Nicole Farhi checked jacket

As much as I love wearing bright colours, monochrome is one of my favourite trends, especially in Winter. I invested in this jacket as the Summer was drawing to a close, and I’m so glad that I did because it was a real bargain. It was on sale at Brand Alley for 81% off the RRP plus I got an extra 20% off with a discount code. The waffle check fabric is 100% wool so it’s lovely and warm – just as well given the tumbling temperature! The faux leather front panel gives the jacket a modern touch, making it a smarter alternative to a leather biker jacket.

Nicole Farhi waffle jacketJacket: Farhi by Nicole Farhi, jeans: Gap, boots: Pied a Terre, bag: Modalu.

 

Are you managing to stay stylishly warm during the cold snap?

 

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Tibi sweater and Gap jeans

I'm keeping it casual for Christmas Eve with this super comfortable sweater from Tibi which I purchased in the Outnet's last sale. It feels so good to wear and is the perfect partner for jeans. I'm wearing my favourite pair of the moment, boyfriend jeans from Gap. I've been living in boots just lately so for a change I put on my silver trainers which I bought in France back in the Summer.

Gap boyfriend jeans and silver wedge trainers

Tibi sweater and boyfriend jeans

 

Are you dressing up for Christmas or keeping it casual?

 

Thanks for reading. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

Emma xxx

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Soap and Glory Christmas box set

The Soap & Glory Star Gift at Boots is one of the highlights of my Christmas. Last year's The Yule Monty set got me hooked on Soap & Glory's body creams so I had to get my hands on this year's box of goodies. At just £29, reduced from £60, the set containing ten full-sized products is incredible value for money. Included in the gift set is a lovely pink drawstring bag, which I think would make a great shoe bag. All this is contained within a funky case designed by illustrator Hattie Stewart.

Soap and Glory Hattie Stewart box set

Soap and Glory gift set

Soap & Glory Christmas gift set

The Righteous Butter and Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion have become favourites of mine which I repurchase regularly. What I really love about these gift sets is the range of products from different fragrance families within the Soap & Glory range. There's the fresh limey scent of Sugar Crush, the zingy scent of Orangeasm, as well as the luxurious Original Pink fragrance (my favourite) of The Righteous Butter.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush body scrub

S&G Sexy Mother Pucker Charm Offensive

The Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Laquer in Charm Offensive is a densely pigmented lipgloss in a pinky brown shade.  It claims to firm, sculpt and stimulate collagen synthesis for fuller lips.  I love the creamy texture of it, which is really hydrating without being at all gloopy or sticky. It has a lovely chocolatey frangrance too!

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss swatch

 

The set includes:

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter 300ml

HAND DREAM™ Super Cream 100ml

ORANGEASM™ Body Wash 500ml

BUTTER YOURSELF™ Moisture Lotion 500ml

HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream 125ml

SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Scrub 300ml

WHIPPED CLEAN™ Shower Butter 250ml

SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Lacquer in Charm Offensive 7ml

THICK & FAST™ Super Volume Mascara 10ml

OFF YOUR FACE™ 3 in 1 Daily Purifying Cloths (25 cloths)

Pink drawstring bag

 

Did you manage to bag yourself one of these? They are now sold out online but there are still some available in a few stores. Check out Soap & Glory's Facebook page for updates!

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

 

Emma xxx

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Sephora Paris haul

For my birthday back in July I went to Paris for a long weekend and picked up a few goodies in Sephora. I reviewed the lipsticks, liners and glosses here but in today's post I'm showing you the Pro Lesson Palette in Natural Eyes which contains six eyeshadows - three matte to create a natural nude and three shimmery for a smokey nude, along with a brown eye pencil.

Sephora Pro Lesson palette

The palette contains instructions on where to apply the eyeshadows to create a natural nude for day and a smokey nude for evening. The texture of these eyeshadows is super smooth and the colour payoff is impressive. The shimmery shades are highly pigmented and really easy to blend. The matte shades require a bit more effort to blend and there is a little bit of fallout with them. I would have liked a darker shade in the smokey nude section, but having said that, the gold and copper tones are gorgeous and can be built up to intensify the look. The brown eye pencil is a softer take on the classic smokey eye and is a warmer, more flattering colour than black, especially for paler complexions.

 

Sephora Pro Lesson eyeshadow palette

The shades on the left are Natural Nude, Universal Beige (not the most inspiring name!) and Dark Cocoa. The shades on the right are Smoky Nude, Golden Beige and Medium Brown.

