Friday, 17 November 2017

Owlcrate October 2017


I'v e been tweeting recently about how my love for books hasn't really made it onto the blog before so I've been making a conscious effort to share it and also get myself back into reading more regularly.

I signed up for Owlcrate in September and wrote about the September box here so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the October box too.




Owlcrate October 2017

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Lush Spa Cardiff: Christmas 2017

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As you've probably guessed by now if you're regular readers of the blog we love Lush, (here is our lush tag to check out past Lush posts!) so when we got invited to see the Lush Christmas range of course we headed to the store to try out the new bits!



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Monday, 13 November 2017

The Potted Pig


Have you heard of The Potted Pig in Cardiff??

It has long been a restaurant on our lists as we had heard the food was amazing. M had been here for a family meal before turning veggie and the meat was amazing, but L hadn't managed to make it there yet. After hearing they were going to start opening on Monday evenings as well as the rest of the week we knew it was time we went together and luckily for us they invited us to try out their menu.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Laguna Health Spa - ESPA Optimal Skin Profacial Treatment



Hey all!

I'm sure you've seen M's post on her amazing ESPA Body Wrap so I'd like to share with you my thoughts on the ESPA Optimal Skin Profacial Treatment that I had when I visited the Laguna Health Club.

We both love a good spa treatment and knowing the new treatments at Laguna used cruelty free products from ESPA we were looking forward to visiting again.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Cameo Club Cardiff


I'm sure you all know by now how much we love food, we are always trying out new restaurants, bars and street food events and never get bored of it! 

There are so many great places to try in Cardiff so there's always something new to test out, and recently me and my family went to Cameo on Wellfield road in Cardiff for a celebration and it was a great chance to try out their menu.


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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Beauty Rehab


Hey all!

I've been writing these Beauty Rehab posts for a long long time now, even though I started them right at the beginning I still enjoy showing you what I've actually been using throughout the month and what I've finished. I'd like to say I am working through my stash but that would be wrong, my stash seems to have ballooned in recent months so I'm going to try and make more effort between now and Christmas!

Here's what I've used up recently:

Beauty Rehab

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Travelling Croatia - Dubrovnik


Good morning!!

I have some fabulous pictures to share with you today and I'm just too excited. I've been sharing my travel tips for various places in Croatia the last few weeks and have another today, this time about Dubrovnik. I wasn't sure what to think about this city as I hadn't really had chance to look it up beforehand, I just knew it was going to be full of sea views and orange roof tops and I was not wrong!


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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Laguna Health and Spa - Espa Body Wrap Review

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Laguna Health and Spa have recently switched salon brands to Espa and as it's cruelty free I was pretty excited to here this! We were lucky enough to be offered to try out some of the treatments so couldn't wait to test them out.

Laguna Health and Spa is located in the Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff and has a beautiful swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, as well as a great gym (which used to be my gym and I really miss those classes!)


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Thursday, 26 October 2017

How to Pack Beauty Products with Airline Limits - Cruelty Free

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Twice this year I've traveled to Edinburgh from Cardiff and flown, the biggest challenge I find is getting all the products I want whilst sticking to the 10 x 100ml airline limits. Of course as with all of my posts all these travel products I use are cruelty free too!


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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Owlcrate - September 2017


Hey all!

I have a bit of a different post for you today. I've recently been sharing some tweets about my love for books which I haven't really shared on the blog that much.

I have so many books of so many types, and when I heard of monthly book boxes I was so excited to see what they contained. There are many available but I chose to try Owlcrate. It's a subscription box for young adult books and comes from the U.S. They seem to have a bigger range of book box subscriptions in America but there are a few in the UK too.


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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Kenra Platinum Hair Styling Products

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A few weeks ago L shared her thought on the Kenra Professional Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner (post here), we were lucky enough to get sent the range to try out and got a few different bits to each other in our boxes, so today we thought we'd share our thoughts on the styling range we've been testing out, we've been trying a few from the professional range including the root lifting spray and the volume spray and a few from the Kenra Platinum range including the silkening mist, revive oil and our absolute favourite the blow dry spray!

