Give The Gift Of Timeless Beauty, Whatever The Occasion

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Life doesn't always run according to plan. When a very nice PR lady offered to send me some gift sets of classic Yardley and Woods Of Windsor beauty products a little while back, the timing was set to be perfect for a pre-Mother's Day gift ideas post. Unfortunately, something went wrong somewhere along the line and the original package never reached me. By the time I finally had the gift sets in my hands, Mother's Day was less than 24 hours away. Not to be deterred, I uploaded my first impressions on my Instagram Stories straight away (you can still catch them on my Beauty Highlights on Instagram if you're interested), but of course the actual blog post - this one - comes too late for Mother's Day.

But it's not the end of the world. These brands are timeless, beautifully packaged, affordable and lovely quality, which to my mind makes them ideal gifts for any beauty lover in your life, no matter what the occasion.

Yardley English Lavender Eau De Toilette*

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Housed in an elegant bottle that would look at home among the most expensive perfumes in any department store, Yardley English Lavender Eau de Toilette is a very affordable £9.99 for 50 ml. Lavender is a favourite fragrance of mine, so I was excited to receive this. On first spritz, it's a very clean, almost soapy scent, but as it dries down, the soapiness fades and you get a little more lavender. It's only subtle lavender though, which I think would suit those who like the scent but find it overpowering in larger doses. The final product is light, fresh and sophisticated - perfect for a daytime fragrance.

Yardley English Freesia Moisturising Fragrance Body Mist*

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This is delicate, but still gives a decent amount of scent pay-off, which I don't always find is the case with body mists. The English Freesia fragrance is really beautiful, very feminine and floral with a hint of sweetness. At £6 for 200 ml you can drench yourself in this on the daily without worrying about the cost, and if you like floral scents, believe me, you will want to.

Woods Of Windsor Lily Of The Valley Bath & Body Collection*

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Prettily packaged body products always make a lovely gift, and at just £10, this Lily of the Valley duo is perfect for those occasions when you feel like treating someone "just because". Again, they smell wonderful - delicate floral fragrances are always a winner in my book - and they're also versatile products that are perfect for traveling. There's a bath and shower gel, which foams up nicely in the bath, and a lovely creamy moisturiser. You can use this for its intended purpose as a body lotion, but its also an ideal size to keep as a hand cream in your bag.

Woods Of Windsor True Rose Bath &Body Collection*

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Another lovely gift set, and my personal favourite simply because it smells of roses! The True Rose Collection is £14 and contains a bath and shower gel, moisturiser and exfoliator, as well as a cute little purse to keep them in. Each is 100 ml, as opposed to the Lily of the Valley set where the products are 50 ml each. For me, the Rose set is perfect to have in your stash for weekends away or overnight stays. It's easy to grab and go and you'll smell divine for the whole trip!

Woods Of Windsor Mixed Bath & Shower Gel Collection*


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You can never have too many bath and shower gels, and this mixed set from Woods of Windsor is perfect if you're looking for a gift for someone who likes to chop and change the fragrances they go for. I also think it's a great one for a guest bathroom. The three products look lovely grouped together on a shelf and it means that your visitors can pick and choose which one they use. The fragrances included are True Rose, Blue Orchid & Water Lily and Pomegranate & Hibiscus. All three smell gorgeous and the set is a great buy at £10.

So, if you're in the market for a cute but affordable beauty gift, you really can't go wrong with any of these offerings from these classic British brands. Have you tried any of these products before?

Kate x

*Gifted item. Some links may be affiliate links. This poses no extra cost to you, the customer. All opinions, as always, are my own.

The Best Transitional Jackets To Wear This Spring

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When the sun starts to shine and the temperatures pick up a little, I don't know about you, but I start getting pretty impatient to change up my look. Daffodils are starting to bloom, and I'm craving lighter colours and delicate fabrics... basically, and I think I may have said this last spring, I'm itching to run barefoot through a meadow in a floral sundress. Problem is, it's still only around 10 degrees Celsius on a good day. So how to inject a little spring into our wardrobes without freezing to death? It's time to embrace the art of transitional dressing, and because this is a subject that's been on my mind recently, here is my round-up of the best transitional jackets to wear this spring.

