Hello, hope you are well and that you had a wonderful Christmas! I know the blogosphere love a nosey into what everyone got for Christmas and having done this post twice before, I'm not one to break tradition (if you're interested in the old editions, you can have a read here). For these posts I normally only focus on the beauty products I've luckily been gifted, but as there aren't as many this year I thought I'd do an all-rounder and cover fashion and lifestyle bits too!

I had way too much fun sorting my gifts into the above themes and my favourite by far is the pink/rose gold lot of presents. This Zara Cropped Round Neck Sweater, with a scalloped hem at the bottom, is made up of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet - which is just dreamy in this dusty pink colour. Matching (and also from Zara) is the High Heel Velvet Ankle Boots which I now consider my new babies. Even though I loved the embroidered and velvet boots trends this season, I didn't think I'd buy a pair (believing them to be impractical), until I saw these - so now I just won't wear these when it's raining etc. My makeup brushes have been falling apart and getting lost as of late, so I was really in need of a brush set to sort myself out. Having heard nothing but praise for the affordable and gorgeous Zoeva line, I hinted at the Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2 and luckily received these. This set includes 3 face brushes, including the hyped about 104 Buffer brush, 5 eye brushes and a rose gold leather pouch. I have high hopes for these gorgeously packaged brushes - so will be posting a full review shortly. The Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar has the traditional Lush Christmas scent Snow Fairy, and when it comes to waving/swirling this powdery fragranced, glittery bubble bar around my bath, I'm sure that's exactly what I'll feel like. 

I am so excited to try out my first ever Jo Malone product, the Lime, Basil and Mandarin Body Crème - this was a gift from work and everything from the gift packaging to the scent of this is so luxurious. It smells really fresh, citrusy, herby and the formula feels light and, well, creamy. I'm also really pleased with this Cream Ribbed Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Top from New Look, as I feel like it is such a versatile piece for layering. Next up is the M&S Ragdale Hall Spa Sleep Candle, which is blended with lavender, chamomile and patchouli oils and is supposed to relieve stress and help you sleep better. I'll be interested to see if this little bit of aromatherapy works, so will start trying this out when I go back to work. I am always a sucker for personalised gifts, especially when they involve palm leaves and blogging, so this personalised Papier Palm Leaves Lined Notebook really was the perfect gift for me. I'm not sure if you can see so on the front it reads "Charlotte Emily's Blog Notes", so I can't wait to start using this and get my blogging game back to where it should be. Talking of blogging, I now have my hands on blogger favourite The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. This is a lovely looking book which encourages it's readers to lead a happier, simpler lifestyle, and I can't wait to get my nose stuck into this!

Now, here comes two more items from Zara which probably wouldn't come as a surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram (@charlotte_dickson) as I am currently obsessed with pretty much everything in their stores at the moment. This is the City Bag With Charm as it is dubbed on the website, and has three compartments (big enough to fit in a laptop I may add) with a navy lining. I was in need for a new bag for work and this feels like such great quality and is the perfect size too. The Pack of Earrings were a bit of a surprise from Santa, and I am a little dubious to wear these as I only ever wear matching earrings, but these look like a great way to experiment. 

In my family it's always a bit of a tradition to get new slippers for Christmas and so these are the adorable Brown Bunny Character Slippers from Next. These are super cosy and cute, and the perfect pick-me-up for winter. Next is the Lancôme The Blooming Look Hypnôse Doll Eyes Set which includes the Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara, a mini Le Crayon Khol in 01 Noir and a mini Bi-Facil , which si a non-oily instant eye makeup remover. I've read some incredible reviews about the Doll Eyes Mascara and it's been years and years since I've used any Lancôme Makeup Remover, so I'll be interested to see if I still like this. Christmas wouldn't be complete without a chocolate themed gift and this is The Tipsy Truffles H-Box from Hotel Chocolat. This beautiful Topshop Tile Print Pyjama Set has unfortunately all sold out online, but if you see it in store I'd definitely recommend snapping it up. The silky material is so soft and this set actually makes me feel a bit glam whilst going to bed (though on a side note I will be wearing these separately outside the house as part of the pyjama-style trend as they seem too pretty to waste just wearing them at home!). The M&S Ragdale Hall Sleep Pillow Mist is to accompany the earlier mentioned candle, and I'm so interested to see if this could be a possible dupe for the This Works' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. And last, but by no means least, is the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial. I've heard so many bloggers rave about this lil' mask and as my complexion is currently looking a bit lacklustre (and has been for the past month or so), I'm hoping this will even out my skin tone and give it some much needed rejuvenation. 

