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Monday, January 26

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors

I would go as far as to say that the Clarins new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors* are probably one of my favourite products at the moment, and in terms of new launches, are the things I am most excited about.

As a huge fan of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors already, before these launched I was really interested to see how they would perform, and honestly, I couldn't be happier.

As a new mum, I need products that are quick and easy to use as well as providing amazing results and that's exactly what these are.

Effortlessly easy to apply, they are packed full of Wild Mango and Shea Butter, leaving your lips feeling so moisturised and glossy smooth. They create a subtle lip gloss look, with the tiniest amount of pigmentation, which is perfect for every day. They're basically a stick form of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, with nourishing lip care and I adore them.

Available in six shades- Rose, Coral, My Pink, Orange, Red and Rosewood, 02 Coral is my personal favourite, which swatched above, probably comes as no real surprise.

Costing £18.00, these are available to buy now in the likes of John Lewis, House of Fraser, and Selfridges.



Wednesday, January 21

MAC Pure Zen

MAC Pure Zen is amongst one of my latest MAC/lipstick purchases to join my collection, after the lovely Corrie recommended it to me quite a while back now.

Well and truly in my "safe" lipstick zone, Pure Zen is described as a Rosy Beige Nude in what I would describe as being in the same family as Hue- just a Peachier tone, which is why I just can't get enough.

Completely wearable, I find these kind of tones so "me" and I call them safe, because I can pretty much always rely on them. Whatever the occasion, whatever the make up- they work and for that, I will always have one to hand. 

Pure Zen is a Cremesheen finish, which in the past was never my favourite, but I've found I have grown to love it, maybe even more so than Satin. Creamy on application with a moisturising sheen, Pure Zen sits on the lips beautifully and has the ability to act as a sheer wash of colour, as well as a more built up semi-opaque colour on the lips, which is how I prefer to wear it.

Just like most MAC lipsticks, Pure Zen has decent longevity and stays on the lips a fair few hours before fading. 

Available from MAC stand alone stores and counters in the likes of House of Fraser and Selfridges, MAC lipsticks cost £15.50.

What do you think of Pure Zen? Is it the kind of shade that would suit you and your collection?


Tuesday, January 20

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich

I've been using the original formula of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream* for quite a while now and actually wrote about it back in July, however, a couple of months ago I sadly came to the end of the tub and wasn't too sure whether to give the new Ultra Rich formula a go or not. 

The Ultra Rich title put me off a little bit, in fear that it would be too thick or heavy, like the majority of products described as ultra rich often are, however, after researching it, I came across Caroline Hirons post which totally swayed me into breaking the seal.

Perfect for dry or dehydrated skin, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich ups the normal Marine Cream game and has worked a little wonder for my current dehydrated and lifeless skin. My skin is pretty dehydrated at the moment, in fact it's struggling a fair bit, and so it's loving drinking up the goodness that this richer formula has to offer.

 Combined with amino acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and seaweeds- it works to nourish, comfort, tone and firm skin and I personally can't get enough. As I mentioned, I had worried that it would be too thick and heavy for my skin, even though I am suffering with dehydration, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's still in my opinion quite a light formula and glides onto the skin as beautifully as the original cream-gel, hydrating it incredibly.

Along with fearing that it would be too heavy to sink into my skin (which it isn't, it sinks in perfectly), I was concerned that it may be too oily to use underneath my make up, but just like the original Marine Cream, it's so lovely. I really do love how make up applies after using this moisturiser in the mornings and I honestly can't fault it- except for the price that is, which I must admit is a little eye watering(!)

Very similar to the original formula in my opinion, with a few more beneficial ingredients and lot more noticeable hydration, this is a must if your skin is like mine, suffering from dehydration or dryness from this cold weather. 

Available from the likes of John Lewis and Look Fantastic, 50ml will set you back £80- but even though I'd rarely recommend spending £80 on 50ml of moisturiser, I do like it a lot.


