Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Favourites

So it's no secret that December has been crazy with amazing beauty products. I really had to go full pelt with the blog during the past month to be able to fit everything in! It was a busy old month but I couldn't have loved it any more - I absolutely adore beauty blogging, so I was in my element! Within the past month I've been trying so many wonderful new products that I was literally spoiled for choice with deciding which goodies would make my December Favourites. But I've managed to get the best of the best together for you. So, here's what I've been loving in December....


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Top Beauty Sale Picks!

So my recent poll on Twitter revealed that almost all of you wanted me to write this post! Even though it's still technically Christmas (gotta love those in-between Christmas and new Year days) and I'm still spending time eating all the food and drinking the Gin with my family, I wanted to hand pick some of the best Beauty Sale Picks that I could find for you guys. So I've been sourcing the very BEST  deals and hope you'll find something to spend some of your Christmas money on! 

Friday, 22 December 2017

Top Charlotte Tilbury Gifts This Christmas

When it comes to make-up, one of the greats will always be Charlotte Tilbury. I buy a lot of their products and recommend them a lot because the quality is fantastic. Sometimes a little pricey, which can mean it's often out of reach, this Christmas there are some amazing value gift sets that I couldn't wait to recommend. What could be better than the quality of Charlotte Tilbury and the nifty-ness of a Gift Set?! Not much, I'm telling you!


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

How to Make a Beauty Hamper For Your Mum (And What To Put In It)

When it comes to Christmas, one thing I like to do is create Gift Baskets, Hampers and cute Bundles for my friends and family. I like to find nifty and cute little goodies that will bulk out one or two more expensive gifts and create something really special and unique. The person I do this for mostly is my Mum. I have always spoiled my Mum at Christmas, it's the one time of year I go all out and it's my way of treating her. She lives with my brother and Dad in an all-man house nowdays too, so I feel for her! So it's nice to completely pamper her and indulge her in something special and very girlie.


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Getting Festive With Essie

When it comes to Christmas, one little beauty tradition I have is making sure my nails are freshly done for every party and event. I always like to have Christmassy nails to complete an outfit and this year I've had so many wonderful parties and events to go to, it's been the perfect opportunity to flaunt my nails! I usually wear gel nails but that's probably because I've never found a good alternative for normal nail varnish that doesn't chip. So I was super excited when Essie asked me to work with them this Christmas on trying out their Winter Collection!

Friday, 15 December 2017

Gift Guide: The Make Up Edit

This Gift Guide has had me super excited from the moment I started putting it all together! I LOVE make-up. As a beauty blogger I love skincare, nails and haircare a lot, but make-up has my heart. My make-up collection grows by the day with a hefty amount of my time being spent researching new products that I've just got to try. The perks of beauty blogging hey?! Anyway, Christmas is basically a make-up lovers dream. All the special sets and limited edition collections make me swoon. But sometimes, just sometimes, there can be slightly too much to pick from, right? So I decided I'd write a specially dedicated Gift Guide to the top make-up picks this Christmas..

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Laura Geller Christmas Collection 2017

I've said multiple times recently that my favourite thing about Christmas in the beauty world, is the sets. Those gorgeous limited edition make-up sets and collections that you wouldn't get at any other time of year - the ones you wait for months to buy! I am a huge fan of splurging on these sets and stocking up, as well as trying some new brands out because these Christmas sets are quite often really great value too.

Five Ways To Save On Your Christmas Shopping

**This is a sponsored post**

When it comes to Christmas, we can all be a bit spendy. I say this, because I get more spendy than at any other time of year and can't resist splurging on friends and family. I love to spoil those close to me, but it's getting harder and harder to justify! With two kids and a wedding to save for, this is the first Christmas I've had to implement the dreaded BUDGET on shopping. Which actually, as it turns out hasn't been all that bad!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Gifts For Him & Her From Philips

Christmas is that time of year when we get to ask for the things we need as well as the things we would like. We can ask for the novelty, the things we can't justify for ourselves and then the things we need but just don't want to buy! I find that Christmas is the perfect time of year to give electrical gifts - the type of things we all want but may not have the budget for ourselves. Plus with how difficult men can be to buy for at Christmas, electrical's for them especially, are a fail safe. Which is why this year I'm working with Philips again to give a showcase of top picks for him and from her. And you won't go wrong with any of these!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Fun Gift Guide: For Her

