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Monday 21 September 2015

The House of Fraser Beauty Confidential for September 2015

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a fabulous start to the week. I am currently on a break away with my family so I may be a little quiet on the blog and social media front. However, I have been using my Snapchat (SophiaMeola) none-stop whilst being out here so don't forget to add me if you fancy following me around on my current trip - over the next few years we have some exciting vacations and breaks away planned and I am so looking forward to opening up a travel section on my blog for a while - you never know it may even become a permanent feature! Anyways, back into todays post, I must admit I wanted to share todays post with you alot sooner, however, as life is so spontanious at times, one thing led to another which resulted in this post being slightly delayed. Never-the-less, you still have a few days to reap these incredible House of Fraser Beauty Confidential offer and I really hope you enjoy this post!

You can embrace Autumn with House of Fraser's exclusive Beauty Confidential event with makeup must-haves and skincare saviours! From Monday 7th to Tuesday 22nd September 2015 (inclusive), House of Fraser has once again curated a selection of 30 products, offering £10 off* one of your favourites when you buy one of theirs. According to Ruth Newman, who is the Director of Beauty at House of Fraser, for the AW15 issue, their in-house team of beauty experts have handpicked this season's top products for the perfect lip and brow style, and taken a closer look at the ultra-sool trend for beautifilly 'strobed' skin. They are also sharing their rop tips and tricks to focus on your best features and make the most of your assets, with the most cutting edge skincare and colour products in the UK today.

As you can see from the pictures featued in this post, I am a huge fan of A huge selection of House of Fraser's beauty favourites, from thr Urban Decay Naked Palettes, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, Benefit Roller Lash, NARS Audacious lipsticks...just to name a few! With this offer, you can receive £10 off* when you purchase one of your favoruite beauty products and when you purchase one of the below House of Fraser beauy favourites which are listed below. You also receive double recognition points when you purchase from beauty!

Beauty Confidential Full List
 1. Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 30ml £108
2. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick £26.50
3. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 125ml £30
4. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 £39
5. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder £35.50
6. Laura Mercier Foundation Primers £29
7. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation 30ml £31.50
8. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 30ml £30
9. Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum 30ml £62
10. Clarins Double Serum 50ml £69
11. Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate 15ml £54
12. Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate 15ml £48
13. Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Make Up Primer 25ml £28.50
14. Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster 30ml £45
15. Nars Audacious Lipstick £24
16. Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer 30ml £25
17. Clarins Perfecting Touch 15ml £26.50
18. Urban Decay Naked Palettes (all, including Smoky) £38
19. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex II 50ml £70
20. Decléor Hydra Floral Multi Protection Light Cream 50ml £39.50
21. Clinique Smart Custom Serum 50ml £68
22. Lancôme Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Protector £60
23. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate Oil 30ml £36
24. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 30ml £36.50
25. Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick £34
26. bareMinerals Get Started Complexion Kit £39
27. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch £25
28. Lancôme Volume à Porter Mascara £22.50
29. Benefit Roller Lash £19.50
30. Nars Blush £23 

You can head on over to the House of Fraser website to find out more details and check out their  Beauty Confidential section here. I hope you enjoyed todays post and finding out more information on the House of Fraser Beauty Confidential offer. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me via my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to ready every single comment...they really make my day!

What do you think about this offer? What are your favourite items on the cult favoruties list?

Lots of Love

*I am the 2015 House of Fraser Beauty Ambassador 

Wednesday 16 September 2015

House of Fraser Clarins Gift with Purchase

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you have had a wonderful week so far. There is nothing I love more than sitting in my blogging space and writing up something new to share with you all. My blog is a great escape for me to ramble and I love that! I thought today I would share with you a new post in collaboration with House of Fraser. They have been running some pretty snazzy Gift with Purchase offers at the moment and I couldn' resist sharing it with you all today. You qualify for this fabulous trio of products when you purchase two or more Clarins products (one of them being skincare). This offer will only be running until Saturday 19th September so if you love the look of this set, don't hesitate to get involved - these Gift with Purchases do sell out pretty quickly!

To be honest, I am a complete newbie when it comes to Clarins but it has always been a brand that I really admire. There are countless Clarins products on my wish list so I was extremely pleased to be introduced to the brand by this gorgeous Gift with Purchase. The gift itself includes a 50ml Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, 100ml Clarins Tonic Body Balm and a 50ml Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream. All of which I was rather excited to give a try!