The Classic (Or Not So Classic) Trench

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Trench coats will always be fashionable, and the classic beige trench is perfect for these awkward weeks that seem to fall in between seasons. Mid-weight and generally light in colour, the traditional trench always looks fresh after the thick wool and layers we've been used to throughout the winter. Trenches are particularly big news for spring 2018, and I've spotted a few variations on the traditional style dotted across the high street in recent weeks. Rainbow colours, checked prints, unusual fabrics and unexpected lengths, it's always interesting to see a new take on an old classic. 

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I'm loving this cropped trench from River Island. It's faux suede, although so soft and luxurious to the touch that you could easily mistake it for the real thing, and it combines some of the design details you'd expect from a classic trench with elements you might more easily associate with a biker jacket. The result is chic, interesting and a little bit different. It's available in several colours, but I decided to tick off another of this season's trends by going for this vibrant mustard shade - set to be huge over spring and summer. It gives me the extra layer of warmth I need over a jumper right now, but will also work beautifully over lighter blouses and dresses as the temperatures start to rise.

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The Light Wool Coat

Sometimes, especially around the beginning of March, it's grey, wet and windy and feeling almost as cool as it did in winter. On those days, we need a proper coat, but wrapping up in a full-on winter warmer just feels wrong somehow. That's when a little light wool number comes into its own. Often more streamlined that what you'd wear through the coldest months of the year, I've been craving one in a pastel shade, like this pink coat from Zara. Coats like this are also perfect for evenings out at this time of year - they'll keep you nice and warm and they look smart too.

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The Military Jacket

I've been talking about light colours a lot so far, but I also love a navy or even black military style jacket in spring. There's something about the crisp cut of them, together with the eye-catching brass buttons that makes me excited about wearing one, even though they're a style that's been around forever. I currently have my eye on this Zara jacket. Military jackets also work beautifully after the summer is over and things are starting to cool down a little, so you get double the transitional usage out of these!

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The Biker Jacket

Oversized, shearling lined, suede, cropped or classic, biker jackets come in all sorts of variations these days, all of them perfect for covering up in during the transitional weather. My classic black one gets worn to death, and I have a cropped, light blue version that I love wearing in the spring with jeans and a simple white shirt. I'm also a big fan of biker jackets over dresses - it's a look that always seems to work, and, for someone like me who feels the cold easily, it's a great way to get more wear out of those pretty pieces that don't always offer a lot of protection from the elements.

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The Boucle Jacket

I love a boucle jacket! Super elegant and with all the Chanel vibes, they're something that Zara (again!) do really well, but I've spotted some gorgeous ones at River Island this season, including this white double breasted number. Jackets like this instantly dress up a simple jeans and t-shirt combination, but for real wow-factor, look for one that comes with a matching skirt. After all, the suit is another look that's going nowhere this season!

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Do you have many transitional jackets in your wardrobe?

Kate x

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Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Although I don't own Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, I'm aware of how popular it is, and I think that's the reason this burgundy version jumped out at me when I spotted it on the Boots website a little while back. I believe it was launched last Autumn, and given the blogosphere's love for all things burgundy at that time of year, I'm a little surprised that I haven't seen more of it on Instagram over the past few months - although, that said, who knows what treasures the algorithm is hiding from us these days! From the outset, this seemed to tick so many boxes - pretty as a picture, full of on trend, warm toned shadows and super affordable at just £11.99. I felt it was nothing less than my duty as a blogger to buy it and review it for you. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette. You can thank me later.


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While not as luxe as higher end offerings, the plastic packaging is lightweight and practical and still sturdy enough to hold everything together in transit, with a nice secure closure. It comes with a dual ended applicator which has a sponge on one end and a brush on the other. It's always handy to have these in an emergency, though I think that most people will probably prefer to use their own eyeshadow brushes. (I found that both ends of the applicator produced a bit of powdery fallout from the shadows, which wasn't the case when I used my own brushes.)


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The palette contains a beautiful combination of warm gold, copper and of course, burgundy shades. As I mentioned, a lot of people will probably love this in the Autumn, but I think these colours are very wearable all year round, and in fact I can imagine them looking really beautiful on a balmy summer evening (she says, as the snow falls steadily outside the window). The shades aren't named, but are carefully arranged so that each quad, trio and duo that sit next to each other will go together perfectly. All are shimmers, apart from the two browns at the far right hand side, which are mattes. The selection is actually quite versatile, enabling you to create everything from a simple nude look to a full on deep copper and red showstopper for a night out.


