Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser

Monday, 28 March 2016

Hello Beauties! I hope you all had a brilliant Easter and are enjoying the extra day off work. I'm currently sat on a train on my way back to London at the moment after spending the long weekend at my parent's house eating all of the Easter chocolate - so I thought I'd use my time wisely to get up a blog post I've been meaning to write for a few weeks now! If you've been reading my blog recently then you may have heard me mention the Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser a couple of times, as after receiving a sample in my Love Me Beauty box, I've fallen hook, line and sinker for it.

The Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser, designed for dehydrated skin, contains a potent mix of anti-oxidants, coconut oil, rose hip oil, rose wax and cocoa butter to gently cleanse the skin and offer instant relief, and if you've been living with dehydrated skin like myself, you'll know how precious that feeling of soft, supple skin can be. Along with these ingredients, the cleanser also contains stem cell technology from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose, which improves cell vitality to protect against future damage and improve dull, lacklustre skin. All of these ingredients along with the £32 price tag left me with high expectations for this products, and I wasn't left disappointed.

The cleanser is a fairly thick cream which has been a step up for me in terms of texture. I moved away from using foaming cleansers last summer after doing a little research into how they can dry your skin out, and have so far been using light cream cleansers as I do also suffer from oily skin so didn't want to overload my skin. However, I am very aware that the oiliness of my skin is worsened by how dehydrated it can get, so I've decided to tackle the problem head on and invest in some targeted skincare to solve the problem, instead of relying on oil controlling skincare which can often be quite harsh on the skin.

Whilst I didn't use this cleanser to remove my makeup (I'm still in love with my Bioderma Hydrabio), it did perform excellently when cleansing my skin. The thick cream was easy to work into my skin, felt luxurious and soothing, and washed away with ease leaving behind no greasy residue or tackiness - something I've had problems with in the past. As I have oily skin, I was a little concerned that this would either leave my skin feeling congested (as I've experienced with other cream/balm cleansers), break me out or leave me looking like an oily mess. However, I'm pleased to say that I was pleasantly suprised to find that the cleanser left my skin feeling fresh and clean and actually went some way to improving my acne and oiliness - perhaps because my skin was no longer painfully dehydrated.

One of the other great things about this cleanser is that it also doubles up as a face mask. There's often times when my skin feels like it needs that extra moisture boost to prevent it from feeling tight and uncomfortable and this product is perfect for those occasions. Often on Sundays I find myself tiring my hair back and relaxing in front of a film, using this as a mask to prepare my skin for the week ahead and it works a treat - after half an hour my skin feels refreshed, comfortable and soft to the touch, which is exactly what I want before I head off to bed or before applying my makeup. This cleanser also comes with a muslin cloth (not that this was really necessary for me, it's like I've got them coming out of my ears at the moment), which allows me to gently exfoliate my skin whilst I cleanse - perfect for those of you who, like me, often react to your typical exfoliating scrubs.

The only small problem I had with this cleanser was the packaging. As you can see in the picture, the cleanser comes in a large tub with a screw top lid, and whilst it looks pretty sitting on my bathroom side, it's so impractical and pretty unhygienic. I often cleanse my face whilst I'm in the shower to save time in the mornings and having a screw top whilst your in the shower is just a bit of a pain, and often means that water gets into the tub and mixes with the cleanser. I also don't love the idea that I'm continually dipping my fingers into the tub to remove the product, essentially making this a breeding ground for bacteria despite how much I clean my hands before using. I know it's only a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but I'd much prefer a pump or a squeeze top bottle to make this easier to use and a whole lot more hygienic.

Overall, I've been really impressed with this cleanser and although it's pretty pricey it's not bad for a brand like Rodial who have products on the market for hundreds of pounds. I'd really only recommend this if you have dehydrated to dry skin though, as it may be a little too much for normal to oily skin.

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

MAC Flamingo Park Collection | 'What I Fancy' Blusher Review

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Hello Beauties! MAC Flamingo is one of my favourite lipstick shades for the spring/summer-time, so when I saw that MAC had released it's Flamingo Park collection, I just knew that I wouldn't be able to resist picking up at least one item. As with all MAC collections, all of the lipsticks at my local counter had sold out by the time I'd made my way down, so I decided that a blush would be the best option, as I can never resist a blusher...especially a MAC one. 

