Thursday, 25 May 2017

Spectrum You Look Marbleous - The Brush Set That Keeps On Giving

Spectrum Collections are one of those brands I've loved from afar for ages. Captivated by their brightly coloured brushes and sophisticated looking sets, I've been absolutely desperate to try their brushes first hand. I see their pink and multicoloured brushes all over my Instagram feed and swoon a little bit every time, and then I saw their Marbleous range and that was it - I was all heart-eye-emoji for them too. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb has been one of my favourite scents for a while. I'm a huge fan and even when I run out of my normal supply, I'll always have a quick spritz in the perfume isle of the shops to remind myself how much I love it. I've gone through more bottles than I care to admit of the original, so when I heard about the new fragrance Flowerbomb Bloom, I knew I'd have to try that too.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

5 Feel Good Beauty Products For Right Now

When it comes to spring, I like to overhaul my make-up and beauty regime. But this year seems to have been lacking in...actual spring. The constant rain, grey skies and cooler weather have meant most of us have been stuck wearing our coats and boots longer than usual and I for one have stuck to my autumn/winter make-up palette more, with warm, dark toned eye looks and deeper lipsticks. However it's sunny outside today, so I'm taking all the spring vibes I can get, and using it as an excuse to talk about 5 feel good beauty products for right now - because if we can't rely on the weather as a pick-me-up right now, we can always rely on our beauty products!


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Clarins Pore Perfecting Foundation & Kit

It's no secret that my favourite foundation finish, is matte. I'm the oily skin kinda gal, which means I have all sorts of problems when it comes to finding make-up that doesn't just slide off my face by mid-afternoon. It's my biggest bug-bear in make-up - I love the dewy look and adore pretty highlighters, but for me it's not long before they leave me looking shiny - rather than glowing. And it's not a pretty sight! So I have to be careful what I use on my face as a base.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Ask The Experts - Top Beauty Bloggers Share Their Beauty Tips, Tricks & Hacks

The one thing I love about blogging and am constantly reminded of every time I go online, is how many talented bloggers and individuals there are out there. The blogasphere is full to the seams of people absolutely nailing their niche, storming social media and all round owning what they're doing. It gives me such pleasure to see bloggers of all sizes creating content that shows how excellent they are in their niche, and I've discovered some real talent over the last few years as a beauty blogger. What I like is that blogging gives people an outlet that allows them to position themselves as an expert in their field - something which is reinforced with engagement and interaction from their very loyal audience. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mac and Fleur De Force Lipstick - #MACxFleurDeForce

It's the lipstick I've been excited about ever since Fleur revealed she was working with MAC on a lipstick. I absolutely love her style and she often wears make-up in the same shades that I like, so I knew she'd create a shade of lipstick that I'd love. And over the past few weeks as pictures have come out showing the lipstick in all its glory, I knew with even more certainty that I was going to buy it. I was determined not to miss out, as I have done with other limited edition products, and then regretted it big style. So I made it my mission to make sure I got one - and I did!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

How to Beat Under Eye Bags - With Estee Lauder

My Mum always told me that the eyes are the first place on your face to show the signs of aging and she was right. The skin around our eyes is the most thin part of our face and so it's here that we show little lines forming first. I'm 30 this year and it's only as that number approaches that I'm starting to inspect those laughter lines a little bit closer than I have done before - just to ensure that when the wrinkles do break through, I'll be ready. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Two Palettes You Need For Summer - Zoeva Matte Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette and Cream Contour Spectrum

It's so hard to envisage summer as being right around the corner when this morning I had to pull back out my winter boots and scarf for work. But the fact is that now we're in May it (hopefully!) won't be long before things warm up for more than a day or so before getting chilly again. This means sunshine, holidays and lots of fun summer trends to keep up with. Summer also brings along with it the need for a few extra's in your make-up collection. As the tans become more common, the need for bronzer gets bigger and when we crack out those bikinis and one-pieces it's always a fun opportunity to experiment with some brighter make-up looks to match. With that in mind there's two palettes that are absolutely essential for summer...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Review

