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Ecru New York Velvet Air Lipstick Christmas Gift Guide

Now that it’s party season, all us women really need is bag essentials we can carry around for topping up when we are on the go. I always carry a few beauty essentials with me on a night out, and today I have a new brand to share on the blog. I always get excited about mentioning new brands, because it’s one of the beauties about blogging.

Ecru New York is an American brand and it can be found exclusively in salons. For Christmas, this year, they’ve introduced their ‘I’ll Be There In a Prosecco’ bags which contain their popular Velvet Air Lipstick and travel size Dry Texture spray from their texture collection.

There’s 10 shades in total from the Velvet Air Collection, and the one I am sharing with you is Midtown Mauve, which is my perfect day to night shade.

Midtown Mauve applies satin, but immediately dries down to a matte texture at the touch of a finger. Lipstick is the main part of my makeup routine which I feel completes my look and I love the matte texture it leaves at the end.

The lipstick is very lightweight in texture and glides on effortlessly.

Technology

Specially blended pigments lay down evenly to hug lips with intense, weightless color while a carefully crafted blend of oils and powders create a smooth glide and velvet texture.

The texture spray is just so essential for me. Due to my curly hair, I often rely on hair products to keep it tamed. The Dry Texture Spray works really well on  my hair when it is straight. It keeps any strays at bay and I don’t need to worry about too much frizz.

I’ll Be There In A Prosecco set retails at £15.95 and can be purchased at most leading salons. For further information and colour choices you can have a look on the Ecru website for more.

 

*PR sample. All views are my own.

 

 

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Twist & Spritz Refillable Atomiser Spray

​Exclusive to The Fragrance Shop is the Twist & Spritz Refillable Atomiser Spray. ​This is perfect for people like me. I like to top up my scent throughout the day and always keep a bottle in my bag (usually a mini) I like the shape of the Twist & Spritz because it fits all my bags, hardly take up any room and is so easy to use.

There’s a selection of 16 colours you can choose from, to suit any mood or style. Right now, on offer at the Fragrance Shop, if you buy 2, you get 1 absolutely free. The great thing is, these start from only £10.

This makes a great stocking filler gift for Christmas, a Secret Santa and even as a present for yourself.

I love having my favourite scent in my bag at all times and I just know that it’s safe. I’ve had a few incidents with my designer handbags, whereby the bottle has fully leaked. I now have a Rose smelling Louis Vuitton bag. Oh well. You learn right? Thank goodness for Twist & Spritz!

How To Use

1) Remove the inner bottle of your Twist & Spritz by pulling up from the outer body.
2) Remove the top of the pump from your fragrance bottle exposing the nozzle.
3) With the valve over the nozzle, pump repeatedly until the bottle is full.
4) Replace the inner bottle back into the outer body, and you’re ready to go.

In 8ml, you get around 100 sprays which can last you a while depending on how generous you are with your spritzes. Obviously one point to note, is that Twist & Spritz does not come with any perfume inside it.

I think this is a great gift for any perfume lover, and you’re not restricted because you can use it to fill perfume or aftershave.



Twist & Spritz is available to buy online and in store.

 

*PR sample. All views are my own.

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NO GUNK Grooming Gift Set

I’ve really enjoyed featuring Men’s sets on the blog this year because I really feel it helps people out and sometimes, gifting a Man can be quite difficult. I love to discover new brands too, and I’m thrilled to be featuring NO GUNK.

Who is NO GUNK?

This is a fairly new brand to the industry who have already won 2 awards, and they’re a British made company. I always like to champion brands that are home grown and I was initially drawn to NO GUNK because of how they differ from other brands. They’re very funky and on trend and I think this appeals to a lot of men.

More and more men look after themselves and their grooming routines and since the beard trend is pretty much in full swing, I don’t really know anyone who wouldn’t love this. I have two brothers, both with beards, who jumped at the chance to use the products in this box and it’s not really hard to see why.

