Time to get your nose in top shape for the holiday season and I mean blasting blackheads away with Anatomicals World Pore 3.


Anatomicals World Pore 3 Deep Cleansing Nose, Chin, Forehead Strips Review!

Guerlain Insolence Eau de Parfum Review

Of all the perfumes I have come across, Insolence by Guerlain by far is my favourite. This is my go to fragrance and definitely my signature scent giving off a sweet but seductive aroma. 


Guerlain Insolence Perfume Review

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When I was younger the birthday gift that I most wanted was always a makeup set. When I was finally old enough to have one I remember spending hours creating different looks with all the different eyeshadow shades and lipstick colours. I can now say that not much has changed after trying the Avon Master Collection Makeup Palette.


Avon Master Collection Palette Review with Swatches!

It's drawing close to that time of year where my makeup purchases increase exponentially buying presents for friends and family (....as well as for myself!). If you are looking for gifts especially for young girls and teens, Avon have some great products lined up over the festive period.


A Very Avon Christmas

It's the weekend and for once I had a lot of time on my hands to have a play with a few new makeup goodies I picked up over the last month. This also meant I had enough time if I had to fix up any disasters if it came to it (win!). I had several surprises while doing this look, good surprises, products I feel will become new favourites for the next few weeks and I'm so excited to share them with you. So this post will be part FOTD and part 'haul review' and overall 'rave post'... Be warned..!


Makeup Look / Makeup Raves Post / New Favourites!

Yves Rocher Rose Alba Moisturising Cream Lipstick Review, Swatches

Don't you just love discovering amazing products? Yves Rocher is France's favourite beauty brand and they happen to have an amazing line of Moisturizing Cream Lipsticks. I have the beautiful Yves Rocher Rose Alba Moisturising Cream Lipstick to share with you today, a good contender for my favourite winter pink. Now that's something!


Yves Rocher Rose Alba Moisturising Cream Lipstick Review, Swatches!

Yves Rocher Flowerparty By Night Eau de Parfum Review

Yves Rocher Flowerparty By Night Eau de Parfum. The newest bottle added to my perfume shelf. An elegant mysteriously dark blue hued bottle yet with a girly twist flower top. I could not wait to give it a whiff. 


Yves Rocher Flowerparty By Night Eau de Parfum Review!

Caress Evenly Gorgeous Burnt Brown Sugar Exfoliator L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oils Nourishing Shampoo Femfresh Review

I know it might sound crazy but I love to colour match my bath and shower bits. This season's theme seems to be on the golden spectrum which actually reflects how all these products help to get my glow on this winter. Let's get started!


The Shower Edit: Silky Soft Smooth Glowing Hair and Skin

What is more important when you're on a budget, colour or quality?

I decided to compare the W7 In The Buff Natural Nudes Eye Shadow Colour Palette and the Sleek MakeUp i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel.

Only recently have I dared to experiment more with eyeshadows. Usually my makeup looks are very minimal and clean however I have been tempted over the try some looks after watching many youtube videos and discovering that nude colours can enhance an evening/clubbing makeup look without appearing over the top.

I decided to try out a Teni Panosian inspired look using a gold and bronze base with black tips to test out these two palettes that are under a tenner.


Head to Head with Nude Palettes!

Sally Hansen So Much Fawn Nail Polish Review, Swatches
I've got a confession. I've never tried Sally Hansen nail polishes before. *gasp* I've seen the line in various drugstores and ignored it over and over... But this time I couldn't. First of all, the Christmas display in Boots was very good, very appealing. But it was this nail polish in So Much Fawn which reeled me in, caught me by hook line and sinker. Keep reading for a couple of swatches.


So Much Fawn with Sally Hansen

Maybelline Color Elixer Caramel Infused Review Swatches

It's been a couple of years since I've picked up a lipgloss. Often the sticky nature of glosses feel uncomfortable on the lips, causing them to stick to each other pulling skin and leaving me with unsightly chaps... It's thanks to Anna though that I've decided to venture out into lipglosses again (she has GOT to be the best enabler in the beauty blogging business!). After watching some of her recent videos, umming and ahh-ing, I've picked up this Maybelline Color Elixer in Caramel Infused.


Maybelline Color Elixer in Caramel Infused Review Swatches!

OPI Dulce De Leche Nail Polish Swatches, Topshop Demi Plie Nail Polish Swatches
When someone tells you 'nude nails are the colour of this season', never believe them - nude nails are always in! I will never tire of nude nail polishes. Every single time I browse the nail polish aisle, while I inadvertedly check out the bright hot pinks and reds, its nude colours that I take with me to the counter. I just love how these shades elongate the appearance of my small stubby fingers, like how nude heels flatter and lengthen our pins. I've got a couple of beautiful nude polishes to share with you today. While they look similar in their bottles, they actually look different on the nails.


