Hourglass has to be one of my favourite luxury make-up brands having fallen in love with their blushers and powders and as any Hourglass fan shall know, their palettes are always amazing which is why they sell out fast because they are 100% worth the hype. When I heard news on the grapevine that they were launching a new lip line, the lipstick addict in me got very excited. I was even more excited when three of the shades showed up at my door for me to review. Best day ever are the words I think I quoted?

"There is no better product than a lipstick to remind us to use our voices, fuel our passions, drive a purpose and make a change" - Hourglass

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo is a new, permanent line comprising of twist up, jumbo sized lip crayons available in 20 shades, 10 neutrals and 10 bolds. All the shade names are a reminder that we are all a catalyst for good. I really love this highly motivational campaign as we all know the power of a lipstick and how wearing a shade can totally change how you feel. 

Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Lip Stylo gives you the intensity of a lipstick all with the feel of a balm to give the look of softer, fuller lips. The silky, lightweight formula is hydrating with a lustrous finish and contains a blend of Shea Butter, Jojoba, Mimosa and Sunflower to nourish dry lips and leave a balmy finish whilst being free from Parabens, Sulphates and Phthalates. The shaped tip allows for precise application with no sharpening needed. 

I have the shades Creator, Influencer and Leader ... 

Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Influencer • A soft, medium Brown with subtle rosy undertones. (link!)
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo, Influencer
Creator • A muted pink with neutral warm undertones. (link!)
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo, Creator
Leader • A bright, medium dark Fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones. (link!)
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo, Leader
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo
So what do I think? ...
First things first, the packaging. You have to agree that they look absolutely stunning! The weighted, luxurious casing beats all other crayon lipsticks in my opinion like the Clinique Chubby sticks and even the new Chanel Le Rouge Crayons and being the huge Chanel lover I am, that takes a lot for me to say. In fact I passed on the Chanel crayons as the packaging was a tad cheap by Chanel standards and the Hourglass Stylo's give you a lot more product and for less money too.

One thing to note about the Houglass packaging is that they do have clickable caps which means that you must make sure you have wound the product right down before you click the cap back on or you shall dent the top of the lipstick which shall ruin the tip and we all know how annoying that can be! 

I was so surprised at how pigmented they were seeing as they feel so creamy and balm like but still manage to cover the lip fully. They are very buildable which enables you to customise your desired lip look to day or night. They don't really have a scent or taste to them which shall appeal to those who get put off by sweet scented lip products. The neutral shades obviously needed building up more than the bright shades to intensify the colour but all shades left no heavy stain on my lips when they were removed as I personally hate when products do that. As for wear time, I found that on me they lasted a good 3/4 hours before a touch up was needed which I think is really good going for crayon lipstick. They did make my lips more plumped I have to say (always a big fan of that) and they felt very hydrated.

The colour range is fabulous and out of the three I have, Leader is by far my favourite, although I have been wearing Creator a lot as it is such an everyday 'grab and go' shade! I already have a few other shades on my shopping list, especially Lover, a bright orange red that is so my kind of summer shade. I think the whole line will really work with many skin tones and definitely 100% worth investing in.

The matte lip trend has been huge over the past few months, of which I am a very big fan of as they tend to last longer on the lips, but it is very refreshing to have a new line that offers that same high coverage that we all look for but in a more natural, every day way. 

Hourglass, GIRL Lip Stylo
In short, I am massive fan. A lip product that delivers full colour, high coverage, all with the feel of a luxurious lip balm. So ideal for all year round and with such a modern colour range, I think these shall appeal to us all, especially as they carry such a positive, fun attitude to all of us GIRL'S! Hourglass have even asked us all to upload a selfie to their website wearing your chosen shade using #GIRLFORGOOD, Recognition, Not Competition. Share away [here] as I have done with the "Creator" i.e. my go to shade! 

Available online here priced at £26/$32 each.
Have you tried them? 

St Valentines, a day to celebrate love. Valentines is one of those days that you either love or hate and let's be fair, it's all very gimmicky today. Love should be shared and shown every day not just one day hence Anti-Valentines and Gal-entines tags are now trending because if you are still looking for love in the romantic sense, then it's simply a day to kick you in the teeth. So what about celebrating Self Love Day instead?? 

We all need to learn to love ourselves more and mark the occasion with some well earned treats and pampering! Which brings me on to this month's February Mintd Box, titled Self Love. It is about time we all focused on our own well being and happiness but not just for one day, all year round. 

Mintd Box are here this month to share the love as we all love someone or something, but this month let that be ourselves. If you aren't familiar with the concept of Mintd Box then go ahead and check out a few of my other unboxings {here} and {here} which shall make it all clear. So let's see what we can expect this month ... 

