“Experience the new fizzing addiction”

Working for YSL is a blessing, being able to test and know what launches are being released a couple months in advanced is a luxury. Last week YSL launched their newest edition to their Black Opium family: Black Opium Glow. If you know me, as soon as Glow is mentioned, I’m like a magpie to jewellery, I’m all over it.

This one is replacing the previous Black Opium Eau de Toilette but in my opinion, that’s not a bad move at all! With the iconic accord of black coffee, white flowers, vanilla that are enhanced by energising pear and enticing citrus notes. It’s definitely one that is zesty, sweet floral-oriental:

Top: Black Coffee, Pear, Lemon, Bergamot
Heart: Orange Blossom, Sambac Jasmine
Base: Cedar, Patchouli, Musk

The bottle is now translucent with pink and black glitter, the Black Opium logo is metallic pink. The familiar bottle shape but design reflects the light but fresh scent this brings. It's available in 50ml & 90ml bottles,

Purchase: Black Opium Glow EDT £60.00 - £82.50

Yves Saint Laurent - 'Black Opium Glow' EDT.

Pink Parcel is the UK's No.1 period box, it's a subscription box for, well you've got it, that time of the month with over £40 worth of femcare & beauty products each month. It's designed to allow us to pamper ourselves while also taking care of our menstrual needs.
You can select from either tampons or towels or a mixture of both. For medical reasons I cannot wear tampons, so I chose to have towels in my December box: Always extra long with wings. Included in the box was Whittard Early Grey, Fudge Kitchen Orange Caramel Fudge, English Laundry Signature Purse Spray, Maggie Anne Nail Polish, Pom Secret Santa Snowflake Earrings, Sanatio Naturalis Sweet Orange Aromatherapy Oil, The Beauty Crop Eyeshadow Trio & So Susan Mesmer-eyes Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
My period during December came right on Boxing day, lovely. Right on time and when I'm back to work, my cramps and backache were a nightmare. The pink parcel came with a little drawstring pouch for me to put my towels in which is so helpful and cute to have in my bag and allow it to be discreet while at work needing to change, although for me it's not a problem to be honest as we are all women but it's nice to have that choice. Being able to just pamper even if it's to paint my nails, relax and have a cuppa or even just indulge in some chocolate if that's your thing. For £12.99 it's worth a try at least once!

Purchase: Pink Parcel

Pink Parcel.

"A plant- and marine-based mist formula to help visibly reduce pore size and sebum overactivity"

I do deal with an overactive T-zone like a lot of people do, I think it's one of the most common places. Working on a make-up counter too, I want my make-up to last as long as possible during the day, without my make-up slicking downwards. I was surprised by being sent this Hylamide Pore Flusher. Hylamide is a brand under the awesome Deciem umbrella. Being that it's aimed at reducing pore size which I don't think I really have much of a problem with but sebum overactivity - yes.

Besides Aqua being the first ingredient within this, witch hazel is second on the list, I normally go between The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution and my witch hazel because I do find witch hazel for daily use to be too much for my skin. Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract can be looked upon as a humectant and helps the skin retain moisture by retaining water. Spiraea ulmaria extract also known as Meadowsweet commonly used to clears the skin & resolves rashes & Agathosma betulina is the pore refining ingredient here! It'll help shrink the pores if you have enlarged pores. It also lists Citric Acid & this can help exfoliate the skin. I guess, we can look at this to get clearer, brighter and more refined skin.

I cleanse my face and allow it to dry before spraying this either onto a cotton pad or directly onto my face. The smell is quite 'green' and sweet - similarly reminds me of fresh cut grass. It's to be used morning and night, I think this way the skin will benefit more from the Pore Flush too. I can't use it daily as I do find it can dry the skin out too much even with my additional skincare routine as I do use a few AHA's within my routine so my skin is constantly exfoliating. Like I mentioned before how I apply it, if I find that my t-zone is needed to be more targeted I only use it in specific places. But it does seem to control my oil quite well, for £13 it's very reasonable especially as I don't have to use more 2x a day.

