Party Season Skincare Prep
- This post is in collaboration with The Body Shop -
Party season has arrived (hooray!), so it's time to up my skincare game. During December my usual pre-sleep cleanse doesn't cut the mustard. The late nights, back-to-back parties, cold weather and weekday boozing leave my complexion dull, blotchy and spotty. So I've put together a whole host of effective skincare products from The Body Shop, to help prep and preen my skin for the party season. 

CLEANSE

It probably is no surprise that you’ve got to start by cleansing the skin. I tend to double cleanse every evening as I work in the city and wear makeup regularly. For the initial cleanse I will use a basic no-fuss cleanser such as The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil £12.00 to remove makeup and surface grime. And then I'll use a targeted cleanser (i.e. for dry or congested skin) for a deeper clean.

EXFOLIATE

Next I'll scrub-a-dub-dub. Exfoliation is key for glowing skin, as when old skin cells start to pile up, your complexion can become rough, dull and clogged. My polish pick is The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask £8.50, the grainy scrub contains tea tree oil (an ol' faithful of mine that treats without over-drying) and tiny exfoliating particles that gently unclog blocked pores, smooth the top layer of the skin and reduce the appearance of those unsightly blackheads. I recommend exfoliating 1-2 times a week, applying the scrub to damp skin in circular motions and tailoring the pressure to your skin. 

DETOX

My favourite skin-boosting treatment pre-party is a mask. If you suffer from blemish prone skin, or have spots that like to linger, I recommend using a clay based purifying mask to help lift out impurities and speed up the healing process. I love The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask £17.00, formulated without any nasties it helps clear congested skin. I apply generously ideally using a Facial Mask Brush £8.00, let it set and then use a warm flannel to remove every last morsel. And for those mornings of a party when I wake up with a throbbing spot (typical), I use the clay mask directly onto the spot with a cotton bud and leave it to work as long as possible. 

REHYDRATE 

Whenever I use a purifying mask I always like to follow up with some facial oil to rehydrate the skin. The Body Shop Drops Of Youth™ Concentrate £26.00 is packed with several do-good ingredients that help to soften the skin and prevent moisture loss. It sinks in nicely with a little facial massage and by morning (as I prefer to apply oil in the PM) it's soothed away red patches and left my skin plump and glowy. And if my complexion is freaking out I'll use The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution £13.00, pre-serum/oil concentrate that combats blemishes.

If you're looking for a mask to hydrate, plump and soothe The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask £17.00 is a great pick. It's infused with real rose petals, rosehip oil and aloe vera and is perfect for dry and sensitive skin. As a last-minute quick fix, apply the mask 30-60 minutes before you apply your makeup for gorgeous dewy skin.

PREP

Skincare is truly the first step in applying makeup. So for the perfect canvas I always moisturise, as dehydrated skin shows all the lines, can aggravate blemishes and leave it looking dull and flaky - not desirable. I'm currently enjoying The Body Shop Drops Of Youth™ Cream £22.00 (which fyi smells heavenly) and leaves my skin smoother, more luminous and awake - very desirable. Just make you wait five minutes before you apply your foundation to prevent a messy make-up slip 'n' slide.
What products do you reach for to prep your skin for the party season?
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Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation | Review

Huda Kattan’s new beauty launches this autumn have left me wanting to buy and try more from her award-winning makeup line. Not only have the Obsession palettes bowled me over, the #FauxFilter Foundation* has pleasantly surprised me. #FauxFilter may sound like a load of nonsense marketing but never has a matte foundation been more flawless without sucking the life outta my skin. It’s as close as I’ve got to an Instagram filter IRL and I’m digging it. 

However, there’s one caveat; the coverage is heavy (but note: not mask like, think MAC Studio Fix Fluid) so application requires a little work and extra help from a hydrating primer, especially if your complexion is on the drier side, so in short it’s not a chuck on job done kinda foundation. 

But when my skin doesn’t resemble the Sahara Desert, boy does it deliver. It’s the most highly pigmented foundation I’ve ever tried, trust me a single pump will do the trick at concealing redness, blemishes and everything else in-between. It has a healthy satin finish, that doesn’t go chalky after a few hours wear like Estée Lauder Double Wear and loose powder isn’t a necessity when wearing #FauxFilter, because it wears pretty well and still looks good by 6pm. The liquid foundation does have a floral scent, but it doesn’t bother my nose, or my skin, so I can look past that. But it does have an admirably wide shade range, with 30 to choose from, but be warned the formulation oxidises, so opt for a shade lighter.

All in all, it’s no surprise Cult Beauty has found it difficult keeping Huda’s first foundation in stock. So if you like full coverage radiant makeup, this could be your pick for the party season and the best part? I’ve just checked and Cult Beauty now has every.single.shade available. 

Have you tried the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation?
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Five Beauty Products I'm Currently Reaching For

Up until now few new beauty products have managed to cement themselves into my beauty routine this year. I’ve tried and tested countless products, but after a few weeks wear, they like most, have resided to the back of my IKEA drawers. But with the influx of new beauty launches this autumn, I’ve had a bit of a makeup mix-up and I’ve been left reaching for a handful of new(ish) beauty products on a daily basis and I'm impressed.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer £19*

Something old rather than something new, Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is an ol' beauty favourite of mine and for good reason. In recent months I'd been gravitating towards the Shape Tape Contour Concealer from Tarte, but with the change in the weather the heavy duty concealer started to extenuate my dehydrated under eyes with its thick matte formulation. But Urban Decay's Naked Skin Concealer has a medium-to-full coverage, yet is super light and has a natural finish that leaves my under eyes soft and smooth. 