This Gift Guide has been one of the most fun to get together! I've been like a big kid playing with all the bits and pieces and feel totally proud (if I do say so myself!) of all the goodies included. Because I can't think of any type of girl who wouldn't LOVE some of these gifts to be under their tree on Christmas morning! Us girly-girls love the nifty, the cute, the retro and the fun - don't we? So I'm sure you'll find some inspiration here to add to your wish-list!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

First Impressions of Fenty Beauty

Everyone had waited excitedly for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna to drop and when it finally did, we heard about queues around the counters to buy the goodies! Unsurprisingly the beauty world went bananas for everything Fenty and it was so refreshing to see a celebrity beauty line that not only did what it said, but matched up - and exceeded, lots of long established brands. I don't think anyone really knew what to expect, but the reality far outweighed the expectations and it turned out to be one of the biggest launches of the year.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Top Ten Gifts Under £10

Christmas is an expensive time of year. In fact, I was watching the news the other day and it was listing the average spend per person over Christmas, and for my area alone it was £1,100 to £1,500 each! That's a LOT of money. So I thought it would be a good idea to put a post together with my top ten gifts under £10 because buying nice gifts doesn't always need to have a big price tag does it?


Top Gift Picks From Temple Spa

If you follow me on Twitter then you probably already know I am a HUGE fan of Temple Spa. Their products are some of my absolute favourites and are so luxurious they help me recreate a spa day, at home. So when I can't get to the spa, I love the Temple Spa products for helping me relax, unwind and generally chill out. Naturally their products make fantastic gifts at Christmas and they have some really great sets this year which anyone would be over the moon to receive. Not just their sets though, some of their individual products are so luxurious that they alone make fantastic pressies too. So to make it easier, I'm going to give you guys my top picks from Temple Spa this Christmas...


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Gift Guide: Gift Sets Edit

I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things to buy at Christmas, are the gorgeous Gift Sets you can get. No matter what you're looking for, you can usually find a version of your chosen product in Gift Set variety. The brilliance of this means that you get the usually full sized product that you were looking for, but with added items and therefore greater value - and usually for a great price that isn't much more than the original item alone would be!


What to Pick Up From Kiehl's This Christmas

It's no secret that Kiehl's are a brand I hold in high esteem. After I worked with them on their Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream campaign which supported Autism Speaks (a cause very close to my heart) I have formed a greater bond with their products. Such a great brand anyway, their products are excellent quality and I've already purchased a gift set for my other half this Christmas! And I know he's going to love it because I hand picked what will work best for his extra sensitive skin. But if you're a little stuck with which items to pick this Christmas, I've put together some of my current favourites to help you out...


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Gift Guide: The Perfume Edit

A firm hit with ladies everywhere at Christmas, is perfume. I am overjoyed to receive perfume at Christmas and quite often I 'stock up' on my favourites and ask my friends and family for my daily staples, and usually have enough to get me through the year. Plus perfume will always be the sort of gift that speaks of indulgence - to give the gift of perfume at Christmas is a way of delivering a fail-safe gift that's luxurious and will make the recipient feel valued and truly treated.


Monday, 4 December 2017

The Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Has Landed!

As a self confessed Too Faced addict (yes, you'll see a LOT of their gorgeous products on my blog) I was absolutely over the moon when I heard about the White Chocolate Bar. I have been an avid lover of the original Chocolate Bar palettes and have used mine religiously - I've almost hit pan on my favourite shades actually! So to hear about the launch of the newest addition to the range, had me super excited, to say the least. But it's official, the Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Has Landed...

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Importance of Gifting

**This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Boots**

Christmas time is the one time of year when everyone has something in common - buying gifts. We all buy gifts at other times of the year, but Christmas is when we all come together and collectively buy gifts for our nearest and dearest. But with the cost of living being so high, kids to look after, work to do etc it can often become something we view as a chore and not as a pleasure and privilege. Because ultimately that's what gifting is: a privilege. And it's so important to remember that.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Gift Guide: The Perfect Stocking Fillers

As exciting as it is to find out what's under the tree on Christmas morning, it's also exciting to see what's hidden in your stocking. In our house, the stockings are a lead up to the 'bigger stuff' that Santa brings and puts under the tree. Stocking fillers are an essential part of gift buying, but it's also hard to pick what you get as there's just so much choice now! I've narrowed down to my favourites, which include something for everyone and meet the criteria I have for stocking fillers - fun, affordable, needed and or/novelty. So here is my Gift Guide: The Perfect Stocking Fillers edit...


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Indeed Labs Launches on ASOS!