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel - 50ml Deluxe Sample 

Clarins describe this product as a true cleansing sensation! The triple-texture cleansing gel transforms into an oil that melts away every last trace of excess oil and impurities - including the heaviest of makeup. Water activates the gel into a silky milk that rinses your skin squeaky clean. Soothes and nourishes with Marula Oil for optimal radiance. I always love experimenting with new skincare and this was my first experience trying a gel to milk formulation. I will be sure to follow up with a full review, however, so far it has been working so well within my skincare routine!

Clarins Tonic Body Balm - 100ml Deluxe Sample

This refreshing body treatment with a firming blend of Ginseng and Apple Seed Oil soothes dryness, improves vitality and promotes the appearance of tones, supple-looking skin. Refreshes the senses with the aromatic essences of Geranium, Rosewood, Mint and Rosemary and the non-oily texture delivers a satin-fresh finish. I have been loving applying this to freshly out of the shower / bath skin. I make sure to keep my skin slightly damp and then moisturise the product into my skin - it really leaves such a gorgeous finish.

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream - 50ml Deluxe Sample

One thing I probably don't take enough care of is my  hands and using any kind of product to keep them in tip-top shape. I have noticed that my hands have been more sensitive with the weather changing. This emollient-rich hand and nail treatment with soothing Sesame Oil and fortifying Japanese Mulberry. The moisturiser forms an invisible protective glove that shields hands from the elements, keeping skin smooth and silking and minimising signs of ageing. Not only that but it also helps strengthen nails and conditions cuticles for naturally clean, soft and youthful looking hands.

Overall I am completely impressed with this Gift with Purchase set and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a special treat when making a naughty splurge at a local Clarins counter, looking to try the brand for the first time or looking at giving their skincare line a try!  If you would like to check out the Clarins skincare and makeup line in more detail you can do so by clicking here. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me via my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to ready every single comment...they really make my day!

Lots of Love

*PR Sample


Sunday 13 September 2015

The #CosmoBlogAwards 2015

Hello My Lovelies, 

I hope you are all doing well and you have had a wonderful weekend so far. I thought today I would post something a little more personal. When 2015 came around I set myself a range of different New Year resolutions and one of them was to write more diversely over on my blog. So, I thought today I would post about something a little more personal and about something that recently hit the blogging community again...the 2015 Cosmopolitan Blog Awards

I think I can vouch for a lot of people within this community when I say that I honestly thought the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards were not going to happen this year, due to the fact that the shortlisted are usually announced around this time and the awards are sometime in October - but also because Cosmopolitan kept it hush hush about it all this year - literally leaving us all on the edge of our seats! We all waited and waited and then POOF Cosmopolitan surprised us and launched this year's awards. So, it is that time of the year again when Cosmopolitan HQ are on the search for the next #CosmoBlogAwards blogs. I was actually away with work on a business trip when I saw that Cosmopolitan had launched this year's awards. I kept them to myself for a little while because I really wanted to think long and hard about whether I should put myself forward for the awards again this year. I have been incredibly blessed during the past few years and have been shortlisted for 2013 (Best New Beauty Blog) and for 2014 (Best Established Beauty Blog & Best Social Media Blog) and to this day I still can't believe it actually happened. Even though I never actually placed in my categories, I still feel totally blessed that I was even shortlisted and was able to experience going to the awards and meet so many incredible people within this industry. Even though I never won, I always walked away feeling so incredibly motivated and determined to work even harder on my blog - it has grown into such a huge part of my life and I can't imagine it not being part of my life now. I always wonder what I would be doing right now if I never started my blog haha! Blogging has helped me in so many ways and some of which I have not even shared with my readers before...and it has been a creative outlet for myself to express my love for all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle without the fear of being judged. I started my blog during my first year at University and I still can't believe how far we have grown since then...I always remember that Rome was not built in a day so being able to grow personally alongside my blog has been such an emotional and unforgettable journey. It has opened my eyes, inspired me to be a better person and I have met so many incredible friends within this community!

