I love The Body Shop. The products are fab, ethically they have their heads screwed on and the shopping experience is always delightful. I had twenty minutes to kill recently so I headed to The Body Shop to check out their January sale and let’s just say, if you haven’t been and had a look yet, run don’t walk to your nearest store. Needless to say, my wicker basket wasn’t empty for long. Here’s what I picked up:

Camomile Cleansing Balm £10.00 (3 for 2) – This cleansing balm has been on my wishlist for what seems like forever, and I’m so pleased I finally picked it up. I am committed cleansing balm fan so I can’t wait to give this a proper go. The Body Shop say this is suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, and I like that the camomile extract comes from Norfolk too.

Vitamin E Face Mist – £9.50 (3 for 2) – I’m in such a big rosewater phase at the moment which may be why I liked the look of this product but I didn’t know much about this Vitamin E face mist before picking it up. Face mists make great immediate skin refreshers, and the vitamin E and wheatgerm oil in this mean it should be fabulously moisturising. I also like the size of the bottle – it’s handbag friendly for an on-the-go spritz.

Honeymania Body Scrub – £2.50 – I don’t buy many body scrubs but I picked up a small pot of this to give it a test. At £2.50 you can’t really go wrong and it’s always fab to try new products, and this will be my first honey product from The Body Shop so I’m definitely glad to be giving it a go – I’ll report back soon. 

Frosted Berries Shower Gel – £2.50 – I saw so many Instagram posts about this range over Christmas and I totally get the hype – this smells incredible! The gel is enriched with cranberry seed oil and the scent is made up of white flowers and berries. If you’re yet to try the ‘Frosted Berries’ range, go and snap up what’s left in the sale.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash – £5.50 (3 for 2) – Tea tree is a bit of a love/hate scent but it really reminds me of my childhood so I’m firmly in the ‘love’ camp. I’ve sampled The Body Shop’s tea tree range before so I didn’t think twice about giving this a try. I’m prone to hormonal breakouts on my chin so I’m looking forward to popping this in my routine as and when I need it. 

Facial Massager – £6.00 – Now this is a bit of a curve ball product; half of you will think this is a total fad and the other half (I hope) will be totally on board with it. Facial massage is something I try to do each night with a cleansing balm but after seeing so many of my fave bloggers raving about the Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller, I’ve been intrigued by these types of tools. When I spotted this, it was kind of a ‘sure, why not?’ purchase, so I’ll definitely report back once I’ve had a play with it.

As you can tell by the prices, I got an awfully good amount of product for my money and managed to pick all of these goodies up for the grand total of £30.50. Have you had a splurge at The Body Shop so far this year? Let me know what you’ve been buying!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Whether you discovered your love of the instagram brow, blinded yourself with highlighter or pledged allegiance to the liquid lip, 2016 was a great year for beauty. I fell in love with so many amazing products last year so I’ve whittled down my favourites into this list of my true loves from 2016. Warning: you may want to grab a cup of tea – it’s a long list!

SKINCARE

Kiehl’s, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado  – Before trying this I really believed eye creams were a bit unnecessary but I firmly admit the error of my ways. If you’re yet to be convinced by an eye cream then you need this in your life. Starting as a cream, this turns into a gel-like consistency once applied and it’s so refreshing and nourishing. I love using it in the morning and just before putting on makeup as concealer sits so well on top. 

Tony Moly Sheet Masks – I rave about these a lot so chances are this pick isn’t a surprise. Sheet masks have revolutionised my approach to looking after my skin and in a totally positive way. These masks are practical for travel, they’re affordable and really do hydrate the skin. 

Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’m super late to the Liz Earle party but thankfully 2016 introduced me to this absolute star of a cleanser. A creamy, deliciously smelling, gentle cleanser that can melt makeup but I prefer using it as a second cleanse. This is the only cleanser I look forward to using both morning and night. I talk about it in more detail here if you want a full review. 

Clinique, Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – My makeup resolution of 2016 was to banish face wipes from my routine and this product made that far easier to achieve! I use this balm every night to remove my makeup and follow it up with a second cleanse. If you’re yet to try a cleansing balm I’d highly recommend this – it’s a simple yet highly functional product. I couldn’t be without it now. 

Clarins, Santal Face Treatment Oil – Facial oils are sort of becoming my secret skincare addiction and this Clarins oil started off the whole thing. This was the first facial oil I ever used and I just can’t shake it off, I keep coming back to it. The Santal face treatment oil is designed for dry skin and if you use it before bed your skin is beautifully nourished and hydrated in the morning. It’s a luxurious step in any routine and this is a product I will always repurchase. 