Monday, January 19

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil* is a product that had me extremely intrigued when I heard of it launching last year, but the thought of using an oil on my lips, left me a little unsure as to whether it would be for me or not.

I'm so into lip products and over time, have used all kinds of different balms and sticks to keep my lips as moisturised and supple as possible, but I don't think that in all of my years of buying beauty products, I've ever been presented with an oil formula, until now of course.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil is the perfect in-between of a lip balm and a lip gloss- similar to that of maybe an Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, though with a lot less pigment. 
It's incredibly light and feels so far from the oily formula that I imagined it would carry. It's lightweight, comfortable on the lips and adds a beautiful subtle gloss finish to my lips, which continues for hours after application.

I've tried this out both on its own and with a variety of lipsticks, and I really do love how well it seems to work for both. It adds a lovely amount of moisture which works beautifully well, even when paired with the most drying of lipsticks.

Not at all sticky or heavy like some oils can feel, Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil has become a winter staple for me and infused with plant based active ingredients, if you're after a lip treatment with a slight twist, I really recommend trying this.

Available in Honey and Raspberry, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil costs £18.00 and is available to buy at Clarins counters in the likes of John Lewis and Selfridges.


Monday, January 12

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Bath Oil

Jo Malone is up there with, in my opinion, the best of luxury brands, but for some reason, I only ever seem to link them with colognes and candles, as opposed to their extensive range of bath and body products. 

I've been a fan of Jo Malone for quite a while now, and fortunately, I've started to build up quite a collection of fragrances, which although I do try to save "for best", the temptation on a daily basis is sometimes just too much.

Lime Basil & Mandarin* is one of my personal favourites and I tend to have a 30ml bottle on me on most occasions at the moment. I can't get enough of Citrus anything, but Lime Basil and Mandarin is the perfect combination of notes and so it's no surprise that it's one of Jo Malone's signature and most popular fragrances.

Since becoming a mum, bath time has become even more of an luxury for me and so I'm so grateful that I've recently been introduced to Jo Malone's Bath Oils. 

 Lime Basil and Mandarin combined with Sweet Almond, Joboba Seed and Avocado Oils makes this product a dream and I genuinely desperately look forward to my bath times, where a dash of this under a running tap creates the most stunning of aromas throughout the air whilst also hydrating and softening my skin beautifully.

Available in three sizes; 30ml £17, 200ml £54 and 250ml £40, this is the ultimate treat and whether you've tried Jo Malone before or if you're new to the brand, if you are after a special treat, I can't recommend picking up this bath oil enough. 


Saturday, January 10

MAC Twig

Go back a couple of years, and I'd have been your girl for all things MAC lipsticks, but after recently visiting a counter, it seems that I may have been out of the loop for longer than I thought, as there were a fair few shades that I'm ashamed to say, I'd never heard of.

My latest MAC addition, Twig, is a lovely tone for this time of year and perfect if you're looking for something with a 90's vibe, which seems to be very much the trend right now.

Perfectly easy to wear for both day and night, I imagine Twig would fall between the natural, slightly more mature "your lips but better" shades and those vampy tones that are always huge during Autumn. It's described by MAC as a soft muted Brownish Pink, and that's pretty much spot on.

It's probably not the best match for my skin tone, and if I'm completely honest, it doesn't do much in terms of complimenting the Whiteness of my teeth, but for days when I want to wear something a little out of my comfort zone of the usual Peachy hues, but don't want to rock anything too bold, this is a really great option.

If like myself, you're really into lipsticks, you'll know that Kylie Jenner lips are a huge thing at the moment and completely to my surprise, Mike actually commented "are you wearing a Kylie Jenner lip?" this afternoon, and do you know what? I guess I kind of am- unintentionally, I swear! It's very similar to the kinds of shades she's been wearing with her over lined look and if you're on the hunt for something similar but haven't quite found the right one for you, this could be worth trying.

