Sunday, 12 August 2018

Making My Own Version Of A Sephora Favorites Set (+ A Giveaway To Win All 5 Mascaras)

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I have a feeling that I'm not the only one who's more than a little bit miffed that Sephora have blocked their US site here in the UK. Thankfully I will be in the US later in the year so I can at least get my Sephora fix then but I am seriously going to miss scrolling through and seeing the kinds of products and gift sets that they have for sale across the pond.

So I thought that I would create my own version of the brilliant Sephora Favorites sets (they are the one thing that I always gravitate towards first when I visit Sephora) with this bundle of mascaras. Including three full size mascaras and two deluxe luxury size samples from some of my favourite brands, I thought that this could be a good way to recreate the magic and excitement of the Sephora Favorites sets for those of us who sadly won't be visiting Sephora in person anytime soon.

A few years ago I had said that I would try to run giveaways more regularly on here, as well as on my Instagram and it kind of fell by the wayside but I'm going to make a real effort to actually make it happen this time. Most giveaways will be a mixture of products that I have bought with my own money, ones that I would really recommend, as well as products that I have very kindly been gifted or given to review on the blog. No matter how hard that I try, there's just no way that I could ever get through everything that I'm sent (I'm not moaning in any way here, it's just that I only have one face) and instead of those products simply sitting gathering dust, I would love to share the love with those of you who actively read and support me and my blog.

So here we are and this is what you can win in this month's giveaway;

One lucky winner will win the following;

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Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara
IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
Benefit They're Real! Mascara (Deluxe Sample)
Clinique High Impact Mascara (Deluxe Sample)

All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below;

a Rafflecopter giveaway There will be one winner picked at random - Prize issued by me - Open internationally

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Have you tried any of the mascaras in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? What's your favourite mascara of all time? And what kind of 'Sephora Favorites' style giveaways would you like to see in the future?


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Bed That You Won't Want To Get Out Of (+ A £100 Off Leesa Discount Code)

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You might remember me briefly mentioning my new Leesa mattress in my How To Get A Good Night's Sleep This Summer post but now I'm back with a full review of the dreamiest mattress that I have ever slept on.

My old spring mattress was well past it's best so I had actually been doing a bit of research into which one to try next when Leesa got in touch to ask if I'd like to try and review their mattress. I was under no obligation to keep or to blog about the mattress if I didn't like it but clearly that didn't happen.

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So here's my review of the bed that you won't ever want to get out of;

After probably about 10 years (there's a reason why you should replace your mattress after 8 years) with the same spring mattress poking into me, I was desperate to try something new and to completely avoid having to deal with springs again. No matter how well you seem to look after or continually rotate a spring mattress, there's no stopping the springs inevitably jabbing into you and causing you to spend quite a bit of time flipping and flopping around in a bid to avoid lying directly on one of the raised springs. Or at least that's what I've been contending with for at least the past year or so. I had been looking into memory foam mattresses or memory foam toppers but was pretty overwhelmed by the sheer amount of them to choose from.

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As soon as Leesa let me know a little bit more about their mattresses and how they operate, I was really keen to try theirs out and to work with them on this very blog post.

I honestly can't tell you how excited I was for my new Leesa mattress to arrive.

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Made from three layers of foam that adjust to your body to provide you with the best support, ones which adapt to you and how you sleep, it's like lying on a cloud, or at least how I would imagine it to be. Leesa also donate one mattress for every ten that they sell and they plant a tree for every mattress sold too. To date over 135,000 trees have been planted by Leesa and all of their mattresses are manufactured here in the UK. If you're trying to do your bit for the planet or want to buy from an all round good company, I would definitely point you in the direction of Leesa.

There's also free delivery and the mattress arrives rolled up ready to be positioned on your bed frame where it will then expand and take shape in front of your very eyes. It's seriously like watching a life size marshmallow inflate.

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For some reason I thought that the mattress would be pretty light but it's actually really substantial and puffs up into it's final form in a matter of hours. It does have a slight smell to it when you first take it out of the box. Not a bad smell necessarily but it is worth mentioning. It's a result of the packing process and seems to be quite normal for all foam mattresses to come with but within 24-48 hours that smell was gone.