Mintd Box, February Self Love
Mintd Box Self Love
As always, the box arrives in pristine condition with all it's contents packaged well and wrapped up with a pretty 'hot pink' bow. It's these little touches that I love and one thing you can always guarantee with Mintd Box is that the attention to detail is always there. 

This months box contains 5 Full Sized high end beauty products stocked in stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nicols and Net a Porter. 

Mintd Box, February Self Love
Mintd Box, February Self Love
Mintd Box, February Self Love
The Luxury Contents:-
1.  Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels (Full Size £36)
2. Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roll On (Full Size £16)
3. Therapie By Roques Oneil Equilibrium Shower and Bath Essence (Full Size £40)
4. Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (Full Size at £17.50)
5. Smith and Cult Lash Dance Mascara (Full Size £24)  

The contents of this box have an impressive combined value of over £133.50/€157 for which you only pay £65/€76 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £68.50/€81 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. Another big big beauty saving!!! How can you not like that?!

Mintd Box, February Self Love
Mintd Box, February Self Love, Skyn Plumping Lip Gels
1.  Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels (Full Size £36) link!
A pack of 5 lip gel masks that claim to tackle loss of fullness, lines/wrinkles and lack of moisture in about 10 minutes flat. Some strong claims there! The gel itself contains a mix of highly advanced plant and marine based actives with a state of the art delivery system. The patch is designed to stay put on the lips allowing the ingredients to penetrate to give immediate results.

Now lets discuss my experience ... 
Upon opening my box, this was the product that I ripped into first because seeing the words lips and plumping had my attention immediately and I was praying, 'please work'! I am always looking for ways to make my lips look bigger before maybe going down the filler route as I just want a natural boost. The lip gels look like giant jelly lip sweets and you basically stick it over your lips; you do look very odd. Once you get it to stick then it stays in place really well I have to say. It feels very cooling and soothing on the lips so I was very hopeful to it working. Ater 10 minutes, I removed the patch and honestly, there was not much change to what my lips looked like before but I think I was expecting some magic to have given my bigger lips. I do have to say though, my cupids bow looked a lot more defined and my lips felt incredibly hydrated and soft so for that concern, these really do work. This is an ideal product if you suffer from dry, sore, chapped lips as I guarantee this shall be a great comfort to them and such an easy way of giving them a treatment. I thankfully don't have lines or dryness on my lips but if you are someone that does then you may get even better results. A fun product never the less! 

Mintd Box, February Self Love, Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax
2. Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roll On 10ml (Full Size £16) link!
An 'on the go' roller ball relaxation oil that works with the powers of Vetivert, Camomile and Sandalwood to ease your stressed, tired mind. This fits into you bag easily so you can always have it with you, hence always be relaxed (we hope!).

Again I jumped for joy seeing an Aromatherapy Associates product inside because I cannot get enough of this brand as they are my favourite aromatherapy range of all time because they work. I have used the De-Stress Muscle Bath oil for years now although I always forget to treat myself as to keep it in my stocks all year round. The scent of this oil is just divine and it's times like this that I wish smell-a-vision really did exist. AA products really do work and I cannot stress that enough. If you have not yet tried them, please do especially if you need help with winding down. This makes the box a great deal in itself to be able to own this amazing relaxation oil.
Mintd Box, February Self Love, Therapie Bath and Shower Oil
3. Therapie, Roques O'Neil Equilibrium Shower & Bath Essence (Full Size £40) link!
Feeling stressed? Tired? Washed out? Nodding along to all of these?? ... well keep reading! World renowned Aromatherapist Michelle Roques O'Neil developed 'Therapie' to act as a self-healing programme to restore energy, alleviate stress and recover your own well being. This bath and shower oil is a blend Persian Rose, New Zealand Lavender, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Wild Sweet Orange and Fragonia, a powerful oil with anti-anxiety properties. Add a few drops into a bath or massage into your skin pre-shower as this promsies to help wash away your anxiety. Have you clicked buy yet?