Have you tried the Pore Flush?

Purchase: Pore Flush £13.00


Hylamide Pore Flush.

This is my first time using CND nail polishes & let me give a spoiler - I was very impressed by them. I was kindly set quite a selection and while wearing one at work, it got commented on a couple times & it became a quick favourite of mine. A mixture of the CND NightSpell (dark, sultry, and full of drama) collection & Glacial Illusion (arctic elegance) Collection. I have to say that I'm seriously loving these shades, NightSpell is perfect for coming into Autumn and Glacial Illusion brings us into Winter but this is beauty - where are the rules?

NightSpell Collection

"Will take you from day to night in the twitch of a black cat's tail"
▸ Berry Boudoir - deep mulberry plum.
▸ Mercurial - holographic silver.
▸ Hypnotic Dreams - magical autumn brown.
▸ Eternal Midnight - midnight periwinkle purple, shining in a sky of azure blue hues.
▸ Viridian Veil - chrome aquamarine blue.
▸ Lilac Eclipse - warm lilac crème.

Glacial Illusion Collection

"Trends straight from the catwalk to your fingertips"
▸ Alpine Plum - icy muted lilac shade with metallic silver undertones and a sophisticated satin finish.
▸ Radiant Chill - silky rose gold shade with undertones of bronze and copper and a flawless metallic finish.
▸ Winter Nights - rich navy blue colour with a luxurious crème finish.
▸ Ice Bar - pearlescent creamy white with hues of pink and a shimmer finish.
▸ Mystic Slate - creamy mid-tone grey with blue hues and a crème finish.
▸ Cashmere Wrap - dusky crème nude.
Also included is the CND Vinylux Weekly Long Lasting Topcoat. The weekly polish and weekly top coat have a system uniquely designed to work together. The weekly polish lasts up to 4 times longer than traditional nail polish, when used with the Vinylux top coat as a system. Exposure to natural light secures the ProLight technology, creating an enduring, long-lasting polish. Berry Boudoir & Hypnotic Dreams make sure a great pairing, layering Hypnotic Dreams over Berry Boudoir gives a beautiful new colour. Winter Nights + Ice Bar also work well as a pairing with Ice Bar being a sheer, shimmer finish it's a good top coat. I do have to admit that this nail polish after a week to take off was hard! Talk about chip resistant, it's nail polish remover resistant lol.

Have you ever used CND before? What shades are you loving?

Purchase: NightSpell Collection £6.95 each | Glacial Illusion £7.95 each
RRP £12.95


CND Vinylux NightSpell + Glacial Illusion Collection.

Wow, it feels like yesterday I was talking about their pastel & bright polishes for Spring & Summer and now it's their Winter. Yeah this year has gone by so quickly. When looking towards Winter, we've got a few occasions such as Christmas & New Year Eve, thinking about our outfits are one thing but also our beauty & our nails can be at the spotlight, holding the mistletoe and when sipping out of a flute glass. This collection is inspired by the city that never sleeps - New York City.
▸ Ring in the Bling - ruby red pearl tinged with light navy blue.
▸ Be Cherry! - bright crimson red.
▸ Suit & Tied - sandy beige
▸ Social-lights - slate grey glistening with amber warmth
▸ On Your Mistletoes - oxford blue
▸ New Year, New Hue - rich magenta purple.
I've got a few favourites here, Ring in the Bling is beautiful, with two coats it gives such a ruby slippers appearance, that screams Christmas. Social-lights, is a shade that isn't like one I've got. I was very taken by On Your Mistletoes, it normally wouldn't be me, but this shade is a definite yes. New Year, New Hue, a couple of layers and it dries down darker than what is displayed in the bottle but my goodness, it's sexy! Suit & Tied would definitely be in rotation for me, I do like nudes / beige shades when I don't know what to put on and this one isn't going to be an exception. I think Be Cherry! will grow on me, it's more a shade that can be worn any time of the year (like all colours for me) but I wouldn't pin it down to just Winter. Quite looking forward to displaying these nail shades this upcoming Winter.