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For a drugstore palette, I think the quality of the shadows is very impressive. All of them have that pleasant, buttery soft formula that makes them easy to blend and work with, and pigmentation is great across the entire colour spectrum - the swatches in my photo are without primer underneath, so that gives you a good indication of just how strongly pigmented they are.


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In my opinion, this is an excellent budget buy. The quality is great, the shades are beautiful and the palette as a whole offers the potential to create many different looks. I have a lot of neutrals in my eyeshadow collection, so this was a great addition as it gives me something that little bit different while still being very wearable. If you're a fan of warm shadows then I think you would love this.

Do you have any favourite drugstore palettes in your collection?

Kate x

Some links may be affiliate links. This poses no extra cost to you, the customer. All opinions, as always, are my own.

My Favourite Body Firming Products

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A little while back, I talked about my body care routine over on my YouTube channel. In that video, I briefly mentioned firming products, and now that spring is just around the corner, bringing with it the possibility of going bare-legged for the first time in months, I thought it might be a good time to share a few more in-depth thoughts on some of my favourites.

Products that claim to firm and tone up the body are something I've only got into fairly recently. For a long time, I dismissed them as something of a fad, until it occurred to me - I use products that claim to firm up and smooth the lines on my face, so why not those that will firm up my body and smooth cellulite? (Not that I have any of course, cough cough.) Now, I wouldn't be without them. Just like anti-ageing creams for the face, these products might not work miracles, but combined with a good diet, exercise and generally taking care of myself, they definitely help. With the warmer months on the way, these are what I'll be using to whip my body into shape.

 Dry Body Brush


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I mentioned this brush in my body care video and it definitely deserves top billing in this list. It might not look very exciting, but it's one of the best investments I've made in terms of body care and it only set me back a few pounds. I use this about three times a week before my morning shower to exfoliate my skin and get the circulation flowing, using upward strokes towards the heart, starting at my feet and working my way up. Not only is dry body brushing great for exfoliation, it's also one of the most effective things you can do to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you have any problem areas, concentrating on them by using circular motions with the brush can really help to make them look smoother. Essentially, this action helps to redistribute the uneven fat cells which cause skin to dimple. Not particularly technical, I know, but it works! I find that using my body brush like this, combined with a few targeted butt exercises, makes the most difference to my lower body area in terms of its overall appearance. (I recommend fitnessblender on YouTube for the exercises - even their five minute butt workouts have produced noticeable results for me when done regularly.) 

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter


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I have always loved body butters and the way they leave my skin feeling hydrated and super soft. While I will probably always be seduced from time to time by more luxurious variations than this, you really cannot beat it. It's very affordable (on offer at Boots for under £4.00 last time I checked!) and manages to be rich and nourishing without sitting heavily on the skin or leaving it feeling greasy in the slightest. Containing cocoa and shea butter, this is a great all over body moisturiser, and affordable enough to use for that purpose on a daily basis. However, you get the added benefit of collagen and elastin which help to firm the skin while you moisturise. Plus, it has that addictive, cocoa butter scent to it and comes in an effortless pump format. Palmer's advice is to massage over the whole body twice daily, concentrating on thighs, legs, stomach and bust. Indeed, focusing a little harder on areas where you are likely to get cellulite (such as thighs and stomach) is always a good idea when applying any product, even just a regular moisturiser. Much like the dry brushing action, the massaging of the area is important in redistributing the fat cells, so the act of thoroughly rubbing the product into your skin can be just as useful as the product itself.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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The delightfully named Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (pronounced "boom boom" cream apparently). This has become a bit of a cult product and there was so much hype around it that I just couldn't resist buying it. I went for the smaller tub to try it out first because it's pretty expensive - I paid £18 for 75 ml. I'm a big fan of the cute packaging and an even bigger fan of the scent - hard to describe but "tropical paradise" is the best I can do, and suffice it to say that you will want to keep sniffing it! This is a thick cream but it feels light on application and absorbs very quickly. Containing guarana extract, it claims to tighten and smooth "like no other", and it certainly leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft - like silk. Is it worth the money? Well, it is a beautiful product, and I will probably buy it again, but due to the cost I won't be using it on an everyday basis. Instead I will reserve it for those special days when I want to feel like silk and smell like a tropical paradise!

