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Cruelty Free Makeup & Skincare

1st April 2018
Cruelty Free

It feels good to be back here. My original blog that is! This post has been in the making for a while and I’m disappointed really that it’s taken this long. I am boycotting makeup and skincare which isn’t cruelty free or from a brand who are committed to ending animal testing. Read on to find out why and what that means for my blog.

Misc

Hello Again! So Erm, I’m Back Here

22nd March 2018

So I tried a thing. I rebranded my blog and moved my followers across, to a shiny new WordPress install. The AM Beauty Edit. I had visions of it being a daily updated beauty source, with different contributors and an airy, breakfast in bed aesthetic. I kicked it off by posting a handful of reviews and had some nice feedback about the rebrand (thank you!) but after a run of posts totally lost the will to blog. Annoyingly I took -quite literally- hundreds of photos ready for months worth of content. Not a small feet with a newborn and now a complete waste of time.

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Skinnydip London’s New Cardiff Store + My Haul!

26th February 2018
Skinnydip

Good morning! I’m loving these lighter starts but would be lying if I said the cold didn’t make me want to snuggle back up under my duvet. This morning I’m excited to be talking about one of my favourite brands, Skinnydip London!

I first discovered the Skinnydip whilst browsing my local Topshop, where they had a small stand hidden amongst the accessories. Since then their popularity has exploded and they now and have a presence in all Top Shop stores. Even expanding to open their own shops around the UK. Finally Skinnydip have opened in Cardiff (yay!), with an incredibly Instagrammable new shop in St David’s Arcade. To celebrate their opening, Skinnydip invited myself, Rachel and a group of other bloggers down to the store to hang out and pick some new swag.

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Deciem NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12%

24th February 2018
NIOD Photography Fluid

The weekend has landed and I’m back to share my latest obsession with you all. NIOD Photography Fluid From Deciem, a colour-correcting primer which glows from under your foundation, making skin look pretty flawless. Or as flawless as it’s ever going to look when you have to battle with Winter dryness, the odd hormonal outbreak and general every day life!

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BADgal BANG! Benefit’s New Gravity-Defying Mascara

22nd February 2018
BADgal BANG

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you will have likely heard about the latest release from Benefit, BADgal BANG!. Possibly the most hyped-up product of all time, I had heard polarizing reviews from those who tried it pre-release so was excited to try it for myself.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Escentual X Benefit Out Of This World launch event. In addition to spending some time inside a rocket ship and enjoying some beauty chat over cocktails with Rachel and the Escentual team, Benefit filled me in on the science behind the product and the reason for such a secretive launch.

I was given BADgal BANG! and have been wearing it daily since. So read on to hear my honest thoughts on whether BADgal BANG! is truly out of this World or just hype.

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks

12th February 2018
Hydra-Gel Eye Masks

Good morning! I’m blessed with a baby who sleeps well, so am finally getting close to my eight hours again (well, sometimes. Babies are unpredictable creatures). Which is good because I’m horrible when trying to operate on no sleep! One thing which always gives the game away when I’m tired is my under-eye area. I’m talking dark circles not even the most heavy duty concealer can hide. Think along the lines of walking into a wall. Or sleeping with my mascara on. It’s a bad look. Enter the Hydra-Gel Eye Masks from Elemis.

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Nip + Fab Matte Liquid Lipstick

10th February 2018
Nip + Fab Matte Liquid Lipstick

This morning I’m craving almond croissants and dreaming of hotel breakfasts. Sadly it’s just self-service Cardiff toast for me today though. I’ve been a long time fan of Nip + Fab skincare, but have tried comparatively less of their makeup offering. Launched last year, it’s had a great reception. I hadn’t tried any of their lip products so decided to give the Nip + Fab Matte Liquid Lipstick a try. Read on to find out what I thought.

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Kat Von D ‘Lock-It’ Setting Powder

6th February 2018
'Lock-It' Setting Powder

Is coffee available in IV form yet? Asking for a friend. I’m always striving for the perfect makeup base and am currently experimenting with different foundations and concealers for Spring. One base product I have a love hate relationship is setting powder. When my skin is going through a dehydrated phase I need it’s help more than ever. But find the wrong one can make my skin look worse. I’ve always got on well with my Prep + Prime translucent powder from MAC Cosmetics, but had heard good things about the Kat Von D ‘Lock-It’ Setting Powder and decided to jump ship.