25 December 2014

Boxing Day Sale

Hope you’re all having an amazing time in this holiday season.  I just wanted to share some brilliant sale finds while they were still in stock!  Technically the sale started from Christmas Eve and I've pretty much bought everything in sight.  January is going to be a poor month for me *tear tear*.  I thought I'd pick out the best deals I could find so you don't miss them!

FeelUnique.com - Free delivery over £10

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set – from £27 to £18.90, use code ‘TOP10’ to get it for £17! 

LookFantastic.com - Free delivery

NARS Eye Paints – from £18 to £7.99!!


Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation – from £25 to £9 (price depends on shades)

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer – from £29.50 to £12.79!

There are some amazing deals for Stila at LookFantastic including their concealer for £6, so have a proper look!

SpaceNK – Free delivery with code “FREEDELIVERY20”

By Terry Give Me 5 Smoky Eyes Kit – from £96 to £48!  Amazing value for money, considering the By Terry Ombre Blackstar alone is £38!


Lipstick Queen Liquid Assets – from £30 to £15 for 3 full size liquid lipsticks.

Nude Miracle Mask – from £38 to £19.

Boots

First of all, if you want perfume – buy it now!  All Christmas gift sets are a 1/3rd off!!  The gift sets are the same price as the individual bottle, so you get a much better deal with the shower gel/body lotion included.  Plus individual bottles are hardly ever reduced by so much!  For example Chloe 50 ml gift set has been reduced to £41 from £61.50; Marc Jacobs Dot EDP gift set reduced to £33 from £49.50!  You get the idea.


Soap & Glory™ CRAZY SEXY KOHL™ Gift Set – from £14 to £7.

 


Dove Wonderful You Gift Set – from £15 to £7.50.

Selfridges (Delivery £3.95)


CHLOE See eau de parfum 75ml set – from £68 to £34!

ORIGINS Dr Weil Mega Relief gift set – from £60 to £40.

I will try and update this page if I find more deals.  Happy Shopping!

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23 December 2014

Five Festive Red Lip Options

Five Festive Red Lipsticks ft Nars, YSL, Illamasqua, MAC & GOSH - Aspiring Londoner

‘Tis the season for festive red lips.  Well, I love a red lip any month of the year, but December is definitely the month to wear it.  I have five of my favourites for you that’ll set you up for this party season.
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22 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | Fragrances For Him

Christmas Gift Guide Perfumes For Him ft Tom Ford, Chanel, YSL, Issey Miyake - Aspiring Londoner

Perfumes are probably the ‘easiest’ present you can buy for guys.  Well it certainly feels this way for me, especially when I’m buying for my husband.  Perfume is definitely something personal to buy for someone you know quite well.  Well that has been a faffy intro! Let’s get to the products...
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21 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | Fragrances For Her


I’m a massive, massive perfume hoarder.  I just love trying out new fragrances and how they make me feel.  It’ll come as no surprise when I say you need a new fragrance for the party season that smell and look the part.  I’ve included four of my favourites for Christmas gifts to a loved one or a treat for you!
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20 December 2014

No7 Get The Look | Sensational Party Sparkle #TaDah

No7 Makeup Inspirations Get The Look Sensational Party Sparkle #TaDah - Aspiring Londoner

Today I bring you the last #TaDah Christmas Moment with No7 – the Sensational Party Sparkle look.  This look brings together a berry lip with a festive metallic eye.  It relies on a handful of product so it’s quite easy to create.
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19 December 2014

Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque Review

Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque Review - Aspiring Londoner

Are you even surprised to see another face mask on AL?  I can’t help myself, I see a face mask and my brain is like, you need to try that *insert heart eyed emoji*.  Pur Minerals is not a brand I’m really familiar with.  However it has been around for a decade in the USA apparently and recently graced our shores!
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18 December 2014

S5 The Vitality Collection

S5 The Vitality Collection Review - Aspiring Londoner

S5 Skincare is completely new to me.  I was intrigued to know the team behind S5 are the same team that’s behind NUDE skincare.  S5 pride themselves in being ingredients experts who devote themselves in finding natural ingredients that really work.
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17 December 2014

No7 Get The Look | Day-to-Night Chic #TaDah

No7 Makeup Inspirations Get The Look Day-to-Night Chic #TaDah - Aspiring Londoner

I have another No7 Christmas Moments #TaDah look to share today.  The Day-to-Night Chic look is perfect for going to a party straight after work when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to get ready.
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13 December 2014

