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20% Off Molton Brown

October 28, 2016

I just wanted to let you know that there is currently 20% off all orders at Molton Brown, plus free delivery on orders over £49 – how good is that! Just enter UKFF20 discount code on checkout.

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I am going to do a bit of early Christmas shopping! Be quick though as the offer is only available until midnight on Monday. Click here to shop!

Have a fab Friday and I shall be back soon xx

Antics of Me, Beauty, Delightful Finds, Home & Interiors

Jo Malone – Jo Loves

October 11, 2016

The best thing about being ill and staying home (just tonsillitis, nothing serious!) is that you get to watch day time TV! I am sure that novelty would soon wear off but for the few days I was ill last week, I loved it. This Morning in particular is great, with Holly and Phil!

Anyway, whilst I was watching This Morning there was an interview with Jo Malone who was there to promote her new autobiography, My Story. Jo was talking about her life and how her battle with cancer led to her selling Jo Malone to Estee Lauder – a decision she very quickly regretted.

Following the sale Jo has been restricted in terms of what new ventures she could pursue, which is obviously a problem when the brand she sold holds her actual name! She was talking about all of that in the interview, which was so interesting – I am definitely getting the book.

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Another thing I found fascinating was when she was talking about her magical sense of smell! She was saying that it is normal for people in her line of work to be able to pick out a specific flower used in a perfume – but she can tell you where it grew and when it was picked (amongst other things!) just by the smell! Crazy!

Happily, Jo does now have a new venture and it is as fabulous as the last – Jo Loves – “an innovative new scent, bath, body and candle collection inspired by the memories and moments in life that she loves.”
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Visit the Jo Loves shop on Elizabeth Street, London where Jo had her first job as a florist when she was just 16 years old! No 42 The Flower Shop fragrance is a celebration of that fact…

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No 42 The Flower Shop

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I have always been a massive Jo Malone fan and always have a candle in the house. Can see myself heading that way with Jo Loves too now!

Have a lovely morning and I shall be back soon xx

Antics of Me, Beauty, Delightful Finds

Eyebrow Microblading

September 19, 2016

I always thought I had quite good eyebrows when I was younger – I have a natural arch (which I am told is a good thing) and the eyebrow hair is black so what is there, you can clearly see. It was fashionable when I was at school and even Uni to have quite thin eyebrows and so being the fashion slave that I am, I plucked mine to near extinction and so now they don’t really grow back properly outside the thin line I had left! Maybe now also being in my thirties has got something to do with it – is thinning eyebrows an age thing? Probably!

So, a few years later, along comes Cara Delevingne with her beautiful big bushy eyebrows and suddenly big eyebrows are in! Bugger! Not that I don’t like big eyebrows, because I do, its just I don’t naturally have them anymore so what’s a girl to do! Well this girl did what most others did and drew them on. This worked to the extent that I had fuller bigger eyebrows, however I did get a bit carried away sometimes and would catch sight of myself in changing room mirror and get a bit of a fright. Being quite pale doesn’t help either when you draw on big dark eyebrows as you can see from this selection of pics…

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So anyway, I had heard of eyebrow tattooing and I had seen a few bad examples which had put me off. I think they used to (and some still do) just tattoo one solid eyebrow on to your face, which usually looks as fake as drawing it on – it just means you don’t have the hassle of doing it every day. What I had done is called microblading where they use a thin tattoo needle to tattoo individual hairs and you can see the results from the before and after pics below (excuse the tired, hungover, makeup free face!!)…

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I am so happy with them I cannot tell you. I spent an absolute fortune on every eyebrow pencil and utensil that came out, trying to draw on the perfect brow, but none of them really looked or worked that well. I had seen lots of before and after photos of people who had the microblading done before I did it, so I knew it was going to be good, I just didn’t realise it would be this good.

Without wanting to sound too dramatic (which of course I never am!) it has actually changed my life! I love the look of them and it makes my makeup free face (which is not seen often!) look so much better. It also shaves quite a bit of time off my morning makeup routine which is good, because I am usually always running late!

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Me falling asleep whilst having it done!

A lot of people have asked if it hurts getting it done and I personally didn’t think it did. It was a little uncomfortable at times but I was fine and it is definitely less painful than a normal tattoo. It does take quite a long time (good few hours) and I was quite hungover and tired, so I did nod off a few times lying on the bed – hence the tired makeup free face in the pics!

I had mine done whilst I was abroad on holiday (at a place recommended by a family friend) but there are lots of places in the UK you can get it done. It usually costs around £280 in the UK and will last 12 – 18 months, after which time you will need a little top up. Just make sure you do your research before you book anywhere, as you want someone properly qualified with lots of experience.

What do you think? Have you had this done or are you thinking about it? Do you suffer from thinning eyebrows like me?

Have a lovely afternoon and I shall be back soon xx

Beauty, Delightful Finds, Fashion

Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder

September 15, 2016

Victoria Beckham has just launched her first beauty collection with Estee Lauder – Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder – and as you would expect, it looks fabulous! The limited edition collection is built around her four favourite cities – London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris and is made up of 15 items.

“I want to make women feel empowered, to feel sexy and confident. This makeup collection does that. I love to make women feel like the best version of themselves.”

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Just look how cool the collection is! Its all about “Sweaty-sexy skin. Fiercely lined eyes. Nude lips. Wet finishes, liquid metals, foil shine, sexy, cool with a bit of rawness and edge. Meant to be worn smudgy with the confidence to be imperfect.”

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I especially love the 3 metallic eye-shadows – they look great and metallic eyes is a key trend right now. Love the nude lipstick too. You can get the collection now from Selfridges, I would be quick though as it is limited edition and its bound to sell out super quick!

Have a great Thursday and I shall be back soon xx

Beauty, Delightful Finds, Fashion

Happy National Lipstick Day

July 29, 2016

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Happy Friday! Today is a very important day in the annual calendar – its #NationalLipstickDay don’t you know! I love a bit of lipstick or lipgloss to sort out a tired face and so just a quick look today and 3 of the most talked about brands around at the moment…

Louboutin can of course do no wrong with shoes and it seems the same goes for makeup – they do a gorgeous range of lipsticks and glosses (which cost £65) and how fabulous is the packaging!

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These flower filled jelly lipsticks are everywhere at the moment and were created by Chinese beauty brand Kailijumei. Apart from being super pretty to look at (which is good enough for me #marketersdream) the colour they leave on your lips changes depending on your body temperature! They are $30 to pre-order (as currently sold out) or you can get your hands on one from eBay.

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Kylie Lip Kits are so popular and sell out within minutes on the Kylie website, so good luck finding one! That said in the UK you can get them on Amazon for £45 and they are of course on eBay.

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What are your thoughts, do you have any of these? Or do you have another favourite lipstick? Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy the rest of your National Lipstick Day and I shall be back soon xx

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