Illamasqua eye, lip & face review | Introduction to a brand

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I know that it doesn't score me great blogger points but I actually hadn't heard of Illamasqua until sometime last year when researching killer matte lipstick formulas. After wandering into their boutique store in London, I knew that I'd have to pick some up the first chance I got - which happened to be my Debenhams haul. I decided to try an eye. lip and a face product I'd heard a bit about and figure out if I thought it was worth investing further.
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Kiko colour spheres review | Introduction to a brand

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Last time I was home in Cambridge I noticed that a new makeup shop had appeared in the Grand Arcade shopping centre - something I'd seen mentioned by a couple of bloggers but nothing major. Being the impulsive beauty shopper I am I popped in to pick up a couple of bits to show you.

The stores are very clean with everything easily laid out and easy to pick up (unlike some - MAC - I'm looking at you) with a great range of products from lipsticks to skincare so it was hard to choose where to start. In the end I headed towards the eye shadows because they had some really interesting shades I hadn't seen in other ranges. I did my usual magpie trick and gravitated to two shimmer shades in their colour sphere's - 30 & 31.

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Best of the high street edit | Fashion

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Bumble and Bumble - 'Make It Big' Thickening Trio Gift Set | Hair

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I've been wanting to get me some Bumble and Bumble for the longest time but was struggling to justify the cost, cue one extremely thoughtful Secret Santa gift from your bestie. I honestly don't think there could have been a more perfect introduction to the brand for me given my continuing search for that voluminous mane, so I was really pleased to unwrap this set of B&B's Thickening shampoo, conditioner and spray.
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Debenhams winning haul

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As longer time readers of my blog might recall, I was lucky enough to win Debenhams Autumn Winter style challenge with this post, which came with a cool £500 in vouchers to spend. I've never been let loose with that much at once so needless  to say I got a bit excited and I wanted to show you what I bought with my winnings.
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Which Rimmel foundation is best ?

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It seems to be agreement across the board that Rimmel make the best drugstore foundations so I decided to try a couple of the most hyped ones out. I went for Wake Me Up and Lasting Finish. Lasting Finish is described as long lasting full coverage whilst Wake Me Up claims to instantly awaken with a natural finish. I considered maybe also picking up Match Perfection but I thought I'd see how I got on with these first.
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My 2014 beauty favourites

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2014, something like nicola, beauty favourites, benefit, cheeky sweet spot, blush, bronzer, highlighter, girl meets pearl, boi-ing, concealer, soap and glory, thick and fast, mascara, mac, eye brow, nars, sheer glow, foundation, santa fe, loreal paris, blakes red, urban decay, lip junkie, crush, bourjois, little round pots,

Hello my lovelies! After feeling a little burnt out towards the end of last year I decided to take a little blog break through December to concentrate on work and getting things straight for Christmas. I've missed blogging so much and am now back and refreshed for 2015. As a nice start I thought I'd run you through my ultimate beauty faves from the year gone.
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