Seventeen Eye Palette & Lip Crayon Cosmetic Bag Review

Seventeen Eye Palette and Lip Crayon Cosmetic Bag Review - Aspiring Londoner

Seventeen are fast becoming one of my favourite brands.  Since they’ve re-branded, I’ve found myself circling their stand much more than I used to.  Their packaging is much better and their product quality is really up there with some more expensive drugstore/highstreet brands.
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12 December 2014

Ted Baker On Course Ted Messenger Bag | Gifts For Men

Ted Baker On Course Ted Messenger Bag Review - Aspiring Londoner

Men are hard to buy for; I really struggle to find things to buy every year!  There are only so many watches and shirts you can buy someone!  However as more and more men are interested in style and fashion, it makes it slightly more interesting to shop for.
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11 December 2014

Bee Good Honey & Crambe Hand Cream Review

Bee Good Honey & Crambe Hand Cream Review - Aspiring Londoner

I've declared my love for Bee Good many times on AL so you're all well aware.  I needed to specially mention the Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream 50ml*, £9 as it's been saving my hands in this bitter winter.
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10 December 2014

Brows 101 | Part 1

Brows 101 ft. Sleek Makeup Brow Kit, MAC Eyebrow Pencil, Seventeen Sculpting Brow Pencil Review - Aspiring Londoner

Brows have become ‘the thing’ and refuse to leave us alone.  Gone are the days of very thin and/or overly defined brows (although scouse brows beg to differ!).  It’s all about thicker; more natural looking brows and I must say I much prefer it.
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8 December 2014

The Perfect Winter Lip Duo | Kiko Lip Pencil & Clinique Chubby Stick

Kiko Smart Lip Pencin in 710 Rouge Noir Review - Aspiring Londoner


There are a lot of Autumn/Winter appropriate lipsticks in the market at the moment; but I sometimes feel like all the shades seem similar or you go to an event and everyone is wearing Rimmel Kate Moss 107!  So I wanted to try something new, something a little different.
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7 December 2014

No7 Get The Look | Evening Elegance #TaDah

No7 Get The Look 'Evening Elegance' Christmas 2014 - Aspiring Londoner

I’m always impressed by No7’s Christmas campaigns.  They never fail to bring glamour and glitz to the Boots beauty counter.  This year is no different and they’ve released probably the loveliest products to date! 
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6 December 2014

No7 Brush Collection and Purse

No7 Brush Collection and Purse Review - Aspiring Londoner

No7 is easily one of my favourite brands from Boots.  From skincare to makeup, I own a lot of their products and some of them I repurchase on a regular basis.  Today I have a beautiful Christmas gift set that’ll catch the eye of any makeup enthusiast!
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5 December 2014

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum Review

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum Review - Aspiring Londoner

The hype around No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum 30ml*, £23.95 is unreal.  I’ve been hearing how amazing this serum is for months and couldn’t help but be a little intrigued.  I’ve been trialling it for a few weeks, read on to hear my verdict!
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4 December 2014

A Skincare Treat - Jurlique Nutri-Define Multi-Correcting Day Cream

Jurlique Nutri-Define Multi Correcting Day Cream Review - Aspiring Londoner

I believe that prevention is better than cure.  This mind set means that I am willing to spend much more on skincare than makeup.  Skincare is something that I feel quite strongly about and am always reading up on ingredients to ensure I’m using the right kind of products for my skin.
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3 December 2014

Seventeen Nail Effects Top Coats Limited Edition

Seventeen Nail Effects Top Coat Limited Edition - Aspiring Londoner

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty pants at doing nail art.  I’ve many a times attempted it, only to end up looking like I’ve had a manicure from my 3 year old nephew – it was that bad!  That’s why I’m always looking for some fancy top coats that can jazz up my nail colour a little, especially for the party month that is December!
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2 December 2014

The Body Shop Christmas Shopping Event 4-5th Dec 2014!

The Body Shop Christmas Gift Sets - Aspiring Londoner


I’m a massive fan of The Body Shop.  At any given point in time, I have a considerable stash of TBS body butters and most skincare products.  So when I had the chance to preview the Christmas gift sets at the Eldon Square, Newcastle store, I was beyond excited!  If you read on, there're some exciting offers for you too!
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1 December 2014

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review - Aspiring Londoner

Over hyped products are quite the norm in the blogosphere and this always makes me rather sceptical when it comes to giving into a hyped product.  Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors have been raved and raved about most bloggers and YouTubers and I was torn.
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25 November 2014

Introducing BD Trade Secrets Makeup

Tesco BD Trade Secrets Makeup Collection - Aspiring Londoner

Tesco beauty aisles have recently caught my attention.  The reason being, we’ve never had a Tesco around us with a proper beauty aisle, but now there’s a pretty big one (see my #TescoBeautyHaul here)!  Barbara Daly, the makeup artist launched her makeup line back in 1998, and now it has a new name and a new feel!  Introducing BD Trade Secrets!
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21 November 2014