Seriously, what a magical product! I am not a bath person at all but products like this make me one. Just when I thought the previous product was enough, the two together are one heck of a team. It all comes back to the power of aromatherapy, one of the greatest things in relieving daily stress and anxiety. This is a totally new brand to me but knowing that it is sold on Cult Beauty (my fave online beauty store) you know its going to be a special product. The weighted glass bottle makes this feel super luxurious and one of those special pamper items that you save for when necessary. The scent is so beautiful that I automatically feel like I am at a spa. I have already been looking online at the rest of the line and it just gets better and better ... the Himalayan Detox Bath Salts sound divine! The Bath Essence alone is £40 which makes this whole box a very good deal indeed.
Mintd Box, February Self Love, Ameliorate Body Lotion
4. Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion (Full Size at £17.50) link!
This is the first UK made body lotion specially created to help improve the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris (that awful rough, red, bumpy skin aka chicken skin). The lotion contains high levels of Lactic Acid, a natural AHA that provides intense hydration and encourages the exfoliation process to remove dead skin cells to leave you with soft, smooth, brighter looking body skin.

I raved about the Ameliorate Body Polish here which blew me away and the lotion was next on my hit list so I am one happy lady right now. I suffer with KP on the tops of my arms which is very common and this lotion has been proven by many top beauty bods, to work. I noticed big results in only a few uses which for a body product, is very impressive. The lotion itself smells like baby powder, as does the body polish and is super lightweight which ensures that it absorbs very easily into the skin. My skin has been so much softer, smoother and looks a lot less obvious since I have been using it. I cannot recommend the brand enough if you want to rid your skin of these annoying bumps, as it is so unique but most importantly, works!

Mintd Box, February Self Love, Smith and Cult Lash Dance 
5. Smith and Cult Lash Dance Mascara (Full Size £24) link!
A mascara designed to give big volume with its silicone wand to reach and coat every lash for a fuller lash look. It holds a blend of conditioning waxes to nourish and hydrate to help prevent lash breakage. It is intensely black with the promise of no fall out, flaking or transfer.

Mascaras are so hit and miss as we all have our no1 favourite yet we still strive to find 'the one'. We all have that one stable brand that we go back to but trying new ones is great fun. On first impressions of Lash Dance, the packaging wowed me as you have to agree, it looks very luxurious and classy. I also liked the look of the wand as I prefer a plastic wand as opposed to bristle. As I pulled the wand out of the tube it was caked in product to which I did have to scrape most of it back into the tube which was a little disappointing so bear this in mind before applying to your lashes. My lashes are naturally quite short and sparse so I like a mascara to add volume, length and  definition and this mascara is most definitely a volumising only mascara. For me, this is not the right mascara for my lashes as it did absolutely nothing for them sadly and did in fact give me very sore eyes as I am very sensitive, but if oodles of volume is your thing then you shall love it I am sure. Proves my point of how mascara is such a hit for some and miss for others. I am glad I tried it out as at least it's another one crossed off my list and onto the next!
Mintd Box, February Self Love
So who said the month of love couldn't be about all of us?! A great 'you time' kit in the most luxurious of ways .. maybe just add in some champers for effect. The stars of the show for me are Aromatherapy Associates, Ameliorate and Therapie as all of these guarantee your body gets some serious VIP treatment. 

This box is available now online at and you can get Free Delivery on your first box when you sign up using the promo code WELCOME17; Mintd Box ship to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia. 

Invest in you.
Sending you all lots of love! 💞

Subtle Elegance, the perfect way to describe the latest offering from my favourite beauty creator CHANEL. If anyone can get you to part with your money then Chanel is a brand that can. Month after month they have been blowing us all away with their stunning limited edition lines that has us all running out to buy them.

Luca Pica, Chanel's Global Creative Colour Designer is back with another show stopper that holds her signature red once again. In fact it focuses on black, white, gold and red, as Luca revives Chanel's classic colours that defy conventional beauty. She debuted her first collection, Le Rouge Collection No1 a few months back [right here] and that certainly got us all talking as it was such a statement collection yet this second launch from her is a lot more subtle. 

The main part of this collection is the exclusive Coco Code, a limited edition blush that interprets the iconic Chanel shades - Black, White, Beige, Gold and Red. The palette invites us all to invent our own code of beauty. I like it. 

Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017

Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017
Chanel Coco Code, Blush Harmony {link!}
A multi-tasking mix of Matte and Satin textures in what is a very versatile array of shades consisting of a light shimmery pink, a peachy brown, a coral red and a golden beige. This palette works as a bronzer, highlighter and blusher which can be used all individually or swirled all together for a stunning overall effect on the cheeks. Chanel recommend .... 

- Fair skin tones -  Use the two lighter shades as a highlighter or apply the caramel beige shade below the cheekbones to contour.
- Deep skin tones - Use the caramel beige shade as a highlighter. 
- All skin tones - Sweep the pink-red colour onto the apples of the cheeks. 

You can see from the above images, I am wearing this palette with all the shades swirled together as a blush as well as the darkest shade used to contour the whole face and the silver used to highlight. I am also wearing a similar eye shadow quad from a previous collection and La Favorite Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick, my 'favourite' spring Chanel lip!