When I was doing my research into mattresses, I was quite worried that it would either be too soft or too firm for me and had found it rather difficult to decide which mattress to go for on a trip to a traditional mattress shop but the Leesa mattress is genuinely the perfect in between. You don't sink in completely, like you might expect from a memory foam style product but you don't just lie on top of it either, without making an impression. Your body feels cradled and it really does mould to you and your body. I sleep on my side and the amount of support that my hip in particular feels is unlike any other mattress that I've ever slept on. I also have joint hypermobility which puts increased pressure on my joints, particularly my tailbone, so much so that I have to take a specially designed seat cushion with me when I travel.

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I sat upright one night to really put the Leesa mattress to the test and even after about an hour of sitting directly on my tailbone, I had no pain or discomfort. The mattress really cradled my bottom thus not allowing my tailbone to come in direct contact with anything hard, like it does on a traditional spring mattress or even any chair that isn't super comfy. That in itself completely won me over on the Leesa mattress.

I also get quite hot at night so I really appreciate the top cooling foam layer as well. When you think about the fact that you spend about a third of your life in bed or even more so if you suffer from chronic illness like I do, making an investment in something that you will be using everyday or should I say, every night, of your life for at least eight years makes so much sense. I'd much rather spend money on something that gives me the level of comfort that the Leesa mattress does rather than a designer handbag or a quick trip abroad. And when you compare the price of it to other mattresses, £499 (using my exclusive discount code below) isn't too bad at all.

All I can say is, you simply have to try it for yourself! I honestly have a feeling that you'll never want to get out of bed again. It definitely makes it tough to part ways with your bed in the morning but knowing that you'll be sinking back into it that night certainly makes up for that.

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To get £100 off your own Leesa mattress, with a 100 night risk-free trial period, enter the code ELLISTUESDAY when you're placing your order through this link.

And my pyjamas, just in case you're also a big fan of palm and leaf print like I am, are from ASOS. Top tip: if they don't have them in your size add them to your favourites or keep the tab open and keep refreshing as that's exactly how I nabbed my pair.
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Are you long overdue a new mattress like I was? How does the Leesa mattress look and sound to you? Have you been meaning to upgrade or replace your mattress? And where was your best night's sleep?


Friday, 3 August 2018

How To Get That Summer Glow

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This might just be the best Summer that we've had in a long time here in the UK so unlike previous years where I've shared my top self tanners, this year I'm talking about how to get the Summer glow thanks to some clever makeup products.

If you're someone who tans naturally, I've found products to enhance that colour. And if you're someone who struggles to tan (aka. me), I've got products that will allow you to create the illusion of being a bronzed goddess, without having to slather on fake tan or sit outside in the sun.

A little tip if you're looking to get that glowy look even without makeup, is to treat yourself to a facial. I managed to nab a great deal on Groupon a few weeks ago and honestly my skin was glowing sans makeup for at least three or four days after it. I think I might need to make it more of a regular occurrence, to be totally honest.

But back to all things makeup, here are some of the best products to give you that Summer glow, even if you're as pale as I am;

For the face...

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

One of my very first Charlotte Tilbury purchases was this tube of pure wonder, hence the name. And even though Charlotte has since released several more wow worthy glow getting products, which I've included just below, this is the original and it's easy to see why it continues to be one of her biggest and bestselling products.

You can wear it on it's own to give you the most beautiful 'lit from within' glow, underneath your foundation or base as a primer or even mixed in with your foundation to add a gorgeous sheen to the formula. There's no glitter or shimmer to this product, which is what I love about it the most. It's one of the only primers that I regularly reach for, which is really saying something as I can often be quite lazy when it comes to any extra steps in my routine. It also works incredibly well at blurring pores and just making your skin look so much smoother and softened.

This is also the kind of glow that can be worn all year round, meaning you don't have to just reserve it for the warmer months.

Guerlain Terracotta Light Healthy Glow Powder*

What I love about this product is the fact that it's not just your typical bronzer but instead a beautiful combination of bronzer, blush and glow, all in one generously sized compact. When I wear this I tend to have people remark about how healthy I look, something that doesn't really happen on a day to day basis when you're as pale and ghostly looking as I am. It also smells incredible, not that you should make your decision based on how it smells but it just does. Honestly, get yourself down to a Guerlain counter just to give this a good sniff. I have a feeling that you'll find it hard to leave behind after doing so and giving it a try.

It gives you the most beautiful sun-kissed sheen to the skin and is actually light enough not to look orange or muddy on my fair skin. I have this in the shade Clair Rosé or Light Cool, for reference.

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Lancome Bronze Glow Custom Drops*

Quite a few beauty brands have hopped aboard the highlighting drops bandwagon but this range of Custom Drops from Lancome are just too pretty to ignore.

