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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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Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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