Light and Dark by Leighton Denny

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I'm such a sucker for perfume, BUT not just ANY perfume, it has to be the right scent. I am not a fan of hugely overpowering scents and I know you will shudder when you read this, but Tom Ford smells atrocious on me, I find it way to much. Sorry! I am loving Light and Dark by Leighton Denny, it is right up my fragrance street! With its magical absolute oils including a fruity mixture of pepper, … [Read more...]

Gemz by Emz


I was sent this beautiful necklace from Gemz by Emz last week and I have fallen in love with it.  All of the jewellery pieces from Gemz are unique and hand made and are a firm celebrity favourite already being worn by a number of fans from Geordie Shore, ITV and the Xtra Factor, so I was delighted to have been gifted this amazing bespoke piece with three words engraved on a silver pendant that … [Read more...]

Exuviance Body Lotion

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There are some beauty items that when you run out of them your heart instantly sinks, and you think darn it! argh! Exuviance hand and body lotion is one of those products that never fails to make me mometarily sad when it runs out. I suffer terribly dry skin through out all the seasons, namely itchy dry legs when I come out of a shower, (I'm thinking we must have high levels of chlorine in our UK … [Read more...]

The Balm Cosmetics Range Review


The Balm Cosmetics: Why have I never heard of this brand before? it was so not on my radar until I tried a selection out this week and wowzers!, fabulous or what? Normally I shy away from buying gimmicky vintage inspired products, Being a Benefit Cosmetics fan, I found that many brands either copycat each other or just veer off onto the tacky path of marketing for the products to ever really be … [Read more...]

The Savoy Hotel, my thoughts


I visited The Savoy this weekend, It was a case of great expectations as my car pulled up, and I marvelled at the historic exterior. The world famous Savoy is set along the banks of the River Thames, and has been home to one of London’s most iconic restaurants since 1889, the Savoy Grill. It was the first hotel to be lit up by electricity. From old Hollywood starlets to celebrated political … [Read more...]

Nice Nosh

detox snacks with yum power

I hosted a beauty blogger workshop a couple of weeks ago at The Soho Hotel London, you can read more about it here. Tempting the refined palette of my distinguished and (healthy) delegates were a range of products from Nosh, let me show you what we were munching on throughout the workshop: Raw-food diets —the ones where you cut out the junk and don’t touch any processed or cooked food — … [Read more...]

The £1 Cosmetics Line that gets my best value award of the year!


As a beauty writer, when I open yet another Jiffy bag of sample products to try, the first thing I look at is price, presentation and most importantly quality of product (performance), so here surprisingly was a product range that ticked all three boxes, but the best bit of this range, is that each of the items I reviewed were just a £1 each. Yep, you read that right £1. Make Up Gallery … [Read more...]

CCR Expo 2014

My talk at CCR Expo 2014 Beauty Blogger Power

CCR Expo launched last year 2013 succcessfully, the exhibition and conference is designed to bring the cosmetic surgery and non surgical world together in one event. From "Scalpel to Syringe" as their marketing contents accurately claim, this event provides the visitor and delegate with the latest cutting edge education and development that range from facelifts to fat freezing and everything in … [Read more...]