so many that I could probably become a Lush stockist myself. Although, I imagine there are worst items to hoard.

The latest Lush Christmas product I have tried out is another bath bomb, this time the Lush Yog Nog Bath Bomb. Whilst it doesn't appear too festive in its immediate appearance, Yog Nog is probably the most festive scented out of the bunch I have tried so far.

About the Lush Yog Nog Bath Bomb:
"Sweeter than dipping into the cookie jar, the luxurious bomb is sure to warm you up on cold, frosty evenings. Spicy clove bud oil stimulates the senses while soy milk powder and organic shea butter create creamy, comforting waters. Luxuriate in comforting toffee soaks with clouds of gold and a touch of luster."

Doesn't it sound lovely? I keep all of my Lush Bath Bombs in my bathroom cabinet whilst I try and find a lovely and wonderful basket to keep them all in (which must be Instagrammable!) and the scent of this bath bomb has lit up the whole cupboard ever since. Yog Nog smells so Christmassey and divine - with scents such as brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg, you can definitely tell that it is inspired by egg nog. Whilst the smell is not overpowering, it is one I wish I could bottle and smell every now and then as a little pick me up.

When dunked under hot water, Yog Nog immediately froths, sending glittery white and yellow shades swirling on top of the water. As it is quite a big bomb, it takes quite a while for it to fully dissolve but once it has finally dissolved it is quite evident that the bath water has turned a bright highlighter-yellow shade which was most unexpected! 

I really loved using Yog Nog and whilst I am fully aware that I have many more Lush bath products to use up, I am slightly gutted that I didn't pick any more of the Yog Nog Bath Bombs up. It is definitely worth the 15 minutes it takes to clean the bath out afterwards!


Review // KIKO Milano Mat Fluid

I recently visited my first ever KIKO store and felt like a kid in a sweet shop. I ended up purchasing a cream eyeshadow, an eyeliner and a mattifying fluid which I have been using every day since purchasing. I didn't know much about KIKO before I stepped foot in there store and bought a few items I liked the look of  without reading any reviews beforehand. Fortunately, this product definitely does not disappoint! The product I am talking about is the KIKO Milano Mat Fluid.

About the KIKO Milano Mat Fluid:
"Ultra-mattifying and moisturising fluid, ideal for combination and oily skins. Thanks to the innovative K2mat-release, complex of hi-tech ingredients, Mat Fluid blends into the skin and evens it out whilst visibly reducing shiny areas and blemishes."

Firstly I really like the simple lilac outer packaging which houses the 50ml bottle of product. The bottle is even simpler which I really like - it makes it look much more expensive than it actually is. You can easily dispense the product with the little pump dispenser which I much prefer to the typical squeezy tube as I feel you have more control over how much product you can dispense. There's nothing more annoying than pumping out a few spots of product, applying it then having half of the product left over on the back of your hand. 

The KIKO Milano Mat Fluid is white and creamy in consistency whilst being fairly lightweight. It isn't rich or heavy on the skin and soaks in within minutes. At the moment my skin is incredibly dry, especially on my cheeks, so I have been after a product to help combat the dryness and fortunately, this product has really helped. I apply it once a day, just before I start doing my make-up and I use it as a moisturiser. It does exactly what it claims, it moisturises whilst mattifying the skin - leaving it completely ready for make-up.

I really like this mattifying fluid and I will definitely repurchase! It is a lovely lightweight moisturiser which completely takes away any shine from the face whilst leaving it ready for the application of make-up. I think I paid £5.70 for this in the sale which is fairly reasonable, especially when you only need a couple of small pumps to cover the entire face so the 50ML bottle will last you a while.

KIKO Milano Mat Fluid - £5.70 


Review // B. Sculpted Blush & Highlighter Stick in Light

My sister bought this product for me for Christmas and it's taken me quite a while to get round to trying it out. Whilst my sister and I are twins, we are very much different. Chalk and cheese, Boots and Superdrug. I'm more Boots and she's more Superdrug. The product she purchased for me is the B. Sculpted Blush & Highlighter Stick which is exclusive to Superdrug, as is the brand. As I hardly ever venture into Superdrug, I am not too familiar with the brand B. Sculpted but when I saw I had received this for Christmas, I was really looking forward to giving it a go.