Father Christmas was extremely generous this year and I am so grateful for all that my friends and family have done for me over the past 12 months!

 What presents did you get this year? And have you tried out any of these? Let me know!
C x

What I Got For Christmas 2016

29 December 2016

Hello, hope you are well and that you had a wonderful Christmas! I know the blogosphere love a nosey into what everyone got for Christmas and having done this post twice before, I'm not one to break tradition (if you're interested in the old editions, you can have a read here). For these posts I normally only focus on the beauty products I've luckily been gifted, but as there aren't as many this year I thought I'd do an all-rounder and cover fashion and lifestyle bits too!

I had way too much fun sorting my gifts into the above themes and my favourite by far is the pink/rose gold lot of presents. This Zara Cropped Round Neck Sweater, with a scalloped hem at the bottom, is made up of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet - which is just dreamy in this dusty pink colour. Matching (and also from Zara) is the High Heel Velvet Ankle Boots which I now consider my new babies. Even though I loved the embroidered and velvet boots trends this season, I didn't think I'd buy a pair (believing them to be impractical), until I saw these - so now I just won't wear these when it's raining etc. My makeup brushes have been falling apart and getting lost as of late, so I was really in need of a brush set to sort myself out. Having heard nothing but praise for the affordable and gorgeous Zoeva line, I hinted at the Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2 and luckily received these. This set includes 3 face brushes, including the hyped about 104 Buffer brush, 5 eye brushes and a rose gold leather pouch. I have high hopes for these gorgeously packaged brushes - so will be posting a full review shortly. The Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar has the traditional Lush Christmas scent Snow Fairy, and when it comes to waving/swirling this powdery fragranced, glittery bubble bar around my bath, I'm sure that's exactly what I'll feel like. 

I am so excited to try out my first ever Jo Malone product, the Lime, Basil and Mandarin Body Crème - this was a gift from work and everything from the gift packaging to the scent of this is so luxurious. It smells really fresh, citrusy, herby and the formula feels light and, well, creamy. I'm also really pleased with this Cream Ribbed Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Top from New Look, as I feel like it is such a versatile piece for layering. Next up is the M&S Ragdale Hall Spa Sleep Candle, which is blended with lavender, chamomile and patchouli oils and is supposed to relieve stress and help you sleep better. I'll be interested to see if this little bit of aromatherapy works, so will start trying this out when I go back to work. I am always a sucker for personalised gifts, especially when they involve palm leaves and blogging, so this personalised Papier Palm Leaves Lined Notebook really was the perfect gift for me. I'm not sure if you can see so on the front it reads "Charlotte Emily's Blog Notes", so I can't wait to start using this and get my blogging game back to where it should be. Talking of blogging, I now have my hands on blogger favourite The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. This is a lovely looking book which encourages it's readers to lead a happier, simpler lifestyle, and I can't wait to get my nose stuck into this!

Now, here comes two more items from Zara which probably wouldn't come as a surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram (@charlotte_dickson) as I am currently obsessed with pretty much everything in their stores at the moment. This is the City Bag With Charm as it is dubbed on the website, and has three compartments (big enough to fit in a laptop I may add) with a navy lining. I was in need for a new bag for work and this feels like such great quality and is the perfect size too. The Pack of Earrings were a bit of a surprise from Santa, and I am a little dubious to wear these as I only ever wear matching earrings, but these look like a great way to experiment. 

In my family it's always a bit of a tradition to get new slippers for Christmas and so these are the adorable Brown Bunny Character Slippers from Next. These are super cosy and cute, and the perfect pick-me-up for winter. Next is the Lancôme The Blooming Look Hypnôse Doll Eyes Set which includes the Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara, a mini Le Crayon Khol in 01 Noir and a mini Bi-Facil , which si a non-oily instant eye makeup remover. I've read some incredible reviews about the Doll Eyes Mascara and it's been years and years since I've used any Lancôme Makeup Remover, so I'll be interested to see if I still like this. Christmas wouldn't be complete without a chocolate themed gift and this is The Tipsy Truffles H-Box from Hotel Chocolat. This beautiful Topshop Tile Print Pyjama Set has unfortunately all sold out online, but if you see it in store I'd definitely recommend snapping it up. The silky material is so soft and this set actually makes me feel a bit glam whilst going to bed (though on a side note I will be wearing these separately outside the house as part of the pyjama-style trend as they seem too pretty to waste just wearing them at home!). The M&S Ragdale Hall Sleep Pillow Mist is to accompany the earlier mentioned candle, and I'm so interested to see if this could be a possible dupe for the This Works' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. And last, but by no means least, is the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial. I've heard so many bloggers rave about this lil' mask and as my complexion is currently looking a bit lacklustre (and has been for the past month or so), I'm hoping this will even out my skin tone and give it some much needed rejuvenation. 

