I've always been a huge lover of chocolate, and when Lily O'Brien's asked if I wanted to review some of their chocolate bars, it was a straight yes. I received a selection of their 80g bars (£2.00 each)* that come in six different flavours including Salted Caramel which sounds like it would be beautiful. The flavours I have been trying out are Orange & Bergamot Ganache, Peppermint Crunch, Dulce de Leche, Caramel Crunch and Malted Chocolate Crunch. Some of the bars come in both Milk and Dark chocolate which should suit everyone's chocolate needs.
The Orange & Bergamot Ganache was one of the flavours that I wasn't sure what to expect. Orange and bergamot are well known to be a match made in heaven but I'd never tried it with chocolate. Once you snap a piece of the chocolate the smooth ganache filling oozes out, tasting of fragrant orange with a citrus twist of bergamot and it left me wanting more. I've never been a huge fan of fruit mixed with chocolate and would usually pick up something different but I would most definitely pick this up. This flavour even won a Great Taste Award!
The Dulce de Leche bar was another interesting bar as it's made with marbled dark chocolate that is rippled with caramel infused white chocolate. It's one of the bars I wish I had taken a separate photo of but in all honesty it was the first one I wanted to try and my stomach got the better of me as I had a feeling it was going to be the most creamy bar, and boy was I right. I knew exactly what to expect when trying the Malted Chocolate Crunch as it reminded me of Maltesers which are a household favourite. The milk chocolate melted quickly as the pieces aren't too thick, leaving you with sweet and crispy malt pieces.
1. Go on a weekend away
2. Buy a house with Andy
3. Throw a housewarming party
4. Buy a Macbook/iMac
5. Learn to drive
6. Go Full time with blogging
7. Go back to Berlin
8. Create more makeup tutorial posts
9. Buy some Alex drawers
10. Get my eyebrows tattooed
11. Hit some major blogging milestones
12. Finish writing out my recipe book
13. Set up my own blogging office
14. Create a gallery wall
15. Visit Santorini
16. Do another fundraising event
17. Go to another festival
18. Try and do at least a video per month on YouTube
19. Go pumpkin picking
20. Learn to bake something new
21. Have a strict skincare regime
22. Do some more DIY projects
23. Invest in some more makeup brushes
24. Have a makeup clearout
I'm getting into my skincare more these days and when the new Garnier Pure Active range launched I was beyond excited as it's designed for combination to oily prone skin. Using different products in the range to create your own long term commitment to clearer looking skin. The products were carefully formulated with ingredients such as Saliylic Acid, Zing and Eucalyptus extract to target the look of oily skin, blemishes, blocked pores and shine with a drying action. Designed for women, this range has a number of products to help you combat problem areas and help you feel more confidence in your own skin.
To cleanse, I use the Pure Active Micellar Water All-In-One* (£4.99) to take off my makeup or any oil that's sitting on the top of my skin. It's an easy way to take off your makeup at night, cleanse and purify the skin, eye area and lips in one step without rinsing. Since micellar waters came out I haven't looked back. I have sensitive skin and using a foaming cleanser and having to rinse it off was my own personal nightmare as I used to be so frightened of getting anything in my eyes. I've also used the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water before this Pure Active version came out as their micellar waters are so good to take all your makeup off quickly without having to stumble into the bathroom to wash your face after a night out. I love using these type of product especially since I always use an extra pad once I think all my makeup is off and it picks up product that the naked eye can't see on the skin.
When I'm in the bath or shower, I love using the Pure Active 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub and Mask* (£3.79) to really get into every pore and clean them out. To wash the skin, you use it on wet skin to help intensely cleanse and purify the skin. It helps remove excess sebum (oily residue) and protect against the appearance of spots. To use as a scrub, you massage the product into the forehead, chin and nose to help remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. To use it as a mask once or twice a week, you apply to dry skin and leave on for three minutes then use a wet flannel or glove to wash off. This helps to tone and mattify the skin. It's such an innovative product and since I have to exfoliate my forehead and nose every day (gently) it's really good at doing exact what it says it's going to do.
The KIEHLSxMTVSAF collaboration is now in it's second year running after successful fundraising year in 2015 with Tinie Tempah and all 102 Kiehl's boutiques and department store points of sale will support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation additionally by raising money an awareness. To date, the MTVSAF has distributed nearly $6 million to grassroots HIV prevent projects and has reached every one of the top 50 countries affected by HIV. Laura Mvula has said that being the ambassador for this project is a great honour to her as it's important that we work harder than ever to increase awareness of HIV among young people.
I bought this Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light/Medium (£39/$40) whilst I was in Los Angeles back in April and included it in my Huge American Makeup Haul but didn't get round to reviewing it until today. As someone with combination skin I'm a huge lover of powder products as they keep my skin matte and I know they won't move during the day. Since I have quite fair skin I picked up the Light/Medium kit so that every shade would match me perfectly. There are six shades in the palette and the pans are exactly the right size for dabbing brushes into.
The palette comes with three powder highlights and three powder contour shades to create the illusions of higher cheekbones, softer jawline, a slimmer nose or a smaller forehead. The first shade is Vanilla which is a pale cream, which I mix with Banana (pale yellow) for under my eyes when I set my concealer as it helps cancel out any dark shades if my Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids haven't already done the job. The last highlight shade is Sand which is described as a 'radiant chiffon' which is perfect for a subtle highlight along the nose and on top of the cheekbones.
There are three contour shades, starting with Java which is described as a mocha shade, Fawn which is a tawny shade and Havana which is a 'warm russet'. I use Havana as a bronzer especially during summer to let me look a little sunkissed but couldn't contour with it as it's just too warm. Most days I use Fawn as it's the coolest shade out of the three and is the best shade to contour the hollows of my cheeks, by my temples and down the sides of my nose. If I'm going on a night out I sometimes mix Fawn with Java for a more defined look.
All of the shades blend easily and are incredibly smooth. Some powders feel cakey on the skin but these feel almost creamy and are a dream to apply. I tend to use brushes over beauty blenders as I feel I can really buff them in better. I'm in love with ABH products and since I'm using this almost daily I'm not going to jump to pick up the cream version. I think overall there are three of these Contour Kits and you can pick them up from a variety of places in the UK now. I did pick mine up in the Sephora in Santa Monica (CA) but places like Beauty Bay stock Anastasia Beverly Hills products.