About the B. Sculpted Blush & Highlighter Stick:
"B. Sculpted with a handy dual blush and highlighter in one. Creates a flush of colour to cheeks and highlights cheekbones in one slick sweep."

The idea of this highlighter and blush stick is that you glide it across your cheekbones, highlight side up to achieve a flush of colour. I really like the idea of this but in theory, I am not so sure. Available in three different shades, Light, Medium and Dark, my sister definitely chose well in the shade light as I really like peachy coral blush shade however, I firmly believe the highlight is the best part of this product. It is a beautiful shimmery silver which really is the perfect highlighting shade.

First up, let's talk about the packaging. Look how beautiful it is! I absolutely love the rose gold packaging which looks so luxurious and beautiful. It is definitely a product to have on show! I always feel sad when I have to put it back in my make-up bag. The blush & highlighter stick is retractable which is easy to control via the little wheel at the bottom of the packaging. The blush and highlighter are very much cream based which makes them easy to apply to the face although they do feel fairly soft in the stick. Sturdy, they aren't going to melt anytime soon, but soft all the same.

I applied the duo stick after applying my foundation and at first I wasn't too sure how much I should apply or how firmly I should press it onto the skin. I didn't want to apply too much product, purely because I am not much of a blusher fan. Whilst I enjoy the occasional corally cheek, I enjoy a hint of colour and not a full on bold block of colour so I do find the blush section of this stick fairly intimidating. Once applied though it blends in fairly easily with the fingers although I can't imagine myself using this side of the stick too often. Although that said, I might change my mind when summer rolls back round!

The best part of this products is most definitely the highlighter. It is so beautiful, so creamy and shimmery. It is the perfect highlighter shade and it is such a shame that it is attached to the blush. A few times I have wanted to use just the highlighter but have struggled due to the corally pink blush side getting in the way. I wish they would make the highlighter a solo product as I would most definitely buy it! It reminds me of my beloved Collection 2000 Face & Body Illuminator in Maldives which I utterly adored.

Whilst I like this duo stick, I am not sure how I feel about it. I absolutely love the packaging and the product is really easy to apply, blends in like a dream and lasts all day long but I can't see myself using the blush side too often. Instead, I would use the highlighter side all day long but it is hard to do when it is attached to the blush colour. I find that I end up getting the corally pink blush on my face regardless. I can see myself using the product as a whole a lot more in the summer but for now, I just want the highlighter!

Exclusively at Superdrug


Review // Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser

I was recently really lucky to try out the Bee Good Honey & Wild Mint Cleansing Water which I utterly adored. Bee Good is a brand which uses natural ingredients in all of its products, including key ingredients from British Bees which is the focus to all of its products. I love that Bee Good is a really ethical brand which focuses on all things natural, as well as giving back to the bee-keeping community. I feel like the more natural the product the better and my skin certainly appreciates the extra TLC!

I have recently been trying out another Bee Good product, this time the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser*. I am currently trying to change my skincare regime and by 'change' I mean 'stick to one'. My skin is so dry and generally gross at the moment that all of the products I was using before have been pushed to the back of the cupboard and for now, I am trying to find alternative products to clear my skin up. I knew the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cleanser would be full of natural ingredients so I was really looking forward to trying it and seeing what difference it would make on my skin.

About the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cleanser:
"Our multi-award winning Cream Cleanser sweeps away make-up and grime without drying out your skin. Used with the included pure muslin cloth to gently exfoliate, it leaves the skin bee-autifully clean, soft and silky-smooth."

The Bee Good Cream Cleanser is bursting with active ingredients and vitamins which will do wonders for the skin. Included in the list of ingredients is British propolis which is considered a wonder product as it possesses well-known healing and antimicrobial properties which have been used for centuries in medicinal and other health-related ways. Propolis is also one of the best ingredients for balancing out problematic skin, something which I am definitely familiar with at the moment. 

Housed in the sweet little bee-focused packaging, the Cream Cleanser comes with a little muslin cloth which is a nice little touch to find inside the box. Although the muslin cloth is fairly thin, it does the job well and makes it incredibly easy to take the cleanser off with. Within the outer packaging is a 100ML bottle of the cleanser which has a standard squeezy-tube opening.