The MAC Flamingo Park collection contained two blushers - What I Fancy and Spring Flock. I decided to go for What I Fancy in the end as it seemed slightly less vibrant than Spring Flock. What I fancy is described as a 'soft bright apricot', which I would have to say is pretty accurate. It's a light to medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. As with all MAC blushers, the texture was soft, silky and smooth and it blended excellently. I was slightly worried that this would be too bright for me at first, however What I Fancy sheers out really nicely for a more wearable every day look. 

What I Fancy also lasted really well on my skin, and was still visible after 10 hours of wear. However, if you find that it sheers out as the day goes on, you can easily build up the colour without it looking too much. 

Overall, I really like this blush and it's been one I've found myself reaching for a lot recently. In fact, it's the only blusher I brought along with me this Easter while I'm away from my whole makeup collection. I'm pretty sure this is now sold out online, but I've definitely seen it at a few counters so there's still hope. If you can't find it at your local coutner though, I'd really recommend 'Pinch O' Peach', its a gorgeous peachy pink shade which is fairly similar to  What I Fancy, maybe just slightly more peach toned. I'm always looking to grow my MAC blush collection even further though, so if you have any recommendations for pink or peach shades, please leave them in the comments below! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

US Beauty Wishlist

Friday, 25 March 2016

Hello Beauties! In case you haven't heard me mention a million times, in just three week's time I'll be jetting off to fabulous Las Vegas to celebrate my brother's 21st birthday, and as we all know that no trip to America is complete without completely raiding the isles of Sephora. So today I thought I'd share with you some of the products I'm hoping to pick up whilst I'm over there. Not all of these are US exclusives, but with the dollar to pound ratio, it always works out slightly cheaper to pick beauty products up stateside. 

1. Sephora Collection Blush 101 Face Palette - Inspired by Aztec prints, this blush palette and luminizer all-in-one is so pretty and so reasonably priced too. 
2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Foundation - I've yet to try any Marc Jacobs Beauty products and this foundation seems like the perfect place to start. 
3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer - After researching this concealer online, I was blown away by the before and after results, so hopefully I'll be able to find an Ulta whilst I'm away!
4. tarte Amazonian Butter Lipsticks - I'll definitely be using this opportunity to expand my amazonian lipstick collection, as they're some of my favourites. 
5. Yes To Cucumber Facial Wipes - I know, I know, face wipes are bad for you...but I always have to     pick up some of these Yes To wipes for the plane back, they're a life saver and so refreshing. 
6. Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette - Another brand I've yet to try, these palettes look stunning and I need one, even if it's just to look at haha. 
7. Sephora Bright Set Pressed Finishing Powder - To go alongside the concealer I've just mentioned, I think this finishing powder would be the perfect way to brighten up my eyes. 
8. Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer in yellow - This primer is said to be perfect for all-over mild redness, so I'll definitely be giving this a go. 
9. Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip - These Sephora value sets are great value for money, and being partial to a nude lip or two, this one will definitely be coming home with me. 
10. Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Lipsticks - I have a couple of these on my list after seeing so many youtube videos and blog posts raving about them. 
11. Lorac Porefection Foundation - I have a serious foundation-buying problem, need I say more?
12. tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation - tarte is one of my favourite US beauty brands and although it's available in the UK via QVC, it's definitely a lot easier to shade match in store. 
13. tarte Tartlette Tease Palette - I'm looking for an everyday natural eyeshadow palette which I can just slip into my handbag and this seems like the perfect combination of shades. 
14. Too Faced Natrual Eyes palette - I've wanted this palette for so long but Too Faced is so much cheaper in the states, so I've waited until now to pick it up. 

So there you have it, a selection of the products I'd love to pick up in Vegas next month. I say selection as there will definitely be some impulse purchases! 

I'd love to know which products you'd recommend as there's just so many to choose from! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky xo

Free Blog Planner Printables

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Hello Beauties! One of the toughest things about blogging can be simply finding the time to blog...I work full time, run my blog and social media channels, as well as keeping up a social life and it can all get pretty tough at times. I often get asked how I manage it all, and honestly at times, I don't. However, I've recently found that organising and planning my posts has really helped me to keep on top of my blog and ensure that I meet all my deadlines. So today I thought I'd share with you the weekly blog calendar and blog post planner which I've created to keep myself on track - I hope you like them and find them useful! 

