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Diva By Harper Luxury Candle Subscription Box

Diva By Harper Luxury Candle Subscription Box
Autumn/Winter can be long months as the days are shorter and the weather can be very unpredictable, typical eh? Since the weather is colder and the days are so much shorter now ( wasn't it just summer 5 mins ago LOL) I just love having a few candles in my living room to make my flat smell nice and also to add a lovely warming feel to the place. My favourite scents to have in my home at the moment are spicy scents and also flora/sweet scents too.

Diva by Harper is a candle subscription box that can be a one-off order at £30 or a monthly subscription of £15, both options offer free delivery which is fab. Inside the subscription box are the following products: 160g vegetable wax candle, 100ml diffuser and a packet of 12 tealights. 
Diva By Harper Luxury Candle Subscription Box review
About Diva by Harper
They offer luxury candles that are significantly cheaper than over luxury candles on the market. Their subscriptions can be one-offs or every month and you can cancel whenever you want so it is very flexible. 

The candles are made from vegetable wax and they are hand poured and the reeds from the diffusers are also handmade. Each subscription box contains enough products to last the month so no need to rush to the shops to buy more candles (unless you're like me and like having many candles LOL).

The fragrances they have are seasonal as they have 12 different fragrances to choose from, how ideal is that? They also tell you inside a booklet in the box about each of the fragrances. 

If you want to try just one of the products, These candles and diffusers can also be found in selected Morrisons and Asda Supermarkets. 

I got fragrances that are inspired by the traditional celebration of Diwali (The festival of light) They are designed for relaxation. 
Vanilla Barfi 
I loved this! I had this in the centre of my coffee table as it was a great feature on my table. It is a lovely sweet dessert smell and made my living room smell wonderful. 
Cinnamon Spice
I love spicy scents and this cinnamon spice was very pleasant. It wasn't overpowering had a sweet twist to it as well. For me, cinnamon is one of the best winter smells and reminds me of Christmas.
Indian Rose
These tealights are just lovely and very floral. I like to use them with my wax burner and also on their own in tealight holders. 
Diva By Harper Luxury Candle Subscription Box
I am super happy with this subscription box! I love candles in general but this box sure stands out especially with having a months supply of candles inside. I love the fragrances and each one was just lovely and was great for helping me relax. One of my favourite tasks in the evening for a little me time is to put my candles on, pour myself a hot chocolate and immerse myself into a book, HEAVEN. Candles make reading so much nicer don't you think?

If you want to know more about these candles and diffusers check out the Diva By Harper website in which you can find out more about their subscription box and more about the brand. 

Which candles scents are your favourites?
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Tattooed Now: Temporary Realistic Tattoos

tattooed now temporary realistic tattoos review

I just love tattoos and I would love to get more whenever I get the chance and the funds because damn they are so expensive. I first got a tattoo way back when I was 18 and since then my tattoo collection has slowly grown over the years. Growing up I never thought I wanted tattoos until a friend recommended to get one. I did eventually just go for it and since that day I knew I wanted more tattoos and I did get a few more since then but I do have many more planned for the future. 

I was kindly sent these fabulous Tattooed Now realistic tattoos and my goodness their site and social media impressed very much, so I couldn't wait to try them out for myself. They are made by professional makeup artists and they have a variety of tempory tattoos to choose from including tattoos for hands, chest or wherever you fancy really! These tempory tattoos are perfect for anyone who has/wants or even someone who doesn't want tattoos but wants something temporary. Tattooed now has appeared on many Influencers, YouTubers and even celebrities including Gerard Butler in Coriolanus. 
tattooed now review
Tattoos are for life and removing them can be very expensive let alone painful with laser removal. I can understand why lots people don't want them etc but I just love mine and I think they look cool and for me, I think it shows a part of my character. I also love how artistic they look and I think it's amazing what tattoo artists can create for their clients.

People's views about tattoos are varied as well and I have had a couple of negative comments including 'omg what are they going to look like when you're old?' a personal favourite from my stepdad, I just simply said they will look older like me LOL. Another being 'Cover up... those look bloody awful' UGH stop being so bloody judgemental please I love my tattoos and that's that. 