Clinique, City Block SPF – SPF was another mini resolution of mine last year and I can honestly say I’ve wore this product every single day since I bought it. I’m on my second tube of this now and I won’t be swapping anytime soon. Clinique have got this spot on – they’ve managed to cover your daily SPF in a formula that is also a perfect primer. Makeup sits really nicely on top of this as it’s not greasy in the slightest. City Block has just become a part of my routine, it’s no longer something I think about, I just pop it on every morning.


MAKEUP

Benefit, Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation – A truly hydrating buildable foundation that leaves my skin glowing. You can read my full review here. 

Benefit, KaBrow Brow Gel – My first foray into a non-powder brow product and I adore how precise this is. It’s waterproof and once it’s on, it’s not moving! You can read my full brow routine here.

Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette in Solstice – Until this product I was a little blasé about highlighting but wow this palette is amazing. There are three powders and one cream highlighter, each with different tones for different looks. It’s a versatile makeup bag must-have for me now. 

Morphe 350M Palette – A full review of this palette is definitely on it’s way because it’s just AMAZING. If you love a brown smokey or neutral eye you’re going to adore this palette – think autumnal shades with rich browns, dusty brick reds and your skin but better neutrals. 

Maybelline, Lash Sensational Mascara – This has been my go-to mascara of 2016! I know I’m not alone in loving this as this mascara has taken the beauty world by storm. The curved wand allows you to get volume and length and the formula is jet black – it’s a great mascara. 

Bare Minerals, Lash Domination Liquid Liner – I’m not a natural when it comes to liquid liner -for me it’s all about practice and the actual liner and I get on so well with this one. The nib is a narrow felt-tip that’s surprisingly easy to use. It’s one of the only liners I’ve been able to do a cat flick with so a big win! 

NYX, Soft Matte Lip Creams – I have a handful of these that I use regularly but my go-to is probably Stockholm. The formula, lasting power and price are all fab – you can read my full review here.

Bourjois, Healthy Mix Foundation – This is a late entry but a firm favourite. Healthy Mix is a totally affordable, high quality foundation with a fabulous finish. I’ve done a full review of here if you want to read more about it. 

Maybelline, Eye Eraser Concealer – Another Maybelline winner! This concealer is phenomenal especially under the eyes. It has one of the highest coverages I’ve seen in a concealer and it doesn’t move, crease or do anything it isn’t supposed to. This concealer has been all over the beauty blogs this year and with extremely good reason. Since the day I first tried this, it hasn’t left my makeup bag. 

Makeup Revolution, Sculpt & Contour Kit –  I started 2016 using lots of high end, premium makeup products and I can whole heartedly say I swapped my beloved Dior bronzer for this palette – it’s so good. There are so many of these bronze/highlight/blush palettes on the market but this is £3.50, the colours are perfect and the longevity of the makeup once it’s applied is phenomenally good. The blush is a total dupe for NARS Orgasm and the bronzer is a beautifully matte shade so great for just adding warmth to skin and can be used for a full contour too.

HAIRCARE

COLAB, Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo New York – I’m not a huge experimentalist when it comes to my haircare routine but through the latter part of 2016 I was on a mission to reduce the frequency of my hair washing. Through those efforts I stumbled upon the COLAB dry shampoos and they’re just amazing. They don’t leave any residue in my hair, the formula really does spray on invisibly and the New York version smells fruity and fresh. It’s definitely the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used and since June/July 2016 it’s the only one I was reaching for.


…and, you’re at the end of the list! What were your 2016 beauty favourites? Let me know what you think about the products I picked and I’ll be back at the start of February with my January favourites. Do tell me if I’ve left out any of your favourite products too! 

Sincerely, Sarah xx

January sales are dangerous but the Feel Unique sale is seriously on another level – SO MUCH TEMPTATION. A quick peak at the sale turned into a rather hefty delivery, so here I am showing you all the goodies I bought.

If you like any of the items in the video they’re all still available on the Feel Unique website. Have you been beauty sale shopping yet? Let me know what good deals and products you’ve been buying in the comments below. If you enjoyed the video, please don’t forget to subscribe. Thank you!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Winter has a lot to answer for. Yes, it gives us Christmas and a new year to celebrate but it also brings with it a whole host of skin problems. Whether you’re at your wits end with dry skin, dehydrated skin (yes, they’re different!), or chapped and flaky skin, here are my tried and tested top tips to save and solve your skin struggles. 

