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Sunday 26 June 2016

New In // Too Faced Hangover Primer

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you are having a wonderful weekend so far. I am enjoying a wonderful lazy Sunday with Tea on tap and my little Yorkshire Terrier Bella by my side. I've had a wonderful morning snap vlogging (@SophiaMeola) and blogging, which will shortly be followed by some baking! I am feeling super chirpy today so I thought I would grab my laptop and get back into blogging mode! I thought today I would share with you a beauty product that I have been head over heels in love with ever since I purchased it around a month or so ago. It was part of a huge pre-holiday haul that I forgot to share with you all but I will slowly make my way through as I have some reviews coming your way and also some snaps for Instagram (@SophiaMeola).

Too Faced have grown to become one of my favourite beauty brands and I still remember the day I purchased my first ever Too Faced product. I am pretty sure this was my Too Faced Leopard Love Perfection Complexion Kit and I have an old school review on my blog that you can see here. There is just something so special about their product range and I love that they are so quirky and fun with some pretty spectacular product names. When I heard that Too Faced were releasing a brand new Hangover Primer I was instantly intrigued to know more. I have seen countless bloggers and vloggers using it and giving it such rave reviews and flash forward a few months and I finally decided to bite the bullet and give it a try for myself. I am a huge fan of primers because ultimately they have so many benefits. I enjoy using them alone and also under makeup to ensure my makeup lasts longer, looks smoother or adds that matte or dewy look that I am after.

The Too Faced Hangover Primer has been designed to cure your skin after long days of work and late nights of play. This is a revolutionary makeup primer which is infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin's radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate whilst locking down makeup for a fresher, longer and more flawless wear. Too Faced harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels - it's basically skincare too! When I used this primer for the first time I was honestly blown away because it did everything it said it was going to do and I felt so content using it, as if it had instantly lifted my mood. The formulation feels incredible and the coconut scent instantly whisks you away to a tropical destination. Like I mentioned earlier, I love using primers alone and with makeup and you can do the same with the Too Faced Hangover Primer also. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish or under bronzers, foundations and powders to help you create the perfect base.

Now, let's take a closer look at the packaging. The design of this primer is super cute and I adore the white and pink hues and gold accents used - it looks so Instagram and Pinterest worthy! The functionality of the packaging is also amazing as it comes with a handy dandy pump which makes distribution and application of the product so much easier and mess free. The primer itself costs £27 and can be purchased from most department stores online and in-store. £27 is on the pricey side for a primer, however, I am 100% willing to spend that kind of money on a product that I know is going to work with my skin and ultimately make my makeup look good which makes me feel good haha.

Overall, I am completely in love with this primer and I have already added it to my next beauty wish list to ensure I have some backups in my makeup collection. You literally receive all the priming benefits you love while looking like you have received eight hours of sleep and drank your duly dose of H20 - sounds pretty spectacular to me.

Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment...they really make my day!

Lots of Love

Saturday 11 June 2016

Fathers Day Gift Guide with Debenhams

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a great start to the weekend. I've been out and about all day and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous - so let's hope it stays like this! I thought today I would share with you a Fathers Day Gift Guide in collaboration with Debenhams. I don't think I have ever posted a Fathers Day gift guide before so I was very excited when Debenhams wanted to collaborate on this post and with Fathers Day just around the corner I thought this would be the perfect time to share this post with you all. I love putting gift guides together and I would love to do more moving forward (for all occasions) - buying gifts for all the special people in my life just brings me so much joy! Plus, all of my previous gift guides have always had such lovely feedback from you all so that motivates me even more to create them.

June is a pretty good month in terms of gifts for my Dad! His Birthday falls on the 12th June, my Dad is called Antonio (every calls him Tony) and he celebrates St Antonio Day on 13th June and then Fathers Day is always the week after - Papa Meola gets spoilt haha.

For this years Fathers Day Gift Guide I have teamed up with Debenhams to bring you a few of my favourite pieces from their online gift ideas section and my theme was focused all around that 'dapper dad' in your life. Debenhams are always one of my go-to shopping destinations because there is literally everything you could possibly need under one roof (or online of course!), I just LOVE their Beauty Card and collecting points in the beauty helps justify those cheeky splurges haha.

A shaver on Fathers Day is one of those typical yet super necessary gifts that I know a tonne of Dads are going to love. Get a refreshing, close yet gentle shave with the Philips AquaTouch which also has a super sleek design. This is for the dapper dad who enjoys the comfort of a wet shave, with the convenience of a quick dry shave. The AquaTouch offers 10x more protection than a regular blade, while still giving you the closeness of a refreshing wet shave. It has a 5-direction flexing head which corporates AquaTec which makes it completely waterproof and the compact design makes it perfect for travel. Philips is one of the most unbeatable shaving brands around and I know my Dad is going to absolutely love this. 