The cleanser itself is rich, thick and creamy in consistency and feels absolutely wonderful on the skin. Cream cleansers are my favourite as they feel so luxurious and nourishing on the skin whilst leaving the skin feeling beautifully clean and soft, something which this cleanser definitely achieves. Again, I expected this product to smell of honey or slightly sweet but it doesn't. Instead it smells slightly like citrus - a lovely and fresh scent which isn't overpowering or nauseating.

I have been using the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser for a few days now and already I can see a slight difference in my skin. It appears to leave my skin looking smoother and softer and more importantly, it takes away every scrap of make-up, ensuring my skin is completely clean. I tried out this Cream Cleanser after using a make-up removing wipe, facial wash and a facial scrub which remarkably, still left make-up on my face. As soon as I applied this Cream Cleanser and wiped it off with the muslin cloth, some make-up scraps were swept away too.

I am really enjoying using the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser. I love the whole brand concept, the natural ingredients, the use of British bees and more importantly, the results you get from using Bee Good products, They definitely deliver in their claims whilst leaving the skin clearer, softer and fresher. Another great product from Bee Good!

(Or £19.50 for a duo pack)


Review // Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Framboujoise

Liquid lipsticks with a matte finish are so popular at the moment. Everyone is going crazy for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks and the Kat Von D Everlasting Lipsticks but they are hard to get hold of here in the UK. I was recently thinking about them whilst putting my make-up on and a thought occurred to me - we have our own, easily to get hold of versions here in the UK. In fact, you can get them from Boots and they are from Bourjois. I am sure everyone has tried them but if not, they are the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks. I have a fair few in my make-up bag but today, let me show you the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Framboujoise.

About the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks:
"Bold, matte and long-lasting colour with 24HR hold. Its lightweight, velvety texture and non-drying formula gives extreme comfort that doesn't smudge!"

I try not to comment on the packaging of products too much but I like the squareness of the lipstick tube? bottle? Whatever it is, I like it. To apply there is a doe-foot applicator which I wouldn't say was the best for application and it does need some practice and a steady hand to perfectly apply the lipstick with. If you are a bit cack-handed like me then practice will make perfect. 

The first noticeable thing about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks is the smell. It is fairly off-putting, perhaps not a scent I would want to put near my mouth. I couldn't describe it but it smells fairly chemically, not very pleasant at all.

Framboujoise is a lovely rosy red shade with pink undertones. It is a very wearable, everyday red shade - perhaps a shade to start off with if you are slightly unfamiliar with red lipsticks. The description on the bottle describes this as a matte lipstick, which it is but it does take a few minutes to fully set on the lips. One layer of the lipstick is a nice flush of colour but two layers is perfect for a deep, rosy red shade. They are very buildable and I like that you can build the colour up which makes the lipstick excellent for day and night wear. 

As it is a matte lipstick you do need a bit of prep beforehand as it can show up any dry areas on the lips, like any other matte lipstick. It isn't uncomfortable to wear although it isn't weightless - it is definitely noticeable on the lips. I found that Framboujoise did transfer slightly when drinking but overall, it lasted a good few hours on the lips without needing to be re-applied which is great for when you are out and about.

After re-discovering the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks, I definitely want to make more of an effort to wear my other shades more often. I have Ole Flamingo too which is a really bright fuchsia shade. I will definitely be popping these two Velvet Lipsticks into my everyday make-up routine!  With 17 shades to choose from, you are bound to find the shade perfect for you.


Review // MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too

Do you ever find a make-up product that just magically appears one day and you have no idea how it got there? This product is one of those for me. I found it recently whilst going through my make-up box and was surprised that not only had I not opened it but at how pretty it is. Why have I not opened this and used it before?

I am a massive fan of the MUA Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette. So much in fact that I have hit pan on nearly every eyeshadow within the palette - something which is so incredibly rare when you have a 12 shadow palette. There is usually a couple of rogue shades that you know you will never use which get forgotten about but nope, not with the famous Heaven & Earth Palette. The palette I am going to tell you about today is another MUA Palette but this time it is the MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too. And once again, it's a good-un.

About the MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too:
"Undress Me Too Palette embraces a fresh-faced look and urges you to strip back and go for a natural finish! Made up of 12 warm and timeless shades, this palette will suit all skin tones and occasions."

