I recently received a beautiful package courtesy of Woods of Windsor. I’ll be honest, Woods of Windsor as a brand were not on my radar at all until this beautiful parcel arrived.
I think at a glance it’d be easy to see the products, read the scents and dismiss this brand as being for the older generation but a closer look reveals products that not only perform well, smell beautiful but are also affordable luxuries.
The range of products include Hand Creams, Hand Washes, Soaps, Drawer Liners, Dusting Powders, Bath and Shower Gels as well as much more.
Lets start by talking about the beautiful packaging. The whole range had a revamp in Autumn, drawing inspiration from both modern and vintage flower illustrations. Have a closer look, it’s beautiful and makes the products worthy of any dressing table or gift.
Looking at the website, it would seem the main fragrance lines are White Jasmine, Honeyed Pear & Amber, Pomegranate & Hibiscus, Blue Orchid & Water Lily, True Rose, Lily of the Valleyand Lavender. I’ve not tried all of the scents, but let me tell you that all the products I have tried have been beautiful, but Honeyed Pear & Amber is absolutely stunning. White Jasmine (I LOVE Jasmine) and Blue Orchid & Water Lily are also worthy of special mention.
Honestly, this is one of the nicest ranges I’ve tried in a long, and not at all granny-ish! As for the products themselves, I have been especially enjoying the Bath & Shower Gels, as well as the Dusting Powder which I have been dusting on with wild abandon using it’s big fluffy powder puff. Even the kids beg for a dusting after their baths!
Truly a beautiful range and if you are still looking for Christmas Presents, you might not be too late so head over to the Woods of Windsor website to grab some beautiful gifts! Prices start at £6.99.
*Products Received Free of Charge for Review Purposes
Just a quick heads up for the Foreo Cleansing Discovery Must-haves gift set.
Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the Foreo devices and the LUNA Play is perfect either for travelling or for someone who just wants to try out a Foreo cleansing device before plumping for one of the larger models. The LUNA Play is a small silicone face cleansing device that is good for up to 100 uses and then you bin it, and this gift set comes with 15ml Day Cleanser and 15ml Night Cleanser. The gift is a steal at £29 because if you bought the products separately it’d cost £43.
You can see my full review of the Foreo LUNA Play here but it’s definitely a worthy purchase and a great idea for your beauty loving friend who has everything or for yourself! I’ve got one of these in use and another two tucked away for future use. I can’t imagine anyone regretting buying one of these, the cleanse really well along with your chosen product, as well as giving you a massage.
Also available in Mint as well as Pearl Pink as shown.
For this and other sets available for Christmas, head over to the Foreo website.
*Product received free of charge for review purposes
I love bagsy Beauty, the products are just so lovely and the concept is also great, so it’s great to hear about a new collection from them, namely the Savannah Miller X bagsy Collection.
Packaging perfection as always with this brand! Savannah Miller is a fashion designer who worked with both Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson but who now has her own collection, Nine by Savannah Miller, which you can find in Debenhams.
The collection is small, perfectly formed and stylish, with each product housed in black glossy casing with embossed lettering.
First, the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner (£15)
For me this is a dream. I struggle with liner thanks to my age and hooded lids. No matter what I use, what promises it makes, it always always transfers to my upper lid in time. This does not. It is also one of my favourites to use, it just works for me really well allowing me to draw near perfect lines (I still suck at liner, the fault there is me, not my products!). I also really love that the bib is reversible, so if yours starts to look a bit battered, you can turn it round! It dries really fast, and doesn’t budge. Great stuff and definitely recommend.
Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (£24)
The Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is a great palette. The shades vary in finish, there’s mattes, shimmers and satins meaning it truly does work for day and night. Honestly it’s hard to say why I’m so fond of this palette, the shadows aren’t as pigmented as other leading brands, and I think the price is a little high, but regardless, I wear this every single day. I think it’s partly to do with the colour selection which is great, as well as the fact that they combine really well to create a really beautiful look, and they are really blendable. There’s a handy little brush included, which is adequate, and its a really great product for the handbag. Every shade is wearable. It’s not a must-have but it’s definitely a lovely-to-have. Swatches at the bottom of the post.
Finally, Vermillion Lipstick (£16)
DREAMY! I can’t even tell you how much I love this moisturising lipstick. It’s got a satin-matte finish, meaning it’s slightly more forgiving than a straight up matte. The colour, the colour is just perfection. There’s not much more to say… just look! (I’m also wearing the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner).