Which one is your favourite?

Purchase: essie Winter Collection £7.99
Available from 25th October until 28th December 2017 in Boots.


essie Winter Collection 2017.

About Mazuri Products

Mazuri is a seven-strong product range of shampoos, conditions, sprays and creams that are comprised of natural unrefined Shea Butter combined with essential penetrating oils, Olive, Avocado, Sweet Almond & Sunflower Seed Oil. These ingredients have been carefully created to deliver hydration, shine and definition to mixed race, afro and all hair types.

I've tried one product from this brand before, Mazuri Organics Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise Steam Treatment. I quite liked it but at the time being a hair product junkie it was never repurchased. When I was given the opportunity to try the Mazuri Naturals Shea Butter Collection, I thought why not see what else this brand has to offer. At the moment I'm going between straight and curly quite often as the weather is significantly cooler.

I decided to try the following three items Shea Butter Naturals Fresh Start Shampoo, Shea Butter Naturals Fresh Start Conditioner & Shea Butter Naturals Leave In Oil Moisturiser. The shampoo is made with natural ingredients to condition & strengthen hair whilst repairing damaged areas deep within. The conditioner seals in moisture, repairs and strengthens hair too. Leave in Oil moisturiser, can be used as a daily oil moisturiser to strengthen and promote hair growth whilst hydrating and reconditioning dry hair and repairing damaged bonds, can be used on damp hair as a blow dry lotion.

These bottles are pretty large at 335ml each and the shampoo & condition have a RRP of £6.99 and the leave in oil moisturiser is RRP £6.69. Which I find very reasonable especially if they're effective. With anything we do, having a good clean, well prepped base is what gives us the best results we want and our hair is no different. Overall I've been using these for all my wash days since receiving them, even after colouring my hair also. I like the leave in oil moisturiser, I will use it to blow dry and straighten my hair and I have the most lightweight but moisturised hair. Even putting a small piece through before sealing with oil is amazing and gives me great results. The shampoo & conditioner also are effective in not stripping my hair while washing but I know it's clean and also the conditioner doesn't coat my strands but I can feel they're hydrated. I definitely would repurchase without a doubt. I'm not even half way through the bottles and I've had these for a little while now and wash my hair 1 - 2x a week, the 335ml is worth it and the price is budget friendly in my opinion.

What have you been loving for your hair lately?

Purchase: Mazuri Naturals Shea Butter Collection


Mazuri Naturals Shea Butter Collection Review.

Hello October and the end of BST, although since August these nights have been drawing in past 8pm anyway, so come Winter, we’re getting up in the dark, leaving work in the dark and of course going to bed in the dark. I don’t know about you but as someone who suffers with mental illness, different seasons can affect my mood doubly more than normal so I started early to help combat these mood changes. October is bringing a few changes for me personally and although I’m ready for the challenge, it’s a huge one for me. Therefore, I want to go into it with a positive mindset from every angle and yes that can start from getting a good night rest and waking up as peaceful as possible but what else besides the regurgitated tips could I do to aide this process?

A light therapy energy lamp!!

I’ve heard about the lights for those with SAD but didn’t really think much about them because if I’m in a depressive mood Summer doesn’t help much but Winter, I’m a lot more withdrawn, hard to get up and motivated. With the help of Philips, I trialled their EnergyUP Energy Light for 2 weeks as they said “With daily use, you are likely to feel EnergyUp's energising effect within 1-2 weeks.” Can’t hurt to try. With a few things occurring in September, it’ll be a great time to see how this helps me in the morning and feel during the day. Being that our lifestyles these days demand more which means we need to give more energy and alertness it can be a hard feat if we're also fighting energy dips. These can happen in the middle of the night (somewhere between 2:00am and 4:00am) and just after lunchtime (around 1:00pm to 3:00pm) when people tend to crave a post-lunch nap.

What is an light therapy energy lamp?