Rid your routine of foam

…and bars of soap for that matter. Both kinds of skincare products can be extremely drying which isn’t ideal for the colder months. Instead, opt for cream cleansers, gel based or oil based cleansing products to ensure you’re packing in as much hydration and moisture as possible throughout your routine. I adore Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser all year round but it’s truly a must-have for my skin in winter. If you’re looking to try out some affordable cleansers, have a look at my top 5 options, here.

Exfoliate 

I’m not a fan of harsh exfoliating products and I’ve avoided beads for a long time. Using an acid toner is a great way to exfoliate and I’m still loving the Nip + Fab Glycolic Night Fix Pads which I use two to three times a week. If acid toning seems like a bit of a stretch for you, I’d highly recommend a Konjac Sponge. Mine is from Spa to You and only costs £6.99 – when it’s wet it’s the fluffiest and softest sponge I’ve ever used and works perfectly to gently scrub your skin and leaves your face ridiculously soft.

Oil it up

Oil treatments in winter are a thing of pure magic. Introducing oils into your skincare is super easy and believe it or not, it doesn’t matter what your skin type is – you can put oil on oily skin. I never use oil in the morning but I’m a big fan of it before bed. 9 times out of 10 I’m using the Clarins Lotus Oil – it’s worth the cash splash as a little goes a long way and my skin looks so much brighter and well-nourished the morning after.

Unsuspecting products come into their own 

Giving your skin a little bit of added TLC doesn’t have to cost the earth, and in many cases you won’t even need to go shopping. Products like coconut oil and Sudocrem* are my go-to’s in the winter months. Whether you’re looking for added moisture, blemish control or a way to deal with already chapped skin, reach for the unsuspecting cupboard staples first.

Hand cream belongs in your handbag 

I suffer with terribly dry hands so this step is non-negotiable for me but I’d highly suggest you try it even if your hands resemble a baby’s bottom. In my humble opinion, L’Occitane do the best hand creams on the market and whichever scent you opt for you can guarantee well ‘fed’ skin. The L’Occitane moisturisers come in full sizes or minis so they’re perfect for your handbag. You can read my run through of the best L’Occitane hand creams here too.

Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips

I don’t need to tell you why it’s important to exfoliate your skin but I’m always surprised how many people don’t see the benefit in exfoliating their lips. It’s super easy to do and you can either make your own scrub (sugar and a bit of water or oil) or use one of the many products available. I have been a loyal ‘lip-scrubber’ for years and the Lush scrub in mint julips is never far from my bathroom shelf – it comes in a cute bubblegum flavour too if you’re not a fan of mint. 

Rich lip balms from AM to PM

Lip balm often gets forgotten about until you’ve been cursed with chapped lips. Lip balm is simply a moisturiser for your lips so you should do it all year round but in winter you want to up the intensity and opt for a slightly richer formula. The Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm has been a firm fave of mine for years, and I’m currently in the middle of a love affair with the Bobbi Brown one – it’s fab! Use your chosen balm before bed and first thing in morning as a minimum – your lips will thank you. 

Learn from the Koreans

Korean beauty is synonymous with robust skincare routines and I am highly grateful for their part in bringing sheet masks to the mainstream in the UK. Sheet masks are a mass injection of hydration and you can use them whenever you need them – it’s that simple. I swear by the Tony Moly masks and I’ve upped my normal one a week to three a week – yes, desperate weather calls for desperate measures. 

Drink water!

This is the easiest one on the list but often the part most people neglect, and I’m definitely guilty of this too. It’s so important to make sure you drink enough water. The recommended daily allowance is six to eight glasses of fluid a day and it’s widely accepted that by drinking a good amount of water you’re riding your skin and body of toxins which helps you look more glowing and avoid breakouts. 

I really hope you’ve enjoyed having a read through my trusted set of winter skincare rules. Let me know what you make of my top tips for good winter skin in the comments below. Do you have any beauty tricks you always resort to in the colder months?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I had a bit of a spontaneous moment a few weeks ago. It’s massively unlike me to ever act on impulse but for some reason this time I did, and I’m so glad. Roll on a week from my minor rush of blood to the head and we were on a plane to France for a quick ski trip before Christmas. Here’s what we got up to:

If you’re heading to the mountains this season, you may want to check out my ‘What to pack for a ski trip’ blog postLet me know what you thought of our adventures, and please do subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos. Where are you off skiing this year?

Sincerely, Sarah xx