Weekly Blog Calendar:

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I like to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and properly plan what I've got coming up on my blog that week. This not only helps me to keep organised and on top of my work load, but it also allows me to ensure that I've kept my content mixed up and haven't accidentally posted about 5 similar lipsticks on the same week! 

Blog Post Planner: 

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I'm definitely one of those people who likes to write a post and then post it straight away, but this often means that I miss little details and make mistakes - not good! To stop myself from doing this and ensure that I get the best out of each post, I like to use this blog post planner. This reminds me to do things like making sure I've named my photos for SEO purposes and scheduled in some posts on social media to promote the blog post. 

Hopefully you've found these helpful, let me know in the comments below if you'll be using any of these or if you'd like to see some more of these types of posts!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Make Up Revolution Rose Gold Lipsticks

Hello Beauties! You'll have to excuse the photos in todays post, I'm currently at my parent's house and without my regular photography set up, but I just had to share these rose gold beauties with you. If you know me personally then you'll know I'm obsessed with anything rose gold, and of course this extends to my makeup collection, so when Make Up Revolution released a rose gold collection of lipsticks, I knew they had to be mine. 

Similar to their regular lipsticks, these beauties are comfortable to wear, creamy and glide on with ease. The shades are extremely opaque and offer high coverage, build-able colour which to most I think would be an excellent thing, however I'm definitely more into my sheer, build able lip colours so I definitely think I'll be saving these for a night out with my girls. 

The Rose Gold collection contains five shades - Chauffeur, a beautiful Kylie Jenner-esque nude; Girls Best Friend, a perfect dupe for MAC's Candy Yum Yum; Red Carpet, a classic rose toned red; Diamond Life, a vampy plum and Private Members Club, which is surprisingly similar to the Ariana Grande for MAC shade. 

As the collection name would suggest, these shades all come packaged in beautiful rose gold tubes, perfect for any makeup collector like myself. Previously, rose gold packaging was reserved for the more luxurious, higher end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, so I really like that Makeup Revolution are making the trend accessible to anyone. The shades also come with the standard clear plastic base, showing the shade in it's true colour, which is a quality I really like. There's nothing worse than knowing you want one specific shade and then having to open up 15 different lipsticks to find it (although that probably says more about my habit of lipstick hoarding than it does about packaging!). 

Priced at £3, these are slightly more expensive than some of the other Makeup Revolution lipsticks on offer, but it'll hardly break the bank. The whole Rose Gold collection is available to purchase online here

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Spring Tanning Favourites

Monday, 21 March 2016

Hello Beauties! Now that Spring is finally here (we even had some sunshine in the UK this past week), I'm slowly starting to pack away my winter knits and replace them with more spring-appropriate attire. However this does mean that there's a little bit more skin on show, and right now, you'd need sunglasses to look at my legs they're that blindingly white. So this weekend I decided to dig out some of my favourite tans and get myself spring-ready. 

St Tropez Sensitive Bronzing Mousse | £20 currently on sale here

One of the first tans I ever tried was a St Tropez tan and ever since then I've remained loyal to the brand. It is more of a pricey brand for at-home fake tanning, however when you're messing with the colour of your skin, sometimes it's best to stick to the brands with a good reputation, unless Dorito is the look you're going for. My favourite of the St Tropez line has to be the Sensitive Bronzing Mousse, as it has everything I've grown to love about St Tropez but it a little gentler on my sensitive skin, as I often find that fake tan either dries out my skin or makes it itch slightly. 

This bronzing mousse gives a lovely natural colour, so you actually look like you've spend a week away on a sunny island as opposed to a weekend at home slathering yourself in fake tan. The colour of the sensitive mousse is a little lighter than the original bronzing mousse which I really like as I don't always want such a dark shade, but it can definitely be built up to the same colour and a few shades darker than the original mousse without any streaking or patchiness. 

The mousse is easy to apply with a tanning mitt (you can pick these up for £2 in Primark) and gives a streak free, even finish. It's quite a wet tanning mousse so it allows you the time to really work the tan into your skin and even out any streaks. 

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan | £7.99 here

Another one of my favourites has to be the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan. Last minute plans mean that I don't always have time to go through a whole tanning routine which requires 8 hours development time, so this bronzing mousse comes in so handy for those occasions. 