Kenra is a brand that is relatively new to the UK, they have some amazing colour ranges (I'm always loving all the brights and pastels on their instagram!) and some great styling products.


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Friday, 20 October 2017

Skinny Tan Body Glow Everyday Tan


Who doesn't love a golden glow??

I recently went on my first holiday in YEARS and finally got some real sun on my skin. It was lush and I loved having a bit of a natural glow, but as we all know this never lasts long when you get back to the grey skies of the UK.

Since I've been back I didn't want to use a full on fake tan product as I didn't need it and well, let's be honest it is now October and looking super tanned might be a bit odd for someone in Wales!

So I've been testing out the Body Glow Everyday Tan from Skinny Tan to see what it was like.


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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Body Shop Banana Shampoo and Conditioner

Hey all

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now. Whilst wondering past The Body Shop store in Cardiff a few months back I saw an offer where if you bought a shampoo you got the conditioner free, I hadn't actually tried any hair products from The Body Shop so decided to test them out (I have the hair scrub now too which I can't wait to try!)

The body shop banana shampoo and conditioner Cruelty free review

Since going Cruelty Free I've almost rediscovered The Body Shop as a brand and I'm totally in love with so many products, and obviously I've convinced L too (you can find all of our reviews on The Body Shop Here and Here)


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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Travelling Croatia - Plitvice Lakes


Hi all!

I'm so excited to share these pictures with you, I've been trying to do it for weeks but I wanted to get all the photos just right, so it has taken longer than planned.

I've so far written about Split and what you should eat there, and during my few days before my sailing trip started I managed to get a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park and it is STUNNING!

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Kat Von D's Lock It Foundation and Concealer


Well hello there!

I've been meaning to share this review for a little while now but life has been so busy! After my trip to Croatia I've been travelling with work and will be away for the next few weeks, hopefully I will be able to keep up with everything.

I picked up the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation and Concealer at their opening event of the Cardiff stand in Debenhams a few weeks back (post here of the counter and the make up looks!)

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Monday, 9 October 2017

What to Eat in Split, Croatia


Morning! 

I recently shared my photos with you from my trip to Split, I have more photos to share from islands and other places in Croatia but had to share my food photos and recommendations too!


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Friday, 6 October 2017

Travelling Croatia - Split


Hey all!

I recently went on a trip to Croatia for 2 weeks and it was AMAZING.

I've got a fair few posts lined up to show you my photos and share my travel tips, so look out for all of these. I went to Plitvice Lakes, and sailed my way along the coast to Dubrovnik stopping off at islands and sampling the food and drink of Croatia so there will most likely be a post to suit you!

Today I have some photos of Split and what I recommend doing there, I have just over 1 day so I had to see and do as much as I could in a small space of time. My flight landed at 9.30am so I made the most of the day.


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

W7 Contour Stick

Hey all

Contour sticks are everywhere at the moment with the release of Fenty and the Kim Kardashian West contour sticks I've been wanting to try some myself as they make contouring so much easier but wanted a more budget friendly dupe of the one's mentioned above and that's where W7 didn't disappoint!!



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Monday, 2 October 2017

Kenra Professional Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner


Hey all!

The weather recently has really started to get greyer, colder and wetter! It was expected now we're in October but for me especially it was a tough change. I've recently got back from two weeks in Croatia (I can't wait to share my pictures with you!) and the difference in the weather from sunshine and islands to the grey British weather was a shock to the system.

My skin has been drier and my hair, so I've been looking at products to help me battle the weather change. It was good luck when I remembered we recently received some products from Salon Success from a brand called Kenra and I couldn't wait to try them out.




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Monday, 25 September 2017

Make Up Revolution Red Carpet Lipstick


Hey all!

I've just got back from a fabulous trip to Croatia, I went sailing around the islands for 8 days and visited a few extra places in addition. I had the best time and it makes me very sad to be home but I've been making the most of the colder weather by changing up my wardrobe and make up pronto!

We're both huge fans of red lipsticks but there are so many shades and finishes it can be hard to find one that's perfect for you for almost any occasion.