Satin in formula, Twig is creamy on the lips and has great longevity. It's super pigmented and so doesn't need any building up and over the day, it fades to a nice natural tone on the lips, so it doesn't need too much attention.

Available from MAC and at counters in the likes of House of Fraser and Selfridges, Twig costs £15.50.


Tuesday, December 30

HARRISON LOVES: iCandy Emilia Changing Bag

For someone that has always been into their handbags like myself, choosing a baby changing bag was a pretty difficult task. Who knew babies needed so much stuff? 

Gone are the days where I could pop my phone, my purse and my overflowing make up bag into my Mulberry and be gone, I now have to think about bottles, nappies, changing mats, baby food, spare clothes and bum creams- and it doesn't even stop there. Something practical is completely necessary when it comes to packing up your baby essentials, but I struggled to find something on the market that met the needs of both a mum and a baby, whilst still being "me" and not too "mumsy". That was of course, until I was introduced to the iCandy Emilia Changing Bag*.

Inspired by the actress Emilia Fox, The Emilia is a stunning bag that on a daily basis receives compliments, from both parents who have up until now had to settle for the standard mumsy changing bag and non-parents who genuinely just like style of the bag.

Its Black soft touch Leather is a dream and paired with the chunky Silver zips, hooks and tags, it is very reminiscent of the style I would have picked out before becoming a mum, and certainly like something I had hoped I would find when I first found started my mummy journey.

When it comes to changing bags, there's no getting away from the fact that size really does matter, as even on the shortest of trips out, it's incredible how much stuff you have to take with you to cover every eventuality, poo explosion or quite simply, a feed. Thankfully, the iCandy Emilia has a lot of storage that honestly made me swoon when I first unzipped her. 

With the front magnet fastened pouch, the front zipped pocket and the two main zipped compartments which between them are home to six side pockets and two clear zipped clip envelope bags which are great to save taking the whole bag to the loo when baby needs a change- this bag has plenty of organised space and holds both the bottle bag and changing mat that come with the bag, as well as a spare change of clothes, a milk dispenser, a couple of spare bottles, all of the necessary lotions, potions and dummies, a toy or two and my bare essentials which now include a couple of bits of make up, money, phone, charger and a vlogging camera or two, perfectly. 

It has a wide adjustable strap shoulder strap, which normally finds itself hanging from my Stokke Scoot, that I find pretty comfortable when carrying, but what I really love is that the bag is so well made and so it both feels and looks super sturdy and luxurious, which is something the changing bag market is seriously lacking.

Designed by ex Mulberry designer Janet Collin, the iCandy Emilia Changing Bag does come with a slightly higher price of £250, but available in three colours; Ivory Patent and Leather, Black Leather and Royal Patent, The Emilia is a very wearable bag and as a parent, you will use it every day.

If you fancy using The Emilia as your chosen changing bag, you can pick one up directly at all iCandy retailers including Mothercare and John Lewis.

Thursday, December 18

Bobbi Brown Ready, Set, Give!

Today I was asked by a male friend, what luxury beauty products are out there that his girlfriend would be sure to love finding underneath the tree, and immediately, the Bobbi Brown 'Ready, Set, Give' Collection came to mind.

With only a week left until Christmas, I thought it was about time that I gave you the low down on what once again, has been an incredibly popular collection.

With the perfect variety of glam, flattering and beautifully put together palettes and sets, whatever it is you're into when it comes to make up, I'm pretty sure there will be something for you.

The standout product for me is probably the Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette (£59.00), it's an absolute dream and is a double decker delight of eight Eye Shadows and eight Creamy Lip Colours. Ivory Eye, Sandy Rose, Metallic, Chiffon Sparkle, Antique Rose, Malted, Bronzed Pink Metallic, Cream Metallic and Black Chocolate are the shades on the eyeshadow front, and come in the perfect variety of finishes. 
Pink Sequin, Pale Mauve, Blue Raspberry, Black Cherry, Pale Beige, Coral Pink, Pink Blossom and Rose Garden are the Creamy Lip Colours and I've recently been loving wearing them- surprisingly the darker tones. There's something about applying a lip stick with a brush, and so the two little brushes that come with the Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette are a little bit wonderful.