Coco Code is a semi-matte powder that gives you a beautiful pinky coral blush with a golden shimmer. It is very buildable as the red shade is what gives this most of it's colour. The powder itself is softly pigmented and not one bit chalky. It smells incredible with Chanel's signature rose scent which means each time you open this up, it sends you into a little trance. I absolutely adore this product and go as far as saying that this is one of my favourite blushers to date as it is truly stunning and so unique. A key item from this collection that I 'highly' recommend picking up for spring/summer. 

Chanel is great for uniqueness and another thing from this collection that I had to grab is the tinted Black Top Coat ... 
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017, Black Metamorphosis Top Coat
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017, Black Metamorphosis Top Coat
Chanel Black Metamorphosis Tinted Nail Top Coat {link!}
A clever limited edition sheer black top coat that transforms any nail colour which means you can create new shades using what you have in your collection already! All you do is apply this topcoat over your nail colour and add more if you want to intensify and take it darker. This allows us to transform our summery nail shades i.e. corals, pinks, pastels into deeper, more moody shades. So pink can become grey, yellow can become taupe, red can become a berry shade and so on! We all know Rouge Noir is Chanel's most popular nail shade and it's a colour that we all gravitate to in the cooler months.

No magic is involved, it simply works though the laws of colour. White makes colours lighter and black makes colours darker and Chanel have taken that to another level.  

I really love Chanel's newly formulated nail polishes (review here) and this is such a great product to have in your collection. It also revives your mani/pedi if it needs a pick me up after a week etc then this makes your mani fresh again.  

Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017, Black Metamorphosis Top Coat
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017, Black Metamorphosis Top Coa
With just one sweep of this Top Coat, it really does transform a nail colour into a brand new one and by adding another coat you can of course darken and intensity the colour even more and look at that glossy shine?! This I love. 
Chanel, Coco Code Spring Summer 2017, Black Metamorphosis Top Coat

[Selfie Shot!] Now can you see that glow going on above .... love it

There is obviously much more in this collection (here) but for me these stood out the most and being Limited Edition, it was a must buy! The eyeshadow quads are totally stunning but seeing as I had some very similar I passed on those even though they are incredible so definitely ones to look at.

I highly recommend checking out this collection for yourself if you haven't already. I have my eye on a few lipsticks so I may still add to my collection .. I shall keep you posted!

What do you think about Luca's second Collection? 

"Lipstick is happiness in a tube" - Charlotte Tilbury 💋

Lipsticks are the one makeup item that I buy most often. They are indeed a happy thing to  spend money on and they can change how you feel in an instant. Pretty powerful stuff for what is technically a stick of colour. 

Charlotte Tilbury fans (aka me) have been up in arms this month with the exciting news of two new lipstick shades, one being the winner of an Instagram competition and the other a shade that many of us hoped would happen. I of course had to order them straight away as I had no hesitation that I would not love them and guess what ...  I sure do! If you have not tried Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks then you are missing out as they truly are divine and these two new shades work with so many skin tones and occasions so most definitely two worth checking out. 
Skin is in. I think most of us now get just as excited about skincare as we do about make-up which is all down to the great brands that are now available to us as the choices are endless seeing as one brand certainly doesn't fit all. This is why trying new brands is the best way to discover those products that really do work for us individually. 

A few months back, I was offered the chance to try an exciting skincare brand that was very targeted to what my skin needed at the time. Bravura London (pronounced Bra-View-Ra) is a British brand dedicated to supplying effective cosmeceutical skincare that focuses on BHA's and AHA's to problem solve your skin. Bravura was founded in 2003 by Amanda Elias, an experienced facial therapist whose own skin led her into discovering the benefits of AHA and BHA's for troubled skins. They were the first UK company to offer at home chemical peels, a huge step seeing as peels were always an expensive salon treatment and never an affordable thing you could do yourself at home. Pretty life changing, or skin changing should I say. Now Bravura have a very successful skincare line that is very affordablehighly effective and available worldwide

As we enter this New Year, I for one am so ready for Spring/Summer as I am so over the cold now. I talked about rejuvenation for the skin on my last post, so what about a little for the body too? What better way to get your body hydrated for spring/summer than with a good nourishing oil and with the added bonus of some tan and shimmer, it skims over the bits we might want/need to hide! Shimmer Oils are the perfect accessory to make your body, hair and skin glow. Having never tried or heard of the brand Bellamianta before, I was kindly given the opportunity to try them out for review. A little heads up, with the January sales in full flow, this is one of those products you should be bookmarking!

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