It's the foundation that everyone's been talking about. The L'Oreal Infallible collection has made big waves in beauty and if make-up is your thing then you'll likely have experienced the same curiosity as me. In fact, even if make-up isn't your thing then I think you'll have been exposed to just as much excited chatter about this range, in particular the foundation. It seems that literally everyone has been talking about it - which is usually the time when I jump right in and see what it's like for myself. I'd  heard the opinions, read the reviews and wondered - can a drug store brand really outperform counter brands and succeed where others have failed? 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

AM To PM With This Works

One brand I've been loving on the skin care and body care front recently is This Works. I'm not new to their products but it's only in the past few months that I've been using their products with a dedicated effort to really get to grips with what they can offer. I've been a big fan of their Perfect Legs Skin Miracle since I tried it last year, but I've been really enjoying trying some others too, which together have given me amazing body and skin care throughout the day with something for every section of the day as it passes.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

New In: Mascara

Mascara is one of those staple pieces that even those who wear minimal make-up will usually have. Everyone's got a mascara or two (or twenty if you're me!) laying around right? I like to think that I've had a good amount of testing experience with mascaras, because I've tried so many in search of the perfect one. (I wrote a post on my Top 5 High-end Mascaras.) This means that I usually know quite quickly when trying one out whether it's going to be any good or not. In the sake of keeping things fair, unless one is absolutely pants, then I'll usually give it a good go before making my final verdict. But the sad truth is that for me, I'm hard to please with mascara. Unless it really wows me then I'm unlikely to repurchase and will usually just end up seeing out the tube as a bottom lash mascara, while I switch to something else for the top. Sad but true for all the ill-performing mascara out there. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick

Estee Lauder are one of those brands I'll forever be loyal to. My Mum first introduced me to them when I started wearing make-up and I've not looked back since. Everything from their make-up to their skincare has passed my dressing table and I still to this day use some of their products as my daily staples. Estee Lauder are just one of those brands that always deliver the goods - and their impeccable quality means they're on a pedestal that all other brands are constantly compared to.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

My HUGE Spring Make-Up Haul!

Once a year I do a HUGE make-up haul. I usually do it in October/November so the really good Christmas sets have been released and you're fresh into Black Friday sales too. However with a baby due in the summer, meaning I'll be broke by Christmas...well, spring it was for this year's big haul! Now I'm not saying that I don't buy make-up at any other time - you all know I do! But this once-a-year haul is something I save for, have a clear out for and generally look forward to a hell of a lot more than Christmas itself. 


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Three Clarins Body Products You Need In Pregnancy

Being five months pregnant is wonderful - there's a little boy kicking me like mad, keeping me awake at night and giving me the most amazing summer treat to look forward to - that first cuddle is going to be amazing. But pregnancy is not my favourite thing, and it really can (and does) take it's toll on your body. Not just with extreme tiredness and sickness, but in ways you aren't prepared for. Mostly things like the fact that the hair around your face really thins out and grows back in unruly curls that resemble horns. Yep, FACT. The other thing that faces major change is your skin. I'm not just talking on the face, I'm talking all over. And it's hard to combat.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

7 Spring Beauty Essentials

I'm so pleased that the weather is finally warming up. I even managed to go out in sandals last week for the first time without my toes feeling so cold and like they'd fall off. It's a miracle! (I'm always freezing.) Spring brings a bit of a smile to everyone doesn't it? It brings flowers, blue skies and a bit more optimism than most of us have had in a while thanks to the constant cold and grey clouds of winter. Spring also brings the perfect opportunity to refresh your beauty regime, include some new make-up shades in your collection and it also means there's a few products you need to start using from a health perspective too. Dang, it's not easy being a girl right?! 


