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Ever since I attended my first Clarins event (you can read it here) I have become addicted to their products. I’ve built up quite a nice collection thanks to their glorious Aquatic Treasures goodie bag. Launching in May, I’m excited to share their Radiant Plus Golden Glow Booster with all of you. Within the radiance plus family there are two products available, one for your body (I’ll share this review with you at a later date) and the other is designed for your face.

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I have a secret to share with all of you. I’ve never used a tan or colour enhancing product on my face or body. Shocker, I know. I’ve always been quite frightened of it. The streaks, the curry smell, the Umpa Lumpa fears have always been too much for me. However as this product is designed to give you a natural glow, I was somewhat intrigued. Another bonus is how travel friendly it is, I can keep this little cutie in my handbag and use it on the go.

It’s pretty easy to apply which is great for a first time user like me. It’s an oil based texture and it blends beautifully with your skincare products. The bottle advises that you add three drops however depending on what results you want, you can build it after your first few applications. The absolute fear of not having to wear a sock or glow and the hassle of whether or not you have to shower afterwards drains me of all energy so I’m impressed with the simplistic nature of this pretty gem.

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When it comes to my fearful qualities from tan, I was pleasantly surprised that it is easy to apply with an even coverage and best of all, no streaks. Like I’ve previously said, you can build it up to a tone that you require. I applied a small amount on day one so there was just a lovely light glow but after that I found it very effective. It had a very faint fragrance for those of you who are sensitive to smell. As it is an oil based texture and combined with moisturiser, my skin didn’t feel dry as it was applied. Overall it gave a pretty natural glow. I would definitely recommend it for those of you who prefer a more natural look or if it’s your first time using a tan or glow product.

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Now that I have my face sorted, I’ll be sure to keep you updated with the body verdict in a few weeks.

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I was first introduced into the Vichy skincare brand two years ago at an event held in the Merchant Hotel. I was just home from holiday so my skin was in need of some TLC after being exposed to the sun for two weeks. At the time, it was the launch of their Idéalia Life Serum and it was the first product I used to pop my Vichy cherry!

Their latest launch was held at the pretty Radisson Blu Hotel in the idyllic Gas Works setting. Surrounded by water, it was the perfect setting for the reveal of their new and improved, LiftActiv Supreme. Every Vichy event that I have been to always involves fun and food! The perfect combination if you ask me, add in some beauty products and I’m in heaven. We all sipped on sweet, tropical drinks while all while overloading on some delicious cupcakes and pick ‘n’ mix treats. I told you I was in heaven!

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I always get sidetracked talking food, so back to the beauty. What I like most about Vichy is the scientific research behind each and every product. An in depth presentation is always on hand and we are all provided with every reason and ingredient used. In regards to their new LiftActiv Supreme, it is designed to target the signs of aging as they appear thanks to their new advanced ingredients.

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Up for discussion was a few other products that are sure to chater to your every skincare need. I always have problems with my eye area, in particular dark circles. I have tried a wide variety of brands and have yet to find one that I’m happy with. In our goodie bags was their eye contour from the Idéalia range which I’m looking forward to reviewing.

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It is always a positive note when a skincare brand caters to all skin types both young and mature. Included within the gift bag was also this sweet shimmering serum, Neovadiol Magistral Elixir aimed at women who are fifty and fabulous, experiencing or post menopause, with sensitive and dry skin due to the hormonal slowdown .

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Thank you to Zara and Nicola for a lovely event. I’m excited to test out the products and hopefully kick start my dark circle marathon.

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Just like I do with my clothes, I have recently found myself in a bit of a beauty rut. And with beauty, I mean make up. I have pretty much every shade of lipstick available; I’m not afraid to add colour and rock a bold lip. I have concurred the dramatic eye with a variety of shades, up until not that is. I was browsing around MAC having a nosey at the new Cinderella collection. As much as it is every bit magical, the soft shades and pastel looks don’t work with my skin tone. Enter Team Toledo

Isabel and Ruben Toledo lend their vibrant eye for fashion and art to a collection of irreverent colour designed to inspire endless play.” – MAC Cosmetics

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This vibrant collection is much more up my street and the packaging is to die for. Deep tones with a splash creativity and I’m in love. Of course there was a selection of palettes, lipsticks, liners and mascaras to choose from. I was going to opt for the purple hues when I spotted the MAC girls all wearing the outrageous green shades. A far cry from my usual coppers and golden browns but I was instantly drawn to the greens. I’m a lover of lime within my wardrobe, but never with my beauty. Until now that is.

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I have to admit that I was a little hesitant at first, but once the lovely girl at the counter gave me a mini make over, I fell in love. I was only purchasing the palette but after the eye liner and mascara was thrown into the mix, I had to have all three. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea but to each is own. Lucky for you all, there is a palette to suit everyone’s skin tone and eye colour.

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Can we just take moment to appreciate this mascara! How utterly fabulous is the colour and the wand?! It is a twister style making it easy to get into the inner and outer corners of the eyes. I don’t know about you lovelies but I always end up poking myself in the eye trying to get every lash or smudging it all over the place. The lime shade is amazing, it is super pigmented and I wore it along the bottom lash line for a daring and different look.

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Onto the liner! This is a multiple style product as you can wear it as a stand alone colour on its own or you can use it as a base colour before applying the green eyeshadow. It was applied in the centre of my lid with the darkest shade blended in both the inner and outer corner of my eye. A nice change from the light to dark look. I personally feel that if you want maximum impact with this lime collection, you should definitely apply the liner before the green shadow as it really makes it pop.image

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I completely forgot to take a picture earlier in the day as soon as it was all applied so apologies for the not so good lighting. I’m sure you all get the jist though. Pretty cool, eh?

