March Favourites….

Hello again lovelies.

I hope you are all okay, and didn’t get too “fooled” yesterday. So, now we are in a new month and that means it’s time to share with you the products I have been loving through March. So let’s get started.

The first thing is a handbag Mark bought me for Valentines Day, I didn’t start using it until last month this is firmly in my favourites because it’s so beautiful.

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It’s just gorgeous! It’s by the fantastic British brand LYDC, Mark bought it from a super accessories store in our town. It’s a stunning bright coral with cream laser cutout on the front, and as you can see it’s cute little birds in a tree. I love it! If you want to check out LYDC accessories, which happens to be a favourite with a lot of British celebrities, click HERE

My next product just has to be my latest purchase from Makeup Revolution, of course.

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It’s the amazing FLAWLESS palette, 32 super pigmented mix of matte and shimmer eyeshadows to create any look you want, from nude/natural daytime looks through to your sexy glamourous dark smoky eye looks. Makeup Revolution have also bought out a Flawless Matte collection palette which is next on my shopping list! You can buy this awesome palette HERE

Another new product that I bought in March and just love is from MUA Makeup Academy, and I really want to get more shades.

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It’s the ever so pretty and moisturising Sweet Sheen Lip Balm, I bought the shade Coral Reef and it’s perfect for Spring and Summer. For a lip balm it’s really pigmented and provides gorgeous colour on the lips as well as keeping them very soft. There are 6 shades to choose from, and I rather fancy them all! Take a look at what I mean HERE

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These next two products are nearly always in my monthly favourites, I just can’t imagine using anything else right now. The Thea Skincare eye cream is just gorgeous and I’m so happy with the way it’s working on my eye area. I use it every day and night. It provides me with perfect moisturisation that lasts all day, and is a perfect base for makeup.

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Also from Thea Skincare is the beautiful Lip Creme. Again I use this day and night. It really does nourish my lips and provides plumpness without all the tingling, which I don’t like from other lip plumpers. All Thea Skincare is made from organic, natural ingredients and you can take a look HERE

That’s about it for my monthly favourites for now, I’ve a few reviews on the way so I hope you will look out for those. And to all of you who celebrate it, HAPPY EASTER!

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An Early Valentines Gift…..

Hello again lovelies!

This is a bit of a different post for me as it’s a fashion one rather than beauty, just for a change. But Mark went into town on friday after work and came home with an early Valentines present for me, I was so over the moon!

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He bought the most beautiful handbag and purse for me from a shop called Shoe Biz in our local town, and it’s from a brand I’ve not heard of before, LYDC a British brand and who are popular with a lot of celebrities. LYDC say “LYDC handbags offer exceptional quality combined with strong design. Classic shaped bags with a modern twist underpin the collection, ensuring that the LYDC woman is on-trend and fashionable. The fusion of creative design and practicality means that the LYDC brand is now recognised worldwide.”

Just look at the gorgeousness of this handbag! It’s coral  patent  leather with laser cut out bird design with a cream background, I love it! It does have a clip on shoulder strap too and can be worn across the body. The hardware on the bag is gold ie the zip, the stud closures on the end pockets, it also has gold metal on the base of the bag so that you don’t scratch this beauty when you have to place it down anywhere. The interior of the bag is gorgeous too, with what feels like a cotton lining in grey. You have a large zip up pocket inside and also a pocket for your mobile phone or pens ect. It’s a good size handbag too and doesn’t feel heavy even after putting everything you need into it! My purse is so gorgeous too, a classic wallet style with a pretty quilted front, again the clasp and zip are lovely shiny gold. Open the press stud clasp and there is plenty of room for your cards and paper money. The zip opening on the top is deep enough to hold all your change. I really do love my new handbag and purse and I shall enjoy using it during the Spring/Summer months. I’m just going to pop in some photos of Shoe Biz, a super gorgeous shoes, handbag and accessories retailer in Cambridgeshire.

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Cheryl, owner of Shoe Biz

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I really must pop in to this amazing shop myself soon, I’ve been before and bought a handbag and a pair of boots, but not for such a long time, time for another visit I think!

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I love this pretty owl bag!

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If you don’t live in Cambridgeshire, but you like the look of my beautiful LYDC handbag and purse, you can go to their website where they have a huge variety of handbags for your delectation, just click HERE.

