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Letting My Fiancé Choose My Lingerie | John Lewis DD+

When Andy was tasked with picking out a lingerie set for me, he was glad to see that there was a handy guide from John Lewis to help him get it right. Sometimes it can be a little daunting if you had to buy an item like this for someone else if it isn't what you're used to as there are more things to think about. Although he is familiar with sizing, I think that the information in the guide would come in useful to anyone who is unsure, as getting this right is key to buying this type of clothing. One thing that he found particularly useful was the advice on choosing the right colour and relating this back to the general theme of my other clothes. I have quite a lot of lighter clothing, so when Andy went through the guide it helped him to then look for something of a similar shade so that it would match with what I'd wear.

The set that Andy picked out was by Fantasie who I've never bought lingerie from before. He chose out the Sienna Side Support Balcony Bra in Tea Rose with matching briefs. The bra features floral embroidery which is a pretty and delicate pattern. It has underwired cups and the side support allows for a flattering appearance by helping to project your chest. A soft and smooth finish to the briefs gives a romantic touch and provides comfort, particularly with the seamless back.

John Lewis has a good range of lingerie brands, including Bluebella, Freya, Fantasie and And/Or so there should be an option for whoever you are buying for. Some tips for picking out the right pieces is to have a look at what they already own and the type of lingerie this is. Don't be too adventurous with your choices and try not to go too far away from their current selection. Setting yourself a budget can help you narrow down the options to make it slightly less daunting. Andy had a bit of a different task as I currently wear a GG cup, but there are still plenty of options to choose from including matching sets. Buying lingerie is a great gift for occasions such as Valentine's Day and anniversaries and I would definitely recommend using the guide as it's something you want to get right the first time around.

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Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! Mascara

One of the biggest launches of 2018 by far has been the Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! Mascara. A lot of people were abroad to help with the reveal and others sat in awe wondering what the secret would be about. I thought it would be a new range of foundations or possibly branching out into powder palettes for highlighting and contouring. I was a tad confused when I saw it was just a mascara, but since they've not had a mascara product launched since Roller Lash, I guess it's fairly big news for Benefit. It's £21.50 so more expensive than the rest of their lash products but with the technology used to create the mascara it's not much of a surprise.

BADgal Bang! has up to 26-hour "full-blast" volumising mascara that creates huge volume without weighing down your lashes. It has "gravity-defying" formula contains aero-particles which are one of the lightest known materials, which come from space technology. The mascara has intense black pigment for a bigger impact on your lashes, along with the Slimpact! brush that's streamlined to reach the roots of your lashes up to the tips. All-in-all, a 360 degree reach with massive volume.

One thing I did note about the mascara is that it claims to have added volume, length and curl without clumps. I don't know whether it's down to their new brush but it did clump on my lashes. It seems to be like other Benefit mascaras that seem wetter in formula than other brands and to avoid clumps you need to leave the brush out open to oxygen for a few minutes to start drying before you apply it to the lashes. The pigment is second to none and I really like the sleek packaging. I did think from the Out Of This World slogan was going to reveal something galaxy-themed like a palette instead of a mascara.

Overall I'm a little biased, as I prefer a thicker brush as opposed to more of a comb-brush hybrid but for some people this will really work to volumise and lengthen your lashes. It is a buildable product, so you can layer up to add thickness and length but I wouldn't add more than two coats as on me it had a tendency to clump. My lashes definitely looked longer and it lasted all day long on me every time I've worn it. It's harder to remove than regular mascara so if that's a big factor for you and wanting it to last right up until you take it off, then this is a product for you.

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Latest In Beauty Box | Winter Glamour

Beauty boxes are a great way to experience new products that you may have otherwise not found out about. I've always enjoyed trying out new brands and products as I have sometimes found ones that I fell in love with and end up replacing items in my current collection as the new ones work for me so much better. Alternatively, being able to discover something that you never knew existed can change your beauty routine, and this happened to me when I first came across things such as brow pomade, brow gels and eye primer.

Latest in Beauty have created a service to let you receive some great beauty products that will be tailored to you. You'll create your profile which to choose your beauty preferences from a range of products, whether this is skincare, makeup, bath and body or hair care. From there you pick 3, 6 or 9 favourite products to test out each month in your very own personalised box. They also create one-off collection boxes filled with products inspired by different times of the year or other themes. One of these boxes is the Winter Glamour one that I've been testing out which "will have you looking beautiful in 2018" with their hair treats and makeup items filling this box. 