Ren Atlantic Kelp And Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Toning Body Oil*

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As the name of this product suggests, it's an oil rather than a cream and because of that I prefer to use it in the evenings after a bath instead of during the day. It also has a beautiful scent of geranium and rosemary oil, the kind of scent that makes you feel instantly relaxed. Because it's an oil, you naturally massage it in more to help the skin absorb it, which is helpful for those lumpy and bumpy areas. Containing magnesium-rich kelp, and omegas 6 and 9-rich algae, it helps to improve the skin's elasticity as well as adding nourishment and moisture. It's not cheap at £35 for 100 ml, but I find that a little of it goes a long way and one 100 ml bottle should last a good few months.

Nip + Fab Cellulite Fix

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This is the first body firming product I ever tried and it's still one of my favourites. In terms of improving the appearance of cellulite, I'd say this is probably the most effective of those I've mentioned, apart from the dry brush. The down side of it is that it is a targeted anti-cellulite product and not really suitable for use as an all-over moisturiser, so you can't really multi-task with this one like you can with the others. In my opinion, it's the least pleasant to apply, as it's gel-like in consistency and thus a tad sticky before it's absorbed completely. Also, it doesn't smell lovely like the other products I've mentioned, although it by no means smells bad. So why is it on my favourites list? Well, as I said, it's impressive in terms of results and really does make the whole area appear smoother and even a little lifted with regular application. One of the main ingredients is caffeine, which is supposed to burn away fat cells, and it also contains Indian forskolin (nope, no idea what that is) which apparently stimulates microcirculation. It's just under £20.00 for 150 ml so middle of the road in terms of price. If you're really looking to blitz cellulite rather than generally firm up, this is the one I would recommend.

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What are some of your favourite body firming products? And do you have any top tips for staying smooth, peachy and cellulite free? Feel free to share!

Kate x

*Gifted product. Some links may be affiliate links. This poses no extra cost to you, the customer. All opinions, as always, are my own.

What To Wear On Valentine's Day - 5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Romantic Dress

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Valentine's, Galentine's, or just because you want something pretty... do we really need an excuse to shop for a new dress? I for one don't take a lot of persuading! For as long as I can remember, dresses have been my go-to for just about every occasion. I love how effortless they are - throw on a few accessories and you're good to go - and I love how feminine and put together I feel when wearing them. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and the question of what to wear is probably in a lot of people's minds right about now. Well, whether you're heading out for a date night with your partner or you're celebrating Galentine's with your best mates, why not embrace the occasion by wearing the prettiest, most romantic dress you can find? Below, I've put together my 5 top tips on how to choose the perfect one for you.

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1. Romance Doesn't Have To Mean Ruffles

Personally, I've always had a fairly girly, feminine style, but I'm aware that frills, floral prints and blush pink aren't going to be everyone's cup of tea. That said, you can pile on the romance factor without going anywhere near those things. Case in point - the beautiful Miss Selfridge dress I'm wearing in these photos. Not a ruffle in sight, and very grown up, I'll think you'll agree. Yet it's one of the most romantic dresses I've ever had the pleasure of wearing. For me, the all over intricate lace, soft silhouette and nude lining peeping through the outer layer help to make this the perfect date night dress.

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2. It's All In The Details

Now this isn't to say that a very simple dress can't be romantic, but for me, there's just something that little bit more special about interesting details, and they can really help to give a dress that added wow factor. Those details could be anything from show-stopping lace, a delicate print or cut-out details to a full pleated skirt, luxurious fabric or a stunning open back. Whatever speaks to you, make it your own! I guarantee that special little added touch will make you feel even more amazing when wearing your dress.

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3. Maintain A Little Mystery

This is potentially a fairly controversial thing to say, so just to be clear, I have no problem with anyone's clothing choices or how much skin, or how little, they choose to show. I'm speaking purely from the point of view of what I think makes the perfect romantic dress, and for me, that's a dress that leaves a little something to the imagination. That doesn't mean that it can't be sexy, just in a more subtle way. For example, the dress I'm wearing in this post is quite modest at first glance, but in fact the nude slip underneath the outer layer of lace is very short, so you get a glimpse of the wearer's legs, without them being totally on display. Alternatively, bare shoulders can be really beautiful, and paired with a longer skirt length, it makes the whole look softer and draws more attention to the feature you've chosen to showcase.