Well, lovelies I hope you enjoyed my try at a fashion post, I’m not sure there will be many of them as I don’t buy clothes very often, I do love accessories though so maybe if I buy bags, scarves, jewellery and such like I will post again. Thank you for reading today.

XXX

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AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DRESS GOES TO!……

Hello lovely people!

Did you watch the Oscars? Did your favourite win? For me, my favourites for best actor and actress didn’t work out, I was hoping Leonardo Di Caprio and Dame Judi Dench would get the prize there.  Best film was well deserved with “12 Years a Slave” winning that, and it’s British. Woo Hoo!

But ceremony aside lets talk gowns, and what beautiful gowns we saw, Hollywood “A” listers never disappoint us do they? Here are a few of my favourite red carpet gowns from the star-studded night.

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Cate Blanchett, for me NEVER gets it wrong on the red carpet she is always just the epitome of elegance and beauty. Her Armani gown is stunning and with her side swept sleek hairstyle she needed no jewellery other than the drop diamond earrings. Not only did she take the Oscar for Actress in a leading role in the film “Blue Jasmin” for me she was the best dressed woman. Amazing!

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Lupita Nyong’o winning the Oscar for Actress in supporting role for “12 Years a Slave” looked absolutely stunning. Her Prada gown was made for her, and she said that the colour reminded her of the sky of Nairobi, her home. It had a “Grecian” look about the style with the low-cut “V” neckline and pleating to the full skirt. The only accessories she wore were a headband and stud earrings.

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Poor Jennifer Lawrence had that “whoops” moment again when she tripped on the red carpet. Last year the poor love fell on the steps up to the stage at last years ceremony when she collected her best actress Oscar. This year she took another tumble tripping on her glorious red fitted gown, which was a Dior Haute  Couture creation. She acessorized her gown with a long rope diamond necklace which she wore down her back, and stud earrings. A lovely young look for a beautiful young woman.

So that was my top 3 gorgeous and glamorous gowns from Oscars 2014, oh and there were some pretty damn good films to mention on the night too….

Well I have trawled through just about all the pictures on the Mail Online Oscars reports and I cannot find a dress that I thought was hideous. Have a look HERE  I couldn’t find anything to criticise, even Lady Gaga look rather splendid.

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What I got for Christmas….

I hope you all had a great Christmas!

I was going to leave this until the New Year, it should have been my first post of 2014 but I just couldn’t wait to show you!

I think I have been really lucky with these gorgeous gifts my Fiance gave me for Christmas, I love every single one of them. As you can see he set a theme that is beauty related ( He knows me soooo well!)

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I cannot wait to start using this super Nivea Soft Skin set. It has a roll on deodorant, a body wash, hand cream, moisturiser, hand body face cream and a Lip balm. Obviously reviews will follow soon peeps!

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I adore this Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi fragranced body care set, it includes a shower gel, body lotion and a super lip gloss that has a roller ball applicator. I needed a new make up bag to take bits and pieces of make up about with me, and there is lovely strawberry coloured one included in this set. Yes it may be a bag to carry toiletries but I think it’s pretty enough to go in my handbag.

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I had two absolutely beautiful bath sets by Bayliss and Harding. The bottom one Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit I have had before, and it really is delicious! The top one Ritual Retreat, I have never tried so I shall be trying this one out first.

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Yet more gorgeous Bayliss and Harding! These are beautiful and blingy. Two bottles of body wash each in a sequinned zipper case. Left is Mandarin and Grapefruit, right is Ritual Retreat. I got really excited when I opened these, they just looked so pretty!

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So that was the skin care and body care goodies, I also had some very pretty nail varnish by MUA and Fashionista.

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3 more Magnetic nail polishes to add to my collection. These ones look a bit more glittery than previous ones I have reviewed. Gorgeous, I hope you will agree.

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3 bottles of nail polish by Fashionista. A glitter in gold and another in lilac. I have wanted a black nail polish for ages and this one looks just the ticket. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t tell you what the consistancy or coverage is like, but as soon as I have worn any of them for  a few days I will let you know what they are like.

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I also had a few bits of make up too, also by MUA/Fashionista. This mascara is the Maxi Big Lash Impact volume mascara from Fashionista. It looks pretty good, the brush is super but as of yet I haven’t given it a proper try out.