The Cocoa Brown 1 Hour tan is super easy to apply, and again, is quite a wet mousse so it allows you time to work the product into your skin for an even application. As the name states, the minimum development time for this tan is only 1 hour, unlike your standard 8 hour tans, so if you're in a rush, you're good to go after an hour! The colour is extremely natural and a little lighter than I'd normally like after just one hour so I do tend to leave this one on for 3-4 hours, but it's always nice to have the option. 

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Dry Oil* | £14.99 here

The newest tan to my collection is the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Dry Oil (phew, what a mouthful!). Bondi Sands is an Australian company which is now available in the UK at Boots stores, and being Australian, you'd think they know a thing or two about tanning! 

Unlike the previous two tans I've mentioned, this is more of an instant tan which doesn't need to be washed off, so there's essentially zero development time. You just spray the tan onto your skin, work it in a little with a tanning mitt, and then you're good to go. As this is a dry oil, it will dry instantly so you can put your clothes on straight away and get on with your day. 

The colour is quite light though, so I tend to use this when I want a little boost on top of my regular tan or when I make super last minute plans and need a little something something to get me glowing. 

What are your favourite tanning products?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

New In: Lancôme Juicy Shakers #BanTheBoring

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Back when the Lancôme Juicy Tubes first launched, I was only 12, but I still remember the hype surrounding them and just how much I wanted to get my hands on one (or five) of them. Skip forward 10 years and Lancôme are shaking things up again, literally, with the launch of their Juicy Shakers which, along with the strapline #BanTheBoring, aim to allow us to experiment and have fun with our lip colour once again. 

The Lancôme Juicy Shakers launched just this week and spoiler alert, I'm seriously in love. The lipgloss-tint hybrids contain a bi-phased formula that combines nourishing lip oils such as sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil, with colour pigment for a natural looking, glossy finish. The two parts to the formula do settle when left, so you will need to shake the bottle before application, hence the name Juicy Shakers. I think this idea is so cute and along with the mini cocktail shaker inspired bottles, really helps to add to the playfulness of the product. 

Unlike regular lip glosses and tints, the Juicy Shakers have an unusual foam applicator, which is incredibly soft and moulds to the shape of your lips perfectly. The bottles contain little holes, which when shaken, transport the product from the bottle straight onto the foam applicator to ensure that you get just the right amount of product. 

The Lancôme Juicy Shakers are available in thirteen shades ranging from nudes, corals, pinks, reds and berries so there's something for everyone in there. As I mentioned the foam applicator absorbs just the right amount of product to give your lips a hint of pigment and a whole lot of shine. Just like the name suggests, these lip tints really do make your lips look juicy and plump. The formula is non-drying and non-sticky making them easy to wear all day long, without leaving your lips feeling tight or dry. 

The two shades that I've been testing out recently are Apri-Cute, with is a gorgeous orange toned peach, and Freedom of Peach which is applies as a nude peachy colour. Both are incredibly stunning and easy to wear, making these some of my go-to lip choices for Spring. Each of the shades is also named after it's scent too which I think is just so fun, and they smell amazing...seriously, I could sit and sniff these all day. 

Overall, I'm completely in love with the Lancôme Juicy Shakers and already have a couple more of the pink shades on my shopping list! I think it's so lovely and refreshing to see a somewhat serious brand release something so fun and uplifting. 

If you're looking for something easy to wear for the upcoming spring-summer months, or just feel like treating yourself, I'd highly recommend these...they're the best thing I've tried in months. The whole range is available for £18 each at Selfridges, which I don't think is a ridiculously high price either for the quality of the product. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Review

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Hello Beauties, I hope you're all well and having a lovely weekend! This weekend I've decided to stay in and work on my blog after neglecting it for so long..but so it's been a complete fail as the weather has been so grey and miserable, hopefully it'll brighten up tomorrow and I'll finally get all of my photographs taken! 

I think it's fair to say that I've been pretty vocal in the past about my hatred of Benefit mascaras, despite the brand being one of my top five makeup brands, so when Roller Lash launched a year ago I wasn't really too fussed about trying it. I received a little sample in my Birchbox and whilst I liked the mascara, I didn't love it enough to go out and purchase the full size. However, after trying out the full size Roller Lash in all it's glory, I'm kicking myself that I didn't try it sooner. 

As you can see from the packaging and the name of the product, the mascara is themed around hair rollers. The want is designed around the look and feel of retro hair rollers and the brush boasts similar technology to the velcro rollers we all know and love. The brush is long, thin and curved making it super easy to catch all of your lashes, even those pesky little ones in the corner of your eyes. It also features tiny little micro hooks, designed to grip onto your lashes and pull them upwards, creating a curl previously only achievable with eyelash curlers, without weighing your lashes down or making them look thick and clumpy. 