NO GUNK is a male grooming brand founded by the Sal Essa who has created products with leading industry experts to bring us a different generation of grooming products. Formulated with natural organic ingredients, there are no nasty surprises or harsh chemicals.

​The set I am sharing with you has 4 of the popular products​, and they are perfect for men on the go and for those who don’t like a ‘fussy’ routine. For just £3.99, you can also add pocket sized comb too which completes the set nicely.

Lava Clay Face Mask

The face mask in this set is really a must have for any man these days. You’d be surprised at how many men love masking! You can buy the mask on it’s own for £9.99 and it’s got more than one use to it. Suitable for all skin types, inside is a powder which needs to mixed with water and left on for around 10 minutes to give you maximum impact.

Organic Argan Oil

Oil is a must have right after masking. You can purchase this alone for £19.99, and it has many uses. I talk about oils all the time and I just love that they can be used in different ways. So for men, I would recommend using this on the face, beard, hair and really anywhere that needs attention. Sal has really thought this product through for the guys as it’s a spray bottle and and can be used anywhere all over so easily. Us women aren’t lucky in this sense, all of my Argan oil bottles come with a drip applicator. The spray is so easy and quick to use for when you can’t be bothered or want to quicken your routine.

Styling Funk

The next item in the box is a natural hair wax which can be used to style the beard or the hair. It retails at £10.99 and it’s one of their award winning products. There’s 2 options when buying this – scented or unscented. I would always pick scented, and this is chemical free too. Not only does it nourish and moisturise the hair, it also styles it really well. The formula is not thick in the slightest and it’s very easy to use.

Matte Lava Clay

If you want something a little heavier to style your hair – this would be perfect for nights out, weddings, events or any type of function really. Again, retailing at £10.99, the clay is strong hold and contains zero chemicals. It’s formulated with Mineral Rich Moroccan Lava Clay and it adds a textured matte finish.

I love the products from NO GUNK and I will be recommeding these to anyone who is stuck on what to buy their partners/brothers/cousins and even Secret Santas! As I mentioned, my brothers delved right into these products and are loving them.

 

*PR sample. All views are my own.

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Christmas 2018 Beauty Wishlist

As the festive season approaches, my wishlist gets bigger. Black Friday may have just passed us, but I was really good. Although, there’s a lot I currently want, I am holding out for my Christmas presents.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4

There’s a lot of brands I want to try and explore more of and use and I am going to kick it off with the much sought after Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4. I own the marble palette from a few years ago, and I really want to incorporate this brand into my daily makeup routine.

The palette features 6 silky and luxurious powders, which can be used alone on layered for a totally flawless finish. It is housed in a limited edtion Pink palette and it’s the perfect cheek palette for me.

At £69, this is a pricey palette, but if you work out it’s lifetime value, that’s just £11.50 per pan and if you use it everyday, you are more than getting your value for money out of it.

Drunk Elephant The Little’s Set

Drunk Elephant is a brand I have been dying to try out. This 7 set piece includes the brand’s best sellers: Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, C-Firma Day Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum and Shaba Complex Eye Serum.

Founded by Tiffany Masterson – she created a brand that is totally free from toxins and the ‘Suspicious 6’ (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS) I haven’t read a single negative thing about this brand, so this is another brand I really want to try.

Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer

I am savvy when it comes to buying into the hype now. I like to wait months after a release, and fully study the indepth reviews. This isn’t a product I was particularly excited about, but the few people I follow on Instagram fully raved about this being the best concealer they’ve ever used, and I want in! What makes it amazing is the amount of pigment that has gone into the formula and it leaves a luminous matte finish. This is exactly what my oily skin needs! There’s over 20 shades, and I want to match myself when I go to Harrods.