#TescoBeautyHaul 2014

#TescoBeautyHaul ft. Good Things Skincare, Rimmel Clear Complexion Stay Matte Powder - Aspiring Londoner

A massive Tesco opened up near us last year and I recently realised it has nearly two aisles full of makeup and skincare…grocery shopping is just not the same anymore!  I recently picked up some stuff and wanted to share my #TescoBeautyHaul with you!
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14 November 2014

Save vs Splurge | Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner

Pixi Bright Eyes Liner in Nude vs Rimmel ScandalEyes Kohl Pencil in Nude - Aspiring Londoner

One of the many things I love about blogging is finding cheaper alternatives to expensive products that I love.  It makes it easier on the purse strings to and enables me to repurchase the product often!  Today’s product is something I pretty much use on a daily basis, a nude eyeliner.
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6 November 2014

The Balm Pretty Smart Lip Gloss | Review & Swatch

The Balm Pretty Smart Lip Gloss in Hubba Hubba Review & Swatch - Aspiring Londoner

The balm is a new brand to me.  I’ve heard a lot about their highlighter, eye shadow palette and blushers – but not much about their lip products!  Blogging for last year has meant I’ve hoarded a mass of lip products and even the products that I wasn’t fussed about – lip glosses.  In my lip products addict tag, I mentioned I didn’t really like lip glosses. 
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31 October 2014

GOSH Stardust Nail Lacquers | Review & Swatches

GOSH Stardust Nail Lacquers Review & Swatches - Aspiring Londoner

I’ve been on a GOSH Cosmetics high recently.  They seem to be right on point with their new launches and the newest product to impress me is their nail lacquers.    
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29 October 2014

Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation Review & Swatch

Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation Review & Swatch - Aspiring Londoner

I’m a bit of a foundation snob.  I have never really bought foundation from drugstore/highstreet before (except the L’Oreal TrueMatch, read here).  The reason behind it is that with my yellow toned yet redness issues make it rather difficult to find a good foundation match.
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28 October 2014

Budget Buy | Collection Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette

Budget eye shadows are definitely having their moment in the sun currently.  There are so many that are great quality and I love that.  I’ve never been one to splash on eye shadows unless they really do something unique or special or I just can’t say no to the packaging (I’m looking at you Kiko!).  So when I came across this palette, I was rather excited.

Collection Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette Review - Aspiring Londoner

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27 October 2014

HD Brows Lip Gloss Review & Swatch


It’s time to talk about a lip product!  C’mon guys, it’s been like four days since I last talked about one.  I was getting withdrawal symptoms!  If you read my Lip Product Addict Tag, you know I’m not lip gloss wearer.  I own like two lip glosses – that says a lot.
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26 October 2014

Boss Orange Woman Perfume Dupe?

Lidl's Suddenly Diamonds Perfume: Dupe of Boss Orange Woman EDT - Aspiring Londoner

We bloggers love a good dupe.  Especially when the dupe is literally a tenth of the price of the original product.  So if you’re looking for an alternative to what may be your favourite perfume, keep reading!
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25 October 2014

How To Prepare For Success In Interviews

Prepare for a successful interview - Aspiring Londoner

In our lifetime, we must go to thousands of interviews.  We take hours to prepare ourselves with research, reading up about the interviewers, about our own strengths etc etc.  It’s always hard facing an interview, whether it’s a college/university one or a job one.
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24 October 2014

La Roche-Posay | Brand Spotlight

La Roche-Posay Brand Review - Aspiring Londoner

Disclaimer guys:  I haven’t been paid or sponsored or anything of the sorts.  I opened my bathroom cabinet a couple of weeks ago and saw a whole shelf full of LRP – I knew I had to share the love.
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23 October 2014

Autumn Essentials | Dry Oils

Dry Oils ft. Roger & Gallet Ultra Nourishing Fig Oil, The Body Shop Argan Oil Radiant Oil & Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil - Aspiring Londoner

Now that we’re well into autumn, my summer body lotion just isn’t cutting it anymore.  I’ve switched to something richer.  I tend to moisturise after my shower, but it’s always rather irritates me how long it takes for body lotions/butters to sink in.  It delays getting dressed and getting into bed all warm and cosy!  Enter dry oils!
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22 October 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Collection | Review & Looks

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Collection - Aspiring Londoner

Let’s face it guys, packaging is errrythaang in makeup.  It enables at least 50% of my purchases if not more!  I have definitely purchased my fair share of Estee Lauder eyeshadow palettes in the past because I just could not pass up on the gold/navy packaging. 
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21 October 2014

Kellogg’s In Your Bath?

