Winter Skincare Saviours with Ark Skincare

This cold weather just won't give up and the weatherman has just promised more snow. These Arctic conditions have really dried my skin out. I need some winter skincare saviours!

It's looking so grey, dry and dull, so I've started using hydrating, moisturising and nourishing products to replenish the skin. Here are some of my recommendations:

Ark Skincare Winter Skin Care Products

Hydrating Skin Response Serum - £42
Up until a year ago, I stayed clear of any serums in the fear that they would make my already oily skin worse. Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair (ANR) opened the door to serums and now I love trying new ones out. Ark's Hydrating Serum is very close to ANR in consistency and scent, they even both have the pipette dropper for application. I just dispense a few drops from the pipette into my clean hands and massage into the face. I wouldn't recommend using this in the day, it definitely should be part of your night time routine. I sleep with this on after cleansing and I wake up with hydrated, plump skin.

Plumping Lip Balm - £26
This took me by surprise, I really didn't expect it to come in a tube with a pump. It's like a lotion in it's consistency, again think this product should really be reserved for a night time pamper. It's a strange feeling at first but it does leave your lips super soft with it's creamy finish.

Nourishing Body Lotion - £26
With nurturing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and silk proteins, it's very luxurious on the skin, definitely worth the money - especially as it's in such a big container, it will last an age.

Ark Skincare Winter Skin Care

Anti-Ageing Hand & Nail Cream - £19
My hands are the part of my body that first suffers from the cold. Chapped, dry and rough skin on your hands is so uncomfortable, a pump of Ark's Hand and Nail Cream will revive them. It's not overly heavy so you can keep it at your desk and still get things done without feeling sticky.

Loving Bath & Body Oil - £26
Again, the packaging took me by surprise, it's an oil with a spray top, which makes it ideal for quick application. The calming ingredients, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine, have really helped me chill out before bed. You can even use a few drops in the bath to create a soothing atmosphere, it also has excellent moisturising benefits.

I thoroughly recommend investing in winter skincare and Ark have some great choices!
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* Products were sent to me for consideration but my opinions are always my own


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry Review

Charlotte Tilbury knew the way to a bloggers heart with her make-up collection, which launched last year, rose gold packaging and a 'suits all' range of colours, how could we resist!

I was lucky enough to win a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in a blog giveaway, the shade choice was mine. I went for the infamous Glastonberry dark berry shade, I'd seen Lily Melrose and a few other bloggers rave about this and I couldn't wait to get my mitts on it.

First of all lets talk about the packaging, the rose gold tube looks like a vintage lipstick holder, I adore it! It's one of those lipsticks you wouldn't mind pulling out on the train to apply another coat, you'd receive envious looks from other women. It's truly stunning in it's design.

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Review

The shade is a wonderful deep berry, which is perfect for winter. As you can see I just teamed it with glowy skin and an inner-corner eye highlight to let the lipstick do the talking.

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Review and Lip Swatch

It's quite mosturising and has a bit of movement for a matte lipstick. Some high street alternatives make your lips feel chalky and dry but this had a softer application and feel.

As for longevity, this lipstick says on all day! I did do the food and drink test and only a small section in the centre of my lips needed a second application, but I expect this with any lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry Close up

Well worth the price tag, I can't wait to try more Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks! What shades would you recommend?


The Folly Boutique Designer Jewellery Hire Review - Mawi and LeiVanKash

I've had two recent engagements within my family and friends, which only means one thing, I can go on the hunt for a wedding outfit soon, I'm thinking Coast or Whistles for a classic yet chic dress. Any girl knows that when you buy a new dress, you need some new accessories to match. I'm a lover of fine jewellery and there is something so satisfying about wearing a designer piece to a special occasion, so I'll be ditching the high street jewellery and hiring a piece from the Folly Boutique.

The lovely owner Sophie, asked if I'd like to try out the Folly Boutique's hire service to see what I thought. I was browsing her website and honestly I was spoilt for choice. I've always been a magpie when it comes to jewellery, I love both the extravagant statement pieces but I also adore the simple yet striking daintier pieces. The Folly Boutique stocks a number of well-known jewellery designers including Mawi, Loren Hope, LeiVanKash and Orly Genger, who has an exclusive range for the online boutique.