First of all, the amount of pigment, particularly in this shade, is crazy and secondly, there's actually a great range of shades to choose from too. This shade, Bronze Glow, would work so well on darker skin tones and I've already got my eye on the Rose Glow shade. I mean, how couldn't I? It's really easy to blend and just adds such a pop to the skin and/or decolletage.

Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlight*

I'm pretty ashamed to say that until very recently I'd only ever tried Pixi's skincare range but thankfully I was gifted a few of their latest makeup releases at a press dinner that I had with them last month. The first makeup product that caught my eye was this highlighting duo.

If you tend to avoid powder highlighters, especially if you've got dry or dehydrated skin like myself, then these are the highlighters to try! They're available in two different colourways, this one is Subtle Sunrise and they actually look glossy and almost wet on the skin, which I honestly could not believe. They don't inevitably dry down to look matte or flat, like some other powder highlighters can do, either. I honestly can't wait to try out more of their makeup range solely as a result of trying this duo.

Summer Glow Makeup Products

For the body...

Sol de Janeiro Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil

Now this basically smells like Summer in a bottle! Not only does it have the same beautiful scent as their iconic and equally brilliant Brazilian Bum Bum Cream but it just applies like a dream. As soon as I saw this making waves on Instagram, I knew that I had to try it and I'm so glad that I did.

It looks like they are currently limited edition for Summer 2018 but I'm hoping that the response that they've had from these will encourage the Sol de Janeiro team to make them a permanent fixture in their line. They are an oil so bear that in mind when buying as it's not quite the crazy pigment that you see in the bottle but instead adds the prettiest glow and shimmer to the skin. They're not greasy or oily either and I can't wait to really put it to good use when I go on holiday to Florida later in the year.

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body*

Now if you're a fan of showing off your pins or accentuating your natural colour, then this is the product for you! It's also the go-to for celebrities when it comes to making a glowing statement on the red carpet with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Holly Willoughby and Sienna Miller all applying it to their pins, decolletages and well, basically, all over.

It's got a deeper glossier colour to it than Wonderglow, for example but doesn't look too brown or shiny on the skin. It enhances and accentuates what you've already got and would be perfect for any special occasions or even a night out on holiday. It also has a rollerball dispenser which makes it so easy to glide up and down your arms and legs in particular.

You'll also currently receive a free travel size, perfect for taking on holiday with you, if you buy it directly from Charlotte Tilbury (as of August 2018).

Vita Liberata Body Blur Sunless Glow Self Tanning Skin Finish

And last but certainly not least, we have the new take on the brilliant Body Blur from Vita Liberata; Sunless Glow. I tried a sample of the original Body Blur a while back and really liked how it looked on my skin. So when I saw that they had added Sunless Glow to the packaging on a trip to Boots I was immediately intrigued but left it behind as I already had a pretty full basket at the time. A few weeks later I saw that it was one of the products available in the Latest In Beauty Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards Box. Basically, if you missed out on those boxes you really did miss out, BIG TIME! The box itself was £25 and could contain as many as six full size award nominees and when you consider the fact that this full size tube is £32.50 on it's own, you should start to understand why I couldn't believe it and quickly added it to my basket. Basically, this is just me saluting Latest In Beauty for allowing such an incredible beauty box to be put together for such an unreal price.

Back to the product itself, if you're someone who wants to add some colour to their legs, arms or body without having to worry about the hassle or unreliability of fake tanning, then this is for you as you can simply wash it off at the end of the day. It's body makeup so bare that in mind if you know that you're going to be going somewhere wet, for example.

I used to use a cheap gradual tanner when I was at school since my legs were like little white milk bottles and I just wish that there had been a product like this back then for the days when I wanted to wear a skirt! Seriously, you teenagers that have grown up with YouTube tutorials and the likes of Urban Decay in your makeup bags don't know how lucky you are! This is from someone who wore the infamous Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse in a shade that was frankly orange, looking back, to school everyday.

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So there you have it, how to get that Summer glow all from a few makeup products. And if you are lucky enough to have just come back from your holidays, these products will help to accentuate what you already have as well.

I've also just updated my Product Directory, so be sure to check that out if you're looking for a review of a specific product or for all of my beauty reviews in one place.

Do you like the glowy look? If so, which products do you usually use to achieve it? Have you managed to catch some sun this Summer? And which product in today's post sounds like it could be your favourite?

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