Monday, 17 April 2017

The PR's Guide To Blogging - Finding The Fake Followers

So there is a huge amount of noise right now about people cheating their social media numbers with bots and outright buying followers. And rightly so, because it's pretty outrageous. Being the blogging world that it is, there's also a lot of people stirring the pot, making things worse and generally misinforming about this matter. Which quite frankly helps no-one. Naming and shaming does nothing (although I can see the potential satisfaction that could be earned from doing so), and 'outing' those who do it or have done it, is also not the wisest thing in the world. Remember, your blog is your brand and your social media platforms are your voice - regardless of what anyone else is doing remember that if you sit online and 'out' bloggers, YOU look petty to brands and PR's. It's the sad truth, and while it might not be fair, if you make too much noise about something other people are doing then it actually has a negative impact on your own brand. The same can be said for those I've seen this morning making comments about being so disillusioned by the negativity, when one check shows they are one of the bloggers indeed using bots. PR tip #1: if you're doing it right now, perhaps don't sit and pretend you don't. Inauthenticity kills your reputation just as much.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

An Introduction to Jo Loves - Pomelo

As far as I'm concerned, Jo Malone MBE can do no wrong. Not only did she create the gorgeous fragrances I love from Jo Malone, but a few years ago she then founded Jo Loves, a new fragrance brand with a whole selection of different fragrances to discover. Which to me is fabulous because it's twice the fun. 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur and Blend It Yourself Drops - A 2 step Instagram Filter For Your Face

Ever heard the sayings about finding what you were looking for without even knowing you were looking for it? It's often said about great loves and solutions to problems that we didn't even know we had - and both are relevant in this case to me. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Easter Egg Alternatives For Under £10

It's almost time for the Easter Bunny to hop back into our lives for another year. But what happens if chocolate isn't your 'thing' or you just don't want to over indulge on the sweet stuff? Well, in my house we don't go mad for Easter Eggs, and I like to look for alternatives to make a change from the usual eggs. I also don't like to go mad financially - I don't think Easter should be like another Christmas for my son, so I don't tend to spend big either way. So this Easter here's my three top Easter Egg alternatives for under £10.

Top Tips To Affording A Beauty Addiction

If you're anything like me, you're a sucker for make-up and beauty products. From cute and funky make-up brushes, to gorgeous eyeshadow palettes and new treats in the skincare world - I want it all. I literally spend a large portion of my time thinking about make-up I want to buy, watching YouTube tutorials on the latest trends and reading blog posts talking about the new products on the market. The downside of having an expensive make-up habit is that it's really hard to justify spending out fortunes on make-up. Especially when there's bills to pay, life to afford, and in my case - a baby on the way! So I've had to think of all the ways round my make-up habit costing me a fortune, and start to be a bit more frugal. Because affording a costly make-up habit is so much more than just shopping the sales! So here's my top tips for affording a beauty addiction, and making your make-up money go further...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Glam Glow - The New Way To Face Mask

I've been really looking forward to writing this blog post because I've been itching to try GlamGlow products since I first heard about them. As a self-confessed pamper loving, face mask wearing Sunday Skincare lover, well, I wanted to see what the lowdown was on the face masks everyone's been talking about. I can't remember where I first heard about them, but as soon as I did, I was in love with the sexy and sleek packaging and the BIG promises on providing excellent quality skincare in the face mask market.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Spring Scents - DSquared2 Want Fragrances

The change in seasons always brings about the desire to change your signature scent. For me, shifting from the sultry cold weather means I want to leave behind my deep and musky perfumes in favour of something a bit more fruity and spring/summer like. I know lots of people are like this - we all tend to have our daily staples - the ones we rely on all year round, but then the change in seasons mean we tend to go to our seasonal picks for a few months to mix things up. (I'm hoping this isn't just me because my perfume shelf is positively bulging!)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection

Since Too Faced launched their Sweet Peach palette last year I've been hooked. I missed out on the palette first time round - unsurprisingly because it sold out in super fast time. Everyone thought that was it - one of their limited edition palettes, never to be seen again for those of us to slow to get in on the action at the time...But we were wrong. Praise the make-up Gods! When Jerrod Blandino (co-founder of Too Faced) announced that the Sweet Peach Palette was not only coming back, but there was going to be a whole peach themed collection...well, I was more than in my happy place. And I was determined not to miss out on anything this time.