I can imagine that there will be a few posts like this popping up within the bloggerssphere but I wanted to add my two cents also. I know it may seem like a complete longshot and there are so many amazing bloggers out there so I don't expect to be shortlisted again...but I would kick myself if I didn't least one last time, it is worth a shot right?! If you have followed my blogging journey so far and you enjoy stopping by my blog and taking some time out to read, interact on social and everything else in-between then I would love you forever if you would consider nominating my blog under 'Best for Beauty' in this year's awards. To nominate you can click the #CosmoBlogAwards link HERE and it should direct you step by step on what you need to do - it literally takes 2 minutes! If you do nominate me then THANK YOU so much for taking the time to do so. Please let me know in the comments or by Tweeting, Instagramming or Facebooking me if you do so - I would like to thank everyone individually and send you a huge cyber hug! It would literally mean the world to me.

Finally, I want to say a huge Good Luck to everyone who is taking part in this year's awards too! Being a blogger myself I understand how much hard work and dedication goes into writing and creating a blog so I really wish everyone the best luck in the world - I really hope we all make it! Us bloggers have to stick together right! #BloggerPower

Lots of Love

Friday 11 September 2015

Elemis Pro-Collagen Visible Results Collection

Hello My Lovelies, 

I hope you are all doing well and have had a fabulous week so far! At the moment everything feels kind of none stop for me, even though in some instances this is a great thing sometimes I need to remember to sit back and relax, take in the moment and make some time for myself. It is no secret that I am a huge Elemis fan and I have been for quite some time now. I have had the opportunity to try out a variety of releases from their product portfolio and I have always walked away extremely impressed. They have grown to be a brand that I trust and that doesn’t happen very often due to the fact that I am extremely fussy! 

Elemis team up with QVC every so often to bring you exclusive collections at unbeatable prices. This time around Elemis have put together a Pro-Collagen visible Results Collection including the new and exclusive Pro-Collagen Neck & Decollete Balm which is clinically proven to smooth the skin along with the multiple award winning Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, the powerful Pro-Collagen Super Serum and a full size of Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment. You can see my previous Elemis QVC post here. These exclusive collections can sell out pretty quickly so the lovely Elemis and QVC team have offered my lovely readers 24 hours early access to purchase your very own 4-piece Pro-Collagen Visible Results Collection! Overall, the set is worth over £195, however, for 48 hours only the price will be under £59! So, if you fancy snapping up one of these limited set before everyone else you know what to do haha. 

Recharge your regime with this definitive anti-aging collection, consisting of Padina Pavonica powered creams, serums and balms for the face and eyes. I used to be one of those people who thought that I was too young to be using anti-aging products, however, I wish I had started way sooner. At the end of the day these products are designed to slow down and control the effects of aging and the best way to do this is to use them when you are younger. Well, that is my opinion anyway. This set has been designed to tackle fine lines and wrinkles. The powerful formulas of plant actives combined with a sophisticated complex of amino acids, help to maintain skin moisture levels for smoother, firmer skin. 

Clinically proven, this concentrated anti-aging super serum significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Powered by the unique blend of intelligent bio-actives of anti-aging tri-peptides, African birch bark, red seaweed and padina pavonica skin is said to feel firmer with enhanced elasticity. Hylauronic acid, combined with omega rich camelia oil, provides superior moisturisation leaving your complexion visibly smoother, plumper and more youthful looking. Everything about this product sounds incredible, however, only using it a few times so far, I can't really share if it has helped in the anti-aging department. However, so far I am really liking this product - it is an extra step in my routine but I know it will pay off (fingers crossed).

I was so excited to see this product featured in this special edition collection, not to mention a full size! This advanced eye treatment targets fine lines and wrinkles around he eye area, smoothing skin for a more youthful appearance. Super active Padina Pavonica and Blue Flower Linseed help tone and firm, whilst a sophisticated Amino Acid complex attracts and locks moisture deep into the skin. The combination of exceptional moisturisation and regeneration supports fragile skin without overloading it. A little definitely goes a long way with hit product so I can see you definitely getting great usage out of this product.

This has to be one of my favourite products featured in the collection, I have used this every single night since receiving the set and I have been amazed by the results when waking up the next morning. My skin definitely feels more hydrated, more radiant and firmer looking! This is yet again another clinically proven product that works with your skins natural regenerating processes. The exceptional blend of Laminaria Digitata and Red Coral help to maintain optimum skin condition while the unique Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica helps imprive skin suppleness, firmess and elasticity. According to Elemis, this oxygenating benefit is supported with anti-oxidant rich Sesame and Avacado Oils delivering free-radical protection. This special edition size coming in at £60 alone is probably the most expensive skincare item I have ever tried on my skin and I think I absolutely love it - sorry bank account but we definitely need to repurchase this gorgeous product!