I think these are just brilliant if you are thinking about having tattoos but totally unsure if it would suit or not. That's why I personally chose a chest piece and a half sleeve because they are tattoos I have been thinking about getting for a while now but I was unsure whether I would suit them or not. After getting these and trying them out I have decided I think they look amazing on me and I will be planning to get something similar in the future. 
tattooed now realistic tattoos
 Tattooed Now Tempory tattoos I chose

This is a delicate floral design with a Dutch pottery design with the light blue. This can be used as a half sleeve like I used it in the picture below or it can also be used as a fullback tattoo. 

My favourite tempory tattoo! This is a big chest piece with a hummingbird in the centre with flower ornaments around it too. As above it's in the Dutch pottery design with the light blue. 

A hummingbird with lovely flower ornaments design with the delft theme of Dutch pottery design and light blue. They are a few more tempory tattoos like this in the collection. I used this to complete my sleeve and I was in love with it. 
tattooed now review
About Tattooed Now
The brand makes realistic tattoos that can be worn to experiment with different styles or to change up a look or even just to go out to party and be unique. These are worn by so many people and celebrities alike who want to try out tempory tattoos.  

The tattoos themselves are hand drawn and designed by skilled tattoo artists. They are slightly out of focus to create the effect that they are under the skin rather than just placed on top of the skin. 

Not only do they have a huge range of temporary tattoos to choose from but you can also request custom-made tattoos too, how cool is that?

They may be only tempory tattoos but they can last up to 7 days which is brilliant. That means they last long enough for photos etc and also a short enough time to remove them without too much of a commitment. 
tattooed now temporary tattoos
Applying these was very simple. All you need to do is place them on a clean area of skin you want them to be, then simply apply warm water on the back of it and leave for 30 seconds then remove gently and voila, you have an amazing tempory but realistic looking tattoo. 

My temp tattoos lasted 3 days before they started to fade away. It took a little longer than 7 days for them to completely fade. 

I would 100% buy them again because they are so much fun and most of all look realistic! I will be getting the Skulltress Collection next time that's for sure.

If you would like to know more about this amazing company then check out their Tattooed Now website where you can find out more about the company and also see what other tattoos they have to offer. 

Have you got any tattoos? If so what do you have?

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Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Highlighter Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Highlighter Palette
Ever since I bought the Kat Von D 10th anniversary 'Gold Skool' a few months back I have been hooked with the highlighters from the brand! I have a few different palettes from the brand now and for me personally, they are my favourites. Today on my blog I will be talking about my Alchemist holographic palette. 

The alchemist palette is a unique half diamond palette with the letter 'A' embossed on the front of the palette. The design of the 'A' was inspired by her antique book collection. Inside the palette, they are 4 different highlighter shades that are holographically inspired.  This palette was 7 years in the making as it was actually developed as of one of Kat Von D's dream products. 
Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Highlighter Palette  review
Highlighter in the palette
Emerald - Green Shimmer
Saphyre - Blue Shimmer
Amethyst - Purple Shimmer
Opal - Pink/Red Shimmer

The palette itself is a work of art, it looks very shiny and holographic that it stands out nicely. It is a right pain to take photos of though so I am sorry that the photos don't look brilliant, it took a while to even get these photos haha. 

Inside the palette, itself is a small triangular mirror and also 4 holographic inspired highlighters. The pan size for the highlighters is quite small compared to other highlighters on the market but don't let that fact fool you. Each highlighter contains 1.53g of product compared to Kat Von D's other single highlighters which contain about 4.8g of product. Both versions cost £25 but with this palette, you get more for your money as you get a total 6.12g of product for your money! 
Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Highlighter Palette review
I do love the packaging but it is a pain to take a photo of haha! I do love the half diamond design and also the fact it has a mirror. For £25 I do think its durable enough and feels worth the money! 

The highlighters feel an immeasurable quality and feel almost buttery as they are very smooth. The texture of these is very much like her eyeshadow palettes shadows.  You can easily build up these highlighters on their own or with other beauty products. 

Only a small amount of the product gives so much pigmentation which is brilliant. Each of the highlighters is equally as good and give a lovely amount of colour and iridescent shimmer with its sparkles. Depending on how you use these the results will be different since they can be used on their own or mixed with eyeshadows or even lipstick. 

