Who says someone else has to treat you on Valentine’s Day? I’ve rounded up a selection of the best beauty goodies that will hopefully inspire you to treat yourself this February 14th.

1. Jo Malone, Red Roses Bath Oil – Jo Malone is the ultimate luxury, both for gifts and for top quality ‘me-time’. You can’t beat their red roses collection for valentine’s so why not treat yourself to a luxurious bath and night in.

2. Kiko, Lip Me Lots Pochette – Kiko are one of my favourite affordable beauty brands. This cute makeup bag is an absolute steal and would be perfect for storing handbag makeup necessities.

3. Beautyblender, Red Carpet Sponge – Beautyblenders are an absolute must in everyone’s beauty collection, and you can never have too many. I normally go for the pink or black sponges but I just can’t resist this beautiful red one, especially when it’s limited edition.

4. Escentric Molecules. Molescule 01 – If you’re looking to expand your fragrance collection and want something unique, Escentric Molecules is the brand for you. Their scents mix with your natural pheromones, so they develop differently on everyone. There’s so much hype around this perfume so why not treat yourself and find out what all the fuss is about?

5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Famous Red – It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a red lip, would it? There’s something about a matte lip that’s just super classy and effortlessly chic. The NARS pencils have incredible staying power and you can’t get more of a pure red shade than their ‘Famous Red’.

6. Jurlique, Limited Edition Rose Body Oil – If you’re going to treat yourself to lovely bath products and great makeup, you can’t neglect your body. I’m back to roses again, sue me. Jurlique have your body routine covered with this beautiful oil. You won’t regret this purchase – a good body oil is the height of luxury.

7. Lush, Love Box – If rose isn’t your scent, the Lush love box will be right up your street! The box contains a cherry body scrub, cocoa butter massage bar, jasmine shower gel and an orange lip scrub. Lush’s valentine’s collections are always legendary, so you don’t want to miss this one.

8. Diptyque, Rose Delight Scented Candle – I couldn’t resist including another rose scented item! I mean, if you can’t indulge for Valentine’s Day, when can you? Diptyque candles are, of course, lovely all year round. They smell delicious, they burn for hours and hours, and you can reuse the jar too. I’m a sucker for a theme so the pink packaging gets a big thumbs up from me.

I hope this post has inspired you to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day! Which of the items have caught your eye?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Welcome to my January beauty favourites! 2018 is the year I actually commit to posting my monthly favourites. It’s happening… finally. Between the sales and getting acquainted with Christmas goodies, January is always a great month for discovering new beauty bits. I enjoyed so many new products, and fell even deeper in love with others, so these really are the cream of the crop.

IT Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better CC Cream

Chances are you’ve heard all about this by now. I can confirm the hype is justified – this stuff is AMAZING! The coverage is so much fuller than the ‘CC cream’ name suggests. It’s a true delight to apply, the scent is so refreshing and it works well with fingers, a brush and a beauty blender. My only criticism of this wonder product is the shade range. I opted for light which is on the warm side for me. My perfect shade is probably a mix of fair and light. My personal quest aside, there’s no reason for a brand to only offer 7 shades anymore so hopefully this gets expanded soon. That said, if you can find your shade, you totally should give this a go. It really is magic, and it’s got an SPF 50!

Benefit Cosmetics, Foolproof Brow Powder*

I tried this for the first time in December as a part of writing this blog post, and it’s bloody brilliant. It’s all I’ve been using on my brows ever since. The two-toned powder means you get a really natural looking brow, without sacrificing definition. The compact comes with a mirror – which Benefit get extra points for – and the packaging is adorable. The longevity of the powder is seriously impressive too and it doesn’t smudge or move at all throughout the day. I don’t recommend brow products lightly but this is seriously a must-have.

Lord & Berry, Cream Blush in Honey*

These are the cream blushes that converted me from being a loyal powder blush lover. They’re so blendable and pigmented, incredibly easy to apply and they leave your complexion glowing. I’ve had this shade in my handbag for weeks because it’s so good for on-the-go touch ups. It’s such a beautiful subtle perk up for the cheeks. I’ve done a full review of the Lord & Berry cream blushes here if you want to know more about the formula and shades.