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4. Above All, Feel Comfortable

Probably the most important tip of all. After all, nothing is going to look good on you if you don't feel comfortable wearing it! When you feel good in your outfit, it has an impact on your mood and allows you to relax, have fun, and focus on the company you're with - pretty important on Valentine's, Galentine's or any occasion for that matter. So go shopping, try on a few (any excuse) and don't settle until you've found the one! (Yes, I'm still talking about clothes.)

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5. The Finishing Touches

It's February, and here in the UK at least, coats are still very much needed! As far as I'm concerned, outerwear is as much a part of your outfit as the dress itself, so it's worth thinking about what you have that will compliment it, even if it's coming off as soon as you reach your destination. I've fallen in love with this chic grey coat from Miss Selfridge, and it's the perfect partner for my dress. Once you have your outerwear sorted, you need to think about your accessories. I always have dainty heels and clutch bags in black and nude in my wardrobe, so even if there isn't time (or budget!) to get something new, I know I should be able to complete my outfit.

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Do you have a favourite romantic dress in your wardrobe? And do you have any exciting plans for Valentine's Day?

Kate x

Some links may be affiliate links. This poses no extra cost to you, the customer. All opinions, as always, are my own.

The Benefits Of Aloe Vera, And How I Fared On The 30 Day Aloe Vera Challenge

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Drinking Aloe Vera juice or gel has become a hot health and beauty trend in recent months, though the many benefits of the aloe plant have been well known for centuries. Indeed, legend has it that it formed a staple part of Cleopatra's skincare routine, so it's definitely nothing new. Just before Christmas, I was invited by Forever to take part in their 30 day Aloe Vera challenge, which would involve drinking a 60 ml shot of their signature Aloe Vera gel every morning for 30 days in order to judge for myself what the benefits are. Having fallen in love with Forever's Infinite skincare range last year, I was a already a fan of the brand. I was also already aware of the benefits of Aloe Vera. In fact, I had attempted to include the juice (produced by a different brand) in my diet quite a few years ago. On that occasion, my dislike of the flavour had got the better of me, but this time, I was determined to see the challenge through to the end.

So, how did I get on, and what benefits did I experience? Read on to find out!

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First Things First - Source Good Quality Aloe Vera 

When I accepted the Aloe Vera challenge, the first thing I did was turn to good old Mr Google for a little background research. I wanted to know what I was letting myself in for, and what benefits I could expect to see. The number one thing that became clear very quickly was that not all Aloe Vera juices are created equal. You need to be sure that what you are drinking has been processed properly. This means that you need to look for one of two words on the bottle - "decolorized" or "stabilized". Without getting too technical about it, both these processes involve the removal of the outer leaf of the aloe plant, which is potentially harmful, even carcinogenic, so this is really important.

Forever Aloe Vera Gel goes through a patented stabilization process, meaning that only the safe, inner leaf of the plant is used. In addition to that, it's also cold pressed and about as close as you can get to being a totally pure product.

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The reported benefits of Aloe Vera are many and can be traced back through history, but one of the most significant is its use as an ideal digestive aid. It is also known to carry several nutritional benefits that can, amongst other things, contribute to skin health. As I'm always looking for things that can help to improve the appearance of my skin, this is what has always intrigued me the most about Aloe Vera. I embarked on the 30 day challenge with plenty of motivation.
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But Doesn't It Taste Horrendous?

Honestly? It's not that bad! As I mentioned, the taste of Aloe Vera has put me off in the past, so I'll admit I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to stick it out for 30 days. But when I took my first sip, I was pleasantly surprised. Keeping it nice and cold in the fridge definitely helps a lot, as does the fact that 60 ml really isn't very much at all. The flavour isn't too dissimilar to watered down grapefruit juice, and as for the fact that it's called a "gel" - don't let that put you off, as the consistency is no different to a regular fruit juice with the pulp left in it. The bottom line is, I can be a wimp about this sort of thing, but I found it much easier than I thought I would to drink it every morning for 30 days. If I can do it, anyone can!

But if you're still not convinced, Forever also offer flavoured Aloe Vera gels, including Berry Nectar and Forever Freedom (orange flavoured), which might be more to your taste.