Love the fact that these give a lovely dimensual shimmer! They are bright and even look lovely used with an eyeshadow or even as an eyeshadow. They give a dewy looking effect and also work wonders with a contour.

Lasting Power 
Even with or without a primer or a makeup setting product these highlighters have no problem with lasting all day long! Can't fault them at all. 
Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Highlighter Palette  swatches
I just love this palette and I am so glad it is in my makeup collection. Not only does it look phenomenal but it has a lovely selection of highlighters to choose from and since you have a few to choose from it makes it more versatile. My personal favourite shade in the palette has to be 'Amethyst' as I just adore the purple shimmer, it is just beautiful. 

The best thing about this palette is that it can be used in a variety of ways including as a highlighter for cheekbones, nose, cupids bow or even collarbone. It can be used together with other products including eyeshadow to add sparkles and richness.  

Have you tried any Kat Von D beauty products?

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Glossybox - November 2018

Now I was super impressed with last months 'Halloween Edition' of the Glossybox. I  honestly thought they have to be no way they can top, it was the bee's knees and had that spooky factor. It had a great design with lots of beauty goodies inside but you guessed... November Glossybox wins at being the best so far this year.

Novembers Glossybox has the theme Beauty S.O.S and it has actually sold out now. I feel very lucky to be a subscriber and actually have got this box. The box has five essentials that will come to the rescue during the party season. 

If you are new to Glossybox I will tell you a little bit about it. Glossybox is a beauty monthly subscription box. Inside the box is a variety of beauty products which could be beauty, skincare or haircare products.  You can buy a pay monthly or one-off box at £10 plus £3.25 P&P or you can save money and choose either their 3,6 or 12-month plan. 
Beauty SOS Edition 

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick - Venus
I have always wanted to try Huda beauty products but just never got round to it. This liquid lipstick is matte and is nude deep taupe-brown shade. I have worn this twice already and so far I am loving it! It's very pigmented, easy to apply and smells lovely too. I am looking forward to using it more in the future and even trying more products from the Huda beauty brand too. 
Full Size - RRP £18

Context Micro-Derm Regenerator 
This is a two-in-one cleanser. It contains microdermabrasion crystals which gently exfoliate, polish and purifies the skin. Powerful antioxidants help protect cells and fight free radical damage which in turn leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. This is fragrance-free and cruelty-free. I have not tried this brand before but I am excited to try this out in the next few days.
Deluxe Mini - £6.50

Stylondon Eaton Eyeshadow Palette 
I am pleasantly surprised by this palette. It's a small but a very useful and versatile palette, it contains neutrals, bronze hues in both matte and pearlescent. It is very pigmented and all the shades in the palette blend perfectly together, im in love with this palette!
Full-Size - £9.99
Eyeko London Fat Liquid Eyeliner 
This eyeliner is OK but I can't say I am its biggest fan, unfortunately. It goes on easily enough and its pretty easy to use too but after a few hours, it fades a bit and smudges quite a bit too. I hope it might just be mine but for me, it is not my favourite which is a shame because I love other Eyeko products.
Full-Size - RRP £16  

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Original Solid Formula 
I am a huge fan of Palmer's products and this deluxe mini is just perfect for me! This has an award-winning formula as its enriched with vitamin E and cocoa butter. Seeing as it is so hydrating a great moisturiser it can be used on dry skin, lips and also soothe marks, scars and even applied to hair too!
I will be taking this with me when I next go on holiday that's for sure!
Deluxe Mini - RRP £1.99

Chole Eau De Parfum
This is an extra treat in the box which is a nice added extra as I love trying different perfumes. It comes in a small sample spray bottle which is handbag friendly.

I am very happy with this months box and it is 100% understandable on why this months box has sold out. I love most things in the box especially the Huda Beauty liquid in venus! I am really excited for next months box now! Bring on December!!

Did you get this month Glossybox? 

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Hairdryer Tips and Tricks for Bleached Hair

Hairdryer Tips and Tricks for Bleached Hair
My hair has had its fair share of being bleached over the past few months so taking care of my hair with a good hair care and styling regime is very important for me to avoid any more hair damage and limit future damage to the hair too. 

