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Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime Re-Release – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I very distinctly remember the original launch of this fragrance (I’m sure there was a candle, too) some years ago in a very clean, white penthouse suite somewhere (so, not that distinctly then since I can’t remember where – Mayfair I think). It’s a very evocative perfume – really effortlessly mood shifting if you love tropical, citrus scents. Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime Re-Release I find mango can be a bit sickly but not in this juicy mix because…

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar Immaculate Light – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] In normal circumstances, I’m a big fan of an eye crayon, with By Terry Ombre Blackstar being amongst my favourites, although bareMinerals, The Body Shop and Bobbi are also prominent in my crayon pot. But I’ve hardly been wearing eye make up at all so they’ve all lain pretty much unused over the past three months. By Terry Ombre Blackstar Immaculate Light This shade is a nice transition back to covered lids – it’s a pale gold shade with…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

Eyes have been opened as never before on the topic of how the beauty industry values diversity. Which, clearly, is not as highly as it should. This is not new – it’s been a deeply rooted problem for many years, from the blanket assumption that lighter skin is more desirable than darker, to the locking up of products for darker skin in retailers (in the US) based, presumably on the assumption that they’re more likely to be stolen than products…

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Huda Beauty Silk Balm | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Huda’s new Silk Balm takes inspiration from travels in Korea where silk balms can be for face, lips or even hair. Instead of using any of the tingle tricks to create plumping, this formula uses hyaluronic filling spheres, soybean and licorice extract to seep into creasing and give a smoother look. Huda Beauty Silk Balm In use, it does give a smoothing effect (like all gloss or balm) but I didn’t really see any plumping. That said, I rarely…

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SUQQU Frozen Summer 2020 | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] This is a twist on usual beauty summer fare – Suqqu has taken the hot sun shimmery concept and turned it frosty – in parts. I’ve got more eye products to get photographed so I’ll aim for the end of the week for those. SUQQU Frozen Summer 2020 The piece that I like the most from the collection is the Shimmer Liquid Blush in Hoteaka (Cherry Pink) with a red undertone that gives the perfect ‘sakura’ cheek flush. It…

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Marc Jacobs Runway Spring 2020 Everything Goes With Blacquer – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Even though it’s now summer, I don’t think this is the only ‘spring’ beauty thing you’ll see because of delays in stock arrival. But, this Everything Goes With Blacquer set is a thing of beauty – in particular the make up bag featuring a vibrant tropical print straight from the runway. Marc Jacobs Runway Spring 2020 Set I spotted a similar style MJ make-up bag in the Harrods sale reduced from £105 to £59.95 so the price of this…

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Banana Republic Dark Cherry & Amber Fragrance – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample] Oh my! Because of my love-hate reaction to Tom Ford’s Bite My Cherry fragrance, I was really keen to try this cherryfied offering from Banana Republic. I initially had intended to make this post about Father’s Day which is always difficult because it means different things to different people and can be as sad as it can be happy, so at the bottom I’ve got a couple of Banana Republic suggestions for that but don’t read past the Cherry…

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Lady Garden Foundation Face Coverings – Beauty Article

So, it turns out that if you Google ‘lady garden masks’ you see things that you’ll never be able to un-see and even more so if you search ‘lady garden coverings’ so I’d thoroughly recommend that you follow the links here instead :-)). I love the story behind these masks which are being sold to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Emergency Appeal. Within that broad title is the newly created ‘Fighting Fund’ which supports both staff and…

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Nivea Biodegradable Refreshing Cleansing Wipes – Beauty Article

[unpaid/purchased] We were talking, in a previous post, about treats to pick up in the supermarket on the weekly shop. I was honestly so pleased to find these Nivea wipes in my local Tesco at the weekend because I don’t want to give up wipes completely but they don’t square at all with being mindful about waste and waste disposal. I ordered re-usable cotton pads ages ago and have mainly used those, but I miss my wipes mostly for tidying…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

The big news that we’ve been waiting for finally arrived yesterday. Charlotte Tilbury has sold to Spanish company, Puig. I’d love to say that I had foresight on this but I didn’t call it at all although in hindsight, of course! They have space, they’ve fairly recently acquired Louboutin so clearly looking for a share of the luxury cosmetics market and they can ‘clean slate’ it – by that I mean there aren’t any other like brands to clutter the…

