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

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Romance Yourself

You don’t have to wait until your man finally gets your hints, why not treat yourself?! Presents from me, to me, are the best kind and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse right?
Sexy underwear, a designer handbag or a new lipstick, whatever gives you that spring in your step – BUY IT!

Valentine's Day Wishlist Gifts

What's on your wishlist?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Selfridges Beauty Personal Shopper Experience

The beauty halls in department stores can often be overwhelming. Which brand is right for me? Will they give me a biased opinion? Many people stay clear of the counters for this reason, but fear not there is a new service which is making counter shopping more accessible.
Selfridges Manchester Trafford Beauty Personal Shopper Review
Des Davis, who currently resides at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, is a make-up artist, a skincare specialist and fragrance expert all rolled into one. He's had 18 years experience in the beauty industry and has worked for some of the best brands on the market. He's the unbiased Beauty Personal Shopper offering a helping hand, which both men and women need when it comes to beauty and grooming.

My afternoon with Des began with an in-depth consultation. He likes to get to know his clients inside and out, I ran through some of my skincare and makeup concerns and detailed what I was looking for in this experience. I'm still yet to find my ideal foundation and primer combination, so I asked for formulas that would suit my oily skin. I also wanted an overview of Selfridges Beauty Hall which would benefit my readers whether they be male or female.

Des was a guide as we weaved in and out of the counters, stopping at each one to review and play with the latest releases. Knowing my need to find the perfect base, we chatted through the Dermalogica HydraBlur primer, Charlotte Tilbury skincare and foundations, Chanel's latest release, Les Beiges foundation and Creme De La Mer's finest offerings. He knew every product and spoke with such passion.

Selfridges Manchester Trafford Beauty Personal Shopper Review
Selfridges Manchester Trafford Beauty Personal Shopper Review
Selfridges Manchester Trafford Beauty Personal Shopper Review
Fragrance seemed to be Des' favourite sections of the beauty hall, as he believes scents evoke memories, which I completely agree with. Whether you need a bespoke layered combination or want to define your personality with a scent, Des has the insider knowledge to make picking a fragrance stress-free.
Selfridges Manchester Trafford Beauty Personal Shopper Review Fragrance
He has amazing stories and features to the products he pointed out, for example, Atkinsons Excelsior Bouquet Aftershave was created to celebrate the first transatlantic flight. It has that hot metal tinge mixed with leather, so unique and it stands out against the generic male's fragrance market.
Selfridges Manchester Trafford Beauty Personal Shopper Review Male Grooming

I have plenty of samples of foundations to try out, from Charlotte Tilbury to Chanel so expect a review on those soon. I've picked out some of the most interesting products from the consultation so you can have a look and shop them yourself.

I honestly can't recommend the Beauty Personal Shopper experience enough. Des helped decode the lotions and potions and gave excellent recommendations. Any age or sex, (let's not forget the ever expanding male grooming industry) can make an appointment and leave feeling confident in their new skincare or makeup routine.

To book a Beauty Personal Shopping appointment at Selfridges Trafford Call 07885 271884 or email des.davis@selfridges.co.uk

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Lush Valentine's Day Collection

Sometimes you need to romance yourself, have some time to pamper and unwind. Lush’s new Valentines range is perfect gift, from you to you, or if you have a boyfriend, you can drop some mega obvious hints.

I was kindly invited to preview the Valentines collection with Chester Lush at the Botanist. The lovely ladies ran through the products, sharing their knowledge of ingredients and demonstrated the latest bath bombs and bubble bars. I’ve never tried anything from their Valentine’s range so I was eager to get my hands on some products and give them a test.
Lush Valentine's Day Collection Review
Lover Lamp bath bomb creates a milky, soothing bath. Cocoa butter hearts float and skims the surface of the water, releasing their nourishing properties into the bath, resulting in silky smooth skin. This bath bomb has an orange and vanilla scent, Hayley from English Rose, compared this to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in that it isn’t a super zesty orange fragrance, it’s a more yummy scent.
Lush Valentine's Day The Kiss Lip Scrub and Lover Lamp Bath Bomb Review
The Kiss Lip Scrub prepares you for some lip locking on Valentine’s Day. It smells just like Love Heart sweets. If it does make your mouth water you can actually eat it, it’s completely edible, even the tiny hearts. I wear a lot of matte lipsticks so this is ideal for keeping my lips smooth.


Prince Charming has a yummy marshmallow, vanilla and pomegranate scent, unlike anything I’ve smelt before. I adore the Lush shower gels and creams, they last forever and a little goes a long way. If you don’t have a Prince Charming this Valentine’s Day, Lush has you covered with this!
Lush Valentine's Day Prince Charming Shower Gel Review
Unicorn Horn steals the show, it’s has a rainbow swirl and shimmer, because what else are unicorns made of?! This has a lavender base to its fragrance so it will be sure to relax you. I normally break bubble bars into two pieces and crumble under running water to produce ‘Hollywood’ glossy bubbles.
Lush Valentine's Day Unicorn Horn Review
There are lots of romantic scents and products in Lush’s permanent line, as well as some new gift sets. I would recommend Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, which has a cocoa butter flower which floats in the bath. I also love the Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb, which has a romantic rose scent and really petals in, it’s one of the best sellers at Lush. If you are looking for a product to share on Valentine ’s Day, you and your partner can use one of Lush’s famous massage bars. I won’t say much more on that one, I’ll leave it to your imagination.

Lush Valentine's Day Blogger Event Chester

Every time I go to one of these events, I want to throw 10 Lush products into a bath and soak for hours! Which is your favourite from the Valentine's Day collection?
*PR samples


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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

I wonder why I ever wasted money on MAC eyeshadows now that I own Makeup Geek ones. If you thought Urban Decay trumped MAC, well Makeup Geek tops that. These are the most buttery shadows you will ever use and a fraction of the price compared to MAC single shadows.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows Creme Brule, Bitten, Cocoa Bear and Flameflower Swatch
I added four colours to my basket in a flash when I saw that Beauty Bay had started stocking them. I’d seen American YouTubers like Jaclyn Hill and Desi Perkins using them in tutorials. I searched blogs for swatches and decided I liked the look of Crème Brule, Cocoa Brown, Bitten and Flame Thrower.

When they arrived I realised they didn’t stick in my MAC palette, the magnets on the back weren't strong enough. So I had to wait until Beauty Bay restocked the Z Palette. They are neatly tucked away in the smaller palette and are now favoured against any other shadow.
The mattes are very impressive – super pigmented and creamy. They blend like a dream, unlike MAC eyeshadow which take an age to blend in comparison. Crème Brule is a perfect caramel colour for the crease or can be used to diffuse any other colours out towards the brow bone. Cocoa Bear is one of Makeup Geek’s most loved colours, it’s a rich chocolate brown with a slight touch of purple to keep it balanced. Bitten is a sultry plum shade that works wonderfully for a coloured smoky eye, it’s very vampy.

If you want high impact, I would recommend their Foiled eyeshadow colours, Flame Thrower is a vibrant, zingy copper colour which looks amazing with green eyes.

I can’t wait to buy more, do you have any shade recommendations?