Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 Favourite Products

There are but a few hours of 2012 left, meaning there is just time for me to sneak in with a post showcasing my top stand out products of 2012. There were, of course, many products I continued to use and love over the year that haven't quite made it into this post, but those have been featured in review or favourite posts over the past 12 months.

{Poor quality lighting courtesy of the poor quality English weather!}
Drum roll and applause please, as the 2012 winners take to the stage to claim their accolades...

 Holy grail foundation and concealer duo: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation & Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer SPF10

 Facial skincare fabulousness: Caudalíe Beauty Elixir, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat & Hydraluron

 High end make up delight: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire

 Shampoo of wonder: Clynol Colour & Care Reflex Silver Shampoo

"You smell intoxicating" perfume: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Brow saviours: Liz Earle Brow Pencil {Fair} & Brow Brush 

 "Oh this old thing" eyeshadows: MAC Smoke & Mirrors quad & No7 Stay Perfect eyeshadow in Mink

Natural flush blush: MAC Well Dressed 

Sort my skin out face mask: Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask 

Nail polish porn: Nails Inc OMP, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat, Essie Angora Cardi & Topshop Adrenalin 

Tools of the trade: Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman 

My lips but better: Revlon Colourstay Lip Butters 

The DON hand cream: Soap & Glory Hand Food

So there we have it folks. Another year, we all survived the end of the world, and will awake to start 2013 fresh faced, primped, preened and manicured to within an inch of our lives!


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Who doesn't like chocolate?!

"Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food" 
Michael Levine

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the gift of chocolate, and whilst there is nothing wrong with the humble Terry's Chocolate Orange or a box of Quality Street, for the ultimate indulgent treat to surprise the chocaholic in your life, look no further than ESPA and their 'Hot Chocolate' Christmas gift-set {£40.00}*.

Beautifully presented in a purple gift box, this gift promises decadence and tranquillity for the lucky recipient - with a full size ESPA Restorative Candle and a beautiful 250g tin of William Curley Gianduja Hot Chocolate - arguably perfect companions. 

The Restorative Candle {worth £28.00}, with it's scent of palmerosa, sweet orange and lavender, is relaxing, calming and tranquil, casting it's warm glow upon whomever graces its presence. It's not often I can warrant having a 'posh' candle alight in my toddler proofed home, so this provides the perfect opportunity to unwind of an evening, and would be a welcome gift to anyone leading a busy lifestyle. Settling down on the sofa in front of a Christmas movie, feet tucked into cosy socks and a steaming mug of the hazelnut Gianduja Hot Chocolate really is my idea of the perfect mid-week treat.

EPSA gifts are available to purchase from Liberty {the worlds most beautiful store, in my opinion}, selected Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser Westfield and ESPA spas worldwide.

Disclaimer: Products denoted with a * were provided for review consideration purposes. I am not affiliated with any of the brands or companies mentioned. All words, opinions and photographs are 100% my own, unless denoted by italics. Some links may be affiliated.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sssh... It's Sleepy Time!

"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse"

Sleep... aah, what a wonderful thing. For a borderline insomniac with a toddler struggling to make the transition from a cot to a bed, sleep is a commodity not taken for granted in my household.

 This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak {200g}* & This Works Sleep Balm {10g}*

Anything that can promise the onset of peaceful slumber sounds like heaven to me, so these sleep inducing offerings from This Works are practically perfect. Available from the lust-worthy Handpicked Collection website, this combo is packed full of relaxing lavender,  well known for it's ability to help conjure up zzz's and send you off into dreamland.

This Works Sleep Balm {£11.95} is a '100% natural multi-purpose balm', designed to be massaged gently onto pulse points {think wrists, temples} where it's lavender, monoi and rose essential oils will actively work to help calm you - hopefully the makings of a restful nights sleep. The very act of massaging this onto my pulse points is relaxing, and although I'm not overly enamoured with the scent of lavender, there is no denying that it does help to restore peace and calm. Being a multi-purpose balm, the Sleep Balm is also fairly nourishing on dry patches, such as cuticles, elbows and rough old knees, making it a great product to travel with.

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak {£21.95} is a glorious tub of bath salts, with an overwhelming aroma of lavender, vetivert and wild camomile essential oils, that makes a bedtime bath deliciously luxurious as well as completely relaxing. Slipping into a hot bath can be like therapy for me, as soon as my body is enveloped in the silky smooth hot water, it's as if all of my stresses and strains drift {temporarily} away - adding a bath soak such as this only ever adds to the healing and soothing properties the humble tub can provide. Honestly, the only problem I find is actually getting out of the bath and into bed before falling asl.....eep. Zzz.

Christmas might only be 6 windows on the advent calendar away, but there is still time to pick up last minute, thoughtful gifts. Take it from me, what better thing to provide than the gift of a good nights sleep?! If you can add a night in a hotel into the mix even better... You can hop, skip and jump over to Handpicked Collection to sneak these peaceful treats into your online basket - I recommend also checking out the 'Gifts for Her' page, and maybe even treating yourself too.

Disclaimer: Products denoted with a * were provided for review consideration purposes. I am not affiliated with any of the brands or companies mentioned. All words, opinions and photographs are 100% my own, unless denoted by italics. Some links may be affiliated.