Philips EnergyUp Intense Blue is intended to make people feel more energetic, to adjust circadian rhythms and to provide relief from the winter blues. Medical uses of the EnergyUp is to treat winter depression or SAD. With daylight being essential to keeping fit, well-being and feeling energised throughout the day, EnergyUp mimics the natural energising power of daylight on a bright sunny day. It stimulates special receptors in the eye to trigger the body's natural response to sunlight. Helping fight energy dips, so we feel more energetic, alert and active & improving our mood.

Philips EnergyUP Energy Light
Feel more energised with light, naturally.
Intense blue light
As effective as 10,000 lux (the recommendation that a SAD light box light must emit)
Results in just 20 – 30 minutes per day
Even brightness, 100% UV free light (safe for eye & skin)
Improves energy levels, alertness and mood
Fights energy dips, fatigue and winter blues

How to use a light therapy energy lamp?

I think knowing when to use this is the most important part of getting it to work for your needs. It can be used for up to 30 minutes but it can be used for longer if used at the correct time of day. If you spend a lot of time indoors with little daylight and artificial light, then you may feel the energising effects of the EnergyUp very quickly after it being switched on, it can be used throughout the day to compensate for the natural light source but not during the evening or night.
This is how I've been using it, when I get up the sun hasn't risen yet therefore it's still quite dark, I will switch this on as soon as I get up & for the first 10 minutes allow the light to give me a boost & encouragement to rise. There is 3 brightness settings, the 3rd being the most intense. Depending on when my energy is needed due to the dips, that is how many pulses (brightness settings) I set it too. Now my problem isn't that I can't get up, it's just I find it hard to get up, my energy after a full nights sleep is still low, making me feel more fatigued. This is why I use the third pulse light.

Week 1.

The day this arrived, I felt extremely lethargic, the weather was pretty dull, on / off raining and from after 2pm, I just couldn't keep my eyes open. I kept nodding off for 5 - 10 minute intervals whilst watching "It." but I had, a pretty full night sleep of 7-8 hours so I should of felt pretty rested but I wasn't. Now because my body clock wakes up before the sunrise naturally, I'm still tiresome and feel extremely tired no matter how much sleep I get, my body feels as though I should still sleep. Preparing myself for the next morning, I set my light up next to my bed & went to bed pretty early and when I awoke coming up 6am, put the light on and clicked it a couple times to get the 3rd pulse. Each morning for the first week, I did this for 30 minutes, sometimes longer & I made sure as soon as there was natural daylight to allow that into my space and face it directly. As the days went by, I noticed the lethargic feeling during the day began to ween.

Week 2.

I was quite shocked at how much this can help in the morning. I'm sleeping early but of course waking up in the dark isn't easy but I find popping this on first thing, really helps me give me a boost in the morning while getting ready and while leaving the house, I'm not tired and I'm ready to go all day. As I'm on my feet all day and pretty active, it's also easy after lunch to feel slumped and tired but I don't find that happens, my energy is still pretty high to keep me going onward. I was doing a clients make-up one morning and she commented on how energised & talkative I was for being early morning. I told her about this light and I told her I recommended it especially if you can get pretty low in the darker morning months and can't find the motivation to get going. Even to have people who don't know me see the energy, alertness and how wide awake but also relaxed that I am, is a huge bonus.

I've been using this for about a month now and see how much this helps. When it's my lunch and tea break, I make sure that I go outside especially if it's bright to get the Sun beating down on me whether it's warm or cold, I need to get away from fluorescent lights and soak up the natural light on offer. Of course on glum days it's not possible but at least getting some fresh air can help.

Have you ever used an energy light? Would it be of interest?

Purchase: Philips EnergyUp Energy Light £150.00

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Fighting Winter Blues with EnergyUp.