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The Benefits Of Aloe Vera - My Experience

So let's get down to the heart of the matter - did I notice any significant benefits from drinking Aloe Vera gel?


After about the first two weeks, the improvement in my skin was unmistakable. It was clear, soft and plumped. In fact, the last time it looked this good was when I was using Forever's Infinite skincare range, which includes Aloe Vera as a key ingredient. Clearly, my skin loves this stuff!

I've also noticed a change in my hair. Regular readers will know that I've been growing out overly bleached hair for some time now, and the condition has been slowly improving with the use of nourishing and hydrating masks. However, the Aloe Vera has kicked this up a gear and it's definitely stronger and shinier as a result - even my hairdresser has noticed.

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With regard to digestive issues, I'm lucky enough not to suffer with any on a regular basis, so it's hard for me to judge the usefulness of Aloe Vera gel on this score. Interestingly, I have spoken to quite a few people about my 30 Day Challenge over the past weeks, and several of them have told me that they have taken Aloe Vera in the past for precisely these reasons. When asked if it helped, all of them said yes.

Finally, last week, my husband had a stomach bug. Usually, I will catch every bug going, so I was sure I was going to get it. I didn't. Whether that was the Aloe Vera giving my immune system a boost or just a lucky coincidence, I don't know, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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Beyond The Challenge

I successfully completed the 30 day challenge more than a week ago, but I'm still taking my morning shot of Aloe Vera gel. For me, the effects I have seen on my skin and hair are more than enough to keep this product in my life for the foreseeable future. In addition to this, I think that a lot of the more general health benefits are probably things that become more evident over the long term, and from what I have seen so far, it's definitely well worth persevering with.

Have you ever taken Aloe Vera gel or juice? If so, did you see any benefits?

Kate x

This post was sponsored by Forever. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Two Affordable Makeup Products For Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin is something a lot of us strive for, but it can be tricky to achieve in the depths of a cold and gloomy winter. Often, January is also a month when we haven't got a lot of money to throw around on beauty products, but luckily the drugstore is on hand to help us out on both counts! My skin has been behaving itself pretty well lately, but something about this dull, stormy weather we've been having has made me crave a little more brightness. So, I did a spot of online shopping at Boots, and managed to find two affordable makeup products that have helped me to achieve glowing skin, even in the midst of this spectacularly dull January!

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Makeup Products For Glowing Skin - The Illuminating Primer

I've been wanting to try an illuminating primer for a while. Although I do usually have a slightly oily t-zone, my skin has been very balanced lately, and it has never had that much of what you might call natural radiance, so I wasn't particularly worried about it looking too dewy. I opted for the Collection Illuminating Touch Liquid Radiance Highlighter, which set me back a very reasonable £5.99.

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In a simple glass bottle with practical pump dispenser, the product looks almost white, with a distinct sparkle to it when you hold it up to the light. I presume this is due to the "gold illuminating pearl" with which it's infused. It's weightless to apply, and melts into the skin leaving behind the subtlest sheen and definitely no trace of glitter. I find that my foundation glides effortlessly over this and that the finish is smoother and more flawless. I've been using Chanel Les Beiges almost every day for a while now, and the Illuminating Touch primer complements it very nicely, lending a touch more impact to the "natural glow" this foundation has. It is also, in my opinion, still perfectly wearable for everyday and not in the least over the top.

Makeup Products For Glowing Skin - The Liquid Highlighter

Two Affordable Makeup Products For Glowing Skin - 4 - Collection Finishing Touch Liquid Highlighter

I have long been a fan of both powder and cream highlighters (you can take a look at my highlighter collection if you like), but the Collection Finishing Touch Highlighter is my first in liquid form. I opted for the lighter shade, Gleam, as opposed to the darker and warmer Radiant, although both look very wearable to me. This was also an affordable £5.99.

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Like the primer, the highlighter is light as a feather and a little goes a very long way. You could quite easily build up a "see it from space" look with this product if you wanted to, although blending a small amount into the skin gives a more subtle result. I tend to dab a little across my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my cupid's bow, and find it gives a beautiful pearlescent sheen.

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Left - Primer, Right - Highlighter

These two products have definitely brightened up my January - and my skin! Best of all, they didn't break the bank either. What are your favourite makeup products for glowing skin?

Kate x

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