Father Christmas was extremely generous this year and I am so grateful for all that my friends and family have done for me over the past 12 months!

 What presents did you get this year? And have you tried out any of these? Let me know!
C x
The Lush Christmas Collection is probably the most blogged about festive beauty collections on the block, so don't mind me as I add to the countless posts. A couple of weeks ago I popped into Lush, for just one product (Ro's Argan Body Conditioner) and naturally came out with more than I needed. So if you're on the look-out for some Lush Christmas presents or if you fancy treating yourself whilst shopping for others this festive season, read on for some mini reviews! 

I first tried Ro's Argan Body Conditioner a few years ago, as it came part of the Secret Garden Christmas Gift Set when I got it for my mum and at the time I thought it was a pretty revolutionary product, and still do. When it comes to moisturising my body after showering or having a bath, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to body skincare  - which probably makes me a poor beauty blogger, right? But now that's it's winter and central heating is starting to cause havoc with my skin, I knew this would help me tackle my dry skin and still allow me to be relatively lazy. This works like a hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off. The formula is jam packed full of oils and butters, with anti-aging argan oil as its base and leaves the skin super soft, radiant and beyond moisturised! This is a little pot of luxury and definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

The Ponche Shower Gel was a bit of a spontaneous purchase. When smelling it in the Oxford Street store, a shopping assistant told me that if I liked it, I should snap it up now as it was limited edition - and I didn't really need much more convincing than that. This is a fresh, fruity mix of orange juice, plum, bucho oil, and blackcurrant, spiced up with vegan tequila and cinnamon for a festive touch. I'm surprised this doesn't receive more love on the blogosphere, as it is a lovely fragrance and the cinnamon within it supposedly boosts circulation which I could always do with a bit of. It also reminds me a bit of the discontinued Flying Fox Shower Gel which I loved. 

Finally we have the Snowie Bubble Bar. The usual Snowman Bubble Bar has been give a Bowie makeover this year, which is pretty cool. This is a clean, fresh fragrance made up of grapefruit, neroli oil and rose oil, and when crumbled under the warm running water, this sparkly bubble bar creates more bubbles than any other bar I've tried from Lush. I do like this, but it does irritate the skin around my chest and causes me to break out in a light rash - which was really disappointing as it smells lovely and creates so many bubbles. So this might not be one for those with sensitive skin!

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite festive product from Lush?
Let me know!  

C x

A Wintry Lush Haul

4 December 2016

The Lush Christmas Collection is probably the most blogged about festive beauty collections on the block, so don't mind me as I add to the countless posts. A couple of weeks ago I popped into Lush, for just one product (Ro's Argan Body Conditioner) and naturally came out with more than I needed. So if you're on the look-out for some Lush Christmas presents or if you fancy treating yourself whilst shopping for others this festive season, read on for some mini reviews! 

I first tried Ro's Argan Body Conditioner a few years ago, as it came part of the Secret Garden Christmas Gift Set when I got it for my mum and at the time I thought it was a pretty revolutionary product, and still do. When it comes to moisturising my body after showering or having a bath, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to body skincare  - which probably makes me a poor beauty blogger, right? But now that's it's winter and central heating is starting to cause havoc with my skin, I knew this would help me tackle my dry skin and still allow me to be relatively lazy. This works like a hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off. The formula is jam packed full of oils and butters, with anti-aging argan oil as its base and leaves the skin super soft, radiant and beyond moisturised! This is a little pot of luxury and definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

The Ponche Shower Gel was a bit of a spontaneous purchase. When smelling it in the Oxford Street store, a shopping assistant told me that if I liked it, I should snap it up now as it was limited edition - and I didn't really need much more convincing than that. This is a fresh, fruity mix of orange juice, plum, bucho oil, and blackcurrant, spiced up with vegan tequila and cinnamon for a festive touch. I'm surprised this doesn't receive more love on the blogosphere, as it is a lovely fragrance and the cinnamon within it supposedly boosts circulation which I could always do with a bit of. It also reminds me a bit of the discontinued Flying Fox Shower Gel which I loved. 