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I’d love to know your thoughts on the look. I’ll hopefully upload a close up of the make up look on my Instagram when I’m going out for the night so stay tuned!

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Happy Friday, rascals! I have today off work so I’m looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. For today’s Instagram post, I’ve featured some beautiful art by a talented girl called Katy Jade Dobson, a few interior details including fabulous perfume bottle lights from BHS, a gorgeous new blush from Max Factor that I am obsessed with and the standard style and beauty shots.

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Do you all know that today is International Sleep Day?! My favourite hobby truth be told. If it’s good for Ms. Hepburn, then it’s good enough for me.

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Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily updates.

Have a fab weekend! See you all in my next post.

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You may remember that last week I attended a pretty perfect event in the Fitzwilliam Hotel held by the lovely ladies from Clarins. For the occasion, I wanted to remain comfortable but mix up my look a little. Therefore, it was an oversized H&M dress, Topshop ripped jeans and standard ankle boots from Miss Selfridge for me. It was a last minute and relaxed look for me. Often when I attend events I will have my look thought out the morning or even night before if I’m being good. I paired all of this with my edgy rose gold spike necklace (my favourite) from Topshop and my absolute go to novelty handbag from Accessorize which is now on sale for £7.50! A brilliant bargain for such a trend setting piece of accessory. I just love metallics, particularly the copper style.

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For my make up I created a natural and soft smokey eye using my NARS palette, And God Created The Woman. As it was a beauty evening I thought that it was only natural to pay a little more attention to my face. You can’t really see it in the photo and I forgot to take that awkward up close selfie so I just thought that I’d describe it for you. ;)

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I always find blogging that little more enjoyable when I’m playing Grey’s Anatomy in the background. Although I’m often distracted when Mc Dreamy makes an appearance! See you all in my next post.

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Truth be told, I’m always nervous and a little hesitant when it comes to trying new skincare products. It has taken me quite a while to get my skin to settle down so the thought of putting it through any new masks, moisturisers or serums makes me shiver. Just over two weeks ago, I was sent a new moisturiser called, Fillume by Indeed Labs. I had heard a lot about this brand from various beauty bloggers and vloggers so I was curious to give it ago.

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Fillume is designed to help target the appearance of subtle facial volume loss. Sesamin (from seeds of sesame), hyaluronic acid, and a molecular network of natural biopolymers help skin appear fuller, firmer and smoother.

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If I hear of other people raving about a certain brand or product then it often puts my mind at ease and I’m more than likely going to try it. When I first pumped the moisturiser, I was happy to see that it was creamy in consistency. Some people prefer a light weight texture, but I definitely prefer a thick one to fully hydrate my skin. It only takes one pea sized amount to cover my face and neck which is always a bonus. I have found that a little goes a long way therefore I will not need to re-purchase it too often.

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I never review products for the sake of it and I always give an truthful opinion. I can honestly say that I really do like it. My skin has been lovely and smooth. I was terrible bad for having bumpy skin and over the past few weeks, I have noticed a reduction. Yayyyy!

Have any of you used other Indeed Labs products before? I’d love to hear some recommendations!

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During the week I was invited to attend a gorgeous afternoon tea at the lavish Fitzwilliam Hotel by the lovely Jenny and Momina from Clarins. The event was set up to showcase their Summer make up collection, Aquatic Treasures.

It was the perfect setting by the toasty fire which was accompanied by a selection of mouthwatering sweets ‘n’ treats for us to nibble on. The sampling and discussing of the new Aquatic Treasures products followed with some girly chats about New York for good measure. My blogging buddy, Willow (a.k.a Ruth) from Willow Lane was with me and we chatted, sampled and took an unhealthy amount of ‘selfies’ for old times sake.

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So. Back to the glorious make up. We were all there to play with and discuss the new Aquatic collection that will be available from May. It is everything that Summer represents; A warm illuminating glow, shimmering soft skin and a beautiful sunkissed bronze look. For the Summer nighttime natural look, I am equipped with every eye product I need for that soft but strong smokey eye. I am super excited to test out their Eclat Minute Base Illuminatrice as I love a good radiance product. It will look perfect worn as a primer or on its own for those make up free days. It comes in two shades, Apricot and Golden Bronze which is great for when I’m in holiday with a tan. To say that we were spoilt with beautiful gifts today is a slight understatement.

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Would you just look at that bronzer?!?! The packaging alone is fabulous, it has an amazing compact mirror for touching up your make up throughout the day. What I love most about the bronzer is how it comes in four different subtle shades. Starting from the top left, it is more of an highlighter and is great for brightening up the key points of your cheecks and face. For when it comes to creating the perfect contouring look, plent the palette together for that summer glow.

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Over the past year, I have become obsessed with eyeshadows whether they’re single shades or glorious palettes. I was immediately drawn to their cream to powder colours. I have seen other beauty bloggers such as Victoria from In The Frow rave about their waterproof mascara and khol liner pencil. When I first applied the liner to my hand, I absolutely adored how creamy it was. It blended beautifully with the smudger on the opposite side of the pencil. I am extremely excited about using this beauty over the weekend.

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I was honestly floored when the lovely Jenny and Momina handed me my goodie bag. They put together such a brilliant event and took care of us so well. I loved the one on one interaction, it was a nice change from the normal beauty event as it was more intimate and personal.

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*** Please note: The Radiance – Plus Golden Glow is available from counters and online from March. The limited edition Shimmer Body Oil will be launching in May alongside the make up.

Again, thank you so much to Momina and Jenny for having me. I had such a brilliant time and look forward to any future events.

I’m planning on spending my weekend creating some looks using all of these gorgeous products. I will be sure to keep all of you lovelies up to date with the products.

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