When you've been beauty shopping, you've probably noticed the brightly coloured boxes, and when you've been reading blogs and checking out what's new on Insta, you've probably seem the seamless and pristine looking white tubes and bottles. Yes, the likelihood that you've probably already seen the products from Indeed Laboratories is high, but now they've launched on Asos you're sure to see them a lot more!

Gift Guide: The Candle Edit

If there's one thing I love as much as make-up, it's scented candles. Scented Candles are my thing. I've got far too many to count in my house and I constantly have them burning to make my home smell lovely. We wear perfume for ourselves, so why wouldn't we scent our house too? Plus you can get some absolutely amazing scented candles and it would be a shame to stick to just one wouldn't it? So I tend to buy them all, yes, I buy a LOT of candles because I love them so much. Plus candles make such fantastic gifts - everyone loves a good scented candle after all. You can't go wrong with giving a scented candle as a gift, it's just about finding the right one for the person you're giving it to. So, to make life easier, from one candle addict to another, here's my 2017 Gift Guide: The Candle Edit...


Monday, 27 November 2017

If You Buy One Thing From Stila...

Not gunna lie, but Stila have blown it out of the water this year haven't they? Their liquid eye shadows have become cult classics, because never before have we been able to get glitter eyeshadow with that much pigment in one sweep of the brush. Nope, glitter lids have taken multiple steps to achieve a similar coverage and I really feel like this is the product that have put Stila on the make-up map for good. So naturally I was bouncing with excitement when I saw their Christmas exclusive sets this year!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Gift Guide For The Grown Up Disney Fan

It's here! It's here! It's finally here! The start of the 2017 Lady Writes Christmas Gift Guides! I have been SUPER excited to start these posts and have been frantically collating the best of the best for each category I had in mind. (It's made for some seriously fun shopping trips, let me tell you!) I thought I'd kick off my Gift Guides with a bit of a fun one, and one that all the girlie-girls out there will love...Gift Ideas For The Grown Up Disney Fan.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Five Steps To The Perfect Christmas Cup Of Tea

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I don't know about you, but I love a good cup of tea. In fact, there's not much in life that can't be helped with a good old cup of tea. Being British, we're known for our love of the classic brew, and I am nothing without my morning cup to get me going. This time of year is prime-time-cosy-tea-drinking-time isn't it? Snuggly blankets, fluffy socks, Christmas film on and a lovely cup of tea to finish it off nicely.

Something Sweet Smelling For Winter: DKNY Nectar Love

You'll likely have seen me rave about this fragrance on social media, because quite frankly I am in love with it. I've tried a lot of perfumes recently (I spent far longer than I care to admit mooching round the fragrance section in Selfridges at the weekend) and found some absolute corkers. But this one is pretty special because I've not smelt anything similar - it's a very unique scent and I'm absolutely loving it.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

My Three-Step Daily Skincare Routine

This year I've been on a one-woman mission to overhaul my skincare routine. I am so fortunate that I get to try a lot of fantastic new skincare products and see what works for me in the short term and the long term. I will often switch up my moisturisers, my face masks, treatments and serums but for years and years I have always been loyal to the same three step basic system. And no matter how many alternatives I've tried, I've always gone back to the same brand afterwards as my trusty failsafe. However this year I turned 30 and although I haven't noticed any wrinkles, I did decide it was time to change my skincare systems completely in preparation for the changes that my skin might see.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mii Cosmetics Do Christmas!

I am in my element right now. The amount of gorgeous Christmas collections on the market is making for a very happy Beauty Blogger - but also a slightly broke one! (Please tell me I'm not the only one who just can't resist all these pretty, limited edition sets?!) Christmas is one of my favourite times of year anyway, I've always loved it. I love everything about the festive season - including the make-up and beauty sets that just can't be beaten!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Falling In Love With Vinylux Nails

Having my nails done is my 'thing'. It's been my little monthly treat to myself for ages, and seeing as one of my friends has her own salon, it's always been fun to catch up with her while getting my nails done. The problem with this now is that with a baby and a new business on top of everything else, well, I barely have time to do anything these days! Including getting my precious gel manicure!


30 Things I've Learnt in 30 Years

Seeing as I turned 30 yesterday, it seemed like the appropriate time to have a bit of fun and also seriously reflect on some of the many things I've learnt in the past 30 years.Some are silly and lighthearted, some are a touch more serious, but altogether I'd say these are some of the most profound...except the one about chocolate and Gin...