I currently have a light ash blonde hair colour and it can be a bit high maintenance, so I use hair products especially for bleached and blonde hair. I also used a deep conditioner AT LEAST once a week to keep my hair as hydrated as possible. Before applying any heat to the hair I always use a heat protection spray and once completed my styling I use a hair oil 

Hairdryer Tips and Tricks for Bleached Hair
  • Use a brush that is kind to the hair & Scalp. Many brushes I have tried in the past actually caused a fair bit of damage to my hair so now I use a Tangle Teezer to reduce to damage while styling and combing my hair. 
  • Wash, Condition and Deep Condition Hair. Finding the right products that work for your hair is very important. I currently love using the Lee Stafford blonde shampoo, bleach blonde conditioner and cactus deep conditioner, those products help keep my hair hydrated and also help keep my blonde hair looking vibrant and less brassy too.
  • Use hairdryer occasionally. After washing my hair and apply a heat protector spray to my hair I use my hairdryer with my blowdrying brush. It helps to get hair in the desired style I want and it also helps keep my hair softer and more manageable. I need a new hairdryer and I have had my eye on the portable hairdryer Panasonic called Nanoe! It has technology that has been proven to improve visible shine to hair also adds volume, minimises frizz and also reduces damage by brushing. 
  • Use a hair oil/serum. These can be applied to wet hair before using a hairdryer or to add some hydration to hair while dry. 
What tips do you have for using a hairdryer?
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Beauty Kitchen Goodies with Triyit | Review

Beauty Kitchen Goodies with Triyit | Review

I just love getting blogger mail, it puts a massive smile on my face everytime I get a delivery! Honestly, it makes my day and makes me feel like I am doing something right with my blog. 

I am very lucky to have been sent the lastest Triyit box and I am very thankful! Inside the box, it was filled to the max with Beauty Kitchen products. Its the first time I have ever tried the brand so I was super excited about that. 

Since I have tried everything in the box I thought I would give you all a review on what's in the box and also a mini review on what I thought of them. 
These jars are sooo adorable and the perfect size to try a product before you buy or if you are going travelling, they are they very handy. Inside is 4 small jars of products which are available full size on the website. The 4 jars in the box and these are customer favourites. The jars and the tube is recyclable which is brilliant.

I just love this primer! It is now my daily primer because its fabulous for so many reasons. I have never seen let alone try a primer that has SPF so getting this was something I never knew I needed. This can be used alone or used before applying makeup. It is 100% natural and is also vegetarian-friendly ( contains beeswax). This primer doesn't affect my sensitive skin and that will probably be down to the primer being fragrance-free. 

The Cleanser Repair and Protect Shampoo
My hair is so damn thankful for this shampoo! Its such a treat for the hair. My hair is pretty darn damaged from the number of times I have bleached my hair but this shampoo has definitely improved my hair after washing. My hair isn't as dry and my scalp feels replenished and clean. The shampoo is gentle and doesn't give much of a lather but heck this product works wonders. I love the smell, it reminds me of the Aveda shampoos but for a fraction of the price. 
Beauty Kitchen Goodies with Triyit | Review
Natruline Lip Treatment 20g
WINTER IS COMING! as Ned Stark said! I am definitely soaking them words right in because it is getting damn cold and if I am not careful my lips will get dry. I only need to use this once a day because it's so moisturising and protects the lips for up to 8 hours.  This lip treatment is natural and makes it easier for the skin to breathe compared to petroleum-based lip products.

This is natural and also vegetarian-friendly ( contains beeswax)

Seahorse Plankton 60 Second Manicure
Now I have used face and body scrubs before but I have never tried a hand scrub before, so that was pretty exciting for me. This smells so nice and has to be nice nicest hand product I have smelt. It feels very much like a scrub and I use it as a handwash and leave it for a minute and wash off the product.

My hands feel so much softer as this exfoliates the skin. It has essential oils also which help nourish not only just the skin but also the nails too. This is suitable for all skin types and is vegan-friendly.

Abyssinian Oil Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask 60ml
This is such a treat,  it smells so nice, is nourishing and detox the skin as you sleep, how amazing is that? Basically, you apply this before bed and this helps to transform the skin overnight. It calms the mind with its mixture of essential oils, deeply hydrates skin to give the fresher appearance and it has high levels of potent oils which help repair, smooth, decongest and enrich the skin. Now you would think that would be enough to wow anyone but it also evens the production of sebum to hydrate the skin and also balance oily skin.