Kellogg's Bathing Gift Sets from Tesco - Aspiring Londoner

Yes, you can now have Kellogg’s in your very own bath!  I haven’t lost my mind, honestly.  Kellogg’s now have their own bathing range exclusively at Tesco’s!
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Orla Kiely Bergamot Hand Wash and Lotion Set || Christmas Gift Guide

Orla Kiely Bergamot Hand Wash and Hand Lotion Set - Aspiring Londoner

Orla Kiely’s designs have always attracted me due to the use of bold colours and prints.  She always uses vibrant colours and I feel that adds life to the design.  Her toiletries range stayed true to her collections with vibrant orange and print.
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20 October 2014

Kiko Milano Luxurious Collection Limited Edition

Kiko Milano Luxurious Collection - Aspiring Londoner

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you must’ve noticed I’m pretty obsessed with Kiko Milano right now.  They have excellent products and their collections just get better with eac one they release.  I honestly didn’t think they could top their Daring Game Collection, but lo and behold they release the Luxurious collection.  There aren’t enough heart eye-shaped emoticons in the world to express my absolute awe of these products.
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Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner Review & Looks

Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner Review & Swatches - Aspiring Londoner

I have a confession to make; I’ve never tried gel eye liners.  Is that bad?  I’ve always worked with liquid liners and they’ve worked so well for me that I never felt the need to try gel liners.  The idea of taking a brush and sticking in a pot of liner and then applying on my lash line seemed like too much hard work!  However I have always been intrigued about it.
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19 October 2014

Seventeen Colour Carnival Nail Polish | Festive Nails

Seventeen Colour Carnival Nail Polish in Blue & Silver Glitter - Aspiring Londoner


Blue nail polishes are hard to wear.  I find some blue polishes make my hands look strange and just don’t suit me. As are glitter polishes, they usually make you look like you’re under the age of 13…having said that, I love glitter polishes! So I have a grown up way of wearing glitter and looking sophisticated!
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18 October 2014

GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Lipsticks Review

GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Lipsticks Review - Aspiring Londoner

Although I started my lipstick journey with MAC, I’ve since then experimented with a lot of brands.  My experiments lead me to the conclusion, you don’t always get what you pay for.  Drugstore lipsticks are more and more getting the formula right.  Granted ‘high-end’ lipsticks have the packaging ‘ooh’ factor but drugstore brands aren’t far behind in that either.  GOSH have got it pretty right with their Velvet Touch Lipstick range.
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17 October 2014

Scholl Manicure Pedicure Nail Beauty Set || Christmas Gift Guide

Scholl Manicure Pedicure Nail Beauty Set | Christmas Gift Guide #1 - Aspiring Londoner

Christmas is 10 weeks away guys.  10 weeks!! So it’s about time I got my act together and posted about gift ideas, yes?  Today I have the ultimate present for mani-loving pamper people!
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16 October 2014

Cambridge | 5 Must Visit Places

Cambridge, UK - Aspiring Londoner

A couple of months ago, quite spontaneously we decided to take a road trip down south beginning at Cambridge.  I’ve heard so much about the architecture and the charm of Cambridge that it’s always been on my list to visit.  We spent two days there and used up every single minute to do something.  I’m going to share my top 5 things to do whilst in Cambridge if you’re contemplating a visit.
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15 October 2014

Colour & Metallic Eyeliners #AW14Trends

Colour & Metallic Eye Liner A/W '14 Trend ft. Rimmel, Topshop & Boots No7 - Aspiring Londoner

Autumn/Winter has taken AL by storm!  I’ve fallen for all the makeup trends and fallen hard.  I’ve tried out so many different products and looks and loved experimenting with colours!  One of my favourites has to be the colour eye liner look.  This is one of these things I’ve wanted to do for the longest time but never quite gathered the courage for it.
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14 October 2014

Weleda Oat Replenishing Hair Treatment Review

Weleda Oat Replenishing Hair Treatment Review - Aspiring Londoner

I have very long, fine hair.  In maintaining the length and ensuring good health of my hair, I end up trying many, many hair masks and treatments.  One such treatment I’m reviewing today is from Weleda.  I’ve previously tried Weleda’s Skin Food (review here) which I loved.
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13 October 2014

Clarins Ladylike Autumn Limited Edition Eyeshadows | Review & Swatches

Clarins Ladylike Autumn Makeup Eyeshadow Collection Review - Aspiring Londoner

If you’re regular reader of AL, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been playing around with eyeshadows quite a bit.  Without a surprise, I’ve got two new looks from Clarins’ Ladylike Autumn Makeup Collection. 
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12 October 2014