So not shown in my post is the beautiful looking Bronzed Brilliance Shimmer Bronzer (£20), the Pitch Black Mascara (£18) and the stunningly packaged Glamour Tease Hair Texture Spray (£8). A really lovely collection and I’d be thrilled to have any piece of this collection in my (non existent!) Christmas Stocking! And don’t forget the lovely little quotes on each piece…
The whole collection is available now on the bagsy Website, go check it out!
*Products Received Free of Charge for review Purposes
If you’re looking for Christmas Gifts that look beautiful, smell beautiful and don’t cost the world, then look no further than the beautiful gifts available from Yardley London.
The packaging for all of the gifts is sublime, I am in love with the artwork! And for such a quality brand, the prices are incredible for Crackers with a little Hand Cream in them for £4, up to about £20, none of the gifts on offer are going to break the bank.
This gift, the Mixed Body Spray Collection is my favourite and has my favourite packaging and retails at £9 for four 75ml Body Sprays.
This English Lavender Talc and Soap set costs just £9 and will make a beautiful gift, again, that packaging!
The English Lavender scent isn’t just a straight up Lavender, but rather it’s blended with bergamot, clary sage, wood, vanilla, patchouli amongst other beautiful scents such as violet and jasmine. The result is a fresh light scent with a warm heart.
Finally the English Lavender Eau de Toilette & Body Lotion set costs a very reasonable £15, which considering the size of the products, is a great deal!
Yardley London have been in existence since 1770 and are still going strong and that is testament to the quality and popularity. English Lavender is the signature scent and it’s not hard to see why, it’s lovely, but its April Violets that’s calling my name, I absolutely LOVE the scent of violets!
If you’re still Christmas shopping, or having started yet, then do head over to Yardley London, there’s much more on offer than these three beautiful gifts, you’re sure to find something for someone!
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
I’ve got to start with an apology though because it looks like this palette is out of stock everywhere, I’ve had it a while I must admit, but life has really been getting in the way of blogging lately. I’m trying to get back on top if now though, sadly in the case of this beauty, a little too late. The main reason I’m still doing this post is that palette contains shades that are available in other formats as well as those that may well appear in future palettes. There are five vintage shades, five shades from previous palettes and seven shades currently available as singles. I am sorry this review is so late, but hopefully it’s still useful for someone!
So the reason I love this palette, or one of the reasons I love this palette is because while there are new shades, there are also really old favourites too (Gash, Acid Rain and UV-B). I’ve remember when Urban Decay first hit Exeter, going in and marvelling at the beautiful products. I especially loved the lipsticks so I’m thrilled to see the Vice Vintage Lipstick Collection… I’m TOTALLY getting as many of those as I can afford!
Okay back to the UD XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, henceforth known as the Vice Reloaded palette in this post! Retailing at £43, the palette houses the usual 20 shadows in a variety of finishes, with the usual stunning packaging and attention to detail, as well as the double-ended brush.
The vast majority of the shades in the palette are perfection, just like UD shadows always are. There are a couple of shades that are a touch patchy and harder to work with but I’ve found patting on over a primer solves that.
So, I’m just going to go ahead and show the swatches, with the official colour descriptions and a note or two where I see fit! All swatches are done without primer.
Starting with the top row:
Suspend (greige-brown matte), Oil Slick (black matte with silver micro glitter), Roadstripe (iridescent white with blue/violet shift), Gash (metallic brick red), Midnight Cowboy (pink champagne shimmer with silver glitter). I don’t know why Suspend is so patchy in my swatch, it just doesn’t come out like that when applied to my eyelid, but to be fair I always use a primer. Roadstripe, this is gorgeous if you love your duochromey shades.. while you can’t really see it in my swatch, its really beautiful!
501 (deep metallic blue with copper micro glitter), Shallow (pale taupe-silver satin), Laced (pinky taupe matte), Hot Pants (pearly medium pink) Mildew (deep metallic green shimmer). The shades in this row are all amazing. Shallow is one of my favourites in the whole palette, for no other reason than I just love the shade. Hot pants is a glorious pink, not a colour I can wear with ease but glorious anyway, and Mildew is a stunning rich shade of green!
Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Misdemeanor (deep olive green matte with green micro shimmer), Freakshow (bright purple satin), Asphyxia (hyacinth shimmer with blue shift), Acid Rain (pale yellow green shimmer with green shift).
Yes I know there are two photographs for this row, but I thought they captured the tones and hues and richness of these shades. All of these shades are incredible.