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Look At The Board | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

Yesterday, I took part in #blackouttuesday by posting an empty black square on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter instead of producing any content (at all) to support the #blacklivesmatter movement. There’s a lot of conversation around whether this was the right thing to do but at the time, along with thousands and thousands of others, it felt like the only thing to do to add my voice in condemning current events. I even feel nervous to make this post because by…

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Chantecaille Summer Make Up 2020 – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] While I was posting my series on past collections from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, a familiar comment was that hardly any brands pay attention to product detail now in the way that they used to. Also, in the same vein, Chantecaille cropped up as being almost the only current brand that is replicating that complexity and creativity. Chantecaille Summer Make Up 2020 Chantecaille has made nature charities their focus and its a point of difference that serves…

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Myths & facts about being cruelty free – Beauty Article

One myth that is misleading is that people think animal testing for skincare and cosmetics is a gentle thing like putting makeup on a bunny. Animals still suffer and die to test shampoo, mascara and other cosmetic products. Terrified beagles, rabbits, rats and guinea pigs have substances forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or smeared onto their shaved skin before they are killed. So I decided to conquer some of the myths that are believed about being cruelty…

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Paul & Joe Summer Cat Lipsticks & Shadows Are Here! – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I rarely do a Saturday post but when I wrote a few weeks ago about the new Paul & Joe collection that’s just so vibrant and fun, the launch had been delayed. I’ve just discovered that those gorgeous little cat eye shadows and lipsticks have very newly appeared and promised to flag up as soon as they did, so this is your reminder! Paul & Joe Beaute Summer 2020 Paul & Joe Beaute Summer 2020 Lipsticks are £21 HERE,…

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Affordable Bath & Shower Treats – Beauty Article

[unpaid/mix of purchase/sample/affiliate] I wanted to hit the bank holiday weekend with something fun and cheerful – and especially things that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Affordable Bath & Shower Treats Now, I will have to admit that M&S Nature’s Ingredients range is strong on looks but a little bit lighter on fragrance. Not everyone wants an absolute blast of scent so if that’s you, this range will be right up your street. I’m not saying you get…

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/affiliate/ad] At the moment, when it comes to samples, you get what you’re given which obviously is absolutely fine because I’m amazed that anything comes through at all. So, I have the shade Fair as my sample for the new Airbrush Bronzer. It’s far too light for me but what a find for ultra-pale tones that struggle to find a bronzer that doesn’t look out of place on porcelain. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer And it’s huge – AND it’s matte!…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

It’s a funny (not funny really) thing how beauty world has insisted, throughout the pandemic, just how unaffected sales have been. How consumers have insatiably clamoured for product regardless of any crisis – what crisis? And yet, the numbers do not, for the most part, bear this out. Beauty, apparently, could barely keep up with demand and yet Shiseido, La Prairie and Revlon are amongst many reporting significant reductions to profit. The things that people are shopping for are mainly…

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Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad/priorrelationship] I’m using the sample I got back in February when Origins hosted an exhibition on mushrooms at Somerset House to talk about this product – which usually doesn’t have the fancy illustrations (by Alex Morrison] and comes in a plain green bottle. I also met Dr. Andrew Weil who turns out to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever come across and is an integrative medicine practitioner and the very last word on mushroom benefits. I’ve looked in…

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Estee Lauder Compact Fragrance Part 5 – Beauty Article

So, this is the last of my Estee Lauder posts – I’ve finally worked my way through the whole collection. I have so much enjoyed going through them one by one, giving each one a polish and some proper attention before they go back into the cabinet. Estee Lauder Compact Fragrance Part 5 I think my mum and dad bought me this one – Precious Dragonfly. It’s the only one that’s not in my bible – The Estee Lauder Solid…

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Review of First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream – Beauty Article

 Water Creams have become very popular in the last few years. What is a water cream? Water creams, sometimes called “water packs” or “water masks,” are a fitting  name. They’re water-based, which makes them feel kind of like a soft cloud of gel.  As moisturizing as the creams go, they’re mostly oil-free. I got this First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream as a gift from my friend. BENEFITS & CLAIMS: Helps reinforce skin’s moisture, protect against exposure to…