This all sounds like a dream, but did it work? The short answer is yes. Roller Lash made my lashes look long and curled without producing that horrible spidery appearance, and the curl really did last all day. I have quite long eyelashes naturally, so mascaras often clump my lashes, but Roller Lash managed to make them look whispy and fluttery...something I'm always looking to achieve from my mascara. 

Overall, I really do love this mascara and I'm so annoyed at myself for letting my preconceptions stop me from giving this a go sooner. However, I do have one small negative...this mascara isn't the best for your bottom lashes. The lengthening and curling effects of Roller Lash have a tendency to make my bottom lashes look a little bit too long and end up making my eyes look messy. This isn't enough to put me off buying the mascara though, as I can always use my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara to fill it my lower lashes. 

Have you tried Roller Lash?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Makeup Revolution Turns 2!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Hello Beauties! As this post is pretty photo heavy (which you've already noticed I'm guessing!), I'm going to keep it short and sweet. 

This month Makeup Revolution turns 2, so to mark the occasion I got myself dressed up and headed down to Cafe De Paris last week to attend their second birthday party. It was a great night full of cocktails, chit chat and of course, lots of makeup. 

I've always been a fan of makeup revolution (particularly their eyeshadows) and it's a brand that has allowed me to really expand my makeup collection on a budget over the past two it was great to get together and celebrate all of the hard work that's gone into the brand, both by the brand itself and by the bloggers who've helped make the brand. It was also announced that Jane from British Beauty Blogger would be releasing a makeup palette in collaboration with the brand, and trust me when I say this - it's stunning! 

I also took this opportunity to test out my new camera lens (I'm becoming such a geek!) so if you're thinking that the photos aren't too great, that's why! Whilst I do love my new's taking some getting used to but practice makes perfect. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Lipgloss & Lashes Turns 3!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hello Beauties! Today is a bit of a special post for me, as this week marks my blogs third birthday. I don't normally use this blog as a channel to communicate my successes or to 'show off' but as it's now been an incredible three years, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on how far this little corner of the internet has come, and some of the great things that have happened as a result. 

When I was sat in my pokey little student flat three years ago trying hopelessly to create a blog with little to no knowledge, I never dreamed that I'd still be sat here (admittedly in a much nicer flat...although the bar was set pretty low!) three years later, still babbling on mindlessly about my love of beauty. Blogging has opened so many doors for me...from amazing career opportunities, to growing my confidence, but it's the community that comes with the blogging world that I really do value the most. 

Blogging has opened my eyes to a whole host of new takes on the beauty world and has taught me to be more adventurous, try new brands, and openly discuss my matter how controversial, knowing that all of you lovely lot have my back 100% of the way. I've met some of the nicest girls and boys through blogging (you know who you are!) and for that I really can't thank you enough. Your continued support over the past three years has allowed me to grow Lipgloss & Lashes into something I can be proud of. 

You'll never truly know how much your support has meant to me. I started this blog from during an incredibly dark time in my life when I really thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel, my world had completely been turned upside down and to say the universe was testing me would be an understatement...blogging offered me an outlet and a chance to escape all of the terrible things happening to me at the time and I can honestly say that without my blog I would not be the woman I am today. So I just wanted to pop on here to say a big thank you to all of my readers, loyal commenters, twitter and instagram supporters and all around good eggs - here's to another wonderful three years! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky xo

Spring Favourites

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and your week is treating you kindly. As spring is well and truly on it's way, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some of my updated favourites with you. I haven't shared my favourites with you in a while as honestly, I've gotten into a bit of a habit of using the same products day in and day out, but with the new season comes new loves - so there's no time like the present to share my faves! 

Dipytique 'Roses' Candle

Now that they days have gotten longer (yay for leaving work when the sun's still out!) I've been giving my room a bit of a spring makeover - think fresh tulips, floral bedding and this gorgeous candle from Dipytique. I've had this travel sized candle for quite some time now as I'm not always in the mood for a rose scent, but there's something about spring which just screams florals. 