However for me I think I have found the one!

Image from TAM Beauty website

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Lush 1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask Review

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As soon as I saw Lush had bought out the Jelly range I need I had to try them, as a huge lush fan I couldn't wait to try the jelly bath bombs and face masks out. The jelly bath bomb review will be up soon!


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Light

Hey All

As a pale girl finding foundation that matches especially on the high street and that is cruelty free is a struggle. After finding The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in light I've not looked back, I can now use all my old foundations that are too dark and adjust foundations to suit perfectly dependant on my skin tone at that time!


If you've read our blog for a while you'll know L and I are huge fans of The Body Shop, after going cruelty free I rediscovered a love for their products and have tried loads and got L hooked too, you can see all our reviews here and here.


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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water Review

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There are probably going to be a lot of lush reviews from me over the next few weeks as I've been picking up some old faithfuls and some new products to try, today is an old faithful I loved for a while. The breath of fresh air toner water is a lush product I've probably been using now for about 5 years, it's even mentioned in early days blog posts so when I picked up a new bottle I thought I'd share a new post on it.




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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask



What are your thoughts on dupes??

If you're anything like us you will love a bargain, but often the dupe isn't the same as the original product so I suppose it's each to their own with buying products that are copies of another.

The Glam Glow masks have been around for a few years now and have a huge following, I've only tried a sachet from them a while back and I did like it but can't really comment on regular usage. I'd love to try it, but at £42 for 50g of the Youthmud clearing treatment I just cannot justify it - being single and buying your own home is not good to your bank account!

However, the fabulous brand that is Lacura from Aldi UK has an Exfoliating Mud Mask that is very similar indeed.

Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Rosie for Autograph Lipstick in Silk Rose

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I've been eyeing up the Rosie for Autograph range in the Marks and Spencer beauty hall for a while now,  Rosie Huntington Whiteley is absolutely gorgeous and always has flawless makeup and the range always looked amazing!


Rosie for Autograph lipstick in Silk Rose


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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Spectrum Collections Sassy Sirens Make Up Brushes


If you're a sucker for a pretty make up brush then join the club!

I absolutely cannot resist any new make up brush, I love the classic monochrome, marble, metallic accents (who doesn't love a bit of rose gold nowadays??) but the unicorn trend has brought out some corkers too. Spectrum Collections have been the obvious choice here - their range is BEAUTIFUL and I did struggle looking at the website choosing what to get.

The Glam Clam is a personal favourite and I almost chose that, but the Siren brushes caught my eye for being totally different again!


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Monday, 4 September 2017

Twitter Giveaway! Spectrum Collection You Look Marbleous Brush Set!


Hi all!

Over the last few months we've received loads of support on various platforms and wanted to celebrate. We've been blogging for almost 6 years now and there are a few thousand of you who follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin. We're not the biggest and we juggle a lot of things amongst work, travel etc to get the photos and the content completed but we love what we do and appreciate all of the support, so thank you!

We haven't done many giveaways at all over the time we've been blogging, but now we're both in full time employment we decided we want to start giving back.


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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Kat Von D arrives in Cardiff


Hey all!

If you're a fellow Cardiffian and a make up fan you will have been pleased to find out that Kat Von D has FINALLY arrived in our Debenhams store. We are both fans of Kat Von D and although M has the Shade and Light palette (review here) neither of us have tried any of her other well known products because we needed to be colour matched. We've also mentioned over the last few months how both of us are now only purchasing cruelty free make up, and Kat Von D has one of the best ranges of products that aren't tested on animals.

So when we heard about their blogger event we HAD to go!


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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Best Bottomless Prosecco Brunch in Cardiff

Hey All

Who doesn't love Prosecco these days and unlimited Prosecco at that. Grey's based in the Hilton Cardiff offer a great two course lunch and bottomless Prosecco for the great price of £25!

I've actually been here twice now and I'm planning the third, I've always gone on a Sunday and it's lovely and quiet and the staff are always attentive.





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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Zero Degrees Beer Tasting and Food


Hi all!

