The Illamasqua X LookFantastic Limited Edition Beauty Box* is a seriously good find. Whether you’re new to Illamasqua or you’re a die hard fan, this ticks all the boxes. Incredible value? Check. A broad range of products? Check. Chic packaging? Check. It’s such a good beauty box that I filmed my first ever unboxing video dedicated purely to this limited edition beauty.

The Illamasqua X LookFantastic Limited Edition Beauty Box is available now (here) so you can get your hands on one for yourself! The contents of the box are worth more than £80 and you can pick it up for just £35.00 – it’s a serious beauty bargain.

As with all beauty boxes, they make the perfect treat but they also make amazing gifts. So, if you’re on the look out for a special gift for the beauty junkie in your life, this is well worth checking out.

I’d love to know if you’re an Illamasqua fan, and if so, what your fave products are.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

If glowing skin is your mission, chances are you’ll be as excited about the new products from Darphin as I am. The insanely popular Lumière Essentielle collection is expanding, and spoiler alert: the new products look pretty incredible!

Darphin’s existing Lumière Essentielle range was specifically designed to hydrate, illuminate and reenergise dull skin, and the new products are no different. Darphin will be launching their Illuminating Micellar Cleanser* and their Instant Purifying and Illuminating Mask* into the collection later this month.

The Lumière Essentielle Illuminating Micellar Cleanser promises to remove makeup residue, pollution and other impurities, whilst leaving your skin super soft, youthful and yes, you guessed it, glowing. 95% of the ingredients are of natural origin and thanks to an essential oil blend of mandarin, orange, neroli and more, it smells totally gorgeous. The texture is gel-like in the tube but blends into an oil when you massage it into the skin, so it’ll be great for facial massage too. I cannot wait to give this a proper test drive because my first impressions are very positive.

Next up is the Lumière Essentielle Instant Purifying and Illuminating Mask, and boy oh boy am I excited about this. It’s a 2 in 1 mask for glowing skin that you can use up to 3 times a week. The jar contains two chambers, one with the purifying mask and the other with the illuminating one. You apply the purifying mask first for 5 minutes before rinsing and then do the same with the illuminating mask. Darphin say the formula will unclog your pores, refine the texture of your skin and purify it whilst leaving your skin instantly radiant and looking plumped and smooth – that’s a no nonsense list!

I can’t wait to give these Darphin products a go, and I promise to report back once I’ve given them a good test. Once they’ve launched, you’ll be able to pick up the new Lumière Essentielle additions here.

Are you a Darphin lover? Let me know which of their products are your fave.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

We all know that comfort zones are cosy and familiar but let’s face it, at times they can be a little dull and repetitive. Recently I’ve had an incredible reminder that pushing yourself beyond your norm can be pretty bloody awesome… I’m so thrilled to say that I’m joining The Beauty Set with LookFantastic for 2018!

At the end of January, I applied to join The Beauty Set with LookFantastic. I uploaded an instagram video demoing one of my fave beauty hacks and fast forward a few weeks, I had an invitation to Beauty Bootcamp! I spent an epic day at LookFantastic HQ meeting fellow bloggers and chatting with brands. I took part in a photoshoot, a flatlay challenge and a video challenge that was so much bigger than me filming on my little camera at home. Later that week, I had the most exciting email since I started my blog!

To celebrate the news, I’ve filmed a little video talking about my experience combined with an unboxing of the very generous goody bag we were given at bootcamp.

Putting myself ‘out there’ was definitely daunting but my goodness has it been worth it. I am so unbelievably excited to see what’s in store as a new member of The Beauty Set. You can check out all the new Beauty Set members here and stay up to date with all the goings on via my instagram and twitter. I can’t wait to share this incredible journey with you all!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Did February fly by for anyone else, or was it just me? Even though the month went in the blink of an eye, I made a joyous foundation discovery, treated myself to a long overdue brow pamper and really stuck to my skincare routine. Here are the products and treatments that made up my February beauty favourites – it was a good 28 days.

Lancôme, Teint Miracle Foundation

The term miracle really doesn’t do this justice. The Teint Miracle foundation is the sister to Lancôme’s cult favourite foundation, Teint Idole. It’s a medium coverage, buildable foundation that gives you the most beautiful, natural glowing, dewy finish. It makes your skin look healthy and well-nourished whilst not sacrificing on staying power or coverage. There are 20 shades in the range and at £32 it’s worth every single penny.

Blink Brow Bar, Thread & Tint

I got my first brow wax at 14 and I’ve left brow grooming to the professionals ever since. I’ve been a loyal Blink Brow Bar customer for years now and this month I went in for my usual tint and thread. It’s definitely a beauty favourite of mine. I personally prefer threading to waxing for precision and a tint just gives me flexibility when it comes to product and how much I need. Blink are the ultimate professionals and I’ve never left disappointed. If you’re yet to give them a go, I can’t recommend them enough.

