James Bushell Birmingham Salon | Review

James Bushell Harvey NicholsNo, your eyes do not deceive you: it’s me, I am alive! I’ve been so busy adjusting to my new job that I haven’t updated for well over a month, which is a travesty because it means I’ve been keeping the news about this amazing salon to myself. And I’m super sorry about this, because as well as being alive for the last month, I’ve also been livin’ life with the most beautiful hair.

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Eyebrow Microblading Review | Pain, Costs and Results

Eyebrow Microblading Blogger ReviewI FINALLY GOT MY EYEBROWS MICROBLADED Y’ALL.

After filling my brows in every single day for most of my adult life, it was no surprise that microblading – the semi-permanent tattooing technique that uses hair-like strokes – appealed to me ever since it emerged on the beauty scene a couple of years ago.

After following countless accounts on Insta and months of umm-ing and ahh-ing, I finally got them done last December. I had my top-up appointment about four weeks ago, and now feel ready to review the whole process properly. So if you’re curious about the costs, pain or results of microblading, read on. View Full Post

New Beauty Products I’m Loving | February 2018 Favourites

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It’s been a wee while since I talked about makeup on the blog, and if you thought this might be because I’ve been going for a more natural look then you’d be WRONG. I still slap at least four layers of makeup on before heading to the shop for milk*, and am still making it my mission to find the absolute best products out there, in terms of both performance and value.

There have been a few makeup bits in the last month or so that have really stuck out to me – yep, including THE hyped mascara of the moment, Bad Gal Bang – so I thought I’d quickly round up why I’m loving them. Oh, and there are some honourable mentions to some skincare too.

*This is a joke… ish.

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Christmas Gift For Her | Magnitone Barefaced Daily Cleansing Brush

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf there’s been one hyped-up beauty product in recent years that has given me serious FOMO, it’s the facial cleansing brush. Designed to deep-clean, exfoliate and tone, it seemed like the product my skin was crying out for – and like a lot of women, it was top of my Christmas list (okay, maybe second after a puppy – that’s a dream I’m never giving up on, dammit).

So, you can imagine my absolute delight when the amazing Magnitone London Vibra-Sonic™ Facial Cleansing Brush* arrived at Casa de Claire, right in time to get my skin glowing for Christmas. In a stunning limited edition rose gold finish, the skincare tool instantly caught my attention – who wouldn’t want this pretty addition to their bathroom? But mainly I was excited to put the Magnitone to the test and see if these brushes are worth the hype. View Full Post

Peachy Fox Anti-Redness Skin Calming Cream | Review

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In a complete 180 degree turn on my old attitude to skincare (which was, to summarise: zzz facewipes are all I need and I’ll be young forever) I now can’t get enough of the stuff. I’m always on the lookout for new products that will transform my dull, blotchy skin into something altogether more fabulous. Yep, I’m still chasing the dream of that #NoMakeupSelfie. I was recently sent the Anti-Redness Facial Cream* by Peachy Fox and, having seen it around the ‘gram a bit, I was intrigued to give it a go.

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3 Best Brands of 2017 (So Far…)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, God knows how this happened considering my Christmas dinner feels like it was last week, but we’re now more than halfway through the year. EEK. In order to distract myself from the sheer panic of how quickly time is going (and that I really need to start putting more money into pension, seeing as I’ll be 70 in about two months at this rate), I decided to focus on some of my favourite brand discoveries of the year. Of course there are still five months for me to fall in love with new products, but for now these are my winners of 2017… View Full Post

Current Favourites: Skincare

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When it comes to my skincare, I can be a bit all over the place. Sometimes I’m a total skincare boff and follow all the steps (even toner, say whuuut), preach to whoever will listen about the benefits of a double cleanse, and vow to spend all spare incoming money on whatever Kiehl’s or Origins products I’m lusting over. Then sometimes I get drunk and fall asleep in my makeup… ahh, I call it balance (others may call it disgusting). View Full Post

Skinny Tan Ultimate Dark Mousse | Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the old saying goes, tan-liness is next to godliness (err, something like that anyway). As such, I’ve always taken my quest to find a good fake tan v. seriously indeed, and I’ve tried a lot of brands in my time. One that I’ve heard a lot of buzz about but hadn’t got round to trying myself yet was Skinny Tan, so when a bottle passed through work recently I seized the opportunity to try it out (along with one of the application mitts and an exfoliation mitt too – in for a penny etc).

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NKD SKN Pre-Shower Tan (& Other Shower Essentials)

NKD Skin Pre-Shower Tan ReviewI don’t know if I’m alone in this (don’t you dare let me down and say I am), but I kind of hate having to shower. Taking my clothes off and being all cold and then getting in the shower and being all hot, and then getting out and being all cold again while waiting to get warm… it’s just straight-up HASSLE. And don’t get me started on how red and blotchy I go after a shower, because I genuinely thought that might ruin my relationship when me and the BF went away together for the first time (who wants to go out with a blotchy tomato?). View Full Post