Just like the Heaven & Earth Palette from MUA, Undress Me Too is also considered a dupe from an Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette with some believing Undress Me Too is similar to the Naked 2 Palette from Urban Decay. Whilst I have never tried a Naked Palette I can't say if this is true or not but what I do know is that when I have these palettes, I don't feel the need to splash out on the Urban Decay original.

Firstly, it is a cheap product, therefore the packaging is cheap too. It's very plastic-y and not very sturdy. I know we would all hate to drop our make-up but I would think that if I were to drop this palette, it wouldn't make it in one piece! Included within the palette, as well as 3 matte shades and 9 shimmer shades, is a little double ended sponge eyeshadow brush. Does anyone use those? I guess they are handy to have, just in case of vital emergencies, but I wouldn't usually bother with them.

Like the MUA Heaven & Earth Palette, I also love each shade within the Undress Me Too Palette. Each shadow has its own name which makes it handy when trying to determine which shade is which and so far my favourite shades are Exposed and Reveal, the two grey based shades on the bottom row. I have worn Reveal, the third shade in from the left, the most since discovering this palette and it is so beautiful. It's a wonderful taupey grey shade with a beautiful silver shimmer running throughout which looks great on its own, as well as with Exposed running through the crease on top.

Each shade is incredibly pigmented, soft and very blendable which makes them easy to apply as well as blending with other shades. They do have some fall out when applying but I can look past that as MAC eyeshadows do exactly the same. I always apply my eyeshadows with the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base and as always, when using Painterly it makes each and every eyeshadow last all day long without creasing or wearing.

Once again, I am very much in love with a palette from MUA. The Undress Me Too Palette is full of wearable, everyday eyeshadows with matte and shimmer finishes. They are blendable, easy to apply and incredibly pigmented. Best of all? The palette costs just £4.


Other // What's On My American Beauty Shopping List..

Whilst my holiday is drawing closer and I am trying to sort out the last-minute boring holiday essentials like travel insurance, I have bigger, more important things to worry about. Like what to buy when I am there - of course!

If you have never stepped foot in a Sephora before then I very much highly recommend it. It's the make-up shop of dreams. There is so much to look at and you couldn't possible just go there once - oh no. You definitely need a good few trips to make the most out of it. Sephora is like a tourist attraction in itself. Forget the Washington Monument - it is all about Sephora for me.

I have known I am going to America for a while now so I have had plenty of time to write up a tiny little shopping list of things I hope to buy when I get there. Although I am not seeing this list as a list - more like a challenge. I will get everything on it and I will feel a sense of accomplishment when I do!

Here is my not-so-little shopping list for my American trip! I plan on buying a few items for a blog giveaway for when I come home so if there is anything beauty wise that you can only purchase in the US that you would like to try, let me know in the comments down below and I will try and add it to my list.

I love the sound of the Maybelline Eye Studio Primer, especially in the Prime + Smooth version which leaves a beautiful deep taupe shade on the eyelids. I have struggled to find any reviews on this product so I would like to give it a try and see how well it fares. The next product I would love to try is the Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette which is fairly pricey at $46 but it does include three wonderful base shades as well as nine warm-toned solo eyeshadows. I know you can buy the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in the UK but I would never normally buy such an expensive solo product on myself at home so I feel like I could probably stretch to it whilst in America - I am on holiday, after all! I have read a few reviews on this in the shade Incandescent and a lot of people have complained that it shows up every pore and blemish on the face but I would like to try it out myself. Next on my list is the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette which appears to be the dreamiest palette around. I love the look of each shade so it definitely appears to be a very wearable set of eyeshadows. I also have my eye on the matte version... Next on my list to be ticked off is the Nude Beautyblender. This is only on my list due to its colour as I hate seeing my brightly coloured blending sponges dis-colour! I also really want to purchase the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Shadow Collection. I know I don't need three eyeshadow palettes but I really love the pink champagne coloured shades within this little set.
Finally, I would really love to get a few of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks as I have heard such great things about them. I'm really hoping to pick up the shades Lolita, a chestnut rose shade and Bow N Arrow, a fawn nude. I would also like to try another eyeshadow primer, this time the Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer which is fairly inexpensive at $4.99. Next is another eyeshadow palette, this time the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette which is limited edition. I think most of the shades in this palette are really wearable, everyday eyeshadows, although the mint green and vibrant purple shades will be a bit hit-and-miss. I would also like to try the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation as I would like to try a water-based foundation although I imagine the thin consistency will take some getting used to! I also want to purchase the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood, a pale mauve naude and in American Doll, a classic blue red. Everyone is going mad for liquid lipsticks at the moment so I will defnitely be torn between these and the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. Lastly, I really need to pick up another Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper as it is my favourite liquid eyeliner and I don't want to live without it!