Friday, 24 March 2017

5 Make-Up Products That I Won't Be Rebuying

I'm such a huge make-up fan that I get through a huge amount of the stuff. I'm obsessed with trying new products and seeing if they out-perform current favourites, and I'm basically just a self confessed make-up hoarder. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Clinique Fresh Pressed 7 Day Challenge

When it comes to skincare and my daily regime, I love to give new things a go. It's more like a little challenge that I set myself and the products, to see if they beat my trusty go-to's that will likely never change. Where I'm loyal to my Holy Grail skincare products, I'm always on the look out for something new to beat my favourites and earn a place on my beauty shelf.

Monday, 20 March 2017

8 Bloggers You Need To Follow On Instagram

When it comes to blogging there's one area that I LOVE, but's a hard nut to crack! If you haven't guessed, I'm talking about Instagram. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I genuinely do love it, but I also hate how difficult it's become to use and grow. There are so many amazing bloggers doing an outstanding job when it comes to Insta, that I felt like I wanted to share some of my current favourite feeds with you, just to share some of the Instagram love.

Clarins Limited Edition Mother's Day Collection

If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift this year that will out-do the rest, then I highly recommend checking out the new Clarins Tender Moments Limited Edition Collection. In fact, even if you're not thinking of make-up for your Mother's Day gift, then it's worth checking out just as a treat for yourself because the range is just so lovely. And totally versatile too, so it will work for all skin types and tones.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Clinique Crayola Collection

I'm diving right in with this one because it's official: the Clinique Crayola Collection is the most fun you'll have with a chubby stick all year. 


Monday, 13 March 2017

When Bloggers Do Beauty - Pixi By Petra Spring 17 Collection

I absolutely love it when bloggers show the world just how talented and successful we can be. I love it when bloggers are given the opportunity to show that sometimes we're more than just Instagram loving, lipstick hoarding girls with nothing better to do. Which is why I absolutely love it, and try to support it as much as possible when bloggers bring out their own product ranges. And the new Pixi By Petra Spring 2017 Collection is an absolutely stunning selection of products that are perfect for the season. And that showcase some of the best the blogasphere has to offer.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Top Chick Flicks For The Perfect Night In

When it comes to films, I'm in my absolute element with a good chick flick. Nothing quite beats a night when the boyfriend's gone out with his friends and I have full control on the TV and the remote. Meaning I can indulge in some of my favourite chick flicks, re-watching them for the millionth time, and still absolutely adoring them. Why is it that boyfriends and husbands can't stand re-watching films?! Because I for one absolutely love it!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Top Bath and Body Works Scents

I've been a self-confessed Bath and Body Works addict for years now. However, it was on my visit to New York last summer where it really went up a gear. I bought as much back with me as I could, then started making regular (huge) orders to cover my addiction. Much to my boyfriend's annoyance, because our bathroom shelves are filled with my shower gels and body creams and there's not much room for his stuff now...but hey, a girl can never really have too much Bath and Body Works in her life, right?!


Sunday, 26 February 2017

February Favourites

It doesn't seem possible that I'm at a the end of another month, writing a monthly favourites post! I swear the months are flying by at the moment. But February has been an absolute corker for the new products I've been trying and I've been really excited to write this post because the products are all so lovely. Seeing as it's still a bit cold, I've been playing around with make-up, some body care/skin care and some new releases too. So here's what February has been treating me with...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Kat Von D and Too Faced Better Together Collaboration Finally Arrives In The UK!