I picked out the Mawi Triple Crystal Firefly Necklace and the LeiVanKash Skull Necklace; a statement piece versus a daintier necklace. The service is ideal for special occasions like the weddings I'll be attending, you could also hire them for race days, birthday celebrations or cocktail parties. Once you find a piece you like, (you'll like everything, I promise, it was so hard for me to pick a rental), you can see on the calendar if the piece is free for rental on the required days, then you can go ahead and book it!

The brilliant part of the service is that you don't have to set up your own tracked delivery, Sophie includes a pre-paid postage bag, so when you are done you can just pop it back in the post, it makes the whole service so easy.

As you can see, the pieces come beautifully packaged. I cannot explain how stunning these pieces are, I was blown away by the quality and designs.

The first of the two, the LeiVanKash Skull Necklace is a dainty but edgy piece, it would look amazing with a white blouse, just tucked under the sides of collar. It also has a set of earrings and a bracelet to match if you like being co-ordinated.

The second piece from Mawi, the Triple Crystal Firefly Necklace, has to be one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It's a heavy rose gold chain with three statement spiked motifs, the pinkish tear drop shaped stones have a flecked/duo-chrome finish that changes colour in the light. The pretty stones, juxtaposed with the punkish spikes, really makes this a unique piece. There is also a ring and earrings which you can hire to form a set.

*Excuse the selfies, I need a tripod ASAP!

Once I was finished with the pieces it was easy to return, I just carefully packaged the items back up and popped them in the pre-paid envelope. I dropped them off to the local post office and made sure to ask for a receipt, this had a tracking code, which gave me peace of mind that they would be returned safely.

I honestly can't recommend the Folly Boutique and their hire service enough, it was so easy to set up the hire and make a return. I'll be hiring again once the dates are set for the weddings and also when I get tickets for a race day in Chester.

To give you an idea of prices for the hires, the Mawi necklace is £54 for a 3 day hire and the LeiVanKash costs £18 for 3 days hire. You can also choose a 6 day hire if you need the pieces for a little longer.

I fell in love with the pieces when they arrived, I'm sure you will too, if you can't bare to live without them after you try them on, you can also buy the pieces, don't forget.

Find out more about the service and see the other jewellery pieces available, visit

*Folly Boutique provided the hire service for free so I could review the process.
As always, the opinions in this post are 100% my own. 

Rooi's Vintage Inspired Range & Home Sale Picks - GIVEAWAY

Everything in January looks so dull, we’ve stuffed ourselves silly, collected quite a few gifts and seemed to have accumulated a 100 jumpers in December. At the moment my home and wardrobe feels full to the brim with stuff but it’s all so grey and dull. I’ve decided to have a bit of a clear out and create a more appealing living space, I’m hoping this will create a brighter, happier environment. I’ll be adding pops of colour and textures to re-fresh!

I find with supermarket homewares are so generic and the mass produced quality is poor, I've turned to online homeware boutique, to source some interior inspiration. Rooi's Vintage Inspired range is like the ultimate interior Pinterest inspiration. The regal colour palette and lavish embellishments really create a touch of luxury. 

Vintage Inspired Embellished Cushions Interior Homeware

Gold Vintage Inspired Embellished Cushions

Purple Vintage Inspired Cushions

Purple Vintage Inspired Embellished Cushions

Rooi also have a number of homeware brands that aren’t widely available in the UK, including the French kitsch brand Bonjour Mon Coussin, Spanish brand Desigual, who are known for their vibrant patterns and Essenza who create stylish and colourful bedding. They also stock popular homeware lines such as, Culti Home Fragrance, Paddywax Candles and Malini cushions.

Rooi covers every room in your house with bathroom products from Boutique Linen, bedding from Belledorm and Address Home for cushions. They also have a range of cute stationary and scarves for the fashionistas.

Here are a few of my top picks from Rooi.

Rooi Homewear Sale Picks

007. Paddywax Boheme Candle - £17.50 - Note not in the sale but it smells amazing and you need it!

Rooi have kindly given me the chance to giveaway a homeware bundle worth £50 to one of my readers. 1 lucky winner will receive 1 x Malini Shimla Art Deco Style Cushion, 1 x Paddywax Boheme Candle in Jasmine and Bamboo and 1 x Large Braid Photo Frame. Please enter below.

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1 lucky winner will receive a Malini Shimla Art Deco Style Cushion, Paddywax Boheme Candle and Large Braid Photo Frame
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