They may look like ordinary, plain black socks but Beautyfeet Heel Pad Socks are unique. The heel of these socks have integrated nourishing pads that contain a secret patented formula containing advanced moisturising ingredients, a Chinese herbal recipe and Nano Silver. You may of seen me rave about Nano Silver last year on my blog here. They say wearing Beautyfeet daily assists the sebaceous gland, sweat glands and skin to revive damaged heels, usually takes 7-14 days to completely revive heels but some see results after one days. Can it really be that easy as slipping socks on to heal our feet?
With 4.75 / 5 star reviews from customers it has to be. Wearing for at least 8 hours a day will give the best results, slip them on in the morning or before bed and let the socks do all the work. For some it may be easy to wear at night, I find it near impossible at times to wear socks to bed as I get too hot but during the day. They'll get the most use, especially in these cooler months. Let's clear this up, I don't really suffer from dry, cracked feet but sometimes with my overly hot baths it can lead to my heels getting more dry so I use a lot of emollients and heavy creams for my feet to make sure they suck up a lot of moisture and sometimes I like to do a peel to fix issues but is this less messy & quicker?

In one word - Yes.
Best believe I was shocked at these socks, I was wearing these to work and being that I'm on my feet for the majority of the day. These not only kept my feet more moisturised but cracking? Where? Nowhere! Come payday I'm going to order more because I'm still wearing them and probably the herbal recipe is long gone and been soaked up by my feet but as I'm heading into the busy period, my feet are going to need all the aid it can get this upcoming season. I don't know how it manages to do it, but it does it.

Have you ever tried Beautyfeet Heel Pad Socks?

Purchase: Beautyfeet £7.99 for women + men.


SockShop Nourishing Heel Pad Socks.

Underneath my dark brown hair there's bleached blonde ends, on top of that is an old dye from like a year or so ago. Now the ends where the blonde has been covered up are beginning to lift and go a cooper brown, my aim is to have a uniformed, shiny and healthy colour. For the first time I'm using Herbatint Permanent Herbal Hair Colours

About Herbatint

Herbatint is free from Ammonia, Resorcinol, Parabens, Fragrance and Alcohol. Their natural range of colours reflect all natural hair colours of the colour spectrum. It's a PETA certified and Vegan hair colour brand that is also gluten free! Antica Erboristeria S.p.A was founded in 1960 by Michel Albergo, Antica specialise in permanent hair dyes formulated without ammonia and based on vegetal extracts which are currently manufactured in Rome. In the 60's the hair care industry was dominated by large chemical companies, Mr Albergo was a pioneer in the fact he had the idea to formulate dye mostly based on natural ingredients, finding a way to protect the hair structure by reducing chemical ingredients & making the most of the natural synergy offered by some vegetal extracts.

Herbatint Experience

Naturally my hair isn't jet black, it is a very dark brown, I decided on the shade 2N (brown). First off once I opened the box, I come to notice that this is a product that doesn't use an applicator bottle. You get a gel colorant, developer, normalising shampoo sachet and royal cream (regenerating treatment for coloured hair) and gloves. Therefore you do need a bowl to mix and a brush - I wasn't prepared so I used an old Tupperware container. You have to mix with a 1:1 ratio of the hair gel colorant and developer but mix the amount you need & save the rest in the bottles for future applications, perfect if you're just touching up areas, I needed all so I mixed them both into the gel consistency. And began to apply from root to top but I was more focused on my mid-length to tips as this is where the colour is changing more. My mum had trimmed my hair as it needed to be rid of the dead ends and it also got rid of most the tip colour prior to application. I noticed there was none of that strong smell that hair dye can bring which was a relief, it didn't drip and once applied. I just did a loose bun and clip. Waited 40 minutes and began to the process of washing it out. From my experience of darker shades, takes FOREVER to rinse it out and the water to run clear. Of course the colour was all one shade but also what I was most pleased with is the fact my hair did not feel dry, there was no negatives👍.
It still felt how it would of on a normal wash day which is a positive. I did my usual hair-care routine regardless and allowed my hair to soak up the hair mask under a steam cap. I applied my hair oil and dried my hair with heat as it was pretty late and I wasn't going to bed with wet hair. Next day the hair still feels soft and in natural light I can see how well the colour looks. I'm pretty much sold on Herbatint.
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Do you colour your hair, at home or professionally?

Purchase: Herbatint Permanent Herbal Hair Colour £9.50


Herbatint Vegan Hair Dye Gel.