Priced at £20, this box is filled with a range of products for you to enjoy. The Max Factor Creme Bronzer in the 05 Light Gold shade will create a glow to flatter and enhance the natural features of your face. It uses micro-fine pigments and will blend with all skin tones so would be ideal to use for party makeup, or even if you just wanted some added glow. When it comes to applying your eyeliner or getting the perfect brows you need to ensure you have a sharp pencil. To keep it on point, this Duo Pencil Sharpener from The Vintage Cosmetic Company can sharpen both thin and thicker pencils while keeping all the shavings contained so that it won't create a mess amongst your other makeup, which I'm definitely guilty for; having pencil shavings in my makeup bag. For those wanting something for their lips, the Rodial XXL Lip Liner in the Nude shade will help to create fuller and more defined lips. It's designed to provide long-lasting colour, which is down to the waterproof and anti-feathering features. I often use lip liners and will definitely be keeping this one handy as having one that will stay put is vital.

If you wanted a lightweight foundation power, then the Nude By Nature Radiant Loose Powder in the Ivory shade might be what you are looking for. It will help to cover up pigmentation and any redness while being able to conceal pores and even out your complexion. I think this would be a good daily option to give you that light covering, with it coming in particularly useful towards the summer months due to it containing SPF 15. Applying your makeup can often be made easier by using the right tools. These Perfecting Blender Duo sponges from Ecotools are designed to be used with liquid and cream makeup and come in two densities. A smaller sponge is for more detailed and specific application (like baking underneath the eyes), while the larger one will be used for lighter and buildable makeup with it's soft and flexible properties. I can see these being great for taking away with me as you don't need more than two sponges and they work pretty well.

Keeping your hair looking good can sometimes feel a little difficult. This is where Moroccanoil Treatment Light could help you out. Argan Oil has many benefits for your hair due to it containing fatty acids and Vitamin E which are some of the much-needed nutrients. To give you the shiny, silky and swishy hair look, simply add a couple of pumps of the oil to your towel dried and clean hair onto the mid-lengths downwards. You can then either let it dry on its own or blow dry it depending on your preference. As I have dry hair I tend to use hair oil around twice a month as a deep treatment so this will come in useful to help me keep my hair healthy. Another hair treatment product comes from Charles Worthington and is the Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner. It's designed to deeply treat and nourish your hair, with the Abyssinian oil moisturising and Argan oil helps to restore any damage. As I can often get frizzy hair, I'm quite glad that the serum will help to combat this. To apply, you simply smooth it through damp hair with your fingers and leave it to do its work.

When it comes to putting my hair up, I'll normally just grab a bobble from the big pile of plain ones in the draw. What Kitsch have done is create some colourful handmade Hair Ties that can be paired with any outfit due to their varied designs in the pack of five. They have enough elastic in the tie to stay put while the wider design ensures they are comfortable to wear which will be good to help prevent discomfort. The last item in the beauty box was the Sleep Plus+ Hair Elixir from This Works. Combining the ability to boost the vitality of your hair while promoting better sleep, this "overnight problem solver" leaves you with hydrated and replenished hair while also helping you to get up feeling more positive. I've never seen a combination product like this before, but if it gives you healthier hair why letting me sleep better then I'm all for it. I've really enjoyed the products in this Winter Glamour box, particularly the lip liner and the good selection of hair care products as they match your needs at this time of year. I love beauty subscription boxes as you have the chance to try new products and improve the way you approach all things beauty.

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Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks For Valentine's Day

With less than a week to go, Valentine's Day is going to be my best one yet. I'm engaged, I'm far more confident than I was a year ago and I've been stepping my makeup game up a notch. Why bother showcasing a ton of lipsticks to wear that I probably won't pick out on the day, when I can show you some of the highest quality ones? I tend to go for either of two lip colours on days like Valentine's; a simple nude in case I smudge my lippy all over my face, or a bold red whilst remembering that I need to consume all drinks with a straw. Either way, here are a few shades I'd personally recommend from Charlotte Tilbury.

