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New Release Beauty Favourites June 2013

Happy end of June and let us give thanks to the end of another financial year. Why, you ask. Because if you are lucky you will have a tax return in your not too distant future and that means you can spend it one some hot new goodies for yourself, perhaps some of the hot new goodies I am featuring in this post. June was MASSIVE in the beauty sector and I was kept busy with 79 new launches for the month. That is more products than some online stores even stock!

Picking my favourites was as difficult as ever but I think I have come up with a curated list of life-changers. Take a look and tell me what you fancy. Continue Reading

Serums are currently my must-have, go-to, everyday requirement. I love them, and many people I talk to about skincare seem to have the same passion for them. On the other side of the fence, there are people who have never tried serums. However, that is a fact that doesn’t surprise me. Serums can be scary.

Until a couple of years ago I didn’t know what a serum was. Was it just something skincare companies invented to get us to buy more products? Well, I can definitely say, without a doubt, that serums are not just a load of baloney. Sure, they can be one of the most expensive products in your skincare regime, but they are actually worth it. They do things no other skincare product has been able to do, but what exactly are they?

My top 5 serums …. read the reviews below to find out what they are

What Is A Serum?

Lets first look at the official meaning, courtesy of eHow:

“Serum consists of the liquid component of blood. Serum can be derived by taking whole blood and then modifying it. This modification involves taking out the blood cells via centrifugation. The term “serum” is derived from Latin, and can refer to many types of fluids, including that which is found in blisters as well as other compounds of medical relevance.”

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There is no bigger headache in my life than storage issues. It goes for everything, from clothing to magazines, to food and dogs toys. The list never ends, but by far the biggest issue I have is beauty products. When you mix my love of collecting beauty products with my ability to hoard, you get one out of control collection.

For the past few weeks I have been in the process of moving into my new office (I kicked my dad out of his. Clearly my needs are more important) and it has been a challenge (there will be more posts on this, I guarantee!). The one thing that shook me a little is how I seem to take 5 or more toiletry/make-up bags every time I go away. It seems I never could find one to hold all the stuff I wanted, or separate it for easy access. That realisation led to a light bulb going off in my head …. it is time I start the hunt.
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Cyber Week 2017 Sales Guide

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week are upon us. The great news is that this sales celebration has gone global! Of course, I wish all you beautiful people located in the United States of America a great thanksgiving holiday, but let’s get down to business.

I know you want all the sales and promo codes to shop up a storm, right? I polled you on Twitter, I quizzed you on Instagram, and you said that this blog post is what you want. This is your ULTIMATE one-stop Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales guide for the best beauty, fashion and lifestyle offers. This list will be updated DAILY as new offers are announced. No other publisher offers a list as comprehensive as this one.  Continue Reading

Best Beauty Advent Calendars

Picking the best beauty advent calendar for yourself each year is tough, I totally get it. This year the choices are even bigger and better so I’ve rounded up the best beauty advent calendars for you to choose from. Past favourites like The Body Shop, Look Fantastic and NYX Cosmetics are back with their beauty advent calendars, plus some new ones to spice things up.

Unfortunately, many sell out the minute they are released and by the time you see them touted by your favourite Instgrammers you’ve already missed out. Don’t worry though, there are still heaps around that you’ll love. Treat yo’self, ladies!  Continue Reading

Deciem NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum

Have you noticed there’s been a bit of chatter about copper peptides in skincare lately? The biggest player on the scene right now is NIOD’s Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS), and it has people swearing that this is a liquid version of the second coming.

Unfortunately when an ingredient becomes trendy we see the market flooded with products claiming to be using the best of it. Copper Peptides are that hot-new ingredient right now but what exactly are they? I’ve chatted with Deciem’s co-CEO, Nicola Kilner, to get the lowdown on copper peptides and how you can make sure you buy a product that works.  Continue Reading

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