For those of you that want something similar, but in a smaller quantity, the Mini Lip & Eye Palette (£25.00) is a handbag sized treat. Homing two Lip Colours in Brown and Natural, as well as a High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle- if you're on the hunt for some natural tones, this could well be for you. It also has three Eye Shadows in the shades Ivory, Cement and Black Chocolate, which in my opinion, together make for the perfect fuss free smokey eye.

If it is smokey eyes that you are into, then you'll be pleased to hear that there are three more eye palettes available, as well as a trio of miniature Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, which I am completely OBSESSED with. 

The two very popular six shadow Eye Shadow Palettes (£37.50 each) are available in two varieties- Cool and Warm. 
Cool consists of Ivory, Pink Quartz, Marble Metallic, Stormy Grey, Almond and Smoked, whilst the Warm palette consists of Bone, Champagne Quartz Metallic, Malted, Gold Sparkle, Sable and Espresso. Warm is without a doubt my favourite- you know I'm a sucker for those warm Browns, but I guess it's dependant on skin tone and Cool is equally as pretty.

 The Mini Eye Palette (£26.00) (which since taking these photos, I've realised opens up into eight shades- whoops!), consists of eight shadows that again are in a mixture of matte, sparkly and metallic finishes. Bone Shimmer Wash, Cool Ivory, Saddle, Dark Grey Brown, Gold Sparkle, Sugar Plum Metallic, Pink Rose Sparkle and Opal Sparkle are the eight shades that are placed over two levels and I find it the perfect sized palette for popping into your clutch over the party season. 

I mentioned that I am obsessed, and really I am- The Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks are one of my favourite Bobbi Brown products ever and this trio excites me a lot. Easy to use, quick to apply and long wearing, these can be used all over the lid, below the lower lash line, smoked out as well as used to define and highlight the eyes and they are all incredible. This mini trio (£29.50) consists of Pink Sparkle, Smokey Topaz and Espresso Bean and with Smokey Topaz being one of my all time favourites, I can't recommend picking this up enough.

Following on from eyes, is the Lip Gloss Trio (£29.00) which was always going to happen. Pink Sunset, Pink Pop and Midnight Violet make up the set and although Midnight Violet isn't a very me shade, I really do love Pink Sunset and Pink Pop.

What would a Bobbi collection be without a Shimmer Brick in some form? This time around is a Shimmer Brick in the shade Copper Diamond (£35.00), which although I sadly haven't had the opportunity to try, it is on my Christmas list and looks like a Golden dream, that I can only imagine would be simply stunning brushed over the cheekbones.

Last and certainly by no means least, is the two brush sets that have been launched in the beautiful faux croc design cases. 
The Mini Brush Set (£56.00) is a palm sized set that includes a Face Blender Brush, Concealer Blending Brush, Eye Shadow Brush and a Dual Ended Eye liner and Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, whilst the Travel Brush Set (£89.00) consists of a Face Blender Brush, Sheer Powder Brush, Dual Ended Concealer Blending/Eye Blender Brush, an Eye Shadow Brush, an Eye Liner Brush, an Ultra Fine Eye Liner and Brow Brush and honestly, if you're in need of some new make up brushes, I can't recommend these highly enough.

 Not only do they look great and apply make up beautifully, they will outlive the majority of your other brushes and wash up as new each and every time. Yes, individually the price of these brushes can add up to quite a sum, but these sets are great value and if I opened these up on Christmas day, I would be a very happy girl.

Available online and at Bobbi Brown counters in the likes of Selfridges and Harrods, the remaining products won't be around for long, so if you do want them, I really would recommend that you do sooner rather than later!

What do you think of this Christmas collection? Do you have any of these products on your wish list or will you be treating yourself?