MAC 'What I Fancy' Blusher

As soon as I saw that MAC were releasing a Flamingo Park collection, I knew that I'd have to pick up at least one item. As I was desperately in need of a new MAC blusher I decided to kill two birds with one stone and pick up 'What I Fancy' - a beautiful peachy pink blusher with a satin finish, perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months. MAC is my go-to brand for blushers (seriously, they're the best) so I knew that this would become a favourite almost immediately! 

Mini Eggs

Do I really need to explain this one? Easter time really wouldn't be complete without Cadbury's Mini Eggs and it's fair to say that I've eaten a few too many over the past couple of weeks!

Liberty London Colouring Book

This is a product I've only recently featured here on Lipgloss & Lashes but it's definitely worth mentioning again, as colouring has now become my favourite Sunday hobby. There's nothing I love more on a Sunday afternoon that curling up on the sofa with my Liberty colouring book and a Pretty Little Liars marathon...I'd definitely recommend it to anyone out there who loves to get creative! 

Rodial Stemcell Superfood Cleanser

Again, I've literally only just featured this product on my blog but it's something I've truly been loving over the past couple of weeks so I couldn't miss it out! The Rodial Stemcell Superfood cleanser is packed with skin loving ingredients such as rose hip oil and coconut oil, designed to revive and rejuvenate dehydrated skin without leaving any sticky residue behind like so many balmy cleansers - perfect for girls (and boys) like me who suffer from dehydrated oily skin! 


I've always loved baking (well licking the bowl mostly, but baking nonetheless!) and recently I've gotten back into the habit of whipping up a fresh batch of something sweet on a Sunday afternoon. The cakes pictured here are melt in the middle chocolate cupcakes which were divine - if I do say so myself! So if you've seen any great recipes that you think I'd love please link them below as I'm always looking for new bakes! 

Vanilla Lattes

This may seem like an odd favourite but as a girl whose always hated coffee, this is a revelation. I was recently at Ca'Puccino in Heathrow Terminal 2 for work and decided to try out a vanilla latte after a colleague said I might enjoy it and it's now become my new favourite drink! This may not seem like a big thing worthy of making it into a favourites post but I've always been the most difficult person when someone suggested meeting up for coffee so this has literally changed everything haha. 

If there's anything mentioned here that you'd like to see a full review of please do let me know in the comments below - although I'm not sure how much more I can say about mini eggs haha! 

What are you loving this spring?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Love Me Beauty Box | March 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

Hello Beauties! One of my favourite things about the start of a new month (excluding pay day) is the arrival of my beauty subscription boxes, and March was a particularly great month as Love Me Beauty have truly outdone themselves. This month, Love Me Beauty have collaborated with Rodial to offer their subscribers a mini introduction to the brand and being a big lover of the brand, I'm overjoyed. 

Unlike other beauty subscription boxes, Love Me Beauty lets you choose your own products using your points also also allows you to pick from a monthly menu so that it guarantees you'll receive something suitable for you, which I find especially useful when it comes to receiving skincare. 

Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Moisturiser 

Having tried the Dragon's Blood range previously and falling in love with the cooling eye masks, I was thrilled to receive the moisturiser from the range. Dragon's Blood is a thick red sap which is said to resemble blood (don't worry, the moisturiser is a regular cream!) and is an ingredient designed to smooth, plump, hydrate and firm the skin. I actually found this to be a little too thick at the moment, but I just know it'll work a treat when my skin is a little drier. 

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser

This 2-in-1 cleanser and mask contains a potent mix of 'super-food' ingredients, such as rose hip seed oil, cocoa butter and coconut oil, to help restore dry and dehydrated skin back to it's former self. As I've never really been a fan of more balm-like cleansers, I didn't expect too much from this but I was oh so wrong. The formula has really turned my dehydrated skin around and also helped with it's dull appearance of late, without leaving any kind of residue behind or breaking me out, which is practically unheard of. In fact, I love this cleanser so much that I've completely ran out of the sample size and am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of my full size tub which I've just ordered online! 

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Glam Balm

This multi-purpose balm claims to be ultra plumping and offers intense hydration to the areas you feel need it most. After falling hook, line and sinker for the accompanying cleanser, I expected a similar story with the glam balm, however these kind of thick balms really don't work for my skin and this one was no different. However if you're into this kind of thing then I'd definitely recommend giving it a go as the ingredients  are to die for. 