Going Nude...

My ideal world would smell like a bakery. A cake shop. A cookie wonderland. I adore anything that tastes and smells of vanilla. Unfortunately the world isn't like that so what I do is immerse myself in real cookies and cupcakes and of course a collection of vanilla fragrances and creams.


Delicious Vanilla Treats to Sweeten Up Your Beauty Routine

Bath and Body Works in Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Cream Review

Do you suffer from dry skin, stressed out days and difficulty sleeping? If you are and you've found this post, then you're in luck. I've discovered a moisturiser that combats all three making a wonderful relaxing sleep and soft supple skin in the morning.


One Essential Body Cream to Treat Insomnia

Now here's a launch I'm excited about!

Miley Cyrus, singer, actress, known for twerking and riding a wrecking ball in her birthday suit, also happens to be creating cosmetics. She's working together with MAC Cosmetics in their Viva Glam collection releasing an electric-pink lipstick as well as a matching shimmering lip gloss. The makeup line will come out in shops January 2015 and all product sales will assist those people who are living with and suffering from HIV/AIDS.


Miley Cyrus and Her Hot Pink Lipstick

The dreary British climate can cause chaos with your skin, particularly for individuals with pre-existing skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis. Each winter season our body is subjected to harsh changes, leading the capillaries within the epidermis to change dramatically to take into account the changing temperatures. This tends to leave your skin appearing flushed, red and weather beaten, and overall a lil less glam.


7 Tricks for Unbelievably Soft Skin This Winter

If there's a type of makeup product I would purchase over and over in the same shade, that would be foundation. This year I noticed my foundation collection exponentially increase. I just love testing different brands and different formulas. Because these are face products, I have them in rotation and so I don't get guilty as much as when I purchase vampy lipsticks that generally need a bit more loving.

Here's a recent haul for face bases by myself and my sister from Sephora, a post that we've both put up together. Two things that I have been looking forward to since the minute I booked my trip to the US... Let the excitement begin!


A Sephora Haul: New Face Bases

Make Up For Ever is set to launch a makeup range influenced by E.L. James' sensual novel along with the hotly anticipated Valentine's Eve premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey film. The "kinky collection" will make you blush like an innocent, sweet and early-Christian Grey-era Anastasia Steele. This collection boasts suggestive names and the kinky packaging includes smooth and silky rope ties, and an ornate lock and key pattern, take a look...


Make Up For Ever 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Collection will Make You Blush

En route to see my sister in sunny San Diego I picked up a few bits from heathrow's duty free. I absolutely love shopping at the LHR airport, the beauty selection is just so good, bumping it to perhaps my favourite airport in the world! Here are the products I picked out...


A Wee Little Duty Free Haul

Are you in need of some pampering alone time? Bomb Cosmetics has got you covered.


A Little Bomb Cosmetics Love This Christmas

Thanks to my new skincare routine using The Latest in Anti-ageing Skincare, I've had a good skin week this week, good enough to bust out sheer to light coverage Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. To cover dark circles and the occasional redness I used long-lasting NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Set with MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus to even out the skin. I couldn't get enough of My New Winter Fragrance YSL Black Opium - if you haven't tried this yet I suggest you do!


The Weekly Makeup Edit #06

If you've been following me on twitter, you'll know that I recently attended (and was lucky enough to be invited to present) at the prestigious EADV Congress held in Amsterdam. This massive conference with 12,000 attendees was a huge melting pot of vast amounts of information and Dermatology secrets and innovations worldwide.


The Latest in Anti-Ageing Skincare

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Review YSL
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Review

I'm a huge fan of vanilla fragrances and I'm pleased to share with you a new fragrance I've added to my rotation of scrumptious scents: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium.


The New Winter Fragrance

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while. School just started a month ago and this may be the hardest semester yet (bring out the caffeine). Thankfully, this week's pretty light. So I'm back! - And I'm back with a review!


Born Pretty Brush Set Review

Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand Review

Hello! My name is Shivanee and this is my first post after joining my sister-in-law to be's blog. I accompanied her to the Mark Hill Hair company's recent event - which was fantastic - and I am reviewing some of the products they were showcasing. Mark Hill himself was on hand at the event to help out and show off his skills. This particular line is not available yet but should be out in time for your wishlist this Christmas.