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Two of the MUA Matte lipsticks in a nude colour and also a beautiful berry shade too. I shall be doing proper reviews in a later post. Another lip product I had was an MUA lip balm. I do love their lip balms, really moisturising.

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Lastly in the make up gifts are two eye liner products. Black eye pencil, which is so soft and easy to smudge for a smokey eye look, and a black liquid eye liner for that perfect cat flick!

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I was also lucky enough to have a huge bottle of my favourite Elizabeth Arden fragrance. Sunflowers, I wear it all year round, I just love it! I haven’t put a picture up, we forgot to take one (oops!)

Lastly, I had two pairs of absolutely beautiful earrings.

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I think I have been a lucky lady this year.  I was so happy with my Christmas presents from my Fiance, I think he was equally happy with the gifts I bought him too. I gave him an electric razor and the new David Beckham fragrance called “Classic” which, ladies is rather yummy!

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas too, see you in 2014!

Happy New Year!

All About Eyes….

Hi all, Thank you for stopping by.

I found this “Tag” on You Tube, it’s by a lovely lady who has become one of favourites to watch. I enjoyed watching her tag and as I don’t do videos I thought that I would have a go at the “All About Eyes” tag, blog style! I hope you enjoy it and I tag everyone who has eyes to have a go too! 🙂

What eye cream/serum do you use? I am still currently using my Avon Anew Ultimate 7S eye system and  I am just loving this so much I never want to change! If you would like to read my full review of the product go HERE please.

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What is your favourite under eye concealer? I love the MUA  Cover and Conceal wand. It is just so light and creamy, doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles and is great for hiding my bit of darkness that I have on my inner corner of my eyes, and it will last all day.

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What is your favourite eye primer? This is the only eye primer I have tried, so I have to say MUA  Eye primer. I can’t leave you a link to check it out as it doesn’t appear to be on their online store. But I have found this a must, especially as I am getting hot flushes now and sometimes feel as though my eyes are “sweating” (???) and I don’t want my eye shadow to slide off.  It gives me the true colour of my eyeshadow and it does help  my make up stay put all day too.

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What is your favourite eyebrow product? The MUA Pro Brow kit is fab. I used to use a brown eyeshadow but since getting this product this is all I use now. You can see a proper review on this and the eye primer HERE 

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What is your favourite eye shadow palette? (choose only 1) Oh this is just so unfair! Regular readers of my blog know I am a sucker for palettes. But if I have to pick just one then it has got to be the MUA Matte Palette. It is so amazing. It has everything going for it. Pigmentation, the gorgeous shades which are buildable for a more intense look. You can see my full review HERE in my MUA haul post.

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What is your favourite eye make up remover? For ages I have loved Garnier 2 in 1 eye and face make up remover. It’s gentle and doesn’t sting my eyes and it even removes waterproof mascara. You can also use this all over to remove your  face make up too. But I would still use my regular cleanser afterwards though, to get a deep down clean.

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What is your favourite mascara? This has to be the Fashionista Double Collection Mascara. It is what it says on the tube it’s double ended, the white side is a primer for your lashes so apply this first for thickness, then apply the black mascara for luscious lashes! It works for me. I usually apply the white primer then curl my lashes then apply the mascara.

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What is your favourite eyeliner? (pencil kohl gel felt tip or liquid) I have trouble applying eyeliner, all I need is practice really. If I do have a go it is usually with gel liner like the Secret Gel eyeliner by Fashionista.

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What is your favourite single eye shadow? I am afraid I can’t answer this one, I don’t have any singles at all. All my eye shadow are trio, quad or palettes. Sorry.

What are your favourite sunglasses? I love the sunnies I got free in a magazine during the Summer. I think they are stylish and pretty good quality for a freebie. They are also quite dark too, and I certainly don’t have to squint out in the sun like I have done wearing some sunglasses in the past. These also protect against UV rays too!

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Well that is the All About Eyes tag done, I hope you enjoyed it.  I did send an email to the You Tuber to ask her if I could put a link to her video in this post, but unfortunately I haven’t heard back from her, so I am unable to insert one. I would have rather had her permission. Never mind.

I do have another couple of “Tag” posts coming up, I rather enjoy them. Have a great weekend peeps!

Ta Ta!

Hi all. It’s now Monday morning, 25/11/13 and I heard back from Nisha of Sugarpuffandfluff  You Tube channel, and she has given me permission to put link to her All About Eyes tag. I hope you will check her channel out. She also has some fab tutorials to share too, especially super eye looks for us ladies who have hooded eyes.