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Recommended: Josh Wood Permanent Hair Colour – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I am kicking myself for not taking pictures of this kit that I had stashed away (thankfully) from when it was sent out months ago because it’s one of the simplest dye sets I’ve ever used. It’s ages since I’ve dyed my own hair – I used to do it myself all the time and then I got lazy and let my hairdresser do it but I was impressed that it wasn’t nearly the chore I was expecting it…

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Beauty Business News : How The Beauty Industry Is Helping Even More – Beauty Article

Right, so there are a few snippets of news other than how the beauty industry is helping out during the Covid 19 situation, so I’ll bullet point the helpers before getting to the other bits and pieces. Needless to say, things have more or less ground to a halt but there are a few beauty happenings that aren’t virus related. It’s not a comprehensive list but just the ones I’m aware of and a truly heartening example of how brands…

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Guerlain Midnight Star Collector 2011 – Beauty Article

I’ve kept very few skin care products – for obvious reasons – but I loved the packaging of the Guerlain Midnight Star Collector 2011 so much it found its way into the keep box. I can’t see there is any way that anything similar would be produced now because of the drive to cut down on plastic and excess packaging. Guerlain Midnight Star Collector 2011 The contents of each of the little ten tubes are face primer with the idea…

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Erborian BB Crayon | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/sample] I like the multi-functionality of this new BB stick from Erborian. There are four shades – Clair, Nude, Dore and Caramel with the latter being the darkest and not, by the looks of it, dark enough for very deep tones. Erborian BB Crayon In the picture above, you can see Nude and Clair, with Clair being a slightly more pink tone and Nude veering to yellow. Erborian BB Crayon If you do find a tone match, the stick can…

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Lebon Flavoured Toothpaste | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/sample] So, if you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that minty flavoured things aren’t my favourite – always a problem with toothpaste, especially those really fiery mint ones. Bleugh. For a long time I used a brand from the US that wasn’t quite so mint-centric but latterly I’ve been using a specialist one from my dentist because my teeth need extra care. It’s only very mildly minty so that’s fine. Because I’m wearing a brace, however, I’m…

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Jimmy Choo Seduction Collection Satin Lipstick – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/sample] Having somewhat turned my back on the Hermes lipstick launch for being £50, I’m doing an about turn here and I’ll tell you why. Some brands are really controlling about who they want to see (and buy) their product and I’m not up for that. Not so with Jimmy Choo who feel, like me, that you’re as – as my readers – entitled to see a review of their product as anyone else. £50 will not leave my hands…

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Carrying On For Now | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/samples/affiliate] Despite the fact that I’ve seen some conversations on Twitter about how it feels inappropriate to blog about beauty at the moment, there’s more annoyance that ‘influencers’ aren’t addressing the topic and carrying on as though everything is normal. Nothing right now is normal – nothing at all – it’s a very worrying time for everyone, everywhere. So, my thought is to keep on carrying on to give daily updates on beauty related things while it’s still possible. Although…

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Charlotte Tilbury Super Blue Palette – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/sample/affiliate] Getting blue right is something that many brands struggle with – remembering back to when I created my Fortune Favours The Brave palette with Make Up Revolution, the blue colour was the one we really struggled with because they have a tendency to shift green or just not deliver a blue enough blue. However, in the Charlotte Tilbury Super Blue Palette, they have it absolutely perfect. Charlotte Tilbury Super Blue Palette Actually, I’ll go so far as to say…

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elf Cosmetics Bite Size Palettes – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/samples/affiliate] I’ve seen these little palettes getting a lot of on line interest and now I know why – they’re £3 each! elf Cosmetics Bite Size Palettes With four shades in each – usually a mix of matte and shimmer or sheen – they’re small little things but absolutely full of fire when it comes to colours. I know we’ve passed peak palette but these don’t seem to instil the same sort of over-it feeling that multiple pan palettes do.…

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Anna Sui Beauty Spring 2020 – Beauty Article

[unpaid/ad/samples/affiliate] This post is a bit of a mash-up of the January launch Sui Black and the February launch of Midnight Flower (largely because I didn’t read the press release first – because I was in such a hurry to get the items in front of the camera – and didn’t realise I was looking at two separate collections). Anna Sui Beauty Spring 2020 First, and deservedly so, the Face Colors. There are two options in this flower-burst for cheeks…

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