Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Art of Paul Mitchell

My hair is constantly annoying me, one day it's too long, the next it's too short, too static, too fine or too frizzy, there are very few days that I'm actually happy with it so when I find a product that makes a difference, it's like a little miracle.

Volume is one thing I struggle with, even though my hair looks pretty thick and shiny to the outside world, it's actually quite fine and flyaway so needs product to get it to look how I want it to! The Paul Mitchell Art of Volume* set is a dream, the collection Extra Body shampoo, conditioner and root boost spray is just what my hair needs along with added shine, perfect!

The Paul Mitchell 'Art Of' gift sets are perfect for last minute Christmas gifts, plus they're currently 25% off with free UK delivery on Lookfantastic, easy peasy Christmas present!

I also got my hands on this adorable Art of Bathtime kid's shampoo, spray and brush set that my niece Ruby will love! She's recently got into beauty and make up so this set will make her feel like a grown up with kid friendly goodies, I hope she'll love it!

What gift sets are you loving at the moment for last minute gifts?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Winter Floral Fragrance

Daisy by Marc Jacobs is my perfume, I've worn it every day for years and adore it. I always get tempted by the other Marc Jacobs perfumes like Lola and Dot but they've never become a staple like the classic Daisy. But, considering Daisy is a very Spring like fragrance I thought it was time to step (slightly) out of my comfort zone and test a couple of other floral fragrances that are more suited to winter.

Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs* has a similar scent to the classic Daisy, playing on fresh, floral and light fragrances but with undertones of winter blackberries and jasmine coming through. This is now my go to day time fragrance, don't you love switching fragrances so you can smell them? It's so strange that you stop being able to smell your own perfume if you wear it every day!

My new go to evening perfume is Flowerparty by Night by Yves Rocher, a twist on the original Flowerparty, this has been updated for evening with added spice and liquorice scents. Perfect for the festive season!

I also picked up a couple of other pieces from Yves Rocher to try out including the waterproof lash plumping waterproof mascara and the moisturising cream lipstick. I'm not usually one for waterproof mascara, I always find it's a bit flaky but this seems to be just right. The brush helps to coat the lashes evenly while the mascara itself plumps lashes up perfectly.

The lipstick is very moisturising, it's so easy to wear but the colour isn't quite right for me unfortunately, I'm definitely going to have to pick up a few other colours to experiment with!

Take a look at the Yves Rocher collection here for all natural beauty products with some amazing discounts at the moment, just in time for Christmas!

*Daisy Dream was sent for review by Biza and Flowerparty was sent for review by Yves Rocher but all opinions are honest and my own!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Review: Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Night Cream

Merumaya has quickly become one of my favourite skincare brands, since discovering them in John Lewis one rainy Thursday night when we met the lovely Lekha who took us through the products.

I've only recently discovered melting cleansers (this and the RMK melting cleanser) and haven't looked back since. The Merumaya melting cleansing balm is kind of amazing, the first time I used it I couldn't believe how well it worked. I had a face full of make up after a make over in Selfridges and the cleansing balm made it disappear within seconds, there wasn't a trace of it left!

It's really simple to use, just squeeze a little into your hand and massage into your skin, then rinse. There shouldn't be a trace of make up left on your face! It works to remove make up, dirt and grime at the same time as deep cleansing your skin. I'd recommend using an eye make up remover to remove stubborn mascara alongside this as this is better for face make up.

The price point is also really good, for this level of quality in a product, I'd expect to pay at least £30 but a 100ml tube of the Merumaya cleansing balm is only £14.50. Merumaya is available on their website and at John Lewis.

I've found it works really well with a hot towel, I've been using a matching purple (always about co-ordination!) flannel that was part of an Egyptian cotton towel bundle I picked up from IWOOT.

I also swear by the Merumaya Overnight Recharge Night Cream, I've been using it every night for a few weeks now and can already see the difference. My skin looks brighter, plumper and feels more moisturised, exactly what I need at this time of the year!

The cream is a great consistency, not too light and not too heavy, it absorbs straight into the skin, instantly soothing and relaxing before bed time!

Find out more about Merumaya skincare on their website here.


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