Finally we have the Snowie Bubble Bar. The usual Snowman Bubble Bar has been give a Bowie makeover this year, which is pretty cool. This is a clean, fresh fragrance made up of grapefruit, neroli oil and rose oil, and when crumbled under the warm running water, this sparkly bubble bar creates more bubbles than any other bar I've tried from Lush. I do like this, but it does irritate the skin around my chest and causes me to break out in a light rash - which was really disappointing as it smells lovely and creates so many bubbles. So this might not be one for those with sensitive skin!

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite festive product from Lush?
Let me know!  

C x

Hello stranger, how've you've been? My next post will be explaining why I've been taking an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere and where I've been (it's all about my master's degree experience and is proving quite a heavy post to complete, so thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a lighter topic). 

If you're an avid beauty blog reader, this won't be the first time you'll have seen the newly launched and beautifully packaged Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light by Hourglass Cosmetics. Priced at £69, this is palette was not exactly friendly on my intern-salary-budget but having regretted not purchasing the original Ambient Lighting Edit for over a year, I felt like I could justify the investment for my September payday. This is the first Hourglass product I've purchased, and overall I am impressed but can't say I'll be rushing back to Space NK to splurge on more because of the hefty pricetag.

All five of these shades are unique to the palette so it does have the limited edition feel to it. The first shade swatches is Surreal Light, a shade that can be used all over the face to give a subtle glow whilst fixing your base in place. The shade is inspired by the golden hour just before sunset to give, well, a golden glow, and I'm really enjoying using this so far. The second shade (top middle) is Surreal Glow, the first of the two blushes and is described as a pale peony pink, swirled in with Surreal Light. I feel like this could be more pigmented, and is perhaps a bit browner than Hourglass describe, but as a gal who gets quite flushed in the cheeks without the help of blush, I do think it is a nice, subtle shade.

The second blush, Surreal Effect, is a bit more in your face in terms of pigmentation and is coined to be a cool, pink rose with soft, warm peach again mixed with Surreal Light. In reality I think the shade borders on a fushia and is lovely for really making the cheeks pop (definitely one for winter), but I can already tell that this will be the powder I use the least. The bottom middle is the palette's bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light. It is deemed to be a neutral tan and is defintely a colour that could suit a lot of skin tones. It's a lovely formula and a lovely way to subtley add definition and a contour to the face. Last but not least is the highligher Surreal Strobe Light, as is a golden peachy shade with a hint of glitter. It's defintely not glitter-based like a lot of highlighters are and definitely adds the "glowing from within" look to the complexion.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the formulas of these - they are all buttery soft and super long-lasting. Also, it goes without saying that the packaging is beautiful (I can tell this will be featuring on my Instragram feed a lot). I think all of these shades are beautiful and I really love that you can create a subtle look with this palette, as the glow given by all the powders is great for my oily complexion as I love the dewy look, but can never use a light, dewy foundation.

So what do you think to this palette? And have any of you tried any products by Hourglass before? 
Let me know!

Cx

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Surreal Light: Review and Swatches

23 October 2016

Hello stranger, how've you've been? My next post will be explaining why I've been taking an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere and where I've been (it's all about my master's degree experience and is proving quite a heavy post to complete, so thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a lighter topic). 

If you're an avid beauty blog reader, this won't be the first time you'll have seen the newly launched and beautifully packaged Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light by Hourglass Cosmetics. Priced at £69, this is palette was not exactly friendly on my intern-salary-budget but having regretted not purchasing the original Ambient Lighting Edit for over a year, I felt like I could justify the investment for my September payday. This is the first Hourglass product I've purchased, and overall I am impressed but can't say I'll be rushing back to Space NK to splurge on more because of the hefty pricetag.

All five of these shades are unique to the palette so it does have the limited edition feel to it. The first shade swatches is Surreal Light, a shade that can be used all over the face to give a subtle glow whilst fixing your base in place. The shade is inspired by the golden hour just before sunset to give, well, a golden glow, and I'm really enjoying using this so far. The second shade (top middle) is Surreal Glow, the first of the two blushes and is described as a pale peony pink, swirled in with Surreal Light. I feel like this could be more pigmented, and is perhaps a bit browner than Hourglass describe, but as a gal who gets quite flushed in the cheeks without the help of blush, I do think it is a nice, subtle shade.