Recently we were both invited to Zero Degrees in Cardiff for an evening of beer tasting and food, we've both been before on random occasions for the odd drink but not for a meal and drinks so this was a great opportunity and we were really looking forward to it.


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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Cardiff Food Round Up


Hi all!

So the last few weeks I've finally got over the car accident and I can finally eat properly again, HOORAY! Life has been rather boring having to eat soft food for months on end due to damaging the muscles in my face/jaw and although I've thrown myself into finding some great vegan and vegetarian options I have missed the variety.

In celebration I have rearranged outings seeing friends, colleagues, family etc etc that I haven't been able to make it to for celebration and catching up. I should maybe be embarrassed that I've eaten out so much in the last few weeks but I'M TOO HAPPY TO CARE!


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Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Celtic Manor Resort Summer Berry Afternoon Tea


Hey all!

Happy National Afternoon Tea Week! I mean, this week is only second best to Christmas in my opinion. A week dedicated to afternoon tea?? How British and how delightful!

We were super lucky and were invited back to the Celtic Manor Resort to try their new Summer Berry afternoon tea - we were obviously never going to say no but especially not when the treats looked this beautiful!


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Must Have Cruelty Free Make up Brands

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A few weeks ago L shared her Top 5 skincare products (post here) so I thought I'd do the beauty version, I've been totally cruelty free in all purchases of make up for over 18 months, it's taken some discovery with some brands being shady about it and some brands making the decision to sell in china so are going back to animal testing (Nars I'm looking at you, that decision broke my heart!) Anyway, so here are some of my favourites!

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Camelbak Forge: The Ultimate Leak Proof Travel Mug

Hey all

A bit of a different thing to share today but I've spent ages searching for a travel coffee mug that doesn't leak and this one is so good I had to share.

My commute to work involves a 30 minute walk then bus, I like to have my coffee on the bus so I'm always searching for a travel mug I can shove in my handbag and not have to worry about leaking over everything, until recently I had to ensure it was always stood upright but when I was introduced to the Camelbak forge all that change, a mug that's actually leakproof!




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Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Must Have Wooden Sunglasses from Woodstylz

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With the sun occasionally poking its head out from behind the clouds in our great British summer I thought I'd share these amazing sunglasses I've been loving.

Last year whilst at Glastonbury (we've shared all of our posts on the happiest place in the world here!) me and C saw a stall selling amazing wooden sunglasses. I've never bought any sunglasses for more than £20 as I lose or break them but the Woodstylz sunglasses kept coming into our head so we both decided to treat ourselves and grabbed a pair. We decided our eyes deserved proper polarized decent sunglasses and it's a decision we've not regretted!



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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Book Review - Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard


Hello there!

I don't think I've ever written a book review before, nor have I ever really adequately described by complete obsession for books. I am totally and utterly addicted, always have and always will be.


For the entirety of my life I have always read and had a shelf full of books, but after university I couldn't always bring myself to concentrate enough. Reading on a computer screen all day at uni/work and then writing the blog often I find I've had enough, but I have read through series such as Harry Potter (countless times now!), The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones amongst others. 


I used to get through a book every few days but now I'm lucky to get through a book in 6 months! I've been meaning to change this for a while but it was only recently when I had my car accident that I really took the time to buy a new book and get stuck in (having whiplash was the only time I was forced to sit down and relax!)


The book I chose was 'Red Queen' by Victoria Aveyard, so I'm going to share my thoughts on it and the other books in the same series (without giving spoilers!). I've not read too many book reviews as I tend to go on recommendations from others, so I hope this post covers what you would normally read!

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lush Crème De Menthe Mouthwash Tabs

Hey all

When I went cruelty free the hardest thing I found to change was toothpaste, I struggled to find a good one (I shared a post on deodorant and toothpaste here) for travelling I take the lush one's featured in that post and for everyday use one by Dr Organics. Something I hadn't found though and had debated making my own was a Cruelty free mouthwash so when I saw lush were bringing out mouthwash tabs I had to try them.