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette £25

This palette was made for me. No seriously, Huda Kattan has done a stellar job creating the Obsessions eyeshadow palette collection. There isn't a single dud in the Warm Brown Obsessions palette, every single shade is highly pigmented, smooth and blendable. What's more, it's diddly so ideal for on the go and Kattan hasn't scrimped on product, as the pans are the same size as her original palettes. No doubt I'll be adding another to my online basket soon.

PIXI Glow Mist £16

Many question why you'd need a face mist, but I've been a long-standing lover of the stuff especially during autumn/winter months when my skin is dry or dehydrated. Just think of the PIXI Glow Mist as a quick fix. A couple of spritz of the bi-phase lightweight spray, instantaneously hydrates leaving my skin smoother and dewier. 

Glossier Boy Brow £14

Benefit Gimme who? There's no denying Benefit's Gimme Brow is a decent product and one I've used for some time now, but with Glossier's arrival here in the UK, it's found itself in competition with Glossier's best-seller Boy Brow. Boy Brow is nice; it thickens, tames, tints and is fuss-free, but its texture is what sets it apart from the rest. The formulation is far wetter and creamier (similar to a brow pomade) so doesn't stiffen or flake throughout the day. For me, it's my go-to for cba makeup days and works well with my holy-grail Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation £9.99

If you've got dull or dry skin you should give Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation a go. It's a great high street base and one I often return to come the colder months. And over the last week it has been welcomed return, as many of the foundations I had been wearing had started to leave my skin looking cakey, dry and far too matte. But Healthy Mix is radiance-enhancing and nourishes my skin with its blend of vitamins C, E and B5.
What beauty products have you been reaching for recently?
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Black Friday: The Best Deals, Offers and Discount Codes in One Place

Black Friday may technically be a week away (Friday 24th November), but many brands and retailers aren’t wasting any time and are already dropping new deals, offers and discounts in the lead up to the big day. 

Let’s be honest, Black Friday isn’t just a day or a weekend anymore, it’s four freaking weeks long. I’m not complaining though – that’s four weeks of guilt free shopping in my books! And as per there are ridiculous deal on TVs and electronics, but there are also a lot of offers, discounts and promo codes in the fashion and beauty sphere worth sharing.

So below you’ll find the best deals and be able to click through for a peek at my top product picks from beauty products, clothing and homewear, so you won't have to get off your couch and tackle fellow Black Friday shoppers for that red cable knit we’ve all been lusting after. But be quick, ‘cos not all these deals will be sticking around. Oh and feel free to bookmark too, as I’ll be updating this list daily. 


Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

ACCESSORIZE | 30% off bags and 3 for 2 on gifts
ALDO | additional 50% off all sale items
ASOS | 20% off using the code WIN20
ASPINAL OF LONDON | 20% off gifts for her & him
BOOHOO | 50% off everything and free delivery
CATH KIDSTON | Sale
DOROTHY PERKINS | Up to 50% off selected lines 
FARFETCH | 10% off using code 10BF
FOREVER 21 | 30% off casual styles
H&M | Up to 50% off
KURT GEIGER | Up to 20% off selected lines 
LOVEHONEY | Daily deals up to 20% off everything
MANGO | 30% off everything using code CYBER17
MISSOMA | 25% off everything using code BF25
MISS SELFRIDGE | Up to 50% off selected lines
MISSGUIDED | 50% off everything using code CYBER50
MONICA VINADER | Up to 30% off online and in-store
MOTEL ROCKS | 30% off everything using code 30CYBER
NASTY GAL | 30% off everything and free delivery using code LETSGO
NEW LOOK | 25% off everything
OFFICE | 20% off using code SHINE
PRETTY LITTLE THING | 31% off everything using code CYBER31
RIVER ISLAND | 20% off when you spend £75+
THE OUTNET | Up to 80% off selected lines
TOPSHOP | Up to 50% off
WAREHOUSE | Up to 40% off everything
WHISTLES | 25% off everything online and in-store

Health & Beauty

BEAUTY BAY | Promotion ended
BEAUTY EXPERT | 20% off using code BECM20
BOOTS | Up to half price off gift sets
CHARLOTTE TILBURY | Daily Black Friday deals
ESCENTUAL | 10% off using code BLACK10
FABLED | 15% off everything using the code BLACKFRIDAY
FEELUNIQUE | 15% off using the code SHINE 
GHD | Up to 30% off 
HOUSE OF FRASER | Up to 20% off beauty gift sets
HQHAIR | 20% off using code CYBERM
QVC | Black Friday Beauty
LOOK FANTASTIC | 20% off using code LFCM20
ORIGINS | Origins Hydrate & Celebrate Black Friday Set £42 (worth £105)
SPACE NK | Buy one get one 1/2 price
SUPERDRUG | Up to 60% off selected Christmas gifts
THE BODY SHOP | 40% off selected items using code 19806
URBAN DECAY | 30% off all Naked palettes using code GETNAKED

Department Stores | Auction Houses | Retail Outlets

ANTHROPOLOGIE | Sale 
AMAZON | Black Friday Daily Deals
ARGOS | 14 days of deals
DEBENHAMS | Up to 50% off women's clothing & footwear
EBAY | Black Friday deals
JOHN LEWIS | Price match / Black Friday deals on the way
HOLLAND & BARRETT | Better than half price off selected products
HOUSE OF FRASER | Up to 40% off selected lines
MARKS & SPENCER | 20% off selected Christmas hampers
MATALAN | Up to 50% off selected items
NEXT | Black Friday deals are on the way
OLIVER BONAS | 400+ sale items
THE WHITE COMPANY | Black Friday deals on the way
URBAN OUTFITTERS | Up to 30% off selected lines 
WEST ELM | 20% off select dining, living and mirrors 

Have you bought, or will you be buying anything during the Black Friday "warm up"?
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