Rimmel, Match Perfection Concealer in Ivory

I rediscovered this concealer last month and I’ve used it everyday since. It’s that good. The formula is creamy enough that it blends well but it stays in place and vitally, doesn’t crease under the eyes. Ivory is the perfect shade for brightening up my dark under-eyes and the handy brush applicator is so practical. I’ve gone through so many tubes of this over the years and I keep returning to it, which is testament to how good it is. For such an affordable concealer, it really does steal the show.

I’d love to know what your January beauty favourites were, and whether you’re planning on trying anything new this month?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Two weeks ago I was loving life in a snowy French ski resort, with too much cheese and wine and excellent company. I enjoyed creating my ‘Spontaneous Ski Trip’ vlog so much I filmed this holiday too. We had such an awesome time, so I hope you love this group ski holiday vlog as much as I do.

Please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you enjoyed the video too. There are loads of videos you can catch up with if you liked it. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for an affordable ski trip this season, I rounded up the most budget-friendly ski resorts here.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I’m 27 and I’m already paranoid about ageing, and no, I’m not proud of that. I am working on changing my outlook but until that pig flies, I’ve made myself a pledge to take better care of the skin around my eyes. Whilst I’m militant about skincare, I have started to notice my under-eyes are beginning to develop fine lines and are getting noticeably darker. In a bid of prevention and cure, I’m revitalising my under-eye commitment.

The wonderful people at TJ Hughes enabled my commitment by kindly sending me the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum* to try. Simply put, my under-eyes couldn’t be more grateful!

Advanced Night Repair is Estée Lauder’s answer to youthful looking skin in a bottle. The serum actively works to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and the eye serum specifically targets crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness – all of which, I now unfortunately care about more than I’d like to admit.

I’ve only been using the serum for the past couple of weeks but I’m genuinely shocked at the speedy impact it’s had on my under-eyes. The effects in such a short time period make this one of the most impressive skincare products I’ve ever used. My under-eyes definitely look more nourished and juicy, and my makeup sits on top surprisingly well too. It has a blurring effect under concealer, which I’m totally on board with.

Ingredients wise, I had to really dig around to find that there’s hyaluronic acid, caffeine and ChronoluxCB, a Lauder technology. The official brand description says “it maximises the power of night to re-ignite the light that can fade due to fatigue, pollution and age”. I’d like a little more transparency around the science but there’s no doubting it does what it’s meant to.

I’m dedicated with my skincare at the best of times but I haven’t missed an application of this since I got it through the post. I’ve been religiously applying it in the morning and as part of my nighttime routine, and if the long-term benefits are anything like the short-term ones, I’m going to be hooked on this for years. My under-eyes are definitely brighter and a lot softer already.

If you’re yet to try the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, you can pick it up from TJ Hughes here for £38.50. It usually retails for £49.00 so you get yourself a great deal as well as brighter, more youthful looking eyes!

Have you revitalised any part of your skincare routine recently? If you’ve made any great under-eye product discoveries or have any cult faves you wouldn’t be without, please let me know in the comments.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I’ve fallen a little in love with the Lord & Berry cream blushers*. I’ve always been a powder blush kind of girl but I now truly understand the hype around cream blush – how has it taken me so long?!

I used to think cream blusher was just too much effort but I actually couldn’t have been more wrong. The Lord & Berry cream blushers are so comfortable and lightweight on the skin, really easy to blend and they leave your skin looking super fresh and glowing. The consistency is creamy without being greasy and they have impressive staying power.

If you’re after a pop of colour that keeps your look fresh and soft, whilst brightening up your complexion, you need to try the Lord & Berry cream blushes.

There are 6 shades in the range that can work for all skin tones. Here are the swatches of the two shades I’ve been loving: Sweet Pink and Honey.

Sweet Pink* is such a great shade for giving your look a ‘pick me up’. It’s a shade that may look a little threatening in the pan but it’s brightness shouldn’t be feared. It’s a totally buildable formula so you can start light for a natural flush of colour, or go a little heavier for something more dramatic. I use this on the apples of my cheeks and blend with my ring finger or a beauty blender.

Honey* is an apricot toned blush that’s really universal. It would look particularly fabulous on an olive skin. I’ve been reaching for this as a blush but also to sculpt my cheekbones – it gives you options. The versatility of this product is really impressive.

You can buy the Lord & Berry cream blushers directly from their website and Look Fantastic. I’d love to know if you’re a convert too and which your favourite cream blushes are.

Sincerely, Sarah xx