As a die-hard Too Faced fan (do you remember the time I woke up at 5am to wait in a virtual queue behind 17,000 other people to get the Sweet Peach palette?!) I was very excited when news broke of the Kat Von D collaboration. Kat's been making BIG waves in beauty, especially the last two years. And Too Faced are one of my favourite brands - so I knew that the collab would be fun, fresh and very kitsch. Which meant I knew I had to get my hands on it.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Quick N Easy Kits - Red Carpet Look

Charlotte Tilbury has been one of my favourite make-up brands for a while now. I am never disappointed with the products, the quality or the performance and I'm always quick to snap up the new goodies that hit their website. The Quick N Easy Kits that became the newest products in the extensive Charlotte Tilbury collection, are something that I've been very excited about. My personal top pick is the Red Carpet Look set because it's got everything I need and want when it comes to Charlotte Tilbury products.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Top 10 Blog Photo Props & Where To Buy Them

When it comes to blog imagery, your props go a long way. Whether you like to have a more natural, styled look with lots of props, or keep things simple with just a few key pieces - both (and the in-between) are reliant on some versatile objects that can be re-used a lot. The difficulty is finding the right sort of products, the right household items to fit with your blog, your style of photo and also finding something that can be used indefinitely without making your images look too samey. So because of that, I've put together a list of my top ten blog photo props, and to make it easy, I've also listed exactly where you can buy them too.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A Little Bit of Big News

So you may have thought it's been a tad quiet on Lady Writes, especially during January. But I can now finally explain why! No, I haven't lost my love and passion for blogging, beauty products and hoarding make-up, but instead I've been growing a little one! Yep, Lady Writes is pregnant. And the Lady Writes family couldn't be happier.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

My Annual Skin Detox With Natural Spa Factory

My skin is changing a lot at the moment and I've gone from having an amazing skin month, to break outs, dry patches and oily areas - all in one. It's been a bit of a skin roller coaster! The problem with changing skin types is that they're hard to treat and combat with a standard regime because each area of your face needs a different type of care. Because of this I decided that January was my time for a skin detox - which is something I've been meaning to do for a while. I try to do one a year, for a full month, which basically means that within that time frame I abandon my trusty skincare staples and replace with a new regime to detox my face. I almost always go for something natural - just because by the time I reach the need for a detox, natural feels better than anything else...Wouldn't really be a detox otherwise would it?!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Clarins New Face Contour Palette - The Low Down

As you all know I'm a big fan of contouring. In fact, I've got powders, creams and palettes galore offering different coverage levels and abilities. Mostly because I dislike how round my face shape is, and good contouring means I can create shadows that stop me feeling like it's quite so circular. The palette I've been using recently is the brand new Clarins Face Contour Palette and I've got all the details and the low down on what to expect..

Friday, 3 February 2017

2017 - Here's To The Micro-Influencers

There's been a lot of rumblings in the blogasphere recently. When it comes to blogging, the media perception is that the bigger you are, the better you are. And by bigger, I mean: the bigger your following. Which in itself is breeding a huge problem among hard working, honest bloggers. Especially because there seems to be this mentality among some others that you can just 'fake it till you make it' and reach that 'big blogger' status - whether it's true...or not by fiddling the numbers. (As is the case may be for some very well known bloggers and even celebrities.) 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Budget Beauty - What's New From Rimmel

Considering that the vast majority of my make-up comes from counter and premium brands, I'm still never able to resist the buzz and hype that seems to grow continuously around the drugstore brands these days. It seems that these said 'drugstore' brands are battling that little bit harder for their slice of the beauty market, and as a result there have been some pretty nifty products to hit shelves recently. Being a self confessed make-up snob, I thought this year would be a great time to delve into these brands a little bit more, and if nothing else, it would make great comparison posts between high-end and drugstore products! So I'm starting with Rimmel and what's new from them in the first of my Budget Beauty posts. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

The Estee Edit Gritty and Glow Palette

When it comes to palettes, they by far exceed every other type of make-up for me, and reach that ultimate position of being my firm favorite thing to buy and try. I'm quite literally obsessed with make-up palettes. In December last year alone I got 8 new palettes, and I'm already on my fourth this month - meaning 2017 is looking decidedly like a palette takeover on a whole new level! Having tried so many recently, and being a die-hard fangirl of the good-ole palettes, I feel that there's one that's gone under the radar and actually deserves a whole heap more noise: The Estee Edit Gritty and Glow Palette.

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