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philosophy morning

{The morning routine}

We all know I’ve become a little too obsessed with Philosophy favourites and that I rarely do giveaways on my blog. I couldn’t resist this opportunity to share this HUGE collection of Philosophy products with my readers though.

I’ll admit, when I asked what you could win, I was a little jealous, despite having the opportunity to test all these products already. THAT’S how much I love this brand!

Read all about the editor sleepover at the Trump here and get the low-down on our favourite products in the link below!

http://www.29secrets.com/beauty/skin-care-tips-pros

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{The prizes}

Below you’ll find a list of the products you’ll be winning, below me 90% of the products make me squeal with joy.

The good morning routine

  • Time in a Bottle Serum
  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Eye Hope cream
  • Micro-Delivery Exfoliating Wash
  • Hope in a Jar
  • Amazing Grace Body Wash
  • Amazing Grace Fragrance

The goodnight routine

  • The Micro-Delivery Triple Acid Peel
  • Miracle Worker Anti Aging Eye Cream
  • When Hope is Not Enough Serum Oil
  • Purity Made Simple Wipes
  • Hope in a Jar Night
  • Miracle Worker Night Cream
  • Miracle Worker Anti-Aging Retinoid Pads

Total Value: $800!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

peonies amazing grace

{Amazing Grace – my favourite new scent}

amazing grace

{The cleanest you’ll ever smell}

night products

{The night time products}

 

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beauty blogger skincare routine

{Collection of 12}

I know it’s not skincare sunday but I had to share the skincare routine that I’ve settled in to with you. Some of these beauties are repeat guests and others have recently made a comfortable spot in my routine. Either way, these products are so good I find I’m using them daily and my skin has honestly never been better.

daytime luxury skincare routine

{Daytime must-haves}

Philosophy Purity Cleanser – the creamy, staple cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin

Dr Renaud CC Eye Cream – featuring brightening pigments and de-puffing properties for instant results.

Pure and Simple Skin Drink – Simple, unscented and hydrating. I love this for days I feel like my skin is feeling sensitive.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner – Easy, one step spritz to tone and hydrate. Allowing my skin to soak up my serum with ease.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched – On days that are frigidly cold and I need a thicker barrier of moisture

Philosophy Hope in a Jar – My everyday moisturizer. It melts like butter and feels soooo lightweight. If it’s good enough for Oprah it’s good enough for me.

Dr Renaud UV Science, SPf 30 – Everyday is a sunscreen day. It’s the number one way to protect your skin from premature aging and developing large dark spots. This formula is buttery and whilst it feels thick at first it settles in perfectly after a few minutes.

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter – It’s exactly that, a heavenly scented golden butter that melts as you work it in to your skin to remove your makeup.

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{Nighttime must-haves}

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye – this night cream for the eyes works magic on my dehydrated peepers – whenever I use it they’re always a little less puffy than they usually are.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic – my favourite toner of all time. Still after almost a year! The silkiest prepping product I’ve used to date. My skin drinks it up!

Philosophy Time in a Bottle – My first anti-aging serum that I’ve been using religiously for the past few weeks and it really is buffing out the fine lines I noticed on my forehead before Christmas! The addiction of the concentrated vitamin C means I’m left with skin that’s naturally radiant.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight – This tub of joy really is a miracle worker. I wake with plump, hydrated skin. Another anti-aging number that’s become a favourite in my routine. I haven’t been this attached to a night cream in a while!

purity facial wipes shu uemura ultime 8 cleansing oil fresh honey face mask

{Speciality}

Philosophy Purity Wipes – the best make up removing, skin cleansing, toning wipes of all time, period.

Fresh Creme Ancienne Honey Mask – As a fairly recent graduate I can’t justify buying this product. Ever. It’s $150. But let me tell you that when I’m a boss lady I’ll be investing in this bad boy a couple of times a year. It’s like a luxury facial in a tub and feels ten times more blissful than any treatment I’ve had.

Shu Uemura Ultime 8 Cleansing Oil – Mika for Shu – no cleansing oil has come close. This product melts the make up off and nourishes every millimetre of it as it works. Bonus? Check out the gorgeous new bottle design for Spring 2014. A collaboration with Japanese photograher, Mika Ninagawa and available in April.

fresh creme ancienne honey mask

{The honey pot}

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Beauty Blogger Candle Collection

Beauty Blogger Candle Collection

My Instagram is a pretty accurate representation of the things I love most on a daily basis. Take food, beauty, candles and family and friends, and you pretty much have all my interests in one channel.

Over the last few months I’ve developed a bit of a collection and out of my ever growing set up you must know that only three of them were press samples two gifts and the rest bought. Yep, I spend a little too much on luxury candles but It’s my weakness.

There’s nothing I love more than chilling at home with a good movie, a cup of tea in hand and a delectably scented candle setting the mood. Here are my favourites a few lines about why they’re oh so worth it.

 Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chestnuts

{Laura Mercier – Warm Roasted Chestnuts Signature Candle}

This Candle was gifted to me by one of my girlfriends and I couldn’t help but squeal when I saw it. I’ve had my eye on this beauty for a while now and the scent was the perfect blend of Roasted chestnuts, nutmeg, spicy berry, clove and warm vanilla sugar cream to emulate the warmth of winter.

Diptyque Hazelnut Candle

{Diptyque Noisetier ‘Hazelnut’ Candle}

I love hazelnut anything. syrup, body lotions, gelato. It’s one of my favourite flavours in the food and fragrance world and when I saw this online a few months ago I hurried to Holts to grab one. Sadly it wasn’t there but you can imagine my excitement when I recently popped in to see it sitting on the shelves.

