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Kathryn Williams
Trained writer, who finds sanctuary in the beauty aisles.
Based in the North West.
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Thursday, 26 November 2015

#LFBLACKFRIDAY - Look Fantastic Beauty Discounts

I'm a bargain hunter when it comes to beauty items, I'm always looking for the best deals. Look Fantastic always comes up trumps when I search for discount codes or offers. I recently got 20% off some Dermalogica and Bare Minerals goodies, I would recommend signing up to their emails, they always have a code to use. Look Fantastic have some amazing deals for Black Friday!

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL - Receive a HUGE 20% off Lookfantastic which can be redeemed on a wide selection of onsite Black Friday Promotions.


Valid: 27/11-30/11 

*Very minimal exclusions - Can be redeemed from the following list:

*All offers will be live 00.01am 27th of November throughout Cyber Weekend & expire 11.59pm Cyber Monday 

I was lucky enough to receive their #LFBLACKFRIDAY Beauty Box, (sadly just for bloggers, not on sale), which showcases the best products from Look Fantastic. So here is what's inside...

Tangle Teezer - I swear by the Tangle Teezer, I use it every time I get out of the shower, it tames even the knottiest hair!

La Roche Posay Effaclar K - If you've read my blog before you'll know I adore La Roche Posay skincare, it's always helped my acne prone skin. I can't recommend the brand enough!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - The original Beauty Blender isn't in everyone's price range and this Real Techniques is a great comparable dupe for a fraction of the price.

GlamGlow Youth Mud Face Mask - I've been eyeing up the GlamGlow masks for ages now but was put off by the price. I'm glad that I got to try this in a sample size, it's an amazing mask, so make sure you take advantage of the discounts!

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer - I've seen so many YouTubers raved about this concealer, under eye bags - be gone!

Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser - Eve Lom is one of those high end brands that I have lusted over for years. Glad to get my hands on a sample! There is also discounts on the Eve Lom Cleanser too!

I've also put together some top picks below if you fancy using your discounts on high-end brands...

You can take advantage of these offers all weekend! Let me know what you are thinking of picking up!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide #3 - Ermana Skincare

I often read blog posts about the nasties that hide in ingredient lists, the most common being parabens and sulphates. Many bloggers are turning to natural alternatives for everyday use.

I’m in no way, an all-natural/cruelty-free blogger, but I do love indulging in honest products, Ermana being a new natural brand on my radar. They have plenty on offer this Christmas!

Ermana’s hero products, oils and balms are made from a rich blend of botanical oils and waxes, which are jam-packed vitamins and anti-oxidants, keeping the skin nourished.

I’ve been trying out their balm and oil set. Their brown bottles, reminiscent of Aesop packaging, look amazing on my shelves – I just love the branding.

The Ermana Cleanse Balm is much like the Elemis Pro-Collagen Balm, just a little firmer in texture, with a small, fine grain. I just rub a small amount between my palms and massage in. The balm contains Cocoa and Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, making it an all-natural treat for your skin. I’ve really been enjoying giving myself a facial massage while I cleanse. I just take my time to work the product in, I find this really helps draw blood to the surface and drain any puffiness in my skin.

I’d normally go in with a toner or serum after cleansing, but I’ve just been loving applying an oil straight after at night. I wouldn’t recommend this oil for day time use, unless you have very dry skin of course, as I like to let them skin in, instead of being under make-up.

It’s really refreshing to see a brand that are 100% natural yet very luxurious. Their website provides plenty of information on their ingredients, so you can see how they will benefit your skin.
I think their balm and oil sets would make a lovely gift, they are beautifully packaged and come with a muslin cloth also. You can purchase Ermana products at

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Liverpool Travel Guide: Stay, Shop, Visit and Eat

Today, I thought I'd do an alternative to a Christmas Gift Guide, I'll be talking about what to do in Liverpool this Christmas, including the best places to shop, where to stay, places to eat and what to see. If you plan a similar day out or a weekend away to Liverpool, I'm sure this guide will come in handy.

Liverpool Travel Guide #BloggerLodge

Where to Stay in Liverpool
As part of their #BloggerLodge campaign, the Travelodge kindly offered two nights stay in one of their hotels this weekend, I brought Rhys along so we could explore the city together. The Travelodge Liverpool Central Exchange Street Hotel was the ideal place to stay, just around the corner from Moorfields train station, it was easy to find and seemed very central to the attractions of Liverpool. To give you an idea, it was around 5 minutes walk to World Museum and to Liverpool One.
Liverpool #BloggerLodge Travelodge Central Exchange street

Where to Shop in Liverpool
Of course, you can't go shopping without visiting Liverpool One, they already had their Christmas decorations up as well as beautiful window displays. 
Places to Shop in Liverpool - Liverpool One
Places to Shop in Liverpool - Liverpool One

Another more niche shopping area is the Metquarter, housing Jo Malone, MAC, Illamasqua and Daniel Footwear just to name a few of my favourites. I attended their Christmas Preview a few weeks ago and was very impressed with the collections that the brands were releasing. 

Liverpool Metquarter Christmas Preview
Liverpool Metquarter Christmas Preview
Liverpool Metquarter Christmas Preview

What to Visit in Liverpool
For those who want to take in some of the culture of Liverpool, I would thoroughly recommend the World Museum, which is great for families, and the Tate Gallery on the Liverpool Docks, both of which are free admission.
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Where to Eat in Liverpool
My boyfriend has a gluten allergy, so when we are away from home we rely on a quick Google search to find the best gluten-free restaurants in the area. We came across Trattoria 51, which offered a huge selection of gluten-free pasta and pizza options. I was very impressed with the food and the customer service was excellent, coeliacs make sure you pay this place a visit.
Gluten Free Liverpool - Places to EatGluten Free Liverpool - Places to Eat

I hope this post has inspired you to visit Liverpool, I'd love to do more of these posts so if you have a recommendation of a city/place to visit, comment below!

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Friday, 13 November 2015

WIN Two Tickets to The Clothes Show Live

I've been attending the Clothes Show Live on and off since I was in college (around 2008). It's always been a hive of inspiration and a great place to shop.
If you haven't been to the Clothes Show before, it's a hosted in the Birmingham NEC, brands fill stands with their best selling products, offering shoppers exclusive discounts. Celebrity guests and all your favourite brands put on the best fashion show in the huge arena for all the guests. The video below gives you an idea of the vast scale of the show and what to expect.

It's honestly such a good day out and you'll without a doubt leave with a handful of shopping bags after bagging yourself some unique, discounted pieces.
I've teamed up with the Clothes Show Live to giveaway a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! You and your friend will be given tickets to attend the Saturday 5th December event, this ticket includes entry into the fashion show as well.

All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter entry form below. Good luck guys!