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The L'Occitane Classic Advent Calendar

It's time to open another Beauty Advent Calendar folks! I am seriously loving this process and I'm going to be gutted when I don't have any left to open (I should probably actually save one for December, shouldn't I?!) Today's Advent Calendar reveal is a special one, it's the gorgeous Classic Advent Calendar from L'Occitane!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

New In From L'Oreal - Merry Metals & More

If there's one collection I've been excited to write about, it's the new releases from L'Oreal. They have surpassed all expectations and seriously knocked it out of the park with their Merry Metals Collection and various other bits and pieces recently and I've been a very happy Blogger trying it all out.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Three Budget Beauty Advent Calendars That Won't Break The Bank

As you know, I'm currently working my way through reviewing some of beauty's biggest brand Advent Calendar's. And as a Christmas addict, I am LOVING the process! I'm a sucker for advent calendars and I've loved seeing them evolve over the last few years, getting bigger and better and now we're at the point where you can get an advent calendar for almost anything you like. Obviously, my favourites are the Beauty Calendars, so I've been researching all manner and type of them.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Getting The Glow With Iconic London Illuminators

One product type I've come to love and use daily this year, is liquid highlighters. I've been as much a fan of highlighting as the next girl, but I was late to the party with liquid highlighters. However one of the first brands I tried for this was Iconic London, and they're still the one I come back to time after time.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Perfect Scent for Autumn & Winter: Michael Kors Sexy Ruby

I am a huge fan of Michael Kors fragrances. I have three different ones on my dressing table at the moment and others which I regularly rebuy. (I have a birthday coming up so I'm hoping my boyfriend has picked up on my hints!) I find the Michael Kors fragrances to be pretty much my ideal scents. They aren't too sweet, but carry a really nice level of musk. And I love musky fragrances. So when I tried Sexy Ruby, their newest fragrance, in-store recently, I knew I had to have it.

Friday, 10 November 2017

GlamGlow Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment

One of the best ways to get a huge skincare hit is by using overnight treatments and masks. During the day we move, talk, eat and drink, which affects what's on our skin. Not to mention UV, pollution and other external factors. Therefore nighttime is prime time for skincare. Solid hours of sleep provide a blank canvas for our skin, and minimal movement and external factors mean our skin can really soak up what we put on it. Plus we all usually finish our day with a skincare regime, so it's the perfect time to apply a new extra step. These are all reasons why I have really enjoyed nighttime treatments and masks in the past few months.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

YOU Beauty Advent Calendar

Another day, another Advent Calendar! These are some of my favourite posts to write at the moment and this one is giving me all the feels. In fact, I've gone positively heart-eye-emoji over this little beauty. (See what I did there?) And I *may* have already started using the vast majority of the products inside because the brands included are all fantastic. Hand picked by the Beauty Team at YOU Magazine, this Advent Calendar gets a lot of attention, and it's easy to see why. For only £60 you get over £230 worth of products. What's more, you get lots of money-off vouchers and codes to use on the brands included. Which makes it even better value for money.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Two From Too Faced For A Matte Finish

Oh Too Faced, how I love thee. Especially because the two newest additions to my collection are bang-on for my skin. I often talk about my oily skin, and how many problems it causes me. I'm not talking about lightly oily skin, I'm talking looking-like-an-oil-slick oily. Yeh, it's not pretty! There are so many downfalls to having really oily skin, mostly that skincare can be a pain to find because lots of things seem to make the oil secretion worse. The other biggest problem is with make-up and getting it to stay on my face. It's not easy. Especially after a few hours when the oil seems to make the make-up literally slide off my face sometimes! For this reason I am forever trying new products to help me look oil free and retain my favourite make-up finish: matte.


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Comfort Zone Christmas Gift Sets

I love this time of year, and seeing as we're in November I am so excited to finally start talking about all the amazing Christmas launches that are happening! I featured my first Beauty Advent Calendar a few days ago (check it out here!) and now here's my first post on dedicated Christmas Sets! It's time to jingle those bells!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Kiko Milano Asian Touch Capsule Collection

Kiko are a brand who never fail to get their collections wrong. Their limited edition ranges have been some of my favourites to try this year and one of their newest is the Asian Touch Capsule Collection. Designed with fashion brand Isa Arfen, the collection is pretty special for capturing eastern cultures and helping to create a true geisha style at home.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2017

It's all getting very exciting now: with Christmas well and truly in our sights. Which means it's time to start thinking about Advent Calendars - one of my favourite pre-Christmas rituals! Every year Marks & Spencer bring out an Advent Calendar and as much as I've loved previous years' - this one is pretty special! I've had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak at it, and the goodies inside. So if you're looking for a fabulous beauty Advent Calendar this year, then read ahead - but beware, there's spoilers!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Jessica Phenom Does Autumn & Winter

I've said many times that without my nails done, I feel naked. I can't remember having bare nails for longer than a day or so and usually only then because I can't decide what colour to go for next! I love gel nails and used to get them done all the time because hey, there's nothing worse than chipped nails right? But I don't have a lot of spare time these days, which means I'm doing my nails myself again a lot more. Which is where the new collections from Jessica come in...