Sephora eyeshadow palette swatches

Sephora Pro Lesson Palette swatch

The eye pencil has a lovely creamy texture which is easy to apply. The colour payoff is impressive, and it's surprisingly intense for a brown eye pencil. I didn't think I'd be tempted to give up the black eyeliner but this pencil has convinced me.

Sephora foundation and powder swatches

8HR Matifying Pressed Powder in Medium 25, and 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation in Sable (Sand).

Wanting to try out as much of Sephora's own brand as possible, I purchased a foundation and pressed powder. I did choose the shades with the help of an assistant but both are a little too dark for me (I should have checked them in natural light!). The texture of the foundation is in between a liquid and a mousse. It provides medium coverage so it can be blended in without looking like a bad fake tan, but the powder is just too dark for me, which is a shame. If I'd gone for a lighter shade I think I'd be really happy with it. 

The Pro Lesson Palette costs 26,95€, the 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation costs 14,95€, and the 8HR Matifying Pressed Powder costs 11,95€.

 

Have you tried anything from Sephora's own range?

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

 

Emma xxx

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B moisturisers and serum

If you’re looking for high-end skincare on a budget then read on, because today’s post is all about a fantastic brand which is exclusive to Superdrug. ‘B.’ is a range of anti-ageing skincare which is divided into four phases according to age:

Phase 1 (20’s and 30’s) focuses on preventing the signs of ageing and hydration.

Phase 2 ( late 30’s and 40’s) is aimed at boosting radiance and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Phase 3 (late 40’s and 50’s) targets deep wrinkles whilst firming and repairing the skin.

Phase 4 (late 50’s onwards) nourishes and protects skin, claiming to improve elasticity, brighten skin tone and stimulate collagen.

When I first discovered the range I tried the Phase 3 B. Restored Night Cream. I was so pleased with the results that I had to try some of the other products from the brand. Luckily there was a half price offer so I purchased both the Phase 2 B. Active Day Cream and Phase 3 B. Firm Day Cream, the B. Flawless Targeted Wrinkle Filler, and the B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum.

Now we are often bombarded with adverts for creams and serums claiming to reduce wrinkles, firm and plump up the skin, and generally make us look younger, but they don’t always deliver the results we’re looking for. Well I certainly wasn’t disappointed with these moisturisers – in fact I’d go as far as saying they are some of the best I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a quite a few!

B skincare moisturiser

The B. range uses a cocktail of anti-ageing ingredients in high concentrations which you wouldn’t expect to find in a drug store brand: Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin retain moisture to keep it plumped up; Tetrapeptide 21 to boost firmness and elasticity; Celligent, to repair sun damage, and SPF to prevent further sun damage.

After only a few days I definitely noticed a difference in my skin, it looked more plumped up and radiant, and my skin tone evened out. The Phase 3 creams are thicker in consistency than the Phase 2 creams, but both improved my complexion. I recommended it to my mum and she loves it, so much so that she’s asked for some more for Christmas. Luckily, B. have recently added the fourth phase to the range for late 50’s onwards so that’s perfect timing! But let’s not neglect the men in our life –  he probably won’t thank me for writing this but my husband started using the night cream and even he thinks it makes a difference! A ringing endorsement from a man who used to think all creams are the same!

 

I used the B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum twice a day alongside the moisturisers until it ran out. I enjoyed using it and I think it improved my skin further. For the price (£13.99) it’s great value and I would repurchase it. I wasn’t sure about the B. Flawless Targeted Wrinkle Filler at first because the instructions say to apply it after foundation and before powder. I found it a little tricky to apply without disturbing my base but I think maybe it just needs a very light touch. It’s like a silicone-based primer that you apply after foundation rather than before, and it produces similar results. In all honesty I think I’d rather just use a primer but I’m going to perservere with it until it’s all gone.

Superdrug have really come up trumps with this brand – it’s affordable, fantastic quality and there’s a full range of testers in-store.

As well as skincare, B. also have an extensive makeup range – all cruelty free and suitable for vegans. I haven’t tried the make up yet but next time I’m in Superdrug I’ll be stocking up!

The Phase 2 B Active Day Cream is £11.99; the Phase 3 B. Firm Day Cream and B. Restored Night Cream are £13.99 each; the B. Firm Targeted Wrinkle Filler is £7.99 and the B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum is £13.99*…but Superdrug have regular offers on the B. skincare range so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website for these.

 

Have you tried anything from B.? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

*Prices correct at time of writing.

 

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