Mark Hill New Collections @BAFTA195 Piccadilly

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A throwback to our ballerina days we have been busting out our romantic purple and lilac eyeshadows this season and teaming them up with our ballerina hair buns. The trick is to avoid the 'bruised lid look' that these colours can sometimes do... Here are our tips to wear the right shade of purple for you:


The Secret to Lilac Lids

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Confused about which flirty falsies to wear for that special night out?

Amidst the sea of lashes in the world, there are a few brands we always turn to. A higher price tag does not necessarily mean higher quality and some of the best are available from your local drugstore. Here are a few tips on what we look for in a good pair of falsies:


How to Avoid Fake-Looking Falsies

That's one good thing about having a beauty addict girlfriend, you know what presents to get her. Just as long as you make sure its already in her collection of beauty bits, anything goes -- and she'll be thrilled!

This post is a little late but something definitely worth writing. It's my review of Charlotte Tilbury's Golden Goddess Makeup Set that my sweet other half picked out for me to give me on my birthday. He likes to think he knows which makeup looks great on me, and I gotta say he's right!

Let's get onto the deets!!


My First Charlotte Tilbury Gift Box

MAC A Novel Romance Lingering Kiss & Hearts Aflame Lipsticks Review & Swatches
MAC A Novel Romance Lingering Kiss & Hearts Aflame Lipsticks Review & Swatches


MAC A Novel Romance Hearts Aflame & Lingering Kiss

For keeping my hair up, I’ve always been a hair clamp gal but a couple of weeks ago I decided I was going to try something different – using hair ties. They just look so much tidier worn with a ponytail and the way hair swings from side to side when you move is also kinda cute...


Super Cool Kitsch Hair Ties!

It’s my Big Sister’s birthday today!

 I thought I’d put together a make up look inspired by Livia; the lovely, creative mind behind this blog. My sister is my favourite beauty guru. I look up to her for beauty and fashion tips. But she's also like a second mommy to me, and I always take her advice in to consideration. I am very proud of what she has achieved and I am proud to call her my sister.

Ate*, this is for you. 

"Pink blush and Coral lipstick"
Concealer: MAC Select Moisturecover NC30
Highlight: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer no. 01 Light Beige
Contour: Sleek Suede Effect Pressed Powder no. 04
Liquid Foundation: MAC Studio Sculpt NC35

Eyebrows: Etude House Easy Brow Pencil
Lid: Revlon Colorstay Quad in Attitude - Lightest Matte
Crease: Revlon Colorstay Quad in Attitude - Darkest Matte
Eyeliner: NYX Super Fat Eye Marker
Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
Outer Eye False Eyelashes

Finishing Foundation: MAC Lightful NC35
Blush: Sleek Pixie
Lipstick: Bobby Brown Soft Coral

Key ingredients to the Livia Look:
Coral and rosy shades: They suit her skin color really well and they give her that sweet and innocent look
Highlight waterline and inner eye corners: They illuminate your eyes
All of these tricks contribute to the coveted “Livia Glow” that reflects her sweet and bright personality. 

To my best girlfriend, Happy Birthday! I wish you all the best ate*. And I Hope you (and our readers) enjoyed this post! 

*Filipino word for big sister; pronounced: Ah-teh

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

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Look: The Livia (Surprise Post!)

E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review, Swatches
E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC Review, Swatches

Would you believe it that after all of these years in the beauty blogging industry I have just had my first encounter with E.L.F.? I am so excited to share with you my first ever product from this line, its the E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC.


E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review, Swatches!

Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace Review, Swatches
Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace

For such a beautiful blush trio from the drugstore I believe Sleek Makeup Blush by 3 in Lace needs much more recognition in the beauty world. Among all the Blush By 3 trios, I believe Lace is perhaps the prettiest of them although I may be a little biased for my love of corals and peaches.


Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace Review, Swatches!

I believe a good night cream is important to keep your skin in tip top shape to restore your skin to a fab state to take you through the next day. After having recently been through my old favourite night cream, I decided to try Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Night Cream. I've been using this for a couple of weeks so far and here are my thoughts.


Eucerin Even Brighter Pigment Reducing Night Cream Review!

Glamour Beauty Box Latest In Beauty Review
Glamour Beauty Box Latest In Beauty Review

The thing about beauty boxes as often the contents can be a hit and miss. I used to be subscribed to one a while back but decided to discontinue as I didn't feel as though I had much use of the products I received. That's not the case with The Latest in Beauty: Summer Beauty Edit however, I am thoroughly impressed with most if not all the products in this set. These products were picked in a collaboration with Glamour Magazine so its no wonder these are all pretty good. Let's get started on the initial impressions shall we?