Malin + Gotez Clarifying Clay Mask

I'm a huge fan of clay masks as I do suffer with oily, acne-prone skin, so I was so happy to see this little guy sitting at the bottom of my box. The mask is incredibly refreshing and contains kaolin clay to absorb oils, so I'd really recommend this to any fellow oily skinned girls looking to really deep clean their pores. 

Caitlin Extreme Matte Tint

Caitlin is a brand I've only ever really heard of through Love Me Beauty, which I think is great as I can never get enough of new up and coming beauty brands! Unfortunately the matte tint I received is a colour I just can't pull off (it's a very dark brown toned nude) but the formula is incredible. I'd say this was definitely more of a matte lipstick as the pigment is so opaque and the lasting power is out of this world, so much so that I really had to scrub this to remove it! 

Popband London Hair Bobble

This may sound odd, but recently I've really been getting into these types of hair bobbles that claim to leave your hair kink free. I tend to straighten my hair at night so that I can just brush it through in the morning (anything for an extra half an hour in bed!) and I can completely vouch for Popband. When I woke up and pulled the bobble out, my hair was completely crease free and it didn't snag at all - perfect for girls like me! I do have to say though, the Primark 'invisibobble' dupes work just as well as this and you get around 10 for £ something to consider! 

What do you think of this month's box?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo 

*post contains pr samples

Adult Colouring with Liberty of London

Monday, 7 March 2016

Adult colouring books are everywhere right now, gone are the days when colouring was considered to be childish, as now there's an adult colouring book for just about every interest going. For a while I didn't really get the trend, and honestly I did consider it to be a little bit childish, until one day I came home to all of my housemates raving about their adult colouring books - I just had to give it a go.

Being as into fashion and design as I am, I knew I wanted something along those lines and the Libery of London book seemed perfect. The Liberty of London colouring book is fairly small and slim which was perfect for me, as I can pop it into my handbag for long train journeys back home..or the 10 hour flight I'll be getting on next month! 

I've always been a fan of Liberty's prints and patterns, so the fact that each design is based around one of them is what really drew me in. As well as being able to colour in one of the patterns yourself, each page has a little bio on the pattern about when it was used and what inspired the print, which is what I really love about this book - I really feel like I'm learning something as I'm sketching away. Some of the patterns are quite delicate and complex which I can tell will take me hours to complete, but I don't see that as being a I previously mentioned, I've got a lot of spare time travelling to kill! 

Despite what you may think, adult colouring really is an amazing way to take your mind off things. When I've had a particularly bad day at work or there's some things going on in my personal life, it's a great way to de-stress as you're only thinking about the pattern you're completing. As well as being relaxing, I've found it's also a great way to socialise. As a couple of my housemates also have their own colouring books, I find that it's something we can all sit and do together and we really appreciate each others work. 

Overall, I'm now completely obsessed with adult colouring and I'm already looking into which book to buy next - I've found some great Vogue inspired books and some Parisian themed sets! The Liberty of London book is currently available on Amazon here or in selected WH Smith stores. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Party Lite Spring Collection Review

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Hello Beauties and Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mums out there! Now that the days are getting longer (thank the lord - I was so sick of leaving work and it still being dark!) and the daffodils are starting to pop up here and there, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce some of my favourites from the Party Lite spring candle collection, which I've been putting to the test for the past couple of weeks. 

One of the scent's I've really been loving are the Wild Lemongrass tea lights. I love anything fresh and citrus scented, so these have been the perfect addition to my room, and have really helped to brighten the place up a little in preparation for spring time. Recently I've been much more into burning tea lights instead of larger jar candles, as it allows me to switch up my home fragrance without getting bored before they burn out, so these have been perfect for me.

The sweet lemon colour has also been a welcome addition this March, I'm so fed up of dreary winter greys and blues, and there's something about yellow which just makes me smile. Each tea light burns for a couple of hours, which I think is pretty good for a tea light, and is the perfect amount of time for me personally.

Lastly, I've also been loving Party Lite's latest GloLite Cndle in Berry Blast. The GloLite candles are dual-wick candles which claim to be the worlds brightest candle. I'm not really sure about that, but the inoffensive design fits in nicely with my bedroom decor, and the aroma fills the room excellently. Although the candle is called Berry Blast, it's not overpoweringly fruity or sweet - just the right amount of fruity goodness with a hint of a floral, peony scent.

Party Lite candles and accessories are sold through independent sellers, so to find your local Party Lite stockist I recommend having a browse on their website here.

Which candles have you been loving for spring?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

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