The second blush, Surreal Effect, is a bit more in your face in terms of pigmentation and is coined to be a cool, pink rose with soft, warm peach again mixed with Surreal Light. In reality I think the shade borders on a fushia and is lovely for really making the cheeks pop (definitely one for winter), but I can already tell that this will be the powder I use the least. The bottom middle is the palette's bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light. It is deemed to be a neutral tan and is defintely a colour that could suit a lot of skin tones. It's a lovely formula and a lovely way to subtley add definition and a contour to the face. Last but not least is the highligher Surreal Strobe Light, as is a golden peachy shade with a hint of glitter. It's defintely not glitter-based like a lot of highlighters are and definitely adds the "glowing from within" look to the complexion.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the formulas of these - they are all buttery soft and super long-lasting. Also, it goes without saying that the packaging is beautiful (I can tell this will be featuring on my Instragram feed a lot). I think all of these shades are beautiful and I really love that you can create a subtle look with this palette, as the glow given by all the powders is great for my oily complexion as I love the dewy look, but can never use a light, dewy foundation.

So what do you think to this palette? And have any of you tried any products by Hourglass before? 
Let me know!

Cx
Photos: Helen and Nathalie Dickson

As I shared the photo diary from my staycation in Carskiey along the Scottish Coast, I thought I'd also share a mini look-book of the outfits I wore there too. We were really lucky that the British weather was uncharacteristically sunny for the entire week, but as this was early June it was the type of weather that sometimes called for wearing a jumper. I had to pack fairly lightly for this, hence why I've had to type "as before" a few times, but I mainly packed with comfort in mind as we were staying in a very remote location. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, as I've tried out a different format with the brand details! What's your favourite outfit out of these? And what would you pack for a staycation?
C x

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Scottish Highlands Staycation Style Diary

7 August 2016

Photos: Helen and Nathalie Dickson

As I shared the photo diary from my staycation in Carskiey along the Scottish Coast, I thought I'd also share a mini look-book of the outfits I wore there too. We were really lucky that the British weather was uncharacteristically sunny for the entire week, but as this was early June it was the type of weather that sometimes called for wearing a jumper. I had to pack fairly lightly for this, hence why I've had to type "as before" a few times, but I mainly packed with comfort in mind as we were staying in a very remote location. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, as I've tried out a different format with the brand details! What's your favourite outfit out of these? And what would you pack for a staycation?
C x

P.S. If you are reading this post it makes you a reader of a UK fashion blog, which means you qualify for my degree survey, which I desperately need participants for. Please spare a few minutes of your time to help me by clicking the link in the side bar or clicking *here* - thanks in advance!
As this post is going up later than originally planned, it doesn't include the beauty bits I got for my birthday (but if you're interested in that click here). But what it does include are some very recent additions to my beauty stash that I've been loving, flatlay-ed on the aesthetically pleasing concrete kitchen tops of Shore CottageSo starting from the top centre of the first photo, I'll work my way around clockwise. 

So first we have the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Purify & Refresh Facial Scrub which may be a mouthful to say, but is pretty great at giving my oily, blemish prone skin a deep cleanse and great at removing any flakes of dry skin caused by lingering blemishes. The micro-beads in this scrub a little larger than most, so this might not be the best formula for sensitive or really aggressive spots/acne. As it was on offer I also recently picked up the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water as a lighter/summer alternative to my usual makeup remover Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil. It's super gentle on the skin and great value for money, but I find my ol' trusty oil to be more effective at removing makeup so I don't think I'll be repurchasing this when it runs out. Talking of an old trusty product, I also recently picked up a small Lush Tea Tree Water toner. I won't bore you here, all you need to do is type "tea tree" in my search box at the side to get an idea of how much I love this formula and just how easy it is to apply - seriously if you are a no fuss person when it comes to a skincare routine, this spray is your bestie.