Is there anything above you would like to see included in a blog giveaway?


Review // Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights

All the way back in November I found myself staring at the Makeup Revolution stand in Superdrug and became transfixed with their range of highlighters. I have been a massive fan of using highlighters ever since my beloved Collection 2000 Face & Body Illuminator in Maldives which I have searched high and low for ever since but to no avail. Since then I have searched high and low for a drugstore make-up product that matches up to my favourite highlighter stick and I am so happy that I have finally found a brand which can match up to it but in powder form.

I recently reviewed the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights which is a beautiful off-white highlight with a lovely shimmer running throughout. I wear Golden Lights nearly every day and as I love it so much, I decided I needed to try a different shade from the range. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights is a wonderful peachy pink shade with really fine silver shimmer running throughout. Once again I expected the texture of this highlighter to be quite gritty but fortunately it is really smooth to the touch and not chalky at all.

One swipe with a fan brush on top of the cheekbones is plenty to achieve a beautiful, peachy highlight. It applies like a dream and whilst one swipe of product will allow you to achieve a healthy glow, it can quite easily be built up to a stronger, more intense shine. The powder is so pigmented and intense that a very little goes a long way which means that this 7.5g pan will last you a hell of a long time. Peach Lights stays put all day long without wearing or transferring and best of all - no fallout whatsoever!

For £3, I cannot speak highly of this product. It is a beautiful, soft powder highlight that is easy to build up to a stronger shimmer if you so desired. For three measly pounds you get a massive 7.5g of product which is guaranteed to last you a very long time, especially as a little goes a long way. One small little niggle is the packaging. I really would not want to drop this product as I imagine it will all end in tears! Whilst I wouldn't say it was flimsy, it does feel slightly cheap but as the product is so god damn good, I think we can let that go! Once again, Makeup Revolution has managed to create a beautiful in-expensive highlighter that is definitely a must-have.


Review // MAC Eyeshadow in Knight Divine

When October and my birthday comes round, I send my sister my all-important MAC wishlist. It is a very lengthy list. A list in which she can have full reign over, bearing in mind that she sticks completely to the list and doesn't wander off it. Every year we send each other a list and as long as we get a couple of items off of it then we are both more than happy and the list can continue for Christmas and the next year. Yes, we really are that sad.

This past Christmas saw me receive an eyeshadow that was on my list, a shade which could not be more different to my daily neutral toned eyeshadows. The eyeshadow I received was the MAC Eyeshadow in Knight Divine. Knight Divine is a cool and frosty metallic grey shade with a silver frosted sheen which is perfect for achieving a smokey eye. Whilst it isn't necessarily a shade I will be wearing every day to work, it is definitely a much-needed eyeshadow to add to my collection. 

I have a fair few MAC Eyeshadows now and I can't really think of any bad things to say about them. They can have slight fallout sometimes but again, it is nothing too awful. I know MAC Eyeshadows are fairly pricey at £13.00 each but they last so long and are so pigmented, it makes them truly worth every penny. 

When paired with my beloved and holy-grail MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, Knight Divine lasts all day long without creasing, wearing, fading or transferring. I did have some fallout underneath my eyes but as long as it stays put on the eyelids then I don't mind too much. I never wear eyeshadows without a primer/paint pot underneath so I can't comment on how they last without one but once again I am utterly impressed with MAC, their pigmentation and longevity! 


Haul // The Blog Sale Haul

Whenever one of my favourite bloggers posts a little blog sale, 9 times out of 10 I will always buy something. Most of the time the products are brand new and haven't been used although sometimes they have been used once or twice which I don't mind too much. Of course I would always sterilise the top layer of the product but this is due to my own peace of mind rather than anything else.