Embryolisse, Intense Smooth Radiant Complexion*

I’m a huge Embryolisse fan, and I can now list the Intense Smooth Radiant Complexion moisturiser as one of the reasons why. If you’re not a fan of thicker moisturisers, this won’t be for you, but if you like feeling like your skin is getting a real treat, you must give this a go. My skin is left feeling super smooth and looks juicy and radiant. With hyaluronic acid for hydration and vitamin E protecting against premature ageing, the velvety cream actually does great things for your skin beyond just making it feel good.

La Roche Posay, Serozinc Face Toner Mist

If you have blemish-prone or oily skin, Serozinc may well be your saviour. I have a combination skin so don’t use this all the time but I’ve been relying on it a lot these last 6-7 weeks. It leaves my skin looking mattified and feeling less shiny, but never tight or uncomfortable. I’ve had a noticeable decrease in the number of spots too, hence why this is in my beauty favourites – it really does work. Ingredients wise, there are three simple components: water, zinc sulphate and sodium chloride.

There you have my February beauty favourites. The list is small but trust me, it’s mighty. Let me know what you’ve been loving this month, and whether you’ve tried any of the products or treatments I’ve mentioned.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Love them or hate them, false lashes have the power to transform any eye look. Gone are the days when false lashes simply looked too fake and a bit OTT. With amazing brands bringing out such large collections, there are more options than ever. Here’s my foolproof guide to false eyelashes so you can love wearing them too.

Do your research
Chances are if you’re reading this post, you are doing your research. The range of brands offering amazing lashes now means you need to know what you’re walking into – do you want individuals, strip lashes, magnetic, half lashes? The options are endless. Brand wise, I always recommend Ardell, Eylure and Fleur de Force for Eylure – between those, all of your lash needs will be met.

Shop around
I like looking at lots of lashes before buying and simply put, many high street stores just don’t stock enough options. I’m a big fan of, an online retailer that specialises in, yes you guessed it, false eyelashes! This isn’t an ad, they’re just genuinely the most comprehensive place to buy your lashes. They stock all of my favourite brands too!

Get your scissors out
If you’re opting for a strip lash, you’ll probably need to give them a trim. It’s super rare for the lashes to fit your eye shape, which makes them really fiddly to apply. Hold the strip against your natural lash line and you’ll be able to see where they’re too long. Only take the length from the outside of the lash! Don’t trim the inner corners. I just use nail scissors as they’re nice and precise.

Get good glue
Whilst knowing how to apply lashes is important, so is the quality of the glue. My personal favourites are Duo Glue and Eylure Lash Fix*. They both dry clear so you don’t have to stress if you’re a little messy. Whichever you choose, leave the glue do it’s thing for 10-15 seconds so it’s tacky when you apply them to your lash line. If the glue is too wet it’ll slide all over the place and not adhere to your skin.

Tweezers are your friend
Applying strip lashes and individuals with your fingers is tricky but tweezers really do make things ten times easier. They allow you to place the lashes super close to the lash line and save the glue from going everywhere. I always reach for slanted tweezers and swear by my Tweezerman ones. They’re a little pricier than most but they’re definitely worth the splurge.

Do the 3 step
Before you start, I’m not talking about dancing! When I’m applying strip lashes and the glue is on and they’re ready to go, I always do 3 steps. I place the middle of the lash on first and once I’m happy, I secure the inner corners and then the outer corners. Nothing complicated or convoluted, just 3 simple steps and they’re done. If you get the middle in place the rest follows perfectly.

Don’t forget mascara
You may think you don’t need mascara because, well, you’re literally glueing on lashes. Think again. A light coat of mascara after applying false eyelashes will help bind the falsies to your natural lashes. This gives you a more natural finish but stops you having a big gap between the strip and your natural lash line. You don’t need to go overboard but this is a step I never skip.

Individuals are powerful
If you’re not convinced strip lashes are for you, never rule out the power of individuals. I swear by them! The Eylure Pro-Lash Individual Lash Combo pack* are one of my holy grail products. If you’re looking for a little boost, are strapped for time or are simply easing yourself into wearing false eyelashes, these are a revelation! You can dabble with just a few to fill in gaps or really go for it and create a dramatic, uber glam look. The versatility of individual lashes makes them a makeup artist fave and trust me, once you’ve tried them you won’t be without them either.