Moonflower (metallic rose gold with gold microshimmer), UV-B (bright blue with violet shift), Goldmine (bright metallic gold), Twice Baked (rich brown satin with gold micro glitter), Anonymous (pale peachy cream matte).
Another gorgeous row, all the shades are beautiful, Goldmine is incredible, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gold like it. Anonymous isn’t rubbish, its just the same shade as my skin unfortunately, but look closely and you’ll see the swatch is there!
Overall, this is a GREAT palette and if you can find it anywhere I would absolutely recommend it. I’ve not tried an Urban Decay palette I wouldn’t recommend yet. They are great for everyone, always a great mix of shades and finishes, making them good for ages and all occasions!
I’m sorry I can’t recommend a stockist, but keep checking the Urban Decay Website, there’s always new goodness there and as I previously mentioned, some of these shades are available as singles!
*product received free of charge for review purposes
Color Wow Coconut Cocktail is the second Bionic Tonic I’ve tried out (you can see my Kale Cocktail review here) and I’m absolutely loving them. In the most basic terms, these are leave in conditioners or treatments.
A recap on my hair, lots of bleach but holding up quite well despite that, fluffy and prone to frizzies even before bleach, but more so now with a touch of dryness. That said, I’ve been using the Kale Cocktail for quite some time now so perhaps that’s why my hair is holding up so well!
Okay so while the Kale Cocktail is for strengthening weak hair that is prone to breakage, the Coconut Cocktail bonds a lubricating layer to the hair’s surface to restore silkiness which is just what my hair needs.
To use, you just apply a coin sized amount to damp hair. The size of the coin depends on the amount of hair you’ve got, and I have found its a bit of trial and error to get it right. Apply it to the lower sections and ends of your hair, comb through and if at all possible dry your hair with a hair dryer, it will accelerate and enhance the effects of the product.
The other great thing is that you can combine the Cocktails, so for the first couple of washes after I’ve had my hair coloured/lightened, I use both Kale and Coconut, before switching to using just Coconut alone.
My hair is always going to be a bit fluffy, that’s my hair type, but wow, Coconut leaves my hair feeling and looking much nicer, and smoother. Oh and it smells glorious.
That picture is actually a few weeks old now, my hair is a little blonder, a good couple of inches shorter and looking better than ever. £22 will get you 200ml and it lasts and lasts, becuase you need to use so little.
I’ve said it before but I definitely recommend these Cocktails, and actually everything I’ve tried from Color Wow, so do check the website out!
*Product received free of charge for review purposes
I received The Real Shaving Co. Super Slide Shave Gel for review purposes a couple of months ago. I’m not going to lie, when I first received it, my first thought was that I don’t shave. My second thought was that my husband doesn’t wet shave either…however, it pretty quickly dawned on me that of course I shave… just not my face… yet!
I’ve not tried any products from The Real Shaving Company and I didn’t know much about them, but I’ve since found that they are a world renowned brand that have been offering barbershop shaves and skincare since 1953! All products are made here, in England, Somerset to be exact and created with years of expertise and high quality formulations.
The Super Slide Shave Gel (£3.99/125ml) is a clear gel, it doesn’t foam, and it creates an invisible lubricating layer. Aloe Vera and Willowbark keep skin moisturised as well as helping to prevent skin irriation and it is considerably cheaper than I thought it was going to be if I’m honest, and that can only be a good thing. I truly thought that this would be an expensive product because of it’s quality.
I’m not going to lie, a clear product that doesn’t foam isn’t the easiest thing to use on larger areas, such as legs, as you can’t easily see where you’ve been with your razor, but thats just a minor fault, I don’t think it’s designed for legs after all! It certainly suits my skin very well indeed though, my razor just glides along the areas I’m shaving, and although I can be prone to dry, itchy or irritated skin after shaving, I have had none of that with this stuff.
I initially thought it wasn’t going to last terribly long but it was surprising how long it has lasted, it’s not gone yet, you need much less than you’d think! I would absolutely recommend this, in particular if you tend to suffer with irritation on shaving… whether that be your legs, arms, face or otherwise!
Also available in the range are cleansers, shave creams, and moisturisers.
For more info and to purchase, be sure to check out the website. I will definitely order more!
*Product received free of charge for review purposes
Today I’m delighted to be reviewing the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids. If you’re into beauty and beauty products, you can’t fail to have to have noticed coloured concealers/correctors are must have products right now. With shades to tackle most issues, colour correctors are a great way to help achieve a flawless look.