I have used this for a couple of weeks now and my skin feels amazing in the morning and looks refreshed and more hydrated, I would definitely repurchase this for sure.

I just love that I had the chance to try this Triyit box! I am now a huge fan of the brand Beauty Kitchen and the products I got to try. My favourites have to be the cleansing shampoo; as it's very gentle on my scalp and hair and the Abyssinian oil night halo potent sleep mask which has to be the best night skincare product I have tried to this day. I have given a small review on here but I will be giving individual posts on each product in the near future, so keep a look out for them.

I would definitely suggest the brand as they natural, cruelty-free and most of all amazing products for the skin/hair. I am looking forward to trying more products from their range.

Have you tried anything from the Beauty Kitchen before?

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October Beauty Favourites

October Beauty Favourites

Following on from Septembers Beauty Favourites post which was based on changing up my makeup routine a little bit as it went from the beautiful summer to shimmery autumn. Now fast forward to now its bloody cold and I wish I never complained about it being too hot in the summer. Its been raining so much and the other day I nearly hurt myself sliding across the ice which was on the path on the way to taking my kids to school and as you might guess my kids thought it was hilarious haha.

Choosing which products I loved the most which were relatively easy again but they were a fair few more products I could have added but I didn't want to drone on too much and bore you all haha so just choose the absolute favourites. 
This blooming palette was a nightmare to get and has been sold out so many times and the time it takes restock is soooo long. I finally got it and I can say it was worth the wait and since I first got it I have used it most days. It can create day-night-glam-creative any look you want in one palette. 

It has a variety of mattes, glitters and pressed glitters and the shades are between nude and bright pinks to lovely deep plums. They are all so pigmented and are so creamy and easy to blend. I really want to try the other palettes in the range now and it also made me even more excited about the upcoming released on his latest palette 'Alien'.

How much is it? £46
Where can I buy it? Jeffree stars official website or Beauty Bay.

PIXI Glow-Y Gossamer Duo - Subtle Sunrise 
Last year I had maybe 1 hightlighter.. fast forward to now I have nearly 10 in my collection, I just love getting a shimmery glow. PIXI is not a new brand but it sure is to me this year and my goodness its sure stuck with me. They have so many amazing products including this.

This has such a creamy texture and also a buildable natural-looking glow. I love to use this to enhance my contour, my nose and also on my cupids bow.

How much is it? £20
Where can I buy it? Look fantastic

Illamasqua Beyond Veil Primer
I have always wanted to try a primer from Illamasqua but I have always been a little taken back of the price of £34! Now I know the prices can be justified but I just didn't feel I could spend that much. I was so lucky to find this in my local TK Maxx! I got this primer for £10 and for that bargain price I just had to try it out.

The primer has a slight golden sparkle to it and it also has a cute little scoop inside it which helps to get the right amount of product. It creates a sparkly dewy base and I love it now.

How much is it? £34
Where can I buy it? Illamasqua website and counters.
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MAC Cosmetics Russian Red Lipstick 
In the Spring/Summer months I wear more nude and pink shades but as soon as the clocks go back I tend to go into autumn/winter mode and put on my winter wardrobe and makeup routine and that includes red lipstick.

Mac Russian red has to be one of my all-time favourite red lipsticks and I am sure it has appeared in my favourites a few times now. It's easy to see why its a favourite though because of its a classic retro red in a stunning matte finish.

How much is it? £17.50
Where can I buy it? MAC online and MAC counters

Yes To Tomatoes Range
Honestly, I just can't choose one product from the range, they are so many products in the skincare range that have made such a difference to my skin. That includes cleaners, face masks and so much more so if you want to know more about that click the above link.

Feather & Down Pillow Spray
The whole feather and down range is utterly amazing, I just love everything as it all helps me get a good nights sleep. The pillow spray contains lavender and chamomile which helps you get a relaxing nights sleep. I like to spray this generously on my pillows before I go to bed and it works wonders.
This spray also helps relax more when you have flu.. for me personally anyway.

What beauty products did you like last month? 

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