29 January 2015

Event | New to The Body Shop 2015

A few weeks back now I was invited to The Body Shop store in Metro Centre, Newcastle with my good bloggy buddy Gianni to see their first few releases of 2015. Let's see what is in store, literally...

It was lovely to meet the staff of this store as it is one I haven't visited before and as always, they were super-friendly, helpful and full of knowledge. They showed us the new additions to the Nutriganics range and an exciting new Valentines-Day-ready scent which has some make-up bits to go alongside it. First off, lets talk skincare. The brand-new Drops of Youth Overnight Sleeping Mask is one for those who's skin is lacking in bounce as this sets out to create a more youthful and hydrated look and feel to the skin. Next time you're in your local store, give this a little prod with the spatula and see how bouncy it is. In addition to this, they have brought out the Drops of Youth Wonderblur, which can double up as a primer. It has the same texture as the Instablur and once applied it smoothes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines. I would however, recommend wearing foundation over this as, from personal experience, it can start to flake off after a while.

The new scent being brought out for Valentines is their Smoky Poppy range, which isn't available to buy just yet! It consists of their usual shower gel, body butter and eau de toilette and brand new additions of bath bombs - how exciting?! As for make-up, TBS have created the cutest poppy-like brush which is nothing like what I've seen before, certainly a novelty product. Along side this they have a universal Lip & Cheek Stick which comes up a different colour on all skin tones and a brightly coloured Eyeshadow Shimmer Cube. The only downside I can see is that the colour don't really go alongside the whole theme of the scent, which I find rather odd.

So that is what is brand new and what is going to be coming soon to The Body Shop! Which release are you excited for the most? I'm uber excited to give the Bath Bombs a try myself! Let me know in the comments below, thanks for reading!

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27 January 2015

BEAUTY | My New MAC Lip Combo

If you remember earlier this month back to my Beauty Christmas Gifts, you will see that I chose two new MAC lip additions to add to my collection and well, they have been something that I've been nonstop reaching for...

Lets start off with what I use for the base, the Pro-Longwear Lip Liner in 'In Anticipation' (£15). This is my first ever lip liner from the brand and I can see why people like them so much, however smooth, non chapped lips are crucial as these are very matte indeed. Despite this, they stay on like no other and I've never really seen this beautiful soft pink shade be talked about before. On top of this is my new Lipstick in 'Creme Cup' (£15.50), my new lip obsession. The light, blue-toned pink compliments the liner really well to create a pretty mid-toned pink. It's Cremesheen finish softens the matte liner to create a shiny, but not glossy finish. It's safe to say I am head over heels for this combination as of recent!

Let me know what MAC lip products and combinations are your favourite as they never seem to disappoint me. I'm thinking of picking up Cherry liner next to go alongside all of my favourite red lipsticks! Thanks for reading!

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25 January 2015

BEAUTY | New in to Feel Unique

Feel Unique is a one-stop shop for everything beauty related and today I'm sharing with you some new and exciting brands that exclusively just launched on their website.

You are more than welcome to slap my wrist when I tell you that Topshop Beauty* is yet another brand that I haven't tried. However, this is mostly down to my local store's counter being under-stocked and very messy. Topshop have continued to add to their beauty selection over the past couple of years and their Face Collection has been popular at creating the longed-for flawless base. To add colour to any look they have quite the extensive Lipstick collection and their Beauty Lips alone come in 25 shades. I'm excited for my first try to see if they stand up to the expectations that I have of them. 

The other brand that has just launched on Feel Unique is Laura Geller Beauty*, one of which I am rather unfamiliar of but apparently was quite popular on QVC a few years back. A little bit more expensive than the above, the products still look enticing, as you can see in the Baked Blush* pictured above. I'm wondering if LG is going to become popular among beauty bloggers as I have been seeing a couple of product pop up as of recent - Watch this space I suppose!

Let me know if you're excited about these new launches and please feel free to recommend me some products, especially from Topshop Beauty! Do you think that they'll take off and Laura Geller will come back on the scene? Let me know in the comments below, thanks for reading!

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23 January 2015

MUSIC | What I'm Listening To #1

Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were | Ben Howard's voice has got me through many of my University assignments and when I want to chill out, he's usually my go-to. His soothing voice and echoing guitar really does zone me out to a completely different place. However his second album is a lot darker than his first, but I adore it. He's dared to take his music in a different direction and it is a total piece of art. Listen to: 'She Treats Me Well' and 'In Dreams'.

McBusted - McBusted | Now I couldn't write my first music post and not include these boys now could I? As you know I'm an avid fan of the McFly and Busted boys and this was a match made in heaven for me. I'm so glad that they have made new music together and the album is fantastic. It's got catchy, witty lyrics and typically a pop with a slight cheesy, punk feel. I'm so excited to see them perform these songs live in a few months. Listen to: 'Get Over It', 'Before You Knew Me' and 'Beautiful Girls are the Loneliest'.

Ed Sheeran - X | From the first time I watched Ed perform 'Wayfaring Stranger' on YouTube I fell in love. I remember seeing him in a tiny tent at Leeds festival on my boyfriend's shoulders and I've been obsessed ever since. Despite all the romantics loving 'Thinking Out Loud', which I agree is amazing, I much prefer his rapping as he's ridiculously clever with his lyrics. It's an album that I always find popping on whilst driving. Listen to: 'Tenerife Sea', 'Take it Back' and 'The Man'.

One Night Only - Started a Fire | Well this is a throwback and a half to when I was about 14 and obsessed with George Craig. But, I need to be honest in what I've been listening to and I've for some reason be listening to this a lot. It takes me back to when I was younger and it's pop, soft rock genre really does make me smile. I'd be interested to know if anyone else used to love this band too. Listen to: 'Sweet Sugar' and 'You and Me'.

Can you tell buying a Spotify account is beginning to take it's toll on me? For £4.99 a month it really has made me fall back in love with music and I enjoy my little throwback sessions listening to MCR and FOB too. Let me know what music you've been loving recently, I'd love to add more music to my Spotify playlists. Thanks for reading!

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