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Three Skincare Products To Combat Winter Stressed Skin

I'm still not entirely sure when autumn begins and ends, but this year it certainly seems to have flown by, doesn't it? I swear that autumn usually lasts a lot longer than it has done this year, and I found myself with my heating switched 'on' quite a while ago. There's a certain chill in the air, and it's not so much the fun, autumnal, warm chill, but more...freezing! So that got me to thinking about winter skincare and how different seasons see our skin require different kinds of care.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

When it comes to perfume, I'm as girlie and feminine as they come. I like sensuous perfumes, and fragrances that are delicate yet sultry. I like classic blends that pair themselves with elegance - so Flowerbomb will always be one of my trademark scents.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Monthly Favourites: The Autumn Edit

I have tried some really fantastic products recently, in fact, far too many to put in a monthly favourites post! It seems like the beauty world is coming alive again with fantastic new launches and ranges, which I'm loving after what seemed to be a slow few months over the summer. What this has meant for me, is that I've been trying some really fun products and I've now compiled a seasonal favourites instead - so this is my Monthly Favourites: The Autumn Edit. Enjoy!

Monday, 16 October 2017

How To Get Fuller Lips Without Fillers

I've never been too worried about my lips. They're one part of my face that I quite like at the moment, and don't feel the need to mess with them too much. However loads of my friends have had lip fillers over the past few years, so I've become more and more intrigued by getting a fuller looking pout. Being the good (nosey) friend that I am, I've always taken a closer look when my friends have had their fillers and I'm not going to deny that I'm surprised the lengths some of them have gone to for 'better' lips. Two of my friends had fillers that left lumps in their lips - actual lumps that you could feel. And another friend had them done too much and cried afterwards when she realised how long she'd be stuck with lips that, quite honestly, looked too big for her face...

Sunday, 15 October 2017

I Started A Business!

As some of you will have seen, a few weeks ago I launched a business! Yes, apparently I was totally in my right mind when I decided that now was the right time to take the plunge...because you know, it clearly wasn't enough having a newborn, a 7 year old, a full time blog, freelance work, a house and a man-child to take care of. Apparently I thought that I had so much spare time in-between all these things that starting a business was a fabulous idea! I'm being sarcastic, because yes, my life is very full these days, but launching Letter Writes is something I've been working on for a while and something I've nurtured from it's idea stage to life. It's my other baby, and I'm so proud of it.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Five Reasons I Love The Too Faced Melted Latex Lipsticks

As one of my favourite brands, Too Faced can do no wrong in my eyes. I have yet to try anything from them that disappoints, and my Too Faced collection is bigger than any other brand in my make-up stash! 


Friday, 13 October 2017

KIKO Fall 2.0

KIKO have to be one of my favourite affordable beauty brands. They come out with new collections all the time, which keeps things fluid - and it means there's always something new to add to my collection. They also know what works and what doesn't, so you'll find the perfect collections for all occasions and skin types. I like how their ranges vary from the essentials, to something more out-there and bold. Their new Fall 2.0 collection recently launched and it's an absolutely beauty for autumn make-up essentials...


Monday, 9 October 2017

Build Your Own Beauty Box With Latest In Beauty

Everyone has seen those amazing beauty boxes you can get - the ones in collaboration with celebrities and big blog and YouTube stars. They fly off the shelves (or sell out on websites!) faster than you can blink, and always seem to be a mark of success for the person who's collaboration it is. If it's a blogger, it's like they've made it when they get a collaboration like that. Well, that's what I think anyway! But now everyone can match that thrill by creating their own beauty box with Latest In Beauty.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Kiehl's x Matthew McConaughey Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream - In Partnership With Autism Speaks

As a beauty blogger, nothing makes me happier than when some of my favourite brands will work in partnership with a deserving cause. It's something that truly warms my heart; when beauty brands with a huge and loyal fan base choose to lend their platforms to benefit those affected by any type of illness or disability. So I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to talk about the Kiehl's x Matthew McConaughey Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream. The campaign is in partnership with Autism Speaks, which is one of the charities very close to my heart.
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