When a NYX counter finally landed in my local Boots, I rushed straight to the liquid lipsticks and picked up the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes - a gorgeous super long-lasting dark pinky nude matte, which doesn't leave your lips feeling dry at all. Another makeup product ticking my boxes at the minute is the Soap and Glory Kick Ass All is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer. My complexion has been really red recently, and so this has worked wonders as a colour corrector under my foundation but the formula is quite heavy - so if anyone has any colour correcting recommendations on the thin/light formula side, send them my way! I was kindly gifted the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Script* shortly after its launch and it's a lot more of a sheerer, glossier finish of lipstick to what I would opt for (I am pretty much a matte-lip kinda gal) but this again is a dark dusky pink nude which makes me feel v sophisticated when wearing it. It's been a while since I last picked up a L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Ultra Precision Black, but I was having difficulties with a dried up felt-liner and so thought I'd return to a trusty favourite. This formula is the best longevity for a liquid liner that I've tried from the drugstore but is easy to correct when you make a mistake during application and has quite a wet/shiny finish to it, which I really like. 

Although this is the mini version of the Clinique High Impact Mascara*, it still packs a punch. It leaves my lashes super volumous (is that even a word?), long and fans them out - I think this is possibly my favourite mascara formula ever, but when it runs out I'll be investing in the waterproof version because I once got caught in a storm and was left looking like a sad panda. For a spot fighting moisturiser, I've had a recent love for Avène Clearance Expert  - it's a creamier and denser solution than my usual pick of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+], but smells heavenly and melts into the skin dreamily. Last but not least is the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry*, which is super easy to apply, a gorgeous hot pink colour and the balm leaves a sheer layer of colour and a lot of moisture. 

What are the latest additions to your makeup and skincare collections? And have you tried any of these products?
C x

Disclaimer: this post features PR samples, but all opinions and love for these products are my own
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New In Beauty: The Latest Additions to My Makeup and Skincare Collection

31 July 2016

As this post is going up later than originally planned, it doesn't include the beauty bits I got for my birthday (but if you're interested in that click here). But what it does include are some very recent additions to my beauty stash that I've been loving, flatlay-ed on the aesthetically pleasing concrete kitchen tops of Shore CottageSo starting from the top centre of the first photo, I'll work my way around clockwise. 

So first we have the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Purify & Refresh Facial Scrub which may be a mouthful to say, but is pretty great at giving my oily, blemish prone skin a deep cleanse and great at removing any flakes of dry skin caused by lingering blemishes. The micro-beads in this scrub a little larger than most, so this might not be the best formula for sensitive or really aggressive spots/acne. As it was on offer I also recently picked up the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water as a lighter/summer alternative to my usual makeup remover Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil. It's super gentle on the skin and great value for money, but I find my ol' trusty oil to be more effective at removing makeup so I don't think I'll be repurchasing this when it runs out. Talking of an old trusty product, I also recently picked up a small Lush Tea Tree Water toner. I won't bore you here, all you need to do is type "tea tree" in my search box at the side to get an idea of how much I love this formula and just how easy it is to apply - seriously if you are a no fuss person when it comes to a skincare routine, this spray is your bestie.

When a NYX counter finally landed in my local Boots, I rushed straight to the liquid lipsticks and picked up the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes - a gorgeous super long-lasting dark pinky nude matte, which doesn't leave your lips feeling dry at all. Another makeup product ticking my boxes at the minute is the Soap and Glory Kick Ass All is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer. My complexion has been really red recently, and so this has worked wonders as a colour corrector under my foundation but the formula is quite heavy - so if anyone has any colour correcting recommendations on the thin/light formula side, send them my way! I was kindly gifted the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Script* shortly after its launch and it's a lot more of a sheerer, glossier finish of lipstick to what I would opt for (I am pretty much a matte-lip kinda gal) but this again is a dark dusky pink nude which makes me feel v sophisticated when wearing it. It's been a while since I last picked up a L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Ultra Precision Black, but I was having difficulties with a dried up felt-liner and so thought I'd return to a trusty favourite. This formula is the best longevity for a liquid liner that I've tried from the drugstore but is easy to correct when you make a mistake during application and has quite a wet/shiny finish to it, which I really like. 

Although this is the mini version of the Clinique High Impact Mascara*, it still packs a punch. It leaves my lashes super volumous (is that even a word?), long and fans them out - I think this is possibly my favourite mascara formula ever, but when it runs out I'll be investing in the waterproof version because I once got caught in a storm and was left looking like a sad panda. For a spot fighting moisturiser, I've had a recent love for Avène Clearance Expert  - it's a creamier and denser solution than my usual pick of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+], but smells heavenly and melts into the skin dreamily. Last but not least is the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry*, which is super easy to apply, a gorgeous hot pink colour and the balm leaves a sheer layer of colour and a lot of moisture. 

What are the latest additions to your makeup and skincare collections? And have you tried any of these products?
C x

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