Bye

“Pink Paws” – Just for Fun!

Hey everyone!

I thought I would do something a bit different this post, just a little bit of fun!

My daughter loves trainers, anything Adidas. My son-in-law has bought her a really gorgeous pair recently. So gorgeous in fact, she won’t wear them outside! They are Pink Poodles, designed by Jeremy Scott for Adidas. I love them, so I thought I would share them with  you.

 

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They really are as fluffy as they look, soooo super cute!!

So that was just a “quickie” for now. I shall be back soon with more reviews. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Toodle Pip.

Freebies!!

Hey there everyone. I hope you are all okay and had a great weekend!

So, who doesn’t love a freebie? I know I do. My other half will always get me magazines that has freebies inside for me. Marie Claire, In Style, Cosmopolitan, I have had some nice little freebies over the last 6 months or so. I have also had Calvin Klein’s new fragrance sample sent to me from Boots.

When I first get the magazines they can sometimes feel as though they are “stuffed” with things inside, and more often than not they are. So before I begin reading I go through the pages and find various sachets stuck within the pages. Sometimes I can use them, sometimes not. There is always perfume samples or shampoo/conditioner sachets, sometimes “Premium” brand skin care can be found amongst the pages too, serums or eye cream for example. I have had magazines where there have been a sachet of shower gel too.

As you can see, I have had some pretty nice freebies over the last few months, maybe 6 months. Let’s take a random look at the products that have been gracing the likes of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and In Style.

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There has been quite a few full sized products too. Like these gorgeous nail polishes from Ciate. Which work out to be a real bargain, as you pay about £3.95 for your magazine, while one of these nail polishes would set you back £9.00 each. These were from 3 different months by the way, it wasn’t all three in one mag. As you can see they are well loved, one bottle is missing it’s ribbon.

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In another month I got a gorgeous Nails Inc nail polish. These are priced at £11.00 each. It is a beautiful berry colour called “Tate”

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Another very lovely freebie was this Avon lipstick and mascara. These were together in the same magazine along with a sample sachet of their BB Cream. I think the lipstick is about £8.00 to buy, and the mascara between £5.00-£10.00 so that is quite a bargain for a £3.95 magazine again. The mascara is in black and it has the curved brush for curling the lashes, I haven’t tried it yet but I will be and do a proper review asap.

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As for the lipstick, it is a gorgeous deep red very creamy very moisturising and quite glossy too. I thought that being red, at my age it would look awful on me but I actually like it if I have quite a natural eye look.

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This I have only had a few days from Marie Claire magazine. It is a serum and I have been using it every day. You only need few drops and my skin feels so soft. I have been using it mainly around the eye area. This was a 7ml bottle. The full size bottle from Clinique will cost from £39.50 to £85.00.

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This next freebie I was really chuffed getting. It’s a liquid eyeliner in black from Eyeko the “felt tipped pen” sort. I have been practising applying eyeliner with it and I am getting there. This when purchased would have set me back £10.00!

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These next few sample sachets were all attached to various pages within the magazines, so it’s always worth checking through your mags to see what you can find.

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Some samples do last for more than one application, this one above gave me two mornings worth.

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I used the shampoo that was attached to this conditioner. They were quite big sample sachets too.

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A gorgeous little find was this beautiful perfume sample from Dolce + Gabbana called “Intense”

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This last sample freebie I got last week from Boots to announce the beautiful new fragrance from Calvin Klein.  It’s a 1.2ml vial, and this actually has a spray so you can spritz on the perfume. It really is a lovely fragrance too.

I thought I would save the best till last. My favourite freebie just has to be these super sun glasses! I was getting pretty bored with my usual pink shades and I was looking to have a change. My other half came in with my magazine and inside was this gorgeous pair of sunnies! You could choose which style of glasses you liked best. Wayfarer style or Aviator style or these which he knew I would like most. They aren’t branded, just a very nice pair of tortoise shell effect sun glasses. They are quite dark too, and they protect my eyes from the glare of the sun i do prefer quite dark sun glasses. I should think if I was to purchase these in a store they would probably cost about £10.00.