Latest in Beauty: The Summer Beauty Edit with Glamour Mag!

MAC Pink Cult Blush, MAC Shell Cream Colour Base, MAC Siss Lipstick, MAC Oak Lip Pencil
MAC Artificially Wild Collection Look

Hi Dolls, I'm excited to share with you this look I pulled together using products from the upcoming MAC Artificially Wild Collection for Autumn 2014. 90's nudes have made a comeback this year and so have some legendary shades from MAC. To find out what products I used for this look, keep reading! 


LOTD: 90's Nudes with MAC Artificially Wild Collection

Are you having trouble getting a tan? Well, you're in luck! Here are a couple of tan-tastic nail polishes from Models Own that really accentuate any smidgen of colour to create a faux-glow.


Models Own Polish For Tans in Shades & Beach Bag Swatches!

Here is this week's beauty edit that is a little bit different from the usual as I have included some inspirational yet light-hearted reading material that I have enjoyed on the commute to and from work this week. I've also enjoyed new face bases and a light rose gold coloured highlighter to adorn my cheekbones for that Victoria's Secret glow.


The Weekly Makeup Edit #05

ARgENTUM Apothecary La Potion Infinie Review

Argentum Apothecary La Potion Infinie is a luxury facial moisturiser with anti-ageing properties ie. firming, tightening, hydrating.


Cult Fave: ARgENTUM Apothecary La Potion Infinie

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beachstick, MAC Copperthorn Fluidline FOTD, swatches

A look featuring all my favourite makeup at the moment from Charlotte Tilbury's Beachsticks to my top picks from the new MAC Moody Blooms Collection.


LOTD: Rose Gold Eyes and a Peachy Glow

MAC Copperthorn Fluidline, MAC Deep Fixation Eyeshadow Swatches, Haul, Review Swatches

The MAC Moody Blooms Collection is new to July 2014 with its floral inspired colours with colourful eyeshadows and bright lips. For my haul however I've stuck to the colours I would likely wear. One in particular took my breath away... have a look!


MAC Moody Blooms Collection Haul & Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Moonbeach Beach Stick, Coachella Coral Lipstick, Champagne Diamonds Eye Pencil

Simply irresistible.

I visited the Charlotte Tilbury stall at Selfridges again to have a snoop and eventually picked up a few goodies for myself. I was in a good mood and decided to give myself another treat. Thanks to the very talented enabling MUA @PhilippaLouise1, we picked out a few products to suit my NC30 Oriental skintone. I got a few sticks: lipstick, beach stick and eyeshadow stick.


A Peachy Charlotte Tilbury Haul- with Beach Sticks!!

There are three main criteria for makeup on the go: portability, ease of use, and multitasking. Well there's also a fourth - it has to make you look good. Here are a few beauty tips and tricks I would recommend if you're the type of gal who would rather take the time to sleep and slap on your face on the commute to work be it train tram or tube... Not speaking from experience, of course...

1.) Foundation - Pick a formula that is easy to apply with the fingers. Or better yet if you're the lucky gal to have more good skin days than bad, take with you a concealer to dab on only on problem areas. For on the go I recommend wand products that allow controlled spot applications but can double up as foundations such as MAC Mineralize concealer or NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I would apply this on the eye bags spots, around my nose and mouth, and blend with the fingers.

2.) Powder - I'm one of those believers in setting my face base with powder. I don't touch up during the day so powder is a must for me. There is no trick around this - I take powder on one hand and a brush (preferably a stippling brush) on the other. The powder has to be pressed powder though - you don't want loose powder puffing up in smoke on the other passengers!

3.) Lips and cheeks - opt for multitasking cream products with pops of colour. For easy finger applications I would pick creamy but solid formulas. Mac Cream Colour Bases and NARS Multiples are fabulous for this. The new YSL Kiss and Blush are also good alternatives.

4.) Eyes - I say skip the brushes, powders and pots in place for eye pencils or felt tip pens. That includes eyeshadow, eyeliner and eyebrows. Take note of creamy yet long-wearing Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow pencils. Even liquid liners can cause more trouble, avoid those too.

5.) Mascara - unless the commute is particularly bumpy I would suggest perfecting your mobile mascara technique. There's no way getting around this one.

So these are my basic tips and recommendations for on the go beauty. Fellow commuters would be amazed at your before and after transformation, and I'm sure closet beauty addicts would have difficulty keeping their eyes off you and your arsenal... with makeup bag envy!

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

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