Heather at Of Beauty And Nothingness recently held a sale on her blog and I couldn't resist buying a few little things. Out of all of the items I bought, I was most ecstatic about buying the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as you all know how much I love it and I have very nearly finished my pot and needed to repurchase. I think she was selling it for £2 rather than the original price of £16.00 and whilst it has been used very slightly, I know how long-lasting a pot is so it will last me a very long time!

I also bought a small travel-size bottle of the Philosophy Snow Angel Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. I recently wrote about how much I love travel-size products so I am really looking forward to trying this. I love the Philosophy Purity Cleanser and if it Snow Angel smells as amazing as Purity then I am sure I will love it!

The other few products I purchased was a couple of other make-up bits; A MAC 242SE Travel Eyeshadow Brush and a mini Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat. I haven't tried the latter yet but it has a doe foot applicator which will be interesting to try out on the eyelids. Wheat is a really nice neutral beige so I am sure it will be nice to wear on its own as well as with another eyeshadow on top. Heather also really kindly included the Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry which I can imagine me wearing on it's own as it is a lovely deep berry red.

Do you buy anything from blog sales?


Review // The Perfect Scent For Valentine's Day With Debenhams

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and whilst I don't have anyone special to buy for, that doesn't mean I am not going to treat myself or others. Valentine's Day is a great excuse for treating yourself, a loved one or family and friends - but what do you buy them? Whilst I can't speak for everyone, I do know what would want to receive for Valentine's Day and at the top of my list would be perfume.

I have teamed up with Debenhams to show you the best perfume related gift ideas to give you some inspiration this Valentine's Day. Debenhams have hundreds of perfumes and aftershaves to offer and with big brands such as Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Chloe, you are bound to find the perfect gift for a loved one.

The lovely people from Debenhams have very kindly sent me the Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume* to try out and oh my goodness, I was so excited when I recieved this! I have never tried any perfume from Calvin Klein before, nor had I realised they had released so many. Debenhams currently sells 98 different Calvin Klein beauty products at the moment so you are almost certain to find a special gift for a loved one from their vast range of products. Fortunately for me, they have sent me the most perfect gift for not just me, but my Mum too!

About the Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume:
"Euphoria by Calvin Klein for her is an exciting combination of scents that seduces the wearer into a perfect scent of Euphoria. Euphoria has top notes of pomnegranate and persimmon. It has a heart of dewy lotus blossom, champaca flower and black orchid, and a dry down of liquid amber, black violet and mahogany wood."

As I sit and type this I keep smelling Euphoria on my wrist and I really cannot find the words to express how much I adore this scent. It is such a grown up, elegant scent - one which I am quite unfamilar with. Before writing this post I decided to have a look through my perfume collection and I have realised that most of them are probably aimed at the younger generation and whilst there is nothing wrong with that, this scent is definitely not childlike. It is grown up, sophisticated, charming and woody. I have a real struggle when it comes to describing fragrances but Euphoria by Calvin Klein has a very oriental woody scent. It's just wonderful.

The packaging to Euphoria by Calvin Klein is utterly unique and interesting. The bottle definitely stands out when it is on the shelf, let me tell you! It reminds me of a little boat but I am sure there is some fancy name for the shape of the bottle. 

I have been wearing Euphoria for a few days now and it is so long-lasting. I usually struggle to find a perfume that I can still smell a few hours after first spraying onto the body and this is noticeable well into the day still which is great, plus everyone I have walked past has complimented me on it too! If I thought I was a big fan of this perfume then I definitely have some competition when it comes to my Mother. She has said she likes it so much so many times now that the hint has well and truly been taken, so much so that I am going to order her the 100ML bottle, just to stop her from taking mine. 

I am so happy to have tried out something that I wouldn't have normally thought about trying. The Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume has instantly become a firm favourite and I will definitely be buying a bigger bottle. It will most definitely make the most perfect Valentine's Day present for a loved one, albeit the perfume or the aftershave. If you haven't tried it yet then don't take my word for it - head straight for the beauty section in Debenhams!

Have you tried Euphoria by Calvin Klein? What will you be doing this Valentine's Day? As for me, I will be spending this Valentine's Day about 35,000ft up in the air with a romantic in-flight meal for one but hey, at least I will smell nice.