​Bobbi Brown Highlighting and Glow Powder Duo

I’m such a sucker for packaging and this is another collectors piece I really want to own! It contains 2 highlighting shades – ​ Highlighting Powder in Limited-Edition Shade Bare Glow and Highlighting Powder in Limited-Edition Shade Opal Glo. I’ll be honest when I say I’m not fussed what’s inside the palette. I’m more fussed about what’s outside of it. It’s basically a snowglobe in a palette and I need it! It’s SO pretty.

Lancôme – Limited Edition ‘Rose’ Powder Highlighter

The final item is yet again another highlighter, which is totally impractical. I would certainly not use this. It’s purely a collector’s piece. I think this would be rather difficult to use and you do barely get any product in the box. This is Lancome’s second Rose highligher release, after the first one sold out in a flash. It looks very festive, very pretty and perect for decoration purposes. That’s just what it is.

​So, there you have it. My ever growing list. What have you got your eyes on this Christmas?​

 

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SmoothSkin Muse Hair Removal

How many of us struggle with hair removal on a daily basis? I know I do. I am one of those people who gets irritated by having to go for my waxing appointment all the time and I really just prefer to do it myself. Waxing was once the bain of my life, but over the years, laser and IPL has become so popular. It’s what more of us are doing these days.

IPL

IPL is Intense Pulsed Light which uses a flash to deliver hits of intense pulses of light that specifically targets hair and it’s growth. The device is always handheld and high powered, and it’s best used if you want results which last longer.

SmoothSkin Muse ​

The brand SmoothSkin Muse orginally launched in 2014 and have since then developed the skin tone sensor to make treatments at home easy and safe. ​

​How Does It Work

The device is designed to break the hair cycle by using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and slow down or stop the process of regrowth totally. The light energy is absorbed by the hair follicle which heats up and prevents unwanted hair from growing back. SmoothSkin Muse is designed to be once a week for 12 weeks, and this will capture all the hair follicles and prevent them from growing back. ​

After the 12 treatments are up, all you need is top up sessions as and when you need them, and depending on your hair growth, can be anywhere between 4-8 weeks. You may need to top up quicker or later, but this all really depends on each person, and lots of factors such as skin tone, hair type and genetics can play a part in this.

Once you’ve had your first few initial top up sessions, you will quickly fall into a routine which works for you.

SmoothSkin Muse has an in-built skin tone​ ​sensor offering a bespoke treatment with every
flash. The clever technology, developed by the experts at SmoothSkin, scans your skin before each flash and automatically selects the light intensity best suited to your unique skin tone – maximising your results, safely.

How To Use

You can treat the whole body (depending on how much hair you have) within around 20 minutes or so. Using the stamp and glide mode, it’s easy to use and very quick. The device includes a dual treatment mode too, so you can treat large and small areas precisely and pay attention to detail. The glide mode works perfect on the legs and stamp mode is best used on the underarms or bikini area.

As with any new device, I always advise a patch test before you try anything new. Take a small area on any part of your body, shave it, and use the SmoothSkin Muse. I’d wait at least 24 hours before using it all over.

This is pretty much how you would use it all over the body too. The first step is to shave the affected area and then go over it using the SmoothSkin Muse.

For first time users, I recommend using in gentle mode to begin in, and also if you have sensitive skin. The UV filter will prevent skin damage, so you’re always covered.

In the past when I’ve used IPL devices I’ve found that you can only get a certain number of flashes, but with SmoothSkin Muse, this isn’t the case. You get unlimited flashes which really extends the lifetime value for me. This is why I wouldn’t hesitate to invest – because the lifetime value is much greater.

The Important Bits

It’s really very important to note this because you want to make sure this is the right hair removal device for you! SmoothSkin Muse is suitable for skin tones 1-5 and those with naturally Brown or Black hair. It is not suitable for skin tone 6, or for those with White, Grey, Blonde or Red hair.

SmoothSkin Muse retails at £399 and it’s available to purchase at the SmoothSkin online store BUT… you can find it for just £299 at Amazon

 

*PR sample. All views are my own.

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