Colognes and Aftershaves are another gift that will always go down a treat and this one by Vince Camuto smells absolutely incredible! Admitantly, I have never tried or gifted any Vince Camuto products before but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. This scent literally transports you to a European paradise and for an Eau de Toilette it packs a punch with parts of woody notes of cedar and pine alongside comforting lavender and just-sweet-enough juniper. The gift set includes a 100ml Eau de Toilette, a deodorant and a travel-sized fragrance also - all presented in this luxurious and distinctive blue box with silver accents. 
    RR.John Rocha Large Watch Box - £49*

    Now, this is probably the gift I was most excited about because I know it is something my Dad has wanted for quite some time. This Large Watch Box is part of the RR.John Rocha exclusive range and is perfect for keeping valuables safe and organised. The box itself has a brown leather-effect with a rich red lining which features 10 compartments and watch cushions. If you want to use the box for more than storing just watches you could even remove the cushions and use the compartments to store some of your favourite pieces of jewellery, for example, rings, bracelets and so on.

    I hope you all enjoyed my Fathers Day Gift Guide in collaboration with Debenhams. If you are still thinking of that special gift, I hope you found some inspiration in this post. Everything featured is easily accessible in-store or online, just make sure you give yourself enough time for delivery. So, we've covered grooming and accessories, however, I would also like to mention the Hammond & Co by Patrick Grant clothing line that Debenhams stock. Established in 1776 the line consists of beautifully cut suits, formal clothing and stylish casual wear; bringing the essence of Savile Row - the epitome of men's tailoring to their own menswear collection. I could literally browse the collection online for hours - next time I am at my local Debenhams I am definitely taking my Dad in to preview the collection, I know he will absolutely love it! If you have any additional gift ideas pretty please share them in the comments below as I would love to hear them.

    I am actually heading to Dubai today and we will be celebrating my Dad's Birthday, Parents Wedding Anniversary and Fathers Day whilst we are away - I am sooo excited! If you would like to see what I get up to on my travels make sure you are following me on Snapchat (@SophiaMeola) as I will definitely try to snap vlog as much as I can! Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment...they really make my day!

    Lots of Love

    *PR Samples

    Wednesday 1 June 2016

    Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser

    Hello My Lovelies,

    I hope you are all doing well and are having a great week so far! A few weeks ago a surprise Lancome package landed on my doorstep and it featured a weeks sample of their new Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser. Now, even before officially launching there was a huge buzz around this product and now I've given it a try for myself I totally understand why. This super bright and fun package arrived at the perfect time and it offered me that little bit of pampering that I was longing for. I was feeling quite stressed and run-down at the time so this liquid energy was just what my skin needed. I must admit, I haven't tried many Lancome product in the past, however, a friend of mine is an Account Manager for Lancome and I absolutely love seeing all of his updates around new releases and events! I am always up for trying new products and I recently added two of the new Juicy Shakers to my makeup collection so I can't wait to give them a try and feature them on my blog.

    The Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser, which retails around £28, has been designed for those leading an intense and busy lifestyle (sounds perfect for me then haha) which usually leads to tired, rough, dull or dry skin. The specially curated formula features Goji Berry extract and Lemon Balm oil, which combined leaves your skin looking more energies, healthier and ultimately hydrated. After using the new Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser for a full week I can definitely see myself purchasing the full-size version. I love the fact that it doesn't have a classic moisturiser consistency and how you can feel instant results. You simply use this product in place of your normal daily moisturiser, apply one or two drops to clean skin and massage in circular motions. You can instantly feel and see the texture of the product transform into a soft, smooth finish and it is increbile easy to incorporate within your skincare routine. I remember waking up the morning after using it for the first time and my skin had a very subtle glow to it and my face definitely felt more hydrated. This brand new liquid moisturiser has been inspired by new Korean beauty technology and once applied almost instantly melts into the skin, leaving your face feeling smoother and softer which is a perfect first step to prepping your skin for makeup application.

    Now, let's all take a moment to appreciate the packaging. I know they say to never judge a book by it's cover but I am a sucker for cute and well-designed packaging. Choosing a bright colour like green was perfect for this product, it is just so fresh, bright and chic looking which really adds to the whole ethos of this product. It also has the sweetest and most refreshing scent which combined with the bright green colouring just instantly makes you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world.

    Overall, I have really enjoyed using the new Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser and I would recommend it to anyone. However, if this product doesn't necessarily sound like something you would go for then there is also a Wake -up Lotion and Sleeping Mask which is part of the collection that sound equally amazing. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my latest ramblings, I would love to hear your thoughts on the new Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser and if you would give it a try. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want to chat you can contact me on my social media or you can leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment...they honestly make my day!

    You are #MadeOfEnergy and you are unstoppable!

    Lots of Love

    *PR Sample
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