The two red shades I love are both from the Matte Revolution range; Love Liberty and Red Carpet Red. Love Liberty is described as a 'berry pink matte lipstick' but definitely comes off more red-pink on my lips. It has rosy undertones which make it quite different from the classic bold red shade if that's what you prefer. Red Carpet Red is a 'true ruby red matte lipstick' and screams glamour from the old Hollywood days. The main reason I love the Matte Revolution lipsticks is that it softens and protects the lips to hydrate them, so you have a matte finish without completely drying them out like a lot of other matte lippies. They're long-lasting thanks to the oils, waxes and triglycerides and you can precise application from the angled tip so even when the lipstick wears down you'll still have that square tip. I tend to use a Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liner underneath and the colours stay bold and bright. Other great reds from Charlotte Tilbury are So Marilyn (a bombshell red), Shanghai Nights (a deep rich sultry red), Dangerous Liaison (a warm rusty rose) and Legendary Queen (a soft neutral wine).

If you're more of a nude-coloured gal, shades like Bitch Perfect from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range are perfect. Bitch Perfect is a peach-toned nude and really brings out my blue eyes and pale skin. I think nudes really differ depending on your skin colour but then again, you should wear whatever shade you want. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks have light-diffusing pigments to give your lips a multi-dimensional finish to capture the light and reflect it back for a full-bodied effect. The 'Lipstick Tree extracts' nourish the lips to protect them from UV damage and keeps them lovely and smooth. They also contain a special blend of waxes to make the lipstick glide over the lips to maintain the rich colour without bleeding outside of the lip line. For further prevention of bleeding you can use a Lip Cheat in the corresponding colour. More nudes to choose from are Pillow Talk (a dreamy nude pink), American Sweetheart (a naturally tawny pink), Best Actress (a creamy brown nude), and Kidman's Kiss (a rose petal-pink).

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer Review

I'm a creature of habit and have been using one of the best-selling concealers since I began blogging four years ago. I saw the hype about the new Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer and I couldn't help but pick it up in C1. It's supposed to be a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, even down to the applicator, but I'm yet to try that so can't pass a comment. The Conceal & Define Concealer is meant to be made for everyone out there, with 18 shades from fair to deep, you would think there would be enough shades to match everyone's skin tone. I picked up the lightest shade and it matches my foundation, meaning for everyday use or to highlight my under eyes, I'd effectively need a C0 which doesn't exist. Again since I'm so fair I can't comment on whether the medium and deep shades suit all skin tones but if the lightest shade isn't light enough, I don't think the deepest will be.

Aside from the shade debacle, this concealer is really good, exceeding my expectations. It's medium to full coverage and conceals blemishes and dark circles better than the Collection concealer, and has a matte finish. It tends to crease slightly more but that's because it has a higher coverage so is fully expected. The large applicator means applying the concealer is really easy and if you're using it to highlight (or contour) larger areas it makes it really simple. It blends really well, and to top it off it's only £4! I've blended it with both a brush and a beauty sponge and has worked great both ways, so my only complaint is that I need a lighter shade. At the moment if you buy now from Superdrug you get a free eyeshadow & highlighter palette when you spend £12, bargain!

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Valentine's Day Scents with Fragrance Direct | Paco Rabanne Aqua 2018

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I bet a lot of couples have forgotten to buy their other half a gift. Fragrance Direct are offering some great scents at a good price and I thought I'd mention the new Paco Rabanne Aqua fragrances. The Aqua creations are 'refreshing like the deep sea' with delicacy from the new designs and a touch of sensuality. I hadn't tried any Paco Rabanne perfumes before, so I was intrigued to see whether these fragrances met the high expectations the others around me had set.

The Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDP is a fresh scent with Calabrian Bergamot, Petitgrain and aquatic accords, that leads to the heart of the Ginger Flower. It's reflected in the base of Salty Vanilla, Cashmere Wood and Ambergris. The idea behind Olympéa Aqua is to tame the desire to conquer everything from Invictus, as Olympéa is for a woman with delicate power. When Invictus and Olympéa are as one, they silence all voices and capture all eyes. I love the bottle, with the colour reflecting the ingredients of Ginger Flower and Cashmere Wood. The almost rose-gold finish is appealing to the eye and goes well with the rest of my perfume collection.

Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua EDP is a fresh scent blended with the 'energetic combination' of Grapefruit, Pink Pepper and Yuzu, with marine notes in the heart wrapped in a 'Herbal Violet Leaf accord. The intense scent of Guaiac Wood is paired with Ambergris and Woody Amber in the base. The fragrance is created upon the image of a man who has an athletic body, with every moment showing precision and power. The bottle definitely reflects what Paco Rabanne are doing when describing the scent, with the ombré blue an nice added touch to mimic the picture around 'Aqua'.

Fragrance Direct are offering up to 65% off for Valentine's Day, including up to £11 off the new Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua and Invictus Aqua fragrances. #BuyFragranceNot Flowers

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