Based on the colour wheel, correctors work to diminish problem areas using colour. So green couteracts redness, yellows and oranges add warmth and hide dark circles, lilacs counteract sallowess and reds and pinks work to hide blue tones, such as bruises or veins.
Urban Decay have launched five shades of their Color Correcting Fluids, Green, Lavender, Peach, Pink and Yellow. I have Peach and Lavender.
In swatches, these are slightly alarming, but don’t forget, these are well blended and worn underneath your foundation.
These are a dream to apply, they come in a tube with a doe foot applicator, just dab on where needed and blend. I find they blend flawlessly into my skin and make up, regardless of what else I’m wearing. These are so light too, I’ve been looking carefully to see whether I get creasing under the eyes, but nope, nothing.
I’ve been using both shades regularly, but of the two Lavender is the clear winner for my skin, while it does neutralise yellow tones, it also doubles up as a highlighter on me, worn under foundation it adds a subtle brightness wherever it’s applied.
Peach is less useful for me as it’s really a bit better for darker skin tones than mine, but even so it still covers my dark circles, without making my eye area look orange. That’s magic!! I think Pink would be a bit better for my fair skin though.
I’m hoping to grab the green one in town tomorrow. I’m no stranger to green concealers, they work brilliantly for me, I have a lot redness to counteract, but the formula of these has totally sold me.
Whatever your concern and whatever your skin type, I’m pretty sure you’ll find one of these to suit you.
£17.50 for 6.2g and available from Urban Decay Counters and the Urban Decay Website.
*Items received free of charge for review purposes.
Just wanted to do a little post about my nails as I’ve not done a nails post for god knows how long! The truth is that actually my nails have been so crap for a couple of years and despite trying so many products I’ve given up for now and have been getting acrylic extensions after seeing Tiff’s work on Facebook.
Tiffany Adamou runs Cutie Cuticles from a lovely little purpose built nail room in her house, it’s warm and cosy and most importantly, clean! If you’re looking for acrylic nails in Exeter, then look no further.
You’ll get a warm welcome when you visit Cutie Cuticles because Tiff is lovely, she’s so friendly and chatty, if you struggle meeting new people she’ll put you at ease immediately, but most importantly she’s brilliant at her job. Nothing is too much trouble and she’ll go out of her way to make sure you have the nails you really want, each nail is shaped and polished to perfection, if she’s not happy with something (which doesn’t really happen!) but if something isn’t quite right, you won’t leave until it is perfect. You can’t beat that for customer services.
As well as doing acrylics, gel polish manicures are also on offer with prices you can’t beat. A full set of acrylics will set you back £25 and includes your gel polish.
Pleased to say as a result of having my nails done, I feel better and I’ve made a new friend. I wouldn’t go anywhere else so if you’re in Exeter be sure to check out the Cutie Cuticles Facebook Page for more information.
It’s that time of year when my skin starts to look a bit dull and sad. Central heating and colder weather brings with it dull skin, dry patches and if that wasn’t enough, my skin has decided to be a bit congested around my jaw line again, so it’s been time to bring out the big guns. Namely the Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel.
Facial Glow Radiance Peel is a beautiful mousse like cream, with exfoliating beads (jojoba NOT plastic!) that you massage into your skin, leave for four minutes and then remove. Skin texture is improved and cell turnover is increased. Active ingredients include apple serum and orange peel to help shed dead skins, manuka honey to soothe, lots of antioxidant ingredients as well as natural oils to hydrate.
This smells so delicious, it really smells like it’s made with lots of fruit (and it is!). Although this is chock full of exfoliating jojoba beads, it’s not at all irritating and it leaves my skin feeling so incredibly soft.
All my dry patches disappear and while I don’t think my skin is ever going to be glowing, after using this product and a dose of Elemental Herbology’s Calendula & Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser, (note to self, need a new moisturiser, I’ve run out!) my skin is the best I believe it can ever be. It doesn’t get rid of those little congestion bumps after one use, but by using once a week with the rest of my lovely products, it very quickly gets rid of them. I love this so much I would like to use it more often but there’s a downside, and that’s the price.
It’s a miracle product but still a bit out of my budget at £40 for 50ml. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth every single penny, its just a bit out of my budget. If I could I’d use this regularly for the rest of my life, but as it is, I’ll settle for a pot or two a year, in the winter. Another winning product from my favourite skincare brand. After years of blogging and trying loads of skincare brands, many of which I’ve loved, none have made my skin quite as happy as the Elemental Herbology range, definitely check them out if you have fussy skin like me!
Check out the whole range on the Elemental Herbology website.
*Product received free of charge for review purposes