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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Cocorico Patisserie Afternoon Tea

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Cocorico is somewhere I've been absolutely loving recently, I've been for tea and cake, a macaron masterclass and an amazing breakfast so when L asked what I wanted to do for my birthday I decided it was time to try their afternoon tea!

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Friday, 4 August 2017

The Body Shop - Seaweed Gel Cream and Clay Mask


You may have seen our recent posts on the skincare ranges from The Body Shop, we've shared from the Drops of Youth range and some of their Camomile cleansers.

Today I wanted to share with you some of the products from the Seaweed range. I've always had an oily t-zone so for me, finding a hydrating moisturiser that doesn't cause my skin to become nice and shiny by 11am is key. I did pick up some of the Tea Tree range to help but it turns out that isn't the most ideal range for me, and what I needed was the Seaweed range.

So when I went to one of their outlet stores recently I decided to try the Oil Control Gel Cream and the Oil Balancing Clay Mask. I've been using them recently and although I would normally spend  a few weeks using them these have been an instant decision.


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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Brass Beetle


We were super lucky recently and were invited to the opening of the Brass Beetle, this is a new restaurant on Whitchurch Road in Cardiff and I think it fills a gap in the market.

The Brass Beetle 


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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Miss Patisserie Coral Bay Dry Body Oil


Have you ever used a dry body oil before?

I'm not really someone who uses body moisturisers or oils very often....I definitely should but I'm always lazy when I know I should put some on my heels and knees. 

Last year I bought the Miss Patisserie Dotty Box (review here) to try a few products at one time. I knew I loved the Coral Bay scent so choosing that box was easy, what I didn't know what how much i was about to absolutely love a product that I thought I would hate!


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Lush Shark Invested Custard Bath Melt

Hey all

After L and I's trip to Lush Oxford Street one thing I picked up was the Shark invested bath melt. I hadn't tried any of the Lush bath melts so thought it was time to change that!



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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Celtic Manor Resort Champagne and Beauty Bar


Hey all!

Hope you're all having a fabulous week. We were super lucky last week and were invited to Celtic Manor Resort for a sneak peek of their new Champagne and Beauty bar -  it's as fabulous as you are imagining!

We were so excited when the invite came through and just knew we had to go, not only was the event going to be amazing but we were hoping we'd have a chance to catch up with some of our blogger friends so couldn't wait.



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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Day Trip to Exeter


Hey all!

I've decided to get a post up last minute today because I've been working through editing photos and writing content and felt inspired. It's nice to feel productive and start ticking things off a list isn't it??

I went to Devon recently for a staycation and I'll be sharing a full post with some pictures from my trip soon. During our stay we didn't have great weather at all, so me and my mum went in to Exeter one day for some shopping!


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Friday, 21 July 2017

The Body Shop Camomile Range - Cleansing Oil, Cleansing Butter and Make Up Remover


Hey all!

I've been slowly making my way through The Body Shop's range of skincare, and haven't really shared much of my thoughts on it yet. I recently made an order of cleansers because mine were running low, so I decided to pick up a few different types and get stuck in.


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Make Up Revloution Flawless Mattes Palette Review and Swatches

Hey all

As I'm if you're a regular reader you'll know we're big Make Up Revolution fans (see your reviews here), not only is it a bargain price it's a Cruelty Free brand too. When L and I were on one of our many shopping trips one palette neither of us could resist is the Flawless Mattes palettes, it can be hard to find good matte shades so to find a full palette of them for less than £10 neither of us could resist.


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Friday, 14 July 2017

Spectrum Brushes Must Have Minis



Hey all

At the end of May we headed to a Spectrum event in Cardiff (you can see that post here. We couldn't wait to go as it was not only a brand with the prettiest brushes but it's a brand that's Welsh. We love supporting local!

Spectrum was founded by two sisters and it was great to hear their story! They also reminded us of how we are together so it made us love them more.


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Monday, 10 July 2017

Storybook Cosmetics: Wizardry and Witchcraft Palette


Hey all

We can't wait to share today's post with you, as we mentioned in the first look post (you can read that here) we couldn't wait to receive our palettes and they didn't disappoint!


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