Sunday Relaxing Pamper Sessions

Relaxing Pamper Session ft The Body Shop Argan Oil Bubbling Bath, Rituals Summer Bliss Shower Oil, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask - Aspiring Londoner

Working full-time, managing my home and blogging all can be quite full on sometimes.  If I don’t strike a good balance of these, the stress of it all can get to me.  As a ritual, every Sunday I ensure I set aside some ‘me’ time.  For me, this has two benefits, 1) it’s a great way to relax and unwind after the week and 2) it motivates and prepares me for the week starting on Monday!  If I didn’t have my Sunday time, I imagine I’d be a terror/misery guts on Monday morning!
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11 October 2014

Kiko Milano Color-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadows - Metallic Eyes

Kiko Milano Color-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadow Pencils in 28 Persuasive Anthracite, 11 Charming Champagne & 29 Irresistable Teal - Aspiring Londoner

I’ve been utterly obsessed with the Kiko Milano Limited Edition Daring Game Collection for Fall/Autumn.  It’s inspired by smart and beautiful Bond girls and casinos often featured in Bond films.  It’s created for confident women to create eye catching looks.  Today I’m going to share with you the Kiko Milano Color-Up Long LastingEyeshadow* £7.90, aka the best eye shadows ever!
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10 October 2014

Favourites | September 2014

September 2014 Favourites ft. The Body Shop, Sleek MakeUp, GOSH Cosmetics, Cane+Austin & Crown Brush - Aspiring Londoner


Another month closer to Christmas!  I think I can get away with being excited about Christmas now, without people giving me funny looks!  Last month, I've tried out literally tons of makeup.  This'll be evident in my upcoming reviews.  But I've picked out things that I've religiously used on a daily basis.  Let's begin!
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9 October 2014

No7 Match Made Lipstick Service Review

No7 Match Made Lipstick Service Review - Aspiring Londoner

Many women find it difficult to find the perfect lipsticks that complement their skin tone and have the correct undertones.  Now No7 has the solution to this problem.  They started their foundation matching service in 2012, and concealer match made service in 2013 and now have gone one step further to provide ‘No7 Match Made Lipstick Service’!  I was very intrigued when I first heard of this so visited my local Boots store to see what it’s all about. 
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7 October 2014

GOSH 9 Shades 'To Enjoy In New York' Palette #AW14Trends Look

GOSH 9 Shades Eye Shadow Palette To Enjoy In New York - Aspiring Londoner

Keeping with my #AW14Trends, I bring you first of my eye shadow looks.  On the AW14 Chloe runways, Diane Kendal created a lilac/taupe eye shadow look which really caught my eye.  It's a lovely way to add some colour with a neutral shade.
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24 September 2014

Eye Creams 101

Eye Creams Review featuring Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel, Monu Professional Skincare Eye Care Gel, Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, Boots Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll-On Gel - Aspiring Londoner

When I was 17, I randomly walked into a Superdrug and got talked into having a skin consultation.  After much prodding with some kind of a device on my skin, I was told I have very dehydrated skin and desperately need an eye cream. Being 17 and completely clueless, I bought the first eye cream I could find and from that night onwards, I slathered my eye area (quite generously, might I add) with said eye cream.
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23 September 2014

From My Stash | Hot Cloth Cleansers

 Hot Cloth Cleansers - Boots No7 Beautiful Skin, Superdrug Naturally Radiant, Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2in1, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Over the past year, I’ve become an avid fan of hot cloth cleansers.  I don’t think I can ever go back to removing makeup AND cleaning my face with one wash off gel cleanser.  I just couldn’t!  These are the cleansers I have in my stash currently, so I wanted to pull together my thoughts on them all for you.
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22 September 2014

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System | Review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System Review - Aspiring Londoner

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System*, £32.50 is probably one of the most awaited skincare launch of the year.  Well, it certainly was for me!  I’m a massive, massive fan of LRP skincare and I’ve converted half my family to the LRP way.  I can’t praise their products enough!  That being said, I was a little sceptical about the 3-step system, as I have previously tried these ‘systems’ before which left me underwhelmed.  But as a true LRP fangirl, I needed to know if it lived up to their other products.
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21 September 2014

Berry Lips | #AW14Trends

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 18 Violine Strass AW14 Trends Berry Lips - Aspiring Londoner

Berry lips are undoubtedly the biggest Autumn/Winter trend.  Ranging from deep matte berry shades to brighter berry shades.  All brands, be it high-end or high street, have some dedicated berry shades to suit your needs.
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