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So, that’s my freebies from the last few months. I am expecting some more freebies very soon. One is a sample of  a new Jo Malone fragrance called Peony and Blush Suede, and also I have been chosen along with 199 other ladies to trial new products for Avon’s Anew range. I am really excited about that. I have to trial it for a month, so when I have done my stuff for Avon I will let you know how I got on.

Thats about it for now, I would love to know what freebies you have enjoyed from your glossy mags. Let me know here or pop over to my Facebook page.

Take care……Toodle Pip!

My Beauty Wish List….

Hey everyone, I hope you are all well and Living Life Beautifully!

I thought I would do something a bit different with this post. Those of you who are regular viewers of my blog will know that I am a beauty on a budget kind of blogger. But hey, I do still wish for those more premium brands, those brands that are out of reach at the moment. So, I thought I would show you the products that are on my beauty wish list. Actually not just beauty though, there is fragrance, skin care, make up, some fashion items and electrical too! I’m not doing them in any particular order, its completely random. So here goes.

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Oh yes please! I would love to have a Jo Malone cologne standing on my dressing table and her bath products in the bathroom. Each fragrance name just makes me think that it would smell divine. English Pear and Freesia sounds incredible, I think that if I could afford a Jo Malone Cologne I would go for this one. But there are quite a few to choose from. White Jasmine and Mint, Amber and Lavender, and French Lime Blossom the list goes on. Jo Malone is also known for her home fragrance too. Room spray, linen spray and of course candles.  A 30ml bottle of cologne is £39.00 and a 100ml is £78.00. Yes this will have to be on my wish list for now.

CHANEL NO5 no5 edp 100 ml

Yes I know I already have a fragrance on my wish list, but I have always loved the iconic Chanel no5. It’s mainly because it was my late Mothers’ favourite perfume, it always reminds me of her. I do have one of her empty purse spray bottles in my dressing table drawer, and every so often I take it out and have a quick smell. I love the look of  the Chanel no5 bottle with the beautiful amber coloured fragranced liquid within it. It is the Parfum that is on my wish list, and if I was to have a bottle of my own I would have to keep it in a drawer away from the light. A 7.5ml bottle of  Chanel no5 Parfum is £87.50 from The Perfume Shop here in the UK. I think this will be on my wish list for quite a long time.

CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA FOUNDATION 

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One day I hope to try this.  I have seen many tutorials on You Tube where this has been used, and it looks amazing. It is light reflecting and moisturising, the packaging looks beautiful just as Chanel should be.  You get 30ml for £31.00 at Boots here in the UK. I think I shall be sticking to my faithful Undress Your Skin from MUA for a wee while.

NO!NO!

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The thought of never having to shave ever again would be just a dream. It would stop the horrid in-growing hairs I sometimes get. Now at the age of 53 I am getting sodding hair where I shouldn’t be getting them! On my ears, chin and even half way down my neck for pity’s sake! I don’t shave my face, I pluck the little blighter’s out, if I had a NO!NO! I wouldn’t have to bother anymore. but once again this is out of my reach for the time being. So I shall keep on plucking! I have seen a NO!NO! at the high street catalogue shop Argos for £134.99.

EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE LIFT AND SCULPT MORINGA CLEANSING BALM 

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When I first saw this product and what it is meant to do for the skin, I just fell in love with it. But I couldn’t  justify the price tag of £34.00 for 100ml of product. When I researched it though, I found out that it more than just a cleanser for the face. You can also leave it on the face for about 10 minutes as a face mask, use it as a lip balm, massage into dry areas i.e elbows, knees and heels of feet so it is a multi-tasker eh. I did find this cleansing balm on the Feel Unique website on sale for £28.90 and free delivery.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES

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Now what woman would not want a pair of these super beautiful shoes gracing her “plates of meat” (feet) with their iconic red soles. I mean the soles of the shoes are iconic red, not the soles of the feet!  I tried to win a pair in a competition but I was unlucky.  I would go for a pair of black patent mid heel shoes, I wouldn’t be able to walk in the huge platform ones unfortunately. I found “my” shoes on the Louboutin website priced at £395. While most things on my wishlist are in theory achievable,  I fear that these beauties will remain a dream.

Well, that is my wish list.  I could have gone on with quite a few more too. I would love to hear if  anyone has any of the things on my list. Let me know what they are like, especially the Louboutin shoes!  You can leave me your comments here, or over on my facebook page.

Take care till next time…..