Finally but certainly not least we have the Pro-Collagen Neck and Decollete Balm. This is a brand NEW product and is currently onl available exclusively to QVC UK. This balm features an innovative texture created to reduce crepiness and dryness in the delicate neck area, plus give a tightening, lifting and firming look to your skin. Elemis believe that the best beauty tools are your hands - apply this product to the centre of both sides of the neck and decollete using a total of three quick, upward sweeping strokes. I have to admit I am a complete newbie when it comes to neck and Decollete balms but I will sure give them a try. 

Overall, I am so thrilled with this set and I am so surprised at how much use I am already getting out of these products. I think this offer is one of the best I have seen from Elemis and for the Pro-collagen line you are getting such a great deal, especially as the Oxygenating Night Cream is £60 alone! I also love how everything comes beautifully packaged in this turquoise and metallic silver pouch - I feel this could definitely double up as a clutch of some kind! If you would like to take a closer look at the collection you can do so by clicking here. I hope you all enjoy this review - I would love to now what your thoughts are on this collection! Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me via my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to ready every single comment...they really make my day!

Pro-Collagen Visible Results Collection at QVC

Lots of Love

*PR Sample


Monday 7 September 2015

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and  had a fabulous weekend? Last night, I spent my Sunday evening pampering myself and making sure I was ready for the week ahead. So, I thought today I would share with you one of my most recent pampering products that have been working a treat for my eye area. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Elemis and after being introduced to the brand and having the opportunity to try out a variety of releases from their product portfolio I have to say that they have grown to be a brand that I trust and enjoy using. They always use such incredible ingredients that seem to react well in my skincare routine and Elemis never disappoint when it comes to their products and new releases. I always get extremely excited when a surprise Elemis package arrived on my doorstep and I cannot wait to share with you one of their latest releases.

We all know that a poor night's sleep plays havoc with our minds and bodies - I can definitely vouch for this at the moment as my sleeping patterns have been all over the place lately. The Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm instantly illuminates, moisturises and refreshes tired eyes. An inimitable blend of ingredients works together to bring instant brightness. Bird of Paradise flower gently reduces dark circles and puffiness, while optical blurring powers fade and soften the appearance of fine lines (you can never start too early). Apricot oil, rich in Omega and vitamins encourage the skin back to a state of vitality and freshness. Apricot Kernal oil, rich in Omega and vitamins A and E, is absorbed by the skin to nourish and nurture. Extracts of Arnica and Chamomile use their combined gifts for soothing to encourage the skin back to a state of vitality and freshness.

Everything sounds pretty incredible so far right...all this and it is a complete dream to apply! The cooling zamac head glides around the gentle curves of the eye contour effortlessly, soothing and refreshing the area. I really love eye products that come with a metal type applicator. When applying the product you can really feel the custom tip stimulating the blood flow around my eye area, which essentially aids in eliminating dark circles. The formulation has a slight tint to it but nothing drastic that would alter the shade of your concealer and so on.

Another great thing about this product is the fact that you can use it before, with and after makeup. You can use it within you daily skincare routine and apply it before you start applying your makeup, however, you can also use it during the day over makeup to relieve tired eyes. The only thing about this method I am not completely sold on is that the applicator can get a little mucky or even slide your undereye concealer around etc. However, this is nothing a bit of water or a makeup wipe can't fix - the applicator will look as good as new once again. Finally, the last method is to actually mix a small amount of the Pro-Radiance Illuminating Balm with your concealer. This is a great method that will add radiance and brightness to your undereye area.

Overall, I am completely impressed with this product and I am going to continue using it throughout my daily skincare routine. The only questionable thing about this product is the £34* price tag, however, if a product actually works for me then I don't mind paying that little bit extra. If you are a little dubious about the product you can purchase a travel size version for £9 - this way you get to trial the product before committing to the full size. Travel sized products are so handy! If you want to find out more about this product you can head over to the official Elemis website where you can also purchase both the full and travel size. You can also pick this little gem up at House of Fraser, Time to Spa, Feel Unique (where it is currently 20% off) and a few other places online and in store.

I hope you all enjoy this review - I would love to now what your thoughts are on this product and if it is something you would considering incorporating into your skincare routine. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me via my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to ready every single comment...they really make my day!

Lots of Love

*PR Sample

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