So it's been a while since I have done one of these but here are some products that have impressed me recently!
First up is this salt scrub from Organic Surge. Organic Surge is a brand that I've always noticed as it is sold in Waitrose and John Lewis but had never really picked up until recently. I think the products are such good value and deliver on quality and are great all rounders. This particular product is from the more expensive end of the range but I am so a big fan of a salt scrub and this one works brilliantly! Salt scrubs are amazing for this time of year as they really work at getting rid of dry skin, but in particular with this one and as you can see from the photos, it comes in an oily texture which really hydrates the skin and keeps it feeling lovely and soft. The smell of this is so gorgeous as well - it's really fresh but with a sophisticated and rich element to it which I love!
Next is this 'Instant Oomph' powder from VO5. I think these powders are great and I love this one for its value and the fact that it is not too sticky unlike its fellow volume powders. Most important, it works! I do find that I have to top it up every now and then but just a few shakes of this and you have instant amazing volume. You can feel it in your hair but it is not at all uncomfortable on the scalp and sometimes to get great volume you have to pay a little price! I also love VO5's packaging - girly and pink is right up my street!
Next is this Creamy Eye Treatment from Kiehl's. It is so super moisturising and I absolutely love the consistency as it's really rich but blends around the eye with no excess oil or shine. The avocado element gives skin that extra moisture it needs around the eyes and you only need a little bit to fully cover the eye area. Have any of you guys tried this?
Last up is this Nails Inc Vitamin E oil pen. I absolutely LOVE this. It's absolutely amazing just to have in your handbag and then throw it on whenever. On one end is a brush and you simply pop the oil all over the nail and cuticle and it keeps the nails hydrated and stops those dry bits from around the nail coming back so your nails look perfect!
So if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@TanyaBurr), you may have noticed me talking about shooting for Daily Mix - the new YouTube channel I am a part of. My first video went live on Sunday and if you haven't seen it already, here it is! I will be appearing on the channel once a week doing celebrity style makeovers.
I was shooting for Daily Mix today in London and thought it would be nice to show you some pictures of behind the scenes! It's always really fun on set and it's so lovely to meet some of you guys and give you makeovers. The lovely Rose appears in this post as she was having her make-up done whilst the photos were being taken - lovely to meet you Rose! How much does she look like Mila Kunis?!
Hope you enjoy the videos and check out all the other features on the Daily Mix channel too. If you would like the opportunity to have a makeover by me then simply email firstname.lastname@example.org!
So I may be slighty late jumping on the bandwagon with this one because I know it has been out a while, but I have just started using this palette and I think it is one of the best palettes Urban Decay has to offer - it is called the Vice Palette, and it is one of my favourites of the Urban Decay bunch along with the amazing NAKED's. Although fun, lots of Urban Decay's previous palettes have come in excessive packaging which makes them a bit impractical so I love the simplicity of this one.
The design not only looks good but it is fantastically made compared to others like it. The shadows are boxed up in a really solid, water resistant package, which, with the click of a button, opens up to reveal twenty amazing shadows. Inside is also a really big mirror that shows your whole face so I think this is an excellent use of space. Of course, unlike the NAKED's, this isn't your typical throw in the handbag palette as it is quite big, but I think it makes the perfect compliment to a dressing table and the versatility of this palette is like no other. Now on to the shadows...
I think I have said before that Urban Decay shadows shed quite a bit so be aware of that when you are applying them but let this not be a reason to get in the way of how amazing the shadows are otherwise. The quality is lovely for they are both super pigmented but also the forumla is finely milled so they blend beautifully. What I think this palette in particular offers is scope to create an abundance of incredible looks and I think all the shadows are uniquely interesting and eyecatching. I love how it offers soft golden smokey colours then really bright colours, along with staple nudes and blacks - I'm sure there is a few shadows in there for everyone. Here are the swatches and the names...
Desparation, Muse, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane
Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market
Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor
Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced
With Christmas shopping in full swing, I think this palette would make a perfect gift as it's hard to go wrong with it. I also think for the price paid (£42) this is brilliant value because I think each of the shadows will get used for different occassions and they will last you such a long time. What do you guys think? Will this palette be on your Christmas list this year?
So there is a spa that I use on a regular basis in my hometown, Norwich and I wanted to share it with you guys because I absolutely love it and get all my treatments done there. The people, the atmosphere and of course the treatments themselves are just fantastic. The spa is at the St Giles House hotel and I know quite a few of you guys live close by to here so it might interest you, but if you don't then I hope you enjoy the pictures and perhaps it might make you book that festive appointment at your local spa!
This weekend, My best friend Kate and I went along and had a joint full body massage there. Kate had had massages before but had never been to St Giles hotel for one and she absolutely loved it too. The massages are tailor made to meet your needs and the staff ensure that the massage is just the way you want it to be before you have it done. The only downside is that they are totally addictive!! So they leave you wanting to go back for more and more...
Kate stuck with the regular full body treatment but I asked for mine to be focused on my back as I get a lot of tension there and the massage left me feeling completely revived and relaxed. For one hour Kate and I dissolved into pure relaxation and it is the perfect place to ease your thoughts and have some proper chill time, the beds are super comfy too and are nice and wide for you to spread out on! Afterwards we were given champagne and strawberries which was the perfect end to our massages.
The products they use are the fantastic ILA products, I have only used them in the spa here and I particularly love the refreshing but calming scent of the 'Vital Energy' oil they used on us. Have any of you guys used ILA products?
For those of you in and around the Norwich area, I would highly recommend paying a visit to St Giles House hotel spa, for me they have the whole package of everything you could want from a spa experience. If you don't live near by then I'd love to hear your favourite treatments that you have had done before.
You can check out their website here for prices and treatments:
So bath and body brand Philosophy have some amazing festive treats this year and I thought I would share the ones I have with you. I got some Christmas shopping in early and I just think these make brilliant gifts and are suited to anyone. I have loved Philosophy for such a long time, the products smell absolutely amazing and they work wonders too. I also love their bath, shampoo and body wash combinations because the 3-in-1 aspect to them is so practical!
First up is this lovely 'winter escape' trio. I think the box they come in is so sweet and Christmassy and inside is a vanilla frost scented body moisturiser, lip gloss and shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. The scent of this is just heavenly, it is so warm and sweet and rich that it makes the perfect winter treat to the skin. I love their bubble baths as they really foam up and combined with the moisturiser, they leave the skin feeling really soft and nourished with the lovely musky vanilla scent.
This has to be one of the sweetest beauty products I have ever seen! A miniature 'purity' face cleanser that is presented as a Christmas bauble! I have loved this cleanser for such a long time, it's great because it can be used on the eyes as well and completely gets rid of all make-up. Because of the oily and soft forumla of this product it just melts into the skin making it feel super silky and hydrated at the same time. It is definitely worth checking out and this miniature size is a perfect trial size, plus it would look so lovely hanging on a tree! I also think it is such good value as it is only £9 here in the U.K so it would be perfect finishing touch to someones present!
The last thing I got was this 'sugar plum fairy' gift set. I was mainly attracted to this because of the fantastic purple shimmery colour, I think it is just so fun and unique. In the really cute box is the shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath and a lip gloss to go with it. I think as a duo it works really well because shower products on their own are really lovely, but the lip gloss gives a more luxurious and special twist. I think the names of all the Philosophy products are so fun as well and the packaging just makes them really well presented gifts.
I will definitely be stocking up on some more of these perfect gifts and stocking fillers for Christmas. I'm starting to feel so Christmassy now guys! Have any of you got well ahead with your Christmas shopping and what other brands do you think make great Christmas gifts?