My top picks
It didn’t seem right to put together a collection of false eyelashes tips and not give you some recommendations for which lashes to actually wear, so here goes:

  • Natural: I wouldn’t be without the Fleur Loves by Fleur de Force for Eylure. They’re 3/4 length strips and give beautiful fluttery volume to the outer edge of your eyes. They’re a classically pretty lash and the 3/4 length means they’re a dream to pop on too.
  • All rounders: The Ardell Demi Wispies* are undoubtedly the best all-rounder lash I’ve used. They instantly pull your eye makeup together and give you beautiful voluminous, fluttery eyelashes. They have an invisible band and are really comfortable to wear. It’s not a surprise that these are one of Ardell’s best sellers!
  • Full glam: I recently tried the new Eylure Exaggerate 141 Lashesand I’m totally hooked. These have taken over all of my other faves for a dramatic, full glam look. Volume, length, density… these tick all the boxes.
  • Individuals: It’s no surprise that my go-to individuals are the Eylure Pro-Lash combo pack*. The set includes short, medium and longer lashes so you can get creative and come up with whatever lash look takes your fancy.

This may be the longest post I’ve ever written so it’s time to wrap it up. I hope you’ve found my foolproof guide to false eyelashes helpful, and whether you’re a beginner or a pro I hope you’ve learnt something new.

If you’d like to get into lashes and try out my favourite Ardell Demi Wispies, head over to my Instagram, where I’m running an awesome giveaway with!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I’m sure we’re all in agreement that Mother’s Day is about celebrating the wonderful females in our families. If you’re planning to give gifts on March 11th, I’ve rounded up a Mother’s Day gift guide that will hopefully come in handy. Whether you’re looking for something fun or want to embrace luxury, this edit will get you on the right track.

Because all of our Mum’s deserve the best, I’m delighted to be teaming up with Clive Christian for this post. The brand epitomise luxury and craftsmanship so be sure to keep an eye out for my top picks. If truth be told, any of their pieces would make a perfect luxury Mother’s Day Gift.

1. Clive Christian, Fraction Candle Collection – £195.00 – If you’re looking to truly spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day, the Clive Christian candle collection is the height of luxury. The set includes three stunning candles that smell exquisite, especially if citrus, floral or woody notes are among your Mum’s fave. Each candle has a burn time of about 22 hours and if that’s not enough, the packaging and gift box add to a very special gift your Mum won’t forget.

2. Treats Direct Box – From £3.99* – Food gifts don’t always have to be fancy hampers or expensive chocolates, and Treats Direct have hit the nail on the head with their boxes. They offer a subscription service that specialises in delivering sweets to your door, and they’re a right trip down memory lane! Think foam bananas, dolly mixture, bonbons and more. This is a subscription box I’d love to be coming through my letter box regularly, so why not surprise your Mum with some tasty treats?

3. Emma Bridgewater Radio – £80.00 – Radios make great gifts and the Emma Bridgewater range are seriously beautiful. If you’re looking to play your Spotify playlists, connect to wifi or purely listen to your favourite radio station, this has you covered. It’s a happy coincidence that it’ll brighten up any room too!

4. UGG Scuffette II Slippers – £80.00 – I bought these for my Mum for Christmas and she was over the moon. Show me someone who doesn’t love a good pair of slippers! UGG can be trusted for high quality, longevity and style, and the Scuffette slippers are fabulous. You get a choice of 5 colours but the original chestnut is the one for me. Give the gift of comfort this Mother’s Day – your Mum will thank you for it.

5. M&S, Artificial Delphinium & Rose Bouquet – £45.00 – I love and hate buying flowers in equal measure. Yes, they look beautiful but in reality they’re rather high maintenance and aren’t guaranteed to last that long. These artificial flowers are excellent quality and the marble urn makes this such a great gift that’ll last indefinitely.

6. Kit Heath, Blossom Earrings – £50.00 – These silver earrings are incredibly pretty and would be a lovely thing for any Mum to unwrap on Mother’s Day. Kit Heath is such a great jewellery brand – they make wonderful pieces at affordable prices. If these earrings aren’t to your Mum’s taste, I’d definitely recommend checking the rest of her collection.

7. 200 Women Who Will Change The Way You See The World – £35.00 – I couldn’t put together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide and not include this book, especially as it’s the Year of The Woman! This is a seriously inspirational read. The book contains personal stories of courage, love, pain, success and more. It’s the perfect gift for the strong women in your life.

8. Clive Christian, Noble VIII Magnolia – £95.00* – If your Mum is a fragrance lover, a luxury perfume is a fool proof gift idea. This Clive Christian scent has top notes of cassis, mandarin and bergamot with heart notes of rose, cinnamon and yes, you guessed it, magnolia. It’s a spicier smelling fragrance and a perfect addition to any beauty lover’s collection. I’ve had a lot of compliments when I’ve been wearing it – it’s distinctive in a great way.

I hope my Mother’s Day gift guide has helped drum up some shopping inspiration, and a big thank you to Clive Christian for working with me on this post. I’d love to know how you’re planning on celebrating Mother’s Day this year, and let me know if any of these will be making it onto your own wishlist anytime soon.

Sincerely, Sarah xx