Diptyque has long been one of my favourite go-to’s for luxury candles and I had high hopes for this. The throw wasn’t as strong as previous candles I’ve owned be but it’s still my favourite to burn when I’m working on the blog.

Rodial

{Rodial Mary Katrantzou Candle}

Housed in Mary’s famous ‘Babelle‘ print, this is one of my favourite’s (next to Fresh Life) when it comes to washroom ‘clean’ scents. I’d also burn it during the day for a lighter touch but for some, the mix of orange and lemon sitting atop a fruity and floral pineapple and orange blossom may be a little too citrusy if it’s warmth and comfort that you want from a candle.

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{Givenchy Dahlia Noir Candle}

The Givenchy team gifted this candle to me for my Birthday of this year and I was in candlelight heaven whenever I’d burn this. Even my boyfriend loved it! Reminiscent of the EDP (not the EDT shown in the photo, though I do prefer the latter as my fragrance), the candle omits a robust concoction of woody and floral notes to create a room filled with luxury.

This candle is so strong that even when it’s unlit it still smells incredible enough to notice when you walk past it.

Fresh Life Candle and Fragrance

{Fresh – Fresh Life Candle}

The Fresh Life fragrance reminds me of what a clean, country home would smell like in the midst of spring. A infusion of citrusy and ‘fresh’ notes, the candle and fragrance feel identical in their blend and I love this one for the washroom or my desk.

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Candle

{Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Candle}

I keep Jo Malone close to my heart but try to stay away as the price tag is hefty. Lime Basil and Mandarin burns strong in my kitchen (perfect setting) while I’m cooking and I love that the throw on this votive is so huge for such a little guy.

library of flowers candle linden

{Library of Flowers – Linden}

Library of FLowers – Linden was candle that surprised and impressed me the most. Housed in a tiny glass jar with a rose gold, tin lid, it was a no brainer when I saw the remarkably awesome price at $15 for this gorgeous scent.

I wasn’t sure how to describe it when I smelled it but it’s just so worth every penny and believe me when I say the scent fills up every inch of my living room. If you’re going to experiment with candles for the first time then DEFINITELY get this one.

 lolia relax candle

{Lollia – Relax}

This Lollia candle (aside from it’s obvious good looks) won my heart at first sniff. It sits comfortably in my bedroom and I love that the wick offers a cute charm to hang off the jar once you snip it.

lollia relax candle

{Relax Candle}

The scent is a therapeutic and feminine blend of XXXX that is hard not to love ‘Relax‘, whatever your taste. I’ve only burnt it a couple of times and find that the throw isn’t the greatest but I’m hoping after I break it in a little more it’ll burn stronger.

Diptyque Pine Candle Christmas 2013

{Diptyque Pine Bark Holiday Candle}

The Christmas candle, without a doubt. Sitting by my apartment entrance it allows guests to smell the woody and smoky accents of pine trees and see the lit Christmas tree the moment they step in. It’s the city girl’s cheat to a real tree 😉

Diptyque Candle Nordstrom

{Diptyque Set of 10 votive Candles at Nordstrom}

This year I thought it apt to treat myself to a collection of Diptyque candles to allow me to experience more outside my usual comfort zone. A great price of XX for 10 votives and the chance to experience more than one scent without spending a fortune.

Something to note, the smallest size available for sale individually at Holts is $36 so this is a great way to sample before you buy.

My old favourites still stand strong: Figuier and Baies

New favourites have been added to the roster: Feu De Bois, Roses, Ambre, Patchouli

I loathe: Tubereuse and Cannelle (Cinnamon).

Check out the slideshow below to see the full set!

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Luxury Lipstick Holiday 2013

Luxury Lipstick Holiday 2013

{Luxury Stocking Stuffers: The for the lipstick lover}

Holiday 2013 is swelling with sensational finds for beauty lovers. If you’re stuck thinking of a gift for a special lady in your life (be it a mentor, boss, girlfriend mother-in-law) you can never go wrong with a luxurious lipstick. Find out their signature lippie shade – stock them up.

Sephora single handedly blew me away with all their super-fabulous gifts and even more so…the value of them is bananas.

More info on the sets to come but for now, I give you the lipstick edit…

 Marc Jacobs Luxury Lipstick Gift Limited Edition

{ Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel in Showstopper}

Marc Jacobs beauty wasn’t mind-blowing with it’s recent release but one stand out product has to be the Lip Gel. An incredibly hydrating and creamy formula, the traditionally black, magnet snap packaging makes a gal feel like a million bucks. This limited edition version  in Showstopper ($36) is what’s up for the Holidays.

Dior Diorific Luxury Lipstick Holiday 2013

{Dior – Diorific Lipstick in Minuit and Diva}

Sitting in a restaurant and my Diorific falls out “Is that a vibrator?” a colleague asks. Why no…no it’s not. Sexual toys aside trust me when this lipstick is what every mature wants packed in her purse. It was a guy that made the comment – of course he’d say that!

If you think a hard red may be too strong for your lucky lady, opt for the shade, Minuit ($40). It has a hint of pink to it.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Holiday 2013 gift tin

{Best Bite Set}

COME ON. $28?!?! Bite, you may as well have given this ridiculously beautiful tin away to us. For the price of one lipstick you can get a stocking stuffer that will legit blow any lipstick-lover away.

Bold and bare shades of mini (but my god are they sizeable) High Pigment Lip Pencils all housed in the cutest, matte tin. I should just buy extras while they’re still around.

Bite Beauty Swatches High Pigment Lip Pencil

{Bite set swatches}

From left to right: Quince, Rhubarb, Cranberry, Madeira

Tom Ford Lipstick Cherry Lush

{Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush}

As featured here I am obsessed with my new Tom Ford Lippie. Want to get something for a woman that really deserves a treat? Stock her up with the Lip Color ($55) and she’ll never forget it.

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